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Former Lincoln-Way

North Principal Mark

Cohen — pictured here

addressing a North

assembly — will move on

from the district in June.

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Former North principal leaves Lincoln-Way after 18 years, Page 3

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FRIDAY

Inaugural Celebration

6:30-11:30 p.m. Jan.

13, Tuscany Falls, 9425

W. 191st Street, Mokena.

Join the Mokena Chamber

of Commerce for a super

radical 1980s glow party to

honor the new Board of Directors

and 2017 President

Troy Griffiths. There will be

dinner, an open bar, DJ and

dancing. Wear 80s or semiformal

attire. Cost is $65

per person. Please RSVP by

Wednesday, Dec. 28 to (708)

479-2468.

SATURDAY

Historical Society Meeting

8:30 a.m. Jan. 14, Mokena

Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter

St., Mokena. The Mokena

Area Historical Society is

scheduled to meet. For more

information, call (708) 479-

3900.

Healthy Living Expo

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 14,

Tinley Park Convention

Center, 18451 Convention

Center Drive. This free-admission

event offers dozens

of vendors, free 30-minute

workout classes, breakout

sessions and more. Brought

to you by 22nd Century Media.

For more information,

call (708) 326-9170 or visit

www.22ndcenturymedia.

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SUNDAY

Indoor Flea Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 15, Oaks

Recreation Center Fieldhouse,

10847 W. La Porte

Road, Mokena. Whether

you’re bargain shopping or

cleaning out after the holiday

season, don’t let the unpredictable

winter weather

stop you. Buyers admitted

free. Cost is $30 for vendors.

Vendors must pre-register at

the Park Office. There will

be no on-site registration.

Registration deadline for

vendors is Monday, Jan. 9

or while space is available.

Visit www.mokenapark.com

to register.

MONDAY

Library Closure

The Mokena Community

Public Library District will

be closed Monday, Jan. 16

for the Martin Luther King

Jr. holiday.

Village Board Work Session

6 p.m. Jan. 16, Mokena

Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter

Street, Mokena. The Mokena

Village Board is scheduled

to have a work session.

For more information, meeting

agendas and minutes

visit www.mokena.org.

TUESDAY

Babysitting Clinics

6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and

Wednesdays, Mokena Fire

Station #1, 19853 S. Wolf

Road, Mokena. Session 1

will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17

and Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Session 2 will meet Tuesday,

Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb.

22. Students must attend

both nights to receive a certificate

of completion. Join

the Mokena Fire Department

for a lot of fun, and learn

valuable information for

anyone who babysits. Boys

and girls ages 10-18 are encouraged

to register early, as

enrollment is limited. Cost

is $15 per student. For more

information and registration

visit www.mokenafire.org or

call (708) 479-5371.

WEDNESDAY

Board of Education Meeting

7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Board

Room, Mokena Elementary

School, 11244 Willow Crest

Ln, Mokena. The Mokena

School District 159 Board

of Education meets the third

Wednesday of each month.

For more information and

meeting agendas, visit www.

mokena159.org.

UPCOMING

Business After Hours

5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan.

19, Absolute Hearing Care/

Absolute Vision Care, 20006

S. Wolf Road. Mokena. Join

the Mokena Chamber of

Commerce for this free networking

event. For more

information, call (708) 479-

2468.

Bingo at the Library!

1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327 195th

St, Mokena. Get your lucky

charms and daubers ready

and head over for an afternoon

of Bingo. Winners will

receive fun prizes, and snacks

will be served. Bingo is open

to ages 18 and older. Registration

requested. Call (708)

479-9663 or email tdomzalski@mokena.lib.il.us.

Family Swim

4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday,

Jan. 22, Lincoln-Way East

High School Pool, 201 Colorado

Ave, Frankfort. Cost

is $5 for residents. Free for

F.A.N members. Call (815)

469-3524 for more information.

Business After Hours

5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan.

26, Apex 3 C.P.A., 10036

W. 190th Place, Mokena.

Join the Mokena Chamber

of Commerce for Business

after Hours and a ribbon cutting

with Apex 3 C.P.A. The

ribbon cutting is scheduled

for 5:30 p.m. For more information,

call (708) 479-2468.

Intro to Yoga

10-11 a.m. Friday, Jan 27,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St, Mokena. Join Marti

Anne for this class that’s

designed especially for first

time yoga students. Learn a

series of gentle poses, postures

and positions while

calming the body and the

mind. We will spend time

going from standing poses

to poses on the mat. Bring

a yoga mat or use one provided

for class. Registration

required. Call (708) 479-

9663 or email tdomzalski@

mokena.lib.il.us.

ONGOING

Baseball and Softball

Deadline to register for

the spring season of Mokena

Baseball/Softball is

Tuesday, Jan. 31. MBSA

offers baseball and softball

divisions from Shetland

(Pre-K) to Palomino

(12th grade). Register at

mokenabaseballsoftball.

org. Email secretary@mbsa.

org for more information.

Youth Spring Lacrosse

Registration

Registration for the 2017

Spring Season of Lincoln-

Way Youth Lacrosse is now

open. New this year is a

kindergarten and 1st grade

team in addition to teams

for grade 2, grades 3 and 4,

grades 5 and 6, grades 7 and

8, and high school teams.

Visit www.lincolnwaylacrosse.com

for more information

and registration.

Winter Reading Programs

Ongoing through Friday,

March 3, Mokena Community

Public Library District,

11327 195th St, Mokena.

Tis’ the season to cozy up

to a good book or stop by

the library to see what warm

and appealing things the library

has to offer this winter.

Reading programs are geared

towards both children and

adults. Earn prizes for reading

books, attending programs

and trying out the new virtual

reality station. For more information,

stop by the library,

call (708) 479-9663, or visit

www.mokenalibrary.org.

Frankfort Area Democrats

7 p.m. third Tuesday of

each month. Anyone is welcome

to attend. For more information,

call Larry Gilman

at (815) 277-9877.

Frankfort Township

Republicans

7 p.m. fourth Tuesday of

the month January through

May and September through

November, Old Frankfort

Township Building, 11008

W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort.

Find out more about the

organization, hear featured

speakers, talk to elected office

holders and learn about

volunteer opportunities. The

public is always welcome to

attend. For more information,

call (815) 469-4996.

Story Hour for 2-Year-Olds

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

a.m. every Thursday starting

Sept. 17 at the Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Bring your toddler

to the library for a free story

time. No pre-registration is

required to join the weekly

event. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

3D Printer Class

10-11 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month, Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Visit the YA Computer

Lab to create 3-D nameplates

with our Makerbot 2x

3-D Printer. Call (708) 479-

9663 for more information.

Lincoln-Way Area Chorale

This choir group meets

weekly to rehearse at Lincoln-Way

East High School,

201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

For more information,

contact Artistic Director

Greg Day at (815) 485-7357.

To submit an item to the

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Amanda Stoll at (708)

326-9170 ext. 34, or email

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Former North principal leaves Lincoln-Way after 18 years

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

To the passing students,

teachers and staff in the hallways

of Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210 schools, Mark Cohen’s

presence was difficult to

miss.

Taller than most, Cohen

stood out in the schools’

hallways and classrooms, in

which he has spent roughly

18 years of his career thus far.

Aside from stature, Cohen

demonstrated notable,

impactful leadership that,

according to his colleagues,

will leave big shoes to fill

once he formally resigns

from the district June 30.

Cohen, who is currently

assistant principal at Lincoln-Way

East High School,

began his career teaching

physics at Lincoln-Way

Central, became chairperson

of the Science Department

at East, served as assistant

principal at both Central and

Lincoln-Way North, and,

perhaps most notably, carried

North through its final

years as its principal.

At the end of this school

year, he will begin a position

as assistant superintendent

at Elmhurst Community

Unit School District 205,

but he will carry with him

the lessons he learned from

Lincoln-Way.

A start in science

When Cohen began his

postsecondary education,

there was a chance he never

would have become an educator.

Originally an electrical engineering

major, Cohen was

tutoring a friend in physics

when she told him he should

have been a teacher. After

considering the idea, Cohen

decided to change his major

to education.

When asked what his favorite

roles from his career

have been, Cohen said he favored

the positions of principal

and teacher.

“In those roles, there’s

just a lot of great, positive

connections with kids,” he

said. “It’s been a tremendous

amount of fun. The high

school students we have are

just great young men and

women. The opportunity to

interact with them and get

to know them is what makes

being an educator worthwhile

and fun.”

In addition to working

with 18 years worth of

classes at Lincoln-Way, Cohen

had the opportunity to

work with 18 years worth of

teachers, administrators and

staff members. One of those

teachers was Maria Wilson,

the chairperson of the Science

Department at East.

Wilson has worked with

Cohen for all 12 years of her

career, both as his colleague

and as a member of teams he

led.

Wilson said what she enjoyed

most about working

with Cohen was that there

was never a question about

what his expectations were

when he was in supervisory

positions, and he demonstrated

a constant willingness

to learn new things.

“He’s always sending me

emails of the newest articles

he’s just read,” she said.

“He’s like, ‘Did you have a

chance to read that?’ and he

wants to talk physics. He’s a

lifelong learner. He’s given

me that, and I hope to carry

that forward with me.

“He called me a nerd a lot,

which to me — and to him

— is a great compliment. I

don’t think there’s a science

person who is offended to be

called a nerd.”

Another person Cohen

spent his Lincoln-Way career

with was Superintendent

R. Scott Tingley. The

Former Lincoln-Way North principal Mark Cohen speaks during a spring assembly on March 24, 2016, at North. Cohen will

continue serving as an assistant principal at Lincoln-Way East until the end of the school year. BURNS PHOTOGRAPHY

pair attended their doctoral

programs together at Loyola

University Chicago.

“We’ve, at Lincoln-Way,

over the past 12-15 years,

we’ve all experienced quite

a bit,” Tingley said. “As

deans at Lincoln-Way East

with nearly 4,000 students

prior to the opening of North

and West, we worked long

hours and late nights. I think

just that collegiality having

worked together will be the

fondest memories.

“We’ve gone through a

number of transitions and

growing pains together.”

Some of Cohen’s favorite

memories of his time at Lincoln-Way

were of the more

lighthearted moments — being

involved in pep rallies,

getting in dunk tanks, participating

in Twinkie-eating

contests — “all the things

that make working with kids

a good experience,” he said.

And some of his toughest

moments were coming

up with solutions to difficult

problems and learning the

patience that problem-solving

required, he said.

Leaving a legacy with

Lincoln-Way North

Perhaps the toughest situation

Cohen had to face in

his career — a situation that

he said nothing in a school

environment could quite

compare to — was the closure

of Lincoln-Way North.

Cohen became the school’s

principal at the start of the

2013-2014 school year, following

the retirement of the

school’s first principal, Michael

Gardner, and remained

in the position until the

school’s closure at the end of

the 2015-2016 school year.

“Mark really kept the family

that Gardner had created,”

Wilson said. “And

we needed Mark last year.

Mark did an amazing job

helping us go through all of

the changes, and we were so

fortunate that he came with

us this year [to East] to assist

in the transition.”

After the July 2015 Board

of Education meeting, at

which the Board of Education

decided a school closure

would be necessary, Cohen

and his administrative team

began forming a plan about

what to do if North was chosen

to close. Following the

August board meeting at

which North was selected,

Cohen and his team gathered

all of the student leaders

from the school and asked

them to brainstorm what

they wanted to accomplish

in North’s last year.

Cohen took their ideas —

things like having a great

homecoming and winning

a state title — to the teachers

at the school’s first institute

day that year, and those

ideas became the focus for

the year, he said.

“The most important thing,

to me, was that the kids did

not hang their heads or go

through the year with a defeatist

attitude,” Cohen said.

“This whole business is

about people; it’s about kids.

I didn’t want outside things

that we couldn’t control to

come into play and take away

from what the kids should be

doing and accomplishing.”

Part of setting the agenda

for the year included communicating

one-on-one with

members of the school community

and to large groups.

