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Around and About in West Chicago - 09 May 2013

Around and About

  • Blooming Fest

  • 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

  • Bark Bash

  • District 94 Spring Orchestra Concert

  • Tyler Dameron Replaced by Mark Edwalds on Council

              Blooming Fest, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, continues to blossom forth, which includes more action on Fremont Street such as the Chicago Corvette Club “Wheels” exhibit, Dachshund Rescue of North America, Greyhounds Only Adoption and Rescue, and the West Chicago Park District Moon Jump inflatable. The hub of the activity is at and around Rite-Way Automotive Service on the corner of Fremont and East Washington streets.

              With the target to create awareness and attract young adults to the sport, on display are two Championship Karts and two Junior Dragsters. The drivers, Baily, age 8, and Jeff, age 15, are on hand with their newly painted Karts. The drivers of the dragsters also are attending.

              The Mustang roundup provides an array of different models for persons to view. These include a 1969 Super Pro Modified Mach1, a 2013 Mustang GT, a 2012 Mustang Bullet and a convertible.

              To publicize the Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics and the Car Show for Special Olympics held during Railroad Days, there is a sale of Torch Run merchandise, such as hats, t-shirts, lapel pins and Harley-Davidson raffle tickets. West Chicago Police Officer Fred Cadena, who organizes the FOP Lodge 85 participation in the Special Olympics, said the sale is for the purpose of raising more money for Special Olympics.

              At 11:00 a.m., the removal of the mementos in the “time capsule” behind the cornerstone of the building takes place. The business owner, Vince Malina, is donating the artifacts to the West Chicago City Museum. When the late Mike Day built the Day’s Phillips 66 Service Station in 1951, he and his wife, the late Jean Day, placed some items behind the cornerstone. Members of the Day family will be on hand for the ceremony.

              From noon to 3:00 p.m., food, soda and water donated by American Tire Distributors and SBI-West Chicago will be served. Hamburgers and hot dogs are cooked on a 1950s Willys Custom Grill. Proceeds benefit Neighborhood Food Pantries location in West Chicago. Some cooking demonstrations also take place.

              The West Chicago Park District is spearheading the American in Bloom of West Chicago program in the community and introduces the project to the public during Blooming Fest in its speaker’s tent located at 110 Galena Street.  AIB is a project of city pride and care through beautification with education and community involvement. Park district superintendent of parks Jesse Felix is on hand to discuss the project from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  First in the lecture schedule is Dr. Marvin Miller, Market Research Manager at Ball Horticultural Company. His topic is Container Design.

              Warrenville resident Jim Kleinwachter, Land Protection Specialist from The Conservation Foundation, is the speaker at 10:00 a.m. Natural Landscapes is his topic.

              Tree Diversity and the Emerald Ash Borer is the subject of the talk by Community Trees Program Manager Lydia Scott from Morton Arboretum. Her discussion begins at 11:00 a.m.

              Speaking at noon is Liza Watson Lehrer, Research Coordinator in the Urban Wildlife Institute at Lincoln Park Zoo. Her topic is Urban Wildlife.

              Landscape architect Craig Kruckenberg, Horticultural Manager at Cantigny, speaks at 1:00 p.m. Designing Your Garden is his topic.

              Other Blooming Fest activities include the popular West Chicago Garden Club Plant Sale, crafters, garden-related vendors, not-for-profit organizations, local area businesses, children’s activities, musical entertainment and food vendors. Boy Scout Troop 33 again serves a pancake breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to noon.


              The West Chicago Public Library District hosts the program, “Severe Weather Basics,” at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Steve Gottlieb, Director of the West Chicago Emergency Service Disaster Agency, and members of his team present the program, which focuses on storms. Topics include the difference between a watch and a warning, what to do when the siren sounds and best places to take shelter. To make a reservation, call the Library adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.

              The drama club at Community High School District 94 presents the musical comedy, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” with lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbert. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 9, 10 and 11, 2013 in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street.

