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  • 2014-07-29 20:22:10
    Thomas Dickelman on Lake Bluff Bike Race: What Goes Around And Around, Comes Around: Deb mentions the many volunteers it took to put on the Criterium and Block Party. The simple truth is that were it not for extraordinary and selfless leaders like her, signature Lake Bluff events like the Criterium, Block Party and the 4th of July Parade would never happen. Kudos to Deb for her devoted leadership! [Read More]

  • 2014-07-29 08:40:34
    Nicki Snoblin on Lake Bluff Bike Race: What Goes Around And Around, Comes Around: Speaking as someone who typically doesn't care in the least about bike racing, I'm amazed at how exciting it is to watch these races, right here in Lake Bluff! This is a huge undertaking for a small town, and it was done spectacularly well. My hat's off to the people who had the vision to conceive the possibilities and the determination and energy to make it all happen. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-21 09:40:42
    carl noble on Lake Forest Composer Debuts Sequel To 100-Year-Old Story: Folks, do you realize how good this fellow is? He's stunning. For those that believe that there are no modern classical composers that write beautiful music, you are in for a BIG surprise. Check out this for starters, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh_SACYROVM Amazing. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-21 08:15:17
    Debbie Saran on Photographer Captures Century Of Life And Architecture In And Near Lake Forest: Congratulations, Caitlin! We can't wait to see the exhibit when we are back in town! Good luck on Friday! [Read More]

  • 2014-07-21 07:20:09
    W. Douglas Gilpin, Jr. FAIA on Photographer Captures Century Of Life And Architecture In And Near Lake Forest: I'm sorry that I will miss the Beautiful LiFe exhibit. I was back in Lake Forest after too many years, and also toured the house and grounds of Shaw's Ragdale...first time since my mid-60s childhood years. I took a number of photos in and around Lake Forest, including Sylvia's Market Square Fountain statue. I hope that the exhibit will also be featured on-line. W. Douglas Gilpin, Jr. FAIA Architect Charlottesville, VA & Block Island, RI [Read More]

  • 2014-07-17 20:51:26
    Mike Steiner on 'Veterans Closet' Serves U.S. Veterans In Style: Fantastic service to those who served our country! Please share with others! [Read More]

  • 2014-07-17 12:47:32
    Bonita Friedland on Lake Forest Train Fatalities: What About The Tunnel?: I wholeheartedly agree with David. Think about all the people who are on headphones, or with a phone to their ear, or in conversation with someone as they exit the train! They are not paying attention, but just walking, talking, walking, talking…! And what would happen if the crowd were so large that backing up was a problem? Yes, we need a tunnel, and in order for it to work, it needs to be the only way to cross the tracks... [Read More]

  • 2014-07-17 08:51:00
    David Grinnell on Lake Forest Train Fatalities: What About The Tunnel?: Along with many other passengers at the West LF train station, I've regularly started to cross the pedestrian pass about 100 yards north of the train station just as the train I'm on leaves the station. No more! The issue is this: We start to cross in back of the northbound train as it pulls out of the station; thinking it's safe to cross. As the train blocks the view looking north, a southbound train can come roaring through the station as we all cross to get to our cars in the lots. Fortunately, the times this has happened, nobody has been hit. Yet! But they sure jump back and some have only feet between them and impact. This current train/pedestrian intersection is clearly a potential disaster waiting to happen. I hope the tunnel becomes a reality and that the above-ground walk through will be eliminated! My learning is to wait well after the train leaves the depot and to look both ways before crossing, no matter if bells are clanging or not. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-17 08:28:03
    Chris Patterson on Lake Forest Mayor Explains City Council's Decision on Whole Foods Mall: The Council did not turn down the Whole Foods, they turned down the way they wanted to do it. We can all agree the setback issue could be addressed with creative planning. The developer basically wanted to clear cut the site and attempt to convince everyone the building designs they proposed were attractive. The fact is the proposed design was not all that great. Whole Foods is certainly a worthy "gateway" user for this corner but the developer has treated as if this were Vernon Hills. Retail will work there but we do not have to compromise our standards just because the property owner wants to maximize their return. It's a 10-acre site and the developer should be in a position to make it work. If it does work for them, there are others that should be able to. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-15 15:07:31
    Patrick Grimmer on Lake Forest Mayor Explains City Council's Decision on Whole Foods Mall: Its a shame that the stodgy old rich guys on the counsel are holding that property hostage. This is why the area is aging and dying. Who wants to bring their family to an area that has no decent grocery options, no movie theatre, no place to shop. If you have a buckets of money you can find an investment bank or financial advisor in lake forest, but there is no place to take your kids to the movies or out for a decent meal. We need the counsel to make it easier for business to get started. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-15 09:47:38
    Michael Ebner on Lake Forest Mayor Explains City Council's Decision on Whole Foods Mall: I read the mayor's statement with great interest. It is clear to me that Whole Foods would have benefitted the financial circumstances of Lake Forest. But other values -- environmental, planning, and historical -- entered into the decision-making mix of our elected municipal officials. The closely observed outcome sets Lake Forest apart from the mainstream as to how local decisions of consequence are formulated. It was commendable to have the city council hear a multitude of opinions on the prospect of developing this consequential topic. And it was courageous to walk away from approving the Conway Market development. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-14 16:45:38
    Pat Cook on Lake Forest Mayor Explains City Council's Decision on Whole Foods Mall: Shorter version: we'll do what we want because we're in charge. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-12 12:33:42
    Rick Lesser on Lake Forest City Council: Whole Foods Plan Is Half Baked: Don't forget Pasquesi Home & Garden and Lake (Bluff) Forest Sports Cars. Lake Bluff does not turn up its nose at retail. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-09 16:03:45
    Kevork M Derderian on Lake Forest City Council: Whole Foods Plan Is Half Baked: Knauz, Costco, and Whole Foods. The trend is clear. The neighbors of Lake Forest will continue to get the benefits of Lake Forest residents spending in their markets. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-04 06:45:11
    Steve Hardy on New Coffee Shop to Open in Lake Bluff on Fourth of July: You stole my idea!!!! :) This sounds great and I look forward to patronizing the shop. Best of luck! SHOP LOCAL everyone!!!! [Read More]

  • 2014-07-03 18:26:50
    adrienne on Lake Forest: One of the Most Deadly Railroad Towns: Art: Prof. Savage saw your comment and did some calculations for combined communities that would have both the UP-North and Milwaukee North lines running through them. In general they make Lake Forest look even worse as most of these other communities have much lower rates. Here is the data. It shows (1) the combined municipalities used, (2) the 2004-12 combined pedestrian fatality count, (3) the combined 2010 census population, and (4) the implied annual risk per 10,000 population: Lake Forest: 8 -- 19,375 -- 0.46 Highland Park – Highwood – Deerfield – Bannockburn: 6 --54,976 --0.12 Winnetka – Kenilworth – Wilmette – Northfield – Glenview: 9 -- 91,899 -- 0.11 Glencoe – Northbrook: 3 -- 41,893 -- 0.08 [Read More]

  • 2014-07-02 14:25:41
    art miller on Lake Forest: One of the Most Deadly Railroad Towns: This is an excellent survey of the topic of pedestrian accidents in the Chicago area with a focus on Lake Forest. It cites an in-depth study by a Northwestern Prof. Savage that helps address the imbalance of data on pedestrian vs. vehicle deaths on the tracks. One factor not included is the land area covered by the community and with it the number of lines through that area. Lake Forest is the only North Shore community extending from the lakefront and the UP/Metra North Line west across CP and Milwaukee Road (Metra Northwest) lines to the Tollway (I 294). Thus there are two Lake Forest stations on two Metra lines. How does Lake Forest compare to a combined Highland Park and Deerfield, to a Glencoe and Northbrook or a Winnetka and Glenview (the last also an Amtrak stop)? These would be comparable areas, but with different demographics--Lake Forest being relatively low in residential density and relatively high in worker-nonresident commuter use. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-01 11:51:47
    adrienne on West Lake Forest Train Fatality: Why Did It Happen Again?: Thank you, Paul. These are hard stories to write ... I can't imagine what it's like for the families of the victims to live through this loss. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-01 10:06:29
    Paul Foght on West Lake Forest Train Fatality: Why Did It Happen Again?: In the best tradition of local news reporting, you have honored the memory of the victim and revealed the probable causes of his accident in one concise article. We will all look forward to the forthcoming coverage of the other rail deaths. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-26 11:22:52
    Colleen Easter on Pedestrian in Train Fatality Was From Chicago: You are so right Lynette. Mark Worden was my very close friend and whenever I mention the Lake Forest Train Station, I get an immediate reaction from most people - regarding its safety record, that it has been re-designed several times already, and death/accident record the question regarding its safety. There have been so many train deaths in the last few years especially in this area. While it may have been safer in years past, people are now focused on their cell phones or have earbuds in listening to music or however they may be plugged in, that we need to have additional safety measures put in place to protect them. The crossing arms should be MANDATORY for all pedestrian crosswalks that are in the area of trains. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-25 17:03:02
    Colleen Easter on Coroner: Lake Forest Train Fatality Was Likely Accidental: Either Dr. Rudd was misquoted or he does not know all of the facts. Also, Dr. Rudd should NOT assume what Mr. Worden may or may not have been thinking nor what he may or may not have been aware of at that time. To my knowledge, he had never been to that train station before. Freight train was coming from the south and heading north Metra train was southbound coming from the north This is the Lake Forest Metra station which has one of the highest rates of fatalities and incidents on the Metra lines There are no markings anywhere telling you which way is north or south and no safety gates for pedestrians [Read More]

  • 2014-06-25 11:32:05
    Kristin Ashley on A Rare Bird in Lake Bluff: Local Boy Is Ornithology Prodigy: Hi Ethan, I enjoyed reading this article. We met through your Dad at the Audubon exhibit at Erewhon last summer (I exhibited my hummingbird photography and feather paintings.) I was very impressed with the artistic quality of your bird drawings and your advanced birding skills. You are a very knowledgable and accomplished young man and I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors! Kristin [Read More]

  • 2014-06-25 10:03:01
    David Barkhausen on A Rare Bird in Lake Bluff: Local Boy Is Ornithology Prodigy: Great story. Congratulations, Ethan. It was a pleasure to meet you on the woodcock walk in May. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-23 17:31:50
    Jen Richards on Saturday Night's Storm Was A Doozy: Ravinia became Lake Ravinia during Garrison Keillor's performance. But it was fun anyway! [Read More]

