Friday, October 19, 2012
Signs are being used to warn citizens of coyotes after a pair attacked a Buffalo Grove resident's dog Thursday morning.
Buffalo Grove resident Danette Hayes is looking for a new place to walk her dog after a pair of coyotes attacked her pet Thursday morning as they walked along the path in Mike Rylko Community Park. “I’m so spooked. I just can’t believe how quickly it happened,” said Hayes, who detailed her experience on Buffalo Grove Patch. Read her story: Coyotes Attack from Behind It wasn’t her first encounter with coyotes, she said. She’s spotted the animals along the trail before, as well as near Green Lake Park and in her own backyard. After being cornered by three coyotes earlier this year, she said she didn’t return to the park for a month. She was walking her dog each time she saw the wild animals, she said. Hayes said she alerted the village about…
Friday, October 5, 2012
Playground fun doesn’t have to be reserved for kids. Adults can enjoy these outdoor play spaces too — and get a great workout at the same time.
Getting a good workout doesn’t require being stuck in a gym during the late summer heat or those deliciously crisp fall days that follow. To change things up a bit in your workout routine, consider making use of a free and easily accessible resource: one of Buffalo Grove's many playgrounds. While playgrounds themselves are nothing new, in recent years, adults are returning to them in greater numbers—and not just to entertain their kids. Thanks to the rise in popularity of outdoor boot camps, which often make use of equipment available in parks and playgrounds, many adults are taking a second look at playgrounds as an affordable way to exercise their inner child and outer adult—and make exercising seem less like a chore and more (dare we …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Buffalo Grove officials amended a planned unit development and special use, allowing the Buffalo Grove Park District to convert the Congregation Beth Am property into a performing arts center. The park district will pay $3.7 million for the property.
The Buffalo Grove Park District’s plans to turn the Congregation Beth Am facility into a performing arts center got the green light Monday when village officials signed off on an amendment that will allow the facility to operate. The Village Board’s unanimous approval followed an 8-0 recommendation from the Plan Commission earlier this month. Parking was the only concerned raised by both boards. The Beth Am property includes 131 parking spaces, and it’s anticipated that the park district’s theater could require 200 parking spaces during performances. Parking needs will be evaluated a year after the performing arts center opens to determine whether additional spaces are needed, officials decided. Dan Schimmel, the park district’s executive…
Special exhibit commemorates the 99th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.
It’s the 99th anniversary of Illinois women winning the right to vote for president, and the Buffalo Grove Park District’s Raupp Museum has a special exhibit commemorating this historic event. Visit Ballots, Babes And Beer and find out the fascinating story of women’s struggle for the right to vote in Illinois, including the role of Lake County women, why saloon owners were against women voting, and the final battle in Springfield. The museum has special Girl Scout election badges and adult presentations in conjunction with this exhibit. Ballots, Babes And Beer runs from thru Nov. 21 at the Raupp Museum. For museum hours and more information, visit the Raupp Museum page at bgparks.org, or call the Raupp Museum at (847) 459-2318. — …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Three Buffalo Grove Park District commission positions will be on the April 2013 ballot.
Voters will elect two Buffalo Grove Park District commissioner positions to four-year terms and one commissioner to a two-year term in the April 9, 2013 election. Individuals interested in running for a commissioner position can now pick up petitions. Petitions can begin being circulated on Sept. 25. Petitions can be picked up at the Alcott Center on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 8p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Candidates must be registered voters and have been residents of the Buffalo Grove Park District for at least one year prior to the election. Call Dan Schimmel, executive director of the Buffalo Grove Park District, at (847) 850-2109 for more information. — Information provided …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A public hearing will be held tonight regarding the Buffalo Grove Park District's plans to convert the Congregation Beth Am building into a performing arts center.
As Buffalo Grove Park District officials pursue plans to purchase the Congregation Beth Am facility, religious leaders are working to find a new home for their members. Congregation Beth Am President Michael Schwartz said all options are on the table as the congregation determines which location will best serve its needs. The building that has housed the congregation since 1999 is on the market, and the park district officials hope to acquire the property and convert it into a performing arts center. The park district's plans will be presented tonight (Sept. 5) to the Plan Commission, which will make a recommendation to the Buffalo Grove Village Board. A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at Village Hall. …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Village and park district officials say there's nothing they can do to protect children from a Long Grove construction site beside a Buffalo Grove park.
A parent’s plea for local governing agencies to address a safety concern near a Buffalo Grove park has officials from all three bodies saying they don't have the authority to intervene. Construction recently began on a new home in Long Grove’s Eastgate Lane subdivision, just behind Camelot Corner Park. A two-foot silt fence surrounds the construction site, and is the only barrier to the park, which is in Buffalo Grove’s Strathmore Grove neighborhood, near Prairie Elementary School. Thus far, the home’s basement has been dug, but no foundation covers the top, leaving a large pit visible from the park. A construction vehicle and piles of dirt are nearby. “There’s no fence keeping out young children who want to wander over there,” said …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Register for the race, and review the race route, which will cause road closures the morning of Sept. 2.
Monday, August 27, 2012
The Buffalo Grove Park District's Friends of the Parks Foundation will host its annual 5K and 10K race, the Buffalo Grove Stampede, on the morning of Sept. 2. The race begins and ends at Mike Rylko Community Park near the Spray ‘N Play entrance. The Buffalo Grove Stampede is a Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) certified race. The 10K race is also part of the CARA circuit. More information about CARA can be found on its website. The race will start at 8 a.m. and conclude around 10 a.m. Several streets will be closed to traffic during this race, including McHenry Road (Route 83) between Deerfield Parkway and Buffalo Grove Road, Checker Drive, Old Checker Road, Arlington Heights Road, Schaeffer Road and Springside Lane. Maps of the …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
This is Lake County's first human case of West Nile virus since 2010.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center reported Aug. 15 that a 68-year-old Buffalo Grove man tested positive for West Nile encephalitis. The man, who lives in Lake County, was hospitalized and discharged. This is the county's first human West Nile virus case since 2010. In addition to the human case, 52 pools (batches) of mosquitoes and three birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Lake County this year. Lake County is currently tracking ahead of its count for the year 2005, which had the highest number of positive mosquito pools and birds. That year, 167 mosquito pools, 12 birds, and 11 people tested positive for the illness and one death occurred. The Health Department is continuing to urge people to take …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Buffalo Grove's Plan Commission will review the proposal to convert Congregation Beth Am into a park district center for the arts.
The Buffalo Grove Park District’s plan to convert the Congregation Beth Am building into a performing arts center was put into motion this week by village trustees, who voted unanimously to direct the Plan Commission begin its review. “It looks like it’s a win-win for a congregation that needs to make a change and the park district,” Trustee Jeff Berman said. Previously: Congregation Beth Am Plans Relocation The park district is in contract to purchase the building, currently occupied by the Jewish congregation and Torah Academy, Dan Schimmel, the park district’s executive director, said. He presented conceptual plans Monday to convert the building into a venue for performances and dance classes. At least some staff and programs now based …