Finding out he was selected to be on the 2018 Summer Special Olympics Team Illinois, July 1 through July 6 in Seattle was both a surprise and honor for 19 year-old West Chicago resident Christopher Chavez, the son of Juan and Sandy Chavez. His former teachers St. Charles East High School, Donna Wisely and Andrea Winiarski, nominated him for the team. He is among 3,500 athletes participating in the 16 Olympic individual and team sports. He will be in the long jump and mini javelin competitions, his mother explained.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, his mother drove him to the high school and it was not until after he ran under the bridge of arms formed by teachers that Christopher realized he was being recognized for making the team. His mother Sandy said, “He was so surprised and excited to be in the spotlight.” He thanked his teachers, friends and family. “I just love this school,” he said. He graduated from the high school in 2017.
While attending the high school, Christopher participated in the Special Olympics Illinois competing in track and field, plus basketball, swimming, bowling and weight lifting and won several gold medals. Christopher also was the manager for the school’s varsity baseball team. “Chris was very dedicated to this position, said Sandy.”He also has a black belt in karate. He trains at Power Athletics in St. Charles.
Christopher currently attends Judson University in Elgin. He is enrolled in RISE, a Road to Independent Living, Spiritual Formation and Employment program. Sandy said, “He lives on campus and is enjoying it. He is enthusiastic about this experience and we are glad to see him learning some new skills.” (www.merleburl.com)
AROUND AND ABOUT
West Chicago High School Teachers’ Association hosts a Community meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017, at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street. Under discussion is contract negotiation information. There is a question and answer session. For more information, visit d94teachers.org.
“Fused for You II: A Touch of Glass” is the exhibit for the month of November at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. Featured is the fun and functional fused glass art by Susan Delaney, Mindy Milan and Sue Tripp. The artwork includes plates, dreamcatchers, jewelry and garden stakes. The three artists work across the bench from each other and share the same kiln, but their finished products are very different.
The artists’ reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2017. A Native American Flute jam is the musical entertainment. Refreshments are served. (www.merleburl.com)
During the Senior Leaf Raking project of the City, various youth groups, organizations and individuals volunteer to rake the yards of senior citizens. The event takes place Saturday, November 4, 2017. Last year, the volunteers raked the yards of 30 senior citizens. Volunteers meet at 7:00 a.m. at Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street, and return at 11:00 a.m. for pizza. Individuals or groups wanting to volunteer and senior citizens wanting to sign up to have their yards raked can call Police Officer Michael Rosenwinkel at (630) 293-2751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Chicago Environmental Commission and United Methodist Church co-host a pumpkin drop off from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the church, 643 East Washington Street. The dumpster is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot. Composting pumpkins deeps waste out of the landfills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer for soils. (www.merleburl.com)
United Methodist and Congregational Women of First United Methodist Church of West Chicago host their annual Holiday Luncheon and Gift Bazaar Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the church, 643 East Washington Street. The bazaar is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sale items include handmade gifts and ornaments, gift baskets, baked goods, white elephant goodies, plus some items sold by small business vendors. Luncheon is served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The menu is hot roast beef sandwiches, a large variety of salads and many delicious desserts. The price is $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and under. This is a fundraiser for local, national and world relief programs. For further information, call the church office at (630) 231-3344.
The Illinois Music Educators Association selected seven students from West Chicago Community High School to participate in the IMEA District 9 Senior Large Ensemble Festival. The concert takes place at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Elgin High School, 1200 Maroon Drive. Students chosen for this honor are Andrew Brady, baritone, senior; Megan Kordik, soprano, junior; Gavin O’Keefe, baritone, senior; Jeri Rethford, trumpet, junior; Jack Gillespie, cello, senior; Benjamin Hueber, baritone, junior; and Daniel Weber, baritone, senior.
Band, chorus and orchestra student musicians were eligible to audition for the Festival. The students prepared music and music skills specific to their instrument and/or voice part chosen by the ILMEA. Auditions were held Tuesday, October 3. The students are under the direction of Brandon Fantozzi, chorus; James Wallace, (band; and Alexandra Wojciechowski, orchestra. (www.merleburl.com)
It is time to fall behind. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.
Shining Light sponsors a Clothing Sale from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017, in American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street. Everything is one dollar.
