The Mokena Messenger 072017


Change orders continue for construction at

Mokena Community Park District, Page 3

Awards and rewards

Village, chamber of commerce congratulate Fourth

of July parade winners, parade organizer, Page 4

A royal affair

Disney royalty delight children at park

district’s inaugural Princess Breakfast, Page 6

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Mokena resident Mike Mendoza,

a veteran who was wounded

during military combat, is well

on his way to breaking the

Guinness World Record for

most half Ironman races run in

a single year. He completed his

12th of the year in early July.

Photo Submitted

Veteran wounded in action attempts to break record for most half

Ironmans, Page 5

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Senior Trip

Deadline to register is July

20. Trip will be from 10:30

a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, July 30.

Trip departs from Frankfort

Township building,

11000 W. Lincoln Highway,

Frankfort. Join the Frankfort

Township for a senior outing

to the Milwaukee German

Fest. The annual tradition

is held on the Summerfest

grounds along the beautiful

shoreline of Lake Michigan

and is known for its authentic

food, culture and entertainment.

Cost is $45 per

person and includes chartered

transportation and admission

into the festival. For

more information and registration,

call (815) 806-2766.

Ribbon Cutting

10 a.m. July 20, Huntington

Learning Center, 11334

W. Lincoln Highway, Mokena.

Join the Mokena Chamber

of Commerce for this

ribbon cutting ceremony and

free networking event.

Yoga for ages 3-5

10-10:45 a.m. July 20,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327 W.

195th St., Mokena. Space is

limited. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

Table Top Adventures

2 - 5 p.m. July 20, Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. This program is for

participants in grades 9-12.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663.

Planning Committee/Zoning

Board of Appeals

7 p.m. July 20, Mokena

Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter

St., Mokena. The

Planning Committee/Zoning

Board of Appeals is

scheduled to meet. For more

information, visit

Econmonic Development

Commission Meeting

7:30 p.m. July 20, Mokena

Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter

St., Mokena. For more

information, visit

Public Hearing

7:30 p.m. July 20, Community

Center, 7540 W.

Braemar Lane, Frankfort.

The Frankfort Square Park

District will hold a public

hearing during its board

meeting to discuss matters

of budget and appropriation.

For more information, call

(815) 469-3524.


Happy Back Yoga

10-11 a.m. July 21, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327 W.

195th St., Mokena. This

class is designed to cultivate

optimal spinal health and

comfort. Sitting and carrying

stress in the shoulders can

lead to poor spinal health and

chronic back pain. Alignment-based

yoga postures

are taught to create stability

and space in the hips and

spine, as well as relieve tension

in the upper back, neck,

and shoulders. All levels are

welcome. Participants are

encouraged to bring a yoga

mat; however, mats will be

provided for use during the

class. Class size is limited.

For more information and

registration, call (708) 479-

9663 or email tdomzalski@


Buck’s Birthday Party

10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 22,

Old Plank Trail Community

Bank, 20012 Wolf Road,

Mokena. Old Plank Trail

Community Bank will be

celebrating their mascot

Buck’s birthday this summer.

Join them for games

and birthday treats as well

as Dapper Game Zone from

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For

more information, visit



Meet a Horse

11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 22,

The Creamery, 19100 Wolf

Road, Mokena. In honor of

National Horse Day, Nova

Quarter Horses will be offering

free horse/pony rides in

the back field at The Creamery.

Parents will be able to

walk with their children as

they ride the horse. Waivers

will be available and required,

and helmets will be

available. This event is for

children ages two and older.


Outdoor Flea Market

8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23,

Main Park, 10925 W. La-

Porte Road, Mokena. Sell

old and new wares at this annual

Flea Market. Fresh produce,

new and used crafts,

clothing, tools, and more

welcome. Spend a day selling

and swapping. Groups

and organizations welcome.

Concessions will be available.

Free entry for buyers.

Cost for vendors is $20 for

pre-registeration by 4 p.m.

the Friday before the event.

Day of registration cost is

$25. For more information

and registration, visit www. or call

(708) 390-2401.


Summer Horse Camp

9 a.m.- 3 p.m. July 24-27

and July 31-Aug.3, Nova

Quarter Horses, 0129 187th

St., Mokena. Learning to

ride a horse can be a wonderful

experience and a lifelong

passion. Two sessions

are left for the 2017 Summer

Horse Camp, and the

July 24-27 camp is reserved

for advanced Nova riders

only. Cost for the July July

31-Aug. 3 camp is $325 per

camper and includes a t-

shirt. Advanced week, July

24-27, registration is $350

per camper and includes a t-

shirt. For more information

and registration, call (708)

479- 3696 or email nova



Get Moving Get Fit

5:30-6:15 p.m. July 24,

Comprehensive Cancer

Center at Silver Cross Hospital,

1850 Silver Cross

Blvd., New Lenox. The

Cancer Support Center

and University of Chicago

Medicine Comprehensive

Cancer Center at Silver

Cross Hospital collaborate

to meet the needs of cancer

survivors and their families

by providing a new wellness

program, offered at

no charge. Registration is

required by calling (708)


CPR Classes

6-9 p.m. July 24, Mokena

Fire Station #1, 19853 S.

Wolf Road, Mokena. The

Mokena Fire Protection

District offers monthly CPR

classes for the public. The

cost covers books, materials

and instructor fees. Students

are instructed in adult,

child and infant CPR and

AED. Cost is $35 for community

members and $40

for healthcare providers.

Register online at

or in person at

Fire Station #1.

Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. July 24, Mokena

Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter

St., Mokena. The

Mokena Village Board is

scheduled to meet. For more

information, meeting agendas

and minutes visit www.

Frankfort Township Board


7 p.m. July 24, Frankfort

Township Office, 11000 W.

Lincoln Highway, Frankfort.

The Frankfort Township

Board meets the second

and fourth Monday of each

month. For more information,

agendas and meeting

minutes visit www.frank


End of Summer Read Party

1-3 p.m. July 25, Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Join the library for

the End of Summer Read

Party and enjoy Dale the

Balloon Dude, candy art, ice

cream and air brush tattoos.

Winners of the Summer

Reading program will be announced.


Senior Trip

9 a.m. July 26, trip departs

from Frankfort Township

building, 11000 W. Lincoln

Highway, Frankfort. Join

the Frankfort Township for

shopping at Farm & Fleet

and Carsons in Bradley. Cost

is $5 per person. Lunch on

your own at Bakers Square.

For more information and

registration, call (815) 806-



Business After Hours

3-6 p.m. Thursday, July

27, ChiroOne Wellness Center

of Mokena, 19636 La-

Grange Road, Mokena. Join

the Mokena Chamber of

Commerce for a Health and

Wellness open house featuring

local wellness vendors,

food and drink as well as a

complimentary chiropractic

evaluation. Meet Dr. Patricia

Chen and learn how chiropractic

can help with many

common conditions.

To submit an item to the

printed calendar, contact

Amanda Stoll at (708)

326-9170 ext. 34, or email


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Mokena Community Park District Board of Commissioners

Change requests continue as The

Oaks construction nears its end

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

Change orders remain a

sticking point in Mokena

Community Park District


Three construction change

orders and one construction

change directive were approved

July 11 at a workshop

meeting of the Mokena Community

Park District Board

of Commissioners for ongoing

construction at The Oaks

Recreation & Fitness Center

and Yunker Farm.

One change order, which

was previously denied at the

board’s June 27 meeting,

was denied once more, as

the board sought additional

explanation for the request

from Henry Bros. Co. for

$2,958.84 to fix a plumbing

error at the new splash pad.

Scott Piper, vice president

of SPM Architects, Inc., explained

each of the requests

prior to the board’s votes. He

said there was confusion over

who was responsible for water

fill lines on the water tank

at the splash pad, and neither

the plumber nor the installer

had it included in their scopes

of work. He added that it is

unclear on project drawings

who is responsible, as well.

Board Secretary Dennis

Bagdon said the project manager

should have known this

and handled it months ago.

Piper said the work did get

done, but now the question is

who should pay for it.

Treasurer Bob Lindbloom

said this work should have

been included in the initial

scope of work, and Vice President

John Olivieri agreed the

fill lines should have been included

in plans.

Commissioner Kevin Brogan

asked why the park district

would be liable to pay

for the work, and Piper said

he cannot say definitively

that the district is liable.

“This all happened before I

was onsite,” he said. “There

were no architects or engineers.”

Lindbloom said Henry

Bros. Co. needs to explain

why the park district should

pay for this.

The board voted 6-1

against the motion, with

Commissioner George

McJimpsey voting “yes,” and

Piper said he would relay the

vote to Henry Bros. and see

if the company would like to

explain the request.

A $28,750 change order

for general conditions delay

costs for the month of June

passed by a vote of 5-0, with

Olivieri and Bagdon abstaining.

Piper said this change order

covers the cost of work during

June, and approximately

$20,000 pays for the supervisor,

who worked on the

project full-time during the

month. He said the July costs

will be less than half because

of substantially reduced time

spent on the project by the

construction supervisor.

A $1,152.80 change order

for foundation expansion as

well as a reconfiguration and

repair of a plumbing line at

The Oaks, to accommodate

new bathrooms and a janitorial

closet, was approved 6-0,

with Olivieri abstaining.

Piper said repair had to be

done on the line because of

the time period that work was

done. He said workers had to

use ice picks to get through

frost to access the line.

A $6,820 change order for

the installation of a clay plug

in a pond to ensure it could

hold water to its fill line was

unanimously approved.

Finally, a construction

change directive for July extended

general conditions delay

costs was approved 6-0,

with Olivieri abstaining.

Executive Director Mike

Selep told the board the park

district staff are spot-checking

workers to keep track

of hours being spent on the


Preliminary FY 2018 budget


Most of the remainder of

the board’s workshop meeting

focused on a preliminary

discussion of the fiscal year

2018 budget for the park district.

Superintendent of Finance/

Human Resources Patti Parli

gave the board members

handouts on a summary of

fund balances, a breakdown

of the park district’s main

sources of revenue and expenditures,

and a list of projects

the park district hopes to

fund in the FY 18 budget.

Parli said she sent each of

the district’s department supervisors

a list of past, present

and future expenditures,

and asked them for their feedback.

Based on their desired

projects for the upcoming

fiscal year, Parli talked with

Selep to ensure the district

was on the right path with the

preliminary budget, she said.

Selep said expenditures for

a number of capital projects

and capital equipment purchases

are expected to be included

in the budget.

The Finance Committee

will be the first to review the

preliminary budget at its July

meeting. The budget will then

be presented to the board for

initial review at its July 25

meeting, will go on public

display for 30 days and will

then be up for a final vote at

the board’s August meeting.

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Village of Mokena Board of Trustees

Trustees, chamber recognize Fourth of July parade organizer

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Mokena resident Cindy

Gamboa may have been at

the July 10 Village of Mokena

Board of Trustees meeting

to celebrate the accomplishments

of those who participated

in the annual Fourth of

July parade. But it was her

own accomplishments as the

longtime chairwoman of the

Mokena Chamber of Commerce

parade that were on

the minds of others.

Gamboa was recognized

with a plaque from the chamber,

as well as a proclamation

by the Village Board that

noted her 20 years of service

to making the Fourth of July

parade a continued success.

After the proclamation was

read, Mayor Frank Fleischer

thanked Gamboa for her efforts

and commented on how

smoothly the parade is run

each year.

“That doesn’t happen by

accident,” Fleischer said.

“That’s the work that you put

in, and you’ve done a heck of

a job over the years. I thank

you, as well as the Village

Board thanks you, for all the

time and work you’ve put in.”

Gamboa said her love for

the parade began when she

was younger.

“The parade has been

around longer than any of

us know,” she said. “It’s

been around forever, and it’s

a great memory from my

childhood. That’s why my

whole family gets involved

and works on the parade. We

hope that it is a great memory

for the generations to come,

even after all of us are gone.”

Before being honored,

Gamboa did the same for the

various businesses who won

awards for their float entries.

She also thanked the three

judges of this year’s parade

— Teri Buxbaum, Tony Kroll

and Kelly Quigley.

This year’s parade theme

Round it up

A brief recap of action and

discussion from the July 10

meeting of the Village of

Mokena Board of Trustees.

• An agenda item on a

proposed adjustment to

elected officials’ salary was

tabled by the Village Board

in a 6-0 vote. No discussion

was had on the item.

• Later in the meeting,

Village Board members

voted 6-0 to rezone the

property at 11225 Front

St. from C-1 (Traditional

Shopping) to C-4

(Traditional Downtown

Commercial). As part of the

consent agenda, trustees

voted 6-0 to approve

a Downtown Façade

Improvement Grant for the

same applicant.

was “Celebrating Our Milestones,”

and the winner of the

Best Float award was Grace

Fellowship Church.

“Every year, we pick three

different judges, and every

year they are just three different

people from the community,

who come out to judge,”

Gamboa said. “But every

year, Grace Fellowship still

wins Best Float.

“This is their 10th year in

a row for winning, so we’re

going to have to give them a

legacy award or something.

They are a great bar to reach

for, so I hope that everybody

will reach for that, because it

enhances all of our experiences

with the parade.”

Fleischer fired up

Before the conclusion of

the Village Board meeting,

Fleischer brought up to the

Village Board members that

he intends to work over the

course of the next year to

penalize residents who light

off fireworks in Mokena. He

mentioned possibly ticketing

individual residents or even

Mokena Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade

Chairperson Cindy Gamboa (left) accepts a proclamation

from Mayor Frank Fleischer and a plaque from the chamber

to commemorate Gamboa’s 20 years of organizing the

parade. The ceremony was held during the Village of

Mokena Board of Trustees’ meeting Monday, July 10.

Photos by Jon DePaolis/22nd Century Media

2017 Mokena Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July

parade winners

• Judge No. 1 Choice: P.A.W.S. Tinley Park

• Judge No. 2 Choice: LincolnWay Community Bank

• Judge No. 3 Choice: John Boska

• Chamber Executive Director’s Choice: Mokena Community

Public Library District

• Best in Keeping with the Theme: The Crowhurst family

• Most Creative Advertisement of a Business: CrossFit Mokena

• Best Float: Grace Fellowship Church

locations where fireworks are

being shot off.

“Something has to be

done with this, and it is

getting completely out of

hand,” Fleischer said. “My

house is shaking three times

a day, for God’s sake. The

stuff that is being shot off

is ridiculous, and it’s completely

out of hand now.”

Fleischer said he would

keep the board members updated

on progress, and that

there had been a number of

calls made to the Village

about fireworks.

