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his month we pass the one-year mark for SW Lake Lifestyle magazine. It’s the time of year to celebrate, and we are reveling in all that our publication has to be thankful for: Our community — Each month, you inspire us to tell the stories of our great cities. Our amazing friends, neighbors, businesses, community leaders, and innumerable organizations that make up our home are at the heart of what this magazine is all about. Our readers — The energy and enthusiasm our readers have shown for SW Lake Lifestyle fuels our passion for producing it. Thank you for the time you give to reading our publication, and for keeping us on your coffee tables and counters. Our advertisers — Our advertising partners make this magazine possible. Without their trust in me and my team, we would not be able to deliver this beautiful piece to you. Please, shop small… shop local. Our parent company, Lifestyle Publications — They do a fantastic job designing ads, laying out the magazine and delivering such a wonderful final product. I could not have asked for a better company to work with. Our editor, Wendy Willison — Wendy’s professionalism and recognition of a good story ensure that each issue offers valuable, meaningful content coordinated with finesse and local flair. And most importantly, I’d like to thank my beautiful wife, Jeanie. She has supported me in more ways than I can count. We look forward to the continued privilege of sharing the stories of our communities for 2016!


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January 2016



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Good Times


Around Town


Culinary Creations


Healthy Lifestyle


Faith Reflections


Tech Savvy


Renovate & Refine


Driver's Notebook


Lifestyle Calendar


Parting Thoughts

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Good Times

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Broken Earth Winery was proud to be a Gold Paw sponsor of Save-A-Pet's 29th Annual Dinner & Auction  "Tuxedos for Tails" at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. As the exclusive sponsor of the wine pull, Broken Earth offered up sample tastings of their 2010 'Shimmin Canyon' Cabernet Sauvignon. 

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Village of Lake Zurich Holds Inaugural Tree Lighting The community support and attendance helped add to the great success of the Village of Lake Zurich’s first tree lighting.


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The Helen Oliveri Team of Keller Williams Realty Partners Gives Back In December

In gratitude for the continued show of support from the community, The Helen Oliveri Team of Keller Williams Realty Partners gave away free holiday pies at their Hawthorn Woods office in the Cherry Hill Plaza at 101 W. Gilmer Rd.  

2016 BACC Annual Dinner Awards Congratulations to all our Nominees!

Small Business of the Year Douglas Automotive |Elderwerks| Reflections in Glass

New Business of the Year 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon| Barrington Behavioral Health GYMGUYZ | OneUp Automotive| Shakou Sushi

Community Partner of the Year Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Barrington Bank & Trust, Co., N.A. | BMO Harris Bank Barrington Area Council on Aging Heinen’s Grocery Store | Living 60010 Media

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Good Times

Surprise Visitors Liven Up the LZACC Holiday After Hours

The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) kicked off the 2015 Holiday Season at Inland Bank in Hawthorn Woods. The event was made complete with a surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Laurie Stock from Inland Bank, Pam Newton with the Village of Hawthorn Woods, Steve Callahan, Barrington Bank & Trust and Mayor Tom Poynton, Village of Lake Zurich

Mrs Claus and Santa Claus posed for a pictures with Mayor Tom Poynton of Lake Zurich.


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Santa Claus (AKA Larry Windel – Inland Bank) arrives with Mrs Claus (AKA Anna Windel – Trilogy Dance).

Laurie Stock accepts the Certificate of Appreciation from Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce President Ken Grooms, Grooms Insurance.

Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce’s JoAnne Vrtacnik gets a hug from Santa.

A "WIN" After Hours at American Legion Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce had another successful gathering at our most recent Business After Hours, hosted by WIN (Women in Networking) at The American Legion, Lake Zurich Post 964 hall.

Rich Johnson, Commander at The American Bonnie Conte of Avalon Salon & Day Spa was Food for the evening provided by Kathy Pedersen, Legion hall, Lake Zurich Mayor, Tom Poynton happy to attend. On Occasion Catering & Events. and Fred Robinson, Copper Fiddle Distillery.

Gerd Looff, Signs by Tomorrow looks on while Lynn O’Brien, Women’s Physical Therapy Institute, Chris Rowe, Casten Body Shop addresses the Susan Passaglia, Caring Women’s Connection Dan McConchie, Ela Township Republicans and crowd. Chamber President Ken Grooms, Grooms and Laurie Wilhoit, Call Me Social Butterfly man Ruth Hoffman, Language Resources, Ltd. Insurance also looks on! the Caring Women’s Connection table

Chris Rowe, Casten Auto Body and Commander Rich Johnson of The American Legion hall accept the Certificate of Appreciation from Chamber A great crowd was in attendance. President Ken Grooms, Grooms Insurance.