Maggi Capettini, Gallery 200 member and education director at West Chicago City Museum, gives a knife painting demonstration from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017, at the annual holiday exhibit of Natural History Art of the Nature Artists’ Guild of Morton Arboretum. More than 200 works of art are on display in the Cudahy Auditorium, 4100 Route 53 in Lisle. The exhibit runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The last brush pickup for 2017 begins Monday, November 6, 2017.
Registration for the City of West Chicago’s 2017 Frosty Fest 5K Run/Walk is now open online at www.raceroster.com/14012. The event takes place Saturday, December 2, 2017, starting in Turner Court. Packet pick up and registration is at 7:30 p.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. The free Kids Fun Walk for children age 10 and under begins at approximately 9:30 a.m. Age groups are 11 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and over. The top three overall male and female participants receive awards, plus the top three male and female in each age category receive awards. The fee is $25 for residents, $30 for non-residents, $10 for students. Registration deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017. Persons registering by Monday, November 6, 2017 receive Santa hats. To receive a Frosty t-shirt, participants should register by Friday, November 10. Kids Fun Run participants receive a Finisher’s ribbon. For further information, call Special Events Coordinator Bethany Bayci at (630) 293-2200, extension 176 or email email@example.com.
The West Chicago Public Library District offers a two-hour computer class, “Introduction to Email,” at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in the small conference room. Attendees learn how to set up an email account and to send and receive messages. Basic computer skills are required. To register call adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
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.
“Introduction to Pinterest” class is at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 8. “Locating Holiday Recipes on Pinterest” class is at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 10.
The basketball season is beginning for the WeGoWildcats Special Olympics with the first game at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Bishop Gym at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. They play Glenbard North High School.
“The Magic of Harry Houdini” is the program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in the main meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Historical presenter William Pack portrays Houdini, telling about the magician”s life through the recreations of some of Houdini’s famous magic tricks. The program is suitable for all ages. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
The West Chicago Park District monthly social gathering for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Wood Glen Senior Apartments, 199 North Avenue. Celebrating Thanksgiving, the park district provides the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy Attendees bring their favorite holiday dish to share. The cost is $11 for residents, $13 for non-residents. Reservations are due by Friday, November 3. Reservations may be made on line at www.we-goparks.org or in person at the ARC, 201 West Washington Street.
Through its Relaxation Series, the West Chicago Public Library District presents four programs in November. The first one, “Reducing Stress Through Meditation,” takes place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017, in the main meeting room 118 West Washington Street. The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a healing modality. Michael Ribet, who has been meditating for over 40 years discusses the effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. He also presents a simple, yet powerful meditation technique. Call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4 to make a reservation.
Gallery Theater Studio, 129 Main Street, presents “Miracle on South Division Street” by Thomas Dudzik. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, November 10, 11, 17 and 18 and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, November 12 and 19, 2017. The ticket price is $16 and $14 for seniors. To make reservations, call (630) 254-5919, email GalleryTickets@gmail.com or through the website www.Gallerytheaterstudio.org.
The Nowaks, Clara and her adult children of Buffalo, New York have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop. Since then, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks’ 20-foot commemorative shrine as a beacon of hope and faith amidst the urban rubble. The daughter Ruth unveils her plan to write and star in a one-woman show about the family miracle so the “whole world will know!” However, as her plans for theatrical immortality unfold, the entire family’s faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel.
Cast members are West Chicago resident Maureen Navadomskis, Vicki White, Kas Hesek and Mike Greenstone. The director is Carolyn Larsen. (www.merleburl.com)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 338 George Street, hosts its Annual Christmas Sale and Luncheon from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017. The luncheon is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The sale includes Christmas items, baked goods, handicrafts used treasures, silent auction and outside vendors. The cost for the luncheon is $7, children age 10 and under are free. The menu is Sloppy Joes, hot dogs, salads, chips, dessert and beverage.
The Community Veterans Day Service is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street. There is a presentation by Rolling Thunder. West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda gives a patriotic message. Included in the program is the 21-gun salute by members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreigns Wars Post 6791 and the playing of “Taps” by Jeri Rethford and Gavin O’Keefe, both juniors at West Chicago Community High School. A light luncheon is served after the ceremony. There is a free will offering for Neighborhood Food Pantries.
