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2 | January 25, 2018 | The glencoe anchor calendar glencoeanchor.com In this week’s anchor Police Reports.......................6 Pet of the Week........................6 Editorial......................................15 Puzzles18 Faith ............................................20 Dining Out22 Home of the Week23 Athlete of the Week26 The Glencoe Anchor Editor Megan Bernard, x24 megan@glencoeanchor.com sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw, x25 m.wojtychiw@22ndcenturymedia.com Sales director John Zeddies, x12 j.zeddies@22ndcenturymedia.com real estate sales Elizabeth Fritz, x19 e.fritz@22ndcenturymedia.com Classified sales, Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, 708.326.9170, x46 j.nemec@22ndcenturymedia.com Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, 708.326.9170, x51 j.schouten@22ndcenturymedia.com PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin, x16 j.coughlin@22ndcenturymedia.com Managing Editor Eric DeGrechie, x23 eric@wilmettebeacon.com AssT. Managing Editor Megan Bernard, x24 megan@glencoeanchor.com President Andrew Nicks a.nicks@22ndcenturymedia.com EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, 708.326.9170, x30 n.burgan@22ndcenturymedia.com 22 nd Century Media 60 Revere Drive Suite 888 Northbrook, IL 60062 www.GlencoeAnchor.com Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries circulation@22ndcenturymedia.com The Glencoe Anchor (USPS #18720) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 60 Revere Dr. Ste. 888, Northbrook, IL 60062. Periodical paid postage at Northbrook, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to The Glencoe Anchor 60 Revere Dr Ste. 888 Northbrook, IL 60062 Published by ph: 847.272.4565 fx: 847.272.4648 www.22ndcenturymedia.com FRIDAY Munchy Movie 4 p.m. Jan. 26, Glencoe Library, 320 Park Ave. Join the library for an after-school showing of “The Nut Job 2.” SATURDAY Messy Morning 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 27, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe. Learn about the wonderful Glencoe Park District preschool programs while exploring our classrooms. Your child will get to squeeze, squish, paint, swat and do all the fun stuff you would never try at home. No need to pre-register; just put on your oldest duds and drop in for a messy good time. Recommended for preschoolers, up to age 5, and their families. Super Seed Weekend Jan. 27-28, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. A weekend of events to learn, share and swap seeds with other gardeners. For the event schedule, visit www. chicagobotanic.org. SUNDAY Loco for Cocoa 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Discover the sweet story of chocolate from bitter bean to delicious dessert. Participants will investigate the raw ingredients, taste test different types of chocolate, and practice dipping fruits and snacks into melted chocolate to make treats extra enjoyable. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org. TUESDAY Foraging Wild Edibles on the North Shore 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe. Discover delicious native plants and where they hide in our neighborhood. Uncover a local history with Jordan Frazin, local Architectural Designer and Green Building Consultant, as he discusses wild edible foods and how to enjoy them today. Contact gcgarden18@gmail.com. THURSDAY Glencoe Caucus Info 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Glencoe Library, 320 Park Ave. The League of Women Voters is hosting an informational program about the Glencoe Caucus in the Hammond Room. Members of the Village and School Board Nominating Committees will talk about the purpose of the caucus, how it functions and how to get involved. Next month the caucus will be seeking interested residents to serve on both Nominating Committees. UPCOMING Teen Ice Night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Watts Ice Center, Glencoe. Bring your friends for a night of fun on the ice. We will enjoy pizza, hot chocolate, s’mores by the fire, games and ice skating. Fee includes skate rental. Demo Cooking: Super Bowl Party 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 2, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Score with these winning recipes and get ready for a football party or any sports occasion. Learn how to make a vinaigrette, practice vegetable dice cuts and techniques for cooking by braising. Take home a vegetable starter for chili and a batch of beer dressing. