Mom shares Jan. 1 birthday with son

Super couponing expert Jill Cataldo.  |  Submitted
Daniela Castillo, of Naperville, celebrates her birthday and the birth of her baby, Daniel, who was the first baby born Jan. 1 at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Daniel was born at 10:33 p.m. weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces and measuring 19 inches.  |  Submitted
North Central College will showcase paintings and sketches by Jason Godeke in the exhibit ÒMonsters and TotemsÓ Jan. 12 through March 6. Shown here is Allies, a 21-by-48-inch oil on canvas.  |  Submitted

It was an extra special day for Daniela Castillo, of Naperville. Not only was it her birthday, but she gave birth to the first baby born in 2014 at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. With the help of Dr. Francisco Garcini obstetrician/gynecologist with Partners in Obstetrics and Women’s Health, Daniel was born at 10:33 p.m. Jan. 1 weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces and measuring 19 inches.

Ironically, Daniela was born shortly after midnight more than two decades ago on New Year’s Day. When the nurses told her that her son was the first baby born in the new year, she was surprised and elated to be able to share such a special day with her son.

“He’s such a blessing,” Daniela Castillo said. “J.R., myself and our entire family are so excited that Daniel could be born on New Year’s Day.”

To celebrate, the Silver Cross Birthing Center staff filled a gift basket with an array of baby items. In addition, the hospital’s Childerguild Gift Shop gave baby Daniel a gigantic blue teddy bear. The Childerguild has supported women and children’s services at Silver Cross for more than 100 years.

Three cheers

High school teams show talents at competitions

Several local high schools have reason to cheer, and several reasons to be cheered.

On Jan. 4, cheerleading and dance teams from across the state converged on the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for the 2014 Winter Meltdown. Sponsored by Conant and Schaumburg high schools, the event brought more than 175 cheerleading and dance teams together for the Illinois High School Association sanctioned competition.

On the cheer side, Neuqua Valley varsity cheerleaders proved victorious, taking first place for the second year in a row in the large-school division.

In the junior varsity large-school category, Neuqua Valley junior varsity team earned a second place spot, followed by Plainfield Central in third.

In the dance competition, Aurora Central Catholic earned first place in the varsity “A” division. And in the junior varsity dance category, Neuqua Valley junior varsity dancers took home second place.

Also last weekend in downstate Illinois, members of Naperville Central’s junior varsity cheer team made a name for themselves at the Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association competition. The Redhawks took home third place in the large-school division. In the co-ed division, Bolingbrook High School snagged third place honors.

Savings await

Learn super couponing with national expert

The Naperville Park District is bringing nationally known super couponing expert Jill Cataldo to Naperville on Saturday, Jan. 18.

The workshop, open to adults and kids age 10 and older, will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., downtown Naperville.

“We are excited that Jill Cataldo is able to present a fun, interactive and educational workshop,” said Lorraine Ouellette, Park District program manager. “After stretching budgets to provide gifts and celebrate the holidays, many families are looking for new ways to be frugal as 2014 begins.”

Cataldo has appeared on Fox News, authors a nationally syndicated newspaper column and video series, and enjoys conducting workshops in which she teaches participants how to maximize savings from online and print coupons. A resident of Huntley, Cataldo shares tips and resources via her website at

Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis until the event is full. To register, visit or call the Naperville Park District at 630-848-5000.

Artist’s rendering

Find monsters at NCC art exhibit

North Central College will showcase paintings and sketches by Jason Godeke in the exhibit “Monsters and Totems” Jan. 12 through March 6 in the college’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville.

Godeke is interested in combining familiar, machined, idealized versions of humans with freshly hewn figurative aspects that are crude and flawed. He often draws or paints toys or figurines as actors with oversized objects as props or architecture and landscape as backdrops. A Barbie doll might need a gorilla’s arms to survive in a world without cars, clothes, computers or cash. Captain America might not be a big strong hero, but rather a scared, vulnerable little boy.

“There’s something appealing to me about the overt contrivance of a tableau, the fact that the artist not only renders the image, but also arranges and chooses the objects in the picture,” says Godeke, in a press release.

An artist reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 6. For gallery hours or to learn more about the exhibit, contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or

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