Falling behind in classes? Need extra time to work on projects or assignments? The Naperville Public Library has your back. The Naperville Public Library has a specialized computer lab for individuals needing to seek access for computer software, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe, for specific project needs and requirements. Each computer lab has access to the Naperville Public Library’s online database and available software, as well as the ability to print, scan, and fax documents. Free admittance and WiFi makes the computer lab the more popular destination for hardworking individuals to obtain information or fax, scan, or print documents for less than $2.00 per sheet, There is no library card or reservation to reserve a spot in the computer lab. Stop into any of the Naperville Public Library’s computer labs today and their staff will be more than happy to assist you and answer any technical questions. Opportunities such as computer classes and one-to-one assistance are offered on a regular basis to provide more in-depth learning. For more information, you email emerging technology services at firstname.lastname@example.org; check out their services here, computer and technology services; or contact 630-961-4100.
#8 Earth To Echo (2014)
There are movies that pay respect to an original film, there are mockbusters of animated movies, and then there are rip-offs of popular franchises like Earth to Echo! This movie leaves me well, ambivalent. The movie is a complete rip-off of E.T: an alien is in need of returning home, he saves the kids from an oncoming truck, and the kids ride their bikes often (gee, like I haven’t seen that before). Do we need to rip off where the kid flies over the moon like Hey Diddle, Diddle? There’s not much else to say about Earth to Echo; it’s a shameless cheap knock-off of ET that is profoundly dull.
#7 The Nutcracker in 3D (2009)
How can you not say that this is cliche? This story of the Nutcracker has gone on for over 120 years and I’m frustrated that movie producers just want to keep making holiday movies based off this. During the holidays everywhere you turn you’ll see the Nutcracker - even in local elementary schools they perform it for the school play. Whenever I see the Nutcracker, I’m supposed to get overjoyed by it. But after seeing this, just thinking about the Nutcracker sends me cringing. In this remake I really have to give credit to how bad the visual effects are in this movie and our badly animated main character has that special South Korean sweatshop toy appeal to him.
As if the directors and producers weren’t finished yet, they thought watching such a magical holiday classic needed to be in 3D. 3D is so overused now and more often than not you’ll see movies released in 3D that don’t really need to be in 3D at all. The reason why every film is in 3D is because 3D costs more and that means that if they released the film before the holiday season, they get some of that sweet, sweet “CHA-CHING”. This movie is a stab in the back to anybody who was a fan of the Christmas legend and whoever buys Nutcrackers. After watching this, I’ve learned that when you enter a theater that’s presenting a movie on a long time holiday favorite, don’t get your hopes up.
#6 Vampires Suck (2010)
*Groan*, how many more Twilight-based films is Hollywood going to pump out? People say that Twilight is just as good as the Harry Potter series but Twilight is full of stereotypes now. The only time I knew about this vampire franchise is all the girls at my elementary school lunch table just kept raving about it. When the writers and producers saw how thoughtless and profitable the Twilight series was, they thought, "Let's make another movie purely just to annoy fans of the Twilight series". Strangely enough, the Twilight franchise has a strange cult following to it. What is it about Vampires and romance that have to do with one another? I can just watch a Dracula film and claim that’s the only vampire movie in existence. Vampires Suck - I guess the writers thought it was hilarious that Vampires suck people’s blood and clearly people will find it hilarious. This film lacks any form of originality; it’s a sloppy and recycled comedy, heck it can’t even be a comedy! Instead of focusing on a humorous vampire movie, Vampires Suck just puts actors in front of the camera to purposely ridicule pop culture for that hip MTV crowd.
#5 Daddy's Home (2015)
I understand that Mark Wahlberg was trying to relive his juvenile days as a punky teenager but why, why did he decide that nearly 20 years after putting those days behind him that he wanted to act like a punky teenager despite being over 30 years old? Daddy’s Home has two well known actors, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The film is about Brad (Will Ferrell) who portrays an ignorant, neglectful, and self-centered stepfather who puts work first over his family any day and then his worst fears come true when their father, Dusty, (Mark Wahlberg) comes home. Reluctantly the stepchildren choose Dusty over Brad. Therefore, Brad and Dusty begin a rivalry by beating the tar out of each other and clash into epic matchups to win over their kids’ interest. I think they put a lot more effort into the Lakers’ game scene.
