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Frankfort • Mokena • New Lenox




Finding fun

Find out what’s happening this holiday season,

Pages 2, 17, 33

Second Chance


Holiday Card Contest returns for second year,

Page 11

Manage the seasonal stress

Tips on coping with the holiday madness,

Page 36


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The 2015 Lincoln-Way Holiday Calendar

A chronological sampling of the Lincoln-Way area’s holiday events for the 2015 season, featuring New Lenox, Frankfort and Mokena

Breakfast With Santa

Registration deadline is on

Wednesday, Nov. 25, for the Mokena

Park District event at 9 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5, at Aurelio’s

Restaurant, 310 W. Lincoln Highway,

Frankfort. The fee of $13

for residents, or $16 for nonresidents,

includes a plated breakfast

with Santa, entertainment and a

special gift. All attendees must

be pre-registered through the Mokena

Park District. Registration is

not accepted at the restaurant. To

register and for more information,

call (708) 390-2401.

Lincoln-Way East

Madrigals Performance

7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30,

Frankfort Public Library, 21119 S.

Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort. Get into

the holiday spirit with the community

at the library for a performance

by East’s musical performance

group. Light refreshments served

by the Friends of the Frankfort

Public Library District. For more

information, call (815) 469-2423.

Dinner With Santa

Registration deadline is Monday,

Nov. 30 for the event from

6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4,

Founders Community Center,

140 Oak St., Frankfort. Celebrate

the holidays by joining Santa and

Frosty the Snowman for dinner.

Each child will have an opportunity

to visit with Santa and receive

a goody bag. After children have

given Santa their wish lists, families

can enjoy some fun family entertainment.

The dinner menu will

include a slice of cheese pizza,

cookie and a drink. The fee is $9

for residents, or $12 for nonresidents.

For more information, call

(815) 469-9400.

2015 FAWN Holiday Event

5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov.

30, Dancing Marlin, 20590 S.

LaGrange Road, Frankfort. The

Frankfort Area Women’s Network

will host its 2015 holiday party, at

Peter Sullivan, 2, of Frankfort,

shares a laugh with Frosty the

Snowman during this past year’s

Lunch With Santa event at the

Founders Community Center.

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which women will enjoy an evening

of networking. Tickets are

$35, which will include entertainment

provided by Peter Miletic,

one drink ticket, and a variety of

hot and cold appetizers. For more

information, call (815) 469-3356.

2015 ‘Jingle & Mingle’

Chamber Holiday Party

Registration deadline is Tuesday,

Dec. 1 for the holiday party

from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 at

The Atrium at Gatto’s Restaurant

& Bar, 1938 E. Lincoln Highway,

New Lenox. The New Lenox

Chamber of Commerce’s party

includes the 2015 Business of the

Year announcement, networking,

a 50/50 Merry Money Raffle, food

and beverages. Tickets are $25 per

person. For more information, call

(815) 485-4241.


Central Madrigals

6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1,

New Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New Lenox.

Get in the holiday spirit with a

concert performed by the Lincoln-

Way Central Madrigals. For more

information, visit www.newlenox


Gingerbread Challenge

7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, New

Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. Children are

welcome to decorate some gingerbread

houses with candies, frosting

and other goodies. For more

information, visit www.newlenoxlibrary.org.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3,

Downtown Frankfort, Kansas and

Oak streets. Experience the magical

tree lighting ceremony to kick

off the holiday season in Frankfort,

which will include hot chocolate

and cookies and a visit from Santa

Claus. For more information, call

(815) 469-2177.

Animal Clinic at New Lenox

Pictures with Santa

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec.

5 and Dec. 12, Animal Clinic at

New Lenox, 1328 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox. Join staff members

from the Animal Clinic at New

Lenox, as they will welcome Santa

again this year for pictures. There is

a minimum $5 cash donation or an

item from the TLC Wish List is required

for pictures. All proceeds go

to support the Tender Loving Care

Animal Shelter in Homer Glen. For

more information, call (815) 485-


Creative Christmas Crafts

10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec.

5, New Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New Lenox.

Children ages 4-12 will create oneof-a-kind

Christmas cards and gift

tags using “upcycled” cards and

craft supplies. For more information,

visit www.newlenoxlibrary.


Christkindl Weekend

Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 5-6, Downtown

Frankfort, Kansas and Oak

Please see Calendar, 4

Jessie Szafoni, 7, of Frankfort,

runs down White Street with a

cookie bag in during the Village

of Frankfort’s annual Christkindl

weekend held this past year.

A horse-drawn carriage waits outside the Trolley Barn in downtown Frankfort during the annual Christkindl


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Stoney Point harkens back

to Northwoods fishing trips

Stoney Point Grill was

opened by a couple of guys

who love to fish, love the

Northwoods and absolutely

hated coming home from

their fishing trips to the


Opened in August 2005,

Stoney Point Grill was built

with the intention of harkening

back to the fishing trips

that so many South Siders

take to Wisconsin and

Minnesota every year, and

to grab a little piece of the

Northwoods and bring it

home to the suburbs of Chicago.

Customer can see Northwoods

influences everywhere

they look in Stoney

Point Grill. The name itself,

“Stoney Point,” is a fishing

spot on Cass Lake in Minnesota.

Diners can see it in

things like the lake maps

on the wall, the replicas

of trophy muskie, walleye

and other game fish scattered

throughout the restaurant,

and the Hamm’s Beer

Scenearama sign (there was

one just like it on the wall

at Tom’s Resort on Cass

Lake). Customers can see

it in the menu, with items

like the Sky Bleu Waters

Burger, the Cass Lake Club,

the lake perch fingers, the

shore lunch walleye and the

Muskie burger.

Diners can see it in the

huge martini list, with references

to the many memories

that are made on those annual

excursions to the Northwoods.

Customers can take a

walk into the “Wall of Fame”

room and find pictures of

some big catches from the

restaurant’s staff and guests.

And anyone who thinks their

photo belongs up on the

wall can bring in 8.5-inchby-11-inch

full color photos

of their catches. If they

are deemed worthy, Stoney

Point will reward the accomplishment

by putting a mug

shot up on “The Wall.” Just

keep in mind that the restaurant

is about the Northwoods

and game fish. A picture of

a tuna you caught deep-sea

fishing in Florida is not going

to cut it.

The kitchen at Stoney

Point Grill is a scratch kitchen,

with every item being

prepared from scratch using

only the freshest and highest

quality ingredients. The

staff of Stoney Point Grill

Please see fishing, 45

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streets. Visit downtown

Frankfort to participate

in numerous holiday activities

throughout the day.

The 30th annual event is

sponsored by the Frankfort

Historic Business Association.

For details and times

of all activities, visit www.


and for more information,

call (815) 469-2177.

It’s Christmas,

Cabaret Style!

1-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5,

Mokena Community Public

Library, 11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Kym Frankovelgia

will sing favorite winter and

holiday classics, big band

favorites, standards and comedic

selections, as well as

take requests and invite attendees

to sing along. For

more information, call (708)


Representing Girl Scout Troop 705, members (left to right)

Hannah White, Jennifer White and Caeley Doran decorate

a tree with lights at this past year’s Christmas in the

Commons in New Lenox.

‘The Polar Express’

Story Time Train

5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5,

The Sanctuary Golf Course,

485 Marley Road, New

Lenox. Attendees will board

a trolley and travel through

the golf course while listening

to “The Polar Express”

during the ride. Children

will get to visit Santa and

take pictures with him. After

the visit, children will have

an opportunity to do small

crafts, while enjoying hot co-

Please see calendar, 5

Holiday parties start at Irish

Pig/Connolly’s Catering

Every holiday party needs New Lenox’s

best kept secret: Irish Pig BBQ/Connolly’s


Celebrating 15 years in New Lenox and

two years at its 280 E. Lincoln Highway

location, the Irish Pig BBQ has a varied

menu for all budgets. Owner Kathy Connolly

has been in business since 2000 and

is dedicated to fulfilling both dining and

catering needs.

The homemade menu uses only the freshest

ingredients and includes such favorites as

homemade soup, ribs and sandwiches. There

are many specials from which to choose, as

some customer favorites include the Reuben

sandwich and barbecue.

Guests cannot miss the corned beef sandwich,

with its mountain of corned beef,

which is always piled high and paired with

the popular, hand-cut garlic fries. Carryout

options include family-to-go packs and food

by the pound, and there is a full menu available

in the dining room.

The Irish Pig’s BYOB dining room is open

from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday through

Thursday, and from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday

and Saturday.

For those in need of catering for holiday

events, Connolly’s Catering, the sister company

to the Irish Pig, do the cooking. The

full-service menu holds the same exact standards

one will find at the Irish Pig restaurant.

The wide selection can be tailored to suit

both taste and budget, and offers many options

for a customized menu. There also is

a barbecue special package and a Hawaiian

luau package available for a unique and

memorable holiday party.

Submitted by Irish Pig, 280 E. Lincoln Highway,

in New Lenox. For more information on

Irish Pig, visit www.irishpigbbq.com or call (815)

485-1744. For more information on Connolly’s

Catering, visit www.connollyscatering.net or call

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coa and cookies. Each trolley

ride takes roughly an hour.

The fee is $13 per person.

For more information, call

(815) 485-3584.

Breakfast With Santa

8 a.m.-noon, Sunday,

Dec. 6, Lincoln-Way West

High School, 21701 S. Gougar

Road, New Lenox. The

New Lenox Lions Club is

hosting its annual holiday

breakfast event, at which

children will have pictures

with Santa, play games, do

raffles and more. Tickets are

$5 for adults, $3 for children,

and children younger than

2 years old are free. All the

proceeds will go to charity.

For more information, contact

Brian at (773) 726-8095.

Christmas in the Commons

1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec.

6, New Lenox Commons,

1 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Celebrate the holiday

season with the community

and the Village of

New Lenox. The event will

include caroling from the

area high schools and junior

highs, as well as the St.

Jude Ministry & Bell Choir.

Participants can enjoy free

hot chocolate, popcorn and

cookies; participate in horsedrawn

wagon rides and a

reindeer display. There will

be coloring and tree decorating

contests before the finale

of the event, which will be

the lighting of the Christmas

trees. For more information,

call (815) 462-6400.

Santa hands a candy cane to Allison Jurka at this past year’s Christmas in the Commons.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus

10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday,

Dec. 19, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Join Mrs.

Claus and some North Pole

elves for festive stories, a

craft, cookies and elf games.

Please bring a nonperishable

food item to donate

to the local food pantry.

For more information,

visit www.newlenox


‘The Polar Express’

Pajama Movie Night

6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21,

Founders Community Center,

140 Oak St., Frankfort.

Participants can dress in pajamas

and slippers, and enjoy

an evening doing holiday

games and crafts. There will

also be a very special guest

in attendance for photos. A

bedtime snack of cookies,

popcorn and hot chocolate

will be served. The fee is $5

per child. For more information,

call (815) 469-9400.

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Gaelic Park facilities can add bit of

elegance to any special event

Chicago Gaelic Park, located

at 6119 W. 147th St., in Oak Forest,

has the experience and facilities

to host events from 50 to 500

people with banquet rooms, which

are among the most beautiful in the

southwest suburbs.

With three different banquet

rooms that can be rented for a host

of occasions, Gaelic Park is the

perfect locale for bridal and baby

showers, weddings, school proms,

dinner dances, concerts and more.

A variety of menus are available to

suit different special occasions, and

allow each event to be customized.

For a large wedding reception or

party, the grand Emerald Room is

the perfect fit. Upon entering, elegance

abounds, as collections of

Irish Waterford Crystal and Belleek

china adorn the lobby. This luxurious

room features sparkling crystal

chandeliers, two oak bars featuring

hand-carved glass mirrors, an

extra-large hardwood dance floor,

elevated stage and state-of-the-art

audio-visual system.

The Tara Room, with direct access

to the outdoor patio and waterfall

area, is perfect for outdoor

wedding ceremonies, cocktail parties

or wedding receptions. The

room features two beautiful oak

bars with antique mirrors, two sets

of washrooms, a hardwood dance

floor, stage and an audio-visual and

sound system. This room can hold

up to 300 guests.

Also outside is the volunteer

garden, a beautifully landscaped

grove that abounds with seasonal

flowers and is a beautiful on site

photo stop for weddings or other

special occasions.

The most intimate of the three

banquet rooms is the Celtic Room,

which can host parties up to 120

guests. Its location on the second

floor gives it privacy, while still

offering all the amenities of a fullservice

banquet facility. The Celtic

Room, which is easily accessed by

elevator, is an ideal spot for showers,

corporate dinners, family reunions

and smaller wedding parties.

Another great feature of having a

party at Gaelic Park is that guests

can take advantage of The Carraig

Irish pub. Guests who arrive early

or those not ready to leave after the

festivities can continue the party at

The Carraig, which is not only convenient

but has a wonderful atmosphere,

as well.

Gaelic Park staff is available daily

from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. to help with planning

or to answer any questions.

Submitted by Chicago Gaelic Park,

6119 147th St., in Oak Forest. For

more information, visit www.chicago

gaelicpark.org or call (708) 687-9323.

Orland Park Crossing to

host Santa Holly Trolley

Santa’s trolley will roll into

town from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the

Holly Trolley event at Orland Park

Crossing shopping center.

Attendees can hop aboard the

trolley and visit with the “naturally-bearded”

Santa, who will listen

to youngsters’ wishes.

The Holly Trolley will be conveniently

parked near Hair Cuttery

at Orland Park Crossing and

is a perfect setting for parents to

capture the moment on their camera.

Pre-register at www.shoporlandparkcrossing.com,

or on the

day of the event at the Kris Kringle


Princess Elsa and snowman

Olaf look-a-likes will also be at

the Holly Trolley event, along

with “make a snowman” crafts for

youngsters. All events are free of


Plus, this years’ special feature

includes fun, fabulous and educational

books from Usborne Children’s

Books that will be for sale.

The Holly Trolley is sponsored

by Orland Park Crossing shopping

center as a way to welcome the

community to the shopping center

for a festive afternoon of free seasonal


Orland Park Crossing is an Edwards

Realty Company property.

This shopping center is home to

more than 30 specialty and boutique

shops and restaurants, including

Charming Charlie, P.F.

Chang’s, Granite City, White

House/Black Market, Francesca’s,

Soma, Chico’s, Ann Taylor, Talbots

and The Dailey Method.

Submitted by Orland Park Crossing,

143rd Street and LaGrange Road in

Orland Park. For more information,

visit www.shoporlandparkcrossing.

com or call (708) 923-6312.

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New Lenox gift store offers timeless treasures

Angel’s Trumpet Gifts carries

timeless treasures and fine giftware

for every event.

The shop specializes in unique

gifts for all occasions, including

birthdays, anniversaries, weddings,

baptisms, confirmations, retirements

and memorials. The store

also sells Christmas-themed gifts,

women’s fashion accessories and

devotional keepsakes.

The store is located in New

Lenox, south of Route 30, right off

of Cedar Road. Formerly known

as Lawrence’s Gifts, and family

owned since 1963, the store is

owned by Ed Barkoski.