  • 2014-06-22 20:34:58
    Lynette Paulsen on Pedestrian in Train Fatality Was From Chicago: The crosswalks at this station could so easily be made safer by installing crossing arms on each side of the pedestrian crosswalks. The same technology could be used as for vehicle crossings. It is so easy to walk out on the tracks and not even hear an oncoming train. It's time to address this lethally dangerous situation! [Read More]

  • 2014-06-21 21:17:05
    Kelly Lilja on Lake Bluff Pool Starting Masters Swim Team: WHAT ABOUT MASTERS DIVING TOO? :-) [Read More]

  • 2014-06-20 20:44:18
    KELLY LILJA on Don't Skip Church this Summer! Bring It to the Beach!: SEE YOU THERE! [Read More]

  • 2014-06-20 06:24:39
    Al Fifhause on Local Teens Earn Girl Scouts' Highest Award for Leadership and Community Service: Congratulations Jessi and Jenna on accomplishing the Gold, and for projects that will each bring a certain level of comfort to persons at one of the most stressful times in their lives. I am blessed to know each of you as a friend. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-19 15:42:29
    Barbara Monsor on Local Teens Earn Girl Scouts' Highest Award for Leadership and Community Service: Congratulations to Jessi and Jenna for their contribution to infant welfare. Well Done! [Read More]

  • 2014-06-19 08:54:21
    Peggy Jadwin on Local Teens Earn Girl Scouts' Highest Award for Leadership and Community Service: Congratulations, Jenna! What a great accomplishment! [Read More]

  • 2014-06-18 16:05:48
    Ruth Kerzee on Pesticides & Local Parks: How Do You Know When To Stay Off The Turf?: Hi Adrienne. Sure. We have a "Municipal Pesticide Use Reduction Toolkit" that outlines steps municipalities can take to reduce their pesticide use both inside and out. You can download it at http://midwestpesticideaction.org/what-you-can-do/all-resources/. It's at the bottom of the page under "In Your Community." Please feel free to call me with questions. I'm happy to help. Yours, Ruth Kerzee MSPH Executive Director Midwest Pesticide Action Center [Read More]

  • 2014-06-18 13:10:01
    Bo Harper on Founder of Max Schewitz Foundation Is 'Chicago Volunteer Citizen of the Year': Congratulations ! It good to see well deserved Kudos and more help for Max's Legacy [Read More]

  • 2014-06-17 15:40:22
    adrienne on Pesticides & Local Parks: How Do You Know When To Stay Off The Turf?: Ruth, Thank you for your input. What alternatives to chemical pesticides are there for municipalities? This will be good for a followup story. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-17 15:25:16
    Suzanna Pearson on Pesticides & Local Parks: How Do You Know When To Stay Off The Turf?: I was at Mawman Park a couple of weeks back with 3 small children and the grass were being sprayed all round us while we played. I left fairly quickly as there was lots of bubbles all over the grass. A temptation for little hands to pick up, thinking its play bubbles. I looked back not long after to see another mother with children and a dog running through the bubbles of whatever was sprayed. A suggestion may be to spray early or late or on a certain day that all Bluffers would know in future to stay off the grass. I do appreciate, however, how the village maintains our and parks and town center. It's a pleasure to live here. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-17 14:37:19
    Ruth Kerzee on Pesticides & Local Parks: How Do You Know When To Stay Off The Turf?: Dear Gazebo, Kudos to you for making your readers and community aware of the dangers of exposure to lawn care products that are routinely if not habitually applied to our parks, play grounds, and lawns. The exposure to these products is not trivial and is worth exploring. While I applaud the Gazebo and Ms. Fawcett for bringing the inadequacy of signage as notification for application to the attention of the Lake Bluff Park District, I am disturbed by the conclusion of the article that suggests better signage will solve all the problems with the use of these products. This is far from reality. To this point, Ms. Fawcett points out how difficult it is to time applications due to the vaguaries of weather, field use, etc. The active ingredient, 2,4-D, is potentially toxic and has not been fully tested for many chronic health impacts. In addition, the other "inert" ingredients in the formulations of SpeedZone Lawn Weed Killer and Triplet Low Odor are not revealed and therefore there is no way to know the potential harm they can do to children's health or the environment as individual ingredients and especially not as combined. This should set alarm bells ringing for anyone with growing children who use these fields since children are some of the most vulnerable to the effects of chemicals because their bodies are still developing. Midwest Pesticide Action Center, the organization I represent, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides by promoting safer alternatives. There are safer ways to manage lawns and playing fields that do not require the use of 2,4-D or other potentially dangerous additives to the very places that should be the safest and healthiest for our children. Go to http://midwestpesticideaction.org/what-you-can-do/ to find out more and learn what you can do to move your park district and other institutions to more sustainable practices. Yours, Ruth Kerzee MS [Read More]

  • 2014-06-14 17:19:18
    cindy brandon on Note To Lake Forest: Say No To Amberley Retail Plan: RE: Whole Foods We don't need another empty retail space and the destruction of our natural environment. There are so many empty retail spaces on the North Shore including the vacated Dominick's. If you are truly going to speak "sustainable" then why would there not be a plan to always use the empty spaces first, before cutting down trees and putting up parking lots? We will be getting other gourmet type groceries along the Waukegan road corridor from Lake Bluff to Deerfield (where there is already a Whole Foods) when a new grocery chain fills the old Dominick's. If you go to Milwaukee Rd there is Jewel, Trader Joes and Mariano's. How many more groceries do we need? Has growth of the current population and growth potential been studied in this area or do we just want some more empty stores with parking lots? I challenge anyone to drive up and down the North Shore or Waukegan or Milwaukee Rd and not see all the empty retail space still available. Why didn't the Treasure Island make it in the Lake Bluff space? Why didn't the Dominick's in Lake Bluff and Bannockurn make it in those spaces? It is already a risky proposition for the new Ohio-based retailer who will be filling those spaces. Has anyone looked at the ebb and flow of the retail space along Sheridan Rd between Lake Forest and Highwood? Why does the HUGE space occupied by a deteriorating Hotel Moraine opposite Ft Sheridan sit there with broken windows? Also, what about the large spaces occupied by closed restaurants in Highwood? There are now at least 3 large empty buildings with parking lots sitting vacant? Why are these spaces not being recycled into viable retail space if we need more gourmet groceries? I just don't get this rush to cut down trees and destroy the wonderful green corridor that exists between Milwaukee Rd and Waukegan Rd. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-13 21:09:47
    Andrew Cohn on Note To Lake Forest: Say No To Amberley Retail Plan: What's necessary to stop development on this property, and leave it beautiful open space with nice trees? How much money does Lake Forest get in taxes from this? Wouldn't most people in the area prefer the land to be more like a forest preserve and less like a shopping mall? [Read More]

  • 2014-06-13 08:02:35
    Chris Patterson on Note To Lake Forest: Say No To Amberley Retail Plan: First, let me say that I, like many others in Lake Forest, love the idea of a Whole Foods in our community. They are certainly a qualified commercial tenant and it is easy to understand why the developer is trying so hard to make it work in this location. However, we are still a long way from the project actually having a ground breaking ceremony. The developer will still have to go before the Historic Preservation Board, Building Review Board and then onto the City Council before any meaningful action is taken. The HPC process will be essentially an exercise in futility for the developer as they will not approve the demolition of the historic residence, period. By the way, I would agree that they should not without some compelling argument for a suitable replacement structure. If that is the condition the HPC puts on this project, the BRB will have to step up and make sure that replacement structure is worthy. Right now, it is most certainly not. The developer's architect has tried to sell a faux wood siding material over concrete block building with mansard roof structure as that exemplary replacement. His logic is that it will echo the architectural character of the Christ Church and Conway Golf Clubhouse. Wait....what....really?!...really?!. It's a block building with fake siding and absolutely not even in the same design hemisphere as the aforementioned buildings. How about the obvious, the existing historic residence as your design influence? Hello! You want an appropriate Gateway, focus on the design and landscaping and stop dwelling on setbacks distance so much. Good, creative design will overcome this issue easily. Speaking of setbacks, I note that the originally approved project included the complete removal of all trees in the Rt 60 and Saunders Rd. frontage areas. Other than the trees around the existing historic residence, it was to be clear cut anyway. If we are to truly come to an honest discussion about this project, we need to understand the perim [Read More]

  • 2014-06-12 14:47:32
    Rommy Lopat on Preservation Foundation: Amberley Retail In Opposition To Lake Forest Planning: Bravo to LFPF, Openlands, LF Academy Woods Homeowners, Conway Farms Homeowners, Stonebridge residents, and every other resident than attended the full-house Plan Commission meeting last night. I've attended a lot of City meetings, but this was the best-written testimony from different angles (all negative except for one positive) that I've ever heard. The good news (sort of, maybe, not really) is that the Plan Commission expanded the setback of the retail buildings on this oak-woods parcel from the developer's request of 25' to 100' along Route 60. The bad news is that the Comprehensive Plan says everyone is supposed to have a wooded 150' setback and everyone on Route 60 except this petitioner has done that and more, creating a greenway from here to Vernon Hills. And this is the best piece of woods anywhere for miles. That greenbelt is now compromised if this passes the City Council. While the language has changed so much in the last 24 hours that it is still not written (and therefore we the public had nothing to say about it), the Plan Commission had to push hard to get an assurance that a full Whole Foods would be the anchor tenant rather than "a grocery store offering products and services of a similar quality". It appears that WF will now be required as the anchor, but if it ever moves out of the 46,000 sq ft building, a "retail business of a type found in first class commercial centers typically found on the North Shore" can come in. What those might be has not been disclosed, just like we don't know what the other tenants are. So for those residents that have been urging LF to look the other way on all our ordinances because it's "Whole Foods", make sure you always read the fine print. This is still too big a shopping center for this 8.5 acre site. There's not even enough room to fit dumpsters for the restaurants or put landscaped islands in the parking lot (which does not have the spaces required by code). As for cutting down the heritage oaks and h [Read More]

