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The Frankfort Station 021617

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2 | February 16, 2017 | The frankfort station calendar In this week’s station Standout Student...........10 Sound Off.....................19 Faith Briefs....................22 The Dish........................31 Puzzles..........................33 Classifieds................ 37-46 Sports...................... 47-56 The Frankfort Station ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Kirsten Onsgard, x14 Sales director Dana Anderson, x17 real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 business directory Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, x46 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 president Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Frankfort Station (USPS #25578) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451. Periodical postage paid at New Lenox, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Frankfort Station, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451 Published by Amanda Stoll THURSDAY Retro Gaming Club 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 16-March 23, Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street, Frankfort. Hang out with friends and experience the early years of gaming in 8-bit, 16-bit and 64- bit format. Play on different old school Nintendo game systems, like the Game and Watch, the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super NES and N64. Feel free to bring along any handheld Nintendo game systems, link devices and play with other gamers. Also feel free to bring along a WiFi device to look up facts and share info about your favorite games with others. This program is for ages 10-16 years. Cost is $39. Frankfort Area Women’s Night Deadline to register is Feb. 16. Event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Emagine Theatres, 19965 S. LaGrange Rd., Frankfort. Enjoy red carpet photos, cocktails, appetizers, desserts, raffles, a movie, networking and more. Clean, gently used, professional attire on hangers will be collected and donated to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence. Proceeds from the event will also be donated to Dress for Success. Tickets are $35 for Frankfort Chamber of Commerce members and $40 for non-Chamber members. To purchase tickets for FAWN, visit www.frankfort and click on events. Frankfort Square Park District Board Meeting 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 7540 W. Braemar Lane, Frankfort. The Frankfort Square Park District Board meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information and meeting agendas visit SATURDAY Discovery Lab 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 18, Frankfort Public Library District, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort. Feel the need for speed this month and explore ramps and race cars. Walk-in registration. For more information, call (815) 534-6178. Daddy/Daughter Dance 6-8 p.m. Feb. 18, Community Center, 7540 W. Braemar Lane, Frankfort. Join the Frankfort Square Park District for a daddy/ daughter dance. Cost is $15 per person. Registration required. For more information and registration, call (815) 469-3524. MONDAY Snowman Party Deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 20. Event will be held from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Town Center Bank, 20181 South La Grange Road, Frankfort. Build a Snowman with Princess Anna and Princess Elsa during this free after-school Dino-Mite party. Make a snowman craft, enjoy snacks, drinks, and winterthemed story-telling. For more information and registration, call (815) 463-7029 by February 20th. DIY Runners Tutu 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 20, Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street, Frankfort. Create a runner’s tutu to wear for St. Patrick’s Day fun-run/walks, parades and parties. Materials and instruction provided. Feel free to bring extra own bits and pieces to make a one-of-akind tutu. No sewing skills necessary. This program is for ages 16 and older. Cost is $29. Library Closure The Frankfort Public Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 for the President’s Day holiday. Village Office Closure The Frankfort Village Office will be closed Monday, Feb. 20 for the President’s Day holiday. TUESDAY Jr. Jedi Academy 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort. Don some Jedi robes for a Star Wars adventure. Design a lightsaber, master the powers of the force, and participate in the Jedi trials. No need to bring a lightsaber, every Jedi-in-training will receive one. Younglings, PadaWans and Aliens welcome; no droids please — we don’t serve their kind around here. Cost is $25. For more information, call (815) 469-9400 or visit Village Board Meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Village Administration Building, 432 W. Nebraska St., Frankfort. The Village Board meets the first and third Monday of each month. For more information and agendas, visit www.villageof WEDNESDAY Paint with Art-A-La-Carte 4-5 p.m. Feb. 22, Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort. Participants will create a masterpiece in this step-bystep class with artists from Art-A- La-Carte. They will guide participants through all the steps of painting a picture on a 12-inch by 12- inch canvas. Wear clothes that can get messy. All materials are included. This class is for ages 5-12. Cost is $20. For more information, call (815) 469-9400 or visit www.frankfort UPCOMING Coaches’ Clinic 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Way East field house, 201 Colorado Avenue, Frankfort. Lincoln- Way East baseball will host their annual free clinic where coaches will be provided with practice organization ideas and drills that have been successful in the Lincoln-Way East Baseball Program. For more information, email pbabcock@ Wellness Fair 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 25, Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort. Join the Frankfort Park District and the Village of Frankfort for a free wellness fair. There will be health screenings, educational information, demonstrations, refreshments, giveaways and more sponsored by Franciscan