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Doing time

Two residents sentenced to prison for fraud, Page 6

Preparing ahead

Village releases proposed budget, Page 8

Changing of the guard

District 30 reorganizes board, Page 10

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Glenbrook North’s Garrett Shuman (center left) plays Tevye, while Glenbrook South’s Aiden Demsky (center right) plays Lazar Wolfe in

the district-wide musical performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” April 24. Lynn Trautmann/22nd Century Media




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Open Gaming Night

7-9 p.m. May 4, Northbrook

Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane. Join the

library staff for an open

gaming night hosted by

Pastimes Games. Play the

popular board game “Ticket

to Ride” or try other

games in the library’s new

collection. Visit www.



Cinco De Mayo Celebration

3:30-5 p.m. May 5,

Northbrook Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane.

Come learn about and celebrate

this festive Mexican

holiday with music, dance,

storytelling and art with

Mexico City native Laura

Crotte. Crotte is active in

the Chicago theater scene,

working with the Goodman

Theatre and Steppenwolf

and as a vocalist

with Old Town, Hot House

and Chicago Symphony

Orchestra. She specializes

in celebrating the stories,

history, music, language

and dance of Mexico in

a way that will have the

whole family celebrating

with her. Visit www.northbrook.info.

Northbrook Symphony

Annual Gala Benefit

6 p.m. May 5, Reinaissance

Chicago North

Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie

Blvd., Northbrook. This

benefit, The Gift of Music,

will feature a silent

auction and cash bar.

The reception begins at 6

p.m. followed by a 6:50

p.m. dinner and program.

Pianist Jim Kendros, the

NSO String Quartet and

musicians from the Music

Institute of Chicago will

provide entertainment.

Tickets are $150 per person.

Call (847) 272-0755

for details.


Autism Study Event

2-4 p.m. May 6, AHSS

Autism Center, 85 Revere

Drive. Families affected

by autism can participate

in the nation’s largest study

to uncover important genetic

links to the condition

by attending on-site registration

and data collection

events in Northbrook.

Families with a loved one

on the autism spectrum are

asked to share demographic,

medical and behavioral

information. Participants

with autism will receive a

$50 gift card in the mail

upon completion of the

study. To reserve a spot or

for more information, call

(312) 563-2765.


Engaged Citizenship


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

Northbrook Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane.

An unconference is a conference

emphasizing the

exchange of information

and ideas. Participants decide

on the conference’s

topics and moderators help

facilitate a genuine dialogue.

Visit www.northbrook.info.


Jewish Genealogy

1 p.m. May 8, Hadassah

office, 80 Revere Drive,

Suite 800. Mike Karsen

will speak on “Researching

Jewish Genealogy.”

Karsen is a member of the

Association of Professional

Genealogists and talks

on genealogy topics locally,

nationally and internationally.


will be served. Donation is

$l0. For more information,

please contact Lsb40@aol.



App Assistance

7-8:30 p.m. May 9,

Northbrook Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane.

Download a smartphone

or tablet app with the help

of the library staff and organize,

edit and enhance

photos. Please bring mobile

device and a cable. A

Gmail account is required.

Visit www.northbrook.



PTO Volunteer

Appreciation Night

5:30-7:30 p.m. May 10,

North Branch, 4520 West

Lake Avenue. All volunteers

are welcome to attend

Maple School PTO’s

annual PTO Volunteer Appreciation

Night for food

and good company. Appetizers,

coffee, tea and

soda will be provided. For

more information and to

reserve a spot, visit www.



Jazz Band Concert

7:30 p.m. May 11, Center

for Performing Arts,

2300 Shermer Road. The

Glenbrook North jazz

band led by the direction

of Rich Chapman and

Andrew Zweibel will perform

sounds of the jazz ensemble

and jazz lab bands.

The concert is open to the

public and free for all. For

more information about

this event and upcoming

Glenbrook North band

concerts, visit www.gbnband.com


New Moms Workshop

1-2:30 p.m. May 17,

3400 Dundee Road. A new,

free workshop will discuss

the challenges new moms

face and offer ways women

can look after themselves

emotionally when

they have a new baby.

The Postpartum Depression

Alliance of Illinois,

an organization working

to promote awareness,

prevention and treatment

of maternal mental health

issues throughout Illinois,

will host the informative

education and discussion

session. To register or for

more information, visit


or call (847)


Whale of a Sale

5-9 p.m., May 19, 8

a.m.-2 p.m., May 20, 8

a.m.-noon May 21 St. Norbert

Church, 1817 Walters

Avenue. The rummage sale

includes clothing, linens,

sporting goods, toys, luggage,

furniture, kitchenware,

books and high-end

goods in the Estate Room.

Call (847) 272-7090.

TEDx Event

12:30-4 p.m. May 20,

Northbrook Public Library

Auditorium, 1201 Cedar

Lane. The library’s first

ever live TEDx event features

four speakers from

the local community, who

will give their original

TEDx talks on stage. Visit


Youth Film Festival

6:30-8:30 p.m. May 22,

Northbrook Public Library,

1201 Cedar Lane.

Celebrate local teen filmmakers

by viewing the

Youth Film Festival entries.

Film festival entries

will be screened and

awarded prizes at this special

program. To submit a

film or find out more visit



Nursery School Enrollment

The Northbrook Community

Nursery School

is now enrolling for the

2017-2018 school year.

The preschool established

in 1952 features a playbased

curriculum for 15

months to five years. The

school is NAEYC accredited.

Enrollment runs

through July. Email info@


Northbrook Community


7:30-9 p.m. Mondays,

Leisure Center, 3323 Walters

Ave. Auditions aren’t

required, but registration is

underway. To register, call

(847) 291-2995.

Register for Northbrook

Action Baseball

Registration is now underway

for the summer beginning

in July. For more

information, call (847)


Jr. Spartans Registration

Registration for GBN Jr.

Spartans Youth Football is

now open for the fall season.

Please visit the website

for information and

upcoming events. Online

registration is available at


Northbrook Civic

Foundation Meetings

7:30-8:30 p.m. every

second Monday of the

month, Northbrook Civic

Foundation, 2002 Walters

Ave. The foundation is

in need of new members

for its volunteer efforts at

its monthly meetings. For

information, visit www.


To submit an item for

the calendar, contact

Sarah Haider at


com or (847) 272-4565 ext.

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Students draw parallels between musical and refugee crisis

Libby Elliott

Freelance Reporter

Act One of the prominent

1964 Broadway show “Fiddler

On the Roof” opens with the

big musical number “Tradition,”

a rousing show-stopper

that sets the stage for the humor

and drama that unfolds,

as Tevye, a devoutly Jewish

milkman living with his wife

and five daughters in 1905 Imperial

Russia, struggles to hold

on to his religious customs and

family values as the changing

world threatens to break them


The storyline of “Fiddler on

the Roof” and its score of popular

songs was likely familiar to

many in the audience when the

curtain rose at Watson Auditorium

on April 26 for Glenbrook

North and Glenbrook South’s

spring co-production of the

classic American musical. But

what may have felt distinctly

different was the innovative

staging of the show, featuring a

twist at the end. It was a break

with tradition that director John

Knight hoped would play well

with the audience.

“ ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ was

written more than 50 years

ago, but it addresses a refugee

crisis, which is, unfortunately,

still very relevant today,” said

Knight, referring to the exodus

of refugees currently fleeing


Members of the spring musical

production partnered with

the Glenbrooks’ local chapter

of STAND, a student-led movement

to end mass atrocities,

which erected an educational

display outside Watson Auditorium

that remained during the

play’s four-day run. In addition

to posting information about the

plight of refugees from the Russian

Pogrom of 1905 up to the

present day, STAND constructed

a replica of a refugee village.

“Our audience [was] confronted

with images and information

as they entered and exited

the auditorium,” Knight said.

Additionally, just before curtain

fall, when Tevye and his

family flee after the Russian czar

issues an edict evicting the Jews

from their village, Glenbrook

theatergoers were confronted,

once again, with the stark moving

images of modern-day Syrian

families being forced from

their homeland.

“I hope people consider this

footage a starting point for discussion,”

Knight said. “The parallels

are so resonant when you

see these same scenes play out

in the news now.”

The 2017 spring musical involved

96 cast members, 40 instrumentalists

and a 30-person

stage crew — all a mixture of

GBS and GBN students — making

it challenging to get all the

participants in the same place at

the same time. Approximately

half of the play’s leading characters

were double cast.

GBS freshman Gwyn Skiles

made her high-school theater

debut as Tevye’s eldest daughter,

Tzeitel, best known for the

song “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,”

where she bemoans

her family’s cultural tradition

of arranged marriage. Skiles,

who plans to pursue acting

professionally, supported the

decision to open the production

to a broader discussion

of the modern-day refugee


“These images are a reminder

that there are people — just like

the ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ characters

we all fall in love with

— dealing with these issues all

over the world,” Skiles said.

Carly Meyer, a GBN freshman,

played Tevye’s daughter

Hodel, who bids her papa a

steely farewell with the song

“Far From the Home I Love.”

Meyer already works as a professional

actress at the Writers

Theatre in Glencoe, but “Fiddler

on the Roof” was her first

full combined musical as a

high-school student.

Glenbrook North’s Hannah Grodnik (left) plays Tzeitel, the eldest daughter, and Glenbrook South’s Katie

MacQuarri plays her sister Hodel in one of the casts. Photos by Lynn Trautmann/22nd Century Media

While the cast prepared

for opening night with a final

dress rehearsal on April 24, energy

levels were high as actors

milled backstage in costume

and singers warmed up their vocal


“There are so many great

songs from ‘Fiddler on the

Roof’ that are part of the national

zeitgeist,” Knight said.

“Our ultimate goal with this

show is to entertain the community

and educate students about


D225’s “Fiddler on the Roof”

production opened April 26 and

ran through April 29.

RIGHT: GBN’s Alli Torf is

Grandma Tzeitel in a dream


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Police Reports

Florida men throw stolen shirts worth $1,300 out car window

Gerald Espinoza-Munoz, 22,

and Luis Brito-Rosado, 29, both

of Miami, were charged with

retail theft at 5 p.m. April 20 at

Saks Off Fifth in the 100 block

of Skokie Highway.

Police were contacted by a

loss prevention agent at the store

after the pair were reportedly

observed stealing seven shirts,

valued at $1,319, from the

store. One of the men allegedly

removed the shirts from the rack

and placed them into a bag while

the other was holding the bag


Espinoza-Munoz and Brito-

Rosada were then seen entering

a red van displaying out-of-state

license plates and leaving westbound

on Lake Cook Road.

