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New year brings new goals, laws, ideas Happy New Year! What’s on your list of resolutions this year? This issue of Barrington Suburban Life is heavily focused on the new year. Guest columnists are sharing what you can expect to see in 2014 for Barrington schools, government and business. Want to ditch the weight loss conversation and set a more unique resolution? The Barrington Area Conservation Trust has provided 10 tips to improve your own backyard for both wildlife and humanity (page 11). You can start small, by planting a garden or buying a bird feeder, and then encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same! Aside from Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne Corr lending some insight toward her 2014 goals and expectations, the Barrington High School Business Startup Incubator (BSI) is going full-throttle into the new year. I began meeting with the BSI board of directors, as well as instructor Hagop Soulakian, many months ago before the fall semester took off.

TARAH THORNE Barrington Suburban Life reporter More recently, I sat back in the BSI classroom before winter break to hear the sophomore and junior entrepreneurs pitch their beginning-level business ideas to experienced professionals. Words cannot explains how cool this was! Even Soulakian said the presentations gave him goosebumps – shock at how far his students had come in such a short amount of time. The students were pitching for the small reward of start-up funding that will be used to gauge how volatile their business ideas are and how well received these

ideas will be in the greater community. For example, most students will use their initial rewards for website start-up or marketing materials. After reading the full BSI story (page 12), I think you will be just as excited for the students as I am – counting down the days until May when at least two businesses are chosen to be fully funded and launched in entirety. Good luck, BSI teams! Finally, flip to page 7 before you drive this year. Illinois is joining 11 other states to ban hand-held cellphone use on the road. I’ve always wished I had the willpower to drop my cellphone into my glove compartment each time I enter my car. This new law presents the perfect opportunity to do so – perhaps my own new year’s resolution. If you ask me, roadways are dangerous enough on their own – especially in winter. I’d hate to see anyone become a 2014 distracted driving statistic. Thank you, House Bill 1247.



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JAMIE DIAMOND AND MEG GAIER TEACHERS AND AUTHORS BARRINGTON – Prairie Middle School teachers Jamie Diamond and Meg Gaier have taught in District 220 for a number of years – everything from math, science and reading to language arts. The duo recently published a book, “Literacy Lessons for a Digital World: Using Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and More to Meet the Demands of the Common Core” with Scholastic Inc. Diamond and Gaier told Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne more about their book, which contains technology-rich lessons to teach literacy skills and learning strategies. What inspired you to write a book? Gaier: The two of us were lucky enough to work across the hall from each other back when we both taught sixth grade. As we got to know each other, we found ourselves constantly bouncing ideas off one another. Coincidentally, we began working on obtaining our master’s degrees at the same time. Although we were attending different universities, we were both conducting research on the impact of technology in the classroom. Inspired by our research, we decided we had some great ideas that we should share with others in education. We applied to present at the Illinois Reading Conference, which started a chain reaction for us. During our presentation in March 2011, our now-editor from Scholastic approached us at the end of our session. She was impressed with our presentation and was interested in helping us turn our ideas into a book.

Why did your book focus on digital literacy lessons? Gaier: Focusing our professional presentations, and subsequently our book, on technology and literacy seemed

to be timely and seemed to be something teachers would find useful. Our interest in educational technology was piqued when we were working through our respective master’s degree programs. Although Jamie was getting her master’s through Judson University, and I was getting mine through National Louis University, we both wanted to focus our action research on how technology impacts students’ writing. The future of education is really being reshaped by technology. Information is available with the click of the mouse, so the recall of simple facts is not as crucial as it has been in the past. Instead, educators need to teach students how to be critical consumers of information and adept problem solvers. Students are taking on more responsibility for their learning as they use critical thinking skills to manipulate information. Because of this, we believe teachers will take on the role of being more of facilitators in their classrooms.

What have you noticed with students and technology in your teaching career? Gaier: Technology is a huge motivator for students. It provides students with the

Two Prairie Middle School teachers, Jamie Diamond and Meg Gaier, have had a book published with Scholastic, Inc. The language arts and math teachers created a book that includes technology-rich lessons for teachers to enhance students’ literacy skills and learning strategies. Photo provided

opportunity to share their ideas with a larger (global) audience. When students realize the scope of their audience is beyond just the eyes of the teacher, they tend to invest more effort.

like to continue exploring educational technology as it evolves.

How is technology helpful for the middle school age group? Gaier: Middle school stu-

and presentations, we know that we have helped many teachers all over the country. In turn, we have helped other students well beyond our own classroom walls. It is a wonderful feeling to have a positive impact beyond the students and staff in Barrington, Illinois. On the other hand, the most challenging part of the publishing process has been the amount of time we spend working. It is a good thing that we enjoy being around one another. This process has made us very good friends.

dents learn best when they are actively engaged in their subject matter. There are so many tech tools available nowadays that allow students to gather, synthesize and share their information in a variety of engaging ways. Ultimately, this makes them more active in their own learning.

What are your future plans for publishing? Gaier: Both of us want to take time to enjoy all the hard work we put into the publishing of our first book. However, we are guilty of tossing around a few ideas for our next publication. We don’t have anything specific in mind, but we do know that we enjoy working together, and we do have more ideas to share. We would also

What was most rewarding with your recent publishing? Most challenging? Gaier: Through our book

How do your students inspire you? Gaier: As technology has becomes more prevalent, the role of the teacher has changed. The teacher becomes more of a facilitator in the classroom, and the teacher and students can use technology

to learn together. We find this shared learning environment to be inspiring, which drives us both to constantly look for new ways to integrate technology into our classroom. It is always thrilling to see how our students can utilize technology to communicate their learning and generate new ideas.