Health. For more information, call (815) 469-9400 or visit Jumpfest 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Linoclnway Special Recreation Association, 1900 Heather Glen Drive, New Lenox. Enjoy a gym full of inflatables and multiple LuLaRoe vendors while helping to raise money for Lincolnway Special Recreation Association. The cost is $10 per child payable at the door. This is a family event open to the community and all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit or email kreczek@lwsra. org. Chili Cook-Off Deadline to register is Feb. 28. Event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, Lincoln-Way East High School Cafeteria, 201 Colorado Ave, Frankfort. The Lincoln-Way Athletic Boosters will host a Chili Cook-Off. The first prize winner will receive $100.00, the second prize winner will receive $50.00, and the third prize winner will receive $25.00. Only 30 contestants will be permitted to compete, so those interested should register early. Registration cost Feb. 9-18 is $20. Registration cost after Feb. 18 is $25. For more information, rules and registration, visit www.lweastathletic Ongoing Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. every Friday, Frankfort Memorial VFW Post 1493, 22057 S. Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort. A Lenten menu will be available starting Feb. 20. For more information, call (815) 469-1493. Frankfort Women’s Club 7 p.m. Founders Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort. All women in the area are welcome to attend the monthly meeting, which occur on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, contact Peggie Hughes at (815) 469-4693, or email To submit an item to the printed calendar, contact Amanda Stoll at (708) 326-9170 ext. 34, or email a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com Deadline is noon Thursdays one week prior to publication. news the frankfort station | February 16, 2017 | 3 Swimsuit cost at center of LW sex discrimination complaint Kirsten Onsgard, Editor A complaint alleges that Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 treated female students unequally by charging them more for swimsuits than boys. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights notified the district in a Jan. 23 letter that it is investigating whether “charging [female students] more than male students for required physical education swimsuits” violated Title IX regulations, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The complaint also alleges that Lincoln-Way does not properly communicate nondiscrimination policies or how to contact the district’s Title IX coordinator. “The District does not widely disseminate a Notice of Nondiscrimination that meets the requirements of Title IX, including referring inquiries to the Title IX coordinator or to OCR, and notifying all of its students and employees of the contact information for the District’s ‘Title IX Coordinator,’” according to the complaint. Schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funding must comply with Title IX and similar policies — such as those prohibiting discrimination based on race, age, national origin and disability — and must notify students of these policies. The district requires all freshmen to take swimming for one quarter. While they are not required to purchase the swimsuits the district offers, boys suits are sold for $25 and girls suits for $40, lower than the retail prices Superintendent R. Scott Tingley says Lincoln-Way charges girls more than boys for swimsuits because girls swimsuits cost the district more. 22nd Century media file photo of $38 and $65, respectively, according to Superintendent R. Scott Tingley. The price of girls swimsuits is higher because they cost the district more to purchase, he said. “The selling of swimsuits is not designed to generate profit for the district,” Tingley said in a statement through a district spokeswoman. In response to the second complaint, Tingley pointed to Title IX information published in the district’s parent-student handbook, policy manual and website. A search of the district’s website found at least a dozen nondiscrimination notices, including board meeting packets, employee applications and the 2016- 2017 handbook. The issue was initially brought to Title IX Coordinator Rob Schiffbauer on Sept. 10, 2016, Tingley said. The person “was agreeable to our response,” Tingley said, but filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. District spokeswoman Taryn Atwell said Tingley had “no recollection” of other Title IX complaints brought against the district, and could not find any record of a complaint. An attorney and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights did not immediately return a request for comment. If the Office for Civil Rights finds the district discriminated against female students, it will attempt to find a resolution with the district to remedy the violation. Lincoln-Way was required to explain why it charges more for girls swimsuits and how it communicates nondiscrimination protocol in a response to the Office for Civil Rights. Atwell said the district believes it is in compliance with the law. “We are disappointed that it has come to this point, as we have addressed all concerns of the complaint, and this has never been an issue in the past,” Tingley said in a statement. WHY TODD, WHY NOT! JOIN US AT OUR FUNDRAISER Tuesday, February 28th • 6:00 - 9:00 pm Come have appetizers and refreshments at the fundraiser of the year and help Todd build on the amazing support as he closes in on the April 4th election. Come and get updated on his views for Frankfort, pick up your yard sign and supporter kits for distribution to neighbors and friends. Donations can also be made online at Please rsvp at: or 815-370-7996. TODD’S TOP 10 GOALS 1. Lower taxes - reinstate tax rebate 2. Term limits - TWO TERM MAX 3. Expanded parks - more open space 4. Enhanced community safety 5. Downtown beautification efforts/shops @toddmorganformayor @Morgan4Mayor17 Francesca's Fortunato 40 Kansas St., Frankfort, IL 60423 $125.00 PER PERSON • Paid for by: Citizens to Elect Morgan for Mayor 6. Strong school support 7. More quality development 8. Fiscal responsibility 9. Industrial growth to lower taxes 10. More parking in Downtown