Newsletter May 2020
Vol. 2

Serving our homeowners and neighbors for over 40 years
The Will County Health Department's (WCHD) Community Health Center (CHC) is using its wheels. The CHC's Mobile Medical Unit (which also operates as a Mobile Dental Unit) has joined with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for a very special program of Coronavirus testing. Now that Governor Pritzker's office has provided testing kits for Community Health Centers throughout the state, the CHC's mobile van can drive to high-risk community locations for COVID-19 testing that is processed through Illinois Department of Public Health laboratories.

"The Governor's office and IDPH decided to partner with FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health Centers) like ours because of their connections to the communities and the resources they have, like our mobile unit," said WCHD Executive Director Sue Olenek. "Congregate care settings innately have challenges because of the proximity of their residents, causing the risk of transmission to be higher. This includes nursing and assisted living homes, childcare sites, residential treatment facilities, and many more.'

For CHC Chief Executive Officer Mary Maragos, this is an example of exactly what their mobile unit is meant to do. "It increases access to care by bringing health services to those who cannot travel, or for whom transportation is a barrier. Taking the Mobile Medical Unit on important outings like this is a multidisciplinary team effort that takes a lot of organization, daily debriefing, and revisions as needed "
The unit's first stop for this special COVID-19 testing effort was the Stepping Stones Treatment Center on Theodore Street in Joliet on April 28th. The full schedule is still being finalized, but future stops already on the list include the Will County Center for Community Concerns, Catholic Charities, and the Daybreak Center on East Cass Street in Joliet.

CHC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Byrd says any type of testing being done on the road is more complicated than inside a medical office. "We have to make sure the site can accommodate our mobile unit when it comes to maneuverability and space to set up, as well as ensuring our healthcare workers are in an open air environment for safer testing. Plus, we need to ensure the hosting site can assist with patient scheduling and flow, and we need to make sure we have enough PPE (personal protective equipment) to keep this process going. We are excited to be involved in the fight against COVID-19 in this way, as this is the kind of work that community health centers are driven to do"
As the battle against Coronavirus continues, WCHD has plenty of hopes for the future beyond these scheduled congregate testing stops. Currently, testing for COVID-19 is not available at the Health Department and Community Health Center sites, but Olenek hopes that will change in the future. "Once a valid point-of-care test (meaning the result of the test can be known very soon, without having the sample sent away to a lab) for Coronavirus is available, we hope to have testing available here at the WCHD CHC for the general public," Olenek explained. "We are just not sure when that will be."

Maragos, meanwhile, has hopes that the CHC's Mobile Medical Unit will have some additional services in the future, one in particular, when it visits those who have issues with mobility and transportation. "We certainly hope, one day, that the mobile unit will be able to go out and administer COVID-19 immunizations."

For more information on Will County Health Department and Community Health Center programs, visit 
Home School Ideas from local faculty member
I wanted to give you a quick list of things to remember while homeschooling:

1. Homeschooling is hard! It is hard on the parent and the kid. Not everyday is going to be perfect. Some days will go better than others. And at the end of every day, praise yourself and your child. You did it!

2. Make it work for your family. You DO NOT have to do everything everyday. The work sent home is not meant to be stressful. When kids are not at school for an extended period of time, they tend to forget information. In education we call this the "summer slide." The schoolwork that your children are working on at home is to help prevent this loss of achievement. Do what you can. Anything is better than nothing. In the classroom, we know that the same thing does not work for each student. You are now the teacher. If something isn't working - change it, skip it, or come back to it later.

3. Focus on the basics. Have your child read and practice math. If you are ready to quit
homeschooling, cut back the work. Have your child log on to the math and reading websites provided by the school. If they do not have access to a computer, have them read and practice math however they can. Talk to friends or neighbors and swap books so your kid has new books to read.

4. Talk to the teacher. They know your kid. They will help you if you are struggling. Just
explain your situation and see what suggestions they have. If you are not happy with their suggestions, then make your own alterations to the school day.

5. Work on problem solving. One of the most important skills your child can have is the
ability to persevere and follow through. Give your kid a task that they will struggle with and encourage them to finish with little to no help from you. 

Ashley Zinn, NWTHA Vice President / faculty member Gregory Middle School
The Naperville Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower is announcing special concerts and lighting
T he Naperville Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower is announcing special concerts and lighting to honor healthcare workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic this spring.

Local carillonneurs will perform a series of concerts on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon for the month of May, in addition to the regularly scheduled concerts at noon on Saturdays and at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. through May 12, Moser Tower will be lighted up blue to honor healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 health crisis. The blue lighting planned through May 12 will replace the white lights typically displayed during that time period. In contrast to the summer recitals of past years, the upcoming spring concerts are intended for a dispersed audience, listening as they walk along the Riverwalk. Per current guidelines related to COVID-19, people may not gather in groups on Rotary Hill to listen to the concerts.

The summer Carillon concert schedule will continue the Saturday and
Sunday concerts that feature local carillonneurs. The Tuesday evening
recital series schedule, which usually includes guest artists from other
states and countries, is yet to be determined and will be announced at a later time. 
Library News
S tarting Monday, May 11, Naperville Public Library will begin to offer
curbside service at each of its three buildings. More information will be
shared in the coming days about how customers can pick-up physical library materials at Nichols, Naper Blvd. or 95th St. Library.
All library staff working curbside service will be given personal protective equipment (PPE) including disposable gloves, reusable and disposable masks, a safety shield and other PPE as needed. Per 
recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, we will continue to quarantine materials for three days after they are returned to the library.

All Naperville Public Library buildings remain closed through Sunday, May 31. All in-person library programs have been cancelled through June.

To stay up to date on library news, or to sign-up for a digital library card, visit Customers can stream movies and music on hoopla, get e-books through OverDrive, read newspapers through PressReader, and so much more.
The Library Catalog, http://www.naperville-l is available 24/7 for you to download or renew materials. 

As unincorporated residents you can still elect to be a member of the Naperville Library system. Call the Library or go to their web site for more details .
Got Something to Share?
This is your community. Would you like to share an upcoming neighborhood or community event? Something coming up that your friends and neighbors might like to join in?.Scouts selling cookies? Touch-a-truck for kids? Want to arrange a group to meet and talk about books, movies, gardening (even over Zoom)? Let us know so we can include it here. Send me an email to: - Editor- Jim Kopchok
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As an all-volunteer organization we count on your support to help us in organizing and delivering events and services to our members. Please consider offering your skills if you can. We can use help in preparing newsletters and emails, events for the kids, our annual Block Party, adult socials and more! With our current safety guidelines now is a good time to focus on something positive!

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A politically independent organization that was formed (according to our by-laws) to improve the conditions of education, work, recreation, health, and safety; to foster and develop a neighborhood plan; and to aid, assist and sponsor neighborhood activities."

I nexpensive to join — only $17 per year , plus a one-time Legal Fund assessment of $20 (which pays our attorney's fees if/when we need such services to resolve community-wide issues). In other words, it's $37 the first year and $17/year thereafter , which entitles you to receive our bimonthly newsletter and annual membership directory and to participate in NWTHA programs and events -- such as our annual family picnic and popular Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas Party for the kids.

  • President: Ken Hagenbaumer
  • Vice President: Ashley Zinn
  • Secretary: Barb Kopchok
  • Treasurer: Jim Kopchok
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Barb Angelos
Vicki Crnkovich
Todd Hector
Candace Oliva
Robert Segal