A reminder to double-check:
Wednesday's tragic fire in Arlington Heights that killed three women is a reminder to us all to test our smoke detectors. Theirs was missing the battery, officials say, and first word of the fire didn't come until officers at police headquarters a couple of blocks away smelled smoke.
Kids museum leader's legacy:
Best wishes to Susan Broad, retiring CEO of the DuPage Children's Museum. When she started 22 years ago, the museum was run by two part-timers from a 5,000-square-foot space in Wheaton. It now takes up 46,000 square feet, sees an annual attendance of 300,000 and has won national acclaim.
Suddenly, a new overpass:
If you've driven recently on Higgins Road east of Route 53/I-290 bordering Schaumburg, you've seen suddenly there's a new bridge. Crews have been working on the much-needed bridge for Busse Woods cyclists and pedestrians this summer after one more cyclist's death crossing Higgins. It's exciting to see the bridge getting done.
Sweet deal for all:
Two teachers at Woodview School in Grayslake collected 305 pounds of Halloween candy from students this week to send to U.S. troops overseas. The effort was a win-win-win -- healthier kids, fewer sugar highs for the staff to deal with and a morale boost for soldiers.
So you say, even though you know it's dangerous and against the law, it's just too difficult to give up your texting while driving? Well, don't relocate to Alaska, where first-time offenders face the stiffest penalty in all of the states: a fine of up to $10,000 and also a possible sentence of up to a year in prison. Talk about a real deterrent.
Lesson for the young:
Flag displays outside Culver's restaurants in Huntley and Carpentersville to honor Illinois soldiers who have died since 9/11 are a fitting tribute for Veterans Day. But there's another excellent reason for the effort, as told by assistant manager Richard Myers: "For the kids that work for us, it's a real learning experience, very meaningful."
A light infestation of bedbugs was discovered in classrooms at Hadley Junior High in Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41. Earlier this year, a portable classroom at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School was infested with gnats. Glad to see the schools taking quick action to fix these icky problems.
Here's a problem for you, kid:
Our Suburban Standout this week, James Tao of Hoffman Estates, is a young high school whiz who likes not the competition part of high-end math but the creativity in coming up with solutions to problems. Can he and his peers be employed to solve Illinois' pension problem?
On your mark:
What's this world coming to when a call for people to get up early on a fall Sunday morning to run more than 26 miles sells out in just 14 hours? Whatever it is, it must be healthy. About 3,000 runners will step off at 7 a.m. Sunday for Naperville's "world class" first marathon. Congratulations to all -- organizers and runners alike.
Don't rush it, Jay:
Those pesky groin injuries can be slow to heal. You wouldn't want to jump back in it against the Lions prematurely and reinjure yourself. Don't be a hero, Jay. Josh has your back.