RAIN THAT SEEMS TO NEVER END!


From Mike McCurry’s “Talk of the Town” column in The Clarendon Courier, June 25, 2015.

RAIN THAT SEEMS TO NEVER END!

Standing in the middle of Park Avenue, I gazed west toward the park and police station. The area looked like a war zone. At least three giant plastic playhouses were floating in several feet of water, having escaped from nearby backyards on Colfax. Some lawn furniture and kids’ toys and a lot of mulch was floating on top of the water. There were a few whirlpools violently pulling water and debris down into the street drains. These watery funnels were beyond dangerous — if you stood next to them, you might get sucked into the sewer along with the debris! Park Avenue Park (the snow hill park and detention basin) was completely underwater. The rain had come for so long and hit so hard that there was nowhere for the water to go.

Many of you will recognize this scene from the flood of April 18, 2013, when metro Chicago was devastated by storms that dumped over 8 inches of water in a couple of days. Clarendon Hills and the surrounding areas also experienced a lot of damage. The area along Richmond and Park Avenues was the epicenter of the flood, where Westmont’s water poured over the detention area as it flowed east. There were other hard-hit areas around town, but this area was the worst. As you might imagine, there was a lot of talk about it afterward … mostly about how to avoid the next one.

Lately, it seems to me that either we moved to Seattle without me noticing, or it’s been the soggiest year that I can remember since then. The grass around town is emerald green. If you have a sprinkling system installed, I hope it has a rain sensor on it!

Sadly, the Saturday night Daisy Days concert was shut down because rain pounded the downtown area — including the rides. (Well, the carnies kept the rides going until someone noticed that there was a lot of electricity feeding them!) Seeing kids on the giant slide in the pouring rain was quite a show. It’s good to be a kid and actually enjoy the rain! Most of us don’t enjoy the rain nearly as much as children do. Of course, children don’t have to worry about the status of the sump pump!

Another good thing that came from the recent rain is that it kept a lot of potentially rowdy fans inside after the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship. There were tornado warnings and flash flood warnings, but that didn’t stop many Chicagoans from going to the home game and celebrating afterward.

Whenever we get a hard rain, I think back to the April 2013 downpour as a “checkpoint.” It’s a good standard to measure against. “Exactly how bad is bad?” Since then, like many people in town, I’m a little on-edge when it rains hard or for a long period time. For instance, the recent storms that we experienced brought a whopping 3-plus inches in a 24-hour period. If it had kept raining, it might have been similar to the 2013 storms.

Thankfully, this year’s rains didn’t bring the devastation of that year, when the park was littered with debris. After the water finally settled, one family came by to claim their furniture and another dragged one of the playhouses back home. The other two were left stranded in the park for awhile. I think they finally got claimed by a pickup truck on Amnesty Day.

 

Mike is a Clarendon Hills resident; husband; Indian Princes; Indian Guide Dad;  a Coach; an “old” football player and a real estate broker.  Mike’s columns are usually crafted about the buzz in and around the area.  It sometimes has a spin on real estate or cultural information, highlight a new business or announce school happenings.  He might include a “get-to-know” about some of our interesting residents and even a little about history. Whatever it is, it is sure to be about the “Talk of the Town”. Mike McCurry has been selling real estate in the western suburbs for over 25 years and his office is located at 5 S. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514 His blog can be found at mikemccurryhomesblog.wordpress.com 630-325-2800 or visit his website at www.mmccurry.com

The Giant Fun Slide

The Giant Fun Slide

The Little White Ball


From Mike McCurry’s “Talk of the Town” column in The Clarendon Courier May 28, 2015

The little white ball.

A Par. A Birdie. An Eagle.

Maybe even a hole-in-one.

You strive to hit the little white ball a little less. A little longer, but straighter. In the fairway, not in the woods. Out of the sand, over the water, onto the green and into the cup. It’s a game that eludes most people because it involves a little white ball, a small hitting surface and a lot of green … and sometimes, a lot of water.

