Glenview’s motto is “character counts,” and each year the town honors five residents who have impacted the community. Now in its 48th year, the program begins with written nominations that are submitted and then reviewed by Village staff. Recently, officials announced the 2014 winners, all of whom made commendable contributions of public service. They include:
Citizen of the Year: Myrna Newman
As the financial advisor for Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, Newman has been instrumental in securing funding of more than $100,000 for critical services for the youngest people of the community. That includes supplying an effective report to the Village Board of Trustees that warranted a $40,000 increase for 2015, allowing Youth Services to expand individual and group therapy and prevention and social groups. She also devotes her time to volunteering with the Optimist Club of Glenview to support their youth-based programs.
Youth of the Year: Jane Brennan
Brennan was nominated by her Model UN Advisor at Glenbrook South, Terrence M. Jozwik, who applauded the senior year student for often being named “best delegate” in her committees, which extends to her other humanitarian efforts. Brennan is involved with Student Council and the canned food drive they organize, is a a four-year member of the debate team and girl’s lacrosse team and helps to organize a yearly bowling fundraiser that benefits Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook.
Public Safety Award: Glenview Police Officers David Maize, Carly Gaba and Philip Oshana
The three police officers were recognized for their swift response to a house fire on Elmdale Avenue on the afternoon of August 24, 2014 where several family members were trapped inside. Officer Maize, the first on the scene, entered the residence to search for individuals and was told of an elderly handicapped woman trapped in the back bedroom on the first floor. Gaba and Oshana arrived and also entered the home to assist and together carried out the woman to safety. “Teamwork is an important discipline especially in this line of work,” said nominator William T. Fitzpatrick, chief of police.
Public Service Award: Richard Urso
Urso was also nominated by Chief of Police William T. Fitzpatrick who thanked him for being a “quick-thinking citizen” in helping to catch a criminal during an attempted bank robbery at the Fifth Third Bank at 1529 Waukegan Road on December 5, 2014. Urso was in the drive-through teller lanes and could see the crime in progress and was able to supply Glenview Police with thorough information including the vehicle he was driving and physical descriptions. The suspect was found, arrested and charged with federal bank robbery. “He performed an act of bravery,” wrote Fitzpatrick.
Special Committee Awards:
These were also given to Chuck Balling, who retires as Executive Director of the Glenview Park District March 31, 2015; Cheryl Deom, who retires as Superintendent of Special Facilities of the Glenview Park District May 1, 2015; Robert Quill, who retires as Superintendent of Leisure Services of the Glenview Park District June 30, 2015; Wayne Globerger, who retired as Glenview Fire Chief December 19, 2014; and William Bickley, who is retiring as Commander of Joseph M. Sesterhenn American Legion Post 166.
All of these individuals will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony at the North Shore Country Club on April 17. Reservations can be made with Sandie Elliott at the Glenview Police Department at (847) 901-6100.