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Hugs & Mugs provides a cup of smiles If you’re anything like me, every single day starts with coffee – sometimes afternoons as well. But I have a secret. I’ve found some of the best mugs to slip under my Keurig coffee maker. Trust me, those perfect-fitting mugs are hard to come by. Plus, this purchase gives back to charity – in more ways than one. Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop & Cafe, a live storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome, will host its official grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1. Hugs & Mugs is located next to the new GiGi’s Playhouse at 2350 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. I picked up two mugs for myself during a holiday pre-order, and I must admit,

REPORTER’S NOTE Tarah Thorne they inspire me every morning. GiGi’s Playhouse Development Director Marc Portugal said although Hugs & Mugs will function as a retail business, it is first and foremost a program to teach adults important career skills. All revenue from merchandise sales and donations will go directly back into the program to cover production expenses. Like all programs at GiGi’s Playhouse, Hugs & Mugs is a free program to promote life-long skills and self confidence. Participants will oversee all aspects of the

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Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop & Cafe offers mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome. store, lead the mug design and production processes and eventually create their first resume. Mugs can be bought predesigned or custom ordered for

friends, family, co-workers, businesses and more. “Enjoy the day!” my favorite mug reads. For information, Call 847807-3470.

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BARRINGTON – Ahavah Organic Spalon is now open in the Courtyard of Cook Street Plaza, 100 E. Station St., Suite 125, in downtown Barrington, with free underground and street parking. Owner Lisa Gabriel explained her reasoning for organic-only services and shared her enthusiasm for opening her shop in the heart of the downtown community.

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Why was opening an organic spa important to you? Ahavah Organic Spalon has grown out of a love and appreciation for everything organic and natural. Toxins are everywhere, and more and more of our loved ones are suffering because of the effects toxins have on us. At Ahavah Organic Spalon, our staff will strive to serve you and maintain your wellness in a tranquil, toxin-free, healthy and beautiful way.

Why is Barrington the right area for your business? We chose the village of Barrington because my husband, daughter and I have resided in the Barrington area for 16 years and believe that there is an overwhelming need for our services

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Ahavah Organic Spalon is open Monday through Saturday in the Courtyard of Cook Street Plaza, 100 E. Station St., Suite 125, in Barrington.

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What can customers expect when visiting your spa? At Ahavah Organic Spalon, you will enjoy our organic beauty products and services, such as toxin-free hair color and organic facials and body treatments, as well as organic wellness services that will improve your ability to release toxins out of your system.

How does your business assist the greater community? We offer a scholarship to those who have a desire to have a career in cosmetology. As an

encouragement to those in crisis within our local community, we offer free service to those in need. Additionally, we support various local charities and global missions through the sale of artisan-crafted gift items.

Describe your hours and spalon packages We are open Monday through Saturday by appointment. Our services include hair cuts and styles, hair color, perms, smoothing and extensions, skin waxing and makeup services. We offer discounted gift cards to new clients, and appointments can be made online. Visit www.ahavaorganicspalon.com for details.

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Barrington shops position for success Accessories, antiques sellers look to grow in their new digs By STEPHANIE KOHL editorial@lakecountysuburbanlife.com BARRINGTON – Businesses are on the move in Barrington. SOLISQ, a ladies hat and accessories store, recently relocated from the Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee St., to a storefront at 115 E. Station St. The Ice House Mall also recently made an addition to its store offerings. Laurence McMurray and Gwendolyn Whiston, longtime owners of Tivoli Garden Antiques, closed their shop in downtown Barrington after 10 years and opened Paris Market Antiques. SOLISQ was a longtime dream of owner Gina Ahn. She cited a desire for a more central and visible location as the reason for her move after about 15 months in Barrington . “Eventually, I would like to be known as the destination shop in Barrington for hats and all things wearable accessories,” she said. When Ahn was 18, one of her first jobs in Greece was in a retail shop. Before long, she became a purchaser and merchandiser for the store. “That first job kind of always stayed with me,” she said. As a shopper, Ahn has a critical eye for display, so in her shop she strives for an intimate setting with great displays. She fills her shop with unique items from independent designers that are of high quality at a good price point. “Overall, I try to bring in a great variety of merchandise,” she said. “I kind of have to go a little bit ‘wow’ myself to carry the item.” In addition to hats, SOLISQ carries a variety of scarves, gloves, jewelry and gift items. “I feel that those kind of accessories really put a punch in an outfit,” Ahn said. “It can complement any lady of any age or size.” Knowing that women can purchase accessories anywhere, including online, Ahn makes it a personal goal to

SOLISQ When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Where: 115 E. Station St., Barrington Info: 773-575-5969, solisq.com

Paris Market Antiques When: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Ice House Mall, 200 Apllebee St., Barrington Info: 847-756-4174

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SOLISQ carries women’s hats, scarves, gloves, jewelry and gifts.

get to know her customers by learning their names, remembering their purchases and getting to know their likes and dislikes. SOLISQ is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, though hours may vary. Ahn also takes private appointments. The new Paris Market Antiques will feature a group of vendors as well as consignment. Half of the store offers French and Italian offerings such as jewelry, clothing, furniture and decor, while the other half consists of the Walnut Room, with more of a Barrington look, offering themes such as horses and darker wood pieces. Whiston said her former location simply wasn’t large enough to accommodate an expansion and the Ice House Mall seemed to be “the perfect place to go.” “There are so many things to be excited about,” Whiston said. “I love this building. It’s a great building. There’s a lot of history. That lends itself well to antiques.” Whiston said she sees so much potential in the new location and looks forward to the ability to offer more shows. Leading up to opening, Whiston said she received compliments on how the store was coming along. “The response has been tremendous, not just good,” she said. “It’s been better than I could have thought.” Paris Market Antiques Photo provided is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Satur- Laurence McMurray and Gwendolyn Whiston, longtime owners of Tivoli Garden Antiques, opened Paris Marday and at least until 7 p.m. ket Antiques in Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee St., after 10 years on Main Street. Whiston said she sees potential in the new location and looks forward to offering more shows. Thursday.


