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Man held on $100,000 bond after threatening Elmhurst officer By Dee Longfellow

Auterberry’s vehicle from the front, is further alleged that as Auterberry Elmhurst Police Department led to front of Judge Robert Miller. Auterberry drove his vehicle toward drove toward the officer, he crashed Auterberry who was taken into cusMembers of the public are remindAt about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. the officer coming within just several his vehicle into another vehicle be- tody yesterday without incident. ed that this complaint contains only 27, the Independent received a press feet of the officer, causing the officer fore fleeing the scene. An investigaAuterberry’s next court appear- charges and is not proof of the defenrelease from the City of Elmhurst to discharge his service weapon. It tion into the matter conducted by the ance is scheduled for April 2, 2018 in dant’s guilt. saying that police were investigating an incident that occurred at York St. and Crestview Ave. and that traffic lanes were closed on York St. northbound at Lake St. and southbound at Grand Avenue near Bensenville. Commuters were asked to avoid the area. The lane closures were in place as late as 10 p.m. Tuesday. The City of Elmhurst issued a release on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 28 saying police had attempted to pull a car over for an infraction, but the car sped off rather than stop. The vehicle was later found abandoned somewhere in Chicago, but the driver remained at large. The officers involved were not injured. Suspect identified, arrested; currently held on $100,000 bond On Thursday, March 1, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Police Chief Mi-chael Ruth announced that a $100,000 bond had been set for a Chicago man accused of nearly striking an Elmhurst police officer with his vehicle following a traffic stop. Byron Auterberry, 33, of 1235 N. Waller, Chicago, was charged in relation to the incident with two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count PHOTO PROVIDED Elmhurst Independent of Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, all Class 4 Felonies. Bond was set by Judge Brian McKillip. York Community High School’s Math team competed last week at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) regional On Tuesday, Feb. 27, at approxicompetition held at Glenbard East High School. Competing in the 4AA Division, the team took 1st place in the Region 9 competition, mately 4:46 p.m., officers with the qualifying them to compete at State in May. Full story inside this issue. Pictured are (front row, from left): Dylan Mahoney, Ethan Elmhurst Police Department conThieme, William Phillips, Joseph Gemini, Natalie Hradil, Courtney Jopes and Siva Sreedhar; (row 2): Mollie Grasse, Manu Mehta, ducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Joseph Black, Domenic Conversa and Daniel Sussman; (row 3): Jacob Wit, Ava, Emily Dow, Maggie Clink, Caroline Collins and Jackallegedly driven by Auterberry. It is son Lukas; (back row): Brian Kelley, John Devine, Aaron Taub, Maddy van Heukelum, Joanna Sieracki, Anshul Shah, Tim Baer and alleged that during the stop as one 129 WEST VALLETTE Tristan Contant. of the police officers approached ELMHURST FOR THE ELMHURST INDEPENDENT

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off Saturday American Legion serves as Grand Marshal It’s already time for the wearin’ o’ the green for the year 2018 and that means it’s time to prepare for the 22nd Annual Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which steps off Saturday, March

10. This year’s Grand Marshal will be the Elmhurst American Legion – you’ll find a story and photos all about the organization in the special section inside this issue. The section includes all the parade news, including a list of the entries.

It’s always filled with photos from last year, so look for your friends and neighbors — or yourself! As usual, the parade will step off at 12 noon from Wilson Street on Spring Road and will march northward toward the railroad tracks just beyond Silverado Grill. But you’ll likely want to show up earlier than that not only to park but also to take advantage of the musical entertainment that will be going on prior to the parade. Music is expected to be performed at the Prairie Path, in front of Ahlgrim Funeral Home and at McKinley and Spring. Then enjoy a few hours of bands, public works vehicles, City officials, people seeking office in the upcoming Primary election, Scout troops, floats, representatives from various businesses and organizations in town and those fabulous Irish dancers. Some of the mascots from Chicago’s pro sports teams are expected as well like Southpaw, Benny the Bull and Tommy the

Hawk. The Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra will be on hand this year, making a special effort to raise funds in honor of the late Darrell Whistler, who passed away about a year ago. Darrell was a member of the EAO and a big fan of the parade, often “doubling back” to join several entries. Funds raised in Darrell’s name will go toward a scholarship for a band member at York High School. After the parade, stick around Spring Road to visit the merchants, restaurants and other establishments, many of whom will offer live music performances for you to enjoy along with green beer (in moderation!) and corned beef sandwiches. The Elmhurst Independent will be there too, so smile as we drive by because we might just take your picture. Hosted by Elmhurst’s own John R. Quigley and Ken Bartels, Comcast “Elmhurst Our Kind of Town” will be filming the parade for viewing later

Author Angela Jackson presents life, legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture takes place March 14

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Pictured is Jim O’Connor, who is the busiest person in Elmhurst this week, as Chairman of the 22nd Annual Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which steps off Saturday, March 10 at 12 noon. Jim has been overseeing the entire operation of the parade as usual and things seem to be organized and ready to go – right up to the weather! Don’t miss the parade, it’s is one of the highlights of the year in Elmhurst.

In A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks (2017), award-winning author, poet and playwright Angela Jackson traces the literary arc of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks within the context of Brooks’ life and times. On Wednesday, March 14, beginning at 4 p.m., Jackson will talk about the book and read from her own Pulitzer-nominated volume of poetry, It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time, when she gives this year’s Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture at Elmhurst College. It will be held in the Frick Center of the

Founders Lounge on the campus of Elmhurst College. Angela Jackson is the author of numerous books and collections of poetry, including the National Book Award–nominated And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New. The Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture is delivered annually during Women’s History Month at Elmhurst College. It is named for the College’s former dean of students, who served the College for 30 years and left an indelible stamp of leadership. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available by visiting For more information, call (630) 617-5186.

in the month. After March 17, it will broadcast on Sundays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T Universe Channel 99. It can also be found at ElmhurstTV. com. Enjoy the day and don’t forget to wear your green!

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Scenes from the No Frills Fun Run The 7th annual No Frills Fun Run took place on Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Prairie Path and York St. Proceeds from this year’s event, hosted in part by HB Jones, was donated to the family of Ray Greve, who passed away in October 2017 after a valiant fight against cancer. He left behind his wife Julie and three daughters, Alexis, 15, Paige, 13, and Lyla, 7. All are students at District 205 schools. One hundred percent of funds raised

from the Fun Run go directly to the family. The race included individuals and teams, runners and walkers, who were able to choose their distance, including a 13.1-mile half-marathon, or what organizers call a “half-of-a-half,“ a distance of about 6.5 miles. Teams may split up the distance as well. After the race, everyone was invited back to HB Jones where they enjoyed Armand’s Pizza and a table full of desserts!

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The Greve family, recipients of the proceeds of this year’s No Frills Fun Run held on Sunday, Feb. 25, joined the event organizers to show off their signs of support. Pictured are (from left): Kristin Morrow, Paige Greve, Dawn Wheatland, Lyla Greve, Julie Greve and Alexis Greve. Ray Greve, patriarch of the Greve family, lost his fight against cancer last October.

Paige Greve, 13, sang America the Beautiful to kick off the No Frills Fun Run on Sunday, Feb. 25. A student at Churchville Middle School, Paige is the daughter of Ray Greve, who passed away from cancer last October. The Greves were the recipients of the proceeds of this year’s No Frills Fun Run. These participants in the No Frills Fun Run held Sunday, Feb. 25, had a great time partying at HB Jones after the race. Runners and walkers were given a choice of a 13.1-mile half marathon or a “half of a half” run of about 6.5 miles.

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Look who found the desserts! These girls gathered around the display of sweets that were available to guests and participants of the No Frills Fun Run held Sunday, Feb. 25 on the Prairie Path. After- Three runners give a wave from the Prairie Path as they participate wards, everyone was invited back to HB Jones for treats like those in this year’s No Frills Fun Run, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 25. pictured here. After the race, everyone was invited back to HB Jones, where they enjoyed food, friends and fun!


KATHERINE ‘KAY’ DEYOUNG, 90 Katherine ‘Kay’ Elizabeth (nee Simpson) DeYoung, 90, our dear mother and friend, passed away at Oak Brook Healthcare Centre, Oak Brook, on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. She will be greatly missed. Kay was born in Chicago on March 27, 1927 to William and Mildred (nee Harrod) Simpson, and she lived in DuPage County for most of her life. She graduated from Lyons Township Junior College in LaGrange, and from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, with a degree in journalism. Before and after raising her four daughters, she worked for companies including Marshall Fields, Sears, and Nalco Chemical Company. Kay was an involved, long-time member of Yorkfield Presbyterian Church in Elmhurst and later of Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard. She was a strong, compassionate person who loved books, music, nature, and travel. Survivors include her children, Nancy (Ger-

ry) Nordgren of Oak Park; Barbara DeYoung of Gainesville, Fla.; Mary Beth and Margaret DeYoung of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Rachel Nordgren and Caleb Nordgren; her cousin Rae (nee Harrod) Hall; nephew, John Blimke; and friends. Kay was preceded in death by her loving parents, her former husband Bruce DeYoung, and her cousin Robert Simpson. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst. Interment beside her parents took place in Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook. Those wishing to celebrate Kay’s life may honor her through donations to Circle Urban Ministries, circleurban. org. Arrangements provided by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Call 630-8343515 or visit

late Dorothy Ann nee White; loving father of Mary Anne (John) Paskvan, the Honorable Mark W. (Juliana) Dwyer, Betsy J. Dwyer, Joan Therese (Paul) Aspan, Dorothy Ann Dwyer, Virginia (Andrew) Dwyer-Aoyama and the late Ellen Clare Dwyer; proud grandfather of Christopher, Janet, Mark, Michael, Peter, Neil, Jeremiah, Maria, Paul Edward, Daniel, Megan, Matthew, Mollie, Emma, Sean, Brian, Brianna, Erin and Andrew; cherished great grandfather of 15; brother of the late Walter and Donald. Dr. Dwyer was a physician of internal medicine in Elmhurst since 1952 and took an active role in leadership at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Immaculate Conception Church. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Church, 134 Arthur, Elmhurst. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, MemoWILLIAM B. DWYER M.D., 96 rials will be appreciated for St. IgnaWilliam B. Dwyer M.D., of El- tius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt mhurst, passed away recently at the Rd., Chicago, IL 60608 or Immacage of 96. Beloved husband of the ulate Conception Parish, 134 Arthur,

Elmhurst. Arrangements provided by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Call 630834-3515 or visit

MARGARET H. KOSTECKI, 95 Margaret H. Kostecki, nee Zielke, of Elmhurst, passed away recently at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Bernard L.; loving mother of Michael (Cathy), Timothy (Anna Maria), John (Cathy) and Gary (Susan); grandmother of 9; great grandmother of 3; sister of Theresa (the late Harold) Gyllstrom and the late Rudy Zielke; aunt of many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services were held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 314 W. Vallette Street, Elmhurst. Private entombment. In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be appreciated for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, 65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 200B, San Rafael, CA 94903. Arrangements provided by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Call 630-834-3515 or visit

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Heritage Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary

The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation celebrated a decade of supporting the Elmhurst History Museum and the Churchville Schoolhouse with a 10th anniversary celebration at Wilder Mansion on Thursday, Feb. 15. The evening was also the official welcome to the community for Elmhurst History Museum’s new director, Dave Oberg. More than 120 guests were on hand for the celebration, which included remarks by former Mayors Tom Marcucci and Pete DiCianni as well as current Mayor Steve Morley. The evening provided an opportunity for all three directors of the History Museum to share in the Museum’s history together, including first director Virginia Stewart, recently retired second director Brian Bergheger, and Oberg, who took over at the Elmhurst History Museum last November.

Pictured are (from left): Brian Bergheger, Virginia Stewart and Dave Oberg, who have all served as Executive Director of the History Museum over the years, beginning with Stewart. Bergheger just retired less than a year ago and Oberg joined the organization in November.

(Right) The Bill Riddle Trio performed on the evening of Thursday, Feb. .15, when the Heritage Foundation celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their helping support the Elmhurst History Museum and the One-Room Schoolhouse.

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(Left) Foundation members Michael LoCicero and Cathy Jordan greeted guests who attended the 10th anniversary celebration of the Heritage Foundation, held at the History Museum on Thursday, Feb.15. Among the speakers for the evening were current Mayor Steve Morley as well as former mayors Pete DiCianni and Thomas D. Marcucci.

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Police beat

The Elmhurst Police Department recently reported the following arrests and citations. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a conviction, and that subjects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. Juveniles age 17-or-younger are not named.

subsequent to a suspicious vehicle report near Park and Boyd at around 3:36 a.m. Feb. 22 Brian C. Cooks, 26, of Elgin, was charged with DUI-drugs, no valid driver’s license, disobeying a traffic control signal and no insurance in the 200 block of E. North at around 8:15 p.m. Chukwunonso Ugwu, 37, of Rockford, was charged with DUI and driving the wrong way subsequent to a traffic stop near North and I-290 at around 1:14 a.m.

Battery Feb. 28 A victim at Elmhurst Hospital told police at around 8:54 a.m. that a suspect was brought into the emergency room for increased agitation and combative behavior. After being admitted, the victim went to check on the suspect who aggressively came toward her and reportedly punched her. Charges are pending.

Criminal damage, criminal defacement Feb. 28 A victim at a business in the 600 block of N. York told police at around 3:45 p.m. that while she was trying to ship a package, she made a comment about the employee’s attitude. She then witnessed the employee intentionally throw her package onto the ground, breaking the contents, according to police. Feb. 27-Feb. 28 Police said that subsequent to a call for criminal damage to property at a school in the 100 block of Victory Parkway between the above dates, two exterior windows and one exterior glass door were damaged. The damage appears to have been caused by a B.B. type projectile.

