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Highland Park & highwood’s Hometown Newspaper HPLandmark.com • May 11, 2017 • Vol. 4 No. 12 • $1 A Publication

Highwood begins year-round composting for all residents, Page 3





D113 board

announces new

principal, Page 4

From the ashes

Highwood calls for input on

unused fire station, Page 6

One mom to rule

them all Mother’s Day

Contest winner announced,

Page 11

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In this week’s


Police Reports6

Pet of the Week8



Faith Briefs20

Dining Out22

Home of the Week23

Athlete of the Week27

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A Night at the Movies

6:30 p.m. May 11,

Beelow’s Restaurant,

1850 Second St., Highland

Park. The Highland

Park-Highwood Legal

Aid Clinic celebrates its

second anniversary. Business

owners, civic leaders

and Clinic supporters will

come together at Beelow’s

for a reception followed by

a Landmark Renaissance

Place Cinema screening

of “Don’t Tell Anyone,” a

Peabody Award-winning

documentary film directed

by Mikeala Shwer focusing

on immigrant activist

Angy Rivera. For more information,

call (847) 926-



Family Campfires

6–7:30 p.m. May 12,

Heller Nature Center,

2821 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Take a short

hike with a naturalist along

the trails, play games with

family and friends and enjoy

marshmallows roasted

over the campfire. $9. For

more information, call

(847) 433-6901.

Ice Show: “Skate Street”

7–9 p.m. May 12, Centennial

Ice Arena, 3100

Trail Way, Highland Park.

More than 150 performers

of all ages will take

to the ice for this annual

showcase event. Support

the hard work and dedication

of Centennial’s skating

school, Highland Park

Figure Skating Club and

Skokie Valley Skating

Club skaters. Tickets $9-

$12. For more information,

visit pdhp.org.

Funnier by the Lake

8 p.m. May 12, Madame

Zuzu’s Teahouse,

582 Roger Williams Ave.,

Highland Park. The only

live stand-up comedy in

Highland Park. May’s

lineup of comedians includes

Larry Bloom,

Ricky March, Ryan Croft,

Merrit Landsteiner, Mike

Maxwell and Catye Palomino.

For more information,

visit facebook.com/



Mimosas and Moms on the


10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

May 13, Rosewood Beach

Interpretive Center, 833

Sheridan Road, Highland

Park. Treat yourself

to pampering to kick off

Mother’s Day weekend.

Gentle flow yoga class followed

by a morning cocktail

to experience Highland

Park beach yoga. $15. For

more information, call

(847) 433-6901.


Bee-tastic Mother’s Day

1–2:30 p.m. May 14,

Heller Nature Center,

2821 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Bring the special

women in your life for

a sweet treat to let them

know how much they

mean to you. Learn about

the Queen bee and her

hard-working daughters,

then put on a beesuit to get

a safe, up-close look inside

the hives. Everyone will

get a Heller Honey stick to

enjoy. For more information,

call (847) 433-6901.


SCORE Chicago Workshop:

Problem Solving

7–8:30 p.m. May 15,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Led by

Arnie Goldberg, a commercial

equipment lender

who has held positions

as a credit analysis and

manager, sales and region

manager, and Senior Executive

Vice President for

two major banks, outlines

methods to define a problem

as opposed to deal

with its symptoms. For

more information, call

(847) 432-0216.


Birds of the Dark: All

About Night Jars

7 p.m. May 16, Heller

Nature Center, 2821 Ridge

Road, Highland Park.

Eastern Whip-poor-will,

Common Nighthawk and

Chuck-will’s-widow provide

some of summer’s

best nocturnal birding.

Illinois Natural History

Survey biologist Tara Beveroth

will discuss the natural

history of nightjars.

For more information, call

(847) 831-0331.



4–5 p.m. May 17,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Children

in Kindergarten through

second grade are invited

to explore the water cycle

and how plants grow in

this hands on program.

We will get dirty and each

child will bring home a

plant to grow. For more

information, call (847)



Artists Studio Open House

5-9 p.m. Friday, May

19, 3150 Skokie Valley

Road, Highland Park. The

Artists at 3150 (Suzanne

Horwitz, Pamela Lee, Caroline

Kay-Roberts, Daniel

Weinstock, and Nina

Weiss) are opening their

studios to the public. This

is an special opportunity

to get a behind-the-scenes

view where fine artists

work and see great original

paintings, watercolors,

and sculptures. For more

information, call (847)


Infinity Foundation 20th

Anniversary Gala

5:30 p.m. Friday, May

19, Ravinia Green Country

Club, 1200 Saunders Road,

Riverwoods. Support and

celebrate Highland Park’s

Infinity Foundation with a

silent auction and dinner.

Keynote speaker is Caroline

Myss, and 2017 Spirit

Award Recipient. $100 per

ticket. For more information,

visit infinityfoundation.org.

Spring Bird Count

6:30 a.m.–10 a.m. Saturday,

May 20, Heller Nature

Center, 2821 Ridge Road,

Highland Park. Help staff

and volunteers conduct the

annual lakefront bird census,

then recap the fun over

breakfast at Heller Nature

Center. Results are added

to a national database to

aid in research regarding

shoreline habitat protection.

For more information,

call (847) 433-6901.

Trivia Night: History of


7–8:30 p.m. Thursday,

May 25, Highland Park

Public Library, 494 Laurel

Ave., Highland Park.

See how much you know

about musical theatre history

and musicals about

history. A From Page To

Stage program presented

in conjunction with Writers

Theatre’s production

of “Parade.” For more information,

call (847) 432-



Piano Recital with


6-7 p.m., first Saturday

of every month, Madame

ZuZu’s Tea House,

582 Roger Williams Ave.,

Highland Park. Please join

us for an evening of live

classical piano music with

commentaries about the

composers and the pieces

being played, presented by

Zina Katsman of “Piano

for Everyone”, rare teas

and smoothies and great

company. For more information,

call (847) 926-


Women’s Care Group

Trinity Episcopal

Church, 425 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. A Safe

Place invites you to a

women’s care group,

where participates will

receive support by learning

about unhealthy relationships

and behaviors,

recognize the impact this

can have on you and your

children, and explore new

coping skills for a happy,

healthier life. If you are in

immediate need of help,

please call our 24-hour

Help Line at (847) 249-

4450. For meeting times

and more information, call

(847) 731-7165.

Tai Chi Sessions

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, Recreation

Center of Highland Park,

1207 Park Ave. Work

on balance and serenity

through this Chinese tradition

of gentle, flowing

movements performed in

a slow, focused manner

with deep breathing. For

more information, call

Lisa Hamilton at (847)


Cardio Tone Light

11:30-12:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, Recreation

Center of Highland Park,

1207 Park Ave. W. Improve

your flexibility and

overall daily function! The

class combines low impact

cardio, core and stretching

(no seated exercises). For

more information call Lisa

Hamilton at (847) 579-


To submit an item for the

community calendar, contact

Editor Courtney Jacquin at


or (847) 272-4565 ext. 34.

Entries are due by noon on

the Thursday prior to publication


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Highwood becomes Illinois’ first year-round composting municipality

Courtney Jacquin, Editor

For garbage days in

Highwood, three’s a


Starting May 3, all

Highwood residents will

have a 35-gallon organic

waste carts to be able to

mix food scraps with yard

waste for collection at the

curb throughout the year,

on top of recycling and

garbage carts.

While many cities and

villages in the area offer

composting at various

times throughout the year

— Highland Park residents

have organic waste

pick up April 1 through

Dec. 15 — Highwood is

the first municipality in

Illinois to offer a yearround

organics program.

“It really made sense

for Highwood, we have a

relatively small community,

so we are very good

at getting information out

to residents, so from an

educational standpoint,

Highwood is ideal for introducing

new types of

programs,” Highwood

City Manager Scott Coren

said. “We also have a lot

of residents who are very

environmentally conscious,

so I think there’s

been a lot of buy-in for

the program from the very


The year-round organics

contract with Lakeshore

Recycling Systems

was approved by Highwood

City Council on

Sept. 24, 2015.

“We knew that our garbage

contract was coming

What to compost

Yard waste: grass clippings, garden vegetation,

leaves and brush

Food scraps: meat, bread, fruit, vegetables, table

scraps, dairy, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags,

egg shells, cereal, grains and pasta

Unsoiled or food-soiled paper products: paper

towels, paper bags, pizza boxes, napkins, paper

cups and newspapers

to an end, and about two

years ago we wanted to

look at all possible options,

including some innovative

methods,” Coren


In moving to a threecart

option, the City not

only helps the environment,

but reduces its

cost, as “recyclables and

organic waste cost less

money to dispose of than

traditional garbage,” according

to Coren.

“It was both doing better

for the environment,

and doing better financially

for our residents and

the community,” he said.

By diverting organic

material away from landfills

to composting sites,

the implementation of

this initiative is leading

the way in helping

Lake County and Highwood

achieve its goal of

a 60 percent recycling and

composting rate by 2020,

What not to compost

Plastic bags

Plastic packaging

Pet waste

Sanitary products








according to Assistant to

the City Manager Adrian


According to Coren,

there’s been little pushback

from residents thus

far, mostly just questions

on what can and cannot be

composted, which his office

is working on answering

through traditional

means, as well as social


“[Residents] want to

participate and do it well

... they’re looking to understand

the program and

implement it properly,”

Coren said.