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Busy coach, teacher also finds time for hobbies TOM ROOT | COACH, TEACHER

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ive-year Barrington 220 educator Tom Root is an art teacher at Grough and Hough elementary schools. Root describes himself as a kid at heart, enjoying coaching and many hobbies, such as running the Boston Marathon. Root shared more about his career and personal interests with Barrington Suburban Life Reporter Tarah Thorne.

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Thorne: You graduated from Barrington High School. What inspired you to stay in the area? Root: It’s a beautiful place to live. My family is still all close by, as well. I run almost every day around the beautiful neighborhoods around town and gorgeous trails that not too many people know exist out in Barrington Hills

Thorne: What is most rewarding about teaching art at the elementary level? Root: Kids at that age haven’t been introduced to the idea yet of not being “good” at art. They’re always open and excited to trying new things and working at them. There aren’t many kids who are not excited to come to art class, which makes my job easier than most.

Thorne: What is a typical day like for you? How do you balance your career with being an assistant coach for the Barrington High School boys cross country and track teams? Root: My schedule is pretty packed. During the week I am at school early, jet over to the high school at the end of the

school day for practice and get home in the evening for a much-needed recharge. Being an assistant coach, it works out that I am able to train alongside the athletes on most days, which I love. If I wasn’t running and working out with them, it’d be a whole lot harder to keep to a training program.

Thorne: When did you become interested in running? What races have you taken part in? Root: My first competitive race was the Barrington 220 Fifth Grade Cross Country meet. I got fourth place, and that success I’m sure was part of what kept me interested in running throughout my younger years. I also was driven to keep up with my dad when he would go out for his five mile runs. I have run seven marathons to date – five in Chicago, one in Champaign and then Boston last spring. Other than that, I only run an occasional shorter race if it happens to be on a very unique course or a friend or family member suggests doing one together. I typically get my racing fix during workouts with the high school

distance guys. They are a very fast, hard-working bunch who keep me always pushing to get faster myself.

Thorne: Describe your Boston Marathon experience this past year. What did you take away from this opportunity? Root: I have always been a very positive person, but I left Boston with an even greater appreciation for life, a further awareness of the opportunities that I am blessed with and an even stronger desire than before to see the best in others. I was very lucky to be out of the immediate area of the bombing when it occurred, but it was still terrifying due to the uncertainty of what was happening and the uncontrollable feeling of “What if?” both for myself and all of the people I knew from home who were running or were there to cheer on their loved ones. The race itself and all of the events surrounding it were absolutely incredible. The people of Boston and all those who gathered there for the race weekend could not have been a more friendly and considerate mass of people. I was struck by this during the

time leading up to the race and, similarly, if in a very different way, after. In the collective numbness following everything, everyone seemed to have been reminded what it means to just be a good human being to one another.

Thorne: You have other hobbies such as photography. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Root: Running and photography that isn’t for a job take up a lot of my spare time. I also play a fair amount of basketball and volleyball, especially in the summertime. I love to paint and wish I could say that I spend more of my spare time doing that, but it can be complicated finding a place suited for it. Playing the piano also is one of my favorite things to do. I spend as much time as possible sitting and figuring out how to play different songs, Coldplay definitely being the most popular of my “jam sessions.”

Thorne: How do you spend your summer vacations? Root: I have yet to have a summer vacation where I am not teaching and/or coach-

ing most of the time. I have taught summer school classes every summer at either the elementary level or this past summer at the high school for photography. Then there are a couple of cross country camps at different points in the summer that I help with when I am available. I also do freelance photography and fill many of my weekends with shooting weddings or portraits (and then spending countless hours editing photos at Cook Street Coffee). I will say that I do make a point of finding a week somewhere in between everything each summer to travel out to Maine where my parents spend quite a bit of time. It is a much-needed and appreciated change of scenery.

Thorne: Where do you see yourself in five years? What are your short- and long-term goals? Root: My goal is consistently to do what makes myself and others happy. I imagine that I will be doing many of the same things in five years that I am doing now but hope to still be actively striving to grow in every aspect of my life.

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Agreement to improve emergency response always been a close resource and this new agreement is site specific to the middle school but What: Barrington village trustees does include shared emergency board meeting response to other parts of the the preceding agreements were When: 8 p.m. Feb. 10 Barrington and Dundee Road “more involved and of higher Where: Barrington Village Hall, corridor, like Motor Werks. 200 S. Hough St., Barrington. priority.” Concluding their intergovThe automatic-aid agree- Info: 847-304-3400 or www. ernmental, shared-services barrington-il.gov. ment with Palatine Rural states agreement on Dec. 31, the Barthat Palatine Rural will respond rington village and district to fires at and around the Barhave not yet approved an autorington Middle School Prairie matic-aid agreement with each Campus, at 40 Dundee Road in atine Rural have stations clos- other – one of a few relationBarrington, while Barrington er to the village of Barrington ships Arie said he is still purwill respond to accidents at the than the Barrington Country- suing. intersection of Ela and Dundee side Fire Protection District Arie said he hopes the vil– which is helpful in terms of lage will enter into more auRoads in Palatine. Village manager Jeff Lawler emergency response times. tomatic aid agreements with Arie said Palatine Rural has neighboring communities, insaid both Lake Zurich and Pal-

