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  • Arlington Hts. glass studio helps woman finish Sandy Hook tribute Jul 31, 2014 6:11 AM
    When 26 children and adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Patti Muller, who lives in New Orleans, was inspired to teach herself a new form of artwork to create a stained glass “quilt” remembering the victims. Now, she is in Arlington Heights finishing her artwork at a local stained glass studio and hoping it will motivate others to make a change. “This was a horrific tragedy, but I tried to create something beautiful out of it,” Mueller said.

     
  • Wauconda equine therapy program helps special needs kids Jul 28, 2014 2:30 PM
    Evan Zaloudek, 29, is autistic. Though he is very friendly, he has had problems with speech development and verbalization, said his mother Lorna Zaloudek of Lindenhurst. But in the nine years since he started riding horses at the Partners for Progress barn in Wauconda, she said, Evan’s personality has developed, and his speech has improved. “Since he’s been at the barn, he has just blossomed into this man who talks to anybody and everybody,” Lorna Zaloudek said.

     
  • Free fishing trip a way of thanking veterans Jul 27, 2014 7:32 AM
    Jerry Van Bladel, a Navy veteran and a resident of Cary, has never had an experience quite like the fishing trip he shared with nearly 130 other veterans. Funded and organized by Bartlett-based nonprofit Take a Vet Fishing, the trip honored the veterans for their service. "I realized that people appreciated us," Van Bladel said. "They appreciated what we did."

     
  • Friends mourn loss of advocate for suburban homeless Jul 24, 2014 3:08 PM
    The suburbs have lost a major advocate for homeless residents with the death of Mary Cadigan, one of the original board members of Journeys The Road Home, in Palatine. “Many of our core values today are in large part due to Mary Cadigan and the team that was part of the original board.,” Beth Nabors, executive director of Journeys, said.

     
  • Event honors Streamwood volunteers Jul 24, 2014 6:14 PM
    Streamwood residents are invited to a gathering honoring five longtime volunteers Aug. 3. Park District Commissioner Rich Janiec will act as emcee for the ceremony outside the village's 110-year-old schoolhouse at Hoosier Grove park. Several state lawmakers also are expected to attend.

     
  • HandsOn Suburban Chicago seeks volunteer tutors Jul 22, 2014 12:09 PM
    HandsOn Suburban Chicago, a nonprofit 501(c)3 agency based in Arlington Heights, will continue after-school tutoring programs in Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 and Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 for the 2014-2015 school year.

     
  • St. Viator, Loyola Academy join hands to feed the hungry Jul 18, 2014 2:32 PM
    Students, staffers and alumni from St. Viator High School and Loyola Academy packed more than 57,000 meals for hungry families in Peru in a friendly competition. “My faith is renewed when I see young people like that working for a better world,” said St. Viator President, the Rev. Corey Brost.

     
  • Leaders sought for Vernon library Friends group before it fades away Jul 15, 2014 10:06 AM
    The Friends of the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire has cited an urgent need for leaders to continue its work or risk disbanding. "We're at a transition point," said Angela Goodrich, president of the Friends board.

     
  • Elk Grove church is a lifesaver to local caregivers Jul 10, 2014 5:43 AM
    When he took a good look at the demographics in and around Elk Grove Village, the Rev. Stefan Potuznik of Christus Victor Lutheran Church noticed how quickly the community was aging. His church's response was to create A Caring Place, a drop off center where caregivers could leave their loved ones in a safe and social setting for a few hours a week.

     
  • First phase of Wheaton sensory playground, gardens opening soon Jul 6, 2014 8:01 AM
    If the weather starts to cooperate, planners say the first phase of a nearly $2.5 million sensory playground and garden project in Wheaton will be complete and ready for visitors in just a few months. “It's a place for everyone,” said Sarah O'Donnell, director of development for the Wheaton Park District.

     
  • WWII vet, school counselor from Mt. Prospect wins free roof Jul 3, 2014 7:53 PM
    Mount Prospect resident Henry Blim, a 90-year-old veteran of World War II, will receive a free roof for his house as part of the "No Roof Left Behind" porgram run by local business Peterson Roofing. After serving his country, Blim settled in Mount Prospect and worked for nearly 30 years in Northwest Suburban District 214.

     
  • Mundelein blood drive Jun 30, 2014 4:58 PM
    Mundelein Fire Department and LifeSource host an “Everyday Heroes Summer Blood Drive” on Thursday, July 3.

     
  • Scout’s project brings bocce courts to Des Plaines Jun 30, 2014 8:43 PM
    John Meyer, 17, led an effort to buildtwo 57-foot-long bocce ball courts in Des Plaines for his Eagle project. The project took some 2,000 man-hours by as many as 15 Scout volunteers, along with troop leaders, parents, and workers from local businesses. “You get thrown curve balls. I think Scouting helps you to have backup plans,” he said.

     
  • Firefighters hold blood drive in Rolling Meadows Jun 24, 2014 4:41 PM
    The Rolling Meadows Fire Department is holding a blood drive Thursday, June 26, in memory of Josie Dolinsky, wife of Rolling Meadows firefighter Evan Dolinsky. She died in March of leukemia.

     
  • St. Charles church changing lives with mass volunteerism Jun 22, 2014 7:55 AM
    About 10 years ago, Christ Community Church near St. Charles started its “Great Day of Service,” and it attracted up to 1,800 volunteers. But church leaders "didn't want it to be just a once-a-year thing where a bunch of people come together and check off a box.” Today, the megachurch runs monthly events, and works to build a relationship with the people served.

     
  • Little Boots Rodeo this weekend in Elk Grove Village Jun 17, 2014 4:01 PM
    The seventh annual Little Boots Rodeo in Elk Grove Village is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Arlington Heights Road and Devon Avenue. Children can participate in 13 different events at this year’s rodeo June 21-22, from cow milking and corn stripping, to panning for gold and riding a zip line.

     
  • Buffalo Grove Fire Department to host blood drive Jun 15, 2014 4:36 PM
    The Buffalo Grove Fire Department will host a blood drive Friday, June 20.

     
  • 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..

     
  • Volunteers sought for Des Plaines parks group Jun 8, 2014 4:22 PM
    The Des Plaines Park District is recruiting new members for the Friends of the Parks, a volunteer organization that promotes cultural and recreational events and provides scholarships.

     
  • Suburban cyclists bike across nation to fight cancer Jun 8, 2014 8:00 AM
    Twenty University of Illinois students are biking 4,000 miles this summer to support a variety of cancer-fighting causes. “It sounded like something new, something pretty crazy and just like an epic journey,” said 19-year-old Grace Deetjen of Naperville. Other riders on the trip are from Algonquin, Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, St. Charles and Wheeling.

     
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