The West Chicago Public Library District offers many resources to the community, but it was not until I attended a lunch program sponsored by the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce did I realize how many resources are available for businesses. Austin J. Hall from the adult services department presented the program.
The library offers a variety of resources, which include free online resources, subscription data bases, books and print periodicals. “Not only do we have basic computer classes, but also one to one concierge classes for employees to advance their skills in programs, such as Excel, ” he said. Through Atomic Training, persons have unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 500 of applications on both PCs and Macs. For employees wanting to gain a better knowledge of English, “ We have shelves filled with English as a Second Language material. Many of our librarians are bilingual.”
The library has resources to help persons starting their own business, such as setting up a business plan, finding monetary sources for loans and/or grants. “There also are sources regarding contracts, business law, legal forms and employment.” Marketing and management resources are found at the library and on line. Record Information Services provides Illinois Public Records, which covers real estate transactions, mortgages and foreclosures.
The A to Z Database is vey comprehensive. The brochure explains, “It is a leading reference and marketing database including 30 million business profiles and information about 220 million residents. It is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives.” Hall said, “It is not only a great source for businesses, but also for individuals.”
Conference rooms, with seating available for 10 people, are available for businesses to use for up to a two-hour period. The rooms have a white dry erase board, a television screen HDMI access and electrical outlets. A Business Round Table, led by a SCORE representative, is held once a month and
To access some of the resources and services, a business library card is required. The business must be located in the library district and the card is good for one year. Library staff assist with questions on resources or other questions and can be reached at (630) 231-1552, extension 4. The library’s website is www.wcpld.info. Having a business appointment right after the program, one of the attendees rushed out the door to get a business library card.
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St Mary’s Catholic Church, 140 North Oakwood Avenue hold a Bilingual Mass, the Vigil of Immaculate Conception, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 7, 2017. The Bilingual Mass for Immaculate Conception is at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 8.
The United Methodist and Congregational Men and Women host the 18th annual Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the church, 643 East Washington Street. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, and beverage. The ticket price is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for children age 3 and under, and $20 for a family of two adults and three or more children. Pictures with Santa are $5. This is a wonderful tradition for families, including grandparents, aunts and uncles, and/or a group of friends. Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Food Pantry on the campus of Real Life Church. Tickets may be purchased at the door or call the church office at (630) 231-3344. (www.merleburl.com)
Benjamin School District 25 holds its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Evergreen Elementary School, 1041 Evergreen Driver in Carol Stream.
We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, 1055 West Washington Street, hosts its annual Open House from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017. Items for sale include the unique table top reindeer, poinsettias, Christmas planters, house plants and succulents and home crafts fashioned by the team members. Refreshments are served. Orders for table top reindeer need to be placed by Sunday, December 10, by calling (630) 231-0100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The greenhouse provides people with disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and to train and work in a supportive, safe and caring environments while producing and providing products and services to the community. (www.merleburl.com)
The Tenth Annual Holiday Celebration for the Community, sponsored by American Legion Post 300 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 6791 is Saturday, December 9, 2017, at American Legion hall, 123 Main Street. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner, catered by Pal Joey’s, at 7:00 p.m. Providing the entertainment is DJ Joel Quest. Door prizes and raffles add to the fun of the evening. Cash only bar.
Ticket price is $20 and $35 for two, if paid in advance, $25 at door, $10 for children under the age of 12, and no charge for children age 2 and under. Purchase tickets in advance at the VFW or the Legion, 123 Main Street. The event is open to the public. For further information call (630) 231-9823.
The Holiday Choral Concert is at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017, in Weyrauch Auditorium at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. Performing are the Mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorale, Honors A Cappella Chamber Choir and the Concert Choir. Songs include “Carol of the Bells,” “Shalom Rav” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” The director is Brandon Fantozzi. (www.merleburl.com)
Gallery Theater Studio holds auditions for the play, “Rose Colored Glass” by Susan Bigelow and Janet Goldberg from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10, and from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, December 11, 2017, at the theater, 129 Main Street. The rehearsals begin in January. Performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays, February 16, 17, 23 and 24, and Sundays, February 18, and 25, 2018. To schedule an appointment e-mail email@example.com; walk-Ins are welcome. Monologues are not required; auditions will be sides from the script.
Auditions are for the roles of Lady O’Riley and Rose Fleishman only; the role of Peg O’Riley has been cast. Lady O’Riley, an idealist, is an Irish Catholic Immigrant in her 60s and owner of Lady O’Riley’s Pub. Rose Fleishman, a realist, is an Austrian Jewish immigrant in her 40s and owner of Fleishman’s Delicatessen across the alley from the Pub. Peg o’Riley I, granddaughter of Lady, is 13 at the start of the play and as the play progresses is a bit older as the narrator of the play.
