365Barrington.com http://365barrington.com Things to do in Barrington, Illinois Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:27:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 107. ‘Lunch Mom’ Turns Cafeteria into Conservation Classroom http://365barrington.com/2014/04/22/107-lunch-mom-turns-cafeteria-into-conservation-classroom/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/22/107-lunch-mom-turns-cafeteria-into-conservation-classroom/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:07:52 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180764 We’re excited to share a special guest post this Earth Day, written by Barrington mom to three girls and ardent conservationist, Jennifer Kainz, of the Onion Pub & Brewery.  Jennifer is making great strides toward educating Barrington 220 students about the importance of  lunchroom recycling to prevent food waste.  She is the driving force behind […]

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We’re excited to share a special guest post this Earth Day, written by Barrington mom to three girls and ardent conservationist, Jennifer Kainz, of the Onion Pub & Brewery.  Jennifer is making great strides toward educating Barrington 220 students about the importance of  lunchroom recycling to prevent food waste.  She is the driving force behind a new series of cafeteria waste audits at Barrington 220 schools, including one earlier this year at Barrington Middle School Prairie Campus.

Students at Prairie sorted their lunchroom waste into four different containers including liquid, recyclables, food scraps and true garbage. This resulted in 105.5 pounds of compostable materials, 51 pounds of liquid, 40 pounds of recyclables and 29.5 pounds of garbage. There were also 22 pounds of uneaten food.

Waste Audit at Barrington Middle School Prairie Campus - Photographed by Jennifer Kainz

Waste Audit at Barrington Middle School Prairie Campus – Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Kainz

The goal of Jennifer’s school lunchroom audits is to help students identify ways to prevent or reduce waste and improve recycling efforts in our schools.

Jennifer explains her motivation, with her own words, in our Earth Day guest post here at 365Barrington.com…

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Mindful Waste

by Jennifer Kainz of the Onion Pub & Brewery

You can learn a lot by having lunch with your child in his or her school cafeteria. You get a better sense of how much time is allotted for eating, what the hot lunches look like, and how much food kids are actually consuming.

The day I dined with my fourth-grade daughter, I also learned an eye-opening truth: There were no recycling bins in the cafeteria. I watched students dump all of their trash into one single container. Full milk cartons, juice boxes, half-eaten sandwiches, and whole apples were all mixed together, headed to a faraway landfill. I realized at that moment that we were filling garbage dumps rather than our kids’ bellies.

From Lunch Bags to Landfills

From Lunch Bags to Landfills

The rate at which Americans are filling landfills with food is staggering. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we buried more than 36 million tons of food waste in 2011, making it the single largest material to be landfilled. Forty percent of that food was uneaten, according to the National Resource Defense Council.

The problem with organic material breaking down in landfills is it releases methane gas, which has 23 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide.

Not surprisingly, a significant source of waste comes from school cafeterias.

A typical student generates 67 pounds of lunch waste every school year; most of which is leftover or unwanted food.

Part of the challenge has arisen from our efforts to encourage kids to eat healthier foods. Under new guidelines, the National School Lunch Program requires students to put a healthy food item on their tray. However, students are not required to eat it.

Waste Audit at Barrington Middle School Prairie Campus - Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Kainz

Waste Audit at Barrington Middle School Prairie Campus – Photographed by Jennifer Kainz

Part of the solution to food waste is to better manage what and when students eat. Under the USDA’s optional “Offer Versus Serve” program, students are allowed to refuse certain food items, which has reduced plate waste significantly. Studies have shown an increase in food consumption and reduction in food waste when students eat lunch after recess and have 30 minutes to eat as opposed to 20. Rewarding children for eating their fruits and vegetables has also proven successful in many elementary schools.

Barrington 220 "Tasty Tuesday" Healthy Eating Initiative - Courtesy of Barrington School District 220

Barrington 220 “Tasty Tuesday” Healthy Eating Initiative – Courtesy of Barrington School District 220

The first step toward reducing food waste at your local school is to perform a waste audit. This provides a better understanding of what type of garbage is being generated. It involves sorting and measuring different materials found in the waste stream to identify what can be reduced, recycled, or composted. A waste audit is an educational activity that can be a catalyst for change resulting in a more sustainable school. In addition, it can provide many opportunities for teachers to incorporate scientific inquiry into a lesson on minimizing waste.

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Jennifer’s “Mindful Waste” lunchroom food audit initiative is the latest in the Kainz family’s ongoing efforts in sustainability, starting with their work at the Onion Pub & Brewery.  CLICK HERE to read more about their initiatives, including their restaurant waste reduction efforts, hop farm and wormery on the family’s Onion Pub & Brewery property in Lake Barrington.

