Thursday, December 31, 2009

Joel's favorite 2009 pictures for Skokie

Annually Pioneer Press' photographers are asked to selects some of their favorite picture of the year for a year-in-review section. Here's some of Joel Lerner's picks from the Skokie Review.

Max Holtz, a kindergartener at Madison School, won a trip to the school on a Skokie fire truck. His parents, Scott and Felicia Holtz, calm Max's nerves as Skokie firefighters Kevin Carver (left) and Steve Jagman patiently wait in May.

In October, Joel spent time with Richard Fallucca, owner and chief mechanic at Antique Engine Rebuilding, the shop at Louise and LaCrosse. Fallucca has been rebuilding engines since 1975, but now primarily rebuilds Model A Ford engines. Here he's preparing Model A engine block to have its cylinders honed.

Arie Crown Herbrew Day School's Link into Reading Program had students make paper links for each book they read. Third grader Yisroel Plswang holds down his yamaka as he runs with some of the reading links in June.

Urban Beat Dance's Shannon Murray leads a group of UBD students down Oakton St. during Skokie's July 4th Parade.

Joe Clemens (left) of the CTA and Skokie resident Paula Harris use the map of the proposed CTA Yellow Line Extension to explain their very different viewpoints during the open house portion of the community meeting held at Oakton Park in September. Harris lives two blocks from the proposed elevated tracks and has concerns about the influence on Niles North High School.

Libertyville H.S. science teacher Sherri Rukes holds up a string of stuffed animal lemurs--all named Paul E. Mer--to demonstrate how polymers string together to attain different properties. Niles West H.S. hosted the Girls Empowered by Math and Science Conference for the third year in November 2009.

Niles West's Danny Lohan clears 6'4" to win the high jump at the Dan Phillips Relays at Evanston Township H.S. in March.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Santa's Express rides the Skokie Swift

I caught these images while covering Santa's Express train action on the CTA's Yellow line Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Joel Lerner posted his take on Pioneer Press' site.

Skokie's Irene London makes a snapshot of her granddaughter Jada Thomson with Santa.

While Santa rode a sleigh on the other CTA lines, on the Yellow line, he walk through the cars, up close and personal.

Niles' Tiffany Brooks poses with Santa.

Naughty or Nice?: Niles North alum Allie Rothchild picks naughty when Santa asked.

The Yellow line was the last of the CTA routes to host Santa's Express for the year. It was a unique ride. Not only did Santa ride inside with passengers rather than outside in his sleigh, the train was divided into three trains with one leaving the Howard St and Skokie Swift stations every 10 minutes. Each train had its own Santa. Rumor had it that the cars that make up Santa's Express actually run all year long and get transformed just before it is time to host Santa and families again.

Stacey Weckstein (left) with Kim Moldofsky at the Skokie Swift Starbucks. Kim organized a kid-friendly tweet-up at the Starbucks, which included taking a ride on the Santa Train.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Two Chicago Diners

by Eliette Soler

Edgebrook Coffee Shop

The lemonade was very good, but sour. If you go to the Edgebrook Coffee Shop and you don't like sour stuff, don't get the lemonade. The pancakes were very tasty. The chef made my five silver dollar pancakes into a pancake guy with M&M eyes (red) and M&M mouth (orange)! It was good! Oliver (my brother) got the Tropical Belgium Waffle. It had pecans, bananas, toasted coconut and a light caramel drizzle, all on top of two waffles. The placed was filled with old, old posters. It was cool!

Pat's Place
It's yellow and as nice as a tulip. I got three chocolate chip pancakes, bacon and toast. To drink I had hot chocolate with whipped cream (a lot of whipped cream and it has red and green sprinkles for Christmas!). I just tasted my hot cocoa and it was good. In a minute I will tell you how my pancakes pancakes are really good. They have whipped cream too, with rainbow colored sprinkles. This place is pretty. It is yellow and believe it or not, even the blinds are yellow. It is hard to say which place is better but... Pat's Place wins! Wait! She just gave me an extra bowl of whipped cream just for me. Yeah, Pat wins.

P.S. I like food!!!

In the photo: That's my brother Oliver not sharing the Tropical Belgium Waffle with me.

