Drive-by-Pride to replace Pride Parade

            With the second annual Pride Parade in Buffalo Grove cancelled due to restrictions in place because of COVID-19, organizers are planning a “Pride Drive” in which spectators will drive through the village checking out decorated lawns and homes and waving hello to fellow participants. Carolyn Pinta, who coordinated last year’s Pride Parade, told The Daily Herald that participants there will be "There will be 70 different places that people could go to visit," throughout the village.
            The event is scheduled from noon to 3 on Sunday, June 7. Pinta indicated to The Herald that “since it is taking place at people's homes, there is basically no time limit.”
            Pinta has been meeting with village officials to determine how the Pride Ride would be handled. She has requested a special event permit which is being reviewed by staff with a decision possible by the end of the week.
According to Deputy Village Manager, Jennifer Maltas, “Based on the fact that experts are indicating the peak for COVID in Illinois will be mid-June and current statistics show that our region will likely not move to Phase 3 by the time of this event, we are reviewing the event as if we will be under the same restrictions were are today,”
When the event does take place, Maltas says there will not be a specific route.  “It will be similar to when the village did the Halloween decoration competition and posted a map of the participating homes,” Maltas says.  She says there was discussion of a specific route, but there were concerns of a what she called “a major traffic issue.”
            Information about the Pride Drive is available at or by email at

BGPD offers tips to prevent package theft
Citing an increase in package thefts in Buffalo Grove, particularly on the north side of the village, the Buffalo Grove Police Department recommends residents consider following these tips to keep their deliveries safe from the “porch pirates”:
           Leave a note asking delivery drivers to ring your bell if leaving a package. This way you can bring in your delivery immediately.
           Schedule the delivery for a day when you will be home. We all want our stuff as soon as possible and love free one or two-day delivery options.
           If that Bluetooth speaker and pair of sunglasses can wait an extra day or two until you will be home to receive the package, however, that may be the best option for you.
           If having items delivered to you at your place of work is an option, that is often safer than leaving packages to sit at your front door all day. Plus, you can impress your co-workers with the deal you scored on that sweater from Banana Republic and those flats from Nordstrom Rack.
           Amazon has secure locker locations where your package will be secure until you pick it up. There are two Amazon locker locations in Buffalo Grove and many more in surrounding suburbs. They are available 24 hours a day and you do not have to go into a business to access them. The Buffalo Grove locations are at the Chase bank, 175 McHenry Rd., and the other at the Speedway gas station at 201 N Milwaukee Ave.
           Is there a less conspicuous place than your front door to leave the packages? Consider leaving instructions for packages to be left behind the bush near your front door or next to the air conditioning unit on the side of your house. Just be sure to clearly identify where the packages should be placed.
           Ask a neighbor to grab your packages if they ever notice them sitting outside
           If you are getting something particularly valuable delivered, UPS and FedEx offer the option to require a signature for delivery.
           Take advantage of the "Ship to Store" option when ordering from retailers. Install a video doorbell or a security camera. It is a lot easier than you think.
        Sign up for delivery tracking. Most online retailers and delivery services, such as UPS,  the United States Postal Services and DHL offer tracking and text notifications of delivery status. UPS also offers an online map that tracks the location of the truck making your delivery.
There are other options that may apply to someone's particular situation, but these tips are sufficient for the majority of residents in Buffalo Grove.

Library lists programs
The Indian Trails Public Library is offering a variety of programs for readers of all ages. The Middle School Book Club is slated for students in grade six to eight from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 14. Students can participate in a discussion on the book, Sweep by Jonathan Auxier. Interactive questions will be posted online every weekday from May 14-28. Registration not required. Click here for information on how to join the book discussion.  Participants can access the e-book through Hoopla.
Super Saturday: Dinosaur Encounter with Children's Author Janet Riehecky is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 16, 2020.
This program is suggested for ages 5 and older with a caregiver. Janet Riehecky is the author of over 35 children’s books on dinosaurs. Her entertaining and educational presentation showcases her extensive collection of fossils and museum-quality replicas of real dinosaur bones while exploring the latest theories about dinosaurs. The program will be posted on ITPLD YouTube Channel

Four students named scholarship winners
            Four Buffalo Grove students have been named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as recipients of $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.
They include Nicholas C. Castaneda; probable career field: actuarial science; Buffalo Grove High School, Matthew J. Li, probable career field: environmental policy; Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Kiran R. Mohan, Buffalo Grove; probable career field: medicine; Adlai E. Stevenson High School, and Erin Y. Yuan, Buffalo Grove; probable career field: chemistry; Adlai E. Stevenson High School.

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