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16 | February 16, 2017 | The wilmette beacon wilmette wilmettebeacon.com NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 1119 JUDSON AVE, EVANSTON Stunning renovation. Turn-Of-The Century 5 br, 4.5 ba. Classic design, updated. $1,995,000 Sally Mabadi 847.814.2943 1352 ELMWOOD AVE, WILMETTE CAGE adjacent to Green Bay Trail, Shorewood Park. 6 br, 4.5 ba. Stone/cedar. $1,929,000 Todd Shissler 312.602.5711 1117 MICHIGAN AVE, WILMETTE Elegant traditional 4 br, 2.5 ba 2-story brick Colonial. Private fenced yard. $1,499,000 Joan Tierney 847.373.7788 724 ASHLAND AVE, WILMETTE Newly-rehabbed 5 br, 4.5 ba brick Colonial in the “CAGE”. Ready to move in. $1,375,000 Linda Wolff 847.917.5544 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 2307 GREY AVE, EVANSTON 4,866 appx sf of sophisticated, open living. 6 br, 4.5 ba. Amazing light. $1,249,000 Lynda Frillman 847.556.5863 619 GREENLEAF AVE, WILMETTE Near lake and town in East Wilmette. 5 br, 3.5 ba. High ceilings, bay windows. $949,000 Joseph Nash 847.846.0100 2208 WILMETTE AVE, WILMETTE Completely-rehabbed, 5 br, 4 ba. Open, spacious plan. Deck. Full fin bsmt. $669,000 Kevin Rynes 847.510.5000 2215 BIRCHWOOD, WILMETTE Harpers School Dist. Many recent updates in this 3 br, 2.5 ba charmer. Lrg lot. $660,000 Mary Ann Kollar 847.421.1188 LET THE MOST RESPECTED NAME IN BUSINESS WORK FOR YOU. * SOLDON berkshire hathaway *Berkshire Hathaway recognized as the world’s most respected company, Barron’s, July 2013. One Magnificent Life. OPEN SUN 1-3 NEW LISTING 2114 LAKE AVE, WILMETTE Pristine, fully-renovated, brick 4 br, 4 ba + coach house in Harper School Dist. $659,000 Lucy Antanovich 312.475.4572 912 ILLINOIS RD, WILMETTE Solid brick 3 br, 3.5 ba ranch on border of Indian Hill Estates. Huge rec rm. $599,000 Muggsy Jacoby and Carol Grant 847.924.3811 1410 SHERIDAN RD 2C, WILMETTE Pristine, light-filled 3 br, 3 ba unit overlooking park, beach, lake. Parking. $439,000 Helen Bianucci 847.791.9660 1041 RIDGE RD 416, WILMETTE Historically-significant bldg. 4th floor unit. 1.5 ba. Den. Deck overlooks park. $425,000 Jack Harriff 773.294.3138 ONE MAGNIFICENT LIFE | KOENIGRUBLOFF.COM

wilmettebeacon.com sound off the wilmette beacon | February 16, 2017 | 17 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From WilmetteBeacon.com as of Feb. 16 1. Letters to the Editor: The Beacon has ‘obligation to do better’ 2. Daddy Daughter Dance brings the smiles in Wilmette 3. Girls Soccer: Trevians girls soccer has impressive signing day 4. Wrestling: Trevs qualify three for state 5. Wrestling: NT, LA send qualifiers to sectionals Become a member: wilmettebeacon.com/plus from the editor ‘Saturday Night Live’ rebirth spotlights local comedians Eric DeGrechie eric@wilmettebeacon.com It seems like every few years people talk about how “Saturday Night Live” is funny again and tout the current cast. As a longtime fan of the show, I always find this analysis puzzling because the edgy show consistently features a bevy of talented performers both in front of the camera and behind it. I think it just takes time for viewers to warm up to the newer players. Regardless of my opinions, “SNL” is enjoying its best ratings in six years. Among the breakout stars has been Wilmette native Beck Bennett. In last weekend’s episode, hosted by Alec Baldwin, Bennett was magnificent as CNN’s Jake Tapper and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The New Trier graduate joined the cast in 2013 and has also played Vice President Mike Pence this season. Also making his mark on the show has been Alex Moffat, a 2000 graduate of North Shore Country Day School, who joined the cast this season. Among the characters the newcomer has tackled so far are Anderson Cooper, Eric Trump and Casey Affleck. His future looks bright as he gets more and more screen time. This isn’t the first time the North Shore has been represented on the program. Of course, Wilmette native and Loyola Academy graduate Bill Murray made a name for himself starring on the program in the late 1970s. Former cast member Julia