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Stating their cases

Orland Park’s mayoral candidates vie for votes in final

installment of The Prairie’s race coverage, Pages 4-5

Crafting for a cause

Carl Sandburg Music Boosters showcase variety of

talents during return of Spring Craft Show, Page 6

Response requested

Village of Orland Park to ask voters two yesor-no

questions on April 4 ballot, Page 9

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Orland Park Record Collectors Show returns to Georgios Banquets, Page 3

CVC Collectables, of Clarksville, Tennessee, displays its wares Saturday, March 18, during the Orland Park Record Collectors Show at Georgios Banquets, Quality Inn & Suites.

Inset: Niko Kritikos checks out the condition of a Blondie record during the show. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

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2 | March 23, 2017 | The orland park prairie calendar

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Thursday

Drums

5-6 p.m. March 23. The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students

will play the drums and

learn about how to keep a

consistent tempo. This event

is free for students in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit

www.thebridgeteencenter.

org.

Great Soldiers of the First

Division, 1917-1919

7 p.m. March 23. Public

Library, 14921 S. Ravinia

Drive. Presenter Paul

Herbert will share stories of

some of the famous and/or

interesting men and women

who served in or with the

First Division during World

War I. The First Division

was a special community

including famous names

such as Theodore Roosevelt,

Jr., and George C. Marshall;

tough commanding

generals like Robert L.

Bullard and Charles R.

Summerall; brave soldiers

like Lieutenant Si Parker

who received the Medal of

Honor; and characters such

as Alban Butler who, when

not fighting, spent the war

drawing cartoons. For more

information, call (708) 428-

5100.

Mayor’s Business Update

7:45-9 a.m. March 23.

Orland Park Civic Center,

14750 S. Ravinia Ave.

This monthly membership

meeting will feature Mayor

Daniel J. McLaughlin’s

business update. Admission

is free to all Chamber

Members and Guests. For

more information, call (708)

403-6399.

Friday

Pinterest Basics

11:30 a.m. March 24.

Public Library, 14921 S.

Ravinia Drive. Participants

will create an count and

learn to pin. Prerequisite:

Email account. For more

information, call (708) 428-

5100.

Disney’s Beauty and the

Beast

7 p.m. March 24-

March 26. Carl Sandburg

Performing Arts Center,

13300 La Grange Road.

The Orland Park Theatre

Troupe will perform the

Disney classic “Beauty &

the Beast”. This play is

presented through special

arrangement with Music

Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance

materials are also supplied

by MTI. Admission is $18

for adults, $16 for seniors,

$14 for students and children

12 and under are free. For

more information or to

purchase tickets, call (708)

403-7275.

Saturday

Garage Sale

9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25.

Orland Park Civic Center,

14750 Ravinia Ave. This

indoor garage sale will help

raise funds for the Special

Recreation program. Vendor

tables are available for $30.

Space is limited, so please

register in advance. Vendor

set-up will begin at 7 a.m. No

businesses for the purpose

of solicitation allowed. For

more information, call (708)

403-6100.

Monday

Pages & Pastries

10 a.m. March 27. Panera

Bread, 15252 South La

Grange Road. This is an

offsite book discussion

hosted by the Orland Park

Public Library. Residents

are invited for a cup of

coffee and to stay for a chat

about the monthly book

choice. March’s book is “

Being Mortal: Medicine and

What Matters in the End”

by Atul Gawande! Books

are available at the library

for checkout. For more

information, call (708) 428-

5100.

Tuesday

SAT Prep w/ C2 (High

School Only)

5-6 p.m. March 28. The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

learn all about the SAT and

some secret strategies to

help them do their best on

the test. This free event is

for teens in grades 9-12. For

more information, call (708)

532-0500.

Wednesday

Start Your Summer Garden

w/ Priscilla

4-5:30 p.m. March 29.

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Bridge

Founder, Priscilla, will share

tips of growing a beautifullyplentiful

garden. This free

event is for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500.

What It’s Like To Be: A

Police Officer w/ Alsip

Police Department

4:30-5:30 p.m. March 29.

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Alsip

Police will show teens what

it’s like to serve and protect

our community. This free

event is for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500.

Upcoming

Paint & Distress Furniture

w/ Evilena’s Red Dresser

4-6 p.m. Thursday, March

30. The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

will learn the “how to”

tips and give a plain piece

of furniture a new look.

This free event is for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708) 532-

0500.

Movie Trivia & Brain Busters

Night

7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday,

March 31. The Bridge Teen

Center, 15555 S. 71st Court.

Teens are invited to play

movie trivia and brain games

at The Bridge. Free food

samples will be provided

by White Castle. This free

event is for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500.

Brews with the Board

8-9 a.m. Friday, March

31. Great American Bagel,

9189 W. 151st St. The

board is inviting residents

to come out and share

coffee and conversation

with them. This informal

gathering is the perfect

opportunity to network with

a member(s) of the Chamber

Board of Directors. Bring

your questions, ideas or

concerns. All are welcome!

To register, visit business.

orlandparkchamber.org/

events/details/brews-withthe-board-359.

Comedy Improv: ‘No Limits

Laughs’

8-10 p.m. Friday, March

31. Cultural Center, 14760

Park Ln. Residents are

invited to the fun of an

improv comedy night. For

more information, call (708)

403-6200.

Easter Egg Hunt

10 a.m. Saturday, April

8. Centennial Park, 15600

West Ave. Rain or shine

everyone is invited to gather

eggs. A lucky egg will be

hidden with a special prize

for one individual. The

hunt will begin at 10 a.m.

sharp. Age categories are:

1-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-7

years and 8-9 years. Please

plan accordingly. Personal

baskets are required.

ONGOING

American Legion Post: Boys

State & Girls State

The Orland Memorial

Post #111 of the American

Legion is again able to

sponsor high school juniors

who wish to take part in the

Boys State or Girls State

program, which will be held

at Eastern Illinois University.

The program allows students

to elect a city, county

and state officials during

this week long program.

Participants must be a junior

in high school, submit to an

interview by the American

Legion Post 111 and all

paperwork completed

by April 15. For more

information or to receive

an application, call Gene of

Post #111 at (708) 268-4363.

CJC Dance Club

8-11 p.m. second and

fourth Saturdays of the

month. Elk Lodge, 4428

Midlothian Turnpike,

Crestwood. This dance

club is seeking residents

of Orland Park to join their

club. The group dances all

styles. The March 25 dance

will be a “Justadance”

theme. This is not a formal

event, casual dress permitted

but no jeans. Doors open at

7:30 p.m., and cost to attend

is $7 for members and $12

for non-members. For more

information, contact Barb at

(630) 257-6479.

Volunteers needed at The

Bridge Teen Center

The center is seeking

volunteers. Opportunities at

all levels exist daily, weekly,

or even monthly. To apply,

contact Jessica Jose at (708)

532-0500 or email jessicaj@

thebridgeteencenter.org.

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Deadline is noon Thursdays.

To submit an item to the

calendar, contact Assistant

Editor Brittany Kapa at

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Record show strikes perfect note in Orland

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

From AC/DC to Zappa, the Orland

Park Record Collectors Show

had thousands of albums on sale

from local dealers and vinyl vendors

from across the country.

The event, which took place

Saturday, March 18, at Georgios

Banquets, Quality Inn & Suites, included

40 tables filled with music

in the form of vinyl records, compact

discs and cassettes.

“In the [1980s], everybody

owned a Walkman; if you didn’t

you were strange,” show organizer

Larry O’Connell joked.

The record show had a wide selection

of releases from popular radio

artists, but many customers arrived

looking for something a little

different.

“There are so many artists

and not everyone gets airplay,”

IT’S

O’Connell said. “A lot of those

more niche communities, like punk

rock or heavy metal, have a devoted

audience and often the only

issuances were vinyl records.”

Brookfield-based vendor John

Grigola’s area of expertise is in

selling a diverse range of rock music

from the 1960s to present day.

“The stuff that I specialize in —

and the people that buy from me are

mostly into — different hard rock

genres, be it garage rock or psych

rock, as well as some more common

rock that everyone’s heard on

the radio,” he said. “I have a lot of

indie rock, and I also like to specialize

in local music from around

Chicagoland.”

Many shoppers arrived with a

wish list of rare or hard-to-find

albums, but others preferred to let

inspiration strike naturally.

Ken Bop — a self-proclaimed

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including John Hiatt, Grace

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by the Chicago Stadium’s

organist.

“They just had a documentary on

Channel 11 about a guy named Korla

Pandit, and he plays the organ,”

Bop said. “So, anything I find with

an organ today I’ll probably take a

look at.”

Regardless of genre preference or

favorite artists, just about everyone

in attendance agreed that the sound

quality, album artwork and informative

liner notes make vinyl records

better than their rivals. O’Connell

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4 | March 23, 2017 | The orland park prairie election 2017

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Pekau outlines OP’s positives, pledges better

The Prairie’s final

look at challenger

Keith Pekau before

April 4 election

Bill Jones, Editor

Challenger Keith I. Pekau. Photo submitted

Keith Pekau’s campaign

for mayor has naturally taken

aim at the current administration.

He stands on a platform of

economic development, fiscal

responsibility and a livable

community. And he has

taken plenty of shots when

it comes to those issues —

especially the first two. He

has declared in a letter to

residents that Orland Park is

no longer the “destination” it

once was, and claims he can

bring it back to that status.

But despite the problems

he has with the current administration,

even Pekau

admits there is plenty to love

already about Orland Park.

He has previously mentioned

how the school systems

in Orland Park pushed

him to excel as a child, and

how a big part of his decision

to move back to the village

later in life was based on

his hope that those schools

would provide similar opportunities

for his children.

And when asked if he

thinks the Village is doing

anything right already, in his

eyes, he immediately points

to the Recreation & Parks

Department.

“I think that’s actually one

of our strengths is our park

systems and our recreation

facilities,” he said. “I think

it’s one of the things that

can help attract ... businesses

here, because now people

want to live here.”

Pekau said if one allows

that many area schools are

on “relatively equal” footing,

Orland Park’s abundance

of amenities for those

families serves as an advantage

over neighboring communities.

He notes the ball

fields, soccer fields and more

are all great assets to the Village,

though he thinks they

are underutilized.

“They’re utilized for, like,

two months,” he said. “I

actually think there’s room

for economic development

there, too, with all of the

traveling tournaments and

things like that.”

He said as a baseball coach

he thinks the facilities could

be better maintained, and he

would like to see people involved

with the parks identify

those issues and fix them.

“We can maintain these

fields and host these national

tournaments and things

like that that bring revenue

through visitors into the

village,” he said. “It would

also bring revenue into the

surrounding towns, too, because

obviously we don’t

have a ton of hotel space

here in town, like Tinley

Park does.

“Working together with

the region is critical. We

need to work with our neighbors.”

Orland Park also benefits

from Cook County’s residential

property taxes being

cheaper than Will County,

while the Will County portion

of Orland Park is more

appealing to businesses, he

said.

“So, we actually have

the best of both worlds,”

Pekau explained. “We can

bring businesses into the

Will County section that we

have, because that’s all for

business. They get cheaper

taxes than Cook County. But

then the residents can live in

Cook County, where it’s a

little less expensive.”

Pekau said Orland Park

has all of the tools it needs to

maintain success, but these

things need to start clicking

under better leadership if the

village is to become a destination

once again.

“We use to be the jewel

of the south side,” he said.

“Now, I have people I know

— their kids might be older

now, 28-30 years old —

they’re looking to come back

here, and then they get here

and go, ‘I’d just rather go to

Naperville or something. It’s

just not the same as it was

when I grew up here.’”

“I think that is a problem

for us. ... I came back here,

but a lot of them are not

coming back here. … I think

that’s largely due to the fact

that we’re not the destination

to come to anymore.”

Pekau said he thinks home

values and sales tax revenue

both could be better in Orland

Park, and he thinks it

all boils down to a “brand

issue.”

“We can’t just assume that

everyone wants to be here,”

he said. “And by a brand,

I don’t mean that logo we

have that has the ‘O’ in the

middle. That’s not a brand;

it’s just the perception of the

marketplace. ... We need to

work with Simon to encourage

them to help upgrade our

mall, so it becomes more of

a destination. I hear this from

residents all the time, too.

They’re bypassing Orland

Park to go to Oak Brook and

Bolingbrook. They’d rather

go there to shop. We want

them to stay here to shop.”

If elected, Pekau said the

first thing he wants to do is

sit down with the staff and

board to better understand

the Village’s goals, issues

and concerns.

“They work day to day

inside the Village,” he said.

“They know the issues

they’re hearing about. I hear

it from village residents; I’m

sure they have far more interaction

with village residents

than I have and know

what those issues are.

“So, I need to find out

what their goals are, so that

we can find common ground

on things to work on.”

He said he also is concerned

that Orland Park still

has an interim Village manager.

He said Tim McCarthy

has been a great police chief

who he thinks stepped into

that role “out of dedication

to the Village.”

“But we need to find a Village

manager,” Pekau said.

“That’s one very critical

thing we need to do right out

of the get-go.”

Pekau, of course, would

have to tackle these things

without the benefit of any

prior political experience,

but he said he is not concerned.

“I have experience dealing

with people, talking to

people and communicating

with people,” he said. “And

anyone who thinks that

there’s not politics involved

in business — even between

businesses — there’s politics

involved. It involves communicating

with people. It

involves treating people with

integrity and being honest

with people and doing what

you say you’re going to do. I

don’t think it matters whether

it’s politics or business, if

you do those things you’re

going to have good relationships

and you’re going to be

able to get things done.

“I don’t have to agree with

someone on everything.

You’ll probably find plenty

of people out there who

disagree with me on things,

but I think you’d be hardpressed

to find people out

there who don’t say, ‘He’s

honest, and he’s going to

do what he says he’s going

to do. Even the things I disagree

with him on, he does

what he says.’

“I think that’s the most important

thing.”

Which leaves just one

question: Why should residents

vote for Keith Pekau

for mayor?

“I’m going to focus on

fiscal responsibility,” Pekau

said. “I want to see term limits,

to stop the pension grab

and the potential for that in

the future. I want us to spend

within our means, and I want

us to bring [mayor] back to a

part-time position.

“Also, in economic development,

I want to see us focus

on economic diversification.

I also want to focus on

capital reinvestment. What I

mean by that is I want to get

the retail centers and the mall

to reinvest and upgrade their

facilities, and a smarter use of

tax incentives to do that.

“Lastly, I want Orland

Park to be a place where

we can live, work and play.

Right now, if you live here,

you can’t work and play

here. If you live and play

here, you probably don’t

work here.

“I’m going to be fiscally

responsible. I have the skill

set to develop Orland Park

economically, and I know

what the community means

to us.”

Election Day is Tuesday, April

4. As a company policy, 22nd

Century Media will not publish

additional coverage of the election

in the Thursday, March

30 edition of The Orland Park

Prairie. The deadline for Letters

to the Editor pertaining to

election issues has passed.


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McLaughlin plans for future of Orland Park retail, commits to process

The Prairie’s final

look at Mayor Dan

McLaughlin before

April 4 election

Bill Jones, Editor

Running a Village is a

process, especially when

progress is the aim. And that

process and progress often

are met with unforeseen

problems.

But incumbent mayor

Daniel McLaughlin says he

has enjoyed the process, the

progress and even addressing

the problems over the past

three decades, first as trustee

and then as mayor. That process

is what leads to “getting

stuff done;” the progress is

what he thinks will make Orland

Park a great place to live

for years to come; and the

problems are best handled

with a personal touch, if one

were to ask McLaughlin.

McLaughlin already has

discussed the Main Street

Triangle and Interstate 80

corridor at length. He additionally

noted, though, that

while everything from shifts

in the economy to changes

in plans to the other duties

of mayor sometimes have

made those projects seem

like slow going to some,

they have continued to move

forward. The bigger picture

of the village must be taken

into account when examining

the progress of Orland

Park, he said.

McLaughlin’s recent State

of the Village announcement,

for instance, that Cinépolis

would be bringing a

luxury movie theater to Orland

Park’s “downtown” was

more than just another piece

of the Triangle puzzles taking

shape. It also was more

than just the announcement

of another business coming

to town. The proposal takes

into consideration a problem

McLaughlin said he actively

Incumbent Daniel J. McLaughlin. Photo submitted

has been working to solve.

“The Internet sales are

going through the roof the

last few years,” McLaughlin

said. “That hurts the brickand-mortar

stores, retailers

— people that are willing

to invest in people and hire

people, that follow all our

codes and ordinances, the

parking requirements, the

lighting and landscaping requirements.

… They’re being

competed with unfairly.”

McLaughlin notes it is

not only the convenience of

ordering online from one’s

home but also the lopsided

sales taxes that make it difficult.

And while he has talked

to people at the State level

about addressing the problem,

he also has tried to take

matters into his own hands

by courting entertainmentfocused

businesses that give

consumers an “experience,”

rather than simply providing

a product. It is McLaughlin

addressing a problem by utilizing

the process with an eye

toward progress.

“We have to change Orland’s

economy slightly

to more entertainment,”

McLaughlin said. “People

will still go out and spend

money on restaurants and entertainment.

We just opened

up Gizmos and Sky Zone.

You’ve got Dave & Buster’s.

“We’ve got a huge retail

base, but you have to keep

fostering that base by bringing

out retailers that complement

them. And you have to

bring people out, make the

roads easier to get in and out,

like we did with LaGrange

Road, so people don’t say,

‘Ah, screw Orland. I’m not

going there; you’re always

in traffic.’ Providing easy access,

in and out, to Orland,

providing more entertainment

value, where people

will go out to a show or a

Gizmos with their family,

and out to eat at restaurants

— we have to change.

“For businesses to be successful

today, they have to

make their business or their

service an experience for

the customer. ... How do you

make a municipality an attraction

or an experience,

and why would people pick

Orland instead of Oak Brook,

Chicago Ridge, Woodfield or

whatever? That’s behind a lot

of my thinking.”

Despite the Internet problem,

McLaughlin said this

past year Orland Square actually

was up in sales from

the year prior. At the State

of the Village, he cited 300

businesses over the past

three years that have taken

out business licenses and

opened up shop in Orland

Park. So, anyone questioning

whether or not Orland

Park still is a “destination”

simply needs to look around,

McLaughlin said.

