The West Central Association (WCA) Chamber of Commerce has named Patrick Palella as its new executive director. A lifelong Chicagoan, Palella brings 15 years’ experience as a consultant specializing in turnaround and strategic growth for various organizations.
Angelina Romano, the daughter of former Near West Side residents Rick and Olga Romano, now is a national karate champion after competing with the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club in the U.S. Team Trials, held earlier this year in Greenville, SC. She won the eight-year-olds’ division National Karate Championship, sponsored by USA Karate, a national karate federation.
The Illinois Medical District (IMD) adds $3.4 billion to the Chicago region’s economy, is responsible for more than 18,000 jobs that otherwise would not exist, and contributes more than $75 million in tax revenue for the State and Chicago metropolitan area, according to the results of a recent economic impact study.
Families can find homework support for their children right in the neighborhood by visiting their nearest Chicago Public Library branch. Funded through the Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF), the Teacher in the Library program offers board-certified teachers who provide a structured learning environment in the library, where they assist both students and parents.
Delta Dental of Illinois, a dental benefit programs provider, recommends beginning or continuing a flossing regime during the holiday season, when many people consume sweets in abundance.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., has “an urgent need” to fix its roof before winter arrives, said Pastor Julio Loza. “We will appreciate any support for this need.”
Near West Side residents opposing plans for a new liquor store at 1455 W. Taylor St. have caused Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) to pause the process and call two community meetings to discuss the issue.
Residents recently met to launch the Neighbors of West Loop (NOWL) community group. NOWL seeks to enhance the quality of life for residents and neighbors of the greater West Loop community. Members want to engage those who wish to collaborate to improve the neighborhood and promote sound development and businesses in the area.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spent a recent morning at St. Therese School, 247 W. 23rd St., visiting with students and touring classrooms. St. Therese eighth grade students sat with Durbin and asked questions about his life as a senator and about important political issues facing the country.
St. Leonard’s Ministries has opened Gracie’s Café, a coffee shop and restaurant at 1517 W. Warren Blvd. in the former Viceroy Hotel, now known as Harvest Commons.