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  • 2014-10-01 10:22:53
    adrienne on University of Chicago Cuts Ties With Mandarin Program: Jennifer -- thank you for pointing that out. I got the "partial immersion" info from the District 67 website, apparently from an older page that is still coming up in search. [Read More]

  • 2014-10-01 09:01:28
    Jennifer Mulloy on University of Chicago Cuts Ties With Mandarin Program: Thank you for your story about the University of Chicago breaking ties with the Confucius Institute. The Mandarin program started by District 67 four years ago was a partial immersion program. A full immersion program is defined as having the entire academic day in the second language, partial immersion is defined as having fifty percent or more of the academic day in the second language. The current world language block of the inspiration block at Cherokee is content based language instruction paired with Social Studies and Science. However, the inspiration block model currently in place is considered a language enrichment program, it does not have enough minutes of instruction to be a partial immersion program. Fondly, [Read More]

  • 2014-10-01 08:08:14
    Al Boese on University of Chicago Cuts Ties With Mandarin Program: The real agenda of the Confucius Institute is finally catching up with them as seen by the University of Chicago. One can only hope others do the same, including the Lake Bluff and Lake Forest School Districts, do the same. The agenda goes far beyond Mandarin language immersion, and it is dangerous. Al Boese [Read More]

  • 2014-09-30 15:17:04
    Rich Martin on Lake Bluff Pumpkin Chase Courts Elite Runners: There is also late registration on Saturday morning from 6:45 AM until race time for both races - assuming we have not sold out before that time. Bring the whole family to experience this classic Lake Bluff event. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-30 12:26:25
    kaye grabbe on October is Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale Month: Mr. Urrea is an amazing speaker. Do plan to attend his presentation at Lake Forest College October 28. And read his book; Lake Forest Library has a number of copies, as well as the ebook, the e audio book and the audio book formats. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-26 06:54:21
    Wendy Miller on I Took a Ride on Lake Forest’s Historic Car 553: For train enthusiasts who would like to see an example of more elegant private rail cars, I recently visited the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Il. They have private cars restored in one of their many rail barns. Not much of a 'museum of modes of transportation' enthusiast, I went with little expectation but I found the place full of interesting north shore train history. All these rail cars (over 400 I think) are enthusiastically restored by hours of volunteer efforts. A great place to visit if you have an unscheduled afternoon. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-24 10:17:04
    Jennifer Neubauer on The Church of the Holy Spirit Welcomes Acclaimed Author Eboo Patel: http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/11521 Middle East studies in the News Obama Adviser Eboo Patel Speaks Alongside Defender of WTC Bombers [incl. Tariq Ramadan] See which other controversial characters featured at major Islamic convention by Aaron Klein WorldNetDaily July 6, 2011 http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=319021 Print Send RSS President Obama's faith adviser, Eboo Patel, spoke this past weekend at the main event of a three-day convention held by the Muslim Students Association, or MSA, a controversial group founded by the Muslim Brotherhood. Patel appeared on a panel alongside Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the notorious founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Siraj Wahhaj, who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj has also defended the convicted WTC bomb plotters and has urged the Islamic takeover of America. The MSA event was part of a larger weekend convention in which several U.S. Islamic groups held a series of speaking engagements. The convention was arranged by the Islamic Society of North America, itself an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas. Patel was featured on a panel at what was billed as the "main session" of both the MSA and ISNA conventions. The session was titled "I took the Road Less Traveled by, and that has made all the Difference." Adescription of the panel on the ISNA websitestates, "We live in a society in which immersion is encouraged and in which we are often confronted with evil. Muslims have always been challenged, but Islam is a guiding star that can help us overcome these challenges as we strive to remain faithful. We must remain confident and unified as we make our short journey through this life. And sometimes, we must be 'strangers.'" Panel participants with Patel were Ramadan, Wahhaj and Islamic author Yasir Qadhi. Ramadan's maternal grandfather was Hasan al-Banna, who in 1928 founded the Muslim Br [Read More]

  • 2014-09-22 15:13:20
    Carolyn Bewalda on Bringing Suicide 'Out of the Darkness' : Once again the community of Lake Bluff has unselfishly given their time in support of suicide prevention. I would like to express just how much your concern and support has meant to our family during these past months since the loss of Benji. You have made a difference in helping us through this difficult time. I hope and pray that the support and donations will work toward preventing this from happening again and again. Thank you sincerely from all of us. With our love, Carolyn, Benji's Grandmother [Read More]

