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  • The Birches hosts author talk and book signing with caregiving expert Cheryl Kuba Jan 13, 2015 5:31 PM
    On Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m., The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills will host a program by gerontologist and author Cheryl Kuba titled “Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: A Road Map to Successful Caregiving.” Kuba, who has over 20 years of experience in the eldercare industry, will help audience members navigate the challenges of caring for an elderly loved one by addressing difficult topics such as personal care, driving, and Alzheimer’s disease. Kuba will also share research insights from her book Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want which examines how it feels to be dependent and elderly through the first-person accounts of older adults who rely on the care of a loved one, friend, or stranger. As of 2013, 40 percent of U.S. adults were caring for a sick or elderly family member. According to statistics provided by the CDC, 30 percent of these caregivers said they needed help keeping the person they care for safe, 30 percent said they had difficulty finding time for themselves, and 29 percent said they struggled to balance work and family responsibilities. By providing caregivers with the information and resources they need to care for their loved ones, Kuba hopes to reignite their passion for caregiving, help them enjoy the last chapter of their loved one’s life, and teach them how to balance caregiving responsibilities with other life responsibilities. “Family caregivers must become empowered to take care of themselves first, and take back their lives,” said Kuba. “The same principle that is used in airline safety has to happen on a personal level— put on your own oxygen mask first, before you help others.” Kuba’s expertise in eldercare comes from her advanced education in gerontology, her professional experience in executive-level positions in the senior living industry, and her personal experience caring for her own aging parents. “Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: A Road Map to Successful Caregiving” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Birches Assisted Living located at 215 55th St., Clarendon Hills. The program is free and open to public. The first forty families to register and attend this program will receive a free signed copy of Cheryl Kuba’s book Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want compliments of The Birches. To register, call 630-581-7350. 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:

  • Student Trustee Named Certified Student Leader at National Leadership Conference Jan 7, 2015 5:43 PM
    College of DuPage Student Trustee Omar Escamilla (right, Hanover Park) is congratulated by Board of Trustees Chair Erin Birt for being named a Certified Student Leader at the National Center for Student Leadership Conference. Only 5,000 student leaders world-wide have received the NCSL certification since 1994. Escamilla attended the conference this past November, where he completed a leadership portfolio. Click here to learn more about Escamilla’s experience at College of DuPage.

  • Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 52 Recruits Jan 7, 2015 5:44 PM
    The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 52 recruits representing 39 police agencies in Northern Illinois. The ceremony honored the recruits for completing 12 weeks – 480 hours – of basic law enforcement officer training which began this past fall. Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Deputy Sheriff Justin Hill of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award and the George Graves Award for being selected as the most distinguished recruit by his fellow officers in the class. Officer Gerard Gannon of the Round Lake Beach Police Department earned the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Brett Darst of the Northlake Police Department won the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award. Officer Jamie Goschey of the Batavia Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Andrew Switalski of the Evergreen Park Police Department earned the Leadership Award. All award winners received plaques with their names engraved. The graduating recruits are as follows: Eric Babczak, Willowbrook Police Department Chase Bending, Glenview Police Department Timothy Breslin, Streamwood Police Department Ryan Butcher, Arlington Heights Police Department Michael Dailly, Elk Grove Village Police Department Brett Darst, Northlake Police Department Melissa Douglas, Harper College Police Department James Etchingham, Palatine Police Department James Friel, Northbrook Police Department Seth Frontone, Deerfield Police Department Gerard Gannon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Antonio Garcia, Hoffman Estates Police Department Jamie Goschey, Batavia Police Department Ryan Grahn, Oak Forest Police Department Alexander Guevara, Evergreen Park Police Department Steven Guther, Elk Grove Village Police Department Fredrick Hailer, Carpentersville Police Department Justin Hill, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Zane Holland, Wheaton Police Department Mark Johnson, Elk Grove Village Police Department Christopher Jones, Bensenville Police Department Brett Kielbasa, Woodridge Police Department Henri Krueger, College of Lake County Police Department Jason L’Amas, Tinley Park Police Department Kevin Lamb, Buffalo Grove Police Department Crystal Marshall, South Holland Police Department James Martino, Willowbrook Police Department Michal Mazur, Glenview Police Department Michael McCullough, Montgomery Police Department Matthew G. McDonald, Crystal Lake Police Department Elizabeth McGuire, Wilmette Police Department Adam D. McMahon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Shannon McMillon, Buffalo Grove Police Department Thomas B. Molloy, Elk Grove Village Police Department Russell Monk, Wilmette Police Department Michael Munoz, Wheeling Police Department Patrick O’Donnell, Oak Lawn Police Department Alexandra Ovington, Round Lake Police Department Nathan Parks, Hoffman Estates Police Department Bhavik Patel, Oakton Community College Police Department Lidia G. Patitucci, Naperville Police Department Michael Pignato, Lincolnwood Police Department Alex Prafke, Cary Police Department Eric Quinones, Cary Police Department Nelson Rodriguez, Round Lake Police Department Joseph Salinas Sr., Kane County Sheriff’s Office Eric Sarat, Darien Police Department Daniel Schahczinski, Wilmington Police Department Christopher Stearns, Mount Prospect Police Department Andrew Switalski, Evergreen Park Police Department Bradley Vos, Skokie Police Department Quintana Ward, Evergreen Park Police Department College of DuPage Senior Vice President Thomas J. Glaser and Associate Dean of Continuing Education/Director of the Homeland Security Training Institute Thomas Brady offered their congratulations to the graduating recruits. Trustee Dianne McGuire represented the College’s Board of Trustees. The keynote speaker was Chief Stephen Schmidt of the Elk Grove Police Department. The ceremony was held in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at

  • COD Receives $14,600 Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant Jan 7, 2015 5:48 PM
    The Motorola Solutions Foundation has awarded a $14,600 grant to the College of DuPage Foundation in support of the formation and launch of the Citizens Public Safety Academy (CPSA), which will begin in January of 2015. Offered through the College’s Continuing Education program and the nationally-renowned Homeland Security Training Institute, the CPSA at College of DuPage will provide public safety training to community members in three course offerings, including an 8-week certificate program, quarterly senior citizen seminars and an Advanced Citizens Emergency Response program which is an 8-week supplement to an existing Community Emergency Response Team training program offered through local townships. Through this grant, the CPSA is prepared to train approximately 800 participants in 2015 through three components: the Citizens Emergency Response Academy (100 participants), the Senior Citizens Crime Prevention Series (600 participants) and the Citizens Public Safety Academy (100 participants). For more information, contact Leah Cameron at (630) 942-3427 or

  • Free tax help offered at College of DuPage Jan 7, 2015 5:50 PM
    College of DuPage is offering free assistance with electronic preparation of state and federal tax returns on Saturday mornings, Feb. 21 through April 11, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Sessions are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 21 and 28; March 7, 14, 21 and 28; and April 11, in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 1514. Students in Accounting 2200, under instructor supervision, will help students, staff and community members prepare 1040 IL, 1040 and Schedules A-B forms. Free assistance is also provided for schedules C-EZ and small Schedule Ds (three items or less). Participants must bring tax information, the previous year’s return and account numbers if participants would like direct deposit. For more information, please call (630) 942-3400.

