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Local U.S. rhythmic gymnastic team eye Olympic debut, Page 3

Monica Rokhman (left to right) Kiana Eide, Alisa Kano, Kristen Shaldybin and Natalie

McGiffert, the U.S. womens rhythmic gymnastics team, get ready to compete with

their ribbon routine. Photo submitted

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Book Launch “Steppenwolf

Theatre Company of

Chicago: In Their Own


7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 11,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Meet author

John Mayer as he

discusses his new book,

“Steppenwolf Theatre

Company of Chicago: In

Their Own Words,” the

first book to chronicle the

iconic theater company.

The book offers an account

of its early years

and development, from a

church basement in Highland

Park, its work, and

the methodologies that

have made it one of the

most influential ensemble

theaters today and reveals

the story of its rise from

basement to Broadway.

For more information, call

(847) 432-0216.


Tony Bennett 90th

Birthday Celebration


8:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Ravinia

Festival, 418 Sheridan

Road, Highland Park.

Tony Bennett will play a

show. Gates open at 5 p.m.

with the concert beginning

at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are

$101 or $34 for lawn seating.

Infinity Foundation Retreat

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Aug. 13-14, optional 7-9

p.m. Techny Towers, 2001

Waukegan Road, Northbrook.

Join Gary Renard,

bestselling author of “The

Disappearance of the

Universe,” to experience

peace of mind regardless

of what is going on in the

world. Cost $310. includes

light continental breakfast

and lunch on both days.

Most classes are held at

Infinity Foundation, 1282

Old Skokie Road, Highland

Park, For more information,

visit infinityfoundation.org.


Lake Shore Men’s Club


8:15-10:30 a.m. Monday,

Aug. 15, Lakeside

Congregation, 1221 Lake

Cook Road, Highland

Park. Join the Lake Shore

Men’s Club for a featured

presentation from Steve

Darnall on “Radio and

the Great American Songbook.”

Breakfast starts at

8:15 a.m. while the featured

speaker presentation

begins at 9:30 a.m.

The cost is $15. Call Irv at

(847) 997-1511.


Spanish Conversation


10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug.

16, HIghland Park Public

LIbrary, 494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Meet at the

library for Spanish conversation.

Former high school

Spanish teacher, Graciella

Napoles, facilitates the

discussion. Conversational

ability required. For more

information, call (847)



“An Impressive

Presentation of Lovely

Evidence: Underneath the


10:30-11:45 a.m. Aug.

17, HIghland Park Public

LIbrary, 494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Theatre

Y presents this one-man

show about a librarian

who embarks on a quest to

find out who anonymously

returned a library book

that is 113 years overdue.

A clue scribbled in the

margin of the book and

an unclaimed dry cleaning

ticket take him on a mysterious

adventure that spans

the globe and the ages.

Presented with the Highland

Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado

of Highland Park. Registration

is not required.

For more information, call

(847) 432-0216.


Highland Park Bank and

Trust Family Night Out

4-7 p.m. Aug. 18, Highland

Park Bank & trust,

655 burton Ave., Highland

Park. Join Highland Park

Bank & Trust for our Family

Night Out. Petting

zoo, bouncy house, pony

rides — snacks and giveaways

too. For more information,

visit downtownhp.



Movies in Nature: ‘Wall-E’

7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug.

19, Heller Nature Center,

2821 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Bring the kids

and blankets (or chairs) for

an evening of family activities

and a movie with an

optional picnic. Yelp will

present games, activities

and giveaways, and the

film will begin at 8:30 under

the stars, or indoors if

it rains. Children must be

accompanied by an adult.

Offered in conjunction

with Yelp. The film may be

subject to change but this

event is free.

Story Time, Milk and

Cookies at Panera

9:30-10 a.m., Tuesday,

Aug. 23, Panera, 1853 N.

2nd St., Highland Park.

Join us for a special story

time, milk and cookies.

Children ages 2-5 and

parents and caregivers are

invited the fourth Tuesday

of the month. Visit www.


Garlic Fest

4-9 p.m. Wednesday,

Aug. 24, Everts Park, 111

North Ave., Highwood.

The fifth annual Garlic

Fest will host some 5,000

attendees to sample a variety

of garlic creations

from out-of-the-ordinary

garlic ice cream, candy,

cupcakes and cocktails,

to the more usual pastas,

sauces, breads and butters.

Held during Highwood’s

Evening Market, the Fest

features a Taste of Garlic

Competition for the savory

and sweet categories.

Yappy Hour

5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26,

Larry Fink Memorial Park,

701 Deer Creek Highway,

Highland Park. Bring your

best furry friend and have

a waggin’ good time at this

free event. Enjoy beer or

wine (for purchase; valid

proof of age 21 and over

required), snacks, and music

while socializing with

dog lovers at our enclosed

dog park. Caricatures are

available for a suggested

donation of $10. All proceeds

benefit the SMILE

Grant-in-Aid Program.

This event will be cancelled

in case of inclement



Highwood Evening


4-9 p.m., Wednesdays

until Aug. 31, Everts Park,

111 North Ave. Recognized

as one of the best

markets on the North

Shore, this vibrant party in

the park has become a tradition

for friends and family

seeking great food, entertainment

and shopping.

Guests are able to enjoy

dinner and cocktails, while

exploring the market’s

many vendors and listening

to different live music

acts. This event runs from

June 15-Aug. 31.

Hatha Yoga

10:30 a.m.-noon, Mondays,

North Suburban

Wellness, 1732 First

Street, Highland Park. Join

North Suburban Wellness

for a round of physical

yoga. techniques.

Community Yoga

5:30-6:45 p.m., Mondays,

North Suburban

Wellness, 1732 First

Street, Highland Park. Join

North Suburban Wellness

for free community yoga

on Monday nights.

Women’s Care Group

Highland Park-Highwood

Legal Aid Clinic,

830 Green Bay Road,

Highland Park. This is

a woman’s care group,

where participates will

receive support by learning

about unhealthy relationships

and behaviors,

recognize the impact this

can have on you and your

children, and explore new

coping skills for a happy,

healthier life. For meeting

times and more information,

call (847) 731-7165

Better Balance

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

and 12-1 p.m., Fridays,

Recreation Center of

Highland Park, 1207 Park

Ave. Join a community of

seniors and older adults for

a total body workout. Contact

Sue, (847) 579-4048.

Restorative Yoga

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

Recreation Center of

Highland Park, 1207 Park

Ave. This is a gentle yoga

class for those new to yoga

or recovering from injuries

or have physical limitations

and those who want

a less rigorous pace and

a more relaxing practice.

Call Sue Cohen at (847)


To submit an item for the

community calendar, contact

Editor Courtney Jacquin

at courtney@hplandmark.

com or (847) 272-4565 ext.

34. Entries are due by noon

on the Thursday prior to

publication date.

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Local team chases Olympic dreams in Rio

Courtney Jacquin, Editor

The Sachs Recreation

Center in Deerfield is a

very unassuming place.

Tucked behind a strip

mall off of Lake Cook

Road, the rec center has

pools, indoor tennis courts

and fitness equipment —

all the usual suspects, and

one not so usual suspect:

it’s the home of the North

Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics

Club, the training facility

for the U.S women’s

rhythmic gymnastics team,

who will be competing in

the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Aug. 20, and Aug. 21

if the team advances to the

final and medal rounds.

From the outside of the

center, the building is nothing

impressive, but from

the inside, it’s a whole different

story. After years of

training, six young women

are ready to make their

Olympic debut.

The team includes Alisa

Kano, 21, of Glencoe;

Natalie McGiffert, 19,

of Northbrook; Monica

Rokhman, 19, of Northbrook;

Kiana Eide, 17, of

Northbrook and Kristen

Shaldybin, 19, of Highwood.

Jennifer Rokhman,

Monica’s twin sister, is an


All six gymnasts were

high level individual competitors

in the sport, but

made the switch to group

competition four years ago

in preparation to qualify for

the 2016 Olympics. Directors

of North Shore Rhythmic

Gymnastics Club and

National Team coaches

Natalia Klimouk and Dani

Takova set out to form a

team that would have a

fighting chance to qualify

against powerhouse Eastern

European teams — the

U.S. had only one other

Kristen Shaldybin (left to right), Monica Rokhman, Jennifer Rokhman, Alisa Kano,

Natalie McGiffert and Kiana Eide pose with their gold medals after the 2015 Pan-Am

Games. 22nd Century Media File Photos

rhythmic group appearance

in the past, the 1996

games in Atlanta, where as

the host country the U.S.

had an automatic berth.

As individual competitors,

the transition to group

was almost like starting a

new sport.

“It was really different,”

Kano said. “Individual and

group is really different.

Individual is a completely

different sport and you

control what you do, but

for group you have teammates

and have to collaborate;

it’s completely different.”

Joining the team came

with a caveat: you had to

move to the Deerfield area

to train for the next four

years. The Rokhmans had

been in the area for two

years prior, moving to

Northbrook in 2010 from

their native San Diego to

train at North Shore Rhythmic

Gymnastics Club, but

the others all had to relocate:

Kano from New York

City and McGiffert from

Malibu, Calif. Shaldybin

moved from New York

City one year later in 2013,

and Eide from Minnesota

in 2014 to complete the


Most girls moved with

only one parent, a major

life adjustment for the athletes.

“It was totally different,

because I had never lived

with one parent before,”

McGiffert, whose father

moved with her to Northbrook,

said. “My mom

stayed in California with

my brother until he graduated,

and then she moved

out here about two years

ago. And starting at a new

school where I didn’t really

know anyone was hard,

everyone (else) grew up in

the same area and all knew

each other.”

All of the team members

attended Glenbrook

North High School, except

for Shaldybin, who attended

Highland Park High


But the four years of

intensive training paid

off — at the 2015 World

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Championship in Stuttgart,

Germany, the team placed

13th. The top 14 finish

guaranteed them a spot in

the final qualifying event

for Rio no matter what, but

this finish guaranteed even

more than that — they

had the highest score as a

country outside of Europe

or Asia, guaranteeing them

a spot through continental

representation berth. The

The team performs its routine with hoops and clubs.

Their other routine includes ribbons.

International Gymnastics

Federation mandates that

at least three continents

must be represented in

Olympic competition.

“Being able to say you

went to the Olympics, you

can’t even imagine. … You

say it and it doesn’t seem

real,” McGiffert said.

“We’ve been working

our entire lives for this


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Truck trailer carrying asphalt tips over in ‘freak of nature’ accident

Matt Yan, Contributing Editor

A semi trailer-truck carrying

19 tons of asphalt

tipped over during the

morning commute Thursday,

Aug. 4, causing delays

on Lake Cook Road and

Skokie Valley Road.

The truck was turning

onto the right lane of northbound

Skokie Valley Road

from eastbound Lake Cook

Road when the incident occurred

just before 9:06 a.m.,

driver Dan Ramos said. He

had been on his way to a job

site in Highland Park.

“I had just got the green

arrow to go, had barely

picked up speed to make

the turn ... [when] I just

heard a loud pop,” Ramos

said. “I looked in my side

mirror, and I see a white

cloud of smoke.”

He saw his rear tires lift

off the ground, he added,

and that’s when the trailer

detached from the truck

and fell onto its side, dumping

thousands of pounds of

asphalt on the street and

adjacent curb. The vehicle

itself stayed level.

Ramos believes a mechanical

failure caused the

accident, which he described

as a “freak of nature.”

“It’s not like I whipped

around the corner,” he said.

“There’s no way you can

even pick up [speed] —

maybe 10 miles per hour.

“I’m guessing the rear

tires kept going straight

when I turned.”

Highland Park police

Deputy Chief Timothy

Wilinski said there were no

injuries or no other cars involved.

Highland Park police responded

to the incident and

blocked off all northbound

Skokie Valley Road lanes

while a tow truck moved

the trailer. The department

sent a Bobcat utility vehicle

to clean up the asphalt.

