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Voters bounce

appointee D135’s

Dave Shalabi ends up

losing first bid for election

after five-way race for

four seats, Page 3

The road ahead

The Orland Park Prairie

chats with Mayor-elect

Keith Pekau about what

happens next, Page 5

Orland Park voters elect new

mayor, oust McLaughlin after

24 years of service, Page 4

Spring into

action Project

opportunities abound,

both indoors and out, in

2017 Home & Garden

Guide, Inside

Keith Pekau

hugs his aunt

April 4 after

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Thursday

Afternoons at OPPL:

Funniest Women in the

Movies

2 p.m. April 13. Public

Library, 14921 Ravinia

Avenue. Presenter Steven

Frenzel will talk about

actresses such as Madeline

Kahn, Barbra Streisand,

Terri Garr and Gracie Allen

who brought big laughs

to such movies as “Young

Frankenstein” and “My

Cousin Vinny”. For more

information, call (708) 428-

5115.

Friday

Family Glow Party

11 a.m. April 14. Public

Library, 14921 Ravinia

Avenue. Glow sticks,

dance music, games and

crafts will be available to

participants in this fun-filled

evening. Those who attend

are encouraged to dress up

in glow-in-the-dark attire

or anything that lights up!

Children under age 10 must

be accompanied by a parent.

For more information, call

(708) 428-5100.

Saturday

Discovery Depot

1 p.m. April 15. 14921

Ravinia Avenue. This

program is open to children

of all ages. Drop in between

1:00 and 4:00 p.m. and

discover something new

each week at the Discovery

Depot maker-space station!

For more information, call

(708) 428-5100.

Monday

Intro to iPad

11:30 p.m. April 17.

Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Avenue. This course

will teach iPad owners how

to customize the device

to their needs. For more

information, call (708) 428-

5100.

Tuesday

Budgeting with Excel

11:30 a.m. April 18. Public

Library, 14921 Ravinia

Avenue. This program will

teach participants how to

budget using Excel. For

more information, call (708)

428-5100.

Wednesday

Do More with Less Time w/

Sylvan Learning Center

4:30-5:30 p.m. April 19.

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

will learn how to manage

an overwhelming workload

by prioritizing tasks and

keeping track of time. This

is a free event for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708) 532-

0500.

Upcoming

Leisure Plotters Club

12:30-2 p.m. Thursday,

April 20. Orland Township,

14807 W. Ravinia Ave. This

group meets every third

Thursday of the month.

All seniors are invited to

join in for coffee, bingo,

and socialization. For more

information, contact Alice at

(708) 614-9202.

DIY Creative Letters

4-5 p.m. Thursday, April

20. The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Teens

will design a monogram or

spell out an inspirational

word with unique handcrafted

letters. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500.

Top Nail Colors for Spring

(Girls Only)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday,

April 20. The Bridge Teen

Center, 15555 S. 71st Court.

Teens will learn how to

freshen up their manicure

with some fun spring colors.

This is a free event for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708) 532-

0500.

Candy Craft Wars:

Peepocalypse

7-8 p.m. Friday, April 21.

14921 Ravinia Avenue. This

program will tap into the

participants creativity during

this sweet challenge. At least

one peep must be used in

each creation. Prizes will be

awarded based on design,

appearance and originality.

For more information, call

Sara at (708) 428-5154.

Global Youth Service Day

9 a.m.-noon 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.

Sportsplex Family Health

Fair

9 a.m.-noon. Saturday,

April 22. Sportsplex, 11351

W. 159th Street. The health

fair is open to everyone,

all ages. This free event

will include blood pressure

screenings, cholesterol

testing, nutrition counseling,

free aerobics classes, injury

screenings, flexibility

testing and more. Children

can enjoy face painting,

healthy snacks, balloons and

the Dino Jump. For more

information, call (708) 645-

7529.

Trivia/Pizza Night for MDA

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday,

April 22. Orland Bowl,

8601 W. 159th St. The

National Association of

Letter Carriers Br. 4016

will host a fundraising

event of fun and solidarity

for the Muscular Dystrophy

Association at Mickadoon’s

Pub. Tickets are $20 per

person which will include

pizza, salad and soft drinks.

Pre-reserved tables of 6 are

$120. Participants are asked

to RSVP as soon as possible

as space is limited. For more

information, call (708) 647-

0222.

CJC Dance Club: Nightclub

Two Step Dance Lesson

6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday,

April 22. Elk Lodge, 4428

Midlothian Turnpike,

Crestwood. This dance

club is seeking residents

of Orland Park to join their

dance inclusive club. They

will be holding a special

dance lesson for residents

who wish to learn. Cost is $5

per person, no reservation

needed. CJC will have their

regular dance group meeting

following lesson at 8 p.m.

For more information,

contact Barb at (630) 257-

6479.

Coffee, Conversation and

Cookies

9 a.m. Thursday, April

27. Orland Fire Protection

District Headquarters, 9790

W. 151st Street. The District

has partnered with Aishling

Companion Home Care for

this community outreach

program. This program is

to help educate residents

on many services that the

Fire District offers that can

impact resident’s lives. For

more information, call Betsy

Dine (708) 873-2742.

The Bridge Experience

7-9 p.m. Thursday,

April 27. The Bridge Teen

Center, 15555 71st Court.

The Bridge Teen center and

Thrivent Community wants

to give residents a unique

experience at the Bridge

Teen Center. Participants

will feel like a teenager again

as they partake in events

such as culinary station

experiences, arts, games and

more. This event is free for

adults over 18.

Battle of the Books

11 a.m. Saturday, April

29. Public Library, 14921

Ravinia Ave. Students from

Meadow Ridge, Liberty

and High Point schools will

compete in a trivia contest.

Students were required to

read the current Bluestem

Award books to participate

in this contest. For more

information, call (708) 428-

5100.

Trolley to Lilac Time

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday,

May 11. Orland Township,

14807 S. Ravinia Ave.

Trolleys will transport area

residents to Lilacia Park in

Lombard. Lunch at Casey’s

will follow departure

followed by an hour and

a half guided tour through

the lilac gardens. Tickets

are $45 for residents, and

$50 for non-residents.

Ticket price includes trolley,

tours and lunch. For more

information, or to purchase

tickets, call (708) 403-4222.

ONGOING

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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Deadline is noon Thursdays.

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calendar, contact Assistant

Editor Brittany Kapa at

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Shalabi the loser in five-way race for four seats on D135 School Board

Bill Jones, Editor

From April 4

Dave Shalabi, who was

appointed to the Orland

School District 135 Board

of Education in June 2015 to

fill a vacancy, was ousted in

his first attempt at an elected

position by Orland Park voters

on Election Day.

Board Members Laura

Berry, Sandra Kulak and

Michael Maratea all retained

their seats, being re-elected

to four-year terms, while

Devin Hodge — who was

appointed in October 2015

to fill a vacant seat — was

elected for the first time to

a four-year position, according

to unofficial results from

the Cook County Clerk’s Office.

Berry, Maratea, Hodge

and Shalabi all were members

of the 135 United slate,

while Kulak ran without a

slate.

With 43 of 43 precincts reporting

across Cook County,

and 11,428 ballots cast, Berry

led all vote-getters with

6,895 votes (22.45 percent).

“I’m very happy to continue

to serve on the School

Board,” Berry said. “I’m

very proud of our school

district. I’ve been a parent, a

teacher and an administrator,

and I just want to say ‘thank

you’ to everybody that supported

me.”

“All of the candidates

were so qualified, and we’ve

worked with all of them. I

knew no matter what the

outcome, the school district

would be in good hands and

that the people on the board

would be working together

for the betterment of the

school district and our kids.

So, I felt comfort in that, no

matter what the outcome.”

Kulak followed with

6,547 votes (21.32).

“I am humbled and grateful

to the voters of Orland

Park for their support during

this election,” Kulak wrote

in an email to The Orland

Park Prairie the next day.

“I was definitely the underdog,

but I believe that my

37 years of experience and

dedicated, committed work

for the children and community

of Orland Park was well

known.”

She said she thinks that

is what helped carry her to

victory, despite the lack of a

slate.

“I was lucky that people

are well aware of my passionate

stance on the betterment

of our children’s

educational experience in

135, and that message was

spread,” she said. “We have,

for the first time in Orland

Park, full-day kindergarten,

excellent technology

and a balanced budget. I am

looking forward to continuing

working with such a

progressive group of board

members.”

Maratea followed with

6,059 (19.73), then Hodge

with 5,970 (19.44).

Shalabi lost with only

5,240 votes (17.06 percent).

Following the loss, Shalabi

avoided any excuses or

other factors that may have

played a role in his loss, and

did not have a bad word to

say about anyone who was

elected to a seat on the board.

“I think the citizens voted

the way they felt they

should,” he said. “I absolutely

love Orland School

District 135, and I believe

District 135 is in good hands

with the current board that’s

in place.”

When asked whether or

not he would run for the

board again, Shalabi — who

was raised in and continues

to raise his family in the district

— simply said, “I think

my passion for the district

will never go away.”

Shalabi said he enjoyed

his two years of service with

the School Board, noting his

work with the Communications

Committee, which he

said was highlighted by efforts

to celebrate both teachers

and students.

“It excites me to even talk

about this,” he said. “My

time as a board member has

been so remarkable. I’m

extremely honored to have

served the board for the time

I served.”

Newcomer Linda Peckham

Dodge ran unopposed

for the remaining two years

on the appointed position

Hodge opted to leave in favor

of throwing his name in

the ring for a newly elected

four-year position. Of

11,428 ballots cast, 7,490

checked her name.

Voter turnout across the

district was 27.75 percent.

Additional reporting by

Assistant Editor Brittany Kapa.

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Keith Pekau to be Orland Park’s next mayor

Bill Jones, Editor

Keith I. Pekau is to be

the Village of Orland Park’s

next mayor.

After campaigns that got

heated in the closing weeks,

it all came down to Election

Day.

When the numbers were

tallied April 4, Pekau, the Republican

challenger, earned

6,958 votes (54.37 percent),

while incumbent Mayor Daniel

J. McLaughlin counted

5,840 (45.63 percent), with

51 of 51 precincts reporting

across Cook and Will Counties

according to unofficial results

from both county clerks’

offices.

“It felt great,” Pekau said

of seeing the results tallied.

“I’m relieved. I’ve been on

the go since 4 in the morning.

It really hasn’t set in yet.”

The decision by Orland

Park taxpayers ended

McLaughlin’s 24-year reign

as mayor, after the Village

Board recently voted to

make the position full-time

with a $150,000 salary for

the next four years.

“They clearly didn’t like

what the mayor did,” Pekau

said of residents’ response

to the increase. “It’s wrong,

and it shouldn’t be happening

anywhere.”

McLaughlin said he did

not see it as something that

impacted the decision.

“I think most people

thought the mayor was already

full-time, so I don’t

think that was it,” he said.

In Cook County, Pekau

earned 6,933 votes (54.43 percent)

to McLaughlin’s 5,804

(45.57), with all 50 precincts

reporting. In Will County,

McLaughlin earned 36 votes

(59.02 percent) to Pekau’s 25

(40.98 percent), with its one

precinct reporting.

Pekau said he thought he

ran a “clean and honest” campaign,

and that is a big part of

why Orland Park taxpayers

responded well to him.

McLaughlin conceded the

race just before 9 p.m. April

4, and then gave a speech to

his supporters, which included

other First Orland Party

members and incumbent

Trustees James V. Dodge,

Daniel T. Calandriello and

Kathleen M. Fenton, along

with Village Clerk John C.

Mehalek, all of whom were

re-elected unopposed.

“We gave it a good fight,”

McLaughlin said during

the speech, while alluding

to how much money Pekau

and his supporters put into

Mayor Dan McLaughlin (right) goes over the results of the

race with Trustee Michael Carroll.

his campaign. “I guess we

didn’t handle it right.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed.

We worked hard,

and I think we had a good

story to tell. I think people

bought a different story than

we were telling.”

McLaughlin said despite

the loss, he appreciated all

of the support he had in Orland

Park.

“We had a lot of great

workers and a lot of people

volunteering,” he said. “I

feel bad for them, as well.”

Dodge, despite his own

re-election, called it a “tough

night.”

“A lot of people were fired

up emotionally about the issues

brought out in the campaign,”

he said. “I thought

Dan was going to win, but it

might of been close because

of the intensity of the campaign.”

Dodge, like McLaughlin,

pointed to advertising campaigns

that hit a peak in the

closing weeks of the election

cycle and included anti-

McLaughlin television commercials

paid for by Liberty

Principles PAC as a key reason

for the mayor’s loss.

In the closing weeks of the

election cycle, the action devolved

into endless mailers,

robocalls, arguments over

the facts, television campaigns

and claims of outside

influences. Cook County

voter turnout across the village

was 26.55 percent.

Mayor-elect Keith Pekau (right) poses for a photo with his

wife, Betty, after learning of his victory the evening of April 4.

Photos by Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media

“I think you see a lot of

people responding to factoids,

and the problem with

factoids [is], absent of context,

they’re almost always

built to establish a narrative,”

he said. “The narrative by the

outside interests against Dan

was inherently negative.”

Fenton, who also won reelection,

shared similar sentiments.

“It’s a very sad day for the

Village of Orland Park,” she

said. “Mayor McLaughlin has

dedicated 24 years of service

to this community. This community

is what it is because

of him — his leadership with

the board. Now, to have somebody

come in with absolutely

no experience, and someone

[who] has degraded the Village

in all of his literature —

I’m very sad.”

Additional reporting by Assistant

Editor Brittany Kapa.

Residents say ‘no’ to both household hazardous waste pickup, outdoor multipurpose sports facility

Bill Jones, Editor

In addition to local races

for Village of Orland Park

mayor and seats on the Orland

School District 135

Board of Education, Orland

Park voters were faced with

two advisory/non-binding

questions — designed to

gauge public opinion —

from the Village when they

went to their polling places

April 4.

In both cases, the majority

of Orland Park residents voted

“No,” according to unofficial

results from the Cook and

Will County Clerks’ Offices.

The first question focused

on an “At Your Door Special

Collection” for electronic

and hazardous waste.

It asked, “Shall the Village

of Orland Park be authorized

to impose an additional

monthly charge of no more

than Two Dollars ($2.00) on

residential garbage bills for

the new ‘At Your Door Special

Collection’ supplemental

electronics and hazardous

waste removal program,

which includes the on-call

pick-up of electronics, batteries,

chemicals and other hard

to recycle home products?”

Orland Park residents

across Cook and Will Counties

cast 7,112 “No” votes

(56.81 percent), while 5,406

(43.19) said “Yes,” with 51 of

51 precincts total reporting.

Across Cook County,

7,093 voters (56.84 percent)

from Orland Park said “No,”

while only 5,386 (43.16) said

“Yes,” with 50 of 50 precincts

reporting. Voter turnout

for the race in the county

was listed at 26.55 percent.

Across Will County, 20

Orland Parkers (51.28) said

“Yes,” while 19 (48.72) said

“No,” with its one precinct

reporting.

The second question focused

on the possibility of an

outdoor multipurpose sports

facility. It read as follows.

“Should the Village of Orland

Park enter into a publicprivate

partnership for the

construction and maintenance

of an outdoor multipurpose

sports facility?”

When it came to that question,

voters responded with an

even more resounding “No.”

In total, across Cook and

Will Counties, 8,442 voters

(67.69 percent) said “No,”

while 4,029 (32.31) said

“Yes,” with 51 of 51 precincts.

Across Cook County,

8,413 Orland Park voters

(67.70 percent) said “No,”

with only 4,014 (32.30) saying

“Yes,” with 50 of 50 precincts

reporting. Voter turnout

for the race in the county

was listed at 26.55 percent.

Across Will County, 29

voters (65.91) said “No,”

while 15 (34.09) said “Yes,”

with its one precinct reporting.


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What happens next?

With Mayor-elect

Keith Pekau

Bill Jones, Editor

Following

Republican

Keith Pekau’s

April 4 Election

Day victory

over the

incumbent,

he still has Pekau

several weeks

before he is to take office in

May.

The Orland Park Prairie

caught up with Pekau by

phone Thursday, April 6, to

learn more about his transition

process, ask a lingering

question from the end

of the election cycle and

take a closer look at how he

plans to work with a Village

Board that has been largely

supportive of the outgoing

Mayor Dan McLaughlin.

What happens between now

and when you take office?

“Now it’s time to get down

to business,” Pekau said.

The mayor-elect said he has

been setting up meetings with

Village department heads and

trustees to start learning the

nuances of the Village and get

ready. He added Police Chief

and Interim Village Manager

Tim McCarthy was the first

to reach out to help with the

transition.

“That process has already

started,” he said. “There’s a

lot of stuff to get me up to

speed in 5-6 weeks.”

Orland Parkers were

bombarded with campaign

mailers and robocalls in the

final weeks of the election

cycle, and there were

notable anti-McLaughlin ads

paid for by Liberty Principles

PAC. What do you say

about the idea of outside

influences, and whether or

not you’re beholden to those

who helped you win the

election?

“I’m absolutely not,” Pekau

said

The mayor-elect added he

did not know about the television

ads in advance, saying

he heard about them first

from McLaughlin’s camp.

“It was as big a surprise

to me as it was to them,” he

said.

Pekau said he only later

learned of the support of

Dan Proft, the man behind

the PAC, a one-time gubernatorial

primary candidate

and conservative talk show

host. Pekau insisted the campaign

against McLaughlin

by the PAC was not carried

out in exchange for anything

if he won the office.

“There has never been

asking for anything,” he

said. “And that wouldn’t

work with me, anyway.”

While the majority of Orland

Park voters selected you;

nearly 46 percent did not.

How do you approach the

role of mayor knowing

that portion of the village’s

residents did not support

you and your ideas?