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Around Town



“We congratulate our Police Department, as well as our citizens, who work in harmony to keep the Village of Hawthorn Woods one of the most desirable places to live in the nation,” said Mayor Joseph Mancino, “We are proud to stand out  as a model community in Illinois.” The Hawthorn Woods Police Department is guided by their mission to provide effective, high-quality service to the community in a professional and courteous manner. The Police Department’s commitment to safety and excellence is evident by the recognitions received from SafeWise, Only in Your State, Value Penguin and Movoto Blog.

MAX SCHEWITZ FOUNDATION HELPS KEEPS HEARTS HEALTHY Lake Zurich and Stevenson high schools recently partnered with

At the winter meeting of the Hawthorn Woods Village Board of Trust-

the Max Schewitz Foundation in order to offer cardiac screenings

ees, Chief Operating Officer Pamela O. Newton and Chief Administrative

to their students. Between the two schools, 2,718 students received

Officer Donna Lobaito were awarded the Strategic Leadership and Gover-

EKG tests, 120 received limited echocardiograms, and 128 had ab-

nance Award by the International City/County Management Association

normalities in their health history or EKGs. However, a number of

(ICMA). Newton attended ICMA’s annual conference on this past Sep-

these suspected abnormalities were found to bewithin normal lim-

tember in Seattle, Washington where she accepted the award on behalf

its after echocardiograms. Parent volunteers assisted with the EKG

of Mayor Joseph Mancino, the Village Board of Trustees, and Village staff

screens, while on-site cardiologists interpreted the EKGs and echoes.

in front of her professional peers. ICMA is an organization composed of

“The Max Schewitz Fondation is dedicated to supporting educa-

government professionals who are dedicated to creating excellence in lo-

tion, prevention and research of sudden cardiac death in young peo-

cal government by developing and fostering professional management to

ple.” It was created after Mary Beth Schewitz lost her 20 year old son

build better communities. This international award recognizes innovative

to sudden cardiac death. The Foundation is a non-profit organization

and successful local government programs or processes that have signifi-

that relies upon donations to make their work possible. For more in-

cantly affected an organization's culture or strategic direction.

formation, visit MaxSchewitzFoundation.org.


'TWIST AND SEAL' PROTECTS ALL YEAR LONG According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than

The Village of Hawthorn Woods was recently named the #1 Safest

40,000 homes catch fire each year due to electrical malfunctions.

City in Illinois by SafeWise, a nationally-recognized security organization

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that helps families and communities stay educated about safety and se-

might be interested in an easy and affordable new way to properly

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store and protect electrical cords year-round.

and the most recent FBI crime data from 2013 to rank 298 cities in Illi-

Twist and Seal offers a variety of consumer products for outdoor use.

nois. This distinction follows other recent Village recognitions including

The Twist and Seal Mini is perfect for string or bistro lights, while the Twist

being named in the top five Safest and Most Peaceful Cities in Illinois

and Seal Cord Dome is able to house most multi-plug power strips and

by “Only In Your State” (August 2015), the #1 Safest Place in Illinois by

Y connectors. No matter the need, all products are uniquely designed to

Value Penguin (April 2015), and recognized in the Top 10 Safest Cities in

prevent electrical shocks and shorts and protect cords against rain and

Illinois by Movoto Blog. Citizens, whether they live or work in Hawthorn

snow. Available in three sizes: mini, cord dome and maxx. Made in the

Woods,take pride in being part of the Hawthorn Woods community. “This

USA and available at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace and other local retailers.

is the second organization this year to independently select the Village of Hawthorn Woods as the safest place to live in Illinois,” stated Pamela O. Newton, Chief Operating Officer, “To be recognized as the number


one safest city twice in the same year is affirmation to the highest stan-

Shoppers all across the nation showed their love for small business-

dards of excellence which we provide to our residents. We acknowledge

es this weekend, as Small Business Saturday completed its sixth an-

our highly engaged citizens who are actively involved in neighborhood

niversary. According to the Post-Small Business Saturday Consumer

watch programs in partnership with the Police Department.”

Insights Survey from the National Federation of Independent Business

Hawthorn Woods is proud to receive this recognition as Illinois’

(NFIB) and American Express, a record 95 million consumers shopped

safest place to live. The Village continues to model excellence in the

on Small Business Saturday, marking an 8% increase over 2014. Addi-

Lake County area through its impressive low crime index, proactive

tionally, consumers spent roughly $16.2 billion on Small Business Sat-

police force, and local amenities.

