Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Two incumbents are running unopposed for Darien Park District Board in 2013.
Two candidates are running unopposed for two open seats on the Darien Park District Board in 2013. Both Rob Saracco and Ray Joblonski are sitting commissioners. Early voting begins March 25. Election Day is April 9. Join Patch! Create a free user account and join the discussion about the future of Darien. You'll be subscribed to the free daily newsletter and breaking news alerts. Got a news tip? Email Patch editor Joe O'Donnell.
Rob Saracco is one of two candidates running for Darien Park District Board of Commissioners in 2013.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? To give back to the community. What do you think are the top 3 goals for the park district? Making the most of the tax dollars we receive. Giving our residents the programs and services they want and need. Keeping our records and policies transparent. Are there more services or programs you would like to see offered? As of right now I feel we are offering the services and programs people want. But that is an ever evolving process.
Ray Joblonski is one of two candidates running for the Darien Park District Board of Commissioners in 2013.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I want to continue to be involved in the community and to help guide the Darien Park District. Previously I have been President of Darien Youth Club and coached various youth soccer and baseball teams. That experience as well as my business background gives me a solid perspective. What do you think are the top 3 goals for the park district? 1. Short term and long range business and operations plans for the Darien Park District including Sportsplex and the Community Center (formerly Fairview School) with a focus on continued financial health. 2. Expanded programs and services for residents of all ages when financially feasible. 3. Even greater cooperation between the park district…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Darien Lion’s Club and Darien Park District are collecting items for the annual Food Basket program and toy drive.
Looking to spread some cheer this holiday season? The community is invited to help two Darien organizations who are working together to help the area’s needy families. Starting Nov. 24, the Darien Lions Club will begin collecting non-perishable food items for its 38th annual Food Basket program. Bags containing goods such as canned food and boxed macaroni and cheese, as well as fresh meat and produce will be given to about 200 families in need in and around Darien. In cooperation with the Lions Club program, the Darien Park District is conducting its annual toy drive. The items will be distributed along with the Lions Club's food baskets. “This is by far the largest outreach program in our community and we are helping so many families to …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Increased police presence a result of new initiative at Darien Community Park
Darien Community Park at Plainfield and Clarendon Hills roads offers plenty of amenities for all ages to enjoy. At nearly 20 acres, the park features two picnic pavilions, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, two sand volleyball courts, a soccer field, baseball fields, two playgrounds and restroom facilities. But the park is of little use to residents if they don’t feel safe there – whether they have heard rumors about crimes being committed at the park or simply perceive that the park may not be a place they can comfortably enjoy with their families. In response to those perceptions, the City of Darien and Darien Park District have begun taking a stance against those who may disrupt the enjoyment of other park-goers. Through the new…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Enjoying the water is fun when it's hot outside. Here are tips for safe swimming.
With temperatures expected to be in the 90s for the next few days, spending time in a pool is a great option to keep cool. Yet, drowning is the number one cause of injury deaths to children ages 1 to 4. In 2011, seven drowning deaths were reported in Illinois, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In May, the Consumer Product Safety Commission kicked off its Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign. The campaign is targeted to at-risk groups, but also provides information that is valuable to the general public. If you plan to spend any time at the pool, whether public or neighborhood, here are some safety tips. Source: PoolSafely.gov The Darien Park District offers CPR classes regularly. The next heartsaver class…
Monday, May 7, 2012
Tell us where you head with your family when you take some time off while staying in town.
Sometimes an out-of-town vacation just isn’t in the cards. But that doesn’t mean your time off work or school needs to be any less fun. There are myriad inexpensive ways in the Chicago area to entertain your family—some of which are even in your own backyard. Where’s your favorite place to go on a Darien-area staycation? Vote in our poll or click the name of the destination and leave a review. Don’t see your favorite place for a staycation in Darien? Tell us in the comments. Voting closes at noon Friday. We’ll name the local favorite that afternoon.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The group Kids Around the World dismantled a playground from Darien Community Park and reassembled it at an orphanage near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Grace Village is an orphanage located in Titanyen, Haiti, just a few miles from a mass grave where thousands of the dead from the 2010 earthquake are buried. Many of the orphans lost their parents to hurricanes, cholera, AIDS or sheer poverty, according to the group Healing Haiti, which constructed Grace Village. “Anything you can imagine about the conditions (in Haiti)—it’s worse than that,” said Mike Young, regional vice president of Rockford-based nonprofit Kids Around the World. The kids' lives have been grim to this point, but the Darien Park District is giving them one of the most precious gifts a child could receive—the gift of play. One of the two playgrounds dismantled last year from Darien Community Park found a new home this …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
The Darien Park District, with the help of the Darien Lions Club, set out more than 1,000 eggs at Darien Community Park for local children.
The Darien Park District, with the help of the Darien Lions Club, set out 1,000 eggs at Darien Community Park for local children. A similar scene unfolded simultaneously at Westwood Park. Though it took about an hour to scatter the eggs, once the kids were set free they collected all the eggs in fewer than five minutes. Happy Easter, indeed!
Friday, February 10, 2012
Girls and their dads celebrated a special night out Thursday at Ashton Place.
Dozens of fathers and daughters gathered Thursday for the Darien Park District's Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Ashton Place. The pairs sipped punch, ate ice cream and, most importantly, danced the night away. Some of the pairs have been coming to the event for more than 10 years. Enjoy the Patch photo gallery of the event.