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‘Women In The Know’ Plans Forum on Teen Mental Health & Suicide

Submitted by Women in the Know

A speaker series called Women in the Know is hosting two forums about teenage mental health and suicide. The forums will include guest speakers who specialize in clinical professional counseling and clinical psychology.

The speakers include Gail Cutler, a licensed clinical professional counselor and founder of Rebecca’s Dream; Dr. Michelle Epstein, licensed clinical psychologist, women and children mental health & wellness; and Debrohanne Reimer, MS, LPC, CADC, from the Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center. They will help identify changes and signs in children and other loved ones, including when and how to seek help.

The forums are part of a three-part series and will take place on the following dates at Lake Forest Club (554 N. Westmoreland Rd. Lake Forest, IL 60045) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.:

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014 (RSVP by Monday, October 27)
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 (RSVP by Monday, November 17)

(Part One of the series took place earlier this fall and explored statistics on mental health and suicide globally, nationally, and locally in Lake County.)

Part Two of the series will discuss signs and symptoms of mental illness, focusing on mental illness as a disease and recognizing situational depression and triggers. Part Two also will explore the differences between teenage angst and mental illness.

Part Three will begin with a report on student data and will include children’s opinions on the topic. The forum will discuss communicating with children, competition, discipline, and varying outlooks on what it means to be successful.

Amie Marks founded Women in the Know in 2013 to provide women a platform to speak openly about world issues, current events and timely topics.

Women in the Know forums are free and open to the public. To reserve a space or for more information, please call 708.524.9374, e-mail, or visit the new website at

Heinen’s Still Hiring As It Preps To Open Lake Bluff Store

We've heard rave reviews of the produce department at Heinen's.

We’ve heard rave reviews of the produce department at Heinen’s.

By Adrienne Fawcett

Heinen’s Grocery Store still has job openings in its Lake Bluff store, which is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. on October 29 in the Carriage Way Shopping Center at Route 176 and Route 43/Waukegan Road. A spokeswoman for the Cleveland-based chain said job applicants “must be passionate about food and customer service.”

Heinen’s opened a Bannockburn store in recent months and it also has Chicago-area stores in Glenview and Barrington.

According to GazeboNews readers who have shopped at Heinen’s, the stores have great meat, seafood and produce, with ample organic options in all categories. We’ve also heard about the chain’s great wine and liquor department — and we have personally experienced the store’s generous offerings of Bloody Mary and marguerita samples in little, plastic cocktail tumblers.

We’ve also heard there will be some familiar faces behind the registers at the Heinen’s Lake Bluff store, as it has hired some of the staff from the former Dominick’s Grocery Store. (Heinen’s is renovating that property.) There’s a countdown to opening day on the Heinen’s Lake Bluff web page.

(PS: The Target retail center that’s going up just east of Carriage Way is planning a July 2015 opening. That property will include Chipotle Mexican Grill and Potbelly Sandwich Shop, said Drew Irvin, Lake Bluff administrator.)

Here’s a press release Heinen’s sent out recently:

Third generation, family-owned grocer from Ohio set to open in Lake Bluff

CLEVELAND – Heinen’s Grocery Store, the third generation, family-owned Cleveland-based grocery chain, continues to expand in Chicago, this time in the suburb of Lake Bluff. The grocer, that’s been serving Northeast Ohio for the past 85 years, opened its first three stores in the Chicago area in the Village of Barrington, Glenview and Bannockburn. The new Lake Bluff location will open on Wednesday, October 29 at 10 a.m. with an official ribbon cutting ceremony with Tom and Jeff Heinen, Village officials and key business leaders from the community.

“Chicago has really become a second home for us and each community has been beyond welcoming and accommodating. Our latest grocery store in Lake Bluff celebrates everything we stand for as a local, family-centric business,” explains Jeff Heinen, part of the third-generation family that now oversees the chain with brother, Tom. “We pride ourselves on putting our customers first and doing whatever we can, big or small, to make sure they leave our stores feeling better than when they arrived.”

