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bhpd-logo-2-2021The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Outdoor arena bid status
  • Review of IGA/Horizon Farms status, and
  • Review final draft of Fox River Valley Hunt’s Cooperative Agreement with the Park District

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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Jewel Sign

“Everyone’s been through this before,” said South Barrington Police Chief Tom Roman. “It’s old news for everyone.”

Illinois’ mask mandate returns Monday with one big change for businesses: This time, they won’t face fines if they fail to get scofflaw patrons to comply.

“That’s a significant change for us,” said Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. “That’s a relief to our members that the enforcement expectation is not on the retailer.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s previous statewide mask mandate, which ended in June, threatened to fine businesses up to $2,500 if they repeatedly failed to require customers to wear masks. The new executive order issued Thursday makes no mention of enforcement requirements or penalties for noncompliance.

Karr said many business owners are relieved they don’t have to be the enforcers of the mask edict any longer. They noted local police were generally unhelpful when workers called to complain about noncompliant customers.

“Unless there was a threat to welfare, most of our members said the response from police was largely, ‘What do you want us to do?'” he said.

The policy regarding mask enforcement at each police department is different.

Read more here.

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MW Car Wash

Motor Werks in Barrington, upper left, wants to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot car wash called “Wash Werks” on the west side of the existing Grove Avenue vehicle inventory parking lot, below. Nearby residents are not happy. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

The Motor Werks auto dealership in Barrington wants to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot car wash, a plan that the village asked to be tweaked after negative reaction from nearby residents.

The new “Wash Werks” would be located on the grounds of a vehicle inventory parking lot, east of the dealership at Barrington and Dundee roads. The dealership’s existing car wash would become primarily for internal use.

Residents who live in nearby subdivisions in Barrington and Inverness have expressed several concerns about the proposal, including that it would increase traffic and add excessive noise and lighting.

Motor Werks representatives declined to comment.

The auto dealership commissioned traffic and sound studies that showed levels would be acceptable once the car wash begins operations. The village’s traffic consultant concurred with the assessment regarding traffic, village spokeswoman Patty Dowd Schmitz said.

Village staff members, however, didn’t agree with the dealership’s plan for a 90-square-foot LED sign at the northwest corner of Dundee Road and Grove Avenue. Two village commissions recommended the village board approve an alternate non-LED sign.

The village board met July 19 and gave its feedback taking into account comments from staff, commissioners and the public.

Read more here.

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BCFPD Pepper

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District will host an open house and community blood drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Station 38, 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.

Guests can enjoy an outdoor “breakfast with the firefighters” beginning at 8 a.m. that will include a variety of packaged food items. The department’s newest aerial ladder truck will be showcased at 9 a.m. Vehicle extrication exercises will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and station tours will be offered throughout the day.

The mobile blood donation clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in partnership with the nonprofit Vitalant. Register online in advance at vitalant.org (use group code 763A). Walk-ins also are welcome.

Guests should wear face masks inside the station and practice social distancing.

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Village Hall

The Village Equestrian Commission meets this evening at 6:30 PM.   Topics on their agenda include:

  • Equestrian Trail License
  • 9th Annual The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival

The chair has submitted her summary of the “Equestrian Trail License” topic beginning on page three of the agenda which can be found here.

We have our own perspective(s) on the license matter, but for now, we’ll sit back and observe.

Related:Riding Club August newsletter released

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“We tried to recruit Afghan and Iraq veterans but did not have good luck with that and I don’t have a reason or understanding why,” Barrington Memorial Post 7706 Commander Guy Newel said. (Courtesy VFW Post 7706)

Just after VFW Barrington Memorial Post 7706 celebrated its 75th anniversary earlier this summer, officials of the military veterans organization surrendered the charter and permanently closed the post’s doors.

“It’s sad and it was a very tough decision,” said Barrington Memorial Post 7706 Commander Guy Newell.

He explained the VFW Post, which started June 6, 1946, saw steep membership declines. He said that of 63 members, only 30 lived in the state, and those who did live in Illinois were not actively participating.

“So, we were down to five to seven members,” said Newell.

Under VFW guidelines and the charter, Newell said, the post must have five members above and beyond the officers. That meant Memorial Post 7706 needed to have 10 members to meet quorum – which hadn’t happened for more than a year, he said.

“We voted on it in April and we had eight members we could gather,” Newell said. “They were some of the oldest members with the post still available. We agreed it was time and all of the members had a very tough time with it.”

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National Night Out

Enjoy food, family-friendly activities and more at the National Night Out Against Crime event hosted by the Village of Barrington and the Barrington Police Department from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 5th.

Join the Village of Barrington and the Barrington Police Department for National Night Out Against Crime from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at Cook and Station streets.

Enjoy an evening of neighbors coming together for free food, family-friendly activities, and getting to know Barrington police officers.

The event features free bike helmet and bike safety checks, the opportunity for kids to explore (and climb in and on) public safety vehicles, activities such as games, balloon art, a K9 demonstration, a nine-hole inflatable mini-golf game sponsored by Makray Golf Club, wood toys made with Home Depot, cookie decorating with Jewel, a snow cone Truck sponsored by the Barrington Police and Fire Benevolent Association and the Barrington F.O.P. and more.

This year’s National Night Out will also feature a blood drive hosted by the Barrington Fire Department and Vitalant. Sign up here and enter code 024H near the bottom of the page.

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National Night

The Barrington Police Department will be hosting National Night Out Against Crime in downtown Barrington and the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program is once again excited to be invited!

The National Association of Town Watch launched the annual observance in the 1980s as an anti-crime campaign to encourage people to flip on their porch lights, lock their doors and mingle with their neighbors and first responders on the first Tuesday in August.

Here’s a sampling of where National Night Out activities are happening:

  • Algonquin: 4 to 7 p.m., Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive.
  • Dundee Township: 5 to 8 p.m., Carpenter Park, 275 Maple Ave., Carpentersville.
  • Elgin: 6 to 8 p.m. at: 55 N. Spring St.; 272 N. Spring St.; 85 S. Crystal St.; 357 Division St.; 1223 Fleetwood Drive; 533 St. Charles St.; and 1080 E. Chicago St.
  • Deer Park: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Vehe Farm Park, 23570 Cuba Road.
  • Barrington: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Cook and Station streets, downtown.

For other locations, click here.

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220 Mask WarBARRINGTON, Ill. (CBS) — It is a debate happening at almost every school district in the state and around the country – what to do when it comes to masking this fall.

On Wednesday night, there was no shortage of fireworks in Barrington when the issue came up. The meeting had been going on for more than four hours as of 10 p.m., and more than 60 people had signed up.

Constant interruptions and outbursts forced Barrington 220 School District board to take a recess just minutes into the meeting Wednesday night, which focused on the divisive issue of masks for COVID-19.

Some of the biggest reaction from the crowd came in response to smallest in attendance. Children chanted, “We don’t want to wear these masks,” and had the words, “Please don’t make me wear a mask,” printed on their T-shirts.

“You are simply making decisions based on your own fears,” one girl told the board.

The district is recommending masks for unvaccinated students in grades 6 through 12 grade – but they aren’t required. Kids younger than 12 who aren’t yet eligible for the vaccine will continue wearing masks.

View the CBS Chicago report here.

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bhpd-logo-2-2021The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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