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An Algonquin family that lost a special dog in Barrington Hills earlier this month is hoping someone found her and will return her or that she’ll be spotted.  

Jason Martin said Xena, a coon hound-ridgeback mix, got away from him near Penny Road Pond and Old Sutton Road, ran into a wooded area, and disappeared. That was nearly two weeks ago. 

Martin described Xena to be “brown like a deer, white chest, white feet, with black muzzle. She is really easy to spot with those colors.” She weighs about 60 pounds.  

And although dogs are special to everyone, what makes Xena special is that she has been a comfort to Martin’s 13-year-old son, Jack, who has sarcoma.

“Ever since my son was diagnosed with stage-4 sarcoma, he’s been going through all these treatments and he’s been down a little here or there and she helps him out. Every boy loves their dog. It’s a big help to have her around and now that she is gone, it’s too bad for him. We would love to have her around. We have other dogs, but she’s part of our family. We’d like to have her back and Jack misses her pretty bad.”

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Two people were hurt in a three-car Barrington Hills crash Wednesday night, police said.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Algonquin Road and Springwood Lane shortly after 6 p.m., Barrington Hills police officer Jason Currie said. Two people were taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates with minor injuries.

This is an artist’s rendering of one of the seven apartment buildings planned for the Plum Farms development at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72. A Cook County judge last month dismissed a lawsuit Barrington Unit District 220 filed over the proposal.

Barrington Unit District 220 won’t challenge a Cook County circuit court judge’s decision last month to dismiss a lawsuit the school system filed against Hoffman Estates and developers of the stalled Plum Farms proposal at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72. Hoffman Estates’ development agreement limits Plum Farms to 1,250 homes of various types. The most recent plan submitted by a development partnership calls for 1,035.

But the last indication of progress on Plum Farms was interrupted by the filing of a lawsuit in July 2017 by residents of the nearby Regency at the Woods of South Barrington retirement community.

District 220 intervened in the complaint on the side of the residents, with the developer and village named as defendants. The density of the proposed development and the potential for additional students’ costs to exceed the increase in tax revenue were at the heart of the school district’s concerns.

While the residents’ original lawsuit was settled last summer, District 220 kept its part of the case active until it was dismissed in December. School board President Penny Kazmier announced at a meeting Tuesday night that the district will not pursue any further legal action in the case.

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The Daily Herald reports Barrington plans to start a “Curious Questions with Karen Darch” podcast.

Darch, who is Barrington’s top elected official as village president, and others are expected to answer residents’ questions in the podcast segments that should run 20 to 30 minutes.

Patty Dowd Schmitz, the village’s director of communications and community engagement, said work continues on logistics and determining a platform for the podcast.

Barrington might seek a suggested donation from patrons attending the annual art festival held downtown over Memorial Day weekend. Donations would help festival organizers recover some of the estimated $2,000 it costs to host the event.

Barrington might seek a suggested donation from patrons attending the village’s annual art festival, in an effort to cover expenses for the event.

Set for downtown Barrington from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 and 24, over Memorial Day weekend, the 11th annual art festival once again will feature juried artists in a variety of mediums, live music, food and children’s activities. Last year’s free Barrington Art Festival drew about 8,000 visitors over the two days, according to the village.

Although this year’s festival would remain a free event, the Barrington Cultural Commission is exploring whether to seek a $5 suggested contribution at the entrances. The 12-member volunteer commission is a branch of village government that coordinates and co-sponsors activities such as the art fest.

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The list of the 25 most expensive Chicago area zip codes in 2019 includes Wayne (14) and Barrington (17).

That ka-ching sound you hear could be coming from down the street or around the corner. Chicagoland has some pricey areas when it comes to real estate sales.

According to real estate website PropertyShark, of the 10 most expensive ZIP codes in the entire Chicago area, six are North Shore communities, three are western suburbs, and one is in the Loop. Kenilworth ZIP code 60043 is No. 1 at a median sales price of $1.24 million.

“There are multiple reasons why the most expensive ZIP codes are what they are,” said Bill Gill, a manager for Baird & Warner’s Naperville branch and a real estate veteran of 32 years. “Those reasons include: consistency in housing, schools, crime rates and cost of living.”

Clusters of high-priced residential areas — like on the North Shore — also make sense, Gill noted.

“Generally speaking, the most expensive ZIP codes are surrounded by other expensive ZIP codes, which ‘insulate’ the property values, therefore making the most expensive ZIP codes a ‘safe’ investment,” he said. “If there are little to no inexpensive homes in an area, it keeps all sales prices at a high level.”

Read more of the Chicago Tribune story here.

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 2020 Annual Economic Summit, “State of the Barrington Region,” from 8-10 AM Wednesday, February 5th at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St., Barrington.

The event gathers village officials from 11 surrounding communities to update local business leaders and the community on current economic conditions and what lies ahead for the Barrington area in 2020. Confirmed speakers include Karen Darch of Barrington; Martin McLaughlin of Barrington Hills; Beth McAndrews of Deer Park; Nandia Black of Kildeer; Kevin Richardson of Lake Barrington; Bill Jacob of Long Grove; Eleanor Sweet McDonnell of North Barrington; Shannon Yeaton of Port Barrington; Paula McCombie of South Barrington and David Parro of Tower Lakes.

The public is invited. Seating is limited. To register, call the BACC office at 847-381-2525, or email events@barringtonchamber.com. You can also register online at the BACC website, www.BarringtonChamber.com

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