Disorderly conduct Feb. 26-Feb. 27 Stever P. Kott, 62, of Joliet, was issued a citation for disorderly conduct-public intoxication in the 900 block of S. York at around 5:39 p.m. Police said that subsequent to a call for a disturbance, Kott was found to be highly intoxicated. On Feb. 27, Kott was charged with disorderly conduct-public intoxication in the 1000 block of S. York at around 8:18 a.m. Police said a reporting officer responded to the report of a person down on the front lawn at a bank. An officer located Kott, whom police said was holding a 750 ml bottle of gin in his hand, had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, blood shot eyes and was unable to speak clearly. Feb. 25 Police said a reporting officer observed Ivan Chaidez, 19, of Franklin Park, exit a vehicle in the 100 block of W. North at around 2:41 a.m. and urinate on a tree at the above location. He was also found to have been consuming alcohol and is under 21, according to police. He was issued citations for befouling property and consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Domestic battery, domestic incident Feb. 27 A 30-year-old Elmhurst man was charged with two counts of domestic battery in the 1-100 block of Willow Tree Court at around 4:25 p.m. Police said officers responded to a report of a physical domestic. The victim had a laceration above his eye and related that the suspect pushed him and he fell over a planter pot. While on the ground, the suspect reportedly placed the victim in a choke hold.

CALL 800-222-TIPS Feb. 25 Police said officers responded to the report of a domestic battery in the 100 block of North End at around 5:32 p.m. A victim told police her husband reportedly pushed her and spat in her face after an argument. The suspect left the house before police arrived on scene. The area was checked with no results. An investigation is pending. Feb. 24 Police said officers responded to the 100 block of Fellows Court at around 6:01 a.m. for the report of a suspect refusing to leave. The victim stated both subjects began pushing each other after suspect began to reportedly break dishes. The suspect was found to have been consuming alcohol, according to police. He was issued a citation for consumption of alcohol and released. Both agreed to stay away from each other for the evening.

DUI, DUI-drugs, illegal consumption or possession of alcohol by a minor, illegal transportation of open alcohol, illegal possession of open alcohol Feb. 28 Enrique Prado, 24, of Wood Dale, was charged with aggravated DUI, aggravated driving while license suspended for DUI and leaving the roadway. Feb. 26 Elizabeth Gniatczyk, 53, of Elmhurst was charged with DUI, resisting arrest, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, speeding, improper lane usage, disobeying a stop sign and no insurance near Berteau and Third at around 7:34 p.m. Police said officers responded for the report of an intoxicated driver, Gniatczyk, who was located at Third/Schiller and failed to yield to officers. According to police, Gniatczyk was stopped, found to be DUI and resisted officers when being placed into handcuffs. Feb. 24 Police said that subsequent to a call of a reckless driver near Willow and North End at around 8:28 p.m., Richard Peterson, 48, of Bensenville, was located and admitted to drinking alcohol. Peterson also was in possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia, according to police. He was charged with DUI, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage and illegal parking in the roadway. John Winn, 48, of Chicago, was charged with DUI and driving while license suspended

Possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance Feb. 28 Joshua A. Linder, 23, of Elmhurst, was issued citations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 300 block of S. West at around 2:23 a.m. Feb. 26 Bryan A. Andrade, 20, of Elmhurst, was issued a citation for possession of cannabis in the 300 block of Berkley at around 4:37 p.m. Police said officers responded to the above address to check for a vehicle involved in a hit and run from another town. As the officers approached a vehicle parked in the driveway; the passenger, Andrade, was found to be in possession of zip lock baggies and cannabis, according to police. Feb. 25 Daniel Todd, 21, of Fox Lake, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, no valid driver’s license and speeding subsequent to a traffic stop near Route 83 and the CNRR railroad at around 11:45 p.m. Police said that subsequent to a suspicious vehicle near 2nd and Addison at around 9:54 p.m., a suspect was found to be in possession of two cannabis blunts. The suspect was in the process of being cited when he was found to have given a false date of birth. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the police department. Once at the police department, the suspect reportedly attempted to conceal suspected Ecstasy tablets in the squad car. He was processed and released without charges pending lab results. Feb. 24 Isalis Arroyo, 20, of Villa Park, was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended and speeding subsequent to a traffic stop near St. Charles and Route 83 at around 6:01 p.m. Ryan Domeracki-Johns, 21, of Romeoville, was issued citations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia subsequent to a traffic stop near York and Hale at around 4:12 a.m. Feb. 23 Justin Schoop, 21, of Westchester, was issued citations for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and a loud muffler subsequent to a traffic stop near St. Charles and Fair at around 11:47 p.m. Police said a dean at York High School reported at around 12:50 p.m. a juvenile was caught vaping in a classroom by a teacher. The juvenile admitted buying the vape pipe preloaded with cannabis oil. The juvenile was issued a citation for possession of cannabis, and a parent was contacted. A field test showed positive for cannabis.

The offender was cited for Possession of Cannabis then released. The offender’s parent was contacted.

Theft/burglary/ attempted theft or burglary/identity theft/ fraud/forgery/deceptive practice/obstruction/ robbery

Feb. 28 Identity theft was reported in the 100 block of Adams at around 2:07 p.m. A victim told police that an unknown suspect(s) attempted to purchase a vehicle using his personal identification. The victim advised the auto loan company that the attempt was fraudulent. An investigation is pending. Theft was reported in the 500 block of S. York at around 2:36 p.m. A victim told police he sold a vehicle to a offender, advised him to retain the license plates, and send them back when able. The suspect did not send the license plates back and the victim received a ticket for $60.

Feb. 27 Theft was reported at Elmhurst Hospital at around 1:50 p.m. Police said while a victim was in surgery, her niece was in possession of her purse. The niece left the purse unattended in the waiting area, and upon returning, found the purse was missing.

Jan. 7-Feb. 27 Identity theft was reported in the 600 block of Armitage between the above dates. A victim told police he received a letter from a bank showing he was denied for a Kay Jewelers credit card, and a T-Mobile account was suspended for non-payment. The victim related that he did not apply for the credit card, nor does he have a T-Mobile account. The victim notified each establishment about the fraudulent activity.

Feb. 26 Theft was reported at the Elmhurst Hospital Center for Health, 155 Brush Hill, at around 4:22 p.m. A victim told police that her wallet was taken from an unsecured nurse’s station around the time an unknown suspect was walking around the area unsupervised. An investigation is pending.

Feb. 24 Forgery was reported in the 900 block of N. York at around 9:59 a.m. A complainant told police that a suspect attempted to pay for his purchase using a counterfeit $20 bill. The suspect stated he was not aware the bill was counterfeit and does not know where he received it. The $20 bill was placed into evidence. Identity theft was reported in the 200 block of N. Evergreen at around 12 noon. A victim told police that an unknown suspect had used her Social Security number to file a tax return. The victim checked her other accounts and reported no suspicious activity. Another instance of identity theft also was reported in the 200 block of N. Evergreen at around 12:52 p.m. A victim told police he received a letter from the Social Security Administration stating his Social Security number was used in a tax return. The victim reported the fraud to the IRS, credit unions and his bank. Feb. 23 A victim in the 600 block of S. Saylor told

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Former Mayor Marcucci joins ECPA Board

Fatal accident at I-290 & St. Chas. Rd. causes lane closures

Community discussion taking place Wed. evening at City Hall

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police at around 10:17 a.m. that she went online to search for Siamese Kittens for purchase. She found a person on-line selling two kittens. The victim wired the money to the delivery service but did not receive the kittens.

phone call from Enterprise in Atlanta, Ga. Enterprise was questioning why he did not return a vehicle that he rented on Feb. 12. The victim does not know when and where his identity was stolen and has not lost any money at this time.

Feb. 22 Police said a complainant at a pharmacy in the 100 block of W. North notified a reporting officer at around 7:30 p.m. that suspicious suspects had just committed a retail theft. According to police, officers made contact with Thomas R. Burnett, 40, and Daniel Gonzalez, 44, both of Chicago, who admitted to stealing items and took them into custody. Burnett was charged with felony retail theft, burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gonzalez was charged with felony retail theft and burglary. Attempted theft was reported at a bank in the 100 block of S. York at around 1:04 p.m. Officers responded for the report of an elderly customer attempting to wire a large amount of money. The victim stated the unknown person called her and stated he received all her information from a magazine and could help her invest. The victim related she did not give any personal information nor did she send any money. Theft was reported in the 400 block of Alexander at around 1:42 p.m. While working at a residence, a workman had an iPad stolen from his work bag, according to police. An investigation is pending. Theft was reported at a fitness center in the 600 block of N. York at around 3:10 p.m. Officers responded for a reported theft from a locker. The victim related that an unknown suspect(s) entered his locked locker and removed property. Numerous unauthorized purchases were made on the credit cards. An investigation is pending.

Jan. 12-Jan. 20 Theft was reported in the 600 block of S. Bryan between the above dates. A victim told police that on Feb. 20, she noticed her pair of diamond earrings was missing. The only suspects are the cleaning people. The victim contacted the cleaning company and was instructed to make a police report.

Feb. 2-Feb. 22 Identity theft was reported in the 400 block of Walnut between the above dates. A victim told police they received a letter of possible fraudulent activity on a bank credit card from various stores. The credit card was also used to open Spotify and Paypal accounts. The unknown suspect(s) attempted to open a Kohl’s card with no results. The victim has since closed the banking credit card and notified credit bureaus. Feb. 21 Identity theft was reported in the 600 block of W. Armitage at around 9:10 a.m. A victim told police that over the past few weeks he has been receiving letters in the mail saying the loan he applied for has not been approved. The victim reports he has not applied for any of these loans. On the above date, the victim received a

Dec. 15, 2017-Jan. 3 Deceptive practice was reported between the above dates. The owner of a construction company told police he did several construction jobs for a suspect. He was given two checks which he deposited and they were returned as closed accounts. A third check was also cashed and returned. The complainant contacted the suspect, regarding the bad checks and was given another check which came back altered/fictitious item/suspected counterfeit.

age County Sheriff’s Office. Smith also was charged with driving while license suspended, expired registration and no insurance. Feb. 23 Police said that subsequent to a traffic stop near York and I-290 at around 8:42 p.m., Luis Gil-Ozuna, 28, of Bensenville, was taken into custody and later found to be wanted out of DuPage County. He was additionally charged with no valid driver’s license, no headlights and no seatbelt, posted bond on the charges and warrant, and was released. Police said officers were notified that Robert Morales, 33, of Elmhurst, was wanted by the DuPage County Sheriff for an outstanding warrant. According to police, subsequent to observing Morales at his place of residence, officers took him into custody, and transported him to the police department. Morales was served with the warrant then released after posting bond.

Feb. 22 Police said Kerry Aileen Hrametz, 41, of Elmhurst, turned herself in at the Elmhurst police station on a warrant out of DuPage County at around 6:54 p.m. Dec. 19, 2017 Police said Danika M. Kinishi, 22, Identity theft was reported in the of Elmhurst, had an original warrant 400 block of Montrose at around out of the Oak Brook Police Depart5:25 p.m. A victim told police that a ment. suspect gained access to his American Airlines account and used his air miles.

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Feb. 28 Police said that subsequent to a traffic stop near Butterfield and York at around 5:09 p.m., Channon C. Smith, 38, of Hillside, was found to have a suspended driver’s license and a valid warrant out of the DuP-

Grow fresh, organic vegetables and herbs to feed your family safe and nutritious produce all summer long. Start by ordering certified organic seedlings from the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Elmhurst. Seedlings are grown by Montalbano Farms in Sandwich, Illinois. To order your plants, visit and click on the link provided to see what plants are available and access an order form. Complete the order form and send in to the church office with cash or check by March 31. Plants will be available for pick up at the church’s Green Garden Fair which will be held in their parking lot at 235 S. Kenilworth. The Fair will be between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday, May 12. Bring your own container and purchase some compost too. Then take it all home and watch your organic garden thrive!

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Nov. 15, 2017 Deceptive practice was reported at a currency exchange. A complainant told police that a suspect cashed a check. The complainant learned the check was returned as being counterfeit. The reporting officer attempted to contact the suspect with no results. April 26, 2016-Aug. 29, 2017 Forgery was reported in the 100 block of Poplar between the above dates. A victim told police she signed up with a company named “Ipayment” where the suspect receives a percentage of each transaction. The victim discovered multiple fees over the past two years and learned two separate applications had been submitted after her initial sign up. Her name was fraudulently signed and electronically filed, causing the new charges. The accounts have since been closed.

