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Released by the polo club today:

“We are sorry to report that this year’s LeCompte/Kalaway Cup has been canceled due to very heavy rain and unsafe field conditions for spectators and participants (equine and human). For the first time in fourteen years, the weather has caused us to run for cover. The Kalaway committee met at the field today. After seeing the flooded conditions, we determined that we cannot have the field and parking ready for this Saturday. There is no other choice but to cancel the event.

You are such a valuable part of the Kalaway, and many of you have been on-board for many years. We thank you for your continued support and hope you will participate on September 7, 2019!

If you have any questions about your ticket/tailgate reservation or sponsorship (all will be valid for 2019, consider it our rain date!), please email barringtonhillskalawaycup@gmail.com.”

 

Screen Shot 2018-09-04 at 11.43.09 AM If you think the sport of polo is a game played among royalty and privileged blue bloods, think again.

The 14th annual LeCompte Kalaway Trail Owners Cup Polo Event returns Sept. 8 to Barrington Hills, and it features a host of family activities as well as two exciting polo matches.

“It’s Chicagoland’s largest and best-attended polo event,” says Karen Selman of Barrington Hills, who chairs the event this year.

For starters, the popular “Parade of Hounds” opens the event, with a pack of baying foxhounds flooding onto the polo field, only to have riders from the Fox River Valley Hunt Club, wearing their traditional red hunting coats, control them.

Equestrian fans also will get to see a demonstration of precision riding by Timmerman’s Mounted Drill Team, based in Island Lake, before they serve as color guard during the playing of the national anthem.

There’s even a ladies’ hat competition, as well as a prize for best tailgate. Children will enjoy riding in hay wagons provided by Patch 22 in Wadsworth, and seeing young riders from the Fox River Valley Pony Club demonstrate their skills.

For ticket and detailed event information, visit the Daily Herald’s full article  here.

Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 5.29.53 AMTwo people were injured after a four-vehicle crash at Brinker and County Line roads in Barrington Hills at 6:15 p.m., according to Barrington Hills police Lt. Curt Underwood.

Three cars were waiting at the three-way intersection when a truck with an attached landscaping trailer rear-ended the last car, causing a chain reaction, according to Underwood.

Two of the people involved were transported to St. Alexius Medical Center with minor injuries, Underwood said.

Police are still investigating.

You can see the article in the Daily Herald here.

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The Summer issue of News from Village Hall was recently mailed out to residents.  Click here to read the issue online.

Topics include covered include announcement of the 6th Annual Hills Are Alive Fall Festival on Sunday September 30th, updates on the 2018 Road Program and the IDOT Route 62 study, news from the Police Department and much more.

220 Logo The new 2018-19 school year is underway as Barrington District 220 officials move ahead with a public-information campaign on a proposed multi-million dollar project to overhaul and upgrade several school buildings across the district.

If approved by a referendum in a possible spring 2019 vote, the master plan, known as Blueprint 220, will impact school facilities over the next 20 years and improve student learning, officials stated a district release.

The 220 Board of Education could adopt a formal plan in early September, and then seek public input on its most important features to the community for changes and emphasis.

“I think in the last 1-1/2 years, we’ve worked hard in preparation,” said District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris. “We have lots of information to present, such as costs, what type of classrooms and how it all becomes what we think the community wants.”In collecting more community feedback, the board of education is considering conducting a telephone survey within the District 220 boundaries.

Harris said the survey will target community members who no longer have children in the district, “because they’re part of the community as taxpayers.”

In addition, the board could form a referendum advisory committee comprised of many community members, according to the district statement.

“The community gets the final decision,” Harris said, adding school officials have not encountered any unforeseen problems while researching the proposed projects.

“Now, it’s just about making an educated decision,” he said.

The community input period is in October and November.

Among the considered projects are a new 800-seat fine arts center for Barrington High School and a $60-million plan to build a third middle school.

Also, the school board has discussed $9.9 million for a “future-ready” renovation of classrooms at Barrington High School.

To read the full Barrington Courier-Review article, click here.

Screen Shot 2018-08-26 at 11.40.37 AMGet a Five-Acre Horse Farm in Barrington Hills for Less than $500,000

The farmhouse aesthetic has flourished in the last several years, with rehabbers and homeowners trading aging finishes for reclaimed wood, undermount sinks, and flat white walls and cabinets. But why pay for imitation when you can get the real thing just a train ride away from Chicago?

In the suburban village of Barrington Hills, you can find a home that feels reminiscent of a rural retreat. The area is known for its five-acre minimum zoning mandate for residential properties, making it friendly to homeowners who want to keep horses and other types of domesticated animals (like alpacas, for instance).

So, how much will a small farmhouse and barn in Barrington Hills cost you? There are actually a number of options well under $1 million. Here’s a look at what’s on the market.