“I want to talk to staff

about the possibility of setting

up a hotline,” Fleischer

Mokena Fire Protection District Fire Chief Howard Stephens

speaks about the parade during the meeting. The fire

district was the grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade

and has been celebrating its centennial all year.

The Grace Fellowship Church float, which won the Best

Float award, makes its way down Wolf Road during the

Fourth of July parade. Photo Submitted

said. “It’s not like it was years

ago where you had a few firecrackers

here or there. People

are shooting off dangerous,

dangerous fireworks. This is

not a game.

“If one of these fireworks

landed in front of somebody’s

child or by somebody’s

house, someone could get really

hurt. As dry as it was this

year, we’re just lucky as hell

that we didn’t have a fire.

“Something has got to

be done, because enough is

enough.” news

the Mokena Messenger | July 20, 2017 | 5

Semper Fi: Marine faithfully helps fellow wounded veterans

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

The grenade hurled by an

insurgent in Iraq couldn’t

stop Mike Mendoza. So,

a Guinness World Record

should be a walk in the park

— or, rather, a 70.3-mile

swim, bike, run in the park.

Mendoza, a Mokena resident

and veteran of the United

States Marine Corps, is attempting

to break the record

for most completed half Ironman

races in a single year —

all while raising money for

the Semper Fi Fund, a program

that provides financial

aid to wounded veterans.

It’s something that means

quite a bit to the Purple Heart

and Navy Cross recipient.

After all, he too is a wounded


Trouble arises in a combat


From a very young age,

Mendoza knew he wanted to

serve his country.

“That seed was planted in

my head a long time ago,”

he said. “It could have been

from watching “Rambo”

movies or playing G.I. Joe in

the backyard.”

Mendoza joined up in

1997, attending boot camp

and School of Infantry. He

became “a grunt,” an infantryman

and deployed to Okinawa

and then to Thailand

all before his 19th birthday.

During those first few years,

Mendoza enjoyed visiting

and learning about other

countries and cultures.

But his time in the Marines

changed dramatically after

9/11. For troops, it stopped

being about just training to be

proficient at their jobs. Added

to the mix was now being

able to execute missions.

“Lives were now on the

line,” Mendoza said.

In 2004, he was deployed

on his first combat tour —

sent to Fallujah, a city in

the province of Al Anbar

in Iraq. He stayed there for

nine months. After returning

home, he trained a reserve

unit in Chicago for deployment.

Then, he redeployed to

Fallujah in 2006 — this time

as a sniper. It was on that tour

that his injury was sustained.

Despite it being more than

a decade later, he remembers

it vividly. He was on

the outskirts of Fallujah on

a mission to find and counter

improvised explosive devices

and other bombs, as well as

“finding bad guys.”

At about 2 a.m., his unit

was engaged by insurgents.

“During the middle of the

firefight, as a lot of bullets

were flying, a grenade happened

to land right next to

me,” Mendoza recalled. “It

exploded and hit me and two

other Marines.”

In the immediate aftermath

of the explosion, Mendoza

didn’t know he was hurt.

“All I felt was the concussion

of the grenade,” he said.

“You feel the pressure. I was

in a two-story building, and

the noise just bounced off

the walls. But I really didn’t

know I was hurt. I was in a


But minutes later, he started

having difficulty breathing.

Mendoza went to his

radio operator and called for

a quick reaction force, shortened

to a QRF, and noted two

wounded in action — a WIA.

Soon after, the radio operator

looked at Mendoza and

said, “You got blood on you,


Mendoza didn’t think it

was his own, but he grabbed

a flashlight, took off his shirt

and saw that he was bleeding

from his left side. The grenade

blast and shrapnel had

penetrated his skin and done

serious internal damage.

Mendoza said he went

Mike Mendoza finishes a leg of one of his half Ironman

races. The Mokena resident plans to complete 25 half

Ironman races, which would break the current Guinness

World Record of 23, in an attempt to raise $25,000 to

donate to Semper Fi Fund, which helped his family when he

was wounded in Iraq. Photo Submitted

back on the radio and updated

the situation — there were

now three WIA.

When the unit was extracted,

Mendoza was taken

to a casualty aid station to

determine the extent of his


“I remember them putting

like an ultrasound over my

chest and my stomach, kind

of like they have for babies,”

he said. “The [doctor] pointed

at the screen and at some

dark spots. He said, ‘That’s

all pooling up. You’re bleeding

inside somewhere.’”

Next, Mendoza was put

on a helicopter and taken to

Baghdad for emergency surgery.

“By then, I was really having

trouble breathing, and

they were having trouble

intubating me,” Mendoza

recalled. “I remember even

praying for myself. I kept

saying, ‘I couldn’t breathe, I

couldn’t breathe.’ And I was

trying to calm myself down,

because if I could slow my

heart rate down, I wouldn’t

struggle as much.”

In those moments, his

mind focused on two things.

First, he remembered a former

captain of his getting hit

in the same spot he was hit

— right underneath the armpit

on the side. The captain

didn’t survive.

Second, Mendoza remembered

his friend, Eddie, who

also had been seriously injured

on a mission. Eddie

said he was able to relax and

calm his heart rate, and he


“There’s nothing much

you can really do,” Mendoza

said of that moment. “I can

slow my heart rate down and

think of positive things. But I

also put my trust into the surgeons.

That’s all you can do,

pretty much.”

Mendoza survived, but his

journey was just beginning.

Helping heal others’ wounds

Today, most would not

know that Mendoza is a

wounded veteran — certainly

not anyone watching

him complete Ironmans and


But under the surface,

Mendoza does have his challenges.

He still has shrapnel

inside of him.

“Every once in a while, I

will feel something,” he said.

“It feels like a cramp on my

left side, but it’s not a cramp.

It’s the shrapnel, which is

surrounded by scar tissue

— rubbing against my diaphragm

and rib cage.”

But Mendoza said he feels

grateful, because some of

his friends and other veterans

sustained injuries much

worse than his own.

Mendoza also benefits

from possessing a personality

trait that doesn’t just let him

sit around. For Mendoza, it’s

all or nothing — whether that

is his dedication to his service

or his family, or how he

approaches a sport or activity.

That led him to success

in high school as a threesport

athlete (cross country,

wrestling and track) at Rich

South. Most recently, it has

helped in his pursuits with

the half Ironman races.

He started doing those in

2016 after a friend named

Steve introduced him to the

races. His first was in Chicago.

“I ended up actually winning

my age group,” said

Mendoza, who also placed in

the Top 10 overall. “Not bad

for being a rookie.”

And from that success

came an idea. While recovering

from his injuries in 2007,

Mendoza was introduced to

the Semper Fi Fund. The organization

set up his wife and

children with money to help

with costs, as well as housing

near the hospital.

Even after he left the hospital,

Mendoza said Semper

Fi Fund checked in on him.

“Even now, I remember

getting a couple of Christmas

ornaments [from them],”

he said. “There is no way to

explain the gratitude on my


Over the years, Mendoza

reached out to the Semper

Fi Fund to try and give back.

Now, he had a way. The organization

set up a webpage

that he could use to raise

money for the organization.

“Every penny that is donated

will go to a service member,”

Mendoza said.

And to help raise that money,

Mendoza decided to go to

the extreme. He was sitting

at home one night last year,

and he wondered aloud to his

wife, Kelly, what the record

was for most completed half

Ironman races in a single year.

It was 23. In order to raise

money for Semper Fi Fund,

he plans to complete 25.

As of the interview, Mendoza

had completed 12 races.

His goal is to raise $25,000

— an amount that sounds like

a lot, but in terms of the cost

for athletic appendages or cycling

chairs for wounded veterans

is actually quite small.

Those devices can cost tens

of thousands of dollars.

“I always try to put myself

in my buddies’ shoes,” he

said. “I was very active when

I was younger. If I lost one or

both of my legs, I would still

want to run.”

For those interested in donating

and following along

with his quest to break the

world record, Mendoza’s

webpage is www.thepatrio

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Inaugural Princess Breakfast gives families royal treatment

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Singing, dancing and photos

with princesses were

among the activities at the

Mokena Community Park

District’s inaugural Princess


A total of 60 people attended

the event Saturday,

July 15, at Yunker Farm in


“We have a Cinderella

Ball, but I wanted to do like

another smaller-scale event

that was for little girls again,”

said Rebecca Phetteplace,

recreation supervisor of special

events for Mokena Community

Park District. “I just

thought something like this

would be perfect to interact

with princesses.”

The turnout for the inaugural

event was nice to see,

Phetteplace said.

“It ended up being a really

good turnout for the first

year,” she said.

There was no shortage of

things to do, with the most

anticipated being the meetand-greet

session with princesses

held in the adjacent

community bandshell. Children

scurried the grounds of

Yunker Farm as they gathered

to see Disney’s Ariel

from “The Little Mermaid”,

Belle from “The Beauty and

the Beast” and Rapunzel

from “Tangled.” Additionally,

children and their families

sat for breakfast, enjoyed

crafts and listened as picture

books were read aloud by


“I think that you can definitely

tell the girls are having

so much fun,” Phetteplace


Trisha Dorr, of Mokena,

said she enjoyed all of what

Princess Breakfast offered.

“They did singing, and they

read a book,” she said. “It was

more than just like seeing the

princesses. It was like they

made an event of it.”

Dorr’s 3-year-old daughter,

Kennedy, donned a gown

just like the one worn by her

A total of 60 people dropped in Saturday, July 15, to experience the Mokena Community Park District’s inaugural Princess Breakfast, which featured three

Disney princesses, at the newly opened Yunker Farm. Photos by Megann Horstead/22nd Century Media

favorite princess, Belle, and

said her favorite part was getting

to meet her.

Dorr said Kennedy was excited

to see the princesses so

much she was mesmerized.

“Earlier, she said the princesses

have to go back to

their castles when we finish,

right?” she recounted.

Trisha said she is glad

she learned the park district

would be hosting its Princess


“I’ve always been looking

for something like this,” she


Bre Pluth, of New Lenox,

was standing in line with her

6-year-old daughter, Hannah,

for pictures with princesses.

“We had no clue they were

going to be here,” Bre said.

“It was a nice surprise.”

Hannah said she liked

everything about Princess


Bre said it’s wonderful

“just seeing her happy with

Disney’s Belle (left) strikes a pose with Isabela Roca, 6, at

the Princess Breakfast. Many attendees dressed as their

favorite princesses.

her friend and dancing and

getting all excited about the

princesses and getting all

dressed up.”

Bre added that she would

return if the park district decided

to host another Princess


“[It’s] just an excuse for

[Hannah] to get dressed up,”

she said. “She likes to do that

at home, but it was nice to be

able to do it amongst other

little girls that dressed up,


The decision of whether

to host the event again next

year is still to be determined,

Phetteplace said.

“I was doing it based off

feedback from this year,” she

said. “During the week next

week, I’ll send a survey [to]

see people’s thoughts on it.

Disney princesses (left to right) Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel

meet with attendees during the breakfast.

As of right now, my thoughts

on it just right now, I would

definitely say it’s something

we’re going to host again.

“A lot of sign-ups were

actually nonresidents, so

it’s about half-and-half,”

Phetteplace said. “We had a

few from Tinley Park, New

Lenox, Lockport. So, we

drew from quite a few different


The hope, Phetteplace said,

is guests will see the way the

park district is striving to be

responsive to the community’s


Phetteplace said it is important

for people “to see

what kind of different events

they can bring [to Yunker

Farm,] and then letting people

know that we’re listening

and then wanting to give

them the events that they’re

interested in.” mokena

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Summit Hill School D161 Board of Education

Following district dismissals, officials clash over need to seek legal opinion

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Summit Hill officials

weighed in on whether the

superintendent could seek

written legal opinion regarding

the dismissal — and

rehiring — of three employees

at the Board of Education’s

July 12 meeting.

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the district’s reorganization

process and subsequently

met by concerns raised

by the board’s two newest

members, Joy Murphy

and Jim Martin. During a

closed-session meeting held

in April, the board decided

to honorably dismiss three


Board policy stipulates

that educational support

personnel can be cut by

means of a reduction in

force — which allows employment

to be terminated

only through resignation

or retirement — a non-reduction

in force dismissal

or a reduction in force dismissal.

“Given the choice of the

three, the reduction in force

and recall parameters applied

as they’re laid out in

the board policy,” Board

President Rich Marron said.

Related school code lays

out a procedure for dismissing

and rehiring employees

if the discharge is honorable.

If the district creates

jobs they would qualify for

within the next school year,

those individuals have to be


“I believe the board policy

lays this out fairly clearly,

and do not believe the

legal opinion is necessary at

all,” Marron said.

The district is not facing

any lawsuits in regards to

its reorganization process,

Superintendent Barb Rains


Still, Murphy questioned

the manner in which the

district can dismiss such

employees and said officials

reduced the positions, but

the staff wasn’t reduced.

“There was three people,

but one of those three people

did absorb part of another

job responsibility of

somebody else,” Murphy

said. “There’s three people,

but he got another part of

another person’s job. That

salary did not decrease, that

salary increased.”

Marron said Murphy

doesn’t understand the full


Rains said she recognized

that employees may sometimes

absorb the responsibilities

of an individual who

was dismissed, and said

it’s based on many factors,

though it’s not necessarily a

typical occurrence.

Murphy wanted to know

what was known legally

among board members.

Board Member George

Leonard said the board policy

spells it out clearly and

refuted the idea of needing

to seek a legal opinion.

“It’s better for an employee

of an educational institution

to be riffed,” he said.

“It’s the right thing to do. In

addition to that, it’s in the

board policy.”

Typically, when an employee

is dismissed, their

exit is equitable to being

honorably discharged.

A dishonorable dismissal

presents the contrary.

“It still doesn’t seem

right,” Murphy said. “When

we’ve reduced staff before,

we had to reduce 10 percent

of staff in order to [qualify

as] reduction of force.”

Marron said the 10 percent

reduction in staff applied

to certified teachers,

not educational support professionals.

Martin said he intends

to use his ability to review

previous closed meetings,

and said it will help to “put

this question to bed about

the action that was taken on

April 12.”

“Making sense of [just]

that, I just don’t understand

why it was done,” Martin


Marron took exception to

Martin’s use of the board

member comments section

of the public meeting

to announce the course of

action he plans to take and

suggested that he start by

reviewing the audio for the

open meeting and related


“Our board policy —

should you choose to read

it — states that one should

carefully consider why

they’re listening to the

tapes,” he said. “To listen

to them because you don’t

trust another board member

about an item that you

were not seated for, I think

it is an affront, and I believe

you are violating our board


In a 2-4 vote, the board

decided not to seek written

legal opinion. Martin

and Murphy cast dissenting


First look at 2017-2018


The board took the first of

three looks at the budget.

