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    Support rises for couple living in flood-ravaged trailer

    Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly still live in their mobile home outside Des Plaines, a year after a record flood caused extensive damage.

    Apr 17, 2014 5:21 AM

    Unable to qualify for FEMA assistance after flood ravaged their mobile home a year ago, Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly of Elk Grove Township are getting help from local salesman Dan Whalen, members of Luthern Trinity churches and others intent on moving the couple into a new mobile home. “If it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all,” Whalen says.

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    Memories of Lisle flood ‘nightmare’ vivid a year later

    Debra Schulz of Lisle recalls last April 18 as a traumatizing experience of being rescued by boat from the flooded area around her apartment at the Towers at Four Lakes.

    Apr 17, 2014 5:23 AM

    If the sound of rain ever was calming to Debra Schulz of Lisle, it sure isn’t now. It hasn’t been for the past year. Because a year ago today, Schulz and thousands across the region awoke to devastating flooding after an overnight storm poured more than seven inches of rain on areas of DuPage County. “Now, every time it rains, I undoubtedly will have another nightmare that we’re being flooded again,” Schulz said.

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    'Transcendence' sputters as science-fiction thriller

    Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) comments on the future in the science-fiction thriller “Transcendence.”

    Apr 17, 2014 1:14 PM

    "Transcendence” recycles old technophobic plots and stock sci-fi characters in a sometimes silly thriller short on thrills and convincing human connections. Wally Pfister's movie squanders an opportunity to capitalize on the suspenseful suspicion of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” then fails to bring fresh ideas to the ongoing debate over what exactly constitutes humanity in the future.

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    New chocolate shop opens in downtown Wheaton

    Maribeth Barrett is the owner of a new confectionery called Kilwins in downtown Wheaton. The store opened Saturday at 100 N. Hale St. Four other businesses are expected to open on nearby streets in the coming months.

    Apr 17, 2014 1:12 PM

    A new chocolate and ice cream shop opened Saturday in downtown Wheaton, and at least four new businesses will be moving in on the surrounding streets in the coming months, says Downtown Wheaton Association Executive Director Paula Barrington. Kilwins Chocolate and Ice Cream Shop opened Saturday at 100 N. Hale St. In addition, a Subway and educational toy store are expected to open on Front Street and a yoga studio and pizzeria are moving in on Liberty Drive.

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    ‘The Donut Drop’ coming to Rosemont shopping center

    A vacant storefront at 7104 Mannheim Road in Rosemont will soon be home to The Donut Drop, a new bakery specializing in doughnuts.

    Apr 17, 2014 12:42 PM

    Doughnut lovers in the Rosemont area will soon have a new store at which to indulge, whether they’re set on an old-fashioned favorite, or have a taste for something new and trendy. The Donut Drop, a self-proclaimed mom and pop bakery, is coming to a vacant storefront in a strip mall at 7104 Mannheim Road.

    Business

    NoWait apps provide pager-free restaurant experience

    A screen shot of the Village Tavern & Grill’s wait times on a smartphone using the NoWait app.

    Apr 17, 2014 10:13 AM

    Guests at the Village Tavern & Grill in Schaumburg, and other suburban restaurants, are notified on their smartphone with a prerecorded phone call or text when it’s their turn to be seated. The new system, called NoWait, also allows guests to roam as far as they want and not worry about being in range for the notification. Guests also can respond to say they are on their way. “We changed to NoWait because of the freedom it gives our guests,” said Village Tavern owner J.R.

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