Friday, November 16, 2012
The Organic Gardener also works with schools, restaurants and nonprofits.
Glencoe's The Organic Gardener has built 500 gardens around the Chicago area and provided advice for more than 1,000 more, but it all started in Jeanne Pinsof Nolan's parents' backyard. A Winnetka native, Nolan spent 17 years working on organic farms around the country after graduating from New Trier High School. "When I was 17, I was struck with a fierce case of idealism and wanting to change the world," Nolan said. "I really went searching for a life that was focused on addressing some of the problems with the environment and society, particularly in relation to the earth and the way it was being destroyed on so many levels." Nolan's mother found her an apprenticeship program at a commune in Southern California, and when she returned …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Consider one of these great reads from the stacks at the Northbrook Public Library.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Are you looking for your next great book? Check out a few of the hidden gems located at the Northbrook Public Library. Call 847-272-2958 or use the online catalog at www.northbrook.info to place a hold today. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy-Toole By the standards of everyday people, the morbidly obsese Ignatius J Reilly is pretty much unhinged, but is he bothered by this? No. This misanthropic crusader against an America fallen into vice and ignorance continues to live his sad and strange existence in a near-future New Orleans. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is now considered a comedic masterpiece, but unfortunately the author never lived to see its popularity. Satire The Magicians by Lev Grossman Harboring secret preoccupations…
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Northbrook entrepreneur interviewed 45 risk-taking Midwestern execs to learn the secrets to their success.
Trapped at an airport in Seattle four years ago, Bob Jordan had an idea. Unlike most people, Jordan actually did something with his enlightened state of mind once he returned home t0 Northbrook. “There’s a bit of a perception that if you want to do something innovative you have to live in Silicon Valley, and that really bothered me,” said Jordan. So, with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, Jordan set out to reverse this misconception. A serial entrepreneur, he had founded Online Access, one of the first magazines to strictly cover the Internet. He also landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in 1996. After he sold the company, he founded two others. He had the contacts, he had the infrastructure. And just as important, he…
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Store manager Allison Mengarelli has been working at Northbrook fixture The Book Bin since she was a junior in high school.
Asked if she specializes in a particular genre of books at The Book Bin, store manager Allison Mengarelli says, no—she reads everything. And the variety on a bookstore's shelves is key to the experience, Mengarelli added. "It's about discovering new things, finding something you didn't know even existed," she said. As store manager, Mengarelli must be familiar with everything in stock. She also oversees orders of more than 300 books each week, occasionally hosts discussions and serves regular customers with a smile—a job she has held since a junior in high school. The Northbrook native began working at The Book Bin in 1992 and worked part time for two years before she headed off to North Park University in Chicago. After college, she …