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  • Palatine’s Kirk School prom a night to remember May 13, 2013 3:07 PM
    At the Kirk School prom, seniors arrived in a stretch limousine, decked out in stylish dresses and suits. Excitement was running high. "Our students look forward to this night all year," says Kim Dungan, principal of the school that teaches students with disabilities.

  • St. James School's fifth grade is home to 6 sets of twins Apr 29, 2013 11:59 AM
    There is a lot of giggling going on in the fifth grade at St. James School in Arlington Heights. What else would you expect when you have six sets of twins in one grade? "It's an interesting dynamic," says Brenna O'Hearn, one of the teachers. "They're very competitive; they challenge each other. When one puts their hand up, the other does too."

  • Buffalo Grove High School senior wins volunteerism award Apr 22, 2013 2:11 PM
    Among all those honored by officials with HandsOn Suburban Chicago earlier this month was a Buffalo Grove High School senio. Michael LaRue was singled out for his more than 100 hours of volunteering as an after school mentor at London Middle School in Wheeling. "The most part I've worked with the same student," he says, "however, there were times when I worked with up to four at a time."

  • Northbrook hotel employee honored for life-saving role Apr 15, 2013 12:45 PM
    Hotel employee Robert Smith's actions may have saved a man's life. And Prospect Heights Fire Chief Donald Gould Jr. visited the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook to express his appreciation. "Your quick action shows how important CPR training and proper action by people trained to provide basic life support skills is," Gould said in a commendation letter.

  • Suburban pastor joins call to end Chicago violence Apr 8, 2013 12:18 PM
    Colin Smith of Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights is among a trio of pastors leading an anti-violence conference on Friday at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. "We couldn't be more different, and so are our churches," Smith says, "but the things that unite us are far greater than everything that separates us."

  • Harper debaters prepare for national competition in L.A. Apr 2, 2013 3:43 PM
    The powerhouse Harper College Debate Team finished third in the recent state chapionships, and now is preparing for national competition in Los Angeles. "My goal all year has been to continue to medal in extemporaneous speaking," Elisa Galvan said. "I love it, it's my baby, if you will. You get 30 minutes to prepare for a speech that will last seven minutes, but I see it as a teaching moment.

  • Northwest suburban students score funding for their business ideas Mar 25, 2013 12:23 PM
    It was all business last week as teenage entrepreneurs made their pitch for funding to an investment panel, drawn from members of the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce as part of a young entrepreneurs program. "I was so nervous, I was shaking," admitted Connor Curran, a junior at St. Viator High School, who partnered with Palatine High School sophomore Yash Syal on a plan to convert brightly colored bungee cords into belts.

  • Prospect Hts. woman's Dutch friend a pen pal for 75 years Mar 20, 2013 2:56 PM
    Marge Johnson of Prospect Heights picked Bep Snoek in Amsterdam as her pen pal in 1938, beginning a lifelong friendship that next month will have lasted 75 years. "It's just been so interesting learning about her life — and another culture," says Johnson, whose family members are planning to celebrate the occasion — calling it a Pen Pal Party — by bringing the two friends together, via Skype.

  • Alumna inspires Hoffman Estates H.S. SOAR club Mar 11, 2013 3:49 PM
    At the recent Polar Plunge in Palatine, Hoffman Estates High School had 40 students, faculty and staff brave the icy waters. The team leader credited the school's SOAR program with helping to fuel participation and also cited the example of a former student who is a very active participant in Special Olympics Illinois and recently made a return visit to the school.

  • ‘We’re like a family’ Buffalo Grove school’s jazz band thrives on camaraderie, competition Mar 4, 2013 11:13 AM
    For the eighth time in 10 years, the jazz band from Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove won the junior high division at Jazz in the Meadows. Jazz band leader Cindy Severino, who grew up in Wheeling and attended Holmes Middle School, is a product of the music program at Wheeling Township Elementary District 21. Competition "motivates the kids to work really, really hard,” she said. “Traveling to all these festivals creates camaraderie. We’re like a family.”

