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Extending thanks for sacrifices big and small For this week’s Barrington Suburban Life, I met two modest individuals who contribute a great deal to the community every day in ways that tend to go unnoticed. I’m grateful for the opportunity to formally thank these men for their service and feel honored to share their story. U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Schroeder returned home to Lake Barrington from South Korea on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and his first stop seemed natural. He surprised his 4-year-old son, William Schroeder, at St. Anne Parish preschool. “I couldn’t wait to see his reaction,” Sgt. Schroeder said. I used to work with children William’s age, and I know how much they admire their parents. So it was neat to see William have the opportunity to introduce his classmates to his hero. Preschool teacher Nancy Meehan told me that Schroeder has his own way of taking his son to school every day – by talking to William face-to-face on his

TARAH THORNE Barrington Suburban Life reporter mother’s iPhone. Schroeder will return to duty in South Korea on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. Although South Korea might be out of sight and out of mind for a great deal of us here in Barrington, I think the special homecoming serves as a warm reminder to extend our thanks to those serving overseas. And in observance of a more subtle “holiday,” I dropped by Barrington High School to introduce myself to Louis Passau, district renowned “father of time.” Passau graduated from BHS in 1973

and has worked coordinating BHS maintenance for more than 25 years. One of Passau’s comments continues to ring true in my ears. “The reason nobody has to think about these [maintenance] tasks is because I take care of them before they become an issue for people,” Passau said. I have seen firsthand university clocks that went unchanged for weeks. Some teachers would even dismiss their class an hour early. To avoid academic dysfunction, Passau first sets the BHS master clock in the main office and then walks around to the school’s 100-plus clocks to make sure they are all in sync with the time change. He does this for every building in the district. Can you imagine? And he does it all on personal weekend time. Thank you, Sgt. Schroeder and Mr. Passau, for your sacrifice in bringing the community everyday comfort and convenience. We do notice.



Chirofit is completely unique to Barrington, and David Crosson has owned it for six years now, buying the business and equipment in 2007. Crosson told Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne more about Chirofit’s approach to treating aches and pains and his plans for the future.

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We have a multidisciplinary approach. We are staffed with three chiropractors and also have an athletic trainer, physical therapist and a registered nurse on staff. We focus on relieving pain, and also correcting non-painful/dysfunctional patterns that usually cause the problems. Improving human movement and fixing poor movement patterns is paramount so the patient does not keep coming back saying, “This pain won’t go away.”

What was your inspiration for such a business and what are your plans for the future? I started to think of setting up an office like this in college. Being a collegiate basketball player, we worked with a chiropractor and athletic trainer regularly and also, from time to time, a physical therapist. Our future plans involve staying active in the

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David Crosson, owner of Chirofit in Barrington, attributes a multi-disciplinary approach to healing to Chirofit’s success with relieving pain, joint stiffness, soreness, etc. Crosson was inspired to get involved in the industry when he was a collegiate athelete, regularly working with a chiropractor and physical therapist.

Barrington community. We donate 350 lbs. of food to the food pantry each month. It is great for patients because they can come in for a complimentary consultation with a food donation and great for us because we meet a lot of people we can help, or at least point in the right direction. We also plan to continue our pro-bono scoliosis screenings at schools, clubs and continue to provide complimentary movement screenings and injury risk assessment throughout the business community.

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Segt. Robert Schroeder held his son, William Schroeder, on his lap as he answered questions from William’s preschool class at St. Anne Parish School in Barrington on Wednesday. See story on page 4.


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A homecoming to remember Lake Barrington Army sergeant surprises son at St. Anne’s Parish preschool By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – While Oct. 30 is a little early for Christmas, it’s never too late to celebrate a special birthday. This was the case for U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Schroeder, a Lake Barrington father of two. A belated birthday celebration at St. Anne Parish School of Barrington last week brought smiles, tears and cake to the students and staff who gathered to welcome home Schroeder. The Army father surprised his 4-year-old son, William, in his preschool classroom. The homecoming appearance was a collaborative effort between the Schroeder family and St. Anne staff. William Schroeder’s teacher, Nancy Meehan, said the school purchased two books for the event – one called “Hero Dad” for the Schroeder family to read to the class that morning, and another more personal book about deployed soldiers and their family ties for Schroeder to carry with him overseas. “The event was low-key, but very heartfelt,” Meehan said. “William is such a warm, loving child. He’s always talking about his dad.” Sgt. Schroeder will be visiting home in Lake Barrington until Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), when he will return to Korea to finish a yearlong assignment. The 29-year-old is one of five children, originally from Rolling Meadows. His family moved to Lake Barrington several years ago, where his wife and children currently reside with other family members. Sgt. Schroeder’s mother and William’s grandmother, Martha Muno, said William Schroeder is able to speak with his father through Skype or Facetime nearly every day, despite the 14-hour time difference. “I always tell William that we send the moon to daddy and he will send the sun back,” Muno said. Meehan said William

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ABOVE: Sgt. Robert Schroeder (from left) visits with his 4-year-old son, William, and wife, Irma, in William’s preschool classroom in Barrington. BELOW: Schroeder’s 8-month-old son, Michael, (below, left) was only six weeks old in April when Schroeder was deployed to Korea with the U.S. Army.

