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By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com BARRINGTON – Born without shin bones, friends and family agree that 14-year-old Sabik Cohran doesn’t let anything get in the way of his passion – playing sports. Cohran is sporting new prosthetic athletic feet after Barrington High School students made a video and raised $5,000 from viewers for medical expenses. Frost Middle School physical education teacher, Joan Czarnecki, approached Barrington’s student-run production program, BHS-TV, in May 2013 after having Cohran as a student for two years. Cohran is a freshman at Schaumburg High School. “Sabik is the most athletic kid I’ve ever met,” Czarneck said. “He expressed to me that he loved sports, and I let him try every activity he wanted in my class.” Cohran’s mother, Simone Dorame, said medical bills increased as her son has become more active. Cohran has had three different sets of prosthetic legs since being born, which were all covered by insurance, Dorame said, but the family had to go on a payment plan to replace the last one that broke. BHS-TV students Peter Chung and Ariana Baldassano teamed up with their production instructor, Jeff Doles, to create a two-minute web video called “Help Sabik Get on His Feet,” which has now been

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Football is just one of Sabik Cohran’s favorite sports. Barrington High School students have raised $5,000 for athletic prosthetic feet that attaches to Cohran’s prosthetic legs and allows the freshman to play basketball at a more competitive level with friends. Cohran said he would like to wrestle in college. viewed by about 600 people on gofundme.com. The video includes footage of Cohran taking off his former prosthetic legs to run around the school gym, play football, do push-ups and play kickball. Also featured is in the video is an interview with Hanger Orthopedic Vice President of Prosthetics Kevin Carroll, who recommended that Cohran be given a $20,000 running foot to play sports at his full athletic potential. Chung said that he met Cohran after the video was made and it was rewarding to

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do something that resulted in immediate action. “Sabik is a very nice kid,” Chung said. “We do projects like this all the time, but it was awesome to get in touch with a prosthetist and see personal results, you know, rather than making a donation to an organization and hoping it goes to someone in need.” Czarneck said that Cohran’s doctors opted to remove his lower legs when he was a baby and he had grown up moving on insurance-provided prosthetic legs that “gave him a horrible walk; swinging back and forth.”

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“He would take his prosthetics off for gym class and do great,” Czarneck said. “But one day he went home to practice basketball on the prosthetics and he broke a leg. The insurance said it was not normal wear and tear, so they would not provide money for a new one.” Chung said he noticed Cohran’s immobility in the older prosthetic feet upon their first greeting and although the video raised enough money for a $5,000

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8ON THE COVER An All in the Family yoga class was offered at the new Barrington Yoga Loft. Read more on page 5. Jeff Krage - For Shaw Media

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INVERNESS – A head-on traffic accident involving a Barrington Transportation Company school bus occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Feb. 21 on Barrington Road, between Dundee and Bradwell Roads. No students were on the bus at the time of the accident, school officials said. Rosalie Parrish, a regular driver, was driving the bus with a trainee, Ricardo Hernandez, when a northbound Honda CR-V struck the southbound bus, Barrington 220 School District Spokesman Jeff Arnett. The smaller vehicle swerved into the southbound lane, Arnett said. The bus, in route to pick up middle school students, was left unusable and towed away after the accident, he said, adding that no significant bus delays were reported within the school district, despite Barrington Road being closed for more than two hours after the accident. “Other bus drivers were able to re-route and delays were only momentary,” he said. Hernandez, who was released from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 1 p.m., was transported to the hospital for minor injuries after bumping his head on the window during the crash. Parrish was “shaken up during the accident,” but drove her regular bus route that afternoon, he said. The driver of the Honda CR-V, however, was also transported to the hospital for more serious injuries, Arnett added.

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Friday’s All in the Family yoga class takes place at the Barrington Yoga Loft.

FAMILY FITNESS Relaxation, stretching take stage at yoga studio grand opening

Photos by Jeff Krage | For Shaw Media Story by TARAH THORNE | tthorne@shawmedia.com rea residents enjoyed practicing downward dog, child’s pose and other yoga positions Friday during Barrington Yoga Loft’s grand opening celebration. Owned by Jo Ann Graser of Tensile Strength Studio, the Barrington Yoga Loft – in the Foundry Shopping Center, at 756 B Northwest Highway – offered a free day of yoga classes and demonstrations. Hourly raffles awarded prizes to guests. The day began with Hot Lunch, where instructor Kim Brown introduced participants to the basics of

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Kim Brown (left) teaches an “All in the Family” yoga class Friday at the Barrington Yoga Loft.

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Climate change rally set near Roskam’s office By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com BARRINGTON – Organizing for Action volunteers met at the Barrington office of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Illinois, 311 S. Hough St., last week before briefly rallying across the street, at Barrington Memorial Park, to raise climate change awareness. The Feb. 20 event featured seven volunteers from the nonprofit. “We are happy to welcome the group that visited our of-

fice in Barrington,” Roskam Spokeswoman Stephanie Kittredge said. “We listen to their concerns and ensure that their comments are passed along to the congressman.” Roskam’s spokesman Tom Williamson addressed the group inside the office. Volunteer Mary McInerney said Roskam is a “climate denier,” and volunteers will continue to focus on addressing Roskam “until he accepts the scientific evidence that climate change is reality.” Members said climate

Longtime volunteers help seniors file tax returns By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com BARRINGTON – With less than two months left to file IRS tax returns, Barrington area AARP Tax-Aide Coordinator Bill Decherd is reminding lowand moderate-income seniors that it is not too late to ask for assistance. Decherd has been volunteering with AARP for more than 10 years. “I really enjoy this,” Dechard said. “I meet some interesting people and hear some interesting stories.” Barrington Area Council on Aging – a nonprofit organization focused on serving Barrington-area seniors, family caregivers and community members – is hosting the Tax-Aide program from now through April 11 at its office in Barrington. The program is free to taxpayers with low to moderate incomes, and appointments are required. The Council’s spokeswoman Sarah Hoban said the program’s clients increase every year with many taxpayers traveling to the Barrington area by referral. “It saves people so much money and that’s important for a senior on a fixed income,” Hoban said. “I remember one woman who came in owing a substantial income tax penalty fee. After she worked with Bill, she did not owe money at all and the IRS actually owed her money.”