Barkoski’s original store was

located in downtown Joliet and

earned a reputation for offering

unique, high-quality gifts and providing

great customer service with

a personal touch.

Barkoski recently announced

that after more than 50 years in the

gift business, he will be retiring

and closing his New Lenox store.

All giftware and collectibles, storewide,

will be sold at 50 percent

off. Many of the store’s items are

only available in limited numbers,

so customers should visit the store

soon to ensure the best selection.

Store fixtures are also for sale.

“I am sad to be closing the store,

but I am ready to move on to a new

chapter in my life,” Barkoski said.

“What I will really miss the most

are my longtime loyal customers

who come back to the store again

and again to find things for their

loved ones. They bought for themselves;

then bought for their children;

and now they are buying for

their grandchildren. I have gained

new customers and new friends

with each new generation I serve.”

The store’s New Lenox showroom

has more than 1,500-squarefeet

of display space, and features

an inventory of more than 2,000

pieces of merchandise. Barkoski

is one of only a few dealers in the

Chicago southwest suburbs offering

a large line of fine porcelain

figurines, including hard-to-find

items from Lladro and Hummel.

The store also has one of the

largest selections of inspirational

keepsakes and devotional items in

Will County. This includes items

for baptisms, communions and


Angel’s Trumpet also carries a

special selection of women’s fashion

accessories. Fashion items include

leather purses, handbags,

clutches, scarves and costume jewelry.

All items are of the highest

quality, stressed Barkoski, and include

accessories from name-brand

designers, such as Pashmina.

“We have always been known

for our large selection, fair prices

and hospitality,” Barkoski said. “I

think my longtime customers have

really come to trust our high standards.

We only sell merchandise

that meets or exceeds a very high

standard for quality.

“I really will miss serving my


The store will be open from 11

a.m.-4 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov.

27. The store is only open from 11

a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

The store will be offering extended

holiday hours later in December,

and customers are encouraged to

visit the store’s website for all the


Submitted by Angel’s Trumpet Gifts,

14423 W. Edison Drive, Unit F, in

New Lenox. For more information,

visit www.angelstrumpetgifts.com.


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- Beacon Hill Antiques

- Kay's Old Orland Marketplace

- Pam Benson Fine Jewelry

- Player Piano Clinic & Emporium

- Anna B's Antiques 'N Things

- Union Avenue General Store

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Angel’s Trumpet Gifts

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Retirement Sale - Everything 50% Off!

Gifts for all occasions, including Birthdays, Anniversaries,

Weddings, Baptisms, Confirmations, Retirements and

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Celebrate & Shop New Lenox

set to return for its third year

The Village of New Lenox is hosting its third

annual Celebrate & Shop New Lenox.

This promotion encourages residents to visit and

support local businesses during the holiday’s busiest

shopping time of the year.

Beginning with Small Business Saturday, Nov.

28, and continuing through Dec. 5 with the culmination

of Christmas in the Commons, many local

businesses are planning events, offering specials

and decorating their businesses for the holidays.

Area residents will not want to miss Christmas

in the Commons. Held from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 5, families

can participate in wagon rides, the coloring

contest, listen to local musical groups sing carols,

have the New Lenox Police Department issue children’s

ID cards for those interested, and enjoy free

hot cocoa, popcorn and cookies, while available.

The New Lenox Public Library is hosting a Christmas

Trivia Game with prizes awarded, as well

as raffling a gift basket. Last but not least, Santa

and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children from

1-4:30 p.m. with Comet and Cupid. The festivities

end with the tree lighting at 5 p.m.

As the time draws nearer to the start of the Celebrate

& Shop Week, the names of all participating

merchants and their special offers or events will be

posted on the Village’s website, www.newlenox.

net, and the Village of New Lenox’s Facebook

page. Those who do not already “like” the Village

on Facebook should do so.

New Lenox’s shopping opportunities have

grown over the years to allow community members

to shop local. People can save on gas, wear

and tear on their vehicles, and support local businesses

with great deals. Whether one is in need of

home cleaning or repairs before holiday company

arrives, or one wants to find a present for that special

someone, New Lenox’s local merchants offer

many opportunities.

For a complete listing of participating businesses

and their special holiday offerings, visit www.


For more information, contact Nancy Dye, Economic

Development Coordinator, at (815) 462-

6416 or by email at ndye@newlenox.net.

Submitted by the Village of New Lenox.

Blue Heron Inn has it all

The Blue Heron Inn, located on the

east shore of Pine Lake in La Porte, Indiana,

is dedicated to the tradition of

making their guests’ vacation a pleasurable

and relaxing experience.

The inn features several accommodation

options — from a basic nofrills

guest room to a two-bedroom

suite with a fireplace and whirlpool

tub. All rooms, regardless of type, are

decorated with elaborate crown molding,

tasteful colors and fine linens. The

refrigerator, coffee pots and video entertainment

options make extended

stays convenient and pleasant. Complimentary

wireless Internet access

also makes each guests’ stay easy and


Guests are also able to enjoy the

intimate and elegant atmosphere of T-

Bones Pier 11. This classic steakhouse

features steaks, chops and seafood, as

well as a magnificent fine wine selection.

Those who have a business function,

celebration or rehearsal dinner can

give their guests the best treatment by

selecting from several entertainment

options. The Le’Cabernet, which seats

up to 50 people, offers the elegance

for those special occasions. Pompeii’s

Pub greets customers with a more casual

setting, which is ideal for up to 20

guests. Catering of food by T-Bones

will wow guests and is available to fit

many budgets.

The Blue Heron Inn is open yearround.

This charming turn-of-thecentury

retreat offers something for

everyone. Whether guests enjoy boating,

visiting area orchards, golfing or

simply relaxing, Blue Heron has it all.

Customers should call today for one

of the inn’s special packages or gift

certificates, which make great Christmas


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St. in La Porte, Indiana. For more

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22nd Century Media | November 25, 2015 | 11

Don’t forget about us this holiday season

Southwest suburban newspapers bring

back annual Holiday Card Contest

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

This past holiday season, 22nd Century Media

Southwest launched its first Holiday Card Contest.

And it was nice. We felt special — almost like

part of your families but without, you know, having

to hit the icy roads in the dead of winter, bring

a cheap bottle of wine to complement a ham or be

part of the inevitable political arguments that unfolded

after Grandpa made a comment that rubbed

someone’s college boyfriend the wrong way. Like

we said, it was nice.

So, we’re bringing it back for a second year in

an effort to fill that void that entered our hearts

when this past holiday season ended and we were

simply left to work on newspapers, continuing

our sheltered office existence, checking the mail

longingly, but finding only board agendas to our

names. Sigh.

But you can help brighten our spirts once again

with great joy, great mirth but most importantly

great holiday cards, and maybe earn some recognition

and/or prizes for your creativity in the

process. It is as easy as adding us to your holiday

mailing list.

Do you send Christmas cards to your nearest

and dearest family and friends? Do you make

them from scratch? Or do you have a secret

source for unique cards?

Do you write a year-end letter to tell everyone

how wonderful your entire family has been in the

past year (everyone took a trip together to Italy;

Dad got his dream car, solving his midlife crisis;

and the children are, surprisingly, actually living

up to expectations)? Or do you get over the fact

that life didn’t go your way this calendar year by

writing a mock version of those letters? (We hear

humor deflects the pain.)

Do you send out a holiday photo from some

new exotic locale every December? Or do you get

creative and organize some sort of ridiculous family


Whatever it is, simply address your cards, photos

and/or letters to the editor of your paper and

mail them to 11516 W. 183rd St. Unit SW Office

Condo 3, Orland Park, IL 60467. Make sure the

items somewhere include a name and a phone

number at which we can reach you, should you

happen to win the contest.

We will accept submissions through 5 p.m.

Christmas Day (this year a Friday, every year

Dec. 25). They must be received (not postmarked)

by that day, so please make sure to give yourself

enough time for holiday mail service.

The entries will be evaluated by our editorial

staff and judged in two categories — Best in Show

and Funniest. We will pick one winner in each of

the categories from across all seven of the towns

covered by 22nd Century Media’s Southwest office:

Orland Park, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Mokena,

New Lenox, Lockport and Homer Glen.

In addition to awarding prizes, we plan to publish

images or transcripts of our winners in print,

along with a few of our other favorites.

We do have three

important rules to follow.

• We are only allowing

one entry per household

for this contest.

• The entry must be from

this holiday season.

• Electronic entries are

accepted (visit 22ndCenturyMedia.com

for more

information on how to contact

your editor).

Prizes will be announced

in the Thursday, Dec. 3

editions of 22nd Century

Media’s seven southwest

suburban newspapers.

From Small Business Saturday,

thru Christmas in the Commons,

shop local during the busy

holiday season.

Special Discounts

Customer Appreciation Events

Festive Holiday Decorations

& Much More!

Visit our website for full details:




SATURDAY 11/28 - SUNDAY 12/6

12 | November 25, 2015 | 22nd Century Media Holiday guide


Salt Creek Ballet’s


Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 1 and 5 p.m.

Tickets: $23/$33/$43

Children 16 & under: $23

Ain’t Misbehavin’

presented by Porchlight Music Theatre

January 30, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Winner of the 2014 Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best Production – Revue” and one of Porchlight’s

biggest hits ever returns with the original cast! Set in the jazz age, this tribute to Fats Waller’s

music and the HarlemRenaissance is a rowdy, raunchy and humorous evening of fun.

“A rousing triumph…pure joy,” Highly Recommended ~ Chicago Sun-Times

A family classic with

gorgeous costumes and sets!

Pictures with Santa

at 3 p.m.



CenterTickets.net 708.235.2222

GSU offers residents a

cultural destination right

in their own backyard

Center for the Performing

Arts is more than just a

venue for live performing

arts. Located on the campus

of Governors State University,

it is a vibrant cultural

destination that encourages

and supports art education,

entertainment, community

dialog and creative innovation

for students and community

members throughout

Chicago’s Southland.

Since opening in 1995, the

center has grown into the

premier gathering place in

the region for quality, accessible

and diverse entertainment,

serving more than

60,000 patrons annually.

With a state-of-the art

facility that seats 1,171

patrons, free parking, a

convenient location and affordable

pricing, the center

offers quality entertainment

for all. Discounts are also

available for seniors, students

and groups.

The Center offers national

touring acts, showcases

Chicago-based artists and

cultivates the rising stars

of tomorrow through its

community and academic

theater programs. Presentations

on stage represent a

variety of genres, including

opera, family programs,

theater, dance, comedy,

rock/pop/blues/jazz concerts,

educational experiences

and more. Whatever

one’s cultural tastes, the

Center for Performing Arts

can fulfill it.

A visit to campus offers a

complete entertainment experience

that rivals city venues,

with unique social and

educational gatherings before

and after performances.

From pre-show wine tastings

and receptions, to postshow

talk-backs with artists

and community leaders, at

Center for Performing Arts

guests will experience more

than just a show.

Students and community

members are immersed in

art when immediately stepping

on campus. Artwork

adorns the walls, thanks to

the Visual Arts Gallery’s

“Art on Campus” program,

which showcases themed

exhibits that explore social,

political and educational


The Gallery’s “Ways of

Making” series features professional

artists and curators

creating across various

artistic mediums, including

installation art, sculpture,

painting, photography and

more. The gallery is a welcoming

gathering place offering

free receptions and

events that are open to the


Step outside for a view of

something new. Set within

more than 100 acres of

natural prairie landscape,

the Nathan Manilow Sculpture

Park is Illinois’ largest

outdoor sculpture museum,

showcasing 32 contemporary

works in the midst of

the prairie on the campus of

Governors State University.

With a focus on education,

exhibition and conservation,

the park is a haven

for exploration, where wonder

emerges around every

corner, inspiring opportunities

for interactive learning,

mind-body fitness and appreciation

of contemporary


Whether looking to make

family memories around the

holidays or take in the latest

art or sculpture exhibit,

Governors State University

offers many affordable opportunities

for entertainment

and learning.

For a list of upcoming

events, including Salt Creek

Ballet’s holiday favorite,

“The Nutcracker” Dec. 5,

and Grammy award-winning

a cappella group Take

6 Dec. 12, visit www.cen

tertickets.net and www.


Submitted by Governors

State University, 1 University

Parkway, in University Park.

For more information, visit

www.govst.edu or call (708)


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22nd Century Media | November 25, 2015 | 13

S anta’s


Sunday, December 13

1:00 to 3:00 pm Visit Santa on the Holley Trolley

Come Build a Snowman!

with Elsa and Olaf*

*Costumed Character look-a-likes


Bring your Camera to capture the magic!



Bring this coupon to Granite City or The Brass Tap to receive an imprinted pint glass

filled with your favorite ale.* It’s our way of saying thanks for shopping at Orland

Park Crossing.

Name __________________________

Email ___________________________

*While supplies last. One free gift per person, must be 21 years of age or older.

143rd & LaGrange Road Orland Park



Monday to Saturday 10 am to 8 pm

Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

Open Christmas Eve 10 am to 5 pm

Hours extended at restaurants





Ann Taylor • Bachrach • Biologie Boutique • Charles Schwab • Charming Charlie • Chico's Classy Nails & Spa • First American Bank • Francesca's Collections • Granite City Food and BreweryHair Cuttery • New Vitality Health Foods • Omaha Steaks • Panera •

P.F. Chang's • Pigtails & Crewcuts • Portrait Innovations • Soma Intimates • Starbucks • Talbots/Talbots Petites • The Brass Tap• The Dailey Method•Venetia's Home Accents • Wear Eyewear • White House/Black Market • Yankee Candle


Midwest Eye Professionals • RBC Wealth Management • Vein Clinics of America • Vital Health, Inc.


Mariano’s (January) • Mari Lou’s Fine Jewelry • Massage Green • Soft Surroundings

S H O P O R L A N D P A R K C R O S S I N G . C O M

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Holiday Market

Friday, December 4 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 5 | 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 6 | 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.



173rd Place & Oak Park Avenue

Friday, December 4

Community Sing-a-long | 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 5

Photos with Santa

12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 6

Photos with Santa

or call 708-444-5678

for entertainment schedule.


Holiday happenings returns

to Tinley Park Dec. 4-6

It will be a weekend full of nonstop holiday

fun for the whole family when the Village

of Tinley Park presents its Holiday Happenings

event from Dec. 4-6 in Downtown


The magical weekend will begin with the

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4, at Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S.

Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park. Participants

can arrive early at 5:30 p.m. for a community

sing-along to holiday music.

Visitors will be able to shop for unique

holiday designs and creations while enjoying

live music by local groups and entertainers at

the Holiday Market, which will run the entire

weekend in a large, heated tent adjacent

to the Oak Park Avenue train station. The

market will be open from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4;

noon-6 p.m. Dec. 5; and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 6.

Children also will be able to have fun making

holiday crafts.

Santa and Mrs. Claus officially will arrive

immediately following the Tinley Toyland

Parade, which is to step off at 11:45 a.m. Dec.

5 from 175th Street and march north down

Oak Park Avenue to South Street. Children

are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy

for Together We Cope, as the collection center

will be located by the Holiday Market.

