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Mother’s Day Free Bowling

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday,

May 6, Laraway Lanes,

1009 Laraway Road, New

Lenox. Laraway Lanes is

offering free bowling and

shoes for all moms and their

children. No reservations are

required to attend this event.

For more information, call

(815) 485-5177.

Mother and Son Luau

7-9 p.m. Friday, May 6, Bettenhausen

Recreation Center,

8125 W. 171st St.,Tinley

Park. The park district is to

host a luau for mothers and

their sons. Tickets for the

luau are $17 for residents

and $23 for nonresidents.

For more information or to

purchase tickets, visit www.


Mom and Me Golf

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, May

8, Tinley Junction Mini Golf

and Batting Cages, 16901 S.

80th Ave., Tinley Park. Celebrate

Mother’s Day with a

golf game. All mothers are

to receive prizes at the Tinley

Junction. For more information,

call (708) 614-1854.

500 or Bust Bra Drive

Orland Park Church, 7500

W. Sycamore Dr., Orland

Park. From May 8 to 15, the

Orland Park Church is to

collect bras of any size and

style, which will be donated

to help trafficking survivors

in Mozambique and El

Salvador. For more information,

visit www.orland


Lockport Woman’s Club

General Meeting

6 p.m. Thursday, May 12,

Public Landing Restaurant,

200 W. 8th St., Lockport.

The meeting is to include the

instillation of officers.

Ladies Spring Dinner

7 p.m. Friday, May 13,

Ashburn Baptist’s Ladies

Ministry, 15401 Wolf Road,

Orland Park. All ladies are

invited to an evening that

includes dinner, dessert and

crafts. The cost to attend is

$10. For more information,

call (708) 403-1363.

Mother/Daughter Spa Day

Registration deadline is

Monday, May 9 for the event

from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday,

May 14, Founders Community

Center, 140 Oak St.,

Frankfort. Indulge yourselves

for a morning of pampering

and relaxation. Update your

look with a new nail polish

color and hairdo. Refreshments

will be served. Just sit

back and relax while the professionals

from Paul Mitchell

College do the rest. The fee is

$12 for residents or $15 for

nonresidents. For more information,

call (815) 469-9400.


Spring Ladies’ Luncheon

and Shopping Spree

2 p.m. Sunday, May 15,

Tinley Lutheran Church

6850 W. 159th St., Tinley

Park. All ladies are invited

to luncheon and shopping

spree. Tickets are $20 for

adults and $10 for children

under 12. Reservation forms

are available at the Narthex

on the Welcome Center.

Reservations must be submitted

by May 7. For more

information, contact Judy

Green at (708) 772-3664 or


Homer Glen Junior Woman’s

Club General Meeting

7 p.m. Monday, May 16,

William E. Young Elementary

School Library, 16240

S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen.

Women age 18 and over can

attend. HGJWC is a community

service organization

founded in 2010, dedicated

to the improvement of Homer

Glen and its citizens. For

more information, contact

Megan Mitchell at (708)


Mother/Daughter Book Club

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday,

May 17, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. Make

funky crafts, have a snack

and talk about books with

other girls. Pick up books

at the Circulation desk. This

month is a special Mother/

Daughter book club. Mom

and Daughter both read the

book and then come hang out

for a night of fun. For more

information, visit www.newlenoxlibrary.org.

The Greatest Female Athlete

in History: Babe Didrikson

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June

28, Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave.,

Orland Park. Award-winning

actress Leslie Goddard is to

portray athlete Babe Didrikson

in a showcase at the library.

Goddard’s performance

includes a closer look at Didrikson’s

personal life, as well

as her journey from an Olympic

medalist to a world-class

golf champion. For more information

on the presentation,

call (708) 428-5115.


Mokena Woman’s Club

6:30 p.m. every second

Tuesday of the month, Mokena

Community Public

Library, 11327 W. 195th

St., Mokena. The club is

welcome to all women. Every

meeting there will be

refreshments, socializing

and entertainment or a guest

speaker. For more information,

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Lady — A Women’s Expo set for May 7

Free expo offers

shopping, fun

Michael Gilbert

Contributing Editor

Publisher 22nd Century

Media’s Lady — A Women’s

Expo is scheduled to return

next month with a handful

of new activities, along with

many familiar attractions

to which guests have become

accustomed during the

event’s first two years.

The free expo is to be held

from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 7 at

the Tinley Park Convention

Center, 18451 Convention

Center Drive in Tinley Park.