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• Other key insights from Small Busi-

blood stream to reach the deeper layer of

hand-made-to-order, from the freshest ingre-

ness Saturday this year include:More than

the skin. In the deep layer, these collagen

dients available. An enticing list of handcrafted

4,100 Neighborhood Champions around the

peptides stimulate special cells called fi-

cocktails and decadent sweet treats accompa-

country rallied local businesses and created

broblasts, triggering them to make more

ny their delicious fare. Live entertainment pro-

events and activities in their communities, a

collagen, in turn leaving a show-stopping

vides a high energy atmosphere on Thursday,

48% increase over 2014

radiance and a better skin tone with the

Friday and Saturday evenings. Sweet Caro-

• Over 200 Federal Officials and Agencies

highest skin hydration levels. With one sip

showed support for Small Business Saturday

(1.7 Fl. Oz) a day, women who participated in

through posts on social media.

a clinical study over 12 weeks saw

• More than 400 organizations signed up to

• Increased skin hydration and radiance - after

support the nationwide initiative through the

3 weeks, skin hydration was increased by 12%

Small Business Saturday Coalition

HAWTHORN WOODS YOUTH PROGRAMS The Village of Hawthorn Woods has a variety of fun and interactive recreation pro-

line’s Crab-n-Que is open daily.

• Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles - after 6 weeks, fine lines were reduced by 15% and the depth of wrinkles were reduced by 27% • Improved skin elasticity – after nine weeks, skin elasticity was increased by 20%


grams this Winter for all ages. These pro-

Collagen plays an essential role in providing

grams teach different skills and techniques,

the structural scaffolding for cells, tissues, and

all while having fun. Come and sign up to-

organs – it also gives skin strength and plump-

Members of the Barrington Area Cham-

day! Youth programs starting in January are

ness. As we age, the production of collagen,

ber of Commerce (BACC) celebrated the

listed below. For more information about rec-

elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin gradually

opening of Briddick Tile & Stone, LLC in Bar-

reation programs at the Village of Hawthorn

decreases which causes signs of aging. Unlike

rington with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Woods, please visit VHW.org.  

traditional skin creams that work on the sur-

Following in his father’s footsteps, Stephen

• Fencing classes are held on Thursdays

face only, PURE GOLD COLLAGEN is a drink-

Briddick started installing tile about seven

from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hawthorn Woods

able beauty supplement that works from within

years ago. His background in architecture

Aquatic Center. Classes start on January 7

to nourish and rejuvenate for youthful and beau-

combined with his passion for craftsmanship,

and run through February 11.

tiful skin and is now available in the US at ULTA

history and industrial modern design is reflect-

• After School of Rock Guitar Lessons are held

stores nationwide and online via Ulta.com.

ed in his work. Stephen decided to open his

on Thursdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School. Classes start on January 7 and run through February 11. • Chess classes are held on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Luther-


own business to better serve his clients. Briddick Tile & Stone offers stone tile, bathroom tile, backsplash tile, shower tile, custom designs and quality service to their customers.

• Parent & Tot Tumbling classes are held on


Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Vil-

of Commerce (BACC) celebrated the opening

Join us for a restorative vinyasa flow class

lage Barn. Classes start on January 23 and

of Sweet Caroline’s Crab-N-Que in Hoffman

held every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Haw-

run through February 27.

Estates with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and

thorn Woods Village barn. This class is ideal

tasting party. Sweet Caroline's menu has fresh-

for those who are just beginning their yoga

from-the-sea offerings such as Alaskan Snow

practice and want to learn the fundamental

Crab Legs, Louisiana Hot 'n' Spicy Shrimp and

poses as well as seasoned yogis looking to

an Church & School. Classes start on January 13 and run through March 2.

A SIP OF COLLAGEN A DAY KEEPS AGING AWAY You are what you eat – or in this case,

Steamed Mussels that complement the tradi-

reap the benefits of holding poses for a lon-

what you drink, and for healthy skin, col-

tional low 'n' slow cooking style of BBQ staples

ger period of time while refining their prac-

lagen is key. Collagen keeps skin smooth

like Ribs, Brisket and Pig Roast Style Pulled

tice. Or pick up the pace in Zumba on Satur-

and youthful, however as we get older our

Pork. Each item on Sweet Caroline's menu is

days at 9:00 a.m., also held at the barn, where

bodies produce less collagen (hello fine

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lines, wrinkles and dryness). PURE GOLD

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minerals and hydrolyzed collagen in peptide

visit passes are available and work for both

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Culinary Creations



hile many dream of starting a business, few are able to make it a reality at the young age of fourteen. Yet, that is how it happened for Lake Zurich High School Freshman, Dean Lambertsen, the proud owner of Passport Cuisines. Passport Cuisines makes ethnic cuisine cooking kits with all the necessary dry ingredients to create an entree, two side dishes, dessert, and drinks to serve 4-5 people. The kit saves the consumer time and money by not having to search for expensive, hard to find ingredients. Currently, there are three types of kits available; Punjabi Indian, South African and Korean.  Dean’s idea for Passport Cuisines developed while he was a student in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a year-long after school program that teaches teens how to start a business. The program was sponsored by the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC), where the LZACC's executive director and local business owners served as the instructors and mentors.