Schroeder frequently talks to his father on the way to preschool in the morning. “The family is very close,” Meehan said. Sgt. Schroeder was last deployed to Korea on April 7, just months after his infant son, Michael Schroeder, was born on Feb. 20. Until Wednesday, Sgt. Schroeder had not physically seen his family in more than six-and-a-half months.

“I couldn’t wait to see the reactions from my kids,” he said. Muno said the family celebrates holidays whenever her son is home, and they will all be dressing up together as superheroes for Halloween this week. In fact, William Schroeder shared birthday cake with his father and preschool class during Wednesday’s homecoming to celebrate his fourth

birthday, which Sgt. Schroeder was unable to attend in June. William Schroeder shouted “I missed you, daddy” as soon as his father entered the classroom, jumping up for a hug. “I didn’t think he was going to let go,” Muno said. The St. Anne Parish School students were eager to ask Sgt. Schroeder questions. “Do soldiers run fast?” one child asked.

“Some people do, but not all of us,” Sgt. Schroeder said with a laugh. Sgt. Schroeder enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2005, inspired by his grandfather who served during World War II. The soldier then spent two tours in Iraq – once for 15 months and again for one year – before his most recent assignment in Korea, where he works to transport personnel and equipment. The Army father said he plans to retire from the U.S. Army after his duty in Korea ends. “I’m looking into going back to school,” Sgt. Schroeder said. “I’ve always wanted to do something medical ... maybe EMS.” Muno said the family is grateful to just “hang out” for a while since word of his visit only was received a little more than a week ago. “We never know when he will get to come home,” Muno said. “We just sit and wait for orders ... It’s all our family has ever known.”

PHOTOS BY JEFF KRAGE FOR SHAW MEDIA BARRINGTON – Prairie Middle School students presented “Alice in Wonderland” on stage Friday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 3. More than 60 students between the ages of 11 and 13 participated in the weekend performances. This annual fall play was directed by Prairie Middle School play director and Latin

instructor Paul Fleck, who said he could not be more proud of the actors and crew members. “I was very happy with the turnout for all three shows,” Fleck said. “The most rewarding experience was seeing the kids grow into their roles through hard work and dedication.” Prairie students will produce

the musical “Annie” this spring under the guidance of another director. Fleck said he already is planning next fall’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The school plays will be great, lifelong memories for his students, he said.

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BELOW: Meg Berquist performs as the Cheshire Cat.

Graeme Mahon acts out a scene as the White Rabbit during Prairie Middle School’s presentation of “Alice in Wonderland” on Friday.

Mary Furlong (left), plays the Mad Hatter.


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LEFT: Sarah Feely acts out a scene as the Mock Turtle during Prairie Middle School’s presentation of “Alice in Wonderland” on Friday. • Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Fire district closer to aid deal with village District board also approves the hiring of nine officer-level employees By TARAH THORNE LAKE BARRINGTON – Automatic aid is an ongoing discussion for the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District as it readies for operations independent of the village of Barrington in January. Several automatic aid agreements, including one with Barrington, were the focus of a special district board meeting held Monday evening at Station 3 in Lake Barrington. Fire district attorney Richard Curran said an automatic aid agreement offered to the village from the fire district earlier Monday afternoon would need to be revised before enacted for the new year.

Curran said this process of re-drafting is not unusual and that the changes will be mainly substantive. “It will hopefully take only one or two revisions and be ready in a couple of weeks,” Curran said. Working under an intergovernmental agreement set to expire Dec. 31, 2013, the village and fire district have chosen to operate independently in the new year. This process requires establishing new automatic aid agreements with neighboring communities as separate entities. Trustees went on to approve a 2014 automatic aid agreement with the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District Monday evening while also discussing a pending docu-

ment with Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. Illinois Fire Chiefs Association officials said an automatic aid agreement with Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District is in its final draft, where both parties agree on the document’s contents. Both sides still are working out boundary lines and, more specifically, road names. Already approved 2014 automatic aid agreements include those with the Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District and the Long Grove Fire Protection District. Documents still pending include the Carpentersville Fire Department, East Dundee Fire Protection District, Fox River