Children will be able to join Santa for a

visit and photos from noon-6 pm. Dec. 5 and


16846 Oak Park Ave.

Tinley Park, IL 60477


noon-5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Oak Park Avenue

Metra train station, 6700 South St. in Tinley

Park. Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable

food items for the Tinley Park

Food Pantry. Tickets for complimentary photos

will be distributed until 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5

and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

The Clauses will help close out the festivities

during the annual Parade of Lights,

which will step off at 5 p.m. from 177th

Street and proceed north down Oak Park Avenue.

Come out to see festive floats and vehicles

gleaming with holiday lights and featuring

local businesses, community groups

and school bands displaying the spirt of the


Other activities will include old-fashioned

carriage rides from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 5

and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 6; an ice-carving demonstration

at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 in Zabrocki Plaza;

a campfire from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 5 and 3-5

p.m. Dec. 6; a carousel and other rides from

12:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and noon-5 p.m.

Dec. 6; and holiday activities throughout the

weekend at Old Zion Church, 6727 W. 174th

St. in Tinley Park.

For more information, visit www.tinleyp


Submitted by the Village of Tinley Park.


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Owned and

operated by the same

family that brings you

Asparagus Restaurant

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Tinley Park

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Customers can find the perfect fit at

the Moody Blues Jean Boutique

This year’s holiday sales will be

music to customer’s ears, as Moody

Blues Jean Boutique is to offer sales

on not only Black Friday but also

Small Business Saturday.

There is no need to fight traffic

and long lines at the mall this year,

as Moody Blues Jean Boutique is

slated to open from 9 a.m.-noon

for its early bird special. During

the sale, when guests buy one pair

of jeans at full price, a second pair

will be available for 50 percent off,

or from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., guests will

receive 20 percent off the total purchase.

Only one discount may apply per


The sales do not stop there, as

Moody Blues celebrates Small Business

Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

by offering 20 percent off the total

purchase cost. Gift cards purchased

for $100 will also come with a free

$10 gift card.

Moody Blues offers an endless array

of jean brands, including Miss

Me, Rock Revival and Silver Jeans,

while also carrying many brands

that are exclusive to smaller boutiques.

Customers can find many

unique gifts, as well, such as Blessing

Bracelets, faux fur scarfs, fringe

boots and scarfs.

Moody Blues has trained sales

associates to work one on one with

customers to find the perfect fit.

Aside from the wide variety of denim,

Moody Blues carries dresses,

jackets, boots and accessories.

Submitted by Moody Blues Jean Boutique,

1844 E. Lincoln Highway in New

Lenox. For more information, call (815)

462-4144 or visit www.moodyblues


Amato Hair Design

to offer free haircuts

for new guests

The holidays are a quintessential

time for spending time with

family and friends, from parties

and family gatherings to joining

at the dinner table, which is why

looking and feeling amazing is

just one of the added delights to

any joyous occasion.

With a warm and inviting setting,

Amato Hair Design prides

itself on helping guests find that

perfect look just in time for the

holiday season. There is also no

better time to pay a visit to the

Mokena hair salon, as color and

extension experts are standing by

to give free haircuts.

The free haircuts, with any

adult color service, are available

to all new guests. Along with free

haircuts, Amato also is offering

several holiday specials, including

a 20 percent bonus on all gift

certificates purchased through

Christmas and Black Friday specials,

which are available on the

hair salon’s Facebook page.

Amato also features several

products and services for hair

coloring, including Balayage,

Sombre, babylights and ombré

coloring. The hair salon also features

six Redken certified colorists,

and extensions that last four

to five months, which are virtually

impossible to detect and are

100 percent human hair that will

not damage or break.

Submitted by Amato Hair Design,

10080 191st St. in Mokena.

For more information, call (708)

995-5866, or visit www.amato






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gift card

when you buy $100 in gift cards

• seasonally inspired american plates to share

• wine & craft cocktails on tap

• cool, casual atmosphere

• book your holiday event with us today!

• join us for sunday brunch • 10am to 2pm

“Dancing Marlin offers cutting-edge menu.”

–Steve Dolinsky, abc tv, Hungry Hound

eat. drink. share.

dancingmarlinrestaurant.com 815.464.6646

20590 South LaGrange Road Frankfort IL 60423

Tuesday - Thursday 4:30-10pm Friday 4:30-11pm

Saturday 3-11pm Sunday 10am-2pm & 3-8pm

Eat, drink and share

at Dancing Marlin

Dancing Marlin in Frankfort

is proud to be the first

south suburban Chicago restaurant

to offer shared plates

featuring fine American cuisine

in an ultra-hip yet informal


Conveniently located

minutes from Interstate 80,

Dancing Marlin offers a

seasonally evolving menu

that highlights innovative,

responsible and sustainable

fare with a purpose.

On the innovate, chefdriven

Dancing Marlin

menu, every item is made

in-house from scratch using

high-quality, fresh and locally-sourced


In addition to great food,

Dancing Marlin’s sharing

concept provides a lively

and entertaining experience

that is perfect for dining with

friends and family.

What are the rules for

sharing? There are no rules.

Guests begin by ordering

a few dishes to share, and

if still hungry, go ahead and

try a few more. If a guest at

the table is not the sharing

type — and there is nothing

wrong with that — some

larger entrées are available.

Guests can start the tasting

adventure with house-made

sliders, tacos or a flatbread,

and then enjoy a DM signature

dish such as Gnudi, The

Fig and the Pig or the locally

famous New York strip

steak, served Tuscan style.

Guests should not forget

to taste the fresh seafood.

Dancing Marlin features

fresh fish sourced direct from

Hawaii, Japan, British Columbia

and other acclaimed

international seafood locations.

Dancing Marlin only

uses Hawaiian fish that are

caught using the traditional

hook-and-line method to ensure

minimal impact on the

fragile environment.

Guests also can try some

of the acclaimed DM favorites,

such as crab-stuffed

peppers, scallops, wildcaught

salmon and the daily

“fresh off the hook” specials.

Dancing Marlin knows

when it comes to quality,

details matter. The DM fullservice

bar offers 18 carefully-selected

wines served

from a custom tap system,

with perfect air and temperature

control for every glass

poured. Eight handcrafted

cocktails also are offered on

tap, many of which are seasonally


The DM staff has a passion

for food and drink, and

guests are encouraged to ask

for pairing suggestions.

Dancing Marlin recognizes

that dining is as much

about the experience as it

is the cuisine, and the atmosphere

is as rousing as

the food. Interior design

elements are reclaimed or

repurposed, and serve as a

reflection of responsible and

sustainable values.

Guests also can take a

seat at the chef’s communal

table, also known as “The

Kitchen Table,” where one

can experience an exclusive,

behind-the-scenes look at

the high-energy DM open

kitchen. “The Kitchen Table”

atmosphere buzzes with

excitement and creates a festive

sharing environment for

up to 16 people.

Dancing Marlin is the perfect

setting for private dining

and group events, ranging

from cozy family affairs for

birthdays, anniversaries or

showers to large corporate

dinners and client cocktail

parties. Customers can create

a custom menu as unique

as the party being planned.

Dancing Marlin staffs each

private party with dedicated

servers to ensure guests have

the best dining experience.

When it comes to family

and friend dining with a

sharing twist, Dancing Marlin

is the place to visit.

Submitted by Dancing Marlin,

20590 S. LaGrange Road, in

Frankfort. For more information,

visit www.dancingmarlin

restaurant.com or call (815)


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22nd Century Media | November 25, 2015 | 17

The 2015 Orland-Tinley Holiday Calendar

A chronological sampling of the holiday events for the 2015 season happening in Orland Park and Tinley Park

Frosty’s Game of Hide-And-Seek

Nov. 27-Dec. 23. Orland Park

Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia

Ave., Orland Park. Scour the

shelves in Youth Services to find

Frosty and his button nose. Whoever

finds him will be entered into

a drawing for holiday prizes. Frosty

changes his location every Monday

morning. For more information,

call (708) 428-5100 or visit www.


Christmas Shopping with Santa

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov.

28., Trinity Lutheran Church, 6850

W. 159th St., Tinley Park. All are

welcome to shop from more than

50 vendors and crafters, take a picture

with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and

enjoy goodies from the concession

stand. For more information contact

Judy Green at (708) 772-3664

or judysparkles@comcast.net.

Madrigal Holiday Performance

2-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, Tinley

Park Public Library, 7851 Timber

Drive, Tinley Park. Join the

library for a special musical performance

by the Lincoln-Way North

High School Madrigals complete

with splendid period costumes.

Registration is required. For more

information, call (708) 532-0160.

Uplifting Christmas Music by Jason


7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, Calvary

Church, 16100 S. 104th Ave., Orland

Park. World Vision presents

The Jason Gray Christmas Stories

Tour with Jonny Diaz and Carrollton.

VIP, general admission and

group tickets are available at www.

itickets.org or by calling (800)

Please see events, 23

Owen McGee (left) and Allison Gerk act out a scene with the Lincoln-Way North Madrigals. 22nd Century Media

File Photos












Call 708.995.5866 now

to reserve your visit.

10080 191st St. • Mokena, IL

18 | November 25, 2015 | 22nd Century Media Holiday guide


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A new treatment has become

available for those

who are in pain called stem

cell therapy.

This therapy helps people

who are suffering with knee

pain, neuropathy, joint pain,

tennis elbow, ACL/MCL

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arthritis, rotator cuff

injuries, tendonitis, ligament

strains and sprains, and other

soft tissue injuries.

What are the benefits?

Stem cell therapy renews,

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It also promotes new

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area by decreasing inflammation,

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joint, tendon and ligament

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body’s natural healing and

regenerative processes,

helping the body to become

more efficient. These treatments

help restore the tissue

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injured or affected areas.

What are the risks?

Stem cell therapy offers

no risk of rejection, allergic

reaction or any other adverse

side effects. There is little to

no downtime, and patients

experience a safe and fast


The results of stem cell


Typically, what patients

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in pain. On average,

patients who have pain in

the 8-10 range — zero is no

pain, 10 is most severe pain

and discomfort — one week

after receiving stem cells

notice a drastic reduction of

pain, and usually after five

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even report increased range

of motion, and activity.

Healthy Connection Physical

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therapy in the southwest

suburbs of Chicago.

Healthy Connection

Physical Medicine is an integrated

medical office. The

office has a unique approach

through which a team of professionals,

including various

physicians, a physicians assistant,

a nurse practitioner

and medical assistants, all

working together to give the

patient the best care.

Submitted by Healthy Connection

Physical Medicine,

16626 W. 159th St., Suite 700,

in Lockport. For more information,

visit www.healthyconnec

tion.net or call (815) 834-9075.

Flirty on 30 welcomes all in NL

Flirty on 30 Boutique

wants area residents to celebrate

their holidays in style.

The store is all about

thinking differently. It strives

to provide customers with

unique, beautifully-designed,

quality clothes with a walletfriendly


Customers are encouraged

to stop in now to enjoy the

holiday specials.

The store’s goal is to provide

customers with affordable

fashion, while making

their visits to the store a fun,

comfortable and enjoyable

shopping experience. It has

contemporary, stylish, trendy

and fashion apparel for all


The store’s clothing portfolio

is extensive, and it is

able to provide customers

with a selection of fashion

apparel to fit any need,

for any event. Whether one

needs something to wear to

work, office party, a holiday

party, a high school dance,

getting together for a big

game, a party at the house,

a dinner date or just a night

out with friends, Flirty on 30

can help.

The store offers friendly,

personalized service, and it

wants to earn the privilege of

a long-term relationship with

our customers.

It offers special promotions

and savings through its

social media and mobile platform

— Instagram, Facebook

and a text VIP program that

offers valuable promotions,

specials and the newest selection

of fashion merchandise.

To sign up for the VIP Text

program, customers should

text a new message to 96000

with the comment “Flirty.”

And on Shop Small Business

Saturday, Nov. 28, customers

who buy one item at

full price receive 30 percent

off their second. In-store specials,

gift card giveaways and

events will also be conducted

to pamper customers.

The store’s new holiday

hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday;

closed Monday; 10 a.m.-

5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday;

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-

Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

The store is closed on

Thanksgiving Day. It is open

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Christmas Eve

but closed on Christmas Day.

It is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. New

Year’s Eve but closed on New

Year’s Day.

Submitted by Flirty on 30

Boutique, 306 W. Maple St.

(Route 30) in New Lenox. For

more information, call (847)

444-9482, email flirtyon30@

gmail.com, or visit www.facebook.com/flirtyon30boutique




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Ida’s offers unique gifts for holiday shoppers

Many people dread the holiday

season because of all the extra

work and stress involved in buying


From trying to find a unique

gift for that special someone who

has everything to wasting time in

traffic getting to the mall, holiday

shopping can be daunting.

But those looking for a solution

to the holiday shopping nightmare

can head to Ida’s Garden Paradise.

Ida’s has a large variety of gift

options for everyone on their customers’

holiday lists. With its calming

atmosphere, shoppers can turn

what is typically just another chore

into a pleasurable experience. Relax,

unwind and shop for everyone.

For the ladies, Ida’s has a large

selection of modern costume jewelry

and quality lotions, as well

as European soaps, handbags,

scarves, photo frames and candles.

New to Ida’s this year is clothing.

There are a variety of ponchos,

wraps and shawls.

For men, Ida’s has many different

Chicago sports-themed items.

Pet-lovers will find a great selection

of special pet novelties,

including frames and signs, signifying

the importance of pets, both

for those here in the present and

for those in heaven. Ida’s features

items for several different breeds,

including ornaments and pillows.

For babies, Ida’s has expanded

its assortment of its top-selling

brand, Mud Pie, featuring adorable

high-end baby items and accessories

at an affordable price. For baby

girls, Ida’s has adorable hair accessories

and hats, as well as booties

and bibs. For baby boys, there

are football- and baseball-themed

items, as well as dinosaur and puppy

dogs. There is also a large selection

of baby banks, blankets and

picture frames. Another addition to

the baby department is clothing.

Customers can be sure they will

find the perfect baby gift for their

little special bundles of joy in the


New to Ida’s this year are housewares.

Ida’s has an assortment of

unique items for the home, such as

cheese boards, wine glasses, serving

dishes and serving utensils.

Customers can be sure they will

find an item for themselves or a

perfect gift for someone else.

Ida’s has also expanded its assortment

of picture frames. The

store has frames for all occasions

— weddings, babies, families and


Ida’s has a large assortment of

holiday decor items, as well as

a wide variety from Christmas/

New Year’s jewelry, ornaments,

holiday-scented candles, picture

frames and various baby items.

Ida’s has a large selection of

fresh-cut Christmas trees. Different

varieties, such as Fraser, balsam

and pine will be available.

Ida’s has a page on Facebook.

