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Carol Calabresa (from left), vice chairman of the Lake County Board, Constance Palas, of Gurnee, director of outreach for Sen. Mark Kirk, and Mike Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney, discuss policy, legislative and legal issues during the Lake County Opiate Initiative meeting at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

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cy assistance. Funding for the naloxone kits could come from drug asset seizure funds, which is money seized from drug dealers that comes back to municipalities involved in the arrests, Rose said, adding that it seems fitting. Calabresa said the board is also looking into funding from


grants and donations. Calabresa said law enforcement is eager to have the kits in squad cars by next month, but that could be delayed by the timing of legislation in Springfield and depends on how quickly police training can be completed. If the resolution passes, nine pilot community police departments including Mundelein, Round Lake and Grayslake are interested in training to use the naloxone kits, Rose said. Kevin Kaminski of Ingleside, chair of Heroin Anonymous support groups in Round Lake, Antioch and Libertyville, said

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he sees mostly 17- to 28-year olds in Heroin Anonymous and has attended more than 20 funerals of young people lost to heroin in the last two years. “That’s what keeps me going [with community outreach] – we’re losing our youth,” Kaminski said. “Kids in our area are dying.” Margaret Polovchak, market development manager for OMNI Youth Services in Buffalo Grove, co-chairs the initiative’s education and awareness committee. She said many people don’t understand that heroin abuse often starts with abus-

8ON THE COVER Models take the runway Saturday at the Hope’s in Style fashion show at The Garlands of Barrington. Jeff Krage – For Shaw Media


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Addressing heroin overdose is at the top of the Lake County Opiate Initiative’s priority list. The organization, which formed eight months ago, brought together Lake County leaders Feb. 27 to discuss a resolution that would place naloxone - commonly known by the brand name Narcan – in police squad cars throughout Lake County. Naloxone counters the effects of a heroin overdose and can be administered through a nasal spray or injection into a muscle. Ray Rose, Lake County undersheriff and chair of the initiative’s public safety committee, said carrying naloxone in squad cars is a “piece in the puzzle” of fighting the life-threatening effects of heroin. “In many instances, such as a traffic stop where someone’s rushing a person who’s overdosing to the hospital, having that tool could help us save lives,” Rose said. Police often arrive to a scene before first responders and ambulances, he said. Rose said the Lake County Board is working to put a resolution in place to support placing naloxone kits in police cars, and ensure both police officers and Lake County residents will be legally protected. Lake County Board Vice Chair Carol Calabresa said barriers to instituting the policy are “clarification of the Good Samaritan law, training of police officers and sheriff’s officers and funding.” Illinois’ Good Samaritan law grants legal immunity to witnesses and victims of drug overdose if they seek emergen-

ing prescription opiates, and that there are misconceptions of what a heroin user looks like. “They aren’t shooting up in an alley anymore,” Polovchak said. Lisa Bloom, outreach coordinator for Gateway Foundation in Lake Villa, is on the initiative’s prevention committee. She said Gateway Foundation’s Young Men’s Bridge program for 18- to 23-year olds has grown in numbers in recent years, and is the largest program they have right now with 28 clients receiving assistance for substance abuse treatment and the transition into adulthood. The Lake County Health Department surveyed 250 health care providers on what treatment is available for heroin addiction, relating to mental health illness or chemical dependency. After the data is reported in June, it will help the initiative evaluate treatment capabilities now and in the future, said Dr. Ted Testa, director of behavioral health services for the Lake County Health Department. Lake County Opiate Initiative decided on an official name and motto and announced plans for a public forum on heroin and opiate abuse in Lake County at the meeting. “It’s time for us to step up and let the public know what we’re doing,” Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim told the group made up of representatives from the Lake County Board, Lake County Health Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and police departments, recovery and prevention agencies and residents affected by opiate abuse. “Our next big thing will be


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Facing his fears • Thursday, March 6, 2014



Heart condition diagnosis helps policeman overcome fear of doctors By STEPHANIE KOHL BARRINGTON – Sgt. John Thibault of the Wauconda Police Department used to avoid going to the doctor. But that all changed after he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, also known as A-fib. According to the American Heart Association, A-fib affects nearly 3 million Americans. The disorder occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions. Instead of a normal electrical signal prompting muscles in both chambers of the heart to work uniformly, rogue heart cells generate additional signals. This causes the heart muscles to contract at different times. Thibault decided to share his experience with others in a Youtube video, which can be viewed at watch?v=rndEHXQuriU. Before the diagnosis, Thibault thought he had a nagging chest cold. After he thought the chest cold had cleared, he felt a palpitation, or flutter, in his chest and felt something “wasn’t right,” he said. Being a “typical guy” he waited a few weeks for the feelings to go away, he said. But his symptoms persisted, and a conversation with co-worker Sgt. Ted Hennessy led him to finally make an appointment with his doctor. “When I started mentioning I was having these issues [Hennessy] said I better go to the doctor,” Thibault said. “He said, ‘Go to the doctor because if you die,

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Dr. Mehran Jabbarzadeh meets with John Thibault on Feb. 26 at the Cardiac Care Center at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. I have to do this on my own.’ ” Although the comment was made in jest, it stuck with Thibault, who has two daughters at home, 13-year-old Samantha and 12-year-old Alyia. With no family history or previous heart issues, Thibault was hesitant to think anything serious could be wrong. He was a regular jogger and was not experiencing

shortness of breath or anything other than palpitations. But, he made an appointment, which led to the diagnosis of A-fib. Despite adjustments in medication, the doctor was unable to suppress the heart rhythm disorder. “It’s scary though because I later learned with heart rhythm problems, if I didn’t do anything, I could start

having blood clots or possibly a stroke,” Thibault said. Thibault was referred to specialist Dr. Mehran Jabbarzadeh, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. “Although atrial fibrillation itself usually isn’t life threatening, it is a serious medical condition that sometimes requires emergency treatment, and we

didn’t want that to happen to John,” Jabbarzadeh said. So the two began talking about a catheter ablation procedure, which can be done using either heat or cold, with the freezing procedure being the newer of the two. They decided on the freezing procedure. “It is a faster procedure with slightly less procedural complications, with the same results,” Jabbarzadeh said. The procedure was conducted in April 2012, with Thibault spending just one night in the hospital. He was back to work within a few days and jogging three weeks later. Four months after the procedure he ran 5.1 miles in a torch run for the Special Olympics. “I’m not exactly 22 or 23 years old anymore,” Thibault said, adding at that age, there is a sense of invincibility. “I’m getting older. I want to make sure the system is going to work as long as it can. You only get one heart.” Because of his experience with Jabbarzadeh, Thibault said, “I’m not afraid to go to the doctor anymore.” Following the procedure, Thibault had to go for follow-ups every six months and is doing well. Jabbarzadeh said A-fib is the most common heart rhythm problem in the United States. Lots of times, it is unknown what causes A-fib in people – like in Thibault’s case – but common causes are sleep apnea, untreated high blood pressure, obesity, a genetic predisposition or structural heart disease.