Despite being initially

shaken by the crash, Ramos

spoke calmly, relieved that

no one was hurt.

“You just thank God,” he

said. “Live to work another

day, go home.”

A truck carrying approximately 19 tons of asphalt tipped over at the intersection of

Skokie Valley and Lake Cook roads Thursday, Aug. 4, delaying traffic for morning

commuters. Matt Yan/22nd Century Media

Police Reports

Joliet man arrested for burglary


With purchase of any

regular-priced kid’s shoe

during August, while

supplies last.

A Joliet man was arrested

for burglary 3:25 p.m. July


Steven B. Lindsey, 30, was

arrested and charged with

burglary, retail theft under

$300, unlawful use of a

credit card and identity theft

after police executed an arrest

warrant in Chicago.

Lindsey was processed and

transported to Lake County


Lindsey has not yet been

appointed a court date.

In other police news:

Highland Park

Aug. 1

• David Steven Silver, 57,

of Chicago, was charged

with driving with a suspended

driver’s license and

possession of cannabis at

1:23 a.m. near the intersection

of Clavey Road and

the Edens Expressway.

July 31

• Devell Leatherwood, 24,

of Chicago, was charged

with driving under the influence

and improper lane

usage at 1:36 a.m. near the

intersection of Clavey and

Green Bay roads.

July 30

• A cell phone was reported

stolen from a business during

the evening hours of

July 29 in the 1800 block

of 2nd Street.

• A building was reported

defaced with chalk at 12:43

p.m. in the 900 block of

North Avenue.

• A female offender stole

carious merchandise during

the afternoon hours of

July 29 in the 1800 block of

2nd Street.

• A utility trailer from a

driveway was reported stolen

at 9:41 a.m. in the 900

block of Green Bay Road.

July 28

• Eunice Boddie, 62, of

Waukegan, was charged

with driving under the influence,

speeding more

than 35 miles per hour over

the limit and illegal transportation

of alcohol at 2:41

a.m. near the intersection

of Skokie Valley Road and

Park Avenue West.

• A cell phone was reported

stolen at 1 p.m. in the 0-100

block of Walker Avenue.

• An unknown offender

entered a vehicle and stole

various items between 1-10

a.m. in the 1100 block of

Taylor Avenue.

July 26

• Angelo D. Wilcox, 31, of

Beach Park, was arrested

for driving with a suspended

driver’s license and

speeding 26-34 miles per

hour over the limit at 1:19

a.m. near the intersection

of Skokie Valley Road and

Park Avenue West.

• A license place was reported

stolen from a parked

vehicle at 12:18 p.m. in the

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Wilmette Tailors reaches

historic milestone

This summer, Wilmette

Tailors and Cleaners is

celebrating its 85th year of


Since 1931, the family-run

establishment has

continued to be a reliable

business that countless

customers have trusted for

years. After moving locations

once and being passed

down through three generations

of sons, present owners

Kurt and Rita Raggi

still run their business with

the original owners’ intentions

in mind.

The dry cleaning plant

was opened by Larry and

Madelyn Schaefer in 1931

and moved to its current

location on Ridge Road

in 1946. Raggi joined the

business in 1978, when

Kurt began taking over for

his stepfather Peter Schaefer,

Larry and Madelyn’s


For the last 40 years,

Kurt has personally cleaned

each garment that comes in.

Out of the 11 hours they’re

open on weekdays and

eight hours on Saturdays,

customers will always find

one of the Raggis in the

shop, ready to help out.

“One of us being here

makes things just work better,”

Rita said. “That’s why

people come here, they

know we’re here. It’s not

going to be thrown in a bag

and sent to an off-site location

where it’s not taken

care of properly.”

Reporting by Jeni Siegel,

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First West Nile viruspositive

batch of

mosquitoes found in


The first West Nile virus-positive

batch of mosquitoes

has been found in

Glencoe this season.

The North Shore Mosquito

Abatement District

announced the finding Aug.

2. According to the organization,

one batch of mosquitoes

collected on Aug. 1

tested positive in its lab the

next day.

The organization conducts

testing throughout an

approximately 70-squaremile

swath of suburban

Chicago, including Glencoe,

Evanston, Glenview,

Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood,

Morton Grove,

Northbrook, Northfield,

Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka.

Until the positive

batch found Aug. 1, Glencoe

was the only remaining

testing community to not

have a batch test positive

this mosquito season.

According to a North

Shore Mosquito Abatement

District release, the risk of

human infection was increased

in late July from

“low” to “moderate.”

The group recommends

residents take the following

measures to prevent infection:

using insect repellent,

wearing loose-fitting clothing

and avoiding peak mosquito

feeding times during

the hours around dawn

and dusk. The District also

recommends residents examine

their property and

eliminate any items that

can hold water, particularly

smaller items that may be

easily overlooked.

In neighboring communities,

the District reported

a total of four positive

batches in Winnetka

and six positive batches in

Northbrook, as of July 23.

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Village considers signage

at Dauntless, Constellation


The Glenview Village

Board discussed the potential

installation of a stop

sign along southbound

Dauntless Drive at Constellation

Drive during its

meeting on Aug. 2.

Currently, the intersection

only includes a stop

sign for northbound Dauntless

at Constellation.

“The conflict is with the

two dueling left turns, from

southbound Dauntless to

eastbound Constellation

versus from westbound

Constellation to southbound

Dauntless,” said

Director of Community

Development Joe Kenney.

According to Kenney,

residents of the Regency

at The Glen and the Navy

housing developments

— located north of the intersection

— have grown

accustomed to unimpeded

turns from southbound

Dauntless toward eastbound

Constellation. However,

when northbound

traffic continues unimpeded

through the intersection,

westbound drivers often

become confused and think

southbound drivers will

also stop.

The Village’s traffic consultant,

Tom Adomshick,

researched the intersection

to determine the best

course of action to resolve

the issue.

According to Adomshick,

the intersection does not

warrant an all-way stop for

all three approaches. He

also warned against simply

removing the current stop

sign on northbound Dauntless

because drivers who

frequently use the intersection

have been conditioned

to expect northbound drivers

to stop.

However, Adomshick

recommended the Village

add one stop sign for southbound


The issue will appear on

the consent agenda for final

vote during the board’s

Aug. 16 meeting.

Reporting by Chris Pullam,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at GlenviewLantern.



City asks police to review

signage as wheels and feet


There are five signs in

Lake Forest’s central business

district telling cyclists

to walk their bikes on the

sidewalk, but those warnings

may not be enough

to curb the confluence of

wheel and foot traffic.

Third Ward Alderman

Stanford Tack was prompted

to bring the issue to the

attention of the Lake Forest

City Council at its meeting

on Aug. 1 after a resident

complained of being run

into by kids on bikes while

exiting a store along Western


“We clearly need to do

something,” Tack said, after

Chief of Police Karl

Walldorf noted that most

violators in the business

district are kids. “In looking

at it, it is dangerous in

that area. There are kids

riding in the business district

all the time.”

Walldorf, who made a

presentation on the City’s

bike code at the meeting,

said bikes are supposed to

be walked on the sidewalks

in the central business district

between 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

The police department is

in charge of issuing verbal

and written warnings to

violators, who also include

unlicensed cyclists.

Walldorf also mentioned

other methods used to let

kids know the bike rules: a

class taught to fifth-graders,

and new “Positive Tickets,”

a 3-month-old program

where officers give tickets

to kids who are spotted doing

good things, including

wearing a helmet or walking

their bike. The tickets

can be turned in for prizes

at local businesses.

The police department

cannot issue citations,

Walldorf explained, because

there is not enough

warning to people entering

the business district of the

bike ordinance. He estimated

13 additional signs

would need to be posted to

issue citations.

Reporting by Kirsten Keller,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.



From Page 3

and it’s finally paying off,”

Monica Rokhman said.

Rhythmic gymnastics

is very different from the

gymnastics that gets most

of the recognition in the

U.S. — that’s artistic gymnastics.

In rhythmic gymnastics,

acrobatic feats such

as flips and handsprings

are prohibited. Instead, the

athletes perform balletinfluenced

routines that

emphasize grace, flexibility

and musical interpretation.

They must keep the apparatus

constantly in motion

and handle it in a variety

of difficult ways, including

throws and catches.

For group, the apparatuses

are hoops, clubs and

ribbons. Two routines are

performed, one with five

ribbons and the other with

three sets of clubs and two


Though, according to the

team, rhythmic gymnastics

is getting more attention

than ever, it’s still a widely

unknown sport in the U.S.

“We’re trying to spread

the word of rhythmic; it’s

not popular in America

at all,” Eide said. “Every

time we go in the airport

with our hoops and stuff,

they pull out our ribbons …

they asked if my stick was

a selfie stick.”

While some were reluctant

to make the switch

from individual to group at

first, their efforts and accomplishments,


are changing the minds of

other younger athletes who

may make the switch in the


“A lot of people want to

join group, it’s actually a

really good opportunity, if

we get more people to join

group I would be happy,”

Monica Rokhman said.

“I was going to stop

[rhythmic gymnastics], but

I think the group saved everyone,”

Shaldybin said.

For this group of six,

the Olympics is more than

just a major accomplishment,

it’s the end of an era.

McGiffert and Kano move

into their college dorms at

Loyola University Chicago

as soon as they return from

Rio, and the other girls’

families have begun to

move back home.

But even though they’ll

be leaving the sport competitively

after the Rio

games, rhythmic gymnastics

will always be a part

of the lives of this recordbreaking


“The sport has developed

us, it’s made us the people

we are,” Jennifer Rokhman

said. “Without rhythmic, I

have no idea where I would

be, what I would be doing.

It made us who we are today.”

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the highland park landmark | August 11, 2016 | 7

Gotta catch ‘em all: Pokémon comes to HP

Erin Yarnall

Freelance Reporter

Elizabeth, 11, of Highland Park, dressed as Pikachu at

downtown Highland Park’s Pokémon Go event Aug. 6.

Photos by Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media

Teams Valor, Mystic

and Instinct battled it

out through the streets of

Highland Park on Aug. 6

as part of the Pokéwalk

Challenge organized by

the Downtown Highland

Park Alliance.

The Pokéwalk was an

opportunity for players

of the incredibly popular

Pokémon Go game, or

trainers as they’re referred

to in the game, to catch

Pokémon characters in the

streets, and battle them

against one another.

Pokémon Go was released

on July 6, and has

been downloaded more

than 100 million times

by players throughout the


Ariana Pup, the digital

media coordinator for

the Downtown Highland

Park Alliance and an avid

Pokémon Go player, came

up with the idea for the

Pokéwalk after noticing

other Pokémon Go meet

ups throughout Chicago.

“I came up with the idea

after looking on Facebook

and seeing how in Chicago

this whole meet up trend

was happening, like at the

Bean or the Lincoln Park

Zoo,” Pup said. “I was

like, ‘Well, there’s nothing

happening on the North

Shore, and I’m going to

jump on this idea.’”

Pup brought up the idea

to her boss at the Alliance,

managing director Wendy

Shaw, who approved it immediately.

“I thought I’d set up a

few lures around town,

that was my idea at first,”

Pup said. “But then it

turned into this whole new

trend so we added to the


In addition to the lures

Pup set up, which attracted

Pokémon to different

Pokéstops throughout

Highland Park, there were

also gyms, where players

can battle their Pokémon

against other players, and

stops for PokéPromotions,

where participants in the

events could receive discounts

in stores and restaurants,

including Frost


Frost Gelato offered a

buy one, get one free on its

gelato and sorbet to players

who visited at least

eight Pokéstops throughout

the day.

“I’m a Pokémon player

as well, so I thought it was

a great idea because sometimes

after work we’ll go

out and walk around and

catch Pokémon,” Jazmine

Morales, the general manager

of Frost Gelato, said.

“We know how much of an

impact it has.”

Not only has the game

had an impact on its players,

but also on businesses.

