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Vernon Hills man pleads guilty to lesser charge in murder-for-hire caseA Vernon Hills man accused of hiring a person he thought was a hitman to kill the mother of a woman he injured in a motorcycle crash has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case. Jonathan Villasana, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit home invasion Wednesday.Last Updated Mar 12, 2014 3:06 PM
Alcohol not a factor in fatal Arlington Heights crashUpdated Mar 12, 2014 1:07 PM
Arlington Heights police are still investigating what caused a Palatine man to speed in the wrong lanes of traffic on Rand Road, causing a five-vehicle accident Monday afternoon that ended his life and injured three others. Police say the preliminary investigation indicates alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
Superintendent contract extended:Updated Mar 11, 2014 5:30 PM
Elected officials in Hawthorn Elementary District 73 have shown support for Superintendent Nick Brown by extending his contract for three years.
Tech fee to be charged next year in Hawthorn District 73Updated Mar 11, 2014 4:51 PM
Hawthorn District 73 has approved a $35 techology fee to be instituted in 2014-15. It is the first fee of its kind for the Vernon Hills-based elementary district.
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- Adler Park Learning Center Director Erin Carr, center, spends her lunch time with third through fifth grade students in a special Read & Feed Book Club. Students sign up for the optional program, reading a book in their free time and then gathering at lunch to discuss it. Students, from left to right, are Maggie Vickers, Tyra Kuchler, Kayla Talerico, Kyle Otte and Andrew Clark. District 70
- Susan Saint James (seated, second from right) joins classmates of 50 years ago at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Reunion Weekend during which she was the keynote speaker Oct. 4. Also pictured are, from left, Peggy Connelly Karol, Geri-Anne Benning, Mariclaire Halligan Dixon, Mary Ann Entrup, Colleen Sullivan Farrell, Saint James and Suzie Floberg Hayes. John Rodas
- Sophomore Willa Hart of Winnetka will perform a cello solo during the Woodlands Academy Symphonic Orchestra?s rendition of "Stille Nacht" by Mannheim Steamroller during the annual Christmas Concert Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. This event, open to the public free of charge, features choral and orchestral music of the season. It takes place in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at the school, 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest. Visit www.woodlandsacademy.org for more information. Woodlands Academy
- The BG Singers are preparing for their 21st Annual Choral Concert, "Coast to Coast" at Stevenson High School in the West Auditorium on November 8 and 9 at 7:30 and Nov. 10 at 3:00. Tickets are available at the door or bigdealproductions.org. For further information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847 850-2132 Debbie Macklin
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- Our artificial 14 foot tree gets more grand each year. This year we have roughly 5,000 lights, 300 feet of ribbon and countless ornaments. It takes a week to set up and sadly comes down in 2 days. Glen McGowean
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- Former Dancing with the Stars choreographer and world dance champion Louis van Amstel served as a celebrity guest instructor at Midtown Athletic Club in Bannockburn on October 26. Leading Midtown members and their guests in a one-hour session of his LaBlast dance fitness program, van Amstel combined dance styles including Cha Cha, Salsa, Jive and Samba for a fun, high-energy workout. Dave Silbar/SilbarPR
- Deerfield accounting firm Kessler Orlean Silver is serving as a local drop off location for the Vernon Hills-based Sports Shed, a non-profit organization which has distributed more than 5,000 pieces of sports equipment to organizations that provide sports programs for kids in need all over the Chicago area. Donations can be delivered to KOS at 1101 Lake Cook Road, Suite C, Deerfield. Pictured are, from left, KOS managing partner Jeff Arnol of Deerfield; Sports Shed founder Tina Sernett of Vernon Hills; KOS partner Ben Darcy of Buffalo Grove; and manager Diana Angulo of Harwood Heights. Dave Silbar
- Chiropractic is on the rise in Kenya. Dr. Jeff Kahrs and Dr. Warren Bruhl recently adjusted hundreds of patients during a mission trip sponsored by Northbrook-based charity Dreamweaver International. Bruhl and Kahrs experience office hours 'in the bush' in photo. Working under an Acacia tree in a tiny village near Amboseli, Bruhl and Kahrs learned about the Masaai's many natural herbal treatments derived from trees and shrubs growing on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, not far from their headquarters. Their hope would be the inclusion of the Massai's natural methods for healing along with chiropractic and the advanced medical procedures and remedies Dreamweaver International can provide, creating a thoroughly comprehensive method for their needs to help heal the region. The Rift Valley of Kenya includes some of the most under resourced people in the world, but harbors amongst them the highest level of ingenuity, ability and desire to live Bruhl has ever known. Dr. Warren Bruhl serves as Director of Dreamweaver International and as the Executive Director of partner program, Gear for Goals. For more information on ways you can help, visit http://www.dreamweaver911.org. Dreamweaver International
- Connie Kowal, Libertyville Sports Complex, samples Fine's Famous Hot Dog at the new eatery, 147 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Come enjoy oh-so Fine food and events at Fine's Grand Opening weekend, May 10-12. Carol Levin, GLMV Chamber of Commerce
