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  • Education Center honors five Naperville leaders who help kids succeed Oct 15, 2014 5:56 PM
    Naperville's Education Center celebrates its 35th anniversary with a benefit dinner honoring community leaders who have spent decades helping the children and youth in the community.

     
  • Women vote crucial to forest preserve Oct 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I enjoyed the well-written article (front page 10/04/14) on women’s suffrage in Illinois. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County was created in 1915 because of the women’s vote. Yes – 1,057 men + 593 women. No – 1,096 men + 79 women.

     
  • National Title Solutions’ Anthony Latham and Team Bring Home The Hardware at the IMBA Best In Business Awards Gala Oct 15, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Illinois Mortgage Bankers’ Association has bestowed its prestigious “Best Title Insurance Account Representation” award to Naperville’s Anthony Latham, Owner/President of National Title Solutions at the 2014 Best In Business Awards gala last week. At the October 2 event, hosted at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, three of National Title Solutions’ Naperville team were nominated for 2014 awards: NTS Business Development Officer Carol McCarthy, and NTS Account Executive Lisa Rinando for “Best Title Insurance Account Representation,” Rinando for “Best Title Insurance Company Closer,” and Latham for “Best Title Insurance Account Representation” and top honor “Star Leadership Award,” for his exemplification of “the highest standards of service, ethics, and dedication to the mortgage industry… outstanding leadership and business innovation,” among other notable achievements, according to IMBA.org. Latham’s 7 years in business with National Title Solutions have provided the foundation for excellence in the industry that facilitate his success and esteem within the business and customer base. “National Title Solutions is one fo the few consumer-driven title insurance companies -- we’re focused on consumers and their edification with regard to their title insurance options,” explains Latham. “We’re a one-stop shop -- we hold all licenses here, so we don’t farm projects out to other states, which means we’re hands-on and all of our work is done locally, so we can give customers a better deal and work to fulfill their precise needs when they’re buying, selling, or refinancing.” As noted on IMBA’s Facebook page and website (imba.org), the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association (IMBA) is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of approximately 165 companies and institutions whose business interests revolve around residential and/or commercial mortgage lending. IMBA (pledges) commitment to promote and safeguard the best interests and welfare of the membership and the public it serves. Latham was also nominated for IMBA’s “Best Title Insurance Account Representative” at the 2013 Best In Business Awards, and he hopes to continue the awards & recognition trend into next year. Appreciation, consistency, and continued customer-focus are the order of the day for National Title Solutions, “…especially when we’re kind of the new kid on the block,” says Latham, noting that he brought NTS to Naperville from Florida in 2010. National Title Solutions is headquartered in Woodridge with multiple satellite locations in Naperville; find them at www.ntsnational.com or call (800)NTS-2700. “Most consumers don’t know that they have the right to choose their title insurance company when they’re buying or refinancing,” notes Latham; “Our motto is ‘Exceptional Service is Standard,’ and that says it all.”

     
  • Forgotten Chicagoans rediscovered; 8,000 names identified in Chicago cemetery records Oct 15, 2014 6:22 PM
    The names of more than 8,000 people who may have died penniless or without family in the long forgotten Cook County Cemetery have been rediscovered and are now available free to the public. The Cook County Cemetery was located at what is now the intersection of Irving Park Road and Narragansett Avenue on Chicago’s Northwest Side between 1861-1922.

     
  • Naperville walk strives to help end ‘puppy mill’ cruelty Oct 15, 2014 2:15 PM
    Dog lovers and their furry friends can head out for a stroll on Sunday, Oct. 19, knowing that every step they take will help improve the lives of other puppies. Miles for the Mothers in the Mills, an annual recreational walk, aims to raise awareness of conditions in puppy mills and help end cruel treatment in such facilities. Organized by the Puppy Mill Project, the walk and expo run noon to 3 p.m. on the Naperville Riverwalk.