Jennifer and Mike Kainz at The Wild Onion Brewery’s Hop Farm & Wormery – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Jennifer and Mike Kainz at The Wild Onion Brewery’s Hop Farm & Wormery – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

But, WAIT…

Just in time for Earth Day, Jennifer has also enlisted the help of some local lunchroom experts to offer easy advice to reduce, reuse and recycle when it comes to cafeteria cuisine.

And, for added emphasis, BHS-TV students passionate about the cause produced this fun video focused ways to be more mindful with our lunchroom meals.

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106. Eight Earth Day Tips for At Home Conservation http://365barrington.com/2014/04/22/earth-day-tips-for-at-home-conservation-barrington-area-conservation-trust/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/22/earth-day-tips-for-at-home-conservation-barrington-area-conservation-trust/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:16:27 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180772 Earth Day Inspired Tips for Conservation at HomeThis Quick Tips Tuesday falls on Earth Day so, with the help of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT), we’ve put together a list of simple steps we can all take to help protect our planet without leaving our homes. Our new Quick Tips Tuesday series is all about sharing weekly advice from local experts […]

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This Quick Tips Tuesday falls on Earth Day so, with the help of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT), we’ve put together a list of simple steps we can all take to help protect our planet without leaving our homes.

Weekly Advice from Local Experts

Weekly Advice from Local Experts

Our new Quick Tips Tuesday series is all about sharing weekly advice from local experts and we’ve selected a little Earth Day inspired video – an oldie but goodie – if you’d like a little background music with your reading today.

Protecting the planet is no easy task, but according to Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s April Anderson, there are simple steps we can all take to do our part.

8 Earth Day Tips for At Home Conservation

by April Anderson with the Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Conservation@Home Team

1. Learn about native plants

Native plants are adapted to the unique climate and soils of our area, allowing them to survive everything from timely frosts to torrential rains and droughts.  Replacing a section of lawn with a garden of native plants, you can reduce runoff while providing food and habitat for insects and animals.

My favorite native spring-blooming wildflowers for the woods include Virginia bluebells, bloodroot, and wild ginger. In sunny spots, I love to see Pasque flower, prairie smoke, and wild petunia, while in wet places, marsh marigolds and skunk cabbage precede the beauties of summer and fall. Native plants can be purchased many places — both in our community and in our region. BACT will be selling native plants after all of these sales are over so people can build on their successes.

Bloodroot, Native to Barrington - Photographed by April Anderson

Bloodroot, Native to Barrington – Photographed by April Anderson

2. Put out a bird feeder (or two)

Clean feeders containing a variety of foods enable you to enjoy birdwatching while providing supplemental nourishment.

3. Manage for invasives

Invasive species such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, and autumn olive can be cut and herbicided to avoid compacting soil and impacting other plants. For help identifying Illinois Invasive Plants, visit rtrcwma.org/Woodland.pdf.

Illinois Invasive Plants - Courtesy of rtrcwma.org

Illinois Invasive Plants – Courtesy of rtrcwma.org

4. Turn off the lights

Extinguish outside lights whenever possible to give nocturnal wildlife the darkness they need.

5. Plant a spring garden

Planting a small vegetable garden reduces the environmental costs associated with transporting food. To learn more about organic vegetable gardening, visit SmartFarms.org.

6. Plant an oak tree

Consider planting an oak tree this spring. Oak trees add interest to many landscapes while providing a great stopover for many migrating birds. Classified by The Nature Conservancy as an “imperiled ecosystem,” oak habitats need all of the help they can get.

BACT has free oak saplings to share while they last! Please contact Beth Adler for information at beth@bactrust.org or call 847-387-3149.

Oak Tree in Barrington - Photo Courtesy of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Oak Tree in Barrington – Photo Courtesy of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust

7. Consider composting

Instead of putting your food waste into the garbage, you can start composting this refuse into rich soil for your garden.

Earth Day Inspired Tips for Conservation at Home - Photo by April Anderson

Earth Day Inspired Tips for Conservation at Home

8. Capture Stormwater with Rain Barrels

Rain barrels capture stormwater that would otherwise be lost as runoff. With rain barrels, homeowners can save over 1,000 gallons of water during peak summer months. If you CLICK HERE to order rain barrels for your home, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the Barrington Area Conservation Trust.

Capture Stormwater with Rain Barrels

Capture Stormwater with Rain Barrels

Barrington Area Conservation Trust was founded in 2001 to help preserve the open space, rural character, and scenic, recreational, historic, and natural resources of the Barrington, Illinois-area communities through advocacy, education, and promotion of responsible land stewardship

For more information about the BACT’s work, mission and Conservation@Home program, visit BACTrust.org.