Wilson said speaking is one

of Cohen’s best strengths.

“You leave the room

knowing, ‘Oh, man, I have a

purpose. I have a goal I need

to meet now,’” she said. “His

graduation speech in May

was phenomenal. … Whether

you were a kid graduating

or an adult in the stands, everyone

believed in what he

was saying.”

Tingley credited Cohen’s

vision and work ethic for

leading to a successful last

year at North.

“He did a tremendous job

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Year in review

Summit Hill integrates tech

Barb Rains

Summit Hill School District 161

superintendent

This year in Summit Hill

District 161 has been nothing

short of exciting. Our

students are excelling, and

phenomenal teaching and

learning is taking place

within our classrooms. I’d

like to briefly share some

highlights:

Real-world learning

Technology skills and

technology integration continue

to be a focus throughout

District 161. All first

through sixth grade students

participate in a weekly technology

class focusing on

basic skills and other applications,

including Word and

Excel. New this year is the

inclusion of a weekly Junior

Action Lab during second

semester for sixth-graders.

During lab time, students

complete two modules: a

jet toy during third quarter

and a gravity cruiser during

fourth quarter. These

modules integrate science,

technology, engineering and

math concepts to infuse core

curriculum knowledge with

technology.

On a related topic, Summit

Hill Junior High’s solar

panel project is up and running,

thanks to grant funding

from the Illinois Clean Energy

Community Foundation

and Earth, Wind, and Solar

Energy. Four 16-foot by 16-

foot solar panels have been

installed on the school’s

rooftop. The solar array is

connected to the school’s

electrical system and the Internet

for monitoring. The

solar panel project is another

opportunity to bring realworld

science activities into

Summit Hill classrooms in

an interactive and engaging

way. Over the course of the

school year, this educational

tool is being utilized to

prompt discussions of how

solar panels work to convert

sunlight into electricity. Students

utilize the data collected

from the solar panels to

learn how to calculate power

in watts. As they advance

in their knowledge of solar

energy, students will monitor

how the system behaves

over time.

Those Who Excel

Kelly Collins, social

worker at Frankfort Square

School, and Tina Gnade,

kindergarten teacher at Dr.

Julian Rogus School, were

honored by the Illinois State

Board of Education for their

significant contributions to

our schools as part of ISBE’s

‘Those Who Excel’ awards

program. Collins received

an Award of Merit. Gnade

received an Award of Recognition.

She has served the

district since 2008.

Assessment and grading

The Superintendent Advisory

committee, which consists

of parents and school

community members, is

reviewing current district

assessment and grading

practices. Topics include

retaking assessments and

the grading of homework.

These discussions are part

of the larger picture, which

involves a shift in the district’s

focus from grades to

learning. Advisory members

are part of a communications

For Providence

Catholic High School’s

Year in Review

submission, please visit

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loop with a team of district

teachers. The teacher team is

discussing practices related

to these topics to develop

guidelines. We are always

happy to welcome newcomers

to the advisory committee.

To become a member,

please call (815) 469-9103.

‘Like’ us on Facebook

District 161 has developed

its presence on Facebook.

The page is available via a

link on the District homepage.

Content includes stories

and photos of the great

things happening in Summit

Hill schools. Emergency

closing information is also

broadcast on Facebook.

Happy 20th birthday

Hilda Walker Intermediate

School was built in 1996.

This year marked its 20th

year. The school was named

after Hilda Walker, a Kendallville,

Indiana, native who

taught at Rutledge School in

Frankfort in 1932, ultimately

becoming the first teacher in

District 161. Walker School

serves fifth- and sixth-grade

students. It is the only District

school to earn a National

Blue Ribbon, an award

presented by the U.S. Department

of Education. The

National Blue Ribbon recognizes

schools for excellence.

As you can see, great

things are happening in

Summit Hill District 161.

We are very appreciative to

our parents for sending us

such great kids.


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Mokena’s Future Stars Baseball Academy helps family toward accessible van

Ryan Esguerra

Freelance Reporter

Sometimes, without warning,

life just happens.

Events that cannot be justified

or explained can happen

to anyone, at any time. In September

of 2008, life happened

to then-2-year old Bella Brya

and her family, and their lives

would never be the same.

“You can tell she still understands

what is being said

to her, but there is nothing

she can do to respond.”

In November of 2008, one

month after her collapse,

Bella’s mother Allison Brya

gave birth to her baby brother,

Liam Brya. The younger

Brya also had complications

of his own. He was born

with an underdeveloped ear,

a small jawline and spinal

deformities as a result of

Goldenhar Syndrome, a rare

disease that causes abnormalities

in the face and head.

At age 2, Liam’s doctors

found a brain tumor that required

immediate surgery.

The tumor caused him to

lose stability on his right

side, for which he still re-

“You can’t prepare yourself

for a sudden impact,”

help was spurred by a Mokena-based

athletics company.

quires therapy.

The children’s father, Bill

said Rosemarie Melnik, Bella’s

Months before her third Brya, underwent brain sur-

grandmother. “You can’t birthday, Brya suddenly colgery

of his own and today

brace yourself. It just hits lapsed from a life-threatening is being treated for ailments

you, and the life you knew is brain aneurysm that left her in associated with it. In July of

forever changed.”

a deep coma. After multiple 2016, Bella, Bill and Liam

Since then, community

brain surgeries to save her were diagnosed with HHT,

life, doctors told the Frankfort a rare genetic disorder of the

members have supported the

family that due to the severity blood vessels that is passed

family’s ensuing financial

of Bella’s brain injuries, her down through generations

burdens. Most recently, that motor skills and speech were in a family. Much is still unknown

compromised. She would

about HHT, and doc-

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need around-the-clock care

for the rest of her life.

“Watching something like

that happen to her and being

able to do nothing about

it was devastating,” Melnik

said. “It was like one day she

was there, and then the next,

she wasn’t.”

tors are still left searching

for answers.

“Allison works part-time,

and we do the best we can

to help,” Melnik said. “But

we have limited resources

available to us to pay all of

the costs associated with

the medical care our family

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needs.”

In June of 2014, Melnik

started a GoFundMe page in

an attempt to raise money for

a handicap-accessible van

that would be used to support

Bella and bring awareness

to the obstacles the

family is facing. Melnik said

that a customized van would

cost more than $40,000, and

after initial support gathered

more than $10,000, donations

slowed.

“When the tragedy first

happened, everyone was

pouring in so much support,”

Melnik said. “We are

so grateful for that, but after

a while, it seemed as though

people moved.

“We still are using my

2012 Honda Odyssey to

transport Bella in the same

chair she has had since she

was 3. It is very difficult to

get her to and from doctor’s

appointments, but we manage

as best we can.”

When Chicago Elite baseball

coach Scott Spoolstra

read the Bryas’ story in The

Mokena Messenger, he said

that he had to do something.

“When I read the story, I

was deeply affected by the

horrible tragedy this family

has endured,” Spoolstra

said. “To know that they have

been trying to raise this money

for two years and aren’t

even halfway there yet just

made me want to try to bring

awareness back to the issue.”

Spoolstra and Mokenabased

Future Stars Baseball

Academy held two consecutive

Saturdays of baseball

services at their facility,

with all proceeds of the

event donated directly to the

Brya family. In addition to

the discounted baseball services,

raffle baskets donated

by the surrounding community

to support the Byra family

were available. Spoolstra

said that the proceeds of the

two weekends amounted to

more than $1,000.

“I know we won’t be

able to reach the goal dollar

amount in one or two weekends,”

Spoolstra said. “But

bringing awareness to what

is going on and getting the

community involved brings

us one step closer.

“I won’t quit until we

reach our goal.”

In what she hopes to be a

community-rallying event,

Melnik said that the family

appreciates the efforts of Future

Stars Baseball Academy

and hopes to keep the momentum

rolling.

“It’s exhilarating to think

about,” Melnik said. “It’s

the genuine kindness of the

community around us that is

truly beautiful. We stand by

each other.”

In the face of all of the

challenges that the Brya

family has endured over the

past eight years, Melnik said

that her family will never

give up the fight because

they draw off strength from

their little girl.

“When Bella was very

little, she loved books,” Melnik

said. “I don’t think she

could actually read them, but

she would sit there and scan

through every book with so

much excitement and happiness,

that’s how she treated

everything.

“Even on a rainy day,

she would look at me with

a hopeful smile and say,

‘Grandma, it’s a beautiful

day.’ If she can be so optimistic,

then so can we.”


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Year in review

Mokena Library programs

show it’s more than just books

Cathy Palmer

Mokena Community Public Library

District Executive Director

2016 was an exciting and

busy year for The Mokena

Community Public Library

District.

We celebrated our 50th

Anniversary on Aug. 6 and

had a variety of special programs

throughout the month

of August. Programs included

an open house, technology

day with a display of

items from the past 50 years,

musical presentations and a

Teddy bear picnic.

Staff worked with the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce

on this year’s Chamber

Christmas ornament, which

celebrated the library’s 50

years.

The library was extremely

honored to be chosen by Michael

McEvoy for his Eagle

Scout project. Michael designed,

was project manager

and oversaw a group of

volunteers who constructed

a beautiful outside seating

area for us. This is a wonderful

area for those visiting

the library to read, visit with

one another or just relax.

Former longtime residents

of Mokena Robert and

Valerie Horras have donated

many historical documents,

maps, books and more to

the library about Mokena,

and we will be adding more

to the collection. We have

a local history/genealogy

room for patrons to use for

research, as well as a genealogy

club that meets once a

month.

Program offerings were

expanded during 2016. New

programs added this year included

Chair Yoga; Happy

Back Yoga; Yoga for Kids’

a Multi Library Geo-Cache

Event; STEAM programming

that reveals the science

of everyday things in

a hands-on learning environment;

and Memory Lane

Social, a gathering place for

friends with Alzheimer’s or

other forms of dementia and

their caregivers and families

to relax and enjoy socialization,

refreshments, discussion

and entertainment.

The library has a virtual

reality station that allows

patrons to experience cutting-edge

virtual technology

through entertainment, gaming

and learning opportunities

that make you feel like

you are a part of the action.

Another new program is

Career Online High School,

in which scholarships are

offered to qualified adults

to earn an accredited high

school diploma and career

certificate.

We also offer Music In

the Box for newborn babies

to children age 5, plus

a variety of programs for

children, young adults and

teens, including: Reading

with Mandy (Mandy is a

certified therapy dog who

students in first through

eighth grades can sign up

to read to); Walking Book

Club, which meets at The

Oaks Recreation & Fitness

Center; Adult Books Discussion

Group held at the

library; Knitting Club; Teen

Game Night; Group of Advising

Teens, or G.O.A.T.;

YA Coffeehouse; YA Movie

Night; assistive technology

for the visually impaired, including

a Braille printer and

magnifier; and more.

If you are unable to come

into the library, we offer eBooks,

eAudiobooks, eMagazines

and movies, as well as

educational and informative

databases which can all be

accessed from your home

with a valid Mokena Library

card. Our Friends of the Library

will also deliver materials

to homebound patrons.

The library enjoyed participating

in various community

programs throughout

the year, such as the

Business Expo, Asset Faire,

Fourth of July parade,

Christmas parade, Business

After Hours and more.

The staff and board of

trustees would like to thank

all of our wonderful customers

for visiting the library

and helping to make 2016

such a success.

To discover all that the

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with the students and the

staff leading them through

that transition,” Tingley said.

Cohen added that despite

the stress of the situation, he

learned that it was necessary

to keep moving forward to

accomplish the job at hand

— teaching students.

“To shut out the background

noise and continue

to do your job is challenging,”

he said. “It’s like trying

to kick a field goal on

the road in a stadium where

the winds are swirling, and

maybe it’s snowing, but you

have to block out all those

things and do your job like

you know how to do it. That

was the greatest challenge.

It pushed all of us a little bit

just to continue to come in

and keep plugging away, but

I never had any doubt that

we would continue to do a

good job for our kids.”

