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Proceeds from the Algonquin Garden Club’s annual sale go toward annual scholarships, local charities, and community beautification efforts.

This year, the Algonquin Garden Club is planning a curbside pickup arrangement at two homes, one on the east and the other on west side of the Fox River. The club has numerous plants with limited amounts of each to share, so order early!

The annual fundraiser is used to help support yearly contributions toward scholarships, community organizations, charities and community beautification.

Photos of the plants are available on the Algonquin Garden Club Facebook page or algonquingardenclub.org. If you have questions contact Cathy at czange@outlook.com. The order forms are available on the website page. Note that there are two different order forms.

Please download, fill out the order form and return it by the following dates. Orders for hanging baskets, tomatoes and peppers must be received by Friday, April 16. Perennial orders, grown in member’s gardens, are due no later than Friday, April 23.

Order forms can be sent via email to alggardenclub@gmail.com or by mail to Algonquin Garden Club, P.O. Box 7851, Algonquin, IL 60102.

Once the orders are received and processed, you will be notified with a pickup time and location prior to Mother’s Day. Payment for the order will be made at the time of pickup. They will accept cash, check or credit card.

Orders will be filled in the order received and a free plant given with each order.

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The Plan Commission will be holding their quarterly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. In addition to two appointments, members will be discussing and perhaps voting on a recommendation on, “Lot Consolidation Process.”

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.  The meeting will be held at Village Hall, but residents can try to listen in to the meeting proceedings by dialing 508-924-1464.

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A wave of incumbents will return to school boards across the suburbs, alongside some newcomers, amid ongoing criticism over how school leaders have handled pandemic learning and the gradual resumption of in-person classes — an issue that sparked some of the most contentious elections in recent memory.

Emotions ran high this election season due to the pandemic affecting communities across the suburbs differently, as local school boards struggled to keep pace with evolving health guidance while facing criticism from parents and teachers alike.

In District 220, where 11 candidates were vying for four board seats, two of the winners — newcomer Erin Chan Ding and incumbent Sandra Ficke-Bradford — were endorsed by the Barrington Education Association. But union-backed candidates Lauren Berkowitz Klauer and Thomas J. Mitoraj lost.

Instead, voters picked Katie Karam and Steve Wang — endorsed by the GOP-backed ACTION PAC, or the Advancing Change Together in Our Neighborhood political action committee. They, along with fellow slate member Malgorzata McGonigal, criticized the school board for staying in remote learning last fall.

“It was more emotionally intense than any election that I remember for Barrington 220,” said Chan Ding, of South Barrington. “When to reopen schools, the approach that we should take, and the national partisan nature of that debate also filtered into our local school board election. There was an anti-teachers union sentiment that we have never seen this intensely before.”

Chan Ding said that by electing two candidates each from opposing camps, voters have signaled their desire to have a wide range of viewpoints and ideologies represented on the board. “We know that our approaches are different and at the same time we know that our goals are similar,” she said.

The divisiveness seen in this election has been long prevalent in the community, said Wang, of Barrington.

“The goal is to make sure that we provide the best possible environment for our children and to make sure that our community heals from all of this divisiveness over the last several years,” he said.

Read more here.

Hoffman Candidates

A friend recently stopped by Village Hall, and something caught their eye in the discarded election signs stacked for recycling at the “public works” barn.  Upon closer inspection, they discovered three hundred (300) new, sealed and uncirculated Hoffman Estates election campaign signs left for recycling (seen in the image above).

Now, Barrington Hills does promote recycling at our facility, so there’s no problem with that.  And, we actually published a piece six years ago on the overabundance of election signs blighting our roads (seeToo many sign”), but we weren’t advocating wasting donors hard earned money just to please us, so we had to learn more.

The Hoffman Estates unofficial election results show the second-place presidential candidate lost by roughly 900 votes, but the trustee elections were much closer for one candidate named in the heap at our Village ‘pubic works” barn.

She lost by just 28 votes, and according to the Daily Herald, the incumbent trustee who narrowly defeated her, “…said he picked up all 77 of his signs Wednesday morning from throughout the subdivision.”

