Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Students at Niles West High School are going on a lunch strike. The movement has gone viral since students started posting pictures of their cafeteria food. Some are saying the prices are too high and the portions are too small.
Today, some Niles West students will be ditching the school's organic lunch menu in favor of food packed in a brown paper bag in what they're calling #LunchStrike2013. In just 24 hours the strike has gone viral among the community. There’s a Facebook page - it's titled "Lunch Strike" - and has more than 1,500 followers. There's also an online petition that Niles West sophomore Mike Wheeler created. But if you want to know how students really feel, Twitter is buzzing with the hashtag #LunchStrike2013. Niles West junior Benjamin Zenuovic started the Facebook page on Monday. Zenuovic said he wants to see the school’s cafeteria food change and added that students aren’t getting their moneys worth. “The portions are too scarce,” Zenuovic said…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
So, who won Pizza Wars 3? Was it Lincolnwood's Lou Malnati's? Or maybe Morton Grove-based Pequod's. Maybe, just maybe, a Skokie based business took home the coveted prize.
Pizza Wars 3 was a jam-packed success. The event, which started at 6 p.m. on Thursday, was held at Niles West High School. Within half-an-hour of kicking off, there was a line outside the building and some 800 tickets were already purchased. Hosted by District 219's Education Foundation for Excellence, Pizza Wars has come a long way from its humble beginnings. But who won Pizza Wars 3? More than a dozen restaurants competed - some from as far as Wheeling - but in the end, it was downtown Skokie's very own Village Inn. "After three years, it feels great to finally bring home the 'bacon,'" said Village Inn owner Randy Miles. "It's nice, you know. I feel vindicated after not winning the last two years." Last year, Jet's Pizza brought home the…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
See which area babies were born on New Year’s Day in 2013. Both babies were born shortly after midnight.
A New Year’s Day baby boy - Samson Chambers was born to Chicago residents Donald and Sheryl Chambers at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, 2650 Ridge Ave., on Jan. 1, 2013, at 12:41 a.m. The boy came in at 8-pounds, 3-ounces and 20-inches. “I wanted [Samson] to be born on Christmas day and my husband wanted him to be born on New Year’s Day,” Sheryl Chambers said. “My husband got his wish.” This is the fifth child for the Chambers family. The mother said she now has three girls and two boys. “Honestly, for me, I think it’s a normal thing. It was a regular day for me,” Chambers said. “We gave him the name Samson [which is] from the bible. The name means ‘being strong.’” Chambers added that she had family at the hospital …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
A local business is offering free car washes to military veterans for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Benjamin Marin, owner of Nature's Hand Car Wash, 9003 Waukegan Road, is offering a free car wash to anyone who has served in the armed forces on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. "No military ID is needed," Marin said. "Their word is good enough for me." Patch profiled Marin in October, and he's come a long way from Ecuador to owning his own business in neighboring Morton Grove. Marin's business is known for detailing high-end cars, including Chicago Bears' linebacker Lance Briggs' Audi R8. Share This Article on Facebook - Skokie Patch on Facebook
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 will be hosting an important meeting tonight at Madison Elementary. The school board is expected to vote on a proposed skate park and many parents are gearing up to speak out against the recent Halloween ban at D69.
It just might be the biggest board meeting in Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 history. On the agenda are two hot-button issues: The recent Halloween ban that passed without community input and the vote on a proposed skate park to be built on Lincoln Junior High property. For the skate park, board members will be voting tonight on whether or not it should be built at the proposed location, Lincoln Junior High. There are a variety of mixed feelings about the skate park. Many say it will generate revenue to nearby businesses and deter skaters from practicing tricks on public property. On the other hand, there are those that think it will increase crime. And finally, some are for the skate park, but simply do not want it built on …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The Park Ridge, Niles and Des Plaines police departments will be collecting gently used, old coats from Oct. 14 through Nov. 11. Residents of need can also pick up a donated coat on Nov. 17 at Maine Township Hall.
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Old stuffy coats are the number-one cause of closet clutter in America. And that number is growing to astronomical proportions. Ok, we joke. But, the Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Niles police departments have partnered together for a coat drive to assist Maine Township families in need. With the holidays and cold weather approaching, many of us are thinking about ways that we can help others and give back to our community. The collected coats will be distributed to Main Township residents. The departments are looking for clean, gently worn coats and jackets that are no longer of use to your family. Where can I drop off my old coats? You can drop off your old coats at any of the police departments (addresses listed below) from Oct. 14 …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 will be having an open board meeting on Oct. 16. Many parents who plan on attending plan to speak out against the recent Halloween ban.
Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 will have an open board meeting on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Many residents who will be attending are planning on voicing their concerns over the recent Halloween ban issued within the district's three schools: Edison, Madison and Lincoln Junior High. The meeting will be at the Multi-Purpose Room, 5100 Madison St., in Skokie. Following Patch's story on District 69's Halloween ban, Superintendent Quintin Shepherd said he is now open to feedback from the community. Meanwhile, parents have started a petition to reinstate Halloween. Skokie Patch will also be covering the meeting on Oct. 16. Previous Coverage:
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Benjamin Marin's first job was shining shoes at his father's barber shop in Ecuador. Now, he's shining fancy cars for famous athletes at Nature's Hand Car Wash. See how this local business owner became his own boss in this week's Past Lives.
When Benjamin Marin was just a boy he would shine shoes at his father's barber shop in Ecuador for some small side cash. Now, he's shining much bigger things - cars, expensive ones. Marin, 53, and owner of Nature's Hand Car Wash, 9003 Waukegan Road, said he learned a lot from working at his father's business. "Doing customer service is almost like being a psychologist with some customers," Marin, a Morton Grove resident, said. "Customer service is a lot of listening and matching to what the customer wants. One of the things I learned in Ecuador is that some people will run all over you if you don't present an image of being smart and strong. People will take advantage of you and anyone can bully you. "You have to be smart, strong and …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
After publishing a story about why Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 decided to ban Halloween, some parents have banded together to reinstate the holiday.
A chord has been struck with some parents after Skokie-Morton Grove District 69 quietly banned any Halloween activities from its schools: Madison, Edison and Lincoln Junior High. Superintendent Quintin Shepherd said the decision was made based on religious and economic reasons. He also added that there was a 5 percent attendance drop on Halloween Day at all three schools. Now, however, that drop may grow, as some parents are banding together to pull their students from school on Oct. 31 and meet up at Laurel Park in Skokie to celebrate the holiday. There's even a petition circulating that currently has about 77 signatures to reinstate Halloween at District 69. Shepherd said he did not seek the communities input on the decision because …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
District 219 wants to change the start and end date of its school year. The problem: Other schools and park districts are not aware of the proposed change. This could seriously impact families with kids in D219 and elementary school.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The following is a letter to the editor from local parent, Michael B. The following opinions are those of the author. Patch provides a platform for readers to express their views. Niles Township District 219 High Schools have posted their annual review of programs for the 2013-14 school year. You can view what the district posted on their website here. There are a number of issues in the review to which the public should give careful consideration, but the item of greatest significance is the proposed change to the school calendar. It reads: "With final exams ending prior to winter break; school would start the second week of August and end at Memorial Day." While the district offers a number of sound reasons to consider making this …