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  • COD board candidates largely oppose buyout package for Breuder Jan 30, 2015 5:35 AM
    Candidates for the College of DuPage board of trustees are nearly unanimous in their opposition to the existing board's controversial decision to approve a $762,000 buyout package for the president of the Glen Ellyn school. One incumbent defends the amount. Here are their responses one by one.

     
  • AuctionWorks.com offers online bidding of luxury homes with local team Jan 29, 2015 12:59 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features AuctionWorks.com, an online auction site that sells various properties, including luxury homes in Naperville, Downers Grove, Riverwoods and Burr Ridge, among other places.

     
  • AOII alums to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Crystal Lake Feb. 11 Jan 28, 2015 6:42 PM
    With the theme of “Focus on Love,” local AOII alums will celebrate Valentine’s Day at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 in Crystal Lake. President Pat Juza will lead an interactive program centered on the ritual of Alpha Omicron Pi.

     
  • 2015 Sedgebrook Fitness Goals Jumpstarted During Holidays Jan 28, 2015 11:05 AM
    Residents of Sedgebrook senior living community in Lincolnshire are entering a new year with fitness goals that were sown over the holidays.

     
  • St. Hubert Catholic School Earns Award at Future Citiy Competition Jan 27, 2015 7:25 AM
    St. Hubert Catholic School Earns Award at Future Citiy Competition

     
  • Nancy Writebol, Rear Admiral Ziemer to headline “Work: For Flourishing” events at Wheaton College Jan 23, 2015 10:00 PM
    Ebola survivor and missionary Nancy Writebol, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, and faith and vocation experts Steven Garber and Katherine Leary Alsdorf are among the speakers at “Work: For Flourishing,” a series of events taking place on the Wheaton College campus Jan. 24 and 27-29. On Saturday, Jan, 24 at 7 p.m., Writebol, with her husband David, will share how their sense of calling sustained them during their experience as medical missionaries in Liberia and when Writebol contracted Ebola.

     
  • Republicans playing the long game on term limits Jan 22, 2015 6:46 PM
    State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, proposes an amendment to the Illinois Constitution calling for 10-year term limits for state lawmakers. Rauner tried to get a similar measure put before voters on the November ballot, but it was tossed in court. Still, it remained a major talking point for a campaign running against the Springfield establishment.

     
  • Norwegian National League of Chicago offers scholarships Jan 26, 2015 9:15 AM
    The Norwegian National League of Chicago is offering scholarships and cash prizes to deserving students who are of Norwegian heritage residing in the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will.

     
  • Suburban home prices experience strong gains in 2014 Jan 21, 2015 5:26 PM
    The suburban Chicago housing market ended 2014 on a positive note: the number of homes that went under contract in December 2014 increased 19.4 percent over the same period last year, the largest year-over-year increase to date. Home prices also continued to grow, with the median sales price of detached homes up 8.8 percent compared with 2013, according to statistics released today by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS.

     
  • Bowling for Charity Event at Streamwood Bowl! Jan 21, 2015 7:09 AM
    Bowling for Charity Event at Streamwood Bowl!

     
  • Mueller Financial Services honored with Five Diamond Eagle Firm Award Jan 16, 2015 3:37 PM
    Mueller Financial Services, Inc., headquartered in Elgin, was recognized for its outstanding achievements at 1st Global’s recent annual national conference held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

     
  • Midwestern University Healthcare Degree Programs Top List of Best Careers Jan 16, 2015 5:15 PM
    A new ranking of America’s best careers bodes well for students at Midwestern University. US News and World Report recently published its 100 Best Jobs of 2015 listing, ranking careers based on a combination of factors that include financial compensation, the balance between professional challenge and stress levels, and opportunities within the various fields. Five of the top 15 careers represented in the list are part of Midwestern University’s graduate healthcare education offerings, including dentistry, which was ranked first overall thanks to salary, low unemployment, and work-life balance. Midwestern’s College of Dental Medicine-Arizona is one of only two dental schools in Arizona, while the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois is one of only three in Illinois. In addition to dentistry, other Midwestern programs that ranked in the US News and World Report list’s top 15 careers include osteopathic medicine, physical therapy physician assistant, and occupational therapy. Since Midwestern’s founding in 1900, the University has gradually expanded its healthcare career offerings, creating programs in 10 colleges across two campuses in Illinois and Arizona: the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, the Arizona College of Optometry, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Top 5 Midwestern University-Offered Healthcare Programs Ranked in US News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2015 List: #1: Dentist #4: Physician #6: Physical Therapist #10: Physician Assistant #13: Occupational Therapist

