Plastic pumpkins, football helmets, wet leaves in the gutter; fall arrived for real last week with strong winds that threatened to strip the trees before they – or we – were even close to ready. We persevered, wrapped in wool and fleece, until the sun came out and thawed the frosty lawns. Warmer still: the Cubs won their division. Life was good, and at Daily North Shore life was busy. Here’s a recap of local stories from October 10-17:
10th District Fundraising: Third-quarter fundraising totals for Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and former Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) are as close as their 2012 and 2014 election contests for the 10th District Congressional seat.
Northbrook development: Northbrook’s Village Board of Trustees approved a 137-building planned unit development on the grounds of Mission Hills Country Club by a 5-1 vote during its regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 13 at Village Hall.
Park District action: In its first step toward developing a new plan for the Wilmette lakefront, the Park District Board approved a contract with a research firm to survey community households on this contentious issue.
Removing mental health stigmas: Highland Park native Miriam Ament founded No Shame on U to alleviate misconceptions associated with mental health. “Depression is like high blood pressure or diabetes,” said Ament. “If people would think of it as a physical illness it would be more acceptable. That’s our goal.”
Lock up! Seriously: An increase in residential burglaries since Sept. 1 prompted Lake Forest Police Department officials to advise residents about precautionary measures to reduce the probability of a break-in.
Firing a tenured teacher: A Lake Forest High School math teacher already answering criminal charges for allegedly making inappropriate physical contact with a student now faces the loss of his job after action by the District 115 Board of Education during its Oct. 13 meeting at the West Campus.
Emmy winner from Northbrook: For Northbrook native Alexander Rubinow, the road to becoming an Emmy-winning TV editor started with family movies on his father’s Super 8 camera. Fast-forward 25 years and the Glenbrook North alumnus has turned a childhood passion into a Hollywood career. But not without some detours and major paying of dues.
In good hands for the future: A fourth grade student and a high school sophomore both spoke about their programs to improve the community at the September 28 Highland Park City Council meeting.
Sit, stand, kneel, rock … and roll: Two second grade classrooms at McKenzie Elementary School are testing flexible learning environments that enable students to sit, kneel, rock or stand while doing their work. Teachers Erin Schroeder and Gwen Faulkner are piloting the new classroom, inspired by the learning commons that recently made its debut at Central Elementary School.
Hospital update: Completion of $392 million worth of improvements and renovations to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital are approximately two years away as construction continues on schedule at the campus just east of Highway 41 and north of Deerpath Road.
Balancing the budget: Wilmette Village Manager Timothy Frenzer presented a balanced proposed 2016 village budget at the Board of Trustees meeting on October 13, tempered by a stalled budget at the state level that could potentially affect village finances.
Amazing Grace: Pastor Mike Woodruff was doing research for a book called Broken: Preparing for the Day When Life Stops Working and Your Faith Is Tested, when out of the clear blue sky his body stopped working and his faith was tested.
Church on a mission: Mention “Christ Church” in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff and chances are you’ll hear something like the following: “The big white church on the corner?” … But what else is it?