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Gifting hope for the holiday season BARRINGTON – The Black Friday shopping madness swept me off my feet a little early this year at House of Hope resale shop. I’ve never been a Black Friday shopping devotee because the long lines and mall crowds have always seemed pretty intimidating. Yet I understand how the annual tradition can be a togetherness event for many families or groups of friends, and I think that’s neat. But I’m not trying to start a Black Friday shopping debate by any means. I want to tell you about a neat sale that happens every year, close to home and weeks before the Thanksgiving madness. The House of Hope Holiday Premiere ran Nov. 6 through Nov. 9, at House of Hope Resale, 200 N. Hough St. This resale shop has been in the Barrington area since 2001, run entirely by volunteers. All year-round proceeds are donated to St. Anne’s Project Hope to help less fortunate community members through crisis, job loss, illness and other

TARAH THORNE Barrington Suburban Life reporter challenges. Since the Project Hope crisis line receives more than 300 calls each month, the Holiday Premiere event not only is a great opportunity to save some cash with holiday decorating, but it’s often an annual mainstay for those in need. For example, the House of Hope volunteer staff collects toys and housewares year-round, saving specific items to be sold at the Holiday Premiere kickoff. A huge toyland and department store-style layout allows families to gift their children or set a holiday-themed table with

a warm meal when they may not have gotten to otherwise. Like any other holiday bargain sale, shoppers line up outside the storefront up to an hour before Holiday Premiere kickoff and rush inside to have first pick on merchandise, but this is Black Friday-style shopping for a good cause and I can appreciate that. Even more impressive was the volunteer staff members who spent the weekend before setting up for the big sale, even clocking late hours into Monday and Tuesday nights. This staff tests all donated lights, preparing lit Christmas trees for purchase. I can’t tell you the amount of times my dad would drive back and forth to the hardware store to return faulty lights. If we had bought them at House of Hope, decorating may have been less frustrating. Although the Holiday Premiere has ended, winter merchandise will continue to be collected and sold throughout the season. Read more on page 7.



BARRINGTON – Huntington Learning Center of Barrington Director Heloise Pechan told Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne about her background in education. She has taught high school English and now works alongside Huntington owner Beth Meier and many other trained individuals to offer local, private tutoring. Pechan said Huntington Barrington staff members become especially attached to their students, whether they have come for years of academic enrichment or for only a few months.

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How would you describe Huntington Learning Center of Barrington? What effect has this learning center had on the community? The Huntington Learning Center of Barrington is a tutoring center that provides a wide spectrum of tutoring services to all learners in the Barrington area. We are a quiet little place where families come when children need extra help in school, or when somebody in the family is getting ready to take an important test, such as the ACT or the SAT.

Who can attend Huntington? What services do you offer? Families usually start a relationship with us when a child is younger, although anybody can attend Huntington. We serve children who are struggling in their academics, or who are looking for enrichment. We serve teens taking the ACT, college students taking the GRE or GMAT, adults taking nursing or TAP tests, even GED exams. We see older students who might need some extra help as they navigate difficult math, biology, chemistry or Advanced Placement exams. We’ve even worked with adults who are taking GED



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The Barrington Huntington Learning Center, located in The Foundry at 722 Northwest Highway, is staffed with professional tutors in academics and exam preparation.

We have partnered with Barrington Children’s Charities to help with a book drive and a Blessings in a Backpack drive. We go out and visit the schools that our children attend so we can see how we can best help, and be an ally to the teacher as the student gains confidence in their newfound abilities. Our roots in the Barrington community are very deep.

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We are hosting an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, so that we can celebrate some of our ACT students who took the Sept. 21 exam. We invite you to come and hear their stories. We are just so proud of them, and a little sad to see them moving on.