“The Village of Lake Bluff is excited to welcome Heinen’s to our community,” adds Kathleen O’Hara, Lake Bluff Village President. “We are proud to be the newest home for a high quality, family-operated, and community oriented grocery store such as Heinen’s; it will surely be an asset to our residents and many others in the surrounding area.”

In addition to traditional mainstay groceries, Heinen’s is known for their in-store butchers and
source-verified meats, overnight direct dock-to-store seafood, the highest quality seasonal produce, chef prepared foods, a vast assortment of organic products along with an award-winning gourmet cheese and wine department. Heinen’s shoppers are tremendously loyal to their favorite departments such as:

  • An extensive produce department, including: organic offerings, high quality fruits and vegetables from around the world and locally grown seasonal produce
  • In-store butcher and service case featuring Heinen’s Own beef and pork that is source-verified and raised to the company’s exacting standards guaranteeing superior quality, taste and tenderness
  • The freshest seafood overnighted six days a week, from fishermen in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and the New England coast directly from boats to Heinen’s seafood counters
  • A gourmet and artisan cheese department with over 350 choices and an authentic deli with many organic choices, all natural and award-winning meats and cheeses
  • Made to order hand-crafted rotisserie sandwiches featuring premium, source-verified meats – Heinen’s Own Beef prime rib and eye of round, Heinen’s Own Pork Loin, Organic Turkey, Verlasso Salmon
  • In-store sushi chef and authentic Hawaiian Poke
  • A self-serve bulk olive oil and balsamic bar
  • An extensive salad bar featuring an ever-changing selection of more than 60 good-for-you salads, superfood salads, chopped veggies and fresh fruits
  • Wellness Center with hundreds of gluten free products, premium brands of vitamins and supplements, bulk bins with superfood grains, cereals and nuts as well as a wide selection of probiotics and healthy drinks

Complimentary one-on-one wellness coaching and counseling plus store tours (label reading, health and weight management and wellness educational seminars)

“Every single thing we do and decision we make is with the customer in mind,” says Tom Heinen. “We choose our suppliers very carefully and then maintain a true partnership of continuous improvement which is always designed to benefit our customers.”

Another way Heinen’s plans to support Lake Bluff is through their Teaming Up for Education Program. At the end of each year, Heinen’s will donate up to 1 percent of a customer’s yearly spend to a designated school of their choice, all through their Heinen’s reward card.

The new Heinen’s store is located in Lake Bluff at 201 S. Waukegan Road at the intersection of Rt. 43 and Rt. 176 – Rockland Road. Their phone number is 1-847-735-0026.

Founded in 1929 in Shaker Heights, Ohio by a local butcher named Joe Heinen, Heinen’s Grocery Store has grown to 20 total store locations with 17 stores in the suburbs of Cleveland and four in the suburbs of Chicago. Heinen’s employs over 3,000 associates. Today, Joe Heinen’s twin grandsons, Jeff and Tom Heinen carry on the family legacy of unrivalled quality food and world-class customer service. To learn more, connect with Heinen’s on Facebook, Twitter or the web.

VOTE Lake Bluff Seeks Candidates For April Elections

Editor’s note: This is a re-post of an earlier story, which had a mistake in the headline (it should have said April Elections, not November). GazeboNews regrets the error.

Got Government? Lake Bluff Village and Library Trustee elections will happen in April, 2015, but the election process starts NOW!

Apply your talents, intellect and skills to help the community by serving on the Lake Bluff Village or Library Board. The VOTE (Voters Organized To Elect) Lake Bluff organizing committee is seeking candidates for election to the Village Board of Trustees and Library Board of Trustees. VOTE is the organization that informs residents about the election process, builds awareness for candidates in the community, and assists endorsed candidates with filing official paperwork.

