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  • Images: The Week in Pictures Jan 26, 2015 1:01 AM
    More than 20 area communities are represented in this edition of The Week in Pictures, featuring Daily Herald staff photos of an underwater robot, a disappointed skier, and an outgoing frozen zucchini.

  • On the road: Cash dance, ‘Tulle’ premiere at Joffrey Jan 24, 2015 4:30 AM
    See the combination of ballet with classic Johnny Cash when The Joffrey Ballet premieres "The Man in Black," which riffs on line, square and step dancing. Also on the program is the U.S. premiere of "Tulle." Plan a weekend getaway at Le Méridien Chicago — Oakbrook Center with one of three Valentine's Day packages.

  • The Soapbox Jan 25, 2015 9:12 AM
    Red light cameras, improvements at Woodfield and Oakbrook Center, development in Des Plaines and Grayslake -- just some of the topics Daily Herald editors take up in this week's Soapbox.

  • Nancy Writebol, Rear Admiral Ziemer to headline “Work: For Flourishing” events at Wheaton College Jan 23, 2015 10:00 PM
    Ebola survivor and missionary Nancy Writebol, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, and faith and vocation experts Steven Garber and Katherine Leary Alsdorf are among the speakers at “Work: For Flourishing,” a series of events taking place on the Wheaton College campus Jan. 24 and 27-29. On Saturday, Jan, 24 at 7 p.m., Writebol, with her husband David, will share how their sense of calling sustained them during their experience as medical missionaries in Liberia and when Writebol contracted Ebola.

  • McDonald's faces employee lawsuit over franchisee behavior Jan 22, 2015 1:47 PM
    Several fired McDonald's employees who say they were subject to racial discrimination and sexual harassment have sued the fast-food chain's Oak Brook-based corporate parent, which they say controls nearly every aspect of how franchisees operate.

  • Norwegian National League Of Chicago Offers Scholarships And Cash Prizes Jan 23, 2015 10:35 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.

  • Suburban bars mix hot drinks for cold nights Jan 21, 2015 11:50 AM
    A cold beer in January might not hold the same appeal as it would in, say, July. So suburban bars are mixing things up with warming cocktails, like a not-for-kids hazelnut hot cocoa kicked up with bourbon and bacon at The Lobby Bar at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center.

  • Movie theaters coming back to Oakbrook Center Jan 21, 2015 7:33 AM
    Nearly a dozen years after Oakbrook Center’s last movie theater closed, first-run films are returning to the Oak Brook mall. Oak Brook trustees have given their blessing for a more than $50 million plan to build a 12-screen luxury movie theater with indoor parking at the mall. The mall’s owners are also planning a new restaurant and casual dining area. “This will be a tremendous investment in the future of Oakbrook Center,” Village President Gopal Lalmalani said.

  • Suburban home prices experience strong gains in 2014 Jan 21, 2015 5:26 PM
    The suburban Chicago housing market ended 2014 on a positive note: the number of homes that went under contract in December 2014 increased 19.4 percent over the same period last year, the largest year-over-year increase to date. Home prices also continued to grow, with the median sales price of detached homes up 8.8 percent compared with 2013, according to statistics released today by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS.

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

  • Singing Valetine’s or Telegrams Jan 19, 2015 7:18 AM
    Singing Valetine’s or Telegrams

  • Devon Seafood + Steak, Oakbrook Terrace, Offers Fashionably Early Menu Jan 19, 2015 5:17 PM
    Devon Seafood + Steak (17W400 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace) introduces the new Fashionably Early Menu, a two-course meal for $20.50, available Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 4-5 p.m. Guests choose from a first course selection of Lobster Bisque; Spicy Creole Gumbo; Caesar Salad, grated parmigiano reggiano, croutons, asiago crisp; and Baby Greens, watercress, feta toasted pine nuts, dried cherries, honey balsamic vinaigrette. Main entrée selections include: Pretzel Crusted Trout, frisee, grilled asparagus, Yukon gold potatoes, bacon, whole grain mustard vinaigrette; Grilled Atlantic Salmon, with two seasonal sides; Grilled Rainbow Trout, with two seasonal sides; or Petite Filet with your choice of Fried Shrimp or Crab Cake (add $5 to prix fixe price), with two seasonal sides. Selections of seasonal sides include: Grilled Asparagus with Tomato-Basil Cruda; Apple & Celery Root Slaw; French Fries; Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes; Parmesan-Herb Roasted Potatoes; Chef’s Choice Fresh Vegetable; or Lobster Mac N’ Cheese (add $3.50 to prix fixe price). Complete your meal with one of Devon Seafood +Steak’s delicious desserts, all for $2.50: Carrot Cake; Mixed Fresh Berries; Chocolate Lava Cake; Frozen Flavors; Apple Croustade; Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee; and a Cookie Box. Plus, on Sundays only, enjoy half price bottles of wine under $100 and 25 percent off of bottles over $100. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call Devon Seafood + Steak in Oakbrook Terrace at (630) 516-0180 or visit

  • 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

  • Night life events: Study up on Bell’s at Old Town beer dinner Jan 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Head back to school — beer school that is — with a lesson on food and beer pairings from Bell’s Brewery at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook. The Field Museum partnered with several Chicago bars and restaurants to put a taste to its current exhibit, “Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti.”

  • 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 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

  • 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.

  • Woodstock Theatre auditorium to be dedicated in honor of Harold Ramis Jan 15, 2015 6:17 PM
    An auditorium at the Woodstock Theatre will be dedicated in honor of writer/director Harold Ramis at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, immediately prior to the showing of “Groundhog Day.” The 1993 film, which was directed by Ramis, will be shown at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 1.

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