Cops offer tips to fight catalytic converter thefts / Village shores up leadership team / Chanukah events set

Police probe rash of catalytic converter thefts

In wake of a series of catalytic converter thefts, the Police Department has issued guidelines to residents in an effort to prevent theft.

According to police, catalytic converter thefts generally occur during overnight hours. Residents are urged to park cars in garages and well-lit areas, and call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity. More information and theft prevention tips are available at this link.

Police that catalytic converter thefts recently occurred:

·        In 1400 Block of Mill Creek Dr. where a resident told police their catalytic converter was taken off their vehicle while it was parked on the driveway overnight.

·        In the  400 Block of Cedar Ct. S. where the resident reported their catalytic converter was stolen from their vehicle while it was parked on the driveway overnight.

·        In the 1100 Block of Johnson Dr. where resident reported their catalytic converter was stolen from their vehicle while it was parked in the parking lot overnight.

·        In the 1300 block of Barclay Boulevard where the complainant reported that her catalytic converter was stolen from her vehicle and several wires underneath the vehicle were cut while her vehicle was parked in her employer’s parking lot.

·        In the 1200 Block of Deerfield Parkway where a resident reported their catalytic converter was stolen from their vehicle sometime during the afternoon.

Man charged in Hospice facility incident -- The Daily Herald reports that a Buffalo Grove man faces weapons, battery and assault charges after police said he forcefully removed a friend from a Long Grove medical facility. Details are found at this link.

Flippant resident -- A resident in the 600 Block of Pinehurst reported that an unknown person made an “obscene” gesture towards him. Officers contacted the subject who refused to provide any information or talk about the incident.

Garage door hit by eggs, fabric softener -- A resident in the  2200 Block of Miramar reported that unknown subjects poured fabric softener over their vehicle and eggs at their garage door.  There was no damage.

Purse swiped -- A woman reported that her purse was stolen from her unlocked, vehicle while it was parked at Nicole Park in the 500 block of north Arlington Heights Road.

The Autumn leaves -- A resident in the 600 Block of Stanford Lane  reported a neighbor was blowing leaves onto the roadway. The alleged leaf blower was not home at the time of the call, and later denied deliberately blowing the leaves stating he had just left them in piles and went to work.  Officers were called back to the address later in the day due to yelling between the two residents.

Effort goes down the drain – A person reported to police that he was approached by someone who told him he needed to move his parked vehicle in the parking lot at  Woodman’s Market. During the conversation, the person asking him to move his car identified himself as a police officer, but left driving a plumbing truck.  Officers made contact with the driver of the plumbing truck and confirmed he was not a police officer, but a plumber who was frustrated with people improperly parking.  He understood that he made a poor decision, and apologized for his actions. 

Community News

 Village promotes two

Two village staff members, Mike Skibbe and Nicole Woods, have been promoted to new roles on the village’s leadership team.

Mike Skibbe, director of the Public Works Department, will now serve in a dual role, adding Deputy Village Manager responsibilities to his leadership duties. In this role, Skibbe will oversee all public works and utility functions, police services and golf operations, as well as administrative functions in the Office of the Village Manager.

During his 22-year career with the Village, he has served in engineering, administrative and operations roles, and shown strong leadership on a range of projects, including the Village’s $175 million Infrastructure Modernization Program and Emerald Ash Borer Reforestation Program. He holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Engineering degrees.

Woods, former Deputy Director of Community Development, will now serve as the Director of Community Development. She joined the Village in 2015 and has served in various city planning and administrative roles. She will now oversee all planning, zoning, building permitting, inspections, environmental health and economic development functions. Her degrees include a Master in City and Regional Planning and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies.

These leadership changes enable Chris Stilling, who had been serving in the dual role of Community Development Director and Deputy Village Manager, to now serve as the full-time Deputy Village Manager, a position that has been vacant since August of 2021.

Budget presented

The Buffalo Grove Village Board opened a hearing on the 2022 budget at a special meeting Nov. 15. The focus, according to reporting in the Daily Herald, is a flat tax and increased staff. You can view the budget presentation at this link.

Library offers “Winter Reading Challenge”

The Indian Trails Public Library has announced several winter reading programs. They include:

Kids: Get Your Mitts on a Good Book!

Birth-Grade 8. The Winter Reading Challenge will be from Dec. 1, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022. The Library is urging young readers to “Come in out of the cold and get your mitts on a good book.” Participants need to complete 15 days of reading or being read to and earn a prize.

There are 3 ways to register:

• Beanstack website or the Library’s app at ITPLD.org. What is Beanstack?

• Visit the Kids Desk at the Main Library or the Branch.

• Call the library at 847.459.4100, ext. 4.

The Library is also planning these programs for adults:

• Nov. 30, 1 pm - Pearl Harbor Remembered

• Dec. 1, 7pm - In the Scone Zone with Fr. Dominic (Ages 12 and older)

• Dec. 2, 6pm - Gift Wrapalooza (Ages 14 and older)

• Dec. 3, 2 pm - Kiddieland Remembered

Youth programs include:

• Nov. 20, 11 am - Mama Edie McLoud Armstrong Bilingual Storytelling

• Nov. 26, 10 am - Storytime with Miss Katie

• Dec. 1, 4 pm - Trivia Challenge for the Kids

A listing of all programs at the Indian Trails Public Library is available here.

 Chabad sponsoring menorah parade, community Chanukah celebration

          Northwest Suburban Chabad is planning its second annual menorah parade Nov. 28. The car parade leaves from parking lot at Northwest Suburban Chabad, 16296 Aptakisic Road at 4 p.m.  Participants should arrive by 3:45 p.m.

          Following the parade, there will be a Chanukah celebration at Mike Rylko Park, 951 McHenry Road beginning at 5 p.m. 

          For details on both events, go to this link.

 Food pantry at Beth Am Sunday

          Congregation Beth Am, 1370 Abbott Court, will operate its food pantry from noon to 2 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 28

          The pantry is open to anyone who needs food assistance.

 Two community blood drives set

There are two upcoming blood drives in the village. The Village is partnering with Vitalant from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on  Saturday, December 4 at the Alcott Center , and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 in the Training Room at the Fire Department headquarters, 1051 Highland Grove Road. For information, or to make an appointment, click here.

Coat drive to benefit veterans

The Police Department is serving as a collection site this season for new and/or gently used winter coats and seasonal outerwear of all sizes.

Every donation will go to the Midwest Veterans Closet 'Winter Coat Drive'. Items will be distributed to local veterans in need. The drop box is in the department's lobby, and donations can be dropped off 24 hours a day seven days a week, through April 1.

Student Voices

Here are links to the student newspapers at Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools.

Buffalo Grove High School Charger

Stevenson High School Statesman

Wheeling High School WCAT News: WCAT News

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