64. VIDEO: Hope’s in Style Student Fashion Show Raises Record Funds for Guatemala City Families

64. VIDEO: Hope’s in Style Student Fashion Show Raises Record Funds for Guatemala City Families

 The Barrington High School Students behind this week’s third annual Hope’s in Style fashion show fundraiser raised a record $43,306 which will enable them to build six new homes this summer for families who live and work in and around Guatemala City’s garbage dump. Sunday’s show at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Center featured over fifty student models, sylists and volunteers, drawing an audience of … Read more…

10. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Fundraising Campaign Exceeds $20 Million Mark

10. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Fundraising Campaign Exceeds $20 Million Mark

 Following the lead of campaign co-chairs Paul and Barbara Hills, many Barrington-area philanthropists have made major charitable gifts to the Look Forward campaign in support of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s historic, campus-wide modernization project. “Nothing else we could do would have as much impact,” Paul says. “The hospital serves countless people, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new building will give the … Read more…

326. Baking Sisters Bring Comfort to JourneyCare Families

326. Baking Sisters Bring Comfort to JourneyCare Families

 When you walk into JourneyCare on Monday mornings, you’re greeted by the unmistakable scent of baked goods wafting from the kitchen. If you follow your nose, it will lead you to sisters Jennifer Kainz and Julie Baily, who bake their hearts out each week for hospice patients and their families. It’s their way of giving back while honoring their mom, Susan Kennedy, who passed away at … Read more…

275. Growing Cents of Style Sale Gives Back

275. Growing Cents of Style Sale Gives Back

 When Barrington resident Jenny Welsh first dreamed up Growing Cents of Style, her seasonal children’s consignment sales, she had no idea how large they would become. Once held in a tiny boutique, the twice-yearly sales now occupy an expansive warehouse and draw devoted customers from all over Chicagoland. As the sale grows, Jenny is delighted to give back more to the Barrington community–and to causes close to her … Read more…

269. Former US Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson Jr. Shares Lessons Learned

269. Former US Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson Jr. Shares Lessons Learned

 On Thursday evening, with his 50th reunion approaching this weekend, Henry “Hank” Paulson, Jr. spoke to an auditorium filled with students and community members at Barrington High School. Paulson, a 1964 BHS graduate and the 74th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, was honored as this year’s Barrington 220 “Alumni Legend.” He was interviewed by his lifelong friend (and, many observed, near twin) Jack Train, a … Read more…

259. Alumni Legend Henry Paulson, Jr. to Speak at BHS on Sept. 25th

259. Alumni Legend Henry Paulson, Jr. to Speak at BHS on Sept. 25th

 Former Secretary of the Treasury, 1964 Barrington High School alumnus and current Barrington Hills resident, Henry Paulson, Jr., will speak at BHS on Thursday, September 25th at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are available now but seating is limited. Paulson is honored as this year’s BHS Alumni Legend, and will be interviewed by Jack Train, his longtime friend and fellow BHS alumnus. Attendees will hear Paulson speak … Read more…

255. “We Are Carnival” – 28th Annual Grove Avenue School Carnival Opens Friday!

255. “We Are Carnival” – 28th Annual Grove Avenue School Carnival Opens Friday!

 What do the Super Shot, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, 1001 Naughts, Swings and Windjammer have in common? They’re all awesome rides ready to thrill attendees of all ages at the Grove Avenue Carnival this weekend. This is your second-to-last chance to enjoy the Carnival, a fun-filled event that supports District 220 schools and offers a great time for the whole family, so come out and … Read more…

183. A Taste of UnCork Barrington’s 2014 Featured Wines

183. A Taste of UnCork Barrington’s 2014 Featured Wines

 With the 10th annual UnCork Barrington wine and food tasting event coming up on July 11th, we thought we’d share a closer look at this year’s featured wines and check the 10-day extended weather forecast for Barrington.  According to Weather.com, it looks like Mother Nature will be serving up sunny skies and a high of 80 degrees for Barrington’s most anticipated outdoor wine festival of … Read more…

172. #HeinensSundaySupper Week 4: Blue Family Father’s Day

172. #HeinensSundaySupper Week 4: Blue Family Father’s Day

 This year, I was lucky enough to share Father’s Day with two great dads: my father Pete, who was visiting from Duluth, Minnesota, and my husband Matt. These two amazing guys deserve to be celebrated, and what better way than to treat them to a delicious Sunday supper at home? Meals are the cornerstones of our gatherings, and we often spend days preparing time-honored family … Read more…

