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  • Young adults learn job and life skills at The Birches Jan 15, 2015 5:42 PM
    There are some new and youthful faces at The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills these days, thanks to The Birches’ partnership with the Hinsdale District 86 Adult Opportunities Transitions Program. Through the Adult Opportunities Transitions Program, young adults between the ages of 18 and 22 with documented disabilities are given the resources and experience they need to succeed as independent adults. Young adults in the program rotate through a series of classes that focus on life skills like money management, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and laundry. The primary focus of the program, however, is preparing participants for future employment. “Young adults come to our transitions program to better prepare for success in their adult life. We focus on three main areas-- independent living, vocational education, and community integration and access. But the majority of our program is getting them ready for whatever vocational skills they should have once they’re no longer with school services,” said District 86 Vocational Transition Coordinator Taryn Chrapkowski. The Birches is currently a work-site for four young adults who perform a variety of tasks in the Dining Services and Maintenance Departments. Isaac Mason, who started the program at the beginning of this year, currently works at both Walgreen’s and The Birches. At The Birches, Mason works in the kitchen and helps with maintenance tasks. According to Mason, he particularly enjoys working in the Maintenance Department where he has learned painting techniques and other practical maintenance knowledge. Mason thinks this hands-on job training will help him take the steps he needs to move forward as an independent adult. “The program will probably help me get started— to start at COD and to find something I want to do,” said Mason. Ariel Townsend works at Walgreen’s and in The Birches’ Dining Services department where she prepares the tables for Birches’ residents and sometimes serves them coffee. According to Townsend, The Birches is her favorite job site in the program because she is able to do what she loves: help people. “The Birches is the best job because it’s not boring, and I like helping people. Also, because I get to do things that I’ve never done before, and I’ve always wanted to help seniors,” said Townsend. Townsend believes the job experience she gains through the program will help her achieve her future goals, as well as teach her important life skills that will help her transition into adulthood. “I learned how to catch the Metra train while I was here, and the Pace bus—I never in my life caught the Pace bus,” said Townsend. Even though she enjoys working with the residents at The Birches, Townsend says her ultimate goal is to become a teacher, and she believes her participation in the Adult Opportunities Transitions Program is bringing her one step closer to achieving this goal. “I think the program will help with my future goals because they put us in something that we’re interested in, something that’s going to help us when we leave the program,” said Townsend. District 86 Job Coach Kathy Lenzo accompanies program participants to their job sites and says she has seen noticeable differences in the confidence and capabilities of the young adults she coaches. “The main goal is for the student to learn to be independent and find success on the job,” said Lenzo. “This is probably the first opportunity some of them have had in a job, and I have absolutely noticed a difference.” According to Birches’ Activities Director Katie Klitchman, The Birches is happy to help these young adults gain important job experience and life skills, and appreciates their helpful contribution to the Birches community each week. “We’re so glad we can help these young adults. It’s great having them around and knowing we are helping them get job experience. It’s really a wonderful program and we are happy to participate,” said Klitchman. For more information on the District 86 Transitions Program, contact Tammy Prentiss, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services at tprentiss@hinsdale86.org. 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: birches.net.

     
  • PM Prime Steakhouse Offers Truffle Dinner Jan 14, 2015 10:17 AM
    On Wednesday, January 28 at 6 p.m., PM Prime Steakhouse will host a special six-course dinner exploring one of the most sought after culinary treasures: The Truffle.

     
  • Day of Service at Benedictine honors King’s legacy, builds community Jan 13, 2015 5:00 PM
    Benedictine University has planned several community service projects from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 19 to commemorate the spirit of service that was engendered by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Benedictine stresses the importance of caring for the other, and as such, makes many efforts throughout the year to reach out and make a difference in the lives of those in need. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for participants to honor the civil rights leader by giving of themselves in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Volunteers can participate in the following service projects on campus: •Donate blood to the American Red Cross. •Make valentines for veterans. •Write letters to members of the armed forces. •Make fleece blankets for Advocate Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House (please bring 2 yards of fleece material). •Build-A-Bear for the Ronald McDonald House at Edwards Hospital. •Create room decorations for hospital patients. •Organize birthday bags for children served by local food pantries. •Construct bird feeders for the elderly. •Contribute to a bicycle drive (bikes in need of repair accepted) for DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS). •Pack a backpack with personal hygiene items (deodorant, lip balm, twin-blade razors, shaving cream, hair brush, etc.) for DuPage PADS. All are welcome to volunteer, but children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For those who cannot make it to the event but would still like to contribute, the University is accepting donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags, new small toys and books. Items can be dropped off from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Room 020, or taken after 5:00 p.m. to the Benedictine University Police office, located in the lower-level of the parking garage. Those participating in the day of service are also welcome to bring items for donation on the day of the event. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at jhenehan

