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Glenbrook North

juniors (left to right)

Lauren Steiner,

Lucia Bosacoma

and Kelly Pearson

sing Beyonce’s

“Love On Top”

March 15 at a

karaoke session of

Spartans Connect,

GBN’s biennial

day of student

workshops. Matt

Yan/22nd Century


Glenbrook North students take break

from regular schedule for day of

workshops, Page 3




Resident receives

racist letter in

mail, Page 10

Sending a



organizes Rally

for Kindness,

Page 11





Active Aging


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Story-Telling Workshop

7 p.m. March 23, Northbrook

United Methodist

Church, 1190 Western

Ave. Come to a creative,

interactive workshop led

by storyteller and pastor

Rebecca Anderson. The

event does not require

“religious” stories, just

true ones. Participants

will have the opportunity

to perform their story before

a live audience at the

church’s gala, “Hats and

Horses,” on May 6. The

fee for the workshop is

$20. The fee is waived if

members come to the Gala

on May 6. Please reserve

a spot by contacting Pastor

Melissa Earley at (847)

272-2442 or by emailing



New Maple School

Information Sessions

7 p.m. March 23, Northbrook

Public Library, 1201

Cedar Lane. The District

30 School Board and the

District 30 Citizens Task

Force unanimously approved

a proposal to build

a new middle school for

the community and perform

critical health and life

safety improvements in the

two elementary schools.

To fund this proposal, a

$36.3 million bond referendum

will be on the April

4 ballot. Members of the

community are invited to

learn more about the proposal

through a tour of

Maple Middle School and

an informational session.

For more information, visit



‘Before I Fall’ Discussion

7-8 p.m. March 24, Sunset

Foods, 1127 Church

St. Attendees are invited

to the coffee shop in the

store for a discussion of

“Before I Fall” by Lauren

Oliver. The story centers

around teenage Samantha

who relives the day of her

death over and over again

until, on the seventh day,

she finally discovers a way

to save herself. For more

information and to register,

visit www.northbrook.



Free Exercise Classes

9-11 a.m. March 25, 2

p.m., March 26. Body &

Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947

Cherry Lane. The heath

center will offer free classes

to help the body and

brain. For more information,

call (847) 562-9642.

Train Exhibit

Noon-3 p.m. March 25,

noon-4 p.m. March 26.

The Northbrook Historical

Society, 1776 Walters

Ave. The Mid-America

Modular Train Club will

be setting up the HO gauge

modular railroad layout in

the lower level. The event

is open to the public. For

more information, call

(847) 480-0853.


Jazz and Blues Concert

7-8 p.m. March 26,

Northbrook Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane. In

this jazz and blues salon, a

pair of Chicago jazz composers,

Juli Wood (sax)

and Kelly Brand (piano),

will be featured. They

will focus on original jazz

compositions. For more

information, visit www.



‘BFG’ Screening

1-3 p.m., March 27,

Northbrook Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane.

The library will screen

this family-friendly film

in the auditorium. The

film will bring to life

the classic story of a girl

named Sophie and the Big

Friendly Giant who, despite

his intimidating appearance,

turns out to be

a kind-hearted soul who is

considered an outcast by

the other giants because

he refuses to eat children.

The event is free to the

public. For more information,

visit www.northbrook.info.


Pajama Stories

6:30-7 p.m., March 28,

Northbrook Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane.

The library is hosting a

storytime where attendees

are invited to wear their

coziest pajamas. Come

snuggle in and drop by at

this free event for families.

For more information, visit



‘Moonlight’ Showing

1-3 p.m., 7:30-9:30

p.m., March 29, Northbrook

Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane. This

years Best Picture winner,

“Moonlight” will

be shown. The film is

a timeless story of human

connection and selfdiscovery.


chronicles the life of a

young black man from

childhood to adulthood

as he struggles to find his

place in the world, while

growing up in a rough

neighborhood of Miami.

The event is free to the

public. For more information,

visit www.northbrook.info.


Story Slam

7-8:30 p.m. March 30,

Northbrook Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane.

Listen to participants

as they take to the stage

to tell their original and

amusing stories. A panel

of three judges will determine

a winner, based on

a combination of humor,

delivery and storytelling

ability. The best storyteller,

as determined by the

judges, will receive a prize

of $100 and one runner-up

will receive a prize of $50.

For more information, visit



Spring Bunny

2:30-4:30 p.m. April

2, Glenbrook North High

School, 2300 Shermer

Road. Hop on over to meet

the Spring Bunny. Children

can hunt for candy

and toy-filled eggs and

enjoy face painting and

activities. Bring a basket.

The free invite is open to

children under 10. For

more information, visit


Garden and Body Health

10 a.m. April 4, Northbrook

United Methodist

Church, 1190 Western

Ave. Preparing a body for

gardening is just as important

as preparing the

soil. Megan Tyner, certified

personal trainer and

garden designer, will show

the club how gardeners can

protect themselves from

overdoing it in the garden.

The event will combine

fun and improvement of

movement, flexibility and

balance. For more information,

contact nbkgardenclub@gmail.com


visit The Northbrook Garden

Club Facebook page.

Charity Movie Night

11 a.m. April 8, AMC

Northbrook Court, 1525

Lake Cook Road. Join the

pajama party benefiting

Families Helping Families

in Chicagoland. Wear pajamas,

if you like, to see

the animated movie “Boss

Baby.” Bring new pajamas

for a child sized 2T-14 to

donate to Imagine Englewood

If, a community organization

that serves kids and

families in need. Tickets are

$10 each and registration is

open until March 31. For

more information, email fhfchicagoland@gmail.com.

College Transition With

Learning Differences

7 p.m. April 12, Sociability,

899 Skokie Blvd.

Join JJB Educational Consultants

for a conversation

about transition planning

for students on the autism

spectrum. Dr. Thornton,

known for her work with

students on the spectrum,

will talk about the skills

needed for students to

transition from home to

college or a post-secondary

placement and postsecondary

options. For

more information and to

reserve a spot, email Jill@

jjb-edconsultants.com or

call (847) 940-8090.


Line Dance Classes

Through April 11. Northbrook

United Methodist

Church, 1109 Western Ave.

Line dance classes, sponsored

by Dancemates, will

occur at the church and is

open to the public. Beginners

are welcome. One

class is $10 or $50 for the

six-week session. Attendees

may pay at the first session.

For more information,

call (847) 272-2442.

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GBN students explore interests in all-day workshop

Sarah Haider

Assistant Editor

Glenbrook North students

took a break from

hitting the books to pursue

the passions of their peers

during the biennial Spartans

Connect day on March

15 at the school. The event

consisted of 159 sessions

in which students received

the chance to learn about

everything from cupcake

decorating to the history

of America as told through

“The Simpsons” television


“Spartans Connect is an

opportunity for us to put

grades and schoolwork

aside and just attend different

sessions that are built on

people’s passions and interest

and hobbies,” Principal

Dr. John Finan said. “It is a

way for students and staff

to make connections with

people they might not already

know in the school.”

The seminars were

taught by 224 speakers,

including 15 community

members, teachers, students

and even improv

artists from Second City.

The criteria for running a

session was simple: have

an expertise or an interest

in almost anything and be

willing to share it with the

Spartan community.

Finan and Associate

Principal Eric Etherton

shared their basketball

skills with students, challenging

the kids to multiple

sessions of Shoot

Three competitions during

the day. The opportunity

gave the administrators

a chance to interact with

their students in a way

they wouldn’t normally,

while allowing kids to

take a break during the

most demanding part of

the school year by outshooting

their principals.

“There is anxiety among

students in the school and

in schools similar to ours,

and it’s a time to not have

to think about grades or

homework and stuff like

that,” Finan said. “It is a

day of having fun, building

relationships and strengthening

the community.”

Although most of the

sessions were educational,

like “An Introduction to

Self-Defense” or “The Art

of a Mixtape,” some simply

served to allow students to

have a good time and bond

with their peers over shared


One of the most wellattended

morning events,

“Future Pop Stars of

America,” featured GBN

students taking to the stage

and belting out pop classics

with their friends. The

student-run event was art

teacher Lee Block’s first

choice to supervise.

“It’s a good way to see

teenagers in their element

and it’s really a positive

example,” Block said.

“Sometimes we hear so

much about the negative

aspect of teenagers. Here

they are appreciating their

friends and peers and taking

a risk getting up there

on the stage.”

Junior Audrey Cooke,

along with three of her

classmates, decided to conduct

the karaoke event after

pretending to be pop stars

at a homecoming afterparty.

Cooke thought the

bonding and lighthearted

activity would be coherent

with the purpose of Spartans


“It’s about creating a

safe community; everybody

can feel free to have

a bunch of fun and free to

be themselves up there and

Glenbrook North junior Natalie Poklop decorates an Easter basket on her cupcake in a cupcake-decorating

session March 15 at GBN. Photos by Matt Yan/22nd Century Media

GBN senior Hikaru Ozone puts up a 3-pointer during the

Shoot Three competition with Principal Dr. John Finan.

just show anybody what

you are into and what you

are about, strengthening the

GBN community,” Cooke


Spartans Connect is part

of a series of student workshops

the school holds

twice a year to focus on

unconventional education

to help students grow as

individuals and as a school

community. A 20-person

committee began planning

for the day in early September,

recruiting the many

speakers and rooms needed

for the biggest Spartans

Connect day yet.

Registration opened in

February and within a halfhour

of the options going

live online, 1,132 students

had signed themselves up

for a full schedule.

For event organizers

Michael Greenstein and

Kris Frandson, the excited

Beth Figaro leads a cardio and strength session in the

dance room.

response made the months

of preparation worthwhile.

Their goal for the day was

to create an opportunity for

students to discover their

under-the-radar interest —

for example, allowing band

director Rich Chapman to

bring in his racing sailboat

or for District 225 PR Director

Karen Geddeis to

show her love of improv —

in order to forge bonds and

create connections that extend

outside the classroom.

“Teachers and students

get to see each other in a

different light, in a way

that maybe they typically

wouldn’t in a typical school

day,” Greenstein said. “It

also gives teachers and

students a way to connect

with each other around a

passion. It’s about who you

are as an individual but also

who are you in the Spartan


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Northbrook District 27 Board of Education (4 candidates for 4 four-year Terms)

Name: Melissa Copeland

Age: 48






Past local Copeland



I participated in

the Northbrook Caucus

by leading the District 27

sub-committee as a way

to learn more about the

issues facing the district

and what is a required as

a school board member.

My children are in fifth

grade and second grade,

so I have the perspective

of a parent and community

member; it was incredibly

helpful to understand

from the school district

leadership, the board

members and the candidates

the variety of issues

and perspectives required

to support the district —

and our children. I have

also been involved in a

number of community

projects including launching

and coordinating the

Girls on the Run program

in Northbrook.

What is the biggest issue

facing District 27 and

how do you plan to address


The district has a long

history of accolades for

its focus on outcomes for

kids and teachers and for

its emphasis on building

very forward-looking curricula

and programs that

emphasize STEAM, music

and other disciplines.

Some of the issues faced

by the district are driven

by the impact of budget

changes from the state,

regulation and reporting

requirements, and capital

improvements needed

to maintain the incredible

environment that has

been put in place for our

children. In addition, new

areas such as the impact

of technology and technology

security are critical

moving forward. The

district has the advantage

of a terrific track record

and careful planning; success

moving forward will

be maintaining as much

as possible what is in

place today while dealing

with the trade-offs

that the current challenges






27 board


Ed Feld,






Melnick and Laurie Garber-Amram did not return

their questionnaires despite repeated requests

sent by The Northbrook Tower.

What message would

you like to share with

Northbrook voters

about what makes you

the best candidate?

There are few organizations

as impactful as the

school district on children

and families in our community.

Indeed, it’s one of

the reasons we zeroed in

on Northbrook when we

were looking to move from

Chicago to the suburbs. The

district does an amazing job

preparing our students for

the challenges they face in

a rapidly changing world.

I look forward to contributing

to ensuring that is

available to the kids in

our community going forward.

In my consulting

practice, I have worked with

a variety of organizations

from startups to Fortune

100 and government groups

on topics that include translating

strategies into tactics,

designing and delivering

customer experience, and

improving operational efficiency,

in both technologyenabled

and technology

constrained environments.

One of the keys to generating

results in all those

environments is asking

questions, supporting the

decision-makers, advocating

for constituents and ensuring

voices and ideas are


Northbrook Village Board

Downsized sober-living project receives approval

Miriam Finder Annenberg

Freelance Reporter

After months of contentious

discussion, the

Northbrook Village Board

approved the opening of

the Providence Farm transitional

sober-living facility

on Sunset Ridge Road

during its Tuesday, March

14 meeting.

“It was not an easy decision

to make for any

of us,” Village President

Sandy Frum said. “We’re

looking forward to having

[Providence Farm]

become part of our community.”

This decision culminates

a months-long process

that began when

clinical social worker

Stephanie Zwilling first

brought the proposal before

the board on June

28, 2016. She requested a

zoning exception and special

permit to open the facility

for local young men

ages 18-28 on a 2.36-acre

property at 1620 Sunset

Ridge Road.