The Station, the youth group at First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, holds Christmas Kids Night Out, kid-free shopping trip for parents. It takes place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10. Children enjoy games, veggie tales and dinner. The charge is $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional child with a $45 max, there is a $5 discount for persons registering by Sunday, December 3. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. (www.merleburl.com)
St Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, holds a Blue Christmas service at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017. Reverend Josh Ebner, pastor of the church, explains, “While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels hopeful or like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss are magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas time. A Blue Christmas service may provide a time and place of solace during the often frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas. We come together seeking healing and room to share grief, sadness, loneliness, or confusion when these emotions often feel out of place during the holidays.”
The Concert, Symphony, and String Orchestras of West Chicago Community High School present their Holiday concert at 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 11, 2017, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. Alexandra Wojciechowski is the director. Music selections are “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, “Waltz” from the “Nutcracker” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Christmas Garland” arranged by John Leavitt, Finale from the St. Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst, “Folk Tune” by Percy Fletcher, “Boreas” by Todd Parish, “American Princess” by Bob Phillips, “Polar Express” arranged by Larry Moore and Paul Lavendar, “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay and “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit. (www.merleburl.com)
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. “Downloading Games on Your iPad or iPhone” class is at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 13. “Downloading Books on Your iPad or iPhone” class is at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 15.
John’s Restaurant and Tavern, also known as John’s Buffet, is closing its doors Saturday, December 23, 2017, at 29W482 Jewell Road in Winfield. Northwestern Medicine purchased the property for a parking area of Central DuPage Hospital. The owner is John Karwoski; the business has been in the family for 96 years. A Community Celebration is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 13. Also the Loose Screws perform at the restaurant for the last time Saturday, December 16. Although not located in West Chicago, many in our community have dined and partied at the location.
Wheaton Academy holds its annual Christmas Concert at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 and 14, 2017 in the Fine Arts Center, 900 North Prince Crossing Road. It features all Wheaton Academy Choral and Instrumental musical groups.
West Chicago Park District monthly social activity for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the ARC, 201 National Street. For the holiday celebration, the district provides roasted loin of pork, mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables with balsamic and honey, steamed corn with butter and dinner rolls. Guests bring a $5 or under gift, wrapped in holiday wrappings for the gift exchange. Guests also can bring a holiday dessert, if they wish. The charge is $11 for residents and $13 for non-residents. Reservations are due by Thursday, December 7, and may be made online at www.we-goparks.org or in person at the ARC. (www.merleburl.com)
The Concert and Symphonic Bands of West Chicago Community High School present their Holiday Concert at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. Holiday songs include “Christmas Festival,” which was composed for the Boston Pops in 1950, “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch, “O Come O Emanuel” and selections from the “Nutcracker Suite.” There also is a good selection of non-holiday music including “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager, and “Our Director,” a famous march by F. E. Bigelow. The director is James Wallace.
The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum presents its 2018 ornament, Washington School. The price is $9 and it is available at the City Museum, 132 Main Street, and Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fridays. Prior ornaments also cost $9. For further information, call the Museum at (630) 231-3376 or email email@example.com.
A brief history of the building is as follows: “The first brick and stone school building in West Chicago, the fourth schoolhouse erected, was built in 1873 on the northwest corner of Fremont and McConnell Streets. After 1887 the school became known as North Side School, as South Side School was finished in that year, and served both elementary and high school classes. After a successful referendum North Side School was remodeled in 1908 with part of a new building being built on the 1873 building’s foundation. The school retained the name North Side school until 1931, when it was changed to Washington School and by then only housed elementary students. When Turner School opened in 1953, the elementary students from Washington went there. Washington School was then the home of the junior high school. When the West Chicago Junior High opened in 1962, Washington School was mothballed. In June of 1969 the school was demolished, when the West Chicago bought the land for a new fire station. The eagle monument from the top of Washington School still stands in front of the fire station, 200 Fremont Street ” (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Fire Protection District promotes holiday decoration safety through the “Keep the Wreath Red” program. The wreaths are on display at all three stations, 200 Fremont Street, 1651 Atlantic Drive and 1800 Commerce Drive. Red bulbs on the wreaths are replaced with a white bulb if the cause of a fire is holiday-related. During the 30-plus years of participation in the program of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the wreaths have remained red most of the time. Precautionary measures for a live Christmas tree involve checking the water level on a regular basis and placing it and other greens away from a heat source, with the latter step also applying to artificial trees and greens. Locate candles in safe locations, away from window treatments and evergreens. NEVER leave candles unattended in a room; keep them out of reach of children and pets. With the use of battery-operated flickering tea candles and tapers, persons can have the warmth and festive aura in a safe manner.
