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Family styles Studio 16 opens

in Mokena, offers family atmosphere to

clients, Page 4

Girl power Women learn selfdefense

skills at Mokena Community

Public Library, Page 5

Racing for funds SOAR

to sponsor, participate in Manteno

Triathlon, Page 11

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Friday

Author Visit: Steve Trout

and Marlene Matthias

10-10:45 a.m. July 15,

Mokena Community Public

Library, 11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Author Steve Trout

and Marlene Matthias will at

the library to read and sign

their book, “Loosey-Goosey

Baseball.” A free book will

be given to the first 50 families.

For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

Knitting Club

3-4:30 p.m. July 15, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Both beginning

and advanced knitters are

welcome to join this group.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663.

Grand Opening Celebration

5-8 p.m. July 15, Studio

16, 19618 S. LaGrange

Road, Mokena. Come and

join the Mokena Chamber

in Commerce and others in

welciming Studio 16 to the

community. For more information,

call (708) 479-2468.

All About Music & Children’s

Theatre

6 p.m. July 15, Front

Street Metra Lot on Mokena

and Front Street in Mokena.

AAMCT will kick off the

Mokena Lions Club Firecracker

Weekend with performances.

Here you will

get a sneak peek of the musical

mystery, “Flash Back to

Murder.” There will be solo

artist performances, hula

hoop, limbo contest, a fairytale

princess appearance,

and fun fair style games for

everyone. Admission is $5

or a non-perishable food or

toiletry item for the Manteno

Veteran’s Home and

the Frankfort Food Pantry.

For more information, visit

www.allaboutmusicmokena.

com.

Saturday

3-D Printer Class

10-11 a.m. July 16, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Join us in the YA

Computer Lab as we create

3-D nameplates with our

Makerbot 2x 3-D Printer.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663.

Craft Fair

1 p.m. July 16, Front

Street Metra Lot on Mokena

and Front Street in Mokena.

As part of Mokena Lions

Firecracker Weekend, there

will be a craft show for all

to enjoy. Various craft dealers

will have their finest

products available. For more

information, call (708) 479-

3900.

Mokena Lions 29th Annual

Firecracker Dance

6 p.m. July 16, Front Street

Metra Lot on Mokena and

Front Street in Mokena. Join

headliners Johnny Russler

with the Beach Bum Band,

rocking with a Buffet meets

the Caribbean sound, and

Stereo Types playing 80s

music to current hits, and

dance the night away! Cash

prize raffles throughout the

night. The cost is $10 for

tickets in advance, or $15 at

the door. For more information,

call www.mokenalions.

org.

Sunday

Festa Italiana

11 a.m. July 17, Front

Street Metra Lot, 11111

Front St., Mokena. Come

out to enjoy Mokena’s third

annual event. There will be

a fun zone for children to enjoy,

and of course entertainment

for adults. At 11 a.m.,

there will be a traditional

religious procession from

St. Mary’s Catholic Church,

followed by an ecumenical

religious service explanation

of the “Feast of Our Lady

of Mt. Carmel at noon. And

until 9:30 p.m. there will be

Italian food, drinks, dancing

and fun. For more information,

www.mokenafestaitali

ana.com.

Mokena Park District

Outdoor Flea Market

8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 17,

Main Park, 10925 W. La

Porte Road, Mokena. Sell

your old and new wares at

the flea market. We welcome

fresh produce, new and used

crafts, clothing, tools and

more. Spend a day selling

and swapping. Buyers are

admitted free. For more information,

call (708) 390-

2401.

Wednesday

Walking Book Club

9-10 a.m. July 20, The

Oaks Fitness & Recreation

Center, 10847 La Porte

Road, Mokena. Organized

by the Mokena Community

Public Library, this group

walks for 30 minutes and

then talks about a book for

30 minutes. Copies of the

reading schedule are doled

out at weekly meetings. For

more information, call (708)

479-9663.

Movie Day

10-11 a.m. July 20, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Come out and meet

others while watching a

movie. Children from grades

1-3 are welcome to attend.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663.

UPCOMING

Slammers Mokena

Community Night

6 p.m. Thursday, July 21,

Silver Cross Field, 1 Mayor

Art Schultz Drive, Joliet.

Mokena Community Night

presented by the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce will

be during a Joliet Slammers

game. Come out and

meet local businessmen and

women from the area. The

networking event starts at 6

p.m. The game starts at 7:05

p.m. Tickets are $10 and can

be purchased at the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce.

Children two and under are

free. For more information,

call (708) 479-2468.

CPR Class with Mokena Fire

Protection District.

6-9:30 p.m. Monday, July

25, Mokena Fire Station #1,

19853 S. Wolf Road. The

Mokena Fire Protection District

offers its monthly CPR

classes for the public. The

course fee is $30 or $40 for

health-care providers. To

register, go to www.moke

nafire.org.

Free Outdoor Movie in the

Park

8:45 p.m. or dusk Friday,

July 29, Main Park, 10925

W. La Porte Road, Mokena.

Bring your lawn chairs or

blankets out to Main Park

and enjoy a free movie presented

by the Mokena Park

District. This month’s free

movie will be “Aladdin.”

Concessions will be open.

For more information, call

(708) 390-2401.

Free Hymns Sing-along

6 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

Enjoy a free time with beautiful

music and fellowship.

Cookies, coffee and lemonade

will be served druing the

event. For more information,

call (815) 463-1125.

ONGOING

Summer Reading Program

The Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327 W.

195th St., Mokena, will host

its Read to the Rhythm summer

reading programInfants

through adults can register at

the library to read books and

win prizes all summer long.

For more information, visit

www.mokenapark.com.

Al-Anon

6 p.m. Sundays, Mokena

Fellowship Center, 19836

S. Wolf Road, Mokena; and

7 p.m. Mondays, Old Plank

Trail Bank, 20012 Wolf

Road, Mokena. This program

provides assistance for

those struggling with alcoholism.

There is no charge

for meetings, but a basket

is passed to help defray the

cost of rent and literature.

All meetings are confidential.

For more information,

call (815) 773-9623.

Overeaters Anonymous

3 p.m. Sundays, St. John’s

United Church of Christ,

11002 Second St., Mokena;

and 10 a.m. Mondays, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. This group provides

a 12-step program for

those stuggling with weight

loss. There are no dues or

fees for meetings, but a basket

is passed to defray costs.

For more information, call

(708) 346-0000.

Story Hour for All Ages

10-10:45 a.m. every Friday

at the Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327

W. 195th St., Mokena. All

children are welcome to

come to the library for a free

story time, as well as make

new friends at the same

time. No pre-registration is

required to join the weekly

event. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

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Families enjoy nighttime hike

Forest Preserve

District of Will County

teaches children

about lightning bugs

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The Forest Preserve District

of Will County hosted

its annual Firefly Family

Hike at the Hickory Creek

Preserve off LaPorte Road

Thursday, July 7, giving local

families an opportunity

to learn, and get up close

and personal with lots of the

bioluminescent bugs.

This was the third year for

the program, which is run by

Forest Preserve Interpretive

Specialist Angie Opiola.

“The event has been wellreceived,

and we always

get a good turnout,” Opiola

said. “People are very nostalgic

about fireflies, so they

like to take their kids out to

catch them.”

During the two-hour

event, Opiola taught the participating

families about the

firefly’s anatomy and breeding,

uses for fireflies in medicine,

as well as how to repel

pests in one’s backyard

without harming fireflies.

According to Opiola,

there are about 2,000 unique

species of firefly beetles

around the world which eat

both plants and meat, and

are active at all different

times of the day. She also

explained that the chemical

reaction that causes a firefly’s

light to glow is not only

a cold light, but is also the

most efficient source of light

in the world.

After the educational activities,

the attending children

and their parents made

their own glowstick lightning

bugs to wear into the

woods and take home.

“When we go into the

Members of the Rojas family (left to right), Heather, A.J., Leo and Javier, learn about lightning

bugs Thursday, July 7, during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Firefly Family Hike

event at Hickory Creek Preserve in Mokena. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

woods, it’s going to be dark

and wet, and like firefly

heaven, but we want to be

able to see each other, so

that’s why we make our own

fireflies,” Opiola said.

Each of the participating

children were also given

their own “critter catcher”

to hold the insects that they

caught during the hike.

Once inside the woods,

the children were set loose

down the path to catch as

many fireflies as they could,

though the blinking bugs

were not the only animals

spotted by the hikers. A

mouse and several toads

also caught considerable

attention when they were

seen scurrying through the

undergrowth.

Opiola even went as far as

to scoop up one of the toads

for the children to pet. They

dubbed the amphibian Coolio,

before returning it to the

forest floor.

“I think this was really

engaging,” said Danielle

Sowinski, a mother attending

the event with her son

and daughter. “I think it’s a

great program for kids and

the adults.”

“I like when they host

the events out here,” said

Mandy Ruff, who was attending

the event with her

daughter, Jo. “It’s nice for us

because we live right here,

but it’s a nice part of the forest

preserve for things like

this.”

Ruff said she decided to

bring Jo to the event when

she saw it advertised online.

“I thought it would be educational

and fun to get her

outside, and it’s been a good

time,” she said.

While the parents appreciated

the educational spin

on the activity, the children

were all about the fun.

“My favorite part was doing

the activities under the

pavilion,” said Genevieve

Rauch, who had come to the

event with her sister, Gillian,

and a group of friends.

“Our friend’s little brother

kept spraying us with the

water bottle, and it was really

funny.”

“My favorite part was the

activities, and also going to

catch the fireflies, so pretty

much everything,” Zoe

O’Connor added.

Opiola summed up the

event’s appeal to both parents

and children with a

simple assessment of fireflies:

“It doesn’t matter how

old you are or how many

times you’ve seen them;

they never stop being super

cool.”

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Caring for hair

New Mokena salon

opens to style

clients, educate

young stylists

Amanda Jarzynski, Editor

Jen Miaczynski has always

had a passion for

styling hair. When she was

in high school, she went to

beauty school as well and

earned both her high school

diploma and her beutician

certification at the same

time.

When she met Dan Camodecca,

former owner of

D’Marie in Frankfort, the two

became friends and formed

close relationships with their

fellow hair stylists.

After having children,

Camodecca stepped back

from her ownership role

and she and Miaczynski

moved to Salon Rhapsody

in Frankfort. After working

in a different environment

for a year, Miaczynski and

Camodecca decided it was

time to start their own salon

to not only style hair, but

also find a space to teach

young stylists the art of the

industry.

“D’Marie was a very

calm space,” Miaczynski

said. “We all worked as a

team, we were very much

family. Moving to Salon

Rhapsody, it was a different

atmosphere. It’s a very big

salon, it was very busy. We

were just ready to concentrate

on education and get

back to our calmer family

group.”

Which is what the coowners

found after purchasing

a small location in Mokena.

The women turned the

space into Studio 16 which

officially opened its doors

in April 2016.

“We were looking for

something in either Frankfort

or Mokena,” Miaczynski

said. “We didn’t want

to go too far from where

we were. We did look for a

while and this popped up. It

all just worked out.”

Miaczynski and Camodecca

brought with them

three stylists that they have

been working with for years.

Their new salon became a

family atmosphere again

with all five stylists working

together like a team and clients

coming over from their

previous salons.

Studio 16 offers any and

all hair services including

cuts, colors, perms and

wedding styles. It also provides

facial waxing and hair

products from Matrix and

Aveda, Miaczynski said.

“It’s not done yet, but our

upstairs is where we’re hoping

we can host continuing

education for stylist,” Miaczynski

said. “I’m an educator

for Matrix, so I’m really

involved in education. When

we were looking for a location,

we also wanted one we

could do education in.”

Miaczynski said she

went back to school to get

her teaching license so she

could lead classes herself

when the upstairs is ready.

She also hopes to host

events lead by manufacturing

companies to come and

educate her future stylists.

“There’s not a lot of

places around here to get

their education.” Miaczynski

said. “We’re hoping to

make that a focus.”