Grove Fire Protection District, Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, Barrington Fire Department and Palatine Fire Department. In terms of staffing, trustees now have given district chief/administrator Jeff Swanson permission to work with Schiller Park-based Paramedic Services of Illinois to hire three assistant chiefs on a part-time basis. Swanson said these employees would work full-time elsewhere, aiding the district on their off days and working no more than 48 hours per week between the three employees. PSI additionally sent officer-level offers to nine of the 16 Barrington Fire Department employees who have commit-

ted to join the district in January when they lose their job due to the district-village split. These offers are intended to fill the necessary positions of two captains, four lieutenants and three company officers. The district’s staffing plan calls for 33 full-time firefighter/paramedics – at least five staff members (six maximum) at each station per 24-hour shift, including one officer and five firefighters. With part-time aid, the district is set to have a full-time equivalency of 39 employees. Swanson said the 14 future district employees who are not currently employed by the village will start their district employment as early as next week, being allowed to test for officer positions over time.

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BHS alumnus prepares 14 district buildings for time change in spring, fall By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Twice a year, the students and staff of Barrington School District 220 leave school for the weekend only to return to freshly prepped clocks, perfectly in sync with the time change – yet, little is known about the man who changes them. The district’s maintenance coordinator, Louis Passau, has lived in the area since late 1954. Passau graduated from Barrington High School in 1973 and has been working with the time, camera, telephone, security and voicemail systems of the school district for more than 25 years. Passau said working on a number of tasks keeps his job exciting, and this sort of technical work is what he’s always seen himself doing. “Barrington seemed as good of a place as any,” Passau said, explaining what inspired his lengthy stay. “I see more similarities than differences with the schools now than how it was back then.” Daylight saving time ended this year at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Passau spent nearly five hours Sunday morning and afternoon traveling to each of the district’s 14 buildings to make sure all clock, phone, security and voicemail systems were in sync with each building’s master clock. Barrington High School Associate Principal Paul Gillette has known Passau for 26 years. “Louis is a great man; a great worker,” Gillette said, calling Passau the “father of time.” Gillette said Passau sets the high school’s master clock and then travels to its 93 classrooms, 44 hallways and 24 conference rooms to make sure all subsequent clocks changed accordingly. “He goes from room to room, lab to lab, office to office, making sure everything did change,” Gillette said. “If a clock did not switch, he’ll leave me a note explaining

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Barrington District 220 maintenance coordinator Louis Passau is said to possess the hands of time for the school district. At the beginning and end of daylight saving time, Passau travels to each of the district’s 14 buildings during his weekend to make sure each clock is set to work for the following Monday’s school bells. that a replacement has already been ordered.” Passau said last weekend’s time change was more time-consuming than ever, but he is proud to say that he has not received a single complaint on the Monday following a time change in a number of years. “The reason nobody has to think about these tasks is because I take care of them before they become an issue for people,” Passau said. In fact, Passau is so dedicated to his duty that he changes the district’s clocks before changing those within his own North Barrington home.

“The reason nobody has to think about these tasks is because I take care of them before they become an issue for people.” Louis Passau District 220’s clock changer

Passau said he typically starts at North Barrington Elementary School and works in a clockwise or counter-clockwise circuit (whichever he favors that day) until each and every clock is in sync with his own railroad-approved watch. Gillette lent some insight into Passau’s true passion –

railroads and locomotives, perhaps the reason he carries such a watch. “His love for trains is almost equal to his love of District 220,” Gillette said. Passau explained that like his own watch, few of the district’s clocks are digital. “Manual clocks are pre-

ferred in the schools,” Passau said. “It helps the students learn.” Passau talked about how other states (Arizona and Hawaii) do not participate in the daylight saving time changes, but he said he doesn’t foresee Illinois following suit. Daylight saving time began in the U.S. 40 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1942. President Franklin D. Roosevelt enforced the law as a way to save energy. “It’s a social thing and it always will be,” Passau said. “It dates back to wartime hysteria and factory workers that did not want to work in the dark.”

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Village to host open house and display BE PICTURE PERFECT THESE HOLIDAYS renovation plans By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – The village of Barrington will host an open house at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. There will be an architect presentation from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. According to village officials, the White House Committee has a vision to restore and renovate the property into an elegant and highly functional cultural/community center – to be potentially complete for Barrington’s Sesquicentennial in 2015. This three-story home built in 1898 was purchased by the village in 2007. Originally built for John and Julia Robertson, the home was consid-

ered to be the grandest of Barrington. John Robertson was a successful area banker and Julia Robertson was a popular hostess. The couple hosted community events in their third-floor ballroom With renovation, the first floor of the White House will retain its original configuration of rooms, with a full catering kitchen being added. The second floor primarily will be rental space for nonprofit organizations – with an additional bride’s preparation room, and the third floor will be completely remodeled to revamp the historic ballroom. The open house will be an opportunity for interested community members to tour the building, view floor plans and ask questions of the committee. Contact Beth Raseman at 847-304-3400 for more information.





