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Grove Elementary kindergarten teacher Deb Scanlon and students clap along to a song during Thursday’s class.

A day in the classroom District 220 weighs pros, cons of implementing full-day kindergarten By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Five years ago, the Barrington 220 school board set a three-part strategic plan with a 10-year timeline – a plan to change the district’s academic calendar; start high

school later each morning, and finally, to offer districtwide, full-day kindergarten. The new school calendar will begin in the fall and fullday kindergarten could be implemented as early as the 20152016 school year, officials said. Focused mainly on 2014-


2015 budget planning, school officials said Thursday that a more in-depth full-day kindergarten conversation would take place this spring, likely involving community-wide input. “The board is concerned with the impact it would have

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on other groups in the area who offer kindergarten-extension programs,” Barrington 220 spokesman Jeff Arnett said. “They’re all our partners.” Local organizations that Arnett is referring to include the Barrington and South

Barrington Park Districts, St. Anne’s Catholic School, Lutheran Church of the Atonement, and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, among others. All have been offering morning or afternoon academic childcare programs for parents who wish to continue their child’s

8ON THE COVER Grove Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Deb Scanlon helps Ella Krull with a Valentine’s Day project Thursday. Jeff Krage - For Shaw Media


Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard

education beyond the half-day kindergarten classes offered within the School District. These extension programs have been so interconnected with the School District, that many students take their district school bus to their next education stop rather than going home. Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard said there has been no additional cost incurred by the District with this bus service because state law requires the students to be taken somewhere after school, whether it be a care center or residence. “Sometimes it’s actually cheaper if the student’s education center is closer than their home,” Leonard said. “It works.” Yet, school officials have said full-day kindergarten might just be the next big topic for District 220, potentially drawing much noise from a wide range of stakeholders. Leonard said that although much academic research supports full-day kindergarten programs, two important factors have held the district from implementing such programs in the past – budget and space.

The budget Before the school board begins to gather community input, board members must determine whether or not the district would be able to fully fund full-day kindergarten, or if parents electing to enroll their children in full-day district programming would be responsible for all associated costs. “I’ve seen it done many

different ways in other school districts,” Leonard said. “The majority of suburban districts, like us, have not yet made the switch to full-day kindergarten. The urban districts, like Chicago and Rockford, have full-day programs because they are being completely federally funded.” Leonard said District 220 does technically offer full-day kindergarten, but only to Sunny Hill Elementary students on the free and reduced lunch – a financial assistance –program or those in Spanish dual language programs. Full-day kindergarten is offered in just one of the district’s eight elementary schools, with about 100 students partaking. Another factor the board must consider is the cost of full-day kindergarten to parents. Leonard said there would be an equity divide when parents who are just over the free and reduced lunch program qualification cannot afford to enroll their child full-time. Yet, board members have said at preliminary budget planning meetings that it’s a two-way street, because many parents might already be paying for after-school childcare, if not a local kindergarten extension service. The average cost for area park district and church programs is about $180 per week for full-day kindergarten. According to Child Care Aware of America, the average cost of weekly after-school childcare ranges from $30 to $817 per week, nationwide.

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Grove Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Deb Scanlon and students work on a Valentine’s Day project Thursday. dergarten, but it does require that any school offering fullday kindergarten also offer half-day kindergarten – presenting an issue of space and class size for District 220. District 220 School Board President Brian Battle said that for every full-day kindergarten section the district creates, another classroom would be needed. Full-day and half-day classes would be following different curriculum, Battle said, and the amount of classrooms needed would increase with enrollment. “We’ve never had a significant amount of classrooms available at the elementary level,” Battle said. “But enrollment [at the elementary level] is projected to decline over the next few years and one or two classrooms could potentially be empty in each building.” Despite Battle’s projection, both Battle and Leonard said that they predict enrollment to actually increase if they changed the playing field and

implemented full-day kindergarten. “When other districts have made this change, the majority of parents did want fullday kindergarten for the children,” Leonard said. Leonard said if full-day kindergarten was entirely district-funded, and space was an issue, District 220 may have to begin a lottery system where certain families would be invited to enroll – creating another equity gap. Battle spoke to the same sustainability complications. “We would really need to talk to various stakeholders, like teaching staff, parents, and other area organizations before taking any official action,” Battle said, adding that it would be crucial to get a firm idea of how many families would actually elect full-day kindergarten during their school registration.

Academic standards Leonard said that national academic standards continue • Thursday, February 20, 2014

A kindergartener works on a Valentine’s Day project.

to set the kindergarten curriculum bar higher and higher each year, and full-time kindergarten is truly something to consider extensively. “More and more topics must be covered in the curriculum now,” Leonard said. “I feel that we would have a hard time teaching these new standards with our half-day kindergarten model.” Leonard said that most research shows that students who attend full-day kindergarten programs have an academic advantage, over students who attend only halfday programs, up until the end of their fourth-grade year. Yet, officials have said that if full-day kindergarten classes were to become too crowded, learning could become disrupted, discrediting the research that proves full-day programs to be beneficial. District 220 kindergarten classes currently average about 20 students. Battle said parents have always been the most concerned with their child’s class size, and that concern adds to the complexity of developing a full-day kindergarten program – deciding whether or not maxed-out classrooms would be part of the proposal. The structure and curriculum of full-day kindergarten in District 220 is yet to be determined, officials said. Leonard said he would likely match the start and end times of full-day kindergarten programs to those of the elementary schools to save money in bus transportation costs. “My goal is to have all conversations and planning complete by October so that we can give families registration notice, and cost notice, if any, before registration opens for the 2015-2016 school year,” Leonard said. Battle said that state funding has been more difficult to determine than ever this year, “always fluid” in the spring time. “We are waiting on a state response so we can develop our funding formula,” Battle said. “I’m sure full-day kindergarten will become an interesting community conversation.”



“More and more topics must be covered in the curriculum now. I feel that we would have a hard time teaching these new standards with our half-day kindergarten model.”


