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Arlington Heights Army Soldier Funeral Mass Monday Jan. 15
JAN 08 2007 -- Funeral arrangements have been set for Army soldier William Newgard of Arlington Heights, the 20-year-old Arlington Heights resident who was killed by a roadside bomb Dec. 29 in Baghdad, Iraq.

Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Jan. 15 at St. James Catholic Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights.

Newgard will be laid to rest Jan. 19 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. His friends have tributed him on his myspace page at Will Newgard's myspace.com/8316862. His last log-in was December 24, 2006.

Blagojevich Campaigns at Dunton House Friday Morning
NOV 03 2006 -- Rob Blagojevich campaigned at Dunton House restaurant in downtown Arlington Heights Friday morning -- the first stop for Blagojevich that included stops at Elgin, Naperville, and Aurora.

Grade School Construction Work Begins
OCT 03 2006 -- Dryden School construction upgrades began last Friday. Five classrooms and seven small-group spaces will be added at Dryden. Work at Olive-Mary Stitt elementary school will begin this spring. Two classrooms and one small-group space will be added at Olive. Construction at Dryden will cost about $3 million and Olive will cost about $650,000. Both construction projects are due to be completed for the 2007-08 school year.

About 55 Windsor students who live north of Euclid Avenue will attend Olive for the 2007-08 school year. About 69 Windsor students who live on the east side of Regency Drive West, Prospect Manor and all areas east of Rand Road and north of Kensington Drive will attend Dryden in 2007-08.

NE Corner of Golf and Arlington Heights Road in Dispute
OCT 03 2006 -- The Arlington Heights village board unanimously voted to delay eminent domain proceedings for properties at the northeast corner of Arlington Heights and Golf roads at a meeting Tuesday night.

Trustee Tom Hayes made the motion to delay the action in light of "pending litigation," he said. International Plaza, XSport Fitness and Arlin-Golf Plaza have filed lawsuits against the Village of Arlington Heights claiming their land is not blighted.

If redevelopment occurs, Target will contribute money to develop the site with a SuperTarget, and the village will reimburse the company up to $19 million using TIF money over the district's 23-year life span.

Grade School Shift
District 25 school board approves plans to shift more than 100 students from Windsor Elementary School to Dryden and Olive-Mary Stitt elementary schools to ease crowding.

Cultural Clash Over Arrest and Hijab Removal
APR 26 2006 -- Islamic civil rights proponents appeared in Rolling Meadows court Tuesday to criticize Arlington Heights police for pulling off Rehana Kahn's hijab, or head scarf, while she was being arrested during an October protest at Christian Liberty Academy. Police also took a mug shot without the hijab. Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations called removal of the hijab a 'state of nudity.' The dispute was reported by national and international media, including MSNBC and Al Jazeera television.

New Construction at Northwest Community Hospital Gets Approval
APR 26 2006 -- The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, the state's hospital review board, approved Northwest Community Hospital's request to build add a new patient tower and parking garage.

A 332,000-square-foot tower near Central Road will include a lobby, 24-hour critical-care units and labor and delivery rooms as well as three floors for surgical patients and a parking area.

Tighter Restrictions on Overnight Parking
MAR 11 2006 -- Although some nights there are 400 to 600 cars parked on Arlington Heights streets, a new law will limit parking on the street between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. to a maximum of three times per month.

Handicap Parkinig Violation Charge, Other Fees Increased
MAR 11 2006 -- Violation charges for illegal parking in a handicap space increased from $100 to $250. Ambulance fees increase from $300 to $400 for residents and $400 to $600 for non-residents. Construction work without a permit fine increases from $1000 to $4000. Application fees to the Zoning Board of Appeals for zoning variations will increase from $100 to $200 for property zoned single-family residential and $300 to $350 for property in a multi-family zoned district. A new 20 percent late fee will be assessed on business that do not pay for their business license within 30 days of the due date. Late dog license fees will increase from $25 to $35 if more than 21 days late from the Jan. 1 due date. The changes are effective May 1.

