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Thank You For Happy Birthday Wishes

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thank-you-for-happy-birthday-wishes-colorful-graphicI wish to extend a “thank you” to each and everyone who remembered my birthday this year and extended their good wishes to me and my family.    I was the recipient of numerous face book posts, instant messages, emails and phone calls of those who were wishing me the best.

I enjoyed a delightful dinner with my wife and family including my mother in law  last night.  I am also looking forward to a fun dinner with friends this evening  to round out my weekend of celebrating.

I cannot let go unnoticed in this “thank you” though,  some personal sadness that began this week and ended this week.

First, I was shocked to learn of the sudden death of Lt. Herbert L. Milnes of the Northlake Fire Department  on September 20th,  whom many of us have known since each of us were children and grew to adult with together as we raised our children.   His father, who was a Lieutenant. on the Schiller Park Fire Department, passed away a number of years ago, and was a very good friend of mine.   I was happy to have shared the celebration of Lee’s life this week with his family and his extended family in the fire service.  Lee touched so many lives, including his family,  in such a positive way.

Secondly, I attended the wake yesterday, of Eileen O’Grady, who got to know when she and I served on the St. Beatrice School Board in the early 1980’s.    She and her husband, Frank, have raised a wonderful family who are a credit to themselves and community.   Eileen endured serious health problems during much of her adulthood, but she never let it diminish her contribution to community, the raising of her children and grand children,  and her pursuit of her professional career.   She leaves a mountain of achievements, that will long be remembered and appreciated.    A strong testimonial was by the presence of hundreds of those who attended her wake, many whom waited in line for over an hour.

Both of these wonderful people may be gone, but not forgotten.   Their “monuments” are their family and the communities that they contributed in building during their life time.

 

Truly, this birthday week of mine was a time of reflection.

 

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Start Your Friday Evening, July 25th, 2014 with “Scraps of Brass” at the Schiller Park Gazebo, 9501 Irving Park Road

Scraps of BrassFREE! FREE! FREE! Outdoor concert with Scraps of Brass! The Village’s well received series of free concerts at Clocktower Park is returning for another season of good music and family fun this coming summer. These family friendly events are always fun and you can’t beat the price – they’re free! Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket for seating, oh and don’t forget to bring bug spray

Things To Do Around Schiller Park This Weekend July 25-27, 2014

Don’t let the rain ruin a great weekend, join a beer brewing club or head to a comedy show with our picks of the top ten things to do around Schiller Park  this weekend. For a complete list of events happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.

1. Street Dance, 11 a.m. Friday
Join the community to celebrate the summer tradition the includes a car show, children’s entertainment, inflatables, a variety of food, two bands, a beer garden and more. Downtown Franklin Park, Scott Street and Grand Avenue, Franklin Park. Free.

2. Jeff Fest, 6 p.m. Friday
The three-day festival features drum circles, barbecue, food trucks, live music and beer vendors. A bags tournament is also scheduled. Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., Chicago. $5-$7; free for children under 12.

3. Guided Bicycle Tour, 9:30 a.m. Friday
Explore the historic Oak Park neighborhoods on a guided bicycle tour of 22 structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Sites include Wright’s Home and Studio, Unity Temple, Frank Thomas House, Heurtley House, Cheney House, Furbeck House and more. Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park. $30-$35.

4. The Oak Park Conservatory Uncorked, 6 p.m. Friday
Stop by on the fourth Friday of the month through September for this event. Tickets include two drink tickets, a food token, showcase tours, music, art and more. You must be 21 or over to participate. For more information, visit www.fopcon.org, email uncorked@fopcon.org or call 708-725-2400. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. $15.

5. Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, 11 a.m. Friday
There are both amateur and professional bike races throughout the day. The course is a 1.2 mile criterium course around Elmhurst College. Amateur racing begins at 10:50 a.m., professional women and men begin at 4:40 p.m. and 6:30p.m. Families are invited to casually ride on the professional course during the Olympia Chiropractic Family Fun Ride at 5:50pm. All proceeds exceeding the event’s cost support local area charities. Volunteer opportunities are available. Elmhurst College, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Free.

6. Jay Pharoah, 8 p.m. Friday
A performance by comedian Jay Pharoah best-known for his wide array of celebrity impressions, his roles on “Saturday Night Live” and his role alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in “Ride Along.” Performances at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on July 25 and 26. For ages 21 and older. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30.

7. Young Choreographers Showcase: ‘Dreams and Fantasies,’ 8 p.m. Friday
This year’s showcase features an original piece by high school student Maddy Tyma that has been funded by the Illinois Arts Council Agency as part of their youth employment in the arts project. The new piece is a physically integrated duet between Tyma and co-collaborator Jessica Martin who is a dancer/choreographer with a disability. The concert also features new works by Merril Doty, Max Gorgol and Drew Lewis. The Academy of Movement and Music, 605 Lake St., Oak Park. $5.

8. Homebrewing Club: Brew Day, 10 a.m. Saturday
The Homebrewing Club brews and bottles beer at the library. July’s beer is hefeweizen, a sweet and fruity German wheat beer. An original recipe is used. Bottling occurs in late August and only attendees of this event are allowed to participate. 21 and up. Elmwood Park Public Library, 1 W. Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park. Free.

9. Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. Sunday
An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast including sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, milk and coffee. American Legion Post 974, 9757 Pacific Ave., Franklin Park. $6.

10. Sugar Beet Edible Garden Walk, 10 a.m. Saturday
Get a peek at the Sugar Beet’s edible gardens at the peak of the growing season. Attendees can learn about this garden as well as community gardens and urban agriculture at large. To purchase tickets online, visit sugarbeetegt.bpt.me. The Sugar Beet Co-op, 812 Madison St., Oak Park. $10 for members; $12 for general admission; free for kids and new members

Leyden High School District 212 Is a First Place Magna Award Winner for 2014

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Leyden High School has been notified that they are a First Place Magna Award Winner for 2014.

Go to this link for the program at District 212 for which they are being recognized :

http://www.asbj.com/MainMenuCategory/Supplements/MagnaAwards/Leyden-Community.pdf

About the Magna Awards 2014 Program
A general announcement about the Magna Awards 2014 honorees was made March 5; writeups of this year’s honored programs were posted on the webpage on that date, and can be found in the “Resources” section. You do not need to be a subscriber to access these resources.

Every year the American School Board Journal Magna Awards highlight best practices of school district leadership. Nominations are accepted in the fall and winners are recognized at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon at the NSBA Annual Conference. Sodexo has been a proud sponsor of the awards since 1995. This year’s Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 5, 12:00-2:00 p.m., at the New Orleans Convention Center, during NSBA’s 74th Annual Conference. This year’s luncheon will feature a dynamic speaker – Sonia Nazario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, and author of Enrique’s Journey – who will speak about how one in four children in public schools across the United States are now immigrants or the child of an immigrant, and discuss the tremendous traumas many of these children face even before landing in American classrooms

CRITERIA To determine the winners of the Magna Awards 2014, the judges looked for programs that were:

  • Developed or actively supported by the school board.
  • The result of appropriate school board leadership.
  • Successful in view of the program’s primary objectives.
  • Important in promoting the district’s mission and advancing student learning.
  • Capable of being replicated by other school boards with similar conditions and resources.
  • The result of collaboration between the school board and others. 

Schiller Park Makes a Wise Choice in Kemper Sports as a Partner

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KemperSports has alot to bring to the O’Hare market and the Village of Schiller Park and will be an exciting addition to the business community of the area as well as a great addition for the recreational experience of Schiller Park residents.

KemperSports, the most trusted name in golf, announcedon February 14, 2014,  it has been selected by the Illinois International Port District to provide golf course management, marketing and agronomy services for Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Chicago, Harborside features two award-winning 18-hole golf courses (Port and Starboard), and a 24,000 square-foot clubhouse that includes a Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant, Pier 37. The Starboard course has been named to Golfweek’s Top 50 “Best Municipal Courses” in the U.S. list for 2011-2012 and both courses are ranked in the publication’s “Best Courses You Can Play” in Illinois.

 

“KemperSports has extensive experience in managing and promoting a number of the top public and private golf courses in the Chicagoland area, and its management team shares our vision for providing exceptional service and top course conditioning for all guests,” said Michael Forde, chairman of the Illinois International Port District.

 

KemperSports will introduce a number of new marketing programs, tournaments and special events in 2013 to build on the facility’s success and make Harborside a frequent destination for Chicago golfers. KemperSports also plans to expand player development and teaching programs at the facility as Harborside features one of the best driving range facilities in the U.S., an expansive 57-acre practice facility with bent grass tees, target greens and multiple short game areas.

 

“With two great golf courses located just minutes from the Chicago Loop, Harborside is a premier golf facility,” said Steve Skinner, chief executive officer of KemperSports. “We plan to introduce a variety of new programming at Harborside to cater to the residents of Chicago and surrounding areas. We look forward to elevating the service, playing conditions and guest experience at the property to make Harborside a must-play for Chicago golfers and visitors to the city.”

 

 

Harborside International Golf Center was designed by well-known Chicago-based golf course architect Dick Nugent. The development has been recognized for its positive environmental transformation as Nugent converted 500-acres of a former landfill into two, highly-regarded links style layouts.

 

Harborside’s Port course, a par-72 layout measuring 7,164 yards from the tournament tees, played host to SBC Senior Open in 2002, an annual event on The Champions Tour schedule from 1989–2002. The Starboard course is also a par-72 course and reaches 7,166 yards from the tournament tees. The facility hosts a number of amateur tournaments each season and this year, Harborside will welcome the Chicago Golfweek Amateur Tour as it hosts The Chicago Classic in August, the tour’s second major of the season

Schiller Park School District 81, Washington School Students, Presenting the Performance of The Musical, “Annie” on Thursday, February 13, 2014

annieSchiller Park School District 81′s Washington School students are putting on the musical “Annie” on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 6:30 pm in the Little Theater at Lincoln Middle School at 9640 Soreng Avenue.  The 4th and 5th grade students as well as staff have worked very hard in putting this production together.

Everyone should plan on reserving their evening on Thursday to come out and support the children’s performance.  This has become quite an  tradition for the Washington School students to perform in their annual musical show.

It is great to see the wonderful talent and opportunities for all of the children of the District through the numerous productions and performances that the Schiller Park School District Board of Education and Administration support.

A special thank you needs to go to the District 81 staff for the countless hours that they annually invest in the development and education of the children in these numerous opportunities.