1 year ago


The Mokena Messenger 021617

2 | February 16, 2017 |

2 | February 16, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger calendar In this week’s Messenger Standout Student...........13 Police Reports................15 Editorial........................19 Faith Briefs....................22 Puzzles..........................32 Classifieds................ 37-47 Sports...................... 48-56 The Mokena Messenger ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Tim Carroll, x29 assistant editor Amanda Stoll, x34 Sales director Lora Healy, x31 real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 Classified 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 Mokena Messenger (USPS #025404) 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 Mokena Messenger, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451 Published by Amanda Stoll THURSDAY Planning Committee/Zoning Board of Appeals 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Mokena Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter Street, Mokena. The Planning Committee/Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet. For more information, visit 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 Friday Mobile Workforce Center 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 195th St., Mokena. The Mobile Workforce Center travels to communities throughout Will County assisting residents who are looking for a job. Services include access to eleven computers with Internet for online job search, assistance to create or revise a resume, a job board with listings from Will County businesses and a trained staff to assist you. SATURDAY Historical Society 8:30 a.m. Feb. 18, Mokena Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter Street, Mokena. NOTE: date of the February Mokena Area Historical Society meeting has changed. The meeting is normally held on the second Saturday of each month. 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 CPR Class 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Mokena Fire Station #1, 19853 S. Wolf Road, Mokena. The Mokena Fire Protection District offers monthly CPR classes for the public. The cost covers books, materials and instructor fees. Students are instructed in adult, child and infant CPR and AED. Cost is $35 for community members and $40 for healthcare providers. Register online at or in person at Fire Station #1. Village Board Work Session 6 p.m. Feb. 20, 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 TUESDAY Reading with Mandy 4-5 p.m. Feb. 21, Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 195th St, Mokena. Students in grades 1-8 can sign up for a time to read with Mandy, a certified therapy dog. For more information and registration, call (708) 479-9663. Babysitting Clinic 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22, Mokena Fire Station #1, 19853 S. Wolf Road, Mokena. Join the Mokena Fire Department for a lot of fun and learn very valuable information for anyone who babysits. Course is for boys and girls ages 10-18. Students must attend both nights in the session to receive certificate of completion. Enrollment is limited. Cost is $15. For more information and registration, call (708) 479-5371 or visit UPCOMING Group Exercise Open House Friday, Feb. 23, The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center, 10847 W La Porte Rd, Mokena. Try out free classes that can add variety to your workouts and bust through plateaus with a fun social atmosphere and motivating instructors. Non-members do not need to be present with a member to participate. First-time guests only. Visit for a schedule of classes. Community Business Expo & Health Fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center, 10845 LaPorte Road, Mokena. Event offers blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings, body fat ratio measurements and more. Find a dentist, plumber, sports team, dance class, home repair service, bank, restaurant, insurance and more at the expo. 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. Sounds of Mardi Gras 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 195th St., Mokena. Join the Mokena Public Library and Mo’ Beat Blues as they gear up for the annual celebration of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras. Enjoy an afternoon of New Orleans style blues and jazz as you’re transported to the French Quarter for some Mardi Gras fun. Refreshments and party favors will be available. For more information and registration, call (708) 479-9663 or email tdomzalski@mokena. Showcase of Art Feb. 25-26, The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center, 10847 W La Porte Rd, Mokena. Join the Mokena Park District for the Annual Showcase of Art, displaying the work of young artists enrolled in park district art programs. Enjoy this diverse display of art from oils, acrylics and watercolors to sand castles and clay sculptures. The exhibit will remain open during the entire weekend. For more information, call (708) 390-2401. Preschool Registration 8-11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27, Lincoln Way Central, 1801 E Lincoln Hwy, New Lenox. Registration for Lincoln-Way High Schools 2017-2018 preschool programs, sponsored by the Family and Consumer Sciences Early Childhood Education classes, will be held in room D119. 