  • 2014-06-10 20:00:18
    Pat Cook on Update: Forest Park Project in Lake Forest: You have left out some important information. First of all, the deadline for completion (as we were told by the City) was Memorial Day. Guess they forgot to tell us which year. Secondly, and more importantly, I don't ever remember anything that said that we taxpayers were asked if we wanted to help foot the bill for $853,000. When did we get a say in this? ("The city of Lake Forest contributed $853,000 toward the rehabilitation project. Private donors have provided the bulk of the funding, according to Forest Park Project treasurer Peter Cherry. " http://lakeforest.suntimes.com/rkampanj/work-continue-lake-forests-historic-forest-park-throughout-summer/) Wasn't this supposed to be done entirely on donations, since it was mostly unnecessary and the PR campaign of a garden club? And what happens if they don't raise the necessary $900K? Are we taxpayers responsible for making up the difference? Or will the park remain incomplete until the funds are raised? And as a taxpayer, I am now limited where I can go at the park as dictated by the "No vehicles or pedistrians" allowed signs. Do we get a rebate for not being able to use this public land we pay for? This is another one of those Lake Forest projects that makes me seriously wonder many things, including where are the City's priorities and why are those on the Council still on the Council. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-09 11:43:47
    adrienne on Peace, Quiet & Cawing at Fort Sheridan Preserve: Sonny --- I wasn't sure about the Oriole because they're no longer feeding in my yard, so I figured they traveled north weeks ago. The orange on this bird was really, really bright. … Also on that day last week, I saw an enormous white flash perched at the opposite side of the grassland area from the parking lot as I was getting in my car. It was just this big white thing that caught my eye; looked like it was perched on a tree stump or something. I took a photo with my zoom lens, but it's too grainy to make out what it was. Maybe a great white egret … but from the distance it seemed a lot broader than an egret. Seriously, at first I thought/wondered if it was an enormous bald eagle, but I don't think so. Or maybe I was just imagining it after such a glorious late-afternoon excursion! [Read More]

  • 2014-06-09 11:30:21
    Sonny Cohen on Peace, Quiet & Cawing at Fort Sheridan Preserve: You did good Adrienne. A+. If you want to get technically geeky, seagulls are simply known as gulls. Except for maybe Jonathan Livingston .... I'd agree that it is probably a Baltimore Oriole. But the color is a little off and it could be a male Orchard Oriole. But I'll go with Baltimore. Other commonly seen/heard birds here include Red headed Woodpecker (in serious decline everywhere), Henslow's and Savannah Sparrows, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink. That's just a start. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-05 23:32:48
    madonna merritt on Lustig Steps Down From Lake County Cares; McCann Moves Up: How lucky we were to have Nini Lustig at the helm of Lake County Cares. Her huge heart, incredible professionalism and silently successful manor got so much accomplished. We wish you the best and congratulate you on a job well done. Thank you. Madonna and John Merritt [Read More]

  • 2014-06-03 20:20:43
    Brian Rener on Lake Bluff Gears Up For Criterium Bike Race & Block Party: Looking forward to another great race and block party in the Village. ' http://www.lakebluffcriterium.com/ [Read More]

  • 2014-06-02 09:15:10
    B. Friedland on Lake Forest Plans Public Hearing on Amberley Woods Retail Development: I certainly hope that there is more than just a “set back”! A thick , lush, green and beautiful screen to hide the parking lot is essential! So, if the set back is a little less than 150 feet, but completely covers the ugliness with a plush, verdant evergreen woods, then I would accept that much more than just 150 feet of grass… [Read More]

  • 2014-06-02 08:51:50
    Art Miller on Lake Forest Plans Public Hearing on Amberley Woods Retail Development: If the petition still does not conform to the ordinance and plan dictated 150 foot set-back, how can the public register its ongoing concern. Moving from 25 ft. to 60 ft. for the set-back, baby-steps, will not meet the legal requirements. Will the City's attorneys, Slow & Bideawhile (doing a reprise from Anthony Trollope's "The Way We Live Now"), be weighing in on this? [Read More]

  • 2014-05-30 17:07:59
    adrienne on Lake Bluff Park District Plans $3.1 Million November Referendum: Nels That's a good question --- I asked Ron Salski, executive director of the LB Park District. He said: “The water is leaking from our pool’s supply and return lines and is causing damage to the pool deck and our building's foundation. The water has chlorine in it, which is safe, but we are environmentally conscious and don’t want to waste water.” He also said that money allocated for the pool from the November referendum would fix this problem. [Read More]

  • 2014-05-30 09:00:51
    rick lesser on Lake Bluff Park District Plans $3.1 Million November Referendum: The reason these projects cost so much, considerably more than if a private owner was hiring a market rate builder, is the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act. [820 ILCS 130/1, et seq.] Every unit of local government in Illinois can only make agreements with vendors if the vendor agrees to pay its employees at least as much as is specified in a table of wage rates, approved each year in Springfield, and euphemistically called the “Prevailing Wage”. If I own a pool and need a new pool liner, I can call several installers and they can each bid for the job. Each will calculate their cost for labor and materials, add some profit, and make the bid as low as they reasonably can. But if I’m the Lake Bluff Park District, I have to require those bidders to set their labor costs at an artificially high rate, specified not by the open market but by the General Assembly in Springfield. As a result, it costs much more for the Lake Bluff Park District to replace its pool liner than it would cost me. The Lake Bluff Park District can’t help this; this is the result of political choices made in Springfield by our elected representatives. [Read More]

  • 2014-05-29 19:59:36
    Nels Leutwiler on Lake Bluff Park District Plans $3.1 Million November Referendum: If the pool is really leaking 5000 gallons per day, where is the water going? It seems that the base would be undermined and the whole thing would have collapsed long ago. Is the Park District going to be more credible this time around? [Read More]

  • 2014-05-28 08:31:40
    adrienne on Finding New Homes For Old Art Work: good catch! [Read More]

  • 2014-05-28 08:02:52
    peg ciccarelli on Finding New Homes For Old Art Work: HI Adrienne, Many thanks for sharing this. The address for drop off is 1052 Inverlieth Road in LF. There is a small typo that says 1042. You are always so thoughtful! Peg [Read More]

  • 2014-05-28 07:03:14
    Shannon Duffy on Lake Bluff Parks to Spray for Dandelions This Week: What chemical is being used? I think we should be concerned about this esp. since we live so close to the lake and this will end up in our water supply. [Read More]

  • 2014-05-22 10:08:38
    Jacquie Berkshire on Bambi At Crabtree Farm?: Renate is gifted at seeing the beauty that surrounds her every day! [Read More]

  • 2014-05-19 22:43:26
    David Forlow on Obituary: Robert Stuart of Lake Forest, Former Ambassador, CEO: Mr. Stuart was a true gentleman. I met him a couple times many years ago. I was serving on the board of a Scottish-American charity. Mr. Stuart had served on the same board before me. His father had served before him and his grandfather before his father. In any event, word somehow reached Mr. Stuart that I had raised some money for our study abroad in Scotland scholarship and he sent along a very generous check. He also sent word thanking me for my efforts and warned me not to waste time thanking him in return. A few years later another generous donation arrived, again he thanked me and again he made it clear not to bother thanking him in return. Thanks Mr. Stuart. [Read More]

  • 2014-05-14 18:28:39
    Don Tomala on Obituary: Robert Stuart of Lake Forest, Former Ambassador, CEO: I had the good fortune to work for this wonderful man early in my career. He was kind and considerate of all his employees, no matter what their level in the Quaker organization. He was special. Don Tomala [Read More]

  • 2014-05-13 11:25:59
    Guin Grimstad on Lake Bluff Family's Scholarships Assist Dozens in Lake, Cook Counties: Congratulations! [Read More]

  • 2014-05-10 22:21:40
    Hank Jensen on Cinnamon and Puppies Looking For Homes ...: aw, such cuties! Wish I was in the area to give these guys a new home :) [Read More]

  • 2014-05-06 21:56:13
    Pat Cook on Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Leash Laws Explained: Sorry, but this will never be enforced. There are so many people who violate this law in Lake Forest. And in all honesty, I'd much rather the city focus its attention to safety issues and actually arrest speeders who clearly break the 25MPH restriction on residential streets. Oh yeah, and let's really do something about all those people who still think that the "talking on a cell phone while driving" law doesn't apply to them. BTW, holding your cell phone and using the speaker violates the hands-free usage. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-28 10:13:04
    kaye grabbe on GazeboNews Column Celebrates Books, Reading & More: And thanks for the great mention of the Friends of Lake Forest Library's annual fall sale; the Rummage sale gives anything not sold to the Friends for their sale. One of the reasons the Friends fall sale has over 100,000 items to sell. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-28 08:56:06
    Ann Walters on GazeboNews Column Celebrates Books, Reading & More: Thanks, Mike, for all your support of Lake Forest Book Store! [Read More]

  • 2014-04-28 08:54:33
    Elizabeth K Miller on GazeboNews Column Celebrates Books, Reading & More: Thanks for the plug, Mike! The sale has a wide variety of many types of merchandise all within everyone's budget! [Read More]

  • 2014-04-24 21:17:49
    laura rukavina on Lake Forest District 67 Reveals Proposed Changes to Mandarin Program: I am sorry Elizabeth, I thought my children were attending American Public Schools, where learning English in all subject matters is the program. Nowhere in a US Public School is learning mandarin chinese an entitlement- English is. I think, though I could be wrong, what you are seeking out would be in a private school sector. When and where has it become necessary to teach mandarin chinese in public schools in the United States? Also, Elizabeth, good luck getting the USA to follow Finnish teaching methods. Although we admire what they are doing, the US Public School System is not going to adopt their philosophy next year. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-24 12:31:37
    elizabeth g de Andrade on Lake Forest District 67 Reveals Proposed Changes to Mandarin Program: I like the Inspiration Block plan to some degree. That would have been a good way to start -- now it is a setback! Lots of other leading schools in the US have total immersion in Mandarin. The entire world is proof that kids can learn many languages, and IN many languages, all at one time! The Dutch, the Finns, Norwegians, Swedish for example. Many other languages have MANY local dialects (including China). As a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics, I have personally been in immersion courses with all sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds (inc. Middle-aged high school grads preparing for missionary work in Brazil, who learned Portuguese just as quickly as foreign language majors). The discussion of autistic and special needs children is very touchy, I know from personal experience with my own son. Even categorizing what "special needs" means can be tricky. What I don't understand is why these kids can't learn in Mandarin! They are "called out" anyway, which is a big mistake. In Finland, for example, there is no separation of kids, and the kids who get top grades with relative ease are expected to help the other kids learn and achieve -- and they do it in a supportive atmosphere. They have the #1 rated elementary school system in the world. Bottom line: fluency in Mandarin is easily achieved in grade school, as is any other foreign language. Total immersion is the proven best way. It is also a ticket to superb professional and academic opportunities, scholarships and high upward mobility on all levels. China is going to dominate for the rest of ALL our lives! If some parents decide that they, personally, do not like this, their kids should go to other schools rather than drag down the majority. It's not about the kids -- it's about the parent bias. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-24 12:12:30
    Art Miller on Reader Forum: Tax Reform for Illinois : While I support the goal and concept of the proposal, I fear that the impact will include losing mobile taxpayer residents to other income tax haven states (0%), such as Florida and Wyoming. Pension income in IL is exempt from state tax at present, I imagine to keep retired persons in state and spending their pension dollars to drive economic activity here. While this tax proposal may work for folks who work here daily and can't establish residency elsewhere, I suggest that unearned income for persons over 50 should be exempted as well to encourage them to stay here (in spite of winter) to spend and plow their resources' fruits back into the state economy. Is this "fair"? No. But it will encourage saving and also living in Illinois for those not tied here by daily jobs. Arthur H. Miller Emeritus Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections Donnelley and Lee Library/LIT Lake Forest Colleg [Read More]