When an officer who responded

to the store’s call attempted to

pull the vehicle over, one of the

passengers threw the bag containing

the stolen shirts out of

the car.

Police arrested the two people.

Espinoza-Munoz, the driver of

the car, was also charged with

driving without a driver’s license

and having no proof of insurance.

In other police news:

April 26

• A $2,500 bottle of Dom Perignon

champagne was stolen at

4:17 p.m. from Knightsbridge

Wine Shoppe in the 800 block of

Sunset Ridge Road.

• A unlocked home was ransacked

and money was stolen at

3 p.m. in the 1700 block of Ferndale

Avenue. The reported loss is


April 25

• Edgar Tellez-Ezquivel, 25, of

Chicago, was charged with driving

with a suspended license,

driving an uninsured motor vehicle

and having a suspended

registration at 11:59 p.m. in the

intersection of Dundee Road and

Western Avenue.

April 24

• Two floor sanders were rented

and not returned at 2:52 p.m. in

the 1900 block of Cherry Lane.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Northbrook

Tower’s Police Reports are

compiled from official reports found

on file at the Northbrook Police

Department headquarters in Northbrook.

Individuals named in these

reports are considered innocent of

all charges until proven guilty in a

court of law.

Northbrook residents receive prison

sentences in chiropractic fraud scheme

Staff Report

A Northbrook chiropractor and

his brother and father were sentenced

to federal prison terms after

committing medical billing fraud

that cost insurance carriers $10.8

million in losses, according to the

U.S. Attorney of the Northern District

of Illinois.

Dr. Vladimir Gordin Jr. and Alexsander

Gordin, both of Northbrook,

and their father Vladimir Gordin Sr.

pleaded guilty this year to health

care fraud. The three were given

prison sentences April 24. Vladimir

Gordin Jr., 46, was sentenced

to seven years; Alexsander Gordin,

34, was sentenced to two years; and

Vladimir Gordin Sr., 70, was sentenced

to two and a half years.

The Gordins used their chiropractic

clinic in Wheeling to fraudulently

bill insurance carriers for medical

services found to be medically unnecessary

or that were not provided

at all. Federal prosecutors said the

three men tried to hide their tracks

by falsifying medical records.

Some patients knew of the scheme

and were incentivized to take part

by having their deductibles met at

no cost to them, or by receiving a

portion of the overbilling proceeds,

prosecutors said.

According to a release from the

U.S. attorney’s office, from 2006 to

November 2012, Gordin Medical

Center S.C. and an ultrasound service

that was part of the fraud sent

in false bills totaling $28,775,000,

resulting in a loss of $10,847,000 to

five insurance carriers.

“As a result of the scheme, the

Gordins created a medical center

whose focus, for both the chiropractors

and the employees, was not patient

care,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys

Heather K. McShain and Sarah E.

Streicker argued in the prosecution’s

sentencing memorandum. “Rather,

GMC was a front for false billing;

patient care was an afterthought.”

Gordin Medical Center’s office

manager and the owner of Ultrasound

Mobile Service Ltd. were

also sentenced in the scheme. Ultrasound

Mobile Service owner

Michelle Kobran was given nine

months in prison for falsely billing

insurance companies for ultrasounds,

and Gordin office manager

Alina Levit was sentenced to 18

months of probation, including 90

days of intermittent incarceration on

weekends, for forging sign-in sheets

to falsely show that patients were

present and received services when

in reality they were not treated at all.

From the Village

Police warn elderly of identity

theft scams

On Wednesday, April 26,

Community Relations Supervisor

Dan Petka gave a presentation

to the YMCA on

identity theft and scams that

affect the elderly. The event

was in conjunction with the

Northbrook Bank and Trust’s

Money Smart presentation.

Petka and a bank representative

have been presenting

such seminars for several

years to the YMCA. Approximately

15 members attended

this week’s presentation.

Mayall retires from police


Sergeant Jim Mayall was

set to retire Wednesday, May

3, from the police department

after serving the community

for 30 years. Mayall worked

in the patrol division for 13

years and then transferred to

the Criminal Investigations

Unit until his promotion to

sergeant in 2003.

The Village congratulates

Mayall on his retirement and

thanks him for his service.

Police academy students take

part in mock crime scene


As part of the Citizen Police

Academy curriculum, participants

in the April 25 session

focused on crime scene investigation.

Several police

department evidence technicians

gave a presentation on

investigative techniques and,

following that, a hands-on

session was held with class

members taking evidence pictures,

fingerprinting and diagramming

a crime scene.

Lone Tree water main project


Last week, the Village’s

contractor completed the installation

of the water main

on Sorrel Drive. Additionally,

crews completed pressure

testing and chlorination of

the water main on Bayberry


This week, crews will begin

installing the water services

for homes on Bayberry Drive.

Staff anticipates that crews

will also complete the interconnection

between the existing

main on Laburnum Drive

and new main on Bayberry.

Asphalt resurfacing to begin

May 10 in Central Business


Asphalt resurfacing as part

of the Central Business District

infrastructure project is

scheduled to start Wednesday,

May 10 and is expected to

take two weeks with paving

of the roadway up to binder

level completed by Wednesday,

May 24 (weather depending).

The contractor will

begin milling of pavement

on Meadow Road, followed

by Cherry Lane and Church

Street, and lastly on Shermer

Road. Milling operations on

each of these sections is expected

to take one day. Once

milling is complete, the contractor

will complete any

necessary base patches to the

roadways and following that

work, the contractor will begin

resurfacing the roadways.

During the resurfacing

work, two-way traffic will be

maintained on the roadways

with flaggers directing traffic.

While resurfacing operations

are occurring on each street,

there will be no on-street

parking. As the resurfacing

equipment and vehicles move

up and down each street,

driveways may be temporarily

blocked, however all driveways

will be ramped and open

at the end of the day.

From the Village is information

submitted by the Village of

Northbrook, www.northbrook.


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Northbrook Village Board

Rauner’s ‘grand bargain’ considered in 2017-2018 budget

State bills could

affect Village


Sarah Haider

Assistant Editor

The uncertainty surrounding

state finances

continues to be a concern

for the Village of Northbrook.

The Village’s fiscal

year 2017-18 budget,

reviewed by the board

during a public hearing on

Tuesday, April 25, has reserves

built in to mitigate

possible losses if the state

cuts its funding to local


The proposed budget is

balanced with $100.1 million

in both budgeted expenditures

and revenues.

A surplus reserve in

the General Corporate

Fund, which pays for the

Village’s general operating

expenses, allows for

flexibility in the case that

two proposed bills — a

decrease in the local government

distributive fund

and an increase in government

property taxes — are

passed by the State of Illinois.

If adopted, one bill

would cause a 50 percent

decrease in the distributive

fund, which would

amount to $1.7 million lost

in funding for the Village

of Northbrook.

The governor has also

proposed a 1.2 percent increase

in personal income

tax as a part of the “grand

bargain” on the state budget.

This action would

put a permanent freeze

on local property taxes,

capping the amount any

local government body

could receive through the

taxes and reducing the total

funds available for the


More than $43.7 million

in revenues have been

dedicated to the General

Corporate Fund, with approximately

$44.2 million

in expenditures. That still

leaves a projected $21.5

million unrestricted fund

balance, which is $3.99

million above the Village’s

Lucky Fish to likely feature on-street valet parking

Sarah Haider

Assistant Editor

The Village Board approved

a proposal for

on-street valet parking at

Lucky Fish, 1349 Shermer


The proposal will now

go through police, public

works and traffic consultants

to ensure traffic safety.

If the secondary parties

approve and the restaurant

owners comply with the

request, a six-month trial

will be allowed for valet

yearly goal of having a reserve

at least 40 percent of

the fund’s projected revenue.

The Village will use

this reserve to address any

financial changes the state

may pass in the coming


“We would like to maintain

the continued flexibility

of the Village Board to

act as it needs to and to

parking before a more permanent

code is adopted.

If the request is finalized,

the restaurant will

be able to use two existing

city parking spots in

front of Edward’s Florist

at 1353 Shermer Road. It

is currently predicted to

hold approximately 150

patrons with indoor and

outdoor seating,

Trustees proposed a

six-month trial for the

valet program that would

take cars from the two

parking spots near the

provide services for us,”

Trustee Michael Scolaro


As approved by the

board at a special meeting

on March 21, $500,000 of

the property tax increase

will be abated for fire and

police pensions. Projected

property tax revenues increased

from $14 million

in 2016-17 to $16 million

entrance of the restaurant

and move them to the

Metra parking lot during


Although all trustees

were in support of the proposal,

Kathryn Ciesla addressed

possible conflicts

with the plan, including

concerns about cars backing

up in the two-spot

queue near the Metra

tracks and possible traffic

hazards in inclement


Ciesla said the request

by the new restaurant

for the upcoming fiscal


The budget also accounts

for expenses outlined

in the Village’s Capital

Improvement Plan. The

plan projects $8 million in

infrastructure capital improvement,

including $7.6

million for street maintenance;

$5.5 million in the

Water Fund, including $2

presents an opportunity

for the Village to draft

a standardized plan for

similar requests that may

lease property from the


“I think we need to get

this done, but if we have

other areas of our village

where we are allowing

people to use our facility

and we are leasing

that, I think we should remain

consistent,” Ciesla

said. “That being said,

I think we need to make

it work.”

million for water main replacements;

$700,000 for

the Sanitary Sewer Water

Fund; and $3 million for

stormwater mitigation.

“This budget is terrific,”

Scolaro said. “I am proud

of it and we should adopt


To view the proposed

budget, visit www.northbrook.il.us.

Glenbrook D225 Board of Education

GBS, GBN migrate from quarter to semester grading system

Lauren Kiggins

Freelance Reporter

Starting this fall, Glenbrook

South and North

students will be graded

by semester, bucking the

quarterly structure historically

implemented by

District 225.

The Board of Education

unanimously supported

the plan to restructure the

district’s grading system

during its Monday, April

24 meeting.

The action results from

the board’s yearlong effort

to analyze district

protocols and promote

student wellness. Through

a series of teacher and

student surveys, D225

administration identified

an unnecessary source of

stress via the quarter grading

system. Historically,

the quarter design stunted

course syllabus flexibility

and overall class structure

due to the mandated

40/40/20 grading outline


A brief recap of D225 board action on April 24

• Board members re-elected Skip Shein as board president

for a one-year term.

• Veteran board member Bruce Doughty was elected as

board vice-president for a one-year term. Doughty replaces

Robert Boron, who will resume a board member role.

