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Around and About in West Chicago - 30 Aug 2012

Around and About

  • Leaving the DuPage Valley Conference

  • Adult Learn to Draw Class

  • Teen Advisory Meeting

  • Community-wide Garage Sale


              Two actions at the Monday, August 20, 2012 City Council meeting concerned Pollution Control Facility sites.


              One involved retaining Derke J. Price of the firm of Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni & Krafthefer as the city’s counsel in relation to pollution control siting and adding them to the list of approved attorneys.


              This ties in with the ordinance passed to amend the code regarding pollution control facility site approval procedures. It not only establishes detailed procedures for reviewing applications for such facilities in accordance with Illinois Environmental Pollution Agency, but also establishes application requirements and the requirement for the applicant to reimburse the City for the cost of its attorneys, environmental consultants and the hearing officer, plus an administrative fee of 25 percent of these costs related to time staff spends on the project. Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda said it was important to have established procedure in place. The City is anticipating Stericycle, Inc. to submit an application for a medical waste transfer station.


              If an application is filed, state law and the ordinance prohibit any communication or contact outside the formal process. The mayor and aldermen are prohibited form having even a casual conversation with constituents, friends or anyone else regarding the application until after a decision is rendered.


              Stericycle has a distribution warehouse on Powis Court and some offices in a building on Howard Drive. It is an international company based in Lake Forest. The company was established in 1989 and became a publically traded company in 1996. According to the company’s website, services include medical waste disposal, product recalls and retrievals. OSHA compliance projects, pharmaceutical recalls, medical device returns, infection-control products and patient communications services.


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              At the Monday, August 20, 2012 meeting, City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Village of Wayne and the City of West Chicago regarding the establishment of a quiet zone at the Smith Road rail crossing. It identifies the establishment and maintenance of the Quiet Zone. West Chicago will be responsible for construction oversight and Wayne will be responsible for the maintenance of the improvements. Beginning construction date was set for Monday, August 27, 2012 and with a completion date around September 17, 2012. Once the construction is complete, the City will file its Notice of Completion with the Federal Railroad Administration. The Quiet Zone will become effective 60 days after filing the notice, which staff hopes to see in place prior to December 31, 2012.


              Youths with a West Chicago Public Library District card or school ID can get a haircut for $6 at Ferny’s Beauty Salon, 136 Main Street. The offer is good now through Friday, September 21, 2012.


              Community High School District 94 once again considers leaving the DuPage Valley Conference with a recommendation from the administration to the board. This comes about from an invitation from the Metro Suburban Conference schools to consider applying for admission to the MSC. In order to make an informed decision, the board requested data and information regarding the DVC and MSC, plus the provision for public input. Some of the requested information revolves around the activities and sports available in both conferences.


              The second forum is at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in the Commons, 326 Joliet Street, Entrance H. The information is the same as provided at the forum Friday, August 17, 2012. For further information email high school principal Dr. Moses Cheng at mcheng@d94.org.


              Other schools in DVC are Glenbard East in Lombard, Glenbard North in Carol Stream, Naperville Central in Naperville, Naperville North in Naperville, West Aurora in Aurora, Wheaton North in Wheaton and Wheaton Warrenville South in Wheaton. High schools in MSC are Elmwood Park in Elmwood Park, Fenton in Bensenville, Illiana Christian in Lansing, Ridgewood in Norridge, Riverside-Brookfield in Riverside, Timothy Christian in Elmhurst and Glenbard South in Glen Ellyn.


              Kathy and Paul Bartels celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary Wednesday, August 29, 2012.


              There is one more time to audition for Gallery Theater’s Fall production “Murder by the Book.” It takes place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court.


              The play is a comedy/mystery with a cast of four men and six women. The actors portray persons impersonating the famous writers Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare, Sir Author Conan Doyle, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, Agatha Christie and Mary Shelley. The other female role is that of the maid. The age range is from mid-twenties and upward. Auditions consist of readings from the script and an optional one-minute monologue.