Eliette Soler is a 4th grader at Marquette Elementary, in Madison, WI, where lives with her mom and brother and longs for a dog.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Skokie Photographic Society features Joel Lerner Dec 17

Skokie Review photographer Joel Lerner will discuss his and his colleagues work on Pioneer Press' "Day in the Life of" series at a meeting of the Skokie Photographic Society Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Skokie's Village Hall, 5127 Oakton in Skokie.

Joel Lerner has been making photos of people’s important and everyday moments since buying his first camera with his bar mitzvah money. Previous to joining Pioneer Press' staff in 1993, he shot sport regularly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Occasionally Joel's work appears in Sports Illustrated and ESPN magazine.

He co-owns, an internet-based company photographing young athletics in action, with a fellow ETHS alum. I'm partners with Joel in Kring Lerner Group, an agency specializing in photography, journalism and other media projects and campaigns

His labors of love include photographing the Transplant Games, coaching young photographers through PICTURE THIS Projects and supervising the judging of the Illinois Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism annual contest.

Above: Photo by Joel Lerner: Parkview School sixth graders Erynn Modena (center) and Nicole Camburn listen as Northwestern senior Jessica Swenson, a member of the Society of Woman Engineers, quizzes them on the fuction of VHS tape parts in a class exploring engineering and manufacturing. Niles West hosted the Girls Empowered by Math and Science conference in November.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A bit about Cook County judges' races

The judges' races rarely make headlines, because, by design, they rarely include the controversy that the other elections do. This puts the responsibility back on the voters to work a little harder to seek out information about who is running for a seat on the bench.

Skokie residents are included in Cook County's 9th subcircuit. We will be voting for judges to fill two open seats. Candidates from Skokie include Scott Bagnall and Jeffrey Dov Greenspan. Others include Michael Ian Bender, Steve Bernstein, William Joseph Luby, Mary S. Trew, Dennis Michael Fleming, Geary W. Kull, Yehuda Lebovits and Abbey Fishman Romanek.

We only have until Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010 at the latest to do our homework and make our decisions, because that is primary election day, the last day to vote for judges. Early voting runs from January 11-28. To be eligible to vote, one must be registered by Tuesday, Jan 5. The Cook Country Clerk's office provides registration information, polling locations and election details.

Websites offer a certain amount of information, but nothing is better than meeting a candidate in person and asking your own questions. Check out candidates' websites for information about public events the candidates will be participating in.

For those interested in learning more about what judges do to become judges, this election and one candidate in particular, I'm hosting a coffee featuring Abbey Fishman Romanek.

When: Monday, December 28, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Community Room of the Metropolitan in downtown Skokie, 4953 Oakton, Skokie
Cost: Free
Refreshments: Desserts by Sweet Galit and Sweety Pies will be served, as well as tea, coffee and probably hot chocolate.

If you can come, please RSVP me at

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Portrait Fun with Maura and Karen Dec 5

Companies have their logos. These days individuals are expected to have portraits of themselves on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

Getting a smart portrait made, that you actually like, is usually pricey. This is why Maura Hernandez and I have teamed up to help our friends, colleagues and acquaintances get some good portraits made at a relatively reasonable price.

We invite you to Portrait Fun.

Come get your picture made Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 9 W. Washington in Chicago for $95.

We'll both shoot a whole bunch of pictures of you and we'll deliver six or more image files to you for your professional or personal use.

Come looking smart waist up.

Here's a picture of journalist Beth Botts from last month's fun.

Some other portraits I've made for fun, money, sometimes both, are on Facebook:
- Emily Lonigro, owner, LimeRed Studio
- Cheryl Corley, reporter, National Public Radio
- Kimberly Walz, district director, Congressman Mike Quigley
- Laura Washington, columnist and national commentator, Chicago Sun-Times
- Monty Cole, actor, writer, director
- Michael M. Lorge, trustee, Village of Skokie
- Pam McKuen, independent journalist and journalism instructor
- Ramon DeLeon, operating partner, Domino's Pizza
- Justin G. Roy, co-founder, Networking for a Cause and TweetNetworking
- Ken Kring, corporate executive and author

You can sign-up here.
Questions? Contact me at

My brother Ken will also be talking about business strategy mapping while we're shooting pictures. His discussion will go from 1-2:30 p.m..

