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  • 2015-10-08 02:14:09
    Peter Geyer on Winnetka's T.L. Fritts To Close: T.L. Fritts was one of the best places in the world for a Winnetka kid with a love of all sports. I bought my first bicycle, a couple of baseball gloves, more than a few football mouthguards, and countless other things there. I wish you a happy retirement Mr. Fritts. You have had a positive impact on young lives, and there is no higher praise than that. [Read More]
  • 2015-10-06 10:59:50
    Sherry Adams on LB Runner, 79, Helps Marathoners Finish: Julian- You are such a roll model!! I remember I ran my first and last marathon with you in 1991!! Way to keep going!! The LF/LB Running Club is very proud of you!! [Read More]
  • 2015-10-06 07:07:25
    David Barkhausen on LB Runner, 79, Helps Marathoners Finish: You're an inspiration to us "youngsters," Julian. [Read More]
  • 2015-10-05 23:28:47
    Observing Too on Civic Group Applauds LF Caucus 'Open Call': The simple answer as to "why go through the expense of a divisive campaign" is because that is the democratic process in a free country.

    The idea that a relative handful of people who supposedly 'know best' should vet and 'elect' our community representatives before an official election always struck me as arrogant. I have lived in LF for over 20 years and watched many of the same people cycle in and out of these positions.

    I think it's time to form another such 'caucus' to provide more choices and let intelligent residents do their own vetting at the polls. Who's with me? [Read More]

  • 2015-10-05 16:12:47
    Jennifer Neubauer on Civic Group Applauds LF Caucus 'Open Call': If the Lake Forest Caucus follows its Bylaws (found at in vetting candidates for Alderman and School Board, if it publicizes the Annual Meeting at which these candidates are slated, and if Lake Forest registered voters show up and vote at the Annual Meeting (Nov. 17, 2015 at Gorton), then the Caucus slate is formed.

    I suggest that any person who has not been interviewed or who believes he or she will not be slated for an Aldermanic position this November and who nevertheless seeks the office should attend the November 17th meeting with his or her supporters and make his case as to why he is the better candidate than the one the Caucus Committee recommends. Note—this costs nothing. The only people showing up and voting at the Annual Meeting are the registered voters who truly care about good governance and they’ll make the call as to who is on the Caucus slate and who isn’t. If a person isn’t slated, he has yet another bite at the apple and can run against the Caucus slate in the general election. But why go through the time-consuming expense of a divisive campaign if you don’t have to?

    Of course, the vibrancy and legitimacy of the Lake Forest Caucus System rests entirely on the extent to which the Bylaws are followed. These call for candidate vetting, an open meeting on the recommended slate, the ability to vote up or down on the recommended slate and the ability to do so by written, secret ballot. If the Bylaws’ material provisions regarding the Annual Meeting (and other public meetings) are not followed, then the public may rightly view the Caucus System as something untrustworthy, relegate it to the dustbin of history, and resort to an endless string of divisive, municipal elections. If the citizens of Lake Forest care enough, we can avoid that result but also elect fully vetted, good people to these offices. The choice has always been ours: the only enemy is apathy. [Read More]

  • 2015-10-05 09:17:54
    Just Observing on Civic Group Applauds LF Caucus 'Open Call': The best way "reinvigorate participatory democracy in Lake Forest" or any community with a "caucus system" is not to buy into the falsehood that a "caucus system" is good for democracy.

    1. The vast majority of these North Shore "caucuses" are not true caucus systems set forth by state statute.
    2. They are simply political parties that falsely perpetuate the notion that they are somehow official systems.
    3. There is nothing wrong with political parties, but the Lake Forest Caucus should simply identify themselves as being a political party.
    4. Why is there a need to "elect" candidates prior to the election? Just hold the regular election.
    5. Only in North Shore towns with "caucus systems" and in China and Cuba are non-contested, single-party rule considered beneficial.
    6. Interested citizens should run whether or not they seek and/or obtain the faux-cus endorsement. Many candidates in other fake caucus towns have easily beat out the "caucus" often coming in first place. [Read More]

  • 2015-10-04 11:40:24
    Jim Moss on Big Pig Little Pig Sweeps Ribfest: A huge thank-you to Christian Erzinger. Tom Zillner, the 19 teams and the many others that make this day happen. It is events like these that truly make Lake Bluff a fun community and not just another town. [Read More]
  • 2015-10-04 08:18:08
    Tracy Sachman on Love is More Than Grand Gestures: Hi Joanna:

    I love all of your articles and this one "Love is More Than a Grand Gesture" just seemed to strike the right chord with me.

    My husband and I have been married for 42 years and almost every morning he leaves me a little note, whether it's reminding me to do something that day or just to say I love you, but it's the way he does it that makes it so special and touching....he always draws a stick figure picture of himself with whatever it is he has to say..

    These small gestures are what make our love so strong.

    Just thought you'd like a good example of one of the many small gestures that make our grand love what it is.

    Best always,
    Tracy Sachman [Read More]

  • 2015-10-03 09:16:45
    m temkin on North Shorts: Actually, I just re-read a book I read more than 40 years ago. While I didn't exactly remember the plot, I never forgot the heroine's name and her spunk. For 99 cents on Kindle, I decided to buy it. Rereading it again with 40 years more life experience under my belt provided a completely different perspective than the first time around, and that indeed was worth the re-read. I'm glad you said why not? [Read More]
  • 2015-10-02 13:25:46
    Linda Kroll, Therapist, Mediator, Attorney on Can You Divorce-Proof a Marriage?: Thanks, Joanna, for your wonderful article on creating a peaceful divorce. I have spent the last 20 years helping people to create one - or even better - to learn a new way to communicate so that they can even create a new and better relationship together!
    It is a vitally important topic that needs to be addressed so that children can be spared the shrapnel of their parent's animosity and families can be peacefully and respectfully re-structured. Thank you so much for bringing attention to this important topic. We can change the face of divorce, one heart at a time!
    My book is coming out in December on Compassionate Mediation™ - How to Add Passion to Your Marriage or Compassion to Your Divorce. I would love to talk with you and offer whatever I can to your readers.
    [Read More]
  • 2015-10-01 18:47:39
    Carla on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: David - Beautifully stated. I agree with everything you wrote. [Read More]
  • 2015-10-01 14:05:45
    David Seidman on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: I just received the D112 email blast. The irony is choice: The lead story is that Lincoln School had the highest rate of participation in the Fun(d) Run for the second straight year. I am very proud of my fellow Lincoln School families and the community we have built together.

    The District considers Lincoln School's achievements to have no value in the next paragraph of the email. And it has never really cared about the positive value of neighborhood schooling. Our strong sense of community has undoubtedly improved the quality of education provided at Lincoln School. But that is secondary to a spending plan that makes no sense as my fellow commenters have explained already.

    Neighborhood schooling for my family and so many others is one of the best things about HP. That is why we moved here. Taking away the ability to walk to school and spend time with fellow parents (and teachers) at the playground while our children play hurts everyone involved.

    Yet the District prefers to bury and destroy what makes a school and a community a special place. It is this fact that is truly unacceptable. [Read More]

  • 2015-10-01 09:03:08
    Nicki Snoblin on D-65 & LB Library Welcome Knollwood: This is really great news for families in Knollwood. Residents in most of Knollwood (the exception is the far west part) don't pay taxes to any library district and therefore are not "by default" members of a library. By state law, they may purchase a nonresident card at the Lake Bluff Library at the same rate Lake Bluff residents pay through their taxes. The nonresident cards provide full library privileges.

    With this intergovernmental agreement, all students in District 65 are ensured the same access to the library's resources as their peers, regardless of whether their family is willing or able to purchase a library card. Many thanks to District 65 and the Lake Bluff Library for finding a way to make this work! [Read More]

  • 2015-10-01 07:06:43
    Lake Forest Schools Watch on LFHS Principal: In Her Own Words: Lake Forest Schools Watch and Restore the Caucus invite supporters to Gorton on Saturday, October 10th from 6 pm to 8 pm. to enjoy an informative multimedia event and afterward to share information, insight and discussion about the future of Lake Forest High School with supporters of the LFSW Mission. Supporters will not want to miss this lively event!

    While LFSW had earlier scheduled a concert for this event, recent input from supporters and their interest in an extended discussion of the challenges facing LFHS stakeholders necessitated changing this event.

    Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with light snacks, beverages and informal discussion, followed at 7 p.m. by a brief presentation and audience discussion of how supporters can further the LFSW Mission. This event is free, but we appreciate an RSVP for seating purposes.

    Link to website:
    To RSVP: [Read More]

  • 2015-09-30 22:05:42
    Paul Dukes on Trampoline Slashed: Well i just dont understand why they did that ? Have you found out who did it? [Read More]
  • 2015-09-30 19:32:01
    Davis Schneiderman on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: For those asking why don't we come up with a two-school model, you might be interested in Adam Kornblatt's Letter in to the Editor from September 30:

    Adam asks why 112 insists on a polarizing option, when many people would back a two-middle school plan.

    Also, he reminds us, wisely, that voting no in March does not mean you are against change. It simply means you want a different plan.

    If the referendum is defeated, we can hope 112 will come up with a plan that better fits the values of our community.

    I hope so, and that's why I plan to vote against this middle school campus. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-30 11:09:43
    Adrienne Fawcett on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: This is a good time to remind everyone about the Daily North Shore comment policy, which begins:

    Daily North Shore encourages comments, but we have specific guidelines. A general principle of our policy is: Do not state anything in a comment that you would not say in public and do not state anything about another person that you would not say to his or her face.

    We highly recommend that you use your real name, but following the lead of the journalism industry’s Poynter Institute, and most other daily news websites, Daily North Shore allows anonymous comments as long as the discussion remains civil and the comment is in line with our guidelines.

    For more on our comments policy and guidelines, please visit [Read More]

  • 2015-09-30 08:10:41
    Richard R. on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: This statement is NOT true: "through the SCFFAC process in cooperation with the architect the middle school model idea evolved – and many SCFFAC members were very intrigued and wanted to learn more. "

    SCFFAC ended its work with a report to the Superintendent in the spring of 2014. From there, the Superintendent accepted the recommendations, and the new Super formed a Site Feasibility Committee.

    There were only a handful of SCFFAC members on that group, and membership applications were not taken from the general SCFFAC population. There were something like 19 112 administrators/employees/board members on the group, and 8 or 9 SCFFAC members.

    The SCFFAC process ended, and other people decided that a giant middle school is the way to go. That's not the same thing at all, and highly misleading to tell people. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-29 23:05:12
    Nancy on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: I don't know who Aaron Brooks is, but I agree that we can't just take people saying: "it's a good idea because we trust our administrators."

    That's crazy. We need good people to implement ideas, but the merits of an idea must stand on, well, the merits of an idea.

    Why would anyone want to stuff a mega school in the SW corner of Highland Park and eliminate all elementary schools west of 41? Have these people completely lost their minds? I can't believe we're even considering this...why would anyone want to move to 112? And don't tell me it would be for some shiny new mega school with 1,800 students. That's completely ABSURD. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-29 21:23:38
    Eric Shoesmith on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: 1. The savings to the district does not address the value proposition. Spending $198 million to save $2.5 to $4 million is at best a 2% return on investment. A terrible investment in light of the destruction to the community.

    2. There are only a handful of SCFFAC members such as Len Tenner, Bennet Lasko and Sara Sher who have come out in favor of this plan. Others, like Bob Bernat, have called the process out for the sham it was, that the SCFFAC was a poor implementation of the SCFAC and failed to address the root causes of our problems.

    3. It is false to conclude that the only option absent a single middle school is increased class sizes. There are other options that address the cost concerns that certain board members, such as Michael Cohn, have discussed at Board meetings. Scare tactics such as increased class sizes and cutbacks to art are exactly that, scare tactics argued from a weak substantive position. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-29 19:52:01
    Aaron Brooks on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: I am not going to get into a back and forth debate with anyone who feels a need to take a disrespectful tone as it will get us nowhere. My posts - and those on Facebook are indeed my opinions and I stand by them 100% - you are welcome to respectfully disagree. As you can see I have used my full name here and welcome other people's opinions, however I vehemently disagree. This will be my last comment here.

    I choose to agree with the $4 million savings number for the middle school model because it was quantitatively developed using a staffing model as I stated in my post - in other words it was built scientifically. This extensive work was done prior to the September board meeting. I believe the computed savings were ~$2.5 million in the 2 school model and ~$4 million in the single middle school model - this is what I remember and what I believe the district is publicly stating. You are welcome to disagree with these numbers and I respect this - but I know how the numbers were developed so I choose to believe them.

    Everything I post represents by personal beliefs and I stand by them 100%. I do believe that questions should be asked - I never said that people should not ask questions - I have asked many and have gotten a satisfactory answer each time. I also believe that when people put out a petition saying "Save West Ridge Park" - and state that it is going to be paved over - when this is not the case - this is wrong and dangerous to this process. This is wrong for our community and will not - in my opinion - allow us to get to the right answer. I believe the person that started the petition thought West Ridge needed to be saved and had the best of intentions - but as Scott Meyers - Park Board President stated publicly this could not be further from the truth. West Ridge is not being paved over - and the proposed plan would preserve green space and have a playground as the district has stated. I realize the playground is not in the architectural renderings - h [Read More]

  • 2015-09-29 17:27:23
    Aaron Brooks on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: 1) I agree that the estimated savings have fluctuated - it was not possible for the district to provide an accurate estimate until they completed the staffing models around the proposed models which was just done before the September board meeting. I believe the yearly savings number for the 2 school campus was ~$2.5 million and the savings for the middle school campus was over $4 million - so $4 million should be a conservative estimate. This savings is all related to staffing - so it should certainly be a realizable and realistic number. They did not include any savings related to other buildings related operational efficiencies which would only add to the savings.