Beginning a new opportunity

Next school year, Cohen

will officially begin his position

at Elmhurst D205 — a

position that is new for the

district.

He said the assistant superintendent

position initially

interested him because

the district was looking for

someone with science background,

allowing him to return

to a subject he loved.

At Elmhurst, he will work

with both middle and high

school science, technology

and math curriculum and

also help oversee the district’s

one-to-one initiative.

A resident of Tinley Park,

Cohen has no plans to move.

Next year, his son will enter

his freshman year at East.

“As I point out to a few

people, there will still be a

Cohen at Lincoln-Way —

just younger and better looking,”

he said. “There’s a part

of me that’s kind of excited

to just be a dad and not to be

at work when I’m at one of

the events for my kids.”

What Cohen will miss

most about working for the

district, however, are the

people, he said.

“From top to bottom, we

have a great group of teachers,

support staff, maintenance

staff, bus drivers,” he

said. “They’re wonderful

people, and I’m really going

to miss working with them.

“I’ve learned that every

single person in a school

has the opportunity to be a

positive influence in a kid’s

life. … I’ve learned a lot

from how my colleagues react

to adversity and how big

of hearts they have when it

comes to working with students

here.”

Wilson said that though

she and her colleagues are

sad to see Cohen go, they

are very happy for him and

proud of him.

“We wish him luck,” Tingley

said. “This is a good

opportunity for Mark. From

time to time, we have administrators

move on, and

they always do very, very

well. We wish Mark the best

and will continue our relationship

with him.”

Looking back on his legacy,

Cohen said he simply

wants to have made people’s

lives easier and to have been

a positive influence.

“Really, my only metric

for what I do is the success

of the kids that graduate

from here,” he said. “I hope

I’ve been a positive force in

the lives of the children who

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The mokena messenger’s

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Ryan Kraft, Mokena Junior High

School eighth-grader

Ryan Kraft was picked as this week’s Standout

Student because of his academic performance.

What is one essential you must have when

studying?

I need complete silence when I study.

The best place is in my room, at my desk.

What do you like to do when not in school or

studying?

I love sports. I play baseball, basketball

and football. A lot of my time is spent at

practice or at games. I also travel with my

family.

What is one thing people don’t know about

you?

People don’t really know that I love history,

and I enjoy watching old war movies

with my dad. I also have a lot of interest in

sports memorabilia.

Whom do you look up to and why?

I look up to my Papa and my dad. Both

of them have spent so much time with me

and attending my games. They are supersupportive

and have taught me the value of

hard work.

Who is your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher is Mrs. Klappauf.

I’ve had her for years, and she makes history

fun. We do projects in her class, and

lots of times she gives us candy.

What is your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is history. I have always

had an interest in it.

What is one thing that stands out about

your school?

Photo submitted

I think the teachers and coaches stand

out. They are all very helpful and want us

to succeed.

What extracurricular(s) do you wish your

school had?

I wish our school had a football team. I

know that we would have a successful team.

We have a lot of great athletes at our school.

What is your morning routine?

My morning schedule consists of sleeping

in as late as possible. Then, I brush my

teeth, eat and get ready for school.

What is your best memory from school?

My best memory in school was making it

to the Elite 8 in the state basketball tournament

in seventh grade and placing third in

baseball this year. I have great teammates,

and our achievements are very special to

me.

Standout Student is a weekly feature for The

Mokena Messenger. Nominations come from

Mokena area schools.

School News

Lincoln-Way East

East student published in The

New York Times

A Lincoln-Way East junior

urged universities to

require students to learn a

foreign language in the opinion

pages of The New York

Times late last month.

In the Times’ Room for

Debate section, Taylor

Doyle, along with other high

school students, responded

to the prompt, “Should the

study of a foreign language

be mandatory in college?”

with her own experience

studying Spanish.

Many universities no longer

require foreign language

proficiency, according to

The New York Times, but a

proposal at Princeton University

would require all

general education students,

even those who already

speak another language, to

study another language.

Doyle wrote that learning

another learning another language

“was the best decision

I ever made.”

“I don’t know for certain

what I want to major in, but

I do know that a variety of

fields across the board are

looking for people who are

bilingual because our nation

is becoming more and more

globally connected,” Doyle

wrote. “We must be able to

communicate effectively

with foreign partners. So,

what gives a person the edge

needed to compete with others

in this job market? Proficiency

in another language.”

Carthage College

Carthage names Mokena

residents to dean’s list

A total of 992 students

were named to the Carthage

College dean’s list for the

Fall 2016 semester.

The students honored include

Bryan Jack, Jennifer

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Dean’s list honors are accorded

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at least 14 credit hours during

a semester.

University of St. Francis

Joliet university names

Mokena residents to dean’s

list

The University of St.

Francis recently named its

dean’s honor list for the fall

2016 semester.

They include Kylee Bandyk,

Alexis Berezin, Emily

Fears, Kellie Hermann,

Thomas Jeffries, David Santay,

Melissa Schobel, Molly

Szajerski, Matthew Wereldsma

and Megan Wolfe, all of

Mokena.

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FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Young LW East wrestler

shows strength in leadership

Footwork. Technique.

Wrestling with the same focus

to the final whistle.

Those are a few of the

things Lincoln-Way East

wrestler Nick Mihajlovich, a

returning sectional qualifier,

knows he needs to continue

working on to have a successful

season. But there is

one area for improvement

that has been more important

to the rising varsity

sophomore, who is only in

his third year wrestling and

has an eye on a state title.

“I can be a better teammate,”

he said.

Mihajlovich said he thinks

he is still growing into a leadership

role in his second season.

His coach, Tyrone Byrd,

already has seen that leadership

pedigree from the sophomore

he described as laid

back, lighthearted and stoic.

He also is trying to be a

role model to younger wrestlers.

For the second year in

a row, he has been volunteering

with the Celtic Elite

Wrestling Club, a youth

wrestling club. The CEWC

holds an important place in

Mihajlovich’s life, as it is the

place that started him on his

wrestling path.

Through Dec. 23, Mihajlovich

has gone 18-4 overall,

wrestling mainly at 182

pounds, and occasionally at

170 and 195. His 14-3 record

in duals and 4-1 record

in tournaments include seven

wins by pin. It has been

an impressive first half of

the season, especially when

he is hanging with competition

that includes seniors

and guys who have wrestled

since a young age.

“That’s the kind of competition

I want, because that’s

what gets me truly better,”

Mihajlovich said.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Military family reunites at

Lockport American Legion

For many military families,

it is rare to have the opportunity

to be all together at

the same time.

Julie Hoffman knows that

because of the nature of the

armed forces, she usually is

lucky to have even one of

her three children with her

for the holidays. This year,

however, she had all three

— all of whom are Lockport

Township High School

graduates — take part in Air

Force Junior ROTC while

there.

“It means so much to me

to be able to have them together

around the holiday

season,” Hoffman said. “I

am so proud of them all for

what that they have accomplished

so far.

“I am honored to say that I

am their mother.”

Hoffman and her three

children — 25-year-old Kenneth

Macejak, 22-year-old

Olivia Macejak and 18-yearold

Hannah Macejak — celebrated

the graduation of

Hannah from United States

Marine Corps Recruit Training

with family and friends

this past month at American

Legion John Olson Post 18 in

Lockport.

The celebration came days

before Olivia, an airman in

the Navy, was sent on deployment

for an undisclosed

amount of time. Kenneth

serves as a sergeant in the

Marine Corps, who was deployed,

as well, in his case to

Afghanistan.

“My oldest and my youngest

have always wanted to

serve in the military, with my

middle child deciding to join

after two years in college,”

Hoffman said. “My kids were

always raised with respect for

the military, and once they

got to the age to decide, they

made the decision to serve

our country.”

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Little Free Library launches

at Presbyterian Church in

Orland Park

The “take a book, leave a

book” concept of the Little

Free Library began in 2009

with the mission “to promote

literacy and the love of reading

by building free book

exchanges worldwide and to

build a sense of community,

as we share skills, creativity

and wisdom across generations.”

Today, Little Free Libraries

are registered around the

country, and one of the latest

to open is at The Presbyterian

Church in Orland Park.

Rather than a walk-in

library, the Little Free Library

is a small wooden box

that has a weatherproofed

window door. It is located

outside of the church at the

southeast corner of its parking

lot, at 13401 S. Wolf

Road, and is accessible at

any time of day.

The mission of Little Free

Library greatly appealed to

Barb Langan, a parishioner

at the church.

Langan said the idea

started with the church’s

Vision Committee, which

was brainstorming ways the

church could reach out to the

community. Langan had experience

operating a bookmobile

at both the Orland

Park and Frankfort libraries

in the past.

When people visit the library,

they can look through

a window to see what books

it has in stock, make a selection

and leave a book.

“We’ve tried to have a varied

collection,” Langan said.

“We have some children’s

picture books and some

books for older children. We

have stories about dogs, cats

and things that people are

interested in. ... It’s a pretty

broad spectrum.”

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Police Reports

Man charged with possession of controlled substances, more

Edward W. Kosteck, 26,

of 22167 S. Spencer Road

in New Lenox, was charged

Dec. 19 with possession

of a controlled substance,

DUI-drugs, possession of

hypodermic needles, possession

of less than 10 grams of

cannabis, possession of drug

paraphernalia, improper lane

usage and improper lighting.

Police reportedly observed

the black Nissan Altima

Kosteck was driving travel

at night for three blocks

without headlights or taillights

activated and the vehicle

occasionally swerving.

After initiating a traffic

stop, police could see a hypodermic

syringe, according

to the report. Police said

the driver displayed signs of

impairment. Upon searching

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the vehicle, police discovered

a glass drug pipe with

residue that smelled of burnt

cannabis, an Altoids metal

container that was burnt

and contained burnt residue,

four plastic bags containing

an off-white powdery substance

inside a prescription

pill bottle, nine plastic bags

that contained an off-white

powdery residue, a plastic

bag containing a green, leafy

substance suspected to be

cannabis and two prescription

pill bottles, according to

the report.

Kosteck reportedly refused

to submit to blood

and urine testing. The baggies

containing the off-white

powder reportedly weighed

1 gram and tested positive

for the presumptive presence

of suspect opiates. The

baggie with the green, leafy

substance weighed 3 grams

and tested positive for the

presumptive presence of

suspect cannabis.

Dec. 29

• William C. Garcia, 54, of

1808 Elgin Ave. in Joliet,

was charged Dec. 29 with

failure to reduce speed to

avoid a collision and leaving

the scene of a collision that

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caused vehicle damage after

police were reportedly dispatched

to Francis Road and

115th Avenue in reference to

a hit and run collision. The

alleged victim told police

that Garcia, who was driving

a gray Dodge Ram 1500,

was following the alleged

victim closely and struck her

vehicle when she stopped at

a stop sign, then drove away

from the scene, according to

the report.

Dec. 24

• On Dec. 24, Rajinder Kapoor,

58, of 8800 167th

Place in Orland Hills, was

charged for being involved

in a hit and run collision

that caused property damage.

Kapoor, who was driving

a silver Toyota Corolla,

reportedly told police that he

was backing out of the Subway

at 19115 S. La Grange

Road when he struck an unoccupied

vehicle, then left

the scene.

Dec. 23

• Police charged Cheryl L.

Sorley, 53, of 1050 Sweetwater

Trail in New Lenox,with

DUI-alcohol and driving in

the wrong lane Dec. 23 after

they reportedly observed

the gray 2016 Dodge Ram

1500 she was driving traveling

eastbound in the westbound

lanes in the 11500

block of Lincoln Highway.

After making contact with

Sorley, police reportedly observed

signs of impairment.

Sorely refused field sobriety

tests and refused to submit a

breath sample, according to

the report.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mokena

Messenger’s police reports

come from the Mokena Police

Department. Anyone listed in

these reports is considered to

be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.