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ken Kring discusses Business Strategy Mapping Dec 5

Office Port CHI is again featuring Niles North alum Ken Kring as part of its new authors events.

Ken will lead a discussion on business strategy mapping and answer questions about his book "Business Strategy Mapping: The Power of Knowing How it all Fits Together."

When: Saturday, December 5, 2009
1 - 2:30 p.m.

Where: Office Port CHI
9 W. Washington in Chicago

Cost: Free

RSVP: or on LinkedIn.

According to Ken, business strategy mapping is essentially mapping out the conversation as to how you are going to drive any initiative from potential to profitability. It is useful for everyone from CEOs to entrepreneurs and other managers who need to figure out how all the elements of their business fit and work together.

"We'll be talking how business strategy mapping can be applied to any particular challenge that any business might have," Ken says.

I've heard my brother lead discussions on business strategy mapping numerous times and I've never failed to take away something new and valuable. He doesn't use too much jargon, which is refreshing.

About 15 of us were at the November 18 discussion and we had a good time.

I'll be there, but hosting Portrait Fun. Maura Hernandez and I are making good portraits, for personal or professional uses, at a good price. Consider coming early or staying after Ken's discussion to get a new head shot made. Also a good time to go browse Macy's windows and the Christkindlmarket.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

WTTW invites the public to "Health Secrets" taping

This just in from Skokie native Lindsay Miller, now with WTTW...

WTTW/Channel 11 and Northwestern Memorial Hospital have partnered to inform and inspire women to take control of their health.

Health Secrets: What Every Woman Should Know is a four-part television series being taped at WTTW. The public is invited to be part of the program.

Hosted by award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, each one-hour program is aimed at different points in a woman’s life. From teenage body image issues to menopause to life after being diagnosed with a serious illness, these programs will benefit women in all stages of life; each of the four programs examines the challenges that women face throughout their lives.

Coming of Age
Thursday, November 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Helping mothers talk to their teens about body image, obesity, eating disorders, and the HPV vaccine

Reproductive Years
Friday, November 13, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Starting a family, infertility, balancing family and work, and stress management

Menopause and Beyond
Thursday, December 3, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Menopause, alternative choices to staying healthy, integrative medicine, and
age-appropriate screenings

Healthy living and options after a difficult diagnosis
Friday, December 4, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Disease prevention and the options available when dealing with heart attack, stroke
or cancer diagnosis

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. If you are interested in being an audience member for any of the four programs or would like additional information, please contact Lindsay Miller, Audience Coordinator at WTTW, at or 773-509-5473.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Ken Kring: Corporate Executive and now Author

If you ask anyone who has known Ken Kring well what kind of guy he is, you'll hear a variety of opinions, but the most common descriptions will include tenacious and determined. When I heard he was going to write a book on how business can work smarter, there was no doubt it would happen. Business Strategy Mapping: The Power of Knowing How It All Fits Together came out in February 2009 and has been well received. I wrote about it here previously.

My brother, Ken, graduated from Niles North in 1982. He then attended Oakton Community College while holding down a full-time job at a marketing research company. He went on to earn his BS in Business Administration from DePaul*. He then worked at Sprint and Rand McNally and started his family before returned to school again. At Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management he focused on marketing, finance, management and strategy and earned his MBA while at The Mickus Group, an organizational development consulting firm. While there, he began to understand how the elements of business can work better together through strategy mapping.

Since then Ken has worked for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Discover Financial Services, DraftFCB, WalMart, Hacker Group and now Sears Holding Corporation, which means he's working on Kmart projects too.

Because Ken enjoys the topic and has seen business strategy mapping help organizations better visualize their goals, and the paths to reaching them, he occasionally takes on pro bono clients and leads discussions and workshops.