BACTrust.org

BACTrust.org

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105. Barrington Area Conservation Trust Earth Day Celebration http://365barrington.com/2014/04/21/105-earth-day-barrington-area-conservation-trust/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/21/105-earth-day-barrington-area-conservation-trust/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:11:25 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180753 Barrington area residents come together to participate in BACT's 2013 Earth Day Work Day at Pederson Preserve - Photo by Bob LeeBarrington Area Conservation Trust will kick off Earth Week with an afternoon that honors historic oaks and cultivates native vegetation for future generations at Pederson Preserve starting at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 22. Pederson Preserve is located at the corner of Hart and Lake Cook Roads across from Barrington High School, and everyone is […]

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Barrington Area Conservation Trust will kick off Earth Week with an afternoon that honors historic oaks and cultivates native vegetation for future generations at Pederson Preserve starting at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 22.

Barrington area residents come together to participate in BACT's 2013 Earth Day Work Day at Pederson Preserve - Photo by Bob Lee

Barrington area residents come together to participate in BACT’s 2013 Earth Day Work Day at Pederson Preserve – Photo by Bob Lee

Pederson Preserve is located at the corner of Hart and Lake Cook Roads across from Barrington High School, and everyone is welcome to attend this public event.

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Photo by Bob Lee

Great Oaks of Barrington winners will be recognized during a short ceremony starting at 3:00 pm, then everyone will have an opportunity to help plant native wetland plants and clean up debris left by Flint Creek at the 5.6-acre site.

Last year, Barrington High School students and teachers together with volunteers from the community installed over 300 native plants.

This year, the volunteers expect to plant over 700 native wildflowers and grasses and cleaning up litter around Flint Creek — rain or shine.  For those who want to bring nature home, BACT will have 100 free oak saplings to share and nurture.

Since 2011, BACT staff and volunteers have cleared debris, installed native plants, and spread native seed in Pederson Preserve to provide food and shelter for wildlife, reduce erosion, facilitate filtration, improve water quality, and contribute to the area’s overall environmental health.

The BACT is dedicated to preserving the open lands, natural resources, equestrian character, and scenic beauty of the Barrington communities.

To read the stories about Great Oaks winners, or find out about upcoming work days and events, please visit Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Facebook page or call (847) 387-3149.  For more information about the work and mission of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust, visit bactrust.org.

Barrington area residents come together to participate in BACT's 2013 Earth Day Work Day at Pederson Preserve - Photo by Bob Lee

Barrington area residents come together to participate in BACT’s 2013 Earth Day Work Day at Pederson Preserve – Photo by Bob Lee

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104. Health Beat: Too Much TV Time Linked to Kids’ Poor Sleep Habits http://365barrington.com/2014/04/21/104-too-much-tv-time-linked-to-kids-poor-sleep-habits/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/21/104-too-much-tv-time-linked-to-kids-poor-sleep-habits/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:09:53 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180724 Too Much TV Time Linked to Kids' Poor Sleep HabitsSleep is important in early childhood especially when young bodies and minds are developing quickly. A new study finds that the more time young children spend watching TV, the less likely they are to get the sleep they need, which can negatively affect their physical and mental health. The finding published in the May issue […]

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Sleep is important in early childhood especially when young bodies and minds are developing quickly. A new study finds that the more time young children spend watching TV, the less likely they are to get the sleep they need, which can negatively affect their physical and mental health.

Too Much TV Time Linked to Kids' Poor Sleep Habits

Too Much TV Time Linked to Kids’ Poor Sleep Habits

The finding published in the May issue of Pediatrics, showed that every extra hour of TV viewing time was associated with 7 fewer minutes of daily sleep time, and the link was stronger for boys than for girls.

Daniel Nepomuceno, M.D.

Daniel Nepomuceno, M.D.

“The connection is fairly intuitive – in adults and children, excessive stimulation at bedtime results in problems with insomnia and poor quality sleep.” said Dr. Daniel Nepomuceno, a pulmonologist and sleep specialist at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill. “This research only adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that too much screen time in childhood is at least linked to, if not the cause of, poorer health, both physical and mental.”

Researchers followed 1,800 kids from infancy to the time they were almost 8 years old. Parents were asked to report how much TV the kids watched when they were six months old, and then every year after. They also asked how much time the little ones spent in a room with a TV, and whether there was a TV in their bedrooms as they got older.

Overall findings included:

*  Average time children slept each day decreased from about 12 hours at six months to about 10 hours at seven years.
*  Total TV viewing increased from about one hour per day to 1.6 hours.
*  Proportion of children who slept with a TV in their bedroom increased from 17 percent to 23 percent between ages four and seven years.