Mailbox vandalism in

subdivision unsolved

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

After having two mailboxes

stolen or vandalized in

as many months, Sheri and

Mark Lukacek are doing everything

they can to prevent

further damage.

On the morning of Nov.

20, their mailbox was missing,

and a pumpkin was

smashed on their front porch.

They installed a security

system at their home in the

Tara Hills subdivision soon

after that, hoping it would

deter any more incidents.

On Dec. 27, however, the

cameras got footage of a

gold Chevrolet Malibu with

tinted windows and custom

rims pull up in front of their

house. A teenager in a hooded

sweatshirt then got out of

the car and knocked over the

mailbox before getting back

in the car and driving away,

according to the police report.

The incident happened

just after 4 p.m., during daylight

hours.

“I’m shocked that they

would be so brazen,” Sheri

Lukacek said.

Police reports were filed

for theft and criminal damage

to property, but, so far,

Lukacek said the Mokena

Police Department has not

had any leads on the case.

Lukacek said her home

isn’t the only one that has

had their mailbox vandalized

recently, although she

said they are they only ones

to have filed police reports.

She said she feels less safe

in her neighborhood after the

incidents of mailbox vandalism.

Other neighbors have had

their cars broken into in recent

months, Lukacek said,

and a neighboring family installed

a security camera after

having their fence graffitied.

Despite the handful of

other security systems in

the neighborhood, Lukacek

said no one she has talked to

caught any footage.

Lukacek has voiced her

concern to her neighbors in

person and via Facebook,

and she has even tried to get

others to file police reports

— but to no avail.

One of her neighbors said

her mailbox was vandalized

on July 4, but she wasn’t

sure if the incident was connected

to the one at the Lukacek’s

home. The neighbor

declined to discuss the incident

on the record.

Lukacek said the description

of the car is very specific,

and with the tinted

windows and custom rims, it

should be noticeable.

“I would hope at some

point someone is going to

know this car,” said Lukacek.

“It’s got to stick out.”

Lukacek said she and her

husband are not interested

in pressing charges; they just

want someone to take responsibility

for his or her actions.

“Our intention is not necessarily

to have him arrested,

whoever is doing this,”

Lukacek said. “We would

like them to pay for the mailbox,

and then help install

[the new] one. What they’re

doing is wrong.”

Mokena Police Department

Commander Dan

Rankovich said these kinds

of crimes are difficult to

solve because, even with

camera footage, it can be

“almost impossible” to identify

the offender.

He said many home cameras

do not have the needed

image quality to get a usable

facial image, and even with

that, it can be hard to identify

the person.

To report an incident,

call the Mokena Police Department’s

non-emergency

phone number at (708) 479-

3911.


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From the editor

Where we’re going ... we’ll probably still need roads

Tim Carroll

tim@mokenamessenger.com

In the grand scheme of

things, not a whole lot

changed in 2016.

It was a year that I have

heard from many people was

the worst in their memory.

In some ways, it was kind

of lousy. Sure, celebrities

like Prince, David Bowie and

Carrie Fisher died. But, as

the Twitter people who live

to point out the obvious have

been very quick to remind us,

that will happen in 2017, too.

(For my part, I think

that’s bogus. I think 2017

is the year we find the cure

for death. Hopefully, in an

ironic turn of events, it will

be cigarettes or fried food,

something like that.)

Letters to the Editor

Does it pass the smell test?

Twenty-nine years ago,

my brother Don and I purchased

out my uncles’ shares

in Olivieri Brothers General

Contractors.

Don and I being both architects,

we altered the focus

of the company to be architects

first and construction

managers second, then we

moved the company from its

Southeast Side of Chicago

roots and replanted our seeds

in Frankfort.

In the past 29 years we

have had the pleasure of

serving more than 800 clients

and completing more

than 2,000 projects, both

large and small. With our

current staff, and many repeat

clients, we will continue

into the next 30 years!

Last year alone, we completed

44 projects, of which

18 were repeat clients.

In the last 30 years (with

more than 2,000 projects),

we have never had a lawsuit

— yes, not one lawsuit

or litigation. Now, Mokena

Community Park District

Commissioners Mike Bartos,

George McJimpsey,

Steve Curran and their new

attorney, Anthony Bruozas,

have filed three lawsuits

against us.

Do you think Mike Bartos,

George McJimpsey,

Steve Curran and Anthony

Anyway, 2016 was a fine

year, not too much better or

worse than any other.

For me, 2016 was a very

good year in many ways.

For instance, I got my first

chance at writing professionally.

I come from a sports

background, but probably a

majority of my work as the

editor of The Messenger has

been writing news items and

features. Much like my assistant

editor Amanda Stoll

did last week, I would like to

take a look back on some of

my favorite stories.

One of the first cool things

I had the chance to do as

editor was to go down to

Kankakee for the boys golf

conference tournament.

Serving as an introduction

to the world of Lincoln-Way

Central athletics for me, it

could not have gone much

better Junior E.J. Charles,

who wound up taking second

place individually in the tournament,

led Central with an

81, and I was there to watch

him push a tee shot well

right, hit a seemingly miraculous

approach shot from under

a tree and somehow save

par on one of his final holes

of the championship.

The next week, I got to

do something that I never

really thought I would have

the chance to do. I was in

attendance for the Chicago

Southland Convention and

Visitors Bureau annual luncheon,

and I covered the

speech that Gov. Bruce

Rauner delivered.

I also got to preview Curtain

Call Theatre’s first production

in its Mokena location.

While I’ve always been

a fan of the arts, I think the

coolest thing about writing

about the new Mokena theater

was the enthusiasm of

the community over getting

a theater right in town.

On Oct. 18, I covered a

roundtable discussion of the

heroin problem that Will

County is facing. I had not

been aware that it was such

a problem, so hearing U.S.

Sen. Dick Durbin discuss

it with Will County State’s

Attorney Jim Glasgow and

some of the Will County

Bruozas have some personal

vendetta against us? Maybe

they don’t like people with

an Italian last name (by the

way, Don and I are half German).

Maybe something else

is going on with project?

Maybe they just like wasting

taxpayer money?

You decide: does it past

the smell test?

Stay tuned, the truth always

comes out in the end.

Please email me your

thoughts at John@solutions

4buildings.com

John Olivieri

Mokena Resident and

AGLO team member

Drug Court’s participants

was very enlightening.

Finally and most recently,

I had a lot of fun talking

with Nancy Fixari and

Kathy Chapleau, the two

sisters who own Marley

Candles. They had recently

put the candle shop up for

sale, and it was enjoyable to

hear about the business that

had been in their family for

37 years.

A lot changed for me,

and a lot changed for Mokena

in 2016. But, again, in

the grand scheme of things,

these were small-scale adjustments.

For all the complaining

that 2016 was an awful year,

the world kept spinning, and

most things stayed more or

less the same.

Which probably means

where we’re going ... well,

we’ll probably still need

roads.

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A year to remember

Veterans Day celebration, annual speech competition

highlight Noonan Academy’s 2016, Page 16

Eating Italian

Angelo’s in Tinley Park has a sandwich for

every Italian, Page 18

The Lockport

Pop’s is owned

by The Motto

brothers —

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Mark — who

own and operate

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in the area.

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Mokena co-owner, brothers aid in

running Pop’s restaurants, Page 17

INSET: Mike Motto (right) takes Sara Geving’s order Thursday, Jan. 5, at Pop’s in Lockport.


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Year in review

Noonan Academy reflects fondly on 2016

Joseph Dunn

Noonan Academy Principal

In August 2016, Noonan

Academy began its 21st

year of excellence.

With just under 400 students

strong and a staff of

around 50, the school year

was met with hope and expectation.

We welcomed our

new families at our “Mentor

Dinner.”

Becoming part of the

Noonan family is easy; the

difficult part is feeling like

you belong. Educating the

mind and soul is a lifelong

venture, and it is essential

that the families and school

work together in this journey.

The Noonan machine

picked up right where it

left off in June. We started

to prepare for our annual

speech competition hosted

by Illinois Elementary

School Association. Eightytwo

students ranging from

fifth through eighth grades

participated, of which 79

students received first-place

awards, and seven of those

students were awarded the

Judges’ Choice Award.

We kicked off into October

as our Noonan families

came out for our second

annual Bears tailgate.

Families were able to spend

some quality time together.

We played beanbags, basketball,

football and rooted

on our beloved Chicago

Bears.

Continuing into October,

our chess club hosted their

Annual Chess Tournament,

where just fewer than 100

students refined their skills

and did battle on the chess

grid.

Closing out the month,

we eagerly sent our seventh

and eighth grades to Providence

Catholic, as the Celtics

hosted their 16th Annual

Junior High Academic

Bowl. Twenty-one Chicagoland

junior high schools

competed in the subjects of

language arts, social studies,

science, mathematics

and geography. Our Crusaders

took home eight trophies,

six individual, and

both our seventh and eighth

grade teams placed second.

November is a month to

be thankful. President Kennedy

said, “A nation reveals

itself not only by the citizens

it produces, but also by

the citizens it honors, the

citizens it remembers.”

We began November honoring

all saints and all souls

and continued as we came

together on Nov. 11 to honor

our veterans. Noonan academy

was packed with students,

staff, family and veterans.

While other schools

had the day off, our students

had the honor of celebrating

Mass with real heroes.

You could hear a pin drop

in the gymnasium as our

veterans proudly marched

down the aisle bearing our

countries colors. We had

thirty-one veterans ranging

from World War II to active

duty, come in and share

with our students their story

and the importance of honoring

all that served.

We followed up with a

service, during which students

recited poetry, sang

songs and gave each veteran

a medal, a spiritual bouquet

and a blessing from a priest.

We concluded the day with

a Mass for our country and

all who served, past, present

and future.

December means Christmas.

Our choir visited an

assisted living facility to

serenade with joy, while

our beginning and concert

bands anxiously awaited

their chances to shine in

their Christmas concert. Our

school family collected and

distributed items for those

who are less fortunate.

Students got ready to

showcase their voices during

our Christmas programs,

as we celebrate Advent,

a time of joy, hope and

expectation for the birth of

Christ.

We hope students enjoyed

the Christmas break; before

you know it, we were back

in action, forming the best

versions of our students,

families and all within our

Noonan Community.

Faith Briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100 Second

St., Mokena)

Blood Drive

8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, Jan.

22, Christian Community Center

(next to the church).St. John’s

United Church of Christ in conjunction

with Heartland Blood

Centers is hosting a blood drive.

Call (708) 479-5123 or visit

www.heartlandbc.org to sign up.

Walk-ins welcome.

In Memoriam

Pancake Breakfast

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday,

Jan. 29, St. John’s United Church

of Christ, 11100 Second St., Mokena.

Join the St. John’s Christian

Preschool for an all-you-can eat

pancake breakfast. Menu includes

pancakes, sausages, applesauce,

nice, milk and coffee. Cost is $7

for adults, $5 for children ages

7-12, $3 for children ages 3-6 and

free for ages 2 and younger. For

more information, call (708) 479-

5123.

Traditional 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.

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. Meetings

take place at The Talking Shirt

Boutique, 19805 S. LaGrange

Road in Mokena. For more information,

call (312) 350-2279.

Men’s Bible Study

The men’s bible study is held

quarterly at Cracker Barrel, 18531

N. Creek Drive in Tinley Park.

The meetings are held at 9 a.m.,

and men will enjoy studying the

Bible over breakfast.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th Ave.,

Mokena)

Pancake Breakfast

8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Jan. 15,

19515 S. 115th Ave., Mokena.

The St. Mary Mokena Knights

of Columbus will hold their next

pancake breakfast at the church

hall. All proceeds go to our various

charities.

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

Have something for Faith Briefs?

Contact Assistant Editor Amanda

Stoll at a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia.

com or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 34.

Deadline is noon Thursday one week

prior to publication.