I recently asked Ken for some more details about his book:

Q: What inspired you write this book?
A: I was working for the CEO of a substantial for-profit health services company. He asked me to help him figure out how to best invest in the company. After I figured it out, it occurred to me that the method I'd used would work for others too.
Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: I got the idea for the book about 13 years ago and then started actually writing it about 10 years ago. I'd written many version of it. The first were too academic. Later versions were more story-driven. The final draft took me about 6 months to get it where I wanted it.
Q: Who'd you have in mind as you wrote? Who were you writing for?
A: People like me. CEOs, entrepreneurs and others trying to figure out how it all connects and works together...and sometimes doesn't.
Q: Where did you get the stories, the "business fables", you share in the book?
A: The business fables came from lessons learned through various experiences I've had working with some really good people with very real challenges...and some were tough struggles,
Q: What kind of feedback have you gotten about the book?
A: Some have called the book common sense and others have called it radical, which is kind of amusing. Some of my favorite comments have been "This has really helped me sort though all of the chaos" and "This has really helped the left-hand know what the right-hand is doing at our company." Another is "It's great when we all share the same picture".
Q: What amuses you about some folks calling the book common sense and others calling it radical?
A: There doesn't seem to be a pattern as to which people quickly see how useful strategy mapping is. I believe it is actually easier and simpler than some think. It is essentially mapping out the conversation as to how you are going to drive any initiative from potential to profitability.
Q: Is there any specific project, or kinds of projects, you'd like to take on using business strategy mapping?
A: I like the projects where people are really interested in understanding how it all fits together and then using what they know to make plans and set goals that will make their company stronger. Past projects have included strategic planning for the organization, product development, marketing planning and organizational development.
Q: Do you have any plans for writing another book?
A: There are a couple of additional books that will be written. Working titles include "Business Fables: Lessons Learned from the Real World" and "Business Strategy Mapping: A Practioner's Guide".
For more information about the book or future discussions and workshops, contact Ken at kkring (at)

*Our mom studied business at DePaul in the 50s: Secretarial Science. I've not asked her yet if she'd worked in any Mad-Men-like environments. She worked as a secretary before she was married and then again after having her kids.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Having a good business portrait has become a necessity

Having a good portrait made of yourself for business purposes is a good idea no matter what profession you are in or ambitions you have. Skokie Village Trustee Michael M. Lorge got one made of himself when he and other trustees were being photographed for this year's official group portrait. That kind of opportunity doesn't come along for most people my friend Maura Hernandez and I have created an opportunity.

Maura and I will be making portraits at a relatively affordable rate October 23 in downtown Chicago. More information about this opportunity can be found on SkokieNet.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

An alternative to the home office: Coworking

This past month I've been the guest of OfficePort in Chicago and have really enjoyed the space and the vibe there. I'm still having trouble adequately describing the concept of coworking, and specifically how OfficePort works, though.

In OfficePort's case, think deluxe health club, but rather than working your body, you are working your brain (on your laptop and phone) with the goal of making your business grow. Members get a key fob for getting access to their space 24/7. Lockers are provided, as well as wireless internet access, landline telephone, conference rooms with AV equipment, printing/fax/scanning, and coffee. No towels. Maybe you read about it and other Chicago coworking spaces in Wailin Wong's piece originally published in the Tribune in August.

Some OfficePort members have been organizing coffees and networking events for other members and non-member colleagues.

One of the poshest coworking spaces I've seen is Office Links at the Willis Tower. Rather than cubbies, they have offices with walls and doors and some spectacular views of the city.

Working artists understand the coworking concept right away. It is rare that artist have the right kind of space, or enough space, to do their work from a typical home, so many need to find space in other locations. In Chicago, there's quite a range of spaces for artists, such as what is offered at the Chicago Photography Center and Lillstreet Art Center or at the Flat Iron Arts Building and Fine Arts Building.

Besides the room to work and facilities offered, the creative energy shared is what really makes OfficePort and other coworking spaces work and feel encouraging.

Encouraging also describes the lovely Writers WorkSpace in Edgewater, which I recently visited. There's some other North Side coworking spaces. I look forward to checking out one day soon.

The ultimate in encouraging environments for artists and writers is Ragdale in Lake Forest. Artists looking for studio spaces should start by contacting the Chicago Artists Coalition.