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Village approves auto fire aid agreements Barrington Fire Department to hire part-time executive assistant position By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Barrington village trustees moved forward with approving two of four possible 2014 automatic fire mutual aid agreements Monday while authorizing village staff to hire a part-time executive fire department assistant. The new agreements, with the Long Grove Fire Protection District and Lake Zurich Fire Rescue, will set in motion an emergency response from the Barrington Fire Department whenever the two neighboring communities require immediate assistance to a structure fire – and those neighbors will provide simi-

lar aid to the Barrington Fire Department in return, Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie said. Pending village automatic-aid agreements include the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District and Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District. Arie said he is optimistic that the Barrington village-district automatic-aid agreement will be secured in the near future. The village’s fire service coverage area will be cut by 90 percent – from 51 to 5.1 square miles – when the Barrington Fire Department splits Jan. 1 from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District. The split will end a decades-long intergovern-

mental agreement of shared services, and is due to disagreements between the village and district over Karen Darch staffing levels Barrington and equipment Village purchases President Operating as separate fire and emergency service entities, the village and district must now develop new automatic-aid agreements with neighboring communities to take effect in the coming year. The countryside district also approved automatic-aid agreements with the Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District and Long Grove Fire

Protection District in October. Arie said the current automatic-aid agreement has worked well with Lake Zurich Fire Rescue so far – especially in terms of the Canadian National Railway congestion, since the two departments deploy emergency vehicles simultaneously, anticipating one rescue service may be stopped at the tracks. Village President Karen Darch acknowledged the amount of work that has gone into preparing the Barrington Fire Department for its Jan. 1 independent operations and trustees echoed her gratitude. “Hopefully, these agreements will give residents

peace of mind, knowing we will have everything that we will need,” trustee Robert Windon said. “There’s still more work to be done going in the future, but at least this is a piece of the puzzle.” Arie said he will be working with the village Human Resources Department to fill the part-time executive fire department assistant position – possibly hiring from within the current fire department, depending on who applies. Arie said he does not anticipate a need to fill any more positions or establish automatic-aid agreements beyond the scope of Long Grove, Lake Zurich, Palatine and Barrington Countryside for the coming year.


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FOR A CAUSE Junior Women’s Club fashion show benefits charities, funds scholarships HOFFMAN ESTATES – The Barrington Junior Women’s Club hosted its 12th annual fall fashion show fundraiser Saturday at the Stonegate Conference & Banquet Center in Hoffman Estates. With a rustic French theme, the event was called “la Parisienne Fashion Show and French Market,” featuring a chic afternoon of shopping, silent and live auctions, lunch and, of course, catwalking. The event raised funds for the BJWC to use throughout the year, helping local charities and funding scholarships for young volunteers. The annual show gen-

erally raises more than $50,000 for the club to give back to the community. BJWC is a nonprofit organization, comprised of nearly 200 local women who are committed to enhancing the community. “We’re a small group trying to raise big dollars,” said Crystal DiDomenico, one of three fashion show committee co-chairs. “It’s a lot of group effort, but it’s amazing to see how the community The Barrington Junior Women’s Club hosted its fall fashion show on Saturday at Stonegate Conference & rallies. That’s what I love about Banquet Center in Hoffman Estates. Barrington.”

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Now out of commercial contest, Mama Jess focuses on healthy sauce line By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Suburban Life contributor BARRINGTON – Life in recent weeks has been exciting for Jessica Grelle, founder of Mama Jess, an organic pasta sauce line. Mama Jess was one of the top 20 semifinalists in Intuit’s Small Business Big Game contest, where the grand prize is a 30-second custom television advertisement that will air during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Intuit received more than 15,000 entries. “Every small business has a unique story – and we want the world to hear it,” said Brad Smith, Intuit’s president and CEO. “Small businesses account for 90 percent of the U.S. economy, but they rarely get credit for their tremendous impact. While one small business owner will score the ultimate touchdown, this program is one where everyone wins as it recognizes the contributions of small businesses and invites others to join the growing movement.” Although Mama Jess was not one of the four finalists still competing for the commercial, Grelle had a great time competing. “We are just so grateful for everyone who voted for us,” the North Barrington resident said. Competing started months ago, when Grelle – a QuickBooks user ( a product of Intuit) – received an email from the company about the contest. She read it and thought it sounded interesting, but filed it away in her mind for later. Then, while watching a preseason football game with her husband, Ben, a commercial about Intuit’s contest aired and Grelle knew she had to enter. For the first round of the contest, Grelle had to write a brief description of her business. When she made it to round two, it was time to bust out the video camera as