Fire district to buy new tender, other equipment • Thursday, February 20, 2014




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Find a treasure or create one at Tattered Tiques By TARAH THORNE LAKE BARRINGTON – Open as of April 2011, Tattered Tiques of Lake Barrington has gained some loyal customers. Owners Julie Abernathey, Anne Leahy and Nancy Mokszycki shared more about the shop’s unique selection and painting classes – perfect for a night out on the town.

Tattered Tiques What: Antiques shop that also offers painting classes Where: 22029 N Pepper Road, Lake Barrington When: Open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday; Select weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Thursday through Sunday) info: 224-633-9750 or www.

Thorne: What was your inspiration for opening an an- painting project on their own. tique store in the area? We offer Basic Chalk Paint TT: Prior to opening, our classes where we use small homes were filling fast with flea market finds and furniture. We needed a way to fulfill our hobby but not fill our garages. We started by selling at local antique and flea markets. After a few years, we decided to rent a space, just for the summer, to sell our wares. The space had to be near all three of our homes, so Lake Barrington was the perfect location.

trim boards to teach four painting techniques. Waxing and distressing are also taught. Classes last three hours and are $85. Most are held from 6 to 9 p.m., but we can accommodate day classes too.

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cent vintage, with a sprinkling of retail and handmade items. Thorne: Where does your We mix antique, shabby, vinmerchandise come from? tage, farm and industrial all in TT: On closed weekends, we one. You never find the same travel the Midwest in search of item twice at our shop. We new treasures for the shop – at search for the best deals, so we large auctions and flea mar- can keep prices low. kets. We occasionally wander South or East for a change of Thorne: Any specific plans for scenery and selection. the future? TT: Very soon we will be Thorne: You host painting adding advanced chalk paint classes once a month. What are classes and Miss Mustard the classes like? Seed’s Milk Paint classes. We TT: The classes are designed recently added our new Vinto be fun, informative and in- tage Girl line which includes spirational. We want our cus- T-shirts, market totes, jewelry tomers to feel confident when and candles. Ball caps, aprons they go home and tackle a and pillows are in the works.

LAKE BARRINGTON – Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees met in the midst of severe winter weather Monday evening to discuss future endeavors, including the purchase of a new tender. The village’s current tender will be repurposed into a water pump, according to village officials. Trustees approved the purchase of a second 3,000-gallon water tender to house in the district’s station two, 120 W. Algonquin Road in Barrington Hills. The new tender will replace the district’s current 2,000-gallon tender. A water tender is a specialized firefighting apparatus designed for transporting water from a water source to a fire. President Tom Rowan said the district plans to keep the former tender, modifying it into another needed piece of apparatus – a water pumper. Rowan said the total purchase and modification will be about $384,000, saving district residents more than $200,000 by not purchasing a new pumper. Village officials also discussed a pending public sponsorship program and enhanced area dive response. Chief Jeff Swanson said he would like to develop a sponsorship program with local businesses – something Swanson said has worked well in

Fire district board meeting When: 6:30 p.m. March 17 Where: District headquarters, 22222 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington Information: surrounding districts. Under a sponsorship program, area businesses and individuals would have the opportunity to offset district costs by making a donation toward equipment purchases and possibly having their name or business logo displayed on such equipment. Trustee Marvin Hill expressed interest in a sponsorship program. “I’d like to look more into this for all practical purposes,” Hill said. Swanson said aside from continuing to strengthen district auto-aid agreements with neighbors such as Palatine, Hoffman Estates and Lake Zurich, he would like to focus on the district’s presence in the Lake and McHenry counties’ Specialized Rescue Teams, registering even more district firefighters as emergency divers. Although no dive response has been needed yet this year, Swanson said the district received 143 EMS calls and three fire calls just in the month of January, with 59 patients being transported to a hospital

from those calls. “Our firefighter-paramedics are doing a fantastic job,” Swanson said, explaining district staff has been working just as hard as they were Jan. 1 when the district went live as an agency separate from the village of Barrington. Trustees said a third district station is still in the works and planning is going very well. Trustee Paul Heinze, who is heading the project, was not present Monday. After speaking with District Attorney Richard Curran, trustees approved a concealed carry policy declaring district buildings as gun-free zones and ensuring the safety of firefighter-paramedics by allowing district staff to secure weapons from patients on calls. “It’s worth reviewing because many people might not think of the fire district as government buildings,” Curran said. “These are government buildings and guns are not allowed. Guns can be kept in a car in the parking lot as long as they are legal and secured in a case.” Trustees will likely appoint a vice president and discuss more auto-aid at future meetings. Swanson said he would like to enhance the district’s auto-aid agreement with Hoffman Estates to include a ladder truck being deployed to Willow Creek Community Church, should a fire occur.

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By JESSE CARPENDER GRAYSLAKE – Dr. Charles Clency inspired College of Lake County Gospel Choir members to feel the music as he played the piano and tapped his feet at a Feb. 12 choir practice at the college’s Grayslake campus. Clency, choir director, told the vocalists to drop their sheet music and start dancing. The CLC Gospel Choir is preparing for the 30th annual Salute to Gospel event at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Featured performers will be Beverly Crawford, Janet Sutton and the Voices of Acme. The program celebrates Black History Month and CLC’s 44th anniversary with the theme “The Evolution of the Gospel Choir,” according to a news release from the College of Lake County. Clency encouraged choir members to practice the music and study its message at home. “The music is only there for reference. Once you’ve got it, put it away. That’s gospel style, don’t stare down your music,” he told them before heading to a baby grand piano strewn with sheet music and began pounding out the notes to “I Hear the Music in the Air.” Choir members of different ages and ethnicities bounced on their heels and swayed their arms – music sheets forgotten on their desks. The CLC Gospel Choir is comprised of 60 percent students and 40 percent community members, Clency said. The 45-member choir breaks into smaller groups to practice throughout the week and practices as a whole Monday nights. Choir member Dora King has been with the group since 2006. “I love the way gospel makes me feel,” King, of North Chicago, said. “I’ve been singing all my life.” When all 45 choir members sing together, the beau-

