The Den newsletter
You may have heard…the Wahlburgers organization held a groundbreaking for the new St. Charles Wahlburgers on March 22, 2019, at the site of the new restaurant, a three-acre outlot by the Meijer at Route 38 and Randall Road. The Massachusetts-based burger chain, was co-founded by Wahlberg brothers Donnie, Mark and Paul. Pictured below, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg break ground along side Mayor Rogina and members of the City Council.
Over the next few years, there may be development opportunities coming to the area north of Main Street and south of the old railroad bridge within our Downtown. On the east side, the Police Department will be leaving their current facility. Meanwhile, discussions are ongoing about the potential for pedestrian and recreational enhancement to the riverfront in this area.
Join the St. Charles Public Library for the One Book, One Community kickoff on Saturday, April 6 from 1-3 p.m. at the Library and St. Mark’s Parking Lot. Experience scenes from Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, a science fiction novel that depicts life before and after a pandemic. There will be food, music, giveaways, hands-on activities, and more. Learn camping and survival techniques from our local Boy and Girl Scout Troops, and get emergency preparedness information from the City of St. Charles Emergency Management Agency.
Continuing with our series on not-for-profit organizations in our area, I want to talk to you this month about Elderday Center, Inc. Located at 328 West Wilson in Batavia, Elderday serves seniors with mild-to-moderate cognitive and physical impairment and is supported by a host of friends and neighbors in the community including the St. Charles 708 Mental Health Board.
April’s Landmark of the Month is the Franklin Curtis House. This house is located at 516 N 3rd Ave, and was designated as a landmark last year. Franklin Curtis built this English Cottage style home on Terra Cotta foundation in 1926, and the garage was added sometime later. Shortly after 2008, an addition was added to the east side elevation. Mr. Curtis lived in the home until 1941, when he sold it to George E. Thompson. Mr. Thompson was the superintendent of St. Charles schools from 1919- 1958. He lived in the home until his retirement. Thompson middle school was named in his honor.
The City of St. Charles Natural Resources Commission invites you to celebrate Arbor Day 2019 on Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Lincoln Park, on Main Street between N. 4th and N. 5th Streets. This annual event features music, a tree raffle, free perennial giveaways, tree care demonstrations, educational materials for homeowners and special tree related programs. All ages are welcome to join the celebration!
The St. Charles Natural Resources Commission recognizes that trees, plants and clean environments enhance our community for everyone to enjoy.