Frost Gelato is home to

some Pokémon, including

a Geodude and Oddish that

were caught in the storefront,

which has become a

draw for Pokémon-playing


“We’ll see people who

come in and have gelato

and we look at them and

they’re on their phone, and

we look closer and they’re

all playing Pokémon,”

Morales said. “It’s pretty


Other PokéPromotions

included discounts for

players at Modern Opulence,

Rock N’ Rags, Sunflower,

Soul2Sole Dance,

a free cookie or scone

from Love That Spice, a

hand refresher from Bluemercury

and a free team

button from the Highland

Park Public Library.

The library also partnered

with the event to

create the Pokéwalk Treasure

Hunt. Trivia questions

were posted at Pokéstops

throughout the city, and

players could answer trivia

questions about Pokémon

in order to win a range of


Pokémon players and

fans came to the event

for a variety of reasons,

from making new friends

through the game to finding

a way to get ahead in it.

“I just needed an excuse

to hatch some eggs that

are pretty close to hatching,”

Danny Maletsky, 20,

a Highland Park resident,


Eggs contain Pokémon

that can be caught in the

game, and are hatched

through players walking a

set distance.

No matter what team

each player is on, they can

all agree on something

— that one of the best

things about the popular

game is being able to play


“I like getting outside,”

Maletsky said. “It’s something

that I never really

did before. I usually just

stayed inside and played

Pokémon games on my


“For me, I would either

go home or go out. I was

never walking around,”

Morales said. “But now it

brings me out, and it’s the

same with other people

who usually don’t go out.

They’re now out walking

around, doing stuff and

meeting new people.”

Bella Flores and Caleb Shields sell team-specific

Pokemon Go shirts at the event.

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Cryotherapy spa open in Highland Park


Peter Biondi,

Highland Park

Rookie is a


year old rescue

from southern

Illinois. He is

a pitbull and

yellow lab.

Rookie loves to

eat watermelon

whenever the

opportunity arises. His preferred toy is a Darth

Vader chew toy.

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Courtney Jacquin, Editor

Living in the Chicago

area, we’re accustomed to

the cold and usually, well,

we’re not too fond of it.

But what if the cold was

the secret to healing our

ailments all along?

Enter: cryotherapy, a

curative health treatment

involving subzero temperatures.

When Tom and Paige

Polakow, two health care

professionals, learned

more about the research

and health benefits around

cryotherapy, the dove

in head first and opened

CryoPure Spa in Highland

Park, located at 1849

Green Bay Road, which

opened in June.

Tom, a registered nurse

in orthopedics and Paige,

a manager of nursing performance

operation at

Northwestern Medicine,

have more than 17 years

experience combined in

healthcare and wellness,

always knew they wanted

to one day start a business

together. After researching

the benefits of cryotherapy,

the Lake Forest residents

and New Trier grads knew

that this was it.

“We decided to go for it,”

Paige said. “The amount of

benefits that there are, and

us being in health care, caring

about patients and wellness,

as a whole as a wellness

facility, it seemed like

the perfect fit.”

Cryotherapy, though

long researched in Europe

and Asia, is a relatively

new phenomenon in the

U.S., and one of the biggest

hurdles for Tom and

Paige has been educating

the public on its benefits

— no, it’s not cryogenics.

CryoPure offers three

main types of cryotherapy

and recovery services:

whole body cryotherapy,

localized cryotherapy and

compression therapy.

Whole body cryotherapy

is the most popular and

also the most intimidating.

The user stands in a

chamber, which encloses

the entire body except for

the head, and drops the

temperature between -116

degrees and -274 degrees

Fahrenheit with nitrogen

gas. This signals to the

brain the body is “freezing,”

pushing blood to the

inner core to protect the

organs. When the body

returns to regular temperature

after a maximum

of three minutes in the

chamber, blood returns

to the rest of the body,

helping to reduce inflammation.

The process also

increases endorphins.

Research shows benefits

include reduced inflammation,

reduced joint and

muscle pain, faster athletic

recovery time, reduction

of wrinkles, tightened

skin, increased energy and


“Some of the stories we

hear from our clients that

have issues they’ve been

dealing with all their life,

chronic issues — back

pain, fibromyalgia, elbow

pain — people that can’t

do things, and then they do

a few sessions, kind of get

hooked on it, and we have

people coming in saying

they can work out again,

they can sleep better,”

Tom said.

“It honestly gives you

goosebumps, and it almost

always makes us want to

cry at how much better

people feel.”

While cryotherapy isn’t

for everyone — pregnant

women, those with Raynaud’s

disease, significant

heart history or cold allergies

— it’s most beneficial

and impactful for

those with chronic pain

conditions and athletes

The cryosauna, which can drop to -274 degrees

Fahrenheit, at CryoPure Spa in Highland Park. Photo


Lake Forest residents and CryoPure Spa owners Paige

and Tom Polakow.

and those most in tune

with their bodies. Though

CryoPure will create an individualized

plan for each

client, typically a regimen

of 2-3 treatments per week

is recommended.

Tom and Paige acknowledge

cryotherapy isn’t a

cure-all for ailments, but

they’ve already seen great

results in their clients over

the past two months.

“That’s what we want,

we’re just trying to help,”

Paige said.

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Rotering named 2016 Edgar Fellow

Courtney Jacquin, Editor

Highland Park Mayor

Nancy Rotering was selected

as a 2016 Edgar

Fellow, one of 40 leaders

throughout Illinois chosen

as part of an initiative to

encourage bipartisan and

inter-regional cooperation

throughout the state.

The group met July 31-

Aug. 4 in Urbana-Champaign

for an executive

training program hosted

by former Gov. Jim Edgar

and the University of Illinois

Institute of Government

and Public Affairs.

“Since we launched this

initiative in 2012, we have

seen Democrats, Republicans

and independents,

from the neighborhoods in

Chicago to the rural areas

of deep southern Illinois,

discover they have much

in common even as they

develop an appreciation

for other viewpoints,” Edgar

said in a press release.

“I am confident this class

of fellows also will form

bonds that will serve them

and our state well as they

climb the leadership ladder.”

“It’s very clear that

problems both at the state

and federal level, so many

problems could be solved

if we get together in same

room, have conversations,

work through solutions

for broader populous,”

Rotering said.

Rotering was nominated

for the program by two

Highland Park residents,

and was chosen from

a group of nearly 150


Throughout the five

days of intensive meetings,

Rotering said the

Mayor Nancy Rotering with former Gov. Jim Edgar.


fellows have been discussing

all areas of public police,

including healthcare,

transportation, economic

development, labor markets,

education and crime.

“It’s the broad spectrum

of subjects policy makers

need to address,” she said.

Various speakers such as

Cook County Board President

Toni Preckwinkle and

Illinois Senate President

Sen. John Cullerton spoke

to the group as well.

“It’s been a blast, it’s really

been fun,” Rotering

said. “I’ve made friendships

with people that will

last a lifetime, and just

having the opportunity for

people to have candid conversations,

speaking from

their hearts ... it’s been

tremendous experience, so

honored to be a part of it.”




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10 | August 11, 2016 | The highland park landmark news


Local doctors perform life-changing surgery

Alyssa Groh, Assistant Editor

A girl from Nicaragua

with a large deformation

on her lip was searching

for a doctor who could remove

it when she met two

doctors from the North

Shore. They would ultimately

change her life.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Michael

Epstein, of Northbrook,

flew out to Nicaragua

in December 2015

with Healing the Children,

an organization that gives

critical medical care to

children all around the


Epstein was approached

by Jeff Degner, the head of

the Illinois/Indiana chapter

of Healing the Children,

who told him there were

some children who needed

plastic surgery and asked

if he was willing to travel

to Nicaragua to evaluate

them and do surgery there.

During his trip to Nicaragua

that year, Epstein

and a few other pediatricians

evaluated 20-30 kids

who potentially needed

surgery. They saw kids

who needed secondary and

primary cleft and palate repair,

had soft tissue tumors

that needed to be removed

and he also met two kids

who were born with only

one ear.

Among those children,

Epstein met 3-year-old

Deysis Analia Jiron Martinez,

or Daisy, who had a

large deformation on her


Daisy had a venous

vascular malformation on

her upper lip, which is a

congenital “tumor” made

up of a grouping of blood

cells. Although the growth

on her lip looks like a cancerous

tumor, it is not, but

the word tumor is used for

lack of a better term, Dr.

Epstein explained.

“The tumor grows early

The growth was successfully removed by Dr. Michael

Epstein, of Northbrook, and Dr. Bruce Bauer.

on in life and grows abnormally

at a rapid rate,”

Epstein said. “Once they

cap off, it will grow at the

same rate as her, but it will

never shrink or go away.”

Daisy was able to eat

and drink around the tumor,

but it was starting to

affect the shape of her upper

jaw because of the size

of it and the way her teeth

were growing in.

The biggest effect the

tumor would have on Daisy

would be from a social

and psychological standpoint,

Epstein said. The

deformation would cause

kids to look and treat her


Aside from the tumor,

Daisy was a healthy little


Originally Epstein was

going to perform the surgery

in Nicaragua at a local

hospital in town, but

due to the Zika virus and

her young age, it was best

to bring Daisy to the U.S.

for surgery.

Unfortunately, Daisy’s

family was unable to come

with her, so Daisy stayed

with a host family for three


Beth Fournier, of Northbrook,

was Daisy’s host

mom and took some crash

courses in Spanish so she

could try to communicate

with Daisy.

Fournier said Daisy

missed her family but even

with a language barrier

she was able to comfort

Daisy with hugs. “Hugs

speak volumes,” she said.

“We were able to give her

comfort and love while she

was here.”

Although Epstein was

confident in his abilities

to perform the surgery, he

had not done a case like

Daisy’s growth was starting to affect the shape of her upper jaw. Photos Submitted

this in many years and

decided to ask Dr. Bruce

Bauer, a pediatric plastic

surgeon who has a lot of

experience with cases like

this, for assistance.

Bauer was given pictures

of Daisy’s lip and

he was confident that they

could remove it, and that it

wasn’t too complicated or

anything to be overly worried


The surgery was done

by both doctors on June 9

at Highland Park Hospital,

and lasted about one and a

half hours.

During the surgery

the doctors “took out the

overgrowth of extra tissue

and put the lip together

so it looked kind of symmetrical

and has a fairly

small scar,” Bauer said. “It

should be a fast improvement

and it will totally

change her life I’m sure.”

Beth Fournier, Daisy’s host mom, holds Daisy in

preparation for surgery with Dr. Michael Epstein (far left)

and Dr. Bruce Bauer.

Fournier says the tumor

had already affected how

Daisy viewed herself at

such a young age.

Before the surgery

Fournier would tell Daisy

she was beautiful and Daisy

would respond to her

saying she wasn’t beautiful.

Even after the surgery

Daisy had the same response

— until just days

before she left.

“She would run around

our kitchen saying ‘I’m

beautiful and you’re beautiful

too,’” Fournier said.


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Former mayor named director

of U of Chicago finance center

Submitted by The

University of Chicago

Harris School of Public


To help tackle ongoing

municipal finance issues

affecting state and local

governments nationwide,

the University of Chicago

Harris School of Public

Policy has announced a

$1.75 million grant from

the Laura and John Arnold

Foundation to its Center

for Municipal Finance.

State and local governments

across the country

are facing growing financial

challenges as they seek

to balance their budgets and

provide essential public

services to their communities.

But training programs

that focus squarely on municipal

finance are few, and

no single entity maintains

comprehensive data on

governments’ financial performance—meaning


government officials often

do not have the information

or expertise needed to fix

their budget problems.

With this generous support,

the center will use

data and research to improve

government funding

and spending, and provide

public finance training to

policymakers in an effort

to help develop sustainable

budgeting practices.

To achieve the center’s

ambitious agenda, Michael

Belsky has been appointed

as the inaugural executive

director, effective August

1. Belsky is a lecturer at

Harris, has worked in the

municipal finance industry

for over 30 years, including

a long career at Fitch

Michael Belsky, former

Highland Park mayor,

was named the inaugural

executive director of the

University of Chicago

Harris School of Public

Policy’s new Center for

Municipal Finance. Photo


Ratings and serving two

terms as mayor of Highland

Park, Illinois. He is

currently the managing director

of fixed income for

Greenwich Management.

