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Thursday

Paint & Distress Furniture

w/ Evilena’s Red Dresser

4-6 p.m. 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.

The Rise and Fall of the

Doughboy

7 p.m. March 30. Public

Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave.

In the 100 years since World

War I, the term “doughboy”

has come to refer exclusively

to the soldiers of that war.

However, the origins of

that term go back to the

infantrymen of General Scott

during the war with Mexico.

In this program, hear about

the efforts of not only the

infantrymen of World War I,

but all of the doughboys in

the war to end all wars. For

more information, call (708)

428-5100.

Friday

Natural, Supernatural,

Artificial: The Landscapes of

Stephen Moss

6:30-8:30 p.m. March

31. McCord Gallery and

Cultural Center, 9602 Creek

Road, Palos Park. Stephen

Moss, former Sandburg

teacher, will have his work

on display from March 20

-May 1 at the gallery. A

reception is being held in his

honor to display his work.

For more information, call

(708) 671-0648.

Movie Trivia & Brain Busters

Night

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

Tuesday

Microsoft Excel

11:30 a.m. April 4. Public

Library, 14921 Ravinia

Drive. This course will cover

basic formulas, formatting,

and printing in Excel. For

more information, call (708)

428-5100.

Wednesday

Architectural Sketching w/

Linden Group Architects

5-6 p.m. April 5. The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Teens will

learn about the components

of composition and point

perspective. This event is

free for teens in grades 7-12.

For more information, call

(708) 532-0500.

Upcoming

Library eBooks for Tablets

and Smartphones

11:30 a.m. Thursday, April

6. Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Participants

will learn how to use the

library’s eBook collection

in conjunction with an

iPad, iPhone, Android, or

other smart devices. Class

will take place at the adult

reference desk on the second

floor. For more information,

call (708) 428-5100.

Handyman: Handpainted

Wooden Signs w/ Arts of

Werk

4-6 p.m. Thursday, April

6. The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

will create a rustic piece of

home décor using wood,

paint, and stenciled letters.

This event is free for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708) 532-

0500.

Writers Group for Adults

7-8 p.m. Thursday, April

6. Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. This adult

program is for those who

wish to have their work

peer reviewed. All forms of

writing are encouraged. For

more information, call (708)

428-5100.

Meet the Artist - Dale

Wickum

7-8 p.m. Friday, April

7. Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Dale Wickum

hopped a freight train

in Chicago in 1974,

headed Northwest and

wound up circling the

country searching for the

whereabouts of railroad

tramps and learning their

stories. This exhibit will

honor Wickum’s work and

the railroad tramp stories.

For more information, call

(708) 428-5115.

Easter Egg Hunt

10 a.m. Saturday, April

8. Centennial Park, 15600

West Ave. The Easter Bunny

will be coming to the area.

Rain or shine everyone is

invited to gather eggs. A

lucky egg will be hidden

with a special prize for one

lucky individual. Please

arrive on time and the

event will start 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.

McCords’s Annual Tea

1 p.m. Sunday, April 9.

McCord Gallery and Cultural

Center, 9602 Creek Road,

Palos Park. The McCord

Gallery and Cultural Center

will host a team with tea

and delicacies which will

be served. George Mitchell,

of Mitchell’s Florist in

Orland Park, will create

unique and exquisite flower

arrangements. Reservations

are required, and admission

is $35 per guest. For more

information or to reserve a

ticket, call (708) 671-0648

or visit mccordgallery.org.

Global Youth Service Day

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday,

April 22. The Bridge Teen

Center, 15555 S. 71st Court.

Teens are invited to serve

the community by sorting

items brought by schools/

groups that participated in

the collection drive. Teens

will receive a free t-shirt for

participating. To sign up,

please contact amanda@

thebridgeteencenter.org or

call (708) 532-0500.

Kirby School District 140

Preschool Screenings

Friday, April 21. Parents

or caregivers of children

aged three to five are invited

to schedule a screening for

the upcoming preschool

year. Screenings will include

speech and language, fine

and gross motor skills

development and concept

information. Vision and

hearing will also be checked.

These screening are by

appointment only. For more

information or to schedule

an appointment, call the

Department of Special

Services at (708) 342-5525.

Hubbard High School Class

of 1967 Reunion

June 17. The reunion

committee for Hubbard

High School is looking for

any graduates of the 1967

class who are interested

in the 50-year reunion.

Location and time of the

event is still pending. For

more information, or those

interested in the reunion, call

Dennis Lyons at (708) 598-

9140.

ONGOING

Contract Bridge Club

11 a.m. Mondays.

Denny’s, 20 Orland Square

Drive. This group is looking

for area residents to join in

on the weekly bridge club.

This is a social group, and

meets in the back room

weekly. The only cost is the

participants own brunch.

All are welcome. For more

information, call Gene

Korzenko at (708) 687-8256.

Alzheimer’s Association

Support Group

1-2 p.m. Second Friday

of the month. BrightStar

Care, 64 Orland Square

Dr. Suite 208. This support

group is for those looking

for information on how to

provide emotional, education

and social support for friends

and family members dealing

with Alzheimer’s disease

and other related dementia.

For more information, call

Risa Adams at (708) 341-

9838.

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assembly would do for her

student’s school day.

“I figured we’d just come

late, because I had other

things to do,” Michelle said,

laughing at the thought. “It

was nice out, and we were

reading our books outside

and enjoying the day. We

begrudgingly came back in.”

Michelle said she was

greeted at the door by Orland

Jr. High staff, and at

that point she thought she

was really in trouble for being

late. When she turned the

corner into the gymnasium,

she saw her friends, family

and the entire school cheering

for her accomplishment.

“It was like an out-of-body

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Orland Jr. High School teacher

named Golden Apple recipient

Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor

Tears of frustration quickly

turned into tears of joy for

Michelle Kedzierski.

Kedzierski, a sixth- and

eighth-grade language arts

and reading teacher at Orland

Jr. High School, has

passionately provided her

students with the knowledge

and tools to become extraordinary

readers for the past

five years at the school — 15

years total as an educator.

And that passion for teaching

recently was noticed and

rewarded in a surprise assembly

by the Golden Apple

Foundation.

The foundation awards

just 10 teachers in Illinois

each year with the prestigious

Golden Apple Awards

for Excellence in Teaching,

and Friday, March 24,

Kedzierski was named one

of those 10 winners.

“An hour before [the assembly],

I got a call from her

and she was crying because

she said it wasn’t looking

like it was going to happen

today,” said Mark Kedzierski,

Michelle’s husband.

One by one, the foundation

planned surprise announcements

for each winner. And

as the week progressed, Michelle

was getting more and

more anxious. She was told

that if she was not selected

she would receive a call, and

when that call never happened

she had hope.

Under the ruse of an assembly

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of ice cream for the students,

the school was told

about the assembly. Michelle

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about what the 20-minute

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Having worked in office

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She chose to teach reading

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is essential, she said.

“It’s such a key life skill,”

she said. “I just wanted to

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and make their dreams come

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On May 20, all of the

Golden Apple winners will

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Golden Apple recipients also

receive continued education

training from Northwestern

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And while the opportunity

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she said she is excited

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Orland Park Village Board

Officials look to bring theater to the Triangle

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Another piece of the Triangle

could be in place as

early as 2018.

The Village of Orland

Park Board of Trustees

voted unanimously March

20 to sign a letter of intent

with Bradford Real Estate

Companies to sell part of

the Downtown Main Street

Triangle land for $1 million.

The Village, which purchased

this part of the triangle

property for an estimated

$1.19 million, will sell

approximately 1 1/2 acres

of land to Bradford, who in

turn plans to construct an

80,000-square-foot, twolevel

building that will primarily

house a luxury theater

chain.

Village staff projects the

building to cost approximately

$20 million, which

is to be privately financed.

Director of Development

Services Karie Friling estimates

the project will generate

$8.85 million in tax

revenue over the life of the

tax increment financing district

located in the Triangle

Friling said the negotiations

for the property have

occurred over the past year.

She said Cinépolis currently

does not have a presence

in Illinois, but it will soon

Round It Up

A brief recap of action from the March 20 meeting of the

Orland Park Village Board and its committees.

• With the consent agenda, Village Board members

voted unanimously to approve various expenditures,

including a Dectron replacement at the Orland Park

Health & Fitness Center and a special use permit for a

new Mexican restaurant on the southwest part of town.

• During the Development Services, Planning and

Engineering Committee meeting, trustees voted 3-0

to recommend the Village Board approve a site plan,

subdivision, elevations and a special-use permit to

Rizza Porsche to construct a new dealership facility on

159th Street.

• That same committee also voted 3-0 to recommend

the Village Board approve a rezoning, site plan and

variances for the Orland Park Nature Center, which

would include the development and operation of a

facility at the center.

open a location in Arlington

Heights. The Orland Park

theater would be its second

in the state.

“They have over 500 theaters

worldwide, and they

have 16 in the continental

United States,” Friling said.

Friling said Cinépolis

would occupy the entirety

of the second floor of the

building, as well as part of

the first floor, with escalators

taking people up to the

theater.

“It is an eight-screen cinema,

with a restaurant and

bar,” Friling said. “The first

floor will include a mix of

special retail and restaurant

space, as well.”

Friling said the conceptual

plan shows the building

will be “open and inviting,”

including a pedestrian

walkthrough that provides

an entrance to Crescent

Park to the west and a newly

constructed public plaza

area. According to the staff

memorandum on the project,

the Village would reimburse

Bradford for the cost

of the public plaza.

Jay Eck, vice president

of Bradford Real Estate

— a private development

company based in Chicago

— said the hope is to start

construction by next spring,

with the theater opening in

fall 2018.

“Theaters tend to like to

open around Thanksgiving,”

Eck said. “That seems

to be a good time. So, we’re

hoping to make that date.”

Eck said Cinépolis is

a “best-in-class theater

chain.”

“They are new to the

States, but they have earned

their reputation by really

catering to the higher end

and by having a really phenomenal

experience for the

consumer,” said Eck, who

added he believes the quality

of the theater will bring

people to Orland.

Mayor Dan McLaughlin

said he thinks the theater is

a good fit for Orland Park.

“The idea of having an

entertainment venue in this

mixed-use development

is the next step; so, I’m

very excited about that,”

McLaughlin said. “I think

this will be a great addition

to the Triangle and will attract

the pedestrian traffic

we were looking for to make

it a very exciting downtown

area.”

Friling added that staff

will continue to work with

Bradford on who the additional

tenants will be in the

building.

Staff estimates it will

have developed 55 percent,

or 8.8 acres, of the Triangle

project after the Cinépolis

project, with roughly

7.2 acres left. Friling estimates

the economic impact

over the life of the TIF being

$55.01 million, with

$145.63 million in private

investment and $13.44 million

in public investment.

Yousef Zaatar, an Orland

Park resident, raised some

concerns about the project

during the meeting. He

pointed to the Village purchasing

the land for $1.19

million but selling for approximately

$1 million. He

also asked if the Village had

done any third-party feasibility

studies on what the

Cinépolis project would do

to the Marcus Theatres Orland

Park Cinema.

“I’m not saying it’s not

a great investment, but I’m

just concerned about what

it could do to other parts

of the community,” Zaatar

said. “Nobody wants to see

an abandoned other movie

theater.”

McLaughlin replied that

the two theaters are different

products, and he does not

foresee it being a problem.

“I think competition helps

raise the bar everywhere,”

he added, pointing to the

new luxury theater that

opened south of Interstate

80 in Frankfort.

After the meeting,

McLaughlin expanded on

his comments, including the

difference between the price

the Village paid to buy the

property and the amount it

will get back after selling.

“That might not sound

like a great profit, but what

you’ve done is you’ve [incentivized]

a great use to

come to the Village — plus

create huge real estate and

sales taxes in the future

Cinépolis because that will

be a valuable building on a

valuable piece of property,”

McLaughlin said.

Friling said after the meeting

that the sale of the property

will be contingent upon

Bradford having a signed

lease from Cinépolis. Addressing

the resident’s concern,

she also added that she

was sure the theater chain

had done its market studies

to test the viability of the

Orland Park market.

“If it is outside of 3 miles,

it is considered a completely

different market,” Friling

said. “We’re at 2.99 miles

[away from Marcus].”

She said the Village also

doesn’t “get into the business

of picking winners and

losers,” giving an example

of if a McDonald’s were to

open in an area, staff would

not discriminate against a

Burger King opening nearby.

Township’s free senior mini health fair part of Older Americans Month

Submitted by Orland

Township

Orland Township, 14807

S. Ravinia Avenue, is hosting

a free senior mini health

fair from 9 a.m.-noon

Thursday, April 13. The fair

is to include a day of valuable

free health screenings

and information provided

by local senior servicerelated

agencies, as well as

refreshments, raffles and

giveaways.

Services available at the

fair include the following:

free total lipid profile testing

by Orland Township,

free blood pressure screenings

by College of DuPage

Nursing Program and hearing

screenings by South

Suburban Hearing Health

Center.

Shingles vaccinations

from Orland Township also

will be available on this day

for a discounted price of

$190 per shot. Discounted

pneumonia shots for either

$80 or $175 also will

be available: Pneumovax

23 ($80) and Prevnar 13

($175).

An appointment must be

made by April 6 for a hearing

screening or a shingles

or pneumonia vaccination

by calling (708) 403-4222.

