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High school finalists named for musical theater awardBroadway in Chicago on Thuresday announced the 24 finalists for the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards.Last Updated Apr 17, 2014 5:25 PM
Earth Day comes early In GenevaUpdated Apr 14, 2014 2:47 PM
Earth Day came early at Peck Family Farm in Geneva Saturday, where people browsed the Geneva Green Market, found rain barrels and compost bins for sale and took advantage of bike tuneups, free paper shredding, electronic recycling and more. Games and crafts entertained kids and the Chicago-based nonprofit Working Bikes collected old bicycles, sewing machines and wheelchairs for repairs and reuse. Earth Day is April 22.
Women with cancer receive free house cleanings from maid servicesUpdated Apr 16, 2014 8:45 AM
The Maids of DuPage, along with some other local cleaning companies, are partnering with Cleaning for a Reason Foundation to provide free house cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment. “I feel so grateful there's this service because it helps relieve a lot of my stress,” said Kara Colantuono, who is receiving house cleanings while in treatment for breast cancer.
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- Popular safari guide, photographer and lecturer Richard Field will tell about "Life on Safari: An Introduction to Authentic Africa" in a lecture/slide show Wednesday, April 9, at the Oak Brook Park District Rec Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. This 7 to 9 p.m. event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 630-303-4787. Rebecca Field
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Wayne Stayskal (right), retired Tribune Media editorial cartoonist, explains some of the finer points of his work to guests when Windsor Park, a Covenant Retirement Community at 124 Windsor Park Drive in Carol Stream, hosted a retrospective exhibit of his syndicated work. About 75 people attended the artist’s reception Aug. 20, including Stayskal’s wife Helen (center) and son Bob (left). The show is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sept. 30.
To see a video interview and catch a glimpse of the engaging personality who humorously commentated on culture for more than 30 years visit www.WindsorParkIllinois.org/downloads-news. For details, call Windsor Park at (630) 510-5500. Shirley Mott
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On Dec. 4 at the Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, the Glen Ellyn Wheaton Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago members and guests learned about two particular gemstones, rubies and diamonds. Kathleen Kamal, artist and teacher as well as head of the metal and jewelry program at the College of DuPage, presented a fascinating program that enthralled her entire audience of over 180 people. Not only did Kamal give the history of the popularity of these two gems, but she pinpointed and described the countries where these stones are mined. Her power point program featured beautiful examples of jewelry fashioned from the stones and she concluded her presentation with famous people who owned spectacular pieces of the gems that were sold at auction with their estate. Wallace Simpson and Elizabeth Taylor were two that Kamal featured in photos and stories about how the jewelery was obtained, worn, and then sold. For information about membership in the Glen Ellyn Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago Organization, call 630-858-0578.
Left to right are Glen Ellyn Wheaton Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago member, Kay Nelson, the Gem of a Holiday speaker for the day, Kathleen Kamal, Community Associates Program members, Patricia Jamieson and Sue
Krause. helping Kamal set up the Power-Point program used for the presentation. Jean Jeske
- The Village of Lombard celebrates Arbor Day with the planting of an Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac tree in honor of the late Village President William J. Mueller. Attending the ceremony was the Mueller Family and St. Pius X students and their families. Village of Lombard
- On March 8, Community Consolidated School District 89 choruses gathered at Glenbard South High School to celebrate their 24th Annual District 89 Chorus Festival. Participating were choirs from Arbor View, Briar Glen, ,Westfield, Park View Elementary Schools, Glen Crest Middle School and Glenbard South. Stephanie Skizas from GBS was the festival conductor and Debbie Hatmaker accompanied on piano. A special feature of the festival was an arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” sung by the 5th grade students, some of whom accompanied on ukuleles. These instruments were purchased in 2013 through a grant from the JCS Fund of the DuPage Community Foundation. Paul Ropp, director of Glen Crest’s choirs gave his student singers time off between rehearsing the concluding festival selection, “Armed Forces - The Pride of America.” The middle school choir members enjoyed the down time in the little theater at the high school. Jean Jeske