Officials are projecting

a $367,470 deficit in the

district’s operations and

maintenance fund and an

estimated $900,000 deficit

pertaining to the non-operations

and maintenance fund,

which includes education

and transportation.

The next review will be

in August and followed by

a final review in September.

“The other thing to note is

that on the revenue side in

the transportation and education

fund, we only budgeted

two payments for the

State-mandated categoricals,”

said Doug Wiley, director

of business and transportation.

The district received its

second State-mandated categorical

payment for last

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Police Reports

Police: Man possessed

opiate, amphetamine

Scott A. Bogard, 38, of 19812 Glennell

Ave. in Mokena, was charged June 30 with

felony possession of a controlled substance

after he allegedly was found to possess a

substance that field tested positive for an

opiate weighing 1.6 grams and a substance

that field tested positive for amphetamine

compounds weighing 0.6 grams.

Police received a call about a potential

hand-to-hand drug exchange at the Mokena

Speedway, located at 19724 S. Wolf

Road. According to the report, an off-duty

Will County Sheriff’s deputy told police he

observed Bogard and another suspect complete

a drug transaction. Police later reportedly

discovered four small bags of white

powder and a small bag containing a gray

“rock-like substance” on Bogard’s person.

July 4

• William E. Vahl, 58, of 1 Thornwood

Mall in University Park, and Sherry F. Gomez,

58, of 1328 Ridgewood Ave. in Joliet,

were each charged July 4 with retail theft

after Gomez allegedly exited a department

store in the 11300 block of Lincoln Highway

without paying for 17 cans of baby


After leaving the store, a loss prevention

officer at the store reportedly observed Gomez

enter a green Chevrolet Lumina driven

by Vahl and attempt to leave the area. After

police initiated a traffic stop, they discovered

the cans of infant formula valued

at $118.93 and a glass smoking pipe with

burnt residue. Gomez was also charged

with possession of drug equipment following

the discovery of the smoking pipe.

June 30

• Ashley E. Wiziecki, 26, of 2315 E. Olive

St. in Arlington Heights, was charged June

30 with failure to reduce speed to avoid a

collision, driving on a suspended license

and causing a collision that resulted in personal

injury after she allegedly caused a

collision in the 19100 block of LaGrange

Road. After arriving on the scene, police

reportedly discovered that Wiziecki, who

had been driving a black Jeep Grand Cherokee,

had a suspended driver’s license.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mokena Messenger’s

police reports come from the Mokena Police

Department. Anyone listed in these reports is

considered to be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.


Frankfort man wins taekwondo

championship in special abilities


When Matthew Frame sets

his mind to something, he gets it


The 25-year-old Frankfort

man recently kicked off summer

by winning world championship

titles for the third consecutive

year at the American Taekwondo

Association International’s Tournament

of Champions, held June

20-25 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Frame, who has autism,

competed in the men’s special

abilities division, in the 18- to

29-year-old bracket. He won

world championships in the Creative

Forms and Sparring events.

“I’ve been training hard and

staying focused, staying cool

without losing control,” Frame, a

third-degree black belt, said July

6 while at the Frankfort Black

Belt Academy.

Frame trains at the academy

twice a week.

“I’ve been here for nine years,”

he said. “I love competing and

[setting] goals, and learning to

defend myself.”

Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance

Reporter. For more, visit


Tuminello brings talent,

leadership to St. Norbert

Providence Catholic cheerleading

coach Laura Duesing

remembers the first time she met

Natasha Tuminello.

It was roughly four years ago,

when the teenager tried out for

the squad her freshman year.

“She made an immediate impression

on me, just by the way

she handled herself,” Duesing

said. “We were just really drawn

to her personality. She was very

kind and humble, but you could

tell that this was a person who

was grateful for the opportunities

that she was going to have.”

But before Tuminello would

go on to those successes — including

three Top 4 finishes at

state and two sectional championships

— Duesing just had

a feeling about the New Lenox


“I had no doubt,” Duesing said.

“I knew when I saw her that this

was going to be someone who

would go on to do very well, not

just athletically but in all aspects

of her life.”

Tuminello — who just graduated

from Providence in the

spring — has committed to continue

her cheerleading career at

St. Norbert College in De Pere,


When it came time to start

thinking about college, St. Norbert

appealed to Tuminello for

many reasons. For one thing,

in addition to cheering for the

school’s football and basketball

teams, St. Norbert students also

serve as cheerleaders for the

Green Bay Packers.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance

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Shady Oaks Camp celebrates its

70th anniversary

In 1947, some 50 parents

of youths with cerebral palsy

opened a camp in the woods of

unincorporated Homer Township

where their children could spend

a few weeks together in summer.

Situated on 35 acres they had

purchased for $18,000, Shady

Oaks Camp for Individuals With

Cerebral Palsy, as it was then

known, was literally in the middle

of nowhere. The camp provided

a quiet, secluded place for

the children to enjoy a camp experience

at a time when few services

of the sort were available to

people with disabilities.

Fast-forward 70 years, and

Shady Oaks is regarded as a oneof-a-kind

summer camp, where

campers, staff and volunteers

continue to return year after year.

Today’s version of the nonprofit

camp serves people of all ages

and with all disabilities, whether

physical or intellectual, and operates

on an annual budget of

between $300,000 and $350,000.

On July 9 Shady Oaks held its

70th annual Open House on its

property at 16300 Parker Road.

Campers and their parents, along

with staff members, donors and

volunteers, took part in what

was essentially an old-fashioned

summer picnic under the oaks

from which the camp gets its

name. There was a DJ, a water

balloon-tossing contest and

a musical performance by staff

members and campers.

Reporting by Jason Maholy,

Freelance Reporter. For more, visit


Police seeking help in identifying

armed robbery suspects

The Orland Park Police Department

is seeking the public’s

help in identifying two suspects

from an armed robbery that reportedly

took place this past


Orland Park police were dispatched

at 3:16 p.m. July 8 to

the parking lot near Macy’s at

Orland Square for a report of an

armed robbery, according to a

press release issued July 10 by

the department.

Two women reportedly returned

to a vehicle after shopping

together. One placed her purse in

the backseat as she entered the

car, when a male described as

black and wearing a hood opened

the rear door of the vehicle and

removed the purse, police said.

The man then entered the passenger’s

side of a green Ford

Mustang that was nearby and

occupied by an additional male

described as black, who was

driving, according to the press

release. One of the women yelled

to the men to stop, at which time

she saw that the man who took

the purse was holding a handgun,

police said.

The Mustang had been reported

stolen earlier that same morning

out of Tinley Park.

Both men were described as in

their late teens or early 20s. Farrell

added that both men were an

“average build for the age range

given” but that he had no further

description of them available.

The Orland Park Police Department

is requesting that anyone

who can help identify the

suspects in this case to call (708)


Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor. For

more, visit


Old-school barber shop brings

clean cuts to Lockport

There is a long pause as Angelo

Roman Jr. thinks about which

haircut he likes to style the most.

“Let’s see,” said Roman —

co-owner of the new Barber

Capital in downtown Lockport.

“Probably — it’s one of the most

popular cuts and I like doing it

because you can style it — the

comb over.”

He begins to flip through

stylebooks kept at the new shop,

showing the different comb over

haircuts and how they can be

done. Mood music flows through

the shop, which Roman and his

wife, Brenda, own together and

officially opened earlier this year.

“We’ve thought about it for

years,” Brenda continued. “It’s

always been his dream since we

met. … So, when the opportunity

presented itself, we jumped on it.”

Angelo grew up on the north

side of Chicago, where his grandfather

owned Luquillo’s Barber

Shop in Humboldt Park. There,

he started by sweeping the floors

and later learned barbery, falling

in love with the trade.

“I had great respect for my

grandfather,” Angelo said. “Everyone

showed him so much love

and respect. … I loved it. Every

chance that I got, I wanted to be


This love turned into a dream,

and the dream turned into a reality,

when Roman and his wife

opened Barber Capital. The new

barber shop keeps it “old-school”

with antique decorations, and

provides a full range of services

for clients.

“What separates me from a lot

of the other, newer barber shops

is that I try to keep the old-fashioned

vibe with a new vibe, as

well,” Roman said.

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school year toward the end

of June.

“Now that they’ve passed

a state budget, we’re hopeful

that we’ll get those in a little

more timely fashion, but

they’re still working on the

funding formula, so there’s

still some work to do,” Wiley

said. “To be conservative

and not to count on that

money, we’ve only placed

two of those reimbursements

for each fund. So, really the

only other thing to know is

if we get all four payments,

both the education fund and

also the transportation fund

would swing to a surplus,

rather than a deficit that we

currently project. It would

be nice to get those two, but

then again, you can’t really

count on them.”

Should the board want a

balanced budget, the district

has projects that officials

could delay for a year,

Rains said.

The district is embarking

on several improvement

projects to address roofing,

tile replacement and an

HVAC system.

“The [operations and

maintenance] fund is running

negative, showing a

deficit for next year, but

that’s planned because

of the shingle work and

[planned maintenance,]”

Marron said.

The operations and maintenance

balance is significant

because the district

has received tax objections

for excess collections the

last two years, Marron


If the district does not put

to use its excess collections,

the money will no longer be


“We have to spend some

of that money,” Marron

said. “This is a planned

deficit that we’re running.

We knew we had to do repairs

on these buildings,

and we’ve been saving up

our pennies in order to do

that.” news

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Taking a walk on the safe side

Officials hear

Frankfort Square

residents’ concerns

over break-ins

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

To help protect residents

of Mokena and Frankfort

from falling victim to the

increase of car burglaries reported

in the area, the Frankfort

Square Park District and

Will County Sheriff’s Office

held a public meeting Thursday,

July 13, to allow people

to meet with officials to discuss

and ask questions.

Since Jan. 1, the Mokena-

Frankfort area has reported

an uptick of approximately

20 car burglaries, according

to the County.

“The numbers are a little

skewed, but I don’t think it’s

that high,” said Dirk Obermayer,

a patrol sergeant for

Will County Sheriff’s Office,

referring to the number

of incidents classified as car

burglaries or other related offenses.

The numbers presented

are comparable to communities

across Will County,

Obermayer said.

Officials looked to clarify

the concerns they have in the


“Someone always has

something [of] value in there

—phone charges, GPS,”

Obermayer said. “Sometimes

people leave their wallets,

purses, backpacks, laptop

bags, workout gym bags.

Those things usually get


Typically, car burglaries

are offenses committed by juveniles

who do not belong to

the community in which the

crime occurred, he said. They

enter the community through

highways that lead into the

Frankfort-Mokena area.

Dan Kemp (left) asks Will County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dirk

Obermayer about the local crime in the area July 12 during

a community forum in Frankfort Square.

“As far as it being from in

the community, [it happens]

very rarely,” Obermayer

said. “I think one juvenile

which we did catch, he did

ended up getting caught on a

follow-up interview. He was

from the area.”

Many of these crimes occur

from 3:30-6:30 a.m.,

Obermayer said.

“Those are the new hot

times for burglary of motor

vehicles,” he said. “And,

then when you start talking

about burglaries, people

think it’s the middle of the

night. It’s not.”

Jennifer Jurgovan, of

Frankfort, was one of several

people in attendance for

the public meeting. She said

she became a victim last fall.

“I also did have my car

broken into twice in one

night, and my doors were

locked,” she said. “[I] even

went out a second time and

locked them. You could see

that they jimmied my door


Jurgovan added that no

property was stolen as a result

of the two early-morning


But many incidents involve

unlocked cars.

“Because you break a window

in these neighborhoods,

people are going to hear it,”

Obermayer said. “It’s all just

keeping those doors locked,

and everybody’s guilty of it.

We got to all try to remember

if you keep valuables in

there, you definitely have to

lock it.”

Reports from the Will

County Sheriff’s Office

show that car burglaries involving

break-ins result in a

pattern that differs from incidents

that do not.

“As far as the actual

smash — people smashing

your windows to get in —

the numbers would be very

small for burglaries to motor

vehicles since January,”

Obermayer said. “I would

say probably even single

digits of people that actually

broken into [vehicles.]”

Some attendees called into

question the Will County

Sheriff’s Office’s response

time to incidents in Frankfort

Square, as well as issues

concerning manpower.

Obermayer acknowledged

the concerns raised and said

that was more of an issue in

the past.

“We have more manpower

east of Cedar [Road]

than Frankfort and Mokena,

combined,” Obermayer said.

“We got deputies on call. We

Jim Gribbin (left) talks with Will County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dirk Obermayer during a

community forum Thursday, June 13, on safety and crime in Frankfort Square. Photos by

Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Jim Molloy speaks up during the meeting to agree with Obermayer.

got our [tactical] units out

and about. We’re definitely

staffed. Manpower — that

should never be a concern.”

Obermayer credits the

community’s responsiveness

to help curb crime.

“One great things about

this neighborhood and this

community is how tight-knit

everybody is,” he said. “A lot

of people know who belongs,

what vehicles are there. We

get so many suspicious calls.

‘Hey, this car is parked down

the street. It doesn’t belong

here.’ All of this, ‘This red

car has been in this lady’s

driveway. One-hundred percent

she doesn’t own that

car. I don’t think they belong

there.’ [They’re] very proactive,

which we love.”

Obermayer urged people to

call the Will County Sheriff’s

Office, and said there’s never

a dumb reason to call them.

“We much rather come

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Mokena native earns dean’s

list recognition

Taylor Simmons, of Mokena,

was named to the

dean’s list at Simpson College

for the spring 2017

semester. Students named

to the Dean’s List earned a

3.70-3.99 GPA.

Simpson College is located

in Indianola, Iowa, a short

drive from Iowa’s capital

city of Des Moines. Founded

in 1860 by members of the

United Methodist Church,

Simpson College has approximately

1,300 full-time

undergraduate students and

approximately 400 parttime

students. Simpson also

has campuses in West Des

Moines and Ankeny serving

primarily adult learners.

Simpson offers 80 majors

and minors, is a member

of the NCAA Division III

Iowa Athletic Conference,

hosts eight Greek houses on

campus and sponsors many

extracurricular options for

student involvement.

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Submitted by Lincoln-Way

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On June 29, 10 Lincoln-

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The students representing

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Dell, Ethan Rasmussen, Clio

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Weston Dell placed eighth

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More than 12,000 of the

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Members of the

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June 29 during the

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future business leaders and

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to win more than $175,000

in cash awards.

Participants from across

the United States, Canada,

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to the conference to sharpen

their core business skills, expand

networks and participate

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“These events are extremely

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The new Old Plank Road

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80 in New Lenox is

up and running, and the old

bridge has been removed just

in time for the path’s 20th anniversary.

