Everyday People

Category: Everyday People

70. Boston Marathon Runner Returns to Barrington After Bombing

 Barrington High School graduate, District 220 elementary art teacher and BHS Cross Country Coach, Tom Root, always dreamed of running the Boston Marathon.  This Monday, the 26-year-old lifelong runner from Barrington Hills reached that goal, finishing his seventh marathon, his first outside the state of Illinois.
Tom crossed the finish line, just 40 minutes before two shrapnel-filled bombs exploded there, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.  He had rested nearby, gathered his things and just headed back to a friend’s place when the bombs went off.
Just a few miles from the finish line, Tom’s cell phone started to light up with messages from concerned friends and family back home.
“I started getting texts asking, ‘Are you OK?’.  I think the first one was actually from Ty Gorman, the head cross country coach at Barrington High School, and I figured he had just been tracking my times.  I explained that I was fine and then he told me there were explosions at the finish line.  Being so close to it and having just been at the exact spot where the bombs went off, knowing you needed to sit tight because they didn’t know if something else was going to happen, was just a strange, scary feeling.”
Back at home Tom’s dad, Jim, an artist who also owns a marketing company in Barrington, had been tracking Tom’s progress online throughout the race.
“Not long after I found out Tom had finished, we started getting calls and texts asking if he was OK.  I called Tom and, at first, the call didn’t go through.”
They finally connected and Jim learned that Tom was safe.
“You’re glad, but then you’re also sad for the people who were there.  It was a surreal day, a little like September 11th for me.  It was a gorgeous day, everybody was happy, and, all of a sudden, this horrific thing happens.” 
Jim says it was good to give Tom a hug in person when he picked him up from the airport this week.  Tom was wearing his brand new Boston Marathon jacket when he stepped off the plane, just in time to make a cross country meet at Barrington High School.
As investigators uncover new evidence in their search for those responsible for this week’s bombing, Tom says learning more about the victims and their families is heartbreaking……

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154. Discover “Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift”

 For the first time since publishing her children’s book, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift 15 years ago, Tower Lakes author, Sheila Glazov, will have the honor of watching a musical rendition of the story brought to life on stage this Sunday night.  Performers with Lake Zurich’s Trilogy School of Performing Arts have prepared a special interpretation of the book, which is a “family fairy tale” about a young princess created to help children of all ages build self esteem.

The musical version of Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift was adapted shortly after Sheila published the book’s second edition to include paragraphs about bullying in schools.  She wrote the story as a “fairy tale version” of her popular adult book examining behavior and relationships called, What Color is Your Brain?  A Fun and Fascinating Approach to Understanding Yourself and Others.…

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149. Go the Distance with Mom this Mother’s Day

 Flowers, shmowers! Instead of giving your mom that ‘same old’ spring bouquet this Mother’s Day, why not give her a pair of running shoes and a spot in this weekend’s Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk ;). It’s happening Sunday morning on the streets of Barrington and it’s a fun experience you can share while helping a non-profit raise $8,000 for cancer research.

The Gateway for Cancer Research’s 3rd annual Mother’s Day 5k Run/Walk is expected to be even bigger than last year’s event.  Gateway donates 99 cents of every dollar raised towards research for cancer cures, and they’re focusing Barrington’s May 13th event on raising funds specifically for breast cancer research.
The event will begin and end at 200 Spring Street in Barrington……

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142. Don Your Derby Hat for Barrington Children’s Charities

 Dust off your derby hats and spruce up your seersucker suits, Barrington Children’s Charities’ second annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby party is coming up this Saturday and we’re all invited. Barrington Hills resident and Children’s Charities founder, Darby Hills (seen here on left), says there are fun new details in store for this year’s festivities, thanks, in part, to Kathleen McLaughlin, the local event planner behind the party.
Kentucky Derby-style hats in all shapes and sizes will be a big part of the entertainment at this Saturday’s event, held to benefit Barrington Children’s Charities and the national Blessings in a Backpack campaign. All proceeds from this weekend’s party will directly benefit Barrington School District 220 families who are part of the free and reduced lunches program……

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95. ‘Express Yourself’ at Photo Exhibit’s Opening Night

