Cops offer tips in wake of burglaries, thefts / Blood drive Saturday / Holiday Cards for Heroes
He’s back! Your intrepid reporter is back from a three-week junket abroad, so it’s time to get caught up.
Police offer preventive tips in light of “uptick” in burglaries, vehicle theftsWith at least four residential burglaries and three vehicle thefts in the past three weeks, Buffalo Grove Police have listed some preventive measures at this link.
Tips focus on things residents can do if they plan to travel during the holiday season. In addition to vehicle thefts and home burglaries, the department also reports a slight increase in the thefts of catalytic converters from cars. The department notes that for the first 10 months of 2023, Toyota Priuses and Kia Souls are the most vulnerable.
Police officials say burglars are not targeting any specific items as they generally go after jewelry and “whatever they can get their hands on quickly.”
Residents are urged to call 9-1-1 if they see suspicious activity.
Blood drive Saturday
Buffalo Grove is hosting a community blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2, in Room 10-11 of the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive.
Donors are required to provide an ID and are encouraged to prepare by eating well and staying hydrated. The blood donation process takes about one hour.
The drive is conducted by Vitalant and hosted by the Buffalo Grove Health Commission.
Appointments are encouraged but not required. To make an appointment, call (877) 543-3768 or visit vitalant.org.
Schneider announces eighth annual “Holiday Cards for Heroes” program
U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) is sponsoring his eighth annual "Holiday Cards for Heroes" program for the 2023 holiday season.
Tenth District constituents to participate in the "Holiday Cards for Heroes" program by leaving
cards in the drop box outside Schneider's District Office at 111 Barclay Blvd., Suite 200, Lincolnshire. Cards should not be in sealed envelopes.
For more information, call (847) 383-4870.
Page named to park board
Long-time resident Kim Page has been appointed to the Buffalo Grove Park District Board of Commissioners. Page, who was sworn in Nov. 13 will fill the remainder of the term vacated by Tracy Bragg until April 2025.
Page has bachelor’s degree in public health from Northern Illinois University and works for Digital Currency Systems in Northbrook. Both she and her husband Scott grew up in Buffalo Grove and are raising their three children here too.
Page’s community volunteer experience includes the Anti-Cruelty Society, Omni Youth Services, GiveNKind, Boy Scouts of America, and the Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 PTO.
Plan for development of Rohrman site raises residents’ ire
Residents who live in properties abutting the vacant Rohrman sites aren’t happy with plans for a 220,000-square-foot, 224-unit apartment. At least that’s what they’re telling the Daily Herald in this story.
Proximity and the height of the proposed buildings are the main sources of their angst. The residents do not have an issue with the proposed Tesla sales, service and delivery center, and a multi-tenant commercial complex that are part of the proposed development.
Cops collecting winter coats, toys
The Buffalo Grove Police Department is collecting winter coats for veterans and toys for children this year.
New or gently used coats are being collected to support Midwest Veterans Closet through the end of February and can be dropped off in the Police Department lobby.
The department is also accepting new, unwrapped toys for the annual Toys for Tots through December 10
Toys can be dropped off in the Police Department lobby at 46 Raupp Blvd.
Funds for AH road rebuild gets green light
A nearly two-mile stretch of Arlington Heights Road will be rebuilt starting in 2025 now that Lake County has allocated $26.4 million for the project. According to coverage in the Daily Herald, bids for the project, which runs from Lake-Cook Road to just north of Ill Rt. 83, will be let in 2024 with construction set to begin in 2025.
ITPLD plans “Blizzard of Books”
The Indian Trails Public Library District is offering readers through grade eight a chance to win prizes by participating in the “Blizzard of Books” from Dec. 1, 2023 – Jan. 31, 2024
Readers can register in-person at the Youth Services Desk at the main Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling or the Branch at 99 E. Palatine Rd., Suite A, Prospect Heights, or by downloading Beanstack app to a smart device and register through the app.
Advocate to run D21 health center
The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education has approved a contract with Advocate Medical Group for the operation of its school-based health clinic within the Community Service Center and Administrative Office.
The board also approved four bid packages for construction services within the center at a cost of $841,035. These fees will be paid for using the $1 million in federal funds secured by U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider.
With a contract for providing services, and bids now awarded, construction on the health center is slated to begin next month, be substantially completed by March 2024 and a slated grand opening the month after that.
The 3,000-square-foot facility will provide essential access to health care for the district’s students and staff, with plans to eventually expand the services to families and the broader community.
Briefly, in case you didn’t know –
· More at The Clove --Progress continues on The Clove with the opening of Guzman y Gomez. The mystery about the yet-to-be-name grocery story continues.
· Budget unveiled -- The proposed village budget touts no increase in the village’s portion of the property tax levy. The budget, which calls for $58 million in operating expenses and $42.3 million for capital outlay, available for viewing here, will be up for approval at the Board’s Dec. 4 meeting according to suburban reporting in the Chicago Tribune. The village has additional information here.
· Eatery approved --The Village gave thumbs up to the Lazy Dog restaurant planned for the corner of Lake-Cook and McHenry Road. Surprised?
· PTO president charged -- A former Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President for Prairie Elementary School in Buffalo Grove has been charged with Theft for stealing PTO funds. PTO officials said former PTO President, Megan Robin, 43, from the 1300 block of Larchmont Drive in Buffalo Grove, oversaw management of these assets during the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Officials said they discovered more than $10,000 of those funds improperly used during that time and requested the Buffalo Grove Police investigate.
· Money maker – The Daily Herald reported that the 2023 Buffalo Grove Days made $21,815 for the Buffalo Grove Community Foundation which will distribute the proceeds through grants to community nonprofit organizations. The event is run in partnership with the Buffalo Grove Park District.
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