The facility, which will

serve as a transitional

home between rehabilitation

programs for substance

abuse and independent

living, would

primarily serve residents

from the surrounding areas,

with priority given to

those from Northbrook.

The project met resistance

from some residents

and accolades from those

who have seen their own

Round It Up

A brief recap of Village Board action on March 14

• The board directed staff to draft a document

rescinding a special permit for Children’s Learning

Adventure after they failed to close on their portion

of the Life Time Fitness Mixed Use Development

Project at 1000 Skokie Blvd.

• Trustees approved a design review permit for wall

signage, awnings and lights for Lucky Fish Restaurant

at 1349 Shermer Road.

• Members authorized a $908,602 contract with

Brothers Asphalt Paving, Inc. for the 2017 Asphalt

Street Rehabilitation Program.

lives affected by drugs

and alcohol. Those on the

Village Board were conflicted,

as well.

“This process started

out really challenging,”

Zwilling said. “There

were a lot of misconceptions

about folks in recovery.”

Trustee Jim Karagianis,

who serves as the

chairman of the Planning/

Zoning Committee, cast

the only “no” vote on the

project. He was hesitant

to allow changes in zoning

and wary of setting a

precedent allowing forprofit

facilities in a residential


“This was a difficult one

for me, because there is no

question that facilities like

this are needed,” he said.

“I’m not against this facility,

I’m not against the use.

I just don’t think it’s appropriate

for this location.”

After initially receiving

pushback, Zwilling

worked with Village staff

on conditions for Providence

Farm. While current

zoning in the area

allows for only six occupants

in a residence,

Tuesday’s decision will

allow eight residents and

one staff member to live

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on the site in its first year,

with 10 residents allowed

the following year.

With Providence Farm

receiving the green light

to move forward, Zwilling

plans to begin hiring for

the live-in staff member in

the next couple of months.

She hopes to open the facility

in the fall.

“It’s all about taking

young people from our

community and investing

in them here,” she said.

“If folks are interested

in getting involved [it’s]

a cool, local way to help

support local residents.”

She said anyone interested

in learning more

should email her at stephanie.providencefarm@


northbrooktower.com Election 2017

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Northfield Township Board of Trustees (4 Candidates for 4 four-year terms)

Name: Shiva Mohsenzadeh

Age: 42

Residence: Glenview


Since 2013, legislative

aide to State

Rep. Laura Fine

(D-Glenview), Mohsenzadeh

who represents

a large section of Northfield

Township; prior to that legislative

aide to Illinois Sen. Jeff

Schoenberg and Carol Ronen

Past local government/relative

experience: Corporate and

securities attorney and a certified


Why did you decide to run?

I am running to keep our Township

government transparent,

efficient and accountable to

taxpayers. Northfield Township

government’s mandate is to

provide general and emergency

assistance to our residents. Hundreds

of Northfield Township

residents rely on the services

of the Township and the food

pantry to make ends meet. I feel

it is important to give back to

our township and care for our

less fortunate neighbors. As a

board member, I would support

our food pantry so it can

continue its great work. I would

also like to find ways to improve

and streamline the Township

delivery of services and

find synergies with other units

of government to help improve

those services while reducing


What do you think is the biggest

issue facing your coverage

area and how do you plan

to approach it?

Our Township governmental

units have at times operated in

silos and not taken advantage of

opportunities to work with other

governmental entities to deliver

services more efficiently. If

elected, I will review all Township

contracts and obligations

and find ways to work cooperatively

with others so we can improve

services while lowering


What makes you a strong candidate

for this position?

I have worked, lived and volunteered

in the township for

the last seven years. I have

worked with local officials,

community organizations and

businesses on various issues.

Because of my experiences,

I appreciate the complexities

of public policy as well as the

challenges facing the average


What do you want people to

know about you?

I live in Glenview with my husband

and two sons. I am on the

District 34 PTA Council, the

League of Women Voters of

Glenview-Glencoe, the board of

the Glenview Education Foundation

and a graduate of Illinois

Women’s Institute for Leadership.

I believe that I have a responsibility

to make my community

a better place through

public service and civic engagement.

Name: James E. Hanlon Jr.

Age: 57



Past local government/relative

experience: An


County state’s attorney,

serving as


Hanlon Jr.

chief of the Special Litigation

Division of the Office’s Civil

Action Bureau; No prior elected

government experience, but ran

twice for Cook County Circuit

Court judge; Served in various

roles in the Northbrook Caucus

Why did you decide to run?

I have always been active in

the communities in which I live

and work. That involvement has

taken many forms, and now that

my two sons are grown, I want

to shift my focus to the community

at large. I am quite familiar

with Township government, as

my wife previously served as a

Northfield Township trustee. I

know that the services the Township

provides are valued and important,

as we serve areas and

segments of our population that

do not always have a voice at

other levels of government.

What do you think is the biggest

issue facing your coverage

area and how do you plan to

approach it?

The reliable, efficient and costeffective

delivery of the services

that township governments are

statutorily charged with providing

is most important. We have

an excellent Township staff, and

vigilant and diligent oversight is

key to maintaining their effectiveness.

As in my legal career,

I will focus on identifying and

implementing process and technology

changes that can help us

be more efficient and effective in

the delivery of our services. The

other factor we now face is that

there are efforts at the state and

county levels to consolidate the

services provided by townships

with similar services provided

by other units of local government.

I think I can be an effective

partner in implementing

whatever changes that consolidation

may bring.

What makes you a strong candidate

for this position?

I am an experienced lawyer

who works well with others (an

underrated quality in public officials).

Working well with others

does not mean going along

to get along. It involves having

the patience and commitment to

listen and understand different

perspectives, and it requires us

to find solutions that serve the

common good.

What do you want most for

people to know about you?

I have been married for 30 years.

Together, we have two great

boys, Kevin, about to leave for

the U.S. Marines boot camp, and

Jack, a college freshman.

Name: Melanie A.


Age: 53

Residence: Glenview



Past local government/relative


experience: Finishing first fouryear

term as a Township trustee;

member of Family Service Center

Board and American Theatre

Company Board; previously sat

on the parent advisory board for

Glenbrook South High School

Why did you decide to run


I feel my previous four years as

a trustee will bring continuity to

the new board. I am passionate

about the charities we support

Name: Itak Seo

Age: 45

Residence: Northbrook

Occupation: Attorney,

Itak Seo

Law Office in

Wheeling Seo

Past local government/relative


No local government experience;

Worked for many years

with Korean-American communities

and Asian-American


Why did you decide to run?

and proud to work to ensure this

important level of our government

works efficiently and effectively.

What do you think is the biggest

issue facing your coverage

area and how do you plan to

approach it?

Keeping our tax levy low while

providing the highest level of

service to the public and support

to those most in need. The

Township is known for the important

role our food pantry fulfills

for those in need, plus we

also offer assistance in appealing

property taxes and passport

services. While most residents

of the township live in the villages

of Glenview, Northbrook

or Northfield, many live in unincorporated

areas, and they

I decided to run for Northfield

Township trustee with the help

of many wonderful professionals

who supported me fully in this


What do you think is the biggest

issue facing your coverage

area and how do you plan to

approach it?

[A] major issue should always

be [the] well-being of residents

in the township. I wanted to

become a productive part of

our community, and I wanted

learn how to better serve our

ever-growing township to the

need services and representation

as well, which the Township


What makes you a strong candidate

for this position?

I understand the needs of the

Township and the citizens we


What do you want people to

know about you?

My husband, Dan, and I were

both raised in Glenview, chose

to raise our family here and have

lived here for most of our lives.

We have many friends in Northbrook

and Northfield as well.

Serving in such an important local

level of government that has

a direct impact on neighbors and

those around us is something

very important to me.

best of our abilities. I hope to

bring a new perspective [and]

new voice to our ever-growing

and diverse community. I

look forward to working with

our dynamic team at the township,

and as a new trustee, I’m

looking forward to learning

and figuring out the township


What makes you a strong candidate

for this position?

I feel that I will serve my community

well as a Northfield

Township trustee because I am

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Northfield Township

supervisor (1 candidate

for 1 four-year term)

Name: Jill Brickman

Age: 57

Residence: Glenview

Occupation: Township


Past local government/relative



perience: Sixteen years as Township

supervisor; Prior experience

as small business owner; served

the Township as trustee and head

of the Human Services Review

Commission; experience in volunteer

activities, including volunteer


Why did you decide to run?

I still feel that this position gives

me unique opportunities to have a

positive impact on our community.

What do you think is the biggest

issue facing your coverage

area and how do you plan to approach


Mental health and substance abuse

are big problems here just as they

are elsewhere. We are fortunate

to have terrific service providers

available, but funding is a challenge.

At Northfield Township, we

continue to support local mental

health and substance abuse treatment

providers and work cooperatively

with them to help them reach

more residents in need. These issues

pose challenges for families,

schools, law enforcement, health

care providers and social service

agencies. By strengthening the

network of all of these groups, we

are able to support solutions.

What makes you a strong candidate

for this position?

I have been and still am involved

in a variety of community activities

which gives me something of

an overview of our area, and have

demonstrated a combination of

fiscal restraint and compassion for

people in need.

What do you want people to

know about you?

That I love my job and am grateful

for the opportunity to serve in this


Northfield Township Clerk (1 candidate for 1 four-year term)

Name: Patricia Lechner

Age: 54




Northfield Township


Past local government/relative


No past local government

experience; Chaired many


Why did you decide to run?

Northfield Township Assessor (1

candidate for 1 four-year term)

Editor’s Note: Northfield

Township Assessor Patricia

K. Damisch did not return a

questionnaire despite repeated

requests sent by The

Northbrook Tower. She is running



From Page 7


I was asked to run at a volunteer



ready to serve my community and I can bring a

new and global prospective.

What do you want most for people to know

about you?

I would like my community friends to know

that I believe in the “Four C” concept, which

is: compassion, competence, character and

confidence. I would like to give a voice and

an opportunity to participate to all the different

cultures that live within our neighborhoods,

so that we can grow as a community.

I look forward to meeting and learning more

about the people in our township and I will

work hard to bring unity to all the residence we


What do you think is the biggest

issue facing your coverage

area and how do you plan to

approach it?

By far, the biggest issue facing

our area is rising property

taxes. Sadly, our property taxes

are rising at a rate not commensurate

with property values

which can be a burden for many

families and the elderly. When

our residents suffer unemployment

or have a surgery with

medication costs, bills may

have to be paid before the grocery

store visit. Our Northfield

Food Pantry receives donations

from generous vendors and

our residents can visit the food

pantry. It is very encouraging

to see how generous our community

can be when people are

in need.

What makes you a strong candidate

for this position?

I have an IT background and

have always volunteered when

my six children were in school.

I think I chaperoned just about

every field trip and dance, so it

was a natural to help out at the


What do you want people to

know about you?

That I value the importance of

giving back, volunteering and

giving of yourself. It’s natural

to help your own family, but it’s

even better when you can give

of yourself and help others.

Northfield Township Highway Commissioner (1 candidate for 1

four-year term)

Name: Timothy Rueckert

and map and survey the

Age: 51

rainwater drainage system.




Past local




rience: State of Illinois

employee for 30 years, the

last 22 years spent with

the Illinois Gaming Board

(IGB) with the last 12

years as a Special Agent

Supervisor; With the IGB,

responsible for overseeing

a highly regulated industry,

both criminally and

civilly; Experience with

regulation should help in

duties as a highway commissioner

Why did you decide to


This is my first time running

for public office. I

grew up in a politician’s

home. My father was the

Maine Township assessor

for many years. Through

his years of service, I saw

the only meaningful rewards

come from doing

something worthwhile for

the people you serve. I

have spent several years

donating my time to various

groups to “help out.”

When I learned that the

current highway commissioner

was not going to run

again this term, I saw my

opportunity to serve.

What do you think is the

biggest issue facing your

coverage area and how

do you plan to approach


In one word — flooding.

There are several areas

in the township that flood

regularly. I will of course

seek assistance from the

county, state and federal

government. In the short

term, I plan to implement

more pumps, sand bags,

clear or construct ditches

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What makes you a strong

candidate for this position?

I believe that I am the best

candidate for this position

because of my knowledge

of the area. I watched this

area develop and redeveloped

again. I have many

years of managerial experience.

I feel that my

previous work experience

proves that.

What do you people to

know about you?

I am a family man with

three boys and have lived

in and around the township

for most of my life.

Most of the people in the

township are friends and

neighbors. I want the road

district to be transparent,

accountable and most of

all, service oriented.





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Northbrook man unsettled after receiving racist message in mail

Matt Yan, Editor

When soccer coach Teng

Deng moved to Northbrook,

he expected he’d

be living in an idyllic suburb

where neighbors were

friendly to one another and

judged each other on their

character, not the color of

their skin.

That turned out to be

true for the most part until

a July 2015 situation that

was anything but friendly.

Deng, a black man, returned

from a weeklong

trip out of town to his Normandy

Hill condo to find

in his mailbox a piece of

folded paper. On it, typed

in oversized text, was a

racial epithet preceding

“dont (sic) belong here.”