Tom E. Lambert

Tom E. Lambert, 62, of Mokena,

died Dec. 24. He was a resident

of Trinity Services in Mokena

and loved the Cubs, White Sox

and Bears. He is survived by his

sisters, Marilyn L. Scholari and

Charlene (Bill) Engler; brothers,

Richard (Judy) Lambert, Harry

(Narci) Lambert and Jim Lambert;

brother-in-law, Roy Stuart; and

many nieces and nephews. Visitation

and funeral service were held

at Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral

Home & Crematory. Interment

Oakwood Cemetery.

Linda L. Palmer

Linda L. Palmer, 60, of Mokena,

died Jan. 1. She was a member

of Heritage Baptist Church

in Frankfort. She is survived by

her husband, Paul Palmer; siblings,

Nancy (Jesse) Beckman and

Roy Peterson; nephews, Michael

(Anna) Beckman and Robert Beckman;

and great nieces, Luci Beckman

and Antonia Beckman. Visitation

was held at Heritage Baptist

Church. Interment Pleasant Hill

Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations

to Heritage Christian School

in Frankfort would be appreciated.

Rachel Lynn Sweet

Rachel Lynn Sweet, 19, of Mokena,

died Dec. 31. She was a graduate

of Lincoln-Way West High School.

She is survived by her parents, James

and Susan Sweet; brother, Randel

Sweet; grandparents, Edward and

Mildred Wagner; uncles, Edward

(Carol) Wagner, Thomas (Eileen)

Sweet and Steven (Mary) Sweet;

and aunt, Barbara Sweet. Visitation

was held at Kurtz Memorial Chapel.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Jude

Catholic Church. Interment Good

Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,

donations to Two Sweet Kids

(https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/

webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_

button_id=ESGMNLSHPY3BJ) or

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.

cff.org) would be appreciated.

Have someone’s life you’d like to honor?

Email Editor Tim Carroll at tim@

mokenamessenger.com with information

about a loved one who was a part of the

Mokena community.


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Mottos honor family tradition, just in different business

Brothers grow up

grocers, become

restaurateurs

Tim Carroll

Contributing Editor

Twenty-two years ago,

Mike Motto and his two

brothers, Matt and Mark —

all educated at Providence

Catholic High School — had

the chance to keep up the

family tradition.

Their version of the family

tradition was not exactly the

same — the Mottos’ parents

and grandfather had been in

the grocery store business —

but it was close enough.

They bought a Pop’s Italian

Beef & Sausage restaurant.

“We thought we were going

into the grocery store

business, [but my parents

sold] right before I’m getting

ready to be college age, so I

went off to Illinois state, followed

by my two brothers,”

Mike Motto said.

In the beginning, there was

one

After his parents sold

independently-owned Motto’s

Foods, which had locations

in both Midlothian

and Tinley Park, and it became

clear that a grocery

career was not in store for

him, Mike Motto took a

position out of college at

Frank’s Nursery & Crafts,

a store that is no longer

around the south suburbs

but that Motto described as

“kind of a smaller version

of Home Depot.”

But he immediately began

researching different franchising

opportunities, including

McDonald’s, Hardee’s

and Blockbuster video

stores. None of them was

the perfect fit, though. One

brother was finished with

school, and the other was

getting ready to graduate,

but they did not yet know

which chain to join until the

chance to get in on the Pop’s

expansion arose.

“Pop’s was just starting

to expand a little bit,” Mike

Motto said. “... We got to

know the product a little bit,

and we knew the owner, so I

talked to him and explained

to him how I was looking

to go into business. The restaurant

wasn’t for sale at the

time, but we got to know the

product and really liked the

sandwiches and the food.”

After Matt, the youngest

of the Motto boys, graduated,

the Motto family was

in the market for a new car.

That was when they heard

Pop’s owner Frank Radochonski

had opened a Bourbonnais

location and was

having some trouble running

between the original

Palos Heights Pop’s and the

Bourbonnais store.

When they went down

to Bourbonnais, the Mottos

decided to get involved with

the business. The brothers

came up with half of the

money necessary to buy the

Bourbonnais spot and borrowed

the other half from

their father in 1994, keeping

the Motto business ownership

tradition alive.

Growth is their Motto

In 1998, something eerily

similar happened. Mike

Motto was in the market for

a new car this time, and he

heard that the Orland Park

location was for sale.

The brothers jumped at

the chance. At that time, the

three were living together in

Bourbonnais in a two-bedroom

condo.

“Not only were we working

massive hours every

week, we were also living

together at night, too,” Mike

Motto said.

Mark and Matt Motto

moved back to the Tinley

Park area and began working

at the Orland Park location

while Mike Motto

remained in Bourbonnais.

Shortly thereafter, the Mottos

sold the Bourbonnais

location back to Radochonski

to focus on the growing

Orland Park store, and Mike

Motto moved back to the

Tinley Park area, as well.

In the mid-2000s, the

Mottos and Pop’s both experienced

an expansion

boom.

“We were like, ‘You

know what? It’s time to

expand. We all don’t need

to be staying in the same

store,’” Mike Motto said.

In 2004, the Mottos licensed

another location

in Mokena, where Mike

Motto now lives. In 2006,

the brothers opened a Lockport

location. In 2007, they

opened up in Tinley Park.

In 2009, they opened up in

Romeoville. And finally, in

2013, they opened another

location in Orland Park.

When they went through

the large expansion, the

Mottos needed more people

they could trust to help out

with the new stores, so Mike

Motto brought a business

school friend of his, Burke

Matyas, aboard. Eventually,

Matyas bought the Tinley

Park location from the Mottos.

While they have taken a

few years off from further

expansion, Mike Motto said

he is approached by commercial

developers to open

more locations in the south

suburbs, and when the time

and place are right, he and

his brothers might just expand

again.

Family business

One of the reasons Pop’s

was the perfect restaurant

for the Motto brothers to

Brothers (from left) Matt, Mike and Mark Motto combine to own five Pop’s Italian Beef &

Sausage locations in the south suburbs, including Mokena, Lockport and Orland Park.

Photo Submitted

become involved with was

their familiarity with the

product.

“We were frequent visitors,

because [the Orland

Park location] was only a

mile away,” he said. “We

loved the recipe.

“Once we had the opportunity

to buy into Bourbonnais,

we already knew the

product, we knew we wanted

to go into retail, we were

looking to go into business,

[but] we knew we were taking

a shot because we didn’t

know the restaurant business

that much.”

But the Mottos’ lack of

experience in the restaurant

business was helped by Radochonski

training them on

what Pop’s was all about,

and he still visits the many

stores once a week.

“Still, to this day, we cook

and slice our beef fresh every

single day,” Mike Motto

said. “... We make all of our

peppers homemade, everything

is homemade. That

was the big draw, [that the

food is] homemade, cooked

fresh on the premises every

day.”

The Motto brothers are

still hands-on owners, too.

Each of them took responsibility

for one location,

with Mike Motto, a roughly

eight-year resident of Mokena,

spending his time at

the Lockport store; Matt

Motto, of Orland Park, runs

the first Orland Park location;

and Mark Motto, of

Homer Glen, spends his

days at the Mokena restaurant.

While they are at different

stores, they are able

to stay on the same page.

“It’s easier to talk to them

than it would be a stranger,”

Mark Motto said. “I’m always

the quiet one, so it

would be harder to [be in the

business] with a stranger.”

The Motto boys learned

to love retail from their grocer

father, who valued the

personal relationships built

while working in the industry.

“We loved [going to the

grocery store to help],”

Mike Motto said. “And

that’s how the retail kind of

got into it. You’re not only

interacting with the customer,

you’re interacting with

your team every day. We got

to see dad or grandpa do it,

and we fell in love with it.”

Their father also helped

build their work ethic.

“He always instilled hard

work in us,” Mark Motto

said. “The harder we work,

the more we’ll be rewarded

in the end.”

It was not always easy

for the brothers, especially

when they were cramped together

in Bourbonnais, but

they always made it work.

“There were three of us,

but it was a two-bedroom

condo,” Mark Motto said.

“But we always got along.”

Despite the fact that they

spend the majority of their

time at different Pop’s locations,

Mike Motto said he is

most proud of his family’s

cohesion.

“The proudest thing is

that me and my brothers

have stuck together through

it all,” he said. “We’re part

of a successful chain now

that we helped develop, and

it’s a lot, it’s a big thing.

A lot of people would not

have done it. But it’s paid

off in the long run.”


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Angelo’s Fresh Markets are centered on

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The small neighborhood deli and butcher

shop — which resides at a plaza on 183rd

Street in Tinley Park — gives owner Carla

Bolin an opportunity to let customers in on

her definition of good Italian food.

Bolin said it is no secret there is a rivalry

between Northern Italy and Sicily, especially

when it comes cooking, and members of her

family have gone head-to-head to compare,

contest and crown whose style is the best.

“They’re very different,” the 52-year-old

Chicago Heights native said. “Northern Italians

do a lot of fish, more chicken. Their

sauces are a little lighter. Sicilians are more

heavy, like stuffed lasagna, stuffed shells, the

sausages.”

The idea behind Bolin’s markets — which

also have found homes in Flossmoor and

Schererville, Indiana — is an effort to showcase

the stronger bond that exists between

food and family.

“I actually grew up in the restaurant business,”

Bolin said. “My parents had restaurants

from [when I was in] seventh grade on,

and they were called Angelo’s.”

Equipped with a marketing degree, a

young Bolin found herself dedicating the

next few chapters of her life working in

that field. But an unfortunate circumstance

forced her to reevaluate her career options.

“The company I worked for closed,” Bolin

said. “I was looking for something to do

again.”

And opening Angelo’s felt like the next

step.

“If it’s in your blood, it’s in your blood,”

she added. “You’re always around food, you

love food, you want to do food.”

Rows of hand-picked imported condiments,

tomato sauces and olive oils are displayed

on a long shelf placed in the middle

of the store, dividing the freezer aisle from

the deli counter.

Those freezers are reserved for Bolin’s seafood

selection, which ranges from tilapia to

swordfish, as well as homemade pasta and

raviolis.

Small tables that seat a maximum of four

people are scattered throughout for those

who want to stop in for lunch and grab a

quick bite of Angelo’s sandwiches.

Enter The Papa Phil.

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homemade lasagna, sold in full slices

($7.99) or half ($4.99). F. Amanda Tugade/22nd

Century Media

Angelo’s Fresh Markets

7150 W. 183rd St. in Tinley Park

Hours

• 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

• 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday

• 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information ...

Web: angelosfresh.com

Phone: (708) 407-8724

Bolin said that was the first sandwich featured

on the market’s menu, and it was tailored

to her father’s favorites.

“I just made something that he would like,”

she noted.

The $6.99 cold sandwich includes a hearty

serving of Italian roast beef, topped with

provolone cheese and roasted red peppers.

A spread of Angelo’s basil-truffle mayo on

a brioche bun completes the flavorful item.

“After that, it was like, ‘What’s his favorite

thing?’” Bolin said. “He loved the Rat

Pack.”

The Frank Sinatra ($6.99) is built on a

Tuscan Panne bread and features mesquite

smoked turkey; cheddar cheese; applewood

smoked, all natural bacon; lettuce; and artichoke

spread. The Dean Martin (also $6.99)

piles spiral ham, American cheese, tomato,

romaine lettuce, and sweet and spicy mustard

on top of a pretzel roll.

After running out of Rat Pack members,

Bolin moved on to pay homage to Italian actors,

and the Marlon Brando ($8.99) kicks

off that list. The Brando is Bolin’s take on a

Reuben, which pairs Vienna corned beef and

imported Swiss cheese together on homemade

rye. A Thousand Island dressing and

sauerkraut packs the punch to tie it all up.