              Set in ancient Rome, hilarity and chaos rule as Preudolus, a slave, tries to obtain his freedom. Full of slamming doors, mistaken identities and zany antics, this sidesplitting evening of “comedy tonight” complements the club’s season theme of “Any time, Any Place.”

              Directing the play is Mark Begovich with assistance by Maggie Haas. Music Direction is by Brandon Fantozzi. The orchestra conductor is Alexandra Wojciechowski. Scenic Design and Technical Direction is by Chris Jensen. Lights and Sound is by Jim Anderson.

              The ticket price is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door.

              With the assistance of residents, postal carriers are willing to carry an extra load Saturday, May 11, 2013. It is the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Persons place non-perishable food items, paper products, cleaning products and/or personal care items in a bag by their mail receptacle. Items are donated to local food pantries or food banks.

              The West Chicago Park District hosts the Community Garage Sale on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Turtle Splash Water Park parking lot at Reed-Keppler Park. This is a great way for people not only to discover the perfect treasures, but also a way to meet and see others in the community.

              The National Honor Society at Community High School District 94 hosts a Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the commons area, 326 Joliet Street, Entrance H. Co-hosts are the Art Club and Club Green.

              In addition to the breakfast, other activities include a cakewalk, crafts, face painting and games.

              There is no charge for Moms and children ages two and under, $3 for children ages 3 to 11 and $5 for persons age 12 and over. Proceeds benefit “Walk to Defeat ALS.”

              The West Chicago Park District annual Bark Bash is from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Wiggly Field Dog Park in Reed-Keppler Park. Activities include exhibits, contests and raffles. Annual permits are available for purchase. The cost is $38 for residents and $50 for non-residents.

              The game for dog owners is Temptation Tower. In the race against the clock, persons have one minute to stack as many dog biscuits as they can into a tower of tasty dog treats. Ball Lottery is the game for dogs. Dogs retrieve numbered balls and the one that collects the highest total is the winner.

              Vendors and exhibitors are Costco, Paw Print Gardens, Whole Dog Wellness, DuPage Animal Control, AmberLeaf, Almost Home Foundation, Invisible Fence, VIP Service Dogs, LostnScanned and West Burb Wieners.

              As part of its celebration of National Book Week, the West Chicago Public Library District hosts a visit from Sherri Duskey-Rinker from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. She is the author of “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.” She tells how an idea becomes a book.

              The West Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners changed the location of its meeting Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to the Dyer Maintenance Facility, 830 West Hawthorne Lane from the usual site at the Park District administration office. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

              The Wheaton Academy Art Show takes place before and after the Academy Awards program, which is at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the lower level of the Fine Arts Center, 900 Prince Crossing Road. The theme is “Forged.” On display are digital photography, drawings, paintings, ceramics and videos. The ceramics sale is in room 1015. The artwork of alumni is on display on the walls in the FAC foyer.

              The Community High School District 94 Spring Orchestra Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. Selections are “Carmen Suite No. 1” by Georges Bizet, “In the Steppes of Central Asia” by Alexander Borodin and “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti with the violin solo played by CHS senior Katie Yackey. The orchestra director is Alexandra Wojciechowski.  There is no charge and the program is open to the public.

              The West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Student Art Show is from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the district Education Service Center, 312 East Forest Avenue.

              As part of the WeGo for Wellness series, “Decadent Desserts” is the West Chicago Public Library District program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Chef Michael Maddox demonstrates how persons can enjoy sweets, and at the same time, be mindful of their diets. Tempting dishes include fresh fruits, chocolate and pastries. Maddox is the former owner of/chef of Le Titi de Paris in Arlington Heights. Call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4, to make a reservation.

              The Community High School District 94 Annual Spring Fling Jazz Concert and Swing Dance, hosted by the Music Boosters Club, is from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 in the Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. The stage is cleared and turned into a dance floor. It portrays the era during the 40s and 50s when the auditorium was the only large space in the school where dances were held.

              Swing dance instruction is from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The chamber choir and jazz band perform and guests dance from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Dancing continues to recorded swing music from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Light refreshments are served.