Still no contract between Countryside, Barrington after entities split last year By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com BARRINGTON – Barrington village trustees have approved an automatic-aid agreement with the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District. Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie said the Palatine Rural agreement took longer than the other contracts – with the Long Grove and Lake Zurich Fire Departments, as well as Lake Zurich Rural – because

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cluding the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, which received a proposal from the village on Nov. 13. BCFPD officials requested to end their intergovernmental agreement of sharing operations costs with the village in September 2012, citing disagreements in the need for more equipment and manpower. The BCFPD and Barrington Fire Department became independent fire agencies on Jan. 1. Arie said the Barrington Fire Department has already received close to 100 calls this year – a mix of fire and EMS calls – similar to years past.

8NEWS BRIEFS person; $15 for concert only. Call Chess Without Borders was Golf club restaurant offers Valentine’s concert Jeff at 847-382-4240, ext. 12, for originally created by Barrington LAKE BARRINGTON – This Valentine’s Day, Camerata Chicago Music Director Drostan Hall will appear at the Lake Barrington Shores Golf Club Restaurant, 64 Old Barn Road, Lake Barrington, at 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Dinner is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with a subsequent concert, desserts and champagne. Romantic violin music will be performed by Hall, who toured the world as a violinist before becoming a conductor. Hall will be accompanied by 15-year-old pianist Emily Frederick. Tickets are limited. Dinner and concert tickets are $45 per

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Food for a cause BARRINGTON HILLS – Local nonprofit youth group Chess Without Borders and Barrington Hills gourmet chef Zein Bertacchi have announced their donation of nearly $100,000 to several local and global charities. The feat was made possible with food. With her cooking enthusiasm, Bertacchi was able to help students become entrepreneurs. Youth learned how to host, cook, serve, clean and create an entertaining atmosphere for a food fundraiser under Bertacchi’s leadership.

chess tournaments. Bertacchi will serve homeHills resident Rishi Sethi in 1999, made Middle Eastern Food with the purpose of combining during the sixth annual Hough chess education with service School Chess Tournament from and philanthropy. Rishi had 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22. All asked Bertacchi to help him proceeds will benefit Meher, a serve food for parents as they young Indian girl whose body waited for their children at was disfigured in a fire during

infancy. Chess Without Borders has paid for many of Meher’s surgeries and is now paying for her education by hosting such cooking fundraisers with Bertacchi. Visit www.schulmanchess. com or call 312-375-7475 for information.

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Photos by Jeff Krage – For Shaw Media

Racers take off from the start of Sunday’s Frozen Zucchini 5K at Citizens Park in Barrington.

Chilly for a cause Runners wearing snowshoes make their way through the snow.

A runner makes his way through the snow.

Snowshoe racers cold as a frozen zucchini By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com

Brad Zoller of Palatine, with his dog Senna, took first place during Sunday’s Frozen Zucchini 5K at Citizens Park in Barrington.

BARRINGTON – Sunday marked the fourth annual Smart Farm Frozen Zucchini Snowshoe Adventure race. Co-sponsored by the Barrington Park District and Erehwon Mountain Outfitter, this event is an annual sellout. The family friendly race, at Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, included a kids event led by Barrington High School students for children 5 and older. Children were entertained while their parents and caretakers ran in the snowshoe race. It was a chilly day, and the park’s indoor pavilion was full of hot chocolate. Smart Farm is a volunteer, nonprofit organization whose mission is to grow fresh produce for neighbors in need, and to be an educational source for sustainable gardening practices and healthy eating. Smart Farm relies on donations and fundraisers. Visit www.smartfarms.org for information.


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PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31 WHERE: Career Place, 600 Hart Road, Suite

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275, Barrington COST & INFO: Attendees can take a professional headshot for a business card, handbill, LinkedIn proile or any other need. Call 847-304-4157 for information.

ART IN NATURE: WATERCOLORS WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday,

SUPER BOWL BOWLING WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 WHERE: Pinstripes, Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road COST & INFO: Sports enthusiasts of all ages can cheer for complimentary bowling along with pizza

specials while watching the game on dozens of televisions. Reservations are encouraged. Call 847844-9300 for information.

SAVING MR. BANKS WHEN: 5:30 and 8 p.m.

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Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1; 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, through Thursday, Jan. 30 WHERE: Catlow Theater, 116 W Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: The theater will feature “Saving Mr. Banks.” Call the Catlow at 847-381-0777 for information.

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Feb. 1 WHERE: Crabtree Nature

Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills COST & INFO: Learn how to paint with watercolors. For ages 15 and older. Registration required. Call 847-3816592 for information.

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GROUNDHOG’S DAY WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 WHERE: Crabtree Nature

Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills COST & INFO: Learn about the groundhog, the only animal to have its own holiday. Free. Call 847-3816592 for information.