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EMMA GRACE PFEIFFER 8TH GRADER, RECORDING ARTIST At just 13 years old, Barrington artist and YouTube sensation Emma Grace Pfeiffer has her own country album on iTunes. An eighth grader at Station Middle School, Emma Grace told Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne about her inspiration for recording the album titled “Emma Grace – Behind Her Smile.” How long have you been singing? What inspired you to start? I have been singing for most of my life, actually. I love to sing. I don’t know that there ever was a beginning. It’s just a part of who I am. One of my main inspirations in singing is Carrie Underwood. I love her music and I love the way she represents herself. I really enjoy listening to her, and I am always excited to sing one of her songs.

Do you write your own songs? What genres do you like to sing? I have been practicing at songwriting. On my album, I wrote “Nothing At All.” I really like that song. My producer, Rodger Adler, wrote the rest. I like to sing mostly country and some R&B.

Do you have any instrumental interests? I am interested in the guitar and the piano. I know a bunch of chords on the guitar but am not comfortable with it yet to play in front of a crowd, so my mom does that. After the guitar, I would like to learn piano because I think that it is a wonderful and beautiful instrument, and I hope to pursue that as well as the guitar.

spring and early summer. In all, it took maybe six months.

Who are your musical idols? Have you met any famous musicians? Who would you like to meet? I definitely really like Carrie Underwood and I would love to be like her one day. I have met one famous musician – Vince Gill. He was extremely nice. In the future, I would love to meet Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. I think that both of them are most likely just wonderful people, and I hope to grow up and be like them someday.

Where do you showcase your talent publicly? I sing at a place called J & D’s Bar and Grill (usually on Saturday nights) from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s a lot of fun, and the owner, Jose, is very nice. They have karaoke on Saturdays and Jose’s ribs are to die for. I’ve also sang at the Silver Dollar Saloon (Nashville) with the Ron Bedal Orchestra and Hudson McCoy, and with the band Chasing Amy in Genoa City, Wis. All of my gigs are posted on my website at under the “Events” sub-heading.

When did you create your album? How long did it take you?

Where would you ultimately like to take your singing career?

The writing happened last winter/early spring and recording took place this past

My main goal is to ultimately become a successful singer and just stay grounded.

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Emma Grace Pfeiffer has produced her own album at just 13 years old. She works with four-time Emmy nominated music producer Rodger Adler of Rodger Adler Music in Crystal Lake. Emma Grace and her mother, Tanya Pfeiffer, have enjoyed making music together since Tanya began playing guitar many years ago.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests? What do you like to do when you aren’t busy with schoolwork and singing? I like to horseback ride and read in my free time. I really enjoy the new book, “Divergent” [by Barrington native Veronica Roth]. I also like to watch “Pretty Little Liars.” In fact, for those people who haven’t seen the most recent episode, you’re in for a thrill.

What can be the most challenging about putting your talent on display? How do you handle criticism at such a young age? Well, I definitely would say that the most challenging part of putting my talent on display is balancing my practicing with my homework. I like to give a good performance so I practice a lot before gigs.

As far as the criticism, my parents tell me to just push forward because there are always people out there who will want to knock you down no matter what it is that you do – sports, singing, etc.

when I touch a person’s heart. I also love to see the crowd’s live reaction to a new song. I absolutely love it all – the videos, the recording work, but I definitely love performing live the most!

Any advice for other young artists?

What’s some of the best advice you’ve received?

If you are a young artist who would like to seriously pursue being a vocalist, find a teacher you like and trust, practice a lot and don’t be afraid to just get out there!

What’s the most rewarding aspect of finishing a song, album or video? What’s your favorite type of project? The most rewarding aspect of finishing a song, an album or a video is the positive feedback. I’ve had a lot of people tell me how beautifully I bring out the message in “Behind Her Smile.” It’s a song about bullying. I really love

Stay grounded and follow your dreams! Rodger Adler told me, “Anything goes during a live performance,” meaning anything can happen, good or bad! You just have to get out there and do it.

What are your plans for the near and far future? My immediate plans are to just keep playing gigs, expanding my craft, writing, practicing guitar and surrounding myself with positive people. My far-reaching plans are to continue doing those things and to become a successful professional singer and recording artist.



