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tax levy ahead Highland Park’s budget

approved, tax levy proposed Page 4


courses approved by D113 Board, Page 6

Vehicle burglaries continue Two

more hit Nov. 21,Page 8

North Shore School of Dance

students exhilarate audiences with

‘Nutcracker’ ballet, Page 3

A North Shore School of Dance student performs during a dress rehearsal of “The Nutcracker” Friday, Dec. 2, at Lake Forest Academy. Miroslaw Pomian/22nd Century Media





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In this week’s


Pet of the Week6

Police Reports 8

Editorial 15

Puzzles 18

Faith Briefs 20

Dining Out 23

Home of the Week 25

Athlete of the Week 29

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Storytime with Santa

5:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Highwood

Public Library, 102

Highwood Ave., Highwood.

Come for a special

Christmas story time

with the big guy and take

photos after. For more information,

call (847) 432-


Discover the Treasures in

Your Attic

2–5 p.m. Dec. 8, Posh

Essentials, 658 Central

Ave., Highland Park.

Guests are invited to bring

their antiques and family

heirlooms to be appraised

by Arthur M. Feldman

Gallery and learn more

about their special treasures.

For more information,

call (847) 945-7614.


Winter Weather

10–11:30 a.m. Dec. 10,

Rosewood Beach, 883

Sheridan Road, Highland

Park. What causes weather?

How is it predicted?

Explore these questions

and more with experiments

and weather measuring

techniques. $10.

For more information,

visit pdhp.org.

Holiday Par-Tee

3-5 p.m. Dec. 10, The

Golf Practice, 1546 Old

Deerfield Road, Highland

Park. Celebrate The

Gold Practice’s new and

improved indoor training

facility with cocktails

and hors d’oeuvres.

All ages welcome. For

more information, visit



Highland Park Strings


3 p.m. Dec. 11, Highland

Park High School,

433 Vine Ave., Highland

Park. Join the Highland

Park Strings for a free

community performance

with soloist John-Henry

Crawford. Crawford will

perform Concerto in C

Major by Haydn, as well

as the Andante Cantabile

by Tchaikovsky. The Highland

Park Strings are set to

perform the Serenade for

Strings in E. Minor, Op. 20

by Elgar, and the Serenade

for Strings in E Major, Op.

22 by Dvorak. For more

information, call (847)


What the World Needs

Now Concert

3:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Bennett

Gordon Hall, 201

St. Johns Ave. Midwest

Young Artists Conservatory’s

concert orchestra,

jazz workshop, choral

groups voices rising and

Mini and Mighty Maestros

will perform uplifting holiday

music. Some original

compositions and arrangements

by Gary Fry, MYAC

faculty member, composer

for the Chicago Symphony

Orchestra. For more information,

visit mya.org.


Lake Shore Men’s Club


8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec.

12, Lakeside Congregation,

1221 Lake Cook

Road, Highland Park.

Wendy Kaplan and Wayne

Mell, new owners of the

Skokie Theatre, will discuss

programming and

events for 2017. $15 for

breakfast and speaker. For

more information, contact

Irv at irv395@comcast.



Full Moon Campfire

7–8:30 p.m. Tuesday,

Dec. 13, Heller Nature

Center, 2821 Ridge Road,

Highland Park. Winter is

the perfect time to be outside

at night, so join for an

evening of exploring. Attendees

will cross-country

ski if there’s enough snow,

otherwise be prepared to

tromp through the snow

off trail to enjoy everything

a winter evening has

to offer. $9. For more information,

visit pdhp.org


Second Wednesdays Book


7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 14,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.

Davis Schneiderman, associate

dean of the faculty

and professor of English at

Lake Forest College leads

a discussion of “Left Hand

of Darkness,” Ursula Le

Guin’s groundbreaking

novel. For more information,

call (847) 432-0216.


Gallery A + D Open House

6–8 p.m. Sunday, Dec.

18, Gallery A + D, 421

Sheridan Road, Highwood.

Join the gallery for

its year-end open house

debuting new artists and

exhibits for 2017. For more

information and to RSVP,

visit wileydesignsllc.com.

A Magical Musical Family

Holiday Show

2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday,

Dec. 18, Bennett Gordon

Hall, 201 St. Johns

Ave., Highland Park. Midwest

Young Artists Conservatory’s

most advanced

orchestra and choral ensembles

will perform in a

festive holiday celebration

with skits, caroling and a

visit from Santa. The symphony

orchestra and high

school choral ensembles

VocalPoint and VX Studio

Vocal Ensemble will perform.

For more information,

visit mya.org.

Blizzard Bash

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday,

Dec. 28, West Ridge

Center, 636 Ridge Road,

Highland Park. Celebrate

the season with snowman

games and snowflake

crafts. Pack a sack lunch,

and drinks and desserts

will be provided. $50 for

residents, $60 for nonresidents.

For ages 5-7. For

more information, visit


Noon Year’s Celebration

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec.

29, West Ridge Center,

636 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Kids ages 5-7

are invited to celebrate

2017 a little early. Kids

will make party favors and

play games before the ball

drops. Please pack a sack

lunch. Cost is $50 for residents

and $60 for nonresidents.


Piano Recital with


6-7 p.m., first Saturday

of every month, Madame

ZuZu’s Tea House,

582 Roger Williams Ave.,

Highland Park. Please join

us for an evening of live

classical piano music with

commentaries about the

composers and the pieces

being played, presented by

Zina Katsman of “Piano

for Everyone”, rare teas

and smoothies and great

company. For more information,

call (847) 926-


Women’s Care Group

Trinity Episcopal

Church, 425 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. A Safe

Place invites you to a

women’s care group,

where participates will

receive support by learning

about unhealthy relationships

and behaviors,

recognize the impact this

can have on you and your

children, and explore new

coping skills for a happy,

healthier life. If you are in

immediate need of help,

please call our 24-hour

Help Line at (847) 249-

4450. For meeting times

and more information, call

(847) 731-7165.

Story Time, Milk and

Cookies at Panera

9:30-10 a.m., fourth

Tuesday of every month,

Panera, 1853 N. Second

St., Highland Park. Join

us for a special story time,

milk and cookies. Children

ages 2-5 and parents

and caregivers are invited

the fourth Tuesday of the

month. Visit www.hplibrary.org/evanced.

Tai Chi Sessions

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, Recreation

Center of Highland Park,

1207 Park Ave. Work

on balance and serenity

through this Chinese tradition

of gentle, flowing

movements. For more information,

call Lisa Hamilton

at (847) 579-4048.

Cardio Tone Light

11:30-12:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, Recreation

Center of Highland Park,

1207 Park Ave. W. The

class combines low impact

cardio, core and stretching

(no seated exercises). For

more information call Lisa

Hamilton at (847) 579-


Chair Yoga

Noon–1 p.m. Tuesdays

and Thursdays, Recreation

Center of Highland Park,

1207 Park Ave. West. Improve

your health with the

support of a chair (seated

and standing) so you can

receive yoga’s healing

and restorative benefits.

For more information, call

Lisa Hamilton at (847)


To submit an item for the

community calendar, contact

Editor Courtney Jacquin at


or (847) 272-4565 ext. 34.

Entries are due by noon on

the Thursday prior to publication


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NSSD “Nutcracker” dances into 28th year

Courtney Jacquin, Editor

For generations, “The

Nutcracker” has been a

staple of the holiday season.

For 28 years, North

Shore School of Dance’s

production has been a staple

of the North Shore.

Partygoers reveled, soldiers

marched, snowflakes

twinkled and flowers

waltzed for audiences Dec.

3–4 at Lake Forest Academy

for the Highland Park

dance studio’s production.

Lisa Gold, director of

North Shore School of

Dance, has been putting

on “The Nutcracker” since

the beginning.

Year to year, she said

there’s not much change

in how the classic ballet

is staged, but new this

Highland Park dancers in “The Nutcracker”

Eva Bender

Annie Casey

Rhianna Cole

Natalie Crane

Gabriella Ditkowsky

Carina DiVito

Natalie Ecanow

Anna Ecanow

Maddie Gilbert

Madeline Glazier

Emma Hodgson

Eve Johnson

Sophie Katznelson

Caroline Kern

Grace Kern

Megan Littman

Esther Loewenthal

Greta Loewenthal

Sally Menaker

Madie Morton

Ava Muriel

Maya Nathan

Talia Nathan

Abby Pieper

Hayley Pieper

Sophia Roberts

Olivia Rosenblatt

Shannon Schallmo

Taryn Sollinger

Sara Steinmeyer

Anna Stump

Sophie Wolle

Isabel Wolle

Abbie Zoloto

year the school brought in

dancers from The Chicago

Academy of the Arts high

school to fill in some roles

in the show, including

the Mouse King and Nutcracker

Prince. In the past,

guest professionals have

been a part of the show.

“It’s really nice because

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Dancers rehearse their parts in “The Nutcracker” on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Lake Forest

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• An ordinance was approved granting a three-year

extension of the Ravinia Business District Special

Service Area (SSA) through Dec. 31, 2019. The

SSA was established to help coordinate events and

marketing efforts for the Ravinia Business District.

The Highland Park City

Council held a public hearing

on a proposed property

tax levy and approved the

budget for the 2017 fiscal

year at its meeting Nov. 28.

The budget of approximately

$84 million was

unanimously approved

by the city council, and

includes $14.4 million in

infrastructure improvements,

$3.4 million in

street improvements, $3.4

million in sewer upgrades,

$2.7 million in water upgrades,

$1.1 million in

bridge improvements and

$1.2 million in other infrastructure


The budget will also include

a tax levy increase

of $524,000, which would

impact a $500,000 household

by approximately $10

a month. The tax levy will

help provide funding for

police and fire pensions.

State law requires police

and fire pensions to be 90

percent funded by 2040,

so the City has been making

“annual state-mandated

contributions,” according

to Highland Park Finance

Director Julie Logan. The

city council and Logan discussed

how to efficiently

raise funds for city pensions,

while also minimizing

the impact that it has on

the taxpayers of the city.