Salute to Gospel Where: Genesee Theater, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan When: 7 p.m. Saturday Cost: $35 for adults. Information: The College of Lake County Gospel Choir will perform, as well as featured performers Beverly Crawford and Janet Sutton with the Voices of Acme. Call the CLC box office at 847-543-2300. CLC course when Clency became choral program director 10 years ago. It has grown from 12 people. “Our campus is very diverse and we have all kinds Jesse Carpender - of people. The life and energy Dr. Charles Clancy directs a College of Lake County Gospel Choir practice Feb. 12. of the music speaks to them – gospel music has a high tiful, full voices envelop the rector and is a confident name that was ever in this level of energy, drama and room, King said, adding, soprano and soloist after fol- choir,” King said. rhythm. “Singing for me is a sanctu- lowing his advice to pursue The choir began as a club “The only difference beary.” vocal lessons. in Waukegan 25 years ago tween gospel and rock is JeBefore members launched “He knows everyone’s and became an accredited sus,” Clency said. into song at their recent practice, they spent time talking about the music’s history. Clency talked about gospel music’s roots, including how it evolved from the mid-1700s spirituals of slaves. “[Spirituals] were psychological, about the realities of what slaves lived,” said Clency, citing the spiritual “Come Here Jesus, If You Please,” which includes lyrics such as “When you see me on my knees, dear Lord Jesus/come here if you please.” However, gospel differs from spirituals in that it proclaims the “good news” of the Independent, Private Wealth Management first four books of the Bible, uses multiple instruments Comprehensive Financial, Retirement, Tax and Estate Planning and is more improvisational Active Investment Management • Banking & Trust Management in structure, Clency said. The biggest difference is “spirituals deal with oppression, evangelism and Jesus,” while gospel music is jubilant and celebratory, he said. After practice, new choir member Sunny Sonnenschein of Grayslake said gospel music brings people of all backgrounds together. w w w. d o r i o n g r a y. c o m “It’s just good for people,” Securities offered through Securities America, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services are offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc. Dorion-Gray, Everbank and Sonnenschein said. Securities America companies are not affiliated. Banking services provided through Everbank. Investments are not FDIC Insured or Bank Guaranteed and may lose value. King said she trusts ClenSecurities America and its representatives do not provide tax or legal advice. Trust management services are provided in conjunction with outside professionals. cy’s leadership as choir di2602 IL Route 176, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 – 815 459-6800


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Fox River Shiver participants belly flop into chilly waters for charity. Annual proceeds benefit the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Take the plunge in Fox River Shiver By TARAH THORNE PORT BARRINGTON – Those wanting to make a difference will soon have the opportunity to dress in costume and splash into the icy Fox River for charity. The Broken Oar Marina Bar and Grill, at 614 Rawson Bridge Road in Port Barrington, will host its second annual Fox River Shiver at noon March 9. Participants must form teams of four or more, or register individually and obtain donation pledges from friends, family or business associates as they take the “plunge” to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Broken Oar Manager Bonnie Miske said.

Spectators are asked to purchase souvenir pins for a $5 donation if attending the event. Registered participants will receive a free T-shirt and the chance to win prizes for bringing in the most donations. Trophies will be awarded for the following: best costume, team concept, lower river business team and most money raised by a team and individually. A free VIP pre-party begins at noon for registered participants. The plunge is at 2 p.m. and a celebration and awards ceremony will follow with live entertainment at 3 p.m. Miske said last year’s event drew more than 75 participants and hundreds more spectators, raising more than $10,000 for Last year’s Fox River Shiver charity event at the Broken Oar Marina & Grill in Port Barrington drew more than 75 the hospital. participants and hundreds more spectators, raising more than $10,000 for Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital.


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10 Village officials from South Barrington, Port Barrington, North Barrington, Lake Barrington, Deer Park and Barrington were panelists at the annual 2014 Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Summit Feb. 12 at the Garlands Center for Performing Arts. Photos by Tarah Thorne –

Village, business leaders discuss future By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Area village officials spoke candidly about the state of the local economy, potential growth and their past year’s work at the annual 2014 Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Summit Feb. 12 at the Garlands Center for the Performing Arts. The Chamber is comprised of nearly 900 members, covering four counties and representing 10 local communities. More than 80 individuals listened to this State of the Barrington Region Address. Panelists included village officials from Barrington, Deer Park, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Port Barrington. Attendees represented various organizations such as the Barrington Bank and Trust, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Hanson Law Group and more. BACC President Suzanne Corr said the summit has been a Barrington area tradition for more than 10 years, proving very beneficial for local businesses. “No one knows better than small business, which make up about 97 percent of all businesses, the impact of an ever-changing economic landscape,” Corr said. “Understanding where we are now, and knowing where we’re going is vital to the economic health and prosperity of the

Over 80 individuals attended the annual State of the Barrington Region breakfast Feb. 12, representing various local businesses and organizations such as the Barrington Bank and Trust, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Hanson Law Group and more. Barrington region.”

Barrington Barrington Village President Karen Darch took the floor first, reviewing last year’s accomplishments and discussing upcoming projects such as the renovation of Barrington’s White House, a Route 14 grade separation and development at the intersection of Hough and Main Streets. Darch said last year’s separation from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District has been a win-win situation for the district and village fire department. “The decision [to split] was based on economics and emergency response times,” Darch said. “We now serve village residents best by cutting long-

time legacy and liability costs and the district has benefited from employing through a contract service.” Darch said the village will continue to fundraise “in the private sector” for the renovation of Barrington’s White House – at 145 West Main Street – to be complete by the village centennial in 2015, and the village is still hopeful of receiving court money from the Canadian National Railway to fund the second phase of the $65 million Route 14 underpass project. Accompanying the underpass will be a re-route of Lake Zurich Road near Citizen’s Park and the Barrington Area Library, which Darch said will be done in advance of the underpass construction and re-

quire only a small amount of local funding. “Our goal is to maximize outside dollars,” Darch said, noting grant funding opportunities in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Darch concluded by answering an audience question about future development at Hough and Main Streets. Darch said village officials foresee retail opportunity being very strong at that intersection, but are still not sure about being able to fill office space. The Hough and Main topic will be discussed more heavily in March, Darch said, when village officials meet again with the area’s developer.

