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Booze news

Village discusses changes regarding rules for

businesses to obtain liquor licenses, Page 3

Sharing is caring

Sharefest takes community service efforts on

the road in Lockport, Page 4

For the festival-goers

Proud American Days to maintain patriotic tribute

but add new wrinkles, Page 9

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Country-themed event aimed

to help NL woman with

Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Page 5

Brady Clark rides a mechanical bull July 9 during the

Hoedown for Hodgkin’s benefit for New Lenox resident

Allison Bolhuis at Konow’s Corn Maze in Homer Glen.

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Business After Hours

5-7 p.m. July 20, Nurse’s

Nook, Inc., 1314 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox. Join the

New Lenox Chamber of

Commerce for a BAH with

Nurse’s Nook, which specializes

in health care apparel

and accessories for health

care workers. For more information,

call (815) 485-4241.


Splash Mania

Deadline to register is July

21. Event will be held from

10 a.m.-noon Friday, July

28, Walker Country Estates

Park, 299 Lenox St., New

Lenox. Join the park district

for some summer fun at the

splash park, featuring interactive

fountains and arches

that spray. End the day with

a nature walk by the pond

and a hot dog lunch. Cost is

$5 per person and includes

splash pad entry, hot dog,

chips and a drink. For more

information and registration,

call (815) 485-3584.

Movie Mania

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays,

July 21 and July 28,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Bring the entire family

for a free film on the big

screen. No registration required.

July 14 will feature

“Sing”; July 21 will feature

“Lady and the Tramp”; and

July 28 will feature “The

Lego Movie.” Snacks, blankets

and pillows are welcome.

This program is for

ages 2-12.

Food Truck Fridays

4:30-7 p.m. Fridays, 21

and 28, Hickory Creek Barrens

Nature Preserve, 20733

S. Schoolhouse Road, New

Lenox. Join the Forest Preserve

District of Will County

for their new foodie experience.

One truck will be

parked at the location each

week. The trucks will feature

Latin American street food,

empanadas, barbecue and

gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

District staff will be

on site with different items

for check out: binoculars,

field guides, bags or activities

to get you exploring the preserves

and working off your

food truck feast. For more details

and other locations, visit

Friday Night Flicks

6 p.m. Fridays, July 21,

and Aug. 18, New Lenox

Park District’s Administration

Building, 701 W. Haven

Ave., New Lenox. Deadline

to register is one week before

the event. Friday Night Flicks

are a great opportunity for

parents to have a night out.

Children will make a moviethemed

craft, play games and

enjoy pizza for dinner before

watching a movie and having

some popcorn. These programs

are for children ages

4-10. Cost is $12 per child.

For more information, visit or

call (815) 485-3584.


Sleeping Beauty

Puppet Show

10:30-11:30 a.m. July 22,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Stevens Puppets and

their beautiful old world marionettes

will bring the classic

fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty

to life. This program is for

ages 2 - 12. For more information

and registration, visit


Hoops for Hunger

July 24-28, New Life

Church, 500 S. Gougar Road,

New Lenox. Boys and girls

ages 6-17 are welcome to

attend. Ages 6-11 will meet

from 9-10 a.m., while ages

12-17 will meet from 10-

11 a.m. The camp is run by

Jack Fitzgerald of the Miami

Heat and Tim Schnyders,

who has more than 20 years

of college coaching experience.

Cost is $5 per camper

per day and one canned food

item. Food items will be donated

to local food pantries.

There will be daily prizes

including autographed Chicago

Bulls items, VIP passes

to Chicago Bears Training

Camp, and many more. Register

on the first day of camp.

Zentangle & Coloring

6:30-7:30 p.m. July 24,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Relax while decorating

adult coloring pages or

creating unique Zentangle

patterns. Materials will be

provided but participants are

free to bring their own.

Movie Screening

6:30-8:30 p.m. July 24,

Orland Park Public Library,

14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland

Park. South Suburban Moms

Demand Action for Gun

Sense in America is hosting a

viewing of ‘Making a Killing:

Guns, Greed and the NRA,’

an educational documentary.

The film depicts the gun violence

problem in America.

There will be time at the end

of the viewing for questions

and discussion. Due to mature

content, this documentary

is not appropriate for those

under 18 years of age. For

more information, visit www.

Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. July 24 Village Hall,

1 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. The New Lenox Village

Board meets the second

and fourth Monday of each

month. Meetings are open to

the public and all citizens are

invited to attend. For more information

and meeting agendas,



Duct Tape & Paracord DIY

5-7 p.m. July 24, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Use duct tape and

paracord in assorted colors

and patterns to create something

unique. All supplies

will be provided, including

snacks, but teens are welcome

to bring their favorite

duct tape or paracord.

Registration is requested.

For more information and

registration, visit


Proud American Days

Thursday, July 27-Sunday,

July 30, 601 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox. The

town’s largest annual event

will feature performances

on its main stage every day.

There will also be a carnival,

games and rides with special

wristband deals. Other activities

include a baby contest,

craft fair, military tribute and

more. For prices, the band

list and more information,

visit www.proudamerican

S’more Fun for Everyone

Deadline to register is

Friday, July 28. Event will

be held from 6:30-8:45

p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Hibernia

Park Concession Stand,

1664 Eagle Circle, New

Lenox. Enjoy a night of fishing

and a bonfire under the

stars with s’mores. Bring a

chair. An adult must accompany

all children. Registration

required. Cost is $4 per

person. Register online at

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Deadline to register is Friday,

July 28. Event will be

held from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.,

Friday, Aug. 11 and 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 12, Lions

Community Center, 1 W.

Manor Drive, New Lenox.

