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  • Meet cancer nurse who helps patients through murky waters Sep 13, 2014 7:35 AM
    Cancer nurse Juli Aistars takes the scare out of the scary. At Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Aistars specializes in dealing with prostate cancer patients, navigating them through pre-treatment, post-treatment tests and setting appointments. She's been called a lifeboat by those in the storm.

  • Meet the Campton Hills woman who takes food from farm to table Sep 5, 2014 3:41 PM
    Most people have memories spending time with their mom in the kitchen. Penny Newkirk remembers that too, growing up in farm country and helping her mother prepare meals for six siblings. Newkirk, a former home economics and cooking teacher, is still sharing her skills with others at her Country Garden Cuisine Cooking School on a historic farm in Campton Hills. “I have the heart of a teacher,” she says. “I love to be able to excite people about the food they eat” Newkirk said.

  • Meet Libertyville man who gave up banking to make pizza Aug 29, 2014 10:35 AM
    John Durning is passionate — passionate about pizza. So passionate, he left his banking job of 12 years to follow his dream -- opening a pizza joint called Pizzeria Deville. “I said I wouldn’t do it unless I found the perfect place,” he said of his new pizzeria in downtown Libertyville.

  • Libertyville man shares his love for yoga with ‘breath of fire’ Aug 22, 2014 4:12 PM
    Linas Damasius of Libertyville has changed his mind and body with yoga and wants others to gain the benefits. Damasius teaches free ashtanga yoga classes at Independence Grove near Libertyville and hosts free acrobatic yoga in Libertyville's Cook Memorial Park throughout the summer. “Teaching the yoga classes has allowed me to meet other people and share something I love,” Damasius added.

  • St. Charles artist paints with fire and smoke Aug 15, 2014 10:26 AM
    Abstract artist Anne Ressman Zabinski of St. Charles uses not only acrylic paints, watercolors and alcohol inks in her work, but also specializes in a technique called fumage, which is painting with a flame and smoke. She uses different sources of flame to create her artwork on canvas and clayboard, and further manipulates the soot residue using carving tools, erasers, water, paints and other techniques.

  • St. Charles engraver put his love of art to work by creating monuments Aug 8, 2014 11:38 AM
    Preserving a memory in stone has been Jim Shoaf's craft for nearly 30 years. His art gives a depiction of those who have passed on. As a monument maker at St. Charles Memorial Works, he finds his work very gratifying. “We can help them through the grieving process, by producing a monument or marker that reflects their life” Shoaf said.

  • Meet the museum volunteer who keeps history on track Aug 1, 2014 12:30 PM
    Jason Maxwell, 47, of Elgin is a volunteer in the steam department at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union. He is a fireman and engineer on locomotive 1630, a St. Louis-SanFrancisco 2-10-0 Russian decapod that was restored to service this past spring following a 10-year effort by museum volunteers, including Maxwell.

  • Moving Picture: CPA by day; drag racer after work Jul 25, 2014 1:29 PM
    Bruce Jones, managing partner at Porte Brown LLC accounting firm in Elk Grove Village, has been drag racing since 2012. Jones races a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, which is both a show car and a race car. The car grabs immediate attention and respect as it heads down the quarter-mile stretch in nine seconds.

  • Moving Picture: 80-year-old softball player going strong Jul 18, 2014 5:11 PM
    Chris Argianas of Woodridge has some pop in his bat and good hands around first base. Oh, yeah: He’s 80 years old. "At my age," he says, "every day you are out here playing ball is a good day."

  • Moving Picture: Lemont competitive shooter ranks among best in U.S. Jul 11, 2014 2:25 PM
    Competitive shooter TD Roe is in a league of her own. One of nine siblings, Roe started shooting in 2006 to spend time with her brothers. With a background in competitive sports, Roe applied her talents and training and now is a nationally-ranked United States Practical Shooting Association shooter. Roe also teaches firearms classes in East Dundee and Lombard.

  • Diana Martinez reviews the world premiere of The Last Ship Jul 1, 2014 2:52 PM
    Short and Sweet host, Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago, reviews The Last Ship.

  • Moving Picture: Batavia man’s bike ride helping Africa Jun 27, 2014 1:29 PM
    Justin Ahrens of Batavia conceived the Wheels4Water ride from Boston to Chicago to raise money to supply water for life for 1,000 people in Uganda. He and his team more than doubled their goal and now Lifewater International will be able to supply a lifetime of water to more than 2,300 people with the more than $93,000 raised.

  • Moving Picture: Mundelein school kids call him ‘Grandpa’ Jun 13, 2014 10:36 AM
    “Grandpa Mark” is a school treasure. Just ask the students and faculty at Washington Elementary School in Mundelein. Students are so in love with Mark Stein that the school has worked him into a full-time volunteer job, helping out in kindergarten through second grade classes. “Kindergartners are a whole lot of fun to watch as they learn," Stein said..

  • Moving Picture: Libertyville computer whiz has big plans May 23, 2014 1:06 PM
    There's not much Andy Merrill can't do with a computer — even taking one apart and then rebuilding it himself. The 13-year-old from Libertyville has a big future in technology, and even bigger plans, including inventing a printer that will build him a home.

  • Short and Sweet critic Jennifer Irwin reviews ‘Buyer and Cellar’ with Diana Martinez May 21, 2014 11:13 AM
    Short and Sweet critic Jennifer Irwin reviews 'Buyer and Cellar' in an interview with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago

  • Short and Sweet critic Mike Latone reviews ‘Motown the Musical’ with Diana Martinez May 21, 2014 10:38 AM
    Short and Sweet critic Mike Latone reviews Motown the Musical in an interview with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

  • Moving picture: Elgin woman teaches belly dancing May 16, 2014 1:59 PM
    Christina King is more than a belly dancer. She lives and breathes all that it entails. King grew up immersed in the Middle Eastern and North African cultures where it flourishes. And she has come to realize it's about much more than the performance. It's not “adult-oriented entertainment” — it's for everyone.

  • Short and Sweet critic Beth Kahan reviews ‘Wizard of Oz’ with Diana Martinez May 9, 2014 3:51 PM
    Short and Sweet guest critic Beth Kahan of St. Charles discusses her reactions to Broadway in Chicago’s “Wizard of Oz with host Diana Martinez. Kahan draws upon her experience as an actress – including her experience playing a munchkin in her school’s rendition of “Wizard of Oz” – to critique the show.

  • Moving Picture: Elgin clockmaker in exclusive club May 9, 2014 2:40 PM
    Jim Lachapelle of Elgin is one of only 17 certified master clockmakers in the country, and has a passion for restoring old clocks for suburban residents. He and his business partner operate several locations in the suburbs, often restoring clocks that aren't worth the repair cost, but hold priceless memories for their owners. “I like the idea of the history you are touching,” he says. “There is a tremendous joy in working with those pieces.”

  • Moving picture: Rolling Meadows man shares love of hockey May 2, 2014 1:36 PM
    Hockey veteran Gerry Dudziak, 56, of Rolling Meadows is passing his love of the game down to his granddaughter as she competes in a league where most of the participants are boys. Dudziak coaches his granddaughter, Nina Griffiths, 8, in the Mite Majors developmental league. “We really have a great time,” Dudziak said. “It's kind of bonded us together because we're both hockey players. She's kind of taken after grandpa.”

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