The 40-year national tax aide program is co-funded by the AARP foundation and the IRS. Dechard said the assistance is generally for older, retired people with an annual income of $50,000 or less, but the aide program does not discriminate against younger persons or those with a higher income. With clients traveling from as far as Palatine, Wheaton and Chicago, Dechard fills 10 appointments each day. Each appointment lasts 30 to 45 minutes, Dechard said. The tax aide volunteers have professional experience ranging from accounting to technology – fitting since Dechard said the IRS is recommending taxes be filed electronically this year, even donating computers and software to the tax aide program. Each volunteer is required to pass a yearly exam before providing assistance. The Barrington AARP TaxAide site assists an average of 200 people with their taxes each year. Clients arrive at their scheduled appointments with a photo ID, proof of their social security number, tax forms, property tax bills and stock transactions, as well as last year’s tax return. Dechard said most clients are comfortable with filing their tax returns electronically, but he will print a paper return for anyone wishing to file by mail.

change initiatives “have been stifled in congress.” Roskam’s officials said his staff meets regularly with various constituent groups, such as Organizing for Action, to discuss the issues that are important to them. Roskam was not present on Feb. 20. The group’s next Climate Day of Action event will be April 1 in Barrington. Organizing for Action is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing Obama’s policies presented in 2012, according to a news release from the group.

Tom Williamson (from left), a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Illinois, addressed volunteers Teresa Yi and Robert Bourret on Feb. 20 near Roskam’s Barrington office. Photo provided

8NEWS BRIEF South Barrington names Roman new police chief SOUTH BARRINGTON – South Barrington board members and President Paula McCombie swore in Thomas Roman as the new South Barrington Police Chief on Feb. 19. Chief Roman’s professional experience includes serving as a police chief for Cary, Roselle, and Waubonsee College police

departments. South Barrington Deputy Clerk Linda Hooker said Roman, who will be filling the Thomas Roman vacancy from South Barrington Police Chief Raymond Cordell’s retirement, “has an approachable manner and will be highly

visible in the community as he interacts with the department and works with citizens.” McCombie said Cordell “has done an excellent job making sure the duties of the (police chief) position were covered during the interim.” “All trustees expressed appreciation for his dedicated service to the village,” McCombie said.

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Photography teacher to retire after 33 years J

effrey Dionesotes has taught students how to look through a lens and capture the world around them for 33 years. This year marks the photography teacher’s final year at Barrington High School. Dionesotes recently announced his retirement and spoke with Lake County Suburban Life reporter Kyle Stephans about his love of photography and what he plans to do after teaching.

Stephans: What interests you about photography? Dionesotes: I liked pho-

and it is one of the reasons why it interests me.

tography enough to go back to college and lucky enough to get a job that deals with it. I am glad that you get to do what you want to do with your job. As for specifically photography, I would say that it deals with total manipulation. My mother was a classically trained singer in the church choir when I was a kid and I relate singing with photographs because what takes place in pictures is total manipulation, which takes place in singing as well. That is probably the closest way I can compare to another art

Stephans: What is your favorite memory from teaching? Dionesotes: Well, there is something from every day, week and every hour that happens. My memory is probably less than reliable, and not guaranteed permanent, but currently there are way too many to recount. One reason we photograph is to remember. But new stuff happens in every class that never occurred before. It’s like jazz.

Jeffrey Dionesotes deep in concentration in the library. yet. I’m told I may not miss it until sometime in early autumn. I do know that I will miss the atmosphere when I teach photography at the art studio. The air can become electric with enthusiasm in an art studio class. Many students look forward to the darkroom or the Mac lab as a supposed break from the academic atmosphere in their other courses. The thrill has been each student’s discovery of their own correct answers.

Stephans: Why is it important for students to learn about phoStephans: What are you going tography or take photography to miss most about teaching? classes? Dionesotes: I don’t know Dionesotes: What is import-

ant is for everyone to find the mediums through which they can tell stories about themselves, and possibly release endorphins – whether it’s writing, music, mathematics, event planning or architecture. You name it.

Stephans: What’s your advice for future photography teachers? Dionesotes: Student work

Stephans: What’s your advice for photography students? Dionesotes: Prioritize, heavily; it’s your job to make the teacher be clear. Make a lot of work.

Stephans: What’s your advice for people in general? Dionesotes: Watch where you’re going. And floss, for cryin’ out loud.

is real, not just homework, and it takes its place in the real world of art made by real people. You probably know what your students should be trying to do better than whoever came before you, so make it new.

Stephans: What are you planning to do after your retirement from teaching? Dionesotes: I’m going to

School were nominated for the Good Citizen award. They wrote essays about how someone’s personal heritage can affect their duties to America. Hutton won the Good Citizen award and was given a monetary scholarship. Thirty-nine students from eight local schools were honored during the American History Essay awards ceremony. First place winners were Christina Miller, grade 5, Grove Avenue

Elementary School, Barrington ; Ryan Meyer, grade 6, Wauconda Middle School; Audrey Taillon, grade 7, Station Middle School, Barrington; and Hannah Kirkpatrick, grade 8, Lake Zurich Middle School North. The American History Essay award winners were given a ribbon, certificate, bronze medal, Declaration of Independence booklet and an American flag.

continue to travel and develop film. I have a lot of plans for what I plan to do after I retire.