• Rosanne Williamson will remain board secretary for a

one-year term.

(40 percent first-quarter

grade/40 percent secondquarter

grade/20 percent

semester final).

Dr. Rosanne Williamson,

assistant superintendent

for education services,

and Ryan Bretag,

director of instructional

innovation, explained

that the cyclical design

— which required testing

and project deadlines

strictly around the

nine-week mark — burdened

teachers and students

alike. They expect

the new 80/20 construction

(80 percent semester

grade/20 percent semester

final) to mitigate overlapping

classwork deadlines

for students.

“There will be professional

conversations occurring

in departments

about this because we

don’t want to remove one

stress for another or trade

one stress for another,”

Williamson said. “So it’s

something we should be

mindful of and pay attention

to, but I think almost

to the person, the teachers

that we heard from

thought that they could

stagger work so things are

not hitting all at once.”

Nevertheless, students

will still have increased

workloads toward the tail

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Christa Rooks

Freelance Reporter

While the Northbrook/

Glenview School District

30 Board of Education

is welcoming two new

members to its ranks, it

also had to bid farewell to

two important members of

the team.

The board sent off members

Dr. Kenneth Spero

and Fred Sloneker at its

regular meeting on Thursday,

April 27, while also

welcoming new members

Keith Karchmar and Jeff


Sloneker had been on

the board since 2013,

while Spero had served

since 2009. This was their

final meeting as members

of the board.

Board President Chuck

Gitles took time to thank

each member for their

service, beginning with


“Over the years, Fred

has been a champion for

education in every way,”


From Page 8

of the semester, according

to Superintendent Dr.

Mike Riggle.

“There’s no doubt near

the end [there are] still

going to be some things

that are going to happen

prior to finals,” Riggle

said. “There will be less

pressure, perhaps, at the

nine-week [point], so that

could be an advantage that

many people are siding


GBS Principal Lauren

Fagel highlighted that the

grading structure revisions

were overwhelmingly

met with open arms

by faculty.

“From the time the

conversation started last

year there’s been a lot

of energy and consensus

around it,” Fagel said.

“We really didn’t hear

any consistent concerns.

It seemed like a logical

next step in the grading


While there will not

be explicit quarter report

cards come fall,

Gitles said.

“Fred was recruited to

the board at a time when

the board was seeking

some fresh faces, and I

don’t know when he came

if he knew exactly what

he was getting into — I

think he just felt the need

to serve. Once he got here,

he learned very quickly

and contributed and was

a terrific board member.”

Superintendent Dr. Brian

Wegley also took time

to commend Sloneker on

the work he did for the

board. As Wegley interviewed

for the job of superintendent

two years

ago, something Sloneker

said had stuck with him.

“I heard you say ... we

want District 30 to be a

lighthouse district, and

there’s no reason in the

world why this shouldn’t

be the place where people

come and see how

it’s supposed to be done

in terms of us caring for

each other, developing

the whole child and getting

our kids on a trajectory

that puts them where

they need to be,” Wegley

said. “I think you just understand

it and your whole

heart is in that.”

Sloneker also had the

opportunity to address the

board and reflect on his

years serving the district.

“It’s been a pleasure

serving with all of you

and ... I feel very comfortable

and happy leaving

because I know you guys

are on the right track,” he


Spero was also recognized

by Gitles for his

contributions over the

past eight years, including

the past two years of vice

president of the board.

“Ken always challenged

us to look at things from

a different perspective,”

Gitles said.

“We have been honored

by your presence and you

will be sorely missed.”

Wegley also thanked

Spero for his service as he

reflected on the time they

parents will receive midterm

grade updates nine

weeks into the semester.

District officials emphasized

that this change is

just the tip of the iceberg;

many hope the modification

will lead to further

reflection on how GBS

and GBN quantify student


“What I’m excited

about is that it opens up

a bigger conversation of

growth and the growth

mindset,” Fagel added.

“Even though mathematically

it won’t be a big

spent working together.

“One of the things that

you and I talked about

was the importance to

mentor, to be a leader and

really teach all of us as we

move forward, and I think

you’ve done all of that,”

he said.

“I think you’re very

much a heart of our


Spero also addressed

the board to note how

much he enjoyed his time

serving, as well as touching

on one of his favorite

achievements — passing a

referendum to have a new

Maple School built.

“Not many boards ever

get to build a new school,”

he said.

Both Spero and Sloneker

were given a school

bell by the board to commemorate

their time serving

the district. The board

then adjourned and reconvened

with the new members

in place to further

discuss organizational


change in the end, or any

change really, philosophically

I think it sends a

much healthier message

for kids. ... The concept

of cumulative throughout

the semester makes sense.

[Students] come in with

less developed skills and

end up with more developed

skills, and to not be

tied to that first-quarter

grade in the same way I

think is a much healthier

approach and I’m excited

teachers are asking the

question [of how to weigh

the semester].”

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Worm composting, instrument ‘zoo’ among attractions at Healthy Kids Day

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

The 26th annual Healthy

Kids Day once again

brought dozens of families

to Northbrook’s North

Suburban YMCA.

At the event Saturday,

April 29, part of a national

YMCA initiative, youngsters

learned about yoga

and played many of the

games at the Youth Yoga

and Meditation room. Parents

had a hard time convincing

their children to

move on to other activities.

Elizabeth Mikhaul, 8,

and sister, Magdalena, 5,

didn’t want to leave.

“I had fun learning how

to do different poses,”

Magdalena said.

“I liked the games we

played,” Elizabeth added.

Even Darryl and Marlene

Angelico had a hard

time convincing their

granddaughter Eliana Gillespie,

4, to try another


“Healthy Kids Day was

an opportunity for families

to play, connect and learn,”

said Kathy Fielding, vice

president of member engagement.

“We had a wide

variety of activities to appeal

to all ages and interests.”

Ellie Mogilner and

daughter, Abby, drew a

crowd with their worm bin.

The two explained how

they put food scraps like

fruit and vegetables in the

bin along with Red Crawler

worms they get from a

pet shop and cover it with

newspaper strips to keep

the worms warm.

“The worms make a

kind of good dirt that we

then put in our garden,”

Ellie Mogilner explained

to an interested Carly

Franklin, 7. “That helps

make our garden grow really


“Don’t the worms ever

crawl out?” Franklin


“No,” Abby Mogilner


Finn and Eliot Lewis

helped their father, Robert,

plant a variety of seeds in

tiny dissolving vases that

will be transferred to a big

plot in their backyard.

“I liked the free food

they had and planting the

seeds,” Robert Lewis said.

“We have carrots, radishes,

peas, basil and pumpkin


“Making the kites was

nice,” said Finn Lewis, “but

the room with the obstacle

courses was the best.”

Sunset Foods, Subway,

Noodles & Company, Tiny

but Mighty Popcorn, Pinstripes

and Go Go Squeeze

Yogurt provided free samples

of their food at the


Face painting was big on

youngsters’ lists as were

kite-making and animal


Keaton Spaniak, 3,

showed off his goldfish

balloon as he trotted down

the hall.

There were Summer

Safety, Healthy Eating and

Your Child and Technology

presentations. The latter

drew a crowd of interested


“Know your children’s

codes and passwords but

that’s not enough,” cautioned

social worker Dori

Mages. “Talk with your

children about what’s appropriate

online and what

are the consequences of

doing things that are not

appropriate. Know how

your kids use social media.

If it interferes with eating,

sleeping, family activities,

social events, then there is

a problem.”

A big crowd draw at the

event was music historian

Jim Kendros, director of

community outreach for

Mia Joy Holden-Hergott gets her hands on a string instrument at the instrument petting zoo as Susan Bengtson

supervises Saturday, April 29, at the North Suburban YMCA. Photos by Miroslaw Pomian/22nd Century Media

Northbrook’s Ellie Mogilner (right) guides Asa Sanders as he sprays water into a composting bin containing worms.

the Northbrook Symphony

Orchestra. He and violist

Susan Bengtson and percussionist

Nick Kabat had

what they called an instrument

petting zoo.

They gave youngsters

the chance to touch and

play actual instruments,

including historical ones.

Caroline Yuan, 4, turned

the crank on the hurdygurdy,

a medieval stringed

instrument, while Victoria

Artega, 9, and sister

Yoli, 7, listened intently as

Kendros played the nyckelharpa,

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North Avenue properties

look for updates, Village

seeks revisions to plan

The Lake Bluff Village

Board considered a

resolution to approve a

site plan for exterior alterations

to the properties

at 104-110 Scranton

Ave., 612-616 Oak Ave.,

41 E. North Ave. and 35

E. North Ave. at its meeting

Monday, April 24, but

sent it back to the Architectural

Board of Review.

Brick House Farms

X, LLC, the owner of

the properties, proposed

changes including landscaping,

sidewalks, window

replacement, exterior

lights and exterior painting.

The resolution was

previously approved at a

Lake Bluff Architectural

Board of Review meeting

on April 4, with the condition

that the driveway at

35 E. North Ave. be made

out of a paver designed

to allow grass to grow

through it. Brick House

Farms asked the board

to approve the resolution

without this condition,

and allow them to use

asphalt instead in a letter

prior to the meeting.

The letter stated that

grass would not grow in

this area due to the “permanent

and heavy use by

vehicles” in that location.

This would then necessitate

that these pockets be

filled with gravel, which

would be messy and hard

to keep clear during icy

and snowy weather. The

pavers would add a cost of

$7,000-$8,000 to the total


Trustee William Meyer

stated that he shared Brick

House Farms’ concerns

about the snow and ice

being hard to clear in the

winter months if pavers

were used.

After much discussion

the board sent the resolution

back to the Architectural

Board of Review

to have it review further

options. The Architectural

Board of Review will

meet May 2.

Reporting by Christa Rooks,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.



Winnetka nature

nonprofit celebrates

10 years of youth,

community outreach

Founded in 2007, Back-

Yard Nature Center set

out with a mission to help

children and adults foster

nature in New Trier

Township. Ten years later,

in the age of accessible

technology, the charge

rings truer than ever.

The Winnetka-based

nonprofit is led by founder

and president Daniel

Kielson, along with a

five-member board of directors,

one part-time staff

member and a myriad of


“[Our] mission is very

simple: to connect children

and adults with the

wonders of nature, focusing

on New Trier Township,”

veteran board

member John Levine said.

“We look around us and

there are, in fact, wonders

if we just take time to look

and listen and enjoy.”

Levine stressed that

conservation and environmental

activism are possible

for those interested,

even at the local North

Shore level.