     
  • COD Instructor Receives Prestigious Award Oct 15, 2014 4:49 PM
    College of DuPage instructor Dr. Michael Fagel recently received the first ever Security Book of the Year Award by the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) International for his book “Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today’s Challenges.” “I am honored to receive this award,” Fagel said. “This book was written to educate people and help prepare them for the future. I never thought it would be nominated for anything, much less win.” Founded in 1955, ASIS International is a not-for-profit organization of more than 38,000 security practitioners worldwide, which advocates for the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. Fagel was officially recognized during an award ceremony and book signing at ASIS International’s 60th annual conference in Atlanta, GA. He said he was honored to receive this prestigious recognition from admired peers in the field. “The six authors on the committee have published more than 45 notable books between them,” Fagel said. “It was humbling but great to be welcomed into that group.” The author of several published books on topics related to safety and security, Fagel has nearly 40 years of experience working in emergency management, fire services, industrial safety, law enforcement, rescue and government. He is a Homeland Security Analyst at the Argonne National Laboratories, has spent 10 years at FEMA in their Occupational Safety and Health Cadre. Fagel has responded to incidents and disasters such as the Oklahoma City Bombing where he worked as a safety officer and CISD de briefer, and spent over 100 days at the World Trade Center for FDNY at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. He has provided his skills and experience as a subject matter expert at several organizations including the National Organization for Research (NORC) at the University of Chicago, the National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) at the University of Albany and the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at the Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University. Fagel also teaches at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Kentucky University and Aurora University. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Benedictine University. He has written over 300 articles on safety & disaster planning and served on the National Domestic Preparedness Office SLAG team (NDPO) at the FBI in Washington. Fagel has recently signed on with College of DuPage to teach new classes on Terrorism Planning and Response as well as Homeland Security, at the Homeland Security Training Institute. He said he was impressed with the College’s recently constructed Homeland Security Education Center. “I have taught homeland security all over the world, at numerous facilities; from palaces to tents and all types of classrooms,” Fagel said. “The facilities at the HEC are second to none. They are world class in both design and implementation.” Fagel added that he is proud to be a part of College of DuPage and that the College’s goals align perfectly with his own. “I am proud to be affiliated with the HSTI program at COD.” Fagel said. “I think our mission, which has been my mission since 9/11, is to create a world-class environment for training and educating the leaders of the future and that is what this facility and staff is focused on.” Housing the College’s Criminal Justice and Fire Science/EMS programs, as well as the Police Department, State-certified Fire Academy and the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, the 66,000 square-foot Homeland Security Education Center is the only comprehensive multijurisdictional training center of its kind in the Midwest. The facility features a wide range of high-tech training spaces including a full-scale indoor street scene, forensics and cybercrimes labs, a hazardous materials leak simulator, a two-story smoke room with moveable walls, a full-size ambulance, an outdoor training tower for confined rescue and rappelling and a command center designed to instruct National Incident Management System protocols. Looking back on his career, Fagel said that the biggest challenge he has faced comes less from the actual threat of emergencies than from the underlying opinion of what safety and security entails. “Safety and security are not just plans; they are a continuous process,” Fagel said. “It’s not just guards, gates and guns; it’s an underlying attitude and approach. Decision makers in organizations need to understand that risk is an ever-evolving threat. Too often, people wait until it’s too late and make poor decisions based on knee-jerk reactions.” Fagel said that through his work he hopes to train the leaders of tomorrow and to train as many people as possible to be “comfortable, cognizant, aware and trained to take over and take care of the next generations.” He added that after all this time working in safety and security, his primary focus and motivating principle is simply to make a difference. “I’m going to do as much as I can for as long as I can for as many people as I can. That’s really what drives me,” he said.