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org. New Trier Jazz Festival 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Gaffney Auditorium, New Trier High School, Winnetka. New Orleans’ native son and member of the acclaimed Marsalis musical dynasty, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will perform. They will make New Trier that spot to be for a very special winter evening in February that will be sure to warm your hearts and deliver one very hot jazz session. Visit www.ntjazz. com/tickets. Breakfast Club 10 a.m. Feb. 8, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe. Each month, join the park district at the Takiff Center for breakfast and a meet and greet. Pre-registration is recommended. Valentine’s Card Workshop 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10, Glencoe Library, 320 Park Ave. Kids and adults alike are invited to drop in and create a card (or two, or six) for Valentine’s Day. Plenty of supplies will be on hand to create professional-looking cards for your friends, loved ones, or even your pets. Daddy Daughter Dance 5-7 p.m. Feb. 11, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe. A special evening with your little princess. Enjoy a delicious buffet, dance to a DJ, and have fun making memories. Advance registration required by Feb. 8. Recommended for ages 2-8 years with an adult. Visit www.glencoeparkdistrict. com. Beach and Lakefront Advisory Meeting 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe. The Board of Park Commissioners of the Glencoe Park District has scheduled a Glencoe Beach and Lakefront Advisory Group meeting. Skate Date Night 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Watts Ice Center, Glencoe. Bring your special someone for a romantic evening skating the night away. Mulled wine, hot chocolate and dessert will be served. Skate rental is included. Must be over 21. Babysitting is available during Skate Night at Watts. Please register in advance. Tot Olympics 2-4 p.m. Feb. 18, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe. Excited for this year’s winter Olympics? Celebrate by participating in our winter games. Compete in a variety of events, including indoor speed skating, freestyle skating, floor hockey and more winter themed activities. Recommended for ages 2-5. Bugs You Should Know 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 21, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe. Jane and John Balaban, amateur botanists, naturalists, photographers and Master Stewards for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, will introduce you to the intriguing world of dragonflies, fireflies and bug habitats. Presented by Friends of the Green Bay Trail. Visit gbtrail.org ONGOING Little Diggers Jan. 18-April 14, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Learn about flowers, discover animals, experience the changing seasons and more. These four-class series for children ages 2 to 4 and caregivers meet mornings, once a month. Correction The sponsorship for the Glencoe Grand Prix was incorrectly stated in the article “Two more sister schools added to GEF program” in last week’s issue. The race will have an equal partner format this year. The Glencoe Anchor recognizes and regrets this error. Each program includes group activities, time for free-play and a planting project. North Shore Chess Club 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Starbucks, 347 Park Ave., Glencoe. The North Shore Chess Club meets with players at all levels of chess skill, beginner, intermediate, advanced. Very friendly, casual atmosphere. No fees. Open to teens and adults. Bring your chess set if you have one. For more information, email guntherrice@gmail. com. Sit N’ Sip 6:30 p.m. last Thursday of every month, Guildhall, 694 Vernon Ave. All are welcome to this event to get out and socialize with other Glencoe residents. Tales for Tots 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Glencoe Library, 320 Park Ave. Read, sing, talk and play to build early literacy skills. Join in for stories, songs and more, followed by time for socialization and play. To submit an item for the community calendar, contact Editor Megan Bernard at megan@glencoeanchor.com.

