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  • Norwegian National League of Chicago offers scholarships Jan 26, 2015 9:15 AM
    The Norwegian National League of Chicago is offering scholarships and cash prizes to deserving students who are of Norwegian heritage residing in the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will.

     
  • Hinsdale man pleads not guilty to Bloomingdale murder Jan 21, 2015 7:27 PM
    The “cold, calculated and premeditated” manner in which Bloomingdale resident Nate Fox was shot on Dec. 22 has led prosecutors to seek increased penalties for the man accused of killing him. Assistant State’s Attorney Tim Diamond on Wednesday filed a motion indicating prosecutors will seek an extended sentencing range of 45 years to natural life in prison for Jeffrey Keller if the Hinsdale man is convicted of murder in connection with the shooting. The typical range for a murder conviction is between 20 years and life in prison.

     
  • Bowling for Charity Event at Streamwood Bowl! Jan 21, 2015 7:09 AM
    Bowling for Charity Event at Streamwood Bowl!

     
  • Hinsdale Central Senior Evan Floersch Named NSCAA Player of the Year, All-American Jan 16, 2015 5:18 PM
    Hinsdale Township High School District 86 today congratulates Hinsdale Central High School senior Evan Floersch on being named a 2014 Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Floersch, a member of the 2014 state championship Red Devil team, was also named to the NSCAA’s Boys’ Fall High School All-America Team. According to the NSCAA, 100 players in total were named to the All-America Teams, 56 boys and 44 girls. The players will be celebrated and recognized tomorrow, Saturday, January 17, during a special luncheon at the 2015 NSCAA convention in Philadelphia. Floersch will be in good company, the legendary former manager of Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson will be honored at the same luncheon. Held annually, the NSCAA convention draws coaches and soccer professionals from all over the world, including this year’s attendees Pele and world champion Paul Brietner. Floersch was also named All-State by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association. He has a verbal commitment to play for Emory University in Atlanta.

     
  • Midwestern University Healthcare Degree Programs Top List of Best Careers Jan 16, 2015 5:15 PM
    A new ranking of America’s best careers bodes well for students at Midwestern University. US News and World Report recently published its 100 Best Jobs of 2015 listing, ranking careers based on a combination of factors that include financial compensation, the balance between professional challenge and stress levels, and opportunities within the various fields. Five of the top 15 careers represented in the list are part of Midwestern University’s graduate healthcare education offerings, including dentistry, which was ranked first overall thanks to salary, low unemployment, and work-life balance. Midwestern’s College of Dental Medicine-Arizona is one of only two dental schools in Arizona, while the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois is one of only three in Illinois. In addition to dentistry, other Midwestern programs that ranked in the US News and World Report list’s top 15 careers include osteopathic medicine, physical therapy physician assistant, and occupational therapy. Since Midwestern’s founding in 1900, the University has gradually expanded its healthcare career offerings, creating programs in 10 colleges across two campuses in Illinois and Arizona: the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, the Arizona College of Optometry, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Top 5 Midwestern University-Offered Healthcare Programs Ranked in US News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2015 List: #1: Dentist #4: Physician #6: Physical Therapist #10: Physician Assistant #13: Occupational Therapist

     
  • Images: Glenbard West vs. Hinsdale Central, boys basketball Jan 17, 2015 8:37 AM
    Hinsdale Central hosted Glenbard West for boys basketball on Friday.