  • Dist. 21 students study immigration to create own reform proposal Feb 26, 2013 12:04 PM
    Dressed in old-fashioned shawls and hats, and clutching their passports while juggling cardboard boxes that served as their suitcases, the students filed through processing and inspection stations — to be approved, detained or deported. Ellis Island closed in 1954, but second-graders at Riley School in Arlington Heights experienced all of its uncertainties and tension firsthand earlier this month.

  • Teen art work will grace The Hub at Arlington library Feb 18, 2013 6:36 PM
    Artwork made by four area teens has been chosen for The Hub, the new teen area at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library set to debut in April. "Teens are a huge market for us," says Debbie Smart, library trustee. "We've seen a real void in the community with the closing of the Teen Center."

  • Prospect gymnast finds 'place that fits' despite challenges Feb 11, 2013 2:48 PM
    Jill Sevilla won't be competing for Prospect High School when the girls gymnastics state championships open Friday, but she's already a winner. Jill, who has Down syndrome, has been on the junior varsity team this season, and event competed in a match earlier in the year. “The girls that are less experienced pick an event to focus on, and Jill picked floor routine,” says her coach, Sara Koshelev. “We worked with her to improve her jumps and some tumbling passes.”

  • Baby showers set for Alexian children’s hospital in Hoffman Estates Feb 6, 2013 11:12 AM
    After more than five years of planning, the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates is nearing completion, and members of the Alexian Brothers Foundation's Women's Board are throwing a pair of baby showers to welcome their new addition with amenities to make staying there more pleasant. "These are items that are not part of our operating budget," says Julie Baker, events and volunteer outreach manager for the foundation.

  • Arlington Hts. Chamber to inaugurate its 8th woman president Jan 21, 2013 12:44 PM
    When Dianna Ehrenfried accepts the gavel on Thursday, she will be only the eighth woman in 66 years to lead the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. But her leadership signals more than a changing of the guard -- it represents a personal milestone for Ehrenfried, who will have risen from her darkest days, when she found herself a widow at 49 with an 8-year old son to raise and a business to grow.

  • Suburban officer to carry torch in S. Korea for World Special Olympics games Jan 15, 2013 2:45 PM
    Ken Veach of Schaumburg has carried the torch for Special Olympics Illinois for nearly 20 years, but now he'll take his flame to an even higher level: the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea. This month, he will be among 100 law enforcement officers — the only one from Illinois — to carry the torch through South Korea.

  • Artist’s work benefits Wheeling food pantry Dec 31, 2012 3:01 PM
    Artist Joseph A. Burlini typically creates large, outdoor sculpture pieces that can be seen at locations around the country, including the Pentagon and the Chicago Botanic Garden, as well as in his hometown of Arlington Heights. His latest work is on a much smaller scale, but serves a great cause.

  • Palatine center's volunteers make Day of Giving possible Dec 10, 2012 2:51 PM
    The annual Day of Giving last month at the Palatine Opportunity Center helped nearly 1,500 people from Palatine Township find warm clothing, toys and even refurbished bicycles. It all happens because of a dedicated group of volunteers, called Palatine Assisting Through Hope. "It's our volunteers who make this possible," says Rich Tyack of Palatine, who works behind the scenes to mobilize people from the community.

  • Sportsmen thanked for donation to troops Dec 4, 2012 8:22 AM
    Nearly one year after members of the Northwest Towns Sportsmen's Club shipped off venison jerky from their deer hunting season to American troops abroad, they got their just rewards: The officer on the receiving end in Afghanistan came to thank them. "It was perfect," Army Capt. Court Harris of Arlington Heights said. "We know all the work that went into making it, shipping them off and filling out all the customs forms. We really appreciated it."

  • Harper graduates latest class of nursing students Nov 26, 2012 10:51 AM
    Harper College will hold its "Celebration Ceremony" on Saturday, when they pin their nursing students and honor the newest members of the health care profession. Among the group will be Patryk Gusciora of Schaumburg, a former paramedic and current Army reservist who will realize a long-held dream. "I enjoyed being a paramedic, but I always felt like we were diagnosing the patient, but not getting to treat them," Gusciora said. "I went into nursing so that I could care for patients during their illness, and their family."

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