So far the new location

has been a success due to the

relationships already having

been built up between stylists

and clients. Miaczynski

said that the clients enjoy

the more quiet and homey

atmosphere of Studio 16.

So, to show their appreciation

and get the word out

about their opening, Miaczynski

and Camodecca are

holding a Grand Opening

celebration Friday, July 15

at Studio 16.

Jen Miaczynski (left) co-owner of Studio 16, styles Amy Wilson’s hair Thursday, July 7, in her salon in Mokena.

Photos by Amanda Jarzynski/22nd Century Media

Studio 16

19618 S. LaGrange

Road in Mokena

Hours:

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Tuesday & Thursday: 11

a.m.- 9 p.m.

Wednesday & Friday: 9

a.m.- 5 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

For more information…

Phone: (708) 995-1952

“It’s more of a client appreciation

so that our clients

can come and spend some

time with us when they’re

not in the chair,” Miaczynski

said. “The main goal is

to get the word out and let

them know we’re here. And

to say ‘thanks for coming

with us and being loyal to

the group here.’”

But both Miaczynski and

Camodecca know that the

success of Studio 16 would

not have been possible if either

of them did it on their

own. Miaczynski said that

Studio 16 in Mokena offers clients a variety of hair products along with a family

atmosphere and friendly stylists to take care of their hair.

she travels a lot for her work

with Matrix and Camodecca

spends time with her children

so they compliment

each other in that when one

is away, the other will be

able to take care of Studio

16 while she is gone.

The co-owners are hoping

to open their upstairs

within their first year of being

in business. They are

also hoping to fill their final

stylist position as soon

as possible.


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the Mokena Messenger | July 14, 2016 | 5

Women learn to defend themselves from attackers

State Rep. Margo

McDermed helps

organize library selfdefense

class

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

One Light Self-Defense

held a women’s self-defense

class at the Mokena Public

Library June 30, for residents

of Illinois’ 37th District.

The event was organized

by 37th District State Rep.

Margo McDermed and was

attended mostly by pairs of

women and their high school

or college age daughters.

“We had an overwhelming

response to this,” said

Kathy Hilton, McDermed’s

Legislative Assistant. “It’s

very timely because a lot of

moms want their daughters

to know these things before

they go off to college in the

fall.”

About 70 women attended

the event from all around the

suburbs, filling the downstairs

room at the library.

“We only marketed this

for the residents of the district,

but we didn’t turn anyone

away,” said Hilton. “We

had one woman drive all the

way out here from Aurora

today because she’d heard

about the class.”

McDermed herself was

supposed to be in attendance

at the workshop but

was unable to return from

Springfield in time due to

the afternoon votes on the

state’s stop-gap budget

measures.

Addressing the crowd

before the session began,

Hilton relayed McDermed’s

regrets for not coming. “She

is very sorry she couldn’t be

here with you tonight, but

the good news is that the

schools are going to be opening

on time and fully funded

for next year, so that’s why

Sean (left) and Tarne Mixson demonstrate practical use of a

defensive blocks during the class.

she couldn’t make it.”

One Light Self-Defense

is a Chicago organization

dedicated to teaching basic

self-defense and escape

techniques to school and

community groups around

the U.S. The group has also

run workshops for school

girls in Nairobi, Kenya

where sexual violence is a

common experience.

“When we first came there,

we were sitting with the girls

and they all had their heads

down,” said group founder

Jeanette Brook. “They told

us that rape ‘happens all the

time, even to children and

babies, and there’s nothing

we can do about it. We’re

helpless.’”

Brook said the group

stayed with those girls for a

week, teaching them basic

self-defense they could use

to protect themselves from

assailants, and by the end

of the training a change had

taken place.

“They became more confident,”

Brook said. “They

were walking with their

heads up and they were excited

about the idea that there

was something they could do

to protect themselves.”

Since then the group has

traveled to Kenya three more

times and trained locals to

become instructors so more

girls can learn to defend

themselves.

“Rape is a significant problem

in the U.S. too though,

and often times we just cover

it up, which is sickening,”

said Brook. “So thank you all

for coming tonight because

we don’t want these things to

happen to any of you.”

The group’s three-hour

seminar included facts about

assault and rape in the U.S.,

common sense safety tips for

how to avoid being attacked,

and exercises in simple defense

maneuvers people can

use if they are attacked.

Some of the suggestions

made to the attendees were

to be constantly aware of

their surroundings, look confident,

avoid walking alone

in dark or isolated places,

and not to be afraid to ask

security officers or police

for help if something doesn’t

feel right.

Due to the overwhelming

popularity of the event

McDermed’s office has organized

a second workshop

at the Frankfort Square Park

District for Monday, August

1. Of the 100 available slots,

40 have already been filled

with overflow from the first

class, so pre-registration is

recommended for anyone

who is interested. To register,

contact the 37th District

Office at (815) 277-2079.

Ava Alton (left), 11, and her aunt Nannette Labus practice a parry exercise June 30 during

the Self-Defense class hosted at the Mokena Public Library.

Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

Gary Brook (middle) helps participants practice a parry during the Self-Defense class.


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A Lincoln-Way High

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through the U.S. Department

of Energy to attend

a conference in Pittsburgh

this summer. Now, she’s

planning on bringing back

what she learned in summer

school to her district.

Elizabeth Conroy, a Lincoln-Way

graduate herself,

has been teaching biology and

forensic science at the district

since 2004. She also gave Lincoln-Way

North and Lincoln-

Way East students a chance to

take AP Environmental Science

for the first time during

the 2015-2016 school year.

This past spring, she applied

for the scholarship to

attend the REcharge Academy,

hosted by REcharge

Labs at Carlow University in

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“I received an email about

the program telling me I was

eligible, so I filled out the

application,” Conroy said.

A total of 35 academy attendees

received scholarships

or grants to attend the

academy, and Conroy was

one of only two Illinois

teachers to receive a scholarship,

said Ava Buchanan,

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for REcharge labs.

The scholarship Conroy

received in the amount of

$1,000 was provided by the

National Renewable Energy

Laboratory, a program of the

federal Department of Energy.

(The total cost of the

academy was $1,250.)

The five-day conference

was held in mid-June and

focused on ways to incorporate

alternative energy

projects and lessons on wind

and solar power into science

curriculums using hands-on

learning techniques.

“They focused a lot on

Elizabeth Conroy holds

a solar-powered car

project she made during

the REcharge Academy,

a week-long renewable

energy conference that she

attended on scholarship

at Carlow University in

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Photo submitted

problem solving and what

they called ‘MacGyver-ing,’”

Conroy said. “They would

give us a big box of stuff, like

little solar panels and swim

noodles and pieces of plastic,

and tell us to make something

out of it like a wind turbine.”

Conroy said that while it

took her a while to get used

to the idea of building something

without any parameters

— and that is a common issue

with students in the same

situation — she was very

happy to find she had been on

the right track with her environmental

science class.

“For the final project of

my AP Environmental Science

class, I had the kids

build a wind turbine out

of recycled materials,” she

said. “So when they had

us do something similar, I

thought, ‘great. I must be

cooler than I thought.’”

Conroy said she hopes to

take some of the ideas from

the conference and adapt

them to her curriculum next

year for her AP students.

She looked forward to using

small solar panels in classroom

projects.

Another thing she plans on

doing with the information

she learned at the conference

is sharing it with the science

teachers from District 210’s

feeder schools. She was

inspired to bring some of

the information back to the

feeder school teachers by the

other attendees of the convention,

many of whom were

elementary school teachers.

“The conference says it’s

for teachers from grades

[fourth] through [12th], but I

didn’t expect to see so many

of the younger-grade teachers

there,” she said. “A lot of

them talk about doing work

with little circuits with kids

... People don’t realize little

kids can do science too.”

Conroy said she thinks the

new approach being taken

with the next generation science

curriculums — formally

known as STEM (science,

technology, engineering and

mathematics) and STEAM

(science, technology, engineering,

arts and mathematics)

— is a step in the right

direction.

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“It makes a lot of sense too,

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don’t just get one shot at

something either, they keep

adjusting and modifying experiments

again and again

until they get it right,” she

added. “So letting the kids

do that is an interesting

model.”


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The mokena messenger’s

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My mom, dad, sister, family

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Art and Religion. I like art

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When I became best

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when I fell asleep in phonics

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School News

augustana college

Dean’s list honors Mokena

natives

Augustana College announced

913 students were

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of 3.5 or higher on a four-point

scale for courses taken during

the term. Included in this list

are Mokena natives: Thomas

Gilman, majoring in Business

Administration (Finance);

Rafael Rodriguez, majoring

in Accounting and Business

Administration; Emilie Verran,

majoring in Biochemistry

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Raising funds for veterans in need

SOAR president to

compete in Manteno

Triathlon with sons

Amanda Jarzynski, Editor

The veterans of the Manteno

Veterans’ Home rely on

fundraisers to help them live

happy lives. The triathlon

being held at Lake Manteno

this July 30, is just one way

the community has helped

throughout the years.

This year, Brian Swift and

his Mokena-based organization

Swift Outdoor Accessible

Recreation (SOAR) is

to sponsor and participate

in the triathlon. Swift hopes

to raise money to give back

to the community and raise

awareness to the disabled

community.

“It was something I’ve

always wanted to do,” Swift

said. “If you’re in a wheelchair,

that doesn’t mean you

can’t get out there and swim

or be involved in some

way.”

At a young age, Swift

was injured and is now gets

around in a wheelchair, but

his has not let that stop him

from doing things that he

enjoys. He plans to participate

in the swimming portion

of the triathlon while

his two sons, Callaghan and

Spencer, complete the biking

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“It’ll be an interesting

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“I’m excited about it for

SOAR and personally it’s

forced me to take my game

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“It feels nice to sponsor

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the community, especially

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Besides giving back to the

veterans, Swift also would

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SOAR exists and that the

non-profit’s goal is to help

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Swift said.

He also hopes to be like

an inspiration to other disabled

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the warm summer air.

“You don’t get a lot of

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whatever they need.”

SOAR exists mostly to

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persons can afford a

wheelchair or other attachments

necessary for them to

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Swift said.

He added that a lot of

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that are outdoor accessible,

the client would

have to pay out of their own

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SOAR comes in.

Swift said that his organization

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different events to not only

raise money, but to show

people that they can still enjoy

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photo of her son Ryan at

the Fourth of July parade

in Mokena.

“I would love to thank this

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30 with six counts of credit

card fraud, and Shanice J.

Joyner, 21, of 16045 Wood

Ave. in Harvey, was charged

with three counts of credit

card fraud after allegedly attempting

to purchase a box

of Newport 100’s cigarettes

with multiple debit gift cards

at the Gas N Wash located at

8810 W. 191st Street in Mokena.

Joyner allegedly tried

two different cards before

the third was accepted.

Police reportedly responded

to a call from the Gas N

Wash manager, but the couple

had allegedly driven off.

They were reportedly found

again at 19100 La Grange

Road. Police performed a

traffic stop and approached

the couple. Harmon was reportedly

searched and police

found eight different debit

cards.

Both Harmon and Joyner

were arrested and taken to

the Will County Adult Detention

Facility.

June 29

• Kerratin C. Key, 26, of

6303 Monroe in Hammond,

Indiana, was charged with

aggravated assault, attempt

to elude peace officers, suspended/revoked

driver’s license,

possession of cannabis

30 grams and under, speeding

and expired registration after

allegedly driving in the 8700

block of Spring Lake Drive

in Mokena with a faded and

expired registration plate.

Police reportedly stopped the

vehicle at 18710 88th Avenue

and discovered that Key’s

driver’s license had been suspended.

While stopped, Key

allegedly attempted to drive

away and got into a scuffle

with the police. Key reportedly

sped away, almost hitting

police officers, and went back

to his place of work. Police

reportedly went to obtain him

and Key allegedly tried to run

again, but was unable to flee

this time. He was arrested and

searched. Police found three

grams of cannabis and transported

Key to the Will County

Adult Detention Facility.