Vail Street Parking Garage Construction

MAR 11 2006 -- The top two floors of the Vail Street parking garage will close for about one year beginning April 1. An expansion of the garage will bring the capacity from 800 to 1100.

Village Hall Services Move Take Effect Tuesday
FEB 18 2006 -- The temporary Village Hall opens Tuesday, February 20 at 3436 N. Kennicott Ave. Public Meetings and Health Screenings will take place at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Rd. Village Hall operations will remain on Kennicott as construction starts on a new village hall starting Spring 2006 and continuing for about two years. The temporary Village Hall will house the following departments: village manager, finance, building, engineering, planning, health, human resources and legal. The following services remain unchanged: Headquarters for Police, Fire and Public Works; the public meeting schedule remains the same except its location at the Senior Center; village telephone, fax, US postal address (33 S. Arl Hts Rd) and cable access channels remain the same (Comcast 17 and WOW 6 will be intermittent until Friday, February 24).

Downtown TIF Extension Fails
FEB 09 2006 -- A proposal for a 12-year extension of TIF 1 formed in 1983 for properties within boundaries of Arlington Heights Road, Sigwalt Street, Chestnut and the railroad tracks will likely expire at the end of 2006 because Arlington Heights School District 25 does not support it.

2006 Hearts of Gold Winners Announced
JAN 15 2006 -- These community service award winners will be honored at the Hearts of Gold Awards Dinner and Dance at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights. The Mentor Heart of Gold Award is awarded to Bob Viti, who has dedicated more than 25 years in volunteering to coach the Arlington Cowboys. The Best Neighbor Heart of Gold Award is awarded to Chickie Kysta, who has organizes block parties and other get-togethers for her neighborhood, including "Parents Day Out" where she cares for neighborhood children in her home so parents can handle other tasks. The Educator Heart of Gold Award is awarded to Katie Kaufman of South Middle School for efforts in coaching the South Science Olympiad Team for the last 15 years. The "Young at Heart" Heart of Gold Award is awarded to Vincent and Lucille Cunningham for helping with the Community Nutrition Network and other activities at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. The Heroic Heart of Gold Award has been awarded to Jim McGrath Jr., who as an off-duty Arlington Heights Police Officer, saved the life of a retiree at his retirement. As a guest of the party, McGrath used an Automatic External Defibrillator available at the facility. The Young Champion Heart of Gold Award is awarded to Abigail Horan, a seventh-grader at South Middle School, who started a charity called "Double T," which distributes toothbrushes and toothpaste to the homeless, and women and children in shelters. The Volunteer Heart of Gold Award is awarded to Betty Snodgrass, who has lived in Arlington Heights for over 50 years for work involved in raising funds for the creation of Northwest Community Healthcare. The "City of Good Neighbors" Heart of Gold Award has been awarded to the Arlington Heights Nurses Club. The Pam Stocking Heart of Gold Award is awarded to Lionel and Lucette LeBeau, for more than 20 years of involvement with the Northwest Suburban Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. The Business Leader Heart of Gold Award is awarded to John Scaletta, director of operations at the Arlington Theaters.

Lowes Grand Opening in January
DEC 26 2005 --
Lowes of Arlington Heights (847-637-4240) at 990 West Algonquin Road plans to open its doors on January 15, 2006.

Library Square Condos Rising Across from Library
DEC 22 2005 -- A new four-unit condominium building (519 N. Dunton Ave) is under construction across from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
Thomas Home Concepts is the builder. The four condos are luxury corner units and have rooftop decks.

Upcoming Holiday Festivities
NOV 22 2005 -- Annual Tree Lighting 4:45 PM Friday, November 25 and ChristkindlMarkt Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27 in heated tents adjacent to North School Park -- Arlington Heights Road just south of Euclid. Craft and retail vendors, German food, treats and musical entertainment onsite.