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Members of the Countryside Garden Class admire their efforts in beautifying the Barrington gazebo in the heart of Barrington. The club maintains the gazebo each year. Other efforts include making flower arrangements for hospice patients and awarding a yearly scholarship to a student who is participating in the intern program at Stillman Nature Center. (From left) Grace Wytmar, Cynthia Bulgarelli and Daria Sapp. • Thursday, November 7, 2013

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A taste of France with a touch of charity Barrington Junior Women’s Club hosts its annual fall fashion fundraiser By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – The Barrington Junior Women’s Club always has found unique ways to lend its hand to the local community. This year, all sights are set on Paris. An annual fall fundraiser has been a BJWC tradition for nearly as long as the club has been established – 77 years. The 12th annual BJWC fashion show called “la Parisienne Fashion Show and French Market” is set to reflect the streets of Paris in a chic afternoon of shopping, fashion and charity from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stonegate Conference & Banquet Center in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, Nov. 9. BJWC president Suzy Mogler said the decor will be rustic French.

“It will be elegant, but rustic at the same time,” Mogler said. “The theme is perfect for a wintry November afternoon.” Each year, the fall fashion show raises funds for the BJWC to use in aiding local charities and funding scholarships for young volunteers. Past fashion shows have generated more than $50,000 for the club to give back to the community. Mogler said the fashion shows “get better and better every year,” and she is hoping to see more than 400 attendees this year. “People really look forward to it,” Mogler said. “There’s a good following – friends of the club, sisters, moms, aunts...” The fashion show, produced by Zzazz Productions of Oak Brook and emceed by celebrity chef Jaime Lauri-

ta, will showcase clothing from Barrington-area boutiques and Chicago area designers. Tickets are $75 each, including a luncheon. Guests can choose to participate in many silent or live auctions throughout the day. Crystal DiDomenico is one of three co-chairs in charge of planning this year’s fashion show. DiDomenico joined BJWC three years ago when she moved to Barrington and said the club has been a great way to meet people, having just received 40 new members this fall. DiDomenico became teary-eyed describing the generosity of fashion show attendees. “We’ve had people to reverse auctions and write

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Crystal DiDomenico (from left), Buffy Layton and Dimple Tejani are the 2013 co-chairwomen of the Barrington Junior Women’s Club Fashion Show Committee. The annual fashion show will be a French theme this year as the Barrington Junior Women’s Club celebrates 77 years of philanthropy in the Barrington area. Past shows have made more than $50,000 that the club gives back to the community.


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personal checks just to give back,” DiDomenico said. “It’s so gracious.” After the fall fashion show, the BJWC will put its proceeds into use for the next year – starting with helping out Barrington Giving Day in December. DiDomenico said she has been planning the show for five months. “We’re a small group trying to raise big dollars,” DiDomenico said. “It’s a lot of group effort, but amazing to see how the community rallies. That’s what I love about Barrington.” The BJWC is a nonprofit organization, comprised of nearly 200 local women who are committed to enhancing their community. Mogler said the only membership requirement is two hours of community service each year and anyone of any age or residency is welcome to join. The group awards schol-


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8NEWS BRIEFS Upcoming Catlow matinée events BARRINGTON – The Catlow Theater has announced two November matinée events. “Home Alone,” showing at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, will be a family event. A mothers-only event at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, will be a showing of “Return to Me.” Admission to each event is $3 per person. These events are sponsored by Bona Clara beauty company brand manager Sharon Devereaux.

BACOA announces November activities BARRINGTON – The Barrington Area Council on Aging’s November Monday senior lunch and activity program is under way, held at the Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive. Participants can enjoy a choice of sandwiches or salads with soup and fruit. Bingo begins at 10:30 a.m. each Monday and lunch is served at noon. Sug-

gested donation for the program is $5; bingo admission without lunch is $1. Preregistration is required. Monday luncheons will be held Nov. 4 through Nov. 25, with the exception of Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day). Menus can be found at under the headline “Activities for Seniors.” Call Linda Avellon at 847-8523892 to register.


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WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 WHERE: Lake Barrington Shores Recreation Center, 64 Old Barn Road, Lake Barrington COST & INFO: More than 40 talented vendors will be selling their unique items ranging from jewelry to holiday décor, accessories and fine arts. Complimentary treats include a chocolate fountain on Friday and old fashioned candy bars on Saturday. Visit www.lakebarringtonshores. org or call the Lake Barrington Shores Management Office at 847-382-1660 for more information.



WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 WHERE: Barrington Hills Riding Center, 361 Bateman Road, Barrington COST & INFO: In this two-part class for children ages 5 and up, participants will locate hidden items using global positioning technology and instruction provided by Barrington Park District. Caregivers are required to attend. The cost of this event is $5 (free for Citizens for Conservation members). Call the CFC at 847-382-SAVE to register or for more information.