8NEWS BRIEFS Chess Without Borders raises $6,500

philanthropy. More than 130 chess players competed in the tournament. The BARRINGTON – Chess and group donated almost $100,000 Middle Eastern food united to local and global charities since Saturday to raise $6,500 for Chess it began in 1999. Without Borders at Hough Street Gourmet culinary artists Zein Elementary School in downtown Bertacchi of Barrington Hills and Barrington. international resident Rima Said of All food and chess participation Jordan served homemade Middle proceeds were donated to Chess Eastern Food at the tournament Without Borders, a nonprofit to help students raise funds for Barrington-area chess program charity. that combines education with

Students win essay awards BARRINGTON – The Signal Hill Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted its annual youth awards Feb. 15 at the Barrington United Methodist Church. Nearly 100 people filled the church for the awards ceremony. Seniors Caroline Hutton of Dundee Crown High School and Jena Heck of Wauconda High

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t was a full house at Family Science Night as everyday objects were transformed into science experiments at the Barrington Middle School Prairie campus. Presented by the Barrington Council for the Gifted and Talented, parents and children took part in hands-on science Feb. 20. Science consultant Susan Lenz showed participants how to work collaboratively to build science experiments out of everyday materials, including newspapers, CDs, plastic cups, nails and more. Participants used various real-life science testing processes to create and develop new products of their own. The BarBarrington Middle School seventhrington Council grader Thomas Parrish throws a for the Gifted paper airplane. and Talented is an organization of parents and educators who support gifted education within District 220 by serving as a resource and advocating for gifted students, their families and their faculty. For information, visit www.bcgt.org.

Students use CDs during Thursday’s Family Science Night at the Barrington Middle School Prairie campus.

Barrington Middle School fifth-grader Greta Franke stacks cups.

Students competed in stacking cups.

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Children played games and make crafts with their nannies at the First Class Care National Nanny Recognition Week Party in September 2013. First Class Care, started by a Chicago area mother, helps families find caregivers.

Service provides caregivers, housekeepers By STEPHANIE KOHL editorial@lakecountysuburbanlife.com Following the birth of her now 9-year-old son, Erin Krex began her search to find a nanny. Her search resulted in finding plenty of agencies that were not interested in working with first-time mothers, as well as nannies that were not experienced, certified and did not otherwise meet Krex’s needs. In 2006, Krex, of Glenview founded First Class Care in Northbrook, which specializes in finding nannies, newborn -care specialists, babysitters, housekeepers, personal assistants, house managers and personal chefs for families in the

Chicago area, with a focus on customer service. High placement areas for First Class Care include Barrington, Downtown Chicago, the North Shore and Naperville. Highland Park resident Marcie Foust found herself looking for a nanny three years ago. She had two children in daycare and as a working mother, was finding it difficult to balance everything. Then when the school year started and her daycare was closed for a week, Foust had to rely on a baby sitter to care for her children during the day while she and her husband were at work. That was when she got a glimpse of what it would be like to have a nanny.

So she turned to First Class Care because her husband knew of Krex. “Erin makes it so easy,” Foust said. “She did all the legwork for us in such a short amount of time.” Foust said she was presented with candidates within days, and Krex even followed up on the interviews to make sure the Fousts found the perfect fit for their family. Now with three children, ages 7, 5 and 16 months old, having a nanny has alleviated some of the stress and pressure Foust was under. The Foust’s nanny is not only a caregiver, but also somewhat of a house manager, doing things such as grocery shopping, preparing some meals, occasionally do-

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as vice president of Shaw Media’s Suburban Group PublishDon Bricker has been named ing, will be based in The Herpublisher of The Herald-News ald-News office in Joliet. and the Morris Daily Herald, Shaw Media recently purShaw Media announced Fri- chased The Herald-News from day. Sun-Times Media. The HerShaw Media is the parent ald-News joins other Shaw company of Suburban Life Me- Media publications including dia. the St. Charles-based Kane Bricker, who also serves County Chronicle, The Daily

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Luxe Wearhouse owner curates fashion for customers Prior to LUXE Wearhouse, I owned a successful wholesale apparel showroom in Chicago for eight years. I closed the showroom and teamed up with former employees Annie Lang and Amanda Buckingham to build our concept of the affordable luxury shopping experience that is now LUXE Wearhouse.

SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA DEER PARK – LUXE Wearhouse, a longtime Barrington area retail shop, has recently moved to The Quentin Collection lifestyle center at 20771 N Rand Road in Kildeer. Owner Marcy Sparr talked with Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne about the shop’s new location, merchandise and special deals.

Thorne: How long has LUXE Wearhouse been in the Barrington area? Sparr: LUXE Wearhouse launched in March 2013 at the Deer Park Town Center as a pop-up shop,open only for week-long seasonal shopping events. In September 2013, LUXE Wearhouse moved to The Quentin Collection in Kildeer – a location that I felt was convenient for several communities, including

Thorne: What makes this boutique different from other Photo provided women’s retailers? Sparr: LUXE Wearhouse LUXE Wearhouse is a women’s retail shop, now located in Kildeer and gives women access to an run by employees Annie Lang (left), Amanda Buckingham (right), and affordable luxury shopping owner Marcy Sparr (center). Barrington, where I live with my family.

Thorne: What was your inspiration behind opening LUXE Wearhouse? When and how did the business begin? Sparr: My neighbors, friends and other women in

experience. Customers will find a carefully edited selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags, gifts and home items at up to 75 percent off retail price.

the Barrington community, along with my personal shopping experiences, were my inspiration for LUXE Wearhouse. I recognized a Thorne: Please describe your need for a local boutique with great merchandise, even bet- store hours and online selection, as well as delivery service. ter prices and an enjoyable Sparr: LUXE Wearhouse shopping environment.

is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month; or by appointment. A few of the many services that we offer to our customers are pre-wrapped seasonal gift boxes for sale in store and online, in addition to our delivery services. We will deliver looks to meet your needs right to your front door or send a box of goods to you to peruse on your own time.

Thorne: Any special plans for the future? We are excited about our new start and hope to grow with the community, offering more services that benefit our customers’ needs. We also plan to continue our mini- pop-up shopping events in other areas and cities and are hopeful that someday customers can shop LUXE Wearhouse across the country.