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Suburban Life names Special daisy train donated to hospital staff Pass as general manager By TARAH THORNE

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SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA Suburban Life Media announced new leadership Tuesday as Laura Pass was named general manager. Pass most recently was the advertising director for the Kane County Chronicle and also previously served in that role for Suburban Life. In her new position, Pass will Laura Pass oversee all aspects of the operation, which maintains offices in Downers Grove and Grayslake. Suburban Life, part of Dixon-based Shaw Media, publishes mysuburbanlife. com and 21 weekly newspapers in the Chicago suburbs, including the Barrington Suburban Life. Suburban Life also publishes Lake

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County Magazine, a monthly lifestyle publication, and the Planit Lake entertainment and shopping destination online and in print. Pass is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and has been with Shaw Media since 2011. She previously was a suburban advertising manager for Sun-Times Media. “I am honored and excited about taking on this role and look forward to what’s ahead,” Pass said. “Suburban Life serves many of the best communities in the Chicago suburbs, and it’s a privilege to be a part of these communities.” Shaw Media Vice President J. Tom Shaw, formerly the publisher of Suburban Life Media, will continue to be extensively involved in his role as chief digital officer of the company and will remain based in the Downers Grove office.

Silets, president of Huff and Puff Industries Ltd., took over the project for the hospital three months prior to its January unveiling ceremony when a friend of the hospital dropped off the cardboard model train cart at her doorstep. “How could I say no?” Silets said, referring to the unique assignment. The older, cardboard traincard long had been a symbol of the DAISY Foundation – an organization created to honor extraordinary nurses and their compassionate work. The train cart is used to bring flowers to nurses during the time of their DAISY recognition, but as hospital staff found, it needed much work. “It was a bit in disrepair,” said Good Shepherd spokeswoman Ro Ostergaard. Silets, a North Barrington resident and now internationally renowned designer and manufacturer of model rail-

roads and garden railways – or the local “train lady” – is well known for opening her private model railroad gardens of 10 acres to the public once a year for charity. The at-home spectacle consists of 6,000 square feet of waterfalls, streams, lakes, bridges, forestry and miniature cities. All proceeds benefit the Harvey M. Silets Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students attending arts camp in Interlochen, Mich. Silets said the camp is her late husband Harvey’s “favorite place on Earth.” Harvey received years of care at Good Shepherd for stage 4 colorectal cancer before he died in 2007 – making the daisy train donation extra special. “I am so grateful for the wonderful care my family has received at this hospital,” Silets said, explaining Harvey came to Good Shepherd after being misdiagnosed at another hospital for several years. Knowing the train cart’s original purpose, Silets was

sure to include a vase at the front of the new daisy train. Good Shepherd President Karen Lambert thanked Elaine and spoke about the importance of the DAISY program. DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, was formed in November 1999 by the family of J.P. Barnes, who died at the age of 33. Barnes’ parents established the foundation in their son’s memory because of their gratitude toward his nurses. The Daisy award is given quarterly to deserving nurses in more than 315 hospitals nationwide. Ostergaard said the award helps ensure nurses know how deserving they are of society’s respect, for their education, training, brainpower and skill, as well as for the compassionate way they deliver care. Through the design, engineering, manufacturing and final installation and certification of each train Silets makes, she has developed her miniature railroads into a form of art.

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Church gift store celebrates 20 years By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com BARRINGTON – Hidden in the lower level of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is a unique treasure – a shopping destination for book and small gift enthusiasts. And All The Angels, at 647 Dundee Ave., Barrington, is celebrating its 20th year in business. Longtime volunteer Nancy Carney knows much of the Christian store’s past. Carney said most of her clients start their seasonal shopping off at And All The Angels, since all proceeds go back to women’s and children’s charities. “Why would they start anywhere else?” Carney said. The store carries a wide range of retail – everything from religious tokens, such as crosses, to Fair Trade jewelry, books, handmade greeting cards, figurines, children’s toys and seasonal merchandise such as Valentine’s Day items. In fact, Carney said, And All The Angels is home to the largest in-house cross collection in the world, with 600 crosses being on display for purchase at any given time. “If we don’t have the cross you’re looking for, it doesn’t exist,” Carney said. Carney opened the store with fellow volunteer Janine (Jan) Nagy in October 1994. The duo was inspired by the late Jessie Durand who had begun selling jewelry and prayer books out of a small case in the church undercroft years prior – in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Nagy passed away just a year after opening the large, windowed storefront – in Nov. 1995 from lung cancer complications. “I know Jan and Jessie are looking down on the store,” Carney said. “And someday I hope I am too.” St. Michael’s Rev. Laurie Michaels called Carney the store’s “head” or “arc” angel since the accountant has seen the establishment through two decades of buying, selling and shelf stocking, in the midst of the busiest of seasons. “It’s most hectic November through January when we have our holiday sales,” Carney said. “But other than that, it’s nothing but fun all year long.” Carney, a breast cancer survivor,

Revs. Judy Heinrich (left) and Laurie Michaels (right) visit Nancy Carney, who has been a store volunteer at And All the Angels Christian book and gift store for 20 years. pulled out a clever “cancer sucks” greeting card from behind the checkout counter. “I told you we have just about everything,” Carney said. About 13 volunteers currently run the shop with Carney. More than $19,000 was donated to charitable funds such as the Barrington Food Pantry, Barrington Giving Day and Youth for Christ last year – with $250,000 being given away since the store’s start. And, it’s a labor of love. Carney said the only donations the volunteers have accepted for things such as store maintenance and travel come in the form of tips from complimentary gift wrapping. Michaels agreed that the store is a bit hidden. “It’s off the main street so a lot of people don’t know about it,” Michaels said. “But for our visitors, shopping starts here.” Michaels said there is something for everyone – even those on a budget – with cards and candy being sold for mere cents; jewelry for a few bucks. Rev. Judy Heinrich said the store has been most successful by word of mouth, and the church is always looking for more volunteers. The shop has grown to operate and maintain more than $35,000 inventory – with little overhead. Carney explained that an anonymous donor, or “phone angel” has continued to take care of the store’s phone bill. All of the store’s proceed recipients go through a formal grant request process. While celebrating its 20th anniversary year, And All The Angels will

