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Weighing the

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D210 discusses tentative

budget for fiscal year

2017, Page 4

Serving

Support

Ladies Auxiliary Club

hosts seventh annual

BBQ Bonanza, Page 5

Dave and Karen Roehr,

of Countryside, dance to

the music of Five Guys

Named Moe, one of four

bands to play Sept. 10 at

the Food, Wine & Brew

Festival at Main Park. Jason

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Children

helping peers

My Joyful Heart receives

$2,000 donation from

local teens, pre-teens,

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Annual Food, Wine & Brew Festival brings night of fun for attendees, Page 3


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Pet of the Week.............14

Editorial........................19

Faith Briefs....................25

Puzzles..........................33

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THURSDAY

Get Fit Where You Sit

10-11 a.m. Sept. 16, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327 W.

195th St., Mokena. This

one-hour class is for patrons

age 50 and older who are interested

in practicing yoga.

Registration is required, as

the class size is limited to 20

people. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

Planning Commission/

Zoning Board of Appeals

7 p.m. Sept. 15, Mokena

Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter

St., Mokena. Planning

Commission/Zoning Board

of Appeals is to host its

meeting.

FRIDAY

Knitters

3-4 p.m. Sept. 17, Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th

St., Mokena. Join a group of

knitters in the adult reading

room.

SATURDAY

Document Shredding

10-11 a.m. Sept. 17, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327 W.

195th St., Mokena. Shred

and recycle medical records,

legal papers, canceled

checks, financial and more

in a safe and secure fashion.

Residents are allowed

to bring up to two boxes of

personal papers and may

witness the on-site mobile

shredding process provided

by Shark Shredding, Inc.

All shredded papers are recycled.

3D Printer Class

10-11 a.m. Sept. 17, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327 W.

195th St., Mokena. Children

are welcome to join

in on the fun and create 3D

nameplates with the library’s

Makerbot 2x 3D printer.

Bike the Trail

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 17,

Kansas and White streets in

Downtown Frankfort. The

Lincolnway Special Recreation

Association is to host

Bike the Trail, where patrons

can bike short, medium or

long routes on the Old Plank

Trail. Registration for the

event begins at 9 a.m. and

patrons can register on the

day of the event. The event

is open to the public. The

cost to participate is $15 for

adults and $5 for children.

All proceeds will benefit

LWSRA’s scholarship program.

For more information

or to register, visit www.

lwsra.org/bike or call (815)

464-2811.

Pet Adoption

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 17,

U.S. Post Office, 21201 S.

Elsner Road, Frankfort. The

post office is to host a pet

adoption event in collaboration

with N.A.W.S. of Mokena.

The two entities came

together because the post office

is issuing a new stamp

that features family pets. All

are welcome to attend.

Keeping the Wolf from the

Door (Wives’ Tales)

1-2 p.m. Sept. 17, Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th

St., Mokena. Chicago author

Barbara Gregorich is

to teach about folk idioms

at the library. Registration is

encouraged. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

MONDAY

Story Hour

10-10:45 a.m. Sept. 19,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St., Mokena. This

story hour is for children of

all ages. Parents of children

who are 2 years old must accompany

their children and

remain in the library during

the story hour. Registration

is not required.

TUESDAY

Story Hour

10-10:45 a.m. and 11-

11:45 a.m. Sept. 20, Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th

St., Mokena. Children ages

3 and 5 are welcome to join.

UPCOMING

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at

Whitmore Ace Hardware

10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept.

23, Whitmore Ace Hardware,

11600 Francis Road,

Mokena. A ribbon cutting

ceremony is to take place

to welcome Whitmore Ace

Hardware into the Mokena

community.

Fall Book Sale

5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 and

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 24, Mokena Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. The two-day book

sale is to welcome residents

of all ages, and in honor of

the library’s 50th Anniversary,

teachers and veterans

can get free resources and

books from the sale’s special

section Teacher’s Corner.

The sale also features a wide

selection including cookbooks,

“large print” books,

DVD’s, puzzles and games.

For more information, visit

www.mokenalibrary.org.

Usable Latex Paint Dropoff

8 a.m.-Noon Saturday,

Sept. 24, New Lenox Township,

1100 S. Cedar Road,

Mokena. New Lenox Township,

in partnership with Will

County and the ShareFest

organization, will be collecting

good usable latex paint,

to be used by volunteer

service groups throughout

Will County. The following

paints will not be accepted:

semi-solid, oil-based, containers

with no labels, rusted

containers or any other

paints and solvents. For

more information, call (815)

485-6431.

Our Fallen Hero 5K Run/

Walk

8 a.m.-Noon Saturday,

Sept. 24, Willowview Park,

11420 West 197th St., Mokena.

Take Part in the 5K

Run/Walk in memory of

PFC Aaron Toppen. Benefits

of the event will be donated

to the Pat Tillman Foundation.

The cost to participate

in the race is $30 for adults

and $20 for children. To enter

on the day of the race,

the cost for adults is $35 and

$25 for children. To register,

visit ourfallenhero5k.com.

Health Nutz Grand Reopening

and Health Fair

9-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept.

24, Health Nutz, Brookhaven

Shopping Plaza, 19844 S.

LaGrange Rd., Mokena. Celebrate

the grand re-opening

of Health Nutz by stopping

by at the health fair, which

is to feature vendors like

Terry’s Naturally, Solaray,

NOW Foods, Bee Humble,

B&H Water Purification and

more. For more information,

visit www.mokenachamber.

chambermaster.com.

A Night of Entertainment

3-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept.

25, CD & ME, 23220 S.

LaGrange Road, Frankfort.

The Lincolnway Special

Recreation Association

(LWSRA) is to host a fun

evening at their 40th Anniversary

“A Night of Entertainment”

Fundraiser.

Musicial performances will

be provided by Elvis impersonator

Michael St. Angel

and Meet the Beetles

Tribute Band. Tickets are

$50 per person; tickets for

LWSRA participants and

children under 13 are $20.

Tickets, which are on sale

through Sept. 9, are available

online for purchase at

www.LWSRA.org/40th.

Reading with Mandy

4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327 W.

195th St., Mokena. Students

in grades 1-8 can sign up

for a time to read with certified

therapy dog Mandy.

For more information, visit

www.mokenalibrary.org.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at

Art in a Glass

5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday,

Sept. 29, Art in a Glass,

19801 S. LaGrange Road,

Mokena. A ribbon cutting

ceremony is to take place to

welcome Art in a Glass into

the Mokena community.

Widow/Widowers Social

Club

7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct.

7, Zion Lutheran Church,

17100 South 69th Ave., Tinley

Park. The social club is

reaching out to members

of the Mokena community

who are in need of support.

The club, which meets once

a month, includes outings,

games, discussions and interaction.

For more information,

contact Danell Chmura

at (630) 728-9368.

ONGOING

Music in the Box

9 a.m. Wednesdays, Mokena

Community Public

Library, 11327 W. 195th

St., Mokena. Newborns to

5-year-olds and their parents/guardians

will explore

rhythm instruments, rhythmic

poetry, music picture

books and more. Classes are

limited to 20 children. For

more information, call (708)

479-9663.

To submit an item to the

printed calendar, contact

F. Amanda Tugade at (708)

326-9170 ext. 34, or email

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Thursdays one week prior to

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Brewing good business

Festival brings area

vendors, community

together for a night

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

Twenty-four vendors selling

beer, wine, spirits and

food; four bands providing

the soundtrack to a sunkissed

day in the park; and

upwards of 500 smiling people

eating, drinking and having

good times with friends

and family.

That’s a snapshot of the

Mokena Chamber of Commerce’s

13th annual Food,

Wine & Brew Festival, which

went off without a hitch Saturday,

Sept. 10, despite a

morning shower that passed

through the area. The event

was held for the first time at

Main Park, which acted as an

alternative site because of the

ongoing Mokena Community

Park District project at

the usual fest grounds on the

historic McGovney-Yunker

Homestead, at the northwest

corner of LaPorte and

Schoolhouse roads.

The Food, Wine & Brew

Festival showcased primarily

southwest suburban restaurants

and craft brewers;

and the menu included –

among other delights – seafood

jambalaya and shrimp

rolls, chocolate truffle-flavored

and green tea-infused

vodkas, and dozens of wines

and beers. Among the featured

vendors were Harvest

Room from Palos Heights,

Original Island Shrimp

House from Palos Park, Oak

Forest-based Warrior Vodka,

and Baderbrau, a craft brewery

co-owned by Mokena

resident Jason Lubovich.

“We try to put together an

event so that we can show

off the different food, wine

and brew vendors in the

Rich Boskey (left) and his friend Nicki Garrett attend the

Mokena Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Food, Wine &

Brew Festival, held Saturday, Sept. 10 at Main Park.

Photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

Mike Heath of Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery pours a

glass of white wine for a customer.

southwest suburbs to the

people of Mokena, so we

can bring people to Mokena

and see what the restaurants

and breweries have to offer,”

said Mokena Chamber Preident-elect

Troy Griffiths.

“It’s also a good event for

the people of the community

to enjoy some good music

and good food and drinks

and have a good day.”

Chamber President Dennis

Buxbaum said the festival’s

main objective falls in line

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One killed, two injured

in two-vehicle crash

Max Lapthorne

Contributing Editor

From Sept. 7 From Sept. 8

One person is dead and

two were reported to be severely

injured following a

two-vehicle crash that reportedly

took place just after

7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the intersection

of Weber Road and

Knapp Drive in Crest Hill,

according to a press release

issued the morning of Sept.

7 by the Lockport Township

Fire Protection District.

Stewart B. McCutcheon

Sr., 82, of Crest Hill, was

pronounced dead at 8:35

p.m. at Adventist Medical

Center in Bolingbrook, according

to a press release

issued the morning of Sept.

7 by Will County Coroner’s

Office. McCutcheon reportedly

was the driver of a car

that collided with another

vehicle, but an official autopsy

was scheduled for

Sept. 7.

McCutcheon was the

founder of McCutcheon Insurance

Agency LTD. based

in Mokena.

Firefighters and paramedics

were dispatched to the

scene following the crash,

where they found McCutcheon

and two other people

injured, according to the fire

district’s press release. The

driver of the other vehicle

reportedly was ejected approximately

50 feet and was

transported to Provena St.

Joseph Medical Center in

Joliet as a trauma patient.

McCutcheon and a female

passenger in his vehicle had

to be extricated from the

wreckage and were subsequently

transferred to Adventist

Medical Center in

Bolingbrook with “serious

injuries,” according to the

fire district’s release. Mc-

Cutcheon was pronounced

dead “shortly after arrival”

in the emergency room, and

the status of the woman was

unknown at the time of publication,

according to the

press release.

The Crest Hill Police Department

is investigating the

crash. A request for further

information was not returned

immediately.

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other Breaking News, visit

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Four men charged in relation to

alleged stolen vehicle in Mokena

Men also involved

in alleged Orland’s

‘smash and grab’ try

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Four men from Detroit reportedly

were arrested after

what police are describing

as a “smash and grab type

of theft” attempt the morning

of Thursday, Sept. 8, at

an Orland Park jewelry store

in the 15100 block of La-

Grange Road.

The alleged attempt reportedly

involved a vehicle

stolen from Mokena earlier

that morning.

Antonine D. Scott, 22,

was charged with one felony

count of resisting a peace

Matthew

Jacob Scott

Lincoln-Way D210 Board of Education

Coker

Antoine

Scott

officer, as well as one misdemeanor

count of criminal

trespass to vehicle, according

to a press release issued

Friday, Sept. 9, by the

Orland Park Police Department.

Jacob A. Scott, 21,

was charged with one felony

count of possession of a stolen

motor vehicle, as well as

one misdemeanor count of

resisting a peace officer, according

to the release.

Devon M. Matthew, 24,

was charged with one count

each of criminal trespass to

vehicle and resisting a peace

officer, both misdemeanors.

Gionny K. Coker, 18, was

charged with the same.

The theft was thwarted by

an off-duty Orland Park police

officer who was working

security at the store at the

time, according to an alert

issued the afternoon of Sept.

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Tingley discusses

changes from last

tentative budget

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

District 210 FY 2017 Budget

To see the tentative Lincoln-Way Community High

School District 210 budget for fiscal year 2017, visit

www.lw210.org, click the “Financial Update” box, scroll

down to the “Budget” heading and click “DRAFT Fiscal

Year 2017 Budget(PDF).”

The public hearing for

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210’s

fiscal year 2017 budget was

brief on Sept. 6, as just two

residents presented the board

with questions regarding the

district’s tentative budget.

The tentative budget includes

a surplus of $2.2

million, with approximately

$86.6 million in revenue and

approximately $84.3 million

in expenditures. The numbers

reflect a decrease in expenditures

and revenue from

the FY 2016 budget, which

included a $5.2 million deficit,

$101.4 million in revenue

and $106.6 million in

expenditures.

In a Sept. 9 phone interview,

District 210 Superintendent

R. Scott Tingley

attributed the savings to the

district’s operation of three

schools instead of four.

“After years and years of

deficits, we’re operating at

a surplus this year,” he said.

“... We’re still reviewing this

document and we’ll continue

to develop the budget until

it’s presented to the board

on [Sept.] 22.”

Tingley provided a brief

presentation at the start of

the hearing about notable

changes to the budget, and

a summary of these changes

from a previous version of

the tentative budget is now

available on the district’s

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Ladies Auxiliary’s BBQ Bonanza to raise money for U.S. vets

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

The weekend of Sept. 10

included a myriad of events

in remembrance of the tragedy

that shook the nation,

Sept. 11, 2001. To continue

to show support, raise funds

and celebrate the lives of

U.S. veterans, the Ladies

Auxiliary Club of William

Martin Veterans of Foreign

Wars Post 725 in Mokena

hosted its seventh annual

BBQ Bonanza.

From 4 p.m. to midnight,

BBQ Bonanza stayed true to

its name and greeted guests

with a barbequed steak dinner

and a vast assortment of

side dishes. Several raffles

rounded out the evening’s

festivities. To add, a moment

of silence was held to recognize

those affected by the

fateful events of Sept. 11.

Ladies Auxiliary Club

president Vickie Hogan and

member Anna Hansen said

with each year, the fundraising

event has grown in size

and gained recognition, becoming

an all-around community

event.

“This year, all of the food,

except the steaks, was donated

by local companies,”

Hansen said. “When we first

started, we made all of the

food, and we would pay to

help with the raffle baskets.

Now, we’re getting these

donations supporting us. …

People are starting to know

about it and know it’s for a

good cause.”

Vickie Hogan added, “We

are thrilled with everybody

that comes out. … The Village

does a lot; they are so

supportive of our V.F.W., as

well as most of the community.

… There’s just a lot of

community involvement in

this.”

The Ladies Auxiliary Club

has hosted the Sunday evening

occasion as a method to

raise funds that will be used

to give aid to veterans near

Ray and Cheryl Stakenas, of Mokena, enjoy drinks before

eating some barbecue at the annual BBQ Bonanza hosted

by the Ladies Auxiliary Club on Sept. 11.

and far, Hogan and Hansen

said.

“Half of what we raise

here goes straight to the

[Manteno Veterans’ Home],

and the other half we do

other things with,” Hogan

noted.

Among many of the organization’s

efforts, they plan

to use the other half raised

for families of local veterans,

fund Honor Flights –

which provides veterans a

free trip to Washington, D.C.

to visit the memorials of the

respective wars they fought

in –, send care packages to

overseas veterans, she added.

“We wanted to do a big

fundraiser for the veterans

here and away,” Hansen

said. “So, we started the

BBQ Bonanza and for the

past few years we’ve been

able to donate significant

amounts of money.”

The organization tries to

donate a total of $5,000 each

year back to the veterans,

she said.

