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Wine of the Week: Celebrate Simply Italian Great Wines Serbian Style!

Federdoc USA and Mexico showcase quality Italian wines in ethnic setting in Chicago

Simply Italian Great Wines U.S. Tour lands in Chicago

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Wine of the Week: Celebrating Simply Great Italian Wines; Serbian Style

Lively guitar music and the singing of ethnic songs, mounds of thinly slice ‘Jamon’ (sliced prosciutto), Feta Cheese Burek, Rada’s Perfect Ushtipci, Cevapchichi and Crispy Calamari were the order of the day in a multi-ethnic celebration of Simply Great Italian Wines in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.

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Teen first in Illinois to take USA Boxing Nationals

Joliet brings home a win

Easter weekend 2021 had a special significance for the family of 13 year-old Joseph ‘JoJo’ Awinongya of Joliet. He is the first Illinois resident in history to win the USA Boxing National Championships. He took the 2020 title Easter weekend winning the medal in Shreveport Louisiana.

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Local School districts challenge students to succeed with remote learning

Economic disparities play role in education during pandemic

From keeping students engaged during online learning to concerns about them slipping academically and making sure they show up for all remote classes, there are a host of potential pitfalls that can occur when students are not physically in school.

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Forest Preserve programs feature lots of free activities

Help clean a preserve, take a hike or learn about the underappreciated animals you can see out your window during September Forest Preserve District of Will County programs. Registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. (Face masks are now required for both indoor and outdoor programs). Here is the lineup: NAPERVILLE- Riverview Farmstead Tour: Discover three generations of the Clow Family during this Forest Preserve District program from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Riverview Farmstead Preserve. A naturalist will share stories of life from the early days of the farm and welcome you inside the 19th-century buildings. The program is free and for ages 12 or older. Register online by Sept. 16 or call 815-886-1467. ROMEOVILLE- Living History Encounter – Storage and Containers: Experience local history up close and personal during this Forest Preserve District drop in program from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Isle a la Cache Museum. Learn about how people in the 18th-century would store things like food and water. See different storage containers made from natural elements like bark and reeds, and try your hand at making your own basket! Registration is not required.

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Nature foundation’s native plant sale begins online March 13

Plants can be picked up May 14-15

Gardening enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunities to use native plants to enhance their home landscapes this year thanks to a trio of plant sales planned by The Nature Foundation of Will County. First up is a spring fling with plant plugs. The “Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale” will feature online sales via the foundation’s website, willcountynature.org, from March 13-May 1. A storefront for orders will pop up online on opening day.

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Joliet named Tree City USA for 30th year

Friday, April 30, 2021 has been proclaimed Arbor Day in the City of Joliet with an official celebration taking place on Earth Day, April 22, 2021 at Woodland Elementary School, under the leadership of Principal Kim Gordon.

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Legislation to require financial literacy for Illinois students

Thetimesweekly.com Legislation led by Senator Meg Lougran Cappel (D-Plainfield) that is aimed at addressing a glaring gap in financial preparedness among Illinois students passed through the Senate Education Committee Tuesday. “One of the primary goals of our state’s education system is preparing students to lead fulfilling, successful adult lives,” Loughran Cappel said. “Part of that is knowing what to do with your money and practicing good financial habits. These key life skills, which can be carried for a student’s entire life, deserve to be promoted in our schools.”

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Online Referral System “IRIS” is Free and available to area service providers

Pre-pandemic, the All Our Kids (AOK) Early Childhood Network in Will County had piloted an online referral system for a dozen of our network service providers. Throughout 2020, and now into 2021, the Integrated Referral and Intake System, otherwise known as IRIS, has grown to more than 75 programs, and to date has made over 370 referrals for families that needed support services.

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Forest Preserve hosts 'Pelican Watch,' turtle breakfast and World Rivers Day activities

Sign up for "Pelican Watch" activities, check out turtles as they chow down on breakfast, or learn about the world's rivers during upcoming Forest Preserve District of Will County programs. And if you are in the mood to volunteer, join a volunteer workday at Sugar Creek Preserve on National Public Lands Day. Registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org.

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Join the online discussion on anti-racism, Allyship and Action

Romeoville - Hear from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II at a live and virtual session on “Anti-Racism, Allyship, and Action”. The address will take place at 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, February 18.