     
  • Cops: Hinsdale man's 'emotional affair,' jealousy led to slaying Jan 16, 2015 6:54 PM
    A wealthy Hinsdale businessman, whom prosecutors say was obsessed with the misguided notion that a woman he was having an “emotional affair” with was seeing another man, is now charged with killing that man. Prosecutors say Jeffrey Keller was convinced his victim, Nate Fox, was involved with the woman, and rented an SUV to stalk the man days before the murder. A DuPage County judge on Friday denied bail for Keller, 51, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 22 slaying of Fox, a 37-year-old car salesman and former basketball player.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Grant Helps Serenity House Counseling Services, Inc. Participants with Housing, Counseling and Peer-to-Peer Prevention Program Jan 15, 2015 5:38 PM
    For more than 25 years, Serenity House has expanded substance abuse services and capacity throughout DuPage County to meet the increasing demand for treatment. Serenity House serves hundreds of men and women each year in residential, outpatient and recovery home programs. The programs provide a holistic approach that focuses on integrating men and women back into their surroundings as self-sufficient, productive members of their communities while improving the quality of life for their families. One of the programs of Serenity House is the Peer-to-Peer Prevention Partnership Program which began as a result of the 12-step recovery program. “Part of this is personal for each young man and woman who participates,” said Lisa Snipes, development director for Serenity House. “It’s an honor for them and part of their recovery process to go into the schools and share their stories, many times with their peers.” The Peer-to-Peer Prevention Partnership Program is in its fourth year. The typical ages of participants speaking to the high school students in the peer-to-peer program is 19-24, which is close to the age of high school students. “We’ve had speakers relate to the high school students by saying ‘I was sitting where you are a year ago,’” Snipes said. “Ten years ago, the typical age of people in the recovery program averaged at 30. Today, we’re seeing a lot of younger people reaching out for help, especially in the last five years with the rising addiction to heroin. It’s a drug like no other and addictive like none we’ve ever encountered.” One recent peer-to-peer program was held at Wheaton North High School. A panel of peer prevention speakers presented a program during the drug education unit of a health and physical education class. As an exercise to accompany the presentation, instructor Kevin Formanski asked his class to describe a feeling, fact and memory of the presentation. Here are a few of the students’ responses: Feeling—”I was shocked when I heard that a friend’s mother supplied the addict with drugs.” Fact—”An addiction to drugs takes away your friends, family, possessions and hobbies.” Memory—”I’ve been shot before and I’d rather get shot again than go through withdrawal again,” as told by “Mike,” one of the presenters. “With illegal drugs in DuPage County—especially heroin—the value of this program is huge,” said Formanski. “For the students to sit and listen to people who have gone through using drugs and thinking that they wouldn’t become addicted, the value is priceless.” Serenity House has been providing this program to Wheaton North High School for the past three years, said Formanski. “I applaud the work that Serenity House is doing. It really impacts the kids.” “There’s so much hope. When a young person comes to you broken and defeated, lonely and scared, and they don’t know where to turn and then one month later you see them and they realize that they saw a glimpse of what recovery can be, it makes what we do here all worth it,” said Snipes. “Thanks to The DuPage Community Foundation, this opportunity has allowed Serenity House to have a profound impact on so many young lives.” For Donna Foyle, Serenity House recovery home program manager, the peer-to-peer program is personal. Foyle lost a son to heroin addiction three years ago and she said her family is committed to the program. “These kids have been to hell and back,” said Foyle. “If we can get across to just one kid, maybe it will help. I love hearing their stories. I watch their confidence grow and I learn something new every day.” “As a 10-year board member of Serenity House Foundation, Inc., there is complete satisfaction when I see Serenity House Counseling employees engaging clients that have been successful in not only recovery, but in regaining their own lives and becoming community members,” said Alana McBride-Piech, vice-chairman of Serenity House Foundation, Inc. “To allow the vulnerability of exposing problems in a past life to improve the lives of others is a noble cause. I consistently witness life transformations from people going through our programs, and to know they are paying it forward not only makes me thankful, but proud to be a part of a continuing source for the betterment of our community.” The peer speakers are getting their lives back together and are committed to the program. In order to speak to the students at the schools, they must take time off from work, many using vacation days to do so. “We help them set goals and get back into the mainstream of life,” said Foyle. “I love this.” About Serenity House Counseling Services, Inc.: The Serenity House Counseling Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit, community-based, comprehensive treatment facility located in Addison offering services to adult men and women recovering from chemical dependence and substance abuse. The programs provide individuals with the necessary skills to rebuild families, strengthen relationships, and to become productive members of their communities. Serenity House responds to the needs of these individuals regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, HIV status or ability to pay. For more information about Serenity House, visit www.serenityhouse.com. 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.