“It’s a great organization,”

said Orland Park resident,

Jackie Keeman, who attended

the event with her

husband, Charles. “Any

time they run anything, if we

can support them, we’ll do

Jackie Keenan, of Orland Park, cuts into her steak, which

she topped with mushrooms.

that. … Any time you can do

anything for a vet, you don’t

ask; you just do it.”

Although Charles was a

member of the U.S. military,

he did not deploy overseas

and cannot become a member

of the V.F.W. However,

he and his wife often support

the Post 725 by attending

their gatherings, and Charles

even helps with the cooking

for a select few.

Up next, the Post 725

Men’s Auxiliary Club will

host its annual Cash Bash

Mike Ojermark (from left to right), of Crete, Bill Kordik, of Mokena, and Tony Ortiz, of

Frankfort, work the grill. Photos By Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and proceeds

will benefit local veterans

and veteran organizations.

“Without these supporting

organizations, this Post would

dwindle,” Post 725 commander

Jim Hogan. “They

keep us involved in the community.

… Everyone here is

a volunteer, and every penny

generated goes to support the

armed forces and families,

here and overseas. I’m delighted

that we’re an integral

part of supporting them.”

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(C) 708.497.8718

(WK) 708.478.3136

dean.reszel@countryfinancial.com

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From Page 3

with the Chamber’s goal of

giving back to the community.

Proceeds from the festival

– yielded by the admission

price of $30 per person at

the gate – are reinvested into

the Mokena business community,

as well as service

organizations, including the

Mokena Lions Club and the

Cancer Support Center, Buxbaum

said.

“Our focus has always

been to give back to the community,

do stuff for the community

and give the community

something to do,” he

explained. “What this does

is give us the opportunity

to give back further, to help

out. We give back, and that’s

our whole focus – to create

a strong community that will

support the business community.”

Buxbaum noted proceeds

from the festival’s annual

raffle drawing will go toward

a college scholarship for a

Lincoln-Way Central High

School student, and has been

renamed this year in honor

of Del Yunker, who served

as Mokena’s fire chief for

12 years and was a member

of the Chamber’s board of

directors. Yunker and his

widow Joan used to sell tickets

for the raffle drawing, for

which the grand prize was at

one time a wheelbarrow full

of various bottles of alcohol.

The main draw for attendees,

however, was the beer

and wine and other beverages,

which flowed generously

from taps and bottles

into 6-ounce glass craft beer

samplers.

Rich and Stacia Boskey

and their friends Nicki Garrett

and Ken D’Andrea came

from Manhattan to sample

what the fest had to offer.

Rich took a sniff of his Marsh

Tacky stout from One Trick

Pony before putting the glass

to his lips and getting a taste.

“I’m more of a stout guy,”

he said. “I like the coffee

beers, things like that. I’m actually

big on the milk stouts,

so anything that can get close

to that I’m happy with.”

Meanwhile, his other half,

Stacia, was sipping One

Trick’s Shepard, a Belgian

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“I like that one better,” she

said of the stout. “But they’re

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In Rich’s left hand was a

glass containing a 12-year

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Garrett and D’Andrea were

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“I like hoppy stuff so I

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Belgians,” Garrett said who

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It’s very delicious, though,

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Jason Lubovin of craft

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“We’re excited to be

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said. “We’re finally brewing

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beers we want to brew. It’s

definitely been a long run but

it’s been great so far.”

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8. But an officer received

minor injuries in the pursuit,

according to an interview

later the same day with Orland

Park Police Cmdr. John

Keating.

Around 10:57 a.m. Sept.

8, James & Sons Fine Jewelers,

15234 S. LaGrange

Road, reported a suspicious

circumstance. An off-duty

officer working security was

approached by a male, later

identified as Coker, that attempted

to lure him out of

the store, police said. Coker

was thought to be concealing

a miniature sledgehammer

with a wooden handle, Keating

added. The release noted

it was under his pants pocket,

being held in his right hand.

According to the press release,

Coker also had a white

cloth item over his shoulder.

He reportedly walked

around the store and told

employees he was looking

for men’s gold chains.

The man reportedly had

a conversation with the offduty

officer, attempting to

divert his attention outside,

and the suspect left and met

with three other men in the

parking lot, Keating said.

They met near the vehicle

in which they all arrived, a

1998 Jeep Cherokee, according

to the press release. It reportedly

was at that point the

off-duty officer called the

department for assistance.

The male who approached

the officer and three other

subjects waiting outside the

store ran from the area when

approached by uniformed

officers, according to the

first alert. They reportedly

ran eastbound across La-

Grange Road, ignoring officers’

commands to stop.

Three of the four males

were apprehended immediately,

while one remained at

large for a short time but was

apprehended by 1:05 p.m.,

according to the second alert.

Police said one man was

found in a grassy playground

area south of Center School,

one near Barnes & Noble,

another outside Dick’s

Sporting Goods and another

inside Dick’s Sporting

Goods, all in Orland Park.

Police said the men were

planning to use hammers

to break the glass cases and

steal jewelry. They stole the

Jeep around 10 a.m. from the

driveway of a home in Mokena

, according to Orland

Park police.

“One officer was hurt

climbing a fence near the

school,” Keating said. “He

suffered some abrasions and

a puncture.”

Keating said the officer

was transported to Palos

Community Hospital, where

he was treated and released.

Keating said no members

of the general public, or the

suspects, were hurt during

the pursuit, and noted the

injuries to the officer were

“nothing serious.”

Keating said police called

for support from the Cook

County Sheriff’s Office’s K9

Unit to make sure none of

the suspects dropped weapons

or anything else dangerous

in the area.

“They conducted an article

search that turned up

negative,” he explained.

The press release noted no

other weapons were displayed

or recovered at the scene.

A miniature sledgehammer

reportedly was recovered

from the jewelry store

investigation scene, along

with a vehicle, according to

Keating. The press release

noted Coker dropped the

sledgehammer near the Jeep.

Mokena Police Chief Steve

Vaccaro said the vehicle was

reported stolen around 10:20

a.m. Sept. 8 from the 10600

block of LaPorte Road.

Keating noted nothing actually

was stolen from the

store, thanks to the off-duty

officer quickly becoming

suspicious and making the

call for backup. Keating noted

the store involved always

has security present.

All four men were held

pending a bond hearing Sept.

10 at the Cook County Criminal

Division Courthouse.

Additional reporting by

Contributing Editor Michael

Gilbert.


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Tinley girls raise funds

for My Joyful Heart

through garage sale

Amanda Jarzynski, Editor

A pair of Tinley Park sisters,

Hannah and Allie Johnston,

and Sarah and Elaine

Andrews, recently completed

a two-day fundraiser for Mokena-based

charity, My Joyful

Heart.

Inspired by Disney’s

Friends for Change project,

the four girls — ages ranging

from 10-13 years old

— decided they wanted to

do something generous for a

local charity. Their idea was

to organize a garage sale at

one of their homes. As a result,

they raised over $2,000

in just two days, all of which

directly benefited My Joyful

Heart.

“We had an ad in an online

newspaper,” said Allie

Johnston. “We got the items

donated to us. It was a lot of

fun.”

Along with the donated

items, Allie said that Elaine

Andrews along with a few

other people baked pastries

to sell at the garage sale.

Lastly, the girls had a raffle

prize. They sold the tickets

for $1 each with the prize

of a $50 gift card to a local

restaurant and tickets to see

a movie. The girls said that

over 100 tickets were sold

during their garage sale.

To push them to their final

total, the girls said that a family

member heard about why

the group was organizing a

garage sale, so they took it

upon themselves to donate almost

$500.

After school on Sept. 7, the

girls delivered their earnings

to My Joyful Heart. Executive

Director, Diane Carroll

was more than thrilled to

learn how well the girls had

done in their fundraiser.

“I love kids helping kids,”

she said. “The money raised

will finish our budget to be

able to purchase enough

socks, underwear and uniform

clothes for our new students

this year.”

My Joyful Heart is headed

into their busy season where

all of their expenses will be

made. The $2,000 donation

from the Johnston and Andrews

sisters is much appreciated

and will go along way

to help the children of My

Joyful Heart.

Tinley Park natives (left to right) Allie Johnston, Hannah

Johnston and Sarah Andrews (Not pictured: Elaine

Andrews) deliver their donation of over $2,000 to My Joyful

Heart Executive Director Diane Carroll on Sept. 7. Amanda

Jarzynski/22nd Century Media

D210

From Page 4

website, along with the tentative

budget.

The district’s Education

Fund and Operations and

Maintenance Fund are set

to start off the fiscal year

at negative fund balances

of approximately $3.7 million

and $4.8 million, respectively,

to reflect the

district’s outstanding $20

million in tax anticipation

warrants and $6 million in

loans payable/receivable.

Also in the budget, the

district moved $870,000 in

services provided to other

districts from the O&M

Fund to the Transportation

Fund, and the Transportation

Fund includes a $1.8

million interfund loan from

the Working Cash Fund to

the Transportation Fund, as

well as repayment of the

loan.

Public Comments

New Lenox resident Steve

Wahlert asked the board a

few questions about the process

by which the budget

was prepared, referencing

the Illinois State Board of

Education’s “Mechanics of

a School District Budget”

guide.

He said that while the district’s

process this year is a

“better effort than what got

us into trouble,” he wanted

to be sure the district would

follow State law regarding

amendments and revisions

to the budget.

According to the ISBE

document, a school district

can amend its budget by

following the same process

for the budget’s original

approval: post notice of a

budget hearing and where

the budget can be viewed

for public inspection; hold

a public hearing on the

amended budget; adopt the

amended budget at a public

meeting following the public

hearing; and submit the

amended budget electronically

to ISBE within 30 days

of adoption.

Wahlert said he asked

an ISBE representative

whether State law would

allow spending 10 percent

over budget. According to

the “Mechanics of a School

District Budget” guide, if a

change in the budget in the

amount of less than 10 percent

could be made by transferring

funds between line

items, this is allowed. However,

if a change results in

increased estimated total expenditures,

a formal amendment

is needed.

Wahlert said he was also

told the district could submit

an amended budget until

May, if needed. Tingley said

he expects that at some point

in the 2017 fiscal year, the

district will need to submit

an amended budget.

“When you’re looking at

a budget this large with as

many changing factors as we

have, there is a possibility

that adjustments will need to

be made based on the timing

of state funding and tax distributions,”

Tingley said. “In

terms of expenditures, these

are certainly estimates based

on estimates of the past, but

at the same time we’re operating

three high schools

which we haven’t for several

years.”

He added that this year,

with a new business team

in place, the district has put

more time and effort into

this budget.

Board Member Christopher

Lucchetti added that

this year, the board set up

contingency accounts for its

education and transportation

funds, and Wahlert said he

thought that was an important

step forward.

Tinley Park resident Robert

Ripp also asked the board

a few questions about the

budget, including what the

district’s financial profile

score would be if the FY

17 budget went according

to plan. Tingley said he was

not sure.

Ripp also noted that one of

the district’s board goals is

to develop a five-year financial

forecast, and he asked

whether this had been done.

Tingley said this was done

as part of last year’s PMA

Financial Network presentation,

though it had not been

broken down activity by activity.

Finance and Building

Committee

Following the budget

hearing, the regular meeting

of the district’s Finance and

Building Committee was

held.

The committee discussed

an overall decrease in utilities

and maintenance spending

in August, as well an

asphalt and roof evaluation

for Lincoln-Way Central and

Lincoln-Way East.

Tingley said the estimate

for the asphalt evaluation is

estimated at approximately

$8,000, and the roof evaluation

is estimated at approximately

$16,000. The

estimates are from DLA Architects.

The committee briefly discussed

the merits of using

DLA or another firm, and

Tingley explained that to

negotiate prices, the district

has to use its architect. To

go with another company, it

would first have to select the

company and then be able to

evaluate prices.

The item is expected to be

brought before the School

Board at its next regular

meeting, which is scheduled

to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday,

Sept. 22, at Lincoln-

Way Central.

Editor Rebecca Susmarski

contributed to this report.

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Brighde Littleton,

Noonan Elementary

Academy sixth-grader

Brighde Littleton was chosen

as this week’s Standout Student

because of her academic excellence.

She owns a dog and

hopes to one day own a pet

shop to be around animals.

What is one essential you

must have when studying

and why?

One essential I must have

when studying is snacks, because

it takes my mind off

my work.

What do you like to do when

not in school or studying?

When not in school or

studying, I like to spend time

with my big family and my

dog, Collette.

What is your dream job and

why?

My dream job is to open

up a pet shop because I love

animals.

What is one thing people

don’t know about you?

One thing that people

don’t know about me is that

I have 11 sisters, two brothers

and one dog.

Whom do you look up to and

why?

I look up to my family

members because they are

fun and nice.

Who is your favorite teacher

and why?

My favorite teacher is either

Mr. Evers or Mrs. Eminger.

Mr. Evers because he

Photo submitted

makes learning fun and he is

very nice; Mrs Eminger because

she is fun to talk to and

is very nice as well.

What is your favorite class

and why?

My favorite class is Social

Studies because we act

out scenes in history and it is

very fun and interesting.

What is one thing that stands

out about your school?

One thing that stands out

about my school is that it is a

Catholic School and we have

Mass every Friday.

If you could change one thing

about school, what would

it be?

If I could change one thing

about school, it would be

adding a cafeteria.

What is your favorite thing

to eat if the cafeteria (or

bring for lunch)?

My favorite thing to bring

for lunch is pizza, fruit

snacks, a juice box and Sun

Chips.

What is your best memory

from school?

My best memory from

school is having snow ball

fights in the winter with my

friends.

Standout Students are selected

by Mokena area schools.

Noonan families connect at annual Mentor Dinner

Submitted by Noonan

Elementary Academy

Noonan Elementary

Academy, an independent

Catholic school in Mokena,

hosted its annual Mentor

Dinner, Aug. 30, to connect

new families with established

families within their

school. The event, hosted

by the Holy Family Association

(Noonan’s version of a

Parent Teacher Association),

marks the beginning of the

21st year of the Academy.

“We strongly believe in Mrs.

Noonan’s vision to create

a family not just a school,”

said Janet Le Grand Rice,

HFA Vice-President and the

event co-chair.

This sentiment was repeated

over and over again

by not only the new families

attending the event, but also

their mentor families as well.

The sense of community and

togetherness was strong as

new families were paired up

with their mentor families to

sit together, share a meal and

talk about Noonan.

Mokena student attends Honor

Flight welcome home celebration

Submitted by Arbury Hills

School

Alyssa Werner, a Mokena

resident and third grader at

Arbury Hills School, attended

a Welcome Home Celebration

for Honor Flight at Chicago’s

Midway International

Airport. Werner shook hands

with many of the 106 WWII

and Korean War Veterans that

flew to Washington, D.C. in

August for a day of honor.

The veterans came home with

Showing their

patriotism

Hilda Walker students, staff

dress in American colors for

Patriot Day

Submitted by Hilda Walker

Intermediate School

The students from Team ISU at

Walker Intermediate School participated

in a Patriot Day activity on Friday,

Sept. 9. The students and teachers

many wonderful memories

of their Honor Flight day.

However, one of their best

highlights was the surprise

Welcome Home Parade at the

end of the day. The veterans

adored the younger generations

and were appreciative of

their patriotic support.

One of the veterans

stopped to shake hands with

Werner and tell her that her

“Thank you for serving our

country!”sign was impressive.

flooded the halls by wearing red, white

and blue in order to show their patriotism

on this special day. The students

also colored patriotic ribbons to hang

above the doors as they enter hallways.

