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  • ‘We know his brother is watching over him’ Sep 22, 2014 8:44 AM
    Jennifer and John Beckman were expecting twin sons when doctors no longer could hold off Jennifer's pre-term labor. Adam and Ryan fought and grew for six weeks until an intestinal infection took Adam. The couple will walk with Ryan, now a year old, in Adam's honor in the Walk to Remember.

  • ‘I couldn’t stop thinking about having another loss. I couldn’t go through it again’ Sep 22, 2014 8:41 AM
    Just three months after losing their daughter at 20 weeks of pregnancy, Marybel and Matt Shen found out they were having another baby. They were extremely cautious - as were their doctors - but their son was born much too early too. Now the couple will celebrate their children's lives in the Walk to Remember.

  • ‘She is perfect, too perfect for this world’ Sep 22, 2014 8:42 AM
    Maureen Mena's "pleasant" pregnancy should have brought her a perfect daughter. But during what seemed like labor just a week before her due date, Mena felt the last movements of her Aida Catalina. Mena will honor her daughter by joining the Walk to Remember.

  • ‘Here we were, facing the hardest decision of our lives’ Sep 22, 2014 8:43 AM
    Not once but twice during her pregnancy, Jen Willford and her husband were faced with deciding whether to risk the lives of some of their triplets in the hopes of saving others. Ultimately, they lost their identical twin boys, but the twins' fraternal sister is thriving. The family, which has added another daughter, will honor the boys in A Walk to Remember.

  • ‘Superstar’ patient from Naperville healthy 6 years after tumor removal Sep 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    Annie Wang of Naperville felt like she was on an episode of the doctor show “House” when she was diagnosed with a chordoma, a rare tumor the size of a golf ball at her brain stem, as a 16-year-old in 2008. But six years later, she's a college graduate with no signs of the tumor returning. “I took it in stride and didn’t think of it as a very serious thing,” Wang said.

  • Chicago Family Fun Expo offers hands-on fun Sep 22, 2014 3:29 PM
    Chicago Family Fun Expo is coming to the DuPage Expo in St. Charles Oct 18-19. The primary goal of the Chicago Family Fun Expo is to assist nonprofits through the promotion of hands-on activities and fun shows and seminars throughout the weekend.

  • Walk to Remember honors babies who died too soon Sep 22, 2014 9:54 AM
    For most of us — the lucky majority — the signs of parenthood are obvious. We have the minivans, the schedules full of playdates and soccer practices. And we have our children, who throw their arms around us at bedtime and say, “I love you too!” Yet some parents aren't recognizable this way. Like the rest of us, they celebrated their pregnancies, planned for their babies and dreamed of the future as a family. But rather than holding their babies in their arms, they carry the grief of losing a child who never really had the chance to live.

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra considering Naperville for a summer home Sep 22, 2014 6:05 PM
    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is considering a privately owned site in Naperville as a location for a permanent outdoor concert venue. But DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin says a lot has to happen before the proposal becomes a reality.

  • Constable: Tweets joking about abuse lead to awareness opportunities Sep 22, 2014 5:22 PM
    “It's a knockout deal,” read the tweet offering 20 percent discounts at Cheesie's Pub and Grub. “We're calling it the Ray Rice ;)” “I was so sad to see that, because I personally love Cheesie's,” says Karli Johnson, leader of the Eva Alliance, a new DuPage agency that raises awareness, offers prevention programs and works with the victims of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. “So I called immediately.”

  • Beginners shine at annual Fox Valley Marathon Sep 21, 2014 4:21 PM
    Organizers of the 5th annual Fox Valley Marathon say the supportive nature of the event makes it particularly attractive to beginners. It’s no surprise, then, that the top two finishers were marathon newbies. Chuck Wysong of Wawaka, Ind., and Jordan Kremer of Naperville finished first and second overall in Sunday’s marathon.

  • Naperville .1K race raises funds for veteran families Sep 21, 2014 1:17 PM
    Perhaps one of the shorter community races in Naperville history started and finished within seconds Sunday. It was the Judd-A-Thon, a new .1K race sponsored by the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873. The race began at precisely 10:01 a.m., and the fastest runners finished within seconds, as the course was only 109 yards.

  • Naperville man who went missing in S. Dakota died from hypothermia Sep 21, 2014 11:54 AM
    A 23-year-old Naperville man whose body was found last month in the Black Hills National Forest died of hypothermia, according to Custer County, South Dakota officials. Custer County Coroner Jim Sanders said dehydration also contributed to the death of Jordan Baznik, who was found dead Aug. 15, more than a week after he disappeared while traveling to Canada with friends.

  • Naperville celebrates 20th annual Harvest Pow Wow Sep 21, 2014 4:55 PM
    The 20th annual Harvest Pow Wow took place Saturday and Sunday in Naperville, turning the Naper Settlement grounds into a celebration of Native American life and culture. Organizers stressed, though, that the goals behind the event go beyond the concerns of any one cultural group.