Even the pros hit it in the water, and knowing that is what keeps a lot of people playing the game. I actually relish seeing the pros knock it into the water, the woods or the gallery. It makes them mortal, just like you and me. For my rounds, I pack some less expensive (often preowned) “water” balls for the difficult shots because I know the ball is destined to go in. The water is like a magnet to the ball; it wants to take a swim! It often wants to find the beach and it loves walking in the woods.

I started playing the game after college, but not with any regular consistency — maybe 6 or 10 times a summer. Last year I started playing more, going out at least once a week for most weeks in the fall. My game got a little better, but the ball kept finding the water!

Amy and I played our first round of golf together last summer. All 18 holes. I would never recommend playing front and back nine with your spouse, especially when one of you is new to the sport. By the 16th hole, we were not talking.

I think I may have said something like, “You don’t need to verbalize every little thing that’s on your mind!” She didn’t think too kindly of that comment. She wanted to hit every single shot, like it would be a sin to pick up the ball and drop where I was hitting from. Of course, some say golf is a game in which you just need to keep moving so you don’t frustrate yourself … not to mention your partner or the foursome behind you!

We started talking again sometime the next week. She was very proud of the fact that she didn’t lose a ball, like I did …  many of which went in the lake.

My family joined Ruth Lake Country Club last spring. It was a great time to get in because so many young families were joining. Many were also from Clarendon Hills. When we were interviewed by the membership committee, one of the questions they asked was, “Why do you want to join?” I think the answer kind of surprised the committee; I told them that I wasn’t interested in socializing as much we were looking for a place for my family to relax, enjoy some downtime and play sports together. The truth was, I was a little burned out on socializing. I was dreaming of enjoying holidays and our special events as a family together.

The children did play a lot of tennis, golf and paddle tennis that first summer. But what all four really enjoyed was swimming for the Ruth Lake swim team. They actually helped win the conference championship! And spending time golfing with my children, especially as they are growing up, has been a dream of mine for a long time. As they get older, they might not want to talk or spend as much time with us … but they might if it involves playing a sport together.

I’m looking forward to many years ahead, hitting that little white ball with my family. And hopefully, my ball will stay out of the pool.

 

Mike is a Clarendon Hills resident; husband; Indian Princes; Indian Guide Dad;  a Coach; an “old” football player and a real estate broker.  Mike’s columns are usually crafted about the buzz in and around the area.  It sometimes has a spin on real estate or cultural information, highlight a new business or announce school happenings.  He might include a “get-to-know” about some of our interesting residents and even a little about history. Whatever it is, it is sure to be about the “Talk of the Town”. Mike McCurry has been selling real estate in the western suburbs for over 25 years and his office is located at 5 S. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514 His blog can be found at mikemccurryhomesblog.wordpress.com 630-325-2800 or visit his website at www.mmccurry.com

 

Golfing with Family

Golfing with Family

The Water

The Water

Ruth Lake CC - A place for family

Ruth Lake CC – A place for family

Golfing and Football?

Golfing and Football?

Amy and the 18th at Ruth Lake CC

Amy and the 18th at Ruth Lake CC

Parked on the Benches – A Futuristic look at the Village of Clarendon Hills – “Talk of the Town”


From Mike McCurry’s “Talk of the Town” column in The Clarendon Courier May 14, 2015

Parked on the Benches

The headline read, “Town recognized as most welcoming community in the country.” How did they do it? What was the key that unlocked their success?

It all started five years ago, when an initiative put forth by a few civic-minded people in Clarendon Hills changed the course of history for their small town. These local folks decided to implement an idea … a creative concept that would eventually transform a normal suburban town into what is known all over the world today as “The Welcoming Village.”

It was a simple idea, but it caught on like wildfire. Today, when you drive around this small town, you’ll notice that almost every block has something that’s unique to this particular place: benches in the front yards. Set just off the sidewalk, these attractive benches make a simple statement to the passers-by and neighbors: they are welcome to sit, relax and enjoy a conversation.