Classes discussed how proud

Families gather for the Mentor Dinner Aug. 30 at Noonan

Elementary Academy. Photo submitted

Alyssa Werner (left) shakes hands with a veteran who

just returned home from his Honor Flight at Midway

International Airport. Photo submitted

Red, white and blue decorations were crafted by Hilda Walker Intermediate

School students in honor of Patriot Day on Friday, Sept. 9. Photo submitted

people are to be Americans and how

much everyone loves to show support

to the USA. The teachers of Team

ISU are very proud of their students’

dedication to their school, their fellow

classmates and their country.


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Police Reports

Electronics, games taken from Mokena home by Orland Hills man

An ongoing investigation by

the Mokena Police Department

of a residential burglary was concluded

on Sept. 1 with the arrest

of Jason K. Valandingham, 24,

of 16827 92nd Avenue in Orland

Hills. Valandingham was charged

with residential burglary after allegedly

entering a home in the

19000 block of Cambridge Drive

in Mokena and taking a Nintendo

WiiU2, Super Nintendo system

and games, Sega games, a lap

top, and a DVD player which totaled

$500 on Aug. 18.

Police reportedly investigated

several suspects from Aug. 19-

Sept. 1 before identifying Valandingham

through a shop in the

15000 block of LaGrange Road

in Orland Park where the arrestee

allegedly sold most of the stolen

items. On Sept. 1, police reportedly

went to Valandingham’s place

of residence to talk, but he would

not come out to talk to officers.

After they left, police reportedly

were called by Valandingham,

who reportedly confessed to the

theft. Police reportedly returned

to the residence and arrested

Valandingham. He was reportedly

booked and taken to the Will

County Adult Detention Facility

to wait for a bond hearing.

Sept. 1

• Christopher G. Mojzis, 35, of

11631 197th Street in Mokena,

was charged with driving with

a suspended/revoked driver’s

license and improper lighting

after allegedly driving with no

taillights illuminated in the 1900

block of Wolf Road in Mokena.

Police reportedly stopped the vehicle

and discovered that Mojzis’

driver’s license was suspended. .

Aug. 30

• Marissa L. Koziel, 20, of 11520

Bryn Mawr Way in Mokena, was

charged with illegal consumption

of alcohol by a minor after police

reportedly responded to the place

of residence for a complaint of

the illegal alcohol consumption.

Police reportedly found three

empty beer cans and could smell

alcohol on Koziel’s breath after

they arrived.

• David K. Ehlers, 47, of 16819

81st Avenue in Tinley Park, was

charged with driving with a suspended/revoked

driver’s license,

operating an uninsured motor

vehicle, improper use of registration,

operation of a vehicle with

suspended registration, having

expired registration and driving

too fast for conditions after allegedly

rear-ending another vehicle

near LaGrange Road and I-80 in

Mokena. Police reportedly responded

to the accident and discovered

Ehlers’ driver’s license

was suspended; his registration

was expired and suspended, and

the registration sticker on his car

“These kids are driving

me insane!”

was taken from someone else’s

car.

• Salvador Zaragoza, 37, of 206

E. 7th Place in Chicago Heights,

was charged with illegal use of a

cell phone while driving and having

a suspended/revoked driver’s

license after allegedly driving in

the 9900 block of 191st Street in

Mokena while talking on a cell

phone. Police reportedly stopped

the vehicle and discovered that

Zaragoza’s driver’s license was

suspended.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mokena

Messenger’s Police Reports are

compiled from official reports

found online on the Mokena Police

Department’s website or releases

issued by the department and other

agencies. Individuals named in these

reports are considered innocent of

all charges until proven guilty in a

court of law.

Residents welcome

to submit nominees

for Village Board

positions up April 4

Submitted by the Village of Mokena

Mokena Village Clerk, Patricia Patt

would like to announce that her office

will have nominating petitions available

on Tuesday, Sept. 20 for persons who

wish to run in the upcoming April 4,

2017 Consolidated Election.

Nominating petitions will be available

at the Village Hall located at 11004 Carpenter

Street (between the hours of 8:30

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three Trustee positions. Beginning Dec.

12, 2016 completed petitions may be

dropped off at the Village Hall, Monday

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deadline to file petitions is Dec. 19, 2016

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Students can use their library

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The library offers access to

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FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Neighbors start GoFundMe

in support of house fire in

subdivision

“Live. Love.”

That pair of words —

which were hung as decor on

Paul and Joy Reno’s bedroom

wall — is among the very few

belongings that remain unharmed

in what is left of their

two-story home on Turtledove

Lane in New Lenox.

Nearly three weeks have

passed since the structural

fire occurred and destroyed

their home, leaving Paul

and Joy and their two sons,

Zachary and Ayden, helpless,

uncertain.

“Basically, 20 years of our

life went up in flames,” Paul

said. “And it’s been an emotional

roller coaster, but ... we

have some really great neighbors,

great friends — things

like that — to support us.”

That support comes in the

form of a GoFundMe page

through which community

members can make donations

to help the Reno family

rebuild. While the targeted

goal is set at $25,000, more

than $4,000, as of Sept. 9,

has already been raised.

Daniel Peterson, who lives

just a few houses away from

the Renos, said despite not

knowing them very well —

only that Joy brings everyone

together for the annual

block party — he started the

website just to “make it easy

for people to contribute.”

The Renos’ experience,

too, is something that Peterson

has seen firsthand. “I had

an uncle who had a house

fire when I was young, and

he stayed with us for a long

time,” he recalled, noting to

come back from a tragedy

like that is tough. “Insurance

covers a lot of things, but it

doesn’t cover everything.”

To help the Reno family,

visit www.gofundme.

com/2m36zu4.

Reporting by F. Amanda

Tugade, Assistant Editor. For

more visit, NewLenoxPatriot.

com.

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Four men in custody

following alleged jewelry

store robbery attempt

Four men reportedly are in

custody after what police are

describing as a “smash and

grab type of theft” attempt

the morning of Thursday,

Sept. 8, at an Orland Park

jewelry store in the 15100

block of LaGrange Road.

The theft was thwarted by

an off-duty Orland Park police

officer who was working

security at the store at

the time, according to an

alert issued the afternoon of

Sept. 8.

Around 10:57 a.m. Sept.

8, one of the stores in the

area of 15100 LaGrange

Road reported a suspicious

circumstance at a jewelry

store, according to an earlier

alert issued by the Orland

Park Police Department.

An off-duty officer working

security reportedly was

approached by a male that

attempted to lure him out

of the store. That man was

thought to be concealing a

miniature sledgehammer

with a wooden handle, according

to Orland Park Police

Cmdr. John Keating.

The suspect left and met

with three other men in the

parking lot, Keating said. It

reportedly was at that point

the off-duty officer called the

department for assistance.

The male who approached

the officer and three other

subjects waiting outside the

store ran from the area when

approached by uniformed

officers, according to the

first alert. They reportedly

ran eastbound across La-

Grange Road.

Three of the four males

were apprehended immediately,

while one remained at

large for a short time but was

apprehended by 1:05 p.m.,

according to a second alert.

Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor.

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FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Police looking for armed

male who allegedly robbed a

Frankfort Speedway

Frankfort police are seeking

the public’s help in locating

a man responsible for an

armed robbery the evening

of Sept. 7 at Speedway gas

station at 22305 S. Center

Road in Frankfort, according

to a press release issued

the next day by the Frankfort

Police Department.

A lone man reportedly

entered the business around

9:54 p.m., displayed a silver

handgun and demanded

money, police said. He took

a “small amount” of cash

and fled the scene eastbound

on foot, according to the

press release.

No one was harmed in the

incident, police added.

The man suspected of

the armed robbery was described

as a white male,

20-25 years old, of slender

build, with a thin goatee or

mustache, wearing a maroon

hooded sweatshirt, black

jacket and sunglasses.

A Speedway employee

observed a silver Jeep exit

the south entrance of the

property, according to the

press release. Though the

man initially fled in a different

direction than the vehicle,

police are still looking

into the possibility that the

vehicle was connected rather

than a “coincidence” that it

left the lot around the same

time, because only the man

and a clerk were inside the

store at the time of the incident,

Deputy Chief Kevin

Keegan said.

Reporting by Bill Jones,

Managing Editor. For more,

visit FrankfortStation.com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Schilling School third-grader

reportedly dies ‘suddenly’

A third-grader from Homer

Community Consolidated

School District 33C died this

week, according to a letter

sent to parents Sept. 7 by Superintendent

Kara Coglianese.

The student, who was

a third-grader at Schilling

School, reportedly died at

home “suddenly” and was

not named by the district.

“Words cannot express

our grief and heartfelt sympathy,”

Coglianese wrote in

the letter.

The cause of death was

considered natural, according

to Will County Sheriff’s

Office spokeswoman Kathy

Hoffmeyer. Hoffmeyer said

deputies were called to the

child’s home shortly before

8 a.m. Sept. 7, and the child

was pronounced dead at the

scene by the Will County

Coroner’s Office, with an

autopsy scheduled to be performed.

“Out of respect to the family,

we are not going to say

anything about it,” Hoffmeyer

said. “At this time,

we are not conducting any

further investigation. ... It is

a tragic incident.”

Coglianese said the district

will have psychologists

and social workers available

for both students and staff

throughout the week. She

also encouraged parents to

support their children, as

well as monitor cellphones

and email to anticipate their

needs.

Charla Brautigam, Homer

33C’s communications and

public relations manager,

added that licensed therapy

dogs were to be at the school

Thursday, Sept. 8, and that

no memorials for the student

were planned as of press

time.

Reporting by Kirsten Onsgard,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

HomerHorizon.com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Upcoming block party to

entertain, highlight faith

With vacations, warm

weather and endless activities,

it is easy to let things

slide during the summer.

And sometimes, that includes

church, according

to the Rev. Mitzi Blanchard

of Cross Point Church in

Lockport.

“It’s also a good reminder

— during the summer,

people are busy, they go on

vacation and they’re having

a lot of fun,” she said. “But

sometimes, the importance

of church gets lost.”

But one event at Dellwood

Park in Lockport hopes to

bring together community

members of faith and introduce

would-be churchgoers

to local congregations

through a block party with

a diverse array of entertainment

and worship.

The first Dellwood Park

Block Party is slated to take

place from 1 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18, and will include

four Christian worship

artist performances, familyfriendly

sketch comedy,

food and booths from local

churches, culminating with

a unity worship. The event is

free and open to the public.

The Block Party also coincides

with national Back to

Church Sunday — an annual

campaign in its seventh year

encouraging church attendance,

and asks new members

to welcome their friends

to their church. Nearly

30,000 U.S. churches across

denominations are expected

to participate this year.

Reporting by Kirsten Onsgard,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

LockportLegend.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Man charged after allegedly

toppling Zabrocki Plaza

fountain

Village officials are debating

the future of the fountain

in Zabrocki Plaza after it

was toppled for the second

time since 2010.

Police received a complaint

of vandalism to the

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From the Editor

AMANDA Jarzynski

amanda@mokenamessenger.com

Once again I have to

write one of these

articles. I’ve done it

twice now in my time with

22nd Century Media. The

first time was when I left

Homer Glen and Lockport

to transfer to Orland and

Tinley parks. Then I had to

say goodbye to Orland and

Tinley in order to come to

Mokena. Now, after only six

months in this lovely little

town, I am saying goodbye

not only to Mokena but to

22nd Century Media completely.

Though it has been only

a short time, I feel like I’ve

learned a lot about Mokena,

and I have met a variety of

people who live in the area.

I have made a lot of great

connections with people and

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fountain around 2:50 a.m.

Sept.4, but by the time they

arrived the alleged perpetrator

had fled.

A man allegedly climbed

and toppled the fountain

located in the plaza on the

southeast corner of 173rd

Place and Oak Park Avenue.

Police worked to identify

and locate the suspect, and

Daniel McDonald, of the

18100 block of Rita Road

in Tinley Park, was taken

into custody the afternoon

of Sept. 4 and charged with

Time to say goodbye

criminal damage to property,

a Class 2 felony, according

to Tinley Park Police Chief

Steve Neubauer.

This is not the first incidence

of vandalism to the

fountain. In 2010, the fountain

reportedly was toppled

in an incident that was similar

to the one that occurred

Sept. 4. The 2010 incident

required nearly $38,000 in

repairs, Village Manager

Dave Niemeyer said.

“It’s unfortunate,” Niemeyer

said. “It’s a nice centerpiece

of downtown, and all I can say

is it’s really unfortunate that

people would vandalize it.”

have faced many challenges.

After all, this was my

first job out of college, and

I had never ran a newspaper

before March 2016.

Getting to the status of the

editor was a roller coaster

to say the least. It was a big

adjustment because like I

said, this was my first job

out of college. I did not

know what to expect, but

I enjoyed coming to work

and finding out who I would

meet the next day. In each

town I worked for, I feel

like I learned something

new everywhere.

I started as an assistant

editor for the Homer Glen

and Lockport newspapers.

When I wrote for The

Homer Horizon, I went

to my first Village Board

meeting. That experience

got me used to attending

board meetings and gave me

something more, so I could

be more than just a sports

reporter.

Writing for The Lockport

Legend, I got to flex

my skills at writing feature

stories. I wrote a lot of artist

features and did some

alumni stories from Lockport

Township High School.

When I made it to Orland

and Tinley, I was able to

get back into writing more

sports. I tallied it up the

other day and realized

that since I’ve been with

22nd Century Media, I’ve

reported on over 10 different

sports — some of which

I hadn’t even known existed

until coming to the area. I

got a lot of enjoyment from

learning about these new

sports, as well as attending

new events.

It took me an entire year,

to finally become an editor

for The Mokena Messenger.

It was another adjustment,

but eventually, I fell into a

routine and once again, I

got a chance to meet many

unique Mokenians and hear

all of their stories.

I was not expecting to

move on so soon. Recently,

the Daily Herald Media

Group bought 12 small-town

newspapers in South Illinois

— more south than Carbondale.

Almost right away,

they contacted me (when I

was unemployed I sent my

resume to any place that

would take me) and offered

Neubauer said that there

are no plans in the works to

provide more surveillance to

Zabrocki Plaza, but the area

already is observed by cameras,

which helped police

identify the suspect.

The fountain’s long-term

future is not yet decided,

Niemeyer said.

Until the decision is made,

the base is to remain in

place, and the fountain will

remain in a public works garage,

Niemeyer said.

Reporting by Tim Carroll,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

TinleyJunction.com.

me a position to be a sports

reporter for their newspaper

in Benton, Illinois.

Since sports is my main

passion – you may have

noticed – I decided to take

the position. I will be starting

my new job shortly,

and I am excited to go to

another new town and learn

even more about my craft.

I am still so young and still

have a lot to learn about

journalism. I am anxious to

continue learning.

I am also grateful to 22nd

Century for the 18 months

that I’ve been working

within the company. The

experiences and lessons that

I learned within the southwest

suburbs are ones that I

will never forget.

I will miss all the connections

I’ve made in Mokena,

but I will never forget my

time here. I wish everyone

the best.

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Roll of the dice

Frankfort Township seniors enjoy a night

of gambling, mingling, Page 22

Smoked to perfection Bear

Down Barbecue brings delicious meat to

Frankfort, Page 30

Lara Greiman and her

daughters, Melanie

(left), 4, and Faith, 2,

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F. Amanda Tugade/22nd

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Little ones dance, sing during Music in the Box at the Mokena library, Page 23


22 | September 15, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger Life & Arts

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Seniors, Frankfort Township staff members attend Casino Night

Games, Italian

dinner offered at

Multack Eye Care

event

F. Amanda Tugade

Assistant Editor

Maria Polanco, 81, of

Frankfort Township, and her

friend Ann Peterson, 84, of

New Lenox, topped off their

Italian-style dinners with

cannolis, cookies and a few

other treats from the dessert

table.

Then, the pair headed off

to the poker table to try their

luck at the card game and,

hopefully, walk away as

winners. Playing poker was

definitely a break from their

usual routine of playing slot

machines, Polanco said.

