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Dundee assessor extends office hours, Elgin Township offers grant funds

Updated: October 3, 2012 6:14AM

Elgin: Township offers social service grant funds

Elgin Township invites and encourages local social service agencies that serve township residents to apply for its upcoming grant funding. Social service funding applications are available on the township’s website at Applications are due by Oct. 12 and may dropped off or mailed to Elgin Township, 729 S. McLean Blvd., Elgin, IL 60123. Six copies of applications should be included. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Agency representatives may be present for any questions at the Oct. 15 board meeting at 6 p.m. Grants will be awarded in November, and funding will be available in December. Call 847-741-2045.

Elgin: Heartland Voices invites auditions

Heartland Voices, a not-for-profit choral arts organization based in Elgin, seeks new singers for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Auditions are open to any soprano, alto, tenor or bass singer with previous choral experience who is looking for an advanced choral ensemble with which to sing. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from late September through late April, with a series of concerts performed in December, March and April. Anyone wishing to secure an audition should either email or call Dr. John G. Slawson, artistic director, at 847-347-4584.

Dundee Twp.: Assessor adds more office hours

To accommodate taxpayers who are not able to visit or contact the office during normal business hours, the Dundee Township Assessor’s Office will remain open for extended hours to answer any questions regarding the 2012 Property Assessment. Appointments are strongly suggested but are not required. The extended hours will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8. The assessor and staff will take phone calls and meet with taxpayers on a first-come, first-served basis. Pursuant to state law, the deadline to file 2012 Assessment Appeals to the Kane County Board of Review for the properties within Dundee Township is Sept. 13. To obtain assessment information about a property in the township, you can visit the On-Line Property Search database at or call the assessor’s office at 847-428-2634.

Elgin: Nick’s Pizza & Pub to host literacy benefit

Nick’s Pizza & Pub, with locations in Elgin and Crystal Lake, will host a benefit event Sept. 12 celebrating National Literacy Month and the publication of owner Nick Sarillo’s new book, “A SLICE OF THE PIE: How to Build a Big Little Business.” (Portfolio; hardcover; Sept. 13, 2012).

One hundred percent of the net profit from the event, including net profit from book sales, will be given to local school districts to support literacy programs. Benefiting school districts include Districts U46 and 301 in Elgin and Districts 47 and 26 in Crystal Lake.

Sarillo says that serving the community has always been a top priority. “We’re thrilled to celebrate National Literacy Month and the publication of my new book in a way that benefits the communities that have made Nick’s Pizza & Pub the success it is today,” says Sarillo. “We truly would not be here without them.”

The event will be held at both restaurant locations:

Nick’s Pizza & Pub, 990 S. Randall Road, Elgin; and Nick’s Pizza & Pub, 856 Pyott Road, Crystal Lake.

St. Charles: Fall acting classes at Steel Beam

Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles is taking registration for fall acting classes for children ages 6-15. Veteran teacher Lori Holm returns for her fourth year at Steel Beam Theatre, offering creative and fun classes in a relaxed atmosphere. Class sizes are small with plenty of individual attention, tuition is $105 for all six sessions, and scholarships are available to families in need. All classes end with a presentation for family and friends. To read more, visit or phone the theater at 630-587-8521.

Fairy Tale Theatre 1 is offered for children ages 6-11 Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 10-Oct. 15.

Fairy Tale Theatre 2, George and the Dragon, will feature knights, dragons and princesses for ages 6-11, and meets Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 11- Oct. 16.

Comedy on Stage! offers improv comedy training for ages 12-15 on Mondays 6:45-7:45 p.m. Sept. 10-Oct. 15.

Algonquin: Library offers card day for patrons

The Algonquin Area Public Library invites residents to join at their library card sign-up event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at Algonquin Commons. This event is in partnership with the Fox River Valley Public Library and the Huntley Area Public Library. Each Library will have a drawing for a gift basket, have a craft for kids of all ages, and are jointly presenting Super Couponer Jill Cataldo from 2 to 4 p.m. The library has more than 20,000 registered cardholders. With an Algonquin Area Public Library card, community members get access to free books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, computers and Wi-Fi. Along with their expansive collection in the library, Algonquin Area Public Library has developed an electronic resource collection on the library’s website

East Dundee: Extra police patrols through Labor Day

The East Dundee Police Department will take part in a traffic safety campaign during the through Labor Day by conducting special patrols during the days preceding and including Labor Day to curtail impaired drivers and safety belt law violators.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket” campaign focuses on impaired drivers and seat belt law violators and the disproportionate number of traffic deaths involving alcohol and unbelted motorists. Enforcement efforts will concentrate on the deadly nighttime hours.

According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the time frame of midnight to 3 a.m. is the deadliest on Illinois roadways.

The data also show that time as having the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest seat belt usage rate.

The East Dundee Police Department will be stepping up its late night enforcement efforts, attempting to make sure impaired drivers are off the road and that motorists are buckled up. The message is simple: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and Click It or Ticket.”

The EDPD recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive impaired as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. Other important tips include:

Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out, and give that person your keys.

If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.

Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers are buckled up. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

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