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22ND CENTURY MEDIA PRESENTS

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Vendors scheduled to appear:

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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. Italian restaurant in

Homer Glen

6. Jobs for SEALs

9. Therefore

13. Chucklehead

14. Ivy plant

16. Haft

17. 1,000 kilograms

18. Send

19. Peak near Taormina

20. Subject relating to

terrain and maps

23. Cooler

24. Coffee holder

25. Murmured softly

27. Slaughterhouse

32. Kind of story

33. Concerto writer

34. Ripened

36. “Pre” and “neo”

ending

40. Customer

41. Massenet opera

43. NASA scrub

44. Beat

46. Suppose (old way)

47. Twist

48. Cashew, e.g.

50. Kind of suspicion

52. Herb

56. Hankering

57. Early afternoon

58. Homer Glen pumpkin

farm and fall fest

62. Plus

64. Tangelo variety

65. Specks

68. Sound reflection

69. Urgent request

70. Unsophisticated

71. Siesta

72. Suffix with “velvet’’

73. Projected

Down

1. ___ for tat

2. Buzzing about

3. Acceleration power

4. Basketball defense

5. Dined at McDonald’s

6. Time frame for some

important mail deliveries

7. Cotton fabric

8. Impertinent ones

9. Not just any

10. Will Smith movie

11. Neighbors of radii

12. Bear

15. Character of a culture

21. Old British coin

22. It’s tender to the

Chinese

26. Polish seaport

27. Touch on

28. Hit

29. Big name in computers

30. Royal resting place

31. Fosters

35. Relating to sensual

and emotional aspects of

human nature, after an

ancient Greek

37. Sun hat of India

38. Opposed to, said in

an unsophisticated way

39. Lasting a while

42. Candied

45. Lily or onion

49. Link

51. Consecrate

52. Decrease

53. In a state of readiness

54. English queens, for

short

55. Viewpoint

59. Elation

60. General Hospital’s

___ Drake

61. Get a move on

63. “Some Like It __”

(1959) film

66. “___ Maria”

67. Wield a needle

MOKENA

The Alley Grill and Tap

House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708) 478-

3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry

Eadie

Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St.,

Mokena; (708) 479-6873)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic

Avenue, Psychic

night - second Tuesday

every month.

■9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Karaoke

■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

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

Cuzins Bar

(177th and Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 633-

1144)

■Wednesdays: ■

Live Rock

Band Karaoke

Durbin’s

(17265 Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 429-

1000)

■9-11 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Open Mic

■9 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Karaoke

■8-10 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Live music by Miguel

Garza

To place an event

in The Scene, email

b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.

com.

answers

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


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The owners of this

beautiful home will

miss the large, halfacre-plus

corner lot in

unincorporated area.

What: Four-bedroom, quadlevel

home

Where: 18825 Marjorie

Parkway, Mokena

The Mokena Messenger’s

of the

WEEK

“THE

8TH WONDER

OF THE WORLD. ...”

—Joe Heard, former White House photographer

Amenities: 2,000 square

feet of living space. Enter

the foyer and vaulted

living room with sundrenching

skylights.

Large eat-in kitchen with

Silestone counters, solid

oak cabinets and newer

appliances leads to

separate 18-foot dining

room with niche for

hutch and large windows.

Sliding glass doors bring

you to the 17-foot deck

with an attached gas grill

overlooking an expansive

yard with a sturdy twofloor

Tuff-Shed with

electricity. Heated garage.

Outside also boasts newer

landscaping with paver

walk, fruit trees, bushes

and flowers, as well as

a whole-house naturalgas

Generac 16 kilowatt

generator. Recent added

amenities include all

new double-pane, low-E

windows, electric box and

new siding. Three secondfloor

bedrooms including

a vaulted master suite

with a walk-in closet and

private bath with Jacuzzi

tub. Fourth bedroom in

lower level with a private

half-bath currently used

as an office. Additional

all-purpose room and

19-foot finished rec

room. Mechanical septic

and state-of-the-art

Hellenbrand Iron Curtain

water. Low taxes, too.

Asking Price: $279,900

Listed Agent: Tom

Morrison, of Mike McCatty

and Associates - Century

21 Affiliated in Orland

Park. For a private tour or

more information on the

property, call (708) 267-

6725.

Want to know how to become

Home of the Week? Contact

Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext.

47.


I’ve reviewed about 4,000 SHOWS. None can

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“Absolutely THE NO.1 SHOW in the world!”

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

“The HIGHEST AND BEST of what humans can produce.”

—Oleva Brown-Klahn, singer and musician

Nov. 1

• 10509 Jacob Drive,

Mokena, 60448-9373

- Winslow Ventures

Corporation to Robert

Mcnellis, Katelyn Mcnellis,

$391,600

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60448-1502 - Fannie

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$92,900

• 11957 Heinecke Drive,

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Klimaitis Construction Inc.

to William Van Bruggen,

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$517,000

• 21248 Prairie

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60448-1949 - Nebor

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$425,000

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Ttee to Brandon Baranak,

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or call (630) 557-1000.

FEB 7-8

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“Poetry in motion... PRICELESS.”

“It is food for my heart and soul....”

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they owe it to themselves to experience Shen Yun.”

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Early Bird code: Early17 Get best seats, waive service & facility fee by Dec.31

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SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ES-

TATE at 18750 MARJORIE

PARKWAY, MOKENA, IL 60448

(RESIDENTIAL SINGLE FAM-

ILY). Onthe 19th day of January,

2017 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: HSBC BANK USA, NA-

TIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS

TRUSTEE OF THE FIELD-

STONE MORTGAGE INVEST-

MENT TRUST, SERIES 2006-2

Plaintiff V. ADELINE C SES-

TAK; ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT

OF REVENUE; UNKNOWN

OWNERS AND NON-RECORD

CLAIMANTS, Defendant.

Case No. 13CH 2553 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.

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POTESTIVO AND ASSOCIATES

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P: 248-853-4400

F: 248-853-0404

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

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WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ES-

TATE at 19603 Redwood Lane,

Mokena, IL 60448 (Single Family

). On the 19th day of January, 2017

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:

Wells Fargo Bank, NAPlaintiff V.

Martha J. Kreuze; Marilyn S.

Jaskowiak; LVNV Funding LLC;

Equable Ascent Financial, LLC;

Unknown Owners and Non-Record

Claimants Defendant.

Case No. 14CH 0088 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

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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:

ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER

LLC.

1771 W. Diehl Rd. Suite 120

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60563

P: 630-453-6960

F: 630-428-4620

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 of 19329 Manchester Drive,

Mokena, IL 60448 (Condo/Townhouse).

On the 26th day of January,

2017 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: Nationstar Mortgage LLC

Plaintiff V. Daniel D. Costello

a/k/a Daniel Costello; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 16CH 0663 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

Real Estate

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2701 Property for

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(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:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite

100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

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

HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL

ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE

OF THE FIELDSTONE MORT-

GAGE INVESTMENT TRUST,

SERIES 2006-2

Plaintiff,

vs.

ADELINE CSESTAK; ILLINOIS

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE;

UNKNOWN OWNERS AND

NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS,

Defendant.

No. 13 CH 2553

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause onthe 5th day of

October, 2015, MIKE KELLEY,

Sheriff of Will County, Illinois,

will on Thursday, the 19th day of

January, 2017 , commencing at

12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N.


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Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet,

IL 60432, sell at public auction to

the highest and best bidder orbidders

the following-described real

estate:

LOT 123, IN ROBERT

BARTLETT'S ARBY HILLS, A

SUBDIVISION OF THE WEST

3/4 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4

OF SECTION 6,TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12 EAST OF

THE THIRD PRINCIPAL ME-

RIDIAN, (EXCEPTING THAT

PART THERE OF DESCRIBED

BY COMMENCING AT THE

SOUTHWEST CORNER OF

SAID SOUTHWEST 1/4 AND

RUNNING THENCE NORTH ON

THE TOWN LINE 815.0 FEET

FOR A POINT OF BEGINNING

THENCE CONTINUING NORTH

OF THE TOWN LINE 400.0

FEET THENCE EAST 500.0

FEET ON A LINE WHICH

FORMS A RIGHT ANGLE TO

SAID TOWN LINE THENCE

SOUTH PARALLEL WITH SAID

TOWN LINE 400.0 FEET

THENCE WEST 500.0 FEET TO

THE POINT OF BEGINNING),

IN WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Commonly known as:

18750 MARJORIE PARKWAY,

MOKENA, IL 60448

Description of Improvements:

RESIDENTIAL SINGLE FAM-

ILY

P.I.N.:

19-09-06-301-014-0000

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 acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE

CONTACT:

POTESTIVO AND ASSOCIATES

811 E. South Blvd.

Rochester Hill, Michigan 48307

P: 248-853-4400

F: 248-853-0404

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

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

Plaintiff,

vs.

Martha J. Kreuze; Marilyn S.

Jaskowiak; LVNV Funding LLC;

Equable Ascent Financial, LLC;

Unknown Owners and Non-Record

Claimants

Defendant.

No. 14 CH 0088

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 11th day of

December, 2015, MIKE KELLEY,

Sheriff of Will County, Illinois,

will on Thursday, the 19th day of

January, 2017 , 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 to

the highest and best bidder orbidders

the following-described real

estate:

LOT 6,BLOCK E, IN RAINBOW

VALLEY ADDITION TO AR-

BURY HILLS, BEING ASUBDI-

VISION OF PART OF THE

SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION

10, TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH,

RANGE 12 EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED SEP-

TEMBER 17, 1970 AS DOCU-

MENT NO. R70-16827, IN WILL

COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

19603 Redwood Lane, Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

Single Family

P.I.N.:

19-09-10-318-002-0000

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:

ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER

LLC.

1771 W. Diehl Rd. Suite 120

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60563

P: 630-453-6960

F: 630-428-4620

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

Nationstar Mortgage LLC

Plaintiff,

vs.

Daniel D. Costello a/k/a Daniel

Costello; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 16 CH 0663

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 19th day of

October, 2016, MIKE KELLEY,

Sheriff of Will County, Illinois,

will on Thursday, the 26th day of

January, 2017 , 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 to

the highest and best bidder orbidders

the following-described real

estate:

PARCEL 1: THE EASTERLY

45.00 FEET OF THAT PART OF

LOT 10 BOUNDED AND DE-

SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COM-

MENCING AT THE SOUTH-

EAST CORNER OF SAID LOT

10; THENCE NORTHWEST-

ERLY ALONG THE EASTERLY

LINE OF SAID LOT 10 ADIS-

TANCE OF 34.98 FEET;

THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY

AT RIGHT ANGLES TO THE

AFORESAID EASTERLY LINE

OF SAID LOT 10 ADISTANCE

OF 4.55 FEET TO THE POINT

OF BEGINNING; THENCE

SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG A

LINE WHICH FORMS AN AN-

GLE OF 173 DEGREES 01 MIN-

UTE 01SECONDS (AS MEAS-

URED IN A CLOCKWISE DI-

RECTION WITH SAID RIGHT

ANGLE LINE) ADISTANCE OF

123.67 FEET; THENCE NORTH-

WESTERLY AT RIGHT AN-

GLES A DISTANCE OF 81.00

FEET; THENCE NORTHEAST-

ERLY AT RIGHT ANGLES A

DISTANCE OF 123.67 FEET;

THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY AT

RIGHT ANGLES ADISTANCE

OF 81.00 FEET TO THE HEREIN

DESIGNATED POINT OF BE-

GINNING IN GRASMERE

MEADOWS TOWNHOMES IN

PART OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4

OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 AND

PART OFTHE SOUTHWEST 1/4

OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF

SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12, EAST OF

THE THIRD PRINCIPAL ME-

RIDIAN, IN WILL COUNTY, IL-

LINOIS. PARCEL 2: EASE-

MENTS FOR INGRESS AND

EGRESS FOR THE BENEFIT OF

PARCEL 1ASSET FORTH IN

DECLARATION RECORDED

APRIL 8, 2002 AS DOCUMENT

R2002-059604, AS AMENDED

BY DOCUMENTS R2002-064711

AND R2002-124125.