The Elmhurst Centre for Performing Arts Board of Directors enthusiastically welcomes Tom Marcucci, past Mayor of the City of Elmhurst, to their team. “It is a pleasure to welcome Tom to the Board of Directors,” said Jeff Budgell, ECPA’s Chairman. “Tom comes to us with years of experience as a business owner and as the city of Elmhurst’s mayor for 16 years. He is going to be a great addition to our Board.” ECPA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to building and operating a state-of-the art performing arts center for theater, music, dance and comedy in the heart of the Elmhurst City Center. As a board member, Marcucci will be joining four passionate Elmhurst residents, Laura Michaud, Jeff Budgell, Becky Marianetti and Doug Peterson, along with a large team of community volunteers in the effort to bring the center to Elmhurst. Marcucci has a proven track record of integral involvement with Elmhurst city improvements, including the York High School referendum and renovation and the award winning Elmhurst Public Library. “I look forward to helping bring a performing arts center into Elmhurst to serve our community and neighboring communities. It is the one thing missing in our great city,” he said. He has served on many boards including PACE, Metropolitan Family Services, and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. He was an Honor-

ary Board member of the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation and was honored as Man of the Year by the Illinois Crime Commission in 2006. Community discussion at City Hall Wed. March 7 To learn more about ECPA, and the recently released performing arts feasibility study, join a community discussion on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Elmhurst City Hall at 209 N. York in Elmhurst. For more information visit

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On Thursday, March 1, at approximately 2 p.m., Elmhurst firefighters were called to the scene of a serious accident that occurred on inbound I-290 at St. Charles Rd at the 29-mile marker. The accident involving two passenger vehicles and two semi-trucks caused one fatality and one

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Slices of life

A moment of silence…for the many in need

It’s my job to come up with words each week. It’s become almost a habit, but I’ve wondered what I’ll do when the words don’t come, as I suspect will happen at some point. So far, though, I’ve been able to find something to say. Or maybe nothing to say, but the words have been there nonetheless. Over the last few days I’ve pondered words and how our lives are filled with a plethora of them. On the news. At the dinner table. At work. At home. Online. Through texts. On the phone. On social media. Billboards. Message boards. Hashing it out with hashtags. So many of us with so much to say. And, despite this overabundance of letters strung together to form thoughts and ideas, sometimes there are no words. I’ve even expressed this sentiment out loud (or at least out loud on Facebook). Sometimes a situation unfolds where words prove inadequate in describing the feelings and senti-

ments behind them. And then there are the times when words may suffice, but silence is golden. Sometimes maybe instead of more words, what we need most is silence. Today I suggest a moment of silence for children who go to bed hungry and wake up knowing that a hot breakfast – or any breakfast – is an impossibility. For those who are given the peanut butter sandwich lunch option because their school account is deep in the red. For animals in shelters or on the streets or on the loose that are unkempt and uncared for and long for nothing more than a forever home and a family of their own. For moms, dads, brothers, sisters and others who are welcoming the joy of a newborn baby into their lives. Likewise sentiments to families that are embracing adoption with open arms and open hearts. For the heroes in our everyday


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lives: for teachers, bus drivers, firefighters, police officers and those working in the ER. For public servants, for clergy, for the kind neighbor next door. For those serving our country in the armed forces at home or in a covert location far away from their families: a moment of gratitude-filled silence. For children and adults in other countries who live in danger and/or impoverished conditions most of us can’t even imagine. For those without access to clean drinking water or enough food to eat, I suggest a moment of silence followed by a call to action to do whatever you

can to help. For someone experiencing the loss of a loved one or for the person who is remembering a lost loved one. Sometimes there are no words. For people who battle mental illness in a world that bestows stigma to such labels, a moment of silence to acknowledge your pain and to let you know others care and want to help. You are not alone. For those facing a physical illness and the reality of words like malignant, terminal, tumor, chemo and cancer – healing thoughts for a pain-free, disease-free future. For the parents who get up early and go to work each day, or for those who get up at differing hours because they are on the late shift this week. For those same parents who take an hour of vacation time so they can attend an elementary school music program and then go home and make dinner and help with homework and throw in a load of laundry before falling into bed

exhausted at the end of the day – I offer a moment of silent applause. I long for a moment of silence, and one that is free from political opinions, viewpoints or perspectives, because we’ve all heard enough of those. Even a tiny patch of noiselessness in this realm is appreciated. Finally, a moment of silence for each of us. Sometimes we beat ourselves up over nothing, or something that’s beyond our control. Let’s quiet the nasty voices inside our heads and simply let silence take over. For just a moment. Because we deserve the peace it will bring. We can all give a silent thanks for that. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright, author and member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

Nybo-sponsored Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act approved by Senate In light of the growing number of mass shootings and perpetrators of senseless violence in the United States, State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) is cosponsoring a public safety measure to prevent potentially dangerous individuals from self-harm or endangering others with a firearm—approved by the Illinois Senate on Feb. 28. “In some cases of these tragic shootings we’ve seen, family members and people who knew the shooter noticed signs of unstable or reckless behavior,” said Nybo. “The Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act creates an official process and outlet for anyone to speak up, identify and prevent a troubled individual from hurting themselves or committing a horrifying act. It’s my hope we can begin to stop future tragedies before they start.” House Bill 772 establishes the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act, which allows family members, acquaintances or law enforcement to petition the court to identify and issue an ex parte order for an individual who poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to one’s self or another with a firearm. The Act will establish a number of factors and types of evidence that the court must consider before issuing a lethal violence order of protection. The legislation aims to help identify individuals who display signs of dangerous behavior and remove their FOID card and any firearms in their possession prior to a possible shooting. It also outlines suspicious behavior that may not be covered

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State Senators Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and John Curran (R-Downers Grove) meet with Moms Demand Action members Kelly Albright and Alicia Schemel. Nybo is cosponsoring a public safety measure to prevent potentially dangerous individuals from self-harm or endangering others with a firearm.

under traditional protective orders. “With help from the public in identifying dangerous individuals, this initiative allows for law enforcement to temporarily remove

the individual’s FOID card and firearms until the court determines they are no longer a present danger to others,” said Nybo. “It’s a preventative measure that could save

lives in Illinois.” Following its approval by the Senate, the legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Here’s what’s happening at the Elmhurst Park District… By Chris Fox


The Elmhurst Park District Board held a regular meeting on Feb. 26 at the district’s administrative office at 375 W. First Street. Commissioner Doug Ennis was absent from the meeting. There were no public comments. Board discusses issues with online registration The meeting included a discussion about difficulties in online registration for park district programs on Saturday, Feb. 24. Elmhurst Park District Executive Director Jim Rogers told the board that processing was slower than desired during the Feb. 24 registration. Rogers said that residents were able to complete online registration on that day. By the end of the day, almost 1,100 households made a total of over 4,900 registrations for park district programs. Rogers said that while people were able to sign up for programs, the process took an unacceptably long time. Rogers said the district didn’t experience any problems with online registration in its previous seven registration periods, including one in December 2017. Rogers said the district and its online registration vendor are working to identify the root cause of the delay on Feb.

24. He told the board he had informed the vendor that the delay was unacceptable. Rogers stated he told the vendor that it needs to do some work to keep its account with the district. Rogers said the vendor provides similar online registration services for hundreds of park districts across the country. Rogers and board members thanked park district staff for their work during the Feb. 24 registration process at the Wagner Community Center. Rogers said that at its longest, the line of people who visited the center to register for programs reached about 20 people. The district’s computers at the center experienced the same difficulties as residents who were trying to register from their own computers. Fischer Park Playground Project awarded Board members voted unanimously to award the Conrad Fischer Park Playground Redevelopment Project in the amount of about $87,600 to Hacienda Landscaping, Inc., of Plainfield. The board also approved an additional $3,500 charge for a seat wall, and authorized the district to purchase up to about $93,000 in play equipment and site furnishings. The board approved the redevelopment in November 2017. Hacienda Landscaping, Inc., submitted the lowest responsible base bid. Seven other firms submitted bids for the project.

School Board Capsules Here’s what’s happening at District 205… By Chris Fox


The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board held a meeting on Feb. 27 at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St. Two board members—Chris Blum and Jim Collins— were absent from the meeting. Community engagement sought for Master Facility Plan The majority of the meeting featured a discussion of the district’s community engagement plan for its Master Facility Plan. Marcia Sutter, a communications consultant hired by the district, gave the board a presentation with details about upcoming engagement with the community in the development of a Master Facility Plan. According to information provided by the district, the goal of the Master Facility Plan is to ensure all York High School graduates will be college, career and life ready. The plan will incorporate potential facilities improvements and maintenance needs at all of the district’s buildings. Sutter noted that community engagement will include the sharing of information and the input of all of the district’s stakeholders. She described community engagement as a dialog to reach those stakeholders and gather their input. Sutter said that a Community Advisory Team (CAT) would be formed to review communication efforts, and to ensure that information is reaching all of the district’s stakeholders in a clear and easy-to-understand fashion. The CAT will include representatives from all of the district’s schools, as well as parents, community leaders and residents. Sutter said the district will use a variety of media outlets to share infor-

mation with the community about the district’s facility needs. Additionally, the district will hold at least four community meetings—one at each middle school and one at York High School— to provide information. The district will also provide residents who attend each of those meetings with a link to an online survey. She said the district wants to learn what plan elements are the most appealing, what elements are undesirable and if there is a preference for a plan when costs are included. Wight & Co. offers four ideas for improvements The Feb. 13 board meeting featured presentations regarding an update of the district’s facility master plan. Speakers included representatives from the district’s architecture firm—Wight and Company—and from its bond advisor. Wight and Company’s presentation at the Feb. 13 meeting included four scenarios for district-wide improvements. The first scenario has a total estimated cost of about $158.8 million. The three other scenarios drop down to $144.6 million, $97.8 million and $26.1 million. The bond advisor who spoke at the Feb. 13 board meeting provided four potential bonding scenarios to pay for improvements to district facilities. The first included $100 million in bonds, issued in 2019 and paid off over 20 years. The second scenario also included $100 million in bonds, with some restructured payments. The third scenario featured $142.4 million, issued over about four years. The fourth scenario featured $157.9 million in bonds, issued at different times and payable over 25 years. Sutter said the district and the Community Advisory Team will need to take the information from the presentations at the Feb. 13 meeting and condense it into a shorter, tighter presenta-

Hacienda has completed other projects for the district. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin on June 4, and be completed in early August. The board also voted unanimously to approve two other agreements related to this year’s improvements at Conrad Fischer Park. In one of the votes, the board awarded the playground safety surfacing project at the park, in the amount of nearly $65,000, to Surface America, Inc., of Williamsville, New York. The surfacing project includes the installation of permeable rubber safety surfacing and rubber safety tiles at the park. Surface America, Inc., was one of two firms to submit bids for the project. The company submitted the lowest bid. Surface America completed the safety surfacing project at Butterfield Park in 2016. The resurfacing project at Conrad Fischer Park is scheduled to take place between July 9 and July 20. Funds approved to resurface Fischer tennis courts Additionally, the board approved an agreement with MTJ Sports of Kewanee in the amount of about $86,700 to resurface the tennis courts at Conrad Fischer Park. The courts were last resurfaced in 2005. The project includes the reconfiguration of the two tennis courts and one roller hockey court at the park.

The two existing tennis courts and one roller hockey court will be converted to one tennis court, one futsal court and two half-basketball courts. Futsal is a variant of soccer that’s played on a hard court that’s smaller than a standard soccer field. MTJ Sports was the only firm to submit a bid for the project. Construction will be in line with the playground redevelopment project at the park by beginning in early June and reaching completion in early August. Firm approved for Salt Creek Park batting cages In unanimously approving the consent agenda for the meeting, the board approved an agreement that will award the 2018 Salt Creek Park Batting Cage Project to Misfits Construction Company. The agreement includes a $20,500 base bid and an additional $4,100 in alternates. Misfits Construction Company was one of two firms to submit base bids for the project. The company submitted the lowest base bid. The softball field at Salt Creek Park is used by the Elmhurst College women’s softball team in the spring and by Elmhurst Youth Baseball in the summer and fall. In 2016, Elmhurst Youth Baseball contacted Elmhurst College and the park district about its desire to add batting cages to the existing bullpen area. Each of the three entities will be respon-

sible for one third of the cost of the cages, or $8,200. The scope of the project includes the installation of two batting cage tunnels with upright supports and netting within the existing bullpen area. Imprinted wearables awarded to Glendale Heights firm The consent agenda for the Feb. 26 meeting also included the awarding of the 2018 Imprinted Wearables Bid to Sunburst Sportswear of Glendale Heights in the amount of about $31,600. Sunburst Sportswear submitted the lowest of seven bids for the project. The park district annually bids out the imprinted wearable needs for its program participants, and for full- and part-time staff. The overall bid covers about 6,800 items. The board will hold its next regular meeting on March 12.

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tion for the community. The board gave consensus for Sutter to proceed with the process of recruiting a Community Advisory Team and engaging with the community through mailings, focus groups, meetings, online surveys. Sutter said the feedback from the community will be reported to the board. Consent agenda approved; nod to German exchange student In voting unanimously to approve the superintendent’s consent agenda for the meeting, the board approved the admission of a foreign exchange student from Germany who will attend York High School during the 2018-19 school year. The superintendent’s consent agenda also included the approval of the extension of the district’s agreement with AT&T for wide area network (WAN) service. The district’s five-year agreement with AT&T ends in October 2018. The two-year extension will continue the current AT&T service through Sept. 30, 2020. The monthly service charge is $12,129, plus taxes and fees. The district’s current WAN consists of a 1 gigabit per second link to 13 district buildings and a 10 gigabits per second head-end at the district’s data center at York High School. An upgrade to the district’s WAN capacity should not be necessary during the next two years. The board also voted unanimously during the meeting to approve a donation of $1,375 to pay for four banners that would line the parking lot at Bryan Middle School. The Bryan PTA offered to make the donation. The board also approved a donation of $3,800 to pay for a wooden sign to be placed in front of Emerson Elementary School. The Parent School Improvement Team is working with the Emerson Student Council to raise money for the sign. A separate donation of $6,000 for Emerson would pay for labor and materials

to build a teaching garden at the school. Clark Construction has offered to donate materials and labor to remove the grass in the designated garden, and to build a wooden fence around the garden. In another unanimous vote, the board approved the acceptance of up to $12,000 for the 2017-18 Study Skills Academies as funded by the District 205 Foundation. The funds will help provide extra assistance to students who are struggling in specific academic areas at five elementary schools: Emerson, Hawthorne, Jackson, Fischer and Lincoln. District safety policies reviewed Christopher Whelton, the district’s assistant superintendent for finance and operations, provided the board with an update about the district’s safety policies. Whelton, who is the chair of the district’s safety and security committee, said he is more of a facilitator in that role. He said the committee, which meets five times per year, includes four police officers, as well as a member of the Elmhurst Fire Department. Whelton noted that the district conducts perimeter tests of its schools, with undercover police officers trying to enter schools through various doors. Additionally, Whelton noted that every school in the district has panic buttons in their office. The buttons are to be used only in the event there is an armed intruder. If the panic button is pushed, the Elmhurst Police Department will respond to that school with the expectation there is an armed intruder inside the building. Whelton said the district is legally required to conduct an armed intruder drill in each school every year. He also stated that the district has replaced the locks on its classroom doors within the last five years. The school board will hold its next regular meeting on March 20.