Coren’s tips he’s shared

with residents so far include

putting yard waste

at the bottom of the bin

and organic waste on top,

and to use brown paper

bags, not plastic bags to

gather the organic waste.

The benefits of using

compost include maintaining

high quality soil,

reducing the use of fertilizer

and pesticides, improving

water quality and

protecting the environment.




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North Shore School District 112 Board of Education

District moving forward with new board members, same issues

Neil Milbert

Freelance Reporter

Immediately after the

four new members of the

North Shore School District

112 Board of Education

were sworn in, a

Highland Park resident

whose twins attend Oak

Terrace School stepped

to the microphone and

reminded the newly organized

board members that

they must confront the

same old thorny problem

“that has defied resolution

for decades.”

“The challenges facing

our district are multitudinous

in their breadth and

immense in their scope,”

Enrique Perez told the

new board members at the

Tuesday, May 2 meeting.

“At the top of this pyramid

is without a doubt the

vexing and communitydividing

problem of reconfiguration.

It is a problem

that has defied resolution

for decades.”

Perez was referencing

the Reconfiguration 2.0

committee and the District’s

work to remedy

financial issues with the

closure of schools.

“Our district now stands

at the crossroads,” he

continued. “Four hardworking

public servants

are about to step down and

four eager community volunteers

are about to step

into those shoes and embark

on an adventure that

we can only hope they are

fully prepared for.”

The newly elected board

members are Alex Brunk,

Dan Jenks, Art Kessler and

Bennett Lasko.

They replace outgoing

President Samantha Stolberg,

Karla Livney, Jane

Solmor-Mordini and interim

member Loren Klayman.

The holdovers are Eric

Ephraim, Adam Kornblatt

and Yumi Ross.

After the new members

were sworn in, officers

were elected. Ephraim was

elected president, Kornblatt

was elected vice president

and Lasko was elected

secretary (replacing Ross).

None of the members

voted “no,” but Ross abstained.

The senior member of

the board with six years

of service explained to

her colleagues that she abstained

because in light of

her experience she felt she

“should have been considered

for a leadership position”

to stabilize the board

and provide continuity.

“We’ve lost the art of

compromise,” said Ross,

adding that she wanted to

work with the new officers

and fellow board members

in their attempt to do what

is in the best interest of

the students, their parents,

the district’s teachers and

staff, and the community

as a whole.

Kornblatt responded by

praising Ross.

“These are difficult

votes,” he said. “I want to

acknowledge Yumi’s very

significant accomplishments

to the district.”

Solmor-Mordini made a

farewell speech, stopping at

one point because she was

choked up with emotion.

“You are driving the

school bus into uncharted

territory,” she told the new

board members. “It’s not

about making something

happen — it’s about making

the best thing happen.”

Livney declined to make

a farewell speech but had

some parting words for the

audience when she walked

off the dais.

“You guys are going to

miss us,” she said. “You’re

not going to have us to

kick around anymore.”

District 113 Board names Highland Park High School principal

Submitted by Township

District 113

The Township High

School District 113 Board

of Education

named Dr.


Perez Robertson



High School

principal effective



1 at the Monday, May 1


Robertson will replace

Dr. Thomas Koulentes,

who will be departing to

assume the role of principal

of Libertyville High

School in District 128. The

Board approved a threeyear

contract for Robertson

at a Robertson is returning

to HPHS, having

joined the district in 2008

as an assistant principal,

overseeing the Science,

World Language, Library,

Technology and Counseling


In 2011, when the district

was forced to reduce

the number of assistant

principals in each high

school, Robertson was

appointed World Language

Department Chair

at Deerfield High School.

As the Department Chair,

she worked alongside students,

parents, teachers

and staff to ensure that the

individual needs of every

stakeholder is met. She has

also helped grow the Seal

of Biliteracy Program,

which in its first year, conferred

official recognition

for 24 District 113 students

who showed proficiency in

English and an additional


“We are tremendously

excited to welcome Dr.

Robertson back to Highland

Park High School,”

Board President Annette

Lidawer said. “Dr. Robertson

became an Assistant

Principal at HPHS in 2008,

working with several departments

and programs.

In those days, she worked

closely with Dr. Tom Koulentes

as they were both

[assistant principals]. For

budgetary reasons, when

the District cut back on the

number of [assistant principals]

at each high school,

we fought to keep Dr. Robertson.

... After a rigorous,

national candidate search,

it is wonderful that Dr.

Robertson can come back

to lead and continue to expand

the ideals of the special

place that is Highland

Park High School.”

Robertson’s career in

educa on began at Niles

West High School in

District 219. She taught

Spanish for over a decade

and then took on administrative

roles as the Curriculum

Director, District

Director for Foreign Language

and English as a

Second Language, and

Assistant Principal. She

has also served as the Division

Director of World

Languages and English

Language Learners and

Summer School Assistant

Principal at Adlai E. Stevenson

High School.

“We are pleased to promote

Dr. Robertson, a candidate

who embodies the

values of District 113 and

has experience working

with our students, parents,

community, and staff” Superintendent

of Schools

Dr. Christopher Dignam

said. “Her knowledge and

background will allow for

a seamless transition into

the upcoming school year.

I am confident that we

have found the best leader

to support the education of

the whole student and further

the success of Highland

Park High School.”

Robertson possesses a

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Education, Bachelor of

Science in Psychology, and

Master of Arts in Applied

Spanish Linguistics from

the University of Illinois

at Chicago. She earned a

Master of Education Administration

from Northeastern

Illinois University,

and earned her educational

doctorate in Educational

Leadership from National

Louis University, during

which she also obtained

her Illinois Superintendent


Robertson is looking

forward to this new role

and returning to Highland

Park High School. “As a

member of District 113,

I am excited to be welcomed

back into the Highland

Park High School

family,” Robertson said. “I

look forward to returning

to the outstanding faculty

and staff, as together we

present opportunities to

all of our students among

the areas of curriculum

and instruction, the arts,

sports, and extracurriculars.

Knowing that success

for our students is

strengthened through collaboration,

I seek opportunities

to build relationships

with staff, parents/

guardians, and members

of the community. I am

committed to honoring the

values and supporting the

long-standing traditions

that make HPHS a special

and outstanding place for

our community.”

Robertson was selected

as principal of Highland

Park High School following

a robust search and

interview process, which

began with initial screenings

by search firm Ray

and Associates. The top

six candidates were interviewed

by Dignam and

Tom Krieger, Director of

Human Resources, and

the three finalists were

interviewed by a 20-member

stakeholder interview

team representing various

constituent groups. Each

candidate was interviewed

by committee members

relative to seven attributes

determined by a stakeholder

survey to be most

important to the Highland

Park High School community.

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Police Reports

Pennsylvania man arrested for driving under the influence

A Pennsylvania man was arrested

at 6:51 a.m. April 26 near

the intersection of Skokie Valley

and Old Elm roads, according to


John N. Eikey, 43, of Greensburg,

Penn., was arrested and

charged with driving under the influence,

improper lane usage, possession

of cannabis greater than

10 grams but less than 30 grams,

possession of drug paraphernalia

and possession of a controlled

substance. Eikey was transported

to bond court in Waukegan.

In other police news:

April 29

• Tyler J. Depies-Bobrowitz, 22,

of Oak Creek, Wis., was arrested

and charged with speeding more

than 40 miles per hour over the

limit after police conducted a traffic

stop at 2:20 a.m. in the 1900

block of Skokie Valley Road.

April 28

• Several laptop computers were

reported stolen from a facility

in the 1900 block of Green Bay

Road. The incident occurred between

May 2, 2016 and April 28.

• Public property was reported

damaged in the 3400 block of

Krenn Avenue.

April 27

• Maurice D. Brown III, 46,

of Chicago, was arrested and

charged with an in-state warrant

and attempted retail theft after

police responded to a complaint

at 10:01 p.m. in the 1600 block

of Deerfield Road.

April 26

• Renee L. Bova, 62, of Highland

Park, was arrested and charged

with criminal trespass to land

after police responded to a complaint

at 10:21 a.m. in the 600

block of Broadview Avenue.

• Ambrosio Toledo, 18, of Waukegan,

was arrested and charged

with possession of cannabis greater

than 10 grams but less than 30

grams and possession of drug paraphernalia

after police responded

to a complaint at 9:18 p.m. in the

500 block of Glenview Avenue.

April 25

• A vehicle was reported damaged

by while parked outside

a business in the 400 block of

Central Avenue. The incident occurred

between 11 a.m. and 2:45

p.m. April 24.

• An unknown subject reportedly

entered a locked vehicle while

parked in a parking lot in the

1800 block of Sunset Road. The

incident occurred between 6:15

p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

April 24

• The exterior and interior of a

building were reported damaged

in the 3100 block of Chatfield

Drive. The incident occurred between

5 p.m. April 21 and 9 a.m.

April 24.

• An audio tape was reported

stolen from a parked vehicle at

10:31 a.m. in the 1600 block of

Deerfield Road.

• An unknown male subject reportedly

stole merchandise from

a business in the 2000 block of

Skokie Valley Road. The incident

occurred at approximately

5:10 p.m. April 23.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Highland

Park Landmark’s Police Reports

are compiled from official reports

emailed from the Highland Park

Police Department headquarters

in Highland Park and found on file

at the Highwood Police Department.