“It was a little harsh,”

said Deng, a British transplant

who is originally

from Sudan. “At first I

kind of thought this is

some kind of practical

joke. I didn’t take it seriously.”

That day, July 6, he took

the letter to Joanne Masterson,

the president of his

homeowner’s association,

who called the police two

days later.

“Well what would you

do if you saw something

like that?” Masterson told

The Tower. “You don’t let

that go.”

The initial report was

not released to the media

“due to the sensitive matter,”

according to documents

obtained by The

Tower through a Freedom

of Information Act request.

Deng declined to

sign a complaint at the

time, fearing repercussions

from his employer or his

homeowner’s association.

As there were no cameras

directly facing the mail

slots, the incident was not

caught on tape. No additional

cameras have been

added to the mail area.

He has since decided

to tell his story following

more incidents that

have made him feel less

safe. When he flew back

to O’Hare from the United

Kingdom on Feb. 12,

he was detained for 12

hours because of President

Trump’s travel ban on

travelers from seven Muslim-majority


Deng is a legal resident

of the U.S. and was eventually


On Feb. 24, he said he

was driving in downtown

Chicago in a Mercedes

SUV when he was pulled

over by police.

“One of [the officers]

was real nice about it,”

Deng said, “and the other

guy was like, ‘Northbrook’s

a long way away

from here. Where did

you get this car from?’ I

said ‘it’s mine.’ He said

‘are you sure?’ Well why

would I not be sure?”

Deng feels he was

judged negatively based

on the color of his skin by

Chicago police and possibly

residents of Normandy

Hill. He said some residents

have not been pleasant

toward him and his siblings,

both of whom attend

Glenbrook North.

He once broke a condo

protocol when moving

something in an elevator,

and a resident took offense.

The man told him “‘if

you don’t follow rules then

you shouldn’t be here,’ ”

Deng said.

Complicating things

is the fact that Deng was

unemployed for several

months and fell behind on

his homeowner’s association

fees. He says he owes

more than $16,000 to the

HOA for missed payments

and lawyer fees.

A complaint was filed

by the condo association

This letter, which has been censored by The Tower, was found in Teng Deng’s

apartment July 2015 in the Normandy Hill subdivision on Dundee Road. Image


in December 2015 and a

court order for possession

of Deng’s unit was approved

in July.

He was subsequently

evicted from his property

and his siblings have gone

to stay with family friends.

Under Illinois law, associations

can possess

units whose owners have

defaulted on payments to

cover those missed payments.

All associated lawyer

fees must be paid by

the defaulting owner.

Deng has since found

another job and has enough

to cover the missed payments

but not the lawyer

costs, which are considerable,

he said. He told The

Tower he is being billed

$300 for sending emails

to the lawyer representing

Braeside Condo Management,

which manages Normandy


He said he has offered

to pay the late fees, but

has been told that it is too

late because Braeside has

found a tenant to occupy

the unit that he still owns.

That lease will run until

April 2018, Deng said,

leaving him with no home

for the next year.

He feels that the homeowner’s

association is

putting added pressure on

him, but isn’t sure if it’s

necessarily racially motivated.

Lori Gordon, a spokeswoman

for Braeside, said

she could not comment on

the situation, as there is

pending litigation.

An attorney representing

Braeside also declined

to comment.

Deng was stopped for

trespassing on the property

on Feb. 13 when he

returned from the U.K. to

retrieve his belongings. He

had already been evicted

and told he could take his

property from the unit during

a time frame in January,

when he was out of the


On Feb. 28, Deng called

police to a civil dispute

with Gordon when she told

him he could not regain

possession because a tenant

had been secured.

Police advised Deng to

hire an attorney to protect

his property rights, which

he has done.

Deng admits responsibility

for failing to pay the

fees. Now, he said, he just

wants to work something

out with the association to

regain his home, instead

of falling deeper into debt

with lawyer fees.

His housing situation

and experiences with

prejudice have been an unpleasant

mark on an otherwise

pleasant period in the

Chicago area.

“The experiences with

certain places have been

horrible,” he said, “but

I’ve also had great experiences

as well. This is not

by all means that all white

people are racist, that’s not

true. It’s just a few small

individuals within Northbrook

that are just so ignorant

and backwards. I just

think it’s a shame, really.”

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the northbrook tower | March 23, 2017 | 11

Rally brings politicians, community out for kindness

Matt Yan, Editor

Maura Crisham did not

like what she was seeing.

News reports of hate

crimes and hoax bomb

threats across the country

worried her.

But it was the swastikas

drawn in the men’s restroom

at the Northbrook

Public Library that horrified

and shocked her

the most. There were five

instances of swastikas or

swastika-like symbols

being drawn between

November-January, with

four of the symbols accompanied

by the word


“No place should have

this sort of graffiti,”

Crisham, a Northbrook

resident, said. “It seems

particularly horrid that it

would be at a library.”

Motivated by a desire

to amend the narrative,

she decided to do something

she hadn’t done before.

Assisted by library

staff, Crisham organized a

Rally for Kindness on the

lawn of Greenbriar School

across from the library.

More than 40 people

showed up on March 12,

including 10th District

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-

Deerfield), State Sen.

Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield)

and 57th District

Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-


Attendees made a kindness

chain by writing a

pledge for kindness on

small strips of paper,

which were to ultimately

be looped together and

displayed in the library.

Children also made buttons

with the words “love”

and “friendship” written

on them.

Nekritz spoke of Northbrook

as a place where residents

demonstrate kindness

every day. She called

Northbrook’s Rivka Daar (left) and Sarah Gillespie help build a “kindness chain” March 12 at Greenbriar School. Photos by Miroslaw Pomian/22nd

Century Media

it a “breath of fresh air” to

return to her hometown after

working in Springfield

amid the budget crisis.

She brushed off worries

that the rally may not have

reached those responsible

for the graffiti.

"Whether the message

reachesd the people who

do the graffiti, it doesn’t

feel like that’s the only

message coming out

of it,” she said. “Good

people need to feel that

they’re not alone and (that

they’re) supported in the

community for being kind

and just being a good citizen.”

Also speaking were Rev.

Melissa Earley of Northbrook

United Methodist,

Alex Marks helps affix a “Be Kind” button to his son

Ben Marks’ jacket.

Library Executive Director

Kate Hall, Glenbrook

North sophomore Danny

Brodson, a member of the

Northbrook Youth Commission,

and Crisham.

Crisham took inspiration

for the rally from the

residents of Whitefish,

Mont., who held a block

party after national media

coverage of anti-Semitic

Main organizer Maura Crisham speaks at the rally.

harassment of residents

and businesses there.

“I thought to myself, if

they can do this in Whitefish

we can do this here,”

Crisham said. “It’s been

responses like that that

have inspired me — other

communities getting together

and saying ‘this

doesn’t reflect who we

are, this doesn’t express

the direction we want our

country to be going in.’ ”

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Police Reports

More than $2,000 of Polo clothing

stolen from Macy’s at NB Court

Merchandise was stolen

at 4 p.m. on March 12 from

Macy’s in the 1500 block of

Lake Cook Road. Store surveillance

video showed a

man and two women entering

the store, before leaving with

bundles of unpaid merchandise.

The individuals were described

only as black, with no

additional description given

to police.

The stolen Polo brand clothing

was worth $2,160.52.

Three people fitting the

video description were seen

leaving in a black 2015 Ford

vehicle. A witness provided

police with a description of

the vehicle.

The crime, caught on store

surveillance footage, was reported

to the police by the regional

manager at the company

two days after it occurred.

In other police news:

March 16

• Anthony Allerman, 32, of

the 800 block of Hawthorne

Lane, was charged with three

counts of improper lane usage,

driving under the influence

and having a BAC greater

than .08 at 12:22 p.m. in the

2000 block of Dundee Road.

March 15

• Yaa A. Bonsu, 27, of Chicago,

was charged with driving

under the influence, making

an improper turn, violating a

median, driving without insurance

and illegally transporting

alcohol at 1:07 a.m. in the 100

block of Dundee Road.

• Michelle S. Miller, 32, of

Wheeling, was charged with

driving with a suspended license,

operating a vehicle

with a suspended registration

and having no insurance at

11:16 a.m. in the 3000 block

of Dundee Road.

• Louise Randle, 33, of Lansing,

was charged with retail

theft after allegedly stealing

sunglasses valued at $475 at

11:40 a.m. in the 1500 block

of Lake Cook Road.

• Jovier Policarpo, 29, of

Mundelein, was charged with

driving with a suspended license

and improper lane usage

at 10:40 p.m. in the 1400

block of Waukegan Road.

March 12

• Jonathan R. Schaudt, 43, of

Winnetka, was charged with

driving under the influence

and having a BAC greater

than .08 at 10:56 p.m. in the

2300 block of Peachtree Lane.

• Daniel J. Aronson, 36, of

Ingleside, was charged with a

contempt of court warrant in

the intersection of Pfingsten

Road and Cherry Lane.

March 11

• Roberto Chavez, 31, of

Waukegan, was charged with

driving left of center, unlawful

transportation of open alcohol

and driving under the

influence without a license at

1:01 a.m. in the intersection

of Dundee Road and Charlemagne


March 9

• Hisis Torres-Gonzalez, 35,

of Chicago, was charged with

driving with a suspended license,

improper lane usage,

failure to signal and having

no insurance at 9:33 p.m. in

the intersection of Kamp and

Waukegan road.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Northbrook

Tower’s Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found on file at the

Northbrook Police Department

headquarters in Northbrook. Individuals

named in these reports

are considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in a

court of law.


New police drama filmed at

Wagner Farm

Hollywood visited Wagner

Farm in November when NBC’s

newest show “Chicago Justice”

scouted the location for filming.

The police drama, the latest

show from the creator of “Law

and Order,” chose Glenview’s historic

farm as the home of a character

suspected in a murder case. Its

sixth episode, featuring the location,

premieres at 8 p.m. on Sunday,

March 26.

When location scouts for the

series — still in its first season —

asked Farm Director Todd Price

to use the preserved farm in the

heart of the North Shore, they also

requested that three farm workers

serve as extras in the scenes.

Price, his daughter Cassidy (a senior

at Glenbrook South) and Assistant

Farm Manager Chris Just

took part in the shoot.

On the day of filming, more

than 75 members of the show’s

cast and crew arrived in Glenview

with dozens of trailers and trucks.

They quickly set up lights, boom

cameras and filming equipment

for a full day of shooting, involving

dozens of takes capturing two

scenes for the show.

“It was fun for us to get to

do, but they also paid the site,”

Prince said. “When you are talking

about how we get programs

done through fundraising and this

and that and pay for the livestock,

this was something to help us do

it. Our mission is to talk about agriculture

and teaching, and believe

it or not, this is going to help us

do that.”

Reporting by Sarah Haider, Assistant

Editor. Full story at GlenviewLantern.com.


Trustees sign Welcoming and

Inclusive Community Pledge

The Glencoe Village Board of

Trustees unanimously adopted

a resolution to support the Welcoming

and Inclusive Community

Pledge and publicly signed

a poster-sized version of it during

the board’s regular meeting

Thursday, March 16.

The pledge states that those

who sign it support diversity in

Glencoe and will stand against

discrimination and condemn “any

verbal or non-verbal attacks, harassment,

or intimidation based on

race, ethnicity, color, immigration

or refugee status, religion or creed,

gender or sexual orientation, age,

mental or physical disability, veteran

status, or other social identities,

as well as discourse that

disrespects or degrades people’s

identities, needs and beliefs.”

Village President Lawrence

Levin said that he felt the pledge

was necessary in Glencoe because

of the current national climate and

concerns voiced by Glencoe residents.

“For the first time, we’ve had

some residents who have called to

find out what our policy [on discrimination

and immigration enforcement]

was, and our Human

Relations Forum also had called to

make sure what our policy was,”

he said. “And we explained our

policy that we have no interest in

a person’s immigration status, but

I wanted to reach beyond just the

immigration question. I wanted to

tell people not to worry about all

the hate, that we’re a community

that welcomes everybody.”

Reporting by Alexandra Greenwald,

Freelance Reporter. Full story at



Pothole renovations planned for

City of Highland Park

Potholes are one of the many

unfortunate symptoms of winter,

and Highland Park is hoping to

find a plan to fix the roads as soon

as possible.

The Highland Park City Council

heard updates about pothole renovations

and pavement restoration

throughout the city at its regular

meeting Monday, March 13.

The Public Works Department

devised a plan to extend the life of

the pavement throughout the city,

and is hoping to get $2.6 million

budgeted toward the road rehabilitation

program for fiscal year

2017, which ends in June.

So far, $1.5 million has already

been approved by the council, and

will go toward resurfacing asphalt


The Public Works Department

is hoping to also have $850,000

approved that will go toward

patching both concrete and asphalt

streets throughout the city,

and $340,000 that will go toward

improving the pavement in alleys.

According to Director of Public

Works Ramesh Kanapareddy, the

quality of pavement life steadily

decreases after 13 years of usage.

