Park trespassers cited / Plan board OKs Clove revisions / Chick-fil-A coming to BG / Voter registration deadline nears

 Six cited for trespassing -- Six people were issued adjudication tickets for trespassing after they were spotted near the skate park located at 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Road. Police reports say officers on patrol noticed an unoccupied vehicle around 1 a.m. on May 16.
        The initial responding officer searched the area for the vehicle owner and spotted six people near the Spray and Play Park on McHenry Road. Reports say the officer spotted “six or seven people” sitting at a table and consuming an unknown beverage in the playground. The officer also observed a man throw a glass bottle at the stone exterior wall of the building. Several of the other subjects were laughing when he broke the bottle.
        With the assistance of additional officers, all six people were issued adjudication tickets for trespassing and were told not to return to the park or they would face additional trespassing charges. The six cleaned up the broken glass before being released by police.

Vandals hit Metra, Pace shelters – Police report that vandals sprayed graffiti in the restrooms at the Prairie View Metra station in addition to the windows and benches of platform No. 2. The windows of the Pace bus stop near the station were also vandalized.

Fraudulent email – A resident contacted police about receiving a suspicious email from, stating she purchased a laptop computer for $1,267.89. At the bottom of the email a phone number for the fraud department was listed. called the number . An unknown male subject with a heavy Indian accent name answered the phone and immediately began asking for personal information. The resident did not give any personal information and called police, checked her credit cards and bank accounts for fraudulent activity or unknown deductions.

Harassing emails – A resident called police in regard to an unknown male impersonating an official from Social Security Administration. The resident said the man called her multiple times from a couple of different phone numbers. Police reports note that the woman said the man asked her to go to her bank and withdraw $900 and then bring the money to the Social Security Administration building in Wheeling         . According to police, the woman went to her bank with the unknown male on the speakerphone. She told police that one of the tellers overheard her conversation and advised her she was a victim of a scam. The woman did not withdraw the money and contacted the police immediately.

Vehicle break-ins reported -- Police are investigating several break-ins to vehicles in the block of Rose Boulevard from May 4 to 5.

In all three cases vehicles were parked in driveways. The interiors of the vehicles were described by police as being “ransacked.” In two of the three break-ins, personal property, including a wallet, was reported taken. Nothing was taken in the third incident.

Vehicle stolen -- Police report that a vehicle was stolen from a residence in the 1500 block of Countryside Drive May 4 or 5. The vehicle was stolen while parked in a driveway. It was recovered by North Chicago Police on May 8. Reports did not indicate any damage to the vehicle, a Mazda 6.

Signs swiped: Police received an email complaint from a resident who said the signs they placed advertising a yard sale were taken. According to reports, the signs were located on the site of the BMO Harris Bank, 1190 N. McHenry Road, with the bank’s permission. According to reports, after the signs were in place, the resident noticed the proverbial “unknown subject” taking the signs. The subject placed the signs into a car and left. There was no description of the subject or the vehicle.

Retail theft – A 37-year-old woman received an adjudication ticket for shoplifting after Police responded to Woodmans Grocery for a report of a retail theft. Police were met by a subject who was found in the self-check-out lane, and did not ring up all of the grocery items for sale. The subject only paid for a portion of the grocery items. The subject was issued an adjudication ticket and a trespass warning.

Traffic stop results in multiple charges -- Police observed a driver using his cell phone while driving near the intersection of Dundee and Arlington Heights roads. Further investigation revealed the driver, identified by police as Ramiro Alvarez-Carmona, 36 of Arlington Heights, was showing signs of alcohol impairment, in possession of open alcohol, and driving on a revoked driver's license.

Alvarez-Carmona was charged with Aggravated DUI -Violation for the Third or Subsequent Time, Driving on a Revoked Driver's License, and Illegal Transportation or Possession of Alcoholic Liquor by Driver in a Motor Vehicle.

Catalytic converters stolen – Police report three thefts of catalytic converters. One was reportedly taken from a vehicle parked in the parking lot in front of an apartment building on east Deerfield Parkway, another from a vehicle in the 1300 block of Abbott Court and a third from a vehicle parked on north Barclay Boulevard.

Cops investigate dairy air -- A resident contacted police to report that they found a spoiled milk product spilled over her front porch. The offender is unknown.


In Other Community News

Pastabilities shuts down

Despite the efforts of Gabby Garcia who took the reins more than 2 ½ years ago, Pastabilities has closed.

In a social media post, the longtime pasta restaurant announced that “With a heavy heart I would like to announce that we will be closing our doors this Wednesday May 18th, 2022. Thank you Buffalo Grove and surrounding areas. It has been an absolute pleasure being able to run this store and serve this community throughout the last 2 and half years and for being in business for over 30 years!

Thank you to every single customer who has supported us before the pandemic and continued to support.

