Riverside doc named officer of international group

Dr. Christopher Loftus, a Riverside resident and physician at Loyola University Medical Center, has been elected treasurer of the World Federation of Neurological Sciences.

Loftus, an internationally known neurosurgeon, is chairman of the Department of Neurology of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

The federation is a professional, scientific, nongovernmental organization representing about 30,000 neurosurgeons worldwide and works with member societies to improve neurosurgical care, training and research.

Dr. Loftus has special expertise in the circulatory system around the brain and treatment of both benign and malignant brain tumors, aneurysms, vascular malformations and blockages of the carotid artery. He is a U.S. News and World Report “Top Doctor,” ranked in the top 1 percent of his specialty.

Now presenting

Four Riverside-Brookfield High School teachers will present at the Illinois Council on Teaching Foreign Languages Convention on Oct. 18 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Jessican Mauritzen and Laurence Forberg are presenting “AP Activities Scaffolded Across Languages and Levels,” which will discuss maximizing students’ abilities and chances of success at the AP level by providing sample activities and strategies.

Jenna Osburn and Deidre Sullivan will present “Essential Skills for Novice World Language Instructors” for those interested in learning effective instructional strategies for the world language classroom.

On stage

Riverside residents John Reeger and Paula Scrofano will star as “Broom” and “Brill” respectively in Mary Poppins, which opens Oct. 30 at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. The show runs through Jan. 5, 2014.

A husband and wife acting team, Reeger and Scrofano have appeared in productions together more than 35 times.

The play is based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film. It features a memorable score, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and more.

For ticket information visit online at www.MarriottTheatre.com or call 847-634-0200.

Brookfield resident Mardi Sramek, a junior at Lyons Township High School, was a member of the cast of “Homecomings,” an original piece created by the school’s Junior/Senior Ensemble.

The show ran Oct. 3 through Oct. 5 at the South Campus Performing Arts Center.


Brookfield Village Manager Riccardo Ginex recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. He is one of more than 1,300 local government management professionals credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

To receive the designation, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; heave earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

Ginex has been Brookfield’s village manager since 2005 and has more than 27 years of experience in local government, including as a police officer, police chief and village manager in Downers Grove.

I’d be honored

The Northeast Illinois Region of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has selected Riverside Police Officer Brian Greenenwald to receive a special award for drunk driving enforcement. Greenenwald, who works the midnight shift in Riverside, consistently leads all of the department’s officers in drunk driving arrests. In 2012, Greenenwald made 92 of the department’s 124 DUI arrests. The next highest officer made six arrests in 2012.

Big winners

Twenty patrons of the North Riverside Public Library were lucky winners in the library’s annual Banned Books Week raffle.

Jonathan Daniels and Noretta Griffin each won a North Riverside Park Mall gift card, donated by the Friends of the Library; Michelle Zdarsky, Nancy Lewandowski, Sarah Richied, Javier Bogoslaw and Guillermo Jiminez each won a ticket to the North Riverside Players’ You Can’t Take It With You, donated by the North Riverside Players; and Emily Brundage won a Banned Books Week T-shirt.

Colleen Mendino won a City of Bones T-shirt; Brooke Vins and Jimmy Vins each won a Planes yoyo and City of Bones notebook; Jerry Kosik won a Fast and Furious took kit; Joshua Antos won a City of Bones pen and pencil set and a Classic Cinemas ticket; Thomas Kowal won a Two Guns pen and pencil set and Classic Cinemas ticket; Gabriel Brophy won a Mars Wants Moms pen and Classic Cinemas ticket; and Mike Zdarsky, Eddie Lee, Milka Kutlesa, Elizabeth Gomorczak and Arlene Grosser won Classic Cinemas tickets. Classic Cinemas tickets and movie giveaways were donated by Classic Cinemas.

Patrons were given a raffle ticket for each “banned book” they checked out during Banned Books Week, which was celebrated from Sept. 22 through 29.

On campus

North Riverside resident April Pratico-Floros received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Michigan University after satisfying degree requirements in August.

  • Riverside resident Alexandra Burke and North Riverside resident Kaija Bole were among the 557 Butler University (Indianapolis) students participating in the Bulldogs Into the Streets community service day hosted by the Butler Volunteer Center on Aug. 27.