The modern, more aesthetically

pleasing bow

truss bridge was installed

in two phases this spring.

The Illinois Department

of Transportation replaced

the old bridge, which dated

back to 1964, as part of its

plan to improve and widen

the I-80/Route 30 interchange

sometime in the future.

The bridge will make trips

on the OPRT even more appealing

to runners, hikers and

bicyclists, said Ralph Schultz,

chief operating officer for

the Forest Preserve District

of Will County, which owns

and manages portions of the

trail along with six other governmental


The OPRT has been a

popular path ever since the

first 12-mile section opened

two decades ago on July 19,

1997. That first trail section

stretched from Western Avenue

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pushed the path west

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The most recent extension

brought the trail a mile farther

east to Chicago Heights

for a total trail length of 22


Plans for creating the path

date back to the 1970s when

the Forest Preserve worked

with 14 municipalities to try to

gain ownership of the defunct

Penn Central railroad line. It

took around 20 years for the

group to get the funding necessary

to buy the rail route and

there was opposition by some

along the way. But trail proponents

persevered and the

OPRT became a reality.

Success with the OPRT

paved the way for other regional

trails and trail conversion

projects, Schultz said.

“The OPRT was our first

regional trail, our first rail-totrail

conversion and our first

project funded with federal

transportation funding,” he

said in a statement.

The Forest Preserve went

on to convert two other former

rail lines into the Wauponsee

Glacial Trail and the

Joliet Junction Trail. But

the OPRT project was the

first in Will County to capitalize

on a defunct rail line

that dated back more than a


“From 1855 until 1975 the

Michigan Central Railroad

ran freight and passenger

trains along this route,” according

to the trail’s website, “Before that it was

a plank road and part of the

Great Sauk trail that ran from

Rock Island to Detroit.”

Will County continues to battle opioid epidemic

Federal grant

extends to Year 2

Submitted by the Office of

the Will County Executive

For the second year, Will

County was awarded the

Prescription Drug/Opioid

Overdose Related Deaths

grant by the Illinois Department

of Human Services

and funded by the Substance

Abuse and Mental Health

Services Administration to

further its efforts in combating

the opioid overdose epidemic.

Will County is part of

the Statewide Illinois Opioid

Crisis Advisory Council.

Kathleen Burke, the County’s

director of substance use

initiatives, said Will County

has made significant progress.

The grant-funded Narcan

Distribution Program

has trained 168 people between

February and June.

Each person trained received

two free doses of Narcan.

In 2016, all police departments

in Will County were

trained to deliver naloxone,

the life-saving antidote that

can reverse an opiate overdose.

To date in 2017, naloxone

has been deployed 16

times compared to 16 times

total in 2016.

Burke said the Will County

strategy against the opiate

epidemic includes prevention,

harm reduction,

treatment and long-term

recovery services. She is

conducting an inventory of

school programs offered in

Will County and treatment

services, including access to

Medical Assisted Treatment.

“To facilitate access to

treatment, we have worked

with five police departments

across the county to

establish a Safe Passage

program, in which someone

who struggles with an opiate

addiction can come into the

police department and ask

for help without fear of prosecution,”

she said.

Despite all of these efforts,

overdose deaths are increasing

because of fentanyl — a

powerful synthetic opioid

that is similar to morphine

but is 50 to 100 times more


“Drug dealers are mixing

heroin with fentanyl, and

people have no idea what

they are getting,” Burke

said. “It is so powerful, it

often takes more than one

or two doses of Narcan to

revive someone who has

overdosed from fentanyl or

a fentanyl-laced substance.

We have a lot of work to do

to continue to educate about

the dangers of opiates, train

the public on the use of naloxone

and expand access to


Will County Executive

Larry Walsh praised Burke

and the County’s efforts to

address the epidemic. He

said additional funding will

be critical.

“We are thankful to the

federal government for recognizing

the success of our

efforts and the fact there

is much more work to be

done,” Walsh said. “This

battle is on a grass roots level,

and Dr. Burke has been

very effective in building

partnerships to help expand

our efforts and save as many

lives as we can. Will County

remains fully committed to

stopping overdose deaths

and educating the public

about the dangers of these

terrible substances.” news

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Olivieri Brothers hired as

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The board of Rialto Square

had a special board meeting

in late May to consider hiring

a property management


Mokena-based Olivieri

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114-page analysis and proposal.

Board members voted

5-1 to proceed with agreements

for property management,

real estate listing and

architectural plans.

Olivieri representatives

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Will County works to house homeless veterans

Submitted by the Office of

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“These veterans have made

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The very least we can do is

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Matthew Doherty, executive

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sent a letter to Will County

officials acknowledging

the success of the Joliet,

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Continuum of Care in ensuring

any veteran in Will

County who is experiencing

homelessness will receive

help to find permanent

housing. He praised the infrastructure

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Will County quickly gets

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“Through partnership and

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Doherty said. “The lessons

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of Care is led by

Will County Center for

Community Concerns. The

Continuum has a broad

membership, including

the following partners: the

Will County Land Use Department,

the Will County

Veterans Assistance Commission,

Catholic Charities,

Diocese of Joliet, Edward

Hines Jr. VA Healthcare for

Homeless Veterans/HUD

VASH, Family and Friends

Grant and Per Diem,

Grundy County Veterans

Assistance Commission,

Joliet Police Department,

Joliet Public Library, Joliet

Neighborhood Services,

Kendall County Veterans

Assistance Commission,

Midwest Shelter for Homeless

Veterans, Morning Star

Mission and Cornerstone

Services, Inc.

In 2016, 59 Veterans were

connected to permanent

housing in the local community,

averaging 58 days

of homelessness. Since the

beginning of 2017, 45 Veterans

have been connected

to permanent housing in the


“This is a great example

of leaders coming together

around the right strategies

to end homelessness among

our veterans,” said Steven

Braverman, director of Edward

Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

“We truly appreciate

the great work being done

by our partners in the Will

County Continuum to help

solve this important issue.”

“We at HUD are proud of

the Will County Continuum

of Care and community leaders’

achievement in effectively

ending veteran homelessness,”

HUD Midwest

Deputy Regional Administrator

James A. Cunningham

said. “Communities around

the country can now look to

Will County as a model for

ensuring that our nation’s

heroes have a safe and stable

place to call home. Through

our ongoing collaboration,

we can and must uphold our

own duty to support all those

who have answered the call

of duty.”

Officials (left to right) Merridith Montgomery, the homeless services director of the Will

County Center for Community Concerns; Jennifer Rich, the director of communications

with United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; James Cunningham, the deputy

regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Will

County Board Minority Leader Herbert Brooks Jr.; Kris White, the executive director of

the Will County Center for Community Concerns; Will County Executive Larry Walsh;

Dr. Steven Braverman, the director of Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital; and Will County

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From as of

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From the editor

Creating positives from

difficult situations

Tim Carroll

It is not an easy task to

take a painful, difficult

situation and turn it into

an unequivocal positive.

But that is what Mokena

resident Mike Mendoza has


The Marine was wounded

while serving in Iraq, and

he has taken that experience

and turned it around into an

opportunity to help other

veterans and their families

(Page 5).

That is almost unthinkable

to me, and Mendoza’s

story is about as inspirational

as it gets to change one’s

attitude. To be able to not

only recover about as well

as expected, but to go the

extra mile to help others is

exceptionally impressive.

I cannot even imagine

being wounded in combat.

I think it is even more

difficult to imagine going

through the recovery process.

I fear that I would be

someone who would begin

to feel sorry for myself.

That is why almost immediately

thinking of others

seems like such an amazing


To do such a thing would

have to mean an unfailingly

positive and selfless outlook

on life. It is an inspirational

story, and not just because

there is no way on earth I

would be able to complete

a half Ironman race; the attitude

is even more impressive

and inspirational than

the athletic accomplishment,

and in no way do I mean to

lessen the impressiveness

of the athleticism Mendoza

is showing on his way to

completing 25 half Ironman

races this year.

More than anything —

yes, even more than the

lesson that I really need to

start getting in shape — I

think the largest takeaway

from Mendoza’s story is

that the human spirit is,

or at least can be, so very

strong. Even though I will

likely never run Ironman

races of any fraction, I

can do my best to emulate

Mendoza’s positive attitude

and generosity.

I hope never to have to

go through what Mendoza

suffered, and I hope that

none of the rest of you do,

either. But even in smallerscale

difficult situations, I

hope to be able to respond

positively. And if I can

make it a positive for not

only me but others around

me the way Mendoza is

doing by raising money to

donate to Semper Fi Fund,

even better.

Here is to Mike Mendoza,

and here is to the rest of

us taking a page out of his

book and trying to make

things better for everyone.

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Robin’s Nest

How to avoid daily dying and begin truly living

Robin Melvin

Contributing Columnist

In one of my favorite

comedies “What About

Bob?” 12-year-old Siggy

befriends his father’s psychiatric

patient. Terrified of

death, he tells Bob, “We’re

going to die. We’re all going

to die.” Then, we see Siggy

at the edge of a boat dock

clad in black T-shirt and

swimming trunks. He wants

to dive but fear keeps his

feet riveted to the dock.

As believers, we can

overcome fear of death, because

we know it is merely

a step into Jesus’ presence.

But this daily down-to-earth

stuff is trickier. Dying to

unhealthy fear and thought

and behavior requires us to

be vulnerable. And that is a

tad scary.

We wonder what our

family and friends will

say if we start thinking for

ourselves and stop doing

what sucks the life out of

us. Will we stay addicted to

their approval? Maybe we

dabble in gossip or think too

low of ourselves. They have

become habits we cannot

break on our own.

We often shrink from

God’s best because we fear

we will not measure up. We

do not want to ask for help,

make promises and fail


My friend, there is no

expiration date on God’s

help and mercy. His love is

unwavering and unconditional

and always available.

Remember, grace is free.

We are enough. As is. To

ask, to seek.

But fear, pride and shame

keep us on the dock. Yes,

change is hard, but free is

the most refreshing, exhilarating

place to be.

We will not get there

until we are honest with

ourselves. Owning our faults

and admitting we need help

is not a sign of weakness. It

shows we are ready to know

better and be better. We are

strong when we take charge

of our health and happiness

and face challenges head-on.

We are all broken. No one

has it all together. Except

for maybe my alter ego,

Wonder Woman. Though

I no longer try to be her, I

keep the attitude, because

we do have something in


When we get mad at evil

and fight with our Godgiven

strength and wisdom,

we discover our full power

and our true destiny in this

scary, beautiful world. This

princess warrior is not quitting.

I am fighting for all

God has for my life and for


Again, we see two imperfect

people wrestling fear

but tired of standing on the

dock. As 12-year-old Siggy

leans over the water, Bob

grips the back of his shirt. “I

got ya. I got ya.” And Siggy

dives in.

Change is risky. Change

is scary. But in this daily

dying, we find our true self,

truly living.

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to find support from others

who are ready to be real

with hurts, habits and hangups,

contact me for more


Love and courage for

your journey, my friend.

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The thoughts and opinions

expressed in this column are

those of the author. They do

not necessarily represent the

thoughts of 22nd Century Media

or its staff.

In Memoriam

Janet Ruth Moll

Janet Ruth

Moll, 73, of

Longmont, Colorado,

and formerly

of Mokena,

died July 9. She

was a registered

nurse and worked Moll

in hospitals until

her children were born, and

then returned to the workforce

in the 1990s until her retirement

in 2010. She is survived by her

son, Rob Moll; daughter, Tami

(Brian) Carter; grandchildren,

Kevin and Justin Carter and Jacob

Szypulski; brothers, Steve

and Mark; and sisters, Rachel

and Ruth. A memorial service

was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran

Church. In lieu of flowers,

memorial contributions to

the Good Shepherd Lutheran

Church, 177 Luther Lane.

Frankfort, would be appreciated.

Do you have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email Editor Tim

Carroll at tim@mokenamessenger.

com with information about a

loved one who was a part of the

Mokena community.

Faith Briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100 Second

St., Mokena)

Vacation Bible School

6-8:15 p.m. Sunday, July

23-Wednesday, July 26. Join St.

John’s for “Passport to PERU: Discovering

God’s Good Gifts.” Cost

is $15 per child or $40 for a family

with three or more children. For

more information and registration,


Traditional Service

8 a.m. traditional mass, 9:45 a.m.

contemporary & traditional music

in a service of praise and reverence.

Supervised childcare available. For

more information, call (708) 479-


Garden Club

8 a.m. Tuesdays. For more information,

call (708) 479-5123.

Cards for a Cause

7 p.m. the second Monday of

each month. Bring your tape, scissors

and colored pencils — if you

have them — and plan for a creative

evening with lots of fun.

Bundles of Love

7 p.m. the second and fourth

Monday of each month. Enjoy fun

and fellowship while making baby

quilts for infants baptized at St.

John’s and lap quilts for shut-ins.

Mokena United Methodist Church (10901 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

Service and Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Church

service and Sunday school will be

held. For more information, call

(708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays


9 a.m. every third Saturday of the


Walking Club

7 p.m. Mondays

Weight Watchers Wednesday

Weigh-ins take place at 6:30 p.m.,

while the meeting is at 7 p.m.

Marley Community Church (12625 W. 187th St.,


Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For

more information, email marley

Junior High Youth Group

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays. For more

information, email marleycommu

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare is


Sunday School

9-10 a.m.

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in the

church basement. All men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (10731 W. La

Porte Road, Mokena)

Preschool Registration

Registration is open for the

2017-18 school year at Immanuel

Lutheran Preschool. Classes are offered

for children from 2 1/2 to 5

years old and they must be toilet

trained. Only three-day afternoon

classes are still available. For more

information, call (708) 479-5600,

email, or



Contemporary Worship

5 p.m. Saturday


9 a.m. Sunday

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays. This club is

open to those between the ages of


Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sunday

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th St., Mokena)

Summer at the Steeple

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays in

July. This year’s theme is “Gone

Camping.” Activities at this event

include games, crafts, food, and a

Bible lesson. There is no cost for

this event. For more information

and registration, visit

Sunday Services

11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information,

call (312) 350-2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena

Baptist offers Sunday School

classes for all ages. For more

information, call (312) 350-2279.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th Ave.,


Church Service

Please see faith, 26

ing the program to them and

changing it constantly to

keep up with their interests.

For Narcissi, the class

was an extension of out- life & arts

the Mokena Messenger | July 20, 2017 | 21

Area musicians bring harmony to Boys and Girls Club

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

With hardly enough

drumsticks and recorders

to go around, fewer than a

dozen junior high-aged children

met for a music lesson.