• George C. Gavitt, 26, of

11300 W. 195th Street in

Mokena, was charged with

DUI-drugs after allegedly

parking his car in the middle

of the intersection of 197th

Street and Glennell Avenue

in Mokena. Gavitt allegedly

parked his car and left

it running at the intersection,

so police approached the vehicle.

Police said Gavitt appeared

to be sleeping behind

the wheel so they attempted

to rouse him. When they were

able to, Gavitt’s eyes were

bloodshot and his speech was

slurred. Police reportedly administered

field sobriety tests

and arrested Gavitt. He was

released after giving up his

driver’s license and posting a

$100 bond. A court date is set

for August 17.

June 27

• Sterling R. Pledge, 35, of

904 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago,

was charged with credit

card fraud, altered driver’s

license, aggravated battery

and trying to disarm an officer;

Venson D. Franklin, 30,

of 1052 N. Ridgeway in Chicago,

was charged with credit

card fraud; and Jameique

D. Wallace, 24, of 10111 S.

Yale Avenue in Chicago, was

charged with credit card fraud

and obstructing justice after

allegedly attempting to purchase

cigarettes withe numerous

credit cards from the BP

Amoco located at 9545 191st

Street in Mokena. When all

declined, they left and allegedly

were able to buy cigarettes

from Gas N Wash and

Shell gas station before police

reportedly pulled their vehicle

over. All three were reportedly

taken into custody and

police discovered that Pledge

had a driver’s license with a

different name on it. All three

were reportedly taken to the

Will County Adult Detention

Facility.

June 24

• Kyle A. Tobusch, 20, of

211 Hemlock Avenue and

Ketan K. Mehta, 27, of 409

Yorkshire Square in Bolingbrook,

were each charged

with retail theft and possession

of drug equipment

after allegedly trying to

steal from Meijer located at

11305 Lincoln Highway in

Mokena for the second time

this month. Police reportedly

approached the suspects

in the parking lot of Meijer

and both denied the theft at

first. Then, Tobusch reportedly

admitted to both thefts.

Police arrested Tobusch and

Mehta and searched their

vehicle. The stolen cartoon

trading cards were found

along with a “bowl” for

smoking cannabis. Tobusch

and Mehta were reportedly

released on a $1,500 bond

each. A court date is set for

July 20.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The

Mokena Messenger’s Police

Reports are compiled from official

reports found online on the

Mokena Police Department’s

website or releases issued

by the department and other

agencies. Individuals named

in these reports are considered

innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.


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FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

New Lenox resident wins

June’s Preserve the Moment

Photo Contest

There is a story in which

a kiss turns a frog into a

prince.

This is not that story,

though it does involve a

frog.

This time around, a frog

picture turned a New Lenox

woman into an award-winning

photographer and the

frog into a miniature celebrity.

Lauren Dundek captured

the frog’s hop through the

creek and grass during a trip

to Hickory Creek Preserve.

She set out to take photos

for the Forest Preserve District

of Will County’s new

Preserve the Moment Photo

Contest.

The contest runs from

June 1 through Dec. 31 and

picks monthly winners to

compete in the overall contest.

Dundek’s photo was

chosen as the June winner.

Though she is an amateur

photographer, Dundek took

an interest in the art form

when she was a child.

When she heard about

the forest preserve district’s

photo contest, the combination

of her loves of photography

and nature inspired

her to participate, she said.

Each contestant is limited

to five contest entries per

month, and each participant

is to receive a gift from the

district for entering. After

the contest ends, the monthly

winning photos will be posted

online, and members of the

public to vote for an overall

winner.

“I’m not a professional

photographer,” Dundek said.

“I just like being outside. It’s

fun that it turned into something

a little bigger.”

For more information

on the contest, visit www.

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preserve-moment-photocontest.

Reporting by Meredith

Dobes, Editor. For more, visit

NewLenoxPatriot.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Residents ask for mulligan

with disc golf course

An 18-hole disc golf

course is slated to come to

Tinley Park, but some in

the community have mixed

emotions about its arrival.

The Tinley Park–Park

District Board of Commissioners

listened to grievances

July 6 from residents

concerning the potential disc

golf course.

The board recently voted

and approved plans to move

forward with the creation

of the course at Siemsen

Meadows, 7200 167th St.,

after holding a public hearing

on the matter June 15.

John Curran, the park district’s

director of parks and

recreation, said the district

already has begun preparing

for the course by purchasing

$14,000 in equipment, with

$6,000 earmarked for installation

costs.

Debbie Norris, a Tinley

Park resident, said preserving

the natural beauty of the

wetlands should be priority

and suggested another location

for the course should be

investigated.

Curran responded to residents’

concerns by reassuring

them the district heard

their objections.

Not all Tinley Park residents

opposed the creation

of the disc golf course,

though. Brian Borcherding,

a 12-year Tinley Park resident

and avid disc golf player,

offered his support for the

creation of the course.

“I believe there are a lot of

people who want a disc golf

park,” he said.

Reporting by Lee Edwards,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit TinleyJunction.com.

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SGA honored the return

of U.S. Army veterans Pfc.

Sean Cap, a Frankfort resident,

and his friend Pvt. 2nd

Class Dmarques Williams

with a ceremony on July 1 at

Chi-Town Harley-Davidson

in Tinley Park.

The ceremony included a

meet-and-greet with several

veterans, a motorcycle motorcade

with a police escort

to the Cap residence and

military vehicles adorned

with “welcome home” banners.

Cap, a longtime supporter

of SGA, invited Williams,

a Florida resident, to his

hometown to show him how

SGA supported their troops

as a surprise. Cap and Williams

received congratulatory

certificates, honorary

medallions and symbolic

beads at the ceremony.

“This is unreal; I’m

speechless by it,” Cap said.

“I have no words that can

describe how I feel right

now, knowing that some of

these people I don’t even

know have our backs back at

home.”

Reporting by Lee Edwards,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit FrankfortStation.com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Lockport Township graduate,

aspiring model a finalist in

competition

After being encouraged to

give it a shot, Trevor Cielenski

is quickly making an

impression in the modeling

world.

The 2015 Lockport Township

High School graduate is

one of seven semifinalists in

the 2016 “Mario, Make Me

a Model” competition. He

was selected out of a group

of 40 aspiring models this

past month at the Wit Hotel

in downtown Chicago.

The original 40 candidates

were chosen earlier in June

from an open modeling call

held at five different Mario

Tricoci Hair Salons & Day

Spas located in Orland Park,

Chicago, Oak Brook, Naperville

and Crystal Lake.

Cielenski and the other

six semifinalists will go on

to participate in a training

program starting July 20 to

include a makeover from

Mario Tricoci Hair Salons &

Day Spas, runway training

with Factor | Chosen, and

workouts at Fitness Formula

Clubs with personal trainers.

“My family and friends

have been really supporting

me through this competition,”

Cielenski said.

“Without them, I wouldn’t

be where I am today. My

role model is my mom. She

really understands me and is

also is up-to-date with fashion

and knows just about every

new trend before me.”

The public is invited to

vote for its favorite contestants

online or via text. For

more information on casting

votes, visit www.mariomakemeamodel.com.

Supporters

of Cielenski can vote for him

online at www.tricoci.com

or text TREVOR to 95248.

The last elimination will

be held July 25, bringing the

group down to five based on

the scores from the contestants’

training, makeovers

and public vote.

Reporting by Jennifer Nunez,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit HomerHorizon.com.

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Bright lights of New York

set course for young theatre

actress

Cecilia Trippiedi waited

for her one shot to make a

splash — and did she ever

make it count.

The Orland Park native

and recent Sandburg High

School graduate has wanted

to be a musical theatre per-

Please see nfyn, 17

Dance the

night away

Mokena Lions Club

to host Firecraker

Dance Weekend

Submitted by Mokena Lions

Club

The Mokena Lions Club

is putting on their annual

Firecracker Dance Weekend

on Friday, June 15 and

Saturday, June 16. The first

day begins at 6 p.m. at the

Front Street Metra Lot with

performances by All About

Music’s junior, intermediate,

and senior rock bands. There

will also be a sneak peek of

the musical mystery, “Flash

Back to Murder.”

Other entertainment includes

family-friendly activities

such as hula hoops,

a limbo contest, a fairytale

princess appearance and fun

fair style games for everyone.

Food will be provided

by Aurelio’s Pizza.

Admission to this activity

is $5 or a non-perishable food

or toiletry item for the Manteno

Veteran’s Home and the

Frankfort Food Pantry.

On Saturday, June 16, the

weekend continues with a

Craft Fair from 1-4 p.m. at

the Metra Lot. Various craft

dealers will have their finest

products available for

purchase. Children can ride

CN’s “Little Obie” scale

train. This experience will

teach about train safety while

traveling around Mokena.

Then at 6 p.m., the Firecracker

Dance will start.

Attendees can join headliners

Johnny Russler with the

Beach Bum Band, rocking

with a Buffet meets the Caribbean

sound, and Stereo

Types playing 80s music

to current hits, and dance

the night away. Cash prize

raffles will be available

throughout the night.

For more information,

visit the Village of Mokena’s

website, www.mokena.org.


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From the Editor

The after-holiday festivities

AMANDA Jarzynski

amanda@mokenamessenger.com

This week seemed

fairly dry after the

festivities of the

Fourth of July parade,

celebration and fireworks. It

was amazing to see so many

people lining the streets to

watch the parade and then to

gather in Main Park for the

continued festivities.

It was such a dramatic

change this week, but I guess

the town just had to calm

down for a few days before

starting to pick back up. Like

I said last week, there are a

lot of fun events coming to

Mokena and next weekend

(Friday July 15-Sunday July

17) there are three big events

coming to town for some

summer fun.

The first is the third annual

Festa Italiana, Sunday, July

17 starting at 11 a.m., which

is to provide family fun,

food and traditional songs

and prayers to honor Our

Lady of Mount Carmel. The

event begins with a procession

to Front Street where an

onslaught of barbecues will

be manned to make a variety

of Italian cuisine.

There should be no threat

of rain, but just in case,

attendees will be able to eat

their food under a large tent

and enjoy the entertainment

provided. Children will

be visited by Jim Nesci’s

Cold-Blooded Creatures

and adults can enjoy a

drink or two.

There will be dancers and

opera singers plus much

more to make the afternoon

exciting.

Just before that event,

the Mokena Lions will be

finishing up their Firecracker

Dance Weekend. This event

starts on Friday, July 15, but

continues through Saturday,

July 16, with several activities

and events going on to

keep the energy up during

the summer.

Day 1 kicks off with performances

from All About

Music and Theatre’s junior,

intermediate, and senior

rock bands. There will also

be Hula-hoops, a Limbo

contest, a fairytale princess

appearance and fun fair-style

games for everyone.

The next day, the Lions are

hosting their Craft Fair in the

early afternoon and continuing

into the evening with their

Firecracker Dance which is to

feature headliners like Johnny

Russler with the Beach Bum

Band and Stereo Types.

While Festa Italiana is in

full swing, attendees may

want to drive over to Main

Park to check out the park district’s

Flea Market. They are

to run from 8 a.m.- 2p.m. and

they will be selling everything

from produce to new or used

clothes, tools and baubles.

Since it’s early in the

morning, it would be something

fun to do before heading

over to Festa Italiana

for some lunch. You never

know what you might find

at a flea market.

So that’s three events

right there are sure to be

fun for every member of the

family. So get out and enjoy

the warm summer weather

now that it has decided to be

consistent.

For more information on

any of these events, visit the

Village of Mokena’s website,

www.mokena.org.

The Mokena Community Park District shared

this photo on their Facebook page on July 6.

“Kenny the Clown visited Summer Camp

Tuesday and Wednesday, and all of the

campers got their own balloon sculpture of

their choice! Dogs, hearts, parrots, turtles,

bows and arrows, space guns, tigers, lions,

and even an ice cube!”

