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With a playing area equal to nine football fields, polo is a socially distanced sport. But in a pandemic, the normally very social spectators are an area of concern.

The Oak Brook Polo Club took control of that matter at Sunday’s event at The Prince of Wales Field. The Drake Challenge Club Championship and Women’s Polo Challenge Championship was the fifth event of the season in Oak Brook, and the crowd didn’t seem to mind their limitations, even staying through more than one drastic change in weather.

The venue normally has grandstands where several hundred spectators can watch the eight horses and riders compete for the ball. Due to social distancing orders, only 20% of the full capacity is allowed in this year. The grandstands and the concessions were removed. Instead, fans were asked to park their vehicles along the length of the field on each side. Each space is marked by neat, white picket fencing and separated from its neighbor by 12 to 15 feet.

Read more here.

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Sisters Colleen, Meghan, Maureen and Caitie Smithe, from left, say three key words have helped them carry their family-run furniture company into a fourth generation: fresh, young and relevant. They were each only a year apart, at one point covering all four grade levels at Barrington High School. They got on each other’s nerves and learned to talk quickly at the dinner table if they wanted to get a word in.

Chicagoans came to know and appreciate the three Smithe brothers who starred for years in quirky TV commercials touting their family-run furniture company.

Their interactions were zany, their dialogue lighthearted, their catchy jingle — “you dream it, we build it” — recognizable throughout the region. And they represented Walter E. Smithe with a sense of drive and zeal that can only exude from the third-generation stakeholders of what has become a household name.

“They were loved,” said Colleen Smithe, the youngest daughter of Walter Smithe III. “People really did love seeing them on their TVs.”

That’s why when she and her three sisters — Maureen, Meghan and Caitie — were asked a few years ago to transition into the role their father and uncles held for so long, they weren’t immediately receptive.

How, they wondered, would longtime customers respond to four new female faces on their television screens? How could the Itasca-based company break the mold and reach a new audience while still carrying its message into a fourth generation?

Read more here.

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While the world may be on pause, homelessness does not stop. Neither does the work Home of the Sparrow does to provide families with shelter, affordable housing, case management, counseling and services when they need it most.

Due to these uncertain times, Home of the Sparrow decided to cancel “Celebration of Women” Luncheon, Casino Night Hope Benefit, and the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

As the nonprofit is still in desperate need of funds, Home of the Sparrow is organizing COVID-19 Relief Online Auction this month, the Oktoberfest Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 14, and another fundraiser in October.

The COVID-19 Relief Online Auction is starting at 8 a.m. Monday, July 13. The online auction will close at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

This fundraiser will help keep the shelter open 365 days a year, and sustain its programs and services.

To participate, create a free bidding account at www.hosparrow.org/hope-online-auction-2020 and start previewing the items, baskets and packages up for auction.

With over 80 packages, there is something for everyone including trips to Disney, Vegas and Nashville, golf foursomes, date nights, spa packages, local getaways, brewery tours, dine-arounds, wine tastings, family fun, girl’s night out, jewelry and more.

Visit Home of the Sparrow for more information.

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Barrington’s Amelia Noyes pushes the creative envelope with her avant-garde and refreshing artistic style

We fell in love with Amelia Noyes’ art the minute we laid eyes on it. Her unique approach and unmistakable style offers a breath of fresh air, so welcome in our turbulent times. We spoke with the Barrington native who now lives in Los Angeles.

What are some fond memories of growing up in Barrington?

My parents enrolled me in a lot of art classes when I was growing up. I remember doing classes at Kaleidoscope.

What schools did you go to in the Barrington school district?

I attended Countryside Elementary and then went to a private middle school called Chicago Jr. Middle School. I attended Barrington High School.

Where did you go to school after BHS?

I attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado for my undergraduate degree where I received a BFA with an emphasis in Communication and minor in Fine Arts. In 2009, I went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago attending one semester to get a degree in Graphic Design, but realized it was not the right fit for me. I later attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois to get a Masters in New Media.

Read the full Quintessential Barrington article here.

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Board Members of the Cook County Forest Preserves Conservation & Policy Council
Front row: Terry Guen, Laurel Ross, Peter Ellis. Back row: Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Wendy Paulson, Michael DeSantiago, Sylvia Jenkins, Mark Templeton, Emily Harris, Arnold Randal, Commissioner Stanely Moore. Not pictured: Rob Castaneda.

Nature has never been more important than it is right now. People are looking to it to reduce stress, stay healthy and find solace. Many in the Chicago region are flocking to our greatest natural asset, the Forest Preserves of Cook County. We applaud President Preckwinkle, General Superintendent Arnold Randall and his team for their commitment to keep the preserves open just when they are needed most and when many other public spaces are closed. At the same time, we are troubled by reports of illegal and unacceptable behavior by a very few — crowding, going off trail, picking wildflowers, trampling sensitive vegetation, letting dogs run rampant.

We are so glad people are discovering — or rediscovering — these extraordinary landscapes and the more than 350 miles of trails they include. The ability to be active and outside with family members is a blessing. But the privilege of free access to the Forest Preserves carries a responsibility, too, especially in this time of extreme and necessary social guidelines.