“I understand they have a

long history with [McLaughlin],”

Pekau said. “People

are sometimes afraid of

change.”

Pekau pledged that he

would continue to be “honest

and up front” with residents.

He said people will

not always agree with him

— and that may even go for

his own supporters — but

he guaranteed that people

always will know where he

stands in the discourse.

Will you be able to work

with Village Board members

who suggested the election

results were “very sad” on

the evening of the election?

Pekau said things have

changed already mere days

after the election. He said he

already spoke with one trustee

and planned to speak with

more before taking office.

He said while some board

members could prove challenging,

he has a positive

outlook on the possibilities.

“I think there’s no doubt

that we can work together,”

Pekau said. “I think there’s

enough people on the board

that are reasonable, and we

can get some things accomplished.”

In a statement following

the election, Mayor

McLaughlin congratulated

you and promised help in

the transition. Is that help

you accept, considering your

differences?

“Absolutely,” Pekau said.

He noted he was unsure

whether or not the police

chief reaching out was on

his own accord or at the behest

of McLaughlin, but Pekau

said he looks forward to

learning what he can from

anyone willing to share that

information.

“At some point, Dan and

I will have discussions, as

well,” Pekau said. “But both

of us need some time after

the election.”

What is your first order

of business once you take

office?

“The first order of business

— because the Village

Board has to approve it — is

for me to decline the pension,”

Pekau said.

Next will be learning the

finer details of the Village’s

financial situations, he said.

We asked residents of Orland Park...

‘Why did you vote how you did in the

mayoral race?’

“Beyond time for McLaughlin to go.

The eyesore at 143rd and LaGrange

was it.”

Chuck Skinner (via Facebook)

“I voted for Mayor Dan because he is

honest, hard-working and an advocate

for Orland Park citizens.”

Colleen Panega (via Twitter)

“The salary increase is what got me.

Town is in debt, many strip malls are

below 50 percent capacity, the seizure

of Orland Plaza for the prison-looking

medical building ... And he went for a

major raise. Is his original salary low?

Yes. But to kick it up that high? He did

himself in with that.”

Tim Scallon (via Facebook)

“I detest greedy people; need I say

more?”

Maxine Bell (via Facebook)

What happens next?

With Trustee James

Dodge

Bill Jones, Editor

Come May,

the Orland

Park Village

Board will

have a new

mayor seated

at its center,

following the Dodge

April 4 election

of Republican challenger

Keith Pekau to replace

longtime Mayor Dan

McLaughlin.

But with no trustee challengers

in the race, the First

Orland Party kept three open

voting seats, and returned

Village Clerk John C. Mehalek,

as well. That leaves

intact a Village Board that

has been largely supportive of

McLaughlin in potential opposition

to Pekau’s initiatives.

But to those who think

Orland Park is on track to

become an embarrassment

of infighting, Trustee James

Dodge — who has served

in that role since 1996, and

before that as Village clerk

from 1989-1996 — said he

thinks cooler heads will prevail,

despite emotions running

high on the heels of the

election.

The Orland Park Prairie

chatted with Dodge by

phone Thursday, April 6,

to find out what residents

can expect from the Village

Board going forward.

Despite your own reelection,

you called April 4

a “tough night” on account

of Mayor McLaughlin’s loss?

How does the Village Board

deal with the change going

forward?

“I think we’ll figure it

out,” Dodge said. “Will

things be different? Sure.”

Dodge said he was able to

work with McLaughlin for

more than two decades, and

the change inherently means

things will be different. But

he noted he used to be neighbors

with Pekau, has known

him for more than a decade

and thinks he and the rest of

the board members can work

with him.

Despite maintaining control,

does the Village Board need

to re-examine the way it

does business from here on

out, considering the majority

of Orland Park voters

elected someone outside of

the slate?

“They voted, and it was

clear,” Dodge said of the

results. “That’s part of the

whole idea of this. ... The

system worked exactly like

it’s supposed to.”

Dodge said Pekau struck a

chord with voters in Orland

Park, and there is something

to be said for that.

“I respect him and the will

of the people,” Dodge said.

You said you think you

can work well with a new

mayor. Do you think the

rest of the board feels the

same way? Are we going to

see open opposition, or will

everyone work together?

While some difference

of opinion is inevitable,

Dodge said he expects only

discourse, not discord, at

the Village Board level. He

said as much disagreement

as there may have been near

the end of the election cycle,

trustees are committed to

making sure Orland Park

avoids the likes of Chicago’s

historic battles.

“I don’t see that coming,”

he said. “I see differences of

opinions, and seven adults

trying to work them out.

“I think everybody on the

board is there for the right

reasons. They want to do

what is best for Orland Park.

“I don’t think [residents]

want infighting; they want

us to be effective.”


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Orland Park Village Board

Officials announce, approve areas for 2017 Neighborhood Road Program

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Round It Up

A brief recap of action and discussion from the April 3

meeting of the Orland Park Village Board.

• As part of the consent agenda, the Orland Park

Village Board voted 6-0 — with Trustee Dan Calandriello

absent — to approve a proposal from Upland Design

Ltd. in an amount not to exceed $15,245 for the

design and construction management of Veterans

Park.

• Also part of the consent agenda, a site proposal was

accepted to develop a 3.5-acre Orland Park Nature

Center facility on LaGrange Road.

• A proposal from Joe Rizza Porsche to construct

a new automobile dealership at 8760 W. 159th St.

also was approved with the consent agenda. The new

facility is estimated at 18,010 square feet on a 7.6-

acre site, located east of Georgios Banquets, Quality

Inn & Suites.

Where Orland Park is

going, at least in the near

future, it will still need

roads.

As such, trustees who are

part of the Village of Orland

Park’s Public Works

Committee voted 3-0 April

3 to recommend to the Village

Board approve the

2017 Neighborhood Road

Program.

The recommended action

involves accepting a

bid of approximately $3.01

million from Austin Tyler

Construction, of Elwood,

as well as a proposal from

Baxter & Woodman Inc.,

of Mokena, in an amount

not to exceed $161,200, for

consulting services.

A total of six bids were

received for the road program,

with Austin Tyler

Construction as the lowest

responsible bidder.

“The low bidder came in

at almost a half-million less

than we expected, so it was

a favorable bid,” Trustee

Michael Carroll said.

Trustee Carole Griffin

Ruzich added that “this is

about the same amount that

we did last year.”

The scheduled areas

to see road rehabilitation

as part of the Neighborhood

Road Program are:

Whispering Hills, Ashburn

Sound, 160th Street, Catalina

Industrial and Orland

Terrace. This year’s program

also will include

construction of a 10-space

parking lot for Eagle Ridge

Park.

Also during the Public

Works Committee meeting,

Lindsay Birt, project director

at Huff & Huff Inc.,

gave a presentation on the

Village installing a “floating

island” at the Marley

Boulevard South Pond.

Birt said the 1.21-acre

spot was chosen because of

the site’s accessibility and

layout visibility.

“Floating islands are synthetic

floating devices — fibrous

mats that are tethered

and filled with wetland or

native plants,” Birt said.

“These natives plants, their

roots grow into the water

system and actually help to

update nutrients.

“Not only are they helping

with nutrient removal,

but they are improving

their habitats.”

With stormwater runoff,

there typically is excess

phosphors and nitrogen,

she said.

“It can come from fertilizer

being applied to lawns

to the oil or any other disposals

from cars,” she

said. “Detention ponds

work to actually collect all

that stormwater. They are

functioning in that way.

But when there [are] excess

nutrients, phosphors

and nitrogen that get into

those ponds, what you tend

to see [are] algae blooms

later. That typically is a

nuisance to waterways and

residents.”

Trustees voted 3-0 to recommend

the board approve

an expenditure of $9,800

to design, install, plant and

create educational signs for

a floating island.

Business pride on display

During the Village Board

meeting, 12 businesses

and/or developers were

given Business Improvement

Pride Awards.

They were: Art Van Furniture;

The Brass Tap; Burger

King; Frontier Development;

Grand Appliance and

TV; GW Property Group

(given two awards for separate

developments); MEM

Design/Sugarbaker’s; Net3

Real Estate; Twin Towers

Sanctuary; United Growth

Capital Management; and

Wu’s House Japanese Restaurant.

Trustee Kathleen Fenton

said the Village has a program

available that gives

money to business upgrading

their facades.

“Many times, facades

become outdated, or maybe

the business has turned

over to something different,”

Fenton said. “Everyone

likes a little recognition

here or there for the

little things they do. But

changing your facade not

only enhances your business

but it also enhances

the overall appearance of

Orland Park.”

She said some of the

businesses honored used

the fund-matching program,

but some just did it

on their own out of good

business spirit.

After the meeting, Fenton

thanked the Development

Services Department

for their work coming up

with the awards.

“Staff did a nice job doing

that, and I really encourage

businesses to come

in, apply for the funding we

have available, and lets get

those facades up and moving,”

she said. “Lets continue

to make this Village

one of the greatest places

to be.”

An opportunity for Orland

Parkers

During a presentation

before the consent agenda,

Panorea Bakutis, director

of graduate recruitment for

Robert Morris University’s

Morris Graduate School

of Management in Orland

Park, informed the Village

Board of a unique opportunity

for residents.

“[Orland Park residents]

have the opportunity to

earn an Master of Business

Administration for half off

the tuition cost of the entire

degree as a ‘thank you’ to

the Village of Orland Park

for its continued community

support for us,” she said.

Bakutis said classes are

offered on a flexible, evening

schedule to encourage

students to fit college into

their lives.

She said Orland Park

residents must have a minimum

of at least one year

residency to utilize the

half-off discount.

“The discount is available

for those starting with

us in July or September,”

she said. “Based on what

kind of response we have,

we’ll see if we’ll continue

to offer it into the following

year.”

Bakutis said those interested

can get further information

by calling (708)

226-5353.

Chicago woman hit with felony charges after alleged Panera pickpocketing

Bill Jones, Editor

A Chicago

woman

known to police

for a history

of pickpocketing

recently was

nabbed for her Davis

involvement

in what police called a “litany”

of pickpocket thefts at

two Orland Park Panera locations,

according to a press

release issued April 3 by the

Orland Park Police Department.

Star L. Davis, 47, of 1256

W. 73rd St., was charged

with two counts each of

continuing a criminal financial

enterprise, a Class 1

felony, and identity theft, a

Class 2 felony.

On Feb. 13, she allegedly

stole a wallet from a customer

seated at the Panera

at 15845 Harlem Ave. She

and “several” co-conspirators

used the victim’s credit

cards at the Kohl’s in Orland

Park, Target in Tinley

Park and Wal-Mart in Orland

Hills, police said.

Then, on March 29, David

allegedly stole a wallet

from a customer seated

at the Panera at 15252 S.

LaGrange Road. She and

co-conspirators then used

the victim’s credit cards at

the Apple store at Orland

Square, as well as the Target

in Tinley Park, police

said.

Davis reportedly was arrested

March 30 at her residence.

Police said she was

known in the law enforcement

community for her

involvement in pickpocket

thefts. She is on home monitoring,

police added.

A search of her residence

reportedly led to the recovery

of a wallet and credit

cards taken in the theft at

Panera the day prior.

Orland Park Police said

Davis is suspected in several

other thefts but has been

ruled out in others. Police

said other pickpocket crews

have been known to work

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Community supports Orland Park Rock Bottom assistant brewer

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

The quote, as Andy Mikal

remembers it, is “You don’t

know how strong you are,

until strong is the only option

you have.”

The attribution is unclear,

but to Mikal, it means he has

to reach deeper inside himself

than ever before and find

whatever strength he has —

strength maybe he did not

know he had — to make it

through the most challenging

period of his life.

The 33-year-old was diagnosed

in January with Stage

4 colon cancer and has since

then has undergone six of

12 chemotherapy sessions

scheduled to continue until

July. He always has been

inspired by the Navy Seals

and has adopted a warriors

mentality as he faces down

the disease.

If Mikal’s strength wavers

for a moment — and he

acknowledges he has good

days and bad days — he has

an army of friends and family

on which he can call for

advice and moral support.

That was on display April

1, when nearly 300 people

turned out for a benefit that

raised more than $7,000 for

Mikal; his wife, Meggan;

and their 5-month-old son,

Andrew.

The fundraiser was held

at Emagine Entertainment’s

Frankfort Theatre, and

featured a raffle drawing,

split-the-pot and showing

of “Beauty and the Beast.”

The number of people who

attended the event necessitated

that Emagine open

a second auditorium to accommodate

them.

Andy had no words to express

how thankful he is that

his and Meggan’s friends organized

the benefit on their

behalf. Alicia Stumpe, of

Frankfort, and Chrissa Flannery,

of Orland Park, were

the driving force behind securing

the space at Emagine,

publicizing the event and

getting 15 area businesses

to donate products, services

and gift cards for the raffle

drawing.

“They did a great job getting

the word out,” Andy

said. “We didn’t know

what to expect, and when

we walked in the door and

it was unbelievable; it was

packed.”

Meggan, a palliative care

nurse at Advocate Children’s

Hospital in Oak Lawn, said

the support of friends, family

and people she and Andy

do not even know has been

overwhelming.

Rock Bottom, where Andy

is an assistant brewer, donated

$5,700 from an event

Pictured are (left to right) Chrissa Flannery, of Orland Park; Alicia Stumpe, of Frankfort,;

and Andy and Meggan Mikal, of Mokena, during a benefit held April 1 at Emagine

Entertainment’s Frankfort Theatre for Andy Mikal, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer.

Photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

held in February at its downtown

Chicago location to the

couple. It also raised $7,000

at a benefit for the Mikals

held in March at the Orland

Park restaurant.

“I’m still processing it,”

Meggan said of the turnout

at Emagine. “Alicia and

Chrissa, whatever they did

to get everyone here ... it

was really amazing. We’re

beyond thankful.

“We have good weeks and

we have bad weeks, with

Andy’s chemo journey, and

this was a good week. Seeing

everyone out here today

really makes it a good

week.”

Andy has been working

only two days per month

since beginning chemotherapy

in January. He and Meggan

appreciate the financial

assistance the fundraisers

have provided, but the emotional

support has done much

to raise their spirits, too.

“When we see everyone

out here with their kids and

everything, it gives Andy

something to continue to

fight for,” Meggan said.

“Our family, our friends —

they’re all in our corner,

and it makes everything just

much easier. It makes this

cancer stuff tolerable.”

Lindsay Mayer, of Chicago, holds her raffle prize at the event.

Additionally, Andy has

met people who have been

through chemotherapy and

survived cancer, and is

building a network of friends

on which he can call during

the tougher times.

“I have that person I

can call, that person I can

text to say, ‘Hey, I’m having

a rough day,’ and they

text back and say, ‘Take it

one day at a time. What do

you need? Can I come over

right now?’ When you hear

those things and see everything

people did to support

you, you sit back and think,

‘Man, this is great.’”

Stumpe said the benefit

was important in the sense

it was about “more than just

writing a check.”

“It’s the people coming

together,” she said. “And

we’re just happy to put a

smile on his face and help

him get through this.”

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been established for the Mikals

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Mitchell’s Flowers owners help

local woman with blood drive

Erin Redmond, Assistant Editor

Over the past nine years,

Jennifer Babec has organized

more than 100 blood

drives.

Her latest, on March 27,

was nothing new for her,

but it was just as important

as all the others before.

Ten years ago, her daughter

Taylor was diagnosed

with lymphoma at just 5

years old. She required 22

blood transfusions throughout

the course of her treatment,

which ultimately

saved her life. And while

Taylor is 15 now and has

not required a transfusion

in awhile, her mother is on

a mission to ensure other

families never have to worry

about from where their

much-needed blood will

come.

“From being a mom of [a

cancer patient] and a mom

of a child who’s sick, this

is something I couldn’t fix

on my own,” Jennifer said.

“I had to rely on people to

donate blood and go out of

their way, take time out of

their day and not get anything

out of it to be able

to save my daughter’s life.

It’s something that you feel

a little bit helpless and you

have to rely on kind-hearted

donors to donate, and donate

on a regular basis.

“I felt after Taylor had a

couple transfusions that I

need to do this. I don’t want

other’s loved ones to have

to worry; they have enough

to worry about.”

In order to spread the

word and reach as many potential

donors as possible,

Jennifer partnered with the

Homer Glen Junior Women’s

Club and her church,

Parkview Christian Church

in Homer Glen, to host the

event.

Women’s Club member

Megan Mitchell helped organize

the blood drive, as

she, too, has experienced

the effects of transfusions

firsthand.

Mitchell and her husband,

Dave, owners of Mitchell’s

Flowers & Events in Orland

Park, had a son who was

born with a heart defect.

Over the course of his life,

their son required multiple

surgeries and blood transfusions.

The extra blood was

always available, thanks to

the selflessness of donors,

Dave said.

The Mitchells’ son ultimately

died in January

2016, but they are honoring

him by paying it forward.

Dave said his family always

jumps at a chance to help

out a cause so near and dear

to their hearts.

“For me, it’s certainly

easy to go and do,” Megan

said.

Getting as many people

as possible to blood drives

is crucial, Megan said, as

not everyone who attends

a drive is able to donate.

Out of the 25 people at the

event, only around half were

able to give blood, as others

were restricted because of

medications or anemia —

among other issues.

This was the second time

the HGJWC and the Babecs

have teamed up for a blood

drive, and Jennifer said she

hopes to continue the partnership

moving forward.

“It’s nice to have another

community organization

that has the same heart

that you do,” Jennifer said.

“Blood donation is harmless;

it doesn’t hurt. You

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Submitted by Community

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Community Consolidated

School District 146 recently

announced it would begin

offering its quarterly newsletter,

the Horizon, to all

members of the community.