- Lt. Col. Frank Bart with sixth-graders from Frassati Catholic Academy. Four members of the Wauconda American Legion, including Lt. Bart, spoke to students at Frassati Catholic Academy and Transfiguration Catholic Elementary School in honor of Veterans Day. Lt. Colonel Bart has served in the U.S. Marines for 27 years, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently the Mayor of Wauconda and has two children enrolled at Transfiguration School. Jean Simpson
- Gardeners of Central Lake County host a free garden walk on June 29. One of the lovely gardens featured on the self guided walk. Gardeners of Central Lake County
- (l-r) Jill Silbar of Vernon Hills is joined by daughters Emma and Maddy as they receive manicures from Midtown Athletic Club nail technician Agnes Wielogorski. Gearing up for Mothers Day, The Spa at Midtown Bannockburn is inviting all moms and daughters to a special day of massages, manicures, pedicures, make up and more, on Thursday, May 9, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is just $30 per person and includes two luxurious spa treatments each. To schedule an appointment, contact The Spa at (847) 945-1818 or email email@example.com . Courtesy of Midtown Athletic Club
- A Halloween contest during lunch was a highlight of the day that saw most students and many faculty members at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in costume Oct. 31. Judges used a decibel-meter app on their iPads to determine winners in various categories based on the cheers contestants received. Pictured, English teacher Erin Brysiewicz as the “Crazy Cat Lady” surrounded by her (advisory group) cats took second-place honors in the Sophomore Advisory Group category. Woodlands Academy
- Eric Mason of Round Lake shows his Blackhawks pride at the Libertyville Sports Complex Driving Range wearing his Patrick Sharp Blackhawks jersey on Friday June 28 while working on his golf game hitting range balls. Friday was Blackhawks Stanley Cup Parade & Rally Day in Chicago with Blackhawks fans everywhere celebrating the Hawks Stanley Cup Championship. Connie Kowal-Libertyville Sports Complex
The 7th and 8th grade Highland Middle School Pom Pon Squad finished third recently at the Lakeside Conference competition.
Congratulations to the team members - Sasha Blake, Mikaila Corrigan, Sydney Donovan, Allison Friello, Nicole Haderlein, Madison Hartwig, Veronica Houle, Bailey Latka, Paula Magnuszewski, Jillian Ness, Hannah Schuler, Kylie Skie (not pictured), Anna Yachnin. The squad is coached by teacher Breehan Davidson.
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- Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire hosted a Wellness Fair on Thursday, October 24th as part of its events and activities recognizing Red Ribbon Week. The Wellness Fair featured about 20 participating organizations engaging students in the primary message of making drug free and healthy choices that support wellness, including good nutrition, physical activity and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle. The Wellness Fair related directly to the school's health and physical education curricula in teaching healthy decision making skills, promoting physically active lifestyles, and including nutrition education as part of a comprehensive approach to health education. Students in all grade levels, 5th through 8th grades, had the opportunity to take part in the Wellness Fair. School District 103
- Jessica Ni, a local Vernon Hill resident and a student from Soaring Eagle Kung Fu School at Palatine, won three Gold medals on empty-handed form and weapons and two Silvers at the 2013 Golden State International Wushu Championship, held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at San Jose, Calif. Soaring Eagle Kung Fu (www.soaringeaglekungfu.com)
- Lake County Community Foundation hosts experts on regional cooperation. From left: Sylvia Zaldivar-Sykes executive director of The Lake County Community Foundation, Mike Collins of Kalamazoo Community College, Scott and former state Sen. and current Foundation board member Susan Garrett, Nancy Rotering mayor of Highland Park, Mike Way of Bronson Healthcare System at a gathering of community leaders at Highland Park Country Club to to learn about a unique collaboration between Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Bronson Healthcare system in western Michigan and what Lake County can learn from such partnerships. The Lake County Community Foundation
- Sisters Lisa Clair (left), freshman, and Kristen Clair, sophomore, of Lake Forest were among the eight student recipients of first quarter Sacred Heart awards presented Oct. 23 at Woodlands Academy. They were nominated by their fellow students for exemplifying the Sacred Heart goal of commitment to the building of community as a Christian value. Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
- A 6:30 p.m. open house Nov. 12 will showcase the unique educational experience at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, 760 E. Westleigh Road in Lake Forest. Visitors will be able to tour the school, meet with teachers and coaches, and learn about the many exciting clubs and activities that are available to students. Woodlands Academy
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- Pictured are Tyler and Ian Schwartz of Libertyville recently competed and won the Mid-America Irish Dance Championships held over Thanksgiving weekend! Tyler won the Senior Men's Championships and Ian won the Boys Under 15 Championships. Dancers compete from all across the Mid-America region in a quest to qualify for the annual World Championships, which this year will be held in April 2014 in London, England. Both boys qualified and will compete at the World Championships! As a note, Tyler Schwarts is the current Senior Men's World Champion as well and will return this year to defend his title. Both dancers dance with the Trinity Irish Dancers in Chicago and Milwaukee. Jill Schwartz
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