Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wednesday marks the first day of spring. But when will the weather start to warm up?
Today marks the first day of spring and Huntley residents will be greeted with sub-zero wind chills and the possibility of more snow in the coming days. In contrast, last year's first day of spring saw record-breaking temperatures in Chicago with a recorded high of 87 on March 20, 2012 and another record high on March 21, 2012 of 87 degrees, according to the Chicago Tribune. Today, wind chill values as low as -3 degrees and a high of 22 degrees is in the forecast today for Huntley, according to the National Weather Service. There will be a slight warm up for Friday through Sunday with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. There is a chance of rain and snow both Sunday and Monday in Huntley. The good news about the first day of spring: The …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Tell us the worst roads and potholes you have encountered in your community and we’ll map it out.
It's pothole season. With spring right around the corner, the snow will begin melting away in Huntley and potholes will begin opening up in its place. Bad roads and potholes can mess up your commute. At the worst, they can cause damage to your tires and suspension. But even if they just make you spill your coffee on the way to work, potholes—and bad roads in general — can provide more headaches than desired. Tell us in the comments' section: Where are the worst potholes in town? And, overall, what are the worst roads to drive on in your community? We’ll collect your feedback, map and share which roads to avoid with you. Amie Schaenzer contributed to this article.
Arbitrary "cut" scores are changing to align ISAT scores with ACT and PARCC assessments. That means students' and schools' performance grades are likely to drop in the categories of English and math.
Don't be surprised if your son or daughter drops from "exceeds standards" to "meets standards" or from "meets" to "below" standards in the upcoming Illinois Standard Achievement Tests. The Illinois State Board of Education in January approved new cut scores that will help align the ISAT results with those of the Prairie State Achievement Exam — colloquially called the ACT test — given to 11th graders, and establish a foundation for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam set to debut in the 2014-15 school year. In recent weeks, elementary school children throughout the area took the ISATs. The higher expectations of the new ISAT cut scores will mean fewer students are expected to meet or exceed standards…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Leggee Elementary School has received a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program grant.
Tuesday, March 12
Leggee Elementary School has received a $500 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program. The grant will be used to support the school’s math and science programs. James Drendel of the Drendel’s Corner Mobil located at 13280 S. Route 47 in Huntley worked with school officials to secure the grant, which is one of 2,400 available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations, according to a District 158 press release. The grants were made possible by funding from the ExxonMobil Corporation. “(Leggee Principal) Scott Iddings works hard to make learning interesting and fun,” Drendel said in a press release. “As a Mobil retailer, I am proud to help young people of Huntley.” The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Were you satisfied with snow removal following this week's storm? Or do you think there's room for improvement?
The Chicago are got hit with the "biggest blizzard since 2011" this past Tuesday. Some 1,200 flights were canceled at O'Hare and Midway airports and Tuesday's rush hour was anything but delightful. O'Hare Airport saw about 9 inches of snow on Tuesday. As snow blanketed Huntley's streets, how do you think both towns did in responding to the storm? How would you rate this week's snow removal? Post a comment below or share a story in the comments' section. ------ Follow Huntley Patch on Facebook
Thursday, March 7, 2013
An open house will be held on Tuesday at Huntley Village Hall.
Thursday, March 7
The Illinois Tollway will host two public open house meetings to highlight construction work set to begin this spring on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project. The open houses will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Huntley Village Hall, 10987 Main St. in Huntley and on Thursday, March 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Belvidere Oasis on I-90. In 2013, construction will begin on the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project in the eastbound lanes between Elgin and Rockford, including work on mainline bridges and nine local crossroad bridges. In addition, work will include ramp reconstruction at the Business U.S. Route 20/State Street Interchange in Rockford. The Illinois Tollway is also scheduled …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Looking for games to entertain the kids this weekend? Here are some fun ideas for the snowy weather in Huntley.
Are your kids tired of playing indoors? Here are five ideas to kick away the winter blues. Snow Bowling Shovel the snow to create your bowling alley, spray water to create a smooth and slippery surface, make snow pins and balls. For instructions, visit: www.EscapadeDirect.com. You could even make colorful ice balloons to serve as the bowling ball. For instructions, visit: www.eHow.com. Footprint Tag The same rules as regular tag except you can only step in others’ footprints. For instructions, visit: www.Kidactivities.net Ice Block Sculptures Freeze colored water in ice-cube trays, then let the children create sculptures with the colored blocks. For instructions, visit: Spoonful.com Snow Treasure Hunt Fill a cooler with different treats…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Between three to six inches is expected for some areas under the advisory by later this evening.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Tuesday, February 26
A winter weather advisory will take effect starting at noon today through 9 p.m. tonight for Huntley and much of the Chicago suburbs. The winter storm is expected to bring with it rain or wet snow starting early in the afternoon and switching to mainly wet snow later this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago. Snow will continue into the evening commute hours and is expected to be heavy at times, according to the NWS. Huntley is expected to get 2 to 4 inches of snow today and then another 1 to 3 inches tonight, according to the NWS. Across the advisory area, between three to six inches is expected by late evening. There is also a slight chance of thunder snow and in that case, snowfall accumulations could be …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Who in Huntley plans to run the Chicago Marathon?
For running enthusiasts hoping to register for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this week, technical difficulties have temporarily halted runner registration. Registration opened Tuesday for the 26.2-mile race, which begins and ends in Grant Park, but ended shortly after due to errors with the online registration process. The earliest date and time registration will re-open is 5 p.m. Thursday. "We have been working nonstop with our registration provider to find the root of the problem and a solution. Many runners were able to sign up before the registration process was suspended. There are currently 15,000 entries remaining. Before we re-open registration, we need to make sure all technical issues are permanently resolved. We will …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
CNN Money reported Monday the average price for a gallon of gasoline in America is $3.73. Gas prices in Huntley are even higher.
Most motorists have noticed that the price of gasoline has done nothing but rise over the past month. CNN Money reported Monday that the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in America has increased more than 13 percent over the past 32 days to $3.73. As of Tuesday morning, gas prices in Huntley ranged from $3.95 at the 7-Eleven station at 12400 Princeton Drive in Huntley to $3.99 at the Mobile station at 11200 S. Vine St. in Huntley, according to GasBuddy.com CNN Money is crediting the price increase to a combination of factors including rising crude oil prices, production cuts and refinery closings. The Chicago Tribune reported last week a number of refinery issues in the area have affected the gas prices including an…