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Brian E. Wagner Scholarship Fund holds Bags for Wags tourney The Brian E. Wagner Scholarship Fund (BEWSF) recently held their annual Bags for Wags fundraiser making this one of their most profitable events since the organization’s inception in 2010. The BEWSF’s mission is to encourage motivated young leaders to make a positive impact in their lives and the welfare of their communities through volunteer service. The foundation was established in memory of Brain Edwin Wagner who tragically passed away in an auto accident 25 years ago. Since that time his story and passion to make a difference is remembered through this scholarship program. Those that receive the award proudly carry on his legacy. The current board members of the BEWSF are: Barbara Wagner – Lackey, Mike Wagner, Ed Lackey, Becky Lawton-Wagner, Tracey, Degnan, Nikki Doherty, Brian Doherty, Jason Gentile Dan Gibbons, Tom Hagensee, John Halloran, Mark La Shure, Kaitie Mayberry- Hauser, Bryan Hauser, John Noldan and Pete Zamar. They have granted this distinguished honor to more than 20 college bound high school seniors from: Fenwick, IC Catholic Prep, Montini, Timothy Christian and York Community High School. All proceeds raised at the “8th Bags for Wags” charity event will be used to defer the first year tuition costs of recipients who are selected this spring. The ideal candidates will emulate Brian’s most admirable qualities: resilience,

fortitude and integrity. At the sold-out bean bag tournament, 32 teams competed and raised enough money to bestow several scholarships this year. The overall winning team was Trevor and Megan Stotts. The long standing tradition of reuniting Elmhurst and the surrounding community every February to celebrate Brian Wagner’s life received incredible support and created an environment of encouragement and camaraderie. In addition, to the tournament itself thousands of dollars in raffle prizes were donated by local businesses and gifted to those in attendance. “I have come to understand what an amazing person Brian was through his wonderful family and friends,” said BEWSF Director Nicola Doherty-Caso. “I am proud to be a part of the cause and our commitment to awarding scholarships to young people who inspire others, like Brian did. The continuous outpouring of community support is a testament to his memory.” The committee gave special recSUBMITTED PHOTOS Elmhurst Independent ognition to Linda Roberts, Visitation Teams play during a fun filled evening 8th Annual Bags for Wags Bean Bag Tournament. The sold-out Parish and Mama Maria’s Restaurant event raised enough money to award multiple scholarships this year. for making the evening possible. Students who wish apply in future years will have the opportunity to tell their personal stories and share experiences of how their leadership experience has impacted the community and the lives of others. More information can be found at

Tournament Director Tom Hagensee and his wife Debbie ran the scorer’s table at the 8th Annual BEWSF charitable event. This year’s Bags for Wags tournament drew 32 teams of participants.

Hospital’s SHARE support group helps parents who have lost a baby For nearly 30 years, the SHARE support group of Naperville’s Edward Hospital has helped parents grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death. The group is now offering its services at Elmhurst Hospital for residents of Elmhurst and nearby communities served by Edward-Elmhurst Health. Ed Lackey and Barbara Wagner-Lackey, who sits on the Board of DiThe new SHARE support group at Elmhurst Hospital, rectors, enjoyed the camaraderie at the 2018 Bags for Wags Tourna- 155 E. Brush Hill Rd., will meet the first Tuesday of each ment. The 8th annual fundraising event turned out to be one of their month, 7 – 9 p.m., starting March 6. Meetings will be most profitable events since the organization’s inception in 2010. held in the Birch Room on the hospital’s lower level. It’s

recommended those attending park in the East Lot and enter through the East doors. Meeting dates for 2018 include March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. SHARE facilitators support and respect the feelings of support group members. No one is forced to participate in discussions. In addition to support group meetings, SHARE offers a closed Facebook group for parents who have lost a baby. To join, visit

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Lucky ‘Knight’ for ICGS draws 350 guests On the evening of Friday, Feb. 23, parents, faculty, and staff members of Immaculate Conception Grade School in Elmhurst gathered for “It’s Your Lucky Knight,” a fundraising gala to benefit the school. Orga-

nized by the ICGS Parents’ Club, the event took place at the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook and drew a crowd of approximately 350 guests. During cocktails, ICGS Parents’ Club President, Bridget Simkowski welcomed

everyone and thanked the many chairpersons for their work on the event. Afterward, IC Parochial Vicar, Father Chris Lankford offered a

blessing over the food, and then, IC Pastor, Father Tom Paul welcomed the crowd and shared the recent accolades of ICGS alumni. Dinner and

dancing followed and the evening ended with the drawing of winning tickets for the ICGS “It’s Your Lucky Knight” cash raffle.

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College names winners in American Dream Fellowship Competition Lillian Rizo-Dubois, a Prairie Ridge High School senior from Crystal Lake, became the first-place winner of the inaugural Elmhurst

Elmhurst College’s first-ever American Dream Fellowship recipient Lillian Rizo-Dubois.

College American Dream Fellowship Competition, a scholarship contest that supports and celebrates first-generation college students. Rizo-Dubois, who plans to major in French and return to her high school one day as a teacher, will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend Elmhurst College. She was one of several winners of American Dream awards, which ranged from four years’ room and board to a stipend to cover the cost of books and other materials. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony on Monday, Feb. 19, in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel that was attended by more than 500 people, including most of the 155 student contestants and several hundred mothers, fathers, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. Committed to helping its students achieve the American Dream, Elmhurst College launched the American Dream Fellowship Competition late last year. The scholarship contest was open to all first-generation college students who have been admitted to Elmhurst College for the fall of

2018. To enter, students were asked to submit a video to the College on the topic: As a first-generation student, what would graduating from college mean to you and your family? Winners included: • Lillian Rizo-Dubois, of Crystal Lake, who will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend Elmhurst College. • Michelle Diaz, of Round Lake Beach, and Cassandra Ibarra, of Highwood, will each receive a stipend to cover four years of room and board. Juan Garcia, of Chicago, •  Demetrius Johnson, of Chicago, and Christian Sanchez, of West Dundee, received Beck’s Books stipends to cover the annual cost of books and other materials. All of the other students who entered will receive a $1,000 annual American Dream Grant to attend Elmhurst College. During the awards ceremony, Elmhurst College President Troy D. VanAken, a first-generation college student himself, encouraged the students to “dig deep, work hard” and

take pride in how going to college would not only transform their own lives but also shape the future of those closest to them. “When you’re a first-generation college student and drive onto campus, when you look in that rearview mirror you can see the grandparents,

and see the sacrifices they made in their journey,” he said. “If you look out the front window, and look well into the future, you’ll see the next generation—your children and the people who come after you. They’re all going to benefit from your education.”

Elmhurst Chamber receives DH-BL Award for Business Excellence The Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ECCI) is among 26 suburban based companies and business organizations selected to receive the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s 28th Annual Awards for Business Excellence (AABEs). “We are humbled and honored to receive this award, especially as the only recipient in our category,” said John R. Quigley, president & CEO of the ECCI. “This award is a tribute to those who make our Chamber so well respected--our Board of Directors, Committee members, Ambassadors and membership at large.” A Business Ledger Business Achievement Award recipient back

in 2001, the Elmhurst Chamber is the only honoree in the Business Organization/Economic Development Entity category. The AABEs are presented in recognition of business achievement, growth and community involvement. Award recipients in seven categories will be recognized at a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Danada House in Wheaton. The recipient companies and organizations will be profiled in a special edition of the Daily Herald Business Ledger to be published on April 23.

See CHAMBER, Page 14


Program dedicated to first-generation college students

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Study finds Illinoisans have incurred the 10th highest ‘Sleep Debt’ in the U.S. According to a nationwide study of 2500 adults conducted by Sleepopolis, a mattress review site, the average Illinoisan is missing out on a significant 33.5 hours of sleep each month - this is the 10th highest in the U.S. and compares to a national average of 30.6 hours. Here are some other facts revealed in the study: • 20% of people try to catch up on their sleep debt by binge sleeping on weekends.

• Experts say there is no way of re-paying long term sleep debt. • 44.3% of Americans often struggle to fall asleep at night. Sleep is crucial for good health – it regulates our mood, affects productivity, concentration, weight, and it’s the key to a healthy lifestyle. It’s clear that as a nation we are not getting enough sleep – but are we aware of it? Sleepopolis’ study implies we are, as it also revealed that 14.8%

of sleep-deprived Americans repay their ‘sleep debt’ by binge sleeping on weekends. According to The National Sleep Foundation, ‘sleep debt’ is described as ‘the difference between the amount of sleep that you need and the amount that you’re actually getting.’ But can you really repay long-term sleep debt? Not according to Logan Block of Sleepopolis.

“Our survey shows that we’re becoming a sleep-deprived nation, missing out on 30+ hours of sleep each month,” he said. “Unfortunately, there’s no way to “repay” longterm sleep debt — experts simply recommend changing your habits to make sure you get sufficient rest to live the healthiest life possible. Stick to a regular sleep and wake schedule, avoid caffeine and alcohol (especially before bed), exercise daily, and

switch off electronics at least an hour before you go to sleep, keeping all technology out of the bedroom.” Sleep is a fundamental human behavior – but it seems the recommended eight hours a night is a rare luxury for most of America.

Ryan Companies break ground on new Edward-Elmhurst Health Clinic New building will replace original 1950’s medical office Ryan Companies, US Inc., announced on Wednesday, Feb. 28, it would be building a new 29,000 square-foot professional building and clinic for Edward-Elmhurst Health in Elmhurst. The two-story Class A clinic will be constructed downtown, adjacent to the existing Elmhurst Clinic, and will modernize healthcare delivery for patients in El-

mhurst and the surrounding area. “We’re excited to partner with Edward-Elmhurst Health to create a new home for the next generation of patients and providers in downtown Elmhurst,” said Curt Pascoe, Director of Real Estate Development, Ryan Companies. “The new building will include prairie style architecture, more windows, enhanced lobbies with natural light, and modernized systems - all leading to a better patient experience.” The new professional building and clinic will be built in the exist-

ing parking lot, allowing Elmhurst Clinic to continue operations during construction. Valet parking will be available for patients. “This will be home to Elmhurst Clinic, Elmhurst Medical Associates and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health,” said Mary Lou Mastro, Edward-Elmhurst System CEO. “The new building reinforces our commitment to provide the best and most convenient care for our patients.” Construction will begin in March and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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“Our integrated delivery model of development, construction, and capital allows us to deliver this building within one calendar year with limited patient inconvenience, all while bringing a new Class A medical clinic to downtown Elmhurst,” said Pascoe.

Real estate brief… Realty Group’s Birkeland earns industry accolades

Scott Birkeland of the Elmhurst office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group was recognized in Chicago Agent Magazine’s Real Data list for a top DuPage County condo closing in 2017.

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Steps to Town!

Steps to Town!

On the fringe of downtown Elmhurst, this American 4Square sits on a premium 65 x 190 lot & was completely renovated w/ 2-story addition in 2010. Large front porch to open concept first floor - family rm w/ surround sound, fireplace, built-ins, entertainer’s kitchen w/ island, butler’s pantry, full bath, separate formals & 2 fireplaces. 4 beds up w/ master suite, spa bath & laundry. Finished basement - office, 5th bed, & rec room. Outdoors- new Trex deck, 190’ deep lot, playset & 2.5 car garage. Improvements include hardie siding, Pella windows, electrical/plumbing, & 3-zone HVAC. Walk to everything! $889,900

On the fringe of downtown Elmhurst, this American 4-Square sits on a premium 65 x 190 lot & was completely renovated w/ 2-story addition in 2010. Large front porch to open concept first floor - family rm w/ surround sound, fireplace, built-ins, $889,900

Rare Oversized Ranch!

Rare Oversized Ranch!

The 20 year owners have lovingly & meticulously maintained this home & newer features include theses: WINDOWS, FENCE, CONCRETE WORK. 1st Floor has hardwood throughout, Living & Dining Rooms with lots of natural light, 3 $420,000 FIRST OFFERING! W NE


The 20 year owners have lovingly & meticulously maintained this home & newer features include theses: WINDOWS, FENCE, CONCRETE WORK. 1st Floor has hardwood throughout, Living & Dining Rooms with lots of natural light, 3 generously sized bedrooms, Eat in Kitchen, Full Bath + Half Bath offers convenience & just needs new owner’s style/updates to call it home. Fully Finished Basement w/ a 4th Bedroom option, HUGE recreation room & a wet bar w/ endless potential, PLUS a Full Bathroom & lots of storage space gives the lower level over 1500 sf which you can customize to meet your needs. Fenced in yard & walk to school/parks location! $420,000

Heart of Elmhurst

Heart of Elmhurst

Don’t miss out on this center of town Colonial situated on a double lot and walking distance to downtown Elmhurst, Metra, Award winning schools, and all Elmhurst amentities! Separate formal dining room and living room with fireplace. First floor

Don’t miss out on this center of town Colonial situated on a double lot and walking distance to downtown Elmhurst, Metra, Award winning schools, and all Elmhurst amentities! Separate formal dining room and living room with fireplace. First floor family room addition. 4 bedrooms up plus a first floor office or potential 5th bedroom/inlaw arrangement. Bathrooms on each level, including basement. Hardwood floors, updated kitchen with granite counter-tops and stainless steel appliance package. 2 car attached garage. The lot could be subdivided into two 50x150 lots with a Cottage Hill address! $675,000


New Jefferson Build

New Jefferson Build

Great location & opportunity to work with Elmhurst’s finest custom home builders. Walking distance to top rated public or private schools -Jefferson or Visitation & to newly renovated Butterfield Park. Top flight finishes, millwork, ceiling details & $1,039,000 WISE INVESTMENT BUILDERS

Elmhurst Starter Home

Elmhurst Starter Home

Nicely updated ranch in Elmhurst SD 205. Laminate wood flooring throughout, 6-panel doors, 2 updated full baths w/ granite tile, & jacuzzi tubs. Master bedroom has a walk in closet & attached master bath. 2nd bedroom has double

Curb appeal, beautiful landscaping, Location all included in this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Tri Level located just steps away from Visitation Grade School. Huge kitchen w/ large eat in area & bay window that can be used as a dining room



Curb appeal, beautiful landscaping, Location all included in this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Tri Level located just steps away from Visitation Grade School. Huge kitchen w/ large eat in area & bay window that can be used as a dining room interchangeably. Family room is an addition which gives you a total of over 1650 sq ft of living space! 2 oversized bedrooms on 2nd level, 3rd floor master wall divider was just taken down to free up more space. Full bathrooms located on 2nd and 3rd levels. Outdoor deck is great for large family gathering! $355,000

Nicely updated ranch in Elmhurst SD 205. Laminate wood flooring throughout, 6-panel doors, 2 updated full baths w/ granite tile, & jacuzzi tubs. Master bedroom has a walk in closet & attached master bath. 2nd bedroom has double wide, 6-panel closet doors. kitchen features 42” custom cabinets with slow close and stainless steel appliances. newer roof, siding, windows & HVAC. Walking distance to Crestview park and Marianos and LA fitness. $239,900


Great Value & Location!