This event is for ages 3 and

older. Join the New Lenox

Park District for a Candy

Land-themed dance. Register

early because space is

limited. Cost is $19 per child

and $17 per adult. Register

online at www.newlenox

Controlled Burn Cook Off

8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday,

July 29, 601 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox. Join

the New Lenox Fire Protection

District for their sixth

annual Controlled Burn beef

cook off at the Proud American

Days. Cooking spaces

are limited. Cost is $75 and

includes a 13 pound roast.

Teams are limited to three

people including the “master

chef.” After judging, the remaining

beef will be donated

to Morning Star Mission and

proceeds from the contest

will be used by the New

Lenox Fire Foundation’s

“Save a Life Program.” For

more information and registration,

call (815) 462-0023.

Ben’s Bubble Show

10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday,

July 29, New Lenox

Public Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. Join

Ben, the bubble magician, as

he creates bubble sculptures

and does bubble tricks in this

amazing interactive show.

This program is for ages 3

- 12. For more information

and registration, visit www.



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information, call (815) 534-


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New Lenox Village Board

Officials review Village rules on

liquor license establishments

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

To ensure rules governing liquor license

establishments in New Lenox can accommodate

the potential for microbreweries and

wineries to operate, the Board of Trustees

are looking to amend Village codes.

The measure was slated for a first read at

the Village’s July 10 meeting, at which point

the board discussed the matter.

“When we were reviewing our liquor ordinances

before, we thought we had [all potential

uses] covered,” Mayor Tim Baldermann

said. “The good thing is we don’t because

people come with different ideas. Someone

had come in to us and was interested in opening

a microbrewery or winery, but it didn’t

have the food component.”

The Village is seeking to modify its rules

regulating liquor license establishments to

mirror another municipality’s codes. It will

detail information regarding a food component.

“This particular establishment won’t [have

a food component,]” Baldermann said. “If,

in fact, they move forward — but whether

they do or not — it was kind of brought to

our attention. Rather than giving variances,

we thought we would just tweak it. So, this

is just simply stating they don’t have to have

that food component in order to have a microbrewery.”

Trustee David Smith said the thought of introducing

a microbrewery in town is enticing.

“It’s a pretty good investment, too,” he said.

“It’s not just like opening a bar. You build a

microbrewery or a winery it’s not cheap. You

have to come up with money up front for all

the equipment.”

Baldermann agreed, and went on to say the

prospect of allowing such uses in Village limits

is a commitment on both the part of the

municipality and the prospective business


“Actually, this particular person that has

spoken to us currently has one in another

location that he’s operating,” he said. “He

knows what he’s into. So, you’re right. It’s not

anybody just… trying to open their business.

He understands what it takes. It is expensive.”

Also at that meeting, New Lenox officials

rejected a bid for water tower antenna relocation

as part of the Village’s plans to rehabilitate

Ferro Water Tower.

“If they can’t get it done in time, then we

are not able to honor the scope of the bid work

because we had [said] we wanted it done this

year,” Baldermann said.

The effort to secure a bid to a relocation for

the antennas was a struggle for the Village, officials


“It’s on us this time to reject the bids and

go back out again,” Baldermann said. “I think

it’s the proper thing to do because if we don’t

and we don’t get it done this year, then obviously

someone else that bids [says,’] Well,

wait a minute. If I knew you were going to

do it next year, perhaps I could have bid it at

another number.’”

New Lenox officials had discussed the

prospect of pushing the project off until next


“In the interest of transparency and doing it

the right way, I’m asking that we reject the bid

and go back out [for bids,]” Baldermann said.

In a 5-0 vote, New Lenox officials rejected

the low bid submitted by Horizon Brothers

for antenna relocation. Trustees Douglas

Finnegan and David Butterfield were absent.

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ShareFest brings its ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ Road Trip to Lockport

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

“Love thy neighbor” is

a concept as old as time itself,

but it can sometimes

be buried under the doom

and gloom on the evening

news and mean-spirited exchanges

often found on social


On July 8, ShareFest

brought this golden rule

back into the spotlight with

its mobile event at Fairmont

School in Lockport uniting

non-profit organizations,

churches, schools, elected

officials, food banks and

members of the community

with the sole purpose of

helping their fellow man.

ShareFest organizer, Gary

Cheney, is setting out to

unite people in the community

by making sure help is

given to those in need.

“Our mission statement

is pretty clear,” he said.

“We feed the hungry. We

clothe the naked. We bring

healing to the sick. We put

on job fairs because people

have a need for jobs and

education and we’re huge

on environmental impact


By handing out free, donated

groceries, at the “Love

Thy Neighbor” Road Trip at

Fairmont School, Cheney

estimated that somewhere

between 250-300 families

were able to fill their cupboards

with non-perishable

items and stock their

shelves with breads, fresh

vegetables, and more. “

We’ll feed over 1,000

people today,” he said.

Volunteer and food coordinator,

Mike Hilton, said

ShareFest collected close to

30,000 pounds of donated


“I have whatever I could

find which includes canned

goods, chips – which are

easy to get and last awhile

– and bread,” he said. “Two

Aldi stores gave me twoand-a-half

pallets of bread

in the last two days.”

Along with taking care

of people’s food needs, the

ShareFest event at Fairmont

also offered free books, free

clothes, free health screenings

and connected folks

with businesses looking to

hire workers. Orland Park

Dental Services was also

on-hand to provide free

preventative dental care for


Dr. Mary Cox explained

that dental exams, cleanings

and fluoride treatments

were among the services offered

at the event.

“It’s important to have

your routine preventative

maintenance done,”

she said. “We do a lot of

these events throughout the

school year and at health

fairs so hopefully the children

who are getting missed

can find us and get those

services done.”

Romeoville resident, Lisa

Abar, decided to check out

the Road Trip after receiving

a flyer and she was

struck by how the community

came together.

“It’s helping people who

really need it,” she said.

MaryAnn Rivera, of Joliet,

added that ShareFest

shined a light on the real

people behind the statistics.

