Thursday, April 11, 2013
One of the unsuccessful candidates for City Council, Carolyn Cerf thanks her supporters and congratulates the winners of Tuesday's election.
Thursday, April 11
Editor's note: Carolyn Cerf lost the election to serve on the Highland Park City Council on Tuesday. Read Patch's full election coverage here. Your support made it possible to run a very strong campaign, and I can't thank you enough. Victory is not ours today, and I'm sorry to disappoint those who worked so hard with such high hopes. But there's so much more work to do in the community, whether we contribute to studies of HP's human services needs, help implement plans to improve and invigorate our business districts or, of course, put on some good old fashioned fun with events like the Ravinia Block Bash. Most of all, it's important to remember just how much we accomplished... We started a serious conversation about budgeting for future …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Madame ZuZu's arrives in the Ravinia Business District in Highland Park this week, and the neighbors couldn't be more excited to see what the Smashing Pumpkins' frontman has in store.
The hip tea house owned by Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan and Ravinia Wine Shop owner Sharon Mackin-Norberg will open its doors in the Ravinia Business District on Thursday. Madame ZuZu, located at the former Post Office in the Ravinia neighborhood of Highland Park, will offer a dozen international teas as well as Intelligensia coffee, desserts from Highwood's Bent Fork Bakery and swanky seating, according to Eater Chicago. The renovated space includes "a long dark wood bar, black-and-white flooring, metal plating on the ceiling, red walls, deco lighting and a piano," Eater Chicago reports. Ravinia residents couldn't be more excited. "People have been waiting with bated breath for it to open," Ravinia resident Caroyln Cerf said…
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Festival draws community together for weekend celebration.
The Ravinia Neighbors Association threw a celebration in Brown and Jens Jensen parks last Saturday and many from all walks of the community turned out to enjoy the festiviities. Earlier: RNA to Host Block Party Neighbors and businesses came together to celebrate the close-knit community that is Ravinia. Although the summer brings many from around the area to Ravinia for the outdoor concerts, the block party was as a more local affair. "It serves as a great way for everybody to come and enjoy themselves, meet their neighbors and explore the great businesses we have here," said Carolyn Cerf, a Ravinia Neighbors Association board member who spearheaded the block party. Check out pictures from the party above.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Mayoral, council and school board hopefuls cross paths visiting voters at popular spots Saturday.
Highland Park mayoral candidates Terri Olian and Nancy Rotering may disagree on some issues, but they're on the same page when it comes to picking the best noontime spot to greet voters and grab lunch the Saturday before the April 5 elections. As the two candidates focused on meeting as many citizens as they could in a busy day of campaigning, they converged on Once Upon A Bagel when lunch time arrived. It seemed like they both knew everyone in the room, exchanging handshakes and hugs. “Many have voted and many more have not,” Olian said of the people she saw during the day. She was referring to 2,851 people who cast ballots during the early voting period that ended Thursday. Rotering began the morning greeting people at the Highland …
Friday, April 1, 2011
Highland Park native wants to bring many tools to bear in tackling important issues before council.
Business development both in Highland Park’s central business district and other commercial areas is the core to City Council candidate Carolyn Cerf’s philosophy to governing the city she has called home all her life. Cerf, who sees her role as a steward of Highland Park’s resources, is a product of Indian Trail grade School, Elm Place middle school and Highland Park High School. She has an undergraduate degree from Hendrix College and works as a freelance paralegal, an occupation in which she hopes to be fully certified this month. “I want to be a steward of the precious assets Highland Park has and always has had,” Cerf said. “We have an educated community with active citizens.” Citing the business community in particular, Cerf sees …
Monday, March 28, 2011
Highland Park residents are turning out in large numbers but remain mum about their choices.
Highland Park voters have turned out in record numbers for local and primary elections since early voting for the municipal elections began on March 14. Through Saturday, 1,954 people have voted at the Lake County North Shore Health Center, 1840 Green Bay Rd. Early voting continues through Thursday. The numbers casting ballots surpass all but one early voting occasion in the city since the program was instituted after the 2005 municipal election. However, it has a long way to go in passing the 2008 general elections, when 6,737 votes were cast in Highland Park before the November balloting for president and other offices, according to records from the Lake County Clerk. In that contest, 39 percent of the 17,091 total turnout voted early. …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Mayoral choices draw split in informal poll, but District 113 referendum is a heavy favorite.
More than 45 people cast ballots in the first three hours of early voting Monday, with an informal exit poll of a third of those voters showing that they're evenly divided between the mayoral candidates but overwhelmingly in support of the District 113 schools' bond referendum. Highland Park had the highest voter turnout in Lake County for the first day of early voting, with 111 people casting ballots. Vernon Township came in second with 45. Two candidates, mayoral hopeful Terri Olian and City Council contender Paul Frank, greeted voters at the Lake County North Shore Health Center at 1840 Green Bay Road. Frank was the third person to vote at the location. “I was the third person to vote and I’m third on the ballot,” he said. “I have …
Monday, March 14, 2011
Debate lets 5 candidates elaborate their views on taxes and government's role in Highland Park.
Highland Park’s five City Council candidates gave differing views in their proposals to balance the city’s budget and other topics when they debated at the League of Women Voters forum on March 6 at the Highland Park Country Club. Unlike mayoral candidates Nancy Rotering and Terri Olian, who gave clear and divergent views on the subject, only Paul Frank and Lane Young explicitly said they would not vote for an increase in the property tax. Candidate David Naftzger expressed a desire to maintain the current property tax level while Carolyn Cerf and Tony Blumberg did not express a position. Only Frank clearly said he would use the city’s reserves to balance the budget. “Spending reserves is not a great option,” Frank said. “But we have a …
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Photo gallery highlights key quotes from Sunday's candidate forum.
The League of Women Voters held its candidate forum Sunday at the Highland Park Country Club. The event began with the candidates for School Board District 113. Audience members wrote questions down on notecards while the candidates made their opening remarks, which were simlar to those given at the District 113 forum at Congregation Solel held last Sunday. Candidates discussed their positions on the $133 million referendum as well as how they felt about pension spiking and school district consolidation. Next were the candidates for District 112 School Board, followed by mayoral candidates Terri Olian and Nancy Rotering. Then came the city council candidates, and the event concluded with the park district board candidates. See key …
Thursday, February 24, 2011
One voter's take on meeting 25 candidates at once at Beth El event.
- Ed Brill
Thursday, February 24, 2011
In previous columns, I've established a hunger for facts and positions from the candidates in the citywide April election. This week, I attended the candidate forum at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El to put faces with the names on the ballot, and learn something more about their backgrounds in the process. My first realization at this event was how many names are on the Highland Park ballot this spring. There are 28 candidates across five elections, a number so large that it was hard for any speaker to stand out at the event. Even taking notes during many of their short speeches, I found it hard to keep them straight in the informal discussions before and afterwards. Still, this event was extremely useful in bringing all the candidates …