glencoeanchor.com news the glencoe anchor | January 25, 2018 | 3 Glencoe gym’s abrupt closure leaves members in cold Owner: High rent forced business out in fall Megan Bernard, Editor Members of Power Mind & Body in Glencoe were shocked this past fall when the new gym abruptly shuttered. According to multiple former members, and confirmed by owner Rick Raschillo, patrons of the gym were not alerted of the closure and were not issued any refund, even after members paid a recent $900 fee for site upgrades. Raschillo claims refunds were not warranted and he did “the right thing.” The Glencoe establishment opened as Air Fitness in 2009 at 686 Vernon Ave, before becoming MVP Fitness. Several years later, in October 2016, it rebranded as Power Mind & Body in the same downtown location. Raschillo, a longtime Glenview resident who owns Glencoe restaurant Valor, said the main reason for closing in September 2017 was because of the “ridiculous” rent. Under Raschillo, Valor has also undergone name changes — from Cibo to District to Valor — in recent years. “It was $2,200 per month when I first opened and by the time I closed it was $6,000,” Raschillo said of the gym’s rent. Raschillo also said the closure of Einstein’s Bagels next door hurt his business, claiming foot traffic around the shopping area slowed, even after the rebrand. “After I rebranded, there was still so much competition in little gyms. Finding new people was hard,” he said. “There are too many options out there. ... They wanted the newest and best things. Maybe if the rent was normal we could have done that for them.” For the rebrand in 2016, Raschillo asked his members to pay a one-time assessment fee of $900 for improvements, including new flooring and paint. With the new name, classes were also being offered every hour, and there were three trainers on the gym’s staff, including Raschillo’s son, who did about 95 percent of the training, Raschillo previously told The Anchor. “[Members] happily paid and we stayed open for another year,” Raschillo said. “But there were four women that were part of the problem and one didn’t want to pay. She got her friends together and 10 people quit the gym the day after we remodeled. It was a big blow. “I didn’t get paid in the past year. I had to make sure my trainers got their salaries.” In the gym’s final “three or four months” of operation, its landlord, The Friedman Group, let Raschillo rent the space for free, he said, hoping he could turn it around. The Friedman Group declined to comment. “There was no court battle,” Raschillo said. “We obviously didn’t plan on closing.” On June 9, 2017, however, the lease holder sued Raschillo for $31,912 for violation of contract in regard to the lease. At the time of closing, the gym had 19 members, Raschillo said. Some of those people remain upset about the situation. A Glencoe resident — who insisted on remaining anonymous for fear of retribution — paid $4,000 several years ago for a lifetime membership. The membership was charged as a one-time payment, not as a $299 monthly fee like other members paid. “I liked that [the gym] was small and not a scene,” the resident said. “It was a nice group of Glencoe regulars. But it always seemed like [Raschillo] was looking for an influx of cash. I never had to pay a membership fee again but it always seemed like he was trying to find new angles for us to pay more.” After Power Mind & Body closed in downtown Glencoe, its members were shocked when they were not alerted or refunded. Megan Bernard/22nd Century Media Another lifetime member — also asking to remain anonymous — “felt stuck in a way because you already invested.” “It was a good deal for us because it was convenient, but there were other problems, too,” the second person said. “After the assessment fee, [Raschillo] said they would be open for another three years at least,” according to the second source. “Had we known or had an inkling that that wouldn’t have been true, we wouldn’t have paid that (fee).” Both members said they were outraged when they were not issued any type of refund for their assessment fees or lifetime gym memberships, but Raschillo said “the deal was amazing.” “If people used [the lifetime membership] correctly, they would have made their money back after the first year,” he added, pointing out the regular $299 membership fee would be close to $4,000 for a year. “Nobody bought in during the last year. Every single person made their money back and at least 12 months was paid. Nobody was at the break-even point.” Raschillo confirmed with The Anchor he did not issue any refunds to his gym members, but instead told his lifetime members he could train them for no charge at Equinox Fitness, the gym to which he now belongs. They would, however, have to pay for their own membership to Equinox. “There was plenty of options,” Raschillo said. “[The lifetime members] didn’t take any of them. I tried to do the right thing.” As far as the actual closure, members began to notice when gym equipment began “dissolving,” the first source said, but Raschillo didn’t notify any of them. He confirmed the same details with The Anchor, claiming it was “obvious” they were closing because of the missing equipment. Looking forward, Raschillo said he has no plans to open another gym. Raschillo has owned 10 different gyms in the past, according to a previous Glencoe Anchor article, and he has a degree in kinesiology and sports medicine from Arizona State University. In a contentious 2015 decision, the Glencoe Village Board awarded Raschillo a liquor license for Cibo, claiming he was “rehabilitated” from three felony arrests in Arizona, including solicitation of murder in 2001. Raschillo formerly owned now-closed Glenview businesses Chop it Up! and Fresh Wrap (rebranded restaurant in same location) and Fitness Cafe. Additional reporting by Publisher Joe Coughlin

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