Congratulations to the 2016

Bloody Mary Fest Winners

The Seventh Annual Bloody Mary Festival was a

huge success and raised awareness for the

Northern Suburban Recreation Association (NSSRA)

Judge’s Choice Award Winner for Best Bloody Mary

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1600 block of 2nd Street.


Aug. 2

• Mario A. Simon, 28, of

the 300 block of Green Bay

Road, was charged with

driving with a suspended

license and possession of

drug paraphernalia at 9:50

a.m. in the 100 block of

Washington Avenue.

July 28

• Stevenn Munoz-Cruz, 40,

of Gurnee, was charged

with driving the wrong

way on a one way street

and driving with a suspended

license at 6:41 a.m.

in the 200 block of Prairie


July 20

• Daniel P. Levine, 26,

of Glencoe, was charged

with with battery and two

counts of disorderly conduct

at 8:02 p.m. in the 300

block of Green Bay Road.


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Police Reports are compiled

from official reports

emailed from the Highland

Park Police Department

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file at the Highwood Police

Department. Individuals

named in these reports are

considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty

in a court of law.

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Words from Wendy

Air conditioning lends new meaning to term ‘cold woman’

Wendy S. Anderson

Contributing Columnist

Freezing work spaces

frost my shorts —

and I mean that

almost literally.

Summer is a time when

office air conditioners

run nonstop, even if the

weather turns cool. The

air — and the women in

particular working in that

air – is often way too cold.

In the city office where I

work one or two days a

week, I am usually shivering,

even when I wear

closed-toe shoes and a

sweater. This is especially

ironic on steamy days,

when I must slink outside

like a smoker to get my fix,

which in this case is a few

puffs of warm air to the

lungs and body. Once I can

feel my feet and fingers

again, I tromp back inside,

where the delicate sweat

from outdoors congeals

into a cold film on my

skin. Once I can’t stand it,

I head again for the door.

This whole process is

neither healthy nor productive:

working women,

caught in a cycle of summer


Women make up about

half the workforce. And

yet a study published

in 2015 in the journal

Nature Climate Change,

and reported in the New

York Times, unveiled that

office air settings remain

based on a decades-old

formula determined by

the metabolic rates of

men, particularly a resting

40-year-old man weighing

154 pounds — and wearing

long sleeves and a suit.

Women’s metabolic rates

are slower than men’s. So

they find these “average

temps” too cold. When men

think women coworkers are

whining, they are actually

just saying: Whoa, it’s cold

in this place, which makes

me focus more on how

uncomfortable I feel than

on my work, i.e., I’d rather

wrap myself in this spreadsheet

than review it.

I have heard otherwise

good-natured women

complain bitterly about

the bitter temps. One

workmate keeps not one

but two sweaters in her

drawer, and often wears

both of them at once.

Another colleague wears

long skirts and long

sleeves, and she keeps a

sweatshirt with a hood

on the back of her chair.

Recently I heard a manager

telling those on a call

she led that she was now

dressing for the office,

not the weather – long

sleeves, a heavy blazer, a

heavy skirt. Outside that

day it was 95.

Some women bring a

blanket to work to drape

over them. Some wear

elegant pashmina shawls.

I myself have worn a

lightweight jacket over

my sweater when it was

90 and humid outside.

I have also brought in

socks. (No one wants

cold feet.) I have gotten

into minor altercations

over the temperature. One

“burly” guy commented

how we women were just

wimps. I shot back that

maybe we had no excess

body fat, like he did. That

was mean, but at that

point frost was beginning

to form around my nose

and eyelashes.

So I say to those who

control the thermostat at

offices everywhere: Think

how productivity might go

up, and how much money

(not to mention the climate)

you might save, if

you adjusted the temperature

for the comfort levels

of both men and women.

Otherwise half your

staff might be spending a

whole lot on Snuggies in

July and August. I’d even

consider a space heater.

Wendy is a longtime

Highland Park resident

and a professional writer

and editor.

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Sheryl from

Country Kitchen

On Friday I met friends

at The Country Kitchen in

Highland Park for breakfast.

This wonderful, local

restaurant has been a favorite

breakfast spot since

moving to Highland Park

28 years ago.

While having breakfast I

learned a favorite waitress

had just left and no longer

works here. I wanted

people to know Sheryl, at

the Country Kitchen for

21 years, is gone. She deserves

a shout out for her

friendly spirit and professional

service through all

these years.

All the staff here are

friendly, but Sheryl was

our favorite server. She became

a valued part of our

Highland Park extended

family. When my dad

moved in with us in 2003,

Sheryl quickly became his

favorite. She always had

a bit of time for him, giving

him a smile and a hug.

She patiently listened to

his stories and even on the

busiest days, took a minute

to give him her attention.

That meant so much to me

and my family.

I think that is the biggest

gift that this local

restaurant offers the community.

Yes, good food in

a nice environment is to

be noted, but more important,

at least to this family,

is the genuine friendly interactions

and connections

made by the staff. Many

of them have been there

many, many years, so we

have gotten to know them.

I write this letter to say

thank you Sheryl for all

your years of waitressing,

putting up with me,

my friends, my family, all

our orders, all our changes

and always doing it with a

smile. You will be missed

by many I am sure. Your

warm and genuine spirit

made Country Kitchen,

and in turn, Highland Park,

a very special place for our

family. Thank you and

good luck to you!

Bryn Benson

Highland Park Resident

In response to July 28

‘Words from Wendy’

Dear Wendy,

I’m not sure I understand

the point of your

article on “free range

children.” Is it supposed

to be funny? If so, I think

it should have a lot more

humor. It’s certainly not

useful information. I think

most of us agree kids can

be annoying, however, I

suspect you are too.

I like the old saying

you should walk a mile in

someone’s shoes before

you criticize them. Are

you a parent? I ask, because

your article reads as

though you have no idea

the complexities of raising

future citizens. I know

first hand how humiliating

and disheartening a trip

to the grocery store can

be. For a while I paid too

much money to have groceries

delivered, because

I didn’t want to inconvenience

anyone with my

three young kids, whom I

might add are people with

rights, including the right

to learn to navigate the

world. See, I was a person

without kids once and had

idealistic thoughts of how

kids should be raised. Realistically,

even those of us

who strive for excellence

in parenting everyday have

moments of failure. When

those moments happen, it

feels worse knowing people

are watching and judging

your choices. I was

recently told by a stranger

that I shouldn’t allow my

kid to pick out peaches.

If he had said, hey you

should wash those peaches

before you eat them, I

would have thought that a

helpful suggestion. It does

take a village and there are

many parents making bad

choices. I would just like

for people to be more considerate.

Whether there is

a person taking up an entire

aisle because they are

older and need someone to

assist them with a walker

or they’re a toddler learning

to use his legs, they deserve


Maybe next time, before

you raise your eyebrows

and purse your lips at some

annoying “mom” trying to

get food, you can think of

something to say or do for

her that would actually be


Unless you don’t care

about the future of society

and those people who will

care for us some day.


Nina Laseau

Highland Park Resident







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From the Editor

Rhythmic gets its chance to shine

Courtney Jacquin



love rhythmic gymnastics.

Sometime around

the 2008 Olympic

Games in Beijing, I found

the sport. I definitely

remember a friend sending

me some YouTube videos

of the crazy contortions

these athletes would do

and thinking, “wow, what

a crazy sport.”

Artistic gymnastics —

or just gymnastics to most

— is the sport that gets

all of the attention in this

country. And, rightfully

so. From the Magnificent

Seven in 1996 to the

Fab Five in 2012, to this

year’s star Simone Biles

(have you seen her? It’s

like gravity doesn’t apply,

it’s unfair), the U.S. has a

rich history with artistic

gymnastics. Seeing these

dominant U.S. teams win

gold has continued to inspire

generations of girls to

get into the gym and make

their Olympic dreams

come true.

Rhythmic gymnastics,

however, does not have

that U.S. tradition. In fact,

most people don’t even

know what it is. At best,

the average person will

say, “Oh, the thing with

the ribbons? Like the thing

Will Ferrell does in ‘Old


Technically, yes, but it’s

a whole lot more than that.

I was originally drawn to

the sport for a few reasons.

One, the feats the individual

competitors do are

just as awe-inspiring as artistic

gymnasts in different

ways. Their apparatuses

are ropes, hoops, balls and

clubs, and instead of flips

and stuck landings they

use flexibility, coordination

and artistry. The ball has

to be either touching you

or in the air at all times; do

you know how hard that

looks? It’s crazy.

The second reason was

in some ways, it was the

closest I ever identified

with an Olympic sport. I

love cheering for Team

USA basketball and

watching the dominance

of Michael Phelps in the

pool, but those were never

sports I could do. I grew

up a dancer, and rhythmic

gymnastics takes heavy

inspiration from ballet. For

once, I almost saw myself

in these competitors. Of

course I had nowhere near

the proper training, but

with a few different decisions

in my childhood, I

thought hey, maybe things

could have been different.

Rhythmic gymnastics

is a sport that’s been

dominated by European

and former Soviet block

countries. Those videos I

would watch online were

almost always of Ukrainian,

Russian, Hungarian

or Italian gymnasts. Never

Americans. Until this year.

Four years ago, a group

of individual rhythmic

gymnasts were brought to

Deerfield to train, knowing

that it would take at least

four years of intensive

training to get to the level

of the rest of the world.

The moved from across

the country right to our

backyard to begin a training

regimen that would

hopefully get them to Rio,

and well, it worked.

For the first time since

1996, when as the host

country the U.S. sent

a group rhythmic team

through an automatic

berth, the U.S. women

qualified for group rhythmic

gymnastics. After

2015 Worlds they ranked

No. 13, and they’re going

into Rio with more experience

than ever.

I hope you read more

about the girls on Page

3 this week about their

exciting journey, and our

connection with Highwood’s

Kristen Shaldybin,

a Highland Park High

School grad.

Meeting the girls was

such a fun experience, and

I was lucky enough to even

get a peek into a practice

of theirs before they left

for Texas, then Rio. When

I told them I’m a rhythmic

fan, their eyes lit up —

there aren’t as many of us

out there as there should be.

So even if you’re unfamiliar

with the sport, I hope

you check out our hometown

team making their

Olympic debut Aug. 20 in

the group qualifiers in Rio.

These girls have worked

their entire lives for this

moment, and they deserve

to get that recognition. Of

course it’s fun to cheer for

the U.S. always, but it’s

even more special when

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there’s some hometown

pride associated. Hopefully

soon, you’ll be saying you

love rhythmic gymnastics,


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Theater co. gives students performance opportunities

‘The (Curious Case

of the) Watson

Intelligence’ is

the group’s most

recent play

Danielle Gensburg

Freelance Reporter

For the past three summers,

Unit 14 Theatre

Company has given local

college and high school

students a smattering of

performance opportunities.

The Highland Parkbased

company has produced

“Proof”, “Disaster

Night”, “Red” and “Bad


The company’s newest

production, “The (Curious

Case of the) Watson

Intelligence,” performed

Aug. 3-7 at the Highland

Park Community House,

is an unusual story written

by playwright Madeleine

George about the challenge

to find human connection

in a technological

world. Only three actors

perform, telling three stories

that are intertwined

and spread across three

different time periods.

Jumping back and forth

between the 21st, 20th

and 19th centuries, the

story follows four devoted

companions named

Watson: a humorous and

comforting super-computer,

a trustworthy assistant

to Sherlock Holmes,

a steadfast helper to

whom Alexander Graham

Bell placed the first telephone

call, and a simple

yet loveable IT guy and

dweeb-team aficionado.

Watson helps the two

other characters in the

play, Eliza and Merrick, a

husband and wife who are

separated from one another,

reconnect and come to

realize how they relate to,

impact and are impacted

by each other and the

world around them.