“There has been more action

going on in the last 10

years than in 10 years before

it,” he said. “I can give you a

list of all the businesses and

activity that have gone on in

the last 5-6 years. There’s a

lot of activity.

“As a matter of fact, national

retailers, when they

want to come into the Chicago

market, they’ll look

at Orland Park, downtown

Chicago, Schaumburg and

Naperville. That’s where

they look. … That’s why we

continue to get major businesses

in Orland every year.

“We are a destination.”

And when it comes to

the question of whether or

not potential residents feel

the same way about Orland

Park, McLaughlin readily

admits Orland Park’s housing

market has not been

without problems. It has

historically dealt with plenty

of subdivision proposals,

annexation requests and the

like. But then the economy

crashed in 2008-2010.

“Around that time,

when the economy tanked,

we stopped seeing that,”

McLaughlin said. “Just in the

last couple of years, we’ve

had five housing projects

or developments, and another

really big one is about

finished with our planning

stages. That’s going to come

in for approval in May, June.

“We haven’t seen a new

subdivision proposal in front

of us for years, but in the

last two years, we’ve got all

kinds of them.”

He noted many of them

are smaller (40-60 units), but

those combined with a big

project in the works gives

him high hopes for things to

come for Orland Park.

“The economy tanked,

and business as well as

residential went away for

awhile, but it’s coming back,

full force. This is a lot of

residential stuff to come in

in the last year-and-a-half or

two years.”

Which leaves just one

question: Why should

residents re-elect Dan

McLaughlin for mayor?

“I think the track record of

how much is going on in Orland

Park, how good Orland

Park’s being run, how safe

Orland Park is,” McLaughlin

said of why voters should

choose him. “They see all

the road improvements coming

to town, all the businesses

coming to town, jobs,

University of Chicago, a

couple of businesses on I-80.

“We actually have two industrial

parks, as well — one

on the east side of Harlem

Avenue, one out off of Wolf

Road. There are more and

more jobs being provided

for the area, other than retail.

You just don’t see a lot of it.

Some of them aren’t real big

operations, like University

of Chicago.

“But when you add it all

together, I think people are

relatively happy. It’s a nice,

safe community, and we’re

running it on 7 cents on the

dollar, and giving some of

that 7 cents back every year.

“That’s covering parks and

recreation, too. Tinley Park,

Oak Lawn, Chicago — most

of these towns have park districts.

We don’t have a park

district. That’s 7 cents on the

dollar is going to cover our

operations, our police, our

roadwork, our maintenance,

and it also covers some pretty

nice recreational facilities

[and] a huge collection of

recreation programs. What a

park district would normally

be doing, we’re doing as part

of the Village operation for

that same 7 cents.

“I will add, too, that while

I have a full-time job elsewhere

and three hours a day

commuting, I respond to people.

When they call my office

with a question or complaint,

generally I’m asking my assistant,

‘Ask them if I can

come over and talk to them.’

I’d rather talk to somebody at

their house, in person, to answer

their questions.

“Sometimes it’s a question,

‘Geez, my part of the neighborhood

is always flooding.’

I want to see it in person. I

think people see me respond,

too. I’m all over the place.”

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Century Media will not publish

additional coverage of the election

in the Thursday, March

30 edition of The Orland Park

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election issues has passed.


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Center manager over oil change delay

Bill Jones, Editor

A 64-yearold

Tinley

Park man

allegedly

stabbed a

manager at an

automotive

center in Orland

Park dur-

Barrios

ing a dispute over a delayed

oil change.

J. Luis Barrios, of 16549

Prairie Drive, was charged

with aggravated battery,

a Class 3 felony, after he

stabbed the 37-year-old man

with a pocket knife Saturday,

From March 19

March 18, at Sears Auto Center,

2 Orland Square Drive,

according to a press release

issued the next day by the Orland

Park Police Department.

Police responded to the

scene around 10:20 a.m.

March 18, and the manager

and witnesses reported that

Barrios, a longtime customer,

came to the center to get an

oil change, according to the

release. After Barrios was informed

there would be a delay

in his scheduled oil change,

he got into a verbal argument

with the manager, police said.

The manager attempted

to escort Barrios out of the

shop, but the argument became

physical while they

were still inside, police said.

That is when Barrios allegedly

stabbed the manager once

with a “small” pocket knife.

The manager reportedly

was transported to Advocate

Christ Medical Center in Oak

Lawn with injuries described

as non-life threatening. Orland

Park police located Barrios

shortly thereafter and arrested

him, according to the

press release.

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Police Reports

Man allegedly dumps liquor bottles after crash

Robert M. Habel, 31, of

6233 W. 94th St. in Oak

Lawn, was charged Feb. 25

with DUI-alcohol, illegal

transportation of alcohol, no

valid insurance and failure

to reduce speed to avoid an

accident after he allegedly

was involved in a vehicular

crash on LaGrange Road

near 135th Street.

He was driving a 2010

Chevrolet Camaro northbound

on LaGrange Road

when he struck a Cadillac

SUV from behind. He reportedly

was seen getting

out of the driver’s seat with

bottles and discarding them

in a nearby dumpster.

He had an odor of alcohol

on his breath, and bloodshot

and glossy eyes, police said.

He reportedly showed signs

of impairment when performing

field sobriety tests.

In the dumpster, an officer

found a one-sixth-full 375

milliliter bottle of whiskey

and two empty four-packs of

wine, police said. Inside the

vehicle, police reportedly

found an empty 187 milliliter

bottle of wine and 50 milliliter

bottle of whiskey.

Habel allegedly refused to

provide a breath sample.

March 1

• Sherae Sherelle Berry, 22,

of 8154 Artesian Ave. in

Chicago, and Dalminique

L. Miller, 22, of 1615 87th

St. in Chicago, each were

charged with one count each

of retail theft and criminal

trespass to property after

they allegedly tried to take

various items from a store at

Orland Square.

They reportedly concealed

items in bags and left the

store without paying for

them. Berry allegedly took

items valued at a total of

$198.10. Miller took items

valued at a total of $169.89,

police said. Both had been

banned from the mall for

a prior a criminal damage

to property incident, police

said.

Feb. 25

• Two men reportedly ordered

food valued at a total

of $16.71 at a restaurant on

Orland Square Drive and

failed to pay for it before

leaving. One man was described

as white with blond

hair, with no clothing description,

while the other

was described as white, with

blonde hair, a gray hooded

sweatshirt and blue jeans.

They reportedly got into a

Jeep and fled the scene.

Editor’s note: The Orland Park

Prairie’s police reports come

from the Orland Park Police

Department. Anyone listed in

these reports is considered to

be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.


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Orland School D135 Board of Education

Officials look to future of iPads for all students

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

Technology planning was

a primary focus of the Orland

School District 135

Board of Education’s March

13 meeting.

Chris Bohula, director of

instructional technology for

the district, gave the School

Board a presentation on different

options it has in regards

to one-to-one technology

for the district as soon as

next school year.

He recommended the district

move forward with purchasing

more iPads as the

best educational and fiscal

decision. The expected lifespan

of one iPad is approximately

four years.

Bohula said that after

talking with teachers and

administrators, he found

that most preferred iPads to

Chromebooks, because the

iPads provide students with

new experiences through

the use of different applications,

whereas Chromebooks

would be more likely to be

used as laptops.

During a technology conference

the district held for

students, given the choice

between iPads and Chromebooks,

students also chose to

use iPads, Bohula added.

He said one way the district

could fund the technology

is by adding a student

technology fee.

“Some other districts do

have tech fees associated,

and we haven’t added a fee

yet,” he said.

He added that a way the

district could structure the

issuance of iPads is to have

first- through fourth-graders

use iPads during the school

day, using the same iPad

each year. In fifth grade, students

would receive a new

iPad that would then follow

them through eighth grade,

at which point they could

take the iPad with them

when they leave the district.

Board Member Michael

Maratea said a selling point

for a fee would not be that the

students could take the iPads

with them, as parents would

not want to pay per year for

their students to have a fouryear-old

iPad after finishing

junior high school.

Board Member Devin

Hodge asked Bohula to break

down three recommendations

for the board regarding

the decisions it will have

to make — which device to

choose, how to dispose of or

repurpose old devices, and

how the district should pay

for the technology.

Bohula said that if the

board made a decision on

these three questions at

Round It Up

A brief recap of action and discussion from the March 13

meeting of the Orland School D135 Board of Education.

• Superintendent D.J. Skogsberg gave the School

Board a brief review of responses to polls asking

parents and staff how they would prefer separation of

grade levels, with the majority of responses favoring a

Grades K-5/6-8 split.

• The School Board voted unanimously to approve a

position that would be responsible for investigating

residency in the district.

• The School Board unanimously to approve a contract

with GW Berkheimer for the repair of two HVAC units at

Orland Jr. High School for $196,489.

the April board meeting, it

might be close to moving

forward with the plan in the

2017-2018 school year, and

any decisions following the

April board meeting would

delay the plan to the 2018-

2019 school year.

Village to ask residents two

questions on April 4 ballot

Bill Jones, Editor

In addition to local races

for Village of Orland Park

mayor and seats on the Orland

School District 135

Board of Education, Orland

Park voters will be faced

with two advisory/non-binding

questions — designed

to gauge public opinion —

from the Village when they

go to their polling places

Tuesday, April 4, .

The first question focuses

on an “At Your Door Special

Collection” for electronic

and hazardous waste. It is to

be phrased as follows.

“Shall the Village of Orland

Park be authorized to

impose an additional monthly

charge of no more than

Two Dollars ($2.00) on residential

garbage bills for the

new “At Your Door Special

Collection” supplemental

electronics and hazardous

waste removal program,

which includes the on-call

pick-up of electronics, batteries,

chemicals and other

hard to recycle home products?”

Residents can choose

“Yes” or “No” on the ballot.

The second question focuses

on the possibility of an

outdoor multipurpose sports

facility. It is to read as follows.

“Should the Village of Orland

Park enter into a publicprivate

partnership for the

construction and maintenance

of an outdoor multipurpose

sports facility?”

Residents can choose

“Yes” or “No” on the ballot.

The deadline to submit Letters

to the Editor regarding issues

related to the election has

passed. There will be no additional

election coverage in the

Thursday, March 30 edition of

The Orland Park Prairie.

Orland School D135 Board of Education

Officials talk staffing, get rebranding update

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

Orland School District 135

classrooms could be get a little

tighter if officials do not add a

couple of teachers, according

to a recent presentation.

The D135 School Board

March 13 looked at what its

staffing requirements for the

2017-2018 school year may

be, considering compliance

requirements and shifting

populations.

Lynn Zeder, assistant superintendent

for teaching

and learning, informed the

board that there are some

classes approaching class

sizes of 30 if the district does

not add a couple of teachers.

She said the district is

planning to adding an occupational

therapist, a school

psychologist and a general

music teacher, with School

Board approval.

She added that the district

needs to hire more bilingual

teachers who can speak and

write Arabic in order to be in

compliance with law, because

of the number of students it

has who need these teachers.

She said Liberty Intermediate

and Meadow Ridge

Intermediate schools need

these teachers most, and the

district has heavily advertised

its need for these teachers.

“What we might have to

do — we have several teachers

who speak Arabic, and

we’re helping and supporting

them to pass the native

language proficiency test,”

Zeder said. “A couple administrators

are also signing

up for coursework to get

their [English as a second

language] endorsement.”

The School Board also

discussed software called

Aesop that would streamline

the process to call and book

substitutes when teachers

call off of work.

Superintendent D.J. Skogsberg

said the district has approximately

120 substitutes

and is in need of more. This

system would help the district

expand its pool of substitutes

and fill absences with greater

ease, he said. It also would allow

a full-time staff member

who works with assigning

substitutes to classrooms to

fill other needed responsibilities

moving forward.

John Bryk, assistant superintendent

for human resources

and operations, said

the district is close to not

having enough substitutes

every week.

“There are days where we

have over 100 absences,” he

said. “We are always in need

of substitutes.”

Board Member Michael

Maratea suggested the district

look into increasing

pay for substitute teachers

to be more competitive with

neighboring districts and increase

its pool of substitutes.

Rebranding update

Director of Communications

Jen Beshansky revealed

new logo designs for the

district, as well as all of its

schools at the meeting, as part

of district rebranding efforts.

One version of a new district

logo includes the district’s

new tagline, “Community

of learners.”

Beshansky said that, in

the past, the district has had

a variety of logos, and these

logos — which the district

worked with a graphic designer

to create — all have a

similar look and feel.

Additionally, the junior

high school logos have

larger mascots than school

names within their logos, but

the primary and intermediate

schools have larger school

names. This highlights how

people recognize the school

best in its logo, particularly

as the junior high schools are

involved in more sports, Beshansky

said.


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FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Frankfort native, ‘soldier’s

soldier’ promoted to

brigadier general

There are many ways

you can describe Col. Mark

Jackson, of Frankfort. Some

call him laid-back and personable.

Others point to his

exceptional military career.

He would say he is just

trying to treat people with

respect.

But perhaps the best way

to portray Jackson — who

commanded more than 800

service members in Iraq in

the mid-2000s and spent

more than 20 years with the

Illinois State Police — is in

the words of one of the soldiers

who served under him.

“We have a saying in the

military, ‘mission first, men

always,’” said 1st Sgt. Mike

Alvis, who served three

times under Jackson’s command.

“[Jackson] was always

concerned about the

welfare of the soldiers under

his command — a ‘soldier’s

soldier.’”

Now, that “soldier’s soldier”

will be promoted to

brigadier general, serving as

deputy to Maj. Gen. Michael

Zerbonia.

“It is a big honor and responsibility,

and I’m deeply

humbled by it,” Jackson

said. “I’m very grateful and

thankful, especially to the

soldiers and officers that

I’ve worked with over the

years who have helped me

get here because of the great

job they’ve done. I wouldn’t

be here without all of them.”

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit FrankfortStation.com.

FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

‘Godspell’ to bring Gospel to

musical life in Mokena

When the Curtain Call

Theatre opened its doors for

its first show in Mokena in

October 2016, the goal was

to give the audience a Chicago-esque

theater production

that was easily accessible to

them in their southwest suburban

backyards.

The black box theater

in Mokena lends itself to

a certain type of play, like

“Godspell,” the third show

in the group’s time in Mokena

and its first musical.

The first two productions,

“The Mousetrap” and “It’s

a Wonderful Life: A Live

Radio Play,” produced near

sell-out crowds.

“Godspell” director Mark

Frost said he is confident

that the newest production,

which is to debut Friday,

March 24, will match the

success of its predecessors

while bringing a new element

to Curtains Call’s variety.

“Our goal is to sell out all

of our shows, which would

be about 420 people,” he

said. “And based on preliminary

ticket sales, I can happily

say that we have already

sold 50 percent of our tickets.”

“Godspell” is a musical

that originally debuted Off

Broadway in 1971. It is the

story of Jesus and nine disciples,

all of whom sing and

dance their way through biblical

stories. The cast, which

is present onstage throughout

the show, performs a

series of song-and-dance

routines that reflect Gospel

parables from the bible.

By the final curtain drop,

the show will have been performed

seven times, with

performances March 24-26,

then March 30-April 2.

Reporting by Ryan Esguerra,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit MokenaMessenger.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Tinley Park man sets sights

on becoming an Eagle Scout

Only 5 percent of boy

Scouts receive an Eagle

Scout rank during their time

in the organization.

Anthony DeFries, 19, of

Tinley Park, is working hard

to obtain the coveted rank

and recently finished a crucial

part of the requirements

for Eagle Scout.

A volunteer project is required

as part of the rank.

Normally all projects and

paperwork must be completed

before age 18, but

DeFries was granted special

permission by the National

Council.

“Normally, Scouting ends

at 18 [years old],” said John

Kerr, a local troopmaster

who coached DeFries on his

project. “Anthony received

the approval to be a Scout

with special needs, which

means he can work on his

Eagle project and any Scouting

stuff forever. There is no

date for him to accomplish

stuff.”

DeFries is autistic, and

with the help of his grandmother

and his great-grandmother,

he is one step closer

to achieving the rank of Eagle

Scout.

DeFries chose to hold a

food drive and planned the

event for March 4. He set up

a table outside both Jewel-

Osco, 17117 S. Harlem Ave.,

and Walt’s Food Center,

16039 S. Harlem Ave., and

collected as many food and

cash donations as possible,

which were donated to the

Tinley Park Food Pantry.

DeFries collected 654

pounds of food and $426 in

donations for the local food

pantry, which helps many

area residents in need.

Reporting by Brittany Kapa,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

TinleyJunction.com.

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Homer Jr. High staff braves

cold water for Special

Olympics

The Polar Plunge in Joliet

can be a daunting challenge,

even with an unseasonably

warm winter with little

snow, but according to one

group from Homer Jr. High

School, that is not the case.

Dubbed as The Homer

Subzero Heroes, the team

waded through the waters

of Leisure Lake Membership

Resort March 11 for the

Polar Plunge, an event that

supports Special Olympics

Illinois.

“I really meant a lot to me

because we all came together

from different departments

in the school, and just really

to be out there and know that

we’re out there supporting

Special Olympics [Illinois],

and together representing

Homer was really awesome

to do,” said Brittany Konsoer,

a resource teacher and

team lead.

Konsoer said though she

did not know what to expect

when plunging, she had a

theory.

“It wasn’t as bad as I

thought it was going to be,”

she said. “I think the worst

part was my feet were frozen,

but it was worth it.”

A number of groups came

out in support of Special

Olympics Illinois this year.

Konsoer said the turnout

tells a lot about the community.

“I think the support is really

high,” she said. “It was

really eye-opening how

many people were out here. I

thought it was neat everyone

from kids to adults to grandparents,

parents, teachers. I

think there’s a lot of support

for them.”

Reporting by Megann

Horstead, Freelance Reporter.

For more, visit HomerHorizon.

com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

LTHS grad’s band kicks off

Midwest tour

From the moment Alex

Ford first picked up a bass

guitar, he dreamed of playing

his music in front of

crowds across the country.

And now his dream is

coming true.

Ford and his bandmates

from the Joliet-based Arbor

Creek kicked off their

Midwestern tour Saturday,

March 18, in Nashville, Tennessee.

It was to be the first

of several stops for the band,

which also is slated to play

shows across Illinois, Indiana

and Iowa, among others.

While Arbor Creek is not

selling out football stadiums

just yet, it has come along

way in the year-and-half

since it was founded. While

it is still in its infancy, members’

ties to one another are

much older than that.

