Without any public comment urging action one way or another, Lake Barrington village board members Tuesday night rejected the idea of marijuana businesses opening in the town.

Recreational pot use by those 21 and older becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. Towns can’t outlaw its use, but they are allowed to prohibit businesses that sell it or restrict their location.

By a 6-0 vote, the Lake Barrington village board passed an ordinance prohibiting pot retailers in all zoning districts. Village President Kevin Richardson said not allowing marijuana businesses in town is consistent with previous rejections of an off-track betting facility and video gambling.

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Friends and families are encouraged to participate in a community Christmas carol singalong in Barrington at 3 – 4:30 PM Sunday, December 22nd.

Former Barrington High School choir director Nancie Tobison will lead the crowd in singling the traditional Christmas songs at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St. A $5 admission fee includes eggnog. Song lyrics will be provided to the participants.

For more information and tickets, visit barringtonswhitehouse.com/events.

Hoffman Estates officials have recommended approval of a village-initiated tax increment financing district to spur commercial growth at the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

Hoffman Estates officials are poised to grant an economic incentive Jan. 6 to spur development just west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center, helping the vacant site join the commercial development going on around it.

The village’s planning, building and zoning committee voted 6-1 Monday to recommend approval of a tax increment financing district to pay for sewer and water utilities on the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The proposed TIF district would include a 24-acre parcel and a 16-acre parcel along Higgins Road west of Route 59 as well as adjacent right of way for a total of 64 acres.

Potential developments for the site include a gas station and convenience store along Old Sutton, 100,000 square feet of self storage along the CN Railroad tracks, and a 150,000-square-foot retail center. (Sound familiar?)

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Santa’s arrival to the Ice House Mall begins with the Rockin’ Roslyn Road Choir’s performance of “Here Comes Santa Claus” and a holiday concert from 12 to 12:30 PM. Photos and visits with Santa in his Winter Wonderland begin at 12:00PM to 2:00PM. Bring your camera for photos.

Children can enjoy Cookies & Milk with Santa from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, courtesy of Jewel and Chessie’s Restaurant. Drop holiday letters to Santa in his North Pole mailbox and bring canned and boxed good donations to the Meals of Hope Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Barrington Food Pantry when visiting.

With the recreational use of marijuana set to be legal statewide as of Jan. 1, several Barrington-area villages have made decisions on whether or not to allow a dispensary within their borders – while others are still conflicted.

Barrington Hills trustees voted against having dispensaries in the village, director of administration Anna Paul said.

“We currently don’t have really any businesses in the community … our residential character is important to the community,” Paul said.

Paul also stated that the village could reconsider their decision down the line, but they want to see how other communities manage the legalization of marijuana before they consider changing their position.

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Need an updated picture of the young ones for the holidays?

Santa Clause will be making an appearance at the Ice House Mall in Barrington on Saturday, December 7, from 12 PM to 2 PM. Take a photo and visits are free and courtesy of the shops of the Ice House Mall.

Forget Elf on a Shelf. This year, be the elf yourself and help out the jolly old elf himself with Operation Santa. You’ll find everything you need on the USPS website.

All over the country, kids will send letters to Santa, asking for everything from toys to basics, like a warm coat or shoes, and you can make their Christmas wish come true.

Starting Monday of this week, letters to Santa from low-income kids are available for adoption online.

You can pick a letter from any city in the country, and it’s tax deductible. Just remember, your gift needs to be mailed out by Dec. 20.

If you want your child to be added to the list, beanelf.org has everything you need to know.

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