     
  • Hinsdale South Coach To Be Inducted into IHSA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Jan 15, 2015 5:35 PM
    Hinsdale Township High School District 86 announced that Hinsdale South High School baseball coach Paul Hoel will be inducted into the IHSA Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) Hall of Fame. IHSBCA notes that this prestigious award is given to recognize those who have provided selfless efforts and long standing commitments to improve Illinois High School Baseball. The ceremony will take place later this month at the IHSBCA Clinic and Hall of Fame Dinner. Coach Hoel is also Hinsdale South’s department chair for P.E., health and driver’s education. “Coach Hoel is a pure leader who has found much success influencing and impacting our student body and staff members here at Hinsdale South,” said Athletic Director Kim Maloney. “His efforts and dedication are second to none and his positive presence is a major factor in the successes at South. He spends endless hours in reflective practice, executing his vision and planning for each diverse talent pool of players, season after season. “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by my peers,” said Coach Hoel. “I feel very fortunate to have such a supportive family. My wife Lauren is always supportive and truly loves athletics, she’s my best friend and the reason I have been able to put so much time and energy into coaching.” Coach Hoel has been head baseball coach at South for 14 of his 21 years coaching. His career record is 371-181-3. He has coached over 100 All Academic All-Conference athletes, 10 All-State athletes, 18 Division 1 players, one Major League Baseball-drafted player and 65 players that have moved on to play college baseball. When he’s not coaching baseball or teaching, he’s also the sophomore boys’ golf coach. Coach Hoel and his wife Lauren of 24 years have two children, Brian, a freshman at Monmouth College and Kailey, a junior at South.

     
  • Four Hinsdale Central Coaches Receive State, National Recognition Jan 15, 2015 5:34 PM
    Hinsdale Township High School District 86 today is proud to announce that four Hinsdale Central coaches have received state or national recognition for their talents in coaching. “We are really proud of all of our coaches for the great job they do guiding our student athletes,” said Hinsdale Central Athletic Director Dan Jones. “2014 has been one heck of a year for our athletic programs, so while we are humbled by our success, we aren’t surprised to have so many coaches honored. We extend our congratulations to all of them and thank each of them for their efforts.” John Naisbitt – Boys Tennis The IHSA has nominated Coach Naisbitt to receive the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Boys Tennis Coach of the Year. NHFS annually honors a Coach of the Year in the top 10 boys’ and top 10 girls’ sports. Each state honoree is eligible for consideration for the national honor. Mr. Naisbitt coached his team to its third straight State title this past spring. Additionally, Mr. Naisbitt coached the team to back-to-back wins at The National Deco Turf High School Tennis Team Championship against numerous other state champions. CJ Johnson – Boys Gymnastics Coach Assistant Boys Gymnastics Coach CJ Johnson has been awarded the 2015 Frank Cumiskey Service Award. This prestigious award named after 24-time U.S. national gymnastics champion Frank Cumiskey. The award is given to one recipient nationally each year as an honor to an individual for his or her thoughtful and unselfish service of the US Gymnastics Junior Boys Program. Mr. Johnson will be honored at the 2015 Junior Olympic National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., in May. Jim Westphal – Boys Cross Country Head boys cross country coach Jim Westphal was named the 2014-15 Illinois Cross Country Association Coach of the Year. Mr. Westphal will receive his award as well as be a featured speaker at the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association event in this January. Mr. Westphal led the cross country team to win the State championship this past fall. In addition, Jim Kupres and Noah Lawrence earned the Dave Pasquini Assistant Coaches of the Year Award through the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. Robin Kramer – Girls Tennis Coach Coming off of back-to-back State wins, Robin Kramer is a finalist for the Illinois Tennis Coaches Association Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced later this winter.

     
  • Classic Cinemas presents annual “Predict the Oscars” contest Jan 15, 2015 5:41 PM
    The award season has begun, and Classic Cinemas has announced its annual “Predict the Oscars” contest for the 2015 Academy Awards competition! The nominees were announced on Jan. 15, and it’s time to pick your favorites to win.

     
  • Hinsdale Resident Among Women of Influence Honorees Jan 15, 2015 5:30 PM
    Emilia DiMenco, of Hinsdale, president and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) in Chicago, has been selected as a “Woman of Influence” by the Chicago Business Journal. She will be honored at a noon luncheon on January 20 at Spiaggia restaurant in Chicago, and will serve on a panel discussion about mentoring. The Chicago Business Journal named 48 honorees for its inaugural Women of Influence Awards. The program honors women business leaders in the Chicago area who not only have successful careers but strong track records of paying it forward through community service and mentoring. DiMenco joined the WBDC as chief operating officer in July 2010 after completing a 30-year career as an executive vice president with BMO Harris N.A. Among her accomplishments since becoming WBDC chief, she developed a comprehensive strategy for the 28-year-old nonprofit organization and launched two WBDC microloan programs with a lending pool of nearly $1.6 million. DiMenco is well-known for her contributions to leading civic and professional organizations, including the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. She currently serves on the City of Chicago’s Small Business Advisory Council, the State of Illinois’ Workforce Investment Board’s Entrepreneurship Task Force, the Illinois State Treasurer’s Job-Creation Advisory Board and the Illinois Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund Board. A nationally recognized economic development center now in its 28th year, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English. The WBDC is headquartered at 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603. To learn more, visit www.WBDC.org.