  • Help The Birches Send Love and Gratitude to U.S. military members Jan 7, 2015 5:41 PM
    With February fast approaching, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is preparing to send Valentine’s Day care packages to deployed members of the U.S. military through its 2nd annual “Hearts and Heroes” campaign. Last year, 31 care packages were sent to U.S. military members. This year, The Birches hopes to increase that number to 50 care packages with the help of community members. If you’d like to help The Birches send love and gratitude to deployed U.S. military members for Valentine’s Day consider participating in the “Hearts and Heroes” campaign in one of the following ways: • Provide the address of a deployed military member who would appreciate a care package. The Birches is eager to send care packages to as many soldiers as possible, but needs your help identifying their names and addresses. If you know a deployed member of the military who would appreciate a care package, please email the individual’s name and APO/FPO address to Jackie Raschke at • Donate valentines or letters to military members for the care packages. • Volunteer your time to help Birches residents decorate care packages or make valentines. Volunteers are always appreciated. Contact Jackie Raschke at 630-570-6175 or for a list of available dates. • Donate money or any of the following supplies: lip balm, cushioned insoles, baby powder, non-aerosol travel size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion), toothbrushes, decks of cards, used or new CDs and DVDs, board games (small enough to fit in the shoe box), puzzles, reading and writing materials, non-perishable food that will sustain high temperatures, chewing gum, or socks. The Birches’ “Hearts and Heroes” campaign is part of the Birches Gives Back program, a new initiative dedicated to making a difference in the community through acts of service. The Birches’ Director of Encore and Memory Care Jackie Raschke started the Birches Gives Back program as a way for Birches residents to contribute something meaningful to the greater community. “Doing good deeds for others and knowing we are putting a smile on peoples’ faces is very rewarding,” said Raschke. “It’s a win-win; it makes the residents happy and it brightens the day of someone in need.” Donations and supplies can be dropped off in the front lobby of The Birches Assisted Living at 215 55th St. Clarendon Hills until January 16. If you have questions about The Birches’ “Hearts and Heroes” campaign, please contact Jackie Raschke at or 630-570-6175. 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:

  • Daily Herald honors employees for excellence Jan 20, 2015 4:17 PM
    Eight employees of Paddock Publications Inc., parent of the Daily Herald and other publications, were honored Monday for excellence in their professions and their commitment to the community during 2014.

  • Oak Brook Park District Awarded $400,000 OSLAD Grant Jan 6, 2015 5:27 PM
    The Oak Brook Park District was awarded $400,000 and is one of 75 agencies to benefit from the $26 million Illinois has available in the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development [OSLAD] grant fund as announced by Gov. Pat Quinn in a press conference on Sat., Jan. 3, 2015. Money for the OSLAD grant comes from the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program. It will provide $24 million to support 75 projects in 28 counties throughout Illinois. Another $2 million comes from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Agencies are awarded funding to pay up to half of each project’s cost. The Oak Brook Park District will utilize the grant funds to make improvements to Central Park athletic fields. The park district has received two OSLAD grants in prior years which allowed the agency to add amenities to Central Park, such as the original splash pad and horseshoe pits, and helped finance the restoration and development of the Dorothy and Sam Dean Nature Sanctuary located on Canterberry Lane. The OSLAD program is funded by a portion of the state real estate transfer tax. Since 1987, it has provided $391 million to 1,700 local parks.

  • Local Christmas Program Serves 2,014 Underprivileged Children Jan 6, 2015 5:25 PM
    After the conclusion of its annual Christmas Offering last month, the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP,) of DuPage County, has announced that it served 2,014 children, from local families in need, with gifts this holiday season. Additionally, 126 needy senior citizens received gifts, and over 400 families received groceries through this program. This was the largest and most successful Christmas Offering since its foundation in 1979. The 2,014 children served represents an increase of over 400 children compared to the 1,600 served by the program in 2013. Each child received a minimum of three Christmas gifts, many of which were donated by members of the community. Hundreds of community members, from individuals to corporations, participated in the success of the program by donating toys, food, funds, or volunteering their time. In response to results of the program, HSP’s Executive Director Kristin Maxwell said, “The number of children we served this year does show that there are still many families in need of help in our community. Thanks to the generosity and kindness of so many, the families, children, and seniors we serve, received the support they need.” Contact the Humanitarian Service Project: HSP’s website: HSP’s blog:

  • Lisle Library celebrates anniversary with ‘Golden Tickets’ Jan 5, 2015 12:34 PM
    The Lisle Library District has hidden “Golden Tickets” in materials throughout the building to help launch its yearlong Golden Anniversary celebration of 50 years of service to the community.

