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Can You Handle The Heat? Ribfest Seeks New Competition

By Matt Nielsen of the Lake Bluff Barbeque Society

Barbecue season has been in full swing for many members of the community but for a select few it is only now just firing up! On Saturday, October 4, the Lake Bluff Barbeque Society will host its annual, all-day RibFest on the Village Green in Lake Bluff. This annual event brings out the most committed barbecue enthusiasts to strut their stuff in this rib-only barbecue competition. No need to travel south of the Mason-Dixon line to enjoy mouth watering tastings from the twenty teams (while supplies last). Founded in 2002 by the backyard BBQ as a fun community event, RibFest has quickly grown into the richest barbecue competition on the Lake Bluff circuit.

Do you have what it takes to compete for the glory of being named Grand Champion? Join us in this prestigious competition. Eligible teams must have the chief cook residing or working in the Village of Lake Bluff, Lake Bluff Park District or Lake Bluff Elementary School District boundaries.

For more information and the Lake Bluff Barbeque Society 2014 Rules and Regulations please contact Eric Welles at

All entries MUST be received by Sunday, September 21st.

Next Stonebridge Public Hearing is Sept. 17

If you want to speak up about Stonebridge in Lake Bluff, plan to attend the Lake Bluff Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Village Hall. This is a continuation of a public hearing that took place on Aug. 20 when The Roanoke Group LLC gave a presentation seeking approval of a preliminary development plan for the 47-acre Stonebridge property at 136 Green Bay Road.

That meeting went on for a lengthy clip before being tabled until the PCZBA’s monthly meeting this month. The Lake Bluff website states that “it is anticipated that a portion of the meeting will be dedicated to comments and testimony from the public.”

There are some links of interest about Stonebridge on the Village of Lake Bluff website:

  • a video of the Aug. 20 PCZBA meeting
  • The agenda for the Sept. 17 PCZBA meeting as well as the minutes from the Aug. 20 meeting
  • A summary of the Aug. 20 meeting and many additional links.
  • A GazeboNews Reader Forum by Rick Lesser of Lake Bluff regarding the Stonebridge Easement



Lake Bluff School Caucus Seeks Candidates for District 65 & 115 School Boards

Submitted by the Lake Bluff School Caucus

Do you like a challenge? Are you a team player willing to make our community stronger? The Lake Bluff School Caucus is currently seeking candidates for the April 2015 Lake Bluff School District 65 and Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education elections.

If you are interested in running for school board or want more information, please go to the Lake Bluff School Caucus website at The deadline to apply for consideration by the Caucus is October 31, 2014.

Serving on the School Board gives you the opportunity to make a significant impact on education, facilities and property taxes in our community. Currently there are three seats for the District 65 Board of Education up for re-election and one open seat for the District 115 Board of Education. Each elected position serves a four-year term.

If you have any questions, please email the Lake Bluff School Caucus at

Car Burglaries On The Rise in Highland Park

This is from the Highland Park Police Department and is worth noting— lock your cars and take your phone, wallet, purse and other valuables with you…

Highland Park has experienced an increase in car burglaries over the past two weeks, particularly in the northeast. These burglaries are occurring at all hours of the day and night and involve different types of entry. Many of the vehicles are unlocked, but in some cases, broken windows were the method of gaining entry. The one thing that all these crimes had in common was that valuable items were left in plain view. Please take the following precautions to avoid becoming a victim of these crimes:

  • Always lock your car even if it is in your driveway or in front of your home.
  • Do not leave valuable items in your car in plain view. Purses, wallets, electronic items, and shopping purchases should be removed or secured in the trunk out of sight.
  • Always park in a well lit area if possible, and leave your outside lights on overnight if your car is in your driveway.
  • Consider motion activated outdoor lighting or lighting on timers.
  • Make sure your garage door is closed and any access door into the garage is secured including the door from the garage to your home.
  • Consider a car alarm in conjunction with an alarm for your home. Many insurance companies offer a discount on premiums for property with alarms.
  • Report any suspicious persons or activity in your neighborhood to the Police Department. Crime prevention only works when the community takes an active role.
  • Consider joining the City’s Neighborhood Leader Program. Call (847) 926-1000 for more information.

For additional information, please contact the Police Department Non-Emergency line at (847) 432-7730.

First Presbyterian Church Ready To Rummage

Submitted by First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest

Lake Forest, Ill. – Sept. 10, 2014 – First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest will host its Fall Rummage Sale full of seasonal and timeless goods from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 27 at 700 N Sheridan Road in Lake Forest. The Rummage Sale is open to all and will be held in the lower level of the church building.

Shoppers can expect to find clean, usable items from winter outerwear and accessories; men’s, women’s and children’s clothes; to furniture, toys, linens, home décor, winter sports equipment, shoes and boots.

“The Rummage Sale is a great fellowship opportunity for members of the church and community,” said Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian, First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest’s senior pastor. “It also helps fund our mission partners while serving families in need.”

Since its inception in 1950, this event has contributed more than $5 million to First Presbyterian’s Mission program. Mission provides grants to local and global partner organizations that help nurture faith development, pastoral care and church leadership support; empower youth and adults to achieve their potential through high-quality education; and/or meet the immediate needs of impoverished families while pursuing long-term solutions to address the effects of poverty.

On the day of the sale, shoppers can park in the Lake Forest city lots, at the Lake Forest Metra station parking lot and on the street, unless otherwise marked as a “no parking” zone. Cash, check and credit cards (American Express, Visa or Mastercard) are accepted at the sale.