              Performance dates are Friday through Sunday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2012. For further information, call (630) 234-5919 or email gallerytheater@gmail.com.


              WeGo Drama at Community High School District 94 begins its 2012-13 season with a premiere of the Tony and Oliver winning play “Red” by John Logan. The evening of entertainment, which is the New Directors Showcase, also includes three short one-acts. These are “Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen,” “Not My Cup of Tea,” and “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.” The plays highlight the season’s theme, “Any Time, Any Place,” the sharing of different time periods and different places. The performances are at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 30 and Saturday, September 1, 2012 in the Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. There is no charge, but there is a suggested donation of $10.


              “Red” a one-act play, takes place in the 1950s New York studio of the artist Mark Rothko as he works on a series of paintings with his young assistant. The play looks at the world of realities. CHS is the first high school in the nation to perform the play.


              “Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen” is by Tennessee Williams and explores a relationship trying to survive during the depression. “Not My Cup of Tea” by A. F. Groff is a dark-comedy about an eccentric family with murder on their minds. The witty satire, “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” by Donald Zolidis, is about the silliness of all fairy tales.


              Cast members are Braeden Austgen, Aaron Morden, Dan Stomper, Dayna Bantz, Cassie Ciardullo, Abram Fernandez, Marco Garcia, Lindsey Krysinski, Jackie Letzer, Farrell Lewis, Rosemarie Luther, Tara Lyne, Josue Munoz, Ben Skipor, Zandra Starks and Noah Watkins. Others starring are Cat Cannestrelli, Sarah Dalla Costa, Melinda Elmazi, and Lindsay Fiegle.


              Monthly brush pick up begins Tuesday, September 4, 2012.


              Community High School District 94 holds a public hearing on its proposed 2012-2013 budget at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2012 followed by the regular meeting. Persons can view it at the high school, 326 Joliet Street or on line www.d94.org.


              Because of the Labor Day holiday, City Council meets at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2012.


              West Chicago artist Kathy Steere teaches an Adult Learn to Draw class from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, and 21, 2012 at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court. Session 1 covers lines, putting lines on paper to resemble what one sees. In session 2, the subject matter is shading to make an object look three-dimensional on a flat sheet of paper. Session 3 involves shadows, creating a setting and have the lighting make sense. Session 4 focuses on perspective, showing how to make subjects relate to each other.


              Her drawings have been featured in three out of the four West Chicago banner competitions. The Wildcat murals over Entrances A and C, and the Fieldhouse at Community High School District 94, and the Pioneer Park baseball field building are the artwork of Steere. She coaches the color guard (Flag) at the high school.


              The $45 fee includes four sessions and supplies. To register call the Gallery at (630) 293-9550 or online www.gallery200.org.


              The West Chicago Park District hosts a Teen Advisory meeting for youths under the age of 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the district office, 157 West Washington Street. Recreation Coordinator Kathy Burke spearheads the meeting to find programming that appeals to teens. For further information call (630) 231-9474.


              Community High School District 94, 326 Joliet Street, offers several free Adult Education courses. District 94 receives state and federal grants, which allow students to attend these classes at no cost.


              English as a Second Language are from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2012.


              Citizenship classes are from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, starting September 10, 2012. Registration is the same day and time as ESL with entry at Entrance H. For further information on either of these classes, call (630) 876-6580.


              Classes to prepare students for the General Equivalency Development Exam are from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes and registration begin September 5, 2012. Students enter though Entrance B. For further information, call (630) 876-6578.