  • 2014-09-21 18:41:25
    Rick Lesser on Stonebridge Does Not Comply With Lake Bluff's Comprehensive Plan: At the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, the developer calculated the density of Stonebridge by including the conservation area, but calculated the West Terrace denisty without including the open lands to the west. The open lands are actually a part of the West Terrace. The area was platted as part of the West Terrace but was never built. A true apples to apples comparision needs to include the open lands for both neighborhhods. Stonebridge flunks the test. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-19 23:04:53
    Lynette Paulsen on Can Better Signage Save Lives In West Lake Forest?: It's unusual to have two Lynette's commenting on one issue but this is one I feel strongly about. It seems to me to be worth the expense to put electronic crossing arms at the pedestrian crossing at the West Station. Crossing arms will prevent careless and fatal mistakes. These are present at the sidewalk crossings at both ends of the station, but not at the station where probably 90% of the pedestrians cross the tracks. We need a physical barrier to prevent these accidents. I would agree that signage may help and announcements of incoming trains of any type would also help. Probably nothing will prevent a suicide, but these safety precautions would surely decrease the probability of a horrible accident. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-19 16:04:18
    Ted Moorman on LFHS Mourns Loss of Jim Gantt: Dr. Jim Gantt was a wonderful teacher and mentor to his students. Memorial visitation will be held at Wenban Funeral Home, Vine Avenue, Lake Forest from 11am till 2pm on Saturday, September 20th. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd at 2pm at the Green Chapel Baptist Church, La Grange, Missouri. God rest his soul. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-19 10:55:30
    adrienne on Can Better Signage Save Lives In West Lake Forest?: Lynette -- Four of the five pedestrian-train fatalities at that station were determined to be accidental. Police and the coroner believe weather, fatigue, unfamiliarity with the station, assumptions that the incoming train would slow down to stop, and use of phones and/or ear buds may have played a role in the commuter accidents in west Lake Forest. Would clear, well-placed signs have prevented any of these? There's no way to know for sure. What is known for sure is that Lake Forest in general has a high train-pedestrian fatality rate, and the west Lake Forest station has a higher accident rate than other stations in the Chicago area. And also that signs cost a lot less than an $8.1 million tunnel. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-19 09:20:00
    Lynette Foss on Can Better Signage Save Lives In West Lake Forest?: I'm all for providing signage to enhance safety, but there isn't a sign anyone can post that can prevent someone from taking their own life, as in the most recent incident in west Lake Forest. As to whether the signs will help prevent accidents, only time will tell. As a Metra rider I observe people hurrying across the tracks without looking both ways, as well as people with their eyes glued to their smartphones instead of the train traffic as they cross. I'm not sure signs will help people take more responsibility for their own safety either. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-18 13:53:06
    Shelley Brown Dittmer on LFHS Mourns Loss of Jim Gantt: So sad to hear that we have lost Jim. I went to school with Jim from 1st grade to high school graduation in our tiny town in Missouri. Even though we have all lost touch in the recent years, Jim will be missed. I am so sad for his students, and close friends. May he rest in peace. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-18 09:57:52
    David Barkhausen on Winter Coats for Kids: Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Steps In To Help: Boxes of coats cost $108. We hope local residents might consider contributing any amount towards this worthwhile annual project of the Rotary Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff with which the North Chicago Rotary Club is also helping. Contributions can be made on the Club's website: www.lflbrotary.org. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-18 09:11:02
    Sharon Feather on LFHS Mourns Loss of Jim Gantt: Such sad news. Jim Gantt was a wonderful teacher. Our children admired, respected and enjoyed him immensely, as did I. I hope Gazebo will follow up with news on a memorial service. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-17 20:54:14
    Barbara Allen on Support For Stonebridge From A Longtime Resident: Like Ron Wisniewski, I do not oppose development of the property, but I am amazed that developers are allowed to buy first and then muscle our Village Trustees to give them more than what they purchased. The question is whether or not our Village Trustees will vote in favor to change the zoning rules AGAIN. Roanoke is asking to increase density from a previously age-restricted development (LB trustees removed the age restriction already), zoned for 43 detached homes, 28 duplexes and 9 units in the Manor House and Roanoke is asking to increase the density to 98 detached homes. If someone purchased a Dunkin Donuts franchise and their business plan was based upon the Village of Lake Bluff to support changing zoning laws to allow a drive-thru along Sheridan Road, I would think the investor was either very foolish or had enough money to risk. To expect the Village Trustees to vote in your favor because it suits your business plan is ridiculous - especially if existing neighbors and merchants express a strong oppostion to the change in zoning rules. The existing merchants and neighbors would predict that a change in zoning could negatively impact the investment they have made, and those neighbors and merchants would expect their Trustees to support their interests. Roanoke is the second investor to purchase the Stonebridge land with complete disregard of the zoning density of the property they purchased. Did their business plan take into consideration options to build under the current zoning? Was Roanoke forced to purchase the property at a price they could not afford by armed bandits? How did Roanoke evaluate the property, purchase it, and then later determine the only way they could make enough profit was to increase the density? Roanoke took on a considerable amount of risk, especially if their success required that the local government should change the zoning definitions of the land. I hope Roanoke develops the land and I hope they are su [Read More]

  • 2014-09-17 10:47:01
    Ron Wisniewski on Support For Stonebridge From A Longtime Resident: I am a homeowner who will be directly impacted by this ridiculously dense plan. While I have no illusions that the land will go undeveloped and while I too think in theory more residents will mean more business for Lake Bluff merchants - the development should comply with the density ordinance. This is triple the density. While I respect the right for all to be heard, especially merchants like Mr. Des Rosier, I hope the Village Board will hear the voices of the residents most directly impacted. Preserving the Jens Jensen garden is nice it really does not matter to those who will have this super high density "pocket community" directly in their lap. With the density proposed this plan won't fit in anyone's pocket. Make the developer do what is right and scale this back to its original size - still way over the zoned density level. That is something that people who do not live nearby seem to easily ignore because it is not in your backyard. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-17 10:36:51
    Max Hartwig on Support for Stonebridge: A Restaurant Owner’s Perspective: Growth and more spending at what cost? Decreased property values along Green Bay Road because it will be overloaded with up to 200 more speeders, or 200 more cars parked on it during rush hour? [Read More]