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From Page 16

former since she was a little

girl. While watching a PBS

drama series called “Broadway

or Bust,” Trippiedi

learned of opportunity to

earn to compete at the National

High School Music

Theatre Awards in New York

City.

It finally came during

her senior year in the role

of Eliza Doolittle in Sandburg’s

production of “My

Fair Lady” this past spring.

Knowing that she could not

miss out on her one shot,

Trippiedi approached the director

and told her about the

national awards ceremony.

Trippiedi was one of 24

students to compete in Chicago

for the two spots that

would represent Illinois at

the Jimmy Awards, and then

she was selected as one of

the three female finalists

who had to sing a song from

their respective shows at the

awards ceremony.

“When they announced

my name, I didn’t believe

it,” she said. “It happened so

fast, and then I was shuffled

off to sign all this paperwork

and do some press. Two

weeks later, I’m on my way

to New York.”

Reporting by Ryan Wallace,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit OPPrairie.com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Softball a family affair for

Bottino

The first time Sidney Bottino

strapped on catcher’s

equipment as a 7-year-old,

she mixed up the shin guards

and ended up with her legs

stuck together.

She quickly got the hang

of the gear and now is headed

into her sophomore year

as a catcher for the Western

Illinois University softball

team.

But Bottino’s success and

love for the game can all be

traced back to that first time

she put on the gear, albeit

against her own wishes at

the time.

“There was no catcher on

the team, and I always wanted

to be a pitcher, but my

dad was one of my coaches,

and he said, ‘Well, there’s no

catchers, so we’re going to

put you at catcher and just

see how it goes,’” Bottino

said.

Bottino played in 16

games for the Leathernecks

this past season as a freshman.

Reporting by Max Lapthorne,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

LockportLegend.com.

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donations off to Savers, Page 22

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Faith Briefs

Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

Vacation Bible School

6-8:30 p.m. Monday, July

18 to Thursday, July 21.

Children four to those entering

fifth grade are welcome

to join the church’s 2016

VBS themed “Our Wars –

The Spirit Awakens.” If you

register before July 2, you

get a free VBS T-shirt. For

more information, email sta

cey.GFC@gmail.com.

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who have

struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome. All

meetings are confidential.

For more information, call

(708) 479-0300.

Spanish Church

12:15 p.m. every Sunday.

Youth Strings

9 a.m. every Saturday in

the church basement.

Go Youth Group

4-6 p.m. Sundays. Junior

high and high school students

are welcome to an environment

that fosters laughter,

friendship and deep thinking.

Contemporary Worship

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Group Prayer

6:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday

evening at the church.

Free Hymns Sing-along

6 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

Enjoy a free time with beautiful

music and fellowship.

Cookies, coffee and lemonade

will be served druing the

event. For more information,

call (815) 463-1125.

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100

Second St., Mokena)

Spiritual Conversation for

Men

7:30 a.m. every first and

third Saturday of each month.

The group is for guys who

gather to talk about topics

from sports, news and spirituality.

Our rules are to speak

for ourselves, listen to each

other and don’t try to correct

each other. For more information,

call (708) 479-5123.

JAM Time

6:30-7:45 p.m. every

Wednesday. Jesus And Me

brings a fun-filled evening

for children from preschool to

fifth-grade. For more information,

call (708) 479-5123.

Worship Service

8 a.m. traditional mass,

9:45 a.m. contemporary &

traditional music in a service

of praise and reverence. Supervised

childcare available.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Garden Club

7 a.m. Tuesdays. For more

information, call (708) 479-

5123.

Sunday Morning Kids’ Club

9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children

from infancy through

third grade can participate

in adult-supervised activities

while their parents attend

Sunday worship services.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This group meets once a

month to knit or crochet shawls

to give to people in the congregation

who need prayers. All

ages are welcome to join. The

group also needs donations to

help purchase yarn to create

shawls. For more information,

call the church office at (708)

479-5123.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Church Service

11 a.m. Fridays at the

Marley Oaks Assisted Living

Center and 10 a.m. Sundays

at the church.

Women’s Groups

The church offers “Women’s

Bible Study” and

“Women’s Study” groups.

For more information, call

(815) 485-8587.

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Traditional Service

8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Communion is served

every first, third and fifth

Sunday of the month. For

more information, call (708)

479-5600.

Contemporary Service

5 p.m. Saturdays. Communion

is served every first,

third and fifth Saturday of

the month.

Sunday School & Bible Class

9:15-10:15 a.m. Sundays.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th

Ave., Mokena)

Youth Ministry

7 p.m. Sundays downstairs

in the Church Hall.

The meeting will take place

after the 6 p.m. mass. For

more information, call (708)

326-9300.

Scripture Study

7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9

a.m. Thursdays in the church

hall. All adults welcome.

St. Peregrine Devotion

6 p.m. fourth Monday of

every month.

Church Service

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m,

9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:

p.m. Sundays

Adoration and Holy Rosary

6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays

Mokena United Methodist Church (10901

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Service and Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Church

service and Sunday school

will be held. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Faith That Stands

5 p.m. Sundays. Join the

service as they continue our

study on Faith That Stands

in the book of First Corinthians.

For more information,

call (312) 350-2279.

Gratitude Adjustment

11 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call (312)

350-2279.

Ladies Bible Study

Third Thursday of each

month. For times and more

information, call (312) 350-

2279.

Sunday Service

11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For

more information, call (312)

350-2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena

Baptist offers Sunday

School classes for all ages.

For more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

Saturation

11 a.m. Saturdays. This

outreach group goes door-todoor

to pass out invitations

to the church.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assitant

Editor James Sanchez at

j.sanchez@22ndcenturymedia.

com or call (708) 326-9170 ext.

48. Deadline is noon Thursday

one week prior to publication.


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Making tasty creations

Mokena Community

Public Library hosts

dessert event for

area children

Amanda Jarzynski, Editor

With school out and the

weather finally staying consistently

warm, there is no

better way than to celebrate

but with a free treat at the

library.

Children got the opportunity

to create their own

cookies at the Mokena Community

Public Library July

6, with plenty of frosting and

toppings such as M&Ms,

multicolored sprinkles,

chocolate chips and even

gummy candies.

“It’s a nice way for them

to have fun and express their

creativity,” said Wendy Asbridge,

young adult librarian

at the library.

The cookie event was

open to all children in grades

kindergarten through eighth,

but it was on a first-come

first-serve basis. Plates of

cookies and bowls of toppings

lined several tables

in the downstairs meeting

room of the library, waiting

for the children to arrive.

When the doors opened,

the young cookie enthusiasts

marched through the doors

and picked out whichever

cookie they liked best.

“They really get a kick out

of it,” Asbridge said. “You

just grab a cookie and dig

right in. Then they get to eat

them.”

But the event did not start

out as a cookie-decorating

event. More than 10 years

ago when the event started,

a different dessert was used

but the event did not work

out as well, so the librarians

switched to cookies,

Asbridge said. The cookies

went over well with the

Lily Brown (middle) shows her brothers Cameron (left) and

Reed how to properly lick a spoon after finishing frosting a

cookie.

young ones and so the library

stuck with that.

The cookies are purchased

by the library from Berkot’s

Super Foods and each year,

a different ensemble of toppings

are purchased for the

cookies. Though the event

was marketed for kindergarteners

through eighthgraders,

there were some

older participants who took

advantage of the non-decorated

cookies at the end of

the event.

Parents joined their children,

helping with toppings

and taking photos of the

creations, and older siblings

showed their younger siblings

the proper techniques

to frost a cookie and then

lick the spoon.

Diana Brown of Mokena

brought her three children,

Cameron, Lily and Reed, to

the cookie event as a treat

during summer vacation.

“We’re part of the reading

program,” Diana said.

“We’ve been to a couple

other events, so we thought

we’d come to this one too.”

The library’s Read for

the Win summer reading

program has been going on

since the beginning of June,

and Asbridge said that they

signed up 870 children. The

cookie event was just one

of many exciting activities

planned to give children incentive

to come back to the

library and read.

“It’s nice to see how happy

they are to be at the library,”

Asbridge said. “Coming up

we’ve got our reptile show.

That one has always been

popular in the past. And then

we have our end of summer

reading carnival planned [in

August].”

To keep up with its Read

for the Win theme, the endof-summer

party will be

sports-themed and will feature

Magical Balloon-dude

Dale, airbrush tattoos, candy

art and more.

Until that time, program

participants and other members

of the community can

enjoy the last few events

coming up in July for the library,

including mini-golf in

the library on Thursday, July

21 and “World of traveling

reptiles” on Friday, July 22,

which is open to all ages.

Sisters (left to right) Maebe, Ainsley and Keira O’Connor create their own cookies July 6

at the Make and Take Dessert event at the Mokena Community Public Library. Photos by

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The Dish

Bonefish Grill tries to keep customers on the hook with summer specials

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

It would not be fair to

use the old adage of “the

only thing that is constant is

change” to describe Bonefish

Grill.

After all, it is a consistent

level of quality, creativity

and service that has kept

area residents circling back

through the establishment’s

revolving door in Orland

Park for nearly three years.

“We’ve been blessed with

how many people come to

eat here on a daily basis,”

managing partner Nicholas

Kapellas said. “It really is a

testament to how great our

food is.”

But change always plays

a big role for a business that

deals in fresh seafood, as

the catches transform with

the seasons, and the specials

menu evolves to accommodate

the latest bounty.

Just weeks ago, Bonefish

introduced a summer menu

expected to stick around

through the beginning of

September. But even within

the next few months, those

specials will see change.

“We’re all about freshness,

when you think summer,”

Kapellas said. “It’s

nice and warm outside.”

To match that atmosphere,

Bonefish recently introduced

a fresh watermelon martini

($9.40) to get diners started. It

features hand-muddled watermelon,

house-infused English

cucumber and Fris vodka infusion,

and fresh sour, garnished

with frozen watermelon cubes.

It is the latest in a line of handcrafted

martini offerings Kapellas

said have done plenty on

their own of drawing attention

to the restaurant, with in-house

infusion and the “big city bar

feel.”

“We like to differentiate

ourselves so people remember

us,” he said. “The watermelon

martini is a favorite.”

Fresh day boat scallops ($22.90) — sushi-grade scallops on a bed of creamy corn risotto,

topped with crispy bacon and lemon butter drizzle, served alongside green beans — are a

specialty only available during the summer season at Bonefish Grill in Orland Park.

Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

But for seafood lovers,

the wild salmon offerings

are where the summer specials

get really interesting.

In early July, the menu featured

wild sockeye salmon

with spinach, bacon and blue

($24.50), showcasing woodgrilled

salmon, topped with

sautéed spinach, bacon and

blue cheese crumbles, then

finished with lemon butter.

“It’s the most flavorful of

any wild salmon,” Kapellas

said, crediting that flavor to

a high oil content.

But the plan is to change

the wild salmon special

throughout the summer,

first to the king variety, then

coho.

“When the different species

become available, we’ll

bring in different types

of salmon,” Kapellas explained.

Throughout the summer,

though, Bonefish intends to

feature fresh day boat scallops

($22.90). The scallops

are advertised as “sushigrade”

and come served on

a bed of creamy corn risotto,

topped with bacon and lemon

butter drizzle, alongside

green beans.

“They call them day boat

because they have to be back

within 24 hours,” Kapellas

explained.

That means they are

handpicked based on size,

shucked on-site and shipped

within a day. Kapellas said

like the other summer specials,

Bonefish has featured

them in the past, and some

customers tapped into culinary

culture come back just

for those.

“We tweak a little bit, but

with market fresh food you

don’t need to do a lot,” Kapellas

said. “We try to get

those fresh ingredients. ...

The food speaks for itself.”

Except, sometimes for the

less savvy customers, servers

have to speak a little for

the food, as well, educating

diners on the always developing

menu. That is where

constant — and in this case,

“constant” means staff with

years of experience in dealing

with seafood — is important.