     
  • Discover prairie plants for the home landscape U of I Extension Master Gardener Presents Feb. 11 Program Jan 12, 2015 4:46 PM
    Discover the possibilities of prairie plants for the home garden with University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Mary Jo Murphy. Murphy will present “Prairiescapes: Grow Native!” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the University of Illinois Extension office in Yorkville. The class will cover advantages of prairie plants in the home landscape, fundamentals of starting a new prairie bed, and how to incorporate them into an existing bed.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Awards Community Needs Grant to “Dare to Dream: Get Educated!” Jan 13, 2015 5:16 PM
    The motivational conference was targeted to 8th grade Latina girls and their mothers or mentors. The goal of the conference is to help them discover that higher education is the key to lifting them up to a higher economic level and brighter future. 2014 was the sixth annual conference that the organization has sponsored, with the seventh one set to take place January 24, 2015 at the College of DuPage. The structure of the event is purposefully outlined, as explained by Cynthia Brito, president of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! “The conference is specifically unique in that we target different aspects that focus on young Latinas,” Brito said. “We address the young women with their mothers or mentors at the beginning and bring them back together at the end. But in the middle, each group—young women and mothers and mentors—are exposed to panels of their peers and information that is relevant to them.” Featured speakers at the 2014 conference included three successful Latinas who shared their life stories. One of the speakers, Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, grew up in a disadvantaged family in Puerto Rico and soon learned that education was the way out of the poverty cycle. This understanding led her to complete her undergraduate degree and begin teaching. “We choose our speakers carefully,” said Brito. “We seek out panelists and speakers with stories that are impactful so that the girls can connect with them. We want to reinforce their determination and confidence so that they can see themselves as a college graduate someday.” “The conference was really inspiring,” said then 8th grade student Alexa Orozco who attended the conference. “I enjoyed listening to successful Latina women’s stories on how they achieved their dreams.” “I also really enjoyed listening to the inspiring stories,” said Aimee Hurtado, also a then 8th grade student who attended the conference. “It has definitely opened my eyes to endless possibilities.” The conference was planned and executed by founding members Connie Baker and Dorothy Valintis, who were inspired by a group of American Association of University Women (AAUW) who had done a successful program in California. The program in California worked with middle school and high school Latinas to encourage and support their efforts to graduate from high school, to encourage college enrollment and to introduce them to college and career role models. For nearly two years, Baker and Valintis researched, developed and brought the idea to life with the first “Dare to Dream: Get Educated!” conference held in 2009 at Elmhurst College. “One of the best outcomes of last year’s conference was our ability to expand and grow the conference to reach more Latinas,” said Jo Booty, treasurer of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! “We couldn’t have done it without the grant from The DuPage Community Foundation. We are humbled by its generosity and are most grateful for the support of our mission to help the Latina community in DuPage County and the surrounding area.” More than 500 participants are expected to attend the 2015 conference. “The goal, simply stated, is academic success,” said Susan Boyd, vice president of Dare to Dream. “We do this by showing the girls Latina women who are successful in their careers and we hope that the attendees are inspired to be successful in high school and college. We’ve even had some participants come back and serve on the high school panels to teach middle school girls that success is possible.” “It’s critical that we address the importance of family in the educational process,” said Brito. “We rarely see this at conferences and it’s motivating to both girls and their mothers or mentors because we can share with the moms and mentors the kind of support needed to nurture success.” The U.S. Census projects that by the year 2050, the Latina share of the female population will be 25.7 percent, or approximately one in four. Brito sees this statistic as even more reason for the Dare to Dream: Get Educated! conferences to continue. “Our community as a whole benefits from more college educated women,” she said. “It’s really important for everyone.” About Dare to Dream: Get Educated! The goals of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! are to increase high school graduation rates, increase college enrollment and to explore career opportunities. The organization currently has 275 DuPage middle school Latinas and 200 mothers or mentors who are active participants. For more information, visit www.latinaconference.org. 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 jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • 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 cameronl@cod.edu.

