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  • Lisle man’s answer to heroin: Faith in Jesus Mar 25, 2015 5:30 AM
    Today, Doug Stvan is a Christian, a student in a certificate program at DePaul, a basketball enthusiast and an employee at his dad’s accounting firm. Four years ago, Stvan was a Christian and a heroin addict at the end of himself. Stvan credits his faith in helping with his recovery from a 12-year addiction to heroin. "Heroin is the strongest temptation there is," said Stvan, 34, of Lisle. "I think there’s one answer to that and it’s Jesus Christ.”

  • Traditional trumps trendy at old-school Raymes in Lisle Mar 25, 2015 7:34 AM
    Tired of trendy eateries? Longing for traditional dishes like cheesy onion soup and classically prepared prime rib? Well, the newly renovated Raymes Steak and Fish House in Lisle might be just the place.

  • Learn how to ‘echo weave’ at Fine Line Mar 24, 2015 4:23 PM
    Fine Line weaving instructor Beth Duncan will offer “Echo Weave, A Starting Point,” on Saturdays, April 4 and 18. “Learning to weave can seem daunting at the start; there is a lot of prep work before the actual weaving begins. As with all things worth learning, take your time and practice," Duncan said.

  • College of DuPage Welcomes Community to Renovated Naperville Regional Center Mar 23, 2015 5:41 PM
    Judy Thommes (far right), lead instructional assistant at the Naperville Learning Commons, speaks with visitors to the Naperville Regional Center Grand Re-Opening Open House. The recent event attracted more than 100 community members, students and prospective students to tour the 20,460 square-foot facility, where recent renovations included a new science lab, new student lounge areas, a multi-purpose conference room and a faculty workroom. In addition, all classrooms have been updated to reflect a state-of-the-art learning environment. Click here for more photos from the event. (Photos by Press Photography Network/Special to College of DuPage)

  • Author Sam Weller Shares Work at College of DuPage Writers Read Series Mar 23, 2015 5:43 PM
    Acclaimed author and authorized Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller recently read and discussed his work as part of the “Writers Read” series sponsored by the Creative Writing Committee, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club and the Liberal Arts division at College of DuPage. Click to view more images or a video from the event. Weller is the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury. His book “The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury” was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography and a Bram stoker award finalist. (Press Photography Network/ Special to College of DuPage)

  • College of DuPage Offers New Game Animation and Design Degree Mar 23, 2015 5:36 PM
    College of DuPage is offering a new Game Animation and Design degree that will give students the skills to design video and computer games across multiple platforms. Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the associate in applied science degree will provide the knowledge for students to gain entry-level positions as a designer and animator in such fields as game development and design, broadcast design, and television effects. “The digital revolution has created jobs that never existed before, while other jobs continue to evolve because of the rapid advancement of technology,” said Erin Birt, Chair of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. “Students earning this degree will find work creating everything from mobile applications to corporate videos.” John Kronenburger, Associate Dean of Technology, said the degree is a collaborative effort between the Computer Information System and Animation programs at COD. The new degree consists of 68 credit hours and combines existing courses from both programs in a new way. “We are taking both design and development skills that have been taught separately and integrating them together for the first time,” he said. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for software publishers, including game development, is expected to increase 30 percent through 2018. Tony Venezia, Professor of Motion Picture/Television and Animation, said Illinois is the sixth highest state in the nation for game development. More than 49 game development companies and 48 animation companies are located in the Chicago region, as well as one of the fastest-growing independent game development markets in the country. “This is a unique degree because we are combining classic animation techniques with video game skills and integrating animation into two- and three-dimensional programming,” he said. “It’s exciting to bring these areas together because of the tremendous potential for student success in the workplace.” For more information, call (630) 942-2020, (630) 942-2599 or email

  • COD physics professor gets nailed in class Mar 23, 2015 6:35 PM
    College of DuPage physics professor David Fazzini lies on a bed of nails as physics professor Tom Carter smashes a cinder block on top of him. The demonstration in Fazzini’s Physics 1100 class was part of a lecture on the principles of energy.

  • Former community organizer James Garrett shares lessons of civil rights movement Mar 19, 2015 12:42 PM
    Scholar, international attorney and former community organizer James Garrett spoke on the civil rights movement and his role in it at Benedictine University in Lisle.

  • Health Insurance for People 65 + Years Mar 17, 2015 3:12 PM
    This lesson will explore the options and tools necessary for health insurance decisions by people approaching or whom are already on Medicare.