In the past, the Horizon

was sent only to families of

D146 students.

The Horizon includes

information from the administration,

news from the

classrooms, important event

dates, and an alumni update.

The new version of the

Horizon will be distributed

primarily via email. Only a

limited number of printed

copies of the first issue will

be available. All subsequent

issues will be sent to registered

email addresses.

Community members

can sign up to receive the

digital newsletter by texting

“D146” to 22828 or by visiting

district146.org. Parents

and guardians of D146

students will automatically

receive the newsletters via

email and do not need to

sign up.

D146 is Central Middle

School, Fierke Education

Center, Fulton School,

Kruse Education Center, and

Memorial School. Students

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Police Reports

Felonious amount of cannabis found

in vehicle parked in theater’s garage

Slawomir P. Mucha, 26 of

9146 S. 83rd Ct. in Hickory

Hills, was charged March 21

with Class 4 felony count of

unlawful possession of cannabis

after police reportedly

found cannabis weighing

120 grams in a 2010 Mitsubishi

in the parking garage

of Marcus Theatres’ Orland

Park Cinema, 16350 La-

Grange Road.

Police reportedly noticed

an odor of burnt cannabis

coming from the vehicle,

and saw a cloud of smoke

when the occupants of the

vehicle exited. Mucha was

in the driver’s seat, police

said.

On the front passenger’s

side of the floor, police reportedly

found a glass jar

containing cannabis. A plastic

bag containing cannabis

Residents urged to report coyote sightings

Reminder: Feeding

coyotes is illegal In

Orland Park

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

Coyotes have been in the

Orland Park area since the

late 1970s, when they used

area railroad tracks as highways

to Chicago’s south suburbs.

The current population

is growing because coyotes

have no natural predators.

Residents should call the

Orland Park Police Department

at (708) 349-4111 to

report coyote sightings and

their locations. Families also

should not leave pets unattended

outdoors to avoid attacks.

was found in the trunk, police

added. The substance reportedly

field tested positive

for the drug.

March 21

• Matthew R. Taylor, 21,

of 14113 86th Place in Orland

Park, was charged

with DUI-alcohol, DUI

BAC .08, failure to reduce

speed to avoid an accident

and speeding after he allegedly

struck another vehicle

from behind while driving

northbound on 82nd Avenue

near Pickens Drive. He had

an odor of alcohol on his

breath, slurred speech and

bloodshot eyes, police said.

He allegedly failed field sobriety

tests. He reportedly

provided a breath sample,

but the results were not included

in the report.

March 14

• Iman Hamed Dahabra,

31, of 5279 89th St. in Oak

Lawn, was charged with

retail theft after she allegedly

tried to take 24 clothing

items valued at a total

of $645 from a store on

Orland Square Drive. She

reportedly took the items

into a dressing room, concealed

them in a bag, exited

the dressing room and concealed

more items in the bag

on the floor before trying to

leave the store.

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.

It is not uncommon to see

coyotes in packs of as many

as eight. The coyotes’ breeding

time is normally in February

and March, with their

pups being born in the spring,

April and May, after 60-63

days of gestation. Coyotes

can have anywhere from five

to seven pups in a litter.

They look like German

Shepherds and look particularly

large this time of

year because of their winter

coats. When wet, they look

like a 40-pound dog, according

to Village officials.

Bird seed and the birds

that feed on it may attract

the wild dogs. It is illegal to

ground feed any animals or

birds in the Village of Orland

Park.

Illinois Department of Natural

Resources records show

no documented coyote attacks

on humans; however, the dogs

will attack family pets.

Residents who encounter

a coyote are cautioned

to never run from it or take

their eyes off of it. Residents

should instead yell, scream

and wave their arms, making

themselves look larger than

they actually are. If that does

not work, people are encouraged

to throw whatever is

handy, or carry an air horn.

Residents are encouraged

to always carry a cellphone

when out walking or walking

their dogs. Walkers also

are encouraged to go to the

nearest house for help, and

ask that the homeowner call

911, so that a police officer

can respond.


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The Orland Park Prairie’s

Standout Student

Sponsored by Marquette Bank

Ben Combs, Cardinal

Joseph Bernardin

Catholic School

eighth-grader

Ben Combs was chosen as The

Orland Park Prairie’s Standout

Student because of his academic

accomplishments.

What is one essential you

must have when studying?

One essential I must have

when studying is quiet, because

without quiet I can

easily lose focus on the task

I need to complete.

What do you like to do when

Photo submitted

not in school or studying?

What I like to do when not

in school or studying is play

sports, because they are able

to take away all the stress I

had that day.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to become

an architect, because

it allows you to be creative

with what you are designing.

What is one thing people

don’t know about you? School News

One thing people don’t

Providence Catholic High ciety. She is an Illinois State Orland Parker named to

know about me is that I lived

School

Scholar and received numerous

academic subject awards

winter 2017 dean’s list

in Brookfield when I was 2

Orland Parker named

Sarah Hoagland, of Orland

years old.

from the school including

valedictorian

Park, recently was named to

Biology Honors, English 1

Providence Catholic High

the 2016-2017 dean’s list for

Whom do you look up to?

Honors, Spanish 1A, AP U.S.

School Principal John Harper,

recently announced Saness

at DePaul University.

the Driehaus College of Busi-

I look up to my mom and

History, AP English 3, AP

dad, because they always care

U.S. Government and Politics,

and Spanish 3 Honors.

mantha Dorning as the Class

for others before themselves. of 2017 valedictorian, and Outside of the classroom,

Illinois Wesleyan University

Meghan Howat and Michael she is active in the Augustinian

Youth Ministry and Law national award-winning

Orland Park resident in

What is your favorite class? Massaro as co-salutatorians.

My favorite class is social Dorning is the daughter of Club, while being named musical group

studies, because it covers a Michael Dorning and Mari PCHS Student of the Month Jack Gardner, of Orland

broad variety of topics that I

Ann Herbert. She is a graduate

of Cardinal Joseph Ber-

four times. In addition, she Park, is a member of Illinois

find very interesting.

has been a member of the Wesleyan University’s Wind

nardin Catholic School in PCHS soccer and track Ensemble, national winner

Orland Hills, a parishioner at teams. Outside of school,

What is your best memory

of The American Prize in

St. Francis of Assisi Parish she has played ice hockey Band Performance competition

in the performing arts,

from school?

in Orland Park and a resident for 12 years, seven for Chicago

Fury AAA Women’s college/university division.

My best memory from of Orland Park. Dorning is

school is playing silent ball to attend Boston University Hockey Team. She is also Gardner, a senior music

every single day in third and will study political science/business.

the Fury. She was a district

a youth volunteer coach for

education major, plays tuba

grade.

in the 35-member Wind Ensemble.

Founded in 1979,

Dorning has been a member

of the Providence Cathoracy,”

and volunteers South

finalist for “Voice of Democ-

Standout Student is a weekly

the Wind Ensemble features

lic high honor roll all semesters

and is a member of the torian Village Senior Living.

Suburban Hospital and Vic-

feature for The Orland Park

the top wind and percussion

students at Illinois Wesley-

Prairie. Nominations come from National Honor Society and

Orland Park area schools. Spanish National Honor So-

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Village’s annual Curbside

Spring Clean-Up to take

place week of April 17

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

Spring is here, and with

it comes the Village of Orland

Park’s yearly Curbside

Spring Clean-Up.

This year’s collection will

again be offered on residents’

regular garbage pickup

days the week of April

17-21.

Orland Park’s Curbside

Spring Clean-Up is held in

cooperation with the Village’s

refuse hauler, Waste

Management and will serve

more than 22,000 households.

Residents are to place

all trash and bulk items

curbside by 6 a.m. on their

pick-up day and in an orderly

fashion (i.e. bagged,

contained or bundled, with

no loose garbage).

Residents can dispose of

durable goods or household

items, like furniture, textiles

and carpets, as well as white

goods, including washers,

dryers and refrigerators.

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placed at the curb to prevent

children from playing on or

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Items not accepted during

the collection include

electronics (e.g. televisions,

computers, monitors and

printers).

Information on disposal of

electronics can be found at

the “Refuse, Recycling, Yard

Waste” link on the Village’s

website, under the Living in

Orland Park tab.

Hazardous wastes — such

as paints, oils and solvents

— will not be picked up, nor

will automotive batteries,

gas, asbestos, medical waste.

Also excluded are construction

and demolition materials,

concrete, rock, dirt,

engines or large automotive

parts, or any oversized items

that cannot be placed in a

compactor type truck.

Automobile tires will be

picked up, provided the rims

have been removed.

Further information is

available by calling Waste

Management at (800) 796-

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Business Briefs

Four Orland Parkers

among RE/MAX brokers in

Northern Illinois recognized

with career honors

Ninety-six brokers affiliated

with RE/MAX offices

across northern Illinois recently

earned recognition for

their career achievements.

RE/MAX brokers are eligible

for four career awards,

each marking an important

professional milestone while

they are affiliated with RE/

MAX. The awards, in ascending

order of significance

are: Hall of Fame, Lifetime

Achievement, Circle of Legends

and Luminary of Distinction.

Two brokers became

members of the Circle of

Legends, which recognizes

an elite group of top brokers

in the RE/MAX global network

representing less than

0.5 percent of all RE/MAX

sales associates. To enter the

Circle of Legends, a broker

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MAX for at least 10 years

and have earned more than

$10 million in commissions

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those who have been part

of the worldwide RE/MAX

network for at least seven

years and have earned more

than $3 million in gross

commissions during that

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brokers in Northern Illinois.

Seventy-one brokers were

inducted into the RE/MAX

Hall of Fame, whose members

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$1 million in gross commissions

while affiliated with

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The Lifetime Achievement

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Shalabi, RE/MAX Synergy

in Orland Park, and Dawn

Dause, RE/MAX Ultimate

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Among those inducted

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Oak Lawn’s Children’s

Museum to have book fair at

Barnes & Noble

The Children’s Museum

in Oak Lawn is excited to

announce it will be partnering

with Barnes & Noble in

Orland Park for a book fair

fundraiser. This book fair is

to take place from 4-8 p.m.

Thursday, April 13, at the

store, 160 Orland Park Place.

During the event, children

will have the opportunity

to meet the Easter Bunny,

decorate their own cupcakes

(for a small fee), get their

face painted, enjoy story

time and more.

This book fair fundraiser

will be a fun event for children

and families to enjoy

School

From Page 14

an and performs the finest

wind band literature. The

ensemble has worked with

and sponsored commissions

from Pulitzer Prize-winning

composers. The ensemble

performs several concerts

throughout the year, tours

and also an opportunity to

promote literacy. An added

bonus is that a portion of the

sales made during the event

will be donated to the museum.

Lakeshore Partners with

DonorsChoose.org to give

back to local classrooms

Lakeshore Learning Materials,

a developer and retailer

of innovative educational

products for schools

and homes with a location

in Orland Park, recently announced

a brand-new program

to provide much-needed

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schools. From now through

April 29, customers visiting

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will have the option of adding

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at checkout. Their contributions

will be recognized on

a donation card displayed

within the store as a way of

celebrating and personally

thanking each individual

regularly and has appeared

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Conference and the Illinois

Music Educators Association

Conference.

The American Prize is

a series of nonprofit, national

competitions in the

performing arts, providing

cash awards, professional

who provides local classroom

support. All donations

from the program will directly

benefit schools in the

surrounding area — providing

teachers with essential

tools and materials to ensure

a thriving learning environment

for today’s students.

Lakeshore is a longstanding

supporter of DonorsChoose.org,

working in

partnership with the organization

for nearly a decade.

One of the many initiatives

Lakeshore promotes is

an annual giving program

through the company’s Gifts

for Growing Minds holiday

catalog. For every catalog

order, Lakeshore donates $1

to DonorsChoose.org, resulting

in more than $328,000

for public schools over the

past four years. Like DonorsChoose.org,

Lakeshore

was founded on the mission

of supporting teachers, students

and classrooms. The

new initiative will help increase

the impact at the local

level, and Lakeshore invites

customers to join in the spirit

of giving to ensure that every

child in the community

receives a quality education.

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FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Ron Sly elected NL Township

road commissioner

Ron Sly knew he was facing

an uphill battle to become

the New Lenox Township

road commissioner.

His opponent, Dave

Medema, was endorsed by

the likes of State Rep. Margo

McDermed, Mayor Tim

Baldermann, Will County

Board Members Ray Tuminello

and Tom Weigel, and

the New Lenox Township

Board of Trustees.

“I didn’t know where it

was going to go, running

against a Republican with

New Lenox being a pretty

Republican community,”

Sly said.

That skepticism turned

into happiness, he said, after

discovering his substantial

win on election night.

Sly secured 2,749 (59.95

percent) of the 4,827 total

votes, while Medema received

2,078, according to

unofficial results from the

Will County Clerk’s Office.

It was the only contested

race for New Lenox Township.

“I spent 37 years at the

Village of New Lenox, so I

got to meet a lot of people,

work with them on a lot of

their issues,” Sly said. “I

think they knew who I was

and appreciated that, and I

appreciate them supporting

me.

“They just know I had the

experience to deal with any

of the issues that come up in

the highway commissioner’s

position. I really think that

was the driving force. I’ve

done most of this stuff before.”

Reporting by James Sanchez,

Editor. For more, visit

NewLenoxPatriot.com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Streit re-elected as Lockport

mayor in landslide

Incumbent Lockport mayor

Steve Streit earned a decisive

victory over challenger

Joey Jeraminas, according

to unofficial results from the

Will County Clerk’s website.

“We’re excited about having

another opportunity to

continue to work for the

city of Lockport,” Streit said

during a phone interview on

election night.

Much of Streit’s work will

continue through the State

Street construction project,

Lockport Square retail center

and Capital Improvement

Plan. Those three projects

accounted for much of the

motivation for Streit to run

for a second term, as previously

reported by The Legend.

The State Street project is

set to take place during the

summer of 2018, and Streit

is determined to minimize

the construction’s effect on

local businesses. As for the

Lockport Square retail center,

Holiday Inn and Panera

Bread have both signed contracts

to build there, while

more infrastructure projects

are upcoming as part of the

CIP.

Streit, who will be entering

his second term as

mayor, received 2,369 votes

(73.75 percent), while Jeraminas

totaled 843 votes

(26.25 percent). Streit held

a lead through early voting,

voting by mail and Election

Day voting.

“We’re very pleased, very

excited to continue on with

the work that we’ve been

working on,” he said.

Reporting by Max Lapthorne,

Editor. For more, visit

LockportLegend.com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

The 4 Homer Township slate

sweeps on election night

In the aftermath of a heated

election season, 4 Homer

Township reigned supreme.

The 4 Homer Township

slate swept the Feb. 28 Consolidated

Republican Primary,

and it repeated its dominance

in the April 4 Consolidated

Election, again seeing all of

its candidates win.

The group defeated the

Homer Township Independent

Party, led by supervisor

candidate James Orban. In

doing so, 4 Homer Township

— which was all incumbents,

save for the newly

elected George Offord for

trustee — showed its sway

with voters.

In the April 4 election,

with all 18 precincts reporting,

incumbent Homer

Township Supervisor Pam

Meyers tallied 2,219 votes,

good for 58.97 percent. Orban,

meanwhile, had 1,544

votes for 41.03 percent,

according to unofficial results

from the Will County

Clerk’s Office.

Meyers and her group

spent election night at Pelican

Harry’s Bar & Grill in

Homer Glen. The leader of

4 Homer Township said she

and her slate were thankful

and grateful to supporters.

“The election is over

now,” she said. “It’s always

been about our residents and

our community. It’s time to

put this all aside and bring

everyone together again and

move forward.”

Orban — whose party

ran on a platform of finding

ways to streamline and

consolidate the Township

government to become more

efficient to lessen costs for

residents’ benefit — spent

election night with his group

at Davidson’s Bar & Grill in

Homer Glen.

“I think we made a good

presentation on some new

ideas,” Orban said. “What

can you do?”

Reporting by Thomas Czaja,

Editor. For more, visit

HomerHorizon.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland

re-elected

Frankfort Mayor Jim

Holland was re-elected to a

fourth term April 4 during

the first challenge to his seat

in more than a decade.

Holland won over former

Village Trustee Todd Morgan

by a wide margin of

79.65 percent to 20.35 percent.

Holland, who was first

elected in 2005, received

3,550 votes to Morgan’s 907.

Surrounded by supporters

at the event venue CD & ME

in Frankfort, Holland expressed

his thankfulness for

residents’ trust.

“I want to assure them that

this community will be run

by the people,” Holland said.

“It’s the people of our community

that make Frankfort

the great place it is to live.”

During his campaign —

which he announced this

past September — Morgan

pushed for term limits on

elected officials, a measure

he brought to the Village

Board in January.

Morgan, who stepped

down from the Village

Board in 2015, said he was

proud that he was able to

give a voters a choice.

“My hope, though, is just

to get a message out about

Frankfort,” Morgan said.

“I hope the community addresses

some of the needs

it’s facing.”

Reporting by Kirsten Onsgard,

Editor. For more, visit

FrankfortStation.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Vandenberg named mayor

of Tinley Park; Concerned

Citizens for Tinley Park

sweeps election

On the evening of Tuesday,

April 4, the Village of

Tinley Park voted in a new

mayor for the first time in 36

years.

Jacob Vandenberg, a twoyear

village trustee, has been

elected mayor after claiming

53.43 percent (677) of

the votes in Will County

and 62.32 percent (4,686)

in Cook County, according

to the unofficial results from

each of the county clerks.

Incumbent Tinley Park

Mayor Dave Seaman, who

was appointed to the position,

followed closely behind

Vandenberg, as he captured

46.57 percent (590) of

the votes in Will but trailed

by more in Cook, earning

only 2,833 votes, or 37.68

percent.

