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Stonebridge Public Hearing Extended To September

The public hearing on Lake Bluff’s Stonebridge development was extended to September 17 after a nearly two-and-a-half hour presentation on Aug. 20 by the Roanoke Group’ to the village’s Joint Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. That presentation was video taped and is online at the Village of Lake Bluff website. Click here to get there.

The September 17 public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 40 E. Center Avenue. The village admin said part of the meeting will be dedicated to comments and testimony from the public. Meeting materials and exhibits will be made available below on the Friday prior to the meeting date.

Please click here to read more information on the development on the village’s website.

Malin Family’s Costume Party Raises Scholarship Funds

Submitted by the Malin family

Please join Steve and Maria Malin as they host the 4th Annual “Halo-ween Costume Party Fundraiser” benefiting the Steven Malin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lake Forest High School.

Costumes are preferred but not mandatory for this year’s event, which will be held at the Lake Forest Club on Saturday, October 25th from 7:30-11:30 pm, and includes a casual dinner, DJ dancing, cash bar, and lots of fun prizes.

Open to the public for adults ages 21 and over, tickets are $60 each, and may be purchased now at by clicking on “Store.” Anyone who makes their reservation by September 30 will receive a $10 drink ticket when checking in at the door.

Since 2010, the Malins have awarded $20,000 in Good Character scholarships to Lake Forest High School seniors who best exemplify what it means to have good character through a written essay. The Malin family established the scholarship in memory of their son and brother, Steven, who was struck and killed by a freight train in Lake Forest in 2003. The annual awards are funded through this event and personal donations, as well as proceeds from Maria Malin’s book, “When You Just Can’t Say Good-bye, Don’t – A Mother’s Personal Journey After Losing a Child.”

Please help spread the word for this fun event in memory of an 11 year-old boy who loved Halloween!

Obituary: Alfred Stroh, Jr. of Lake Bluff

Submitted by Wenban Funeral Home

Alfred Stroh, Jr., 90, long-time resident of Lake Bluff, Illinois, died on August 17, 2014. Alfred was born May 8, 1924, in Hooper, Nebraska to Alfred Stroh, Sr. and Gertrude Wagner Stroh. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1942, was called to active duty in 1943, and was assigned to the Army Advanced Engineering Program at Kansas State University, followed by service with the 789th Field Artillery in the Philippines. While stationed in Manila, he attended the trial of Imperial Japanese Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita, who was hanged as a war criminal. Alfred was released from the Army in 1946.

Before enlisting, Alfred had attended Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska, and in 1947 graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B. S. in Civil Engineering; he was commissioned as Ensign in the U. S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He earned a Master of Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1959. He served in the military during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Kansas, Virginia, California, Maryland, Guam, Hawaii, Washington, D.C.; Newport, Rhode Island; Keflavik, Iceland; Seattle, Washington; Vietnam, and Great Lakes, Illinois. One of his most memorable Navy experiences was coordinating the restoration of Kodiak Island after the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. He was the last commanding officer of Midwest Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Great Lakes. A Registered Professional Engineer, he dedicated 27 years to the Navy, retiring in 1974. He then enjoyed a second career in Chicago: three years at Michael Reese Medical Center as the Associate Director of Engineering and thirteen years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as Director of Plant Operations and Construction.

He married Carole Louise Sporer on September 15, 1956. He is survived by four children: Mark, Commander, United States Navy (Debra); Gregory, Captain, Supply Corps, United States Navy (Ann); Elizabeth Bloom, M.D. (Carl, D.M.D.); and A. Edward (Stacy). Five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren also survive him: Mark Nathan Stroh, Brooke and Courtney Bloom, Addison and Ellison Stroh, Bryona and Dominique Smith. He was preceded in death by his only brother, Jack.

Alfred was a member of Lake Bluff American Legion Post 510; Northbrook Sports Club, Hainesville; Bristol Shooting Ranges in Wisconsin, and Willow Glen Golf Club, Great Lakes.

A visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 23 at Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Avenue, Lake Forest, IL, followed by a funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Fort Sheridan Post Cemetery, Highwood, IL. Info. or 847-234-0022.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Disaster Fund, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631 or Catholic Charities of Lake County, 671 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085 or Northwestern Memorial Foundation, 251 East Huron Street, Galter 3-200, Chicago, IL 60611.

Guess Who’s Coming to Ragdale’s Novel Affair?

Submitted by Ragdale Foundation

Ragdale’s eighth annual Novel Affair benefit brings together renowned authors, artists, and architects for two evenings of creativity and conversation in support of Ragdale, the artist retreat in Lake Forest. The event offers guests the opportunity to be engaged, inspired, and challenged by the artists and their work. The weekend begins with a reception attended by all of the artists in attendance at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, September 26 and concludes with an intimate dinner and lively discussion with one of the artists at a private home of distinction on Saturday, September 27.

The 2014 line-up of best-selling authors and award-winning artists and architects is:

* Sherman Alexie – Native American poet, filmmaker, and award-winning author of twenty-four books, including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
* Jean Kwok – Chinese-American novelist of the New York TImes bestseller Girl in Translation, and recently released Mambo in Chinatown.
* Judy Ledgerwood & Tony Tasset – Nationally acclaimed visual artists, currently exhibiting at University of Chicago’s Smart Museum and the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York respectively.
* Anthony Marra – New York Times bestselling novelist whose debut novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has received numerous awards.
* B.A. Shapiro – New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot and others, screen and short story writer.
* Julia Sweeney – Actress, comedienne, Saturday Night Live alum, and author of If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.
* Stanley Tigerman & Margaret McCurry – Celebrated architects who have completed over 200 projects and are recipients of over 100 design awards.
* Scott Turow – Attorney and author of ten bestselling novels, including Presumed Innocent, Burden of Proof, and most recently, Identical.
* Luis Alberto Urrea – Mexican American, award winning author of Into the Beautiful North, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, and the Pulitzer finalist for The Devil’s Highway.

The Novel Affair reception takes place at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe on Friday, September 26 at 6PM. On Saturday, September 27, dinner begins at 6:30pm in distinctive private homes and venues in Chicago and the North Shore. Novel Affair is coordinated by Ragdale’s Events Committee, co-chaired by Board Trustees Sandra Deromedi and Marci Holzer.

Tickets are $200 for the Friday cocktail reception and $500 for the two-evening reception and Saturday dinner party . There are no Saturday-only tickets. For tickets and more information, call 847.234.1063 or visit

Ragdale is a non-profit artists’ residency program, located in Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s Lake Forest country estate. In 1976, Shaw’s granddaughter Alice Judson Hayes transformed the family’s summer home into an artists-in-residence program. Today, Ragdale hosts over 150 writers, artists, and composers each year, making it one of the largest interdisciplinary artist communities in the country. For more information, go to

Beef4Hunger Aims to Raise 50,000 Meals for Neighbors in Need

Sponsored Post by Beef4Hunger: Did you know that more than 17 million children wake up, go to school and go to bed hungry? That’s about one in four children who are considered food insecure. Hunger, as a greater societal problem, is something every community is aware of, yet there’s no denying it can easily fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” category. In our community, the exciting news is that we’ve found a way to be part of the solution.

Lake Forest-based Beef4Hunger is the only non-profit organization that exclusively procures and donates fresh beef meals to local food banks. Fresh beef is the hardest item for food banks to get and typically the first item to be cut due to costs. For hardworking families that simply can’t make ends meet, a meal containing high-quality protein is a significant change, as food bank rely heavily on starch-filled pantry items.

Since its founding in 2011, Beef4Hunger has already made a big impact by providing more than 56,104 protein-rich meals to families that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. The organization’s long term strategy is to distribute fresh beef to all 200 food banks in the country. Every month Beef4Hunger procures, deliver and donates over 4,200 fresh beef meals to the Chicago Food Depository and Northern Illinois Food Bank.