Retail store Meijer is the

event’s presenting sponsor.

Other sponsors are Celebrity

Cruises, Ingalls Health System,

Vitality Health Systems

and Krave Jerky.

Publisher 22nd Century

Media’s Chief Events Officer

Heather Warthen said the

idea behind starting the expo

in 2014 was to provide a

fun, Mother’s Day-weekend

event for women of all ages,

and that mission remains

two years later.

“There are plenty of girls’

nights out in the area – and

they are great – but there

really wasn’t a one-stop

shop, and this fits perfectly

with Mother’s Day weekend,”

Warthen said. “One

of my favorite things about

the expo is that it is kind of

a multi-generational event.

We see a lot granddaughters,

mothers and grandmas come

out for this.”

Returning to this year’s

expo is the popular fashion

show presented by The

Leading Image and Orland

Square Mall. The show,

which will feature the latest

spring fashions, is to be held

from noon-1 p.m.

“Jenny Applegate [from

The Leading Image] is great

at offering tips on how to

style some old pieces with

new,” Warthen said.

Meijer is another returning

vendor and is to offer

a number of free samples,

Warthen said.

Speaking of giveaways,

Warthen said the first 500

people attending the expo

will receive a free reusable

bag filled with samples from

many of the expo’s 60-plus

vendors. Those vendors

have also donated items for

door prizes that will be raffled

throughout the event,

she said.

New this year will be an

appearance by Mrs. Illinois

International Nicole LaHa

Zwiercan, who is the creator

of the blog “It’s Simple. Be

Kind.” which focuses on

putting an end to bullying.

Also new this year is gourmet

jerky provider Krave

Jerky, which is to provide

samples of all nine of its flavors.

Silk Avenue also is slated

to be on hand, and expo attendees

will have the opportunity

to make their own

custom silk scarves for a fee.

Psychic readings, food

samples and wine tastings

also are on tap for the expo,

Warthen said.

“We have quite a few vendors

returning, but we also

have a lot of new vendors

this year,” she said. “I think

this year, there is an even

wider variety of vendors and

truly something for everyone.”

The list of vendors already

signed on for the event are:

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Home Improvements, Celebrity

Cruises, Children’s

Museum of Oak Lawn,

Chiro One Wellness Centers,

Clinique at Carson’s Orland

Square, Costco Wholesale,

Countryside Bank, Damsel

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Fabulously Sweet Creations

LLC, hazel and ivy,

Health Nutz Natural Foods,

Holiday Fun Club Vacations,

Ingalls Health System, Integrated

Health Solutions

JM Creations, Joliet Slammers,

Kimberly Ann’s Treasures,

Krave Jerky, Mary

Kay, Meijer, MODE Health

and Fitness, Neat Repeats,

Lady — A Women’s Expo Stage Schedule

• 9:45-10 a.m. Ingalls Health System

• 10-10:15 a.m. Celebrity Cruises

• 11-11:20 a.m. Mrs. Illinois International - Nicole

LaHa Zwiercan

• 11:20-11:35 a.m. Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn

• 11:35-11:55 a.m. Vitality Health Systems

• 12-1 p.m. Fashion Show presented by The Leading

Image, Orland Square Mall

• 1:05-1:35 p.m. Robert Morris University - Chef

Anthony Di Fabio

Nothing Bundt Cakes, Origami

Owl, Orland Dental

Care, Orland Square Mall,

Physicians Immediate Care,

Power Home Remodeling

Group, Prudential, Renewal

by Andersen, Seacret (Minerals

of the Dead Sea), Silk

Avenue, SIM Jewelry Design,

Southwest Laser &

Medspa, Tastefully Simple,

The Avon Store in Frankfort,

The Talking Shirt, Tiger

Bath, Tinley Park Psychic,

Touchstone Crystal Jewelry

by Swarovski, Vein Clinics

of America, Vitality Health

Systems, Weight Watchers,

Window Works and Wyndham

Vacation Ownership.

Publisher 22nd Century

Media produces The Frankfort

Station, The Homer Horizon,

The Lockport Legend,

The Mokena Messenger, The

New Lenox Patriot, The Orland

Park Prairie and The

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Images Boutique caters

to women who have

been affected by cancer

Felicitas Cortez

Freelance Reporter

Many women who have been treated for

breast cancer undergo surgeries and procedures

that alter their physical appearance.

Whether these changes are temporary or

permanent, a New Lenox boutique is determined

to assist women to look and feel as

beautiful as ever.