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The And All the Angels Christian book and gift store at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 647 Dundee Ave., Barrington, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

be selling tote bags for customers to buy and then fill – receiving 10 to 15 percent off their total purchase during select months. Carney said volunteers will sit down this spring to decide where this year’s proceeds will be donated. “Writing the checks is the most

rewarding part for me,” Carney said. Pointing to a wall of thank you letters from over a dozen charities, Carney said she would like to keep the store going as long as possible. “I knew if God wanted us to do this, he would find a way,” Carney said. “And he has.”

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Thousands gather for Norge ski event

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Kailey Bickner of the Norge Ski Club is airborne during the 109th Norge Ski Jump Tournament at the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove Sunday.

Professional skiers from across world compete in Fox River Grove By STEPHEN Di BENEDETTO sdibenedetto@shawmedia.com FOX RIVER GROVE – Thousands flocked to the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove on Sunday to see skiers from across the globe launch off scaffolding, ascend into air and land jump after snowy jump. Professionals from Canada, Finland, Norway, Slovenia and the United States dazzled fans, who greeted each long distance ski jump with applause, cheers and the rattling of cow bells. The sight was all too familiar for Charlie Sedivec, who announced the club’s Norge Ski Jump Tournament for the 44th year. “There’s a uniqueness to the event,” Sedivec said. “We are only the jump in the state of Illinois. We have several

breaking the longest jump recorded at the club. A Finnish skier set it two years ago by landing an 81-meter jump. A few skiers came close, landing jumps in the 60- and 70-meter range. Sitting with blankets and winter gear, fans gathered around the club’s main jump site to watch the skiers. Others roamed around with beer and cigars in hand and visited the vendors at the tournament. Members from the U.S. Ski Team also competed Sunday Brian Wallace of St. Paul prepares to ski down the 150-foot tower. for U.S. Cup points, cash and national rankings while on their sixth stop of a national members in the hall of fame. ... qualifier. Between 3,000 and tour that concludes in March This year is the highest quality 6,000 people from across the at Park City, Utah. competition we’ve ever had.” Chicago area were expected to International and U.S. skiDraped in history, the an- attend the two-day event, orga- ers also competed against each nual tournament entered its nizers said. other for the Five-Hills Tour109th year Saturday with a On Sunday, professional nament. That tournament junior national championship skiers of all ages took shots at runs throughout the Midwest

in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and the Norge club. The winter entertainment and competition all started in 1905, when a group of Norwegian immigrants in Chicago traveled to Fox River Grove and founded the ski club. The annual Norge ski tournament began during the club’s inaugural year. Members held it in Chicago neighborhoods until 1907, when they finished building the ski hill at the Fox River Grove location. The club initially opened exclusively for Norwegians. Many would travel on train from Chicago, throw their skis out the train window near Fox River Grove, stop at the Cary station and then pick up their equipment on the walk toward the club, Sedivec said. “They were a hearty bunch,” he said.


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Court debates union fees for unwilling members Justice Scalia may be swing vote on potentially pivotal labor case By SCOTT REEDER Illinois News Network WASHINGTON – What will Justice Antonin Scalia do? That was the question courtroom observers were asking Tuesday when a potentially pivotal labor case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue was whether Pam Harris and other home care workers like her should be forced to pay money to a union they don’t want to belong to. Harris, of Lake County, is caring for her 25-year-old disabled son, Josh, and receiving assistance from the state of Illinois to do so. Gov. Pat Quinn issued an executive order designating Harris and other home-care workers as “state employees” for the

purpose of joining a union. Service Employees International Union, a political ally of the governor’s, then began trying to organize the workers. “I think that there’s an unhealthy relationship between elected officials and public-sector unions,” Harris told Illinois News Network last week. While the segment of workers Harris is a part of was affected by an executive order issued by Quinn, Rod Blagojevich issued similar orders while he was governor. Justice Samuel Alito expressed skepticism of governors’ motivations to help unions. “I thought the situation was that Gov. Blagojevich got a huge campaign contribution from the union, and virtually as soon

as he got into office he took out his pen and signed an executive order that had the effect of putting, what was it, $3.6 million into the union coffers?” But Illinois Attorney Lisa Madigan, whose office argued the case against Harris, said the state does have a compelling interest in promoting union representation of these workers. “What the State of Illinois has had to do, as you heard during the argument, is find a mix of benefits so we’re able to attract and retain a high-quality workforce,” she said. “And quite frankly, before there was an exclusive representative engaged in collective bargaining, that was not the case in Illinois.” Between 2002 and 2012 Madigan received $779,773 in campaign donations from government worker unions, including $129,000 from the SEIU. The court’s four more liberal justices appeared to oppose changing the law.