What do you enjoy to do when you’re not writing or teaching? Gaier: I love to travel and enjoy experiencing different cultures, cuisines and scenery around the world. My upcoming travel plans include a ski trip to Bozeman, Mont., and a honeymoon, after my June 14 wedding, to Thailand and Bali! I also love to read, and my fiance and I like going to concerts together since we both enjoy live music. Diamond: My husband and I enjoy annual road trips. We love to travel across the U.S. visiting national parks to enjoy the great outdoors. During our travels, we also enjoy finding fun and delicious places to eat. When not traveling, I enjoy reading, taking long walks and spending time with my family.



Convenience in times of crisis Barrington pilots app for school safety By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Suburban Life contributor BARRINGTON – When an emergency or crisis occurs, every second counts. Knowing that, Jeff Arnett, chief communications officer for Barrington Community Unit School District 220, set out to find an alternative to the typical three-ring binder emergency management plan. “It often is not accessible, not easy to use ... and is cumbersome in an emergency,” Arnett said. With mobile apps becoming more prevalent, Arnett knew there had to be a better way to get the district’s emergency management plan into people’s hands than using a paper copy, so he began inquiring. A conversation with a sales representative led him to Jim Spicuzza, CEO of CrisisGo. Southern Illinois-based CrisisGo has created a smartphone app to put emergency management plans in the palms of administrators and teachers. The CrisisGo app lets users

alert district staff and crisis teams when there is an emergency; quickly read and execute a checklist of what to do, whether the crisis is a shooter, disaster or something less serious; instantly view maps showing building evacuation routes; access every phone number needed, such as emergency management officials, utilities and more; track all students in each class with an up-to-date roster; and send live streaming video of the crisis situation to responders. “Currently, most school districts have an emergency plan,” Spicuzza said. “We’ve helped them take that information that reads like a book and put that into action steps. ... We get down to the first step, and we get rid of all the fluff in the plan.” In addition to putting the plan, accessible both online and offline, directly into the hands of those who need it most, the new app also offers an ease of use that wasn’t present in the three-ring binder approach. The app can be up-

dated on a daily basis. Spicuzza said the app already has been sold to 15 school districts in Illinois. The company’s goal is to have it in all 50 states next year. The CrisisGo app currently is being piloted in District 220, which is providing feedback to CrisisGo. “The overarching emphasis I’ve always placed has been on simplicity,” Arnett said. “CrisisGo has taken all the district’s feedback. Everything we’ve suggested ... they’ve incorporated.” The goal in the second semester of the school year is to get everything loaded onto the app and begin training administrators on how to use it. They also will conduct some tests of the app and begin to involve local law enforcement, something that will come in handy in the event a tragedy hits the Barrington area. “In the 25 years I’ve been in school communications, there have been, sadly, dozens of those kinds of tragedies,” Arnett said, referring to events

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Hope’s In Style – a student-run charity created from the need to provide safe and clean homes to Guatemala City garbage dump communities. The next mission trip to Guatemala will be Aug. 3 through Aug. 10, 2014. Based on last year’s trip, the cost will be about $775 per person, plus airfare ($500 to $600 round-trip), and dinners. Participants will help build and renovate homes, donate food and prayer materials, coordinate youth sports and dance camps, and build and donate bunk beds and kitchen utilities. A passport is required for travel. Vaccination is recommended. A planning meeting will be

The CrisisGo phone app is a new product for schools with a company based in southern Illinois. The app alerts school staff and crisis team at the start of an emergency, displays a checklist of action items and evacuation maps, sends live streaming video to responders, tracks student rosters and allows access to important phone numbers. Photo provided

such as the recent shooting at Arapahoe High School, near Denver, Colo., and the Sandy Hook school shooting, which happened just over a year ago. “When something like this happens, two thoughts go through your head: ‘Thank goodness it didn’t happen here’ and ‘What could we do if it happened here?’ The app is really about those two things.”

Arnett said it is important to note that this app isn’t just for large-scale crises such as school shootings, but everyday problems as well, from broken arms on the playground to fights in the hallways. “All we really want is for the resources to spell out [the answer to] what do I do in this moment,” Arnett said.

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adults – at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. “We will not forget” was repeated in refrain after the reading of each name. Those in attendance came to offer comfort and hope to the families of Newtown. Chapter co-leader Sara Salvato Horan said the group would continue its efforts to have “common-sense gun safety laws in the country.” “One of our members is the aunt of one of the children who was killed in Newtown,” Horan said. “This is still so raw for her that she could not attend, but her involvement makes our team so cognizant of how these tragedies impact us all. We will not forget.”

8IN BRIEF BACOA announces senior programs BARRINGTON – The Barrington Area Council on Aging’s Monday Senior Lunch and Activity Program is held at the Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington. Participants can enjoy a choice of sandwiches or salads, along with soup and fruit. Bingo begins at 10:30 a.m., and lunch is served at noon. The suggested donation for the Monday lunch program is $5; admission to bingo without lunch is $1. Advance registration is required. The schedule is as follows: On Monday, Jan. 6, ring in the new year with a friend and

Local meeting for Guatemala trip BARRINGTON – Local families have become passionate for

Group remembers Sandy Hook victims BARRINGTON – Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action members rallied Saturday, Dec. 14, in Barrington Memorial Park in remembrance of Newtown, Conn., shooting victims. After meeting at the park, group members walked to the Barrington Village Hall, where they stood to listen to several speakers talk about the importance of gun safety laws. Chapter leaders read the names of each of the 26 Newtown victims – 20 children and six

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Make Barrington schools even better in 2014 BARRINGTON – When I was a child, my mom would tell me to clean my room. I was a typical boy, so I am sure my definition of “clean” probably varied from hers. When I was an adult, her advice was more general, stating I should always leave the garden in better shape than it was when I found it. I am sure she probably adapted that line from the famous poem “Success,” which has been incorrectly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Robert Louis Stevenson, among others. An excerpt of the poem defines success in this way: “… to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to