Images Boutique, located at 338 Alana

Drive, opened this year to specialize in breast

prosthetics, wigs, sleep caps, compression

sleeves, clothing and accessories from wellknown

brands — Jodee, American Breast

Care, t.h.e. and Hats with Heart.

“It’s all about helping women live the life

they’ve always imagined, regardless of their

cancer,” store manager Linda Gaunce said.

“There really is no other store in the area,

except ours, which caters to ladies who have

been affected by cancer.”

Breast prosthesis and bras are among their

best-selling items.

Women need time after mastectomies

before breast reconstruction or may choose

against the procedure altogether. Breast

prosthesis, also known as breast forms, can

help women look balanced, filling in the

space where the breast was prior to surgery.

“It’s easy to slip one into a mastectomy

bra, or two forms if the woman had bilateral

surgery,” Gaunce said.

Made of silicone gel, foam or fiberfill

interior, the weighted forms come in many

shapes and sizes, accommodating traditional

bra measurements — AA to H.

“Mastectomy bras have sleeves that hold

the forms in place,” Gaunce said. “We even

carry swimwear, one-piece and special order

two-piece suits, which can accommodate the


Gaunce also pointed out prosthesis specially

designed for water activity.

“These are made from silicone beads,

move like a natural breast and are a little

lighter in weight than standard prosthesis,”

Gaunce said. “Both [types of prosthesis] are

waterproof, but some women prefer to wear

the swim forms with the bathing suits.”

The store sells mastectomy bras in every

size and style, from lace-trimmed beige to

leopard prints.

Gaunce is a certified mastectomy fitter, an

important qualification that measures expertise

and training, as well as a necessary detail

for clients’ insurance approval of purchases.

“Bodies change after surgery, so it’s important

to get the fit just right,” Gaunce said.

“I’ll measure the women and give advice on

the types and styles of bras to ensure a comfortable


Gaunce said the store’s clientele ages

ranges from women in their early 30s to 80s.

“Some women come to the store by themselves;

others come with their husbands,”

she added. “It’s my job to make sure each

woman leaves happy and with a smile on

their face. And no one leaves the store without

a hug.”

Images Boutique is open daily, 8:30 a.m.-3

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NL resident has art featured on Easter Seals stamps

Meredith Dobes, Contributing Editor

Ann Bonzani-Rhodes enjoys painting

and drawing. Flowers are her favorite subjects,

so it was only as natural as the items

she paints for her to enter the Easter Seals

2016 Seal Art Contest, which judges artwork

of lilies.

The New Lenox resident won the contest

for the second time in her life this year; her

first success came during the 2008 competition.

Easter Seals, an organization that assists

people living with disabilities, mails out

stamps to thousands of households each

spring in an effort to raise funds for its programs.

Each year, artists are encouraged to submit

work of lilies into the contest, and six winners

are chosen. Their work is then featured

on the stamps.

This year, Bonzani-Rhodes painted a yellow

lily on a bright blue background. She already

has copies of the stamps that feature

her work.

Though she has no formal background in

art, when she retired from nursing, she pursued

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began drawing and taking art lessons from

her friend Pat Moore in Park Forest.

She began with pencil drawings and acrylic,

and today mostly works with acrylic and

oil paints. She has regularly done art for

roughly 12 years, she said.

“As a child, I used to draw a lot,” she said.

“I didn’t remember too much about doing

that, but my friends have refreshed my memory

and said I did all the time. ... One step led

to another. I enjoy it a lot.”

Bonzani-Rhodes typically photographs

flowers that grow in her yard and then draws

them from the photographs.

One of her favorite pieces is a double hibiscus

that she drew and painted a bright orange/red

color, she said.

She typically paints on canvases 16-by-

20-inches or 36-by-36-inches, but she also

sometimes paints on birdhouses and other


“As of now, I’d probably say I have maybe

about 80 pieces, some large, some small —

different sizes,” she said. “I paint more at

different times.”

Bonzani-Rhodes keeps, gives away and

sells some of her art. She also does commissioned


She decided to enter the Easter Seals contest

when Moore told her about it. Both

times when she has won the competition,

it has been against countless other entrants

from across the country. Her winning pieces

are kept at the Easter Seals office in Chicago.

Her winning piece for this year took her

between 12-15 hours to complete and was

done on a 16-by-20-inch canvas.