Deer Park Deer Park Village President Bob Kellermann said multiple times, “Deer Park is on the move.” Kellermann explained the 10-year-old Deer Park Town Center, an outdoor shopping mall, is a great source of village revenue – something he’d like to continue to preserve. “We have a plan to update the shopping center so it remains to be one of the best in the nation,” Kellermann said. “Revenue generated there, per square foot, exceeds the national average.” Kellermann said that in the past decade, the village of Deer Park has gone from being 2 or 3 percent under budget to 5 per-

cent over budget as residents and businesses have worked together to improve the local economy. “The federal and state governments are all talk,” Kellermann said. “We don’t need politicians. We get it done.” Kellermann said he would like to develop more than 30 acres of the village within the next five years.

North Barrington North Barrington Village Trustee Pete Boland said that with a population of just more than 3,000 people and fewer than 1,200 homes, North Barrington has seen the most improvement at Miller Road and Flint Creek. Boland said village officials partnered with the Lake County Department of Transportation last year to build a three-span bridge to alleviate flooding at Miller Road. Additionally, Boland mentioned an ongoing Flint Creek restoration project for which the village has secured grant funding. When asked whether or not the village anticipates to take a financial hit with floods this Spring, Boland did not respond as foreseeing an issue. Although, Boland did say the winter weather has brought significant damage to North Barrington roadways and the village finance committee will be working on a

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COUNTY – The Lake County Health Department/ Community Health Center is offering several activities in observance of National Groundwater Awareness Week in March. It will have an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road in Libertyville. Experts will discuss and answer questions about well water, such as why well water may have a funny taste or smell, where well water comes from and where it goes, and what tests are necessary to ensure that it is safe to drink. Those who attend can participate in drawings to win a free bacterial analysis of their well water. They can also pick up water testing kits. Between Monday and March 13, the department is offering reduced rates for water testing. Lake County residents can pick up sterile test bottles at the Central Permit Facility or at a wide variety of township and municipal offices throughout Lake County. For a list of locations, call 847-377-8020. Water sampling kits can also be mailed for

• SUMMIT Continued from page 10 budget for repairs. “It’s surely a hot topic,” Boland said.

Lake Barrington Lake Barrington Village Administrator Chris Martin said the village of Lake Barrington has seen significant business development this past year, especially in the Pepper Park region. “We’ve weathered the success very well,” Martin said. Martin said the proposed 8,000-square-foot Pepper Park retail center – on Pepper Road, just before the Lake Barrington Field House – will be complete this summer, with construction set to begin as soon as the ground thaws. “It was a bold move by the

$12. Bring all collected water samples for analysis between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to the Lake County Central Permit Facility and Environmental Laboratory, 500 W. Winchester Road in Libertyville. During this time, the normal $16 analysis fee for testing for bacteria and nitrates will be reduced to $10 for well owners. “About 90,000 Lake County residents rely on groundwater from aquifers to supply their private wells,” said Tony Beltran, the health department’s executive director. “The health department encourages all users of private wells to take this time to have their drinking water tested, and to test it at least annually to see if it meets the minimum drinking water standards.” Results of water samples are ready for homeowners in approximately three working days. If people are uncomfortable with collecting these samples themselves, staff is available to go out to homes to collect the sample for a $55 fee, which includes an inspection of the well and the lab analysis for bacteria and nitrates.

Winter sunset Barringtonarea resident Dawn SorokinTschupp submitted this photo of a sunset Jan. 29 at Barrington’s Baker’s Lake. Photo provided by Dawn Sorokin-Tschupp

“Our goal is to maintain neighborhood character while offering urban opportunities.” Paula McCombie South Barrington village president

developer and Swiss Automation owner, Ken Malo,” Martin said. Martin explained that although construction plans have been cut back from 15,000-square-feet of retail space to 8,000, the Pepper Park development will add additional services and conveniences to the Lake Barrington area. Additionally, Martin said that two lots, left and right of the Field House, have now been brought out of foreclosure and the local economy is coming back. “Homes are selling,” Mar-

tin said.

Port Barrington Port Barrington Village President Shannon Yeaton spoke of local business, flood damage and future development. With only four village establishments – three bars and one church – Yeaton said Port Barrington has benefited greatly from video gambling. The village now has 10 gambling machines – five in each of the two bars. “Video gambling has been crucial with our lack of retail space,” Yeaton said. “It’s

brings in about $2,400 to the village each month. It’s fabulous.” Yeaton said serious Fox River flooding blew the village budget last year, but Port Barrington eventually received $24,000 in federal relief funds. This year, Yeaton said she is absolutely expecting the village to flood once again, but a trained emergency response team will be ready, as will sand bagging equipment. Yeaton also spoke about winter road damage, explaining that the village will not be able to assess which road repairs are needed until the snow clears.

South Barrington South Barrington Village President Paula McCombie has been a resident of her village since the 1980s and said she’s enjoyed seeing the area

grow. McCombie said, like Deer Park, South Barrington has greatly benefitted from its high-end retail center – the Arboretum of South Barrington. Plus, McCombie said housing permits have jumped from 12 to 39 in the past year – an indicator of a growing economy. “Our goal is to maintain neighborhood character while offering urban opportunities,” McCombie said. McCombie said she personally drove each village roadway last week to see which repairs will need to be made in Spring and Mundhank Road appears to be the only problem. “We’ll wait it out for now,” McCombie said. “Officials have said the roads are flexible and may return to normal when the area thaws.” • Thursday, February 20, 2014



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8NEWS BRIEFS Chamber recognizes local leaders

association of nearly 900 member businesses representing 18,500 business people dedicated to the BARRINGTON – The Barrington success and prosperity of the 20 Area Chamber of Commerce regional communities it serves: announced its 2014 Business Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Awards winners Jan. 30. Award recipients included Hein- Barrington, North Barrington, Port en’s Fine Foods, for small business Barrington, South Barrington, Tower Lakes, Long Grove, Deer of the year; Advocate Good Park and Inverness. Shepherd Hospital, for business The BACC promotes economic excellence; Wintrust Mortgage’s opportunities, advocates the interTom Cramer, volunteer of the ests of business, offers programs year; Langdon’s of Barrington’s for professional development and Joseph Rush, for distinguished leadership, and works with and service; and ChiroFit’s Jennine through its members to foster a Morgan, for Chamber Rookie of robust regional economy. the Year. – Shaw Suburban Media Founded in 1969, the BACC is an

