Thumbs-up: To Woodstock School District 200 for listening to residents who live within the Dean Street Elementary School boundaries and are keeping the school open. Having open public discussions on the best way to use residents tax money is important, and being financially responsible is, too, but ultimately it is the residents’ money and community. So listening to their thoughts instead of going forward blindly with a plan that might have looked good on paper is a key part of democracy. Kudos for listening to the public on this one.
Thumbs-down: To the auction for the Lake in the Hills former Dominick’s and surrounding property being postponed again. The grocery store closed in 2013, and, since then, the spot has been empty. It seemed as if Aldi would be a new tenant in the space once the center was sold, but now that’s looking uncertain. The auction originally was planned for last summer, and it doesn’t seem to be a good sign that it keeps getting pushed back. Hopefully, a successful business can go into the space soon that will benefit Lake in the Hills residents as well as the village through sales tax dollars.
Thumbs-up: To the continued work of “Team Talia” in raising money for cancer research. Greg Freund, who lost his daughter, Talia, in April, will be participating in the Shamrock Shave, hosted annually by St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, and he will be raising money for “Team Talia,” which raised about $10,000 last year. This year’s event will be at 5:30 p.m. March 17. Freund now wants to start a “Team Talia” foundation. Using the memory of his daughter to raise money for charity is something that we applaud.
Thumbs-down: To three Algonquin businesses – Bulldog Ale House, Cucina Bella and Algonquin Tobacco & Liquor – for failing alcohol compliance checks Feb. 21. The laws in place on serving underage patrons are there for a reason and businesses should be doing everything they can to prevent issues such as selling to minors. The Algonquin Liquor Control Commission will determine punishment for the businesses.
Thumbs-up: To Airman 1st Class Ellie Lapi, of Carpentersville, who surprised her sisters – senior Emily Lapi and sophomore Erin Lapi – at Jacobs High School during their lunch period Feb. 26. Lapi has been stationed in South Korea since Aug. 5, where she works as a maintainer with the U.S. Air Force. We applaud Lapi for her service and hope that her midtour leave was something that she and her sisters will remember for a long time.