Customers can “like” it to see updates

on promotions, events and


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Serving up a little taste of the holidays

Local chef shares his

best holiday recipes

of 2015

Rebecca Susmarski, Contributing


Few things are capable of uniting

holiday celebrations better

than savory food, and no one understands

that better than chefs


Joe Wojcik, head chef at Frankfort’s

White Street Café, decided

to share some of his favorite holiday

recipes that will be a centerpiece

at any dinner table. Wojcik

has been a chef for 29 years and

gauged what many diners like to

order during the holidays, with

some of the more unconventional

entreés being shrimp and lobster.

He observed throughout his career

that many dishes became holiday

fare because they had been

in-season historically.

“Christmas is a time of eating

ham, because that’s when the hogs

were being slaughtered and the

hams were being cured and dried,”

Wojcik said. “Those are the things

that were available to us back in the

day, when we didn’t have refrigeration

and worldwide economics.”

Many families today revive

recipes each holiday for more

emotional reasons. Some of the

dishes listed below come straight

from Wojcik’s own holiday dinner

table, where his family members

feel “happy to be together” every


“We all just like to remember the

ones that we loved,” Wojcik said.

“If our aunts made a special dish

for us, we want to remember them

on the holidays, after they’re gone.

I think that’s why traditions last so


Butternut Bisque

The head chef put an upscale

spin on a classic holiday dish by

taking seasonal butternut squash

and transforming it into a creamy


“It’s seasoned with all your holiday

spices — all your sweet, warm

spices, like cinnamon and clove,”

Wojcik said.


• 8 cups of peeled and cut butternut


• 2 cups of diced onions

• 1 cup of diced carrots

• 1 cup of diced celery

• 6 cups of chicken broth

• 1 teaspoon of black pepper

• 1 tablespoon of granulated garlic

• 1 tablespoon of granulated onion

• 1/2 teaspoon of ground clove

• 1/2 teaspoon of allspice

• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon of yellow curry


• 1/4 teaspoon of ground star anise

• 2 chicken bouillon cubes


1. Roast vegetables at 400 degrees

until tender.

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From Page 20

2. Place in three-gallon

pot and boil all ingredients


3. Thicken slightly with

cornstarch slurry.

4. Puree the soup mixture

coarsely and stir in 1/3 cup

of butter and one quart of


Prime Rib/Rib-Eye

Wojcik’s family started

eating prime rib as a Christmas

entree when his grandfather,

Thomas, worked as

a butcher and brought home

the best cuts of meat. The

Wojcik family still enjoys

their prime rib cooked rare

with a spicy horseradish

cream condiment.

“I have a big family, so it

feeds a crowd,” Wojcik said.

Wojcik provided CAPRI AD this

recipe for a similar 2015 dish: a

rib-eye steak with 4C the bone

5.1117” x 5”



• 1 14-pound, bone-in ribeye

• 4 tablespoons of salt

• 3 tablespoons of pepper

• 2 tablespoons of granulated


• 3 tablespoons of granulated


• 4 cups of water

• 4 ounces of dried porcini


• 2 cups of minced carrots

• 2 cups of minced onions

• 4 cups of beef broth

• 3 tablespoons of cornstarch


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Season rib-eye with

salt and pepper, granulated

onion and granulated garlic

on all sides.

2. Place in a roasting pan

with four cups of water in

the bottom of the roasting

pan. Sear for 15 minutes at

450 degrees, then turn the

oven down to 350 degrees.

3. Spread dried mushrooms,

minced carrots and

minced onions on the entire

top of rib-eye. Add water to

roasting pan as necessary,

as it evaporates during the

cooking process. Do not let

the pan run out of water.

4. Roast until the center

of the meat reaches 135 degrees

for rare, or 145 degrees

for medium. Do not roast

more than 145 degrees.

5. Remove rib-eye from

oven and let rest for at least

30 minutes on the carving

board. Cover the meat lightly

with aluminum foil.

6. Add four cups of beef

broth to the pan drippings,

and remove as much fat as

possible. Season to taste.

7. Bring broth and drippings

to a slight boil and

thicken lightly with some

cornstarch. (Mix approximately

3 tablespoons into

about 1/4 of a cup of cold


8. Slice into 1/4- or 1/2-

inch slices. Serve with beef

broth sauce.


(Lithuanian potato casserole)

Wojcik shared his mom’s

homemade recipe for this

savory dish, because he

learned to love it from her

side of the family.


• 1 pound of bacon

• 1 large sweet onion

• 1 to 1 1/2 sticks of butter

• 4 large eggs

• 3 cans evaporated milk

• 5 pounds of russet potatoes

(Wojcik recommends

buying the largest ones possible

for easy grating).

• Salt to taste

• Pepper to taste


1. Fry the bacon until crisp

and drain on a paper towel.

Do not save the bacon drippings.

2. Sauté the onion in the

sticks of butter until onion

is translucent. Do not fry the

bacon and onion together; it

will turn the onion too dark.

3. Place eggs in a large

bowl and slightly whip. Add

the two cans of evaporated

milk and mix. (After grating

all potatoes, you should need

the third can of milk or some

portion of the can. Potatoes

should be covered slightly

with milk and egg mixture).

4. Peel potatoes and place

in cold water. Grate into a

bowl filled with cold water.

When bowl is full of grated

potatoes, squeeze a couple of

handfuls in a piece of cloth,

such as a clean undershirt.

5. Squeeze the liquid

from the potatoes into an

empty bowl, then place the

squeezed potatoes in milk

and egg mixture.

6. After all potatoes are

grated and squeezed, discard

the water in the bowl you

used to squeeze out the potatoes

and add the starch in the

bottom of the bowl to potato,

egg and milk mixture.

7. Add the bacon and onions,

along with the butter,

salt and pepper.

8. Bake in a 9-inch-by-12-

inch baking dish at 350 degrees

for roughly 1 hour and

No time to cook?

Chef Joe Wojcik

plans to bring holidayinspired

sandwiches to

White Street Café this

winter, including a turkey

homage to “day after

Thanksgiving” leftovers.

15 minutes. Bake until the

top is golden brown.

NOTE: Roughly 3/4

through the baking process,

Wojcik usually covers the

pan with tinfoil, so the top

does not brown too much.

To test if the kugelis is done

cooking, taste a little corner,

and if there is no more raw

potato taste, it is done.

For a menu or more information,

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New Lenox-based

business striving to make

clothes dryers safer

Hidden buildup in

clothes dryer vent

presents fire hazard

Most people know they

need to clean out their dryer

lint tray between each cycle,

but what lurks behind

the wall is just as important

for safety and avoiding fire

traps. Lint is the villain —

lint that has been allowed to

build up and linger too long

in the dryer exhaust vent.

It is estimated by the U.S.

Consumer Product Safety

Commission and the U.S. Fire

Administration that 15,500

fires associated with clothes

dryers occur annually. These

fires account for an average

of 20 deaths, 370 injuries

and more than $88 million in

property damage. “Failure to

clean the dryer vent” was the

leading factor cited in the U.S.

according to the Fire Administration


Joe Enzenberger, owner of

Dryer Vent Wizard, opened

his New Lenox-based business

in 2009 and knows all

about these kinds of dangers.

“It is something very few

people know about or think

about,” said Enzenberger,

whose company specializes

in dryer vent cleaning, repair,

alteration and installation.

“It is the leading cause

of dryer fires.”

Lint accumulation also

can cause dryers to stop

working or to work inefficiently.

A dryer vent clogged

with lint can add as much as

$18 to $24 per month to energy


“Improper venting causes

problems, as well,” he said.

“The dryer exhaust duct and

connections should be made

of rigid metal or semi-rigid

metal and secured with metal

heat-resistant tape rather

than duct tape. I often find

plastic or foil accordion-type

material, which can easily

trap lint and is more susceptible

to kinks and crushing.”

Warning signs include:

clothes are taking more than

one cycle to dry, especially

jeans and towels; no lint

visible on lint screen; dryer

repeatedly stops during a

cycle; clothes have moldy

smell after dry cycle; clothes

are very hot after a dry cycle;

the top of the dryer is

hot to the touch while running;

there’s excess lint left

in clothing.

“This has been a consumer

education process, but it’s

hard to get the word out,”

Enzenberger said. “Most

don’t call until they have a

serious problem with their


He suggests people treat

clothes dryers as a household

item in need of regular maintenance.

Consumers can protect

dryer performance and

promote safety by cleaning

the lint screen between each

use, ensuring the connection

between the dryer and wall

is made of compliant material

and remains un-kinked,

and having the dryer exhaust

duct cleaned regularly.

Dryer manufacturers recommend

inspection and cleaning

at least annually.

The holiday season is a

great time to have an inspection

and cleaning of clothes

dryers and dryer vent systems.

Sumbitted by Dryer Vent

Wizard. For more information,

visit www.dryerventwizard.com

or call (815) 714-9554.

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From Page 17


Breakfast with Santa

9 a.m.-noon Saturday,

Dec. 5, Faith United Methodist

Church, 151st Street

and 80th Avenue, Orland

Park. All are welcome to

a free magical morning of

crafts, singing, puppets,

horse drawn carriage rides

and a visit with Santa. A

pancake breakfast will be

available for a small fee. For

more information, call the

church office at (708) 444-


Christmas Puppet Show

11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5,

Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland

Park. Melikin Puppets

presents “The Night Before

Christmas” and “The

Shoemaker and the Elves.”

All children and their families

are welcome to attend

the show. No registration

is necessary, but space is

limited. For more information,

call (708) 428-5100

or visit www.orlandparkli


Personalizing Christmas


12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 5, Tony Bettenhausen

Recreation Center, 8125 W.

171st St., Tinley Park. Children

ages 3-12 can enjoy designing

their very own holiday

wreaths, for their homes

or bedrooms. The park district

is to provide the tinsel,

lights, ornaments and more.

Some of the ornaments will

be designed by participants.

When the masterpieces are

complete, each child will

take home a special wreath.

For more information, contact


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Jack Gibbons Gardens prides itself

on traditions, not passing trends

Jack Gibbons Gardens

does not follow trends.

Diners are not going to

witness Happy Hours or

Margarita Mondays at Jack


That is because Jack Gibbons

focuses on what really

matters: great food and

even better company.

The restaurant reportedly

has customers who say they

have not been there for 25-

30 years but come back and

it is just the way they remember


Jack Gibbons Gardens —

or Gibbons, as the regulars

call it — opened in 1922 as

a speakeasy, and although

times have changed drastically

since then, the restaurant

itself has not. From

the red leather booths to the

wood-paneled walls, Jack

Gibbons is truly timeless.

In a time where chain

restaurants are on every

corner, Gibbons has become

even more special

and unique. From the second

a diner sits and is instantly

delivered delicious

warm bread, three-bean

salad and coleslaw before

even a glance at the menu,

it is easy to know one is

about to have one of the

best meals of his or her

life. From surf and turf to

fried chicken, Gibbons has

something to satisfy any


Gibbons has been described

as a “generational

place” that sees everyone

from grandfathers and fathers

to their grandchildren

who dine there.

A secret to that success

is that the restaurant’s staff

does not experience the

type of turnover seen in

some chain restaurants. Its

employees have worked

there for years, striving for

a “Cheers” vibe with which

the bartender knows the

customers, their friends and

what they are having every

time they come through the


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Treating the body well should

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Smith Crossing resident-volunteer offers tips for holiday gift giving

Smith Crossing resident Marie Haar, 71,

oversees 28 resident-volunteers who run

Emilie’s Store, a cozy nook at the continuing

care retirement community located in Orland


The store operates from 10 a.m.-noon

on weekdays, mostly as a convenience for

residents. It sells household soaps and paper

products, personal products and snacks, as

well as greeting cards and costume jewelry.

“Of course, volunteering here also gives

residents something fun to do and provides

a great way to socialize,” said Haar, who has

served as the community’s resident council

store ambassador since January 2014.

While Smith Crossing residents, staff

members and occasional visitors frequent

the store mostly to buy snacks and convenience

items, some purchase greeting cards

and jewelry as gifts.

“One of our hottest selling items is a magnetic

jewelry clasp for modifying normally

hard-to-fasten necklaces,” Haar said.

Following Thanksgiving, one of Haar’s

favorite duties will be to decorate Emilie’s

Store for the holidays. Now retired from a

career in which she transitioned from high

school math teacher to information technology

specialist, Haar exhibits a special knack

for designing store displays. In addition to

overseeing Emile’s Store — which raises

money to help ensure Smith Crossing residents

who have lived beyond their means

continue to live there m — she also volunteers

at The Village Door, an antique and

consignment shop in Homewood.

That store raises money for The Cancer

Support Center, which supplies free wigs to

cancer patients.

“By buying items at stores that raise money

for good causes, your money does double

duty,” Haar said. “You still get the items you

need, or ones that will make nice presents.

And you help others.”

Haar also offers some valuable tips for

family members wanting to buy presents for

older adults.

“Most seniors are trying to downsize, so

the last thing they want is more ‘stuff,’” she


Gift buyers should consider consumables,

such as coffees, teas, spices or candy treats,

she said. For Haar, who enjoys baking, this

would include boxes of scones mix. For

those who love to decorate, she said consider

fragrances for their homes, or consider fine

soaps and candles.

She also suggested giving gift certificates

from local restaurants, theaters, symphonies,

movie theaters, craft stores or office supply


She also advised to consider making taxdeductible

donations in someone’s name to

the person’s favorite charity.

“The most important thing to remember is

the thought is what counts,” she said. “For

most seniors, a gift that can be used up is

better than knickknacks that will only gather


Smith Crossing is one of only 13 CCRCs

in Illinois awarded a five-year accreditation

for “exemplary conformance” to international

standards set by CARF-CCAC, the industry’s

sole accrediting body.

Sponsored by Smith Senior Living, a nonprofit

organization serving older adults since

1924, it provides spacious residences and engaging

programs for independent living, as

well as assisted living, memory support and

skilled nursing care.

It also provides short-term rehabilitation

services for residents and others requiring

assistance after surgery or a medical incident.

Submitted by Smith Crossing, 10501 Emilie

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I live in a world of good friends.

Whoever said life begins at 40 must have missed the mark. At

Smith Crossing, you have the opportunity to pick up the pastimes

you left behind, reinvigorate lifelong relationships and start up

new ones —to begin your life anew. The community’s many

enriching activities and classes create the ideal conditions for

fostering a rich and vital social life, while the maintenance-free

lifestyle ensures you’ll have plenty of time to devote to one of life’s

greatest pleasures: good friends. And as a resident, you’ll also

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From Page 23

Creating Tasty Christmas


6:30-7:15 p.m. Sunday,

Dec. 6, Tinley Park Public

Library, 7851 Timber Drive,

Tinley Park. Children ages

4 through kindergarten can

explore a new theme each

month with games, crafts

and activities, all on their

own. This month, the theme

is “Gingerbread Fun.” For

more information, contact

Youth Services at (708) 532-


Bring a Treat, Take a Treat

12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday,

Dec. 8, Tony Bettenhausen

Recreation Center, 8125

W. 171st St., Tinley Park.

Seniors ages 55 and older

are welcome to bring their

favorite holiday desserts to

share with others. Participants

can taste everyone’s

treats. Sign up by Dec. 1.