And Ford is the common

thread between its members.

He attended middle school

at Richland Elementary

School in Crest Hill, where

he met the band’s lead vocalist,

David Drilling. Come

high school, district boundaries

sent both in different

directions, with Ford attending

Lockport Township High

School and Drilling going to

Plainfield Central.

The latter is where Drilling

met the band’s keyboardist,

Jared Bebee, and

they reconnected with Ford

and his cousin, Larry Huff,

who is the band’s lead guitarist.

And thanks to a friend

of Ford’s grandmother, he

was introduced to drummer

Frank Dvorak, the final

piece of the band’s musical

puzzle.

Reporting by Erin Redmond,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

LockportLegend.com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Spencer Pointe secondgrader

to appear in ‘Chicago

Fire’ episode

After having his own

trailer and getting to shoot

scenes with Taylor Kinney

and Kara Killmer — actors

on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

— 7-year-old Joey Bosco

is nothing short of ecstatic

about his recent acting opportunity.

Bosco, a second-grader at

Spencer Pointe Elementary

School, will appear on Episode

17 of “Chicago Fire,”

airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday,

March 28, on NBC.

He filmed for three full

days with the cast and crew

of the popular NBC series,

and is to appear in multiple

scenes during the episode.

Joey’s mother, Tiffany

Bosco, said it was quite the

experience for both of them

to be working at the set and

seeing the inner workings of

the show.

Joey spent time shooting

scenes both “on location”

and at the main stage area,

and had his own wardrobe

trailer where he could get

ready. He also was outfitted

with multiple costumes, a

microphone, hair and makeup

— complete with all the

blood and gore of a victim

on the show.

Since starting modeling

and acting a few years ago,

Tiffany said she has seen a

lot of growth in her son in

the way he interacts with

adults. She said the skills he

is learning in memorizing,

speaking and reading will

be invaluable to him later in

life.

“He’s super well behaved

on set; he’s so good,” Tiffany

said. “[He’s] always been

a good reader, so I’m able

to give him [the script] and

he’s able to read it by himself

— and that’s a good start

— and then we can work on

it together.”

Reporting by Amanda Stoll,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

NewLenoxPatriot.com.


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Photo Op

This week’s Photo Op comes

from Oriano Pagnucci, of Orland

Park, who took the accompanying

photo at Centennial Park and

then sent it to us this past

December. It is called “What’s for

lunch?” Pagnucci wrote. “These

deer were probably looking for

lunch as we passed by a home in

Old Orland.”

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Letters to the Editor

Prior letter’s crime sorting a

‘tremendous disservice’ to

residents

I am writing in response

to the recent letter to the editor

from Steve Levine that

appeared in the March 16,

2017, edition of The Orland

Park Prairie.

Mr. Levine wrote about

crime statistics for communities

with populations from

approximately 50,000 to

60,000. These claims were a

tremendous disservice to our

residents and the Orland Park

Police Department, and they

are not a reasonable comparison.

It appears that there are 10

Illinois communities that are

in the category Mr. Levine

referenced (50,000-60,000);

however, none of them are

regional retail/commercial

centers anywhere comparable

to Orland Park.

Comparing Orland Park

to these communities is ludicrous,

with Orland Park being

the fifth in the state for retail

sales outside of Chicago.

A more reasonable contrast

would be to compare Orland

Park to Schaumburg.

The state and FBI uniform

crime statistics are divided

into two general categories

— crimes against persons

(violent crimes) and property

crimes.

A review of the 2014-2015

crime statistics shows that

Orland Park has the lowest

number of violent crimes

of the communities in the

50,000 to 60,000 category,

and one of the lowest violent

crime rates in Illinois when

measured by crimes per

100,000 residents.

In addition, removing the

general theft/retail theft category

gives Orland Park the

lowest number of property

crimes among the communities

in the 50,000 to 60,000

category. Towns with as

much retail as Orland Park

will always have retail theft,

but that does not make these

towns less safe.

Retail thefts drive Orland

Park’s crime statistics the

same as they do in other large

retail/commercial areas. Orland

Park compares very

favorably to Schaumburg

with Woodfield Mall, Gurnee

with Gurnee Mills Mall, and

Aurora with the Fox Valley

Mall, according to Crimecast.

Measuring crime using

the FBI and Illinois Uniform

Crime Report is not an exact

science and requires some

analysis, as it compares petty

crimes such as $10 retail

thefts to more serious crimes.

If not analyzed carefully, the

reports can be misleading.

Throwing out simple statistics

with no analysis is deceptive

and a great disservice

to the residents of Orland

Park, who know better and

deserve better.

Timothy J. McCarthy

Chief of Police, Village of

Orland Park

‘It is time to retire Dan

McLaughlin’

I have lived in Orland Park

for 45 years, and members of

my family settled here over

100 years ago. I have grave

concerns about the future of

our Village.

Dan McLaughlin has been

our mayor for 24 years and

also served as a trustee for

eight years. I served as an

Orland Park trustee for 13 of

Dan’s 24 years as mayor. My

last term ended in 2015.

Dan did some good things

for our village, and I was part

of some of those projects.

However, I am saddened to

say that he has lost his focus

and has become greedy. It is

time for a change of leadership.

The single issue that upsets

me the most is the recent

action of our Village Board

— a board totally controlled

by Dan — that changed the

mayor’s position from parttime

to full-time.

Orland Park adopted council-manager

form of government

by referendum in 1983.

Since that referendum, we

have had a full time village

manager who is responsible

for running the day-to-day

activities of our village. Our

part-time board, consisting of

the mayor and trustees, sets

policy, adopts a budget and

hires the manager.

We don’t need a $150,000

a year full-time mayor. It is a

waste of money and will lead

to operational problems.

It has been reported that if

Dan gets re-elected, serves

four years and then retires,

he will receive a pension of

over $100,000 a year (with

annual increases) for life. If

he lives a normal life span,

his additional pension payout,

due to this raise, will be

over $2 million dollars. That

would be unfair to taxpayers

who contribute tax dollars to

the Illinois Municipal Retirement

Fund, the entity that

would pay this pension.

Dan likes to talk about his

“vision” for Orland Park. A

downtown area in the Triangle,

at 143rd Street and

LaGrange Road, and development

of the [Interstate]

80 corridor are a major part

of that “vision.” After many

years and millions of taxpayer

dollars both projects

remain partially completed.

Orland Park has resources

and amenities that other communities

dream about. At the

present time, our resources

are not being utilized well.

Being mayor of Orland

Park should not be a lifetime

job. It is time to retire Dan

McLaughlin. We need to

elect Keith Pekau as our next

mayor.

Edward Schussler

Former Trustee, Village of

Orland Park

Challenger requests the

votes of Orland Park

residents April 4

I’m Keith Pekau, and I’m

running for mayor of Orland

Park. I’d like your vote on

April 4.

I was born and raised in

Orland Park and will bring

Orland Park values back to

Orland Park. It starts with

fiscal responsibility by living

within our means, instituting

term limits and scaling back

the mayoral position to parttime.

It also means reducing

spending and cutting taxes.

To accomplish this, we

need to focus on economic

development, including:

Economic Diversification:

Bringing new industries to

Orland Park and reducing our

singular focus on retail, restaurants

and car dealerships.

Capital Reinvestment:

Encouraging investment in

our retail centers and Orland

Square Mall.

Smart Incentives: Using

appropriate incentives to encourage

businesses to locate

in Orland Park, helping to

bring additional economic

activity to the Village.

Additionally, we all want

Orland Park to be a livable

community. We want Orland

Park to be a place where we

can work, live and play.

I know what Orland Park

means to us. I grew up here

and am a product of our public

schools. My children all

graduated from Sandburg

High School. I coached Orland

Youth Association and

Magic baseball and basketball.

As an entrepreneur, I

know what it means to risk

everything to build a business.

I have an MBA from

Duke University, graduating

as a Fuqua Scholar. I own

two successful business and

know the challenges businesses

face to grow.

I understand what it means

to serve. I spent over nine

years in the Air Force, flying

the F-15E as a weapons

system officer. In doing so, I

have three tours in Southern

Iraq, including 46 combat

sorties and over 150 combat

hours. The Air Force Core

Values from 25 years ago of

Integrity First, Service Before

Self and Excellence in

All We Do are still important

to me today.

We can make Orland Park

a destination again by voting

for me, Keith Pekau, for

mayor of Orland Park.

Keith Pekau

Candidate for mayor,

Orland Park resident

Pekau is qualified to be next

mayor

Much credit goes to The

Orland Park Prairie for

covering the Orland Park

mayoral race and providing

both candidates this forum.

The [Chicago] Tribune, Sun-

Times and Daily Southtown

haven’t acknowledged there

is a race. That’s more like

the Chicago way than how

we do things in Orland Park.

Full disclosure here: I’ve

been knocking on doors

and doing canvassing in my

neighborhood for Keith Pekau.

All I do is go house to

house, don’t know nor do I

ask if they are Democrat or

Republican. I ask four questions.

Do you plan to vote? What

is your biggest concern/issue

here in Orland Park? Who

would be your preference for

mayor or are you undecided?

And, can we place a sign in

your yard?

I discuss four major points:

the proposed mayor’s salary

increase and pension spike;

why the folks in Orland Park

were denied a referendum

on that issue while two other

voter choices are on the

election April 4; the colossal

debt increase over the last

20 years that the mayor presided

over; and finally why

Keith Pekau is qualified to

be our next mayor. ...

I’ll be voting for Keith

Pekau on April 4, and I hope

you will, too.

Michael Tronnes

Orland Park resident

Voters should educate

themselves with the facts

I have lived in Orland Park

for the vast majority of my

life. When I was young, most

of OP was made up of fields

and farms. Since then, much

has changed and grown, and

this is in large part due to our

mayor, past leadership and

current leadership on the Village

Board.

I believe that Keith Pekau

is incorrect about many

claims he has made about the

Village’s economic development

and financial responsibility.

Also, I feel like he

is questioning our citizens’

intelligence, when he wants

us to believe that our current

mayor has any control over

our county-set taxes.

His motto is “People over

Politics,” yet outside of yelling

about the [Interstate] 80

corridor/LaGrange Road,

taxes and our sports fields,

I don’t see much expressed

concern about our kids and

families and actually living in

Orland Park. I’m sure he has

more to say, but I’m getting

most of my information from

his website. I can’t afford the

$50 ticket to hear him speak

at his fundraisers.

I did, however, attend the

State of the Village Address

held at Sandburg March 9.

Mine and many others’ experience

was immediately

spoiled by a Pekau supporter

yelling out about mayoral

campaigning while Superintendent

James M. Gay

was speaking about our students

in [Consolidated High

School District 230] raising

over $4 million dollars during

the years they have participated

in Relay for Life.

What should have been a

very proud moment for our

children was taken away by

a woman who during the address

continuously [insulted]

the mayor and then clearly

looked over at Mr. Pekau for

approval. This is not the first

time I have witnessed this

kind of behavior.

Since our Village leadership

believes that transparency

is very important, I strongly

encourage those living in

Orland Park to visit the Citizens

Information Center on

the Village website. Check

out the financial audits, budget,

expenditures, taxes and


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From the Assistant Editor

Passion, meet heartbreak

Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From opprairie.com as of Sunday, March 19

Brittany Kapa

Assistant Editor

This week alone, I have

gotten to talk to an

Olympic silver medalist

and sit in the press box at

the United Center.

As a journalist, and a

hockey player not so well

hidden beneath the surface,

I was fortunate enough to

interview Kendall Coyne.

Then, the next day, I was

given a media pass by the

Chicago Blackhawks organization

that granted me access

to the press box at the United

Center. (The United Center

during a hockey game is

fees, and annual reports.

Our voices are important,

and I personally don’t care

how you wish to vote —

just make sure that you are

educating yourself with real

facts, not alternative ones.

Lisa M. Molloy

Orland Park Resident

Mayor recounts successes,

humbly requests votes

April 4

As mayor of Orland Park

for many years, I’ve learned

to tune out the white noise, innuendo

and lies. In these last

few weeks before the final

votes are tallied April 4, truth

needs to ring clear as a bell.

For that reason, I outline

below why our village is

among the safest in the nation

and will remain so for

generations. The reasons are

like my Disney World, just

to put this in context. I was

extremely excited.)

But my excitement for

both things needed to be

reined in. I’m a professional,

and fan-girling (yes, I’m

using that as a verb) while

talking to Coyne or interviewing

players after a game

at the United Center is not a

professional way to act.

Pushing my excitement

aside, there was a story to be

told in both of these situations,

and it is my job to tell

it.

Both subjects arguably are

heartbreaking.

Coyne and her fellow

USA Hockey teammates

are boycotting the upcoming

competition in an effort

to get a living wage from

the organization. These

are women who are at the

top of their game and have

been chosen to represent the

United States in competition.

The issue has gotten

national attention from major

media outlets across the

country. Personally, I think

it is sad that in 2017 women

who are that talented and

skilled at a sport, and have

won multiple Olympic medals,

are forced to make tough

decisions regarding food and

putting gas in their cars during

those six months.

That is not a decision

anyone at the top of a chosen

field should have to make,

period.

I have been fortunate

enough to be a bit of a beat

reporter the past few weeks,

and I have written on Providence’s

journey to the 2017

Amateur Hockey Association

of Illinois Red Division

Championship game. This

is a one-and-done playoff

series, and Providence made

it back to the United Center

for the second year in a row.

Their opponent, New Trier

Green, beat them this past

year, and the Celtics were

looking to get that back.

SPOILER ALERT!

The game didn’t end in

their favor. I must give these

young men credit, though. In

the face of defeat, they stood

tall, articulated themselves

well and, simply put, gave it

all they had and came up just

short.

As I was waiting for interviews

from the players, the

other journalists were talking

about the game, and the consensus

was Providence was a

good team. The other media

professionals were genuinely

impressed with the talent the

team had. A few different

bounces of the puck, or a

different angle on a shot, and

the game could have easily

gone in the Celtics’ favor.

The common thread

between these two stories,

besides hockey, is both

Coyne and her teammates

and Providence put all they

had into something they

believe is worth the fight.

That will always be admirable.

deep-seated in long-range

strategic planning that results

in the following.

Economics: The Village

of Orland Park has thrived

through unprecedented, controlled

growth, while sustaining

a balanced budget for 24

straight years. This efficiency

has led to $39 million in property

taxes being refunded to

homeowners in 12 of the last

15 years. The Village has

maintained an A+ bond and

credit rating by both Standard

& Poor’s and Moody’s. We

would not have achieved a

AA+ credit rating if we had

unreasonable debt or did not

maintain strong fund balances

and balanced budgets.

Full-Time Mayor: The

Village Board chose to save

taxpayers $750,000 over

four years, by eliminating

the need to hire two new bureaucratic

managerial positions

and make the mayor’s

job full-time. Taxpayers will

make contributions toward

the mayor’s retirement plan.

But once that mayor — whoever

it is — leaves office or

retires, all taxpayer contributions

into his or her retirement

plan stop.

Infrastructure: More than

$500 million in road, street

and infrastructure improvements

were completed without

raising property taxes a

single dime to pay for it.

Downtown Development:

Orland Park’s investment in

a “downtown of the future”

will result in a direct favorable

economic impact, as

well as support for surrounding

restaurants and shopping,

while providing an exciting

downtown that keeps Orland

Park as a leader in the Chicago

area.

Quality of Life: Chicago

magazine chose Orland Park

on its “Best Places to Live”

list three years ago, while

“good homes, low crime and

above-average schools” were

cited by Money magazine as

it hailed our village as having

“the vibrancy of the city with

the comforts of the suburbs.”

Finally, I want all your

readers to know that I begin

each day with a commitment

to address the issues that

matter most to Orland Park

families and to continually

improve the quality of life we

enjoy here.

I humbly ask for your vote

for mayor.

Daniel McLaughlin

Mayor, Village of Orland

Park

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Chicago Improv Festival to feature group

with Orland Park member, Page 27

Potential in a pizza place

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FAITH BRIEFS

Faith United Methodist Church (15101 S.

80th Avenue, Orland Park)

Artivities

6:30-7:30 p.m. March 24.

Children ages 3-12 years are

invited to attend Artivities.

This program meets once a

month on a Friday evenings.

Participants will learn about

an artist then create an

artist-inspired piece of art.

Children are encouraged

to be as creative as they

would like. This program

will take place in Fellowship

Hall/Gym and is offered

at no charge. For more

information or to register,

contact Kim Clifton at

kids@faithumcop.org.

Veterans Voices

7 p.m. every third

Tuesday of the month. This

is a group for veterans. For

information, contact Darryl

Wertheim at (708) 923-0021

or Darryl.wertheim@gmail.

com.

Our Lady of the Woods Church (10731 W.

131st, Orland Park)

Eucharistic Adoration

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays. The

church invites all to spend

some quiet time with the

Lord. Eucharistic adoration

will be held in the Day

Chapel. First hour is vocal

prayer followed by silence.

For more information,

contact the front office at

(708) 361-4754.

Christian Reformed Church (7500 W.

Sycamore Dr., Orland Park)

Palm Sunday Choral Cantata

6 p.m. Sunday, April 9.

The church invites all to

enjoy a choir-led service

entitled, “Remember: Where

the Past Ends and Forever

Begins.” Powerful words

and beautiful music will be

used to remember Christ’s

sacrifice, celebrate His

triumph and give Him praise.

For more information,

contact the church office at

(708) 532-4900.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

(15050 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Overeaters Anonymous

9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

This is a 12-step program,

patterned after Alcoholics

Anonymous, to help

anyone struggling with

food problems. Members

include people who eat

compulsively, those who

binge and purge and anyone

suffering from anorexia.

There are no dues or fees to

attend meetings, and there

are no weigh-ins or calorie

counting. For information on

other meetings in the area,

visit www.OA.org.

Children and Youth Activities

7 p.m. Wednesdays

Parkview Christian Church (11100 Orland

Parkway, Orland Park)

Parkview Senior Connections

Help your customers

10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Second

Friday of the month. Join for

a lunch and conversation at

the Orland Park Campus.

Program fee is $10. For more

information or to RSVP, call

(708) 478-7477 ext. 272 or

email merry-o@att.net.

Ashburn Baptist Church (153rd Street and

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Bible Study

9:45 a.m.

