Monday, May 13, 2013
May 28 ribbon-cutting set to name walkway in Pottawatomie Park after the late John “Jack” Kerr.
Monday, May 13
The St. Charles Park District has invited the public to a dedication ceremony to honor former Commissioner John “Jack” Kerr at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Pottawatomie Park, the district announced in a release. A ribbon-cutting will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Kerr, who passed away July 2, 2012, was very involved in the Fox Valley community since moving here in 1985 from Marietta, Ga., with his wife of 52 years, Mary Neder Kerr. Her served the St. Charles Park District for 25 years. To honor that service and his dedication, the Park Board will commemorate the walkway along the shores of the Fox River by the historic pavilion in Pottawatomie Park. The walkway will be named the John “Jack” Kerr Walkway, according to the St. Charles …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Does St. Charles make it easy for you to live an earth-friendly lifestyle? What do you wish was different?
- GOING GREEN
Sunday, May 12
Towns across the country are getting new recycling centers, giving away rain barrels and installing parking meters with solar panels. Here at Patch, we want to know: What makes St. Charles green? Certainly the city of St. Charles has going green for some time. It boasts about the use of energy-efficient hybrid vehicles in its fleet. Streetlights are being replaced with LEDs to provide that light more efficiently. Green technology is being used in city buildings — for example, motion-detection devices turn lights on and off, saving energy. During the summer months, city employees are urged to bike to work — an initiative for good health as well as curbing the use of cars. In fact, the city has devoted a web page that highlights these and …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Retiring commissioner served St. Charles Park District for 24 years,
The St. Charles Park District has renamed the exhibit hall at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center after longtime Park Commissioner Gloria Klimek, who was honored for her 24 years of elected service during an April 23 retirement reception, the park district said in a release. The Park District credited Klimek for working tirelessly with her fellow commissioners and Park District staff members to acquire and improve parks, natural areas, facilities and the recreational program offerings for Park District residents, the release states. Described as an active environmentalist and enthusiastic volunteer, Klimek urged the Park District to work proactively to partner with local and regional agencies to offer environmental education and conservation …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Ray Ochromowicz to work through August, St. Charles Park District announces.
St. Charles Park District Executive Director Ray Ochromowicz announced at Tuesday evening’s Park Board meeting that he will retire from the district effective Aug. 31, 2013. “I will be fully vested in my pension by August and have decided to explore other opportunities,” Ochromowicz said in a park district release issued Wednesday. “Ray has guided the Park District with fiscal responsibility and enabled the Park District to compete as a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award,” Park Board President Karrsten Goettel said in the release. “We wish Ray all the best in his retirement.” Goettel said by phone Wednesday afternoon that Ochromowicz actually had given the park board advance notice of his intent to retire within the past two weeks…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Newcomer to join incumbents on St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Board of Education.
The St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Board of Education will seat a new member in the weeks after Tuesday’s consolidated election. District 303 voters on Tuesday night re-elected frontrunner Corinne M. Pierog and fellow incumbents Steven L. Spurling and James Gaffney. New to the board is Edward McNally, an educator who with 2,999 votes finished the race in the No. 2 spot, according to unofficial tallies. Pierog finished in No. 1 with 3,216 votes. Spurling, with 2,848 votes, finished third, followed by Gaffney with 2,606. Among the remaining District 303 candidates, Nancy A. Muzzey finished No. 5 with 2,256 votes, James P. Conro with 2,071 votes, incumbent Michael A. Vyzral with 1,447 votes, and Richard A. Leidig Jr. with 1,…
Unofficial tallies show two former aldermen defeating 1st and 2nd Ward Aldermen Jon Monken and Clifford Carrignan.
St. Charles’ aldermanic races came in with largely tight tallies, according to Tuesday night’s unofficial tallies that indicated voters had unseated incumbents in the city’s 1st and 2nd wards, while holding onto three incumbents in the rest. Unofficial tallies showed 3rd Ward Alderman William Turned, 4th Ward Alderwoman Jo Krieger, who was unopposed, and 5th Ward Alderwoman Maureen Lewis retaining their seats, while two former aldermen unseated the incumbents in the 1st and 2nd Wards. In the 1st Ward, Ron Silkaitis, who has represented that ward before, appeared to be the winner. Silkaitis garnered with 266 votes, while incumbent Alderman Jon E. Monken secured 231 votes. First-time candidate Justin Osbourne trailed with 193 votes. “I give …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Third Ward alderman has clear 2-to-1 lead over nearest contender in St. Charles mayoral race, according to unofficial tallies.
Third Ward Alderman Raymond Rogina handily won St. Charles’ mayoral election Tuesday night by a convincing lead over the nearest of his three competitors in a vote that saw fewer voters turn out to the polls than the mayoral contest four years ago. With unofficial results showing him with 2,031 votes — more than a 2-to-1 margin over his nearest challenger, Rogina accepted the win with eagerness about the future and a measure of graciousness. “I was a\surprised at the margin,” Rogina said late Tuesday. “These were three great guys running against me. I’m elated with the margin of victory, but I’m humbled by it at the same time.” Rogina said throughout the campaign, he listened to and learned from his opponents — Jake Wyatt, John Rabchuk and…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Log in to St. Charles Patch at 7 p.m. for live-blog coverage as the 10 aldermanic candidates for the St. Charles City Council meet the public for the first time as a group at Bridges Montessori Academy.
Can’t make it out to tonight’s forum for St. Charles aldermanic candidates? Then settle in and get ready to follow the discussion on your PC, laptop or mobile device. As we did with the mayoral forum on Tuesday, St. Charles will provide live-blog coverage of tonight’s aldermanic forum, which is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Bridges Montessori Academy, 1713 Howard St. There are ten candidates seeking aldermanic positions on the St. Charles City Council. They are: 1stWard Jon E. Monken (i) Justin Osborne Ron Silkaitis 2ndWard Clifford X. Carrignan (i) Arthur J. Lemke 3rdWard William Turner Mario J. VanDerHeyden 4thWard Jo K. Krieger (i) No other candidate 5thWard Maureen Lewis (i) Kimberly Malay Let Patch save you time…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Your guide to the St. Charles April 9 Consolidated Election.
Early voting in the Spring 2013 Local Elections begins Monday, March 25, and ends Saturday, April 6. Election Day is Tuesday, April 9. Election Central St. Charles is your guide to the ballot contests that affect St. Charles. ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE LOCAL DEBATE: Do you have something to say about the local election? Join Patch and post a Local Voices blog. VOTER INFO: To find out if you are registered, to find your designated polling location and to see your sample ballot, check:
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
March 14 forum planned at Bridges Montessori Academy.
Another community group has announced plans to host a March 14 forum to introduce the candidates for the five aldermanic seats on the St. Charles City Council. Ten candidates are vying for the positions, with only 4th Ward Alderwoman Jo Krieger unopposed. Concerned Coalition for Sensible Spending of St Charles Inc. has scheduled the resident’s forum for the entire slate of candidates for alderman. The forum is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Bridges Montessori Academy, 1713 Howard St. Each of the 10 candidates will have three minutes to present his/her platform, followed by an informal question-and-answer session with residents. The entire St Charles community is invited to attend. To date, the West-Side neighborhood …