The submission deadline for “Cantigny in Focus” annual photo contest for amateur photographers is Monday, November 13, 2017. Submitted images, with a maximum of 10, must be from the grounds of Cantigny Park or Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, the 500-acre former estate of Robert R. McCormick. Pictures taken in 2017 or earlier are eligible. Full details about the contest, including rules and official entry form, are online at Cantigny.org. Questions may be directed to Brian Gray at (630) 260.8167 or bgray@Cantigny.org.
Cantigny-appointed judges select 20 images for public display in the park’s Visitors Center Gallery. Judges look for photographs that best represent the scope of Cantigny, including gardens, museums, special events, festivals, golf, adult and children’s programs, concerts, military events and nature. Winning entries are on display starting February 1, 2018. Park visitors may then vote for their favorite images through December 30, 2018. Owners of the top three vote getters receive a prize.
The theme of the tenth annual Student Frosty Fest Essay Contest revolves around the concept of promoting “One West Chicago,” a community made stronger by its diversity. The question is “A new student is having trouble adjusting to his new school because he feels that he is different from his new classmates. You want him to know that everyone is welcome in the West Chicago community. What things would you do or say to your new classmate to make him feel happy, special and welcome? Why are these things important to you? ”Age categories are first and second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth and sixth grade. Judging the essays are staff from West Chicago Public Library District. Winners ride in the Mayor’s carriage during the Frosty Fest procession and help light the official tree Saturday, December 2, 2017. Entries are due by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, at West Chicago City Hall, Attn.: Frosty Fest Essay Contest, 475 Main Street, West Chicago, IL 60185. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago City Museum Historiography program is a non-fiction book reading group. The discussion group meets at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the museum, 132 Main Street. Guests can bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks are provided.
The book under discussion is “Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive” by Laura Hillenbrand. It is up to individual readers to choose either the regular edition or the young adult adaptation. The book tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian’s courage, cunning, and fortitude following the crash of his military plane in enemy territory during World War II.
Copies of the book are available at the museum and West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street. Call the museum at (630) 231-3376 for further information.
During the fall, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and Cantigny Park, present a series of programs focusing on the theme of civic awareness. The third and final program, “Money in Politics: How Much is Too Much?” is at 7:00 p.m. November 16, 2017. Guests meet at the Visitor’s Center, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, and then are transported to the McCormick Museum for the program There is no charge for the program and parking is free. Registration is limited to 100 attendees per event. Advance registration is required and may be made at http://www.wheatonlwvil.org/civics-awareness.html#news.
Sarah Brune, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, presents practical tools for keeping up with the fast-paced world of political money in Illinois. Through tools like http://www.illinoissunshine.org, persons can learn about who is giving this money, who is receiving it, and how campaign cash really works. During her time with ICPR, Brune has been integral in passing campaign finance reform legislation, hosting civic engagement events for voters and running ICPR’s Illinois Sunshine database. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Communication from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest. ICPR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization serving the voters of Illinois. Its mission is to initiate reforms and promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics, and encourage integrity, accountability, and transparency in government.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. The League of Women Voters of Wheaton serves the people of Wheaton, Winfield, West Chicago, Warrenville, and Carol Stream.
Cantigny Park, part of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), long-time editor and publisher of the “Chicago Tribune.”
West Chicago Community High School students enrolled in Child Development I classes, under the supervision of teacher Brittney Bauer, teach children from the age of 2.5 through five in a three-week Wildcat preschool Program. The classes are from 8:00 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, starting November 28 and ending December 14, 2017.
Lessons range from alphabet and number awareness to gross motor activities to beginning reading and writing. For further information and to register, visit, www.d94org/preschool. (www.merleburl.com)
The new website for the West Chicago Public Library District is up and running, www.wcpld.info. I find it much easier to navigate.
Both of the West Chicago veterans’ organizations hold Bingo as a fundraiser on a weekly basis. American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street, games are on Fridays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard, games are 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.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Evan Edward “Ed” Broy, who at the age of 87 passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Marian E. Anderson, who at the age of 90 passed away Monday, October 23, 2017.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Bonnie J. Bublitz, who at the age of 90 passed away Monday, October 23, 2015.
Forty-seven students from West Chicago Community High School were inducted into the National Honor Society during a ceremony held Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The NHS sponsor is Humanities teacher Nick Caltagirone.