     
  • Choral-Aires Chorus Hosts Guest Night Jan 16, 2015 5:22 PM
    Sing those Winter Blues Away! Visit the Choral-Aires Chorus on Monday, January 26 at 7pm when we host a Guest Night for anyone interested in learning more about the chorus. We’re a vibrant group of more than 100 women who love to sing a cappella harmony, love making new friends and love to have fun. We perform at community events, ballgames, parties and in competitions. We’re the current Regional champs and will compete for the title of Sweet Adelines International Champion in Las Vegas this fall. There are days when it seems winter will never end. Although this winter has certainly been kinder than the last, spring sometimes feels very far away. Hard to even imagine, some days. No matter how gray the day, an evening of singing with some of your favorite people is a great way to put the sunshine back into your life. You don’t have to be a professional musician, you don’t even have to read music. You just have to love music and be willing to learn from our amazing directors and coaches. Stop by our Guest Night. We meet at Redeemer Lutheran Church Recreation Center in Elmhurst, at the corner of Kenilworth Ave. and St. Charles Road. We’d love to see you and help you make the the dark days of winter a whole lot brighter! Visit our website, www.choral-aires.com to learn more about us.

     
  • 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

     
  • 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.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Announces Guidelines and Applications Available for 2015 Community Needs Grants Jan 13, 2015 5:29 PM
    The Community Needs Grant Program is focused on addressing the broad needs of DuPage County residents through grants in support of the following program categories: • Arts and Culture • Education • Environment • Health and Human Services Applicants may apply for a Community Needs Grant by submitting an online grant application. The application and grant guidelines may be found at www.dcfdn.org. The deadline for the Spring Cycle is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, and includes grants in the areas of Health and Human Services. The deadline for the Fall Cycle is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015, and includes grants in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education and Environment. Applications to the Community Needs Grant Program will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations that are classified as 501(c)(3) and primarily serve DuPage County residents. “We learn about the many needs in DuPage County through the Community Needs Grant applications we receive and are proud of the impact we’ve had as a result of our investment in the community,” said Barb Szczepaniak, director of programs for the Foundation. 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.

     
  • The Birches hosts author talk and book signing with caregiving expert Cheryl Kuba Jan 13, 2015 5:31 PM
    On Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m., The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills will host a program by gerontologist and author Cheryl Kuba titled “Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: A Road Map to Successful Caregiving.” Kuba, who has over 20 years of experience in the eldercare industry, will help audience members navigate the challenges of caring for an elderly loved one by addressing difficult topics such as personal care, driving, and Alzheimer’s disease. Kuba will also share research insights from her book Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want which examines how it feels to be dependent and elderly through the first-person accounts of older adults who rely on the care of a loved one, friend, or stranger. As of 2013, 40 percent of U.S. adults were caring for a sick or elderly family member. According to statistics provided by the CDC, 30 percent of these caregivers said they needed help keeping the person they care for safe, 30 percent said they had difficulty finding time for themselves, and 29 percent said they struggled to balance work and family responsibilities. By providing caregivers with the information and resources they need to care for their loved ones, Kuba hopes to reignite their passion for caregiving, help them enjoy the last chapter of their loved one’s life, and teach them how to balance caregiving responsibilities with other life responsibilities. “Family caregivers must become empowered to take care of themselves first, and take back their lives,” said Kuba. “The same principle that is used in airline safety has to happen on a personal level— put on your own oxygen mask first, before you help others.” Kuba’s expertise in eldercare comes from her advanced education in gerontology, her professional experience in executive-level positions in the senior living industry, and her personal experience caring for her own aging parents. “Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: A Road Map to Successful Caregiving” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Birches Assisted Living located at 215 55th St., Clarendon Hills. The program is free and open to public. The first forty families to register and attend this program will receive a free signed copy of Cheryl Kuba’s book Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want compliments of The Birches. To register, call 630-581-7350. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.

     
  • 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.

     
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