     
  • 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 jraschke@birches.net. • 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 jraschke@birches.net 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 jraschke@birches.net 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: birches.net.

     
  • 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 www.cod.edu/slea.

     
  • 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@humanitarianservice.org. HSP’s website: www.humanitarianservice.org HSP’s blog: humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com.

     
  • Local hunger organization launches fundraising campaign Jan 6, 2015 5:34 PM
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Tina Koral 630-730-6996 tinakoral@yahoo.com 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, Indiegogo.com, 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 www.gardenworksproject.org. 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: www.gardenworksproject.org ###

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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 www.dcfdn.org 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 barbs@dcfdn.org. 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 jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Mrs. Illinois 2015 from Bolingbrook IL to compete for Mrs. USA in July!! Dec 29, 2014 5:00 PM
    The Mrs. United States Pageant, Headquarters in Fairport, New York, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Toby Atkinson has been selected to represent Illinois in the National competition for the title “Mrs. United States”. While living in Bolingbrook, Toby graduated from Romeoville Highschool in 2001. Toby then graduated from Illinois State University where she studied Business Administration with an emphasis in Business Information Systems. Currently, Toby lives in Bolingbrook with her husband Shaun Atkinson, 3 year old daugther Grace and fur baby Gia. Toby is a Regional Talent Acquisition Manager for Cintas Corporation and serves on the Local SHRM board for Grundy - Will County as President 2015-2017. Shaun is a Senior User Experience Designer for Saggezza. The Atkinson family attend Living Water Community church and enjoy spending quality time in the community of Bolingbrook. Since 1986, the pageant annually pays tribute to married women throughout the United States and territories for their strength, beauty, intelligence, and resilience. The Mrs. United States Pageant acknowledges the fact that married women are an inspiration to families, friends, colleagues and communities. The role of wife, mother and career woman does not prevent her from community involvement or from maintaining health, beauty, and mind. In July 2015, Mrs. Toby Atkinson will join other contestants from across the United States in the city of Las Vegas, where the pageant has been held for the past twenty-eight years. The five-day event culminates in two days of competition in which a panel of Judges will score the contestants on beauty, charm, personality, poise, and the ability to articulate. Contestants participate in personal interviews, as well as evening gown and swimsuit competitions. Each state Titleholder is introduced in a State Costume representing a state theme. The winner of the Mrs. United States Pageant will receive many prizes, including $3,000 cash and many opportunities for a full year as a role model and spokesperson for married women. The Mrs. United States Pageant has been rated the number one pageant for married women. The most accomplished married women are attracted to the Mrs. United States Pageant,, and we are very proud to produce a high-quality, prestigious pageant to honor their achievements..

     
  • Master Gardener presents tools and tips for BodySmart Gardening Dec 26, 2014 7:29 PM
    This winter, join University of Illinois Extension to become a “BodySmart” Gardener, and find out how you can prevent aches and strains and make gardening more enjoyable. Presented by award-winning DuPage County Master Gardener Jan Hanson, the “BodySmart Gardening” workshop will focus on techniques to prevent injury while working in the yard.

     
  • No problems at sold out ‘Interview’ screenings Dec 25, 2014 9:29 PM
    Moviegoers seeking laughs or looking to make a political statement rushed to two of the suburban movie theaters that elected to show “The Interview” on Christmas. So many people came to see “The Interview” at midnight that owner Debbie Benjamin had to open an additional screen at Buffalo Grove Theatres.

     
  • Ticket rush for ‘The Interview’ in Buffalo Grove, Woodridge Dec 24, 2014 4:17 PM
    “The Interview” is not only available online starting at noon today, but the Buffalo Grove Theater will be the first in the area to screen the movie at midnight tonight.

     
  • Extra security at suburban “Interview” showings Dec 24, 2014 5:10 PM
    People planning to attend a showing of “The Interview” in the suburbs on Christmas should expect an increased police presence at both Hollywood Blvd Theater in Woodridge and the Buffalo Grove Theatres.

     
  • Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need Dec 26, 2014 7:33 AM
    Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need

     
  • Woodridge, Buffalo Grove theaters to show ‘The Interview’ Dec 23, 2014 10:15 PM
    “The Interview” is back on the Christmas Day release schedule, with showings planned at theaters in Woodridge and Buffalo Grove. The controversial comedy was spiked last week by Sony Pictures after the mysterious Internet group called the Guardians of Peace issued threats aimed at theaters playing the movie.

     
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