The Public Works Department

is currently placing cold patches

on potholes until the asphalt

plants open in April.

Reporting by Erin Yarnall, Freelance

Reporter. Full story at HPLandmark.



Plans for updating Comprehensive

Land Use Plan begin to take shape

The Lake Bluff Joint Plan Commission

and Zoning Board of Appeals

continued discussing the

early planning stages of updating

the Lake Bluff Comprehensive

Land Use Plan at its meeting

Wednesday, March 15.

The board previously discussed

updates to this plan — which was

originally created in 1997 with

subsequent amendments made in

1999 and 2000 — during a workshop

on Jan. 18.

Board members reviewed various

plan inputs, planning elements,

a proposed process for

land-use analysis and anticipated

outputs, as well as reviewing a

draft outline that will guide the

update of the plan.

At the conclusion of the workshop,

the board asked Village staff

to put together planning and landuse

goals from the current comprehensive

plan, as well as the

new plan outline and other landuse

goals to consider as part of the

revised plan. The plan is intended

to outline guidelines for land use

throughout the village.

During the process of updating

the plan, the board will focus

on areas such as housing, lo-

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Let it rain

Maple students

perform ‘Singin’ in

the Rain’

Sarah Haider

Assistant Editor

This year’s Maple

School musical was the

1950s classic “Singin’ in

the Rain.” The students

performed the musical

on Thursday, March 16,

and Friday, March 17, for

an audience of family of

friends, with a show for

classmates on March 15.

RIGHT: Students (left

to right) Lauren Vuong,

Sachin Patel and Jean

Chae perform in “Singin’

in the Rain” on March

15 at Maple School in

Northbrook. Photos by

Sarah Haider/22nd Century


Sachin Patel (left) and Ben Witzel perform with the

chorus in a dance number.

Nikki Steffen (left) and Jean Chae act in a scene.

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School News


GBN grad part of champion

speech and debate team

Kate Seno, of Northbrook,

is a member of

The University of Akron’s

Speech and Debate Team

that recently won its second

consecutive championship

at the Ohio Forensics

Association State

Championships at Capital

University. The UA team

dominated each of the

11 events at the competition

and took more than

half — 32 out of 61 —

of the final placements



Besant earns distinction

Colgate University Class

of 2017 member Claire

Besant, from Northbrook,

has earned the fall Dean’s

Award with Distinction.

The Dean’s Award with

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is awarded to students

with a 3.6 or higher term



Local honored on dean’s


Iannis Moshovitis, of

Northbrook, was added

to the College of Arts and

Sciences’ Dean’s List for

fall 2016.


Raising Resilient Children


Parents are invited to

learn about warning signs

of school-related anxiety

as well as coping strategies

during a special program

at 7 p.m. April 12 at

Northbrook Junior High

with renowned behavioral

counselor Jackie Rhew.

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The Northbrook Junior High team won 19 gold medals at the Regional Science Fair

held March 4 at Niles North High School. Photos Submitted

NBJH wins seventh straight regional science fair

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Sophia Sparacio, Changwoo Yu and Ellie Bosacoma,

who received Best in Category awards, Lauren Segal,

who won a Navy award, and Matthew Carr, who won the

Optical Society Award.

Northbrook Junior High

stormed through the regional

science fair on

March 4 and brought home

the division championship

trophy for the seventh year

in a row.

This year was particularly

successful, according

to science teacher Pam

Mendelson because three

students won best in category,

and nine other students

received awards.

Held at Niles North

High School, the regional

competition included

nearly 500 projects in 16

categories by students in

grades 7-12, Mendelson

said. The team brought

home 19 gold medals and

five silver medals.

Sixteen students and a

first alternate qualified for

state competition, which

will be held at Northern Illinois

University on May 5

and 6.

Three students who

received Best in Category

awards were Sophia

Sparacio, Changwoo Yu

and Ellie Bosacoma. Two

students received special

recognition: Lauren Segal

won a certificate from the

Navy and Matthew Carr

won the Optical Society

award. Other students who

received awards for scoring

in the top 10 percent in

their category were Abby

Knebelkamp, Colin Redmond,

Derrick Chen and

Paige Lawrence.

Mendelson attributes

NBJH’s student success

to the Independent Study

elective class, which is

taught by science teachers

Mark Fry, Pam Mendelson

and Amber Paull. As an

elective science class, any

seventh- or eighth-grade

student can participate.

The skills that the students

use in the semester-long

class align with the Next

Generation Science Standards.

“The students design

an experiment, take and

analyze data, ask great

questions, do their own

research and have to understand

other people’s

research. I think this is the

epitome of Next Generation

(Science Standards),”

Mendelson said.

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Letters to the Editor

Support Ciesla for

Northbrook Village trustee

Kathryn Ciesla has

shown in several ways that

she has the ability, desire

and leadership skills to be

the person we need as a


In her past tenure, Kathryn

has proven to lead with

her core values and is not

swayed by popular opinion.

As an elected official,

Kathryn shows bravery in

voting for what is right,

not what is easiest to get

most support.

As a citizen I speak with

firsthand knowledge of

Kathryn’s tenacity in fighting

the good fight when

needed. I have had the opportunity

to publicly challenge

her and she stood her

ground and won the argument

I brought up.

As a Village trustee,

Kathryn has used her leadership

skills to keep the

Village moving forward

while being extremely fiscally

responsible. Kathryn

is very careful to spend tax

dollars only where needed

and is able to make budget

cuts that don’t affect municipal


Kathryn has proven to

be loyal, responsible and

forward thinking during

her past tenure as trustee

and I believe she continue

to bring positive changes

to Northbrook.

My recommendation is

get the vote out for Kathryn

Cielsa on April 4.

Early voting runs through

April 3 at Village Hall.

Salvatore J. Manso

Northbrook resident

Vote ‘Yes’ on D30


The residents of Northbrook/Glenview


District 30 are faced with

an important choice for the

community. On April 4 in

the upcoming consolidated

election, residents of District

30 will be asked if the

district should pursue the

funding for a new Maple

middle school and statemandated

health and life

safety improvements at the

district’s two elementary


These residents will

have the chance, by voting

‘Yes’ to make an enormous

positive community impact

on the students of today

and tomorrow. Voting

‘Yes’ on this referendum

will allow for a new facility

that will finally match

the high educational standards

that District 30 receives

awards for and keep

it a highly desirable school

district to live in.

Today, Maple School is

plagued with a long list

of physical and structural

problems; a ‘No’ vote

will force the sinking of

tens of millions of dollars

to simply keep the crumbling

patchwork building

afloat. These ‘Band-Aid’

patches would not even

address keeping up with

the educational and curriculum

changes that a

top-tier district requires.

Instead, a ‘Yes’ vote will

be a wise investment in the

facilities and in furthering

excellence of education in

District 30.

District 30 residents:

Protect your property values,

direct your future tax

dollars into a necessary

new facility and choose

‘Yes’ on the ballot during

early voting or on April 4.

Today’s and tomorrow’s

children will thank you.

Joanna Kaplan

Northbrook resident

Collison for Village trustee

To the Editor:

The Village of Northbrook

needs Muriel Collision

as a trustee. Over the

last four years I have had

the privilege to serve on

the Plan Commission with

Muriel. During that time,

I have been impressed by

several qualities that will

make her a valuable asset

to the Village Board.

First, Muriel has worked

hard as a commissioner.

Not only is she thoroughly

prepared for every meeting,

but she goes above

and beyond just reading

the printed materials often

visiting the sites of

proposed developments

and researching similar

proposals and outcomes.

Second, she is careful to

look at each project from

several vantage points,

considering the interests

of neighbors, including the

impact on young families

and older residents as well

as broader consequences a

proposal may have on the


She is unfailingly honest

in her assessment, even

if that means advocating

a point of view that is not

popular with other Plan

Commissioners, petitioners

or those who may object

to a particular project.

Finally, she has exhibited

significant skill at crafting

compromise that often enables

proponents and opponents

to find common

ground on a project that

may ultimately serve the

public interest of a majority

of Northbrook residents

and businesses.

In addition to her service

on the Plan Commission,

Muriel has found many

other ways to give back to

the community. She is an

active member of Rotary,

has been a strong advocate

for orphaned children and

she has been an active participant

in the Northbrook

schools her children attend,

all while running a

successful business as the

owner of Collison Law Offices,

Ltd. Finally, Muriel

and her family are fifthgeneration



I believe that the combination

of Muriel’s unique

ability to think outside

the box, sensibility as the

owner of a thriving business,

appreciation for the

needs of multigenerational

Northbrook residents and

willingness to commit the

time and effort to do the

job properly make Muriel

a candidate for Village

trustee that I am proud to


I would encourage

Northbrook residents to

come out and vote on April

4 for Muriel Collison and

the other candidates endorsed

by the Northbrook

Caucus, Kathryn Ciesla

and Jason Han for trustee

and Sandy Frum for Village

president, so that we

can continue to live in a

vibrant Northbrook community

we are all proud to

call our home.

Marcia Franklin

Northbrook resident

Vote ‘Yes’ on D30


If you live Northbrook/

Glenview School District

30, voting ‘Yes’ for the

bond referendum on April

4 to fund the construction

of a new Maple School

(and some modest life/

health safety improvements

at Wescott and Willowbrook

Schools) is, put

simply, a smart and muchneeded

investment for our

District 30 community.

Maple School is actually

the oldest middle school

in all of Northbrook and

Glenview combined, and

the District 30 community

needs to take action now

to preserve the quality of

education, continue to attract

the best teachers and

further enhance home values

in District 30 that residents

have come to know

and expect.

Opponents may argue

that this is just another

way for government to

tax us further. I am always

skeptical of “big government”

reaching into our

pocketbooks without really

knowing or fully

understanding how that

money is being spent by

the county, the state or the

federal government. This

is different. This is a local

vote for local funding for

a local need. This is how

many of us envision taxes

should be levied and paid

— in ways that are transparent

and benefit not only

our home values (everyone

knows good schools are

synonymous with higher

home values) but also as

investment in the educational

future of our community’s


If you investigate this

bond referendum further,

you’ll see the alternative

(i.e. people vote ‘No’) is

that District 30 will spend

a minimum of $15 million

toward glorified maintenance

projects at the current

Maple School. After

that, District 30 will still

be faced with additional

capital improvements for

Maple several years later.

None of this will improve

the current facility enough

to enhance the learning experience

for the students,

and our district will not

see any property value

increases from simply a

“better maintained” school

versus a new school.

Vote ‘Yes’ on April 4

to finance a new Maple

School if you are a District

30 resident! Don’t stay

home for this historic district


Julie St. John

Northbrook (District 30)


Vote ‘Yes’ on D30


Residents of Northbrook/Glenview


District 30 have not voted

on a referendum since

1975. The time has now

come for the community

to join together and support

funding to build a

new Maple middle school.

The current building has a

long list of serious issues,

including interior flooding,

leaking roofs and 37

outdated rooftop HVAC

units. Voting ‘Yes’ for the

bond referendum allows

the building of a new facility

that not only improves

safety and security, but

also provides space for

programs such as applied

technology and STEM.

With a new building, our

high-performing school

can remain high-performing

with the facilities and

space needed to innovate

and learn. Voting ‘Yes’

also protects the community’s

property value by

maintaining a high-quality

school that attracts families

who are considering

moving into our district.

If you were new to the

area and touring Glenview

schools with your realtor,

would you be more drawn

to Maple’s run-down

building or Attea’s up-todate

building for your children’s


Now is the time to act.

Voting no will delay this

process and will cost more

in the future as construction

costs rise — never

mind the millions of dollars

that we will be throwing

away annually to patch

major repairs. Vote ‘Yes’

on April 4 for a wise investment

into your property

value and for furthering

excellence of education in

District 30.

Grace Zuercher

Glenview resident

In support of caucus-slated


On behalf of the members

of North Shore Moms

for Change, I am writing

Please see letters, 26

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From Page 25

this letter in support of the

caucus-endorsed slate for

the Northbrook Village

Board. North Shore Moms

for Change is a group of

70 like-minded moms who

formed an alliance to preserve

the rights of future

generations of Americans.

Our group had the pleasure

of meeting with Sandy

Frum, Kathryn Ciesla

and Muriel Collison last

month in order to gain a

better understanding of

where they each stand on

many issues that are important

to us, such as gun

safety, LGBTQ rights, the

Green Acres development

and ways to improve foot

traffic in downtown Northbrook,

just to name a few.

All members in attendance

of this meeting were very

impressed and offered

them our endorsement.

As young moms living

in Northbrook, there are

many things we considered

before making our

decision. First and foremost,

we want our children

to grow up in a safe

and nurturing environment

and to receive an exemplary

education in our public

schools. We also want our

children to grow up understanding

that all people

should be treated with respect,

no matter their skin

color, gender, religion or

sexual orientation. We

teach our children by example,

and what greater

way to show our children

that all voices matter than

by having a board which

more accurately reflects

the current makeup of our

community? We would accomplish

this by adding

another highly qualified

woman to the board as

well as a highly qualified

person of color.

