I've spent 10 years as a suburban journalist, so I know there is never a shortage of stories to be told, even in what seems like a quiet town.
When I was hired by Patch last summer, I wasn't sure what I'd find in Buffalo Grove, though I have lived in the area all of my life. I was certain, however, that there were plenty of stories just waiting to be written. Others weren't so sure.
"What's going on in Buffalo Grove?" one friend, who lives in the village, asked me in a tone that implied I'd be in the unemployment line by week's end.
Well, I'm happy to report that Patch is thriving. Word of the site is quickly spreading, and we welcome new readers every day.
Whether you've been visiting Patch since Day One, or you've only recently discovered it, here's a recap of some of the top stories on Buffalo Grove Patch since its Sept. 7 arrival.
- Buffalo Grove made state history by becoming the first municipality to recall an elected official. Trustee Lisa Stone was on Nov. 2, after serving just 18 months of a four-year term.
- Village President Elliott Hartstein, who had often sparred with Stone on the dais, celebrated on election night by donning a long-haired black wig and of Stone. He the next morning, and was later .
- The village in November hosted the first-ever . The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will decide in January whether the Land and Lakes landfill on Milwaukee Avenue will be subjected to further monitoring or if it will close for good, making the land available for retail development.
- Police spent a fall evening that residents found on a sidewalk. Officers later tracked down the , who said he kept the three-foot reptile in a backyard sanctuary. The with violating a village ordinance that prohibits keeping dangerous animals as pets, and was fined $150.
- Four 14-year-olds were charged with felony criminal damage to property and arson after allegedly that destroyed the playground at the Alcott Center. Park district officials estimated that damages could be as high as $100,000.
- Residents spent the summer without access to the after delays in state permits postponed construction. The pool is being renovated to comply with state safety codes. When it reopens next summer, it will boast a new deck, wheelchair access ramp and its first water slide.
- Teenagers at eSkape, which shuttered its club for patrons ages 17-20 due to the high cost of security, which the Village Board insisted upon. The teen club, which opened in early 2010, lasted about six months. The area now is used for 21-and-over events.
Considering Buffalo Grove Patch is only a few months old, we've crammed an awful lot of news onto the site already. And that's only the beginning. We've also received a flood of letters to the editor, photo submissions, recipe contributions, story tips and comments — oh, the comments! — from readers. It's your input that truly gives Patch character and allows it to continue to grow as a community gathering place. Thank you, and please keep it up!
If there's someone we should know or a story that's begging to be told, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget, Patch is here for you, and there's a place for just about everything on this site. So go ahead and leave a restaurant review, comment on a story, use the Q&A tab to ask your neighbors a question, upload your own photos, or post an announcement about your promotion, wedding or child's award.
I look forward to seeing what 2011 has in store for us all.