  • Longtime Kennedy teachers celebrate 25 years Jan 5, 2015 4:43 PM
    Five staff members at Kennedy Junior High in Lisle celebrated a quarter-century of service as the school took photos to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The newest junior high in Naperville Unit District 203 opened Jan. 3, 1990 and four of its first teachers and the head custodian have stayed through all the years. "This was a destination," language arts teacher Mary Weber said Monday.

  • Local hunger organization launches fundraising campaign Jan 6, 2015 5:34 PM
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Tina Koral 630-730-6996 Local hunger organization launches fundraising campaign Glen Ellyn, IL - January 5, 2014 – The GardenWorks Project, a local volunteer-led organization dedicated to fighting hunger by providing families in need with resources to grow food at home is using the crowd-sourcing website,, to raise funds for their 2015 growing season. The GardenWorks Project’s goal is to build 40 new gardens at the homes of families who are in need of food pantry services. These families receive a cedar raised-bed garden, soil, compost, plants and seeds, and a mentor to teach them the basics of organic home food production. The organization has set a fundraising goal of $6000, and offers a variety of “perks,” or gifts, for each contribution that include garden seeds, t-shirts, gardening and cookbooks, and even a raised-bed garden which a volunteer will fill with soil and plant for the donor. “Online crowdsourcing has been a very effective method of fundraising for us in the past. It’s easy to contribute, and we have perks that people enjoy,” said The GardenWorks Project Executive Director, Tina Koral. “These funds will allow us to continue the work that means so much to families experiencing food-insecurity in DuPage County.” For more information on The GardenWorks Project, and to access the Indiegogo fundraising page, visit About The GardenWorks Project is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing food insecurity in Chicago’s west suburbs by providing families in need of food assistance with home vegetable gardens and educational resources. We help families who would otherwise be unable to grow their own food because of financial need, disability, or advanced age. More information is available at: ###

  • The Zonta Club of Oak Brook announces scholarship availability Jan 6, 2015 5:28 PM
    Applications for the 2015 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Oak Brook, IL. The application can be downloaded and completed directly from the club webpage: Applications should be mailed to the club mailbox (as listed in the application) to the attention of Donna Joss and must be received by February 28, 2105. Applicants aged 16-19 on the 1st April each year, living in a Zonta district/region at the time of application are eligible to apply. The local winning recipient will earn an award of $1000 from the Zonta Club of Oak Brook. Her application is then forwarded to District 6 (comprising clubs in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana) for consideration of a higher prize amount. The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women. Applicants are asked to write about their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and to reflect on the problems limiting the advancement of the status of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta Club of Oak Brook is just one of over 1200 clubs in 63 countries and geographic areas. More information about our membership and activities can be located on our webpage: Zonta International, founded in 1919, with world headquarters in Oak Brook, is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

  • 90 Acts of Kindness Challenge Jan 6, 2015 7:54 AM
    In honor of our church’s upcoming 90th Anniversary the students of our Sunday Church School are participating in a 90 Acts of Kindness Challenge. Between September 7th, 2014- October 18, 2015( the Anniversary celebration) we hope to complete 90 Acts of Kindness that will benefit others. Listed below are several examples of completed Acts of Kindness. Our church is Assumption Greek Orthodox Church located at 601. S. Central, Chicago. Our parishioners are from various suburbs as well as the city.

  • Your 2015 Guide to the Suburbs: It’s our best advice, but share yours too Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Want to make the most of 2015? Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen introduces a special New Year's Day guide to living, working and playing in the suburbs.

  • Rollover crash injures man in Lisle Dec 31, 2014 2:37 PM
    Maple Avenue in Lisle was shut down for a half-hour Wednesday morning as police responded to a rollover crash that injured one man. A red truck rolled over at 7:20 a.m. on the 1900 block of Maple Avenue and the man who was driving it was taken Edward Hospital in Naperville with minor injuries, Wilke said.