Individuals named in these

reports are considered innocent of

all charges until proven guilty in a

court of law.

City of Highwood seeks community input on fire station sale

Residents asked to email

City Hall with feedback by

May 16

The City of Highwood

is asking residents

for input on its pending

decision to sell the fire

station property at 428

Green Bay Road. The

City has two proposals on

the table for the station

and values all feedback

from the community by

May 16.

One proposal is from

the DiVito Family Winery

to occupy the entire

building and have public

and private wine tasting

rooms, a wine production

area and a bar

serving wine produced

on site.

The other proposal is

for a Tala Coffee Roasters

cafe and complementary

retail on the main floor,

and co-working office

space on the second floor.

Highwood-based Preservation

Properties Group

is the developer who specializes

in preservation of

old properties.

Both proposals are offering

$300,000 for the

building and the City will

select one of the two proposals

at the May 16 City

Council meeting.

The City closed the

fire station in 2016 after

partnering with Highland

Park to deliver fire and

emergency medical services

and was reviewing

proposals submitted to the

City Council through September

1, 2016.

“The City has received

numerous inquiries on

the disposition of the historic

property,” said City

Manager Scott Coren.

“The City values public

input and are grateful for

any feedback from the

community as we select

a partner and concept for

the once in a lifetime opportunity

to repurpose the

former fire station.”

The Highwood fire station, located at 428 Green Bay Road. Photo submitted

Residents are encouraged

to provide feedback

by emailing the Highwood

City Hall at info@

cityofhighwood.org by

May 16 and are asked to

include their name, address,

phone number (optional)

along with a brief

explanation as to which

proposal they prefer and


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Modified townhome

project moves to Village

Board for final approval

The Northbrook Plan

Commission unanimously

recommended final approval

for the 68-unit

Gateway Townhomes by

the Jacobs Companies development

at 1179-1275

Shermer Road at its Tuesday,

May 2 meeting. The

application moves to the

Village Board for final approval

and is tentatively

scheduled for the board’s

May 23 meeting, according

to Director of Development

and Planning Services

Tom Poupard.

Jacobs Companies intends

to purchase 10 properties

along Shermer Road

to redevelop as townhomes.

The 5.34 acres of

land currently contain a

mixture of single-family

homes and commercial


Jacobs made a number

of changes to the project

design since the last review

by the Village Board.

The unit mix has been

modified with a greater

proportion of three-level

units and fewer four-level

units. Single-story projecting

bays on the front facades

have been replaced

with two-story bays.

On the D units, the former

roof decks on the second

level have been converted

into interior space

with corresponding facade

changes. Bracketed cover

entry has been added to

units A, B and C. Street

lights that match the existing

downtown streetscape

lights have been added

along Shermer Road. Pier

signs have been added to

each entryway to the development.

Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full story

at NorthbrookTower.com.


Restructured council carries

charge of retiring members

into new administration

The Village celebrated

the tenures of President

Gene Greable and trustee

Bill Krucks st the Winnetka

Village Council’s bimonthly

meeting on Tuesday,

May 2, as the meeting

was the last for Greable

and Krucks and first for

the newly-elected council.

The shakeup, following

the April 4 election, appoints

longtime Winnetka

resident Robert Dearborn

as a new trustee, re-elects

veteran trustees Andrew

Cripe and Scott Myers,

and elects trustee Christopher

Rintz as council president.

Trustees Penny Lanphier

and Kristin Ziv were

not up for re-election and

will continue their terms,

which expire in 2018.

Throughout the meeting,

both outgoing and returning

council members

stressed the importance

of serving as a steward

to Winnetka. Krucks explained

that unbiased public

service is the key to

overall village prosperity.

“After all — this Village

Council, my Village Council,

past Village Councils

— it’s all about the village

and the residents, it’s not

about us,” Krucks said. “It

was my pleasure to serve

with ... each and every one

of you. We didn’t always

share the same views, but

on major questions facing

the Village, we put

the differences aside, we

worked together in exploring

solutions and we built

consensus always keeping

the best interest of Winnetka

and its residents at the

forefront where it should


Reporting by Lauren Kiggins,

Freelance Reporter. Full story

at WinnetkaCurrent.com.


Exterior alterations to

North Avenue properties


The Lake Bluff Architectural

Board of Review

continued its discussion

about various proposed

exterior alterations to the

properties at 35 E. North

Ave. and 41 E. North

Ave. at its regular meeting

Tuesday, May 2. On April

24, the Lake Bluff Village

Board asked the architectural

board to specifically

review the driveway design

material at the 35 E.

North Ave. property.

Proposed materials for

the driveway have included

both asphalt and a

grasscrete material (a mix

of concrete and grass), but

both raised concerns.

The Architectural Board

of Review previously

discussed the material at

its April 4 meeting, and

agreed with property owners

Brick House Farms

X, LLC, that a grasscrete

surface would be difficult

in regard to maintenance,

appearance, safety and

cost. The Village Board

reaffirmed these concerns,

though it was aware that

a neighbor objected to an

all-asphalt surface for the


Brick House Farms had

its representative Gregg

Handrich work with Village

staff, as well as the

neighbor, to develop a better

solution. He proposed

the asphalt driveway be

bordered with brick.

“I know the neighbor

is happy with that result,

since we talked to them

[and] we think in talking

with staff that that creates

a nice look, a really nice

edge,” Handrich said.

Reporting by Christa Rooks,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.



Board honors departing

commissioner Palatnik

After four years on the

Glencoe Park Board, Seth

Palatnik stepped down

from his role as commissioner

during a special

meeting of the board Tuesday,

May 2.

Glencoe Park District

Executive Director Lisa

Sheppard recalled that she

was impressed with Palatnik’s

dedication to the

community when she met

him during an interview.

“I just remember thinking,

‘this guy is in it for the

right reasons,’” Sheppard

said. “You don’t always

get commissioners that are

in it for the right reason,

that really, their full motivation

is making the community


Palatnik first became

involved with the district

as a member of the Beach

and Lakefront Advisory

Committee and the Watts

Advisory Committee. He

was elected to the Park

Board in 2013, and served

as its treasurer from 2013

to 2014, and its vice president

from 2014 to 2015.

Palatnik was president of

the board from 2015 to


Palatnik was presented

with a plaque in recognition

of his service and

will be given an honorary

plaque on a bench in the

Glencoe park of his choosing.

Palatnik told the audience

that he had only

wanted to serve one term

on the board in order to

allow other residents to

bring their ideas to the

table, and he was “grateful

for this wonderful opportunity

that was provided

by the community.”

Reporting by Alexandra Greenwald,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlencoeAnchor.com.

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Teaching an old dog new tricks

Highland Park man starts ‘change leadership school’ to train career changes

Alan P. Henry

Freelance Reporter

You’re middle aged, in

mid-career and perhaps in

a bit of a creative funk. Or

maybe your entire business

is in a similar rut.

Enter Gustavo Razzetti,




a Highland Park resident

who, at age 50, recently

decided to quit a comfortable

corporate job to start

Liberationist, a “Change

Leadership School” that

prepares individuals,

teams and organizations

to become “change-fit”

by helping them become

more open, adaptive and


“Change is no longer

optional,” said Razzetti,

who was most recently

a Managing Director at

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Leo Burnett, and has over

20 years of experience

in helping organizations

ranging from Fortune 500

companies to start-ups

thrive in change in the

U.S., Latin America and


“In the past, because

things didn’t change as

fast as they do today, people

could opt out. They

could say, ‘I am going to

stay with what used to

work, and I am going to

be fine,’” he said. “Today,

from a business standpoint,

if you don’t upgrade

the way your company

works, someone else

is going to put you out of

business.” He noted that

60 percent of Fortune 500

companies ten years ago

are no longer there, and

that whereas companies

had a life expectancy of

close to 30 years not too

many years ago, now it is


To thrive in a changing

environment, “we need to

stretch out our comfort

zone,” he said.

To help people, teams

and organizations become

change-fit, Razzetti drew

a sports analogy. “Before

practicing any competitive

sports, we stretch our

muscles and warm up.

Not just to avoid injuries,

but also to make sure we

can play at our highest potential.

The same is true

when confronting change.

Our mindsets and behaviors

need to stretch. We

need to warm up to be at

our best,” he said. “When

you stretch your mind,

you stretch the world

around you.”

Adaptability, he

stressed, “has become a

competitive advantage,

both in our professional

Gustavo Razzetti, a Highland Park resident who, at age

50, decided his corporate job to start Liberationist, a

“Change Leadership School” that prepares individuals,

teams and organizations to become “change-fit”

by helping them become more open, adaptive and

experimental. Photo submitted

and personal life. Unfortunately,

change can be

threatening to many people.

Our relationship with

transformation is very

complex. Most people

admire change-makers,

yet they have a hard time

changing themselves. The

same happens to organizations.

They acknowledge

change is an imperative.

Yet they don’t prepare

their teams to become

more adaptive.”

Worker happiness is

one of the areas Razzetti

focuses on with his clients.

“I see a lot of people

who are not happy in their

workplace. I’ve seen research

that says at least

50 percent of Americans

want to change their

job, and not because of

the money, but basically

because the workplace

doesn’t necessarily promote

the right environment

that allows them to

express who they are and

share their best ideas.”

To underscore his point,

Razzetti cited a Google

study that suggests what

makes a successful team.

