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Barrington Dance Ensemble’s Spring Production will be a mixed repertory performance featuring the comedic one act ballet Graduation Ball and the beloved children’s ballet Scenes from Childhood.

Taking place June 10th & 11th at Barrington High School Auditorium, the production will feature Barrington Dance Ensemble members, Barrington Dance Academy students, and professional guest artists.

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The Fox River Grove Fire Protection District and multiple other fire departments respond to the 0-10 block of Burning Oak Trail in Barrington Hills for a working structure fire call Wednesday morning. | Photo: FRGFPD

No injuries were reported after a fire broke out in a kitchen of a home in Barrington Hills Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

The Fox River Grove Fire Protection District responded around 8:34 a.m. Wednesday to the 0-10 block of Burning Oak Trail in Barrington Hills for a report of an appliance on fire.

Fox River Grove Fire Protection District Spokesman Alex Vucha said firefighters arrived within four minutes to find flames showing from the front of a large brick residential structure.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to the box alarm level.

The MABAS box prompted the response of nearly a dozen fire departments, including Cary, Barrington, Wauconda, Algonquin, Hoffman Estates, Nunda Rural, Crystal Lake, East Dundee, McHenry and Lake Zurich.

Firefighters quickly deployed hose lines and attacked the fire from inside the home, Vucha said.

Firefighters were able to quickly stop the fire from extending past the kitchen. The entire home sustained moderate smoke damage.

More here.

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“The Barrington Hills Police Department would like you to be aware of a 5K run occurring tomorrow morning on Brinker Road between County Line and Otis and on Otis Road between Brinker and Old Sutton. These roadway sections will be closed to through traffic between approximately 8:30 and 11:00 AM.

Residents residing in these specific areas will not be restricted from ingress or egress; however, it is advisable to avoid travel during the event, if possible. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated. Thank you.”

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From the Village website:

“Bring your unwanted digital cameras with other unwanted electronics to be recycled behind the Public Works Building on Village Hall grounds. Vision-IT will help unload your unwanted electronics–literally! Pack your car, your trunk, your trailer…however you bring it over and Zack and his team will help!

Worried about hard drive security? Upon your preference, HDs are either physically SHREDDED with a report and Certificate of Destruction provided or ERASED securely through a NIST-800 or Document of Destruction standard with reporting provided.”

Electronic items being accepted include:

Digital Cameras, TVs ($10 fee; cash only), Printers ($10 fee; cash only), Desktop PC/Tower, Servers, Cell Phones, Tablets, VOIP Phones, Gaming Systems, Household Batteries, Audio/Video Equipment, Cable Boxes, LCD Monitors, Circuit Boards, Cabling, Networking Switches/Hubs/Modems/Routers and Batteries for Cars, Lawn Mowers or Motorcycles

Note: Lightbulbs are not accepted

Drop-off location is illustrated above at 112 Algonquin Road.

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The Citizens For Conservation graphic above is your road map for plant pre-order pickup, and/or plant purchases starting tomorrow.  For complete information, click here.

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By John Kass

April 17, 2022

Usually at Eastertime, I find myself writing about the turning of the lamb over coals. And about Pesach, the Hebrew word for the Jewish Passover, and of Pascha, the Greek word for Easter

There will be time enough for the Paschal Lamb, the Easter Lamb. Maybe next week. But not now. Not today.

Because today, our brothers and sisters of the Western Christian world celebrate Holy Easter. Today is their day for great joy.

And whether you’re a Christian of the East, and Greek Orthodox are of the East and celebrate next Sunday, or a Christian of the West, as Roman Catholics and Protestants are of the West, celebrating today, please remember what a wise man, a saint, said years ago:

We’re one body in Christ, said the late Pope John Paul II.

Two lungs, one body, he said.

“I hope you write about Easter on Sunday,” said a friend who’d just returned home from church with his wife. “On Easter, we refresh ourselves. We renew ourselves.”