  • 2014-09-17 10:32:48
    Max Hartwig on Support For Stonebridge From A Longtime Resident: I'm curious. Do you live at the north end of Green Bay Road, where traffic is ALREADY at a standstill DAILY in BOTH directions? As soon as 200 more cars are added to the traffic jam, the traffic flow will be the same as, or worse than when Route 41 was detoured through the neighborhood! Property values will drop like a rock. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-17 09:05:06
    Katy Ahern on Stonebridge Does Not Comply With Lake Bluff's Comprehensive Plan: I plan to stop by tonight to voice a vocal NO to this new proposal by Stonebridge! This should matter to all in our community since we will all feel the negative impact in so many ways. We have a unique opportunity to say no now before the ball gets rolling. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 14:10:10
    David Forlow on Whether They 'Say Yes' or 'No Thanks,' Scots Will Forever Be Part of Lake Forest ...: Breen - We've already been in touch with the LF/LB Historical Society and both have been very helpful (and patient as we've pestered them and dug through their files over the last 3+ years). We plan to share what we have collected with the LF/LB Historical Society and with the Scottish-American History Museum. We are planning a local presentation of our video in conjunction with the LF/LB Historical Society - and will probably set a date for next March. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 14:00:06
    Richard Bull on Stonebridge Does Not Comply With Lake Bluff's Comprehensive Plan: Hasn't the decision already been made about Stonebridge? I thought it was to be for people over 50 with no children. I guess we will have to trudge over to City Hall and stop whatever "new" plan that is being hatched to overpopulate our town. Who wants a stoplight on Green Bay to let all of these people get out of their neighborhood? Rick Bull [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 12:29:54
    Art Miller on Stonebridge Does Not Comply With Lake Bluff's Comprehensive Plan: Like Lake Bluff, Lake Forest has had since the 1970s a comprehensive plan with underlying density zoning, and working with various developers it has saved open space like the east portion of the Jensen landscape at Stonebridge by clusttering housing. This has been a tried and true success here in the western part of the city. This is not a radical, new-fangled notion, but one that has succeeded especially at Academy Woods and at the Open Lands preserve on Waukegan south of Deerpath, etc. Now the Stonebridge plan uniquely offers to preserve the Stonebridge landmark house by Howard Shaw for the William V. Kelleys (1916) as well, as a community amenity, not as condos, without cost to the village. The underlying density, as in the Lake Forest examples, is in tact. This is a dramatic improvement over the mid 20th C. pattern in the two communities of boring straight streets, with regimented lots often with houses placed centrally on them leaving little useful exterior space. Developments like Academy Woods, that contributed to saving Lake Forest Academy two decades ago, leave useful open space for active and passive park use for the new residents. Lake Bluff has two parks, for the West Terrace neighborhood across a busy intersection and for east Lake Bluff at the lake. Stonebridge plans already have provided for the passive park on the east part of the property and will have trails, playgrounds, etc. elsewhere on the site and access to the preserved woods to the west and with new access to the west for the rest of that neighborhood. This development offers much enrichment for the community, including the number of residents to help fund the amenities--off the larger village tab. The variation from the comprehensive plan is an established local (Lake Forest) way of getting good things like this done! [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 12:27:16
    Art Miller on Whether They 'Say Yes' or 'No Thanks,' Scots Will Forever Be Part of Lake Forest ...: Presbyterians west of the Hudson, from an 1800 agreement the Congregational Church, worshipped together or in each others' churches. As a result, Presbyterians in Chicago were a mix of both Scots and more socially and theologically conservative Puritan New England descendants. Thus, New Englander Charles B. Farwell ca. 1850 worked for Scot George Smith's Bank, Chicago, as did Scot Sylvester Lind, town and College founder who hailed from the the same part of Aberdeenshire north of the port by that name on the northeast coast of Scotland as did Smith. Both Farwell and Lind, good friends, were Lake Forest founders and funders of the educational institution that became Lake Forest Academy and Lake Forest College. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 11:44:40
    Robin Huszagh on Whether They 'Say Yes' or 'No Thanks,' Scots Will Forever Be Part of Lake Forest ...: A very enjoyable read! Thank you David for sharing; as always, you are a wealth of information and knowledge. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 11:17:49
    Carol Phillips on Next Stonebridge Public Hearing is Sept. 17: Almost 10 years ago many citizens put much time and effort into a compromise that would allow the developer to build 71 homes in the "backyard", instead of the approximately 30 that zoning allowed. In exchange the developer agreed to restore both the manor house and the carriage house, converting them into condominiums, and to make the entire development "age restricted" so as not to create overcrowding at the schools. That mutually beneficial compromise is no more. Although the new developer promised not to ask to increase housing density, they now want 98 homes in the backyard, while wiggling out of their side of the bargain. They plan to tear down the historic carriage house and eliminate all age requirements. And instead of restoring the manor house as condominiums they plan to turn this enormous house into some type of events facility. Too many questions remain about the feasibility of this events facility. The manor house is described as "challenged" and "run-down" and it is not even an attractive design. How will the 98 families living in the development feel about paying for the restoration, maintenance, taxes and utilities of a gigantic house they are not living in, and many will seldom use? Where will guests park during the events? What are fire code requirements? Have the developers resolved their own concerns about the challenges of the renovation cost, structural issues, and preservation? What happens if the restoration just isn't feasible? Although the original plan seemed like a win/win situation, this new plan clearly is not. It would not be in the Village's best interest to agree to it. Tearing down the manor house, then building 30 homes that the original zoning allowed is the best alternative. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 07:16:32
    Breen Inkmann on Whether They 'Say Yes' or 'No Thanks,' Scots Will Forever Be Part of Lake Forest ...: What fantastic photos! Thank you to Mr. Follow for sharing. I think it would be extra special if he shared his collection with the LF/LB Historical Society for display after it displays in Chicago! [Read More]

  • 2014-09-15 18:07:57
    Carolyn Tribble on Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff: I am so sorry to hear about the impending closing of the Daily Grind. It has become a Lake Bluff institution in the few years it has been in business. Rick does a great job providing unique food items . He is a force in the community,offering sausage for the Fourth of July Kiwanis breakfast, participating in Taste of LB, having tastings at the farmers' market, and generally being a presence in the community. He has put his heart and soul into this business. Isn't it better to have a going business in the space rather than another empty storefront? [Read More]

  • 2014-09-12 21:17:16
    Benita Myles on Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff: I agree with Mr. Kissel. I do hope something can be done to keep Rick in our community we need this type of business.. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-12 07:45:41
    David Kissel on Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff: It certainly is sad to hear Lake Bluff will be losing the Daily Grind because of something as seemingly trivial as lease issues. It is incredibly difficult to launch and grow a viable business, and certainly Rick has done that with the Daily Grind. And because Rick has great products and service, the Daily Grind has lots of satisfied customers who want to continue to support him. I find it ironic that with as much time, money and energy the Village Board and developers have spent trying to create viable retail in downtown Lake Bluff, that we actually have a thriving business in the Daily Grind that is being forced out. If it's not too late, I wonder if anything can be done to save the Daily Grind? [Read More]

  • 2014-09-11 20:10:06
    adrienne on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I was in Inovasi today and asked John des Rosiers about Wisma: He's not expanding Wisma, and he has no claims on, dips for or interest in The Daily Grind storefront space for any of his businesses. Just thought I'd throw this into the conversation to offset at least one of the rumors that's circulating .... From Adrienne Fawcett [Read More]