Additionally, Kathryn

Ciesla, Muriel Collison

and Jason Han are all attorneys,

which we consider

to be an asset. Board

members will be required

to read and understand a

budget that is more than

200 pages long. A high

level of education and

a familiarity with these

types of documents make

these candidates qualified

for the task. Furthermore,

there are possible legislative

changes coming from

Springfield, which would

impact Northbrook and

its revenue sources. Being

able to track legislation

that would have an effect

on our community is an invaluable


Another factor we considered

is which candidates

will be effective

team players. We need

to elect trustees who will

work well together to help

Northbrook prosper and

continue to be a safe, embracing

community for

all of the people who live

and work here. The board

certainly does not need to

agree with one another on

every issue, but they do

need to debate issues with

a level of respect that we

have not seen from all the

candidates thus far.

Please join us in casting

your three votes for Ciesla,

Collison and Han this

April 4 (early voting began

on March 20).

Jennifer Saperstein

Representative from

North Shore Moms for


Supporting Frum, Ciesla,

Collison and Han

Serving on the Board of

Trustees for the Village of

Northbrook has been one

of the most challenging,

educational and rewarding

experiences of my life —

this I know, and I wouldn’t

trade the last six years for

anything. I also know that

it was the prior 12 years

participating on various

commissions and committees

that prepared and tempered

me for this job.

Having said all that,

and having worked with

President Frum and Trustee

Ciesla on the Village

Board, with Muriel Collison

on the Plan Commission,

and with Jason Han

on the Community Relations

Commission, I can

say that these four people

have demonstrated their

commitment to this community,

as well as their

abilities to introduce and

effectively communicate

diverse perspectives and

ideas which address our

collective challenges. I

need to add here that I am

an engineer; my education

provided me with a

lot of background on how

to build roads and bridges,

but not much training

on how to advocate for a

cause, negotiate between

people, to debate and communicate

specific points,

to build consensus, or to

be the devil’s advocate for

the opposing side. Kathryn,

Muriel and Jason are

good neighbors, committed

community members,

and very different people

with their own individual

opinions. All that, plus

they are lawyers who are

committed to serving their


Over time, I have come

to respect their viewpoints

as well as their abilities to

advocate in ways that will

ensure that Northbrook

continues to be a wonderful

place to live and

do business. I value their

opinions and believe the

community to be a better

place for them having

shared them.

Based on my personal

knowledge of the candidates,

I enthusiastically

add my strong endorsement

and support of Sandy

Frum, Kathryn Ciesla,

Muriel Collison and Jason

Han for the Village


I would also like to take

this opportunity to thank

the Northbrook Caucus

for their commitment in

reviewing all of the applicants,

seeking out new

voices and participating,

on our behalf, to select the

most qualified and committed

candidates to represent

us on the ballot. I ask

that all of you, my friends

and neighbors, get out and

participate in the elections

and cast your vote for your

community — Northbrook

Village Hall is open for

early voting through April

3, Monday through Saturday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at

your polling place on April

4, 2017.

Bob Israel

Northbrook Village


Endorsing Ciesla, Collison

and Han

To the editor,

I strongly endorse Kathryn

Ciesla, Muriel Collison

and Jason Han for Northbrook

Village trustee. I

urge you to vote for each

one of them. Make your

vote count!

As your Village president,

I consistently reach

out to the community

asking for people to get

involved in our various

commissions. It is a responsibility

I take seriously

… finding and educating

the next generation of

leaders. I encourage them

to go through the rigorous

process of being vetted

by the caucus, 80 of your

neighbors and friends,

who interview potential

candidates before a final

endorsement is made at a

town meeting where everyone

in the community is

invited to participate.

I look for independent,

thoughtful, principled and

ethical individuals. And I

have found that in my fellow


I asked Kathryn Ciesla

to run eight years ago and

she has proven herself in

her dedication to detail, to

knowing the facts, to creative

problem solving. We

need her on the Village

Board for those reasons, as

well as her financial acumen

and her emphasis on

communication and transparency.

She lives on the

east side of town.

Muriel Collison was

born and raised in Northbrook.

I nominated her

for the Plan Commission

because of her knowledge

of and commitment to our

community. She always

considers all sides of an

issue and takes a very balanced

approach to making

a decision. We need her on

the Village Board for her

thorough understanding

of zoning and her ability

to look beyond the easy

choices to clearly define

what is best for Northbrook.

She lives in the center

of town.

I asked Jason Han to consider

running after I saw

how active and thoughtful

he was on the Community

Relations Commission, especially

in his work with

the Celebration of Cultures.

We need his perspective,

cultural diversity and

emphasis on sustainability.

He will be an asset to

the board. He lives on the

south side of town.

This is the type of diversity

we need on the Village

Board — the diversity of

location, the diversity of

experience, the diversity of

thought. These are the type

of people we need on the

Village Board — ones who

can disagree without being

disagreeable, discuss difficult

issues while maintaining


Kathryn Ciesla, Muriel

Collison and Jason Han are

the candidates for Village

trustee who will best serve

Northbrook. Each will get

my vote. Each deserves


Sandy Frum

Northbrook Village



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Northbrook student on

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Jake Rabin, a sophomore

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Local on dean’s list

Northbrook’s Sydney

Rabin made the College

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by Editor Matt Yan, matt@


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Social snapshot

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An intriguing number from this week’s edition

Value of

merchandise stolen

from Macy’s on

March 12 (Story on

Page 13).

From the Editor

Making your message stick

Matt Yan


I’ve never been big on

attending rallies or

community forums.

In fact, one of the few

times I’ve ever been to

one was in college. The

Diversity Center at my

school had put together

some sort of group discussion

on sexism and

racism, and what the heck,

I didn’t have anything better

to do, so I went.

We had a great talk.

International students

from Nigeria and Ghana

spoke of the prejudiced

behavior they felt subjected

to on campus. Women

explained how they felt


From Page 13

cal services, connectivity

(transportation), financial

stability, natural spaces

and sustainability, and annexation.

A preliminary

plan was laid out by Drew

Irvin, the village administrator,

and Glen Cole, the

assistant to the village administrator.

As of now, the board

plans on spending two

years revising the plan.

Reporting by Christa Rooks,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.


disrespected by their male

peers, whether through

dismissive behavior or

vulgar language.

It was an outlet for

people to vent their

frustrations and feel they

were supported. But as I

sat there, I thought that as

good as the event was, it

still felt like we weren’t

reaching our target

audience: the people

perpetrating the negative


That thought has never

really left me in the years

since. I was reminded

of it recently when the

Rally for Kindness came

to Greenbriar School on

March 12. Resident Maura

Crisham and library staff

members organized the

event, which drew more

than four dozen people

to a field in front of the


They were responding

to the swastikas found in a

library restroom this winter,

drawn by an unknown


The Nazis turned the

swastika — a symbol

of good fortune across

cultures for thousands of

years — sideways, repurposing

it to represent their

genocidal regime. Today,

any time we see a swastika

drawn in America, it’s

interpreted as a symbol of


Crisham and those at

the rally wanted to change

the narrative and bring

something positive out

of this nastiness. Their

“kindness chain” of kindness

pledges serves as a

physical reminder that

Northbrook is not a place

of hate.

Again, I wondered, does

their message ever reach

those who need to hear it

the most?

Whoever drew the graffiti

could be kids playing

a prank. Or they could be

severely prejudiced adults.

Whatever the case, I’ll bet

anything they weren’t at

the rally, and they don’t

care to hear its message.


W.B. Olson firm chosen for

Gillson Beach construction


The Wilmette Park

Board unanimously directed

staff to negotiate a

contract with W.B. Olson

as the construction manager

for the Gillson Beach

house and parking lot project

at its Monday, March

13 meeting.

The park district received

submittals from

four firms. The Lakefront

Committee interviewed

three of the four firms Feb.

22 and then eliminated one

of the three firms, according

to Lakefront Committee

Chairman Ryrie Pellaton.

“We asked staff to come

back after checking references

on the one of the two

we were not as familiar

with,” Pellaton said. “We

were very familiar with

W.B. Olson. ... They’ve

done very good quality


The Lakefront Committee

ultimately chose W.B.

Olson in the end after the

other firm misrepresented

its project experience.

Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full story

at WilmetteBeacon.com.

How do we reach them?

Should we even try to?

57th District Rep.

Elaine Nekritz, who was

there on March 12, told

me that wasn’t necessarily

the point of the rally. I

see her point — the rally

comforts residents that

their voice matters and

their viewpoint is shared

by neighbors.

Perhaps that is more

important than getting the

message across to people

whose behavior we want

to change.

If we support each

other, we can make ourselves

beacons of change

— of the kind of community

we aspire to become.

Eventually, by changing

ourselves we can change

the community, and drown

out hateful messages with

a positive example.

The Northbrook


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Northbrook native Nathan Ross shifts focus to TV production, Page 31

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Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


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5. Took a load off

8. Pop

12. Fencing swords

14. Narrow arm of


15. Threesome

16. Crucial

17. Heavenly glow

18. Screen symbol

19. Oldest house

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with 41 across

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48. Showiness

51. Takes habitually

52. Actor’s come-on

53. Spend the night

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64. Buddhist spiritual


66. Plains tribe

67. “__ In The

USA” Springsteen


68. Superman’s love

69. Private

70. Smelter’s waste

71. Age

72. Humanoid



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8. Con game

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11. Of the highest

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20. Bits of advice

22. Guard

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27. Slowly, to


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30. Gasping cry

31. St _____, Newfoundland’s


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33. Sanctuaries

35. Wheat in tabouli

39. Osprey, e.g.

40. Japanese food fish

42. Elementary particle

45. Consistent with

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50. “___ rang?”

52. New Trier grad

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Bling Ring,” Katie


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57. Antivenins

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60. Chinatown gang

61. Decorative pitcher

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(847) 480-2323)

■After ■ 8 p.m. Sunday-

Thursday: $3 bowling

(game) and $4 bocce



Johnny’s Kitchen

(1740 Milwaukee Ave.

(847) 699-9999)

■7:30 ■ p.m. every Friday

and Saturday: Live


The Rock House

(1742 Glenview Road

(224) 616-3062)

■7:30 ■ p.m. Thursday,

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■6 ■ p.m. Friday, March

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■10 ■ a.m. Saturday,

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■Noon, ■ Saturday, March

25: Adam Godfrey

■8:30 ■ p.m. Saturday,

March 25: Dana


■10 ■ a.m. Sunday, March

26: Owen Hemming

Curragh Irish Pub

(1800 Tower Drive, (847)


■7:30 ■ p.m. every

Wednesday: Trivia

Oil Lamp Theater

(1723 Glenview Road,

(847) 834-0738)

■Through ■ April 16: ‘The

People’s Republic of

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(325 Tudor Court, (847)


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(200 Ravinia Park Road

(847) 266-5000)

■7:30 ■ p.m. Friday,

March 31: Musicians

from Ravinia’s Steans

Music Institute

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GBN alum produces another hit with ‘Big Little Lies’

Sarah Haider

Assistant Editor

Nathan Ross spent his

childhood at the movies.

Today, he is the man behind

the silver screen.

The Glenbrook North

graduate, who has served

as an executive producer

on successful films “Dallas

Buyers Club,” “Demolition”

and “Wild,” has

recently applied his Midas

touch to television with

HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”

The dark-comedy drama

series with an 88 percent

rating on Rotten Tomatoes

stars Nicole Kidman,

Reese Witherspoon and

Shailene Woodley and

is directed by Jean-Marc


The limited series is

the first television project

Ross and Valle have

worked on, but they

didn’t feel too far out of

place in television’s new

era of big-budget, filmquality

series on channels

like HBO or Netflix. Ross

found the new frontier of

the little screen aided itself

to the ability and freedom

of telling a story.

“It enables the filmmakers

to delve deeper

into character and storylines,”

Ross said. “Instead

of there being a two-hour

limit on a book adaptation,

you can make it six

or eight hours or whatever

it ends up organically

coming to it. To me that

is what is exciting, is that

you have room to breathe

and tell the story the right

way and really dig deep in

terms of character and the


“Big Little Lies” is set

in the quiet surfside town

of Monterey, Calif. The

first episode opens to the

seemingly normal circumstance

of the year’s first

day of elementary school

in an apparently average

American town. As the

episode progresses, the

everyday, relatable lives

of three mothers intertwine

in a suspenseful

story of deceit, jealousy

and murder. The concept

of this kind of characterdriven

plot is one that

Ross finds his passion in.

“I just appreciate reallife

situations that people

have to go through,” Ross

said. “Obviously you can

look at our track record

so far, like ‘Dallas Buyers

Club,’ ‘Wild’ and ‘Demolition,’

if there was a denominator

to all of those

films it would be that the

lead character faces adversaries,

normal people

sometimes featuring extreme

adversity and how

they deal with it and how

their lives are challenged.

I am a huge fan of highconcept

stuff. The idea is

we just want to be a part

of quality storytelling,

whether it’s film or TV,

it doesn’t really matter.