“You notice how many people

are really in need,” she

said. “It’s not just hearing


One of the many strengths

of ShareFest is the group’s

ability to connect all of the

human components it takes

to organize volunteers, collect

donations and coordinate

efforts to make sure

help is always within reach,

whether someone needs assistance

with home repairs

or could use a hand paying

this month’s bills.

Will County Board Member,

Pastor Herbert Brooks,

Jr. from St. John Church

in Joliet, is grateful that

ShareFest organizer Gary Cheney helps carry boxes of food to a woman’s car at ShareFest’s “Love Thy Neighbor” event

July 8 in Lockport. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

ShareFest volunteer Mike Hilton replenishes the chip

supply during the event.

ShareFest provides somewhere

for local people to


“All churches need a partner

like ShareFest and Gary

Cheney,” he said. “Sometimes

we don’t have the

ability – or the volunteers

– to do the work that needs

to be done. Thank God for

Ryan Daimid organizes the books that were donated to


ShareFest and all these volunteers

that help us do our

jobs so much better.”

Upcoming “Love Thy

Neighbor” Road Trips are

scheduled for Aug. 9 in Romeoville

and Sept. 16 in Joliet.

More information can

be found at www.sharefest news

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Area unites for ailing NL woman at Hoedown for Hodgkin’s

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Kenneth Goings does a backflip on the bounce area.

Russ and Mary Petrizzo look through the raffle items.

Anyone who has battled

cancer knows how crucial it

is to have support.

As such, the family of

New Lenox resident Allison

Bolhuis hosted a benefit

dubbed Hoedown for Hodgkin’s

July 9 for people across

the area to help support her

in her battle to beat Hodgkin’s

lymphoma, a cancer

of the body’s immune system

that starts in the body’s

white blood cells called lymphocytes.

It was all part of

an effort to help raise funds

to pay for medical bills.

Live entertainment, hayrides

and Touch-a-Trucks

were some of the activities

setting the scene at Konow’s

Corn Maze in Homer Glen.

Bolhuis said the outpouring

of support was unimaginable.

“It’s so overwhelming,”

she said. “I can barely keep

it together. I can’t believe

how much support and how

wonderful everybody [is] in

the community — people I

don’t even know, people I’ve

never met before.”

But not everyone was

a stranger. Bolhuis met a

number of familiar faces she

hadn’t seen in a long time,

including her former gym

teacher who taught her while

enrolled in New Lenox


“That’s amazing that she

would come out for this,”

she said.

Bolhuis’ sister, Lisa Kikkert,

of Manhattan, said the

display of support shown

means everything to her.

“This is like seriously one

of the most emotional things

I think anyone of us have

ever seen,” she said, noting

the generosity of the staff

at Konow’s Corn Maze for

hosting the benefit for them

at no cost. “It’s overwhelming.

It’s so nice.”

A number of bands also

donated their time to keep

live tunes playing throughout

the event.

“We’re so fortunate people

are being so gratuitous,”

Kikkert said.

The benefit saw an estimated

200 people prepay for

admission and Kikkert said

they hear how attendance

at events of this type could

double by the day of.

Kikkert said it’s important

to note her sister is not alone

in her battle to beat Hodgkin’s


“I live less than five miles

away from her,” she said.

“Her kids are friends with

my kids, so I try to help her

out with her kids as much as

possible. I sat through one of

her chemo treatments with

her, which again was like a

super emotional thing ... We

talked the whole time and it

was a nice thing. She was

very glad I was there, which

was nice.”

Bolhuis’ nurse made an

appearance at the benefit,

and Kikkert said it was a

nice gesture.

“She’s super great, and

[the nurse and Allison] were

friends in high school,” she

said. “[The nurse] has a really

good interest in making

Ken and Allison Bolhuis sing July 9 during the Hoedown for Hodgkin’s fundraiser at

Konow’s Corn Maze in Homer Glen. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

Jim Peterik (left) and August Zadra perform together during the event to raise funds for

Allison Bolhuis’ battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

sure everything goes well for

[Bolhuis]. I mean, not that

anybody ever wants to ever

have this horrible disease,

but she’s in a really good

position. She’s got a lot of

support from her doctors on

down to all of us and strangers.

It’s like you’re speechless.

You don’t even know

what to say.”

Kikkert said she is glad to

help Bolhuis in any way she


“It’s just my baby sister,”

she said. “I hate seeing her

suffer, but I have a lot of faith

that she’s going to be okay.”

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Freedom Ride benefits TLC Animal Shelter, runs through NL

Event concluded at

VFW Post 9545 with

food, live band

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Every rider knows the best

way to take to the streets is

by motorcycle. So, when an

opportunity arose to embark

on a motorcycle run with a

pack of bikers, who all share

the same goals in mind to

raise funds and bring greater

awareness to TLC Animal

Shelter, the rest was history.

TLC Animal Shelter hosted

its second annual Freedom

Ride Sunday, July 9, in Lockport.

It was all part of an effort to

raise funds for the non-profit

organization based in Homer

Glen. The event coincided

with the animal shelter’s car

wash fundraiser, which took

place that same weekend.

“We’re hoping to raise a lot

of money to help because it’s

obviously a not-for-profit,”

said Tracy Lesmeister, a volunteer

for TLC Animal Shelter.

“They get no assistance

other than private donations.

So, I like to do what I can

to try and help raise a little

money to offset the costs that

incur in medicines for the


The animal shelter racks up

a number of different costs in

the effort to stay open, Lesmeister


“They take transports every

week from high-kill shelters

to give the animals a second

chance to get adopted,” she

said. “There’s all the standard

utility bills that you would

have in normal life and the

upkeep of the building. We

just had to get a brand-new

air conditioner because ours

went out. You know, it happens.