“I feel extremely humbled

and excited for the future

of what Tinley Park has in

store,” Vandenberg said of

his win.

His slate, Concerned Citizens

for Tinley Park, proved

victorious in the election

alongside him, starting with

Kristin Thirion, who ousted

incumbent Village Clerk Patrick

Rea. Thirion received

61.21 percent (4,553) of the

votes, while Rea counted

38.79 percent (2,885) in

Cook County. Cynthia A.

Berg, William P. Brady and

Michael Glotz rounded out

the rest of CCTP who won

the three contested seats for

trustee. Throughout its campaign,

CCTP promoted trust

and transparency as keys to

rebuilding the relationship

between residents and elected

officials.

“I’d like to extend my appreciation

and gratitude, my

being humbled as a person

and being a resident in Tinley

Park,” Vandenberg said.

“It’s an absolute honor to

have neighbors and residents

that you don’t know on a

personal level put their trust

and faith in you to govern

their town, and I’m looking

forward to fulfilling that.”

Reporting by F. Amanda

Tugade, Editor. For more, visit

TinleyJunction.com.

FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

AGLO candidates sweep

Mokena Park Board seats

After a heated campaign,

the Mokena Community

Park District Board of Commissioners

is guaranteed a

new president, thanks to a

resounding statement from

Mokena voters.

Lana Graser, who was

a Mokena Park District

commissioner from 1989-

1998, defeated incumbent

President Mike Bartos, who

served on the board since

2013. The race was for an

unexpired two-year term.

Graser earned 1,827 votes

(70.76 percent) April 4 to

Bartos’ 755 votes (29.24

percent), according to unofficial

results from the Will

County Clerk’s Office.

“I think just [presenting]

myself as being honest and

transparent and forthcoming

and trying to do a positive

campaign … helped,”

Graser said.

Graser is to be accompanied

by all three of her

AGLO mates when the new

commissioners are seated

in May. The three four-year

seats went to AGLO candidates,

as well, as they swept

their opponents from the

Parks4People slate, including

incumbent Treasurer

Steve Curran.

John Olivieri received

the most votes for the fouryear

term, garnering 1,655

(23.05 percent). Olivieri’s

slate companions Robert

E. Lindbloom and Jeffery

R. Apel earned 1,588 votes

(22.12 percent) and 1,490

votes (20.75 percent), respectively.

For the opposing slate,

Curran led, picking up 959

votes (13.36 percent). Slate

mates Dan Canniff and J.

Andy Ventress received 859

votes (11.96 ) and 629 votes

(8.76), respectively.

The results guarantee

an AGLO majority for the

new board, and that will

mean an almost entirely

new executive board, with

only Vice President George

McJimpsey remaining. Secretary

Steve Kirschsieper

did not seek re-election.

Reporting by Tim Carroll,

Editor. For more, visit

MokenaMessenger.com.


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1. Keith Pekau to be Orland Park’s next

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From the Editor

Where does Orland Park go from here?

BILL JONES

bill@opprairie.com

Orland Park is soon to

have a new mayor.

Keith I. Pekau on

April 4 ended the 24-year run

Mayor Dan McLaughlin has

had at the helm of the Village

of Orland Park.

Along with two terms he

served as trustee, McLaughlin

has helped shape Orland

Park for more than three

decades. And, love it or hate

it, that is about to change.

But the Village Board is

still a group that has aligned

itself with the First Orland

Party over the years and still

largely can dictate the direction

of Orland Park.

So it all begs the question:

Where does Orland Park go

from here?

On Page 5, we did followup

interviews with both

Pekau and James Dodge,

a longtime trustee with the

Village Board. We did these

a couple days removed from

the results, to ask them exactly

that question.

But, I’m primarily interested

in what all of this means

for residents. And, in connection

with that, what this

might mean for The Orland

Park Prairie as a publication

tasked with covering this

changing Village Board.

As I said prior to Election

Day, I do not live in Orland

Park. I do not have a stake in

this. And I am neither happy

nor sad about the outcome of

the election.

We informed the electorate.

We gave the candidates

opportunities to pitch their

platforms. And we asked

questions about the topics

most pertinent to Orland Park

taxpayers. The decision was

yours.

But, as an advocate for our

readership, an advocate for

the taxpayer of Orland Park,

I would like to be so bold as

to take this week’s editorial

and next’s to discuss what I

would like to see from the

Orland Park Village Board of

Trustees and its new mayor

going forward.

• Open discourse regarding

Orland Park’s standing,

good and bad. As I said

in my pre-election editorial,

I think it is enough to inform

people; you don’t also need

to tell people how to feel

about the information. The

Village has done a great job

of touting its accomplishments.

And no one expects

— nor would I think anyone

wants — Village Board

members to be screaming

about the debt on a daily

basis from the mountaintops.

But that number — the

$158 million in long-term

debt — Pekau cited throughout

his campaign was always

there, in financial reports

readily available through the

Village’s website at orland

park.org. And yet people

seemed a little surprised

when they started hearing

the number. I have a hunch

that is because the Village

has been a bit better about

touting 7 cents on the dollar

tax rates, property tax rebates

and new business licenses

than it has at readily discussing

that number.

That does not require being

alarmist, though, either.

Orland Park is a big Village,

and it has taken on some big

projects, and the amount of

debt it carries may be seen

as perfectly reasonable, perfectly

manageable, by some.

Handled correctly, it may be

both. But a more forthcoming

dialogue about what it

is, how it got there, how it

is being handled and what

residents are getting for their

money is important. This

election served as a reminder,

I think, that the Village Board

should be acting as a steward

of taxpayer dollars, and that

includes painting the whole

picture and trusting that

residents are smart enough to

understand the information.

• With that in mind, keep

up the transparency, but

expand upon it. As I said,

the Village’s website offers

a wealth of information.

Ever check out the media

packets under the Government

tab? They’re meant to

make our jobs a little easier,

but anyone can access the

files. They are like agendas

for the meetings, but with all

the supplemental documents,

staff recommendations,

recaps and the like. They are

incredibly informative and

free to download.

I think we all know,

though, that most people are

not going to spend their evenings

and weekends digging

through financial reports and

committee packets to learn

about what is happening in

Orland Park. That is partly

on residents, but maybe the

Village also can find ways to

present the information in a

more engaging fashion, be it

in writing or on television.

Orland Park is a village

of nearly 60,000, and that it

has the technology to shoot

the videos it does, that it

produces the type of shows

it does, but that it does not

broadcast its meetings live

via public access channel

seems inconsistent with the

idea of transparency.

• Do not let things get

out of hand at the Village

Board level. Clearly there

will be some differences of

opinion between this Village

Board and its mayor. But

let’s keep things civil.

Pekau talked during his

campaign about a lack of difference

of opinion at the Village

Board level. McLaughlin

said the board took care

of those things in advance to

cull ideas people did not support

and essentially present a

united front at the meetings.

There is a middle ground.

Dodge is absolutely

right in saying residents do

not want to see the board

fighting; they want to see

the board being effective.

A Village Board devolving

into constant arguments is

not good for residents or the

image of Orland Park. That

said, I think residents deserve

to hear the ideas that do not

make it. They also deserve to

hear where trustees and the

mayor stand on these issues.

They do not have to agree on

all of them, but that disagreement

should also take into

account how the people

running Orland Park present

themselves to the public.

Part II of this editorial is to appear

in next week’s edition.

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Pooches go hunting

Easter eggs, wather

than wabbits,

during Orland Park’s

inaugural Doggie Egg

Hunt, Page 23

Souped-up ride

Chef Mike Weckler takes

soup sales on the road

with New Lenox-based

food trailer, Page 29

Take me

down to the

Submarine City

The lettuce is green and the

sandwiches ain’t bitty, in

this week’s Dish, Page 31

Wheezer — owned

by Sandy Tulicki,

of Orland Park

— shows off his

handmade Easter

outfit Saturday,

April 8, during the

Doggie Egg Hunt at

Centennial Park’s

The Dogout Dog

Park.

Laurie Fanelli/22nd

Century Media


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Pastor Column

FAITH BRIEFS

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (14700

S. 94th Ave., Orland Park)

Holy/Maundy

11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday,

April 13. Holy Communion

Services with Dramatic

Dialous Message: Forgiveness.

Laying Bare of the Altar

(7 p.m.)

Narrowing the focus for a wider

impact during Holy Week

The Rev. Michael Foley

Our Lady of the Woods

Every religion celebrates

certain days

that are focused on

the heart of the faith. For

Christians, this is Holy

Week. More specifically,

it is Holy Thursday, Good

Friday and Easter. And for

most Christian faith traditions,

these days fall this

year in the middle of April,

with Easter being celebrated

on April 16.

Why do we have such

days? Is it because we need

to remind ourselves of what

is sacred all around us by

marking times and seasons

with special significance?

In a sense this is a paradox.

By marking certain times as

sacred, we help to appreciate

the sacredness of all time. By

holding certain places as set

apart, we help appreciate the

holiness of all creation.

Let me illustrate with a

couple of secular examples.

We celebrate the birthdays

of children, so that for one

day each year they are made

to feel special. This does not

mean they experience our

love any less on the other

days, but that particular

day allows us to express

this love differently and

for them to feel it differently.

Anyone who visits a

national cemetery understands

that the reverence

that should be expressed

there is really a reverence

for all who risk their lives

protecting others. By making

sure we approach such

graves with respect, we are

honoring all who have given

their lives.

Equally true: when a

place of worship is vandalized,

it is an entire religious

community that is hurt. The

particular act points to a

universal meaning.

All of this reminds us that

Christians must take these

days seriously. Of course,

we should celebrate Easter,

but we must also remember

the cross that precedes the

resurrection.

Good Friday should be

a day of reverence for all

Christians and should be respected

by others who value

a spirit of reverence. This is

the day in which we remember

the death of Jesus.

Holy Thursday should

be reverenced, for this is

the day when we remind

ourselves of the demands of

service and our call to communion.

These days are different

and are set apart to help us

hold to the beliefs Christians

should live every day.

If these days lose their spiritual

significance, then our

sense of God’s mercy and

grace will be diminished.

The opinions of this column are

those of the writer. They do not

necessarily reflect those of The

Orland Park Prairie.

visit us online at

www.opprairie.com

Good Friday Services

11 a.m. Friday, April 14.

“Seven Words of Christ

7 p.m. Friday, April 14.

“The Rose of Calvary” Choral

Saturday, April 15 - No

Regular Service

Easter Sunday, April 16

6:30 a.m. - Sunrise communion

with outside procession

8 a.m., 9 a.m. - Easter

Breakfast hosted by the

Youth

9 a.m., 11 a.m. - Festival

service with Holy Communion

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

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.

In Memoriam

Margaret A. Brent-Semlow

Margaret A. Brent-Semlow

(nee Larson), 81, of

Palos Heights, died April 4.

She was a homemaker

who also volunteered as a

hospice caregiver. She was a

Communion Minister at St.

Michael Church in Orland

Park for 15 years.

She loved to socialize

with the other residents and

staff at Providence nursing

home in Palos Heights. Playing

bingo, going to Mass and

watching TV were some of

her favorite pastimes. Above

all, she loved spending time

with her family and often

said the greatest times of her

life were the years she spent

raising her children.

She is survived by her

children, Debi Foster, Tina

(Craig) Schmoller, Charles

Brent, Rebecca (Michael)

McMaster, Richard Brent Jr.

and Christopher (Samantha)

Brent; 18 grandchildren; 14

great-grandchildren and one

great-great-grandchild.

Visitation and funeral services

were held at Colonial

Chapel. Interment private.

Henry Flock

Henry Flock, 82,

of Orland Park,

died April 1.

He was an United States

Army veteran. He worked

for Tuthill Pump in Alsip

and served in roles from engineer

to president.

He enjoyed classical music,

golf, signing and spending

time with his many

grandchildren.

As a Chicago native, he

attended St. Rita of Cascia

High School. He was a

proud alumnus of University

of Illinois and the University

of Rochester. He happily

watched his beloved

Cubs win the World Series

this past fall. Henry will be

remembered fondly by many

for his deep religious faith,

his winning smile, his intelligence

and his quick wit. The

epitome of a family man, he

will be greatly missed by his

wife, sister, daughters, sons

For more information, call

(708) 349-0431.

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.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

(15050 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Holy Thursday: Mass of the

Lord’s Supper

7 p.m. Thursday, April 13

and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife,

Rosemarie; children, Maryann

(Patrick) Kelly Flock,

Annmarie (Harry) Buoscio,

Karin (Shawn) Fojtik, Mark

(Kim) Flock, John Flock and

James Flock; grandchildren,

Emma, Jordan, Jake, Grace,

Anthony, Melanie, Racheal,

Isabella, Anna, Lillie, Elle,

Clark, Jack, Maria, Quinn,

Owen and Abigail; sister,

Mary Ann Millis; nieces

and nephews, Mark (Diane),

Teresa, Lee (Candy), Kevin

(Lorena), Karl, Glen Millis

and his Simich nieces and

nephews. Visitation was held

at Sheehy & Sons Funeral

Home. A Funeral Mass was

held at St. Francis of Assisi.

Interment at Good Shepherd

Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,

memorials can be made to

Alzheimer’s Association at

alz.org of the Hines VA Hospirtal

at www.hines.va.gov.

Ann F. Jelke

Ann F. Jelke (nee Lasher),

90, formerly of Orland

Good Friday: Stations

3 p.m. Friday, April 14

Liturgy of the Passion

7 p.m. Friday, April 14

Holy Saturday, April 15

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

noon. Blessing of Baskets at

St. Francis Center Chapel

8 p.m. Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday Masses, April

16

7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.,

and noon.

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.

Park, died March 26. She

is survived by her children,

Jim, John (Darlene Cade),

Joe (Brenda) and Jeff (Diane)

Jelke, and Janet (Scott)

Marks; grandchildren, Vanessa

(Todd) Glavinskas,

Carrie (Roger) Basset, Kelly

(Cory) Wexell, Kelsey Kitterman,

Stacy (Dan) Austin,

Lindsay (Thomas) Frees,

Kyle and Erin Jelke, Kurt

Marks, Elyse Marks and

Connor Marks; great-grandchild,

Sofia Glavinskas;

sister-in-law, Shirley Duerr;

many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Lawn

Funeral Home. A Funeral

Mass was held at St. Julie

Billiart Church. Interment at

St. Mary Cemetery.

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.


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Orland Park introduces the dog day of Easter

Village of Orland

Park stages its

inaugural Doggie

Egg Hunt

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Easter has gone to the

dogs!

On Saturday, April 8, following

the traditional Easter

Egg Hunt — during which

local children hopped on

over to Centennial Park to

scour its fields for colorful

eggs — the Village of Orland

Park hosted its inaugural

Doggie Egg Hunt at The

Dogout Dog Park.

The event was a rousing

success, as residents brought

their four-legged friends to

Centennial Park to participate

in some holiday fun.

“Our dog park is an untapped

resource out here,”

explained Nancy Flores,

Director of Recreation. “We

have users who come out

regularly, but we wanted to

bring more attention to it, get

more people engaged and

involved. And we thought,

‘How fun would it be to

have an Easter egg event out

at the dog park?’”

The Doggie Egg Hunt was

divided into big and small

dog areas, where leashed

pets sniffed out Easter eggs,

filled with special liver and

cranberry dog treats that

were donated by Fetch!

dog boutique. Doggie parents

also got in on the fun

by guessing how many beef

jerky treats were in a jar —

the closest to the exact number

took home the treats —

and by entering a raffle to

win a year-long membership

to The Dogout Dog Park.

The Easter Bunny was even

on hand to pose for pictures

with willing pooches.

Orland Park residents, the

Fornek family — mother

Kristine, father Michael and

son Jackson — brought their

rescue dog Quincy, a oneand-a-half-year-old

Catahoula

Leopard Dog adopted

from the Hinsdale Humane

Society, to the first-time affair.

“He loves coming to the

dog park,” Kristine said.

She went on to explain

that this was the perfect time

for him to come out to his

first event, because it fell

on the eve of his obedience

school graduation. Kristine’s

mother, Karen Eberling, and

her dog Cosmo came down

from Chicago for added support.

The entire family often

gets together in the south

suburbs for outdoor concerts

and other fun events

throughout the year.

The Village of Orland

Park has plans to introduce

even more new dog-friendly

events later this summer.

“We have one coming up

called ‘Take Me Out to the

Dog Park’ on June 3, so that

will be baseball themed,”

said Ray Piattoni, facility

and event administrator with

the Village of Orland Park.

“And the week after the Village’s

obstacle course event,

Pandemonium, we are going

to have Paw-demonium on

August 19.”

Leashed, well-behaved

dogs also can look forward

to joining their families for

a slew of upcoming summer

fun.

“We have a lot of exciting

events coming up on

deck,” Flores said. “We’re

getting ready for summer,

so we’ll have summer concerts,

Wacky Wednesdays,

our Crescent Park events,

plus our new Market at the

Park farmers’ market events,

which will be at Crescent

park in the evenings, from

Orland Park dogs Emma and Ava pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny Saturday, April 8, during the Village’s inaugural

Doggie Egg Hunt at The Dogout Dog Park at Centennial Park. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Dogs searching The Dogout for treat-filled eggs.

4-8 p.m. on Thursdays.”

Perhaps 13-year-old Jackson

Fornek best articulated

what residents love about

Orland Park, saying, “Orland

has a lot of great experiences

for everybody, and

even pets.”

Chip — owned by Chris Hess, of Orland Park — poses for a

photo before the hunt.


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22ND CENTURY MEDIA is looking

for local FREELANCE REPORTERS

and PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover events,

meetings and sports in the area.

