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Taste of Elmwood Park takes place Aug. 10-13. (Village of Elmwood Park)


School Dist. names Gray, Ptashkin to administrative posts

The Barrington 220 School District Board of Education recently approved two new administrative assignments: Chelsea Gray as Special Services Coordinator and Samantha Ptashkin as Director of Communications. Gray, previously an assistant principal for student services with Deerfield School District 109, replaces Lindsay Tiritilli, who was promoted to Director of Special Services. Ptashkin, previously a television news reporter for KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas, replaces Morgan Delack. For more information, call (847) 381-6300 or visit


Roosevelt hires Sabbaghi as new College of Business dean 

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., announced that Asghar Sabbaghi recently was selected to serve as dean of the Heller College of Business. Sabbaghi most recently served as dean of the Graham School of Management at Saint Xavier University, beginning in 2014. Prior to that, he was a member of the leadership team of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University-South Bend for 18 years. In addition, Sabbaghi is co-author of the book, “Water Resources: From Regulation to Privatization,” as well as the author of numerous scholarly articles published in journals such as the International Business and Economics Research Journal. Sabbaghi holds a PhD in Economics from Indiana University, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Statistics from Tehran University, in Iran. He also holds post-doctoral certificates from the Management Development Program at Harvard University, the Advanced MIS Faculty Development Institute at Indiana University and the MIS Faculty Development Institute at the University of Minnesota. 

Elmwood Park

Village to host Taste of Elmwood Park

The village announced that the Taste of Elmwood Park will be held from 5-11 p.m. Aug. 10-11, noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 12 and noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 13 at Central Park, located at the corner of Fullerton and 75th avenues. The event includes food and beverage vendors, rides, games, arts and crafts, and live music. Headliners include Feudin’ Hillbillys (8 p.m. Aug. 10), The Boy Band Night (8:30 p.m. Aug. 11), Libido Funk Circus (9 p.m. Aug. 12) and 7th Heaven (7:45 p.m. Aug. 13). In addition, adults can visit The Taste Lounge, featuring cocktails and made-to-order pizza, as well as DJs Pumpin Pete and Tony Slammin Keas (9 p.m. Aug. 11) and Geno Delboccio and Amazing Angelo Pesce (9 p.m. Aug. 12). Admission is free. For more information, call 708-452-7300 or visit


Library youth director Creger nets prestigious award

The village announced that Amber Creger, Youth Department Director for the Schaumburg Township District Library, recently received the prestigious Davis Cup Award from the Illinois Library Association’s (ILA) Youth Services Forum. The annual award, sponsored by the ABDO Publishing Company, recognizes an individual who has made a contribution in library youth services. In her current position, Creger is responsible for the development and delivery of services for children at the library’s three locations (Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park). Creger’s efforts have resulted in the replacement of the library’s traditional summer reading program with a Summer Challenge, the addition of more play space to KidsZone, and providing interactive equipment that promotes motor skills and creativity. For more information, call 847-985-4000 or visit

Tinley Park

Village ranked 46th among top 100 safest cities in nation

The village reported that the National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) recently ranked Tinley Park at No. 46 on its Top 100 Safest Cities in America list. To compile the list, the NCHSS reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics, along with its own internal research. The NCHSS eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report, and also removed cities with populations of less than 50,000. Tinley Park’s population was listed at 57,403 at the time of the study. For more information, call 708-444-5000 or visit

Rolling Meadows

Wine Down by the Creek event on tap

The city announced that Wine Down by the Creek & Music in the Park, sponsored by Ben Franklin Bank, will be held from 6-11 p.m. Aug. 11 at Kimball Hill Park, 2905 Meadow Drive. The event includes a selection of wine and beer (provided by Stadium Sports Club), and a variety of food trucks. In addition, area band Centerfold will perform live from 8-10 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic-style snacks. Admission is free. Drinks are $5 each. Parking is available behind Jewel Food Store on Kirchoff Road. For more information, call 847-394-8500 or visit


Weinman sworn in as Deputy Chief of Police

The village announced that Commander Paul Weinman recently was sworn in as Deputy Chief of Police, joining Chief of Police Anthony Scarpelli and fellow Deputy Chief of Police Brian Baker in leading the Skokie Police Department. Weinman replaces Michael Pechter, who retired earlier this year. Weinman joined the Skokie Police Department as an officer in 1994, served as a sergeant, and currently serves as a commander in the North Shore Regional Crimes Task Force. He also led development of the department’s first Intelligence Unit and oversaw the Special Enforcement Team, and serves as chairman of the Safety Review Board. Weinman holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. 

Park Forest

Commission seeks nominations for Good Egg Award

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is seeking nominations for the Good Egg Award. The Good Egg Award is presented to an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty to be of service to others. The award recognizes those who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in the community through human relations and human rights advocacy. To request a nomination form, contact Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or via email at For more information, visit  


–Cook County News Briefs–