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10 | November 9, 2017 | The Northbrook tower news Pedal Power hits decade mark of bike collecting High school student donates to CPS schools Alexa Burnell Freelance Reporter In 2007, Wilmette’s Nicole Basil decided she wanted to help students from inner city schools. She created Pedal Power, an organization that collects used bikes and donates them to Chicagoland schools. The New Trier senior will be standing outside McKenzie Elementary to collect bikes on Saturday, Nov. 11, for the last time before she heads off to college next fall. Basil’s story begins 10 years ago, when at the young age of 8, she faced the tough task of giving away her outgrown bike. Saddened by the thought, she came up with a solution to ease her woes. “I thought ‘what if my bike could go to Timber’s Edge Northbrook Priced From $694,900 someone who really needed it, and loved it as much as I have,’” she said. This incident sparked the creation of Pedal Power, and since then, more than 3,000 bikes have been collected and donated. The two main recipients are the students of Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center, where bikes are used as a reward for those who make honor roll, and North Side Learning Prep, where students with significant intellectual disabilities use old bike parts as instructional tools. Running Pedal Power has helped Basil hone business skills at an early age. She has fearlessly cold-called businesses, securing sponsorships along the way. A few years back, she even struck a deal with Home Depot Evanston, who agreed to become a yearlong donation site. Most recently, Basil has partnered with Divvy Bikes, who will help with publicity and the transportation of donated bikes. In addition, Pedal Power has expanded, adding two new collection sites in Libertyville and Elmhurst. Please see bike, 22 Nicole Basil (second from left), founder of Pedal Power, collects bikes last year with her father, Mike Basil, Matty Erickson, Lucas Erickson, Meg Erickson and Bennett Basil. Photo submitted Pedal Power sites (22nd Century Media publications) • Northbrook 1011 Harlem Ave., Glenview George Garner Cyclery Lake Forest 1111 Waukegan Road, • Lake Forest Northbrook Kiddles Sports • Wilmette 258 Market Square, Lake McKenzie Elementary Forest School • Winnetka 649 Prairie Ave., Wilmette Green Bay Cycles • Glenview 999 Green Bay Road, Winnetka Glenview Cycle CAPE MODELS 3 & 4 Bedrooms RANCH MODELS 2 & 3 Bedrooms TWO STORY MODELS “thankfully” showing Designer Inspired Models Timbers Edge is located just east of Sanders Rd. on Dundee in Northbrook, IL | 847- 559-0500 news the northbrook tower | November 9, 2017 | 11 THE GLENCOE ANCHOR New Flower Shop owner integrates business more into Glencoe It’s not all about the money for the new owner of The Flower Shop in Glencoe. “That’s not about why I bought this place,” Brooke Lawler said. “I’m really passionate about what I do. I really love it. I really want to promote local businesses through this.” With the change in ownership in September, Lawler is breathing new life into The Flower Shop, which first opened in 1981 in the downtown Glencoe business district. The previous owner, Walter Radloff, a Winnetka native, bought the store in 1997 from the late North Shore florist Robert Livermore after it had already been around for about two decades. “It’s been a Glencoe staple,” Lawler said. “We have done really well. We have an amazing clientele that has kept us going throughout the years.” Lawler managed the store under Radloff for nine years and also served as the head designer. When he decided to retire, it was her time to step up. “[Radloff] decided he wanted to retire, and I decided I wanted a flower shop,” Lawler said. “Honestly, we talked about it for a few years and we made this work. I knew going into this that when he retired, I would want to own this place.” Now as the third Flower Shop owner, Lawler said her plan moving forward is to make it more of a local, community-based place. “We are becoming more involved in Glencoe itself,” she said. “We are working on community over competition.” Reporting by Megan Bernard, Contributing Editor. Full story at GlencoeAnchor. com. THE GLENVIEW LANTERN Firefighters experience the world of Alzheimer’s, dementia After the four firemen from Glenview Fire Station 8 and The Glenview Lantern reporter put on dark glasses, heavy gloves and headphones, and lodged an insert in one of their shoes, they went to the adjacent room. There they spent four minutes living in the world inhabited by people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. In the room, Battalion Chief Larry Wycocki, Lieutenant Tom Glade, firefighter paramedics