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  • New businesses coming to Yorktown Center Feb 27, 2015 6:22 PM
    Several new businesses are scheduled to open this spring at Yorktown Center in Lombard, according to officials. Yorktown General Manager Todd Hiepler said one of the biggest developments is the opening of BZ’s Twisted American Cuisine, which will be filling a spot that has been vacant since the closing of Ed Debevic’s. “We expect them to be open very late spring or early summer,” Hiepler said, adding that the company is new to the Chicago market.

  • Lombard awards grants to events, new businesses Feb 26, 2015 9:06 AM
    A variety of Lombard businesses and events are getting a boost from grants approved by the village board. Downtown retail business grants, for example, have been awarded to Mesa Home Video and Lori's Antique Jewelry, which are both opening soon at 130 E. St. Charles Road. The grants are each valued at $20,000 and will help fund interior improvements, including a new ceiling, concrete coring, glasswork, flooring, drywall, painting and heating and air conditioning. Funding for the grants comes from a village tax increment financing district.

  • Martial arts, lacrosse facilities move to Lombard Feb 25, 2015 5:30 AM
    Two established indoor sporting facilities -- Downers Grove Boxing & MMA and True Lacrosse -- have decided to move from other suburbs to Lombard. Both businesses are moving into an industrial area just east of Finley Road, between Butterfield Road and 22nd Street, and plan to cater to people who are serious about martial arts and students who want to play lacrosse for high school and college teams.

  • Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 11:11 AM
    The Illinois State Rifle Association and will be sponsoring their annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Springfield, IL.

  • Healthy Lombard campaign continues to build momentum Feb 24, 2015 6:06 AM
    Before Jay Wojcik retired from Lombard Elementary District 44 as director of comunications, she decided her bucket list included leaving something positive behind her. Concerned with growing obesity among children, she created Healthy Lombard. The initiative now has 40 partner organizations, a website that gets 3,500 hits a month and an activities year-round to get people moving, including the February Fitness Fair on Feb. 28 at Yorktown Center mall.

  • The Birches hosts “Navigating Healthcare Decisions: Charting the Course” Feb 25, 2015 6:27 PM
    On Saturday, Feb. 28, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is hosting a program titled “Navigating Healthcare Decisions: Charting the Course” to provide guidance on making current or future healthcare decisions for oneself or one’s family. The program will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m at The Birches Assisted Living, 215 55th St. Clarendon Hills. Mardy Chizek, R.N. owner of Charism Eldercare Services will discuss ways caregivers can prepare themselves to make the best healthcare choices in all circumstances. Chizek, who is a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner, has worked in hospitals, home care, ambulatory care, and senior care facilities for over 30 years and provides legal and insurance consulting, risk management, operational and administrative consulting services. Bill Wilson, partner from The Law Offices of Wilson & Wilson-The Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law, will offer a legal perspective on making wise healthcare decisions. Wilson, who has practiced law for over 30 years, specializes in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning for families with special needs children, probate, and advising profit/nonprofit corporations. Brunch will be served at this free event which is open to the public. Registration is required. To register, call (630) 581-8243. 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

  • Lake Barrington shop owners are local version of American Pickers Feb 23, 2015 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features two sisters and their mother, who own Tattered Tiques in Lake Barrington. They are like the local version of American Pickers, since they go on the road around the Midwest to find unique antiques .

  • Breaking the Code Feb 23, 2015 10:17 AM
    Breaking the Code (BTC) is a research-based prevention simulation that highlights the existence and harmfulness of a hidden and unchallenged bullying social structure.

  • Dist. 4 trustee appointed, another announces early resignation Feb 19, 2015 10:57 PM
    A new trustee was appointed to the Lombard village board Thursday, just minutes before a longtime trustee announced her early resignation. The village board unanimously approved Village President Keith Giagnorio’s recommendation to appoint Bill Johnston, a candidate in the 2015 election, to the District 4 seat. After the appointment, District 5 Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick said she submitted her letter of resignation last week. It will be effective March 1, which means Thursday was her last village board meeting.

