Monday, March 15, in 44 BC, Julius Caesar died surrounded by friends, who had daggers. It was the Ides of March, the day he was assassinated in the Roman Senate. Often it is said, “Beware the Ides of March. Well, that was true in West Chicago this year. A gentle snow storm arrived, covering the ground quickly, then sleet, and away went the warm days of spring we were enjoying, Yet this did not compare to the deadly blizzard that occurred on the Great Plains in 1941, which left at least 60 people dead in North Dakota and Minnesota and six more in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. However, there is a ray of sunshine as Spring officially arrives Saturday, March 20, 2021.
AROUND AND ABOUT
The West Chicago City Museum holds a lunch time Town Hall Share at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021, via Zoom. City Museum Director Sara Phalen gives a presentation about the trains that built West Chicago and community members and history lovers share their own stories about the railroads in West Chicago. This event is free and open to all. A zoom link will be shared 30 minutes before the event on Facebook and the website www.wegohistory.com. (www.merleburl.com)
An Online Auction is being held to benefit Wayne/Winfield Area Youth Family Services. There are 18 items from which to choose, including four Easter baskets delivered by the Easter Bunny; two are for girls and two are for boys. Other items include a cordless drill, JetPod racing car, tea basket, wine, board games, gardening products , gift cards for restaurants and more. To see all items and bid, visit, charityauction.bid/marchauction. The auction ends at 9:00 p.m.Sunday, March 28, 2021.
WAYS, a 501c3 not-for-profit social service agency, is located t in the Wayne Township building, 27W031 North Avenue. It provides counseling in English and Spanish, parenting and anger management classes in English and Spanish, one-to-one tutoring, summer day camp and senior computer/tech classes . More information about Ways is at www.ways4change.org. (www.merleburl.com)
The League of Women Voters of Wheaton have an information table on voting in the Consolidated Election, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at the West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street. It takes place from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Volunteers help with registering to vote, checking registration statue or requesting a Vote-By-Mail ballot on the participants tablet or smartphone. To register to vote, persons need to bring two forms of ID, one with current address,
Healthy West Chicago has a family fun virtual cooking class, “Making Recipes Healthier: Recipe Swap,” at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. 2021, via Zoom. Participants learn tips on eating healthy, saving time in the kitchen, making small changes to recipes to have them work better for their family and their budget, and using ‘hard-to-use’ ingredients in a variety of recipes. The recipes the bilingual instructor demonstrates are Black Bean Brownies and Pineapple Carrot Muffins. No registration is necessary; just sign in at this link,/us02web.zoom.us/j/81476273235#success.
West Chicago City Museum and Warrenville Historical Society present the Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2021, via Zoom. The book is “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Irin Carmon and Shama Knizhnik. The book was published in 2015. To get a copy of the book or for further information, visit Friends of West Chicago City Museum website, wegohistory.com or call (630) 231-3376.
The League of Women Voters of Wheaton has an information table on voting in the Consolidated Election, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at the West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street. It takes place from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Volunteers help with registering to vote, checking registration status or requesting a Vote-By-Mail ballot on the participants tablet or smartphone. To register to vote, persons need to bring two forms of ID, one with current address.
WeGo Drama at West Chicago Community High School continues its 2020-21 special streaming “Intersections Performances” with its competition Illinois High School Association plays. WeGo Drama performs its 40-minute play and 30-minute Group Interpretation Saturday, March 20, 2021, via streaming. IHSA shows do deal with serious content and are intended for teens and adults. There is no charge, but tickets must be pre-ordered by Friday, March 19 at www.wegotheatre.com.
The company of actors and crew for the show includes Sarah Larimer, Alysa Solomon, Kathryn Wenberg, Daniel Boyce, Alex Bradley, Ava Fini, Vincent Ross and Katherine Vander Plaats. Others were Olivia Wesling, Justin Blackburn, Hannah Brown, Carolyn Fleming, Mikail Herrera, Leah Moffat and Elizabeth Ryan. Mark Begovich directed the shows Technical direction was by Chris Jensen.
The Intersections Series consists of special streaming events created by Wego Drama students that highlight the idea of being one’s true self. These shows embody that theme as they deal with the people coming to terms with their situation in both a humorous, sarcastic, and dramatic way. (www.merleburl.com)
The Social Studies Department of West Chicago Community High School and the League of Women Voters hold a virtual forum for the candidates running for positions on the Community High School District 94 Board of Education at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, via Zoom. It also will be recorded to present on social media. Students from the American Government classes moderate and ask questions submitted in advance. To submit questions, email email@example.com.
Candidates for the four four-year terms are Gary R. Saake, Douglas J. Orlyk, Rich A Nagel, Katherine M. Doremus and Jovany Zuniga. Penny Munoz is the candidate for the two-year unexpired term. The consolidated election takes place Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
“Designing a Flower Bed With Seasonal Interest” is the West Chicago Public Library program at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2021, via Zoom. The session goes through the design process step-by-step. Attendees learn how to plan a garden that offers visual interest through all four season. To register, visit wcpld.info, under calendar.
