86 in a 35? / Groundbreaking for "Bison Crossing" / Cops offer free gun locks

Retail theft – A customer at Woodman’s Market was nabbed for trying to take $316 worth of items out of the store without paying. The customer received a trespass warning and an adjudication ticket for retail theft.

Theft – A woman told police that she accidentally left her purse on a shelf while shopping at Garden Fresh, 770 S. Buffalo Grove Rd. When she went to pay for her merchandise, she realized it was missing. Unable to find her wallet, she contacted the manager and reviewed the store’s video. It showed a female take the purse that was laying on a shelf and walk out the store with it. The purse was later found lying on the sidewalk near the store missing $250 in cash.

Burglary to motor vehicle – A resident of Villa Verde told police that someone broke into his car and an undisclosed item from the dashboard. Reports say the passenger side window was broken in order to gain access to the car.

Reckless driving - A 21-year-old Palatine man was charged with reckless driving and speeding in excess of 35 miles per hour over the posted limit after police say he was clocked at doing 86 mph in a 35-mph zone on eastbound Dundee Road near Arlington Heights Road.

Retail theft -- Police report two men stole tools valued at more than $700 from the AutoZone store at 1206 W. Dundee Rd. The men were seen heading eastbound on Dundee Road in a silver Volkswagen sedan with no license plates. Police say the men allegedly stole a 180-piece mechanics tool set valued at $465, a 265-piece tool set valued at $250 and a 48-piece ratchet set valued at $40.


In Other Community News

“Bison Crossing” groundbreaking set

The Village of Buffalo Grove and Shorewood Development Group will break ground for the Bison Crossing development at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1. The ceremony will be on the east portion of the development at 915 Dundee Road.

The event will feature remarks by Village President Eric Smith and Shorewood Development Group Founding Partner and CEO Louis Schriber III.

Parking for the ceremony will be available in the eastern adjacent parking lot for Bison Park and on the development site’s parking lot.

The 16-acre site will include a 50,000-square foot Tesla Sales, Service and Delivery Center and a luxury residential complex with more than 220 unit.

Police Department offering free gun locks

            The Buffalo Grove Department in cooperation with the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) “Project Child Safe” is offering free gun locks. Complete information about Project Child Safe is available at this link. The site includes a wide variety of information about gun safety including a guide, “Ten Tips for Firearm safety in Your Home” that is available at this link.

The locks are available at the Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd. Additional information is available by calling 847-459-2560.

Higher trash, recycling rates start May 1

Residents will be paying more for garbage collection and recycling starting May 1. It’s the first increase in three years.

The average rate increase this year is $0.91 (for a single-family detached home with no separate landscape waste cart or second weekly pickup). Similar increases will also occur the second and third year of this contract. This average is for garbage, recycling, At Your Door special collections (household hazardous waste, electronics) and mixed organics (co-mingled food scraps and yard waste) collection. Additional information is available at this site.

Symphonic Band concert Sunday

The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band will present its 23rd annual spring concert, "We've got Rhythm" at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Stevenson High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Tickets and additional information can be found at this link.

Utility work slows Arlington Heights Road project

            Major work on the reconstruction of Arlington Heights Road is set to begin this summer and continue into 2025.

            The project, which runs from IL Rt. 83 to Lake Cook Road, will replace pavement that was originally built in 1980.

            Lake County Division of Transportation officials say some utilities still need to be “relocated,” which could push the schedule back “a little bit,” but the project is on track to be completed as scheduled. Details of the project can be found at this link.

Summer program registration starts April 30

In-District registration for Park District summer programs opens Tuesday, April 30, and can be done in-person, online, by mail, by fax, or via the drop box outside the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Dr.

For more information, visit bgparks.org. The summer program guide is available online and at the Alcott Center.

Kite fly Friday

The Park District is participating in “Flying 4 Kids”, a statewide Kite Fly to promote park districts, recreation agencies, and the park district youth license plate. The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at Reiner Park, 1101 N. Green Knolls Road. The event is free. For more information, contact Mike Pfeiffer at 847-850-2108.

D21 names new administrators

School District 21 has named a new principal for Kilmer Elementary School, as well as assistant principals for Field and Longfellow Elementary Schools.

Colleen Goodrich will assume the role at Kilmer as of July 1, succeeding Annette McBride, who is stepping down from the post after two years. Goodrich has spent the past four years as an assistant principal in North Shore School District 112.

In addition to Goodrich’s appointment, Lauren Thomas is also set to assume the role of assistant principal at Field, effective July 1. She joins the district after serving as an instructional coach and as an elementary school teacher in Champaign Unit 4 School District.

Tracy Heitman will join Longfellow as of July 1 as its new assistant principal. She joins the district after serving as a social worker in Woodland School District 50. She has also served as a social worker in Waukegan Community Unit School District 60.

District cited for financial reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Buffalo Grove Park District for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2023.

The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.


Need a reason to celebrate?

April 29

National Zipper Day

Poem In Your Pocket Day

We Jump The World Day

April 30

Hairstyle Appreciation Day

Honesty Day

Mr. Potato Head Day

May 1

Couple Appreciation Day

Global Love Day

International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day

May 2

Brothers and Sisters Day

Harry Potter Day

National Play Your Ukulele Day

May 3

International Wild Koala Day

National Chocolate Custard Day

National No Pants Day

May 4

Dave Brubeck Day

International Respect for Chickens Day

Herb Day

May 5

International Midwives Day

Museum Lover's Day

National Lemonade Day

May 6

International No Diet Day

National Nurses Day

National Open Farm Day

May 7

National Homebrew Day

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

National Teachers' Day

May 8

Donate a Day's Wages To Charity Day

National Coconut Cream Pie Day

No Socks Day


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