Something special happened after the benches started popping up. While it was hard to define, it was easy to recognize. Soon after the benches appeared, you could see a change in the attitudes and pace of the day around town. People began to slow down and take time to get to know each other, and many even started introducing themselves to strangers.

As familiarity for the phenomenon grew, the entire village seemed to join in. The result was similar to the community trends you see in some other towns: in some places, when the light is on, for instance, people know to stop over. And in some neighborhoods, people bring their lawn chairs over when the garage door is up.

Here in Clarendon Hills, the organizers of this initiative offered a plan to keep the project simple, keeping the benches looking similar enough that they contributed to the overall welcoming brand. After all, any valuable brand demands conformity. Thus, three different styles of benches were offered, as well as three hardscape options: bricks, stone and mulch.

In the first month of that very first summer, 20 houses on the south side of the tracks got their benches installed. The second month saw another 20 installed on the north side. The next summer, 80 were installed around town. The benches became a sort of a status symbol to homeowners who wanted theirs to be one of the welcoming homes. And as you know, the rest is history.

Of course, as you may have guessed by now, this history is one that’s entirely made up.

Sadly, this isn’t a story of Clarendon Hills’ past, but rather a fictional story set in the future. Is it made up? Sure … but something like this could come true, right?

Today, Clarendon Hills is known as a town of volunteers. But perhaps it’s time for a rebranding! How about “The Welcoming Village”? Who’s interested? All it would take is some civic-minded residents who wanted to step forward in service and start something great. And if there’s one thing I know about this town, it’s that we’re blessed to have plenty of those.

Are you one of them?

Mike is a Clarendon Hills resident; husband; Indian Princes; Indian Guide Dad;  a Coach; an “old” football player and a real estate broker.  Mike’s columns are usually crafted about the buzz in and around the area.  It sometimes has a spin on real estate or cultural information, highlight a new business or announce school happenings.  He might include a “get-to-know” about some of our interesting residents and even a little about history. Whatever it is, it is sure to be about the “Talk of the Town”. Mike McCurry has been selling real estate in the western suburbs for over 25 years and his office is located at 5 S. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514 His blog can be found at mikemccurryhomesblog.wordpress.com 630-325-2800 or visit his website at www.mmccurry.com

The Welcoming Village

The Welcoming Village – Photo by Cindy Kellogg

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The Art of Coaching “Talk of the Town”


From Mike McCurry’s “Talk of the Town” column in The Clarendon Courier April 30, 2015

 

It was fourth down and six, and the bigger, somewhat older (and probably illegal) team was pressing in. With the tension mounting, the long snapper over-snapped the punter and the ball bounced out of the end zone, giving the opponents two points — a safety.

The offensive players were in shock. This was the first time that they had been scored upon in the entire season. At halftime the score was 2-0, and the coach made a speech that no one on the team would ever forget.

The coach encouraged the players to figuratively tie themselves together in a knot so they could not be penetrated and scored on again. It was a motivating speech, but not just because of the metaphor. The players were motivated because the coach believed in them, and they believed in the coach — and each other. The team had a history and trust that was built on teamwork.

If you have ever coached, you know that it’s a tremendously rewarding job. Coaches get a front-row seat to watch their athletes compete and mature. They invest their time and resources into developing people and seeing them grow.

Of course, coaching is also a difficult job — especially when coaches are exposed to public scrutiny … and when their merit is judged by wins and losses.

What makes a good coach, anyway? Winning? Sure. If we’re talking about the Chicago Bears or the Vikings, it’s all about the Ws. But in our children’s world — be it little league, travel or high school — having an encouraging coach with a balanced perspective makes all the difference.

Everyone has seen a coach who just didn’t get it — one who used negative or discouraging comments to “motivate.” That might work with an adult athlete who becomes determined to prove his coach wrong, but it doesn’t work with younger athletes. Encouragement is the building block for confidence in young athletes.