Tip Top Tap shut down for lack of liquor license In a public hearing Tuesday, Tip Top Tap and neighboring Ciao Baby restaurant BARRINGTON – Tip Top owner Bill Tarsitano testified Tap, a tavern that opened in in front of village officials. downtown Barrington last Tarsitano was found to summer, has been temporarily have been serving alcohol shut down by village officials without a state liquor license. due to a lack of a state liquor The tavern was fined $1,000 license. and placed on a 15-day suspen-


sion order, Village President Karen Darch said. Darch said village officials awarded Tarsitano a local liquor license in 2013, with the understanding that Tip Top Tap had also applied for a state liquor license. Tarsitano said the liquor code violation was a matter of

miscommunication, explaining that village officials had often told him that his establishment’s exact address on Cook Street would be changing. Barrington police officers, who visited the tavern undercover Feb. 20, testified at Tuesday’s hearing as being served beer, Darch said.

Darch said the village has not had any previous liquor code violation trouble with Tarsitano’s businesses. Another public hearing could be scheduled if the tavern is unable to obtain a state liquor license within the 15day suspension period, she said.


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Ryan Horak walks the runway during Saturday’s Hope’s in Style fashion show at The Garlands of Barrington.

walking the catwalk for

CHARITY ore than 300 people attended the Hope’s In Style Fashion Show Saturday at the Garlands Center for the Performing Arts in Barrington to raise money for Guatemalan families in need. Coordinated by Barrington High School students and volun-


Kendall Peterson walks the runway.

Amanda Adams walks the runway.

Tahlia Toni walks the runway.

teers, the show generated more than $20,000, organizers said. The original goal, according to volunteers, was to raise at least $7,000 to build a new home for a family of eight living in a Guatemala City garbage dump. Barrington area volunteers are invited to attend a Hope’s in Style


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Guatemala Mission Trip Aug. 3-10 to build and repair homes and help with sports and dance camps. The show featured Barrington High School designers and models who were awarded with prizes. The show began as a local fundraising tradition in 2013.

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On the Web Visit www.hopes for info. • Thursday, March 6, 2014



Olympic skier sends message to students By TARAH THORNE

View the video BARRINGTON – It’s not everyday that local students receive a personalized message from Olympic athletes. Chalen Bielski’s fifth grade class is still in shock. Just hours after winning gold in this year’s U.S. Olympic halfpipe ski event Feb. 18, 23-year-old David Wise recorded a video message for North Barrington Elementary students. Wise lent the kids some advice. “Continue to study Newton’s laws [of motion] because they have a lot of practical uses in real life,” Wise said. Competing as a first-time U.S. Olympic athlete, Wise had a long track record – winning his first U.S. National title at the age of 15 before turning professional at 18. The young athlete went on to win three consecutive gold medals at the Winter X Games, from 2012 to 2014. Bielski said her class had

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Chalen Bielski shocked her North Barrington Elementary fifth-grade class with a personalized message from U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist David Wise. been studying Newton’s laws of motion at the time, learning more about force, gravity and momentum, as well as talking about character traits including adaptability, self awareness and perseverance. Bielski’s student Ingrid Riepe arranged for the video to be made. Riepe’s family

member, Khrista Riepe, had been working with Wise as his off-season physical trainer. Bielski showed her students the video the morning after Wise won gold and their jaws dropped, she said. “How does he know us?” student Martha Swiercz asked. “I’m so confused.”

Ingrid Riepe, an avid skier herself, stood up and told the class about her connection to Wise. The students learned about various points of energy transfer and watched an interview where Wise spoke about having to adapt to all kinds of weather. Each student created a poster of Wise using Newton’s laws

of motion. “I realized that gravity works against motion and inertia sets apart the speed of the athletes,” student Chase Cimaglio said. “The winners use their weight as momentum.” Bielski and many other students said they shared Wise’s video with family members. “It was so cool that he addressed the message to our class,” said student Elizabeth Steen. Steen said Wise is an inspiration to anyone who enjoys skiing. “You can tell he worked very hard for what he has.” Student Jack Elliott said he shared the video with his brothers. “When I first saw it in class, I was amazed but didn’t show it,” he said. “Then I went home and freaked out.”

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Beyond the classroom MiniCourses offer unique after-school curriculum By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – For the past decade, Roslyn Road Elementary has been offering an alternative to the to the regular school bell – an extra hour of fun electives. This year’s courses are anything but ordinary. The MiniCourse program provides an opportunity for students to stay after school and learn anything from yoga to pie-making – or model rocketry. All volunteer run, students are allowed to register for one class each day – Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday – at $20 for four weeks. MiniCourse Committee member Ingrid Bjors O’Brien said registration costs are just enough to cover course materials and space is first come, first serve, with the model rocketry course filling up most quickly. More than 400 students attend Roslyn Road Elementary during the day, O’Brien said, with about half of those students electing to stay at least once a week for the MiniCourses. The program is part of the school’s parent-teacher organization. Staff members range from teachers to school administrators; older students and business professionals. Tarah Thorne – In session Feb. 24 was a 25-per- Fifth-grader Samantha Skurnick smiles as she prepares a Key lime pie son model rocketry course in an Easy as Pie MiniCourse at Roslyn Road Elementary School. taught by Roslyn Road gym teacher Andy Nettis. The course is 15 min- it is a bit more complicated. rockets outside in front of an utes longer than other Mini- During the last week of class, audience. Courses, O’Brien said, because students will launch their “They launch so high you