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have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.” With that in mind, my goal for Barrington 220 for 2014 is the same I have each year: that the garden continue to improve. We have a wonderful school district of which our communities should be very proud. Our finances are in

good shape, entering our 17th year with a balanced budget and maintaining our strong AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s. Academically, we remain one of the highest-performing public school districts in Illinois. Our staff and parents are committed to the social-emotional welfare of students, as evidenced by several effective programs and resources. Our Parent Teacher Organizations, booster clubs and the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation continue to provide support that enhances our learning environment. Our schools are known for their fine and performing arts, and our co-curricular offerings allow all students to

explore their passions while staying connected to staff and peers. Like every year before it, 2014 will see its own unique challenges. As part of our 2020 Vision Strategic Plan, learning in this digital age necessitates an investment in new technologies and the wise allocation of limited resources so we can expand the one-toone learning environment for students. New state and federal testing standards will require us to adapt instruction so students continue to excel and qualify for post-secondary educational opportunities. And all of this must be accomplished while adjusting to the state’s fiscal difficulties,

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making our budgeting even more complex. The good news is that even with all these challenges on the horizon, we have a “dream team” in Barrington. 220. With our supportive community, caring parents, a professional staff and wonderful students, there are only prospects – not problems – before us. Together, we will tend to our garden, and I am confident that this time next year, it will have grown to be in better shape than we find it today. I wish you all a wonderful 2014.

• Dr. Tom Leonard is the superintendent of Barrington School District 220.

8IN BRIEF No cause of death for Wauconda man

BARRINGTON HILLS – An autopsy Thursday, Dec. 26 proved inconclusive in revealing the cause of death for a missing Wauconda man whose body was found in the 300 block of Bateman Road, in the Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve, Barrington Hills, around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25. Robert Hovinen, 38, of 25220 Ivanhoe Road, Wauconda, was reported missing Monday, Dec. 23 from Skeeters – a Carpentersville bar about 2.5 miles from the forest preserve. Cook County Forest Preserve spokesman Don Parker said forest preserve police responded to the scene after the body was reported by a visiting equestrian. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the matter. Toxicology reports will take four to six weeks, according the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Advocate achieves nursing excellence

BARRINGTON – Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital achieved Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses

Credentialing Center on Dec. 16. Only 391 of 6,000 registered U.S. hospitals have achieved this status. Hospital President Karen Lambert said Good Shepherd’s high-quality care requires great nurses, as well as a high degree of collaboration between physicians and other caregivers. The recognition came after a two-year evaluation process that included an extensive application, interviews and a three-day, on-site survey by ANCC officials. To quality for Magnet status, the hospital had to meet criteria in 14 standards, including quality of nursing leadership and care, organizational style, teaching and professional development. Magnet recognition is the highest distinction a hospital can receive for nursing care.

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Drivers may still use hands-free devices while behind the wheel LAKE COUNTY SUBURBAN LIFE BARRINGTON – Jan. 1 will bring change for drivers and cellphone users alike. A new state law will prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving – a law that Barrington Police plan to enforce accordingly. Under House Bill 1247, Illinois will join 11 other states by prohibiting the use of electronic communication devices while driving. Barrington Police Chief David Dorn said the new law will expand upon the current “hands-free” use in school and construction zones – prohibiting hand-held cellphone use on all roadways. Drivers still can have a conversation while in their vehicle, as the law does make exceptions for hands-free or voice-operated mode devices,

including those with headsets. Drivers also will be able to use GPS or navigation devices. “If it is not possible to turn off your cellphone, there are a number of wireless technology solutions to allow electronic devises to connect while you are driving,” Dorn said. “Many newer cars have builtin Bluetooth systems that sync cellphones with car speakers.” Dorn suggests that owners of older vehicles consider buying aftermarket devices to integrate with their current phone and car stereo systems, or use a headset. State law mandates that headsets cover only one ear. Other exceptions to the new law include calling 911 to report an emergency situation or calling while parked on the shoulder of a roadway, according to attorneys at

“We hope the new laws will be a reminder for drivers to focus on the road and curb distractions.” Patrick Salvi Managing partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard of Waukegan. “When a driver uses a cellphone, it decreases their concentration and response time,” said Patrick Salvi, managing partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard. “Our law firm sees too many victims suffer from accidents that involve distracted driving. We hope the new laws will be a reminder for drivers to focus on the road and curb distractions. We also want to warn drivers that in addition to increased criminal penalties, they could also face a civil lawsuit if they drive dis-

tracted and injure someone.” Dorn agreed that the larger issue at hand relates directly to distracted driving, including any actions that take a driver’s attention away from safely operating a motor vehicle, such texting, using a cellphone, eating, drinking, conversing with passengers, grooming, reading, using a GPS navigation system, watching a video or adjusting a music device. “We have seen these or similar actions cause many crashes within the village of Barrington,” Dorn said, “although, the most dangerous distraction is using a handheld electronic device.” If caught using a cellphone without a hands-free device, motorists could face a $75 fine. The penalties increase by $25 for subsequent offenses to a maximum of $150. According to a 2011 National Highway and Traffic Safety Association study, 21 percent of 15- to 19-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted by cellphone use.

Drivers under the age of 20 have been found to be the most distracted driving age group, with 11 percent of all teen drivers being distracted at the time of a fatal crash. Another new law increases the penalties that can be imposed on drivers whose use of an electronic device while driving causes an accident. Under House Bill 2585, if the accident causes great bodily harm to another person, the driver faces a Class A misdemeanor charge and can be sentenced to up to one year in prison. If the accident causes a death, the driver faces a Class 4 felony charge and can be sentenced to one to three years in prison. Current law allows drivers to be charged only with traffic violations. Dorn said the village of Barrington does not have a local ordinance prohibiting cellphone use while driving, but rather the new Illinois law will be enforced locally as of Jan. 1.

