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Around and About in West Chicago - 27 June 2013

Around and About

  • Lions Club Installation Dinner

  • Rock Around the Clock Sock Hop & Car Show

  • Increase in Garbage Collection Rates

  • Bloomapalooza Porch and Container Tour and Contest

           The West Chicago Lions Club held its Installation Dinner on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Newly elected officers are Frank Lenertz, president; John Dusza, first vice president; Lalo Ponce, second vice president; Ted Pavlica, third vice president; Mike Uplegger, treasurer; and Russ Radkiewicz, secretary. Others are Dan Czuba, tail twister; Tim Mitchell, lion tamer; Lori Chassee, membership; John Klingberg, chaplain; Ron Segert and John Churillo, two-year directors; Joe Jedlovec and Don Earley, one-year directors; and Fred Bucholz, immediate past president.

           John Churillo was the recipient of the George Lazansky Distinguished Service Award, which honors not only the recipient, but also the first Governor of Lions District 1-J, who served from 1951-1952. District-wide, only up to 10 of these awards is presented each year; sometimes there are none.

           Through his ownership of Extra Value Liquors for more than 25 years, Churillo has been a leader in both the business and service community. He contributes either monetarily or with in-kind donations to schools and the various clubs and organizations in the community.

           Within the West Chicago Lions Club, he is responsible for the main fundraising events, the fall and spring pancake breakfasts, plus the responsibility of delivery from the firewood sales. Churillo also drives some club members to the evening and noon meetings, activities and regional meetings. Another area in which he is involved is assisting club members, who are ill or need assistance in other ways.

           Churillo is the coordinator of the WC Lions Club athletic activities, which includes teams for the yearly IJ Bowling Tournament and golfers for the Annual IJ Summer Golf Outing. He has been a Sustaining Supporter of the Lions of Illinois Foundation for many years.

           In 2006 the West Chicago Chamber of Commerce, now Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, presented the first Thomas O. Marziani Award to Churillo, recognizing him for his “business leadership, family devotion and community service.” The award is for business owners who stand out from others and it has only has been awarded twice.

           He also was the first recipient of the City of West Chicago Brilliance in Business Award in the category of Community Service in 2009. “Active involvement with the West Chicago Lions Club, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, School District 33’s Foundation for Educational Excellence epitomizes the corporate citizenship of John Churillo, owner of Extra Value Liquors, who believes local business should give back to the community through service.”


           The West Chicago Garden Club meeting is Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Kruse House Museum, 527 Main Street. Social time is at 6:45 p.m., short business meeting at 7:00 p.m. and program at 7:15 p.m.  “Yogurt, Vinegar and Lawn Care” is the topic by the featured speaker, Bill Scheffler. With his in depth knowledge on the chemical makeup of soil and what is best for plants without the use of lots of chemicals, Scheffler focuses on organic and green lawn and garden care. He is the owner of Pure Prairie Organics and has five greenhouses in West Chicago.

           Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services hosts its intergenerational event at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013 at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. The senior citizens teach the youth in the WAYS Summer Camp program how to play Bingo. Fun prizes are awarded. For information, call WAYS at (630) 231-7166.

           Coffee with the Mayor has been cancelled for Saturday, June 29, 2013. The next Coffee with the Mayor is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – noon.

           The West Chicago Library Districts hosts “Rock Around the Clock Sock Hop & Car Show” from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013 on the lawn, 118 West Washington Street. The celebration of the fabulous 50s includes music, dancing and contests. The Hula Hoop contest is at 1:00 p.m.; Twist dance-off is at 2:00 p.m.; best-dressed award is at 2:30 p.m. Classic 50s and 60s cars and hot rods are featured in the car show with the Best Car in the Show Award ceremony taking place at 2:30 p.m. To reserve space for the car show, persons should call Nicole Handley in the youth services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 3, or email

           There are several special activities scheduled at Turtle Splash Water Park in Reed-Keppler Park.

           The first Flick & Float is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013. Select areas of the pool are open for persons to watch “The Lorax.” Adults must accompany all children under the age of 12. Persons need to bring their own pool float. The charge is $5 and pre-registration is required. To make reservations, call the pool at (630) 293-6320, the district office at (630) 231-9474 or online at

           Monday, July 1, 2013 is Support the Troops Day. Persons bringing a donation for Operation Homefront receive free admission. Acceptable donation items are markers, crayons, pencils, folders and notebooks.

           The Fourth of July is Military Appreciation Day. Individuals with military cards receive free admission.

           Monthly brush pick up begins Monday, July 1, 2013.

           Beginning Monday, July 1, 2013, there is an increase in garbage collection rates. The senior citizen rate for a 35-gallon cart changes from $6.96 to $7.96 each month. The monthly change for a 35-gallon cart is from $13.29 to $13.95, and for a 95-gallon cart the change is from $23.41 to 24.41. The price for stickers remains the same at $2.40.

           Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services intergenerational event is at 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013 at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. Senior citizens and youth from the WAYS Summer Camp watch the movie, “Life of Pi,” and share snacks. To make a reservation, call WAYS at (630) 231-7166.

           The West Chicago Park District hosts a Rules of the Road refresher course from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the administrative office, 157 West Washington Street. An instructor from the Secretary of State’s office teaches the course. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the district office at (630) 231-9474.

           Community High School District 94 Board of Education cancelled its Tuesday, July 2, 2013 meeting. There is a board retreat for self-evaluation and related activities Wednesday and Thursday, July 10 and 11, 2013.

           “Facets of Kathy Steere” is the exhibit for the month of July at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street. The focus is on fun, fiber and art, using various genres, such as watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, and pastels. Steere said, “Art should be fun—fun to make, fun to look at and fun to have around.” She added, “I like big - murals are a favorite.” The Wildcat murals over the entrances A and B, and at the field house at Community High School District 94, and the Pioneer Park baseball building are the artwork of Steere.