Instead of solely relying

on property tax levy,

Highland Park also funds

its pension contributions

from partial state income

tax receipts and partial

proceeds from the sale of

assets, when available.

In 2017, the City is responsible

for a $6.4 million

contribution to pension

funds, which is $1.8

million lower than the estimated

contribution due

to budgeting by the city


“This is due to the City’s

decision in 2016 to accelerate

contributions to

the public safety pension

funds using LGDF funds

to minimize the long term

impact to the property taxpayer,”

Logan said.

LGDF, local government

distributive funds,

is money received by local

governments from the

state from income taxes

from individuals and corporations.

“(Local government

distributive funds are) the

mechanism the State of

Illinois uses to distribute

local governments’ share

of Illinois income tax receipts,”

Logan said.

The finance department

recommended funding

pension contributions

partly through local government

distributive funds

and partly through a tax

levy increase of $524,000.

The increase would result

in a pension contribution

of more than $7.4 million.

While the total contribution

would be more

than required by the state,

Logan and the city council

argued that it’s more

financially sensible to

make higher contributions

earlier, so the contributions

don’t substantially


“I think it’s safe to say

that by making contributions

at this level that

we’re seeking to do, we’re

seeking to help minimize

the long-term impact of

this obligation,” Councilman

Daniel Kaufman said.

“Staying on the path of

only contributing on the

state-mandated level, the

contributions would start

increasing substantially

over time,” Logan said.

“So, higher contributions

now going forward will

minimize that increase.”

The city council says it

has been planning for the

long term, especially with

the uncertainty in state finances.

$1.7 million was

cut from the 2014 fiscal

year budget, and the budget

was constrained for the

2015 fiscal year, allowing

the council to have that

money as a surplus to put

into the pension fund.

“We’re planning to

keep that restraint on our

spending, so we can put

that money in (the pension

fund),” Councilwoman

Kim Stone said.

Logan said the budgeting

that the city is doing

is “pretty progressive,” as

other communities solely

rely on property taxes to

fund pensions. The tax

levy will be voted upon

Dec. 12.

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2017-18 student fees and course additions approved

Todd Marver

Freelance Reporter

The Township High

School District 113 Board

of Education approved

student fees for fiscal

year 2017-18 at Deerfield

and Highland Park High

Schools at its Monday, Nov.

28 meeting. The Board of

Education reviews fees on

an annual basis.

“I will note that none of

the fees are increased for

next year from this current

year,” president Annette

Lidawer said.

The board also approved

additions to the 2017-18

program of studies. Department


teachers, building curriculum

committees, building

administrative teams and

executive council are involved

in the curriculum

change process and all additions

are brought to the

Board of Education for

their approval. There are

three new additional course

offerings at Highland Park

High School for the 2017-

18 school year including

Guitar III/IV, honors astronomy

and mobile makers

iOS app development.

Guitar III/IV will be a

full-year course open to

freshmen through seniors.

The 2016-17 school year

is the fifth year HPHS has

offered Guitar I/II, which

teaches students how to

read standard notation,

chord symbols and TAB. If

a student displays advanced

knowledge of all three notations,

they can test into

this new course. Right

now, the only place for a

small number of advanced

guitarists is in jazz lab and

ensemble, which means

limited opportunities for

students. Course objectives

are to diversify students’

knowledge of music and

the guitar, to increase students’

technical skills on

the guitar, to create a multiyear

track for students to

further their learning and to

Student fees

Activity ticket — $150 (includes home games,

some theatre productions, yearbook, field trip

transportation, newspaper, literary magazine and

required handbook/planner)

Handbook/planner — $15

Physical education and materials — $15.

Parking — $360.

Bus — $230/semester

Graduation — $41

Driver’s education permit — $20

Driver’s education lab — $240

Transcripts — $5/each

PSAT testing and processing — $28

Summer school courses — $300/semester

Technology/printing — $40

teach diversity and culture

through music.

Mobile makers iOS app

development was approved

last year for both Deerfield

High School and Highland

Park High School, and the

class will begin at HPHS

next school year, due to a

delay caused by construction.

The course develops

students’ skill sets in

programming by using

industry-grade tools and

software and industry standard

protocols that allows

the course to complement

current computer science

offerings. There are no prerequisites

for this course.

“Compliments to the

team for putting together

some innovative and interesting

programs for the

year,” board member Stacey

Meyer said.


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the kids are also high

school kids, and it makes

for nice camaraderie between

the kids,” Gold said.

“When they’re working

with the professionals,

I’ve always brought [professionals]

in to teach professional

etiquette … but

in this case they’re seeing

kids their age having that

state of mind.”

Cast changes from year

to year are minimal, with

most of the new cast being

the young dancers who

join for the first time as

toy soldiers. For the dancers,

it’s about maturing

into roles they’ve idolized

since they were young.

“It’s wonderful,” Gold

said. “You see their dedication

and their devotion,

they get so much satisfaction

out of growing.”

Natalie Ecanow, 17, of

Highland Park, plays the

Rose Queen and dances in

the snow scene. She’s been

at North Shore School of

Dance for 12 years, performing

in her ninth and

final Nutcracker.

“It’s really sad, it’s very

surreal,” Ecanow said.

In the past, she’s played

roles such as Snow Queen,

Clara, Spanish and more,

but this year Rose Queen,

she said, is a unique challenge

because of the partner

work involved.

Sarah Guggemos, 17, of

Northbrook, who plays the

Snow Queen, also called

the experience “surreal,”

to be performing in her last


“The comparison of

where you start and where

you end up is amazing,”

she said.

Mia D’Alessandro, 12,

of Lake Forest, is dancing

in her sixth Nutcracker,

playing a party girl, an angel

and a gingerbread.

“For the party scene,

you really get to develop

your own character more

than usual,” she said.

The party scene, which

begins the show, sees

the dancers arriving at

a Christmas Eve party,

where Clara eventually

receives The Nutcracker.

While there is ample dancing

throughout the scene,

the young dancers do an

outstanding job acting,

bringing the viewers into

the world of the ballet.

After this year’s performance,

North Shore

School of Dance’s “Nutcracker”

has been performed

in Lake Forest for

25 years. Though only its

third year at Lake Forest

Academy, becoming a part

of the community is what

sets “The Nutcracker”

apart for Gold.

“We built a following,”

she said. “People expect to

see us every year, and it’s

beautiful to see the people

who come back year after

year ... we actually get to

know our audience, which

is really unique.”

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Two vehicles burglarized

Nov. 21 on Clavey Road

Vehicle burglaries continued

this week when two

vehicles were burglarized

between 8:15 and 9 a.m.

Nov. 21 in the 800 block

of Clavey Road.

A wallet was stolen

from the front passenger

seat of a vehicle between

8:15 and 8:30 a.m. Nov.

21 in the first incident. In

the second, a purse was

stolen from inside a vehicle

from 8:55–9 a.m.

In other police news:


Nov. 26

• Various items were reported

stolen from a residence

at 10:33 a.m. in the

1500 block of Sherwood

Road after an unknown offender

entered an open garage

to the residence. The

incident occurred between

midnight at 10:30 a.m.

Nov. 26.

• A speaker was reported

stolen from an unlocked

vehicle at 5:40 p.m. in

the 1700 block of Northland

Avenue. The incident

occurred between Nov.


Nov. 25

• A rear license plate was

reported stolen from a

driveway at 4:30 p.m. in

the 1300 block of Bob-O-

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The society, which was established

in 1864, has more

than 4,400 members in Cook,

Lake and DuPage counties,

making it the largest local society

of the American Dental Association.

The Chicago Dental

Society, the respected leader in

scientific dental meetings, will

be hosting its 152nd Midwinter

Meeting Feb. 23-25, 2017 at

the McCormick Place West.

Tiersky earned her dental degree

from the Loyola University

School of Dentistry. She then

earned her Juris Doctor degree

from the John Marshall Law

School. She is a member of the

American Dental Association,

Illinois State Dental Society

and the Alpha Omega Dental

Fraternity. She is a fellow of

the Academy of Dentistry International,

American College

of Dentists, International College

of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard

Academy and the Odontographic

Society of Chicago.

She has been practicing dentistry

for the past 30 years. She

has been licensed to practice

law in Illinois since 1991.

Tiersky lives in Highland

Park with her husband Roland

Davidson and their daughter



District 31 hires new Winkelman


West Northfield District 31 has

hired a DePaul and University of

Illinois graduate as its new principal

at Winkelman Elementary


Dana Tamez, a Northbrook

resident, has been hired on to

replace Michael Kahn, who resigned

June 30. Tamez spent the

last four years as assistant principal

of Hawthorn Middle School

South in Vernon Hills.

“It’s been wonderful so far —

the staff, the students and the

community are so welcoming,”

Tamez said. “It’s really nice to

be a part of the school and giving

back to my own community

as well.”

Tamez has a Master of Education

degree in administration and

supervision from the University

of Illinois and a Master of Education

degree in teaching and learning

from DePaul. She also has a

bachelor’s in Spanish from the

University of Texas.

Prior to working at Hawthorn,

Tamez spent 10 years at Jones

College Prep in the South Loop,

teaching Spanish and leading

the world languages department.

She is also a native of the North

Shore, having graduated from

Deerfield High School.

The number one factor that attracted

Tamez to Winkelman was

its diversity, she said.

“Winkelman is unlike a lot

of schools on the North Shore,”

Tamez said, “in that it has such

a high diversity, socioeconomically

as well as ethnically. It’s

really, really nice to be working

in a school where we’re teaching

children about the real world and

working with others, having tolerance

for others.”


From Page 8

Reporting by Matt Yan, Contributing

Editor. Full story at Northbrook-



Village breaks down water

meter charges

The Village of Glenview addressed

residents’ concerns regarding

water bill increases during

a Water and Sanitary Sewers

Workshop on Wednesday, Nov.

30, at Village Hall.

Joining Deputy Village Manager

Don Owen in providing answers

were Amy Ahner, director

of administrative services; Sarah

Kuechler, the Village’s strategic

services manager; Nick Santoro,

deputy director of administrative

services; Judy Ruiz, resolutions

center supervisor; and Jerry

Burke, director of public works.

