Thursday, May 3, 2012
Participate in the conversation during the “Bridging The Gap" show on Bolingbrook Community Television, hosted by Valley View School District’s Safety Coordinator Leroy Brown.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Leroy Brown, Valley View School District’s safety coordinator, is putting out the call for community members to sit in the audience of his cable television show “Bridging The Gap” and participate in a conversation about bullying at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10. The show, which will be seen live on Bolingbrook Community TV Channel 6 and via tape delay on both BCT and on numerous other community cable TV channels in the area throughout the month of May, takes place in the Village Board Room at Bolingbrook Village Hall, 375 W. Briarcliff Road. For those interested in being a part of the audience, show up between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. on May 10.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Leroy Brown, a Bolingbrook trustee since 1993, hosts the weekly “Bridging the Gap” talk show for Bolingbrook Community Television and oversees security for more than 18,000 students and staff in Valley View School District.
For most people, retirement is a time to relax — maybe taking up a hobby or enjoying vacations and time with the family. For Leroy Brown, retirement means overseeing security for more than 18,000 students and staff in Valley View School District. And keeping campuses safe isn’t his only gig. A former Cook County Sheriff’s deputy and Vietnam veteran, Brown has served as a Village of Bolingbrook trustee since 1993. He is the village’s deputy mayor, and hosts the weekly “Bridging the Gap” talk show for Bolingbrook Community Television. After serving as the head of security for the Sears Tower for 33 years, Brown said he wanted to do something to give back to the community after his retirement in 2006. It didn’t take him long at all to do just…
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Senior writer Melody Hoffman is a local success story who proves hard work, perseverance pay off.
Not many people can say, “I love my job!" with a straight face. For those that do, it's a realization that they get to spend their life doing what they love and getting paid for it. For Melody Hoffman—a Jet Magazine senior writer and Bolingbrook native—love comes naturally for her profession. A consummate planner, Hoffman began charting her career as a student at Bolingbrook High School. She is a tried and true local success story, an example to every young girl that hard work and perseverance can pay off. “What I love most is telling people’s stories," she said. "Yes, I get to interview a lot of celebrities but to a point that would be redundant. Everybody has a story and conveying it effectively when you’re limited to 400 words is a …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Village will pay a total of $87,000 for the three-year contract.
Bolingbrook residents looking to celebrate our nation’s independent within village limits will have a place to do so through at least 2013. The village board voted unanimously Tuesday at its regularly scheduled meeting to enter into a three-year contract with Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc., to put on a fireworks show at the Bolingbrook Golf Course as part of the village’s Fourth of July celebration. The Kingsbury, Ind.-based company has produced similar shows for a number of communities across the midwest including Peoria and Rockford, and also lists the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears on their client list. The contract assures the village a fireworks show at the golf course until 2013. The village will pay Melrose Pyrotechnics $31,000 for …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
"Stewards of Children" helps empower adults through professional workshops.
If you knew a young child was being abused, would you step in to save him or her? Heather Randazzo, a Stewards of Children coordinator at the Childhood Treatment Program of the Advocate Family Care Network, is counting on area residents to answer a resounding “Yes!” According to Randazzo, statistics indicate one in four girls and one in six boys (and possibly more) suffer sexual abuse before they turn 18. Stewards of Children, an interactive prevention program developed by Darkness to Light, offers workshops to educate adults to “prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and to take proactive steps to protect children.” No community is immune to child sexual abuse, Randazzo said. “There have been recent reports …
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Leroy Brown, Patricia Schanks and Ricardo Morales were all sworn in as village trustees Tuesday by Mayor Roger Claar.
The agenda item read like this: Mayor Roger C. Claar Swearing in Newly Elected Village Trustees. But the three candidates that made up the First Party for Bolingbrook ticket and won reelection in March—Leroy Brown, Patricia Schanks and Ricardo Morales—are hardly rookies. In fact, some of them have been around since the village's infancy. Regardless, Claar swore in the three incumbents at Tuesday's village board meeting. “There were a whole lot of mistruths and misrepresentations,” Claar said of the election. “The people did not buy any of that by, in some cases, a two-to-one margin. I’m very proud of that and very happy with that.” In what was a hotly contested village board race, voters ultimately chose to stick with what they already …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Former Landscape Architect Jim Boan will have a portion of wooded area named in his honor April 30. Boan was very instrumental in the design of the park district as we know it today.
In 1973, Bolingbrook’s population was a mere 7,800 and Jim Boan had just stepped off the campus of the University of Illinois with a degree in landscape architecture and into the role of Bolingbrook Park District Superintendent of Parks. Employed on the heels of a referendum that earmarked funding to build parks in the village, Boan spearheaded the development of 16 neighborhood park sites as well as overseeing the installation of playgrounds at each of the village’s public elementary schools. Boan will be immortalized April 30 as the Bolingbrook Park District honors his service on the parks behalf, naming 27 acres of open space and high-quality woodlands the James S. Boan Woods at Hidden Oaks Conservation Area. The ceremony, which will be…
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Bolingbrook to use federal grant to help pay cost, seek additional funds from ComEd.
While the scope of the project is still being determined, the Bolingbrook Board of Trustees on Tuesday moved forward in Boughton Road construction planning by hiring an engineer to oversee the job. The board will pay Rempe-Sharpe & Associates, Inc., no more than $80,000 to complete the resurfacing of Boughton Road between Sunshine Drive and Schmidt Road. The board announced in February that it would redo the entire eastbound portion of Boughton Road from Sunshine to Schmidt, which currently features a lengthy bump that village officials credit to an underground ComEd junction box. Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar said the village will receive a $2 million federal grant to help complete the project, which village officials say should be …
Monday, April 11, 2011
We know you're busy, so here's a roundup of some of the recent stories featured right here on Bolingbrook Patch.
Too busy last week to stay up to date on all the news happening in and around Bolingbrook? Not to worry. Patch has your back. In case you missed them, here were some of the top headlines from the last few days: *denotes winner Three winners Will County Votes Independent DuPage County Votes Independent 8.6% One winner Three winners Two winners Two winners Three winners For a complete list of Will County voting results, click HERE. For a complete list of DuPage County voting results, click HERE.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Of the six races that Bolingbrook residents could vote on, five were won by incumbents. The other was won by the candidate supported by incumbents.
Tuesday was a good day to be an incumbent in Bolingbrook. Despite voters' lackluster performance, five of the six races that Bolingbrook residents vote on were won by those candidates already holding the position. And the one race that had no incumbent running was overwhelmingly claimed by the candidate that the incumbents fully endorsed. In what has been a hotly contested Village Board race, voters ultimately chose to stick with Leroy Brown, Ricardo Morales and Patricia Schanks—all running on the First Party for Bolingbrook ticket—rather than vote in newcomers Bob Bowen and Rhonda Reed-Slaughter, both of whom ran as independents. Among Will County voters, Brown snagged the most votes of any Village Board candidate, garnering 24 percent of…