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  • Northwest suburban police blotter Dec 12, 2014 11:29 AM
    Burglars entered four unlocked vehicles around 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Centennial School on the 200 block of Stearns Road in Bartlett and stole a GPS, CDs, cellphone charger, cash, debit cards, cellphone, wedding ring and a pair of earrings. Value was estimated at $3,100.

  • Heartland Voices presents its 16th Christmas program Dec 12, 2014 9:45 PM
    Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based adult choral ensemble, presents its 16th Christmas program at 3 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Huntley. Selections include the Dale Warland arrangement of the “Wexford Carol,” a 12th-century Irish carol most likely of dancing origin, and Rollo Dilworth’s “Sistah Mary,” one of a very few African-American Christmas spirituals that recounts the birth of Christ from the perspective of a slave. Heartland Voices presentations also will include works by Durufle, Powell, Spencer, Hovland, and Kirkpatrick. The music not only spans the centuries, but the many moods of Christmas.

  • U-46 high school students named Illinois State Scholars Dec 12, 2014 11:16 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is pleased to announce 249 high school students were named 2015-2016 Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

  • Celebrity charged after appearance in Schaumburg Dec 12, 2014 11:14 AM
    Brandon Novak, who has appeared in several “Jackass” films, has been charged with criminal damage to property in connection with a celebrity appearance at a Day of the Dead convention last month in Schaumburg, police said.

  • Highpoint Park Name Change Proposed Dec 15, 2014 3:53 PM
    At the November 25 Park Board meeting of the Hoffman Estates Park District (HEPD), a proposal was made to rename Highpoint Park in honor of Joseph L. Fabbrini.

  • Culver's of Schaumburg toy drive benefits local hospital Dec 15, 2014 3:53 PM
    Culver's celebrates this holiday season by giving back to the community. Throughout the Chicagoland area, more than 30 restaurant locations will be hosting toy drives for local hospitals.

  • Dry-aged beef, lively atmosphere impress at Grillhouse by David Burke Dec 10, 2014 9:38 AM
    Grillhouse by David Burke in Schaumburg hasn't been open long, but it's on track to become a local favorite. The restaurant, which opened in late October by New York-based celebrity chef David Burke, offers a wider range of menu items than a traditional steakhouse, and puts a different spin on some of the dishes he offers at David Burke Primehouse in Chicago's James Hotel. But the beef, its preparation, quality and Burke's patented drying method remain unaltered.

  • Suburbs losing phone tax revenue; will consumers pay later? Dec 10, 2014 5:26 AM
    Changes in how people communicate mean sharp drops in phone tax revenue in nearly every suburb. And some lobbyists and other experts are guessing what that means: Changes that could cost some consumers more after the state's telecommunications law expires in June. “It's a tax that applies to landlines and lots of people are getting rid of landlines,” said Lisa Happ, Schaumburg's finance director.

  • Fine-tune your swing at Royal Melbourne Golf Academy Dec 10, 2014 6:49 PM
    Opened in 2013, the Royal Melbourne Golf Academy has given the opportunity for golfers to improve their swing, even in winter.

  • Schaumburg settles second lawsuit against former cops Dec 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday settled a second of the 14 lawsuits filed against the village by people alleging mistreatment at the hands of convicted former cops Matthew Hudak and Terrance O’Brien. John Cichy, a third former cop who was arrested simultaneously on multiple drug conspiracy charges in January 2013, did not plead guilty like the other two and is awaiting trial on March 3.

  • Compete for the Winter Nationals Indoor Dodgeball Championship Dec 15, 2014 3:44 PM
    Dodge, duck, dip and dive your way to the National Amateur Dodgeball Association Winter Nationals, presented by the Schaumburg Park District. Winter Nationals will be held Jan. 3 at the Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. The adult tournament begins at 10 a.m. and the youth tournament begins at 3 p.m. “This is the second tournament of the 2014-2015 season,” said Derek Dvorak, athletic supervisor. “Winter Nationals is the place to evaluate skills and begin prep for Dodgeball Days in July.” Games are officiated by NADA staff. All players receive a T-shirt. Team prizes are awarded to champions. Youth divisions include grades 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Adult divisions include men’s, women’s and co-rec. The registration deadline is Dec. 29 for adult and youth divisions. Registration fee for adult teams is $125. Registration fee for youth teams is $105. For more information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit www.parkfun.com.

  • The Schaumburg Park District will report ice skating conditions for three ponds this winter Dec 15, 2014 3:44 PM
    Check conditions before heading out to ice skate at Schaumburg Park District ponds. Conditions will be reported at www.parkfun.com under Parks/Ice Skating. After conditions have been reported they will only be updated when conditions change from the previous report. The three ponds include: • Volkening Lake, 900 W. Schaumburg Road • Gray Farm, 120 N. Cloverdale Lane • Twin Ponds at Lancer Creek, 539 S. Summit Drive Ice checks are completed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for thickness and safety. Ponds will display the green flag for safe skating and red for unsafe. All other Schaumburg Park District ponds will always remain closed with a red flag. For more information, call (847) 985-2115 or visit www.parkfun.com.