ANGELUS: SACRED MUSIC FOR WOMEN’S VOICES WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 WHERE: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 647 Dundee Ave, Barrington COST & INFO: This is a free event, open to the public. Completely unique among American high school ensembles, Angelus is dedicated to the performance of sacred music of varied religious traditions and historical periods. Angelus is comprised of six young women who perform music ranging from medieval chant and polyphony to the American Sacred Harp tradition as well as contemporary American and Irish works. Call St. Michael’s at 847-381-2323 for more information.



WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 8 WHERE: Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park COST & INFO: This is a free event. Children are invited to visit Santa and receive a free pouch of reindeer food, while supplies last. Visit for more information.



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: A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini and Toni Collette. Tickets are $5.

Symetra Heroes in the Classroom ceremony awards Bears experience By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Symetra Financial Corporation, Gallagher Benefit Services and the Chicago Bears honored St. Anne Catholic School teacher Andrew Carter as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” during a surprise school assembly last week. Carter teaches fourth grade at St. Anne. Sophia Peterson, a former student of the school, nominated Carter for the award. Winners were selected based on their ability to make a real difference in students’ lives, to go above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities, and to help students build life skills. “Mr. Carter is an excellent teacher,” Peterson said. “Not only does he teach students all of the academics they need to



know, he also teaches us to be a better person and to do our best to make a difference in the world.” Carter is one of 16 K-12 teachers to be honored with the award in the Chicago area during the 2013 NFL season. Teachers are recognized in front of their students and peers during surprise inschool presentations. These “heroes” receive $1,000 toward classroom books and supplies, tickets to a Chicago Bears home game, and are acknowledged during an on-field presentation at Soldier Field. Carter will be recognized during the Nov. 10 game against the Detroit Lions. Teachers may be nominated by their principal, district staff, students or students’ parents. Visit www.symetraheroes. com/bears for more information.


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Fifth grade students held a congratulatory banner for St. Anne Catholic School teacher Andrew Carter. Carter stood with former student Sophia Peterson, who had nominated the teacher as part of a “Symetra Heroes in the Classroom” contest this Chicago Bears season. Carter was one of 16 Chicago-area K-12 teachers selected as winners.

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Barrington hospital to honor local vets By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – With an extensive renovation well under way, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is taking a moment of reflection Monday to celebrate local veterans. The hospital’s first-ever Veterans Day celebration will recognize men and women who have served in the U.S. military. It will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Lakeview Room, 450 W. Highway 22. Open to all community members, this free event will feature an honor guard ceremony, pledge of allegiance, patriotic music, a veteran slide show, refreshments and networking opportunities. Computer access will be available for those who would like to send a note to a wounded warrior and thank them for their service. All veterans

are invited to bring military memorabilia and arrive in uniform. Hospital President Karen Lambert said Veterans Day is a time to pause and let veterans know how much they are appreciated. Veterans Day was established first as Armistice Day in 1919 to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve for the common good. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project, founded in 2003 to honor and empower military members who have incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving on or after September 11, 2001. “It is important to remember those who have served our country so that Americans can enjoy a better way of life,” Lambert said.


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Barrington chess community raises money for New Delhi girl By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Local chess players know the game would be difficult without functioning fingers and hands. And that’s exactly why they are using their talents to raise money for a little girl in need. It all started with an eight-minute documentary organized by the Barrington-born Chess Without Borders community. “A Future for Meher” chronicles the work done by CWB, parents and District 220 schools over the past five years to raise almost $40,000 to help with medical treatment and education for a 9-year-old girl, Meher, who lives in the slums of New Delhi, India. Meher’s body was badly burned when she was 8 months old. The mosquito net that she was sleeping under caught fire. Although her mother rescued her in time to save her life, her face, scalp and hands were left disfigured – her fingers, specifically, became fused together. Maggie Gruber, a newly retired Hough Street Elementary School teacher, met Meher in 2009. Gruber said she had just seen the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” at the time, and found it to be fairly realistic after visiting Indian slums herself. “I met the woman who runs the women’s center where Meher frequently visits,” Gruber said. “She told me if we never fixed Meher’s scalp, she could wear a wig ... But if we didn’t help fix her hands, she would never have a future.” Kiran Frey has been the volunteer coordinator for CWB ever since her son, Rishi Sethi, founded the program in Barrington in 1998. Rishi was just a fourth-grader at Grove Avenue Elementary when he requested that the school form a chess club. He then began to raise money for charity by combining the game with community service and philan-

