Monday, July 9, 2012
The officer was reportedly off duty when he allegedly fired a gun in the air.
A 30-year-old Northwestern University police officer has been charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm after he allegedly fired his gun in the air while celebrating the Fourth of July, according to a Chicago Tribune article. Prosecutors reportedly allege that Wesley Jackson was in East Hyde Park on Chicago's South Side, when he fired shots across Lake Shore Drive into Lake Michigan. Read the full article here.
Parade guests in Glenview, Northbrook show off their reds, whites, and blues.
This Fourth of July was one of the hottest on record and parade guests in Glenview and Northbrook struggled to keep cool while still managing to display their patriotic pride. Guests had fun coordinating their outfits and finding whimsical ways to incorporate the colors into their attire. Above, have a look at some of Indepedence Day fashions we found. Have your own 4th Fashions you'd like to share? Add them to our gallery by clicking the green 'add a photo' button.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Incumbents, challengers and open-seat aspirants greet the crowds on the Fourth of July.
Along with marching bands, floats and civic organizations, elected officials and those who aspire to be public servants flock to participate on Fourth of July parades throughout the area. Deerfield’s parade was no exception. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) walked with a large group of supporters a number of spaces behind his challenger for the 10th District Seat, Brad Schneider of Deerfield. Dold needed a spot toward the end of Deerfield’s noontime event because he was coming from Glenview, which started its parade at 11:30 a.m., before heading to Northbrook, as did Schneider, at 2 p.m. In addition to Deerfield and Northbrook, Schneider and Dold crossed paths in Vernon Hills. Dold also walked in Lake Bluff and Des Plaines while Schneider …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
With a high of 102 degrees, this year's Fourth of July was the hottest on record in Evanston since 1911.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Thursday, July 5, 2012
By Debbie Mosley Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute One-man watering station Mike Hasanov shoots a burst of water toward a group of children in the street. Soaked, they dance in the cloud of cool droplets before thanking Hasanov and moving onward. The children were from one of many organizations with floats in Evanston’s 91st annual Fourth of July parade. “Do you want to get wet?” Firefighter Hasanov asks the next group of performers. The dancers give him the affirmative, then yelp as he blasts them with cool water. His gleeful smile echoes the dancers’ as they prance away. Hasanov turns his head to give his colleagues a knowing look. Although he was not in uniform and was technically on vacation, he showed that he takes his job …
Families lined Central Street in Evanston for the annual Fourth of July parade in 2012, despite temperatures reaching 104 degrees. With entries from civic groups, musical performers and dancers alike, the parade capped off a morning of festivities including pie-eating contests and three-legged races.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Volunteer lakefront and fireworks director Dave Sniader, who has helped coordinate the city’s pyrotechnics since the ’80s, explains what makes a good fireworks song and how he sets the sound system up.
If you’re going to set off fireworks to music—as Evanston has for more than 30 years—you’ll need a song list with just the right ingredients. Good “fireworks shooting music” must be popular, have some patriotic element, a varying score and “a terrific beat,” according to Dave Sniader, volunteer lakefront and fireworks director for the Evanston 4th of July Association. Though he's a Winnetka resident, Sniader has helped coordinate the music for Evanston's fireworks display for the past three decades. The 18 songs in this year’s set will offer a little something for everybody, he says, from old favorites like the 1812 Overture to pop songs from 2012. Many of the selections will commemorate anniversaries—like the 50th anniversary of …
You'll need white frosting, strawberries, blueberries and a few tips to make this festive Independence Day dessert.
If you want to make your Fourth of July a little more festive, or make something to bring to a barbecue, try this Red, White and Blueberry Flag cake. Ingredients: Coat a 13" x 9" pan thoroughly with cooking spray. Pour in batter and bake according to package or recipe directions. After removing from oven, allow to cool. Using a pancake turner or similar utensil, loosen the cake from the pan at the sides and on the bottom. Take a platter larger than the cake, hold it over the cake pan and flip over so that the cake is sitting in the center of the platter. This will give you a level surface for your flag decoration. Frost the cake with the white frosting, taking care not to rough up the crumbs and mix them into the frosting. Rinse and dry …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Evanston's annual fireworks display will be set off from Clark Street Beach in 2012. Other festivities include a parade, band concert, pie-eating contest and three-legged races.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
According to analysis of media reports by USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming, in 2011, there were 25 drowning incidents involving children younger than 15 reported over the week of the Fourth of July.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
From the community - As the Independence Day holiday approaches and families enjoy time together in pools across the country, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is sharing some sobering statistics on the number of drownings during previous July 4th holidays. CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum is reminding parents and caregivers to pool safely during upcoming pool parties and celebrations with family and friends. “Along with fireworks, spending time in the pool is a traditional July 4th activity for many families,” Chairman Tenenbaum said. “Child drownings are a preventable tragedy, so we encourage all families who are planning to spend time in pools and spas over the Independence Day holiday and all summer to adopt as many safety…
Friday, June 29, 2012
Are you prepared to have holiday festivities indoors?
While it will still be rather hot this weekend, there will be lake breezes along the North Shore providing some relief from the heat for a few days with the highest temperatures expected over the west and southwest suburbs. A frontal boundary will provide just a slight chance of showers/t-storms this weekend with the best chances to our south and away from the lake influence. Overall, the majority of the weekend will remain on the dry side. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 25 percent chance of isolated showers/t-storms from 4 p.m. to midnight. Rain Amounts late at night: 0.05 to 0.25 inches Low temp: 68 degrees Fahrenheit. High temp: 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Wind: Southeast at 6-13 mph Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 30 …