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A legacy in print Lake Barrington’s Lou Bolchazy was inspired by the classics By TARAH THORNE


adislaus “Lou” Bolchazy lived to see a lot of things. He lived through the Nazi occupation of Slovakia during World War II. He took advice from guys many times his age. Copernicus was one of his favorites. Above all else, Bolchazy went out with a great flare – in the midst of his family’s most successful year of business in 2012. Bolchazy founded Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Inc. in Wauconda in 1978 with his wife, Marie (Carducci) Bolchazy. The couple met in Chicago several years after Lou moved to the U.S. from Slovakia in 1949. Lou Bolchazy will be honored Jan. 4 with a posthumous Distinguished Service Award from the American Philological Association at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Marie Bolchazy, 75, recalls her the legacy of her late husband of 47 years. “Lou would have been so proud,” she said. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Inc. relocated to Mundelein five years ago when Lou and Marie’s son, Allan Bolchazy, joined the family business. With a 12-person staff, the publishing company has generated more than 450 book titles, most printed in scholarly Latin. Having published 26 new books in 2013, Marie Bolchazy said she hopes to slow down in the coming year. “I know I could retire any day now,” she said. “But these books are a service to the community. We continue to honor our motto of building a better future from lessons past.” Marie and Lou Bolchazy have a common background in education. Lou was a classics professor at Loyola University in Chicago, and Marie Bolchazy taught language arts and writing on the East Coast before working as a school consultant in the Naperville and Barrington school districts. Marie Bolchazy has lived in Lake Barrington for 21 years. “The community has been so supportive, especially when Lou was sick,” she said. Allan Bolchazy, 47, joined the publishing company with previous engineering and project management experience. He said that with his father aging, he knew his parents were looking for someone to see the company through its transition to

Mundelein. Before Lou Bolchazy passed away July 28, 2012, he commissioned a 75th birthday present to himself – a book, of course. “The Red Flare: Cicero’s On Old Age” was his final project. “Cicero was one of Lou’s favorite classicists, and he talked about the benefits of aging,” Marie Bolchazy said. “Lou was so proud and passionate about it.” Lou Bolchazy was diagnosed with stomach cancer July 3, 2012 – less than a month before he died. His wife cannot remember a time when he dwelt on the news. “His only concern was that his family would be taken care of,” Marie Bolchazy said. “He asked Allan and I to bring two huge briefcases to the hospital, and he would always be talking to the nurses about the classics.” Allan Bolchazy joked that his father’s briefcases became “black holes” of paperwork. “It took months for us to clean out his office,” Allan Bolchazy said. “Each briefcase was a little time capsule. He would carry one for a certain amount of time and then move on to a new one.” Lou Bolchazy was fluent in English and Slovak but spoke Latin, Greek, Russian, German and French, as well. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Inc. started out as a small commercial print shop with Lou Bolchazy digging up out-of-print titles with expired copyrights. The business expanded over the years to print everything from colorful, scholarly textbooks to Latin Dr. Seuss works and children’s titles. 2012 remains the family business’ peak year, with $2.2 million in sales. Marie Bolchazy said her husband had a vision to start a Latin-focused publishing company when other companies were giving up on the topic. “Lou was convinced we would do well,” Marie Bolchazy said. “He would never have wanted to think we could do it without him, but the company has thrived.” Marie Bolchazy said the most rewarding feedback comes from teachers and classicists who now think of the Bolchazys as colleagues. “We know that the bulk of our money is going to come from textbook sales,” Marie Bolchazy said. “A lot of our commissioned titles are meant to be more fun – a service to our readers and the classics community.”

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Lou Bolchazy (right) received the Lad Ludovita Stura III Award at the Bratislava Castle in Slovakia on Aug. 31, 2007. Bolchazy will be honored Jan. 4 with a posthumous Distinguished Service Award from the American Philological Association.

“Cicero was one of Lou’s favorite classicists, and he talked about the benefits of aging. Lou was so proud and passionate about it.” Marie Bolchazy Tarah Thorne -

Marie (Carducci) Bolchazy and Allan Bolchazy of Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Mundelein, display two Dr. Seuss children’s books that the company has reprinted entirely in Latin.

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Barrington ordinance echoes state law; both measures took effect Jan. 1 By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Suburban Life Contributor With the turning of the calendar to 2014, so comes a myriad of new state laws, including one that will ban the sale of alternative nicotine products, such as electronic cigarettes, to those under the age of 18. The new law went into effect Jan. 1. “Within the Village of Barrington, it will be against village ordinance to sell to and/ or possess the products by minors,” Barrington Chief of Police David Dorn said. “This ordinance will go into effect on Jan. 1, as well. Minors found in possession of these products may be cited. If they are cited, they will receive a court date which will include a fine and/or community service.” Dorn said the Barrington Police Department has noticed an increase in use of e-cigarettes among minors, which matches a growing trend nationwide.

