New leaders for local private schools

Several local private schools have new administrators this year, and The News-Gazette caught up with some of them to ask them about themselves, their jobs and their hopes for the future.

Here's how they responded.

Christina Ellis

Principal at Holy Cross School in Champaign

Age: 42

Getting Personal: Mindy Manolakes

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with King Elementary School kindergarten teacher and actress Mary Lynda (Mindy) Manolakes of Urbana.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

Studio Visit: Clark Gibson

Studio visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with saxophonist Clark Gibson. 

Q: You seem really accomplished for your age. When did you start playing the sax?

Business and professional briefs July 21, 2013

New jobs

Thopiah, Lohano join Christie. Dr. Prakash Thopiah and Dr. Takeem Lohano have joined Christie Clinic.

Thopiah, who is in the Department of Cardiology, has served as an interventional cardiologist in the Champaign area for 25 years.

Letter from Birdland: A wonderful stroll through the Windy City

Another day in Chi-town and I find myself back in Millennium Park. Later, Emily and I will take a cab up to have dinner at a pie shop.

For the retirees July 21, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

Reluctant Townie: Not discussing Zimmerman - much

I was going to write a column about the George Zimmerman verdict, but pretty much everyone on Earth already published their opinions about it (be it by Twitter, Facebook or Anonymous Internet Comments) — and very little of those opinions are based on the facts and realities of the case.

Longtime library leader will be missed by staff, public

In the Sept. 19, 2010, issue of The News-Gazette, Anne Phillips wrote an article titled "Urbana Free Library losing a key asset," which discussed the retirement of longtime employee John Dunkelberger.

Now, almost three years later, the library is once again losing a key asset. After 21 years of wonderful service to the community, Phillips, director of adult services, has retired.

Photographer captures tiny subjects

URBANA — As one of the world's foremost insect photographers, Alex Wild tries to avoid easy shots of bugs feeding on nectar.

Instead, he might travel to remote locations in Uganda, Brazil, Australia and Colombia. Once there, he lies on the ground to shoot from low angles — or crawls into caves to hunt down his subjects.

Gearhead of the Week: Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire keeps a very special GTO at his home in Gibson City