    2) I agree that SCFFAC came out of their meetings desiring (2) 6-8 schools. However through the SCFFAC process in cooperation with the architect the middle school model idea evolved - and many SCFFAC members were very intrigued and wanted to learn more. From that time forward this model has been being developed by the educational experts in our District and the architects. The educational experts - who are EXPERT in educating kids - are very excited about this model as are many, many former SCFFAC members - Sara Sher is a SCFFAC member, former district teacher, grandmother, and taxpayer and is clearly passionately behind this model. Also - the District, administrators and architects determined that the only plan that would work for 2 middle schools would be one at Edgewood and one at Olson - and the Park District does not want to give up Olson so this will not work.

    3) I agree that the school is one building - I did not say it was not. The district has been clear about how it would be configured - from the District website "The middle school campus will have two completely separate wings, each with separate entrances and parking. One wing will serve about 900 students in grades 5 and 6, and the other wing will serve about 900 students in grades 7-8. The building will be designed to feel like two [Read More]

  • 2015-09-29 16:40:57
    Sara on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: There are many false assumptions in the response by Aaron Brooks below.

    Let’s take a few:

    Brooks: “The educators in District 112 are some of the best – and I can attest to this based on how well all three of my children are doing here academically and socially as compared with our experience in private school in Chicago and in the Winnetka public schools. Would these experts look to implement a model that will fail? “

    Assumption: This suggest that people who don’t like this plan think the administrators are misguided idiots who can’t administer out of a paper bag.

    Fact: That’s ridiculous. No one has accused the District of not having good intentions. Just because people are committed to their work doesn’t mean every idea is a good one. I watched that long meeting where the teachers said “we can do this good work in any school configuration.”

    Brooks: 1) The affordability in this plan comes from the operational savings of approximately $4 million per year that is related to staffing savings – so these savings should be completely realizable given that the District took the time to create a complete staffing model for the new configuration. I know people will question this – as I say below – people always question numbers that do not support their position.

    Assumption: People who don’t like this plan will say the numbers aren’t real, for no other reason than to oppose.

    Fact: the $4 million number has changed on more than one occasion. Brooks claims that because a staffing model was done that we must not question why that number changes. That’s also nonsense. If people “always question numbers that do not support their position,” Brooks is well in that camp.

    Question for Brooks: what makes the $4 million a more real number than $2.5 million? Don’t say it’s because a “model” says so, but defend why one model is more accurate than another.

    Brooks: 2) The District and residents spent years – years analyzing potential options. Running a school i [Read More]

  • 2015-09-29 15:14:21
    Eric Shoesmith on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: Unfortunately some of the commentators below do not have their facts correct. Just to clarify and cite the factual basis:

    1. Spending $198 million to achieve a (projected) $4 million in annual savings is a terrible investment for the community. First, the savings estimate has bounced around from $2.5 million to $4 million. Second, the amount of economic damage in lost housing values due to closed schools easily outweighs any savings. You can see how the amount of "savings" varies dramatically by reviewing the previous estimates and projections on the 112 web site.

    2. The SCFFAC recommended two (2) 6-8 grade middle schools. Not one 5-8 grade middle school with 2,000 students. You can read this for yourself under the SCFFAC Report to the Community on page 18.

    3. The single middle school is one building with shared facilities like gyms and lunchrooms and fields. You can see this for yourself on the architect's latest presentation to the board with the proposed middle school layout.

    4. Class sizes will rise to 25 students per teacher in the proposed middle school (cohorts of 150 with 6 teachers) from less than 18 now. That is a 38% increase in class sizes under this plan. See the ISBE website for 112's current statistics and class sizes.

    Hope this helps. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-29 13:07:10
    Aaron Brooks on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: Having attended most every Board meeting over the past year and a half, having talked with numerous educators both in and outside our District, and having kids that have attended 3 different school districts I came into this with an open mind and have concluded that this plan is a great one for many reasons.

    When I was considering coming back to Highland Park with my three young kids 2 years ago I was thinking about the educational quality of our schools both now and into the future. I was thinking about my kids getting a well-rounded education that included social and emotional considerations. I was thinking about them going to school in a diverse environment that mirrors a world that becomes more global and diverse every day.

    I was NOT thinking about traffic, proximity to parks, time on a school bus (I rode a bus to school in HP and did just fine!! - met a bunch of people I am still friends with - good social time for kids). As this school is developed and becomes known for an even better quality education than exists currently - I future north shore home buyers will be clamoring to send their kids to a school such as this. The educators in District 112 are some of the best - and I can attest to this based on how well all three of my children are doing here academically and socially as compared with our experience in private school in Chicago and in the Winnetka public schools. Would these experts look to implement a model that will fail? Of course not.....would make no sense. If we do not address things now class sizes will rise and programs will go away - and the buyers of the future will go elsewhere where their kids can get a more diverse and future ready education that will be possible in HP.

    A couple of things:

    1) The affordability in this plan comes from the operational savings of approximately $4 million per year that is related to staffing savings - so these savings should be completely realizable given that the District took the time to crea [Read More]

  • 2015-09-29 07:45:59
    Rachel Eindhoven on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: Talking with friends and neighbors we all agree: no one wants a huge zoo school. Our children should not be crammed into untested "pods" of 150 students with only 6 teachers to manage them all. It is a recipe for disaster with 5th and 6th graders at the mercy of the 8th graders in the hallways and lunchrooms. And who thinks that putting almost all of our middle schoolers on a bus to ride to school, when obesity is on the rise nationwide, is a good idea? Most kids can walk to school in 5th grade, why take that away? [Read More]
  • 2015-09-29 07:44:50
    Joan Fishman on Lad & Lassie: 62 Years & Counting ...: Nice story about a favorite Wilmette shop. I often get compliments on something I'm wearing from L & L. [Read More]
  • 2015-09-29 06:56:19
    Nancy on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: "The Middle School Campus solution is affordable and exciting."

    Agree completely with those who say we need a different plan. This middle school campus would be bigger than anything on the north shore and isn't even close to affordable. The dollar figures keep moving, and even when up $8 million at the last airing.

    Sher may be excited about these changes, and good for her for giving so much time to 112, but really, a good education is not connected a specific number of buildings. We can do right by our children in 1 middle school or 2. Except we have warnings in much literature on the topic that large schools are not good for students.

    And so the "costs" of one building are about a lot more than dollars. Why don't we have any options between keep everything the same and build a big box school? If the district can't give us that, they aren't doing what the community wants.

    And we shouldn't vote for it! [Read More]

  • 2015-09-29 06:44:34
    Harold on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: I attended the recent NSSD112 school board meeting, and have followed this process closely. After the District's presentation about the educational aspects of reconfiguration, a group of teachers clearly stated that they could provide excellent education for our children in one middle school, or two.

    It's a joke to call that a plan hat borrows 150 million from taxpayers, plus 40-50 million in District borrowing as "affordable."

    We can't AFFORD a 1800-2000 student middle school in the southwest corner of of our district. It's bad for home values, bad for neighborhood schools, and not at all what the community members who volunteered their time actually called for. Those 100 people the letter writer notes--and the last group had 60--called for two 6-8 middle schools.

    If you want higher taxes, lower home values, and our kids to be bussed for ridiculous amounts of time, support this plan. If you want no elementary school west of 41, support this plan.

    If you think that we can do something between "nothing" and "borrow 198 million to build a big box school," then let's look for another way! [Read More]

  • 2015-09-27 12:48:17
    Monica on D-112 Configuration = Opportunity: FINALLY someone addresses THE EDUCATIONAL aspect of reconfiguration! That is the issue before us: What is best for children. Those of us who are afraid/outraged/uninformed/nostalgic for their past/love a cause no matter how misguided need to ask and need to know: What is best for our children's education?

    No educator or administrator shows up for work and says to themselves "Now, how can I screw this up today?" Not one. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-27 06:37:44
    Julie on Holocaust Survivor Receives NT Diploma: What a heartwarming story! [Read More]
  • 2015-09-16 15:02:18
    Bob Desmond on Tickets Rise As Willow Road Clears: Classic Northfield, $27mm for 1 mile of road, lower the limit to an impossible to maintain 30mph and then give out over 150 tickets in first few days after people have been inconvenienced for the last 2 years! Goal of the 4 lanes was to speed up traffic, now you intentionally slow it down for the purpose of helping to pay for it. Oh, and now Kraft is giving up on their headquarters, taking millions in property and sales taxes away, and eliminating the need for the expansion in the first place.

    I wonder how the owners of Bess hardware, Mariano's, the new Dunkin Donuts and the dry cleaner feel?

    This should be a case study in local government incompetence. Would love to know how it looks vs budget. While we're at it, let's take a hard look at the red light camera program and the graft and fraud involved with that. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-16 10:16:25
    bill gretz on Sip & Stroll in Lake Bluff: your note on "sip and stroll" in lake bluff has, either the wrrong date, or the wrong editor. the announcement is for an event dated september 16th ! [Read More]
  • 2015-09-16 07:39:19
    Charles Mulstein on What To Do About Uninvited Wildlife ...: Luckily none of my visitors have gotten into the garage, or the house yet. Sounds like you had a crazy experience with a cornered one! I think I'll go out today to get a couple live animal traps. I don't know if they'll work. Perhaps I'll duct-tape the trash closed tonight, and leave a treat inside the trap. Thanks for sharing your experience! [Read More]
  • 2015-09-15 08:22:49
    Carl Noble on Used Book Sale To End All Used Book Sales: If we could just get these folks that run the book sale to take over our governments (city star, national, world -- why not!) we'd all be better off. The is truly an amazing operation. How can they put in a floor, some 170 tables, shelves for 150,000 books (all sorted into 120 or so categories) and then move the books in. All in one and a half days. Yet they do it -- every year. MBA's should study this operation!

    C [Read More]

  • 2015-09-14 17:53:04
    Harold A. Maio on Walking To Get Out of the Darkness: ====“remove the stigma associated with suicide,”

    Unlike you, I do not associate one, nor do I accommodate anyone who does, so I cannot help you. You will have to help yourself.

    Where did I learn my lesson? Re-visit the Women’s Movement and the claim “rape/stigma”. You have forgotten. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-11 09:12:29
    Adrienne Fawcett on Real Ordinary People: Irv and Doris Abramson: Thank you, Jen. It was such a treat to meet Irv and Doris and share their story. [Read More]
  • 2015-09-11 08:53:01
    Jen Pen Richards on Real Ordinary People: Irv and Doris Abramson: Adrienne,
    This is a beautiful article about two lovely people.
    August 24, 2015 was my 30th wedding anniversary! It's obviously a great day to get married!
    I love your use of dialogue quotes!
    Keep up the great writing!
    Jen Pen
    [Read More]
  • 2015-09-10 03:22:20
    Jake on D-67 OKs Teachers Contract: At the end of the day we need to make sure that our children have quality education, which means quality teachers. If we do that through performance based pay rises or fixed pay rises I am not sure, but we need to do something to ensure or kids future learning. [Read More]
  • 2015-09-10 03:16:34
    Sally on Weight room pays off for MacRitchie: Nice write up of a very talented young women, good luck at college Madi. [Read More]
  • 2015-09-07 13:36:14
    Joan Cordeniz on D-67 OKs Teachers Contract: Thank you for that comment Mr Ebner, I agree with you whole heartedly. I am not a teacher, I have never been a teacher, and I have no problem with the wages paid to our teachers. With college costs and student debt spiraling, we can't expect salaries to remain stagnant. If it's such an overpaid cakewalk, why aren't more people flocking to it? When almost every day brings another article about teacher shortages, how do critics of this contract expect to attract and retain the good teachers our district demands? [Read More]
  • 2015-09-07 07:27:29
    Paddlemom on D-67 OKs Teachers Contract: Isn't this the highest guaranteed increase ever offered in a contract to public school teachers in Lake Forest? Approved as we head into a period of worldwide financial uncertainty ( and, per usual approved during a period when most taxpayers are on vacation)? Wake up citizens! [Read More]
  • 2015-09-06 19:53:11
    Michael H. Ebner on D-67 OKs Teachers Contract: Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, in a US Supreme Court opinion in the 1927 case of Compania General Tabacos De Tabocs De Filipinas v. Collector of the Internal Revenue Service stated the matter forthrightly: "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization."

    Admittedly this is a perpetual battle in American history that reaches back to the eighteenth century. Inevitably it rises to the surface frequently in the twenty-first, whether locally, statewide, or nationally. It is an unending colloquy among Americans.