For additional information

on the senior mini health

fair, or to make an appointment

for a hearing screening

or shingles or pneumonia

vaccine, call (708) 403-

4222. More information also

can be found at www.orland

township.org.

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Papa Joe’s owner talks 2016 Business Volunteer of the Year honor

Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor

Mike Lorenzo Sr. said

he believes that when one

works and lives in a community,

he should give back.

This notion has earned

him, and his business Papa

Joe’s, the 2016 Business

Volunteer Award from the

Village of Orland Park. The

family recently was honored

at the State of the Village

event.

“They’ve put a lot of

money [back into the community],

by providing their

food and facility to benefit

the different charities and organizations

in town,” Mayor

Dan McLaughlin said. “We

thought they deserved to be

recognized.”

The Lorenzo family

opened Papa Joe’s in 1992

and for the past 24 years has

put in the effort to give back

to those in the community

that need it.

Papa Joe’s is run by Lorenzo,

57, his sons Mike Jr. and

Anthony, and his wife, Jan.

The couple’s daughter, Amy,

used to help with the restaurant

but has since moved on

to working as a nurse.

Lorenzo recently moved

out of Orland Park to Homer

Glen, but that has not slowed

his charitable givings. The

family goes to All Saints Lutheran

Church and provides

assistance for church functions

when called upon. But

the family’s support goes beyond

the church.

“Once we know that it’s

a really nice cause, we love

to give back,” Lorenzo said.

“Being family owned and

operated, you’re always

looking for ways to give

back to the community, especially

when we lived in

the area.”

Papa Joe’s has donated

to the area high schools, including

Sandburg, Andrew

and Lockport Township, in

addition to many other local

charities and causes.

“[Trustee] Mike Carroll

nominated us, and I didn’t

even know he did it,” Lorenzo

said. “It was very exciting

for us, and it’s nice to be

honored by the village that

you work in.”

Lorenzo said he truly believes

in giving back to those

in the community and doing

their part with local schools,

churches and community

members in need. Carroll

said he noticed how much

the family has put into helping

the community, and he

felt it was time the business

gained some recognition for

its generosity.

“The main reason was

pretty simple; I’ve been a

member of the Orland Park

Lions Club for about 20

years now, and [Papa Joe’s

has] been actively involved

with the Orland Days celebration

we have every year,”

Carroll said.

Carroll said the Orland

Days Special People Day

event has had approximately

2,500 people in attendance

in years past. The Lorenzo

family has donated pizzas

to the event for more than a

decade, and Carroll said it is

almost comical to watch the

caravan of Papa Joe’s delivery

drivers that deliver the

pizzas throughout the day to

the event.

“Papa Joe’s has donated

all of the pizza’s for all of

those people every year for

the last 12-15 years,” Carroll

said. “Recently, it’s been

about 350 pizza’s per event,

and, having two teenage

boys, I know how much pizzas

are.”

Lorenzo said he was humbled

and honored when he

found out about the nomination

from Carroll.

Carroll provided the voice

over for the award video the

Village put together, and

even he was surprised by the

sheer volume of organizations

that the Lorenzo family

has helped over the years.

“I deal with organizations

and businesses all day, every

day, in Orland Park, and they

rise to the top,” Carroll said.

“It’s amazing what they do

for the community.”

Lorenzo said, “It was

a great honor to win it. It

was nice to have family and

friends at the event. I’m normally

a guy that likes to stay

out of the spotlight, but this

was fun to do.”

Freelance Reporter Jon De-

Paolis contributed to this story.

Community comes together to help Rock Bottom’s assistant brewer

Event to take place

April 2 at Frankfort’s

Emagine theater

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

Andrew Mikal’s life was

going exceptionally well this

past year.

The 33-year-old Mokena

resident had abandoned his

job as a general manager in

the retail industry to pursue

his passion of making beer,

and after earning certification

in brewing technology

he landed a job this past

June as an assistant brewer

at Rock Bottom in Orland

Park.

Four months later, Mikal

and his wife Meggan became

parents, with the birth

of Andrew Jr.

Between the bliss of being

happily married and a firsttime

father, as well as the

rush of waking up every day

to do a job he loves, the only

thing that was not right in

Mikal’s life was unrelenting

back pain that painkillers,

epidurals and physical therapy

did nothing to resolve.

Doctors had initially found

a bulging disc in his back,

but when the pain became

excruciating and debilitating,

Mikal underwent further

medical testing in January.

The diagnosis this time

was far more grim.

A malignant tumor in Mikal’s

colon was so large it

was presenting an 80-percent

blockage of his large

intestine, and the Stage 4

cancer had metastasized to

his lungs, liver, spleen and

spine.

“Right off the bat, I’m in

the hospital thinking, ‘How

long am I going to live?’

That was the first thought in

my mind,” he said.

But after the initial shock

and devastation, Mikal adopted

a different mindset.

His oncologist assured him

the cancer was treatable and

could be in remission by

July. Mikal’s family, friends

and co-workers rallied

around the couple and their

baby to organize fundraisers

to help ease their financial

burden.

Rock Bottom donated to

the Mikals $5,700 yielded by

a company event in February

at the brewery’s downtown

Chicago location, and raised

another $7,000 for the family

at a fundraiser in March at the

Orland Park restaurant.

Another benefit for the

Mikals — organized by family

friend Alicia Kieffer —

is to be held Sunday, April

2, at Emagine, 19965 S. La

Grange Road in Frankfort.

Tickets that include a viewing

of the live-action version

of “Beauty and the Beast,”

popcorn and a drink are $25

each. The benefit also is to

feature raffle drawings, a

split-the-pot, silent auction

and photographs with Belle.

“It’s very humbling and

emotional for myself and my

family, and there’s no way

you can say thanks,” Mikal

said of the financial and

emotional support he and

his family have received.

“Ten-thousand thank-yous

wouldn’t cut it. I have good

days and bad days, but

the support has been overwhelming

and makes it easier.

It makes me stronger.”

Mikal said his mentality

since his diagnosis is that of

a warrior, with the attitude of

“let’s kill this thing.” He has

long admired the Navy Seals,

the elite special forces team,

and has used them as a source

of inspiration as he attempts

to overcome his illness.

“I’ve always been a fan of

the Navy Seals — I mean,

I’ll never be one — but I love

their lifestyle, the way they

train, and that’s how I looked

at this process,” he said.

Kieffer, of Frankfort, attended

Lockport Township

High School with Meggan,

and met Andrew while all

three of them were students

at Northern Illinois University.

She described the Mikals

as “literally the nicest

people” and insisted the tag

was no hyperbole.

“Even their ‘mad’ isn’t really

mad; they’re annoyingly

nice,” Kieffer said with a

laugh, then described the

reaction she and the Mikals’

other friends had after hearing

of Andrew’s diagnosis.

“Everyone just felt helpless.

It was devastating.”

Kieffer spearheaded the

Emagine fundraiser by contacting

the theater and several

other Frankfort-area

businesses, hoping they

would be willing to provide

items for raffle drawings.

The response was overwhelmingly

positive, with

Tribes Alehouse, Jameson’s

Pub, Mariano’s and Massage

Envy all donating packages

of gifts. Emagine, after hearing

why Kieffer wished to

purchase a party package,

reduced the price of tickets

and gave the group the party

room for free. The Chicago

Blackhawks provided an

autographed jersey for the

raffle drawing.

“Everyone was just awesome,”

Kieffer said. “We

figured anything we could

bring in would be above and

beyond what we could donate

personally, and that’s a

good thing.”

Mikal wants to give back

when he is able. In addition

to his plans to speak about

the importance of colorectal

cancer screenings, he wants

to open his home to persons

undergoing cancer treatment,

and teach those people

how to make beer, “to teach

them a new skill and get

their minds of the situation,”

he said.

He also hopes his battle

will serve to help other

cancer patients remain optimistic.

At his most recent

checkup, there was no cancer

visible in his organs, and

the tumor had been reduced

in size by 50 percent.

“It’s been a long journey,

but I still have a long journey

to go,” he said. “If I can

beat this, I can be an inspiration

to others.”


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Photo Op

‘I am Me’

This week’s Photo Op comes from Rosalie Turner, of

Orland Park, who sent the accompanying photo via snail

mail, calling it “First Signs of Spring.”

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Dianna Abusharif

Orland Park resident

I march to my own beat

I keep my cool so you don’t

feel my heat.

I work with what I got, and

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Sometimes the tears spill

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to let them flow. Once my

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his head and ears rubbed, hates storms.

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My bitter, prolonged delay

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Prepare and care,

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The Orland Park Prairie’s

Standout Student

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Emily Conneely,

Cardinal Joseph

Bernardin Catholic

School fifth-grader

Emily Conneely was chosen

as The Orland Park Prairie’s

Standout Student because of her

academic accomplishments.

What is one essential you

must have when studying?

One essential I must have

when studying is some kind

of notes from the subject. In

most of my classes, we take

notes or use a study guide.

This keeps me nice and organized

when studying and

prepares me for the test.

What do you like to do when

not in school or studying?

When I’m not in school

or studying, I like to read or

play electronics.

Photo submitted

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a

teacher, so I can share my

knowledge and useful information

that is good for a

lesson. Also, I would always

continue to learn.

What is one thing people

don’t know about you?

One thing most people

don’t know about me is that

I still have the blanket I had

when I was a baby. I still

sleep with it.

Whom do you look up to?

I look up to my parents

and my teachers. I look up to

them, because my parents are

always open to help me and to

teach me valuable life lessons.

My teachers are the ones I rely

on to educate me, and they are

willing to help a student.

What is your favorite class?

My favorite class is reading

class, because I love

to read. I read and re-read

books. I have completed

three reading logs (15 book

slots per log).

What is one thing that stands

out about your school?

One thing that stands out

about my school is that it’s a

Catholic school. My school is

named after a cardinal. At my

school, we take a whole period

for religion class. We are

always learning about faith.

If you could change one thing

about your school, what

would it be?

If I could change one thing

about my school, it would be

changing our buddy program.

We have buddy program with

our second and sixth-graders.

I think that it should start

with first- and fifth-graders,

and end with fourth- and

eighth-graders. This would

prepare the fourth-graders to

be the buddies the next year.

Also, the same people would

be buddies until fourth- and

eighth-grade.

What is your best memory

from school?

My best memory or memories

from school are meeting

my friends who are still

close with me today.

Standout Student is a weekly

feature for The Orland Park

Prairie. Nominations come from

Orland Park area schools.

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Mother McAuley Liberal Arts

High School

Orland Park senior places

third in ‘Art from the Heart’

contest

Mother McAuley Liberal

Arts High School art students

recently participated

in a contest to decorate Advocate

Christ Medical Center

in Oak Lawn. The contest,

themed “Art from the

Heart,” was open to seniors

and juniors in local high

schools. All submissions

were on display for community

members, artists, parents,

friends and faculty, and

judged at an awards and recognition

evening on Feb. 23.

Senior Faith Primozic,

of Orland Park, won third

place in the contest. This is

the second piece of artwork

Primozic will have exhibited

permanently in Advocate

Christ Medical Center.

This contest was open to

high schools that participated

in the hospital’s “Live from

the Heart” program, which

brought high school science

classes into the hospital’s

auditorium to watch an open

heart surgery. Students were

able to watch the procedure

on a projector screen, ask

questions and learn ways to

keep the heart healthy.

Contest entries could have

been in the form of a drawing,

painting, photograph

or freestanding sculpture.

Each piece was judged on

its interpretation and clarity

of the theme to the viewer,

creativity and originality, the

artist’s statement, and appropriateness

and feasibility for

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with felony retail theft

Kermit Collins, 55, of

4514 S. La Crosse Ave. in

Chicago, and Tawanda L.

Adams, 48, of 11014 S. Esmond

St. in Chicago, were

charged March 4 with one

count each of felony retail

theft after they allegedly

worked together to try to

take 22 clothing items valued

at a total of $996.50

from a store on Orland

Square Drive.

Adams reportedly put

merchandise in a cart, took

it to a fitting room and concealed

it in bags she placed

under the cart. Then she

pushed the cart near the

doors to the store, left without

the merchandise and got

into the passenger’s seat of

a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500,

police said.

Collins then drove the car

near the doors, exited the

car, entered the store and

grabbed the two bags from

the bottom of the cart, police

said. He was told to stop

when he exited the store but

ignored commands, police

said. Police also reportedly

found two pairs of wire cutters

inside the bags.

Adams had an active warrant

out of Cook County

for driving while license

revoked, and she additionally

was charged with possession

of a theft detection

remover, police said. Collins

also was charged with

resisting a police officer.

March 9

• Christyanna N. Munoz,

26, of 12215 S. Spencer St.

in Alsip, was charged with

possession of a controlled

substance — and given

municipal violation citations

for possession of cannabis,

possession of drug

paraphernalia and speeding

above the posted limit

— after she allegedly was

spotted driving a 2014 Kia

Optima 56 mph in a 40 mph

zone in the 8800 block of

westbound 143rd Street.

After she was stopped in

the 14700 block of John

Humphrey Drive, an officer

noticed an odor of cannabis

coming from her vehicle,

police said. During a search,

police reportedly found

a bag containing a white

powder weighing approximately

1.5 grams that field

tested positive for cocaine.

Police also reportedly found

a bag containing a green

leafy substance in the driver’s

side door of the vehicle

and another bag containing

a green leafy substance on

the passenger’s seat of the

vehicle. A straw cut to 1 1/2

inches with a white powder

residue also was discovered

in her jacket pocket, police

said. The leafy substance

weighed approximately 9

grams and field tested positive

for cannabis, police

added.

