At the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Wednesday, January, 4, 2018, Marjory Lewe-Brady and Joie Frankovich from West Chicago Elementary School District 33 gave a presentation, “Partnerships Working in Education.” Under WeGo Together for Kids, Lewe-Brady is the Director of Partnerships and Frankovich is Coordinator of Partnerships.
Lewe-Brady explained that with the partnerships, now numbering more than 60, “There is a collective impact using everyone’s resources to support families and students,” which fulfills the mission of supporting and enhancing the health safety and well-being of children and families through “a collaborative, coordinated and comprehensive approach.” She added, “One of our challenges is staffing the programs.”
Frankovich said, “After School programming is a major one, serving more than 350 students. It is not daycare.” Students receive tutoring help, snacks, some recreational time and counseling, if needed. Working with the West Chicago Park District to better serve the students and families, the Before School Care and After School program are moving to the ARC Center rather than being located in three different schools. “This allows us to provide care for more children, expand the hours and program and not continually moving the students from one building to another,” said Lewe-Brady.
Frankovich said another major program was English As A Second Language. “We have more than100 participants, with 30 percent at level 1.” The classes are taught in the local schools through Literacy DuPage and College of DuPage.” To keep a line of communication between parents and students, the district offers dual language classes for students. “Students can communicate with their parent in their native language, the parents know what students are learning in school, which in turn makes them more involved in their children’s education.”
Other programs include the food pantry located in Leman Middle School, income tax preparation, mental health services and emergency preparedness plans. The food pantry serves an average of 500 individuals a month.
Funding comes mainly from three sources explained Lewe-Brady. One is the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, which is for programs during non-school hours. “This money be used by the end of the school year. It cannot accumulate.” The second funding is the Full Service Community School Grant. This allots $2 million over a period of five years. The third is the partnership with United Way Neighborhood Network.
Lewe-Brady said, “We would like to build more partner relationships with businesses. This could involve a business coming to an after school program and tell about their company talk about internships, assist at some of our programs, and in any ways they want to help expand our programs.” (www.merleburl.com)
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The opening of the Zone 250 in Reed-Keppler Park took place, Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Melissa Medeiros, District Office Manager/Board Secretary, explained, “Zone 250 will have unique hours in that it will only be open when it is occupied, which can be as early as 7:00 a.m. and as late as 10:00 p.m.” One day basketball tournaments, run by the Chicagoland Youth Basketball Network, take place Saturdays, January 13, 27 and February 10, 2018. The Pramukh Volleyball Cup Tournament is from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20. “This is a group of men from the BAPS Temple on Route 59 in Bartlett that play more for fun and recreation than competition,” said Joe Urban, District Athletic Manager.
The venue is intended to be a revenue producer for the Park District and serve the needs of both travel oriented programs as well as individual athlete performance development according to Park District packet information for the Tuesday, January 9, Board of Commissioners meeting. During the summer of 2014, the District received a PARC grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Dean Klapatch, pastor of Glen Arbor Community Church, holds his fourth “Build Your Own Drone” class starting January 2018. The orientation class is at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13, at the church, 204 Church Street. This is an informational session. He is a radio control enthusiast and FAA certified drone pilot. Parents and their children learn how drones work, all the science behind them, and build a 450 mm drone and learn to fly it. It is a six week class followed by three flying lesson. There is a $250 charge for the class. For further information, call (630) 890-7161.
Although the weather outside is a little nippy, persons have the opportunity to keep walking. Healthy West Chicago partners with the Mayor for indoor community walks. The 30-minute walks take place at 9:00 a.m. Sundays, January 14 and 21, 2018 in the field house at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. Entrance C.
The final free collection of Christmas trees takes place during the week of January 15, 2018, on regularly scheduled garbage pickup days. No stickers are required.
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. “Texting on Smart Phones” class is at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
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 refreshment. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 231-1776. “Managing Chronic Pain: Beyond Medication” is at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 17. It covers alternatives to medication and additional ways to handle chronic pain. “Sleep Hygiene” is at 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 22. The discussion includes techniques to improve the quantity and quality of sleep.
West Chicago Public Library District in partnership with the City Of West Chicago hosts a Small Business series. The first program, “Small Business Workshop: Marketing Your Business,” is at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in the main program room, 118 West Washington Street. Tia Juarez from the Women’s Development Center discusses marketing and the branding of business through customer awareness. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
GardenWorks Project received a large amount of seed donations and needs volunteers to help sort them into labeled bins. The sorting event takes place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Suburban Agricultural Resource Center, 103 West Washington Street. To make a reservation visit www.gardenworksprojeact.org
West Chicago Public Library District hosts a Chess Club at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. This is for both the novice and chess master. The chess boards are provided. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1152, extension 4.