First Presbyterian is no longer collecting donations for the fall Rummage Sale but welcome those who would like to volunteer. For more information about volunteering, contact the church at (847) 234-6250 or sign up at

About First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest
Our mission at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest is to send inspired and well-equipped followers of Jesus into the world, loving and serving God in their daily lives. We invite you to join us in these resilient Christian practices: worship, learn, connect, serve and invite. Find out more about our worship services, study groups, mission outreach and fellowship opportunities by visiting our website at or calling us at (847) 234-6250.

Scouts Win!

By Kevin Reitman, JWC Media sports editor

Lake Forest High School’s football team improved to 3-0 on the season with a convincing 37-14 victory over host Wauconda on Friday night.

There were plenty of stars in this one for the Scouts.

Senior Kyle Gattari opened LF’s scoring with a 21-yard field goal. He also hit a 32-yarder in the second period and 23-yard in the third quarter. He also was 4 for 4 on PAT kicks.

Running back Wes Janeck continues to be very production. He had a pair of touchdown runs, including an 18-yarder in the second quarter and a 3-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Fellow running back Quinn Julian also found the end zone with a 4-yard run in the first quarter.
Senior linebacker Jack Traynor came up with big plays all night. He scored on a 20-yard interception return in the second quarter. He also had a 16-yard sack in that frame.

The Scouts will travel to Stevenson (3-0) next Friday.

LFHS School Board President Resigns; District Seeks Replacement

By Adrienne Fawcett

Todd Burgener resigned from the Lake Forest High School Board of Education on Sept. 5. Board VP Dick Block will serve as president pro temin the interim.

Todd Burgener

Todd Burgener

On Sept. 11, Burgener told GazeboNews: “Between personal and professional commitments, it had become clear that I would not be able to give the District the attention it deserves. I’m disappointed, as I know that, over the past six and a half years, I’ve gotten more from my involvement than I could ever put in. But, I know that the remaining Board is strong and that good candidates exist to fill the vacancy my resignation produced.”

He added: “Everyone should be really proud of where LFHS is today; but, even more so, where it is heading. The ambition of Mike Simeck and the team he has assembled is tremendous. They, with the support of the Board, faculty and the community, will take a great place and make it even better. Our kids and our community will be better for it.”

Block announced Burgener’s resignation at the D-115 board meeting on Sept. 9. He said: “Our friend and fellow board member and board president Todd Burgener has resigned from the board as of last Friday. So I will serve as pres pro tem in the interim. Todd has made a very difficult decision that does not come easily to him. Todd cares very deeply about the responsibilities here and the high school, but as a result of a sudden and unexpected increase in his work responsibilities, he felt it was in the best interest of the district and his family that he step away from something, and unfortunately it had to be the high school.”

D-115 is seeking a replacement for Burgener’s spot on the board. Click here for more information and/or to apply.

Obituary: Christopher G. Coffin

 Christopher G. Coffin: April 7, 1958 to Sept. 3, 2014  

Chris Coffin

Chris Coffin

Chris was a beloved husband, father and friend, respected entrepreneur and prominent sailor. He is survived by his wife Donna and sons Will (27), Stephen (24) and Alex (24). He resided in Pasadena and Newport Beach CA,  Northport NY, Auckland NZ and Lake Forest IL.

Service will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m.

For more information and to share stories about Chris, please visit this

Fit Tip: Should You Try Something New?

Sponsored Post by Fitness Together Lake Forest: Many of us stick with the same tried and true training plan for months and years a time. It becomes comfortable knowing that you can run a certain distance or pop in and follow along with a DVD and get a decent workout. However, what happens when the same workout program that got you healthy and fit is no longer working. Or maybe it never worked? You may be in a rut or plateau in your training without even realizing it. This means it’s a great time to switch things up. Are you experiencing any of the following?

  • Injuries. If you are constantly getting hurt, especially in the same body part, it may be a sign that you are either training improperly of that you are developing some overuse injuries from doing too much of the same training. If you run the same distance 4 days a week for years at a time at the same pace, the stress of running will eventually catch up to you, especially if you do no other supplementary training. Injuries are good chance to evaluate your training program and see what it’s doing for you. Training programs should make you healthy, fit, and resilient to injury.
  • Plateau. If you start a new training program, it usually works great early on. You make quick gains and find yourself improving your fitness dramatically. Eventually, the gains come slower but you still find them with due diligence in your training. Eventually, doing the same training over and over again will stop having the desired effect and you will find yourself without the same benefits you got early on. If you are measuring your progress (as you should be) and you don’t see yourself making progress, it’s a good sign that you may need to reevaluate your program.
  • Motivation. It’s easy to be motivated early in a training program. Everything is fun, new, and exciting. You enjoy the feeling of being active and of constantly making progress. As time passes, however, the excitement certainly wanes and you find yourself less willing to get started. You may make excuses and delay your training to another day, which often doesn’t end up happening. This is often inevitable and is a sign that you need to switch things up in your training to renew your interest.

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Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by Lindsey Bornholdt of Lake Bluff. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this forum article, but please include your full name per theGazeboNews comments policy.

GazeboNews Reader Forum


Dear Editor,

I was very disappointed to hear about the possibility of The Daily Grind closing their business due to lease issues.

Despite having the best customer service and products around, it is unique, locally-owned businesses such as these, that make Lake Bluff such a special community.  It would be very sad to see them go and I highly doubt any other business would be able to fill their spot, make enough profits to stay open, and draw people from surrounding areas to our downtown.

- Lindsey Bornholdt (Lake Bluff Resident)