Ahner began the workshop

with an overview.

“There is no profit in these

funds,” she said. “Ongoing revenue

has to match ongoing expenses.

We want correct data.

What we don’t want is rate


She explained that the decision

to install and upgrade water

meters in all of Glenview’s residences,

commercial buildings

and apartments between September

2015 and June 2016 was

because water meters across the

village were approaching or had

exceeded the manufacturer’s recommended

lifecycle of 20 years.

An estimated 8,300 meters were

more than 20 years old.

The old mechanical meters had

internal moving parts that became

worn over time, decreasing

their effectiveness in registering

water consumption.

Reporting by Neil Milbert, Freelance

Nov. 24

• A Fitbit was reported stolen

from a business at 1:05 p.m. in

the 100 block of Skokie Valley

Road. The incident occurred between

3–4 p.m. Nov. 23.

Nov. 23

• Various items were stolen from

a home while the residents were

away from Nov. 21–23 in the

1100 block of Hilary Lane. A secured

door to a garage was broken.

Reporter. Full story at GlenviewLantern.com.


Woman’s Club of Wilmette

continues rebuild

Like the proverbial Phoenix,

the Woman’s Club of Wilmette is

rising out of the ashes.

The historic building, once

the center of many community

activities, experienced a devastating

fire in February 2015 but

is slowly returning to its original


“We are glad that no one was

injured in the fire,” Edie Rowell,

chairwoman of Woman’s Club of

Wilmette Clubhouse Rebuilding,

said. “Things have taken longer

than one would hope but now the

process of rebuilding is moving


She said the water poured on

the fire caused the building to become

a frozen ice block.

“The Wilmette Fire Department

did an amazing job containing

the fire so it did not spread to

surrounding buildings,” Rowell

said. “They poured a clocked 1.5

million gallons of water on the

fire. The Wilmette Water Department

also did a wonderful job

keeping the pressure up in the

fire hydrants so there was enough

water to fight the fire.”

The result was that about 30

days passed before anyone could

enter the structure.

“It was difficult at first to assess

the extent of the damage,”

said Barbara Bischoff, co-chairwoman

of the Woman’s Club of

Wilmette along with Ruth Smith.

“The fire caused so much damage

that professionals had to

determine the integrity of the

remaining structure before we

could go in.”

The cause of the fire remains


No information provided by

Highwood Police.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Highland

Park Landmark’s Police Reports

are compiled from official reports

emailed from the Highland Park

undetermined according to Lt.

Jim Bentz, lead investigator from

the Wilmette Fire Department.

“The fire was so intense that

the exact cause cannot be determined,”

Bentz said.

Reporting by Hilary Anderson,

Freelance Reporter. Full story at



Lake Bluff tax levy may increase

property taxes

In 2017 property owners in

Lake Bluff may see an increase

in their property tax bills.

The Village Board reviewed

the 2016 property tax levy during

a public hearing at its board

meeting on Monday, Nov. 28.

The proposed levy will increase

property taxes by 1.25

percent. The property tax bill

will come out in May and will

be due in June and September of


Susan Griffin, finance director

for the Village, explained this is

the first increase in six years.

The increase will affect every

property owner differently as it

will depend on market value.

If a home is valued $600,000

the owner can expect to see a 6

percent increase, which will be


The increase will depend on

equalized assessed value or market


The levy is divided into many

different categories. It is mostly

made up of the local school districts,

taking 60 percent and the

Village with only 9 percent. The

library accounts for 2 percent of

the levy.

The Village’s surplus is maintaining

more than 50 percent,

Please see nfyn, 14

Police Department headquarters

in Highland Park and found on file

at the Highwood Police Department.

Individuals named in these

reports are considered innocent of

all charges until proven guilty in a

court of law.

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orchestra and chorus,

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School News


Highland Park High Schools

approved for College Board’s AP

Capstone Diploma program

On Friday, Nov. 11, Highland

Park High School was approved

by the College Board to implement

the AP Capstone Diploma

program beginning with the

2017-18 school year.

AP Capstone is offered at

approximately 1,000 schools

worldwide and only 29 in Illinois.

The program is offered

in countries such as the United

States, The United Kingdom,

Japan, China, Taiwan, India and


The program builds on the

schools’ current AP program by

adding two courses — AP Seminar

and AP Research — that

equips students with skills that

are valued by colleges and crucial

to post-secondary success.

The two courses complement

and enhance the discipline-specific

AP courses by focusing on

students’ skills in independent

research, collaborative teamwork

and communication, within

both small and large groups

and in presentation settings.

Upon successful completion

of the AP Capstone program,

students will be awarded an AP

Capstone Diploma, a distinction

recognized worldwide.

The AP Capstone program is

another way that District 113 students

can set themselves apart.

The curricular teams at HPHS

are examining how the program

might be implemented. Currently,

students at HPHS are already

taking AP Seminar. Should they

choose to take AP Research next

year, they may be awarded the

AP Capstone diploma if they

have also taken four AP courses.

For more information about

the AP Capstone Diploma program,

please contact The College

Board at (212) 713-8052 or



National Hispanic Institute


This past month, members of

HPHS NHI Alumni joined 300

students from around the country

(along with representatives

from various Latin American

countries) at NHI Celebración

2016 in McAllen, Texas. These

14 HPHS students were invited

to this showcase event because

of their stellar work at the various

National Hispanic Institute’s

Summer Leadership Programs.

Dana Castilla’s team took

overall second place, and Enrique

Aguero was one of six

students recognized as most

promising individual. Participating

students included: Dario

Castillo, Norma Chavez, Gabriela

Cruz, Stephanie Diaz, Emmanuel

Guzman-Vega, Cassandra

Ibarra, Casandra Martinez,

Jasmin Mateos, Benecio Moncivaiz,

Ana Perez, Jennifer Silva

and Alejandra Valencia.

HPHS FTC Robotics

All three Highland Park robotics

teams participated in

the Northern Illinois Robotics

League on Saturday, Nov. 12 at

Lake Forrest High School. Team

5452, Robot to the Knee are currently

ranked 11th in the state

and second in their division.

Follow the FTC league standings

— both the division and

statewide rankings at ht bit.ly/


Computer Science Education


Computer Science Education

Week runs from Dec. 5-11. During

this time, HPHS will host

several guest speakers during the

block days, promote CS in classrooms

through specialized lessons

for nearly all departments,

and have a panel of current CS

students visit classrooms to answer

questions regarding HPHS

CS courses, including the new

Mobile Makers course for iOS

app development.

This is an exciting time in

the world of computer science,

with job growth exploding and

imagination pushing innovation

beyond what the world thought

possible. Highland Park High

School takes great pride in ensuring

that every student has the

opportunity to learn to code. As

President Obama put it: “It is

time to empower a generation of

American students with the computer

science skills they need to

thrive in a digital economy.”

Three students earn highest

score possible on the October


Three of HPHS students received

a score of 36 on the October

ACT Test: Zachary Auerbach,

Matthew Kisin and Elliot

M. Lewis. Last year, ACT reported

only 0.1 percent of students

from the 2016 graduating

class earned a 36.

HPHS Art Club Paints Mural for

New Downtown Pulse Fitness

Jessica Berens and the HP Art

Club painted two murals at the

Pulse Fitness, the new gym in

downtown Highland

Park. Check out the timelapse

on the HP Facebook Page (facebook.com/HighlandParkHS).


Robot Revolution competition at

Northwood Dec. 10

For months, Robotics Teams

from all NSSD 112 middle and

elementary schools have been

charged with designing and

programming a LEGO robot

that can complete a number of

challenges on the Animal Allies


The teams have explored the

many ways innovation and technology

have enabled humans

and animals to exchange learning,

friendship, help, daily needs,

protection, amusement and love.

The competition will give teams

two and a half minutes to score

as many points as possible with

each challenge being worth different

amounts of points. The

competition is free and open to

the public, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

IRead 2017 is coming soon

Mark your calendars for the

kickoff of iRead 2017 at the

Highland Park Library on 9

a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.

Meet visiting authors, attend a

storyteller performance and hear

teachers and staff read throughout

the day.

Real life science

Highland Park surgeon brings real-life experience to

Highland Park HS students Nov. 30

HPHS students listen and laugh as Dr. Mark Hill lectures on science

and what it’s like being a surgeon.

North Shore




and Highland

Park resident

Dr. Mark Hill

shares his


as a surgeon

to Highland

Park High

School AP

Biology and

Anatomy and




Nov. 30.



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From Page 10

which exceeds their goal

50 percent.

Final approval is scheduled

for the Dec. 12 Village

Board meeting.

Story by Alyssa Groh, Contributing

Editor. Full story at



Board approves tax levy


After holding the required

public hearing earlier

in the meeting, the Glencoe

School District 35 Board

of Education unanimously

approved its annual tax

levy request at its meeting

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Thursday, Dec. 1, with no

changes from the tentative

levy approved in October.

The tax levy amounts

to $26,763,482, with an

increase of 8.56 percent

over the 2015 tax extension.

The increase was recommended

in light of the

tax cap limitation of 0.7

percent. The levy increase

also incorporates the possibility

of $40 million of

new growth for the district,

Director of Finance

and Operations Jason

Edelheit said. New growth

in 2015 amounted to $8.1

million, up from $6.9 million

in 2014.

The operating tax extension,

then, will increase by

0.7 percent, or $172,565.

“[The levy] only increases

existing property

taxes for operational purposes

by that tax cap level

of 0.7 percent,” Edelheit

said. “At the end of the

day, that’s going to be the

number we’re looking at

for what the actual levy

increase will wind up being.”

The levy is the statutory

basis by which the school

district obtains the local

property tax dollars in order

to operate the schools.

The levy is simply a request

for dollars, however,

as Cook County sets the

property tax rates. In Cook

County, tax rates are assessed

on a triannual basis.

The levy process officially

began when the

board approved its Fiscal

Year 2016-17 budget at its

September meeting.

Story by Fouad Egbaria,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at GlencoeAnchor.com.