Plus, you have to pay

for the gas to go get the animals.

Taking them to the vet

and back is all money, and

then the money for the vet

Deacon George Goes, of New Lenox blesses the bikes of brothers, Corey and Denny

Carter before they leave on the Freedom Ride on July 9. The Carter brothers are the sons

of the founders that began TLC animal shelter in Lockport. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd

Century Media

bills and any medicines you

know is just ongoing.”

The programs offered at

the shelter are important, said

Jenna Marsh, an employee of

TLC Animal Shelter.

“We pull animals every

Saturday out of transport out

of Kentucky,” she said. “All

the animals are all set to be

euthanized. It doesn’t matter

whether they’re old, sick,

healthy, moms [or] puppies.

They give them about two

weeks to be adopted down

there and then they have to

put them to sleep because the

shelter’s overrun.”

Marsh said it is unfortunate

to know the predicament animals

sometimes face.

“We get 25 [to] 30 animals

every Saturday and they pull

up I think about 200 for all the

shelters up here [in the southwest

suburbs of Chicago,]”

she said. “It’s a big deal.”

The Freedom Ride brought

in about $5,000 last year, and

organizers were hoping to

top that figure again this time

around. In its inaugural run,

the event drew in more than

100 riders and nearly 200


“Everybody loved it last

year, so I’m hoping they’ll

all come back this year,” Lesmeister

said. “They all had

a great time. The after party,

they loved my band. They’re

called Fort Awesome and

they’re based out of Lockport.”

This year’s Freedom Ride

started in Lockport at Jackie’s

Pub and included four

stops allowing participants

to travel to places, such as

Frankfort, Peotone, Manhattan

and New Lenox.

“It really raises awareness

that the shelter is available,

and it really I think spurs a

sense of heartwarming attitudes

toward the shelter,”

Lesmeister said.

The support shown by the

many volunteers in the community

is formidable, Lesmeister


“I could not do this without

their assistance,” Lesmeister

said. “I started out about eight

years or so ago doing different

types of events for the shelter

and it was all on me. So it was

so difficult, but I enjoyed it. It

[has] taken such a weight off

my shoulders to have all these

amazing friends and volunteers

from the shelter come

and help.”

Dennis Theriault, of Joliet,

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adopting a pet through

the organization as well.

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people,” he said, laughing.

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I was just looking last night

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with an after party at the

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PAD to honor military, emergency services and feature new activities

Adult games, outdoor

yard activities new

this year

Amanda Stoll

Assistant Editor

Military tribute, food, entertainment,

music, games,

carnival rides, classic cars

and cute babies — everything

Proud American Days

is all about.

Again this year, New

Lenox residents will be

joined by festival-goers

from around the area Thursday,

July 27 through Sunday,

July 30 for the 34th annual


Lauren Lotz, Recreation

Supervisor at the New Lenox

Community Park District,

said the weekend-long event

is a great opportunity for

families, with lots of activities

and entertainment for all


As in years past, she said

the festival relies on sponsorships

from local businesses,

who this year include

Silver Cross Hospital and

Lakeshore Beverage.

“We have a record number

of businesses that have

stepped up and have helped

us by sponsoring the festival,”

Lotz said.

Festival-goers will not

go hungry with a variety of

food available from Beggars

Pizza, Joey’s Red Hots, Parmesans

Wood Stove Pizza,

RS Concessions, Smokin’ Z

BBQ, Tacos Maui, TCBY

and the New Lenox Republicans.

Although the festival is

largely put on by the park

district, Lotz said it’s not

something they do for a

profit but rather for the experience

people get during the


“We do it definitely for the

community its not a money

maker for us,” Lotz said.

“I’m sure that everybody,

families and so on, will find

something to do.”

On stage

There will be entertainment

every day during the

festival, sponsored by Silver

Cross Hospital, at the Main

Stage with a $7, cash-only

cover charge beginning at

5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday

and Saturday.

The Millennials and One

of these Nights will perform

Thursday at 6 p.m. and 8

p.m. respectively. Friday

entertainment will feature

Howl2Go Dueling pianos at

7 p.m., followed by The Boy

Band Night from 9:30 p.m.-


On Saturday, All About

Music Rock Band Camp

will perform at noon, followed

by Midlife Crisis at

4 p.m., 4Cast at 6:30 p.m.

and Hairbangers Ball from 9


Free entertainment from

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday

will include Jerry Armstrong’s

Legends of Las Vegas One

Man Show, Rendition and

Hillbilly Rockstarz.

Proud American Days

When: July 27-July 30

Where: 601 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox — East of



Tribute to our heros

Aside from the fun and

games of the festival is a

more serious time to honor

military veterans as well as

those in active duty. In addition,

this year the tribute will

honor first responders.

“It gets a little bit bigger

and better every year,” Lotz

said about the military tribute.

The tribute at 11 a.m. on

Sunday is sponsored by

Badda Bing’s Italian Beef

& Sausage, HR Green, Inc.,

M&M Custom Flooring, Tabron’s

Quality Plumbing and

RCM Heating & Cooling,

who is donating an air conditioning

and heating unit,

with installation, for one

member of the military.

U.S. Representative Bill

Foster of Illinois’ 11th district

will also be at the ceremony.

Lotz said veterans and

their families as well as active

and inactive military

and members of the public

are encouraged to attend the

ceremony and RSVP for the

ceremony by emailing PAD-

Activities abound

Thursday evening from

7-11 p.m. the festival will

kick off with a bags tournament

for participants ages

21 and older at the Games

Tent. Cost is $10 per person

and there will be cash prizes

awarded. Registration for

the bags tournament will begin

at 6:15 p.m.

New at the Games Tent

this year, the festival will

feature life-size outdoor

games for adults including

Jenga, Connect Four and


Also new this year, there

will be a mechanical bull to

tempt the most adventurous

and thrill-seeking attendees

at the Entertainment Tent

from 6-10 p.m. on Friday

and Saturday.