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can barely see them,” O’Brien said. Third grader Andrew Maier said he signed up for model rocketry because his dad is an engineer and he enjoys building things, too. Maier said he anticipates his model rocket to launch at least 500 feet into the sky. Being instructed by a Roslyn Road volunteer mother in the school’s kitchen was an Easy as Pie class, where nine girls were pressing Key lime pie crust into baking pans. In this course, students learn the art of pie making with simple recipes and take each dessert home to enjoy with friends and family members. Fifth grader Samantha Skurnick said she shared her banana pudding pie, from an earlier course, with her parents and sister. Targeting a younger crowd was a beginner rainbow looming class for students to learn how to loom with colored rubber bands. In another class, Prairie

Middle School student Emma Broker taught second-graders how to create stretchy jewelry with small hooks. Broker was a fifth-grade student at Roslyn Road last year, and said she enjoys being able to come back and teach the children she had previously seen passing in the halls. Coincidentally, Broker was enrolled in MiniCourses for a number of years herself. “I loved the cooking, scrapbooking and baking classes,” Broker said. “I still bake cupcakes at home with a recipe I learned here.” Roslyn Road parent volunteer Mike Davis taught a guitar-making class with cigar boxes to a handful of students, including his son, Zane Davis. Mike Davis has been teaching the same MiniCourse for the past four years, he said. Tuesday and Thursday courses include Tae Kwon Do, knitting, sports, musical theatre and more – even a Make the Most of your Money course. Any student enrolled in District 220’s KEEP or Free and Reduced-Lunch programs may attend one MiniCourse each week for free. A bus ride is provided to those students.

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r. Thomas Mientus works as a gastrointestinal pathology diagnostician for the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Libertyville. Mientus has served with the Lake County Medical Society for nearly 20 years and was recently named president of the organization. Mientus spoke about his career and community involvement with Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne.

Thorne: What have you done for the society since beginning your term Jan. 1? Mientus: The primary tasks

ing about this career? Mientus: Patients come to

me indirectly in the form of biopsies taken during patient at the beginning of a new year colonoscopy and upper endoscopy procedures. After transare to assess membership, port to my lab and processing, plan the meetings for the soI use the microscope to diagciety and work on the legislanose each patient case and put tive agenda. out a pathology report. Working directly with Thorne: What’s most chalthe gastroenterology group lenging right now? gives me direct access to Mientus: We are in the midst of dealing with member- detailed patient records like the findings on their exam ship loss like most nonprofit and current medications. groups. Organized medicine This allows me to correlate has to contend with issues my tissue exam findings with arising from the fact that more and more physicians are the entire patient findings for becoming employees of larger the highest quality reporting. Practicing in a venue like this health care systems. This where patients are optimally and other factors are affectserved in a cost effective enviing physicians’ budgets for ronment is very rewarding. memberships in professional societies. Thorne: Describe a typical day Myself and other key in your shoes. society members are making Mientus: Specimens arrive efforts to reverse this trend. in my Libertyville lab startThis is one of the most challenging years I can remember ing at 1:30 p.m. I direct the handling and processing of for medicine as a whole. these by my technical staff. Tissue biopsies are processed Thorne: What led you to a overnight so that I can come in medical career? and read these biopsies with Mientus: My interest in the microscope first thing in medicine began with a basic the morning. interest in the biological I see 100 to 160 biopsies each sciences. day. Typical diagnoses range During college, I volunfrom Crohn’s disease to colon teered at a clinic in southern cancer. This volume is much Illinois where the physician greater than what a non-gasstaff then encouraged me to trointestinal pathologist would pursue medicine as a career. see in a day or even several I chose pathology due to my fascination with the interface days so I am quite busy. I make several phone calls of basic science and clinical a day to discuss patient cases medicine. Thorne: What’s most reward- with the gastroenterologists.

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Dr. Thomas Mientus (left) was elected as president of the Lake County Medical Society at the group’s annual meeting in December 2013. Former president Dr. Deepak Dalia (right) received a plaque of recognition. I may review quality data, review and implement new pathology lab techniques and educate my technical staff on certain days.

Thorne: You were born and raised in Chicago and now live in Green Oaks. What kept you in the Chicago area? Mientus: I just love Chicago and the area. We have family and friends here. I enjoy Chicago professional sports and the people. I do enjoy the change of seasons and the cold, but I must say this winter has been interesting.

Thorne: How does one become a member of the Lake County Medical Society? Mientus: We have an application process that can easily be engaged through our website at www.lcmsillinois. org or by calling 847-482-0222. Applications are reviewed and approved by the Society Board.

Thorne: How does the society benefit the greater community? Mientus: Our society prides itself in looking out for and providing for the best interests

of patients serviced by physicians in this community. For example, we help to ensure access to care for the elderly and poor via Medicare and Medicaid by fighting for adequate funding for these agencies. We keep an eye on Springfield and Washington D.C. and advocate for legislation that best serves our patients. The society serves as a sounding board and source for patient inquiries about physician services in the area. We also help provide physicians and their staff with resources and information to run their offices more efficiently so they can focus on what they do best: serve patients.

Thorne: What do you do when you are not working or volunteering? Mientus: I enjoy participating in and watching all sorts of sports with emphasis on football, baseball and soccer. I enjoy playing golf, jogging and hiking.

Thorne: What would you like to do when you retire? Mientus: Rather than retir-

ing from my career as a pathologist, I look forward to retiring to more leadership roles in medicine, but also coaching sports and volunteerism.

Thorne: Is the gastrointestinal pathology field growing? How common are these sorts of medical issues? Mientus: Pathology is growing like all aspects of medicine that grow with an aging population that is living longer. The field of molecular DNAbased diagnostics is the realm of pathologists. This field has exploded as a byproduct of technological advancement. However, this detailed genetic information available to patients and families has created new ethical challenges.

Thorne: Where might readers run into you in Lake County? Mientus: When not in the office you may see me dining in downtown Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Arlington Heights etc. because I enjoy trying different restaurants. You may see me golfing at many of the great public courses or watching a high school football game. • Thursday, March 6, 2014

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DR. THOMAS MIENTUS • Thursday, March 6, 2014



Coalition calls for healthier Barrington By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – The Healthier Barrington Coalition is calling on Barrington area residents for 10 to 15 minutes of their time. In order to access the needs of the greater 60010 community, a comprehensive wellness survey circulates to thousands of randomly selected homes every three years to gather information about the area’s quality of life – what residents need, want or are partial toward. The survey is being offered online this year for the first time in its 8-year existence. First conducted in 2006, the survey has circulated the area seven consecutive times, with content being modified each time. Julie Mayer, director of community and government relations for Advocate Good

Wellness survey The survey can be completed at www.takethecommunitysurvey. com, with an extended response deadline of March 25.