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Dear Editor,

Recently, countless

citizens lined up at city

council and board of education

meetings to protest

the rushed, unnecessary

school closures North

Shore School District 112

is poised to implement

through a budget deficit

reduction plan called

BDR3, a drastic fourschool

closure austerity


What is particularly

troubling about the

Board’s recent deliberations

is the degree to

which board members

keep approving new

BDR3 expenditures.

Last spring, District 112

claimed to be in such dire

financial straits that it had

absolutely no other option

except to shutter four

schools. Now, suddenly,

it has enough money for

a ring road around Edgewood

Middle School, for

enhancing Edgewood

with “middle-school philosophy”

($700,000!), for

expanding Edgewood’s

cafeteria, and even for

considering associate

principals for our new

mega-elementary schools.

That’s right: now the

Board is contemplating

hiring more administrators

even as it fires teachers.

Meanwhile, the Board

has not yet identified other

costs that may accrue due

to BDR3: rental space for

administrators, maintenance

costs for abandoned

school buildings, and increased

busing costs.

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costs connected to implementing

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majority seems blithely

indifferent to BDR3’s

mounting costs, the Board

should not move ahead

with BDR3 until all implementation

costs can be

fully accounted for to the

taxpayers who are funding


Just as the board majority

seems indifferent

to the mounting costs of

its BDR3 boondoggle, so

school board president

Michael Cohn seems indifferent

to the many people

who have spoken out

against BDR3.

He dismisses such critics

as “just the vocal

ones” from mere “pockets”

of the whole district.

Sadly, he’s getting things

wrong a second time.

When people vocally

protested the $198 milion

referendum and the

mega-middle school, their

voices in letters, conversations,

and public comment

were dismissed and

ignored by Cohn and his


As it turned out, those

outspoken voices reflected

68 percent of the electorate

and majorities in

every precinct.

Now, Cohn and the

board majority are making

the same mistake:

listening but not hearing

because what they hear is

not what they want to do.

The Board’s majority

has broken faith with our

community. Therefore, I

urge district residents to

call for the resignations of

all board and administrative

members who continue

to promote BDR3.

Those who persist in

promoting that plan are

out of touch with the community

and damaging its



Carla Arnell

Highland Park resident

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From the Editor

Courtney Jacquin


There’s no way

around it — the

holidays are stressful.

Whether it’s waiting

in outrageous airport lines,

dealing with unruly family

members or stressing

about gifts to give, it’s

easy to forget about the

fun and meaningful parts

of the holidays and worrying

about the not-so-fun


I’m a planner, somewhat

obsessively so, so I

usually get the majority of

my holiday shopping done

over Thanksgiving weekend.

I’m not the stand in

line for doorbusters type,

but I love a good online

deal with free shipping.

Who doesn’t?

Last week, I was reminded

about the magical

parts of this season, what

make it my favorite time

of year, despite the dropping


I was lucky enough to

see the final rehearsal of

North Shore School of

Dance’s “Nutcracker” before

they moved it to the

stage for dress rehearsal

and performances at Lake

Forest Academy.

The “Nutcracker” is my

favorite annual holiday

A little bit of magic

activity. For my entire life,

its been a defining part of


Every year, no matter

how busy my December

calendar is, I try to fit

in a “Nutcracker” performance.

My favorite

is the Joffrey Ballet’s

“Nutcracker.” Robert Joffrey’s

staging of the ballet

officially ended with the

Joffrey last year, and I felt

like I lost a little part of

myself with it. I promise

that sounds a lot more

dramatic than I mean it

to. Every year I marvel

at the perfect dancers and

staging, and without doubt

cry during the Waltz of

the Flowers. Why? I’m

still not sure, after all

these years, but hey, I’m a

sucker for Tchaikovsky.

On Christmas Eve,

The Ovation Network,

which I don’t think exists

anymore, used to play a

marathon of Nutcrackers

throughout the evening,

showcasing ballet

companies from around

the world. When I was

younger I would subject

my family to watching,

which would lead mostly

to them leaving the room

and me not noticing. They

may not have enjoyed it,

but I sure did.

The “Nutcracker” is

more than just a yearly

ballet I see, though, it’s a

part of me.

Growing up, my mom

owned a dance studio and

dance was an extremely

important part of my life.

Throughout middle and

high school, my dance

company was my second

family, my best friends.

Each December, like

most dance studios, we

performed the “Nutcracker,”

and I can remember

all of my parts vividly,

and how important they

were to me.

I remember how

difficult dancing as a

snowflake in the snow

scene was, how exciting

my first major role was as

I danced in the Arabian

scene, how amazing it felt

to nail a fouette sequence

(those impressive turns

that the best dancers seem

like they can do for hours,

whipping their leg around

and perfectly turning) at

the end of Russian, and

the horror when I met the

eyes of one of my fellow

dancers in the Waltz of

the Flowers as we saw another

dancer in the scene

fall down in the midst of

our ending sequence.

Though the dancing

part of my life ended in

high school, it’s with me

forever. It’s what draws

me to covering ballets

and theater productions in

Highland Park, and how

lucky I am to cover a town

that has such a rich and

vibrant arts scene.

In working on the story,

I talked to two seniors at

North Shore School of

Dance, who danced in

their final “Nutcracker.”

It’s a major accomplishment

and milestone, both

exciting and sad. Whether

all of the dancers continue

dancing past high school

or their performance days

end here, the “Nutcracker”

will always stay with them.

If any of you grew up

dancing, I know you share

this with me. If not, even

if you’re just been a loyal

“Nutcracker”-goer, like

many have for North Shore

School of Dance’s performance

for the past 28 years,

you know the magic too.

As I left North Shore

School of Dance that evening

after the rehearsal,

I queued up the Waltz of

the Flowers on may car

stereo. As I drove past all

the lights in downtown

Highland Park, I’m a little

embarrassed to admit,

but I teared up again. It’s

the magic of the holiday


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some of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time.

We have seen an unprecedented refugee crisis,

unending wars around the globe, and a hurricane

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everything – yet need to find the strength to carry on.

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HP’s Bitter Jester wins

regional Emmys, Page 19

Bitter Jester Creative Development’s Nicolas DeGrazia (left) and Director of Photography Daniel

Kullman (right) watch footage being shot during the production of “Arch of Repose.” photo by

Richard Shay Photography

18 | December 8, 2016 | The highland park landmark puzzles


north shore puzzler CROSSWORD & Sudoku

THE NORTH SHORE: Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Northbrook, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Location in

Glencoe that was

filmed as part of the

film, “Flags of our

Fathers”, goes with

36 across

6. One who takes


10. Fountain order

14. El Chapo tracker

15. Saintly glow

16. Same as before

17. Like sides of


19. River

20. Lovers’ getaway

21. Multitasking

computer system

22. Electrical power


23. Dog tags e.g.

25. Essential oil

29. Drive

31. Fade out, in a


34. Highland Park

HS mascot

36. See 1 across

38. Peaceful relations

between nations

40. Frustrates

41. Cartilage disks

42. Run of wins

43. Display at the


44. Rehem

47. Merry-go-round

figure, to a child

48. African antelope

49. Measurer

51. Beetle Bailey


54. Juicy

59. Location

60. Constraint

62. Party pooper

63. Some homages

64. Bead material

65. Like some losers

66. Math calculation

67. Word on a campaign



1. Atlanta-based cable


2. Reddish

3. Seed coat

4. U.N. agency

5. Free from party affiliation

6. Suckers

7. Most healthy

8. Distinctive style

9. Ruby anniversaries

10. Skull cavity

11. God attended by

two ravens

12. Place to get a


13. Card type

18. Valuable stone

24. Set a limit

25. Lizard

26. Microwave feature

27. Sully

28. Not pro

30. Guinness suffix

31. More desperate

32. Teensy bits

33. Exalt

35. In an isolated postion

37. Tropical root

39. Perch

45. Artist working on


46. Certain bias

48. Swindle

50. Taproom

51. Automobile pioneer

52. Novice

53. Spree

55. Loosen

56. List ender

57. “Way to go!”

58. Ancient ornamental


61. Safety device


The Panda Bar

(596 Elm Place, (847)


■Every ■ Friday: Live




(210 Green Bay Road,

(847) 433-0304)

■7 ■ p.m. Thursday, Dec.

8: Judy Knight with

Brian Wilkie

■9 ■ p.m. Friday, Dec. 9:

Second Hand Soul

■9 ■ p.m. Saturday, Dec.

10: Unfinished Business

■8 ■ p.m. Sunday, Dec.

11: BBQ Blues Jam

with Darren Jay Fellas


Johnny’s Kitchen

(1740 Milwaukee Ave.

(847) 699-9999)

■7:30 ■ p.m. every Friday

and Saturday: Live


The Rock House

(1742 Glenview Road,

(224) 616-3062)

■7:30 ■ p.m. Thursday,

Dec. 8: Ben Lewis Trio

■6 ■ p.m. Friday, Dec. 9:

Family Night Karaoke

■10 ■ a.m. Saturday,

Dec. 10: Piper Phillips


■10 ■ a.m. Sunday, Dec.

11: Owen Hemming

Oil Lamp Theater

(1723 Glenview Road,

(847) 834-0738)

■Through ■ Dec. 30: It’s

A Wonderful Life — A

Live Radio Play


The Lantern

(768 Western Ave.

(847) 234-9844)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Sundays:

Holly the Balloon



Maevery Public House

(20 East Scranton Ave.

(847) 604-3952)

■7:30 ■ p.m. every third

Thursday of the

month: Warren Beck

To place an event in The

Scene, email chris@GlenviewLantern.com


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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

hplandmark.com life & arts

the highland park landmark | December 8, 2016 | 19



This Weekend Only!

Bitter Jester’s Nicolas DeGrazia (left) and Daniel Kullman (right) pose with Ava Lee

after filming “Cal’s Angels.” photo by Eshter Lee

HP’S Bitter Jester

wins big again



DEC 10 & 11


An affordable holiday tradition performed in the

grand Russian style by Salt Creek Ballet with

special guest soloists.