That means respecting the space of other visitors, obeying preserve rules and honoring the habitats of animals and plants for whom the preserves are home. It’s an opportune time to visit a less well known preserve — maybe a place you’ve never been before — or to visit at a less crowded time. Check FPDCC.com before you go.

We invite you not only to visit, but to join us in protecting and restoring the natural habitats of the preserves. (See, for example: https://fpdcc.com/volunteer/ or https://northbranchrestoration.org). Once we emerge from this challenging time and restrictions are lifted, consider joining thousands of volunteers who give their time, energy and expertise to help make nature in our preserves even more healthy, diverse and welcoming.

Board Members of the Cook County Forest Preserves Conservation & Policy Council

Wendy Paulson, Chairman

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Since 2018, the North Shore has gone chicken crazy, with big fat hens popping up on real estate billboards and in backyards from Highland Park to Lake Bluff.

For homeowners like (Matt) Hendrick preparing for first-time chicken ownership, the initial learning curve includes questions about what kind of coop to build or purchase, how to feed and maintain the chickens, and which breeds to purchase.

To get there, Hendrick read books, visited websites and talked to chicken owners who had years of experience raising the birds.

“You really do learn a lot by talking to others who have chickens,” says Helen Sheyka, who has been raising chickens in Barrington Hills since 1994. To share what she learned over the years and learn from others’ experiences, Sheyka began hosting a small chicken club.

“We would all get together and bring an egg dish and talk chickens. It really grew fast,” says Sheyka. At last count, the Barrington Chicken Club had more than 100 attendees from around the North Shore and northwest suburbs.

Read the full unedited story in the Daily North Shore here.

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Barrington Hills officials are exploring whether changes are needed in the village’s open burning regulations after hearing from residents on several sides of the issue.

Resident Nina Chandel recently told the village’s public safety committee the ordinance for residential property needs a definition for habitat restoration open burning. She also suggested a modification for approved habitat restoration open burning days to be available based on wind speed and the air quality index.

Chandel said the current burning policy is hindering her ability to restore 4 acres of forest to natural health near her home.

“I now have masses of invasive brush on my residential property that cannot be removed or chipped or mulched,” Chandel said. “And it cannot reasonably be burned within the three-hour, five-foot single location limits that are in the current ordinance. Right now, this massive invasive brush presents health and safety hazards for the forest plants and wildlife and for us.”

Resident Justin Pawlik questioned Barrington Hills’ 10 p.m. cutoff time for a fire during the village board’s public safety committee last Thursday.

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Emmie Phillips, from left, Grace Hayes, Natalie Nelson are pictured June 7, 2020 in Barrington as they collected food and cash that was to be donated to a Chicago organization and distributed to families of Chicago Public Schools children who missed getting meals after looting ravaged some communities. – Original Credit: Emily Young (Emily Young / HANDOUT)

The Barrington area community surprised Natalie Nelson with how much it stepped up on Sunday to provide meals for Chicago Public Schools students who may need them.

In just four hours, Nelson and two fellow 2016 Barrington High School graduates collected $1,125 in cash to buy fresh and non-perishable food to deliver to Port Ministries in Chicago. The food is to be distributed to the families of children who temporarily lost their free meals through CPS, Nelson said.

“We’re over the moon,” said Nelson, who now lives in Fox River Grove. “I did not expect to have this much support. The community really came together. They provided so many donations in food and cash. It was great to see.”

The passersby and visitors to College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors, the downtown Barrington site where the food was collected, were very supportive, said Emmie Phillips, of Barrington Hills.

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Graduates in Class of 2020: 773

Graduation speaker: Margaret Simmons

Class officers: Senior Class Board: President Rhea Thomas, Vice President Charlotte Lucas, Treasurer Afrah Ahmed, Secretary Taylor Hall; Student Council: President Diego Garcia Davidson.

Academic achievements: 10 National Merit finalists; 38 National Merit Commended Scholars; 216 Illinois State Scholars; Anna Mae King named to IHSA All-State Academic First Team.

Theater productions: “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Footloose.”

Homecoming King and Queen: Tarun Voruganti and Marche Salley.

Homecoming theme: “Candyland Homecoming: It’s Going to be Sweet!”

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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Memorial Day – May, 30 1933 (Click on image to enlarge)

Today is Memorial Day. Yet none of the familiar ceremonies scheduled in or around our Village will take place today. Instead, most celebrations of this annual event have been cancelled due to “current events.”

So, we’d like to pass along what might have been read or observed at the Civil War Monument at the Barrington Center cemetery today since it seems so few take to stop by:

Miller’s Grove M. E. Church

Barrington Center

A recruiting station during the Civil War and the center of war time activities in the period of 1861 to 1865.

In commemoration of that event this memorial is erected and dedicated to the memory of those patriotic citizens of Barrington Township who served this nation in the preservation of the Union.

This memorial tablet erected by Barrington Post Number 158, The American Legion, through the aid of friends and the descendants of the above named Veterans.

Memorial Day – May 30, 1933

The names of 91 Veterans appear on the monument, some of which are recognizable for those familiar with Barrington Hills history.  Click on the image above for better viewing. 

Happy Memorial Day.  

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