              “This is Paper” is the exhibit for the month of September at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street. It is a display of collaborative and individual works by members of The Book and Paper Arts Guild.  The works highlight the ancient art of papermaking and the myriad of modern applications. Each year the Guild works on a collaborative, which is a project where approximately 20 or more members work toward one concept to create a final work. In the end, each member has a complete work comprised of parts from each of the contributing members. Gallery 200 member Cheryl Mahowald is a co-founder of the guild.  Other guild members participating are Barbara Burt, Barbara Erickson, Ginni Guzior, Bonnie Jaswith, Geri Kinnear, Gerrie Kamm, Joan Lucht, Patrice Nelson, Sue Oelrich, Cindy Oldin, Mary Hagerty Sabo and Mary Warner.


              The artists’ reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, September 7, 2012. Mandy Rakow provides the musical entertainment. Light refreshments are served.


              The West Chicago Park District holds a Community-wide Garage Sale from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 in the Turtle Splash Water Park parking lot, 129 West National Street. The price for a 10x10 foot table space is $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Participants are responsible for their own tables and chairs. The reservation deadline is Friday, August 31, 2012 and may be made by calling the district office at (630) 231-9474.


              The West Chicago Historical Society hosts its annual Ice Cream Social and Silent Auction from noon to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 on the lawn at the Kruse House Museum, 527 Main Street. The $4 ticket price includes beverage, ice cream, pie or cake. Items in the Silent auction include gift certificates to restaurants and local area businesses, books, artwork and more. The KHM is open for tours highlighting the summer 2012 exhibit, “Treasures of Tea,” which features teapots and other tea-related items. The gardens, restored and maintained by the West Chicago Garden Club, and the towering trees provide a perfect backdrop for an afternoon of socializing.


              A fundraiser for West Chicago Alderman Al Murphy, the Republican candidate for Forest Preserve District 6 Commissioner, is from noon to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Sonny Acres Farm, 29W310 North Avenue. The day of fun includes hot dogs, Bouncy House, hayrides and a petting zoo. The guest speaker is State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-46). The ticket price is $75 per person and $40 per family. For further information, email amurphyace@sbcglobal.net.


              The Veterans of Foreign Wars, District 19, is hosting a Steak Fry from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 at VFW Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard. The fundraiser event includes family games and a silent auction. Menu is steak, baked potato, corn on the cob and homemade desserts. For children, there are hot dogs and hamburgers for a $6 charge. The price for adults is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the West Chicago VFW post. To reserve tickets, call (630) 276-6025.


              Beginning Wednesday, September 12, 2012, West Chicago Citizens Corps holds its seven-week Community Emergency Response Team training course. The classes are from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Wednesdays 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 West Chicago or the West Chicago Fire Protection District. To enroll for the free CERT training course, call fire chief Bob Hodge at (630) 231-2123.


              The West Chicago Park District monthly social gathering for senior citizens is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Easton Community Center, 840 East Washington Street. Celebrating with an Oktoberfest theme, guests are asked to bring a German dish to pass, plus a complete place setting. Registration deadline for the free event is Friday, September 7, 2012. Call the district office at (630) 231-9474.


              Gallery Theater presents “A Night of Scenes” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, 2012 at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court. Actors present different and memorable scenes from plays of their choice; these include drama and comedy. Each scene is approximately 10 minutes in length.


              There is no charge but donations are welcome. With limited seating, reservations are recommended. To reserve tickets, call (630) 639-0594 or email gallerytheater@gmail.com.


              Bowling for the American Legion is from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, September 14, 2012 at Bowling Green Sports Center, 243 West Roosevelt Road. The charge is $20 per person and includes unlimited bowling and appetizers. There also are raffles for many great prizes. To reserve your lanes in advance, call Melissa Birch (630) 621-0128.


              Glen Arbor Community Church, 204 Church Street, hosts a Small Business Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012. It is a way to introduce residents to businesses in the community and its church. The church at this time is seeking businesses to participate. These include accountants, attorneys, blacktop, concrete, plumbers, electricians, home remodelers, window cleaning, HVAC, painters, handymen, landscapers and home party representatives. There is a $25 booth charge. The church also is having bake and craft sales. For more information or to register for a booth, call the church at (630) 293-5989 or email info@glenarbor.org.


