Metea teacher may be Cosmo’s dream bachelor
From Sun Staff and Submitted Reports October 11, 2012 10:52PM
Eric Anerino is in the running for Cosmopolitan Magazine's "Bachelor of the Year" award.
Updated: November 13, 2012 6:19AM
Teacher in ‘Bachelor of Year’ contest
Eric Anerino is basically a regular guy, born and raised in Naperville and a graduate of Naperville North High School.
He currently works as an English teacher at Metea Valley High School and coaches cross country. But soon, he may be receiving a deluge of attention from women.
Anerino isn’t scheduled to appear on television in “The Bachelor” but evidently Cosmopolitan Magazine thinks he’s pretty hot.
“Eric was chosen by Cosmopolitan Magazine to represent Illinois in their Bachelor of the Year contest,” said his brother Brian, 31, who lives in Woodridge. “He’s having a lot of fun with this and we’re all working to keep him level headed about it. It’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek thing, but he’s a great kid with a great personality.”
Brian said there are four brothers in the Anerino family and that the other boys have been giving their younger sibling “a lot of ribbing” over his new found celebrity status.
“Eric is just a regular guy and he was nominated secretly by someone earlier this summer,” Brian said.
Eric himself is still a little floored by it all.
“I was understandably stunned when I found out that I won Illinois, because this began as something fun that my friend, Elise, signed me up for,” he said. “After I received more information about the contest, I contacted my administrators who were extremely supportive. My friends, family, and entire school have all been incredible throughout this short experience, which has helped me to simply enjoy it.”
The 25-year-old hunk has a short profile on the website http://www.cosmopolitan.com/_mobile/sex-love/bachelors-2012/bachelors-2012-illinois.
Voting opened Oct. 1 and closes Oct. 18. Brian Anerino said his brother plans to fly to New York sometime late next week for the announcement of the national winner.
Spooky fun for kids
Kids and parents looking to kick start this year’s Halloween fun can don their costumes and head on over to the Riverwalk Amphitheater on Sunday, Oct. 28, for a “Halloween on the Riverwalk” event being offered by the Naperville Public Library.
Beginning at 2 p.m., kids can enjoy stories, songs and a puppet show about the annual premier fall holiday. Organizer Liz Londe said this is her seventh year coordinating the event, which can attract anywhere from 350 to 750 people.
“If the weather is nice, we can sometimes pretty much fill the amphitheater there and this is definitely one of the highlights of our children’s programs throughout the year,” Londe said. “This year for the first time, we tried to coordinate this with the Downtown Naperville Alliance, which has arranged to let kids trick-or-treat throughout the downtown businesses first and then head over to our event.”
Stories from the library’s collection will be read aloud using props and puppets, Londe said, in order to make the tales come alive for the audience.
“We’ll do our best to act things out since 500 kids can’t follow along with the pages in a book,” Londe promised.
For more information, visit www.naperville-lib.info.
Classic fairy tale to be staged
Neuqua Valley High School will be nothing short of a fairy tale this weekend when “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” opens tonight at the south Naperville school.
“The directors, students and children have been rehearsing and working hard together,” said Maryrose Parello, publicity chairperson. “Their combined efforts have not only been a fun adventure together, they have also been able to create a magical production.”
Teens and children from throughout the community will bring the classic to life on the main stage during four weekend performances. The children participated in a week- long summer workshop, working alongside the Wildcat thespians in an “introduction to theater” experience.
Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $11 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the door.
Naper author to hold book signing
Growing up in Naperville, Cathy Cronin Schwieger was a frequent visitor to Anderson’s Bookshop. On Oct. 16, the Naperville Central graduate returns as an author.
“Anderson’s has always been a special place to me and my family,” she said. “Being part of a signing there is a dream come true. I’m honored to be included with such a fabulous group of poets. It feels a bit like Christmas.”
Schwieger is part of a group of authors who will be signing their new children’s sports poetry collection “And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems,” recent winner of a 2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.
“I’m proud of so many aspects of this book,” she said. “‘And The Crowd Goes Wild’ features 50 sports poems and 30 different poetry styles, which is such a fun way to get children excited about reading poetry. The showcased poets are from 10 countries around the world, so it’s truly a global collection.”
Ten writers hail from Illinois, including Naperville resident Carmela Martino. The book signing will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in Naperville. Pre-ordering books is recommended. Call Anderson’s Bookshop at 630-355-2665 to reserve your copy.
Team works to fight breast cancer
When Naperville North High School’s swim and dive team isn’t in the water, they’re making a splash in the community. This week, the lady Huskies have been selling pink carnations each day to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.
“This fundraiser is an opportunity for the girls to look outside themselves and support others who are battling cancer,” said Mary Jacobs, whose daughter Devin is on the team. “Hopefully they are picking up valuable life skills that will carry them through whatever comes their way.”
It’s a cause that’s particularly important to the team, Jacobs said, because several members have moms who are breast cancer survivors and one swimmer’s mom is currently undergoing treatment.
Since Monday, the teens have been selling the pink carnations that include a personal message for the recipient for $5 apiece. All proceeds will benefit Edward Cancer Center at Edward Hospital, and will help offset costs for those who cannot afford treatment.
“I don’t remember breast cancer fundraisers back in the day; that tells me we are making great strides to raise awareness and we have also made great strides due to the many women who have participated in breast cancer research,” said Jenna VanGilder, Edward Hospital oncology nurse and 1989 Naperville North graduate. “I am so grateful to the swim and dive team. To have the money raised donated to Edward Cancer Center is fantastic and it is coming back to the community.”