“You don’t have to concentrate,”

she said when it

came to the slots. “You just

have to pull.”

Polanco and Peterson

were just two of many seniors

who attended Casino

Night hosted by Multack

Eye Care in Frankfort, and

by the sound of the chatter

and laughter that came from

Multack’s conference room

— which was converted

into a game room for that

Sept. 8 evening — guests

as well as staff members

were in for a night of fun.

Physician Sam Multack

credited Casino Night to

practice administrator Liz

Bowyer for putting the

event together. Multack

said he and Bowyer were

looking for ways to become

more involved in the

Frankfort Township community,

and the two later

learned of the Township’s

efforts to take care of its

seniors.

“We were trying to figure

out something exciting,

something no one has done

before, and Casino Night

came to the top of the mind,”

Multack said. “Everyone

wanted it.”

From there, Multack and

Bowyer reached out to Jodi

Gallagher-Dilling, who

coordinates activities for

seniors in the Township.

Gallagher-Dilling said she

wasted no time in spreading

the word about the unique

gathering.

While Bowyer looked to

Palatine-based company

U.S. Casino & Poker Rentals,

Parties and Planning to

provide dealers and tables

for the games — like craps,

poker, Russian roulette and

blackjack — she looked to

her mother-in-law Angela’s

catering service to supply

her specialty of Italian-

American gourmet cuisine

and sweets.

“I think it’s a wonderful

thing,” Gallagher-Dilling

added. “I think it’s a good

event. It’s really, really nice.

I’m amazed how nice it is.

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Guests at the event received

$1,000 in “funny

money,” and they could

use that money to play any

game. Later on, they could

cash in their prizes to win

gift cards to Chipotle, Walgreens,

Portillo’s, Starbucks

and Panera Bread.

Multack and Bowyer said

this event marks the beginning

of Multack Eye Care’s

effort to be a part of Frankfort

Township, and they hope

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to have many more events so

that they can get to know the

community.

“[Multack Eye Care] is

a family-owned operation,

and we work in a family atmosphere,

so we want the

community to be involved,”

Multack said. “So, our main

goal is to have fun in a safe

environment.”

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the Mokena Messenger | September 15, 2016 | 23

Moving to the beat

Music in the Box

teaches toddlers

motor skills, creativity

Mums the

Word!

F. Amanda Tugade

Assistant Editor

Instructor Gretel Hansen (center) reads a story to her Music

in the Box class Sept. 7 at the Mokena Community Public

Library District.

Photos by F. Amanda Tugade/22nd Century Media

Instructor Gretel Hansen blows bubbles, which is just

another activity to get the children up and going.

Music in the Box

When: Wednesdays,

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

10:30 a.m.

Where: Mokena

Community Public

Library District,

11327 West 195th

Street

For more information, visit

www.mokenalibrary.org.

“Good morning, fingers!

Good morning, feet! Good

morning, heads and faces

sweet! Good morning music,

hear the sounds singing

all around!”

That was just a glimpse into

Gretel Hansen’s enthusiasm,

as she greeted a room full of

families at the Mokena Community

Public Library District.

Grandparents, guardians,

parents and children gathered

on the morning of Sept. 7 to

attend Music in the Box.

After she explained a few

ground rules – participation

is a must – Hansen and her

class dove into 25 minutes

of singing, wiggling, clapping,

jumping and dancing.

She even left a little time to

read a short story to close

out the Wednesday morning

session.

Music in the Box is an

interactive music class presented

by The Music Connection,

a music program

with locations in Orland

Park and Frankfort. Hansen

explained that the class itself

is a fusion of different teaching

methods, which looks to

help newborns and children

up to age 5 practice listening,

speaking and moving.

“It also incorporates the

Suzuki method of teaching

music, the mother-tongue

approach, which is basically

if the child hears the music,

they’ll be able to play it

whether it’ll be on the violin

or the piano,” she said.

She noted that most of the

songs the children sing in

class “are songs that they’ll

eventually learn on the violin

or the piano if they decided

to continue in music

studies.”

Music in the Box’s curriculum

is also geared to

Please see Music, 26

Listening to Gretel Hansen’s

directions, 2-year-old

Madison Kwilose follows

her lead and pretends to

fall asleep during a sing-alongs

for the Music in the

Box class, which took place

at the Mokena library.

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Youths ‘volunteered as tribute’ at the library

Children play in

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Games competition

Amanda Jarzynski, Editor

Minecraft Hunger Games

returned to the Mokena

Community Public Library

District on Sept. 8, and many

“volunteered as tribute” to

participate in the glorious

competition of skill and determination.

This year, the competition

was played on computers in

the Young Adult section of

the library, as opposed to

using an XBox system. The

change made it easier for

players to see what was going

on and for staff to recreate

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“Some of them just want

to be on the computer after

school,” said Wendy Asbridge,

director of young

adult. “Others get really into

the competition.”

Keeping with several

themes of the popular film

franchise, the “tributes”

formed into groups and

helped against other participants.

Meanwhile, the

library staffers Luke Surdel

and Peter Furczon took to

the computers to be the

game makers. The two designed

the arena and had

control over monsters and

other traps to keep the players

on their toes.

“We created the arena with

stuff from our pop culture

and things from old video

games like Zelda,” Furczon

said. “And then we built a

coliseum in the middle, so

when the last two [tributes]

are left alive, we can port

them there to duke it out to

see who will win.”

The winner of the game

victor walked away with one

of three prizes: a giant Hershey’s

chocolate bar, a Pixel

Art book or a video game.

“We used to give them

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After several practice

rounds, the competition began.

Furczon and Surdel

kept an eye on all the participants,

as they teamed up and

defeated each other in their

Minecraft world. They also

kept a lookout for cheaters

or those who hid, while everyone

else is in battle mode.

“If they’re hiding for too

long, we have the power to

teleport them where everyone

else is fighting,” Furczon

said. “Or we can spawn

monsters to herd them where

we want them to go.”

One of the tributes attempted

to break a floating

platform that other players

had fallen to. However,

Surdel caught him and eliminated

that platform. Now, all

players could not escape.

In the end, Bethany Compton

was named the victor,

choosing the Pixel Art book

as her prize.

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Faith Briefs

Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who have

struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome. All

meetings are confidential.

For more information, call

(708) 479-0300.

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. every Sunday

Go Youth Group: Fall Kickoff

4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

Students in grades 6-12 are

welcome to an environment

that fosters laughter, friendship

and deep thinking.

Worship Service

10 a.m. every Sunday. All

are welcome.

Women’s Bible Study

8:45 a.m. Sundays.

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100

Second St., Mokena)

Bunco

6 p.m. Sept. 16. Tickets

are on sale for $12 a person

and only 100 tickets will be

sold. Admission price includes

appetizers and desserts.

There will also be

raffles and prizes along with

the games of bunco. All

proceeds will be donated to

charity. For more information

or to purchase tickets,

call (708) 280-1179.

Worship Service

8 a.m. traditional mass,

9:45 a.m. contemporary &

traditional music in a service

of praise and reverence. Supervised

childcare available.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Garden Club

8 a.m. Tuesdays. For more

information, call (708) 479-

5123.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, email

marleycommunitychurch@

gmail.com.

Junior High Youth Group

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays. For

more information, email

marleycommunitychurch@

gmail.com.

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided

Sunday School

9-10 a.m.

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Contemporary Worship

5 p.m., Saturday

Worship

9 a.m., Sunday

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m., Sundays. This

club is open to those between

the ages of 4-17.

Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m., Sunday

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th

Ave., Mokena)

Oktoberfest 2016

Patrons interested in volunteering

or being a part

of the committee for Oktoberfest

2016 should contact

Jeannine at (815) 325-7710

or jskarbekkubas@aol.com.

This year’s event is to be

held on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays

Adoration and Holy Rosary

6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays

Mokena United Methodist Church (10901

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Service and Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Church service and Sunday

school will be held. For

more information, call (708)

479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays

Breakfast

9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month

Walking Club

7 p.m. Mondays

Weight Watchers

Wednesday

Weigh-ins take place at

6:30 p.m., while the meeting

is at 7 p.m.

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Faith That Stands

5 p.m. every Sunday. Join

the service which takes a

closer look at the book of

First Corinthians. For more

information, call (312) 350-

2279.

Ladies Bible Study

7 p.m. every Thursday.

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Women’s Breakfast

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in the breakfast and share in

a special devotional dedicated

to strengthening their relationship

with Jesus Christ.

Each and every month this

group meets at a different

home. This month’s meeting

location is yet to be determined.

For more updates,

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Creating friendships through novels, exercise

Mokena library’s

Walking Book Club

attracts members

from all areas

Amanda Jarzynski, Editor

For three years the Mokena

Community Public

Library District’s Walking

Book Club has been a

unique way for people to

come together and enjoy a

good book.

Contrary to how it

sounds, the club members

do not walk while reading;

they simply gather to walk

together at The Oaks Recreation

and Fitness Center,

10847 La Porte Road,

before sitting down to talk

about the book they have

chosen to read for that

month.

“We read one book a

month,” said club coordinator

Nancy Baker. “We

got the idea from another

library, and we read books

that are recommended by

group members. We read

fiction, non-fiction, thrillers,

romance and even historical

fiction books.”

The club meets at the fitness

center every Wednesday

to discuss the book, and

participants have the option

of walking on the track before

or after the discussion.

“We’re lucky to have

[The Oaks] to use,” Baker

said. “We wish we could go

outside and walk, but it’s

too hard to coordinate with

everyone in the group.”

Baker said there are usually

15 people who join the

Walking Book Club. Most

of the women that regularly

take part are retirees, and

early morning sessions are

more convenient, especially

for those who travel out to

Mokena.

Several members who

attend The Walking Club

are from other parts of the

southwest suburbs, Baker

said.

Ellen O’Gallagher has

been traveling from her

home in Flossmoor to participate

in the library event

since it started, she said.

“I saw an advertisement

for it in [the paper],”

O’Gallagher said. “I decided

to go and have really enjoyed

it. It is a very unique

group, and I’ve made a lot

of friends.”

Because the club’s members

are not Mokena residents,

the library pays for

passes, so they can walk on

The Oaks’ track, Baker said.

Now, finding others to

join has never been an issue

for the club, and selecting

books to read is almost as

easy since the library offers

hundreds of selections in

any genre.

Baker said that the group

tries to pick books that are

not best-sellers because

there is less demand for

them. That way, the books

are easy for others to check

out.

“We work on selecting

a book two months in advance,”

Baker said. “And

we pick books that we can

check out for a long time.

Ones that the library has

a lot of in the system so

there’s enough for everyone.”

For O’Gallagher, what

keeps her returning extends

beyond the pages of the

books. She said she values

the friendships she has created

with the other ladies.

“I love the companionship

and the reading material,”

O’Gallagher said. “I

like that I can make suggestions

on what we read. I’m

going to come as long as I

can.”

The club meets every

Joyce Anders (left), of Mokena and Inez Milne, of Frankfort, walk and talk together Sept. 7, during the Walking Book Club’s

meeting at The Oaks Fitness and Recreation Center. Photos by Amanda Jarzynski/22nd Century Media

ABOVE: Members of the Walking Book Club join up to read

the latest selection.

RIGHT: Event organizer Nancy Baker (right) talks with Minal

Shah (left), of Mokena, and Denise Schwenn, of Orland

Park, during the event.

week, and on the months

that have five Wednesdays,

the club puts the books

away to share a breakfast

together.

New members are always

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The Dish

Bear Down Barbecue brings smoked meat, labor of love to Frankfort

James Sanchez

Contributing Editor

Rashid Riggins got started

in the food industry by parking

his trailer smoker at carnivals

all throughout Will,

DuPage, Kane and Cook

counties for three years before

he and his fiancé, Marsha,

recently opened Bear

Down Barbecue & Catering

Company in Frankfort.

As unconventional a path

as that may seem to some,

Riggins looks at it as the traditional

route.

“Pitmasters cook under

the sun,” Riggins said.

“Where would you get the

opportunity to cook under

the sun if not for outdoor

events? I’m not a culinary

French chef. I’m not making

French cuisine, Asian

cuisine, European cuisine.

I’m a pitmaster. I’m smoking

meat. That’s generally

done under the sun. ... It was

a perfect progression as a

pitmaster.”

Riggins went from barbecuing

on his $40 grill from

Kmart to having six smokers

and grills on his backyard

deck. And inside Bear

Down lies his most recent

purchase — a 2-ton smoker

— which permeates the air

in the parking lot outside of

the restaurant, tucked inside

the Frankfort Town Center

off LaGrange Road.

More than 300 pounds of

meat could be placed in Riggins’

rotisserie smoker, and

cooked with his preference

of cherry and oak wood. A

cut that will always hit the

rack is a St. Louis spare rib

Riggins prepares with a foiling

process.

While most barbecue

joints expose their ribs on

the smoker from start to finish,

Riggins takes them out

after three-and-a-half hours,

reapplies a coat of his pork

rub, and bastes it with a

“Pitmasters cook under the

sun. Where would you get the

opportunity to cook under the

sun if not for outdoor events? I’m

not a culinary French chef. I’m

not making French cuisine, Asian

cuisine, European cuisine. I’m a

pitmaster. I’m smoking meat.”

Rashid Riggins — Owner of Frankfort’s Bear

Down Barbecue & Catering Company on getting

his start with a trailer smoker

spray mixture of apple cider

vinegar and other ingredients

he will not divulge.

Then, he wraps them in foil

before putting them back on

the smoker for a few more

hours.

“It gives the chance of another

layer of flavor, while

making the rib more tender,”

he said of the foiling process.

The labor of love also is

put into his pork shoulder for

the Power Sweeping Pulled

Pork Sandwich ($7.25). The

meat consists of the secret

rub and an injection of a savory

pork marinade, before

hitting the smoker for 13

hours. The meat is pulled to

order, while simmering in a

vat of its own juices, and can

be topped with a traditional

homemade coleslaw for $1

more.

It is only fitting that the

Chicago Bears-themed restaurant

opened in the midst

of the NFL’s preseason. The

first thing one will notice

after the aroma is that each

side of the wall is draped

with Bears’ decor and signed

memorabilia, from Mike

Singletary to Dan Hampton,

Brian Urlacher to Willie

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The Power Sweeping Pulled Pork Sandwich ($7.25), which is smoked for 13 hours, is one

of Riggins’ favorites on the menu and can be topped with his homemade cole slaw for a $1

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“This isn’t just for show,”

Riggins said, pointing at the

walls. “You ask me a question

about the Bears, I’ll

know it, because I love the

Bears like I love barbecue.”

His culinary journey began

with preparing meals weekly

for friends and family in his

neighborhood before Bears

games, which inspired the

restaurant’s theme.

“My two passions were

tied together immediately,”

he said. Fridays, I would be

getting antsy and go to the

store and pick out the perfect

things to serve for the Bears

game. That’s where it all began,

and it went on to me be-

Riggins shows a smoke

ring on one of the ribs

after nearly six hours of a

mixture of cherry and oak

wood smoke permeating

the meat.

ing on my deck cooking six

days a week.”

Now, it has evolved to

owning his own restaurant,

and it hasn’t all soaked in

just yet, he said. Years of

trial and error — as well as

studying pitmasters from

all regions — have paid off.

A lot has changed since he

wore a shirt and tie, working

human resources for the City

of Chicago. Now, he puts on

gloves and an apron to cook

barbecue for the masses.

“Oprah calls it an ‘aha

moment,’” Riggins said.

“This thing has been in my

brain and in my dreams, and

Bear Down Barbecue & Catering Company owner Rashid

Riggins sprinkles his secret pork rub onto a slab of St.

Louis spare ribs ($23.25 for full slab, $12.25 for half)

midway through its cooking process.

it’s never been in reality. So

to walk in here and see what

I envisioned is pretty awesome.