  • “The New Jim Crow” author to visit Benedictine April 21 Feb 20, 2015 5:34 PM
    The impact of racial injustice in the American legal system will be the focus of a free lecture by civil-rights-lawyer-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Benedictine University. She is the author of the 2010 book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness.” In advance of her presentation, Benedictine is encouraging members of the public to join a communitywide reading group and series of weekly discussions related to the book and its theme.

  • Images: Montini vs. Wells, girls basketball Feb 18, 2015 9:05 PM
    Montini played Wells in Class 3A regional seminfinal girls basketball in Lombard.

  • A year later in Lombard: ‘Today, we are a team,’ mayor says Feb 18, 2015 6:19 PM
    Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio described the Lilac Village as “strong” Wednesday, crediting that strength to the many partnerships that have been formed since he took office two years ago. It’s a positive outlook that was different from Giagnorio’s speech a year ago, when he said the village was focused on new beginnings. “Today, we are a team,” Giagnorio said.

  • American Cancer Society to hold Black and White Ball Feb 17, 2015 11:57 AM
    NBC 5 News anchor Rob Stafford will emcee the sixth annual American Cancer Society Black and White Ball this month in Lombard.

  • New Glenbard East principal a familiar face Feb 17, 2015 5:03 PM
    Glenbard East High School’s next principal will be a familiar face. Assistant Principal for Instruction Shahe Bagdasarian has been chosen to fill the school’s top slot, which will be vacated on July 1 when current Principal Josh Chambers becomes Glenbard High School District 87’s assistant superintendent for human resources.

  • College of DuPage Hosts Learning Communities Open House on March 9 Feb 17, 2015 6:04 PM
    College of DuPage will host a free open house on Learning Communities from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Monday, March 9, in the Student Services Center, Room 2201, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. This event is free and open to the public. During this event, aimed at current and prospective students and COD faculty, attendees will learn about the advantages in taking part in an innovative learning community environment. Representatives from the College as past and present Learning Communities participants will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. In addition, attendees will be treated to a free sundae bar while supplies last. For more information about this event, please contact Professor of English James Allen at (630) 942-3421 or Learning Communities are innovative interdisciplinary learning experiences featuring two or more courses linked by a common theme and taught by faculty from two or more fields of study. Students enroll as a cohort, taking the classes together and developing a deeper understanding of the subject matter while gaining greater opportunities to make connections with their professors and classmates. Click here for more information about Learning Communities at College of DuPage.

  • College of DuPage Hosts ‘A Continent of Ideas: Feb 17, 2015 6:05 PM
    Psychedelics Empowering the Liberal Arts and Healing PTSD’ on March 2 College of DuPage will host a free discussion, “A Continent of Ideas: Psychedelics Empowering the Liberal Arts and Healing PTSD,” on Monday, March 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. in HSC 1234. This presentation is part of a continuing series of educational seminars open to the public through the COD Human Services department. During this program, Bruce Sewick LCPC, RDDP, CADC, will discuss the use of MDMA (known on the street “Ecstasy” or “Molly”) with assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “As someone who works with individuals with psychological problems, treating PTSD is extremely difficult,” Sewick said. “People with PTSD are not able are not able to let go of the past or engage with the present, resulting in disproportionately high suicide rates. The research with MDMA is very promising, however, and there is now great hope for PTSD patients and continued research in the medicinal use of psychedelics. Slowly the paradigm is changing and psychedelic substances (many of which had a therapeutic beginning) are now being seen for their healing potential.” This program will also include a presentation by Tom Roberts, Ph.D., who will discuss the use of psychedelics in intellectual and academic professions and as “psychoactive sacraments.” “The study of psychedelics opens exciting doors for the humanities,” Dr. Roberts said. “During this session, I will focus on psychedelics as a means for understanding literature, movies, works of art, the philosophy of science, the rhetoric of war, meaningfulness, spirituality, as well as larger intellectual topics such as inventing paradigms, formulating new theories and consilience.” Bruce Sewick is the Manager of Adult Mental Health at Leyden Family Service in Franklin Park and has been an adjunct faculty member at College of DuPage since 2003. He currently teaches a Human Services electives course at COD titled, “Psychedelic Mindview,” which explores the role of psychedelic substances throughout history, including recent clinical research for their use as adjuncts to psychotherapy and the influence of psychedelics in art, creativity and the political-social context of the 1960s. This course will be offered in a face to face, traditional class format during the summer term at COD, from June 10 to July 29. Starting in 1981 at Northern Illinois University, Prof. Roberts taught the world’s first catalog-listed psychedelics course. His major publications are: The Psychedelic Policy Quaqmire (in-press 2015), The Psychedelic Future of the Mind (2013), Spiritual Growth with Entheogens (2012), Psychedelic Medicine, 2 vols. (2007) and Psychedelic Horizons (2006). Additional papers, reviews and web materials are located at: Please click here for recent news coverage on psychedelic research in The New Yorker and on CNN. For more information about the COD Psychedelics course and the March 2 free presentation, please contact Bruce Sewick at