Inductees are Melissa Bautista, Abby Carr, Maria Giannoudakos, Jeremy Grant, Clare Hur, Camryn Liberio, Ellie Michaels, Andrew Tortorello, Cameryn Zapata, Daniela Almarales, Guadalupe Arriola, Grecia Bahena, Barbara Castellanos, Colette Castelluccio and Nicholas Castelluccio.
Others are Maricela Cruz, Shivani Dave, Kathryn Gramit, Alyssa Guttman, Adam Hey, Skylar Kenneally, Charles Kostomiris, Vianey Luna, Audrey Miller, Alejandro Munoz, Jose Munoz, Gavin O’Keefe, Caroline Orr and Joseph Orr.
Also inducted were Raul Ortiz, Bansri Patel, Dipali Patel, Britney Prebis, Grace Ramirez, Jeri Rethford, Delaney Ringe, Nathan Rutledge, Erika Schoeller, Marya Shamas, Jessica Smith, Sarah Solver, Sean Tannehill, and Michael Wagner, Addie Hasselgren, Sabrina Lutfiyeva, Neve Ryan and Alyssa Szulczewski.
The National Honor Society is an organization that honors high school students for their academic excellence, character, and service to their school.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. At approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017, a man experienced a medical emergency in his vehicle. An off duty West Chicago Fire District Protection District firefighter/paramedic “witnessed the issue and provided initial medical care until the fire and ambulance personnel arrived,” said Assistant Fire Chief Tim Leidig. “The patient was transferred to Central DuPage Hospital for further care.”
The Illinois Aviation Academy and Chief Pilot Scott Malcolm received national Flight Training Experience Awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of America. The 2017 Distinguished Flight School Award recognizes IAA as one of the top four percent of flight schools, while Malcolm, earned the 2017 Distinguished Flight Instructor Award, putting him in the top one percent of flight instructors nationwide.
Located at DuPage Airport, 32W751 Tower Road, IAA began operation in 1993 and offers complete corporate aviation services, financial aid services, aircraft maintenance, simulators, aircraft storage and sales. According to the press release “The program has graduated more than 20,000 pilots since inception and pilots have logged upward of 75,000 total miles.” IAA operates 23 total aircrafts, has a 30,000 square foot hangar and 15 full-time employees to assist perspective pilots in achieving their goals. Bob Werdrich is the president and CEO of IAA.
The award winning photograph by Theresa Carriveau, a 2017 graduate of West Chicago Community High School, was featured as cover art in the recent edition of the Journalism Education Association’s national publication. She took this picture while she was a student at WCCHS and a staff member of the “Wildcat Chronicle.” (www.merleburl.com)
In July 2017, Central Ink Corporation, 1100 Harvester Road, acquired substantially all of the assets of Impressive Inks, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, in a private transaction, According to the website, “This acquisition represents a unique opportunity for Central Ink and Impression Inks to combine their strengths in manufacturing, formulation, distribution and technical services to the web offset market of the printing industry.”
Benjamin Middle School physical education teachers Lynette Wright and Jen Vidic received a $1,500 Walmart Foundation community grant for their program Food4Life Healthy Eating Program Curriculum. The program is part of the Benjamin Middle School health curriculum, offering students the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and how to cook nutritious snacks and meals. The innovative program teaches students food preparation skills and allows them to participate in fun learning activities about food, food safety and nutrition.
In its sixth year, the competition for the Parent Teacher Organization Reading Trophy Award found a new winner this year—Wegner School. Students attending the six elementary schools in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 participate in the summer reading programs at West Chicago and Winfield Public Library Districts. Students from Currier and Indian Knoll schools are patrons of the Winfield Public Library.
For the two years in a row, Pioneer School won the Summer Reading Trophy for the highest percentage of students participating. Prior to this, Gary School was the recipient of this trophy for three years straight.
The final results are Pioneer, 76 students, 19 participation percentage; Gary School, 105 students, 19 participation percentage; Wegner, 79 students, 19 participation percentage, and Indian Knoll, 41 students, 19 participation percentage; Turner, 57 students, 15 participation percentage and Currier, 47 students, 10 participation percentage. (www.merleburl.com)
The addition of the “Ninja Fitness Centers,” added the extra fun touch for the 276 persons attending the successful Boo Bash, hosted by the West Chicago Park District Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the ARC. Another favorite was the magic entertainment by Mary Marconi. (www.merleburl.com)
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