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“Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, the district is currently preparing three plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year in the fall:

  • Plan A: re-open school in the fall as normal with new public health guidelines and protocols
  • Plan B: develop a hybrid which would combine Distance Learning instruction with in person instruction, while following strict guidelines as outlined by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health), and ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education)
  • Plan C: start the year with all Distance Learning instruction

The district expects the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) to release guidelines over the next couple of weeks for the reopening of schools in the fall. Barrington 220 will continue to keep our community updated. In the meantime, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy this summer.”

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Restaurants, which previously were only able to do pick-up and delivery orders, as of Friday are able to have outdoor seating. Egg Harbor in downtown Barrington already had an outdoor patio and is continuing to use that but had to take out a few tables to make sure there is an adequate amount of social distance, said restaurant manager Timothy Best.

Best said the restaurant implemented having an alarm go off every 15 minutes to signal all employees to stop what they’re doing and wipe down every hard surface. They also have to regularly check that tables are maintaining 6 feet of distance, he said.

Only employees are required to masks, he added, unless a customer goes inside to pick up an order.

“We want the guests to feel comfortable outside. Most guests that are coming outside to dine in are looking for a normal experience … and we’re trying to supply that to the best of our ability right now,” Best said.

Read more here.

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The Village Equestrian Commission will meet for the first time this year at 6:30 PM at Village Hall. A copy of their agenda and minutes from their last meeting on August 13, 2019 can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Raccoons frolic at Jarvis Bird Sanctuary. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

Say you were to visit the lakefront.

You can’t, of course; the mayor closed the Chicago lakefront on March 26 to recreation, to promote social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus. But say you could go, right now. What would you see there? What are you missing? Well, I can tell you, and Tribune photographer Jason Wambsgans, he can show you. He got an OK from the city to shoot our beloved stretch of recently-abandoned Chicago. And here’s what’s there:

Nothing. No one.

Just animals, a lot of birds, flora in bloom. Just nature, unimpeded. A steady stillness, a compelling absence of pace. Robins are not playing cards, coyotes have not formed book clubs. Yet raccoons, some waddle up to you in the afternoon. I watched a fish leap high out of a canal, twice, as if delirious with freedom, then splash back, hard and loud.

Read reporter Christopher Borrelli’s accounts of what some of us take for granted here.

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The owner of the five-bedroom, French Provincial-style mansion — the backdrop for five seasons of the now-concluded Fox hit TV series “Empire” — cut his asking price by $2 million Thursday to $7.5 million.

The $2 million reduction shows how motivated owner Salvatore “Sam” Cecola is, listing agent Michael LaFido of @properties told Elite Street. Cecola, who had the mansion built in 2008, first listed it for $15.9 million in 2013, and then reduced it to $13 million in 2015, $12.5 million in 2016 and $9.5 million in June 2019. The latest reduction means Cecola has dropped his asking price by half since first listing it.

On “Empire,” the 17,597-square-foot mansion is the home of record mogul Lucious Lyon, who is played by Terrence Howard. And Cecola now has adopted Lyon’s surname as the mansion’s name, dubbing it the Lyons Mansion, LaFido said.

Read more here.

Related: They’re finally marketing the ‘Empire’ mansion as the ‘Empire’ mansion

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The Barrington METRA station appeared all but vacant this morning at 9:30 AM.

As Illinois and the Chicago region move toward establishing a “new normal” in the time of COVID-19, Metra is providing more details about the steps it is taking to ensure passengers will feel safe using its system.

“We know more than ever that passengers need to feel safe and confident using our service,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “We know more than ever the importance of providing a clean, hygienic experience on the platforms and on the trains. And we know more than ever the need to promote safe and healthy practices, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings.”

Social distancing/train schedules

Metra will provide an opportunity for responsible physical distancing on its trains as much as and as long as possible. In general, Metra will aim for trains that are no more than about half full: one passenger per two-seater on the lower level and one passenger per every other seat on the upper level. (There will be exceptions for families or others travelling together.)

Metra will continue to use the current alternate weekday schedules (view them here) at the start of June but is adding cars to trains to make sure there is plenty of room for passengers to spread out. It will add more cars as needed. If Metra suspects there is potential for a train to become more crowded, it will try to operate an unscheduled train behind that one to aid with serving awaiting passengers, or it will start to add more scheduled trains to the line. Metra will continue to add cars and trains as ridership and travel patterns dictate.

Read the complete METRA release here.

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Families in Barrington participated in Barrington Memorial Day Front Porch Cookout May 25, 2020. The family of Trustee Kate Duncan, pictured near their home, was among the participants. (Karie Angell Luc / Pioneer Press)

Some Barrington residents’ Memorial Day celebration included taking part in theFront Porch Cookout.”

The three-hour event Monday, which began at 5 p.m., encouraged participants to “stay with your family units and practice social distancing, but greet your neighbors and friends and celebrate the beginning of summer,” according to announcement of the event posted on the village’s website.

The ongoing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 disease altered typical Memorial Day celebration plans by many municipalities around the country. 

Barrington families were encouraged to share photos of their Monday night memories with the village of Barrington by using the hashtag #BarringtonReImagined. with the incentive prize of a gift card to a local business.

Read more here.

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