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A new state law bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that provide doses of nicotine and other additives to the user in an aerosol vapor form. At Barrington High School, Chief Communications Officer Jeff Arnett said they have not had a significant problem with e-cigarettes in the school, though they have had

a few instances of students having the items at school. “They’re a bit of a novelty for students because they’re a new product,” Arnett said. However, prior to the state law, Barrington High School already had a policy against student’s having such items at school. E-cigarettes are prohibited under the provision of

“cigarette look-alikes” within the district’s policies and have not been allowed in a student’s possession or used on school property or at school-sponsored events. “What changes now is the state law brings greater awareness to the issue,” Arnett said. Local health-care professionals advise against the use of e-cigarettes. “One of the issues with the e-cigarettes is they are not FDA regulated,” said Megan Sanders, a tobacco cessation specialist at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Sanders added that the cartridges in e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, and although the cartridge states how much nicotine it contains, there is no one regulating whether that is accurate. Tobacco Cessation Specialist Danielle Rumachik said the e-cigarettes also still contain some of the same chemicals that are in regular cigarettes. “There are less chemicals in an e-cigarette than in a cigarette, but we’re not sure of the long-term risks,” Sanders said. “That’s probably one of the problems, is the long-term effects have not been studied.”

The two agree that because these e-cigarettes are not regulated, they are not safe. Sanders added that teens are being drawn to e-cigarettes because companies offer vapors that have been flavored. “It just leads them into other things,” Rumachik said. “The main thing is making sure they educate themselves.” An additional concern to the school district is that the cartridge within an e-cigarette can be refilled with other products, such as illegal substances, that can be difficult to detect. “One way is for the e-cigarette to be used for ingesting cannabis in a liquid or wax form,” Dorn said. “It is difficult to detect because the user gives the appearance that they are using nicotine instead of an illegal drug. “Our officers are trained and experienced in detecting the different means used to ingest cannabis, and this is yet another way for the user to hide the use of an illegal substance.” Dorn added that if someone is caught using an e-cigarette in that manner, it will carry the same penalties as the conventional possession of marijuana.

Get moving with your New Year’s resolutions LAKE COUNTY SUBURBAN LIFE editorial@lakecountysuburbanlife. com The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is encouraging residents to make a New Year’s resolution to be a healthier person in 2014. Some of the best ways to meet that goal are to increase physical activity and eat healthier foods. Many people tend to decrease their activity and increase their food intake during the winter months, but following a healthy lifestyle throughout the year has multiple benefits. “Healthy eating and active living are vital to improving our health as well as prevent-

Health tips One of the goals of the Lake County Health department is to encourage and assist residents to increase their physical activity and eat healthier foods. For information, visit the department’s Healthy Eating, Active Living web pages at Population/Page /Healthy%20Eating%20-%20Active%20Living.aspx.

pertension and certain cancers, as well as help achieve a healthy weight.” Here are ways to move your activity level up a notch:

• Add some fun to your physical activity. Walk on a treadmill while watching a movie; use an aerobics or pilates exercise tape; participate in a recreational sport; join an activity club; or dance to music in your house.

• Put activity at the top of your to-do list. Make fitness a ing and controlling chronic diseases,” said Tony Beltran, executive director of the Lake County Health Department/ Community Health Center. “A healthful eating plan can decrease risk of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, hy-

priority and schedule an appointment every day to do a physical activity. Make it just as important as any other appointment. • Be prepared. Always have comfortable walking shoes with you. You can keep an extra pair in your car or office,

so that you are ready at any time to get out and walk. • Walk everywhere. Walk to your appointments. Park your car farther from the entrance so you will walk more. • Walk while you wait. If you are waiting for an appointment or a plane or train to catch, walk around instead of sitting or standing still. • Bring a friend. Physical activity is more enjoyable when you have a buddy. Enlist a co-worker, friend or a family member to participate in an activity with you.

ite fruit or vegetables handy wherever you are. • Slow down. Eat your meals more slowly to give your body a chance to register the fact that you’re filling up.

• Try to avoid saturated fats and cholesterol. • Put your fork down between bites if necessary. You’ll eat less in the long run.

• Check portion sizes. Many portions today are so large you may not realize what a true portion or serving is.

• Train yourself by using smaller plates, spoons and Here are some healthy eating cups. And learn to use comtips:

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• Eat plenty of fresh fruit and stand servings. For instance, vegetables. If you need a quick one serving of whole-grain snack during the day, keep a cooked pasta is about the serving or two of your favor- same size as a hockey puck.

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WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3 WHERE: The Garlands, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington COST & INFO: This free, kid-friendly puppet show presents the fairy tales of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” “Chicken Little” and “The Tale of Two Bad Mice.” Call 847-304-1996 for information.


WEE WANDERER WEDNESDAY WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 WHERE: Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills COST & INFO: This is a free event for parents and children ages 2 to 6. Explore the nature center with your child. Call 847-381-6592 for information.



WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 WHERE: McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S. Cook St., Barrington COST & INFO: Local band Between the Lines will perform in the pub’s main level. Grab a bite and enjoy the music. Call 847277-7400 for information.



WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 WHERE: Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills COST & INFO: This free, two-hour paint application class is for anyone 15 years and older. Artist Tim Rodanhisler will instruct the class. Registration is required. Call 847-3816592 for information.



WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 WHERE: The Annex, 205 Park Ave., Barrington COST & INFO: A literature group will meet at The Annex, a cocktail lounge, to discuss “The Woman Upstairs” by Claire Messud. Registration is required. Call 847-277-7400 for information.