154. CrossFit and ChiroFit Team Up for Student Athletes

154. CrossFit and ChiroFit Team Up for Student Athletes

Calling all middle school, high school and college athletes: It’s time to get fit! ChiroFit chiropractor Dr. Dave Crosson and CrossFit Barrington co-owners/coaches Brian Niven and Chris Bluse have joined forces to create a new summer Athletic Enhancement program to help you improve your game – whatever that game may be. Their goal is to provide a structured, safe, and properly coached program that addresses the whole athlete.

All three coaches are former college athletes: Dr. Dave Crosson played basketball, and CrossFit Coaches and Co-Owners Brian Niven and Chris Bluse were Division 1 and professional lacrosse players. Their athletic and professional experiences equip them with an exceptional knowledge base, all of which they applied in the creation of this program.

Teen Session at CrossFit - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Teen Session at CrossFit – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Dr. Crosson, who goes by “Dr. Dave” at ChiroFit, found CrossFit Barrington through a patient. He was immediately hooked on the diverse workouts, and has worked out there 5-6 days per week ever since. “In two years of working with CrossFit, I’ve personally seen more gains in strength and overall athletic ability than anywhere since I got out of college,” he says…

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145. Caledonian Furniture & Antiques Celebrates Move with Rare Sale This Weekend Only 5/31 & 6/1

145. Caledonian Furniture & Antiques Celebrates Move with Rare Sale This Weekend Only 5/31 & 6/1

 We’re lucky enough to have a treasure trove here in Barrington, and it’s almost time for a hunt! Barrie Heath, the third-generation owner of fine English antiques and reproductions dealer Caledonian, Inc., is busily preparing to relocate his business from his Cook Street storefront to a new, larger location on James Street. In doing so, he’s tripling his showroom space and gathering all of his … Read more…

144. The Gentleman Farmer Returns to Barrington Roots

144. The Gentleman Farmer Returns to Barrington Roots

After five years of reverse commuting from the city to their Barrington Hills farm, The Gentleman Farmer, organic farmers Dominic and Jessica Green are relocating their family to Barrington–and returning to Jessica’s roots. As they begin their fourth year growing for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, they’re also expanding their offerings and looking forward to selling their delicious, locally-grown produce at the Barrington Farmer’s Market.

Dominic and Jessica Green at the farm with their boys Henry and Oliver - Photograph courtesy of Christina Noel
Dominic and Jessica Green at the farm with their boys Henry (5) and Oliver (3) – Courtesy of Christina Noël Photography

Dominic and Jessica didn’t always plan on becoming farmers, nor did they envision a move to Barrington. It’s home for Jessica, a Barrington High School graduate, but Dominic hails from the South of England–and both are dyed-in-the-wool world travelers. They each had careers in the arts – Dominic as an actor, and Jessica as a dancer and Pilates instructor – but were looking for a lifestyle change. As new parents to their son Henry, born in 2008, they craved a more direct connection to food and community.

They also had access to Jessica’s family’s land in Barrington Hills–beautiful, fertile land just 35 miles from the city. As Dominic and Jessica sought direction for their next move, farming began to emerge as a strong contender.

It was during that time that the couple fell hard for the lifestyle and ethics of the River Cottagea self-sustaining farming community founded by British chef and journalist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Jessica began researching the Stateline Farm Beginnings program through Angelic Organics, and the couple decided to apply.

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Dominic says that the program provided them with invaluable training, but nothing compares to the farming experience itself. The Gentleman Farmer was certainly born in the Stateline Beginnings program, but has grown only through seasons of work in the field. “I’m like a toddler learning to walk, gaining stability each year,” he says. In his first year, he farmed a third of an acre, and grew vegetables for fifteen families and friends (Dominic and Jessica affectionately refer to that as year zero).

As their farm grew, so did their CSA membership and their following at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, where loyal customers sought them out each week. Dominic increased his yields, and Jessica managed CSA subscriptions, maintained the website, and crafted newsletters each week.

Now in his fourth official year, Dominic is farming seven acres, two and a half of which will rest each year, planted with cover crops. The Gentleman Farmer is offering 100 twenty-week CSA shares this year (click here to sign up). “I’m planting 130 varieties of about 45 different vegetables,” Dominic says. This diversity is a key component of sustainable farming practices, and also ensures gorgeously varied boxes for CSA members.