“It’s a show about human

connection,” said

Martin Gold, a sophomore

at Northwestern

University who directed

the production. “The core

of this show is asking you

to grapple with who the

character Watson is, who

is this perfect companion

for everyone he interacts

with, and how we relate

to other people in our day

to day lives. I really want

audiences to wrestle with


Gold first stumbled

on “The (Curious Case

of the) Watson Intelligence”

while browsing

for award-winning plays

in a drama bookstore in

New York. There, he said,

he picked it up and was

“instantly smitten.”

“We like to joke about

it being a thinking-talky

play, which is sort of right

up my alley,” he said.

“So, when I got asked

by the cofounders of the

Unit 14 Theatre Company

if I would direct this summer,

this [play] was the

first thing that came to

mind, and it’s been this

whirlwind love affair ever


The play’s small cast

is “pretty much par for

the course”, Gold said,

who noted that the theatre

company is just starting

out and looking to recruit

more members. Rehearsing

in Gold’s basement

three times per week and

building the play’s entire

set by hand in two days,

the cast gives true meaning

to modest community


“It was a lot about

building that sense of

community theatre,” he

said. “Almost all of us

are pulled straight from

[Highland Park High

School]. We knew each

other, we had these relationships

growing up,

and even though some of

us are older now, it’s still

about fostering community.”

Gold, like many members

of Unit 14 Theatre

Company, is young but

ambitious, creative and

devoted to theater. “The

(curious case of the) Watson

Intelligence” showed

the talent and passion

that the company and

its members bring to the

stage. Being a multi-faceted

and complex play,

the plot could be confusing

at times, and some

of the monologues were

long and difficult to follow,

but overall, the production

was professional

and funny, and its three

actors juggled their different

roles seamlessly.

Amanda Cook (Eliza),

Jacob Baim (Merrick),

and Kyle Brincks (Watson)

starred in the play.

Cook is a talented actress

who is not afraid to

explore mature material

and is confident on stage.

Emotional and expressive,

she brought to life

the insecurity and fear her

character (the modern day

Eliza) faces in letting herself

fall in love and connecting

with another human


Baim, another talented

actor, used his body language

as much as his

voice to get across his

characters’ frustrations

and fears. He is a very

expressive and passionate

actor, who makes great

use of the stage and props.

When Brincks delivers

his lines, the audience

pays attention. He plays

the four different versions

of Watson with humor

and ease. As a character

who is the ultimate companion,

he is a good listener

on stage and ties the

whole play together. Even

though the characters

he plays are simple and

(in the case of the super

computer) unemotional,

Brincks is a talented actor

who keeps the audience

very engaged.

Unit 14 Theatre Company

was started in the

summer of 2014 by Zachary

Schiffman and Jessica

Dukatt, who had both just

graduated from Highland

Park High School. The

company’s name was

based on an empty storage

space at the back of The

Shed in Highland Park

called “Unit 14,” where

the founders had originally

envisioned putting on

their first show, “Proof,”

but the space wasn’t approved

by the fire department.

It includes actors,

technicians, directors and

stage managers, all students

and all of who work

together to put on each

performance with little

outside help, although the

company sometimes receives

private donations

through online ticket


Allen Wehner, who

joined Unit 14 the summer

after his sophomore

year at Highland

Park High School and is

headed to Stanford University,

works backstage

as a technician for the

Martin Gold, the director of Unit 14’s production of “The

(Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence”, introduces

the play to a packed audience, Thursday, Aug. 4, at the

Highland Park Community House. Claire Esker/22nd

Century Media

company’s performances.

He said that he loves how

Unit 14 regards all roles,

including those of the

crew who work on backstage

elements, as equally

important and relevant to

the role of actors and directors

in theatre.

“In Unit 14, there’s

such a respect for everyone’s

different talents,

knowing that theater is an

art of collaboration, and

we get to do it independently,”

Wehner said. “I

think for the purpose of

technicians in general, the

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In Memoriam

Ruth Dritz

Ruth Ellen Dritz, of Highland

Park, passed away. Beloved wife

of Neil Dritz. Loving mother of

Joshua (Emily) Dritz. Devoted

grandmother of Hayden and

Jaxon Dritz. Dear sister of Ken

(Nancy) Larner, Bruce (Maryann)

Larner and the late Morton

(the late Edith) Larner. Dear

aunt, cousin and friend to many.

In lieu of flowers remembrances

to your preferred charity would

be appreciated.

Jean K. Finston

Jean K. Finston, 93, formerly

of Highland Park, passed away.

Beloved wife of the late Albert;

loving mother of Alice (Ronald)

Silkey and Ellen (Donald) Raymond;

cherished grandmother

of Asher (Cristina) Silkey, Ari

(Ericka) Silkey, Ami (Brenna)

Silkey, Ahava (Cedrick) Jones,

Jessica (Daniel) Borlack and

Daniel (Kathleen) Raymond;

adored great-grandmother of

Bianca, Bryan and Clara Silkey

and Mackenzie Raymond; and

treasured cousin of Lois Gutman.

Finston was an avid sailor,

swimmer, snorkeler, world

traveler, gardener and certified

train switch operator. She loved

to sew and spend time in Lake

Geneva, Wis. Her greatest joy

in life was her family. In lieu of

flowers donations may be made

to Doctors Without Borders,

Planned Parenthood of Illinois

and ACLU of the Nation’s Capital.

For information or condolences,

call (847) 255-3520 or

visit www.shalom2.com.

Marshall David Katzman

Marshall David Katzman, 80,

of Highland Park, passed away.

Beloved husband of the late Rhoda,

loving mother of Shari Shape

and Howard (Lisa) Katzman;

adored Papa of Jeremy, Marlee,

Hayden, Jenna and Noah. In

lieu of flowers, contributions to

the Kellogg Cancer Center, 777

Park Ave. West, Highland Park.

Jack L. Karp

Jack L. Karp, 80, passed away.

Beloved husband for 52 years

of Betsy nee Holleb; loving father

of Josh (Susan) and Jeremy

(Sandy) Karp; cherished grandfather

of Will, Ben, Evan, Leo,

Audrey, Teddy, Francis and the

late Mary; dear brother of the

late Alan (late Francine) Karp;

fond uncle of Lewis (Ricki) and

the late Martin Karp. In lieu of

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Theater, www.chicagoshakes.

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Elaine Morrison

Elaine Morrison, 80, of Highland

Park, passed away. Best

friend and beloved wife for 61

years of the late Arthur; loving

mother of Margie (Mark)

Zivin, Peggy (Bernie) Kirsner,

and Deborah (Gary) DeFilippo;

proud grandmother of Jake and

Sam Zivin (Meghan Boone),

Dave and Dan DeFilippo, and

great grandson, Lyle Arthur

Zivin; step-grandmother of Melinda

(Jon) Sherman and Holly

(Jim) Strablizky; step-great

grandmother of Benton and Harrison

Sherman, and Ryder Strablizky.

Adored daughter of the

late David and the late Fannie

Weiss; dear sister of the late Irwin

(the late Rachel) Weiss; dear

sister-in-law of the late Leonard

(the late Mary Jane) Morrison.

Fond aunt and great aunt and

very special friend to so many.

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unique sense of style and

graciousness. She dedicated her

life to deeply loving and supporting

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of friends. Elaine’s positive

energy and dynamic spirit will

be remembered in the hearts of

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the family would appreciate

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be made to: Ovarian Cancer Research

Fund Alliance, P.O. Box

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2141, www.ocrf.org; or Jewish

United Fund, 30 S. Wells, Chicago,

IL 60606, www.juf.org.

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Immaculate Conception Parish (770 Deerfield

Road, Highland Park)

Annual Rummage Sale


Immaculate Conception Parish

will begin accepting donations

on July 1st for its annual

rummage sale. We accept all

usable and clean housewares,

furniture, electronics, clothing,

shoes and toys. Items not

acceptable include tube TVs,

computer monitors, mattresses/

box springs, cribs, car seats and

entertainment centers. All donations

can be dropped off at

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sale is scheduled for Sept. 9-10.

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Torah Study

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guy doing the lights or the guy

doing the accounting, I think its

important to have those people

in those supporting roles to allow

those stories to reach an

audience effectively and to

truly captivate them. A show is

no good if its performed in the

dark or if people can’t hear it.

I think of technicians and support

staff as great opportunities

to help amplify the work of the

directors and the actors and to

(847) 433-3555.

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (1175

Sheridan Road, Highland Park)

Job Network Meeting

Beth El Job Network is in

business. The Network meets

every Friday morning at 9 a.m.

in the library. If you are unemployed,

under-employed, changing

jobs, entering or re-entering

the work force please join us.

For more information, call Dr.

Eli Krumbein at (847) 432-6994

or email JoAnne Blumberg at


Two Faiths, One Roof

Two-FOR is a group for Jewish-Christian

families for learning

and fellowship. Childcare is

provided so parents can engage

in their own learning and conversation,

while children can

hear a story and make a craft for

their own experience. For more

information, contact Rabbi Ari

at arim@interfaithfamily.com.

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road, Highland


Men’s Fraternity: Discipleship

These ongoing men’s small

groups equip men looking to go

deeper in their spiritual journey

of following Christ with a focus

on spiritual formation, small

group relationships and provides

opportunities for leadership

development and training.

These meetings are every Friday

morning from 6-7:30 a.m.

HOGS Serving Day

really captivate people in the


Wehner said that theatre is all

about collaboration and connecting.

“I think theatre is so much an

art of connection and of sharing.

It’s bringing to life a world

more vivid than our own and

allowing us to live through the


Gold, who is currently pursuing

theatre and acting at Northwestern,

said theatre artists

have the unique opportunity to

engineer compassion and this

HOGS, “Hands Of God Serving,”

is a practical acts of service

ministry where we will clean,

paint, haul stuff and perform

light plumbing, electrical and

carpentry repairs to serve the elderly,

single moms and those in

need. HOGS meets every third

Saturday of the month from 8

a.m.-noon. Contact Phil Manley

at phil@manleydevelopment.

com for more information.

MOPS at Highland Park Campus

MOPS stands for “Mothers of

Preschoolers.” MOPS is about

meeting the needs of every

mom of a child from conception

through kindergarten with

local groups of moms. Whether

you’re urban, suburban, rural,

stay-at-home, working, teen,

adoptive, special-needs, single

or married, MOPS is for you.

Every first and third Friday of

the month from 9:15-11:15 a.m,

MOPS is a place for moms of

young children, ages 0-5, to connect

and develop deep, authentic

friendships with women in the

same season of life. This class

costs $10 per meeting, with the

first meeting free. Scholarships

are available. For more information,

contact Danielle Maccabe

at (864) 901-3498 or by email at


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The deadline is noon on Thursday.

Questions? Call (847) 272-4565

ext. 24.

sense of being a part of something

bigger than themselves.

“We get to do that in one of

two ways,” Gold said. “We get

to do that from the inside, in

building our community of actors,

directors, stage managers

and technicians] and putting

on these shows with no outside

help, and in putting on these

shows for an audience, its allowing

theatre to be viscerally

experienced, which I think is

the coolest thing about the art

and certainly what keeps me

coming back to it.”

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Downtown Highland Park Kids Fair celebrates all things kids

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

Kaitlynn Douglass, 7,

was not sure what she

wanted when visiting the

Glamour Girlz booth, one

of more than 20 local vendors

at last weekend’s inaugural

Downtown Highland

Park Kids Fair in Port

Clinton Square.

She liked the glitter on

some of the backpacks,

the gumball pillows that

smelled like gumballs and

the hand-held fans without

blades. Blades might get

stuck in her hair. For the

time being, Douglass decided

on a glitter tattoo for

her upper arm.