March 3

• Tierra H. Carroll, 21, of

2035 216th St. in Sauk Village;

Mercedes R. Fleming,

24, of 2505 Pomo Court in

Sauk Village; and Kimberly

I. Porter, 34, 1951 Revere

Road in Chicago Heights;

each were charged with one

count of retail theft after

they allegedly worked together

to try to take items

valued at a total of $905

from a store on Orland

Square Drive. They reportedly

selected merchandise,

took it to a fitting room,

concealed it and tried to

leave the store. Porter had a

child carrier with socks in it;

Carroll had a bag containing

merchandise; and Fleming

had a diaper bag containing

merchandise; police said.

• Rosa Elida Huerta Sanchez,

24, of 5015 Laramie

Ave. in Chicago, was

charged with retail theft after

she allegedly tried to take

five pieces of jewelry and

eight clothing items valued

at a total of $413.50 from a

department store at Orland

Square. She reportedly took

the items into a fitting room

over the course of two trips,

concealed them in her purse

and tried to leave the store.

• Krystie L. Moreno, 30, of

1017 Clark St. in Riverside,

California, was charged

with retail theft after she alleged

tried to take 10 items

valued at a total of $297.50

from a department store at

Orland Square. She reportedly

concealed the items in

her purse after taking them

into a fitting room and tried

to leave the store without

paying for the items.

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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FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Mayor opines on proposed

property tax freeze

Uncertainties surrounding

talk of a proposed property

tax freeze by lawmakers in

Springfield looking to secure

a State budget deal loomed

over the March 21 forum for

officials in New Lenox.

The forum, hosted by New

Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann,

sought to inform constituents

of the advantages

and disadvantages to altering

the way local taxing authorities

fund their operations. A

number of civic leaders were

on hand to serve as experts.

“With the State’s financial

condition, freezing property

taxes does nothing,” Baldermann

said. “The State of Illinois

has not received property

taxes to their budget since

1932; so it has no impact on

the $11 billion hole that they

have, the $11 million a day,

further into debt hole that

they’re digging, and by the

end of the next governor’s

election in 2018 — whoever

the next governor that takes

office in January of 2019

— they’re looking at somewhere

from $22 [billion] to

$24 billion in the hole if they

don’t resolve this crisis.”

Dr. Jeremy Groves, an

associate professor and director

of graduate studies at

Northern Illinois University,

took a moment to note the

complexity of the matter at

hand.

“In my discussion with individuals

and so forth, I find

out the property tax is one of

the most misunderstood taxes

that we have, and there’s

very good reason for that,”

he said. “It’s the most complicated

tax that we have. It

also happens to be one of

the most hated taxes that we

have.”

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Reporter. For more, visit

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FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

East alumni travel for health

care rights

A moment traveling

through rural Texas illustrated

why Monica Tanouye and

Angela Ray were driving

thousands of miles across

the southern United States.

They needed to purchase

an over-the-counter medication.

The nearest pharmacy:

three hours away.

It is why the 2011 Lincoln-Way

East High School

graduates did not just start

a travel blog to document

their road trip, but one that

highlights issues of health

care access and reproductive

justice. They will be blogging

and encouraging donations

to small organizations

through April 11.

Named HOWLing Across

America, which stems from

an acronym for “happiness,

openness, wisdom and love”

they coined in high school,

their new blog is about supporting

reproductive justice

through encouraging donations

to four organizations:

Hearts Women & Girls, Sister

Song, the National Latina

Institute for Reproductive

Health and Illinois Caucus

for Adolescent Health.

Posts include both fun and

frustrations from the road —

a broken air conditioner in

the Southwest, a late-night

traffic jam in Houston — as

well as information about

health care issues pertinent

to each state.

“If we’re going to spend a

month of our lives crossing

the country, driving 7,000

miles, it can’t just be for ourselves,”

Tanouye said.

Reporting by Kirsten Onsgard,

Editor. For more, visit

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FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Children’s authors stop by

GiGi’s Playhouse

Marcus Sikora sat down

at a table where several

other people were gathered,

grabbed a sheet of white

loose-leaf paper and began

to read.

“I’m a storyteller,” he

said.

A storyteller, who in nearly

two years became an author,

Sikora, 26, of Omaha,

Nebraska, penned “Black

Day: The Monster Rock

Band” with assistance from

his mother, Mardra.

The children’s book tells

the story of a young boy

named Brad and his Halloween

adventure, which

sees him crossing paths with

a musical group composed

of Frankenstein’s monster,

a vampire, a werewolf and

Skeleton Pumpkin Head.

Sikora, who has Down

syndrome, was at GiGi’s

Playhouse in Tinley Park

on March 18 to sign copies

of the book and view the accompanying

short film created

by Noah Witchell. The

visit to GiGi’s Playhouse

— which offers therapeutic

and educational programs

for individuals with Down

syndrome and their families

— was the latest stop on

a promotional tour for the

Sikoras, who have been to

14 states since “Black Day”

was published.

The idea for “Black Day”

came to Marcus during a

stay in a cabin at a Nebraska

state park, and his love for

Halloween and music were

key inspirations for the story.

Mardra often is quick

to question whether or not

Marcus’ ideas will work but

admitted his initial concepts

are usually the ones that

work.

“I’m always writing down

what he says and thinking it

will have to change, but usually

his ideas were the best

all along,” she said.

Reporting by Jason Maholy,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit TinleyJunction.com.

FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

WWII veteran honored by

USO, Blackhawks

It was an emotional moment

for Mokena resident

Elizabeth Schneider, 93, as

she stood on the ice at the

United Center before a recent

Chicago Blackhawks

game.

The World War II veteran

— a petty officer, third class,

for the Bureau of Naval Personnel

from 1943-1946 —

was honored alongside other

veterans before the national

anthem.

“When I was on the middle

of that ice with the other veterans

and [national anthem

singer] Jim Cornelison, tears

just came to my eyes,” she

said. “I never expected anything

like this, with 20,000

people clapping and screaming

and singing the national

anthem together.”

The Blackhawks partner

with the USO to find and

recognize those who served.

“They treated us like royalty,”

Schneider said. “And

the crowd was great. Everybody

was coming over [during

the game], and all the

veteran men were coming

over and kissing me on my

cheek.”

Schneider, who grew up

in Kansas City, Missouri,

joined in 1943, after she

graduated high school.

“Everybody asked why

I was leaving, and I said,

‘There’s no men left here in

Kansas City, so I have to follow

them,’” she said with a

laugh.

After serving, Schneider

eventually moved to the

Chicago area, later working

for the United States Postal

Service.

But one thing that remained

constant was

Schneider’s love of the

Blackhawks.

“To me, being 93 years

old and a veteran, it was indeed

an honor and a privilege

to be on that ice and to

salute our flag of the United

States,” Schneider said.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit MokenaMessenger.com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Healthy Kids Running Series

comes to Homer Glen

Ever since Cindy Flores

moved to Homer Glen two

years ago, she has been

searching for activities to

keep her two young children

active.

When Flores could not

find anything in the area, she

took matters into her own

hands. Enter the Healthy

Kids Running Series.

Flores became a community

coordinator for

the Healthy Kids Running

Series, a set of five races

for children in grades prekindergarten

through eighth

grade. The series is to kick

off at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2,

at Stonebridge Park, 14200

Stonebridge Drive in Homer

Glen. Races also will be held

April 9, 23, 30 and May 7.

“I never saw anybody trying

to do much for the children

in Homer Glen,” Flores

said. “I came across Healthy

Kids Running when I was

working in Oak Brook ... I

just wanted children to enjoy

themselves and know there’s

fun things to do.”

The series features a variety

of different distances for

the array of ages. Children

in pre-K will compete in a

50-yard dash, while kindergartners

and first-graders run

a quarter of a mile. Secondand

third-grade students

run a half-mile, and fourththrough

eighth-graders go

the distance for a full mile.

At the conclusion of the

series, the Top 3 finishers

will receive first-, secondand

third-place trophies, respectively.

All runners will

receive a medal and T-shirt

for participating.

The cost is $35 for the series,

but runners can opt to

run races a la carte for $10

per race.

Reporting by Erin Redmond,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Special needs squad makes

dreams come true

Growing up, Ashlee East

repeatedly watched her sister

Kaylee jump, stunt and

tumble on one of cheerleading’s

biggest stages: The

Cheerleading Worlds Championship.

Kaylee, a lifelong and talented

cheerleader, competed

at Worlds 10 times over the

course of her career, and

during each routine Ashlee

would watch, dreaming one

day she would be there, too.

But having been born with

cerebral palsy, performing

at Worlds seemed to be just

that — a dream

Not anymore.

Ashlee and her special

abilities squad — the Lockport-based

GymTyme Illinois’

HEART — have earned

a coveted bid to Worlds, held

April 29-May 1 at the Walt

Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Kaylee will be there,

too, but this time she will be

the one watching, in her role

as the team’s coach.

“[Ashlee] would always

say, ‘One day I’m going to

get on that stage; one day I’m

going to get on that stage,’”

her mother, Tracy, said. “It’s

kind of cool that this is the

first time Ashlee gets to do it,

and Kaylee’s not doing it.”

The trip is made possible

thanks to a slew of donations

the team received — most

recently a $2,500 check from

the 100+ Women Who Care

of Will County, given March

16. So far, the Hearts have

received around $10,000,

which covers almost all the

competition fees, travel to

Florida and tickets to Disney

World.

Reporting by Erin Redmond,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

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I think it is human nature

to occasionally want to give

up on our dreams when situations

get tough.

Just remember: sometimes

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From the Editor

For whom should I vote?

BILL JONES

bill@opprairie.com

As you may have

noticed, there is no

additional election

coverage in this week’s

edition of The Orland Park

Prairie.

In keeping with company

policy, 22nd Century Media

has refrained from publishing

any further coverage

of the election or Letters to

the Editor pertaining to the

election in the final issue

before the Consolidated

Election, which is to take

place Tuesday, April 4.

Another common practice

is we generally do not

endorse candidates. And it

is another policy with which

we are sticking. (Apologies,

if you thought we were going

to answer that question.)

We have, over the past

month, provided an indepth,

three-part series

on both of the mayoral

candidates — incumbent

Daniel J. McLaughlin and

challenger Keith I. Pekau.

We presented questionand-answer

features for the

four contested spots on the

Orland School District 135

Board of Education. And we

have given you a quick look

at what referendums will

appear on the ballot April

4 and the possible answers

you may enter in response.

We also have run a series

of passionate Letters to the

Editor from those who took

the time to engage with us

and the candidates publicly

over the course of this election

season. No matter your

opinions, I would like to

thank everyone who took the

time to do that — to share an

opinion, to not be afraid to

put a name next to it, to be

passionate about the village

in which you live. I continue

to think these local elections

are of great importance to our

readership, and I am happy to

see so many who agree.

We do not endorse because,

quite frankly, it is not

our place.

We have strived to provide

fair, balanced election coverage.

Many of you wrote

and called, thanking us for

just that. And those of you

who felt otherwise seemed

to balance each other out in

the long run. So, we think

we have done a good job of

providing exactly that.

As it pertains to the

mayoral candidates, in

particular, the idea was

to provide you with more

information on both of the

candidates than we ever

have in the past, but to do

it in a digestible way that

would give you something

to read and absorb each

week, while ideally creating

a complete picture of

the candidates over the long

haul — of their platforms,

of their personalities, of the

way they conduct their campaigns,

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challenge and respond to

each other — while delving

into the topics residents

seem to find most important.

And we tried, as much as

possible, to steer clear of the

nonsense that tends to arise

come election season.

What I think you are left

with are simply two diametrically

opposed viewpoints.

I do not live in Orland

Park. I do not pay property

taxes here. I do not have the

same stake in this you do.

I simply work here, and

my job, as a journalist (in

which I take pride), is to put

as much information in your

hands as possible — not to

make up your mind for you.

You need to decide what

you value most, what

is important to you in a

community. And then you

need to think about which

candidates best represent

you, who is more qualified

to carry out those tasks,

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Orland Park’s Grace Rost honored by

Village as 2016 Youth Volunteer of

the Year, Page 23

Grace Rost (far right), of Orland Park, recently collected

books for Shepherd’s Table at Daybreak Shelter. She also was

named the Village of Orland Park’s 2016 Youth Volunteer of

the Year. Photos submitted


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FAITH BRIEFS

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.

Southwest Seventh Day Adventist Church

(15760 Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Seminar: Book of Daniel

7-8:30 p.m. April 1-8.

This seminar will discuss

the timeless principles of

the Book of Daniel, and will

frame it’s teachings for a 21st

century understanding. A

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will occur after the seminar

with further study to follow.

For more information, call

(708) 403-7001.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Attendees can learn more

about the Seventh Day

Adventist Church. For more

information, call (618) 556-

8002.

Flint Water Project

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Division of Adventist

Community Services

Disaster Response asks all

members to donate $1 per

week to help supply water

to Flint, Mich. Place the

donation in an envelope

for ACS DR and address

the check to the following:

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Conference, 8517 South

State St., Chicago, IL 60619,

ATTN: Debra Davis Moody.

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. Michael’s Parish (14327 Highland AVe.,

Orland Park)

Swing into Spring

Noon-3 p.m. Thursday,

April 27. Orland Chateau,

14500 South La Grange

Rd. The Women’s Club is

presenting a luncheon and

fashion show with clothing

from “Soft Surroundings”.