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Barrington mother and Mama Jess organic pasta sauce founder Jessica Grelle entered the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest several months ago in hopes of winning the grand prize of a 30-second Super Bowl advertisement. When asked to create a video as part of the competition, Grelle already knew a bit about the filming process. Grelle previously appeared on the The Live Well Network’s “Let’s Dish” in September 2012 with show host Chris Koetke (above, right) to make some healthy dishes with Mama Jess pasta sauce. a 90-second video about her business needed to be created. “We’ve never done a video just telling our story,” Grelle said. “We told the story through my son’s eyes. He also narrated.” Telling the story through 10-year-old Alex’s eyes just made sense, according to Grelle, as the Mama Jess line was inspired by Alex and her younger son, 7-year-old Walker. “We kind of started (the video) out how when I was little, I didn’t like carrots and I still don’t like carrots,” Alex said. Alex is one of Mama Jess’s

“They (the sauces) have so much nutritional value and they’re really healthy and they just taste good.” Alex Grelle 10-year-old son of Jessica Grelle and fan of Mama Jess pasta sauce biggest fans, and he loves that he can’t even taste the carrots in the sauce. “They (the sauces) have so much nutritional value and they’re really healthy and they just taste good,” Alex said. The Mama Jess pasta line offers three organic pasta sauces: Garden Good 5 Veggie Pasta Sauce, Bean Good Pasta

Sauce and Bien Good 7 Veggie Enchilada Sauce. Locally, their sauces are sold at Whole Foods Market, Heinen’s Fine Foods, Sunset Foods & Mariano’s and are available nationally at Kroger. “Pasta sauce has always been something I personally love to make from scratch,” Grelle said. Before she ever bottled it

up and got it on store shelves, Grelle would regularly cook pasta sauce for her family and friends, relying on the Garden Good sauce to be a hit when entertaining guests. “(My boys) obviously love all our sauces, and we definitely eat it several times a week, I would say,” Grelle said. Most the business’s growth has been driven by word-ofmouth and social media. Despite not winning a Super Bowl commercial, Grelle will continue doing what she’s been doing. She said to expect two or three more sauce varieties in March.



Charitable ‘elves’ stock Barrington shelves House of Hope resale kicks off Holiday Premiere By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – House of Hope volunteers have been holiday decorating a bit early so that sale savvy customers can decorate for cheap, supporting those most in need. Each November, volunteer “elves” spend hours transforming the House of Hope resale store at 200 N. Hough Street, downtown Barrington, into a festive wonderland of holiday items, pre-lit trees, toys and lights. The Holiday Premiere opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, and will continue to run through Saturday, Nov. 9. All proceeds benefit local families in crisis through St. Anne’s Project Hope. Longtime volunteer Kate Hauk said the Holiday Premiere draws a wide range of customers – those who are deeply in need and others who simply want to save a little money on holiday decor. “There’s fabulous deals,” Hauk said. “And all our holiday lights are checked before they are sold for just 25 cents. You can’t find that price or service at other stores.” With the number of Project Hope calls increasing tremendously since the crisis service began in 1986, the House of Hope storefront has been able to donate all of its year-round proceeds to the Barrington-based charity thanks to an all-volunteer staff force of 20 to 30 people a day. The House of Hope resale store opened in Barrington on Wool Street in 2001 before relocating to its North Hough Street location in 2003 and expanding into a multi-department, one-stop shop just a little over a year ago. Project Hope chairwoman Peggy Sobolewski has been involved in the charity for 22 years and said she receives

about 300 aid requests each month. Project Hope aid covers a range of services including meals, clothing, transportation and even help with utility bills. This crisis service was created by the late St. Anne’s Principal Lorraine Menheer to promote self-sustainability. Hauk said Menheer wanted to provide those in the community who are in need with emergency assistance – not something to rely on for the longterm. “Whether people are facing an eviction or violence, or just need a ride to the doctor, we want to provide timely and appropriate aide at that critical moment,” Hauk said. Hauk said crisis call volume increases during the winter months, and the Holiday Premiere is intended to help the charity prepare for that influx. In fact, many of the toys and other items collected throughout the year are actually saved to be sold during the Holiday Premiere. “It’s a big deal,” Hauk said. “We plan for it all year. It’s the largest recycling effort in the area.” For regular customers and their families, this annual event is a crucial staple of their holiday season. Several dozen customers lined up outside the resale store as early as one hour prior to the Holiday Premiere kickoff Wednesday morning to get the first pick on holiday housewares, floral arrangements, sporting goods, furniture, clothing and other seasonal decor. Hauk said holiday merchandise is constantly on rotation as many people will shop, bring home their newly purchased decor and return to House of Hope the very next day to donate old decor. “We are able to turn items around quickly,” Hauk said.