  • “Why Opera?” program coming to Wheaton’s Danada Room March 25 Mar 16, 2015 5:36 PM
    Have you ever noticed how often opera is used in popular movies? Lawrence University musicologist Julie McQuinn leads a high energy exploration and discussion of that question in the free public program “Why Opera?” Wednesday, March 25 at the Danada Room, 3S501 Naperville Rd., Wheaton. The program is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, advance registration is requested at A free reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. will be held prior to the program, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Joining McQuinn for the program will be soprano Emily Birsan, a performer with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Ravina Festival, who was the subject of a cover story in the February 2015 issue of Classical Singer magazine. Birsan will perform an aria from “La Traviata” and discuss reasons why talented singers pursue careers in opera. McQuinn, an associate professor of music at Lawrence, is a popular pre-concert presenter for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Her research interests include opera, film music and music’s intersections with memory, gender, and the fairy tale. Birsan, a 2008 graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, recently finished her third year as a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed on the Lyric Opera’s main stage as Servilia in the critically acclaimed Sir David McVicar production “La Clemenza di Tito” and the first flower maiden in Wagner’s “Parsifal.” Most recently, she portrayed Leila in Bizet’s “Pearl Fishers” for the Florida Grand Opera. Other roles include Adele in “Die Fledermaus,” Violetta in “La Traviata” and Mme. Silberklang in Mozart’s “Der Schauspeildirektor” with the Grant Park Music Festival. She has performed as soloist in Schubert’s Mass No. 6 with the Grant Park Symphony and “A Mirror on Which to Dwell” at the Ravinia Festival.

  • Pedestrian struck, killed by Metra train in Lisle Mar 16, 2015 11:12 PM
    An inbound Metra train struck and killed a pedestrian Monday afternoon in Lisle, causing extensive delays for BNSF line commuters throughout rush hour, officials said.

  • Benet grad goes from Lisle to NCAA star with Badgers Mar 16, 2015 2:46 PM
    The 7-foot frame filled out and the face matured, but that's him. That's definitely Frank Kaminsky. It's been five years since many of us first watched him play varsity basketball for Benet Academy in Lisle. Now we watch him on television leading the University of Wisconsin to Big Ten championships and Final Four appearances.

  • Naperville Teen Wins Soroptimist Award Mar 16, 2015 5:44 PM
    Trisha Prabhu of Naperville is the winner of this year’s Violet Richardson Award. Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago honors Trisha for her project, Rethink, which is an anti- cyberbullying app that will benefit others globally. Trisha is a student at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. In the fall of 2013, after learning about an 11 year old girl’s suicide because of cyberbullying, she set out to find a way to stop this from ever happening again. She wanted to define and design a long-term solution to stop cyberbullying. Her research and hard work led her to the product Rethink, which won a spot as a Google Science Fair 2014 Global Finalist. Rethink gives someone trying to post an offensive message on social media a second chance to reconsider their decision. Her “Rethink” has had a lot of media coverage both locally and globally. She spoke about “Rethink” at TEDxTeen in London ( She currently holds a Provisional Patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for her Rethink idea. She has always been interested in the inner workings of the brain. Prior to her Rethink project, Trisha won an award for her research on the cognitive distraction that causes distracted driving. As an advocate of STEM in education (importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for future United States global competitiveness and future economic prosperity), she believes that technology is the future. Aside from her love of science and technology, Trisha is a published author of four books. She was also named Chicago’s Financial Literacy Ambassador by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Soroptimists strive to improve the lives of women and girls in the local area and globally through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago offers several Grants/Awards for women and girls. The award celebration for Trisha and other Suburban Chicago winners will be held in May. If you would like to learn more about us, please visit our web site, , or contact us at .