  • 2014-09-07 23:04:25
    Jed Starnes on Amtrak Train Fatally Strikes Man In Lake Forest: I was stuck in this on Sunday evening. I was a passenger on the Amtrak train immediately behind the Empire Builder which struck the pedestrian. Our train and several Metras were delayed for 70+ minutes. When we were released through the scene, there were cops and police tape everywhere, and I counted 18 evidence markers in the station area. There was also an unsettling plastic sheet, containing something on the westernmost set of rails at the Lake Forest station, guarded by three cops. I spoke to someone at Union Station who was on the train that struck the pedestrian, and they said that there was no noticeable sign that they had hit anything, until the train came to a stop, south of the station. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-06 09:38:57
    Rick Lesser on The Stonebridge Easement: No Parking in the Forest: I do agree with my fellow Rick, and share his hope that a compromise can be achieved. Having this land sitting empty creates uncertainty and uncertainty hurts economic value for all of the surrounding area. Of course, the problem with uncertainty is the fear that a high-density development will be approved on the empty site. I’m also very sympathetic to Cathy’s good point. The Manor House is a 100 year old building that has now sat empty with no heat or a/c for the last six winters. The building screams “Money Pit!” Unquestionably, this is a beautiful and historic structure, but personally I doubt if it is economically viable to resuscitate. The developer’s representative, at a recent Rotary Club meeting, estimated that the monthly homeowner’s assessment would be about $500, in large measure to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the Manor House. That’s a hefty burden. I don’t know whether that is in addition to or a part of the annual $295 for the Conservation Easement. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-05 10:35:23
    Cathy Spencer on The Stonebridge Easement: No Parking in the Forest: The new developer of Stonebridge wants to put 98 housing units in the backyard area of the property. The former plan that was approved after much time, public debate and meetings, was to put 71 housing units in the backyard (43 single family, 28 duplexes) and, housed inside the historic structures, 14 units in the Manor house and Carriage House. There is a big difference between 98 backyard units and 71. The reason given for the necessity for building so many units is the reason of "hardship". The restoring and maintaining the Manor House will be a huge expense. Creating formal Jens Jenson gardens, and restoring and maintaining the open space in front are also going to cost money. There have to be enough houses built to pay these costs, and enough residents living back there that are going to have to pay an assessment to maintain these things after the developer is gone. The parking item could be a major issue. Parking for many cars takes a lot of space. And the plan just does not have this taken care of. There is a tipping point where it is just not economically feasible to save the mansion. I am very appreciative of the front conservation easement being saved, and that that is a done deal. That has been a great accomplishment with good efforts of many. But the restoration/maintenance of the mansion I fear is causing too much burden. I am in favor of letting the developer demolish the mansion and the carriage house (hopefully saving the tower), and simplifying the formal gardens. This should make it less risky economically, and to lower the density drastically, perhaps down to 27 units. From the Village letter dated August 15, I copied and pasted the following: Existing Zoning: PRD Ord. #2006-28 as amended by Ord. #2011-7 (removed age restriction); and Estate Residence District (E-1). Purpose of Petition: Amend existing PRD Ordinance (Ord. #2006-28) to: construct 94 detached single-family residen [Read More]

  • 2014-09-04 15:22:46
    Rick Surkamer on The Stonebridge Easement: No Parking in the Forest: As resident who has lived at 4 different addresses in our village, was foolish enough to move to LF for a time. and now have moved back, one only asks that we strive to find "the way" to sound development work for both the community as a whole and the developer. If one looks back at our growth as a village and our basis for the fiscal ability to sustain our community, we must recall that we have supported wise and thoughtful development over a number of decades. Beginning with my first home we built in 1967 in Knollwood Heights, the East Terrace with Chicago Construction, the West Terrace, Tangley Oaks and its sister Armour Woods, development at the Bath and Tennis property, annexation of the Sanctuary, development of various estate properties along Moffett Road, the industrial, retail, and office park at 43 and 176, others I am sure I missed, and of course our new opportunity Stonebridge. We need to strive to find the way that benefits both the community as a whole and the developer. This should not be a win lose or a dead end for development. As that risk is there today. Please note, in full disclosure, that I have no interest in the developer or his or her affiliate relationships, or as a neighbor who will be next door to me. Rather I speak as a resident who has seen and understands the way forward this Village has followed, and how we are able to maintain that very special community we live in today. Find the way please. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-04 15:17:04
    Tracy Burns on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I just returned from vacation and was hugely disappointed to learn that Rick had lost his lease. Ever since the Daily Grind opened, I have enjoyed shopping at this local - within walking distance - butcher. Whenever I shop there, I am confident that I am getting the best quality meats and fish to be found - the organically raised salmon is the best I've ever had, and Rick's bacon is awesome - and I feel good supporting this small, Lake Bluff business. If the Daily Grind closes, it's not just Rick and his family that lose, we all lose. That being said, wherever the Daily Grind chooses to relocate, I will continue to be a customer. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-04 14:08:53
    Tracy Burns on When Will Women Get Equal Pay for Equal Work? : Equal pay is not a democrat vs.republican issue. It is a human issue. It is interesting that some men continue to deny their gender privilege. http://static.fusion.net/lifetime_earnings/featuredcharts.html [Read More]