TUE, DEC 13 AT 7:30PM

Performing holiday classics from her album,

A New Thought For Christmas and intimate

arrangements of fan favorites & new songs!

Video production

company wins 2

regional Emmys

Erin Yarnall

Freelance Reporter

Nicolas DeGrazia and

Daniel Kullman never set

out to win awards — yet

it keeps happening year

after year.

The duo’s Highland

Park-based video production

company, Bitter Jester

Creative Development.

The Highland Parkbased

company received

six Emmy nominations

for the Chicago/Midwest

Emmy awards, which

took place Dec. 3, and

won two awards: Outstanding


for On-Camera Talent for

“Pilsen Preps for the Big

Event” and Outstanding

Achievement for Public

Affairs/Current Affairs

Programming for “A Day

in the Life of a Cristo

Rey Student.” Since they

started submitting pieces

for nominations in 2012,

they’ve received 28 nominations

and have won six


“It’s exciting,” said

Kullman, who was personally

nominated as an

editor. “To get nominated

for it not only speaks to

the editing craft, but think

it speaks to how strong the

stories are that we’re able

to tell with our client and

that’s really satisfying.”

Bitter Jester takes its

name from DeGrazia’s

sketch comedy troupe in

the ’90s, which featured

a character who wore an

ill-fitting jester costume

and became increasingly

angry as the audience

laughed at him.

“Back in the day, the

jester was always the person

who could get away

with criticizing the king

without getting his head

chopped off — most of

the time,” DeGrazia said.

“I loved the idea of some-

Please see Bitter, 20




Featuring rhythm and whimsy-filled dances to

celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah & the winter

season…all with LIVE music!







They put the “Mock” in Democracy!


The musical political satirists highlight the problem

with political jokes…sometimes they get elected.



20 | December 8, 2016 | The highland park landmark faith


Faith Briefs

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road, Highland Park)

Men’s Fraternity: Discipleship

These ongoing men’s small groups

equip men looking to go deeper in

their spiritual journey of following

Christ with a focus on spiritual formation,

small group relationships

and provides opportunities for leadership

development and training.

These meetings are 6-7:30 a.m. every

Friday morning.

HOGS Serving Day

HOGS, “Hands Of God Serving,”

is a practical acts of service ministry

where we will clean, paint, haul stuff

and perform light plumbing, electrical

and carpentry repairs to serve

the elderly, single moms and those

in need. HOGS meets every third

Saturday of the month from 8 a.m.-

noon. Contact Phil Manley at phil@

manleydevelopment.com for more


MOPS at Highland Park Campus

MOPS stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers.”

MOPS is about meeting

the needs of every mom of a child

from conception through kindergarten

with local groups of moms.

Every first and third Friday of the

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

is a place for moms of young children,

ages 0-5, to connect and develop

friendships with women in the

same season of life. This class costs

$10 per meeting, with the first meeting

free. Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Danielle

Maccabe at (864) 901-3498 or by

email at mopscchp@yahoo.com.

Congregation Solel (1301 Clavey Road, Highland Park)

Torah Study

From 9:15-10:15 a.m. every Saturday

morning there will be a Torah

study at Congregation Solel. You can

come in the morning to kick off your

weekend with a Torah study and then

stay throughout the morning at Solel

for subsequent activities and fun. For

more information, go to www.solel.

org, or call (847) 433-3555.

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (1175 Sheridan

Road, Highland Park)

Job Network Meeting

Beth El Job Network is in business.

The Network meets every Friday

morning at 9 a.m. in the library.

If you are unemployed, under-employed,

changing jobs, entering or

re-entering the work force please

join us. For more information, call

Dr. Eli Krumbein at (847) 432-6994

or email JoAnne Blumberg at JoAnneB1729@gmail.com.

Two Faiths, One Roof

Two-FOR is a group for Jewish-

Christian families for learning and

fellowship. Childcare is provided

so parents can engage in their own

learning and conversation, while

children can hear a story and make

a craft for their own experience. For

more information, contact Rabbi Ari

at arim@interfaithfamily.com.

Submit information for The Landmark’s

Faith page to Courtney Jacquin at

courtney@hplandmark.com. The deadline

is noon on Thursday. Questions?

Call (847) 272-4565 ext. 34.

In memoriam

Dominic M. Venturi

Dominic M. Venturi Sr., 95,

life-long resident of Highland

Park, passed away.

Faithful and “lucky” husband

to the late Marie “Dolly”

Venturi; proud father to Joseph,

Veronica (Don) Boyajian,

Tina (Patrick) Walsh,

Dominic Jr. (Tammy) and

Bridget (Mike) Veenama;

special Nonno to seven grandchildren

and three greatgrandchildren

and loved uncle

of many.

Venturi was a 77-year

member of the Modenese Society

and life-long parishioner

of Immaculate Conception

Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations

can be made in Dominic’s

name to Modenese Society,

P.O. Box 245 Highwood, IL


Jill Rohde

Jill Nathanson Rohde, 74,

formerly of Highland Park,

passed away Nov. 29 after a

long battle with breast cancer.

She was a long time restaurant

critic for Chicago Magazine,

teacher and political activist.

She was born in Minneapolis,

grew up in Highland Park and

graduated from Mills College

in Oakland, Calif. She

met her husband and received

her master’s degree at Roosevelt

University. In 1976, she

and her husband, Ron, wrote

the “The good (but cheap)

Chicago Restaurant Book”, a

popular guide to inexpensive

ethnic restaurants in Chicagoland.

Rohde helped found

and for many years served

on the board of the nonprofit

Changing Worlds. She was

also a board member of the

Crossroads Fund, and Family

Care Services of Metropolitan

Chicago. Besides her loving

husband, she is survived

by brothers Marc (Jane) and

Greg (Teresa) Nathanson,

both of Los Angeles; brother

and sisters in law: Judy Rohde

Cormack, Ed and Georgette

Rohde, Donna Rohde of

Boulder and numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins, and of

course, their dog, Howie. In

lieu of flowers, please make

any donation to Chicago Coalition

for the Homeless, 70 E.

Lake St., suite 720, Chicago,

IL 60601; Greater Chicago

Food Depository, 4100 W.

Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL

60632; or Crossroads Fund,

3411 W. Diversey Ave. #20,

Chicago, Il 60647. A memorial

service for Jill Nathanson

Rohde is being planned in

early 2017 in Chicago.

Rocco Peter Dawson

Rocco Peter

Dawson, 81, of

Harvard, formerly

of Highland Park, passed

away Nov. 26 with his wife by

his side. He was born on Oct.

30, 1935 in Highland Park,

the son of the late Joseph Edward

and Marie G. (Petite)

Dawson. Dawson worked as

an Operating Engineer for the

Local 150 until retirement. He

served in the United States

Army. On Nov. 26, 1964,

Dawson married Margaret E.

Hirons in Arlington Heights.

Dawson was a member of St.

Joseph Catholic Church and

the Knights of Columbus. He

enjoyed spending time with

his family and friends. Survivors

include his wife of 52

years Margaret; children, Peter

(Karen) Dawson of Frisco,

Texas, Paul (Paula) Dawson

of Doylestown, Pennsylvania

and Theresa Dawson of

Grapevine, Texas; daughterin-law,

Tina Dawson Scott

(Brian Scott) of Harvard; six

grandchildren, Luke Dawson,

Devon Dawson, Grace

Dawson, Tate Dawson, Kailey

Haron and Phoebe Haron;

one brother, Frank Dawson.

He was preceded in death

by one son, Mark Dawson;

and two brothers, Joseph and

Kenneth Dawson. In lieu of

flowers, donation may be given

to JourneyCare Hospice,

405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington,

IL 60010.

Have someone’s life you’d like

to honor? Email courtney@hplandmark.com

with information

about a loved one who was part

of the Highland Park/Highwood



From Page 19

one who has that kind of power

and position and a really good

job, and they hate it. I like that

cynical, kind of dark sense of


In the past two decades, the

original comedy troupe has expanded

into multiple companies,

all under the Bitter Jester brand.

Bitter Jester Studios is the production

company, which created

the pieces nominated for

this year’s Emmys. Bitter Jester

Creative Development is a writing

and development company,

and Bitter Jester Foundation for

the Arts is a non-profit, which is

now home to the sketch comedy

troupe as well as the Bitter Jester

Battle of the Bands, which happens

annually in Highland Park.

While Bitter Jester is rooted

in comedy, it doesn’t mean they

can’t tackle serious subjects.

One of the Emmy-nominated

pieces they produced this year is

a video for Cal’s Angels, a nonprofit

based out of St. Charles,

that grants wishes to children

with pediatric cancer.

“(The video) was exactly

what I had hoped for because we

worked so hard to grow the foundation

and to educate,” Cal’s

Angels co-founder Stacey Sutter

said. “When you bring awareness

to anything, you’re going

to end up raising more dollars.

More dollars is going to create

more research and more research

will hopefully someday lead to a


The video is nominated for

Outstanding Achievement for

Human Interest Programming

— Program/Special/Series/

Segment as well as a directing

nomination for DeGrazia for

Outstanding Crafts Achievement

Off-Air — Directing. Sutter was

so pleased with the awareness

Cal’s Angels received from the

nominations she decided to pay

it forward — becoming the platinum

sponsor for the awards.

“I’m a believer in giving back

when people help us,” Sutter

said about the sponsorship.

While DeGrazia is very happy

with the work Bitter Jester

has done so far, he has further

dreams to grow the companies in

the future — potentially including

a brewery.

“Bitter Jester is a great name

for a beer,” DeGrazia said. “I

don’t ever expect that to become

a multi-million dollar business,

but it would be a cool way for

us to give Christmas presents

to people and have a local brew

that’s maybe stocked in a couple

of places.”

Even with the future plans, he

still sees his many companies

being rooted in Highland Park.

“I couldn’t find a better community

to have (my companies)

in to be quite honest,” DeGrazia

said. “I feel very artistically free

and creatively able here. I just

love it here.”