             The charge is $5 per person. Proceeds are for the support of music scholarships and the purchase of new music.

              Local Music Night is at 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court. Performers are Jenn Gunn, Sleight Street and Jonathan Roth. The visual artist is Zach Mary.

              Gunn has a degree in Music Business and as a teen and in her college years, sang with various bands. The backing musicians, the “Spectators” band, are her sons.

              Sleight Street is a diverse group of singers. The repertoire is from many genres and eras, but they focus primarily on jazz, swing and pop. All are current or former members of the Naperville Chorus. They also are performing on stage during Blooming Fest, Saturday, May 18, 2013.

              Roth, a former West Chicago resident, is a guitarist and composer. He graduated from Pepperdine University in 2006. There he studied guitar with Christopher Parkening. He received his M.M. and D.M.A. from the University of Southern California School of Music. His two albums are “Nostalgia” and “Meditations.”

              Open mic is at 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments are served. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

              The West Chicago Public Library District presents “Downtown Abbey Afternoon Tea & Lecture” from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013 in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. While enjoying an English tea catered by the Dunham Woods Riding Club, guests enjoy the music of harpist Julia LaPlaca, a resident of West Chicago. Landscape historian Barbara Geiger discusses the rise and fall of aristocratic families and the reason for the appearances of the grand estates, such as Highclere Castle. She teaches in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Botanic Gardens and University of Chicago Graham School. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.

              The Community High School District 94 Spring Band Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street.

              Training Plus, in partnership with Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, offers a 10-hour OSHA Safety Training Course from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, May 23 and 30, 2013, in the Chamber Training Lab, 306 Main St. The course is designed for manufacturing and service industries and focuses on regulations per OSHA Standard CFR Part 1910. The trainer is John Newquist, an OSHA Authorized Safety Professional. The charge is $129 for members and $139 for non-members. Pre-registration is required; seating is limited. For further information or to register, call Lolly at (630) 945-5805 or the Chamber at (630) 231-3003.

              Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Florence Larsen Rogers, who at the age of 91 passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

              Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Jean L. Kim, who at the age of 79 passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013.

              Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of John Polz, who passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

              West Chicago Middle School held its “Outstanding Students of the Quarter” award ceremony for third-quarter recipients on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Each grading period, teachers nominate students to receive this award, which is based upon demonstration of positive character, scholastic achievement, growth, community/school action and interaction, and leadership within the school.

              Eighth grade students recognized were Pauline Sulit, Arturo Rubio, Tracy Le, Luis Perez, Victor Cuautle, Emily Roldan, Jose Guerrero and Laura Tinajero-Gonzalez.

              Seventh grade students recognized were Valentin Varga, Sofia Escobar, Corey Mungovan, Daniela Martin, Kyra Saflarski, David Flores, Isabella Lamentia, Jeremy Belingon and Jazmyn Vivaldo,

              Students recognized from exploratory classes were Sandy Alanis, Karla Herrera, Karla Gonzalez, Armando Juarez, Holly Donovan, Eric Martinez, Tyler Cook, Alicia Borchering, Max Smith, Britney Prebis and Angelina Gromos. Exploratory classes include art, chorus, computer, home economics and physical education.

              At the West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Board of Education meeting Thursday, April 25, 2013, the board acknowledged the district’s Birth-3 Parents as a Teachers Quality Program, which is the first in Illinois to receive the National Quality Endorsement. Jan Bachelor, Birth-3 supervisor, will present the district program in Atlanta, highlighting how it works in a school setting. Marion Binet, a bilingual teacher at the district Early Learning Center located at Trinity Lutheran Church, wrote an article about school-based autism services in the United States. She will be presenting the program at a conference in Paris, France.

              West Chicago resident Chuck Schramer, age 92, recently resigned from the Board of Directors of the West Chicago Historical Society. He served on the board since the society’s inception in 1975. He was the treasurer for many years.