Services

11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Wednesday prayer meetings

10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Calvary Church (16100 S. 104th Ave.,

Orland Park)

Men’s Barnabas Bible Study

7-8:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Study various books written

by Christian authors. Coffee

and light refreshments

are served. For more

information, email info@

calvaryop.org.

Sunday Services

9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Stretch and Balance

6:30-7:30 p.m. Every

second and fourth Tuesday

of the month. All are

welcome to an hour session

of stretching and balancing.

All are invited to bring

water, beach towel and yoga

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Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (14700

S. 94th Ave., Orland Park)

Lenten Series: At the

Crossroads

11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Thursdays in March and

April 6. This series will

talk about God’s presence

in the critical crossroads

of life – loss, transitions,

choices, uncertainties and

disappointments. All are

welcome.

Zumba Classes

6 p.m. Every Wednesday.

The cost to participate is

$5. Attendees can bring

their own towels and water

bottles.

AA Meetings

7 p.m. Every Thursday

Al-Anon

7 p.m. Every Friday

Services

5 p.m. Saturdays, 8

a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Sundays. Sunday School

and Christian Education will

be held during the 9:30 a.m.

service.

Men’s Bible Study

7-9 a.m. Every other

Saturday. Breakfast, Bible

study and discussion

is included. For more

information, call (708) 349-

0431.

Hope Covenant Church (14401 West Ave.,

Orland Park)

Services

10 a.m. Sundays

Junior High Youth Group

Noon-2 p.m. every other

Sunday. This is an active

group of kids from fourth

to seventh grade. It meets

every other Sunday for a

lesson, activity, games,

treats and fellowship.

Cafe

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All are invited to share

refreshments, fellowship

and conversation after most

Sunday morning services.

Men’s Bible Study

7:30-8:30 p.m. The onehour

session includes coffee

and conversation.

Living Word Lutheran Church (16301 S.

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

PUSH Prayer

9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. All

are welcome to take part in

person or take 10-15 minutes

to pray for the country,

church, community and

individual needs. Meetings

take place the second

Tuesday of the month.

Presbyterian Church in Orland Park

(13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-

Schoolers)

9-11 a.m. 2nd and 4th

Tuesdays of the month.

Thursday Evening Bible

Study

7-8:30 p.m. Every

Thursday

Gamblers Anonymous

7:30- 9 p.m. Every

Thursday

Emotions Anonymous

7:30-9 p.m. Every Friday

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Children ages

three to eight are invited to

Sunday school. For more

information, contact Cindy

at cindypcop@comcast.net.

Children age seven and older

can volunteer to be ushers

at mass on Sundays. More

information is available

in the children’s worship

bulletins.

Southwest Seventh Day Adventist Church

(15760 Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Bible Study

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Attendees can learn more

about the Seventh Day

Adventist Church. For more

information, call (618) 556-

8002.

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church (9300

W. 167th St., Orland Hills)

H.O.P.E. Employment

Support Ministry

7 p.m. first Tuesday of

the month in the Parish

Hall. Helpful Outreach for

People seeking Employment

welcomes all faiths and

denominations and offers

support, fellowship,

guidance and information for

the employed, unemployed

or those in a career transition.

Every month, H.O.P.E. also

provide a guest speaker to

support those in transition.

For more information, call

(708) 403-0137.

AA Meetings

7-9 p.m. every Thursday

in the Church Hall.

Rosary Prayer Group

9:30 a.m. every Tuesday

and Thursday. The Rosary

Prayer Group gathers in

the church after mass to

offer intentions with the

intercession of Mary, and

pray the decades of the

rosary while contemplating

the scenes of our Lord’s life,

death and resurrection.

Zion Luteran Church (17100 S. 69th Ave.,

Tinley Park)

Southwest Suburban

Widow/Widowers Social

Club

7-9 p.m. Friday, April 7.

This caring and friendly

group is opening it’s doors

to Orland Park residents, as

well as all other neighboring

residents who wish to

participate. This group meets

once a month. Beverages

and snacks will be served.

For more information, call

Bill Dolehide (708) 342-

6820.

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RE/MAX names Northern

Illinois Residential Top 20

brokers, teams for 2016

The RE/MAX Northern

Illinois real estate network

recently honored its associates

whose 2016 residential

sales achievements earned

them coveted spots in its

year-end Residential Top 20.

Each year, the network

gives special recognition to

its Top 20 individual residential

brokers and Top 20

residential teams.

Among those named to

the Top 20 in the Individual

Residential Brokers category

was Kevin Burke, of

RE/MAX Synergy in Orland

Park.

Local foursome places fourth

at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Invitational

A foursome with local ties

put together four great rounds

of golf to place fourth March

8-12 in the Liberty Mutual

Insurance Invitational National

Finals at TPC Sawgrass

in Ponte Vedra Beach,

Florida. Tom Brandstredt, of

Saint Charles; Rudy Cecchi,

of Chicago; Tony Del Ricco,

of Orland Park; and Tony

Ross, of Lemont; qualified

to compete against 240 amateur

golfers by winning the

Liberty Mutual Invitational

held at Seven Bridges Golf

Club in Woodridge in August

2016. That invite supported

Habitat for Humanity.

Playing two rounds on

The PLAYERS Stadium

Course and two rounds on

the Dye’s Valley Course at

TPC Sawgrass was a grueling

test of their skills and

determination. But scores

of 63, 66, 62 and 65 for a

total of 256 were enough to

secure a fourth-place finish.

The Liberty Mutual Insurance

Invitational National

Finals is the culmination

of a series of more than 75

charity golf tournaments

around the country in 2016

hosted by Liberty Mutual

along with local and national

charitable organizations that

raised more than $8 million

for charity.

Two-time U.S. Open

Champion and World

Golf Hall of Famer Curtis

Strange, honorary chairman

of the Liberty Mutual Invitational,

was on site to interact

with players during the fourday

tournament and host a

$1 Million Shoot-out.

Van Bruggen Signs gets

Together We Cope’s name

out there

Van Bruggen Signs in Orland

Park recently donated

its services to put nonprofit

Together We Cope’s name

on the agency’s newest

truck. The vehicle was purchased

this past year with

a grant from Great Lakes

Charitable Foundation.

Owner Bill Van Bruggen

said that in keeping with the

company’s commitment to

community, the firm reached

out to TWC to put the finishing

touches on the agency’s

new truck. The company has

been in business since 1925,

and three generations of the

family have produced quality

signs and graphic services.

The truck is used to pick

up and deliver groceries for

TWC’s food pantry, where

more than 1,400 families

receive food assistance each

month. Based in Tinley

Park, Together We Cope is a

homeless prevention agency

that assists families in crisis

from 26 south suburban

communities.

New in-store shops feature

products from local makers,

artisans and entrepreneurs

Eleven Carson’s in greater

Chicagoland have launched

new in-store “Close to

Home” shops that celebrate

the best of Illinois, with a selection

of specialty products

and items sourced from local

makers, artisans and entrepreneurs.

Some shops are located

at Orland Square Mall.

Carson’s is part of The Bon-

Ton Stores, Inc. family of

department stores.

The opening of the “Close

to Home” shops in the area

is part of a major nationwide

expansion of the program,

which successfully launched

this past fall, with more than

100 different makers and

small businesses featured

in 45 in-store shops across

eight states. From September

through December 2016,

“Close to Home” shop sales

more than doubled projections.

The retailer plans to

add at least 100 more instore

shops this year, which

includes the Chicago area

locations, as well as others

across Illinois. Currently,

there are 26 “Close

to Home” shops throughout

the state.

As part of the expansion,

the retailer also announced

the launch of the first “Close

to Home” Online Sourcing

Fair that invites local makers,

artisans and entrepreneurs

with established businesses

interested in having

their products sold in “Close

to Home” shops to submit

their products online.

Through the “Close to

Home” Online Sourcing

Fair, Bon-Ton plans to expand

product offerings to

include a broader selection

of custom-designed and produced

clothing and jewelry,

artwork and other one-ofa-kind,

locally made items.

As the program expands

and rotates featured makers,

new items will be added frequently

and seasonally. As

such, the “Close to Home”

shops will always have fresh

and unique offerings.

Product submissions for

the first “Close to Home”

Online Sourcing Fair are being

accepted now through

March 24 at closetohome.

bonton.com. Interested applicants

must reside in one

of Bon-Ton’s 25 states to

apply for this exclusive opportunity.

The company

hopes the “Close to Home”

Online Sourcing Fair will attract

a large number of new

talented makers and entrepreneurs

eager to grow their

small businesses and reach

new audiences.

Open year round in-store

and online, the “Close to

Home” shops are part of the

retailer’s mission to serve as

a hometown store destination

that reflects the tastes

and shopping preferences of

its local communities. Bon-

Ton aims to have “Close to

Home” shops in at least 150

stores by mid-2017, representing

more than half of

the company’s stores nationwide.

Future Online Sourcing

Fairs will be an ongoing

part of the effort to grow the

“Close to Home” program,

develop more relationships

with local makers and curate

a broader selection of local

product offerings.

Illinois businesses currently

featured in “Close to

Home” shops include the

following.

Chitown Clothing, Chicago.

Founded in 2009, Chitown

Clothing is a Chicagobased

apparel company that

aims to capture this great

city’s creativity, wit, history

and rich culture through

super-soft T-shirts and meticulously

designed graphics.

Husband and wife Kevin

and Sara Kasarski created

Chitown Clothing in order

to combine civic pride with

their entrepreneurial spirit.

Transit Tees, Chicago.

Transit Tees takes visuals

from Chicago’s metropolitan

landscapes and transforms

them into fashionable

artwork. The brand was

founded in 2001 by Tim Gillengerten,

a creative director

who aspired to build an

apparel line that reinterprets

subway maps, street signs,

city seals and flags in ways

that the public had never

seen before Transit Tees,

an official manufacturer for

the Chicago Transit Authority,

designs, fabricates and

retails their signature brand

throughout Chicagoland,

including a flagship store in

Wicker Park.

Chicago Candle Co., Chicago.

Chicago Candle Co.

started in 2012 by the husband

and wife Fernando and

Sara Velarde. Every candle

is handmade in an upcycled

wine bottle with 100 percent

soy wax and intoxicating

fragrances. They had been

working in a restaurant and

knew all the used wine bottles

were going straight to

the trash, so they created a

way to repurpose them.

PubsOf, Chicago. PubsOf,

founded in 2007, is an incredible

collection of unique

street scenes from all over,

conceived and hand painted

by artist Brian McKelvey.

Along with PubsOf president

Jeff Kane, the team

physically visits towns to get

a sense for what makes that

town unique, and then creates

art that depicts how the

locals and visitors feel about

their town and what is important

to them. PubsOf offers

posters, prints and canvas

framed and unframed, as

well as glassware for each

scene.

Kindred Hearts & KH

Sports Fan, Plainfield. This

family-run business started

in the basement of a small

Illinois town more than 17

years ago. In time, the business

was sold, and the family

members each went in different

directions with their

individual careers. However,

they came to realize their

best times were working together

and reignited Kindred

Hearts. The company now

manufactures its unique line

of frames and wall art in two

large warehouses.

Sophisticated Pup, Chicago.

Michelle O’Hollaren

founder Sophisticated Pup

in 2006, hand-sewing pet

apparel, dog collars, leashes

and accessories in her one

bedroom apartment. Over

the years her product line has

expanded to include home

décor such as pillows, mugs

and bowls for pet lovers. In

2012, Michelle was named

a Top 10 finalist in the Martha

Stewart American Made

Awards, and in 2015 she was

recognized by Pet Age magazine

in its “Pet Industry 40

Under 40” feature. She lives

in Chicago with her husband,

Ryan, and her adorable

pug Penny — the muse

of Sophisticated Pup — and

counts quality, function and

style as the cornerstones of

the Sophisticated Pup brand.

Think Again, Evanston.

(Available only at Randhurst,

Orland Square and

St. Charles.) The origins of

Think Again can be traced

back to an elementary school

book fair where Nancy

Maize picked up a “how to

make beaded jewelry” book

along with an armload of

R.L. Stine books for her son.

Before long, her beading

branched out to include old

hardware, watch parts, vintage

maps and other found

objects in her creations,

which Nancy strives to highlight

the beauty of in subtle

yet unique and compelling

ways. Her greatest satisfaction

with Think Again comes

from giving new life to materials

that would otherwise

be forgotten or thrown out.

Circa Ceramics, Chicago.

(Available only at

Randhurst, Orland Square,

Hawthorn, Lincolnwood,

St. Charles and Fox Valley.)

Andy and Nancy Witt operate

a two-person small batch

production pottery studio

in the Ravenswood Industrial

Corridor in Chicago.

Their pieces are strongly

influenced by old-school

dinnerware, as well as the

good and bad of pop culture.

The husband-and-wife team

make everything in-house

and from scratch to create

and deliver unique, durable

and functional tableware.

Compiled by Editor Bill Jones,

bill@opprairie.com.


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Famous Unknown USA expands its fan base

Band to perform at

Orland Park Public

Library in May

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

With what could be described

as a blues/folk rock

feel, Famous Unknown USA

has shared its music and passions

with many members

of the community and those

nearby.

Formed approximately

seven years ago, the band

features three members:

Bob Hauck, 55, of Orland

Park, who plays bass guitar;

Gary Reyes, 62, of Willow

Springs; who takes on the

roles of lyricist, lead singer

and drummer; and Gary’s

son, Christopher Reyes, 40,

of Orland Park, who is the

lead guitarist.

In order to keep their

hobby and passion alive, the

three continue to perform locally,

building a following of

fans along the way.

This past November,

Famous Unknown USA

released its first album,

“Greatest Hits.”

The album came to be after

Christopher discovered

his father’s collection of

original songs, hidden on a

computer.

“Basically, I found a treasure

trove of music that he

had — files stashed away of

totally completed songs that

were edited, produced and

mastered,” Christopher said.

“And I was like, ‘Dad, these

are good songs. Why don’t

we start playing these? Why

don’t we put out an album?’

So, we did that. As a

joke, it’s called the ‘Greatest

Hits’ album, just because

it’s years of songs

that he had, and so I just

did ‘Greatest Hits’ because

it was the greatest hits out

Bob Hauck plays bass for Famous Unknown USA. Photos by Chris Mangulabnan

of what we sorted through.”

Gary explained that he got

interested in home recording

more than a decade ago and

has since been creating his

own music. Without a band,

he taught himself to play a

variety of instruments and

recorded a number of songs,

some of which are appropriate

for the band. Others do

not necessarily fit its style,

he said.

“I had set up a home studio

and I had started writing,”

he said. “For me, it’s a

lot easier to write when you

can record an idea and then

hear it back, and then add

to it or take away from it or

make changes to it. It’s like

having a band at your disposal

whenever you want.”

In order for Christopher

and Bob to learn the songs to

be able to play them at live

shows, Gary said he gave

them demos of the songs

from which they learned

their parts.

“I would help them along

if they needed help learning

the parts, but there was

always that reference they

had,” he said. “These cover

bands, they have the original

artists to listen to over and

over again, and pick up parts

and try to recreate it, and

that’s what they did.”

He added that some of the

songs on the album had to

be recreated in order for the

band to be able to play them.

Despite playing music for

a majority of his life, Gary

said this is the first band with

which he has produced original

music.

The “Greatest Hits” album

has been received well, Bob

added.

“It’s such an eclectic album

of songs,” he said. “It’s

had very good reception by

people who have listened

to it, [and] venues are impressed

with it.”

That album now is available

streaming through

numerous sites, including

Pandora, according to Christopher.

“Anyone can [release an

album], really, but we got

picked up by Pandora, which

you have to apply to and you

have to get accepted. So that

was exciting, because they

have 83 million active listeners,”

he said.

Gary has been encouraged

by the response to the music

that he has written and its

acceptance on Pandora, he

said.

“I guess [Pandora] saw

something in it that they

thought was unique enough

to put out there,” Gary said.

“I think it’s pretty neat that

people would download it

and pay for it. … I was re-

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Gary Reyes plays drums for Famous Unknown USA.

Christopher Reyes plays guitar for Famous Unknown USA.


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Orland Parker to perform at Chicago Improv Festival

Smeared Inc. to

offer 1980s-, John

Hughes-inspired

comedy

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

For many people who

grew up during the 1980s,

the teen-centric films of director

John Hughes were a

de facto introduction to cinema.

Movies such as “Sixteen

Candles,” “Ferris Bueller’s

Day Off” and “The Breakfast

Club” — all of which

were filmed in the Chicago

area — were funny, featured

memorable characters and

had heart. They also found

a huge audience among the

youths of the Decade of

Decadence.

A comedy troupe whose

members all hail from the

Chicago area and have a

special place in their hearts

for Hughes’ flicks will draw

from their movie memories

during a performance at the

Chicago Improv Festival.

Smeared Inc. is scheduled

to take the stage for a skit

titled “POP (Pardon Our

Parody) 80s” at 4 p.m. Saturday,

April 1, at the Athenaeum

Theatre, 2396 N.

Southport in Chicago.

The festival is to be held

March 27 through April 2 at

various sites throughout the

city.

Smeared Inc. — “as in

incorporated, because improv

is funny,” quipped cofounder

Josh Blair — started

as an improv comedy

podcast in 2014. The troupe

features original members

Blair, Sean Conroy and Kate

Wiersema, and additions Joanna

Leafblad, Nikki Ramel

and Johnny Leopardo.

Leafblad, of Orland

Park, joined Smeared Inc.

this past year and is having

a blast performing with

people whose company and

comedy she enjoys. The

Orland Jr. High School and

Andrew High School alumna

delved into improv about

eight years ago by taking

classes at The Second City.

“It’s something I’d always

wanted to do,” she

said of improvisational

comedy. “I call it recess for

adults, because you can say

anything you want.

“Smeared Inc. is awesome.

We just all really

blend well, and we have a

lot of fun together, and everybody’s

super-talented. I

learn all the time working

with these guys.”

Leafblad, 48, has had a

lifelong love affair with

the stage, and began honing

her acting skills as a

child in plays and musicals.

She continued performing

throughout her high school

and college years, and after

graduating law school

joined a sketch comedy

team.

Her career as an attorney

has not kept her off the

stage, and this past December

she and her two daughters

each play multiple parts

in the Orland Park Theatre

Troupe’s production of

“Beauty and the Beast.”