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Chianti Classico CoNNection-Chicago

A Taste of Tuscany in the Windy City

The Black Rooster label is Chianti Classico's calling card

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Joliet Central High School Football 2021 ticket pre-Sales

info@thetimesweekly.com The following 2021 football games are pre-sale only. Friday, August 27, 2021 v Argo- Varsity 6:30 pm Friday, September 3, 2021 v Rich Township - Varsity 6:30 pm Friday, September 17, 2021 v Oswego - Varsity 6:30 pm Saturday, October 2, 2021 v Plainfield South HOMECOMING-Sophomore 10:30 am & Varsity 1:00 pm Friday, October 8, 2021 v Romeoville - Varsity 6:30 pm Friday, October 22, 2021 v Plainfield Central - Varsity 6:30 pm

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Joliet West High School Football 2021 ticket pre-Sales

info@thetimesweekly.com The following 2021 football games are pre-sale only. Friday, August 27, 2021 v Lockport - Varsity 6:30 pm Friday, September 3, 2021 v Minooka - Varsity 6:30 pm Friday, September 17, 2021 v Aurora West-HOMECOMING - Varsity 6:30 pm Saturday, October 16, 2021 v Joliet Central-Sophomore 9:30 am & Varsity 11:00 am Friday, October 22, 2021 v Plainfield South - Varsity 6:30 pm

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West Suburban Community Pantry introduces virtual Food Pantry

Innovative online grocery service breaks down barriers to food access

TTW Press Room West Suburban Community Pantry (WSCP) has officially launched its Virtual Food Pantry, a new service that makes it easy for people facing hunger to order free groceries online so they can make ends meet. Users can place a virtual order anytime by visiting VirtualFoodPantry.net where they can choose the groceries they need and select a grocery pickup time and place most convenient to them. The launch coincides with the unveiling of the Pantry’s new website,www.wscpantry.org designed to provide easy access to information for customers, donors and volunteers.

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Resource Recovery and Energy Division hosting compost bin sale

The Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division is co-hosting an online compost bin sale with the non-profit Recycling Connections. The 125-gallon bins are made of 100 percent recycled material. The Home Composter costs $65. The sale will continue while supplies last. “Reducing food waste has significant environmental benefits, including creating useful compost and decreasing the amount of materials that would otherwise be sent to a landfill,” said County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, whose office oversees the Land Use Department. “Each bin comes with a cookbook, which details different ways to compost. Whether you are a passive or active composter, the cookbook is an easy how-to guide.”

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Girl Scouts open Micro Food Pantry in Romeoville

thetimesweekly.com On November 12, the Village of Romeoville added another food pantry option for residents, courtesy of Girl Scout Troop 71503. The micro pantry is located inside the Romeoville branch of the White Oak Library (201 W. Normantown Road) near bathrooms. This pantry, and micro pantries in general, allow for people in need to anonymously pick up food and also serves as a drop off point for those who wish to donate food. The 4’ by 3’ wooden box with shelves and a door contains non-perishable food items and other necessities like diapers.

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Experience Will County's natural beauty

April Forest Preserve programs feature wildflowers, woodpeckers, WonderKids and more

The Forest Preserve District of Will County will host in-person and online programs ranging from woodpeckers to wildflowers this month. Also on tap are programs about bees and 18th-century history.

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Chianti Classico CoNNection-Chicago Live

A Taste of Tuscany in the Windy City

The Black Rooster label is Chianti Classico's calling card

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Wayne's Words: Joliet Police Department makes it to the National Stage

It was about two months ago that Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk stated at a City Council meeting there was a “war on police.” Sometimes, I guess, it just depends on your perspective. That was not one of the implications contained in an article of the September 7 issue of the USA Today news section. It’s a national newspaper with a national audience. The article was titled Behind the Blue Wall. The subject was regarding Joliet’s Police Department and the video of Eric Lurry’s arrest and ultimate death while in the custody of the Joliet police. The article was about the subsequent action taken by Sgt. Javier Esqueda releasing video of the arrest and that was unauthorized for public release by the police department. The subtitle of the article is “A police officer exposed a video showing a death in custody. Now he’s facing prison time”. For those who might think there is a “war on police” the article is a must read.