Signs speed emergency response SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA LAKE BARRINGTON – The green numbered signs dotting the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District landscape serve an important role in the delivery of fire and emergency medical services. They act as beacons to help firefighters and paramedics rapidly reach residents in need. The signs – familiar landmarks to area residents – allow firefighters to accurately identify home locations throughout the district, where addresses are based on postal rural route numbers. As a result, house

numbers are out of sequence in many areas. Additionally, several homes have duplicate numbers, or mailing addresses that indicate a different street than their actual location. District Fire Chief/Administrator Jeff Swanson said that the signs avoid the potential for confusion and allow for faster response times. “The numbers displayed on the signs are based on the grid address system. They are the same numbers that appear on emergency dispatchers’ computers,” Swanson said. “Without the signs, it can be very,

very difficult to know which property summoned our help. In a situation where seconds might mean the difference between life and death, it is important to get where we need to go quickly.” District officials urge residents to keep the grid signs on their properties clear of foliage, debris or other obstructions that may affect firefighters’ ability to identify a home’s location. Residents with signs that have been damaged, or knocked down by snowplows or other vehicles, should contact the district at 224-848-4800.

Countryside Fire Protection district begins battery exchange program By TARAH THORNE LAKE BARRINGTON – A new public safety program offered by the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District allows residents to receive free batteries for their home smoke

detectors when they drop off old batteries at district stations. Residents may bring old smoke detector batteries to the district’s Lake Barrington headquarters, 22222 N. Pepper Road, or its Barrington Hills station, 120 W. Algonquin Road.

The district’s battery exchange program is designed to protect area residents and help minimize the risk of fire related injuries, Lt. Angela Grandgeorge said. “In the vast majority of cases, missing or dead batteries are the reasons why smoke

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Hope’s in Style Fashion Show What: Fundraiser for building homes in Guatemala When: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 1 Where: The Garlands, 100 Garlands Lane, Barrington Cost: $20 for students; $35 for adults Info: organize a trip to Guatemala in August to build the homes made possible by the organization’s donation. The Quigley sisters love that the fashion show gets the community involved and allows them to bring awareness to what families are dealing with in Guatemala. “Hope’s in Style is where fashion meets compassion,” Courtney said. Photo provided For information on how to Kendall Peterson and Chloe Quigley (right) walk the runway at the get involved with Hope’s in Style, visit 2013 Hope’s in Style Fashion Show Fundraiser.



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in Style and in February 2013 hosted their first Hope’s in Style Fashion Show featuring s freshmen in high 17 stylists and raising more school, Courtney and than $16,000. Ashley Quigley were The money was used to deeply impacted by a trip to build not only Ardon’s family Guatemala. a home, but a second home for On a trip freshmen year, another family in need. In Authe Barrington twins, now gust 2013, a group of students seniors at Barrington High and adults from Barrington School, volunteered with traveled to Guatemala to build Potter’s House Association – a the second home. Christian nonprofit organizaThis year, Hope’s in Style tion – building a playground will host its second Fashion for a school in Guatemala Show fundraiser from 1:30 to City. Courtney Quigley was 4:30 p.m. March 1 at the Garso impacted by the trip, she re- lands, 1000 Garlands Lane. turned the following summer The show will feature 23 to work as an intern with stylists from the middle and Potter House, she said. high schools and both male It was while she was an and female models from the intern that she came to know Barrington community. Looks Monica Ardon, now 10-yearswill be styled from Grassroots, old, who lived near the city Mia Sorella and Tru Bleu – all dump in a small shack with Barrington businesses that seven people living it. have opened their boutiques Conditions in the area to the stylists. are so bad that when trash Ashley Quigley said prior is dumped into the nearby to her trip to Guatemala, she ravine, the adults go and had no experience building fight for the scraps, salvaging a house or anything like it, anything they can to help but that the team worked their families survive. The well together. She added that communities surrounding the Dedication Day, when they dump are filled with violence, presented the family with sexual assaults and emotional keys to their new home, was and physical abuse, Courtparticularly special. ney Quigley said. “It just really puts everyIn Ardon’s home, all of the thing we have in perspective,” girls shared one bunk bed. Ashley Quigley said. The shack had no plumbing, Tickets to the Hope’s in only a single light bulb as a Style Fashion Show are $20 light source and a problem for students and $35 for adults with rats, a community-wide and can be purchased at hoproblem. or by mailing “These kids just have your order to 220 Weatherso many cards stacked up stone Road in Barrington. against them,” Courtney QuigStylists are competing ley said. and audience members can When she found out Arpurchase votes for $1 each. don’s older sister was pregThe goal is to again raise more nant and would be bringing a than $16,000 to build homes for baby into the shack, Courtney those in need in Guatemala. Quigley knew something had New this year is a silent to be done to help the family. auction, with four front row So, she started brainstorm- tickets to a Chicago Bulls ing. And while Courtney Quig- basketball game up for grabs ley claims she herself isn’t and the Judge’s Pick. Judges very fashionable, her sister this year include local philanAshley Quigley and some of thropist Kim Duchossois and their friends are, she said – Barrington Community Unit and the idea of a fashion show School District 220 Superinfundraiser was born. tendent Tom Leonard. The girls founded Hope’s Hope’s in Style will again


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LEFT: Cecilia Torres of Round Lake embraces her children at the Dec. 13 Project SUCCEED event. Torres said, “I receive a lot of good information about taking care of my kids from the YWCA.” ABOVE: Thomas Lassiter, US Navy, enjoys a fun learning moment.

