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<p>This file photo from August 2012 is of James in his Niles North uniform. &nbsp;Curtis Lehmkuhl /Sun-Times Media</p>

Niles North's James Edmond talks football, memories, future goals

<p>Puppeteer Rick Lyon poses with "<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>Avenue&nbsp;Q" puppets he created at his workshop in East Orange, N.J., in 2003. The charming, crass and unnervingly familiar puppets of "Avenue&nbsp;Q" have been good to Lyon, taking him from an extended off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre to Broadway's Golden Theatre. The puppets are, from left front row, Trekkie Monster, Nicky, Princeton, Kate Monster; back row, Rod, Lucy the Slut and Lyon. &nbsp;| &nbsp;AP Photo/Mike Derer</p>

'Avenue Q: School Edition'—Just the right amount of wrong

I wish "Avenue Q" had been around when I was fresh out of college, pondering the same question as "Avenue Q"’s lead character when he sang “What Do You Do with a BA in English?”

<p>Alicia Mikuski &nbsp;| &nbsp;Submitted</p>

Oakton College's athletic trainer recognized for recent heroics

Alicia Mikuski, who serves as an assistant athletic trainer at Oakton Community College, displays her awards from the State of Illinois at the College’s Board of Trustees...

Graduation caps fly  |  File photo

District 219 news briefs: Graduation days coming up

The following items were discussed and/or action was taken at the Niles Township District 219 Board of Education meeting May 12.

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District 219 board cuts school fees in half for lunch-assisted students

SKOKIE — District 219’s annual school fee structure will remain unchanged next year, but with one exception.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) has lunch with volunteers and others who are part of the Parent-Mentor program at Fairview South School.  |  Mike Isaacs/Sun-Times Media

Video: Schakowsky hears about benefits of parent-mentor program

SKOKIE — Seated around a small table at Fairview South School, local women, most of them from other countries, told U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) about the benefits of...

Skokie School District 68 Band Director Connie Donnelly conducts her final concert May 13 with student musicians from the district's elementary schools. The concert was held at Old Orchard Junior High School.  |  Mike Isaacs/Sun-Times Media

Bittersweet note: District 68 band director works final concert

SKOKIE — Skokie School District 68 Band Director Connie Donnelly barely had time to recognize the significance of her final concert for fourth- and fifth-graders May 13 at Old...

Investigate Oakton during a campus visit May 28

If you’re investigating colleges, check out Oakton from every angle during a campus visit on Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m., at the College’sDes Plaines campus (Room 1550).

Oakton closed for Memorial Day

Oakton’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road) and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) will be closed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.

<p>Commencement speaker&nbsp;Oakton alumna&nbsp;Kristina Alcozer&nbsp;Garcia, a resident of&nbsp;Morton Grove. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Courtesy of Oakton</p>

Oakton celebrates annual commencement on May 20

More than 1,000 eligible students have petitioned to receive degrees and certificates from Oakton Community College – and hundreds them will don caps and gowns to cross the...

Karen Wylie has taught kindergarten and pre-school at Meyer School since 1990. Her retirement party last week was filled with hugs and lots of love.  |  Mike Isaacs/Sun-Times Media

Video: Community says goodbye to beloved Meyer School teacher

They all came back just as everyone knew they would — Mrs. Wylie’s former students and their parents, her current-day preschool students, the fellow teachers and administrators...

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