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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 ›

A young girl has her face painted during the Peddle To The Park event hosted by The Bike Haven in McHenry Saturday.
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The Bike Haven’s Peddle To The Park event a rousing success

Early Saturday morning, all was quiet in Veterans Memorial Park in McHenry, save for a few birds chirping and the sound of footsteps on the … Read more ›

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Peddle To The Park event at McHenry’s Veteran’s Memorial Park offers healthy fun for bicycle enthusiasts

It’s fun, it’s free and it’s healthy; why wouldn’t you bring the family out to Peddle To The Park in McHenry this Saturday, June 2, … Read more ›

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Summer Excitement at Y!

Exciting news at the Hastings Lake YMCA, sports field construction has begun! The community of Lindenhurst will have a new place to play this summer … Read more ›

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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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Tempel Lipizzans Leap into 2012!

After a hiatus in 2011 to focus on training, Tempel Farms is launching a series of performances featuring the internationally-recognized Lipizzan Stallions. The season kicks … Read more ›

Chicago Journalist Lisa Barr debuts her award-winning novel FUGITIVE COLORS on Amazon.com.
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Award-Winning Novel FUGITIVE COLORS Debuts on Amazon.com Author Lisa Barr simultaneously launches “GIRLilla Warfare: A Mom’s Guide to Surviving the Suburban Jungle” www.girlillawarfare.com

Journalist Lisa Barr debuted her award-winning novel FUGITIVE COLORS on Amazon.com, and launched this week her website “GIRLilla Warfare: A Mom’s Guide to Surviving the … Read more ›

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Time Running Out for the Spring Sale!

Time is running out to take advantage of our Spring sale! Hastings Lake YMCA is in it's final weekend for waiving the enrollment fee which … Read more ›

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Motherhood, Graduation, and Letting Go

Every year around this time, someone comes out with a study that tallies up the monetary worth of motherhood. But that's silly, I think, as … 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 ›