- On Feb. 12, the Glen Ellyn Wheaton Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago were treated to a lecture on the art of Norman Rockwell. The luncheon was held at the Carlisle Banquets in Lombard and over 120 members and guests attended this event. Jeff Mishur, Vice President and Co-owner of Art Excursions was the speaker.Left to right is Program Committee member, Pat Jamieson, Lecturer, Jeff Mishur, Community Associates President, Katy Damitz, technical coordinator, Roberta Pawlak, and Program Chairman, Sue Krause. The next event on the organization's schedule is a day trip to the Jaharis Galleries and National Hellenic Museum. For information about membership call 630-858-0578. Jean jeske
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Oak Street heading west towards Hill Street - near the Glen Ellyn Country Club. Patricia Garza
- The Pro-Life Action League hosted Christmas caroling around an empty manger outside of the Planned Parenthood in Aurora on the Saturday before Christmas. Sharing the hope of life-saving alternatives with women considering abortion, the pro-life carolers visited five different abortion providers in Chicago and four in the western suburbs (Aurora, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, and Hinsdale). Details at www.prolifeaction.org. courtesy of Pro-Life Action League
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a consultant in garden design and landscaping. She was the owner of Garden Tapestries from 1990 to present time. Sherby has been a Master Gardener with the University of Illinois for over twenty-three years. ?My CraniosacralTherapy partners with my knowledge of plants and nutrution,? said Sherby. She also was the creator of the Perennial/Annual Garden Design Department for Walsh Landscape and Constructiion. The program ?Color in the Garden,? gave the Lombard Garden Club?s members at the January meeting a ray of sunshine and hope on a below zero day. Left to right are club members getting gardening advice from Sherby, Fran Pszanka, Sherby, Karen Michalezyk, and Rocki DeVoy. Jean Jeske
- Employee volunteers from ComEd and parent company Exelon celebrated the conclusion of National Volunteer Week with DuPage County Habitat for Humanity. The volunteers participated in a home build project at the new Prairie Green development in Glen Ellyn. Exelon
- Luci Sementa, Team Member at Culver's of Addison, sports her newly-acquired Gold Medal after her Downers Grove Dazzlers finished first at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships held last weekend in Colorado Springs, CO.
- On Sept. 11, 300 Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Community Associates of the Art Institute gathered at Carlisle Banquets in Lombard for the first program of the club year. Headlining was Kathleen Cummings, an independent art historian. Her topic was Jacqueline Kennedy’s restoration of the White House, “Designing Camelot.” She recounted how Jackie refashioned the presidential home, produced the first official guidebook and established the White House Historical Association to create her American Camelot. For details, call 630-858-0578. From left, president Katie Damitz, Program Chairman Sue Krause, Assistant Program Chairman Martie Krema with Kathleen Cummings, the Glen Ellyn - Wheaton Community Associates of the Art Institute speaker at the September Welcome event. On the right of Cummings, Program Committee members Patsy Jamieson and Sharon Swiglo check their introduction information with the speaker. Jean Jeske
- DTA Wildcats 15U Navy & Red teams rocked it at the Mickey Sund Classic in Crystal Lake. The Navy team went 5-0 and outscored their opponents 54-4 on the weekend.The Red team went 4-1 on the weekend with solid pitching and defense including a fantastic 7-5 win against the PBI Eagles in the semi-final game. DTA Wildcats Navy played DTA Wildcats Red in the championship game and were victorious. DuPage Training Academy Baseball
- Kyle Niemiec led the DTA Wildcats 15U Navy team offensively in the Mickey Sund Classic in Crystal Lake last weekend going 7-10 with two homeruns. DuPage Training Academy Baseball
- DTA Wildcats 15U Red Michael Calderone hit a monster Grand Slam, estimated 370 feet, in the victory over Crystal Lake at the Mickey Sund Classic last weekend. DuPage Training Academy Baseball
Five Area Gardens Featured on Lombard Garden Club’s 2013 Garden Walk. Chairwoman Dorothy Johnson chose gardens in three different towns. Lombard gardens featured water elements with ponds and waterfalls, the garden in Elmhurst was a perennial master piece with beautiful flowering bushes, and the two gardens in Glen Ellyn were examples of two completely different approaches to decorating a backyard. One household actually named their garden, Better Gnomes and Gardens, and the other garden was established in 1968. Helping Johnson coordinate the event were committee members Patricia Swanson and Cindy Ward. The date was Friday, June 28 and the weather was beautiful. Cool breezes followed the club members as they visited each location. The next meeting of the club is a field trip to Phillips Workshop and Warehouse in Westmont and this event is limited to current Lombard Garden Club members.