A raffle featuring a grand

prize from Good Buy Travel

for a trip for two. Tickets

are $45 per attendee. For

more information or for

reservations, call Mary at

(708) 349-5407 or Paulette

at (708) 460-6535.

Faith United Methodist Church (15101 S.

80th Avenue, Orland Park)

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.

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.

Standing Stone Church (Robert Davidson

Center, 14700 Park Lane, Orland Park)

Sunday Services

9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Hour of Prayer

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

Children and Youth Activities

7 p.m. Wednesdays

Parkview Christian Church (11100 Orland

Parkway, Orland Park)

Parkview Senior Connections

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.

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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the orland park prairie | March 30, 2017 | 21

In Memoriam

Richard P. Kooy

Richard P.

Kooy, 88, of Orland

Park, died March 15.

He was a retired teacher who

worked at Trinity Christian

College and Chicago Christian

High School. He also

was a United States Army

Veteran who served from

1951-1956. He is survived

by his children, Annette

Goris, Peter (Shellie), John

(Tammy), Gwendolyn (Ray)

Jendra and Mary (Glenn)

Pniewski; 12 grandchildren;

12 great-grandchildren;

sister, Johanna (Jack)

VanManen; brother-in-law,

Edward Smilde; and many

nieces and nephews. Visitation

was held at Colonial

Chapel. Funeral services

were held at Palos Heights

Christian Reformed Church.

A committal service with

military honors was held at

Abraham Lincoln National

Cemetery in Elwood. Memorials

to Trinity Christian

College, www.trnty.edu, or

Palos Christian Reformed

Church, www.paloschurch.

org, preferred.

Andrew J. Malito

Andrew J.

Malito, 73, of

Orland Park, died March

22. He was a United States

Faith

From Page 20

mats. For more information,

contact Elizabeth Kolada at

elleof67@att.net.

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.

Army veteran who served

in Korea. He also worked as

an engineer for the Chicago

Fire Department and was

owner of M&M Graphics

in Frankfort. He also was a

dealer for Empress Casino in

Joliet. He is survived by his

wife, Geraldine; children,

Paul (Melissa), Anthony

(Cindy) and Michael (Jennifer);

sister, Roberta (Henry)

Johnson; grandchildren,

Michelle, Christine, Lauren,

Paul Jr., Hailey, Joey and

Katelyn; and many nieces

and nephews. Visitation and

funeral services were held

at Kurtz Memorial Chapel.

Interment at Pleasant Hill

Cemetery in Frankfort. In

lieu of flowers, the family

is asking for donations

in his name be made to the

National Multiple Sclerosis

Society, nationalmssociety.

org/Donate.

Jeffery D. Olson

Jeffery D. Olson, 55, of

Orland Park, died March

18. He worked at Elim

Workshop for more than 25

years and loved working

there. He is survived by his

parents, David and Carol;

his siblings, Daniel (Kim),

David (Brenda) and Laura

(Brian) Atrill; nieces, McKenna

and Madelyn; nephew,

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

Connor; aunts, Barbara Gall

and Janet Golob; and uncle,

“Rick” Schinske. Visitation

was held at Colonial Chapel.

Funeral services were held

at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Interment at Bethania Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials

to Trinity Lutheran

Church, Good Samaritan

Fund, 6850 W. 159th St.,

Tinley Park, IL, 60477,

would be appreciated.

Paul L. O’Toole Jr.

Paul L. O’Toole Jr., 75, of

Orland Park, died March 20.

He is survived by his wife,

Deanne; children, Paul III

(Melissa), Dennis (Angela)

and Peggy (Adam) Lavelle;

grandchildren, Maggie, Patrick,

Fiona Lavelle, Kevin

Lavelle and Charlie Lavelle;

siblings, Mary Ann (Tom)

McKenna; and many nieces

and nephews. Visitation

was held at Curley Funeral

Home. A funeral service

was held at Our Lady of

the Woods Church. Interment

private. In lieu of flowers,

donations to the Syrian

American Medical Society,

www.sams-usa.net, would

be appreciated.

Geraldine A. Walker

Geraldine A. Walker (nee

Cassidy), 88, of Orland

take place the second

Tuesday of the month.

Presbyterian Church in Orland Park

(13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Little Free Library

Located on the southeast

corner of the parking lot. The

Little Free Library welcomes

all to use it, and the library is

operated on the take a book,

leave a book premise. For

more information, call (708)

448-8142.

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

Tinley Park)

Southwest Suburban

Widow/Widowers Social

Club

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

Park, died March 19. She

is survived by her husband,

Carl; children, Dolores (Jerome)

Fishback and Mary;

grandchildren, Lisa (Dan),

Rich, Kevin (Nichole),

Daniel (Marlo), Jay (Rachel),

Michael (Niki), Tim,

Ryan (Amy), Matthew and

Elizabeth; great-grandchildren,

Jake, Kaitlyn, Nick,

Connor, Sydney, Noah,

Jack, Colin, Jaxon, Brooklyn,

Grayson, Maddy, Scarlett,

Maeve and Savannah;

siblings, Dolores (Paul)

Lemrise, James Cassidy,

Timothy (Dorothy) and Eileen

Wren; and many nieces

and nephews. Visitation

was held at the Vandenberg

Funeral Home. A funeral

Mass was held at St. George

Church. Interment at St.

Mary Cemetery. In lieu of

flowers, donations to St.

Jude Children’s Research

Hospital, www.stjude.org,

or National Kidney Foundation

of Illinois, www.nkfi.

org, would be appreciated.

Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email Assistant

Editor Brittany Kapa at

b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.

com with information about a

loved one who was a part of the

Orland Park community.

This caring and friendly

group is opening it’s doors to

Orland Park residents. This

group meets once a month.

Beverages and snacks will

be served. Most months

include entertainment. For

more information, call Bill

Dolehide (708) 342-6820.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Brittany Kapa at

b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.

com or call (708) 326-9170 ext.

11. Information is due by noon

on Thursdays one week prior to

publication.

Pastor Column

The Ministry

of Presence

Imam Kifah Mustapha

Prayer Center of Orland Park

Weakness and

vulnerability are

characteristics

of all human beings. Aside

from our unique God-given

coping abilities, we could

never survive hardships in

life alone. We tend to look

for support to help us cope

with tests and trials we

encounter in life.

A person of faith will

always feel the companionship

of his Lord in knowledge,

compassion, mercy

and kindness. But such

companionship was meant

to be demonstrated in the

presence of people around

you in a status called the

Ministry of Presence.

In the Islamic tradition,

such understanding was

clearly stated by God to one

of his servants, “O son of

Adam, I was ill but you did

not visit Me!”

The servant would say,

“O Lord, how could I visit

You and You are the Lord of

the worlds?”

God would say, “Did you

not know that so and so was

a servant of Mine and was ill

but you did not visit him? Did

you not realize that if you had

visited him you would have

found Me with him?”

The idea that God likened

the pain of illness in His

servant to Himself, and that

through the compassion

of another human being,

visiting the bedside in

support, the servant would

have found God there. It

is indeed a very powerful

message for those truly

seeking to find God and be

with Him. Humanity owes

one another support in times

of calamities and hardships,

if they claim they are truly

seekers of God.

With such understanding

of the power of the Ministry

of Presence, each one of us

can become a blessed person.

A mother caring for her

baby in the middle of the

night, an older sibling helping

his younger sibling with

homework, a youth volunteering

at a senior home,

a family hosting refugees

from areas ravaged by war

or a friend visiting another

friend during illness are all

on that path of finding God.

During my tenure in chaplaincy,

I learned in clinical

pastoral education about the

Ministry of Presence and its

importance in being next to

people, offering them comfort

during moments of grief. But

I truly believe a ministry of

being present is not limited

to an individual level during

moments of hardships or loss.

It extends to communities

and nations, as well.

These days, when communities

are being attacked

because of race, creed or

religion, isn’t it time to

practice the Ministry of

Presence so that God will be

there for us?

The opinions of this column are

those of the writer. They do not

necessarily reflect those of The

Orland Park Prairie.


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the orland park prairie | March 30, 2017 | 23

Rost talks volunteering honor

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

Providence Catholic student Grace Rost watches as a video

montage honoring her service plays during Orland Park’s

recent State of the Village event. Photo submitted

For a high school senior,

Grace Rost’s list of accomplishments

reads longer than

those of many adults.

The Orland Park resident

and Providence Catholic

High School student was

honored as the 2016 Youth

Volunteer of the Year by the

Village of Orland Park.

Rost has been an honor

roll student throughout high

school, and carries titles

of Illinois State Scholar as

well as Advanced Placement

Scholar. Additionally,

the senior is a member of

Providence’s girls soccer

and cross country teams, is

co-director of the Augustinian

Youth Ministry, a member

of Habitat for Humanity

and a peer mediator. And she

enjoys archery, horseback

riding and CrossFit.

On top of pursuing the

aforementioned interests,

Rost volunteers at least 100

hours each year through

clubs at Providence as well

as through Girl Scouts, with

which she has been a member

since the age of 5.

In an email to The Orland

Park Prairie, Rost said

she devotes many hours to

studying each day in order

to maintain high grades. And

balancing everything takes

incredible time management

skills.

One of Rost’s most notable

volunteer pursuits is the

creation and ongoing leadership

of a program called The

Chicago Bookworm Foundation

— a nonprofit that

collects new and gently used

books and donates them to

schools, shelters and children’s

centers in need.

Rost said she began the

foundation in 2014 for her

Girl Scout Gold Award project.

She received the award —

which is the highest achievement

possible in Girl Scouts

— in the summer of 2016.

“I really enjoy reading and

have been fortunate to have

access to an extensive public

library living in Orland

Park, and attending [Cardinal

Joseph Bernardin Catholic

School] and Providence

Catholic,” Rost wrote. “I

wanted to share with others

the opportunity to read good

books. I also seek out new

teachers who are trying to

build their classroom library

and donate books to them.”

Rost and her family also

volunteer for the Big Shoulders

Fund, an organization

that supports Catholic

schools in the inner city of

Chicago, and Rost asks principals

at the schools they visit

if their students might benefit

from donations from CBF.

Rost said she is driven to

so many different activities

and volunteer opportunities

by an enjoyment for helping

others and desire to make the

community better.

Jennifer Williams, a moderator

for Augustinian Youth

Ministry at Providence, credited

Rost for being organized,

dependable and caring.

Williams explained that,

as one of five senior directors

for the ministry, Rost is

responsible for coordinating

events, delivering food to

food pantries and delivering

blankets to cancer patients.

“Grace also came up with

her own project and took a

group of students to Ronald

McDonald House to bake

cookies during Christmas

break,” Williams said. “I

received a letter from their

organization stating what a

great group of students we

had, and how helpful it is to

have students come in and

bake for those families.”

Rost said some of her most

memorable volunteer experiences

have been packaging

food with Feed My Starving

Children and serving meals

at Daybreak Shelter in Joliet.

Along the way, she was able

to meet a variety of interesting

people with diverse ideas

and backgrounds, she said.

“Holy mackerel, look at

her resume,” Mayor Dan

McLaughlin said. “I told her

she should be about 60 years

old, as she’s got a resume

that is very long.”

Following graduation, Rost

plans to attend the United

States Naval Academy in Annapolis,

Maryland, for which

she received a four-year Navy

ROTC scholarship.

Freelance Reporter Jon De-

Paolis contributed to this story.

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the orland park prairie | March 30, 2017 | 25

The Dish

Crab is king with a kick at Orland’s Q Restaurant

Asian fusion spot

gives sneak sip of

summer cocktail

Bill Jones, Editor

Q Restaurant’s popular spicy king crab legs ($26) are listed on the appetizers menu but

work just as well as an entrée, according to owner Quee Huynh. The sauce includes

ginger, basil and tomato, as well as Thai chili and jalapeño peppers.

Photos by Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media

Q Restaurant

11379 W. 159th St. in

Orland Park

Hours

• 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday

• 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Friday-Saturday

• Noon-9 p.m. Sunday

For more information ...

Web: www.

qrestaurantorland.com

Phone: (708) 966-2179

While innovation is generally

the name of the game for

Q Restaurant owner Quee

Huynh, one of the dishes

she enjoys the most has been

hiding out on the appetizers

portion of the Orland Park

Asian fusion spot’s menu for

the past two years.

“I put [it] on the appetizer

side because it’s meant to

share, but you can always

have it as an entrée,” Huynh

said.

The spicy king crab legs

($26) feature ginger, basil

and tomato. And the heat

comes from a combination

of Thai chili and jalapeño

peppers fried together.

But the sauce only really

works — cheesy as it may

sound — if happiness serves

as the key ingredient.

“When I cook this sauce, I

have to be happy or I [mess]

it up,” Huynh said. “I like to

be happy — just me and my

sauce together.”

And despite the “spicy”

moniker, the shellfish is actually

rather mild, at least

when compared to its Singaporean

counterparts: chili

crab and black pepper crab.

“I do tone the spicy level

down a bit,” Huynh said.

That is not the only adjustment

Huynh said she made

to accommodate her American

customers. While she

often asks to see pictures of

her friends’ travels around

the world to get ideas, she

also recognizes important

cultural differences between

Asians and Americans.

“We like to make our

hands dirty and dig in,” the

Vietnamese chef said.

Those in the United States

— especially those going out

for fine dining on the weekends?