It’s just how it organically


As a child, Ross found

admiration for the strong

characters and quality storytelling

he identified in

“Jaws,” “The Godfather”

trilogy and “The Verdict,”

which saw when he was

9 years old. Unlike some

young children, the films

brought him his dream instead

of nightmares.

He moved to Los Angeles

after graduating

from John Marshall Law

School in Chicago. He

earned a “graduate” degree

in the field by working

his way up from an

agent at International Creative

Management (ICM)

and reading books such as

Glenbrook North graduate Nathan Ross (far right) takes a break between filming with “Big Little Lies” cast and

crew. Photo Submitted

“The Mail Room.”

It was an unconventional

path, but it led him to

a successful career as an

executive producer developing

several award-winning

projects with Hollywood’s

biggest A-list


“I didn’t have a rulebook

out here,” Ross said.

“There are 22-year-old

kids getting out of NYC

or USC, the high-end film

schools, and they know

what they want. Mine was

a little more meandering

but in the back of my

mind I knew I would get

to L.A. and get involved

in one of those three interests

of mine. Film kind of

had the most straightforward


His path continues starting

his next HBO series,

“Sharp Objects,” based on

the debut novel of “Gone

Girl” author and Chicago

resident, Gillian Flynn.

Filming for Ross’ new

project will begin as “Big

Little Lies” premieres

its fifth episode in late


As his star continues

to rise with the brightest

lights in Hollywood,

he stays grounded in the

hard work of his job and

by bringing his family and

friends along for the ride.

For example, in Episode

3 of “Big Little Lies,” his

sister, who lives in Highland

Park, and Ross’ dog

can be seen in the background

of a T-ball game

with Shailene Woodley.

“Every day is fun and

interesting and you want

to just focus on the work

and serve the story in

terms of the project that

we are currently on,” Ross

said. “Once in a while you

get to step back and take

a breath and realize what

you are doing is a lot of

fun and exciting and it’s

a good way to make a living.”

Ross may have written

his name in the Hollywood

lights, but he continues

to come back to

his roots, often spending

production breaks taking

in a Cubs game or rooting

on the sidelines for his old

squad, the GBN football


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In Memoriam

Stephen Spears

Stephen David Spears, of Northbrook,

died suddenly on March 8. He

was the beloved and loving husband

of Kate, father to Will and Connor

and son of Susan and David Spears.

Steve grew up in Deerfield, earned

a bachelor’s degree from Williams

College and a law degree from the

University of Chicago. He supported

clients first in his private practice and

later for several area companies, including

Motorola, Acxiom and Accenture.

Steve was known as a man

of integrity who played by the rules

and was thoughtful, kind, generous,

fun and funny. He loved reading, especially

“The New York Times” and

history books. He also loved Mother

Jones, Monty Python, Woody Allen

and knew all the words to the Hamilton


In addition to being a devoted son,

his favorite roles were as husband

and father. He was a thoroughly engaged

Boy Scout leader, band parent

and wrestling, biking and gymnastics

team chauffeur. He shared a passion

for racing and jazz with his son, Will.

He was as enthusiastic about camping

in almost any kind of weather as

he was about the peace of his lake

cottage and the excitement of races

at Road America. His family and

friends remember him as a constant

and fervent advocate for equality and


His boys appreciated his humor and

steadfast support of their disparate interests,

as well as his ability to lead

both early morning carpools and late

night bull sessions. His wife will miss

his wit, encouragement, even temper

and limitless patience, as well as his

deep devotion and gratitude. He was

a wonderful friend, nephew, cousin,

uncle, in-law, son and husband who

will be in their hearts for a long time.

Even in the unimaginable sadness,

they know that we were lucky to have

him in their lives. Steve loved being a

father and made the most of that role.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests

donations be directed in Steve’s honor

to Boy Scout Troop 64 of Northbrook

or the Democratic National

Committee, 430 South Capitol Street,

Southeast Washington D.C., 20003.

Glen Anderson

Glen Richard Anderson, 74, formerly

of Northbrook, passed away on

March 10. He was the beloved husband

of 52 years of Marlynn (Harju);

loving father of Julie (Walter) Sommers

and Brian (Sahar) Anderson;

cherished grandfather of Jackson,

Andrew and Charlie Sommers; and

dear brother of Doris Burt and Kay

Larson. He was also the fond uncle

of many nieces and nephews. He

was preceded in death by his parents,

Axel and Mabel, and his brother, Gerald.

Glen was born in Waukegan and

graduated from Waukegan Township

High School and then the University

of Illinois. His career included the

music industry, music education, association

management and executive


A memorial service will be held on

April 8 at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church

of the Ascension, 460 Sunset Ridge

Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial

donations in memory of Glen may

be made to Fox Valley Hematology

and Oncology, 491 South Washburn,

Suite 100, Oshkosh, Wis., 54904 or

Northwestern University Feinberg

School of Medicine, 420 E. Superior

St., 9th Floor, Chicago, 60611, designating

the gift in support of myeloma


Janet Hunken

Janet C. (Cartwright) Hunken, 78,

of Northbrook, passed away. She was

the beloved wife of the late Henry

C. Hunken, II. She was the loving

mother of Chris and Scott (Noelle)

Hunken and the cherished “nana” of

Ellie, Jennifer, Charlie Rose, Haley,

Caroline, Molly and Jack. She was

also the loving sister to Ginny Marshall

and Moss Cartwright. Janet was

a 1956 graduate of Hinsdale High

School and attended the University of

Illinois. Janet served on the executive

board of the North Shore Women’s

Board of the American Cancer Society

and was a former board member

of the Arden Shore Society. Janet was

an avid skier and longtime member

of the Old Willow Club tennis team.

Interment is private. In lieu of flowers,

memorials may be made to North

Shore Women’s Board of the American

Cancer Society, 100 Tri-State International,

Lincolnshire, 60069.

Have someone’s life you’d like to

honor? Email Sarah Haider at

s.haider@22ndcenturymedia.com with

information about a loved one who was

part of the Northbrook community.

Faith Briefs

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (1133 Pfingsten


Christian Book Fair

On Saturday, March 26, the

church will hold a book fair.

Stop by to pick up an intriguing

Christian novel. Find a

gift for Easter, confirmation,

graduation, first communion

and other occasions. Titles

available for all ages and 20

percent of the proceeds will

benefit the World Hunger

Fund. For more information,

call (847) 272-0400.

Congregation Beth Shalom (3433 Walters


Special Needs Passover

H.U.G.S. programming for

Jewish families with special

needs will hold a fun and delicious

Passover dessert Chocolate

Seder, during which

songs will be sung and stories

will be told on April 2, from

2–3:30 p.m. This is a creative

way to learn about Passover,

share a fun afternoon of family

time and make some new

friends. The event is good for

all ages, free of charge and

open to everyone. Reservations

are needed by Friday,

March 24, to attend. Contact


org or (847) 498-4100.

Shabbat B’Yachad Dinner

On April 21, join in for a

family-friendly, interactive,

high-energy service that includes

singing, dancing, music-making

and stories and

time for parents and children

to socialize at the dessert oneg

after the service. Cost for immediate

family is $25. Dinner

is at 6 p.m. and service is at

6:45 p.m. All are welcome.

For more information or to

make a reservation, call (847)

498-5352 or contact Debbie

at dmoore@bethshalomnb.


Family Shabbat Night

Join the congregation for

Shabbat with a twist on April

17 and 21, at 11 a.m. Families

with children up to prekindergarten

are invited to

challah-making, stories and

songs. Children twist their

own challah with the dough

provided and take it home to

bake. All are welcome and

the event is free of charge.

For more information, call

(847) 498-4100.

Village Presbyterian Church (1300 Shermer


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Every first and third Monday

from 12:30-2 p.m. members

knit prayer shawls for

various members who are in

need of comfort and healing,

as well as those celebrating

blessings such as new births.

Northbrook Evangelical Covenant Church

(2737 Techny Road)

Mothers of Preschoolers

The MOPS group will connect

moms in the community

with one another to share

the journey of motherhood.

Meetings will be every other

Friday, from 9:15-10:45 a.m.

For more information, visit



Mothers of Teens

6-8:30 p.m. Every Monday.

The group will provide a

safe space for moms of teens

to talk, support each other,

search the scriptures and pray

together. For more information,

call (847) 272-8270.

Prayer Meeting

6:30-7:30 p.m., every Tuesday.

The church will hold a

prayer meeting that is open to

all members of the public.

Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago

(1810 Pfingsten Road)

Jum’ah Prayer

This prayer includes a

khutba (sermon) by Imam,

followed by the prayer from

1-2 p.m. on Fridays. For more

information, call (847) 272-


Sunday Talk

Every Sunday the Islamic

Cultural Center will hold a

discussion at 12:30-1 p.m.

For more information, call

(847) 272-0319 or visit www.


Northbrook Community Synagogue (2548

Jasper Court)

Morning Minyan

Join morning minyan followed

by breakfast on weekdays

at 7:15 a.m. and on Sundays

and holidays at 9 a.m.

For information, call (847)


Taizé Prayer

The third Thursday of the

month the church hosts a

Taizé prayer service at 6:45

p.m. Taizé is a form of prayer

that includes using simple,

repetitive songs in many languages,

silence and scripture

readings. For more information,

visit www.northbrookumc.com.

Young Israel of Northbrook (3545 Walters


Weekly Monday Night Torah


Study Torah with Rabbi

Herschel Berger at 7 p.m. on

Mondays. Discussions will

correlate the study topic to

modern daily life. For more

information, contact Rabbi

Berger at (847) 205-1910 or


Temple Beth-El (3610 W. Dundee Road)

Early Oneg

Spend Friday evenings

with this informal early evening

service, led by the clergy

in the Mishkan (chapel).

Dress casually for this onehour

service, which begins

with an early oneg at 5:30

p.m., followed by a 6 p.m.

service, which will provide

an opportunity to return home

and enjoy a lovely Shabbat

dinner with family or friends

afterwards. Light appetizers

will be served.

Submit information

for The Tower’s Faith

page to Sarah Haider at


com. Deadline is noon on

Thursday. Questions? Call (847)


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Quick Bites

Lighter jackets, lighter fare

Editorial selections

for exclusively

spring eats


Chicagoland may have

gotten hit last week with

last-minute winter weather

following an unseasonable

snow drought, but

believe it or not, this past

Monday was the official

first day of spring.

As the mercury slowly

begins creeping its way up

and outdoor temperatures

become more comfortable

for long neighborhood

walks and sunnier days,

spring also comes with

many other positive benefits,

including holidays

and fresh, seasonal food


Whether celebrating

Easter or Passover, savoring

the tastes of peak season

fruits and vegetables

or just trying to “spring

clean” your diet, there are

plenty of restaurants in

the North Shore ready to

welcome you with open

arms and delicious menu

items to put a healthy

and happy spring in your


Grilled organic salmon —

House 406, Northbrook

House 406 is doing

some spring cleaning with

its new menu.

The restaurant that

prides itself on spicing

it up each new season is

leaving the heavy, winter

dishes behind and introducing

a wealth of fresh

and organic spring-thriving


One of their new dishes

that highlights both the produce

of the season, as well

as serving as an acceptable

dish for the Lenten period,

is the grilled organic salmon

($28). The grilled salmon

is served over a heap of

the spring-grown vegetables,

including grilled artichokes,

leeks and fennel,

as well as cherry tomatoes,

all covered with a healthy

balance of red wine vinaigrette

and lemon-cream

sauce and topped with a

lemon. The vinaigrette aids

the bright and fresh taste of

the vegetables that are substantial

enough to be filling

without being too heavy.

The shop also sells a

grilled whitefish ($21)

with watercress, asparagus,

blood oranges, jicama,

cilantro, lime vinaigrette

and a lemon-cream

sauce, as well as a burrata

cheese salad ($12) with

shaved sugar snap peas,

blood oranges, bread

crumbs, pistachios and

pistachio vinaigrette.

House 406, 1143 ½

Church St., is open 11

a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-

Saturday, 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday

and 5-10

p.m. Friday-Saturday.

For more information,

call (847) 719-0200 or

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Story by Sarah Haider, Assistant


Chipotle black bean burger

— The Curragh Irish Pub,


Spring is in the air. And

spring vegetables are in

the ground.

While The Curragh

offers plenty of hearty

winter dishes — from

Irish stews to Guinness

cheese soup — its menu

also boasts several light

options for the warmer


But let’s skip the soups

and salads. If you order

anything other than the

chipotle black bean burger

($11), you’re doing it


The homemade sandwich

comes with quinoa,

black beans, corn, peppers,

spices, roasted red

pepper, aioli, Chihuahua

cheese, tomato and lettuce

on an onion bun.

Before I took my first

bite, Assistant Editor

Sarah Haider said it’s her

favorite “veggie” burger

in town. And I couldn’t

agree more.

The blend of spices

make this an ideal Friday

dish for anyone observing

Lent, but I’d suggest the

dish Saturday-Thursday as

well. Add a plate of French

fries, which come at no additional

cost, and you’ve

got yourself a meal.

