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  • Constable: Palatine woman who's struggled with blindness finds her path Jan 4, 2015 10:02 AM
    Losing the last remnants of her vision just as her career began, Julie Gistenson thrives as a massage therapist at the Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine. “Her ability to overcome so many obstacles in her life has been an excellent example to us all. She is a wonderful role model to anyone dealing with adversity,” says Robyn Kove, director of marketing for the club.

  • Constable: Hoffman Estates photographer beautifies patients' windows Dec 28, 2014 7:48 AM
    When her husband's hospital room windows looked out on a drab rooftop, Shelly Lawler decided to create a change of scenery. Now she transforms windows into art for others. “If you are confined in your bed, you want to see something interesting,” says Laurie Miller, director of the Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. “We were looking for something to spice up the rooms.”

  • Constable: No Kardashians, but holiday cards hit spot Dec 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    How can an old-fashioned holiday card sent through the mail compete with butt-shaking elves on ecards and viral holiday videos that can propel a family to a reality TV series? Well, holiday cards are hanging in there, and even are on the rise among some younger people.

  • Quarters no longer on a roll during modern laundry days Dec 15, 2014 5:05 PM
    Started in 1960, the Coin Laundry Association headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace remains on the cutting edge of that industry, with one exception. The most modern Laundromats don't use coins.

  • Constable: Grayslake pastor proud of link to Civil Air Patrol Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    In a long-overdue honor, the Civil Air Patrol, created Dec. 1, 1941,was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last week in Washington. Jill Paulson, a Presbyterian minister in Grayslake, received a replica medal in honor of her grandfather, who started the civilian force, which was instrumental in protecting the coast in WW II.

  • Constable: Can this be the meal of my dreams if there's no McWine? Dec 11, 2014 9:03 AM
    I waded through the many menu options, but now the server brings out the entree "of my dreams," and asks if there's anything else he can do for me. I'm tempted to ask what sort of McCab wine goes best with this McDonald's hamburger.

  • Constable: Tollway death counts are more than numbers Dec 9, 2014 5:26 AM
    In 2012, when our expressways debuted those electric signs listing the annual number of Illinois traffice fatalities, I appreciated the shock value. Now, those signs seem more of a curiosity to me. I see Monday's 860 death toll and wonder: Did the ban on hand-held cellphones keep that number from growing higher? What does the 70-mph speed limit do to those numbers? If I drive to the family farm before Christmas, will that number have topped 900?

  • Constable: South Elgin High School junior makes Deaflympics team Dec 7, 2014 9:19 AM
    Hearing impaired since birth, Derek Struwing starting playing hockey at age 3. The South Elgin High School junior made the U.S. Hockey Team and will compete at the 2015 Deaflympics in March in Russia.

  • Constable: Celebrating a unique talent takes unique talent Dec 4, 2014 11:59 AM
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer might not have been a typical reindeer, but he got the job done for St. Nicholas. To celebrate Rudolph's 50th anniversary, student Ben Nicholas of Mount Prospect organizes a festive party with a 16-foot inflatable Rudolph for all the students at Miner School in Arlington Heights.

  • Constable: Even in death, 'Santa Buck' delivers Christmas memories Nov 30, 2014 7:32 AM
    Have you ever seen someone in a shopping mall, and, for an instant, thought it was a dead loved one? That happens all the time this time of year for the relatives of Dick "Santa Buck" Daberkow, the jolly man with the full white beard, who died in March.

  • Things Constable family (with 3 teen boys!) are grateful for Nov 27, 2014 6:36 AM
    The Constable family has plenty of thanks to give every day, but this is the day some of those thanks go into a column, such as for "the maturity with which Ross explained that his CalArts dorm's swimming pool (yes, swimming pool) is clothing optional (yes, clothing optional)."

  • Constable: Bears make teen’s wish come true Nov 23, 2014 10:55 AM
    Bears fans might moan that today's showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a meaningless matchup of disappointing teams. But for Daniel Isufi, 14, of Arlington Heights, the game is his Make-A-Wish dream come true.

  • Like Manson, prisoners in Illinois can wed but not honeymoon Nov 19, 2014 5:53 PM
    Illinois inmates might look at Charles Manson's scheduled nuptials as a sign that anybody can get married. True, but Illinois prisons don't offer lavish wedding packages. And don't even think about a honeymoon.

  • Suburban sufferer of immune deficiency fights for insurance coverage Nov 17, 2014 7:32 PM
    If she had Medicare instead of her retired teacher's insurance, Mary Ellen Karp would be able to get the infusions from a St. Charles clinic to keep her healthy. But people with immunity issues often battle with insurance issues. “I get a sinus infection and my body can’t fight it off, so I end up with bronchitis or pneumonia,” says Karp, who last had pneumonia in August. “Sometimes, I think I should just stop subbing, but I truly miss the kids.”

  • Daily Herald column rekindles long-lost friendship; now they're married Nov 16, 2014 6:57 PM
    A widow in Mount Prospect reached out to an old aquaintance after seeing his name pop up in a Daily Herald column about the 80-year-old bicyclist. They rekindled the friendship and got married earlier this year. They leave soon for Florida, where the now 87-year-old still participates in bike races. “I had no intention of ever getting married again,” she says. Then came that day in 2007.

  • Constable: Bear market for Cutler jerseys, but Blackhawks still Bullish Nov 12, 2014 8:19 PM
    Suburban stores ordered their winter merchandise months ago — even before the predictions of QB Jay Cutler winning the MVP award while leading the Chicago Bears into the playoffs. So there was a risk that a timid merchant wouldn't be able to keep up with the demand for Cutler jerseys. That is no longer a concern at the Dick's Sporting Goods in Schaumburg.

  • Name with unusual spelling can be a malady for Mladys Nov 11, 2014 10:39 AM
    It's one thing to have an autonomous spell-checker insist your last name is Malady, but it can be frustrating when everyone from restaurant hostesses to security officers tell Linda Kroll Mlady of Naperville that she misspelled her name.

  • Honor Flight inspires Kildeer man to make movie Nov 9, 2014 7:00 AM
    Joining the Honor Flight volunteers in 2008, Dale Chellis of Killdeer was so inspired that hs has had made a documentary film to honor the sacrifices of World War II veterans for those who are unable to make the trip. It includes footage of people visiting the monuments. “You see some grown men with tears falling down their cheeks,” says Chellis.

  • Constable: World colored by never-ending pain for people with rare disorder Nov 4, 2014 9:29 AM
    The never-ending pain can't stop Kathleen McGilll of Arlington Heights from observing Illinois' first "Color the World Orange" day to bring attention to an ailment known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. “Some days are better than others, but I don’t go a day without crying about it,” McGill says.

  • Wallenda supported, Spider-Dan nearly killed Nov 4, 2014 10:19 AM
    Daredevil Nik Wallenda has an excellent support crew, the resources of the Discovery Channel and the blessing from city officials as he walks on a tightrope high above Chicago. In 1981, Dan Goodwin had a Spider-Man suit and the attention of news crews as the city tried to knock him off the Hancock Center.

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