“Inadequate sleep in childhood is known to cause problems including attention problems, school performance and an increased risk of obesity,” said Dr. Nepomuceno. “Seven minutes each night doesn’t seem like very much, but over time by the time you get to the end of the week children are already a half hour short on sleep. In some children, the presence of a TV in the bedroom was associated with over half an hour less sleep per night.”

Too Much TV Time Linked to Kids' Poor Sleep Habits

Too Much TV Time Linked to Kids’ Poor Sleep Habits

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About the Author

Post 300 - Erin Abbey at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Erin Abbey is the public affairs and marketing manager at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington where she works on getting the word out about hospital news and accomplishments as well as community events and activities.

Erin recently relocated from Chicago to the northwest suburbs where she lives with her husband, two young daughters and her dog Kallie. When she’s not at work, Erin enjoys exploring new restaurants, practicing yoga and pilates, reading as much as possible and attempting to keep up with all the news on social media.

CLICK HERE to read the latest articles Erin has written for Advocate Health’s enews platform at achealthenews.com.

She is also the author of our 365 Barrington Health Beat series focused on advice from area physicians, the latest medical news and trends toward better health in and around Barrington.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit AdvocateHealth.com/goodshep.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington

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103. Introducing the Friday 5: Five Steps to Growing a Magic Jelly Bean Easter Garden http://365barrington.com/2014/04/18/103-friday-5-five-steps-magic-jelly-bean-easter-garden/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/18/103-friday-5-five-steps-magic-jelly-bean-easter-garden/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:16:56 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180662 Post - Magic Jelly Beans at EasterIt’s Friday – Good Friday, at that – and we’re excited to introduce a new series focused on this kicked-back day that kicks off the weekend.  We’re calling it the Friday 5 and it’s a series of local weekly lists.  The lists will vary from week to week from 5 Things to Love to 5 […]

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It’s Friday – Good Friday, at that – and we’re excited to introduce a new series focused on this kicked-back day that kicks off the weekend.  We’re calling it the Friday 5 and it’s a series of local weekly lists.  The lists will vary from week to week from 5 Things to Love to 5 Things to Do to 5 Places to Visit.  You get the idea.  It’ll be a little something unexpected, helpful and/or fun just for you every Friday.  And we’ll always make sure the Friday 5′s have some connection to our community here in Barrington.

The "Friday 5" at 365Barrington.com

The “Friday 5″ at 365Barrington.com

I’m starting the series with an Easter tradition my close friend Calle has been doing with her four kids for years.  It’s one of the things she most looks forward to on Easter weekend.  Have you heard about the magic jelly beans that grow overnight into a lollipop garden on Easter morning?  Well, today I’m sharing the 5 simple steps to wow your kids by growing an Easter garden with your own handful of magic jelly beans.

Magic Easter Jelly Beans

Magic Easter Jelly Beans

Step 1

On Good Friday or Easter Eve, find a corner in your garden, a small flower pot or a little section of grass in your yard to grow your magic jelly bean garden.

Step 2

Ask your kids to help plant your colorful jelly bean “seeds”.  (Important:  Be sure to water the garden for a little extra razzle dazzle.)

Let Your Kids Plant the Magic Jelly Beans

Let Your Kids Plant the Magic Jelly Beans

Step 3

Put kids to bed early because the magic jelly beans work better that way ;).

Step 4

Once the kids are asleep, carefully place a lollipop where each bean was planted.

Step 5

Watch the kids bolt out of bed on Easter morning to discover their magic jelly beans produced an overnight lollipop garden!

I found some pretty crafty moms online who use much cuter suckers than these old tootsies I discovered with last year’s Easter decorations down in the basement.  (I’ll be making a fresh candy run sometime this weekend.)

Voila!  Harvest Your Magic Jelly Bean Easter Garden Crop While Hunting for Easter Eggs

Voila! Harvest Your Magic Jelly Bean Easter Garden Crop While Hunting for Easter Eggs

Anyway, this is a fun thing to do with your kids, grandkids or – hey – maybe even your pets! Why not? Whatever your Easter traditions may be, have fun and enjoy the special meaning of this festive family holiday.

Post - Easter Lollipop Garden

Photos From ParentPositiveKids.com

 

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102. This Week in Barrington Suburban Life http://365barrington.com/2014/04/17/102-this-week-in-barrington-suburban-life/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/17/102-this-week-in-barrington-suburban-life/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:13:06 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180592 Post - Barrington Suburban Life - April 17, 2014 Issue - FeaturedVirtually tour the Sanfilippo family estate by flipping through this week’s pages of Barrington Suburban Life. Contributing photographer Jeff Krage accompanied area residents as they embarked on a three-hour guided tour of the antique-filled home.  You’ll find that story plus many more when you turn the cover page on this week’s issue. Here are more […]

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Virtually tour the Sanfilippo family estate by flipping through this week’s pages of Barrington Suburban Life. Contributing photographer Jeff Krage accompanied area residents as they embarked on a three-hour guided tour of the antique-filled home.  You’ll find that story plus many more when you turn the cover page on this week’s issue.