  • Palm Sunday Masses begin Holy Week services at St. Thomas the Apostle in Naperville Mar 16, 2015 5:46 PM
    The Holy Week schedule is: Saturday, March 28: Palm Sunday Vigil Mass, 4:30 p.m. All Masses this weekend will begin with a procession reenacting the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem just days before His crucifixion. Palm Sunday, March 29: Masses at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m., and at 6:00 p.m. All Masses this weekend will begin with a procession reenacting the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem just days before His crucifixion. Monday, March 30 – Wednesday, April 1: Communion services at 6:30 a.m.; Masses at 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 30: Taize Holy Week prayer, 7:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse room in the church. Taize prayer is characterized by a calming, meditative atmosphere, simple sung refrains, Scripture readings, ritual action, and vocal and silent prayer. A Protestant spiritual center committed to religious unity founded in Taize, France, in 1940 originated the prayer style; the style quickly spread throughout the world. Holy Thursday, April 2: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m. In addition to commemorating the Last Supper, this liturgy recalls Jesus’ mandate to serve others when those in attendance have one foot washed. Those participating are reminded to bring a towel for the foot washing. Each household also is invited to bring a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine to be blessed and gifted to another household at the conclusion of the liturgy. Eucharistic adoration until midnight follows Mass. Good Friday, April 3: The Way of the Cross, 3:00 p.m., presented by the junior high and senior high school youth of St. Thomas. In various narrated tableaux, the youth offer a prayerful reflection on Christ’s journey to his crucifixion, a program in which everyone unites in prayer and singing hymns. Individual veneration of the Cross will follow the service. Good Friday, April 3: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m., presenting the Gospel story of the crucifixion in spoken word and sung prayer. The service includes individual veneration of the Cross and reception of Communion. Holy Saturday, April 4: Blessing of Easter Baskets at 12:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the church building. Families are encouraged to bring baskets of foods they plan to serve on Easter. Holy Saturday, April 4: Easter Vigil Mass, 7:30 p.m. All are invited to bring bells to ring during the liturgy in joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Also remember to bring a small container to take home Easter water blessed during the service. (There will be no Masses at 8:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. today.) Easter Sunday, April 5: Masses in the church at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses also in the auditorium in the church building at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Easter Monday, April 6: 8:30 a.m. Mass. (There will be no 6:30 a.m. Communion service today.) Beginning Tuesday, April 7, St. Thomas the Apostle will resume its regular schedule of services. On weekdays, these include Communion services at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; and Masses at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Mass also is celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00 p.m. The Sunday Mass schedule is: 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. For more information about Holy Week services, contact Scott Knisley, director of liturgy and music ministries at St. Thomas the Apostle, at (630) 355-8980, ext. 111, or For more information about the 3:00 p.m. Good Friday service presented by the youth of the parish, contact Brett Adams, director of youth and young adult ministry, at (630) 355-8980, ext. 117 or, or Peggy Goralski, director of middle school faith formation, at (630) 355-8980, ext. 123 or Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, St. Thomas the Apostle, a parish of the Diocese of Joliet, strives to bear the Good News of God’s unconditional love to all generations through worship, faith formation, witness and service. Organized in 1984, the St. Thomas faith community numbers more than 3,700 households of more than 11,200 people. Complete news and information on parish events, guest speakers and special programs is available at For general parish information please call (630) 355-8980 ####

  • Display your skills for collegiate coaches at JUCO Spring Hoops Showcase Mar 13, 2015 11:49 PM
    High school and junior college men’s and women’s basketball players with collegiate aspirations are invited to display their talents for coaches at the JUCO 2015 Spring Showcase. The event takes place on Saturday, April 25, at Judson University in Elgin.

  • Express Employment Professionals Hosts National Leadership Event Featuring Daymond John, Dan Aykroyd and Liz Murray Mar 13, 2015 4:02 PM
    Back for its sixth year and sponsored by the Chicagoland Express Employment Professionals offices, the FREE event will be held Wednesday, April 8 at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road in Rosemont, Ill. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 7:50 a.m.

  • Benet Academy celebrates girls basketball state title Mar 12, 2015 5:35 AM
    The Benet Academy girls basketball team celebrated its state championship with students and faculty Wednesday during a pep rally at the Lisle school.

  • Join GLMV Chamber of Commerce at economic luncheon Mar 13, 2015 12:57 PM
    Business leaders, managers and executives can prepare for the future at the GLMV Chamber of Commerce 2015 Economic Outlook Luncheon to be held Tuesday, March 17, at Dave & Busters, Westfield Mall, Vernon Hills.

  • GLMV Chamber of Commerce Presents Breakfast For Growth Seminar: ‘March Into Marketing You Biz’ - 3/18 Mar 12, 2015 10:13 AM
    Get pro tips and discover how to use the power of marketing to increase exposure and visibility of your business, at the upcoming GLMV Chamber of Commerce Breakfast For Growth Seminar "March Into Marketing Your Biz" to be held Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 - 9 am at the GLMV Chamber Office, 1123 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

  • ‘Mary Poppins’ lands at Benet for two weekends Mar 10, 2015 5:24 PM
    Benet Academy’s production of “Mary Poppins” will take center stage over the next two weekends at the Lisle school and even the practically perfect nanny would be particularly proud because the preponderance of performances already are sold out.

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