Not so much.

So, she decided to slit the

crab legs to make the meat

easier for her diners to pull.

And it had the positive side

effect of letting the sauce get

directly to the tender insides

of the crab.

“I’m always so proud of

this dish, because I’m so

happy with how it tastes,”

Huynh said. “It does have

that warming from the ginger

but also a little kick. Seafood,

you need the ginger

and the heat.”

When it comes to the

The honey lavender cocktail ($10) at Q Restaurant features

Figenza — a Mediterranean fig-flavored vodka — and Jack

Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey, with a dash of lavender

bitters.

unique sauce, Huynh said

she knew she wanted to do

something to separate it

from what she was seeing

everywhere else, in terms of

seafood.

“I’m not just going to

make butter and you dip it,”

she said. “I’m going to make

something different.”

Huynh said her regular

customers — who she calls

“family” — have emboldened

her in the kitchen to

simply try things and see

where they lead.

“Our customers here are

really easy,” she said. “We

make it; they love it.

“I know what good food

tastes like. ... I know what

people like. So, I trust it.”

Coming this summer: lychee rose

Bill Jones, Editor

Q Restaurant in Orland

Park recently gave 22nd

Century Media a sneak

peek of one of the new

cocktails expected to hit its

menu this summer: the lychee

rose ($9).

A lychee is a tropical

fruit popular in Southeast

Asia. But Q owner Quee

Huynh said the taste is so

light that drinks branded

as “lychee” rarely taste like

the real deal.

She instead tried to do an

impression of the soapberry

Speaking of sauce

When Quee Huynh is not

looking to other countries for

inspiration, her eyes turn toward

the West Coast, where

she said she finds plenty to

love in California’s trendy

atmosphere.

“I’m always very trendy,”

she said. “I’m looking for

new things all the time.”

For one of her favorite

cocktails of the moment,

she said she actually was

inspired by an ice cream

flavor popular in California,

combined with her love for a

Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media

by mixing peach vodka and

X-Rated Fusion Liqueur —

a mix of French vodka and

blood orange, with mango

and passion fruit. But the real

trick — what gives the drink

its light-and-fresh lychee

vibe — is the rose water she

mixes with the alcohol.

She said she finds the

right ingredients, from

strange bitters to the perfect

floral arrangements for her

tables, by getting out and

looking for them herself.

“I love to go to the grocery

store,” she said. “That

is like my mall.”

new vodka called Figenza —

a Mediterranean fig-flavored

vodka.

The honey lavender cocktail

($10) — an item not officially

listed on the menu

but among Huynh’s “secret”

offerings — mixes Figenza

with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee

Honey whiskey and lavender

bitters.

“That’s all they need to

know,” Huynh said of the ingredients,

noting the bitters

are really what make it special.

“Bitters is just a bonus

to a drink.”


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The Dish

College nostalgia fuels menu, mentality of 350 Brewing Company

F. Amanda Tugade

Contributing Editor

Todd Randall, co-founder of 350

Brewing Company, lives and dies

by this motto, “Beer is good; serious

is stupid.”

In fact, at his Tinley Park brewery,

that saying is treated like the

golden rule. It is the key to having

a good time — and no one

knows more about that than Randall,

whose nonchalant attitude and

love for punk rock guide him to

his menu and his unique beer creations.

Randall, who blames his “weird

brain” for 350 Brewing’s specialties,

points to his college days as

the start of it.

He recalled being a student at

Northern Illinois University and

rooming with friends in a house

that was off campus. That house —

which was located at 350 Augusta

Avenue — along with its memories,

served as inspiration for his

growing business.

“It was just a fun, creative time

in our lives,” he said. “It was our

first time away from home.”

The shenanigans, which Randall

openly recounts on 350 Brewing’s

website, includes “[spending] more

time on projects like way below

average punk rock bands in the attic

and a hardcore wrestling federation

called WCVF (this took place

in our kitchen) instead of focusing

on classes like Humanities 227 in

DuSable Hall.”

While he jokes that those days

are behind him — Randall is now

a father of three and has been married

for the last 12 years — the

spirit of that particular house lives

on through his southwest suburban

establishment.

“Even though it was a long time

ago that we lived there, it’s something

that we’ve always talked

about as friends,” Randall said, adding

their memories can be summed

up as “pure stupidity for sure.”

But 350 Brewing bleeds for that

lifestyle.

He looks to his Sunday Detention

series as a prime example of

his brewery’s culture, as well as his

350 Brewing Company

7144 183rd St. in Tinley Park

Hours

• Noon-10 p.m. Monday-

Thursday

• Noon-12 a.m. Friday-

Saturday

• Noon-8 p.m. Sunday

For more information ...

Web: 350brewing.com

Phone: (708) 825-7339

willingness to try, mix and explore

different ingredient combination

and create unique batches of beer.

The Tragedy Blaster, a chocolate

hazel stout; Koko Beware, a Russian

Imperial Stout with raspberries;

Reply All Warning, a guava

pilsner; and Wildwood Childhood,

a black cherry pale ale; are just a

few of Randall’s concoctions.

When asked how he comes up

with all of these ideas, Randall

kept his answer simple.

“That’s the fun part about it,” he

said. “I’m pretty good with figuring

out different flavors.”

But when it comes to food, Randall

sticks to the classics, and he

credits his kitchen staff for its success.

Randall’s menu kicks off with a

list of appetizers, with the Dekalb

Militia Beer Nuggets ($6.99)

ranked at the top.

He explained how the beer nuggets,

which are a bite-size pieces of

fried dough, were always an NIU

staple snack for post-partiers —

“something that I used to eat all

the time, go out at night [at] 2 a.m.

and get a bag of beer nuggets from

Lukulo’s.”

His version is a little “fancier,”

as they are sprinkled with a Parmesan

and Romano cheese blend.

Other favorites include Not Your

Fathers cheese sticks ($7.99); a

six-piece brewhouse wing basket

($5.99), served with housemade

sauces ranging from ghost pepper

ranch to spicy barbecue; and

Crooked Dough ($6.99), three soft

pretzel breads that can be ripped and

shared among friends, and dipped in

Crook County IPA cheese.

Featured are the Dekalb Militia Beer Nuggets ($7.99), a popular appetizer at 350 Brewing Company in Tinley

Park. F. Amanda Tugade/22nd Century Media

As for entrées, Randall’s burgers

— which vary from the Dude

Ranch ($12.99), a half-pounder

that is topped with aged cheddar,

crispy red onion straws, thick-cut

bacon and barbecue sauce to the

Latino Heat (also $12.99), another

half-pounder that features chorizo

crumbles, fried egg, roasted poblano

peppers and Chihuahua cheese

— mean business. These items

come with a choice of fries, tots or

house chips.

Another option to which customers

can turn are his tacos. Seafood

lovers can stick to Reel Big Shrimp

($11.49) and vegetarians can rely

on the Green Monster ($10.99),

featuring beer-battered avocados,

paired with citrus slaw, sprinkled

with Chihuahua cheese, onion, cilantro

and doused in chipotle crema.

“When we started almost three

years ago, we started with a microwave

and a little pizza oven,

and we would make dips and do

pretzels,” he said. “And then we

moved on from there to little individual

pizzas, and then making

our own barbecue sauce and pulled

pork.

“Now, we’re smoking our

own pork shoulders. We’re grilling.

We’ve got fryers with wings.

We’ve grown like crazy.”

Beyond the booze and the grub

Another aspect of 350 Brewing

is its annual festival.

Reel Big Fish, Face to Face, Bigwig,

The Stereo and Lights Over

Bridgeport are set to perform in

this year’s event, which is to take

place on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the

Tinley Park Convention Center.

In light of the company’s third

anniversary, Randall said he decided

to not bring out other local

breweries and just stick with showcasing

350’s beers. The theme for

the 2017 festival, after all, is fitting:

“Back in Training, A Celebration

of Insanity.”

“We got wrestling this year,”

Randall exclaimed, noting another

change with the festivities.

Tickets for 350 Fest 3 can be

purchased at 350brewing.com.

The company also runs Laugh

Riot, a monthly comedy show that

brings out local acts and offers dinner

and a couple of drink specials

for customers.

Taking a closer look at his journey

so far, Randall said he knows

that his brewery is still in its early

stages. He has plans for expansion,

which include building another

location, adding new menu items

and distributing his products elsewhere.

All in all, he still adheres to pushing

his mission forward: creating a

place where people can enjoy life

and let loose once in awhile.

“You got to pinch yourself every

once in awhile and remember what

you used to do,” he said. “I used

to jump on a train when it’s freezing

out and commute downtown

two hours and sit in a cubicle all

day. Sometimes, I forget that that’s

what I used to do.

“That really sucks, and this is

much better. Even on my worst

day here, it’s amazing like how far

we’ve come since we’ve opened.

It’s still surreal.”

“I’m here to maybe make it

easier for some people who have

to go to the cubicle every day,” he

continued. “Hopefully, they can

come here, and we’ll make it easier

on them to make it through their

week.”


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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. Go out

4. Dress pieces

10. Go after, in a way

13. Autocrat until 1917

14. Dry

15. Ready for battle

16. Almond

17. “Take me to your

__!”

18. Ague’s cousin

19. Less pleasing to

the ear

21. Global financial

overseer

23. Molars

24. Chief of the fleet

28. Bristle-like appendage

29. Literary collection

32. Condemn

33. Whispering noise

36. To the middle

37. Prevalent policy

39. Genuine

42. Brown colored fish

44. Place of entertainment

46. Workplace, for

some

47. “48___”

50. Nature Preserve in

New Lenox, goes with

51 across and 2 down

51. See 50 across

53. Bottom of a royal

flush

54. Walrus

57. Weekend getaway

59. Mogadishu resident

62. Test phase

63. ...is the ___ that I

breathe..

64. Nickname for a

player who performs

under pressure

65. Property claim

66. Chemical suffix

67. Future

68. Aim

Down

1. Forgo

2. See 50 across

3. Rumor

4. House cat’s perch

5. Sloth’s home

6. Jungle sound

7. Plus

8. Mud or apple

9. Economize severely

10. A shade of yellow

tinged with orange

11. Dot-com’s address

12. Flightless bird

13. Seed coat

20. The Forbidden City

22. Environs

24. Not kids

25. Wish for

26. Prado stuff

27. Constellation near

Virgo

30. Baby bottle

31. Channel

34. Mental grasp

35. Carpet, Scandinavian

38. Tally mark

39. Ending for ordinals

40. Vital force in Chinese

medicine

41. 10,000 square meters

43. In that manner

45. Throat part

48. Took five

49. Scottish/Irish dagger

52. White oak tree

54. Ditto

55. Spirit

56. “Say it ___ so!”

57. Car design group for

short

58. Pricker

60. Andes plant

61. Big Apple attraction,

with “the”

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.

answers

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


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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.


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Outstanding new home values in Peotone can be yours At Westgate Manor

Distinctive Home Builders is building new homes from the low $200s

When it comes to a preferred location,

Peotone is a steadily growing

suburb with a strong infrastructure

and an irresistible small-town charm

with a bright future—which is why Distinctive

Home Builders chose the Will

County village for its newest community

of 38 single-family homes: Westgate

Manor.

“Peotone is a family-friendly village

just south of Chicago and is one

of the best kept secrets among new

home seekers,” said Bryan Nooner,

President of Distinctive Home Builders.

“We expect to attract home shoppers

from northwest Indiana and the

south suburban Chicago marketplace.

We will likely also see buyers from the

Kankakee area because the Peotone

school district is so desirable.”

Several factors attracted Distinctive

Home Builders to this hometown atmosphere

community, not the least of

which was its convenient location between

Interstate 57 and Illinois Route

50 and easy access to I-80. Commuters

will enjoy several nearby train stations

and a mere 35-minute drive to

Chicago.

“It’s a vibrant, growing community

that benefits from ease of access to job

centers in the west and southwest suburbs

with impressive commercial and

industrial growth that has followed the

residential boom here,” said Nooner.

“Affordable land prices in Peotone,

combined with lower construction

costs add up to savings when compared

to a similarly-equipped home in

the area,” added Nooner.

Westgate Manor brick and frame

homes offer (features vary per model)

The Fahan II, a split level 3-4BR luxury townhome at Brookside Meadows.

2-Story Great Room Prairie Model

three to four bedrooms, two to threeand-

a-half baths, full basement,

formal dining room, vaulted, tray or

nine-foot first-floor ceilings, a large

kitchen with custom maple cabinets,

family room or great room, and concrete

driveways. Depending on the

home selected, other standard amenities

can include a living room, den,

dinette, a tray or vaulted ceiling in

the master bedroom, and dual-zoned

heating and air conditioning.

Distinctive Home Builders offers a

wide variety of styles and selections—

buyers can choose among 12 different

designs—each available in three to

eight different elevations at Westgate

Manor, including two-story and ranch

homes. Square footages span 1,600 to

2,500 for ranches and 1,800 to 3,000

for two-story homes.

“Most home shoppers feel there

must be a trade off from getting what

you need and what you want in a new

home. With our new premium inclusions

we have closed that gap significantly

by including additional features

that our buyers told us were most important

to them,” said Nooner, who

added that “now is the best time to buy,

because you can still take advantage of

preconstruction prices that range from

the low $200s which makes this a terrific

New home value.”