West Chicago Garden Club meeting is at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2021, via Zoom. Karen McKeen from SCARCE presents the program is “Founding Fathers: Sustainability and Recycling.” SCARCE environmental education non-for-profit organization dedicated to creating sustainable communities. For more 25 years it has been implemented change to foster a more sustainable future. McKeen is the founder of the organization.
With spring in mind, the West Chicago Public Library presents “Gettin’ Crafty: Paper Napkin Flowers” at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2021, via Zoom. Theresa Daunheiner demonstrates the making of colorful paper napkins flower bouquets. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 18, 2021 and may be made at wcpld.info, under calendar. A kit with materials needed is available. Participants receive a separate email with the Zoom link a week before the program letting them know when they can pick up the kit.
Healthy West Chicago presents a virtual family fun cooking lesson, “ How to Incorporate More Fruits & Veggies Into Your Meals & Snacks,”at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Participants learn tips on eating healthy, saving time in the kitchen and involving children in food preparation. The bilingual instructor demonstrates how to make Purple Vegetable Pancakes.
The West Chicago Public Library program is “The Truth, the Partial Truth, and Nothing of the Truth: How to Spot False Information Online.” It is at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021, via Zoom. Librarian Austin Hall explains how to spot sale information online and check facts using reliable sources. To register, visit wcpld.info. After registering, participants receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.
The exhibit “2020,” closes at the end of March at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. The exhibit features the artwork created by Gallery artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the pieces were made by artists to help them cope with their fears, pain and uncertainty during these unprecedented and worrisome times. Some of the art was produced to show that there is always beauty, even during dark times. Some of the art just plain came to be because creating art makes the artist feel better. Each artist wrote a story with each pice of their art, the ideas is to relive 2020 through the creations of the artists—art history to be remembered. Gallery hours are 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Fridays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays. Participating artists are Margaret Bucholz, Marge Hall, Judi Horsley, Kathi Kuchler, Heide Morris, Britta Renwick, Sue Tripp and Marita Valdizan. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Park District hosts a Glow-In the-Dark Egg Hunt at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Reed-Keppler Park, 129 West National Street. Participants turn in the eggs for prizes, plus they take home a bag to decorate and a craft to take home. Flashlights are recommended. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around and available for pictures. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The price is $6 for residents and $8 for noon-residents.Pre-registration is required at www.we-goparks.org and is due by Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (www.merleburl.com)
To showcase the work of artists who were/are inspired by the influential Mexican artist Frida Kahio, Gallery 200 and People Made Visible host an exhibit “Frida Inspired” at the Gallery 200 during the months of June and July 2021. Artists interested in participating may submit entries https://form.jotform.com/200618174659157 by Saturday, May 15. Artists will receive notification of inclusion no later than May 20, 2021.
Due to recent Illinois Department of Public Health, changes West Chicago Community High School reopens for In-Person classes Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The option for Remote Learning is still available. (www.merleburl.com)
The DuPage County Clerk’s Office is accepting applications for vote by mail ballots for the Consolidated Election Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Up for election are officials in the City of West Chicago, West Chicago Public Library District, West Chicago Park District, West Chicago Elementary School District 33, Community High School District 94, and Benjamin School District 25, College of DuPage, Regional Board of Schools, and Wayne and Winfield Townships. Persons can fill out the application online at https://www.dupageco.org/Election/Voting/37064 (corrected link) download the file at “Vote by Mail Application (PDF),” pick up at County Complex, 421 North County Farm Road, or call (630) 467-5600. After receiving the form, persons should complete and mail as soon as possible. When they become available ballots are mailed. Once persons have their vote by mail ballot, they can choose whether to return the completed ballot by mail or turn the blank ballot in at their polling place to vote in person.
In-Person Early Voting-Paper Ballots for the Consolidated Election are available through Monday, April 5, 2021, at DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Building 5, in Wheaton. In Person Early Voting Touch Screen voting is open at permanent locations until Monday, April 5, at temporary locations until Saturday, April 3. Hours at permanent locations are 8:30 a.m. to 7::00 p.m. weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekends. Hours at temporary locations are 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekends.. To view early voting locations and information, visit www.dupageco.org/earlyvoting/ The Early Voting program allows any eligible DuPage County voter to vote before Election Day.
To assist seniors and those who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine but may not have a computer or internet, DuPage County Health Department has assistance available for them. They can call (630) 882-7400 and DCHD staff will help them register for a vaccine. Any one who has family members, friends or neighbors who do not have computer access should give them this information.
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The DuPage County Health Department developed a dashboard to provide information on the total number of people, in DuPage County, who have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, the dashboard includes a map which shows the distribution of reported cases by municipality and is updated at 4:00 p.m. daily. DuPage County’s “COVID-19 Dashboard” is a one-stop-shop for all the information it offers including a town-by-town breakdown of cases. As of 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021, there were 3,989 cases and 45 deaths; this is the number from the beginning of track recording. It is important to remember to follow the social distancing order, wear masks and wash hands.
A COVID-19 testing site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in a VNA Health Care Mobile at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road. There is no charge. Appointments are required and may be made at (630) 892-4355 or (847) 717-6455.