  • 2014-09-03 15:12:18
    Steve Boylan on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: At the risk of sounding like a lunatic, several years ago (1966) I was an eye witness to a spectacle on the WIS side of Lake Michigan that I can never forget. A friend and I were wading in the shallow water near the Illinois/ Wisconsin border and we both saw giant (Plesiosaurs) feeding on the super abundant alewives which were so thick around our ankles that we could hardly see the sand bottom. I call them Plesiosaurs because that is what they looked like, at least as far as we could tell. There were at least 10 and maybe a dozen of them ranging in size from small ones with side fins 5-6 feet long to the largest which had fins (or flippers) more than 20 feet long. The biggest ones would arch part of their bodies out of the water (the mid section) and the distance from point to point entry in the water was over 100 feet. We never observed their heads or tails but the part of their bodies that were out of the water was at least 100 feet long. It was an overcast afternoon day, very windy, with rough whitecaps and seas of 10 feet or more and there were no boats present as far as we could see. The distance from shore to the animals was only 150 yards or less and the creatures were perfectly visible and obviously feeding on the abundant alewives. There was a young man floating on an inflatable air mattress just a few yards inshore of the creatures and when we finally got his attention and pointed beyond him he immediately fell off the air mattress and swam like hell for our position on shore. He was screaming the whole way and when he finally made it to us he was incoherent and wouldn`t stop to talk to us about what he had seen but jumped in his car and was gone. We observed the animals for at least 10-12 minutes and then they submerged and were gone. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-03 12:08:02
    adrienne on When Will Women Get Equal Pay for Equal Work? : Ed -- thank you for bringing this up. We post Reader Forum articles on numerous subjects as long as they comply with our comments policy. And as every single Reader Forum states: Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-03 11:56:07
    Kevin Moore on When Will Women Get Equal Pay for Equal Work? : There's a legitimate argument that women already DO get equal pay for equal work. Last year, Equal Work day fell on April 10, 2 days after Equal Pay day. Women tend to work fewer hours, and their annual pay reflects that. Check out www.work-equity.org for the facts! [Read More]

  • 2014-09-03 09:06:35
    Ed Holstein on When Will Women Get Equal Pay for Equal Work? : Adrienne, Posting of opinions is OK except when they are so blatantly political in nature. This is all part of the Democratic playbook....portray all Republican candidates as sexist, racist, anti-guy bigots. I am disappointed that you allow this to be posted on Gazebo News. You risk turning into just another Facebook rant. Ed Holstein [Read More]

  • 2014-09-03 08:08:03
    Breen Inkmann on Local Grandma Shares Secret To Happy Families: I would love to get a hard copy for my parents as well, they don't own Kindles (not the tech-savviest of Grandparents) - but I think this would be wonderful for them - they are such a presence in my children's lives and I could not agree more about the importance of our older generations! [Read More]

  • 2014-09-02 18:57:59
    Stu Scholly on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: This is going to be a big blow to Lake Bluff. You don't find amazing places like the Daily Grind very often and rarely one that becomes part of the community like they have been. The Grind has been one of my weekend rituals for a long time, giving me an excuse to discover the Other Door, the Spice Merchants and Inovasi. However, the primary destination was always the Daily Grind. If they do not renew the Daily Grind lease, that other business from me disappears too. I suppose Lake Bluff will become even more like Lake Forest with a revolving door of merchants that can't make it until all that is left is banks and real estate firms that provide no tax base. Good luck with that Lake Bluff. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-02 10:42:27
    Carol Ann Carter on Local Grandma Shares Secret To Happy Families: Mrs. Gould, Would you have a hard copy of your book that we could add to Lake Bluff Library's adult nonfiction collection? I don't see a print edition available on Amazon. Thank you, Carol Carter [Read More]

  • 2014-09-01 07:42:56
    ellen verlen on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: Thank you Catherine for stating what I think many of us are thinking. Our village just completed 'branding' Lake Bluff. Our taxpayer money was spent to determine the image the village wants to portray. The Daily Grind couldn't be more in keeping with this image. While it is clear that Rick and his family are an important part of this town and provide an important service the DG possess something more intangible that even the same business in the same spot could never possess. It has heart and soul. This can't be cooked up by someone through marketing and PR. I realize there are times where things are 'just business' but something here seems amiss. WIth the closing of the music store there are now 2 open storefronts in the downtown. Unfortuantely the DG cannot just move given the buildout costs. In addition, if there is any truth to the idea that John and Inovasi/WISMA are taking the space are they planning to operate a butcher shop/deli? We probably don't have room for more than one of these in our village. What would be great is if Mr. Douglass and the village board would give us some comment. As far as I know there is no 'for lease' listing yet for the DG space. There are still 5 months left until this deal is done - wouldn't it be nice if these two parties could mediate some sort of resolution? [Read More]