Kevin Quill and Andrew Lund, and the reporter were given five relatively simple tasks to perform in the span of four minutes, such as folding towels, setting a table and putting pills in a container. But the dark glasses compromised their vision, the gloves inhibited their digital dexterity and the disjointed gibberish coming through their headphones distracted them. It was difficult to understand and remember the tasks that they had been assigned. This is what a day in the life of a person in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia is like, Emerald Place Community Relations Director Mary Ann Pappone and Executive Director Michael Zywicki told the participants after they completed the exercise on Oct. 27 at Fire Station 8. The Oct. 27 exercise was one of multiple sessions for 72 first responders conducted over a threeday span by Pappone, Zywicki, Business Office Director Laporsha Chavers, Clinical Service Director Stephanie Eser and Life Engagement Director Maggie Bieniewski. Firemen from all of the Glenview stations participated. The purpose of the sessions was to acquaint the first responders with the nature of Alzheimer’s and dementia, give them a feeling of what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and inform them of the services that Emerald Place will provide for its residents. Reporting by Neil Milbert, Freelance Reporter. Full story at GlenviewLantern. com. THE WILMETTE BEACON Wilmette Eagle Scout improves Thornwood Just north of Thornwood Park lies one of Wilmette’s most beautiful natural resources — the Thornwood Prairie Preserve and certified wildlife habitat area. Boy Scout Sean Crawford, 17, knows it was not always this way. The trail, about three blocks long and 20-feet wide, was once overgrown with weeds and invasive species. Crawford, a Wilmette resident and New Trier senior, is among the many who have helped to bring the area back to its original beauty. Wildflowers native to Illinois are blooming again. There is also a welcome return of butterflies, birds and other wildlife, making the area a true wildlife habitat once more. “I have been here with my Boy Scout Troop 9 since at least 2013 clearing out buckthorn and other invasive species,” Crawford said. “We all work together for a singular purpose but are responsible for one segment of the path. Mine was about 144-feet long.” This path is now known as the Eagle Scout Nature Trail. Crawford’s thoughts returned to the Thornwood Prairie Preserve and Wildlife Habitat when he started thinking of what service project he would like to do to obtain his Eagle Scout badge. He reached the Life Scout status and wanted to climb to that last rung of scouting. He thought of ways he and others had helped return the area back to what it once was. “I had helped pull up invasive ground cover that survives the winter cold,” Crawford said. “Then, there was spreading the wood chips the Village of Wilmette delivered to the area.” Reporting by Hilary Anderson, Freelance Reporter. Full story at WilmetteBeacon. com. THE LAKE FOREST LEADER LF man touched lives through music, real estate and philanthropy Robert Reaumond, of Lake Forest, who had an impactful presence in the Chicago commercial real estate community for 35 years, and before that was a professional musician who toured with four Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, died Oct. 26 at age 59. After graduating from Oak Park-River Forest High School, Reaumond spent the late 1970s and early 1980s as a professional pianist. When Hall of Famers Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Anthony and the Shirelles came to town to perform, they hired Reaumond. He also played with Tommy James. When Reaumond decided it was time to seek out steadier work, it wasn’t easy, said his son, Paul Reaumond. “He would tell stories about how no one would hire him, and about knocking on doors until finally someone gave him an opportunity. From there it was a rocket ship for him,” Paul Reaumond said. The Lake Forest resident joined CBRE, now the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, in 1982, and remained with the firm throughout his career, rising to the position of executive vice president. He represented a “Who’s Who” of major institutions and corporations, specializing in integrating the vertical services of CBRE to benefit the clients’ overall goals. One of the many facets of his work involved consulting with manufacturing firms moving to Mexico and Americanizing the process for them. “He dominated the real estate world for a long time,” Paul Reaumond said. Reporting by Alan P. Henry, Freelance Reporter. Full story at LakeForestLeader. com. 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