    I, for one, am most grateful to District 67 and District 115 for the fine educations my son and daughter received. Today both well into the forties, they continue to speak fondly and appreciatively about their teachers. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-05 09:36:48
    Lake Forest Schools Watch on D-67 OKs Teachers Contract: The D67 teachers get a 23.74 percent raise over 5 years:

    1.0554 X 1.0524 X 1.0375 X 1.0357 X 1.0368=1.2374.

    Remember that this is the overall increase – “steps” for individual seniority are already in place. Since the school board is prohibited by contract from issuing merit increases, teachers get raises simply for staying on the job another year. These yearly increases are in addition to seniority steps. And of course pensions are based off salary. And given Illinois' pension woes, it is not unlikely that all or a substantial part of liability for teachers' pensions will be fobbed off onto the taxpayers of the specific Districts from which those teachers retire. So we will reap what we have sown, both at Dist. 67 and 115. It does not take a math whiz to understand the crushing burden this will place on us taxpayers. [Read More]

  • 2015-09-04 22:48:35
    LJ Gibbs on D-67 OKs Teachers Contract: Mr. Noble: I'm guessing that you have already raised your children in this district and that now your children have moved on, you don't want to support other people's children to have the same benefit as yours did. Why not object to the high admin costs this school district has vs. the cost of the teachers who have direct contact with kids who are the future? I would think that you would want every child in this district to benefit as yours did. [Read More]
  • 2015-09-04 13:34:06
    Patricia Borg on Eshoo heads up LA's stellar receiving corps: Dear Mr. Reiterman,

    This article is so heart felt, kind, passionate and intuitive of Eric's personality, leadership skills, team player ability and overall love of the game. Eric the Great, whom I have referred to him since birth, is growing to become a fine young man and disciplined athlete on and off the field. We are so very proud of his accomplishments and look forward to an exciting season at LA. Thank you for writing this article, it is by far the best well written article that best captures his humbleness, spirit, focus and determination. He is the apple of my eye. My late husband Paul was his mentor for how to work successfully "under the radar" with grace. Go Ramblers! Auntie Patte [Read More]

  • 2015-09-04 11:26:49
    Carl Noble on D-67 OKs Teachers Contract: Let's see, 5.54%, 5.34% increase for the next two years. Everyone should go to their boss and demand those increases (guaranteed). Very reasonable. What's GDP growth expectations? one or two per-cent. But we'll beat that. right?

    C [Read More]

  • 2015-09-03 14:08:31
    Kevin Mathews on NT Class of '15 Scores on ACT: Christian Heritage Academy in Northfield outscored New Trier on average ACT scores. [Read More]
  • 2015-09-01 15:39:32
    Patrick Sheeran on Taxpayer Alert: R-53 Extension: A very long winded opinion Janice. Simpler if you just say I don't support the 53 extension. I don't share your opinion. Without regional infrastructure planning, there would be worsened gridlock on our overloaded local highway system. [Read More]
  • 2015-09-01 08:13:51
    Carl Castrogiovanni on Coming Out Against 2nd Amendment: The most important step towards totalitarian despotism is to disarm the citizenry... Just what kind of person thinks that we have "too many rights"? The author fears the world because supposedly many people may be carrying a firearm. The fact that we DON'T have the kind of violence he envisions puts cold water on his paranoia. In fact, an armed society is a polite society... Take away guns, and you still have violence just as before with the strong preying on the weak. Take away the violence prone, and you never have to worry about guns... Go ahead and try to repeal the 2nd amendment via proper constitutional means. Good luck with that... [Read More]
  • 2015-09-01 07:15:14
    Spencer60000 on Coming Out Against 2nd Amendment: Anyone who calls regular, semi-automatic rifles 'assault weapons' is simply regurgitating the gun control lobby party-line.

    This guy may believe what he chooses, but luckily our rights include not having to live by the dictates of a person who thinks we have 'too many rights'. [Read More]

  • 2015-08-27 21:54:51
    Karen Jump on Mission Hills Still Raising Ire: The Northbrook Plan Commission will hold a hearing next Tuesday although written documents are not yet available for review and Northbrook's engineer is still reviewing plans submitted in the last week. We urge the community to support our efforts to stop development of the open lands of Mission Hills that help protect Mission Hills and the surrounding three neighborhoods from worse flooding than what we already experience. It would be a loss of hundreds of mature trees and dozens of acres of permeable land.

    If the Planned Unit Development (PUD) of Mission Hills is dismantled despite the fact that zoning attorneys say it is against the law, it will set precedent for developers to attempt to rezone other areas that people think are protected. If Mission Hills were not in unincorporated Cook County, this would never have happened.

    Surrounding towns, including Northbrook, are spending tens of millions on stormwater control projects. The open lands of Mission Hills are a natural project! The only one who would win is the developer, not the thousands of residents who already call this area home.

    Please support your neighbors and the environment! More information is on our Facebook page.

    A public hearing on this matter will be held on Tuesday, September 1 2015 at 7:30 PM in the Auditorium of Northbrook Public Library. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Written public comments will al be distributed to the Plan Commission. Written comments may be submitted to

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015, AT 7:30 P.M. [Read More]

  • 2015-08-27 08:26:37
    Carl Noble on McMurray To Release CD: What a lovely singer. Congrats on getting us a permanent record of your wonderful talent. Should be a great evening!

    Carl [Read More]

  • 2015-08-27 07:42:20
    Danielle Smith on Mastering the Art of the Sale: Kayla - this is DYNAMITE. You are so beautifully gifted and I love how you are pursuing your passions. You know I have two of your photographs hanging in my office :) Good luck at the fair this weekend! [Read More]
  • 2015-08-26 20:18:40
    Adam Keats on Mastering the Art of the Sale: I am so proud of you Kayla - for pursuing your passions and never wavering from where you want to go in this world. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-26 20:13:06
    Kayla on Mastering the Art of the Sale: Thanks so much Julie I love it so much this has been an Amazon opportunity and I thank you [Read More]
  • 2015-08-26 10:27:13
    Christina Fawcett on How Noisy Is Your Suburb?: I would love to know if there are any regulations in Winnetka! [Read More]
  • 2015-08-25 10:54:22
    Patricia Galli on Pastificio: Highwood's Macaroni Factory: Thank you dailynorthshore for the beautiful article! It's been such a joy to have had the opportunity to serve the North Shore for the past 38 years! Without my mother Elsa's vision, determination, commitment and courage PASTIFICIO would not have been a reality. It is an honor to carry on her traditions that are reflected each day at the shop. I am very fortunate to have the loyal patronage of my customers on a daily basis. Thank you again! [Read More]
  • 2015-08-25 06:29:10
    Michael Burke on Highwood Sculpture Honors 9/11: On 9/11 my brother, Capt. William F Burke, Jr, E-21, FDNY, gave his life. I love this piece; it's beautiful. It's great to see the human form encompassed in art about 9/11. The immense billion dollar WTC memorial - for which the names were not an original part of - is just so remote and disconnected to us. But this is human and genuinely expressive of the day and time. It reflects it and respects it.

    Please help return the Sphere, the last remaining intact artifact of the WTC to the memorial (and give it something people can relate to). Please see Facebook, Save the Sphere! Thanks! [Read More]

  • 2015-08-24 07:30:19
    Sherry Adams on Lake Forest's Haeger Wins Sailing Gold: Way to go girls!! So proud of you Annie and Briana!! All the hard work is paying off!! Best of Luck in Rio!! [Read More]
  • 2015-08-22 12:41:40
    Ben Macks on From North Shore To Israeli Army ...: The vast majority of Jews greatly appreciate that America has allowed them to practice their religion openly. We say a prayer for the United States every Saturday morning. They choose to serve in Israel for at least two reasons: 1) Israel is in much more desperate need of soldiers than the United States as its very existence is constantly threatened and 2) In Israel, soldiers are honored by virtually everyone, no matter their political views, while the United States has an administration that despises the military. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-21 16:36:20
    pamela ratchford on Mad Hatter Luncheon: Great Photos of a worthwhile and fun event! [Read More]
  • 2015-08-20 09:29:23
    Rommy Lopat on Something Old & New in Lake Forest: Let's not delude ourselves into believing that a contempo design imagined at an architect's desk in Chicago and never having received local LF public scrutiny (like HPC) is somehow imaginative and appropriate to Market Square's architecture. I love having a better bikepath, but the bike shelter has to go!

    In addition, the new landscape opens up, rather than hides, the views of hundreds of parked cars. It creates a prairie rather than an English vernacular a la Market Square, and far more maintenance / weeding for City crews.

    I think it would be valuable to have more public review of landscapes...before they are installed.

    Last year, the LF Preservation Foundation alerted City staff to the dis-connect of architectural styles. [Read More]

  • 2015-08-19 16:57:16
    LJ Gibbs on Something Old & New in Lake Forest: Where in this new design will school/business buses pick up and drop off passengers in the mornings/evenings? There doesn't seem to be an obvious place anymore. Please don't tell me that the city in their infinite wisdom has decided that taking up all the parking spots or street on Western Ave. the way they used to do and the way they've been doing it during construction... That is extremely bad planning. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-19 11:43:07
    Michael H. Ebner on Something Old & New in Lake Forest: I appreciated this informative news analysis of the bike parking station @ the Metra station along McKinley Road.

    Architectural design, like the law, does not stand still. It is every evolving. Indeed organic.

    When I first viewed the structure I was very pleasantly surprised by its imaginative design that attends to a twenty-first century need.

    As for the biker-friendly reconfiguration of the McClory Bike Path, when I first learned about it I could not imagine how it would be designed. As construction proceeded I observed it frequently. And as it took its form I considered the outcome imaginative as well as inviting.

    Finally, a historical observation. Think of the design of Howard Van Doren Shaw for the central business district, completed in 1917. It took something familiar -- but not especially lovely -- and recasted it as Market Square. A century hence it stands out as architectural statement of immense significance recognized on an international scale. [Read More]

  • 2015-08-19 09:56:37
    Marguerite Burke on Something Old & New in Lake Forest: Thank you for the article about the bike shelter. It is now obvious what the shelter is for but we too enjoyed speculating. I will say that it seems to us that the redesigned areas around the station feel very tight and not vehicle friendly with almost no space for safely stopping to drop off passengers. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-19 09:50:10
    tmoorman on From North Shore To Israeli Army ...: Bless and pray for the safety of all young adults willing and motivated to serve their country and promote and push to secure the values of democracy for all of us. It is a noble calling! [Read More]
  • 2015-08-19 08:03:45
    Tom Ochs on From North Shore To Israeli Army ...: I appreciate your comment and again I have immense respect for someone who accepts their responsibility to serve their country - the vast majority of people refuse to serve their country.

    You bring up an interesting point about not wanting "pursue American interests abroad". It's interesting because Israel is an American interest abroad. While it may be an inconvenient truth, Israel exists because the U.S. demanded it (after WWII). We continually give profoundly large support through financial & military aid. We work jointly on technology in innumerable ways. It's inconvenient but, no one in the world is wholly committed to Israel's wellbeing and existence... except America. There are other countries that are "friends" but their support of its establishment & any continuing support are more as a result of our leadership than their deep love of the country and people of Israel.

    If they were to serve America and then Israel would respect that. I truly do wish them success & safety but again, I'm just sad that they don't care that much about our country. [Read More]

  • 2015-08-18 15:22:40
    Ryan Michael on From North Shore To Israeli Army ...: There are a variety of reasons American Jews choose to make Aliyah and/or serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Some enlist in the IDF out of a strong sense of Zionism -- and a feeling that their service would be more valuable helping to defend the Jewish State that it would be pursuing American interests abroad (or sitting on a base on American soil). It is also often easier to draft to combat role in Israel. Some have Israeli citizenship through their parents (or by birth) and are returning to complete their mandatory military service. Further, I have known many (although not a majority, by any means) who first served in the U.S. military and, upon discharge, chose to serve in Israel to protect their second home. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-18 07:31:37
    Tom Ochs on From North Shore To Israeli Army ...: First, I want to say that this can be a touchy subject to comment on. So, I'm trying to say this in a caring and respectful manner. Less than 1% of the population feel enough pride in, gratitude for and commitment to their country to serve their country. Military service is one of the highest callings a person can answer. These are rare young people. Having said that, I'm a bit sad that their country, the country that offered them freedom, opportunity, protection and the safety to grow into fine young adults - wasn't worth their time. It's one thing to run with the masses and be so wrapped up in yourself that you don't give service to your country. It's another thing to say that your country is not worthy of your service but, some foreign country is. I wish them well & hope for their safety. But, I'm sad that they feel America is not worthy of them. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-17 08:29:53
    Joan Webster on Parting Words with Ben Stein: I am a lover of Ben Stein. I think that this interview with Ben was most entertaining and personal. Kudos to the interviewer - and thanks for a good chuckle. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-14 18:13:53
    Kay milburn on LF's Milburn is burning up the track: What a wonderful article . Not only did you explain her history as a track star you nailed her wonderful warm easy going personality. Great job ,Bill [Read More]
  • 2015-08-14 11:11:18
    B. Friedland on Remembering Marshall Field's: A wonderful program! I was fortunate to attend one of the "Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Community Associates of the Art Institute" programs, and Leslie Goddard did a superb job. I have also seen her presentation on the history of Estee Lauder, which was fascinating and informative. She knows how to captivate an audience.