Jade Hamilton (left), of Orland Park, and Alyssa Isenhart, of Midlothian, roll dough to make

cookies during the “Holiday Cookies” program in 2014 at The Bridge Teen Center. Photo


For more information, contact


org or visit www.tinleyparkdistrict.org.

Holly Jolly Songs, Stories

1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8

or Wednesday, Dec. 9, Orland

Park Public Library,

14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland

Park. Children of all ages

and their parents/adult caregivers

are welcome to celebrate

the holiday season with

stories, songs and a special

visitor from the North Pole.

No registration is necessary,

but space is limited. For

more information, call (708)

428-5100 or visit www.orlandparklibrary.org.

Cookies fit for Santa

4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.

8, The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court, Orland

Park. Participants can learn

some new recipes to pass

on as a holiday tradition.

Bake all types of cookies,

like chocolate chip, snowball

cookies and decorate

sugar cookies. Try them all

and pick your favorite to

share. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit



Christmas told by the Stars

7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8,

Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland

Park. Michelle Nichols

from the Adler Planetarium

will cover fascinating celestial

connections to the holidays

from several cultures

and traditions, including

astronomical suggestions

for the Star of Bethlehem,

solstice observations at

Stonehenge, Inca solar celebrations

and more. For

more information, call (708)

428-5100 or visit www.or


Decorate a Holiday

Greeting Card

4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Dec. 9, The Bridge

Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st

Court, Orland Park. Revamp

the lost art of sending letters

through snail mail or personally

delivering a hand-made

letter. Give something very

special this holiday season

with a personalized holiday

card. The center will provide

cardstock, ribbon, pens,

markers and plenty of craft

items to make a one-of-akind

card. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgeteen


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Mobile Concepts getting ready to

customize vehicles for the holidays

Mobile Concepts is an

aftermarket retail shop that

can customize one’s vehicle,

motorcycle or boat.

It offers a wide variety

of the most current and top

brand names of alarms, remote

starts and stereo systems.

It can personalize any vehicle

and give it a modern

look on any budget. For instance,

tinting the windows,

adding a new stereo or accent

lighting is just one of

the many ways to upgrade

one’s personal investment.

Mobile Concepts is a family-owned

business that has

been in the Chicago area for

26 years and counting. Plus,

it just added its newest location

in Mokena.

One of our best sellers during

the holiday season is the

remote start, and there are

so many different ones from

which to choose. One can

surprise that picky person

that has “everything” with

something unique by having

it installed before Christmas

or giving a gift certificate.

Those looking for expert

installations can stop in at

one of Mobile Concepts’

three locations. Just remember

its company motto is

“Old school (work ethic/

friendly customer service)

New school (serving up the

latest in vehicle technology).”

Mobile Concepts is open

from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-

Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

and closed Sunday.

Submitted by Mobile Concepts,

which has locations at 19820

Wolf Road, 14344 S. LaGrange

Road and 1254 E. Sibley Blvd.

For more information, visit



Beggars offers best pizzas around

At Beggars Pizza, they “lay it on thick”

when it comes to food, especially their famous


Beggars is best known for its thin-crust

pizza, but a close second is their gourmet

deep dish.

When eating at Beggars, customers know

that they will receive a quality pizza with

loads of quality ingredients. Beggars expects

its customers to come hungry, leave full and

still have leftovers for the next day.

The regular menu consists of thin-crust,

deep-dish and stuffed pizzas, appetizers,

salads, soups, entrees, sandwiches, pastas,

burgers, dessert and more. With such a wide

variety of choices, there is something for everyone.

Beggars Pizza’s catering menu also includes

salads, bread, appetizers, beef, chicken,

pasta and vegetables. The restaurant has

even put together party packages to help take

the guess work out of putting a catering order

together. The minimum to order a party

package is 10 people, offering an affordable

option to cater any event — large or small.

All family packages come with bread and

salad, and can be customized by adding optional

side dishes.

Please see the catering menu for more details.

At the Mokena, Orland and New Lenox

locations, Beggars Pizza has takeout, delivery,

dine in, bar and catering available. The

Orland and New Lenox locations also have

private rooms available. Get family, friends,

teammates or coworkers together for any

occasion, and leave the cleanup to Beggars


Beggars Pizza now has 22 locations, with

each one being slightly different and offering

a variety of services. With so much variety in

both the menu and services, there are plenty

of options to please everyone.

Submitted by Beggars Pizza. For more information

or to find a close Beggars Pizza location,

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Frankfort Spirits celebrates

its first year in business,

looks to debut new products

Already feeling haunted

by the Ghost of Christmas

Past and the cost of Christmas


Well area residents should

silence those “Bah! Humbugs!”

and instead “raise

your spirits” this holiday

season with friends at Frankfort

Spirits, which recently

celebrated its first-year anniversary.

“It’s been a very successful

first year, and the support

of the local community and

area businesses has been

great,” said Frankfort Spirits

spokesman Jack King.

Hundreds of guests

turned out for the recent anniversary

party, which featured

the world premiere of

the distillery’s newest spirit,

Emil Stimple Double

Barrel Bourbon.

“With this bourbon,

it’s aged eight years,

then aged again in a smaller

barrel,” King said.

This process intensifies

the flavor and makes it bolder

while giving the bourbon

a richer color.

This new release

joins Emil Stimple Barrel

Strength Bourbon, Emil Stimple

Straight Bourbon

Whiskey and Verdict Vodka

as the distillery’s offerings.

Verdict Vodka — named

because the distillery site

once served as a Will County

satellite court — is made

from Illinois corn and is part

of Frankfort Spirits’ commitment

to using locallysourced


Verdict Vodka is distilled

seven times and triple filtered,

using a proprietary

blend of charcoal.

“It’s a wonderfully

smooth, clear spirit,” King


And for the bourbon?

“It fills your senses,” said

Frankfort Spirits partner

Chris McFarland. “When

you smell our bourbon,

you’ll get aromas of butterscotch,

caramel and a bit of

vanilla. An initial sweetness

is tasted and followed by a

quick hit of spice.

“Emil Stimple finishes

long and smooth, warming

you from within.”

Product tastings are available

at noon, 1:30 p.m. and

3 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations

are encouraged, because

space is limited, but

walk-ins are always welcome.

Fans of Frankfort Spirits

also can pick up a gift collection

to share good cheer

with friends. The Frankfort

Spirits gift shop is open until

5 p.m. Sunday afternoons, as

well as from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Fans also can look for the

distillery to continue its success

in 2016 with the release

of an Irish-style whiskey, the

product of a collaboration

with Tinley Park’s 350

Brewing. The two have

teamed up to create a whiskey

called Horse Box, which

is Irish slang for “friends.”

Horse Box is to debut in

limited quantities around St.

Patrick’s Day.

The distillery’s rum also

is underway and could be

ready as soon as this summer,

King added.

In addition, popular Frankfort

Spirits events — such as

its Kentucky Derby party in

May, and a Bourbon, Bags

and Boil in August — are to

return for another year.

On Dec. 4, the distillery

will warm up Frankfort Area

Historical Society Holiday

House Walk guests, who

are invited to stop in for a

specialty cocktail that evening.

On Dec. 11, Frankfort

Spirits is to be open late

and offer special holiday

gift packages during the

Frankfort Chamber of Commerce’s

Midnight Madness.

Submitted by Frankfort Spirits

(located inside CD & ME),

23320 S. LaGrange Road in

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Illinois enrolled agent founds Mokenabased

Comprehensive Tax Solutions Inc.

The demand for Mary A. Karpowicz’s

Mokena accounting firm to support individuals

and businesses with Internal Revenue

Service and State tax issues has grown so

much that Comprehensive Accounting Solutions

Inc. created a second division — Comprehensive

Tax Solutions Inc. — to provide

dedicated support to more tax-troubled residents

of Illinois.

Tax resolution is not new to Karpowicz.

As an enrolled agent, Karpowicz is a specialist

in the field of taxation, as she is licensed

to appear on behalf of taxpayers before the

IRS. She also has earned the dignified designation

of certified tax resolution specialist

and is a member of the American Society of

Tax Problem Solvers.

Karpowicz founded her tax resolution services

firm, Comprehensive Tax Solutions

Inc., to help more individuals and businesses

located in the community and Illinois area

because of the high demand for competent

tax problem advice, and fast, reliable tax

resolution services.

“Tax troubles are no laughing matter,” Karpowicz

said. “Illinois individuals and businesses

need expert representation. Whether

it be filing past year’s tax returns, negotiating

a settlement or installment payment, or representation

during an audit, Comprehensive

Tax Solutions had to be created to give more

people in Illinois the attention, the quality

representation and service they need and deserve

in these tough times.”

CTS is dedicated to providing outstanding

service to clientele based on a business model

with three key principles: professionalism,

responsiveness and quality. The tax resolution

team is based in Mokena, and serves clients

with tax problems throughout the state

of Illinois and across the country.

The firm is one of the leading Illinois tax

firms in the area and ensures each client receives

close professional attention regarding

tax problem matters. The experienced

tax-resolution staff consists of Karpowicz,

EA, CTRS; and Justin Walega. Outstanding

performance is what makes the duo different

from any other Illinois tax resolution firm.

Their primary goal as trusted advisors is to

be available and to provide insightful advice

to enable clients to make informed resolution

decisions. Karpowicz and Walega do not

accept anything less from themselves, which

is delivered directly to customers.

The two also said they think it is extremely

important to continually improve technical

expertise, financial knowledge and service

to clients.

The Illinois tax resolution experts at CTS

also offer a free tax consultation to review

individual and business cases and explain

what services are available.

Submitted by Comprehensive Tax Solutions Inc.,

9435 Bormet Drive, Suite 4, in Mokena. For

more information, visit www.resolveyourtax

problems.com or call (855) 829-3497 or (708)


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Ringing in the holiday

cheer for the hounds

This time of year, thoughts

turn to family and friends —

good memories, great food

and love overflowing.

For many though, family

is a bit more on the “furry


“We have so many customers

who count their dogs

as their kids,” said Karen

Krasowski, sales staff member

at Chew on This Dog

Barkery. “In fact, many

don’t have human children,

at all. I confess, I have both,

and if you asked my children

they might say I treat our

dogs better than them.”

Every year at this time,

Chew on This Dog Barkery

stocks the shelves full of

squeaky toys, festive collars,

toasty beds and yummy

treats. Four-legged customers

even get a sample of

those treats when they visit,

no matter the time of year.

“It is so important to us

that our customers feel they

can shop where their pets are

welcome when they visit,

and their health concerns

and overall lifestyle are respected

and looked after,”

said owner Teresa Kara.

“We have been in business

for over 10 years now, and

we have been blessed to see

countless health turnarounds

because of better diets, supplement

usage, and even

diversity of play and toy interactions.

We really encourage

a holistic pet experience,

and our customers appreciate


Appreciate it, they do.

More than 2,000 fans

flock to Chew on This Dog

Barkery’s Facebook page for

fun videos, nutrition tips and

event updates. Those events

inspire adoption at a large

number of local shelters,

provide a safe and stimulating

environment for pet socialization

and awareness of

local business offerings in

Historic Downtown Frankfort.

In addition, Chew on This

Dog Barkery offers the very

best in pet nutrition, and

qualified staff to help customers

make the best choices

for their pets, dogs and

cats alike.

“When I first got my rescue

cats, they were both

quite ill and, of course, they

were not each sick in the

same way,” said Lara Tallman,

a loyal customer for

more than nine years. “I

had little experience with

cats and was really nervous

about what to do. Teresa put

my fears to rest right away,

encouraging me as a new pet

owner and offering samples

to find just the right food for

my new boys.

“Now, well, you’d never

know they were puny and


There are many places

people can buy pet supplies.

The holidays are a big time

for puppies and kittens to

be added to the family. And

while one will never buy a

pet at Chew on This, as they

are avid adopt-a-shelter pet

advocates, one will always

find support to start a pet’s

new life with solid nutrition,

comfort and more than a little

bit of fun.

Submitted by Chew on This

Dog Barkery, 21 Ash St. in

Frankfort. For more information,

visit www.chewonthis

dogbarkery.com or call (815)


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Houses good enough to Eat

6-8 p.m. Wednesday,

Dec. 9, Tony Bettenhausen

Recreation Center, 8125

W. 171st St., Tinley Park.

Children ages 11-15 can

create one-of-a-kind Gingerbread

creations. The

park district will supply the

pre-built house, more than

25 kinds of candies and

items to use to decorate.

For more information, call

(708) 342-4200 or email


or visit www.tinleyparkdis


Making Chibi Ornaments

4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec.

10, The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court, Orland

Park. These little clay figures

will look great hanging on

a Christmas tree. This program

will be led by Alyssa,

who will show participants

how she makes these little

figurines. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or

visit www.thebridgeteencen


Run, Run Rudolph

5:15-6:30 p.m. Friday,

Dec. 11, Tony Bettenhausen

Recreation Center, 8125 W.

171st St., Tinley Park. Open

to children ages 3-8. Participants

will warm up with fun

fitness activities, then head

to the indoor track for the

dash. Children will run twice

around the track, and a special

visitor will meet them

at the finish line. Parents do

not need to stay for activities

but are invited to come

at 6:15 p.m. to take pictures

with Santa. For more information,

contact info@tin

leyparkdistrict.org or visit


21 S Ash St, Frankfort Illinois

815-806-8081 www.chewonthisdogbarkery.com

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The Anglers Outlet offers

many unique holiday gifts

The owners of The Anglers

Outlet have been serving

the south suburbs for

more than 50 years.

The professional staff

has more than 100 years of

experience in the fishing

industry. The store has the

most complete selection of

name brand fishing tackle

in the south suburbs. It has

a great selection of fishing

rods, reels, tackle boxes and

accessories for fishermen at

every skill level. It has recently

added an extensive

selection of air rifles and accessories.

If there is an outdoorsmen

on the Christmas list, The

Anglers Outlet has that special


The store has recently relocated

to their new store

in Oak Forest, conveniently

located just off of Interstate

57. Getting there is as easy

as taking the 167th Street

exit west and going north on


Open Daily. For hours,

call (708) 331-5711.

Submitted by The Anglers

Outlet, 16300 S. Cicero Ave. in

Oak Forest. For more information,

visit www.anglersoutlet.

net or call (708) 331-5711.

Bachrach offers traditional,

fashionable for the everyday man

Established in 1877, Bachrach

is a tradition of fashionable

clothing for the everyday


The store strives to be a

customer-first company, offering

affordable prices on

quality clothing.

At Bachrach, there are

trained wardrobe consultants

who work with customers

until they are satisfied.

With 32 retail locations

nationwide and growing,

the store’s mentality is that

of a neighborhood clothier,

friendly and considerate.

The goal is for customers to

see the store as a neighbor

that is always there to help.

The diversity of the collection

captures the unique

persona of the wearer. Its

versatility allows it to be

styled both dressy and casual.

Through this marriage of

functionality and self-expression

is found the Bachrach

look: edgy, yet universal.

Timeless, sophisticated

and stylish, Bachrach suits

will quickly become the

foundation of any wardrobe.