“One of our first assignments was to explore business ideas, so I started thinking about my hobbies as possible businesses,” explains Dean. “One of my hobbies is cooking global cuisine. Ethnic friends taught my mom how to cook global cuisine, even taking her to ethnic markets so she could learn how to shop for ingredients. I always noticed how complicated and expensive these shopping trips were, so I decided to create a business that could simplify the process and make it more economical and fun.” With this idea in mind, Dean developed his business plan. Upon completion of his plan, he and fellow YEA! students presented to an investor panel with the hopes of receiving seed money to actually start their businesses. Dean was not only awarded $2,000 to start Passport Cuisines, he was selected to represent his class at the YEA! Regional Competition in Boca Raton, Florida. There he competed against 30 other students, receiving the runner-up Founders Award for his business idea.

After Regionals, Dean completed all of the paperwork and procedures necessary to start selling Passport Cuisines online and at the Lake Zurich Farmers’ Market. Within his first two weeks of selling, he exceeded his yearly sales goal. “Customers love the kits, and have returned to buy more. They use the kits for family meals, gifts, and even teen cooking parties. The kits also introduce customers to global cuisines that they may not have originally thought to cook.” The next goal for Passport Cuisines is to sell kits within a locally owned store. “We have a friend that was able to get her product into a store, so I am hoping to learn how to make that a possibility for my product.”  Dean believes his success with Passport Cuisines would not have been possible without the time, talent, and support from the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce, the local business owners, and YEA!. “For that, I am very grateful and thankful!” Please visit PassportCuisines.com or Passport Cuisines’ Facebook page for more information. January 2016 | SW Lake Lifestyle


Healthy Lifestyle

The Benefits of




he Dictionary defines activity as  “the state of being active; action; liveliness; energy, a particular action or sphere of action; meaningful involvement in life interests.”  The National Therapeutic Recreation Organization’s philosophy states that research has addressed the value of activity involvement in human development, social and family relationships, and in general, as an important aspect of the quality of life.  “An important aspect of the quality of life,” did you hear that?  Staying active is important! Think about what makes you, you. The decisions and actions that you make, what to


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wear, what to eat, what to read, what to do, where to travel, who to see, what to watch on television, where to worship, when to exercise, what music to listen to…these are the activities of your life, it is who you are. But, if you stop these interests, what would your life would be like? What would it do to your body, to your brain, to your soul? Written by an unknown author, “Recreation's purpose is not to kill time, but to make life, not to keep a person occupied, but to keep them refreshed; not to offer an escape from life, but to provide a discovery of life.” Activities help you to discover and

re-discover life. We all know that exercise keeps the body strong, improves the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, but it also improves cognition as it carries the oxygen through your body to your brain. What about laughter? Did you know that laughter, whether real or fake, produces endorphins and increases the serotonin levels in your body which reduces stress?  So make it a point to watch a weekly television comedy, or a video with laughing babies or funny animals, you could even find a Laughter Yoga class to take. Laughter Yoga?  Yes… try something new!

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Faith Reflections

An Unexpected Answer to




ome get me. Now.” The text read. “Ruh-Roh,” Scooby Doo said in my head. Dive practice doesn’t end for another half hour. “Why is my son bailing early?” I wondered. Ten minutes later he climbed into my car, squinting. “I smacked so hard my contact flew out,” he said quietly. The whole left side of his face was red, his eye swelling. “I smacked so hard I couldn’t breathe. I had to lay there for like 30 seconds, just to catch my breath. Coach said I could go home.” My son was trying to earn a spot on the state dive team, a rare feat for a freshman, and he had to  land a hard dive, a 2 ½, to


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qualify. I’ve learned that in any dive that ends in a whole number, you enter the water feet first. But any dive that ends in ½, means you enter the water head first, or  hopefully, hands first, in a dive position. And if you can’t get around fast enough, you enter the  water face first. Hard. Divers call it a face plant. Or a SMACK. When we got home, I handed my son three things: an ice pack, some ibuprofen, and a stack of rejection letters I’ve received over the past year from various publishers who have rejected my  book proposal. “I’ve never been brave enough to dive,”  I said. “But I sort of know how you feel. 

