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Tori Kazan threw out all the traditional ideas when planning her bat mitzvah celebration this year. Instead, she decided to celebrate at the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, combining fun with a good cause.
Matthew Yan

Northbrook’s Maxxinistas were in full force Thursday, Oct. 23.

The grand opening of TJ Maxx attracted large crowds of shoppers that came consistently throughout the day to peruse merchandise at the store located at 45 Skokie Blvd. in the Village Square Shopping Center in Northbrook.  

The new store is a relocation of TJ Maxx from the Deerbrook Mall in Deerfield. The new location in the center is at the southeast corner of Lake Cook Road and Skokie Boulevard.

Matthew Yan

Autumn Dickholtz was having trouble focusing during tests. Like many teenagers, she performed well in class but felt anxious when it came to big exams, impairing her performance.

Then she met Shelby Kremin.

Kremin, a health practitioner at HealthSmart in Northbrook, helped the Glenbrook South senior ease her test anxiety using a method known as Crossinology Brain Integration Technique. Dickholtz doesn’t get as anxious anymore and her grades have improved.

Matthew Yan

A 23-year-old Northbrook man who was riding a motorcycle is in critical condition after being involved in a crash with a car around noon today, June 6, at the intersection of Waukegan and Shermer roads.

The Northbrook man was transported to Lutheran General Hospital by the Flight-for-Life medevac helicopter, which used the nearby Northbrook Junior High School as its landing zone. The Northbrook man was placed on a gurney while still wearing his helmet and loaded onto the helicopter.

Fouad Egbaria
Emma Minx didn’t know what to do. The then-Glenbrook North softball player battled shoulder issues and elbow tendinitis during her senior season in 2007 and the medical staff told her she’d need to rest in order to fully recover.
Martin Carlino
William J. Hass, 71, of Northbrook, died Monday, Jan. 7, at a ski resort in Breckenridge, Colo., according to Summit County Coroner Regan Wood.
Martin Carlino

Organizers for an event to support a young Northbrook boy who was recently diagnosed with cancer ordered 50 T-shirts for participants.
By the time the event was over, however, they had promised to order 200 more shirts for the unexpected wave of kids who came out to L'oran Salon in Northbrook to "Buzz It For Coosey" on April 16.

Dayna Fields
Paige Gochis, a sixth-grade student at Northbrook’s Wood Oaks Junior High, never quite imagined she would get the chance to meet Neil Patrick Harris. However, in just over a month’s time, Gochis will appear on NBC’s “Genius Junior” and her experience sharing the stage with Patrick Harris, the show’s host, will be broadcast for millions of viewers to see.
Martin Carlino

Leela Pakanati isn’t exactly a mad scientist, but he did invent a mind-controlled mechanical arm. And a laser harp. And a 5-inch robot.

He entered the prosthetic arm, controlled by a device that reads and processes brain waves, into the Google Science Fair in 2014. His harp invention’s motor would break the laser beams to create musical notes. And the tiny robot was connected via Bluetooth and could sort of dance.

“It could shuffle!” Pakanati said.

Matthew Yan
Police received a report from a resident who witnessed a subject break the front passenger window of a park vehicle and enter it at 12:10 p.m. on Aug. 23 in the 1700 block of Techny Road. In the next 24 hours, police received ten more reports of vehicle break-ins.
Martin Carlino