- Editor's Note: I'm trying something a little different this week, posting this article and pinning it in the No. 1 Editor's Choice spot for most of the day Saturday. As I understand it, Patch weekend readers have different habits than weekday readers, so if you're looking for an E-Z way to catch up on a week's worth of news, hopefully this will help you find the links. Let me know if you like it, or if you've got ideas for tweaks to make it better. "New" articles will continue to post all weekend. -RN
Here are the top stories of the week on Geneva Patch, based on the editor's picks and the stories you looked at most often.
1. WEEK'S TOP STORY: TEACHERS STRIKE AVERTED!
Why I picked it: The general consensus was that an 11th-hour negotiation session—without the federal mediator—would not be enough to stop a teachers strike scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12. But the School Board and Geneva Education Association negotiators got it done. Students were back in school Monday, the GEA ratified on Wednesday and the School Board is set to meet Tuesday for its vote.
- Tentative Geneva Teachers Agreement Struck; School in Session Monday
- Reports: Geneva Education Association Ratifies 3-Year Contract
- Public Not Likely to Learn Teacher Contract Details Until Early Next Week
- GEA Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against District 304
- School Still Scheduled for Monday in Geneva
- Geneva School Board Posts Most Recent Offer to GEA
- Geneva School Board Calls Special Meeting Tuesday for Executive Session on Collective Bargaining
- Opinion: (Jeff Ward) I'm Proud of You, Geneva!
- Blog: (Jeff Hersheway) When a Teachers Strike Is on the Line, It's Better To Be Aware
Why I picked it: Tax levy stories generally bore you to tears. But this is when you should sit up a pay attention. A lot of the angst about teacher salaries and benefits had to do with concerns by the "silent majority" about rising property taxes.
- 2012 School Levy: Average Geneva Home Could See $340 Tax Hike
- As Geneva's EAV Continues to Shrink, Will Alderman Hold Line on Levy?
Why I picked it: The crash itself was a bit out of the ordinary to start with. The fact that one car ended up on the sidewalk next to the heavily trafficked Post Office make us feel lucky no one was seriously hurt. And now we find out the driver was confused by the yellow pedestrian traffic signs with the red stop sign on them.
- Third Street Pedestrian Signs Confused Driver in Tuesday's Unusual 3-Car Crash
- Car Crashes Into Post Office Corner in 3-Vehicle Accident at Third and James in Geneva
Why I picked it: It's not a Geneva story, but it was tragic and brought a lot of conversation about what a pet owner can or should do to prevent dog attacks from happening.
- SHERIFF: Firefighter Found Dead Inside Her Kane County Home
- UPDATE: Firefighter Died of Attack From Her Own Dog
- Weekend Memorial Set for Dawn Brown, Firefighter Found Dead in Her Home
- Obituary: In Loving Memory of Dawn Brown
Why I picked it: There's a lot of reader interest and strong opinions about underage drinking and the overall issue of whether or how closely parents should supervise teen drinking. It comes on the same week in which a Geneva parent was exonerated after allegations of hosting a teen drinking party more than a year ago.
- No Special Treatment for St. Charles East Athletes Busted at Party
- St. Charles Woman Charged, 65 Teens Nabbed at Party
- Prosecutors Drop Case Against Geneva Adult Cited for Allowing Underage Drinking Party
- Police Name Batavia Driver in Fatal Crash Wednesday
- Update: Batavia Woman Dies After Head-On Collision on Randall Road
ONE (OF MANY) THAT GOT AWAY: There's an interesting, important story about the Geneva City Council's decision to change city ordinance to allow liquor-license holders to hold an aldermanic seat.