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12 | February 16, 2017 | The Lockport Legend news Muggles enjoy treats during Food Tasting of Harry Potter event Butterbeer, chocolate frogs among items on magical menu Erin Redmond, Assistant Editor For one night, the White Oak Library District Lockport Branch Library was transformed into Hogwart’s Great Hall, complete with all the delicacies Harry Potter and his magical friends dined on — all it was missing was the floating candles. About 40 muggles of all ages felt as if their invitation to Hogwarts finally arrived as they enjoyed a feast of chocolate frogs, jelly slugs, mint toads and Mandrake pots before washing it all down with Butterbeer and pumpkin juice Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Food Tasting from the World of Harry Potter event. The tasting was held as part of the library’s The Great Read program, which runs through the end of February and is honoring the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter this year. The idea for the event was a collaborative effort between the various White Oak Library branches, Teen Librarian Flannery Crump said. And for Crump, the night was extra magical. “I definitely read the books as a kid,” she said. “I was at the perfect age, where I was growing up with Harry. It was fantastic to see so many people here and that everything went so smoothly.” It was the first event Homer Glen residents May Chudoba, 11, and her sister Sophia, 9, had attended at the White Oak library. Dressed in their Hogwarts best, the duo looked as if they had stepped right out of the pages of Harry Potter. May said they had taken a test — the closest thing to the Sorting Hat they could find — to discover which house they belonged to. And with curls that would make Hermione jealous and hair that matched the Malfoys, it was appropriate that May and Sophia ended up in Gryffindor and Slytherin, respectively. While neither of them had finished the series yet, both sisters said they couldn’t pass on the chance to sample the same treats their favorite characters eat. “[My favorite part of the books] is the adventure and all the villains, how [Harry Potter] has to handle them,” May said while taking a bite of her chocolate frog. “There’s always something happening in each and every book.” It wasn’t the first time 11-year-old Jada Akroush had sampled the magical menu items, however. She recently returned from a trip to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where she sipped on Butterbeer, pumpkin juice and Gillywater. And when she saw her local library would have some of her favorite fan fare foods, she brought her cousin, 12-year-old Ava Akroush and friend 11-yearold Kasia Lehnr along to try them, too. “There’s a ton of stuff,” she said, dipping her spoon in to the “Mandrake Pots” made of chocolate pudding and mint leaves. “The chocolate frogs are really good, but Butterbeer is probably my favorite. I had it in the Wizarding World and it was just so good.” The food tasting was the second of three events the library is hosting in honor of “The Chosen One.” At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, it will host a wand-making Sophia Chudoba (left) and her sister May dine on chocolate frogs and jelly slugs Thursday, Feb. 9, during the Food Tasting from the World of Harry Potter event at the White Oak Library District Lockport Branch Library in Lockport. Photos by Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media Mandrake pots, made of chocolate pudding, chocolate “dirt” and a mint leaf, were among the desserts served at the Food Tasting from the World of Harry Potter event. event, which both the Chudoba sisters and Jada and her friends said they would attend, too. The Great Read series continues all month long with a Horcrux Scavenger Hunt and Harry Potter Fan About 40 people turned out to sample to the magical menu at the event. Art Contest. The series will be capped off with a special Harry Potter-themed magic show at which the winners of the art contest will be announced. It’s slated for 6-8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. news the Lockport Legend | February 16, 2017 | 13 LTHS grad adds open MRI to his outpatient imaging center Mary Stroka Freelance Reporter Lockport Township High School graduate Naseem Khalil, owner of Homer Glen Open MRI and Imaging, added a GE Sigma highfield closed MRI at his facility on Jan. 1. