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June 2, 2019

Foodies take a bite out of Taste of Wheaton

Foodies take a bite out of Taste of Wheaton

There’s a right way to chill out at the Taste of Wheaton, and Jim Philbin has mastered it.

To follow his example, you order the hickory smoked beef brisket sandwich from the Steamboat BBQ booth along Wheaton Avenue. You grab a fork and napkins because barbecue is supposed to be messy.

Then you plop down under the shade of a mature tree at Memorial Park even though it’s a cloudy afternoon. But this is a cooler spot than the picnic tables on the lawn near the Taste’s food vendor row, and it’s within earshot of the country band Summer Son covering party staples from the Memorial Park band shell.

“We come for the music,” Philbin says alongside his wife, Terry.

But the Glen Ellyn couple also knows how to make the most out of the menu at the Taste, a summer kickoff organized by the Wheaton Park District and chamber of commerce. If you’re a meat eater, Philbin highly recommends the beef brisket from Steamboat, an award-winning barbecue joint in a Wheaton strip mall and one of the hometown favorites at the Taste.

“They’ve got a special recipe for curing the beef,” he said.

The Glen Ellyn couple has been coming to the Taste for so long they know the Wheaton festival by its old name, Cream of Wheaton. And that’s what you still call it if you’re a sentimental purist.

“We’re professional festers,” Terry Philbin said.

And as such, they enjoyed the low-key vibe of the neighborhood park. So did Cecelia Coglianese, a first-time Taste patron from Schaumburg, who appreciated the fact that she didn’t have to contend with long lines for food.

“It’s a good day out for families,” she said.

There were bigger crowds south of the train tracks in downtown Wheaton for the Taste’s amusement rides and the usual carnival fare. But at Memorial Park, you can live your best foodie life at a food vendor row representing the downtown dining scene.

Gia Mia provided local fare with its mobile brick oven, as did Gino’s East, Choun’s, Moveable Feast + Co. and Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream. As the newcomer in the bunch, Moveable Feast served ginger guacamole and wontons, its most-popular cookie and ginger kombucha on tap.

Pam Kurtz’s 5-year-old son customized his shaved ice with blueberry and mango flavors after the thrill of carnival rides. The Wheaton mom best summed up why families should take a bite out of the Taste:

“Summer fun,” she said.

The Taste ends its four-day run Sunday with the beer garden, food vendor row, and an arts and craft fair running from 1 to 7 p.m. Carnival hours are 1 to 8 p.m.

Neverly Brothers, Five Guys Named Moe and the Red Woody Band will take the stage of the Memorial Park band shell from 1 to 7 p.m. For the full Taste lineup, visit Wheatonparkdistrict.com.

Published at Sat, 01 Jun 2019 22:25:10 +0000

‘Everyone needs friends’: Nora Project fosters inclusion as classes host special-needs schoolmates

‘Everyone needs friends’: Nora Project fosters inclusion as classes host special-needs schoolmates

Seven-year-old Noah Wood lights up as Butterfield Elementary School fourth-grader Faith Flayter arrives at the door of his special needs classroom.

Noah’s usual shyness disappears as he walks with Faith to spend time with students in her classroom.

It’s part of a program called The Nora Project that Libertyville Elementary District 70 has adopted thanks to Terri Coughlin of Libertyville. When Coughlin learned about the mentoring program, she felt her school district and its students could benefit from it. Coughlin’s first child, Emily, has had ADHD and delayed language since birth.

“People take for granted what goes into having a kid that’s different and watching how that kid is socially. I think that’s why I’ve gotten so involved, because I know what it’s like,” Coughlin said.

Twenty-two special needs students called Nora Friends were paired with classrooms across District 70. Students got to know their Nora Friends through discussions, interviews and regular classroom play dates.

The Nora Project aims to normalize differences, demystify disability and promote meaningful connections between students and their peers with disabilities. Lessons on disabilities are incorporated into the English and language arts curricula.

The Nora Project was created by Glenview teacher Amanda Martinsen, whose prematurely born niece Nora suffered brain damage after a corrective surgery.

“To see The Nora Project spread to other districts, such as District 70, makes me feel very proud and it warms my heart to know that so many children are truly making a difference in the world,” Martinsen said.