“Kaitlynn loves getting

fancy tattoos,” said her

mom, Jennifer Ladisch

Douglass as she watched

employee Sydney Gorman

skillfully place the

tattoo exactly where her

daughter wanted it. “We’ll

discuss these other items


The Downtown Highland

Park Kids Fair, funded

in part by a grant from

the Downtown Highland

Park Alliance, is the brainchild

of Lilla Makkai Daniels,

Ballet Makkai’s creative

director and mother.

“I, like other mothers,

was always looking for

things for my children to

do,” Makkai Daniels said.

“Highland Park truly is

an amazing place to raise

children and its downtown

area has so much to offer

kids of all ages and interests.

I thought it would

be a great place to host an

event that highlights all the

wonderful shops, services

and schools that cater to


The idea was brewing

in her mind for a while

and this past June Makkai

Daniels decided to make

it happen. She contacted

many of the businesses she

and her mother became associated

with through their

dance school and ones she

came to know through her

children’s interests and activities.

More than 500 people

with children of all ages attended

the event and took

advantage of the array of

schools, stores, services

and entrepreneurial activities

available in Highland

Park for young people.

Among them were Eva

Gold, 10, and her brother

Owen, 8, who were busily

making Jelly Prints at The

Art Center’s booth with

the help of summer intern

Brittany Freeman whose

hands were streaked with


“I’ve been taking

classes at [The Art Center]

and doing this since I

was nine years old,” she

said and then asked the

duo, “Which stencils do

you want to use for your


While Phillips worked

with the brother and sister,

the The Art Center’s Margaret

Buchen was explaining

the art of doing monotypes

to two tweens who

showed interest.

“We have print making

classes coming up in the

winter and spring,” she


Not far away Liam Barlev,

9, and his sister, Eden,

5, were busily scooping

up M&Ms and pretzels

in preparation for making

their version of trail mix,

courtesy of Uncle Dan’s.

The array of possibilities

also included granola,

Chex cereal and dried


The store’s Marilee

Phillips was overseeing

the scooping of ingredients

into sandwich baggies.

“I like using M&Ms

Ashley Bocinsky (center), an instructor at the Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School, stretches with Lexee

Schaffer (left), of Highland Park, and Caroline Potter (right), of Oak Park, at the Highland Park Kids Fair Saturday,

Aug. 6. Photos by Claire Esker/22nd Century Media

Ryan LaForce, of Highland Park, gets his first lessons on guitar from A.J.

Hanson of The Music Gallery.

and pretzels the best,” said

Liam Barley.

“But you can’t take them

all,” said their grandmother

Cindy Bloomgarden.

“My grandchildren are

visiting from New York.

It’s good to have activities

like these for young people

right here in the center of


“I like my pink balloon

[poodle] dog the best,”

said Eden Barlev, who carried

the balloon almost as

though it would walk like

a real dog.

The intricately-made

balloon dog was among

many other inflated creatures

being carried around

the Kids Fair and compliments

of Harris Kal Productions,

which also provided

face painters and


Diana Peters had a hard

time keeping her daughter,

Leah, 2, away from the

Highland Park Library’s

special display that included

a spinning wheel,

which when turned by

small hands, would stop

on a prize for the spinner.

Prizes included a Pokémon

pin, backpacks, books and

STEM kits.

“Those stopping on the

STEM kit get to try out

the one here,” said Jessica

Speer, Highland Park

Library’s Youth Services

Manager. “Or they could

check out one from the

library to take home and


Leah Peters’ spin landed

her on “book.” She chose

“The Gruffalo Book.”

Lilla Makkai Daniels already

is planning for next

year’s event.

“We had all kinds of

activities for families and

children of all ages and

interests,” commented the

ballet school owner, teacher,

attorney and mother.

“Next year there’ll be even


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George Trois transports guests to French excellence

Jacqueline Glosniak,

Contributing Editor

If a trip to France for

authentic cuisine is on

your bucket list, look no

further than your own

backyard to have a true

taste of France at Winnetka’s

newest authentic

French restaurant, George


While housed at esteemed

Restaurant Michael,

George Trois,

which opened last October,

is a separate restaurant

providing a fresh,

unique dining experience

unlike anything in the

main dining room. The

restaurant has a small dining

capacity for 20 to keep

the atmosphere intimate.

George Trois welcomes

patrons to a six or ninecourse

French country

dining experience personally

hosted by Chef Michael

Lachowicz, owner

of Restaurant Michael.

Lachowicz wanted to

open another French concept

because of his passion

for the structure of

French cuisine.

“There’s a method and

technique to everything

and there’s a rhythm to

French cooking,” he said.

George Trois, French

for “George the Third,”

was named by Lachowicz

to pay homage to his

grandfather George and

uncle George who greatly

influenced his career.

When my staff ate at

George Trois, we were

served this month’s ninecourse

menu. Upon arrival,

we were greeted by

Lachowicz and his hospitable

staff, including Maitre

D’ Daniel Gutierrez

and General Manager Sergio

Angel, and promptly

seated in a quiet, white

and cream-colored room

simply decorated and

filled with a gentle level

of classical music.

The meal started with

a tiny Lyonaisse and

Burgundy-poached quail

egg. A French salad

from Lyon, the dish was

made with baby frisee, a

shredded potato basket,

mustard vinaigrette and

topped with crispy croutons,

bacon bits and a

quail egg poached in Burgundy

wine. When breaking

the egg, the yolk neatly

dressed the entire salad.

Another featured dish

was the foie gras chaudfroid

(chilled and warm)

torchon and brioche. Foie

gras is a specially-fattened

food made from duck liver.

The chilled foie gras

is a torchon de foie gras

marinated in wine and

cooked “sous-vide,” or

under vacuum, and cured

for two weeks. On the

right side of the rich dish

was a warm foie gras and

a brioche bun filled on the

bottom with truffle puree

and topped with a medallion

of foie gras baked inside.

On the outside of the

dish were fresh huckleberries

candied in vanilla

syrup and underneath, a

marmalade made with

fresh kumquats.

Next was a roast saddle

of rabbit, pain perdu,

stone-ground mustard

sauce and fresh cherries.

The dish was a double

saddle of rabbit stuffed

with the cherry pain perdu

(French for “lost bread”),

which was a bread pudding

from brioche with a

little bit of goat cheese,

fresh cherries and a hint

of rosemary. Tiny cherries

and carrots surrounded

the rabbit and provided a

garden-like presentation.

The Alaskan halibut

came with English peas

and local chanterelles

George Trois

Restaurant Michael, 64

Green Bay Road, Winnetka

(847) 562-6105



Seatings for George Trois

are as follows:

6:30, 7 p.m. Thursdays

5:30, 6, 8, 8:30 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays

6 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays

— golden mushrooms

with wavy, rounded caps.

The halibut, which was

sauteed in olive oil and

topped with caviar, was

served with a pea custard

filled with crisp English

peas softened with brown

butter. After being placed

on the table, the dish was

gently poured over with

a sauce made of roasted

chicken broth with pea

and truffle cream. Other

courses included wagyu

beef pan-roasted and

served over grilled asparagus

and squash; a passion

fruit intermezzo served

atop Ketel One vodka;

three artisan cheeses; a

peach souffle made with

Grand Marnier that gave

the warm and fluffy dessert

a unique bitter orange

taste; and warm and

chilled Turkish figs.

We were served different

wines to complement

the dishes, which provided

a wonderfully French

dining experience. Additionally,

the portions were

appetizing without making

you feel heavy, something

that is Lachowicz’s


“I want you to feel satisfied

and fed but fresh,”

Lachowicz said. “I don’t

want you to feel overwhelmed.”

George Trois was a

breathtaking culinary experience

due to the friendliness

and attentiveness of

Roast saddle of rabbit came with a cherry pain perdu, “lost bread,” with mustard

sauce and fresh cherries and carrots. PHOTOS BY MATT YAN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Lachowicz and his staff,

charmingly presented

dishes and elegant feel

of the establishment. Lachowicz

says he is proud

to have his businesses in

Winnetka because of the

North Shore culture and

dedicated area clientele.

“I’ve been here for 11

years, and my current

customers are my best

customers,” he said. “I’ve

built a great list of guests

[and] it’s helped support

George Trois in its fledgling

stage. They’re dedicated

to their businesses on

the North Shore, they’re

great people, and let’s

face it, this is where the

money is. This is a good

place to be planted.”To

dine at George Trois, reservations

are required and

must be made and paid for

in advance. The cost of a

six-course menu is $150

per guest and the cost of

the nine-course menu is

$180, plus tax and gratuity.

Additional beverage

services, including wine

flight, are an additional


Foie gras chaud-froid, torchon and en brioche features

a chilled foie gras marinated in wine, warm foie gras

and a brioche bun filled on the bottom with truffle puree

and topped with a medallion of foie gras baked inside.

Tiny Lyonnaise and Burgundy-poached quail egg was

the perfectly petite beginning to the evening’s meal.

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A William Mann

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• 860 Pleasant Ave., Highland

Park, 60035-4600 — Stephen

Goodfriend to Nicolas Nobile,

Arielle Nobile, $575,000

• 633 Vine Ave., Highland

Park, 60035-2048 — William

T. Gatti to Stephen Mcdonagh,

Daniel J. Smith, $385,000

July 14

• 162 Whistler Road,

Highland Park, 60035-5902

— Edward R. Brill to Andrew

Burger, Emily Burger, $475,000

• 996 Park Ave. W, Highland

Park, 60035-2239 — Arkhil V.

Jagadeesh to Richard Dorsey Jr.,

Nicole Dorsey, $750,000

July 13

• 1005 Central Ave., Highland

Park, 60035-3286 — Freddy A.

Chonkan to Maria Alicia De La

Cruz Rodriguez, $309,500

• 1691 Sunnyside Ave.,

Highland Park, 60035-2154

— Sharon H. Pierce to Joseph

Waxman, $600,000

• 3165 Dato Ave., Highland

Park, 60035-1209 — Michael

J. D. Alexander to Melissa

Wigderson, $527,500

July 12

• 1695 2nd St. 501, Highland

Park, 60035-3507 — Atg Trust

Co. Trustee to Virineia Biondi,


July 11

• 253 Oak Knoll Terrace,

Highland Park, 60035-



664 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest, IL 60045

Phone: (847) 234-8484


5322 — Jesus Rudolph Juarez

to Andrew Kessel, Samantha

Kessel, $1,435,000

• 430 Ellridge Cliche,

Highland Park, 60035 — Juan

Contreras to Robert Bye, Ronnie

Riebman, $470,000

July 8

• 1007 Deerfield Place,

Highland Park, 60035-3065

— Michelle E. Edison to Andrew

Goldwasser, $220,000

• 1319 Linden Ave., Highland

Park, 60035-3454 — Marc

J. Strongin to Brett Pessis,

Melissa Pessis, $860,000

• 1685 Sunset Road A,

Highland Park, 60035-

2340 — Daughter & Dad Llc. to

Justiano Ampon, $450,000

• 878 Burton Ave., Highland

Park, 60035-4608 — Steven

Davis to Sheri Jacobs, $499,000

• 635 Homewood Ave,

Highland Park, 60035-2420

- Philip Plowden to Christina

Tamhane, Salil Tamhane,


• 3182 Barkwood Court,

Highland Park, 60035-1077

— Chad Dodd to Justin Fisk,

Anne Fisk, $440,000

July 7

• 41 Pierce Road, Highland

Park, 60035-5324 — Kelley

Trust to Jonathan L. Linton,

Carly Linton, $690,000

July 6

• 1329 Lincoln Ave. S,

Highland Park, 60035-3460

— Mitchell J. Lederer to Kaylin

C. Murray, Thomas N Murray,


• 2979 Priscilla Ave.,

Highland Park, 60035-1363

— Todd Condroski to Philip S.