    You are in for a real treat! [Read More]

  • 2015-08-12 03:48:28
    Jake on Playing 'D' fits versatile DeNoble to a 'T': Really great story here, I myself have been injured playing field hockey, its wasn't very pleasant. I think a lot of people don't realize how dangerous the sport really is. This is one of the reasons i have great respect for all field hockey players. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-09 10:04:23
    Kirby Kemp on Triplets College Trifecta: What an inspirational woman. Her story was long overdue. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-07 21:31:26
    Loving Lake Bluff on LF Residents Create Watchdog Group: Friends and neighbors, can we not agree that at this point it that it couldn't be more clear thar the caucus system fails our institutions? Isn't it clear that it has exceeded its lifespan? We know that LF/LB is overflowing with professionals who could easily hold almost any elected office and perform well; I know you- you are my neighbor. Isn't it also the case that the most exceptional of us would make the time to serve but won't because they refuse to appear before the local equivalent of a co-op board to be interrogated for the thankless position that only a masochist would seek (school board member)? Must the best candidates suffer that further indignity of being grilled by the same faces instead of facing a qualified editorial board? Can we not all agree that it is obvious that the ineffectiveness of the caucus system has been reflected in the events of the last 10 years? Did that system produce the best boards? You remember them- the boards effectively slated by our last Superintenendent (who was the essential equivalent of Bruder at College of DuPage). The same system that produced the hand picked people that brought us the previous superintendent who overstated his worth, presided over the debacle that protected a high ranking school employee charged with sending lewd material to a police department intern; you recall him- he's the retired person to whom we now pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Doesn't that debacle lie at the feet of the caucas system? When can we say "Enough!" ? Can we finally discuss holding contested elections for board and allow all comers? Is it too soon to be asking these questions? I know 1900 seems like yesterday to many of us and that the caucas was a grand idea then-but hope most of us see plainly that it's not too soon to suggest the demise of the caucas. I'd enjoy meeting those new faces- you. Run as independents please. Good luck to you all. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-07 11:48:12
    Shyla on Coloring Inside The Lines: If you are interested in adult coloring in a community setting, check our our group

    We also host coloring parties for anyone in the Chicagoland Area! [Read More]

  • 2015-08-07 08:55:06
    James Cullen on LF Residents Create Watchdog Group: I have been reading all the comments about LFHS principal choice. I sense so much negative energy in this community. Instead of trying to "know" everything about the school boards decisions, why don't you try to learn why our high school children feel the need to drink alcohol at an alarming rate. We look the other way at underage drinking, even going so far as to use the excuse of well we take their keys so they can't drive. My favorite is "All teenagers drink" well not at the rate in LFHS district. I find it ironic that so many worry about a qualified person who is "different" becoming principal, than the health and welfare of our children concerning drugs and alcohol. The bottom line is the women is qualified, let her do her job. Start being parents who abide by the laws of the state, 21 is the legal drinking age in Illinois. [Read More]
  • 2015-08-05 11:17:31
    Richard H Heineman on D-112 Hears Plan For Task Forces: This was presented by the vendor, but was not accepted by the Board. They did not want a group filtering the input from the public. They want to hear it for themselves. I support this decision. There will be no citizens advisory committee. This does not mean that will not get this advice, they want to hear it all. They are responsible for the decisions made.

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  • 2015-08-04 12:49:28
    Leslie on Setting is a perfect fit for LF's Patlovich: Way to go, Emma!!! [Read More]
  • 2015-08-04 11:54:26
    Peggy Jadwin on Milburn claims 2 silvers at junior olympics: Way to go Scouts! And a special shout-out to Katie Condon! [Read More]
  • 2015-08-04 10:47:20
    Bob on Letter: Northbrook in ‘Housing Crisis’: Cities should not be involved in social engineering experiments. They are using other people's money (OPM) to make them feel good about themselves. They are also introducing more children into the school systems with less than supporting tax revenues. Who pays? [Read More]
  • 2015-08-03 12:00:46
    Arnold D on Letter: Northbrook in ‘Housing Crisis’: While the letter may have good intentions, the policy perspective advocated here are largely useless and, probably, do more harm than good.

    If prices are rising in Northbrook, it's because demand for housing exceeds supply. Compelling one particular developer to build more affordable housing will loser his return on those 15% of the properties deemed "affordable housing." A certain number of low cost units will enter the market, but the developer will have to sell the other 85% of the units at a higher price in order to counteract the lost revenue on the 15%. In general, the average price is not likely to change. Worse yet, the "affordable" units are going to have less expensive features and build quality. Over time, subsequent owners - looking to capitalize on pricing disparities - will improve the properties to sell them at a higher rate of return... thus increasing prices more rapidly on the "affordable" properties.

    I'm skeptical there is a crisis, but let's assume its true. The city's best solution is to use the time-tested rules of supply and demand. A more effective means of lowering prices is to increase supply. The city should enact policies to encourage the construction of new housing: Reduce zoning restrictions, lower permit costs, etc. Developers, lured by high prices in Northbrook will be anxious to build new properties under these rules. Supply will increase and, in turn, prices will fall. [Read More]

  • 2015-07-31 18:32:48
    Edward Sachs, Jr. on LF Residents Create Watchdog Group: I am past school age kids but attended the open Board meeting called to disclose pubic comments then vote for Dr. Hollands' hire.

    The Board drew fire upon itself.

    They did not search beyond local communities or very long and , they did not disclose Dr. Holland's part time business or consulting services tending to downgrade achievement based class selections.

    They did not account for the fact her website was taken down within a week or so of the vote.

    The curriculum changes by the new Board and the Superintendent that Dr. Holland would lead were not disclosed. Further, her former employer was ranked about 100 high schools below Lake Forest's.

    These were very and very clear objections. I emailed each of the Board that they failed to live up to their duties as policy makers and financial overseers. Again, they addressed none of the above points I outlined above. [Read More]

  • 2015-07-30 22:32:52
    Dee on LF Residents Create Watchdog Group: There are 19,000 residents in Lake Forest, of which only 30 or so are signed on to this group.

    Additionally, the report by this site about Dr. Holland's hiring mistakenly begins by saying 'despite residents' objections'...suggesting that all residents agreed.

    This is simply not the case. As I understand it, Dr. Holland has been warmly welcomed by most in the community. Even these public events only had a fraction of the community in attendance.

    Congrats, Lake Forest! [Read More]

  • 2015-07-30 12:29:30
    Bayley Milton on Mary Jarvis Beattie: I helped Mary with all sorts of projects - mostly desktop publishing related - and enjoyed her sense of fun and her dedication to community. I know she will be greatly missed. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-30 12:01:48
    Lacey Scott on Over 40? Go To Lollapalooza: Hi Catherine! I just read your article and I had to tell you how much I enjoyed it! I am so interested in going to Lollapalooza next year and have some memories from the past [Read More]
  • 2015-07-28 19:58:11
    Dutch on Opening Up About OCD & Anxiety: Great article. What a wonderful service Susan has done for others by creating Beyond OCD and by telling her story.

    I have several friends who have been successfully treated with exposure therapy. It is surprising how often this approach to dealing with anxiety and OCD is overlooked. Thanks for writing this story and helping raise awareness about this mental illness and important resources for managing it. [Read More]

  • 2015-07-28 16:40:11
    LB Fan on Awarded For Excellence in Lake Bluff: Congrats to Lake Bluff Schools! [Read More]
  • 2015-07-28 07:14:16
    Jennifer Neubauer on LF Residents Create Watchdog Group: LFSW mission statement, in full:
    Lake Forest Schools Watch (LFSW) was formed to ensure that administrative and board decisions on curriculum, personnel, fiscal, and other issues are fully informed, completely transparent, ethical and solely in the best interests of Lake Forest students in helping them obtain a world-class education.
    We are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, and non-Affiliated. We are Conservative, Liberal, and Moderate. We agree on one thing: that the administrations and boards of education of the public schools in Lake Forest, Illinois; to wit; Lake Forest High School, Deer Path Middle School, Cherokee, Everett and Sheridan elementary schools, must serve the needs and desires of the stakeholders. They are the parents, students and taxpayers of District 67 and District 115.
    Our needs and desires are these: that LFHS and the middle and elementary schools provide a world-class education. Period. Our children deserve no less. The taxpayers deserve no less. We want our children to be enabled to achieve their highest possible levels of academic accomplishment in an atmosphere that is socially, emotionally, and ethically age appropriate and devoid of political or other agendas that have nothing to do with the best academic interests of the children in Lake Forest public schools.
    LFSW exists to ensure that parents and taxpayers may band together, share information, become informed, speak truth to power, and engage in concerted action. Most importantly, we seek to ensure the transparent slating and election of School Board Members who are competent, reasonable, and courageous critical thinkers who embrace the LFSW mission. We want School Board Members who will serve the best interests of Lake Forest public school students and taxpayers, exclusive of their own social or political agendas, and who will comply with the legal and fiduciary duties they owe to the districts they serve and the people who elect them.
    LFSW supporters
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  • 2015-07-27 08:15:42
    Linda Bender on Winnetka Library To Close Genealogy Room: I was a Winnetka resident for over 40 years and a volunteer in the circulation dept. of the library for 7 and am dismayed to hear of the Board President's comment about older volunteers, having been one of them. When I began volunteering at the library--FOUR DIRECTORS AGO--I was welcomed and appreciated. That changed with the current inexperienced director. In the year and a half she was there, she never once thanked me and only said "hi" once or twice. I doubt she bothered to learn my name. The only reason I stayed until my recent move to Indiana was that the head of circulation and the staff had become friends and always valued my help. I can only wonder what's next to go. The classics? [Read More]
  • 2015-07-27 08:01:39
    Lake Bluff Parent on LF Residents Create Watchdog Group: You seem to stew in your own negativity "interested observer". Open debate can expose misinformation so why shut it down? It's my understanding the new site is open to all to discuss both sides of the hiring of the new LF Principal and also to include general LFHS topics as well as topics related to education at large. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-25 08:58:24
    Sharon Sanders on Front-Row Seat to History: At a time when fear of anyone who doesn't look or act like us is so prevalent throughout our nation (and the world), the wonderful people at Open Communities and so many supporting groups, are fighting injustice based on the color of ones skin, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. We must begin to accept people based on their actions, their caring for others, not traits, like skin color, that have nothing to do with what kind of person they are. If we don't build a grassroots movement of acceptance rather than fear, we have no hope for our society. If our government destroys the fabric of our society by cutting programs that educate all of our children or destroy safety nets that help seniors, the disabled, and people trying to get back on their feet because of job losses or jobs shipped overseas, then there is also no hope for our society. We must all work together and stop the fear and hate of others and rebuild this country to be a bastion of democracy.

    I hope that everyone joins us tomorrow, Sunday, July 26th, starting at 2:00 p.m., for this wonderful, inclusive, free, family event on the Winnetka Village Green, and become part of our five-year plan for more inclusive communities that serve the needs of all our people in the north shore suburbs. If you have young children or grandchildren, please bring them. We have so many activities for them to do. Hope to see everyone tomorrow. [Read More]

  • 2015-07-24 22:50:48
    Priscilla Barlow on Winnetka Library To Close Genealogy Room: Very sad that the library trustees refused to turn the matter over to the Winnetka Caucus, even in the face of numerous objections on the part of the local tax payers. A collection that took 60 years to put together will be boxed and stored, and for what? Extra meeting space? As if there is a dearth of free meeting spaces in Winnetka. Why can't the library work in partnership with other taxpayer-supported institutions instead of using their limited space and resources to hold knitting classes? If the Regenstein library and the Newberry can agree not to duplicate each other's collections, why can't the Winnetka Public Library stop trying to be the Winnetka Community House? [Read More]
  • 2015-07-24 20:38:23
    interested observer on LF Residents Create Watchdog Group: "We want School Board Members who will serve the best interests of Lake Forest public school students and taxpayers, exclusive of their own social or political agendas..."

    Oh, the irony. Isn't this statement, and the entire mission, indicative of a political agenda? In the interest of transparency and honesty, I ask: Who is watching "LFS Watch"?

    Still stewing about Dr. Holland....So sad. [Read More]

  • 2015-07-24 13:58:20
    Jocko on Will Glencoe's Cibo Trattoria Close?: What were the charges that he got probation for? Seems like a key piece of information to leave out of the story. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-24 12:00:49
    Melinda Jakovich on Plan Commission Divided Over One Winnetka: There were many positive comments for the project as well. I wish you would have written about them as well. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-24 11:35:03
    B. Friedland on Who Rules The Road In HP, LF?: This study is a good idea. Ridge Road in Lake Forest is one that would definitely need monitoring, since the road is narrow and there are gullies that make it difficult for a rider to veer off the road in case of danger. It’s a good idea for the riders to be reminded of the rules. I noticed in some communities, there are signs reminding cyclists of the details.

    Countless times I have watched cyclists riding three and four abreast having conversations, oblivious to the car behind them. I have witnessed many cyclists gliding through intersections oblivious of the stop signs, and just yesterday I saw one trying to ride across highway #41 at Westleigh Road—against the light!

    I have also noticed that some drivers, who in a rush or while having a cell phone conversation, (no, no, no!) have had to swerve and slam on the breaks to avoid a wayward cyclist. There are some drivers who have no patience for the bikes, and they also need a reminder!