In fact, Justice Stephen Breyer said if the court were to do so it would overturn 35 years of established legal precedent. On the other hand, some of the more conservative members of the court – Chief Justice John Roberts, Alito and Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared ready to side with Harris and the others who brought the lawsuit. Justice Clarence Thomas did not ask questions during oral arguments, which is his practice. That leaves Scalia, usually a stalwart conservative, as the potential swing vote on what seems to be a case centered on freedom of speech. Workers who refuse to join a union are often charged a “representation fee,” which is supposed to cover the cost of things like collective bargaining but not union political activities. Kennedy noted that defining what is and isn’t political activity is difficult. For example, he said collective bargaining for

government workers affects the size of government — something that has political implications “in an era where government is getting bigger and bigger, and this is becoming more and more of an important issue to more people.” If the court finds in Harris’ favor, public-sector labor unions could be weakened, Harvard Law School Professor Benjamin Sachs, an expert on labor law and a former SEIU attorney, told INN in an interview last week. If the court issues a narrow ruling, it could say that home care workers are not state workers and can’t be compelled to give money to a union. This would deprive unions of a significant amount of revenue that they are now receiving. In fact, some justices expressed skepticism about whether these workers, many of whom are caring for relatives, really meet the definition of state employees.

New year may be time to start new job search The beginning of a new year is a great time to evaluate your career and decide if you are in the right place, or if it’s time to make a move. Most economic indicators look positive for 2014. Our homes are gaining value, the unemployment rate is at a five-year low and Congress figured out how to avert another government shutdown. Consumer confidence is up, but how are you feeling about your career? According to a Gallup poll published in the fall of 2013, 70 percent of American workers are not engaged or are actively disengaged from their workplace, meaning most of us are not thrilled with our jobs. The current employment market can be a puzzle that is hard to solve, so if you are currently searching or contemplating making a move, here are some things to consider.

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YOUR CAREER Jennifer Harris tice to update your resume. You never know when the next opportunity will present itself, and you want to be ready. While resume writing is difficult, it’s a good exercise to review and update your accomplishments. We are constantly adding new tasks to our own job descriptions, and you may not realize how much more you have to add if you’ve been at your job for more than a year. Resumes have evolved over the years, too. If your resume has an objective on it, you really need an update. Professional summaries are now the norm. You also need list of job-related competencies that enable keyword searches to be performed by applicant tracking systems, which are

the databases where your resume lands when you hit “apply” on job boards and company websites. Refrain from adding pictures or personal information. And unless you are in a creative field, forget fancy fonts, colors or graphics.

Online strategy Social media, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, are quickly becoming the new job boards. In fact, a survey by Gozaik, a social recruiting solutions provider, indicates that Twitter will outpace other social media channels in 2014 as a way to attract and engage talent. You don’t have to be a pro at social media, but it should definitely be a part of your job search strategy. Ignoring these tools means missing out on potential opportunities. In addition, polish your LinkedIn profile and avoid posting anything you wouldn’t want a prospective employer to see online.

While there is much debate as to the legal and ethical questions of employers’ use of social media to vet candidates, it’s wise to remember what you do online could either help or hurt your career.

Time Finding the right job will take time. Even in high-demand areas like IT and accounting, companies tend to move a little slower in this market. While it’s not true in every case, there are a couple of factors contributing to this trend. After finally getting approval to hire, some companies want to vet as many candidates as possible, ensuring they make the best hire. Some employers (mistakenly) believe this is an “employer’s market” and they can afford to take their time. Companies also are adding additional steps to the interview process. Multiple interviews are becoming common.

Cultural fit is very important, and some companies are adding more people to the process to assess a candidate’s potential fit into his environment. Regardless of the reasons, very few companies are speeding up the process. It can be frustrating, but it may actually work in your favor. Interviews are a two-way street. You are evaluating the role and company just as much as they are evaluating you and your skills. Take the time and effort to make sure the opportunity fits your career goals. Meeting potential coworkers will ensure you make the right decision, too.

• Jennifer Harris is a recruiting expert, with more than 20 years of experience as a leader in the search industry. Harris is the owner of CR Search Inc., an executive recruiting firm based in Lake County. Have a job-search related question for Harris? Email editorial@lakecountysuburbanlife.com.


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North Barrington dancer shares home’s history By TARAH THORNE htthorne@shawmedia.com NORTH BARRINGTON – It was 2007 when Illinois Fred Astaire Dance Studios Franchisee Rae Aguila moved into her dream home with her husband, Joe Aguila. After a nine-month building process, something Rae Aguila described to be much like a pregnancy, her baby was born – fully equipped with a sports pool, home fitness center, lavish landscaping and an enormous kitchen the size of her entire childhood home on Chicago’s northwest side. “My mother made pasta and my dad sang,” she said. “It was a small, Italian home. I only dreamed of living in something so beautiful.” Aguila described her 7,223-square-foot home at 205 Honey Lake Court, North Barrington, as her jewel, her diamond. But the home is now on the market. “Joe and I thought we’d spend the rest of our life here,” Rae Aguila said. “But God had a different blueprint.” Joe Aguila passed away at the age of 54 just two years after the house was built, in June 2009. Rae and Joe Aguila both

2.54 acres of scenic landscape surround the lower-level walk-out paver patio and in-ground pool at 205 Honey Lake Court in North Barrington. came from professional dance backgrounds. Rae Aguila has continued to judge, coach and deliver motivational speeches. Owning the Fred Aistere Dance Studios location in South Barrington keeps her quite busy. “I’m never home,” Rae Aguila said. “But when I am, I’ve never felt so safe.” Aguila said she was just 50 years old when her husband passed away and she knew safety and low maintenance would be pertinent to her living – so she stayed in the North Barrington home for nearly five more years. “I love the small community,” Rae Aguila said. “Bar-

rington is just close enough but yet far enough from the city.” The fitness enthusiast said she has walked the Grassmere Farms neighborhood every summer morning – around the subdivision’s golf course, past Honey Lake and through the Biltmore Country Club. “I can hear the horses sighing in the fields as soon as I step outside,” Rae Aguila said. “There’s so much nature.” Joe Aguila enjoyed being outdoors as well, swimming laps each day in the couple’s inground backyard pool, which is over 5 feet deep and includes a volleyball net, basketball hoop and water badminton set.