“I had this kind of

epiphany that conservation

is not just something

that happens in the Amazon

rainforest,” Levine

said. “There are things

even in our own backyard

that are going on that people

can get involved with,

whether it’s enjoying the

outdoors and wildlife in

the environment or getting

involved, like I wanted

to do.”

BackYard Nature Center

coordinates habitat

restoration projects, education

programming and

outdoor nature activities

throughout the village.

To date, the organization

has worked with hundreds

of community members

across 30 organizations

and nine schools. Most

recently, they partnered

with Sunset Ridge School

for a nature hike and day

of habitat restoration,

which included the removal

of non-indigenous

species such as buckthorn.

Reporting by Lauren Kiggins,

Freelance Reporter.

Full story at WinnetkaCurrent.com.


Village Hall roof

replacement deferred until


A Wilmette Village Hall

roof replacement contract

approval was originally

scheduled to take place

at the Wilmette Village

Board’s Tuesday, April 25

meeting, but the project

has now been pushed back

until the fall.

The contract was in

the amount not to exceed

$606,758 with The Garland

Roof Company of

Cleveland. The 2017 budget

provides $630,000 to

replace the roof at Village

Hall. For the project, staff

identified a joint purchase

opportunity for roofing

services through the U.S.

Communities program,

which is a national nonprofit

purchasing cooperative.

The Garland Roof Company

currently holds the

contract for roofing services

under the facilities

solutions division of U.S.

Communities. Trustee

Ted McKenna expressed

concerns with the U.S.

Communities procurement

process and pricing

for replacement of the Village

Hall roof. In order to

adequately address McKenna’s

concerns, the approval

of the contract was

removed from the agenda.

Staff will be evaluating

options in regard to design

services and a request for

proposal and bidding process.

Work was scheduled

to begin in early May and

end in June, but has now

been pushed back until the


“In advance of the

meeting we had a request

from Trustee McKenna to

remove (the roof replacement

contract approval),”

Village President Bob

Bielinski said. “(McKenna)

thought the Village

should explore a different

bidding process to see

if we could cut the costs

on this expenditure. Staff

has agreed to follow that

recommendation and see

what we can do in terms

of cutting costs.”

Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full story

at WilmetteBeacon.com.


North Shore Exchange

named finalist for James

Tyree Award

Glencoe’s North Shore

Exchange made the final

cut for the James Tyree

Award, being named

one of three finalists for

the annual Chicagoland

Chamber of Commerce


The James Tyree

Emerging Business Leadership

Award is given annually

to an “up-and-coming

Chicago business that

has demonstrated growth

and philanthropic values,”

according to a Chicagoland

Chamber of Commerce


The winner of the award

will receive a $50,000

cash prize. Wendy Serrino,

president of the North

Shore Exchange, said it

was the first time they had

applied for the award. She

added the money would

have a “multiplier” effect

for the Glencoe nonprofit,

which was founded in

March 2013. If they win,

Serrino said they plan to

use the prize money to

strengthen the business

and, in turn, yield more


Serrino said they would

use the prize money to:

launch a pop-up store in

the city; invest in inventory

management software

and a new online ordering

system, and invest in targeted


“We are thrilled,” Serrino

said. “To be recognized

both as a successful

business and helping people

— we feel fantastic

about that.”

North Shore Exchange,

the upscale consignment

shop at 372 Hazel Ave.,

gives 100 percent of its

proceeds to charity. In

three years, the nonprofit

has distributed $700,000

in grant money to a wide

range of Chicago-area

organizations, including

those focused on: abuse,

education, health care,

disabilities, homelessness,

hunger, mental health and

social services.

Reporting by Fouad Egbaria,

Contributing Editor.

Full story at GlencoeAnchor.




PDHP maintenance facility

given OK for construction

The Park District of

Highland Park will be

constructing a new building

to house its park maintenance

and golf operations

facility after the City

Council approved a series

of ordinances amending

its zoning codes and a development

agreement at

its Monday, April 24.

The building at 1220-

1240 Fredrickson Place

will be built on property

already owned by the

park district, and will replace

a previously existing,

smaller building. The

park district asked for relief

from the zoning code,

so the building could be 3

feet taller than the previous

code allowed for.

As part of the public

benefit required for new

developments in the city,

the park district plans

to plant trees and native

grass in excess of what is

required of them.

Concerns were heard

from members of the

city council over planned

lighting in the parking lot

of the new building, and

whether or not the lights

would make an impact on

the residences near the location.

Reporting by Erin Yarnall,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at HPLandmark.com.

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Northbrook volunteers build goodie bags for hospitalized kids

Submitted by

Northwestern Mutual -


There were a lot of helping

hands, both big and

small when volunteers at

the Northbrook office of

Northwestern Mutual –

Chicago transformed their

workspace into a production

line assembling goodie

bags for hospitalized children.

Tables were filled with

books, toys, puzzles and

other goodies as volunteers

packed more than 70 bags

that were delivered to the

Ronald McDonald House

near Lurie Children’s Hospital.

“We are grateful to our

financial professionals

who through this event are

sharing our philanthropic

cause with their families

and friends,” said Corey D.

McQuade, managing partner.

“We hope that through

this outreach we can provide

some joy to children

who can be facing the most

difficult of life circumstances.”

The Northbrook volunteers

also made personalized

cards with uplifting

messages for Cards for Hospitalized

Kids and helped

raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade

Stand Foundation.

In 2014, the Chicagobased

financial planning

firm joined forces with

Northwestern Mutual’s

national childhood cancer

initiative to accelerate the

search for cures for childhood

cancer and to provide

support for families fighting

the disease. Through

an annual golf outing, hosting

lemonade stands in the

community, running as

charity runners, and other

Northwestern Mutual – Chicago in Northbrook Financial Professionals Tom Turner,

Anca Curescu and Jim Stinson, along with their friends and spouses volunteer at the

2017 Care Package Event. Photo Submitted

fun events the firm raises

funds for the childhood

cancer research and its nonprofit

partner Alex’s Lemonade

Stand Foundation.

To help support local

families, in 2015, Northwestern

Mutual – Chicago

and its district offices in

Northbrook, Oak Brook

and Rosemont began a

partnership with the Ronald

McDonald House of Chicagoland

and Northwest

Indiana. The financial planning

firm regularly engages

its associates with days of

service providing meals

for families staying at one

of the five local houses. In

2016, in conjunction with

the Northwestern Mutual

Foundation, the firm presented

a $25,000 grant that

supports local programming.

This is the second year

that the firm’s Childhood

Cancer Impact Committee

has organized the care

package event. In 2016,

care packages were made

for hospitalized children at

The University of Chicago

Medicine Comer’s Children


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School News


Lew Blond Run registration

now open to all aspiring


Registration has begun

for the 17th Annual Lew

Blond 5K, 1 Mile Run,

which takes place at 8 a.m.

Saturday, May 20, at Maple

School, 2370 Shermer

Road. The Lew Blond

Run fundraiser supports

ALS research through the

Les Turner ALS Foundation

and the Stuart Rosen

Transportation Fund, high

school scholarships and

special school projects.

For more information,

call Maple School at

(847) 400-8900. To register

go to lewblondrun.org

or register.chronotrack.


Wegley to receive award

from nonprofit

On behalf of the Family

Service Center, District 30

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Brian Wegley will receive

the 2017 Heart of the

Family Award at its 2017

Annual Benefit, which will

be held from 6:30-10 p.m.,

Saturday, May 20, at Pinstripes

in Northbrook.

Wegley will be honored

“in recognition of his outstanding

contribution to

the well-being of families

in the community,” according

to Family Service

Center representative

Therese Steinken.

The Family Service

Center is a not-for-profit

mental health agency providing

high quality therapeutic

counseling to those

seeking help for a wide

range of emotional, behavioral,

substance abuse,

and relationship problems.

FSC also provides crisis

response and outreach services

to the community.

FSC’s work is dependent

on community support and

local funding, as FSC does

not receive federal or state


Glenbrook North student Erin Mallicoat went to

Springfield in March. Photo Submitted

Maple students collect

3,000 items for food


Maple School’s Student

Council spent the past two

months collecting over

3,000 food items, which

were donated to the Northfield

Township Food Pantry.

Co-sponsors Lynn Reimer

and Lisa Kovarik said

that Angelina Abraham

will receive a gift card, and

Leora Kurz’s advisory will

receive a pizza party for

bringing in the most food

items. Maple’s Student

Council President Peter

Bazianos spearheaded this

food drive, because spring

and summer are when the

food collections begin to

dwindle at the food pantry.


Student goes to Springfield

Glenbrook North student

Erin Mallicoat, 17,

traveled to Springfield on

March 15. The Illinois

Senate declared that day

as Adult Syndrome Awareness

Day. “This resolution

is very important,” Mallicoat

said. “It’s important

that people with special

needs get the support they


Wind ensemble to perform

at SuperState

Glenbrook North’s

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

was selected to perform

in the 2017 Illinois

SuperState Concert Band

Festival held May 6 at

the University of Illinois

Champaign-Urbana. The

ensemble was selected as

one of the top seven bands

(out of 110) in the Class

AAA Division. The Glenbrook

North bands are directed

by Rich Chapman

and Andy Zweibel.



Liss accepted into Phi

Kappa Phi

Cameron Liss, of

Northbrook, was recently

initiated into The Honor

Society of Phi Kappa Phi,

the nation’s oldest and

most selective all-discipline

collegiate honor society.

Liss is pursuing a

degree in accounting at

University of Illinois at


Liss is among approximately

30,000 students,

faculty, professional staff

and alumni to be initiated

into Phi Kappa Phi each

year. Membership is by invitation

only and requires

nomination and approval

by a chapter. Only the top

10 percent of seniors and

7.5 percent of juniors are

eligible for membership.

School News is compiled

by Editor Matt Yan, matt@


GBN students repair disasterstricken

homes in New Orleans

Spring break trip

was part of service

learning project

Submitted by Glenbrook

North High School

What’s better than just

traveling to great locations?

“Getting to know the

local people and hearing

their stories,” Glenbrook

South sophomore Macy

Galante said.

Galante recently participated

in a SaLT (Service

and Learning Travel)

Spring Break trip to New

Orleans where she and

about 20 other local students

worked to restore

housing damaged from

Hurricane Katrina and a

tornado that occurred only

a few months ago.

“Hurricane Katrina

was so long ago but the

destruction was still evident,”

Galante said. “It

was difficult to look at.”

Nicole Baker, also a

sophomore at GBS, said

the trip was life-changing.

“We did 30 to 35 hours

of service,” Baker said.