OPPL announces return

of Battle of the Books

Submitted by Orland Park

Public Library

The second annual Battle

of the Books will take place

at the library at 11 a.m. Saturday,

April 29.

Students from local

schools will compete in a

trivia contest to see who

has the most knowledge of

the current Bluestem Award

books. The Illinois School

Library Media Association

established the Bluestem

Award in 2008 to call attention

to books for children

at third- through fifth-grade

reading levels, which had

not previously been served

by the Monarch and Rebecca

Caudill award titles.

Battle of the Books draws its

participants from classrooms

at Meadow Ridge, Liberty

and High Point schools this

year. Students have pre-read

the Bluestem award-winning

books from the 2016/2017

school year list, and will be

prepared to answer questions

about them as fast as they can.

The Orland Park Public Library

is located at 14921 Ravinia

Avenue in Orland Park.

Interested individuals should send

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Family Health Fair to return April 22

Free screenings and

health information

available

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

The Village of Orland Park

Recreation Department is to

hold its annual Family Health

Fair from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday,

April 22, at the Village

of Orland Park Sportsplex,

11351 W. 159th St.

Topics will address the

fitness needs of the entire

family. The event is free and

open to all ages.

The fair will offer free

screenings and information

on a variety of health issues,

including blood pressure

screenings, flexibility testing,

nutrition information,

free aerobics classes, injury

screenings and more.

Children in attendance

will be treated to face painting,

Dino Jump inflatables,

healthy snacks and balloons.

The Sportsplex T-Rex is to

make an appearance at the

event, as well.

For more information, contact

the Village of Orland Park

Sportsplex at (708) 645-7529.

Vendors wanted for Market at the Park

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

A summertime favorite

in Orland Park is getting

revamped and renamed, as

the Orland Park Farmers’

Market becomes Market at

the Park.

Traditionally held Friday

mornings outside of the Orland

Park Civic Center, the

market will now happen

from 4-8 p.m. every Thursday

evening at Crescent

Park, 9750 Crescent Circle,

near the 143rd Street Train

Station.

Market at the Park is seeking

vendors for its 2017 season,

beginning May 25 and

ending Aug. 31. Market at

the Park will feature more

traditional farmers’ market

items, with a focus on food

and handcrafted pieces.

Vendors interested in

selling at Market at the

Park can find the criteria

list on the vendor application.

Products for consideration

include fresh

fruits and vegetables, jams,

jellies, sauces, meats, artisanal

cheeses, baked

goods, nuts and other gourmet

foods, pet foods, cut

flowers, potted plants and

garden accessories, as well

as artistic and organically

products, including glass,

jewelry and sculpture.

Re-sellers are not permitted.

Guests at Market at the

Park will also be treated to

live entertainment. Each

week will feature a band or

musical group performing

under the pergola at Crescent

Park. Food and alcoholic

beverages also will be

available for purchase.

Vendors interested in

participating in Market at

the Park are encouraged to

reserve space now, as space

is limited.

For application information

contact Doreen Biela,

special events manager, at

dbiela@orlandpark.org or

(708) 403-6266.


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Young Orland Park resident

plays three roles in Visión

Latino’s ‘Just Like Us’ play

Cruz reflects

on themes of

undocumented

immigration

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

Orland Park

resident Dylan

Cruz has spent

17 of his 22

years involved

with acting.

His latest

project involved

play-

Dylan Cruz

ing three characters in Visión

Latino Theatre Company’s

production of “Just Like Us”

at Chicago Dramatists.

The play follows the story

of four Mexican girls — two

documented, two undocumented

— who are growing

up in America. Overall, it

explores the theme of what it

means to be American, and

shows what happens to the

girls’ friendship when two of

the four are granted different

opportunities because of

their status.

Cruz said after reading the

story, he knew he had to be

part of the play.

A graduate of Sandburg

High School, Cruz took a

brief break from studying

communications and theater

at Moraine Valley Community

College to be part of the

play.

He knew one of the cofounders

of Visión Latino —

which aims to bring awareness

to stories and issues

of past, present and future

Latinos through storytelling,

Cruz explained — and after

auditioning, he was told he

got the role the next day.

In the play, Cruz portrayed

the roles of Julio, Ramiro

and Mike McGarry.

Julio is a young teenager

who grows up a Chicano —

a person of Mexican descent

who was not born in Mexico.

Julio is a bit awkward,

cannot sit still and never

seems to know what to do

with his hands, Cruz said.

Julio also has a love interest

in Marisela, one of the four

girls whose stories the play

follows.

Ramiro is an undocumented

young man whose parents

brought him to the United

States at a young age. He

is comfortable living in the

shadows but still has some

fear about being deported

to a place about which he

knows nothing.

Ramiro is flirtatious with

almost every woman he sees

and ends up falling in love

with Marisela. But Marisela

does not fit the confines of

a woman who would stay

at home while a man works.

She is a big voice in advocating

for the Latino community

and undocumented

immigrants, and Ramiro vocally

speaks out against her

involvement.

Finally, Mike McGarry is

a white man who is involved

in immigration reform efforts

in Denver. He believes

undocumented immigrants

do not have a place in America

and are taking jobs away

from documented Americans.

He is intense, loud and

independent, Cruz said.

Cruz’s involvement in

“Just Like Us” is the first

time he has ever had to play

multiple roles in one production.

“I find it so intriguing and

so surreal to be playing three

very different individuals

going through three different

lives,” he said. “That’s

a challenge in itself. I find

it such a lively, amazing experience

to go from documented

to undocumented to

someone who doesn’t even

like immigrants.”

Cruz was cast for his roles

at the beginning of January

and spent most of his days

working at a day job from

9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. and going

downtown to rehearse from

6-10 p.m.

The cast began preparations

for the play with roundtable

discussions about their

thoughts on the story and

why they decided to join, as

well as watching films about

immigration.

Each cast member did research

on the characters, as

“Just Like Us” is based on a

nonfiction novel of the same

name by Helen Thorpe.

Cruz said while he was

researching his characters,

reading about their journeys

impacted him in a way he

has never felt in any of the

previous plays or films on

which he has worked.

“I found myself so moved

by the words and lives of

these individuals,” he said.

“Coming from a Latino

background — I’m Puerto

Rican. I can’t relate to being

Mexican. I’ve never faced

adversities of being undocumented.

It makes me proud

to even be tied to [Latino]

culture.”

Cruz said the storyline

made him reflect on family.

His brother-in-law, who is

documented, went through a

similar storyline with immigration

when he was young.

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Dylan

From Page 25

Relating the stories gave

Cruz a newfound respect

and sense of understanding

about this issue, he said.

“All we know about immigration

is based on what

we’re told — what we see

or hear — but we don’t

think of the perspective of

children who have been

brought here at a young

age, and they have no ties

to Mexico,” Cruz said.

“They’ve never been there.”

Cruz added that he thinks

it is important for people

to see this play because of

discussions going on today

about immigration in

America. He said the play

will give people — no matter

which side of the issue

or political spectrum they

stand — a balanced understanding

of perspectives on

the issue.

“It will leave them questioning,

‘What does it mean

to be American?’” Cruz

said.

For the future, Cruz hopes

to finish his degree in communications

and theater,

book roles on TV shows

filming in Chicago, act in

more plays that tell inspirational

stories, and, ultimately,

book his first feature

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“Whenever I get a role, it’s

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the most important thing is

to get to live my dream by

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to life. I love helping

directors and writers bring

their stories to life.”

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The Dish

Small space, big taste

The Soup Guy offers

homemade soups,

cheesecake from

mobile kitchen

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

Seeing few places to

get a good, homemade,

belly-warming soup without

breaking the bank, chef

Mike Weckler decided to

start serving his own recipes.

He started a small catering

business a few years back,

offering various small dinners,

pasta, homemade lasagna

and soup, with quite

a bit of success. He quickly

found out, however, that

people were gravitating toward

his soup offerings.

Following a nasty bout of

tendonitis that left him with

shooting, fire-like pains in his

right arm and forced him to

put his catering business on

hold, Weckler decided to start

again — this time with soup.

He began doing research

on food trucks, realizing the

hefty $50,000 price tag attached

to that dream.

Even after an unsuccessful

Kickstarter campaign,

he continued looking for options

and started looking into

mobile kitchens.

Before long, he found a

man in Palatine selling a

trailer. Weckler’s wife, Erika,

suggested The Soup Guy

name and the “souper good”

tagline, and he was off and

running.

Weckler started selling

soup from his mobile kitchen

roughly six weeks ago,

and business been trending

in a positive direction.

The first week brought

with it approximately a dozen

soup orders, then 20 and

25, until he got 45 orders in

one week and had to stop

taking orders.

Tomato basil soup, topped with fresh chiffonade of basil,

is made with hand-peeled and seeded tomatoes, and basil,

simmered together in chicken stock and puréed.

With health department

regulations, Weckler is required

to keep a commissary

kitchen, where he rents a

space for food storage, prep

work and large orders.

The rest of the simmering,

steaming and serving happens

the tiny mobile kitchen

outside his house.

Although small, he said

the mobile kitchen works

much the same as any other

kitchen, with a sink, 100,000

British thermal unit stove

burners and LED work lights

controlled with a remote.

The trailer also came installed

with outdoor LED

lights and a sound system

Weckler said will be especially

good for the summer

months.

Weckler said people are

shocked that he does as

much work as he does in

such a small space.

“They don’t know what to

expect,” Weckler said.

Eventually, he plans to upgrade

his mobile kitchen to

be a little more workspacefriendly,

because right now,

with the configuration of the

space, he is forced to move

his shiny silver worktable

back and forth when prepping

and serving.

He said he would like to

some day grow into a food

truck with more workspace

or a second mobile kitchen,

where he can hire a fellow

chef to help him out.

For his day job, Weckler

works at Quest Food Management

Services, as the

executive chef and assistant

food service director for the

Orland Park School District

135. But that job is only during

the school year and on

school days.

While the time off is nice,

it does not pay year-round,

and Weckler said he was

looking for something to do

on the weekends and during

the summer. He plans to

bring his mobile kitchen to

festivals and fairs in the area,

and serve hot and cold sandwiches

and wraps, in addition

to soups and homemade

cheesecake.

Until then, Weckler is taking

soup and cheesecake orders

through Facebook and

by phone, with different offerings

each week, based on

popular vote from customers

via The Soup Guy Facebook

group.

His current soup offerings

change weekly, but they

come in both pint ($5) and

Chef Mike Weckler — also known as The Soup Guy — serves tomato basil soup out of his

mobile kitchen in New Lenox. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

quart ($10) sizes. He offers a

variety of cheesecake by the

slice ($5), as well.

Some of his recent soup

offerings have included

cream of chicken, cream of

broccoli lemon orzo, tomato

basil and loaded baked potato

with thick-cut applewood

smoked bacon. But Weckler

said he has many more recipes

planned for the future.

For graham cracker crust

lovers, his new, double-crust

cheesecake — with smooth

vanilla bean and Madagascar

vanilla cheesecake layers between

crunchy, sweet graham

cracker crust — provides a

sweet, flavor-packed treat.

He also makes a cookies

and cream cheesecake, with

Oreo crust, topped with vanilla

cream and a dusting of

crushed cookies.

The Soup Guy also offers

a gluten-free crust ($5) for

all of his cheesecakes, with

homemade almond flour and

crushed almonds. And customers

can add a foot-long,

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or three freshly baked rolls

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Girls Scouts collect for the

Treasure Chest Foundation

Submitted by Pediatric

Oncology Treasure Chest

Foundation

Romeoville residents organize

drive for OP’s Treasure Chest

Submitted by Pediatric Oncology Treasure

Chest Foundation

Girl Scouts require the

leadership and planning

skills necessary to make a

positive impact in the community.

That is exactly what the

members of Palos Park

Girl Scout Brownie Level

Troops 55278 and 50828,

did when they collected

hundreds of toys to benefit

the Pediatric Oncology

Treasure Chest Foundation.

The toys will comfort

children and teens fighting

cancer across the nation.

The Girl Scout’s mission

is to build girls of courage,

confidence, and character

who make the world a better

place by helping other

people who are in need.

The POTCF is a nonprofit

organization that provides

comfort and distraction from

painful procedures to children

and teens diagnosed

with cancer by providing

a toy, gift or gift certificate

in 50 hospitals nationwide.

Nowhere else in the nation

does such a program exist.

CEO Colleen Kisel founded

the organization in 1996 after

her then 7-year-old son

Martin had been diagnosed

with leukemia in 1993. Colleen

discovered that giving

her son a toy after each procedure

provided a calming

distraction from his pain,

noting that when children

are diagnosed with cancer

their world soon becomes

filled with doctors, nurses,

chemotherapy drugs, surgeries

and seemingly endless

painful procedures.

Martin celebrated his 23rd

anniversary of remission

from the disease earlier this

year.

For more information

about the Treasure Chest

Foundation, contact Kisel

at (708) 687-8697 or visit

the Foundation’s web site at

www.treasurechest.org.

Orland Fire Protection helps Treasure Chest

Submitted by Pediatric Oncology Treasure

Chest Foundation

The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest

Foundation recently received thousands

of toys to benefit children fighting cancer,

thanks to the tireless work of Orland Fire

Protection District Stations 2, 4 and 5.

The Orland Park-based nonprofit foundation

provides comfort and distraction from

painful treatments to children and teens diagnosed

with cancer by providing a toy or

gift card in 50 hospitals nationwide.

For more information about the Treasure

Chest Foundation, contact Colleen Kisel

at (708) 687-8697 or visit the foundation’s

website at www.treasurechest.org.

Members of Palos Park Girl Scout Brownie Level Troops

55278 and 50828 display some of the toys they collected for

children fighting cancer at the Treasure Chest Foundation’s

Orland Park warehouse. Photo submitted

Orland Park Fire Protection District

firefighter Jerry Slisz proudly poses at the

Orland Park Treasure Chest Foundation

warehouse in front of a truckload of toys,

which will benefit young cancer patients

nationwide. Photo submitted

Romeoville residents Joan and Clifford

McGregor recently hosted a creative toy

drive in their Hampton Park subdivision

with the goal of helping children and teens

fighting cancer.

After the last toy had been picked up, two

van-loads of gifts to be distributed to children

fighting cancer was delivered to the Pediatric

Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation

warehouse in Orland Park.

The McGregor duo passed out 1,500 flyers,

asking their neighbors to leave a new toy

on their front porch, with a promise to pick

up the toys one week later.

For more information about the Treasure

Chest Foundation, contact Colleen Kisel at

(708) 687-8697 or visit the foundation’s web

site at www.treasurechest.org.

The dynamic father and daughter duo of

Clifford (left) and Emily McGregor, 12,

recently delivered toys donated by their

Romeoville neighbors to the Treasure Chest

Foundation’s Orland Park warehouse.

Photo submitted

Toy Con Toy Show supports children fighting cancer

Submitted by Pediatric

Oncology Treasure Chest

Foundation

Toy Con Toy Show of

Bridgeview is giving to children

and teens fighting cancer.

The annual charity toy

show, held at the Bridgeview

Community Center, featured

60 toy dealers, the Midwest

Garrison and a visit from

Santa.

When the show was over,

Toy Con had raised more

than $2,000 in gift cards and

collected thousands of toys

for the Pediatric Oncology

Treasure Chest Foundation,

an Orland Park-based nonprofit

organization that provides

comfort and distraction

from painful treatments

to children and teens diagnosed

with cancer by providing

a toy, gift or gift card in

50 hospitals nationwide.

Toy Con Toy Show was

established in 1992 and is

dedicated to presenting toy

shows featuring an amazing

variety of toys (including

action figures, superheroes,

dolls, lunch boxes, sciencefiction

toys and more)

as well as comic books,

non-sport cards, and rare,

Toy Con

Toy Show

Founders

Rich Mannix

(left) and

Terry Mannix

display 400

donated gift

cards at the

Treasure

Chest

Foundation’s

Orland Park

warehouse.

Photo

submitted

hard-to-find collectibles.

For more information

about the Treasure Chest

Foundation, contact Colleen

Kisel at (708) 687-8697 or

visit the Foundation’s web

site at www.treasurechest.

org.


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The Dish

Submarine City not just another sandwich shop

Late-night hours,

diverse menu set

restaurant apart

from competition

Max Lapthorne

Contributing Editor

Back in 1978, late-night

snackers had a tough time

finding places open past 10

p.m. not named White Castle.

Then came Submarine

City.

Ted and Tom Gatses

opened the first Submarine

City location at 1130 S. State

St. in Lockport in 1977 and

expanded to a second restaurant

at 9573 W. 144th Place

in Orland Park just two years

later. From the start, the restaurant

was open late — 2

a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m.

on weekends — and the reasoning

behind it was simple.

“We said we could make

more money if we stay open

more hours with the same

rent,” Ted Gatses said. “So

we stayed open late, and

then we ended up becoming

an after-the-bar place.

It stayed with us from the

first store, and we’ve never

closed early in 39 years.”

Ted was 28 years old and

working at a Holiday Inn

when he and his brother

decided to open Submarine

City. The idea for a sandwich

shop came from Ted’s

cousin, who helped bring the

Mr. Submarine chain to the

United States.

“I wanted to do something

on my own,” Ted said. “I

looked at [the Mr. Submarine]

operation, and I decided

it wasn’t that difficult at

that time.”

Submarine City started by

selling only sandwiches and

chips, but it did not take long

for Ted to decide they needed

to separate themselves

Submarine City

Orland Park: 9573 W.

144th Place

Lockport: 1130 S. State

St.

Hours

• 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-

Thursday

• 9 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday-

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(708) 349-4909,

Lockport: (815) 838-

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from the increasing amount

of competition in the sub

sandwich market. The latenight

hours helped them stay

competitive, but in the late

1980s, Submarine City added

fryers and grills to gain

even more of an advantage

over the competition.