“The notion that people

can express who they are,

share their ideas without

fear that they are going

to be criticized or fired or

rejected, that is the key

thing that brings them success.

And that and is what

I want to bring, what I call

cultural safety within organizations,

where people

can be more comfortable

trying new things.”

To those individuals

hesitant to step off the

corporate ladder into entrepreneurship,


suggested they ask the

question: “If I don’t do it

now, than when?”

“Don’t wait for the

right moment to show

up. Create the right moment

instead. That has

always been my life’s

motto,” he said. “First, it

is about getting control

of your life and planning

ahead. And second, sometimes

people feel afraid

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Sorority benefit supports

scholarships for local graduates

Katie Copenhaver

Freelance Reporter

Sisterhood and fashion

took center stage at the

12th Annual North Shore

Panhellenic Benefit at

Highland Park Country

Club April 27.

Sorority alumnae members

from across the north

suburbs attended the

event, which raises between

$4,000 and $4,500

annually for college scholarships.

Entertainment was provided

by Book Dramatist

Barbara Rinella, who became

Coco Chanel for the

evening, in keeping with

the fashion theme of the


Comprised of alumnae

delegates from nearly 20

of the 26 national sororities,

the group’s purposes

are to encourage collegebound

women “to investigate

what belonging to a

sorority can mean to them”

and to raise scholarship

funds for them, per the

website. Each year scholarships

are awarded to high

school senior girls from

the north suburbs who will

be attending colleges that

have national panhellenic


This is the first year

Rinella entertained at the

benefit, which had previously

featured fashion

shows sponsored by local

clothing stores. Rinella

is a North Shore Alumnae

member of Kappa

Kappa Gamma and has

been performing her onewoman

shows, in which

she portrays famous people

based on their biographies,

in the Chicago

area and elsewhere for

many years. Her characters

include Jacqueline

Kennedy Onassis, Queen

Elizabeth II and Albert


Jill Schmidt, who serves

as president of the North

Shore Panhellenic, first

got involved with the organization

as a delegate from

her sorority alumnae chapter,

Chicago North Shore

Sigma Sigma Sigma, and

as a member of the scholarship


“Each year, since I

joined this group, our

number of applications

received continues to increase,”

she said. “It is really

impressive to see all

of the things these women

have accomplished, and I

am glad we are able to help

them. I only wish we could

provide even more.”

Nancy Roach has been

a member and officer of

the Lake County Alumnae

Chapter of Alpha Phi

for many years, through

which she has supported

the collegiate chapters at

Lake Forest College and

Northwestern University.

More recently, she has

been Alpha Phi’s delegate

to the North Shore Panhellenic

and says she appreciates

“the common bond

of sisterhood from all the

sororities.” She added that,

“We are all moving in the

same direction – to make

our fundraising efforts

the best they can be and

to select the most deserving

young women” for the


This year’s scholarship

winners are Lauren Abbattista

of Lake Forest High

School, Aparajitha Adiraju

of Vernon Hills High

School, Grace Ann Donahue

of Lake Forest High

School, Emilia Ruzika of

Libertyville High School

and Valerliya Yuryk of

Glenbrook North High

School. The organization

is also providing scholarships

for two Northwestern

University students and

one Lake Forest College

student to attend the Undergraduate


Leadership Conference

at Indiana University this


Last year’s recipients

were Jolie Boulogne

of Vernon Hills High

School, Daniella Cohen

of Highland Park High

School, Samantha Manton

of Evanston Township

High School and

Amanda Zurek of Antioch

Carmel Catholic High


In addition, the North

Shore Panhellenic holds

sorority life recruitment

information events for

graduating seniors and

their parents each spring.

At the sessions, a panel

of current college sorority

women discusses the leadership,

scholarship and

sisterhood opportunities

that membership offers.

They also talk about what

prospective members can

expect during the recruitment


According to Schmidt,

the speakers “are usually

leaders in the sorority and

on campus. Some are from

large schools, some small

schools, north and south.

We try to have a diverse


She added that, “The

[students] and their parents

who attend will get a

chance to ask questions of

the panel of college women

and alumnae. They can

network and learn how to

get letters of recommendation.”

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note takes

the cake

Courtney jacquin, Editor

I think there’s one thing

we can all agree on: moms

are the best.

That was evident from

all the great Mother’s Day

Contest submissions I received

for the moms of

Highland Park and Highwood.

But you know what they

say, a handwritten note always

stands out.

So when Alessandra, 8,

and Kathan DeHayes, 4, of

Highland Park wrote to me

(with a little help from their

dad Ben) about why their

mom Karina is No. 1, they

stole my heart and the prize.

Alessandra and Kathan’s

entry reads as follows:

“I think my mom is

Number One because she

does so much, maybe even

too much for my brother

and I. She cares about us

so much, forgives us easily

and rarely gets mad. That

[is] why I think my mom

is Number One.” The entry

is complete with a sticky

note reading, in all caps for

good measure, “do not let

mommy see this!!!!”

As the winner, Karina

DeHayes will receive an

orchid plant from Highwood’s

The Silk Thumb,

located at 6 Walker Ave.

($75 value), as well as two

tickets to 22nd Century

Media’s Savor Food and

Wine Fest, noon–3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10 at Winnetka

Community House.

Congrats to the DeHayes

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School News

Save the date: 2.0 June

Community Forum

The North Shore School

District 112 Reconfiguration

2.0 Community Team

will host two community

forums at 7 p.m. June 7

and 8 at the Highland Park

High School gymnasium,

433 Vine Ave. Based on

the information the 2.0

team has gathered over the

past 11 months, in combination

with valuable community

feedback, the team

has developed several reconfiguration

options for

the future of District 112

schools. The forums will

provide opportunities for

group discussion and individual




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Edgewood, Elm Place

and Northwood bands

performed last month at

the middle school Ravinia

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Students worked

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From Page 10

of testing something new

because they don’t know

what is going to happen,

but if they are dong

something they really

like, their chances of succeeding

are much higher

than staying in that place

that might be comfortable

but is not allowing you

to be the best person you

can be.”

And being middle aged

is not a hindrance, he said.

“It is never too late.

Ten years ago, only 15

percent of entrepreneurship

started at 50 and up.

Today, that has doubled.

That is a good sign people

are doing it and doing it

successfully.” Besides, he

said, “the most risky part

is to know how to run a

company, and if you have

been working in a corporation

for many years you

know how to manage a


Information on Razzetti’s

programs can be

found at liberationist.

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for Change” will soon be


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Writing Life

A matter of class in Highland Park

Wendy S. Anderson

Contributing Columnist

Living in a wealthy

suburb presents

clarifying moments

that could be attributed to


On a recent Saturday

I walked my dog by a

house where three men

and some kids were

gathered outside. One

man animatedly talked

to someone on his cell

phone about someone

else “with a lot of connections.”

Another was

doing tasks with his boys.

A third ambled down

the sidewalk with his

big, loose dog, which

ran straight to my small,

unappreciative leashed

dog, to sniff him all over.

I was caught in the midst

of this scene, literally entwined

with the dogs and

within a few feet of the

three men as they greeted

one another.

No one acknowledged

me in any way; it was as

if I wasn’t there. Were

they so wrapped in their

togetherness they forgot

to be polite? Or was I not

worth a nod?

This situation put me

back to when my children

were small and I’d

wait for them outside

Ravinia School. Many

moms would chat freely,

yet there were a few who

had a practiced aloofness,

a way of looking

right through you, as if

you weren’t there. They

did this even when they

walked by within a few

inches, even if your kids

had been at the same

birthday party the day

before. Whether you

didn’t drive the right car

or live in the right house

or wear the right clothes,

something about you, or

everything about you, did

not pass muster.

One apparently misinformed

mom invited

herself to my place for


Although I lived in

coveted east Highland

Park, my home had not

changed dramatically

from the time it had been

a summer cottage for city

dwellers — a few

rooms, low beamed ceilings,

a Franklin stove.

What I found quaint and

charming, she found tiny

and alarming, I could

tell at once. We spent an

uneasy hour in awkward

conversation. When I

next saw her, she was

decidedly cooler. I was

not the person she’d


Highland Park is full

of such stories. A friend

who works in child care

said she suggested to a

mom, whose girl wore

very pricy, slippery and

impractical boots,

that the mom consider

buying the child sneakers,

someplace like Target,

for active playtimes. The

mom’s decisive response?

“I don’t buy shoes at


This reminded me of

when my little girl and

I were at Target. We ran

into a fellow kindergartner

with her grandma,

their cart full of cleaners

and other household

items. When the girl

asked to look at some

clothes, her grandma

snapped, “We don’t buy

clothes at Target.” The

child looked crestfallen.

My own daughter said

she felt sorry for the

classmate because her

grandmother was mean.

She did not understand

that the woman was only

asserting her class.

Way back when I

worked for the local

paper, I got calls from

residents who demanded

that their names, or their

wives’ names, or their

kids’ names, be kept out

of print for whatever

driving offense they’d

committed, from speeding

to a DUI. Some offered

to pay. The assumption

was that they were

entitled to have a legal

embarrassment erased.