The Proud American

Day’s Craft Show starts at

8:30 a.m. on Saturday —

rain or shine — and will

continue until 3 p.m.

Admission is free for

shoppers, and the application

deadline for those interested

in selling is Wednesday, July

26. Cost for vendors is $30

for a single 10 foot by 18

foot space.

The ever popular baby

contest, sponsored by New

Lenox Friends of the Parks,

Rocky Dellamano Country

Financial and Town Center

Bank, will be taking place

from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Babies up to 36 months

old will be judged on cuteness,

patriotic attire and personality.

Cost to pre-register

is $10 and due Friday, July

22, while walk-up registration

will cost $15 and will

begin at 9 a.m. and end at

9:45 a.m. the day of the contest.

New this year, the children’s

area at the Entertainment

Tent, sponsored by Odyssey

Fun World, will feature

a petting zoo along with the

other activities for the younger

festival attendees from 2-4

p.m. on Saturday.

And for the young — or

maybe just young at heart

— the carnival will provide

hours of entertainment with

games and rides Thursday

through Sunday. Tickets are

$1 each and information on

wristbands can be found on

the Proud American Days


Tickets for the annual New

Lenox Lions Club raffle will

be sold throughout the weekend

for $10 per ticket. The

$5,000 grand prize and other

prizes will be drawn for on

Sunday evening. To buy raffle

tickets before the festival

starts, call (815) 931-9394.

“The annual raffle has always

been a big hit,” said

Lotz, who said the prizes are

still being finalized for the


After the military tribute

on Sunday, the Classic Car

Show at the Festival Site

will begin at noon and run

until 3 p.m. For those interested

in registering a vehicle

for the show, cost is $15 on

the day of the benefit. Proceeds

from the car show will

benefit Misericordia, which

Children enjoy one of the many attractions during last

year’s Proud American Days festival in New Lenox. 22nd

Century Media File Photo

supports children and adults

with developmental and

physical disabilities.

The show is sponsored by

Midwest Gear-Grinders and

Turtle Wax, and trophies will

be awarded for 10 categories

as well as Best of Show.

Cookin’ beef

The New Lenox Fire Protection

Foundation’s “Controlled

Burn” Beef Cook-Off

will be held in the Games

tent, with cooking beginning

around 8:30 a.m.

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Comet is a 5-year-old Siberian Husky. Her owners

took a lot of classes at New Lenox’s Stone City Kennel

Club. As a result, Comet eventually came to compete

in agility, scent work, rally and obedience. She is also

a therapy dog at Silver Cross Hospital. She’s a very

busy girl.

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neuroscience and Spanish. Her older sister,

Sedona, also attends OSU.

Sierra’s accomplishments include being

the saxaphone section leader in the

marching band, the pitch piper in Madrigal

Singers and earning the Seal of Biliteracy

for Spanish. She also participates in vocal

jazz, pit orchestra, pep band, honors band,

honors choir and lifeguarding.

Her family wishes her the best and is so

proud of all that she has accomplished.



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From Page 3

my country, we’re doing this

to show our appreciation for

the people who sacrificed for

our country,” Ward said.

The tribute will be held at

11 a.m. on Sunday, July 30

at the Proud American Days

Festival Grounds.

With New Lenox as

“Home of Proud Americans,”

this special event features

an opportunity for the

area’s patriotism to shine.

The Park District together

with the cooperation of military

organizations and auxiliaries,

special guests and

local veterans grows each

year. A special addition to

this year’s tribute will be the

recognition of first responders.

For more information regarding

this event please


or by calling the

New Lenox Park District at

(815) 485-3584. NEWS

the New Lenox Patriot | July 20, 2017 | 11

Police Reports

New Lenox man allegedly

punches driver several

times following crash

Ronald T. Hathaway, 56,

of 2563 Molly Court in New

Lenox, was charged with

battery after he allegedly

punched a driver following a

traffic crash.

Police said an altercation

ensued after Hathaway was

involved in a traffic crash

on Vine Street and Manor


Hathaway reportedly

punched the victim several


July 9

• Bryan J. Kupres, 38, of 863

Laurel Bay in New Lenox,

was charged with driving

under the influence of alcohol

when he was stopped on

Route 30 and Roberts Road

for allegedly speeding.

July 7

• Power tools were reportedly

stolen by two men at

Lowe’s on the 2400 block of

East Lincoln Highway.

• A vehicle was damaged as

it was reported that people

were throwing objects at

it while it was parked on

the 2200 block of Jackson

Branch Drive.

July 4

• A vehicle was reportedly

damaged due to fireworks

as it was parked on the 400

block of South Pine Street.

• A mailbox was reportedly

damaged due to fireworks at

a residence on the 200 block

of West Joliet Highway.

July 3

• Nicole R. Zyla, 20, of

11733 Stephanie Lane in

Mokena, was charged with

retail theft at Walmart on the

500 block of East Lincoln

Highway. Police said Zyla

stole about $44 worth of

goods from the store.

July 2

• Twenty bags of mulch were

reportedly stolen from the

Speedway gas station on the

300 block of East Lincoln


• Joshua F. Gessing, 20, of

1913 Hosmer Lane in Crest

Hill, was charged with driving

under the influence alcohol

when he was stopped on

Lincoln Highway and Pine

Street for allegedly speeding.

In addition, Gessing was

charged with illegal transportation

of alcohol.

July 1

• Checking account information

was reportedly stolen

and used to make fraudulent


• A vehicle was reportedly

stolen while it was parked

in a driveway at a residence

on the 200 block of Sheridan

Court. The car was later recovered

in Chicago, police


• Rose C. Johnson, 26, of

316 N. Bluff in Joliet, was

charged with driving under

the influence of alcohol

when she was stopped on

Cedar Road and Haven Avenue

for alleged reckless



Lenox Patriot’s Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found online on the

New Lenox Police Department’s

website or releases

issued by the department and

other agencies. Anyone listed

in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all charges

until proven guilty in a court

of law.

