Riverside resident John Reeger will star as The Captain in Marriott Theatre’s upcoming production of Anything Goes, which opens April 13.

Reeger, a prolific actor in the Chicago area, was last seen at the Harvey Theatre in New York in The Ice Man Cometh, which starred Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. He’s appeared at the Drury Lane Theater in Oak Brook 29 times, most recently as Fagin in Oliver! and at the Marriott three previous times in Mary Poppins, The Music Man and The Drowsy Chaperone.

He is co-author of The Christmas Schooner, which will again be produced at the Mercury Theatre next winter.

Anything Goes tells a tale of love, deception and celebrity-chasing aboard an ocean liner and features classic songs (including “De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top” and “I Get a Kick Out of You”) by Cole Porter. The show runs through March 31 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets are available through the box office at 847-634-0200.

 

Meeting of the minds

North Riverside Village Trustee Joseph Mengoni met with another area elected official on March 3 to discuss issues of keeping housing and support services accessible to senior citizens with disabilities.

Mengoni is the vice president of residential and clinical services for UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, which serves the special needs population. He met with Naperville City Council member Steve Chirico at Katharine Manor, a wheelchair-accessible, barrier-free housing for seniors that an alternative to assisted living or a nursing home.

The two officials spoke with a pair of Katharine Manor residents about the challenges seniors like themselves face.

“As individuals with disabilities and their families age, we need to be proactive in our efforts to create options customized to their needs,” Mengoni said. “As public servants we have an obligation to address these critical issues.”

Now presiding

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society has selected its 2015 board members. The officers include Rob Dixon, president; Abby Randall, vice president; Jennifer Pacourek, secretary; and Mary Geroch, treasurer.

New members to the board are Amy and Mark Hill. Renewing for another three years on the board are Sander Kaplan, Theresa Pelletier, Cindy Kellogg and Jim and Sandie Petrzilka.

At the Visit Oak Park Annual Meeting in January, Riverside resident Aberdeen Marsh-Ozga was elected to the Visit Oak Park Board of Directors for a three-year term. Marsh-Ozga is a member of the Riverside Preservation Commission, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society board and co-chair of that group’s 2014 house walk.

 

Welcome aboard

Jessica Frances, who serves as village manager of the village of Riverside, was inducted into the Riverside Township Lions Club during the organization’s meeting on March 10.

She was sponsored by Joseph Ballerine, who is a Riverside village trustee. The Lions Club is a fraternal organization involved in civic activities in North Riverside and Riverside and provides annual financial support to charities and community organizations.

On campus

In October 2014, Leila Stehlik-Barry, of Brookfield, earned a Master complémentaire en droits de l’homme (Advanced Master in Human Rights) following an academic year in Brussels, Belgium. 

The degree was jointly awarded by the law faculties of three Francophone Belgian universities: l’Université Catholique de Louvain, l’Université de Namur and  l’Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles. 

Her thesis focused on the relationship between good governance and food security in Benin and Cameroon.

Molly Ely, of Riverside, was named to the dean’s list for the fall term at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, for maintaining a 3.60 grade-point average. She a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School and is the daughter of Michael Ely and Annette Palumbo of Riverside.

Anne Sventy, a senior studying visual communication design from Brookfield, is among the University of Dayton students who won an American Advertising Federation-Dayton ADDY Award for her work on Human Trafficking Ohio Installation.

Sventy worked alongside other University of Dayton seniors to complete this installation as part of the “Rites.Rights.Writes.” faith and reason series.

Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park has announced its honor rolls students for the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year. 

Among those named to the A Honor Roll were Brookfield residents Gloria Corona, Jeremy Kolasa, Rebecca Letcher, Brittany Schneider and Robert Schneider; North Riverside residents Guillermo Arroyo, Connor O’Neill, Emylee Zdarsky and Danny Zontos; and Riverside resident Hana Sedivy.

Named to the B Honor Roll were Brookfield residents Jocelyn Contini and Gina Crisanti and Riverside residents Ben Bernasek, Gregory Bernasek and Schylar Rokicki.

Brookfield resident Dana Dombrowski was one of 32 Lyons Township High School competing at the annual Illinois Junior Classical League state convention. The students, all of whom are studying Latin, attended a banquet dressed in togas, participated in a discussion on Roman art and history, competed in language and mythology contests and also vied for awards in competitions such as spirit, costume and T-shirt design.

Dombrowski was one of 13 LTHS students returning with awards. The junior Latin II student won first place in costume and fifth place in decorative stitching.

Mitch Galgan, of Brookfield, a senior at Lyons Township High School was a member of the school’s Jazz Ensemble, which was selected as a finalist in the annual Essentially Ellington Competition hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. 

LTHS’ band will work with a clinician from New York and on May 7 will arrive in New York for three days immersed in work-

shops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances at Jazz at Lincoln center.

The competition ends May 9 with a concert and awards ceremony. 

Two students from Komarek School in North Riverside won awards at the West Suburban Consortium for Academic Excellence (WSCAE) science fair, held at Brookfield Zoo on Feb. 26.

More than 100 students in grade four through high school from 10 area schools participated in the competition.

Eric Watson won first place in the grades 5-6 category for his project “Which Material Conducts Electricity Best?” Meanwhile, Connor Woodward won third place in the grades 5-6 category for his project “Effects of Video Games on the Heart Rate.”