Good coaches inspire their athletes to believe in themselves and to push to higher limits. They look kids in the eyes and get on their level while earning their respect. Good coaches take the time to explain and teach fundamentals while keeping the game fun. After all, aren’t sports and games supposed to be fun?

When I coach youth sports, I always adhere to three rules: fun, fun and fun. As the leader and chief architect of the kids’ experience, the coach should always make games and practices fun. One of a youth coach’s primary goals is to make the sport so attractive that the kids sign up again next year. They should try to take the stress out of the game by letting the kids play and not micromanaging their every move.

For some coaches, this is easier said than done. On every team there are different levels of maturity and skills, and it’s easy to get caught up in winning and playing the best kids.

Thankfully, most leagues have an equal playing time rule. But when there isn’t one, coaches should have a game plan for managing kids who are “daisy picking” and not engaged in the games. Should that plan involve mockery or aggressive chastising? Absolutely not. A coach should be overly encouraging to these kids, making them feel like part of the team. Some coaches have a negative tone and don’t encourage, instead constantly pointing out the errors. But those coaches entirely miss the point.

What are some other important parts of youth coaching? As crazy as it might sound, I could write an entire section on the snacks! I’ve seen kids crying at the end of a game as they watched the other team devouring their snacks while our kiddos looked for theirs in vain. And communication is also vital, as parents need consistent communication about schedules and events. That’s a matter of respect, and it goes a long way.

My father coached almost all of my sport teams when I was growing up. He and a few parents started a youth football league that began as a small operation with a few teams and a nicely groomed football field, but ended up as two separate locations with one field showcasing the travel teams at night under the lights.

I learned a lot of valuable lessons on that team — lessons from the coach that I never forgot. The last three years, we were undefeated. One year we were never scored on at all. And one year, we were scored on just once … two solitary points, given up in a safety.

 

Mike is a Clarendon Hills resident; husband; Indian Princes; Indian Guide Dad;  a Coach; an “old” football player and a real estate broker.  Mike’s columns are usually crafted about the buzz in and around the area.  It sometimes has a spin on real estate or cultural information, highlight a new business or announce school happenings.  He might include a “get-to-know” about some of our interesting residents and even a little about history. Whatever it is, it is sure to be about the “Talk of the Town”. Mike McCurry has been selling real estate in the western suburbs for over 25 years and his office is located at 5 S. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514 His blog can be found at mikemccurryhomesblog.wordpress.com 630-325-2800 or visit his website at www.mmccurry.com

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The very beginning of my understanding of sports - Colts Circa 1970

The very beginning of my understanding of sports – Colts Circa 1970

The "Good Game!" hand shake

The “Good Game!” hand shake

The almighty snack!

The almighty snack!

A Young Viking

A Young Viking!

The Minutemen - 2 points scored by KDI

The Minutemen – 2 points scored by KDI

My brother Chris 62 (the Long Snapper!).

My brother Chris 62 (the Long Snapper!).

You need to look the part

You need to look the part

Dad, always the coach

Dad, always the coach

The oldest and guinea pig

The oldest and guinea pig

Girls - The cheer!

Girls – The cheer!

 

Coach McCurry

Coach McCurry May 2015

 

Team McCurry

Team McCurry

 

An Election Poem – “Talk of the Town”


From Mike McCurry’s “Talk of the Town” column in The Clarendon Courier April 16, 2015

 

An Election Poem

Looking back on our town’s recent election,

I present this review (and some wry indiscretion).

 

There were candidates, a caucus, the park district too,

And poll-watchers who stuck to the judges like glue.

Candidates’ friends and families gave money and time,

While parents and children jammed in the yard signs.

 

There were too many signs at one business in town,

Which caused a big stink until they were torn down.

Thankfully, it worked out in a civil way,

With Starbucks coffee and level heads saving the day.

 

There were signs throughout town — some were red, white and blue,

And one with a picture just like you-know-who’s!

While some signs were allegedly stolen at night,

We’ll never really know; no one was caught onsite.

 

There were “My” and “Voice of” and “Saving” and “C4,”

And those robocalls! (Stop! We can’t take any more!)