This is a writer’s version of smacking,” and I read the middle paragraph of a few letters. You know all about the middle paragraph if you’ve ever applied for a job. In college, we called those letters the “Thank you, ‘blank’ you, thank you” letters, and we papered our apartment walls with them. My son didn’t say a thing, but he was up at 4:30 the next morning and back in the pool at 5. I’ve never been prouder. A few days later I woke up early and started to pray. “Dear God, please let my son hit all of his dives today. Please let him qualify for state. He has worked so hard, and he only has two more chances to qualify. Please.” A few hours later I watched as my son failed his very first dive of the day. He was doing 11 dives that day, and he failed the very first one. I watched him swim to the side  and take his seat behind the boards, completely dejected. He struggled on his next few dives, unable to recover from his catastrophic start. And that’s when a small miracle occurred. As he was drying off after yet another shaky dive, an older diver from another team approached him. He didn’t know my son, and I couldn’t hear their exchange, but whatever he said  transformed my son. My son went from “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” cover boy to Mick Jagger impersonator, strutting around the pool deck like a little rooster. He hit every dive after that, and  after each dive, the older boy would meet him at the side and give him a high five. On the drive home, my son said, “Did you see that guy that came up to me?”  “Ummm, yeah,” I said. What I thought was, “See him? I want to marry him. What did he say?” “He asked me how old I was. I told him I was a freshman. He said, ‘You’re only a freshman?  You’re kidding! I can’t believe you’re trying those dives as a freshman. You are going to be incredible by your senior year.’ And then he high-fived me after every dive! Did you see that, mom?’” I nodded. I nodded, but I didn’t say anything. I couldn’t say anything, because I couldn’t speak. Life is full of smacks: “Your job’s been eliminated.” SMACK. “I’m seeing someone else.”  SMACK. “I’m sorry to wake you, this is the police...” SMACK. “We found someone who’s a  better fit for this position.” SMACK. “We found a suspicious spot on the x-ray.” SMACK. For some reason, God doesn’t stop us from smacking. He does, however, reward us for not giving up. We can let the water suck us under, or we can suck it up, struggle to the side, haul ourselves out of the water, and get back on that board. My son had the courage to get back on that board, and it was only then that the senior diver came over to encourage him, to give him some needed perspective. While he did not qualify for state that day, my prayers were answered, none-the-less, and my son taught me a powerful lesson in perseverance. Excuse me, I have some more book proposals to send out.

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The Dominican Republic Has it All! ARTICLE SUE SHIMKUS


he Dominican Republic wins the title of top adventure and ecotourism destination in the Caribbean hands down. The second biggest island in the region, national parks and scientific reserves cover 25% of the landscape. Majestic mountains, vibrant cities and living history compete with miles of beaches for visitors' attention. With so many diverse ecological areas , the Dominican Republic abounds  with vacation options.   Active adventurers might seek out mountain-climbing, horseback riding, river rafting, trekking, or hiking.   Strollers can  explore untouched beaches, lagoons, as well as desert areas.  Golfers will delight in 26 amazing courses, including award-winning Pete Dye courses .Luxury resorts abound for diving, windsurfing, kite boarding, jeep safaris, or lounging with a juicy novel on a powdery white sand beach.   Many visitors in  search of pure relaxation sign on for a massage using tropical lotions in a sumptuous spa.   CONTINUED >

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For cultural immersion, history buffs can take a step back in time in the centuries-old capital, Santo Domingo. Wherever you go, you’ll hear the infectious sounds of merengue, the national music and dance. Discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, the country overflows with fascinating history, museums and exciting cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and Larimar—the rare blue variety of the silicate mineral pectolite that is found only in the Dominican Republic. As one of our most-often-requested destinations for winter and spring vacations at Lake Zurich Travel, Punta Cana is definitely a popular choice and continues to get even better with time. It is known for its 40-mile stretch of white-sand beaches and an endless selection of watersports. For a night like no other, experience the new Coco Bongo Punta Cana, with the theatrical flair of Cirque du Soleil and song and dance of Las Vegas. Our favorite resorts there include the all-inclusive Zoetry Agua‑with 96 ultra-luxurious suites on an intimate oceanfront property it is very popular with honeymooners! The adults-only Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro boasts many awards, including Best Staff & Service by Apple Vacations in 2015 and was one of the Top Ten Best All-Inclusives in the World by TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Guests at this resort can enjoy the three pools, 2-story oceanfront spa, six bars and lounges, 24-hour gourmet room service, and the on-site P.B. Dye Golf Course.   In the LaRomana area, our favorite choice for families is the Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa, bordered by a tropical jungle and a magnificent palm-lined beach.  Escape to Unlimited-Luxury where everything is included,  fun-filled activities and exciting, nightly entertainment.  Kids and teens stay busy at the supervised clubs, divers will appreciate the closeness of off-shore reefs and the PADI dive center, and snorkelers can easily explore an underwater world right by the wooden dock.   At the 7,000 acre Casa de Campo resort on the southeastern coast, you will find not only a contemporary hotel, but also over 100 private villas from one bedroom to those large enough for family reunions. Casa de Campo also has an exclusive marina from which you can set out on a yacht to angle for marlin or enjoy the setting sun. Visit the property’s stables for a horseback ride to the artists village at Altos de Chavon or learn to play polo. Tennis lovers will enjoy the lighted courts and Golfers will delight in the oceanfront holes of Teeth of the Dog golf course. The Dominican Republic invites you to discover the breathtaking island  sanctuary and create memories that will last a lifetime. Sue Shimkus, writing for Lake Zurich Travel and Lakeside Travel Advisors, Wauconda. 22