Commonly known as:

19329 Manchester Drive, Mokena,

IL 60448

Description of Improvements:

Condo/Townhouse

P.I.N.:

19-09-09-205-061-0000

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:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite

100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

NOTICE OF FILING

A REQUEST FOR

NAME CHANGE

STATE OF ILLINOIS

CIRCUIT COURT

WILL COUNTY

There will be acourt hearing on

my request to change my name

from: Tyler John Spronk to the

new name of: Tyler John Sullivan.

The court hearing will beheld on

March 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at 57

North Ottawa St. Joliet, Will

County in Courtroom #236

/s/:Tyler John Spronk

Tyler John Spronk

Filed 12/28/2016

Case No: 16MR3230

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Girls basketball

Knights get contributions off bench, blow out Thornridge

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

On the surface, the Lincoln-Way

Central girls basketball

team’s lone game last

week, a Jan. 4 blowout, did

not seem that important.

But Knights coach Dave

Campanile believed his

team’s 57-18 victory over

Thornridge in the SouthWest

Suburban Conference Red

Division game was anything

but that.

“For us to come to this,

which is a gap game —

since we’re still on [winter]

break — we wanted to make

sure we preformed well,” the

first-year head coach said.

“Not so much for right now

as for down the road.

“We want to get ready for

that last big, push and the

girls played well.”

Central (10-6, 3-1) certainly

did, and the Knights

had balanced scoring, too.

Senior forward Courteney

Barnes (14 points, 6 rebounds)

led the way , while

junior post players Delaney

LoConte (11 points, 5 rebounds)

and Lauren Kraft (9

points, 5 rebounds) came off

the bench to contribute.

“Delaney had a breakout

game and played well,”

Campanile said of LoConte

scoring a varsity career-high

in points. “Our defense was

very good.”

LoConte, who is listed as

a forward but can hit from

long range, buried a trio of

3-pointers in the game. Two

of those came in a 10-3 burst

at the end of the first half

when Central pulled away

to a 29-11 halftime lead. She

had the last eight points in

that stretch.

“My teammates made

good passes, and I was able

to make the shots,” LoConte

said. “I usually don’t shoot

right away, but then I get

warmed up.”

Like her teammates, Lo-

Conte believes that a fourgame

losing streak last

month has paid dividends, as

the Knights have now won

6-of-7 since then.

“We took what we learned

[from the losses] and worked

on it in practice,” LoConte

said. “Whatever we had

trouble with in those games,

we practiced it to get better.”

LoConte went to Lincoln-

Way Way East her first two

years of high school. But

when the district realigned

following the closure of

Lincoln-Way North, she and

many other Mokena residents

were moved to Central.

The transferring class

also included Barnes, who

contributed to East winning

a regional as a junior last

season. But now they are all

Knights.

“We played together the

whole summer, and we

bonded then,” Barnes said of

the merge with the girls that

were originally at Central.

“Our motto is ‘UKnight.’ We

had T-shirts made with that

on it.”

The Knights’ togetherness

was shown in the third

quarter, which they opened

with a 13-0 run. During

that time, Barnes scored

five straight baskets inside.

But in a position to convert

another layup, she instead

passed to sophomore forward

Abi Baumgartner for

an easy basket.

“Yes, I like to score, but

I love giving passes to my

Lincoln-Way Central guard Grace Curran shoots a three

Jan. 4, during a SWSC game against Thornridge in New

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teammates,” Barnes said.

“It makes me even more

pumped when they score.”

Barnes scored Central’s

first basket of the game on

a rebound bucket with 6:14

left in the first quarter. Before

that, the Knights had

missed their first five shots.

Thornridge (2-14, 0-4)

tied the game for the only

time at 2-2 on a layup by

Alexis Elston (8 points).

The senior guard later hit a

3-pointer with 2:06 left in

the first quarter to narrow

the Knights’ lead to 9-7.

But senior guard Colleen

Barrett (6 points) banged

home a pair of 3-pointers

in the final 1 minute and

50 seconds of the period to

help Central to a 17-7 advantage

after a quarter.

Thornridge senior forward

Raven Watts (team-high 9

points) scored seven straight

points in the third quarter to

draw the Falcons within 42-

18 with 1:11 to play in the

third quarter. But they never

scored again. A layup by junior

forward Natalie Spudic

(6 points, 7 rebounds) put

Central ahead 44-18 after

three quarters and started a

game-ending 15-0 run.

As the Knights gear up for

that big push that Campanile

talked about, there are some

specific goals in mind over

the next month or so.

“We just want to keep our

winning up,” Barnes said.

“We know that Lincoln-Way

West and Bradley are going

to be tough teams, and we

want to beat them. We want

to win the conference and

win a regional.”

The Knights resumed

play this week by traveling

to Thornton on Tuesday,

Jan. 10, for another

SWSC Red matchup. This

weekend, the Knights travel

for the first of two straight

weekends at the Galesburg

Martin Luther King Tournament.

They have a pair

of games on Saturday, Jan.

14, the first of which is at

10:30 a.m. against Morton,

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Chris Robinson

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Chris Robinson is a junior

guard on Lincoln-Way Central’s

boys basketball team.

How did you get into

the sport?

I didn’t start as young as

I should have, probably. My

mom started dating this guy,

who she ended up marrying,

and he was into basketball

and started teaching me

when I was 11 years old. I

started to get better at it and

just stuck with it.

What is the best part

about it?

I just like how it keeps you

thinking. It never stays the

same; it changes rapidly. I

also like getting the reaction

from the crowd and playing

in front of my friends and

family, and being able to do

well in front of them.

What is your greatest

memory on the court?

It was the first time I

scored over 15 points. I was

in seventh-grade, and I was

in this high school league.

Everything was just clicking

for me. That game right there

built my confidence because

at the time, I didn’t think I

was that good. But after that I

realized I could do this.

Do you have any

pregame superstitions?

I pray before every game.

I definitely do that. I pray for

both teams.

What is something most

people do not know

about you?

I like to draw and sing. I

also like anime, like Dragonball

Z and Naruto.

What is the best part

about Central?

The teachers. Some of

the teachers will understand

you more than your friends

do. They’ve been through a

lot, and you could learn a lot

from them.

Who do you look up to?

My mother because she

sacrificed for me to go and

play basketball, go to camps,

buy me shoes and things

like that as a single mother.

To have me at such a young

age, I commend her because

sometimes I’ll go to sleep,

and she’ll come [home], and

I wake up, and she’s already

gone for work. I see how

hard she works, and I love it.

She’s my everything.

If you won the lottery,

what is the first thing

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you would buy?

I’d take my close group of

friends and family that are

living in poverty and take

them out.

Who would be alongside

you in your dream

starting five?

Muhammad Ali, Bruce

Lee, Michael Jordan and

Kobe Bryant.

If you could have any

ability from an NBA

player, what would

have?

Kyrie Irving’s handles.

His handles are insane. He

has a ball on a string. Also,

probably his clutch ability.

He’s a great player under

pressure. He’s a finisher, too.

Just give me Kyrie Irving,

and I’ll be fine.

Interview by Contributing

Editor James Sanchez

Voting ends Jan. 26

This Week In...

Knights Varsity

Athletics

Boys basketball

■Jan. ■ 13 - at Thornton, 6:30

p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 - at Lincoln-Way

East, 6:30 p.m.

Girls bowling

■Jan. ■ 12 - hosts Bolingbrook,

4:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 14 - at Red Devil

Invitational. 1 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 17 - at Andrew, 4:30

p.m.

Boys swimming

■Jan. ■ 12 - hosts Thornton

(Senior Night), 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 13 - at Sandburg

Invitational, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 14 - at Sandburg

Invitational, 11 a.m.

Wrestling

■Jan. ■ 12 - hosts Lincoln-Way

West, 5:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 13 - at Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 14 - at Dakota Quad,

10 a.m.


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Boys bowling

Central takes second in conference with three All-Conference players

Amir takes perfect

game into ninth

frame of fifth game

to help lift Knights

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

Mokena resident Alex Nolan takes his turn during warmups.

Sandburg’s first-ever conference

title in boys bowling

wasn’t going to be complete

without some added drama.

The Eagles entered the

day atop the nine-team leaderboard

but had to wait until

its final frame to celebrate

the feat on Jan. 7 at Laraway

Lanes. They won the South-

West Suburban Conference

championship and placed

three bowlers on the all-conference

team.

In all, area teams finished

first, second and third, and

10 of the 12 all-conference

honorees were from area

teams. Bolingbrook’s Alex

Acosta won the individual

title with 1401 pins.

Entering the sixth and final

game, Sandburg sat in

second place in total pins.

With points combined from

regular-season conference

meets and the conference

championship, Sandburg

could be at worst a co-champions

by finishing second.

Instead, the Eagles put all

the math aside by erasing

an 11-pin deficit to take first

place by nine pins.

“They showed some resiliency

and a never-quit

attitude,” Sandburg coach

Jeff Kwilose said. “I tried

to pump some positive energy

into them because we

needed very pin. That’s what

I preached: that every pin

counts.”

The Eagles were led by

all-conference performers

Cameron Crowe, Brandon

Goeringer and AJ Svatos. It

was Goeringer’s 256 in the

final game that helped Sandburg

outscore Central, 1026-

1006, to jump back in front

while holding off a late surge

by Lincoln-Way West.

“Brandon was the key to

our victory today,” Kwilose

said. “He’s a senior,

has been on varsity all four

years. He’s bowled at our

No. 1 spot, which puts a

lot of pressure on him, but

he’s been the catalyst that’s

helped this team go.”

Central, which finished

second with 120 points, had

been 137 pins out of first

place after the three morning

games. It took the lead after

the fifth game, which included

junior Trevor Amir taking

a perfect game into the ninth.

Amir, Jack Davern and Alex

Nolan were named to the allconference

team.

“Our whole goal this season

has been to win next

week [at regionals],” Central

coach Coley O’Connell

said. “We’re where we want

to be. Today was a total team

effort, and you saw that balance

to be No 2. It was a fun

day to be a coach.”

West, which finished third

with 114 points, rolled the

highest frame of the day

(1125) in the sixth game.

It was too little too late, as

Sandburg finished with 6212

pins, Central with 6203 and

West with 6171.

Eric Ullian (269) and

Michael Nork (249) posted

their highest scores of the

day for West in that game.

Ullian, Nork and Caleb

Kirby earned all-conference

recognition.

“The guys showed some

heart (in the sixth game),”

West coach Scott Ullian

said. “We know it’d take a

big game to have a chance

to win. We had some bad

games before that, but that

positive energy, we’ll take

that into regionals.”

Lockport finished fifth

after a hot start to the day.

The Porters rolled a 3183 in

the morning session to build

a 102-pin lead after three

games but managed a 2743

in the afternoon session.

Lockport’s top bowler,

Andy Sims, was held to a

201 average after averaging

around 245 in December.

Lincoln-Way Central’s top bowler Jack Davern bowls Saturday, Jan. 7, during warmups

before the SWSC meet at Laraway Lanes in New Lenox. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd

Century Media

“The lanes broke down

on us,” Lockport coach Ron

Davis said. “We just had a

hard time making adjustments.

You needed a good

touch today on these lanes,

and we didn’t have it. Even

our top bowler, Andy Sims,

couldn’t find that touch.”

East finished in sixth and

was led by junior Colton

Marks. He finished tied for

11th in total pins and was

one of just two all-conference

honorees from a team

outside of the top four.

“He’s been consistent, and

his performance today is

what we’ve come to expect

from him,” East coach Mike

Foster said. “We expected

to compete better, but we

got off to a slow start. That

(slow start) hurts because

this conference is tremendously

deep.”

A shorthanded Andrew

squad finished last out of nine

teams. It had to bowl the final

three games with four bowlers

after Tim Branham left

with an undisclosed injury.

Mokena resident Trevor Amir bowls before the conference

meet.

“We were already without

one bowler and then

lost another, and I think that

hurt the team’s confidence,”

Andrew coach Mark Lobes

said. “We didn’t have that

team mentality. We’re looking

forward to regionals

and hopefully getting them

back.”