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Bobbi Taheny (above) was one of many visitors browsing holiday items at Barrington’s House of Hope resale shop Holiday Premiere. The annual sale ran Wednesday, Nov. 6, through Saturday, Nov. 9. Taheny lives in Arizona, but chose to stop by the special sale while visiting Palatine. House of Hope volunteer Kate Hauk said customers tend to come from near and far. Michael Anthony Miller of Barrington (below) is a frequent House of Hope resale shop customer. Miller said he’s been visiting the shop weekly for years now. “I spend all day here, Wednesday through Friday,” Miller said. “I look for all kinds of stuff.”

“We plan for it all year. It’s the largest recycling effort in the area.” Kate Hauk Volunteer

“It’s a bit like treasure hunting.” As for those dropping items off, all donations are tax deductible, and a newly added drive-up center allows for a quick trip. House of Hope offers a delivery service for items such as furniture and volunteers file request lists for shoppers who are looking for something specific. House of Hope manager Caryn Habley became heavily committed to the charity after retiring as a Stevenson High School physical education teacher several years ago. Habley said she had no

idea how much the resale and crisis program would expand over the years. “I have a motto now,” Habley said. “Always check resale before you pay retail.” Holiday Premiere “elves” handled more than 50,000 ornaments alone this year and will continue to display

different holiday-related merchandise each day. Refreshments are served during Holiday Premiere days and House of Hope donations are collected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit www.hohresale or call 847-756-4673 for more information.

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The other two spoke against the change. Community members in favor of earlier winter exams have said it would alleviate the need for class review sessions after winter break – increasing learning time and decreasing the stress of studying during holidays. The council-proposed calendar change suggests flipping the two academic semesters. This would call for lengthening the spring semester with no change to spring break, regular school attendance on Columbus Day and ending the fall semester around Dec. 22. Those opposing the earlier school year and subsequent changes have expressed fear of less summer family time, a disruption of summer athletics, and the possibility that students could lose beneficial study time over winter break. Arnett said a final calendar change decision likely will be made Dec. 3 or 17.


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THOMAS BALSAMO PHOTOGRAPHER, STUDIO OWNER BARRINGTON – Barrington High School alumnus Thomas Balsamo has been a Barrington-area photographer for 35 years. His home studio, “Portraits by Thomas,” is located at 25920 West Tara Drive in Barrington. As he celebrates this special anniversary, Balsamo told Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne about his personal connection to his art and his community. What made you stick around this community after high school? What inspires you here? I graduated BHS in 1979. I started building my portrait clientele in 1978. I have always loved the Barrington community. It was natural for me to stay here.

How did you become interested in photography? I got a camera from my uncle when I was 10, then fell in love with capturing moments. My journey has been going strong ever since. My love and passion for photography is as high (or even higher now) than before. In the early 1980s, I discovered the work of Yoseph Karsh from Ottawa, Canada. He was famous for his portrait of Winston Churchill scowling. I was amazed by Yoseph’s portraits. They were alive and he had the ability to capture a glimpse of one’s soul. It became my quest to learn to capture the essence of my subjects. It became an obsession and my life’s work.

How have you seen your work evolve over time? I have learned, and my clients have confirmed time and again, that this type of work has major intrinsic value. When their children are grown up and gone, they can still remember so much about how they were as children

because I have been able to truly capture them through their eyes. I put my efforts toward developing what I now call my interpretive portrait style by striving to capture the inner essence of my clients more than the external shell. I learned I have to get my subjects to relax and be comfortable with me. Only then do they let their guard down and be in the moment – when I truly capture them. This has been an incredible journey. My dedication to my work became noticed and clients started coming from across this country and then international.

You do a lot of work to raise awareness for special causes. Could you describe your work with organizations such as GiGi’s Playhouse and Autism Speaks? How does this work affect you personally, as well as your clients? I have gotten incredible joy working with GiGi’s Playhouse and in the world of autism. If I were to die tomorrow, I could go knowing that I did the best I could with what I had to work with.

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Thomas Balsamo of “Portraits by Thomas” is celebrating his 35th anniversary of capturing moments in the Barrington area. Balsamo said he has been interested in photography ever since he received his first camera at 10 years old.

