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Around and About in West Chicago - 18 Oct 2012

Around and About

  • Auditions for “Mr. Beasley’s Christmas Party”

  • Early voting begins Monday, October 22

  • District 94 Marching Band Showcase

  • Annual Halloween Parade

  • “Chili for a Cure”

              When members of West Chicago City Council elected Ruben Pineda as Acting Mayor five months ago, he was asked if he was going to run for mayor. At that time, he said he was not certain. “I do not know. I need to have some conversations with my wife.” Friday, October 12, 2012, Pineda announced his candidacy for mayor in the consolidated election April 2013. “I have had the conversations with my wife, Julie, and I am running for mayor.”  He added, “I also have the support of my family, friends and most of the City Council.”  The consolidated election is April 2013.

              Describing his election by City Council as Acting Mayor due to the death of his good friend and political ally, the late Mayor Mike Kwasman, Pineda said, “This has been a very emotional five months, but also great.”  His platform involves maintaining strong law enforcement/public safety, continuing conservative fiscal policy, attracting upscale development, enforcement of appearance and code enforcement, vigilant infrastructure maintenance and complete government transparency.

              Pineda wants to continue the enhancement and maintenance of the City’s strong law enforcement/public safety. “When other communities are laying off police officers, we are hiring.”

              He explained one factor behind this is the fiscal strength of the City. “We are in the black. It has been that way for as long as I can remember and I have been an alderman for almost 14 years. We have reserves and are ready for emergencies. We have maintained the services without new taxes or fees.”

              The enforcement of codes and infrastructure maintenance improves property values and helps to attract upscale development. “We maintain the roads on a revolving basis, not allowing any area to fall into disrepair.”

              The attraction of viable businesses to West Chicago is important and one he wants to continue and promote, especially in the DuPage Business Center. “There is much potential in that area.”

              To bring even more transparency to the City government, the City plans to stream video Council Committee meetings. “This will allow the public to view how decisions are reached for actions taken at City Council meetings.” The open door policy also continues through the monthly Coffee with the Mayor. “It is important to keep in touch with the citizens, returning telephone calls and answering correspondence.”

              Pineda also announced that his election committee chose Kwasman’s widow, Crystal, to be the chairman of “Citizens for Pineda.”

              Concluding his announcement, Pineda said, “I am proud to be part of this community. I have lived here almost all my life. There is such a hometown feel to the community. We come together in emergencies. I am proud of this town and am looking forward to working with everyone, keeping West Chicago the greatest community to live in.”


              Gallery Theater holds auditions for “Mr. Beasley’s Christmas Party” by Booth Tarkington. It is the story of one man’s kindness and one child’s Christmas wish. The play calls for six versatile actors, three men and three women, who can meet the challenge of playing more than one role. In addition to persons of varied ages, the play requires one child, approximately 10 years of age. Audition dates remaining are Thursday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. and at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script; monologues are optional. Performance dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting November 30 and ending December 9, 2012. For further information, email

              Community High School District 94 Board of Education meeting is rescheduled to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2012. There is a public hearing for a waiver request, which involves using simulators in driver education.

              “Grimm’s Grimmest: the darker side of fairy tales” is the program at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012 in the program room at the West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street. The stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were not the fairy tales with “happily ever after endings,” but were capricious and often cruel. In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the original publication, Judith Heineman and Daniel Marcotte bring these tales to vivid life, which depict times in the 1800s in central Europe. They have performed at the Occidental Institute, University of Chicago and Field Museum. Call the Library adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4, to make a reservation.

              The Community High School District 94 Fall Orchestra Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012 in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. Under the direction of Alexandra Wojciechowski, the orchestra performs “Russian Sailors’ Dance” by Reinhold Gliere, “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a selection from “Serenade for Strings” by Edgar Elgar and “Sweet Dreams” (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics. A chamber group plays “Autumn” from “Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi.

              Wheaton Academy Concert Choir was selected as a performing ensemble for the Fall Convention Illinois-American Choral Director’s Association. The performance is at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 19, 2012 in Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 30 North Brainard Street in Naperville. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children, students and senior citizens.

              West Chicago Middle School Band joins the Marching Band of Community High School District 94 during the half time performance at the football game Friday, October 19, 2012 at Memorial Field, 326 Joliet Street.

              Local Music Night is at 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012 at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court. Performers are Beth Carlson and Brian Billie.

              Carlson plays a 12-string guitar. She was a musician at one of the gravesites during “Tales Tombstones Tell” Friday, October 5, 2012. Billie is from West Chicago. This is his first performance at this event.

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

              Wheaton Academy Theater presents a Fall Festival of three one-act plays at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, and October 26 and 27, 2012 in the Alumni Chapel, 900 Prince Crossing Road. The plays are “The 15-minute Hamlet,” “The Mad Breakfast” and “The Man in the Bowler Hat.” Ticket price is $10 and may be ordered on line at A limited amount of tickets are available at the door.

              The Fifth Annual Fall Fest, sponsored by Benjamin Foundation for Educational Excellence, is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Evergreen Elementary School, 1041 Evergreen Drive in Carol Stream. Activities include a costume parade, Halloween games, spooky crafts, leaf jumping, trunk or treating, and face painting, plus a variety of food choices.