Accusations about prostitutes; hacked email treasures;

And a store’s rumored name-changing to “Divine Pleasures.”

But the volunteer townspeople didn’t get alarmed;

They maintained our friendly village’s small-town charm.

 

The Hinsdalean and Courier held candidate nights,

Giving even the veterans sweaty palms and frights.

They sure helped the public to forge an opinion;

While the blogs fought to maintain internet dominion.

 

The newspapers helped out in stirring the pot,

And political ads also thickened the plot!

There were days when the voting junk mail hit high gear,

And I laughed when that tall building pasted together did reappear,

“The town is going to the birds,” I’m sure it did say…

If I didn’t vote rightly, they would have their way.

 

There were three CH residents running for the school board:

An incumbent, a blogger, and a mother of four.

That last one sure seemed like a good bet to me;

She’s a smart former teacher, (and her name’s McCurry!)

 

Guess they ran out of reasons not to re-elect Marty;

Though they tried to evict him, he stayed at the party.

 

The high school candidates had the most signs on the streets;

There was no way this year that they would take defeat.

There was contentious battling to even the score,

But the voters spoke loudly. Their votes cried, “No More!”

 

The election is over. Enough is enough.

Let’s forget the campaigning and accomplish some stuff!

No more knocking on doors, no more emails or calling.

No more train station loitering, hand-shaking or groveling.

 

The votes are all counted. I’ve run out of rhymes.

Good luck to the candidates … this is your time!

 

Mike is a Clarendon Hills resident; husband; Indian Princes; Indian Guide Dad;  a Coach; an “old” football player and a real estate broker.  Mike’s columns are usually crafted about the buzz in and around the area.  It sometimes has a spin on real estate or cultural information, highlight a new business or announce school happenings.  He might include a “get-to-know” about some of our interesting residents and even a little about history. Whatever it is, it is sure to be about the “Talk of the Town”. Mike McCurry has been selling real estate in the western suburbs for over 25 years and his office is located at 5 S. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514 His blog can be found at mikemccurryhomesblog.wordpress.com 630-325-2800 or visit his website at www.mmccurry.com

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Below are some of the images (many are hilarious!) from the recent election that took place on April 7, 2015

Many got taken down and the three remained

Many got taken down and the three remained

Saving Clarendon Hills...Amazing Grace Bookstore?

Saving Clarendon Hills

Saving Clarendon Hills...Amazing Grace Bookstore?

Saving Clarendon Hills

This was really sent out but it's still hard to believe!  Says: "champion of illegal aliens, prostitutes and convicted felons". I guess you can say anything you want in an election!  Wow!!

This was really sent out but it’s still hard to believe! Says: “champion of illegal aliens, prostitutes and convicted felons”. I guess you can say anything you want in an election! Wow!!

Saving Clarendon Hills...Amazing Grace Bookstore?

"Condo Hills"

“Condo Hills”

The C4CH sample ballot without the write in or D181

The C4CH sample ballot without the write in or D181

A column explaining why the "Hold D181 Accountable" Blog is good

A column explaining why the “Hold D181 Accountable” Blog is good

Hinsdalean endorses the candidates!

Hinsdalean endorses the candidates!

 

"Though they tried to evict him, he stayed at the party." Interesting that someone was called out as not being a team player but they made a sign without Marty's name on it.

“Though they tried to evict him, he stayed at the party.” Interesting that someone was called out as not being a team player but they made a sign without Marty’s name on it.

 

Some nice children jamming  in a sign

Some nice children jamming in a sign

And one with a picture (with a sign) just like you-know-who’s!

And one with a picture (with a sign) just like you-know-who’s!