  • 2014-08-30 07:40:28
    Catherine Driscoll on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: Diversity in business ownership in the Village of Lake Bluff is good for everyone! I love John and the whole WISMA team, but should one business entity that already controls three prime retail spaces take over a fourth? Seems a bit foolish to put so many eggs in one basket, particularly in a small village with a limited number of retail spaces. Lake Bluff is fortunate to have 100% of its retail locations filled. (Look at Western Ave in LF for what we don't want.) It's hard to rationalize removing a well-respected, profitable and unique business from the retail landscape. Rick and the Daily Grind have become a core part of the fabric of Lake Bluff. The Daily Grind provides a much-needed butcher/ grocery service in town, and has helped fill the gap left when the Village Market closed as a go-to spot for kids after school. Not only do they provide access to excellent foods with big smiling faces, Rick and his team have been generous supporters of local groups and nonprofits. But this is not our decision to make. It's a negotiation between landlord and lessee. I hope that the landlord in control considers residents' feedback. And I hope that the Village of Lake Bluff Board weighs in if there is a concern about having so much retail space under the control of one business entity. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-28 17:50:12
    Susan Anderson on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I am another DG backer. Let's hope Mr. Douglass reads and reacts to the voices of our community. Diversity is key. We don't need more Wisma, this shouldn't be personal, it's good business and what is good for Lake Bluff. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-27 14:50:25
    Rommy Lopat on Deadly Summer For Trees in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: Helpful article, Adrienne. I might add that homeowners truly need to call the arborist to cut down their trees way before they are completely denuded. Once the Ash is weak (it's by nature very brittle), tree climbers may refuse to climb the tree because they are insured, but not for such high risk or they are just want to play it safe regardless of insurance. I also have heard that once a tree falls on a structure, insurance companies may tell the homeowner that all the rest of his Ash trees must come down--right away--or their insurance will not cover additional damage. We took down 24 trees and treated 5 starting six years ago (those trees look better than ever: the insecticide must have killed all the inflammations in the trees), so we know the financial pain of EAB. But getting ahead of it may spare even greater costs. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-27 11:16:38
    tom & Grainne Minzenberger on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: Our family moved to Lake Bluff over 40 years ago and also remember all the great shops that made this town a real village. The Daily Grind is that kind of shop. Rick Harness has the best meat available in this area, and losing him would not only hurt his customers, but the surrounding merchants as well! We need more shops like his in this town. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-26 11:43:28
    Andrew Hunt on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: First of all, thanks to Gazebo News for putting this article on the website. I wasn't sure if it would happen when I submitted a news tip, but I am grateful that it did. It is a sensitive matter I realize, but this is a HUGE community issue and deserves to the see some daylight as one man's decision can and will affect not ohttp://gazebonews.com/2014/08/24/obituary-margaret-reuter-of-lake-bluff/nly a man's livelihood, but also our town. I want to go on record and say the Rick Harness and The Daily Grind has been one of the most enjoyable parts of downtown Lake Bluff that I can remember. Heading down to "Ricks" to get stuff for dinner has become a bit of a tradition with us and it truly hurts me to think that it might go away. The Daily Grind draws a lot of business into downtown Lake Bluff and provides a sorely needed service. To be honest, I would like see it expand, not fade away (the Grateful Dead reference is for Rick!) I can not envision anything better going into that space...period. While I have not done an official poll to get exact numbers, I suspect that much of the LB community would be in agreement that The Daily Grind should stay. I completely understand the fact that at the end of the day, any landlord can choose to not renew a lease either for cause or simply "because." So is with that in mind that would I would like to make a personal appeal to Mr. Douglass. While it is fully within your legal rights to deny another lease, please let The Daily Grind stay where it is. It is the right thing to do for the community. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-26 09:51:58
    Joan Cordeniz on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I am so disappointed in this news. The Daily Grind is a unique asset to the community. There isn't another independent butcher for miles. In my experience, the quality of the meat at the Daily Grind exceeds the quality of what is available from our local grocers. Mr. Harness's operations bring far more retail choices to Lake Bluff consumers than what (I am guessing will be) a probable expansion of Wisma can offer. Mr. Douglass's other tenants rely on the synergy created by the mix of establishments to generate customers, and the Daily Grind generates daily foot traffic from Lake Bluff, Lake Forest and beyond. Mr.Douglass's decision to not renew the lease of the Daily Grind does not serve his other tenants or the community very well. I hope Mr. Harness can find another, affordable space in the area. If not, I will happily take my business to whatever community offers him a good opportunity. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-25 13:50:12
    Patrick Grimmer on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: WE LOVE THE DAILY GRIND! Please dont take our lamb chops away! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-25 06:23:40
    Barbara Gewalt on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: My husband, Dave and I are long time residents of Lake Bluff. We have always enjoyed the unique amenities of this small village. Since the DG opened in 2007, we were frequent, if not daily, shoppers. The quality of the meats and seafood are not to be found in the near environs. We felt fortunate to be able to have this ready access to quality within walking distance. The DG has been a friendly face with great service in a business where this is rare. We sincerely hope that a solution could be worked out so that our community can continue to provide these special businesses that bring in foot traffic from other areas as well as our own, and make Lake Bluff the vibrant village that it is. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-24 17:10:43
    Marcia James Wilheim on Obituary: Margaret Reuter of Lake Bluff: When my late husband and I lived on East Sheridan Road the Reuters were good acquaintances, and I always felt it a privilege to be in their company. During the last two years of my husband's life I took care of him in our home and rarely got out to Women's Club and other Village activities. Margaret made several calls during that time, usually bringing a small bouquet of flowers as well as a basketful of good cheer. There must be countless people whose lives were touched and improved in one way or another by Margaret and Dick Reuter. I'm so glad I was one of them. Marcia Wilheim, Ruidoso, New Mexico [Read More]

  • 2014-08-24 11:59:38
    Gwen Palmer on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I think that this is about Wisma talking over the space. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-22 17:51:05
    Rick Surkamer on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I echo almost all comments above. The Diversity of retail in our community is what has and will set us apart. The unique proposition of the Daily Grind and their commitment to our community is a rarity, and should not be cast aside lightly. Let us hope either a compromise, or a plan B can be developed by bother owners. As Lake Effect and DG bring a wonderful service to our village everyday. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-22 15:25:35
    Delmon & Sherry Grapes on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: Since The Daily Grind opened in 2007, it has been our source for excellent meat and seafood as well as convenience items. A reliable, independent butcher and his shop is a rarity these days. The quality of meat and seafood is unmatched anywhere in this locality. The owner, Mr. Rick Harness, fits well with the "small-town" aura of Lake Bluff. The Daily Grind often participates in local events, which further the small town atmosphere. The loss of this shop will diminish Lake Bluff as such a village, continuing the decrease in small town amenities. We well recall that over the years the small town grocery closed, the local pharmacy closed, the clothing store closed, the convenience store closed, the hardware store closed. We still have a yard-stick from Lake Bluff Hardware imprinted - "free deliveries - phone 419" - from the days before Lake Bluff got dial telephones. We hope that The Daily Grind can remain as a Lake Bluff business and continue to provide residents with an alternative to Jewel, Fresh Market, and Sunset Foods. We'd rather know our butcher than not! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-21 16:28:06
    Matthew Noble on Lake Bluff Plans Public Hearing For Stonebridge Development : What was the outcome of the presentation for the response to the Proposed Development Plan? Have any capacity studies been undertaken to eveluate the level of units the site can reasonably accommodate and the impact on traffic and access with one entry / exit point. Thank you for keeping us informed. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-20 09:40:06
    Ronald P. Ohlendorf on New Home Rising At Lake Bluff's Wimbledon: Hello Ann: My father, Karl H. Ohlendorf (deceased) was a math or science teacher there perhaps during Mr. Williams time (the early 1960s or late 1950s). Are there any yearbooks online from then? Do you know who I could ask for records to confirm it going that far back? Any help from anyone would be appreciated greatly, thank you. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-18 16:51:04
    Deborah Fischer on It Takes a Universe … : Marvelous story! Kudos to Mary Jane Stutz for recognizing a need and reaching out to the Universe so quickly! One of my favorite things about our community is how generous and willing to help out everyone is. Best wishes to Sami Haltom as she begins her exciting freshman year and so glad that so many people rallied to make it possible! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-18 15:13:03
    Karen Burhans on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: The Greenland shark has been found in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Greenland sharks are cold water sharks. Bull sharks don't do well in cold water. But, that doesn't mean that one couldn't have taken a trip upstream or up the East coast. Have you people had any Sharknados lately;-) [Read More]