So, would 300 extra campaign signs have made a difference?  There’s no definitive answer, but some might argue it explains why those signs were left in Barrington Hills and not closer by Hoffman Estates.  Others might say a little more effort might have changed the outcome for at least one candidate.

Why is this noteworthy?  Because ten years ago all it took was one newly elected trustee to spark a change in the momentum of our village government, and it’s a shame to see any opportunity like that squandered.

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Members of the Barrington School District 220 Board of Education Barry Altshuler, from left, Mike Shackleton, Sandra Ficke-Bradford, President Penny Kazmier, Superintendent Brian Harris, Angela Wilcox, Gavin Newman and Leah Collister-Lazzari are pictured July 30, 2019. Shackleton, Ficke-Bradford, Kazmier and Newman were up for reelection in 2021. Kazmier and Newman did not run. Ficke-Braford unofficially retained her seat in the April 6, 2021 election while Shackleton did not. (Steve Sadin / Pioneer Press)

One incumbent and three others who would be new to the Barrington School District 220 Board of Education are emerging as top vote-getters in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results from the Cook, Lake and Kane county clerks’ offices.

The district, with its headquarters in Barrington, serves surrounding towns that are in part or all of each county. Also, a small portion of the district is in McHenry County but unofficial results do not include any totals from McHenry because of what the clerk’s office there called “some anomalies in [Tuesday’s] unofficial election results.”

The top four vote-getters include incumbent Sandra Ficke-Bradford, the current board vice president, with about 12% of the combined Lake and Cook county vote, and newcomers Erin Chan Ding, with about 13%, and Katie Karam and Steve Wang, both with about 12% of the vote, according to unofficial results from each county clerk’s office.

The race had been rancorous, with charges by the League of Women Voters and others of strong partisan involvement in what some expected to be a non-partisan race, and complaints by some parents and candidates over what they saw as unseemly endorsements from the Barrington Education Association teachers union. The union endorsed Ficke-Bradford, Chan Ding, Klauer, and Thomas Mitoraj.

Ficke-Bradford said she wasn’t sure if the BEA endorsement hurt or helped. Chan Ding said she thought the endorsement had little effect overall, but she found it personally affirming that the teachers group saw her as someone with whom they could work.

Read more of the Barrington Courier-Review report on the 220 election here.

Editorial note:  So far, the Daily Herald, Barrington Courier-Review/Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times or the Northwest Herald have not commented on what Alex Strobl shared with this and other publications last weekend.

Additionally, forty-five minutes of Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting were devoted to the topic (See “District 220 Board discusses Strobl documents”), so we’re really looking forward to their reports (though we’re not holding our breath).

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Volunteers Colleen Konicek Hannigan and Finn Karam

Saint Anne Parish School 8th grader, Finn Karam is one of hundreds of young Barrington volunteers who have joined Hope’s In’s summer service trips to build homes for families living in poverty surrounding Guatemala City’s garbage dump. Founded by twin sisters and Barrington High School alums, Courtney McGovern and Ashley Quigley, Hope’s In’s 9th annual Hope’s in Style fashion show fundraiser is coming up this Sunday. The first Hope’s In Style fashion show, took place in February of 2013. The goal was to raise enough money to build a single cinderblock house for one girl’s family living in a shack surrounded by garbage.

Now in its 9th year, the Hope’s In Style fashion show has raised $325,000 and built 43 homes. Courtney McGovern says the Guatemala families they serve have been devastated during the Covid pandemic and the need now is greater than ever. For the first time, this year’s fashion show is virtual and coming up from 1-3 p.m. this Sunday, April 11th! The theme for this year’s event is Hope’s In Style: Masquerade, Hope Disguised.

About a hundred Barrington High School student stylists, models and volunteers have been busy producing the show, filmed at various locations around town. High school students will share their experiences during the pandemic and the challenges they faced. They will also share the hope they discovered unexpectedly during the pandemic and how it has made them even more empathetic and motivated changemakers.