There are three Trustee seats plus the Village Clerk position up for election to the Village Board.  The Library Board has three seats coming open. Candidate nominating papers need to be filed in December for the April, 2015 election, so NOW is the time to get engaged with the VOTE committee to express interest and build awareness in the community.

We invite you to visit the VOTE Lake Bluff website at to learn more about the election process. Please also feel free to call VOTE steering committee members Jim Gillen (847-682-0877), Ed Duffy (224-456-9247), Jenny Simpson (312-391-5635) or Graham Wilson (303-619-2244) to ask questions or express interest in running.

Lake Bluff’s ‘Local Haunts’ is Wednesday; Proceeds To Benefit History Museum

Submitted by Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce

Enjoy fall fun at Lake Bluff’s downtown businesses in a special event for all ages on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

“Shop Your Local Haunts” for specials, events, food, hospitality – and the added plus is that 10% of all the day’s sales will to go to benefit the Lake Bluff History Museum, a beloved community institution. Adding to the celebration, downtown store hours will be extended to 8 pm for a longer day of fun and community gathering.

Thirteen favorite Lake Bluff businesses and organizations have jumped on board to participate including Bluffington’s, The Clockworks, Inovasi, Lake Bluff Brewing Co., Lawrence Interiors, Lulu’s/Big Al’s Pizza, The Other Door, Peg Ann Kompany, Reimagined Vintage, Spice Merchants of Lake Bluff, Twigs, Voila, Wisma, and Artists on the Bluff. All ages are invited to stroll through the stores and enjoy dining or stopping for beverages with friends.

Among the special events planned for the day are the following:

  • Peg Ann Kompany will host a trunk show of Kathy Horton Designs from 5-7 pm
  • Spice Merchants of Lake Bluff will have specials on all spices, teas, blends, rice and soups at 10% off as well as free samples of various items from 3-8 pm.
  • ReImagined Vintage will be serving cider and have a cheese and jam tasting featuring Holcomb Hollow jams and regional cheeses.
  • Artists on the Bluff will open their gallery at the train station and have a special Halloween themed art show in the gallery with beverages, treats and glow sticks for giveaways as well as Halloween-themed activities for children. Art will also be on sale with 10% of proceeds benefiting the museum.

“Shop Your Local Haunts” is organized by the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce as another “Think Local First” event. These events are opportunities for the community to pull together for everyone’s enjoyment and benefit – customers, businesses, a local organization, and the community at large. Another recent event was last month’s “Red Carpet on the Green”, a fashion show in Market Square and shop and share program that partnered 18 businesses with the foundations of Lake Forest School District 67 and Lake Forest High School.

The Chamber welcomes resident input on more ideas for “Think Local First” events. For more information visit the “Buzz on the Bluff” page on the Chamber of Commerce website at or by clicking here.

Mothers Trust: Shop Whole Foods … AND … Donate Coats

Submitted by Mothers Trust Teens

Mothers Trust Foundation has a couple of things worth sharing:

Please shop Whole Foods Market in Deerfield on Wednesday, October 29th, and Mothers Trust Foundation will receive 5% of the day’s net profits. This is a significant opportunity to earn money for Lake County children.

Also, Mothers Trust Teens is seeking donations for its annual coat drive through October 29, 2014:

This winter many families will be struggling to stay warm because they lack adequate winter clothing. Please donate your gently-used or new coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for infants, children and adults. Your donations will help people in need in the Lake County area and neighboring communities.

Donation boxes are located in Lake Forest at: Mothers Trust Office, Gorton Drop-In Center, Prudential Rubloff Properties, and CROYA.

Donation boxes are located in Lake Bluff at: WISMA, Lulu’s, Lake Bluff Elementary School, Lake Bluff Recreation Center, Lake Bluff Library, Union Church, Lake Bluff Police Department, and Lake Bluff Fire Department.

