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  • 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."

     
  • Conquering Asperger’s just the start for Antioch teen Jul 16, 2014 6:24 PM
    When Maxwell “Max” McKeough was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 5, his parents were told he’d never be able to hold a job or truly function independently. But thanks to his and his family’ determination, Max has blossomed from a little boy who pulled his eye lashes in frustration and couldn’t handle loud noises into an accomplished teen with a promising future. The 16-year-old already graduated from high school and will start college next month.

     
  • 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.

     
  • What happens in elevators doesn’t stay in elevators May 15, 2014 10:48 AM
    When Elisha Graves Otis sold his first elevator in 1853, he probably never envisioned that his invention would spawn viral videos of celebrity spats. But elevators are the perfect setting for the ups and downs of life.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • Local Muslims pursue happiness in viral dance video Apr 29, 2014 5:23 AM
    When the media interview Muslims, it's not always spurred by a happy event. This time, things couldn't be happier. The newest Muslim video garnering hits on YouTube features more than 150 local Muslims dancing, smiling and having fun in their music video version of Pharrell Williams' hit song, “Happy.” “A very important part of our religion is to smile at others,” says Muslim mom Emma Qureshi, 28, of Des Plaines.

     
  • Moving picture: Mount Prospect minister inspires with music Apr 25, 2014 2:34 PM
    The Rev. Shawn Kafader, chaplain at Friendship Village in Schaumburg ministers to residents through music. "When I come in and do a sing-a-long with them, there's still a spiritual quallity in that music that allows me to connect with those residents and be their chaplain," Kafader says. Mixing songs of faith with golden oldies such as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “In the Good’ Ol Summertime” and “You Are My Sunshine,” he hopes to spark memories, taking them back to their younger days.

     
  • Moving Picture: Hoffman Estates man portrays Jesus every Good Friday Apr 18, 2014 10:17 AM
    For the past twelve years on Good Friday, tens of thousands have watched and walked with Hoffman Estates resident Romualdo Alvarado, who portrays Jesus in the final moments of his life before his crucifixion. Via Crucis, The Way of the Cross, takes place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Maryville Campus in Des Plaines. “Now, I’m ready for the cross. I love the cross,” Alvarado says, “I don’t follow Jesus for the milk or the bread. I follow Jesus because he promised me eternal life. I believe in his words, that’s why I follow him.”

     
  • Critic for the day, Joseph Billquist, discusses Peter and the Starcatcher with host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago Apr 15, 2014 12:43 PM
    Short & Sweet guest critic Joseph Billquist shares his perspective on Peter and the Starcatcher with Broadway in Chicago host  Diana Martinez.

     
  • Moving Picture: Elgin library artist builds cityscape Apr 11, 2014 2:03 PM
    Mary Amici-Kozi doesn't get the spotlight much, but her work sure does. The graphic artist at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin creates displays both large and small that complement the themes or events happening in the library. “We are always changing, always coming up with new ideas,” she says. “You want to give as much as you can. You want to be as creative as you can. I like to see how much the public enjoys things that touch them.”

     
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