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  • Extension offers tips on choosing perfect Christmas tree Nov 25, 2014 9:46 PM
    Selecting the perfect Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps. “When I was growing up, we would often cut down a Christmas tree growing on my grandparents’ farm,” said Ron Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Today you can purchase trees from garden centers, pop-up lots, big box stores, and Christmas tree farms. The following tips can help you select a fresh tree for your home and keep it looking its best throughout the holiday season.”

     
  • Top ten tips for holiday food safety Nov 24, 2014 6:53 PM
    As families and friends across Illinois makes plans for their holiday feasts, the Illinois Poison Center is offering its top ten tips for proper food handling techniques this season. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 76 million people experience foodborne illness each year.

     
  • Benedictine’s criminal justice degree, new student club preps students to succeed Nov 25, 2014 4:55 PM
    Benedictine’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice program prepares students to excel in a wide range of careers — from forensic scientist, legal analyst to police chief or detective.

     
  • At 85, UOP chemist honored by President Obama Nov 26, 2014 1:59 PM
    Kukec's People features Edith M. Flanigen, 85, a consultant and retired award-winning chemist with UOP LLC in Des Plaines. She received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Award from President Barack Obama and was one of eight recipients. She has invented more than 200 different synthetic materials, wrote for for numerous publications and earned 109 patents.

     
  • At 85, UOP chemist honored by President Obama Nov 26, 2014 2:01 PM
    Kukec's People features Edith M. Flanigen, 85, a consultant and retired award-winning chemist with UOP LLC in Des Plaines. She received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Award from President Barack Obama and was one of eight recipients. She has invented more than 200 different synthetic materials, wrote for for numerous publications and earned 109 patents.

     
  • Sedgebrook Woodworker Brings New Life to Old Finds Nov 21, 2014 5:59 PM
    Don Hollenbeck is disturbed by “move-in-ready” home makeover TV shows. “I can’t understand how people can just come into a place with things that someone else has picked out and set up for them,” said the woodworker and resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire.

     
  • Brook Forest Elementary celebrates National Blue Ribbon Nov 20, 2014 1:56 PM
    Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook is one of just a dozen Illinois schools honored with a National Blue Ribbon Award. The school community celebrated the recognition this week with a pep rally that allowed students and educators to demonstrate what makes their school special.

     
  • Self-published authors can enter Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author contest Nov 20, 2014 9:02 PM
    Illinois authors who have self-published an adult fiction book may enter the second year of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project until Monday, Dec. 15. The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is being coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and is supported by the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association (PLA), Illinois Heartland Library System.

     
  • Friendship Village Introduces Skills Lab Nov 24, 2014 7:44 AM
    Friendship Village Introduces Skills Lab

     
  • Seeds of good deeds at LCFS Harvest Gala Nov 19, 2014 8:22 PM
    A lot can happen in a quarter-century, and sometimes the positive things can get overlooked. The 25th anniversary celebration of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois’ Harvest Gala on Nov. 8 made sure to accentuate the positive.

     
  • Night life events: Devon has half-priced bottles of wine on Thanksgiving Nov 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    Devon Seafood + Steak’s offers half-priced bottles of wine on Thanksgiving. It's free wing Wednesdays at Snuggery Schaumburg. And America’s Bar hosts a black Wednesday bash.

     
  • Honor Flight a High Point For Woman Veteran at Sedgebrook Nov 19, 2014 4:00 PM
    By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.

     
  • Help serve the community this Christmas Nov 18, 2014 2:29 PM
    The Humanitarian Service Project of DuPage County is calling for donations of new toys and nonperishable food to support underprivileged children and families through its annual Christmas Offering. It has been putting gifts under the tree for local children in need since 1979. This year, it is projected to serve 350 families with nutritious groceries as well as provide 1600 children and 125 seniors with Christmas gifts.

     
  • A Safe Haven hosts sold-out 20th anniversary gala Nov 18, 2014 3:34 PM
    A Safe Haven Foundation (ASHF) hosted a sold-out gala to celebrate their 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Oak Brook Marriot.

     
  • Just like mom would like, Frontier Soups founder continues to be resourceful Nov 17, 2014 5:14 AM
    Kukec's People column features Trisha Anderson, president of Frontier Soups in Waukegan, says her 94-year-old mother was the inspiration for her company.

     
  • Jingle All the Way at Santa Hustle 5K: Comin’ to Town Saturday, Dec. 6th Nov 17, 2014 4:05 PM
    Join in on the jolly fun at the 6th annual Santa Hustle 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, December 6th starting at Chicago’s iconic Soldier Field. Race participants will be suited up with a Santa hat and beard-compliments of event producer Adrenaline Sports Management-along with a newly designed dri-fit Santa sweatshirt to boot!

     
  • Lake County 4-H Officer's Training 2014 Nov 14, 2014 3:33 PM
    Lake County 4-H Teens lead the annual officer training on November 11. Thirty five youth participated in a Parliamentary Procedure Jeopardy game created by Avni Patel, learned the importance of being a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer taught by Maddie Currie, Abby Daniels, Charlotte Roberts and parent volunteer Robbie Roberts.