A summer CSA share contains veggies ranging from staples to exotics - Photograph courtesy of Christina Noel Photography
A summer CSA share contains veggies ranging from staples to exotics – Photograph courtesy of Christina Noël Photography

Full Share CSA members receive a box each week; Half Share members receive a box every other week. The boxes – which members can either pick up at the farm or at Norton’s USA – each contain about 7-10 fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables. Members also receive a weekly CSA newsletter including notes from the farmer, recipes, nutritional information, photo and video updates on the crops and weekly harvest, and usually a fun farm anecdote.

Dominic and Jessica are also offering a new membership option this year called Worker Shares. In exchange for one shift of work at the farm each week of the season, Worker Share members will receive 1 full Vegetable CSA Share (worth $595). This is a formal commitment to work on the farm for one morning or one afternoon per week (4 – 5 hours). The work will include everything from seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing and packing etc. It’ll be hard work, but the rewards will be delicious–and made that much sweeter by your labor.

Dominic and employee Scott Speer discuss the next wave of transplanting - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Dominic and Scott Speer discuss the next wave of transplanting – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Barrington resident Cory Flahaven tried two CSA programs before finding The Gentleman Farmer. “We really think that three times is the charm,” she says. “This is true Barrington local, and the communication Jessica provides is unsurpassed. Her recipes range from simple (which is sometimes perfect) to more sophisticated, and they’re always good.”

Cory and her husband have a four-year-old daughter, Kendall, who adores her weekly trips to the farm…

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125. Hands of Hope’s 14th Annual Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire

125. Hands of Hope’s 14th Annual Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire

 Spring has finally arrived in earnest: the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire will soon hold its highly-anticipated 14th annual event on June 13 & 14. This feast for the senses is your key to three luxury Barrington estates, where you’ll delight in lush gardens, shop for sought-after furniture and accessories, and savor delectable food. And … Read more…

120. Synergy HomeCare Inspires Heartfelt Testimonial from Niece of Peggy Grigsby Richards

120. Synergy HomeCare Inspires Heartfelt Testimonial from Niece of Peggy Grigsby Richards

 Synergy HomeCare of Barrington strives to provide an unparalleled level of at-home care, and they are truly grateful when their clients help spread the word about their exceptional services. One such client is speaking up to share a message of gratitude for the care Synergy provided to her aunt, the late Peggy Grigsby Richards, who is well known and loved for her priceless contributions to … Read more…

95. Synergy HomeCare of Barrington Celebrates Six Years of Service

95. Synergy HomeCare of Barrington Celebrates Six Years of Service

For six years, Synergy HomeCare has provided home-based, non-medical services to the Barrington area and beyond. Owner Diego Uribe and his dedicated team work around the clock to ensure that Synergy’s team of highly trained caregivers delivers the very best care to their clients. As they celebrate their sixth anniversary this month, they’re taking time to look back on what they’ve learned, and ahead to a growing future.

Diego Uribe and Anne Adams of Synergy HomeCare of Barrington - Photographed by Liz Benedetto
Diego Uribe and Anne Adams of Synergy HomeCare of Barrington – Photographed by Liz Benedetto

When Diego Uribe’s mother, Gladys Uribe, began her battle with cancer, Diego knew he would do whatever he could to ease her suffering and maintain her quality of life. “She had gone to the gym twice a day for as long as I could remember–she was a very healthy woman,” Diego recalls. “So to see her in pain, and to watch her health decline…it was a very difficult thing.”

______, Diego Uribe's late mother
Gladys Uribe, Diego Uribe’s late mother

Diego, a longtime Barrington resident, had to piece together resources in the Houston, Texas, area to provide the care his mother needed. Though there were many services available for medical and non-medical care, they were impersonal and required extensive coordination from a distance.

“I was upset by the lack of personal attention my mother received. She deserved better than that.”

It was a few years after his mother’s passing that Diego decided to leave his corporate job to pursue a career in home care services.

As Diego researched the home care industry, he was drawn to Synergy HomeCare’s business structure. “It provided some helpful tools for us as we were just starting out,” he says. So in March of 2008, Diego started the first Synergy HomeCare franchise in Illinois…

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