  • 2014-08-15 09:43:35
    adrienne on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: Tom -- that is a good question. The photographer, Michal Furmanek, talks about this is in the most recent story http://gazebonews.com/2014/08/14/fort-sheridan-photos-shark-sturgeon-salmon-surfboard/ Furmanek said the object’s pattern of movement was very lifelike; he is confident it was not a surfboard, toy or other floating debris. “The shape from both the side and up front looks like a dorsal fin," he said. "What’s even more puzzling, it behaved like a living creature – within the two minutes between the first (front view) and the third (the best view of the fin) photo, it not only traveled through almost the whole frame of the picture from the right to the left side of it, but it also turned around (!) and it submerged deeper into the water (you can not see the whole fin in the 2nd picture but you can in the 3rd with its characteristic bent shape.” [Read More]

  • 2014-08-15 09:06:27
    Chris Patterson on Whole Foods Still In Play In Lake Forest: This property went through an exhausting amount of intense scrutiny initially because it was the last meaningful parcel left. Let's be honest here, there are no architectural treasures on the other three corners and the notion that this property should somehow now be held to a perceived higher standard is disingenuous. The developer was not denied the ability to build a Whole Foods, he was denied the setback he wanted and did not succeed in convincing the city that his proposed design justified more relief than was already offered. Good design and some level of tree preservation might have changed some minds on the setbacks. The developer chose to clear cut the trees and totally disregard the architectural character that was already established for this development. It's true, there are too many people with unrealistic opinions on preservation of the site but the notion that children in the area will be damaged by not having a grocery store on this site is just as irrational. If the developer cannot find a way to make this all work here, then perhaps others may find a way in the future. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 17:15:38
    Patrick Grimmer on Whole Foods Still In Play In Lake Forest: I whole-heartedly agree with Mr Cook! Lets do something useful for the families of Lake Forest. We need to revitalize the area. Lake Forest is turning in to a ghost town because of this mentality that the old crap needs to be preserved. We need a real supermarket. That property is currently a waste of space. We have lots beautiful and preserved open lands, state parks, and plenty of "historic estates". We need to develop this area for the families that are trying to raise children and run households in the area. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 16:42:05
    Thomas Singel on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: Mrs Fawcett should ask Furmanek if the object was moving. Since the water was still, a floating object would be as well. A Bull shark must be moving . Do "We need a bigger boat?" [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 16:02:18
    Carl Kitzerow on Fox Nation Recruiting Indian Guides & Princesses: This is a fantastic program. I spent 10 years in the program with both a dtr and son and really had some quality time with my kids.It gave them a respect for nature and camping. My daughter spent months in South and Central America and was very comfortable with adverse conditions. The camping was one of the best experiences of my kids' lives. My time with my kids was tremendous and I also forged many friendships that I still have today. Ah Ho! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 11:40:35
    Eric Grenier on Comedian Robin Williams Had Ties To Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: I'm curious if anybody knows if Williams actually lived in Lake Bluff, too, or if this is just a misinterpretation of "Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area" by the Chicago Tribune (who got his age wrong in the 2004 article). [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 09:59:32
    adrienne on Who's The Best Volunteer In Lake Forest?: Peg -- I agree. It's going to be hard to narrow the field. This is a very philanthropic and giving community! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 09:19:34
    eric doane on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: To me it looks like the tail fin of either a large King Salmon or a Steelhead (rainbow trout), both speices of fish tend to feed on the surface early in the morning. Some charter boats this season are catching 20lb + Kings & 15 lb + steelheads.... the cooler water temps have brought the bigger fish in toward shore as the follow the bait fish. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 08:40:23
    peg ciccarelli on Who's The Best Volunteer In Lake Forest?: Hi Adrienne, The blessing of living in Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, is that there are many people who would be the perfect choice for this award. It's great that another organization will recognize our community's giving spirit. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 07:32:27
    Pauline Mohr on Whole Foods Still In Play In Lake Forest: Worrisome all around. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 02:38:15
    Patrick Cook on Whole Foods Still In Play In Lake Forest: What negative impact would be felt if Lake Forest were to lose 400 out of its millions of trees? Would anyone notice the absence of one historic house in a city with dozens of historic houses? Anyway, what about this house is of such great historical significance to begin with? These arguments could not be more stale and tiring. What would be an acceptable development in return for the loss of 400 forgettable trees and a moldy old house? The first North American branch of Harrod's, perhaps? Don't hold your breath! Our real estate tax bills are high; everyone would benefit from some relief. The proposed development sits at an intersection where thousands of cars speed by at 45mph daily, in an area where a commercial development of some sort is expected. Opposition to this project reeks of out-of-touch, absurd snobbery, and I for one am equal parts amused and disgusted by the outcry. It's impossible to satisfy those who will be dissatisfied with any result. At some point the Village must give up pursuing such a fool's errand and do right by the city at large. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-13 19:23:51
    Ann Breidenstein on Comedian Robin Williams Had Ties To Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: Debby - good catch. My aunt was a teacher there when he was a student and told the family that he was a very bright student. She later became Principal of the school. She retired in 1969 (she passed away in 1992). [Read More]