  • Lack of snow doesn’t deter skiers at Lisle’s Four Lakes Dec 30, 2014 6:21 PM
    Snow? Who needs snow? In the midst of one of the least snowy Decembers in our recorded history, skiers and snowboarders still were able to hit the slopes Tuesday at Lisle’s Four Lakes Ski and Snowboard Area thanks to a combination of colder temperatures and the wonders of snow-making equipment.

  • The DuPage Community Foundation Announces 2015 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Grant Guidelines and Applications Available Dec 29, 2014 4:52 PM
    Three Spirit of Volunteerism grants will be awarded to recognize organizations which have implemented successful volunteer programs and have leveraged volunteers to enhance organizational outcomes. The amount of the grants will be $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000. Most not-for-profit organizations serving DuPage County residents are eligible to apply. For grant guidelines or to determine eligibility, visit and click “Grant Guidelines” under the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards section to the right. Established in 2011, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards were created as a means to say “thank you” to the volunteer and staff leaders of DuPage County not-for-profit organizations for their tireless efforts to help raise the quality of life for our community’s residents during these challenging economic times. Specifically, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards seek to recognize organizations that have successfully leveraged volunteers to enhance their organizational outcomes. “Not-for-profit organizations rely heavily on volunteers and have become quite creative in the ways in which they engage them to deliver their programs and services,” said Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation director of programs. “The Spirit of Volunteerism awards provide an opportunity to recognize and reward the contributions of volunteers for the critical impact they have on individual organizations and the community as a whole.” The application deadline is 5 p.m. on February 15, 2015. Recipients will be selected by a review committee which is comprised in part of donors who have financially supported the award. Questions about the application process may be directed to Szczepaniak at 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

  • Library offers two new book clubs in new year Dec 29, 2014 4:57 PM
    With the start of the new year, Naperville Public Library introduces two new book clubs: Criminal Spines and Read Around the World. These two additional clubs accompany the library’s established groups of Constant Readers Evening Book Club, Readers Rendezvous Daytime Book Club, Great Books Discussion Group, Great Decisions Discussion Group and Reader’s Night Out. Criminal Spines Book Club will take place the second Thursday of each month at Naper Blvd. Library, where crime fiction is especially popular. “The library wanted to explore having a genre-based book club, and crime fiction is one of the most popular genres with our customers,” said Karen Toonen, adult services librarian. “Criminal Spines will be reading all types of crime books, not just who-done-it type mystery novels. We’ll also be reading espionage novels, thrillers, including legal thrillers, suspense novels and nonfiction true crime novels.” The group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8 to discuss its first book “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” by Tom Franklin. On Feb. 12, the group will discuss “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr. The books selected for discussion are a mixture of newer releases and older titles. “All these types of crime stories share the adrenaline rush of watching a crime being committed, the intrigue of watching an investigator puzzling out the solution and the satisfaction of witnessing justice triumph as the plot is resolved,” Toonen said. Read Around the World The other new book club coined, Read Around the World Book Discussion, will feature books that represent a variety of countries and cultures from across the globe. The club will meet the third Tuesday of each month to discuss new and classic titles at 95th Street Library. The new book club may help readers learn about places and cultures they might not otherwise have encountered. The group will discuss “White Teeth” by Zadie Smith during its first meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20. On Feb. 17, the group will talk about “The White Woman on the Green Bicycle” by Monique Roffey. The library also offers the opportunity for teens and children to join in book discussions. For children and their parents, the library’s Book & Cookie Club allows families to read together and then discuss the selected book while enjoying cookies. The child-and-parent book club will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at Naper Blvd. Library and 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Nichols Library. Also, teen bookworms can meet up to talk about books over a slice of pizza from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 23 at Nichols Library. For more information about upcoming book clubs, go to

  • Pedestrian hit by freight train Sunday in unincorporated Naperville Dec 29, 2014 10:14 AM
    A pedestrian was hit by a freight train Sunday night on the BNSF Railway between Naperville and Lisle, officials said Monday.

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