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“Many people overdose the first time they use it.” Lake County State’s Attorney to counter the effects of opiate overdose, in police squad cars throughout the county within the next month. The 60-member initiative is made up of chiefs of police, fire chiefs, local and federal government members, faith leaders, area hospital representatives, school district representatives and families affected by heroin abuse. “It’s a nice cross-section of courts and treatment providers,” Nerheim said. “We have all these groups working on the issue from their own perspective. Our strength is our diversity. This is a model you don’t see in a lot of in other counties.” Sullivan is part of the initiative, representing the enforcement group. “We meet every month as a think tank to come together

with resources and figure out solutions to prevent and treat heroin and opiate abuse,” Sullivan said. Opiate abuse is considered part of the problem because when abused, synthetic opiates and painkillers are “basically a legit form of heroin,” Sullivan said. Every town in Lake County has a drug issue, Sullivan said, adding its important for county residents to educate themselves about what’s going on in their community. “There’s heroin in Round Lake, Gurnee, Waukegan, North Chicago,” he said. Some areas with more gang activity, like Round Lake, Zion, Waukegan and North Chicago, have more incidents of drug trafficking, he said. “In less than 10 years, heroin

Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Investigations Unit, Waukegan Police Department Narcotics Unit, a Round Lake Beach unit and federal agencies, which makes it hard to give a total number of heroin-related arrests for the county, Sullivan said. It’s also hard to place a number on trafficking operations, because some suspects drive to Cook County to pick up the illegal substance. “If a local agency has a [drugor gang-related] case, they turn it over to us,” Sullivan said. “We’re a great resource – all the state’s resources for the cost of one person.” Typically, agencies like Gurnee Police Department, decide to assign an undercover officer to Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group rather than paying outright for services, Sullivan said. “Gurnee Police Department is a strong supporter of

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Mike Nerheim LAKE COUNTY -- The most recent heroin overdose deaths in Lake County occurred Feb. 13 in Lake Zurich and Feb. 14 in Waukegan, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Lake County, like counties across the country, is not immune to drug problems; but heroin is receiving a lot of attention due to the high number of overdoses in recent years, said Chris Sullivan, director of Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group – a law enforcement agency that handles local heroin cases. “More people have died of heroin overdose than in car accidents [in Lake County],” said Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim. That’s why Nerheim helped form the Lake County Heroin and Opiate Abuse and Overdose Prevention Initiative. The initiative is discussing placing Naloxone, a drug used

has become a bigger problem in Lake County because it’s more accepted than ever by younger generations,” Sullivan said. Traditionally seen as a dirty needle drug, heroin is now available in an extremely pure form, Sullivan said. In 2013, there were 24 overdose deaths involving heroin, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. In 2012, there were 1,576 overdoses without death. “Because it’s so pure, it doesn’t have to be injected,” Nerheim said. “It can be snorted or smoked, and we’re seeing younger people mixing it with marijuana. Many people overdose the first time they use it.” Sullivan said the problem extends beyond the borders of Lake County. “Chicago is a major distribution center for heroin, brought by plane, train or boat from South America,” Sullivan said. In Lake County, heroin arrests are handled through the Lake County MEG, the

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Special needs nonprofit to host fundraiser By STEPHANIE KOHL

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editorial@lakecountysuburbanlife.com BARRINGTON – Searching for activities tailored to his special needs son, David Holt and other Barrington-area residents founded Barrington Area Special Voices. Holt’s 11-year-old son Sean Holt has autism and playing team sports isn’t his strength. But, with BASV’s Kids in Action open gym event, Sean gets to play with his peers and siblings Patrick Holt, a sophomore at Barrington High School, and Megan Holt, a seventh grader at Barrington Middle School-Station. BASV will host its annual fundraising event Shamrock Shindig on March 8 at McGonigals Pub. BASV was founded in 2007 to fill a need within the Barrington community, David Holt said. The nonprofit is run by a group of volunteers and serves about 200 families. The organization is largely activities based, providing children with special needs an opportunity to get out and have fun with their peers, siblings and family, and offers adults a chance to net-

When: 7 to 9 p.m. March 8 Where: McGonigals Pub, 105 S. Cook St., Barrington Cost: Tickets are $40 for BASV members and $45 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at www.basv.info. Information:This St. Patrick’s Day celebration is a BASV fundraiser and features karaoke, DJ, live and silent auctions, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and friends.

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Board members David Holt (left) and Sean Carey present Barrington High School graduate Brittany Johns with the 2013 Barrington Area Special Voices scholarship award for best applicant going into undergraduate special education. work with others in a similar situation. “The BASV families are accepting,” Holt said. “They just get it. It’s a fun place, but it’s safe and exciting for my son.” In addition to open gym nights, the organization also hosts several events through-

out the year including a fall hayride, allergen-free trick-ortreating night, Santa night and more. Holt loves that all of his children can participate in the BASV events together and his older children have benefited from it.

Grayslake senator seeks to improve business retention SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA GRAYSLAKE – State Senator Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, passed a proposal out of the Senate State Government Committee yesterday that seeks to improve business retention in Illinois counties that border other states. As a lifelong resident of a border community, Bush knows all too well about the business-poaching practices of the states surrounding Illinois. Her new bill will work to improve the economic conditions of Illinois border communities, keeping them competitive with the states that they border.

“We need to review our policies to ensure the best possible outcomes for businesses retention in border communities.” Melinda Bush State senator, D-Grayslake

“We need to review our policies to ensure the best possible outcomes for businesses retention in border communities,” Bush said. Bush’s bill, Senate Bill 2640, tasks the recently formed Illinois Business De-

velopment Council with assessing the economic development practices of border communities. After a comprehensive review, the council – made up of representatives from the public and private sector – will provide recommendations and best practices to Illinois border counties for business retention, attraction, incentives and economic development. “The Illinois Business Development Council will be uniquely suited to provide sound business advice to border counties,” Bush said. “I believe the practices they recommend will go a long way toward keeping our communities competitive.”