“Countless clients have told me that I have created What would be your advice to aspiring photheir most valuable possessions. This experience has tographers? I do have a message for the given me much joy and reward through the years.” youth and that is to find your Thomas Balsamo

Barrington photographer days. I’m either with clients or in front of my computer working on images. Both are labors of love.

What do you do in your spare time? I love to spend time with my boys and enjoy shooting images of nature. It fills up my soul.

Where are your favorite places to takes photos for your own, personal use? I have been shooting around Flint Creek and Bakers Lake since the 1970s. I often imagine what it was like when the Native Americans roamed this land.

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You maintain a blog at www.thomasbalsamo. com. How is this rewarding for you?

There is no typical day for me. I am always moving – doing something exciting most

I try to keep people updated on my projects. Beginning Nov. 1, I will be posting 35

memorable images and moments from my 35-year career on my blog.

How did your business begin? I worked at Barrington Camera shop in the 1980s making business cards. There, store customers would ask if we knew a photographer and I would hand them my card – that is where I got my first clients. In 1978, I set up my first studio in my parents’ basement.

What are your future plans for business? I plan on continuing creating portraiture and I started a new company called World Touch Productions. It’s an extension of my philanthropic efforts. I am creating short films and books that educate and inspire messages from various causes. I hope to make a positive impact on the world.

gifts, passions and talents. Then, develop them and give them away. Use them to make a positive impact around you. Surround yourself with like-minded people who support you and run with it. Your life will then have meaning.

How do you practice what you preach? I have striven to make a positive impact as much as possible with my work and my life. I’m so very thankful to my many clients for the privilege of capturing and preserving their family portraits, and my favorite – capturing a glimpse of their children’s souls through their eyes with my individual portrait studies.

What have your clients told you about your work? Countless clients have told me that I have created their most valuable possessions. This experience has given me much joy and reward through the years.





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Salvadoran teens arrive for heart care By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Two teens from El Salvador are flying to the Chicago area this week to receive critical cardiac care at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Once William, 15, and Gerado, 14, are settled with designated host families in Cary and Chesterton, Ind., they will be seen for initial testing and further procedures by Dr. Raymond Kawasaki, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Good Shepherd. Each of these teens experience arrhythmia, a problem with the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia attack, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body, which can damage the brain, heart and other organs. Symptoms can include weakness, dizziness, light-headedness, shortness of breath and chest pain. Kawa-

saki said the patients can be cured of their arrhythmia after the planned procedures. “We will be doing a procedure called an electrophysiology study with catheter ablation, where we insert thin electrode catheters into blood vessels which are then guided to the heart,” Kawasaki said. “We then identify the abnormal heart tissue which is causing the arrhythmia and destroy it by applying heat or freezing energy through one of these catheters.” This medical mission was arranged in partnership with a nonprofit organization called Healing the Children. The Illinois/Indiana chapter of this charity, based in Barrington, matches children-in-need with time-donating U.S. physicians – bringing six children to the U.S. for medical care each year. Kawasaki has been working with the organization since 2007.

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WHEN: 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 16 WHERE: McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S Cook St, Barrington COST & INFO: Barrington’s own Felix and Fingers will perform a free, song request-based, high-energy dueling pianos show in the upper level of McGonigal’s Pub. The show will be all ages before 9 p.m. and 21 and older only after 9 p.m. Seating is limited. Email for reservations.


WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 WHERE: Barrington’s White House, 145 West Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Across the street from Jewel-Osco, this historic home built in 1898 has been occupied by Barrington Realty and private residents, and once served as a makeshift hospital. The village purchased the home in 2007 and will now host an open house for public viewing. Renovation plans will be on display. Call Beth Raseman at 847-304-3476 for more information.




WHEN: 9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 WHERE: Guidance Resource Center, Barrington High School, 616 West Main St. COST & INFO: Open to all parents in Barrington District 220. Learn how social media its into the daily lives of tweens and teens, both during and after school. Hear interactive student perspectives and tips from police on some of the dangers of social media and how to help your child manage what can become a risky means of communication. Call 847-277-0016 for more information.


WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 WHERE: The Arboretum of South Barrington COST & INFO: Join the Marines and kick off the holiday season for Toys for Tots. This certiied 5k race will start at the Fountain Plaza in front of iPic Theaters and will be held throughout The Arboretum of South Barrington and the South Barrington Park District. Proceeds beneit Toys for Tots. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost is $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. The irst 50 guests who bring a new unwrapped toy for toys for tots will receive a free lunch. Visit to register.



