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A 14-year-old Highland Park girl reported missing on Nov. 15 has been found safe.

The Highland Park teen was reported missing at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, according to a press release from the Highland Park Police Department. Later that night, at 11:13 p.m., police sent out a follow-up press release stating that the girl had been found safe and unharmed.

Nicki Koetting
Ever since Marco Santi was in high school, he’s had a love for the restaurant business.
Courtney Jacquin

Kayla Fishbein, of Highland Park, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Fishbein is a junior at Standford Online High School.

Nationally, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36. 

Eric DeGrechie

Vender’s took first place for the Landmark's "How We Met Contest."

Every love story is unique.

To hear Scott Vender tell it, his was love from first sight in Skokie when he first laid eyes on Leslie. Scott entered the couple for The Landmark’s annual How We Met contest this year and took first place. Entries called for how you met your significant other in 400 words or less by Friday, Feb. 5. His story follows:

Colin Hanner

Loyola Academy fired its varsity girls soccer coach Craig Snower over allegations of inappropriate or offensive comments toward team members. 

School spokesperson Robin Hunt confirmed the dismissal went into effect Thursday, May 10. 

Brittany Kapa

An elementary school district in Chicago’s south suburbs is debating whether to keep new hire Dr. Matthew Eriksen, currently still a principal within North Shore School District 112 of Highland Park 

Eriksen and North Shore School District 112 reached a separation agreement on Jan. 23. In the agreement, Eriksen was to remain a D112 employee until June 30; however, he would no longer be the active principal at Edgewood Middle School.

22nd Century Media Staff

Highland Park resident and the owner of Highwood’s Miramar Bistro, Gabriel Viti, Jr., is one of the very few people in the world who has successfully swam across the English Channel.
On Aug. 7, Viti swam from England to France in 15 hours and 50 minutes.
Growing up, Viti was not an athletic swimmer. He didn’t swim for his high school or college swim team. It wasn’t even until 10 years ago when Viti learned how to swim competitively, for the first triathlon he competed in.
Viti’s string of athletic achievements started when he turned 40.

Jamie Bradley
Two people died after a fire engulfed a Highland Park home early Wednesday morning, according to the Lake County Coroner's Office.
Megan Bernard

Candies, gourmet foods, gift baskets and student survival boxes ship out of the Highland Park-owned Goodies every single day. 

“We send out thousands of baskets all over the country,” said Lisa Meitus, one of the store’s owners. “My FedEx driver tells us that we’re the largest shipper in Highland Park. And that’s how we survive — or thrive, I should say.”

Xavier Ward

The District 113 Board of Education ended its relationship with embattled Superintendent Christopher Dignam during a special meeting Tuesday, May 22.

Board members approved 5-1 a separation agreement, which includes a $300,000 severance, with first-year leader Dignam that goes into effect June 30. Alena Laube was the lone dissenter. Board member David Small did not attend the meeting, but said in a statement that he would have voted against the separation agreement if he was there.

22nd Century Media Staff