Plowden, Lindsay J. Plowden,


July 5

• 149 Pierce Road, Highland

Park, 60035-5326 — Daniel

J. Mendelson to Benjamin C.

Galea, Mary B. Galea, $749,000

July 1

• 1236 Cavell Ave., Highland

Park, 60035-2914 — Cartus

Financial Corp. to Craig Singer,

Jessica Lewis, $470,000

• 195 Lakeside Place,

Highland Park, 60035-5316

— Andy Kessel to Scott Tinkoff,

Mary Jo Tinkoff, $817,500

• 199 Ivy Lane, Highland Park,

60035-5341 —

Alon Cahn to Eric Harris, Janea

Harris, $594,000

• 2944 Greenwood Ave.,

Highland Park, 60035-

1332 - Sperling Llc. to Sara A.

Eisttokin, Shlomo Horowich,


• 976 Judson Ave., Highland

Park, 60035-4756 — Duhl

Trust to Ernest O. Reinstein,

Mary Shea, $517,000

• 350 Red Oak Lane, Highland

Park, 60035-4228 — Chicago

Title Land Trt Co Ttee to

Gregory R. Spencer, Catherine

R. Spencer, $680,000

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Athlete of the Week

10 questions

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Abreu is a rising sophomore

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What is your favorite

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Usually I’ll watch baseball

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The Cubs are my favorite


What’s one sport

you’ve never played

that you would like to

try out some time?

Lacrosse. I’ve never

played it but it, looks like

it would be challenging

and fun at the same time.

If you could have any

superpower, what

would you choose and


Teleportation so I could

travel wherever I wanted.

If you could travel the

world, what’s the first

country you would

visit? Why?

Thailand or India. I’ve

never been to Asia or

anywhere like that and it

would be really different.

What is your favorite


Probably Christmas.

What’s your favorite


Fruit in general. Strawberries

or mangos are my


What’s the best

coaching advice you’ve

ever received?

Fake it until you make it

and just do whatever you

feel you need to in order

to be confident.

Varsity Views

What is the most

challenging aspect of

playing shortstop?

Probably that you can’t

really control a lot of the

aspects of it and you really

have it to be ready for


What’s the best part

of being an athlete at


I really like competing

and it’s a challenge

for yourself and the other

team. The environment is

also really enjoyable.

Interview by Sports Editor

Derek Wolff

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the highland park landmark | August 11, 2016 | 27


Pitch count ruling may preserve high school arms for next level

Eric DeGrechie

Managing Editor

Part II of a two-part

series on states being required

to institute pitch

counts for the 2017 high

school baseball season

Thomas Edward John

Jr. is arguably one of the

best left-handed pitchers

in Major League Baseball

history. His career win total

of 288 puts him seventh

all-time for lefties.

Though his name may

not be super familiar with

modern players — many

who weren’t even born

when he threw his last

pitch in 1989 — they’re

probably aware of the surgical

procedure named after

him. Known in medical

practice as ulnar collateral

ligament reconstruction,

Tommy John surgery is a

graft procedure in which

the ulnar collateral ligament

in the medical elbow

is replaced with a tendon

from elsewhere in the

body. John achieved more

than half of his career win

totals after getting the surgery.

According to MLB, 25

percent of active pitchers

have had the procedure, as

have 15 percent of current

minor league pitchers.

With a concern for injuries

that lead to procedures

like Tommy John surgery,

the National Federation

of State High School Associations

recently approved

a new policy that

will create a pitch-count

restriction versus limiting

innings pitched starting

with the 2017 season. The

NFHS board, which oversees

the rule books for 16

high school sports, is using

guidelines set by USA

Baseball as a guideline,

but allowing individual

state associations to iron

out the specifics and establish

their own systems for


Spencer Allen, who is

entering his second season

as head baseball coach

at Northwestern University,

thinks the restrictions

will improve the health of

young pitchers and preserve

their arms for when

they get to the next level.

“I’m not sure pitch

counts are a necessity, but

I think it is smart to have

them,” Allen said. “I think

that kids in due time will


Craig Anderson, executive

director of the Illinois

High School Association,

said his organization will

meet in the next few weeks

to discuss specifically how

the state of Illinois will

enforces the NFHS regulation

recommendations. As

the former head baseball

administrator for IHSA,

Anderson has listened to

the concerns of college


“Time and again, I’ll

hear about a pitcher who

overextended themselves

and if it’s a pitcher that’s

had the guise of some

college coaches, generally

the response from the

college coach is that’s too

much for that pitcher at

that age,” Anderson said.

“They shouldn’t be pitching

that many pitches on a

given day. I think they’ll

be happy to recognize that

we’ve adopted some limits

and restrictions for the safe

and health of our athletes.”

Among the concerns

expressed by some high

school coaches is how the

new pitch count rules will

be enforced and whether

Former HPHS pitcher Noah Stern hurls a pitch in a game against Palatine last

season. 22nd Century Media File Photo

“I’m not sure they’re a necessity, but I think it is

smart to have them. I think that kids in due time

will benefit.”

— Spencer Allen, Northwestern University baseball coach, on pitch count

restrictions at the high school level.

they will be adopted using

a tiered system meant

to give pitchers a higher

pitch count as the season

progresses. Monitoring

the pitch counts of pitchers

participating in other

baseball leagues outside of

the high school season also

presents challenges.

“Coaches have always

shared with me the perspective

that as those kids

go away from them and

participate in a fall wooden

bat league or a summer

team, that sometimes in

those situations, kids are

overextending themselves

and now they’re caught in

a position where they’re

being unsafe,” Anderson

said. “That’s what I’ve

heard from my high school

coaches, but I’m anticipating

when as a state we

adopt something, we’ll see

that filter into other areas.

I believe summer ball will

follow our plan and adopt

our restrictions.”

Baseball Prospectus, an

organization devoted to

the sabermetric analysis

of baseball, specifically at

the MLB level, has a metric

called Pitcher Abuse

Points. PAP is used to measure

a pitcher’s overexertion

under the assumption

that fatigue sets in at 100

pitches. According to the

metric, a 125-pitch outing

is 125 times more stressful

than a 100-pitch outing.

Though pitch counts are

monitored at the collegiate

level, there are currently

no restrictions.

“I think high school

should be the only level

to have pitch counts,” said

Noah Stern, Highland Park

graduate and incoming

freshman pitcher at Weber

University. “If you even

get to college to that level,

you should have enough

knowledge on how many

pitches you should be

infobar head

No. of MLB



pitch count

> 125

1996 195

1997 141

1998 212

1999 179

2000 160

2001 74

2002 69

2003 70

2004 46

2005 31

2006 26

2007 14

2008 19

2009 26

2010 24

2011 40

*according to STATS


throwing and if your arm

hurts you should come out,

etcetera, etcetera. You’re

mature enough to make

your own decisions when

you’re at that age.”

Allen admits that having

pitch count restrictions

takes emotion out of the

game when it comes to

pulling a pitcher out of the

game, which he thinks can

be beneficial. He’s hoping

the new rules and education

will help all parties


“It is important that

players and parents protect

their future,” Allen said.

“We are all competitive

and want to win, but it’s

important that we all, myself

included, protect the

future of student-athletes.”

28 | August 11, 2016 | The highland park landmark sports


Going Places

Sullivan walking tall on way to Carthage

Derek Wolff, Sports Editor

When you grow up a tall

kid, regardless of gender,

people always assume you

play basketball.

In Emmett Sullivan’s

case, that was true, but it

was never the sport that

he loved. No, that was lacrosse,

one that he didn’t

even try out until his freshman

year at Highland Park

High School.

Less than four years

later, the midfielder will

pack his lacrosse bags and

take his talents to Carthage

College to play for the Red

Men on the shores of Lake

Michigan in Wisconsin.

“Freshman year I was

just looking for another

sport to play and I heard

about lacrosse,” Sullivan

said. “I wasn’t too serious

about it (freshman) year

but I knew I really liked it

and knew I was going to

play the next year.”

That winter, Sullivan decided

to get more serious

within the sport, signing

on with True Lacrosse to

play for the club squad in a

winter league. The impression

he made earned him a

spot with the club throughout

the summer as well.

During tryouts his sophomore

year at HPHS, he

was just hoping to be asked

to earn a spot on the junior

varsity team. Instead, his

Giants coaches asked him

to try out for varsity.

“They asked me to try

out for varsity instead

of JV,” he said. “When I

made it I was like, all right,

I guess I do know how to

play this and got the hang

of it really quick.”

Naturally, things progressed

quickly and the

recruitment process began.

As a go-getter, Sullivan

didn’t want to waste any

Emmett Sullivan (18) competes for Highland Park in a victory over Glenbrook South

last season. Photos by Varsity Views

time and emailed coaches

at Carthage, Augustana

College and Aurora University

after his sophomore

season ended.

North Central College

and Monmouth College

jumped in to gauge his

interest, though Carthage

immediately vaulted to

his top choice when head

coach David Neff came to

see him play for True Lacrosse

in a tournament and

expressed the Red Men’s

interest in him.

Sullivan was soon on

campus in Kenosha for his

official visit.

“Immediately I was

very excited,” Sullivan

said. “I went on the day

of a scrimmage and two

players walked me around

campus. They were very

welcoming, which was a

good feel. I watched them

play and it didn’t seem

overwhelming to me.

“I felt very comfortable

with the atmosphere

and I knew I wanted a fall

school, which Carthage is.

“It was nice knowing I didn’t

just make teams because I was

bigger than everybody else.”

— Emmett Sullivan, on the relative irrelevance

of being a tall lacrosse player.

All of the little things built

up to the point that I would

have felt weird going to

any other school.”

The Metra line that runs

through downtown Highland

Park extends all the way

north to about one mile away

from Carthage’s campus, a

helpful reminder that home,

while in another state, was

just a train ride away.

With one sibling at Lake

Forest College, Sullivan

knew he didn’t want to be

that close, but at the same

time could come back

whenever he needed to.

“It’s just far enough

away but I can still come

home if I need to, which is

very nice.”

So far this summer, Sullivan

has participated in a

workout program sent by

Ness that focuses on getting

100 hours of stickwork,

conditioning and

weightlifting in, ensuring

that incoming freshmen

arrive in playing shape.

Sullivan figures that his

freshman season might

include a healthy amount

of time spent on the bench

learning from the veterans,

but has aspirations of

earning a starting spot and

being a play-maker whenever

he can.

“Definitely one of my

goals is to become a starter,

which I know throughout

freshman year I’m

Sullivan has signed on to play for the Red Men at

Carthage College next season.

The talented midfielder didn’t start playing lacrosse

until his freshman year at HPHS.

going to have to prove myself

because it’s not like

this past year where I’ve

had four years to learn the

coaches names and they

know how I play,” he said.

“I need to make it known

that I’ll make a difference

during games.”

The Red Men went 9-10

during the 2016 campaign,

a mark he’ll look to help

turn around next season.

Sullivan has picked up

the game enthusiastically

over his four years within

it, largely driven by the

thrill he got from making a

team purely on merit after

feeling like he was selected

for basketball teams growing

up simply for being tall.



“One of the things I really

liked about lacrosse

was that I loved playing the

game and I didn’t get comfortable

with the game just

because I was tall,” he said.

“Playing lacrosse, there’s

really no advantage to being

tall so it was nice knowing

that I didn’t just make

teams because I was bigger

than everybody else.

“I made teams because

I actually had the skills to

make the team. It’s a nice

feeling to know that I’m

actually doing pretty well

at something.”

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the highland park landmark | August 11, 2016 | 29

Sports Briefs

Highland Park Aquatics

Club hosts September

tryouts in Deerfield

All swimmers interested

in joining the Highland

Park Aquatics Club are invited

to attend one of two

tryout dates. In order to

be eligible for one of the

bronze teams, swimmers

must be at least 6 years old

and able to successfully

swim 25 yards of front

crawl (freestyle) twice with

rhythmic breathing (ear

in the water) and 25 yards

of backstroke twice while

demonstrating a good horizontal

body position.

Bronze swimmers

should have a basic understanding

of the breaststroke

and butterfly strokes

as well. They don’t need to

be able to swim this legally

to make the team but

should have basic breaststroke

kicking and dolphin

kicking skills to be considered.