Park District announces arrival of fall 2017 catalog

Submitted by New Lenox

Community Park District

The Fall 2017 Catalog for

the New Lenox Community

Park District will be delivered

inside the July 27 issue

of The New Lenox Patriot.

For Park District residents

who live outside of the 60451

zip code where the newspaper

is delivered, your catalog

will be mailed via the post

office. We do suggest that all

New Lenox residents enroll

to receive The Patriot. The

US Postal Service requires

that a subscription card be

completed. For more information

on how to receive

the free weekly newspaper


From Page 9

Entries will be judged in a

blind taste test on things like

flavor, texture and tenderness

as well as appearance.

“We eat with our eyes as

well as our taste buds,” said

Tim Hartnell, New Lenox

Fire Protection District

Foundation president.

Hartnell, who works fulltime

as a representative for

Country Financial, said the

cook-off was a tradition for

many years at the Proud

American Days festival, but

the foundation brought the

competition back six years


The fire foundation supports

the fire department

financially and uses funds

raised to purchase equipment

for the department, but

Hartnell said they also take

the opportunity to help out

where they can.

“We are always going to

be about supporting our local

community and giving back

to our local community and

really sharing a blessing with

our local community,” he said.

And, although there may be

limited opportunities for tasting

from non-competitiors,

and to submit the required

information, please visit



If you do not receive your

catalog, please contact the

Park District at (815) 485-

3584 to arrange to have one

mailed to you or pick one

up from the Administration

Building, 701 West Haven

Ave. in New Lenox. For those

customers who are on the Park

District’s catalog mailing list,

your catalogs will be mailed

out the week of July 31.

Finally, if you are not within

the New Lenox Community

Park District boundaries,

but would like to receive our

Hartnell said the leftover food

from the cookout is going to

be donated to the Morning

Star Mission in New Lenox.

So, by participating, teams

are not only supporting the fire

foundation, they are helping to

provide food to people in the

community who are in need.

“It reminds us of what New

Lenox is about,” Hartnell

said. “New Lenox is a community

that gives back... This

is an event that gives people

the opportunity to make a difference.”

Cost to register a team is

$75 and includes the roast for

catalog, feel free to provide

your name and address and a

catalog will be mailed to you

each season. Please note that

if you have already requested

our catalog, there is no need

to sign up again.

This year’s Park District’s

Fall Catalog features a wide

assortment of both special

and holiday events together

with new recreational programs

for all ages which offer

new adult, fitness and athletic


Completed registration

forms can be dropped off,

faxed or mailed as soon as

you receive your catalog with

processing of registrations

cooking on-site, but teams

will be required to bring their

own grill, spices, fuel source,

utensils and anything else required

to cook their roast.

beginning on Saturday, Aug.

12. Please note that all resident

registrations received

by Aug. 11 are assembled in

a “lottery” whereby all registrations

thus far received

are randomly shuffled and

processed to ensure residents

are afforded an equal opportunity

to be enrolled in the

programs and events of their


Please note that the Park

District does not accept registration

over the telephone.

The new Fall Catalog will

be available on the Park District’s

website at beginning the

week of July 24.

Team size is limited to three

people. Registrations will be

accepted through the July

25. To register a team for the

cook-off, call (815) 462-0023.

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from any sort of distractions. Usually,

that means wearing headphones to block out

any noise around me and to keep me from


What do you like to do when not in school or


When I’m not doing school-related activities,

I like to play video games, watch movies,

read, go to the barn I work at or hang out

with my best friend.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a chemical engineer,

working with developing biodegradable


What do you keep under your bed?

Under my bed is basically a time capsule

of my life. Besides my old band music,

Legos and awards, it contains any random

momento that I feel is important enough to


Whom do you look up to and why?

I look up to my mom and dad because they

are so supportive of my siblings and me.

There is rarely a problem in the family that

they can’t fix, and the fact that they always

try is the most important part.

Who is your favorite teacher?

I have been fortunate to attend two great

high schools, so I’ve met a lot of teachers.

My favorites are teachers who always teach

about life and how to be a good person along

with math, history or science. If I had to

name a few, I would like to acknowledge

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school is Large Animal Science, taught by

Mr. Gast. The class was so enjoyable because

we did a lot of hands-on learning about

practical life skills.

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what would it be?

If I could change one thing about my

school, it would be to make recycling less of

an option and more of a requirement.

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is very obvious at Lincoln-Way West.

What’s your best memory from school?

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bus rides coming from Lincoln-Way Marching

Band events because the clarinet section

would sing all of the school fight songs on

top of each other.

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Frankfort man wins taekwondo

championship in special abilities


When Matthew Frame sets his

mind to something, he gets it done.

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. The competition

pitted the Top 10 individuals

against one another in each event

for every age bracket and division.

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, while placing second

in the Weapons and Combat

Sparring events. He placed third in

the Traditional Forms event.

“I’ve been training hard and

staying focused, staying cool without

losing control,” Frame, a thirddegree

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


Asked what makes her brother

so successful at the sport, Christie

Frame said it is Matthew’s perseverance.

“He doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer,”

she said.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance

Reporter. For more, visit Frankfort


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 during the 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 non-profit

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 Sunday, 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.

An estimated 250 people — a record

crowd and roughly 100 more

people than the typical turnout —

attended the event, according to

Shady Oaks Camp Executive Director

Scott Steele.

Reporting by Jason Maholy, Freelance

Reporter. For more, visit HomerHori


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 weekend.

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) 349-4111.

