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“Please note: the air conditioning is currently out of service at the Library. Technicians are on site and working on a solution.

The Library will remain closed today until the system is working again. Please check our website or social media channels for details on our opening time. Thank you for your understanding.”

Editorial note:  The Barrington Area Library spends an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars on over-maintaining the library facility and grounds.  This is inexcusable.

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Some northwest suburban village, park and library boards are returning to holding remote meetings while others are still mulling their options in light of an uptick in COVID-19 infections.

During the last year, many boards relied on Zoom, YouTube or Facebook Live social media platforms to livestream meetings, in an effort to keep the public engaged but also exercise public health mitigations due to the pandemic.

Although the remote options were not a favorite of some village officials and residents who preferred face-to-face interaction and participation, many village officials say they found them to be the safest way to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus in gatherings both large and small.

The Barrington Village Board’s plans for meetings also remains unchanged.

“The village of Barrington will continue in-person meetings, as we have since very early on in the pandemic,” said Amy Seklecki, events and marketing manager for the village of Barrington. “Our meeting room is set up to be appropriately distanced and the Board appreciates the ability to communicate in-person to the greatest extent possible.”

However, the Barrington Park District is planning a virtual meeting this month. Carla Smothers, superintendent of administrative services, said residents interested in receiving the Zoom link to the next park district remote meeting must email her to get the link information.

The Barrington Area Library board returned to virtual meetings back in October, said library spokeswoman Karen McBride, knowing that people might be seeing family more during the holidays and have more contact, risking virus transmission.

“It was some foresight,” McBride said of the board’s early decision.

Read the full Chicago Tribune article here.

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The 2.4-million-square-foot headquarters developed by Sears in Hoffman Estates 30 ago, as well as 120 surrounding acres, is planned to be put on the market in early 2022, according to village officials.

The company born from the bankruptcy of Sears has informed the village of Hoffman Estates that it intends to put its corporate headquarters and 120 surrounding acres in the Northwest suburb on the market at the start of the new year.

The announcement comes only a month after Transformco closed its last Sears department store in Illinois, at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

Transformco representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday, but Hoffman Estates officials said the company has not indicated what the sale would mean for its presence in the village.

Since its move from Chicago 30 years ago, Sears’ corporate headquarters has consisted of seven interconnected office buildings totaling 2.4 million square feet in western Hoffman Estates. Transformco also owns 120 undeveloped acres around the headquarters.

Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod and Village Manager Eric Palm said Tuesday that Transformco informed them Monday of plans to list its property for sale after the first of the year.

“Everything that they own would be part of that listing,” Palm said.

McLeod said a change of ownership for the struggling property would likely be positive news.

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Kids can paint pumpkins and decorate scarecrows at Barrington’s 20th annual Scarecrow Festival.

Those old clothes you’ve been meaning to donate can get new life at Barrington’s 20th annual Scarecrow Festival.

The free, family-friendly festival will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM Saturday, Oct. 16th, at Memorial Park, Hough and Lincoln avenues in Barrington.

The popular event is emceed by Bob the DJ and features free pumpkin and scarecrow decorating. Pumpkins and painting supplies are provided, but bring your own old clothes to outfit your scarecrow.

Also on tap are pony rides, face painting, and other family activities.

Barrington Youth & Family Services has invited many local organizations and businesses to provide fun crafts and games including BStrong Together, The Barrington Area Library, Barrington Area Conservation Trust, CrossFit Barrington, and Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art.

The event is sponsored by Village of Barrington, Barrington Youth & Family Services, Heinen’s and Bob the DJ.

For information, visit www.barrington-il.gov.

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BALThe Barrington Area Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing!

Children, teens, and adults can sign up and start logging their reading hours and other fun activities to earn badges, free books, and a chance at grand prizes. One of the sponsors for this year’s program is the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation. Click here to sign up for the program!

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The Barrington Area Library will return to regular hours of operation beginning tomorrow, May 3rd.

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Only two of four area public library board of trustee races were contested in the election earlier this month, which also saw some incumbents edged out of holding on to their seats.

Two, six-year terms on the Barrington Area Library board were up for a vote, representing residents in parts of Cook, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties. According to vote totals posted to each county clerk’s website, Jennifer J. Lucas earned the highest vote percentage.

Newcomer Anne Ordway, a real-estate agent, earned grabbed the second highest vote totals, according to the clerks’ results.

“I’m excited to be on the library board and look forward to working with the other board members and making a difference,” Ordway told Pioneer Press in a phone interview. “I’m committed to getting the meeting rooms and study rooms open and using social distancing guidelines when the library reopens.

Without providing specifics, she said she feels the library, which serves the village of Barrington and other nearby towns, has overtaxed taxpayers and could be “smarter” with that money.

Incumbent Denise Tenyer was edged out of winning another term on the Barrington library board. Candidate Josie Croll was also unsuccessful.

Read more here.

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With so many candidates running for various offices, we’d like to remind readers of the candidates The Barrington Hills Observer wholeheartedly endorses:


If you haven’t already, Please Vote tomorrow! 

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There are a number of exceptionally qualified candidates running for office in the upcoming Consolidated Elections April 6th.    

Following is a summary of candidates running for various offices in the order they appear on the ballots for those offices. The Observer has noted those candidates we endorse with a check mark.

Early voting is available to registered voters now through Election Day.

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The League of Women Voters have two local candidate forums scheduled this afternoon.

District 220 School Board candidates Katie Karam, Maggie McGonigal, Michael Shackleton, Steve Wang, William Betz, Erin Chan Ding, Sandra Ficke-Bradford, Lauren Berkowitz Klauer, Jonathan Matta, Thomas J. Mitoraj, Alex Michael Strobl and Robert Windon are scheduled to speak at 1:30 PM today.  To register on Zoom with the Barrington Area Library, click here.

At 3:00 PM, Barrington Area Library candidates Josie Croll, Anne Ordway, Jennifer J. Lucas and Denise Tenyer are on deck to speak.  To register to participate, click here.

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