16 children between the ages of three to five will be selected to attend a morning session. Children must be three years old by September 1, must be toilet trained, and must reside within the district to be eligible. Cost is $30.00 per month, or $240.00 per year. A nonrefundable deposit of Correction In a story titled “St. Mary Catholic School tips off tournament” in the Jan. 26 edition of The Mokena Messenger, a caption identified a Noonan Academy basketball player incorrectly. The Noonan basketball player’s name is Joseph Burchett. The Mokena Messenger regrets the error. In the Standout Student section of the Feb. 9 edition of The Mokena Messenger, a photo of the wrong student was printed. The Mokena Messenger regrets the error. $60.00 will be required of those selected into the program, and will be applied to the first two months of preschool. For more information, call (815) 462-2187. ONGOING Winter Reading Programs Ongoing through Friday, March 3, Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 195th St, Mokena. Tis’ the season to cozy up to a good book or stop by the library to see what warm and appealing things the library has to offer this winter. Reading programs are geared towards both children and adults. Earn prizes for reading books, attending programs and trying out the new virtual reality station. For more information, stop by the library, call (708) 479-9663, or visit To submit an item to the printed calendar, contact Amanda Stoll at (708) 326-9170 ext. 34, or email a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com. Deadline is noon Thursdays one week prior to publication. News the Mokena Messenger | February 16, 2017 | 3 Dollar Doe$ It to rebrand as Redtail Market Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor When Brenda O’Brien and Tammy Dean opened Dollar Doe$ It four and a half years ago, they never could have known that two major dollar store chains would soon open locations within a few miles of theirs. In addition to Dean moving to Michigan, O’Brien said she’s been struggling to keep Dollar Doe$ It open because of the new competition, as have other locally-owned dollar stores in Frankfort and New Lenox. Instead of closing and breaking the lease, O’Brien is rebooting her store with an entirely new concept — something she said is hard to describe because she’s never seen anything quite like it before. Her vision includes white shiplap walls and black valances on the windows. It’s a look she said was inspired by Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” The name, which is expected to be Redtail Market, was partially born of necessity, since her lease dictates that she must use the same block letters as she currently has. With a bit of rearranging and some inspiration, she came up with Redtail. While she said there were lots of variations of those letters she could have picked, Redtail seemed right because it reminded her of when she and her family first moved to Mokena nearly 23 years ago and used to see red foxes. Inside, she will host vendors selling a variety of goods ranging from candles and candies to refurbished furniture and home decor, as well as homemade items and gifts. Despite the separate vendors, she said she does not want it to feel cramped or sectioned off like many antique or resale shops — two Featured is the current site of Dollar Doe$ It, which is set to rebrand as a space for a collection of boutique vendors and called Redtail in early April. Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media things she said Redtail Market will not be. O’Brien has a very specific vision of what she wants — as well as what she doesn’t — for her clean, modern, boutique-style shop, one of which is to have an upscale boutique feeling without the boutique price tag. She meets with potential vendors and views their goods before approving them for her store. With the space she has at the current Dollar Doe$ It, O’Brien said she thinks she can house up to 60 vendors, depending on how much floor space they each need. Some may need a larger space if, for instance, they are selling furniture, while others may need smaller areas to sell jewelry or candles. “I want to get a lot of variety in here,” O’Brien said. Some of the vendors she already has signed on include Young Living essential oils, clothing by BoyMom and Honey & Lace, and vendors who sell jewelry and refurbished furniture. Originally, O’Brien said she had planned to close Dollar Doe$ It the last week of February and reopen as Redtail Market on March 1, but her timeline has been pushed back to an April 1 opening. Customers have been slower than anticipated to clear the shelves at Dollar Doe$ It despite her closing sale, and she said work on the sign is taking longer than she expected. “God has a plan. I just know He has a plan,” O’Brien said. “What do I do? It’s called reinventing myself. And survival.” While it has been hard for her since making the decision to close Dollar Doe$ It, she said she won’t let sadness get to her and is looking at this new chapter with positivity and excitement. “Opening my own business was a dream I’ve always had,” O’Brien said. The new store will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Until then, she’ll be closing up shop at Dollar Doe$ It and getting things ready for her vision for the future. She said she’s been posting on Facebook, including the Dollar Doe$ It page, and other local sites looking for vendors, as well as finding people through word of mouth. For anyone interested in becoming a vendor at Redtail Market, contact O’Brien at redtailmarket@gmail. com. Hearts In The Right Place: Getting To The Heart of Healthy Habits A healthy heart requires essential ingredients to work at its best. Learn to perfect your recipe to achieve optimal heart health. Join Ingalls from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, at the Ingalls Family Care Center, Flossmoor (19550 Governors Highway) for a heart health event. Hearts In The Right Place will include timely heart health and nutrition presentations. Featuring: Zumba Cooking Demo Chair Massages Giveaways & Light Refreshments This event is FREE, but registration is requested. Please Call 708.915.CARE (2273) or register online at *Can't make it to the event? Take our FREE online Heart Health Assessment at: SM Wholehearted Cardiovascular Care. Saturday, February 25 3-5 p.m.