Shepherd Hospital, made a presentation to village board members Feb. 24 explaining that the survey is conducted with Joel Cowen, a consultant and retired researcher from Systems Research at University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford. Mayer said when tabulated, final data is used for local planning purposes. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital funds the majority of the survey. Barrington United Way makes an additional financial contribution, and more than 20 local

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Business owners help others strategize BARRINGTON – Cook Street Consulting Group, comprised of Smashing Golf & Tennis co-owners Kelly Daugherty and Jayne Drew, launched at the end of last year. Being a virtual business, Daugherty and Drew meet at their clients’ offices. The consulting duo answered the following questions about their new business with Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne.

Thorne: How does this Photo provided business enhance the Barrington Barrington Smashing Golf & Tennis co-owners Jayne Drew (left) and area? Kelly Daugherty (right) launched Cook Street Consulting Group. Daugherty and Drew: Cook Street Consulting Group is a boutique business strategy and marketing consulting firm specializing in start-ups, small businesses and nonprofits with the goal of connecting people to products and ideas that will create a lasting relationship. We advise and implement our own best practices to help others achieve success. Over

the last three years, we have been advising other startups with regard to business strategy, marketing and social media.

Thorne: Where is Smashing Golf & Tennis located? Daugherty and Drew: Smashing Golf & Tennis is headquartered in Barrington and avail-

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BARRINGTON – The Fourth Annual Barrington Celtic Fest is more than just a party, it’s a chance to support finding a cure for cancer. This year’s Celtic Fest will be March 14 through March 17 in and around McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S. Cook St., in downtown Barrington. The tent will be set up on Park Avenue. While the first official Celtic Fest was in 2011, the Irish festival originally began in 2010 at McGonigal’s Pub, which opened just eight days before St. Patrick’s Day that year. Each year the festival has grown bigger and better, said Bryan McGonigal, owner of McGonigal’s. Since 2012, Celtic Fest has served as a fundraiser for Relay for Life, which supports the American Cancer Society. This March will mark eight years since McGonigal’s mother, Mary McGonigal, died from ovarian cancer at 62 years old. “The efforts of places like American Cancer Society and helping to find a cure is very dear to my heart,” McGonigal said. The pub’s second floor beer tap area displays Mary McGonigal’s maiden name. Sixteen Candles will headline the tent on March 14 with American English headlining on March 15. On nights the bands play, there will be a $10 cover charge

to enter the tent. Proceeds will go towards helping McGonigal’s Pub reach its goal of making a $5,000 donation, which when matched by Relay for Life’s donors will become a $10,000 donation.

Relay for Life will also have volunteers on hand to accept donations. Barrington resident Eleanor Sweet, event chair of Relay for Life of Barrington, said events like this are important to Relay

for Life and its mission of finding a cure for cancer. “I’ve never been involved with an organization that has such a far reach as Relay for Life and American Cancer Society,” Sweet said, adding that


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she lost her father to Leukemia in March 2004. “Everyone has been touched by cancer.” This year’s Relay for Life of Barrington will begin at 6 p.m. on June 6 at the Barrington High School football stadium. McGonigal encourages everyone to come out and enjoy Celtic Fest. He added that Sunday will be more of a family day, with performances from local dance groups and kid-friendly diversions. “It’s a big, fun party,” McGonigal said of the festival. “We’ve had a horrible winter and people are itching to get out.” McGonigal added that this year’s tent is even bigger than last year and is fully heated. He expects about 5,000 people to come through over the course of the weekend. “We’re making the town Irish for the weekend,” he said. “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.”

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POTTERY MAKING WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 WHERE: Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington COST & INFO: Hand-built pottery artist Karen Russell demonstrates the coil technique for crafting plates and bowls. For adults only. Clay will be available. Free. Call the library at 847-382-1300 for information.


WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8 WHERE: McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S Cook St., Barrington COST & INFO: Join the Barrington Area Special Voices organization for a casual night out with friends at McGonigal’s Pub to raise funds for the advocacy, education, social growth opportunities and acceptance of children with special needs and their families in the greater Barrington area. This annual event supports programs such as open gyms, seasonal parties, scholarships for therapy and more. Tickets are $40 for BASV members, $45 nonmembers and $55 at the door. For information, visit www.basv. info for information.

SWIM CLUB TRYOUTS WHEN: 12 p.m. Saturday, March 8 WHERE: Barrington High School Natatorium, 275 Hart Road, Barrington COST & INFO: The Barrington Swim Club is seeking new teammates for the spring/ summer swimming and water polo season. Swimmers should be at least 6 years old and able to swim 25 yards. For information, call Coach Rob Emary at 954-649-4366 or visit Tryouts are free.





WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9 WHERE: The Garlands, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington COST & INFO: Barrington-area resident Bob Lee has helped many charities by bike riding across the U.S. He will share highlights of his journey, personal photography and more. Free. Call the Garlands at 847-304-1996 for information.



WHEN: 5:10 and 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8; 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9 through Thursday, March 13 WHERE: Catlow Theater, 116 W. Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Rated R. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale. A con man and his partner work are forced to work for a wild FBI agent. Tickets are $5. For information, call 847-381-0777.

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Republican governor primary: Bruce Rauner Illinois has big problems. Years of fiscal mismanagement and incompetent leadership have compromised the state’s economic future. Illinois’ five public pension systems are underfunded by more than $100 billion. The state ended 2013 with more than $7 billion in unpaid bills. Illinois’ credit rating has been downgraded five times since 2011, meaning taxpayers must pay much more in interest when the state borrows money. Moody’s Analytics predicted that Illinois will be dead last among all 50 U.S. states in job growth in 2014.

