Denise Doll of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Chuck Brooke, formerly of Oak Park, will be married July 16 on Florida's Anna Maria Island, North Beach. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard Blankenship and Marcia Doll. The groom-to-be is the son of Lee Brooke of Oak Park and Mary Domermuth Brooke of Bradenton, Fla.
A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, Class of 1976, Chuck is a self-employed "floorologist." Denise is employed at All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg. The wedding will also unite the newlyweds' four children: Holly, 18; Kevin, 16; Brian, 14; and Austin, 10. The family will reside in St. Petersburg.
Pooling their resources
The West Cook YMCA in Oak Park has hired Eric W. Meyer as its competitive swimming director, head coach for the YMCA Youth Swim Team (TOPS) and administrator for the self-coached Masters Swim Team (TOPM). Meyer has over nine years of coaching experience and comes here from Indiana where he was head coach for the Lafayette Area Aquatics USA-Swimming Club and McCutcheon High School's men's and women's teams, as well as the assistant coach at Purdue University. He has been pursuing his master's at Ball State University in physical education with a coaching specialty, and holds a B.S. in industrial management/information systems from Purdue.
West Cook YMCA has also hired Robert Kemp as aquatic director and age-group assistant coach for TOPS. He has been a YMCA aquatic director in Berwyn, Waukegan and Palatine, and has been head coach for two YMCA swim teams. Kemp is working on a degree in business management at Illinois Benedictine University.
Oak Park resident Charles Gutful, R.N., C.R.R.N., has been named nurse manager of rehabilitation services at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. He'll be responsible for overseeing the inpatient rehabilitation unit.
Menagerie a trois
The Animal Care League in Oak Park has announced two personnel changes: Director Amy Soumar is leaving to head the Hinsdale Humane Society. The new director is Tom Van Winkle, who comes to the league from Peoria. Martin Contreras, who has been second in command at the league, is also leaving to head animal control in Cicero.
McIlhenny in Munster
Oak Parker David Perkovich is starring as Mr. McIlhenny in the musical Do I Hear a Waltz? at the Theatre at the Center in Munster, Ind., from July 15 to Aug. 15. Prior to playing this role, Perkovich acted in and directed productions including Jolson & Company, Cabaret, Brigadoon and Shadowlands at a number of area theaters. He also owns and operates Fabile Gallery, an art glass/designer craft gallery on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
Weed and Feed seeds need
The River Forest library received a $4,000 grant from the Illinois State Library for fiscal year 2005. Entitled "Growing the Collection at RFPL," the grant was from the state's Weed and Feed Program. The funds were used to expand the library's audio/visual collections in both the children's and adult departments, with a concentration on acquiring audio books on both cassette and CD. Included among the 71 new items were plays by Shakespeare, classic titles by authors such as Austen, Dickens, Hemingway, Hardy and others. Lectures on history and literature from The Teaching Company were also purchased.