Great Value & Location!

Great location & opportunity to work with Elmhurst’s finest custom home builders. Walking distance to top rated public or private schools Jefferson or Visitation & to newly renovated Butterfield Park. Top flight finishes, millwork, ceiling details & craftsmanship throughout. Main level offers hardwood floors, butler & walk-in pantry, office, separate dining room & eat-in kitchen with island overlooking family room with fireplace. 4 generous bedrooms up - all with attached bathrooms & 2nd floor laundry. Luxurious master suite with his/hers walk-on closets & spa bath with soaking tub & separate shower. Oversized attached 2.5 car garage. $1,039,000

Danby Woods Colonial

Danby Woods Colonial

You’re sure to be impressed w/ this ‘Southern Living’ gem w/ custom fluted trim on all 3 floors, separate formals, 1st floor laundry/mudrm, eat-in kitchen, 1st floor family rm, & custombuilt fireplace mantels. 4 BRs up, 3 w/ direct bathroom access, $699,900


You’re sure to be impressed w/ this ‘Southern Living’ gem w/ custom fluted trim on all 3 floors, separate formals, 1st floor laundry/mudrm, eat-in kitchen, 1st floor family rm, & custom-built fireplace mantels. 4 BRs up, 3 w/ direct bathroom access, 3 fireplaces, one w/ dual exposure to the master BR & master bath. 2 magnificent libraries, a lower level in-law arrangement w/ private bath & wet bar w/ sink, fridge & dishwasher. Covered porch & 2nd floor veranda overlooking a expansive paver brick patio & large yard w/ irrigation & impressive landscaping, a heated 2 car attached garage w/ epoxy floors, & charming Coach House! $699,900

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Newer Construction < $650k!

Newer Construction < $650k!

Great value South Elmhurst! Main level features hardwood floors throughout, 2 panel solid core white doors, wrought iron railings on staircase & 2 story foyer. 1st floor living room, formal dining room, kitchen, family room w/ direct vent $639,000 NEW PRICE!

Great value South Elmhurst! Main level features hardwood floors throughout, 2 panel solid core white doors, wrought iron railings on staircase & 2 story foyer. 1st floor living room, formal dining room, kitchen, family room w/ direct vent fireplace, laundry/mudroom & powder room. Beautiful maple cabinets w/ walnut stain & dark glaze in kitchen w/ SS appliances & granite countertops. 4 beds on 2nd level w/ shared hall bath. Private master suite w/ whirlpool tub & large walk in shower. Dual zone HVAC & roughed in central vac. Partial finished basement w/ r/o plumbing for future bath. Fenced in yard with gas line for grill and much much more! $639,000

New Build on Sunnyside

New Build on Sunnyside

Great opportunity to build on one of best streets in the Lincoln school district. Steps from blue ribbon Lincoln school, York HS, the Prairie Path, and the Spring Rd business district. 3880 SF, first floor office, over-sized mudroom, chef’s kitchen with $1,099,000 CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY!

March Delivery!

March Delivery!

In the home stretch! A month out from completion for this rare, new construction home in Crescent Park. Steps from the IL Prairie Path and walking distance to Washington Park and Blue Ribbon Edison Elementary and Sandburg JRHS. This

In the home stretch! A month out from completion for this rare, new construction home in Crescent Park. Steps from the IL Prairie Path and walking distance to Washington Park and Blue Ribbon Edison Elementary and Sandburg JRHS. This Craftsman style home features an inviting front porch, hardwood floors throughout, 1st floor office, 3 car attached garage, a huge master suite with his/hers walk-in closets and spa bath, and unique smart home features you won’t find in other new builds in town. Delivery March 2018. $1,199,900

Updates Throughout!

Updates Throughout!

Close to everything, offering a private, professionally landscaped backyard complete w/ lighting, 2-level deck, pergola & fire pit. Perfect retreat for entertaining/relaxing. Family rm features gas fireplace & raised hearth surrounded

$1,199,900 Crescent Park T! LEF ITS UN 3 LY ON

$494,000 NEW PRICE!

Town Homes of Fountain Pointe

Town Homes of Fountain Pointe

Come see this one of a kind luxury townhouse development in Elmhurst by outstanding Island Construction. This 3 bedroom / 4 bathroom with 2 car heated attached garage will give you 2,400SF+ of high end finishes, a beautiful open floor plan, and $650,000

Come see this one of a kind luxury townhouse development in Elmhurst by outstanding Island Construction. This 3 bedroom / 4 bathroom with 2 car heated attached garage will give you 2,400SF+ of high end finishes, a beautiful open floor plan, and perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the Prairie Path landscape while living less than one mile from downtown Elmhurst’s restaurants, shopping, museums, library, theater & Metra. Situated in a friendly community with award winning schools & parks just 17 miles from downtown Chicago. Phase II is ready for occupancy with selection of your own custom finishes. Call today for a private showing. $650,000

Great opportunity to build on one of best streets in the Lincoln school district. Steps from blue ribbon Lincoln school, York HS, the Prairie Path, and the Spring Rd business district. 3880 SF, first floor office, over-sized mudroom, chef’s kitchen with island, butler pantry, formal dining, huge family room with fireplace, 3 car garage, 4 large beds up, master suite with his & hers walk-ins, master spa bath with over-sized shower and soaking tub. Ability to finish attic with additional 300 SF of 8 ft height ceiling as well as basement. In for permits. Perfect timing to fully customize everything! Summer 2018 delivery. $1,099,000

Close to everything, offering a private, professionally landscaped backyard complete w/ lighting, 2-level deck, pergola & fire pit. Perfect retreat for entertaining/relaxing. Family rm features gas fireplace & raised hearth surrounded by beautiful custom cabinetry & glass tiling. Other features include custom wood cabinets & new SS fridge in kitchen; formal dining room; 1st floor full bath; spacious master bedroom w/ vaulted ceilings, huge closet & attached bath w/jacuzzi tub; a huge finished basement w/ kitchenette, office & 1/2 bath! Heated 1.5 car attached garage w high ceilings. Paver extensions on both sides of cement driveway for double wide car parking. $494,000

Great Value in South Elmhurst

Great Value in South Elmhurst

Walk to Lincoln grade School, Bryan Middle School and York High School. Steps to Illinois Prairie Path/Spring Road shopping district. 75x140 Lot. Unique open floor plan. 4 car garage. 2 attached/2 detached. 3800 sq. ft on 1st/2nd floor. $965,000

Walk to Lincoln grade School, Bryan Middle School and York High School. Steps to Illinois Prairie Path/Spring Road shopping district. 75x140 Lot. Unique open floor plan. 4 car garage. 2 attached/2 detached. 3800 sq. ft on 1st/2nd floor. Finished basement w/ traditional pub style wet bar, workout room & bedroom. Whole house back up generator system. Irrigation system. Mature landscape. Fenced in yard. Paver patio. Solid brick construction. This beautiful home has many upgraded amenities. 4 beds on 2nd floor with 4 full private baths. Bedroom/office on 1st floor with 1/2 bath connected. Recently updated kitchen with white cabinets and grey island. $965,000

Sprawling Ranch

Oversized ranch on a 1/2 acre parcel with a premier cul-desac location in south Elmhurst. Over 3,200 SF + a finished basement & 2.5 car attached garage that backs up to Butterfield Park. The breathtaking views of the backyard $699,900


Sprawling Ranch Oversized ranch on a 1/2 acre parcel with a premier cul-de-sac location in south Elmhurst. Over 3,200 SF + a finished basement & 2.5 car attached garage that backs up to Butterfield Park. The breathtaking views of the backyard oasis are captured in every room. Huge master suite & family room additions on back with vaulted ceilings, skylights, & direct access to wrap-around deck. Professionally manicured grounds w/ lush, mature landscaping/irrigation system. As spacious as they come, this ranch offers 4 BR’s, 4 full baths, a formal dining room w/ wet bar, 1st floor laundry, tons of storage, & can entertain the largest gatherings all year round. $699,900


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Overlooking the Prairie Path, this extraordinary property offers incredible space with a unique open concept floorplan boasting 9’ and 10’ ceilings on main floor with gorgeous hardwood floors. Incredible natural light floods the main living spaces, making the inviting living and dining rooms areas to truly enjoy! Amazing outdoor spaces include a private deck, yard space and 2 car attached garage. All this just a mile to Metra and downtown Elmhurst!

Elle Décor meets HGTV. Sun-filled living room and gourmet kitchen featuring SubZero/Thermador appliances with quartz countertops are perfection. The dining room is perfect for hosting the holidays. The family room is understated elegance. Sprawling master has spalike master bath, with marble accents and double vanity. Finished basement and large deck and professionally landscaped grounds!



Truly exceptional whole house gut-renovation. All new plumbing, electric, gourmet kitchen featuring custom cabinetry, Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele, luxury baths, deluxe crown moldings and so much more... all while offering an open concept floorplan, master suite, 1st floor office, finished basement and attached 2 car garage! The fully fenced yard boasts a large paver patio complete with seating wall.

Exquisite private estate on gated, lushly landscaped grounds encompassing .55 acres of a combined lot. This magnificent home boasts unrivaled elegance in Elmhurst’s most exclusive neighborhood. Breathtaking formal gardens and outdoor living spaces create rare entertainment venue. Paradise.

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Lions Club Pizza Day!

DEE LONGFELLOW PHOTOS Elmhurst Independent

Leos serve up sodas...

Members of the Leos Club, the youth division of the Elmhurst Lions, came out on Saturday to serve soft drinks during Lions Club Pizza Day. They are (from left): Courtney Jopes, Rachel Lezak, Matt Fanelli and Catie McCarty. The annual event took place at Sandburg Middle School.

At the door...

Two hungry guests buy tickets at the door from members of the Elmhurst Lions Club on Pizza Day held Saturday, March 3 at Sandburg School. Ticket-takers include (from left): Marie Straube, Jeri DePasquale and Shirley Wodynski.

Three-time winner!

Adelaide Neelen, 8, received three different prizes at the Lions Club Pizza Day on Saturday, March 3. She is all-smiles as she shows off her karaoke microphone, a sling-shot launcher set and a bucket of art supplies.

Winner of the boy’s bike

Finnegan Bohn is all smiles as he tries out the boy’s bicycle he won at the Elmhurst Lions Club Pizza Day on Saturday, March 3. His grandfather is a member of the Elmhurst Lions. Finnegan is going to be 8 years old next Saturday.

Look what I got!

Emmie Munson, who is almost 3, shows off her Little Shopkins prize she won at Lions Club Pizza Day on Saturday, March 3.

Girl’s bike winner!

(Above) Pictured here is Mallory Janes, 6, winner of the grand prize girl’s bicycle at Lions Club Pizza Day.

Barbie is a S.T.E.M. student!

With every school engaging in S.T.E.M. activities, that is, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, it’s only appropriate that these two Barbie dolls clearly studied their S.T.E.M. curriculum as well! Won by Ellie Munson, who is 5. One Barbie is an astronaut, the other is a space scientist. (Some guests at Lions Club Pizza Day recalled when Barbie was either a nurse, a stewardess or a fashion model!)

Prizes are the best part of Pizza Day!

(Left) Pictured is Flynn Neelen, 2, with the new ninja warrior he won as a prize at Lions Club Pizza Day held on Saturday, March 3. The community turned out to support the Lions Club, which gives to many local charities and causes.

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Girls basketball places two on all-state team Strube, Schuringa earn spots after helping lead Trojans to sectional title game By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT

The Timothy Christian girls basketball team’s successful season was punctuated by the recent announcement Jordyn Strube and Olivia Schuringa made the Class 2A all-state honorable-mention team. Strube and Schuringa helped the Trojans go 20-10, finish 8-4 in Metro Suburban Conference Red Division play, win a Class 2A regional title and advance to a Class 2A sectional title game. “The fact we won regionals made our season special,” said Strube. “We played very well. We played some close games and won some close games we weren’t supposed to. The regional title and everything else made it such a good season.”

Strube said the team’s attitude played a big role in what was accomplished. “We all got along very well,” she said. “We all worked very well together and that makes everything work out well. When we got into the post, our post players caught the passes, especially Liv (Olivia), Emily (DeBoer) and Hannah (Schuringa).” Strube noted the Trojans also excelled thanks to the contributions of freshmen Sureya Alex and Hannah Schuringa. “The two freshman helped us big-time,” she said. Strube said she had an inkling this year’s group could have success. “I definitely expected us to do well,” she said. “I’m happy we did as well as I expected.”


IC Catholic Prep boys basketball team reaches sectional final

York’s Haus advances in state 3-point shooting contest By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT

March Madness in February

CHRIS FOX PHOTO Elmhurst Independent

IC Catholic Prep senior Kevin Cheng shoots a free-throw against Chicago Clark during the Knights’ 61-51 sectional semifinal game played at Timothy Christians’s athletic complex on Tuesday, Feb. 27. IC dropped the sectional final to Chicago Orr on Friday, March 2.

The IC Catholic Prep boys basketball team reached the championship game of the Class 2A Timothy Christian sectional in Elmhurst. The Knights dropped a 55-29 decision to Chicago Orr in the title game. IC Catholic Prep was the No. 4 seed in sub-sectional A, while Orr was the No. 1 seed in sub-sectional B. IC Catholic Prep reached the final after scoring a 61-51 win over Chicago Clark, which was the No. 2 seed in the Timothy sub-sectional B. The Knights reached the sectional round by defeating Timothy Christian, which was the No. 1 seed in sub-sectional A. Alex Meurer led the Knights with 11 points in the game against Orr. Orr advanced to play Chicago Hope Academy earlier this week in the Class 2A Joliet Central supersectional. The winner of that game advances to the Class 2A state finals this weekend in Peoria.

York boys basketball York’s Collin Haus advanced out of the regional portion of the Class 4A boys basketball state 3-point shooting contest. Haus will compete this week in the Class 4A Riverside-Brookfield sectional where state finals berths will be on the line.

