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10 | February 16, 2017 | The highland park landmark news How We Met Contest Finding ‘amor’ in Spanish class Courtney Jacquin, Editor I’m a sucker for a good love story. At it appears that you, lovely readers of The Highland Park Landmark, are too. Last year, our How We Met contest winner wasn’t just one of the most popular stories on HPLandmark. com, it was the No. 1 mostread story of the year on our website. Not too shabby. Last year’s love story was great, but I think this year we had a few that might just be able to top it. Of all of our contests we run around here, this contest I think is the most difficult. All of the love stories submitted this year were incredible, and any one could have been the winner. But alas, Marjie and Barry’s story stood out to me. The Highland Park couple will be celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary this summer, and that’s something special. For a little late Valentine’s Day present, as the winners of the contest they will be receiving a Ravinia basket from Posh Essentials of Highland Park, as well as a gift card to Longitud315 restaurant in Highwood. Without further ado, I present Marjie and Barry’s love story: She wore a brown poncho and had a great smile. Those were the first things he noticed the first time he saw her as she walked into class. He was a high school senior and she was a sophomore and they didn’t know that the alphabet would play a starring role in their now 47-year love story. In Señora Hanson’s Spanish class, seating was strictly alphabetical. And so Barry Marjie Sandlow and Barry Rosen of Highland Park, who have now been married for 42 years, are the winners of The Landmark’s How We Met contest. Photo submitted Rosen was seated next to Marjie Sandlow. Luckily, Spanish lasted a whole year because Barry and Marjie didn’t talk much during the fall semester. When Spring arrived, winter coats came off and Marjie’s poncho returned (her great smile had never left). And just about then, Barry started forgetting to bring his book to class. What to do? Move the desks together and share with the girl next to you. The semester was ending, and Barry hadn’t gotten up the nerve to ask Marjie out for a date. Then, one day, Barry saw Marjie walking toward him in an otherwise empty school hallway. They stopped and talked. He asked her if he could have her phone number. She said yes, and that Barry should call her. He did. He asked her out that Saturday night. She said, “no, I’m busy, but try me another time.” OK, Barry thought, good things are worth waiting for. The next week, he got up the nerve to call a second time and asked her out for Friday night. “No,” she said, “I’m busy, but try me again.” Barry didn’t know it, but Marjie had a boyfriend. She liked Barry, but didn’t know what to do. Barry didn’t know what to do either. Should he keep calling or give up? Marjie told a mutual friend that Barry should, indeed, try again. So, he tried. Again and again. “Marjie’s not home, but try again,” her Mom said one time. “Marjie’s not feeling well,” said her Dad, “but try again.” What was going on? After six tries (and failures), he was ready to give up. But he saw her at a summer event and pointed her out to his parents. “That’s the girl I’ve been trying to date,” he said. “Try again,” said his parents. He did. And the rest, 47 years later, is history. A love story begun because they tried again and because “R” comes before “S” in Spanish as well as in English. THE NORTHBROOK TOWER Sober-living facility moves forward with neutral recommendation Dozens of attendees wore green ribbons in support of Providence Farm, a sober-living facility, during the Northbrook Plan Commission meeting on Feb. 7. The facility, that if approved will be located at 1620 Sunset Ridge Road, would provide a transitional home for men, ages 18- 30, from Northbrook and the surrounding areas after they have completed shortterm intensive rehabilitation programs. In order for the project to go forward with development, the Village must approve two text amendments regarding zoning codes and a special permit. The request modified definitions of “community residence” and “transitional service facilities,” as well as regulations for such facilities in single family and multi-family residential districts. The special permit would allow a group home with up to 11 residents in the R-2 Single-Family Residential District. The commission gave four votes in support and three votes against the facility. “Four-three does not constitute as a positive recommendation, because you need five (which is a majority),” chairwoman Marcia Franklin said. “So it is going up to the trustees with a four-three vote, period.” The review moves forward to the Village Board, with the neutral count due to the absence of two commissioners. No further public comment was accepted about this issue at the meeting. Reporting by Sarah Haider, Assistant Editor. Full story at THE WINNETKA CURRENT Winnetka stormwater improvement project plans in limbo Following months at the drawing board with Strand Associates and the Cook County Forest Preserve, the Winnetka Village Council explained that they still do not have an action plan for the stormwater management and