Barrington Area Chamber makes plans for New Year In 2014, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to make its footprint in the business community with a renewed focus on the individual member and the needs of the local business community. Our mission is to carefully look at the communities we serve, to pinpoint the most challenging areas of need and the obstacles local businesses face, then be proactive with programs, services and ideas. One area of business that needs added attention is R & R – restaurants and retail — where the struggle factor can be great and the success rate could be better. We are initiating a heightened effort to advertise, promote and spotlight our R & R members. Another area of focus is the growing number of professionals who now work from home. For them, “Your network is your net worth.” This saying, taken from a popular marketing book, highlights the importance of developing and nurturing your connections to succeed in business. With hundreds of networking events and more than 800 Chamber members, BACC is in a unique position to help you improve your network and net worth. BACC also is dedicated to giving more to its members. In January, BACC will launch a series of new free programs for Chamber members, offering professional development skills and good business building blocks, networking and relationship-nurturing opportunities. We are kicking off a new Brown Bag Series, a free lunchtime program for members. Our first focus is on leadership training and achieving your 2014 goals. The series also will become a vehicle for showcasing the

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talents and strengths of our individual Chamber members. Another focus for 2014 includes improving our website as a go-to place for the Barrington area. For 45 years, BACC has been a destination for local consumers to get information and referrals. Our website gets more than 3 million hits a year, and we field hundreds of calls asking for business information. It’s our opportunity to promote our member businesses. We also are working on a Small Business Tool Kit. Lack of skill and experience can greatly hinder the chances to succeed as a business owner. Our new small-business tool kit will offer how-to tips, checklists and tried and true techniques from Chamber members who have mastered their skills and used them to build their business. Additionally, we have developed new membership packages that bundle the opportunity for growth and exposure while offering the greatest value for your investment. These membership advantage packages give you the highest level of marketing, advertising and involvement at the greatest cost savings Overall, our goal in 2014 goal is to bring the next level of value and service to our membership – cementing BACC as your partner in prosperity!

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Barrington Hills resident Kay Golitz received certification from the Barrington Area Conservation Trust Conservation@Home after incorporating native plants into her yard.

New yard for a new year Winter is a great time to begin improving your yard for wildlife and humanity. Here are few ways to get started, as suggested by the Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Conservation@ Home team.

1. Learn about native plants Invite family, neighbors and friends to attend a Conservation@Home program in your home or neighborhood clubhouse, so you can enjoy a fun afternoon or evening learning what you can do to improve your landscape for wildlife and humanity.

2. Put out a bird feeder (or two) Clean feeders containing a variety of foods enable you to enjoy birdwatching while providing supplemental nourishment. Remember to keep feeders filled, as winter birds depend on this food source.

3. Manage for invasives • Suzanne Corr is the president of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.

While the ground is frozen, invasive species such as buckthorn, honeysuckle and

autumn olive can be cut and herbicided to avoid compacting soil and impacting other plants. To identify invasive species, visit http://www.

4. Turn off the lights Extinguish outside lights whenever possible to give nocturnal wildlife the darkness they need.

5. Provide a winter birdbath The availability of fresh water can ease the stress on birds encountering snow and ice.

6. Lose some lawn turf Grass has a very shallow root system that does not absorb much water. Once saturated, turf grass is as impermeable as asphalt. By replacing a section of lawn with a garden of native plants, you can reduce runoff while providing food and habitat for insects and animals.

7. Consider planting an oak tree this spring Oak trees add interest to many landscapes while

providing a great stopover for many migrating birds. Classified by The Nature Conservancy as an “imperiled ecosystem,” oak habitats need all the help they can get.

8. Look into organic lawn care Corn gluten is a pre-emergent organic treatment for annual weeds that can be sprinkled on the lawn when the forsythias start to bloom.

9. Plan a spring garden Planting a small vegetable garden reduces the environmental costs associated with transporting food. To learn more about organic gardening, visit smartfarms. org.

10. Compost Instead of putting your food waste into the garbage, you can start composting this refuse into rich soil for your garden.

• April Anderson is a marketing specialist/naturalist with the Barrington Area Conservation Trust.

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Business is brewing Barrington High School students pitch entrepreneurial ideas to pros By TARAH THORNE

BARRINGTON – Five months ago, a freshly renovated Business Startup Incubator classroom sat empty at Barrington High School. Apple’s latest technology rested idle. Students and staff had no idea what would become of District 220’s first-ever entrepreneurial pilot program. This classroom since has been buzzing with brain power, and BSI instructor Hagop Soulakian admits to having goosebumps as he listens to 123 teenage entrepreneurs present their initial business pitches for their first semester grade. “There were times I had chills,” Soulakian said. “I’m not usually an emotional guy, but I cannot believe I’ve been a part of this program.”

The Business Startup Incubator class is made up of sophomores and juniors who meet in and outside their 50-minute class periods to develop business concepts. Teams of one to five students are assigned to local business mentors who guide them through the initial development process. BHS alum and local entrepreneur Karl Fruecht developed the incubator class idea with business partner Michael Miles. The duo approached the District 220 Educational Foundation who launched the program – appointing the class its own board of directors who revamped an unused classroom with the latest computer programs and technology. The students were required Tarah Thorne – to make their initial business A group of Barrington High School Business Startup Incubator students presented to seasoned business pitch to Soulakian and several professionals on Dec. 19, requesting start-up funding for an inflatable seat belt business idea. “We need to board members Dec. 18-19 for secure our product,” junior Nick Analitis said. “It’s truly an idea for public safety, beneficial for our society.”

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with the opportunity for one for-profit business and one or more nonprofit businesses to be funded with a start-up reward as high as $250,000 from the Educational Foundation. Additionally, regional angel investors – people looking to invest in a business startup – will be present at the May pitches to adopt a team’s business, if they so choose. Soulakian said any student business chosen for funding will be back in the Business Startup Incubator classroom

in the fall, operating their business in an independent study format. The rest of the classroom will be full of newly enrolled students developing their initial concepts, just as the pilot class has done this past semester. Board member Kim Thrall said she could not believe how confident the students were with their pitches. “The learning opportunity is just one component of this class,” Thrall said. “To be able to speak in front of a group of successful, seasoned business people and receive feedback is just unheard of for high school students.” Thrall said the BSI students will end up taking away words of life-changing encouragement, all while developing a new level of analytic thinking. Miles admitted that he was nervous to launch the Business Startup Incubator class in the beginning.