“They have nurtured their compassion having a brother with special needs,” Holt said. While the kids are having fun, the parents are getting to know each other as well. They’ve often worked together to educate people on children with special needs so they are more accepted. The nonprofit provides everything to families for free, up until this past January when it began to charge a $35 fee per family. It relies on donations to provide the events. Contributors to Barrington Area Special Voices

include the Barrington Area Development Council, Barrington Area Community Foundation, Barrington Children’s’ Charities, Junior Women’s Club, Barrington Noon Rotary and numerous local churches. Events are really tailored to the needs of the families and the organization is constantly adding events. “It’s wonderful because I can see his differences as charming,” Holt said of watching his son at the events. “Some people might look at the things he can’t do, but I look at how happy he is doing the things he can do.” Just as the organization is run by volunteers, so are all of the events and Barrington Area Special Voices is always looking for volunteers. Barrington resident Jennifer Garrels is one of the founders of BASV and often volunteers at events. “It’s one of the great things about the organization, going and seeing the happiness on these families faces,” Garrels said. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Holt at holtbarrington@aol.com or by visiting www.basv.info.

Hospital plans blood drive SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA BARRINGTON – Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Prairie Room of the hospital, at 450 West Highway 22 in Barrington. About 4.5 million patients need a blood transfusion each year, and one out of every seven patients that enter a hospital will need a blood transfusion. Eighty percent of Americans will need blood by age 75. Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to give back to others. There is a great need out there for people donating blood. Not only is donating blood easy, but donating blood is also extremely safe. There are no health risks for donating blood and the phlebotomists ensure comfort throughout the donating process. After donating, each volun-

teer will receive some sort of drink, usually high in sugar, and a snack. Since blood is 97 percent water, it is extremely important to drink a lot of water before and after donating blood. “Every three seconds, someone in America needs blood. Many people aren’t aware that a single donation can help up to five patients.” said Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital pathologist, Oliver Kim, MD. “The need for blood always exceeds the available supply, so please consider donating.” Anyone older than 16 and more than 110 pounds is able to donate. Contact the Life Source Medical Help Desk at 847-8037921 for information Good Shepherd hospital supports local blood drives throughout the year. Appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment, contact Life Source at 877-543-3768 or visit www.lifesource.org.


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To purchase tickets, tables, or VIP tables for the 2014 “I Have a Voice” Gala, visit www.gigisplayhouse. org/gala or contact events manager Sarah Rickaby at 847-278-8509 or at srickaby@gigisplayhouse.org.

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GiGi University, an adult sector of GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, launched its Hugs & Mugs internship learning program this year. The GiGi’s Playhouse “I Have a Voice” Chicagoland Regional Gala, one of the organization’s largest annual fundraisers, will be March 1 in Oakbrook Terrace . drome diagnosis. If you believe in a kinder and more accepting world, and believe in helping others, GiGi’s Playhouse is a place for you.” Donations to the silent and live auctions and “fund a need”

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emcee Rob Johnson of CBS 2 News. Activities will include a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, advocate speeches, a silent auction, live auction, wine auction, dancing to the sounds of the 7th Heaven party

band, and more. The gala provides individuals with Down syndrome the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and show the world how much they can accomplish. Unique from other nonprofits, simultaneous gala events will take place in multiple locations nationwide to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and their families across the country. Combining all gala events, GiGi’s Playhouse expects to host 6,000 families and supporters. New to the 2014 gala will be VIP tables with luxury food and beverage experiences including surf and turf, tableside liquor service and specialty martinis.

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HOFFMAN ESTATES – In the last year, GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers built the new National Achievement Center, launched the GiGi University and Hugs & Mugs adult learning programs, opened the Hugs & Mugs storefront and opened four new Playhouses including one in Mexico. GiGi’s Playhouse will celebrate these milestones and the achievements of children and adults with Down syndrome at the 2014 “I Have a Voice” Chicagoland Regional Gala, which takes place March 1 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. “Our participants continue to change the way people view Down syndrome through their amazing self-confidence, skills and talents and, of course, their great dance moves,” South Barrington mom and GiGi’s Playhouse founder Nancy Gianni said. “Helping children and adults at GiGi’s Playhouse extends beyond the Down syn-

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‘CATS’ THE MUSICAL WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27; 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2 WHERE: Barrington High School, 616 W Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Barrington High School student performers will present their production of the musical “Cats,” based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot, with music by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Adult tickets are $13, students are $8, senior citizens are admitted free. For tickets or information, visit www.bhsinearts.org.

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WHEN: 5:45 and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1; 7 p.m. Sunday, March 2, through Thursday, March 6 WHERE: Catlow Theater, 116 W. Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Tickets are $5. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and rated PG-13, a world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades earlier. For information, call 847-381-0777.

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WHEN: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1 WHERE: The Garlands, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington COST & INFO: Barrington High School students will host their second annual Hope’s in Style fashion show fundraiser to beneit families in need in Guatemala. Volunteers will use the donations to build homes in Guatemala in August. Tickets are $20 for students, $35 for adults. For information, visit www.hopesinstyle.com.

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WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 WHERE: The Garlands, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington COST & INFO: Learn how Chicago was once the candy capital of America, producing about one-third of the nation’s candy. Barrington Area Library speaker Lesli Goddard will trace the history of major candy brands and products like Brach, Wrigley, Tootsie Rolls, Frango Mints and more. This is a free event. Registration is required. For information, call the library at 847-382-1300.


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Citizens for Conservation will offer a Leave No Child Inside preschool camp in June.

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Accelerated Rehab Physical Therapist Stephanie Lamug demonstrates a head maneuver for patients experiencing dizziness associated with inner ear (vestibular) dysfunction.

“ … Most patients say it’s irritating that their condition goes unnoticed by others. They’re suffering, but it can’t be seen on the outside.” Stephanie Lemug physical therapist

“I always tell my patients the dizziness will get worse before it gets better,” Lemug said. But it does get better, said Lemug’s vestibular patient, Priscilla Rose of Barrington. Rose experienced dizziness upon getting in and out of bed. “I tried everything I could at home,” Rose said. “I even tried watching YouTube videos to treat myself, but then I saw Stephanie for two therapy sessions about a year ago and have not had dizziness since.” Lemug said more severe vestibular issues take four weeks of treatment and an average appointment lasts 30 minutes for those with mild symptoms. According to the Portland Clinic, vestibular dizziness can range from a mild feeling of being off balance to overwhelming sensations of spinning, nausea and unsteadiness, which can interfere profoundly with everyday

life. Physical therapy is the recommended treatment, as well at at-home exercises. Lemug said there are universal complaints among her vestibular patients when they first seek treatment. “People are too dizzy to walk, let alone work. Some have ear pain or experience

ringing or fullness in the ears. Others have heaviness on one side of their head,” Lemug said. “But most patients say it’s irritating that their condition goes unnoticed by others. They’re suffering, but it can’t be seen on the outside.” Accelerated Rehab offers free injury screening to anyone who feels that they are in need of physical therapy treatment. Vestibular treatments must be prescribed by a doctor, Lemug said. Lemug said once prescribed, her patients receive their first-time treatment on the same day as their initial consultation and insurance has covered most treatments.

