The Soapbox: Daily Herald editors offer brief thoughts on suburban topics in the news.
Top-notch Naperville events:
Naperville got a chance to show off last weekend with two events that celebrated the community's dedication to both the mind and body. First, North Central College officially dedicated its $60 million Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center. Then, more than 3,000 runners came together for the city's half marathon. Top-caliber events; top-caliber suburb.
New way of remembering:
Kudos to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Cener in Skokie for its new Take a Stand Center that creates interactive holographic images of local Holocaust survivors who answer live questions from viewers. It's a powerful reminder of the levels human behavior can descend to if evil is left unchecked.
More trees in Bensenville:
Bensenville is one of many towns victimized by the emerald ash borer beetle. But the village is determined to overcome the losses by planting 60 to 70 parkways trees each spring and fall with an eye toward creating a stronger and more diverse canopy. We applaud the effort and the goal to someday have the entire village designated as an arboretum.
Heads in the right place:
Don Grossnickle and Kenneth Jennings deserve a lot of credit as co-founders of the Gridiron Alliance for Sport Safety. For decades now they have worked to, among other things, provide guidelines for safety in contact sports. One mandated suggestion is "play head-smart, not headstrong." It's all good advice that needs to be heeded.
The spirit of 76:
Mary Shesgreen stands up for the taxpayer, fights against racism and makes her voice heard all over Elgin. The 76-year-old with boundless energy heads Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice. She earned a lifetime achievement award recently from the Community Crisis Center. Pursuing peace and justice is a noble cause. So is being an inspiration.
So close, so far on Roselle Road bridge:
The Roselle Road bridge over the Addams Tollway and the new ramps nearby look nice, as does the bike/pedestrian path on the west side of the bridge. But that dedicated path is closed off, awaiting a connecting path north to Central Road sometime in the future. Now, a lawn where that path would lie just teases bicyclists and pedestrians.
Meanwhile, on Barrington Road:
Similar bike/pedestrian paths are part of the new Barrington Road interchange with the Addams. We're glad to hear from the village of South Barrington that Cook County has given it a grant to build a connecting path on Barrington Road south to Algonquin Road. But it will likely take a few years; it's part of a future Barrington Road widening project.
Elsewhere in South Barrington:
It's also good to hear from the village of South Barrington that Cook County has given it a grant to help clean up dead wood, brush and buckthorn along Mundhank, Bartlett and Penny roads. Those are picturesque roads offering a kind of respite inside Barrington, Higgins and Algonquin roads; it's nice to take care of the scenery.
Irrespective of the merits of the strike by the Palatine Township District 15 support staff, it's at best disconcerting when motorists passing pickets alongside busy stretches of Northwest Highway show their support by honking. There must be a less dangerous way to show solidarity.
Here's to Wheeling Township's Senior Advisory Board's program Generation2Generation. The simple concept -- conversation -- brings teens from Wheeling High School and seniors from Lexington Health Care Center to chat and learn from each other. And guess what? Friendships have been made. What could be better than that?
In case of emergency:
Congrats to the staff of Buffalo Grove's Veterinary Specialty Center, which has become the first vet clinic in the Midwest to win Level 1 trauma center certification for its emergency care facilities. The clinic brings together doctors specializing in everything from dermatology to oncology. Suburban pet lovers are lucky to have such a center so close to home.
Remembering three ministers:
The suburbs lost three ministers in the past week. The Rev. Ed Taylor, 52, led a small congregation at Quest Church in Rolling Meadows. The Rev. Arthur J. Olsen, 53, had been associate pastor at St. Emily Parish in Mount Prospect. And the Rev. Joseph A. Pastick, 94, served parishes in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove and Mount Prospect. All were known for their compassion, dedication and service. We mourn each loss.