With much love,

Gabby (Garcia)

 Plan unit OKs updated Clove

The Buffalo Grove Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night gave a thumbs up to an updated plan for the redevelopment of Town Center. Officials from Kensington Development, Chick-fil-A and Bourbon Street Group addressed changes to the initial plan that was to be done in two phases. Under the revision, the project will be done in a single phase. The original plan was to redevelop the portion of Town Center south of Checker Road in the first phase with the second phase addressing the area north of Checker Road. The measure now goes to the Village Board for its consideration, most likely at its June 20 meeting.

PZC commissioners were told that in addition to the single-phase development, there would be minor alterations to the landscaping north of Checker Road, an increase in the height of the residential building by two feet and plans for the out lot where Chick-fil-A will be located. Commissioners expressed concerns about the traffic patterns in and access to the planned two-lane drive through. 

Car wash proposed for Milwaukee Avenue site

A proposal for a car wash on the site that has housed numerous restaurants was sent to the Planning and Zoning Committee by the Village Board Monday night. According to a report in the Daily Herald, the car wash would occupy the one-acre site and be just north of a proposed expanded Speedway gas station. 

Why did the chicken cross The Clove?

Nationally known Chick-fil-A has agreed to open in The Clove, the redevelopment slated for Town Center. According to the Daily Herald, the new restaurant will be located at the northwest corner of Old Checker Road and Route 83, one of the new outlots planned for The Clove.

However, the announcement has upset some people, including Carolyn Pinta, head of the Pinta Pride Project which, among other things, coordinates the Buffalo Grove Pride Parade. In a post in the BG Pride Group on Facebook, Pinta wrote “It is VERY(sic) unfortunate that Chik(sic) will land here, in BG, where we have all done so much work to build a visible community of love and acceptance. It is also so cruddy that it came out three weeks before pride month, when we are all so excited to celebrate.”

She also wrote that to show their discontent for Chik-fil-A’s corporate posture on LGBTQ rights, supporters could “spend our dollars elsewhere and we can explain to others why we hope they will do the same. When the restaurant opens, we can rally, armed with real information to share that hopefully, will send many people over to Culver's instead.” 

Voter registration deadline is May 31

The last day for in-person registration for this election is Tuesday, May 31. Early voting begins on Monday, June 13.

The Illinois primary election is June 28. This year's general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Residents can register at Village Hall on Mondays from 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., and Tuesdays- Fridays from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. For questions, call (847) 459-2500.


Library plans special hours for finals prep

The Indian Trails Public Library will close at 5 pm to the general public on May 22 and hours will be extended for high school students in grades 9 -12 only. Snacks will be provided. 

Public Works open house is Saturday

The Public Works Open House is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21. This year's event will be held in conjunction with the Buffalo Grove Park District's Kids to Parks Day, at Mike Rylko Park, 951 McHenry Road. 

Park District registration desk to be closed

Due to a scheduled power outage at the Alcott Center to upgrade equipment, the registration desk will be closed on June 1, 2 and 3. 

Options will be weighed for DPW site

While moving day may be about two years away, the Daily Herald reports that the current site of the Department of Public Works, once the focal point of a “new downtown” could be a prime real estate attraction. The village recently approved purchase of a 9.5-acre site at 1650 Leider Lane for a new Public Works headquarters. 

Farmers Market plans June 12 opening

The Buffalo Grove Farmers market will start its 2022 season on Sunday, June 12. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The market is located at Mike Rylko Park, 951 McHenry Road. Questions about the Farmers Market can be sent to 

Lake County starts paratransit program

Lake County has launched Ride Lake County, a borderless, countywide paratransit service that provides transportation to anywhere in Lake County for seniors ages 60+ and people with disabilities. Now, residents in need of paratransit services can call (800) 201-6446, to enable them to travel around Lake County. Go to this link for more information. 

ITPLD sets memory program

The Indian Trails Public Library District has scheduled two “Memory Café” programs, one May 26 and one June 23. Both start at 2 p.m.

The monthly event offers individuals with memory loss and their caregiver an opportunity for connection and conversation. Each Café will feature an activity and socialization Both meetings will be at Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road.


Need a reason to celebrate?

Here’s a look at upcoming special days.

May 18
National No Dirty Dishes Day
National Visit Your Relatives Day

National Cheese Soufflé Day


May 19
National Devil's Food Cake Day

National May Ray Day


May 20

National Rescue Dog Day
National Quiche Lorraine Day

National Pizza Party Day
National Be a Millionaire Day
National Endangered Species Day

May 21
National Memo Day

World Whisky Day

National Waitstaff Day

National Talk Like Yoda Day


May 22

National Vanilla Pudding Day

Harvey Milk Day
Buy A Musical Instrument Day
National Solitaire Day


May 23

National Lucky Penny Day

National Taffy Day

World Turtle Day
National Safe Sun Week


May 24
National Caterers Appreciation Day

National Scavenger Hunt Day

National Escargot Day

National Asparagus Day

National Brother's Day


May 25

National Wine Day

National Tap Dance Day

National Sing Out Day


May 26
National Paper Airplane Day

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
National Sorry Day


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