“I don’t think any of the

other places have fryers,

as far as the sub franchise

chains [go],” Ted said. “We

wanted to give the customers

an option if they wanted

something else like French

fries or onion rings or cheese

sticks.”

The gyros ($5.89) —

served on pita bread with

gyro sauce, tomato and onion

— recently were added

to the menu and have been

popular with customers, as

have as several other grilled

items. The rib-eye steak

($6.99) is served on French

bread with grilled onion,

while the Philly cheesesteak

($6.59) consists of green

pepper, mushroom, grilled

onion and mozzarella cheese

piled onto French bread.

“We can get the same customer

in the store more times

now,” Ted said. “They might

The Depth Charge (prices vary by size) is one of Submarine City’s most popular menu items.

Photos by Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

come in one day for a sub,

and the next day they might

want a meatball sandwich

or a Philly steak. Instead of

getting him once or twice a

week, now maybe we’re getting

him three times a week.”

During the road construction

project on LaGrange

Road in Orland Park, many

businesses struggled, but

Submarine City has been

able to survive, thanks in

large part to its non-sandwich

menu items, Ted said.

“I think the grill saved us

during those times, because

we were getting new customers

and old customers

that really liked the variety,”

he said.

While the grill and fryer

offers customers variety, the

sub sandwiches are what put

Submarine City on the map.

The Torpedo (prices vary by

size) and the Depth Charge

are the most famous of the

sandwiches. Ted even trademarked

the names of the two

soon after introducing them.

A Torpedo is a ham lovers

dream as it comes topped

with ham, spiced ham and

hard salami, as well as the

lettuce, onion and tomato

included on every sub. The

Depth Charge gives a bit

more variety, featuring a

combination of beef, ham,

turkey and cheese.

The meat on every sandwich

is sliced fresh. And all

the bread is delivered daily,

rather than being parbaked

in store.

“My main focus is quality

on the food, [which] consists

of the bread, the produce and

the meats,” Ted said. “They

have to be super-fresh.”

Making sure every item on

the menu is as fresh as possible

is a main priority for

Ted, but he also is conscious

of the customer’s experience

while visiting the restaurant.

“The service you give the

The gyros ($5.89) were introduced recently at Submarine

City and have become a hit with customers.

customer and the friendliness

of the place … those are

the things that [have] kept

me in business for almost 40

years,” he said.

Whether it is staying open

late for the post-bar rush or

bucking convention by offering

gyros and hamburgers,

Submarine City is all

about being outside of the

box. Even the restaurant’s

slogan “under 100 billion

served” is a show of Submarine

City’s departure from

the beaten path as it plays

off the popular McDonald’s

slogan of “over 99 billion

served.” But when it comes

to maintaining a successful

business over the course of

nearly four decades, it is all

about the basics for Ted.

“If you don’t have the basics,

you won’t stay in business,”

he said.


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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. Bank that is the

official partner of the

Tinley Park District,

goes with 9 down

6. Verbal assault

10. Stored-heat oven

13. Draw out

14. Giraffe like animal

15. Energy

16. Alternative to a

convertible

17. Intended

18. Detergent brand

19. Old Chinese money

20. Later

22. Tidal motion

24. Project go-aheads

25. Coach on the court

31. Passed rapidly

32. Bronco

33. Pays

35. Touch

36. Freshwater mussel

37. Expression of

surprise

40. Stain

42. Hot spot

44. Legal request

46. Smooth suit fabric

48. Solution of dissolved

matter

50. Roman 3

51. Tinley Park Trustee

who won the title

of Village president in

2017, Jacob ____

55. Shortest iron, in

golf

59. Goes with head

60. Race

61. Hurt one’s rep

62. Have second

thoughts

63. Interest

64. Minor cut

65. Rick Wakeman’s

former band

66. Instrument that’s

plucked

67. Daily stations

Down

1. Big celebration

2. Notion

3. Uncouth

4. Like some triangles

5. Large shoe size

6. Theatrical sketch

7. Feeble

8. A silly trick

9. See 1 across

10. Indisposed

11. Prepared (oneself) for

action

12. Pile up

14. Klutzy type

20. Bodybuilder’s pride

21. Dangerous biters

23. Open, say

25. Sugar amt.

26. Cabin announcement

27. Cirque de Soleil

equipment

28. Bottoms

29. German empire

30. D-Day invasion code

word

34. Its theft is a privacy

concern

36. Negative vote

37. Diving bird

38. Grammy winner

DiFranco

39. Yangtze connector

40. Purse bauble

41. NFL pass

42. Jet ___

43. Laughable

44. Medieval disaster

45. Fencing actions

47. Semi

48. “___ Heartbeat”

(Amy Grant hit)

49. Opposition

52. Obfuscate

53. Freedom from stress

54. Deli bread

56. Wading bird sacred to

Egyptians

57. A winning margin

58. Moose

61. Dangerous drug from

the 1960s

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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34 | April 13, 2017 | The orland park prairie Local Living

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New Single Family Homes from the Mid-$400’s

Orland Park welcomes two new home communities in one year

Renowned home builder, Beechen & Dill Homes

is at it again. On March 23rd they kicked off the opening

of their second new home community in Orland

Park within the last year.

Parkside Square, a 25-home community located

on West Avenue immediately south of 151st Street,

encompasses the convenience of urban life, with the

rustic charm of the country. This community started

development right on the heels of their Greystone

Ridge neighborhood, also located in Orland Park,

which opened in May of last year.

“We believe both of these communities will greater

serve the Village of Orland Park, and provide families

with not just a new, well-built home, but an area

where their children can attend great schools and enjoy

the close proximity to parks and entertainment,”

says Matt Dill, President of Beechen & Dill Homes.

“Every one of our homes, regardless of location,

comes with your personal touch and selections, it’s

not ‘cookie cutter’. That’s something we take great

pride in, and have for over four decades.”

Altogether buyers can choose from eight favorable

floor plans in Greystone Ridge and five distinctive

floor plans in Parkside Square. Both communities

bring equally unique elements to the area. Greystone

Ridge, located on 139th Street, one quarter-mile west

of Wolf Road, features 39 diverse homes sites nestled

in a country-type setting, but not too far from Orland

Park’s vibrant shopping and dining district. Close by,

Parkside Square encompasses homes with a more

coastal flair, and is walking distance to the Metra station

and Orland Park’s Historic District.

“When building Parkside Square, we wanted it to

be different from Greystone Ridge. It was important

we still kept the grand outdoor living spaces, but we

were looking to open a new look for Beechen & Dill

Homes. That’s when we created our newest coastal

inspired plan, The Northport,” said Ed Kubiak, Vice

President of Construction.

The Northport is one of two new floor plans to come

to Parkside Square. The first being The Hampton,

which is featured as their model home/sales office.

“Both homes exude a fresh, seaside charm you just

don’t get anywhere else in our area,” added Kubiak. The

Northport is a 3,177 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath

home that includes Beechen & Dill Homes’ 3-car garage

option, large flex room, deluxe master bathroom,

and standard vaulted ceilings in the master bedroom.

The Hampton, which is now open to the public, ranges

from 3,100-3,300 square feet, and has 4 bedrooms, 2.5

baths, and a 3-car garage. Standard features include 9

foot first floor ceilings, an island kitchen with a large

walk-in pantry and chef’s office, a luxury master suite

with dual walk-in closets and private bath, a second

floor laundry, and a large mudroom.

Definitive of a Beechen & Dill Home, before a home

is deemed finished, it must obtain the stamp of approval

from its third-party energy efficient testing partner,

Environments for Living. Each home is assessed using

a blower door test to ensure a tight building envelope,

and a duct blaster test, to ensure all ductwork has been

sealed properly. Due to the successful passing rate of

this test, Beechen & Dill Homes is one of two homebuilders

in the Southwest suburbs to earn Environments

for Living’s Diamond level status for energy efficiency.

It’s an accomplishment Dill takes very seriously,

“We’re at the top of our game with sustainable, energy

saving homes, and we’re not too shy to say that. It’s

something that’s really going to blossom, especially as

it’s in the forefront of the minds of millennials. They’re

the next generation home buyer.”

Lennan II large kitchen with oak cabinets and granite countertops.

Recently completed Hampton model home in Parkside Square (above)

As the next generation of families file into new, energy

efficient, ‘smart homes’, Beechen & Dill Homes

is mindful of the market, and how trends are everchanging.

“We’re always attending seminars and webinars

that display the latest technology and building standards;

it’s how we stay current, and leading-edge,”says

Dill. There’s no doubt, from Greystone Ridge to Parkside

Square, both communities include an advancement

in design trends, efficiency, and smart home

technology. The duality of these Orland Park commu-

nities are sure to meet the needs of a variety of families

from all different generations and backgrounds.

For more information on both communities and

home pricing, please call (708) 770-9099 or visit their

website, www.beechendill.com. The Parkside Square

sales office is located on West Avenue immediately

south of 151st Street and is open daily from 10:00 a.m.

– 5:00 p.m. The Greystone Ridge sales office is located

at the address, 13889 Creek Crossing Drive, Orland

Park, IL 60467, and is also open daily from 10:00 a.m.

– 5:00 p.m.

The Beechen & Dill Homes staff gather at the grand opening of Greystone Ridge back in May of last

year

An artist’s rendering of Beechen & Dill Homes’ newest floor plan, The Northport


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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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The Orland Park Prairie’s

Sponsored Content

of the

WEEK

Look no further! This

inviting home offers fine

quality and appealing

warmth for the perfect

combination of formal

and informal living space

to accommodate today’s

lifestyle.

WHERE: 15724

Heatherglen Drive in

Orland Park’s Colette

Highlands subdivision

WHAT: Five bedrooms

(one located in the lower

level), four full baths,

one half-bath. Main level

office, gracious foyer,

living room and dining

room, with coffered

ceiling and wainscoting.

Chef’s kitchen features

granite counters,

stainless appliances,

large island with seating

that opens to a charming

sunroom. Beautiful

hardwood floors and

plantation shutters

throughout. Lookout lower level wonderful for entertaining.

AMENITIES: Elegant master suite with luxurious spa bath, large walk-in closet, twosided

fireplace and sitting room. Second bedroom offers en suite; third and fourth

bedroom share a Jack and Jill bathroom. Stunning family room with volume ceiling and

stone fireplace. Enjoy the finished lower level, with large recreation room, fifth bedroom

and full bath. Professionally landscaped outdoor living space. Perfection in every detail.

PRICE: $650,000

CONTACT: For more information, contact Mary Jean Andersen at (708) 860-4041 or

Eileen Hord at (708) 278-4700, Coldwell Banker Residential

Brokerage.

Want to know how to become “Home of the Week”? Contact Tricia

Weber at (708) 326-9170, ext. 47. For more, visit OPPrairie.com/

realestate.

March 15

• 17741 Washington Court 256, Orland

Park, 60467-9336 - Gilmore Trust to

Maryann Czarnecki, $225,000

• 14691 Sprucecreek Lane, Orland

Park, 60467-7212 - Chicago Title

Land Trt Co Ttee to Elzbieta Kociolek,

$240,000

• 8720 W. 169th St., Orland Park,

60462-5730 - Matthew Lewis to David J.

Kirby, Colleen M. Kirby, $265,000

March 17

• 9910 Treetop Drive 2W, Orland Park,

60462-4636 - Judicial Sales Corp

to Paul Szymanski, Stan Szymanski,

$80,000

• 15821 Orlan Brook Drive 37, Orland

Park, 60462-4863 - Skudnig Trust to

Donald C. Dupart, Rose M. Dupart,

$103,000

• 9446 Debbie Lane, Orland Park,

60467-5588 - Kal N. Harfouch to

Meghan J. Vujosevic, James Stedman,

$200,000

March 20

• 7920 W. Sequoia Court, Orland Park,

60462-4110 - Brian E. Mortimer to

Maria I. Esparza, $230,000

The Going Rate is provided by Record

Information Services Inc. For more

information, visit www.public-record.com or

call (630) 557-1000.


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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Are you made for ALDI?

Hiring Event

We are looking for

Casual/Store Associates ,

Shift Managers, and

Manager Trainees at our

following stores:

Frankfort; Homer Glen;

Orland Hills; Orland Park;

Matteson; Tinley Park; and

New Lenox.

Casual Store & Store

Associate-$13.00/hr

Shift Manager-$17.50/hr

when acting as a Shift

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Manager Trainee-

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(average 40 hrs/week).

Please visit the following

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16150 S. Harlem Ave.

Tinley Park, IL 60477

Tinley Park Full-Time Office

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SW Suburban

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seeks a person with heavy

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This is a consultative sales

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development and existing

product sales. This is an

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Excellent salary and fringe

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Annual performance bonus

potential. Send resume to:

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8100 W. 185th St.

Tinley Park, IL 60487

Or

Fax: 708-430-4909

Lockport, IL. Several

openings for an AC/DC

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The ideal candidate will have

experience breaking down,

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Mon-Fri, 7 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. w/

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Automotive

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Looking to hire entry level

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Lazy people need not

inquire.

Call 815.412. 4705.

Dairy Queen looking for

crew members & potential

mgmt. FT/Seasonal. Apply

in-store. 14460 S.

LaGrange Rd, Orland Park

F/T Lawn Maintenance

Foreman & Laborers

Lawn Technician

Spray License Helpful

Driver’s License Req.

Frankfort (815)277-2092

Para Espanol (708)941-9254

1003 Help Wanted

Hiring Desk Clerk (2nd

& 3rd shift) &

Housekeeping (Morning)

Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

P/T Dog Bather needed for

very busy, Lockport

grooming salon. Must be

avail days & Sat. Please

call 630.290.5949.

Life Insurance Case Mgr.

FT/PT-Oak Forest

Office & computer exp req

Call M-F: 708.687.0142

1005 Employment Wanted

Need help with your TV,

computer or mobile device?

Call J-Tech for local support

that comes to you.

Competitive pricing.

Available evenings &

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JTechlocal@gmail.com

Caregiver Services

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State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing

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708.403.8707

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2701 Property for

Sale

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Sale

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Sale

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2701 Property for

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2701 Property for

Sale

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 at the sale may be entitled

at most only to a return 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 be subject 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

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

g

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

$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

p g

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

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK

COUNTY,

ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY

D I V I S I O N

PENNYMAC

CORP.,

P L A I N T I F F ,

V S .

REGINA SHEPPARD A/K/A REGINA

PATRICIA SHEPPARD, A/K/A REGINA

TOSCANO, A/K/A REGINA P. SHEPPARD;

ROBERT BROWN A/K/A ROBERT LEROY

BROWN, JR., A/K/A ROBERT L. BROWN,

A/K/A ROBERT LEROY BROWN; TONY

VITAKAUSKAS; MIDLAND FUNDING LLC

; NU ISLAND PARTNERS LLC ;

UNKNOWN OWNERS AND

NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS,

D E F E N D A N T S .

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5131 WEST 149TH STREET OAK

FOREST, IL 60452

CALENDAR 56

NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO

JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE

UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE

FORECLOSURE

ACT

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that

pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and

Sale entered by the Court in the above

entitled cause on October 31, 2016, Judicial

Sales Corporation will on May 20, 2017, in 1

p

y

S. Wacker Dr. 24th Floor Chicago, Illinois

60606, at 10:30 AM, sell at public auction and

sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and

singular, the following described real estate

mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the

County of Cook, State of Illinois, or so much

thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said

J u d g m e n t :

TAX NO. 28-09-403-041-0000

COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 5131 WEST

149TH STREET OAK FOREST, IL 60452

Description of Improvements: SINGLE

FAMILY HOME WITH DETACHED 2 CAR

G A R A G E .

The Judgment amount was $147,666.15.

Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for

"CASH". The successful bidder must deposit

10% down by certified funds; balance, by

certified funds, within 24 hours. NO

R E F U N D S .

The subject property is subject to general

real estate taxes, special assessments or

special taxes levied against said real estate,

water bills, etc., and is offered for sale

without any representation as to quality or

quantity of title and without recourse to

plaintiff. The sale is further subject to

confirmation by the court.

Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the

purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale,

which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to

the real estate after confirmation of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for

inspection. Prospective bidders are

admonished to check the court file to verify all

i n f o r m a t i o n .

The successful purchaser has the sole

responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants

or other individuals presently in possession

of the subject premises.

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 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.

For Information: Visit our website at

http://ilforeclosuresales.mrp l l c . c o m .

Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - McCalla

Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff=s

Attorneys, 1 N. Dearborn St. Suite 1200,

Chicago, IL 60602. Tel. No. (312) 346-9088.

Please refer to file# 8456

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT, THE

PLAINTIFF=S ATTORNEY IS DEEMED

TO BE A DEBT COLLECTOR

ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT

AND ANY INFORMATION WILL BE USED

FOR THAT PURPOSE.

Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide

additional information other than that set forth

in this notice of sale.

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Softball

Lincoln-Way Central 9,

Sandburg 7

Irene Travis, a sophomore,

hit her third home run on the

season in the bottom of the

seventh April 1 to put the

game within one run for the

Eagles against the Knights.

Senior Sam Coffel then hit

a home run to tie the game.

Sandburg ultimately fell to

Lincoln-Way Central in the

eighth inning, though, dropping

the team to 4-4 on the

season.

Sandburg 9, Barrington 5

Sarah Fuller was the winning

pitcher for the Eagles,

This Week In ...

Eagles Varsity Athletics

Baseball

■April ■ 13 - hosts Joliet

Central, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 15 - at Lemont, 11

a.m.

■April ■ 18 - hosts Stagg, 4:30

p.m.

■April ■ 19 - at Tinley Park,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 20 - at Stagg, 4:30

p.m.

Softball

■April ■ 13 - hosts Lyons

Township, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 15 - at New Trier (DH),

11 a.m.