Bob Chase, Class of 1973 graduate from West Chicago Community High School, is a contestant in the annual Fjallraven Polar 2018 contest to be one of 20 persons around the world chosen to go on a dog sledding trip in the Arctic wilderness. Only two from North America are selected. The first spot is the person who receives the most votes through Facebook, and the second spot is picked by the Fjallraven Polaar jury. Persons wanting to vote for Chase can do so at Facebook.com/voteforbobchase/.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Lucas Marszalek, who at the age of 19 recently passed away.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Joseph Richard Cusack, who at the age of 80 passed away Monday, November 27, 2017.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Linda S. Sane, who at the age of 71 passed away Friday, December 1. 2017.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Frances Ryan, who at the age of 93 passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017.
WeGo Wildcat Special Olympics basketball team was involved in many basketball games this past week. Tuesday, November 29, 2017, they lost to Glenbard North with a score of 43-29. The club president Dave Hempe said, “The Wildcats improved on their teamwork and passing. We are watching the very good play of a first year player named Evelyn. She has great instincts and is not afraid to mix it up with opponents bigger than she is. She has a lot of promise.”
Friday, December 1, 13 of the 15 players down to the United Center to participate in the 15-minute pick up game against St. Charles East before the Bulls game at the United Center. “Friday night at the United Center was great .We had a lot fun. Our kids were very nervous and awestruck, but were wearing great big smiles.”
The Warrenville Tournament took place Sunday, December 3. The Wildcats played two games, winning both of them.The score at the first game was Wildcats 52, Naperville-30. At the second game the score was Wildcats-54, U-46, 22.
“We are all impressed with how the athletes are playing and improving, which is a huge credit to the coaches, Dirk Gunderson, Dick Doremus and Kylie Gunderson. They have high standards with great understanding.” (www.merleburl.com)
The Illinois Principals Association named Gloria Trejo, principal of Pioneer Elementary School, DuPage Regional Elementary Principal of the Year. She has received recognition at school, district, state and national level. (www.merleburl.com)
Riding by Hawthorne Business Center, 825 to 845 West Hawthorne Lane, the upgrades on the exterior facade are quite evident and pleasing architecturally. These include new metal panel facade, new windows, parking lot resurfacing and landscaping enhancements. Current tenants are Achem industry and Corrpro Company.
The West Chicago Police Department raised more than $16,000 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics this year, with 100 percent of the monies raised going directly to Special Olympics. The fundraising events included the Kwasman Classic basketball game, Polar Plunge, Cop on A Rooftop, police department versus fire district fire fighters softball game and pig roast and T-shirt sales. Police Detective Robbi Peterson puts forth much effort in coordinating these fundraising efforts. He set a new fundraising target of $20,000 in 2018.
At its meeting Wednesday, December 15, 2017, the DuPage Airport Authority Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for NAI Hiffman to be the real estate broker for the DuPage Business Center. The contract is for a term of one year and is subject to two one-year extensions at the sole discretion of the board. Per the company’s website, “Comprised of more than 160 real estate professionals, NAI Hiffman provides leasing, management and investment sales representation for owners and occupiers of commercial real estate in the Chicago metro market. It currently leases and manages a 77+ million SF portfolio of over 600 commercial properties throughout metropolitan Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Wisconsin. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 400 offices strategically located throughout the world, with 7,000+ local market professionals, handling over $20 billion in transaction value and managing 425+ million SF of property.” The Authority’s contract with CenterPoint expired September 30, 2017.
Named as honorable mentions on the “Daily Herald” All-Area football team were Sean Blum from Wheaton Academy and Jaheel Humphrey from West Chicago Community High School.
Erika Olsen is the new Off-Site Food Pantry Coordinator for the WeGo Together Community Market, a school-based food pantry at Leman Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street. She, her husband Andy, and two children live in West Chicago. She replaces Sarah Harms. (www.merleburl.com)
Jim Benzin is the new tutor for one to one tutoring at Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Education from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, plus a Master of Education in Special Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Benzin has 23 years of professional experience teaching in the Special Education Department at Lake Park High School in Roselle and 30 years as an instructor Education Department at Elmhurst College. He currently is retired and volunteers with the DuPage Care Center working with Veterans. Benzin is a Vietnam Veteran and Commander of the Carol Stream Veteran of Foreign Wars.
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