The Village of Northbrook recently announced the promotion of Andrew Carlson from Deputy Chief to Chief of the Northbrook Fire Department. Carlson, who has 35 years of experience in fire protection, was officially sworn in last month. He began his 18 year career with the Northbrook fire Department in 1999 as a firefighter and paramedic. Over the years, he was promoted to lieutenant, captain, battalion chief and deputy chief. Carlson earned a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and a B.S. degree in Fire Science Management from Southern Illinois University. He also holds a variety of certifications including Emergency Rescue Technician, Tactics and Strategy, Fire Officer, Instructor, Hazardous Materials Operations and Incident Command and Provisional Chief Fire Officer. Carlson was selected from a field of candidates to fill the position of Chief Jose Torres, who retired in December 2017.
A community blood drive will be held on Saturday, Feb 10, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Foods, sponsored by Northbrook Rotary and Sunset in conjunction with LifeSource. Donors are asked to sign up through www.lifesource.org and search for Northbrook on the Events tab. Appointments recommended; walk-ins welcome. Call (877)-543-3768 for more information.
Congratulations to Charizma for its selection as one of the top DJ services in the WeddingWire 2018 Couples Choice awards. The award recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.
Drop off new or gently used children’s books up to the 6th grade reading level at Waterway Carwash throughout the month of February. The book drive is sponsored by Dr. Energy Saver to benefit Bernie’s Book Bank.
BankFinancial recently awarded the North Suburban YMCA a $5,000 grant to support its new water safety pilot program for children. The gift will support the Y’s unique “2 Seconds 2 Long!” initiative to ensure that all second graders receive swim safety instructions. For more information visit NSYMCA.org. Pictured right: YMCA Executive Director Howard Schultz with BankFinancial executives Mary Tritsis (l) and Clare Veslino.
Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram recently announced the appointment of John Jackson as the new General Manager. John was previously at Cadillac of Knoxville, Tennessee. He has 22 years experience in the Automotive Industry, including 8 years with the Fields Auto Group. John can be reached at 847-446-5100, ext. 312.
Escape from winter and enjoy the beautiful sea of color of over 10,000 orchids which will be on display at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s “Asia in Boom: Orchid Show, opening on Saturday, February 10 running through the end of March. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/orchid for a complete list of events and programs.
The Northbrook Public Library offers a crash course on PowerPoint on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. as well as a class to demystify Excel VLOOKUP, one of Excel’s most useful functions that allows you to compare two lists on Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. RSVP through www.northbrook.info or call (847)272-6224.
Northbrook Bank and Trust offers Chamber members an opportunity to showcase their business in their downtown Northbrook office as part of their “In the Spotlight” program featuring local small businesses. Businesses can display small products/information on services, samples and flyers on a table in the lobby For more information contact Marilena Tanasescu at (847)418-2823.
Congratulations to the Northbrook Park District for receiving a score of 97.74% on the risk management loss control review conducted by the Park District Risk Management Association (PDRMA). The accreditation recognizes the District’s exemplary safety practices and commitment to training.
The Cancer Wellness Center offers “Evening of Wellness” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. featuring a variety of medical professionals who will give presentations on topics ranging from understanding stress to mindful eating, and other health and wellness topics. For more information visit www.cancerwellness.org or call (847)509-9595.
Registration is underway for the Northbrook Police Dept. Citizen Police Academy, which offers a hands-on opportunity to learn more about Police functions and job responsibilities. The class is free but limited to the first 20 participants who sign up. Classes begin Tuesday, April 3. For more information visit www.northbrook.il.us/PoliceAcademy.