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the highland park landmark | December 8, 2016 | 21



—Joe Heard, former White House photographer

Connecting Heaven and Earth


I’ve reviewed about 4,000 shows.

None can compare to what I saw tonight.”

—Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic

“Absolutely the No.1 show in the world.

No other company or of any style can match this!”

— Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet

“Absolutely the greatest of the great!

It must be experienced.”

—Christine Walevska, “goddess of the cello”, watched Shen Yun 5 times

“This is the highest and best of what humans can produce.”

—Oleva Brown-Klahn, singer and musician


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The magic of the holiday

season can be hard

to contain, but for three

hours, that magic was

flowing from room to

room and person to person

inside the Five Seasons

Sports Complex in


22nd Century Media’s

inaugural Winter Market

Thursday, Dec. 1, pulled

out all the stops in an effort

to release the holiday


“We love creating lasting

impressions for people and

giving them quality yet fun

experiences,” said Heather

Warthen, chief events officer

for 22nd Century Media,

publisher of The Highland

Park Landmark. “It

fits with what we do with

community journalism.

We are your hometown

newspaper, so why not do

a hometown event around

the holidays?”

The magic was real

enough to touch as soon

as you guests neared the

front entrance, where they

were greeted by a pair of

live reindeer named Peppermint

and Snowflake.

No one — not guests,

vendors or employees of

22nd Century Media —

could contain their joy

upon seeing the majestic

creatures. The reindeer

obliged to dozens of photos

with young and old.

“My favorite part about

doing something like that

is you see everyone, from

4 to 104, have the same

Jan Barkley and Drew Barkley of Giveback Kitchen,

out of Highwood, pose at 22nd Century Media’s Winter

Market Thursday, Dec. 1 at Five Seasons Sports

Complex in Northbrook. Joe Coughlin/22nd Century


reaction,” Warthen said.

“They feel like a kid again

seeing one of Santa’s reindeer.

It really puts you in

the holiday mood.”

The good feelings

weren’t allowed to subside

after the initial greeting.

Just inside the front doors,

members of the Glenbrook

North Express holiday

choir, dressed in their holiday

best, belted out classic


Flanking the choir, festive

vendors lined the

halls off the foyer, selling

everything from cookies

and breads to scarves and


Giveback Kitchen personified

the season with its

chocolate sauces, offering

a sweet holiday treat with

a side of good will, as a

portion of all proceeds are

donated to Make-A-Wish


Drew Barkley, who

owns Giveback Kitchen

out of Highwood with his

wife, Jan, said the venture

is only 18 months old,

but after an “amazing”

summer at local markets,

Giveback Kitchen is on

the rise, showing at holiday

fairs and gift shows

all season.

Down the other hallway,

the Tower Princess was

busy warming children’s


There was more spirit

around the corner, near

the building’s cafe, where

children could write holiday

cards to soldiers overseas

amid more holiday

songs from the Glenbrook


Nearly 40 vendors in all

packed the main floor of

the Five Seasons Sports

Complex. Other vendors

from Highland Park included:

WizBang Knits,

Glamour Girlz Central and


“For a first time out, we

thought it was a great experience;

people seemed excited

to be there,” Warthen

said. “We had a really great

variety of vendors and

hopefully this is something

we can repeat next year.”

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the highland park landmark | December 8, 2016 | 23

St. Louis native puts fresh spin on Chicago-style pizza

Sauced Pizza latest

in Lake Forest

Courtney Jacquin

Contributing Editor

Craig Grimes has been

in the restaurant business

his entire life.

From starting in an Italian

restaurant bussing tables

and washing dishes as

a teenager in St. Louis to

becoming the regional vice

president of operations

at Levy Restaurants and,

most recently, the CEO at

Native Foods in Chicago,

Grimes has been training

all his life to own his own


His dreams and hard

work have finally come to

fruition with Sauced Pizza

in Lake Forest.

“I’ve always loved pizza,

it’s probably our family’s

favorite go-to item,”

Grimes said. “It’s no secret

that everyone loves pizza.”

After leaving Native

Foods a little more than

a year ago, Grimes immersed

himself into the

pizza industry, learning

everything he could from

friends and colleagues he’s

made in his more than 30

years in the industry.

“Essentially I became a

student of the pizza business,”

he said.

Grimes first went back

to St. Louis to study from

Imo’s Pizza, a popular local

chain in the area.

“I learned a lot about the

core values of operating a

business, consistency and

commitment to quality and

exceeding guests’ expectations,”

he said.

He then went to Austin,

Texas, to learn consistency

and quality control from a

friend who runs more than

100 Pizza Hut restaurants

in the area.

The Sauced Deluxe pizza includes the restaurant’s five-cheese blend served with

toppings galore, including Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, red onions and

green pepper. Photos by Jacqueline Glosniak/22nd Century Media

From there Sauced,

which opened in late October,

was born.

Located in Prosciutto

Italian Kitchen’s former

location, the space is

small, with only one table

and two chairs. For now,

the restaurant is focusing

solely on carry-out and

delivery, and perfecting

the menu and brand before

branching out further.

“Restaurants are not

simple,” Grimes said.

“[This location] can serve

a foundation, to build upon

a brand, to really define

who we want to be.”

The menu is small, but

not limiting, featuring

pizzas in a thin crust or

hand-tossed style, three

pastas, wings and two salads.

Grimes developed all

of the recipes himself, and

continues to tweak and

perfect the menu as feedback

from the community

rolls in.

“It’s not what I like, it’s

not what we like as a family,

it’s what the guests

Sauced Pizza

508 N. Western Ave.,

Lake Forest

(224) 544-5035


11 a.m.–9 p.m.


Noon–8 p.m. Sunday

like,” he said.

At Sauced, pizza is the

cornerstone of the menu.

The margherita pizza

($17.58 for a 12-inch pizza)

features large sliced

tomatoes, fresh basil and

fresh buffalo mozzarella.

All pizzas can be ordered

as thin crusts or a thicker

hand-tossed crust for the

same price.

The margherita was

served on the thin crust,

which had a great crunch

to it. The sauce, the restaurant’s

namesake, has

a slightly sweet finish,

giving the pizza a unique


The Sauced deluxe

pizza features Italian sausage,

pepperoni, mushrooms,

red onions and

green pepper atop the

restaurant’s five-cheese

blend — aged Asiago,

Romano, Parmesan, provolone

and mozzarella.

Served on the hand-tossed

crust, the hearty ingredients

are supported by the

doughier base. The handtossed

crust, not quite as

thick as Chicago-style

deep dish, gives slices a

nice chew, without being

overly bread-like.

Starting this month,

Sauced is expanding from

its five specialty pizzas

and adding monthly artisan

pizzas, adding even

more of a foodie touch to

the menu.

The chicken Florentine

pizza features baby

spinach, sliced tomatoes,

grilled chicken, feta

cheese as well as the restaurant’s

five-cheese blend

atop an alfredo sauce base,

finished with a basil pesto

drizzle. The flavors are

complex but not overwhelming,

and while it’s

Sauced’s chicken alfredo pasta ($10.58 for an individual

serving, $38.98 for a family serving) includes penne

pasta complete with owner Craig Grimes’ signature

creamy alfredo sauce.

Sauced carries both traditional and boneless wings,

with sauces including honey barbecue, smoky

barbecue, garlic Parmesan and more.

not a pizza to share with

the whole family, it’s great

for parents looking for an

elevated food experience

while still ordering a basic

pizza for the kids.

Beyond pizza, the wings

and the chicken alfredo

pasta are standouts.

The wings ($6.99 for

six, $12.99 for 12, $19.99

for 24) are available traditional

style or boneless,

and with a variety of sauces

such as honey barbecue;

smoky barbecue; mild,

medium and hot Buffalo;

garlic Parmesan; sweet

chili; and Asian teriyaki.

The Buffalo wings provide

a great flavor and heat

without being too overwhelming.

The chicken alfredo

($10.58 for individual,

$38.98 for family serving)

has penne pasta tossed

in Grimes’ alfredo sauce,

which is creamy and

cheesy in all the best ways.

Sauced Pizza may be

starting small, but there’s

no doubt it’s doing big


24 | December 8, 2016 | The highland park landmark life & arts


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My favorite basketball player is

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What do you usually eat before a


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Who is one team you look forward

to playing each season?

I look forward to playing Deerfield every

year because they are our biggest rivals

and the games always get very intense.

If you could have any superpower,

which would you choose and why?

I would want to be able to stop time

so that I could prevent bad things

from happening.

If you could travel anywhere, where

would you go and why?

I would want to go to Fiji because I

have never been and it looks so tropical

and relaxing.

What is your favorite book or


My favorite movie would be “Rocky”

because it was all about determination and

hard work.

What’s the best coaching advice

you’ve been given?

The best coaching advice I’ve been given

was for when I got nervous before a game.

My coach would just tell me to take a

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Athlete of the Month

New Trier’s Urbanowicz takes home title

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

For the third time this year,

a Trevian tallied the most

votes in 22nd Century Media’s

Athlete of the Month


New Trier senior girls volleyball

player Nicole Urbanowicz

finished with 74 votes

for the contest in the month

of October.

Urbanowicz was a key

member of the Trevians volleyball

squad the past two

seasons. After missing some

time early in the year with

an injury, Urbanowicz came

back to help lead the Trevians

to the Glenbrook North tournament


Finishing second in the voting

was Highland Park sophomore

golfer Julia Shafir.

Glenbrook South volleyball

NOVEMBER Athlete of the Month Candidates

Highland Park

Tommy Cahill, boys hockey

Aaron Hope, boys hockey Loyola Academy

Matthew Casey, boys crosscountry

and diving

Ella Tierney, girls swimming

Evan Robertson, boys Margaret Petersen, girls



Zach Chamberlain, boys

Glenbrook North


Nicole Knudson, Glenbrook

Lake Forest

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Liam Pooler, football

Chloe Carroll, Glenbrook

Brett Chody, girls crosscountry

girls hockey

Maren Douglas, girls

Jack Ulrich, boys bowling


Mike Lee, boys crosscountry

Bryan Ooms, football

New Trier

Glenbrook South

Al-ameen Salako, boys Lizzy Shaw, girls basketball


Max Klemm, boys soccer

player Julia Rytel was third.