  • 2014-04-24 10:31:32
    Ed Holstein on Reader Forum: Tax Reform for Illinois : Tax reform? I think not. This is nothing but a massive tax increase which will cause capital, wealth and jobs to flee the state. No serious tax reform can happen in Illinois without meaningful reform of our public sector pension. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-22 09:35:59
    Alice Moulton-Ely on The Bride Price in Uganda: 12 Goats, One Blanket and a Hoe: Why is "remaining single" not an option? The first bride can't be "unaware" of her husband probably having more wives if it's practiced by the "vast majority." [Read More]

  • 2014-04-17 12:47:37
    Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce on Lecture Series: 'Here's to Your Health' -- Food + Fun = Healthy Inspiration: This event is on Tuesday, April 29 6:00 - 8:00 pm [Read More]

  • 2014-04-13 21:01:49
    Michael Finch on An Otter In The Water: While fishing at Montrose Harbor on 4/12/2014 from the Horse Shoe Pier in Chicago an Otter swam near. Was able to video/picture the Otter. 40 years at the lakefront never seen one before! bikechicago1@gmail.com [Read More]

  • 2014-04-11 10:36:29
    Mike Lynn on What You Should Know About the Route 60 Whole Foods Development Proposal: If you take the time to actually research the recent history of this parcel, you will learn very quickly that the City had a number of opportunities to get a better result. They had a developer in hand initially who proposed a significantly more attractive plan and the City chose to push back to the point of forcing a lawsuit. The result of that unfortunate conflict was the ultimate loss of control to less engaged ownership. The fact is, the Whole Foods is an appropriate use for this commercial corner. It's a challenging site but not impossible. What is most disturbing is the total lack of attention to even one or two of the criteria established for this property. There is an expectation that some of the trees will be removed but not all of them as currently proposed. There is an expectation some commercial use of the property will be proposed but not a big box concept that even Vernon Hills would deny. Finally, the architectural vision suggests little understanding of this area or the people who work and live in this neighborhood. The obvious influence should be the existing historic residence with possible adaptive re-use in some way. We have tremendous talent at our disposal and it would be incredibly disappointing if we chose to sell out the "gateway" at the expense of some retail tax revenue. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-11 07:52:59
    Cindy Brandon on What You Should Know About the Route 60 Whole Foods Development Proposal: Keep things green, open, wild and conducive to the promotion of habitats suitable for wildlife including humans. We have enough stores and have survived this long without more retail esablishments. Why do we need more retail space and parking lots as we watch increasing empty storefronts in all the towns along the northshore of Lake Michigan? What is the impact of these developments on the precious savannah in Mettawa not too far away. How will it affect all the herons that are often visible as one now drives down rt 60? Has it been studied by any environmental groups? What is the forecast for the population growth in this area? Do we need more congestion of traffic on the few east/west corridors? Preserve the open and wild space that buffers us from the west!! [Read More]

  • 2014-04-11 06:08:38
    Michael Ebner on What You Should Know About the Route 60 Whole Foods Development Proposal: Decades ago -- perhaps in 1980 or so -- the city denied a petition for developing a retail center at the northeast corner of Waukegan Road and Kennedy Road (aka Route 60). The petitioner sought to construct a retail shopping plaza. If memory serves me accurately, one of the interested parties was the Wenban Funeral Home, then situated on Deerpath just west of what is now the Midwest Bank in a building it deemed inadequate. Concerns had to do with the fact that the corner of Waukegan and Kennedy roads amounted to a principal gateway into Lake Forest. I thought at the time that this reasoning served the best interest of Lake Forest from an aesthetic perspective. This long forgotten episode also represents something of a precedent for reviewing the development of the corner of Saunders and Kennedy Roads. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-07 21:46:05
    George Washington on Reader Forum: Whole Foods Is Not Lake Forest: Whole Foods is considered to be the one of the finest high end supermarkets in the nation - hardly to be compared to retailers such as Talbots, J Crew or Jos Banks all mid tier bland retailers. Whole Foods is very successful in economic demographic areas that are very similar to Lake Forest. Let's remember, this community has budget issues along with most others across the country. Why do you think the water rates are going up a whopping 50% in on crack? We can use a store that offers the variety, outstanding customer service, and very high quality food selections, not available at any other local grocer. The proposed location is in a commercial office park at the intersection of two major state highways. Just what business or organization is going to re purpose the shell of estate that remaining at this location? Our family often travels all the way to Deerfield Whole Foods and there are many Lake Forest/Lake Bluff residents that do as well. We lost Costco and the economic benefits, hopefully that will not be repeated with Whole Foods. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-07 09:45:46
    Art Miller on Reader Forum: Whole Foods Is Not Lake Forest: Lake Forest's character is many things, and while Whole Foods is a quality national chain store like J. Crew, Jos. A. Bank or Talbots, it is more the character of the proposed setting for Whole Foods that is at issue. The shopping center developer is is proposing on this relatively small parcel for the Route 60 corridor, based on 1970s and 1980s comprehensive planning, a significant--indeed, inappropriate--variation from the norm of 150 ft. set backs from the road. In addition, he proposes demolition of the previously City landmarked 1920s estate house, one of only three along this corridor in Lake Forest. This 150 ft. commercial set back prevails from Route 41 west through Lake Forest and also Mettawa until Route 60 crosses the Des Plaines River into Vernon Hills. Even in that community further west, the later addition of a Target there brought a greater set back and a berm between the store and its satellites and the main road. In this Lake Forest case, for this small parcel and in place of the historic and landmarked mansion, the proposed set back is only 25 ft., with small stores or drive-ins close to the 25 ft. boundary to the street. There is no berm, but only a proposed thin band of trees to shield a large parking lot and presumably brightly-lit establishments from Route 60 at this critical gateway to Lake Forest on the west at the tollway exit: one or only two roadways west of town (the other being Everett). The problem is not the retailer-tenant's name and reputation, but rather it is this particular over-packed, too-visible shopping center's breaking with established norms and the established street-scape along Route 60. This substandard proposed shopping center for this sensitive location is causing the widespread concern. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-07 08:25:01
    Pauline Mohr on Reader Forum: Whole Foods Is Not Lake Forest: Amen. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-07 07:54:32
    Rick Lesser on 'Prescribed Burn' Planned for Stonebridge Woods: Pizzo Associates called yesterday and announced that the Stonebridge burn will be today (Monday April 7) beginning around 10am. Hopefully, all will go safely. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-05 15:47:57
    Bob Broten on Want To Help Small Towns Devastated By Mudslide? Here's How ...: Here is some specific information on making a contribution: North Counties Family Services, P.O. Box 1103, Darrington, WA 98241, memo part of check Memorial Dinners, Tax ID EIN: 80-0594827 Please post a comment if you have any questions and I will make every effort to answer them. Bob Broten [Read More]

  • 2014-04-04 17:02:19
    Bob Broten on Want To Help Small Towns Devastated By Mudslide? Here's How ...: Thank you for your question and I agree. I am in the process of getting this information and will post it here when available. I appreciate your interest in supporting this organization. Bob [Read More]

  • 2014-04-04 10:45:40
    ed holstein on Want To Help Small Towns Devastated By Mudslide? Here's How ...: I assume that Darrington Memorial Dinners Disaster Relief Fund is set up as a 501 ( C ) 3 non profit. If so could Bob provide the tax ID # and a contact name and phone number for DMDDRF it would greatly facilitate donations. I know a lot of people, including me, would like to make donations, but would like to have this information. Thanks for your valuable community service, Ed Holstein, Lake Bluff [Read More]

  • 2014-04-02 13:27:43
    Deb Fischer on This Story Is For The Birders ...: Love your photos! And thanks for all the good info! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-29 10:23:53
    David W. Mattoon on What YOU Can Do When Railroad Crossing Gates Malfunction – A Lake Forest Story: As a volunteer for Operation Lifesaver, I am not allowed to answer the type of questions you pose. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-27 05:30:50
    David Lee on What YOU Can Do When Railroad Crossing Gates Malfunction – A Lake Forest Story: Great article, Adrienne. I have known David for years as a customer and train enthusiast. His explanation was perfect and I now have the knowledge I was too lazy to bother with in the past. I will now also notify authorities of the RR and 911 the next time I encounter such incident. Thank you. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-27 00:27:51
    Robert Pines on What YOU Can Do When Railroad Crossing Gates Malfunction – A Lake Forest Story: Things a REAL railroad Operation Lifesaver (OL) group would ask!!! 1. Why are all OL directors handpuppets of the railroad or government only giving lip service safety messages? 2. Why nothing is ever mentioned by OL that would cost the railroads a penny on the obviously missing safety equipment and track maintenance work? 3. Where are the crossing safety signals for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering at 1,000s of crossings? 4. Where are the track video monitors for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering to get the train stopped IN TIME? 5. Why aren't railroads paying at least half for crossing signals because it's their trains going too fast with no brakes or steering while paying the so-called RR directors millions a year. 6. Why the crossing humps trapping big trucks aren't required to be removed? 7. Why the crossing surfaces aren't wider where if a vehicle fish tails on slick road and is trapped at the edge of the crossing surface trap? 8. Why the train cabs aren't required to be lit up like a Christmas tree with emergency vehicle light bars? LOOK AND SEE!! 9. Why the front of trains aren't required to have air bags or something to soften impacts? 10. Why trains don't have better braking systems? OLIs message now shows train brakes obviously suck. 11. Why there are no bidding invitations on the obviously overcharged crossing projects the tax-payers pay the railroads for. $10,000 just to get the equipment to the sight. TRUCKED IN. 12. Why trains are allowed to run in the fog? 13. Why the crossings aren't lit up so drivers can see the black rail cars across the tracks at night? 14. Why railroads remove and steal signals we paid for on closed re-worked crossings? 15. Why $$$millions$$$ of the rail safety budget we pay in is wasted on needless reworks at crossings preventing signals where needed? 16. Why the railroad isn't required to de-ice crossings before they roll the trains? 17. Why the railroad isn't requi [Read More]

