Trust fund established to aid family of late Hauber
The Buffalo Grove Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association (BGPFFPA), Local 3177 of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), has created the Kevin Hauber Memorial Trust Fund. The trust fund will benefit the four young children of Hauber, a longtime firefighter/paramedic with the Buffalo Grove Fire Department who passed away on Jan. 27 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Hauber began his career with the Buffalo Grove Fire Department in 1994. In 2004, he joined the Associated Firefighters of Illinois (AFFI) Honor Guard, which exists to provide final honors to fallen firefighters throughout Illinois. The AFFI Honor Guard recently presented Hauber with the 2018 Donald J. Bower Commitment to Excellence Award for his dedication and commitment. Donations to the trust fund can be made by check and should be written as follows: Kevin Hauber Memorial Fund c/o BGFFPA. Send checks by mail to: Buffalo Grove Fire Department, 1051 Highland Grove Drive, Buffalo Grove, Ill. 60089. Donations also can be made at any First Midwest Bank Branch. For more information, call 847-459-2500 or visit www.vbg.org.
St. Paddy’s 5K/10K Run to benefit WINGS
The Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5K/10K Run will be held on March 17, beginning and finishing at Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road. The event serves as a fundraiser for WINGS, a Palatine-based housing agency that provides emergency safe shelter and transitional housing for victims of domestic violence, and connects clients with a wide range of services such as counseling, legal assistance, mentoring, life skills support and career services. Event-day packet pick-up will be available from 7:15-8:05 a.m., followed by the Kids Dash (ages 10 and under) at 8:15 a.m. The 5K and 10K races will begin at 8:30 a.m. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers (male and female) in each age group and overall, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Each Kids Dash participant will receive a finisher’s ribbon. All participants will receive an event-themed pullover hoodie, and special St. Paddy’s pint glasses will be distributed at the finish line to the first 1,000 registrants. The fee is $50 (5K), $60 (10K) and free (Kids Dash). To register, visit www.allcommunityevents.com/deerparkstpaddysrun. For more information, call 224-757-5425 or visit www.villageofdeerpark.com.
School Dist. buys vacant building near high school
Barrington 220 Community School District announced the purchase of a vacant office building, located at 515 W. Main St., directly across from Barrington High School. The building is being acquired from PepsiCo Inc., which used it most recently as a facility for Gatorade. The Barrington 220 Board of Education approved the $1.1 million purchase on Feb. 6. The board stated that the vacant office building provides a strong option to relocate the school district’s administrative office, currently located at 310 James St. Officials identified several improvements and benefits this would provide for the district, including the ability to house all district level staff in the new building, which is nearly double the size of the current district office. In addition, the building’s proximity to Barrington High School will provide better collaboration and professional development opportunities for district and high school staff, and the building also can be used as a relocation/safe shelter if there is an emergency at the high school that requires evacuation. Additional parking spaces would be available for off-hours special events at the high school as well. The purchase also enables the district to avoid significant capital expense to maintain the existing administrative office. The district anticipates moving into the new building this summer. For more information, call 847-381-6100 or visit www.barrington220.org.
History Center to unveil new WWI exhibit
The Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson St., will host a Coffee Talk and Opening Reception to unveil its new exhibit, “Des Plaines in the Great War,” on March 15. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that signaled the end of fighting in World War I. Curator Philip Mohr will host Coffee Talk (1:30-2:30 p.m.) with a presentation about life in Des Plaines during that time, including efforts by local citizens on the home front and the devastating effects of the flu epidemic. Admission is a suggested $3 donation. The Opening Reception (6-8 p.m.) will officially open the exhibit to the public. Admission is free. “Des Plaines in the Great War” will be on display through 2019. For more information, call 847-391-5399 or visit www.desplaineshistory.org.
Apartment complex proposed for vacant lot
The village announced that Interfaith Housing Development Corp. (IHDC) has proposed construction of a 68-unit apartment complex on the site of a vacant lot at 800-820 S. 5th Ave., currently owned by Maywood. The project also includes 4,500 square feet of ground-level commercial real estate. IHDC officials stated that rental units would be available to single individuals and families. In addition, the building would feature a solar hot water system, among other environmentally responsible and resource-efficient uses. Throughout its 25-year existence, non-profit organization IHDC has created 16 housing developments, with budgets ranging from $1.5 to $22.4 million. Among those projects is the Grove Apartments complex, in Oak Park, which includes 51 rental units and Sugar Beet Co-Op, a high-end grocery store and cafe located on the first level. For more information, call 708-450-6300 or visit www.maywood-il.org.
–Cook County News Briefs–