Around Town 15

Hawthorn Woods’ Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Recognized for Leadership and Governance

At the winter meeting of the Hawthorn Woods Village Board of Trustees, Chief Operating Officer Pamela O. Newton and Chief Administrative Officer Donna Lobaito were awarded the Strategic Leadership and Governance Award by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Newton attended ICMA’s annual conference on this past September in Seattle, Washington where she accepted the award on behalf of Mayor Joseph Mancino, the Village Board of Trustees, and Village staff in front of her professional peers.  ICMA is an organization composed of government professionals who are dedicated to creating excellence in local government by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities. This international award recognizes innovative and successful local government programs or processes that have significantly affected an organization’s culture or strategic direction. 

Hawthorn Woods Named Safest City in Illinois by SafeWise

The Village of Hawthorn Woods was recently named the #1 Safest City in Illinois by SafeWise, a nationally-recognized security organization that helps families and communities stay educated about safety and security. To compile this list, SafeWise considered public safety initiatives and the most recent FBI crime data from 2013 to rank 298 cities in Illinois. This distinction follows other recent Village recognitions including being named in the top five Safest and Most Peaceful Cities in Illinois by “Only In Your State” (August 2015), the #1 Safest Place in Illinois by Value Penguin (April 2015), and recognized in the Top 10 Safest Cities in Illinois by Movoto Blog. Citizens, whether they live or work in Hawthorn Woods,take pride in being part of the Hawthorn Woods community. “This is the second organization this year to independently select the Village of Hawthorn Woods as the safest place to live in Illinois,” stated Pamela O. Newton, Chief Operating Officer, “To be recognized as the number one safest city twice in the same year is affirmation to the highest standards of excellence which we provide to our residents. We acknowledge our highly engaged citizens who are actively involved in neighborhood watch programs in partnership with the Police Department.”

Hawthorn Woods is proud to receive this recognition as Illinois’ safest place to live. The Village continues to model excellence in the Lake County area through its impressive low crime index, proactive police force, and local amenities.

“We congratulate our Police Department, as well as our citizens, who work in harmony to keep the Village of Hawthorn Woods one of the most desirable places to live in the nation,” said Mayor Joseph Mancino, “We are proud to stand out as a model community in Illinois.” The Hawthorn Woods Police Department is guided by their mission to provide effective, high-quality service to the community in a professional and courteous manner. The Police Department’s commitment to safety and excellence is evident by the recognitions received from SafeWise, Only in Your State, Value Penguin and Movoto Blog.

Max Schewitz Foundation Helps Keeps Hearts Healthy

Lake Zurich and Stevenson high schools recently partnered with the Max Schewitz Foundation in order to offer cardiac screenings to their students. Between the two schools, 2,718 students received EKG tests, 120 received limited echocardiograms, and 128 had abnormalities in their health history or EKGs. However, a number of these suspected abnormalities were found to bewithin normal limits after echocardiograms. Parent volunteers assisted with the EKG screens, while on-site cardiologists interpreted the EKGs and echoes.

“The Max Schewitz Fondation is dedicated to supporting education, prevention and research of sudden cardiac death in young people.” It was created after Mary Beth Schewitz lost her 20 year old son to sudden cardiac death. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that relies upon donations to make their work possible. For more information, visit

‘Twist and Seal’ Protects All Year Long

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 40,000 homes catch fire each year due to electrical malfunctions. Whether it’s garden additions or patio lights for spring, I thought you might be interested in an easy and affordable new way to properly store and protect electrical cords year-round.

Twist and Seal offers a variety of consumer products for outdoor use. The Twist and Seal Mini is perfect for string or bistro lights, while the Twist and Seal Cord Dome is able to house most multi-plug power strips and Y connectors. No matter the need, all products are uniquely designed to prevent electrical shocks and shorts and protect cords against rain and snow. Available in three sizes: mini, cord dome and maxx. Made in the USA and available at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace and other local retailers.

Small Business Saturday Celebrates 6th Year Success

Shoppers all across the nation showed their love for small businesses this weekend, as Small Business Saturday completed its sixth anniversary. According to the Post-Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express, a record 95 million consumers shopped on Small Business Saturday, marking an 8% increase over 2014. Additionally, consumers spent roughly $16.2 billion on Small Business Saturday this year, up 14% from the $14.3 billion that was spent last year.