  • The Birches hosts dementia educational series for caregivers Feb 17, 2015 6:07 PM
    Every day more than 15 million Americans face the challenge of caring for a loved one with memory loss. To provide information and support to these caregivers, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is hosting a dementia educational series which will take place on the third Wednesday of the month from February until May. Each program in the series will run from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at The Birches Assisted Living, 215 55th St. Clarendon Hills. The series will kick off on February 18 with a presentation from psychotherapist and elder care specialist Sharon Boris, LCSW, MSW who will teach audience members how to recognize and cope with caregiver stress. In her presentation, Boris will provide tips for preventing the typical stressors a caregiver faces, as well as tools for managing stress once it hits. On March 18, the series will continue with a presentation from Steve Hiemenz, RPh, MBA, owner of Elm Plaza Pharmacy in Hinsdale, who will discuss how to recognize pain in those with dementia and how to implement a pain management intervention. Hiemenz will also discuss which medications are associated with higher fall risks and how to prevent such occurrences. On April 15, author and community educator Daniel Kuhn, MSW will teach caregivers how to cope with the emotional conflicts that arise while caring for a loved one with dementia. Because caregiving can be emotionally stressful, Kuhn will help audience members find emotional balance by coming to terms with the emotions they face daily in their role as a caregiver. The series will wrap up on May 20 with a presentation by The Birches’ Director of Encore and Memory Care Services Jackie Raschke who will teach caregivers to enjoy and value the precious time they have with their loved one, despite the challenges and stressors they face. Raschke will pull from her extensive professional dementia care experience to provide specific examples of how to support your loved one, encourage their growth, and help them live a purposeful life. Programs in The Birches’ Dementia Educational Series are free and open to the public. Registration is required. 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:

  • Downers Grove Parish Gives Back to Local Seniors Feb 17, 2015 5:53 PM
    On Monday, Feb. 9, the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) of DuPage County received 128 “Boxes of Love” that were made and donated by members of Divine Savior Parish of Downers Grove. The Boxes of Love will be distributed in February to 125 local seniors served by HSP’s Senior Citizen Project. Members at Divine Savior collected and purchased hundreds of hygiene products such as facial tissue, tooth paste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, lotion and toilet paper to create these boxes. The products in each box are sufficient to fill a senior’s hygiene needs for three months. As their name suggests, the Boxes of Love were Valentine’s Day-themed and also contained little treats like hot chocolate, so that the seniors could feel as though they were receiving a personal valentine. Divine Savior has been making contributions to HSP for over two decades. They regularly donate groceries to feed needy seniors and families as well as support HSP’s annual Christmas offering. The overall goal of HSP’s Senior Citizen Project is to provide low income seniors with groceries and products that meet their basic nutritional and personal needs. Monthly, drivers deliver groceries to the homes of 125 seniors that include: selections of fifteen fresh fruits and vegetables, seven packages of frozen meat, six bags of non-perishable foods, Pepperidge Farm bread and two bags of paper products. In addition to their groceries, every three months the seniors receive a package of personal care and hygiene products. Contact the Humanitarian Service Project: HSP’s website: HSP’s blog: About The Humanitarian Service Project: HSP’s mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering that poverty creates in seniors and children living in DuPage and Kane counties, Illinois. Last year during the Christmas Offering Project, 2,014 children received gifts and over 400 impoverished families received groceries. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides monthly food deliveries and secret pal gifts to 125 low-income seniors. The Children’s Birthday Project reaches the youngest underprivileged, making birthdays and Christmas truly memorable occasions for 925 children. Feed the Kids provides 100 low-income families with groceries and fresh produce during the summer months. HSP conducts an annual school supply drive that benefits over 4,000 children by giving supplies to the DuPage Back to School Fair, Kane County’s “Project Backpack” and directly to schools with a high percentage of poverty.