“Could a 15- or 16-year-old grasp this sort of learning? I wasn’t sure,” Miles said. “But it’s working. These students are finding their passions, and it’s exciting.” Miles explained what the panel of judges will be looking for in May. “We want committed students with a high-quality, commercially viable business idea,” he said. “Passion separates winners from losers.” As for this second semester, Soulakian said he looks forward to watching the students delve deeper into their ideas now that the board members have shared their opinions. “It’s not about how they perform but rather what they learn from their performance,” Soulakian said. “Nothing is more rewarding to a teacher than seeing their students perform in a way that assures them their classroom instruction has made a difference.”

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additional final exam will be administered at the end of January. The students presented their “minimum viable products,” explaining their initial business concept, its potential for growth and their plans to market and sell that concept over time. The ideas ranged from inflatable seatbelts to online tutoring programs. Board members fired reasonable questions at the students, advising the teams to check their numbers or do more research over winter break. “Be able to defend every part of your concept,” Fruecht said. “Secure your product.” One group presented an idea for a change collection website that would profit from retail customers donating their credit-card change to charities. Miles said the website would need work in terms of mechanics, but the initial idea is fundable. He encouraged the students to go door to door to local retailers and test out their idea on a smaller scale – with change jars. “The concept is game


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TARAH THORNE Barrington’s girls varsity basketball team defeated Dundee-Crown with a score of 62-36 on Dec. 26 at the 31st annual Charger Classic tournament, moving the Fillies into the 10th spot of the Mid-Suburban West conference. The holiday showdown, hosted by Dundee Crown High School, began Dec. 26 and concluded Dec. 28 with a

53-50 Barrington win against Maine West. The Fillies experienced their first loss of the season against Mother McAuley on Dec. 27 with a nail-biting score of 56-54. The Fillies now stand with an 11-1 record and will take on the Vikings at Fremd High School in Palatine on Saturday, Jan. 4. Game time is to be determined. Ten games remain in the regular season schedule.

ABOVE: Barrington’s Carrie Madden takes a shot over Dundee-Crown’s Melissa Barker. RIGHT: Barrington’s Kelly Katis leads a fast break during Thursday’s game against Dundee-Crown at the 31st annual Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.

Barrington’s Angie Kirchoff looks for a shot during Thursday’s game against Dundee-Crown at the 31st annual Charger Classic at DundeeCrown High School.

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“We’ve never had an empty seat. The passion in the stands has become legendary.”

By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Suburban Life contributor BARRINGTON – A former Barrington resident is enjoying success as the owner of two professional sports teams. Merritt Paulson, son of former Secretary of the Treasury Henry “Hank” Paulson and birder and naturalist Wendy Paulson, is the owner of the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer team and the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. “I’ve always been a sports guy and just loved the impact of sports,” Paulson said. Before he became owner of the Timbers in 2007, Paulson was an executive at NBA Entertainment in New York. Paulson graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and earned his master’s of business administration from Harvard Business School. Before college, he attended Lake Forest Academy, Barrington Middle

Merritt Paulson Owner of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC

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Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson after the match against AIK at JELD-WEN Field on Feb. 23. Paulson is a native of Barrington who enjoyed watching the Portland Timbers win the western conference title this year, reaching the Major League Soccer Cup playoffs. School and Countryside Elementary School. While Paulson played youth soccer and always followed the World Cup, he has become much more immersed in the sport since buying the Timbers and Thorns.

“I’m a big-, big-time soccer fan at this point,” he said. The Portland Timbers have sold out every home game and boast a waiting list of 10,000 fans seeking season tickets. The Timbers made the playoffs this year.

“There’s always more we can do, and there’s always better we can do,” Paulson said, adding that ultimately he wants the Timbers to win the MLS Cup. Under Paulson’s leadership, JELD-WEN Field underwent a $40 million renovation to meet Major League Soccer standards. And he isn’t done yet. Still to come is an expansion of seating in the stadium. “We’ve never had an empty seat,” Paulson said. “The passion in the stands has become legendary.” Paulson said owning two

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Bears face daunting task for 2014 season Hub Arkush

Marc Trestman scored well in many areas in his first season as Bears head coach, specifically in overseeing the dramatic improvement of one of the league’s weakest offenses and a significant thawing of the icy relationship Lovie Smith had with the Bears’ faithful. An objective look at the Bears’ 2013 season, however, shows the team also took some steps backward. Smith was fired for going 10-6 in his ninth year as the head coach but failing to make the playoffs. Is it reasonable to laud Trestman for going 8 -8 and also failing to make the playoffs after getting blown out in Week 16 by the Eagles and then losing at home on the last day of the season to the Packers when one win would have

clinched the division title? While Trestman should be applauded for the almost surreal growth of Josh McCown, upgrades to Jay Cutler and significant gains on offense, as the boss, he also has to shoulder the weight for the descent of one of the league’s better defenses under Smith to one of the worst in the NFL. Where does general manager Phil Emery fit in all of this? Irrespective of what Brian Urlacher may have had left, the decision to not bring him back doesn’t look good. Would it be different if D.J. Williams and Lance Briggs had stayed healthy? Perhaps, but the fact is the last really good game the Bears’ defense had was against Seattle in 2012 – until the final minutes when Urlacher’s season ended with a hamstring injury. Urlacher is irrelevant, though, because his tank was near empty, and the real problem is where does the defense go from here? Opening day starters Corey Wootton, Henry Melton, Williams, James