“It’s always been a passion

of mine, and nowadays

it’s just a great hobby and

something I just enjoy,” she

said of performing.

Leafblad said her work

as an attorney and her

hobby as a performer actually

complement each other.

Acting as a child probably

assisted her as a green assistant

state’s attorney in Cook

County, and her days in the

courtroom developed skills

she uses in improv.

“I think they are very relatable,”

she said. “Early in

my career, I did a lot of work

in court, and as a young

prosecutor they put you out

there, and you have to learn

your craft and do your job. I

didn’t have a fear of speaking

in front of people, and

certainly I had to learn how

to think on my feet. So, I do

think it all plays together.”

Smeared Inc.’s members

have known each other for

several years, but the seeds

of what would grow into the

troupe were first sown during

Blair’s and Conroy’s fitness

center workouts.

“We’d be [saying] goofy

stuff while working out on

the treadmills, and we decided

other people would

probably want to hear this,

which kind of started as a

joke but rolled into a podcast,”

Conroy said. “Now

we have multiple followers,

downloads and all kinds of

cool stuff that comes with

that.”

To be exact, Smeared

Inc.’s 71 episodes have

been downloaded a combined

13,407 times.

Like Leafblad, the other

troupe members are all,

to some degree, trained

performers. Blair, 38, is a

2015 graduate of The Second

City ‘s Conservatory

Program. Conroy, 30, has

been performing in plays

since his freshman year of

high school, with the seminal

moment coming when a

Second City traveling training

show visited his school.

“And I’ve been in love

with it ever since,” he said.

“I did plays and stuff, but

improv is the one thing I

keep going back to; and I

keep finding ways to do it,

whether it be with Second

City or co-founding my

own thing. I can’t shake it

— even when I want to I

can’t.”

Blair described “POP

80s,” which the troupe has

performed only once, as an

abbreviated “long-form improvised

play inspired by

1980s movies.” The skit has

its roots in Hughes’ films;

specifically, “The Breakfast

Club.” The 1985 comedy-drama

covers a day at

Saturday detention for five

high school students who,

on the surface, embody the

archetypes of five distinct

personalities.

“Pop 80s” is about how

2017

&

Smeared Inc.’s characters

— which are inspired by

“The Breakfast Club” —

ended up in detention, and

evolves based on suggestions

by the audience.

“Everybody loves the

’80s,” Conroy said. “I don’t

care when you were born,

everybody loves the ’80s.

Everybody has their favorite

’80s moment, movie,

whatever the case may be.”

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The Dish

Villa Nova’s new owners focus on family, quality

Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor

The Surillo family has just one

goal in mind: to make Villa Nova

the go-to pizza spot in Lockport.

Dominique Surillo, 20, has

worked at Villa Nova Pizza in

2015, under the pervious owners.

She worked as a server and got

to know the pizza, and when she

heard Villa Nova was for sale, she

thought it was the perfect opportunity

for her family.

“My dad’s a police officer,

he’s going to be retiring soon, I

brought it up [to] him,” Surillo

said of the original conversation

to take over Villa Nova. “I

thought it would be a really good

investment for all of us.”

Her father, Cesar, is an officer

with the Cicero Police Department.

With more than 25 years on the

force, Cesar said within the next

couple of years he will be looking

to retire and did not want to

be bored. When his daughter presented

the idea of taking over Villa

Nova, he could see her vision.

“I’m towards the end of my career,”

Cesar said. “I needed a little

hobby; I just can’t stay home. I

need a plan after I get out of work.”

Cesar said he checked out the

place before he took ownership and

saw a “diamond in the rough.”

Friday, March 10, the family

held a ribbon cutting ceremony at

the newly revamped Villa Nova to

celebrate its latest venture, and the

restaurant was set to open to the

public Sunday, March 12.

“I’ve been [in Lockport] for 11

years, and I haven’t really found a

real good, traditional pizza place,”

Cesar said.

He added he hopes Villa Nova

will become that for the residents

of Lockport. But to get on the right

track meant an overhaul of the inside.

The family remodeled the

restaurant, adding new flooring,

reupholstered booths in Porters

maroon, four 53-inch television

screens, a new color scheme and

arcade games off the main dining

room, including the classic “Pac-

Man” game.

Villa Nova Pizza

874 N. State St. in Lockport’s

Village Square

Hours

• 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday

• 3-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

• 3-10 p.m. Sunday

For more information ...

Web: villanovapizzalockport.

com

Phone: (815) 838-6682

“We’ve had some tough times,

where we want to wring each other’s

necks, but everything comes to

a compromise,” Cesar said about

the process thus far.

The Surillo family realizes it

will an all-hands-on-deck situation

for Villa Nova to be successful.

Since Dominique has previous

experience working at Villa Nova,

she will take over as the front-ofthe-house

manager. Her soon to

be brother-in-law, John Ramos,

grew up working with his father at

a pizza place in Chicago, and is to

run the back of the house. Crystal,

Dominique’s older sister and Ramos’

fiancée, is to run the business

side of things. Ramos said this opportunity

is one about which he has

excited since working at that pizzeria

in Chicago.

“I’ve always had an itch to be in

business for myself, or be somewhere

close to it,” Ramos said.

“Not many people go to work and

say they love their job; not many

people say they love their family. I

love my family and I love my job.”

For residents who are concerned

that the pizza has changed,

the Surillo family wants everyone

to rest easy. The Villa Nova pizza

has stayed the same, and for good

reason. It is a recipe that is tried

and tested.

The restaurant offers small

($12.95 for cheese), large ($15.75)

and family-sized pizzas ($18.25)

with a Chicago-style thin crust.

Double dough crust is available for

those who like it doughier. Cheese

($3.00), sausage ($3.25) and pepperoni

($3.25) slices are available

Pepperoni is an entire layer of this pizza at Villa Nova in Lockport. Only then is it piled with cheese, green

pepper and tomato. Photos by Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

for those who do not require an entire

pie.

The sausage pizza features

chunks of sausage that could pass

for small meatballs, and customers

are guaranteed at least two chunks

on every slice of the pizza. Soups

and salads round out the dining experience.

With the addition of a fryer, the

appetizer list has gotten a little longer

and includes macaroni bites,

French fries and crispy Buffalo

wings — just to name a few. For

those who do not have a taste for

pizza, Villa Nova also offers pasta

dinners and sandwiches that include

house-made meatballs with a

six-hour sauce. The meatballs can

be added to the mostaccioli or spaghetti,

two for $1.99.

The menu also features an expanded

beer and wine list and newly

added mixed drinks for those of age.

“There’s just a certain way and

a standard that we do things, and

we definitely see potential in this

Villa Nova Pizza’s new owners added a fryer, allowing them to add new

items, like Buffalo chicken wings.

place,” Ramos said.

Closer to the start of the summer,

the family is hoping to open the

restaurant for lunch service, then

eventually add a few tables outside

for customers to enjoy the warm

weather.

“I want people to come here and

enjoy the pizza, obviously, and I

want people to come here and enjoy

themselves,” Dominique said.

“I’m big on family. I want them

to come here with their family and

have fun.”


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Orland Park Theatre Troupe to present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ March 24-26

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

All are welcome to be a

guest at the Village of Orland

Park Theatre Troupe’s

weekend performances of

Disney’s “Beauty and the

Beast” March 24-26 at the

Sandburg High School Performing

Arts Center.

The 75-member cast is to

bring to life the well-loved

musical at 7 p.m. Friday,

March 24 and Saturday,

March 25, as well as 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 26, at the

Performing Arts Center,

13300 S. LaGrange Road.

The classic story tells of

Belle, a young woman in

a provincial town, and the

Beast, a young prince trapped

under the spell of an enchantress.

Beauty and the Beast

features music by Alan Menken,

with lyrics by Howard

Ashman and Tim Rice. The

story is based on the book

by Linda Wolverton. It originally

was directed by Robert

Jess Roth and was originally

produced by Disney Theatrical

Productions.

Orland Park Theatre

Troupe’s winter musical

showcases performers from

14 towns, including Orland

Park’s Dean Erickson playing

Gaston, Maria Welser

from Mokena as Belle,

Kankakee’s Tyler McMahon

playing the Beast, Justin

Vidovic from Chicago

as Lumiere, Orland Park’s

Raymond Fischer playing

Cogsworth, Christina Cucci

Fischer from Orland Park

as Mrs. Potts, Ryan Valecek

from New Lenox playing

Chip, Homer Glen’s Kevin

Finlon as Lefou, Nicolette

Mutnansky from Orland

Park as Wardrobe, and Jaime

McGuffage from Tinley

Park playing Babette.

Beauty and the Beast is

produced and directed by

Frann Carnivele, with the

help of Assistant Director

Ryan Flynn of Homer Glen,

Musical Director Michael

Barr-Schinzel of Chicago,

and Choreographer Zoe

Martinkus of Orland Park.

The full cast includes

Orland Park residents

Heather AnCel, Jeremiah

AnCel-Hladish, Jonah An-

Cel-Hladish, Micah AnCel-

Hladish, Valenia Artis, Andrea

Baffes, Kaitlin Bauer,

Makenna Beattie, Allison

Belair, Amanda Belair, Hannah

Belair, Michelle Belair,

Allison Boertlein, Elizabeth

Boertlein, Megan Boertlein,

Samantha Boertlein,

Sarah Boertlein, Kennedy

Boshardt, Caroline Bueche,

Ann Burns, Annabella Cannici,

Norah Coffey, Elayna

Davidson, Paige Doman,

Patricia Domico, Eden Estilo,

Madeline Farias, Gary

Felicetti, Mary Fischer, David

Ford, Jack Ford, Mia

Geovanes, Juliana Gut, Amy

Henrichs, Abigail Hooks,

Madelyn Kasmer, Thais

Kioganov, Joanna Leafblad,

Josephine Leafblad, Veronica

Leafblad, Natalie Leoni,

Savanna Manning, Charlotte

Reynolds, Molly Ricker,

Tom Sadzewicz, Alexa Scalise,

Jacob Sexton, Makayla

Spatz, Ilana St. Clair, Nicole

Stubenfoll, William Vajarsky

and Taylor Villa.

Additional cast members

include Darby Bennett (Chicago),

Audrey Batson (New

Lenox), Gina Burnett (Orland

Hills), Andrew Dicksen

(Lockport), Terry Kavanagh

and Melanie Lorang (Homer

Glen), Kaitlin Lubben and

Carli Mendoza (Mokena),

Andrea Fleming (Steger),

Jan Gehrman (Palos Park),

Anna Maria Lustofin (Plainfield),

Victoria Przepiora

(Tinley Park), Julia Niemeyer

(Oak Lawn), Jessica

Pyrkowski (Alsip), and Gianna

Vancura (Worth).

The musical is 2 hours and

includes a 20-minute intermission.

Reserved seat tickets are

on sale now at the Village’s

Recreation Administration

Building, 14600 Ravinia

Ave. Tickets are $18 for

adults, $16 for seniors and

students, $14 for children

younger than 12.

For more information,

contact the Village of Orland

Park Recreation Department

at (708) 403-7275.

Famous

From Page 25

ally encouraged by that, I

thought, ‘Wow, it’s really

resonating with people out

there,’ and that’s what I always

hoped for.”

Famous Unknown USA

will be releasing another album

in the summer, Christopher

said.

“My dad has a lot of songs

that are recorded,” he said.

“Some of them have to be

edited and mastered, but

right now, we’re just in the

process of just trying to pick

out the ones we want to include

that are appropriate,

that flow together, that make

sense, songs we want to do,

songs that are fun to play,” he

said. “Some of them we may

have to tweak a little bit, but,

like I said, my dad has a lot

of songs in the bank, so it’s

just going through them.”

The band also submitted

its song “Stained Glass Window”

to the International

Songwriting Competition,

in which the song made it to

the semifinals.

“We didn’t make the finals

of the International Songwriting

Competition,” Christopher

said. “We got to the

semifinals. Out of 16,000,

they whittled it down to

about 1,500,” Chris said.

“It was some good exposure

and fun and exciting.”

Bob said that he was not

surprised that the song did so

well in the competition.

“With all the music out

there, it’s pretty impressive

but it doesn’t surprise me,”

he said. “Even though I’m

a part of the band, I’m a fan

of Gary’s stuff. It’s actually

a privilege and honor to be

included in the project.”

Doing it live

Although the band has expanded

in the digital world,

its live performances remain

local. And while Famous

Unknown has gained a fan

base and has entered the

digital world, the band plans

to maintain its local roots,

Christopher Reyes said.

“I am a full-time pharmacist,

my dad has a full-time

job, our bass player owns a

lighting company in Orland

Park; so, it’s just for fun,” he

said. “We’re not going to go

out on the road and tour and

do anything like that. Like

I said, we’re just really local.

We want to keep doing

our thing, with all the digital

stuff and streaming. If it gets

out there — well, it is out

there — that’s a bonus.”

The band will be performing

an hour-long set at 7 p.m.

May 19 at the Orland Park

Public Library. The performance

at the library will be

an acoustic set, which will

bring the band back to its

roots, Gary Reyes said.

“That’s where we started;

that’s the format we started

in,” he said. “That’ll be fun.

I’m looking forward to that.”

The acoustic set also allows

the band to be more

creative with its performance,

as well, Bob Hauck

said.

“They want an acousticdriven

thing; so, that’s interesting

for us,” he said.

“That’s going to be pretty

cool to do there.”

Nine months out of the

year, the library hosts its

Showcase series, which

features various musicians

who come to perform at the

Orland Park Public Library,

according to Kelly Cuci,

head of outreach services

at the library.

“We’ve been doing the

showcase for years now, and

we’ve always looked for

good acoustic talent,” Kelly

said. “We just like good talent.

… We like to expose the

community to good music,

and these guys do that. They

are very talented guys.”

The show at the Orland

Park Public Library also is

a part of the band’s effort to

continue building its exposure

and fan base, according

to Christopher.

“We just want to increase

our exposure,” he said. “This

is fun for us, so we just want

to keep playing. It just gets

the ball rolling. The more

gigs we get, it’s a little bit

easier to get the next one,

once you have a few under

your belt and people see you

have experience. We’re always

looking to play in front

of a larger audience.”

Famous Unknown USA

also performs at several benefit

events, festivals and anywhere

else that it can play,

with a goal of playing for as

many people as possible.

“We rather not play bars

— and they probably don’t

want us anyway — because

we don’t do cover songs,”

Christopher said. “But we

reach out, by email, to anyone

we can to introduce

ourselves [and] what we do.

Events we think we’d be a

good fit for — different folk

festivals — we like to play

outdoors a lot in the summer.

Just painstakingly typing

emails personally to people

who are running these

events. … If they’re interested,

then they are. Sometimes

we hear back; a lot of times

we don’t.”

Moving forward

Despite its growth, the

members note that the band

remains a hobby. While they

enjoy doing it, they have no

high expectations.

“It’s fun for us; I don’t

have illusions of being a

super rock star all over the

world,” Christopher Reyes

said. “It started out as fun;

it’s still just for fun. We’re a

local band. We want to stay

a local band. We just want

to play as often as we can in

front of the most people we

can. That’s really our goal

right now.

“These days, you can record,

produce and release

records all by yourself. …

We’ll have more listeners,

and ultimately my goal is to

just build a fan base, so we

can keep this thing going,

because we love to do it.

And we’re not going to get

gigs if nobody is listening

or has never heard of us. So,

I just want to get the music

out there, build a fan base,

be able to get the type of

gigs we want to get, keep the

ball rolling. It’s a passion for

us, and if it doesn’t work out

we’ll still play.”

Bob Hauck added, “Right

now, it’s more of a fun project

we do. The second something

becomes a job, it becomes

less interesting and

less creative, but it certainly

has not been that way.”

In the next year, the band

will continue to perform

and focus on festival events,

Gary Reyes said.

“We’re just having a

good time doing that,” Gary

said. “We really hope we

can be consistent enough

in the south suburban area.

Hopefully, the word will

get around and spread even

more. We just look forward

to playing for more people.”


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Molding creativity

The Bridge Teen Center offers Clay Art program

Orland Grassland announces

Earth Hour-Hike the Night

Photini Tejeda, of Chicago, works on her project during

a recent Clay Art program at The Bridge Teen Center in

Orland Park. Photos submitted

Submitted by Orland

Grassland Volunteers

Orland Grassland recently

announced its Earth-Hour

Hike the Night event is to

take place from 8-10 p.m.

Saturday, March 25.

Parking is available in the

lot on 167th Street, just west

of La Grange Road.

Organized by the World

Wildlife Foundation, Earth

Hour is a worldwide grassroots

movement uniting

people to protect the planet.

From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

in every time zone, people

are asked to turn off electronics

and lights for one

hour to help reduce their carbon

footprint and help with

climate change.

Earth Hour was famously

started as a lights-off event

in Sydney, Australia in 2007.

To honor Earth Hour, Orland

Grassland Volunteers

are hosting a night hike along

Birdsong Trail. The group

is to hike into the grassland

wilderness along this natural

terrain trail to stargaze

and hear the frogs call. The

group may hear owls, may

see American woodcocks. It

may see the red tower lights

twinkle from the silhouette

of the Chicago skyline on

top of Kwadekik Hill. The

group will be unplugged and

surrounded by nature.

The hike takes roughly an

hour. Participants are asked

to dress for the weather and

consider wearing boots, as

it may be squishy in some

areas. The group will will

have flashlights, but participants

are encouraged to

bring their own.

There will be a hot beverage

and dessert bar afterward.

Those who own a

telescope or are good with

constellations are encouraged

to share with the group.

The chain to the parking

lot will be locked at 8:25

p.m. and the adventure is

to begin promptly at the

beginning of Earth Hour,

8:30 p.m.

Interested parties are

asked to RSVP, so the group

can plan for flashlights and

treats, by contacting Becky

Erickson at (303) 803-7532

or email at raverick819@

gmail.com.

Interested parties also can

reply by visiting the “Contact

Us” portion of the website

at www.orlandgrassland.

org.

Orland Park is to join the worldwide

observance of March 25 Earth Hour

Jill Ketchen, of Tinley Park, works on her project at the

Orland Park teen center.

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

The Village of Orland

Park will join communities

around the world in observance

of Earth Hour 2017

from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday,

March 25.

In 2016, a record 178

countries took part in Earth

Hour. Not only did hundreds

of thousands of householders

participate, but many

iconic landmarks switched

off their own lights, from

Big Ben and Edinburgh

Castle to Sydney Harbour

Bridge and Willis Tower in

Chicago.