WHEN: 6 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. WHERE: The Catlow, 116 W. Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star as astronauts who survive the mid-orbit destruction of a Space Shuttle and attempt to return to Earth. Tickets are $5.

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Be@Ease campaign continues to grow Program encourages end-of-life discussions, preparations By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Many community partners throughout the Barrington area have joined the Be@ Ease campaign to help residents learn to talk about advance-care plans so that if an emergency were to arise, families are prepared. Tom Burns, a representative of the Barrington Area Ministerial Association, said the worst time to make a decision is during a crisis, and that families who are not prepared to make life decisions for their loved ones face a great challenge. Aside from getting the advance-care conversation started in the community, the

Be@Ease campaign provides access to Five Wishes, a nationally recognized document that allows anyone 18 or older to share their wishes for the end of life. The Five Wishes document is valid under the laws of 42 states including Illinois. Burns, who works with 15 local Christian churches, said most Barrington churches will become involved in the Be@Ease campaign in their own way in the coming months. Visit www.BeAtEase. org or contact Syl Boeder or Rachel Book at Community Education and Outreach at 224-770-2541 for more information. Email inquiries can be sent to

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BARRINGTON – The “Purchase and Preservation of Barclay’s Woods” project, jointly submitted by the village of Tower Lakes and Cuba Township, has been selected for the 2013 Donald P. Klein award from the Barrington Area Council of Governments. The Barclay’s Woods area contains centuries-old white and red oak trees, a creek and wetlands that flow into Tower Lake and into Wagner Fen Nature Preserve. The project partners and participants included the two local govern-



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8NEWS BRIEFS BARRINGTON – To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Coco Chanel’s first shop in France, opening in May 1913, The Garlands of Barrington is hosting a special tribute to the woman of style. Book dramatist Barbara Rinella will present a live performance as Coco Chanel from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at The Garlands Performing Arts Center, 1000 Garlands Lane in Barrington. Attendees are invited to dress as Chanel in black attire. Rinella will become Chanel, who spent her early years in an orphanage, gained her nickname “Coco” from singing in cafés and, eventually, became a style icon. The cost for the performance and luncheon is $35 a person. Menu items will include rolls and butter, romaine salad, creamed chicken crepes and dessert. Visit or call

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8NEWS BRIEFS Artist to sign work at Carol & Company BARRINGTON – Popular table platter artist Nora Fleming will be at Carol & Company, 121 Barrington Commons Court, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, for a signing event. With every platter purchase, Fleming will sign the back of the purchased merchandise and the customer also will receive a free popcorn “mini” – a small figurine that is interchangeable with the platters. Carol & Company will be serving food and drinks at this girls’ night out-themed event. Visit and www.carolandcompany. com for more information.

Barrington to host Holiday Wine Walk BARRINGTON – The merchants of downtown Barrington will host a Holiday Wine Walk from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. This village-sponsored event,

featuring more than 30 shops and restaurants, is intended to kick off the holiday shopping season by introducing visitors to the downtown area. The Holiday Wine Walk will offer free wine tastings and other treats at each of its merchant stops. Additional wine tastings will be held during the same hours at The Annex, Vin Chicago and Grassroots. Customers can begin their wine walk at any participating business downtown, in Ice House Mall, Barrington Commons or at the shops on Lageschulte Street. Maps will be provided. Food and wine sponsors include Heinen’s Fine Foods, Near Restaurant, McGonigal’s Pub, The Annex, Grassroots, Ciao Baby, Jewel-Osco, Cooper’s of Barrington, Vin Chicago and Chessie’s. Visit for a full list of participating merchants and more information.





