letters to the editor
Updated: November 3, 2011 6:20PM
A wonderful man
There’s someone in the community that readers should know about. A wonderful man named George Pinkowski, a former fire service member, lives on the north end of Sunset Ridge Road in Northbrook. You’ll know his house by the gorgeous flowers in front and the restored John Deere tractors in his yard.
I’m writing to tell area residents about the kindness and generosity of George. I met him when I saw a sign for a flower sale. He grows his own beautiful flowers and sells them to earn a few bucks and to keep his passion for growing things alive. After chatting for just a few minutes, he told me that he lends his restored tractors to non-profits and the villages of Northbrook and Glenview for special occasions. He then offered me the use of one of his tractors and his hay wagon for a surprise party for my daughter. He didn’t even know my last name! He gave me his phone number and told me to call. I was sure he would not remember it when the time came. I bought some lovely flower baskets from him and went on my way.
A few weeks later, I called him to ask about renting his tractor and wagon. Renting was out of the question. He had built a new wagon for our use and assured me that the tractor would be gassed up and ready on the morning of the party. This wonderful man provided hay bales (the only thing I was allowed to pay for) and lessons on how to drive the tractor, and off we went.
The party was a great surprise and we returned the tractor and wagon the next day. Since George wasn’t home, I stopped by a few days later to thank him for his generosity. He returned what he decided was my overpayment for the hay and when I asked what I could to repay him, he just said, “Write a letter and tell people what we’re doing here.”
So here’s that letter. In all my long life I have never met anyone as kind and thoughtful as George. He is a quiet, humble man who just wants to do right by his fellow man. His generosity is overwhelming and his flowers are gorgeous. He certainly makes the world a better place to live in. Area residents should stop by and visit him and find out for themselves what a wonderful neighbor George Pinkowski is. Oh, they should tell him Jean sent them.
Kol Hadash thanks
On behalf of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, I would like to thank the many local businesses and generous individuals who contributed products, certificates and other goodies to our 10th birthday celebration dinner and silent auction at Bella Via in Highland Park.
The gala was a wonderful success.
Kol Hadash is a community without walls, with members in Deerfield, Highland Park, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Glenview, and many other communities from Evanston to Naperville. Our donors were from as diverse an area. We would especially like to thank: Adesso of Highland Park;, Ellen Apley of Northbrook;, Sarah Beatty of Algonquin; Bella Via of Highland Park; Betty Schwartz of Highland Park; Rabbi Adam Chalom of Highland Park; Cheesecake Factory of Lincolnshire; City Park Grill of Highland Park; Compliments Beauty Salon of Northbrook; Dragonflies Studio of Highwood; Egg Harbor of Lincolnshire; Suzie Garfield of Highland Park; Beth Gilbert of Buffalo Grove; Lori and Scott Gerberding of Deerfield; George’s What’s Cooking of Deerfield; Betty Gordon of Highland Park; Leora Hatchwell of Buffalo Grove; Joyce and Rich Hirsch of Northbrook; Howard Jacobs of Highland Park; Ronnie Jarett, representative for Silpada Jewelry, of Buffalo Grove; Jolie Maison of Highland Park; LaRosa of Lincolnshire; Hope Malis of Vernon Hills; Michael’s of Highland Park; Charles and Judy Nave of Southfield, Mich.; Once Upon A Bagel of Highland Park; Players Grill of Highland Park; Ross’s Cosmetics of Highland Park; Sander’s Court Vision of Northbrook; Shelia and Ron Sebor of Buffalo Grove; Peter Sills of Bannockburn; Splurge of Northbrook; Sunset Foods of Highland Park; Susan Wagner and Mike Lippitz of Riverwoods; Unique Accents of Northbrook; and Lois Wolens of Highland Park.
Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation was founded in the summer of 2001. We celebrate a human-centered philosophy and secular Jewish culture. We are very much a do-it-yourself community that values participation, discussion and learning. Not only do our members come from a wide area, but they are all ages and of all backgrounds.
Thanks again to our donors and the many participants who have made Kol Hadash’s 10th year the best one yet!
Development Committee Chair
Kol Hadash: Lincolnshire