The store offers different

styles of suits: classic, modern

and slim fit. Its dress shirt

collection is 100 percent cotton,

slim fit and modern fit

dress shirts. They come in

French cuff and regular cuff

dress shirts.

The store offers a collection

of non-iron shirts, as

well. It also has an assortment

of ties and bow ties to

compliment the dress shirts.

Transitioning into fall, the

store has a sleek and smart

Bachrach sport coat selection.

It also has a sweater

collection, along with stylish,

updated sport shirts, as

well as and a wide selection

of city coats for those cold

winter days.

Submitted by Bachrach, 14205

S. LaGrange Road in Orland

Park. For more information,

call (708) 403-5756 or visit


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Holiday Calendar

A chronological sampling of the Homer-Lockport area’s holiday events

Christmas in the Square

1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday,

Nov. 28, Central Square,

222 E. 9th St., Lockport. The

Christmas season officially

gets underway in Lockport

with the Christmas in the

Square event. Admission

is free, so anyone can join

and celebrate the beginning

of the Christmas season.

For more information, visit


Creating Gingerbread Men

8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov.

30, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. There are few

Christmas traditions more

widespread than that of the

gingerbread man. And Homer

residents will have the opportunity

to create their very

own gingerbread man creation

at this event. Supplies

will be provided, and there is

no tasting allowed. For more

information, contact Jody

Olivieri at (708) 301-7908 or


Turning Christmas Sweaters


6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3,

White Oak Library District

Lockport Branch Library,

121 E. 8th St., Lockport.

With ugly Christmas sweater

party season on the horizon,

the library will be hosting an

event at which participants

can bring their normal sweaters

and turn them into ugly

Christmas sweaters. Materials

such as bells, ribbon, felt

and creepy miniatures will

be provided. Registration is

requested so the library can

get an adequate number of

bells. For more information,

contact Jaci Kohn at jkohn@

whiteoaklibrary.org or (815)


Discussion on Stanley

Weintraub’s ‘Silent Night’

1:30-3 p.m. Monday, Dec.

7, White Oak Library District

Lockport Branch Library,

121 E. 8th St., Lockport. In

honor of the Christmas season,

the library will be hosting

a discussion on Stanley

Weintraub’s true story “Silent

Night: The Story of

the World War I Christmas

Truce.” The story tells the

tale of a spontaneous Christmas

Eve celebration on the

battlefield during WWI. The

book will be available one

month prior to the discussion

at the reference desk.

Decorating Gingerbread


4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec.

7, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. A gingerbread

man is nothing without an

exquisitely decorated gingerbread

house in which to

enjoy the holiday’s. At this

event, children ages 8-12

will be able to create gingerbread

houses using ingredients

like candy and icing.

Registration and a $2 fee are

required. For more information,

contact Jody Olivieri

at (708) 301-7908 or jolivieri@homerlibrary.org.

Holiday Open House

3-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.

8, White Oak Library District

Lockport Branch Library,

121 E. 8th St., Lockport.

There’s something for

everyone in the family to

enjoy at this holiday open

house event. Activities will

include make-and-take lastminute

holiday gifts from

3-5 p.m. for adults, a visit

from Santa and Mrs. Claus

at 6 p.m. for families, and

holiday cookie decorating

for children and teens from

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Dave Herzog presents

Frosty the Snowman Puppet


6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.

8, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Dave Herzog

will be performing a puppet

show based on the famous

character Frosty. The show

will also include Frosty’s

brother, Popsicle, as well

as Jack Frost. All ages can

experience this unique spin

on a classic Christmas tale,

and there is no registration

required. For more information,

contact Jody Olivieri

at (708) 301-7908 or jolivieri@homerlibrary.org.

Making Unique Holiday


10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec.

12, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. At this

event, chef Michael Maddox

will teach participants

how to make their holiday

meals unique by avoiding

the typical dishes like turkey

and ham, and instead giving

their meals flair with new

sides. For more information,

contact Alex Annen at (708)

301-7908 or alex@homerlibrary.org.

Creative Gift Making

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Financial advisor

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The to-do list is the same

for many at the dawn of the

holiday season — shop for

gifts for a variety of loved

ones, plan multiple holiday

parties and somehow find

a way to make the most of

the magical season without

breaking the bank.

It can be easier said than

done in a day and age with

endless deals and trends, but

the key to a merry holiday is

to make a budget and stick

to it.

That is the secret according

to Joseph Mattera, an independent

financial advisor

from Homer Glen, who said

the holidays are inevitably a

time some overspend but do

not have to be this time of

the season.

“First of all, you have to

define what a reasonable

budget is,” Mattera said of

holiday planning. “If you’re

spending more money [on

the holidays] in a week than

you took home that week, it’s

probably not reasonable.”

Mattera suggested that

anyone planning a holiday

party or gift shopping

should come up with a dollar

mount ahead of time that

the individual will stick with

throughout the holidays. He

said it is also prudent to determine

what a person will

be specifically purchasing,

and once that is figured out,

conduct some research for

where the best prices can be


“Whether shopping at

a store or on your phone

or computer, find the right

price,” he said. “Check the

ads, the coupons and do that

before you actually go out

and drive or purchase, because

that’ll save you a lot

of money.”

Mattera has found that

some of his clients spend

excessively at their favorite

store because it is their

favorite. But instead of following

this method, he suggested

finding the store and

price that stays in the predetermined


The holiday budget strategy

can also vary depending

on age. For young working

adults, whether planning a

holiday party or shopping for

gifts for family and friends,

Mattera has a clear message

— do not waste money, and

always think before you buy.

“I was young once, and

I think at that age people

have a tendency to want to

buy out of emotion,” Mattera

said of wanting to get an

extravagant gift for a loved

one or throw the best party.

“Buy more with your brain

and make sure to always

save at least 10 percent of

what you make, even during

the holidays. Think of it

as a tax deduction and put it

away somewhere and don’t

spend it.”

The important things are

to establish budgets and

then practice quality spending

habits in one’s younger

years, according to Mattera.

On the other hand, he noted

seniors have “been around

the block a little bit more”

but should nonetheless still

spend wisely, especially if

on fixed incomes.

“For older folks, I would

say to make sure to find out

if the person really wants the

gift they are giving them,” he

said. “A lot of things an older

person buys they think they

know the person will like,

but it is better to ask the parent

of the child or a friend of

the person that knows them

really well if that’s something

they’ll really want and appreciate.”

Seniors should not dip

into their savings just for

one big holiday party or expensive

gift, Mattera said.

Instead, like any age group,

they need to remember that

other upcoming holidays,

birthdays, events and expenses

— both expected and

unexpected — will continue

to occur, and a party that will

last one night or a single gift

should not impact longerterm


Ultimately, the advice

Mattera gave is to embrace

the season with a practical,

positive approach.

“Don’t look at it as a competition

of who can buy the

most or decorate the house

the nicest,” he said, as he

pointed out that sometimes

the thoughtful or creative

and homemade gifts are often

the most enjoyed. “Enjoy

the moment, but don’t get too

wrapped up into it.”

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Tips for staying safe this holiday season

Tinley police offer

some tips to thwart

possible thefts

Michael Gilbert

Contributing Editor

Before people board a

plane or hop into the car for

their holiday vacations, Tinley

Park Crime Prevention

Officer Dina Navas suggests

that a quick trip to the store

is in order.

“Get yourself a timer,”

Navas said, when asked

what suggestions she has

for those who will be away

from home this holiday season.

“If you have [holiday]

lights outside, get a timer for

outdoors, too. It will not take

more than a few days of unlit

outdoor lights before someone

realizes you are not at


While it may seem to go

without saying, Navas noted

it is important to make certain

the timer is set correctly.

“Make sure you haven’t

accidently set the timer to go

on at 2 a.m.,” she said. “Set

the timer for multiple times

[throughout the evening].”

Another “must do” for

those going out of town is

to notify a trusted neighbor

and ask them to regularly

check the mail and retrieve

any packages that may be

delivered. Navas said this is

a better option than placing a

stop on one’s mail. She also

said it is important for that

neighbor or the person looking

after the house to check

for any flyers that may be

left on or near the door.

“It used to be that people

were only leaving flyers

during the summertime, but

now it’s year-round,” she

said. “Even in the winter,

people are placing flyers in

the door handle.”

For those staying at home

and doing some shopping at

a retail store, Navas offers

the acronym ELFS to keep

one safe. ELFS — which

stands for “enter the car,

lock the doors, fasten the

seatbelt and scan the area”

— is a simple yet effective

safety tip to remember at all

times but especially during

the holidays.

“Try to park in a well-lit,

well-populated area,” Navas

said. “If you are leaving the

mall and feel unsafe about

walking to your vehicle, ask

security to follow you to

your vehicle.”

While in the mall shopping,

Navas said it is wise

for women to use a purse

that zips all the way around

the top and for men to keep

their wallets somewhere not

their back pockets.

“A purse with a zipper

across the top will make it

almost impossible for someone

to reach in and snag your

wallet,” Navas said. “Someone

can’t put their hand in

your purse if it zipped tight.”

Navas knows it will be difficult

for men to break from

the habit of placing their

wallets in their back pockets,

so she suggested only carrying

essentials, such as identification

and credit cards.

“Try to make it as small as

possible, so your wallet isn’t

sticking out of your pocket

for anyone to come by and

swipe,” she said. “It doesn’t

need to be overloaded.”

Because many people

shop at multiple locations,

Navas said it is important

items are out of sight if left

in the car. The trunk is obviously

the best place for

items, but those with vehicles

lacking a trunk, Navas

said it is important to cover

the items with a blanket or


“Don’t leave anything in

plain view,” she said.

Since a theft is more likely

to be committed at night,

Navas recommended to shop

during the day, if a person

has a schedule that can accommodate.

“If people don’t need to

be out at night, then don’t be

out at night,” Navas said. “I

always tell people who are

retired to shop between 9

a.m.-2 p.m. Don’t put yourself

in that position if you

can avoid it.”


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How to manage stress this holiday season

Elissa Chudwin

Contributing Editor

While the holidays are

often associated with cheer

and festive celebrations,

many people view the time

of year as anything but joyous.

“The holiday season for

everyone is so focused on

gifts and jubilation, and for

many, the holiday isn’t about

that,” said Nathan Jaisingh,

a psychiatric nurse practitioner

and president of Benchmark

Psychiatric Services in

Orland Park. “Not everyone

is excited about holidays like

everyone is on TV.”

Although it is normal

for people to become more

stressed during the holidays,

there are two groups of

people who tend to see their

stress levels skyrocket, according

to Jaisingh.

The first group often

struggles with time management

during the holidays,

Jaisingh said, while the second

group includes people

who just cannot seem to enjoy

the holidays because of

grief, loss or other trauma

that makes the holiday season


Because increased stress,

grief and loss exacerbates

mental health conditions, it

is common for depression,

anxiety and bipolar disorders

to worsen during the

holidays, he said.

“If you are managing them

effectively, it can take a turn

off the tracks during the season

between Halloween and

New Year’s,” he said.

But there are tools for

those who feel overwhelmed

to make the holidays more

manageable and even enjoyable.

Jaisingh said there are five

categories of mental wellbeing,

and analyzing each

category often helps clients

improve their stress levels or

cope with mental illness.

The categories — counseling,

nutrition, exercise,

spirituality and medication

— often need to be adjusted

during the holiday season,

when days become overwhelming.

He said he tells

people to visualize these

components in a pie chart,

and they can then determine

how large each slide needs

to be and what needs to be


“Depending on the client,

perhaps they need to

increase the self-care piece

and utilize time off work,”

he said.

For those who are coping

with grief and loss that has

either occurred recently or

worsened over an extended

time period, counseling also

may be helpful.

“Both those polar spectrums

of grief is when I’d

recommend counseling,” he


If financial constraint is

a concern that may prevent

people from receiving counseling,

Jaisingh said there

are several counseling options

for those in the south

suburban area that are affordable.

Many programs even offer

psychiatric services on

a sliding scale based on the

individual’s financial resources.

Benchmark Psychiatric

Services, for example, has

a Care Access Program that

provides medication evaluation

and counseling at a

reduced rate, Jaisingh said.

Individuals apply to the program

and are accepted based

on need or recommended to

the program by an outside


Local churches as well

often offer mental health

support groups, Jaisingh

said. For those coping with

mental illness, Fresh Hope,

a nationwide Christian association

of support groups,

is offered at 7 p.m. every

Thursday at Parkview Christian

Church, 11100 Orland

Parkway, in Orland Park.

Calvary Church, 16100 S.

104th Ave. in Orland Park,

also offers a depression support

group from 7-8:30 p.m.

the first and third Wednesday

of the month.

“There are options out

there for those with financial

constraints,” Jaisingh said.



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Shop Small, Christkindl and

more to return to Frankfort

The Frankfort Historic Business Association

is inviting area residents downtown for

the holidays, as its merchants host a series of

special seasonal events.

Tying in with American Express’ national

campaign to support small businesses, especially

during the holidays, the FHBA presents

its third annual Shop Small Early Bird

event Saturday, Nov. 28.

Participating stores will open at 8 a.m. and

feature reverse progressive discounts that

begin at 25 percent off. Shoppers are encouraged

to make their first stop Build-A-Bun,

Pickwick Society Tearoom or White Street

Café for breakfast specials and to pick up

their promotional canvas shopping bags,

their Passports to Prizes and their merchant


Shoppers who complete their Passports to

Prizes can turn them in at any participating

location by noon to be entered to win 2015

Cookie Walk tickets.

The Cookie Walk takes place the following

weekend, from noon-4 p.m. Dec. 5-6,

during the FHBA’s Christkindl celebration.

Tickets for the walk are $12 and include an

individually wrapped, gourmet cookie from

20-plus merchants, as well as unlimited rides

on the horse-drawn wagon. Tickets are available

at This & That Gifts, Chew on This Dog

Barkery, The Paper Spot, White Street Café

and Pickwick Society Tearoom. Cash or

check only in stores. For credit card purchases,

visit www.shophistoricfrankfort.com.

If tickets are still available Dec. 5-6, they

will be sold at the check-in table in the Trolley

Barn, 11 S. White St.

Other Christkindl weekend activities include

photo ops with St. Nicholas, Santa’s

Secret Workshop (where children “shop” for

gifts, and elves wrap the presents), cookie

decorating with Kernel Sweetooth, letter

writing to Santa (with special delivery to

the North Pole), games and contests with

104.3FM radio and other low-cost or no-cost

family activities.

And do not miss the beautiful Christkindl

Lantern Parade, stepping off at dusk Dec.

5 from the Frankfort Area Historical Society

Museum at 132 Kansas St. Each child

will receive a beautiful hand-cut white paper

lantern and glow stick to keep, courtesy

of FAHS. St. Nicholas will lead the parade

down Kansas Street to Breidert Green for a

story by the bonfire with hot cocoa and cookies.

In addition, the live reindeer will once

again visit Frankfort from noon-3 p.m. Dec.

6. Attendees can find them on Breidert Green

across from Smokey Barque. It is recommended

they bring their cameras.

FHBA closes out the special event season

with Midnight Madness Friday, Dec. 11.