■April ■ 17 - hosts Beecher,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 18 - hosts Stagg, 4:30

p.m.

■April ■ 20 - at Lincoln-Way

East, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

■April ■ 15 - at Lemont, 11

a.m.

■April ■ 17 - hosts Andrew,

6:15 p.m.

■April ■ 20 - at Naperville

North Invite, 7 p.m.

Boys Volleyball

■April ■ 20 - hosts Homewood-

Flossmoor, 5:30 p.m.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

as they won April 4 at home.

Irene Travis slugged yet

another home run for Sandburg,

and Sam Coffel had a

two-home run game — her

second of the season. The

Eagles improved to 5-4.

Boys Volleyball

Tiger Classic

Colin Ensalaco made the

All-Tournament team at the

Wheaton Warrenville South

Tiger Classic, but the team

fell April 1 in the championship

of the Silver Division.

The Eagles beat Lincoln-Way

East 2-1 and Downers Grove

South 2-0, before losing 2-1

to Lincoln-Way Central.

Boys Water Polo

■April ■ 13 - hosts Homewood-

Flossmoor, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 14 - hosts Sandburg

Invite, 9 a.m.

■April ■ 15 - hosts Sandburg

Invite, 8 a.m.

■April ■ 18 - at Licnoln-Way

Central, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 19 - hosts Licnoln-Way

East, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 20 - at Lockport, 5 p.m.

Girls Water Polo

■April ■ 13 - at Homewood-

Flossmoor, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 17 - at Waubonsie

Valley, 6 p.m.

■April ■ 18 - hosts Licnoln-Way

Central, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 19 - at Lincoln-Way

East, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 20 - hosts Lockport,

5 p.m.

Badminton

■April ■ 13 - at Lockport, 4:30

p.m.

■April ■ 15 - at New Trier Invite,

8:30 a.m.

■April ■ 18 - hosts Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 20 - at Bolingbrook,

4:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse

■April ■ 15 - hosts

Girls Water Polo

Sandburg 13, Stagg 2

Emma Crnich tallied

seven saves in the Eagles’

April 4 win. Tara Maher led

with four goals, while Vaia

Makris added three and Emily

Marx scored two.

Sandburg 12, Lincoln-Way

West 4

Emma Crnich had nine

saves for the Eagles April 5,

as they bested the Warriors.

Tara Maher scored three

goals. Natalie Barkowski,

Nicole Manuel, Vaia Makris

and Erin Falsey scored two

goals apiece.

Schaumburg, noon

■April ■ 17 - at Lincoln-Way

West, 7:30 p.m.

■April ■ 19 - hosts Downers

Grove, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse

■April ■ 13 - at Minooka, 7:30

p.m.

■April ■ 18 - hosts Downers

Grove, 7:30 p.m.

■April ■ 20 - at Marist, 6:30

p.m.

Girls Track and Field

■April ■ 13 - at Wheaton North,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 18 - hosts Homewood-

Flossmoor, Stagg, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 20 - hosts Eagle

Classic, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Track and Field

■April ■ 15 - at Minooka Invite,

10 a.m.

■April ■ 18 - at Thornwood,

with Lincoln-Way Central and

Andrew, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

■April ■ 13 - hosts Bradley,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 15 - at Hilltopper Invite,

9 a.m.

■April ■ 18 - hosts Stagg, 4:30

p.m.

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Connor Kelly

Connor Kelly is a senior at

Sandburg High School. He

is a setter on the varsity volleyball

team.

How did you get started

playing volleyball?

Back in sixth grade, I tried

out for my junior high team,

and I made it. I was one of

five sixth-graders mixed

in with sixth- and seventhgrade

team.

What do you love about

the sport?

It’s more of a fast-paced

game compared to other

sports that I’ve played.

What is the most

challenging part of

volleyball?

It’s definitely a team sport,

and you can’t do everything

yourself. Sometimes, that

gets frustrating, because I

try and do everything myself

but I can’t.

If you could have dinner

with anyone, living or

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smash,” Baumgartner said.

“So, I knew I couldn’t let

her do that to me in singles.

The first set, [I] just tried to

approach it like I normally

would. Then some of my

shots started going out, so I

went more of a power route

[with smashes] to see if I

could get points that way.

Going into the second game,

[the coaches and I] decided

drop shots would be best.”

The Eagles won for the

dead, who would it be?

Honestly, I would say

Anthony Davis. I’m a big

basketball fan. I’ve watched

him throughout college.

He’s this huge guy, and he

seems fun to talk to.

If you won a million

dollars, what would

be the first thing you

would buy?

Probably definitely shoes.

I really like shoes a lot.

Who would you chose

to be in your celebrity

entourage?

I would say Anthony Davis

would be one. This rapper

that goes by Lil Uzi Vert,

and then I’d say the owner of

the BMW car company.

What is your favorite

food?

I really like Mexican, and

just spicy food, in general.

What is your biggest

pet peeve?

third time in four matches

and improved to 4-4-1.

They also placed fifth at

three invites: Palatine, Lincoln-Way

West and Hinsdale

South.

The Knights fell to 3-5.

They won the Addison Trail

Invite, took fourth at the

Knights Invitational and

placed seventh at the Lockport

Invite.

Sandburg and Central

are both to compete in the

Featherfest tournament

Saturday, April 15, at New

Trier. Huelsman called it a

Photo Submitted

I can’t sleep with socks

on. It’s a weird one, but it really

irritates me when I have

socks on and I’m trying to

sleep.

If you could travel

anywhere in the world,

where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to

travel to Australia.

What is your favorite

television show?

I would say “Prison

Break.” It has a really good

plot, and I’ve watched it

from the beginning.

Interview by Assistant Editor

Brittany Kapa

“mini state competition”

that will help tell her where

her team stands.

The Eagles are waiting

for doubles player Rachel

Greenspan to return from

injury to get a better idea

of postseason lineups. Pohlmann

said Central is pretty

much set at the top two

singles and doubles spots,

although there is the possibility

of doubles changes.

The conference tournament

is April 26 and 27.

Sectionals follow in May.


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Girls Soccer

After trailing 2-0, Sandburg stuns Titans with comeback

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

For just its fourth game

of the season, the Sandburg

girls soccer team’s tilt

against Tinley Park Saturday,

April 1, featured a season’s

worth of twists and

turns.

After dominating possession

and scoring chances

throughout the first 39 minutes

of the game, Sandburg

found itself trailing 2-0. But

the Eagles fought back to tie

the game at 3 in the second

half, and with a little less

than 2 minutes left in the

game, the comeback was

completed.

Back-to-back corner kicks

yielded nothing for the Eagles,

but after a failed clear

landed back with junior defender

Isabella Strolia, she

played a cross from the right

side that found senior midfielder

Aislinn Mulvey. Mulvey

booted the ball toward

the far stick and by Titans

goalkeeper Ashley Ashmus

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for a 4-3 Sandburg lead — its

first of the game, and the only

one that would matter, as the

Eagles held on for the win.

“I feel like we really wanted

it at that point, and I was

standing in front of the goalie,

blocking her way and distracting

her,” Mulvey said.

“We got it in.”

Mulvey said the team never

quit. But for long stretches,

it looked as if the Eagles’

comeback bid might not be

completed.

Roughly 4 minutes into

the game, Titans forward

Carolina Carrillo got her

team on the board off a direct

kick from approximately 20

yards out. Her shot bounced

off the outstretched arms of

Sandburg goalkeeper Maria

Marzullo and into the back

of the net.

Then, roughly six minutes

later, a throw-in from the

right side led to Titans forward

Madison Krisch getting

a boot on the ball, guid-

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Griffins score early, often against Eagles

Steve Millar

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way East senior

Bianca Galassini knew the

April 4 game against Sandburg

would be a big test for

the Griffins. A strong start

was needed.

“We wanted to come out

strong,” Galassini said.

“We knew they were a good

team. They’re always one of

the better teams in the area.

We wanted to get that momentum

early.”

The Griffins did exactly

that.

Host Lincoln-Way East

scored just 89 seconds into

the match and rolled to a

5-1 win over Sandburg in a

SouthWest Suburban Conference

crossover.

“This was a great win for

us,” Galassini said. “I think

we’re starting to jell as a

team. We’ve got to keep improving

and working hard,

but we’re getting there.”

Senior midfielder Kelsey

McInturff was the star for

East (7-1-1), finishing with

two goals and an assist.

Galassini added a goal

and an assist, while Emily

Scianna and Haley Moustis

also scored.

Kylie Hase had the lone

goal for Sandburg (4-1).

McInturff’s corner kicks

gave the Eagles fits all

night. The Griffins grabbed

the lead off her first one 89

seconds into the match.

McInturff’s cross found

Galassini at the far post,

where she sent the ball rolling

back to the center of the

box. After a scramble in

front, Scianna was there to

knock it in for her third goal

in as many games.

In the 19th minute, McInturff

made it 2-0. Caroline

Kilrea’s free kick was saved

by Sandburg goalkeeper

Courtney Hiler (2 saves),

but McInturff pounced on

the rebound and scored.

“We knew we wanted to

pressure the goalie from

the start,” McInturff said.

“I heard [East coach Mike

Murphy] yelling it from the

bench. So, that’s what I did,

and I ended up getting lucky

and getting the goal.”

Hase got Sandburg on the

board and made it 2-1 with

9:38 left in the first half,

but the Griffins quickly responded.

Galassini headed in Mc-

Inturff’s corner kick with

6:02 left and sent the Griffins

to halftime with a 3-1

lead.

Murphy was pleased with

the way his team continued

to attack after getting the

early lead.

“We got a goal early

against Lockport, too,” he


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ing it past Marzullo for the

second goal.

But outside of the two

quick-strike goals, Sandburg

controlled play and had

scoring chance after scoring

chance go high over the net

or snuffed out by Ashmus.

But momentum began to

turn with less than a minute

left in the half.

First, Sandburg got three

open players in the goal box,

leading to a shot from Paige

Pappanastos that appeared to

be a goal. But offsides was

whistled after the shot, keeping

the score at 2-0.

Enter, Sandburg senior

midfielder Kylie Hase.

“It’s the drive,” Hase said

of the called-off goal. “If

[the official] wasn’t going

to give us that one, then I’m

going to try and do it again.”

Sandburg quickly got the

ball back, and a long pass

was put into the goalmouth

toward Hase.

“When the ball was coming;

I saw the goalie wasn’t

coming off her line,” Hase

said. “That gave me confidence.

My mark wasn’t

sticking with me, so I kept

my eyes on the ball and put

my head to it.”

Hase’s header got by Ashmus

as time expired in the

half to make it 2-1.

With 33:38 left in the

game, Carrillo was given

a yellow card, forcing her

to leave the field for a few

plays. The Eagles capitalized

on the Titans being without

one of their best players.

With 32:47 left, Mulvey

tied the game at 2 on a ball

that dribbled through a sea

of players after a throw-in.

She got her foot on it and

sent a low grounder toward

the near stick for the goal.

But the Titans would not

go down without a fight.

Roughly 2 minutes later

— off a restart near the 30-

yard line — Titans defender

Alyssa Kudak crashed the

net alongside Carrillo and

booted one by Marzullo for

said. “I told the girls to remember

what happened in

that game (a 1-1 tie). We

had other opportunities to

score and didn’t. I told them

not to let up.

“At halftime, I said Sandburg

wasn’t going to go

away. The way to stop them

from battling is to put another

one or two in, and we

ended up doing that.”

Moustis scored from 30

yards out 4 minutes into

the second half to erase any

doubts about the outcome.

McInturff added her second

goal off Anna Power’s

throw-in to make it 5-1.

It was the first two-goal

game of McInturff’s career.

“It was awesome,” McInturff

said. “I didn’t expect to

score today. I’m usually the

one that passes the ball. It

was really cool.”

Murphy said McInturff is

having a “great season.”

“She was a center midfielder

for us all last season

and did a great job,” Murphy

said. “This year, with

the inheritance of (Kilrea),

we moved her outside, and

she’s controlling the ball out

there and making a lot of

things happen. Then when

it comes to the corner kicks,

those are deadly.”

Murphy also was pleased

to see Scianna and Moustis

emerging as bigger weapons

offensively.

“I said we’d struggle to

find goal-scorers early, but

now we’re starting to,” he

said. “Emily Scianna has

scored in three straight

games. Kelsey is stepping

up, Haley Moutsis got a

goal. We’re not just relying

on Bianca and Caroline, and

that’s huge.”

For Sandburg coach Katie

O’Connell, the Eagles’ first

loss of the season will serve

as a teaching point for the

rest of the season.

“We’ve got to work better

on defending the dead ball,”

she said. “It all comes down

to that. This game was all

the goal.

“We worked on crashing

the goal, but we always tell

the girls to run through the

ball,” Titans coach Michelle

Youngberg said after the

game. “If the ball is there,

we don’t care how it gets in

the goal — you can use your

stomach or your knee — we

just want the ball in the goal.

We install that into our girls’

brains. It doesn’t have to just

be your head or your foot.”

That quick-scoring ability

is something the Eagles

knew the Titans were able

to do.

“We struggled defending

a couple of those dead situations,

and so we kept having

to pull ourselves out of that

hole,” Sandburg coach Katie

O’Connell said. “It was

huge, getting that goal right

at the end of the first half to

make it 2-1. In the second

half, we battled, and we finally

got it tied. But then we

give up another goal.

“Tinley is a very good

team. They can score, as

they showed.”

about that. If we clean that

up, this isn’t a 5-1 game.

Their shots on goal in the

run of play were much less

effective, but we were giving

up way too many deadball

opportunities and not

defending well.”

Giving up the early goal

proved tough to overcome

for Sandburg.

“We dug ourselves a

hole,” O’Connell said. “We

got some scoring opportunities,

but it’s tough when

you’re always trying to pull

yourself out.

“We learned we’ve got to

be more aggressive in the

box. We had way too much

ball watching.”

Hase was certainly a

bright spot. It was the second

game of the season for

the Purdue recruit, who

missed the first three with a

leg injury.

She had a goal and two

assists in a win over Tinley

Park in her season debut,

then scored a goal against

But so could the Eagles,

and with roughly 15:52 left

in the game, Hase busted

down the right side, beat a

defender and then laced a

cross to the middle. Pappanastos

was in the right position

and headed in the Eagles’

third goal to tie it at 3.

“There was one girl in

front of me, so I thought I’d

beat her and then cross it

in,” Hase said. “Hopefully,

somebody would be there to

connect with my pass.”

Hase’s strong play continued

through the game, helping

set up the final score.

“I had a lot of adrenaline

and momentum,” she said. “I

thought, ‘Why give up now

when there is five minutes

left?’ We could still get one.”

Those were sentiments

shared by her teammates,

she said.

“I think we have a lot of

trust in our team and what

we are capable of,” she

said. “We are all strong and

in shape. I think we knew

we could [come back], so

we stuck with it. Mentally,

Lincoln-Way East.

Hase picked off a clearing

attempt, cut across the

field and ripped a shot from

35 yards out, inside the far

post, for Sandburg’s only

goal of the night.

“Kylie had a beautiful

goal,” O’Connell said.

“She’s a huge spark for us.

She’s healthy, and she looks

good.”

Paige Pappanastos, Aislinn

Mulvey and Isabella

Strolia also produced numerous

scoring opportunities

for the Eagles but could

not convert.

The key for Sandburg

now is to bounce back from

the loss.

“The good thing is it’s

still early in the season,”

O’Connell said. “Hopefully,

we’ll see East again

and we’ll have a better performance.

This was a great

reality check for our girls.

It’s really obvious to them

what they need to work on,

as well.”

we’re strong. We keep each

other together. I think that is

what it takes to come back.”

O’Connell said she was

proud of the way her girls

“never gave up.”

“We have a lot of senior

leadership that has helped

out,” O’Connell said.

“We’ve got some stuff to

work on, but the nice thing

is that this is only our fourth

game of the season. We’ve

got a long way to go here.”

Meanwhile, Youngberg

said the biggest difference

between the early score and

the final score was conditioning.

“We knew Sandburg

would be tough,” she said.

“We knew they were conditioned

and that they had two

really good players in [Hase]

and [Manzke].

“It came down to the second

half and them out-conditioning

us completely.”

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Girls Bowling

Jablonski recounts IHSA state bowling first

Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor

‘I can’t do this’ is not a

phrase Sophia Jablonski has

ever used in her life.

Jablonski was born a triplet

with quadriplegic infantile

cerebral palsy. She was born

premature, weighing just 1

pound and 5 ounces at birth.

She spent the first four months

of her life in a hospital.

Despite being confined

to a motorized wheelchair,

Jablonski has proven that

hard work and determination

will always pay off.

Sixteen years later, the

Sandburg High School junior’s

most recent accomplishment

came with a medal

from Illinois High School

Association and title of state

champion. Jablonski competed

in the girls bowling

Wheelchair Division competition

in February, taking

home the top prize. IHSA

added a Wheelchair Division

five years ago, but this is

the first time there have been

competitors.

“I’ve been into bowling

since elementary school,

probably fifth grade,” Jablonski

said. “It’s one of the

sports that I could do. There’s

a lot that I’ve been doing other

than that, but it’s the one

sport that I really get into.”

Jablonski has continually

strived to be active and try

new things. She has danced

ballet, plays baseball in the

Miracle League of Joliet

and has participated in multiple

school plays. Her busy

schedule has prohibited her

from participating in the

school’s bowling team. But

with her time at Sandburg

quickly ending, she knew she

had to make room in her busy

schedule for the sport.

“I decided to join the bowling

team this year, because

I’ve been in it before … and

I wanted to do it for Sandburg,”

Jablonski said in reference

to her previous bowling

experience. “I just love the

school, and I wanted to be a

part of the team and help the

team out.”