  • Former COD Student Earns Prestigious Presidential Scholarship to Columbia College Feb 17, 2015 5:55 PM
    Former College of DuPage student Mirjana Ursulesku is attending Chicago’s prestigious Columbia College as the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship. The Columbia College Presidential Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based program that awards incoming and transfer students based on academic achievement and demonstration of significant accomplishment, talent or ability in their intended major. “I am thrilled and grateful to have been awarded this scholarship,” said Ursulesku. “It has given me the chance to both deepen and expand my studies. It is also wonderful validation for me that I am on the right track with my career; I’m in the right place and moving in an exciting direction.” In 2012, after years as a successful visual artist, Ursulesku enrolled in the Graphic Design program at College of DuPage. A mother of two young children, it was essential for her to find a place to continue her education that was close to home. “The Graphic Design program at COD was the first opportunity to integrate my fine art and illustration skills with graphic design,” she said. “Taking my background and building on it was an exciting new chapter for me. I’m a person who thrives on new challenges and COD provided me with this opportunity.” While at COD, Ursulesku discovered a particular interest in graphic design and brand identity work. “The inherent problem solving needed in graphic design and brand identity is exactly my cup of tea,” she said. “With each project I attempt to meet the demands of the project, or a client’s expectations, while using my own unique style and voice. Balancing my skills and my own story with what is required for the job, such as developing strong visual concepts and creating a message that engages and motivates the target audience is an exhilarating challenge.” While a student at COD, she redesigned the College’s Graphic Design website and earned her A.A.S. in Graphic Design, graduating with high honors. She is now attending classes at Columbia College where she is pursuing a double major, a B.F.A in Graphic Design and a B.A. in Advertising. Ursulesku has been immersed in drawing, painting and illustration from a very young age and works in a wide variety of approaches and mediums. The award-winning artist’s work ranges from acrylic florals and photography to stark charcoals reflecting her experiences growing up in northern Bosnia. She also produces watercolors featuring an exploration of light and color. Drawing on a host of muses, she said her work has always been a labor of love and while she is inspired by the work of great masters, as well her peers, she is also inspired by nature, her surroundings and the creative process itself. “I am inspired by nature and by scenery that I think many people might simply overlook,” she said. “A room, a figure, a field, a bird; I often stop to do quick studies of my surroundings, sketching or painting in an attempt to capture the raw essence of the view before me – the random gesture, the funny moment; life in general. I also am inspired by the harmony expressed when combining brushstroke and color, and by the experience of a painting taking on a life of its own and leading me where it wants to go.” During her career, the Westmont resident has created works for art collectors, corporations and non-profit organizations worldwide. Her commissioned portfolio ranges from individual portraits to corporate work for well-known companies such as Life Focus TV and McDonald’s Corporation, for which she created artwork that was used in McDonald’s Supply Chain symposiums throughout the world. One of her favorite projects was completed for Opportunity International, a non-profit organization that provides micro loans to impoverished people throughout the world. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Hermes Gold Award, a creative awards program administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Ursulesku is the owner of Blue is My Color, Inc., a showcase for her commissioned and personal artwork, as well as Three Things I Love, a website through which she sells her work in the form of full-size prints, limited editions, original artworks and a wide range of her art imprinted on greeting cards, paper accessories, personalized cards and stationery. In addition, she runs M Creative Studios, Inc., an enterprise showcasing her graphic and web design, branding, identity and advertising services, and most recently, she established M Creative Press, Inc., a business dedicated to all forms and aspects of publishing. In summer of 2014, she self-published two books: “Life in Paint,” which features her work over nearly 20 years, and “Idle Time,” which includes a variety of sketches, ink and line work. Ursulesku said her goal is to continue her work as a creative professional, incorporating both her background in fine arts and her newly attained graphic design skills. she said her background in fine art has served her well as her career evolves toward more commercial art forms. “Good design is good design, whether it’s a portrait done in oils or a great logo,” she said “Each art form feels like an extension of the other and I don’t find it difficult to balance the two; the relationship feels very natural to me.” Ursulesku said that in addition to a top-notch curriculum and state-of-the-art technology, the COD Graphic Design program’s dedicated instructors went the extra mile to help her succeed. “I had the greatest instructors and professors at COD,” she said. “They were prepared, passionate and supportive. John Callegari was particularly exceptional. I cannot recall a more passionate and enthusiastic professor in any class I have ever taken. He is truly a credit to his profession.” Professor of Graphic Design John Callegari said he was proud of Ursulesku’s work and pleased with her success, which is due in no small part to her superb work ethic. “Mirjana sets the standard for how hard a student can work,” he said. “She showed meticulous attention to detail and her work was conceptually perfect and flawlessly executed. The portfolio she produced while at COD is outstanding.” While she continues to build her skills at Columbia College, Ursulesku said that she can’t imagine a better place to have started her studies and career than at College of DuPage. “My work grew so much while at COD, and the knowledge I gained was priceless,” she said. “I’m a firm believer in ‘you get back what you put in,’ so I worked hard, but my experience at the College far exceeded my expectations. I graduated with high honors and ended up with an extensive array of work and a portfolio that I’m very proud of.” Click here for information about the Graphic Design program at College of DuPage.