Barrington Suburban Life - April 17, 2014

Barrington Suburban Life – April 17, 2014

Here are more of the stories you’ll find in this week paper, according to Barrington Suburban Life reporter, Tarah Thorne…

Psychologist talks adolescent sexting
After a recent sexting case surface at Barrington’s Station Middle School, Dr. Cheryl Borst of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is speaking out about how social media and peer pressure can lead to inappropriate texts. Plus, Barrington Police and school officials lend some tips to avoid trouble.

Village trustees talk fire services
A recent fire less than two blocks from village boundaries, on 1000 block of South Grove Avenue, has sparked the attention of Barrington board members. Why was the Barrington Fire Department not called to assist the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District? Check out board meeting coverage in this week’s paper.

Get to know Peter Chung
This Barrington High School senior speaks out about his BHS-TV advocacy videos and plans for college. Chung is known for being president of his school’s production club and using his video skills to help local charities. Suburban Life reporter Kyle Stephans spoke with Chung about his commitment to giving back.

All sights set on Austria
Barrington-born singer and “Army wife” Caitlin Reyna is sharing her story in this week’s edition Barrington Suburban Life. Reyna would like to further pursue her opera career by attending a summer program in Austria, but has limited time to raise money.

You’ll find these stories and much more in this week’s Barrington Sububan Life.

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Barrington Suburban Life is one publication in Shaw Media’s family of FREE local newspapers published weekly in suburban Chicago. The paper arrives by mail on Thursdays to homes and businesses in zip code 60010 and you can also pick up copies at businesses all over town.  Keep track of their latest stories on their website at BarringtonSuburbanLife.com or at Facebook.com/BarringtonSuburbanLife.

(In June of 2013, 365Barrington.com entered into a news & marketing partnership with Shaw Media and the Barrington Suburban Life newspaper to work together in promoting Barrington events, stories, organizations and businesses online and in print.)

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101. Sexting Issue is Focus of Two Community Presentations http://365barrington.com/2014/04/16/101-sexting-issue-focus-of-two-community-presentations/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/16/101-sexting-issue-focus-of-two-community-presentations/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:15:15 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180547 CALL TO ACTION:  Let's Talk About SextingOne week after a student sexting incident and resulting police investigation put Barrington Middle School Station Campus in the Chicago media spotlight, a group of concerned residents backed by several local organizations is taking action in response.  They’ve organized two presentations about the issue, featuring Dr. Nausheen Din, a Barrington physician specializing in adult, child […]

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One week after a student sexting incident and resulting police investigation put Barrington Middle School Station Campus in the Chicago media spotlight, a group of concerned residents backed by several local organizations is taking action in response.  They’ve organized two presentations about the issue, featuring Dr. Nausheen Din, a Barrington physician specializing in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry.

CALL TO ACTION:  Let's Talk About Sexting

CALL TO ACTION: Let’s Talk About Sexting

I share concerns I’ve heard from many friends this past week about how we can better educate our kids about sexting’s social and legal consequences, especially as mobile devices and social sharing apps become more widely used at younger ages.  So, for me, tonight’s presentation, created for adults, will be particularly helpful.  The second presentation is geared toward students and will take place tomorrow night.  All are invited to attend but an RSVP is highly recommended due to space limitations.

CALL TO ACTION: Let’s Talk About Sexting

Nausheen Din, MD

Nausheen Din, MD

Presented by Nausheen Din, MD, a physician specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a local Barrington resident and has her practice here as well.

Presentation Created for Adults

When:  Wednesday, April 16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where:  The Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills
Sponsor:  The Sanfilippo Family Foundation

Presentation Created for Students

When:  Thursday, April 17, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where:  The Lake Barrington Field House
Sponsors:  The Lake Barrington Field House and Barrington Children’s Charities

Additional Sponsors: National Alliance of Mental Illness, the Cressey Family and Rosati’s Pizza

To RSVP, please call 847 842 7200 or email drdin@mac.com for address, directions and any additional questions.

The organizers, including Rusty Hernandez of the Sanfilippo Foundation, say their goal is to help us consider the issue and weigh solutions that inform, empower and protect our kids.  Rusty says he sees these types of problems escalating and occurring at an even younger age if we don’t do more in response.