Von Trapp Children Performances at Metropolis Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 25 at 1 and 3:30 PM. Tickets $25 each. Call 847.577.2121 to reserve your seats!

Santa Clause and his reindeer at Harmony Park, corner of Vail and Campbell on Friday, November 25 from 1 to 4 PM and on Saturday, November 26 from Noon to 3 PM. Also, Santa will be at Harmony Park from 1 to 3 PM December 3, 10 and 17.

Holiday Movies with the Mayor on Saturday, November 26 at
Arlington Theaters, 53 S. Evergreen Avenue. Theaters open at 8 AM and movies begin at 9 AM. Bring nonperishable food items for admission. A new, unwrapped toy gets you a free large popcorn! PG Movies include Elf, Jingle All The Way and Spongebob Squarepants Movie. More information on vah.com.

Clearbook Wonderland of Lights Festival at Arlington Park

NOV 22 2002 -- A 1.6-mile drive-through course will feature more than 2 million lights and animated holiday scenes at Arlington Park Racetrack starting at the Euclid Avenue main entrance with a loop circling the west side of the track and exiting on Rohlwing Road. A Poinsettia Forest, Candyland with Santa’s Express life-size train. Displays will be followed by those featuring Jewish holidays, a Kwanzaa celebration and a Christian Nativity scene before reaching a 200-foot-long light tunnel near the end. An accompanying 15-minute radio soundcast of holiday music has been recorded by
WTMX 101.9-FM and its morning drive anchor Kathy Hart. The brand-new event is a partnership among Clearbrook, Arlington Park and Winterland Inc of Cicero, Indiana.

District 25 Rejects TIF Extension
NOV 20 2005 -- A rejection of a proposal for a TIF extension by District 25 school board could slow down development in downtown Arlington Heights south of Northwest Highway.

Sharp Increase in Arlington Heights Car Burglaries
NOV 10 2005 -- Three neighborhoods in Arlington Heights have been struck hard by automobile burglaries: (1) between Palatine Road and Northwest Highway, west of Arlington Heights Road; (2) between Oakton Avenue and Northwest Highway, east of Arlington Heights Road; and (3) between Central Road and Northwest Highway, east of Arlington Heights Road. Residents can establish a neighborhood watch group by calling 847-368-5300.

Civic Sign Is Near Completion
NOV 09 2005 -- More masonry work needs to be done for completion, but the electronic sign at Northwest Highway and Arlington Heights Road is functioning and displaying the time and temperature.

Downtown TIF Extension Under Consideration; Has District 214 Support
NOV 04 2005 -- A 22 year-old TIF is due to expire in 2006, but a 12-year extension is under consideration. Properties in the TIF are bordered by Sigwalt, Chestnut, Campbell and Evergreen. Two smaller properties are also included near Chestnut and Campbell. The 214 vote (5-2) is not binding on the TIF decision, but villages seek approval from school districts. D214 board members Leslie Pinney and Lenore Bragaw oppose the TIF because of less funding available to the school district.

Minutemen Meeting at Christian Liberty Academy Bring Protests, Arrests
OCT 15 2005 -- The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System and Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System assisted the Arlington Heights Police when protesters formed a human barrier at a southeast stairwell at 502 West Euclid and violently resisted Arlington Heights Police officers' attempts to remove them. Three groups were involved: The Chicago Minuteman Project (which had a scheduled meeting), the Coalition of African, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (which organized a counter protest) and a third anarchist-type group, (which was apparently the violent group). Check these Google search results (keyword: minuteman arlington heights) for several blogs and news article archives.

Arlington Heights Road Construction Proceeds to Asphalt Grinding

OCT 11 2005 -- Arlington Heights Road construction from Palatine Road to Central Road now involves asphalt grinding. The project is supposed to be completed in December (IDOT North Cook Construction Update Report
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