The same year the Wright Brothers took first flight and America enjoyed its first World Series, British Home resident Elinore Stastny took her first breaths. Born in 1903, Stastny celebrated her 102nd birthday on Nov. 10 among family and friends at the Brookfield retirement community where she now resides.

On Friday, Nov. 11, Ms. Stastny was treated to a surprise tea in the Woodlands, the British Home’s assisted living residence. She thanked everyone who attended and showed off a card from a notable well-wisher”George W. Bush, the president of the United States.

Woodlands manager, Alice Franks, commented, “Elinore enjoys her daily walks, weather permitting and always has a smile on her face.”

Well done

 Riverside Police Officer Leo Kotor was recently awarded the Cook County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Award of Merit. The award was presented to Officer Kotor at ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center on Oct. 19, 2005. Officer Kotor was nominated by Chief Eugene Karczewski and his command staff for his outstanding service and professionalism in the law enforcement field. The award ceremony was attended by Village President Harold J. Wiaduck Jr., Karczewski, Assistant Chief Tom Weitzel. Also on hand were Kotor’s wife, Jen; his mother, Betty and father, Leo Sr.

That’s my baby!

 Riverside’s Patricia and Marc Adelman won a shopping spree at the Lombard Babies ‘R’ Us store after their daughter Gwendolen was named one of five finalists in the Babytalk Magazine Cover Contest. In addition to their daughter appearing in the November issue of the magazine, the Adelmans won a 1-minute shopping spree on Nov. 15 during which they could grab up to $1,000 worth of baby gear, clothing and nursery decor.

On stage

 Brookfield residents Natalie Crisanti (French horn), Andrew Huebler (bassoon), Krystal Krejcik (clarinet), Maximo Menchaca (trumpet) and Cheryl Okuda (clarinet); North Riverside resident Matt Waas (baritone); and Riverside residents Maria Arevalo (flute), Eric Din (trumpet), Caitlin Dunham (viola), Frances Enger (violin), Max Enger (violin), Josephine Krajniak (oboe), Sherry Krajniak (French horn), Kulbis Kovas (violin), Vidas Kulbis (violin), Dovas Lietuvninkas (trumpet), Vija Lietuvninkas (flute), Dennis Magdato (violin), Marie Olsen (cello), Galen Ryan (percussion), Andreja Siliunas (violin), Max Steinberg (French horn), Zoe Steinberg (clarinet), Lauren Tortorella (oboe) and Audrey Wenzel (violin) are all members of the West Suburban Youth Orchestra (WSYO), which opened its season Nov. 20 at St. John Lutheran Church in LaGrange. The WSYO is celebrating its 50th year.

 Riverside resident Claire Schraidt and Brookfield resident Maggie Paloucek will be appearing in Ballet Legere’s 21st annual production of “The Nutcracker Ballet” at Morton East High School’s historic Chodl Auditorium, 2423 S. Austin Blvd., from Dec. 13-18.

Welcome aboard

 After completing his year-long probationary period with the village, Patrick McBrien was officially sworn in as a Brookfield firefighter/paramedic during a swearing-in ceremony at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Brookfield Village Board of Trustees.

 The Riverside Junior Woman’s Club named its 2005-05 officers earlier this month. They are: Kelly Navarro, president Cindy Vitek, first vice president; Mary Margaret Collins, second vice president; Cindy Reynolds-Rayfield, third vice president; Ann Marie Dixon, treasurer; Michelle Roblee, recording secretary; Elaine Leonard, correspondence; Jo Ann Zaper, publicity.

Prize winners

 Brent Limoges, Ted Esteghamat and Carole Kehl won prizes at the North Riverside Public Library’s annual North Riverside Day Open House in September. Limoges won the annual guessing game. His guess of 680 was closest to the actual number of 762 Jolly Ranchers in the cookie jar. In addition to the candy and cookie jar, he received a Border’s gift certificate. Esteghamat and Kehl won the Friends of the Library free raffle. They each received a Jewel gift card.

On campus

 Music students from Hauser Junior High have been selected by competitive audition to be in the Illinois Music Educators Association festival. The festival concert was be at Riverside-Brookfield High School on Nov. Students from over 40 area schools competed to be in the festival. Hauser choir students chosen were: Carly Andersen, Taylor Dalton, Sarah Dudek, Stephanie Duve, Chris Halline, Ben Kohler, Rebecca Pendola, Claire Schraidt, Clara Shaw, Olivia Toriumi and Megan Welch. Orchestra students selected were Christian Hitt, Alexandra Krug and Christina Pu.

 Brookfield resident Crystal Reynolds, a 2005 graduate of Lyons Township High School, was named an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor in recognition of her achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams. Students took AP exams in May; scholars were announced in October. Reynolds was one of 147 LT students named AP Scholars. She was one of 35 named an AP Scholar with Honors by earning grades of 3 or above on four or more AP exams, with an average grade of 3.25.

 Drew Viscariello of Brookfield was one of eight Monmouth (Ill.) College students recently inducted into the college’s Gamma Omicron chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honors society. A sophomore Latin major, he is the son of James and Pamela Viscariello of Brookfield.

 Riverside resident MIchael Malusek is enrolled as a freshman at Lake Forest College and has been awarded a Trustee Scholarship, which are based on exceptional academic achievement and student performance in an on-campus program. He is a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School.

 Katherine Zogas, a Riverside resident, graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Butler University in Indianapolis.

 Brookfield resident Megan Morgan is performing with the Monmouth (Ill.) College Marching Band during the 2005-06 academic year. The daughter of George and Laurie Morgan of Brookfield, Megan is a freshman art major.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Eagle Scout candidate David Zintak (above), a member of Boy Scout Troop 111 led a group of over 20 people in an effort to catalog items and artifacts for St. Louise de Marillac Parish. In the hours between the church’s busy Saturday schedule, a team of scouts and adults, under Zintak’s direction, set up lights and photo areas to take photographs and enter data to create a record of the church’s artifacts. The project was done by Zintak as part of the requirements for attaining the Eagle Scout rank. Troop 111 includes scouts from Brookfield and LaGrange Park.