Marjorie Lewe has been named the 2006 Riverside Person of the Year. She will receive the honor at the annual Riverside Day golf outing and dinner on Aug. 30. The Riverside Junior Woman’s Club was honored at Riverside “Person” of the Year in 2005.

Riverside Day is co-sponsored by the Riverside Chamber of Commerce and the Riverside Township Lions Club. The golf outing will be held at the Oak Brook Golf Course, 2620 York Road in Oak Brook in the morning. The dinner will be held at the Riverside Golf Club, 2520 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside in the evening.

Lewe is a lifelong resident of Riverside, is married to John Lewe. The couple has raised four children, and their family has grown to include nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Long active in the activities of St. Mary Church in Riverside, Lewe worked with young girls in the Junior Legion of Mary; was vice president of the Altar and Rosary Society; headed a three-year “Renew” program; and helped at the rectory, first as a volunteer and later as a paid staff member.

Lewe joined the Riverside/North Riverside Covenant of Churches during its formative stages and is still a member. As a member of the covenant, she ran a successful Church World Service CROP Walk. She also completed a two-year lay ministry program through the Archdiocese of Chicago course and took a one-year Loyola practicum in chaplain training in hospitals.

A big part of Lewe’s volunteer activities have been libraries, including the Loyola Hospital Chaplain’s Library and the Riverside Public Library, where she served one year as program chairman for the Friends of the Library.

Sixteen years ago, when several women from St. Mary’s were diagnosed with cancer at about the same time, Lewe helped form a support group through the Wellness Cancer Center in Hinsdale. She also is involved with PeopleCare Inc., a Riverside-based not-for-profit ecumenical agency which serves older adults. First as a volunteer and more recently as a paid part-time staff member, she has served the organization for 15 years.

Lewe also belongs to the Riverside Presbyterian Woman’s Group, which she served as co-program chairman for four years, and the Riverside Garden Club, with whom she created a garden therapy program at the British Home in Brookfield and the Scottish Home in North Riverside. Her activities also included the Riverside Township Players and a book club.

Moving up

The promotions of Susan Locander and Kathleen Spale to administrator positions at the North Riverside Public Library have been announced by board President Annette Corgiat.

Locander, a Riverside resident, has been promoted to Youth Services administrator, replacing Arlene Kurzawa, who retired in June after 15 years.

Having served as Youth Services assistant for four years, she will oversee the operations of the Youth Services Department.

Spale, a North Riverside resident, has been promoted to Circulation Services coordinator, a newly created position. She has worked at the library on and off since first starting as a page in 1999 and has served as a clerk since February 2005. In her new position, she will oversee the operation of the Circulation Desk.

Above and beyond

Riverside Police Officer Leo Kotor was awarded the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Medal of Valor during a ceremony in May. Kotor and four other area officers called to the scene received the award for their response to a barricaded gunman incident in Lincolnwood on March 6.

The medal was given to the members of the group “for their outstanding performance and demonstrated valor while faced with an aggressive, armed gunman, while conscious of the danger and at risk of death or great bodily harm.”

Big seller

Fred Taylor the broker/owner of the Assist 2 Sell real estate franchise in Brookfield, was recently recognized as one of the top 10 percent performing Assist 2 Sell offices in the nation in 2005. The top performers were chosen from over 500 Assist 2 Sell offices throughout the United States and Canada.

Top scout

Amelia Bryniarski, a 2006 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. For her final project, the Riverside resident chose to combine two of her interests”birds and senior citizens.

She provided bird feeders to a number of local nursing homes so that residents could enjoy the birds. She made the bird feeders and placed them at Bethlehem Woods, the Scottish Home and the British Home. Bryniarski also provided fact sheets for senior citizens so that they can identify and learn about the birds they observe at the feeders.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the premier award a Girl Scout between the ages of 14-17 can earn. In order to receive the award, scouts are bound to five major requirements: building skills, exploring career opportunities, developing leadership, committing to self-improvement and completing a community service project. Girls must spend a minimum of 65 hours planning and executing their projects.