I've got plans, but for a little while longer, my home office will remain my headquarters, though I'll be working at my favorite libraries and coffee joints occasionally. Members of OfficePort, and possibly Writers WorkSpace, can expect to see me now and then too, because they offer a great place to work and encourage the kind of professional and creative environment I'm in need of.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Invitation to help neighbors: Niles Township Food Pantry food drive Oct 3

This just in from Cathy Struzynski...

The Niles Township Food Pantry had an urgent need for cereal, toilet paper and shampoo this month. In response to that need, a group of 13 volunteers participated in the September food drive last Saturday, September 12, at the Jewel at Village Crossing in Niles. Our neighbors were generous and we collected more than 20 shopping carts full of food and toiletries, along with $217.00 in cash and a $100.00 check!

However, more than 1000 families use the Food Pantry and pantry director Cynthia Carranza explained that our haul would be depleted in just three days. To help keep the shelves stocked, the October food pantry drive is scheduled for October 3 at the Jewel located at 9449 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. and we would like four people for each shift. Please let me know your availability for one (or two) one hour shifts and indicate your first, second and third choice for each shift. Once I receive responses, I will confirm your scheduled time. The shifts are:

9:30 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:30
12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:30
The last shift will include assisting in unloading the food at the food pantry.

As significantly more people are using the food pantry in recent months our contributions are valuable. The response from our neighbors is positive and the volunteers from last Saturday expressed how good it feels to help others in our community. Volunteering for at least one hour is an easy way to help people who are experiencing hard times. Please respond with your availability, indicating the number of shifts you can cover and your first, second and third choice for each shift.

Thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me at

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ken Kring, NN '82, to talk about business strategy mapping Sept 28

Given these perilous economic times, how can a company best utilize its resources in order to survive and even thrive? Wheeling author and corporate executive Ken Kring says seeing how all the pieces of the business fit and work together, and sometimes don’t work together, is key.

On Monday evening, September 28, Kring will discuss how anyone in business can draw a business strategy map and create workable, realistic strategic plans to operate from. Anyone interested can join in the discussion from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Hackney's, 241 S. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling. This book discussion and signing is free, but seating is limited, so reserving a spot soon is advised. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Ken at

“Especially in these times, superior strategy followed by decisive action will allow even small companies to overthrow larger ones and maintain a leadership positions,” Kring says.

Kring’s recently released book, Business Strategy Mapping: The Power of Knowing How It All Fits Together, offers clear and practical steps to understanding how any company works and how to use strategy mapping to adjust to the new business landscapes and succeed.

The stories offered in the book include people from senior managers to line employees and are geared toward a broad audience—entrepreneurs; CEOs; venture capitalists, middle managers; product managers; marketing, finance, operations and IT managers; and students of business.

Through true stories and “business fables,” the first part of the book discusses how “Kring Strategy Mapping” (KSM) was founded and how business flows from potential to profit. Part two discusses how to use the mapping to create plans and act on them while better connecting with other departments in the company.

My brother Ken Kring grew up in Morton Grove (where our mom still lives). He went to Hynes School, Golf Jr High (back when it was called a junior high) and Niles North, where he was on the swim team. He earned his BS in Business Administration from DePaul University and his MBA from Northwestern University where his focus was marketing, finance, management and strategy.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Odd Wo(man) In

From Live From Skokie
Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver and the other gold

That song from my childhood comes to mind when I see this picture. I'm pretty sure it was not ever meant as a comment on hair color, but I think I'm the silver one in this picture.

Last month a few of us from the class of 1980 from Niles North congregated in Devonshire Park thanks to the efforts of Fran Horvath (nee Ruskin) and Mark Holtzman. We shared stories, passed around a yearbook and got acquainted and reacquainted...and made some pictures.

I'm in touch with many of the friends I had in high school. None of them were there. That's okay. My new friend Fran Horvath, who my husband only recently introduced me to, and her other friends were there. Fran and I were not friends in high school. This was not by deliberate decision, just the nature of things. We hung out in different circles. I was at least aware of her; she admits to having no awareness of me. I was aware of Toby Fisher too, as she was a Vikette, NN's poms squad, but we were not friends either. Linda, I didn't remember knowing, but evidently she was taking beauty school classes and was off campus a lot.

Are we friends now? We'll see. Crystal ball sees a visit to Linda's to discussed the silver in the near future.