improvement project facing western and southwestern Winnetka. Trustee Chris Rintz, who led the discussion at the Village’s Feb. 7 meeting, stressed that although the team has not reached a consensus, it eliminated a handful of drafts that would not meet the community’s needs. “I really think we’re on a track now to a project that will be supported by all of the factions in the community, at least I think from an overall philosophical perspective,” Rintz said. “Obviously, there’s money involved and the design still has to be vetted, but I think if we could conceptually all get to the place where we don’t have to adversely impact Crow Island Woods, we don’t have to adversely impact New Trier’s sports fields to a great extent.” Strand’s initial plan, presented in early 2016, targeted Cook County’s Hibbard Road Preserve, Duke Childs Field and Crow Island Woods Park as potential water storage locations. However, the project was met with strong opposition by Winnetka residents and was later dismissed by the Village. Still, Strand and the Village Council are hopeful they can use Duke Childs Field for underground water storage in their next recommendation. Reporting by Lauren Kiggins, Freelance Reporter. Full story at WinnetkaCurrent. com. THE HIGHLAND PARK LANDMARK ‘Ray and Joan’ author visits library, shares Kroc’s inspirational story Ray Kroc built a business empire based on fast food, but few are aware his wife, Joan, became known as a world-class philanthropist. It was Joan Kroc’s donation of $225 million to NPR that moved veteran reporter and author Lisa Napoli to research her background and write a book, “Ray and Joan,” published late in 2016. Napoli discussed her book and related many of the secrets of the McDonald’s story — from how Ray’s billions were acquired to why Joan gave the money away — at the Highland Park Library Feb. 8 at one of its Rise and Shine sessions presented by the Highland Park Senior Center and sponsored by the Sheridan at Green Oaks. Napoli’s insights and research highlight Joan Kroc’s concern for others. “I loved hearing about Joan Kroc,” Highland Park resident Fran Bloom said. “It was absolutely inspirational. I wish there were more people like her.” “She was a entertainer — an organist and piano player — working at three jobs when Ray Kroc met her at a St. Paul, Minnesota restaurant,” Napoli said. “Her then-husband was a local railroad fireman. Please see nfyn, 14 school the highland park landmark | February 16, 2017 | 11 Calling all adventure seekers 22nd Century Media prepares for annual camp expo Jacqueline Glosniak Contributing Editor While temperatures are still hovering around the freezing mark and the sunny, dog days of summer seem like eons away, those final school projects and long vacation times will be coming up just around the corner before we know it. To help prepare North Shore families to find the best summer camps for their children, 22nd Century Media, the parent company of The Highland Park Landmark, is proud to host its third annual free Camp Expo on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Sunset Ridge School, 525 Sunset Ridge Road in Northfield. The Camp Expo, sponsored by Lake Forest’s Banner Day Camp, gives various camps, from day camps to overnight camps across the Midwest, the opportunity to meet with potential campers and their families to meet with an array of area businesses catering to the needs of 10-year-old Talah Goldfarb sits at a mock camp fire at Uncle Dan’s Outdoor Supply Store booth at last year’s Camp Expo. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO young adventurists. From 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., eventgoers will have the chance to visit more than 40 vendor booths and participate in interactive activities designed for children of all ages. Fun activities include face painting, a balloon artist, camp games and prizes, and light refreshments. Additionally, popular Glencoe and Winnetka grocer The Grand Food Center will be sponsoring a free “make your own trail mix” station for kids to practice making their own hearty camp snacks. Heather Warthen, chief operating officer for 22nd Please see camp, 15 visit us online at School News HPHS counselor recognized as one of the 2017 Counselors that Change Lives Aliza Gilbert has been chosen by the Colleges that Change Lives membership and Board of Directors as one of the 2017 Counselors That Change Lives. This honor was given in recognition of her dedication to the college counseling profession as it reflects the mission of the Colleges That Change Lives organization: to promote and support a student-centered college search process. HPHS concerto/aria competition winners named Every year, Highland Park High School orchestra hosts a concerto/aria audition for all students currently enrolled in a music class. Winners of the competition perform their solos with HPHS’s symphony and chamber orchestras. This year’s performance will take place 7 p.m. May 18. The winners of the competition and this year’s soloists are: • Shahar Dahari, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 • Hannah Nussbaum, Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb (Hob.: VIIe/1) • Isabel Tannenbaum, Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op. 61