But then you’re brain

instantly goes to making it

success.”

Other dishes not to miss …

• The Blitzing Bear Down

BBQ Sundae ($10.25) is

the ideal meal on the go. A

16-ounce cup is filled with

two layers of Bear Down’s

signature cowboy beans

and coleslaw, pulled pork or

chicken, and topped with a

signature barbecue sauce.

• Riggins said the Grizzly

Bear Down Beef Burger

($12.25) “is something you

have to loosen your belt for.”

A 6-ounce Angus beef patty

is seasoned, grilled to order

and topped with smoked

pulled pork, thick-cut bacon

and barbecue sauce. Lettuce,

tomato, pickles and onions

are optional.


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RICK CRISCIONE

JILL COhN

ShARON AhRWEILER KIM GONDA ED PuLChAR WILLIAM GEIGNER MIKI COSTELLO GARy DuRISh ChRIS KACZMARSKI JuDy hOWARD

DEBRA DEGROOT

BILL MONCRIEF

KAREN NELSON

ANN WOOD

JEFF ABBOTT

SANDy CRISCIONE

LIZ SuPPES

DEBBIE TRENTO

MARIANGELA TOMPKINS ShARON BINGhAM

$100,000

viSTana SUbdiviSion

Beautiful 4 Bedroom 3 Bath. Two story family room w/ floor

to ceiling stone fireplace. Gourmet custom kitchen,sun room,

paver patio. Radiant heated 3 car garage. 1/2 acre lot backs

up to park. Excellent location and value for Vistana. Must See!

$525,000. More info @www.jeffabbott.net

JeFF abboTT 815-277-6910

PreSTWick coUnTry cLUb

Spectacular Prestwick 2 Story includes 4 Bedrooms, 21/2 Bathrooms.

Nearly 4000 sq/ft. Located on a private cul de sac. 1

acre of beautiful mature trees surround the property. Outdoor

kitchen and fireplace. 157c Schools. LW East HS. $449,900.

More info @www.jeffabbott.net

JeFF abboTT 815-277-6910

hoMeSTead Under $350k

Spacious 4 bedroom in Frankfort’s Homestead subdivision. 3

bathrooms. Cathedral Ceilings, open loft, hardwood flooring

w/custom inlay. Office. Beautiful outdoor tiered deck. Priced

at $349,999 More info @ www.jeffabbott.net

JeFF abboTT 815-277-6910

eaSy LivinG!

Step back in time to old world charm! Hardwood floors, pocket

doors, stained glass. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Large eat-in kitchen.

Front & side enclosed porches. A Charmer.

Liz SUPPeS 815-263-8740

SUPer dUPLex!

Open concept 2 BDM 2 full BA and huge kitchen makes this duplex

a great first home or great home to downsize to! Master has glamour

bath and walk in closet. Large patio facing open area, plus

a 2 car garage. Call to make a private showing:

Liz SUPPeS 815-263-8740

25741 WhiSPer creek, Monee

Vacant Land. 5 acres to build your dream home on!

Country living but close to everything!

Liz SUPPeS 815-263-8740

redUced!

24 acreS ToTaL For SaLe

One parcel is 10 acres, second parcel is 14 acres. Seller only

interested in selling total acreage. Acreage is currently being

farmed.will continue to farm with new owners if so desired.

Liz SUPPeS 815-263-8740

UniQUe FrankForT ranch

Unique and open concept along with warm color palette sets the

stage for this 3 bed, 2.5 bath ranch with partially finished basement.

Original owners attention to detail is noticed as soon as

you enter the home which sits on almost half an acre in a quiet

cul de sac. Award winning school districts!

debbie deGrooT 708-267-1767

SUTTon daLe

Beautiful 5 bedroom, 4.1 bath home in Frankfort. Main floor

bedroom with full bath, spacious kitchen, hardwood floors,

new carpet, finished basement, wrap-around porch, and

in-ground swimming pool. $439,900

JiLL Love-cohn 815-791-4031

Mokena - FoxboroUGh

GORGEOUS new custom 4 bed 3.5 bath w/ open & elegant floor

plan & full lookout basement. Gourmet kitchen w/ SS appliances,

granite counters & lg island opens to living room with floor to

ceiling windows. Vaulted & coffered ceilings welcome you from

the minute you walk in the door!

debbie deGrooT 708-267-1767

5 acre horSe ProPerTy

This Manhattan all brick ranch has everything including easy

access to L-W schools, METRA, interstates & shopping. Too many

amenities to list including 40x65 barn / 7 stalls & 60x120 indoor

arena. Much, Much More. A Must see @ only $559,000

biLL MoncrieF 815-478-3925

Mokena - 1 acre

Serves the Lincolnway School District! 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, huge

kitchen with SS appliances, finished lower level with f/p, bar,

workshop, laundry room & a bonus room! Above ground heated

pool with deck & sunroom with skylights overlooks the beautiful

tree lined backyard paradise!

ann Wood 815-263-8855

neW Lenox charTWeLL SUbdivSion

Set among towering oak trees, this 5 bedroom, 6 bath home is located in Chartwell

Downs. There is a huge eat in kitchen with plenty of room for large gatherings. The

family room leads to a cheery sun room and then out to a spacious private deck. The

surrounding 1.5 acre private lot has a pond and a charming path that leads out to a

cozy firepit area. There is a 3 car garage and this home features 3 fireplaces. This

spacious residence is offered at $935,000.

rick criScione 815-485-5050 exT. 16.

neW Lenox hoMe

Quad level home with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and little yard work so

you can enjoy your weekends! Hot tub in private backyard hidden

by landscaping! Basement has wood burning f/p for those cozy

winter nights! Serves the Lincolnway Schools! Lake Michigan water!

Most of this home has been redone for you to enjoy! $229,000

ann Wood 815-263-8855

neW Lenox condo

Private Location on this end unit with walking distance to train,

shopping & restaurants. Vaulted ceilings, f/p & hardwood floors.

Two full baths with the master having it’s own full bath. 2nd

bdrm has a huge walk in closet.Laundry rm is off of a 2 car attached

garage. Fresh paint and new carpet also!

ann Wood 815-263-8855

neW Lenox renTaL

Large Forrester Model in Schoolhouse Manor. 3 large bedrooms, 2 & 1/2

baths All Stainless appliances,granite counters in family size kitchen.

Family room with cozy fireplace + formal dining room and living

room. Great deck and backyard. Spacious basement and concrete

crawl provides extra storage. $2300 per month.

Sharon ahrWeiLer 815-263-2844

Mokena oFFice condo

Luxurious ranch office condo w/ 3,000 sq ft features high end

finishes,fully built out and MOVE-IN ready. Great location with

easy access to I-80, I-57 & I-355. The possibilties are endless!

debbie deGrooT 708-267-1767

neWLy reModeLed neW Lenox!

3 bed true ranch,1 bath, large 1 1/2 car garage, large lot. New

roof,furn,a/c,floors,plumbing,bath,kitch,granite, SS, lighting,elec,

etc.. karen.nelson@comcast.net

karen neLSon 708-220-4788

neW Lenox charM!

Unique 4 bedroom, 3 full bath home with full basement. Updated

kitchen, baths, all new lighting, huge fenced yard. Brand new roof

just installed. Close to schools, parks, shopping etc.... For more info

karen.nelson@comcast.net

karen neLSon 708-220-4788

beaUTiFUL hoUSe in doWnToWn FrankForT

Almost Complete! 4 bedrooms, 3.5 Baths . First floor master suite

w/first floor laundry. Price includes deck/front porch/ basement

with 9 Ft. ceilings/ builders signature additions/craftsman style

architect design.

JUdy hoWard 708-525-0310

Mokena hoUSe on 1 acre

Looking for a house on a beautiful wooded lot on an acre of land

this one is for you! split level with sub basement. huge deck and

totally private but close to town! $264,900.

JUdy hoWard 708-525-0310

coMinG Soon!

UPdaTed STarTer hoMe W/a 28 x 20 GaraGe

What a cute updated home! Beautiful updated kitchen with

Stainless Steel Appliances, Full basement, Newer Windows

& Roof, awesome deck, fenced yard. Low Property

Taxes!! $139,900

chriS kaczMarSki 815-474-1450

neW LiSTinG

Sprawling Forester with 5 beds, 4 baths and huge, park-like

yard. Call Ed for more information

edWard PLUchar 815-931-2279

neW Lenox reModeLed FLaT ranch no STairS! 2.5 car GaraGe

Newly Remodeled Ranch with no stairs. Home features Huge Living / Dining Room, beautiful Kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless

steel appliances, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Updated baths, big side driveway, 2.5 Car Detached Garage. $194,900.00

chriS kaczMarSki 815-474-1450

eLWood ranch dUPLex “viLLa 4 ModeL” $199,900 LoW TaxeS

Rarely available! 1 of 4 of the the Largest Model built in this subdivision with close to 1,800 sq. ft. of living space on the main level, plus

a partial finished basement. Beautiful home features 2 Huge Bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, big & Bright Kitchen with Stainless Steel

apliances, brushed nickel hardwood, Huge Great Room with Brick fireplace, Lots of Upgrades

chriS kaczMarSki 815-474-1450


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Fun-filled first week of school

Students of Arbury Hills School in Mokena enjoy recess

during their first week back at school

Third and fourth graders playing soccer in the lawn outside of Arbury Hills School.

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Madeleine Blouin goes for a ride on the

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Nicolas Vitiritti climbs the rock wall on the

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Type of production

5. Pinkslip

9. Lickety-split

14. Low female singing

voice

15. “That’s a fact!”

16. Plagiarizes

17. Authentic

18. Coffee drink variety

19. Actor Buchholz

of “The Magnificent

Seven”

20. South Chicago

burgers and ice cream

restaurant

22. Flippant

24. Overpriced

25. Winker

28. Dangerous

32. Adjust, in a way

34. “Gunsmoke” bartender

37. Brashness

39. Revue host

40. Student guider, abbr.

42. Oxlike antelope

44. Glut

45. Parisian love

47. Corners

49. Easter preceder

50. Hollered

52. Again

54. Lincoln-Way West

baseball player, Tyler

56. Retreat

60. “___ here long?”

61. Component

63. Brown shade

66. Fuzzy fruit

68. Constructed

69. Smells

70. Paradise

71. Issue

72. Conical living

quarters

73. In days of ___ (in

times past)

74. Deli breads

Down

1. Anthony and Chagall

2. Sealskin wearer,

maybe

3. Flat

4. Explainer

5. Sensation

6. Segments of a circle

7. Start signal

8. Small anchor

9. Complete

10. Things to be solved

11. Come up for ____

12. Good buddies use

them

13. Maine time

21. Noteworthy

23. Alkaline liquid

26. Early Peruvian

27. Because of

29. Her

30. Salmon that has

spawned

31. Long (for)

33. Jury member

34. Fix

35. Security system

status

36. Scratch

38. Arthroscopy target,

often

41. At top speed

43. Kind of line

46. Opener

48. Spiny shrub

51. Metal-shaping block

53. Kvetch

55. Sounding right

57. Sordid

58. Low-budget pic,

maybe

59. Editor’s notations

61. Pitcher

62. Field of work

63. A place to sleep

64. Tribute, of sorts

65. Admit or acknowledge

a wrongdoing or

error

67. Altar vow

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

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

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

ORLAND PARK

Dan ‘D’ Jac’s

(9358 171st St., Orland

Hills; (708) 460-8773)

■Thursdays: ■ Friday and

Saturday: Karaoke

■Wednesdays: ■

Open mic

comedy night with host

Ray Fischer

TINLEY PARK

Bailey’s Bar & Grill

(17731 Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 429-

7955)

■9 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Karaoke

■7 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia

■10 ■ p.m. Fridays: DJ

Dance Party

■9:30 ■ p.m. Saturdays:

Live Music

Rich’s Pizza Joint

(7020 W. 183rd St., Tinley

Park; (708) 532-8486)

■4-7 ■ p.m. Sundays: Live

music and sing-alongs

Tinley Park Bowl

(7601 183rd St., Tinley

Park; (708) 532-2955)

■10 ■ p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesdays:

Cosmic Bowl

HOMER GLEN

Mullets Sports Bar and

Restaurant

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

FRANKFORT

Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square

Road, Frankfort; (815)

464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

MOKENA

The Alley Grill and Tap

House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708) 478-

3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

To place an event

in The Scene, email

t.carroll@22ndcenturymedia.

com


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Huguelet opens two new developments

The Huguelet Company, announced

the Grand Opening

of a new ranch town home

model at the Bridges of Mokena.

The Bridges of Mokena

Townhomes features 58 duplex

ranch sites while their Ginger

Creek location features 38 single

family custom home sites.

The Bridges of Mokena Townhomes

are ranch plans priced

from $337,900. Each unit is

well appointed with quality

materials, amenities, and features.

Each unit is a much

sought after end unit with a

private covered entry and

maintenance free deck. The

development includes Chicago

Water, Frankfort 157 C Schools

and the Lincoln Way High

School district.

The overall land-plan and

streets cape offers a quaint residential

setting. The duplex

townhomes are set amid a series

of tree lined boulevards,

private cul de sacs, and is adjacent

to a large nature area with

a pond. The site is professionally

landscaped with a generous

assortment of shrubs,

plantings, and trees. To provide

a green lush landscape appearance

an in-ground lawn

irrigation system is also included.

Unlike other developments,

however, The Bridges of Mokena

Townhomes offers a noteworthy

cost savings design feature.

The sprinkler system

draws water from the pond in

order to eliminate watering

bills for the homeowners association,

as well as individual

unit owners.

The exterior elevations are

attractive and have incorporated

a variety of roof lines,

Single family in Ginger Creek

transom windows, gables, and

other accent features. Exteriors

include brick on all four sides,

boxed out accent windows, and

architectural grade shingles.

With the tough Chicago winter

climate, Huguelet noted the

importance of including quality

energy efficient building materials.

Each new Huguelet

townhome includes name

brand Andersen 400 Series

windows throughout. High efficiency

furnaces and a/c units

are standard. For those who

like to tinker in their garage

each unit includes three vented

windows and metal insulated

overhead doors. Driveways feature

a brushed “California” finish.

Lookout sites include a spacious

maintenance free deck.

The interior features and

amenities are equally impressive

as the exteriors. The ranch

model is 2,120 square feet offering

2 bedrooms and a study.

There is an optional 3 bedroom

layout. The floorplan is well

designed incorporating 9’ and

10’ ceilings with well-placed

windows and niches. Included

in the base price of each unit is

a full basement, a basement

bath rough, granite kitchen

tops, granite bath vanity tops,

high end stainless steel appliances,

hardwood flooring in

the entry, great room, kitchen/

dining area and down the halls,

oversized wide painted trim

with solid-core Roman Arch

doors and a fireplace.

The master suite is well appointed

with a walk in closet

and a luxury master bath. The

master bath includes a separate

soaker tub and a large, tiled,

walk in shower with dual

shower heads and tiled seat.

Each master bath includes dual

vanities with granite tops and a

linen closet. Huguelet noted

that they have a variety of layouts

and have fully customized

the master suites, baths, and

kitchens for their buyers at the

Bridges.

There are 2 ranch townhome

models available for immediate

occupancy priced at $347,810.

The townhome model is located

at 11849 Tower Bridge Drive

in Mokena. Models are open

Saturdays and Sundays noon to

5pm or shown by appointment.

To visit The Bridges of Mokena

development take Rt 30/Lincoln

Highway 1/4 mile west of

Wolf Rd to Owens Road then

head south to Golden Gate

Drive turn right to London

Bridge Drive turn left to Humber

Bridge Drive turn right to

model home

The Huguelet Company also

opened their newest single

family development, Ginger

Creek of Mokena. Ginger

Creek was co-developed by The

Huguelet Company and Randolph

Builders. It is the Village

of Mokena’s newest single family

development which features

38 custom home sites in a tree

lined setting along the perimeter.

