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Around and About in West Chicago - 28 Mar 2013

Around and About

  • Social Studies Dept and League of Women Voters Candidates Foru

  • Senior Fair at American Legion Pos

  • Annual Family & Consumer Science Night

  • Fundraiser for Officer Joe Stewart

              The following is a schedule of worship services and Easter activities planned by local churches for Maundy Thursday, March 28; Good Friday, March 29; Holy Saturday, March 30; and Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.

  • Apostolic Assembly Church, 464 Ann Street, Easter service is at 11:00 a.m. followed by an Easter Egg Hunt and breakfast.

  • Community Fellowship Church, 28W240 North Avenue, Good Friday service is at 7:00 p.m. The Easter sunrise service is at 6:15 p.m. The Easter worship services are 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

  • Crossroads Restoration Church, 525 North Neltnor Boulevard, Easter worship service is at 10:00 a.m.

  • Faith Community Church and La Casa de la Misericordia have a combined Good Friday service at 7:00 p.m. On Easter, there is a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and the two churches have a combined Easter worship service at 10:30 a.m. All take place at Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street.

  • First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street, Good Friday service is at 6:30 p.m. The Easter Sunrise service, presented by the youth, is at 7:00 a.m. The United Methodist and Congregational Men serve a pancake breakfast at 8:00 a.m. With proceeds benefitting the youth group, the charge is $5 per person and $10 per family. The Easter worship service is at 10:00 a.m.

  • Glen Arbor Community Church and Simple Gifts Foundation cohost their annual community Easter Egg Hunt from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the church, 204 Church Street. The Easter service is at 10:00 a.m.

  • Hispanic Church of the Nazareth Easter worship service with two dramas and choir is at 1:30 p.m. followed by lunch. This is at First United Methodist Church building, 643 East Washington Street.

  • Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1800 Joliet Street, Maundy Thursday service is at 7:00 p.m. Good Friday service is at 7:00 p.m. The Easter worship service is at 9:00 a.m., followed by breakfast.

  • New Life Bilingual Church, 468 Ann Street, Easter worship service is at 10:45 a.m.

  • Resurrection Anglican Church, 100 Wycliffe Drive, Good Friday service is at 7:00 p.m. Easter Vigil is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. The Easter worship service is at 10:00 a.m.

  • St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, bilingual Maundy Thursday service is at 7:00 p.m. On Good Friday, the Via Crusis (Stations of the Cross) begins at noon at the intersection of Easton and Main Streets, proceeds east on Main Street, then north on Prince Crossing Road to the church. The Good Friday service in Spanish is at 1:00 p.m. The Good Friday service in English is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday worship services are Spanish at noon and English at 5:00 p.m. Easter worship services are traditional at 8:00 a.m., contemporary at 10:30 a.m. and Spanish is at noon. There is a breakfast brunch from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 140 North Oakwood Avenue, Thursday services Mass of the Lord’s Supper in English and Spanish are at 7:00 p.m. Adoration (Blessed Sacrament) are from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. in the new school lobby, 147 Garden Street. On Good Friday, Confessions are from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Stations of the Cross in English is at noon, Stations of the Cross and Liturgy in Spanish are at 3:00 p.m.  The Passion and Veneration of the Cross in English is at 7:00 p.m. On Holy Saturday, the Blessing of Easter Baskets is at noon, the Easter Vigil is at 7:30 p.m.  Easter Sunday Masses in English are at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Masses in Spanish are at 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

  • St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, 400 West Washington Street, Good Friday Tennebrae service is at 7:00 p.m. The Easter worship service is at 9:30 a.m. followed by brunch.

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 331 George Street, Maundy Thursday service is at 7:00 p.m. The Good Friday service is at 7:00 p.m. On Easter the worship services are at 7:00 and 10:30 p.m. The worship service in Spanish is at noon.

  • Water’s Edge Bible Church, 209 South Oakwood Avenue, Good Friday Service is at 7:00 p.m. Easter worship services are at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

  • West Chicago Church of Christ, 350 James Street, Easter worship service is at 10:30 a.m.

  • Wheaton Bible Church, 27W500 North Avenue, Good Friday services are contemporary at 6:00 p.m., Spanish at 7:00 p.m. and contemporary at 8:00 p.m. Easter worship services are traditional at 8:00 a.m., contemporary at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. and Spanish at 9:45 a.m.

  • Willow Creek Community Church/DuPage presents three 45-minute interactive experiences on Good Friday. The times are 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Easter worship services are at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. All services take place in the Fine Arts Center at Wheaton Academy, 900 Prince Crossing Road.


              The West Chicago Park District hosts a Soup & Bread event from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street. The event is a community meal project designed as a grassroots way to raise money for hunger-relief organizations and worthy causes. There is no fixed charge, but just donations of any amount. The proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Food Pantries location in West Chicago.