Sweeney didn’t grow up here but she does call Wilmette home today. We sure do live in a funny place. New Trier High School (@New Trier High School) posted this photo on Feb. 6 with the caption: “Some fun birthday celebrations and a Trevian sighting! Pep Club gave out freebies today at the Winnetka Campus in honor of Founders Day #hbdnt” Like The Wilmette Beacon: facebook.com/wilmettebeacon “CONGRATS: Dan Gardner ‘13 met with Mayor @ RahmEmanuel to discuss his concept for free solar powered WiFi! ” @LoyolaAcademy, Loyola Academy, posted on Feb. 10 Follow The Wilmette Beacon: @wilmettebeacon go figure 250 An intriguing number from this week’s edition Number of dads and daughters who attended the Wilmette Park District’s Daddy Daughter Dance, Page 3 jacoby From Page 15 the time of the Holocaust and prevented the rescue of many hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees.” • An epidemic of scarlet fever and diphtheria, infecting more than 5,000 victims, struck the Chicago area 110 years ago. The Chicago press reported that “health authorities of the state, city, and country have combined for the greatest battle against pestilence ever known in the history of Chicago.” Besides Chicago, also hit hard were Wilmette (at least 33 cases), Kenilworth (at least six cases), Evanston, and Oak Park. In Wilmette and Kenilworth, schools were closed, and all public gatherings (including church services) were cancelled. Investigators blamed the epidemic on tainted milk from Borden’s factory in Genoa Junction, Wisconsin. Although the cause was never proven with certainty, the epidemic quickly subsided when milk shipments from Genoa Junction were stopped. • Several weeks ago, I wrote about a horrible tragedy that occurred on Christmas Eve, 1889. John and Hattie Revel and their young son Willie were killed when their buggy was struck by an express train at Wilmette’s Central Avenue railroad crossing. I questioned the Village Board’s failure over ensuing decades to face up to the need for grade separation, capped off by a 1938 decision to reject the federal government’s offer to share the cost. This was the village’s last realistic chance for grade separation. The Board’s inaction in 1938 wasn’t due to ignorance of the danger. Less than one year earlier, Ralph Brown, 55, of 1315 Chestnut Ave., was crossing the tracks at Forest Avenue when his car stalled, just as a speeding passenger train bore down from the north. Unable to push the car off the tracks, he grabbed one of two canine passengers and raced for safety. The train smashed the car to smithereens. Flying wreckage injured Brown and one dog. The other dog was killed. • Folks who’ve been reading this column over the past few months know that I’m a supporter of maintaining the low rise scale and hometown feel of the Village Center. This environment is created by at least 10 VC buildings that are historically and architecturally significant. I recently wrote about the Cox Building at 1167 Wilmette Ave. (home of Persimmon and other stores and offices). Built in 1909, it’s one of the oldest. Thanks to a researcher at the Wilmette Historical Museum, I recently learned that this building was designed by Arthur Foster, a prominent Chicago architect. He designed many Chicago apartment buildings, including the Julius Blain Apartments at 3967 S. Drexel Blvd., cited by the Chicago Commission on Landmarks as one of the “significant surviving structures in the Oakland community.” His other designs include the Clubhouse of the Ridgemoor Country Club and Hackman Hall (music conservatory) at the Academy of our Lady. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Wilmette Beacon encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Wilmette Beacon reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Wilmette Beacon. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Wilmette Beacon. Letters can be mailed to: The Wilmette Beacon, 60 Revere Drive ST 888, Northbrook, IL, 60062. Fax letters to (847) 272-4648 or email to eric@wilmettebeacon.com. www.wilmettebeacon.com

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