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  • Claire’s delivers bags full of goodies to hospital Aug 18, 2014 3:46 PM
    A community partnership between two Hoffman Estates companies took place last week, but in the eyes of one 8-year-old girl, it all came down to this: color and fashion. A new interactive sculpture was recently installed in the lobby Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital, a gift from Claire's. And continuing the partnership, Claire's associates fill and donate goodie bags for young girls and teens at the hospital. “They’re a big hit,” says Mary Kate Dvorak, one of the hospital’s child life specialists. “We give them to girls who are in that specific age range. They really enjoy them. It’s a good distraction and helps to make the hospital not as scary.”

  • ‘Bloom’ bursts on scene at Women’s and Children’s Hospital Aug 15, 2014 10:12 AM
    A large kinetic sculpture that literally bursts with energy has blossomed in the front entrance of Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates. Called “Bloom,” the sculpture has 14 flowerlike blossoms made of acrylic, and a control dock at a child’s level, to let them to move the forms at the touch of a button.

  • Arlington Hts. family preserves story of Chicago’s Eastland disaster Aug 12, 2014 10:34 AM
    On the morning of July 24, 1915, thousands of people gathered along the Chicago River for Western Electric’s fifth annual employee picnic. Tragedy struck when the Eastland rollled over and 844  people lost their lives. The Arlington Heights family of one of the survivors has formed a historical society to preserve the personal stories of the people who were present that day.

  • ‘Crazy for You’ coming to Palatine next 2 weekends Aug 4, 2014 1:32 PM
    One year after the driving force behind the Fremont Street Theater Company, Elroy Sandquist, passed away, his cast and crew are remaining true to their promise: The show must go on! "Sandy and I always loved the old classic musicals, with lots of singing and dancing, and this one ("Crazy for You") fits the bill beautifully,” says Colleen Sandquist, who took over after her husband’s passing.

  • Prospect Class of ’74 plans anniversary Jul 28, 2014 2:14 PM
    In 1974, some 535 seniors graduated from Prospect High School — including the future mayor of Arlington Heights, Tom Hayes — filled with optimism and excitement for the future. Little could they have predicted the future, and just how much technology and the digital age would impact their lives — for the better. Now they're getting together to share memories.

  • Lost leg inspires Arlington Heights woman to run Jul 22, 2014 2:35 PM
    Jean Draper of Arlington Heights was one of more than 19,000 athletes who competed in Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon at Grant Park. As a below-the-knee amputee, she says she knows she's down more races "than I would have if I hadn't lost my leg.”

  • Courtyard garden at Inverness parish is a labor of love Jul 16, 2014 1:47 PM
    Henry Smogolski owes his inspiration for the garden at Holy Family Parish to the memory of his wife, Isabel, but the entire church community finds peace and reflection come more easily there.

  • ‘Oliver!’ opens Thursday at St. James in Arlington Hts. Jul 14, 2014 12:23 PM
    A high-emergy version of the musical, "Oliver!" opens July 17 at St. James Theatre Productions in Arlington Hts. The show is directed by Peter Buckley, who played the role of Oliver more than 40 years ago, was Fagin 20 years ago and played Mr. Brownlow in the national touring production. “I guess you could say I’ve hit for the cycle,” Buckley said.

  • Hanover Park's arts coordinator retires Jul 8, 2014 3:22 PM
    More than 30 years ago, park district commissioners in Hanover Park applied for an artist in residence for their newly established Art Studio and Gallery. That artist, Susan Matthews, came to them fresh out of school with her master's degree in fine arts, and she has never left. “I was lucky enough to find my way here,” she said shortly before her June 30 retirement.

  • Maryville recognizes the special talents of its students Jul 2, 2014 12:50 PM
    Excitement was in the air last month at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, as officials held their annual awards banquet for students from Maryville’s campuses in Bartlett, Des Plaines and Chicago. “We strive to recognize the achievements of our children — and celebrate their strengths,” said Sister Catherine Ryan, executive director of Maryville.

