The Soapbox: Kudos to the Sky, John Nowacki and Huntley High journalists

 
Posted10/23/2021 1:00 AM

Congratulations and well done, Sky!

What a perfect combination this year: 1. A long-overdue homecoming for Naperville's Candace Parker. And 2. The Chicago Sky's first WNBA championship.

 

Stepping up

Rolling Meadows city hall has faced some turmoil in recent months, following the ouster of city manager Barry Krumstok and the news that his fill-in, Finance Director Melissa Gallagher, also is leaving. Into the gap now steps Police Chief John Nowacki, who will serve as temporary manager until a full-timer is hired. Good luck, Chief.

The suburbs remember a giant

Colin Powell, who died this week, had been no stranger to the suburbs, making appearances at Benedictine University in Lisle and Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. He always was a gracious guest.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Schnitzel fans were saddened to hear of the closure of Fritzl's, that old-time German supper club that had been operating in Lake Zurich for 36 years. But fear not. There are still a half-dozen or more German restaurants in the suburbs. The drive just might be a little longer.

The suburbs remember a giant

Colin Powell, who died this week, had been no stranger to the suburbs, making appearances at Benedictine University in Lisle and Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. He always was a gracious guest.

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Where are you, fall colors?

A warm fall? Too much rain? The neighborhood trees seem unusually green for late October, and the bright yellows, reds and oranges spotted on evening autumn walks aren't quite as bright ... so far. Maybe those colors will pop, just a bit late. Keep an eye out!

This week's Clippable Quote

"If I had my career to play over, one thing I'd do differently is swing more. Those 1,200 walks I got, nobody remembers them." -- Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer

COVID winter, redux

COVID winter No. 2 is almost upon us, defying any expectations we had when the virus hit Illinois back in March 2020. Let's end this thing. Do your part to stop the spread: Vaccines, masks.

Vaccine for kids can only help

It appears that the estimated 28 million kids in the 5 to 11 age group will soon be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination. As more people get the shot, the safer it is for everyone, not only today but in future generations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Serving and protecting

Police officers, firefighters, hospital workers and teachers all get into their professions to serve the greater good, in many cases at risk to themselves. The obligation to get vaccinated is no different. It protects the community, not just the individual who is vaccinated.

Are you ready for some pairings?

Tonight is the high school football equivalent of NCAA Selection Sunday. The IHSA will reveal the 256 teams in eight classes for the state playoffs -- the first state series in football since 2019. It's good to have it back.

Huntley's sign of the times

Towns often put up entrance signs touting school sports crowns. It's nice to see the one in Huntley celebrating Huntley High School's 2021 IHSA state journalism championship. We need young journalists more than ever and it's wonderful to recognize their work.

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