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A local chess tournament held last November at Grove Ave Elementary School is an example of the many fundraisers hosted by Chess Without Borders to raise funds for those in need. Nina Sethi has been raising money with the help of Chess Without Borders to provide plastic surgery and education for a young girl, Meher, in New Delhi, India (top right). Meher was left with facial burns and disabled hands when her mosquito net caught fire. thropy, and recruited former U.S. champion and Olympic medalist Yury Shulman in 2001 to co-found and expand CWB internationally. Now, more than 30 national and international schools have CWB programs. The Barrington CWB community itself is made up of about 100 students and five teachers who have donated about $80,000 to various charities through their chess events. Additionally, Barrington CWB has started international chess and education programs through its donation of chess sets and textbooks, and has established a computer center in New Delhi to enhance the computer literacy of children in need in the same area where Meher

lives. “Our students are building their own leadership skills while helping others at the same time,” Frey said. “Each one learns from the other.” Frey’s daughter, Nina Sethi, found Meher while volunteering in New Delhi several years ago. Sethi and Maggie Gruber both said they were struck by how intelligent Meher was. “She’s so bright and she has grit, which she will need,” Gruber said. “She’s a little sprite, and It’s been an honor to support her surgery and now her education.” According to a 2010 World Bank poverty analysis, more than 1 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. Meher’s

surgeries and education have proved too costly for Meher’s father, who works as a barber earning $5 each day. “The family is so grateful for what we’ve done,” Frey said. One volunteer, Nadine Said, found her niche with the CWB community after relocating to Barrington High School from Ammam, Jordan. She now has volunteered more than 100 hours with the organization and earned the President’s Service Award earlier this year for screening the documentary during a trip home to Jordan. “I couldn’t say no to such a good cause,” Said explained. “Sharing the documentary motivates me to work harder

and makes me think I’m blessed to have everything that I do.” Said, now a BHS junior, will continue to work with CWB, specifically in digital marketing. She will promote a digital chess textbook to engage more students in the program worldwide – a program where students can earn a certificate for completing the curriculum and 20 hours of service. As for Meher, Frey said she would like to see that the Barrington CWB continue to support the young girl through high school. A tournament is held once a year, typically in February, where all proceeds benefit Meher. With the help of the Barrington CWB and several reconstructive surgeries, Meher now can use her hands and enjoys playing chess with donated equipment. She is in third grade and recently was ranked first in her class. The next CWB charity tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Anne Catholic School, 319 Franklin St. in Barrington. Registration is open to anyone kindergarten through adult. The cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of. Visit www.shulmanchess and www.secureafuture. for more information on the CWB’s tournaments and international charity efforts.

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‘Peanut’ Tillman is key for Bears vs. Lions Hub Arkush

How much difference can six days make in the fortunes of an NFL team? Heading into Monday night, Bears fans were jumping off the bandwagon faster than rats deserting a sinking ship. Aaron Rodgers goes down, and the Bears pull off a shocking upset. Now, the Bears, Packers and Lions find themselves in a three-way dead heat atop the NFC North, all three at 5-3 and the Bears with a win over the Packers but a loss to the Lions, and the Packers with a win over Detroit. Now if the Bears can knock off the Lions – hey, they just soundly beat the Packers, didn’t they? – they will find themselves with a firm grip on the division with seven games to play and hopes of getting healthier as well as reinforcements in the form of Jay

Ratliff. The buzz is all around that Jay Cutler is coming back early, not from Dr. Brandon Marshall this time but from ESPN. Marc Trestman has said the doctors will decide, not the four-letter network or Cutler. Besides, after watching Josh McCown vs. the Packers, what’s the hurry? Charles “Peanut” Tillman is the key to the Bears beating the Detroit Lions. Certainly, the Bears will have to find a way to deal with Reggie Bush, who torched them in their Week Four meeting in Detroit. And whoever plays quarterback will have to be a lot better than Cutler was in the first half last time. But at the end of the day, nobody plays Calvin “Megatron” Johnson as effectively as Tillman, and he is going to have to do it again. Detroit will be coming off a bye, and Megaton’s most recent muscle memories will be of having put up the second-best receiving day in NFL history in their last-second, miraculous victory over the Cowboys.

As well as McCown played against the Packers – and I still believe it should be and will be him against Detroit – he’s not ready to get into a shootout with Johnson and Matt Stafford. Stafford is on pace to throw for more than 5,200 yards this season, with 2,617 in his first eight games, 16 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 94.6 passer rating. The Lions’ offensive line is doing a great job of protecting him, allowing only 10 sacks in the first half of the season. Bears fans can take solace in the fact the Bears sacked Rodgers and Seneca Wallace five times Monday night after managing only nine sacks in their first seven games. But let’s be honest – the five Packer sacks included only four quarterback hits. The sack of Rodgers was after Shea McClellin had been blocked out of the play and Rodgers ran back to him, and all but the Corey Wootton sack were coverage sacks. The Lions are third in total offense, sixth in average gain per

offensive play, first in percentage of quarterback sacks allowed, fifth in time of possession, and sixth in points per game. They will pose a much stiffer test for the Bears’ defense than the Wallace-led Packers did. The matchup between the Bears’ offense and the Lions’ defense should be kinder to the Bears. Matt Forte had his best game of the year in Green Bay, with 24 carries and 125 yards rushing, a 5.2 average, and one touchdown, and five catches for 54 yards. The Lions may not have an answer. Detroit’s defense is porous, ranking 25th overall, 30th in average gain per play allowed, 28th versus the run, 30th sacking the quarterback, and 18th in points allowed. The one category they are very good in is third- down efficiency, where they’re second, but that’s because they so rarely get to third down with all the big plays they give up. I know the shootout we expected in Green Bay didn’t happen. But if Stafford lasts four quarters, expect this to be a different story.