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Tech Savvy



acebook. Twitter. Instagram. Online gaming. Online shopping. Fantasy sports teams. Okay, we’ll just stop there. With the world at our fingertips, thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to get sucked into the digital world. You keep up with friends and family on various social media platforms. You e-mail your  boss at all hours of the night. You post photos from your sweet ski trip. We get it—2016 is an online world. Everyone is logged into something. But when is it too much? When do you go from it being a hobby to it being a habit—or even, an addiction? We spoke to addiction psychiatrist from CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation), Patrick Fehling, MD about digital addictions to get a better understanding. “The best predictor to someone having addiction to anything is a prior addiction to something else. Those tend to be people who get in recovery from alcohol or pain killers for instance. We get them clean and a new addiction develops—like exercise addiction,” says Fehling. “The same rules would apply for Internet usage—social media has to do with wanting to feel attached and  connected to people. People are watching you. The narcissism of humanity, they feel important and their lives are meaningful.”


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But, come on. Don’t people want to see photos of our three-year-old’s preschool artwork and a play-by-play of potty training? “Most recovery involves two ingredients: Acceptance. You have identified a problem. You’ve accepted you have a problem. The second is commitment. You are committed to do better and makes changes. That’s how you would start,” explains Fehling.  Okay, shut down by Dr. Fehling, but we’ll still post that stick-figure artwork. So much talent. In all seriousness, Fehling explained that Internet Addiction Disorder often has a duel-diagnosis.  Meaning you’re depressed, have social anxiety or something else going on—you want to avoid others so you tend to ignore them and spend time on the computer.  “You have found a way to keep partial attachment going while being isolative and having less  motivation to change,” says Fehling.  It’s time for a digital detox. How do you learn to ignore your Fantasy Football Team? Won’t you get fired if you don’t e-mail the boss at 10 p.m.? Here are four tips to get started:  1. Boundaries. Articulate boundaries with your friends,

The Law Offices of family and co-workers. Set a time when it’s okay to be online—and when it’s not. For instance, if dinner time and getting  kids to bed happens from 6-8 p.m. set a rule that there are no smart phones or computers during that time. 2. Acceptance. If you have accepted that you’re obsessed with going online, be aware as to how often you logon. 3. Commitment. If you’re ready to limit screen time, set up personal goals and stick to them. 4. Mindfulness. Once you’ve set boundaries, be mindful of your emotional state. When you go offline, how do you feel? If you find yourself more agitated and anxious, there may a level of addition.  “It’s nice to note that addictions are conditions. They have developed in the brain so you have  nothing to be ashamed of—don’t be embarrassed. Our brains just develop these things from pressures. We want to extinguish stigma,” says Fehling.

Quiz: This is a good way to start the dialog— it’s not an official diagnosis. If you felt these questions were positive it might be worth talking to a professional. 1. Do you feel that your time spent on the computer

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or on your phone is out of control? Have a tough time controlling your time. 2. Do you get annoyed or upset when friends or family confronts you about this? 3. Have you noticed that you are using the Internet or digital media and it has taken over some of your time you’ve invested in other activities in life? Such as spending less time with your kids? 4. Have you attempted to cut down your usage of internet and find you’re unsuccessful and can’t? 5. Do you find yourself obsessing over e-mail, social

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Renovate & Refine

Get creative.

Identify the clutter.

Go paperless.

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t’s time to purge 2015 and start 2016 right! Use these tips to get your-

• GO PAPERLESS – In the tech age, it’s hard to believe how many pa-

self organized in the New Year.

pers we have cluttering up our homes. Transfer your favorite recipes

• IDENTIFY – Pick out which areas need the most attention (those

into a folder on your computer and donate or toss those big cook

closets, the basement or attic). Then locate the areas that will need

books. Scan your receipts and important papers onto your computer

some clearing out, but will take less time (the junk drawers in the

and back them up.

office or the cabinets in the living room).

• MAKE SYSTEMS – Everything in your house should have a “home.”

• PREPARE – Plan to sort items into keep, sell/donate, or garbage.

