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In April 2013, James Ensign of Barrington had his Make-A-Wish request granted. Then 9, he got to skate with his favorite sports team, the Chicago Blackhawks, during one of their final practices before heading into the playoffs. | Provided

Ambassadors to honor Blackhawks, White Sox at Make-A-Wish gala

A crew of Glory Fingers performers, one of many Sheri Brubeck has coached in her 20 years of puppetry at Kingswood United Methodist Church. | Ronnie Wachter/Sun-Times Media

Buffalo Grove church puppetry group uses ‘fingers to glorify God’

Glory Fingers will celebrate its 20th anniversary on May 4 with performances of “Finding Jesus!” at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 401 W. Dundee Road in Buffalo Grove.

<p>Neal Samors has co-authored a book with Steven Dahlman called Chicago's River at Work and at Play. The book takes a look at the Chicago River yesterday, today and tomorrow. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times &nbsp;</p>

Buffalo Grove resident Neal Samors writes about the Chicago River

Buffalo Grove resident Neal Samors is using his "second career" to write about the city of Chicago.

Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam of Chicago (from left), with gala co-chairmen Nancy Kehoe of Winnetka and Roberta Olshansky of Glencoe, and Executive Director Kathryn Lipuma of Elmhurst | Photo by Robert Carl

WordPlay raises $700,000 for Writers Theatre

Writers Theatre’s annual WordPlay Gala 2014 raised a record-setting $700,000 at a celebratory evening supporting the company’s artistic and education programs.

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4 Buffalo Grove residents participating in the 2014 Boston Marathon

There are four Buffalo Grove residents participating in this year's Boston Marathon.

Nursing student Erika Munante collected 200 pounds of donated medical supplies for a trip to Kenya, where she will travel the nation, set up clinics and address local medical needs.  | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media

Buffalo Grove nursing student packs 200 pounds of medical supplies for Kenya

One young Buffalo Grove woman spent the winter packing her bags with medical supplies for a trip to Kenya.

Ava Lee, the 5-year-old daughter of Lincolnshire teacher Esther Lee, loves cookies. Her parents are leading a search for a bone-marrow donor because Ava has a rare variety of leukemia. | Photo courtesy of Esther Lee

Blood, bone marrow-registry drive aims to help local kids with cancer

Three Lincolnshire-area children could benefit from an upcoming blood and bone-marrow-registry drive, set from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 26 at Daniel Wright Junior High, 1370...

Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan regularly performs and mixes with fans at his tea shop, Madame ZuZu's, in Highland Park. | Tim Boyle/For Sun-Times Media

Billy Corgan talks new music, new book and PAWS

Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan is a busy man. Not only is he recording two new Pumpkins records, but he’s also a quarter of the way through a sprawling spiritual memoir...

Stevenson alumna Sarah Slutsky honored in the fashion industry

Sarah Slutsky, a Lincolnshire native and Stevenson High School alumna, was recently named a 2014 "Power Stylist" by the Hollywood Reporter.

Marty Brounstein and his wife, Leah Baars, give a presentation in Santa Monica, Calif., about Brounstein's book, "Two Among the Righteous Few." The couple will be touring the Chicago area in the next two weeks. | Courtesy Marty Brounstein

Author’s book tour to share ‘A Story of Courage in the Holocaust’

Marty Brounstein wishes that his story did not stand out so much. But because so few people stood up to the Nazis to protect Jews during World War II, Brounstein’s book about a...

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Stevenson student spotlight: Jennifer Kong

Each Monday, we're featuring a student from Stevenson High School. This week our student is Jennifer Kong, a junior who qualified for a national art contest. Here, Kong tells us...

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