She said winning has been an exciting experience

for both herself, and her family and


“Art is relaxing for me,” she said. “It’s

therapeutic for me. You don’t think about

whatever is bothering you. You don’t worry

about it. For a lot of people, if it’s not relaxing

for them, then it’s not very enjoyable. It

should be relaxing.”

Bonzani-Rhodes teaches art lessons to individuals

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She said she would encourage people to

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Original Pancake House happy to provide

quality food, service at its locations

Bright and early each

morning, before the blaring

sound of most alarm clocks,

The Original Pancake House

is humming with activity.

While some dedicated team

members peel apples for

the signature oven-baked

apple pancake with cinnamon

glaze, others are busy

preparing fresh squeezed orange

juice and brewing their

private blend coffee.

It doesn’t stop there.

Using only the most natural

and preservative free ingredients

available, the team

prepares for daily requests of

delectable pancakes, mouthwatering

waffles, delicate

crepes and fluffy omelet that

are made to order.

Dedicated employees of

the Original Pancake House

in Oak Forest are thrilled to

celebrate 41 years of providing

delicious food and great

service to their guests.

“We are very excited and

look forward to the day we

can say we’ve also served

the Orland Park community

for over 40 years,” said

Lisa Sczurek, who owns five

Chicagoland locations with

her husband, Steve. “We’ll

celebrate 12 years here in

the fall. Although all four

of our other locations [Oak

Forest, Hyde Park, Lincoln

Park and Bellevue near the

Magnificent Mile] have been

in business over 40 years,

Orland Park has a special

place in our hearts. It’s the

first restaurant Steve and I

opened together, and Orland

Park is where we are raising

our five children.”

Well known for limitless

breakfast choices, the pancake

house is fortunate to

have many wonderful, longtime,

regular customers and

employees that have been

loyal for 10, 20 and even 30-

plus years.

Eddie Bourret will celebrate

35 years with The

Original Pancake House this

summer. After arriving from

Korea when she was just 16,

Eddie started working at the

Oak Forest location while

still learning the English language.

She is now serving

third generation customers

in Orland Park.

“I get so many compliments

on how wonderful Eddie

is and how she remembers

all of her customers like

they are family,” Sczurek

said. “She even remembers

their favorite entrees. Her

work ethic is commendable.

It is dedicated, passionate

customers and employees

that have kept us in business

all these years.”

There are a number of

enjoyable items on the

menu sure to please every

taste bud, including ‘gluten

friendly’ pancakes and waffles,

or any one of the Daily

Specials which are $1.50 off

their regular price. On Monday

the special is apple pancake;

Tuesday any omelet;

Wednesday the Dutch baby,

Thursday any crepe and Friday

any waffle.

So when one is in the

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meal, stop by The Original

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years of experience.

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Husband and wife team Phil & Amy have

been busier than ever celebrating their entertainment

and travel tour endeavors.

The Mokena Community Public Library

District just recently presented this most talented

couple’s Broadway and Memory Lane

Show for their many patrons. The performance

was an overwhelming success and offered

that there would be more appearances

with these entertaining vocalists in store.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the recording

artists’ ever popular “Opening Night” CD

that features the music of Andrew Lloyd

Webber’s “The Phantom and of the Opera”

and “Les Miserables” selections. It’s a

fabulous compact disc of timeless fame that

continues to sell greatly through the www.

philnamymusic.com website as well as their


Phil & Amy will be celebrating this album’s

anniversary with a three-day performance

scheduled for summer on Aug. 1-3

at Starved Rock Lodge. Their musical tribute

series will also feature the vocal duo’s

daughter, Lucie, who so well complements

their variety of performances.

In addition to their musical entertainment,

Phil & Amy have been hosting motorcoach

tours for over 23 years as “The St. Christopher

Travelers,” adopting the name of the

patron saint of travelers. The travel tours all

began when they took their choir on a threeday

Route 66 excursion to an Ozark Valley

Lodge. Since then, the tours have grown by

leaps and bounds as they host a repertoire of

wonderful destinations in what they share as

“visiting authentic America”.

“Our motorcoach tours feel like family

excursions just like we did with each of our

families in the backseats of our parents’ cars

and station wagons, with St. Christopher on

the front dashboard,” they said.

Travel venues include a visit to Cape Cod,

and later in June (20-23) the travelers cross

the Mackinac Bridge for their getaway to the

bikes, horses, famous fudge and the historic

Grand Hotel of peaceful Mackinac Island,


In October, the St. Christopher Travelers

get to experience more authentic America

with their popular three-day Halloween/

Christmas journey to Frankenmuth, Michigan

with some of the greatest back-road hidden

treasures complimented by the amazing

autumn colors of Michigan.