The Curragh, located

at 1800 Tower Drive, is

open 11-1 a.m. on Monday-Friday,

11-2 a.m. on

Saturday, and 10-1 a.m.

on Sunday.

Story by Chris Pullam, Contributing


Oven-roasted chicken —

Guildhall, Glencoe

Guildhall in Glencoe

is taking the idiomatic

“spring chicken” and putting

it on your plate.

The restaurant’s ovenroasted

chicken ($23),

new to its spring menu

this week, offers a unique

mix of lightness and flavor.

“[In] spring we talk

more about fresh, lighter

The grilled organic salmon, sold at House 406, will satisfy taste buds with its light

and fresh flavors of the spring season. Sarah Haider/22nd Century Media

Curragh’s homemade chipotle black bean burger comes

with quinoa, black beans, corn, peppers, spices, roasted

red pepper, aioli, Chihuahua cheese, tomato and lettuce

on an onion bun. Chris Pullam/22nd Century Media

dishes,” chef Fernando

Angelina said.

The dish, which features

Amish chicken

from Indiana, comes with

creamy polenta, roasted

mushrooms and peas, a

whole grain mustard jus

and a pea salsa. The pea

salsa adds a little kick to

the dish, flavored with jalapenos,

cilantro, chives

and garlic. The freshness

of the peas, the earthy flavor

of the mushrooms and

the creaminess of the polenta

make the dish stand


“It’s a lot going on,”

Angelina said. “It goes really,

really well together.

It’s a nice, composed dish,

and [it’s] also light at the

same time.”

Angelina said Guildhall

prides itself on its locally

sourced ingredients, including

the chicken from

Indiana and produce from

Nichols Farm and Orchard,

in Marengo, Ill.,

and King Hills Farm in

Mineral Point, Wis. Those

ingredients produce tasty

yet healthful dishes,

particularly with more

health-conscious eaters


“Most of our dishes, we

think about making them

lighter,” he said.

For more information

about Guildhall, 694

Vernon Ave., visit www.


or call (847) 835-8100.

Story by Contributing Editor

Fouad Egbaria

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Residents hit

the red carpet

for NCNS




Northbrook’s Amol and Kelly Parikh enjoy the Northbrook Community Nursery

School fundraiser March 11 at Marcello’s. Photos by Jill Dunbar/22nd Century Media

Northbrook Community

Nursery School rolled out

the red carpet on March 11

in celebration of its 65th

year. Welcoming parents,

teachers & friends, the annual

fundraiser was held at

Marcello’s, themed NCNS!

Live from the Red Carpet.

A night of glitz and glamour,

guests were greeted by

local “paparazzi” as they

made their way to the Hollywood-inspired


As the night’s dinner and

dancing got underway, all

100 attendees were invited

to bid on hundreds of items

generously donated by local

area businesses and

families. Silent auction

items included everything

from coveted Chicago

Cubs tickets to kid-oriented

enrichment classes, as well

as the adorable class projects

that the students created

for the event.

“Gala is our most important

fundraiser and a night

that many of our families

look forward to all year,”

event co-chairwoman Alex

Delger said. “It was very

exciting to celebrate alongside

fellow parents and

teachers while supporting

our school. It was truly a

spectacular night on the red


The event raised

$34,000, all of which will

go directly to furthering the

school’s programming and


For more information

about the school, visit

www.ncnskids.org or call

(847) 272-5430.

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North Suburban YMCA sets attendance record at Strong Kids Dinner



The North Suburban

YMCA welcomed a record

crowd to its annual Strong

Kids Dinner on March 9,

with more than 475 guests

filling Pinstripes Bocce &

Bowling in Northbrook.

The event brought in net

revenue of $225,000 to

make Y programs available

to families in need.

Northwestern football

coach Pat Fitzgerald and

his wife Stacy Fitzgerald,

president of the North

Shore Griffins Youth Football

League, were awarded

the Y’s Thiel Award for Social

Responsibility. Members

of the NU football

team attended the event in

superhero costumes, inspiring

guests to be heroes for

children served by the Y.

The evening also featured

food and drinks, silent

and live auctions, and

games with valuable prizes.

Radio news anchor Lisa

Fielding from WBBM-AM

served as emcee for the


Northwestern football players (left to right) Ben Oxley, James Prather, Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, Jason

Goosen and Tommy Doles dressed up as superheroes March 9 at the YMCA Strong Kids Dinner. Photos by Jill

Dunbar/22nd Century Media

Northbrook’s Grace and Joe Lombardo.

Stacy (left to right) and Pat Fitzgerald with Howard Schultz, president and CEO of

the YMCA.

Northbrook’s Bridget Hughes, Kirsten Whipple and Sue Niswonger

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The Cove


celebrates 70

years at gala



The Cove School had

a lot to celebrate at this

year’s Annual Benefit —

70 years to be exact. The

event drew together Cove

parents, alumni, faculty,

board members and corporate

sponsors, as well as

friends and guests, to celebrate

and raise funds for

a school that for 70 years

has continued to provide

the highest level of support

for students with learning


The event took place on

Feb. 25 at The Loews Chicago

O’Hare Hotel. This

year’s benefit theme was

“Cove Shines on 70 Years


With more than 550

people in attendance, the

room was filled with an

incredible joy and spirit.

During the evening, benefit

attendees had the opportunity

to bid on silent

and live auction items.

Electronic bidding made

the silent auction lively

and competitive until the

very last minute raising

more than $75,000.

Live auction packages

this year included golf,

wine and unique travel

experiences, as well as

U2 tickets and a private

dinosaur dig in Wyoming.

Cove alumni Eli Blase, of Northbrook, with his family at

the benefit gala Feb. 25 at The Loews Chicago O’Hare.

photos Submitted

Pictured is the Cove 2017 Benefit Committee.

This year’s Golden Paddle

Raffle winner was Ross

Vangalis of Lake Forest,

who won a paddle valued

at $5,000 that he used to

bid on a Blackhawks and

Bulls package.

Dinner, a paddle raise

and dancing to the sounds

of “Standing Room Only”

were also part of the evening.

A new record of

$500,000 was raised during

the night.

Taking the role of event

chairwoman this year was

Debra Johnson. This year’s

live auction was chaired

by Howard and Betsy Ellen.

Corporate sponsorship

was headed up by Allan

and Karen Grane. Silent

auction chairwomen were

Courtney Jack, Anne Erie

and Beverly Petersen, and

the alumni chairwoman

was Rebecca Blase, of

Northbrook. The benefit

advisor was Lisa Flanagan,

of Winnetka. Finally,

the Young Professionals

for Cove chairman this

year was Ryan Lieberman

of Chicago.

This year Cove honored

longstanding Board

of Trustee member Scott

I. Canel with its annual

Prism Award. For the past

13 years, Scott has served

as a member of the Board

of Trustees for The Cove

School. Scott, together

with his wife Lynda were

major supporters of the

2006 renovation of Cove.

The Canels’ daughter

Lindsey graduated from

Cove in 2013.

To support Cove or get

more information, go to

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Whatever momentum

the Ramblers had hoped

to maintain after the second

period intermission

vanished when Chloe Carroll

scored her 11th goal

of the season with 9:22

remaining to give Glenbrook

a 5-1 lead and essentially

close the door on

any comeback Loyola had

hoped to attempt.

Loyola, which was

making its fourth straight

United Center appearance

and coming off of a state

title in 2016, closed the

gap to 5-2 when Vermontbound

Valerie Caldwell

scored the first of her two

goals with 7:04 remaining.

Caldwell took a Glenbrook

turnover and scored the

goal easily.

“I accomplished a lot

playing for my school,

more than I could ever

have asked for,” Dettlling

said. “Being able to play

here every year was a cool


Caldwell’s second goal

at 3:02 was sandwiched

between Schneider and

Jensen’s third goals.

Schneider even gained

high praise from the

Loyola coach, Mike Glass.

“Schneider, I had the

pleasure of catching her

for four years with CYA

and of all the girls in Illinois,

I always thought she

was the best one because

of her pure speed and her

responsibility,” Glass said.

“She plays both sides of

the puck so well. It’s not

only the scoring but a twoway

player, she’s always

been, in my opinion, ‘the

one,’ the best player in Illinois.

Yeah, there are kids

who do some things better

but when you put the skills

together with the defensive

responsibility mindset,

that’s what sets her apart.”

Glenbrook graduates

only two players, Schneider

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Sullivan is a sophomore

on the Glenbrook North

track and cross-country

team. He is aiming to

break two minutes in the

800 this year.

When did you start

running track?

I started track in sixth

grade, but took it seriously

and more competitively

my freshman year. I just

wanted to try something


What do you like most

about track?

The competitiveness of

it, the excitement and the

thrill of the race. It’s just

having a good time and

trying to reach a goal. If

you don’t reach it, you try

to do it again and again,

but if you do reach it

you make a new one for


What is something

most people don’t

know about the sport?

People don’t really

know what the term “the

runner’s high” is and it is

different for everybody.

It’s the rush and the exhilaration

of running.

What is the best advice

you’ve ever received

about the sport?

It’s come from my own

teammates. It’s just stay

healthy, stretch and run


What’s your favorite

track moment?

Realizing that you could

prove a coach wrong

sometimes. My coach

would always put me in

the 2-mile races and I

wasn’t really into that. I

ran a meet and I was just

put in the 800 because

they wanted to see where

I was at. I just took my

coaches by surprise

because I ran a really

fast time. My coaches

said, “Alright, you are

not going to be a 2-miler

anymore, you are always

our 800 runner.”

Any prerace rituals or


That would be lie down,

stretch, listen to some music

and drink water. Also

just watch other people


Who is a hero of


I think I have always

wanted to follow in

the footsteps of David

Rudisha. He’s an amazing

runner and he has this

talent. Every time he runs

he’s always jumpy and

looks a little nervous and

you don’t know if he is

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he just takes everyone by

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What is an item on

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I do get lazy, I’m not

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If you were a

superhero, what

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want? Why?

Besides being able to

run really fast, I’d want

telekinesis. I like the

thought of using your

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Interview by Assistant Editor

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This is 22nd Century Media’s All-Area team: Team 22. Thanks to help from

area coaches and the eyes of 22nd Century Media staff, the best players

were selected from six high schools — New Trier (NT), Loyola Academy (LA),

Glenbrook North (GBN), Glenbrook South (GBS), Highland Park (HP) and Lake

Forest (LF) — in our coverage area.


Ziv Tal — HP junior

• 17 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg; The Highland Park

offense ran through Tal in a season where

he scored 477 points, 10th highest all-time

by a Giant and the most ever by a junior.

He shot 35 percent from 3-point range,

74 percent from the charity stripe and

was both a CSL All-Conference selection

and a Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament All-

Tournament selection.


Kellen Witherell, GBN junior

• 13.3 ppg, 5 rpg, 0.9 bpg; The talented

6-foot-5 big man led the Spartans in

scoring during the season and was clutch

from the free throw line, converting 79

percent of the time. He knocked down 54

3-pointers as well, proving his game wasn’t

limited to just the paint.

Ramar Evans — LA senior

•14 ppg, 7 rpg, 4 apg; The Maryville

University commit did everything for

the Ramblers this season, earning an

All-League spot in the Chicago Catholic

League. He was also the MVP of the

Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest in Naples, Fla.

Julian DeGuzman, LA senior

• 9 ppg, 5 rpg; DeGuzman solidified

the Ramblers defense while averaging

five rebounds per game. The senior was

chosen as an All-Conference member in

the Chicago Catholic League.

First team

Matt Giannakopoulos — GBS senior

• 18 ppg, 5 rpg; The senior captain shot

40 percent from downtown this season

and averaged an impressive 18 points

per game. He was an All-Tournament

selection at the Buffalo Grove Thanksgiving


Honorable mentions:

Daniel Michelon

HP junior G

connor hanecaMp

LF senior G

aaron peltz

NT senior G

ciaran BrayBoy

NT sophomore F

anDrew KirKpatricK

NT junior G

toMMy Gertner

GBN senior G

second team


Kevin Cunningham — LA junior

• 10 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg; The junior

guard was recently named a captain

for the 2017-18 season after a strong

2016-17 showing that saw him knock

down 71 3-pointers. He was a Chicago

Catholic League All-Conference

selection, as well as All-Tournament at

the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest.

Justin McMahon — LF senior

• 12.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.1 apg;

McMahon was a reliable shooter

from outside for the Scouts this

season, converting 41 percent of his

3-pointers. He was good 73 percent

of the time from the free-throw line on

126 attempts.

James Karis — GBN senior

• 12.9 ppg, 3.7 apg, 3.5 rpg; Karis

was the go-to guy all year late in

possessions for the Spartans and

was effective getting to the hoop and

drawing fouls, converting 72 percent

of 151 attempts from the free-throw



Brian Stickler, LF senior

• 8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.6 bpg; Stickler

capped off his career at LFHS as the

go-to guy in the low post all season

long. The senior shot 64 percent from

the free-throw line and had 16 blocks

on the season.

Jack Zeidler, HP senior

• 8.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg; Zeidler

gave the Giants a man in the middle

and often was the source of energy

for Highland Park this season. The

CSL All-Conference selection shot 77

percent from the free-throw line.

