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  • Pumpkins the elixir of life for Elk Grove author Sep 21, 2014 7:45 AM
    Bombarded with come-ons for pumpkin lattes, pumpkin shakes, pumpkin beer and even pumpkin Pop Tarts, suburbanites may be sick of pumpkin before that first fall taste of pumpkin pie. Not Marilyn Alice Tuckman, author of "For the Love of Pumpkins." “If it didn’t have love in it, it would be worthless,” she says.

     
  • Constable: TV can offer escape, but NFL sadly reflects reality for shelters Sep 18, 2014 8:27 AM
    Television can offer a respite from reality. But for the women and children victims of abuse seeking haven in suburban shelters, the NFL's "Thursday Night Football" broadcast offers plenty of news about the violence that they are trying to escape. “Like the entire nation, we've engaged in conversations about the NFL and football,” says Maureen Manning-Rosenfeld, of Community Crisis Center in Elgin.

     
  • Elk Grove’s Pizza 4 Patriots? How about Operation Cookie Drop Sep 15, 2014 8:18 PM
    In 2008, a simple idea to send a few pizzas to soldiers overseas turned into Pizzas 4 Patriots. That spawned Packages 4 Patriots. Now, those groups are working together with Operation Cookie Drop, a plan to deliver 13,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to veteran organizations in all 50 states.

     
  • Constable: Citizen scientists research birds and bees Sep 14, 2014 7:45 AM
    You don't have to be part of a research lab, wear a white coat or even have a degree to be an important part of scientific research. There are hundreds of opportunities for "citizen scientists" to weigh in on everything from bugs to dogs to space to sex. “Science is everywhere,” says Samantha Lindgren with the University of Illinois.

     
  • Constable: A happy time — with a side of sadness Sep 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    The family moments are a little forced, but the sentiments behind them are painfully real. As we drop off our 18-year-old twin sons at college, my wife and I realize our family will never by the same.

     
  • From brother's Woodstock-like fest to Goodstock benefit Sep 7, 2014 7:47 AM
    The wild Woodstock-like music fest on the Constable family farm outside Goodland, Ind., 33 years ago set the foundation for this month's Goodstock benefit concert featuring a suburban band.

     
  • Pizza truce over as East Coast poll takes shot at Chicago Sep 4, 2014 6:09 AM
    Last fall, Marc Malnati got Jon Stewart to appologize for ripping Chicago-style pizza, admit that Lou Malnati's pizza was "very tasty," and call for a truce in the pizza wars. Now comes a new shot.

     
  • Elk Grove Village girl pursues dolphin trainer dream Aug 31, 2014 6:38 AM
    As a kindergartener in Elk Grove Village, Mallory Marra just knew that she wanted to grow up to be a dolphin trainer. Now, as a trainer at Florida's Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Marra is thrilled to be working with the dolphin stars in the movie "Dolphin Tale 2," opening Sept. 12

     
  • Late columnist’s spy novel hits silver screen Aug 28, 2014 12:31 PM
    A newspaper man who wrote novels, the late Daily Herald columnist Bill Granger clearly would have something to say about one of his books being made into a movie starring Pierce Brosnan. But what?

     
  • Arlington Hts. girl who beat leukemia blossoms into comic Aug 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    In 1997, 8-year-old Lisa Mongillo of Arlington Heights took a Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii to see the periwinkle flower used to make one of the leukemia drugs doctors hoped would save her life. Now, she's a comedy writer and performer appearing in a two-woman show.

     
  • Constable: National Guard recruiting, roles evolving Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM
    Surburban students heading off to college get a pitch from the National Guard, telling teens how they can "graduate from college with a degree, not debt." With the Guard having served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now trying to keep the peace in Missouri, how is recruiting going?

     
  • Constable: Brace yourself for World War Zucchini! Aug 19, 2014 5:34 AM
    Every year as summer moves closer to fall, we suburbanites must steel ourselves for the onslaught of World War Z. Those who aren't vigilant end up with more zucchini than we know what to do with. And that number is one.

     
  • Constable: Worried refugees in suburbs help families in Iraq Aug 17, 2014 7:52 AM
    Settling into their new lives as suburbanites iin DuPage County, recent Iraqi immigrants worry about the loved ones who remain in the war-torn nation, targeted by Islamic militants. World Relief in Wheaton has offered support.

     
  • Pole dancers strip away stereotypes in championship Aug 14, 2014 6:32 AM
    This isn't your pervy uncle's pole dancing. The pole-dancing championship this weekend in St. Charles features gymnastics, athleticism and performances from suburban performers as well as last year's champion--a 26-year-old man. “That's the challenge, to break that stigma people have,” says Sarah Ritzman, who with Caroline Patel, owns Tiger Lily Vertical Fitness and Dance in Geneva. “We're making people realize there's more to it than that."

     
  • Barrington veteran creates charity to help spouses of wounded Aug 14, 2014 3:05 PM
    While many charities help the wounded warriors who come home from military service with physical and mental complications, a Barrington woman and her partner have created an organization to help the overburdened caretakers.

     
  • Couple's video follows as joy turns to dread — and back Aug 10, 2014 6:38 AM
    The happy time-lapse video chronicling her pregnancy and the birth of their son was nearing the finish line for Arlington Heights native Rob Marshall and his wife, Erin, when a life-threatening heart defect changed everything.

     
  • Couples aiming for world record on vow renewals Aug 7, 2014 2:03 AM
    Whether you've been married 50 years or just tied the knot last weekend, you could add to those memories by being part of a suburban attempt this month to break a world record. A Schaumburg jeweler and hotel hope to attract more than 1,087 couples to a mass ceremony and party that would topple the record for the most couples renewing their wedding vows.

     
  • Why Burt can’t rescue wife’s birthday from clutches of summer Aug 4, 2014 8:52 PM
    Burt Constable: My wife has celebrated 30 birthdays with me at her side, and I'm still struggling to give her a great celebration. Her birthday competes with my relatives' reunion, summer vacations and even Lollapalooza.

     
  • Palatine business mediates who gets dog in divorces Aug 3, 2014 8:43 AM
    The letter of the law still says pets, like lamps and tables, are property to be owned, not sentient beings with rights. But experts in animal law say attitudes are changing.

     
  • Chicago gets rare chance to bask in Hall of Fame glory Jul 27, 2014 7:45 AM
    Baseball is supposed to distract us from the wars, chaos and tragedies. Sometimes, especially for Chicago fans, baseball merely adds to our burdens. But Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa gave us something special. And today, they'll all enter the Hall of Fame.

     
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