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Opal Enterprises

2015’s exterior home design trends to watch for

The New Year will bring new design trends to inspire homeowners, and 2015 is a big year for exterior color. While the color combinations for home exteriors are not too far out of the ordinary, they do offer something a little more interesting than traditional white and cream hues. The intricacies...

Opal Enterprises

Winter home exterior checklist

Every Chicago area homeowner knows that winter can be hard on homes, which means that wintertime maintenance is essential for sparing costly repairs in the springtime. As you get your home ready for the season, remember to include these important tasks on your exterior project checklist. Roof...

Roycemore School

How to get to know a school’s culture and community

Before you select a school for your child’s early or secondary education, you will want to get to know the culture of the school along with its academic standards. Curriculum is only one part of the equation, because the atmosphere and social setting of the institution is just as important...

Roycemore School

What are the benefits of extracurricular activities for high school students?

The high school experience is about more than what happens in the classroom. Extracurricular activities are an essential aspect of student development and success in high school, when students may be faced with a number of personal challenges in forming their own personal identities. With...

Roycemore School

The importance of individual student identity at all grade levels

Public schools are under pressure to boost standardized test scores and create favorable statistics that can help them accrue funding in a cycle that does not favor student development throughout the educational process. Unfortunately, the teach-to-the-test pattern is one that has persisted...

Roycemore School

What is the best educational environment for middle school students?

Middle school students from grades 5-8 are energetic, curious, and capable of great things. However, these students can become quickly lost in the educational experience with the challenges of their early teen years coupled with uncertainty in a world of new responsibilities. This means that...

Skokie Park District

Skokie Sports Park again named a top 50 golf range in America

For the thirteenth time since 1998, the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) and Golf Range Magazine have named Skokie Sports Park one of the top golf practice centers and learning facilities in America, ranking Sports Park a top 50 stand-alone range. All winners...

Skokie Park District

Kick off 2015 right now at Skokie’s Fitness First!

Skokie’s best-kept health club secret might be tucked away at the park district’s Weber Leisure Center, but it has better prices and nearly all of the amenities that the big box clubs offer, including a great new member deal before the new year even arrives!...

MGT Stone, Inc.

Breaking misconceptions about pre-finished flooring

When you think of pre-finished flooring, you might imagine options like linoleum, but today’s choices are actually much more sophisticated without a high price. If you have avoided pre-finished flooring as an option for your new home or remodel, you should reconsider popular misconceptions...

MGT Stone, Inc.

Eco-friendly features to include in your kitchen remodel

Energy efficiency is essential in today’s homes, and the kitchen is typically the room where the most energy is used around the house. Therefore, you might look into some greener features for your kitchen remodel to keep your home modern and functional. Features like those discussed below...