     
  • Local club seeking applicants for educational grant Nov 13, 2014 6:27 PM
    The Suburban Chicago Club of Soroptimist International is seeking applicants for educational grants.The Virginia Wagner Educational Grant is specific to these states in the Midwestern Region: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Women residing in these states who are attending college/university in pursuit of a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree are eligible to apply. Judging is based on effort toward education, scholarship, extracurricular activities and financial need.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Celebrates Community Foundation Week November 12-18, 2014 Nov 10, 2014 5:03 PM
    The Foundation will celebrate Community Foundation Week by holding its Annual Benefit Dinner on Saturday, November 15. The annual event will be held at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. This event is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser and is held to celebrate the accomplishments of the organization and the invaluable contributions of our donors and other constituents who support our work. Additional information about the event may be found on the Foundation website, www.dcfdn.org. “This has been a banner year for the Foundation,” said David McGowan, CFRE, Foundation president. “We are growing in nearly every aspect of our work, which means that we can provide more grants to our partner agencies, which in turn means more for the people of DuPage County.” Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—that is advancing solutions to a wide range of social issues. Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former President George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to address community needs. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $19 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Real Urban Barbecue Oak Brook Grand Opening, Nov. 17 Celebration with Free BBQ Nov 10, 2014 4:59 PM
    In celebration, the first 100 ‘cue fanatics in line will receive a complimentary sandwich of their choice, and the first guest in queue will win free barbecue for a year! Located at 2119 Clearwater Drive off of York Rd. and W. 22nd Street, the new “Smoke Brook” restaurant will open for lunch and dinner, while specializing in corporate and private catering, and carry-out. Their bark is as great as their bite. Equipped with a “Smoking Room” capable of producing more than 3,000 lbs. per day of “low and slow” smoked items- like St. Louis style and baby back ribs ordered dry, wet or to “perfection”; pulled pork, Texas sausage, turkey, brisket and chicken- Oak Brook’s smoking capacity is more than Real Urban Barbecue’s other two locations combined. “This new restaurant is our largest yet,” says owner Jeff Shapiro. “Big flavor, big smokers and even bigger stomachs. We are the first barbecue location to enter the Oak Brook market, and we are excited to serve our award-winning fare here.” Real Urban Barbecue is also the first restaurant to bring the delicacy of perfectly charred, caramelized burnt ends to Chicago, and now Oak Brook. Top it all off with RUB’s homemade, signature sauces, and pair with comfort sides like mac & cheese, sweet potato soufflé and golden corn bake. Sandwiches and fresh salads are also guest favorites. Real Urban Barbecue will have a dedicated door for carry-out order pick up, plus counter seating, booths and tables for 75 guests; with an additional space for 60 people available to reserve for private and corporate parties. In Spring 2015, RUB will unveil their new patio area complete with decorative lighting and music throughout that will seat an additional 60 people. Real Urban Bakery…Come for the barbecue, stay for the dessert. Under the direction of executive pastry chef Kristi Loucks, the new Oak Brook location features an extended bakery section for all of RUB’s homemade desserts including cupcakes, cake balls, whoopee pies, cakes, and pies. For more information, seasonal hours, the full menu and catering information visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com or call the Oak Brook restaurant at (847) 947-6474.  Real Urban Barbecue’s Oak Brook location will be open Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., or until products sell out. Meat up and tweet up at @RealUrbanBBQ and become a fan on Facebook. Real Urban Barbecue’s Accolades: Chicago Magazine’s “Hot List” and Reader’s Choice “Best BBQ” Chicago Tribune’s “Essential Barbecue Bites” for Burnt Ends Voted “Best BBQ” by the readers of Make It Better Magazine, Highland Park Patch and Daily Herald Awards in both Judges Choice and People’s Choice categories at Ribfest Chicago “Best Service” at Taste of Highland Park “First Place People’s Choice” at Windy City BBQ Classic at Soldier Field “Most Creative Item” for BBQ Nachos at Little Bear Ribfest in Vernon Hills Featured on the Food Network’s Eating America Favorite among celebrities and athletes Jeff Shapiro’s Bio & Accolades:
Prior to opening Real Urban Barbecue, Highland Park native Jeff Shapiro worked for Lettuce Entertain You for 14 years at restaurants including Bones, RJ Grunts, Bub City, Pappagus and PJ Clarke’s. He most recently served as director of operations of Carmichael’s Steak House in Chicago for six years. Shapiro has been winning trophies in the BBQ competition circuit for many years under the team name Dr. Deckle and Mr. Hide. Well before “urban barbecue” became the trend it is today, Shapiro’s feverish passion has had him touring the major regional BBQ markets in the U.S. -2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the GLMV Chamber of Commerce for heading a new and leading business in Vernon Hills. -Character Counts Pillar Award from the City of Highland Park Alliance, North Shore School District 112 and Highland Park High School, based on his representation of the Six Pillars of Character within the community. -Honored for his work with USO of Illinois.                                                            

     
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