He is a practicing Catholic, a husband and father, a tough-minded but compassionate old school guy from the South Side of Chicago.

“As we get together with our families and friends on Easter Sunday, it’s all about renewal,” he said. “It’s all about faith, family and love. Everybody needs faith, family and love. And those who don’t have it, want it. We all need it. What’s wrong with that?”

Nothing is wrong with it. Absolutely nothing. Everything is right with it.

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State lawmakers are giving Kane County $17.5 million to help fund the ongoing construction of the Longmeadow Parkway, but that’s not enough to eliminate planned tolls. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Long-sought state funding for Kane County’s Longmeadow Parkway will help push the 5.6-mile corridor to completion. But it won’t eliminate the toll — yet.

State lawmakers included $17.5 million for the project in a marathon state budget session last weekend. After the bipartisan Longmeadow funding passed, some state lawmakers, such as state Rep. Suzanne Ness, issued statements saying the money “eliminated” the need for a toll on the parkway.

But the money in the state’s 2023 budget is only about half of what county officials sought to eliminate the toll.

The toll became a necessary to help fund the Longmeadow Parkway bridge over the Fox River when, unlike the Stearns Road bridge, not enough federal and state money came through to pay for the project at the northern border of Kane County. County officials sold bonds to pay for the construction and ongoing maintenance.

County board members decided a toll would be the best way to repay the money borrowed through the bonds because, they argued, non-county residents in McHenry and Cook counties using the parkway would pay a fair amount of those tolls. That, and discounted toll rates for Kane County residents, would relieve some of the financial burdens of the toll and repaying the bonds.

But the toll is also the least popular portion of the plan. County board members on the northern end of the county, in particular Chris Kious, have lamented the need to pay a toll to travel from one side of the Fox River to the other — unlike other bridge projects in the area like Stearns Road or the Red Gate in St. Charles.

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No Mask

As of today, use of masks is no longer required indoors in most public places.  However, there are exceptions such as:

  • Metra trains
  • O’Hare and Midway airports
  • Hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and day care centers

Despite the change from the CDC, people traveling on public transit, such as buses and airplanes, will still be required to wear a mask until at least March 18, which is when the federal government’s current order is set to expire.

The city of Chicago and Cook County has halted masking and proof-of-vaccination rules. Local jurisdictions, private businesses and retailers may still institute their own requirements, so keep a mask handy.

For specific questions, the Illinois Department of Public Health website can be found here.

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VBH ping

The agenda for tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting has been updated today.  Items added to Building and Zoning are highlighted and can be viewed by clicking on them:

5.4 [Vote] An Ordinance Amending Sections 5-6-4(c) of the Village’s Zoning
Regulations to allow Religious Institutions as a Special Use in the B3 Zoning
District Ordinance 22 –

5.4.A. Ord – B3 Text Amendment.Religioius.pdf
5.4.B. 32W939_Algonquin_Text_Amend_Appl.pdf
5.4.C. Zoning-Map-2021.pdf

Another twenty-six (26) have been added to the agenda this afternoon, however we do not have the time to determine where.  Since it is a moving target at this point for residents and the BOT, click here to view the latest version.

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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were all down Monday for millions of users across the U.S., according to outage site Down Detector.

Both the mobile and web browser editions of the apps were not working as of 11:42 a.m. ET, the site reported.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience,” a Facebook company spokesperson told ABC News.

The Instagram and Facebook outages come shortly after a whistleblower came forward and claimed to CBS News that the company could do more to protect against hate speech and misinformation but prioritizes profits over its users.

Following the Sunday “60 Minutes” interview with the whistleblower, identified as Frances Haugen, a data scientist, the company put out a statement defending itself.

“We’ve invested heavily in people and technology to keep our platform safe, and have made fighting misinformation and providing authoritative information a priority,” the company said in a statement. “If any research had identified an exact solution to these complex challenges, the tech industry, governments, and society would have solved them a long time ago.”

More here.

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