     
  • Waterleaf to Host Hall and Walt Wine Dinner on Feb. 12 Jan 16, 2015 5:12 PM
    Waterleaf Restaurant in Glen Ellyn will host an exclusive Hall and Walt Wine dinner on Thursday, Feb. 12. “In the cold of a Chicago winter, we invite guests to Waterleaf to taste of the sunshine of California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County,” said Waterleaf General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux. “This exclusive evening features a delicious menu complemented by the wonderful wines of this distinctive Pacific Coast winery.” Following a reception at 6:30 p.m. featuring 2013 Hall Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, the first course includes Seared Scallops, fig caponata, preserved meyer lemon and grapefruit-melon sabayon paired with 2012 Walt Chardonnay, La Brisa, Sonoma County. The second course offers Lamb’s Lettuce with strawberries, brie, binoche, hazelnuts and raspberry vinaigrette paired with 2012 Walt Pinot Noir, La Brisa, Sonoma County. The third course features Coffee Crusted Beef Short Rib with glazed baby carrots, crisp shallots and coffee scented just paired with 2011 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. The fourth course includes Artisanal cheeses and toast points with marmalade paired with 2011 Hall “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. The final course is Flourless Chocolate Cake with chocolate sorbet and morello cherries. The price of this exclusive four-course, five-wine dinner is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required for this event. To make a reservation for this exclusive Hall and Walt wine dinner at Waterleaf, call (630) 942-6881. Based in Sonoma, California, Hall and Walt Winery specializes in the production of artisan Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Owned by husband and wife team Craig Hall and Kathryn Walt Hall, the winery’s vineyards span nearly 1,000 miles in some of California’s most distinctive growing sites, including Anderson Valley, Sonoma County, Sta. Rita Hills and the Willamette Valley. The winery follows a philosophy of non-interventionist and organic farming practices winemaking that allows the wines to naturally reflect the character of the sites in which the grapes are grown. In addition, the winery uses hand and selective harvesting techniques that ensure only the cleanest and ripest fruit is used. In 2009, the winery became California’s first to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Waterleaf, led by Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is located on the College of DuPage campus in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant’s menu contains offerings developed with locally-sourced ingredients. The contemporary light-filled dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of a scenic lake. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra, and there is a cozy bar area to enjoy cocktails and light snacks. Waterleaf has earned Diner’s Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on OpenTable.com, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, confirms that Waterleaf’s beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. In addition, Waterleaf recently received a three-star “Excellent” review from Chicago Tribune’s renowned food critic Phil Vettel. For more information and to make reservations, call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Grant Helps Serenity House Counseling Services, Inc. Participants with Housing, Counseling and Peer-to-Peer Prevention Program Jan 15, 2015 5:38 PM
    For more than 25 years, Serenity House has expanded substance abuse services and capacity throughout DuPage County to meet the increasing demand for treatment. Serenity House serves hundreds of men and women each year in residential, outpatient and recovery home programs. The programs provide a holistic approach that focuses on integrating men and women back into their surroundings as self-sufficient, productive members of their communities while improving the quality of life for their families. One of the programs of Serenity House is the Peer-to-Peer Prevention Partnership Program which began as a result of the 12-step recovery program. “Part of this is personal for each young man and woman who participates,” said Lisa Snipes, development director for Serenity House. “It’s an honor for them and part of their recovery process to go into the schools and share their stories, many times with their peers.” The Peer-to-Peer Prevention Partnership Program is in its fourth year. The typical ages of