“Kids are losing their inhibitions when they can hide behind social media because there is no face-to-face.  It’s a real problem and, as time goes by, it seems that those involved are getting younger and younger.  This kind of stuff used to only happen in high school.  Now it’s in middle school and my fear is that it’s going to trickle down to elementary school.  Students of all ages need to learn the consequences of inappropriate social media.”

Here’s a look at more of the information Rusty shared about this week’s presentations…

Is this problem affecting our community?

CUSD 220 officials recently sent an email to parents reporting that police and school officials were investigating an incident of sexting at a Barrington middle school. Inappropriate images of a student were allegedly shared among a small circle of other students through text messages. The school was first made aware of the issue shortly after students returned from spring break. Upon finding that the images had been redistributed to a wide circle of students, the school involved local law enforcement.  Since the incident, students’ responses have ranged widely.  While some have expressed shock about the alleged consequences, few verbalized disbelief.  Many older students shared stories of their own experiences, expressing regret, as well as a strong desire to help increase awareness amongst parents and teens.  Almost every one of them seemed to be informed of the incident, regardless of the school or grade they attended.

Target audience

The events will have separate sessions for adults and students of all ages. This will allow audience participation to be more candid, and thereby helpful. All minors will require the permission of a parent or guardian to attend.

Facts about teen sexting

Substance abuse and sexual violence are becoming increasingly prominent in middle school students across the country. Earlier this week, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois found that almost one in five students in middle school have experienced physical sexual violence while atschool. What else do we know?

• 18-19% students report being the target of sexual rumors, sexual commentary and homophobic namecalling.
• 30% of teens in the US are sexting, not simply texting.
• Almost 25% of troubled seventh-graders send sexually suggestive texts or photos.
• Sexting is much more common than adults realize.

Why should we talk about this?

Sexting can have serious social, legal, academic, and psychological consequences for students. Direct and indirect involvement can both be crippling, and serve to potentially derail vulnerable youth.  As a community, we must support each other as we work through our shock, and move toward a safer future for our youth. The goal is to inspire a conversation about what it is that students need to better prepare them for adulthood.  By participating in this event, you may walk away a little more informed, and thus be in a better position to step up to the next level of intervention either for your own family member, or just as valuable, the life of someone else’s child. Please make the time and attend.

What will you learn?

A powerpoint presentation will be followed with an opportunity to ask questions, and gain direction. Topics covered include the following and more.

• What parents can do about sexting
• Why teens are sexting images of themselves
• Why teens are sexting or requesting images of others
• Psychological, social, legal, and academic consequences of sexting
• What to do after the fact
• Red flags

About the presenter

Nausheen Din, MD is a physician specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is committed to assessing and treating youth with complex psychiatric and behavioral disorders.  Dr. Din has been in private practice for close to fifteen years, and completed her adult psychiatry residency training at the Loyola University Medical Center, as well as a fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where she served as chief resident.  She works closely with the community and local school districts, and is a resident of Barrington. This allows her an invaluable glimpse into the life of our youth from the perspective of a clinician as well as a parent.  She has been an invited speaker for several school districts, NAMI, and other audiences, and her presentations have consistently been well received.

To read a few comments from Dr. Din on sexting, CLICK HERE to find her recent blog post about the issue.  You can also explore her website at DrDin.squarespace.com.

DrDin.squarespace.com

DrDin.squarespace.com

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100. Quick Tips Tuesday: Weekly Advice from Local Experts http://365barrington.com/2014/04/15/100-quick-tips-tuesday-weekly-advice-from-local-experts-heinens-easter-solutions/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/15/100-quick-tips-tuesday-weekly-advice-from-local-experts-heinens-easter-solutions/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:11:16 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180477 Vieve Squires at Heinen's Grocery in BarringtonWe’ve made it to another post #100 of 365, so it seems like a good day to introduce something different here at 365Barrington.com. It’s a new series we’re calling “Quick Tips Tuesday” where we feature weekly advice from local experts to help make life a little easier. We’re starting things off with a few tips […]

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We’ve made it to another post #100 of 365, so it seems like a good day to introduce something different here at 365Barrington.com. It’s a new series we’re calling “Quick Tips Tuesday” where we feature weekly advice from local experts to help make life a little easier.