On September 6, Beef4Hunger is hosting a “Double Feature” fundraiser at the Lake Bluff Golf Club with a goal to serve another 50,000 high-quality meals to local food banks. Starting at noon with a golf outing, participants can enjoy driving range warm up, 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch and on-course contests for $125 a person. The Big Bad Q after-party starts at 6 p.m. and will feature live music from the Hell Hound Band, a full BBQ dinner, premium Terlato wines, custom craft beers from Lake Bluff Brewery and mechanical bull rides for $50 a person.

To purchase tickets, please visit   Beef4Hunger is a 100 percent volunteer-based organization that relies on the generosity and influence of generous individuals and socially responsible companies. For more information and to donate to Beef4Hunger, please visit and its Youtube Channel

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– Written for Beef4Hunger by volunteer Megan Paszczykowski



Need To Get Your Pet Vaccinated?

Submitted by Lake County Health Department:

The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center’s Animal Care and Control Program is offering two low-cost pet vaccination clinics in September with one in Fox Lake and the other in Deerfield.

On Saturday, September 6, pet owners can bring their pets to Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Boulevard in Fox Lake. On Saturday, September 27, pet owners can bring their pets to the Jewett Park Picnic Shelter, 836 Jewett Park Drive, with access from Hazel off of Waukegan Road in Deerfield. Both clinics are from 9 a.m. until noon.

Each clinic provides a convenient and affordable way for Lake County residents to keep their pets up to date with shots and rabies tags.

Standard vaccine, tag and microchip costs are as follows:

For Pets Spayed/Neutered
One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $20.00
One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $25.00
Distemper complex only: $10.00
Microchip: $15.00

For Pets Not Spayed/Neutered
One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $60.00
One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $65.00
Distemper complex only: $10.00
Microchip: $15.00

Pets will be taken on a first come first served basis. All animals brought to the clinic must be at least four months old. Dogs must be leashed and cats placed in carriers. Only cash will be accepted on site. Proof of spay/neuter may be required.

The Health Department’s Animal Care and Control Program tracks pet vaccinations and rabies tags, investigates animal bites and complaints of nuisance and neglect, as well as impounds stray animals. In 2013, the program issued more than 76,000 rabies tags, captured 1,328 strays and responded to 1,920 reports of animal bites. The Animal Care and Control facility is located at 18736 West Peterson Road, Libertyville.

For additional information about the clinics, please contact the Animal Care and Control facility at: (847) 377-4700.

Have Car, Will Cheer in Lake Forest on Saturday

Submitted by Lake Forest High School Cheerleading

The Lake Forest High School Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleading teams cordially invite the community to the their annual car wash. The car wash is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Forest High School West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Road.

Proceeds will help to purchase new cheer mats, a true necessity to ensure the safety of the students. Hope to see you there.

Go Scouts!

Hawk Down, Lake Bluff To The Rescue

A juvenile Cooper's Hawk after it was struck by a car; photo from Scott Ellis

A juvenile Cooper’s Hawk after it was struck by a car; photo from Scott Ellis

By Adrienne Fawcett

One of the best things about running a local news website is that I learn new things every day. Take this story: I had no idea there was an all-volunteer organization called Chicago Bird Collision Monitors that rescues and protects migratory birds. Nor had I heard of the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation facility that provides care and medical treatment for injured and orphaned animals that are native to northeastern Illinois.

Both of these organizations are helping with the recent rescue of a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk in Lake Bluff. The Lake Bluff Police Department got an assist from local birders Ethan and Scott Ellis when the young bird, shown above, was hit by a vehicle at the corner of Forest View and Green Bay Road on Monday, Aug. 19. They handed the bird off to a volunteer with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, which planned to take it to Willowbrook. Lake Bluff Police Chief David Belmonte on Tuesday afternoon said he had heard the bird was doing well.

The Ellis birders are not new to me or the readers of GazeboNews: I wrote about them earlier this summer in a story about Lake Bluff’s Ornithology Prodigy.

Obituary: Lynn Fitzgerald of Lake Forest

Submitted by Wenban Funeral Home

Lynn Fitzgerald

Lynn Fitzgerald, July 15, 1943 – August 14, 2014

Virginia “Lynn” Fitzgerald, was lifted up to her eternal home at 9:46 a.m. on Thursday August 14, 2014. She passed very peacefully with her devoted husband, three adoring children and her best friend and sister Holly by her side.