              Persons can view the proposed 2012-2013 budget for West Chicago Elementary School District 33 at the district office, 312 East Forest Avenue, or on the website. www.weg033.org. The public hearing on the budget takes place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012 followed by the regular board meeting.


                Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Felipe Antonio “Tony” Reyes, who at the age of 85 passed away Thursday, August 23, 2012.


              Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Nicholas DeMarco, who at the age of 21 passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012.


              At the meeting, City Council approved an ordinance for ward designation regarding a change of boundaries. This occurs because of the census with the city total population of 27,294. State Representative Mike Fortner (R-95) assisted with the redistricting as he did 10 years ago when he was mayor. In 2012, the ideal ward population is 3,899. “Generally wards should be between 3,704 and 4,094 to insure the range is no more than 10 percent, ” governed both by federal and state law. Based on this, the population 4,762 in Ward 7 was too large, and the populations of 3,362 in Ward 3 and 3,431 in Ward 6 were too small.


              Three proposals were discussed at the Public Affairs Committee in June. The committee recommended Option B. In all the options, Prestonfield subdivision was removed from Ward 7. Another consideration involved not causing too many splits between the precincts in the townships. In Option B, the total number of precinct splits is five.


              With Option B, Ward 5 is unchanged.  Prestonfield moves to Ward 4, which “keeps all the area south of Hawthorne Lane except for the area immediately east of Arbor in Winfield Precinct 17.” On the south side, Ward 6 now extends north from Glen Avenue to Forest Avenue into Ward 2. Ward 2 extends north from Blair Street to Conde Street. Ward 1 retains the Clayton and Wilson streets area south of the railroad.


              The ward populations are as follows: Ward 1—3,754; Ward 2—3,874; Ward 3-—3,864; Ward 4—4,055 Ward 5—3,929; Ward 6—3,881;and Ward 7—3,937. The overall range is 7.72 percent.


              The boundaries are in effect for the April 6, 2013 consolidated elections. To view the map, visit the city website www.westchicago.org or City Hall.


              Also at this meeting, City Council approved façade improvement funds in the amount of $1,325 window replacement at 134 Main Street.


              At the Friday, August 24, 2012 football game, the score was Addison Trail-28, West Chicago-27, two overtimes.


              Winfield Township started offering the Coast2Coast RX card eleven months ago. In the time period through July 31, 2012, participants had a net savings of $50,750.52, which represents an average savings of to a 59.9 percent for people using the card.


              The RX card is a free prescription drug card that covers individuals and family in a household. Not only is the card beneficial to those who are without insurance or underinsured, but it also is advantageous to those with good insurance. It may cover some medications not covered in the policy, not covered for pre-existing conditions, or the cost in comparison pricing may be lower with the use of the card.


              More than 60,000 drugs are in the formulary and more than 59,000 pharmacies are in the network. Other than prescriptions, the card offers savings for some dental, hearing and vision expenses, plus prepaid lab and imaging tests. There also is a discount for diabetic supplies. The card also may be used for pet prescriptions. This is not an insurance card.


              Cards are available at the Winfield Township building, 130 Arbor Avenue.


              Preparing for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Joe Berenyi of Oswego used the training course of Athletes by Design Cycling Club at DuPage Business Center. He is a member of the Paralympics cycling team.


              West Chicago Lions Club hosted its 47th Annual New Teachers Luncheon, Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club. Lions Club President Fred Buchholz welcomed the teachers. “We are glad you chose West Chicago.”


              Buchholz introduced Blythe Todd, who was the winner of the Lions Club $2,000 scholarship. She is a 2012 graduate of Wheaton Academy.


              Introducing the teachers to the community, City Clerk Nancy Smith gave a brief history of the community, described the businesses, the chamber, clubs, organizations, museums, activities and events. “This luncheon is unique to West Chicago. It is a good way for us to meet you and for you to get to know the community.”