Talk to us in the comments! What do you think, do you agree or disagree with T?
It’s time to look back at some of the worst films to ever deface our big screens. While many of us grew up with some amazing, creative, and innovative movies, deep in the shadows are some really bad ones ranging from making no sense, to being tacky, and sometimes even being outright lazy. So let’s check out the Top 10 worst movies and if you do like these movies, that’s great, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, this is my silly personal opinion. I’m glad that you can see the good in these movies that I can’t. Anyway, onto the countdown!
#10 Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Long, long ago we meet Jupiter Jones (really?) portrayed by Mila Kunis who is a young female living in Chicago and trying to protect herself in a space war, I think? The story is just all over the place in this one! I tried to follow it, I really did, but it’s like watching an outright equivalent of a Star Wars/Star Trek rip-off - ridiculous, lame, and slightly annoying. I can’t quite work out what this film’s concept was supposed to be: Was it a sci-fi film? Was it an action film? Was it a love-romance film? Should I just keep asking questions? I probably should, considering that none of the creators have any answers. Everything in this film felt so artificial to me. The background colors of this film consist of sad blues, blacks, and oranges. I actually think I got more entertainment out of staring at my watch for 3 hours because this film feels like it’s just about three hours. This movie was despised by the public and it was panned by critics for its visual effects and lack of coherent story. This one’s at the top of the list because I can respect the creators’ attempt to be completely innovative (I mean there was an entire act of betrayal and action in this movie we just couldn’t see it because most of the audience was still trying to figure out what the movie was actually about). All of the creator's intentions were good. It’s a shame the film is so awkward, makes no sense, and is just a play on of several other, far better action movies.
#9 Tooth Fairy 2 (2012)
I think I can say there is someone clearly working for Warner Bros. because films like this are created by people purposely trying to sabotage their rival’s company. The original Tooth Fairy film was panned for being a load of bile: the effects were terrible, the main character gave a shallow and cruel performance, and the story was ridiculous. It was just a mess. So they decided to make a sequel. Instead of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, thinking, "Let’s get Larry The Cable Guy because you know… he was the voice of Tow Mater in the Cars franchise, kids liked that movie right?” But this movie was the biggest coffee stain on his resume! What did the director say to this guy? Believe me, I find Larry The Cable Guy to be a very talented voice-over actor, actor, and musician, but I just can’t withstand his acting in this movie. I really hate the costume - I mean I can’t believe he had the boldness to put that costume on, he looks like a ballerina with wings! The plot summary unfolds in 10 minutes with little or no effort put into it and the costumes are so ridiculous it looks more like a little girl’s coloring book. This movie deserves no attention, whatsoever!
What do you think? Do you agree with T's #9 and 10 picks or do you have other movies to propose? Talk to us in the comments! #s 7 and 8 coming next week.
Today I am going to a job interview. The job is for a pet store called Pet Supplies Plus. I'm really hoping I get this job.
We are thrilled to report that S was offered the position where he will be cleaning dog bath tubs, stocking, facing, and assisting customers. It was also shared that during the interview, S was humorous, professional, and focused - way to go! We are so proud of S and excited for him as he looks forward to his first day on the job. We are thankful for the Naperville community and their support of our students.
Hey Cubs fans, it’s time to put the billy goat, Steve Bartman, and the black cat behind us. For the first time in over 108 years everyone who is affiliated with the Cubs can officially say, “THE CUBS WIN THE WORLD SERIES!!!” On November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs made history. For the first time since 1908 the Cubs won the World Series. This franchise has been the mockery of sports for over a century without a World Series title, something that (hopefully) no other sports team in all of sports ever has had to suffer. The Cubs for decades have been ridiculed by curses such as the the Billy Goat that was banned from Wrigley Field, Steve Bartman reaching out for the foul ball, and the black cat that walked past Ron Santo in Shea Stadium in 1969. But now the goat has been axed, Steve Bartman has been found innocent, and the black cat has been tossed in the litter box.