“We pride ourselves on

having really knowledgeable

servers and chefs in the back

who know how to handle

these things,” Kapellas said.

Bonefish Grill

15537 S. LaGrange

Road in Orland Park

Hours

• 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday

• 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday

• 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

For more information ...

Web: www.bonefishgrill.

com

Phone: (708) 873-5170

But customers drawn to

the fresh summer tastes of

wild salmon and day boat

scallops do not have time on

their sides. Because like the

tides, Bonefish’s specials are

bound to change.

Get that watermelon out of

my martini!

It is crazy to think, but

there are actually people in

this world who simply do

not like watermelon.

We call them weirdos, of

course, but they exist nonetheless,

and they have as

much right as anyone to a

martini.

Fresh watermelon

martini recipe

Orland Park’s Bonefish

Grill features on its

summer specials menu a

fresh watermelon martini,

made with hand-muddled

watermelon, house-infused

English cucumber and Fris

vodka infusion, and fresh

sour, garnished with frozen

watermelon cubes. Here is

how to make it at home.

Ingredients

• 2 cubes fresh

watermelon

• 2 cucumber slices

• .25 ounces simple

syrup

• 1.5 ounces vodka

• .5 ounces fresh sour mix

Steps

• Combine the

watermelon cubes,

cucumber slices and

simple syrup in a glass,

and muddle well.

• Add vodka and fresh

sour mix.

• Shake and strain into a

chilled martini glass.

So for those not as keen on

the fresh watermelon martini,

Bonefish’s summer menu

also features a fresh strawberry

rosé martini ($9.10),

featuring hand-muddled

raspberry, blackberry and

strawberry, with Belleruche

Rosé and St. Germain elderflower.

The martini is

finished with fresh berries,

to boot.

Best paired with ...

For those looking to pair

the wild salmon or day boat

scallops with something other

than a martini, a sommelier

might use plenty of words

to describe the flavor profiles

that would mingle well with

the fresh fish. Kapellas only

Bill Jones/22nd Century

Media

• Garnish with frozen

watermelon cubes or a

fresh cucumber slice.

Secrets of the shake

• To make a refreshing

cucumber vodka, simply

slice a cucumber and

place in vodka. Allow to

infuse for 24-48 hours.

• For cocktails on the

sweeter side, add a bit

more simple syrup.

• Substitute tequila for

vodka, and increase the

sour mix to 1.5 ounces,

shake and strain over ice

into a glass with a salt rim

for a margarita spin on

the recipe.

needs two: pinot noir.

It might sound unconventional,

but it was the go-to

among staff when they taste

tested the dishes, and Kapellas

said it is largely owed to

the swine topping each dish.

“That was the favorite,”

he said. “It really complements

the bold flavor of the

bacon.”

It’s not summer inside

To round out the summer

theme, Bonefish Grill’s 40-

seat patio has been open for

the past couple of months,

and Kapellas is not going to

shut it down until he must.

“We’ll have it open as

long as we can,” he said.


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Summit Hill D161 band camp students

perform live summer concert

Incoming sixth- through eighth-graders play at Frankfort

Square Park District

Roxy Bretzlaff (left), Evan Hazelip and the rest of the

“Summer Band is Hot! Hot! Hot!” trumpet section

students perform June 30 at the Frankfort Square

Park District’s bandshell.

Concert attendees (left to right) Olivia Chin,

Marsha Sullivan, Cole McCann and Landen

Chin of Tinley Park watch the live musical

performance June 30 at the Frankfort Square

Park District.

Band director Kim Coughlin conducts participants from the “Summer

Band is Hot! Hot! Hot!” band camp program in a live concert June 30 at the

Frankfort Square Park District’s bandshell.

Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Saxophone

player

Victoria

Lucarelli

belts out a

tune during

a community

concert at

the Frankfort

Square Park

District’s

bandshell.

Attendees watch the “Summer Band is Hot! Hot! Hot!”

band camp students perform.

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Mediator’s skill

5. Tender

10. Way

14. Turkish head

honcho

15. One of the “Canterbury”

pilgrims

16. International flying

org.

17. Indian side dish

19. Last letters

20. Poker action

21. Site of the 2016

U.S. Log Rolling

Open, goes with 43

across

23. With stealth

25. Satellite radio for

autos

27. Belly

28. Pays in full

31. Jewish teacher

35. Nibble

39. Bug on the line

40. Acoustic

41. Ivy League school

42. Eastern sash

43. See 21 across

44. Inflexible

46. In favor of

47. Donkeys

48. Make merry

49. Old French money

51. Comprehend

53. Noble

57. Over

62. Outdated connection

64. Salami server

65. Bargain

67. Circumnavigator

on the Golden Hind

68. Speaker’s table

69. Community character

71. Networking need

72. X marks the __

73. From the 1970s,

e.g.

74. Our boys

Down

1. Hawaiian staple

2. Science lab mediums

3. Some like it hot

4. Volga region resident

5. Alternate word

6. Felt cap

7. Bank list

8. 20-20, e.g.

9. Furnace button

10. Tonics

11. Berry from palms

12. Exaggerated, of a

tale

13. Sacred

18. Cartoon art

22. Rightful

24. Atmosphere

26. Trigger

29. Old drum played

with a fife

30. Conch shell shape

32. Bikini parts

33. Like Hubbard’s

cupboard

34. Lodge fellows

35. Circular course

36. Epitome of thinness

37. Bit of pond scum

38. Climate of an era

45. To have a opinion

47. Bitter-smelling

50. __ off

52. Big drinker

54. Some clothing

shades

55. Spanish word for

plain

56. Whitehorse’s river

57. Betting consideration

58. Tide type

59. Madison Avenue

award

60. Charge amount

61. Authentic

63. Seats with kneelers

66. Craggy hill

70. Therefore

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Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

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squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

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(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry

Eadie

Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St.,

Mokena; (708) 479-6873)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic

Avenue, Psychic

night - second Tuesday

every month.

■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands

FRANKFORT

Pete Mitchell’s Bar &

Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square

Road, Frankfort; (815)

464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

LOCKPORT

The Outpost Pub & Grill

(14929 Archer Ave.,

Lockport; (815) 836-

8893)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays: Live DJ and

Karaoke

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-

1477)

■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

■Fridays: ■ Live bands

HOMER GLEN

Mullets Sports Bar and

Restaurant

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

To place an event in The

Scene, email m.lapthorne

@22ndcenturymedia.com.


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Rising Interest Rates Motivating Buyers at Brookside Meadows

After a long period of

low interest rates on home

loans buyers are seeing

rates move upward a trend

that is likely to continue. For

home shoppers this means

the wait for lower rates is

over. Now is the time to step

in, review your homework

and make the move – to

Brookside Meadows in

Tinley Park.

Timing is everything and

hopeful home owners can

select from preferred sites,

choose options, negotiate

the best price and stay

ahead of rising interest

rates. But remember, the

wait is over. Not only are

interest rates on the move

but Crana Homes has

announced that Brookside

Meadows will soon begin

Phase II which means the

remaining homes in Phase

I are attractively priced to

sell.

These single family

attached homes have

impressive award winning

designs, energy- efficient

features and are set in a

great Tinley Park location.

With prices holding in the

upper $200s (including site)

and mortgage rates on the

move, now is the time to

choose from the excellent

home sites still available at

Brookside Meadows.

Brookside Meadows

currently features two

very popular designs. The

Fahan II is a split level plan

with three bedrooms and

two and a half baths. This

is an elegant 3,303 total

square foot home (2,087’

living space and 1,216’ of

basement) with a two car

garage. A large open space

kitchen offers sleek granite

countertops surrounded by

generous cabinet space. An

impressive loft overlooks a

stately and relaxing great

room which is adjacent to

the kitchen. Beautiful oak is

used throughout the home

– including doors, kitchen

cabinets, railings and trim.

Ceramic tile covers the

floors in the foyer as well

Chef’s delight: Kitchen and dining

areas in the Fahan II.

as the bathrooms which

also feature cultured marble

vanity tops. A full walkout

or lookout basement and

a deck is included and

provides functional space

and added home value.

The comfortable Lennan

II is a two (or optional

three) bedroom split level

home which includes most

of the features of the Fahan

II with the exception of the

spacious master suite which

has an optional cathedral

ceiling and is located on

the upper level. The Lennan

II has 3,167 square feet

of total space (2,118’

The Fahan II, Brookside Meadows’ Fahan II, a split level 2 3BR

single family attached home.

Loft overlooks Fahan II’s great

room with optional fireplace.

living space and 1,049’ of

basement) and a two car

garage.

Attractive options are

available. Skylights provide

natural light and a soaker

tub in the master bath

is always a favorite. The

addition of a fireplace is a

very impressive touch as

well as coffered ceilings.

Other stylish options

are available. Contact a

sales associate for more

information.

All homes at Brookside

Meadows include energy

saving features like a high

efficiency furnace and the

installation of Lo E glass.

Other ‘green’ features

include an Energy Miser hot

water heater, vented soffits,

1.75” insulated entrance

doors, energy efficient

appliances and Tuff R

insulated wall sheathing.

The water source is Lake

Michigan.

Tucked away in a quiet area

of Tinley Park, Brookside

Meadows is close to all

the shopping, recreation,

cultural events and dining

of a major metropolitan

area. Hundreds of local

retail choices are minutes

away including numerous

shopping centers and

Orland Park malls.

Major highways are

nearby and the Metra rail

line is a short drive away,

perfect for commuters

Brookside Meadows’ Lennan II, a split level single family 3BR

attached home.

Plenty of kitchen work space,

cabinet storage and beautiful

granite countertops.

traveling into the city. Tinley

Park maintains 40 parks,

over 30 ball fields and

other facilities including

the huge Bettenhausen

recreational center with

an indoor playground and

much more. Stay ahead of

rising rates and shrinking

inventory by making your

move now to

Brookside Meadows!

Model homes are fully

furnished and beautifully

decorated and are open

for inspection. The Sales

Center is open from

10:00am to 4:00pm Monday

through Thursday, from

noon to 4:00pm Saturday

The Lennan II master bath at

Brookside Meadows.

and Sunday and on Friday

by appointment.

To visit the Sales Center

from I- 80, exit La Grange

Road south for just under

two miles to La Porte Road

and turn east for one half

mile. If using a GPS just

enter the address: 19839

Mulroy Circle, Tinley Park,

IL.

Contact a sales associate

for any updates in specs

or dimensions at 708 479-

5111. You can visit www.

cranahomes.com any

time for home designs,

descriptions, floorplans,

features and options.


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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Help

Wanted

1003 Help Wanted

Village Seeks Custodian – P/T - Evenings

The Village of Homer Glen is seeking a part-time

custodian to work a maximum of 18 hours per week. The

position will perform a variety of routine unskilled and

semi-skilled housekeeping work while maintaining the

Village Hall, Sheriff’s Office, Board Room and

Community Room in a clean and orderly fashion.

Applicants must have a H.S. diploma or GED, a valid

driver’s license and possess the ability to understand the

English language and follow written and oral instructions.

Pay is $15.00 per hour. Selected candidates will be

required to pass a criminal background check, medical

physical and drug screen.

A position description and application may be found on

the Village’s website www.homerglenil.org. Completed

applications may be e-mailed to Heather Kokodynsky

at hkokodynsky@homerglen.org or mailed to

Village of Homer Glen, Attn: Heather Kokodynsky,

14240 W. 151st Street, Homer Glen, IL 60491.

Applications are due Friday, August 5.

up to 35 hours / week

Office Assistant

South Suburban

Transportation Safety Dept

needs clerical help

Mon-Fri. Entry level

positions. Will train the

right candidate. Please

forward resume to

recruiting@shipgt.com.

P/T State licensed X-Ray

Tech in Orland Park

orthopedic surgeon’s

office. 1-2 days/wk. Fax

resume to 708.460.9254 or

call 708.460.4422.

Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

I fy o ul i k et ow o r ko u t s i d e ,

F / TY e a rR o u n d

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o v e r4 0h r s .P o t e n tfi oa rl

p a i dw i n t eor fs

f .S t a r t i n g

A n n u ia nl

c o ma ep p r o x .

$ 3 0 K B.

e n e f i nt sc l .

h e a l td h e,

n t & a lI R A .

L a w n - T Le ct hd .

7 0 8 . 5 3 2 . 7 4 1 1

P/T. Super Wash Car

Wash, 19118 104th Ave,

Mokena. Keep facility

clean, operational, and

customer service.

Complete task(s) per check

list, log information.

Interested? Call Mike,

779.240.1041. E.O.E.

Sell It 708.326.9170

Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It

DEADLINE -

Friday at 3pm

Automotive

Real Estate

1003 Help

Wanted

A very busy, prestigious

country club in the

southwest suburbs is

looking for best and

most experienced line,

pantry and seasonal

cooks. Cooks can

handle 100 covers in

under 2 hrs. F/T

Tuesday through

Sunday. Must be fluent

in English. Great salary,

$15 and up. 401(k),

insurance and dental

insurance. Any

questions call

708.403.3000. You can

apply in person at 10700

W. 153rd St., Orland

Park. Or fax your

resume to 708.403.3198

or Email to

jimmychristensen@

crystaltreecc.org

Canvassers/Appointment

Setters. P/T hours; F/T

pay. $12-17/ hr + bonuses,

$400-800+/week. Great for

professionals looking for

extra $$$. Students:

willing to train. Call Jeff:

815.293.6311 or Sean:

708.655.7326.

F/T Diesel Mechanic

Small, family owned shop

looking for exp diesel

mechanic to work on

semi-tractors & trailers.

Please call w/ inquires:

708.426.4526 or email:

mandmtruckrepair@gmail.

com

Bus Drivers & Substitutes

needed Lincoln-Way Area

Special Education. Apply

online: www.lwase843.org

or call 815.806.4600.

Operator, locator & laborer

needed for Underground

Utility Co. CDL required.

Call 815.469.1400

$52

4 lines/

7 papers Help Wanted

$50

7 lines/

7 papers Merchandise

1003 Help

Wanted

$13

per line

4 lines/

7 papers

$30

4 lines/

7 papers

NOW HIRING

BUS DRIVERS

American School Bus

Train now for August

10000 W. 167th St

Orland Park

(708) 349-1866

Homer Glen, P/T Office

Help. Mon-Fri, 30 hrs/wk.

Skills required: accounting,

computer & customer service.

$12 an hour. Send resume to:

apm-resume@comcast.net

1013 Wanted to

Buy

Looking to buy an old nickel

slot machine. Must be in working

condition. Call Mike -

708-460-0526

Garage

Sale

1052 Garage Sale

Garage Sale/Estate Sale

Lockport, 1309 E. Division,

(167th, west of Farrell).

Saturday, July 16th 9-2PM.

Furniture, too much to list!

Lockport 1309 E. North St.

7/14-15, 9-5. Retail display

units (portable shelving on

wheels), storage, tools, hshld,

clothes, etc. Everything must

go!

Lockport, 1634 East St.

July 15 & 16 8-3pm.

Girls & ladies clothes, toys &

household items.

New Lenox 239 Hampshire Ct

7/16 9-3pm Baby clothes, furniture,

toys, houeshold, adult

clothes, kitchen items & more!

New Lenox 2802 Ryan Dr.

7/14-15, 8-2. AMAZING deals

on great items. DON’T MISS

THIS SALE!

1052 Garage Sale

New Lenox 110 Oak Dr.

(across from cemetary)

BACKYARD. 7/15-16, 7:30-

3. 1929 antique Hoosier cabinet

+ many more antiques.

Furn, formal dresses & 2

storage sheds.

New Lenox 3313 Norwood Ln.

7/14-16, 9-3. Furn and

everything. Don’t miss this

one!

New Lenox, 187 Cottonwood

July 14 & 15, 9-2p. Downsizing.

Ethan Allen Furniture:

couches, living rmtbls, dining

rm set, kitchen items &much

more!

Orland Park, 16829 Sheridans

Trl, July 15 & 16, 9-1p. Household

items &decor, furn, toys,

designer kids clothes, brand

new laminate flooring & more!

Orland Park, MOVING

14058 84th Ave. 7/14-7/15.

9-4p. Lawn furn, new x-bike,

30+ health/wellness bks,

women’s clothing & mens XL

tall, size 14 shoes, game tbl &

desk. All kinds of very nice

items in excellent condition!

Garage Sale/Estate Sale

Lockport, 1309 E. Division,

(167th, west of Farrell).

Sat, July 16th 9AM-2PM.

Furniture, too much to list!

1053 Multi Family

Sale

New Lenox 236 Tonell Ave.

7/14-7/16, 8-3. Toys, baby

gear, clothes (S-XXL), books,

hshld items, furn & more!

Tinley Park 9200 Greenwood

Dr 7/15-7/16 8-3pm (179th &

92nd Ave) Dolls, scrapbooking,

cricket cartridges, ladies

clothing, collectibles, somuch

more, no presales, Saturday

50% Off!

1054 Subdivision

Sale

Mokena-Marley Lane

Subdivision SALE

July 22nd & 23rd, 9a-3p

2 Blks N of 191 St/104 Av

18901 - 18948 Marley Ln

1 STOP SHOPPING!

Brookside Glen Townhome

Community Garage Sale

80th Ave & 191st St in Tinley

Park. Sat, July 16, 8 am-4 pm.

Do you See this Ad?

Your Customers Will!

708-326-9170

www.22ndcenturymedia.com

Automotive

1061 Autos

Wanted

WANTED!

WE NEED

CARS, TRUCKS

& VANS

Running Or Not

Top Dollar Paid !!!

Free Pick-Up

Locally Located

708 205 8241

1073 Auto

Detailing

Anthony’s Expert

Auto Detailing

& Motorcycle

Motorcycles $75 and Up

Autos $100 and Up

Saturday and Sunday

by appointment

Call 815-464-5731

1074 Auto for

Sale

1994 Z 28 Camero coupe, w/

ram air conversion, reconditioned

motor, trans, interior,

mint inside & out. $9000 obo.

708-479-1978 708-508-6037

1999 Buick Centry

4 door, red pearl. Excellent

condition. $3,000

708-532-7339

DRIVE CAR BUYERS

TO YOUR DOOR WITH

A CLASSIFIED AUTO AD

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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170

Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It

DEADLINE -

Friday at 3pm

Automotive

$52

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per line $13

4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50

7 lines/

7 papers

Merchandise

$30

4 lines/

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1061 Autos Wanted

Real Estate

Rental

OPEN HOUSE

SHOWCASE

1221 Houses for Rent

Orland Park

Do you See

this Ad?

OPEN

HOUSE

12417 Huntleigh Road

Homer Glen

Sat July 16th &

Sun July 17th Noon-5pm

OPEN

HOUSE

Sat, July 16th Noon-3pm

Sun, July 17th Noon-3pm

16084 Julia Courtyard Ave

Tinley Park, IL

Lovely 4BR ranch home Walking

distance to Prairie Elementary

School located in Wedgewood

Estates. Living rm, dining rm, 2

full bathrms, family rm, kitchen,

full unfinished walkout basement

&2car attached garage. Rent is

$1800/mo, utilities are tenants responsibility.

One pet ispermitted

with a $350.00 nonrefundable deposit

plus one months security is

required. Available Aug 1st

708-567-4274

Your Customers

Will!

708-326-9170

MOVE IN READY

3BR ranch waiting for a new

owner. Open floor plan with lots

of daylight. Hardwd flrs, brick

fireplace (wood/gas burning),

gorgeous room sizes with plenty

of storage, kitchen has plenty of

cabinet &counter space. Glass

tile backsplash, kitchen island,

breakfast area with great view

overlooking yard. Great space for

future deck or patio, sprinkler

system included. Open staircase

leads to full unfinished bsmnt.

Overhead sewers & roughed in

plumbing for bathrm, great space

for theater, game room or office.

Near shopping & highways.

$349,900 . 708-460-3418

Frankfort

Home for sale by owner.

banks –just me. 3beds, 3

baths 10% down &about

$2400/mo. Time to get settled

before school starts.

Call 815-274-6698

4 BR, 3.5Ba. Meticulous kept. All

rooms are spacious sizes. Master

bedroom is on 1st floor w/ whirlpool

tub & sep. shower. All bedrooms

have walk-in closets. All

appls are staying! Kitchen & dining

rm leads to deck. Finished

bsmnt &full walkout. Property is

in Andrew District. Pursuant to

Short Sale. $243,900

Offered by Peggy Likewise

708-712-7653

T.J. Boyle Real Estate, Inc.

1090 House for Sale

Attention Realtors

Looking to Advertise?

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96,000

HOMES &BUSINESSES

EACH WEEK!

See the Classified Section for more info,

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1225 Apartments for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.

708-687-1818

oakterrapts@att.net

708-479-2448

Advertise your

RENTAL

PROPERTY

in the newspaper

people turn to first

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170

Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It

Automotive

Help Wanted

Real Estate

Merchandise

per line

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DIRECTORY

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SELLING: $200 Flat Fee*

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"WHO'S WHO" IN

CHICAGO REAL ESTATE

OFFICES IN ORLAND PARK & CHICAGO



Attorneys At Law

www.duffindorelaw.com

DUFFIN & DORE

Commission Rates

3 % !

as

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Ask me How

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Residential, Commercial and Short Sales Specialist

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(630) 430-1943

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Contact Classified Department

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New construction two-story

townhomes located in

Mokena’s Old Mill Pond.

The Mokena Messenger’s

of the

WEEK

CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm

Automotive

Real Estate

Business Directory

$52

4 lines/

7 papers Help Wanted

$50

7 lines/

7 papers Merchandise

$13

per line

4 lines/

7 papers

$30

4 lines/

7 papers

2004

Asphalt Paving/

Seal Coating

What: These 2,100-sqaurefoot

townhomes offer luxury

finishes by an established

builder.

Where: 18701 S. Mill

Creek Drive, Mokena, IL

60448. Located off 187th

Street just west of Wolf

Road

Amenities: The Old Mill

Pond townhomes by

Premier Builders will

feature 13 total units. The

first four-unit building is

ready. A five-unit building

overlooking pond will be

available November 2016.

Each unit features three

bedrooms, two-and-ahalf

bathrooms, a large

master bedroom with a

huge master walk-in closet,

dual sinks in both upstairs

bathrooms, a second-floor

laundry room, and an open

family room/kitchen with

granite countertops, back

splash, and stainless steel

appliance package. There

are 9-foot ceilings and

hardwood floors throughout

the main floor. There is also

a full basement with roughin

plumbing and attached

two-car garage with an

extra storage area. A presale

is on now to choose

interior colors/finishes. Low

monthly association fee.

Chicago water. Mokena

schools.

Asking Price: $279,900

Listing Agent: Brianne

Vandenberg, Keller

Williams Preferred

Realty, (708) 305-0288,

bvandenberg@kw.com

Want to know how to become

Home of the Week? Contact

Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext. 47.

2003 Appliance Repair

QUALITY

APPLIANCE

REPAIR, Inc.

• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals

Washers&Dryers

Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

Someone you can TRUST

All work GUARANTEED

BEST price in town!