Note to Niles North Class of '80: Maybe we'll have a 30th reunion, maybe not. There's no clear organizer(s) this year. Word is that at least Fran and Mark, who'd been involved in planning the 10th and 20th, can't do it this year. So, hope to see y'all next year, or maybe in '11, but surely in cyberspace.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Skokie's 4th of July Parade

One needed to know Skokie and its 4th of July parade to understand something was different this year. The weather was cooler than most years, so there was less concern about band members passing out, but any Chicagoan would have noticed that. Where were the temple teams? Where was Beth Israel? July 4, 2009 landed on a Saturday. Word was that many temples opted out of the parade in honor of the sabbath. July 4, 2010 is on a Sunday next year. It's a good bet they'll be back.

Pioneer Press' Mike Isaacs wrote about the pre-parade preparations.
SkokieNet's Eh re ca wrote about teen volunteers' work at the parade.
State Rep. Lou Lang's web page offers a bit about Lou's and Jan Schakowsky's infirmities.

Here's some simple snaps I made of the parade. I didn't catch everyone's name, but aim to fill them in as I learn them, so bring on the information. Love mob sourcing.

~ Karen Kring

George and Susan Van Dusen with friend.
George is Skokie's mayor.

U.S. House Rep Jan Schakowsky didn't walk the parade
as she usually does due to her bum foot.

This Jan of fan knows how to enjoy being in a parade.

Abbey Fishman Romanek is running for judge from
Cook Country's 9th subcircuit. Election is in February 2010.

Jesse Greenberg and other advocates for Abbey.

Having fun isn't hard when you've got...

a library card.

Roy Swenson.

Kiyo Shirataki.

Nola Penn.

Young Eldridge Shannon with Urban Beat Dance.

Two Rubinos.

Angeles "Jelly" Carandang

Illinois State Rep. Elizabeth Coulsen meets the Rubinos.

The parade is not over until the Refuse Collection
Division's trucks go by.

Niles North Class of 1980 Get Together

All alumni from Niles North Class of '80 are invited to picnic with former classmates at Devonshire Park, by the tennis courts, tomorrow, Saturday, July 18 from 4-8 p.m.

It is BYOF: Bring your own food, family, and fun.

Organized by Fran Ruskin Horvath and Mark Holtzman, there's a Facebook page for the event.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My big little sister: Niles North alum Nancy Kring Corbige

My younger sister, Nancy Kring Corbige, and her family were featured in
an article that ran in the Sun-Times last month about learning to bob and weave in these economic times.

I look forward to more stories that help us understand how some people are
handling their change in these circumstances. I think it's great that they were willing to talk about their finances on the record. So brave. In our society it's a bigger taboo to talk about finances than sex, but in these times, we need more ways to talk about finances, as is appropriate and useful.

I appreciated Francine Knowles' and Rich Hein's work on the piece.

I sure didn't appreciate the rude, off-topic comments that judged them on their
physique, previous spending and then some. I'm a journalist. I know how it works, but still, yikes. It definitely brings home the point that it takes all kinds.

I'd hoped my sister wouldn't notice the comments, but she did...and she called me LAUGHING. Phew. She knows how it works too. I know I can spin a situation for the better, but she's very good at it, and was better at it than me in this case.

You can see her incredibly generous, open-minded replies to the snark and snot at the end of the article.
Her online name at is "corbige".

No degrees of separation: Go Vikings

Maybe Nancy's husband, Curtis Corbige, seems familiar to you. Maybe you went to Niles North in the late '70s and early '80s. He did. Curtis is Class of '81, Nancy, '84. Back then Curtis was very involved in golf and still is. Besides working as a probation officer, he freelances for FoodStuffs, owned by Jay Lieberman, NN Class of '82.

Nancy has a Mary Kay open house and ribbon cutting on July 19 from 4-8 p.m. at her place in Rolling Meadows. You can contact her about it or ordering products at or through her website. Personally I like the basic skin care and the "targeted-action line reducer". No botox for me.

Photo: Nancy with Ken Kring, Class of '82, in our backyard on Sayre in Morton Grove. Photo surely by Gladys, our mom. More about Ken another time.