New on the horizon of tours is this musical

couple’s long awaited trip to host the

Music City of Nashville, Tennessee in June

of 2017. One of the highlights of this trip

includes their stay at the Gaylord Opryland

Resort. The trip also features a cruise on

the General Jackson Showboat, The Ryman

Auditorium, a tour along Music Row and

more before continuing on to the Smoky


Looking ahead to 2018 is a nine-day getaway

to Yellowstone and Teton National

Parks. One-day trips feature an April 28

Route 66 Illinois tour, the Lyric Opera’s”

The King & I” May 17 and a motorcoach

again departing from Tinley Park heading to

the Aug. 3 Starved Rock “Phantom/Les Miserables”

musical tribute with Phil & Amy

and Lucie.

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Thyroid conditions: many face difficulty in getting a correct diagnosis

Tinley Park doctor uses functional medicine to support, manage patients’ thyroid conditions

Those who have been told their

labs are normal only to then suffer

with the same thyroid symptoms

they had before they began hormone

therapy, may not be aware that every

cell in their body has receptor

sites for the thyroid hormone. They

also may not be aware that the most

common cause of hypothyroidism

is not a problem in their thyroid

gland but rather a problem in their

immune system.

If one’s immune system is attacking

one’s thyroid, what else is it attacking?

This very important component

of the body has a direct impact on

the metabolism that is experienced

in the body. Individuals that suffer

from issues with this gland may

suffer from several different health

complications. These include, but

are not at all limited to, issues with

one’s weight, mood and energy.

Some common

warning signs include:

• Fatigue

• Increase in weight, even with a

low-calorie diet

• Morning headaches

• Depression

• Constipation

• Overly sensitive to cold weather

• Poor circulation

• Muscle cramps while at rest

• Chronic digestive problems

• Itchy, dry skin

• Dry or brittle hair

• Hair falls out easily

• Edema, especially facial

• Loss of outside portion of eyebrows

Many individuals experience

symptoms of thyroid disease and do

not even realize that the experiences

they are having could indicate a potentially

dangerous complication.

The thyroid is a relatively small

gland that is located in the lower region

of the neck. Its sole responsibility

is to secrete certain hormones

throughout the body.

There are 11 lab markers to properly

evaluate a thyroid, yet almost

all doctors only order two. How

can one manage his or her health

without all the information? Burning

out the thyroid gland with hormone

replacement is a more than

50-year-old model. In order to manage

one’s health, one needs to look

at the causes of the problem — not

just the symptoms.

Dr. Edward Beyer is to present

his free Thyroid Recovery Workshop

at 6:30 p.m. May 11 to help

those who want to learn about new

options to support and manage their

thyroid condition.

In this presentation,

Beyer will be discussing:

• Why one taking thyroid hormones

may still feel lousy

• Why one’s doctor says one’s lab

values are OK when they really


• The six different patterns to thyroid

problems and how only one

requires hormone replacement

• Why Hashimotos thyroiditis is really

not a problem in one’s thyroid

• Why doctors don’t run complete

thyroid blood tests

• Natural solutions to correct one’s

thyroid problems

A patient named Cheryl, 52, was

suffering for years

with her thyroid condition.

“I found Dr. Beyer — almost

like being touched by an angel —

[when] I was having a procedure

done at the hospital,” she stated.

“The nurse touched my arm and

said, ‘You need to see Dr. Beyer.’

“I was having severe thyroid

problems, [including] alopecia. My

hair was falling out. The doctors I

went to said that it was an autoimmune

condition and there was nothing

that could be done. I was slowly

deteriorating — no will to do anything.

“I’ve been with Dr. Beyer for

five months now, and I’ve lost 52

pounds [and] my hair has grown

back. I’m thankful to have found

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Southwest Laser and Med Spa in Mokena

making guests look and feel better

Saturday always seems like

chore day. Getting stuff done day.

Or making sure the children get to

practice. Or remembering what it

was like to sleep in.

The Southwest Laser and Med

Spa is participating in an event

for people who deserve a Saturday

back. Looking good and feeling

good feels, well, good. They

are bringing the good feelings in a

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They are offering free consultations

and a special event price of

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Injections can be done on site

or one can pre-purchase to be serviced

at their warm and attractive

spa at a later date.

Part of the fun for Southwest

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knowledge in anti-aging technology.