  • Sunderlage family reunion celebrates Hoffman Estates’ history Jun 23, 2014 3:35 PM
    A 50th wedding anniversary is a grand celebration. But for the great-great-grandson of the first settler in Schaumburg Township, Warren Sunderlage and his wife Marilyn, that day was extra special -- it included a family reunion at Vogelei Park in Hoffman Estates, land that his family once farmed. The original Sunderlages helped establish the area and played a pivotal role in the creation of the park district.

  • State baseball championship in Arlington Hts. a tribute to coach of 61 years Jun 11, 2014 3:20 PM
    Lloyd Meyer is beginning his 61st season coaching the baseball team sponsored by Arlington Heights American Legion Post 208. Over his long career, the team has had eight state championships. And a number of players who made it to the Major Leagues cite him as their inspiration. I am extraordinarily grateful that 50 years ago he gave me the chance to play for him,” says a senior vice president of the New York Yankees.

  • New Arlington Hts. store owner started as stock boy 26 years ago Jun 2, 2014 5:47 PM
    The ownership of Sherwin Ace Hardware in Arlington Heights changed hands in January. Former owner Bob Ward didn't have to look far for a buyer. He sold the store to the first stock boy he hired in 1988: Matt Hanson, a 15-year-old sophomore at Rolling Meadows High School. “I grew up in the neighborhood,” Hanson says. “I'm the type of kid who took apart my toys, just to see how they worked.”

  • New Harper program aids students with mild cognitive disabilities May 27, 2014 9:41 AM
    Ashley McLeod was one of the first 14 graduates of Harper’s new Career Skills Institute program, which began two years ago to help students with mild cognitive disabilities assess and strengthen their employability skills and develop a realistic career plan. “I loved it,” said McLeod, who has Down syndrome and lives in St. Charles.

  • The gift of wheels: Needy kids benefit from donated bikes May 19, 2014 11:24 AM
    Wayne Mikes, the second generation owner of Mikes Bike Shop in Palatine, goes about it quietly, but over the years he and his employees have restored and donated something like 3,000 bikes to needy families.

  • Prairie Brass Band in Arlington Hts. weighing 2 for conductor job May 12, 2014 1:56 PM
    Members of the Prairie Brass Band will be rehearsing before a concert next weekend. They rehearse in the 2nd floor music room. Our interest would be in the conductor (who also serves as music director at Christian Liberty) Peter Held, and the principal tenor horn player, Mary Gingrich, who also is in the running as the new conductor of the band.

  • Elk Grove students rally around coach with breast cancer May 5, 2014 1:24 PM
    Last week’s water polo games between Elk Grove and Rolling Meadows high schools drew a standing-room-only crowd — and yet it was hard to tell which fans were which. Fans and players alike were all were wearing the same T-shirt, which read: "Rivals united for a cause." For one day at least, the two teams — which share the Elk Grove High School pool — came together in support of the Lady Grenadiers’ 28-year old varsity coach, Alexa Rodheim, who is battling a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer.

  • Alexian Brothers men explain their late-in-life career changes Apr 28, 2014 2:50 PM
    Three Alexian Brothers men at the Ball de Fleur fundraising event on Saturday night at the Field Museum described themselves as “regular guys,” who were called to religious life later than the traditional vocation, but now find themselves “in the trenches” and working with the poor and marginalized.

  • Arlington Heights girls’ puppy mill bill passes House Apr 21, 2014 12:38 PM
    A group of girls from Patton Elementary School in Arlington Heights are taking the state Legislature by storm. Just last week, Claire Hackmann, Maddie O’Dell and Brooke Martin, wrote to State Sen. Pam Althoff, who will be sponsoring a bill — originally written by State Rep. David Harris of Arlington Heights — before the Illinois State Senate. It has already passed the House. “They did just an outstanding job,” Harris said.

  • Don’t just sit on the couch, says 102-year-old volunteer Apr 14, 2014 1:44 PM
    Marie Schaak is not only one of the longest serving volunteers at JourneyCare in Barrington, she's the oldest. At 102 Schaack comes to work every week to help other volunteers mail out the agency’s bereavement letters. “It’s nice to get out of the house and be with a lot of nice people," Schaak says. "I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile.”

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