Mike McCurry’s Real Estate Column in the Willowbrook Post


From Mike McCurry’s Real Estate Column in the Willowbrook Post April 3, 2015

Incorporated in 1960, Willowbrook has always been a fantastic place to live. But these days, it seems that things just keep getting better. First there was the Willowbrook Town Center, with its plethora of restaurants, stores and shops. Then, February saw the christening of a new Village Hall. A newly expanded police station is in the works, and there is even a community center on the horizon! The old Kmart site being developed for Pete’s Fresh Market is just another positive confirmation that businesses want to be in Willowbrook. One thing’s for sure: there’s a lot of change and excitement happening in this town!

Of course, this isn’t just good news for current residents. These new developments are encouraging homebuyers to consider Willowbrook as well. Consumers purchase homes based on location and proximity to major transportation routes and because of the excellent schools, and Willowbrook has all of these traits in spades. And even more homes are selling now because of Willowbrook’s vitality and its ability to transform and repurpose its vital assets into the necessary conveniences that consumers demand. Thanks to this rich environment, the outlook for home values is on the rise and very positive.

Impressive stats

But don’t take my word for it; the statistics speak for themselves. There were 83 homes sold within the last 12 months, and there are 70 single-family homes currently on the market in Willowbrook. Of those 70 properties, over 20 percent (15 homes) are under contract from buyers! One might deduce that if the current market is anything like the past, the inventory will be rotating at a pretty good pace. A further look at the data shows that a bulk of the homes (15) sold between $600,000 and $700,000, and there were four properties that sold between $1 million and $3 million! (I know because your humble author represented three of the parties in those transactions!)

As for the condo and townhome market, there are 83 properties currently on the market, and of those, 30 are under contract (36 percent). 183 of those types of properties sold within the last 12 months. These are signs of a very healthy multi-family market. We are seeing many baby boomers downsizing from neighboring villages and choosing Willowbrook as a great place to live. And that’s good news for you; this demographic increases the number of daytime dwellers who shop, volunteer and bring their gifts and valuable talents to the community. This is a win-win for all!

With all of the exciting new developments around town, it’s no surprise that the real estate outlook is very positive. From single-family homes to townhomes to condos, I’m thrilled to be able to play an important part of that growth. Whether you’re a long-time resident or are checking out this well-guarded secret for the first time, I look forward to helping you make Willowbrook a place you’re proud to call home.

Mike McCurry is a local realtor who has been practicing real estate full-time for over 25 years. He is consistently a top producer in the area and currently ranks #8 out of over 6,000 agents in DuPage County.  His blog can be found at mikemccurryhomesblog.wordpress.com 630-325-2800 or visit his website at www.mmccurry.com

Willowbrook

Reflecting on a year of Columns – “Talk of the Town”


From Mike McCurry’s “Talk of the Town” column in The Clarendon Courier April 2, 2015

Looking Back

By now, many of you will be in full vacation mode, enjoying the warmth of the sun someplace down south while this paper is resting on the porch under a soft blanket of snow. Since it will be nice and soggy when you return (and likely find its way to the recycling bin), I thought it would be a great time to reflect on the past year of my “Talk of the Town” column.

I began writing this column just over a year ago, starting with the first issue of the paper on March 6, 2014. It was an exciting beginning for everyone. No one knew what to call the paper: “Courier,” or “Clarendon Hills Courier,” or just “That Paper”! A lot of people were surprised that anyone would start a new paper, especially since many larger organizations were folding or morphing into online versions. But the editor and owner, Mike Ellis (a young but very capable man) and I met and discussed some of the topics that our readers might find interesting. From that conversation, I composed a mission statement:

Mike is a Clarendon Hills resident; husband; Indian Princesses & Indian Guides dad; a coach; an “old” football player and a real estate broker. Mike’s columns are usually crafted about the buzz in and around Clarendon Hills. They sometimes have a spin on real estate or cultural information, highlight a new business or announce school happenings. He might include a “get-to-know” about some of our interesting Clarendon Hills residents and even a little about Clarendon Hills history. Whatever it is, it is sure to be about the “Talk of the Town.”

So far, there have been 27 columns — over 16,000 words written! My columns usually begin with a story. My wife doesn’t always like my stories because she can’t tell exactly where they’re going. As a reader, she is afraid that she might be taken on a journey to somewhere unknown … both to her and to me!