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Highland Park AYSO VIP soccer program promotes awareness and inclusion

Children with

disabilities thrive in

Highland Park AYSO VIP

Buddy Soccer program

Stephanie Kerch, AYSO

Long-time friends and buddies within the program (from left), Ezra Miller, Alec Knobloch and Justin

Illes, all of Highland Park, pose for a picture during a recent practice. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Team sports are one of the defining

experiences of childhood.

Weekday practices, weekend

playing on the field, winning,

losing, and the excitement of

play are all part of growing up.

Only local league, the Highland

Park American Youth Soccer

Organization (HP AYSO) VIP

(Very Important Player) program,

makes it possible for children

with disabilities to enjoy

these rites of passage.

The HP AYSO VIP teams

provide local soccer play experiences

to children whose physical

or mental disabilities make it

difficult to participate on mainstream

teams. Locally, they play

on Sunday mornings throughout

the Fall and Spring seasons,

enjoying games that get

everyone moving and having


“The goal of the national

AYSO program is for every

child to have the opportunity to

play soccer at every level and

ability, and this program personifies

that mission,” said Alana

Miller, a Highland Park resident

who started and has helped

to manage the VIP program for

more than eight years.

Highland Park AYSO has

one of the more robust VIP programs

in the area, due largely to

the dedication and leadership of

both Miller and Todd Grayson,

who previously ran the coaching

side of the program for more

than four years as another HP

AYSO Board member and parent

of a VIP player. Today, the

HP AYSO hosts 17 VIP players

and 25 “Buddies.” Buddies

are volunteers that range in age

from 8th grade to seniors in high

school, and devote their time

to effectively providing oneon-one

help to players on the


Visiting a game recently, it’s

impossible to overstate how

wonderful the program is, and

how rewarding and fun it is for

all involved. One Northbrook

mom of a player on the autism

spectrum shared, “My son has

been coming for nearly six

years, and he is now in seventh

grade. He cannot wait to get up

and go each week, and he loves

to run up and down the field, especially

early before things get

too busy. It is so good for him.

He loves the game, learning

skills, and the one-on-one time

with his Buddy is a connection

he enjoys, that really helps


Laura Florek, of Northbrook,

has been bringing her two children

for more than five years.

Her daughter, 11 and son, 13

both are on the autism spectrum.

“As a parent, to be able to

have them do something in the

community, play sports, be with

buddies and get into activities,

well, it’s wonderful,” Florek

said. “They really look forward

to it, and are excited to participate.

I can see how happy they

are doing something with their


“We couldn’t do it without

our amazing volunteers,” said

Andy Karsen, HP AYSO Commissioner,

“It would be impossible

to field the teams. We’re

very appreciative that we have

so many terrific young people

who step up.”

Some of the Buddies that

shared insight into the experience

include Dani Cohn, Justin

Illes, Rachel Antman and Abby

Karsen, Becca Turley and Ezra

Miller – all of Highland Park.

Each expressed passion for being

Buddies, and how rewarding

it is to see the smiles on the

players, watching them grow

and improve, and their amazing


Miller said, “Our hope is

that VIP soccer will help the

athletes gain confidence, learn

teamwork, some new skills,

and enjoy the physicality of

sports. Overall, this experience

is meant to be fun, fair and safe

for the athletes. Still, it’s not

just giving these VIP players

some genuine inclusion and fun

– although that is the point. It

gives something invaluable to

the parents as well. They can sit

and watch the game, see their

child’s joy in participating in

this team activity, and have an

opportunity to get to know the

other parents too.”

To register, go to www.hpayso.org/vip.

For more details,

write to vip@hpayso.org or like

the Facebook page Alana VIPsoccerbuddy.


From Page 34

you have to do against the best

wrestlers in the state. I want to

go back there and improve upon

what I did.”

The Giants received pins

from Weathers (152) and Martin

Melcher (160), a technical

fall by Alex Rosenbloom (145),

a 6-3 win from Aidan Sanders

(120) and forfeit wins from Jett

Koulentes (113), Andy Rosenbloom

(126) and Juan Melgar


GBN’s Gio Kollias gave a

strong performance as he was

one of three Spartans to earn

pins. Kollias’ pin in 132 came

with 1:29 left in the second period.

“We had a tough fall to start

the match at 220,” Kollias said.

“I wanted to get some points for

the team and do what I could to

help them rally. I did a good job

making sure I was staying on

top and tried to keep control of

my position.”

As a senior, Kollias has been

part of the Spartans program for

quite a while. And he takes his

role as one of the primary leaders

for GBN seriously.

“I’ve been in this program under

coach (Jason) Erwinski for

four years now so I know what

some of the younger guys go

through when they’re first starting

out,” Kollias said. “I feel like

it’s my job to try and get them

to buy into what the coaches are

teaching and set a good example

for the rest of the team.”

Though GBN dropped its first

conference match of the season,

Kollias has liked what he’s seen

from the team thus far.

“We just about have a full lineup

and there were a lot of things

that we did well today,” Kollias

said. “A lot of guys had pins

and really stepped up. I think

we’re capable of having a good

turnaround from last season. We

have to keep working but I feel

like guys are buying in and we’re

showing improvement.”

Jake Fahey (138) and Nate

Rosenberg (170) earned pins

while other Spartans winners

were Justin Starr (195) and Jacob

Weingardt (285) while Kazden

Orshoski (106) won by forfeit.

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is here.

This Week In

Giants varsity


Boys Basketball

■Dec. ■ 8 - at Glenbrook

North, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

■Dec. ■ 8 - at Maine West,

5:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 9 - vs. Glenbrook

North, 7:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 13 - vs. Niles West,

7:30 p.m.

Boys Hockey

■Dec. ■ 8 - Varsity vs. Loyola

Maroon (Centennial Ice

Arena), 9 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 9 - Blue at St.

Patricks (Edge West), 7 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 10 - Varsity at Crystal

Lake South (Leafs Ice

Center West Dundee), 8:20


■Dec. ■ 11 - Blue vs. Cary

Grove (Centennial), 8:30


■Dec. ■ 12 - Blue vs. Maine

(Centennial), 9:10 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 13 - Varsity vs.

BGHW (Centennial), 8:50


■Dec. ■ 14 - Blue at Lake

Zurich (Glacier Ice Arena),

8:50 p.m.

Boys Swimming

■Dec. ■ 9 - at Vernon Hills,

5 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 10 - Diving at Buffalo

Grove Invite, 7 a.m.

■Dec. ■ 10 - Swimming at

Buffalo Grove Invite, 10



■Dec. ■ 9 - vs. Vernon Hills,

6 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 10 - at Glenbard

East, 10 a.m.


From Page 35

with (Budnik) for a while

and she’s always been a

part of our team helping

us and coming to games

before she was in high

school,” Ignoffo said.

“She’s a huge asset and a

6-foot freshman and she

can do it all. She really

helps our team a lot.”

Following Highland

Park’s first victory came

a four-game losing streak

with losses to Glenbrook

South (62-31) on Nov. 16,

Carmel (39-28) on Nov.

18, Grayslake North (49-

46) on Nov. 19 and Niles

North (60-49) on Nov. 26.

The Giants opened the

season with a 37-35 loss to

Mundelein on Nov. 14.

“Even though we lost

(the four previous games)

and our heads were down,

we were able to pick ourselves

back up and have

the energy to keep going

and win this game,” Budnik


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the highland park landmark | December 8, 2016 | 33

Boys Hockey

Shared connections bring Giants, Scouts together

Derek Wolff, Sports Editor

At Lake Forest College’s

Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse,

a banner along the

building’s northern wall introduces

its proud partners,

one of whom is the Falcons

Hockey Association.

The Falcons are boys

and girls youth hockey

travel organization, where

many of its alumni have

gone on to play for Highland

Park or Lake Forest

High School.

Many of those alumni

met back up on Wednesday,

Nov. 30, when hosts

Lake Forest Blue defeated

Highland Park, 4-2.

Will Lincoln, Jack Kaptrosky

and Jack Barbour all

scored for the Scouts in the

contest before senior cocaptain

and left winger Ryan

Gattari iced it with a goal at

4:52 in the third period.

“There’s been a big rivalry

here between Lake

Forest and Highland Park

over the years,” Lake Forest

coach John Murphy

said. “I thought the boys

responded pretty well. Our

goaltending was huge.”

Lake Forest sophomore

goaltender Colson Stutz

played for Highland Park’s

junior varsity team last

season, then came back to

haunt the Giants. He turned

aside 22 of the 24 shots he

faced in the contest.

“You can imagine being

asked to go play for a different

high school on the

JV team your freshman

year, which is intimidating

enough,” Murphy said. “He

went over there and just

worked his butt off. We’re

so excited to have him as

part of our program.”

Stutz’s counterpart, Giants

senior Evan Robertson,

was equally impressive

for most of the night,

where he stopped 34 of

38 shots he saw and held

Highland Park together

during stretches.

Lake Forest opened the

game with dominant puck

possession that translated

into Lincoln’s goal on a

high wrist shot that beat

Robertson on the stick side

3:27 into the contest.

Highland Park stepped

up its forecheck afterward

and controlled the majority

of the possession for the

rest of the period, though it

failed to score.

Following the first intermission,

continued to

play aggressively in the

offensive zone, which paid

off when Dylan Abt scored

on a giveaway with 5:55 to

play in the period, besting

Stutz through his 5-hole.

It was Abt’s team-leading

16th goal of the season.

Three minutes later,

Stutz would get the better

of Abt on a game-saving


Following a turnover

at the Lake Forest blue

line, Giants winger Gabe

Schlussel earned a 2-on-

1 in the Scouts’ zone. He

made a toe drag move

around a defender before

getting a pass across ice to

Abt, whose shot was denied

by a sprawling save

from Stutz.

The rebound led to an

odd man rush the other

way for Lake Forest,

which played the end-toend

game to perfection

when a cycled pass found

Kaptrosky alone in the

high slot. He buried a slap

shot past Robertson to retake

the lead, 2-1.

