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  • Nominations open for BG ‘Heart’ awards Sep 7, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce is still taking nominations for the 2014 Heart of the Community Awards, which will be presented at the Celebration Gala Event on Nov. 8 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove.

     
  • Wheaton man continues quest for clean water with Ironman Sep 7, 2014 7:00 AM
    Wheaton resident Steve Spear finished a run across America one year ago to raise money to bring clean water to African villages. On Sunday, he'll continue his mission to raise awareness by attempting his first Ironman. “I’m just going to keep stretching myself,” Spear said of finding the next challenge.

     
  • Help clean the river: Sep 5, 2014 4:53 PM
    Join the Illinois Water TrailKeepers for the fourth annual Des Plaines River Cleanup. The event is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at Riverwoods village hall, 300 Portwine Road.

     
  • Dist. 62 Foundation reports at school board meeting Sep 3, 2014 3:27 PM
    Des Plaines Elementary School District 62 Foundation officers Susie Adams and Julie Luck Jensen reviewed the grants that were funded during the 2013-2014 school year and presented the goals for the 2014-2015 school year at a recent school board meeting.

     
  • Four Boy Scout councils consolidating to increase membership, donations Aug 31, 2014 6:37 AM
    A plan to consolidate four Chicago area Boy Scout councils is underway. "The purpose to doing this is to enable us to have more funds and more of an intelligent use of our resources to bring more kids to programs and bring in demographic areas where we’re underserving and make programming bigger and better,” said Mike Duffee, area president.

     
  • District 214 considers building community help center Aug 31, 2014 6:42 AM
    One of the projects included in a proposed $45 million worth of capital projects is an idea to work with a church next door to the District 214 administrative office to build a warehouselike community closet that can be used as a food pantry/clothes closet for the needy in the community. Students from all six high schools would go there for community service hours. “We view it as a win for everyone,” Superintendent David Schuler said.

     
  • New pet rescue plans open house in Palatine Aug 28, 2014 2:56 PM
    Barb’s Precious Rescue and Adoption Center, a new not-for-profit animal rescue in Palatine, will begin offering pets for adoption Monday, Sept. 1, and plans an open house for Saturday, Sept. 6. Located at 313 N. Quentin St., the rescue officially opened on Aug. 11.

     
  • Labor Day blood drive: Aug 26, 2014 4:22 PM
    The Mundelein Fire Department will host the “Everyday Heroes Labor Day Blood Drive” on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from noon to 7 p.m. at Mundelein Fire Station #1, 1000 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein.

     
  • Food bank trying to help suburbanites struggling even with jobs Aug 25, 2014 5:19 AM
    Leaders of the Northern Illinois Food Bank say the organization provides about 50 million meals a year to hungry people all over the suburban areas it serves. But the Geneva-based Food Bank wants to increase the number of meals it provides to 75 million annually by the year 2020. "We’re trying to spread the word about how many of our neighbors need food assistance," CEO Julie Yurko said.

     
  • Wounded veteran gets new truck at Cougars game Aug 25, 2014 2:32 PM
    Friday’s Kane County Cougars game offered more to celebrate than just the team’s win over the Clinton LumberKings. Members of the AFFI Warrior Program and local firefighters presented a new truck to a deserving Illinois wounded military veteran, Josh Kerber of West Chicago.

     
  • Volunteers sought to share skills: Aug 21, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Community Action Partnership of Lake County is seeking volunteers for its Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, a “placement service” for people 55 and older to share their experience, skills and talent.

     
  • Volunteer for Lake Zurich football Aug 17, 2014 5:27 PM
    Lake Zurich Quarterback Club members are seeking volunteer assistance on game days for high school football games.

     
  • Catholic Charities Lake County seeks volunteers to be youth mentors Aug 15, 2014 1:08 PM
    Catholic Charities Lake County Youth Mentorship Program has made a positive impact on a dozen children already, but more mentors are needed before the 2014-2015 school year begins.

     
  • 69 years, 151 pints: ‘Mr. Blood Drop’ keeps on giving Aug 13, 2014 11:45 AM
    If there was one thing that made the blood donation Palatine resident George Serena gave Tuesday morning different from the 150 he’s given in the past, it would probably be the puffy red costume paired with a pointy hat that make him look like a drop of blood. Serena, 86, said the costume has earned him many nicknames, including Mr. Blood Drop.

     
  • Some camp out all night for school supplies at ECC Aug 10, 2014 6:39 AM
    Some people camped outside overnight to get backpacks filled with school supplies that were handed out Saturday at Elgin Community College. “These families wait as long as it takes because they are in need,” ECC Student Life Coordinator Katie Storey said.

     
  • Fox River fans promote vision for ‘underutilized’ asset Aug 9, 2014 8:12 PM
    While hundreds of runners, some as young as 13, raced for the finish line of the eighth Bob Leonard River Run/Walk, an enthusiastic group of Fox River fans used the event to promote their vision of how the river can be home to white water rafting, decorative pedestrian bridgesr, floating gardens, splash pads for kids and rowing clubs for teens and adults

     
  • Tutors, mentors, drivers sought: Aug 6, 2014 4:49 PM
    The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program sponsored by Community Action Partnership is looking for volunteers to provide one-on-one assistance to children 3-5 years old in literacy, math, reading and social/emotional development for at least two hours one or two days a week during the 2014-15 school year.

     
  • About 1,000 kids expected at final Kids 1st Health Fair Aug 6, 2014 4:46 PM
    About 1,000 kids were expected to participate in Lake County's final Kids 1st Health Fair on Wednesday in Waukegan. Some parents and volunteers said they were disappointed the annual program is ending after 21 years.

     
  • Prospect Heights police assist in youth outreach programs Aug 1, 2014 11:58 AM
    City of Prospect Heights police officers, city employees, aldermen and volunteers offered their time July 24 to accompany 30 youths on a field trip to the Wheeling Park District Aquatics Center. While at the aquatics center, the children learned to swim and actively engage in relationship building with their peers and the officers.

     
  • 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.

     
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