It’s clear that those running state government have failed and change is long past due. On March 18, Republican primary voters have an opportunity to select the candidate they want to run against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the November general election. State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard are making a second run for the office. (Brady won the GOP nomination four years ago before losing a close election to Quinn.) Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford also is running, though his campaign has been rocked by sexual harassment charges leveled by a former staffer. Rounding out the

field is businessman Bruce Rauner, whom we endorse. Rauner is not a career politician. In fact, this is his first run for public office. He supports term limits and, if he is elected, pledges to serve only two terms. He’s independently wealthy and will not be beholden to the special interest groups who have helped to corrupt Springfield. He will not be afraid to stand up to the powerful public employee unions who have resisted change. His wealth was not given to him. He earned it during a lifelong career as an investor and businessman. Rauner is blunt when assessing the state’s

many problems. Workers’ compensation is crushing businesses and an impediment to job growth. Despite a recent reform measure, public pensions are overly generous and unsustainable in the long term. The state’s tax system is unduly burdensome to both taxpayers and businesses and needs to be reformed. Rauner knows big changes need to be made to get the state back on the right path. Despite the many challenges, and the fact that whoever wins the governor’s seat more than likely will have to work with Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and a Democrat-con-

trolled General Assembly, Rauner is confident he can get the job done. He has a genuine love for Illinois and a desire to improve the quality of life here. Rauner also knows his limitations. He admits that he himself doesn’t have all the answers, but he promises to surround himself with the best and brightest and work as hard as necessary to succeed, just as he has in his professional life. Rauner has the energy, the charisma and the financial backing to stand up to Quinn in the fall and win. In the Republican primary for governor, we endorse Rauner.

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Cold, snow impact area wildlife Barrington-area icon Predator birds, waterfowl and small fish are a few of the animals hardest hit by this winter’s snow pack and frigid temperatures, while others may benefit from it, according to local wildlife experts. Mark Spreyer, ornithologist for the Stillman Nature Center of South Barrington, notes Great Horned Owls may delay the onset of breeding and egg laying by a couple of weeks as a result of the bone-chilling weather. “Great Horned Owls can get their prey anytime, but this weather will put stress on the females to keep their eggs warm,” he said of the large predatory birds that nest in late February and early March. Spreyer said birds with fleshy feet, like pigeons and Mourning Doves, may get frostbite, but the majority of the local bird population is adaptable. “They insulate themselves by fluffing up their feathers,” he said. In her informative online article, How Do Wild Birds Keep Warm in Winter? Melis-

VIEWS Bill Hobbs sa Mayntz sheds more light on the subject. She writes, “Many small birds, including bluebirds, chickadees and titmice [all found in Barrington] will gather in large flocks at night and crowd together in a small, tight space to share body heat. They can roost in shrubbery or trees, and empty birdhouses... Even individual birds choose roost spots that may have residual heat from the day’s sunlight, such as close to the trunk of a tree or near any dark surface.” Elsewhere, Tom Vanderpoel, restoration director for The Citizens for Conservation of Barrington expressed concern about the duck population. “Everything is frozen, so their food supply is down,” Vanderpoel said. In spite of the snow and ice, Vanderpoel remains optimistic.

“The good thing is nature is resilient,” he said. Plants, like azaleas, rhododendron and dwarf evergreens may not do well. “These are marginal plants,” he said. Vanderpoel said many of the trees, like oaks and prairie flowers, will be fine. On the subject of insects, Vanderpoel said ticks won’t do as well this coming year. “Maybe we’ll find out this cold winter will punish the Japanese Beetle,” Vanerpoel said. The Japanese Beetle is a brown and gold-colored pest, about the size of a button, that gardeners know all too well ravages their favorite plants and flowers. There is one subject that worries both Vanderpoel and Spreyer, however – the specter of extensive fish kills occurring in the shallow lakes and ponds around Barrington.

Harper College and Illinois Institute of Art Instructor Bill Hobbs in a lifelong bird enthusiast and Barrington resident.

Harold Lipofsky dies Barrington,” is devoted to Lipofsky’s life story. According to Kostick, LiBARRINGTON – A close pofsky devoted himself endfriend to many and a greater lessly to the store’s success, inspiration to the communi- keeping the business afloat ty, 91-year-old Harold Lipof- during the Great Depression sky died Feb. 28 in Florida. and stepping aside only briefLipofsky’s legacy remains ly to serve in the U.S. Army loud within the during World War II. local school Lipofsky was stationed in district and Italy in 1944, working in the service organiArmy’s Code Department bezations. fore contracting malaria and Born Sept. earning a bronze star for his 20, 1922, Lipofservice. sky was the Harold On Dec. 19, 1989, Lipofsky’s y o u n g e s t o f Lipofsky Department Store fell victim five children – to an estimated $1 million the son of Besfire. Lipofsky wrote in Kosie and Samuel D. Lipofsky. stick’s novel he was “numb Lipofsky was a business- and in shock” as he realized man from birth, as his fa- all was lost. ther opened Lipofsky’s DeHaving no children himpartment Store on Railroad self, Lipofsky said he watched Street, in downtown Bar- as smoke billowed out of the rington, when Lipofsky was 93-year-old structure and the 16. The store later relocated business was left uninhabitto Cook Street, and Lipofsky able. managed the business with After the tragedy, Lipofhis brothers and sisters until sky was ready to focus on the assuming ownership in 1962. betterment of his community. One chapter of Diane P. Kostick’s novel, “Voices of See LIPOFSKY, page 17


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Lake County Forest Preserve Environmental Educator Jennifer Berlingh taps a sugar maple tree Feb. 24 at Ryerson Woods.

RIVERWOODS – A sure sign that spring is on the way is the annual tapping of sugar maple trees, which began Feb. 24 at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods. Registration is open to take a Maple Syrup Hike with a Lake County Forest Preserve educator, and learn how sap from the sugar maple trees is turned into sweet syrup. Participants follow the process from sap to syrup and then taste the final product. The hikes are offered on weekends only, Saturdays and Sundays, through March 16. The one-hour hikes run every half-hour from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and are open to all ages. Registration is required.

Students advance in science fair, win Scholastic Bowl SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA BARRINGTON – Thirteen St. Anne Parish School students will represent the school at Science Fair Regionals at Niles North High School on March 17. Angelina Maestranzi, Danielle Duffy, Summer Faycurry, Mae Yustin, Alexandra Kasch, Jillian Vlasak, Matthew Doersching, Hannah Werner, Grant Jodoin, Jack Austin, Nick Londo, Mary Horcher and Jacob Horcer, in grades seven and eight, have been working on their science fair projects since the beginning of the school

year. The group was selected to advance in January, after 15 teams of judges evaluated their topics, research, experiment design, data and conclusions. St. Anne’s then hosted the Northwest Suburban Catholic Scholastic Bowl on Feb. 22, where more than 100 students competed from St. Anne’s and other area schools, including Our Lady of the Wayside, Arlington Heights; St. Theresa, Palatine; Holy Cross, Deerfield, St. Raymound, Mount Prospect; Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Glenview; and St. Norbert, Northbrook.