“The homeowners were

very thankful for our


SaLT was started about

two years ago by local

educators in an effort to

help students find ways

to serve outside of their

zip code. The organization’s

mission is to “create

uniquely meaningful

student travel experiences

that meet the needs of a local

community while promoting

personal growth

and understanding.”

SaLTrips — SaLTin-

NOLA (Spring Break),

SaLTinALASKA (Summer)

and SaLTinOR-

SaLTinNOLA volunteers work to restore housing from

hurricane and tornado damage in New Orleans. The trip

occurred over Spring Break this year. Photo Submitted

LANDO (Winter) — are

not sponsored by just one

school which allows students

to attend from multiple

schools throughout

the greater Chicago area.

Students provide service

during the day and then

enjoy local attractions in

the evening. All chaperones

are veteran educators

who are passionate about

service learning and the

culture of the local community.

This past Presidents

Day weekend, students

from Glenbrook North

and Glenbrook South participated

in a SaLTrip to

Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The students served

Make-A-Wish Foundation

families who were staying

at Give Kids the World


“I thought the Disney

trip would be an eyeopening

experience, and it

really was,” said Zoe Galis,

a junior at Glenbrook

North. “The kids were so

happy to be there that they

forgot about their illness.

They were just there to

have fun.”

Emma Schwartz-

Dodek, a sophomore at

Glenbrook South, also attended

the Orlando trip.

“One day I just talked

to the kids for six hours,”

Schwartz-Dodek said.

“I’ve always wanted to be

a teacher when I’m older

and I think any interaction

with kids, like SaLT, will

help me toward that goal.”

The next SaLTrip will

be SaLTinALASKA from

July 23 to 31. The students

will work in collaboration

with the Tlingit

and Haida tribes of Juneau

to conserve Alaska’s pristine

landscapes as they

also learn about the lifestyles

and traditions of the

indigenous culture.

Registration for SaLTinALASKA

is open

through May 15. Call

SaLT co-founder Brad

Swanson at (847) 745-

9706, email saltstudenttravel@gmail.com

or visit

saltstudenttravel.com for

more information.

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From the Assistant Editor

The incoming graduates

Sarah Haider


Is it a bird? Is it a

plane? No, it’s plastic

graduation caps being

thrown into the air. In the

next three weeks, college

kids will return to Northbrook

in hordes, many

with a brand new, stiff diploma

in hand. Toward the

end of the month, a new

batch of legal adults will

march across the stage at

Glenbrook North, move

their cord to the other side

and make their way into

the real world.

Between graduation

parties and the freedom

in the summer sun, we

seasoned adults often

forget one thing about this

past time in life — it’s terrifying.

Even though the

graduates are all adults,

they are just starting to

stumble into the dance of


Think Ben Braddock in

“The Graduate,” returning

home after excelling at

college to proud parents

and a party full of people

thrusting their secrets to

success upon him while he

is the midst of one of the

most confusing and scary

transitions life has to offer.

Braddock spends his time

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worrying about his future,

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him there is a room full of

people waiting downstairs

to congratulate him.

Our graduates are seeing

the big, scary world

for the first time down

from the safety of their

ivory towers, worrying if

there is a place for them,

and we are so eager to remind

them it’s all waiting

there for them to dive in.

I officially graduated

college a year ago with an

unwavering determination,

a positive outlook

and the shadow of the

fear of failure following

every footstep. It was a

struggle at first, filling out

dozens of online applications,

the equivalent of

shouting into the void.

Three months in, with the

ever-present realization

that I had just spent a ton

of money and time at a

university, my hopes went

to finding the perfect job,

to a job that paid well, to

literally any job.

But I got lucky. Through

a series of events that

started with asking my

friend’s mom’s friend for

a job, I was directed to

our local trivia host at The

Curragh, The Northbrook

Tower’s past Assistant Editor

Riley Simpson, which

ended with me getting an

offer for a job I wanted to

take: this one. Thankfully,

I didn’t settle. I scored

a job that challenges me

every day while getting to

cultivate my passion working

in a community I care


I can see now, from my

stable position, that it was

always going to be all

right and I would always

find my way, but then I

felt like I was standing at

the bottom of a pool wearing

a 100-pound metal

diving suit.

While I understand the

excitement for our graduates,

I caution patience

and understanding. It’s a

hard market to be entering.

The average time to

find a job after graduation

is three to nine months.

Even once the first job is

snagged with a sigh of

relief, it still doesn’t mean

the search is over.

Just take a look at GBN

graduate Nathan Ross,

who went to law school

before moving out to L.A.

and forging an unconventional

path to being one

of the most successful

producers in Hollywood,

or John Geary, who

started off in advertising

before following his

passion in live music, now

managing one of the most

up-and-coming venues in


Finding the path of

the passion to dedicate

our lives to is not easy

and usually not direct. At

times, it is grueling and

seemingly hopeless, but I

believe it may be worth it.

If you have already

found yours, remember

the journey it took to

reach it and as we watch

our graduates finding their

own way through struggles

and success, remember

they are trying. They

will want to succeed just

as much, if not more than

you want to see them to

succeed. And with a little

time, a lot of determination

and a support group

of family and friends, they


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Northbrook musician hopes to capture listeners with positive messages, Page 33

Northbrook’s Steven Buzil, who plays as Steven Zane, is releasing his third solo CD this month. Photo Submitted

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Northbrook man took road less

traveled to become musician

Matt Yan, Editor

Most people don’t work

their way up in a career

only to leave and become

a stay-at-home dad. Then

again, most people aren’t

Steven Buzil.

After 15 years working

for a Chicago courier service,

Buzil felt burnt out.

The birth of his second

child marked a significant

milestone. His wife’s career

was taking off, and he

wasn’t keen on staying at

his job. So he did what few

men would have done at

the time in 2001: He quit

his job as director of operations

to take care of his

two kids.

It was a relief from the

nonstop stress of corporate

life that had been plaguing

him for years. He had

more time to raise his kids

and re-evaluate what he

wanted to do with his time.

That answer came in

the form of music. Buzil,

who enjoyed singing and

playing guitar as a hobby,

started playing at venues

and getting paid.

“That was probably

the greatest move I ever

made,” said Buzil, who

plays under the stage name

Steven Zane. “That not

only allowed me to get

more into my music but

I was able to be with my

kids, they were able to be

with me.”

Though today more men

are settling into roles as

full-time parents, in the

early 2000s there was still

a large stigma attached to

such a lifestyle. Buzil said

most people were supportive,

but he certainly felt

some disapproval from his

male peers who were still

working full-time.

“There was a stigma

but I didn’t worry about

it,” Buzil said. “I don’t let

those things bother me. I

try to make the best of every

situation and I try to

understand that everyone

is unique. What is good for

the goose may not be good

for the gander.”

The main challenge,

he said, was not having

a steady second income,

but he and his wife Shannon

Buzil budgeted their

finances and made it


“She was always there to

back me up on everything,

she’s been number one on

that,” Steven Buzil said.

“It seems like the right

thing for me to do, to write

these songs, and give them

to the world, what small

part of it that I can. It just

feels right and I think she

knew that. She’s always

been very supportive.”

The only thing Buzil

desires beyond his current

situation is to reach more


Debuting a new album

might help. Buzil is set to

release his third solo CD

this week and will play at

a release party May 13 at

The Panda Bar in Highland


His CD, “Take Me

Home,” is an eclectic mix

of songs with folk and

country influences. Buzil

said some of the songs

are Pink Floyd-esque.

One song is named “The

Wall,” but Buzil said the

title comes from the time

he took his daughter to see

the traveling Vietnam veterans

wall at the Village


Other songs on the CD

include the soulful, eponymous

“Take Me Home”

and the mellow anti-violence

song, “Hey, My


Several local collaborators

took part in

the recording, including

Highland Park’s Dana

Lawrence Gillis, a singer

Buzil first saw when she

was performing at The

Panda Bar. She sings

backup vocals on several


“She’s got a beautiful

voice,” Buzil said. “She’s

a great singer. I’ve always

liked female vocalists — I

had other ones on my first

two CDs, it adds a whole

other dimension. It really

Please see zane, 35





Steven Buzil performs as Steven Zane. His new album, “Take Me Home,” is out this

month. Photo Submitted



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In Memoriam

Faith Briefs

St. Norbert Church (1809 Walters Ave.)

Whale of a Sale

The church will be hosting a

rummage sale on May 19, 5-9 p.m.,

May 20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and May 21,

8 a.m. to noon. The sale will occur

in St. Norbert gym. The rummage

sale includes clothing, linens,

sporting goods, toys, luggage,

furniture, kitchenware, books and

high-end goods in the Estate Room.

For more information, For more information,

call (847) 272-7090.

Robert Brodell

Robert Brodell, 83, formerly

of Northbrook, died.

He was born on April 21,

1934, and died on April 23.

In lieu of flowers, memorials

may be made to Village

Presbyterian Church, 1300

Shermer Road 60062.

Margaret Chamberlain

Margaret (Malvey) Chamberlain,

82, of Northbrook,

died April 21. She was the

beloved wife of the late Robert

H. Chamberlain; loving

mother of Ellen Chamberlain

(Eric Okerson), Ross

(Kam) Chamberlain, Margaret

Jean Chamberlain

and Sarah Chamberlain;

dear grandmother of Erika,

Owen, Kyle, Karie, Robbie,

Ashley, Taylor and Whitney;

proud great-grandmother of

Henry; dear sister of the late

Marion Lawley, Kenneth A.

Malvey and Peter E. (Ginny)

Malvey; and fond aunt of

many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was a graduate

of Shattuck-Saint Mary’s

School in Faribault, Minn.

She studied physical therapy

at Northwestern University

and received her bachelor’s

degree from Roosevelt University.

Her passion was the

home health care industry

where she proudly worked

for more than 50 years. Memorial

service will be held

Friday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at

The Village Presbyterian

Church, 1300 Shermer Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorials

may be made to Doctors

Without Borders (doctorswithoutborders.org)

or The

Nature Conservancy (nature.

org). For funeral information,

call (847) 998-1020.

James Futrell

James F. Futrell, 87, longtime

Northbrook resident,

died April 26 surrounded by

his loving family. He was the

beloved husband of 52 years

of the late JoAnne; loving father

of Jim (Marlowe), Mary

(Dan) Staackmann, Richard

(Elizabeth), Anne (John)

Kenney and John (Christine);

proud grandfather of

Jimmy, Christopher, Matthew,

Ray, Lila, Lily, Juliette

and the late Lana; and dear

brother of Sr. Mary Janice,

Sr. Jean Marie and the late

John and George Futrell. Jim

was a man of faith and service

to his family, country

and church. Memorials may

be made to Misericordia

Heart of Mercy, Attention:

Sister Rosemary Connelly,

6300 North Ridge Ave. Chicago,


Thomas Knitter

Thomas J.