Bryniarski is the daughter of James Bryniarski and Leona Hubatch.


Bill Scanlon, of Riverside, was sworn in as president for a second term of the Riverside Township Lions Club at the club’s annual installation dinner on June 13, at the Scottish Home in North Riverside.

Other top officers sworn in for second terms were Jon Jansky, first vice president; Dale Heilenbach, second vice president; Shirley Misare, third vice president; Chuck Courtney, secretary; and Al Rossel, treasurer. Elections were held at the club’s April meeting.

The Riverside Township Lions Club was founded in 1948 and is involved in civic activities in Riverside and North Riverside. The club also provides annual financial support to charities and community organizations.

On Campus

Jennifer Katele, Tomas Kuprys and Catherine Skokna, all residents of Riverside, were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2006 semester at Dominican University in River Forest.

Katele, a graduate of Fenwick High School, is majoring in psychology and criminology at the university. Kuprys is a graduate of Northridge Preparatory School. Skokna, a graduate of Lyons Township High School, is majoring in organizational leadership.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.8 (on a 4.0 scale), based on 12 credit hours.

In addition, North Riverside resident Julian Betancourt and Riverside resident Edvardas Kuprys were named to the Honor’s List for the spring 2006 semester at Dominican University. Betancourt, a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, is majoring in corporate communications. Kuprys, a graduate of Northridge Preparatory School, is majoring in business administration.

To qualify for the Honor’s List, students must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5.

Riverside resident Joseph T. Lyons received his Bachelor of Science degree in fire science management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale during the school’s spring commencement ceremonies held in May.

Robert Charles Pusateri, of Brookfield, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 14 with a degree in computer engineering. He is a 2001 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield, and the son of Bob and Eileen Pusateri, also of Brookfield. Pusateri is presently employed as an associate developer by Morningstar, a Chicago based financial analysis company.

Brookfield residents Lisa Brzezicki, Julie Buckley, Amanda Gerald, John Kissane, Elizabeth Smith and Brenda Stozek were all named to the A Honor Roll at St. Joseph High School in Westchester for the fourth quarter of the 2005-06 school year.

Meanwhile, North Riverside residents Timothy Gustafson and Sean McCoy as well as Riverside resident Adam Tonkin were named to the school’s B Honor Roll during the same grading period.

Caroline Gangware is the winner of this year’s Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity (RJWC) Community Service Award and Scholarship. RJWC awarded Gangware $1,500 to be used towards college tuition. Gangware recently graduated from Riverside-Brookfield High School, is very active in the Riverside Presbyterian Church and served as a tutor at RB. She will be attending University of Illinois next fall.

Brookfield residents Sean M. Cawley, Michael P. Ferraro and Michael L. Meyer were all named to the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale dean’s list for the spring semester.

Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity has announced the installation of its 2006-07 board. Board members are (front row, from left) Michelle Roblee, 3rd vice president); Cindy Vitek, president; Susan Lisle, 2nd vice president; (back row, from left) Stephanie Schulte, recording secretary; Cindy Reynolds Rayfield, 1st vice president); Jennifer Pacourek, publicity; Jo Ann Zaper, treasurer; and Elaine Leonard, corresponding secretary. Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity was founded in 1937 and is Riverside’s oldest charitable organization. The group supports local and national causes through fund-raising efforts and will be hosting its largest fundraiser ever “Night in the Valley of the Kings” at the Field Museum on Sept. 30. For more information, call 877-SEE-TUT1 or visit the group online at

Riverside scout leads hydrant painting effort



As part of the requirements for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, Riverside resident Vince Arvis (shown above demonstrating painting technique to fellow scouts) led a contingent of over 20 fellow scouts and adults in painting 200 fire hydrants in Riverside in May and June.

Arvis, 14, who will attend Riverside-Brookfield HigH School in the fall, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 60 out of St. Odilo Parish in Berwyn. His father, Steve Arvis, is Troop 60’s scoutmaster. His mother, Jodi Arvis, is a a member of the Riverside Plan Commission.