    I thank Public Safety for this initiative! [Read More]

  • 2015-07-20 08:29:51
    Mgrace on Lifetime Restaurateur Embraces French Cuisine: What is the name of the chef??? Thanks [Read More]
  • 2015-07-19 15:16:31
    Dee Gates on Update: Is Deerfield 'Killer' Innocent?: Too bad Michael Nerheim is more concerned with advancing his political career them seeking justice for his constituents. He can't give up this conviction - his CAREER DEPENDS ON KEEPING THE CONVICTION. This is what is wrong with our criminal justice system in America. State's Attorneys like Nerheim got where they are because they amassed hefty numbers of convictions. The fact that many of them are wrongful is considered collateral damage. Forget that an innocent person's life was ruined by Michael's political aspirations. You don't get elected to higher and higher offices in the criminal justice system by CORRECTING wrongful convictions. It is the sick and disgusting truth in America that a politician like Michael Nerheim got where he is on the backs of not only rightful convictions but also WRONGFUL convictions AND HE has the jurisdiction over whether or not to have them retried. The fox guarding the hen house. Stupid, stupid. If we want things more integrity in our justice system we need to change the way we elect these types. Instead of counting numbers of convictions we should be concerned with the checking the INTEGRITY of our elected justice officials. Mr Nerheim has shown he is severely lacking in this department. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-18 10:18:06
    Kevin Reiterman on Roundup: Travel Baseball: It's been fixed.
    Thank you for bringing the error to our attention.
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  • 2015-07-18 00:42:22
    John smith on Roundup: Travel Baseball: The Last name is Gough [Read More]
  • 2015-07-17 17:01:54
    Eddy LAMBERTY on Seeking WWII Soldier's Family ...: Be sure that I'll perpetuate the memory of our liberators and I'll visit the cemetery to pay my homage to Lt Marshall Hughes but also to all who did the ultimate sacrifices of their lives, as long as I'll be able to do so. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-15 13:03:04
    Glenn Kalin on Opinion: Dold On Iran Nuclear Deal: How is it possible to have read the entire document so quickly so that you are certain that this is such a bad deal? It's not a United States action because it includes such partners as Great Britian, France, Russia, and China! [Read More]
  • 2015-07-15 12:38:22
    Ruth on Opinion: Dold On Iran Nuclear Deal: While it is interesting that your comments follow a very recent visit to Israel and that contributions to you seem to be related to interests in Israel, may I remind that you are generously compensated by the people of the United States and it is to us that you owe your highest degree of concern. It is destructive on many levels to ally yourself with the head of a foreign country. Please, at the very least, try to present some degree of allegiance. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-12 14:20:51
    Leslie Hughes Pierpont on Seeking WWII Soldier's Family ...: I forgot to mention that my sister, Marsha, was named for Marshall. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-12 14:18:29
    Leslie Hughes Pierpont on Seeking WWII Soldier's Family ...: I am Marshall's niece. His older brother, John Wing Hughes was my Father. My profound thanks to the Belgian family! What a wonderful gesture and very much appreciated. He had not married yet and his twin brother is now dead also. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-12 10:42:22
    Trinda on Seeking WWII Soldier's Family ...: Here is the obituary for one of his brothers from 2006 -- please pass this on
    [Read More]
  • 2015-07-10 10:42:31
    Michelle Hans on Namaste: Ann Marie, thanks for the great article about Diane Banta! I absolutely love her teaching style. Diane's classes are the perfect combination of zen and power. Is it really possible that she's only been teaching for two years? [Read More]
  • 2015-07-09 15:37:51
    Jenny Simpson on LFHS Principal: Letter To Parents: Welcome Dr. Holland! So very pleased to have you here! [Read More]
  • 2015-07-09 14:18:10
    Kevin Reiterman on Inside the Press Box: College Baseball: The Sacramento River Kings are a Triple A baseball team based in California. They currently are an affiliate with the San Francisco. They used to be affiliated with the Oakland Athletics (1999-2014). [Read More]
  • 2015-07-09 12:24:13
    Diane Kennedy on Help Make This School Year a Success: Items for the Catholic Charities of Lake County School Supply Drive can also be dropped off at Church of St. Mary in Lake Forest until Sunday, August 2nd. A collection bin is available in the Parish Center - 201 E. Illinois Rd, Lake Forest. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-07 18:13:54
    ko on Inside the Press Box: College Baseball: Who is the Sacramento River Kings??? Is it a new team that is never heard of?? [Read More]
  • 2015-07-07 16:14:43
    Adrienne Fawcett on Veterans Day Ceremony In Lake Forest: Eddy: I shared this with the Lake Forest Historical Society and they are gathering some information for you. We'll be in touch soon. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-07 15:00:07
    Eddy LAMBERTY on Veterans Day Ceremony In Lake Forest: Dear Madam, dear Sir,

    For nearly 17 years, I've adopted the grave of a soldier who is buried in the American cemetery of Henri-Chapelle in Belgium.

    His name is Marshall HUGHES (Army Serial Number: 0-1060428) killed in Action (KIA) on the 03rd of January 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.

    As for the 8 others graves I've adopted in henri-Chapelle, I try to find some further information about those young men who did the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for my freedom.

    I've made some researches and I know that his dad was from the Lake Forest.

    I do know that you do not me at all, I do not want to bore you nor the family.

    I'd like to know if you could maybe help me in finding a picture or an newspaper article in the local papers. Indeed, I'd like to print a picture of 2/Lt Marshall HUGHES (Army Serial Number: 0-1060428), so I could place his portrait next to his white cross, next time i'll go and lay flowers in his honor at the Henri-Chapelle US Cemetery (Belgium).

    I do hope that i'll receive a reply from you. please be sure that I do not want to contact the family, I just want to honor this trooper with a face on his name.

    Thank you in advance for your help,

    A 43 years old Belgian who knows that freedom is not free.


    Eddy Lamberty, Belgium [Read More]

  • 2015-07-07 09:27:04
    Paul on I-176 To Close in Green Oaks: Sounds like Rondout. for those of us who drive through there on business, which railroad grade crossing will be closed? The old Milwaukee RR or the EJ&E? [Read More]
  • 2015-07-07 08:27:15
    Tom Ochs on Target's Plans For Lake Bluff Are On Target: Martha, I can understand your disappointment. But, you have to understand that it's not uncommon to get 100+ resumes for an open position. Companies don't get back to people who don't get hired - that's just the norm. You also have to remember that these are unskilled labor positions so, there are probably even more applicants per position. Companies don't hold job fairs for employees. It costs money to put these on. There's no point in having one for people who already work for Target. Also, they are not, as you said, letting you down. They have a certain number of positions & they fill them. They don't owe you an explanation or a job because you come to their job fair. I think it's great that you put a lot of effort into trying to get a job. But, that is the nature of looking for work. [Read More]
  • 2015-07-06 16:01:50
    Martha Cappeller on Target's Plans For Lake Bluff Are On Target: I applied for the Lake Bluff's new Target back in May at the Job fair & no one cared to get back to me.Alot of others did get a response & didn't even get in.Why have a fair if you let us down? Is it just for your employees? I think it really was a terrible crowd & very dishonest.Some of us spent a lot of time there.I applied for either a floor person or security.Alot of people need a job !
    I was really looking forward to going back to work but now I have to wait again-

    Sincerely,Martha Cappeller Your team really needs to communicate ! Thank you- [Read More]

  • 2015-07-06 12:57:59
    Lynn Hawley on North Shorts: Yes, I miss browsing in bookstores, but there is an excellent alternative--your public library. Shelves full of new and old books await your discovery of a new favorite author. Plus, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, videogames, ebooks, eaudiobooks, and much, much more. Usually available for free with your library card. And if you are looking for something in particular, and your library doesn't happen to own it, they can request it from another library. Also for free. Support your local libraries! [Read More]
  • 2015-07-04 21:18:50
    Sundevilpeg on Customers Get a Bang Out of Unique Restaurant: "... you can feel assured the birds they use are Amish chickens. That means no genetically modified organisms (GMOs)..."

    There is no such thing as a GMO chicken. [Read More]

  • 2015-07-03 03:48:06
    Jennifer Mannis on Questioning LFHS Principal Search ...: Thank you Dee! Your comments are not fruitless they
    on point.
    [Read More]
  • 2015-07-01 22:16:04
    Judy Powell on New Facebook Page Set Up For Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Stuff: How may I join the .lb of marketplace? I live in Lake Bluff and have tons of great stuff from Europe and the USA [Read More]
  • 2015-07-01 07:39:45
    B. Friedland on Police: Drug Paraphernalia in Driver's Car: I'm glad that the police are being vigilant about the drug problems in our lovely glade. How surprising for those of us who walk, and find drug paraphernalia along the curbs--especially in cul-de-sacs adjacent to open spaces! Needles in the streets! Who would have thought? [Read More]
  • 2015-06-30 20:26:04
    Gigi Verrey on New Facebook Page Set Up For Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Stuff: Hi Leslie.
    I live in LF and would love to post items to give away and find out about what's available to purchase. I liked the page but can't find where to ask to join the group. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


    Gigi [Read More]

  • 2015-06-30 08:47:17
    Lorelei McClure on Child Network of Evanston Given Grant: I was so happy to read this informative article. What wonderful and needed work they are doing. To my mind, the holistic approach is the wisdom that has been necessary heretofore in order to realize long range life changing results. Thank you for writing it. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-29 13:31:41
    Tim Fox on Hole in One: Shoreacres is just a fun golf course and a great place to relax [Read More]
  • 2015-06-29 05:48:55
    David Barkhausen on History and Mystique on Lake Michigan: That's a wonderful, fun article, Keith. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-27 12:31:16
    Nancy on County Fair Asked To Cancel 'Banana Derby': I've started a petition to end this disgusting event. Shame on Lake County Fair, Stars and Stripes Fest and all other associations who condone and support this practice. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-26 18:44:43
    Eileen Moore on Upbeat Walker won't be down for long: So proud of my granddaughter, Adrian!!!! To say that she is awesome is an understatement as witnessed throughout this article. No doubt she will recover and return to the field even stronger and more impressive. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-25 10:56:28
    Paul Nelson on Professional Bike Race Returns To Lake Bluff: My son have attended this event last year and really excited. Now he said he'll attend this again, I'll tell my friends to attend too. Thank you for the information.

    Best Regards,
    Paul Nelson. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-19 23:53:18
    Conie Choo on Café Serves Much More Than a Meal: It’s a wonderful and informative post… Thanks for sharing. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-18 08:51:15
    Joan Fishman on Wilmette's Little Free Libraries: Thanks - I've seen these around Wilmette and love now learning more about the "movement" along the people behind it all. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-17 13:24:51
    Adrienne Fawcett on Who Are These Masked Men?: carl -- i have a new appreciation for the humble bannister, and from now on i've decided to leave my laptop downstairs in the home office where it belongs. now if someone would just invent a laundry elevator, we'd all be a lot safer :-) [Read More]
  • 2015-06-17 13:23:07
    Adrienne Fawcett on Who Are These Masked Men?: Sandy and Neva -- thank you, i am indeed on the mend! [Read More]
  • 2015-06-17 11:06:36
    Sandy & Neva on Who Are These Masked Men?: Maybe you need to dial back your in-depth research for your next article. Just a thought. The article was well written and thorough, as usual, and a good reminder that most accidents occur in the home. We are all lucky to live in an area that has such competent emergency help readily available. Hope you bounce (carefully) back quickly. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-17 10:37:18
    Carl Noble on Who Are These Masked Men?: Adrienne, you have to stop with the cheap booze. Remember black labels & you'll be safe!. My daddy said to ALWAYS have hold of something (like a railing) when going down stairs. That sort of eliminates carrying stuff in both hands.

    If you need any more expert advice, feel free to call :-)

    PS. get better & great article -- as always.

    C [Read More]

  • 2015-06-17 07:57:35
    Merry on Who Are These Masked Men?: So sorry to hear about your accident Adrienne, but thank you for turning it into a terrific story about our local fire departments! We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated volunteer staff here in LB and the collaboration with the LF department makes it all work so well. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-16 22:03:49
    Adrienne Fawcett on Who Are These Masked Men?: Yes, I called 911 from my cell phone -- it went through with no problems :-) [Read More]
  • 2015-06-16 18:47:23
    Just Reuter on Who Are These Masked Men?: Thank you for another helpful article Adrienne! Did you call 911 from a cell phone. Is it possible to call 911 from a cell phone? Thank you. Judy [Read More]
  • 2015-06-15 11:17:33
    Gary Finley on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: No matter how you package it, "White Privilege" is simply racism and has no place in either our schools or a civil society dedicated to equal treatment under the law.

    This situation requires a tremendous amount of oversight and responsible community members need to do the following:
    1. We need to teach our children that anyone who judges them by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character, is a racist no better than those who stood in the school doors in the 1950's. These people deserve no respect. Our children should not be taking advice or guidance from anyone who treats them like second class citizens.
    2. We need to teach our children that anyone who tries to blame them for things they didn't do simply because their skin is white needs to be fought and defeated.
    3. We need to make sure that Dr. Holland's beliefs in "White Privilege" and "Whiteness as Property" do not become part of the lessons or curricula in Lake Forest High School.
    4. We need to keep Dr. Holland from bringing in PEG consultants to harass our teachers and waste our money.
    5. We need to watch all of her new hires and determine if they share her radical racial views.
    6. We need to make sure she does not do away with tracking programs which she sees as new Jim Crow laws.