  • 2014-03-26 14:50:06
    B. Friedland on Contemplating The Meaning of 'Snow Bird' ...: One of the robins in the threesome, a male, never left town, and was here for the entire winter: “So, how was your trip?” he asked. “Routine”, said one. “Well things were rough here, but not impossible: When it was really cold, I ate berries from the juniper bushes and crab trees. On the warm days, a few frogs, a little snake, a worm or two where there wasn’t ice … Best of all, the humans purchased frozen fruit and left it for me in the bushes!” “Well, good for you!” “Yes, and I think the humans enjoyed doing something other than complaining about the worst of winters!” [Read More]

  • 2014-03-26 10:55:28
    Sandra Noble on Contemplating The Meaning of 'Snow Bird' ...: I dont care what you say about spring, my feed are still cold [Read More]

  • 2014-03-25 11:09:29
    Mary Kay Brunner-Dasse on Message To D-67: Mandarin Immersion Put on Pause For Good Reason: Respectfully I disagree with the Lesley Fisher in her very thoughtful comments. It has been proven that the earlier a child begins language that the area of the brain used is more effective than the older they are. So Kindergarten is a good time to start. Most children in our community have been to preschool and have had an excellent introduction to school and do not need a big adjustment to kindergarten. The socialization within the children's peers and parents will evolve over time with like interests. The MI program has become one well respected on the North Shore and beyond and shrinking it rather than expanding it is a mistake. In Lesley's letter one of the problems is that the other elementary schools do not want the immersion program in their school. This makes Cherokee have the spotlight on it. Good and bad issues get exasperated. What should be done is have an immersion program at Everett and Sheridan. Perhaps Spanish at Everett and another at Sheridan. Our world has truly become global and we as Americans have a new found need to learn other cultures since we do not have the borders that necessarily demand it. The other schools most likely do not want to have an immersion program since the controversy at Cherokee has been unpleasant. If there is a program at each school than the spotlight on Cherokee would diminish and Dist. 67 would definitely become a pioneer in education. So now where do the funds for such a program become realized? I have lived in Lake Forest for 27 years, I have seen that it was not financially feasible to remodel East Campus (LFHS), not feasible to keep West Campus (LFHS) that it should be torn down, not feasible to offer foreign language in the elementary school at all, not feasible to build a new football stadium, and have a sports campus, I could go on and on with all the funds that when someone wants to they can be found somewhere. We are all very fortunate to live in a community that is not lacking for m [Read More]

  • 2014-03-21 17:17:17
    John Horton on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: There are a number of more appropriate commercial properties along route 41, very close to Lake Forest which would accommodate a Whole Foods store. Just as convenient for most of Lake Forest as some site along route 60. Although it is easy to see that those who work in the city administrative offices off route 60 would love the convenience!) [Read More]

  • 2014-03-21 16:54:46
    Marie DOnaldson on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: It seems cynical and short sighted to dismiss exploring he possibilities for adaptive reuse of historically significant buildings in Lake Forest. It is after all, these very things- period buildings, parks, roads and gardens, that set the town apart and have made it the special place it is. The surrounding properties and roads have no bearing on the importance and value of the building, park or garden. It is an entity unto itself. A piece of the historical mosaic. A part of the collection that makes up the whole. For instance, Gorton,- a community center in a residential neighborhood and similarly, Elawa Farm. Both now essential to our unique community and fine examples of it's culture, thought and vision. In recent years, Lake Foresters have become used to the strident, shrill call for wholesale obliteration of historic landmarks to make way for some new scheme conjured up by another special interest group with fast and slick connections to the city council and its various boards. Sadly, there are scars the and blights on our town's landscape to show in evidence of this unintelligent and greedy phenomenon. The now infamous Barat College debacle to mention just one. Blatant expedience is easy to see and it is always ugly...even when it is advocated by the likes of......"George Washington"......himself. (!) ~ Marie Donaldson, Lake Forest. Il. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-21 09:56:06
    Bruce Reid on District 67: Let Mission & Vision Effort Discern Community's Education Goals: Great idea to publish this. In plain language, it provides context that can only be constructive, not only for the debate-du-jour but also for future debates. I am still not thrilled about my property taxes but it's nice to know that the board is lead by someone who is thinking broadly and deeply about the early education of those who will pay the taxes for my Medicare etc. in the future. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-19 08:08:29
    Gary Lawrence on Standing Desks Are Upstanding New Trend at Lake Bluff, Lake Forest Schools: Well, this certainly worked well for Winston Churchill. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 22:41:22
    adrienne on Magnet School in Lake Forest? District 67 Mulls Future of Mandarin Immersion: Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 17:00:10
    Jennifer Neubauer on Magnet School in Lake Forest? District 67 Mulls Future of Mandarin Immersion: Adrienne, you are to be commended because this is the most information I've read about this important subject anywhere. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 16:57:50
    Kirsten Collister on Mandarin Immersion: 'Choice Is A Good Thing': Amy - because at least you still had the choice to send your child to a full day traditional program whereas now I have completely lost my choice to enroll my child in immersion for kindergarten. So my group HAS lost their choice. Your choice was not your preferred choice but at least that option (full day K) was not completely gone for you, whereas the option I want is completely gone for me. I completely understand that sending your child to a school that is not your neighborhood school is not the best choice for your family. (Let's not forget though, that there was a full day K class for 2013-2014, so we don't know for sure that it wasn't going to be an option for 2015-2016.) I agree that better solutions for the traditional families need to be found so that people do have better choice. However, eliminating the immersion program for K is not the right answer because it entirely eliminates choice for one group of parents, which you yourself say should not be done (one group shouldn't get their choice while another group loses). [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 14:09:04
    laura rukavina on Magnet School in Lake Forest? District 67 Mulls Future of Mandarin Immersion: We do not know that answer. Here in LF we live year-by-year, on a case-by-case basis. If you are lucky enough to be in CH district, and not like the situation, you can apply for a permissive transfer every year in June. Then you wait to see which way the wind blows. I have a question, too. Did Andy go to Lake Forest College and ask if they would install a MI teaching program? Is the state of IL going to put a stop to hiring foreign or out-of-state teachers? Is that the reason there is a new push for magnet, so you don't have to comply? I dont know, but would like to know. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 13:54:48
    Amy Pasquesi on Mandarin Immersion: 'Choice Is A Good Thing': I also agree that we should have choices. I, unfortunately, was looking at losing mine with the MI program. I am happy that I now have the choice to send my child to Cherokee, my home school, for full day English. Why should my choice for full day be to send him to Everett or Sheridan? I am not suggesting that the MI program needs to dissolve, but there has to be some changes made before we can go forward. It should not be that one group gets their choice, while another group loses. There is no simple answer here. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 09:18:10
    Elizabeth Norton on Magnet School in Lake Forest? District 67 Mulls Future of Mandarin Immersion: I am a parent of an incoming 2014-15 Kindergarten student, and a younger child to follow. Due to the fact we're not yet a part of Dist 67 I'm not extremely knowledgable about immersion, but know the basics. What I'm not clear about is what the plan is once the Mandarin Immersion kids get to DPM? Thank you! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-17 11:26:17
    shannon maguire on Irish Soda Bread From A Swiss-French Bakery? : It really is the best around...and they bake everything fresh each morning... Making soup? Grab a loaf of the Burli bread...you will never get better soup-bread experience! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-17 07:04:02
    Rick Surkamer on Irish Soda Bread From A Swiss-French Bakery? : Please give me what crumbs you can, so I may begin to find the path to true Irish Bliss with my coffee this week. Rick [Read More]

  • 2014-03-14 11:27:57
    adrienne on Fitness Together: Three Ways to Effortless Weight Loss: susan--- the Chicago History museum cites 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition; http://www.chicagohs.org/history/expo.html 1983 was a typo on my end. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-14 11:24:32
    adrienne on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: oops--my mistake. it's 1893, not 1983. typos happen, is all. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-14 11:01:23
    Robert Walden on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: "are textbook examples of the Tudor Revival, a style that was popular in Lake Forest just after the 1983 World’s Columbian Exposition" Lived in Lake Bluff during that time. Can't believe I missed the Worlds Columbian Exposition" Seems the recounting of historical records should include proof reading. None the less it's sad to see another shopping development destroying such a historically significant structure. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-14 09:30:59
    Susan Layton on Fitness Together: Three Ways to Effortless Weight Loss: Lovely home and wonderful to hear about its history! Just wanted to point out that the Columbia Exposition was held in Chicago in 1883. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-13 23:58:50
    arthur miller on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: Thank you, Adrienne, for this excellent story about this historic West Lake Forest landmark. We all can be grateful to the City and to Susan Benjamin's stellar firm for uncovering the history of the charming, emblematic classic local estate. The house is the only one I know built south of the then-proposed new country club at Mellody Farm, in 1929. To the east the Deerpath HIlls neighborhood was laid out specifically for and its landscape oriented to that club that never opened due to the 1929 stock market Crash (fortunately we don't have to worry about things like that any more!). As such it is a unique survivor and emblem of west Lake Forest's distinguished estate heritage along the Route 60 corridor between Route 41 and the Des Plaines River. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-13 22:36:06
    George Washington on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: Folks It may be helpful to look at the context of the proposed Whole Foods location. Two major highways, Route 60 and the the tri state tollway entry/exits consisting of something like six lanes of traffic in both directions along 60 just west of the proposed location. There is a large architecturally bland multi story condo to the east, commercial office buildings to the west and commercial office park to the north directly across Route 60. On the southwest side of the tollway in Mettawa is Costco, which had wanted to locate in Lake Forest. The mansion has lost it's appeal as a residential "gentleman's estate" long ago. This is probably why the Miller's sold it. It is not realistic to think it is commercially viable to re purpose the mansion or find yet another charitable Lake Forest White Knight to donate the mansion for the next great community cause. The proposed Whole Food building that is a speciality food store, one of the most respected chains in the US. It would be a huge plus for the area residents to have Whole Foods for both the fine offerings and service they provide as well as the sales and proper tax revenue. It would seem prudent for our various city commissions, council and management to work with Whole Foods rather than being demanding and un gracious to their efforts to build a beautiful building. Perhaps the first effort fell short, but let's hope we can make this happen. As for our family and most of my friends family, we would really like to see Whole Foods here in Lake Forest. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-13 17:09:34
    B. Friedland on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: Amazing that this gem of Tudor brick architecture is headed for the chopping block, while that mess of white aluminum siding is proposed to take its place! How sad for Lake Forest that this should happen! Bannockburn was fortunate, indeed, to have gotten Bannockburn Green! ( elegant, beautiful, quality brick architecture ) Why would we in Lake Forest even consider anything less? The renovated mansion (great idea) or new architecture that is in keeping with the style of the historic mansion is the clear choice for this city! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-12 12:45:32
    Laura Rukavina on Mandarin Immersion in Lake Forest Schools: What's Next?: I would like to apologize to the MI parents. It is not fair for anyone to experience what the traditional parents have experienced since MI inception. We were going year by year, with new struggles arising each year. We were opting out of the school with permissive transfers that were conducted 2 months prior to school EACH year with no guarantee. We risk each year our children being at separate elementary schools. We were lied to. Now I know you were as well. That is terrible. People have asked me why I care so much. I cringe at the notion of 'integration'. I encourage all parents to look at how the traditional children are 'integrated'. Not only is it not best practice, that is the crucial age to diagnose Learning Disabilities! The worst scenarios I have ever witnessed pertain to undiagnosed LD's. Fathers in town who lost their jobs in the recession- undiagnosed LD. Teenage recovering heroin addicts- undiagnosed LD. High school drop outs- undiagnosed LD. Suicide- undiagnosed LD. Depression, alcoholism, divorces... Yes, I have seen each and more personally. That is why I care. There is no research to disprove this with integration. As to my bitterness. The beginning of my son's 3rd grade year his social needs that are aligned with his confidence and self esteem were not being met. I had to put up a fight to opt out of the school, undergo unnecessary meetings... An administrator told me, on the telephone, tell my son, "JUST TELL HIM TO GET OVER IT". I wish you all luck with your educational desires and I hope that there is more administrative transparency in the future. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-12 08:17:56
    Carl Noble on Painter Sue MacFarlan is Artisan Guild's 'Artisan of the Year': What a great talent -- and we get to see her work here. Wonderful! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-10 11:21:24
    B. Friedland on A Fresh Start for Graffiti Grill in Lake Bluff: Kudos to Dan Rogers for calling in the experts to improve his restaurant! Dan is a creative perfectionist—you can tell by his landscaping work—so I think the tweaking of his grill will turn out great. I would suggest perhaps a name associated with the original “Rogers Nursery” ? Garden Grill…Rogers’ Garden Grill…might be a start to the brainstorming…? What a great find in Karnazes-Hernandez! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-10 08:24:15
    Nicki Snoblin on Letter from Uganda: The Baby Arrives … By Cell Phone Light: Thank you, Allison, for a glimpse into a life that's so different from our own but shares some of the same joys (albeit with different challenges). [Read More]