The countdown is near for the last day of free recycling for the holiday lights and extension cords. The final date is Friday, January 19, 2018. The offer is open to residents, businesses, clubs, churches and organizations. Drop-off locations are City Hall, 475 Main Street; First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street; Murphy Ace Hardware, 319 South Neltnor Boulevard; Water Treatment Plant, 1400 West Hawthorne Lane; the ARC Center, 201 West National Street: and West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street.
The West Chicago Environmental Commission coordinates the program with Elgin Recycling, which collects these items to strip and recycle for their copper and plastic parts. The company is a full service scrap metal business serving the area for more than 30 years.
The West Chicago Wildcats Lacrosse Club registration night for the Spring season is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 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 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 Police Department and West Chicago Fire Protection District. Members of the Special Olympics team play with the firefighters and policemen for the first three quarters. 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. Rehearsals begin Sunday, February 25. 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, mothers, buying bras, mothers, 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.
West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission sponsors its Eleventh Annual Community Banner Project Competition. The theme is “Pop Art.” The artwork may be any media with no limitation to technique or subject matter. An independent juror selects the works of art. 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.
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. He has committed to “be bold and cold” for 24 hours taking plunges every hour into Lake Michigan. Funds raised benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Peterson has set a personal fundraising goal of $5,000. Thus far he has met 17 percent of his goal. To help him meet this goal, persons can make donations at
West Chicago City Museum Historiography program resumes in March. The book to be discussed is “Ulysses S. Grant” by Ron Chernow. Since the book has 1,000 pages, this allows persons to have the time to read it.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Margarete Ida Hilda Wiesmayer, who at the age of 83 passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2018.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Rosemary (Deitz) LeHuray, who at the age of 89 passed away Friday, January 5, 2018.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Richard Howard, who at the age of 88 passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
At 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2018, the West Chicago Fire Protection District and West Chicago Police Department responded to a traffic accident on Route 59 and Meade Road. On arrival, the fire companies found a three-car vehicle accident with victims trapped in two separate cars. There were three injuries and one fatality.
The 71 year-old female of one vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 78 year-old passenger was transported to Central DuPage Hospital. The drivers and the sole occupants of the other two vehicles, a 39 year-old female and a 72 year-old female with non-threatening injuries also were transported to DCH according to the press release from West Chicago Police Commander Eric Shipman. Additional resources were requested to the scene, explained Assistant Fire Chief Tim Leidig. Assisted by ESDA, the police department closed Route 59 in both directions for rescue efforts; Route 59 from Smith Road to North Avenue was closed approximately for three hours and 45 minutes. Initial investigation and witness accounts indicate a Chevrolet pick-up was traveling southbound on Route 50 and for reasons, still under investigation, the pick-up crossed over the center divider where it collided with two northbound vehicles, a Subaru and a Honda. Also assisting in the investigation were members of DuPage County Accident Reconstruction Team, DuPage Sheriff’s Department and Bartlett Police Department.
First United Methodist Church of West Chicago continues with the Shoeman Water Project started in 2012 under the suggestion by Jody Mitchell, the wife of former pastor, Reverend Tim Mitchell. Since its inception, the word spread quickly, garnering donations of shoes from various churches, organizations and individuals. These include a church in Indiana, Genesco Methodist Church, an Eagle Scout in Chicago and several high schools. Two bins, donated by Groot Inc., are located outside the front doors of the church. Persons can drop off the shoes anytime, day or night. It is helpful, if persons donating shoes, tie or rubber band them together. Also if someone or a group has a large number of shoes to donate, members of the church can pick them up. Thus far, the church has collected 27,993 pairs of shoes.
New or slightly used shoes are counted and bagged by members of the congregation and placed in a storage unit, rented for a monthly fee of one dollar, in Bartlett. When there are an ample amount of shoes, the Shoeman Water project personnel in St. Louis, Missouri, come to pick them up. The shoes are then sold to a broker for use in the United States and other countries. This money is used to build wells to provide fresh, clean water to people in areas such as Africa, India and Haiti, where there has been no potable water.
West Chicago resident Roy Hernandez recently opened his own business, Mom & Pop Merchant Solutions, involving small business loans. Hernandez is a 1983 graduate of West Chicago Community High School.
Now that our temperatures are rising out of the frigid zone, we extend our appreciation to all those who work in these temperatures-publics works crews, firemen, policemen, mail carriers, delivery persons, utility personnel and more.
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