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Mayor Roger Claar Spends Birthday Volunteering at Bolingbrook McDonald's

Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar and his daughter Lindsey worked a two-hour shift at McDonald's Monday to raise money for Heart Haven OutReach.

Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar spent his birthday Monday taking orders at McDonald's.

Claar was behind one register, his daughter, Lindsey, at the other. During the fundraiser, 20 percent of proceeds went to the Bolingbrook non-profit Heart Haven OutReach. Lindsey "Claar" Smith founded the organization about a decade ago. 

Heart Haven OutReach officials said the McDonald's at Bolingbrook Drive and Briarcliff Road reached out to the non-profit as a way to give back. Heart Haven, or H2O, wanted both Lindsey and Roger Claar to be present, and the day that worked out was Roger Claar's birthday. 

Several Bolingbrook officials attended the fundraiser, including Village Attorney James Boan, Valley View School District 365U Superintendent James Mitchem, Valley View school board members Rich Gougis, Elizabeth Campbell and Steven Quigley and Bolingbrook police and fire officials. 

Heart Haven OutReach serves teens and families in both Romeoville and Bolingbrook. The faith-based organization works mainly with students at Valley View. H2O offers regular programming, including support groups, counseling and community service projects. 

H2O provides transportation to Bolingbrook residents, and teens who participate do not pay for the services except for trips and activities. 

Angelique Harris, a Bolingbrook High School junior, said H2O helped her get a job at McDonald's. Its programming also has helped her address school and home problems. 

"I didn't think it was too cool before, but they do a lot of good," Harris said. 

More than 180 students are registered to participate in H2O programs, but 20 to 30 students usually show up for regular meetings, staff said. 

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sick of rhonda's lies December 01, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Rhonda this article is about the Mayor volunteering his time on his birthday to help a local charity, plain and simple. Then you started attacking the township, which has NOTHING to do with the Mayor volunteering his time on his birthday to help a local charity. In response to your necessary qualifications...you couldn't run any of the businesses you started successfully but you apparently have the qualifications to run a political office or bash anyone that does anything meaningful in this community. He volunteered his personal time to help a local charity and you turn it into a political debate. Why don't you share with us where you volunteer and how much research or work you have done in starting a battered women's shelter. Or is that just another avenue for you to start and fail, like your many business ventures.. Rhonda's Deli. How long was that around? I agree with Democrat Joe focus your efforts on doing something positive and not taking every opportunity to attack every positive gesture and turn it into a political debate.
Rhonda December 01, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Here we go again. Until you grow some courage, and stop hiding, I can't have a substantive debate with you. Take the same advice I gave Joe: do some homework, and build a solid argument. Stooping to personal attacks don't win arguments, and it will certainly not make me go away. I do find it interesting that your hiding (under an assumed name). Gives you an unfair advantage doesn't it? (wink, wink)
Rhonda December 01, 2012 at 10:56 PM
...you remind me of the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. Slinging pages of insults about me and my children under an assumed name. How can I ever defend myself (against you) if you're hiding?
Joe December 02, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Ms. Reed-Slaughter, I guess your not willing to follow through on your suggestion to start a battered women's center. Too bad, with the way you raise hell I would think you could channel that passion into something productive.
Rhonda December 02, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Good morning Joe, I donate money/food to local shelters and food pantries, but my God given passion, talent and background lies with government finance. Specifically, local government finance. I'm totally fascinated with how local leaders spend our tax dollars, and dislike nepotism, cronyism and reckless spending. I'm certain there are people in the community that have the same passion, talent and background to run a battered womens shelter. All's needed is the green light from Mayor C. Thanks for the debate, Joe. Have a merry christmas.

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