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This is 22nd Century Media’s All-Area team: Team 22. Thanks to help from

area coaches and the eyes of 22nd Century Media staff, the best players

were selected from seven high schools — New Trier (NT), Loyola Academy (LA),

Glenbrook North (GBN), Glenbrook South (GBS), Highland Park (HP), Lake

Forest (LF), North Shore Country Day (NSCD) and Regina Dominican (RD) — in

our coverage area.

First team

second team


Carie Weinman — GBS senior

• 21.7 ppg, 6 rpg, 4.6 spg, 2.3 apg; A

three-time All-Conference player headed

to the University of Denver, Weinman was

named the CSL Player of the Year, to the AP

Class 4A All-State Second Team, IBCA Class

3A-4A All-State Second Team and finished

as the school’s career steals leader and

third in career points with 1,433.


Lilly Wehman — LA junior

• 7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4 bpg, 39.8% 2-point

FGs; Wehman overcame a knee injury that

kept her out all of last season to finish

third on the team in scoring and second

in rebounding, earning honorable mention

All-State honors along the way.

Julia Martinez — LA sophomore

• 10.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 6.7 apg, 4.3 spg;

Martinez, with an honorable mention

All-State honor, was the obvious leader for

the Ramblers. Leading the team in all four

aforementioned categories, she showed

poise normally seen by upperclassmen.

Maeve Summerville — LF junior

• 9.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 bpg; The

All-Conference player set the school career

record in rebounds with 769.

Sydney Ignoffo — HP sophomore

• 13 ppg, 2 apg, 2 spg; The sophomore,

who was named to the CSL All-Conference

Team, will be a key piece for the Giants

next season.

Honorable mentions:

Callie Pekosh

GBS senior G

lizzy shaw

GBS junior G

Maggie MurdoCk

NT junior G

kristie kalis

NT senior G

kelly FrenCh

RD junior G

lauren kaPlinsky

NSCDS senior G

Clare nelson

LA senior F

Madison kane

LA senior G


Delaney Williams — LF senior

• 8.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 spg,

3.2 apg; The three-time All-

Conference selection finished her

career as the school’s all-time

leader in both steals and assists

after helping lead the Scouts to a

regional title.

Cate Murdock — NT junior

• 10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3

apg, 56.2 FG%; Murdock, an

honorable mention All-State

selection, will team up with sister

Maggie to lead an experienced

NT squad that returns 11 players

next season.

Halle Douglass — LF freshman

• 8.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.5 spg, 3.85

apg; The freshman had quite

the high school debut and looks

to be a player to watch out for

throughout the next three years.


Addie Budnik — HP freshman

• 12 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 bpg; The

Central Suburban League North

All-Conference selection will team

with Ignoffo to lead a talented HP

squad for the next two years.

Morgan Paull — GBN junior

• 12 ppg, 8 rpg; The Central

Suburban League All-Conference

selection made quite the varsity

debut this season.

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FC United U19

qualifies for national


Submitted Content

FC United U19 Boys Select qualified

to play at the U.S. Youth Soccer National

Championship by defeating USA Premier

2-1 on March 12.

The boys attended the elite National

League in December 2016 in Wilson, N.C.,

and March 10-12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the

Player’s showcase. The team finished with

four wins, one loss and one tie — a total of 16

points. They scored 14 goals and allowed six.

On the roster are Glenbrook North students

Seth Grossman and Timmy Iscra, as well as

Loyola Academy’s Sean Hickey and North

Shore Country Day’s Kevin Terhaerdt.

The national tournament takes place July

24-29 in Frisco, Tex.

The team currently has 10 players committed

to play soccer in college.

The FC United U19 Boys Select team is pictured after winning in Las Vegas. Glenbrook North’s Timmy Iscra is fourth from the

right in the back row. Photo Submitted

Sports Briefs

Hardy selected for Arnold

Palmer Cup

Fighting Illini junior

golfer Nick Hardy has

been selected to play in the

2017 Arnold Palmer Cup,

as announced during the

opening round of the Arnold

Palmer Invitational.

Hardy will make his first

appearance for the United

States at the event, which

will be played June 9-11

at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Hardy is the fifth Illini to

appear on the prestigious

list of participants in the

Palmer Cup.

“I am honored to be

selected to represent the

United States in the Palmer

Cup,” Hardy said of the

opportunity. “It’s been a

goal of mine since I have

been in college. I’m looking

forward to winning the

cup back and making The

King proud.”

Named to the 2017 Ben

Hogan Award Watch List,

Hardy is also a two-time

All-Big Ten honoree. He

has earned PING All-

Midwest Region honors

twice in his career. Ranked

at No. 5 in the nation by

Golfweek, Hardy leads the

Illini with a 71.0 stroke

average this spring. He

has earned six individual

finishes among the top-10

this season, including the

Wolf Run Intercollegiate


Sports Briefs are compiled by

Editor Matt Yan.

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Libertyville, 6 p.m.


■March ■ 23 - at Libertyville,

6 p.m.


■March ■ 23 - hosts

Glenbrook South, Evanston,

6 p.m.


■March ■ 23 - hosts

Evanston, 5 p.m.


■March ■ 25 - hosts

Nazareth, noon

■March ■ 25 - hosts Holy

Trinity, noon

■March ■ 28 - at Tennessee

Invite, 7 p.m.

■March ■ 30 - at Tennessee

Invite, 3 p.m.


■March ■ 23 - at Libertyville,

5:30 p.m.


■March ■ 23 - hosts

Deerfield, 5 p.m.


■March ■ 30 - at WWS Tiger

Classic, 5 p.m.

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Glenbrook overpowers Loyola for state title

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

For the first three years

of her high school career,

Caitlin Schneider played

for the Chicago Young

Americans, a AAA club

team based out of Lincolnwood.

But conversations

with her best friend,

Allie Karakosta, over the

summer, persuaded her

to come out for the Glenbrook

hockey team and

play her senior season with

her classmates.

“My best friend, Allie,

who is on this team was

like ‘you have to play, you

have to play. Just come out

here and try it, it’s so much

fun,’ ” Schneider said.

“And I just went out there

and tried it and I’ve loved

it since the beginning.”

And is Glenbrook — a

team made up of students

from Glenbrook North,

Glenbrook South and Regina

— ever happy she

did. The Wisconsin-bound

senior scored three goals

and had two assists as her

team won its first state title

by defeating Loyola 7-3

Friday, March 17, at the

United Center.

Glenbrook finished

its season 23-1-2, with

its only loss coming to

Loyola Jan. 29. The teams

played three other times,

tying once and Glenbrook

winning the other two, 4-2

and 6-1 for the Scholastic

Cup title.

“It’s amazing, probably

one of the best things I’ve

experienced,” Glenbrook’s

Glenbrook’s Nicole Knudson, a Glenbrook North junior,

plays in the AHAI state finals Friday, March 17, at the

United Center. Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media

Hannah Jensen said. “The

nerves are so much once

you get out there, but once

the puck drops, it’s game

time and you know what

you gotta do.”

The Ramblers’ goal was

to get off to a quick start,

hoping to score an early

goal or two to rattle Glenbrook’s

goalie Jojo Chobak,

but the first period

proved to be the opposite,

as Hannah Jensen scored

the first of her three goals

at the 7: 24 mark off an assist

from Madison Itagaki.

“I think it’s her ground

game,” Glenbrook coach

Steve Hamelin said about

what makes his goalie so

effective. “I remember

seeing her in the first game

against Loyola this year. ...

Her positioning, when she

is down, how she can stay

square, her lateral movement

is incredible so when

she’s on, we have a lot of

confidence back there.”

Schneider added to the

Glenbrook lead when she

knocked in a rebound off

Loyola goaltender Tianna

Lavalle’s pad, giving her

team a 2-0 lead with 2:06

remaining in the period.

Glenbrook continued

to add to its lead through

goals by Jensen and

Schneider. Both players

scored hat tricks and each

added goals in the second

period as their squad extended

the lead to 4-0 before

Tess Dettling knocked

in a goal to bring the Ramblers

to within 4-1 heading

into the third period.

“We tried to stay to our

plan that’s made us successful

all year, protect the

fort,” Hamelin said. “I felt

like we could have done a

better job protecting the

fort, trying to move the

puck through the neutral

zone, get pucks deep, win

the foot battles.

“We knew they were

going to come out tough

in the third period and

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Girls Soccer

Eight returning starters anchor GBN this season

2nd Century File Photo


Stars of the Week

1. Caitlin Schneider


The Glenbrook senior

hockey player

scored three goals

and completed

two assists in the

team’s 7-3 state

championship win

against Loyola

on Friday, March

17, at the United


2. Torrie Welch. The

Glenbrook North

girls soccer player

scored a goal from

20 yards out in

the Spartans’ 6-0


win against Whitney

Young on Saturday,

March 18,

at Techny Fields.

3. Chloe Carroll.

The Glenbrook

hockey player

scored her 11th

goal of the season,

with 9:22 left in

the game during

Glenbrooks’ 7-3

state championship

win over

Loyola on Friday,

March 17.

David Jaffe, Freelance Reporter

The Glenbrook North girls soccer

team was young last season

and that inexperience factored into

a slow start to the season.

But the Spartans won 12 of

their final 17 games to go 13-9-2

and 4-1 in the Central Suburban

League North. They ended with

a loss to Loyola Academy in a regional


GBN remains a young squad in

2017 with only three seniors but

now is much more experienced,

having only graduated four players

from a year ago. They will now

look to build upon a terrific conclusion

to the season.

“We were young and got off to

a tough start,” GBN coach Craig

Loch said. “But as the season went

on, they started to understand how

we wanted to play, what formations

we were running. And we started

playing very well in the middle and

end of last season. We want to be

able to keep building off how we

finished. We’re looking forward to

getting some players healthy and

being back on the field and continuing

to work and improve.”

The Spartans will also add a

major piece to their team. Purduebound

midfielder Maya Lambert

will join GBN after playing club

soccer for Sockers FC Chicago for

the last three years. Having a D-I

player will be huge for the young

and improving GBN squad.

“Maya’s an extremely talented

player. She was out today but

she’s going to add a lot of different

things and there’s plenty

the young players will be able to

learn from her,” Loch said. “She

can help them understand what the

speed of the game is going to be.

Listen Up

“It’s amazing, probably one of the best

things I have ever experienced.”

Hannah Jensen — Glenbrook hockey player on the

team’s state championship win.

Victoria Caparos goes to get a shot off against Whitney Young on Saturday, March 18, at Techny Fields.

Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media

She’s been playing at a very high

level for a long time and is very

experienced so she’s definitely going

to be one of the primary leaders

for us.”

But the Spartans won’t solely

have to rely on Lambert. GBN returns

eight starters and Loch likes

that they bring different strengths

to the team.

“Our forwards, Emily Charen,

Sam Cramin and Alyssa Nekritz,

bring a ton of dynamic ability to

the field,” Loch said. “That also

balances out with very strong leadership

from Callie Williams and

Rebecca Paddor. And then we’re

going to have tough, physical play

from Maggie Oliphant and Emily

Porta in the back. And now they

all have a couple of years of experience

under their belt so they’re

tunE in

What to watch this week

GIRLS SOCCER: The Spartans compete against

the Wildkits.

Glenbrook North will host Evanston on Thursday,

March 23.

even better than they were.”

Staying focused is what Loch

believes will be key for his team,

especially at the beginning of the


“We’re going to have to stay

mentally tough,” Loch said. “Today

was essentially the first time

we’ve been able to be back outside

in a couple of weeks. Soon

we’ll be going on break after just

beginning the season. And we

have some tough early season

games playing against Stevenson

and Evanston who are very good

teams. So if we want to continue

to build off of how well we finished

last year, we’re going to

have a good work ethic and not let

those type of things distract us.”

GBN opened the season in as

dominant a fashion as it could


45 - Boys soccer

42 - Athlete of the Week

have hoped, throttling Whitney

Young 6-0 Saturday, March 18.

After early missed opportunities,

Porta put the host Spartans on the

board with a header off a corner

kick. Charen made it 2-0 and Torrie

Welch added one more in the

first half from about 25 yards out.

In the second half, goals came

from Katie Benson, Porta and a

putback by Cara Niswonger.

“We executed and played very

well,” Loch said. “It’s been tough

not being able to practice the last

couple of weeks so it was a relief

to finally be outdoors. We weren’t

able to convert some chances early

on but once we got the first one, we

started to move the ball better and

get in more of a rhythm offensively.

We want to try and just keep getting

better each game and each day.”

Fastbreak is compiled by Assistant Editor Sarah Haider. Send

any questions or comments to s.haider@22ndcenturymedia.com.

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The Glenbrook

girls hockey team

celebrates after

winning state on

Friday, March

17, at the United

Center. Carlos


Century Media


forward Girls

soccer returns cadre

of experienced

players, Page 47

Area’s Best

Locals make Team 22

All-Area basketball

squads, Pages 43-44

Glenbrook smashes Loyola to win state championship, Page 46


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