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A lifeguard watches over swimmers at 63rd Street Beach in Chicago on Tuesday. State guidelines say where lifeguards are required, there must be a minimum of one per 100 bathers or 2,000 square feet of water surface area. ( Armando L. Sanchez, Chicago Tribune / June 17, 2012 )

Lifeguard on duty: Swim at your own risk

Lifeguards at Pioneer Park pool in Arlington Heights always have to be on alert — for swimmers in trouble, but also for the lifeguard certification … Read more ›

Photo Courtesy of Gregory Slayton
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Bobblehead Dad: Be a Better Dad Today

Not a day goes by that I don't get to hang out with a dad who inspires me. Yesterday, I was able to spend some … Read more ›

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The Plate Spinner Chronicles – The Winds of Change

Four years ago, I posted my first column on TribLocal, inviting you to follow my adventures as a working parent. With each submission, I’ve shared … Read more ›

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Bobblehead Dad: We Can Save 1.7 Million Children

I recently took my teenage son to the pediatrician for an annual check-up. Driving to the doctor’s office, my son asked, “Do I have to … Read more ›

Brothers Caynon, left, Caydon and Cayman have been waiting more than six months for a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

Big Brothers Big Sister seeks a few good men

Jen Vojcik is a single mother with three young boys who also works full-time as a firefighter with the McHenry Township Fire Protection District. The … Read more ›

Photo by Stuart Miles
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The Price of Prom

Ka-ching! It's prom time! Having now safely navigated two of my three kids through this rite of passage, I can honestly say I'm enjoying a … Read more ›

A student receives therapy through horseback riding through the Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program in Richmond. (Photo provided by Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program)

Horse-centric nonprofits merge to create ‘bigger and better’ organization

The merger of two nonprofit social service organizations has leaders from both agencies confident combining prior individual success will translate into a long-lasting legacy as … Read more ›

The Cafe N Play play area and coffee shop
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Cafe N Play, a kid-friendly coffee shop is opening on April 16, 2012 in Naperville

On Monday, April 16, 2012, Cafe N Play (http://cafenplay.com) is scheduled to open its doors on 1767 West Ogden Avenue in Naperville, Illinois. Cafe N … Read more ›

Carson P. Williams visits dogs at Animal House Shelter
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Where Are You Today?: Animal House Shelter Huntley 2nd Annual Dash for the Dogs

Join Animal House Shelter for the 2nd annual Dash for the Dogs on June 9, 2012 at Citizens Park, Barrington, Illinois. Registration begins at 6AM … Read more ›

My James, an honorary citizen of Free Time
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The Plate Spinner Chronicles – A Foreigner to Free Time

As this week dawned, my family calendar was awash in white space. No scout meetings, no team practices, no work hours for my husband or … Read more ›