Other premium standard features

included at Westgate Manor are brick

front exteriors on the first floor, free

basements in most models, ceramic

tile or hardwood floors in the kitchen,

baths and foyer; and custom maple

cabinets. Distinctive kitchen cabinets

feature solid wood construction (no

particle board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is very

rare in the marketplace.

“When you build a new home with

Distinctive, you truly are receiving a

hand crafted home with custom made

cabinets no matter what the price

range,” noted Nooner. This year, Distinctive

Home Builders is celebrating

30 years building thousands of homes

throughout the Will and south Cook

county areas.

Distinctive Home Builders, an industry

leading innovator, offers the

fastest build times (90 working days)

with a “Zero Punch list” closing policy.

Prior to closing, each home undergoes

an industry leading 100-point checklist

to insure the home measures up to

our high quality standards.

Single-family 2-3BR townhome - The Lennan II, at Brookside Meadows.

Exterior Prairie Model

Customers stay connected to the

progress of their home from start to

finish through Distinctive’s unique construction

portal. “Our customers simply

download our Distinctive HomeBuilders

app and they are in touch with their

new home 24/7 from anywhere in the

world. The app allows our customers

to see the progress of their home and

access their documents at any time,”

Nooner explained. “Our customers really

appreciate the integration of social

media sites directly in our app allowing

them to easily share photos and updates

of their new home with family and

friends,” he concluded.

As a semi-custom builder, Distinctive

Home Builders can modify any of

its standard designs to cater to a customer’s

tastes, which means that moving

walls, adding extra windows or even

extending the garage are all possible.

Nooner added that “All our homes

are highly energy efficient and will be

built to the new National Energy Code

guidelines. Every home we build has

upgraded wall and ceiling insulation

values with energy efficient windows

and high efficiency furnaces. Before our

customers take possession of their new

home, we perform a blower door test to

insure that each home passes a set of

very stringent guidelines which insures

that our homes are tight and energy efficient.

Owning a more energy efficient

means lower gas and electric bills for our

customers each month.”

Peotone was established in 1856 and

offers tree-lined streets and a charming

downtown area complete with diners,

pizza parlors, cafes and pubs. In season

there is a Farmer’s Market in front

of the American Legion. Also the community

has a popular Fall Fest in front

of the famous Peotone Windmill; once

a thriving flour mill that put Peotone on

the map in the late 1800s. A Christmas

in the Village Festival is another annual

community event that concludes with a

Lighted Parade at night. Peotone now

has an estimated population of just over

4,000. Metra rail service is nearby providing

commuters easy access to downtown

Chicago.

Westgate Manor is conveniently located

within walking distance of the

esteemed Peotone High School. The

Westgate Manor new home offsite Sales

and Information Center is located in

Manhattan three miles south of Laraway

Rd. on Rt. 52. at 16233 Pinto Lane,

Manhattan, IL, 60422. Hours are daily

from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed

Wednesday and Thursday and they are

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. For more

information, call (708) 479-7700 or

(708) 737-9142 or visit www.distinctivehomebuilders.com.


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• 8548 W. 145th Place, Orland Park,

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Feb. 28

• 9251 Montgomery Drive 1, Orland

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• 8606 Wheeler Drive, Orland Park,

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March 1

• 13945 S Derby Drive, Orland Park,

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• 16601 Grants Trail, Orland Park,

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March 3

• 7338 W. 154th Place, Orland Park,

60462-4308 - Viola J. Zaagman to

Thomas C. Hoekstra, Janice A. Hoekstra,

$125,000

• 15713 Lake Hills Court 2N, Orland

Park, 60462-7920 - Howard J. Martens

to Ahmad Alqaq, Rawda Ismail,

$190,000

• 13845 86th Ave., Orland Park,

60462-1615 - Sylvia A. Teschler to Ewa

Fila, $203,500

• 9049 Fairway Drive, Orland Park,

60462-2717 - Brian K. Rasmussen to

Mallory Large, $209,000

• 14916 Huntington Court, Orland Park,

60462-3042 - Seef Trust to Garret C.

Lindroth, Nicole L. Lindroth, $229,500

• 8253 Highgate Court, Orland Park,

60462-2881 - Richard V. Arrigo to

Patrick M. Flannery, Claudia Flannery,

$339,000

March 8

• 17812 Bernard Drive 2D, Orland

Park, 60467-9391 - First Midwest Bank

Trustee to Manfred Ayers, Jeanne Ayers

$114,500

• 8522 Walnut Ave., Orland Park,

60462-1637 - Charles D. Lococo to Juan

Figueroa, $225,000

• 11858 Somerset Road, Orland Park,

60467-1423 - John R. Kobierecki to

Jessica L. Czemiuk, $240,000

• 11100 Prospect Place, Orland Park,

60467-9200 - Kittrick Trust to Theresa

Johnson, $270,000

The Going Rate is provided by Record

Information Services Inc. For more

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2701 Property for

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Serving The Southwest Suburbs since 1947

15939 S. Bell Rd. Homer Glen

(Behind the Bonfire Restaurant)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF Cook

County, Illinois, County Department,

Chancery Division.

PNC Bank, National Association

Plaintiff,

vs.

Patricia V.Moore aka Patricia Moore;

Unknown Beneficiaries of Trust Number

74-2831 dated March 9, 2000; Suburban

Bank and Trust Company, as

Trustee for Trust Number 74-2831

dated March 9, 2000; PNC Bank, N.A.

fka National City Bank; Unknown

Owners and Non-Record Claimants

Defendants,

Case # 16CH524

Sheriff’s # 170063

F15110196 PNC

Pursuant to aJudgment made and entered

by said Court in the above entitled

cause, Thomas J. Dart, Sheriff of Cook

County, Illinois, will on April 27th,

2017, at 1pm in room LL06 ofthe Richard

J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington

Street, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public

auction the following described

premises and real estate mentioned in

said Judgment:

Common Address: 15530 Wolf Road,

Orland Park, Illinois 60467

P.I.N: 27-18-421-010-0000

Improvements: This property consists of

a Single Family Home.

Sale shall be under the following terms:

payment of not less than ten percent

(10%) of the amount ofthe successful

and highest bid tobepaid tothe Sheriff

by cashier’s check or certified funds

at the sale; and the full remaining balance

to be paid to the Sheriff by cashier’s

check or certified funds within

twenty-four (24) hours after the sale.

If the sale is not confirmed for any reason,

the Purchaser atthe sale may be entitled

at most only to areturn of the purchase

price paid. The Purchaser shall

have no further recourse against the

Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, the mortgagee’s

attorney, or the court appointed

selling officer.

Sale shall besubject togeneral taxes,

special assessments.

Premise will NOT be open for inspection.

Firm Information: Plaintiff’s Attorney

ANSELMO, LINDBERG OLIVER

LLC

Anthony Porto

1771 W. DIEHL., Ste 120

Naperville, IL 60566-7228

foreclosurenotice@fal-illinois.com

866-402-8661 fax 630-428-4620

For bidding instructions, visit

www.fal-illinois.com

This is an attempt tocollect adebt pursuant

to the Fair Debt Collection Practices

Act and any information obtained

will be used for that purpose.

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

g

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

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

p g

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

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

attempting to collect a debt and any

information obtained will be used for that

p u r p o s e .

I714947

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


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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

CP-SRMOF II 2012-A TRUST, U.S. BANK

TRUST NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT

IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT

SOLELY AS TRUSTEE

P l a i n t i f f ,

- v . -

YOLANDA A. MENDEZ AKA YOLANDA

MENDEZ, MARTIN MENDEZ

D e f e n d a n t s

16 CH 06974

16496 Brockton Ln 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 February 6, 2017, an

agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation,

will at 10:30 AM on May 9, 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

16496 Brockton Ln, Oak Forest, IL 60452

Property Index No. 28-22-415-021-0000. The

real estate is improved with a single family

residence. The judgment amount was

j g

$242,602.86. 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

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 06974

TJSC#: 37-1356 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.

I715043

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK

COUNTY,

ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY

D I V I S I O N

DLJ MORTGAGE CAPITAL, INC.

P l a i n t i f f ,

v s .

HEA SOOK SHIN, CHICAGO TITLE AND

T R U S T

COMPANY AS TRUSTEE UNDER

TRUST

AGREEMENT

DATED DECEMBER 22, 2004 AND

KNOWN AS TRUST

NO. 1114017, ARIES INVESTMENTS,

INC.,

UNKNOWN

OWNERS, GENERALLY, AND

NON-RECORD

CLAIMANTS

D e f e n d a n t s ,

v s .

HAFIDA

MRABET

I n t e r v e n o r ,

15 CH 2946

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that

pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and

Sale entered in the above entitled cause on

January 25, 2017 Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will on Wednesday, April 26,

2017 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at

120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A,

Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the

highest bidder for cash, as set forth below,

the following described mortgaged real

e s t a t e :

P.I.N. 27-13-202-037-0000.

Commonly known as 15240 Heather Court,

Orland Park, IL 60462.

The mortgaged real estate is improved with a

single family residence. If the subject

mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common

interest community, the purchaser of the unit

other than a mortgagee shall pay the

assessments required by subsection (g-1) of

Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property

A c t .

Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds,

balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours.

No refunds. The property will NOT be open

for

inspection

For information call Ms. Kimberly S. Reid at

Plaintiff's Attorney, Kluever & Platt, L.L.C., 65

East Wacker Place, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

(312) 236-0077. File Number SPSF.1913A

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

C O R P O R A T I O N

Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

I717616

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK

COUNTY,

ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY

D I V I S I O N

WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. SUCCESSOR

BY MERGER WITH WELLS FARGO BANK

SOUTHWEST, N.A. F/K/A WACHOVIA

MORTGAGE, FSB F/K/A WORLD

SAVINGS BANK, FSB

P l a i n t i f f ,

- v . -

MOHAMMED SALEH A/K/A MOHAMMAD

SALEH A/K/A MOHAMMAD Y SALEH;

FATIMA SALEH A/K/A FATIMA A. SALEH,

CITIBANK, N.A. S/I/I TO CITIBANK

(SOUTH DAKOTA), N.A., JEFFERSON

CAPITAL SYSTEMS, LLC, CAVALRY

PORTFOLIO SERVICES, LLC, NCS

MANAGEMENT CO., STATE OF ILLINOIS,

AL SHALASH, HAWKEYE FOODSERVICE

DISTRIBUTION, INC., UNKNOWN

OWNERS AND NON-RECORD

C L A I M A N T S

D e f e n d a n t s

13 CH 27213

15542 SOUTH SIERRA DRIVE 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 April 21,

2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales

Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on April 28,

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 15542 SOUTH SIERRA

DRIVE, OAK FOREST, IL 60452

Property Index No. 28-17-309-017.

The real estate is improved with a two story

single family home; two car attached garage.

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: Visit our website at

service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of

3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES,

Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn

Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel

No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file

number 12264.

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.

I717554

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK

COUNTY,

ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY

D I V I S I O N

WILMINGTON TRUST, NATIONAL

ASSOCIATION,

NOT

IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, BUT

SOLELY

AS

TRUSTEE FOR VM TRUST SERIES 3, A

D E L A W A R E

STATUTORY TRUST, Plaintiff,

v s .

KURT G. MEYER AND MARY H. MEYER,

U N I T E D

STATES OF AMERICA, JOSEPH A.

COAKLEY

AND

MARTHA L. COAKLEY,

D e f e n d a n t s ,

11 CH 41694

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that

pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure

entered in the above entitled cause on

January 30, 2017, Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at

the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West

Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago,

Illinois, sell to the highest bidder for cash,

the following described mortgaged real

e s t a t e :

P.I.N. 27-29-104-004.

Commonly known as 11046 WEST 167TH

PLACE, ORLAND PARK, ILLINOIS 60467.

The mortgaged real estate is improved with a

single family residence. If the subject

mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common

interest community, the purchaser of the unit

other than a mortgagee shall pay the

assessments required by subsection (g-1) of

Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property

A c t .

Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds,

balance within 24 hours, by certified funds.

No refunds. The property will NOT be open

for

inspection.

For information call Mr. Ira T. Nevel at

Plaintiff's Attorney, Law Offices of Ira T.

Nevel, 175 North Franklin Street, Chicago,

Illinois 60606. (312) 357-1125. Ref. No.

1 1 - 0 9 2 5 1

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

C O R P O R A T I O N

Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

I718079

2702 Public

Notices

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to

“An Act in relation tothe use ofan

Assumed Business Name in the

conduct or transaction of Business

in the State,” as amended, that a

certification was registered by the

undersigned with the County Clerk

of Cook County.

Registration Number: D17150171

on March 23, 2017

Under the Assumed Business

Name of Barrett & Sramek with

the business located at 6446 W.

127th Street, Palos Heights, IL

60463

The true and real full name and

residence address ofthe owner is:

Gerald J. Sramek, 6446 W. 127th

Street, Palos Heights, IL 60463

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Erica Cerva

Erica Cerva is a senior at

Sandburg High School. She

runs on the school’s track

and field team, as well as

the cross country team.

Why did you start

running track?

I started when I was in

sixth grade. My mom always

told me that I would be a really

good runner.

What is your favorite

event to run?

The 3,200. There is something

about the longer distances.

It’s a lot easier for me

to get really competitive and

really into it and perform

well.

What is your favorite

part of the sport?

I really like my teammates.

Our group of seniors

this year are like a whole lot

of fun. I look forward to going

to practice every day, because

I get to see my teammates.

What is the best meet

you have run?

