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10 | April 12, 2018 | The glencoe anchor News glencoeanchor.com Family Service benefit to make a splash in May Family Service of Glencoe to host Waikiki Benefit; tickets on sale now Submitted by Family Service Family Service of Glencoe is pleased to announce its annual benefit, Glencoe Under the Stars: Waikiki, to be held 6 p.m. May 19 at Skokie Country Club. In describing this year’s theme, Benefit Chairperson Jennifer Stone said it will take you to a tropical paradise. “Imagine being transported to a stylish 1960’s tiki bar, where ukulele music, tropical drinks and pupu platters were all the rage,” she added. “We hope people will come wearing their most festive, elegant resort wear, such as Hawaiian shirts and floral dresses.” As in previous years, the event will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, as well as live and silent auctions. Auction chairpeople Sheri Styles and Erica Conlon have assembled an assortment of trips, experiences and merchandise from which to bid. With bidding online through GiveSmart, people do not need to be present to bid on silent auction items, and can register to bid at www.glencoeunderthestars.org. “Proceeds from this event make a significant impact on our community,” Stone said. “Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to maintain our commitment to serve all who live or work in Glencoe who are struggling with mental health challenges.” FSG provides confidential, high-quality therapy and crisis care to all who live or work in Glencoe, regardless of their ability to pay. Currently, 55 percent of clients receive counseling at a reduced rate based on income. Additionally, the organization helps foster a supportive community of parents here in Glencoe, with monthly discussion groups and educational talks at the schools. The success of last year’s benefit also enabled FSG to expand clinical office space and grow senior program staff and services. “The event is such a special night for Glencoe,” Board President Nicole Wineman said. “We look forward to gathering together in May with friends and neighbors in support of FSG.” The evening has been generously supported by local businesses and individuals, including Corporate underwriters include J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Andrea Goldman Design, Jennings on the Park, North Shore Community Bank & Trust, Green Bay Cycles, Highgate Builders, Rappaport Pediatrics, Elise Rinaldi @properties, and Sarnoff & Baccash Property Tax Law. The floral centerpieces for the event have been donated by The Grand Food Center. Tickets are $250 per person, and are now available for purchase. Visit www. glencoeunderthestars.org or call (847) 835-5111 for more details. THE WINNETKA CURRENT Expansion of Winnetka Community House parking lot gets green light In a unanimous decision, the Winnetka Village Council approved a special-use permit to allow for the long-awaited expansion of the existing parking lot at the Winnetka Community House at its April 3 meeting. According to the B-1 Multiple Family Residential Zoning District code for the village, parking lots are allowed to be designated as special use. With the approved decision, the existing Champion House building will be demolished so that the parking lot can be expanded from fitting 20 vehicles to 26 vehicles. Additionally, the Community House is proposing the parking lot as a temporary or interim use for the property, and as such, the parking lot is being constructed with a 2-inch layer of asphalt over gravel. It is estimated to have a life span of approximately five to seven years. The Community House is currently engaged in strategic planning for its operations and facilities. At the completion of the strategic planning process, it is expected to provide direction for the future long-term use of the parcel. Each body recommended approval with the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals recommendations conditioned upon a term being placed on the special-use permit. However, the council opted not to place a term on the permit. “I’d be in favor of eliminating (a term),” trustee Kristin Ziv said. Trustee Andrew Cripe felt there was no reason to have a term imposed and require the Community House to go through the approval process again in the future. Reporting by Todd Marver, Freelance Reporter. Story at WinnetkaCurrent.com. THE LAKE FOREST LEADER Chase Bank receives green light to replace old McDonald’s site After months of at times contentious discussions, the Lake Forest City Council approved the construction of a Chase Bank including drive through service in the Waukegan Road business district during its meeting on Monday, April 2. The construction of the new Chase Bank, which will replace the old McDonald’s site at 884 Waukegan Road, was approved in a 7-1 vote, with Alderman Raymond Buschmann the only “no” vote. This approval comes after months of discussion and consideration by the City Council, Building Review Board, Plan Commission and City Legal Committee. Residents and aldermen alike spoke of their concern over another bank in the Waukegan business district and its impact on the nature of the district as a whole. However, others welcomed the national branch, expecting it to become an engaged member of the business community. “We take our relationship with our businesses in this community very seriously,” said Alderman Prue Beidler. “When someone from a national group like Chase comes in, we want them to understand.” Although many aldermen expressed displeasure with the bank, they noted that legally, Chase fit the requirements of existing on the property and receiving a special-use permit. “A bank is not my first choice,” said Alderman Jack Reisenberg. “[But], I don’t get to pick and choose.” Reporting by Miriam Finder Annenberg, Freelance Reporter. Full story at Lake- ForestLeader.com. THE NORTHBROOK TOWER Glenbrook North grad making waves in water sports world Even though Danny Amir grew up more than 1,000 miles away from the state of Florida, he always knew he would one day end up in Orlando. Amir, a graduate of Glenbrook North in 2000, spent his teenage years on the chase. But Amir’s chase was never one for money or affection, rather one for unfrozen water — a needed means for pursuing his near-lifelong love of water sports. And Orlando, often deemed the mecca of water sports, was always his end goal. “In my mind, I kind of always wanted to get down to Florida so that I could be on the water all the time,” Amir said. “When I was a teenager, all I wanted to do was be on the water all day.” While living in Northbrook, Amir spent his summers traveling to Twin Lakes, Wis., where he learned to water ski and developed a love for the sport through the Aquanuts water skiing club. Following his time at GBN, Amir got a job at Munson Ski and Marine, where he worked with the some of the best water skiing equipment available. In his early 20s, after two years at Munson, Amir saved enough money and followed his best friend Erik Ruck south to Florida. Reporting by Martin Carlino, Contributing Editor. Full story at Northbrook- Tower.com. THE WILMETTE BEACON New owners of Plaza del Lago address rumors Soon after Retail Properties of America, Inc. bought Wilmette’s Plaza del Lago for a reported $48 million earlier this year, talk about the historic shopping center’s future reached a feverish pitch. Please see Neighbors, 12

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