It is adjacent to a large natural

wooded open space and

wet bottom pond. The development

has Chicago water and is

Townhome in The Bridges of Mokena

in the Lincoln-Way High

School District.

There are several established

builders in Ginger Creek which

include The Huguelet Company,

Gale Builders, and Klimaitis

Builders. Models are shown

by appointment with each individual

builder. Homes have

an attractive curb appeal with

a mix of masonry brick, stone,

and multiple gables. Many with

a front porch. New homes are

priced from the $500,000’s.

Home-sites are also available

for individuals to purchase and

start at $115,000. Lookout and

walkout sites are still available.

Ginger Creek is nestled next to

a tranquil nature preserve

space. For more information

on Ginger Creek of Mokena

visit Ginger Creek of Mokena.

com

These two locations add to

the company’s impressive resume

of communities in the

Lincoln Way area developed by

Huguelet. They include Boulder

Ridge of Mokena; Plank

Trail Estates and Hunter

Woods Estates of Frankfort;

Bluestone Bay and Eagle Estates

of New Lenox. The Huguelet

Company is based in

Frankfort and the president is

Paul Huguelet. He is a third

generation builder. The company

was originally founded in

Chicago by his grandfather

Norbert in 1927. Paul’s father,

Robert, joined the family

building business in 1953. Paul

has been in the building business

for over 30 years and previously

served as President of

the local chapter of the National

Association of Home Builders.

For sales information, or to

schedule a showing, for either

The Bridges of Mokena Townhomes

or Ginger Creek of Mokena

contact Jerry Huguelet of

The Murphy Real Estate Group

at 815-464- 1110. You may also

visit GingerCreekofMokena.

com and Huguelethomes.com.


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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Help

Wanted

1003 Help

Wanted

We Are An Active And Extremely

Busy Agency Who Continually

Receives Inquiries For Our

Homecare Services





Assisting Families Since 2004

Sox Outlet-Register & Floor

Sales Help

Conducive to college student.

Employee receives 15%

discount after 30 days. Never

work past 9 pm. Alternate

weekend days. Closed

Thanksgiving, Christmas,

Easter Sunday, 4th of July.

Close @ 3pm Christmas

Eve/NYE. Apply within.

6220 W. 159th St, Oak Forest

Medical Assistant-P/T

for Orland eye practice.

Exam pre-testing, contact

lens care, gen. duties &

assist for eyeware

selection. Generous pay

based based on exp,

benefits & paid training.

Apply in person:

Vision Source

9031 W. 151st St.

Orland Park dental office

seeking office manager.

Approx. 20-30 hrs/wk.

Position req. exp. in dental

field. Please email resume:

orlanddentaloffice@gmail.com

WE WANT YOU!!!

AMERICAN SCHOOL

BUS NOW HIRING.

CALL NOW:

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1003 Help

Wanted

If you like to work outside,

F/T Year Round

Employement. Time & 1/2

over 40 hrs. Potential for

paid winters off. Starting

annual income approx.

$30k. Benefits incl. health,

dental, IRA.

Lawn-Tech Ltd.

708.532.7411

New Lenox, P/T office

help. Skills required:

accounting, computer &

customer service. $12/hr.

Send resume to:

P.O. Box 1013, New

Lenox, IL 60451

Residental Cleaning Help

Needed for Cleaning Co.

P/T Weekdays. Please call

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Person Who Found Gold

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Please Call Mariam at

708-301-3088

Reward!

1023 Caregiver

Margaret’s Employment

Agency Inc.

Private Caregiver Services

providing quality care for

elderly. Live-in/ Come &

go. State Licensed &

Bonded since 1998.

708.403.8707

1027 Arts and

Craft Fairs

Super Stamp A Stack

(10 cards) $25 fee + Craft

Supply Sale, Oct. 8th,

6p-9p. RSVP by 10/1

Lisa 815.955.4116

Brementowne Manor

Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park

*$5 disc. if fee paid by 9/23*

Sell It 708.326.9170

Fax It 708.326.9179

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Novena

Holy Spirit thou who make mesee

everything and show me the way to

reach myideal. You who give me

the divine gift to forgive, and forget

the wrong that is done to me

and who are in all instances of my

life with me. I, in this short dialogue,

want to thank You for everything

and confirm once more that

Inever want to be separated from

You, no matter how great the material

desires may be. Iwant to be

with You and my loved ones in

Your Perpetural Glory, Amen. Say

this prayer for 3consectutive days.

After 3days the favor requested

will be granted even though it may

appear difficult. This prayer must

be published immediately after the

favor is granted w/o mentioning

the favor. Thank you! P.H.

Holy Spirit, you who solve all

problems, who lights all roads

so I can obtain my goal. You

who gives me the Divine gift to

forgive and forget all evil

against me and that in all instances

of my life you are with

me. Iwant in this short prayer

to thank you for all things and

to confirm once again that I

never want to be separated

from you even and inthe spirit

of all material illusions. I wish

to be with you in eternal glory.

Thank you for your mercy

towards meand mine. The person

must say this prayer for 3

consecutive days. After 3 days,

the favor requested will be

granted even if it may appear

difficult. This prayer must be

published immediately after

granted with no mention ofthe

favor. You initials must appear

at the bottom. MB

Oh most Beautiful Flower

of Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, Assist

me in this my neccessity, oh

star of the sea help me and

show me herein you are my

mother. Oh holy Mary,

Mother of God, Queen of

Heaven and Earth, I humbly

beeseach you from the bottom

ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make

request) there are none that

can withstand your power,

oh Mary conceived without

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y

sin, pray for us who have

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Mary, Iplace this cause in

your hands (3x). Say this

prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

and it will be granted to

you. MT

Garage

Sale

1052 Garage Sale

Mokena 19402 York Dr.

9/15-17, 9am-2pm, Tools,

SS grill, freezer, patio furn,

hshld & electronics.

Frankfort , 23115 S. Harlem

Ave. 9/16-9/17, 9-2p Antique

trunk, glasstop table-4 chairs,

old lamps, church pew & more

Frankfort, Gateway Homes

Annual Community Garage

Sale. Individual Homes Just

East of LaGrange Rd. &

North of Steger Rd. Sat. Sept

17th 9am-4pm

FUNDRAISING

Frankfort 718 Brookside Ln.

Sat 9/17, 9-4pm Lots of different

things, something for everyone!

Lockport, 130 N. Washington

St. 9/16-9/17, 9-2p. Variety of

items, baby items. Something

for everyone!

Lockport , 530 Tonelli Trail

9/16-9/17, 9-4pm. Something

for everyone. Don’t miss this

sale!

New Lenox 2069 Finborough

Cir. 9/15-9/17, 8-3. Pictures,

lamps, hshld decor, lrg fish

tank, desk, 2 electric Razor

scooters & misc.

New Lenox, 812 Grumman Ct.

9/15-9/16, 8-3pm. 9/17,

8-12pm. Hshld items, furn, pictures,

ect. Moving.

Real Estate

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Merchandise

$30

4 lines/

7 papers

1052 Garage Sale

Orland Park, 7849 Sea Pines,

9/15-9/16, 8-1pm. Hshld

couches, end tables, desks,

lamps, ping pong & dog crate.

Orland Park, 7947 Redondo

Ln. 9/18, 8-4p. Holiday items,

linens, home decor & clothing!

Too much to list!

Village of Manhattan

Community Wide Garage Sale

Sept. 16th & 17th, 8:00a-3:00p

All participants’ addresses

will be listed in a map of the

community. Maps will be

available for distribution on

Sept. 12th at Village Hall,

located at 260 Market Pl.

Manhattan, IL and online at

www.villageofmanhattan.org

For questions, please call

Village Hall (815) 418-2100

1053 Multi Family

Sale

Frankfort 464 & 541 Meadow

Ave. 9/16-9/17, 9-4p.

Pets, Halloween, barbies,

tools. Antiques, kids & more!

Lockport 1908 & 2111 Austrian

Pine St 9/16-9/17 9-3pm

Household, clothing, baby

items, miscellaneous & more!

New Lenox 744 Wisconsin Rd.

9/16-17, 8-2. Furn (sofa, desk,

futon bunkbed, TV stand &

more), clothes, hswrs, antiques

& tools.

Orland Park, 13836 Redwood

Dr. 9/16-9/17, 9-5p.

HUGE SALE! GREAT

DEALS!

1054 Subdivision

Sale

New Lenox, Schoolhouse Rd

&Morecambe Bay. (S of Laraway

Rd.) 9/15-9/17, 9-3p.

Tools, golf, baby, & furn. Big

variety of items!

Tinley Park Brementowne

Condominiums East of 80th

Ave & South of 163rd St.

9/16-9/17, 9-3pm Rain or

Shine!

Automotive

1061 Autos

Wanted

WANTED!

WE NEED

CARS, TRUCKS

& VANS

Running Or Not

Top Dollar Paid !!!

Free Pick-Up

Locally Located

708 205 8241

1074 Auto for

Sale

2009 Hyundai Accent

55k miles

Runs Great! Well Maintained

$3,800 630.336.9251

Call 815-469-1999

Located at 19121 85th Ct

Mokena, IL 60448

2005 Lexus SC430 conv 51k

$19,975

2001 Honda Civic 30k low mi

$6500

2011 Jeep Liberty 121k $8975

2010 Ford F-150 4x4 86k

$11,975

2002 Chevy Astro 7 psngr van

90k $6975

2007 Hummer h3 135k

$10,975

2007 Ford Fusion 48k $8975

1996 Cadillac Fleetwood 57k

$11,975

2004 Cadillac Deville 52k

$7950

2005 Lincoln town car Pearl /

tan 50k $9975

1998 Lexus es300 88k $4975

2007 Toyota Camry 80k

$8975

2004 Mercury Marauder 24k

$21,975

2011 Dodge Gr Caravan

wheelchair van 35k $24,975

Over 20 Ford/Chevy Cargo &

12-15 passenger vans from

$10k-$20k

We Buy Cars

815-469-1999

Navy Blue 2014 Chevy Malibu

LS, 38k highway miles, garage

kept, one owner. $13,000

630.660.6056 or 630.430.3392


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OPEN HOUSE

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OPEN HOUSE: 9/17 11-2

17543 Coronado Dr.

Orland Park IL

3 brs, 3.5 baths, 3-step ranch w/ ginormous bsmt!

Bsmt. has 2 brs, 2 fam rm. areas, bathrm, & 2

storage areas! 3 car att'd gar. Bamboo flooring lr,

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Fenced backyard. E & W exposure. Open floor plan

for entertaining. $374,900

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Real Estate

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Spacious 3BR/2 BA Penthouse

Elevator Bldg, Heated

Garage. End Unit, In-Unit

Laundry, Private Balcony &

Many News. MLS #09260762

Marcy Tobin 773-590-9806

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1097 Vacation Property

OPEN

HOUSE

LOOK

FOR

Gateway Homes Senior

Community

Just East of LaGrange Rd. &

North of Steger Rd.

Sat Sept 17th 1-4pm

Several houses available for

sale. Watch for the open

houses in the community.

Also, Annual Community

Garage Sale Sept 17th 9-4pm.

815-469-1998

OPEN

HOUSES

NEAR

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Rental

1225 Apartments

for Rent

CLASSIFIEDS

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Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm

Automotive

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7 papers

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

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$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

The Mokena Messenger’s

What: Custom built home situated on a

private wooded lot in Foxborough Estates.

Five bedroom home with a walkout

basement, three and a half car side

entrance garage and an in-ground pool.

Where: 12211 Foxborough Drive, Mokena

of the

WEEK

Crestwood

2bedroom apt, second floor

unit, newly painted, heat and

water included. no pets, nosmokers,

1and half months security

deposit, very quite

building. 800.00 per month.

Call 708-970-8138

1226

Townhouses for

Rent

Townhome for Lease in

New Lenox

2BR, 2Ba, garage, finished

basement, close to schools

& walking trail. $1,250/

month plus security deposit.

708-341-9022

D&J

Amenities: On the first floor, there is a

kitchen with dining space and a seating

area, a family room with 18 foot high

ceilings, and a gorgeous dining room.

The main level master suite has a master

bath with dual sinks, a walk-in shower

and separate tub. From the garage, a

mudroom offers tons of storage with builtin

cubbies and cabinets. A study on the

main level offers privacy.

Upstairs, each of four bedrooms has a

walk-in closet. Two of the bedrooms share

a jack-and-jill bathroom, one has a semiprivate

bathroom with dual sinks and

the fourth upstairs bedroom has vaulted

ceilings. The walkout basement allows

potential to add even more amenities to

the home with a second fireplace and

already has a completed bathroom. Direct

access to an outdoor bar and the pool

area.

Asking Price: $749,000

Listing Agent: Brendan McGlone with

Always Home Real Estate Services, (708)

773-213-5181 or visit alwayshome247.

com for more information.

Want to know how to become Home of the Week?

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

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2003 Appliance

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RENTAL

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CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170

July 1

• 18789 S. Burnside Station Drive,

Mokena, 60448-8837 — Marciniak Trust

to Cheryl Crane, $182,000

July 5

• 10344 195th Street, Mokena, 60448-

7761 — Richard E. Frederick to Daniel R.

Dibennardi, $272,900

July 6

• 11331 Wild Berry Lane, Mokena,

60448-1372 — Strasser Trust to Mary

Baker, $209,900

• 12109 187th Street, Mokena, 60448-

9735 — Margaret B. Reynolds to Philip J.

Zaczek, $155,000

• 18786 Ss Burnside Station Drive,

Mokena, 60448-8827 — Robert G. Voith

to Julie L. Marrella, $175,000

Aug. 9

• 19955 Newton Way, Mokena, 60448-

7784 — James D. Romanek to Kevin

Billie, Evelyn Billie, $337,500

• 21170 Sage Brush Lane, Mokena,

60448-1570 — Michael J. Gray to Thuan

K. Moran, $691,000

The Going Rate is provided by Record

Information Services, Inc. For more

information, visit www.public-record.com or

call (630) 557-1000.


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Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

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Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm

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$50 7 7 papers

lines/

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$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

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$30 7 4 papers

lines/

2075 Fencing

2120 Handyman

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2025 Concrete Work

2090 Flooring

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Windows, Doors, Decks Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling, Plumbing Interior and

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CALL MIKE AT 708-790-3416

Sturdy

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Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

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$50

7 lines/

7 papers Merchandise

$13

per line

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Friday at 3pm

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Real Estate

$52

4 lines/

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$50

7 lines/

7 papers Merchandise

$13

per line

4 lines/

7 papers

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2150 Paint & Decorating

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170

Fax It 708.326.9179

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DEADLINE -

Friday at 3pm

Automotive

$52

4 lines/

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per line $13

4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50

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7 papers

2150 Paint & Decorating 2170 Plumbing 2170 Plumbing

Merchandise

$30

4 lines/

7 papers

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Friday at 3pm

Automotive

$52

4 lines/

7 papers

Help Wanted

per line $13

4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50

7 lines/

7 papers

Merchandise

$30

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2200 Roofing

2255 Tree Service 2296 Window

Fashions

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Shades

Repair

I Do Windows &

Interiors

Call Pat

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2416 Pet Services

Calling all













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Directory

2294 Window Cleaning

2480 Furniture

2490 Misc.

Merchandise

P.K.WINDOW

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Gutter Cleaning

Power Washing

Office Cleaning

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For sale: 2 Brand New

multi-position lift chairs/recliners.

1 Grey color, $300. 1

Brown w/heat & massage

$500. Call Jan 708-478-7838

2489

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Wanted

Metal Wanted

Scrap Metal, Garden

Tractors,

Snowmobiles,

Appliances, Etc.