 What would you picture if you were asked to photograph something that makes you laugh, cry, something you love, something beautiful or something you can’t live without?  Your images would undoubtedly speak volumes about your values, your personality and the people who matter to you most. Barrington portrait photographer, Thomas Balsamo, recently posed that challenge to 28 area special needs children in a contest called Express Yourself. With the help of special needs advocacy group, Barrington Area Special Voices, this project is the latest way Thomas has used his lens to both enlighten and empower.
For the Express Yourself Photo Contest, Thomas armed contestants with cameras, confidence and a few tricks of his trade.  He paired them with local photography experts, encouraged them to explore and inspired them to share their feelings creatively.
He rewarded their work with prizes and praise.  The project became the focus of his latest book and a brand new photography exhibit debuting in Barrington this week.  And now here’s where we come in……

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Barrington Cobbler

361. If the Shoe Fits, Fix It!

 I found it! I’ve searched high and low while writing this blog for the past 361 days and I finally found THE SOLE of Barrington. It’s housed in a little shop that you’ve surely passed a million times. One step inside and you’ll be shocked by the sharp smell of shoe polish and the sense that you’ve stepped back in time. A quick ding of the old brass desk bell on the counter reveals one of Barrington’s best kept secrets, as shoe repair man, Leonid Gokhberg, steps out from the back.

Leon moved from the Ukraine to Chicago back in 1979.  Take one look at his hardened hands and you’ll begin to see his story in his black stained fingertips.…

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Matthew and Leone Clarke

341. Meet the Clarkes of Clarke’s Bakery and Deli

 The month of March is one big party for a local couple that has built a thriving Barrington business around their shared passion for baking, cooking and celebrating the goodness of great homemade food. Matthew an Leone Clarke of Clarke’s Bakery and Deli are preparing feasts this month to celebrate Fat Tuesday today, St. Patrick’s Day next week, Barrington’s First Annual Celtic Fest AND their business’ 25th Anniversary. With a cup of kindness, two handfuls of hard work and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen, together the Clarkes have created a winning recipe that keeps loyal customers coming back for more.

If you drop by Clarke’s today, you’ll find Matthew or Leone at the counter, or it’ll likely be one of their two daughters who greet you. Stacey just graduated from college with a law enforcement degree and Kathrine is studying to be a teacher. Both girls grew up in the bakery and know their parents’ story well.…

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Snow and Football on Thanksgiving

239. Celebrate a Barrington Thanksgiving

 As I promised, I’ve been compiling a list of favorite Thanksgiving traditions and reasons to be thankful this year in Barrington. I didn’t meet my goal of polling 30 people. But I made it to 15 and, for that, I am thankful, kind of like making it Halfway to Hana! Of all the “favorite traditions” I heard this month, the most popular ways to celebrate here in Barrington involve family, relaxation, neighbors and football.
I’m starting our list today with Barrington Bank and Trust President, Jon Stickney……

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Cooking with Erin Bailey

237. Garnish Your Holiday Table Like Chef Erin Bailey

 Sometimes little details can add a world of elegance to your Thanksgiving table. That’s what Barrington chef, Erin Bailey says. And, when it comes to cooking, Erin’s a local expert. She’s a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts School in France and, for years, she ran La Pomme de Pin, a specialty foods market and catering business she started right here in Barrington.

I recently dropped by to see Erin when she was preparing a pre-Thanksgiving meal at home. She was making mashed potatoes and the conversation quickly turned to one of her favorite subjects, food. “If you start with good ingredients, the preparation can be really simple.”…

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Fitness Guru Sherry Hana's Girls Nite Out

166. Shape Up with Sherry Hana

 When it comes to exercise, one of my biggest challenges is staying motivated. I recently found a fitness expert in Lake Barrington who offers in-home personal training and specializes in helping busy women and moms get their exercise routines back on track. Her name is Sherry Hana, and this week, she’s hosting an evening of fun, healthy food, fitness tips and FREE MASSAGES at her own home.

I recently caught up with Sherry during a fitness session at the home of Marianne Swallie, of one of her clients in Cary. The cool thing is that you don’t need a finished basement or fancy fitness equipment, because Sherry will have all of the tools and expertise you need with her when she knocks on your front door.…

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