Two motorcyclists nabbed after hitting nearly 100 mph


           Two men will have some explaining to do when they appear in court Aug. 21 after they were arrested and charged with speeding for exceeding the 35-mph speed limit – really exceeding.

            According to police reports, Vicente Mendez-Gonzalez of Northfield and Jordan Xavier Nembhard-Lippert, of Wheeling were riding their motorcycles at 97 mph along Dundee Road July 31. Both were charged with speeding in excess of 35 mph. Mendez-Gonzalez was also charged with driving without a license.

            When police first noticed the two, their initial speed was reportedly 102 mph. Buffalo Grove Police were assisted in the traffic stop by Arlington Heights Police.

            Reports say that when Nembhard-Lippert was advised as to why he was pulled over, he agreed with officers that he was driving too fast. Smart fellow.

** Shingles shot? -- A resident told Buffalo Grove Police that estimates for a new roof may have come with an unfortunate reality. After receiving three estimates, an independent engineer told him damage to some of the shingles was not the result of wind, hail, or locusts, but they were intentionally damaged. You could say the home owner hit the roof.

** Something fishy – A resident told police she noticed a charge for $108.33 on her door dash account for sushi. The order was delivered to an address in Montclair, California. Must have been a large order of California rolls.

** IDES fraud – Four more reports of bogus unemployment insurance claims were reported to police.

** Stupid is as stupid does – When you factor in the high-speed motorcyclists, Buffalo Grove Police made four arrests for speeding, one for driving without a license and two for driving on a revoked or suspended license. There were no reported arrests for DUI.

Community News

It’s Farmers Market Week

Visit the Buffalo Grove Farmers Market Sunday, Aug. 9 and celebrate National Farmers Market Week.

Free raffle tickets to win one of several food baskets provided by the market's vendors will be available. Tickets will be distributed between 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The drawing will take place at 11:15 a.m.

Winners must pick up baskets by 12:30 p.m. Learn more about the farmers market at this link.

The Farmers Market is held every Sunday through Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mike Rylko Park, 951 McHenry Road.

Face coverings available

The village of Buffalo Grove, in partnership with Vernon Township, are providing face covers at no charge for Buffalo Grove and Vernon Township residents.

A limited quantity of face coverings will be available by request at Buffalo Grove Village Hall (847-459-2500) and Vernon Township (847-634-4600) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Face coverings are available to any resident of Buffalo Grove, including Cook County residents, or Vernon Township and are limited to five per household. To ensure availability, call in advance to request face coverings.

Schneider, Bush sponsor virtual job expo

In partnership with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Job Center of Lake County, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10) and State Senator Melinda Bush(D-31) will host the state’s first legislative-led virtual job expo the week of Aug. 24.

The expo will begin at 1 p.m. each day. A panel of employers from different job sectors will explain their open positions and company benefits as a virtual webinar via Zoom. The program will be moderated by Bush and Schneider, and job seekers can ask their questions. All job openings discussed during the webinars will be posted on and linked to this virtual job expo.

The themed days are as follows:

·         Monday: Manufacturing

·         Tuesday: Transportation, Distribution, Logistics (TDL)

·         Wednesday: Healthcare

·         Thursday: Professional Services

·         Friday: Other

To prepare people for the hiring process, the Job Center of Lake County will also host workshops ahead of the job expo to give people tips for seeking work during a time of social distancing and teach people how to build a customized resume that will stand out to employers.

The “Job Search Resources in a Rough Market” workshop will be held Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. Registration can be found here. The “Your Personal Brand and Resumes” workshop will be held Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. Registration can be found here.

To register for the virtual job expo or for additional information, contact Senator Bush’s office at 847-548-5631 or or Congressman Schneider’s office at 847-383-4870. You can also register by going to this link.

Local charity hits milestone

Buffalo Grove-based GiveNKind, has reached the major milestone of redistributing $2 million in donated goods to nonprofits across the country.

GiveNkind’s mission is to make giving more personal and purposeful, by connecting donors who want to repurpose goods with nonprofits who can use them to make an impact. GiveNkind, located at 315 Hasting Drive, moved to Buffalo Grove in early June.

            “We are proud to provide a community of giving, where individuals and corporations can donate items that are going unused, or even into the trash, which we then pass on to nonprofits who can put them to use,” Emily Petway, founder and president of GiveNKind says. “Donors can feel confident they are making a real impact on organizations across the nonprofit sector.”

            GiveNKind functions as a broker by assisting companies that are looking to offload canceled orders, surplus and other unused items and goods in a socially and environmentally responsible way. In addition to new, gently used items are also accepted. To receive a donation, organizations must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity registered with GiveNKind. Currently, there are more than 200 registered nonprofits, ranging from the Lake County YWCA to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

            “GiveNKind offers this free service with an all-volunteer staff by leveraging monetary donations. For every $1 donated to GiveNKind, we can place $80 of in-kind goods with nonprofits who need them,” Petway says.

            GiveNKind was founded in 2012 and opened its first storage space in November of 2018. Just 18 months later, it required a substantially larger space for growing donations, which is when it moved to its first warehouse and current headquarters.

            The nonprofit serves the Chicago metropolitan area, with a second chapter in Carlisle-Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Through these two chapters, charities in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Illinois are served.

            Volunteers are at the very heart of GiveNKind, including Buffalo Grove resident Sherry Hoesly who says she started volunteering after learning of the impact GiveNKind has on so many nonprofits and populations in need of resources.

            GiveNKind is always looking for volunteers in the Chicago area who can assist the organization at its Buffalo Grove warehouse, 355 Hastings Drive. For more information, visit or call 847-802-8977.

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