8NEWS BRIEFS Barrington Chamber seeks Community Partnership, which recognizes non-profit organiSpirit Awards nominees BARRINGTON – The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is calling for nominees for its 2014 Community Spirit Awards to be presented at the Chamber’s annual Spotlight on Barrington’s Stars fashion show and staff appreciation April 23. The Community Spirit Awards honor exceptional employees, organizations and volunteers. Award categories include Employee of the Year and

zations. Other awards include the Barrington Community Leadership Award and the Carol Beese Community Spirit Award, named after the Chamber’s founding president. Nominations must be made by March 18. Luncheon tickets are $45. For information, call 847-381-2525 or visit www.

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Hikes fill fast, so register soon. Cost is $6 per person. Children 3 and under are free. Special sessions designed for large parties or scout groups are also available. For details or to register, call 847-968-3321 or visit www. Ryerson Woods is one of the few local areas where climate conditions are right for maple syrup production, and where the trees grow to a diameter and height that allows for tapping. Syrup production only happens in late winter and very early spring. The entrance to Ryerson Woods is located on Riverwoods Road between Half Day Road (Route 22) and Deerfield Road, just west of the Interstate 94 Tollway.

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• HEALTHY Continued from page 10 organizations come together to develop material, Mayer said, including members of the village, school district, park district and family or elderly service groups. Mayer said last time the survey circulated, in 2011, the return rate was 13 percent. The median age of those responders was 46.6 years old – mostly females, Mayer said. “This year, the goal is to have a 20 percent return rate by targeting a broader demographic through both the online version and the random household survey,” Mayer said. Mayer said this year’s survey, due to be mailed in hard-copy form by March

20, will analyze area perceptions on disease prevalence, crime, violence, death characteristics, age, gender, population growth, migration, income, poverty and behavioral risk indicators. Barrington Village President Karen Darch said the survey’s feedback has always been helpful for local government. “It allows us to understand the community’s perspective on economic development, as well as other issues,” Darch said. “It covers a lot of ground.” Darch said as the survey responders’ age, coalition members are able to look at a longitudinal study by observing shifts in the community’s way of thinking. Darch said she anticipates the response data to be released at a village meeting this spring.

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• LIPOFSKY Continued from page 14 A four-story, 60-condominium structure called “Harold Square” was on Lipofsky’s agenda, along with service ranging from the Barrington Noon Rotary club to the Barrington Chamber and village board. Lipofsky co-founded the Barrington Noon Rotary, served as a two-time Barrington Chamber president; a two-time Barrington VFW president, a Barrington village trustee, a Rotary president and district governor, and was inducted into the Barrington Area Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 2002. Barrington 220 School District Spokesman Jeff Arnett said Lipofsky was very wellknown in the school system as well. Arnett said that as a Barrington High School graduate himself, Lipofsky went on to earn the school’s Distinguished Graduate Award and influenced several key decisions within the district, such as naming and positioning the schools. Arnett said one of the best stories Lipofsky ever told was the “Battle of Barrington,” where as a young schoolboy, Lipofsky witnessed infamous gangster Baby Face Nelson being mortally wounded in November 193 as two FBI agents were killed in a crimi-

nal shootout along Northwest Highway in Barrington as school let out. Eleven-year Barrington Noon Rotary member Alexis Portugal said she misses Lipofsky very much, remembering him as never missing a Rotary meeting. “He always attended the meetings, even if it meant that a caregiver had to go with him,” Portugal said. “He knew everything that was going on and was very engaged with the local boy scouts and foreign exchange students.” The Barrington Noon Rotary established the Lipofsky Fund several years ago to raise money for Barrington area charities. Lipofsky never was married and is survived by a niece, Beverly Kramer. He was wintering in Florida at the time of his passing, Portugal said. Portugal said that Lipofsky attended a final Rotary meeting in Florida two days prior to his passing, maintaining his perfect attendance record. Lipofsky’s cause of death is unknown. A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Zion Gardens, 3600 N Narragansett Ave, near the north-side of Chicago. Rotary member Larry Barnett said in an e-mail that Lipofsky was a quiet member in recent years, yet a tower of strength in the Rotary, scouting and Barrington communities. “He will be missed by many,” Barnett said.

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BARRINGTON – The Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) has received a $10,000 grant from the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission to expand the Conservation@Home program and launch Conservation@Work to address the unique needs of businesses,

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Barrington’s West McDonald looks for a lane toward the basket.


arrington’s boys basketball team clenched a 49-53 victory over Buffalo Grove at the Libertyville Regional Monday evening. The Broncos (12-17) traveled to regionals looking to clear their name and advance into the final round. The Bison (10-17) had first defeated the Broncos 62-56 on Dec. 17.

ABOVE: Barrington’s Calvin Goldsmith scores two points after a steal during Monday’s IHSA class 4A quarterfinal game against Buffalo Grove at Libertyville High School. RIGHT: Barrington head coach Bryan Tucker watches his team.

*For web only* (below) Barrington will face third-seeded Lake Forest Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the regional semifinals. If won, the Broncos will advance to play for the regional title Friday at 7 p.m.

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.com By WENDY PAULSON If there is any songbird that consistently arrests attention, especially in a winter landscape, it would be the northern cardinal. The brilliant crimson plumage of the male makes even those little interested in birds take notice. In fact, it’s perhaps mostly the non-birders who are most enthusiastic observers of cardinals; they, along with birders visiting from other countries, take note of the flashy red bird, while local seasoned birders often dismiss the species because it is so common. Perhaps it is the flashiness that has led seven states, including Illinois, to list the northern cardinal as their state

bird. That number puts it in first place among state bird species. Our 6- and 4-year-old grandchildren love to point out the visual difference between the male and female cardinals. The male is the more conspicuous, with its scarlet flight and body feathers and sharply contrasting black face. The female is more muted. Like the male, she has a blackish feathered face but overall her plumage is a dull pinky brown with reddish highlights in the wings and tail. Both birds have distinctive crests and large, orange-red bills that they use to crush seeds. That strong bill is characteristic of many of the species in the family Cardinalidae, a family of birds that occur in

both North and South America. Frankly, I long wondered why the northern cardinal is termed “northern,” especially since it is common in many southern states. But it turns out that in the wider Cardinal family, it is the northernmost species, nesting even in provinces of southern Canada. The name “cardinal” was bestowed because of the color which reminded taxonomists of the red vestments worn by cardinals in the Roman Catholic church. On many occasions, students have guessed to me that the bird is named for the St. Louis baseball team mascot! Barringtonians can see northern cardinals year-round. They do not migrate but rather are permanent residents and favor open woodlands, yards,