Set up an inbox for mail that seems to pile up everywhere. Get a mag-

Create a large area for each pile to be placed in when sorting. Make

azine rack so they are not lying about everywhere.

sure you have a designated space for the sell/donate pile so as you

• DON’T GIVE UP! – You can do it. Persistence is always key when

move into other rooms you can keep adding to do one donation drop

completing a task like this. Plan when you’re going to have a garage

off or to a garage sale in the spring or summer months.

sale so you have a set deadline before you start.

• MULTI-TASK – Don’t expect to get it all done in one day or you’ll be

Life can get crazy and out of control sometimes, but your home

planning for failure. Those smaller areas are perfect for multi-tasking.

should be your sanctuary. It will feel good to enjoy the New Year with

While you’re relaxing and watching TV, you could use the commer-

a sense of accomplishment and serenity.

cials to be productive. It’s the perfect time to pull out a junk drawer and start going through it. • GET CREATIVE – A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in

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the managing broker of the newly opened Keller Williams Realty Partners,

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Driver's Notebook



lassic design never needs to be fixed, but there is always room for improvement. The all-new 2016 Range Rover is, at its core, a well improved classic. Per usual, Land Rover was able to preserve their luxury SUV’s classic qualities while implementing innovation. That’s no simple task, but the 2016 Range Rover comes as close as one gets to the amalgamated product Land Rover had aimed for.   Its most notable advancement is under the hood. The mid-level 2016 Range Rover HSE is packing a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that has a 40-hp advantage over its base model. For its 2016 Range Rover Sport, Land Rover is also offering a Td6 single-turbo six-cylinder diesel engine that will have 254 horsepower and 440 lbft of torque. The optimal diesel engine provides drivers with impressive fuel economy choice with low-end power. With up to 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway, we can now add efficiency to Land Rover’s repertoire. What’s staying the same is what we never wanted to change. The 2016 Range Rover still has its unmistakable ‘Range Rover’ look with its three classic lines of the lower accent graphic, roofline and con28

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tinuous waistline. The exterior almost looks as good as its interior, which is opulent. With heated seats, sliding panoramic sunroof, and a second generation Land Rover Terrain Response, it’s all classic Range Rover. Plus, its full time intelligent four-wheel drive that provides maximum grip and no fuss so  you can take your Range Rover anywhere. No one will be mistaking this handsome luxury SUV for exactly what it is. In addition to Range Rover’s classic amenities the 2016 model is loaded with cleverly conceived  convenience features that are both thoughtful and accessory. To start, every Range Rover has improved parking cameras that feeds a higher resolution image to the driver, and has a power tailgate with gesture-based (kicking) activation. In addition, Land Rover has implemented a new InControl Remote  smartphone app that allows drivers to remotely lock and unlock their doors, start their engine, and  activate their horn and lights to locate their car. It’s all about clever convenience with the all-new 2016 Range Rover.  With a starting MSRP of $85,945, the 2016 Range Rover is advanced and improved, but oh so familiar. Nobody works like Motor Werks to earn your business.

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Lifestyle Calendar

January JANUARY 6

JANUARY 12 WINE DOWN AT BROKEN EARTH WINERY BROKEN EARTH WINERY, LAKE ZURICH 'Wine Down' with Bottle & Bottega at Broken Earth Winery at their popular once-a-month event  starting at  6 p.m.  Cost is $35 and includes paint, canvas and professional art instruction. Glasses of wine 1/2 price every Tuesday!

SMALL DISCOVERIES WONDERLAND LAKE COUNTY DISCOVERY MUSEUM, WAUCONDA Celebrate winter with stories and crafts while learning and meeting new friends. Small discoveries add up to big fun for your little ones as we explore a variety of topics through stories, hands-on activities, pretend play and simple crafts. Price includes museum admission. Register online at LCFPD.org.

JANUARY 9 WINTER WONDERLAND CITIZENS PARK, BARRINGTON Bring the family for a day of winter fun outdoors. Activities will include a winter craft, ice skating, demos & lessons, a snow sculpture contest, hot chocolate, and more. All ages welcome, children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by January 5th at BarringtonParkDistrict.org.

JANUARY 13 BOOK NOOK READING CLUB HAWTHORN WOODS VILLAGE HALL Enjoy a good book and share with friends in the Hawthorn Woods Book Nook Reading Club on the second Wednesday of every month. New readers always welcome! Contact Amy at AScholz@VHW.org to obtain a FREE copy of our current book, courtesy of Fremont Library.

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Enjoy good friends, good food and memorable moments at the first

Winter Wine Walk is a wine tasting event for those of legal drinking age

VHW Senior Luncheon of 2016 .For more information visit VHW.org

and will be held in various locations of Downtown Antioch that fea-

and search Senior Monthly Lunches. The group meets one Wednes-

ture great wine, food, and the opportunity to make new friends.  Cost

day each month from noon to 1  p.m.  Attendance is complimentary;

is $40 per person, which includes a commemorative wine glass, event

please bring a dish to pass.

menu, food, bottle of wine, and free drawing prizes.


