Friday, June 15, 2012
The women who participate in the North Shore Senior Center program crochet blankets for chemotherapy patients; the group is working to raise funds by June 30 to keep a matching donor grant.
A group of North Shore women who crochet blankets for chemotherapy patients have two weeks to match a $5,000 grant to help continue to fund the ‘Project Warmth’ program. The grant, given by an anonymous donor, must be matched in order for the program to receive the funds. The "Blanket Ladies" initiative was started three years ago by former Wilmette resident Ruth Silverman. “Ruth was the guiding force who gathered steam to grow this program, she herself was a cancer survivor,” said Kathleen Geraghty, senior communications specialist at the North Shore Senior Center. Geraghty said the blankets are given to people undergoing chemotherapy because one of the side-effects is that patients often feel cold while they are being treated. “The …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Cubs owner talks about Epstein, team's future and "Moneyball."
Before hiring Theo Epstein last week, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts of Wilmette talked to the Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane. If that name sounds familiar it is because Beane was the subject of the recent movie Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt as Beane, that focused on his sophisticated efforts to develop baseball talent. Rickets shared this story and his vision for bringing a World Series to Wrigley Field with more than 225 people Tuesday at the NorthShore Senior Center in Northfield. One person asked Ricketts if he used the Moneyball model, referring to Beane’s use of computer models and statistical analysis to develop a team. “I did spend some time with Billy Beane during the process,” Ricketts said of the search that …
Friday, August 5, 2011
Bryan Padget explores changes in the Medicare program in a Q&A at the North Shore Senior Center.
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Friday, August 5, 2011
*An original version of this story that ran on Aug. 5 misquoted Bryan Padget, of Illinois' Senior Health Insurance Program, as recommending Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Padget was highlighting that Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only company guaranteed to be issued following the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. It's no secret that Medicare, like many government programs, is a tough nut to crack. That's why Brian Padget, of Illinois' Senior Health Insurance Program, presented a few of 2011's changes to public policy at the North Shore Senior Center's Northfield campus Thursday. Padget spent part of his time stressing to seniors the importance of getting a Medicare plan ironed out when they first become eligible. "Purchase what you think you'…