Soon, however, their

drumsticks will be practicing

on a real drum set instead

of the table.

A drum set is just one of

many things to come for

the music program at The

Boys and Girls Club in Joliet,

where John F. Narcissi,

a Mokena native, and Jeff

Redmann, a New Lenox resident,

are working to bring

music where it’s scarce.

Narcissi and Redmann

met through Providence

Catholic High School in

New Lenox where Narcissi

was involved in numerous

musical programs, including

concert band, choir, jazz

band, drum corps, marching

band and the bagpipe corps

while Redmann was teaching

and helped start the pipe


After graduating high

school, Narcissi pursued

the study of music at Illinois

Wesleyan University

in Bloomington for a year

and a half before attending

Joliet Junior College, where

he continues to study music

with a focus on composition.

The two recently met

up again, but this time as

teaching partners.

With experience teaching

at five high schools and

teaching private lessons

throughout his music career,

Redmann mainly takes

up the teaching aspect of the

class, but he said it’s very

valuable to have Narcissi

there to demonstrate and

keep the children engaged.

The two meet up at the

Boys and Girls Club in

Joliet two or three times

a week for a small group

music lesson with some of

the boys and girls from the

club. Sometimes their class

times coincide with the normal

club hours. However,

sometimes they meet afterwards,

which can pose some

attendance challenges with

pick-up and drop-off times.

With time, Narcissi said

he thinks attendance will

become more consistent —

once parents realize how

much their children are enjoying

the program and become

as committed to their


While the two don’t have

much control over parent

pick-up and drop-off consistency,

what they do have

control over is what material

and activities they do

during the hourlong classes

each week.

On July 12 the group met

for once such class, where

they covered music from

vastly different genres and

used different instruments

— including their voices.

“[Voice] is an instrument

everybody is born with,

and they carry it with them

throughout their life,” Narcissi

said. “Whereas a guitar

or piano you can’t really

carry around with you everywhere.”

However, the children

did get a chance to try their

hand at the recorder, as they

accompanied Narcissi in a

rendition of the theme song

for Spongebob Squarepants,

with Narcissi doing humorous

back-and-forths of, “I

can’t hear you” and “Aye,

aye, captain!” with the children.

Also in the bag of supplies

Redmann brought

were about 10 pairs of

drumsticks, so the children

could practice simple quarter,

eighth and sixteenth

notes and triplet rhythms on

the table.

During class, Redmann

told them that they will

soon have a real drum set

to practice their bass drum

beats, snare taps and high

Children participating in the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet’s music program do some drumming on the table during a

session July 12. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

hat hits. Those, along with

computers for musical composition,

are being provided

through program sponsors

Comcast and AT&T, which

Redmann said have been

generous in their donations

to the class.

The class also participated

in singing “Here Comes

the Sun” by The Beatles and

“All Star” by Smash Mouth,

both of which were popular

with the children because of

their appearances in movies

like “The Bee Movie” and


“They’re getting a sense

[that] there’s more music

than what we’ve come to

know just in our little area

that we’re comfortable

with,” Narcissi said. “We’re

trying to expose them to

older pieces of music and

newer pieces of music that

are outside of the R&B, rap

and hip-hop sections.”

One of the biggest challenges

– as far as the curriculum

is concerned – is

figuring out what will keep

Mokena native John F. Narcissi accompanies the students with guitar. Narcissi will be

performing at the Frankfort County Market with a little help from the children July 30.

the children engaged, taking

into account their tastes in

music and the ever-changing

popularity of some


“Figuring out who the

kids are here and the typical

kid that’s taking part of the

Boys and Girls Club was

the first thing I set out to

do,” Redmann said.

Once they started to see

what the children enjoyed,

he said they began tailor-

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Jerry (left) and Laura Krull work together to create a custom-made rug design for a client.

The husband and wife duo started Aspen Carpet Designs, Inc. — which has a Frank Lloyd

Wright- and Prairie-style niche — as a side business 23 years ago out of their home studio.

Photos by Kyle LaHucik/22nd Century Media

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Mokena business

celebrates Frank

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Kyle LaHucik, Editorial Intern

A young Frank Lloyd

Wright came across a house

design in a magazine and

ended up putting his own

spin on it. He kept the house’s

footprint, but moved around

the interior walls.

“And it’s like right then, the

light bulb went off for what

Frank Lloyd Wright wanted

to do for home designs,” said

Jerry Krull, of Mokena. “To

me, that’s what Frank Lloyd

Wright was a genius at. He

could look at something and

say, ‘There’s a better way to

live. People don’t have to live

in boxes and rooms.’

“That’s what interested me

–– like, oh, wow, he could

see something and make it


Wright, a world-famous

architect with roots in Oak

Park, has been an inspiration

for fellow architects, designers,

urban planners and others

all across the globe. This year,

in recognition of Wright’s

would-be 150th birthday,

museums and organizations

across the United States are

hosting special exhibits and

events. Two of the designers

he influenced — and two

of the people celebrating his

would-be 150th birthday —

are right here in Mokena.

A new father at the time,

Krull saw an ad in a local

newspaper in 1994. The ad

was for informational lessons

on how to make custom

rugs. Krull and his wife,

Laura Krull, had been debating

starting a side business

so Laura could make a living

while being a stay-at-home

mother and Jerry could have

something to do outside of

his full-time job.

After watching some of

the instructional videos and

learning how to carve and

glue together the rugs, Jerry

began making his own rugs.

The first one he made was

based on a Frank Lloyd

Wright-designed window.

In due time, Aspen Carpet

Designs, Inc., was born in

the basement of the Krulls’

home, which was in Frankfort

until the early 2000s.

The 23-year-old family business

–– both Krull sons have

taken part in the venture ––

focuses its efforts on designing

rugs with a Frank Lloyd

Wright niche.

Jerry said he never would

have guessed an interest in

the Prairie School architect

who designed such widely

recognized buildings as Fallingwater


Unity Temple (Oak Park) and

the Solomon R. Guggenheim

Museum (New York) would

become the basis for his

business. But an introspective

look at his ties –– loose

as they may be –– to Frank

Lloyd Wright gives some insight

into how Aspen Carpet

came about. life & arts

the Mokena Messenger | July 20, 2017 | 23

He recalls his father, an electrical

engineer, designing his family’s

home when he was younger.

“I wouldn’t say that he was influenced

by Frank Lloyd Wright, but

once I started the business and started

showing him what [Wright] designed,

he says, ‘Oh yeah, those are

the kind of houses I really liked,’”

Jerry said.

Years later, Jerry was working for

a small software company in Chicago,

and he learned that his boss grew

up in a Wright-designed home, the

Coonley House in Riverside. After

talking about their shared intrigue

in Wright, Jerry became influenced

by his boss’s stories of living in the

house and of his inheritance of the

house’s spare, original art glass windows.

Those windows would be the

creative inspiration behind Jerry’s

first self-made rug.

One of the first steps after creating

their business was to make a

website and get it listed on search

engines and in design magazines.

Jerry coded the website himself.

Within the first week of submitting

their business for listing on the web,

Jerry said they received an email

from a client in Belgium, and other

places, too.

“[The Belgian client] said, ‘I’m

very interested in Prairie-style designs.

Tell me what kind of rugs

you can do,’” Jerry recalled. “Right

then, I knew the power of the Internet.

This was 1994, 1995.”

Since then, Jerry said the business’s

niche has allowed them to

“stand out.”

“The fact that I can go in and talk

about Frank Lloyd Wright, George

Grant Elmslie and Walter Burley

Griffin and all these other [Prairiestyle

architects], I don’t think it’s

impressive, but these other people

who know these homes and know

these people do,” Jerry said. “They

talk to furniture designers. Most of

them don’t know the history and

the architects that are involved, so

I think that makes them feel a little

bit more comfortable with me talking

about it.”

Coupled with his knowledge of

and passion for Wright and other

Prairie-style architects is Jerry’s entrepreneurial


“He loves business,” Laura said.

“His mind is always going.”

Jerry also had the physical craftsmanship

to start the business and

keep it going for its first few years,

The Krulls inspect all of the rugs they design after they are woven in Nepal.

when he would hand make the rugs

in his business. For a while now,

though, the Krulls have been working

with weavers in Nepal, ever

since they reached out to Aspen Carpet.

Before the finalized designs get

to the Nepalese weavers –– workers

whom Jerry said do not practice

in child labor, something he made

sure to research and ask about before

partnering with them –– Laura’s interior

design knowledge and taste for

fashion and style come into play.

“I just have always loved it,”

Laura said about design. “I joke I

used to get in so much trouble as

a little girl. My mom would come

home from work, and I’d have the

whole house rearranged. … And I

just remember being just really little

and going into people’s houses and

thinking ‘Oh, that would look better

over here.’”

Laura said she didn’t realize being

an interior designer was a viable

career option when she was growing

up, so it wasn’t something she

got into. But, with her background

working for Aspen Carpet and a

nudge from her husband, Laura enrolled

in Joliet Junior College in the

mid-2000s and got a degree in interior


With an ability that she says always

came naturally to her, Laura

is the one in the family business

who works with clients — often via

email and Skype because of Aspen

Carpet’s national and even global

reach — to fill in the custom rug designs

with colors that fit the client’s

desires, but also match the aesthetics

of motifs and other accessories

or pieces of furniture in the room.

Then, the designs get sent to

the weavers, who spend weeks to

months making the rugs, by hand.

Once they are shipped back to the

United States, Laura and Jerry inspect

them in their home, which is

where their one-room design studio

(consisting of a couch, computer

and quaint library of Frank Lloyd

Wright, Prairie-style and architectural

design books and magazines)

is located.

Finally, the rugs are shipped to

their clients. Sometimes, they are

delivered personally by the Krulls.

This happens only for local clients.

The nearest client, from what they

can recall, is a homeowner in Orland

Park’s Crystal Tree gated community.

Another nearby client was

a family in Elmhurst, which was a

two-part project and was featured

on a television design show.

Laura has also done interior design

consulting for a jewelry store

owner friend in Frankfort.

Though they don’t recall the exact

number of clients they’ve had,

Jerry estimates it at close to 1,000.

A steel company in Saudi Arabia is

the most interesting one of all, and

the biggest project took two years of

planning and included 20-25 rugs.

In the first few years of Aspen

Carpet’s existence, Jerry traveled

to Spring Green, Wisconsin, to

attend a special event at Wright’s

Taliesin estate for his would-be

130th birthday. The Krulls haven’t

yet been to any events this year

for the 150th celebration, but Jerry

recalled the 130th by admiring

Wright’s architectural vision and


Wright didn’t want anything

blocking the view from one of the

house’s windows, but he wanted

the window to form a corner without

anything in between the two

panes. At that time, there were no

construction methods to make it

a reality. So, instead, Wright left a

gap in between the two windows. In


Back home, in Mokena, the Krulls

have an unobstructed vision of

their future. Come retirement, Jerry

and Laura will be heading west to

Arizona. And they plan to take their

business with them.

“[It’s an] easy business to move,

because we don’t have inventory,”

Jerry said.

Maybe they’ll end up close to

Scottsdale, an ideal setting considering

that one of Frank Lloyd

Wright’s former homes, Taliesin

West, is located there.

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Musicpalooza hits Mokena

Firecracker Festival plays host to youth talent showcase

Abbie Paczesny adds a little rock and roll to the event by playing “Rock Around the Clock”

on the keyboard.

Grant Briscoe plays “Imperial March” on guitar during All About Music & Children’s

Theatre’s Musicpalooza, hosted at the Font Street Metra station Friday, July 14, during the

Mokena Lions Club’s 30th annual Firecracker Weekend. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd

Century Media

Ava Lord begins her vocal performance of “My Favorite Things.” The Firecracker Weekend

also featured a car show and market Saturday, July 15. ​

Brianna Brusokas sings “Tell Me Why” during the performance.

With a little inspiration from the British Invasion, Cassidy Lloyd plays guitar and sings

“Twist and Shout.” life & arts

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Striking a chord

Lincoln-Way Youth Strings performs during

park district concert

Angelina Platos plays violin with the Lincoln-Way Youth


Beginner cellist Hunter Williams performs at the concert.

Michelle Freeland, director of the Lincoln-Way Youth

Strings and Lincoln-Way East High School Orchestra,

directs the beginners June 29 during a free community

concert hosted by the Frankfort Square Park District.

photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Mike and Ella Fisher of Tinley Park pose for a photo during

the concert, which was moved indoors to Lincoln-Way East

High School due to the rain.

Frankfort residents (left to right) Stephanie Davis, Sydney

Davis and Tavionna Robinson brought their blanket inside to

watch Savannah Davis perform with the Lincoln-Way Youth


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reach efforts he had done

in the past by performing

at area food banks and recently

at the Boys and Girls

Club in Joliet. He said taking

the next step to teaching

there was easy to get on

board with from the beginning,

and he said he enjoys

bringing music to children


“Music has been my life

since I was in first grade,

so when it comes to music

it’s literally in my blood,”

Contact Jessica Nemec

@708.326.9170 ex.46

Narcissi said. “It’s what I’m

meant to do.”

Eventually, he said he

hopes the program they’re

spearheading can become

a national program through

the Boys and Girls Clubs

of America. Narcissi said

beside being a great opportunity

for fun and

learning, it’s helping the

children with their self-confidence.

“It goes to show that

not everybody is wired the

same way, so we want to

broaden the outlook of the

Boys and Girls Club, as

well,” he said. “I mean, kids

will love to play games,

kids will love to play video

games, play basketball,

swim, do arts and crafts and

all that stuff, but what about

those kids who have a genuine

interest in music? And

that’s what we’re trying to

tap into.”

For their first stage experience,

Redmann said it

was important that the children

don’t perform in front

of their peers, which could


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5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m,

9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:

p.m. Sundays


Wednesdays following

8:00 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Holy Rosary

7:30 a.m. daily; 7 p.m.

Tuesday evenings

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker

Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service to

enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every week at

the church. Following the

Christian Education Hour

(9:15 - 10:15 a.m.), all beverages

can be found just outside

the sanctuary.

make the young performers

nervous about the perceptions

of their friends.

Instead, the group will perform

onstage at The Frankfort

County Market on Aug.

11, where they will have the

opportunity to perform for a

friendly crowd.

“Every musician is afraid

of what are people thinking

about me. I’m putting my

heart and soul on my sleeve

for people to judge me,”

said Narcissi, who said although

that can eventually

help a musician grow and

flourish, it can also initially

be a negative influence for

young artists.