  • 2014-03-08 13:08:22
    Harlon Katz on Lake Forest Family Opts Out of ISATs: Well, we get that some people don't want their kids taking the ISATs - fine. But what then is there to determine how well the schools are actually teaching? There is so much grade inflation that every little Johnnie and Jannie are getting straight As that those are no longer meaningful. Also, PART of the reason that teachers don't want testing is that it shows how well their classes are learning. A lack of learning IS NOT just the teacher's problem - there are parental issues as well, but just ignoring the fact of poor performance and passing the kids on has not helped either. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-07 10:24:18
    B. Friedland on Lake Forest Building Review Board Pans Whole Foods Design: I would have to agree with the critics! I am rather surprised that the design went in this direction! What was the architect thinking? It's crowded and un-balanced looking and has a "low-priced, discount store" look about it! When Bannockburn Green was built (on Waukegan Road,) there was no argument that the site was beautifully done. The trees, the bricks the architecture was stately, solid and lovely, and it had a sense of worth to it. It still does. But this rendering of the proposed Whole Foods is atrocious, I must admit! Thank you for this article, Gazebo News! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-07 09:34:09
    Brad W. Andersen on Lake Bluff Hires Michael Hosking For Deputy Police Chief Post: The Village of Lake Bluff should consider itself very fortunate to have Dave Belmonte as our Chief of Police. He has lived and worked in our community for many years and knows many of the residents in the community personally. He also understands the community and what is expected of our police department. I am also very supportive of Mr. Hoskins as our new Deputy Chief. He is also a very professional and respected member of the police community. Congratulations to the Village of Lake Bluff for making such wise decisions. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-07 09:06:13
    Dave Grinnell on Lake Forest Building Review Board Pans Whole Foods Design: Why not echo a retail design that's already well established and preserved in LF: Like Market Square! Seems the current approach is just a typical cookie-cutter to current mall designs. We need something that is in unique and in character with LF. After all, this will be the gateway from the west to LF. We are preserving the past in places like our train stations and spending good money to do so. Design Review Board: Why not mandate to the architects that they start from the perspective of old-world design on the outside, with modern wired-for-the-future technologies and ambiance on the inside? Plus, add more trees/nature landscaping. After all, this is Lake FOREST, right? [Read More]

  • 2014-03-06 21:03:08
    Hollis Blume on The Dark Side of Spring's Thaw … : We have two dogs and pick up their poop no matter what the weather, no matter who's watching, no matter where they choose to do their business. On the rare occasion that we have forgotten a "mutt mitt" of some kind, we have taken the time to go home and return to the scene of the crime, so that no one ends up with a chunk of our family pets' remains in the soles of their shoes. It is absolutely rude that people do not pick up after their pets. But I guess the rules are only for some....don't get me started on people who don't leash their dogs on a walk in the Open Lands....that's just another one of those rules meant for a seldom few, I guess. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-06 12:32:22
    Lynn Hawley on A Sign of Spring ...: While hoping for Spring is likely something we're all doing about now, this robin is no indicator. I've had several robins at my water dish throughout the winter. It seems they never left. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-06 07:39:38
    Barbara Mortimer on A Sign of Spring ...: Dear Jean! (St. Francis...) Thank you for sharing your eye and your love of nature with us! The robin is a vision of hope that winter will soon be behind us and we can enjoy a full blown springtime in northern Illinois! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-04 19:26:30
    Scott Springer on Mandarin Immersion in Lake Forest Schools: What's Next?: Not sure how it works in Illinois, but in Colorado when a family 'opts' out the school takes a 'no score' at a penalty, which lowers the schools rating with the state. Thus putting the principal and teachers' job in jeopardy ...from a Denver HS Principal [Read More]

  • 2014-03-04 18:51:23
    Heather Van Wagner on Lake Forest Family Opts Out of ISATs: Thank you VERY much for this well-written, informative letter. 100% agree on this position. Unfortunately more people don't stand up and speak their minds regarding the direction education in moving in this country. Families need to be more informed, involved and question the people who are supposed to be doing what is best for our children. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-04 09:38:37
    Christina Bhattacharya on Lake Forest Family Opts Out of ISATs: I have also decided to opt out my 7th grader from the ISATs. Unfortunetly, the principal and ISBE will not accept my opt out letter so, my child has to stand up in front of her peers and physically decline the test. Has any one elses children had to endure this when opting out? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-28 09:58:48
    laura rukavina on Mandarin Immersion in Lake Forest Schools: What's Next?: It is over. Except for the fact that taxpayers have to pay the 'clean up' for the next 4 years. Ten years from now we will all be saying, "remember when cherokee had that useless immersion program". To all the angry MI parents, get over it. I am extremely grateful to the BOE and Michael Simek to have the backbone to come out and say this was a terrible mistake. From a cultural perspective, I am so grateful to these people who are disposing of a foreign oppressive government actually giving us money and feeding us propaganda about their greatness and actually influencing what language we instruct in our public elementary schools. And I must thank the BOE for reading ranting emails from me all year long! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-28 09:39:11
    Kristin Ashley on Chilling Out in the Snow ...: Hi Jen! Great shot. At least "somebody" looks cheerful about all this snow! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-28 07:17:22
    Karen Connell on Heinen’s Finalizes Lease For Lake Bluff Store: Happy they are taking on the old Dominick's and pleased that they are hiring the former employees too. I'm looking forward to trying it out. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-28 06:55:51
    Jenny Simpson on Heinen’s Finalizes Lease For Lake Bluff Store: Yay!!!! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-25 15:23:22
    adrienne on Lake Bluff Hires Michael Hosking For Deputy Police Chief Post: Matt -- I asked LB Village Administrator Drew Irvin to address your question. He said: "There is no conflict of interest. It is correct that the Village used Voorhees for our Police Chief search. Mike Hosking has been at Voorhees and took part in the assessment process of candidates. That process resulted in David being selected as our new Police Chief. That was a Village Board decision. "The Village did not retain Voorhees or any other firm with regard to our Deputy Chief position. There is no connection at all between David's appointment and Mike's subsequent appointment as Deputy Chief, except that through the assessment process everybody at the Village was very impressed with Mike's knowledge and ability and so when we began to discuss the Deputy Chief position, we were extremely fortunate to have established a good relationship with Mike." [Read More]

  • 2014-02-25 08:25:12
    Richard Chapman on Lake Bluff Hires Michael Hosking For Deputy Police Chief Post: My family and I moved to Lake Forest 34 years ago because we were impressed with the quality of life and city services in this community not because of lower taxes. Now the city is constantly looking for ways to cut thoses services so they can balance the budget. I would like to see the city work harder at attracting taxable business to our community instead of them going to all the surrounding communities and increase and improve the city services. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-25 07:30:49
    Matt Nielsen on Lake Bluff Hires Michael Hosking For Deputy Police Chief Post: Voorhees Assoc is Michael Hoskings company and the same company who did the interviews of the initial Police Chief candidates. How is this not a conflict of interest? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-25 07:10:10
    Mary Jane Stutz on Emerald Ash Borer Update: Has Bitter Cold Killed Ash Tree Nemesis?: Thanks, Adrienne, for great investigative reporting. You really went out on a limb for this and we appreciate it! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-21 19:24:54
    adrienne on Heinen's Fine Foods Said To Be Opening in Lake Bluff: Deb. yes--- and beeson's nursery will remain open when mariano's opens in a lot adjacent to the nursery. Heinen's apparently is also interested in Lake bluff -- in addition to Bannockburn. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-21 19:16:25
    Deb Fischer on Heinen's Fine Foods Said To Be Opening in Lake Bluff: I thought Heinen's was taking over the former Dominicks in Bannockburn and Mariano's was building new next to Beeson's in Bannockburn .... ? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-21 11:37:43
    Rob Le Clercq on So Long, Old Main: This very painful to watch. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-21 06:42:13
    Laura Alaimo on Meet David Belmonte, Lake Bluff's New Police Chief : Congratulations! We are fortunate to have you. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-20 09:38:09
    Margaret Tatos on Nasty, 'Complex' Storm Headed Toward Lake County: CLIMATE Weather on Planets -----relates with SPACE Weather <-their is a PHONE APP on smartphone NASTY NOT---NORTHERN LIGHTS take a look today before your LAKE COUNTY Lights go out. www.spaceweather.com ANOTHER CME IMPACT: For the second time in 24 hours, a CME has hit Earth's magnetic field. The impact on Feb. 20th at ~0300 UT re-energized a subsiding geomagnetic storm that sparked bright auroras over North America on Feb. 19th. AURORAS OVER THE USA: A minor geomagnetic storm was already in progress during the early hours of Feb. 19th when a CME struck Earth's magnetic field. The impact revved-up the storm and sent Northern Lights spilling across the Canadian border into the United States [Read More]