Parents build learning foundation for children’s future SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA The most influential times in a young child’s life are often linked to fun experiences and memorable events. When parents, who are typically a child’s first teacher, engage their children in play, they are creating lifelong learning skills. Recognizing the important link between play and learning, the YWCA Lake County offers parents many free interactive and fun educational programs to enable them to prepare a strong foundation for their child’s success in school and life. One recent event, the annual Winter Festival of Stories, welcomed more than 400 area residents, including more than 300 preschoolers. Held at Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago, the free early-reader literacy event was organized by YWCA Lake County Parent Services Department to support its Project SUCCEED, which recognizes the need for school readiness and provides parents of young children with ideas and activities to enhance reading skills at home. The highlight of the day was the group reading of the book “Quiet Bunny, Noisy

Puppy” written by Lisa McCue and performed by a storyteller from Paddy Lynn Storyacting for Children in Mundelein. In addition, every family received a free copy of the featured book, and each child received a bag full of books and a healthy sack lunch to take home. “The families we serve do not have the funds for enrichment programs. These parents want educational opportunities for their kids so we plan our literacy programs as fun community events that help to put underserved children on the road to reading,” said Elvira Ortega, parent services manager for YWCA Lake County. “Project SUCCEED is a year-round program that offers vital educational literature, parent workshops, literacy events, mentoring, and much, much more to promote school readiness.” Through Project SUCCEED, YWCA Lake County Parent Services Department provides support and tools to families so that literacy is encouraged everywhere — while driving, walking home, taking the bus, at the grocery store, playgrounds, laundromats, libraries and everywhere else.

Children attending the Winter Festival of Stories received a free book. Parents involved with Project SUCCEED do not generally have English as their first language or are from cultures that have not reinforced the benefits of becoming involved in their children’s reading and education. The next SUCCEED event will be in for June.


Area health survey circulates this week BARRINGTON – The Healthier Barrington Coalition will be

support and share ideas. Barrington Writers’ Workshop is BARRINGTON – A morning Bar- celebrating is 35th year of helping rington Writers’ Workshop will be local writers improve their craft presented from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 and connect with other writers and organizations in the commup.m. March 29 at nity through weekly meetings. the Performing The group provides constructive Arts Center of critiques on works in progress. The Garlands, Writers of all genres are 1000 Garlands welcome; $10 for non-members. ave. Refreshments are provided. Call Keynote Guest 847-304=1996 or visit www. Speaker Thomas Thomas for inforBalsamo, photog- Balsamo mation. rapher and author of “Souls: Beneath Dance fundraiser benefits and Beyond,” will discuss his passionate photography projects child cancer victims BARRINGTON – The Barrington that have create a far-reaching area Jeffrey Pride Foundation for impact within the community. pediatric cancer research will Balsamo discovered his talent host its bi-annual winter dinner at a young age and has devoted dance, “ut of a Warm Winter’s his career to leaving an emoNight ... Come More Best Days, tional impression on the hearts at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at and minds of his viewers and the Stonegate Conference and subjects. Balsamo will demonstrate how Banquet Centre, 2401 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. to develop passion, settle on a Jeffrey Pride, who died of leuconcept, set intention, visualize kemia at the age of 7, continues an ideal outcome and attract,

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to inspire his friends, family and community members. “After numerous rounds of chemotherapy, Jeffrey was able to go outside and play one day,” said Sue Randall, a foundation volunteer. “He was feeling pretty good for the first time in a long time. All he did way play street hockey with some neighbor boys, but he came home proclaiming ‘this has been the best day of my life.’” Randall said the dance’s theme, “More Best Days,” is centered around young Jeffrey’s happy experiences. “It gets us thinking how often we take our own best days for granted – days we don’t even know were the best until it’s too late,” Randall said. “Our goal is to be able to give children more healthy, cancer-free best days.” Tickets to the winter dance are $150 each, including an open bar, dinner and dancing to the live music of High Society.

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SOUTH BARRINGTON – Enjoy the afterglow of Valentine’s Day from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Eiffel Bistrot and Wine Bar in the Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road. The Bravissimo Vocal Ensemble will present “Music of Love – Chanson D’Amour,” a mix of opera, musical theatre and inspirations crossovers. The evening’s performers will include tenor Oscar Menoyo, of Hoffman Estates, and sopranos Susan Dennis, of Bartlett and Kimberly Albrecht, of Hawthorn Woods, accompanied by Rick Burdsall, of Palatine. There is no cover charge for this event. Call 847-428-4783 for reservations or email for information.

sending out its 2014 community needs survey mid-February. Conducted every three years since 1996, the survey offers residents living in the 60010 area an opportunity to provide input on the various aspects of living in greater Barrington. Survey topics include transportation, recreation, education, health care, employment and more. The survey is available online at from Feb. 20 through March 20, and should only be completed once. The Healthier Barrington Coaltion is a community based group that collaborates to improve the quality of life in the Barrington area. Coalition partners include Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Barrington Area Council on Aging, Barrington Area Council of Governments and more. For information, visit www.


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Barringtonarea resident Eric Lohmeyer pulls his children Emma, 3, and Chase, 2, through snowy streets by sled. Krissy Lohmeyer

SNOW DAYS Have photos from a school, sports, family or other community event you’d like to share with Barrington Life readers? Email Barrington Life reporter Tarah Thorne at and you might see them in print. Photos should be high-resolution and include information about when and where they were taken. Dawn Sorokin-Tschupp

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What: Theatre will present four famous detective stories during its production of “Radio Noir.” Where: PM&L Theatre, 877 N. Main St., Antioch When: Sunday. Doors open at 1 p.m. Show begins at 2:30 p.m. Cost and info: Cost is $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. All proceeds will go toward PM&L’s curtain fundraiser. For information, visit pmltheatre. com. For information about RG Productions, visit