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Barrington High School bowler finds success By ANDY SCHMIDT BARRINGTON – Bowling is a sport that doesn’t get a lot of attention, and some people consider it not to be a sport at all. If Barrington High School freshman Sarah Tenyer has anything to do with it, people around town are going to know that the school has a bowling team sooner rather than later. Tenyer advanced out of the regionals this season, and while she didn’t make it to the state tournament, Tenyer showed that there is something to build on for the future. There are some obstacles Tenyer must face before becoming a bowling star for the Fillies, though. There are no bowling alleys in Barrington, so Tenyer does her training at Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights. During the season, she practices three days a week and bowls about 12 games a week. The Mid Suburban League bowls all the league matches at Arlington

Lanes, which is where the league tournament and the regional tournament were conducted. Tenyer led the regional tourna- Sarah Tenyer ment after five games, but faltered some in the final game. Her score was enough to move onto the sectionals where she would finish 18th even after bowling a career-high 266. She has bowled a 716 series in the past and even had a 2,005 pinfall 10game series while in elementary school. Tenyer said getting out of regionals was a big accomplishment during her freshman year. “I felt I did well,” Tenyer said. “This was my first year participating in the Mid-Suburban League. I was happy to make All-Conference and to also end with the fourth-highest average in the conference. I went in just wanting to do my best. It meant a lot that I was able to advance that far.”

Barrington High School freshman gionals this year. Tenyer is getting some help from one of the best women’s bowlers around in former professional Diandra Asbaty, who Tenyer looks up to. “She is a professional bowler whose style I really like,”Tenyer said. “She won the Queens championship in 2012 and lives right here in the Chicago area. I have been

and really loves to learn,” Asbaty said. “I focused on a lot of fundamentals with her to give her a really great, strong foundation. Without a strong foundation, it’s hard to step up your game to the next level. I love her attitude and ability to take what I have to say and translate it quickly into her game.” The team concept of high school bowling is something that isn’t lost on Asbaty and she wishes that she would have had the same opportunities that Tenyer has now when Photo provided she was in high school moving Sarah Tenyer advanced out or re- forward in her career. “High school bowling is a shining light in bowling,” Aslucky enough to work with her baty added. “When I was in high school, we didn’t have a from time to time.” Asbaty, who is the founder school team so the first time I and owner of the Elite Youth really saw team bowling was Tour and the International Art in college. The advantage that of Bowling – along with fellow these high school bowlers have bowler Jason Belmonte – said going into college now is great. that Tenyer has a bright future They know what it’s like to be on a team, and work as a team. in the game. “Sarah is a natural talent. She takes instruction well See BOWLING, page 22


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(Left to right) Meadowview’s Emily Larrivee, 10, Lillianne Beutel, 8, Alex Kelly, 9, Miriam Hopkins, 8, and Mason Lemer, 8, (in front), on team Thunder Hawks, show off the gear they used in a submarine to visit the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, for their extreme challenge.

early 900 students from throughout the county participated in education-based challenges Saturday during the Far North Regional Destination Imagination Tournament at Frederick School in Grayslake. Destination Imagination’s goal is to “inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders” by solving challenges related to science, technology, engineering, math, service, improvisation and visual arts.

(Left to right) Gurnee District 56 Isabella Vrba, 10, Kelsey Elman, 9, Lydia Holmberg, 8, Noemi Ma- Milburn Elementary students Emma Silk (in front), Sammi Scrogham, both chuca, 9, all part of the Glitter Gumballs team, present a comic based on two of Vincent van Gogh’s 9, Claire Zutkis, 8, and Sohini Dash, 10, all part of the DI Animals team, get a send-off to their Instant Challenge. paintings. • Thursday, March 6, 2014





Milburn Elementary students (left to right) Sohini Dash, 10, Maggie Silk, 7, her sister, Emma, 9, and Claire Zutkis, 8, team DI Animals, explain to the judges the props they used during their presentation based on Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” • Thursday, March 6, 2014



Sage advice from an anonymous aunt


Remember “Dear Abby” and “Ann Landers?” I never had to write either for advice. I had “dear Aunt Marion,” only she wrote to me with advice. Actually, she didn’t write. She sent newspaper and magazine clippings. Anonymously. It started in the late 1950s when she dropped in on me, unannounced. As a new bride, I was rarely ready for company. Shortly after, the articles began arriving. As I recall, they included titles such as, “A spotless apartment is better than a grimy one,” (along with coupons for Mr. Clean), “Yellow is not a good color for white towels” and “Dishes left in the sink can cause cholera.” She typed the envelopes, but fooled no one. When at her house, I would flip through magazines and newspapers. All had cut-out sections. When my first child arrived, I received clippings such as, “All babies need to

This gets them ready for college bowling, which I think is the epitome of team bowling.” Barrington coach Sam Raia knew what he had coming after meeting Tenyer a few years before she got to the high school level. “I first met Sarah when she was a quiet, shy sixth grader who could really throw a bowling ball,” Raia said. “I expected Sarah to come in and post some good scores and help the team while she continued to improve her game. I got much more.” Tenyer’s bowling has brought some new eyes to the sport and Raia hopes that it will bring more girls out for the team in the coming years. “Hopefully they will come out, join Sarah and make us a team that can compete for a conference title and ultimately a run at a state championship,” Raia said.

OFF THE DEEP END Judi Veoukas be bathed twice daily, even if perfectly clean,” “Start potty training at two months by dangling your infant over the toilet,” or “You’re baby is three years old. It’s time to stop wearing maternity clothes.” She never had children. Thankfully. Stupidly, I whined to her about how my husband didn’t help with the baby even though I begged him to. I received the following excerpt from a book: “Nagging is a devastating emotional disease. If you are in doubt about having it, ask your husband. If he should tell you that you are a nag, don’t react by violent denial – that only proves he is right.” How to Help Your Husband Get Ahead by Mrs. Dale Car-

negie. After that, I no longer shared my troubles with her, nevertheless, the clippings continued. When my first son was three months old, she sent him one called, “A future in Bimolecular Engineering is the way to go.” I read it to him as I dangled him over the potty. My daughter received the occasional article that relayed the message, “girls don’t have to be like their mothers.” My younger son – the one who primarily ate Kraft Dinner, fish sticks and crayons for the first 18 years of his life – was the recipient of dozens of articles on nutrition. He no doubt ate them. When I told my aunt that my husband and I were divorcing, I received an avalanche of articles on its effect on the children. I think it was more about the effect on her, as mine was the first divorce in the family. When she couldn’t convince me not to go through with it, I received

an unsigned typed message stating, “It’s better to tell people you’re a widow.” The day came when I was about to marry again, this time to someone of another faith. Of course she sent an article headlined, “A mixed blessing it is not.” I paid no attention, but continued to receive pieces on: how one should treat the elderly [her] nicer, how to get [my now] adult children to send thank you notes [to her], and how to [still] keep my house cleaner. She died before the advent of emailing. I can only imagine the following forwarded message sent to me from, had she’d lived to see this present period of communication. It would have, without a doubt read, “Elderly woman leaves entire estate to pet poodle rather than ungrateful niece.”

