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  • Marcel’s Culinary Experience, Glen Ellyn, Announces New Gift Boxes, Private/Corporate Event Options Oct 31, 2014 4:52 PM
    Marcel’s Culinary Experience (www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com), a gourmet retail store and recreational cooking school in downtown Glen Ellyn, is gearing up for the year-end holidays with new gift boxes and private event options. “With the improving economy, our customers are getting into holiday mode earlier this year. Many weekend evenings already are booked with corporate and family holiday parties, and we’ve been getting inquiries about gift baskets and boxes for a while,” says Marcel’s Proprietor Jill Foucré. With gift giving and entertaining in mind, Marcel’s staff has assembled six collections of small-batch specialty foods, starting at $75, that come attractively packaged in a Marcel’s branded box for pick up at the store or shipment anywhere in North America. Themes include Taste of Italy, Party Starter and Marcel’s Favorites (as selected by the staff). Many items are made by Chicago area and regional purveyors. “We also can create custom-designed gift baskets or boxes, based on a customer’s preferred theme and budget, and we can even include a bottle of wine,” says Foucré. She encourages individuals and corporate event planners looking to create fun, food-oriented holiday parties, private group classes and other special events to contact her soon, especially if they have a specific date in mind. “Weekends are booking up quickly, as is the entire month of December,” she says. Since its September 2011 opening, Marcel’s has been the site of an increasing number of private events, including birthday and anniversary parties, baby and bridal showers, club meetings, corporate team-building outings, and company celebrations of all types. With its beautifully appointed, professional quality kitchen, skilled chefs, and wide choice of menus, Marcel’s lends itself to a variety of event themes and formats. Options range from cocktail parties to demonstration and participatory cooking classes for all skill levels (including kids and teens) to seated meals and everything in between. “Guests can create an unforgettable meal under the guidance of one of our professional chefs, or they can sit back, relax, savor a glass of wine and watch as our chef takes the reins on their culinary journey,” says Foucré. The Marcel’s staff works with each host to tailor the menu, beverages and guest participation levels according to the specific budget. Events typically range from 10 to 60 people, depending on format and events for smaller groups are available as well. In addition to food and beverages prepared and served at each event, guests receive copies of the featured recipes, a Marcel’s apron, and a 10% discount on all purchases made at Marcel’s that day. For more information about gift boxes or hosting a party or other event at Marcel’s Culinary Experience, stop by the store at 490 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, call 630-790-8500 or visit www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com.

     
  • West Nile virus risk project results to be revealed at public meeting Oct 31, 2014 6:23 PM
    The DuPage County Health Department will host a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. to provide research results regarding West Nile virus risk in DuPage County and the model developed to improve the health risk assessment process.

     
  • Handel’s Messiah Performance Continues His Tradition of Charity Oct 31, 2014 4:43 PM
    Elmhurst Choral Union and Orchestra perform the Christmas classic, Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College. In the spirit of performances from Handel’s lifetime, the concert benefits local children. A portion of ticket sales goes to ChildServ, a Chicagoland charity. ChildServ serves more than 2,600 children and their families each year in DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Cook Counties. Their 11 sites include a Chicago location focusing on foster care, early childhood education and family counseling, and group homes in Naperville, Downers Grove, Lisle, and Wheaton which house previously abused or neglected children. “We are happy to partner with ChildServ and, like Handel did, let music make a difference for kids in need,” said James MacDonald, Elmhurst Choral Union’s conductor. The concert also includes “Foundling Hospital Anthem”, written by Handel for a London orphanage where many early benefit performances of Messiah had taken place. Guest soloists Kimberly Eileen Jones; Sarah Holman, Cornelius Johnson, and Scott Uddenberg join ECU and a professional orchestra under the direction of James MacDonald. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for youth (ages 7-22). To order tickets, visit elmhurstchoralunion.org or call 800-838-3006. Complimentary shuttle bus service from the college parking lot on Alexander Boulevard will be available. Elmhurst Choral Union is an auditioned volunteer choir, performing choral masterworks of all eras. The concert is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

     
  • Bensenville President Frank Soto to Speak at N.O.I.S.E. Summit Oct 31, 2014 4:40 PM
    Bensenville, IL – Bensenville Village President Frank Soto will be appearing before government officials, leading aviation officials, researchers and mitigation experts at the National League of Cities. The National Organization to Insure a Sound Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E.) will be hosting their annual Policy Summit and Community Involvement Workshop in Austin, Texas on November 19th, 2014 in conjunction with the National League of Cities Congress of Cities. This event is a premier opportunity for local government officials and other aviation noise mitigation stakeholders to interact directly with leading aviation officials, researchers, and mitigation experts to gain knowledge and information that will directly benefit their communities. “The Village of Bensenville is actively working find and implement measures to reduce the aviation noise caused by O’Hare Airport” stated Village President Frank Soto “Our goal is to continue to find solutions and implement those solutions as soon as possible to improve the quality of life for our residents. The annual N.O.I.S.E. Policy Summit is a great opportunity to collaborate and find these new solutions.” This year’s event will feature updates on federal policy that impacts air traffic control changes, as well as presentations from airport noise officers and community advocates who are on the front lines of aviation noise policy. ###