The couple designed the home themselves, focusing on their favorite feature – the landscape. “We wanted it to look like a cover of Home and Garden magazine,” Rae Aguila said. “There’s magnolias, lilac bushes, my grandmother’s lilies and big, old trees.” Sitting upon 2.54 acres, the ranch’s resort-like backyard can be accessed from a walkout, lower level recreation room. Two overlooking, covered decks keep any bookworm dry on a rainy day, with outdoor overhead fans and TV outlets. The main paver patio includes a fire pit – ideal for S’mores, Rae Aguila said. The home is built for entertainment. “I have two bars I’ve never touched,” Rae Aguila joked. “It’s a home that has not been used a lot.” With five bedrooms, a main level master suite, large formal dining and living room, lower level game area and immense storage area, the home is ready for a crowd. “I could see someone throwing Super Bowl parties or college kids living downstairs for summer vacation. You could sit 50 people on the outdoor decks to eat, and the center kitchen is-

land seats six,” Rae Aguila said. “I’m still learning to cook.” She described the North Barrington home as “Frank Lloyd Wright mission style with pine, maple and oak furnishings.” “It’s a neutral home with beige walls,” Rae Aguila said. “My brightly colored paintings really made it pop.” Despite Rae Aguila’s busy schedule, the house has been kept up to the “Nth degree,” she said, with service contracts. “I’m all about problem preventing rather than problem solving,” Rae Aguila said. “We’ve always cleaned the pool every two weeks.” Rae Aguila said she and Joe “finally got it right” with their North Barrington residency after building five other homes in Wisconsin during their 28 years of marriage. “We wanted to go bigger, better and bolder,” Rae Aguila said. The dance mogul looks forward to moving closer to work in South Barrington. Rae Aguila continues to enjoy the company of her daughter Jackie and two small dogs – a Yorkie and a Havanese. “We call one of the dogs Daisy Joe,” Rae Aguila said. “Daisies were Joe’s favorite flower.”

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With the new wedding engagements that come with each holiday season, a bevy of new brides-to-be are busy lining up locations and vendors for their upcoming “I-Do’s”. Barrington event planner, Christina Currie, knows how overwhelming the process can be so she’s found a way to make it special by keeping it simple. Christina is hosting her 4th annual Grace Meets Glamour Boutique Bridal Affair at Biltmore Country Club coming up on Sunday, February 23rd, where brides can meet a select group of the area’s best wedding vendors in an elegant setting, all under one roof. With Grace Meets Glamour, Christina works hard to create a fantastic opportunity to connect brides with vendors while being treated to an afternoon where they get to truly shine. Champagne and hors d’ouevres will be served during the event to celebrate the brides in attendance. There will be a fashion show, live music, wedding cakes, floral and decor ideas, swag bags for brides and special touches throughout, but Christina Currie says the magic begins at the entrance. “When they arrive at Biltmore there’s valet parking and ice sculptures at the entrance. Each bride gets a pearl necklace when they come so we know who is the bride. Most of my clients prefer a more customized and personalized approach so the show is very laid back.” Christina also says she purposefully limits the number attendees to 75 brides and their guests.

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“I remember being a bride and going to big shows and feeling overwhelmed. Grace Meets Glamour is more intimate. We only feature one vendor per category so, right there, the bride can start building a relationship with the vendor because planning a wedding is a journey and all of the vendors are your team players.” From invitations to wedding dresses to the food, flowers and photography, there will be individual vendors on-hand representing every element of a wedding. And Christina says Grace Meets Glamour has an international theme this year. “A lot of our brides are very diverse and they like to include elements that reflect their cultures.” In keeping with this year’s theme, Christina is planning to display three different wedding table vignettes. “One table will have a ‘French Market’ theme, with touches inspired by France. Another vignette is called ‘Amore on Almafi’ which will be very summery and very white, with fun blues and coral flowers. The third is an ‘Asian Inspired’ vignette with red and black, a square table and everything you’d want for an Asian fusion wedding.” Christina is asking brides who attend the event to donate $5 to Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago Chapter, an organization that helps provide dream weddings to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances. Christina Currie is a founding member and it’s a cause she’s particularly passionate about. If you are or know a bride-to-be, Christina cordially invites you to Grace Meets Glamour on Sunday, February 23rd from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Biltmore Country Club, at 160 Biltmore Drive in North Barrington. To register for Grace Meets Glamour, contact Christina Currie at 224-558-1764. To learn more about Christina Currie Events, visit her website at ChristinaCurrieEvents.com. Written by Liz Luby Chepell www.365Barrington.com