              Providing the soup are Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda, DuPage Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Dave Sabathne, Park District Office Manager Melissa Medeiros and Park District Athletic Supervisor Joe Urban. Guests can bring bread or dessert to share.

              Through Local Music Night and People Made Visible, Mandy Rakow, Mike Felton and Brian Daniel Billie provide musical entertainment. Fenton plays the guitar and sings, Rakow plays guitar and cello, and Billie sings and plays guitar.  Their genre includes acoustic, blues, soul and folk rock. For further information, call Park District recreation coordinator Kathy Burke at (630) 231-9474.

              Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services intergenerational social, “Herb du Jour,” is at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Wayne Township building, 27W031 North Avenue. Senior citizens and youths sample healing tricks with herbs and plant miniature herb gardens. For information, call WAYS at (630) 231-7166.

              The West Chicago Garden Club meeting is Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street. Social gathering is at 6:45 p.m., brief business meeting is at 7:00 p.m. and the program is at 7:15 p.m. Jim Rowan presents “Don’t Squash That Bug!” The meeting is open to the public.

              He tells how to recognize good and bad bugs, plus giving the benefits of the good bugs. His education background includes geology and zoology. Rowan was an animal keeper for 17 years at Lincoln Park Zoo. He also is an avid photographer, whose work is published in calendars, magazines and textbooks. His photography exhibit, “Planet of the Arthropods,” has been on display in museums and nature centers. In addition to giving lectures on history and nature, Rowan is a re-enactor of 18th and 19th century history.

              As part of its WeGo for Wellness series, the West Chicago Public Library District offers “Tai Chi for Beginners” at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Members of the Midwest Taoist Tai Chi Society give a demonstration of the fusion fitness program, which involve a series of movements performed in a slow, focused movement. Persons attending should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. To make a reservation, call the Adult Services Department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.

              Coffee with the Mayor is from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, 2013 at City Hall, 475 Main Street.

              American Legion Post 300, along with assistance from Sons of the American Legion, hosts its annual Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. SHARP Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Reed-Keppler Park, Arbor Avenue and National Street. The areas for children are divided into age groups of 1 and 2 year-olds, 3 and 4 year-olds, 5 and 6 year-olds and 7 and 8 year-olds. In each age grouping, there are prizes for two children who find the “special” eggs. Children supply their own baskets for collecting the candy-filled eggs. The egg hunt is a community tradition that spans more than 50 years.

              Yard waste collection begins Monday, April 1, 2013 on regularly scheduled garbage pick up days. The yard waste needs to be placed in “Kraft” bags with a Universal sticker affixed to them.

              The Student Council at West Chicago Middle School conducts a Candidates Forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in the Community Room, 238 East Hazel Street. Enter in at Joliet Street. There are five candidates running for the four available seats at West Chicago Elementary School District 33. They are incumbents Chris Scheck, Julie Pearson, Sue Stibal and Brenda Vishanoff, and newcomer Karina Villa.  Each candidate answers questions from members of the student council. The forum concludes with questions from the audience.

              Beginning Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the West Chicago Citizens Corps holds its seven-week Community Response Team Training course.  The classes are from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesdays at West Chicago Fire Protection District headquarters, 200 Fremont Street.

              The program teaches disaster preparedness for hazards and basic disaster response skills. Topics include weather safety, fire and life safety, medical, light search and rescue, CERT organization, psychology and terrorism. Using the training learned in the classroom, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available for help.  Participants must be 18 years or older, and live or work in the City of West Chicago or the West Chicago Fire Protection District. To register for the free CERT training course, call Fire Chief Bob Hodge at (630) 231-2123 or West Chicago Police Sergeant Chris Woodill at (630) 293-2222.

              The Social Studies department of Community High School District 94 and the League of Women Voters of Wheaton host a Candidates Forum Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the high school, 326 Joliet Street.

             The Meet-and-Greet for candidates in School Districts 25, 33 and 34 takes place from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center. Lisa Willuweit, Humanities Division Head, said she plans to introduce the candidates formally once during the hour.  “The meet-and-greet format is very informal, with school board candidates available for conversation.” Candidates in District 25 for the four-year terms are incumbents Jack Buscemi, Dennis Peterson and Anna Taylor, and newcomers Melissa West and Vincent Engstrom, plus Jodie Krause for the unexpired two-year term. West Chicago Elementary School District 33 candidates for the four open seats are incumbents Chris Scheck, Julie Pearson, Sue Stibal and Brenda Vishanoff, and newcomer Karina Villa. Candidates for the four-year terms in Winfield School District 34 are incumbent David Hempe and newcomer Lynn C. Kammes.