BARRINGTON – Citizens for Conservation’s youth education department is offering a Leave No Child Inside summer preschool camp for children ages 4 and 5. Camp will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., June 9 through 13. Children will be able to work with nature activity books, hike prairies and woodlands, enjoy outdoor story time, play games and make crafts. Camp is held rain or shine. Children are asked to dress for the weather, wear closedtoe shoes, apply bug spray at home and bring their own beverage and snack to camp. Camp fees are $100 for Citizens for Conservation members; $150 for nonmembers. Registration is now open. Space is limited. Call 847-3827283 or visit www.citizensforconservation.org/youth-education/ for information.

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BARRINGTON – Winter aches and pains are nothing new to snow trudging Chicago area residents. Dizziness can be rehabilitating, and experts have said it all starts in the ear. Treating a broad range of patients with different physical ailments, eight-year Barrington Accelerated Rehab Physical Therapist Stephanie Lemug often focuses on clients with vestibular or inner ear issues. “Vestibular issues affect people’s balance,” Lemug said. “My patients often have decreased confidence when leaving their homes or driving.” Lemug said she treats a lot of positional vertigo cases, with clients ranging in age from 18 to 95. “They know they have vertigo because they notice the room spinning,” Lemug said. She said most vestibular associated dizziness can be alleviated right away, in one to two physical therapy sessions. Treatment is not medication, Lemug said, but rather a series of head positioning sequences or maneuvers. Facility Manager Denise Smith said winter is a common time for vestibular issues due to colds and flus. Lemug agreed, stating the bulk of her patients were treated in December. According to the National Institutes of Health, inner ear issues can affect all areas of everyday life, including vision and balance. People can develop inner ear issues after catching a cold, sustaining a head injury, having a stroke or contracting another generative medical condition. Lemug said most of her vestibular patients understand that their balance issues are caused by inner ear carbonate, or crystals, settling in the wrong areas of the ear. “The carbonate is enclosed in a fluid-filled ear canal,” Lemug said. “So, it’s gravity dependent and that’s why we work head maneuvers.” Lemug said treatment is not painful, but it will cause dizziness in order to cure the problem.

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Karma Kombucha, a locally made Chinese tea, may have health benefits By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com MUNDELEIN – Conscious Mind Products owner Susan Fink transformed her at-home hobby into a full-blown, labor intensive business. Fink founded Karma Kombucha (kum-booch-uh), an organic, fair trade, fermented tea product in 2010, before moving her productions to her Mundelein brewing facility at 401 Washington Blvd. a year later. There, thousands of gallons of tea are brewed, sent through lab testing, hand-bottled, and packed into hundreds of cases. Kombucha has a 2,000 year history and three main benefits – boosting the immune system with wild yeast, slowing down a blood sugar spike with organic acids and aiding digestion with probiotics, Fink said. Karma Kombucha drinks are delivered to national distributors as far away as Ames, Iowa, or as close as Barrington. “It’s a very manual process,” Fink said. “I manage all aspects of the business – deliveries, accounting, brewing, sanitation, [among other duties].” Fink said it takes her 22 hours – or two days and 1,600 glass bottles – to pack a batch of tea for shipment. Majoring in Food Science at the University of Wisconsin and working a career in

the commercial food industry, 50-year-old Fink had always had a strong interest in food and the culinary business. Fink said her at-home kombucha brewing started as a 1-gallon operation and sparetime hobby, until it became her ultimate passion. “I realized folks 45 to 65 years old need to eat to live, not live to eat,” Fink said. The Karma Kombucha brewing facility was up and running in Mundelein in February 2011 after Fink worked to strip down the building’s old warehouse and create an eco-friendly lab of sorts. Stepping into the brewing facility, a “creative kitchen” is home to several school-recycled science lab tables and Fink’s entire production space is equipped with an alternating lighting system, skylights, and more. Fink said nearly everything she uses is recyclable, taking just one bag of trash out every five to six weeks. This lack of trash relates to the time it takes for kombucha to ferment, Fink explained. Fink and her Karma Kombucha “chief tranquility officer,” or business assistant, Michelle Dziaba, spend their days scientifically testing the pH levels of each fermenting kombucha batch – a fermentation process that takes anywhere from 14 to 33 days. “The kombucha rules,”

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Conscious Mind Products Owner Susan Fink (left) prepares a kombucha tasting with her assistant, Michelle Dziaba, at their tea brewing factory in Mundelein. Fink said. “It knows when it’s ready.” Karma Kombucha is made with two simple ingredients – organic tea and organic sugar, Dziaba said, explaining the tea is sourced from Arbor Teas in Ann Arbor, Mich., and most of the drink’s flavor

is derived from the dried fruit and spices of the tea itself. “Other kombucha companies will dilute their drinks with water or fruit juice,” Dziaba said. “We don’t do that.” Additionally, Karma Kombucha teas are not pasteur-

ized. Each Karma Kombucha drink is made with filtered water and grown from probiotic cultures that have been preserved over many generations; many batches of fermented tea, Fink said.

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Karma Kombucha comes in seven flavors: Ginger Orange, Orchard Peach, Mixed Berry, Pineapple Passion, Enchantment, Masala Chai and Origins. It’s made with just organic tea and sugar. The line is sold throughout Lake County.

