Brownies go a-caroling for patients at Westlake Hospital

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A third grade Brownie troop from St. Giles School in Oak Park visited the Rehabilitation Unit at Resurrection Health Care's Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park last December, to sing holiday carols and spread holiday cheer. The trip was organized by their troop leader, Mary Cozzens, who is a case manager at Westlake. "Community outreach is an important aspect of being a Brownie, and we strive to provide experiences where they can lend a helping hand in a variety of ways," said Cozzens. "These girls are the future of our community."

Lance Corporal Peters

Cadet Mark Peters, son of Diane Peters of Oak Park and John Peters of Chicago, was recently promoted to the rank of lance corporal at Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Mo. He was also placed on the honorable mention roll for his academic and military grades. The academy enrolls young men in grades six to 12 and for post-graduate studies, and includes a separate middle school which focuses on reading improvement and the development of life skills.

Addictionologist joins St. Joe's

Oak Park resident Michael Baldinger, M.D., has been appointed medical director of the new chemical dependency unit at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. He is a board certified addictionologist and has been on staff at the hospital since 1986, having received his medical degree from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed residency training at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.

Robert Morris grads

Oak Parkers Suvondal Taylor and Cornelius Walls have completed their bachelor's degrees at Robert Morris College, graduating in the fall semester.

Indie writers

Oak Park writers Catherine Tully and Joe Wallace have joined the staff of, which provides monthly CD reviews, an industry search directory and other resources to the independent music community. Tully and Wallace will be press and information contacts for independent musicians worldwide, publishing reviews and contributing to the website's listings of venues, promoters, independent music labels and other resources.

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