Northwestern grads Horowitz and Walters to wed


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Marcia and Lee Horowitz are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nina Elizabeth Horowitz to Matthew Thomas Walters, son of Roger and Mary Walters of Oak Park. The bride-to-be graduated from Northwestern University and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. She is a policy analyst for the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. The groom-to-be graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and Northwestern University. He is an assistant business representative for United Scenic Artists in Chicago and runs his own independent Chicago-based label, Spade Kitty Records.

The wedding will take place on Sept. 4 at Germania Place in Chicago. The couple will reside in Oak Park.

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.

Prairie Oak earns a Silver Trumpet

Prairie Oak Communications in River Forest, along with the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons in Rosemont, received two public relations awards for promotion of a documentary on joint replacement surgery, Total Joint Replacement: A Patient's Perspective that aired on public television around the country. Vicky Lekovish, executive vice president of Prairie Oak and Priscilla Majewski of AAHKS received a 2005 Silver Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago on May 6 at Northwestern University in Chicago. The public education campaign was also recognized with the Crystal Award of Distinction from The Communicator Awards.

Prairie Oak provides public relations, marketing communications and corporate comunications services to a variety of institutional and corporate clients.

Zonta elects two sets of officers

The Zonta Club of Oak Park has elected officers to serve a two-years term, from 2005 to 2007. They are: Susan Barton, president; Nancy Ward, vice president; Betty Van Wyk, secretary; and Heather Brilliant, treasurer. Naomi Law and Katie Hunt will serve as board members.

The Zonta Oak Park Foundation, Inc. also elected officers: Karen Herman DeMuro, president; Janet Haisman, vice-president; Joyce Holverson, secretary; Pris Mims, treasurer. Donna Joss is a board member. The foundation was created as a tax-exempt charitable organization to raise funds for local agencies benefiting women and children of all economic and educational levels.

Winding up on top

The St. Giles Wind Ensemble, directed by Bob Gloppen, earned a first place rating at the National Catholic Band Directors Association competition at Notre Dame High School in Niles. The band, made up of 48 students, 6th-8th grade, played "March Militaire" by Schubert, "Cumberland Cross" by Strommen, and selections from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber. About 15 bands from the Chicagoland area competed.

Art scholars

The Oak Park Area Arts Council awarded 11 scholarships of $1,000 to 2005 Oak Park and River Forest High School graduates to assist them with freshman year tuition and fees. The recipients are : Aaron Berger (Northern Illinois University, journalism/broadcast communications); Peter Boyer (Brown University, architecture with minor in music); Keith Brooks (Elmhurst College, music education and music business); Cole DeGenova (Berklee College of Music, jazz studies); Meaghan Garvey (University of Notre Dame, studio arts and English); Mark Jirik (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, printmaking and drawing); Jeffrey Kmiec (Illinois State University, scenic design and theater education); Katherine Robinson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, commercial/fashion photography or art education); Geryn Roche (University of Iowa, art education); Gina Hoch-Stall (Temple University, dance and journalism); Tiffany Young (Purdue University, photography).




Vogel excels

River Forest resident Lawrence Vogel, M.D., chief of pediatrics and medical director, Spinal Cord Injury Program, at Shriners Hospitals for Children has received a Ron W. Lee, M.D. Excellence in Pediatric Care Award for Clinical Excellence. The awards are given annually by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives. Dr. Vogel is an expert and advocate in the provision of developmentally appropriate care to children and adolescents with spinal cord injuries. He trains residents and serves on a number of boards and committees.

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