JANUARY 29 - 31





This event is held outdoors in Century Park North near the sled hill. Enjoy

Make your own glass heart for Valentine's Day! First come, first served

sled dog demonstrations, a live ice sculpting show, campfire, ice skating

for ages 10 and up. Large groups may call the studio to arrange a group

and sledding plus conces-

experience, as this event is first

sions in the Pavilion.

come, first served. Small hearts are $25 and large hearts are


$50. Event continues February


5-6. Details and more informa-


tion at PattersonGlass.com.



Enjoy a guided nature walk






path where you may learn


about winter ecology, plant


and animal adaptations

Registration begins at 5 a.m.

and possibly hear hoots

and the fishing starts at 7

or howls. Warm, sturdy

a.m. Prizes will be awarded

boots or snowshoes rec-

for the biggest northern, bass, crappie, bluegill, and perch. There also

ommended. Families with

will be side raffles for additional prizes and a special fly-over by the

children aged 6 and old-

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business directory AUTOMOTIVE Motor Werks (847) 969-5425 motorwerks.com

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ORGANIZATIONS Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (847) 381-2525 barringtonchamber.com


Furs by Talidis - The Mink Barn (815) 923-2161 theminkbarn.com

FINANCIAL SERVICES & PLANNING Dorion Gray Retirement Planning (815) 459-6800 doriongray.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago (847) 662-1818 advancedfertility.com/ Crossroad Coaching (847) 508-3001 crossroadcoaching.org Illinois Vein Specialists (847) 277-9100 illinoisveinspecialists.com/


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HOME BUILDERS & REMODELERS Boone Creek Cabinetry and Design (815) 385-8414 boonecreekcabinet.com Suran Built (815) 444-1293 suranbuilt.com The Fetherling and High Point Developments Prestige Development, Inc. (847) 612-3978


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LEGAL SERVICES Dominick T DiMaggio (847) 452-7992


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PROPERTY & REAL ESTATE Helen Oliveri Team (847) 967-0022 helenoliveri.com

Landmark Partners Commercial Realty (847) 649-2666 lpcommercial.com

RESTAURANTS, FOOD & BEVERAGE Broken Earth Winery (847) 383-5052 brokenearthwinerylg.com

Mandile’s Italian Ristorante, Banquets & Catering (847) 458-4000 mandilesrestaurant.com

SALONS & SPAS Avalon Salon-Spa (847) 726-8855 avalondeerpark.com

Eighteen Eight Fine Mens Salons (224) 633-2188 Electrology and Skincare by Janet (847) 970-7546 hairremovalbyjanet.com

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Parting Thoughts




s we all contemplate the joys of January and the requisite making of resolutions (and the systematic breaking thereof...), I thought it poignant and pertinent to make some resolutions to which I know I can adhere. Really, who likes to start off a brand new year with the best of intentions only to see them slide down the slippery slope? Not me!That's why this list, thanks to Mr. Letterman, is manageable and meant to make you smile. 10. Stay out of the gym during the month of January. There will be 1,003 people there who think  they can go nine miles per hour on the treadmill because they saw some yahoo on Biggest Loser do it, and they're sure it's not that hard. Get off before you hurt yourself. 9. Refuse to do any more stupid people tricks. I entered some ridiculous 34

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50,000-words-in-a-month novel writing contest in November. First of all, I don't have 50,000 words I can put in an understandable sequence in a month. Second of all, don't you people have lives? Moby Dick is already taken. 8. Do not buy one more appealing paperback book until I have finished one of the seven appealing paperbacks on my bedside table. I don't care if it's got Oprah, Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Mackenzie Phillips, and Snoopy all on the cover, I'm not buying. 7. I am not going to pay more to check my underwear on a flight than I pay to check my whole  person. Do you hear me? I'll take a cab to Mazatlan, I swear. 6. Insist that wait staff at restaurants learn the soup of the day before they approach my table. True story... recent outing to a restau-

rant in the Legends; asked the waitress what the soup was; she replied, "Umm, something with chicken in it, I can't remember the name." Oh, that narrows it down. 5. Put my Christmas cactus in the closet so it blooms on Christmas instead of November 19th.  Oh, for the love of penguins, does this mean Al Gore was right? 4. Use the word "Shankapotomus" more. Seriously, try it. "Catapotomus, Dorkapotomus, Freakapotomus," isn't that fun? 3. Watch more prime-time television. Really. I'm the only one I know who can't keep up at a cocktail party because I have no idea why Madmen aren't sitting on the laps of Desperate Housewives. 2. Figure out why they put Braille lettering on the ATMs in the drive-up lane. 1. Go to the gym in February.

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