York girls indoor track The York girls indoor track team took sixth at its own York invitational. York’s Molly Evens broke the indoor triple-jump record again with a jump of 35-5. Amaya Rufus won the sophomore 55 title, while the varsity and sophomore teams won the 1,600 relay titles. York’s sophomore team won the invitational. York boys gymnastics The York boys gymnastics team took second at the recent Vic Lesch invitational. Kelvin Stevens Jr. took first on rings with a 9.50, while Charlie Cripe won the floor exercise with a 9.25 score.

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IC Catholic Prep vs. Chicago Clark: IHSA Class 2A sectional basketball action CHRIS FOX PHOTOS Elmhurst Independent

Knights senior Alex Meurer drives past an Eagles defender on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Above: IC Catholic Prep senior Patrick Shannon dives for a loose ball. Inset: IC senior Kris Askew looks to pass in the Knights’ 61-51 sectional semifinal victory over Clark.

Freshman Chauncey Lee brings the ball up court for the Sophomore Ryan Wojtalewicz gets tangled with a Clark Senior Nico Gaudio gets back on defense. Knights. The game was played in Elmhurst at Timothy player going for a rebound. Christian’s new athletic complex.

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York boys basketball York boys lacrosse team has pieces team wraps up season Youthful Dukes competitive throughout; Kosich, Martucci named all-conference By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT

The York boys basketball team saw its season come to a close after a tough 52-49 overtime loss to Riverside-Brookfield in the semifinals of the Class 4A Chicago Curie regional. York led 10-7 after the first quarter and 21-10 at halftime. R-B outscored York 14-10 in the third quarter and 17-10 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. R-B held an 11-8 advantage in the extra period and hit a shot at the buzzer to win the game. Erik Cohn led the Dukes with 18 points, while Nick Kosich and John Milling each had seven points. Angelo Martucci and Sam Walsh each added six points. Walsh pulled in seven rebounds, while Milling had six and Cohn had five. Kosich and Martucci each had three assists, while Kosich led the way with three steals. Cohn hit three 3-pointers in the game. “It was a really good game. It’s unfortunate to lose that way,” said York coach Vince Doran. “It was a tough way to go out, but a good learning experience for our younger players.” Doran said a scoring drought in the third quarter was injurious. “We got up 21-10 at half and then had a real cold streak in the third quarter that really hurt us. And then it was back and forth after that,” he said. “We defended great in the first half, but if you look at the stats we shot 5-for-21 or something like that from three. We didn’t shoot the ball that well.” In earlier play, the Dukes lost 6862 to Willowbrook as part of the West Suburban Conference crossover series of games. York led 18-10 after the first quarter and 39-31 at halftime. Willowbrook went on a 20-10 run in the third quarter and outscored the Dukes 17-13 in the fourth quarter. Cohn led the Dukes with 22 points. Nate Shockey had 14 points, while Walsh had 10 points. Hassan Iqbal had six points. Cohn and Walsh each grabbed five rebounds. Iqbal and Shockey each had two steals. Shockey made three 3-pointers, while Cohn

made two. Overall, Doran was pleased with what transpired this season. “We had a great season,” he said. “As young as we are, sometimes you have to lose to learn how to win. All four of our seniors did a great job leading the younger kids. It will be other guys’ turn to step up next year. We’ll have plenty of seniors next season.” York was involved in a litany of close games this season. “We were super-competitive this year,” said Doran. “The kids did a good job of coming to play every night. We won some tough ones and lost some tough ones. Overall, I’m happy with the effort and certainly proud of how our kids played. The future is bright. We were predominantly juniors with a sophomore and a freshman up with us, and to play like we did is hard to do with the schedule we play. We were very competitive and had a good year in spite of being so young.” With a large contingent returning, Doran said expectations will be high next season. “We need to stay healthy,” he said. “We have a lot of good players coming back. We’re looking forward to having a great off-season and learning from some of the things that happened this past year and becoming better from that.” Doran lauded the play of Kosich, who played injured in the playoff game, as well as Cohn and Walsh. “I thought Nick Kosich was great and Erik Cohn was outstanding,” he said. “Erik really came on strong at the end of the year and had some big games for us. He has the potential to explode this summer. He has a ton of ability and works hard and is coachable. He played really well down the stretch. Sam Walsh was great in the playoff game. He had his best game of the year. When you see the younger kids like this playing well, I think everybody is excited about next year. We should be very competitive next year.” Kosich and Angelo Martucci were named to the all-West Suburban Conference Silver Division team.

• Girls basketball On the individual front, Strube said passing improvement helped her take the next step. “I got better at passing,” she said. “My ball-handling skills also improved. There were times I had to take the ball up and keep things under control. Last year I had some crazy passes. This year I was more under control.” Strube noted the all-state honorable-mention award she received with Olivia Schuringa has strong meaning. “I didn’t expect to receive that,” she said. “I’m only a junior and to receive that is a nice accomplishment that I’m thankful for.” Strube, who would like to play the

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sport in college, will be one of many returning players for the Trojans next season. “Almost everybody is coming back,” she said. “Besides Olivia and Emily graduating, the two freshmen will be sophomores and they were big contributors. Our big thing is we need to get our turnovers under control and stop turning the ball over. Turning the ball over during important times leads to extra points for the other team. We lost several games because of that. If we keep working hard, we can be just as good as this year. We’re so excited for next year.”

in place to be strong once again

Replacing key scoring losses a priority for Dukes; Renier back for fourth season in goal

difficult, but I am encouraged by the players who are filling in and replacing. I’m excited to watch the guys compete.” However, Leonard and Chornij provide returning firepower. “David and Joe have the potential to be game-changing offensive threats,” said Canfield. Where York will excel out of the gates is on the defensive end. “Defensively we are bringing back most of our guys and are looking forward to seeing By Mike Miazga some guys develop even more this year and establish CORRESPONDENT dominance,” said Canfield. “If they can become a While the York boys lacrosse team graduated 75 cohesive group, they can be dangerous.” percent of its scoring from last year’s team that went Another bright spot is the return of veteran goalie 15-5 overall and finished 4-1 to win the West Suburban Renier. “Artie begins his fourth and final season on Conference title for a third year in a row, that doesn’t mean the Dukes will be hurting on the field this season. varsity and looks primed to end his high-school career on a high note,” said Canfield. “He looked great over York returns the likes of seniors David Leonoard the summer and is excellent at stopping the ball.” (attack), Artie Renier (goalie), Mark Schneeloch Backing up Renier are junior Joey Cornell and (defense), Joe Chornij (midfield) and Sam Toreja senior Ryan Waltz. “They round out our goalie corps (midfield-faceoff). Leonard was an all-conference selection as an attack and both are excellent goalies in their own right and last year, while Renier made the all-conference team as will push to keep things competitive,” said Canfield. Looking at the roster, Canfield is a fan of the a goalie and Schneeloch was recognized for his play at the defense position. Leonard was the team’s top points diversity of kids on it. “I like the mix of kids and how they seem to be all-in to be great this year,” he said. leader last season until he broke his hand halfway “Time will tell.” through, an injury that ended his season. York opens play at the Oak Park-River Forest “Offense will be a big question mark for the team,” Conference tournament March 17 and then plays said York coach Don Canfield. “We graduated 75% Fenwick on March 20 and Stevenson on March 22. of our goals. Replacing some of those guys will be

York girls water polo team looking for even more success Dukes coming off 23-win team with plenty of offensive prowess returning By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT

The York girls water polo team is sitting in the driver’s seat when it comes to returning talent. The Dukes return plenty on the offensive side of the pool from a 2017 team that went 23-7 and took second in the West Suburban Conference with a 5-1 record. The Dukes lost in the conference title game to Lyons Township. “We are pretty lucky to have four of seven starters returning,” said York coach Mark Giuliani. Back for the Dukes are senior Sydney Hutchinson (holding defense, point), sophomore Moleigh Waldherr (center, hole set), senior Marissa Logan (driver) and senior Maddie Fitzpatrick (driver). Hutchinson racked up 112 goals as a junior last year, while Waldherr found the back of the net 84 times. Logan scored 52 goals, while Fitzpatrick had 26 goals. Key newcomers include junior Kate Caforio (driver) and junior

goalie Emma Radcliff. “We think Kate is going to have a good season,” said Giuliani. “She’s going to fit in with Moleigh and Sydney who are pretty established in the center of the pool. Emma will play a huge part as well as our new starting goalie.” Just from the numbers, it’s evident York has goal-scoring ability. “Our offense is going to be huge for us,” said Giuliani. “We have pretty good speed and awareness. With a lot of returnees we will have a good ability to run a similar offense. The turnaround for that understanding of offensive philosophy has been fast.” A big key will be the team’s defensive play. “Our defense is going to have to help out Emma,” said Giuliani. “She’s new as our varsity goalie and will take some time to adjust to the varsity pace of play. Defense is going to be key. We’re stressing the importance of putting pressure on the opponent to make sure Emma’s job is as easy as possible.” Giuliani said the team has its sights set on even bigger accomplishments this season. “There always are expectations,” he said. “Last year we took second on the conference and then went into the sectional and lost in the sectional championship 10-3 to Fenwick. Expectations are there, absolutely. We will see Fenwick during the regular season this year and we’ll get an idea of what they are like. Our

goal always is to win the sectional and make it to state. That’s definitely a possibility this season.” Last year, York showed its strength against quality competition. The Dukes went 3-0 against Oak Park-River Forest, the first time the Dukes had earned a win against the Huskies during Giuliani’s tenure as head coach. York defeated them in the conference regular-season, the conference tournament and in the sectional semifinals. “It was nice to see us do that against a team that had gotten the better of us in previous years and against a team we definitely consider a rival,” he said. “Oak Park and Lyons and us always are vying for that top spot in the conference.” York will again play a competitive schedule in 2018. “My philosophy always has been the more good teams you play, the better,” he said. “You’d rather play good teams. We’re going to see some good teams this season in the hopes it gets us ready for the end of the season.” Giuliani noted he’s excited about York’s frosh-soph team as well. “We have some strong players at the frosh-soph level,” he said. “I’m excited about the future there and what this group will bring to the varsity level in a couple of years.” Hutchinson and Waldherr are returning all-sectional players from a year ago.

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York boys water polo team has eyes on big picture

IC Catholic Prep’s Joey Bianchini gets another state wrestling championship


IC Catholic Prep senior Joey Bianchini leaves the wrestling program with two state titles. He also leaves as a wrestler who helped build a Knights program that in its short timeframe of existence found itself wrestling in the Class 1A dual-team state finals this season. “It’s been quite a wild ride to say the least,” said Bianchini. “We started as a small team my freshman year and built the program off that. It’s been an amazing experience. I accomplished most of what I wanted to accomplish and we made state as a team. It’s been crazy.” Bianichini said the minute he hit IC Catholic Prep as a freshman he wanted success. “My career has been a success,” he said. “I have never not been hungry for more success. My goal coming in was to win four state championships. I got two. I’m happy with my high-school career. I’d love to do it all over again, but it’s over and done with. I had a great career.” The last two years, he said, are filled with great memories. “They are very special,” he said. “Freshman year I didn’t get what I wanted and sophomore year it happened again,” he said. “Junior and senior year I worked hard every day

Marlott scored 46 goals for Dukes last season

to get what I wanted. It’s extremely special.” Bianchini, who finished with 150 wins in high school, said repeating as state champion took some work. “There was a little pressure this year,” he said. “It was a little more than last year. I had a target on my back because I was the top guy out there. I took it one match at a time. I didn’t think about anything else but my opponent. It was one at a time. They come at you one at a time and you have to get it done.” As for the future, Bianchini has not made a decision on his college future. “I’m uncommitted, but I’m wrestling for sure in college,” he said. Bianchini will take part this weekend in the Illinois-Indiana dual meet in Springfield that pits the state champions of both states against each other in a dual-meet format. He also is continuing his training at the Izzy Style club. Looking back, Bianchini said another key memory he will take with him is the growth of the Knights’ wrestling program. “Freshman year we had like six or seven guys in the program,” he said. “We had faith in the program for sure. As a freshman, I didn’t think we’d be in the dual-team state finals my senior year, but we had the work ethic and the ability and we made it happen.”