708-712-1392

2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

D&J

May 25

• 11881 Tower Bridge

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

1988 — Bridges Of

Mokena Townhomes

to Bruce W. Dawson,

Marianne L. Dawson,

$341,000

• 21015 Tall Grass Drive,

Mokena, 60448-2454 —

Nicholas Laporte to John

R. Young, Laura M. Young,

$456,000

June 3

• 11901 Tower Bridge

Dr, Mokena, 60448-1987

— Bridges Of Mokena

Townhomes to Joseph

M. Gaul, Kelly Misewicz,

$384,500

June 6

• 10501 Jacob Drive,

Mokena, 60448-9373

— Yasemin Aksoy to

Adelekan Bobade, Azezat

Shewu, $307,000

• 12604 Chiszar Drive,

Mokena, 60448-1680

— Richard J. Raspante

to Joseph Sutton, Laura

Sutton, $478,000

June 7

• 19225 104th Avenue,

Mokena, 60448-8655

— Paul A. Staneart to

Anthony Pareti, Kathleen

Pareti, $220,000

• 21016 St James

Court, Mokena, 60448-

2016 — Goesel Trust to

James Heim, Emily Heim,

$393,000

The Going Rate is provided by

Record Information Services,

Inc. For more information,

visit www.public-record.com

or call (630) 557-1000.

MORTGAGE ALERT!

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2007 Black Dirt/

Top Soil

Sawyer

Dirt

Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel Available

Bobcat Services Available

For Delivery Pricing Call:

815-485-2490

www.sawyerdirt.com


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2040 Deck & Patios

2090 Flooring

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Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

2025 Concrete Work

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

Place a garage sale ad & reach

over 96,000 homes across

the southwest suburbs!

Frank J’s Concrete

Stoops

Curbs

Colored & Stamped

Patios

Driveways

Walks

Garage Floors

Over 30 Years Experience!

708 663 9584

Tinley Park Company

Do you See this Ad?

Drywall

*Hanging *Taping

*New Homes

*Additions

*Remodeling

Call Greg At:

(815)485-3782

2060 Drywall

2070 Electrical

...to place your

Classified Ad!

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708.326.9170

FOR $42 YOU’LL GET

ASINGLE FAMILY AD

4 LINES in 7 PAPERS

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DEPARTMENT: 708.326.9170

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2100 Garage Doors/Openers

2032 Decking

Your Customers Will!

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D E O Electric

20 years Experience

Free Estimates

Residential Specialist from

Small Jobs to Complete

Remodels, Basements and

Panel Changes

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Licensed, Bonded &

Insured

815-409-9175

EXPERIENCED

ELECTRICIAN

R E A S O N A B L E

D E P E N D A B L E

SMALL JOBS

CALL ANYTIME

(708) 478-8269

2120 Handyman

Sturdy

Deck & Fence

Repair, Rebuild or

Replace

Make It Safe - Make it Sturdy

708 479 9035

MORTGAGE

ALERT!

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SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ES-

TATE at 10413 Dickens Drive,

Mokena, IL 60448 (residential single

family). On the 21st day of

July, 2016 to be held at 12:00

noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under

Case Title: U.S. BANK N.A., IN

ITS CAPACITY AS TRUSTEE

FOR THE REGISTERED HOLD-

ERS OF HOME EQUITY ASSET

TRUST 2004-7 HOME EQUITY

PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI-

CATES, SERIES 2004-7, Plaintiff

V. RONALD F. SCHLEICHER,

JR. (DECEASED); RONALD F.

SCHLEICHER; SOLELY AS

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE

FOR ROBERT F. SCHLEICHER;

BARBARA L. SCHLEICHER;

UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LE-

GAGTEES RONALD F. SCHLEI-

CHER, JR; S.S. BY MOTHER

AND NEXT FRIEND RONALD

F. SCHLEICHER, JR; S.S. BY

MOTHER AND NEXT FRIEND

BARBARA SCHLEICHER; J.S.

BY MOTHER AND NEXT

FRIEND BARBARA SCHLEI-

CHER; UNKNOWN OWNERS

AND NON-RECORD CLAIM-

ANTS BARBARA SCHLEI-

CHER; UNKNOWN OWNERS

AND NON-RECORD CLAIM-

ANTS, Defendant.

Case No. 12CH 4132 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit, Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid by the purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property


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school itself — she decided

to head northeast.

Her decision to commit

junior year eased all the

pressure going into her senior

year so she could play

her best during North’s last

year. Kapala helped lead the

15U/16U/17U

is for our Xposure

college program

team to a 16-0 start, which

included a first-place finish

in a national tournament in

Tennessee in March.

“We were a very, very

close team, and I made lifelong

friends through [North

softball],” she said.

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nervous about moving out

and spending the next four

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Sale

p y

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

For Information Please Contact:

POTESTIVO AND ASSOCIATES

811 E. South Blvd.

Rochester Hill, Michigan 48307

P: 248-853-4400

F: 248-853-0404

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

2703 Legal

Notices

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS )

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL )

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF

THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIR-

CUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

U.S. BANK N.A., IN ITS CA-

PACITY ASTRUSTEE FOR THE

REGISTERED HOLDERS OF

HOME EQUITY ASSET TRUST

2004-7 HOME EQUITY

PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI-

CATES, SERIES 2004-7,

Plaintiff,

vs.

RONALD F. SCHLEICHER, JR.

(DECEASED); RONALD F.

SCHLEICHER; SOLELY AS

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE

FOR ROBERT F. SCHLEICHER;

BARBARA L. SCHLEICHER;

UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LE-

GAGTEES RONALD F. SCHLEI-

CHER, JR; S.S. BY MOTHER

AND NEXT FRIEND RONALD

F. SCHLEICHER, JR; S.S. BY

MOTHER AND NEXT FRIEND

BARBARA SCHLEICHER; J.S.

BY MOTHER AND NEXT

FRIEND BARBARA SCHLEI-

CHER; UNKNOWN OWNERS

AND NON-RECORD CLAIM-

ANTS BARBARA SCHLEI-

CHER; UNKNOWN OWNERS

AND NON-RECORD CLAIM-

ANTS,

2703 Legal

Notices

Defendant.

No. 12 CH 4132

Consolidates with case(s):

C14-97689

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 11th day of

April, 2016, MIKE KELLEY,

Sheriff of Will County, Illinois,

will on Thursday, the 21st day of

July, 2016 ,commencing at 12:00

o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction to the highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 24 IN MARLEY CREEK

PHASE III, BEING A SUBDIVI-

SION OF PART OFTHE EAST

1/2 OFTHE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF

SECTION 5, TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12, EAST OF

THE THIRD PRINCIPAL ME-

RIDIAN, ACCORDING TOTHE

PLAT THEREOF RECORDED

JUNE 12, 1989 AS DOCUMENT

R89-27949, AND CERTIFICATE

OF CORRECTION RECORDED

JULY 5, 1989 AS DOCUMENT

NUMBER R89-032285 AND

CERTIFICATE OF CORREC-

TIONS RECORDED JULY 13,

1989 AS DOCUMENT

R89-033997, IN WILL COUNTY,

ILLINOIS

Commonly known as:

10413 Dickens Drive, Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

residential single family

P.I.N.:

00-09-05-428-004-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

2703 Legal

Notices

pp p ,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE

CONTACT:

POTESTIVO AND ASSOCIATES

811 E. South Blvd.

Rochester Hill, Michigan 48307

P: 248-853-4400

F: 248-853-0404

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

DEPARTMENT OF

HOMELAND SECURITY

FEDERAL EMERGENCY

MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations

for the Village ofMokena, Illinois

and Unincorporated Areas of

Will County, Illinois, and Case No.

15-05-1059P. The Department of

Homeland Security’s Federal

Emergency Management Agency

(FEMA) solicits technical information

or comments on proposed

flood hazard determinations for the

Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM),

and where applicable, the Flood Insurance

Study (FIS) report for your

community. These flood hazard

determinations may include the addition

or modification of Base

Flood Elevations, base flood

depths, Special Flood Hazard Area

boundaries or zone designations, or

the regulatory floodway. The

FIRM and, if applicable, the FIS

report have been revised to reflect

these flood hazard determinations

through issuance of a Letter of

Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance

with Title 44, Part 65 of the

Code of Federal Regulations.

These determinations are the basis

for the floodplain management

measures that your community is

required to adopt orshow evidence

of having in effect to qualify or remain

qualified for participation in

the National Flood Insurance Program.

For more information on the

proposed flood hazard determinations

and information onthe statutory

90-day period provided for appeals,

please visit FEMA’s website

at

www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/b

fe, or call the FEMA Map Information

eXchange (FMIX) toll free at

1-877-FEMA-MAP

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10 Questions

with Tyler Laux

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Figus: Illinois Wesleyan

‘the best package for me’

James Sanchez

Assistant Editor

Tyler Laux is a recent

graduate of Lincoln-Way

North High School, where

he was a member of the

Phoenix baseball team. He

will continue his baseball

career at Prairie View A&M

University in Prairie View,

Texas in the fall.

Who got you into

baseball?

My father got me into

playing baseball when I was

about four or five years old.

What’s the best part

about the sport?

It’s the only sport where

you don’t have the ball in

your hand to score, so it’s

more challenging than other

sports. You have to give the

other team a chance to win

before the game is over, so

you have to always play hard

until the end.

What’s the best advice

you’ve ever gotten from

one of your coaches?

Probably to keep my head

up and never give up. Even

if you’re down to your last

out in a game, anything can

happen.

Who do you look up to?

I look up to my father.

He played baseball when he

was younger, and he helped

me get through the whole

recruiting process. Every

challenge I’ve ever had, he

helped me get through it.

Do you have any

pregame superstitions?

Sometimes I wear the

same three-quarter sleeve

when I play.

What made you want to

be a pitcher?

I thought it would be the

easiest way to a college

scholarship. Most college

rosters have way more pitchers

than any other position.

What are you going to

remember most about

this past season?

The bond that we had as a

team.

What are you going to

miss most about North?

Photo Submitted

All the friendships that I

created when I transferred

there.

What made you choose

Prairie View A&MM

University?

I love the coaches and the

area the school is in. The

coaches were very nice and

welcoming. I also loved the

school. It was beautiful.

What’s your favorite

memory on the baseball

diamond?

Probably when we won

the summer league state

championship in 2015.

Interview by Editorial Intern

Michael Ivey

While some high school

athletes seek out the right

college that maximizes his

or her potential at the sport,

Lincoln-Way North graduate

Nick Figus was thinking

more about his aspirations as

a doctor first and his love for

baseball second.

He said he found the best

of both worlds.

Next year, the outfielder

is to play at Illinois Wesleyan

University – a team that

amassed a record of 222-141

over the past eight seasons.

And he will enter a pre-medical

program where more than

80 percent of its graduates are

admitted into medical school

on the first try, according to

the school’s website.

“It came down to more

than baseball,” Figus said of

his decision. “When I went

to [Illinois] Wesleyan on my

visit, it was just a great fit

both academically and athletically.

It was overall the best

package for me, I thought.

[Playing college baseball] is

obviously something that’s

been a goal as soon as I

started playing. It was always

something to look forward to,

so it’s a good achievement to

be playing at the next level.”

Aside from baseball, Figus

also played basketball and

football at a young age. However,

baseball stuck out with

him the most because of how

much the sport built a bigger

bond between him and his

dad, as well as other children

in the area growing up.

Most of the children he

grew up with eventually were

his teammates all the way

through high school. He said

the long relationship made

the loss against Providence in

Nick Figus, who is going to Illinois-Wesleyan University

next year, hits the ball during a regular season game.

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the sectional championship

more painful. The loss was

tougher to swallow, considering

North had the lead in

the final inning before giving

it up to the eventual state

champions.

“It was hard to think that

we almost had [the win],”

Figus said. “We still think

we deserved to win that

game and looking back at

it we’re still heartbroken.

We’re still having a hard

time to get over it.”

However, it was still a

strong season for Figus, as

he capped off his senior year

batting .398 with 18 RBI and

29 runs in the No. 3 spot. He

also had 12 doubles and a

slugging percentage of .551.

Figus believed this year’s

team was the best in school

history, in terms of talent and

the team’s bond. That bond

helped them win the summer

league state championship

before the school year

started. He said winning that

was his favorite memory in a

North uniform.

“As a team, that’s when we

really connected – seniors

through juniors,” he said.

“We really came together,

and I never felt we would

lose any of those games in

the summer. Everyone was

hitting, everyone was fielding.

We were just rolling.”

He said it was extra special

doing it with the players

he grew up with.