           “I want my work to always be the very best I can make it. Good enough applies to washing floors, never to art. Keep learning, keep playing.” Her outlets for creativity flow into other areas. She coached the Color Guard (flag) team at CHS and does face painting.

           The artist’s reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013. Light refreshments are served.

           During the same hours as the reception, Late Night at the Museum takes place at the West Chicago City Museum.  The special exhibit is “Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital.” The display, a traveling exhibit from the Elmhurst Historical Museum, includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other documentary items about candy makers, such as Snickers, Cracker Jacks, Frango Mints, Fannie Mae and Brach’s. A smaller exhibit depicts some of West Chicago’s own sweet producers.

           Bloomapalooza Porch and Container Tour and Contest are part of the Community Project, America in Bloom of West Chicago, sponsored by the West Chicago Park District. The tour takes place from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 6, 2013. Community partners are the West Chicago City Museum, the West Chicago Garden Club, People Made Visible and We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center.

           Both homes and businesses located in West Chicago are eligible to enter the contest for their container gardens and porches. All entrants receive a 10 percent off coupon from We Grow Dreams Greenhouse. The registration deadline is Monday, July 1, 2013. Registration forms are available at the West Chicago Park District, 157 West Washington Street; the West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street; and online at

           Persons touring can pick up tour maps at the City Museum on the day of the event. Upon completion of the tour, persons can cast their vote for their favorite container and porch at the City Museum.

           A Soccer Camp for all incoming sixth, seventh and eighth graders at West Chicago Middle School is from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 8, through Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Community High School District 94, 326 Joliet Street. The charge is $20. Persons can register at CHS or on line, select "Boys Middle School Soccer."

           Chicago Fire Soccer Camp, hosted by the West Chicago Park District and the West Chicago United Soccer Club, runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 3, through Friday, July 12, 2013 at Cornerstone Lakes Park, 2199 Smith Road. The Recreational camp is for youths ages 7 to 19. The competitive camp is for youths ages 11 to 14. Players will be placed in smaller groups according to age and ability. The $120 fee includes jersey, ball and a companion ticket to a Chicago Fire soccer game at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.  Registration forms are available at the Park District office, 157 West Washington Street, or the West Chicago United Soccer Club website For further information, call Lee Hannant at (708) 496-6774 or email

           Although the tryouts were held at the beginning of June, the West Chicago United Soccer Club continues to look for team members for the 2013-2014 fall, summer and indoor seasons. The traveling soccer club is for boys and girls ages 6 to 19. The club has participated in local and out-of-state tournaments, plus regional and national competitions. For information, view the website or e-mail or Vincent Rolan at

           Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Timothy E. McCabe, who at the age of 61 passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013.

           Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Dorothy Jane (Glasshagel) Rakow, who at the age of 99 passed away Friday, June 21, 2013.

           Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Mary E. Seabrook, who at the age of 88 passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013.

           Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Beverly J. Fawell, who at the age of 82 passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013.

           Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Carmen A. Quines, who recently passed away.

           At the Monday, June 17, 2013 meeting, City Council approved contracts for completion of certain public improvements related to the Bishop Place Planned Unit Development. A contract for installation, replacement, and/or completion of public sidewalk, site grading and cleanup, and utility adjustments for an amount not to exceed $101,105.10 was awarded to Arthur J. Lootens & Sons. Also, a contract was awarded for an amount not to exceed $20,849.37 to Meade, Inc. for installation, replacement and/or completion of the street lighting system on Bishop and Augusta Streets. According to the item summary, “In late 2006 and early 2007, two separate permits were issued for the Bishop Place PUD Project.” LRC Development posted Letters of Credit as development securities for the mass grading and construction of site utilities permits.  “Due to lack of performance and project completion since 2010, the City seized both development securities and these funds will be used to complete the required public improvements.”

           Council also approved to award a contract for the amount of $50,000 with Strand Associates, Inc. for professional engineering construction oversight services associated with the 2013 Main Street Tunnel and Stairway Improvement projects.

           Council approved a contract for the amount of $33,246.42 for the 2013 Contractual Street Striping Program to Superior Road Striping, Inc.  The program consists of pavement marking removal and installation of thermoplastic markings on Atlantic Drive between Hawthorne Lane and Route 64, on Arbor Avenue between Hawthorne Lane and Route 59, and on Prince Crossing Road between Hawthorne Lane and Route 64.

           Council approved an agreement with Cub Scout Pack 151 for the collection of litter along Smith Road between Camden Drive and Powis Road for participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program.

            Reappointed to the Environmental Commission for a term ending April 2016 was Dan Beebe. Blake Kennedy was appointed to the Historical Preservation Commission for a term ending April 2016.

           With the election of aldermen in the Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election, new appointments were made to the standing committees. Members of the Finance Committee are Ward 1 Alderman Lori Chassee, Ward 2 Alderman Jim Smith, Ward 3 Alderman Laura Grodoski, Ward 4 Alderman Sandy Dimas, Ward 5 Alderman Kurt Meissner, Ward 6 Alderman Matt Edwalds and Ward 7 Alderman Matt Fuesting. This committee has not met since the election; no chairman or vice chairman has been elected.

           Reverend Michael Pawlowicz is the new associate pastor at St. Mary’s Parish.

           At its Tuesday, June 18, 2013 meeting, the Community High School District 94 Board of Education approved the hiring of Scott Albright for the position of Math & Science Division Head. He is from Plainfield South High School and replaces Allister Scott. Scott now is the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning. The board presented Superintendent Lalo Ponce with a resolution and plaque. He retires June 30, 2013.

           West Chicago resident Rita Kitching recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

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