              The Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce provided welcome and informational packages for the teachers. Included in the bags were packets, certificates and small gifts from various chamber members.


              Dr. Phil Erhardt, superintendent of Benjamin School District 25, introduced Laura Pfanenstiel, the new principal at Evergreen Elementary School, and Joe Salmieri, principal at Benjamin Middle School. Dr. Debra LeBlanc is the new part-time consultant for special education and intervention. New teachers and staff at Evergreen are Kerry Retzner, resource/inclusion teacher, Lisa Dozdziewicz, teacher assistant; Sonja Magnuson, half-time kindergarten teacher and half-time teacher assistant; and Judy Hancock, lunchroom assistant. New at Benjamin Middle School are Jessica Adams, Spanish/Social Science teacher, and Kaitlyn Grady, teacher assistant.


              West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Superintendent Dr. Ed Leman said, “We appreciate this luncheon to welcome the new staff. It is a highlight of the opening of the schools for the year.” He introduced the new administrators. They are Terri Roman, Gary School Principal; Kai Rush, Director of Technology; and Christine Wells, Assistant Director for Learning. Other administrative staff attending was West Chicago Middle School principal Pat Roszkowski, Pioneer School principal Gloria Trejo, Turner School principal John Rodriquez, Currier School principal Nancy Cordes and Gary School principal Rocio Fisher.


              New staff at Currier School is Catherine Peuvian, social worker. At Gary School, new faculty members are Claudia Portillo, first grade dual language; Dan Guerrero, second grade dual language; Chelsea Davis, third grade heritage; Whitnie del Toro, fifth grade; Jessica Snyder, sixth grade sheltered; Erin Ramai, reading; James Heirdorn, physical education; and Michelle Campolo, music. New at Pioneer School are Fabiola Martinez, second grade; Shannon Rapp, sixth grade; and Uhura Sasse, special education facilitator. Melissa Barbier is the new third grade bilingual teacher at Turner School.  At Wegner School, new teachers are Lisa Virgilio, first grade; Ana French, second grade bilingual; Allison Barr, third grade; and Janet Pavel, sheltered. New staff at West Chicago Middle School is Paul Francis, seventh grade social studies; Amanda Osmanski, eighth grade social studies; Syrna Revera, special education facilitator; Rachael McKenney, social worker; and Alexandra Wojciewski, part-time music, who also is orchestra/ instrumental teacher at Community High School.


              Lalo Ponce, Community High School District 94 Superintendent introduced the new administrators and faculty. “Again we have great new teachers coming on board and look forward to a successful year.”  New are Bill Bicker, head football coach and English teacher; Nicole Cleveland, physical education; Pat Clifford, English; Anne Dragons, special education; Anna Fulmer, science; Annie Gomez, counselor; Laura Heavey, special education; Meghan Klein, family & consumer science; and Bill Lech, physical development & aquatics division head/assistant athletic director. Others are Renata Marroum, science; Tyler Michie, science; Lori Moriarty, math; Josh Piha, special education; Katie Schoen, French; Rona Sinnamond, special education; Karen Szat, psychologist; Michelle Waters, alternative education; and Brian Trainor, special education.


              New non-certified staff are Lynn Booth, Administrative Assistant for Human Resources; Patty Grove, Learning Resource Center clerk, Leny Escobedo, switchboard & division head support clerk; Megan Mullaney, program assistant; Abby Thornton, program assistant; Garett Walker, program assistant; Kenneth Wilcoxen, program assistant; and Becky Koltz, administrative assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services.


              Since school was in session, Wheaton Academy staff was unable to attend.  New administrative staff is Bart Gregersen, director of student services; Brad Byrne, associate athletic director; T. J. Regan, director of performance and head football coach; and Ben Euler, Webmaster. Faculty members are Mike Placeway, Spanish; Ellie Bushong, English; Joel Duncan, mathematics; and Luke Regan, science.



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