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O'Malley to be honored:

The late Hoffman Estates Mayor Mike O'Malley will join the list of former officials remembered through dedications on public buildings in town. Trustees gave preliminary approval Monday to dedicating fire station 22 on Moon Lake Boulevard to O'Malley, who died last year of heart failure. O'Malley was elected to a four- year term as a trustee before serving as mayor for 11 years. There are four fire stations in town. Three are already dedicated, two in honor of former fire chiefs Richard Cordova and Carl W. Selke and one in memory of former Fire Captain Jerome Danowski. The police station was dedicated in 1992 in memory of Trustee Bruce C. Lind. Mayor Bill McLeod will contact the O'Malley family to pick a date for the dedication.

Fire department open house set:

The Palatine Rural Fire Department will sponsor its annual open house Saturday. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the department's fire station, 35 North Ela Road in Inverness. Station tours will be offered as well as demonstrations by the department's special rescue teams. The Cook County bomb and arson robot will also demonstrate its bomb retrieval abilities. For children, Cheerio the clown will be handing out fire helmets and taking pictures, and Sparky the Dalmatian also will be on hand. Capt. Walter Blase said the open house is a good opportunity for the fire department to get out the fire safety message. "We like to make the public aware of us and what we have to offer," Blase said. For more information, contact the department at (847) 991-8700.

Most minority ACT scores rise:

Students from nearly every minority group in Maine Township high schools showed improvement on the 2001 ACT college entrance test, results unveiled Monday showed. Maine Township High School District 207 officials released results showing Mexican-American students went from an average composite score of 18. …