Anderson, Tim Jennings, Major Wright and Charles Tillman are free agents, as is recent addition Jeremiah Ratliff. Youngsters Chris Conte, Shea McClellin, Jonathan Bostic and Khaseem Greene have been disappointing, and that’s probably too kind to Conte and McClellin. Julius Peppers had his worst year as a pro and appears to have lost something, and counting on Briggs to stay healthy in his mid-30s is a crapshoot. There isn’t a single player to rebuild the “D” around. Remember that as impressive as the offensive turnaround and the rebuilding of the offensive line were, Cutler, McCown, Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall were in place for Trestman to build around. It’s also impossible to ignore that while Trestman’s earned our trust as a man who knows offense, Cutler, McCown, Matt Slauson and Roberto Garza are free agents, and Emery has a tough call to make on Cutler. Lost in the tremendous upward

and downward mobility of the offense and defense has been the fact that Joe DeCamillis’ special teams suffered a precipitous drop from where they were under Dave Toub, and Devin Hester also is a free agent after eight years with the Bears. Here is one more disturbing truth about these 2013 Bears: The winning percentage of their 16 opponents was .465, giving them the softest schedule of the six teams that finished 8-8. The only good news is that earns them the 14th pick in the first round of the 2014 draft when they could have picked as low as 19th, where the Dolphins (8-8) stand. A bit more alarming is the fact that of the 13 teams with worse records than them, only the Lions played an easier schedule. Once the balance sheet is laid bare in front of us, it is hard to call this season a success or these Bears anything more than somewhat below average. The trip into this offseason is as paved with uncertainty as any we’ve seen in a number of years.

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In the end, Cutler is Cutler ANALYSIS CHICAGO – The tangled web of the Jay Cutler narrative was supposed to be straightened out Sunday. His last game on contract, a 33-28 thriller won by the Packers, was going to make it clear. Play well, Good Jay, forget your 1-7 record against Green Bay, and all is OK. Play poorly, Bad Jay, throw a few picks, and it’s time to go. “The speculation is, ‘Let’s see how he does in this kind of stage,’ ” coach Marc Trestman said after the game. “I thought Jay played well enough for us to win tonight.” But the web twisted even more during the game as fans and media sought the answer to the beaten question: Who is he – Good Jay or Bad Jay? The answer, though, lies in the question itself.

He is who he is. In the first half, his offense showed the bad as it stalled on four three-and-outs, although it also showed the good. On his second drive, an eight-play, 80-yard series, Cutler stormed downfield, completing three passes. He topped it off with a 4-yard throw to running back Matt Forte through the cold, misty air, giving his team a 7-0 lead and its only points of the first half. Cutler couldn’t control much of what happened after that, though. He couldn’t control Alshon Jeffery fumbling a precise pass in the second quarter, setting up a Green Bay field goal. He couldn’t control that


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RIGHT: Barrington’s Austin Madrzyk shoots during the third quarter of a Dec. 26 game against Larkin during the Jacobs Hinkle Holiday Classic. BELOW: Barrington’s Rapolas Ivanauskas (left) shoots over Larkin’s Andrew Jones. Photos by Sarah Nader

Broncos settle for consolation bracket title By ANDY SCHMIDT Barrington Suburban Life contributor When the 2013-14 boys basketball season began, it was well known that the Barrington Broncos would be a young team that would have its struggles throughout the year working through mistakes. The Hinkle Holiday Classic would be an opportunity for the team to see some different opponents outside the Mid-Suburban League and provide information on where the team was heading entering the 2014 calendar year. The tournament, however, saw the Broncos come close but fall short plenty of times. The team went 0-3 in pool play beginning with a 73-61 loss to Prairie Ridge. Barrington trailed just 34-32 at halftime to the Wolves but got outscored 19-5 in the third quarter and could never recover in the loss. Austin Madrzyk scored a team-high 29 points, including hitting six 3-pointers in the process.

After a day off, the Broncos faced South Elgin. Once again, Barrington was down by two at the half but would lose 77-66. The fourth quarter doomed the Broncos on that afternoon, as they were outscored 28-18 over the final eight minutes. Rapolas Ivanauskas scored 16 points to pace the Broncos, while Chris Lester added 11. The final game of pool play had the Broncos facing Larkin, who had lost only once on the season coming into the tournament. Barrington was within six at the half, but Larkin pulled away in the final minutes for a 60-49 win. The Broncos pulled within two late, but the Royals scored the final nine points of the game. Madrzyk led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Ivanauskas added 15 of his own. The showing in pool play put Barrington in the Consolation C bracket of the tournament, where they would face Marian Central in the semifinals. The Broncos jumped all over the

Hurricanes early and cruised to a 65-39 win. Barrington gave up just two points in the first quarter and was up by 11 points by halftime. Madrzyk scored 19 points, while Ivanauskas added 16 points in the win for the Broncos, who broke a five-game losing streak with the victory. It allowed Barrington to advance to the Consolation C title game against Johnsburg on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s title game saw the Broncos face a different style of defense with the Skyhawks, but they used their size to hammer Johnsburg, 93-70. Madrzyk and Calvin Goldsmith each had 25 points to lead Barrington, while Ivanauskas added 20. The Broncos led by just four at halftime, but Madrzyk scored 13 of his 25 in the third quarter as Barrington outscored Johnsburg 27-11 in the period. Broncos coach Bryan Tucker was pleased to see his team come back and get two wins to get the Consolation C championship.

“Obviously when you start out 0-3, it tests your character, so it’s nice to come back and take care of business and get two victories,” Tucker said. “Even our last loss, we were down two points to Larkin with a minute to go and we didn’t get it done, but I think there are some positives to build on. We’ve got a great group of kids who will be ready to come back and work.” The Broncos get back onto the court on Friday night with a nonconference battle against Grant, who lost in the championship game of the E.C. Nichols Tournament. Tucker added that the team knows what it needs to do going into its next game. “I think all our kids would come out and tell you that we have things we need to work at,” Tucker said. “That’s part of the season. That’s where we are. We got another game. Let’s get ready for it.” Barrington finished the tournament 2-3 and will take their 6-9 record into Friday night’s home game.


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