  • Hike the trails of Spring Valley on snowshoes Dec 15, 2014 3:44 PM
    Explore Spring Valley in a new way! Schaumburg Park District invites residents to get out and experience the beauty of the winter landscape on snowshoes! Spring Valley Nature Center has snowshoes available for rent throughout the winter months. Spring Valley, a 135-acre nature preserve located at 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, features over three miles of trails. Snowshoes may be rented for use at Spring Valley anytime there is at least four inches of snow on the ground, or taken off-site to be used elsewhere. Snowshoe rookies are asked to view a short video in the Nature Center that illustrates proper use of snowshoes and technique, prior to using them. Rentals are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., daily. The rental fee is $4 per pair for three hours or less and $10 per pair for the entire day. Snowshoes may also be rented at the daily rate for trips up north to snow country. Daily renters must also provide a $50 check or leave a credit card number as deposit. Special rates for scouts and other youth groups are available on weekdays after 3 p.m. For more information, call (847) 985-2100 or visit www.parkfun.com.

  • Celebrate the winter solstice at the Schaumburg Park District Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    Join the Schaumburg Park District to discover how ancient societies honored the winter solstice. Celebrate winter 3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 20 at the Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road. Visitors will discover what is special about the winter solstice. “This new program is a good opportunity to experience holiday traditions that have deep roots to old winter solstice celebrations,” said Dave Brooks, manager of conservation services at Spring Valley. “Children will search for the yule log in the woods before bringing it to the cabin to start a fire and discuss the log’s significance.” Visitors will toast the fire with warm drinks and listen to a story. The event will conclude with a horse-drawn wagon ride. Cost is $20 for a family of four. Cost per participant or additional family member is $6. For more information, call (847) 985-2100 or visit www.parkfun.com.

  • Ring in the New Year with the Schaumburg Park District Dec 15, 2014 3:43 PM
    Tots will welcome 2015 with their very own New Year’s Eve party. Schaumburg Park District’s annual Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown will celebrate the end of 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 31 at the Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. Children will enjoy unstructured activities, inflatables and riding toys. “This is a great way for families with younger children to celebrate New Year’s Eve,” said Karen Shannon, Sport Center manager. “Instead of staying awake until midnight they will count down at noon and have a balloon drop!” Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown is a Schaumburg CAN (Children – Activity – Nutrition) program. Schaumburg CAN’s mission is to align the community around opportunities to build a foundation of healthy activity and nutrition for children. This event is for ages 1 to 6 years old. Pre-registration cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Day-of registration is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. For more information, call (847) 891-1266 or visit www.parkfun.com.

  • National Association of REALTORS® Selects Nancy Nagy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group to Serve on Board of Directors Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    CHICAGO, IL – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Nagy has been selected to serve on the National Association of Realtors® Board of Directors in 2015. Nagy was chosen to serve as one of the 75 large real estate firm representatives. “We are very pleased that Nancy has been selected to serve on NAR’s Board of Directors. This is an important time for real estate, and we are glad that Nancy will have the opportunity to actively participate in shaping our industry as a leader within the NAR organization,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America, Inc. “It is such an honor to have been selected as one of the Board of Directors for the National Association of REALTORS®. I feel very grateful for this opportunity. As our business is changing, it is crucial that we are part of shaping that future,” said Nancy Nagy. The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association and has 1 million members that include institutes, societies and councils that are involved with commercial and residential real estate. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, a full-service real estate company, has nearly 1,500 real estate professionals and staff serving customers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Formed from the merger between two legendary Chicago real estate brokerages – Prudential Rubloff Properties and Koenig & Strey – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group inherits a solid reputation built from decades of helping people throughout the greater Chicago area buy and sell real estate. Visit KoenigRubloff.com.

  • Sign up for winter break camps at the Schaumburg Park District Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    Schaumburg Park District will offer a variety of camps to keep children learning, active and having fun during winter break. Way Fun Winter Break Camp will offer field trips, games, art projects and gym time to children ages 6 to 12. Camp will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 22, 23, 26, 29, 30 and Jan. 2 at Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way. Sack lunches are required each day. Snacks will be provided. Young Jedi will fight the Empire during Lego camps. Participants will build complex machines including X-Wings, R2-units and pod racers. Camp is for ages 5 to 7. Jedi Engineering is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 22 and 23 at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. Master Jedi Engineering will be held 1-4 p.m., Dec. 22 and 23 at the Community Recreation Center. Little adventurers will explore Spring Valley through the Spring Valley Winter Camp. Campers will track animals, look for birds, experiment with snow and snowshoe. Camp is for ages 7 to 12. Camp will be held 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30 at the Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road. Other exciting winter camps include chess, strategy games, dance/poms and Legos. For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit www.parkfun.com.

  • Sign up for Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k Dec 9, 2014 4:41 PM
    Registration is now open for The Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k on April 26 at McHenry County College. Sign up now for a special rate through Dec. 31.

  • Hoffman Estates football team advances to Pop Warner national finals Dec 9, 2014 4:41 PM
    A Hoffman Estates youth football team is one win away from a national title after defeating a team from New Jersey on Tuesday in the 2014 Pop Warner Super Bowl. The championship game will be played at 7:30 a.m. Friday and broadcast live online on ESPN3.

  • Watch ‘The Grinch’ free at Elk Grove Theatre Dec 9, 2014 1:34 PM
    Celebrate the holiday season at the Elk Grove Theatre with a showing of the “The Grinch.” The film, starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard, will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Admission is free, and the film is sponsored by Porte Brown.

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