Lynn was the kindest, gentlest soul. She was an entrepreneur, a leader, a role model and a friend. But the roles that she held closest to her heart were that of a Wife, Mother and Grandmother. She taught us all the importance of family; how to love and care for one another; how to listen and forgive each other, how to laugh and how to cry together. She was such an amazing influence in our family, her circle of friends and in the community. Many knew Lynn as the owner of Fitzgerald’s Photography located in Lake Forest for almost 35 years. We will all miss her dearly.

Lynn is survived by her husband Ray, son Colt (Kristin) Fitzgerald, daughters Kelley (Brian) Imhoff and Holly (Hans) Matson and adoring grandchildren Megann, Eliza, Greer, Lily, Margaret, Jack, Lars, Grace and Charlotte.

A visitation will be held on Monday, August 25 from 6-9 p.m. at Wenban Funeral Home located at 320 Vine Avenue in Lake Forest, IL. A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, August 26, at 10 a.m. at Lily Reid Holt Chapel located at 555 North Sheridan Road in Lake Forest, IL. Info – or 847-234-0022.

Forty seven years ago, Lynn and Ray lost their very best friend in the Vietnam War. They have carried his legacy on in many ways over the years. One very special tribute is a scholarship in Bill’s honor presented by Ray to a deserving high school athlete each year. Lynn would be tickled to know that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bill Rawson Memorial Scholarship Fund, 851 Oakwood Avenue, Lake Forest, IL 60045.

Funds Rise As Dust Settles on Forest Park Rehab

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by Forest Park Project Board members Karen Stensrud, public relations chair, and Mary Hoffman, fundraising chair. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this article, but please include your full name per the GazeboNews comments policy.

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Spectacular Vistas and Pathways – Your Park – Forest Park

Along Chicago’s North Shore there are very few lakefront enclaves that compare to the treasures of Forest Park. This threshold to Lake Michigan and 7-acre parcel of forested land gave the City of Lake Forest its signature name. It contains not only a rich cultural and natural history, but offers an enchanting experience along the lakefront bluffs, ravines and woodlands.

Deteriorating infrastructure, obscured views and overgrowth of invasive plant communities were threatening the park’s health and appearance, which inspired a public-private stewardship effort to rehabilitate, enhance and preserve Forest Park.

Once complete, Forest Park will reopen to the public with 1,300 feet of new woodland paths, expanded views, benches and other amenities for the community’s enjoyment. This work is possible through a partnership with the City and the Forest Park Project Board, a non-for-profit organization established to ensure the revitalization of the park.

The work is being done in accordance with a Master Plan created by Stephen Stimson and Associates and honors the legacy of the original 19th century landscape architects Almerin Hotchkiss and O.C. Simonds. Special care has been given to the historic natural woodland, bluff and ravine ecosystems, and contemporary community needs.


Photos submitted by Forest Park Project Board

Photos submitted by Forest Park Project Board


“Forest Park is one of the most important projects in our community and worthy of all our attention. We are grateful to the individuals, families, and businesses that have chosen to contribute and hope more will do so as we strive to complete the project this fall,” Lake Forest Mayor Don Schoenheider

The Forest Park fundraising began with an early generous donation from Lake Forest Bank & Trust, the first major corporate donor to the project. This gift was followed by a donation from the Chicago Bears. Both organizations have made a Legacy Circle commitment to the project as a way of honoring their history and leaving a legacy to the community that has been their business home. Sharing this same sentiment, Lake Forest families and businesses have contributed gifts ranging from $50 to $250,000, totaling over $2.47 million dollars towards the $3.2 million goal. Approximately $725,000 remains to be raised.

As a tribute to the community support, a donor board will be placed within the park, listing contributors of $1,000 or more. Members of the Legacy Circle (gifts of $100,000 or more) will be further recognized with their names engraved on a bench overlooking a primary lakefront vista. The Forest Park Project Board’s goal is to have as many as possible Lake Forest families and businesses represented on the donor board in perpetuity for contributing to the good stewardship and honoring its historical significance now and for generations to follow.