     
  • Fine Line show features holiday gifts by top artists Oct 30, 2014 5:35 PM
    Mark your calendar for Christmastime at the Fine Line Show and Sale, Dec. 5-13. This annual juried event in St. Charles showcases the best of our members’ artistic talents, and offers a wide range of unique holiday gifts.

     
  • Fishing column ‘sings’ enthusiasm Oct 31, 2014 4:29 PM
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Even though I’m not a fisherman, I applaud Mike Jackson for his fishing column in the Oct. 23 Daily Herald. His column literally “sings” with enthusiasm for fishing. That’s why it’s fun to read.

     
  • Have a safe and spooky Halloween with safety tips from Illinois Poison Center Oct 28, 2014 5:59 PM
    With children across Illinois set to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, the Illinois Poison Center is urging parents and guardians to be cautious about Halloween products like dry ice and cosmetics that could prove dangerous if used improperly.

     
  • Clearbrook Cuisine Curbs Suburban Appetites Oct 27, 2014 7:27 AM
    AOIIs “Focus on College” on Nov. 12 in Prospect Heights

     
  • Villa Park police look for man accused of indecent exposure Oct 23, 2014 4:14 PM
    Villa Park police are asking for help to find a man who has asked women for directions before exposing himself, authorities said. The first exposure was reported about 9 a.m. May 12 near Washington and Yale streets, police said Thursday. The second was at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday near Washington and Cornell, authorities said.

     
  • COD, Easter Seals celebrate 15-year photo collaboration Oct 20, 2014 4:24 PM
    Celebrating a 15-year collaboration between College of DuPage and Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, the college recently hosted a reception, highlighting student photographic works featuring Easter Seals clients.

     
  • Berlin rejects DuPage clerk candidate’s request for investigation Oct 20, 2014 1:06 PM
    DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin says there's no evidence to support a claim that county clerk candidate Paul Hinds improperly used county employees to notorize his nominating papers.

     
  • Hunger walk in Lombard helps people at home and around world Oct 19, 2014 5:38 PM
    More than 150 people took part Sunday in the Great Prairie Trail CROP Hunger Walk, now in its 31st year. Funds raised by the event, which is organized by a number of churches in the Lombard/Villa Park/Addison areas, are used to fight hunger and other problems both locally and on a global scale.

     
  • Great Prairie CROP Walk to combat hunger Oct 17, 2014 8:44 AM
    DuPage-area residents can walk to put a dent in hunger Sunday, Oct. 19, as part of the 33rd Great Prairie Trail CROP Hunger Walk.

     
  • Aurora man seriously injured in Naperville crash Oct 17, 2014 4:52 PM
    Two people were injured, one seriously, in a Friday morning crash at the intersection of 75th Street and Book Road in Naperville, police said. One of the drivers, Nikhil Siony, 45, of Aurora, had to be extricated from his vehicle by Naperville firefighters and was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with serious injuries, authorities said.

     
  • Villa Park teen memorialized with tree-planting ceremony Oct 17, 2014 5:43 PM
    A tree-planting ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Willowbrook Park in remembrance of a 17-year-old who died this past March in a hit-and-run crash. Emilio Perez would have been a senior at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park this year. His family is planting a tree at the park across the street from the school to remember Emilio in a positive way. “He was a very kind, loving kid,” said his aunt, Dolly Alvarez. “At his funeral there were so many young people that came and told stories about Emilio that just showed how much he cared about people."

     
  • Endorsement: Yes to Villa Park roads Oct 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends Villa Park residents vote yes to a tax increase to provide funding for much-need road repairs and maintenance.

     
  • McAninch Arts Center receives LEED certification Oct 16, 2014 4:01 PM
    The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

     
  • Our HOMe Improvement Donates Carpeting to Clearbrook Oct 16, 2014 7:14 AM
    Our HOMe Improvement Donates Carpeting to Clearbrook

     
  • Former Maywood cop: ‘I never forced myself on her’ Oct 16, 2014 5:41 PM
    The former Maywood police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in March 2012 in a Villa Park hotel room maintained Thursday, sometimes in graphic detail, that the sexual encounter was consensual. Deon Sams faces between 10 and 60 years in prison if found guilty of all the criminal sexual assault and official misconduct charges he is facing. “I never forced myself on her,” Sams said. “I never forced myself. She was awake the whole time and she never said no.”

     
  • 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.

     
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