“Our intention is to foster friendships, while deepening students’ understanding about empathy, inclusion, differences and disabilities,” said District 70’s director of special services, Chris Otto.

Butterfield School fourth-grade teacher Julie Serrecchia’s class hosts two special needs students, Noah and Nolan Finch. The two Nora Friends meet with the fourth-grade class about once a month.

“I like the kids and they are very nice to me,” said Nolan, 9.

Students used their iPads to compile photos and videos of their visits with Nora Friends. About 600 people attended The Nora Night Film Festival at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville, where they celebrated their year and watched a short film about the Nora Friends edited by students in the classrooms.

“My hope is that my students will discover in a very meaningful, memorable way that everyone has a unique story, everyone has gifts and challenges, and everyone needs friends,” Serrecchia said.

“Noah has the best time. He’s usually very shy in front of people but when he comes here, he totally grows and explodes,” said Noah’s mom, Laura Wood.

“For us, it’s all about educating people about people with needs and that leads to acceptance, which leads to inclusion,” she said.

Published at Sat, 01 Jun 2019 20:26:53 +0000

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The cost, risk, and time it takes to bring a new product to market has led some life sciences companies to get creative about how they fund their R&D efforts. Profitability has been constrained by pricing challenges, rising material costs, and more stringent regulations, among other pressures.

Recent research [1] from Deloitte found that R&D returns have declined to 1.9 percent, down from 10.1 percent in 2010 — the lowest level in nine years. Returns have been similarly affected by the growing…

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Since the 1940s, financial statement auditor’s reports have remained unchanged. But new modifications to an audit standard adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in 2017 substantially impact the financial statement auditor’s reports of life sciences companies in the very near future.

The expanded auditor’s report aims to give investors and other stakeholders greater transparency into matters arising from the audit that involved especially challenging, subjective,…

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For United Airlines, Delhi, India is still a no-go.

The Chicago-based carrier said on Friday that it will extend a previously announced suspension of its nonstop service between United’s hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Delhi, India (DEL) through at least July 31.

United initially suspended service for two weeks on April 5 before deciding to continue the suspension.

Why the continued suspension of the service until late July? A United spokesman had this to say late Friday:…

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TAP Air Portugal, the flagship carrier of Portugal, will make history in Chicago on Saturday, when the carrier launches the first-ever nonstop service between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and TAP’s home hub in Lisbon, a city fast rising in popularity among tourists.

The new service, which will operate five times a week in each direction, also will make history by operating with one of the world’s newest and most advanced aircraft — the widebody, twin-engine Airbus A-330neo, which…

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McDonald’s Corp. has unveiled its first fully-technologically-evolved outpost at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The newly remodeled McDonald’s, situated on the high-traffic international arrivals level at Terminal 5, features all the bells and whistles that McDonald’s has been adding over the past several years as it seeks to turn around a burger empire that millennials have largely abandoned for other options, which in turn have proceeded to eat into the Chicago-based burger…

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A group of retired Sears Holdings Corp. workers is seeking court approval to form a committee to protect their life insurance benefits, claiming that the bankrupt retailer wrongfully terminated policies for tens of thousands of former employees.

In a court filing, the retirees said the spouses of some retirees who recently died were deprived of life insurance payments earned from years of work at Sears, which filed for bankruptcy last year, reported Bloomberg.

The filing cited one instance where…

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This is a roundup of Chicago tech and startup companies that received venture capital investments during the month of May. If one was missed, contact info@chicagoinno.com.

Chicago tech and startup companies raised at least $274 million in venture capital throughout the month of May, according to data compiled by Chicago Inno.

The month’s monster funding amount was due to Tempus’ $200 million Series F round that now values the company at $3 billion. Other notable venture capital rounds in May…

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Chicago tech company BigTime Software has raised a new round of funding as it grows its B2B billing software business.

BigTime Software announced Thursday that it raised $14 million in a round led by Boston-based private equity firm Wavecrest Growth Partners, with participation from MassMutual Ventures and Migration Capital.

The tech company, which has offices in the Loop, has now raised more than $17 million to date. In 2011, BigTime raised a $2.7 million Series A round from investors, such…

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The biggest tech hires and promotions in Chicago over the past month are recapped.

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Here is what American’s huge contingent of flight attendants looks like by the numbers, as the airline prepares to honor them.

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