Lombard Garden Club members, left to right, Janice Rowe, Judy Markum and Karen Michalczyk examine knockout roses in one of the featured gardens on the Lombard 2013 Garden Walk. It was a time to learn about perennials, shrubs, water features and decorating all in one day. Jean Jeske
Glen Crest Middle School Student Union organization coordinated the Glen Crest Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Drive in November. It was a major success because of a great idea to get the entire student body involved. If a student brought in at least 10 nonperishable grocery items he/she earned the opportunity to play dodgeball with volunteer members of the faculty Dec. 5 during the lunch/rec periods. Seventy-five students met the criteria and were ready to heave their dodgeballs at their favorite teachers. Physical education teacher and coach Corey Toppel stood his ground as a group
of seventh-grade girls took aim and fired. This experience was for a good cause and Glen Crest achieved the best and largest food pantry collection in the history of the middle school. Jean Jeske
Completing and undefeated 7th grade girls basketball season, the Glen Crest Middle School Spartans posted a perfect record of 18-0. This total included a DuPage Metro Valley Association Conference championship and the Jayhawk Tournament championship. “They dominated their opponents with a 22-point average margin of victory and no game was closer than seven point,” announced Coach Craig Hofmann to the Glen Crest student body. Team members are Grace Buckley, Mady Carli, Ava Childs, Sarah Cohen, Tracy Conn, Ally Daca, Ashely Dodge, Bailee Flanagan, Kennedy Galuza, Kylee LaFalce, Kate Mora, Tess Schwarz and Irmina Shareef. Team managers are Danielle Ware, Grace Seter and Stephanie Smith. The award winning team is coached by 6th grade social studies teacher, Craig Hofmann and Danny Sheridan.
Earlier in the season, the girls joined the 7th grade boys, also conference champions, in a service project at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. Both teams demonstrated excellence in character to match their basketball skills. Coach Hofmann commented: "These girls had basketball savvy far ahead of their years. They were extremely disciplined and unselfish, and the way they cared about each other translated into the way they played and succeeded." Paul Wilson
- Glen Crest Middle School directors, faculty members Jackie Sabani, Katelyn Stoner and Nancy Buckley, took the challenge of producing Alice in Wonderland as the spring production. Seventy students were involved in this experience counting cast, tech workers, scene painters, stage crew, and costume crew. The version that the faculty producers chose is written by Michele L. Vacca and has a few unexpected twists. The Friday night audience was enthusiastic and clapped loudly as the cast and crews took their bows at the conclusion. Saturday’s performance was even more successful. Glen Crest Middle School Alice in Wonderland cast members gather around Alice and take their bows after the May 3 production. Jean Jeske
- On Feb. 1, the Glen Crest Middle School Cheerleaders, coaches and parents made their way carefully to Jackson Middle School in Villa Park because of the snowy weather. They joined several other middle schools in DuPage County for the JMS Cheerleader Competition. Grand prize was a giant trophy the girls brought back to Glen Crest and put on display in the main office at the middle school. The cheerleaders include girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. They perform at all the home interscholastic games at the middle school. The coaches for this talented team are fifth grade teachers Amanda Lippman from Westfield School and Stephanie Jacobs-Roberts from Park View School. Jean jeske
AOK was created by Glen Crest Middle School students who are members of the Rachel's Challenge FOR (Friends of Rachel ) Club. The acronym, AOK, stands for Atmosphere of Kindness and that is the goal of FOR, to create an atmosphere of kindness at the middle school. The club organized Bus Driver Appreciation Week during the last part of October. Twenty to 30 bus drivers and office staff attended a Pancake Breakfast on Wednesday morning at Glen Crest. Fifty FOR club members helped serve and 20 Glen Crest staff members participated as well! Rachel's Challenge is a nationwide anti-bullying organization that provides activities, suggestions and help for students to participate in campaigns of kindness in their schools. The FOR Club at Glen Crest meets two or three times a month and the meetings are open to any student or staff at anytime. There is an average of 50 core students in the club. For information about Rachel?s Challenge or the FOR Club, call the Glen Crest office at 630-469-5220.
Photo Caption: Celebrating Bus Driver Appreciation Week, Illinois Central bus drivers and office staff were treated to a Pancake Breakfast served by the FOR (Friends of Rachel) club at Glen Crest Middle School. The guests of honor gathered with their hosts and hostesses in front of the billboard sign at the middle school for a AOK (Act of Kindness) moment. Paul Wilson
- Rachel's Challenge is a national organization that works toward eliminating bullying, eliminating school violence, and educating young people about eliminating mean-spirited behavior. The school clubs sponsored by Rachel's Challenge are called FOR CLUBS. Glen Crest has been part of this movement for two full years. Club members presented the Quest Food Service ladies who work in the middle school providing lunch, with a Target of Kindness award. The Target of Kindness Awards for November were manicures for each of the Quest Food Management ladies at a local spa. By honoring an established group of people who help the entire Glen Crest student body each month, the FOR CLUB can illustrate to their classmates the kindness and hard work that these groups provide to make school life run smoothly and safely. October?s honorees were the school bus drivers and staff. The money for the November award was earned by the FOR CLUB through donations. Left to right are Quest Food Management employees Anita Butler, Kim Woldman, Donna Christensen and Missy Bland. Jean Jeske
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