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Good Shepherd works to limit effect of expansion By BRETT ROWLAND BARRINGTON – As construction crews begin work on a three-year, $247 million expansion and modernization project at Advocate Good Shepherd, hospital officials are working to minimize the affect of construction on patients and visitors. Construction started in October. Officials expect to complete the overhaul in 2017, though some parts of the project will be done before then. The entire project was staged with patients in mind, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital President Karen Lambert said. “A lot of thought has gone into this,” she said. “Patient care and safety is our No. 1 priority.” The project, which was approved by the state’s Health Facilities and Services Review Board in June, includes erecting a building on the north side of the existing facility to house private patient rooms. Half of the hospital’s current rooms are dual occupancy. The new building will have all private rooms. Once completed in 2016, patients will be moved there. Advocate Good Shepherd will increase its total bed count from 169 to 176, with seven additional beds in the Intensive Care Unit. It will modernize clinical services such as radiology, ambulatory care services, and cardiovascular and pulmonary testing. New, larger operating rooms will be equipped with the latest imaging equipment and cameras. Much of the rest of the hospital also will get a makeover, including the administration center, visitors’ areas, lobby, simulation laboratory, chapel and conference center. Construction issues are discussed at daily safety briefings, and construction work is limited to daytime hours, Lambert said. “We’re very aware of the noise,” she said. “But we’ve done everything possible to minimize the impact on patients.”

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A construction worker (above) uses a backhoe to excavate soil as crews begin to work on an addition to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. A rear door of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital (below) is blocked as construction of an addition to the north side of the hospital begins. Construction plans took into account lessons learned from past renovations at Good Shepherd and other Advocate hospitals, said Allison Wyler, director of the modernization project. Patients won’t notice much of a difference, at least at first, Lambert said. However, during some phases of the project, they will be encouraged to use free valet service to avoid longer walks in the parking areas, especially during the winter. Hospital officials launched GoodShepherdModernization to keep patients informed about the ongoing construction work and progress on the project. “Minimizing the effects on patient care has been an integral component of the

planning process,” hospital spokeswoman Lisa O’Neil said. “Good Shepherd Hospital will be completely operational during the entire modernization project. The impact of construction on patients initially will be minimal since the new patient room building will be outside the hospital. Once that phase is complete, patients will be in the private rooms.” The new, larger operating rooms will be among the first parts of the project to be completed. The hospital’s existing operating rooms don’t have enough space for modern robotic surgical devices and other specialized equipment, said Dr. Dean Feldman, an anesthesiologist at the hospital. Most of the operating rooms were built in the 1970s and weren’t designed to ac-

commodate the equipment or the number of people now considered essential for some medical procedures. “These types of enhancements will keep us operating at that high-level of care Advocate is known for,” he said.

“It’s great to see Advocate investing in this.” The eight new operating rooms will have about twice the square-footage of the hospital’s current facilities, Feldman said. They should be completed in 2016.

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It’s time to solve state’s growing pension crisis Barrington-area state representative: Put politics aside, save failing systems It’s clear that Illinois is heading in the wrong economic direction. We have a 9.2 percent unemployment rate (second highest in the country), $6 billion of unpaid bills that will continue to grow, $100 billion of unfunded pension liabilities, the worst credit ratings in the nation, and a pension crisis. The only way to start turning Illinois around is to adopt meaningful public employee pension reform soon. We owe to it our hard-working teachers and state workers to save the pension systems. It’s a crisis because if we don’t act soon, Illinois will continue to be plagued with high unemployment and economic uncertainty. Small businesses will not want to

expand and companies will not want to locate in Illinois because they will be concerned about the prospect of higher tax rates to fund future pension obligations. I applaud the members of the Pension Conference Committee for diligently working to develop a solution for the pension crisis. That said, I respectfully encourage them to finish their work with the involvement of the legislative leaders and develop a meaningful bipartisan bill. An acceptable bill would include provisions that limit future cost-of-living adjustments, increase the retirement age, and adopt a pension salary cap. A meaningful state pension bill would serve as a template for a Chicago

VIEWS David McSweeney teachers’ pension reform bill that would help Chicago address its rapidly deteriorating financial situation. If we don’t take action now and quickly follow up with a Chicago pension fix, Chicago residents will be faced with higher property taxes and cuts to basic human services. The wrong answer to solving the pension crisis is to raise taxes. There is now a strong movement to adopt a constitutional amendment to allow a graduated income tax in Illinois. The top tax rate under the

graduated income tax could be as high as 11 percent and result in a 2015 tax increase for families with income as little as $7,000 a year. There is also a lot of discussion about making the temporary 67 percent increase in the individual tax rate permanent. We need to produce new revenue by creating favorable conditions for economic growth and new jobs, not by raising tax rates. We, of course, also need to cut spending while protecting benefits for the disabled and our most vulnerable citizens. It’s time for all of us to put politics aside and adopt a meaningful pension reform bill that will save the pension systems and start us on the path to economic recovery in

Illinois. If we don’t act soon, our leaders will have to explain to Illinois residents why they didn’t take the necessary steps to save the pension systems and prevent higher tax rates. As former Illinois Sen. Everett Dirksen said, “There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” The time for real pension reform is now.