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and gives doctors the information they need to know to do surgeries and other procedures. An open MRI helps patients who have claustrophobia but a closed MRI provides better images. Khalil opened in the center in 2007. The facility has X-ray, closed MRI, open MRI, and CT scan services. “I love Homer. I love where I’m from, and the community is great. I just wish we had our own high school,” he said. Khalil’s path toward opening an imaging center was somewhat unconventional. Khalil attended Hadley Junior High and Lockport Township High School and grew up playing a lot of sports on teams such as the Homer Stallions and the Homer Athletic Club. He then wrestled at Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, for two years. Khalil then told his mom he thought he was done with wrestling, he said. “What are you going to do with yourself?” she asked him, and he wasn’t sure, he said he thought he might go to community college and figure it out from there. But then his sisters stepped in. Rosie Salah and Reema Harp took action and signed him up for X-ray tech school without him even knowing. “I never even knew what it was, and I got into it from there,” he said. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have graduated high school. … Whenever I started to veer off [the path] they’d ‘slap’ me and get me right back on track,” he said. After finishing the X-ray tech program, he worked for Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for a few years as an X-ray tech in the early 2000s. “[They were] a bunch of physiatrists who treated me like an equal,” he said. He added that they pushed him to better himself. Khalil went back to school so he could run some new equipment the Institute was considering, and he ended up opening the outpatient center in Homer Glen in 2007. Khalil seeks to treat each patient like he would treat his mom, he said. “People come in here for an exam, they’re already thinking the worst. If I’m scanning someone’s brain, they’re thinking they have a tumor. If I scan someone’s back, they’re thinking they’re going to have back surgery and be out of [commission],” he said. “If you can make it a little pleasant for them, just to get them through it, let them forget about it. … if you can get their mind off it for 40 minutes, 30 minutes, you did good for the day,” he said. Khalil advises his patients to contact their doctors the next day for their results instead of hesitating to find out, since he often is able to get the results to the doctor within 24 hours. “Don’t wait. If you can seize the day to line up outside on Black Friday, go seize the day for your own body,” he said. Khalil said the rates at the outpatient center are much cheaper than at hospitals and he is often able to get his patients same-day or next-day appointments. “I’m not competing BEFORE Homer Glen Open MRI & Imaging owner Naseem Khalil stands beside the new GE Signa high-field closed MRI machine that was installed last month at his business. Mary Stroka/22nd Century Media against the hospital because our rates are so much different. When I had just the open MRI, I could see why doctors would say go to the hospital and have the closed MRI, it’s better. But now I have the closed MRI at such a great, great reduction in rate that there’s no choice [but] for patients to come here,” he said. “I want doctors and my patients to know that I did everything in my power to get those images. They might not be the best images because of the patient’s status, but I want everyone to know when they walk out with imaging from my facility, it’s the best, best possible that could have happened,” he said. Lisa Rivera of Orland Park had two MRI procedures done within a week in December 2016. The top of her foot and her ankle were examined in the procedures. “I never have a bad experience and I’ve been there several times,” she said about the facility. Rivera said she had told them she should have “frequent flyer miles” she has been there so often. “It’s a pleasurable experience. They’re friendly and it’s pretty quick,” she said. David Wallace of Plainfield has worked at the outpatient center as an MRI technologist for about two weeks, he said. He has been doing MRI since 2003, he said. “Naseem treats [patients] like family. …The value he provides his patients for the price and quality of the images is phenomenal,” Wallace said. Homer Glen Open MRI and Imaging is located at 14833 Founders Crossing in Homer Glen. To learn more, visit the website at homerglenimaging. com or call (708) 301-4664. Right On Your Computer AFTER Seeing is believing. If you’re considering transforming your kitchen or bathroom, start at In addition to seeing the latest and greatest in cabinets and countertops, you’ll also see dozens of before and after photos of our past projects that are sure to inspire. Go to or visit one of our showrooms today! 1918 Ferro Drive, New Lenox 815-723-7000 M-F 9am-5pm Sa 9am-3pm State of the City address Feb. 21 Staff Report The Lockport Chamber of Commerce will host the annual State of the City address Tuesday, Feb. 21. The event, presented by Mayor Steve Streit, will be held at Broken Arrow Golf Club, 16325 Broken Arrow Drive, Lockport. The mayor will discuss a wide array of topics regarding the City of Lockport. Registration and networking begins promptly at 11 a.m., followed by seating at 11:45 a.m. The luncheon and presentation is slated for noon until 2 p.m. The cost is $45 for Chamber members, $60 for non-members. For more information, contact the Chamber office at or by calling (815) 838-3357. Advanced RSVP is required.