To read the full article in this month’s Chicago Magazine, click here.

Screen Shot 2018-08-26 at 2.45.14 PMOnce again, supporters of former Village President Bob Abboud have taken to the social media networks to begin creating a false controversy to stir the pot prior to the 2019 Village Board Elections.

Recently, some Facebook pages have started publishing information about the proposed Plum Farms Development in Hoffman Estates. One of these pages is purportedly run by the same individual who publicly cast aspersions upon the character of the Village President and members of the Board of Trustees in April of 2017 (but was unwilling and unable to provide any corroboration of her ridiculous accusations). See April 24th Board meeting recordings released.

Long-time readers of the Observer will recognize the same tired tactics of the Abboud-o-philes: create a false controversy, then stir up resident sentiment against current leadership and against those whom they may support in the upcoming elections. Save 5 Acres! Save Horse Boarding! Ban the Bikes! Save Open Space! Save Polo!

The Plum Farms Development in Hoffman Estates was used as a major 2017 campaign issue by Trustees Paula Jacobsen and Robert Zubak, but both have been eerily silent on the issue for well over a year. As candidates, Jacobsen and Zubak were so adamant about the Village having legal standing, authority and ability to impact this development, and they vowed to be the voices to vigorously “oppose harmful development”.

Today, as it was then, they chose to remain ignorant to the simple fact that this issue was over in 2004 when Bob Abboud and former administrator Bob Kosin botched the chance to work with the landowner to come to a development compromise that would have kept the property within the village, and would have protected our community from the dangers of deannexation of the parcel into an adjacent town with an insatiable hunger for more tax dollars.

But in fact, the current administration has been working in concert with South Barrington and District 220 to slow the progress of this development.  Strange that this hasn’t been reported by any of the social media outlets managed by those folks who enjoy stirring the pot.  Accusations of inaction and mismanagement by President McLaughlin and others on the Board will be aired, but nary a word of criticism of Jacobsen or Zubak.

And speaking of Jacobsen, the more vocal of the less-than-dynamic duo, what has she personally done with regard to Plum Farms as a Trustee? Nothing.  She bemoaned the Longmeadow Parkway project as a candidate, but did she volunteer to be on the IDOT advisory board for Route 62?  Nope.

Does anyone remember the laundry list of issues that she & Zubak used as their campaign platform? We do.

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The only issue they are truly interested in is commercial horse boarding, which wasn’t in their campaign platform at all.  Strange…

And back to that lengthy list of issues — what have they accomplished from that list? Nothing. And why?  Because none of those “problems” actually existed.

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Paula Jacobsen with former trustee Fritz Gohl

However, Jacobsen, who has been absent from more than 26% of the fifteen Board Meetings held since she was elected as trustee, has had the opportunity to advocate for some other interesting issues.  As stated in our previous articles, May and June 2017 Board meeting recordings released  and July Board Meeting recordings released , she has found time to question the meeting minutes which characterized her friend’s public comments at the April 24thboard meeting as slanderous.  She has questioned why the Village couldn’t have employed a warmer and fuzzier process to inform a property owner of their violation of a cease and desist order with regard to illegal demolition of a residence and violation of the tree ordinance. It should be noted that the property owner in that case was a prominent donor to her trustee campaign.

Jacobsen has pondered the complexity of the Exterior Lighting Ordinance and wondered if it shouldn’t be revisited and revised, oblivious to the divisive history of the ordinance.  Coincidentally, her interest in lighting ordinance enforcement occurred only when another friend of hers had filed a complaint against a neighbor.

Paula has also suggested giving landmark status to historical homes in the village.  When asked to explain who would be the arbiter of this distinction and the mechanics of implementation or enforcement, she had no suggestion.

She also has given detailed reports of Arbor Day plans by the Heritage & Environs Committee at no fewer than three meetings. Let’s hear it for the oak sapling giveaway!!

And there has been advocacy for costly live video-streaming of Village Board meetings, which are only attended by a handful of the same residents each month.

It is not surprising that NONE of these issues were in the Jacobsen/Zubak campaign platform and that NONE of the issues in the platform have been pursued by the duo in any meaningful way in the past fifteen months.

And why is that? Because a quiet village operating harmoniously is not something the Abboud-o-philes can tolerate.  They must have controversy and they will create controversy were none exists. And when faced with the reality that President McLaughlin & this Administration have delivered on each and every promise they have made to the community, they pivot back to the old worn-out talking points. The village is operating better than it ever has, spending has been slashed and services are more efficient.  And that makes some embittered people very unhappy.  Change is not easy for some. And they are desperate to regain control.

So the pot stirring will continue.  With a little eye of newt and toe of frog mixed in for good measure.  Here’s hoping that this bad spell will be broken soon.