The Palatine meet last year

was by far my best meet,

performance-wise. The

weather was terrible, but I

did a [personal best there]. I

ran my first time ever, under

12 minutes, and it was really

an exciting moment because

I broke a huge barrier.

What are your goals for

the season?

I have one main goal this

season: it’s to be under an 11

minutes, 30 seconds for the

3,200 to qualify for state in

May.

If you could trade places

with a celebrity, who

would you choose?

Probably Alexi Pappas.

She’s not super well known,

but she’s an Olympian

for the 10-kilometer from

Greece. She’s really cool.

She’s a filmmaker but also a

professional athlete.

What is your biggest

pet peeve?

I really hate it when people

click pens. There is nothing

more irritating to me

than when people click a pen

24/7.

If you could have dinner

with anyone, who

would it be?

22nd Century Media File Photo

Probably Alexander Hamilton.

I’ve been a really big

fan of the musical for like

two years. He just seems like

he was a really cool guy.

What is your favorite

subject in school?

I really like English, but

specifically my communications

and media studies

class is really cool. I want

to go into working in social

media.

What are three things

on your bucket list?

I’d like to go out of the

country, preferably to London.

I’d like to meet someone

actually famous and to

go skydiving. I think that

would be a lot of fun.

Interviewed by Assistant Editor

Brittany Kapa

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■March ■ 31 - at Lincoln-Way

Central, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 1 - hosts Lyons

Township, 11 a.m.

■April ■ 3 - hosts Bradley, 4:30

p.m.

■April ■ 4 - at Joliet Central,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 5 - at Thornwood, 4:30

p.m.

■April ■ 6 - hosts Marian

Catholic, 4:30 p.m.

Softball

■March ■ 30 - hosts Oak

Forest, 4:30 p.m.

■March ■ 31 - at Lincoln-Way

Central, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 3 - hosts Bradley, 4:30

p.m.

■April ■ 4 - hosts Barrington,

4:45 p.m.

■April ■ 5 - at Thornwood, 4:30

p.m.

■April ■ 6 - hosts Beecher, 4:30

p.m.

Girls Soccer

■March ■ 30 - at Lemont, 6:15

p.m.

■April ■ 1 - hosts Tinley Park,

11 a.m.

■April ■ 4 - at Lincoln-Way East,

6:15 p.m.

Boys Volleyball

■March ■ 30 - at Wheaton

Warrenville South Tiger

Classic, 5 p.m.

■March ■ 31 - at Wheaton

Warrenville South Tiger

Classic, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 1 - at Wheaton

Warrenville South Tiger

Classic, 8 a.m.

■April ■ 6 - hosts Brother Rice,

5:30 p.m.

Boys Water Polo

■March ■ 30 - hosts Andrew,

5 p.m.

■April ■ 4 - at Stagg, 10 a.m.

■April ■ 5 - hosts Lincoln-Way

West, 5 p.m.

Girls Water Polo

■March ■ 30 - at Andrew, 5

p.m.

■April ■ 4 - hosts Stagg, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 5 - at Lincoln-Way

West, 5 p.m.

Badminton

■March ■ 30 - at Andrew, 4:30

p.m.

■April ■ 3 - hosts Stagg, 9 a.m.

■April ■ 4 - hosts Lincoln-Way

Central, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse

■March ■ 30 - hosts Lincoln-

Way Co-op, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse

■March ■ 30 - at Providence

Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

■April ■ 6 - hosts Plainfield,

7:30 p.m.

Girls Track and Field

■April ■ 4 - at Lockport, with

Thornton, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

■April ■ 6 - hosts Andrew, 9

a.m.

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Girls Water Polo

Final 3 minutes doom Eagles at LW Central

Steve Millar

Freelance Reporter

Megan Cales called it

luck, but the Lincoln-Way

Central sophomore came

through big in the clutch

March 22 for the Knights.

Cales scored with 41

seconds left to lift the host

Knights to a 9-8 win over

Sandburg in a SouthWest

Suburban Conference game.

“It was mostly lucky, honestly,”

Cales said. “It was a

game-winner, though, and

I’m proud of it. As a team,

we did amazing. We couldn’t

have won this game without

the whole team.”

Nicole McCabe led the

Knights (5-2, 3-0) with four

goals.

Vaia Makris scored three

goals to pace Sandburg (3-7,

1-1).

Cales’ game-winner came

after McCabe got the ball

on the right wing and drew

a double team, leaving the

sophomore open.

Cales called for the ball,

got it and sent a tough-angle

shot for the near post. Sandburg

goalkeeper Emma Crnich

got a piece of it, but not

enough to stop it from tucking

inside the post.

“I just have a passion to

shoot,” Cales said. “I have

a loud voice, so I’m able to

use it well during the game.

I was letting Nicole know I

was open, and she passed it

to me.”

Cales has made the leap to

varsity starter after splitting

time between varsity and junior

varsity this past season.

“This is such a big change

going into this year,” she

said. “I love it. I have such

a passion for water polo, and

I can’t wait to see what the

rest of the season brings.”

Cales’ goal completed

an impressive rally for the

Knights.

Sandburg closed the third

quarter on a 4-0 run, getting

goals from four different

players. After Erin Falsey (2

goals) scored off a rebound,

the Eagles had a 7-5 lead going

into the fourth.

Sandburg was again up

two goals when Makris

scored off a Central turnover,

making it 8-6 with 3:14

to go.

The Knights fought back,

though. McCabe scored her

fourth goal with 2:31 to go,

and Erin Muellerschoen put

in a rebound to tie it with

1:29 left, setting up Cales’

heroics.

“We all motivate each

other,” McCabe said. “We

all get excited out in the water.

We push each other. Our

coaches help us with their

positive attitudes, saying,

‘We can do it. We’re going

to come back.’”

McCabe is having a big

season in her first year at

Central. The senior transferred

from Lincoln-Way

East with the district boundary

changes this year.

“It was challenging, but

the girls are so awesome,”

McCabe said. “I get along

with everyone. Our coaches

are awesome. Everyone has

made it an easy switch.

“We all get along so well.

We just click in the water,

and I think that team chemistry

will get us far.”

Caroline Heathcock, Cetta

Senese and Nikki Howe

scored one goal each for the

Knights, and Claire Connors

made 11 saves.

Crnich, meanwhile, did

her best to keep Sandburg

in the game. She made 14

saves, including a pair of

stops on Central breakaways.

“Emma is a stud,” Sandburg

coach Greg Svevo said.

“I have nothing bad to say

about her.”

Natalie Barkowski and

Tara Maher (2 goals) came

through with big goal during

the third-quarter surge for

the Eagles.

The final three minutes,

though, doomed Sandburg.

“We played good defense

all game,” Svevo said. “They

just kind of stepped up on the

offensive end in the fourth.

They drew fouls and kickouts,

and those hurt us.”

Despite the loss, Svevo

saw his team make major

progress.

“This is the second game

we’ve been full strength,” he

said. “We had people out for

band or for debate — stuff

like that. We’re starting to

play together again, and

we’ve got to learn to play

together. Playing the No. 9

team in the state this close

was a good game for us.”

It was also a sign that the Eagles

can contend in the SWSC.

They opened conference play

with a win March 21 over

Homewood-Flossmoor.

“I was a little skeptical at

first,” Svevo said. “[Lincoln-

Way Central] is ranked No.

9 in the state, and [Lincoln-

Way East] is No. 11, and

we’re down at No. 21. After

seeing the way we played

this game, though, I definitely

think we can compete.”

Sports Briefs

Orland Parker receives

Academic All-CCIW honor

North Central College has

released its list of 75 Academic

All-College Conference of Illinois

& Wisconsin selections for

the 2016-2017 fall season

In order to earn Academic

All-CCIW honors, individuals

needed to have earned a varsity

letter in their sport and maintained

at least a 3.30 GPA. A total

of seven Cardinals are fourtime

qualifiers for the award this

season, including Kelsey Forkin,

a senior from Orland Park,

who plays women’s tennis.

Chiefs alumni play for charity

Chiefs D230 high school and

current college lacrosse players

gathered over the winter break

at The Sportsplex for their fifth

annual alumni game, to benefit

the Ryan Nash Foundation.

Each player donates money to

play and all the proceeds from

the game go to the Ryan Nash

golf outing held at Silver Lakes

Country Club. Current Chiefs

HS players competed against 20

players representing 16 different

universities. Orland Parkers

playing included Brandon Hanley

(St. Ambrose), Neil Panega

(Aquinas), Dan Norkiewicz

(Carthage),cDylan Ruff (Iowa),

Matt Lowry (ISU), Eddie Hanly

and David Haggerty (Indiana

U), Pat Kurtovich (U Illinois),

Jordan Loeffler (Concordia IL),

Eric Wenzel (MV), Joe Nichols

(Loyola), T.J. Boehm (Marquette

Club) and Robbie Maxfield

(Davidson).

Also represented were former

Chief youth players Frankie

Kamley (Loyola MD), Johnny

Danko (Augustana), Trevor

Manzke (Benedictine U), Pat

Reilly and Kyle Anderson (MV).

Joe Kuligoski wraps up college

basketball career with EIU

The Eastern Illinois University

men’s basketball team recently

sent an end-of-season update

on its season.

No. 24 Joe Kuligoski — a

6-foot-6, 200-pound forward

from Orland Park — is a senior

on the team. He finished the

season averaging 1.8 points per

game, 1 rebound per game and

.7 assists per game in 24 games

played.

He played solid minutes off

the bench at Murray State finishing

with five points, two assists

and two blocks during 11

minutes of action. It was the

fifth time Kuligoski has scored

five points or more in a game

this season, with a high of eight

at Illinois-Chicago. It was the

fourth straight game he has

passed out at least one assist.

He made 15-of-41 field goals

(.366) on the season, and 7-of-

24 (.292) 3-pointers. He also hit

6-of-10 (.600) free throws.

He scored in 10 games off

the bench. He had five points

at Murray State, five points at

Morehead State, back-to-back

3-pointers against Jacksonville

State to finish with 6 points

against former school (played

two years at JSU), and a seasonhigh

eight points at UIC going

3-of-4 from the floor.

In his final season, he played

a total of 171 minutes, averaging

7.1 per game, with 101 (7.8)

coming in conference games.

He played in the starting lineup

Feb. 9 against Southeast Missouri.

On his career, he played in

53 games, starting in nine. He

was 46-for-112 (.411) when it

came to field goals, 14-for-54

(.259) for 3-pointers and 18-

for-28 (.643) in free throws. He

had a total of 99 rebounts (1.9

per game), 33 assists and nine

blocks.

Compiled by Editor Bill Jones,

bill@opprairie.com.

high school

highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Softball

Moline 8, Sandburg 4

Sam Udarbe pitched for the Eagles, but a

high-scoring Moline proved stuff to top, as

Sandburg started its season Saturday, March

18, by falling to 0-1.

Moline 15, Sandburg 14

Sam Udarbe pitched for the Eagles again in

the second game of a doubleheader Saturday,

March 18, to start the season against Moline. And

though the Eagles scoring was more prolific the

second time around, and the teams has to place

11 innings in Game 2 to decide things, Sandburg

still ultimately dropped to 0-2 on the season.

Girls Soccer

Sandburg 4, Plainfield Central 0

Maddie Manzke scored two goals, and Paige

Pappanastos scored another two Saturday,

March 18, as the Eagles bested Plainfield North.

Courtney Hiler recorded the shutout. The win

put Sandburg at 1-0 to start the season.


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Boys water polo

Sandburg has troubles

with passing, LW East

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

The Lincoln-Way East

boy’s water polo team entered

this season with lofty

goals.

Several players who were

key components to the Griffins’

run to the 2016 state

quarterfinals returned to the

pool this year. And if that

was not reason enough for

first-year boys head coach

Ryan Lodes to be optimistic,

East’s ranks were reinforced

by players from a Lincoln-

Way North squad that fell

one win shy of qualifying for

the state tournament.

SouthWest Suburban

Conference rival Sandburg,

meanwhile, has plans for a

deep postseason run of its

own, after advancing to the

sectional semifinals a season

ago.

The Griffins and Eagles

have a long way to go before

the playoffs, and met Thursday,

March 23, in Frankfort

for a contest that provided

each team the opportunity

to gauge where it is in the

young season. East was the

victor this time, topping

Sandburg 11-5 and handing

the visitors their first loss of

the year.

Lodes said his squad is

coming together and that the

win was their best game of

the season.

“The guys are beginning

to work as a team,” he said.

“This game was the first

“They went up 4-0 because our

passing was very horrendous.

We’ve got to fix that. I think we’re

as talented as them; I think were

just as good as them, but we didn’t

show it today.”

Jim Caliendo — Sandburg boys water polo coach,

on losing Thursday, March 23, to Lincoln-Way East

game where I saw us work

as a team for the four full

quarters. We didn’t have one

kid that had a steal or that

caused a turnover today. It

was all seven of us.”

Andrew Brozovic led

the Griffins (6-1) with four

goals, and Jason Parkinson

came close to matching him

with three goals and an assist.

Ryan Murphy found

the net twice for East.

Sandburg’s Joey Jenkot

and Josh Grella each scored

two goals.

East opened the game

on a 4-0 run before Grella

answered for the Eagles

(3-1), who turned the ball

over several times in a first

quarter during which they

managed only two shots

on goal. Sandburg eventually

settled down, and had

closed the gap to 6-4 midway

through the third stanza

before a flurry of Griffins

goals bridging the third and

fourth quarters put the game

out of reach.