Knitter, 86, of


died on April 19. He served

in the U.S. Air Force during

the Korean War. During his

career, Tom was a former

special agent for the U.S.

Treasury, a prosecutor for

the Illinois and United States

Attorney General’s Office

and an attorney at law for

the Cook County Public Defender’s

Office. All services

and interment private.

Susan Spoo

Susan Joan (Biederer)

Spoo, 66, formerly of Northbrook,

died. She was the wife

of Bob and mother to Katie.

She was also the daughter of

the late Joan and Walter Biederer;

sister of Gary (Jodi)

Biederer, Walter Biederer

and the late Mary Monahan;

and aunt of several nephews

and nieces. Funeral mass

will be held at The Chapel of

the Holy Spirit, at 11 a.m. on

Monday, May 8. Gathering

will occur from 10-11 a.m.

at the Chapel, prior to mass.

Interment private. In lieu of

flowers, please consider a

donation to a charity of your


Have someone’s life you’d like

to honor? Email Sarah Haider

at s.haider@22ndcenturymedia.

com with information about a

loved one who was part of the

Northbrook community.

Congregation Beth Shalom (3433 Walters Ave.)

Family Shabbat Night

Join the congregation for Shabbat

with a twist on Friday, May 5

and 19 at 11 a.m. Families with

children up to pre-kindergarten are

invited to challah-making, stories

and songs. Children twist their own

challah with the dough provided

and take it home to bake. All are

welcome and the event is free of

charge. For more information, call

(847) 498-4100.

Shabbat B’Yachad Dinner

On Friday, May 5, join in for a

family-friendly, interactive, highenergy

service that includes singing,

dancing, music-making and

stories and time for parents and

children to socialize at the dessert

oneg after the service. Cost for

immediate family is $25. Dinner

is at 6 p.m. and service is at 6:45

p.m. All are welcome. For more

information or to make a reservation,

call (847) 498-5352 or contact

Debbie at dmoore@bethshalomnb.


St. Giles Episcopal Church (3025 Walters Ave.)

Second Sunday Breakfast

A good breakfast is an essential

start to a day. The next Second

Sunday Breakfast is 9-10 a.m. on

Sunday, May 14, in the undercroft.

Join for food, conversation and fun.

Eggs, casseroles, fruits and baked

goods will be there. The event is

free and open to all. The breakfast

is held on the second Sunday of every

month. For more information,

call (847) 272-6622 or visit www.


Noonday Prayer

A new service of Noonday

Prayer has begun. Come each

Tuesday from 12:10-12:40 p.m. in

the Prayer Room at the south end of

the education building. All are welcome.

For more information, visit


Grace Space

This is an informal and shorter

worship service geared to those

with young children, but open to all,

at 8:30 a.m.; or worship in a more

traditional, formal setting at 10:15

a.m. A free breakfast is served the

second Sunday of each month from

9-10:30 a.m. All are welcome. For

more information, visit www.saintgiles.org.

Village Presbyterian Church (1300 Shermer Road)

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Every first and third Monday

from 12:30-2 p.m. members gather

at the church to knit prayer shawls

for various members who are in

need of comfort and healing, as

well as those celebrating blessings

such as new births.

Northbrook Evangelical Covenant Church (2737

Techny Road)

Mothers of Teens

6-8 p.m. May 17 and 31. This

Wednesday night group provides

a safe space for moms of teens to

talk, support each other, search

the scriptures and pray together.

There will be guest speakers at one

or both of the May meetings. Last

meeting will be May 31. The group

will start up again sometime in

mid-September. For more information,

call (847) 272-8270.

Prayer Meeting

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

The church will hold a prayer meeting

that is open to all members of

the public.

Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago (1810

Pfingsten Road)

Jum’ah Prayer

This prayer includes a khutba

(sermon) by Imam, followed by the

prayer from 1-2 p.m. on Fridays.

For more information, call (847)


Sunday Talk

Every Sunday the Islamic Cultural

Center will hold a discussion

at 12:30-1 p.m. For more information,

call (847) 272-0319 or visit


Northbrook Community Synagogue (2548 Jasper


Morning Minyan

Join morning minyan followed

by breakfast on weekdays at 7:15

a.m. and on Sundays and holidays

at 9 a.m. For information, call (847)


Alcoholics Anonymous

Every Thursday from 7:30-9

p.m. the church hosts an AA meeting

in the basement. For more information,

visit www.northbrookumc.com.

Taizé Prayer

The third Thursday of the month

the church hosts a Taizé prayer service

at 6:45 p.m. Taizé is a form of

prayer that includes using simple,

repetitive songs in many languages,

silence and scripture readings.

For more information, visit www.


Young Israel of Northbrook (3545 Walters Ave.)

Weekly Monday Night Torah Study

Study Torah with Rabbi Herschel

Berger, spiritual leader of Young

Israel of Northbrook, at 7 p.m. on

Mondays. Discussions will correlate

the study topic to modern daily

life. No charge. For more information,

contact Rabbi Berger at (847)

205-1910 or hbglobemet@aol.com.

Temple Beth-El (3610 W. Dundee Road)

Early Oneg

Spend Friday evenings with this

informal early evening participatory

service, led by the clergy in the

Mishkan (chapel). Dress casually

for this one-hour service, which

begins with an early oneg at 5:30

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

which will provide an opportunity

to return home and enjoy a lovely

Shabbat dinner with family or

friends afterwards. Light appetizers

will be served.

Casual Morning Minyan

On Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., join

for a Shabbat, lay-led, participatory

service held in the Mishkan

(chapel). The one-hour service is

informal and open to young and old

Please see faith, 37

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From Page 33

rounds out, almost some of

these songs need it.”

Northbrook resident

Gary Shuman, a friend of

Buzil’s, sings backup on

another song.

The album, recorded

at Dr. Caw Recording in

Northbrook, is a familyfriendly

release that Buzil

hopes will reach people

with its theme of peace

and anti-violence.

Buzil’s environment has

changed since he first began

playing professionally.

He plays more gigs, he’s

part of two bands, Electric

Medicine and Rhythmic

Cats, and his kids are now

in high school.

And though his music

has changed over the

years, from lullabies to

rock anthems to this folkinspired

album, his passion

for music remains the

same as it’s always been.

“It’s very rewarding

when you hear people

say ‘I love your music, it

touched me in this way,’ ”

Buzil said. “My first CD

was very relaxing; I used

to have people tell me they

come home from a hard

day of work, open a bottle

of wine and listen to my

CD. That means more to

me than money or fame.

That’s what it’s all about.”

To learn more about

Buzil’s music or to purchase

his CD, visit www.


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From Page 34

alike. After worship, many

participants remain for a

lively discussion about the

Torah portion over a bagel

and coffee.

Lakeview Church (950 Northbrook



Every Friday night

youth are invited to come

out and unwind at the

end of the school week.

Come for food, games or

a place to hang out on Friday

nights from 7:30–9:30

p.m. A Bible study provides

an opportunity to see

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Submit information for

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HP native living the dream with Marco’s Northside Grill



restaurant opened

in December

Eric DeGrechie

Managing Editor

Marco Santi is Highland

Park and Highwood

through and through.

The 1984 Highland

Park High School graduate

loves the community

he grew up in. Following

a successful career as

a soybean trader for the

Chicago Board of Trade,

he decided to fulfill a

lifelong dream to own a

restaurant on the North

Shore. Marco’s Northside

Grill, 329 Waukegan Ave.,

Highwood, opened its

doors this past December.

“This has been 30 years

in the works and something

I’ve always wanted

to do,” Santi said. “I was

bitten by the restaurant

bug very early.”

Like many family members

and friends, Santi

worked at Highwood

staple Del Rio Restaurant

when he was younger.

“One night I walked

into the dining room and

saw this sea of people eating,

drinking, laughing

and I was mesmerized by

it,” Santi said. “I knew

that one day I wanted to

do that at my own place.”

About five years ago,

as the idea to open a restaurant

got more serious,

Santi connected with

Steve Lombardo, owner

of Chicago’s famed Gibsons

Bar & Steakhouse,

to get some “world class

training.” He spent significant

time in the kitchen,

waited tables, tended bar,

worked with management,

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from 7:30pm in the Bar

1740 Milwaukee Avenue (at Lake Ave) Glenview


and did the bookwork and

accounting at the restaurant

group’s Rosemont location.

Feeling confident

with the extensive knowledge

he acquired during

that experience, Santi began

looking for a location

to open his restaurant and

found a spot next door

to The Toadstool Pub in


A group of 22nd Century

Media editors recently

made a trip to Marco’s

Northside Grill to chat

with Santi and try some of

the restaurant’s food.

First up was a bowl of

Wisconsin cheese curds

($6.25). The classic upnorth

treat that “goes with

everything,” as Santi describes

them, were a perfect

start. The deep-fried

balls of deliciousness

were served with a side of

ranch dressing.

The casual atmosphere

at Marco’s gives customers

a chance to “let their

hair down,” according to

Santi, and have fun while

they’re eating lunch or


“It gets a little loud, but

so what. This is a fun and

boisterous place when it

gets rolling,” Santi said.

“I encourage people to

come in, get a cocktail, sit

down and watch the ballgame.”

Next up we tried the

jumbo shrimp cocktail

($10). The appetizer features

four chunked jumbo

gulf shrimp on a bed

of iceberg lettuce and

is served with Marco’s

house cocktail sauce and a

lemon wedge. The Texas

and Louisiana shrimp are

wild-caught and are of the

highest quality, according

to Santi.

Other appetizers available

include chicken

wings, onion rings and

golden tenders. French

Marco’s Northside


329 Waukegan Ave.,


(847) 748-8557

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday,


11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-


Closed Monday

onion soup, shrimp bisque

and house chili (seasonal)

are also popular.

The chopped dinner salad

($10), like all the salads

at Marco’s, is madeto-order

with the freshest

ingredients. The salad

features a spring romaine

mix, shredded cabbage

and carrots, cucumber,

grape tomatoes and fresh

avocado. Santi topped the

salad we sampled with

shrimp and this was definitely

a hit at the table.

Among the menu items

Santi said the restaurant

is already becoming

well-known for is the

house burger ($11.95).

