Quick News: New Lenox getting splash pad
October 17, 2013 8:30PM
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:32AM
A splash pad, walking path and floating fish dock are among the New Lenox Park District’s planned additions for renovating Walker Country Estates Park, which is adjacent to Liberty Junior High, 151 Lenox St. The property is owned by New Lenox School District 122.
Assistant Supt. Peggy Manville told the school board Wednesday that the park district is increasing its improvements at 10 sites that the school district owns but the park district manages.
Expenditures on the improvements are expected to be $131,541 in 2014, up from $24,116 last year.
As part of the partnership, the park district handles lawn-cutting at all District 122 facilities and fertilizes all sports fields and coordinates the use of the buildings by various athletic associations.
Teacher wins Gold Star Award
The Joliet chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women selected Joliet Central High School choir and vocal music director David Jones as the 2013 Gold Star Award for the Arts.
Jones has taught at Joliet Central since 1997. He will be honored Nov. 30 at the Gold Star Gala at the Joliet Holiday Inn. The Gold Star program honors community members in the fields of art, culture, health, education and human services.
Fifth-grader in ‘The Nutcracker’
Channahon resident Scarlett Nash will make her Chicago theater debut in “The Nutcracker” during the ballet’s run at the Auditorium Theater from Dec. 6-28. The ballet will be performed by members of the Joffrey Academy of Dance. Nash will be dancing the role of a soldier after earning the role in open auditions.
Nash, 10, is a fifth-grader at Aux Sable Middle School in Minooka and has been dancing since she was 2. She studies at the Yorkville Performing Arts Center. Nash is the daughter of Judie Nash, the director of professional development for the Valley View School District.
Veteran’s Day breakfasts
Veterans will be admitted for free at two Veteran’s Day breakfasts in Valley View district elementary schools.
Beverly Skoff Elementary, 775 Normantown Rd., Romeoville, is hosting its breakfast from 8-10 a.m. on Nov. 2. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and a drink. Tickets are $3 if bought in advance and $4 at the door.
Oak View Elementary, 150 N. Schmidt, Bolingbrook, will host its breakfast from 8:30-10:30 on Nov. 9. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-11.
The Oak View breakfast also begins the school’s Operation Care Package Event, which continues through Nov. 25.
Honors for high school students
Students from the Valley View School District’s two high schools will be honored at the next school board meeting Oct. 28 for achieving National Career Readiness Platinum Level Certification. The achievement puts the 13 students in the top 1 percent of all students nationwide who took the ACT skills test last spring.
Those earning the honor are Steven Vonderohe of Romeoville High School, and John Birkett, M. Asad Chaudhry, Paul Crafton, Edwin Jaramillo, Alexander Kew, Chelsie Kolarik-Murray, Daniel Lopez, Gillian O’Donnell, Brian Parro, Marcus Smith, Jonathon Vavrina and Rachel Wank of Bolingbrook High School.
‘Robin Hood’ coming to stage
Bolingbrook High School will present its production of Robin Hood from Oct. 25-27. Shows on Oct. 25 and 26 begin at 7 p.m. and the final performance begins at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 online at www.showtix4u.com or by calling 866-967-8167. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the show for $10.