  • Other key insights from Small Business Saturday this year include:More than 4,100 Neighborhood Champions around the country rallied local businesses and created events and activities in their communities, a 48% increase over 2014
  • Over 200 Federal Officials and Agencies showed support for Small Business Saturday through posts on social media.
  • More than 400 organizations signed up to support the nationwide initiative through the Small Business Saturday Coalition

Hawthorn Woods Youth Programs

The Village of Hawthorn Woods has a variety of fun and interactive recreation programs this Winter for all ages. These programs teach different skills and techniques, all while having fun. Come and sign up today! Youth programs starting in January are listed below. For more information about recreation programs at the Village of Hawthorn Woods, please visit

  • Fencing classes are held on Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center. Classes start on January 7 and run through February 11.
  • After School of Rock Guitar Lessons are held on Thursdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School. Classes start on January 7 and run through February 11.
  • Chess classes are held on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School. Classes start on January 13 and run through March 2.
  • Parent & Tot Tumbling classes are held on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Village Barn. Classes start on January 23 and run through February 27.

A Sip of Collagen a Day Keeps Aging Away

You are what you eat – or in this case, what you drink, and for healthy skin, collagen is key.  Collagen keeps skin smooth and youthful, however as we get older our bodies produce less collagen (hello fine lines, wrinkles and dryness). PURE GOLD COLLAGEN is a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and hydrolyzed collagen in peptide form, which absorbs and travels through the blood stream to reach the deeper layer of the skin.  In the deep layer, these collagen peptides stimulate special cells called fibroblasts, triggering them to make more collagen, in turn leaving a show-stopping radiance and a better skin tone with the highest skin hydration levels. With one sip (1.7 Fl. Oz) a day, women who participated in a clinical study over 12 weeks saw

  • Increased skin hydration and radiance – after 3 weeks, skin hydration was increased by 12%
  • Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – after 6 weeks, fine lines were reduced by 15% and the depth of wrinkles were reduced by 27%
  • Improved skin elasticity – after nine weeks, skin elasticity was increased by 20%

Collagen plays an essential role in providing the structural scaffolding for cells, tissues, and organs – it also gives skin strength and plumpness. As we age, the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin gradually decreases which causes signs of aging. Unlike traditional skin creams that work on the surface only, PURE GOLD COLLAGEN is a drinkable beauty supplement that works from within to nourish and rejuvenate for youthful and beautiful skin and is now available in the US at ULTA stores nationwide and online via

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BACC Celebrates 
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Ribbon-Cutting at Sweet Caroline’s Crab-N-Que

Members of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) celebrated the opening of Sweet Caroline’s Crab-N-Que in Hoffman Estates with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tasting party. Sweet Caroline’s menu has fresh-from-the-sea offerings such as Alaskan Snow Crab Legs, Louisiana Hot ‘n’ Spicy Shrimp and Steamed Mussels that complement the traditional low ‘n’ slow cooking style of BBQ staples like Ribs, Brisket and Pig Roast Style Pulled Pork. Each item on Sweet Caroline’s menu is hand-made-to-order, from the freshest ingredients available. An enticing list of handcrafted cocktails and decadent sweet treats accompany their delicious fare.  Live entertainment provides a high energy atmosphere on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Sweet Caroline’s Crab-n-Que is open daily.

A Big Welcome to Briddick Tile & Stone, LLC

Members of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) celebrated the opening of Briddick Tile & Stone, LLC in Barrington with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Stephen Briddick started installing tile about seven years ago. His background in architecture combined with his passion for craftsmanship, history and industrial modern design is reflected in his work. Stephen decided to open his own business to better serve his clients. Briddick Tile & Stone offers stone tile, bathroom tile, backsplash tile, shower tile, custom designs and quality service to their customers.

Stay Fit with Yoga & Zumba classes in Hawthorn Woods

Join us for a restorative vinyasa flow class held every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hawthorn Woods Village barn. This class is ideal for those who are just beginning their yoga practice and want to learn the fundamental poses as well as seasoned yogis looking to reap the benefits of holding poses for a longer period of time while refining their practice. Or pick up the pace in Zumba on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., also held at the barn, where you will dance in this dynamic, exciting, and effective total body fitness system that is a fusion of Latin and International music. 10 visit passes are available and work for both classes. Visit for more information.