2018 August Business Briefs

2018 August Business Briefs

Dr. Mike Riggle, Superintendent of Glenbrook High School District 225, recently announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2019. Riggle joined District 225 as principal of Glenbrook North High School in July 1998 and moved into the position of Superintendent in 2008. Making the announcement, School Board President Skip Shein commented that under Riggle’s leadership the District has witnessed unprecedented growth in student achievement, employee satisfaction, and financial stability. “Mike has worked tirelessly to deepen critical relationships with our feeder elementary districts, park districts, religious and cultural organizations, and the villages of Glenview and Northbrook,” he added. Throughout his tenure as superintendent, the district maintained high levels of academic achievement, including a record high ACT composite score average in 2017 and a district graduation rate of 97%. District officials anticipate beginning the search process for Dr. Riggle’s successor in September.

Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Supt. of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley was recently elected to the Suburban School Superintendents organization, which includes 150 active superintendents from prominent suburban school districts around the country. The national organization was created over 50 years ago to establish networking opportunities for superintendents to work together and continue to develop as leaders in their district.

Rosecrance Health Network will host a Recovery 5K walk/run “Every Step Counts” on Sunday, August 5, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Rosecrance Berry Campus in Rockford. Cost is $30 in advance. All participants will receive a medal, goodie bag and refreshments. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds will support treatment programs for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Visit Rosecrance.org/calendar for details.

Learn more about the American Cancer Society’s event “Making Strides of North Shore” at the annual kickoff event on Wednesday, August 8 at Granite City. Attendees will get more details about participation and connect with community members. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6:00 p.m. program. To learn more or to RSVP, contact Marlie Pykelny at NorthShoreILStrides@cancer.org or call (847)317-0209.

Learn how to improve your privacy online with browser extensions, alternative browsers, privacy settings and other options at “Incognito Mode” at the Northbrook Public Library on Wednesday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. – noon. Register at www.northbrook.info.

Granite City will host its first annual Art and Crafts Gala, featuring 30 local artists, on Saturday, August 18, noon to 7:00 p.m. sponsored by Within Your Reach, a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. Local artists interested in participating should e-mail Marissa@withinreachil.org. A portion of all sales will benefit the organization.

Celebrate the North Suburban YMCA’s 50th Anniversary at “50Fest” on Saturday, August 25, 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy a Taste of the North Shore food tent, live music, and fun activities for all ages. The event is open to the public for a suggested donation of $5/person. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Nyren at knyren@nsymca.org.

Elana Ashley, Dream Image Press will read and talk about her book “Big Bully Holly Howler” on Saturday, August 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Midtown Athletic Club in Bannockburn. She will introduce parents and children (grades K – 5th grade) to her puppet characters and their message about how to stand up to bullies.

Sportsman’s Country Club recently installed improvements to the practice range facility that include touch screen ball dispensers, upgraded targets and energy-efficient lighting for evening practice. Visit sportsmansgolf.com for more information.

Congratulations to the following Chamber members, all named as the best in the suburbs for their categories in the “Best of 2018 Awards” presented by Make It Better magazine:

  • @properties (Real Estate Company)
  • Book Bin (Bookstore)
  • Chicago Botanic Garden (Family Outing)
  • Elise Brill, Leesi B Cosmetics (Make-up Artist)
  • First Class Moving & Storage (Movers)
  • Franz Jewelers (Jewelry Repair)
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (Museum)
  • Juniper Boutique (Boutique)
  • Kohl Children’s Museum (Children’s Museum)
  • la de da! (Gifts)
  • Lewis Floor & Home (Flooring)
  • Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria (Pizza)
  • North Suburban YMCA (Indoor Pool, Racquet Sports Club, and Swim School)
  • Northbrook Park District (Skating Rinks)
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Steakhouse)
  • Tiffany & Co. (National Jewelry Store)
  • Village Treasure House (Consignment/Thrift Shop)
  • Wags on Willow (Pet Grooming)
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