Maybe this passion is the reason

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They extend their expertise in

the Spa to Restylane, Dysport,

Sculptra, PRP, micropens, hydrafacials,

laser facials, chemical peels

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Their guests let them know that

in their results-oriented treatments

that Southwest Laser and Med Spa

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“I was getting tired of the constant

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Andrew foursome create outfit featured in the

Illinois Institute of Art’s spring fashion show

F. Amanda Tugade

Assistant Editor

For Acharia Nelson, Emily

Smith, Irene Karopulos

and Kailey Hovel, fashion

and interior design isn’t

just a class elective offered

at Andrew High School. At

its core, it’s a lifestyle built

on passion, persistence and


Those three skills, which

could only be taught through

time and experience, were

put to the test when the four

seniors entered one of their

designs at the Illinois Institute

of Art’s recent spring

fashion show.

While their design teacher

Tycee Sasso said that experience

exposed them to

college students working

on their careers, her students

said the show, overall,

taught them how to collaborate

and importantly,

think creatively. The show’s

theme, after all, was “transformation.”

The four explained prior

to the show, they spent nearly

three months creating

a classy white, lace dress,

but as they encountered

problems, they decided at

the last minute to scrap the

piece and move to an entirely

different direction.

The end result: a blackfitted

top paired with a

fluffy, purple tulle skirt

embellished with lavendercolored

LED lights placed

at the waist and around the

pockets’ linings.

“Our biggest inspiration

for [that] piece was [‘Sex

and the City’ character]

Carrie Bradshaw,” Hovel

said. “We saw a picture, and

we were like ‘We need to do

that!’ She had this long tulle

skirt on, and she was walking

through New York City.

We just died over it.”

The four admitted they

had trouble letting go of

their first design, but they

tried to stay focused, especially

as the show’s

date drew near. Smith said

looking back, that incident

taught them a valuable lesson.

“It helped prepare us for

what we’re going into,”

Smith said, noting they all

currently plan to pursue

careers that require creativity.

“Whether it’s interior

design or fashion design,

you’re going to have deadlines;

you’re going to have

to cram; and you’re going to

have problems.”

In terms of the show, the

four said technicalities –

measurements, materials

and importantly, time management

– are crucial to

construction, but finding inspiration,

pairing up colors

strategically and draping

are necessary for design.

Smith sketched out the

dress’ design, and Hovel cut

pieces of cloth and sewed

them altogether, while Karopulos

and Nelson completed

their collective vision

with constant edits and accessories.

“In order for us to collaborate

and put this dress

together, we had to work

together, [so that we could]

get the dress that we actually

wanted. [You need] to

have your own voice,” Nelson


They added with Sasso’s

class, they have learned

throughout the year about

proportion and principles

of design, as well as the

history of popular trends.

“You learn not only how to

dress yourself, but you learn

how to dress the right way,”

Hovel said.

Although the spring fashion

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ProCoreFitness owner gives real-life

fitness advice for women to feel healthier

Swimsuit season is upon

us, but there’s no need to


According to Kasia Topor,

owner of ProCoreFitness in

New Lenox, it’s the small

changes that make a big difference.

“There’s no reason to live

at the gym or follow a strict

diet program; that’s just not

realistic. The biggest fitness

success stories start with

small, practical changes,”

she said.

Topor has been training

clients and teaching fitness

classes for the past 20 years.

She’s also an award-winning

bodybuilder, but don’t let

that fool you. She’s been

where many of find themselves

at this time of year

– feeling out of shape and


“For years I was overweight

and unhappy,” she

said. “The day-to-day demands

of parenting, working,

and trying to have a social

life are exhausting.”

But once she started making

small changes, big things

started happening. She lost

weight and felt better both

physically and emotionally.

Her transformation has inspired

her to help others.

“Everyone deserves to

feel great,” she said.

The following are a few tips

Topor offers for starters:

1. Start with one meal – A

diet overhaul is not for

everyone because drastic

changes are hard to

maintain. Instead, start

with one meal – preferably

breakfast. Eating

breakfast ignites your

metabolism and sets you

up for success. By combining

complex carbohydrates,

like oatmeal, with

protein, like eggs, one is

much less likely to overeat

during the day.

“Clients are amazed at the

difference this makes,”

Topor said. “One client

traded her Diet Coke and

donut breakfast for something

healthier. She lost

three pounds in two weeks

just from this change.”