              Following the 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, October 21, 2012, St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, 400 West Washington Street, has a 142nd anniversary/stewardship kickoff potluck brunch.

              Early voting for the Tuesday, November 6, 2012 General Election begins Monday, October 22, and ends Saturday, November 3, 2012. There are 12 sites within DuPage County. The nearest one to West Chicago is in Room 1500B at the DuPage County Election Commission, 421 North County Farm Road. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

              Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue, hosts a Job Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012. To date, there are 34 employers looking to fill varied positions.  To view the list, visit the website

              Community High School District 94 Marching Band Showcase is at 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012 in Bishop Gym, 326 Joliet Street. The band not only plays music played during the current season, but also music of pep tunes for the upcoming basketball season. Songs include “Take On Me,” “Jenny,” “Rolling in the Deep,” “Firework,” “Hey Baby,” and “September.” Others are “Crazy in Love,” “Get Down on It,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “That’s the Way I Like It,” and “Bear Down Chicago Bears.”

              West Chicago Elementary School District hosts a Coffee Talk with the Department of Learning from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Gary School, 130 East Forest Avenue. Discussion covers the district’s curriculum and programs.

              Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services intergenerational event is from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. Teens teach senior citizens how to use Facebook.  For further information, call WAYS at (630) 231-7166.

              The West Chicago Garden Club meeting is Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street. Social time is at 6:45 p.m., brief business meeting at 7:00 p.m. and the program, “Orchids by Hauserman,” at 7:15 p.m.

              Community High School District 94 Fall Choral Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012 in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street.

              The West Chicago Park District sponsors the annual Halloween Parade Saturday, October 27, 2012, starting in the parking lot behind the West Chicago Library District building, 118 West Washington Street. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., judging is at noon and award presentation follows the parade. Creativity, originality and overall impression are the basis for costume judging. Age categories are infant to five, six to 10, 11 to 15, and 16 and up.

              Following the parade, the library meeting room is the site of a Haunted Forest for children ages three to 12. It ends at 3:00 p.m.

              Downtown “trick or treat” is from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participating businesses display a pumpkin in their window.

              Chili lovers have the opportunity not only to sample recipes of chili, but also to contribute to a good cause. “Chili for a Cure,” sponsored by Local Illinois Association of Fire Fighters Local 3970 and Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the restaurant, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane. The sale of wristbands begins at 3:00 p.m.

              Fourteen teams compete for the Judges’ Choice Award and the Peoples’ Choice Award. Contestants are Manny Garcia Sr., Hawthorne’s Backyard, West Chicago Fire Local Union 3970, Kathy Burke, Dirk Gunderson, Duane Gill, Emery Jones, Mary P., Barb McGrath, Santo and Jan Ianno Jr., Addison Fire Department, Caliendo's Restaurant & Bar, Tom "Q," and Moore.

              Judges are Tony Quarto, Michelle Fortman and Joe Strock.

              In addition to chili, there are hot dogs and wings. Other activities include many raffles, prizes, wiffleball, bags and sand volleyball. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 10. Proceeds go to Scoobies for Boobies benefiting the Keep a Breast Foundation.

              American Legion Post 300 hosts a Halloween Party Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the hall, 123 Main Street. The doors open at 5:00 p.m., dinner of pizza and salad is at 7:30 p.m. Wearing of costumes is optional, but there are prizes for the best.

              Back by popular demand the Valentine Singers provide the entertainment, a “Rockin’ Oldies Tribute Show and Dance.”  Ginger as “Cher” is one of the highlights of the program.

              The charge is $15 per person. For reservations or information, call the legion at (630) 231-2112.

              Citizens for Reed Rec Center hold a meeting from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 29, 2012 in the commons area at Community High School District 94, 326 Joliet Street, Entrance H.  There is a presentation on the West Chicago Park District referendum for the proposed 65,000 square-foot recreation center at Reed-Keppler Park, followed by a question and answer period. The proposed center includes a 12,000 square-foot fitness center, an indoor walking and jogging track, a senior area, multi-purpose basketball and volleyball courts, two aerobic dance studios, summer camp and after-school opportunities, an indoor two-story playground and childcare area, a birthday party area and a multipurpose area for indoor soccer and lacrosse.

              The theme for the Sixth Annual Frosty Fest Essay contest is “What Is Your Favorite Holiday Food Tradition?” It is open to all children in West Chicago in the three categories of first and second grade, third and fourth grade and fifth and sixth grade.  Entries are judged on content and may include illustrations. There is one winner in each grade category. Winners ride with Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda in the Frosty Fest procession and help light the community holiday tree. The entry deadline is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012 at City Hall,  Attention: Frosty Fest Essay Contest, 475 Main Street, West Chicago, Il 60185. Frosty Fest is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012.

              Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services hosts a Job Club from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Mondays at Wayne Township, 27N031 North Avenue. The club offers job search skills, expansion of networking, resume assistance, acquisition of job leads, and sharing of experiences. Call WAYS at (630) 231-7166 for information or to register.