The police reports in

our community these

days seem to contain a

disproportionate number

of Hispanic-sounding

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From the Editor

Saving the Earth, one banana peel at a time

Courtney Jacquin


All right Highwood,

it’s time to down

and dirty with


Starting this month,

Highwood is becoming

the first municipality in

Letters to the Editor

Proud to be a part of


After reading several

cynical and inaccurate explanations

of the NSSD

112 Caucus process on social

media, I am writing to

share my experience and

respect for the Caucus process

and what it offers to

our community.

When asked to serve as

a nonparent delegate to the

Caucus, my initial response

was a series of questions:

What is the Caucus? How

is the community represented?

And, why does the

community need a group

to make endorsements? I

was interested in a process

that wasn’t agenda oriented

and where the delegates

would represent the entire

District. I was informed

that the Caucus representation

includes five delegates

from each of the District

112 schools: four parents

and one nonparent. The

group meets with a goal to

vet, without any specific

agenda, and endorse up to

the number of open seats

in a District 112 election. I

the state to offer yearround

organic waste

collection. This means

you’ll now have three

bins: one for garbage, one

for recycling and one for

composting, all year long.

Change can be hard,

confusing or just downright

annoying, but once

you get used to composting,

I promise this is a

change that is worth it.

Sure, it might take some

getting used to what goes

in the compost and what

goes in the trash — there’s

a full list on Page 3 this

week to help you out —

but it will be worth it.

agreed to be a delegate.

Between mid-October

and early December, four

meetings were held. The

meetings led by the chairpersons,

insured respectful

discourse of multiple

viewpoints, and a common

goal. These well organized

meetings included: agenda

provided in advance; approval

of an amendment to

the Caucus by-laws (established

by previous Caucus

groups); review of valuable

traits in a BOE member;

break-out groups focused

on questions for the candidates;

review of responses

to candidate questionnaires;

open meeting candidate

presentations; closed

meeting reviews; and completion

of final endorsements.

As an example of the

Caucus process, break-out

groups were intentionally

formed with delegates from

different schools. My group

debated differing views;

documented findings; and

reviewed, concurred and

submitted our questions for

final review by the entire

With everything going

on in the world, it can

sometimes feel like everything

is out of our hands

and there’s nothing we can

do. It may seem small, but

composting is a realistic,

tangible way to cut back

on waste, reduce what’s

going into landfills and

ultimately reduce your

carbon foot print.

Sure, we might not be

able to single-handedly

solve global warming

ourselves, but if everyone

took small, concrete steps

like this, the world would

certainly be a better place.

Caucus. Before the candidates’

presentation day,

delegates received each

candidate’s responses to

the finalized questionnaire.

Following presentations,

our reviews included challenging

discussions and

multiple rounds of voting

before endorsements were


As a service to the community

the Caucus held

multiple Coffees and a Forum

for ALL candidates.

Almost 60 community

members, devoting many

hours of service, participated

in the Caucus. The

process was: objective;

well defined and executed;

offered broad community

representation; and, at no

point was motivated by a

specific agenda. The community

reaps great benefits

from the Caucus’ longstanding

tradition of objectivity

and positive and

collaborative stewardship.

I am proud to have participated.

Nancy Goldberg

Highland Park


From Page 14

names. I doubt that predominantly

people with

Hispanic-sounding names

commit traffic offenses,

but there they are. It’s a


Which returns me to

our recent, contentious

school-board elections,

when a parent at a candidates’

forum had the

audacity to ask if anyone

planned to give presentations

in Spanish to the

Spanish speakers whose

kids attend our schools.

One parent – who had

crossly revealed her

intention to enroll her

child in a private school

to avoid the messiness of

potential school closings

— literally rolled her

eyes, as if the very idea

of addressing Spanish

speakers in our city was


No doubt she saw

herself in a class above

the fray. Yet her behavior

exhibited so little class.

The Highland

Park Landmark

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cultural exchange

Under new ownership, Highland Park’s Phoenicia offers

mix of Persian, Mediterranean, Western cuisine, Page 22

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112 students premiere films, Page 19

Audiences watch


films at the second

annual Reel 112 Film

Festival Thursday,

May 4, at Highland

Park’s Landmark

Renaissance theater.

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the highland park landmark | May 11, 2017 | 19

Middle school filmmakers make red carpet debut in 112 film fest

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

The red carpet was

rolled out. Cameras were


It was like the Academy

Awards, but it took place

at Highland Park’s Landmark

Renaissance theater

for the second annual Reel

112 Film Festival. The

event showcased 18 films

from student filmmakers

from North Shore School

District 112 Edgewood,

Elm Place and Northwood

middle schools.

The Reel 112 Film Festival

is sponsored by the

112 Education Foundation

and is a collaborative effort

between the Foundation

and the district.

“These films are created

in the middle schools’ Creative

Media Arts classes,”

said Melanie Hanig, copresident

of the 112 Education

Foundation. “They

showcase the innovative

work done in these CMA

classes with the help of an

incredible staff and provide

students a wonderful

enrichment opportunity.”

The subject matter of the

films showed an uncanny

awareness by the young

filmmakers of subject matter

that is important to all

ages — dealing with fears,

anxiety, depression, hunger,

kindness, narcissism

and Alzheimer’s disease.

One touched on the subject

of usefulness of homework

and another, whether electronic

devices are good or


“Our film, ‘Ordinary,’

is about depression, especially

childhood depression”

said Chloe Brooks,

a student filmmaker from

Edgewood, who made

the film with classmates

Robyn Calafati and Natalie

Picazo. “We want to

create an awareness of depression,

educate our peers

and adults about it and encourage

them to take the

condition seriously.”

“The Pantry,” produced

by Elm Place students Andrew

Kourkine and Levi

Goldberg, gives an overview

of Highland Park’s

Moraine Food Pantry, the

need for it and some of the

people who help make its

services happen.

Alzheimer’s was the

topic of Edgewood student

filmmakers Noa Dayan,

Emma Sametz and Talia

Schor’s documentary

“Never Forget.” The students

interviewed a woman

whose husband is an

active Alzheimer’s patient.

He sat next to her while

she gave insightful suggestions

to anyone watching

the film about dealing with

the disease and helping

the loved one maintain as

much memory as possible.

Kindness was the subject

of Northwood’s Tyler

Carlson, Gaby Dorman,

Albert Klayman and Kathryn

Murphy’s film.

“We got the inspiration

from our friends at

school,” said Klayman.

“When someone does

something kind for you,

pay it forward. One kindness

leads to another.”

The group said making

Please see film, 21

Movie posters from the student films at the second

annual Reel 112 Film Festival Thursday, May 4, at

Highland Park’s Landmark Renaissance theater. Photo




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In Memoriam

William B. Cope


B. Cope, 96,

of O’Fallon,

Ill., originally of Highland

Park, passed away April

27 in his home. He was

born November 18, 1920

and was raised in Highland


He graduated



Park High

School. After


he Cope

worked at

the Highland Park Press,

owned by his mother’s

family, the Udells. With

the outbreak of World War

II, he enlisted in the Navy

as an aviation cadet. Upon

graduation from flight

training, he was selected

to serve as an instructor pilot

in Stearman aircraft for

Navy basic flight training.

He served at several naval

air stations in the States

and had just been notified

of assignment to combat

operations when the war

ended in 1945. After the

war, Bill stayed in the

Navy as an instructor in

SNJ aircraft at Glenview

NAS near Chicago. He

was responsible for proficiency

training for Naval

Reserve pilots. He left the

Navy just prior to the Korean


Bill’s post Navy career

included running several

businesses, working

at Farmer Beverage, and

many years as a top salesperson

at Sparkling Spring

Water Company in Highland

Park. He worked well

into his 80s before retiring.

He moved to O’Fallon in


Bill was a positive,

cheerful and energetic person

who always made others

feel better. His sense of

humor was amazing and

he never ran into someone

without striking up a conversation

and making them

laugh. He enjoyed golf

and the many activities

of his group of friends in

the Lucky Club in Waukegan.

He was well known

to all in his subdivision in

O’Fallon as he motored

around on his scooter to

check on new construction

and talk with his neighbors.

He is survived by a

sister-in-law Joy Cope,

daughters Jill (Bob) Wicke

of O’Fallon, and Lynne

(Mark) Hennessey of San

Juan Capistrano, Calif.,

his grandchildren Scott

(Maria) Wicke, Carrie

(Patrick) Lechtenberger,

Colton (Hillary) Klein,

nine great-grandchildren

and many beloved nieces

and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials

can be made to the

Alzheimer’s Association

in his memory to honor

his wife who suffered and

died from that terrible disease.

Online condolences

may be offered at wfhofallon.com

Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email courtney@hplandmark.com


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From Page 19

a film was difficult at first,

but the learning experience

resulting in watching

the final product made it

worth it.

“It’s kind of cool and a

good feeling starting from

nothing and bringing it to

the end,” said Carlson.

“Making the film was

difficult at first but we improved,”

said Murphy. “I

never knew making a film

took so much time.”

“Once a Raider,” produced

by Elm Place students

Abby Rudman,

Jessica Rolfe and Ryan

Levin, touched on nostalgia.

Current teachers at the

school talked about what

it was like when they attended

Elm Place School.

The filmmakers included

photos of the school in its

early days.

Narcissism was the subject

of Northwood student

filmmakers Charlotte Harrigan,

Josh Hollander, Sam

Kramer, Vanessa Piacenza

and Ethan Schaffer’s production.