Donation boxes are also located at: Glacier Ice Rink – Vernon Hills, Jenny’s Dance Centre – Libertyville, AYCO Company – Deerfield, Fields & Fences School of Horsemanship – Gurnee, Stevenson High School – Lincolnshire.

Mothers Trust Teens is a group of local teenagers working to make a difference in the lives of children who live just miles away from Lake Forest, Lake Bluff & Knollwood. The Teens are also welcoming monetary donations to purchase winter items.
For more information please visit or call 847-482-9189.

Opinion: Irregular and Unsupported Action by Shields Township Supervisor

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by Shields Township Trustees Heather Kerr and Richard Goshgarian. 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.

GazeboNews Reader Forum


By Shields Township Trustees Richard Goshgarian and Heather Kerr

The most recent board meeting of the Shields Township Board of Trustees occurred on 9/25/14. At that meeting, Trustee Laura Carney resigned. Carney’s planned resignation was known only to her, Supervisor Cynthia Maloney, and sometime later the Township’s longstanding attorney Richard Cowen. The balance of the Board only became aware 1-2 days prior to that 9/25/14 meeting. Their knowledge was by way of rumor, no advance notice from either Maloney or Carney.

Why is this important? It has since been learned (throught emails between Maloney and the Township attorney) that Supervisor Maloney knew of the intended Carney resignation in mid-late August. At that time, Maloney sought a legal opinion from the Township’s attorney.

In an email exchange dated 9/2/14, Maloney was advised by the Township’s attorney that vacancies in office are filled (by Illinois law) in accordance with the statute 60 ILCS 5/60-5. That statute reads in part … 1. “The Board has the responsibility for filling the vacancy. The procedure to be used in terms of notifying the public of the vacancy, requesting application, holding interviews is up to the Board.”

The Township’s attorney further advised in that 9/2/14 email that Maloney notify the media and share his opinion memo with the entire Board. Maloney followed none of the guidelines in the Statute (law), and further disregarded the attorney’s recommendations regarding notice to the media and availing the Board of his opinion. Instead Maloney sought input exclusively from the resigning trustee, and a former non-voting member of the Board.

Result: On 9/25/14 in the course of that Board meeting, Maloney announced who she had selected. This was the first time she shared the name of her chosen replacement with 2 of the 4 board members. We, Trustees Kerr and Goshgarian, were excluded from Maloney’s irregular actions of the prior 4 weeks. Further, Trustee Bill Brown only learned of Maloney’s chosen replacement the day prior (9/24/14).

Over our (Trustees Kerr and Goshgarian’s) vigorous objection, Supervisor Maloney motioned for a vote on Carney’s replacement. She prevailed on that motion, her objective to force a vote, and by 3 to 0 had her replacement. We abstained voting on the individual citing irregularities(listed above) and disregard of the relevant statute and attorney’s recommendations.

What is known about your new trustee? -For more than four(4) weeks we have requested repeatedly information about him from Supervisor Maloney. Those requests have included information via a resume, a biography, a curriculum vitae, or any kind of background informational. To date nothing offered, nor does the web-site provide.

Following the law and proper procedure within Township Government is crucial to the vitality of this administration. Without it, other potential irregularities in any of the Township’s other functions( the Assessor’s office, or Highway Department) may be emboldened.

Trustees Richard Goshgarian and Heather Kerr

Want To Raise Responsible Kids? Best-Selling Author Coming to Lake Forest

Submitted by Lake Forest Country Day School

Lake Forest Country Day School will host internationally acclaimed author and speaker Dr. Michael Thompson on Wednesday, October 22 in the school’s Green Bay Atrium as part of its Special Speaker Series. The event is free and open to the public and Dr. Thompson will begin speaking at 10:00 a.m. on “How to Raise Responsible Children.”

Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a New York Times best-selling author and renowned clinical psychologist who has specialized on the subjects of children, schools, and parenting for nearly thirty-five years. Dr. Thompson is the author of nine books, including Raising Cain and Best Friends, Worst Enemies. In his capacity as a psychologist and school consultant, Dr. Thompson has worked with independent schools across the nation where he has led workshops for teachers, administrators, parents, and students.

The October 22 lecture by Dr. Thompson will address topics such as effective parent communication with children, providing an internal foundation for moral behavior for children, and which parenting methods are most effective in reinforcing responsibility.

This event will be held at Lake Forest Country Day School, 145 South Green Bay Road, Lake Forest. Please use the Green Bay Road entrance. The event is open to the public, but seating will be limited. To RSVP for the event please visit or call the LFCDS main office at (847) 234-2350.

About the school:

Lake Forest Country Day School serves students from more than 30 communities throughout the North Shore and beyond. A regional center of excellence for early childhood, elementary, and middle school education for children ages 2 to Grade 8, LFCDS is committed to inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, and responsible citizenship as well as the dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning. For more information on LFCDS, please visit or call (847) 234-2350.

Opinion: Vote Yes For Lake Bluff Park District Referendum

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by Gail Nielsen Gamrath (and family) of Lake Bluff. 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.

GazeboNews Reader Forum

Dear Lake Bluff Residents,

I have written before to local media about having the privilege of growing up in Lake Bluff. I feel so lucky to have had that experience. It was an easy choice for me and my husband, who also grew up here, to raise our own family in this wonderful village. The Park District was a large part of my childhood. Learning to swim at the pool, attending day camp and going to the beach was just the natural daily agenda for a LB kid. In 6th grade I was so proud when I received my first pay check from the Park District for being a highly skilled and assertive Tennis Court Monitor at Artesian Park for a pay rate of $1.60 per hour. Followed by ten summers working at the Pool, I gained many life skills learning the responsibility of holding a job and earning the respect of fellow residents. It was part of my young identity and to this day, I still run into other adults who I taught swim lessons to or who were on the swim team that I coached back when we had a booming 16-swimmer roster.

It is time once again to vote on a referendum to help fund the upkeep of not only the pool, but the beach and our parks. I feel this vote is different from the one which was voted down a few years back. With the help of over 600 residents, the Park District has prioritized what is really necessary to save some of our greatest resources from either shutting down or being taken away. We all know how great this town is and the Park District funds a large part of what makes it so special. Whether you are taking your grandkids to Artesian Park or needing to use the bathrooms at the beach (that currently some children are afraid to enter) these are resources that the Park District cannot fund within their current budget.

So the bottom line stands that Lake Bluff will lose some of our dearest assets if we do not look forward and act now. We cannot judge what people choose to spend their own money on but at $70 a year on a $450,000 house this seems like a no-brainer to me. It is an investment in our town. I hope you will join us in voting YES for our Pool, Parks and Beach.

Gail Nielsen Gamrath (and family)

‘A Safe Place’ Shelter Earns State Award

Submitted by AT&T

A Safe Place, a shelter in Zion that supports victims of domestic violence, has received an “AT&T Investing in Illinois Award,” which includes a contribution of $2,000 to be used for housing services for victims of domestic violence. These services includes shelter, transitional and permanent housing.

Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush and State Representative Sam Yingling nominated the organization for the recognition from AT&T Illinois.

The AT&T Investing in Illinois Awards provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.

What’s ‘Trunk Or Treat’?

Editor’s note: This story was updated on October 22 with a correction; 40 volunteers are expected to participate.

Submitted by the Lake Bluff Park District

The Lake Bluff Park District will host a new Halloween event called “TRUNK OR TREAT” on  Friday, Oct. 24 in the Park District parking lot.

Volunteers will park and decorate their cars — 40 are expected — and they will hand out TREATS to about 120 early trick or treaters. There will be a contest for best decorated car and fun with friends and parents too. Park next to each other– IT’S FREE.

Registration is still open, and it’s free. Register at the Lake Bluff Park District.