Made with 100 percent

Black Angus, mixed with

ground beef, brisket and

some secret ingredients,

the burger comes with

potato chips or fresh-cut

house fries, a pickle and

coleslaw. Diners can substitute

the chips or fries

with cheese curds, a side

salad or onion rings for an

extra $3. Cheese (American,

cheddar, pepperjack

or blue), bacon, grilled

mushrooms or avocado

can also be added for $1

extra each.

Marco’s also offers a

fish fry, Black Angus sliders,

a black bean vegan

burger, a grilled chicken

sandwich, a New Orleans

chicken sandwich and

a reuben, among other

items, on an ever-changing


Santi has been friends

The signature item at Marco’s Northside Grill in

Highwood is the house burger ($11.95), paired with

potato chips or fries, a pickle and coleslaw. Photos by

Alyssa Groh/22nd Century Media

The jumbo shrimp ($10) comes with four chunked

jumbo golf shrimp on top of a bed of iceberg lettuce,

Marco’s house cocktail sauce and a lemon wedge.

with Tom Garrity, owner

of The Toadstool Pub

next door, since they were

kids growing up on the

North Shore. Garrity approached

Santi about not

having a kitchen in his

tavern. The two decided

to form a partnership after

receiving permission from

the City to work together.

Patrons from both establishments

can order food

from Marco’s. Santi jokes

that a “magic door” connects

the two establishments,

as both are under

the same roof with the

same landlord.

“Tommy and I are

working together to provide

not only the high

standards that I want here

in the restaurant and in the

dining room, but to provide

that same thing in the

pub,” Santi said. “People

can sit in the pub, watch

the ballgame, order food

from us and we’ll deliver

it to them.”

To find out more about

Marco’s Northside Grill,

visit www.marcosnorthsidegrill.com

or give them

a call at (847) 748-8557.

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with David Walker

Walker is a senior attack on the Glenbrook

North lacrosse team.

What’s something not many people

know about you?

I have around 20 cousins and a lot of

them live close to me and we’re very

close as an extended family. We see each

other a lot, which is not common for

most people.

If you won the lottery, what’s the

first thing you would do?

I think I would buy a jet and go to

Europe because that is the one place that

I’ve always wanted to go, specifically

Greece. I’ve had a lot of friends that have

gone there and it’s looked amazing.

If you could have dinner with

anyone who would it be?

I think I would choose Robin Williams.

I’ve always loved the movies that

he’s been in, like “Good Will Hunting” is

one of my favorite movies.

What is a dream job for you?

Being an anchor on a sports network.

My brother and I watch SportsCenter

almost every day so from a really young

age that’s always been a job I’ve wanted

to see myself in, and I think if I had that

opportunity that would be awesome.

What’s one thing you can’t live


My parents are an obvious one, but

I would say my younger brother has a

huge impact on me. I consider him probably

one of my best friends.

What are your goals for this


I think our biggest goal is just to keep

getting better and peaking right when

playoffs start so we’re playing our best

lacrosse at the right time. And then

coming together as a family and having

each other’s backs on the field every day,

whether it’s at practice or at games.

How did you get into lacrosse?

My older cousin played and in sixth

grade I went with him to Sports Authority

and bought a lacrosse stick and played

catch one random afternoon. Right after

that I started getting into it and joined the

park district, then club teams, then high


What do you like about lacrosse?

I would say that I feel like it’s a combination

of a lot of sports. Basketball,

hockey, football, just the contact, and the

strategery that we use every day to play

different opponents. Just how big the

teams are, that also plays a big part in it

because I get to meet a lot of new people

and get close with a lot of different-aged

kids that I may not have met before.

What is the most difficult aspect of

the sport?

I think the different steps and formations

that both offenses and defenses use

that we have to learn and be able to run

comfortably on the fly during games, and

being able to recognize what the defense

is doing and adjusting with our teammates

on the field with the help of our


What superpower would you


I think I would want to be able to fly,

so I could go wherever I wanted, wherever

I wanted.

Interview by Editor Matt Yan

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■May ■ 8 - at Evanston, 6:30



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■May ■ 5 - hosts GBN Varsity

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■May ■ 4 - hosts Vernon Hills,

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■May ■ 5 - at Lake Forest,

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■May ■ 6 - hosts Maine

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■May ■ 5 - at John Davis

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Boys Track and Field

GBN comes back to win 3,200 at Spartan Relays


Freelance Reporter

Defending champion Glenbrook

North finished third in

the 55th annual Spartan Relays

on Friday, April 28, but coach

Scott Lasky wasn’t complaining.

“Today was better than I expected,”

Lasky said. “Coming

in third was a pretty good accomplishment.”

Stevenson won the meet

with 142 points to 80 for the

rebuilding Spartans. Glenbrook

South finished fifth in

the 11-team meet with 70 and

Loyola Academy was eighth

with 42.

GBN captured the 3,200-meter

relay (8:04.97) and the

1,600-meter relay (3:27.62).

Sophomore Dana Sullivan

and juniors Michael Ocasek,

Ari Bosse and Kyle Foley

formed the winning quartet in

the 3,200, while seniors Luke

Amen and Daniel Milgram

teamed with Sullivan and Foley

in the 1,600.

Foley ran the anchor leg in

both events and in the 3,200

he had to come from behind

to overtake Stevenson’s Caleb

Oh between the far turn and

the stretch turn.

“I thought ‘It’s now or never;

I’ve got to pass this guy,’”

said Foley, who is making a

comeback after an injury stymied

him during the indoor

season. “I went hard.”

The Spartans picked up

a meet-high 33 of their 80

points in field events, where

the placing was determined

by collective team scores.

Their standouts were senior TJ

Weinzimmer in the long jump

and triple jump and senior

Nick Duelfer in the pole vault.

GBS also did well in field

events, tying Stevenson for

second with 30 points.

Senior Paul Jo and sophomore

Dmitry Manesiotis were

in the forefront for the Titans

in the shot put and discus

Dana Sullivan hands off the baton to Michael Ocasek in the winning 3,200-meter relay race on

Friday, April 28, at Glenbrook North. Photos by Lynn Trautmann/22nd Century Media

Daniel Milgram takes off in the long jump.

while senior Sam Cowhey, junior

Armani Ubeid and sophomores

Patrick Blanchard and

Michael Zimmerman led them

in the long jump.

The Titans’ best performances

in the relay races were

thirds in the 6,400 and the low

hurdle shuttle.

In the 6,400 Jack Whetstone

ran the leadoff leg and fellow

senior Alec Sanchez ran the

anchor leg, while juniors Matt

Jortberg and Jordan Theriault

Johann Kim competes in the high hurdle


were their collaborators in the

second and third legs. In the

low hurdle shuttle sophomores

Max Kurtock and Michael

Zimmerman and juniors John

Halkias and Jimmy Palmer

made up the GBS team.

Sports Briefs

Margolin makes National Team of the Week

Washington University in St. Louis senior

starting pitcher Brad Margolin was

named to D3baseball.com’s National

Team of the Week for the second time

this season, as announced by the website.

Margolin earned the honor with his

second consecutive complete game shutout

performance to open a University

Athletic Association (UAA) series. He

threw nine shutout innings, allowing two

hits and one walk with five strikeouts to

help WashU past Case Western Reserve

University in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel. Two

weeks prior, Margolin shut out then-No.

10 Emory University in a 3-0 victory at

WashU to earn a spot on the National

Team of the Week as well.

Sports Briefs are compiled by Editor Matt Yan.

high school


The rest of the week in high school



New Trier Invite

Senior Hannah Wilson won the

100-meter dash in 12.42 seconds and

freshman Carly Anderson was third in

pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches) Saturday,

April 29, at the New Trier Invite.

Glenbrook North finished 11th overall.

Host New Trier won the 14-team competition.


From Page 46

Between McCarthy, Voronov (25 assists,

4 aces) and Biebrach (7 kills),

GBN showed that several different players

could step up.

“It helps to have guys on the bench

that you can go to if certain players are

struggling,” Cooper said. “It gives your

lineup a new look and it’s always important

to have that depth. If we have

to make changes, the team seems to respond.”

Chase Bolan added 11 digs for GBN.

For the Giants, Gerrit Holleman had

three kills, three blocks, four assists

and four digs. Zach Levy had three kills

and three blocks, Lucas Humerick had

four digs, and Jack Sakanich had three


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Girls Soccer

Cramin’s double lifts GBN over Highland Park

Derek Wolff, Sports Editor

For 76 minutes on a blustery,

bitterly cold night in late April,

Highland Park and Glenbrook

North played to a stalemate.

The trouble for the visiting

Giants (10-3, 2-1 CSL) was that

they had already yielded a goal

to prolific Spartans sophomore

right wing Samantha Cramin in

the third minute of the contest

on Thursday, April 27, in Northbrook.

Cramin’s second tally of the

game in the 79th minute sealed

the deal in a 2-0 win for the

Spartans (8-2-3, 4-0 CSL) and

increased their shot at capturing

an outright CSL North Division


Glenbrook North dominated

possession thanks to strong play

from its holding midfielders,

while Cramin’s attacking prowess

and creative play helped set

up a number of chances for the


“We’ve been working a lot on

having our midfield be able to

connect, keep composure with

the ball at their feet and keep going,”

Spartans coach Craig Loch

said. “I think they did a good job

today in the midfield moving

the ball but we kept going to the

strong side and kept moving the

ball, finding the switches. We

were looking to play a little too


Giants goalkeeper Maile Lunardi’s

efforts kept Highland

Park in the game, though in the

third minute she was victimized

after coming off of her line early.

Cramin made an attacking run

up the right side of the pitch and

into the box, where she slipped

around a pair of defenders and

then caught Lunardi out of position,

placing a slotted shot into

the net at the far corner for the

1-0 lead.

Glenbrook North continued

to press forward in the offensive

third and earned a corner kick

two minutes later. The Giants

Flanked by Highland Park’s Sarah Stahlberger (left) and Sarah

Shiner (right), Glenbrook North’s Victoria Caparos (middle) moves

the ball through the midfield during a contest on Thursday, April

27, in Northbrook. Derek Wolff/22nd Century Media

were dealt a blow of bad luck in

the eighth minute when freshman

right back Eva Hanson was

injured inside the box and had to

be taken off the field.

As a result, the Giants leaned

heavily on sophomore center

backs Ryan Cary and Jamie

Stern. While the Spartans continued

to control possession

throughout, Cary and Stern

helped Highland Park force

GBN to play the ball outside to

its wings rather than attacking

directly up the center.