For the first time in over 100 years the Cubs have officially won the World Series, something that everyone in sports thought the Cubs would never do again. Unfortunately in sports, there always has to be a loser and that was the Cleveland Indians who are suffering the same situation the Cubs were in; facing a long championship drought. The Indians have won two World Series in their franchise’s history in 1920 and 1948. Sadly, the Cleveland Indians have inherited the new longest drought in Major League Baseball at 68 years without a World Series title to their name. In general, Cleveland sports were always depressing until June of 2016. Instead of the Cleveland Indians, the Cavaliers brought the NBA finals trophy to the city of Cleveland, beating the heavily favored Golden State Warriors in seven games to end Cleveland’s long 54 year sports championship drought. This victory meant a lot to Cleveland fans - not only has it broken their long 54 year curse but it is the first Cleveland Cavaliers championship. During the series, the Cavaliers fell 3 games to 1 against Golden State. The Golden State Warriors were having a magical season of 73-9, surpassing the 1996 Chicago Bulls best NBA record at 72-10. But I guess 73-9 hurts doesn’t it, Golden State?
When Cleveland was in the World Series they pushed the Cubs to the brink, leading the series 3 games to 1. But the 3-1 deficit comeback came back to haunt them as the Cubs won 3 straight games; 3-2, 9-3, and 8-7. Amazingly, Lebron attended the games and when the Indians tied the game 6-6 in the last inning, the entire city erupted and Lebron just gave the entire world a face that I had to ridicule if the Indians lost, which they did.
I’m gonna admit I’m not a die hard Chicago Cubs fan and I heavily favor my New York Yankees but for the Cubs to have gotten as far as they did, I just felt bad for them, I really wanted the curse to end. Fortunately, I got to see a guy I met, Miguel Montero, get the game clinching RBI in the 10th inning, making the city of Chicago party like 1999. My parents have seen a lot in their lives: Bears win the Super Bowl 1985; Bulls win the NBA finals 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998 (despite my parents living in New Jersey at the time); White Sox win the World Series 2005; the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cups 2010, 2013, and 2015; and now the Cubs winning the World Series 2016. It’s magical, honestly, even if you’re not a Chicagoan, you just witnessed history in the making. Think of those who were born or died after 1908 and they never got to see the Cubs win the World Series, heck they hadn’t even see them win the pennant since 3 months after World War II ended! And honestly, I’ve never seen a team shutout so many times in a championship run. The Cubs were shutout more than 2 times, and STILL WON IT ALL.
In my perspective, I think to be a true sports fan you have to be a fan of one team from each conference. I am a Cubs fan from the National League and I am a Yankees fan from the American League. I attended the Cubs parade and it was predicted that 5 million people attended (I honestly thought there would be more). I took some great pictures and getting to see David Ross hoist the World Series trophy was magical. The crowd completely lost it when they saw Rizzo and Bryant on the same bus. The Cubs have officially made history and parents are grateful for their kids because these young kids don’t have to endure the drought they had to suffer. I love all the naysayers and trash talkers from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Cleveland because the way they kept trashing us was like trashing Aquaman (everyone says how terrible Aquaman is when he’s just as good as everyone else). This is without a doubt, the best year in baseball.
What do you think - where you holding your breath throughout the World Series like all of Chicagoland, rooting for the Cubs?
New arrangement opportunities continue to come our way as word spreads throughout the community about The Bloom Room. As always, new experiences bring new challenges and learning for our students. Peggy Keifer, a staff member at Ann Reid Early Childhood Center, approached The Bloom Room to create centerpieces using brass bowls for a post wedding party that would incorporate creams and burgundies. The Bloom Room welcomed the opportunity to learn about how to work with oasis, a floral foam brick, and different techniques for arranging flowers in bowls. With Peggy's colors in mind, we turned to Trader Joe's, our amazing business partner, for our beautiful flowers, using red Roses, stunning burgundy Calla Lilies, white Tiger Lily's, pink Alstroemeria, and three species of Eucalyptus, our trusty greenery. We are beyond proud of the stunning centerpieces that our students created, they are lovely. We are thankful for Peggy for the opportunity and to be a part of this important family event.