Redmann said he hopes

the program, along with

the mission of the Boys and

Girls Club, can help students

reach their potentials

while continuing to give

them positive role models

and room to grow their


“They’re all packed in

here, just growing up and

having a good time with

friends,” Redmann said.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who have

struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome. All

meetings are confidential.

For more information, call

(708) 479-0300.

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. every Sunday

Worship Service

10 a.m. every Sunday. All

are welcome.

Women’s Bible Study

8:45-9:45 a.m. every Sunday

and 2-3 p.m. every Tuesday

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Amanda Stoll at

or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 34.

Deadline is noon Thursday one

week prior to publication. dining out

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The Dish

Quick-serve roadblock paved partner’s path to Burger 21

Ed Karayanes

opened Orland spot

after decades in

food service

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

The Bananas Foster signature shake is $4.49 for a small,

$4.99 for a regular.

When Ed Karayanes was

just 17 years old, he got a

job with a quick serve restaurant.

And for years, that was the

only chain for which Karayanes

— now a 53-year-old

resident of Elk Grove Village

— ever worked, ultimately

earning his way to partnership

in eight locations.

Then, he hit a roadblock.

His partner was downsizing

and making retirement

plans. And despite more than

three decades Karayanes invested

in the company, the

opportunities for advancement,

at least on a local level,

just were not there.

That is when he started

doing research and found

Burger 21.

“I just love their concept

and their menu,” he said. “It

was refreshing, what they

were serving.”

Burger 21 was born in November

2010, when the owners

of The Melting Pot restaurants

opened the chain’s first

spot in Tampa, Florida, with

a focus on high-quality, fastcasual

burgers in a hip environment.

The chain made a

pledge to use always-fresh,

never-frozen patties in what

it proclaimed the “beyond the

better burger” realm.

“It’s like a scratch kitchen

back there,” Karayanes said.

The chain features chicken,

turkey and seafood burgers

for those looking to get away

from red meat, if only for a

night. It also offers a slate of

decadent shakes — featuring

Ghirardelli products and

a proprietary ice cream — as

well as nearly a dozen condiments

(roughly half of them

created in house) for the

burgers and fries in Burger

21’s famous sauce bar.

The chain also features

special washing stations on

the main floor for children,

so parents can keep an eye on

them. And it actually encourages

its employees to spend

time talking to and learning

about customers.

Karayanes could not resist

it. He and business partner

Art Chimel first drove around

the country, checking out

many of Burger 21’s other


“We wanted to make sure

it was the right decision,” Karayanes


Karayanes reached out by

email to explain his career

to the owners and express

his desire to work with them.

He went through a six-month

process that included writing

an essay about himself,

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and ultimately was granted

the opportunity to open the

chain’s first and only existing

Illinois spot, in Orland Park,

with Chimel.

It opened on Jan. 25, 2016,

and Karayanes said Burger

21 was “fortunate” to catch

only the tail end of LaGrange

Road’s massive construction

project. The major thoroughfare’s

high traffic counts have

helped to make the location

an immediate success.

The BBQ Bacon Burger ($7.99) at Burger 21 in Orland Park features applewood smoked

bacon, cheddar cheese, onion strings, hickory BBQ sauce, a beef burger, lettuce and

tomato on a brioche bun. It holds the honor of being the location’s most ordered burger.

Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

Kyle Palanca, of Tinley Park, torches sugar atop a cross section of a banana to caramelize

it for the Bananas Foster signature shake at Burger 21 in Orland Park.

“I think it went very well,”

Karayanes said of the opening.

“And we’re going to

continue to grow strong in

this market. ... We’re happy

with it.”

Karayanes said Burger

21 always has a strong contingent

of regulars, but after

a year and a half of getting

comfortable with the new

digs, and playing into the

company’s culture by donating

10 percent of proceeds on

the 21st of each month to a

local charity or school — so

far, the Lions Club and Orland

Township Food Pantry

have been among the beneficiaries

— Karayanes is ready

to do more, especially on a

local level. Burger 21 has

been getting involved with

more area events and is to

debut at the Taste of Orland

Park this summer.

“We think that’s really

going to help us get our

brand out there,” he said.

“You hear from a lot of

people who thought it was

going to be ‘another burger

place.’ It’s not.”

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Baseball bat wood

4. Alain of Formula


9. Standout girls

soccer player with

Andrew, Brooke ___

14. Motor-oil can


15. Hawaiian veranda

16. “Dallas” matriarch

17. Personal statement


18. Distasteful

20. Notes that are

almost as easy as A,

B, C

22. Tablet

23. Founded, abbr.

24. Resting place

27. Not without my


29. Actor McKellen

32. Set straight

35. Resentment

38. Oz greeting

39. Corporation type

42. Tinley Park summer

event, goes with

64 across

44. Berlioz’s “Les

nuits d’___”

45. High school subj.

47. Transplant

48. Dixie drink

50. Rough-hewn

51. ___ slipper (orchid


56. Qatar’s capital

58. Purple-hued root

59. Sainted Norwegian


62. Brickyard 400


64. See 42 across

69. Before, to a sonneteer

70. Hedge plant

71. Studio sign

72. ___ quandary

73. Gray roof piece

74. Smart-mouthed

75. “’Tis a pity”


1. Digressions

2. Fried turnover

3. Robust

4. Most desirable thing

5. Indian queen

6. ___ roll

7. Seven-time NFL Pro Bowl

tackle, Warren

8. Dwelling, var.

9. Person with a cause

10. Expressing future intention

11. 551, in old Rome

12. Freudian article

13. Fraternity party staple

19. Common street name

21. Time workers

25. E-mail address ender

26. Bad-mannered

28. Heavenly body

29. Interior

30. Ghanaian port

31. Not at all

33. Finish off

34. Hair coloring

36. ___ Lingus (Irish airlines)

37. ___ Speedwagon (“Keep on

Loving You” band)

39. White House initials of the


40. Lucy of “Charlie’s Angels,”


41. Unresponsive

43. Letters on a Cardinals cap

46. DiCaprio, to fans

49. One of the friends on


52. “Six-pack” muscles, briefly

53. Cheating

54. Desires

55. Fashionable hair color


57. State on the Gulf of

Mexico, abbr.

60. Admit frankly

61. “___, vidi, vici”

62. Ravel’s “Gaspard de la ___”

63. High-altitude habitation

64. Old spy grp.

65. Ice hockey org.

66. ___ la la

67. Ending for a pizza chain

68. A Turner


The Alley Grill and Tap


(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708) 478-


■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:


Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-


■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry


Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St.,

Mokena; (708) 479-6873)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic

Avenue, Psychic

night - second Tuesday

every month.

■9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:


■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands


Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe


Bailey’s Bar & Grill

(17731 Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 429-


■9 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:


■7 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia

■10 ■ p.m. Fridays: DJ

Dance Party

■9:30 ■ p.m. Saturdays:

Live Music

Cuzins Bar

(177th and Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 633-


■Wednesdays: ■

Live Rock

Band Karaoke


(17265 Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 429-


■9-11 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Open Mic

■9 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:


■8-10 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Live music by Miguel


To place an event

in The Scene, email




How to play Sudoku

Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

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

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan mokena

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“Actually our last average

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In all, buyers can select

from 13 ranch, split-level and

six two-story single-family

home styles; each offering

three to eight different exterior

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approximately 1,600 to over

3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included

in most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new

home truly personalized to

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Oversize home sites; brick

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cabinets; ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the kitchen,

baths and foyer; genuine wood

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three-car garage; a very important

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“When we opened Prairie

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So why wait? This is truly the

best time to build your dream


Distinctive offers custom

maple kitchen cabinets featuring

solid wood construction

(no particle board), have solid

wood drawers with dove tail

joints, which is very rare in the

marketplace. “When you buy

a new home from Distinctive,

you truly are receiving custom

made cabinets in every home

we sell no matter what the

price range,” noted Nooner.

Nooner added that all

homes are highly energy efficient.

Every home built will

have upgraded wall and ceiling

insulation values with

Recently closed Prairie Trails Arbor Model

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into

their new home, Distinctive

Home Builders conducts a

blower door test that pressurizes

the home to ensure that

each home passes a set of very

stringent Energy Efficiency


Typically a wide variety of

homes are available to tour

that include ranch and twostory


Distinctive is also offering

a brand new home, the

Stonegrove, a 3,000 square

foot open concept home with a

split foyer entry, formal living

and dining rooms, a two-story

great room, four bedrooms

and an upstairs laundry room.

Distinctive also offers Appbased

technology allowing its

homeowners to be updated

on the progress of their new

home 24 hours a day, seven

days a week at the touch of a


Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live featuring a

20-acre lake on site, as well

as direct access to the 22-mile

Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through

many neighboring communities

and links to many other

popular trails. The Manhattan

Metra station is also nearby.

Besides Prairie Trails, Distinctive

Home Builders has

built hundreds of homes

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Butternut Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well

as thousands in the Will and

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Visit the on-site sales information

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Call (708) 737-9142 for more

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The Prairie Trails

new home information center

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Manhattan, IL, 60422. Open

Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Wednesday and Thursday

and always available by

appointment. Specials, prices,

specifications, standard features,

model offerings, build

times and lot availability are

subject to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete details. real estate

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Professional company

located in Frankfort

looking for reliable

individual to apply dry

fertilizer. Experience a

plus, but not necessary.

For interview call:


F/T Admin. Assistant

Must have proficiency in

Microsoft Office Suite.

Competitive salary +

benefits. Please call



$52 4 lines/

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1003 Help Wanted

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

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Are you made for ALDI?

Hiring Event

We are looking for

Casual/Store Associates

and Shift Managers for the

Tinley Park location.

Casual Store & Store


(starting wage)

Shift Manager-$17.50/hr

first year when performing

Manager duties.

Please visit the following

location on Wednesday,

Aug 2, 2017 between the

hours of 6 A.M. –6 P.M.

to complete an application:


16150 S. Harlem Ave.

Tinley Park, IL 60477

Tinley Park Safety Dept.

looking for individuals to

work with on-boarding

driver applicants for

Transportation Company.

Candiate must have

knowledge of Microsoft

Office and possess good

communication skills. Will

train the right candidate.

Please forward resume to

F/T Landscape/Lawn

Maintenance Foreman. CDL

License req. Frankfort.



708.941.9254 (Spanish)


Spray-on & Blown Cellulose

Need motivated, dependable

individuals w/exp. or willingness

to learn. $13-16/hr plus

benefits. Call 815-693-1382

1003 Help


Junior Chef opening at THE


F/T, $12/hr. Chef will prepare

all food items, maintain a safe

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ensure proper storage of food.

Will only consider application

if US citizen or permanent

resident. Please email your

confidential CV/resume to

Scott MacKay:

for more information.

Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!




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1021 Lost &


Lost Yellow Lab Mix

14 years old, fatty lumps on

body. Wearing pink collar

with rabies tag, not


Missing from 162nd Place &

76th Ave in Tinley Park

Missing since July 1st.

Please DO NOT chase.

Contact Owner (847)778-2446

with any information. Any

information is greatly

appreciated, as owner is


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Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing

quality care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.


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Oh most Beautiful Flower

of Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, Assist

me in this my neccessity, oh

star of the sea help me .Oh

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Oh most Beautiful Flower of

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splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God, Immaculate

Virgin, Assist mein

this my neccessity, oh star of

the sea help me and show me

herein you are mymother. Oh

holy Mary, Mother of God,

Queen of Heaven and Earth, I

humbly beeseach you from the

bottom ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make request)

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this my neccessity, oh star of

the sea help me and show me

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herein you are mymother. Oh

holy Mary, Mother of God,

Queen of Heaven and Earth, I

humbly beeseach you from the

bottom ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make request)

there are none that can

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conceived without sin, pray for

us who have recourse tothee

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1052 Garage Sale

Barn Sale

Frankfort, 22919 Scheer Rd.

7/20-7/22, 9-4p. Antiques,

furn, tools, pool supplies, patio

sets, piano, clothes: wm tall, &

RC planes.

Frankfort , 19847 S. Edinburgh

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Home decor, high fashion jewelry,

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Lockport , 312 Madison St.

7/21-7/22, 9-3p. Tools, furniture,

kid’s clothing, toys. Everything

but the kitchen sink!!

Lockport , 318 Geissler St.

Bonnie Brae Sub. Sat 7/22,

9-3p. Silk flowers, vases, ribbon,

floral tape, & misc items!

New Lenox 763 Belot 7/20 &

7/21 8-2pm Furniture, Ladies

&kids clothes, toys, household

items, tools & more!

New Lenox, 2835 Daniel

Lewis Dr. 7/21-7/22, 8-3p.

Clothes, kitchen ware, enesco,

DVDs, video games, holiday,

tools, golf, toys, home decor,

& more!

New Lenox, 745 Wisconsin

Rd. 7/20-7/21, 8-3p. Furniture,

home decor, dirt bike, records,

electronics, baby & much


Orland Park 17138 Deer

Creek Dr 7/21-7/22 9-3pm

Home decor, small furn, gently

used household items & more!

1052 Garage Sale

Orland Park, 13361 108th

Ave. Fri 7/21 -Sat 7/22, 9-2p.

Yard/lawn equiptment, household

items, kids items &toys.


Orland Park, 15251 Narcissus

Ct. July 21&22, 8-1p. Large

selection of plus sz womens

clothes & many other misc


Tinely Park 17719 Flannagan

Ct. 7/21-22, 8 a.m. Moving

house after 15 yrs. One huge

sale. Everything from furn,

pictures, hshld, Xmas items,

toys, games, clothing, garden

pots, tools and more!

1053 Multi Family


Green Gardens Township

26321 & 26548 S. 104th Ave.

7/21 & 7/22, 8-4. 2 homes,

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Mokena 11010 Revere Rd 7/21

9-4pm 7/22 9-3pm Antiques,

household items and too much

to list! Don’t miss this one!

Orland Park, 16443 Nottingham

Ct. July 20 & 21, 8-3p.

Longaberger baskets, crystal &

cut glass items, hshld items, &

more! Moving!

Tinley Park, 16620 Fairfax Ct.

1block east ofOak Park Ave.

7/21, 8-3p. 4 homes participating!

1054 Subdivision


Brookside Glen Townhome

Community Garage Sale

80th Ave & 191st St in Tinley

Park. Sat, July 22nd 8-4pm.

1057 Estate Sale

Frankfort 229 Pfaff. 7/21-22,

9-3. Huge Estate/Barn Sale.

Barn is loaded with everything

for your home, garage, &yard.

Don’t miss. Sat: 50% off!

Oak Forest, 14816 Temple,

July 21 & 22, 8-5p. Furn, art

objects, kitchen ware & all

sorts of general & wood working

tools, nic-nacs, jewelry, durable

medical equipt. & more.