ANYTHING METAL!

Call 815-210-8819

Free pickup!

Canon Toners

Color Image MF8350C/

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Yellow, 2 Each.

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For Sale: Large Bird Cage

for medium sized parrots

Good Condition $150

Call Marilyn 708.614.1823

Sports Powers 14 ft.

enclosed trampoline. Used 3

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Have orig. receipt, directions,

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2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

Sale

2703 Legal

Notices

2703 Legal

Notices

2703 Legal

Notices

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ES-

TATE at 19306 Kevin Avenue,

Mokena, IL 60448 (Single Family

Residence). Onthe 22nd day of

September, 2016 to be held at

12:00 noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

under Case Title: Bank of America,

N.A., as Successor by mergerr

to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP

FKA Countrywide Home Loans

Servicing, LPPlaintiff V. Christine

A. Rajewski; JPMorgan Chase

Bank, N.A. successor by merger to

Washington Mutual Bank Defendant.

Case No. 10CH 5550 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit, Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is a condominium,

in accordance with 735

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

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

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

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

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

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

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

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains a court order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC

One East Wacker Suite 1250

Chicago, IL 60601

P: 1-614-220-5611

F:

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ES-

TATE at 11301 Wexford Drive,

MOKENA, IL 60448 (SINGLE

FAMILY). On the 6th day of October,

2016 to be held at 12:00 noon,

at the Will County Courthouse Annex,

57 N. Ottawa Street, Room

201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: Deutsche Bank National

Trust Company, as Indenture Trustee,

for New Century Home Equity

Loan Trust 2006-1 Plaintiff V.

HEATH ZELLER A/K/A HEATH

C. ZELLER; DISCOVER BANK;

ANDREA ZELLER; Defendant.

Case No. 15CH 1674 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit, Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

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

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

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

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

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

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

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

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

For Information Please Contact:

SHAPIRO KREISMAN AND AS-

SOCIATES, LLC.

2121 Waukegan Rd, Suite 301

Bannockburn, Illinois 60015

P: 847-770-4348

F: 847-291-3434

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

2703 Legal

Notices

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS )

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL )

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF

THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIR-

CUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Bank of America, N.A., as Successor

by mergerr to BAC Home

Loans Servicing, LP FKA Countrywide

Home Loans Servicing, LP

Plaintiff,

vs.

Christine A. Rajewski; JPMorgan

Chase Bank, N.A. successor by

merger to Washington Mutual

Bank

Defendant.

No. 10 CH 5550

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 22nd day of

June, 2015, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff

of Will County, Illinois, will on

Thursday, the 22nd day ofSeptember,

2016 ,commencing at 12:00

o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

Lot 18 in Emerald Subdivision

Unit No. 5,aSubdivision of part of

the West 1/2 of the Northwest 1/4

of Section 9,Township 35North,

Range 12, East of the Third Principal

Meridian, according tothe Plat

thereof recorded July 6, 1993 as

Document R93-55020, in Will

County, Illinois.

Commonly known as:

19306 Kevin Avenue, Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Residence

P.I.N.:

19-09-09-107-026-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

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

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

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

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

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

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

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

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE

CONTACT:

Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC

One East Wacker Suite 1250

Chicago, IL 60601

P: 1-614-220-5611

F:

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS )

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL )

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF

THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIR-

CUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Deutsche Bank National Trust

Company, as Indenture Trustee, for

New Century Home Equity Loan

Trust 2006-1

Plaintiff,

vs.

HEATH ZELLER A/K/A HEATH

C. ZELLER; DISCOVER BANK;

ANDREA ZELLER;

Defendant.

No. 15 CH 1674

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 30th day of

June, 2016, MIKE KELLEY, Sher-

iff of Will County, Illinois, will on

Thursday, the 6th day of October,

2016 , commencing at 12:00

o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 49 IN OLD CASTLE

SOUTH, A SUBDIVISION OF

THAT PART OFTHE NORTH-

EAST QUARTER OFSECTION

19, TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH,

RANGE 12, EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED NO-

VEMBER 4, 1994 AS DOCU-

MENT R94-101793 AND CER-

TIFICATE OF CORRECTION

RECORDED AS DOCUMENT

R98-84319, IN WILL COUNTY,

ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

11301 Wexford Drive, MOKENA,

IL 60448

Description of Improvements:

SINGLE FAMILY

P.I.N.:

19-09-19-204-019-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is a condominium,

in accordance with 735

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

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

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

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

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

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

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

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains a court order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE

CONTACT:

SHAPIRO KREISMAN AND AS-

SOCIATES, LLC.

2121 Waukegan Rd, Suite 301

Bannockburn, Illinois 60015

P: 847-770-4348

F: 847-291-3434

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

PRE-FILING NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that the

office of Mokena Fire Protection

District will be open from 8:00 am

to 4:00 pm beginning September

20, 2016 through December 19,

2016 Monday-Friday for the purpose

ofaccepting candidate petitions

or certificates for the consolidated

election to be held on April

4, 2017 for the following offices:

(2) Two 6-year terms for the position

of Board of Trustees’ member

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Girls Golf

Lincoln-Way Central Golf Invitational brings out best from home team

Knights take victory

with 163 stroke total

Lee Edwards

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central won

the Lincoln-Way Central

Golf Invitational by nearly

double digit strokes Thursday,

Sept. 8, at Sanctuary

Golf Course in New Lenox.

The Invitational was a

nine-hole tournament featuring

teams from Lincoln-Way

East, Lincoln-Way Central,

Lemont High School, Sandburg,

Lockport Township

and Mother McAuley Liberal

Arts High School. Schools

were allowed to have teams

of six competing, and the

round was scheduled to begin

at 4 p.m. and conclude at

7:30 p.m. or before sunset.

Knights head coach Brian

Shannon said his school

hosts the Invitational to simulate

the conditions of a larger

tournament for the participating

schools in order to prepare

for the postseason. He

brought his six best from his

roster of 20 golfers.

Central came into the invitational

with an unblemished

record of 7-0, and Shannon

hoped his team would continue

to lead the pack at the

competition.

“We’re looking to keep the

mojo working and head strong

into the playoffs,” Shannon

said. “We’re just trying to get

better every day. Just 1 percent

better every day.”

He noted the Sanctuary

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“We shot a 153 yesterday

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Sandburg Head Coach

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his team were fairly high going

into the competition, given

his team won the invitational

last year. His goal was

for his team to shoot a collective

165-170 on the day.

“If the girls play the best

they can, play to their capability,

we’ll go from there,”

Allen said.

Allen enjoyed the midweek

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include:

Lincoln Way Central –

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Sandburg – 172

Lincoln Way East – 179

Lockport – 182

Lemont – 190

Mother McAuley – 198

are 18 holes, but this is a fun

experience. We’re usually at

competitions where you have

one or two teams, so it’s nice

to have six teams.”

A few golfers said they

enjoyed the challenges the

course provided and played

with the anticipation of

shooting low scores.

Lincoln-Way East junior

Hannah Hill said it was fun

playing against new competition.

She hoped to score under

a 45 on the day, after acknowledging

she hadn’t played well

on her last few holes. She finished

the day with a score of

45, good enough for second

This Week In...

Knights Varsity

Athletics

Football

■Sept. ■ 16 - host Thornwood,

7:30 p.m.

Girls golf

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Andrew, 4:30

p.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 - at LP Lady Cav

Scramble, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 - at Celtic Swing

Invitational, 11 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 21 - at Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept ■ 22 - at Marist, 4:30

p.m.

Boys golf

■Sept. ■ 15 - host Andrew, 4

p.m.

Knights’ Hannah Mastandrea chips the ball back onto the

fairway Thursday, Sept. 8 during the Lincoln-Way Central

Golf Invitational held at Sanctuary Golf Course in New

Lenox. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

from her school.

Lockport senior McKenzie

Eble said her team’s expectations

were to place in the

Top 3, and her personal goal

was to shoot a 43. Although

playing in a group of four,

she said her focus was on the

holes, not her competition.

She finished with a score

of 47.

■Sept. ■ 17 - host Green-

Wedge Conference Challenge,

7 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 22 - host Bradley-

Bourbonnais and Lockport,

4:15 p.m.

Girls tennis

■Sept. ■ 15 - host Bradley,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 - at Sandburg

Invitational, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - host Thornwood,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 22 - host Lincoln-Way

West, 4:30 p.m.

Girls cross country

■Sept. ■ 17 - at Minooka Flight

Invitational, 8:30 a.m.

Boys cross country

■Sept. ■ 17 - at Minooka Flight

“I used to think this was

the hardest course we played

in our conference,” Elbe said.

“Now that I’ve matured as a

player, I can work around the

obstacles.”

Sandburg’s Emilyee McGiles,

Central’s Bri Bolden and

Central’s Grace Curran were

atop the leaderboard with

overall scores of 38.

Invitational, 8:30 a.m.

Girls volleyball

■Sept. ■ 16 - at Mother

McAuley Preview, TBD

■Sept. ■ 17 - at Mother

McAuley Preview, TBD

■Sept. ■ 20 - host Homewood-

Flossmoor, 5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 22 - at Bolingbrook,

5:30 p.m.

Boys soccer

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Pepsico

Showdown, TBD

■Sept. ■ 17 - at Pepsico

Showdown, TBD

■Sept. ■ 19 - host Illiana

Christian, 6:15 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - at Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 22 - at Stagg, 6:15

p.m.


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Athlete of the Week

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Who got you into golf?

My dad. My dad was a

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early, whenever I could

swing a club. He’s been my

coach and my inspiration to

play.

What’s the best part

about golf?

I just love that it’s a singleplayer

game. You have your

own mistakes. You play your

own way. There’s no one to

blame except yourself.

What’s your favorite

memory on the golf

course?

Definitely going down to

Myrtle Beach with my family.

It was an experience

like no other – just getting

to play those high-quality

courses with my family and

enjoying it with them.

You also play for the

Central baseball team.

Which sport would you

choose between the

two?

I would definitely choose

golf. I find golf more enjoyable

because you could play

it as long as you want. Baseball

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What’s the best piece of

advice you’ve received

from a golf coach?

Never get angry at yourself.

Getting angry on the

course will cause you to do

worse. Just relax, take a deep

breath, forget about the last

shot and think about the next

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What’s the best part

about Lincoln-Way

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I just love the environment.

There’s all these

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just make you feel welcome.

There’s a lot of people there

with open arms that would

allow you to fit in school.

Who’s a professional

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meet?

Phil Mickelson. He’s just

an overall good guy in life,

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What’s your favorite

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I’m a natural-born math

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and I’m a big fan of history,

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What are you career

aspirations?

I’m going to see how

far golf takes me, or go to

school to be a veterinarian.

Who do you look up to?

Definitely my father. He’s

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Griffins fall to indomitable Homewood-Flossmoor team

East looks to

bounce back against

Bolingbrook

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Down five points with 1

minute, 24 seconds left in

the fourth quarter Friday,

Sept. 9, in Frankfort, the

Lincoln-Way East football

team faced a fourth-and-7 at

the Homewood-Flossmoor

18-yard line.

Senior quarterback Max

Shafer trotted out to the field

after a timeout, and after receiving

the snap, he dropped

back a few paces before unleashing

a pass to his right

toward the end zone. But the

Vikings’ Dylan Duplessis

got a good read on the pass,

which was just a hair out of

East wide receiver Ken Anderson’s

reach, and the Vikings

defensive back caught

the ball to ice the game for a

35-30 Vikings win.

“He got beat early on, and

I told him he owed us one,”

H-F coach Craig Buzea said

of Duplessis after the game.

“He stepped up and made

one.”

A lot of Vikings stepped

up to hand the Griffins their

first loss of the season. Chief

among them were quarterback

Bryant Wright and

wide receiver Tyrice Richie,

who connected for three

touchdowns – including the

game-winning score on a 34-

yard play midway through

the fourth quarter. The duo

connected on touchdown

plays of 40 and 44 yards earlier

in the game, and Wright

also scored on a 15-yard

keeper in the first half.

“He’s an outstanding player,”

Buzea said of Richie.

“He got overshadowed last

year … but I’ll put it this way

– Northern Illinois got a steal.

“This team is unknown;

there are so many young

guys. You never know what

you’re going to get. I knew

coming into an environment

like this, it was going to be

tough for our guys. You just

had to stay the course. Luckily,

we struck back a couple

times and it was a heck of a

football game.”

East coach Rob Zvonar

said the big difference in the

game was Richie’s play.

“I think that’s a Division

I player out there making

plays,” Zvonar said. “Most

of the night, they kind of did

what they wanted on [offense].

But I thought to hold

that offense in the second half

to 7 points was a credit [to

us]. To score 30 points, credit

our offense. But we just gave

up too many points in the first

half.”

East got off to a good start

against H-F, leading 14-0

early in the first quarter on

two long touchdown passes

from Jake Arthur to Jeremy

Nelson (7 receptions, 107

yards). The first was a 27-

yard strike over the middle

on the game’s opening drive.

The next came on the following

series on almost the exact

same play, this time going 41

yards for the score.

But H-F battled back and

led East 28-21 at the end

of the first half. East tied it

early in the third on a 3-yard

scamper by Ryan Scianna (7

rushes, 19 yards). Then, after

taking an intentional safety

in the fourth, East was down

just five with about three

minutes to play. But the Vikings

survived.

“We certainly needed to

try to do something, because

it was a point a minute for

their offense in the first half,”

Zvonar said of second-half

adjustments. “They were awfully

impressive. They outschemed

us there a little bit,

too. There were some things

we haven’t seen, and they executed

very well.

“We adjusted a couple of

little things that fortunately

made a difference, but overall

we just tried to do things better

[in the second half].”

Zvonar, however, was

pleased with his offense’s

performance. Arthur finished

14-of-19 for 195 yards, while

Shafer wound up 12-of-21

Lincoln-Way East players (left) high-five Homewood-Flossmoor players following their

game. julie mcmann/22nd century media

for 100 yards but with two

interceptions. Nick Zelenika

caught nine passes for 64

yards, while Anderson caught

eight balls for 75 yards. Nigel

Muhammad rushed 11 times

for 41 yards, while Brendan

Morrissey gained 38 yards

(including a 2-yard touchdown)

on seven carries.

“I thought the offense

played tremendously all

night,” Zvonar said. “I know

they are going to feel like

they stalled a few times when

they needed to be productive,

but I think if you put up that

many points against that football

team, you should win the

football game.”

Despite the big gains

by the Vikings on offense,

Buzea said the Griffins were

the best defense he’s ever

coached against.

“That’s a hell of a program

and this is a hell of a win for

us,” he said.

And ultimately, the Vikings

just had one more play

in them than the Griffins in

Week 3.

“No one is going to fold up

tent here after Week 3, and

we needed to play a game

like this to find out where

we’re at,” Zvonar said. “All

but the scoreboard at the end

was an even game. So, we

know we’re this caliber of a

football team. We can play

with a team like [H-F], and if

we had made a couple more

plays, we had an opportunity

to win.

“We’re going to take some

positives and build from

them. And we’re going to

take the negatives and correct

them.”

East fell to 2-1 on the

season, and it will travel to

Bolingbrook in Week 4. H-F

improved to 3-0.

Football

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Knights, both of Campbell’s

did. His second one, a pick

by Jungheim just 1:21 into

the second half, gave Lockport

the ball at the Central 48.

Four plays later the Porters

faced 4th-and-2 at the 26, but

Moore gained six yards for a

first down.

Another 4th-and-2 followed,

this one from the 12.

Once again, Lockport went

for it and Moore motored,

nearly untouched, up the

middle for a 12-yard TD run

to cap the 9-play drive and

give the Porters a 13-7 lead.