     
  • COD Concealed Carry Class Nov. 8 Oct 15, 2014 4:46 PM
    College of DuPage will offer the second session of its new Concealed Class on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. This previously sold-out 18-hour class will cover all elements of state-required training including basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm; firearm safety; state and federal laws relating to ownership, storage, carry and transport of a firearm; and weapon and handling and legal qualification. In addition, students will gain hands-on, real-world experience through the use of a state-of-the-art concealed carry firearm simulator and the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) inside the four-dimensional immersion “street scene” within the Homeland Security Education Center. This class will be led by certified concealed carry instructor and distinguished firearm expert Michelle Quesada. She has trained at Fort Benning with the U.S. Army Rangers and the U.S. Air Force Pistol Service Teams and is recognized through the NRA as a Double Distinguished Expert Marksman, shooting over 600 perfect rounds in one day to complete her first Distinguished award. In addition, Quesada is NRA certified to teach Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home and has held the NRA appointment of Chief Range Safety Officer. To attend this class, students must be 21 or over, currently possess a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card, a valid Illinois state I.D. or driver’s license, and be physically capable of safely and effectively operating a firearm. To ease the Illinois CCL application process, electronic fingerprints and a digital photo will be offered to participants for an additional cash only $60 fee. A Concealed Carry class designed with an emphasis on issues related specifically to women and the concealed carry law will be offered on Dec. 6 and 7. Click here for more information about the CCL class at College of DuPage. Click here for more information about Concealed Carry licensure in Illinois.

     
  • Downers Grove Family Celebrates 5th Birthday While Raising Money and Awareness for Apraxia Oct 15, 2014 4:43 PM
    Three years ago, Nevaeh was diagnosed with a neurological speech disorder called apraxia, something her mother, Nichole Latori, nor grandmother, Terri Murrin had never heard of. After spending the past three years researching the disorder and finding the best treatment for Nevaeh, Terri and Nichole decided to change this lack of awareness. On September 12th and 13th they hosted an Apraxia Fund Raiser Yard Sale. They filled Terri’s garage, front yard and 5 tents with items donated for sale. Every person who came to the sale was given information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech is very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children. This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. The family raised $1,902.00 and a family member’s company will be matching that amount. A total of $3,804.00 will be donated to the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech on Saturday, October 18th which also happens to be Nevaeh’s 5th birthday. The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is held across the country as a means to heighten awareness and funding. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the local apraxia programs through The Apraxia Connection and national programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Spreech Association of North America (CASANA).

     
  • Naperville crash sends two to hospital Oct 14, 2014 7:03 AM
    Two people were taken to a Naperville hospital after a crash Monday afternoon on Naper Boulevard just south of Chicago Aveune/Maple Avenue in an unincorporated area near Naperville, authorities said. The driver of a Ford Focus that collided about 4:30 p.m. with a Jeep had to be extricated and taken to a hospital using advanced life support techniques as a precaution, Naperville Fire Department Capt. Tom Oker said.

     
  • Albright Theatre presents “The Memory of Water” Oct 14, 2014 4:45 PM
    The Albright Theatre Company in Batavia presents “The Memory of Water” by Shelagh Stephenson Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. It is a poignant play about the homecoming of three sisters who all come home to plan the funeral for their mother, who has recently died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

     
  • Soroptimist Club accepting applications for Violet Richardson Award Oct 14, 2014 5:12 PM
    Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago is now accepting applications for the Violet Richardson Award. Named after the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year, Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place — such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls.

     
  • Warrenville Park District Scares Up Fun at Annual Fest Oct. 24 Oct 14, 2014 5:00 PM
    The Warrenville Park District is gearing up for a howling good time with its 11th annual Fall Family Fun Fest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Recreation Center, 3S260 Warren Ave. This event is a great way for families to enjoy the season in a safe environment and features a fantastic lineup of activities for all ages.

     
  • “Run, Walk & Roll” Oct. 26 to benefit Marklund Oct 14, 2014 5:14 PM
    Get ready to "Run, Walk & Roll" for Marklund! Registration is still being accepted for Marklund’s second annual 5K/1 mile event which is set for Sunday, Oct. 26 in Geneva. “Last year, nearly 600 people participated in our inaugural event and helped us net $30,000 for programs and services for our clients so we're looking forward to growing that number this year!,” said Stephanie Heinz, Development Coordinator at Marklund.