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jacks. Camper in A1

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2703 Legal Notices


The Mokena Fire Protection District

(MFPD) is seeking sealed bids

for the purchase of Armor Express

ballistic body armor ensemble per

MFPD specifications. Detailed

specifications for the proposed purchase

are on file with the MFPD at

19853 S Wolf Rd, Mokena, IL

60448. Bids will be accepted until

12:00 PM on August 3, 2017; after

which time no additional bids will

be accepted. The sealed bids will

be opened atapublic bid opening

at 1:00 PM on August 3, 2017 at

19853 S Wolf Rd, Mokena, IL

60448. The District reserves the

right toreject any and all bids and

is not required to accept abid that

does not meet its established specifications,

terms of delivery, quality

and serviceability requirements.


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National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

Will County Regional Office of Education today announced on behalf of the Boards ofEducation ofSchool Districts #17, #30C, #33C, #70C, #81, #84,

#86, #88, #88A, #89, #90, #91, #92, #114, #122, #157C, #159, #161, #200U, #201U, #202, #203, #204, #205, #207U, #209U, #210, #255U, #365U, and

#843 in the counties ofKankakee, Kendall, and Will, State ofIllinois, that Channahon School District #17, Troy School District #30C, Homer School

District #33C, Laraway School District #70C, Union School District #81, Rockdale School District #84, Joliet Elementary School District #86,

Chaney-Monge School District #88, Richland School District #88A, Fairmont School District #89, Taft School District #90, Lockport School District

#91,Will County School District #92, Manhattan School District #114, New Lenox School District #122, Frankfort School District #157C, Mokena

School District #159, Summit Hill School District #161, Beecher School District #200U, Crete-Monee School District #201U, Plainfield School District

#202, Elwood School District #203, Joliet High School District #204, Lockport High School District #205, Peotone School District #207U, Wilmington

School District #209U, Reed-Custer School District #255U, Valley View School District #365U, and Lincoln Way Special Ed. Cooperative #843 announce

their policies for free and reduced price lunch, breakfast, and after school snack for those students unable topay the full price for meals and

snacks under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining



(Effective from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)

Household Size FREE Household Size REDUCED-PRICE

Annual Monthly Twice Per Every Two Weekly Annual Monthly Twice Per Every Two Weekly

Month Weeks Month Weeks

1 $15,678 $1,307 $654 $603 $302 1 $22,311 $1,860 $930 $859 $430

2 21,112 1,760 880 812 406 2 30,044 2,504 1,252 1,156 578

3 26,546 2,213 1,107 1,021 511 3 37,777 3,149 1,575 1,453 727

4 31,980 2,665 1,333 1,230 615 4 45,510 3,793 1,897 1,751 876

5 37,414 3,118 1,559 1,439 720 5 53,243 4,437 2,219 2,048 1,024

6 42,848 3,571 1,786 1,648 824 6 60,976 5,082 2,541 2,346 1,173

7 48,282 4,024 2,012 1,857 929 7 68,709 5,726 2,863 2,643 1,322

8 53,716 4,477 2,239 2,066 1,033 8 76,422 6,371 3,186 2,941 1,471

Each Additional

Each Additional

Family Member + 5,434 + 453 + 227 +209 + 105 Family Member + 7,733 + 645 + 323 + 298 + 149

Children from households that meet Federal guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services. Complete one application per household for

all children that attend the same school district.

All meals served must meet the U.S.Department ofAgriculture meal requirements. However, if achild has been determined by a doctor tohave adisability

and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, this school will make substitutions prescribed bythe doctor. If a

substitution isneeded, there will be no extra charge for the meal. If you believe your child needs substitutions because ofadisability, please contact the

school for further information.

Application forms are available at the principal's office in each school. To apply for free or reduced-price meal services, households must complete the

application as soon as possible, sign it and return it to the school. Households should answer all applicable questions on the form. An application,

which does not contain all the required information, cannot be processed and approved bythe school. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants

may be eligible for free/reduced-price meals and are encouraged to complete an application for meal benefits.

The required information is as follows:

FOOD STAMP/TANF HOUSEHOLDS: If you received a letter with an eligibility certificate for school meals, return the eligibility certificate to the

school your child attends. You do not have to complete this application toreceive meal benefits. Households that currently receive food stamps or ‘‘Temporary

Assistance for Needy Families’’ (TANF) for their child(ren), only have to list the child(ren)'s name and food stamp or TANF case number and

sign the application. Applications listing LINK card number cannot be used for free or reduced-price meals.

ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLDS: If a household's income isatorbelow the level shown onthe income scale, children are eligible for either free orreduced-price

meal services. Households must provide the following information: (1) the names of all household members; (2) the Social Security number

of the adult household member signing the application, or indicate if the adult does not have aSocial Security number; (3) the amount ofincome each

household member received last month, how frequently it is paid, and where it came from (wages, child support, etc.); and (4) the signature of an adult

household member.

The information on the application may be checked by school or other officials at any time during the school year.

Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. Households that are not eligible now but have adecrease in household income, an

increase in household size or have a household member that becomes unemployed should fill out an application at that time.

In certain cases, foster children are eligible for free orreduced-price meal services regardless ofthe household income. Households that have foster children

living with them and wish to apply for free orreduced-price meal services for them should complete the application. Homeless, migrant and runaway

youth are categorically eligible for free meals. Please follow instructions and return form to school.

Households dissatisfied with the ruling ofthe official may wish to discuss itwith the school. Households also have the right to afair hearing. This can

be done by calling or writing the following official:

The Principal, Business Manager, or Superintendent in the school/school district in which you live

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department ofAgriculture policy, all institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color,

national origin, sex, age, or disability. Tofile acomplaint ofdiscrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue,

SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.




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42 | July 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger sports

Bumping up a level

LWC volleyball players take fifth at national tourney

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Peyton Nigro

Lincoln-Way Central senior

Peyton Nigro will be a key

cog in the Knights defense

during the 2017 season. He

earned first-team honors for

the 2016 Team 22 football


An area team that consisted of Providence player Matt Russo; Lincoln-Way Central player

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How did you get started

with football?

I started playing football

when I was, I think, [in] second

grade, because we just

moved to Mokena, and my

dad’s best friend started to

work the league.

Before a game, do you

have and rituals or


Before every game, a superstition

for me would be

I wear the same cutoff [Tshirt]

that we got from our

team. It was one of the first

shirts we got. I wear that every

game, and then I eat the

same sandwich every Friday.

I have turkey, lettuce, mayo

and I think cucumbers.

What are your goals for

your senior season?

My senior season goals

would be, I would like to

have 10 interceptions, [be]

all-state and [have] my team

make it to the state championship.

What are you working

on for your final high

school season?

This year, I’m working on

more of perfecting the run

game. I think my pass game

defense has been pretty

good, but I think I just need

to work on my run this year.

What do you like the

most about football?

What I like the most about

playing football is just the

joy in being with the team

and being part of such a

huge family, where you have

your brothers with you all

the time. They’re always

there, cheering you on no

matter what.

If you won the lottery,

what would you buy


If I won the lottery, I would

probably buy my own outlet

mall where I could shop at.

I would buy the whole thing

so I could pick out anything

I want in the whole mall.

Who is your favorite


My favorite athlete is

— this is a hard one — my

favorite athlete is LeBron

James. I really like the way

he plays basketball. I’ve

always been a huge fan of

him. He’s the best player in

the game, as of now, and I

think that he has great character,

and his athletic ability


is outstanding. He’s a freak

of nature.

What is a perfect

postgame meal?

Usually, me and my teammates

will go out. We like either

El Burrito Loco [in New

Lenox] or Meatheads [in

Frankfort], if it’s still open.

I like Burrito Loco a lot, because

I’m a huge burrito fan.

What item or two that

you own could you not

live without?

I can’t live without my

car and my phone. My car,

it brings me everywhere.

I’m always driving my car.

I’m always on my phone,

either watching film or just

staying connected with everyone.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be an

FBI agent. I’ve always been

a huge law enforcement fan.

That’s something I’d really

like to do. I’m really into

crime [prevention].

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44 | July 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger sports

A different kind of state representative

Mokena lacrosse

player represents

Illinois in national


Kyle LaHucik, Editorial Intern

Mokena resident Nick

Cornfield was “shocked”

when he was selected to play

at this year’s Warrior National

Prospect Invite, a twoday

lacrosse showcase that

NCAA coaches attend.

But it’s not a shock for


Cornfield is currently being

scouted by 15 colleges,

his dad said. Cornfield, a

rising junior at St. Rita, will

be one of 10 athletes (five

boys, five girls) to represent

Illinois at the national

tournament held Monday

and Tuesday, July 17-18, in

Richmond, Virginia.

To get to the national

stage, Cornfield has committed

himself to the sport since

he was a fifth-grader. At the

time, after being cut from a

baseball team, he decided

not to play sports for a little


“I didn’t really want to

play anything after that because

I remember that,”

Cornfield said. “And then my

mom talked me into playing

lacrosse. I thought ‘Why not

just give it a shot?’”

Since then, Cornfield has

set his athletic sights on lacrosse,

with an academic eye

for political science, which

he hopes to study in college.

“So, I tried out for this club

team, called True Lacrosse.

I made the team there, and

then I kind of just built my

way up from there,” Cornfield

said. “I just worked at

it every day, I just got myself


Though the 5-foot 8-inch,

140-pound athlete works

hard and takes the sport seriously,

Cornfield said it’s

Mokena native and St. Rita student Nick Cornfield gets ready for action for his high school squad earlier this year.

Cornfield represented Illinois as one of 10 players from the state chosen to participate in the Warrior National Prospect

Invite Monday and Tuesday, July 17-18, in Richmond, Virginia. Photos Submitted

Cornfield works on his game during a match with his club team, NXT.

also fun, and the “love of the

game” is what keeps him going.

“It’s one of the best hobbies

I ever did,” Cornfield

said. “It’s just so entertaining,

and you could never get

sick of it. There’s never like

a point where you just get

sick of lacrosse.”

While at Mokena Junior

High School, Cornfield was

approached by the St. Rita

head coach Jim Jucinski.

“I went over [to St. Rita]

for the shadow visit, and I

instantly fell in love with the

school, because I felt like it

was a second home to me

there,” Cornfield said. “They

all treated you good and everything.”

Cornfield was approached

by Jucinski because of what

the coach saw in him.

“Nick possessed great

fundamentals and a high lacrosse

IQ for someone of his

age,” Jucinski said.

That high IQ helped earn

Cornfield a spot on the varsity

team his freshman year.

For his next and last two

years of high school, Cornfield

hopes St. Rita can win

a state championship, and

he will continue “trying to

do the best I could on the


Jucinski looks forward to

improvement in Cornfield,

too. The coach said he wanted

to see his young athlete

“be more of a team leader

both through on-field leadership

and vocally.”

The St. Rita coach isn’t

the only person who coaches

Cornfield. His uncle, who

Cornfield said is in a few lacrosse

hall of fames, is a role

model for him.

Cornfield goes to upstate

New York every summer to

train with his uncle and to

play indoor lacrosse, which

“helps get your stick skills

better, which increases


Before he played at the National

Prospect Invite, which

had a rigorous selection process

by college coaches who

looked at videos of the athletes

who applied, Cornfield

will play at the Philly Summer

Invitational for his club

team, NXT Lacrosse.

At the National Prospect

Invite, Cornfield said

he hopes to speak with

the Benedictine and Naval

Academy coaches. He has

the potential to be scouted by

coaches from many NCAA

Division I and Division II

colleges and will attempt to

put his best foot forward as

a long stick midfielder, the

only player on a lacrosse

team who is allowed to play

the full field.

Come fall, he might commit

to one of the colleges.

Cornfield’s dad said he

would like to commit by November

so they can be done

with the recruiting process.

And while his future

athletic plans remain fluid,

Cornfield plans to join the

student government at St.

Rita this upcoming school

year, which will possibly

give him a better idea of

whether or not he wants to

stick with political science

wherever he continues

his athletic and academic


For now, and at least the

next six years, there is no

doubt Cornfield will stick to

lacrosse. sports

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Underdog Griffins earn summer regional win


Freelance Reporter

A couple of weeks ago,

the Lincoln-Way East baseball

team didn’t know if it

was going to be participating

in the Illinois High School

Baseball Coaches Association

Summer Baseball Tournament.

After all, the Griffins

had only played three

games as a team all summer.

But this week, East played

in the IHSBCA Phil Lawler

Summer Classic State Tournament

at North Central

College in Naperville and

Benedictine University in

Lisle after winning the local


Such is the odyssey for

the Griffins, who tripled

their summer win total in

two days with four victories.

That was capped off with an

8-5 win over the host Porters

on July 12 in the title game

of the Lockport Summer

League Regional.

“We didn’t even play a

game [the previous] week,”

East coach Eric Brauer said

of the week of Independence

Day. “So we were not in the

[IHSBCA] Tournament until

late [that] week. We had

played three games all summer

and then we played four

in 36 hours.”

The summer regional

championship was the first

for East since it won the

summer state tournament in

2008. Lincoln-Way North

won the IHSBCA Phil

Lawler Summer Classic

State Tournament in 2011

and 2015 and Lincoln-Way

— when it was still just one

school — won the summer

state in 2000.

In past years, there was a

requirement that the teams

entered in the IHSBCA

Tournament play 10 games

in the summer. But due to a

decreased number of teams

getting involved in the tournament

because of travel

ball, that stipulation was

dropped for this summer.

That worked out perfect for

East (6-1). Brauer, who was

hired last month after leading

Chicago Christian to a 40-2

record and a third-place Class

2A state finish this spring, put

together the team in a short

time and proved that next

spring looks promising.

“I was at football camp

when all of the sudden I got

a message to come out and

play baseball,” East senior

Jake Tencza said of a text he

got in June when he didn’t

know that there would be a

Griffin summer league team.

“So we just went out and


“But we bought into the

championship culture that

coach [Brauer] brought.

We’re just getting started

and it feels great.”

In the title game against

the Porters (11-5), East

took the lead for good with

a four-run fourth. Senior

Jake Slager’s sacrifice bunt

turned into an errant throw

that allowed two runs to

score and tie the game. Junior

Matt Watson (2-for-3)

walloped an RBI triple to

put East ahead for good and

Tencza (2-for-3, 3 RBI) added

an RBI double to give the

Griffins a 5-3 advantage.

“I hit the ball well,” Watson

said. “It feels great to

have beaten a top program

like Lockport and win this

regional championship.”

In the fifth inning, East

loaded the bases on a pair

of walks and a hit by pitch.