  • 2014-08-13 10:09:31
    Guin Grimstad on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: And from National Geographic, an article about the reintroduction of freshwater Lake Sturgeon in the past 10-15 years: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/18/lake-sturgeon-freshwater-species-of-the-week/ "So, starting in 2003, Smith and a team of nonprofits, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and native tribes set up the streamside rearing facility, which raises juvenile fish and releases them back into the rivers. So far they’ve sent 116 young fish back into the river, where they’ll eventually end up in Lake Michigan." Looks like this may be really good news! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-13 10:05:57
    Guin Grimstad on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: It may be a Sturgeon? Check out picture of Sturgeon here: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/delayed-spawning-run-by-sturgeon-reaches-apex-ti9pvm3-206121231.html The dorsal fin looks pretty similar, but I don't know enough about Sturgeon to know if this is a real possibility. They seem to be released in the Wolf River every spring, and the Wolf is connected to Lake Michigan, but boy would that be a trip! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-13 07:50:02
    Cliff Jenks on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: I live in Lake Bluff and operate a charter fishing business in my retirement. Back in May, I was setting lines behind my boat and saw a fish that was well over 6 feet in length. It looked just like a shark, but I just assumed it must be a sturgeon. I was just off of Waukegan harbor, not that far from Fort Sheridan beach. I have been fishing in Lake Michigan for over 25 years and have never seen anything like this fish, it looked just like shark. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-12 23:08:56
    Steve Butzlaff on Comedian Robin Williams Had Ties To Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: Deerpath School was the sole public Junior High for Grades 7 & 8. Gorton School Grades 5 & 6 remained for years as the sole Lake Forest Middle School until the current west wing expansion was built. I equally had fond memories attending Deerpath during the years mentioned in the article. All of our class pictures were also taken on the rear steps that remain today. The original Deerpath Junior High Building was expanded to the North Side after the years mentioned. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-12 16:21:47
    Debby Penar on Comedian Robin Williams Had Ties To Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: Robin Williams lived in Lake Forest until he was in 8th grade, not 8 years old. Deerpath was a middle school at the time. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-11 12:22:20
    adrienne on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: Michael Thank you for your kind words and insights. You and many other readers are important contributors to the fabric of this local news site. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-08 09:31:45
    Elizabeth K. Miller on Red Tail Hawk: On Closer Inspection: The artist should be seriously confident, too. Excellent work on a great animal! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-06 22:48:23
    Michael Ebner on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: Gazebonews.com is an immensely important local news source thanks to the enterprise of its intrepid founder Adrienne Fawcett. It is the first media outlet that I consult each and every morning. Without Gazebonews.com the residents of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff would not know about key issues confronting their communities. Most recently Adrienne ran a fact-filled report on why the passenger underpass has not been constructed under the Milwaukee Road railway tracks on Waukegan Road. Likewise, Gazebonews.com's on-the-ground reporting about the tragic drowning of a swimmer in Lake Michigan kept readers informed all day long. It also reported key aspects of the contretemps involving the Mandarin immersion program in District 67. Local news is changing. Daily newspapers have reduced and watered downs local coverage. Weekly newspapers cannot keep pace with the rapid flow of events that are reported in the second decade of our new century. Best wishes to Adrienne Fawcett for continued success in her new business arrangement. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-06 12:01:56
    adrienne on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: Kevin and Barb -- thank you for your kind words! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-06 12:01:16
    adrienne on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: Lois -- We will stay true to the mission of covering news and stuff about Lake Forest and Lake Bluff! I love this job and love engaging with the community. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-06 11:41:37
    Barb Moore on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: Congratulations Adrienne!! You have worked so hard! I am thrilled for you!!! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-06 10:07:23
    Kevin Considine on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: It's impressive to see what you have built. This is a fitting tribute... our community is much better off as a result the terrific work that you have done (and will continue to do)... thank you Adrienne. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-06 08:40:03
    Lois Kelly on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: I hope that under new management Gazebo News actually will stay true to its mission of covering the intimate little stories of our wonderful communities of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. I hear the Elvis Presley song, "Don't you do what your big sister did", running through my mind. "The Lake Forester" is big sister here. Don't cave in, Adrienne! -- By the same token, congratulations for taking your project to the next level!! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-05 16:33:18
    cathy spencer on Taking Time to Stop and Smell The Cone Flowers ...: What a beautiful butterfly and nicely done photo! About the hummingbird moth: Hornworms (the kind that eat tomatoes) turn into “Hummingbird” Moths Adult stages of hornworms are known as sphinx, hawk, or “hummingbird” moths. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-05 09:33:40
    adrienne on Taking Time to Stop and Smell The Cone Flowers ...: Bonita -- I think so; thank you, I added the word "tiger" to the name in the story. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-05 09:18:38
    Bonita Friedland on Taking Time to Stop and Smell The Cone Flowers ...: What a glorious photo to start the day! Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you ! Those colors are dreamy--is that the "Tiger Swallowtail"? [Read More]

  • 2014-08-01 16:02:32
    Rommy Lopat on Lake Forest City Council: Whole Foods Plan Is Half Baked: As an update, at last night's LF Plan Commission meeting, Comm Dev Director Cathy Czerniak stated that the "Conway Market / Whole Foods" shopping center is an "active petition" for two reasons: one, the City Council only proffered advice to the developer but did not vote and 2) the developer has not officially withdrawn. In fact, Czerniak said the developer is "in discussions". She did not say with whom. Having watched this process over many months, I continue to regret the City's handling of the situation. Allowing any developer or property owner to contemplate the demolition of a landmarked house and clear cutting of 400 trees is unconscionable, not to mention cramming so much building onto a way too small space. (Imagine a Whole Foods, four single-story 6000 sq ft homes, and a 350 car parking lot in a space the exact size of Forest Park!). The planning process is woefully inadequate. The Route 60 Corridor's Comprehensive Plan needs updating, and the City Council needs to be apprised of what is in the plan. All of our "gateways" look sorrowful (thistles, weeds, buckthorn, construction debris) and need attention, but this one is arguably the most important to preserve in its greenness. The Special Use that allowed an office building on the Whole Foods site should have been revoked long ago. (imagine if you got a permit to build a new house and garage. You build the house but not the garage, then sell the property, all of which happens years after the permit was granted. The new homeowner would have to get a new permit to build the garage, but in this case, the landowner apparently does not have to start from scratch. Why?) The problem is that the traffic and other studies compare the shopping center to an office center rather than to existing conditions, skewing the results significantly. And needless to say, having two Plan Commissioners recuse themselves, making a quorum tougher to obtain, for the duration of the process is not fair to developer or [Read More]

  • 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]