Joe Metcalf-Reyes

Lew Heine, of Riverside, headed a list of nine members of the Riverside Township Lions Club who were recognized by Lions District 1A Gov. Ralph Zarada at the club’s June meeting. Heine was recognized for 40 years of service to the club, which provides annual financial support to charities and community organizations.

Also recognized were Jerry Kosik and Norbert Kretz (20 years); Roberta Head, John O’Brien and Olga Sylvester (15 years); and Joe Kosey, Jay Van Cura and Harold “Jack” Wiaduck (10 years).

At the podium

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel was the opening speaker at the National Conference of State legislators at their annual summit at McCormick Place in Chicago on Aug. 7.

Weitzel addressed the members with an in-depth look, from the police executive’s perspective, on issues surrounding early childhood policies and development. He spoke on the importance of fighting crime by reaching at-risk kids with high-quality early learning programs in their earliest years of life.

“These issues include home visiting, early education, child nutrition and other worthwhile programs which have been proven to build foundations for struggling children,” Weitzel said.

And the winner is …

Carol Colvin, of Brookfield, and her family received a summer getaway to Middleton, Wisconsin, including a night’s stay for four at a hotel, four passes to a water park and gift certificates to local stores and restaurants as winners of the Middleton Tourism Commission’s summer Family Fun Sweepstakes.

On target 

Joe Metcalf-Reyes, a member of the Riverside Police Explorer Post, placed second in the air pistol competition at the bi-annual National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference in July in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Metcalf-Reyes competed against more than 400 others in the event, which brings together those interested exploring in law enforcement as a career for a week of seminars and competitions.

Five Explorers and two police officers from Riverside attended the conference.

On campus

Kevin Smaller, of Riverside, received his Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience during the spring commencement ceremonies at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Brookfield resident Elizabeth Smith graduated in May from Northern Illinois University with a doctorate in physical therapy. She also received the Physical Therapy Outstanding Graduate Student Award and was inducted into the NIU honor society.

Smith is a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Westchester.

Elena S. Duve, of Riverside, was among the graduates at the 166th commencement from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, in May. Duve was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in math and Spanish education. Duve, who plans on teaching at the high school level, is the daughter of Eric and Tina Duve and is a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Matthew Doherty, of Riverside, was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, during the school’s May commencement ceremony. He was one of about 460 undergraduates receiving degrees from the institution.

Raymond Mizura, of Brookfield, earned a General Associate in Arts degree this spring from Heartland Community College in Normal.

Tierney Duffy, of North Riverside, and Olivia Legan, of Riverside, were named to the 2015-16 dean’s list for the full academic year at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Duffy, the daughter of Darice Kotarac and James Duffy, is a 2012 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School. Legan, the daughter of Christopher and Christine Legan, is a 2012 graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

Molly Chaney, of Riverside, was named to the dean’s list for the 2016 spring semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Chaney, who recently graduated from the school, earned a grade-point average of at least 3.6 on a 4-point scale for the semester.

Gabriella Bova and Kristin Tomecek, both of Riverside, were named to the 2016 spring semester dean’s list at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.4.

Several local students were recognized for academic achievement during the 2016 spring semester at Benedictine University in Lisle. 

Named to the dean’s list for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5 while taking a full-time class load were Brookfield residents Judith A. Jaeger, Nicholas W. Mazil and Tony M. Wings; North Riverside resident Samantha J. Wilcox; and Riverside residents Dolores Ferenac and Josephine N. Krajniak.

Named to the dean’s recognized list for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5 while carrying a part-time course load were Brookfield resident Jason G. Broderick and North Riverside resident Debra M. Karas.

Isabelle Cain, of Riverside, and Amelia Grimm Blauw, of LaGrange Park, were named to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s dean’s honor list for the 2016 spring semester for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Cain is studying innovation and society. Blauw is studying science, technology and society.