To keep residents aware of community COVID-19 updates, the City has posted West Chicago’s COVID-19 COMMUNICATIONS CENTER on its website, www.westchicago.org. It is located on the upper left-hand side in red. Clicking on this, residents can see the latest information.
Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Gerald S. Pashkus, who at the age of 82 passed away Friday, March 5, 2021.
Deepest sympathy to the family of William G. Doan, who at the age of 84 passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Sincere sympathy to the family of Augusta J. Souza, who at the age of 90 passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021.
The congregation of Iglesia Piedra Angular (Cornerstone Church), a newly formed Hispanic church, meets in Glen Arbor Community Church, 204 Church Street. Sunday worship services are at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday prayer services are at 7:00 p.m. The congregations of the two churches share in some services and events. (www.merleburl.com)
Stacey Gallagher, Retail Banking Manager/Senior Vice President of FNBC Bank and Trust, is a recent graduate of the Illinois Bankers Association Future Leaders Alliance program. This is an educational program for future leaders in the banking industry, developed to create a leadership framework to new and seasoned bankers that emphasizes professional and personal development, community service and networking .(www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Board of Education appointed Karen Apostoli to the position of Director of Business and Operations effective July 1, 2021. She will replace John Haffner, who is retiring. After spending her childhood in West Chicago, Apostoli returned to raise her family in the community. She was hired in 1994 as a fifth grade teacher and has taught third, fifth, sixth and eighth grades. During her 25 year career in District 33, she was most recently the Gifted and Talented Teacher before beginning her service as principal at Wegner School.
The board also appointed Monique Wodzinski as the next assistant principal of preschool, joining the current assistant principal Heather Santiemmo. She has 15 years experience in the educational field. She was an English as a Second Language Educator for kindergarten through eighth grade for 10 years. For the last five years, she has been an ESL Instructional Coach for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade in District 33. (www.merleburl.com)
Chicago-based public relations agency Motion, presented the 2021 Women of Impact Award to Wendy E. Parks, College of DuPage Vice President for Public Relations, Marketing and Communication. The award honors hardworking inspiring and innovative women in this field. Under the leadership of Parks, the Office of Marketing and Communications received several awards, which included honors from the international Telly Awards, the International MarCom Awards and the national Council for Marketing 7 Public Relations. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Interim Police Chief Chris Shackelford gave the oath of office to Adam Johnson, the newest police officer, Thursday, March 11, 2021. Adams begins his training at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Community High School Scholastic Bowl team took on a team of teachers. Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Scholastic Bowl, an IHSA activity, is a quiz-based competition that tests players on a wide variety of academic subjects. The students won one match and the teachers won one match. Scholastic Bowl team members were Danny Eaton, Swapna George, Sarah Gramit, Allyson Krause, Vincent Lamantia, Cameron Petrie, Cecilia Santiago, Sean Slattery and Matt Stavenger. Members of the teacher team were Steve Balhan, Tara Deleon, Will Dwyer, Bobbi Felfle, Joe McCollum, Kaitlyn McCollum, Carol Naughton, and Nora Wessels. Teams were divided into two groups each. Questions were read to group 1 by Scholastic Bowl Sponsor, Nick Caltagirone, and to group 2 by Activity Director Marc Wolfe. (www.merleburl.com)
A grand opening of Alton Industry Ltd. Group, 643 Innovation Drive in the DuPage Business Center took place in February 2021. The new 192,880 square foot build-to-suit warehouse and office facility serves as its new North American Headquarters and its main logistics center. The company designs, manufactures and distributes tools and hardware for the consumer, professional, and commercial markets. The company distributes products in more than 80 different countries in all regions of the world, and provides products under license for DeWalt, Stanley, Porter Cable, Craftsman, Briggs & Stratton and Black & Decker, as well as other private label customers. (www.merleburl.com)
With the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, Glen Arbor Community Church, 204 Church Street, opens its Fellowship Hall before and after its 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship service.
Since the construction has started, I have been receiving queries regarding the empty lot between City Hall and the condo complex. This is the information from a press release issued January 17, 2020. The name of the project is Main Street Lofts in which the funding helps “with the construction of a four-story, 24-unit building near transportation, education and recreational amenities. Services will be provided on-site by the Association for Individual Development, a provider of services that address the unique needs of individuals throughout every stage of their lives. Per AID’s website, “Since 1961, AID has served individuals with developmental, intellectual, physical and/or mental health challenges, those who have suffered a trauma and those at risk.”
“The Illinois Housing Development Authority Board of Directors approved $42,251,973 in funding to create or restore 172 units of permanent supportive housing in nine communities across Illinois. Financing for this PSH round was awarded from the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the National Housing Trust Fund and the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program. In addition, Authority-administered rental assistance was committed under the Section 811 Rental Assistance Program and the Long Term Operating Support Program.”
Other development sites approved included Englewood Family Housing in Chicago, Ogden park Apartments in Chicago, Lazarus Apartments in Chicago, Morrison Manor in Collinsville, Zion Woods in Deerfield, Mustacchi Manor in Matteson, Access Health & Housing in Maywood and Madison Apartments II in Peoria.
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