participants speaking to the high school students in the peer-to-peer program is 19-24, which is close to the age of high school students. “We’ve had speakers relate to the high school students by saying ‘I was sitting where you are a year ago,’” Snipes said. “Ten years ago, the typical age of people in the recovery program averaged at 30. Today, we’re seeing a lot of younger people reaching out for help, especially in the last five years with the rising addiction to heroin. It’s a drug like no other and addictive like none we’ve ever encountered.” One recent peer-to-peer program was held at Wheaton North High School. A panel of peer prevention speakers presented a program during the drug education unit of a health and physical education class. As an exercise to accompany the presentation, instructor Kevin Formanski asked his class to describe a feeling, fact and memory of the presentation. Here are a few of the students’ responses: Feeling—”I was shocked when I heard that a friend’s mother supplied the addict with drugs.” Fact—”An addiction to drugs takes away your friends, family, possessions and hobbies.” Memory—”I’ve been shot before and I’d rather get shot again than go through withdrawal again,” as told by “Mike,” one of the presenters. “With illegal drugs in DuPage County—especially heroin—the value of this program is huge,” said Formanski. “For the students to sit and listen to people who have gone through using drugs and thinking that they wouldn’t become addicted, the value is priceless.” Serenity House has been providing this program to Wheaton North High School for the past three years, said Formanski. “I applaud the work that Serenity House is doing. It really impacts the kids.” “There’s so much hope. When a young person comes to you broken and defeated, lonely and scared, and they don’t know where to turn and then one month later you see them and they realize that they saw a glimpse of what recovery can be, it makes what we do here all worth it,” said Snipes. “Thanks to The DuPage Community Foundation, this opportunity has allowed Serenity House to have a profound impact on so many young lives.” For Donna Foyle, Serenity House recovery home program manager, the peer-to-peer program is personal. Foyle lost a son to heroin addiction three years ago and she said her family is committed to the program. “These kids have been to hell and back,” said Foyle. “If we can get across to just one kid, maybe it will help. I love hearing their stories. I watch their confidence grow and I learn something new every day.” “As a 10-year board member of Serenity House Foundation, Inc., there is complete satisfaction when I see Serenity House Counseling employees engaging clients that have been successful in not only recovery, but in regaining their own lives and becoming community members,” said Alana McBride-Piech, vice-chairman of Serenity House Foundation, Inc. “To allow the vulnerability of exposing problems in a past life to improve the lives of others is a noble cause. I consistently witness life transformations from people going through our programs, and to know they are paying it forward not only makes me thankful, but proud to be a part of a continuing source for the betterment of our community.” The peer speakers are getting their lives back together and are committed to the program. In order to speak to the students at the schools, they must take time off from work, many using vacation days to do so. “We help them set goals and get back into the mainstream of life,” said Foyle. “I love this.” About Serenity House Counseling Services, Inc.: The Serenity House Counseling Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit, community-based, comprehensive treatment facility located in Addison offering services to adult men and women recovering from chemical dependence and substance abuse. The programs provide individuals with the necessary skills to rebuild families, strengthen relationships, and to become productive members of their communities. Serenity House responds to the needs of these individuals regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, HIV status or ability to pay. For more information about Serenity House, visit www.serenityhouse.com. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Classic Cinemas presents annual “Predict the Oscars” contest Jan 15, 2015 5:41 PM
    The award season has begun, and Classic Cinemas has announced its annual “Predict the Oscars” contest for the 2015 Academy Awards competition! The nominees were announced on Jan. 15, and it’s time to pick your favorites to win.