Homes, businesses, organizations

and landmarks

throughout the Chicago

area and across the state,

the nation and the globe are

encouraged to turn off nonessential

lights for one hour

— Earth Hour — and turn

attention toward the need for

substantial, long-term action

to raise awareness about energy

efficiency and global

climate change.

For more information on

the village’s green initiatives,

visit www.orlandpark.

org.

Earth Hour is a global

event organized by the

World Wildlife Fund.

Pictured is a completed piece of clay art from the event.

D230 to feature raffle at NCAA basketball party

Submitted by Consolidated

High School D230

Consolidated High School

District 230 recently announced

a Whoop It Up

NCAA Basketball Party to

benefit the D230 Foundation.

The event is to start at

4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1,

at Homewood Suites’ Elements

Conference & Banquet

Center, 16235 S. La-

Grange Road in Orland Park.

The event is to feature

NCAA basketball on giant

screens, as well as unlimited

drinks, a buffet, games and

a raffle, designed to support

Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew

high school.

The raffle is to feature

a $10,000 top prize, with

two second-place prizes of

$1,00, four third-place prizes

of $500 and four fourthplace

prizes of $250.

Raffle tickets are $25

each and can be purchased

at www.d230foundation.

org. Only 1,000 tickets

will be sold, with 11 guaranteed

winners.

Winners are to be drawn

April 1 at the event, and do

not need to be present to win.

Tickets for the event are

$35 in advance or $40 at the

door.

The D230 Foundation

benefits the district’s three

schools through grants and

special projects.


34 | March 23, 2017 | The orland park prairie Life & Arts

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Sam Ryczek (back), of C2 Education in Orland Park, leads the Bullet Journaling for

Organization program at The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park. Photo submitted

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Mokena bank and

trust

5. One of a road crew

10. Starter for bucks

14. Shalom

15. Handy

16. Hydroxyl compound

17. Areas of dense

vegetation

19. Macbeth dagger

20. Kauai, e.g.

21. Bespectacled “Lord

of the Flies” boy

22. Garlic mayonnaise

25. Showing no remorse

29. Storage device

30. Japanese raw fish

dish

31. Long-eared beast

32. Right-hand pages

34. Pitch

35. Dash lengths

36. Do nothing (sl.)

38. Coin of Afghanistan

40. “Now We ___ Six”

(A.A. Milne book)

43. Pal of Snow White

45. Film set electrician

47. Artistic period

50. Bigwig

52. Conventions

53. Fill again

55. Penniless

56. Take up again

57. Capitol Hill worker

59. Burn balm

60. Bowling star for

Lincoln-Way Central

66. Literary adverb

67. Make jubilant

68. Sea bird

69. Heavy cart

70. Leg bones

71. Enjoy a newspaper

Down

1. Federal airwaves org.

2. U.S. medical research

branch

3. Cote call

4. First Officer

5. Reverse stitch in knitting

6. Agamemnon’s father

7. Towards

8. Annex

9. Hi-___ image

10. TV, radio, etc.

11. Challenging riddle

12. Eats like a pig

13. Resins used in paints

18. Foundation series

writer

21. NYG NFL rival

22. Big garden size

23. The same

24. Middle-earth creatures

26. Squirrel’s love

27. Right now

28. “Beats me,” in body

language

33. Four-door

37. Mongolian hot spot

39. Kappa follower

40. Big hair style

41. Stink to high heaven

42. Highland dialect

44. Lettuce variety

46. Permanently

47. Gofer’s job

48. Two-___ (old kind of

motion picture)

49. Sleep problem, to

Brits

50. Mint

51. Hindu’s salvation

54. Suspicious

58. Concept

60. Shade of black

61. Will Smith role

62. Metered transport

63. Formally

64. Carrier of genetic info

65. “Waking ___ Devine”

(1998 film)

How to play Sudoku

Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

ORLAND PARK

Girl in the Park

(11265 W. 159th St.,

Orland Park, IL; (708)

226-0042)

■7 ■ p.m. Mondays: Trivia

■5:30 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Live Music

■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live Music

The Brass Tap

(14225 95th Ave. Suite

400, Orland Park; (708)

226-1827)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia.

Prizes awarded

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live music

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(9655 W. 143rd St.,

Orland Park; (708) 349-

2111)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays,

Wednesdays and Thursdays:

Live entertainment

■7 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live entertainment

and face painter

Papa Joe’s

(14459 S. LaGrange

Road, Orland Park; (708)

403-9099)

■5-9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Gene Infelise and Francesca

■6-10 ■ p.m. Fridays: The

keyboard stylings of

Roger Pampel

Square Celt Ale House &

Grill

(39 Orland Square Drive,

Orland Park; (708) 226-

9600)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic

Night/Open Mic

Night

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free Trivia

■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Country

Night

■10 ■ p.m. Fridays: Live DJ

■10 ■ p.m. Saturdays: Live

Music/Band

■9 ■ p.m. Sundays: Karaoke

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays and

Saturdays: Karaoke

To place an event

in The Scene, email

b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.

com.


36 | March 23, 2017 | The orland park prairie Real Estate

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Build and Move into Your New Home from the low $200s

With Lincoln-Way Schools at Prairie Trails in Manhattan

Distinctive Home Builders provides homeowners the

highest quality home on the market

Distinctive Home Builders

continues to add high quality

homes to the Manhattan

landscape at Prairie Trails; its

latest new home community,

located within the highly-regarded

Lincoln-Way School

District. Many families are

happy to call Prairie Trails

home and are pleased that

Distinctive is able to deliver a

new home with zero punch list

items in 90 days. Before closing,

each home undergoes an

industry-leading checklist that

ensures each home measures

up to the firm’s high quality

standards.

“Actually our last average

was 81 working days from excavation

to receiving a home

occupancy permit - without

sacrificing quality,” said Bryan

Nooner, president of Distinctive

Home Builders. “Everyone

at the company works

extremely hard to continually

achieve this delivery goal for

our homeowners. Our three

decades building homes provides

this efficient construction

system. Many of our

skilled craftsmen have been

working with our company for

Recently closed Prairie Trails Arbor Model

over 20 years. We also take

pride on having excellent communicators

throughout our

organization. This translates

into a positive buying and

building experience for our

homeowners and one of the

highest referral rates in the industry

for Distinctive.”

In all, buyers can select

from 13 ranch, split-level and

six two-story single-family

home styles; each offering

three to eight different exterior

elevations. The three- to

four-bedroom homes feature

two to two-and-one-half

baths, two- to three-car garages

and a family room, all in

approximately 1,600 to over

3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included

in most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new

home truly personalized to

suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of

the first floor; custom maple

cabinets; ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the kitchen,

baths and foyer; genuine wood

trim and doors; granite countertops

and concrete driveways

can all be yours at Prairie

Trails. All home sites at Prairie

Trails can accommodate a

three-car garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, according

to Nooner.

“When we opened Prairie

Trails we wanted to provide

the best new home value for

the dollar and we feel with

offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that.

So why wait? This is truly the

best time to build your dream

home!”

Distinctive offers custom

maple kitchen cabinets featuring

solid wood construction

(no particle board), have solid

wood drawers with dove tail

joints, which is very rare in the

marketplace. “When you buy

a new home from Distinctive,

you truly are receiving custom

made cabinets in every home

we sell no matter what the

price range,” noted Nooner.

Nooner added that all

homes are highly energy efficient.

Every home built will

have upgraded wall and ceiling

insulation values with

Recently closed Prairie Trails Arbor Model

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into

their new home, Distinctive

Home Builders conducts a

blower door test that pressurizes

the home to ensure that

each home passes a set of very

stringent Energy Efficiency

guidelines.

Typically a wide variety of

homes are available to tour

that include ranch and twostory

homes.

Distinctive is also offering

a brand new home, the

Stonegrove, a 3,000 square

foot open concept home with a

split foyer entry, formal living

and dining rooms, a two-story

great room, four bedrooms

and an upstairs laundry room.

Distinctive also offers Appbased

technology allowing its

homeowners to be updated

on the progress of their new

home 24 hours a day, seven

days a week at the touch of a

button.

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live featuring a

20-acre lake on site, as well

as direct access to the 22-mile

Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through

many neighboring communities

and links to many other

popular trails. The Manhattan

Metra station is also nearby.

Besides Prairie Trails, Distinctive

Home Builders has

built hundreds of homes

throughout Manhattan in the

Butternut Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well

as thousands in the Will and

south Cook county areas over

the past 30 years.

Visit the on-site sales information

center for unadvertised

specials and view the numerous

styles of homes being

offered and the available lots.

Call (708) 737-9142 for more

information or visit us online

at www.distinctivehomebuilders.com.

The Prairie Trails

new home information center

is located three miles south

of Laraway Rd. on Rt. 52. The

address is 16233 Pinto Lane,

Manhattan, IL, 60422. Open

Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Wednesday and Thursday

and always available by

appointment. Specials, prices,

specifications, standard features,

model offerings, build

times and lot availability are

subject to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete details.


38 | March 23, 2017 | The orland park prairie classifieds

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Village Seeks Seasonal Maintenance Workers

The Village of Homer Glen is seeking to fill

3 F/T seasonal maintenance worker positions. This

position requires physical labor and will assist in

maintaining the grounds of public property.

Applicants must be 18 yrs. of age, have a H.S. diploma or

GED and possess a valid driver’s license. Pay rate is $10

per hr for approx. 40 hrs. per week from April to

October. Selected candidates will be required to pass a

criminal background check, medical physical and

drug screen.

Interested candidates must complete the job application

found on the Village’s website www.homerglenil.org

Completed applications can be e-mailed to Heather

Kokodynsky at hkokodynsky@homerglenil.org or

mailed to Village of Homer Glen, Attn: Heather

Kokodynsky, 14240 W. 151st Street, Homer Glen, IL

60491. Applications are due Friday, March 31.

Growing Media Company

Seeks Sales Directors

Position Overview:

22nd Century Media, a media

publishing company based in

Orland Park, is seeking Sales

Directors to join their team.

Responsibilities Include:

Proactively prospecting and

qualifying potential new

advertising accounts; handling

incoming leads; guiding ad

copy for clients; identifying

business opportunities and

working with decision makers

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communication skills,

time-management and

interpersonal skills required.

Next Steps:

For more information or to be

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resume to:

careers@22ndcenturymedia.com

No phone calls please. EOE

Bartender over 21 &

assistant manager needed.

All-Stars Sports Bar

708.612.5040

Outdoor work: F/T

year-round Employment

Potential for paid winters

off. Benefits incl. health,

dental, IRA. Clean driving

record a MUST. Starting

rate: $14/hr. Time and 1/2

over 40 hrs. Apply inperson

7320 Duvan Dr,

Tinley Park M-F 8a-4p or

email resume to

callus@lawntechltd.com

Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

LAWN TECHNICIAN

Professional company

located in Frankfort

looking for reliable

individual to apply dry

fertilizer. Experience a

plus, but not necessary.

For interview call:

(708)479-4600

F/T Laborers-Immediate Hire

$12/hr. No exp. necessary.

DL a plus but not req.

Apply in person:

1313 Schoolhouse Rd, #3

New Lenox. 815.999.5820

HVAC company looking

for service technicians to

fill positions immediately.

Refrigeration & food

service equipment

experience a must. Please

fax resumes to

888.352.3928.

The City of Lockport

is accepting applications

for Special Census

Workers (temp) . Please

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info & how to apply:

www.cityoflockport.net

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Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing

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Live-in/ Come & go.

708.403.8707

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caring. Excellent cook.

Driver’s license & own car.

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Office Assistant

Tinley Park transportation

company looking to

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level positions. Please

forward resume to

recruiting@shipgt.com.

Lawn Technician Wanted

F/T exp preferred, valid

driver’s license req.

$12-14/hr. Office & routes

in south suburbs. Call

708.995.5549.

Immediate openings for

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suburbs. P/T wkdays. No

evenings/weekends.

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in miracle, near kinsman of Jesus

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three Hail Marys and

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promised. St. Jude pray for us

all who invoke your aid.

Amen. This Novena has never

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK

COUNTY,

ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY

D I V I S I O N

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL

A S S O C I A T I O N

P l a i n t i f f ,

- v . -

MARY ABRAHAM, PHILIP MATHEW, KGH

CONSULTATION & TREATMENT, INC.

D e f e n d a n t s

14 CH 009103

11838 CALIFORNIA TRAIL ORLAND

PARK, IL 60467

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that

pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and

Sale entered in the above cause on January

15, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales

Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on April 18,

2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One

South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO,

IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest

bidder, as set forth below, the following

described real estate:

Commonly known as 11838 CALIFORNIA

TRAIL, ORLAND PARK, IL 60467

Property Index No. 27-06-110-004.

The real estate is improved with a single

family

residence.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by

certified funds at the close of the sale payable

to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third

party checks will be accepted. The balance,

including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned

Residential Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential real

estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or

fraction thereof of the amount paid by the

purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified

funds/or wire transfer, is due within

twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid

by the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the

sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor,

or other lienor acquiring the residential real

estate whose rights in and to the residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. The

subject property is subject to general real

estate taxes, special assessments, or special

taxes levied against said real estate and is

offered for sale without any representation as

to quality or quantity of title and without

recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\"

condition. The sale is further subject to

confirmation by the court.

Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the

purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale

that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the

real estate after confirmation of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation as to

the condition of the property. Prospective

bidders are admonished to check the court

file to verify all information.

If this property is a condominium unit, the

purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale,

other than a mortgagee, shall pay the

assessments and the legal fees required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS

605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a

condominium unit which is part of a common

interest community, the purchaser of the unit

at the foreclosure sale other than a

mortgagee shall pay the assessments

required by The Condominium Property Act,

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).

IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT

( ),

TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30

DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF

POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH

SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

You will need a photo identification issued by

a government agency (driver's license,

passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our

building and the foreclosure sale room in

Cook County and the same identification for

sales held at other county venues where The

Judicial Sales Corporation conducts

foreclosure

sales.

For information, examine the court file or

contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS &

ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH

FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR

RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please

refer to file number 14-13-33027.

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION

One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE

You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day

status report of pending sales.

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's

attorney is deemed to be a debt collector

attempting to collect a debt and any

information obtained will be used for that

p u r p o s e .

I717730

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY

DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS

TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST

TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL

ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE,

SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE

BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS

TRUSTEE FOR FIRST FRANKLIN

MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007-2,

MORTGAGE

PASS-THROUGH

CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-2

P l a i n t i f f ,

- v . -

ELIZABETH REAL A/K/A ELIZABETH

SAFIN, THOMAS REAL A/K/A THOMAS P.

REAL, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC

REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.,

BANKFINANCIAL,

F.S.B.

D e f e n d a n t s

16 CH 12076

10121 WEST 151ST STREET Orland Park,

IL 60462

NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS

HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a

Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in

the above cause on January 4, 2017, an agent

for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at

10:30 AM on April 20, 2017, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive

- 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at

public auction to the highest bidder, as set

forth below, the following described real

estate: Commonly known as 10121 WEST

151ST STREET, Orland Park, IL 60462

Property Index No. 27-16-105-002-0000. The

real estate is improved with a single family

residence. The judgment amount was

$146,167.94. Sale terms: 25% down of the

highest bid by certified funds at the close of

the sale payable to The Judicial Sales

Corporation. No third party checks will be

accepted. The balance, including the Judicial

sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated

on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for

each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount

paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in

certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within

twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid

by the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the

sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor,

or other lienor acquiring the residential real

estate whose rights in and to the residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. The

subject property is subject to general real

estate taxes, special assessments, or special

taxes levied against said real estate and is

offered for sale without any representation as

to quality or quantity of title and without

recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\"

condition. The sale is further subject to

confirmation by the court. Upon payment in

full of the amount bid, the purchaser will

receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle

the purchaser to a deed to the real estate

after confirmation of the sale. The property

will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff

makes no representation as to the condition

of the property. Prospective bidders are

admonished to check the court file to verify all

information. If this property is a condominium

unit, the purchaser of the unit at the

foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property Act,

765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this

property is a condominium unit which is part

of a common interest community, the

purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale

other than a mortgagee shall pay the

assessments required by The Condominium

Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF

YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT

TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30

DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF

POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH

SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You

will need a photo identification issued by a

government agency (driver's license,

passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our

building and the foreclosure sale room in

Cook County and the same identification for

sales held at other county venues where The

Judicial Sales Corporation conducts

foreclosure sales. For information, contact

The sales clerk, SHAPIRO KREISMAN &

ASSOCIATES, LLC, 2121 WAUKEGAN

RD., SUITE 301, Bannockburn, IL 60015,

(847) 291-1717 For information call between

the hours of 1pm - 3pm. Please refer to file

number 16-080625. THE JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive,

24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)

236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial

Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7

day status report of pending sales.

SHAPIRO KREISMAN & ASSOCIATES,

LLC 2121 WAUKEGAN RD., SUITE 301

Bannockburn, IL 60015 (847) 291-1717

E-Mail: ILNotices@logs.com Attorney File

No. 16-080625 Attorney Code. 42168 Case

Number: 16 CH 12076 TJSC#: 37-154

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's

attorney is deemed to be a debt collector

attempting to collect a debt and any

information obtained will be used for that

p u r p o s e .