“It’s not going to be the

same anywhere else because

we’ve grown up with

each other, and we’ve been

through everything together,”

he said. “Every baseball

team I’ve been on, I’ve always

had a bond, but I just

don’t think it’ll be as strong

as the one we’ve had with

the kids I’ve grew up with

and played with for eight

years.”

But for the first time, he

will be without those teammates,

close friends and

most importantly, his family,

as he moves on to Bloomington

for the next stage of

his life. It’s a challenge he is

looking forward to take on.

“I’m ready for the change

and growing up, and being

in something new to experience,”

Figus said. “I think

I’m ready for it.”


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Alumni Spotlight

North graduate continues softball

success at North Central College

Amanda Jarzynski, Editor

Lincoln-Way North softball

player and class of 2014

graduate, Jenna Trojniar, recently

completed her second

season of college softball

with her team at North Central

College in Naperville,

Illinois.

She learned quickly that

college-level softball was

more intense than in high

school, but the Mokena native

thrived under the pressure

instead of being defeated

by it.

“It’s definitely different,”

Trojniar said. “The intensity

level is higher; the competition

is more intense. In high

school you have people who

aren’t the best players, but

in college, everyone’s best

players are on the field. It’s

a lot harder.”

But Trojniar has a long

history of success within

her sport. She began playing

with the Mokena Park District

at 8 years old and then

continued on to the Lincoln

Way Blue Wave for eight

years and then the Tinley

Park Rockers for one year.

All this experience prepared

Trojniar for high

school softball and once she

began her career with North,

she spent three of her four

years on the varsity team.

“I definitely miss playing

for my coach, Amy Lonigro,”

Trojniar said. “She

always pushed us harder.

She always told us what we

needed to work on.”

The great coaches that Trojniar

had during high school

as well as in her younger

years helped prepare her for

the intensity of college softball,

Trojniar said.

Lincoln-Way North graduate Jenna Trojniar bats during one of her regular season games

with North Central College. Photo submitted

“I never have coaches who

were just half doing their

jobs,” she said. “Coaches

would push me to do my

best. That helped in college

because now I have a work

mentality and to keep pushing

because I know I can do

better.”

This past season, Trojniar

helped her team to a 20-18

record (8-6 in conference)

and finish third place in their

regular season. They finished

second in conference

under Wheaton College.

Personally, Trojniar earn

a Great Lakes All-Region

selection, a First-Team All-

Conference selection, she

finished 12th in conference

for her batting average and

boasts a perfect fielding percentage.

“It’s an amazing feeling

especially since I’ve been

playing so long,” Trojniar

said of her accolades. “All

the hard work is paying off.

Since I only have two years

left I’m grateful for the

awards I’ve received this

past season.”

It has not been easy for

Trojniar to play softball in

college and earn so many

awards. She is also juggling

an Exercise Science major

along with her sport.

“It was a little tough at

first getting into the groove

of being at practice on time

and getting my studying

done,” Trojniar admitted.

“But after a while life gets

so much easier when you

find the groove.”

With two more years of

eligibility left, there’s no

telling what Trojniar will be

able to achieve in her last

two years at North Central.

Unfortunately, she said

that these last two years of

college will also be the last

two years for her to play

softball as well. However,

she is open to coaching and

Trojniar said she has thought

about that option a lot.

“I’d love to be able to

coach younger girls,” she

said. “To be able to pass it

along. It’s definitely something

I’ve thought about.


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A Phoenix to continue soaring on the Hawks

James Sanchez

Assistant Editor

Lincoln-Way North graduate

Molly Kapala has traveled

all over the country for

softball, except the northeast

region.

But now, the standout

shortstop will spend the next

four years in that area as she

will join St. Joseph’s University

in Philadelphia on an athletic

scholarship. She capped

off a senior career batting

.459 with six home runs, 36

RBI and 44 runs before moving

on to the Hawks.

“I’m beyond excited,”

Kapala said. “I can’t wait. I

think it’s a really big privilege

and a big responsibility,

but I think it shows how

hard that I have personally

worked to get here.”

She began playing the

sport at 5-years-old, which

she said was the earliest age

to enter T-ball on her Mokena-based

team. However,

the commitment to take the

game seriously started when

she was about 10-years-old,

after her travel coach said

she could play college softball

if she stayed with it.

In order to stay committed,

a passion for the sport

is necessary, which is something

Kapala realized at a

young age.

“I like seeing my teammates

get better, as well as

seeing myself get better, and

it’s just so much fun to go

out and play as a team and

work towards a goal together,”

she said.

That love for the game

grew when she got to know

North coach Aimee Lonigro

through camps. Lonigro had

an impressive athletic career

at Indiana University and

parlayed that into coaching,

which included a state championship

at East in 2002, despite

having no seniors on

the roster.

Even before she entered

North, Kapala said Lonigro

was always there working

with her during the high

school camps, and it influenced

her to keep playing.

“That’s what I looked forward

to when I came into

high school was playing for

her — not just playing softball,”

Kapala said. “She’s

just accomplished so much,

and I just loved her competitiveness.

And I’m personally

so competitive, and having a

coach that’s so similar in that

regard, it makes you want to

play even more.”

Lonigro gave her the opportunity

be on the varsity

team her freshman year,

and Kapala said that move

was vital to her career. She

was able to learn what it is

like on the highest level at

14-years-old, and the experience

prepped her to be a

leader down the road.

“She took a chance,” Kapala

said. “She didn’t have

to put me on varsity, but she

did anyway, and that really

improved me as a player.”

As a freshman, Kapala

was part of the team that

won the school’s first regional

championship — one

of her favorite memories in

a North uniform. Two years

later, another memory was

made, as she committed to

Shortstop Molly Kapala, who is going to St. Joseph’s

University next year, throws the ball during a regular season

game this past spring. 22nd Century Media File Photo

play at St. Joseph’s during

her junior year.

St. Joseph’s spotted Kapala

during a tournament with

her travel team. She was

deciding between two Division

II schools at the time,

but with the Hawks being a

Division I program — combined

with her love for the

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fastbreak

Alumni Spotlight

Provi graduate, Mokena native collects football accolades

1st-and-3

BURNS PHOTOGRAPHY

The Nick Figus

edition

1. Going to Titan town

Figus will join Illinois

Wesleyan University

next year, which has

a baseball team that

amassed a 222-141

record over the past

eight seasons. The

team finished 24-19

last year.

2. Versatile player

Figus started his

first two years

playing shortstop

before giving up

the position to play

in the outfield. He

also batted lead off

during the team’s

summer league

state championship

season.

3. Best for last

The outfielder

finished his final

year at North batting

.398 with 18 RBIs,

29 runs, 12 doubles

and a slugging

percentage of .551.

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

In his grade school years,

Mokena resident Zac Morgan

wasn’t allowed to play

football because he was

much bigger than everyone

else his age.

But the offensive tackle

made up for lost time by

having stellar careers at

Providence Catholic and the

University of Dayton. Now,

Morgan will use his last year

of NCAA eligibility to go

from Dayton to the University

of Oregon as a graduate

transfer.

Quick learner

Because of his size at a

young age, Morgan said his

parents didn’t allow him to

play football until he got to

high school.

“But growing up, I had

three older sisters who all

went to Providence — which

is known for being a football

powerhouse with such

a strong tradition there,” he

said. “I grew up going to the

games, and I fell in love with

the idea that it could be me

out there in the future.”

He started playing football

his freshman year at Providence.

His first two years,

he played a bit of defense

but was mostly an offensive

tackle — a position he has

played his entire career.

“I grew into my body a

little bit and finally was able

to use my strength to my advantage,”

he said.

Mokena native and Providence graduate Zach Morgan

plays in a games with the University of Dayton. Morgan

is an offensive tackler who recently transferred to play

football with the University of Oregon. Photo submitted

He capped his Providence

career with a first-team All-

Conference selection, and

Morgan redshirted his freshman

season at Dayton in

2012.

Morgan was a rotational

player the first few times he

got into games his sophomore

year. But after an injury

to a senior teammate,

Morgan said he started five

games in a row.

The next two years, he

started every game.

“I probably played more

plays than anybody on my

team,” Morgan said. “I never

came off the field, and I

wasn’t injured at all. I stayed

on for field goals, too.”

Morgan credited his

coaches at Dayton for teaching

him the game and preparing

him well.

“Game experience definitely

helps,” he added. “I

remember first playing my

sophomore year at Dayton,

and things were going

a mile a minute. But last

year, things came to me a lot

slower. I was able to dissect

things as they were happening

during play.”

This last season, led by

a core group of seniors,

Dayton won its conference

championship, finishing the

season 10-2.

Morgan said he’ll always

remember clinching the conference

crown in a game

against Marist College.

“It was our 10th win of the

year, and everyone was going

nuts,” he said. “Our families

were on the field after

the game. Everybody’s families

were really invested in

the team, and they were traveling

with us everywhere. It

was a lot of fun to be able to

share that with everybody.

“The four years at Dayton

were — so far — the best

four years of my life.”

Racking up the awards

During his time at Dayton,

Morgan was named as a firstteam

All-Pioneer Football

League selection (2015), an

honorable mention All-PFL

selection (2014), twice a

second-team Academic PFL

selection, and three times

a member of the PFL Academic

Honor Roll. He also

was recipient of the Stan

Kurdziel Outstanding Lineman

Award two years in a

row (2014, 2015).

“That was an award that

was voted on by my teammates,

so I think that makes

it even more of a big deal

for me — just knowing that

I have that sort of appreciation

from all those guys,”

Morgan said. “It means the

world to me.”

On to Oregon

After the Flyers’ season

ended, Morgan visited Providence

Catholic during winter

break.

“I was at home lifting at

Providence, and my high

school head coach came up

to me and said there was

this guy from Oregon who

was there and he was asking

about me,” Morgan said.

“He gave his contact info

and left it for me. I called

him and sent my transcripts

and some film.

“Everything kind of blew

up from that over winter

break.”

In mid-January, Morgan

said coaches flew out to

Dayton to meet him. Then,

around Jan. 30, he visited

the campus and signed the

paperwork. As a graduate

transfer, he has one year left

of eligibility.

Reached by phone July 7,

Morgan said he had been in

Eugene, Oregon for close to

three weeks going to summer

workouts with the team,

as well as summer classes.

Morgan said the workload

was similar to that of Dayton

— just kicked up a notch.

“At Dayton, we worked

our butts off, too, and the

work level is about the

same,” he said. “But everybody

is a little bit bigger, a

little bit faster. And there’s

definitely a lot more [funding]

in this program than

there was at Dayton.

“I tell people that this

whole facility is like Disney

World for football players.”

As for classes, Morgan —

a finance major at Dayton —

is taking economics courses

at Oregon for his master’s

program.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity,”

he said. “I’m

working right now to become

the best I can be and

earn a playing position this

fall. I want to do whatever

I can to help my team win,

and hopefully take Oregon

back to the college football

playoffs.”

Listen Up

“As a team, that’s when we really connected – seniors

through juniors. We really came together, and I never felt we

would lose any of those games in the summer.”

Nick Figus — Lincoln-Way North grad, on winning the summer league

state championship last summer

TUNE IN

Semi-professional football

6 p.m. Saturday, July 16

• The Lincoln-Way Patriots football team

is to host the Chicago Mustangs at

Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley

Park.

Index

45 – Alumni Spotlight

42 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Assistant Editor

James Sanchez. Send any questions or comments to

j.sanchez@22ndcenturymedia.com, or call (708) 326-9170

ext. 48.


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | www.mokenamessenger.com | July 14, 2016

Lincoln-Way

North graduate

Molly Kapala

swings at a

pitch during a

regular season

game. BURNS

PHOTOGRAPHY

North graduate to continue her

softball journey at the collegiate

level, Page 46

On the Oregon trail Mokena native to continue

football career at University of Oregon, Page 47

perfect match LW North graduate finds right

college to achieve athletic, academic success, Page 44

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