Jablonski knew she would

have to tryout, like everyone

else, for a spot on the team.

Once she made the team, the

next big hurdle was obtaining

transportation between

Sandburg and the locations,

for both practice and competitions.

After the logistics of

transportation were finalized,

her next big concern was how

she would be treated on the

team.

“There was one point

where I was a little worried

who was going to be on the

team, and how they were

going to act toward me,”

Jablonski said. “My whole

team has been very accommodating

to me this season,

and I really appreciate that.”

Once on the team Jablonski

made fast friends with

freshman Zoe Schultz, who

helped Jablonski move her

ramp into position during the

season.

“I think that’s really nice of

her to help me, and not just

worry about her own game

but also take time to help

me,” Jablonski said.

Jablonski said she was

concerned that with all the

help Schultz was giving her

that it would negatively affect

Schultz’s own game.

Schultz reassured her friend

that helping was fun for her.

“She knows how to pick

herself up,” Schultz said of

Jablonski’s daily presence on

the team. “She always knows

how to put a smile on your

face, and she’s a cheerleader

for the team.

“It’s always about other

people before herself; it’s

what makes her such an

amazing teammate. People

respect her for it.”

Jablonski’s constant concern

for others was evident

even during the state championship.

Jablonski and teammate

Emily Schrader were

the only two bowlers from

Sandburg to make it to the

finals. Schrader was required

to bowl six games each day

of the finals, while Jablonski

only had four games on the

Saturday of the competition.

Jablonski and her mother,

Naheda, were able to drive to

Rockford on the Friday of the

competition to offer support

for Schrader. Every bowler

knows that the game is as

much about skill as it is about

the bowler’s mental state,

and Jablonski said she could

tell her teammate was struggling

with the mental side of

the game that Friday.

“Sometimes, I feel that

if you’re not doing so good

you’ve got to get your mind

off of what’s going on,” said

Jablonski, who uses music as

a way to calm herself in those

situations.

Jablonski recited the

team’s chants for Schrader,

and it was just enough to get

her teammate refocused and

back on track. Jablonski said

once she started cheering for

Schrader, she hit strike after

strike.

Jablonski finished her own

part of the competition by

knocking down 354 pins —

enough to earn her the state

championship title.

“She took it upon herself

to lead the way,” Sandburg

bowling coach Joe Geiger

said of what Jablonski’s win

means for other girls.

Geiger has been the bowling

coach at Sandburg for

14 years, and this is the first

instance in which he has had

to coach someone in a wheelchair.

He said that despite

Jablonski’s condition, he did

not coach her differently than

the other girls, aside from

adjusting for a ramp. He said

he, too, realized how much

of a good example Jablonski

is setting for future competitors.

Jablonski said she did not

realize when she started the

season what the outcome

would be, but it has become a

major teaching moment.

“I hope that people learn

that they could do whatever

they put their mind to, and

they should get involved at

their school,” Jablonski said.

Badminton

Eagles doubles teams regroup to best LW Central

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

Sandburg senior Iman

Elagha and junior Gwyneth

Hu have only played together

as No. 1 doubles partners a

handful of times this season.

So, when they dropped

the first set against Lincoln-

Way Central, they needed to

regroup during the break between

Sets 1 and 2.

“We knew their weak

spots, but they started to

get into our heads with their

serves, because they were so

good,” Elagha said. “We got

frustrated and stopped communicating

a little bit. Just

not playing together regularly,

we needed to reestablish

each other’s trust and communication

and rotation of

how we move.”

Elagha and Hu won the

next two sets, as Sandburg

dominated in three-set

games and doubles matches

to beat Central 10-5 April 4

in Orland Park.

As the season hits the second

half, the focus turns to

preparing for the postseason

in late April.

The Eagles were 5-2 in

games that went three sets.

Four of those wins came after

they dropped the first set.

Elagha and Hu won at No. 1

doubles (13-21, 21-18, 21-

14), and MaryKate Zoubek

and Kayla Busen won at No.

5 doubles (16-21, 21-13, 21-

18). Hu won at No. 2 singles

(18-21, 21-16, 21-16), and

Elagha won a thriller at No.

3 singles (20-22, 22-20, 28-

26) that included coming

back from being down 20-16

in Set 3.

The excitement of the

comeback for Sandburg

was equaled by the disappointment

for Central. The

Knights won the first set

eight times but went 4-4 in

those matches.

“We have a lot of juniors,

and we’re doing what juniors

do: losing close matches,

or winning the first one

and then losing the next

two,” Central coach Ryan

Pohlmann said. “We need to

get better at the end of those

matches, and finishing those

games where either we can

put it away in two or challenge

in that third set.”

The Eagles started strong

by winning four of the five

doubles matches. It’s the

first time this season they’ve

won more than three doubles

matches, according to Sandburg

coach Kim Huelsman.

Marissa Arrigoni and Kaylynn

Murray won at No. 4

doubles in three sets, while

Meghan Mattson and Jessica

Jobb won at No. 2 doubles in

straight sets.

“This part of the season is

normally when things start

to click more for the girls,

where they start to see the

court better, execute their

strategies, and break down

their opponents in terms of

what their opponents are

doing and how to shift the

momentum of the game,”

Huelsman said. “Today was

a sure sign of seeing that, especially

winning four of five

doubles.”

Jalyn Baumgartner and

Jess Nilsen picked up Central’s

lone doubles win

21-19, 21-12 at No. 3.

Baumgartner won her No. 1

singles match 22-20, 21-11

against Mia Ko, who was on

the doubles team Baumgartner

and Nilsen beat.

“I noticed, in doubles,

[Ko] had a really good

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Orland Parker

named Provi’s

girls volleyball

coach

Submitted by Providence

Catholic High School

Doug Ternik, athletic director

for Providence Catholic

High School, recently

announced the hiring of

Lisa Muys as the new varsity

girls’ Volleyball Coach.

This is Muys’s 25th year

coaching volleyball. She

currently is the director

of Lions South in Orland

Park, with twelve teams

ranging from the ages of

10-17U.

She has been coaching

with 1st Alliance/Lions

Jrs. VBC for the past 10

years, coaching at the 16U

and 17U levels. She began

coaching camps/clinics as a

sophomore in high school,

until she began coaching at

Andrew High School.

She took a twelve year

break to raise her family

then resumed coaching

club.

Muys played volleyball

for Andrew High School,

where she was a three-year

varsity letter winner with

All-Conference/All-Area

accolades. Muys began

playing club as a 16U andwas

invited to Colorado

Springs to play with the

U.S. National Team as a

sophomore. As a 17U, she

won a national championship

in the Open Division

in the college bracket

(19U). She is a four-time

Amateur Athletic Union

All-American, two-time

MVP All-American.

Muys resides in Orland

Park with her husband,

Randy. They have four

children. She worked as a

pediatric nurse for 17 years.


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Caliendo gets 500th win as Sandburg boys water polo coach

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Many times, milestones

come in numbers — such

as the number of victories a

team or coach reaches.

But the number does not

tell the story behind the

milestone.

In his final season, Sandburg

boys water polo coach

Jim Caliendo reached a milestone

this past week. That

was victory No. 500 with

Sandburg, which came in a

13-5 win over Stagg April

4 in a SouthWest Suburban

Conference clash in Palos

Hills.

Joey Jenkot led the Eagles

(6-1, 5-1) with four goals.

They never trailed in giving

Caliendo victory No. 500 in

his 24th season at Sandburg.

It is the hard work, however,

that went into those

wins and building the program

to what it is now that

makes that number worth it

for Caliendo.

“It’s a good feeling; it’s a

milestone,” Caliendo said.

“But it doesn’t mean a whole

lot, except for my personal

satisfaction.

“What it says is a lot about

Sandburg. We’re a tough

team to play. We don’t always

win, but we’re always

a tough team to play. Even

if we lose, the kids play to

the end, can walk with their

heads held high and always

respect their opponents.”

Over the years, Caliendo

has gone up against many

opponents. He was head

boys water polo coach at St.

Laurence for seven seasons,

winning a state title there.

He followed that up with a

seven-year stint at Fenwick,

where he coached the Friars

to a trio of state titles. He

landed the job at Sandburg

in the 1990s.

For years, water polo was

a club sport, but the Illinois

“What it says is a lot about Sandburg. We’re a tough

team to play. We don’t always win, but we’re always

a tough team to play. Even if we lose, the kids play

to the end, can walk with their heads held high and

always respect their opponent.”

Jim Caliendo — Sandburg boys water polo coach, on his 500th win at Sandburg

Sandburg’s Ben Mars (left) gets ready to shoot the ball despite pressure from Stagg’s

George Jahnke in Palos Hills during a tilt between the District 230 teams.

High School Association

made it an official sport for

both boys and girls in the

2001-2002 school year. That

is something about which

Caliendo, who has 732 total

wins in his 38 seasons as

coach, is proud.

“This is a product of all

of the pioneers that fought

to keep it going in the ’80s,”

Caliendo said of the sport.

“Then they fought to get it

as an IHSA program. Now,

there’s over 100 boys teams

and nearly that many on the

girls side. It took a lot of work

on a lot of people’s parts, and

it’s getting very competitive.

“It just keeps going up and

up to new levels, and I’m really

proud of where we are

going.”

He also was happy regarding

where the Eagles are this

season. The regular season

ends May 4, and a majority

of Sandburg’s games take

place in the final month. That

kicked off with the victory

over a shorthanded Stagg

team that had some starters

out because of spring break

vacation.

Senior Marty Blake (3

goals), Jenkot and fellow

junior Cooper Reiher all

tallied in the first quarter to

take Sandburg to a 3-0 lead.

“We came out hot, and we

have to keep that up,” Jenkot

said. “We have to keep that

momentum up. We have a

good group, and our bench

knows if they get in they

have to keep the momentum

and keep the wins coming.”

The Chargers (9-5, 1-4)

got on the board to start the

second quarter. But goals by

senior Ben Mars (3 goals),

Eagles boys water polo coach Jim Caliendo watches April

4 as his team works to secure his 500th victory coaching

Sandburg. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

Blake, junior Kyle Fox and

Jenkot stretched Sandburg’s

lead to 8-2 at halftime.

Stagg stormed back with

three goals to open the second

half. Robert Dobrowolski

(4 goals) sandwiched two

tallies around one by fellow

sophomore Mike Kotas, and

all of a sudden it was 8-5 with

2 minutes and 55 seconds to

play in the third quarter.

“The kids are getting more

comfortable with each other,

but we have to put teams

away,” Caliendo said. “It got

back to 8-5, and we have to

put it away and not let a team

back in it. We haven’t got to

that point yet.”

Mars managed to skip

in a goal on a man-up situation,

however, to extend

the Eagles’ lead back to 9-5

after three. Blake, Jenkot,

Mars and sophomore Mike

Rzeszowicz closed it out

with fourth-quarter scores to

clinch Caliendo’s quest.

“This is my second year

on the varsity, and he is always

great at getting the

right starting lineup,” Jenkot

said of Caliendo. “We knew

[the 500th win at Sandburg]

was coming, but we hadn’t

really thought of it. He wants

us to focus on the conference

and sectional. So, every win

counts.”

Something that Caliendo

admitted about the milestone

day is that his late wife,

Jane, was at the forefront of

his thoughts.

“Jane is always on my

mind,” he said of the longtime

teacher and coach at

Sandburg, who died in October

2014. “Every time I walk

out on the deck I think of

her. I thought of her [against

Stagg], and it was a good

moment.”


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fastbreak

Boys Water Polo

Sandburg ends streak of stagnant third quarters

Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century

Media

1st and 3

Standout Student-

Athletes

1. Joey Jenkot

The junior (ABOVE)

led the Eagles April

4 with four goals, as

coach Jim Caliendo

earned his 500th win

with Sandburg at the

expense of Stagg in

Palos Hills.

2. Iman Elagha and

Gwyneth Hu

The No. 1 doubles

duo for Sandburg’s

badminton squad

finally clicked April

4 after some early

struggles to put away

their opponents from

Lincoln-Way Central.

3. Kylie Hase

Following an injury

early in the season,

the senior midfielder

scored the goal April

1 that started a

Sandburg comeback

against the Tinley

Park Titans. She also

had the lone goal

for Sandburg April 4

against LW East.

Eagles dominate

Warriors 12-6 in

Orland Park

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

Sandburg coach Jim Caliendo

has struggled to recognize

his boys water polo in

third quarters this season. The

Eagles tend to jump out to big

halftime leads but allow teams

to creep back into games early

in the second half.

So, one day after obvious

third-quarter struggles, Caliendo

focused his halftime

talk on the team needing a

strong start to the second

half with a five-goal lead

against Lincoln-Way West.

“I reminded them of yesterday,

and said that’s not

what we want,” Caliendo

said. “We need to come out

after halftime and put some

teams away. We work hard

to get a lead; the third quarter

is not time to relax. It’s

just a mentality the kids go

through. They get a threeor

four-goal lead, and they

think the game is over. Well,

there still is half a game.”

The Eagles outscored the

Warriors 5-1 in a 9-minute

stretch across the second and

third quarters, as they won

12-6 April 5 in Orland Park.

For Sandburg, there was

little to no lull in play, one

day after getting Caliendo

his 500th victory at the

school.

West, a young team continuing

to learn, let the game

get out of reach, as it struggled

scoring in the deep end during

the second quarter and in the

shallow end in the third.

“Not scoring more in the

second in the deep end, that

was our problem,” West

coach Steven Anderson said.

“After the second, we had

given up too much ground,

and this game was over because

it would have been

very tough for us to score

five goals in the shallow end,

where we’re not good at.”

Sandburg senior Marty

Blake and junior Joey Jenkot

scored four goals apiece.

They scored one goal each

in the final 2:20 of the first

half to build Sandburg’s lead

from 5-2 to 7-2 at the break.

Blake added another score

to open the third quarter. Senior

Ben Mars sandwiched

goals around a score by West

junior Josh Carlson, as Sandburg

built a 10-3 lead after

three quarters. Carlson scored

a team-high four goals.

“We were looking to get

the ball to our hole man

quicker in transition,” Caliendo

said. “We talked about

that at halftime, made some

adjustments, and that got our

offense moving better.”

Sandburg netted six goals

in the deep end and six in the

shallow end. West struggled

in the shallow end, scoring

once, compared to five times

in the deep end.

“In this shallow-deep pool,

the only time we’re going to

really get a major amount of

goals is shooting deep,” Anderson

said. “They’re going

to beat us on the shallow end

every time. Their hole set

is incredible in the shallow

end. We don’t know how to

run offense in the shallow

end. We don’t work on it,

because come sectionals it’s

all about being able to play

deep-deep polo.”

The third quarter surge was

an unusual sight for Sandburg

(7-1, 6-1 SouthWest Suburban

Conference), which

has struggled with opening

second halves. The team has

outscored teams 51-21 in the

first half but is just 21-16 in

the third quarter alone.

Against Stagg April 4, the

Eagles led 8-2 at the half and

gave up the first three goals

in the third, before rebounding

to win 13-5. It was win

No. 500 for Caliendo in

his 24th and final season at

Sandburg.

“I think it says more about

the program than me,” Caliendo

said. “We set high expectations

here at Sandburg.

We don’t always win, but

we’re always competitive

and we’re somebody that

schools want to play to get a

good game. We’ve done that

over a number of years. So,

that’s what it says: a lot of

good kids played really hard,

and I happened to be the one

leading the way.”

Sandburg’s focus moving

forward is balancing its offense.

The majority of the

scoring comes from the center

and left side. Caliendo

would like to see the right

side of Kyle Fox and Cooper

Reiher get more involved

in the offense to draw defensive

pressure and free up

other players.

Fox scored the game’s

first goal against West, and

Mike Rzeszowicz added one

off the bench in the fourth.

The Warriors (7-9-1, 1-5

SWSC) are working on their

six-on-six play, so they can

be more competitive the second

time through conference

and turn close losses into

wins. Recently, they lost to

Lincoln-Way Central by four

and Lockport by three.

Their lone third-quarter

goal against Sandburg came

while playing a man up, and

their three fourth-quarter

goals came against Sandburg’s

backup goalie. Their

first-half goals came on a

no-look backhanded shot in

front of the net and on a long

toss from the middle of the

pool. Cody Torres and Liam

Hall had one goal each.

“We get most of our goals

off the counter attack, man

up and mismatches,” Anderson

said. “This season is really

about developing a team,

so that we can go six on six

against other big teams like

this one. They had six solid

starters and a couple guys

who came off the bench. In

a set offense, we struggled

with them. We found ourselves

getting stagnant.

“The other thing is being

able to hold our ground.

When we get pressured, a lot

of times we don’t fight back.”

Taking the tourney title

Sixth-graders at St. Michael School win

volleyball championship

The St. Michael School sixth-grade girls volleyball team

recently won a tournament at Marist High School in which

more than 20 teams participated. Photo submitted

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“We need to come out after halftime and put some teams

away. ... The third quarter is not time to relax. It’s just a

mentality the kids go through.”

Jim Caliendo — Sandburg boys water polo coach, on his team’s third-quarter

woes this season

What 2 Watch

Girls Soccer — 6:15 p.m. April 17

• Consolidated High School District 230

will be split, as the Eagles host the

Thunderbolts.

INDEX

49 - This Week In

49 - Athlete of the Week

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


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Sandburg boys water polo’s Jim Caliendo

nets 500th win, Page 54

Sandburg boys water polo coach Jim

Caliendo (standing) wins his 500th game

with the Eagles April 4 at Stagg.

Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

More boys water polo

Eagles take on Lincoln-Way West the following

day, get over third-quarter slump, Page 55

Battling on the field

Sandburg girls soccer takes on locals Tinley

Park and Lincoln-Way East, Pages 50-51

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