“We saw more people

are thinking about themselves,

what other others

are thinking about them

and what that can do to

them,” said Kramer. “We

think it’s because of social

media. People want to

make themselves look better

before they post something.”

Following a viewing of

the 18 student films, the

112 Film Festival featured

a Q&A panel moderated

by WBEZ film critic Milos


Elaine Juarez, Edgewood

School Communications

Arts teacher, said this

festival of student-made

documentaries is good for

many reasons.

“Students chose the topics

and tell the stories the

way they want,” Juarez

said. “It empowers them

to get in touch with their

own voices and share the

messages to others. It provides

them with the opportunity

to explore a lot of

issues that are important to


The other CMA teachers

are Laura Baartmans,

Northwood School and

Marci Kulbak, Elm Place



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A second act for Phoenicia

Highland Park


restaurant takes

on new life with

ownership change

Courtney Jacquin, Editor

Fay Zand always knew

she wanted to get back

into the restaurant business.

After being a part of

three successful Italian

restaurants in California

earlier in her life, she and

her husband, Tony Faraji,

had been looking to jump

back in.

When they learned the

previous owner of Highland

Park’s Phoenicia

Mediterranean Restaurant

was looking to sell, they

jumped at the opportunity.

“I always wanted to

get back to the restaurant

business because I love

cooking, I love hosting,”

Zand said.

After nearly a year under

their ownership —

Faraji and Zand took over

in July 2016 — Phoenicia

is continuing to serve the

restaurant’s tried and true

items, but with some important


“We made [the restaurant]

more Mediterranean

and Middle Eastern with

a touch of Western influence,”

Zand said.

Zand and Faraji are of

Persian heritage, while

the previous owner was

Lebanese. So while they

are continuing to serve

the previous menu items,

they’re looking to incorporate

more classic

Persian dishes, such as

kashk-e bademjan, an

eggplant and yogurt dish,

which now is an appetizer

on the menu ($7.95).

Zand’s hosting chops

are evident in the restau-

Kalaya ($19.95), which includes a choice of beef, lamb

or chicken, is sauteed with onion, tomatoes, green

peppers and mushrooms in a light red sauce. The dish

is infused with herbs and seasoning, and served with

oven-roasted potatoes, marinated red cabbage and rice





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made of pureed chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice, and topped with extra virgin olive

oil and paprika. Served alongside the appetizer are helpings of warm pita bread.

Photos by Jacqueline Glosniak/22nd Century Media

The couscous vegetarian ($17.95) consists of sauteed vegetables braised with garlic,

tomatoes, cilantro and herbs over couscous and finished with the chef’s sauce and

a hint of mild madras curry. The plate is served with organic spinach, marinated red

cabbage, boiled mango and dried apricot.

rant’s updates outside of

the menu — the dining

room now has more lighting,

candles and roses are

placed on each table, and

more updates, such as an

expanded bar, are coming

in the future.

“We’re trying to make it

and keep it as an upscale

but friendly place, but still

family oriented,” she said.

The restaurant’s newest

venture is into weekend

brunch, which began

in April. Throughout the

summer, diners can enjoy

the restaurant’s new

brunch menu on weekends.

To support the added

service hours, the kitchen

now has two full-time


The Mediterranean

dishes still remain the

stars of the restaurant,


According to Zand, the

couscous dishes, such as

the couscous with salmon

curry ($26.95), is one of

the restaurant’s most popular

items. The heaping

serving includes grilled

brochettes of salmon in

a mild, sweet madras

curry sauce served with

organic spinach, marinated

red cabbage, boiled

mango and dried apricot

over couscous. Don’t let

‘curry’ in the name scare

you away — the sauce has

a low heat but is packed

with flavor.

Other popular traditional

dishes include the mixed

grill kabob ($24.95), a

combination of beef, lamb

and chicken brochettes

charbroiled to order and

served with grilled onion,

tomato, green pepper and

marinated red cabbage

and rice pilaf, and kalaya

($19.95), which includes

a choice of beef, lamb or

chicken sauteed with onion,

tomatoes, green peppers

and mushrooms in a

light red sauced, infused

with herbs and seasoning,

and served with ovenroasted

potatoes, marinated

red cabbage and rice

pilaf. The kalaya is also

available vegetarian for

$16.95, part of the restaurant’s

impressive vegetarian


“[Vegetarians] can

come every day of the

month for lunch and dinner

and still find something

[they] haven’t had,”

Zand said.

While the main dishes

are large and sure to make

for leftovers, the cold

and warm appetizers also

shouldn’t be missed.

The homemade hummus

($7.95) is made with

pureed chickpeas, tahini

and lemon juice topped

with extra virgin olive oil

and paprika, and served

with warm pita bread.

Also served with the warm

pita is the baba ghannouj

($7.95), a smoked eggplant

puree with tahini,

lemon juice and olive oil.

Both are available as half

orders for $5.95, as well.

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Jenny Goldsher

Goldsher is a senior

catcher on the Highland

Park High School softball


How long have you

been playing softball

and how did you get

started with it?

If you count T-ball, I’ve

been playing since I was

five. I’ve been playing

travel since I was seven

and currently play for the

Lake County Liberty 18U


Is there one song that

you need to listen to

in order to get pumped

up for a game?

I have a really good

playlist that I’ve been listening

to right now, a lot

of G-Eazy and Cage The


What do you usually

eat before a game?

Usually I’ll have a bagel

with cream cheese or a

nice snack to get ready for

the game.

Who is your favorite

professional baseball

or softball player?

Baseball wise, in the

summers I’m No. 31

because of Fergie Jenkins

and Greg Maddux and

I’ve been taking lessons

with Emily Allard, a Chicago

Bandits (outfielder)

who is fantastic. She’s my

new hero.

If you could be any

animal, what would

you choose and why?

I would be a horse because

my family is really

into horse racing and I

think it would be awesome.

Do you have a favorite

book or movie?

My favorite movie is

“The Heat” with Melissa

McCarthy, I love her. My

favorite book is “Looking

for Alaska.”

If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you want to go and


I was in Italy with the

band last spring break

and I loved it there; I’d

definitely go back.

If you were stuck in

a time machine that

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could only travel

backwards into the

past or forwards into

the future, which way

would you go?

I would definitely say

the future because in general

I’ve always been the

person where I don’t like

to dwell on the past. I’m

curious to see what the

future would be like.

What is the best

coaching advice you’ve

ever received?

When you’re not confident,

act confident.

What’s the most

difficult part of

playing catcher?

Blocking but in general

it’s always about responding

to failure. You’re

constantly battling up and

down to be consistent and

mentally tough all the


Interview by Sports Editor

Derek Wolff


From Page 30

fice bunt scored Atchley

and Shannon Stowe singled

to bring home Delany

Weiss. Weiss walked with

the bases loaded in the

sixth inning to extend the

Scouts’ lead to 8-3. Ashley

Dueringer pitched a complete

game for the Scouts,

throwing six scoreless innings

after giving up the

three runs in the first inning.

“I think my pitcher (Dueringer)

actually got stronger

as the game went on,”

Brugioni said. “She was

hitting her spots a lot better

and getting ahead in

the count instead of behind

the count. That first inning

she fell behind a lot of the

batters, so we had to throw

a lot of fastballs and they

can hit the ball so they hit

the ball hard that first inning.

We’ve been playing

really good defense lately,

which has been great, so

we’ve not been giving other

teams extra outs, which

is huge. It shuts down a lot

of rallies and we’ve made

a lot of good plays.”

Highland Park’s Tessa

Bojan singled to score

Hannah Matthews and

Jenny Goldsher and Armani

Walker singled to

bring home Bojan to give

the Giants a 3-0 lead in the

first inning.

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coach Lydia Gonzalez

said. “What changed after

that is we didn’t hit the ball

and we didn’t put the ball

in play. They hit the ball

much better and we made

errors. (Bojan and Walker)

are two of our better hitters

on our team, so that’s to be

expected. We’re struggling

with being able to be consistent

with that.

“On a windy day, when

we keep the ball up in the

air, it’s going to be much

easier for them to catch.

We continually talk about

how our hitting has to be

more than the errors we’re

going to commit. Everybody

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Girls Lacrosse

Giants suffer brutal loss to Titans

David Jaffe

Freelance Reporter

Winning the draw and

controlling possession are

typically two things that

improve a lacrosse team’s

chances for success.

Glenbrook South possessed

the ball for the majority

of the first half on

Tuesday, May 2, at Highland

Park, and the result

was a 20-2 win over the


“They changed the rules

this year so you can’t possess

the ball until it goes

over either 30-yard line,”

GBS coach Annie Lesch

said. “So the three players

in the circle are critical,

and they did a great job for

us today.”

The Titans scored the

first 15 goals. Meghan

Zeivel had three of her

four goals during that

stretch while Kate Brennan

added two of her three.

Ellie Kahle, Greer Bireley,

Annabel Eigel and Eleanor

Walsh all had two goals, as


“We were very successful

when it came to draw

control and we did a good

Highland Park’s Shelbi Taussig (left) chases a GBS

attacker on May 2. Chris Pullam/22nd Century Media

job holding the ball and

looking for the best possible

shot,” Brennan said.

“We were able to gain a lot

of momentum from controlling

most of the draws

in the first half and it got us

some goals early on.”

“Off of the draw, we

took our time and made

sure we converted off of

our passes,” Lesch said.