• TEA Continued from page 18 The kombucha making process begins with heating a 200-gallon brew tank of purified water to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, Fink adds sugar and tea and steeps the mixture at 180 degrees for 30 minutes before chilling the kombucha to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The kombucha is final-

• ATHLETE Continued from page 3 replacement pair, he would still like to hit the $20,000 mark. “We’ve been working on doing an extended video,” Chung said. “I know the family will need more money to cover medical expenses.” Cohran, a wrestler and defensive tackle for the Schaumburg High School football team, said his new feet do help him dribble a lot better in basketball – a sport he plays in his free time with friends, and Dorame said it’s very rewarding to watch her son enjoy sports. Cohran said he would like to wrestle in college, hopefully

• HEROIN Continued from page 13 Lake County MEG,” he said. “They’ve always been a member, and as one of the largest communities in Lake County, they were a community that even when manpower was low and financial times were hard,

ly transported to a fermentation tank where it sits for more than two weeks, forming a large, floating microorganism. Fink explained the mushroom-shaped microorganism is made of cellulose and grows rapidly – up to two to 3 inches and 50 pounds total. “It’s very heavy to remove,” Fink said. Fink has now brewed 35 batches of kombucha, or 56,000 bottles.

on a scholarship. The new feet, which permanently lock into his prosthetic legs, should last throughout high school, Dorame was told, but the mother said it’s frustrating to know Cohran will receive a “very standard replacement pair,” as provided by insurance, when the time comes to retire the now-bouncy athletic feet. Cohran removes his legs to play football and wrestle, but said a lighter, running apparatus would allow him to join track and field and play basketball at a more competitive level, with more speed. For information, visit www. gofundme.com/getsabikonhisfeet.

the Chief stuck it out.” Nerheim said Gurnee’s unique location off I-94 and Route 41, with major retailers situated close to the highway, makes it a convenient location for drug traffickers. For information on the initiative, contact the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office at 847-377-3000.

Once bottled, a kombucha drink might contain clear or brownish microorganisms, which the Karma Kombucha brew team said could always be strained out at home but is harmless to drink and rich in probiotics and antioxidants. Fink, who suggests drinking 4 to 8 ounces of kombucha each day (no more than 16 ounces), said she will continue to follow her motto of “anything is possible.” The brew master already

has completed an iron man competition in her lifetime and her 96-year-old mother, Virginia, who lives on her own and has survived cancer, drinks kombucha daily. Fink said kombucha is relatively low in caffeine with about 45 to 50 milligrams per bottle. Using organic-only sanitizing solutions and improving Karma Kombucha quality over time, Fink said she is very proud of her operations – having already landed distribution deals with major area grocers like Mariano’s and Heinen’s.

Kumbucha is believed to have originated in Northeast China and later spread to Russia sometime before 1910 and the greater world shortly thereafter. There is little health research proving kumbucha’s benefits, but doctors have said since kombucha is fermented like yogurt, it may in fact contain beneficial bacteria. The Karma Kombucha website (http://www.karmaboocha.com/) lists many recipes for kombucha drinks – anything from vinaigrette to cookies, cake and lemon sorbets.

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LEFT: A mushroom-like microorganism forms atop a 200-gallon batch of kombucha tea at the Karma Kombucha facility in Mundelein. FAR RIGHT: Rolls of labels sit idle. Karma Kombucha founder Susan Fink spends 22 hours bottling and labeling 1,600 fermented tea bottles per batch.


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Preparation is the key to interview success Did you watch the Olympics? If you were like me and my family, we were blow away by the talent and guts of the athletes at Sochi. The flips, twists and speed achieved from years and years of practice on ice and snow were just incredible. And just like those athletes didn’t just show up on the day of their event, you too should put thought and effort into preparing for your important event – your job interview.

YOUR CAREER Jennifer Harris company, don’t expect them to express an interest in you. In a survey of 2000 bosses, 47 percent said “having little or no knowledge of the company is the most common mistake job seekers make during interviews.”

Have questions Do research It’s critical that you invest the time to learn about a potential employer. The best place to start is the web. The Company’s home page will usually contain ‘history’ or ‘about us’ information. Facebook and Twitter are also great places to check a company’s recent activity. You don’t have to memorize this information, but it is critical you educate yourself. If you don’t express an interest in the

The worst – and I mean worst – thing you can do is to not ask any questions during your interview. This is when it will be obvious if you did any research. It will absolutely show in the quality of your questions. If you are meeting with more than one person, it is OK to ask a few of the same questions to each, but you should tailor your questions to the interviewer’s position. General questions about the company are good for human

resources, while questions concerning actual job duties are great for the hiring manager. It is acceptable to have your questions written down in a notebook or portfolio. But you also want to be spontaneous. At some point, someone should say something you would like to know more about, and it’s a great time to ask. For example, if an interviewer speaks about a current project or strategy, you could pose a question like, “Could you tell me more about the online marketing plan you mentioned?” It not only demonstrates your ability to think on your feet, but that you have been attentive and focused during the interview. That is what a hiring manager is looking for and what will most likely set you apart from other candidates.

Look your best I always have this conversation with any of my candidates, whether they are

entry level or have been in the workforce for 20 years. It may sound simple, but I can’t tell you how many people fail to physically prepare themselves for an interview. Even though today’s corporate dress code is much more relaxed, interviews still require a suit. Think black, gray, or blue. Be careful of new or ill-fitting clothes as it may make you fidget unintentionally. Even though oversized accessories are trendy, they can also be distracting. Unless you are interviewing for a job in the fashion industry, let your skills and abilities stand out, not your clothes.

is ok to smile and be gracious. Make eye contact. Although it sounds simple, for some it is very difficult. Practice if you have a hard time. If you only take one thing away from all of this, leave your cellphone in the car. Do not put it on silent or vibrate, do not bring it into your interview. I have seen all types of professionals lose opportunities because they answered a call or texted during an interview. Even though job interviewing does not qualify as an Olympic event, it is still a competition. With preparation and effort, you can be the one who wins a new job.