  • College of DuPage Offers New American Welding Society Certificate Feb 17, 2015 5:56 PM
    College of DuPage is offering a new American Welding Society Certificate that will provide students with the required skills to earn AWS credentials. Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the 17 credit-hour certificate prepares students for entry-level positions as welders and fabricators. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 6 percent increase in overall metalworking positions during the next 10 years. “This new certificate program is another example of College of DuPage’s dedication to providing students with solid program options,” said COD Board of Trustees Chairman Erin Birt. “Over the last five years, COD has implemented nearly 70 new ICCB-approved certificates and degrees. The American Welding Society certificate provides students with industry recognized credentials that will jumpstart their careers.” John Kronenburger, Associate Dean of Technology, said the certificate stemmed from an Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing grant, which was established to help provide highly skilled workers for industry, both in-state and nationally. Participating schools are asked to select and develop a specialty program. “We felt one area we could leverage was welding,” he said. “College of DuPage already offers a Welding certificate, so we created a second certificate with industry-known credentials associated with it. To help us develop the curriculum, we brought in an AWS-certified instructor as a consultant.” The American Welding Society Certificate includes five new courses designed to provide AWS Level 1 training. Upon completing the certificate, students can take the required test – offered at COD – to become AWS Sense 1-certified. Kronenburger said creating the AWS certificate is part of a larger effort to expand the College’s Welding program that in the future will include an associate’s degree. Students then can earn stackable credentials by starting with the AWS certificate, continue with the Welding certificate and then completing the degree. “There is a clear need for credentialed welders and fabricators in fields that range from aerospace to renewable energy to infrastructure, and we want to offer the training that will help students either begin or further their careers in a growing market.” For more information, call (630) 942-8419, email or visit

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