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

Make changes to stay safe behind the wheel Anyone have a case of automobile dependency? If you are a suburbanite like me, you probably rely on your wheels to get around for grocery shopping, work, medical appointments, visiting friends and family and that all-important visit to the hair dresser. If we are lucky enough to live in an area with a super abundance of public transportation, then there’s not much of an issue, but many of us live in areas where our cars are the best option. When we depend on our vehicles to get where we need to go, what happens when physical, cognitive and other constraints hinder our driving abilities? Driving is closely tied to our independence, enjoyment of life and our dignity. As age-related physical limitations set in, we may need to limit our driving or stop driving altogether. For some, there is no doubt that they need to stop driving. For others, it’s not always necessary to completely cease driving. There are modifications that can be made so they

ELDERLY CARE Linda Chamberlain can still drive safely. How do we know that our driving skills are as good as they should be? One of the best ways to get the answer to this question is to have our driving evaluated by a certified occupational therapist that specializes in driver rehabilitation. These specialists are the go-to people for questions, answers and suggestions for modifications to enhance safe driving. Some factors occupational therapists look for are vision-related: depth perception, peripheral vision, visual-spatial skills and contrast sensitivity. These affect driving performance in determining safe following distance, awareness of other autos and pedestrians around you, keeping the car centered in your lane, and seeing other cars and people in low light or nighttime.

Cognition evaluations are also performed in order to determine judgment and memory – how quickly the brain reacts and the ability to make snap decisions and follow instructions. Driving requires us to focus on multiple things at once and a relatively quick reaction time is essential for driving on today’s congested roadways. Motor functions are essential to driving and are therefore evaluated – are you flexible enough to look over your shoulder when changing lanes or reaching back to grab the seatbelt? Strength and endurance also come into play – can you easily move your foot from gas pedal to brake? These essential driving tasks require enough strength and flexibility in the time span it takes to brake (or give it the gas!). Finally, a road test ensures that all the necessary physical skills can be put into action for safe driving. You will get oral feedback as well as a written report of the evaluation. The occupational therapist will then be able to tell whether

you can drive as you have been without any changes, if you need to make modifications or limitations to driving, or let you know whether driving retirement is the best option. Not everyone is a candidate for driving retirement; some can continue to drive safely with limitations or modifications. In future columns, we will look at some handy devices you might be able to use in your own vehicle to make the process of getting in and out a bit easier. Rehabilitation specialists: Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital, in Elk Grove Village, 847-640-3119; Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, in Wheaton, 630-909-7154; Northshore University Health System, in Evanston, 847-570-1260; Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, in Joliet, 815-741-7416; Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, 312-942-6967.

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Family gets Habitat for Humanity house WINTHROP HARBOR – Tyfanie Petersen and her two children own a home in Winthrop Harbor today thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Bank of America. The single mom of two smiled as she greeted family and friends March 1 at the door of her new address, while her 9-year-old daughter, Makalah, and 8-year-old son, Devon, played in the backyard. “The kids are super excited to have a room of their own,” Tyfanie Petersen said. “Makalah plans to paint hers pink because that’s her favorite color.” The home dedication was slightly different than most. It included an appreciation speech from Habitat for Humanity Lake County’s executive director Julie Donovan to their partner, Bank of America, for donating the foreclosed Winthrop Harbor property so only repairs and renovations were needed instead of building a home from the ground up. The bank has donated seven properties to Habitat for Humanity in the past two years, said Carolyn Hanes, a representative of Bank of America who handed the house keys to an emotional Tyfanie Petersen. “This home symbolizes a new beginning for you and your family,” Hanes said.

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Carolyn Hanes of Bank of America hands over the keys of a rehabilitated home in Winthrop Harbor March 1 to first-time homeowner Tyfanie Petersen, who worked with Habitat for Humanity to buy the home.

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Representatives from the Koening and Strey Foundation, which help support the rehab of the home, also were there to welcome the new homeowner with housewarming gifts. It costs Habitat for Humanity a lot less to rehab a home than to build one, Donovan said. The bank’s rehabilitation program has donated homes in the Waukegan, Beach Park and Winthrop Harbor are areas. “The donations of properties by Bank of America is a tremendous boost to our efforts to re-

vitalize neighborhoods in our area,” Donovan said. For Tyfanie, the home dedication was the end of the road for a lot of hard work and the beginning of a better life for her and her children. “Nothing about this program has been easy,” Tyfanie said. “You have to take classes, and there’s a lot of paperwork because they have to see you’re serious about wanting to be a homeowner, but it’s all worth it. I never thought a single mom like me could have a nice house in a nice area.” After the Petersens’ home dedication, the parties moved the welcoming wagon to the home of John and Brittany Taylor in Zion. They got the keys to their first home thanks to Habitat for Humanity in January.

8NEWS BRIEFS Spring Polo School sign-up begins BARRINGTON HILLS – The Barrington Hills Polo School will launch its 25th annual Spring Polo School from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays beginning in April. Reservations are now being taken. Open to all ages, genders or riding abilities, the Barrington Hills Polo Club provides polo ponies and all equipment to students. The Barrington Hills Polo School began in 1990 when

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Chicago Repertory dance workshop in Barrington BARRINGTON – A three-part dance workshop will be held

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 6 at Barrington Dance Academy, 758 W Northwest Highway. Artistic Director of Chicago Repertory Ballet Wade Schaff will lead instruction on jazz dance technique, improvisation and current repertoire. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. April 6. The cost for a full day of workshop is $50; $20 for jazz technique class-only, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For information, call 847-382-6333 or visit

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