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 — coowner

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 barber 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 there [at

Luquillo’s]. So, I was there all the


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


Reporting by Editorial Intern Claudia

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Annual lemonade stand makes

sweet donation to local charity

When Kiera Fitzmaurice was

4 years old, she held a lemonade

stand that made $75, but instead of

keeping the money she decided to

make her first donation to PAWS of

Tinley Park.

“Weirdly enough, it was Kiera’s

idea,” said Liam Fitzmaurice, Kiera’s

father. “She wanted to do

a lemonade stand, but she didn’t

want to keep the money.”

Since then, Kiera, now 8, of Tinley

Park, has continually enlisted

the help of her two friends, Sophia

and Colin Cescato, and held an annual

lemonade stand to raise money

for charity.

“I think it’s awesome,” Liam

said of his daughter’s ambition to

help others. “Anything that she is

into, I support.”

Kiera, Sophia and Colin had the

biggest success this year with their

lemonade stand. The three raised

$1,570 and recently presented the

donation to Tinley Wish.

Tinley Wish, similar in style to

the national Make-A-Wish Foundation,

raises money through community

efforts and helps grant Tinley

Park families’ wishes.

“I think it’s great that the youth

of the Village of Tinley Park has

[gotten] involved in helping other

citizens of the village,” said Ken

Roemer, a captain with the Tinley

Park Fire Department and a Tinley

Wish board member. “One hundred

percent of the money that is

made goes to citizens in need.”

Kiera said she feels proud of the

lemonade stand and is looking forward

to next year.

“She does have a huge heart,”

Liam said. “She is always making

sure everyone is good and everyone

has what they need.”

Reporting by Assistant Editor Brittany

Kapa. For more visit, TinleyJunction.



Trustees, chamber recognize Fourth

of July parade organizer

Mokena resident Cindy Gamboa

may have been at the Village of

Mokena Board of Trustees meeting

July 10 to celebrate the accomplishments

of those who participated

in the annual Fourth of July

parade. But her own accomplishments

as the longtime chairwoman

of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce

parade were on the minds of


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.”

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Why Haven’t Senior Homeowners

Been Told These Facts?

Keep reading if you own a home in

the U.S. and were born before 1955.


It’s a well-known fact that for many senior citizens in the

U.S. their home is their single biggest asset, often accounting

for more than 50% of their total net worth.

Yet, according to new statistics from the mortgage

industry, senior homeowners in the U.S. are now sitting on

more than 6.1 trillion dollars of unused home equity. 1 With

people now living longer than ever before and home prices

back up again, ignoring this “hidden wealth” may prove to

be short sighted.

All things considered, it’s not surprising that more than

a million homeowners have already used a governmentinsured

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage or “HECM”

loan to turn their home equity into extra cash for retirement.

However, today, there are still millions of eligible

homeowners who could benefit from this FHA-insured loan

but may simply not be aware of this “retirement secret.”

Some homeowners think HECM loans sound “too good

to be true.” After all, you get the cash you need out of your

home but you have no more monthly mortgage payments.



It’s a fact: no monthly mortgage payments are required

with a government-insured HECM loan; 2 however

the homeowners are still responsible for paying for the

maintenance of their home, property taxes, homeowner’s

insurance and, if required, their HOA fees.

Another fact many are not aware of is that HECM

reverse mortgages first took hold when President Reagan

signed the FHA Reverse Mortgage Bill into law 29 years

ago in order to help senior citizens remain in their homes.

Today, HECM loans are simply an effective way for

homeowners 62 and older to get the extra cash they need to

enjoy retirement.

Although today’s HECM loans have been improved

to provide even greater financial protection for

homeowners, there are still many misconceptions.

For example, a lot of people mistakenly believe the

home must be paid off in full in order to qualify for a

HECM loan, which is not the case. In fact, one key

advantage of a HECM is that the proceeds will first be

used to pay off any existing liens on the property, which

frees up cash flow, a huge blessing for seniors living on

a fixed income. Unfortunately, many senior homeowners

who might be better off with HECM loan don’t even

bother to get more information because of rumors they’ve


That’s a shame because HECM loans are helping many

senior homeowners live a better life.

In fact, a recent survey by American Advisors Group

(AAG), the nation’s number one HECM lender, found

that over 90% of their clients are satisfied with their loans.

While these special loans are not for everyone, they can

be a real lifesaver for senior homeowners like Betty Carter,

who recently took out a HECM loan with AAG so that

she could finally get the extra cash she needed to fix up

her house.

“With the help of AAG, I have been able to repair my

home’s foundation that I had been putting off for several years,

refinish the hardwood floors, paint the interior and will have

the exterior painted within a few days. My house is starting to

look like my home again and it feels good,” says Carter.

The cash from a HECM loan can be used for any purpose.

Many people use the money to save on interest charges by

paying off credit cards or other high-interest loans. Other

FACT: In 1988, President Reagan signed

an FHA bill that put HECM loans into law.

common uses include making home improvements, paying

off medical bills or helping other family members. Some

people simply need the extra cash for everyday expenses

while others are now using it as a “safety net” for financial


If you’re a homeowner age 62 or older, you owe it to

yourself to learn more so that you can make an informed

decision. Homeowners who are interested in learning more

can request a free 2017 HECM loan Information Kit and

free Educational DVD by calling American Advisors Group

toll-free at 1-(800) 840-3315.

At no cost or obligation, the professionals at AAG can

help you find out if you qualify and also answer common

questions such as:

1. What’s the government’s role?

2. How much money might I get?

3. Who owns the home after I

take out a HECM loan?

You may be pleasantly surprised by what you discover

when you call AAG for more information today.


Source: 2 If you qualify and your loan is approved, a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) must pay off any existing mortgage(s).