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ANTIOCH – RG Productions brings a series of hardboiled heavies and dangerous dames to the stage at PM&L Theatre in Antioch for one performance only at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. “Radio Noir” features four famous detective stories, and the audience is sure to experience a veritable banquet of saucy one-liners and snappy comebacks. Costumed actors will bring to life classics like Sam Spade and “Night Beat” and also feature new noir hits, authored by local writers, such as “Rebecca Diamond Private Eye” by director Nita Hunter (Barrington), and “Dragnet” spoofs by Richard Bell (Salem, Wis.) and John McLaughlin (Barrington). The performance will be tied together with the ‘40s jazz music of the Together Again Duo featuring Marti Bonne and Geoff DeMuth (Crystal Lake). “We really have fun with the noir shows,” said show director and RG Producer Nita Hunter. “They have some of the best one-liners ever performed on radio or in film and the plots put you on the edge of your seat. Sam Spade was portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in the 1941 film “The Maltese Falcon.” As for the ladies, they love playing dames with attitudes.” Hunter says the shows are carefully choreographed and make use of the theatre’s many features to put together a true multimedia show. Audiences will enjoy learning a bit about the history of

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SPORTS BHS freshman swimmers make big splash By ANDY SCHMIDT BARRINGTON – There are just some years where teams get a talented group of players who come into school and become the heart of the team straight from their freshmen year. Barrington High School’s boys’ swimming team is like that with seven freshmen on their roster. That youth, along with seniors Sebastian Piekarski and Sam Miseyka, helped the host Broncos on Saturday to a victory in the Mid-Suburban League Meet to score a repeat from last year. The day started promising for Barrington with a second-place finish in the 200-medley relay, losing by just .03 seconds. After not placing anyone in the top four in the 200 free-style or 200 IM, the seniors

“The MSL is a really tough division, but we are fortunate to have a deep squad, which is why we were able to come back from a 25-point deficit to win this meet.” John Valentine Barrington swim coach

took over the 50 free-style. Piekarski finished in 21.86 to win the event, while Miseyka finished second in 22.16 to help the Broncos be in second place after five events including the diving portion which took place Friday night. The team’s youth took over in the 500 freestyle where freshman Mitchell Gavars swam 4:55.78 to be the only swimmer to finish in less than five minutes. Fellow freshman Jeremy Kleinjan finished second in 5:00.10. The team then went on

to win the 200 freestyle relay led by Piekarski and Miseyka in 1:30.23. It was Piekarski’s third win of the day including a victory in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.44. That allowed the Broncos to have the lead with just three events to go. The Broncos didn’t win any of the final three events but got a second-place finish from Colin O’Leary in the 100 backstroke, and a third-place finish from Miseyka in the 100 breaststroke. Barrington finished the day using four freshmen in the 400

freestyle relay where it finished fourth overall to finish on top with 250 points. Wheeling was second with 213 points while Fremd took third with 199. Barrington coach John Valentine said that it was a meet dominated overall by young swimmers, including his own. “This is a young team – we’ve got seven freshmen on varsity – and if you look at the meet, you see a lot of first- and second-place finishes by freshmen,” Valentine said. “Our 400 free relay which didn’t win was all freshmen, so it really bodes well for the future of Barrington swimming.” Valentine added while the team will lose two seniors,he has a group that could make some noise next year. “Our relays are pretty solid, but we are going to lose Sebastian Piekarski and Sam Misey-

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Bird watchers of all ages shared their passion Feb. 15 during Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual international event, at Barrington’s Citizens Park. During the event, participants work together to count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are located throughout the world. Children 4 and older came out for this year’s Count, presented by Citizens for Conservation

and the Prairie Woods Audubon Society. Worldwide, observers counted millions of individual birds. Barrington participants watched a bird video, hiked trails and compiled observation data. Each child warmed up with hot chocolate and made a bird-related craft. For information, call 847-382-7283 or visit

Bird nests and eggs were on display at Citizens Park. Story by TARAH THORNE | Photos by JEFF KRAGE | For Shaw Media Caitlyn Crowther, 8, of Barrington looks for birds in the Cuba Marsh. • Thursday, February 20, 2014

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KIDS SCIENCE NIGHT WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 WHERE: Barrington Middle School, Prairie Campus, 40 E. Dundee Road, Barrington COST & INFO: Join Science Consultant Susan Lenz for a kids’ night of science fun at Barrington Middle School’s Prairie campus. Sponsored by the Barrington Council for the Gifted and Talented, this event is free for council members and $10 per family of nonmembers. Visit to register.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 WHERE: The Barrington Village Hall, 200 S. Hough St., Barrington COST & INFO: Learn how to successfully deal with rainwater on your property. Citizens for Conservation presents “The Homeowner and the Water Cycle,” a discussion about groundwater recharge and the role homeowners can play in assuring the Barrington area has a supply of clean water for wells. Flint Creek Watershed Partnership Coordinator Kurt Thomsen will speak about his decades of groundwater resource management. The program is free for CFC members, $10 for nonmembers. Call CFC at 847-382-7283 to register.



WHEN: 5:45 and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22; 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 through Thursday, Feb. 27. WHERE: Catlow Theater, 116 W. Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Rated PG-13. A journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her. For information, call the Catlow at 847-381-0777.



WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 WHERE: Hough Elementary School, 310 S. Hough St., Barrington COST & INFO: Chess Without Borders and the Hough Chess Club will host their sixth annual chess tournament and charitable fundraiser. Proceeds beneit a 5-year-old Indian girl named Meher who was badly burned as an infant, requiring multiple reconstructive surgeries. Stop by anytime throughout the tournament for a snack or lunch by local, gourmet chef Zein Bertacchi or play in the tournament. All concession proceeds are donated, as well. Visit www.chulmanchess. com/tournaments to register.


WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 WHERE: Pinstripes, Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington COST & INFO: Pinstripes will showcase select drafts from Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery – more than 20 unique beers. Chef Cesar Gutierrez will present an Italian-American-themed four-course menu for each pairing. The dinner is $60 per person. Call Pinstripes at 847844-9300 for information.