  • Book notes: Jim Peterik signs new book in Glen Ellyn Sep 20, 2014 6:15 AM
    Singer, songwriter and author Jim Peterik signs copies of his book "Through the Eye of the Tiger" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn.

  • Naperville Art League’s Riverwalk fair continues Sunday Sep 20, 2014 8:29 PM
    Fine art dressed up the crown jewel of Naperville when a juried fair returned to the Riverwalk Saturday. Shoppers had their pick of scupltures, paintings and other creative pieces against the backdrop of classical music at the Naperville Art League's banner event. "The city just takes on a whole different feel," league Executive Director Debbie Venezia said.

  • The DuPage Community Foundation Funds Unique Rehabilitative Program for Incarcerated Youth Sep 19, 2014 4:36 PM
    WHEATON, IL—Storycatchers Theatre is a unique company that focuses on creating original musical theatre as a therapeutic process for incarcerated young people. The program was founded more than 30 years ago and in 2013 received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the U.S. President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the highest honor given to organizations who serve youth through after-school or out-of-school arts and humanities programs.

  • Waterleaf to Host Long Shadows Winery Dinner Oct. 1 Sep 19, 2014 4:30 PM
    Waterleaf restaurant in Glen Ellyn will celebrate the award-winning wines of Long Shadows Winery during an exclusive four-course, four-wine dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Guest of Honor Dane Narbaitz, owner of Long Shadows Winery, will be on hand throughout the evening to introduce the wines to guests and answer questions. The price of this exclusive four-course dinner is $75 plus tax and gratuity. “Long Shadows wines have enjoyed critical acclaim that has continued to grow since they opened their doors more than 10 years ago,” said Waterleaf General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux. “We are pleased to offer our guests this wonderful evening of elegance, great food and the wonderful wines produced by this elite group of winemakers.” The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. featuring 2013 Nine Hats Pinot Gris, Washington State’s Columbia Valley. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. with Seared Scallop with Apricot-Thai basil sauce and crispy jasmine rice paired with 2013 Poet’s Leap Riesling, Washington State’s Columbia Valley. The second course will include Gnocchi Leeks, mushrooms and robiola sauce paired with 2009 Saggi Tuscan Red, Washington State’s Columbia Valley. The third course will feature Tamarind Glazed duck with carrot puree and blackberry-ginger sauce paired with 2009 Chester-Kidder Red Blend, Washington State’s Columbia Valley. For the final course, guests will enjoy Chocolate Pot de Crème served with sweet cream and cookie. Founded in 2003 by wine luminary Allen Shoup, former CEO and President of Chateau Ste. Michelle and its affiliate wineries, Long Shadows Vintners brings an exclusive group of the world’s most celebrated winemakers from the finest wine regions around the globe to Washington State, creating world-class wines that showcase the viticultural excellence of Washington’s Columbia Valley. Each celebrated vintner partners individually with Shoup and resident winemaker Gilles Nicault on a distinct winemaking program to produce a single superlative wine under a unique label. In addition to receiving recognition on their individual wines, Long Shadows collectively has earned numerous awards, including Food & Wine magazine’s Winery of the Year. To make reservations for this exclusive Long Shadows Winery Dinner at Waterleaf, call (630) 942-6881. Waterleaf, led by General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is located on the College of DuPage campus in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Waterleaf is widely recognized as the dining destination of choice for foodies and wine aficionados living in and visiting Chicago’s western suburbs. Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant’s menu contains offerings developed with locally sourced ingredients. The contemporary light-filled dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of a scenic landscaped waterfront. Waterleaf’s walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra and there is a cozy bar area to enjoy cocktails and light snacks. Waterleaf has earned Diner’s Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, confirms that Waterleaf’s beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. In addition, Waterleaf recently received a three-star “Excellent” review from Chicago Tribune’s renowned food critic Phil Vettel. For more information and to make reservations, call (630) 942-6881 or visit

  • Lisle Library’s Computer Classes Empower Patrons Sep 19, 2014 4:38 PM
    Lisle resident Bonnie Miga knows a visit to the Lisle Library District will always result in her learning something new. And while she sometimes browses the collection of printed materials, she finds the Library’s computer classes to be the most valuable.

  • Authors to Visit College of DuPage at Free Writers Read Program Oct. 14 Sep 19, 2014 4:46 PM
    Following a new format, the College’s Writers Read literary series will include readings and discussions by several acclaimed authors throughout the day on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn.

  • Esser Hayes Insurance Group - Once Again Selected As Best Practices Agency Sep 19, 2014 4:56 PM
    For the second year, Esser Hayes Insurance Group in Naperville, IL has been selected as a Best Practices Agency.

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