2. Drink more water – There

is a reason everyone says

this – it works. Drinking

water reduces your appetite

and increases your

metabolism. In fact, the

best way to shed water

weight is to drink water.

Work up to 64 ounces or

more a day.

3. Weights are great –

Strength training is the

most overlooked weapon

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especially for women.

It’s more beneficial than

cardio because having

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metabolism and burns fat

24/7 – even when one is

doing nothing.

“After all of these years,

I discovered that weight

training is my magic pill,”

Topor said.

ProCoreFitness is offering

a free seven-day pass for unlimited

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The gym offers group fitness

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New mom pain-free after physical

therapy at RIC at Silver Cross

For 29-year-old Stephanie

Fonck, the birth of her

daughter Mackenzie brought

tears of joy as she entered

the world. Unfortunately,

the new mom also endured

months of ongoing, sharp

pains and swelling due to a

fourth-degree tear she suffered

during the vaginal

birth. It hurt her to go to the

bathroom. Even sitting on a

chair became unbearable.

“Such severe vaginal

tears during childbirth are

not often talked about during

a woman’s pregnancy,”

said Fonck, who is also a

registered nurse. “I want

to share my experience, so

other expectant moms know

that they have options to find

relief from this terrible pain

through successful corrective

surgery and postnatal

physical therapy at The Rehabilitation

Institute of Chicago

(RIC) at Silver Cross


“A fourth-degree tear

is the worst tear you can

have in childbirth because

it extends through the anal

sphincter and into the bowel,”

added urogynecologist,

Sandra Culbertson, M.D.,

who performed Stephanie’s

corrective surgery that repaired

the torn muscle and

the fistula (defect in the

bowel) that was a result of

the tear. “Corrective surgery

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Stephanie’s body healed. It

was imperative that she have

postnatal physical therapy,

so her muscle strength could

be assessed prior to surgery.”

Stephanie feels she benefitted

greatly from having

postnatal physical therapy

both before and after her


“I am forever grateful for

the insight and expertise of

my surgeon Dr. Culbertson

and physical therapist Karen

Grube,” Fonck said. “During

the therapy sessions prior to

surgery, Karen evaluated my

muscle tone and determined

that I had no control of my

muscles any more. Then after

surgery, Karen showed

me how to build up muscle

strength by doing Kegel exercises

and dynamic stretches

and squats.”

“The body generally does

a pretty good job of recovering

post-delivery, but it is

also not uncommon to be left

with some significant changes

or actual problems,” added

Karen Grube, women’s

rehabilitation physical therapist

with RIC at Silver Cross.

“Unfortunately, many new

moms, like Stephanie, don’t

know about postpartum rehabilitation,

which can help

the body regain strength and

function after childbirth.

Without addressing those issues,

a woman’s body might

be left vulnerable to urinary

incontinence, pelvic organ

prolapse, pain with intercourse,

and hip, lower back

or pelvis pain.

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screenings for women six

weeks to one-year post-delivery

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pelvic or perineal pain, urinary

or fecal incontinence,

pelvic organ prolapse or

separation of the abdominal

muscles. Screenings take

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Silver Cross Health Center,

12701 W. 143rd St., Homer

Glen. During the 15-minute

exam, the new mom’s birthing

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Andrew student making it a point to donate her time, talents to others

Senior has completed

more than 400 hours of

local community service

F. Amanda Tugade, Assistant Editor

For Alivia Tessari, volunteering

is more than just fulfilling her community

service hours requirement,

so that she could graduate from

Andrew High School this May; it’s

a way of life.

Over the last three years, the Tinley

Park teen earned more than 400

hours of community service and is

a three-time recipient of the Cook

County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart

Youth Service Medal of Honor, a

state award that recognizes high

school students who have completed

a minimum of 100 service hours

throughout the year. Soon, she is to

receive the 2015 Prudential Spirit

of Community Awards, a nationally

recognized volunteer award.

“I honestly feel so blessed that

I’m able to have the opportunity,

because I feel like Andrew has provided

the resources to be able to be

successful throughout high school

and achieve these things,” Tessari

said of the two honors.

She recalled she was first introduced

to volunteering through a

religious education program where

she only had to commit to 10 hours

of service, and she later looked to

Andrew’s Service Learning Coordinator

Sherry Balestri to find more


“I like the idea of helping people,”

she said. “I believe that helping

people makes it a community.

It just brings people together.”

“Starting out, Alivia was pretty

aggressive when she first started

coming into my office. She told me

right away, ‘I want to do fun things.

