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  • Mini-stroke can be warning that a bigger stroke is imminent Dec 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Q: My mother went to the hospital for what we all thought was a stroke, but the doctor said it was a TIA. What is a TIA? What does this mean for my mother’s health?

  • Jewish school students make lunches for Lazarus House guests Dec 15, 2014 1:58 PM
    Fox Valley Jewish School students are learning about community service by helping Lazarus House, a shelter for people in need in St. Charles. Recently, the students made sack lunches for Lazarus House guests.

  • Mt. Prospect Lions make community donations Dec 15, 2014 1:24 PM
    Every Sunday for 20 weeks each year from June through October, the Mount Prospect Lions coordinate and staff the downtown farmers market in the west Metra train station commuter parking lot at the corner of Route 83 Elmhurst Road and Northwest Highway.

  • A sea of red at poinsettia greenhouse Dec 15, 2014 5:40 PM
    The Leider family is growing thousands of poinsettias for the holiday season at Leider Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove.

  • Final farmers market: Dec 15, 2014 6:42 PM
    The final fall/winter farmers market of the season in Grayslake will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. downtown in Centennial Park, 147 Center St.

  • Hankering for comfort food? Consider the knish Dec 15, 2014 2:23 PM
    Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine — a baked (though sometimes fried) light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables (often potatoes) or meat. They started as peasant food, later became a 19th century street cart convenience food, and now are a staple of Jewish delis.

  • Quarters no longer on a roll during modern laundry days Dec 15, 2014 5:05 PM
    Started in 1960, the Coin Laundry Association headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace remains on the cutting edge of that industry, with one exception. The most modern Laundromats don't use coins.

  • Why loveseats are so lovable Dec 15, 2014 1:08 PM
    Q. Our living room is fairly large but narrow, so the sofa can only go against one wall, which leaves the room open to the entry hall through a wide arch. How can I make it feel self-contained and cozy, not wide-open and breezy?

  • Merriam-Webster names ‘culture’ word of the year Dec 15, 2014 8:47 AM
    A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture. The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and “exposure,” declared the year’s winner at Dictionary.com during a time of tragedy and fear due to Ebola.

  • Thunderbird reminiscent of youthful 1960s Dec 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dennis Roxworthy has his mother to thank for his extreme love of Thunderbirds. His father was a staunch supporter of practical family transportation but she forbid the purchase of anything that wasn't sporty.

  • Winter cycling: Heavy tread makes light of snow-covered roads Dec 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Ready to take on the newest outdoor winter fitness sensation? How about bicycling in the snow and cold? Chris Daisy, owner of Zion Cyclery, says the popularity of "fat biking" has exploded over the past two years.

  • Comfort and healing: Chaplain visits those in the hospital for the holidays Dec 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    “I have always felt it a great privilege to be in the hospital on Christmas Eve," says the Rev. Kevin Massey, vice president of mission and spiritual care at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Massey aims to help with the spiritual needs of patients in the hospital during the holidays.

  • Smoky Sweet Potato Latkes Dec 16, 2014 6:01 AM
    Smoky Sweet Potao Latkes get baked, not fried, for a leaner Hanukkah dish.

  • Bowlers take aim at suburban hunger Dec 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    Bowlers knocked over pins in an effort to help knock out hunger in the Northwest suburbs on Sunday as Mount Prospect-based Northwest Compass, Inc. hosted its inaugural Strike Out Hunger fundraiser at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights.

  • Stick to the basics to make holiday decorating joyful Dec 15, 2014 1:11 PM
    Stressed about all you have to do for the holidays? First, realize that each step in your personal holiday journey must be enjoyed or it turns into a “must do.” Limit the amount of decorating.

  • Ex’s ex is his problem to deal with, not yours Dec 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I am concerned about my ex-boyfriend. He has a female co-worker who has been his friend with benefits on and off over the past 10 years or so. Several months before he and I met three years ago, he completely stopped being physically intimate with her and made clear his desire for a platonic friendship only. She’s still harassing him and I don’t know if there is anything I or anyone else can do.

  • Believe Project: $100 to help sick friend buy presents for his kids Dec 14, 2014 4:16 PM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Paul Young of North Aurora, who would like to help a friend with cancer buy Chirstmas gifts for his four kids.

  • The 1980s are back again: Dhurries are in Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    In the 1980s, dhurrie rugs from India, with their bright colors, geometric designs and sturdy flat weaves, were all the rage. Dhurries sort of disappeared in the 1990s, but they’re back.

  • Dog’s tennis ball key to DuPage courthouse security Dec 14, 2014 7:45 AM
    Deputy Ken Diebert and his canine companion Jewel patrol the DuPage County courthouse every day. The key to Jewel's success is a green tennis ball, which she gets to play with whenever she detects explosives. "We went through a lot of toys, in training, only to find out she loves this tennis ball,” Diebert said.

  • Constable: Grayslake pastor proud of link to Civil Air Patrol Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    In a long-overdue honor, the Civil Air Patrol, created Dec. 1, 1941,was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last week in Washington. Jill Paulson, a Presbyterian minister in Grayslake, received a replica medal in honor of her grandfather, who started the civilian force, which was instrumental in protecting the coast in WW II.

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