I715008

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY

DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION

DITECH FINANCIAL LLC

P l a i n t i f f ,

- v . -

BRIAN CARMODY, AS TRUSTEE OF A

TRUST AGREEMENT DATED THE 1ST

DAY OF DECEMBER, 2004 AND KNOWN

AS THE BRIAN CARMODY

DECLARATION OF LIVING TRUST,

BRIAN CARMODY, MARQUETTE BANK

D e f e n d a n t s

16 CH 10147

12915 S. 86th Ave. Palos Park, IL 60464

NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS

HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a

Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in

the above cause on January 20, 2017, an

agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation,

will at 10:30 AM on April 24, 2017, at The

Judicial Sales Corporation, One South

Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL,

60606, sell at public auction to the highest

bidder, as set forth below, the following

described real estate: Commonly known as

12915 S. 86th Ave., Palos Park, IL 60464

Property Index No. 23-35-107-006-0000. The

real estate is improved with a single family

residence. The judgment amount was

$332,243.70. Sale terms: 25% down of the

highest bid by certified funds at the close of

the sale payable to The Judicial Sales

Corporation. No third party checks will be

accepted. The balance, including the Judicial

sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated

on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for

each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount

paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in

certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within

twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid

by the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the

sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor,

or other lienor acquiring the residential real

estate whose rights in and to the residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. The

subject property is subject to general real

estate taxes, special assessments, or special

taxes levied against said real estate and is

offered for sale without any representation as

to quality or quantity of title and without

recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\"

condition. The sale is further subject to

confirmation by the court. Upon payment in

full of the amount bid, the purchaser will

receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle

the purchaser to a deed to the real estate

after confirmation of the sale. The property

will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff

makes no representation as to the condition

of the property. Prospective bidders are

admonished to check the court file to verify all

information. If this property is a condominium

unit, the purchaser of the unit at the

foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property Act,

765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this

property is a condominium unit which is part

of a common interest community, the

purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale

other than a mortgagee shall pay the

assessments required by The Condominium

Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF

YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT

TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30


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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

2701 Property for

Sale

DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF

POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH

SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You

will need a photo identification issued by a

government agency (driver's license,

passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our

building and the foreclosure sale room in

Cook County and the same identification for

sales held at other county venues where The

Judicial Sales Corporation conducts

foreclosure sales. For information, contact

Plaintiff's attorney: HEAVNER, BEYERS &

MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street,

DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719 If the

sale is not confirmed for any reason, the

Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to

a return of the purchase price paid. The

Purchaser shall have no further recourse

against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or

the Mortgagee's attorney. THE JUDICIAL

SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker

Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650

(312) 236-SALE You can also visit The

Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com

for a 7 day status report of pending sales.

HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC 111

East Main Street DECATUR, IL 62523 (217)

422-1719 Fax #: (217) 422-1754

CookPleadings@hsbattys.com Attorney

Code. 40387 Case Number: 16 CH 10147

TJSC#: 37-918 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair

Debt Collection Practices Act, you are

advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to

be a debt collector attempting to collect a

debt and any information obtained will be

used for that purpose.

I714692

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY

DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS

TRUSTEE FOR LEHMAN XS TRUST

MORTGAGE

PASS-THROUGH

CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-10N

P l a i n t i f f ,

- v . -

UNKNOWN HEIRS AND/OR LEGATEES

OF ELIZABETH HITE A/K/A ELIZABETH

M. HITE, DECEASED, JULIE E. FOX, AS

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE

ESTATE OF ELIZABETH HITE A/K/A

ELIZABETH M. HITE, DECEASED, MARIE

HITE, ANDREW HITE, KARIN GUZY,

NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC,

UNKNOWN OWNERS AND

NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN

O C C U P A N T S

D e f e n d a n t s

16 CH 7173

5720 FAIRFAX ROAD Oak Forest, IL 60452

NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS

HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a

Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in

the above cause on January 6, 2017, an agent

for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at

10:30 AM on April 24, 2017, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive

- 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at

public auction to the highest bidder, as set

forth below, the following described real

estate: Commonly known as 5720 FAIRFAX

ROAD, Oak Forest, IL 60452 Property Index

No. 28-17-410-019-0000. The real estate is

improved with a single family residence. The

judgment amount was $191,593.37. Sale

terms: 25% down of the highest bid by

certified funds at the close of the sale payable

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Sale

to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third

party checks will be accepted. The balance,

including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned

Residential Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential real

estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or

fraction thereof of the amount paid by the

purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified

funds/or wire transfer, is due within

twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid

by the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the

sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor,

or other lienor acquiring the residential real

estate whose rights in and to the residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. The

subject property is subject to general real

estate taxes, special assessments, or special

taxes levied against said real estate and is

offered for sale without any representation as

to quality or quantity of title and without

recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\"

condition. The sale is further subject to

confirmation by the court. Upon payment in

full of the amount bid, the purchaser will

receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle

the purchaser to a deed to the real estate

after confirmation of the sale. The property

will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff

makes no representation as to the condition

of the property. Prospective bidders are

admonished to check the court file to verify all

information. If this property is a condominium

unit, the purchaser of the unit at the

foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property Act,

765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this

property is a condominium unit which is part

of a common interest community, the

purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale

other than a mortgagee shall pay the

assessments required by The Condominium

Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF

YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT

TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30

DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF

POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH

SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You

will need a photo identification issued by a

government agency (driver's license,

passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our

building and the foreclosure sale room in

Cook County and the same identification for

sales held at other county venues where The

Judicial Sales Corporation conducts

foreclosure sales. For information, contact

The sales clerk, SHAPIRO KREISMAN &

ASSOCIATES, LLC, 2121 WAUKEGAN

RD., SUITE 301, Bannockburn, IL 60015,

(847) 291-1717 For information call between

the hours of 1pm - 3pm. Please refer to file

number 16-079576. THE JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive,

24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)

236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial

Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7

day status report of pending sales.

SHAPIRO KREISMAN & ASSOCIATES,

LLC 2121 WAUKEGAN RD., SUITE 301

Bannockburn, IL 60015 (847) 291-1717

E-Mail: ILNotices@logs.com Attorney File

No. 16-079576 Attorney Code. 42168 Case

Number: 16 CH 7173 TJSC#: 37-310 NOTE:

Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's

attorney is deemed to be a debt collector

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attempting to collect a debt and any

information obtained will be used for that

p u r p o s e .

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NOONAN & LIEBERMAN,

(6193234) Attorneys

105 W. Adams,

Chicago, Illinois 60603

STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF

WILL, ss ‚- In the Circuit Court for the

12TH Judicial Circuit, WILL County,

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-

TION, AS TRUSTEE FOR LEHMAN

BROTHERS SMALL BALANCE

COMMERCIAL MORTGAGE

PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES,

SERIES 2007-3, Plaintiff, vs. MAHA L.

AQEL et. al., Defendants, Case No.

2017 CH 260.

The requisite affidavit for publication

having been filed, notice is hereby given

to you Unknown Owners-Tenants and

Non-Record Claimants, defendants in

the above entitled suit has been commenced

in the Circuit Court for the

12TH Judicial Circuit, WILL County,

by the said plaintiff against you and

other defendants, praying for the foreclosure

of a certain Mortgage conveying

the premises described as follows,

to-wit:

THAT PART OFLOT 2INORLAND

PARK BUSINESS CENTER PHASE 1,

BEING A SUBDIVISION OF PART

OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH-

EAST 1/4 AND PART OF THE EAST

1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE

NORTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 6,

TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH, RANGE 12,

EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL

MERIDIAN ACCORDING TO THE

PLAT THEREOF RECORDED JULY

24, 2002 AS DOCUMENT NO.

R2002-119510, DESCRIBED AS FOL-

LOWS:

COMMENCING AT THE NORTH-

EAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 2;

THENCE SOUTH 88 DEGREES 43

MINUTES 08 SECONDS WEST

137.08 FEET; THENCE SOUTHWEST

ALONG THE ARC OF A CIRCLE

CONVEX SOUTH AND HAVING A

RADIUS OF 467.00 FEET FOR ADIS-

TANCE OF 80.26 FEET (THE CHORD

OF SAID ARC HAVING ABEARING

OF SOUTH 83 DEGREES 47 MIN-

UTES 44 SECONDS WEST AND A

DISTANCE OF 80.16 FEET);

THENCE SOUTH 78 DEGREES 52

MINUTES 19 SECONDS WEST

299.78 FEET; THENCE SOUTHWEST

ALONG THE ARC OF A CIRCLE

CONVEX SOUTH AND HAVING A

RADIUS OF 533.00 FEET FOR ADIS-

TANCE OF 91.60 FEET (THE CHORD

OF SAID ARC HAVING ABEARING

OF SOUTH 83 DEGREES 47 MIN-

UTES 44 SECONDS WEST AND A

DISTANCE OF 91.49 FEET);

THENCE SOUTH 1DEGREE 16 MIN-

UTES 52 SECONDS EAST 111.03

FEET; THENCE SOUTH 88 DE-

GREES 43MINUTES 08 SECONDS

WEST 57.45 FEET; THENCE SOUTH

0DEGREES 02 MINUTES 46 SEC-

ONDS WEST 64.00 FEET, TO THE

POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE

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$52

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CONTINUING SOUTH 0DEGREES

02 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST

64.00 FEET, THENCE NORTH 89 DE-

GREES 57MINUTES 14 SECONDS

WEST 40.00 FEET; THENCE NORTH

0DEGREES 02 MINUTES 46 SEC-

ONDS EAST 64.00 FEET; THENCE

SOUTH 89DEGREES 57 MINUTES

14 SECONDS EAST 40.00 FEET, TO

THE POINT OF BEGINNING, ALL IN

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS. PIN:

19-09-06-203-032-0000. Commonly

known as: 11528 W. 183rd Place, Unit

7, Orland Hills IL, 60487, and which

said Mortgage was made by MAHA L.

AQEL, as Mortgagor(s) to Greenpoint

Mortgage Funding, Inc., as Mortgagee,

and recorded as document number

R2007043977, and the present owner(s)

of the property being MAHA L. AQEL,

and for other relief: that summons was

duly issued out of said Court against

you as provided by law, and that the

said suit is now pending.

Now, therefore, unless you, the said

above named defendants, file your answer

to the Complaint inthe said suit or

otherwise make your appearance

therein, inthe office of the Clerk of the

Circuit Court for the 12TH Judicial Circuit,

WILL County located at Will

County Court Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Joliet, IL 60432, on or before

APRIL 10, 2017 default may be entered

against you at any time after that day

and aJudgment entered in accordance

with the prayer of said Complaint.

Dated, Joliet, Illinois, February 23,

2017.

Andrea Lynn Chasteen, Clerk.

THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT

ADEBT PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES

ACT, AND ANY INFORMATION

OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR

THAT PURPOSE.

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serving pieces. Includes

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with Christine Szymanski

Christine Szymanski is a senior at Sandburg

High School and plays midfield on the soccer

team.

How did you get started playing

soccer?

I played [Orland Youth Association] when

I was young, and then, when I was about 8

years old, I started club soccer.

Who introduced you to the sport?

My cousin Erica won a national championship

at Notre, and I would go and watch the

games when I would younger. I just got very

into the game. It was kind of in the family.

What do you love about soccer?

I love soccer because it’s a world wide

sport. If I travel to Europe or out of this

country, I can pick up a game in the streets

— especially in Spain.

What is the most challenging part of

the sport?

I think conditioning sometimes gets challenging.

Running without the ball or not in

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soccer game, but when you’re outside of the

game and you have to run on your own and

you have to get stronger on your own, it’s

mentally challenging.

If you could trade places with a

celebrity, who would you choose?

If I could trade places with a celebrity it

would probably be Tim McGraw or Keith

Urban or Jason Aldean. They are country

singers who are damn good at playing the

guitar. I want to be able to play the guitar.

What is one thing people do not know

about you?

One thing people don’t know about me is

that I taught myself guitar over Christmas

break.

What is your favorite subject in

school?

My favorite subjects in school are anatomy

and physiology. I took that my junior

year. I love learning about the body and how

it works. That interests me, because I want to

major in nursing.

If you were a superhero, what would

your superpower be?

I would be [Elastigirl] from “The Incredibles.”

I would like to be a little more flexible.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

I think it’s when my sock slips off a little

bit off the back of my heel.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is tacos. My dad makes

some sweet homemade tacos.

Interviewed by Assistant Editor Brittany Kapa

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

22nd Century Media File Photo

Boys Water Polo

Sandburg 17, Bremen 3

Marty Blake and Joey Jenkot each racked up five goals March 15, as Sandburg started its

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Boys Track and Field

Sandburg takes third at SWSC Indoor Championship

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way East may

have led area team Friday,

March 17, in taking second

at the SouthWest Suburban

Conference’s 13-team

Indoor Championship at

Olivet Nazarene University

in Bourbonnais.

But Sandburg was not far

behind.

The meet consisted of 15

events — 10 on the track

and five in the field. The

Top 8 individual finishers in

each event scored points for

their teams.

The outdoor season

brings more events, and that

conference championship in

May will split teams based

on their regular SWSC Red

and Blue divisions.

“Yes, you want to win,

but this is like a glorified

meet,” Sandburg coach Joe

Nemeth said. “This has no

bearing on how you’re going

to do in the postseason.

You should never be panicking

in March.”

Sandburg finished in third

place with 72 points. It was

0.5 points behind East for

second place, but the Eagles

won an area-best three

events.

Junior Dylan Jacobs won

the 3,200-meter run by

23.39 seconds, senior Ayo

Abiona took the long jump

title, while sophomore Nico

Calderon was first in the

1,600 run.

For Jacobs, it was a strong

close to a week that started

with him receiving the Gatorade

Player of the Year

in Illinois for Boys Cross

Country award March 14.

The award recognized his

cross country performance

in the fall, when he finished

third at state and was the

second leg of the Illinois

state-record 3,200 relay.

He also placed 11th at the

Foot Locker Cross Country

Championships in Florida

and was 19th in the Nike

Cross Nationals in Portland.

“My [cross country]

coach [John O’Malley] and

the athletic director [Tom

Freyer] came into my second-period

class and surprised

me with the award,”

Jacobs said. “It was awesome

to just receive the

award. I didn’t know if

there’d be a trophy or anything,

so it was pretty cool

to get one.”

Abiona placed second in

the 60 dash and seventh in

the 300 dash, in addition to

successfully defending his

long jump indoor conference

title.

“Winning back to back is

impressive,” Nemeth said.

“That’s tough to do with 13

teams and a number of great

athletes.”

Other Top 8 individual

finishes for Sandburg included

senior Martin Skucas

taking second in the

1600 run, Peter Demogerontas

placing fourth in the

400 dash and Malik Scates

finishing seventh in shot

put.

The Eagles scored team

points in all three relay races.

They took second in the

1,600 relay and the 3,200

relay, and were eighth in the

800 relay.

“This was a great stepping

stone for May,” Nemeth

said. “We got to see

where our guys were at.

Now, it’s ‘Can you improve

your time? Can you earn

a spot on a relay?’ It’s our

evaluative period for the

postseason.”

Girls Track and Field

Obia offers standout performances at SWSC Indoor Championship

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

The Eagles may not have

been at the front of the 13-

team pack Saturday, March

18, at SouthWest Suburban

Conference Indoor championship,

at Olivet Nazarene

University in Bourbonnais,

but they might have saw the

rise of a new star.

Teams competed in 15

events — 10 track and five

field. The Top 8 finishers in

each event scored points for

their teams.

Sandburg finished ninth

overall with 22.5 points and

was led individually by sophomore

Chibueze Obia, who

scored team points in the long

jump and 60-meter dash.

“I asked her if she wanted

to compete up on the

varsity level or down with

JV this week,” Sandburg

coach Anthony Sosnowski

said. “She said she wanted

to compete with the best of

the best. That’s the kind of

mentality she’s got and is

why she’s had the success

she’s had.”

Obia, Sandburg’s lone

state qualifier this past

year, chose to compete

on varsity and jumped a

season-best 16 feet and 10

inches in the long jump to

finish in fourth place.

She set personal records

in the 60 dash and 200

dash, which Sosnowski attributed

to her improving

her acceleration at the start

of races. She ran the 60

dash in 8.23 seconds to tie

for sixth overall while running

in the second of three

heats. She posted a time of

27.74 seconds in the 200

dash.

“I feel I don’t get enough

competition on the junior

varsity level,” Obia said.

“I’m never going to get better

if I chose to be on the

lower level. I don’t mind

getting beaten if I know I

tried my best to get to that

level.”

Senior Casey Jensen had

the Eagles’ highest finish

by placing third in the

160 run. She completed the

race in 5:23.7 — fewer than

seven seconds behind the

winner.

Jensen was part of the

3,200 relay team that placed

fifth with a time of 10:50.02.

“She had a solid day

scoring points for us,” Sosnowski

said. “That’s been

consistent for her all year.”

Other Top 8 finishes included

senior Erica Cerva

placing sixth in the 3,200

run and junior Elizabeth

Prisby taking seventh in the

3,200 run.

“The points didn’t stack

up as much as we’d want

to see by the end of the

year, but we treat indoor as

preparation for outdoor,”

Sosnowski said. “We feel

we’re in a good position

to improve that by the end

of the year. It’s a matter of

us having a good mentality

and getting better each

day.”


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Coyne stands with fellow teammates in USA Hockey boycott

Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor

It is a stand Kendall Coyne

believes is worth taking.

Coyne, a Sandburg High

School graduate, decided

— along with the other 22

players named to the USA

Women’s hockey team — to

not report for training camp

in preparation for the 2017

International Ice Hockey

Federation Women’s World

Championship tournament.

“We sacrifice a lot to represent

our country,” Coyne

said. “It’s an honor to represent

our country, but there

are a lot of sacrifices that

come along with that, especially

when you aren’t receiving

acceptable support

from your national governing

body … USA Hockey.”

Coyne and her teammates

are vying for better pay, and

have been in negotiations

with USA Hockey to come

to a compromise over this

issue. After months of negotiations,

the two organizations

are at a standstill, and

the women have decided to

boycott.

“We’ve dealt with it for so

long,” Coyne said. “Some of

us have been around for 10

years and have dealt with it.

… We finally have a group

that is so strong we’re willing

to take a stance.

“If it means not playing

in the world championships,

that’s fine with us.”

Coyne added that the

women of the USA Hockey

team are not paid in off-

Olympic years, and during

the six months they train

in those Olympic years the

women were only receiving

$1,000 per month as compensation.

“During the Olympic year,

I’ve lived with a billet family,

and that helped offset

the costs for me,” Coyne

added. “This is my first year

out of college, so this is the

first year that it’s really hit

home to me how much it is

a struggle.”

Coyne added that the

training regimen during

those six months is comparable

to a full-time job.

“We’re busy from 7 a.m.

to 5 p.m., and then we’re

traveling on the weekend to

games,” Coyne stated.

Coyne works in a parttime

position with Chicago

Blackhawks under Annie

Camins, who is the senior

director of fan development.

Camins runs the MinorHawks

Learn to Play program,

which has increased

overall USA Hockey membership

by 42 percent since

2008 in Illinois, according to

the Blackhawks website.