Sandburg, Andrew, Tinley

Park and East will compete

in the Midlothian Regional

at Tinley Park’s Centennial

Lanes on Saturday.

Central, West and Providence

Catholic continue play

at the Minooka Regional at

Channahon Lanes in Channahon.

Lockport will be in the

Oswego East Regional at

Parkside Lanes in Aurora.

All three regionals feed

into the Plainfield North

Sectional on Jan. 21 at Joliet’s

Town and Country

Lanes.


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Lincoln-Way co-op scores season high in winning effort

Chris Walker

Freelance Reporter

An appearance from an

area school in the Illinois

High School Association

girls gymnastics state finals

is long overdue.

Lincoln-Way co-op and

Sandburg/Stagg co-op both

believe they have a chance to

get there. With the beginning

of the postseason less than a

month away, now is the time

to polish things up in practice

– to do what you can to stay

healthy and make an impact

during the final upcoming invitationals

of the season.

The two teams had an opportunity

to show where they

are during the Erin Olmsted

Invitational at Sandburg on

Saturday, Jan. 7, and it was

Lincoln-Way that made the

biggest impression, scoring

a season-high 142.875 to

win convincingly.

Downers Grove South

was second with a 138.15

while Sandburg-Stagg was

third with a 136.075.

“The girls have been

working hard, doing skills

everyday in the gym, and

some of that showed today,”

said Lincoln-Way coach

Kim Lago. “They’re incorporating

things into their

routines and pulling together

as a team, and that’s what it’s

all about.”

Lincoln-Way surpassed

the 142.425 it scored on

Dec. 17. Only six teams in

the state have scored higher

than Lincoln-Way this season,

and the eight highestscoring

teams in the sectional

in February will advance

to the state finals in Palatine.

Lincoln-Way hasn’t gone

to state since 2008.

Korina Jarosz (36.15) and

Una Farrell (35.875) led the

winning team, placing second

and third, respectively,

in the all-around. Downers

Grove South’s Abby Carlson

(36.925) posted the highest

all-around score.

“After not competing for

a while, you can get nervous,

but we didn’t let that

get to us today,” Farrell said.

“We’ve added some skills,

and we’re progressing. In

a big meet like this, we’re

able to see where we’re at,

and where we’re weaker and

need to work harder.”

Dominance on vault

helped pave the way to victory.

Gabby DeVito won it

with a 9.5 and was followed

by Farrell’s 9.35 and Jarosz’s

9.225, as the trio had the

three best scores at the invite.

“Vault is one of our usual

strong points,” Lago said.

“We don’t have the most

difficult vaults, but we have

ones that hit, and they know

they’re competent in their

skills. The girls usually go

to vault and are confident,

which is awesome.”

Erica Dice paced the team

on beam with a 9.325, while

Farrell followed with a 9.25

and Jarosz with a 9.2. Alyssa

Harbeck supplied the team’s

final score with an 8.975.

On bars, Jarosz led the

team with a 9.075, while Erika

Waaso gave the team its

fourth and final score with

an 8.4.

“Bars is an event we’re

working on, trying to fix minor

things,” Lago said. “The

goal right now is to go out

there and just that extra one

-or two-tenths.”

Lincoln-Way had the best

team score in every event

except for floor, where it was

third with a 34.6. Farrell’s

8.8 led the team, while Allie

Reis supplied the team’s

final score with an 8.55. Jarosz

added an 8.65, and De-

Vito had an 8.6.

Sandburg-Stagg co-op

coach Mike White believed

his team was capable of

winning the invitational, so

he was disappointed in the

number of mistakes the girls

made.

“We had a lot of falls today

and still went 136,” he

said. “I know we have a big

number in us and have the

ability to get the job done,

but we can’t have that many

falls. The question is whether

we can put it all together.”

Maddy Roe scored a 35.6

and Maddie Giglio had a

35.1 in the all-around, as the

two finished in fourth and

fifth place, respectively. Roe

also won beam with a 9.5,

while Giglio tied Downers

Grove South’s Carlson for

first on floor with a 9.15.

“They should’ve gone 1-2

in the all-around today, easily,”

White said. “They’ve

got to come through, and it

comes from the top down.

Everybody has to do their

thing, and I thought we had

a good Christmas break and

were going to be good today,

but sometimes that ends up

being the formula for things

screwing up.”

It just goes to show how

talented some of the gymnasts

are when they are

still at or near the top of the

leaderboard even when they

have a bit of an off day.

“We probably lost six

points today, and I know I

messed up and didn’t have a

good meet,” Roe said. “You

try to learn, and now I’m

thinking what I could’ve

done different to get the

points to come back. I think

we still have a good future

as long as we get our heads

in it.”

Other notable contributions

for Sandburg/Stagg included

Taylor Talley’s 8.85

vault and Sarah Domenick’s

8.45 on vault, an 8.55 on

beam from Heather Cummins,

an 8.2 on floor from

Devin Dubsky and a 7.4 on

bars from Marilyn Sedlak.

“We’ve got three weeks

to figure out if we’re going

Lincoln-Way co-op junior Una Farrell, who took third place in the all-around with 35.875

points, competes in the uneven parallel bars during the Erin Olmsted Invitational Saturday,

Jan. 7, at Sandburg High School. Photos By Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Korina Jarosz vaults during the invitational. Jarosz led the Lincoln-Way co-op with 36.15

points in the all-around.

to contend to get in the state

meet,” White said. “We have

the skills and the competitors,

so we have everything

we need to do it. We just

need to do it. That’s something

we haven’t done yet.”

And something they

haven’t done since 2009.

Andrew took eighth place

with a 105.75.

Claire Scheulin and Stephanie

Oropeza both represented

the team as all-arounders,

with Scheulin scoring a

28.95 and Oropeza a 26.575.

Oropeza had the team’s top

score on bars, while Scheulin

led the way in the other

three events.

Nicole Bath, Maeve Collins,

Abby Fitzpatrick, Tori

Standish and Kailey Stariha

all competed for Andrew.


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the Mokena Messenger | January 12, 2017 | 39

fastbreak

Girls Bowling

Central falls on Senior Night to former teammates

1st-and-3

BURNS PHOTOGRAPHY

Balanced Ballers

1. Delaney LoConte

(ABOVE)

The junior forward

came off the bench

in Central’s 57-

18 blowout over

Thornridge Jan. 4

and provided depth,

finishing with 11

points and five

rebounds in the

contest.

2. Courteney Barnes

The Central standout

is no stranger to a

balanced total of

points and rebounds.

She scored 14 points

and came down with

six rebounds.

3. Lauren Kraft

Kraft, a junior

forward, fell just

one point short

of double digits

against Thornridge

and proved a tough

rebounder, collecting

five boards in her

time off the bench.

Transferring

Manhattan seniors

honored by current,

former coaches

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

It was a no-brainer for

Steve Paulsen.

The Lincoln-Way Central

girls bowling coach

was going to recognize two

of his former bowlers, Cara

Dudeck and Hannah Kirby,

on Senior Night. It didn’t

matter that they were bowling

for Lincoln-Way West

and were on their way to

helping West beat Central

2046-1690 on Thursday, Jan.

5 at Laraway Lanes. For him

and others, they had been

and will always be part of

the Central family.

“Once a Knight, always a

Knight,” Paulsen said, using

a favorite quote of Central

principal Steve Provis.

After all, eight Central and

West bowlers were recognized,

he singled out Dudeck

and Kirby during the celebration

between the first

and second games. They had

bowled for him the past two

years before the redistricting

after Lincoln-Way North

closed.

He presented them both

with a second set of flowers.

A teary-eyed Dudeck

wrapped him in a hug.

“The saying of ‘Once a

Knight, always a Knight’ is

true,” Dudeck said. “They’re

not going to forget us just because

we switched schools.”

“When they gave us the

other flowers, I wasn’t expecting

that at all,” Kirby

added. “It meant a lot they

remembered us.”

Following the recognition,

Kirby finished off the highest

two-game total of all 10

varsity bowlers with a 444

(199, 245). Dudeck added a

389 (222, 167), which was

higher than all Central scores

except for one. Central senior

Maddy Willson rolled a 405

(188, 217) across two games.

“I have a special place for

those guys,” Paulsen said.

“I was disappointed when I

heard that they weren’t going

to be with us, because I

was excited thinking about

where we would be at when

this season started, and then

the split takes place. ... I

think it’s important to recognize

them because they were

a part of our program for so

many years.”

The day brought back

memories for Dudeck, specifically

her first practice

at Central. She joined the

bowling team as a sophomore,

and at that first practice,

Willson invited her to

bowl with her.

“She put my name on the

lane and made me feel included,

and I’m not very open

to talking to new people,”

Dudeck said. “She was so

kind and … invited me onto

her lane with her friends and

was like, straight up, ‘You’re

Lincoln-Way Central senior Maddy Willson stands with parents Monica and Bob, as she is

honored by coach Steve Paulsen (right) Thursday, Jan. 5, during Senior Night at Laraway

Lanes. James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

bowling with us.’”

Kirby also joined the team

her sophomore year after

transferring from Ottawa

Township High School. New

to the school, she nearly didn’t

join but decided to shortly after

the season started.

Junior Lexie Krupske and

sophomore Lizzy Prynn

are two other Central bowlers

who transferred to West.

With the schools sharing Laraway

Lanes for practices and

meets, the players still see

each other on a regular basis.

“It’s like nothing has

changed almost, except the

fact at meets we don’t bowl

together,” Willson said.

“Today was fun. Bowling

together was enjoyable because

it felt like we were a

team again.”

West picked up the win to

improve to 5-0 overall and

4-0 in conference play. The

Warriors are ranked No. 9

in the latest IllinoisBowling.

net state rankings. They had

earned their highest ranking

in program history at No. 6

before a fifth-place finish at

the Plainfield South Cougar

Invite on Dec. 27 dropped

them down.

It was a performance that

forced West to refocus itself.

Before the fifth-place

finish, it had won the Saxon

Invite, Joliet West Invite and

Lincoln-Way Cup. It also

took second at the Reavis Invite

and fourth at Plainfield

North Strike Fest.

Against Central, West

bowled a season-high 1,062

in the first game and had a

season-high 24 consecutive

frames with a strike or spare.

For Central, 33 open

frames (15, 18) kept the

scores down, but it still improved

upon its 817 in the

first game with an 873 in

Game 2. Freshman Marianna

Hristakos rolled a 364 (184,

180). Sophomore Maddie

Conroy bowled a 339 (147,

192). Sophomore Kalei Bass

went for a 328 (179, 149).

Senior Maria Buck had a

254 (119, 135).

“Very inconsistent still,”

Paulsen said of where his

team is. “We have way too

many open frames. We have

got to knock those down. It’s

simple things. Maybe today

there was the Senior Night

stuff, but it was Senior Night

for them, too.”

Listen Up

“My teammates made good passes, and I was able

to make the shots. I usually don’t shoot right away,

but then I get warmed up.”

Delaney LoConte - Lincoln-Way Central girls basketball forward,

on scoring the Knights’ final eight points during a 10-3

first-half run

TUNE IN

Boys swimming and diving

5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13

• The Knights head north to Orland Park

for the first day of the two-day Sandburg

Invitational.

Index

37 - Central boys bowling

36 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Tim Carroll. Send any questions

or comments to tim@mokenamessenger.com, or call (708)

326-9170 ext. 29.


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | www.mokenamessenger.com | January 12, 2017

Once a Knight, always a Knight

Central girls bowling honors seniors, including former Knights

now bowling for West, Page 39

Testing the depth

Knights girls basketball

gets big contributions from

bench in blowout win over

Thornridge, Page 35

Lincoln-Way co-op competitor and East sophomore

Alyssa Harbeck performs on the balance beam Saturday,

Jan. 7, at the Erin Olmsted Invitational in Orland Park.

Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Lincoln-Way co-op shows

depth, skill with convincing

Erin Olmsted Invitational

victory, Page 38

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