Easy Advice from Local Experts

Weekly Advice from Local Experts

We’re starting things off with a few tips to help us get ready for this weekend’s Easter brunch from our friends over at Heinen’s Grocery in Barrington. I recently visited with Heinen’s associate Vieve Squires to get a little advice for planning our family’s Easter menu. We were talking about Heinen’s Easter hams and I tricked her into posing for a photo with a ham from Heinen’s deli. (Photo tip:  Ask desired model to pick up prop for better close-up angle & lighting. Then, zoom out and say “SMILE!” Thanks, Vieve ;))

Vieve Squires at Heinen's Grocery in Barrington

Vieve Squires at Heinen’s Grocery in Barrington

Anyway, Vieve says the best thing about Heinen’s signature bone-in ham is that it’s made from Joe Heinen’s original, award-winning recipe. It’s gently smoked and finished in a honey mustard brown sugar glaze (YUM) and spiral sliced for easy serving.  “It doesn’t have a lot of salt in it and it’s not water-logged like other hams.  Ours has no binders and no MSG. It’s just pure ham and you can really taste the freshness.”

Heinen's Signature Spiral Cut Ham

Heinen’s Signature Spiral Cut Ham

So Here’s Vieve’s Tip:

“To make your holiday celebration effortless, Heinen’s can prepare your entire Easter meal in advance.  No matter how many people you’ll be serving, we have a solution for you so give us a call.  We’ll pre-cook your spiral cut ham and prepare your sides and baked goods.  All you have to do is pick your order up before Easter Sunday and pop your ham in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes while you’re preparing your side dishes and setting the table.”

For delicious sides to complement your Easter ham, Vieve recommends Heinen’s Green Bean Amandine, Green Bean Casserole, Au Gratin Potatoes or Candied Sweet Potatoes.  “The Au Gratin Potatoes are really good, but if you’re not into a sharp cheddar cheese, we also have a Parmesan scalloped potato in our gourmet case that you will love.  We’re also offering a seasonal favorite, grilled vegetables for $7.99 a pound.  We have zucchini, assorted peppers, red onion and mushrooms and everyone loves our grilled asparagus because it’s really simple. Plus, our Parker House rolls are soft, sweet and perfect for ham sandwiches or to serve on the side with your meats.”

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Heinen’s Easter Solutions

But Vieve recommends ordering your ham at least three or four days in advance – and that means NOW for Saturday pickup because Heinen’s will not be open on Easter Sunday.

Alessa’s Bonus Tip from Heinen’s Bakery: 

From lamb cakes to paska bread to bunny cakes and Heinen’s sweet hot cross buns, Alessa in Heinen’s bakery says call ahead to order your Easter baked goods because they’re flying off the shelves this week – especially the cheesecake with fresh fruit.  “If you know that you want something , don’t wait until the day before to pick it up.  Pre-order so we can be sure that we have it for you.”

Lamb Cakes, Bunny Cakes, Paska Bread, Oh MY!

Lamb Cakes, Bunny Cakes, Paska Bread, Oh MY!

To place your order, call Heinen’s at at 847-381-1332.  They’ll hook you up with all the recommendations you need on how much food to order based on the size of your party and, in my experience, you can’t go wrong with their advice!

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Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.

Heinen's Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois

Heinen’s Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois

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99. Historic Donation Made to Barrington 220 Educational Foundation http://365barrington.com/2014/04/15/99-friends-barrington-library-historic-donation-barrington-220-educational-foundation/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/15/99-friends-barrington-library-historic-donation-barrington-220-educational-foundation/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:36:26 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180461 Post - Friends of the Barrington Area LibraryThe Barrington 220 school libraries will be bursting with new books and e-readers thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Barrington Library, a group that will dissolve later this year. The Friends have gifted the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation $166,090 to fund book and e-book collections, Kindle Paperwhites and summer reading programs.  […]

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The Barrington 220 school libraries will be bursting with new books and e-readers thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Barrington Library, a group that will dissolve later this year.

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Adults Pictured in photo from left to right: Katherine Logue, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, LeeAnn Taylor, Barrington 220 Media Services Director, Wayne Tegeder, Friends of the Barrington Area Library, Donna Penyak, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation Chairperson, Mark Spreyer, Friends of the Barrington Area Library President, Kelly Henry, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, Gary Schmitz, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, John Papamarcos (seated), Friends of the Barrington Area Library

The Friends have gifted the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation $166,090 to fund book and e-book collections, Kindle Paperwhites and summer reading programs.  This donation is one of the largest one-time monetary donations in the Foundation’s history.

Officially organized in 1977, Friends of the Barrington Library, a not-for-profit group, raised nearly $750,000 to support the Barrington Area Library over its lifetime.  The Friends President Mark Spreyer, a 1974 Barrington High School graduate, looks back at the dozens of fundraising books sales the group held with nostalgia.

“There was some community goodwill that came from those book sales that I don’t think will be there again.  I hope the same goodwill can continue in Barrington 220,” he said.

Both Barrington 220 and the Foundation are grateful to the Friends for their generosity.