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

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Loss ends boys’ basketball regular season Other BHS sports strong, as swimmers head to state, gymnasts finish fourth By ANDY SCHMIDT Barrington Suburban Life Contributor BARRINGTON – Coming into Friday’s Mid-Suburban League West Division game with Fremd, it was known to Barrington’s boys’ basketball team that had a tall task ahead of them. The Vikings came into the game undefeated on the season and were looking to finish off a perfect regular season. The Broncos made it interesting in the opening minutes, but couldn’t keep up in the end – losing 52-30. The loss dropped Barrington to 10-17 overall and 3-7 in the MSL West. It looked promising in the first few minutes as Austin Madrzyk and Zach Bart each hit 3-pointers to give Barrington a 8-4 lead.

After the opening burst however, it was all Fremd as the Vikings scored 10 straight points and had a 36-18 lead by halftime. Nothing was falling for the Broncos after the first quarter as the team scored just 17 points in the final three quarters after putting up 13 in the first eight minutes and managed to hit just 10 shots for the entire game. Madrzyk led Barrington with seven points while Chris Lester and Tristen Becker each had six points off the bench. The Broncos finish the regular season March 3 against Rolling Meadows and will next play Monday in the Libertyville Regional. Barrington is the No. 14 seed and will take on No. 18 seed

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Buffalo Grove at 6 p.m. with the winner facing third-seeded Lake Forest at 6 p.m. the following night looking to advance to the regional final. If the Broncos can pull off two wins, they would play for the regional title at 7 p.m.

March 7. There were more positive things that happened with the Barrington athletic program, however, during the weekend. The boys’ swimming team won the Stevenson Sectional Saturday and will send several swimmers to the state meet Feb. 28 and March 1 at Evanston. The team’s 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay, led by seniors Sam Miseyka and Sebastian Piekarski, each won their races to advance. The 50 freestyle saw Miseyka and Piekarski tie for first place as well to advance. Freshman Mitch Gavars finished second in the 500 freestyle to move on while Miseyka added a win in the 100 breaststroke and will be joined by Connor Kobida who finished fourth. Colin O’Leary finished second in the 100 backstroke to move on to the state meet with his teammates. Piekarski

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added a win in the 100 freestyle while O’Leary finished second in the 100 butterfly to complete a successful day for the Broncos in the pool. The success of Barrington wasn’t limited to the boys on Saturday as the girls gymnastics team finished fourth at the state meet. Abby Hasanov tied for the state title on the uneven bars while finishing fourth in the floor exercise. Hasanov added a fifth-place medal in the all-around Friday at Palatine. Brooke Morgan added a fifth-place finish on the vault to help the Fillies finish with their impressive showing. In wrestling news, Mitch Stathakis finished sixth at 106 pounds at the Class 3A state wrestling meet. Stathakis lost his semifinal wrestleback and then fell in the fifth place match 5-2 to Marist’s Jimmy McAuliffe on Saturday.

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‘Gypsy’ homes in on ruthless ambition

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CHICAGO – Chicago Shakespeare Theater is providing Stephen Sondheim fans with a double treat. Its mainstage through March 23 is hosting a production of “Gypsy,” and its upstairs theater will present “Road Show” from March 13 through May 4. The former features lyrics by Sondheim and the latter the artist’s music and lyrics. And both musicals are directed by Gary Griffin. “Gypsy,” based on a book by Arthur Laurents and with music by Jule Styne, was inspired by the memoirs of noted burlesque artiste Gypsy Rose Lee. This 1959 Broadway classic, set in the early1920s, follows the world’s ultimate stage mother as she relentlessly pursues the limelight of stardom through her two daughters. Louise Pitre, a newcomer to the Chicago Shakespeare stage, makes a formidable Rose, whose domineering relationship with her two girls puts her on a crash course to personal disappointment. Vaudeville’s impending demise doesn’t help matters for Rose’s ambitions, nor do the corny, tired song-and-dance

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‘Gypsy’ Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago When: Through March 23 Tickets: $48-$88 Info: Call 312-595-5600 or visit www.chicagoshakes.com

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Louise Pitre and Keith Kupferer in a scene from “Gypsy” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. routines that are her fallback acts for her children, Baby June (Erin Burniston) and Louise (Jessica Rush). Rose’s single-minded pursuit also sidetracks her relationship with Herbie (Keith Kupferer), a talent agent whose infinite patience gets put to the test.

“Gypsy” is filled with inspired numbers, including “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Some People” and “Let Me Entertain You.” The show gets an added boost from the talents of John Reeger, playing multiple supporting roles; Barbara E.

Robertson, uproarious as aging stripper Tessie Tura who is paired with Molly Callinan and Rengin Altay (“You Gotta Get a Gimmick”); and several adorable child actors, including two who play younger versions of June and Louise. Kevin Depinet’s fluid scenic

design results in seamless transitions, while Virgil C. Johnson’s inspired costumes add luster to the production. Rick Fox and Mitzi Hamilton, meanwhile, respectively provide snappy musical direction and choreography. The forthcoming “Road Show” is based on the true story of the colorful, charismatic Mizner brothers and recounts their adventures from the onset of the 20th century during the Alaskan Gold rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1920s. Michael Aaron Lindner will star as the ambitious Addison Mizner and Andrew Rothenberg as his squandering brother Wilson Mizner. “Road Show” was previously titled “Bounce,” and before that “Wise Guys” and “Gold!”

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Liz Luby Chepell Everyone who entered our last mystery photo contest was correct in guessing that the bright lights photo was taken in the new Youth Services Department at the Barrington Area Library. Visit 365Barrington.com/mystery to see the reveal photo and

find out whose name we drew as our winner. Our mystery photo contest rules are simple. Just enter your guess at 365Barrington.com/mystery. If your answer is correct, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win the prize of the week, which is somehow linked to the place where we took the picture. The winner is announced when we reveal the photo’s location and introduce our next mystery photo. Good luck! And be sure to

pay attention to the sights you see around town. It’s the little details that could be on display the next time we ask Guess Where, Barrington?.

Liz Luby Chepell publishes 365Barrington.com, a website promoting people, places and events in Barrington. She is providing weekly content from her website to Barrington Life as part of a partnership with Shaw Media. She can be reached at liz@365barrington.com.

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