  • 2014-02-19 15:52:22
    cathy spencer on Lake Bluff's New Marketing Program: North Shore Suburb, Small Town Vibe: The new logo looks like something suited for advertising a dog park, not the Village. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-19 11:07:59
    Margaret Tatos on Local Admen Weigh In On Lake Bluff's Image Makeover: As I am reading this article LAKE BLUFF- Lake bluff residents CLAIM to dislike being LUMPED IN with Lake Forest ---but when asked by a stranger WHERE YOU FROM? Lake Bluff is not "KNOWN" the answer reverts back to I AM with/Lake Forest -whose resident/WHO as a COMMUNITY is known? esteem issue ESTEEM is not changed by ADDING Adjectives that would be like putting TITLES in front of your name DR - PHD HONORARY PASTOR blah blah that you completely never heard the persons REAL NAME he's pastor WHAT was his name? its LAKE BLUFF I thought ALL THOSE ADJECTIVE threw me no one is going to hear - LAKE BLUF is not going to be known THAT_ THIS WAY its a waste time/money its like INDIA building that GIGANTIC FALIC GOLD STATUE for MIllions while its people are "the energy - charm -vibe -character" KNOWN - being KNOWN comes from ENERGY within so why does LAKE BLUFF hide behind LAKE FOREST (or is it the people- residents) which ends up GRAB HAVING a Lake Forester to be KNOWN - seen esteem- psychological issue ADJECTIVES with time/energy to THIS is waste WHO NEEDS TO secretly call- write in to MAGAZINE to be seen -nationally as "HAPPIEST SEA_SIDE TOWN ---LAKE BLUFF" ditch the product for a new one any HS STUDENT can tell you that SIMPLE first FACT in sales and marketing to WORLD I do not know [Read More]

  • 2014-02-16 20:11:38
    Don Russ on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: Hear, hear! The Bargaining Committee knew a majority of the members would favor block scheduling, so the Committee prevented the vote. LFHS teachers: Replace your leadership with folks who will live up to the promise of the fourth paragraph in the article above! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-16 09:29:52
    Laura Luce on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: Jennifer, I like the way you think! I couldn't have said it better and it needs to be said. Thank you [Read More]

  • 2014-02-14 10:18:00
    Jennifer Neubauer on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: What troubles me as an LFHS parent is that the union blocked a vote on the issue. It didn't allow it's membership to allow its voice to be heard. So whatever the administration, parents, students believe are best practices going forward can and will be nixed ab initio by a small group of union negotiators for reasons having much less to do with student achievement than with protecting and enhancing many bloated salaries...salaries that could not be commanded by many of these folks in the real world of free-market competition (where innovation and excellence are rewarded and mediocrity and laziness punished). My suggestion is that the district leadership and those with real skin in the game....THE PARENTS AND THEIR KIDS explore ways to get rid of the union, promote and reward excellent teachers and fire lazy ones who are just "phoning it it". Then issues like block scheduling will solve themselves, for the good of the students. The union is protecting itself, not fostering the best interests of its customers, the students. This is the nature of a union and the complete reason for its existence. Remove the union, allow good staff to flourish...now that's 21st century learning! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-13 19:47:39
    Michael Ebner on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: I see matters differently. The very fact that the administration has consulted its faculty represents a different dynamic for Lake Forest High School. Such processes are often iterative. Seldom are they resolved on the first try. If the high school administration wishes to achieve its goal, it must continue to deliberate with its faculty. That hasn't happened very much in the history of 115. A top-down model has been the prevailing mode. What the administration pursued -- to its credit -- was a departure from the old way of conducting its affairs. The door isn't shut once and for all. It remains ajar. The two sides may, or may not, walk through it together. Keep trying. Keep interacting. Make adjustments. Listen to one another. And seek to stand upon common ground on the next try. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-13 16:42:42
    Al Boese on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: Most people do not know much about “Block Scheduling,” a topic that appears to have polarized factions at Lake Forest High School, D 115. Perhaps it is the idea of a new principal, Barry Rodgers, attempting to impose his new scheduling theories on a gun shy community of parents, students and faculty, some may still remember Harry Griffith. Or, perhaps it is the rush to implement a program with only vague and hard to conceptualize values and benefits. Or is it the magic of “Eduspeak,” and gobbledygook from the superior beings in education in an effort to obfuscate the real agenda. I, for one, am put off by such phrases as, “the district remains ‘committed to developing a successful 21st Century classroom model” and will use mobile computing to prepare students “for a new generation of assessments and engage students at the highest levels,’ from Principal Rodgers,” and other such nonsensical phrases. Mr. Rodgers, what is the agenda? What empirical evidence do you offer that confirms the wisdom or outcome for D 115, students, faculty, parents and taxpayers? And finally, what was the rush? The evidence of dashing into programs at any level, Obamacare, or Mandarin total immersion is in, early and quick implementation is not a formula for success, but assured disastrous implementation. Lets all take a quick breath, sit back and let Mr. Rodgers prove his theories, provide solid, long term evidence of success, sufficient to convince his constituencies, and then consider. How about this Mr. Rodgers, why not get acquainted with the district, the students, the faculty and the community, then go for it? Al Boese Lake Bluff, Il [Read More]

  • 2014-02-11 10:36:32
    Deb Fischer on A Year In Lake Forest … In Pictures: Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for creating and sharing that! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-11 08:35:24
    Rosemary Troxel on A Year In Lake Forest … In Pictures: Thank you, Rommy, for giving us hope during these bleak days. Also, thank you for capturing the beauty of our community. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-07 18:30:40
    jack burke on Lake Forest Hardware Still Hard At Work Despite Loss Of Keith Morgan: They are wonderful people and work so hard. They do a great job and I know Keith is very proud of the way they are living through him. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-07 09:51:56
    Pauline Mohr on Lake Forest Hardware Still Hard At Work Despite Loss Of Keith Morgan: A wonderful place to do business. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-07 08:06:34
    John Johnson on Lake Forest Hardware Still Hard At Work Despite Loss Of Keith Morgan: Chris and Mary Jane are doing a great job. Lake Forest Hardware is still my first stop whenever I need something! JJ [Read More]

  • 2014-02-05 17:31:25
    Lise Dominique on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: Thank you , Adrienne for reaching out on my behalf. That was very kind of you and yet another example why I love the Lake Bluff/Lake Forest community. While I have been fortunate enough to have offers for rides from a handful of members of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Community Church, I can't even use them yet. On Monday my surgeon told me I'm still a couple of weeks away from working downtown. So, I'm going to try again when I can. Thanks again, I truly appreciate the effort! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-05 17:14:12
    Lise Dominique on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: This was a cute ad and I liked it a lot. Straight and simple. I remembered the product, and isn't that the point? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-05 15:57:06
    Jennifer Neubauer on Lake Bluff Family Seeks Bone Marrow Donors For National Registry: This is a great cause and a great family. Eric Stephen Bower's legacy of giving to others is carried on by his wife and daughters. It if very easy to donate on the site if you are unable to register in the bone marrow registry. God bless. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-05 09:34:24
    Jacquie Berkshire on Lake Forest High School Varsity Dance Team Wins National Championship: Congratulations, Ladies! You make us proud! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-04 16:36:56
    Sue Slaughter on Lake Forest High School Varsity Dance Team Wins National Championship: Impressive. Great job, ladies! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-04 08:55:41
    Jen Richards on Lake Bluff Family Seeks Bone Marrow Donors For National Registry: Thank you Bower family for your advocacy and continued hugs and prayers. Thank you Graham for the reminder. Although my cell phone number and email are the same, I have moved 4 times since I registered! I went an updated my information on the site - and moved my donor card into the new wallet I now carry. I registered during a Team in Training event I participated for while fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (Go Team!) It's an honor to be registered. It does take just a few minutes and is not uncomfortable at all. The other thing I hope others will do is become organ donors! That gift can save so many lives! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-03 21:04:54
    Graham Wilson on Lake Bluff Family Seeks Bone Marrow Donors For National Registry: Wonderful inspirational story- and this made me log on to our Bone Marrow account and update my brides and my contact info. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-03 06:44:21
    Nicki Snoblin on Meeting Planned for Proposed Senior Housing Center in Knollwood: With all due respect to the village, this is a matter that impacts Knollwood directly. Knollwood residents appreciate that the property owner has reached out to those most affected for their feedback. As it's in unincorporated Lake County, we will be working with LC planning, Building and Development to ensure that the well-being of our residents is a primary concern. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 14:11:47
    Jen Richards on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: I love the ad and also the way GN reported about it. What a great article title and use of humor explaining the...noise! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 13:56:16
    Jennifer Kasdin on Lake Forest Plan Commission: Public Notice On Amberley Woods - Whole Foods Property: Why doesn't the Whole Foods move into the former Dominick's store in Lake Bluff? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 09:49:02
    Al Boese on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: Mike Goldsberry, also of Lake Bluff, has a commercial ad for WeatherTech Auto & Truck Floor Liners playing during the 2014 Superbowl. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 09:23:43
    Jenny Simpson on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: I like it!! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 09:21:05
    Susie McMurray on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: Love your ad, Gary. Simple & true sells ! -s [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 08:59:28
    Rosemary Troxel on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: LOVE IT! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-01 13:00:14
    Rick Lesser on Meeting Planned for Proposed Senior Housing Center in Knollwood: Does Lake Bluff have any say in this? The property is in unincorporated Lake County, but is within 1 mile of the Village border. I don't know enough to be for this proposal or against it (although Terry Weppler is a friend and the Mayor of Libertyville), but I'd like to think that the Village is looking at this proposal and will have some voice in the process. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-01 10:17:07
    B. Friedland on Update: Lake Bluff, Lake Forest Moving Toward Emergency Services Consolidation: It might be helpful for residents to see a step by step scenario of what it would be like to have this new system. In an emergency, a Lake Forest resident: ... calls 9-1-1 ... a dispatcher in Lake Forest responds and the location of the call is on a screen …the dispatcher sends the emergency vehicles to the location So now we are told that the dispatcher will be in Glenview. Will the Glenview dispatcher see the location of the residence on an electronic screen, and not need to know the Lake Forest streets? Will the emergency vehicles still remain in Lake Forest? Won't they know where they are going? More clarification might make it easier for residents to deal with this "money saving" change, and hopefully rest easy! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-31 07:37:50
    Mary Sperzel on New Charitable Thrift Store Opening in Lake Forest; Donations Welcome: Can't wait, welcome back! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-31 07:05:08
    shannon duffy on 'Upscale Rummage' Needs New Warehouse Space: I wonder if the Dominics space in lake bluff would work this year!!! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-30 15:33:22
    jennifer romans on Lake Forest Plan Commission: Public Notice On Amberley Woods - Whole Foods Property: Whatever happened to the open lands we were supposed to have on Rte 60 ? I distinctly remember voting in favor of a tax increase in order to purchase that land, this is so disappointing. There are plenty of underutilized, already developed land that could be used in place of open habitat. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-30 07:51:14
    Barbara Mortimer on Decking The Bench For Winter in Lake Bluff : Nice handiwork. I see that Mother Nature is now crafting in scalloped edges! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-28 11:12:23
    Eileen Weber on Many Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Businesses Are Open During Cold Spell: Lake Forest Flowers is OPEN regular business hours 9am - 5pm. Stop by and smell the spring flowers! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-27 19:05:59
    Rick Lesser on Many Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Businesses Are Open During Cold Spell: Lesser, Lutrey, McGlynn & Howe, LLP is open during regular business hours. If you're freezing to death, come'on in and make out a will! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-25 11:20:05
    Jen Richards on New Charitable Thrift Store Opening in Lake Forest; Donations Welcome: This is so exciting! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-24 11:39:36
    Heather Wojda on Lake Forest High School Teachers To Vote On Block Scheduling : In planning future scheduling changes and improving our high school we must take into consideration the overwhelming body of compelling evidence showing that later school start times correspond with teen sleep needs, improve health, quality of life, emotional wellness, and school performance. Later start times have been accomplished without moving the end time of school and in many districts has saved on transportation costs. U.S Education Secretary Arne Duncan has spoken out in favor of later school start times. "Common sense to improve student achievement that too few have implemented: let teens sleep more, start school later." Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/09/05/Education-secretary-Start-school-later-in-day/UPI-92611378364400/#ixzz2rKxIws6x As a community we need to educate ourselves regarding teens natural sleep patterns and the research that has been completed on the subject. Data can be found on the following websites: http://www.startschoollater.net http://www.sleepfoundation.org http://www.sleepinfairfax.org [Read More]