    It's clear that we will get no help from Superintendent Simeck or the School Board, so all of this will have to be done by citizens working outside of the bureaucracy.

    I am well aware that the racist poison of "White Privilege" has spread throughout our Universities, but it doesn't mean we have to force our kids to drink it in Lake Forest High School. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-15 11:02:55
    Adrienne Fawcett on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Dee: You ask for transparency but do not use your real name. You provide an email address with your comment but is it your real address? I have sent you two emails to answer your questions and have received no reply.

    Allowing anonymous comments is the industry standard and Daily North Shore is for the time being going with it. This is a new site covering a much larger geographic range than its predecessor. We are trying a lot of things.

    Throughout the past few weeks I have posted the DNS comments policy here and asked readers to alert me to comments that they feel violated the policy. When I first read the comment about making life difficult, I interpreted it as “life will be difficult because of the rancor.” After hearing from readers who felt it was a threat, I removed the comment.

    If you value transparency, please use your real name. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-15 10:02:03
    Dee on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Dear Adrienne Fawcett:

    Since the post by MCN is referenced here by two commentators we know he did say, "make her life difficult', referring to Dr. Holland.
    Do you mind sharing the following:
    1. Was his comment 'scrubbed', and why?
    2. Do you consider this a threat? If so, what's the protocol for such, besides deleting the comment?
    3. Did you contact MCN to make him aware you were scrubbing the threat? Did you contact any authorities? The board? Dr. Holland?
    4. Thank you for your transparency! [Read More]

  • 2015-06-15 10:01:33
    Jennifer Neubauer on Getting Past Color At New Trier: “Whenever I walk into a classroom, I will always be black first. I will always be labeled a black writer, or a black girl, or black student. I think that’s one of the hardest things to really break down at New Trier.”
    This young woman's analysis of how everyone at New Trier views her is based on what, exactly? I am not certain why she feels comfortable asserting that the first thing, the very first thing and thus the primary thing everyone (who is white? or do Hispanics and Asians fall into this group, too) thinks about when she walks in a room is the color of her skin. She might be uncomfortable for reasons known to her alone. But why does she feel comfortable making a blanket statement based on a subjective feeling? Perhaps she could have scientifically polled a meaningful sample of non-African-Americans at New Trier and asked them what they thought when she walked in a room. The results of that survey would be truly valuable at assessing the truth of the situation and attitudes toward race and achievement at New Trier.
    But when subjective feeling substitutes for truth and, worse yet, the basis of an indictment of others, I fail to see the value.
    [Read More]
  • 2015-06-14 19:27:42
    Pat Hanrahan on How Suite It Is ...: Nice article & illustration. Greg is my cousin. I used to babysit him years ago. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-14 18:58:07
    interested observer on Getting Past Color At New Trier: Congratulations to this brilliant young woman. I wonder if the author or readers will realize the very powerful commentary she is making about her school environment. Not the surface-level compliments and appreciation but the more profound commentary on race. My fear is that her story will be another case of African American exceptionalism (i.e., "She's not like the rest of them.") to make the dominant groups feel comfortable and progressive. For those who want to know how debilitating "racial spotlighting" can be, please do a simple search on Googlescholar to learn how talented African American students have to deal with this phenomenon and how it taps into liberal feel-good ideologies.

    Again, congrats to this young woman for enduring what she has and managing to be successful in spite of it. A good follow up story would be to make more visible the conditions at New Trier that make her feel like it is necessary to "conduct yourself perfectly in ways that tear you apart" as well as the micro-aggressions that exist in that environment.

    have a nice day. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-14 09:52:36
    Paul Sachs on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Well said, Dee! Thank you for your insight and your intellectual honesty. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-14 05:00:18
    Dee on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: I wonder what you mean by "Make her life difficult?"
    And, with the disclaimers on Daily Northshore, why in the world would they print such a 'promise?'
    My God.

    I am watching these posts with extreme concern about the inability to grasp and retain very basic and well-accepted terms/definitions like "white privilege", and the many possibilities of who Malcolm X was and what he stood for. Who gets to limit what Malcolm X said? In fact: Who wants their enemies to educate their children?
    He made no mention of the color of his enemy, so it's interesting that those who are part of this campaign would leap to these interpretations without acknowledgement and consideration of the range of possibilities. That limited examination is void of critical analysis, surely a reason to quickly lose points on a research paper at ETHS, New Trier and LFHS. That leap just doesn't seem critical nor rigorous enough for even a teenager.

    That said, Malcolm X thought some Black people were problematic, as well. And no one mentions the many changes in his philosophy over time. Many argue his public acknowledgement that he could be brothers with white people got him killed. So there, he's no longer frozen in time.

    Same with Dr. King, who was hated during his lifetime. His words were sanitized before inclusion in the national identity. There is no need to take his quotes out of context when he wrote several books. If you read them you will know he was hated for a good reason--he challenged the moral and ethical structures in the United States with revolutionary intent. I am sure this same group critical of Malcolm X should also be wary of quoting Dr. King too quickly. Videos of him during his last two years may scare you; heck, he was asked for reparations in 1963.

    Both King and Malcolm X died at the hands of those who wanted no change. They, too, were constantly threatened. And misquoted. And misunderstood. Imagine where we would be if they didn't c [Read More]

  • 2015-06-12 18:03:14
    BB on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: If diversity was a criteria for choosing a new principal, I applaud the Superintendent and school board. I think it'd be great for our high schoolers to have a person (or more specifically a woman) of color to look up to and be inspired by. The right one could'e ended up a legend in LF. Unfortunately, for this "trailblazer," we really needed someone we could feel confident was a unifier, not a divider. With race as a central tenet or building block of Dr. Holland's educational center, it's hard to portray her as that unifier. By posting the Malcolm X poster inferring that white educators are the enemy - then personally endorsing that point of view just one year ago - the concept of a unifier goes right out the window. Then, by cynically and tactically hiding it all as soon as her name comes out - well, that's when her entire nomination should've gone out the window. If Jay Rodgers posted a white supremacist poster on his social media pages, then deleted it - and someone recovered it during his vetting process - game over. Why are we even discussing all the other issues. This was huge! For me, all the local uproar was not racism - but a response to Dr. Holland's racism. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-12 15:49:31
    Paul Sachs on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: As a proponent of identifying players by name perhaps MCN could provide us the name of the courageous individual who plopped this story in the lap of the missus. Perhaps that guy (or gal) could participate in the dialogue and articulate his (or her) agenda and the reason he (or she) didn't sound the alarm himself (or herself), but rather got someone else to do the dirty deed. And it seems, dirt cheap. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-12 13:15:46
    Lisa Jaenicke (author, daughter) on Goodbye & Thank You, Lake Bluff ...: CORRECTION!!! The builder is DR Horton. My apologies... [Read More]
  • 2015-06-12 12:50:30
    Adrienne Fawcett on Joan Copello Heath: Susan--I love that she is credited with the Heath bar wrapper. Now I know why you love the minocqua fudge toffees! [Read More]
  • 2015-06-12 10:15:55
    Terry Darraugh on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Well said and I agree! The process of bringing Dr Holland to LFHS was not what it should have been. I hope it is better in the future [Read More]
  • 2015-06-12 10:05:10
    Edward Sachs , Jr. on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: An empty nester, 10 year Lake Forest resident, I attended the meeting. I feel the Board inexperienced and cornered by inexperience. They did not use a recruiter to solicit and screen proactively across the country. I further came am wondering what the Board mission and what Dr. Holland's mission is. She has an identifiable racist tone in her resume, which is a story concerning a side business and website that are objective facts. This legitimate taint was glaringly avoided by tbe Board. Lake Forest has a fractous history with Boards and Superintendents. Dr. Holland appears capable and a decent individual. Hopefully, the High School mission becomes more clear and clearly accepted. What is the exact mission Board members and Superintendent? If a mission plan is not made more clear, the School will lose standing. Lake Forest ratings languish behind New Trier, Glenbrook North and Highland Park. The gap risks widening unless oversight improves. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-12 07:40:43
    Lisa Spano on Joan Copello Heath: Dear Susan, I'm so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by memories and the loving kindness of family and friends. PS the Heath bar has always been one of my favorites! [Read More]
  • 2015-06-12 04:37:35
    Concerned resident of Lake Forest on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Interested observer likes to engage in begging the question as well as straw men arguments which are leading in nature.
    Paragraph 8 was my favorite baiting ploy thus far and I believe qualified as obfuscation.

    TGIF [Read More]

  • 2015-06-12 04:14:30
    Concerned resident of Lake Forest on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: 1. The inexperience comment stems from an expectation for an individual with a lengthier and proven track record (say someone with 20-30 years experience. In their early 50's perhaps) who may warrant the resources this community feels it has to offer (one of the highest paying salaries for the position in the country)

    2. Surely de-tracking, which is presumptuous based on her educational thesis. Furthermore, the link between her and the controversial Pacific Education Group which currently is contracted by Evanston, Oak Park, Highland Park, and New Trier. Lastly, side note, why shouldn't a school which exhibits a certain demographic engage in tracking in order to put forth the most impressive application possible toward college and university acceptance? The question here is not whether it is racially preferential but class preferential.

    3. Not sure which posts you are making reference to, however, public officials are held to a higher standard than private citizens. Plain and simple.

    4. Patronization aside, this is fallacious. The position that one must either be actively pursuing a progressive agenda or else be labeled "against" said agenda is disingenuous. By this logic, myself being a white male must be a sexist by virtue of not actively advancing feminine issues and only merely agreeing on gender equality in principle.

    5. Do you mean to suggest residents of lake forest re-zone the town to create affordable housing thus encouraging diversity across a spectrum of incomes (and presumably ethnicities). You're becoming increasingly combative in your condescension and thus I am through. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-12 03:47:44
    Concerned resident of Lake Forest on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: The concept of white privilege and the offense it elicits most often stems from those with no first hand experience with its manifestations. For example, an individual who while pale in complexion grew up in poverty may not feel very privileged in any sense of the term but then may come to realize that they, through now fault of their own, may have applied for housing and been offered a lease over another. Minority lessee die to prejudice on behalf of the landlord. This is a simple example of one manifest benefit.

    The issue most have with the enduring concept and the revival of such a polarizing issue is that to perpetuate of the idea of a default birthright ends up hurting everyone in the long run by either crystallizing the belief one is in fact privileged by racial identity, by serving to further polarize individuals in the formative years of one's own ego(self) on the basis of race (harmful to the idea of a racially equitable society), or to further engender race identity politics through the enactment of remedial policies which have to the extent of my knowledge been shown to have little if any positive impact.

    The institutional constructions most under scrutiny are surrounding economic barriers to advancing ones education. Most simply put, It goes like this; those with accumulated wealth, whether generational or acutely accumulated, have the resources to enroll in an advantageous school district by virtue of property ownership within such a district or by virtue of costly private institutions OR lastly by investing resources in the explicit training for "gate keeping" exams such as the SSAT, SAT, LSAT and so on... minorities traditionally are not privy to the requisite resources for such "privileges" and become mired in generational economic and therefore educational stagnation.

    Obviously this is not a universal truth, it is just the basic argument against white privilege or otherwise the manifestation of institutional racism...

    Just a crash cou [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 22:22:15
    Parent that cares on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Interested observer,
    That is so funny-I call Lake Forest fantasy land! I guess you're saying the fantasy is over, that's too bad, it was really nice. I'm sure everyone here will be ok with that and realize that we have had it too good for way too long anyway. We really don't deserve it, it has been very selfish of us all. Oh and there's no gate around Lake Forest, and we probably don't need to consider one now, since the fantasy is over anyway.
    [Read More]
  • 2015-06-11 20:38:21
    Parent that cares on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Interested observer, here are the answers to your questions:

    1. You answered your own question.
    2. The curriculum is the common core that was forced on all states by the federal government. They are de-tracking at the middle school that leads to de-tracking at the high school. Ms. Holland is a supporter of de-tracking and she was just hired to be principal at the high school. You put two and two together.
    3. I have not observed any racial posts or integrity issues, except your comments.
    4/5. I will not need to wish anymore for racial diversity of the student body and I am off the hook for being involved in progressive racial change, which is a good thing for the cause because if you haven't observed yet, it's not that easy to express your opinions with our BOE and Superintendent and have them act on them. From their recent actions, it seems the BOE/Superintendent would be very open to finding ways to expand the racial diversity of our high school, so I would guess that will be part of their discussions in the near future. It will not matter if the majority of the residents are open to the idea or if they are finally ready for it, it will get done, that's the way things operate around here now. I don't have any say in any contingencies either, I'm just a parent.
    6. I prefer Dr. King because he believed in peace instead of violence and prefer these very relevant quotes of his:
    “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.”

    Good night. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 20:17:00
    Mike on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Racism? Bah! This was always a question of square peg/round hole based on Holland's weak resume, lack of training, and questionable integrity. Race had zilch to do with this. If anything, Holland was treated with kid gloves. A white guy with her thin background but who was nonetheless "great with kids" would never have made it to final interview rounds for this job.