OFF THE DEEP END Judi Veoukas his finger and had to give him the ring after he screamed his head off. But at least the ring showed up, and at least he still had nine other fingers on which to place it. The last time I ever sent away for something, it was for Rice Krispies Snap! Crackle! and Pop! hand puppets, which arrived in the promised time, but their fronts and backs lay flat, like drawings, on two thin cloth panels. The directions said, “Cut each out and sew its front to its back, leaving a bottom opening in which to insert

the hand.” I begged my mother and grandmother to sew them, but both said, “You think we have nothing better to do than make puppets?” I cut them out myself and placed them together using straight pins. I put on some mighty bloody puppet shows. When raising my own kids I tried offering them cereal because, by then, crappy bonuses were put right in the box, but the kids preferred frozen waffles (many times unthawed), Pop Tarts or a glob of Bosco straight out of the jar, so there were no inbox or box-top rewards. Child Services never investigated their food consumption, and they are reasonably healthy adults today. On a rare cereal day, one

son managed to accidentally swallow a tiny plastic Darth Vader. To this day he loves Star Wars. My grandchildren have to be happy with the cereal alone as the once ubiquitous premium has disappeared from inside packages, and I doubt today’s child would send away for anything via mail. Besides, with cereals named Honey Smacks, Fruit Loops with Marshmallows, or Sugar-Coated Stimulants, kids don’t need box-tops to send away for anything fun. There’s a party going on in the bowls. But what about us, the seniors who have to schlep out of bed each morning with nothing to look forward to for breakfast but cereals such as oatmeal, All Bran, or Cap’n

Crunch with Less Crunch but More Fiber? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could receive something additional just for eating our breakfasts, something besides what fiber is supposed to give us? How about we reach into our oatmeal’s cylindrical container and find a gift card to our pharmacy, a large-print version of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” or maybe a parakeet to keep us company? Or perhaps just a little pennant, the size of the ones I never received. It would say, “Congratulations! You made it the heck out of bed this morning!”

Judi Veoukas is an award-winning columnist who writes from her home in Lake County.

Suburban Life

you’ve got the life • Thursday, February 20, 2014

I cannot remember what I had for breakfast this morning, but I can recall that in December of 1950 I cut off a cereal box-top, and, with 25 cents, sent away for 16 miniature major league baseball pennants. Every day for months, I’d run to the mail box, hoping my pennants would arrive. They never did. As a result, I detest baseball, dislike corn flakes and hate that these pennants might be worth $9,000 on eBay today. Undaunted, I next sent away for a glow-in-the-dark Kix cereal Lone Ranger atomic bomb ring. When it arrived, I couldn’t wait to show it off to my cousin in a pitch black closet. Yes, I accidentally slammed the door on


Cereal served with a side of disappointment

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Why Haven’t Neuropathy Sufferers Been Told These Facts? Do you have any of the following symptoms? • Pins and needles feeling • Numbness in the hands or feet • Tingling or burning sensations • Weakness in the arms or legs • Sharp shooting or burning pains

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the British Medical Journal proved this myth false, showing that 75% of back pain sufferers who do nothing about it will have either pain or disability 12 months later. Let’s face it, your neuropathy symptoms haven’t gone away by now, it’s not likely they will disappear on their own. And it’s been shown in studies that if ignored, symptoms can intensify causing loss of sensation, unremitting pain, and even disability. Neuropathy Treatment System Relieves Numbness & Pain Fortunately, if you are suffering from any neuropathy pain, numbness or tingling, your symptoms may be relieved or eliminated by a new treatment. A new proven peripheral neuropathy treatment has been developed by a leading medical device inventor. The system helps the natural nerve pathways between your spine and feet (or hands) and can make your nerves functioning again. Just listen to what this new technology can do... Before each impulse is sent, it analyzes the waveform of your nerves, determines any abnormalities, creates the unique healing signal necessary, administers it, and then re-evaluates the result. This process happens 7.83 times every second or the 30 minute treatment.

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“Young Frankenstein” at Drury Lane Theatre features (from left) Paula Scrofano, Jeff Dumas, Travis Taylor (as the Monster), Devin DeSantis and Allison Sill. Photo provided

‘Young Frankenstein’ a glitzy, comic delight OAKBROOK TERRACE – In the world of madcap comedies, few can match the hilarity generated by “Young Frankenstein,” the monster spoof based on the 1974 Mel Brooks-Gene Wilder hit film of the same name. The stage version of this timeless musical comedy is now bringing down the house at Drury Lane Theatre. Directed by William Osetek with choreography by Tammy Mader and music direction by Roberta Duchak, the production is just the ticket as a distraction from the frightful winter weather. The calculated zaniness is fully realized by the production’s large, seasoned cast that never misses the mark, whether it’s with double entendres, sight gags

‘Young Frankenstein’ Where: 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: Through March 16 Cost: $35 to $49 Info: 630-530-0111 and www.Drury or other shenanigans. Frederick Frankenstein (Devin DeSantis), a scientist and dean of anatomy at a university in New York, finds himself in Transylvania, where he has inherited the castle of his late grandfather, the mad scientist Dr. Victor von Frankenstein (Jeff Parker). In short order, Frederick

decides to carry on experiments begun by his grandfather in reanimation of the dead. He is joined by the mysterious Frau Blucher (Paula Scrofano, a comic delight); Igor (Jeff Dumas), a hunchback whose hump keeps shifting sides; and the naive Inga (Allison Sill), a buxom young woman who becomes his lab assistant. Of course, things go awry when the creature Frederick creates proves too much to handle and escapes to pursue unlikely adventures of his own involving a hapless blind hermit and Frederick’s love-starved fiance Elizabeth (Johanna McKenzie Miller). Travis Taylor, super-tall, dark, handsome – and green, makes a hilarious monster. He steals the

scene when presented in formal wear at the Loews Transylvania Theatre, initially walking awkwardly on command and then smoothly tap-dancing to Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Other uproarious scenes involve DeSantis and Miller (“Please Don’t Touch Me”) as they part company in Act I; and DeSantis and Sill getting acquainted on a bumpy wagon ride (“A Roll in the Hay”) and, later, in a candle-bookcase sequence as they discover the entryway to Frankenstein’s hidden lab. Scott Calcagno as the officious Inspector Kemp (“He’s Loose”) and the Transylvania Quartet: Skyler Adams, Gary Carlson, Sean Effinger-Dean and Jeff Max inspire further laughter.

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