Then, with two outs, Tencza

was also hit by a pitch to

make the score 6-3.

“I couldn’t do it without

my teammates getting on

base,” Tencza said of his

success in the game. “We

made the Lockport pitchers

Julian Everett takes a swing during a game last spring. East won the Lockport Summer League Regional, which took

place over two days last week, after defeating Lockport July 12. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

throw a lot of pitches and

kept turning over our lineup.”

Lockport left the bases

loaded in the fifth, but did

cut the lead to 6-5 when junior

Collin Woulfe (1-for-4,

2 RBI) hit the eighth pitch of

his at bat to right field for a

two-out, two-run single.

But the Griffins added a

pair of two insurance runs in

the seventh on a wild pitch

and an error. Chase Blatzer

earned the save for winning


“I got both strikeouts on

curve balls,” Blatzer said. “I

don’t get nervous out there, I

just go out do my thing and

throw strikes in the key situations.”

A two-out, two-run double

by junior Jack Mladic (2-for-

4, 2 RBI) capped a three-run

first for Lockport, which

scored the games first run on

an error. The Griffins began

their comeback when Tencza

had a one-out RBI single to

left in the third.

Earlier in the day in the

opening semifinal game,

East had an incredible rally

to defeat Minooka 10-9.

Trailing 7-0 after one inning

and 9-7 with two outs in the

top of the seventh, the Griffins

came back to win.

“We never thought we were

out of the game,” Watson said.

“I went to the plate with the

mindset to get the job done.”

True to his word, Watson

whacked a two-out RBI

double to tie the game at 9-9.

That came on the heels of a

two-out RBI double by senor

Jake VanderWoude. When

junior Zack Jurgens (2 for 5,

2 RBI) reached on an error,

the go-ahead run scored. Senior

left-hander Dan Sajewski

pitched three scoreless

innings in relief, allowing

one hit to get the win.

Minooka (12-4) was the

No. 1 seed in the regional.

In the second semifinal,

Lockport defeated Plainfield

North (10-3) 7-1.

In the quarterfinals, which

were all held on Tuesday,

July 11, East edged Plainfield

Central 8-7. Griffin

senior Julian Everett annihilated

a two-run home run

that broke a 5-5 tie in the

top of the sixth. Everett also

doubled and Slager and Jurgens

each added three hits.

Junior Matt Clark got the

win in relief as Central (8-5)

couldn’t score in the bottom

of the seventh.

Earlier on Tuesday, the

Griffins traveled to Plainfield

South for a 10 a.m.

game that was a makeup

of the previous days opening

round rain out. There,

East defeated the defending

IHSBCA state champion

Cougars 3-1.

Slager smacked an RBI

triple and senior Brandon

Petkoff poked an RBI single

in the third inning for a 2-0

lead. The Cougars (7-8) who

only return two players and

one starter from the summer

state title team, scored their

run in the bottom of the third

on an RBI ground out. Petkoff

added a two-out RBI

single to right in the fifth for

the final run.

Cole Kirschsieper went the

distance to get the win for

the Griffins. The junior lefthander

allowed only two hits,

while walking two, hitting one

and striking out 11 batters.

“My curve ball kept them

off balance and I wanted the

complete game,” Kirschsieper

said. “That was only

our fourth game of the summer,

but I like the chemistry

between everyone and I expect

us to go far in the playoffs

next spring.”

46 | July 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger sports

On the lookout for a guy who’s hard to miss

Former East

offensive lineman

named to watch list

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

In the early 2010s, fans of

the Lincoln-Way East football

team could hardly miss

Nick Allegretti on the field.

The standout offensive lineman

was a key player on

some offensive juggernauts.

But now, the nation may

be catching up to what those

around the Lincoln-Way

East football squad already


Allegretti, a 2014 graduate

of Lincoln-Way East and

current offensive lineman on

the University of Illinois at

Urbana-Champaign football

team, has been named to the

Rimington Trophy watch

list. The award recognizes

the nation’s top center.

“I don’t even have a lot of

words for it,” Allegretti said

of being named to the watch

list. “It’s an awesome honor

to even be on that list.”

Though it is an award he’s

kept track of since he was a

teenager, Allegretti was unaware

he was on the watch

list until a former teammate

reached out to him.

“I don’t really have social

media, so I didn’t even know

about it,” Allegretti said. “I

actually got a text from Joe

Spencer, our old center, congratulating

me. I had no clue

what he was talking about.”

From experience to


Allegretti is no stranger

to success. He played a crucial

role on the 2012 East

football team that got to the

Class 7A state title game. In

2013, he was selected for the

U.S. Army All-American

Bowl after a season in which

he had 56 pancake blocks in


After being redshirted his

freshman year, he played in

11 games in 2015. He mostly

played at center and guard,

but also on special teams.

But Allegretti also showed

his willingness to do whatever

the team needed when

an injury led to him playing

defensive tackle.

“I had not played defense

since eighth grade,”

Allegretti said. “It was a

Tuesday or Wednesday of

the week [leading up to

the] Western Illinois game.

One of my teammates went

down, and we looked at our

D-line, and we didn’t have

many people left. We had

no depth. Coach came up to

me after practice and said,

‘What do you think about

playing D-line?’ I said, ‘All

right, let’s go!’”

Allegretti moved to the

other side of the ball, and,

on just two days of practice,

he played as a rotational guy

on the defensive line in the

second half of the season.

The following week, against

North Carolina, he got

thrown in on the defensive

line during the first quarter.

“It was a quick turnaround,”

he said, laughing.

“I hadn’t played it in about

six years, and never really

at a competitive level. But it

was fun, and I got to experience

something new.”

For Allegretti, the willingness

to switch sides of the

ball was innate.

“It’s just the way I was

raised,” he said. “My mom

and pops taught me to do

whatever I could do to get

onto the field and do whatever

I could for the team.”

Last year, however, Allegretti

was able to get back

to what he does best — protecting

the quarterback. In

2016, his sophomore season,

Nick Allegretti, a redshirt junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, started

all 12 games last season for the Illini. His success led to him being included on the watch

list for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top collegiate center.

University of Illinois Athletics

Allegretti started in all 12

games — mostly at strong

side guard.

“Last year taught me that

the more I know about the

offense, the better I’d be,”

Allegretti said. “I felt like

last year was a huge opportunity

for me. It was a blast.”

He also got a taste of playing

center again, starting at

the spot in a game against

Murray State when starter

Joe Spencer was out with an


Allegretti credits Spencer

and others for learning not

only the physical aspects of

college football but also the

mental, more leadership-involved


“The first three years, I got

to play under guys like Mike

Heitz and Alex Hill, and

Teddy Karras for two years

and Joe Spencer,” he said. “I

got to learn from all of those

dudes. I think I’ve learned

a lot about leadership from


And those leadership lessons

were invaluable, especially

considering the turnover

the Illini have had on

the coaching staff during Allegretti’s

time at the school.

“I got here, and the first

three years we had three

[different] head coaches,” he

said. “It was tough, and not

what I expected obviously.

But after the last coaching

change and Coach [Lovie]

Smith came in, I feel like

the whole team [thought] the

athletic department found us

a coach we can win with.”

Allegretti said the biggest

difference since Smith took

over the program is the way

the program is run.

“It’s run like an NFL program,”

he said. “We come

in, go to film, get treatment

and go to practice. It’s a very

efficient program, and we

don’t waste any time. If we

are at the stadium, we are

doing something productive.”

Going into this season, Allegretti

is slated for a bigger

role on the offensive line —

something he’s ready for.

“The Big Ten is a tough

conference, a physical conference,”

he said. “No matter

what team you are or where

your program is at, if you

want to win a single game in

the Big Ten, it is going to be


“But I think we have the

ability to go out there and

win a lot of games this year.

We have a lot of young kids,

and a lot of kids who are

stepping up.”

He pointed to running

back Kendrick Foster and

quarterback Chayce Crouch,

who he said has stepped up

to be a leader on the team.

“He’s a playmaker,” Allegretti

said of the young quarterback.

He said he also realizes

with his age and experience,

he needs to be a good example

for his younger teammates.

But he also has high

expectations for the year.

“The No. 1 most important

thing we have to do

is play hard and physical,

no matter what,” he said.

“If you go out there and

have a brain freeze, come

off the ball and still play

hard. When we go back and

watch film on Sunday, you

can’t say, ‘I took that play

off.’ We have the players we

need and we have the talent.

But if we take plays off,

we’re not going to win the

games we need to. We need

every single player, 11 at a

time, and everyone on the

sidelines to be engaged and

give 100 percent effort.”

A bright future

Allegretti recognizes his

playing career at Illinois is

winding down, but his goal

still remains to play the

game as long as he possibly


“Whether it is another

two, five or 10 years …

whatever it is, I want to play

as long as I can,” Allegretti

said. “I absolutely love the

sport. There’s nothing like

competing at this level.”

But that doesn’t mean it is

his only option. He said he

will graduate in December

with an accounting degree,

and he has his sights set on

perhaps pursuing a master’s


“Whenever football ends,

I’m really excited to get into

the business world,” he said. sports

the Mokena Messenger | July 20, 2017 | 47



Celtics lose late lead in quarterfinal thriller

22nd Century Media File



Players stepping up

for Lincoln-Way East

1. Julian Everett


The senior smacked

a two-run home run

during the semifinal

match of the Lockport

Summer League

Regional against

Plainfield Central July

11, breaking a 5-5

tie. He also doubled

in the game

2. Jake Tencza

The senior — who is

also training for the

football season —

went 2-for-3 in the

championship game

against Lockport July

12, in addition to

adding 3 RBI.

3. Cole Kirschsieper

Kirschsieper’s pitching

kept the defending

IHSBCA state

champion, Plainfield

South, off balance.

He struck out 11 batters

and allowed just

two hits during the

June 11 game.

Provi registers 17

hits in game that

combined for 27



Freelance Reporter

Mokena native Jack Flynders laces a hit during summer league play for Providence

Catholic baseball. 22nd Century Media File Photo

Providence baseball coach

Mark Smith doesn’t always

put a lot of stock into his

teams summer baseball season.

But with so many returners

expected back from last

season’s squad, which was

the first season in four years

the Celtics didn’t win the

Class 4A state championship,

Smith admitted that he

was looking forward to seeing

what the guys could do

this summer.

“I honestly thought we

could make a run,” Smith

said of the Illinois High

School Baseball Coaches

Association Baseball Tournament.

Instead the Celtics saw

their summer season end

abruptly in a 14-13 loss

to Minooka on July 11 in

a quarterfinal game of the

Lockport Township Regional.

Providence (7-8) blew a

10-2 lead in the loss, which

ended in such a weird way

that no one immediately

caught the fact that the winning

run scored was a runner

that was forced out on

the play. But Smith refused

to blame that and instead focused

on his teams inability

to hold the lead.

“It’s disappointing,” he

said. “We just can’t let that


Still what happened in the

bottom of the seventh was,

well strange. After a leadoff

out, the Indians loaded

the bases on a pair of walks

sandwiched around a single.

Cherokee Lebeau then hit a

sharp ground ball to senior

third baseman Dylan Gorski.

He tagged third for a force

out, but trying to complete

a game-ending double play,

his throw to first sailed down

the right-field line.

Jack Stoner, who was on

third, scored the tying run.

But Hayden Laczynski (3-

for-4, 2 RBI), who had been

forced out, instinctively kept

running and crossed the plate

with what the umpires called

the winning run. It happened

so fast that neither Smith or

Minooka coach Jeff Petrovic

caught it. When informed

of it afterward the coaches

agreed that Luke Faifer (HR,

sac fly, 4 RBI), who was on

first, probably would have

scored anyway.

Gorski (3-for-4, double,

RBI) had n RBI ground out

in the top of the seventh to

give the Celtics a 13-12

lead. Providence seniors

Logan Anderson (4-for 5,

3-run homer, double, 5 RBI)

and Nick Murphy (3-for-4,

double, 3 RBI), along with

junior Josh Mrozek (2-for-4)

highlighted the Celtics’ 17-

hit attack.

Providence pitching, however,

gave up nine walks.

“We’ve got a lot of guys

coming back and no matter

how well we swing the

bats, we can’t play defense

or pitch the way we played

[against Minooka],” Smith

said. “This was a nightmare

game. Our success in the

past is because we pitched

loose in games like this

where there was pressure.”

Anderson’s 3-run home

run highlighted a 7-run third

inning and made the score

10-2. Minooka closed within

10-6, but the Celtics scored a

pair of runs in the sixth to go

up by six. The Indians then

tied it by scoring six runs in

the bottom of the sixth.

“The last time I was this

disappointed in the result

of a summer league game

was in 2013,” Smith said.

“We led Sandburg [1-0],

and there were two-outs and

none on for them in the top

of the seventh. Then they

just kept scratching out hits

and ended up winning [4-1].

But look what happened after

that, so hopefully we’ll

be alright.”

The Celtics won the first

of their three straight state

championships the following


The day before, July

10, Providence traveled to

Tinley Park and defeated

Andrew 5-1. It was the

only first round Lockport

regional game played that

day. The other three were

rained out and made up the

next day.

Ben Vitas was the key

to the victory for the Celtics

with a complete-game

pitching performance. Andrew

(6-10) was also eliminated

by the Celtics in the

regional title game this

spring and in the opening

round of the summer regional

last year.

“Ben is going to be a

sophomore and had a great

outing against Andrew,”

Smith said. “He’s a righty

and made just 83 pitches. I

expect him to be in the rotation

next spring.”

Minooka (12-4) blew its

own big lead on July 12 in

the semifinals. The Indians

led 7-0 after one inning and

were still on top 9-7 with

two out in the top of the seventh.

But Lincoln-Way East

scored three runs to go ahead

10-7 and then held on for the

victory by that score.

Listen Up

“We bought into the championship culture that

coach [Brauer] brought. We’re just getting

started, and it feels great.”

Jake Tencza — Lincoln-Way East senior baseball player on

summer league success


Girls volleyballl

5:30 p.m. July 20

• Two Lincoln-Way East teams compete in summer

league volleyball against Stagg, Rich Central, Chicago

Christian and TF South.


42 – Youth volleyball

42 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Tim Carroll,

mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | | July 20, 2017



ground Despite loss

in regional quarterfinal,

summer league proves

successful for Providence

Catholic baseball, Page 47

AN underdog

story LW East

summer league baseball

advances past regional

with win over Lockport,

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Former East football standout named to award watch list for O-linemen, Page 46

2014 Lincoln-Way East graduate and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign center Nick Allegretti recently was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list. University of Illinois Athletic

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