    All you had to do was do a race/sex blind force ranking of the applicant resumes, a practice common in the private sector, and which I'll bet the school search team and board never did. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 19:39:53
    jjack on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Nice try. People that want to believe LF or any other community in the Northshore is racist will find it....cause that's their agenda. I find people in this community to be incredibly intelligent, friendly, ambitious, caring and's a beautiful place to live - and apparently to work - which is why people move here, settle here and work here. Bottom line, with any high level position, three top candidates should have been presented to the board and community for review. Not one - with no experience in the position applying for. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-11 19:28:00
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Mike (if I may),

    I am not claiming that your point was about predictability. My point is that you leaned on test scores. But leaning on test scores serves no purpose, for the reasons I pointed out.

    You are doing a little bit of scurrying here. First, you laugh off my facts about affirmative action. Then, I provide you with some level of proof and you shift the focus. If White women benefit from affirmative action, and those white women are married to white men and they have white children, then both of the latter groups benefit. That is not hard to understand. It does not contradict my assertion. It follows directly from it.

    I am not trying to impress you. So, whether you are impressed is not the issue. In matters of race, who is impressed is my least concern. Here is my suggestion to you: Don't be mad about the suggestion that race may be the source of some people's concerns, be mad at racism. A really refreshing comment from you would be something along the lines of: I am so committed to my community and schools, that I will object to any form of racism that exists in this whole affair. Instead, you only offer a denial of racism with respect to you and your wife. The defensiveness is thick.

    It troubles me, and should trouble any progressive thinking person who is reading these posts, that you might be in a position to vet African Americans on matters of importance. That's the difference between 1950 and 2015. Today, it is more subtle.

    have a nice day. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 17:59:45
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: jjack,

    you saw no evidence? you might be missing the forest for the trees. i'm curious as to what you think would constitute evidence for racism. if you are looking for 1950s style racism, you are probably correct, you did not see it. but, evidence for the new racism comes in other forms. i don't say this to indicate whether some folks in Lake Forest are racist or not not. my point is that racism is alive and well in the U.S. it did not magically skip over the good folks in Lake Forest. we see in many of these posts that there is an imaginary and ideological gate around the place, but that does not extend to there being a shield or dome over the place that makes it impervious to racism. to suggest so is to live in a fantasy.

    have a nice day. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 17:53:20
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Parent that cares,

    Just a few observations about your most recent post:

    1. Dr. Holland serves as an assistant principal. How is she inexperienced?

    2. What unproven curriculum changes are you referring to? Please provide a reference to the curriculum changes that you say Dr. Holland plans to implement. While you are at it, please provide a quote or evidence that she plans to de-track at LFHS.

    3. Equally concerning are the racial posts and integrity of the comments on this board. How concerned are you about those posts?

    4. So, you are merely "wish"ing that there was more diverse student body. Racial change does not result form a "wish." If only it were that simple. While you are wishing are you also engaged in progressive racial change?

    5. What exactly do you mean when you say that racial diversity will be "looked at as a possibility down the road?" Do you mean when the residents of Lake Forest are ready for it? Do you mean when they will finally allow it? What are the contingencies embedded in your "possibility"?

    6. Why do you prefer Martin Luther King Jr. to Malcom X. If you really do, then you must also realize that Dr. King said the following:

    “The thing wrong with America is white racism. White folks are not right…It’s time for America to have an intensified study on what’s wrong with white folks.” - Martin and Malcolm and America: A Dream or a Nightmare? p. 234.

    “I’m sorry to have to say to you that the vast majority of white Americans are racist, either consciously or unconsciously.” - I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr., p. 40.

    “The American people are infected with racism.” - Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., p. 350

    have a nice day. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 14:42:01
    Parent that cares on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: My perspective is that I do have more at stake and many are trying to trivialize the changes and problems happening in our districts right now. My perspective is also that you are somewhat removed from all the details not having children in the school system any more. However, everyone does have a right to express their views and that is respected. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-11 14:26:45
    Adrienne Fawcett on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: As a reminder, here is a link to the Daily North Shore comments policy:

    Basically the policy can be summarized as such: Don't say anything here that you wouldn't say in public and to a person directly. And also, please don't call people names, or threaten anyone. And readers, if you see a comment that you find objectionable, please email me and tell me about it. I do read every comment -- but I can make mistakes and I appreciate your feedback. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 14:22:07
    Paul on LFHS Board OKs Principal Contract: Holland is hiding her website from Lake Forest Residents and we are suppose to trust her ?

    Trust is EARNED. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 14:08:30
    Mike on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: @still anonymous interested obvserver:

    I've lost where you made your post responding to me above, so here it is for the record:

    @anonymous interested observer:

    Second time around and you still don't get it. I said NOTHING about predictability. I only pointed out that she made a factual error, because clearly black and white students perform differently on the SAT's after normalizing by income, contrary to what she said. OK?

    Second, it wouldn't surprise me if white women are the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action. So what? What made me laugh about your remark is that, as you sanctimoniously inform me that white women are AA's primary beneficiaries, you then say white men and white children are AA's primary beneficiaries, which is not only contradicts your first assertion but, at least in the case of white men, is untrue. That's a big oops.

    I'm really unimpressed by your not so subtle suggestions in others of your still anonymous postings that racist feelings against Dr. Holland somehow underlie the opposition to her. Nothing could be further from the truth, at least in regard to my wife's and my opposition.

    I don't have any interest in responding to your other points or further explaining my responses and I don't find you particularly challenging. In that regard, you flatter yourself. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 14:02:59
    Parent that cares on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Yes, you are wrong. The experiment I am referring to is having an inexperienced leader implement unproven curriculum changes which include detracking as well as concerns about Dr. Holland's racial posts and her integrity and character. I have no problem with a black principal at LFHS, and in fact wish we had a more diverse student body. I'm guessing that will be looked at as a possibility down the road, and I think it would have a bigger impact on our students and community. I also wish Dr. Holland did not erase some of her online presence and wish that she had posted pictures of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. instead of what she did post. It is hard for me to not have reservation about someone who posts such hateful rhetoric being hired as a principal. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-11 13:07:53
    jjack on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: I'll start by saying that I do not live in Lake Forest. My daughter attended an independent school in town, and I have some close friends there. I have no reason to comment, except that little thing called freedom of speech. Everyone on this board has the right to comment and make their opinions known. I think the citizens of Lake Forest are well educated, sophisticated people that care a great deal about their community and education for their children. And what is wrong with that! In the last few years my daughter was in school, I saw NO evidence of racism whatsoever. So let's stop playing that card once and for all.

    If the good doctor wants to make a positive step in the right direction, she should come forward and answer parents questions. They are ultimately her employer now. If there's no reason for concern, most parents will figure that out rather quickly. On the other hand.....maybe that's why she aint talking [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 13:05:03
    Sridhar Krishnaswamy on LFHS Board OKs Principal Contract: My response to Dr. Johnson would be: letting experience crush all hope would be a terribly sad way to live ones life!
    Let me be clear - the decision that the BoE made is not one that I would have made for reasons I have mentioned before. If the website was not pulled with the intent to hide its contents, it could have been brought back up within twenty minutes at any time during the controversy surrounding its disappearance. To me that is a matter of integrity which cannot be overlooked during a hiring process. But the BoE has made a different decision, and I have no reason to believe that the BoE and the Superintendent have anything but the community's best interests at heart.
    So, yes, I will reiterate that at this point the only thing all of us should hope for is that Dr. Holland will be successful in taking LFHS to even greater heights.

    Sridhar Krishnaswamy [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 12:52:46
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Mike (if I may),

    I will work from your most recent post:

    1. You referred to an "erroneous" assertion the part of Dr. Holland regarding test scores. You are making an argument by referring to those test scores. My point was to show that the very test scores you refer to, SAT or otherwise, tell us very little even if you are trying to highlight an error on her part. You did not mention SAT, but the Thernstrom's do. I have actually read the book. So, whatever argument you were making has little support if you are basing it on test scores. You cite test scores for a reason, if it is to convince us that they measure something important, you fall short. Predictive validity is just one way to point that out. You may not like it, but it is true.

    2. Please enlighten us on what is so sanctimonious about my comments. Claims need evidence. Is it because I challenge your position?

    3. With respect to my assertion about affirmative action, here is one source, if you care to accept it:

    If you are not willing to accept something from a popular press venue, then check out the book "When Affirmative Action Was White" by Ira Katznelson. or this statement from North Carolina State University:

    Again, you may not like it but the data are clear.

    4. Liberals can hold conservative views. Moreover, it is often self-proclaimed liberals who are the most conservative. Many folks in Lake Forest, such as yourself and those who are posting here and saying it is not about race, probably believe they are liberals. I stand by characterization.

    have a nice day. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 11:24:19
    Been there, seen that on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Lived and raised our children here. Educated our children in LF public schools. Experienced one superintendent go to jail, one nearly bankrupt District 115 and another high school superintendent whose idea of leadership was to allow the school to run itself. Many changes in school principals, some of which were wonderful and some not so great. Saw schools redistricted, changes in curriculum and educational pedagogy. All three of our children somehow made it through, attended outstanding colleges, and became successful adults who are raising their own families.

    The institution is much stronger than any one or two leaders. Fine teachers and staff, talented students, and strong supportive families ensure that the schools remain sound, and nothing will change that. "Parent that cares", you mistake perspective for judgment. You have no more nor any less at stake than any parent or family in any community. And your accusatory language directed at me and "others of the sort" for having a view that is different from yours happens to be extremely condescending. We all have a right to comment on this situation and express our views. Now I'm off to clean my home, go to the grocery, and attend to my responsibilities, none of which includes golf or sitting in a lounge chair. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 11:19:50
    Mike on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: @interested observer:

    FYI, "Mismatch" was written by two self-proclaimed liberals. Someone who doesn't know that should not criticize me for my "limited knowledge". Hence, I have no reason to trust your other unsupported assertions, your extraordinarily incorrect claim in paragraph 9 being among them. I mean, that one is a real howler that just doesn't pass the straight-face test.

    Nor am I interested in treating with someone who makes wild-eyed and erroneous but quite amusing (to yourself, anyway) speculations about my own non-agenda. Good day.

    PS Thanks for your courage in letting us know who you are. You're a stand up guy. Or gal. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 10:34:41
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Parent that cares,

    I wonder, and correct me if I am wrong, if the "experiment" that you are referring to is to have someone Black be in charge of educating white children? If that is the experiment, then please be honest and clear so that we know what you mean. There seem to be so many assumptions wrapped in what will happen with Dr. Holland at the helm. If this is truly your concern, then it seems to mirror the concern that others have attributed to Dr. Holland. The long-standing history of the U.S. shows that Black children, for example, have participated in an experiment where white leaders have been in charge of their education. That seems to be okay, partly because there is assumed, taken-for-granted competence among white leaders. But, the very idea of a Black leader...Well, many of the posts say it all.

    have a nice day. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 10:26:42
    Arnold D on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Quite enlightened commentary, Ms. Foss. Perhaps there's plenty of embarrassment in this community to go around. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-11 10:18:45
    Been there, seen that on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Well said. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-11 09:58:50
    Parent that cares on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: "Been there seen that" and others of the sort, maybe your problem is that you have lived in Lake Forest for 23 years. Do you think that might be skewing your world view a little? It is maddening that people in this community feel they can lecture others on what is right for other people's children and take a "holier than thou" attitude with very little view of the world other than the idyllic community they have lived in for 23 years. It's easy to say lets go along with the current hot trend of liberalism when you have lived in Lake Wobegon for the past 23 years. You see little of what bad things can happen. I have lived most of my life in an urban environment, where bad things do happen on a daily basis, and it's not pretty. I'm sorry if you feel an acceptable option is to "invite Dr. Holland to contribute her expertise...and wait to find out if what she brings to the table improves the education experience for our students", I do not! I have seen these experiments go bad! You expect the parents of this community to take a wait and see approach for the next three years? You think that is a reasonable directive for a highly educated and responsible parent with multiple children in this school and district? I'm sure it is very interesting for you to sit back in your lounge chair (after your golf game at your private country club) and watch this trendy social experiment unfold, heck, it's a lot like a reality tv show, but please do not dare comment on what is right for other people's children and pass judgement on them for how they wish to raise their children or for any act of caring and concern about their children's education. You may have a voice as a taxpayer, but many of us have MUCH MORE at stake than you do in this matter and I would appreciate you keeping your condescending comments to yourself. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-11 09:56:54
    Lynette Foss on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Put away the pitchforks, people. Dr. Holland is hired. It's time to support her. Stop embarrassing yourselves and our community by looking for trouble where there is none, and move on with your lives. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-11 09:44:46
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Carl,

    What is your position on "white privilege"? Do you think such a thing exists? Can we look at history and contemporary times and find this in any way? Or is it just completely made up? That is, there is no such thing or manifestation of white privilege. What are your thoughts on this concept? And given the mountains of sociological evidence supporting this concept, what counter do you offer to well-trained sociologists who have documented it for hundreds of years? Please help us understand. Thanks. Looking forward to your reply. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 09:34:54
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Carl and Mike (if I may):

    Thank you for your replies. I must say that that I find your argument strategies to be quite interesting. A few comments back to you:

    1. Carl, you assume that I am commenting from the "left." One could only come to that conclusion if one were commenting from the "right." or some other moderate position. I will rule out the latter since your comments are not moderate in any way. Having established your rightist position, much of what you now has a certain logic to it, within a right perspective. The important point to establish your "conservative" position in what you want to have us believe is a progressive community.