Beginning at 6 p.m., shoppers will find increasing

discounts and special holiday promotions,

with many stores offering special

perks to shoppers wearing their pajamas.

The FHBA is made up of small businesses

primarily run by people who choose to

live and work in the community. The mission

of the association, into which the merchants

pay dues, is to foster business growth

in downtown Frankfort and strengthen the

Frankfort community through events like

Christkindl Weekend, Girls Night Out and

Ghosts around the Green. They also sponsor

a group gift basket program that provides

donation gift baskets for Lincoln-Way area

fundraising events.

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Marchio Tile and Carpet has deep roots in Lockport

Marchio Tile and Carpet Inc.

had its beginnings in the garage of

founder Tom Marchio. The business

quickly grew, and he moved

the store to downtown Lockport,

where it still thrives, 45 years later.

In a time of big box stores and

Internet shopping, Marchio’s is

truly a family business. Tom and

his wife, Molly, ran the store for

32 years, employing at some point

most of their nephews and some of

their nieces. Many family stories

are told about the adventures and

escapades of working in the family


Tom and Molly retired in 2002

and sold the business to their nephew,

Jim Wartenberg, and his wife,

Michelle. Tom died a few years

ago but passed many lessons down

to Jim, who has worked in the family

business since 1974. The most

important was “Take care of your

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with appropriate products for their

needs, excellent installation done

by experienced professionals and

friendly help through the entire

process. In today’s tough environment

for small businesses, Marchio’s

has thrived by taking care of

its customers for 45 years.

Marchio’s 2,000-square-foot

showroom has become a bedrock

of downtown Lockport. The

store has a large selection of carpet,

hardwood, laminate, ceramic

tile and vinyl products. Installing

custom and sometimes difficult

retail jobs has been a hallmark of

Marchio’s through the years. Job

sizes can range from small stone

backsplashes to large commercial


Like any successful small business,

Marchio Tile and Carpet has

relied on repeat business and customer

referrals. But with all the

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stores for their flooring needs. In

response to this, Marchio’s is expanding

the amount of carpeting it


The store has always stocked

rolls of carpet and vinyl for the

rental and real estate market, but it

is now stocking many rolls of outstanding

quality residential carpet.

This allows for a great reduction in

pricing and immediate installation.

This new strategy has been very

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and pricing of these carpets is way

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Exploring new music this holiday season

Meredith Dobes

Contributing Editor

Decking the halls starts

the day after Halloween for

some and lasts all the way up

to — and often a few weeks

after — Dec. 25.

The magic and joy that

popular holiday music

brings to department stores,

commutes and parties is unbeatable

for these individuals,

and they will bring that

musical magic with them

into their homes and onto

their social media accounts.

They will attempt to make

one see the world through

the red-and-green-colored

lenses from which they peer

out October through January.

But for others, the constant

rotation of the same

artists performing “Jingle

Bells,” “Santa Claus is Coming

to Town” and “Rudolph

the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

ignites a feeling a bit different

from cheer and a bit

closer to lunacy.

Do not fear. There are

others who feel this way,

as well, and plenty of them

have written songs to keep

holiday spirits alive and mix

up that shopping mall playlist

heard every winter at this

time of year.

There are holiday songs

in basically every genre and

subgenre of music. To help

get started, here are some of

the best alternative holiday

songs the season can bring.

1. Blues — “Santa Claus”

by Sonny Boy Williamson II

The subject of this song

has a run-in with the law after

getting caught searching

through his partner’s dresser

drawers looking for the presents

she bought him. This

song is easy to relate to, as

I’m sure most have looked

through gift hiding places

early as children — and even

as adults.

2. Country — “Pretty

Paper” by Willie Nelson

This song has various interpretations.

Nelson seemingly

sings about a man who

is without a home or place to

go during the holidays. Busy

shoppers pass him by, focused

on the joy of the holidays,

for whom to buy presents

and with whom they

are going to spend time. The

song serves as a reminder to

help those in need when possible

during the holiday season.

3. Electronic — “Jingle Bells

(Dean Martin Remix)” by

Dan the Automator

Dan the Automator gives

this holiday classic a groovy

touch. The producer remixes

the song in jazz and house

styles that make it a relaxing

listen. It would be paired

well with a glass of wine and

some time to decorate the

tree — and dance around.

4. Folk — “1913

Massacre” by Woody


It may not be a song for a

holiday party, but for those

who want their music to tell

them a story, Woody Guthrie

recounts a tragedy that happened

in Calumet, Michigan,

on Christmas Eve in

1913. Striking coal miners

were gathered at Calumet’s

Italian Hall for a Christmas

party when someone shouted

“fire” into the crowd. There

was no fire, but more than

70 people died in an ensuing

stampede down the hall’s

single stairway. Like “Pretty

Paper,” it is a holiday song

that will make the listener

count his or her blessings.

5. Hip-hop — “Christmas in

Hollis” by Run-D.M.C.

This is an amazing, fun

song in which the subject

runs into Santa Claus in the

park. Santa is walking his

reindeer and drops his wallet.

There is $1 million in it,

but the song’s subject would

“never steal from Santa.”

With intentions to mail it

back to him, the subject goes

back home, only to find a letter

from Santa that the money

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in Christmas season

Jim Melka Landscaping &

Garden Center continues to be

the one-stop shop for all gardening

and decorating needs, and this

holiday season is no different.

Let Melka’s help make one’s

home the envy of the neighborhood

this holiday season. Stop in

and check out the large selection

of fresh-cut Christmas trees, fresh

wreaths, roping, greens, poinsettias,

gift shop items, custom planters

and seasoned firewood.

Find the perfect gift for friends

and family at Melka’s. The garden

center is filled with a large

selection of holiday ornaments,

gift shop items, Christmas décor,

Weber grills, bird feeders and gift

certificates for the gardening enthusiasts.

Mark the calendar, as Melka is

inviting the public to celebrate the

Christmas season at its 19th annual

Pictures with Santa event. This

year’s event will be held from 10

a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5. The event

includes pictures with Santa, live

holiday music, cookies and refreshments.

Parents are encouraged to register

children in order to ensure

Santa will have a gift for everyone.

Do not forget to bring a camera

for pictures, as this is an event

not to be missed.

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greatest wish come true.

6. Indie rock — “Silent Night” by

Bright Eyes

The slowed-down, drawn-out,

haunting way in which Conor

Oberst sings this holiday classic is

eerie. The percussion in the background

sounds oddly like a heart

beating amidst the faint jingling of

bells. The unique take on the song

makes the listener quiet and listen

to the vocals underneath the wailing

guitar. It is sobering and beautiful,

and there are 10 other unique takes

on Christmas songs where this came

from in Bright Eyes’ “A Christmas


7. Jazz — “The Christmas Song”

by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Yes, it’s this song. But no, it’s not

a version that typically gets played

on the radio. And a pianist would

be remiss to leave Guaraldi out of

this list. “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

is an iconic album, and this

song is such elegant perfection and

concludes the album beautifully. It

sounds so warm and can only make

the listener think of family.

8. Punk — “Merry Christmas (I

Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” by

The Ramones

Many have been with that significant

other or family member

who has to put a damper on things

by picking a fight around the holidays.

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a Google search for more punk holiday

songs and rock out together.

9. R&B — “Give Love on Christmas

Day” by The Jackson 5

The song has a simple message

and encapsulates the true meaning

of the holiday. To give love is what

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furniture; custom

floral designs; and home decor;

all within their budgets.

Located in historic downtown

Lockport, Design Studio

905, featuring Custom

Interiors by Diane DeCero, is

a collaboration of creativity,

incomparable customer service

and years of experience.

DeCero has been delivering

beautiful interiors for more

than 20 years, taking careful

consideration to meet all of

the needs, wants and desires

of her clients to create the

homes of their dreams.

Whether customers have

a new home with a blank

slate or an established home

that merely needs a face-lift,

Design Studio 905 can help

with their latest projects.

DeCero prides herself on

listening to her client’s needs,

wants and desires, and with

her amazing resources will

deliver the look they have always

wanted for their homes,

all within their budgets.

DeCero’s passion is creating

beautiful interiors by adding

expressive color texture

or design to walls through the

use of paint, faux paint products

and, yes, wallcovering

— because it is trending.

DeCero is a Hunter Douglas

certified dealer and can

provide the latest styles and

trends in privacy and energy-efficient

blinds, shades

and shutters.

The studio specializes in

creating beautifully dressed

windows with all of the

bells and whistles, because

window treatments are the

“ball gowns of every room.”

Just like one would not go

to the ball without a beautiful

gown, a room is just not

complete without a welldressed


Customers can also change

the entire look of a room by

repurposing through reupholstering

to give that old

tired piece of furniture a custom,

one-of-a-kind look. If

one just needs a new look by

adding a new area rug or creating

an updated style with

new lamps, art work and

accessories, Design Studio

905’s redesign services can

help anyone get a new look

without breaking the bank.

DeCero recently teamed

up with Coyle Custom

Homes of Orland Park and

will be helping Coyle’s clients

make all of the decisions

for the interiors of their new

homes. This is a very exciting

new aspect of DeCero’s

business, adding another

layer of services provided by

Design Studio 905.

Store hours vary daily,

so call first before coming,

though DeCero is usually

there 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday

through Friday, and 10

a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The

studio is closed Mondays.

Submitted by Design Studio

905, 905 S. State St. in Lockport.

For more information,

call (815) 552-2491 or visit





Try our top-rated Lobster Roll, An East Coast delicacy.

Owner John Mihalos has perfected his lobster tail enough to keep his

customers coming back. Serving the Tinley Park area and now Alsip,

Just Shrimp offers many dishes not just shrimp.

Biologie Boutique goes ‘extra mile’ for customers

Welcome to Biologie

Boutique, a women’s clothing

and accessories shop.

Independently owned and

inspired by design, guests to

Biologie Boutique can enjoy

shopping from a unique

selection of dresses, pants,

jeans, sweaters and more.

Biologie Boutique also offers

handbags, scarves and a

beautiful selection of women’s


Biologie Boutique is

proud to offer a selection of

organic clothing made in the

U.S., along with fair trade

clothing and accessories.

Biologie loves partnering

with independent designers

to offer unique styles and


The store has stylists that

go the extra mile to make

sure customers leave with

great items that look outstanding.

Biologie believes

in developing relationships

with customers, and many

have become friends with

whom stylists look forward

to seeing and catching

up every time they come

through the doors.

“If you have not walked

into this boutique, you are

truly missing out,” customer

Ashley Purpura wrote.

“One of my favorite

shops,” customer Tonya

Przybylski added. “I have always

found something great.

It’s hard not to go wild.”

Submitted by Biologie Boutique,

635 E. Boughton Road,

Suite 145, in Bolingbrook, as

well as at Orland Park Crossing,

14215 S. LaGrange Road,

Suite 124, in Orland Park. For

more information, visit www.

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Rich’s Yamaha specializes in parts, sales, service

Since 1964, Rich’s Yamaha of

Lockport has been bringing only the

best service to its customers. With

a super-friendly and exceptionally

sharp staff, the store can help with

any questions customers may have.

It offers parts, sales and service


At the parts department, employees

will help customers find just what they

need to get their toys up and running.

They will also find new gear, such as

helmets, jackets, boots and gloves.

Employees will help fit customers into

the right stuff to keep them safe.

Rich’s Yamaha is full of sales all

the time. Whether parts or apparel,

there is always something not to miss

there. Right now, the winter gear is

up to 70 percent off throughout the

store. So customers will find the hottest

trends at the lowest prices.

The sales department will take

trades and get customers into a newer

toy. Yamaha is top of the line when

it comes to everything one needs to

have fun. And there is something for

everyone at Rich’s Yamaha.

It is the season for new snowmobiles

and ATVs right now. The new

Yamaha-Arctic Cat snowmobile is


Then, when that snow melts, it is

time for new watercrafts and motorcycles.

Currently, Yamaha is having special

financing on motorcycles, ATVs,

watercraft and snowmobiles. Yamaha

always has innovative machines, now

with power steering in their snowmobiles,

along with the ATVs, making it

an easier and more fun ride.

Rich’s Yamaha carries brochures

on whatever fascinates customers,

and there is plenty to see on the

sales floor.

Finally, the service department

will help customers get all their toys

running like brand new. They are a

Pro Yamaha Specialists dealer eight

times over. What that means for the

customer is they get a service manager

and technicians that are factory

trained and among the most highly

educated in the Yamaha motorsport

industry. And that staff is happy to

help with anything brought through

the doors.

They work on everything too —

not just Yamaha. The shop recommends

customers stop by and talk to

their service manager to see what the

store can do. With competitive pricing

and friendly educated staff, it is

easy to let Rich’s Yamaha fix one’s


When customers stop by Rich’s Yamaha,

they will experience a friendly

environment from this family-owned

business. The main priority is the customers,

and it is important to have everyone

feel like family to them. That

is why Rich’s Yamaha is always giving

to the community and to others

around them.

The shop host food drives for the

Lockport/Homer FISH Food Pantry.

Feel free to donate anytime by dropping

off donations at the dealership.

The store will be hosting another

food drive this Nov. 27 and 28.

It will have an open house sale for

Black Friday, Nov. 27, with special

hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

On that Saturday, the hours will

be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and even those who

cannot stay long can feel free to stop

by and drop off donations. Every donation


The employees of Rich’s Yamaha

are informed of the product and have

the same interests as their customers.

They are all avid riders in the motorsports

industry and are willing to help

with anything.

The service department is fully

schooled and ready to take on

any challenge. And the store encourages

customers to share their

good experiences at www.face


Rich’s Yamaha is located right

off of Interstate 355 and Archer

Avenue/143rd exits. It is open 7 days

a week for customer convenience.

And it offers plenty of Internet specials

all the time.

Submitted by Rich’s Yamaha, 14354

Archer Ave. in Lockport. For more

information, call (815) 838-8130 or

visit www.RichsYamaha.com.


From Page 33

White Oak Library District

Lockport Branch Library, 121

E. 8th St., Lockport. Children

between the ages of 7-12 who

are struggling to find a gift for

mom, dad or any other family

member can join this secret

Santa gift workshop. For

more information, contact

Cathy Weltsch at cweltsch@

whiteoaklibrary.org or (815)


Exploration of Polish

Christmas Traditions

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.

16, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. This event will

introduce participants to all

kinds of Polish Christmas

traditions. Registration and a

$2 fee are required. Fee must

be paid at least a week prior

to event. For more information,

contact Mia Sevik at

(708) 301-7908 or msevik@


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Circle Tractor has more

than 33 years of sales,

parts, service experience

For more than 33 years,

people from the southwest

suburbs have been coming to

Circle Tractor for the highest

quality tractors, lawn equipment

and attentive service.

That has been the store’s


It offers the widest selection

of cutting-edge products from

the industry-leading brands

— John Deere, Toro, Honda

and the latest addition, Avant.

The dealership has grown

from a small specialty shop

to one of the largest multiline

outdoor power equipment

dealers in the area.

Circle Tractor prides itself

on customer service and its

ability to meet each of its

customer’s individual needs.