“Then, after a goal, we did

a good job getting ready

for the next draw and making

sure we picked up the

ground balls.”

Chloe McKerr and Sophie

Hensley also scored

two goals each for GBS.

The Titans did a good job

spreading the ball around.

“We showed a lot of patience,”

Brennan said. “We

were able to feed the ball to

a variety of different players.

We wanted to move

the ball around as much

as possible because it gave

us a lot more opportunities

for quality shots.”

In total, nine Titans

scored goals.

It gave them a big advantage

to have the type of

balance that allowed multiple

players to get in on

the act.

“It’s really important

that we have the type of

depth that we have because

there are a lot of players

we can rely upon and have

out on the field,” Brennan

said. “The coaches have

helped instill a level of

trust among everyone and

that carries over to both

the offensive and defensive


“It’s great when a team

isn’t only limited to a couple

of players,” Lesch said.

“Today, every attacker got

a chance to score and most

of our midfielders made

big contributions. It definitely

makes things much


It was a learning experience

for Highland Park,

which is dealing with a

spate of injuries. But it

gave younger players, and

even some players from

lower levels, a chance

to play. Coach Jennifer

Loewenstein was happy

with what she saw from

the younger players.

“We have 10 players

that are injured,” she said.

“We were a young team to

begin with but now we’re

down to two seniors.”

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This Week In…

Giants Varsity



■May ■ 11 - vs. Deerfield

(Wolters Baseball Stadium),

4:45 p.m.

■May ■ 13 - vs. Maine South,

10 a.m.

■May ■ 15 - at Vernon Hills,

4:45 p.m.

■May ■ 16 - vs. Vernon Hills,

4:45 p.m.

■May ■ 18 - vs. Warren, 4:45

Boys Lacrosse

■May ■ 15 - at Lake Zurich,

7 p.m.

■May ■ 17 - at Warren, 7 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse

■May ■ 11 - vs. Resurrection

(Wolters Stadium), 6 p.m.


■May ■ 12 - IHSA State

Championship at Hinsdale

Central, 5 p.m.

■May ■ 12 - IHSA State

Championship at Hinsdale

Central, noon

Girls Soccer

■May ■ 11 - at Lake Forest

(West Campus), 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 12 - IHSA Regional,

4:30 p.m.


■May ■ 11 - vs. Maine West

(Wolters Softball Diamond),

4:45 p.m.


■May ■ 12 - CSL North

Conference Meet at

Deerfield, 3:30 p.m.

■May ■ 13 - CSL North

Tournament at Deerfield,

8 a.m.

■May ■ 15 - at Hinsdale

Central, 4 p.m.


■May ■ 12 - hosts CSL

Invitational (Wolters Field),

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 18 - IHSA Sectional

at TBA, 4:30 p.m.


■May ■ 11 - IHSA Sectional

at Loyola Academy, TBD

■May ■ 18 - IHSA State

Championship at Eastern

Illinois University, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball

■May ■ 11 - Varsity

Invitational, TBD

■May ■ 13 - Varsity

Invitational at Vernon Hills,


■May ■ 16 - at Maine East,

6 p.m.

■May ■ 18 - at Vernon Hills,

6 p.m.

Highland Park boys tennis player Jacob Edelchik.

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Highland Park

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Boys Water Polo

First half GBN surge leads

to conference loss for Giants

David Jaffe

Freelance Reporter

Glenbrook North is suited to playing

a more patient style of polo.

That patience was a big factor for

the Spartans in building a six-goal

first-half advantage over Highland

Park in their opening Central Suburban

League conference tournament

match May 3.

But GBN began to play faster in

the third quarter and, as a result, the

visiting Giants got back in the game.

However, GBN finished with that

same patient style of play to hold on

for the 12-8 win.

GBN’s Ryan Cornfield made it

10-6 to begin the fourth. The two

teams traded goals after that. While

Patrick Tippens did what he could

to keep Highland Park in it, scoring

two of his six goals in the quarter,

Ilia Farbman (6 goals) scored two

big GBN goals, one with 3:30 remaining

and the final nail in the coffin

with just over a minute to go.

“We played a lot better on defense

in the fourth than we did in

the third,” Farbman said. “We also

kept the pace slow. We were rushing

things in the third and it led to some

sloppy play. We started passing the

ball better and started making fewer


Highland Park showed a lot in

battling back after a rough first half

and making it a game.

“This was a great game,” Highland

Park coach Adam Washburn

said. “GBN’s very physical. So it

was good we were able to keep the

pressure on them. We showed a lot

of heart and this was one of our better

games of the year. We showed

we’re capable of playing better than

we have been.”

Tippens was Highland Park’s guy

to rely on, but Washburn wants to

see consistent effort from others.

“Patrick’s been a consistent force

and it’s hard not to get caught up in

the Patrick show,” Washburn said.

“The defense had their best player

on him one-on-one. But that gives

other guys the opportunity to step up

for drive-in passes and shots. We did

a better job of that today.”

GBN coach Mark Rebora was

pleased with the team’s showing,

especially when GBN began to control

the pace.

“We were playing a lot better getting

ourselves an 8-2 lead,” GBN

coach Mark Rebora said. “But

we started playing faster and our

strength isn’t as a fast break team.

They were able to take advantage

of that. But we settled down, started

setting up our offense and taking

good shots. Once we stopped playing

so fast, things turned around.”

The Spartans got that 8-2 advantage

by scoring five straight goals

led by four from Farbman along

with one from both Joe Sperber and

Mateo D’Agro (3 goals).

“We basically got all the players

involved in some capacity,” Farbman

said. “We worked well together

and didn’t make stupid mistakes.

When we played well, we were relaxed

and we needed to slow the

tempo down.”

“We did a good job getting back

on defense,” Rebora said. “All but

one of their goals were on kickouts,

six-on-five advantages. We gave

them an advantage when we played

sloppy but ultimately settled down.”

The Giants got to within 8-6 on

four straight goals, three by Tippens

and one by Mark Fox.

Farbman showed he can score in

a lot of different ways. He had a nolook

shot with a lot of power that

went in as well as a soft shot that

had just enough touch on it to go

over the goalie’s head and in.

“My normal position is hole-set,”

Farbman said. “But I’ve been playing

around in other positions more.

It’s really given me the chance to

utilize my skills in other areas.”

“Ilia’s a very good player that can

play multiple positions,” Rebora

said. “We’re still trying to find that

next guy that can consistently step

up. Ilia will draw a lot of doubles in

the hole-set so someone’s going to

be open.”

Girls Water Polo

Close finish closes Giants out of CSL tournament

Neil Milbert

Freelance Reporter

After overwhelming 11thseeded

Deerfield 16-5 in the

opening round of the Central

Suburban League water polo

tournament the eight-seeded

Highland Park girls’ water

polo team had only one problem

when it met third-seeded

Maine West in the quarterfinals.

Her name was Gabby Fragale.

A five-goal performance

by Fragale that included the

game-tying and game-winning

goals in the fourth quarter enabled

Maine West to avert an

upset and record a 6-5 victory

in the May 5 match in Highland

Park’s pool.

The Giants looked like a

completely different team than

the one that was beaten 8-1 in

a regular season encounter in

late April.

This time they fell behind

2-0 and 3-1 in the first quarter

but then Molly Solem scored

two goals in the second quarter,

enabling them to tie the


Fragale’s goal in the final

minute of the half put the Warriors

back on top but goals by

Molly’s twin sister, Julia, and

Breanna Haak gave the Giants

a 5-4 lead with 4:47 to play in

the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Abby Hodges

was playing an outstanding

game in goal. In the opening

minute of the fourth quarter

she rejected a point-blank

breakaway shot to preserve the

lead before Fragale reasserted

herself to prevent the Giants

from advancing to the semifinals.

Noa Cole also played an

important role in the Giants’

comeback by penetrating to

the goal mouth to score their

first goal on a well-placed soft

shot late in the first quarter.

“We definitely surprised

them,” said Hodges, who had

eight saves. “I was injured in

that last game we played them

and only played part of a quarter.

This time we gave them all

they could handle.”

Coach Christine Pasquesi

was proud of the way the Giants


“They dug deep into their

tool kit,” she said. “When Plan

A didn’t work they went to

Plan B. You could see a succession

of plays and shot attempts.

They came together on

offense and the defense played

a strong game. There was so

much teamwork.”

The outcome was the end

result of hard work by both

teams, with the Giants proving

that they could give a higher

seeded team a run for its money.

“Everyone played well,”

Molly Solem said.

The same could be said for

Highland Park’s performance

in the opening round game

against Deerfield.

Haak showed the way by

scoring four goals. Contributing

two goals were Noa Cole

and her twin sister, Ari, Rachel

Wander, Sophie Friedland and

Hodges. Rebecca Turley and

Zoe Levine each had one.

Hodges started in goal and

recorded nine saves. When

she then assumed an offensive

role, Mia Greenberg replaced

her in goal and stopped four


“I prefer playing goalie but

it’s fun getting in the field every

once in a while,” Hodges


Glenbrook South finished

in fourth place in the competition

after winning a tight 10-9

battle int he quarterfinals over

Maine East.

The Titans had only a few

minutes to catch their breath

before they were back in the

pool for their semifinal encounter

with top-seeded New Trier.