    2. Carl, if you are not asserting that the advantages accrued in Lake Forest are not the result of "pure" meritocracy and effort, then what are you saying or admitting? What accounts for the advantages that are not the result of these? We would all like to hear?

    3. Carl, I have made no claims of racism in my posts. I have responded to your claims about racism. Again, studies show that when there are adamant claims that race is not an issue, it is usually because race is an issue. You may not like that conclusion but it is true.

    4. Carl, the amount of name calling in your post shows that you would rather attack the messenger than the central message. Moral courage would involve much more than making sweeping claims about community values. Also, what is there to be jealous of and why would one be jealous? If I am not mistaken, the issue at hand is Dr. Holland, not the kinds of trinkets that can be found in your community.

    5. Michael, your choice of two texts also reveals your political leanings. The two you cite are written very conservative scholars who still hold on to a widely dismissed "culture of poverty" thesis. No serious social science scholar even believes this view.

    6. In citing "test scores," you are referring to SAT data. SAT scores have no predictive validity for college success and completion. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 09:12:47
    Concerned Parent on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Am I the only one who thinks there is the possibility that Dr. Holland "had" the job before this all started?

    I know it may be simple circumstances, but things don't seem quite on the up and up. I thought the school had to make public offerings for this job before they hired someone. The districts "search" ONLY included a post on a teacher's website for three weeks - not exactly trying to get the most experienced talent that way, but it probably does pass the test of a public posting.

    Again, there may be nothing to this, but it definitely smells funny. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-11 00:26:30
    MCN on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: If there's obfuscation here, anonymous uninteresting observer, it's you who is behind it.

    1) The studies I read suggest that black underperformance is a result of culture, not tracking, as well as at the college level to race discrimination in the guise of affirmative action. You can start with Stephan and Abigail's Thernstrom's book "No Excuses", then move to Richard Sanders "Mismatch". Read them and weep.. And contrary to Dr. Holland's inaccurate assertion in her master's theses--such as it was--when black test scores are normalized for income, the result is NOT that they are the same as white scores, but that white scores in the LOWEST income bracket are higher than black score in ALL income brackets, including the highest. The source for that tidbit is the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, c. 2009, and you can find it yourself if you know how to use Google.

    2) My wife's non-agenda is obvious. She raised points that are crystal clear about Dr. Holland's profound and disturbing lack of qualfications, her unsuitable training given her desired assignment, and her lack of candor about her unpopular views. Your response is what?

    3) No one said that all people in Lake Forest are here by merit alone, a straw man that your gleefully raised just to knock him down. Big deal.

    4) The only valid point you make is that this candidate is all about race. But you don't make it the way you think you do. The fact is that a white male candidate with Dr. Holland's thin credentials, abhorrent views, and reckless attitude about covering up his paper trail would have never gotten out of the starting block for this job. Dr. Holland, I believe, solely because of her race and sex, was treated much more leniently than a white male. So, yeah, it's all about race.

    My name is below. Let's see yours, tough guy. Or gal.

    Michael C. Neubauer [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 22:36:58
    Greg Harlan on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: It's an interesting pattern; in virtually every one of your comments you keep insisting that "this isn't about race," yet you continue to bring that very issue to the forefront -- every single time.

    And you're awful big on the threats, Mike. Exactly how do you intend to "make a life difficult for her," as you so brazenly state? Care to elaborate on that? [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 22:07:29
    Carl Castrogiovanni on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Why would a hater of 'white privilege' want to be a principal here?

    Answer: $160,000 annual salary

    Hypocrisy is such as thing to behold... [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 21:52:17
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: No racism in Lake Forest. Thanks for letting us know. Your comments are quite illuminating, in many, many ways. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-10 21:49:54
    Carl Castrogiovanni on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: "The amount of obfuscation here is astonishing. It seems that some Lake Forest residents think they are smarter than everyone else and can intellectualize the real issues out of plain sight. "

    Wow. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. The galactic-scale hypocrisy of the left is an absolute certain, just like death and taxes...

    No one claims that places like Lake Forest are pure meritocracies. No one. Period. You Holland supporters have displayed astonishing prejudice. The resistance to Holland, to you, and to your ilk is NOT racism. It's indignation at the utter disrespect shown to our community, and to us as individuals.

    No one claims this community is perfect, but it *IS* a community built buy achievers; by makers. Do we bristle when insulted by your cadre of jealousy? Most certainly. That is not racism. That is moral courage... [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 21:47:46
    Been there, seen that on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Having lived in Lake Forest for 23 years and having seen a good amount of social change in the community, I complete agree with "interested observer". Instead of embracing the opportunity for community and student growth in both cultural understanding and the examination of current educational practice, many (but certainly not all) residents choose to see the change as a challenge to "Lake Forest values" because any such such change is interpreted as a criticism of the status quo. A sense of superiority (usually not upheld by anything other than economic data) often supersedes facing uncomfortable truths and the chance to actually improve things for everyone.

    Espousing interest in improving the educational system while denying that the system could be improved by change is disingenuous, and no amount of rhetoric about "finding a good fit for Lake Forest" and a qualified candidate's lack of experience can mask the dishonesty inherent in the argument.

    Why not invite Dr. Holland to contribute her expertise to the conversation and the educational system and wait to find out if what she brings to the table improves the educational experience for our students? Her contract is based on performance. Judge her on that. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 21:37:46
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Dave Marchant,

    If you are reducing racism to individual psychology of Lake Forest residents and equating anti-racism to white benevolence of those same residents, then I fear you have already lost on item number two. Good luck with that strategy and line of reasoning. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 19:43:28
    interested observer on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: From the article: Rourke further noted that Dr. Holland has spent the last decade espousing goals to solve racial inequality by the removal of tracking systems that are in her view the byproduct of white privilege. “The positions of the Lake Forest community and the positions of the candidate are largely at odds with each other,” he said.

    Two points of note. First, this is not just her view but a finding that is consistent across a number of rigorous research studies. Second, is Mr. Rourke suggesting that the community supports tracking that produces educational inequality?

    From the article: Many residents questioned whether Dr. Holland had a hidden agenda.

    More diligent reporting would also shed light on whether those who object also have a hidden agenda.

    From the article: Residents also objected to Dr. Holland’s written statements about white privilege in school systems, arguing she was not a good fit with the values of the community.

    Of course, we are asked to believe that all the advantage held by those in Lake Forest resulted from merit alone.

    From the article: Lake Forest resident Rob Rourke asserted the issues at hand weren’t about race but about experience and fit.

    When such statements are made, it is usually because the issues at hand are precisely about race. The research is clear on this point. Dr. Holland is an African American female. Anyone who does not acknowledge this is being intellectually dishonest.

    Final point: The amount of obfuscation here is astonishing. It seems that some Lake Forest residents think they are smarter than everyone else and can intellectualize the real issues out of plain sight. In the spirit of candor, let's name it and let them own it. Let them continue to live in their bubble. Some of the worst parent socialization I have seen in a while. And to think, these are the same people in boardrooms, in bank offices, who serve as lawyers, and so on. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 18:54:43
    Mike on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: Lisa, I note that there are a number of anonymous posters who wrote comments approving of the Board's decision, yet you are not complaining. The reason is?

    MCN--My name is already out there. [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 18:20:08
    Lisa Spano on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: NDC, identify yourself and stand behind your comments! Coward, coward coward! Our school board members are fellow community members, elected by the voters of this district. They serve without pay. I stand behind their decision and welcome Dr. Holland to the LFHS community.
    The Daily North Shore needs to adopt a
    policy that requires comments must be accompanied by the person's name, as was the case of Gazebo News.
    Thank You.
    Lisa Spano
    [Read More]
  • 2015-06-10 17:28:28
    Terry Darraugh on LFHS Board OKs Principal Contract: I have put four daughters through LFHS from 1996-2006. Our experience was excellent and our daughters all got into the colleges of their choice. I agreed with 90% of what happened at the school There seemed to be great respect for the teachers and I was impressed by the administration and it's communication with the parents and community. So I was sad to hear of the controversy over hiring a new principal and was invited to come and listen last evening to the school board and it's opposition.

    I went to the meeting as an observer. I came away with three conclusions:

    1. The process for choosing this candidate was flawed.
    2. Though the candidate seems to impress people and seems driven to excel in her education career I felt her experience was slim for someone in this position
    3. The concerns of those attending were not addressed concerning her views of education particularly noted in her master's dissertation, consulting website and doctoral work.

    Let me expand on each point
    Superintendent Simeck stated that the position was advertised (if I heard correctly) in one professional publication. From that posting 20 applications were received. The field was narrowed through confidential interviews by Mr Simeck to 8 , 3 and then he made a final recommendation of Dr Holland. I find it difficult to understand how there weren't more applicants and why the net wasn't cast further. Additionally, why weren't successful principals from other schools with more experience recruited. It seems like a very important position with the power to hire and fire staff and control the direction of the school.

    Two of the board members in their statements before voting admitted that they were within months of being on the board. In addition, the FAQ link revealed that 3 of the six board members “at the time of the May 26th meeting had not yet met the candidate or had a chance to ask many of the same questions raised by the community” last evening. They were asked t [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 17:25:33
    LFHS Grad and Current Parent on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: I strongly agree with those who are encouraging our community to support Dr. Holland, as we really have no other choice, but I wanted to add one additional thought to the dialogue on how this search was conducted. This principal search was initiated late in the "hiring season" for teachers/administrators. Given the aggressive timetable the superintendent was working under, it made it all the more imperative that an experienced search firm be retained to aid in identifying the best candidates. It's my belief that when the District began its search it's likely that many of the best available principals had already signed contracts for next year. Given the situation, a wiser approach would have been to either hire a search firm or consider naming an interim principal (like one of LFHS' current assistant principals) so that we would have the time to go out and recruit an outstanding candidate who would be a good long-term fit for our school. In my opinion, there is no superintendent responsibility that's of greater importance than hiring principals for our schools and I'm not sure that Mr. Simeck has lived up to this responsibility (only time will tell). I understand that the superintendent and board have the authority to make hiring decisions, not the community, but when a search appears to be conducted this poorly then we have every right to question their decision making and our confidence in their leadership. LFHS is in desperate need of true leadership, as there are many systemic and cultural issues that need to be addressed. Let's hope that Dr. Holland has what it takes to be the kind of principal LFHS needs right now.

    I hope the Board and Mr. Simeck will step back from this experience and think about more proactive, positive ways to really engage the community in the future. I know meetings are scheduled and sparsely attended - maybe it's time to be creative and think about other ways (like social media or webinars or online Q&A) to create a better [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 16:05:06
    NDC on Holland Hired After Tense Meeting: "Board President Reese Marcusson states, “The Board of Education has listened to community concerns and thoroughly considered all information. I thank the community for their patience and my fellow board members for dedicating their time and energy to this important matter. The District 115 Board of Education has an unwavering commitment to our community and students.”"

    Well, this is a total lie. The Board sat on their hands and were not pro-active in going after the best talent out there. Again, three weeks posting on a single job board, 20 resumes and this is what the community ends up with? Lazy, lazy, lazy.

    The search should have been expanded, even a search firm hired to go out and find the best pool of talent. And I really hope that Mr Simeck' realizes that his credibility, ethics, and integrity are called into question. The school board, with the exception of one, has failed the community.

    I hope that in three years time, when the board is faced with finding a qualified replacement, they will actually conduct themselves in a more professional manner and treat the search with the respect and the needed engery to find a leader who is able to lead LFHS to the next level.... [Read More]

  • 2015-06-10 15:46:12
    Concerned resident of Lake Forest on LFHS Board OKs Principal Contract: It's as telling as the suggestion by a speaker that everyone at the board meeting needed what Dr. Holland had to offer. What exactly is it that she is offering one might wish to expand upon? [Read More]
  • 2015-06-10 15:39:58
    Concerned resident of Lake Forest on LFHS Board OKs Principal Contract: The "justice" which is in question is white privilege shaming which everyone is for right or wrong concerned about being on her agenda. That's the elephant in the room. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-10 14:42:14
    Terry Darraugh on LFHS Board OKs Principal Contract: I saw many very good choices for school board speak at the meeting last night. I certainly hope their will be some that step forward to run. I think a variety of opinions on the board is a healthy thing. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-10 14:38:52
    Carl Castrogiovanni on LFHS Board OKs Principal Contract: To Ms. Holland and the "progressives" supporting her: please allow the people of Lake Forest out from under the weight of YOUR pre-judgment, and give us the chance to vet your ideas for educating our children. [Read More]
  • 2015-06-10 14:29:20
    Mike on LFHS Board OKs Principal Contract: Shame? The only shame, Paul, is that over the protests of a very well-informed and even-minded community of parents and citizens, the Board hired an underqualified candidate whose training and experience (what little of it there is) are inappropriate for a school like LFHS and who, moveover, tried to hide her offensive educational and political beliefs. That last betrays a total lack of integrity and should have been a non-starter to begin with.

    How difficult is this for you to understand? I mean, really?
    MCN [Read More]

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