     
  • COD Testing Welcomes New Partnership Jan 16, 2015 5:24 PM
    The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) recently admitted the National College Testing Association (NCTA) to its membership. “The Testing Centers at College of DuPage are dedicated to enhancing student success by providing comprehensive, accessible testing services,” said COD Coordinator of Specialized Testing Services Jarret Dyer. “All centers are committed to maintaining the highest compliance with NCTA’s Standards and Guidelines. As an institutional member of NCTA, the College is extremely pleased with this new partnership.” Founded 35 years ago as a consortium of 11 associations, CAS is dedicated to fostering and enhancing student learning, development and achievement. The organization creates and delivers standards, guidelines and self-assessment guides designed to lead to a host of quality programs and services. CAS membership currently comprises 41 professional organizations reflecting a wide range of student oriented functions across higher education. Members of the NCTA include testing professionals in post-secondary institutions and other professional testing venues, as well as companies with test-related products and services. The NCTA promotes professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs, including issues related to test administration, test development, test scoring and assessment. Currently, the NCTA has more than 2,000 members, representing more than 60 post-secondary institutions and more than 40 corporations and certification agencies in the U.S. and Canada. College of DuPage Testing Centers are located in Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont. Click here for more information.

     
  • COD’s Global Flicks Film Festival Begins Feb. 4 Jan 16, 2015 5:27 PM
    Global Flicks, a festival of eight award-winning international films, will be presented on Wednesdays, Feb. 4 to March 25, in the Belushi Performance Hall of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Global Flicks is co-sponsored by the COD Field and Experiential Leading, Study Abroad and Global Education programs and the McAninch Arts Center. The films will be shown at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Films are shown in their original language with English subtitles, and each screening concludes with a moderated discussion of the film and its subject matter. Additionally, Waterleaf, the fine-dining restaurant at COD’s Glen Ellyn campus, will provide a pre-show themed prix fixe menu at 5 p.m. In addition, the College’s Continuing Education program will offer a themed lunch and casual film discussion at Wheat Café, the student-operated restaurant, at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, (“Waste Land”) and Wednesday, March 4 (“La Vita E Bella”). For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office at (630) 942-4000 or click here. “Omar” (Palestine) – Feb. 4 Directed by Hany Abu-Assad Academy Award Nominee 2014 for Best Foreign Language Film, “Omar” is a gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar is a Palestinian baker by day who climbs over the separation wall to visit his girl Nadja. By night, he risks his life with friends to strike at the Israeli military. Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier, Omar becomes an informant beginning a dangerous game. Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluble moral dilemmas and choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up. (97 min.) Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados (Living is easy with eyes closed)” (Spain) – Feb. 11 Directed by David Trueba It is 1966 in Spain. English teacher and die-hard Beatles fan Antonio resolves to go on a road trip to Almería to meet John Lennon, who is shooting a film there. On the journey, he picks up two young runaways: Bethlehem – a pregnant girl fleeing a convent, and Juanjo – a boy escaping a dictatorial father. ‘Living is easy with eyes closed,’ from Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” evokes the spirit of the 60s while reflecting on a time in Spanish history when dreams seemed impossible. (108 min.) “Waste Land” (Brazil) – Feb. 18 Directed by Lucy Walker Filmed over three years, “Waste Land” documents renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn, to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He photographs an eclectic band of “catadores,” self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. With collaboration from these inspiring characters, Muniz creates photographic images using garbage that reveal the dignity and despair of the catadores, who begin to re-imagine their life. This documentary shows the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. (99 min.) “Wadjda” (Saudi Arabia) – Feb. 25 Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour Wadjda, a 10-year old Saudi girl living in Riyadh, dreams of owing a green bicycle that she passes every day. She wants to race against Abdullah but riding bikes is frowned upon for girls and Wadjda’s mother refuses to buy the bike. Wadjda raises the money herself by entering a Koran competition at school. She wins, but is told that the money will instead be donated to Palestine on her behalf. This is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film by a female Saudi director. Wadjda presents a vivid window into a corner of the globe where cinema has been all but silenced. (98 min.) “La Vita e bella (Life is Beautiful)” (Italy) - March 4 Directed by Roberto Benigni In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido has a perfect life marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. They have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank. (116 min.) “Brat (Brother)” (Russia) - March 11 Directed by Aleksei Balabanov Danila Bagrov returns home after serving in the Russian Army. Not satisfied in the small town, he moves to St. Petersburg to be with his older brother and start a new life. He discovers his brother is a contract killer and gangster, and is forced into the criminal world. This gangster film depicts the problems of Russia in the 1990s: crime, poverty, disaffection of the Russian youth and failing families brought about in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. (99 min.) “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” (Ireland) - March 18 Directed by Ken Loach Set in rural Ireland in the 1920s, this war drama tells the fictional story of two County Cork brothers Damien and Teddy O’Donovan who join the Irish Republican Army to fight for Irish independence from the United Kingdom. While one brother started as a socialist and changes to adopt the ways of war, the other brother mellows after experiencing the endless suffering of war. The brothers oppose each other during the Irish Civil War just years later. (127 min.) “The Lady” (Burma) - March 25 Directed by Luc Besson Based on the true story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Nobel Peace Prize, 1991), the Lady is an epic love story about Suu Kui and her husband Michael Aris, and their extraordinary sacrifice of family happiness for a higher cause. Despite distance, long separations and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endured. “The Lady” follows the peaceful quest for democracy in Burma by Suu Kyi who was held under house arrest for more than fifteen years by military junta.(132 min.)