              The Forum for Community High School District 94 candidates is at 7:00 p.m. On the ballot are incumbents Gary Saake, Dirk Gunderson and Rich Nagel, and newcomers Christy Lauf, Mike Wheeland and Renee Yackey.

              The Forum for West Chicago Mayoral candidates is at 8:00 p.m. On the ballot are Ruben Pineda, Nick Dzierzanowski and Wayne Woodward.

              Willuweit explained the high school and mayoral candidates each participate in a forum moderated by the League of Women Voters in Weyrauch Auditorium. “Audience members will submit questions to League volunteers, who will present them to the moderator. Forum procedures follow the League of Women Voter guidelines.”

              State Representative Mike Fortner (R-95) and State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-25) host the annual Senior Fair from 10:00 noon Thursday, April 4, 2013 at American Legion Post 300, 132 Main Street. Various agencies, businesses, organizations and taxing bodies provide information on legal, financial, medical, assisted living and home health care services. Persons attending have the opportunity to win door prizes and enjoy the nutritious refreshments.

              “All That Jazz” is the West Chicago Public Library District program at noon Thursday, April 4, 2013 in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street.  The program features Tom Cash, a musician for more than 25 years, who plays and sings many styles of music including swing, jazz, gospel, rock and blues. Persons attending can bring a sack lunch; the Library provides beverages and desserts. For more information, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.

              Community High School District 94 holds its annual Family & Consumer Science Night Thursday, April 4, 2012 in the Commons, 326 Joliet Street, entrance H.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. “Family and Consumer Sciences night is an overall showcase of the FACS courses offered at Community High School. Each class within our department participates in a wide variety of lessons and learning activities, which demonstrate and promote life skills. It is through FACS night that we are able to apply and display all of our accomplishments achieved throughout the school year. Students from Foods and Nutrition, Fashion I and II, Child Development, and Contemporary Life are all involved in this amazing event!” said FACS teacher Meghan Klein.

              At 7:00 p.m. “Wedding Planners” (emcees) deliver the opening welcome. Decorations in the room and tables highlight this year’s theme, “April Love.”

              In the fashion show segment, Fashion Technology students model clothing they sewed in class, some of which are original designs.

              Singing songs are children from the high school’s preschool, organized and taught by students in Childhood Development classes.

              The highlight of the evening is the Mock Wedding. The “bride and groom” are Olivia Vanderlei and Alex Starkey. The couple writes their own wedding vows. There are six bridesmaids and six groomsmen. After the ceremony, there are toasts by the Best Man and the Maid of Honor, the cutting of the wedding cake and the couple’s first dance. The DJ’s and wedding party are students in Contemporary Life classes. Cookies and punch, made by students in Food 1 classes, are served to the “wedding guests.”

              The admittance charge is $3. Also there are raffles for the wedding cake and party cakes baked by students in Food 2 classes. Raffle tickets are 25 cents each. The proceeds from the admissions and raffle ticket sales go toward the SkillsUSA scholarship fund. Other teachers assisting are Brittney Bauer, Klein and Patty Clifford, plus Marc Wolfe, Information & Technology Division Head.

              “As We See It” is the exhibit for the month of April at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street. The display, the fourth in the series of art education exhibits, highlights the photographic work of College of DuPage students and alumni. The artists’ reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013.

              Late Night at the Museum at the West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, coincides with the artists’ reception. “Rites of Passage” is the current exhibit at West Chicago.

              Fraternal Order of Police West Chicago Lodge 85 hosts a fundraiser for one of its own, Officer Joe Stewart.  The Spaghetti Dinner takes place from 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6, to 2:00 a.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Avenue.

              Stewart, an officer in the West Chicago Police Department for more than five years, was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, requiring a complete bone marrow transplant. Prior to this, he served in the U.S. Marines Corps. He and his wife are the parents of a seven-month old boy.

              The ticket price is $12 in advance for adults, $15 at the door; $8 in advance for children ages 4 through 12, $10 at door; and no charge for children age 3 and under. The price includes entry into the drawing for one of the three cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100. Other activities include musical entertainment by a DJ, raffles, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go toward Stewart’s medical expenses and to assist his family with living expenses. Once again, the community has the opportunity to demonstrate its giving heart. As the FOP letter states, “Stewart spent the greater part of his life serving and fighting for others and now is in the fight of his life.”

              Persons unable to attend, but wanting to make a donation can make checks payable to FOP West Chicago 85, writing J Stewart in memo/note. The mailing address is West Chicago Police Department, Attn: Detective Robbi Peterson, 325 Spencer Street, West Chicago, IL 60185. To purchase tickets, make a donation or for more information, call Peterson at (630) 293-2222.