At Circle Tractor, they know

how important one’s equipment

is and understands people

want someone they trust

to maintain it.

Circle Tractor’s parts department

is staffed by experienced

professionals. Its staff

wants to make sure customers

get the right part when they

need it and at a fair price. The

store carries 10,000 OEM

parts in stock, and if for any

reason Circle Tractor is not

carrying the part you need,

it can be shipped to the store

within just a couple of days.

Customers having trouble

finding parts themselves

should just come in and talk

to one of the parts employees,

who will gladly help

in locating the proper parts

needed for the machines.

Circle Tractor’s service

department is staffed by

factory trained and certified

professional mechanics. It

prides itself on thorough inspections

and proper diagnoses

of customers’ machines

in a timely manner. The service

department will stand

behind its work to make sure

equipment is working properly

through the entire lawn

and garden season.

Submitted by Circle Tractor,

12608 W. 159th St. in Homer

Glen. For more information,

call (708) 301-0222 or visit


Hollingworth Candies makes

life a little sweeter in Lockport

In 1982 — with some chocolate, pecans,

butter and a special family recipe — Margaret

Carlson began making toffee 1 pound at

a time on her kitchen stove in Homer Township.

She started selling her candy at small craft

shows and soon needed to start taking orders

for friends and family as word spread about

the quality and freshness of her product.

Her husband, Chester, retired and began

making the toffee with her.

Before long, Margaret’s signature toffee

was in high demand. In 1993, her daughter,

Wendy, joined them, and she continues the

tradition, bringing Hollingworth Candies

home to happy customers.

Today, Hollingworth Candies produces

more than 15,000 pounds of toffee each year

to satisfy the sweet tooth of every customer,

and has expanded and added a new facility to

make candy in at 926 N. State St., in Lockport,

at which Hollingworth will be providing

retail next year, as well.

Hollingworth Candies is also the proud

winner of the 2015 Business of the Year


Though toffee remains Hollingworth’s

most popular seller, the company also makes

cashew brittle, chesters, gourmet caramel apples,

sea salt toffee, sea salt caramels, chocolate-dipped

strawberries and much more.

Carlson has added her own line of molded

chocolates, called Maggie’s Creations. Each

one is hand-painted with colored chocolate

and molded into delicious, artful, chocolate

creations. Hollingworth Candies has many

ideas for corporate gifts, as well.

Shop online or stop by one of its two stores

in downtown Lockport — between 10 a.m.-

6 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 10

a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Submitted by Hollingworth Candies, 922 S. State

St. in Lockport, and 926 N. State St. in Lockport.

For more information, visit www.hollingworth

candies.com or call (815) 838-2275.

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Lockport businesses are

to reward customers this

season for shopping local

At last year’s Christmas in the Square

event, jointly hosted by the City of

Lockport and the Lockport Township

Park District, attendees were treated to

a goody bag full of promotional items

from Lockport’s local businesses.

This year, attendees will receive all

that and more, while Lockport’s local

businesses benefit.

The Lockport Area Chamber of Commerce

and the City of Lockport are excited

to announce a new initiative that

encourages residents to shop small and

local through the holiday season, beginning

at the Christmas in the Square

event Saturday, Nov. 28, and ending

on Dec. 31.

Participating Lockport businesses

will be offering a unique special or free

gift to potential customers as a “thank

you” for choosing to shop local or shop


A list of participating businesses and

their promotions will be available at

the Christmas in the Square event, on

the City of Lockport’s website at www.

cityoflockport.net, the Lockport Chamber

of Commerce’s website at www.

lockportchamber.com and in this publication.

Submitted by the Lockport Area Chamber

of Commerce, 921 S. State St., in Lockport.

For more information, visit www.lockportchamber.com,

or www.cityoflockport.

net. Questions regarding the program may

also be directed to, Lisa Kairis, executive

director of the Lockport Area Chamber

of Commerce at (815) 838-3357, or Pam

Hirth, director of community and economic

development, at (815) 838-0549 ext. 1137.

Resource Center gives back

On Dec. 24, 2010, a man

walked into Shepherd of the

Hill Lutheran Church with a

check for $10,000 and a leather


He told the pastor that he

wanted to “help someone” in

the community. That money,

combined with a dash of inspiration

from area churches,

allowed for the concept of the

Lockport Resource Center and

Thrift Shop to be born.

The Lockport Resource Center

opened its doors Feb. 14,

2012, at 944 N. State St. in

Lockport. The concept of the

store is simply a place where

a person could come in and

purchase goods to outfit their

homes or families with gently

used goods at a modest price.

The store’s vast inventory

is stocked with items that are

donated by the community at

large. The store is staffed and

owned 100 percent by volunteers.

Proceeds from the store,

combined with monetary donations

from local churches and

individuals, fund the assistance

programs. The Lockport Resource

Center also provides a

no-interest loan program, a gas

card assistance program and

financial support for the Lockport

FISH Food Pantry.

“Sharing God’s love, people

helping people” is the mission

statement that all members of

the Lockport Resource Center

Board and staff strive to live

out every day. The shop generates

sufficient income to keep

the store open and the prices

low. Since opening, the thrift

shop has contributed the monetary

equivalent of 20 tons of

food to FISH Food Pantry.

The store has also sponsored

school supply drives and food

collections that are distributed

directly to the clients of FISH.

The no-interest loan program,

combined with gas cards

and referrals to other area

agencies, has helped roughly

60 households meet financial

needs. The Resource Center

has also partnered with local

churches to make bicycles

available to homeless parishioners.

The LRC maintains a relationship

with the Lockport

VFW and the Will County Veterans

Action Council to provide

household furnishings and

clothing to homeless veterans.

The LRC also provides clothing

and household goods to

local families who have been

victims of fire, flood and other

catastrophes. All of these goods

are provided free of charge.

Submitted by Lockport Resource

Center and Thrift Shop, 944 N.

State St., in Lockport. For more

information, visit www.lockpor

tresource.org/lrc, www.facebook.

com/lockportresource, or call

(815) 838-9615.


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Forest View Farms offers horseback, sleigh rides

For more than 50 years, Forest

View Farms has welcomed horse

lovers of all ages, whether they

have been riding all their lives or

want to enjoy their first rides.

Forest View Farms in Tinley

Park abuts the Cook County Forest

Preserves — a beautiful piece

of land that begs to be seen. The

farms invite people to enjoy

time away from life’s stresses

and spend time relaxing by meandering

through the beautiful

forest trails. Riders are paired

with a horse at the rider’s skill

level, so new riders do not feel

overwhelmed, while sleigh rides,

hayrides or other horse-drawn

vehicles are piloted by one of our

accomplished workers.

Trail rides begin on the Forest

View Farms property and take

adjacent trails through the Cook

County Forest Preserves. Trail

rides are offered year-round and


are offered for both private, reserved

rides and walk-in customers.

Trail riders need to be at least

9 years of age, with a 250 pound

weight limit.

Children less than 9 who want

to ride can also enjoy pony rides,

which are offered year-round and

are great for smaller children.

Children learn to be comfortable

around horses during their controlled

trail ride around the Forest

View Farms property. All ponies

are hand-led by a parent or adult.

Forest View Farms offer riding

lessons for new and advanced riders,

young and old. For those who

have always wanted to try horseback

riding, there are classes for

people of all ages, from 3 years

and older. Toddlers can become

comfortable around horses or ponies,

and older children can start

learning riding basics, with lessons

tailored to their ages and level of


For adults who have never had

the chance to try horseback riding,

Forest Views Farms has both

group and private lessons, so you

can try it out with your friends or

on your own. Forest View Farms

also offers driving lessons.

Forest View Farms also offers

everything you need for a successful,

memorable party at one’s

place or on site. Parties can be built

to accommodate everything from

trail rides, pony rentals, hayrides,

ride wagons, covered wagons, carriages

and stagecoach to petting

farm animals. Sheriff badges, hats

and bandanas are available as party


And whether one decides to

have a party at his or her location

or the farms, Forest View can supply

everything one needs, including

western decorations and props

for a great party all guests will remember.

Forest View also offers

parades, weddings, reunions, convention

events, company picnics,

cookouts, special events and parties

for all occasions. Party barns,

pavilions and other areas are available

for rent.

Forest View Farms also invites

everyone to join for a week

of horsey fun at the horse camp,

which is a great way to learn about

horses and other farm animals.

During the week at camp, campers

will learn to brush, saddle and ride

horses. Campers also will adopt

one farm animal and take care of

it for the week. Campers also will

have a riding lessons and go on

trail rides daily.

The farm also has other types of

horse-related activities throughout

the week.

Fall is upon us, and hayride season

is here, while winter is fast approaching.

And with the coming of

snow brings sleigh rides.

Gift certificates are available

for any of the above and make

great Christmas stocking stuffers

or presents.

Yes, Christ is still in Christmas

at Forest View Farms, which recently

opened a second location in

Cedar Lake, Indiana.

All are also invited to the fall

festival and haunted activities.

Call for additional details.

Submitted by Forest View Farms.

For more information, visit www.

fvfarms.com, or call (708) 560-0306

or (219) 365-1350.


From Page 3

takes great pride in the service it provides,

the food it prepares, the drinks it delivers

and the entire experience of every one

of its guests. At the end of the day, the

memories and lasting impressions that are

made on those annual fishing trips to the

Northwoods are the kind of lasting impressions

and memories Stoney Point wants its

guests to take with them when they leave

the restaurant.

Stoney Point Grill will be hosting its annual

Brunch with Santa Saturday, Dec. 12.

All of the traditional brunch favorites will

be served, including an omelet station and

waffle station. Also featured will be some

of the house favorites from the regular

dinner menu, plus mimosas and a Bloody

Mary bar.

Two seatings are available: 10 a.m. and

12:30 p.m. And do not forget your camera,

as Santa will be in attendance for photos

and to jot down some notes from those

Christmas lists. Reservations are available

now by phone.

Submitted by Stoney Point Grill, 19031 Old La-

Grange Road in Mokena. For more information,

call (708) 479-9700 or visit www.stoneypointgrill.


From our succulent Ceviche De Mar to the mouth-watering

Caramelized onion Ribeye, the menu will delight your

taste buds!

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Tapping into seasonal spinal care

Snowboarding, skiing, sledding

and ice skating are fun activities

often associated with the winter

months, but what happens if one

gets injured doing one of them?

“The biggest injuries we always

see are good old-fashioned back

strains,” said Dr. Amir El Shami, a

physical medicine and rehabilitation

physician with the Illinois Spine &

Scoliosis Center in Homer Glen.

Sprains, compression fractures

and fractures in general are also

common injuries, he said.

Whether a person takes a fall

while skiing, tries a trick on a

snowboard or crashes into someone

else sledding, El Shami said

the most important thing is to properly

diagnose the injury.

“Sometimes the sprains and

strains are not so obvious,” he said.

Once properly diagnosed, a

number of treatment options are

available, ranging from medications

to strengthening exercises

and physical therapies, to bracing

and nonsurgical treatments, such

as injections. The Illinois Spine

& Scoliosis Center offers injections

that can help relieve muscle

spasms and tightness, and regenerate

injured tissue.

“The goal is to alleviate pain,

and the ultimate goal is to keep the

pain from coming back,” El Shami

said, adding that most patients respond

well to physical medicine

and rehabilitation.

According to Dr. Anthony Rinella,

a spine and scoliosis surgeon and

founder of the Illinois Spine & Scoliosis

Center, roughly 90 percent of

injuries can be treated nonsurgically.

The most common injury that leads

to surgery is spinal disc herniation,

also known as a “slipped disc.”

Depending on where the herniation

is in the spine, pain can travel

from the lower back down the back

of the leg to the knee or from the

neck, with pain in the shoulder and

“The goal is to alleviate pain, and the

ultimate goal is to keep the pain from

coming back.”

Dr. Amir El Shami — a physical medicine and rehabilitation

physician with the Illinois Spine and Scoliosis Center

in Homer Glen

down the arm.

Rinella said surgery is necessary

only after all of the other treatment

options have been exhausted. The

only time a patient might be referred

for surgery sooner is if he or

she is experiencing a “foot drop,”

where the front of the person’s foot

literally drops as the person is trying

to walk, or if there is pressure.

“Anything that puts pressure on

the nerve is a common reason to

go in for surgery,” said Dr. Kris

Siemionow, a spine and scoliosis

surgeon with the Illinois Spine &

Scoliosis Center.

Although accidents happen,

there are things people can do to

reduce the risk of injury while enjoying

winter sports.

“The biggest thing you can do ...

is to keep core strength as strong

as possible,” Rinella said. “When

your muscles are strong, it holds

the spine stable in a balanced way.”

Siemionow advised that people

should try not to overestimate their

abilities. If a person is traveling too

fast for his or her skill level, he or

she can lose control.

“Every year, we get a couple of

people that break their back,” Siemionow

said. “The force of impact is

directly proportional to your speed.”

People should always prepare in

advance for trips that involve athletics,

Siemionow said. For example,

engage in daily squats and other

core muscle strengthening exercises

before hitting the ski slopes.

People should be aware of altitude

changes, as well. Shortness of

breath or being dehydrated can put

a person at a higher risk for strain,

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style for the holidays or some

pampering to warm them up

this winter will discover just

that at Lisa Thomas Salon.

Customers can pamper

themselves at a place specifically

designed to make them

feel rejuvenated and look


Lisa Thomas is a full service

salon, with a highly

trained staff, capable of giving

customers the most up-to-date

looks and services, as well as

an exceptional experience.

Lisa Thomas Salon has

been an industry leader for

more than 25 years and is

nationally recognized as a

Redken Elite Salon.

Owners Lisa and Tom

Kmak, have grown their team

to more than 55 exceptional

designers, nail technicians

and estheticians specializing

in a full menu of hair,

nail and facial services, with

some of their newest services,

including a variety of hair

and eyelash extensions.

The salon features certified

Redken colorists, using

the latest techniques to give

customers a cutting edge

look and keep their colors

looking great every day.

The salon carries Redken

and Pureology products that

are designed to keep hair

healthy and vibrant. The designers

will help customers

learn how to style their hair

so they look like they came

from the salon every time

they walk out the door.

At Lisa Thomas Salon, the

staff believes that success

comes from a commitment

to expanding its knowledge

and expertise so it can continue

to be a trend leader. It is

also dedicated to providing a

professional and friendly atmosphere,

from the time its

guest service experts greet

customers till they walk out

with their new look.

With three locations and a

growing team, the employees

at Lisa Thomas Salon

look forward to working

with their customers to create

the looks that will make

them feel great every day.

Lisa Thomas Salon has

locations in Tinley Park, Orland

Park and Mokena.

Submitted by Lisa Thomas

Salon, which has locations at

15930 84th Ave. in Tinley Park,

8132 W. 143rd St. in Orland

Park and 11326 Lincoln

Highway in Mokena. For more

information, call (708) 532-

4553, (708) 349-4553 or (815)-

469-9977, respectively, or visit


8132 143rd St.

Orland Park, IL


15930 84th Ave.

Tinley Park, IL


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