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  • ‘Here we were, facing the hardest decision of our lives’ Sep 23, 2014 10:21 AM
    Not once but twice during her pregnancy, Jen Willford and her partner were faced with deciding whether to risk the lives of some of their triplets in the hopes of saving others. Ultimately, they lost their identical twin boys, but the twins' fraternal sister is thriving. The family, which has added another daughter, will honor the boys in A Walk to Remember.

  • Walk to Remember honors babies who died too soon Sep 23, 2014 10:22 AM
    For most of us — the lucky majority — the signs of parenthood are obvious. We have the minivans, the schedules full of playdates and soccer practices. And we have our children, who throw their arms around us at bedtime and say, “I love you too!” Yet some parents aren’t recognizable this way. Like the rest of us, they celebrated their pregnancies, planned for their babies and dreamed of the future as a family. But rather than holding their babies in their arms, they carry the grief of losing a child who never really had the chance to live.

  • Sugar Grove teen’s advocacy gives her direction Sep 21, 2014 7:30 AM
    Sarah Feltes of Sugar Grove was just looking for a way to score free tickets to One Direction concerts when she signed up for She read a few articles and watched some videos about topics such as povertyto earn points for a prize drawing. It drew her in and now she's getting a free trip to a concert in New York City and being featured in a video.

  • First Tee teaches golf, life lessons to kids Sep 20, 2014 5:53 PM
    Ivanhoe Golf Club hosted a First Tee event Saturday. The event rewards young golfers with the opportunity to play at prestigious clubs like Ivanhoe for making good decisions off the course, such as getting good grades. “First Tee teaches kids how to be young ladies and gentlemen, and learn about life as courteous, polite people,” said club member Jim Brownlie.

  • Bartlett International Day of Peace event raises funds for nonprofit Sep 20, 2014 7:40 AM
    Bartlett will play host Sunday to one of the biggest fundraisers for Play for Peace, a nonprofit group that teaches kids about cooperation through play in places of conflict across the globe.

  • Rotary Club Oktoberfest ends Sunday in Palatine Sep 21, 2014 12:00 PM
    It was family day Saturday at the Rotary Club of Palatine's three-day Oktoberfest, with activities including a bicycle ride, face painting, balloon art, a variety of children's games and a soccer station. Oliver Girke, Rotary Club of Palatine president-elect, said the Friday night crowd was the largest for the fest yet and he expects this year's three-day crowd total will exceed last year's.

  • Church in Lincolnshire to hold garage sale Sep 19, 2014 4:53 PM
    The Community Christian Church in Lincolnshire will hold its annual community garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 27. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 1970 Riverwoods Road.

  • Lamb Farm’s Barn Burner BBQ Oct. 17, 18 Sep 19, 2014 5:04 PM
    The public is invited this year to the 9th Annual Barn Burner BBQ competition Oct. 17 and 18 at Lambs Farm on Route 176 in Green Oaks. As many as 50 teams will be cooking low and slow in the parking lot competing in five categories to win the Grand Champion title and the chance to compete at other national Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned events.

  • Just give her some music... Sep 18, 2014 7:22 AM
    Hometown story to raise awareness for the Chicagoland's "Out of the Darkness" Walk in Grant Park, this Saturday, Sept. 20th 10am

  • Barrington teen’s Chili Dump Run to benefit people with disabilities Sep 18, 2014 5:15 PM
    Runners will hit the roads of Lake Barrington Sunday while others create one-of-a-kind chili at the 2nd Annual Chili Dump Run, an event organized by a Barrington teen to raise money for a home for people with developmental disabilities.

  • Naperville VFW .1K race short on distance, long on heart Sep 18, 2014 10:01 AM
    While thousands of Naperville runners are spending long hours pounding pavement to get ready for the Naperville Marathon, others are spending roughly a minute — or however long it takes to tie a pair of shoes — getting ready for another kind of race, the Judd Kendall VWF Post 3873 Judd-A-Thon .1K. “It’s something to have fun with,” Post 3873 Quartermaster Phil Maughan said. “We’ll call it a race but some people are going to walk; several walk with canes.”

  • Verizon gives $250,000 to WINGS women’s shelter Sep 23, 2014 12:14 PM
    Since the Ray Rice video broke onto the public consciousness nearly 2 weeks ago, the WINGS Safe House in Rolling Meadows has turned away 80 women and children. “That’s why adding another shelter is so important,” said Rebecca Darr, WINGS CEO. Now, with a $250,000 doantion from Verizon that shelter is a little closer.

  • By the numbers: St. Peter Barn Sale Sep 17, 2014 3:51 PM
    A Fox Valley tradition, the St. Peter Barn Sale has been hosted by a Catholic parish in Geneva for more than 30 years. This two-day gigantic “garage sale” will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20-21, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Months ahead of the sale, volunteers collect, sort and box donations from the community.

  • Get tips on encouraging youth to do service Sep 16, 2014 2:18 PM
    Join HandsOn Suburban Chicago from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, for “The New Generation of Volunteers: Engaging Youth to Meet Mission,” at the HandsOn Suburban Chicago office at 2121 S. Goebbert Road, in Arlington Heights. Parking is in lot ‘B,’ by the flagpole. Enter the building at Door 2 and the receptionist will direct you to the meeting room.

  • Elk Grove’s Pizza 4 Patriots? How about Operation Cookie Drop Sep 15, 2014 8:18 PM
    In 2008, a simple idea to send a few pizzas to soldiers overseas turned into Pizzas 4 Patriots. That spawned Packages 4 Patriots. Now, those groups are working together with Operation Cookie Drop, a plan to deliver 13,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to veteran organizations in all 50 states.

  • Kerry Washington talks domestic violence, motherhood Sep 15, 2014 9:06 AM
    It didn’t take the Ray Rice elevator video to get Kerry Washington talking about domestic violence. In fact, it was the day before news outlets were looping security-camera images of the NFL running back punching out his then-fiancÚ Janay Palmer, that the “Scandal” actress was filming a public service announcement about a rarely discussed component of domestic violence known as financial abuse.

  • Hungry rib lovers flock to Grayslake’s Downtown Rib Throwdown Sep 14, 2014 7:09 PM
    Supply quickly exhausted demand Sunday at this year’s Downtown Rib Throwdown, to benefit The Oasis, Grayslake’s youth center. A hungry crowd quickly descended on the contestants’ offerings, some of which were cleaned out within a couple of hours.

  • Culver’s of St. Charles to hold bone marrow registry drive Sep 12, 2014 9:01 PM
    Culver's of St. Charles will host a "Day of Giving" and marrow registry drive on Saturday, Sept. 20, to honor local 6-year-old Ava Lee, who has leukemia. Culver’s will donate 10 percent of its receipts to Be the Match, a national bone marrow registry.

  • Agency to salute volunteers, PADS churches at 25th anniversary celebration Sep 11, 2014 12:48 PM
    In 1989, a small group of citizens and churches founded PADS or Public Action to Deliver Shelter in an effort to lift up the homeless and dispossessed in the local community. Twenty-five years later that mission continues through the work of JOURNEYS | The Road Home.

  • Schaumburg firefighters’ charity softball event Sept. 13 Sep 11, 2014 6:14 PM
    The Schaumburg Firefighters Benevolent Association will host its 21st annual charity softball tournament from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Olympic Park, 1675 E. Old Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Thirty-four fire departments from throughout the Chicago area will come together this year to raise money for Loyola University’s Burn Center and the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry.

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