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Broncos head to Warren for 2nd round tilt With playoffs looming, Broncos hope to keep winning streak alive By DAN VASKO Barrington Life contributor The 2013 IHSA 8A playoffs continue this week with No. 2 seed Barrington visiting No. 10 seed Warren on Saturday. The Broncos (9-1) are coming off of a 23-8 victory over Evanston, while Warren (7-3) defeated Gelenbard South, 33-17. It will be a battle that is sure to test both defenses as these two teams have formidable offenses. Barrington has scored more than 30 points in five games this year, while Warren has scored more than 30 points in seven games. Preparing for games in later rounds is always a challenge, but Barrington head coach Joe Sanchez says that the first game is the toughest. “I’m proud of the kids.

The first one as you find out is the hardest one,” Sanchez said. “Once you get the first one, then anything can happen.” Barrington has allowed only eight points in its past three games, but knows it will be facing a difficult Warren offense led by senior quarterback Andrew Nickell, who threw for more than 400 yards last weekend. The Blue Devils will get to host this round two matchup, but the Broncos feel more than comfortable playing on opponents’ turf as they were on the road four of their first five games this year. “It felt like we were always on the road this year, so our kids are used to it,” Sanchez said. “You’re going to have to win at least one playoff game on the road at some point, and these kids will be prepared

for that.” “We love it. We have no problem playing on the road,” linebacker Jake Coon said. “We like to bring the excitement to them and go into their house and take something away from them just like they try to do to us.” Coon and the Bronco defense will have to continue their streak of dominance to propel Barrington into round three. The key this week will be to make the Blue Devils one dimensional early on as Warren has displayed a balanced offensive approach this season. Contrastingly, Barrington will look to get their run game going early in hopes of opening up big passing plays down the field, something this team has done well in recent games. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Mama Jess organic pasta sauce founder and Barrington mom Jessica Grelle is one step closer to winning the ultimate prize for small businesses, a 30-second commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl in the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest. Jessica has advanced to the next level of the contest, and is now one of only 20 semifinalists who remain out of 15,000 small businesses who entered the contest. To advance past round two, Jessica had a short window of time last month to create a 90-second video about her business. In about a week, she and her creative team developed a concept, filmed and edited “The Good Story of Mama Jess” (watch it at www. about how she came up with the idea of packing healthy and organic vegetables into sauces that her kids love to eat. Grelle says they decided to have her 10-year-old son and fourth grader Alex Grelle tell the story as the video’s narrator. “He is telling the story of Mama Jess through his eyes and, instead of showing him on the camera, we do it in drawings,” Grelle said. “Someone is sketching in

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ABOVE: 10-year-old Alex Grelle draws the story of Mama Jess in chalk and also narrates the video about the inspiration behind his mom Jessica Grelle’s company. TOP: Jessica Grelle of Barrington shares samples of her sauce at Heinen’s Barrington. chalk so you can see how I got my start in pictures.” In addition to Mama Jess, the range of semifinalists include a company that makes all-natural dog treats, a women’s fitness program in Chicago, a natural dairy composting operation in southwest Idaho and a business named Dream Beard that makes a product to stimulate the growth of men’s facial hair. Jessica says winning this

contest would be a major breakthrough for Mama Jess organic pasta sauces. “For a small business with a small budget for any type of marketing or PR, it’s huge,” she said. “We know we have a great product and we know it helps people because it’s so healthy, but we just need to get the word out to more people in America that Mama Jess pasta sauces are available for people to purchase

nationwide.” Public voting played a part in helping Grelle advance past round two, but for the semifinal round, 8,000 Intuit employees are going to vote and narrow the top 20 down to four remaining contestants. They’ll announce the top four on Nov. 11, again opening the voting to the public for the final say. The big winner will be announced on Dec. 3, and the 30-second commercial

will air sometime during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2. To watch the Mama Jess video that landed Jessica Grelle in the top 20 for Jessica’s latest updates on the contest, visit

• Liz Luby Chepell publishes, a website promoting people, places and events in Barrington. She can be reached at

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