“First off it shows the

confidence the coaches have

in me to give me the ball,”

Moore said of getting the call

on the key fourth down situations.

“On [the second one] I

just saw touchdown.”

It continues the odyssey

for Moore, who had a few

carries for minus-1 in the

season opening win 20-9 win

at Downers Grove North. But

he has substituted for senior

John Snidanko, who is still

out with an injury, and gained

over 400 yards from scrimmage

[including passing

yards] the past 2 weeks.

“I thought I was going to

be a backup the entire season,”

Moore admitted. “But

I’m just stepping up and doing

my job. I’m thankful for

the opportunity and the offensive

line has been great.

We just want to keep winning

and make the playoffs.”

Both teams still have playoff

aspirations and Cordell

wants the Knights to remain

positive and correct their

mistakes.

“I was proud of the kids on

the last drive to come back and

score,” he said of the final TD

march. “But it comes down

to opportunities and we have

to take advantage of ours. We

win and lose as a team and we

are looking at the opportunity

to be 1-0 [this] week [7:30

p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at home

against Thornwood]. We will

be fine.”

Peyton Nigro had a pair of

interceptions and fellow junior

linebacker Nick Degregorio

added one for Central.

But Jungheim had the key

pick for the Porters to start

the third quarter.

“We knew what we wanted

and we got it,” Jungheim

said. “We wanted to be 3-0

and this is huge. We have

a team that wants the same

thing together and we’re just

playing with fire.”

Lockport will go into Week

4 against another undefeated

oppenent in Homewood

Flossmoor.


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Girls Volleyball

LW Central downed in two sets by D210 rival, LW East

Knights continue

to work on

communication

while on court

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

As a sophomore last season,

Madi Corey got pulled

up to the varsity for the playoff

run of the Lincoln-Way

North girls volleyball team.

That run for the Phoenix

took them all the way to the

Elite 8 in the state in Class

4A. And, although North

closed at the end of the past

school year, it also gave

Corey an opportunity to get

varsity experience.

Corey and the rest of the

returners from North are now

at Lincoln-Way East, while

North’s former coach Mary

Brown is now the coach at

Lincoln-Way Central.

Last week Corey put the

teaching she learned from

Brown to good use as she

came in for the second set and

helped lead East to a 25-18,

25-8 victory over Central in a

SouthWest Suburban Conference

crossover on Thursday,

Sept. 8 in Frankfort.

The win continued a nice

start to the season for the

Griffins (8-2). Central (3-7)

fell to a local opponent for

the second time this week.

“It’s always fun to play a

rivalry match,” Corey said

of playing Central. “During

the playoffs I got pulled up

by coach Brown. She’s an

excellent coach and her team

played well.”

The Knights hung right in

there for much of the first set.

After East opened with four

straight points, junior outside

hitter Dom Dixon (3 kills)

had a kill and junior setter

Cassidy Wyman (3 aces, 7

digs) served an ace to tie the

game at 4-4.

Soon after junior outside

hitter Kylie Kulinski had a

kill and middle hitter Liz

Neitzel — one of only two

seniors on the team, had a

block during a 3-point spurt

that gave Central its only lead

of the match at 8-7.

With the score knotted at

9-9, LW East senior middle

hitter Sarah Lewis (4 kills)

had a kill to trigger a 7-2 burst

that put the Griffins ahead for

good. Senior outside/right

side hitter Becca Lilley added

a kill and junior outside hitter

Hannah Lesiak (4 kills) and

senior setter Madeline Morrow(11

assists, 6 digs) added

aces in the stretch.

Back-to-back aces by

Wyman drew the Knights

within 16-14, but they

couldn’t get closer. Another

7-2 spurt give East a 23-16

lead. After a couple of Griffins

errors, Lesiak tipped a

kill and Lilley laced the game

winner.

“We about the fact that we

needed to match their intensity,”

East coach Kris Fiore

said of the opening set. “It

was close for awhile, but our

blocking and defense took

over.

“Then Madi Corey came in

[for set 2] and played well. I

was impressed that we were

able to play kids all over. We

had six players with more

than one kill. We have 11

or 12 kids that can play and

we can use a lot of different

people.”

Corey (4 kills, 2 assists, 3

digs) certainly showed she is

one of them. Playing as a setter/right

side hitter in the second

set, she had a pair of kills

in an opening 6-0 run. The

Knights never got closer than

7-2. Kills by junior right side/

outside/setter Molly Hackett

and Lesiak, along with an ace

from junior defensive specialist

Kate Bruder extended

the East advantage to 12-2.

Central only had back-toback

points once in set two,

those were to close within

16-6. Kills by Corey and junior

outside hitter Camryn

Beltz ended the match.

Junior middle hitter Haley

Hart (3 kills) and senior libero

Melanie Weller (6 digs)

also contributed for East.

Junior libero Lucy Chesla

(7 digs) did the same for the

Knights.

“We’re working, we’re

working very hard,” Brown

said. “But we stopped talking

to each other in the second

set. We have to communicate.

In the first set, we took

them out of their game plan

for a while, but they have big

hitters.

“[At Central] it’s a new

team and there’s a lot of inexperience.

It takes awhile to

get that going. It’s going to

take some time, but we need

to see some wins, see some

results.”

East has already seen results,

but plans to see more

with the right people in place.

“We’ve been a work in

progress, but it’s fun,” Fiore

said. “We’re meshing, but

we’re so deep that we can

move people around.”

Corey agreed and is looking

forward to big things the

rest of the season.

“Going to East we just all

connected and it’s been all

positive,” she said of moving

schools. “The coolest thing is

we’ve only been together 2-3

months. I can’t wait to see

what happens when we reach

our full potential.”

Earlier in the week, on

Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Griffins

traveled to Lombard and defeated

Montini — which finished

fourth in Class 3A two

years ago, 25-15, 21-25, 25-

15. Lesiak (12 kills, 8 blocks)

and Hart (6 kills 4 blocks) led

the way.

Also on Tuesday, Sept. 6,

Central traveled down Route

30 to face local rival Providence.

There the Knights lost

25-10, 25-22. Chesla had 4

digs in the match.

Central’s Kylie Kulinski practices before the Thursday, Sept. 8 match against D210 rivals,

Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

The Knights come together before the start of the match against Lincoln-Way East.


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Football

Lockport nips LW Central 16-14 in battle of unbeaten teams

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

There was a feeling in the

air when Lockport Township

traveled to face Lincoln-Way

Central in the opening South-

West Suburban Conference

football game of season for

both teams.

No, it wasn’t the rain -

which had come earlier in the

day, but mostly stayed away

during the game. It was a

feeling of excitement as both

teams came in undefeated.

But in the end it was Lockport

which forced key turnovers

and came away with a 16-14

victory over the Knights on

Friday, Sept. 9 in New Lenox.

Tavares Moore (33 carries

for 175 yards) scored the

go-ahead touchdown in the

third quarter and the junior

was even better than he was

the previous week (34 carries

for 169 yards) in Lockport’s

thrilling 17-15 win over

South Elgin.

With the victory the Porters

(3-0, 1-0) won their first

three games for the first time

since 2009. Central (2-1, 0-1)

last won its first two games

in 2009 and started 4-0 the

year before that. It was the

first meeting between the two

teams since a 21-0 Knights

victory in 2012 and first meeting

in New Lenox since a 37-

10 Lockport win in 2011.

“We’re got a lot of great

kids and our senior leadership

has been great,” said

Lockport coach Dan Starkey.

“The offensive line is getting

better and the passing game

will be there. It wasn’t perfect,

but it was huge to win.”

Neither team was perfect,

as each turned the ball over

three times. But the key turnover

happened at the end of

the third quarter. Spurred by

a 40-yard pass from senior

quarterback Hunter Campbell

(8-of-17 for 100 yards,

2 interceptions) to junior running

back Mike Morgan on a

3rd-and-6 play, the Knights

reached the Lockport 12.

But on 2nd-and-1 from

there, senior running back

Mitch Hosman fumbled the

ball and senior defensive

back Eric Jungheim scooped

it up and returned it 25-yards

with 30.6 seconds left in the

third quarter for the Porters.

“Nick Dado forced it,”

Jungheim said of the the

senior linebacker forcing

the fumble. “I saw it rolling

and just picked it up. That

just turned the whole game

around. It gave the ball back

to the offense and that secured

the win for us.”

It did, but indirectly. Lockport

was forced to punt from

near midfield on the ensuing

possession. But Ben Davis’

kick was downed at the Central

6. On 4th-and-2 from the

12, senior Devin Smith went

Central’s Trey Lyons catches the ball in midair against

Lockport.

back to punt. But as he moved

to his right to get a better angle

on the kick, Smith instead

found Porter defenders - including

senior defensive back

Dylan Hagan, who tackled

him for a 3-yard loss.

“No, that wasn’t a fake

punt,” Central coach Jeremy

Cordell said of the play. “But

we just can’t make those

[turnover] mistakes. We can’t

turn the ball over in the red

zone.”

The Central defense held

the Porters out of the end

zone, but Davis kicked a 24-

yard field goal with 6:19 to

play to give Lockport a 16-7

lead. It was the third field goal

of the game for the senior.

“Special teams was a huge

part of this game,” Starkey

said. “To go up by nine on that

third field goal was huge.”

Especially when the

Knights put together a nineplay,

71-yard drive which

was capped on a 6-yard

touchdown pass from Campbell

to Smith in the left corner

of the end zone. Junior

Dimitri Sereleas added the

extra point and Central was

within two points at 16-14

with 3:35 left in the game.

The key play in the drive was

a 32-yard flea-flicker pass

from Zach Stoklosa to fellow

junior Matt Pollack down to

the Lockport 39.

But behind the running

of Moore, who carried five

straight times for 27-yards,

the Porters were able to run

out the clock and secure a

Lincoln-Way Central running back MItch Hosman runs

the ball Friday, Sept. 9 during a home matchup against

Lockport. Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

second straight 2-point win.

“Our defense played well,”

Starkey said. “We gave up a

touchdown drive at the end,

which we weren’t happy

with, but our offense ran out

the clock. Getting those first

downs was huge. Also credit

to [junior fullback] Austin

Hoffman, who we call our

superback. Our offensive line

was great and Tavares was

the beneficiary of that.”

Central got on the board

first when Hosman (9 carries

for 81 yards) broke free down

the right side and galloped in

from 65-yards out on the last

play of the first quarter to

take a 7-0 lead.

The Porters capped a 10-

play drive with a 27-yard

field goal by Davis with 3:20

left in the first half. Junior

defensive back Zach Reese

then intercepted Campbell,

giving the ball to Lockport at

its own 41 with 53.8 seconds

left in the half.

A 22-yard run by Davis,

down to the 22, helped set up

his own field goal. This one

from 39-yards out, to end the

half and draw the Porters to

within 7-6 at intermission.

Davis (6-of-15 for 40

yards, 3 interceptions) didn’t

have the best day passing. but

he made up for it by kicking

the three field goals and none

of his three interceptions led

to points.

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fastbreak

Young football players aim for nationals

Julie McMann/22nd Century

Media

1st-and-3

Top LW Central

performers of the

week

1. Brianne Bolden

(ABOVE)

As one of the

Knights’ top golfers,

Bolden displayed

her talent at the

LWC Invitational by

sharing medalist

honors with a 2-over

38.

2. Cassidy Wyman

The Central transfer

did her best to keep

the Knights afloat

against her former

team Lincoln-Way

East by serving

up three aces and

adding seven digs.

3. Grace Curran

The sophomore

shared medalist

honors with Bolden

and a Sandburg

golfer with a 38 to

help keep Central

undefeated at the

season’s midway

point.

Mokena Park District

hosts NFL Punt, Pass &

Kick at Main Park

Amanda Jarzynski, Editor

The sun arrived to Main Park just

before the contestants did on Thursday,

Sept. 8 so the field was dry

enough for the NFL Punt, Pass &

Kick competition for children ages

6-14.

This was the fifth year the competition

was held by the Mokena Park

District, and they had one of the best

turnouts ever with almost 30 children

signed up. The event was free

to participate, and it did not matter if

the child was a football superstar or a

beginner; all were welcomed.

“This is a sanctioned NFL competition,”

said Duane Smith, athletic

recreation supervisor at the Mokena

Park District. “So, we have certain

rules to follow, and they provide us

with the equipment to use, but we

use volunteer staff members to conduct

[the competition].”

The event held at Main Park was

the first in a larger tournament, said

Smith. It is simply the local competition;

winners from the Sept. 9 event

would move on to the sectional, then

regional and finally national competition.

The children were split up

into four different age groups (6-7,

8-9, 10-11, 12-13), and each winner

would qualify for the next round.

“We always send people to the

sectional,” Smith said. “But less than

five have ever gotten past sectional.”

But the competition is not as much

about advancing as far as possible

into the tournament. Smith said that

the event is held to get children together

to have friendly competition

among each other.

“To be out here interacting with

the kids is the most fun part,” Smith

said. “Then giving them another outlet

to participate in an event with not

a lot of pressure. Yes, it is a competition,

but it’s not about winning or

losing; it’s just about having fun,

throwing and kicking the ball, and

being with your friends.”

Smith said that a lot of the registrants

are children that have never

played football before.

“We do get kids that don’t participate

in football at all,” Smith said.

“This is their chance to participate in

a football activity without having to

try out for a team and get cut.”

At the same time, Smith said approximately

75 percent of competitors

are players who participate on

the Mokena Burros teams.

The competition was also open to

girls, too. This year, Gianna Amadio

was the only girl that participated.

After everyone was registered and

warmed up, the competition began.

“Everyone has three tries,” Smith

said. “First, they pass the ball – and

they’re aiming for the flags [at the

other end of the field] – but they

have to stay as close to the white line

as possible. Then, they punt the ball,

and then kick it off a tee.”

The white lines drawn down the

field were there to test the participants’

accuracy. Attempts were measured

away from that line and later

deducted from the total distance of

the throw or kick, Smith explained.

While he explained the rules to

the participants, several of the children

asked what would happen if

they could throw it past the red flags,

which were placed more than half a

football field away from the starting

point.

The volunteer coaches answered

that question with a joke, “If you can

get it past the flags, you win.”

To which the participants accepted

the challenge as several throws and

punts made it almost 100 feet out

Only girl of the competition, Gianna Amadio, throws the football in the

10-11 age group Thursday, Sept. 8, during the NFL Punt, Pass, Kick

competition at Main Park. Photos by Amanda Jarzynski/22nd Century Media

Brady Cunningham goes to punt the ball in the 6-7 age group during the

competition.

from the starting point.

“We’ve had some really close

competitions,” Smith said. “I’m talking

matter of feet. The winners from

each age group qualify for the next

level, but first through third place

each get ribbons.”

Happy with the amount of participants,

the Mokena Park District will

look to continue the event for future

years, as long as the weather permits.

“We rained out last year,” Smith

said. “And we also try to do the

MLB Pitch, Hit [&] Run competition,

but it has been rained out two

consecutive years.

“This is one of those things that

within the field, you’re always looking

for new things. You hear about

them from word of mouth. We don’t

have a lot of free events, so we threw

this in.”

Listen Up

“We’re looking to keep the mojo working and head

strong into the playoffs. We’re just trying to get better

every day. Just 1 percent better every day.”

Brian Shannon — Lincoln-Way Central girls golf coach, on winning the

Lincoln-Way Central Invitational Sept. 8 against five other teams

TUNE IN

Boys Golf

TBA, Tuesday, Sept. 27

• All the Lincoln-Way high schools will

compete in the SWSC Conference

Tournament at Kankakee Elks Country Club

in St. Anne.

Index

48 – This Week In

51 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Assistant Editor F.

Amanda Tugade. Send any questions or comments to

f.tugade@22ndcenturymedia.com, or call (708) 326-9170

ext. 34.


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Flossmoor defenders

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the season.

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