Coyne said that the Blackhawks

have continued to

show support for growing

the game in the Chicago

area, and Camins is a huge

proponent in that effort.

“She is amazing,” Coyne

said of Camins. “She is one

of my biggest inspirations.

I see how she respects the

game, how she respects men

and women equally. That’s

exactly what they’re doing

in the organization.”

That is also what Coyne

and her fellow teammates

are trying to do for not only

women who currently play

for USA Hockey, but for

women who may play in the

future.

“We’re not doing this because

we want sympathy;

we’re doing this because we

want to change the way that

girls and women can grow

up with [hockey], and the

future of girls and women’s

hockey,” she said.

USA Hockey stated in a

press release issued March

17, 2017 that, “Providing

players a living wage implies

USA Hockey employs

players, and it does not.

Simply, USA Hockey does

not pay players a salary —

women or men.”

The press release also

outlined what the players

demanders were — business

class airfare on flights

longer than three hours, day

care, nanny support and increased

staffing — and that

these requests were in addition

to the stipend players

already receive for travel,

meals and accommodations.

The release quantified the

request saying these services

would add an additional

$1.3 million dollars in expenses.

It also stated that

all of the requests and salaries

during that time would

result in an approximate

pay of $210,000 per player

who wins a silver medal, or

$237,000 for a gold medal

win.

Coyne, however, tells a

different story. She added

the numbers are being misrepresented

and that some of

the financial compensation

the players received in past

Olympic years came from

the U.S. Olympic Committee,

not directly from USA

Hockey.

“The negotiations never

proceeded with anything in

our favor, and they never

agreed to anything,” Coyne

said. “So that’s why this has

persisted, because the lack

of support, and the seriousness

toward this issue that

they have shown has been

pretty negligent.”

Dave Ogrean, executive

director for USA Hockey,

stated in the March 17 press

release that USA Hockey remained

committed to having

the selected U.S. Women’s

National Team represent the

organization in the upcoming

tournament. But in a

previous press release, dated

March 15, the organization

stated, “USA Hockey remains

committed to continuing

dialogue and will field

a competitive team for the

upcoming 2017 IIHF Women’s

World Championship in

Plymouth, Michigan.”

Coyne commented on

this statement, saying that

the U18 team has already

committed to the cause and

would not take the place of

the U.S. Women’s National

Team.

“We were given a 5 p.m.

Eastern Times deadline

[Thursday, March 16,] to

respond if we were going to

attend or not,” Coyne said.

“They think they’re going to

field a team that’s going to go

to the world championships,

and to be honest it’s a slap

in the face to put someone

in a USA jersey that doesn’t

represent our country at the

highest standard.”

The team allowed the

deadline to pass, and there

has yet to be an announcement

from USA Hockey on

who will replace the team

if they cannot come to an

agreement before the March

31 start of the tournament.

“I see girls in the rink all

the time, and it’s so cool

to see the growth,” Coyne

said. “I hope they can aspire

to play girls and women’s

hockey and get treated fairly,

unlike a lot of us have.

That’s my ultimate goal.”

This Week In ...

Eagles Varsity Athletics

Baseball

■March ■ 27 - at Thornton, 4:30 p.m.

■March ■ 28 - hosts Richards, 4:30 p.m.

■March ■ 29 - hosts Andrew, 4:30 p.m.

■March ■ 30 - hosts Reavis, 4:30 p.m.

Softball

■March ■ 23 - at Lady Southern Classic

Tournament, TBA

■March ■ 24 - at Lady Southern Classic

Tournament, TBA

■March ■ 25 - at Lady Southern Classic

Tournament, TBA

■March ■ 27 - at Thornton, 4:30 p.m.

■March ■ 29 - hosts Andrew, 4:30 p.m.

■March ■ 30 - hosts Oak Forest, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

■March ■ 23 - host Tinley Park, 6:15 p.m.

■March ■ 25 - hosts Wheaton North, noon

■March ■ 27 - at Marist, 6:30 p.m.

■March ■ 20 - at Lemont, 6:15 p.m.

Boys Volleyball

■March ■ 24 - at Vernon Hills Invite, 5:30

p.m.

■March ■ 25 - at Vernon Hills Invite, 9 a.m.

■March ■ 30 - at Tiger Classic (Wheaton

Warrenville Sout), 5 p.m.

Boys Water Polo

■March ■ 23 - at Lincoln-Way East, 5 p.m.

■March ■ 28 - hosts Lockport, 5 p.m.

■March ■ 30 - hosts Andrew, 5 p.m.

Girls Water Polo

■March ■ 23 - host Lincoln-Way East, 5 p.m.

■March ■ 27 - at Mother McAuley, 7 p.m.

■March ■ 28 - at Lockport, 5 p.m.

■March ■ 30 - at Andrew, 5 p.m.

Badminton

■March ■ 23 - host Bradley, 4:30 p.m.

■March ■ 25 - at Hinsdale South Invite, 9

a.m.

■March ■ 28 - at Lincoln-Way East, 4:30

p.m.

■March ■ 30 - at Andrew, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse

■March ■ 27 - hosts Taft, 7:30 p.m.

■March ■ 28 - hosts Mother McAuley, 7:30

p.m.

■March ■ 30 - hosts Lincoln-Way Co-op,

7:30 p.m.

They’re No. 1

OYA fifth-graders take first at Park District

LaGrange Tournament

The Orland Youth Association fifth-grade travel basketball

team recently captured first place in the Park District

LaGrange Tournament. Photo submitted


54 | March 23, 2017 | The orland park prairie sports

opprairie.com

Providence hockey meets New Trier again in state finals

Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor

For a moment, lady luck

was on Providence Catholic’s

side.

Then, the skills that took

the Celtics to their secondstraight

state title game fell

just short.

For the second year in a

row, Providence faced New

Trier Green in the Amateur

Hockey Association of Illinois

Red Division Championship,

held Friday, March

17, at the United Center.

The Celtics hoped this

year they could steal the

title from New Trier, which

had bested them in this past

year’s bout. But history repeated

itself for Providence,

as the Celtics fell to New

Trier by a final score of 4-2.

“Obviously, it’s a great

thing the Hawks do,” Providence’s

Jake Vennetti, of Orland

Park, said of the experience.

“It’s awesome to play

here.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,

but hopefully the guys

can come back next year and

get the first Red title.”

New Trier’s Michael Graham

scored first, with help

from Kyle Retondo, and the

team took an early lead.

Hayden Wieczorek was

solid in net for New Trier, as

he shut down the few chances

Providence had in the first

period.

Tinley Park’s Ryan Iaciancio,

Providence’s goalie,

faced 18 shots in the first period

alone and only allowed

that single puck past him.

New Trier’s Charles Burton

scored early in the second

period, when he picked

up a rebound that popped

out in front of Iaciancio. The

team led 2-0 for another 5

minutes and 30 seconds.

The Celtics felt the St.

Patrick’s Day love, when

midway through the second

period the referees sent up a

delayed penalty signal. New

Trier pulled Wieczorek for

the man advantage.

But as defenseman Gavin

Randle attempted to clear the

puck in his own zone, Michael

Massaro’s forecheck

pressure was enough to rattle

Randle. Randle tried to transition

the puck from his forehand

to his backhand, and in

doing so scored on his own

team in the empty net.

Providence was awarded

its first goal of the night.

Massaro gained the unassisted

credit.

“That was like an ‘Oh,

wow,’ moment,” New Trier

coach Robert Melton said.

“In a game like this, you

can’t let it bother you. We

just said, ‘Hey, it happened.

It was a mistake. Let’s go.’”

Melton added that his

team rallied around Randle,

and John Robinson gained

the goal back with just 1:50

left in the second period.

New Trier led 3-1 heading

into the third period.

“We got back in the locker

room and we rallied,” Massaro

said. “We decided we

weren’t going to go down

without a fight. They definitely

had our number early,

and we got back in the locker

room — really took a couple

of deep breaths — got a little

bit of rest and got back at it.”

Providence’s energy was

noticeably different during

the third period, and

the team hit its stride. Passing

improved, and the team

showed why it made it to the

United Center for the second

year in a row.

“We finally played like we

had talked about playing —

about being aggressive and

trying to force the play,”

Providence coach Nick Iaciancio

said. “I think the

first period we really stood

around and watched, and we

were trying to pick off passes

instead of trying to create

Providence Catholic’s Jake Vennetti, of Orland Park, celebrates a goal against New Trier Green Friday, March 17, during

the finals of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois’ Red Division tournament at the United Center in Chicago.

Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media

turnovers.”

Vennetti broke through

Wieczorek’s brick wall with

13:32 left in the third period,

with help from Jake Rott, of

Orland Park, and Jake Lawler,

of Frankfort. The Celtics

trailed just 3-2 with plenty of

time in the third.

“I thought that was ours,

there,” Massaro said about

Vennetti’s goal. “Momentum

is huge in this sport. I

figured we’d get a couple

more shifts with that line out

there and we could get another

goal.”

A golden opportunity

arose when Robinson was

called on a slashing violation,

giving the Celtics a

power-play opportunity. The

team had plenty of good

looks, but nothing seemed

to get through. New Trier dialed

in on the team’s powerplay

line and shut it down.

“We knew how good

the Providence power play

was,” Melton said. “We

worked on the penalty kill

all week. We scouted them

and knew what they did. I

thought they did a fabulous

job, because to hold them to

one goal is pretty good.”

Melton added to keep

players like Rott and Vennetti

in check was a huge accomplishment

for his team.

With the clock quickly

ticking down, the Celtics

were forced to pull Ryan Iaciancio

out of his net for the

man advantage. Providence

was unable to maintain control

of the puck, and Graham

netted his second goal of the

night with just 27.5 seconds

left in the game.

New Trier came away

with the 4-2 victory. The

team ended its season having

never been beaten by an Illinois

high school team, and

besting Providence in all five

of the teams’ matchups.

“I told the guys it will

sting today and tomorrow,

but come Monday and Tuesday

I think they’ll realize

that 54-9 and a single-digit

loss and five losses to one

team — a team that didn’t

lose to anyone in Illinois

all year — it’s a pretty good

year,” Nick Iaciancio said.

When asked about what

makes New Trier such a

powerful team to overcome,

Nick Iaciancio credited the

team’s depth and the physical

size of the players.

“We have a couple of guys

that weigh 125 pounds,”

Nick Iaciancio said. “So

when they put their shoulders

down they’re just going

to push us around. ... It’s a

difference in programs, too.

We had 42 kids at tryouts;

they have 120 kids at tryouts.

It’s an uphill battle.”

Nick Iaciancio added that

this team left its mark, and

having made it to the championship

game two years in

a row speaks volumes about

the skill of the team and the

players’ ability to work together.

“They’ve left a pretty big

legacy,” Nick Iaciancio said.

“I think with Vennetti, Rott

and Ryan, I’m sure when the

day comes they’ll be in the

Providence Sports Hall of

Fame.

“You throw in some of the

other kids like [Josh] Mooncotch,

[Kevin and Shane]

Horan, and Massaro, who

were kids that were on our

JV team and didn’t have

such a prominent role. They

played great; they’ve really

helped and they’ve been

those secondary players for

us that have really gotten us

to this point.

“You can’t get there on

just a goalie and one line.”


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fastbreak

Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century

Media

1st and 3

Student-Athlete

Standouts of the

Week

1. Jake Vennetti

The Orland Parker

scored a goal for Providence

Catholic on

hallowed ice Friday,

March 17, when he

put a puck past the

goalie of New Trier

Green at the United

Center during the

finals of the Amateur

Hockey Association of

Illinois Red Division

tournament.

2. Chibueze Obia

The Sandburg sophomore

led the Sandburg

girls track and

field team Saturday,

March 18, during the

SouthWest Suburban

Conference Indoor

Championship at

Olivet Nazarene

University.

3. Dylan Jacobs

The day before, on

the boys side, the

junior won the 3,200-

meter run by a margin

of 23.39 seconds.

Hockey

Providence shuts out Loyola, advances to championship

Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor

It may have taken Providence

a period to figure out

Loyola Academy, but once

they did the game was over.

The Loyola Gold team

did not face much opposition

in the first three rounds

of the Amateur Hockey Association

of Illinois Red

Division playoffs. The team

took commanding wins

against Deerfield (11-0),

Glenbrook South (5-0) and

Neuqua Valley (7-0).

At the same time, Providence

struggled to victories

in the team’s first two

games. In both games, the

team let up the first goal on

to come back determined

and strong for the win.

On March 13 the two

teams faced off against one

another at the Edge Ice Arena

in Bensenville, and for

a period it looked like anyone’s

game. But Jake Rott,

or Orland Park, and Ryan

Iaciancio, of Tinley Park,

changed that.

Iaciancio, Providence’s

goalie, recorded a shutout

in the team’s 5-0 win.

The scoreless first period

looked evenly matched, as

Loyola seemingly had solid

control of the play for a

majority of the period. The

Ramblers were able to pick

passes off in the neutral

zone, limit the Celtics’ zone

time and clear the front of

the net of any dangerous

scoring chances.

Iaciancio had big saves,

as did Loyola’s Thomas

Moran.

Rott opened up the scoring

onslaught late in the

second period off of a pass

from Josh Mooncotch. With

just 4 minutes 55 seconds

left in the period, Mooncotch

found Rott from the

corner. Rott proceeded to

take aim and sailed the puck

past Moran.

“The first period was a

little nerve-racking,” Rott

said about finally breaking

the scoring drought. “It’s always

nerve-racking playing

the semifinals. We haven’t

seen Loyola yet this year, so

we didn’t really know what

they were made of. Once we

got the first [goal], we kept

rolling.”

Rott’s goal was enough to

get the Celtics momentum

going. It opened up a fourminute

barrage of goals.

“Whenever we get one

first, it just starts rolling on

from there,” Rott said. “Our

chemistry from the first line

to the fourth line, it’s been

great all year.”

Loyola attempted to

get on track, but the team

struggled to get a handle on

Providence.

“We made a mistake

which led to their first

goal,” Loyola’s head coach

D.J. LaVarre said. “We

didn’t clear the zone the

way we should have. I think

in a game like this ... we sort

of became unhinged which

is not characteristic of us,

and they scored three goals

in that four-minute span.”

LaVarre added that instead

of playing as one collective

entity, the team defaulted

to individual play,

which contributed to the

final score.

Cole Kaup, of Mokena,

netted that second goal at

3:37, with help from teammates

Brody Brenczewski

and Jack McConnell, also

of Mokena. Kaup returned

to the team’s lineup just one

week ago, after missing a

month because of illness.

“It feels good to be back

with the team; it’s been a

while,” Kaup said. “It was

brutal not playing with

them.”

A little more than a minute

later, at 2:14, Rott scored an

unassisted goal from a neutral

zone pass he picked off

when Loyola attempted to

break out the puck.

LaVarre chose to swap

out Moran for Ryan Trueman

at the end of the second

period, but that change did

not help in the third period.

The Celtics added two

more goals in the final period.

The fourth goal was

netted by Mooncotch just

1:43 into the third period,

with assists from Kaup and

Rott. Providence capitalized

on the Ramblers’ frustration

for the fifth goal, when Jake

Vennetti, assisted by Rott,

scored a power-play goal.

“I feel bad for the boys;

they deserved better,” La-

Varre said about the loss.

“I know they really wanted

it. Hats off to Providence;

they’re a good team. The

goalie played well.”

Ryan Iaciancio provided

that extra level of protection

in the net, and while Loyola

had good scoring opportunities,

Iaciancio shut all of

them down. In the past, his

father and head coach, Nick

Iaciancio, has called him a

“battle-tested” goalie, and

his record spoke volumes

after the Monday night

game. He has recorded

eight shutouts, a 1.57 goals

against average and a 94.07

save percentage.

“He was dialed in; you

could tell he was focused,”

Nick said about his son’s

play. “I think that’s half the

battle. He fought through

some screens, and they had

a couple good chances, and

he was able to come up big.”

Parker Ray, a defenseman

for Loyola, said Iaciancio’s

level of play was a challenge

they had not yet seen

on the season.

“You’ve got to get him

moving side-to-side, because

if he sees the puck

he’s going to stop it,” Ray

commented on the difficulty

of scoring against Ryan.

“We just couldn’t get that

first goal.”

Providence’s win meant

the end of Loyola’s season

and the final game for the

team’s seniors. LaVarre

knew how much this game

meant to his team, but he remained

positive despite the

loss.

“Everyone’s going to

look at this one game, but

that’s not indicative of the

success we’ve had this season

and the type of team

they are and the type of kids

they are,” LaVarre said.

“Like anything, this is going

to sting for a bit, and

they’ll learn from it. Like

anything, especially with

the seniors, when one door

closes, another one is going

to open when they go to college

next year.”

Providence continued on

to the championship game

at the United Center Friday,

March 17, to be met by New

Trier Green. The two teams

battled each other last year

at the United Center, with

New Trier leaving victorious.

The seniors on Providence’s

team remember

the sting of that loss all too

well, and Nick Iaciancio

knows the challenge that

lies ahead for his team. He

said the Celtics were going

to enjoy the win against

Loyola, but the real work

was to begin Friday against

New Trier.

“We had a talk in the

locker room,” Kaup, a junior,

said about the team’s

drive to beat Loyola to

advance. “ We have some

good seniors on this team.

They didn’t want this to be

their last game.”

LISTEN UP

“We sacrifice a lot to represent our country. It’s an honor

to represent our country, but there are a lot of sacrifices

that come along with that.”

Kendall Coyne — Sandburg grad and women’s hockey player, on joining a

boycott against USA Hockey

What 2 Watch

Baseball — 4:30 p.m. March 29

• Baseball season is finally here, and Orland

Parkers can catch the Consolidated High School

District 230 rivalry at home, as the Eagles host

Andrew.

INDEX

53 - This Week In

50 - Athlete of the Week

Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, bill@opprairie.com.


Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | www.opprairie.com | March 23, 2017

Standing up,

speaking out

Kendall Coyne talks

women’s team’s

boycott of USA

Hockey, Page 53

Heading out

Sandburg boys,

girls track teams

travel to Olivet

Nazarene for indoor

championships,

Page 52

Providence Catholic battles its way back

to the United Center for rematch with New

Trier Green, Page 54

Providence Catholic’s Jake

Rott, of Orland Park, lets rip

with a shot Friday, March 17, against

New Trier Green, during the finals of the

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois’ Red Division

tournament at the United Center in Chicago.

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