Sandburg coach Jim Caliendo,

in his last season at

the helm for the Eagles, said

it was “little things” that

undermined an otherwise

strong effort by his squad.

“I thought we played well,

played hard, gave a great effort,”

he said. “It was only

6-4 late in the third quarter.

We got down early, and we

hit back to within two goals,

and then they put a couple

more in on us. We might

have gotten a little tired; I

don’t know. But I thought

we battled them good.”

Poor passing that led to

giveaways was an issue,

particularly early in the

game. But some of those

turnovers were the result of

good defense by East.

“They went up 4-0 because

our passing was very

horrendous,” Caliendo said.

“We’ve got to fix that. I

think we’re as talented as

them; I think were just as

good as them, but we didn’t

show it today.”

Lodes said Brozovic’s

performance was impressive

but not necessarily surprising,

as he has come to

expect consistently strong

showings from the senior.

“He’s hardworking and

a team player,” Lodes said.

“I’ve personally witnessed

him work harder than most

people in the off-season,

and it shows today. He was

tired at the end of the game,

but it only shows how much

he puts into each game. I

can always count on him. ...

He always brings it.”

Parkinson, Lodes said,

is a “phenomenal player”

whose leg strength and

awareness of the ball are

among the best of anyone

on the team. The coach

is, however, counting on

contributions from up and

down his roster to help the

Griffins to their goal of a

state championship.

“We have a deep squad,

we have a ton of experienced

players,” Lodes said,

and noted the influx of former

North players provides

a wealth on both fronts.

“Both [East and North] had

pretty disappointing losses

at the end of their seasons.

I think that fuels the fire for

this team. We don’t want to

end up like we ended up last

season; we want to use that

to move forward.”

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McMillan’s sports efforts key to volunteer work

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

By day, Dan McMillan

is tasked with keeping a

close eye on an Orland Park

dealership’s finances. By

night, his biggest budgeting

concerns are where to best

spend his time in service to

Orland Park.

McMillan, chief financial

officer of Joe Rizza Enterprises,

has been named the

2016 Orland Park Adult

Volunteer of the Year. He

recently was presented with

an award at the State of the

Village event.

McMillan’s volunteer resume

is extensive. He participates

yearly in the Polar

Plunge, supports the Orland

Park Special Recreation Association,

hosts two local

television shows to bring

awareness to local businesses

and athletes, performs in

local plays for the Orland

Park Theatre Troupe, dresses

as Santa Claus for the Village’s

tree lighting and the

Polar Express, and raises

funds for Misericordia and

St. Baldrick’s.

Perhaps the area McMillan

has most impacted has

been youth sports in the area.

He has been a commissioner

and coach for the Orland

Youth Association, coaching

basketball and baseball. He

coached for the Orland Magic

basketball team, and won

three championships with

the Orland Park Pioneers

football program as a coach.

He still volunteers as a board

member and announcer for

the Pioneers.

Mayor Dan McLaughlin

pointed to the work McMillan

does with the Pioneers as

a reason he was named Volunteer

of the Year.

“He started a golf outing

to benefit not only Sandburg’s

football but also the

local youth football teams,”

McLaughlin said. “It’s been

a huge success. They raise a

ton of money for those two

sports programs.

“He’s up there in the booth

calling football games. He is

in our theater troupe. Just

about any time you ask him

to volunteer for something,

he’s jumping in. It’s amazing.

He puts so much time

in.”

If you ask McMillan what

motivates him, it goes back

to when he was younger.

“When you’re young, you

don’t always realize it,” Mc-

Millan said. “You don’t realize

what certain people do

for you.”

McMillan grew up in a

small town called Monroe in

Michigan. He played football

at Ida High School.

“There are only a few

things in life that you can

still hold onto and say that

it still is how it was back

when I was in high school,”

he said. “One is Friday night

lights — high school football.”

McMillan, who grew up

in a single-parent household,

said his football coach at Ida

was the first one to really

show him the way.

“I never knew my father,”

he said. “My high school

football coach — who we

called Coach O — he was

the kind of guy who was

always there when I needed

it.”

McMillan said a team rule

stated he had to keep his hair

cut short. But his family was

so poor he could not afford

to get it done.

“Coach O would take me

to the barbershop in Ida to

get me a haircut,” McMillan

recalled. “He was the driver’s

ed teacher, and he was

the one who taught me how

to drive.”

Later, when McMillan

went off to Adrian College

to play football, he wound

up meeting another influential

figure in his life — a law

professor.

“He was just a really good

guy who took an interest as

a kind of counselor,” Mc-

Millan said. “I didn’t realize

until I got into the workplace

that this guy could have been

a million-dollar lawyer. But

he chose to make a difference

in the academic world

for students as a professor.”

The professor steered Mc-

Millan — at the time a prelaw

student — toward accounting.

McMillan also pointed to

his employer as an influence.

“Joe Rizza is a really good

guy,” McMillan said. “He

doesn’t take credit for it,

but he does a phenomenal

amount of [work in the community].

You have no idea of

just how many people he really

helps with his charitable

giving. I see that and the

good it does.”

Dan McMillan watches as he is announced the 2016 Adult Volunteer of the Year at Orland

Park’s recent State of the Village address. Photo submitted

Giving back to youth sports

McMillan has been married

to his wife, Debbie, for

28 years. He has two children,

Ashley and Nick. They

moved to Orland Park in the

early 2000s.

When Nick started playing

youth sports, McMillan

started to get involved with

his son’s basketball teams.

“It was more fun and interesting

than just sitting

on the sidelines,” he said.

“I started to coach, and so I

coached the travel team and

other teams. And I wound up

getting involved with the inner

city basketball leagues.”

Some of the children he

got to coach while working

with those leagues included

future stars like Jabari Parker

and Jahlil Okafor.

“It’s all a lot of fun, but it

all goes back to my upbringing

in Ida,” he said. “It was

such a close-knit community.

No matter wherever

you are, I always look at it

like you have to help people

out.”

After years of volunteering

with the Pioneers, he

was contacted by another Pioneers

member asking him

to put together a fundraiser

for the program.

“We started out as the Pioneers

Golf Outing, to raise

funds to buy some extra

equipment,” McMillan said.

“Then, we got to know the

people over at Sandburg.

They asked me about giving

them some tips about doing

a golf outing. But, the more

we talked, we decided that

because the Pioneers are a

feeder program for Sandburg,

why we didn’t just

combine it and make it a Pioneers

and Sandburg outing,

while also bringing in a few

charities.”

Through that, he met Orland

Park legend Pat Fitzgerald

— the football coach of

Northwestern University,

who played for the Pioneers

and Sandburg. Fitzgerald

helped McMillan brainstorm

some of the charities, like

Misericordia and the Alliance

Against Intoxicated

Motorists.

Initially, the Gridiron Golf

Classic drew roughly 100

golfers. But it steadily grew

to the point that the past two

years have seen more than

300 golfers.

“In the nine years we’ve

done it, we’ve netted over

and been able to distribute

over $350,000 to the youth

football and charities,” he

said.

The next outing is to take

place June 22 at Silver Lake

Country Club in Orland Park.

Volunteer of the Year

McMillan said upon learning

he had been named the

Adult Volunteer of the Year,

he had a mixture of feelings

— mainly being both humbled

and embarrassed.

“I do these things not for

an award,” he said. “But it

is always nice to be recognized.

If it never happened,

I’d have been fine. I am going

to keep doing everything

I’m doing.”

And that is quite a lot in

the community — one that

he thinks of as “Mayberry

with amenities.”

“With Orland Park, I treat

it like I treat Ida,” he said.

“It’s got that small-town feel,

but you’ve got all the conveniences

you’ve come to expect

in the 21st century.”

And McMillan does not

plan on stopping his charitable

efforts any time soon. He

simply is having too much

fun with them.

“It’s like that saying: You

should always feel grateful

for what you have and not

worry about what you don’t

have,” he said. “Because if

you worry about what you

don’t have, you’re never going

to be grateful.”


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fastbreak

22nd Century Media File

Photo

1st and 3

Digging deeper into

the results

1. Badminton

The Sandburg badminton

team March

18 took fifth place at

the Palatine Invite.

Marissa Arrigoni

placed third at No. 4

singles, while Gwyneth

Hu and Iman

Elagha took third at

second doubles.

2. Boys Water Polo

Sandburg started its

season on a winning

streak. The Eagles

March 15 beat Bremen

17-4; March

21 beat Homewood-

Flossmoor 13-6;

and March 22 beat

Lincoln-Way Central

11-8.

3. Girls Water Polo

On March 21, the

Eagles defeated

Homewood-Flossmoor

11-1. Goalkeeper

Emma Crnich

had nine saves. Bella

Wrobel led all scorers

with four goals.

Prairie, Liberty schools’ staffs meet again to raise money for students

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

There was admittedly little

practice for the second annual

Crosstown Classic volleyball

game, which pitted

staff members from Liberty

and Prairie schools against

each other.

“We did one practice this

year,” Liberty Principal Dan

Prorok said following the

March 22 event at Jerling

Jr. High School. “One of my

teachers tried to get me to

cancel a staff meeting for a

practice. It was a good try,

but it didn’t work.”

Liberty still beat Prairie

in three sets, for the second

consecutive year, but the

real winners were the two

schools’ students. The money

raised during the spring

fundraiser — organized by

Parents for Education, the

parent organization for Orland

School District 135 —

goes to bettering the children’s

school experience.

With more donations, a

larger crowd and continued

excitement, the fundraiser is

poised to become a tradition.

The game had been the talk

of the school among the students

since it was announced

to them this past Monday.

Students painted their faces,

waved posters and cheered

on their schools. For them,

it was exciting to see their

teachers and principals outside

of the classroom.

“It was cool to see all the

teachers play,” Liberty thirdgrader

Zoe Trunk said. “Some

were funny to see, like when

the one kicked the ball. It was

like they were real people.”

The money raised goes toward

bettering the students’

school experiences. Included

in that are field trips, as well

as upgrades to recess equipment

and classroom supplies.

For the second year in a

row, Liberty raised the most

money, which meant Prorok

was subjected to a pie

in the face. Prairie Principal

Jeff Nightingale was glad to

smear the whipped cream all

over his counterpart’s face.

The fundraiser consisted

of ticket sales, a concession

stand, gift baskets raffled and

a split-the-pot. Donations

came in from local business

like Buona Beef, Mariano’s,

Odyssey Fun World, Mathnasium

and more. The gift

baskets had a wide range of

treats: school supplies, food,

bath and beauty products,

Windy City Thunderbolts

tickets, and even the chance

to be principal for a day.

“We’re trying to promote

more event-based fundraisers,

in general, because I feel

the parents have fundraising

fatigue,” said Margaret

Stoklosa, an organizer and

former Prairie PFE president.

“We’re trying to engage

the parents and families

a little bit more. This is a

big night to engage. We sold

over 315 tickets during the

presale alone.”

The gym quickly became

standing room only, with students

sitting on the ground

all around the court. The balcony

was open for seating

— which was not necessary

this past year — as the crowd

continued to grow.

“It’s so nice to see former

students and really engage the

Prairie School physical education teacher Lauren Billo bumps the ball back over the net,

as a member of Liberty’s team tries to defend March 22, during the Crosstown Classic

between Prairie and Liberty schools, at Jerling Jr. High School.

Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

whole community,” said Lauren

Billo, Prairie physical education

teacher. “It’s competitive

and fun. It’s a great event.

It’s a nice fundraiser. It’s good

to get families together and

have sibling rivalries.”

Moises Lopez, a Liberty

student-teacher and senior

volleyball player at St. Xavier

University, said he enjoyed

his first opportunity to compete

in the game. It started

out fun and carefree but became

more serious late in the

third set, with a trophy and

bragging rights on the line.

“I thought it was very

fun,” he said. “The kids

enjoyed it. The teachers

enjoyed it, as well. It gave

everyone a chance to come

together. A little bit of competition

makes it fun.”

Liberty student-teacher Moises Lopez sends the ball back

to the Prairie side of the net March 22.

Volleyball is the only fundraiser

sport in which the

staff has competed. Stoklosa

said a 5K fun run has been

discussed as a potential fundraiser

but may be done on a

district-wide basis.

Liberty fifth-grader Holden

Weidemiller has his own

idea of the next sport the staff

should play: badminton.

“It seems like it would be

very competitive and fun to

watch,” he said.

That one may take a little

more practice.

LISTEN UP

“Emma is a stud. I have nothing bad to say about her.”

Greg Svevo — Sandburg girls water polo coach, on goalkeeper Emma

Crnich’s skills, despite a recent loss

What 2 Watch

Girls Soccer — 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 4

• The Eagles will take it on the road to meet the

Lincoln-Way East Griffins in Frankfort.

INDEX

43 - This Week In

43 - Athlete of the Week

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


Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | www.opprairie.com | March 30, 2017

A bump in funding

Prairie, Liberty schools’ staffs

meet on the volleyball court to

help students, Page 47

Who soared?

Eagles meet the Griffins in the

pool for boys water polo action

in Frankfort, Page 45

Dan McMillan’s sports-focused philanthropy honored

by Village’s 2016 Adult Volunteer of the Year honor, Page 46

Dan McMillan takes part in just several of the many charitable endeavors that helped earn him the Village of Orland Park’s 2016 Adult Volunteer of the Year honor. Photos submitted

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