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Erik Cohn York Boys Basketball Cohn had a strong finish to his season. Cohn had a team-high 18 points (3-for-7 from the 3-point line) in York’s tough 52-49 overtime loss to Riverside-Brookfield in the Class 4A Chicago Curie regional semifinals. Cohn also had five rebounds in that game. 222859

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The York boys water-polo team isn’t resting on its laurels. The Dukes are coming off a 2017 season where they went 24-7-3 overall and went 4-1 and took second in the West Suburban Conference after losing to Lyons Township in the league title game. York coach Brian Drumm would like to see his team reach even greater heights this spring. “Our goals this season are to improve every game so that in May we have a real chance to win our sectional and get back to the state tournament,” he said. The Dukes bring back junior attacker Isaac Marlott, who scored 46 goals in 2017. Senior center defender Simon DeGrace was third on the team in minutes played last season, while senior goalie Gary Derwin averaged more than eight saves a contest this past spring. Key newcomers to the group include junior attack Nick Ward and sophomore attacker Michael McKenna. Drumm said one major advantage this season will be York’s familiarity with the offense it runs. “Our offense always is evolving,” he said. “But we are now in a place where all our varsity is very familiar with what we will try to do offensively. There will be a

lot of movement. We have some great shooters and Brennan Sanders has really developed well as a center, so he will swim and post up on most possessions.” Drumm added York is smaller but faster in the defensive end of the pool. “So the goal is to use our strengths,” he said. “We have a few different zones to counter-attack looks that we will try to get a firm handle on this year.” Derwin is back after manning the goal last season. “Gary was very good last year and we are expecting him to be one of the best goalies in the state this year,” said Drumm. “Gary has quick reflexes and is an excellent passer.” Drumm said numerous other players bear watching this season. “Keep an eye on Will Salek, who improved vastly last season,” the coach said. “His minutes steadily increased over the course of the season and I expect that to continue. Also, watch out for a lot of underclassmen to emerge on the stat sheet. We have about five underclassmen, including sophomore Michael McKenna and Jay Jensen, who will be playing important minutes for us.” Drumm said to top it off, his squad is solid-gold when it comes to the attitude department. “Everyone on the team is there to learn and work hard every day,” he said. “We have a lot of great athletes on this team as well, which is a nice combination to have.” York opened the season earlier this week against Naperville North at home. The Dukes host Morton today and then head to Conant in Hoffman Estates for a three-game tournament


Ending on a high note

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York HS math team advances to State Competition York Community High School’s Math team competed this week at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) regional competition held at Glenbard East High School. The team competed in the 4AA Division and took 1st place in the Region 9 competition, qualifying them to compete at State in May. The team competed in ten events: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Calculator Team, Freshman/Sophomore 2-Person, Junior/Senior 2-Person, Freshman/Sophomore 8-Person, Junior/ Senior 8-Person, and the Orals Competition. Members of the team placed 1st in 7 out of 10 competitions and also placed 3rd in the Freshman/Sophomore 2-person round and 2nd in the Algebra 1 competition. The final standings are as follows: Algebra 1 - 2nd place overall, freshmen Aaron Taub placed 3rd and Ethan Thieme placed 1st; Geometry - 1st place overall, Dylan Mahoney placed 3rd individually; Algebra 2 - 1st place overall, Joseph Black and Jacob Wit tied for 3rd individually and William Phillips took 1st; Pre-calculus - 1st place overall, Siva Sreedhar placed 5th, Courtney Jopes placed 3rd and Anshul Shah placed 1st individually; Calculator Team - 1st place overall, members included Timothy Baer, Daniel Sussman, Jacob Wit, Dylan Mahoney and Aaron Taub; Freshman Sophomore 2-Person - 1st place overall, members included Dylan Mahoney and Joseph Gemini; Junior/Senior 2-Person - 1st place overall, members included Siva Sreedhar and Anshul Shah; Freshman/Sophomore 8-Person - placed 3rd with sophomores Joey Gemini, Emily Dow, John Devine, Margaret Clink and freshmen Jackson Lukas, Joanna Sieracki, Ethan Thieme and Maddy van Heukelum; Orals Competition Markov Chains - 1st place overall, with Siva Sreedhar, assisted by William Phillips, scoring near perfect presentation marks. Linda Lahti and Nancy Mordini serve as team coaches. The State competition will be held May 5th at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign.

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The Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, presented by and benefiting the DuPage Cycling Foundation, is coming back for its 6th Annual day of pro-am bike racing and family fun on Friday, July 27.

Save the date: Elmhurst Cycling Classic returns July 27 The Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, presented by and benefiting the DuPage Cycling Foundation, is coming back for its 6th Annual day of pro-am bike racing and family fun on Friday, July 27. The event draws thousands of spectators that line the streets along Wilder Park and around the Elmhurst College Campus to enjoy a day of exciting amateur and professional bike racing with contestants from across the country and around the world. Because of the generous sponsors and donations,

the 2017 Elmhurst Cycling Classic generated net proceeds of $22,000 that was distributed to various charities and organizations in and around Elmhurst and DuPage County. Spectators can enjoy food vendors, watch jumbotron screens for live course action, relax in a courtyard beer garden at Wilder Mansion, and participate in a Family Fun Ride on the course before the professional races. Get those cowbells dusted off…because summer will be here before you know it!

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AAUW Elmhurst News Chapter offers two $3,000 scholarships; deadline to apply is April 1 The AAUW Elmhurst Area Branch is offering two (2) scholarships of $3,000 each to women from the communities of Elmhurst, Addison, Bensenville, Berkeley, Northlake, Oak Brook, or Villa Park who need financial assistance to continue education at the undergraduate or graduate level. An applicant may be studying full or part time. Besides being from one of the above communities, the applicant must be continuing her education after completing at least 12 credit hours at an accredited college or university and be age 25 or older. The AAUW mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research at both the national and local levels. Funds for these scholarships come from the Used Book Sale that AAUW hosts each summer. The 2017 Used Book Sale was so successful that the organization is pleased to be able to offer 2 scholarships this year. Scholarship requirements as well as the application form for the scholarship can be found at aauwelmhurst. org The application deadline is April 1, 2018. March Meeting to feature current issues in public education The AAUW Elmhurst Area Branch will hold it March Program/Meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Elmhurst Public Library in the large meeting room. Branch member Jennifer Aldred, Ph.D., will make a presentation on Current Issues in Public Education. Jennifer brings extensive education and professional experience in the field of Public Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University, a M.ED. in Education Leadership and Administration


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ESO announces Stanger audition winners The winners of the Dr. Robert to and critiquing these spectacular Stanger Young Artists Audition for young performers, choosing four 2018, held at Elmhurst Christian winners: Reformed Church in Elmhurst on First Place: February 17, have been announced. Margaret O’Malley, Violin Conducted by the Elmhurst SymConcerto No. 3, Op. 6, Movephony Association and sponsored ment 1, by Camille Saint-Saëns by the Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst 11th Grade, Homeschooled, Glen and the former Auxiliary of the Ellyn ESO through its Eunice B. SidenTeacher: Gerardo Ribeiro er Scholarship, the competition Second Place: showcased 23 outstanding high Matt Dardick, Alto Saxophone school musicians from many of the Ballade, Movement 1, by Henri western suburbs. Special thanks go Tomasi to this year’s judges, Kate Carter, 12th Grade, York High School, 1392, Elmhurst Indep,The Tribute, both dates_6.125x9.pdf 1 2/26/2018 9:34:41 AM Reiko Yamada, and KaraBeatles Bancks, Elmhurst who spent many hours listening Teacher: Roger Birkeland

Third Place: William Lyon, Cello Cello Concerto in A minor, Movement 3, by Camille SaintSaëns 11th Grade, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton Teachers: Julieann Tehan/Tanya Carey Fourth Place: Nathan Brown, Marimba Concerto for Marimba and Strings, Movement 1, by Emmanuel Sejourne 12th Grade, York High School, Elmhurst Teacher: Tom Leddy

Caitlin Yambao, violin, Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, received an honorable mention for her performance. Stanger Audition first-place winner Margaret O’Malley will perform with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra at a subscription concert during its 2018-19 season. Other winners will perform for Kiwanis and other local groups in the next few months. Thanks go to Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church and staff for the use of the church and their able assistance and to the dedicated Symphony volunteers who made

the event possible: Bruce Forbush, Mike Surratt, Sarah Sabet, Mary Grether, Rosie Klepper, Irmgard Olson, Lou Saville, and Cynthia Krainc. The Symphony is especially grateful to the Stanger Audition’s main sponsor, the Elmhurst Kiwanis Club, for its long-time support and to the Stanger Audition’s administrator, Becca Anderson, for organizing the event. Thanks also go to the Elmhurst Symphony Auxiliary’s Eunice B. Sidner Scholarship Fund for sponsoring the fourth-place winner. For more information, call 630-941-0202 or visit

is d e e N u o Y e. All v o L , ou Love Y l l A s i e Lov eed. N The History of The Beatles in One Hour As a musical entity, The Beatles have not existed for over 45 years, yet their story, their personalities and most importantly their music continues to influence our culture and our expectations of popular music. With the use of audio and visual content, you will learn the arc of The Beatles career from their development in Liverpool, through Beatlemania into their psychedelic phase and finally their dissolution. Please join us for this fun and interesting educational presentation. Gary Wenstrup is a life - long music fan, particularly GraphicBeatles. He is an Adjunct the music of The Professor at both College of DuPage and Triton College teaching courses on The Beatles. He also lectures about The Beatles at Chicago area libraries.

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Programs coming to the Elmhurst Public Library Friday, March 9 from 2-4:30 Friday Features: Victoria & Abdul No registration required. Friday, March 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. York Chamber Music Concert Hear live music performed by talented musicians from York High School’s Performing Arts Department. No registration required. Saturday, March 10 from 9:30-9:50 a.m. Chicka Chicka Baby Drop-in Join us under the Alphabet Tree in the Kids’ Library for twenty minutes of songs and rhymes perfect for infants. Make visiting the library a

regular part of your baby’s week. No registration required. Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. DIY CROP Day Join us for an all-day scrapbooking (and more) event at the Library. Bring your supplies and spread out at your own table all day! The Library’s in-house paper craft equipment is also available to use. Register at, in person, or call (630) 279-8696. Saturday, March 10 from 1-4:30 p.m. Drop-In Tech Help Drop-in to the second floor information desk with your best tech questions on smartphones and tab-

lets, social media, 3D printing, Microsoft Office, and more. Extra staff is available for more hands on help in a one-on-one setting (typically around 20-30 min). Sunday, March 11 from 2-4 p.m. Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World Film Screening On October 31, 1517, a penniless monk named Martin Luther sparked a revolution that would change everything. This movement, the Prot-

estant Reformation, changed Western culture at its core, sparking the drive toward individualism, women’s rights, separation of church and state, and even free public education. No registration required. Monday, March 12 from 9:30-9:50 a.m. Chicka Chicka Baby Drop-in Join us under the Alphabet Tree in the Kids’ Library for twenty minutes of songs and rhymes perfect for infants. Make visiting the library a

regular part of your baby’s week. No registration required. Monday, March 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. Senior Technology Series: Technology Literacy Tweet? App? The Cloud? Don’t know what these technology terms mean? Come to this class to learn all the terminology surrounding technology trends. Register at, in person, or call (630) 279-8696.

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Women of Bethel Annual Spring Tea to feature Jenny Riddle On Saturday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m. the Women of Bethel, of Bethel United Church of Christ, will hold their 20th annual Spring Tea in the church’s Welcome Center, located at 315 E. St. Charles Road in Elmhurst. The event features a full-tea menu in an elegant setting followed by dramatic book reviewer Jenny Riddle’s one-woman show, “Tiny Tips for a Big Life: 8 Books to Inspire, Intrigue, Entertain, Maybe Even Change You.” Jenny will dramatize four of the books “in character” and distill salient advice from four other interesting and timely books. The program covers such themes as the role of empathy in good communication and building strong relationships, overcoming the negative stories we tell ourselves, rising above adversity and setbacks, being true to who we are, and the joys and benefits of getting older. Everyone will leave armed with helpful tips, inspiration, and memorable stories. Tickets, available beginning March 26, are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited. Tickets for the program only (without tea) are $10 at the door. The program begins at 1:45 p.m. Call 630-834-6254 for ticket availability and information. Spring Tea guests are invited to wear hats. Church facilities are fully accessible and parking is available behind the church. Please enter from St. Charles Rd. or from Huntington Lane off Poplar. A portion of the proceeds from the Spring Tea helps support the Elmhurst Shoe Fund, a Women of Bethel-administered program which so far in the 2017-18 school year has provided over $2,455 in vouchers to 24 families in Elmhurst schools to purchase footwear for their children. Rotary Club of Elmhurst and First United Methodist Church are also major contributors. A number of other local churches, service clubs and individuals also give to the Elmhurst Shoe Fund. • 630.941.0202 • FREE parking Concert performed at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church • Elmhurst, IL

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American Legion THB Post 187 to serve as Parade Grand Marshal • Assist veterans with various needs and issues such as: • Obtaining lost discharge documents • Assist with admission to Hinze Hospital • Helping the family of a deceased veteran find a burial place in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery • Finding transportation for veterans for hospital or doctor appointments • Attend Elmhurst schools to provide students with information about our post and veterans • Award scholarships and other school awards to local students on an annual basis • Teach scouts the fundamentals of flag etiquette, patriotism, and value of community service • Provided veterans speakers for an Elmhurst College classes emphasizing military service • Develop educational programs for veterans • Assisted the Elmhurst Fire Department with establishing an Honor Guard Academy • Each year the post hosts Great Lakes Naval Recruits for Thanksgiving • Periodically send supply packages to troops deployed overseas These are just a few of the activities describing how the American Legion Past has supported our community. The public is welcome to visit the post for lunch, fish fry’s, or just to relax. The post also offers a recently remodeled banquet room for planning special occasions. For more information, visit

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Pictured is U. S. Air Force Brigadier General John M. Wendel who served as Grand Marshal of the 99th Annual Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade. The American Legion THB Post 187 plays a big role in helping the Elmhurst Veterans Commission put on Elmhurst’s Annual Memorial Day Parade. This year, the Legion is serving as Grand Marshal for the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade.



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The American Legion THB Post 187 plays a big role in helping the Elmhurst Veterans Commission put on Elmhurst’s Annual Memorial Day Parade with entries such as the one pictured here. This year, the Legion is serving as Grand Marshal for the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal is the Elmhurst American Legion THB Post 187. The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veteran’s organization. The American Legion is a community-service organization, which now numbers nearly three million members organized into 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. The Elmhurst American Legion T.H.B. Post 187 was chartered on September 26, 1919. A group of Elmhurst World War I veterans met and decided to form the post. The post was named in memory of three Elmhurst residents killed in defense of our country. The T.H.B. represents: Earnest Timrott, killed in action June 3, 1918; Richard Hintz, killed in action July 19,1918; and Kinsely Buck, killed in action June 19, 1918. The membership of the post includes: 550 Veterans, 140 Women’s Auxiliary, and 127 Sons of The American Legion. The Elmhurst American Legion Post has been serving veterans and the Elmhurst community for almost 100 years. Highlights of some of the most recent service to the community include: • Planning and participating in the Memorial Day Parade and Veteran’s Day Ceremony • Participated in establishing the Elmhurst Veteran’s Memorial located in Wilder Park • Provide an honor guard for veteran’s wakes and funerals • Conduct color guard services for various civic organizations and programs


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Grand Marshals of parades from previous years

Former Grand Marshals of the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade include: Mayor Steve Morley, 2017 Elmhurst College, 2016 Governor Bruce Rauner, 2015 State Senator Kirk Dillard, 2014 Elmhurst District 205 School Board, 2013 Kickoff for Kids, 2012 Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation (ECAF), 2011 Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst, 2010 Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, 2009 Congressman Peter Roskam, 2008 DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, 2007 Spring Road Business Association, 2006 Former City Manager Thomas P. Borchert, 2005 St. James Ewald, 2004 Former Mayor Thomas D. Marcucci, 2003 Kuester, Catalano, PigoniAhlgrim, 2002 Congressman Henry Hyde, 2001 Dan Gibbons, 2000 Joe Newton, 1999 Jim Ryan, 1998 Ruth C. Morris, 1997

At the American Legion’s Military Ball

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On Saturday, Nov. 11, the American Legion held its annual Military Ball. Pictured here saluting is City Building Commissioner Bruce Dubiel, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps who served during the Vietnam era. Pictured seated at the table on the left is Elmhurst Fire Chief Thomas Freeman. The Elmhurst American Legion is serving as Grand Marshal for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 10.