Swimmers who display

stronger endurance, technique

and can swim a legal

breaststroke and butterfly

may be considered for a

higher group. Keep in

mind that HPAC is expecting

a large team and swimmers

might need to show

stronger skills this season

than they may have had to

in past seasons to make the


There is no pre-registration

for tryouts. Sim-

Tryout Dates

Open Tryout: Tuesday,

Sept. 6 from 6-7 p.m. at

Deerfield High School,

Old Pool

Open Tryout: Wednesday,

Sept. 7 from 6-7 p.m. at

Deerfield High School,

Old Pool

For more information

please contact Head Age

Group Coach, Alex Davies

at alexdavies1986@


ply show up on one of the

tryout nights and a HPAC

coach will evaluate your

swimmer. Swimmers

should bring a swimsuit,

towel and goggles to the

tryout. Tryouts will be

conducted on a first come

first serve basis meaning

that the earlier you get to

the pool on a tryout night,

the sooner you will get to


This doesn’t mean that

you have a better chance

of making the team.

HPAC will evaluate each

swimmer at tryouts before

we make any decisions

regarding their teams.

Swimmers who display a

higher skill level during

their tryout will be asked

to stay a little longer for

an extended tryout in order

for HPAC to make a final

decision regarding group


Prospect spotlight

illustration by nancy burgan/22nd century media

jason goldstein

AVG: .304

RBI: 2

HR: 0

Jason Goldstein was drafted

in the ninth round of the

2016 Major League Baseball

Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Here’s an update thus far on

his progress playing for the

Everett AquaSox of the shortseason

Class A Northwest

League. Statistics were

accurate as of press time.

Turn to today’s

Classified Section

and find

them in our

Business Directory.


From Page 31

Estes said. “There was a

quick bond, he was what

we were looking for and

we were what he was looking


At the time Barry offered

Sachs nearly a full

scholarship, he also drew

interest and received

scholarship offers from a

few other programs.

“Winona State and Minnesota

State each offered

me a scholarship too,”

Sachs said. “Furman was

also pretty interested in me

and may have given me a

scholarship a little further

down the line.”

The former Giant signed

with Barry about halfway

through his senior year. He

ultimately did so because

of the strong connection

he felt with its staff as well

as a number of other things

Barry had to offer.

30 | August 11, 2016 | The highland park landmark sports


Locals strong through first rounds of Western Am.

Colin Hanner

Freelance Reporter

It was a tale of three

cities at the Western Amateur,

as players from

Northbrook, Highwood

and Lake Bluff played

Knollwood Club in Lake

Forest to see if they could

take home the George R.

Thorne trophy to their

North Shore hometown.

Patrick Flavin (Highwood),

Andrew Price

(Lake Bluff) and Nick

Hardy (Northbrook) took

to the course on Tuesday

with the hope of advancing

to match play. First,

they would have to play

two rounds of stroke play

on a venue that was highlighted

by fast greens and

windy conditions.

After a disappointing

5-over 76 on Tuesday, Flavin

came into Wednesday

with sights set on challenging

the cut line of the

top 44 players. He fired a

1-over 71, but finished in

a tie for 77th, three strokes

off making the cut.

“It’s tough,” Flavin said.

“Obviously the greens are

really fast. [On Tuesday]

it was really tough. There

were some spots where

you couldn’t stop it, and

[on Wednesday] it was

more of the same. The

course is awesome; it’s a

good test.”

Though Flavin’s performance

didn’t stack well

against competition after

his first round, he came

back out on Wednesday

with the hopes of keeping

it close.

“I had one bad swing

on my 10th tee shot [during

the second round], but

other than that, I played

really well today and put

up a solid number,” Flavin

said. “It just shows me that

I can really compete with

these guys.”

Flavin, whose father

caddied for him during the

first two rounds, wrapped

up his second Western

Amateur tournament at

Knollwood in good spirits,

acknowledging that the

support he received from

the Highwood community

was a nice addition to participating

in a world-class

amateur event.

“I got a lot of support

from neighbors, people

and friends who I didn’t

even know were coming,”

Flavin said. “It’s been really

cool. I told my dad,

I’ve never been so proud

to hear ‘Highwood, Ill.’

when they called [my

name] on the first tee and I

turn around and there was

tons of people around me.”

At the time Price walked

up the 18th hole during

his second round of stroke

play, he was on the cut line

and needed just a par to advance.

After hitting his approach

shot over the green,

he hit his chip shot past the

hole and had an uphill tenfoot

putt for par. What was

the mid-amateur thinking

over the putt?

“Don’t leave it short,”

Price said.

Price left the par putt

short and settled for a bogey,

but thanks to blistery

conditions for afternoon

players, his second-round

even-par 71 and his firstround

73, were good

enough to put him in a tie

for 29th, well within the


“I felt like I played

pretty solid [during the

second round],” Price said.

“I drove it a lot better on

the back nine, gave myself

some opportunities.

Not as much on the front,

Highwood’s Patrick Flavin at the Western Amateur golf tournament Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Knollwood Club in Lake

Forest. colin Hanner/22nd century media

“It’s been really cool. I told my

dad, I’ve never been so proud to

hear ‘Highwood, Ill.’ when they

called [my name] on the first

tee and I turn around and there

were tons of people around me.”

— Patrick Flavin.

but I hung in there all day.

Hopefully, things work

out. Pins were tough–they

were really hard. [It was]

so firm on the greens and it

was tough to get it close.”

Price attributed his solid

play to his familiarity

with the golf course, as

his home is just down the

street from Knollwood.

“I know where to miss

it,” Price said. “I’m extremely

familiar with the

golf course. [The] problem

is, when you play

here, you’re never playing

greens like this. There so

much faster and so much

firmer, and there’s not as

much experience with

the greens, but I already

know what I’m going to

hit on tees when I get up

there because I’m familiar

with that. Any knowledge

helps, that’s for sure.”

With a 1-under 71 in the

first round of play, Hardy

looked to be the best local

player in position to challenge

University of Florida

golfer Sam Horsfield, who

tied the course record after

the first round with an

8-under 63.

On the 14th, 15th and

16th holes – Hardy’s front

nine during the second

round – Hardy went birdie-birdie-eagle,

a 4-under

swing that shot him toward

the top of the leaderboard

in the morning.

“I made some putts, finally,”

Hardy said. “[During

the first round], I didn’t

make anything, and some

putts were starting to go in.

It’s almost like they were

due to go in.”

Yet, a string of bogies on

holes five, six and seven

on Hardy’s back nine put

him back within the top-

20, still good enough to

play the third and fourth


“The greens are [the

toughest part of the

course],” Price said.

“They’re not hard to read,

but they’re hard to putt because

of how fast they are.

They can just get away

from you.”

Hardy last made it to

match play at the Western

Amateur in 2014 when

he lost to eventual winner

Beau Hossler in the semifinal


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the highland park landmark | August 11, 2016 | 31

Alumni spotlight

Sachs eyes more playing time at Barry University

22nd Century Media File



football games

1. at Maine West


The Giants travel to

Des Plaines Oct. 7,

where the Warriors

are recovering

from a 3-6 record

on the 2015-16

season. As one of

HPHS’ three wins

last season, the

Giants will look for

a repeat win.

2. host Maine East.

Highland Park host

the Blue Demons

Oct. 14. The Giants

won this matchup

last season in a

blowout 59-0 win.

3. host Vernon Hills.

The Central

Suburban League

newcomers cap off

the regular season.

The Cougars went

6-4 in the North

Suburban League

last season,

advancing to the

second round of

the playoffs.

eddie herz, Editorial Intern

When one keeps their

head down and works

hard, opportunities tend to

float to the surface.

David Sachs is entering

his sophomore year as a

member of the Barry University

basketball team.

After a season where he

rarely played, the elite Division

II program in Miami,

Fla. may be sending

Sachs a promising message

in a bottle.

“I anticipate a lot more

playing time for David this

year,” head coach Butch

Estes said. “We are looking

forward to him working

his way up the food

chain and contributing

heavily and eventually as

a starter.”

The Highland Park basketball

product only averaged

1.0 point per game

and 4.6 minutes per game

during his freshman season.

His playing time was

limited to the point that

he wasn’t able to make a

huge impact on the court.

However, this is far from

a sign that his game has

regressed. A focal point of

head coach Estes’ philosophy

is for freshmen to wait

their turn and learn from


“They are certainly given

a chance to compete,

but at this level it’s sort

of reserved for the more

experienced guys,” Estes

said. “We had some Division

I transfers, so he was

going up against some

good competition. That

being said, I don’t want it

to be misconstrued. David

is an outstanding basketball


Out of the five freshmen

on the Barry Buccaneers

2015-16 squad,

Sachs actually saw the

second-most playing time.

His season was highlighted

by an impressive nine

point performance against

Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on

Nov. 20. He also notched

season highs in assists and

rebounds that game with

three each.

With the graduation of

four seniors, three who

were starters, Sachs’ playing

time will likely increase

next season.

“I’m hopefully looking

to come in and make a

contribution,” Sachs said.

“I’ve been working to get

stronger in the offseason.

I want to do whatever I

can to come in and help

the team. I definitely have

the potential to play more

since we are losing a lot of

key guys”.

Of the four graduating

seniors, Anders Haas, Tray

Leonard and Yunio Barrueta

were arguably the Buccaneers

best players last

season. All three were Division

I transfers. Impressively,

aside from them,

Barry had three other Division

I transfers on their

roster last year.

HPHS graduate David Sachs celebrates after Barry University won a regional title

during the 2015-16 season. Barry Sports Information/Chuck Edgeworth

“Our starting five last

year were all Division

I transfers,” Sachs said.

“We also have two more

coming in this year, from

Colorado and Wright State.

Every single guy on our

team could have gone to

a division one school. But

they wanted to go to a program

where they knew they

would win. And they wanted

to have an opportunity

to win a national championship

for Division II.”

Sachs finds himself hoping

to contribute to one of

the best Division II programs

over the last three

years. Barry is coming off

of its first trip to the Division

II NCAA tournament

Elite Eight in program history

last year. Butch Estes,

who has won 10 coach of

the year awards at the Division

II level, has been

extremely successful since

joining Barry in 2013. He

has also done a great job

building relationships with

his players.

“He’s a great guy,”

Sachs said. “He takes

coaching very seriously

but I think the best part

about him is how much he

looks out for his players

and makes sure that we are

enjoying ourselves.”

The strong playercoach

relationship between

Sachs and Estes

began the summer before

the guard’s senior year at

Highland Park.

“They saw me at Nationals

in Kentucky,”

Sachs said. “One of the

assistant coaches, who

actually left, Coach Saunders,

spotted me.”

There were plenty of

athletes attending the Nationals

camp, but Sachs’

performance specifically

grabbed the attention of

Barry’s staff.

“He just went off and

was hitting three pointers

from everywhere,” Estes


Estes immediately saw

how Sachs could fit perfectly

into his system. He

made sure to stay in touch

with him from then on. In

fact, Estes met with Sachs

again before he committed

to Barry.

“Two falls ago I came

up to watch him workout

and visit with his family,”

Please see Sachs, 29

Listen Up

“It’s important that we all, myself

included, protect the future of studentathlete.”

Spencer Allen — Northwestern baseball coach.

tunE in

What to watch out for

GIRLS TENNIS: Tryouts for the Highland Park High

School girls tennis team are right around the corner.

Highland Park girls tennis tryouts, Aug. 12, 13, 15,

Danny Cunniff Park, 7:30-9:30 a.m., 3:30-6 p.m.


28 - Going Places

26 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Derek Wolff. Send

any questions or comments to d.wolff@22ndcenturymedia.


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Patrick Flavin

competes in Western

Am. tournament,

Page 30

Highwood’s Patrick Flavin during

Day One of the Western Amateur

tournament Tuesday, Aug. 2. colin

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A continuation of last week’s look

into new pitching rule, Page 27

Second year, second

chance HPHS grad Sachs looks forward

to more playing time at Berry, Page 31

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