     
  • Choral-Aires Chorus Hosts Guest Night Jan 16, 2015 5:22 PM
    Sing those Winter Blues Away! Visit the Choral-Aires Chorus on Monday, January 26 at 7pm when we host a Guest Night for anyone interested in learning more about the chorus. We’re a vibrant group of more than 100 women who love to sing a cappella harmony, love making new friends and love to have fun. We perform at community events, ballgames, parties and in competitions. We’re the current Regional champs and will compete for the title of Sweet Adelines International Champion in Las Vegas this fall. There are days when it seems winter will never end. Although this winter has certainly been kinder than the last, spring sometimes feels very far away. Hard to even imagine, some days. No matter how gray the day, an evening of singing with some of your favorite people is a great way to put the sunshine back into your life. You don’t have to be a professional musician, you don’t even have to read music. You just have to love music and be willing to learn from our amazing directors and coaches. Stop by our Guest Night. We meet at Redeemer Lutheran Church Recreation Center in Elmhurst, at the corner of Kenilworth Ave. and St. Charles Road. We’d love to see you and help you make the the dark days of winter a whole lot brighter! Visit our website, www.choral-aires.com to learn more about us.

     
  • Teen not on court, but definitely part of the action Jan 15, 2015 12:38 AM
    What's a boy to do if he loves sports but can't quite physically play them? Become a school sports announcer, and a really good one at that. Fifteen-year-old Zain Bando, who was born with cerebral palsy, announces games at Downers Grove North High School and hosts his own online sports talk radio show. “Since I'm unable to play any of the sports ... I wanted to be able to express my feelings about it,” he said.

     
  • Young adults learn job and life skills at The Birches Jan 15, 2015 5:42 PM
    There are some new and youthful faces at The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills these days, thanks to The Birches’ partnership with the Hinsdale District 86 Adult Opportunities Transitions Program. Through the Adult Opportunities Transitions Program, young adults between the ages of 18 and 22 with documented disabilities are given the resources and experience they need to succeed as independent adults. Young adults in the program rotate through a series of classes that focus on life skills like money management, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and laundry. The primary focus of the program, however, is preparing participants for future employment. “Young adults come to our transitions program to better prepare for success in their adult life. We focus on three main areas-- independent living, vocational education, and community integration and access. But the majority of our program is getting them ready for whatever vocational skills they should have once they’re no longer with school services,” said District 86 Vocational Transition Coordinator Taryn Chrapkowski. The Birches is currently a work-site for four young adults who perform a variety of tasks in the Dining Services and Maintenance Departments. Isaac Mason, who started the program at the beginning of this year, currently works at both Walgreen’s and The Birches. At The Birches, Mason works in the kitchen and helps with maintenance tasks. According to Mason, he particularly enjoys working in the Maintenance Department where he has learned painting techniques and other practical maintenance knowledge. Mason thinks this hands-on job training will help him take the steps he needs to move forward as an independent adult. “The program will probably help me get started— to start at COD and to find something I want to do,” said Mason. Ariel Townsend works at Walgreen’s and in The Birches’ Dining Services department where she prepares the tables for Birches’ residents and sometimes serves them coffee. According to Townsend, The Birches is her favorite job site in the program because she is able to do what she loves: help people. “The Birches is the best job because it’s not boring, and I like helping people. Also, because I get to do things that I’ve never done before, and I’ve always wanted to help seniors,” said Townsend. Townsend believes the job experience she gains through the program will help her achieve her future goals, as well as teach her important life skills that will help her transition into adulthood. “I learned how to catch the Metra train while I was here, and the Pace bus—I never in my life caught the Pace bus,” said Townsend. Even though she enjoys working with the residents at The Birches, Townsend says her ultimate goal is to become a teacher, and she believes her participation in the Adult Opportunities Transitions Program is bringing her one step closer to achieving this goal. “I think the program will help with my future goals because they put us in something that we’re interested in, something that’s going to help us when we leave the program,” said Townsend. District 86 Job Coach Kathy Lenzo accompanies program participants to their job sites and says she has seen noticeable differences in the confidence and capabilities of the young adults she coaches. “The main goal is for the student to learn to be independent and find success on the job,” said Lenzo. “This is probably the first opportunity some of them have had in a job, and I have absolutely noticed a difference.” According to Birches’ Activities Director Katie Klitchman, The Birches is happy to help these young adults gain important job experience and life skills, and appreciates their helpful contribution to the Birches community each week. “We’re so glad we can help these young adults. It’s great having them around and knowing we are helping them get job experience. It’s really a wonderful program and we are happy to participate,” said Klitchman. For more information on the District 86 Transitions Program, contact Tammy Prentiss, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services at tprentiss@hinsdale86.org. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.

     
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