These past two weeks have been full of new opportunities for The Bloom Room. We were very excited to be asked to create petite bouquets for Center Stage Theater actors. Kandiss Hernandez, Center Stage Theater Director and proud Connections business partner, approached The Bloom Room this fall with the idea of creating petite bouquets for the Guys and Dolls Jr. fall show. For more information about Center Stage Theater, click here - Center Stage Theater. Center Stage Theater is a wonderful organization and a vibrant community performing arts center, We loved the idea of creating petite and bespoke bouquets for the young performers and new experiences offer our students the opportunity to learn new skills. We dove in and again, turned to Trader Joe's, our lovely business partner, for our flowers, using a combination of Farmer's Market Long Stem Roses, Alstroemeria, Euclapytus, Gypsophila, and other greenery to create 70 unique bouquets for two weekends of performances. Much thanks to Kandiss, for thinking of us, and our students, who are always ready to learn something new. The bouquets were beautiful.
Let us know if you have an event that you would like The Bloom Room to do the arrangements for, we would be happy to work with you.
Thrilled doesn't quite capture how excited The Bloom Room was to be asked to do the flowers for the 2016 Illinois Council of Exceptional Children's State Convention. The theme of this years' convention is 'Exceptional Student: Exceptional Learners' and some greats within the field of Education, including Dr. Marilyn Friend and Dr. Patrick Schwarz, are participating this year. It is a privilege to showcase our students' work at the convention. Bloom Room students used Bloom Room mason jars and twine and worked with Starburst Roses, Gypsophila, Alstermaria, and Euclapytus to create the beautiful arrangements. First, several Bloom Room students used the twine to ring the top of the jars while simultaneously adding our tag and others prepared the flower food mixture. Next, students sorted the flowers by type, cutting the stems to the appropriate length to reach the desired height when arranged while adding food water to the bottom of each jar. After this step is when the fun begins! Our students enjoy using their artistic talents to place and arrange the flowers in the vessels, wanting to showcase the beauty of each individual flower. Lastly, the arrangements were packed, ready for delivery. Thank you ICEC for the wonderful opportunity, we are honored to be a part of the 2016 State Convention.
Let us know if you have an event that you would like Bloom Room students to do the arrangements for, we would be happy to work with you.
Hollywood Blockbusters Continue to Underperform as 2016 Progresses
Movies always have people going into the theaters having high expectations but lately Hollywood has been off their game when it comes to making hit movies. In 2016, Paramount Pictures released “Ben-Hur” based on the 1958 movie about a chariot racer in biblical times. Ben-Hur became Hollywood’s latest big-budget bomb which the film cost $100 million to make. The film grossed only $11.2 million on opening weekend adding onto several releases of remakes that have fallen flat on their face. Summer of 2016 has marked disappointment for Hollywood as Hollywood churned out a stream of easy-to-ignore remakes and sequels of popular franchises like Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Legend Of Tarzan, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, Ben-Hur, and Zoolander. 2016 has been nothing more than a nightmare for Hollywood. Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst at ComScore, explained, “Emotionally this was a tough summer on the industry and a bit of a letdown for moviegoers.” The consequences of underperforming movies have shown as Paramount Pictures hit rock bottom in dead 6th place amongst 5 other movie companies on box office success. Most of these movies have high budgets but somehow only gross less than half of the budget and most of these budgets consist of over $100 million dollars spent.
Tell us what you think, do you agree or do you have different thoughts about recent remakes and sequels? Talk to us in the comments.
The Bloom Room proudly created the arrangements for the Naperville Education Foundation's pre-race dinner, in support of TEAM NEF running the Naperville Marathon and Half-Marathon. The NEF pre-race dinner is the largest event The Bloom Room has worked on to date, completing 40 arrangements using Gatorade bottles. Our students worked with Hydrangea and Alstermaria to coordinate with the NEF's blue and green colors and red gingham check tablecloths. microConnections donated 100 bookmarks to the NEF in support of TEAM NEF as a gift to the runners. We even made a custom microConnections tag for the event, highlighting NEF's support of microConnections and alignment between the mission of the NEF and microConnections. microConnections was thrilled to be featured in Lisa Xagas' keynote address where one of our students joined her on stage to talk about the impact microConnections has on our students and their job skill development. We were thrilled to be part of a lovely evening for such a great cause.