              Competing in the difficult Gold Division, Jenna Castelluccio, a seventh grader at West Chicago Middle School, earned a perfect score of 20 in the second of the three meets for WordMasters Challenge™, a national vocabulary completion involving nearly 150,000 students nationally. Only 105 other seventh graders achieved a perfect score. Other students at the middle school achieving outstanding results were seventh graders John Moore, Noah Schuning and Jeremy Belingon, and eighth grader Jenna Palka.

              The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a new set of interesting words and then challenges them to use these words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. This in turn helps students to think both analytically and metaphorically.

              Ed Schoenthaler, owner of the former Crossroads Chevy dealership in West Chicago, and his wife Judy, were featured in the Auto Section of the Sunday, April 28, 2013 issue of the “Daily Herald.” It highlighted the private museum-like quality garage that houses his eclectic collection of approximately 40 classic vehicles, such as a 1938 Horch 853 Phaeton, Auburn, Packard, Rolls-Royce and Bentley. West Chicago Rotary Club members still talk about their tour and viewing the automobile gems.

              The Community High School District 94 team placed 10th in the National LifeSmarts Competition held Saturday, April 20 through Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Thirty-nine teams competed. CHS team members were Matt Wenz as captain, Laura Panical, Jackie Letzer, Kristen Bossle and Katie Sladek.

              Nancy Blume, CHS consumer education and computer class teacher, is the coach and Donna Durbin, consumer education and business class teacher, is assistant coach. Blume explained, “The scores are cumulative for eight rounds of competition.” Depending on the round of competition, correct answers are worth five or 10 points. “Going into quarterfinals, we were 28 points, less than three Challenge questions, from qualifying for the quarterfinals round.” The five categories of questions are environment, health & safety, consumer rights & responsibilities, personal finance and technology.

              Wenz, a CHS senior, explained, “The national competition started here with an online test we took as a team.” In Atlanta, the team participated in a few group activities that added to their score. “We each took an individual topic test.” The scores then were tallied. “We were seeded according to our compiled score from all the tests and activities we completed. The seeding set up how we would play in buzzer rounds.” The four buzzer rounds were added to the other scores to determine the final eight teams…I thought our team did well this year. Our goal was to make the final eight, but we missed the final eight by three questions.”

              LifeSmarts is an educational opportunity that develops consumer and marketplace knowledge. While at the competition, Wenz said, “I had the opportunity to learn many new things about consumer rights and the environment as well. There always is something new you can learn from the questions they ask you or the activities in which we participate. We had the opportunity to converse with people who are experts in their field. It was neat to ask them questions and learn about their jobs…LifeSmarts increases your awareness for the world around you, whether it be consumer knowledge, environmental knowledge or investment knowledge. It makes the learning fun.”

              In the State LifeSmart Competition held March 7, 2013, the other CHS team took third place. Members were Elizabeth Youngwith, Katie Sladek, Logan Bruce, and Amanda Gosbeth.

              Newly elected officers of the West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Board of Education are Brenda Vishanoff, president; Sue Stibal, vice president; and Gil Wagner, secretary.

              At the Monday, May 6, 2013 meeting, West Chicago resident Bruce R. Kelsey, Associate Judge in the Illinois 18th Judicial Circuit Court, administered the oath of office to the newly elected City Council officials. They are Ruben Pineda, Mayor; Lori Chassee, Ward 1 alderman; Don Earley, Ward 2 Alderman; Laura Grodoski, Ward 3 Alderman; Sandy Dimas, Ward 4 Alderman; John C. Smith, Jr., Ward 5 Alderman; and John Banas, Ward 7 Alderman.

              City Council approved the appointment of Al Hallett to a two-year term as Alderman for Ward 3. With the election of Pineda as mayor, this left a vacancy for the position of alderman.

              Also, Council approved the appointment of Mark Edwalds to a two-year term as Alderman for Ward 6. The voters elected Tyler Dameron to serve as their alderman, and he subsequently decided not to accept the position due to recent scheduling conflicts, which would not allow him to serve in the best and fullest capacity to the residents in his ward.

              City Council designated Lori Chassee as Mayor Pro Tem.

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