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Broncos host IHSA 8A quarterfinal game Second round win over Warren puts BHS in round of 8 vs. Stevenson By DAN VASKO Barrington Suburban Life contributor BARRINGTON – The No. 2 seed Barrington Broncos (10-1) are heading into round three of the IHSA Class 8A playoffs with a tough matchup against No. 6 seed Stevenson (9-2). Stevenson upset Glenbard North last week, 20-16. This was just the third time all season that the Patriots have scored 20 point or fewer. What’s more, the team is on a nine game winning streak after dropping its first two games of the season. This also will be the Patriots’ third trip to the state quarterfinals in the past four years. “Going into next week, we’re probably going to have to expect a little more physicality,” Broncos’ linebacker Colin Costagna said. “We’re probably going to have to be stronger in the middle in the run game, but I’m feeling confident going in.” Offensively, the Broncos will need to match Stevenson and bring a powerhouse rushing attack to the Patriots early on. Sophomore running back Nate King rushed for more than 100 yards last week, but said the team needs to work on offensive balance if it expects to win. “Our run game, blocking and passing – there’s lots more to come,” King said. “We gotta work on more, we want to be perfect.” The Broncos have the benefit of playing on their home turf, but it will take a fundamentally sound performance on both sides of the ball. In addition to having a solid offense, Stevenson has held opponents to 12 points a game. Head coach Joe Sanchez said that, to win, the Broncos have to want it more than the other team. “We just gotta keep staying hungry,” Sanchez said. “We know we got an excellent Stevenson team coming in. We’re just going to keep working and try to find a way to get it done.” The Broncos held Warren (averaging roughly 30 points per game) to just 13 points last week. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Barrington quarterback Daniel Kubiuk (above) is surrounded by Warren defenders Lucas Fulton, Bryan Nolan and Mike Brierton as he carries the ball in the second quarter during the Class 8A second round playoff game at Warren Township High School in Gurnee. Barrington’s Jake Coon (below) greets fans after the Broncos beat Warren, 21-13. Anya DeFeo (bottom, from left), Taylor Renshaw, Emily Decraene, all 17, and Elizabeth Decraene, 16, show their support and cheer for their varsity football team in the third quarter against Warren.

Recap of Broncos round 2 win Every game is 60 minutes. That is what Barrington head coach Joe Sanchez reminded his team at halftime as the Broncos trailed Warren, 10-7. Barrington’s offense couldn’t seem to get much going. The Blue Devils defense held them to one score in the first 30 minutes. Barrington took the deficit as a challenge. “We talked about two things all year, the words ‘battle’ and ‘believe,’ ” Sanchez said. “We talked about it at halftime. We talked about it before the game. That’s what they did, they believed that we could find a way to get this done and they were gonna battle and do whatever we could to do it.” The Broncos came into the second half prepared. Early in the third quarter,

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Inaugural Barrington ChristKindlFest countdown Liz Luby Chepell Jones

Preparations are picking up speed as Barrington gets ready to host the community’s inaugural three-day ChristKindlFest in the Harris Bank parking lot downtown from Dec. 6 to 8. The open-air winter festival will be a traditional GermanAmerican holiday market with authentic German food, drinks, merchandise, holiday-themed activities and entertainment for all ages. During the day, there will be live reindeer and three carnival rides for kids. The festivities will last well into the evening as beer and food vendors continue serving adults during live music events planned for Friday and Sat-

urday nights. The Barrington Village Association and the Barrington Breakfast Rotary are co-hosting the festival. They have already lined up an impressive list of sponsors, such as Pepper Construction, where carpenters in their warehouse on Hager Avenue have been busy constructing the first of 10 wood structures that will house the festival’s authentic German retail vendors. Doug Skor with the Barrington Village Association says they anticipate the event will draw many visitors from neighboring suburbs. “What we’re building is a winter wonderland that people from our own village can walk to, enjoy and be proud of, and where friends from our surrounding communities can come and enjoy and participate and understand what downtown Barrington is all about,” he said. For the full schedule of planned events, visit

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