     
  • Naperville Rotarians continue fight against polio Oct 14, 2014 2:14 PM
    Our Stephanie Penick shares some of the efforts Naperville Rotarians are undertaking to help with the club's long-running battle against polio throughout the world.

     
  • Fox Valley Antiques Show & Sale explores “Pioneer Spirit” Oct 14, 2014 10:21 PM
    Explore the “Pioneer Spirit” at the annual Fox Valley Antiques Show & Sale this weekend in St. Charles. Connect with others who love antiques and history in a quest to create your one-of-a-kind look. There will be 21st-century pioneers present; those 55 experienced antiques dealers traveling from 15 states, exhibiting furnishings from our past, creating exciting and refreshing settings to compliment any style of architecture.

     
  • Naperville updates Riverwalk improvement priorities Oct 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    Stewards of Naperville’s Riverwalk have updated a document of guidelines for future development to reflect top priorities for improvements along the 1.75-mile path. Three locations are the focus: the future Water Street District between Main and Webster streets, a property owned by North Central College north of the Burger King on Washington Street and from the Riverwalk’s southern edge at Hillside Road to Martin Avenue.

     
  • Images: The Week in Pictures Oct 13, 2014 2:47 PM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of Santa Claus mingling with bikers, a couple of not-so-scary scarecrows, and a responsive ferret, representing more than 20 area towns.

     
  • Modern Day “Amelia Earhart” to Visit PM Prime in Highwood Oct 13, 2014 3:39 PM
    PM Prime in Highwood will be open this Sunday, October 12 to accommodate special guest Amelia Earhart, who recently completed an around-the-world flight in honor of her namesake’s 1937 attempt. Amelia Rose Earhart is the youngest female to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine airplane, completing her mission on July 11, 2014. Dinner reservations at the aviation themed steakhouse will be accepted between 5 and 7 p.m. on that evening. Diners will have an opportunity to meet the inspiring aviatrix. Guests will be accommodated by reservation only. Seating is very limited. Steve Platcow of Lake Forest opened the PM Prime in July of this year. Executive Chef Dominic Zumpano has been dazzling area restaurant critics with his innovative interpretations on classic steakhouse fare. Robert B. Bansberg, award-winning sommelier and wine educator, shares his wealth of knowledge and expertise as the restaurant’s General Manager/Sommelier. PM Prime’s dining room boasts an unprecedented collection of 200 black and white photographs that celebrate excellence in aviation. The restaurant presents a rare opportunity to see a truly amazing collection of vintage images that honor the pioneers of flight - all under one roof. From the Wright Brothers, to Amelia Earhart, the Tuskegee Airmen and Jimmy Doolittle - the collection showcases the fearless and the brave. The heroes represented in the photographs pushed the boundaries of what was possible and demonstrated the power of the human spirit. These stunning historic images motivate the team at PM Prime to strive for excellence and the ultimate goal is encourage the patrons to pursue excellence in their lives as well. This engaging display will leave guests feeling nothing less than inspired. PM Prime’s menu includes popular steakhouse favorites such as the filet mignon and New York strip, but it also has some more unusual cuts such as the wagyu hanger steak. PM Prime features the highest quality cuts of prime beef available. Diners will find interesting selections such as osso buco with saffron risotto or Halibut with spaetzle and roasted beets. PM Prime is located at 310 Green Bay Road, Highwood. Call 847-433-0600 or visit www.pmprimesteak.com for more information.

     
  • Sutton not slowing down, adds more suburban distribution centers Oct 13, 2014 7:59 AM
    KukecPeople features Seattle Sutton, now 82 and has no plans to slow down. She talks about the expansion of the company with distribution centers around the suburbs and how it all started.

     
  • Affordable Care Act divides Foster, Senger Oct 13, 2014 10:13 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster says the Affordable Care Act is succeeding in its goals of increasing access to “quality, affordable health care,” but his Republican challenger for the 11th District seat, Darlene Senger, says it is “government at its worst.”

     
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