Thursday, December 29, 2011
Shootings, beatings, teacher-teen sex, snow and population growth are the subjects of our top stories of the year.
It's hard to imagine just how many things happen over the course of a year until it's time to take a look at every story published and boil them down to a Top 5 list for the year that was 2011. These are our choices. If you don't agree with them, feel free to add your selections in the comment box below. 1 Plainfield North High School teacher accused of having sex with student. Ashley Blumenshine, then 27, lost her job as physical education teacher/coach after Plainfield police found her in a car with a 16-year-old student in January. The pair admitted to having just had sex before being discovered, police said. The case made international headlines. She was charged with felony criminal sexual assault and is awaiting trial. 2. Man shoots …
Monday, February 14, 2011
About a third of the people affected by blizzard power outages didn't get the emergency warning because they don't have landlines, officials say.
Some Plainfield residents who don’t have a landline telephone were left out in the cold during the recent blizzard. A reverse 911 phone chain that sent an automated recorded phone message warning residents about possible power outages and advising them how to get to shelter did not reach more than a third of Plainfield households because they only have cell phones, Plainfield officials say. The reverse 911 system, a Will County-sponsored emergency program, automatically sends pre-recorded messages during crisis situations. But there is one glitch: If you only have a cell phone, the system doesn’t have your number. “It’s one of those situations where you need to keep your old technology,” Village Manager Brian Murphy said. An old-…
Monday, February 7, 2011
Preliminary estimates put expense at more than $275,000; federal assistance may cover some of bill.
Of all the statistics cited about the blizzard of 2011, this one really puts it into perspective: The amount of snow cleared from downtown Lockport Street between Route 59 and the DuPage River and the three streets that intersect with it -- Illinois, Des Plaines and Fox River -- filled 342 semi-trailer trucks, Police Cmdr. John Konopek told the Plainfield Village Board Monday night. Just as impressive are the number of overtime hours logged by Plainfield public works, emergency management agency and police employees who worked around the clock to rescue 40 to 50 stranded motorists, move 80 stranded cars, plow 427 miles of roads and house 29 people in an emergency shelter set up at the Plainfield Police Station. The price tag as of Monday …
Thursday, February 3, 2011
The stranded cars were just yards from the house, yet the drivers made no effort to seek refuge.
The blizzard stopped being fun about the time I first saw those yellow lights flashing out my living room window. All through the day, I kept an eye on the cycle of fender-benders at 119th Street and Essington Road. It was a looping drama as SUVs, vans and squad cars cluttering up the corner and then being cleared away. The flow of traffic crested when school let out, held steady through rush hour and gradually trickled down to zilch. We had stocked up on groceries, hiked up the heat and hunkered down to ride out the blizzard. As the sun set, I thanked my own personal weather deities that my house was beautifully bright and warm. With a sip of cabernet, I toasted whatever fortune had sent me the good sense to stay inside. By about 9, …
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Residents urged to keep off the streets through Thursday; school canceled again because of dangerously cold temperatures.
As Plainfield continued to clear the roads of of snow Wednesday night, impeded by more than 80 stranded vehicles, Mayor Michael Collins declared a "local state of emergency." At the worst of the storm Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, 30 vehicles were blocking roadways and 25 people had to be given shelter at the Plainfield Police Department. The shelter remains open as needed, particularly as temperatures drop to dangerously cold levels overnight. Public works officials said they hoped to make at least one to two snow plow passes through every village subdivision overnight Wednesday before tackling cul-de-sacs, which are last on the list for clearing, said Amy De Boni, in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon. On-street parking …
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
We hit the streets to see what vacation spot Average Joes and Janes would choose to get out of the frozen tundra that's now our home.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Wednesday was a day for shovels, snow blowers and snow plows as Plainfield residents dug their way out of the 17 inches of snow dumped on them in just 24 hours. While there were plenty of warnings about the blizzard, most people had only one option: Stay in town and ride out the storm. On Tuesday, we grabbed some lunch at Nabby’s Restaurant and talked to people there about where they'd go if they could be anywhere other than here. It took Shirley Krueger, 68, of Plainfield Township, only a second to come up with her answer. “Florida,” Krueger said. “That’s where my daughter lives, and it’s warm.” Stephanie Tomera, 27, of Newark, decided to skip to beaches. If she had a one-way ticket to anywhere, Tomera said, she would visit Italy. “I’ve …
Blowing snow and dangerously cold temps prompt the decision, officials say.
School is canceled on Thursday, Plainfield School District 202 officials have announced. Citing the blowing and drifting snow and dangerously cold temperatures, a decision was made at 9:30 a.m. today to keep the schools closed another day and to cancel all activities involving students, staff, parents and community members, said district spokesman Tom Hernandez in a new release. No decision on whether school will be canceled on Friday will be made until Thursday, he said. The district urged parents with children in the YMCA's Kidz Zone to check the agency's Web site, www.jolietymca.org, to get information on the status of that program. Hernandez also said that a power outage knocked out the district's Web site, www.psd202.0rg, so no …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Area sees somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 inches of snow.
We may be out of the woods as far as more snow accumulation goes, but National Weather Service reports say the fun is far from over. Wind gusts will continue through tonight, ushering in an overnight low of 18 below. This, on the heels of the blizzard that whipped through Tuesday night -- with its occasional near-zero visibility, howling wind pelting ice against windows and surreal claps of thunder -- makes it all feel a bit Armaggedon-like. According to the most recent numbers available, 16.4 inches of snow were tallied at the National Weather Service office in Romeoville, and weather watchers in Joliet recorded anywhere from 12 to 17 inches. O'Hare International Airport measured 20.2 inches and Midway Airport had 19.9. (To see more …
Food and hardware stores seeing a higher-than-normal number of customers as everyone gears up for what could be a record snowstorm.
Business was as brisk as the gusting breeze Tuesday morning as shoppers stocked up for the impending blizzard. The Kin-Ko Ace Hardware on Lockport Street has had about three times its normal number of sales, store manager Dave Flentge said. It sold all five of its snow blowers, and most of the shovels and salt it had in stock. Customers also were buying kerosene heaters to brace for worst-case scenarios. All across Plainfield, people morning were laying in supplies and waiting for the snow to start. With a record-setting snowstorm predicted to blast the Chicago area with perhaps as much as a foot and a half of snow and wind gusts as high at 50 mph, residents and government agencies are on high alert. Emergency management officials are …