Glenbrook North nearly found

its second goal of the match in

the 10th minute when Olivia

Kosla connected with Emily

Charen off a volley into the box,

but Charen’s shot on was pushed

away with a diving save from


GBN got its next best look to

score in the 29th minute, though

Victoria Caparos’ shot sailed

over the bar.

Cramin’s creativity was on

full display in the second half,

where another attacking run saw

her all alone with Lunardi inside

the 6-yard box in the 44th minute.

A diving save from the goalkeeper

kept Highland Park in

the contest, a reoccurring theme

for the half.

Lunardi stopped shots from

Torrie Welch in the 51st and

Caparos in the 54th minutes,

then stopped Charen off a nice

through pass from Cramin in

the 58th. When Charen drew a

penalty kick in the 77th, Lunardi

stopped that, too.

Finally, GBN’s speed caught

up to Highland Park in the 79th,

when Cramin again found herself

all alone with the Highland

Park goalkeeper. Lunardi was

forced to stray from her line and

stopped an initial shot, but the

rebound found Cramin’s foot,

followed by the back of the net

for the 2-0 final tally.

Loch was complimentary of

the Highland Park goalkeeper

and pleased with his side for

finding a way past her.

“I think we have some dynamic

players on our team with

some speed,” he said. “You can’t

coach speed. When you have

that, you need to create opportunities

to your dynamic up top

and it puts the defense and the

goalie in tough situations. I think

(Lunardi) played awesome. She

played well, she stopped multiple

chances, she gave them a chance

to stay in the game.”

The win kept Glenbrook

North perfect in CSL play on

a day when the IHSA released

sectional seedings. GBN drew

the No. 5 seed in its own sectional,

with rival Glenbrook

South as the No. 4 seed, setting

up a potential regional championship

matchup between the

two at GBS.

Athlete of the Month

Yavitt rallies for win

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

The New Trier High School

boys water polo team has been

one of the best in the state the last

couple years.

A year after finishing third in the

state, the Trevians are 22-1, with

their only loss coming to undefeated

Stevenson. Senior Henry Yavitt,

who will be playing at Air Force

next season, captured 22nd Century

Media’s Athlete of the Month

contest for the month of April.

Yavitt won a close race, finishing

in first place with 115 votes.

Loyola boys volleyball player

Jim Dunbar finished in second

place with 80 votes, while Lake

Forest boys basketball player Michael

Parsky was third.

New Trier fencer Maddy Tung

and New Trier girls soccer player

Samantha Urban rounded out the

top five.

Voting lasted from April 10-25.

The Athlete of the Month contest

for athletes selected in the month

of April gets underway on May

10 and will end on May 25. Vote

at NorthbrookTower.com.

New Trier High School boys water polo player Henry Yavitt won 22nd

Century Media’s Athlete of the Month contest for the month of April.

22nd Century Media File Photo

May Athlete of the Month Candidates

Glenbrook North

Joel Zimmerman, boys track and


Ally Rosenbaum, badminton

Michael Siboni, boys track and


Sara Chen, badminton


Avery Yalowitz, softball

Emma Kyle, girls water polo

New Trier

Caroline Christopher, badminton

Kate Holly, girls track and field

Glenbrook South

Danny Polyakov, boys gymnastics

Cameron Duffy, boys lacrosse

Lake Forest

Hannah Bell, girls soccer

Mead Payne, boys lacrosse

Brad Czerniejewski, baseball

Highland Park

Xander Echt, boys lacrosse

Jen Kaufman, softball

Jacob Edelchik, boys tennis

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GBN rallies to deny a game HP squad

David Jaffe

Freelance Reporter

Even good teams like

the Glenbrook North boys

volleyball team, winners

of 13 of the last 14 Central

Suburban League

North conference titles,

aren’t going to be at the

top of their game every


But the Spartans (12-

3, 3-0) are well equipped

to respond when things

aren’t going their way.

They’re an experienced,

deep squad with the ability

to overcome tough


Although visiting Highland

Park gave them a

tough match, GBN finished

strong at the end

of both sets, ultimately

winning 25-19, 25-15 on

April 25.

“We have a lot of options

we can go to,”

GBN’s Quinn McCarthy

(9 kills) said. “If certain

players aren’t playing

well, we have other guys

that can step in and that

we can look to. We’re a

deep team and we’re able

to rely on a bunch of different


“It’s good we have the

ability to overcome slow

starts,” GBN coach Chris

Cooper said. “I would

have liked if we started

the match with the same

intensity as we finished it.

I have to hand it to Highland

Park. They put pressure

on us in the first half

of the first set. We didn’t

Danny Voronov sets up his teammate for an attack

during the Spartans’ 25-19, 25-15 win over Highland Park

on April 25 in Northbrook. Itai Epstein/22nd Century Media

come out with the right

mindset. But we were ultimately

able to gain momentum

to finish it off.”

Though never ahead

by more than three, the

Giants were in front at

several points throughout

the first set, and led 17-

14 at one point. But GBN

finished on an 11-2 run,

paced by three kills and an

ace from McCarthy, aces

from Luke Hoelscher and

Danny Voronov, a block

by Kamil Barabas, and a

kill by Zack Sybert.

“I was getting good

sets throughout the whole

game,” McCarthy said. “It

made my job easier. I had

one block on my swings.

So everything was there

and my swing was working

well. Today was just

my day.”

The second set was back

and forth initially but with

GBN leading 15-13, they

finished on a 10-2 run.

Matt Biebrach had four

kills and a block along

with an ace by Sybert and

a kill from Voronov.

“We struggled with

our passing early in both

sets, especially the first

set,” McCarthy said. “But

once we started getting a

couple passes up there, we

were able to run our offense

the way we wanted.

It led to big blocks and

kills, but the results were

because of the passing led

by Danny.”

“We got into more of a

rhythm and our middles

were key,” Cooper said.

“We served more aggressively

and put them in

tough positions on our

serves. We were able

to block much better as


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Boys Water Polo

GBN outmuscled in loss to Lake Forest

22nd Century File Photo


Stars of the Week

1. Quinn McCarthy

(ABOVE). The

Glenbrook North

volleyball player

completed nine

kills and an ace

during the Spartans’


win over the Giants

on April 25,

in Northbrook.

2. Kyle Foley. The

Glenbrook North

anchor runner

won with his GBN

relay team in the

3,200 relay during

the Spartan

Relays on Friday,

April 28. The

Spartans placed

third at the 55th

annual event in


3. Samantha Cramin.

The GBN sophomore

right wing

scored both goals

of the Spartans’

2-0 win over the

Giants on Thursday,

April 27, held

at Glenbrook


Derek Wolff, Sports Editor

Senior nights rarely end

like the climax of a high

school sports film, but

Lake Forest got the Hollywood

treatment in a win

over Glenbrook North.

The Scouts (12-8) received

goals from all eight

of their seniors in a 21-10

win over the Spartans (5-

18-1) on April 25 in Lake


Lake Forest is playing

with an experienced squad

entirely made up of upperclassmen

this season.

Coach Tom Saleh was

pleased to see each of the

seniors score in the contest.

“That was awesome,”

Saleh said. “I think the

experience helps a lot, especially

this time of year.

We spend the first month

getting used to each other

and getting ready and after

spring break we’ve really

clicked, which has been

nice. I think it just helps to

have guys who are aware

and who’ve played together

before. The familiarity

really helps.”

Lake Forest jumped out

to an early lead and ran

things up to 11-1 midway

through the second quarter

after seniors Jack Ford and

Kevin Donahue combined

to score three times in a


Glenbrook North’s Ilia

Farbman scored four of the

Listen Up

“I thought ‘It’s now or never; I’ve got to

pass this guy.’”

Kyle Foley — Boys relay runner on overtaking another

runner to win the 3,200 for Glenbrook North.

match’s next five goals,

helping the Spartans cut

the deficit to seven at 13-6

by halftime.

The sides traded goals

in the third quarter, when

Farbman, Mateo D’Agro

and Noah Bruns added

tallies for GBN. Lake Forest

received markers from

Donahue, Ford and juniors

Charles Mickey and Will

Paschke, expanding the

lead to 18-9 by the end of

the third quarter.

Andrew Gherlein, Anthony

Ferretti and Donahue

all scored for the

Scouts in the fourth, while

Farbman scored his teamhigh

seventh of the afternoon.

Donahue, the top scorer

for the Scouts on the afternoon,

is one of many

Scouts who have benefited

from jumping right back

into the pool for the water

polo season following

the conclusion of the boys

swimming season.

Bound to swim at Grinnell

College next season,

Donahue swims 10 months

each year, with the water

polo season serving as his

only break. The lack of

time off in between sports

has helped him — as well

as several of his teammates

— quickly acclimate

to playing water polo

at a faster pace.

“Our team is faster than

most, considering how

almost our entire varsity

lineup (is made of) club

swimmers,” Donahue

said. “Using our speed to

our advantage, as well as

making good passes and

communicating well in the

water are the biggest keys

when we face teams like

this, who might not be as

experienced of swimmers.

We can really take advantage

of our speed.”

In the win, Lake Forest

approached its seasonhigh

for goals scored in

a game, while Glenbrook

North matched a seasonhigh

in goals against, tying

a total in a loss to Mundelein

earlier in April.

Saleh was pleased with

the team’s form and ability

to possess the ball for

critical stretches of time,

tunE in

What to watch this week

GIRLS SOCCER: The Spartans will host the Caxys

at Glenbrook North.

Glenbrook North welcomes Lake Forest Academy

at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11.

Glenbrook North’s Ryan Cornfield lobs a pass during GBN’s 21-10 loss to Lake

Forest on April 25 in Lake Forest. Miroslaw Pomian/22nd Century Media

Noah Bruns fends off Lake Forest’s Zachary Boveri.

like during the run in the

second quarter.

“We just talk about taking

care of the ball,” Saleh

said. “It’s one of those

things that we’ve worked

on all season. I’ve told our

guys to make smart passes

and pass with a purpose


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to guys that are open, and

to be patient. I think that

worked out really well.”

The Scouts will play

Hersey at Prospect on Friday,

May 5, while GBN returns

to action in the CSL

Conference Invitational

Thursday-Friday, May 4-5.

Fastbreak is compiled by Assistant Editor Sarah Haider. Send

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

The Northbrook Tower | May 4, 2017 | NorthbrookTower.com

Scoring difficulties

Boys water polo swims into powerful

Lake Forest squad, Page 47

Sealing the deal

Late goal secures 2-0 win for

GBN soccer, Page 45


North stops


Park in CSL

North battle,

Page 46

Matthew Zhang digs the ball against Highland

Park on April 15 at Glenbrook North. Itai

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