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BHS girls basketball challenged at free-throw line By ANDY SCHMIDT Barrington Suburban Life Contributor BARRINGTON – It appeared that it was going to be all fun and games on Friday at Barrington High School during Pack the Gym night. There was entertainment from the Chicago Sky’s Sky Guy and the team’s high-flying dunk team. There was even the matter of the Fillies’ Angie Kirchoff hitting two early shots to give Barrington a 6-0 lead before the large crowd was fully sitting down. In the end, the Fillies’ easy night was anything but that because of some lategame free-throw shooting. Barrington would make just three of its final 10 free throw attempts, but the girls were

still able to hold on for a 4942 win against the Palatine Pirates in Mid-Suburban League West Division action. The win moved the Fillies to 5-1 in the division as the team begin their second half of divisional play. Kirchoff’s early shooting and the Fillies’ tight defense allowed Barrington to jump out to an early 14-4 lead after holding the Pirates scoreless for the first 4:42 of the game. The lead expanded to 21-9 in the second quarter before Palatine would rally to score 10 of the final 12 points of the first half to pull within four. Just like the beginning of the game, though, Barrington pulled away in the third quarter because of its seniors. Kirchoff, Brooke Gunderson and Aoife Callanan scored all

13 of the team’s points in the third quarter, with Kirchoff and Gunderson combining for 11of 13 as the lead swelled back to seven by the time the fourth quarter began. The fourth quarter was when the free-throw shooting came into play. The Fillies had numerous chances to put the game away but struggled from the line, allowing Palatine to stay in the contest all the way until the final moments. The Fillies were 6 of 16 at the line overall, and coach Babbi Barriero said the freethrow shooting is something the team must work on with regional play around the corner. “We need to do a better job, no two ways about it,” Barriero said.

She added that she was pleased with her seniors in the third quarter but it was those same seniors who need to step up at the line late in games. “I think at times, you are only as good as that leadership from the seniors because they are experienced and have been in the trenches for four years,” Barriero said. “I was really disappointed with our free throws. We can’t let teams do that (foul) to us and not convert. In that aspect, I was disappointed with our seniors because they missed a lot of free throws late in the game. That’s inexcusable, quite frankly.” Kirchoff finished with 14 points, leading the Fillies, while Gunderson added 12 in the win.

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Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. They will anchor the key matchup in the game versus Denver Pro Bowlers Manning, guard Louis Vasquez, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, tight end Julius Thomas, former Pro Bowl wideout Wes Welker, Eric Decker and running back Knowshon Moreno. It’s almost impossible to remember a team with more weapons on offense than the record-setting Broncos. But don’t discount Seattle’s offense lead by a few Pro Bowlers of its own – center Max Unger, running back Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson. Lynch is the only player in the NFL to rush for more than 1,000 yards and score at least 10 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. Wilson has won 27 games as a starting quarterback in the NFL, including three playoff games and is trying to join Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger as the only quarterbacks in history to win a Super Bowl in his first or second season.

Upon arriving in New Jersey Manning said of Wilson, “I met Russell Wilson, believe it or not, when I was visiting the Broncos. I believe it was after I signed with the Broncos. They were having players come in for visits before the draft. I was actually in the film room watching some tape, and someone brought Russell in. I had a chance to shake his hand. I wished him luck and told him I enjoyed watching his college career.” Wilson knows he had a brush with greatness and seems to understand his place in the QB matchup. “They have an unbelievable quarterback in Peyton Manning. I have so much respect for him and what he’s done over his entire career. He deserves all of the credit. He’s an unbelievable quarterback and human being. “Just the energy in this area right now, in New Jersey. All of you guys (media) here in the New York area, it’s going to be a great scene. It’s going to be a great game. It’s going to be a battle to the end and I’m really looking forward to that game!”

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By KEVIN FISHBAIN kfishbain@shawmedia.com MOBILE, Ala. – Regardless of what the unknown team sought when asking Jimmy Garoppolo, “Name as many things as you can do with a brick in a minute,” the personnel folks probably were impressed with how the Eastern Illinois quarterback handled his interview. “All the questions have a purpose behind them,” Garoppolo said at the Senior Bowl, laughing about the odd question he received. “Sometimes you don’t know what they are; you’ve just got to answer truthfully, really.” A linebacker until his junior year at Rolling Meadows High School, Garoppolo didn’t receive a single Division I offer. Four years later, his performance at the East-West Shrine game last week earned him a last-minute invitation to the Senior Bowl – a long journey that continues to be positive for Garoppolo. “Last week helped me out,” he said

when asked about dealing with the stigma of being an Football Championship Subdivision quarterback playing with the big boys. “You guys talk about it, scouts Jimmy talk about it, but I’m done with that. … We’re Garoppolo all on the same playing field, same playing level.” “I think it’s a pretty neat deal,” said Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who worked extensively with the quarterbacks on the South team. “The opportunity to have an Auburn pass rusher lined up and a Florida state pass rasher, a Georgia corner, now all of a sudden he’s playing with a different group two weeks in a row and two different offenses in a row. I think it’s pretty cool to watch his development.” Many considered Garoppolo the second-best quarterback in Mobile during the week, just behind Fresno State’s Derek Carr. He has an incredibly quick

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“If you can throw the ball, they’ll know that by the end of the day. You’ve just got to come out here, be yourself and compete.” A Bears fan, Garoppolo said Jay Cutler is his favorite Chicago quarterback. The two might differ in personality, but Cutler has plenty of confidence, something Garoppolo said he knows he needs to show during the draft process, and he can gain that more with his arm than his words. “If you belong, you belong. If you don’t, you’re going to stick out and people are going to know that you don’t belong,” he said. As the days went by in Mobile, Fisch saw a trend. Maybe Garoppolo read the articles about his rising draft stock, but more likely, he saw what he was capable of against top competition. “Each day, I have noticed a trend in a way, that his confidence has continued to improve and therefore his charisma has showed up,” Fisch said. “He has a nice presence about himself.”

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