              Gallery Theater presents “Over the River and Through the Woods.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, 2013 and at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court. The ticket price is $9. For reservations call (630) 234-5919 or email

              The Drama Club at Community High School District 94 did very well in the Illinois High School Association Sectional competition Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Lake Park High School.

              Its productions of “Frankenstein” and “Pedro and Me” won Sectional Championships in Drama and in Group Interpretation, which qualified them for the IHSA finals Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

              Members of the cast and crew are Braeden Austgen, Robert Bradley, Josh Brown, Cat Canestrelli, Sarah Dalla Costa, Elyssa DiRaddo, Jackie Fabiszak, Daniela Garcia, Patty Garcia, Gaby Hernandez, Marianne Kiel, Lindsey Krysinski, Jackie Letzter, Stephen Lewis, Matthew Loftus, Rosemarie Luther, Tara Lyne, Edith Munoz, Josue Munoz, Natalie Sehweil, Ben Skipor, Zandra Starks, Daniel Stompor, Brendan Walsh and Noah Watkins.

              Named All-Sectional was the entire cast of the Group Interpretation. The members are Robert Bradley, Jackie Fabiszak, Daniela Garcia, Gaby Hernandez, Lindsey Krysinski, Matthew Loftus, Edith Munoz, Ben Skipor, Daniel Stompor, Brendan Walsh and Noah Waters.

              Students in Drama named to the All-Sectional Cast are Gaby Hernandez, Josue Munoz, Zandra Starks and Daniel Stompor.

              Mark Begovich, Drama Club sponsor said, “In all my years of doing IHSA shows, I have never seen such fantastic results. I am so proud of our students.”

              At the IHSA Finals, the talented students continued to shine in the spotlight. The club took fourth place for Drama. Josue Munoz and Dan Stompor won Allstate Cast for both drama and Group interpretation. Winning All State cast for Drama were Gaby Hernandez and Zandra Starks. The CHS Drama Club also won the Team Award for small tech show. Begovich said, “The club did an amazing job!”

              Recipients of Promoting Awareness of Wildcat Success for the month of February are Ashley Augustyniak and Cristal Quinones from the World Languages Division, Francisco Andrade, Erica Davis and Marin Francisco from the Language Arts Division, Yajaira Casimiro and Angel Santana from the Information & Technology Division, Mayra Garcia from the Special education Division, Marcelina Gonzalez and Raven Ringe from the Physical Education Division, Ryan Koester and Sonam Patel from Student Services, Marco Minutti and Andrew Steininger from the Humanities Division , and Angelica Casimiro and Torie Dash from the Math & Science Division. These students, nominated by teachers from the different divisions, demonstrate excellence in the areas of learning, living and/or leadership.

              Josh Ruggles, a sophomore at Wheaton Academy, won the 3-point competition for Class 3A, hitting a 13/15 shots behind the arc Friday, March 15, 2013. This qualified him for The King of the Hill championship held the next day. This competition included the top 3 point shooter from Cass 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A. Winning this, he was crowned King of the Hill for the state of Illinois. Ruggles also made the money ball shot and WA will receive $500 from County Financial.

              At the Monday, March 18, 2013 meeting, City Council approved a resolution for a contract with Clark Dietz Inc. of Champaign for an amount not to exceed $58,845 for professional engineering design and bid assistance services related to the Sanitary Sewer Lift Station #3 Improvement Project. This lift station, located on the northeast corner of Roosevelt Road and Washington Street, is the City’s largest sanitary lift station, collecting and pumping approximately 70 percent of the City’s daily sanitary sewerage to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The lift station, originally constructed in 1966 and last updated in 1996, has seen an increase in flow conditions and City staff routinely experiences operational problems. An evaluation by CDI resulted in recommendations of operational and safety improvements for the long-term operation of the station.

              City Council also approved a contract with RJN Group, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $138,460 for professional services related to the 2013 Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Program. The program includes manhole mapping and inspecting, smoke testing, wet weather investigations, cleaning and televising and dye testing of the sanitary collection system tributary. The area involved is between Fremont Street and Route 59, and between Grand Lake Boulevard and National Street, including Oak Avenue, Pine Street and Plymouth Court. The information collected will be used to develop a cost-effective correction plan for implementation in 2014.

              City Council approved a contract with Alaniz Landscape Group of Elgin for an amount not to exceed $98,104 for the 2013 Right-of-Way Maintenance Program.  For a period of approximately 30 weeks, the company provides services that include mowing, trimming, edging, weed removal, shredded hardwood mulch installation, chemical broadleaf control, fall leaf removal and lawn fertilization for multiple City-owned and maintained right-of-ways and properties at various locations.

              At its Thursday, March 7, 2013 meeting, West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Board of Education honored Ed Fuentes, Business Office Executive Assistant. He was recognized for his assistance in translating calls and communications issued from the district and his assistance with translations at community meetings.

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