Read more, including a Q&A with Finn Karam, in 365 Barrington here.

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Christopher Castillo

A Carpentersville man is facing an animal cruelty charge after his family’s dog was found fatally stabbed in a forest preserve near Barrington Hills.

Christopher Castillo, 23, was charged last month with one count of aggravated animal cruelty, authorities said.

Kane County Forest Preserve Police Chief Mike Gilloffo said the charge stems from a March 25 incident.

Castillo told his parents he was taking the dog for a walk around 4:30 a.m., authorities said. When he did not return by 8 a.m., they reported him missing.

Gilloffo said the family found Castillo’s car, a piece of clothing and the wounded dog in the parking lot of Helm Woods Forest Preserve. One of the family members, assuming the dog was dead, took the animal home.

Police ended up taking the dog to a veterinary hospital, but it ultimately died, Gilloffo said.

Read more here.

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A box truck sustained heavy damage after it struck the Long Grove Covered Bridge on Robert Park Coffin Road in Long Grove on Friday.

A U-Haul truck hit the historic Long Grove Covered Bridge on Friday and became stuck, police said. It is at least the 14th time a vehicle has struck the bridge in less than a year.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4:25 p.m. Friday to the area of Robert Park Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road for a vehicle crash.

Deputies found a U-Haul truck that struck the bridge and became stuck, according to Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli.

The driver, a 73-year-old Nashville, Tennessee man, was operating the U-Haul box truck and was traveling eastbound on Robert Parker Coffin Road.

The driver said he was following his GPS and did not see the signs restricting vehicle height as he approached the bridge, Covelli said.

Read more here.

Related:Think you’ve had a bad day? Think again.” “Think you’ve had a bad day? Think again (Part 2).” “Truck hits Long Grove Bridge…again

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Conservationist Kristine Tompkins and Barrington’s Wendy Paulson talk conservancy at the Women in Science event hosted by the Field Museum’s Women’s Board and co-chaired by Jeannie Tisbo (pictured above) and Beth Glass.

Earlier this year, American conservationist Kristine (Kris) McDivvit Tompkins helped reintroduced the jaguar to Argentina’s Iberá wetlands—70 years after hunting and habitat loss drove the species to extinction—through Rewilding Argentina, the partner organization to Tompkins Conversation, which Tompkins co-founded with her late husband, Doug.

Mariua, an adult jaguar who was rescued as an orphan in Brazil, and her two cubs were released into Gran Iberá Park in January 2021, the first of nine jaguars slated to repopulate the species in the protected area, which was created in part with lands donated by Tompkins Conservation. Dubbed rewilding, the process fights the extinction crisis by reintroducing native species that are endangered or locally extinct.

At any given time, Tompkins and her team are working on the rewilding of a dozen species, from giant anteaters to red-and-green macaws and Darwin’s rhea, as part of their worldwide conservation efforts.

“It has taken 10 very complicated, costly, and nerve-wracking years to make this happen,” says Tompkins of the jaguar rewilding in Argentina. “All reintroductions are tough, but the benefit, then, is that you really feel each of the victories.”

Read more from Country Magazine here.

Sponsorships, tickets, and event details may be found at fieldmuseum.org/WISLunch.

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“In his Superintendent report Dr. Harris also shared that for the first time ever Barrington High School will be celebrating homecoming in April! The activities will kick off on Friday, April 16 at 4:30pm with the freshman football game, followed by the varsity game at 7:30pm.

The Broncos will take on the Hoffman Estates Hawks. Homecoming Ambassadors will be announced at half-time during the varsity game. On Saturday, April 17 at 7:00pm the senior girls will take on the junior girls during the annual Filly football game.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be the annual homecoming parade down Main Street. In addition, at this point in time the varsity game on Friday night will have very limited access to the general public. All student participants (athletes, homecoming court, cheerleaders, dance, and band members) can receive up to four guest tickets.  A survey was sent to high school seniors and juniors earlier this week in order to gauge interest in attending the game. BHS will be sending out additional details to interested students about tickets and entry procedures.”

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