Highland Park came out

of the second intermission

energized and tied the score

52 seconds into the period.

Lake Forest’s Ryan Gattari (23) fights off a stick check as he takes the puck in on net against Highland Park on

Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Lake Forest College’s Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Miroslaw Pomian/22nd Century Media

Junior winger Ryan

Genender’s stretch pass

went blue line to blue line,

connecting with Schlussel’s

stick, who raced in

on net and beat Stutz high

to the glove side for the


With about 10 minutes

remaining in the game,

however, a boarding call

would ultimately cost the

Giants, giving the Scouts a

power play.

Barbour received a pass

near the side boards, then

toe dragged around a defender

to fire off a snap

shot from just below the

right circle for what became

the game-winner.

With plenty of time remaining,

Highland Park

felt confident it could

tie the score for a third

consecutive time, Giants

coach Sean Freeman said.

“We’re a very resilient

team with a lot of heart

and a lot of character,”

Freeman said. “I think

there was positive energy

there and we thought that

we could get it back. We

had a couple shots that just

didn’t go in.”

With 4:52 left to play,

Gattari added the insurance

goal on a fluttering

shot near the right point

that tipped off Robertson’s

glove and went in.

“The puck kind of just

came to me,” Gattari said.

“It wasn’t a very good shot

but if you shoot it at the

net, it’s going to (occasionally)

go in.”

Though the Giants possessed

the puck for longer

portions of time throughout

the game, Lake Forest’s

notable shot advantage

at 41-24 made a big

difference. Robertson was

replaced in net by Chase

McKellar with 3:30 left in

the game.

“The way we were beating

and competing with

Highland Park’s Dylan Abt (black) weighs his options

after gaining the offensive zone.

other teams, everything

was shot first, rebound second,”

Freeman said. “Tonight

everything was extra

pass first, shot second.

I’m not the smartest guy

in the room ever, but I have

figured out that if you don’t

shoot, you can’t score.”

The jovial nature of

the rivalry and the shared

bonds between the teams

extends behind the benches

as well. Murphy was

one of Freeman’s coaches

while growing up.

“As much as we like and

respect each other, we’re

competitive, we wanted to

win,” Freeman said.

The teams will play for

a third and final time on

Jan. 24, 2017, in Highland

Park. Lake Forest also

won the first matchup with

the Giants, 8-2, at Highland

Park’s Centennial Ice

Arena on Sept. 20.

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Giants improve to 2-0 in CSL North

David Jaffe

Freelance Reporter

While Highland Park’s

DJ Penick has wrestled at

220 pounds before, it’s not

the weight class in which

he typically wrestles.

But Penick showed

Friday, Dec. 2, that even

when faced with a situation

where he may be undersized,

he is still a force

to be reckoned with.

Penick pinned Glenbrook

North’s Brandon

Friedman, a very talented

wrestler, with 16 seconds

remaining in the first period

in the first match of the

night, helping the host Giants

improve to 2-0 in the

Central Suburban League

North with a 44-31 win

over the Spartans.

Highland Park’s D.J. Penick (left) looks to put

Glenbrook North’s Brandon Friedman in an arm bar

during their matchup at 220 pounds during a wrestling

bout at Highland Park High School on Friday, Dec. 2.

photos by Miroslaw Pomian/22nd Century Media

Among the 14 weight

classes, Highland Park

earned six pins, a technical

fall and four forfeits.

“I ended up having to

move up a class today and

I knew I was going to be

the smaller kid,” Penick

said. “I just wrestled my

match since I couldn’t tie

him up. I was quick and

aggressive because I had

to compensate for the size


Penick feels that even

though there’s an adjustment

to wrestling in a

higher weight class, he

was prepared for what to


“In 220, they’re definitely

stronger in addition

to being bigger,”

Penick said. “But working

with teammates that

are in smaller weight

classes helps a lot. Guys

like (teammates) Steven

Weathers and Max Rosenbloom

are light on their

feet and quick so they

help me in practice know

Giants wrestler Aiden Sanders looks to pin Spartans

counterpart Tim St. John.

what to expect being the

smaller wrestler.”

Penick was a state qualifier

at 170 last season and

it was an experience that

taught him a lot.

“I learned that I really

have to push my pace and

can’t wait around to see

what the other wrestler is

going to do,” Penick said.

“I have to set the pace

on offense. That’s what

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Girls Basketball

Defense helps snap four-game skid


Miroslaw Pomian

Stars of the Week

1. D.J. Penick

(ABOVE). Despite

wrestling above

his weight class,

Penick proved

once more to be a

capable leader on

the wrestling team,

winning a match

at 220 pounds

against Glenbrook

North. Penick was

a state qualifier last

year at 170 pounds.

2. Kirby Bartelstein.

Bartelstein nailed

a 3-pointer late in

a contest against

Maine East to

give the Giants a

lead they wouldn’t


3. Gabe Schlussel.


continued his hot

streak of late,

scoring a gametying

goal against

Lake Forest in

a Highland Park

comeback bid.

Todd Marver

Freelance Reporter

In its seventh consecutive

road game to open

the season, prospects for

a Highland Park victory

looked bleak when Maine

East went into the halftime

break with a 39-28 lead.

But Giants coach Jolie

Bechtel’s halftime speech

helped the team turn it

around in the second half

to pick up a 62-57 win

on Friday, Dec. 2, in Park


Highland Park improved

to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in

the CSL North with the


“We defended in the

second half,” Bechtel

said. “We did not defend

in the first half. We talked

about that at halftime. If

we’re going to win we

have to defend. We scored

enough points in the first

half. That’s not really our

trouble. We’re giving up

too many points. We dug

in and played better defensively

in the second half.”

Maine East took its

largest lead of the game

at 40-28 early in the third

quarter. But the Giants outscored

the Blue Demons

13-6 to cut their deficit to

46-41 early in the fourth


“I think as a team our intensity

was so much better

the second half,” Giants

sophomore guard Sydney

Ignoffo said. “Our defense

and our bench brought us

back in. We were a little

negative honestly in the

end of the first half and

we just came together

as a team and positivity

brought us up.”

Highland Park still

trailed by five points at 50-

45 before going on a 7-0

run to take a 52-50 lead.

The scoring surge included

a three-pointer from senior

guard Jenny Goldsher and

two points apiece by Ignoffo

and freshman post

Addie Budnik.

A pair of free throws

from Maine East’s Lauryn

Alba Garner tied the score

at 52 before the Giants reclaimed

the lead at 55-52

thanks to a three-pointer

by Highland Park junior

guard Kirby Bartelstein.

Maine East went on a 5-0

run to take the lead back

at 57-55 due to a Caralina

Apostolou 3-pointer and

two points from Jenny


Highland Park went on

a 7-0 run to end the game.

Bartelstein’s 3-pointer

with 39.6 seconds left

gave Highland Park the

lead for good at 58-57. Ignoffo

sealed the game with

four free throws.

“Both of them (Bartelstein

and Ignoffo) in

the second half had really

gutsy efforts,” Bechtel

said. “Kirby and Sydney in

the second half both dug

in defensively and did a

great job. Kirby came up

2016 Giants Varsity


Sydney Ignoffo SO G

Denise Maldia JR G

Nicole Berardi SR G

Kirby Bartelstein JR G

Lily Biagi JR F

Leah Berns SR G

Jenny Goldsher SR G

Maile Lunardi SR G

Tina Diez SR F

Addie Budnik FR F

Maggie Fincher SR F

Lily Kahn SR F

Gracie Libman JR F

with three loose balls and

she was physically on the

floor. Sydney did a nice

job on Lauryn (Alba Garner)

their best player (who

finished with eight points).

I think that when we play

well defensively, the baskets

come easy.”

Budnik led the Giants

with 19 points with 12

coming in the second half.

Ignoffo added 13 points

with eight of those in the

second half and Bartelstein

scored all 10 of her points

in the second half.

“I think that especially

today (Budnik) really

started to show some confidence

and we were able

to see what she really is

capable of,” Bechtel said.

“She bailed us out in a lot

of situations in terms of a

rebound or a loose ball,

not just in scoring points.

She’s got a great work

ethic, a great basketball

Senior forward Lily Kahn, pictured here in a game from

earlier this season, is expected to take more of a role

in the low post this season after the Giants lost senior

Kaci Burden to graduation in 2016. Varsity Views

IQ and I think she’s going

to do a lot of great things


Maine East was led by

Angelina Apostolou’s 20

points and Caralina Apostolou’s

19 points. Twelve

of Angelina’s 20 points

and 16 of Caralina’s 19

points came in the first


“We started out in a zone

and I think we weren’t getting

to our close outs,”

Bechtel said. “We went

to man and did a little bit

better job and then played

man in the second half

and we were able to slow

them down a little bit. We

didn’t leave them as open

and didn’t give them as

many open looks. But they

played a great game and

shot very well.”

In Highland Park’s first

win of the season, a 48-

46 triumph over Grant on

Nov. 15, Ignoffo led the

Giants with 19 points and

Budnik added 18 points.

“We’ve been playing

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Listen Up

“I’m not the smartest guy in the room

ever, but I have figured out that if you

don’t shoot, you can’t score.”

Sean Freeman — HPHS hockey coach on getting pucks to

the net.

tune in

What to watch this week

BOYS BASKETBALL: The Giants tip off with their rivals

from Northbrook in a pivotal CSL North battle.

• Highland Park at Glenbrook North, Thursday,

Dec. 8, 7 p.m, Glenbrook North High School.


30 - Athlete of the Month

29 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Derek Wolff. Send

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


The highland Park Landmark | December 8, 2016 | HPLandmark.com

Skid Stopped

Girls basketball ends four-game

losing streak, Page 35

Stumble and Fall

Scouts best Giants in third

period, Page 33

Giants use pins, forfeits to top GBN, Page 34

Highland Park’s Aiden Sanders looks to gain the upper hand against Glenbrook North’s Tim St. John in a wrestling bout from Highland Park High School on Friday, Dec. 2.

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