  • 2014-01-24 10:48:48
    Catherine Dillon Driscoll on Lake Forest High School Teachers To Vote On Block Scheduling : Question: Is block scheduling the same concept that the Lake Bluff Middle School has used in recent years? LBMS used longer English periods daily, but had A B and C days with different schedules per day. This resulted in Everyday Math being taught every other day, which caused students to slip in math. Pros? Cons? Similarities? Differences? [Read More]

  • 2014-01-24 10:05:54
    adrienne on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: thank you jen, mary jane and t-ann -- nice to hear from you. Please pass the story around. I have a feeling there's someone out there who can help Lise get to work if we just get the word out to enough people. It takes a village! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 12:08:44
    adrienne on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: Lori -- Lise will work around the driver's hours. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 09:51:58
    Lori Pepper on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: What are her working hours? [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 09:20:06
    Jen Richards on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: So sorry to hear about the injuries! I am heart warmed by the community outreach. What a wonderful way to use the forum of a local news source. Thank you Gazebo News! I wish I could help but I know someone will be blessed by this opportunity to serve. Lake Bluff is a great place to live! We are a community that cares. This is a great reminder of that fact. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 08:09:48
    Mary Jane Stutz on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: Thanks, Adrienne, this is one more way that The Gazebo News helps our community! My friend Lise needs transportation to work and the thoughtful volunteer drivers will benefit from her delightful company. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 07:45:05
    T-Ann Pierce on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: While I work in Lake Forest and cannot offer a ride into the city, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for writing on Lise's behalf. As a newcomer to the area, I have been blessed with countless acts of kindness from friends and neighbors in both communities. Your post was a perfect example of what makes living in LF/LB special. Thank you. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-20 22:05:59
    Bonita Friedland on Lake Forest Library Fire Update: We are fortunate to have such a thorough, timely and responsive reporter in The Gazebo News! We asked for further information, and you provided it! Thank you! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-20 11:04:32
    adrienne on Lake Forest Library Fire Update: alice -- thank you for asking the important questions! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-20 09:49:00
    Alice Moulton-Ely on Lake Forest Library Fire Update: Thank you for looking further into this and providing helpful information! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-18 14:25:56
    Rick Lesser on Property Taxes in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: How We Stack Up: While helpful, this chart is somewhat misleading. An $800,000 house in Mundelein is a much larger house than an $800,000 house in Lake Forest. The real question, to me, is how much comparable houses are taxed. The higher land costs in Lake Forest make the tax rate (based on a percentage of the house price) look low, while in reality the owner of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Mundelein may pay less in real estate taxes than the owner of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Lake Forest. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-18 07:39:16
    Janice Wolterj on Target's Plans For Lake Bluff Are On Target: Target's people implyed all along that they would be paying for all the road changes they were proposing. When ask point blank they would babble on for few minutes about the fact that they the changes could not happen without IDOT approval so the additional lanes to Shagbark and 176 plus the turn lane on Waukegan were really just proposals. Eventually someone did answer Target when ask "who is paying for all this unneeded road construction?" Looks llike our tax dollars will be hard at work helping out another corporation. I wonder how many other "facts" will change before this nightmare becomes a reality. Shame on Senator Morrison for spending money so foolishly. I will remember this next election season. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 17:08:12
    Glenn Kalin on Lake Forest Junior Tennis Player Selected For U.S. Team: Anyone who knows Elysia won't be surprised to read this. She's been an outstanding athlete FOREVER! I just regret not sticking around long enough to teach her a different game. Mr. Kalin [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 11:07:40
    RIck Lesser on Judge Mitch Hoffman Named To Lake County Circuit Court: This is good news for Lake County. Judge Hoffman is an outstanding jurist. He is always prepared and listens to all sides before making a ruling. I've often seen him wrestle with difficult cases, trying to reach a just result. It's good to see hard work and diligent effort rewarded. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 08:21:15
    Rosemary Troxel on The Weather Is Confusing ...: Snowmen---here today, gone tomorrow. If they could just stick around another day Frigid temps would guarantee another week's stay. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 08:21:10
    B. Friedland on Broken Light Bulb Sparks Fire At Lake Forest Library : I would love to know how the broken light bulb would cause a fire! Was it hot? Is there a chemical in the bulb? [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 06:23:10
    Alice Moulton-Ely on Broken Light Bulb Sparks Fire At Lake Forest Library : It would be interesting to know how a broken light bulb causes combustion. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-15 18:10:51
    Don Russ on The Weather Is Confusing ...: Ambivalent season, frosty limbo; tropical ferns in Hillary’s window? [Read More]

  • 2014-01-09 10:03:42
    CL Brandon on Feeding The Birds … Feeding On The Birds: I have ten feeders in my yard in Lake Bluff. It is also a registered wildlife habitat. Two days ago I watched a hawk just like the one you photographed get two birds in my yard in the same day. It was so cold. I guess they have to eat too but it made me sad and made me wonder whether my secure habitat that has supported multiple broods of wrens in the spring and summer was just a "hawk deli." Feeding birds in winter and migrating birds all year are very important activities. When birds return or head for South America and Canada these feeders help support them on their long trips. The book "Songbird Journeys" by Miyoko Chu captures the fascinating story of migratory birds that connect your yard with exotic places around in the world. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-09 09:41:49
    David Barkhausen on Feeding The Birds … Feeding On The Birds: I told Cathy that's probably a sharp-shinned hawk, though it could be a Cooper’s. The latter is bigger. In any case, it’s a juvenile, judging from bird book pictures. Apart from the difference in size (10-14 inches in length for the sharp-shinned and 14-20" for the Cooper’s) and the Cooper’s longer tail, they look very much alike. Both go after small birds and small mammals like chipmunks. You can see them with some frequency in the winter darting around our neighborhoods or sitting on a branch or on the ground eyeing their next potential prey. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-07 08:43:50
    Jeff Yehle on Brave Enough … Or Crazy Enough … To Venture Outside?: Adrienne, Tell your daughter to try the water experiment using boiling hot water. My boys did that yesterday and it is fun to watch, and a good science lesson. Jeff [Read More]

  • 2014-01-06 09:26:45
    Deb Fischer on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Betsy, Good idea! We'll try! Deb [Read More]

  • 2014-01-06 06:41:47
    Betsy Conrad on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Deborah, thank you for capturing the ambience of Lake Bluff over the holidays! Can you do a Fall version of the "lLights of Lake Bluff?" Everyone loves the Fall decorations here, as well! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-05 17:42:16
    adrienne on Happy New Year and Site Update From GazeboNews: thank you kelly -- stay warm! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-05 17:06:23
    KELLY LILJA on Happy New Year and Site Update From GazeboNews: WE LOVE GAZEBO NEWS! Keep up the good work ADRIENNE! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-05 13:55:20
    Lise Dominique on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Deborah, This is just lovely and thank you for chronichling Christmas 2013 in our quaint, unique village. I feel fortunate to live here every single day. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-05 07:54:56
    Carole Stroh on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Thank you for this delightful display. A neat idea! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 18:35:46
    Jenny Simpson on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Just beautiful! Loved it. Thank you. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 17:21:02
    Jackie Graham on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: So pretty - what a beautiful thing to do. Thoroughly enjoyed watching - almost made me forget the cold! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 13:13:49
    Willemina Kooijmans on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: What a lovely pictures! It makes me feel homesick. We lived in the area for three years and loved it. We are very pleased to see these pictures. My best friend Anne Gousha from Lake Bluff sent this to me. Thank you! Love from The Netherlands. Wille mina Kooijmans. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 11:12:41
    adrienne on Happy New Year and Site Update From GazeboNews: Lois, Thank you for your note! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 10:45:15
    Lois Kelly on Happy New Year and Site Update From GazeboNews: Thank you, Adrienne. Happy New Year to you and your staff. You do a great job with your local news posts! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-02 08:29:13
    Gary Doyle on Tell Lake Forest City Council Your View On Assault Weapons!: Or, rather than forwarding the article, do as I did and send your own note to all the names on the list, with your own thoughts. Central among mine was that while I don't live in Lake Forest, my kids go to and have gone to high school there, and a ban on assault weapons is a no-brainer given the events of Sandy Hook and Columbine. [Read More]