One of the first columns I wrote was about a book I inherited for my office from my wife’s grandfather. It’s a plat book of DuPage county from 1900 that included a bibliography and pictorial of what were then famous buildings and people. It was fascinating to me that, historically, many of the street names in Clarendon Hills were changed. For example, Ridge was Bridge, and Western was where Bridge was supposed to be. A brief look back at our history shows that many of the original developers of the land now have streets named after them, which is a nice memorial to their pioneer efforts. I love a quote that was picked up about Clarendon Hills, paraphrased here: “Only men of steady habits must settle in this place, for the serpentine appearance of streets might prove too much for a head not evenly balanced.”

I enjoyed writing several holiday-themed columns, including a love letter to our town’s gorgeous Christmas luminarias and a history of Churchill Street’s famous halloween themed events.

Some of the stories were just for fun. “Dog in the Hood,” for instance, was about all the dogs that are regulars in the downtown district, and I had a good time composing a little adventure about some boys on a sledding hill. There have also been some more serious pieces, like “When I think of Football,” a memorial piece about legendary Hinsdale Central icon Bill Huskisson. And “A Sacrifice You Will Never Know,” published for Veteran’s Day, shared a soldier’s intimate stories of the battlefield in Vietnam. It was also special to write personality profiles on Mary Brown and Krista Tally, two local luminaries everyone ought to know.

One of my favorite columns was actually written by my son Noah. Yes, that’s right — my 8-year-old son! One morning I noticed that he was writing fiction stories our new Mac. My interest piqued, I asked if he would like to put together a few topics to write about. He jumped on my lap and began plucking away at the keyboard. Before we knew it, he had an outline, then some content and then the final draft of a story about a day in the life of Noah. It was the most meaningful column that I had been a part of because Noah grew the confidence needed to write a story. His column was published!

All of my columns can be seen on my WordPress blog, where I often build out additional content and supporting pictures. (If you’d like to check it out, Google knows where it is!) It was exhilarating to see that my most recent piece, “Cyberbullying for Adults,” was read by over 3,500 visitors! Maybe you were one of them?

Life happens in small chunks of time, and one day you wake up and realize that you have grown. I have never been formally trained in writing, so it was likely noticeable to some of you that over time, I began to find my own voice and style. I learned to better communicate with my audience. There’s a comfort in telling stories to get my point across, and observing the goings-on in our town — meeting people, researching history, and walking alongside my fellow residents — has become one of my favorite parts of my week.

Thanks for letting me write about the Talk of the Town. I hope it has been as rewarding for you as it’s been for me!

 

Mike is a Clarendon Hills resident; husband; Indian Princes; Indian Guide Dad;  a Coach; an “old” football player and a real estate broker.  Mike’s columns are usually crafted about the buzz in and around the area.  It sometimes has a spin on real estate or cultural information, highlight a new business or announce school happenings.  He might include a “get-to-know” about some of our interesting residents and even a little about history. Whatever it is, it is sure to be about the “Talk of the Town”. Mike McCurry has been selling real estate in the western suburbs for over 25 years and his office is located at 5 S. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514 His blog can be found at mikemccurryhomesblog.wordpress.com 630-325-2800 or visit his website at www.mmccurry.com

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Atlas - Dupage County Illinois

Atlas – Dupage County Illinois

Carol and Clancy

Carol and Clancy

Bill Huskisson

Bill Huskisson

2008 Churchill Kill-de-sac 2

Mary and Don Brown

Mary and Don Brown

David E. Antrim

David E. Antrim

Abbey cutting her hair for Locks of Love

Abbey cutting her hair for Locks of Love

305 Ridge, Clarendon Hills Cub House - Fun House!

305 Ridge, Clarendon Hills
Cub House – Fun House!

Krista Talley

Krista Talley

Noah McCurry plucking away his column with his dad two Saturday's ago..

Noah McCurry plucking away his column with his dad two Saturday’s ago..

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