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Lake Effect performs at Legion’s Oktoberfest

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The local band Lake Effect, which includes several Elmhurst residents, performed on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, when the American Legion hosted an Oktoberfest event. Oktoberfest is one of many events the Elmhurst American Legion THB Post 187 offers to its members as well as the community throughout the year. The Legion is serving as Grand Marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 10.

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Honest Abe stops by Military Ball

One of the guests at this year’s Military Ball held by by the Elmhurst American Legion THB Post 187 was “President Abraham Lincoln,” who offered a few words of wisdom to the audience. The Legion will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

How St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world

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Bagpipers at the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

1. Elmhurst celebrates with the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which falls on Saturday, March 10 this year. 2. In Chicago, the plumbers’ union dyes the Chicago River green every year on March 17, a tradition that began in 1962. 3. Munich holds a St. Patrick’s Day parade, which is considered one of the largest celebrations outside of Ireland. 4. New York City holds its own parade, honoring the patron saint of Ireland for more than 250 years, since 1762. 5. Believe it or not, the Irish community in Singapore comes together to celebrate with a three-day-long festival, which includes performances, parades and Irish food and drink. 6. St. Patrick makes an appearance at the Sydney celebrations, which feature more than 70 floats to represent all 32 counties of Ireland. 7. Thousands of people gather in London for festivities and a concert in Trafalgar Square, where fountain waters were dyed green by members of the Montserrat Emerald United Club.

‘Fake news’ about St. Patrick

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According to Reader’s Digest there are several St. Patrick’s Day ‘Facts’ that are actually false… is the color most associated with Ireland (it IS the “Emerald Isle” after all), it’s not St. Patrick’s color. Members of the Order of St. Patrick actually used blue as their symbolic color. The shade: St Patrick’s blue. 5. False Fact: St. Patrick used the shamrock to represent the Holy Trinity. Yes, the shamrock has three leaves, but there is no historical evidence that St . Patrick/Palladius used it as a symbol to demonstrate Christianity. In fact, it’s unlikely he introduced Christianity to the Emerald Isle at all, a feat with which he is often attributed. In the 5th century A.D., the Pope sent Palladius to Ireland with the mission of preaching to “The Irish believing in Christ.” So he didn’t introduce Christianity to Ireland… he really just helped it along. As for the shamrock, Palladius may well have used it to represent the Holy Trinity but the shamrock already had symbolic significance in pagan traditions as well. Green was an important color to paganism because it represented rebirth and the number three was as much as staple of paganism as it is of Christianity. Many pagan religions have three primary gods. 6. False Fact: St. Patrick’s Day is

traditionally a party-hearty holiday. The truth lies right there in the name: Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s a feast day for a Catholic saint, best known for converting native Irish to Christianity. Until the 1700s, it was a day I n the Catholic calendar in observance of a saint important to and popular in Ireland… and not much anywhere else. And even in Ireland, Catholics honored St. Patrick with prayer and quiet reflection. St. Patrick’s Day, as we know it today, started in America in the late 19th and early 20th century, when the largest numbers of newly-arrived Irish immigrants began using the day as a way to celebrate their Irish heritage. 7. False Fact: Many of today’s Saint Patrick’s Day traditions started in Ireland. Many St. Paddy’s Day traditions that we may think of as traditionally Irish actually originated in the USA. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade, for instance, occurred in New York City in 1782 and became an annual event in 1848. Meanwhile, it wasn’t until 1931 that Ireland held an official St. Patrick’s Day parade. And as for alcohol consumption, it was not a staple of the holiday in Ireland by any means. In fact, until the 1960s, pubs in Ireland were closed

on March 17 in observance of the religious holiday. A little different from America’s celebrations! 8. False Fact: Eating corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish tradition. Up until the 20th century, pork was much cheaper to raise and eat for the average family in Ireland. Corned beef is historically unheard of in Ireland (although salt-cured beef was an occasional meal). Like the holiday’s modern celebration, eating corned beef started in the late 19th century. Irish immigrants bought corned beef from Jewish delis in New York City instead of the more common (in Ireland) St. Patrick’s Day meat of cured pork (ham, bacon, etc.). 9. False Fact: St. Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland. Legend has it that St. Patrick gave a rousing sermon that sent all of Ireland’s snakes slithering off into the ocean.

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1. It’s March – Happy New Year, ancient Romans! As the saying goes, March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb.” That was certainly true on March 1, 2007, when a detachment of 170 Swiss infantrymen accidentally invaded neighboring Liechtenstein when they got lost on a training mission. 2. March was named for war. March was actually named for the Latin Martius, also known as Mars, the Roman God of war and a mythical ancestor of the Roman people through his sons, Romulus and Remus. With the winter frosts melting and the ground becoming fertile for harvest again in the northern hemisphere, March is known as the perfect time “for farmers to resume farming and warriors to resume warring.” Apparently, the U.S. Pentagon must agree with this Roman tradition. With the exception of the War in Afghanistan, almost all major US-NATO led military operations since the invasion of Vietnam have begun in the month of March. To name just a few, Vietnam began March 8, 1965; Iraq on March 20, 2003; and, Libya March 19, 2011. 3. Beware the Ides of March! The Ides of March (Idus Martiae) is a day in the Roman calendar, which broadly corresponds to March 15. The Ide of March is also known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. 4. On March 5, thirsty folks observe Cinco De Marcho, initiating a 12-day drinking regimen for anyone who wishes to “train one’s liver for the closing ceremonies on St. Patrick’s Day.” (Apparently the closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics are much different!) 5. March 6 is considered “Day of The Dude” to fans of the movie, The Big Lebowski, a day dedicated to “takin’er easy all day, man.” 6. March 14 is known as Pi Day, celebrating the annual occurrence of 3/14 with math jokes, pi-reciting competitions and, of course, freshbaked pie. 7. On March 17, 1973, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of The Moon” first hit the Billboard Top 200 chart at #95. A mere 14 years later (or 736 chart weeks, to be exact.), it finally leaves the top 200 for the first time, setting a still-unbroken world record. (You’ve got a long way to go, Adele!) 8. On March 20, the sun shines on the equator for the Vernal Equinox, giving the Earth a near 50-50 split between day and night. 9. March 21, 2018 is the 10th anniversary of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey sent the first-ever tweet: “just setting up my twttr.” 10. March 30 is Good Friday, which means Easter Sunday falls on April 1, 2018, or April Fool’s Day.

If only it were that easy. The Emerald Isle owes its lack of serpents not to St. Patrick but to the Ice Age and geography. The shifting glaciers of the last Ice Age left Ireland surrounded by water, making it impossible for snakes to reach it. Before then, the land that would become Ireland was far too cold for the cold-blooded creatures to survive. You can’t banish snakes from somewhere where there were no snakes to begin with! 10. False Fact: Leprechauns are directly related to St. Patrick’s Day. More people don red beards and green hats on St. Patrick’s Day than on any other day of the year, and yet leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day really aren’t related, aside from the fact that they’re both Irish. Leprechauns didn’t become a staple of Irish literature until many years after St. Patrick’s famed journey through Ireland. 308705

1. False Fact: St. Patrick was Irish. The patron saint of Ireland was actually born in Scotland in the late 4th century. When he was a teenager, Palladius (his real name) was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. Six years later, he escaped and went back to Scotland, where he joined a monastery. As an adult, Palladius returned to Ireland as a missionary, where he lived for 40 years, dying in A.D. 461. 2. False Fact: March 17 was St. Patrick’s birthday. A saint’s feast day marks the day that they died, not the day they were born. St. Patrick’s Day 2018 marks the 1,557th anniversary of St. Patrick’s death. 3. False Fact: St. Patrick was a canonized saint. The process of officially canonizing saints didn’t become common practice in the Church until long after St. Patrick’s death. During St. Patrick’s lifetime, “saint” was not an official title bestowed only on those whom the Pope deemed worthy. It was instead more of a general title tat would be assigned to people who lived especially holy lives or performed acts of martyrdom. 4. False Fact: Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day. Although green 185 N. York St. Rear, Elmhurst

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EAO honors Darrell Whistler’s memory with York band scholarship Group with world’s largest drum set to step off at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

In June, 2017, Elmhurst lost a piece of its heart and soul with the passing of Darrell Whistler. Although Whistler was a native of Kansas, he loved his adopted hometown and his enthusiasm for all things Elmhurst was infectious. “If you look up the definition of volunteer in the dictionary, there just may be a picture of Darrell there,” according to Darrell’s friend and fellow Armpit Orchestra member Bill Reichert. “He was involved in everything Elmhurst. He chaired the Zoning and Planning Commission for over forty years and was a commission member longer than Mayor Morley has been alive. Darrell must have spent more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service annually. He was a real inspiration.” Whistler loved the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Many years he marched with the Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst, doubling back to march with Community Bank of Elmhurst (where he served as Vice President and Director) leading the York High School marching band and, doubling back yet again to march with the Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra (EAO). Although his health had been failing, he was extremely weak, and the weather was quite cold, Whistler convinced his daughter and sonin-law to bring him to last year’s parade so he could watch his Elmhurst friends celebrate the coming of spring. He just couldn’t miss one of his favorite events. That was Darrell Whistler in a nutshell. Fundraiser in Whistler’s name provides scholarship for York band member The EAO will honor Darrell Whistler’s memory with a fundraiser to create a one-time scholarship for a York High School Senior Band member who plans to continue their musical education in college next year.

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Pictured is Darrell Whistler (left), a member of the Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra (EAO) and a big fan of the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade, rides in a golf cart at a previous parade with Bill Reichert. Darrell would sometimes double back to walk with two or three different entries in the parade. Whistler passed away a little more than a year ago and the EAO has started a fundraiser to develop a scholarship to be awarded to a member of the York High School band in Whistler’s honor.

“We want to impart a bit of Darrell’s spirit with a member of the Band he enjoyed so much,” Darrell’s friend Tom Marcotte explained. “He was excited to see young people share his love for music and community. It’s important we don’t forget the lessons of giving back Darrell’s example taught us all.” Maybe the York Marching Band will play

“Hey Baby” just one more time for Darrell at the Parade! Donations may be made in person via cash or check (payable to “cash”) on parade day at EAO headquarters (1002 S. Swain, Elmhurst) from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. Alternatively, cash or checks may be mailed or dropped off at Community Bank of Elmhurst (330 W. Butter-

field or 133 N. York). Unfortunately, contributions are not tax-deductible. For each donation of $20 or more, a picture of Darrell will be attached to the EAO’s bass drum, “Mary.” For the 10th straight year, the men of the World Famous Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra (aka “EAO”) will entertain those attending the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s parade is scheduled to step off at noon on March 10, 2018 on Spring Road. The EAO plays familiar tunes on kazoos, bucket drums, vuvuzelas, cowbell, handzoo, stumpf fiddle and other unconventional instruments. The EAO, featured on WGN radio and a segment with ABC channel 7 TV’s Frank Mathie, is a perennial Parade favorite. Again this year, the group will feature the World’s Largest Drum, built as a tribute to its inspiration, actor and comedian Bill Murray. They are again hopeful Murray will attend the parade on Saturday, March 10 and lead them down Spring Road. Last year, the EAO named the late Colleen Sutherland the recipient of its annual distinguished service award and re-named the award in her memory. In addition to the Sutherland Award, this year, the EAO will present its inaugural Darrell Whistler Sprit Award. Both awards will be presented on March 10th. The 2017 EAO Queen, Jennifer Damer, will end her reign when the 2018 Queen will be named on Parade day. The 22nd Annual Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from Spring Road and Wilson Avenue in Elmhurst. For information about attending, sponsoring or entering the parade, please visit or call Parade Chair Jim O’Connor at his local garage door business at 630-834-0300.

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The Spring Road Business Association was established by local Elmhurst business owners in 1950. SRBA plans and runs various events throughout the year that help promote the City of Elmhurst, like the Spring Road Easter Egg Hunt, Music at the Gazebo, Spring Road Day, the Spring Road Holiday Tree Lighting and Sleigh Rides. While many people and groups organize and sponsor the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day

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Parade, Spring Road is proud to have the parade provide a chance for the community to see what businesses, merchants, dining establishments and public houses are waiting there, ready to welcome you to the neighborhood. The Spring Road Business Association’s offers events throughout the year, but here are a few that are coming in in the next few months.

Saturday, May 19 Spring Road Pet Parade After having been cancelled for a few years due to a dog flu epidemic, the pet parade is returning this year. Get the pets ready to enter or plan to visit to see the neighbors’ cats and dogs as well as a few exotic pets as well.

Saturday, March 31 The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 1 p.m.

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Wheatland Bros and Company Performing 2-5pm in the beer tent!

Come join us for fun and visit with the Easter Bunny! Thousands of candy filled eggs will be scattered throughout the Wild Meadows Trace by the Gazebo on Spring Road for an egg hunt that starts PROMPTLY at 1 p.m. Don’t be late to this event – it’s over in about 30 seconds! Meet and Greet with the Easter Bunny starting at 12:30 p.m.

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Team Elmhurst (TESC) is a premier youth soccer club in the western suburbs committed to achieving success through player development for players 3 through 18 years of age. Our coaches who have STATE and NATIONAL US SOCCER Licenses provide comprehensive, professional training for players who are committed to improving their level of play while enjoying the game of soccer. Our teams compete in YSSL, IWSL, Illinois Youth Soccer Association Premiership and Midwest Regional Leagues, along with offering various levels of competition within age groups.

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