GBS up a fight, but the Trevians

were well-rested after

blowing out seventh-seeded

Maine South the previous

night and they became more

dominant as the game progressed

en route to a 15-8 victory.

“Fatigue was a factor for

them, for sure, in that second

half when we pulled away,”

New Trier coach Matt Wendt

said. “It was a great effort by

GBS. Mike Stancik is a great

coach and they’ve got a couple

of really good players — No.

9 (Klish) and No. 14 (McMillin).”

In the semifinal, Klish

scored four goals, McMillin

had three and Eliana Wright

added one.

The third-place game

against third-seeded Maine

West was played immediately

after South’s game with New

Trier, and fatigue still seemed

apparent. But after trailing by

six goals in both the second

and third quarters, the Titans

made an impressive counterattack

in losing 11-9.

Klish, who will be playing

in California at Redlands College

next season, continued to

show her offensive prowess by

scoring seven goals. McMillin

and Natalia Wykurz collected

the other two.

“It has been a tough year,”

Stancik said. “Kayleigh

Markulis had a concussion

that kept her out for about

two weeks, and Eliana Wright

broke her arm and also was out

for two weeks because of it.

“We’ll see Maine West

again in our sectional opener.

Kristen Berger (who scored

eight goals in the consolation

game) is their best player and

we’ll have to find a way to

stop her. But the first thing our

girls said when they got out of

the pool was ‘next time we’ll

be fresh and we’ll be ready.’”

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Lake Forest exhibited

how far it has come since

last season by earning an

8-3 come-from-behind

victory over Highland Park

Saturday, May 6 in Lake

Forest. The Scouts surrendered

three runs in the first

inning, but held Highland

Park scoreless the rest of

the way and scored three

runs in the second inning,

four runs in the fifth and a

run in the sixth to pick up

the win.

“Falling behind 3-0,

what I loved about it is

they didn’t hang their

heads,” Lake Forest coach

Susie Brugioni said.

“What I liked to see after

that is they put up six zeros

after for the rest of the

game. We played good defense

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Giants third baseman camps under a pop fly to make a

catch during Highland Park’s 8-3 loss to Lake Forest.

know they can hit. They

just stayed the course and

just did what they were

supposed to do.”

Jon’nah Williams

opened the scoring for

Lake Forest with a double

to score Margo Fleming

and Kallin Hermann. Caeli

Kinsella then singled to

bring home Williams to tie

the score at 3.

“That was the big hit of

the game (by Williams)

because it relaxed everybody,”

Brugioni said. “We

got the two runs and then

we got another two-out hit

(from Kinsella) after that

and tied it up. One through

nine, everybody pitched


Lake Forest put up four

runs in the fifth to take a

7-3 lead. Amiya Tucker

doubled to score Sydney

Martens, Hannah Atchley

singled to bring home

Tucker, Hermann’s sacri-

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Boys Gymnastics

Giants finish ninth in sectional

22nd century media file


Stars of the week

1. Armani Walker


Walker, a

sophomore on the

softball team, had

a big RBI single

in the first inning

to give Highland

Park a 3-0 lead

over Lake Forest

in a game over the


2. Molly Solem.

The girls water polo

sharp shooter had

a pair of goals in

a close 6-5 loss

to No. 3 seeded

Maine West in the

quarterfinals of the

CSL Tournament

at Glenbrook

South. Her efforts

kept No. 8 seeded

Highland Park in

the match.

3. Tessa Bojan.

Bojan made her

presence known

early in the softball

game with Lake

Forest, with 2 RBI

in the game.

David Jaffe

Freelance Reporter

Highland Park gymnast

Tim Steves has been working

on something different

for his vault routine.

But it hasn’t exactly been

smooth sailing.

So the Palatine Sectional

Saturday, May 6 was the

perfect place for his vault

to come together.

Just barely missing an

automatic qualification,

Steves will qualify atlarge,

tying for sixth with

an 8.85.

“This was the first time

I’ve hit my vault this

year,” Steves said. “It felt

great that at the sectional

of all meets, is when I was

able to hit it and as a result,

I will be going to state.”

Steves thinks it was a

matter of finally learning

what he has practiced all


“I’ve been learning a

new trick for vault and it’s

something I’ve continued

to work on throughout every

practice,” Steves said.

“I was getting closer to hitting

it each meet. So I’m

very proud that I was able

to incorporate it successfully

and it worked when I

needed it to.”

Only a sophomore,

Steves wants to make the

most of his opportunity at

state and plans to take full

advantage of the experience.

“Since it’s my first state

meet, I will be getting a

lot of experience I can use

over the next two years,”

Steves said. “It will be

helpful for next year. The

main thing I want to focus

on is making sure I

have a clean meet. If that

happens, I will be happy

with whatever scores I receive.”

The Giants finished

ninth (117.65). But coach

Doug Foerch believes

they will get better from

the sectional and expects

next season to be a strong


“Tim worked really hard

on his vault and it will be

nice to get a kid back to

state,” Foerch said. “Our

best gymnast was out

with a broken wrist so we

weren’t at full strength. I

think this sectional will

be a great learning experience

as far as what skills

we need to incorporate.

Next year we’re going to

have a lot of kids back

and we have the potential

to have one of our better

seasons that we’ve had recently.”

Steves also received an

8.05 on floor.

To qualify for the

IHSA boys gymnastics

state meet in the allaround

means you have

to be consistent and have

strong performances in all


Glenbrook South’s Lucas

Pauker achieved that

as he qualified automatically

in all-around finishing

fourth with a score of


“It feels great. Today I

had a very good meet and

I’ve put a lot of work into

every event,” Pauker said.

“To see all of that effort

realized by qualifying in

all-around means a lot to

me and it means that all

of that hard work has paid


Pauker won the pommel

horse, an event that he

usually has the most success

in, earning an 8.95.

“Pommels has been my

best event the entire year.

I qualified for state in it

last year,” Pauker said.

“I’m excited that I was

able to hit that routine

during the sectional. I was

a little nervous but once I

started, I got into a rhythm

and had a clean set.”

Pauker also qualified

automatically on the floor

exercise finishing with a


“I hit every pass I had,”

Pauker said. “I was very

happy with the score I got.

It was my strongest score

of the day. I was very

excited when I finished

my floor routine. It was a

great way to start.”

Pauker will also try to

earn at-large qualifications

on still rings (7.95),

vault (8.55) high bar and

rings (both 7.6). This will

be his third trip to state

and he has hopes of getting


“I’m hoping to make it

to the finals in pommels,”

Pauker said. “That’s an

event I feel I have a great

shot to make it to the final

day. I’m also very excited

to be competing in every


Ben Schonken qualified

automatically in pommels

taking fifth (8.05). Atlarge

hopefuls for GBS are

Dante Kelekolio in floor

and vault (both 8.45), Jacob

Fine on all-around

(47.5), vault (8.8), floor

(8.35), high bar (7.7) and

rings (7.65) and Danny

Polyakov on rings (7.6).

GBS was third with 145.1


Glenbrook North gymnast

Casey Mutchnik has

had some trouble with

vault at times during the

season. But he got his

vault exactly the way

he needed it to be as he

earned an 8.8 tying him

for ninth, which should

be good enough for an atlarge

state qualification.

“I don’t always land

my vault,” Mutchnik said.

“But today the adrenaline

kicked in. I flipped it well

and executed the flip and

the landing. I was able

to get a good push off of

the vault and that affects

whether I stick everything


Mutchnik had to overcome

a misstep on pommel

horse. But he should

qualify at-large with a 7.8

which was 10th. He qualified

on pommels a year

ago as a freshman.

“I had a tough start on

pommels because I fell,”

Mutchnik said. “This is

an event where adrenaline

doesn’t actually help

because you want to keep

calm. But I was able to

keep the rest of the routine

clean and get a decent

enough score.”

Mutchnik will be used

to the experience of competing

at the state meet as

qualifying as a freshman

taught him a lot.

“Last year was a great

experience,” Mutchnik

said. “I got to see the caliber

of what the state competitors

was. I saw what it

took to qualify and then

what it took as far as your

routines to have success


He’s excited to add another

event when he competes

there this time.

“Vault is definitely an

event I’ll be excited about

competing in,” Mutchnik

said. “There will be a lot

of adrenaline and that’s

honestly one of the events

where it’s better for me

when adrenaline kicks in.

Hopefully I’ll be able to

do well in both events.”

Mutchnik also received

an 8.3 on floor. GBN was

seventh at the sectional

with 124.4 points.

Listen Up

“They came together on offense and the

defense played a strong game. There was

so much teamwork.”

Christine Pasquesi — On the HPHS girls water polo team.

tune in

What to watch this week

BOYS TENNIS: The Giatns compete with the best in

show at the CSL Invite.

• Highland Park at CSL North Tournament, 3 p.m.,

Friday, May 12, Deerfield High School.


28 - Athlete of the Month voting

27 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Derek Wolff. Send

any questions or comments to d.wolff@22ndcenturymedia.


The highland Park Landmark | May 11, 2017 | HPLandmark.com

Out of the water

Boys, girls water polo teams

finish CSL tournament, Page 29

Lessons learned

Giants girls lacrosse loses by

wide margin, Page 28

Out in


Giants jump out to early

lead against Lake Forest,

Page 30

Highland Park’s Jen Kaufman makes contact

with a pitch during a game against Lake Forest

Saturday, May 6, in Lake Forest. Miroslaw

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