In this Month in Review, join me as I look at the back to school stories and news that made the headlines in August 2012.
With expectations of crisp autumn mornings, class projects and afterschool activities, the students in New Lenox's public and private schools are in capable hands. The teachers have updated curriculum and technology to challenge, encourage and motivate the children in this community.
ShareFest 2012 committee volunteers are working feverishly to bring about another successful 11 days of giving. The Sharefest 2012 project was introduced Aug. 29 in Springfield by Dave Martin, ShareFest committee member in charge of health and safety.
Road crews from the Village of New Lenox, Will County Department of Highways, Canadian National Railroad and the Illinois Department of Transportation have descended on the town to rip up old pavement, install medians, high mast lighting, smoother railroad crossings and more. From one end of the community to another, hand-held stop signs and yellow construction trucks have increased the time it takes for a simple run to the grocery store or a commute to work. The key to success, according to Will Nash, village engineer, is allowing for delays and leaving earlier to reach a destination.
And in the news of the unusual, a 20-year-old New Lenox man was arrested twice in one night both times on foot. After his release from the police station for underage drinking in the Village Commons, he got angry when an officer in a squad car told him to move out of the street and onto the sidewalk. Instead, he reacted by pulling the officer's eye glasses off his face and fleeing the scene. A misdemeanor ticket for underage drinking netted him charges for aggravated battery of a police officer, theft, damage to property and fleeing police.
Dan Stinnett, executive director of The Hub, a community center that caters to teens is seeking help for a chance to win a $250K grant from Chase Bank. The voting starts Sept. 6. Supporters can go to The Hub website to cast their votes.