Elgin area hair salons are offering free back-to-school haircuts to students in need

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For the second year, several hair salons in the Elgin area will provide free haircuts to students in need before they return to school.

Haircuts and hairstyles will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 14 at the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, 355 Dundee Ave., Elgin. It is open to students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Wilbur Dumas, Jr., who opened Lincoln Avenue Barbershop in Elgin five years ago because he wanted to give back to the community, is leading the effort. Dumas, 39, of Elgin, is a product of the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin and a graduate of Larkin High School in Elgin.

“We have about 20 barbers,” Dumas said. “We welcome young people from the Boys and Girls Club of the Elgin area and anyone who…can’t afford a haircut.”

Participating businesses include Sauvage Barber Parlor in South Elgin, Fade Stars Barbershop in Elgin, In The Cuts Hair Studio in Elgin, Tapered Edges in West Dundee and Bea’s Touch of Style in Elgin.


Dumas coordinates the haircut with the annual Elgin Rucksack Contest hosted by Elgin City Council member Corey Dixon. The contest is also held at the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin.

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The trip to Disney World, a “magical” moment for an autistic boy

Disney World is often described as magical.

Maddox Yates-Benter, nine, bottom left, and his parents, Patrick Dalton, left, and Joey Benter, right, recently returned from a ‘magical’ trip to Disney World given to them by the owner of BD’s Mongolian Grillades in Naperville.
– Courtesy of Patrick Dalton

Nine-year-old Maddox Yates-Benter, however, gave the word a whole new meaning during a recent trip to the Florida resort town with his dads, Joey Benter and Patrick Dalton.

The Sandwich trio were entrusted with the dream four-day trip by the CEO of BD’s Mongolian Grill in Naperville, Gregg Majewski. Maddox, who has autism, loves to hit the gong at the restaurant whenever he’s there, but on a recent visit BD was closed due to a burst water main.

General manager Kirsten Simmons allowed him to come in and strike the gong for as long as he wanted. Dalton wrote an email to corporate office thanking Simmons and BD for their kindness. When Majewski read the email, he decided to take it a step further and surprise the family with the free trip to Disney World.

Maddox and his dads were in Orlando July 11-15. They stayed at an Animal Kingdom resort.

“Each morning, Maddox would eat his breakfast of Cheerios while sitting on the balcony, just watching the giraffes, zebras and other animals roam around,” Dalton said. “Seeing her face light up was truly magical.”

Dalton said Maddox talks about the trip every day. He’s also looking forward to his next trip to BD to strike the gong again.

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Karate instructor for all ages still among the best in the world

At 54, Sensei Linda Donner teaches martial arts in her Lake Zurich dojo to children as young as three and adults in their 80s.

At 54, Sensei Linda Donner teaches martial arts in her Lake Zurich dojo to children as young as three and adults in their 80s.
-John Stark | Personal photographer

At 5-foot-1 and 134 pounds, Barrington’s Linda Donner doesn’t look intimidating. But his roundhouse kicks, where his foot kicks the punching bag above his head, are impressive. Just like his speed.

Last month, Donner, owner of the Traditional Karate Organization, a martial arts and fitness studio on Lake Zurich, won a bronze medal for the United States at the World Union of Karate-Do Federations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Donner, a sixth-degree black belt in karate, finished third in the 51-60 age bracket for kata, an event in which participants perform individual routines in front of judges, who rate their mastery of a combination of movements in a manner similar to gymnastics. competitions.

In two other competitions against dozens of athletes between the ages of 21 and 35, Donner placed 8th and 6th.

“I reached the semi-finals,” she said. “I missed the final by a tenth of a point.”

One of his students, Erick Leska, 20, won a gold medal in his beginner’s weapons competition and a bronze medal in an all-around.

“I teach all ages and give them tools they can easily use if they need to protect themselves,” says Donner.

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