“Funding of this magnitude will be transformational for our students and teachers,” said Barrington 220 Media Services Director LeeAnn Taylor.

“This generous gift will positively touch every student within District 220 to help ensure reading resources remain strong and on the cutting edge of educational innovations,” said Donna Penyak, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation Chairperson.

The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation finds the funds for initiatives that enhance learning but are not otherwise supported by tax revenues. To learn more about the Foundation, visit 220foundation.org.

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About the Author

Morgan Delack

Morgan Delack

Morgan Delack is in Media Relations and Social Media for Barrington Community Unit School District 220.

She handles social media, media outreach and other press-related tasks for the district.

Morgan has worked for several years in both television and web-based news.

She lives in Barrington with her husband and two children. In her free time, Morgan enjoys exercise, cooking, reading and being outdoors.

You can reach her at (847) 842-3536 or MDelack@Barrington220.org. Follow Morgan’s Barrington 220 updates at Facebook.com/Barrington220.

Morgan is a regular contributor at 365Barrington.com and the voice of our “Smart Moves” series highlighting students, teachers, administrators and news impacting the Barrington 220 School District. CLICK HERE to find more Smart Moves features published here at 365Barrington.com.

The Latest Barrington 220 School District News and Events

The Latest Barrington 220 School District News and Events

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98. Health Beat: Procrastinators Celebrate! Scientists Say it’s in your Genes http://365barrington.com/2014/04/14/98-good-shepherd-heath-beat-procrastination-and-genetics/ http://365barrington.com/2014/04/14/98-good-shepherd-heath-beat-procrastination-and-genetics/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:49:54 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=180423 Procrastinators Can Celebrate!  Scientists Say it's In Your GenesIf you’d rather put off until tomorrow what could be done today, blame your parents. Researchers have discovered there may be a genetic reason for these tendencies, genetically linking procrastination and impulsivity which suggests they can be inherited. According to new research published in the journal Psychological Science, procrastination and impulsiveness are genetically linked, proposing […]

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If you’d rather put off until tomorrow what could be done today, blame your parents. Researchers have discovered there may be a genetic reason for these tendencies, genetically linking procrastination and impulsivity which suggests they can be inherited.

According to new research published in the journal Psychological Science, procrastination and impulsiveness are genetically linked, proposing the two traits stem from similar evolutionary origins.

Procrastinators Can Celebrate!  Scientists Say it's In Your Genes

Procrastinators Can Celebrate! Scientists Say it’s In Your Genes

“Everyone procrastinates at least sometimes, but we wanted to explore why some people procrastinate more than others and why procrastinators seem more likely to make rash actions and act without thinking,” study author Daniel Gustavson explains in a news release. “Answering why that’s the case would give us some interesting insights into what procrastination is, why it occurs, and how to minimize it.”

To answer these questions, the researchers looked at pairs of twins in regard to how much they procrastinate. They then compared the answers of identical twins, who share their entire DNA, with those of the non-identical twins, who share only half their DNA. The analysis found a tendency to procrastinate is indeed inherited and that the procrastinators were also highly impulsive.

The research found that, genetically speaking, procrastination is an evolutionary byproduct of impulsivity – one that likely shows itself more today than in the world of our ancestors.

Brian S Waxler PsyD

Brian S Waxler PsyD

“Being impulsive was advantageous to our ancestors because it would have helped with everyday survival,” says Dr. Brian Waxler a psychologist at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

“As times have changed and long-term planning has become more important, impulsivity got in the way of us reaching our goals due to more distractions and procrastination was born.”

The research also found the connection between procrastination and impulsivity which overlapped genetically with the ability to manage goals. This finding supports the idea that delaying, making rash decisions, and failing to achieve goals all stem from a shared genetic foundation.

“This research is interesting for those who might identify themselves as a procrastinator. It could help identify the reason for procrastination and identify tools to help overcome the tendency for distraction,” Dr. Waxler says.

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About the Author

Post 300 - Erin Abbey at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Erin Abbey is the public affairs and marketing manager at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington where she works on getting the word out about hospital news and accomplishments as well as community events and activities.

Erin recently relocated from Chicago to the northwest suburbs where she lives with her husband, two young daughters and her dog Kallie. When she’s not at work, Erin enjoys exploring new restaurants, practicing yoga and pilates, reading as much as possible and attempting to keep up with all the news on social media.

CLICK HERE to read the latest articles Erin has written for Advocate Health’s enews platform at achealthenews.com.

She is also the author of our 365 Barrington Health Beat series focused on advice from area physicians, the latest medical news and trends toward better health in and around Barrington.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit AdvocateHealth.com/goodshep.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington

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