I would like to get out to the community

and give back,’” Balestri


From there, Tessari took on different

challenges, which included

creating care packages for troops,

working with children at local park

districts for summer camps and

spending time with patients at rehabilitation

center Alden Estates

and residents at area senior living


Throughout the years, she has

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Expo held at the Tinley Park Convention

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and events at local churches.

Tessari and Balestri noted a large

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finding and making time for it.

“You have to want to volunteer,”

Tessari said, adding she has

learned to balance that along with

a part-time job, school, extracurricular

activities and of course, a

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encourage and recruit her friends,

along with other students, to not

only build their relationships together

but work toward common


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to learn how to be responsible,

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Beyer Chiropractic Center a leader

in treating thyroid conditions

Losing weight and living

a healthier lifestyle is on our

minds especially as summer

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diet and exercise alone does

not cut it; it may not be their


Research suggests there is

an estimated 20 million cases

of undiagnosed hypothyroidism

in America. Hypothyroidism

is a chronic condition

that causes abnormal production

of thyroid hormones affecting

the body’s metabolic

processes. Researchers regard

a lack of comprehensive

testing in mainstream

medical practices as one of

the main culprits to so many

being undiagnosed.

“Traditional medical approaches

to thyroid conditions

are over 50 years old,”

said Dr. Beyer. “It only recognizes

one type of thyroid

malfunction, when in actuality

there are 24 specific ways

the thyroid can be dysfunctional.

In most instances, individuals

seeking treatment

are receiving antiquated care

and are not being diagnosed


Through advancements in

medical understanding and

approaches, most thyroid

problems can be managed

well if properly diagnosed

and treated. A lot of times

this can be done naturally,

without any harmful drugs

or side effects.

Diagnosed with a lowfunctioning

thyroid condition

at the age of 18, Corey

suffered from insomnia,

weight gain, depression and

moodiness for more than a

decade before finding relief

at the Beyer Chiropractic

Center in Frankfort.

“For years I felt like there

was a film over my eyes

and life,” Corey said. “Ever

since this new treatment,

that film has lifted. The

weight started falling right

off, I slept better, and the

pressure was gone. It’s been

life changing.”

When asked what makes

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general procedures, Dr. Beyer

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new methods and a

more natural, functional approach.

“What we do is unique,”

Beyer said. “We do proper

testing - not guessing - to

find out what is really going

on with your body. Then we

focus on fixing the cause,

not covering the symptoms.”

The difference?

Proper testing and a very

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approach in the treatment

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This approach has given

relief to many who have

suffered for years under the

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Alice suffered from a variety

of symptoms including

weight gain, fatigue, vertigo,

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after seeking treatment at

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“My kids are excited to

have their mom back,” she

said. “My husband is excited

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I’m excited to have my life

back. And it was all done in

a 16-week program!”

Common symptoms of

thyroid conditions include:

fatigue, difficulty managing

weight gain/loss, cold hands

and/or feet, heart palpitations,

difficult or infrequent

bowel movements, depression,

insomnia, lack of motivation,

night sweats, mental

sluggishness, thinning hair/

hair falling out, and dryness

of skin and/or scalp.

For persons interested in

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Dr. Beyer is having a

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patient navigation and survivorship


“We have a team of nurse

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and to serve as resources

for our patients,” Gravitt

said. “We’re here to support

patients and guide them

through their treatment.”

The focus on women’s

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Imaging is an important part

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McGovern said, are the “major

health care decision makers

for the entire family.”

Many times women are caring

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she added.

Breast imaging and breast

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Thanks to the recent upgrades

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From Page 22

The reverse total shoulder

replacement relies on the

deltoid muscle, instead of

the rotator cuff, to power and

position the arm.

JoAnn had surgery on

March 19, and despite the

extent of her injury, she went

home the very next day.

With her shoulder out of

commission, JoAnn’s adult

son stayed with her for a

month while she recovered.

Following extensive

physical therapy and recuperation,

JoAnn regained

complete use of her shoulder

and is able to lift it above

her head without problems

– something that definitely

comes in handy for water

aerobics three days a week!

To this day, she faithfully exercises

her shoulder at home

for optimum strength.

“I can do everything that

I have to do – including

vacuuming, which started

this whole thing in the first

place,” the retired mother of

two adds with a smile. “I’m

so grateful to Dr. Seshadri

for putting my shoulder back

together, and to Dr. Gottumukkala

for referring me!”

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more information, call (708)

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