              For the third year, West Chicago School District 33 is participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee. Maureen Navadomskis is the coordinator. Sponsors are needed to help pay the Scripps registration fee for each school and for supplies, provide prizes and participation t-shirts for the children. A donation of $100 or more helps offset the $93 fee for each of the six schools, supplies and shirts, she explained. “Last year, we had 90 participants, and with the cost of t-shirts of $6.45 each, we need around $600.” Prizes for all participants, grade level winners and/or for the district’s two finalists also are needed. “Names of all businesses, individuals and organizations contributing before Thursday, November 1, 2012 can appear on the back of the t-shirts.” Sponsors names are displayed at each bee. The semi-finals are in January 2013 and the finals are in February. To be a sponsor or donate prizes, send an email to or call (630) 293-7466.

              Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services offers anger management classes for both adults and teens. These are held at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. For information or to register, call WAYS at (630) 231-7166.

              The adult program uses empirically based protocols. The 10 weekly sessions help guide persons into taking charge of their anger and responding more appropriately. Topics include understanding anger, identifying anger triggers, relaxation skills, and behavioral and thought coping skills. Classes are from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursdays.

              The teen classes provide the opportunity to learn effective anger management skills, to strengthen the quality of interpersonal relationships, reduce the potential risk of losing control of their anger and improve confidence. The groups meets for 10 rotating sessions from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays.

              Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Gloria “Jeanne” Havllik, who at the age of 72 passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

              At its Tuesday, October 9, 2012 meeting, the Community High School District Board of Education selected B.W.P. Associates to assist in the process of identifying qualified candidates for the position of Superintendent.

              Dr. Ed Leman, Superintendent of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, suffered a stroke Tuesday, October 9, 2012. According to the family, his surgery went as well as could be expected. He is in the Intensive Care Unit.

              The 14th annual Cross Country Challenge was Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Reed-Keppler Park. Fourth graders ran one mile; fifth and sixth graders ran 1.5 miles. First, second and third place winners received medals. Community High School District 94 Cross County/Track Head Coach Paul Leland and West Chicago Middle School Physical Education teacher Don Fors founded the program for the top fourth, fifth and sixth grade boys and girls in District 33. The other PE teachers assisting were Denise Kagar from Currier, James Heidorn from Gary, Brian Miller from Indian Knoll, Phyllis Hart from Pioneer, Bang Nguyen from Turner and Steve Maxwell from Wegner. Julie Pearson from Race Time volunteered as timer.

              At its October 4, 2012 meeting, West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Board of Education accepted the notice of retirement from Dr. Kathy Wolfe, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, effective June 30, 2013.

              Recognition of students and alumnus are highlights of homecoming at Wheaton Academy.

              Members of the boys’ homecoming court were Josh Chiang, Ryan Bugh, Karl Cassel, Brian Mileusnich, Luke Benda and Caleb Cochrum. Members of the girls’ homecoming court were Alexis Schrepple, Victoria Tellshow, Geena Vilotti, Emily Nickell, Elyse Sandberg and Aubrey Benson. Students select the members of the court for their peers’ growth through relationships, excellence and service to the Glory of God. The selected students show growth and change during their time at the academy. In relationships, they set an example and seek growth in relationships with parents, teachers and friends, plus their participation in the community. In the area of excellence the students make the most of their gifts, talents and passions. They live lives of service to others, on and off campus, a very significant part of their lifestyle.

              The Hall of Honor highlights student athletes who achieved national and state level recognition and/or a particular historical accomplishment.

              Inducted into the Alumni Hall of Honor were Mary (Novak) Sand, class of 1956; Julius Fliehler, class of 1949; Dick Holt, class of 1952; and Dave Sullivan, class of 1961.

              Sand earned international honors in speed skating, was named first alternate to the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team and was named to the Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 1972.

              Fliehler was a starter on the Wheaton Academy offensive and defensive lines and a varsity letterman all four years, and gathered four letters at Wheaton College, earning Little All-America status his senior year.

              Holt earned 12 varsity letters: played tennis, ran track, three letters in football, lettered all three years in baseball and was an all-Private School League selection in basketball. He earned All America honors as a Wheaton College lineman.

              Sullivan was a tackle in football, was named pre-season Sport All-America center on the basketball team and led the Warriors to a PSL track title. He played all three sports at Taylor University.

              The co-alumni of the year were Chuck, class of 1957, and Sally Jo (Hoppe) class of 1958, Gieser. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna with a distinguished career in Christian service. The Gieser’s, married for 50 years, met at Wheaton Academy; the friendship growing into romance when they were students at Wheaton Academy. They have traveled the world and moved five times in 11 years. These involved moves to Georgia, Connecticut, Illinois, Switzerland and England. In 1975, Chuck was named executive director of Sky Ranch, a Christian summer camp, retreat center and outdoor education facility in Van, Texas. In 1981, Chuck was named director of Deerfoot Lodge, a Christian wilderness boys camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Sally Jo found herself responsible for a myriad of tasks at both camps. Deerfoot was their life for the next 23 years.

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