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Elgin Police walk-and-talk scheduled for June 18

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Lori Rybaski pins the sergeant's badge on husband Kyle Rybaski's uniform during a recent promotion ceremony at the Bartlett Police Department. Photo courtesy of Bartlett Police

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Updated: July 15, 2013 6:49PM

Elgin: Police walk-and-talk is scheduled for Tuesday

The Elgin Police Department will kick off its 2013 community “walk and talks” on Tuesday in the Clifford Court area. The walk-and-talk initiative is conducted by officers and supervisors from within all divisions in the department. The program gives residents an opportunity to meet officers as well as talk about issues in the neighborhood that police might not be aware existed.

Chief Jeff Swoboda said that over the past two years, the walk-and-talks have produced positive feedback and helped resolve some quality-of-life issues in a variety of neighborhoods. “Having open lines of communication between residents and officers is the only true way to solve problems,” he said.

Five additional walk-and-talks will be conducted throughout the summer in various neighborhoods. If residents miss the opportunity to speak with the officers in their neighborhood, they can visit the department website and offer ideas or feedback. Additionally, residents can call the police department at 847-289-2500 for nonemergency police-related matters.

Elgin: U46 offers savings with online registration

Elgin School District U46 is offering a discount of $20 per student to families who complete 2013-14 registration online by June 30. For the first time, U46 is offering online registration and online payment to all current U46 students through the district’s Infinite Campus Portal, accessed through

Parents or guardians of all current U46 students received a username and password in the mail. Parents or guardians of kindergarten or preschool students, students who are new to U46, or students who have a change of address must attend a Summer Network Registration Assistance Event. U46 families who need their Infinite Campus username and password or who have registration questions can contact the U46 Help Desk at 847-888-5000, ext. 4295.

Registration assistance events will be held at these times at Bartlett High School, Elgin High School, South Elgin High School, Streamwood High School and Abbott Middle School in Elgin:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17

Elgin: Harvest Market has nutrition program for kids

The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, with assistance from community partners, is launching a kids program at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market called “Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market.”

This nine-week kids program takes place each Thursday through Aug. 15 (excluding July 4), at the Harvest Market, 200 N. Grove Ave.

“This is an effort to promote and educate students (kindergarten through sixth grade) about healthy eating, being active, and related activities, with additional focus on sustainability and agriculture, plus time to shop and talk with vendors,” said market manager Jennifer Benson.

“Rainbowland will feature three 20-minute sessions from active fitness fun to cooking demos, to an interactive activity, as well as fun stuff to bring home.”

Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market starts at noon and is open to children at the market either supervised by adults or in organized kids groups.

Bartlett: Police promote Kyle Rybaski to sergeant

The Bartlett Police Department recently celebrated the promotion of Officer Kyle Rybaski to the rank of sergeant.

Rybaski has been with the Bartlett Police Department for eight years. He served as the Bartlett High School resource officer, physical skills in-house training instructor, and a member of the police department’s warrant service team.

He was also selected as the police department’s Police Officer of the Year in 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. Rybaski will be assigned to the patrol section as one of the shift supervisors.

Huntley: Relay for Life set for Friday and Saturday

Relay for Life of Huntley 2013 is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday. This is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event where teams made up of friends, family, co-workers, etc. raise money throughout the year and then come together to walk a track through the night.

The event will be held at the rec center of the Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill St.

Teams also sell luminaria bags for a $10 donation. The name of a person being remembered or honored is written on each bag. The bags are then placed around the track and then illuminated after dark.

To register, visit For more information, call Mike Jostes, American Cancer Society staff partner, at 630-879-9009.

Kane County: Ride and Rally Against Cancer set

Area motorcyclists are invited to participate in the fifth-annual Ride and Rally Against Cancer event, scheduled for Sunday, June 23. The event will include all types of motorcycles. Supporters in cars also are welcome.

Ride and Rally Against Cancer supports the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund, a local charity dedicated to helping to ease the burdens of families facing the challenges of cancer.

On-site registration and breakfast for the Ride and Rally Against Cancer starts at 9 a.m. at Knucklehead’s Tavern, 108 E. North Ave., Elburn. The event kicks off at 11 a.m., when the first bikes leave Kuncklehead’s. The route will end at Fatsoz, 959 Villa St., Elgin, with an after party featuring live music from local country rockers Prairie Station. More details are available online at

Registration fees are $25 per bike and $15 per additional passenger. Preregistration is available on the Ride and Rally website, and riders can save $5 by registering online by June 21.

The Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund was established in 2006 in the memory of Andrea Lynn Beckwith, who lost her battle with colon cancer in 1993. Her children, Brent and Shane Beckwith and Karie Nash — along with family, friends and supporters — head up the board of directors for the charity. For more information about the organization, visit

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