With a HECM loan, no monthly mortgage payment is required. A HECM increases the principal mortgage loan amount and decreases home equity (it is a negative amortization loan). AAG works with other lenders and nancial institutions that offer

HECMs. To process your request for a loan, AAG may forward your contact information to such lenders for your consideration of HECM programs that they offer. Borrowers are responsible for paying property taxes and homeowner’s insurance

(which may be substantial). We do not establish an escrow account for disbursements of these payments. A set-aside account can be set up to pay taxes and insurance and may be required in some cases. Borrowers must occupy home as their primary

residence and pay for ongoing maintenance; otherwise the loan becomes due and payable. The loan also becomes due and payable when the last borrower, or eligible non-borrowing surviving spouse, dies, sells the home, permanently moves

out, defaults on taxes or insurance payments, or does not otherwise comply with the loan terms. American Advisors Group (AAG) is headquartered at 3800 W. Chapman Ave., 3rd & 7th Floors, Orange CA, 92868. (Illinois Residential Mortgage

Licensee; Illinois Commissioner of Banks can be reached at 100 West Randolph, 9th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601, (312) 814-4500), V11082016

These materials are not from HUD or FHA and were not approved by HUD or a government agency. V11082016

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From the assistant editor

How to stay safe in the hot New Lenox sun

Amanda Stoll

After graduating

from college, I

was a merit badge

instructor and rock climbing

director at a Boy Scout

summer camp in Central Illinois.

It was a hot summer,

and it was also a summer

full of severe weather.

I was required to take a

first aid class before camp

started, and I taught first

aid to my merit badge

scouts every week. Scouts

are all about first aid and

safety, after all, but I don’t

think it’s ever bad to be reminded

about those things.

One of our biggest concerns

during the summer

was the heat, and I remember

taking our two huge

water coolers to the water

spigot every morning —

and sometimes going for a

refill in the afternoon.

Staying hydrated is one

of the most important

things in the summer heat,

and can help prevent you

from getting heat exhaustion

or heat stroke.

It’s an easy to forget

about when you’re out

running around at the park,

hiking, boating or even just

sitting by the pool with a

foo-foo drink. Drinking alcoholic,

sugary or caffeinated

beverages might keep

you from being thirsty, but

it’s important to remember

to be drinking water, as


According to WebMD,

the most common signs

of heat exhaustion include

dizziness, fatigue, headache,

cramps, nausea and

profuse sweating. Heat

exhaustion also can cause

pale skin and rapid heart


If you or someone else

are experiencing the effects

of heat exhaustion, you

need to take action quickly

to cool down and avoid

the situation getting more


Start by getting indoors

— somewhere with air conditioning

— and out of the

heat. If that isn’t an option,

find a shady or breezy spot

to rest and drink some water.

Finding a fan or taking

a cool shower or bath can

make a huge difference, as


If those things don’t start

to lessen the effects within

about 15 minutes, then it’s

time to seek medical attention.

Heat exhaustion can

lead to heat stroke quickly,

especially in young children

or seniors.

Us humans aren’t the

only ones who have to

worry about their safety in

the heat. Pet owners and

farmers also have to keep

an eye on animals to make

sure they’re doing alright.

Heat exhaustion for

animals can look different

than for humans, so

it’s important to know the

signs to keep your pets safe

in the heat, as well.

According to PetMD,

heat exhaustion in dogs

can exhibit itself through

panting, decreased urine

production, lethargy, increased

body temperature

and irregular or rapid heart

rate. It might seem strange,

but excessive drooling

also can be a sign of heat


Dogs can be affected by

heat stroke, as well, so if

your dog is overheated, it

is important to get them

drinking water and cooled

down. We all know those

dogs who would chase a

tennis ball until their legs

fell off, but we also know

exercise increases your

body temperature.

If your dog is not really

the relaxing type, maybe let

them take a quick dip in the

pool, cool off in a lake or

get out the hose and spray

them down. I mean, what

dog doesn’t love when you

get out the garden hose?

Cats that spend time in

the outdoors can experience

heat-related illness,

as well, and some of the

symptoms are the same, including

panting, drooling,

increased body temperature,

lethargy, and rapid

pulse and breathing. Other

symptoms for cats can include

excessive grooming,

as well.

Again, it’s important to

get them cooled off and hydrated,

but unless you have

an unusual, water-loving

cat, it might not be as easy

as taking a dip in the lake

to get them cooled off.

Consider getting or

making a cooling pad for

them to lay on, which are

basically like large ice

packs that don’t freeze all

the way. I know my cat

likes to curl up next to the

air conditioning vent on hot

days, and I bet he’d love

a cooling pad if I got him

one of those.

All in all, it’s really just

about being smart and paying

attention to how you

and the people around you

are feeling.

Obviously, wear sunscreen

and sun-protective

clothing and a hat, as well.

I know lots of people

enjoy getting that summer

“glow,” but it’s not worth

getting burned and risking

skin cancer. I was told by

my dermatologist that sunscreen

won’t prevent you

from tanning, just burning

— so wear it!

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In Memoriam

Richard A. Bledsoe

Richard A. (Rock) Bledsoe,

59, formerly of New

Lenox, died July 12. He

was a 1976 graduate of

Lincoln Way High School

in New Lenox. Throughout

his life, he enjoyed music,

dancing and karaoke.

He loved his high school

alumni get-togethers. His

love of animals led him to

be a warrior for homeless

and abused animals. Most

of all, he enjoyed serving

his church, in which he was

very active in family history,

and volunteering at the

Bishop’s Storehouse. Family

received friends at The

Church of Jesus Christ of

Latter-Day Saints in Crystal

Lake. Memorial gifts in

Rich’s memory can be made

to the Missionary Fund at

his church at 480 N. Walkup

Road in Crystal Lake,

or to Save-A-Pet Adoption

Center, P.O. Box 266, Grayslake,

IL. 60030.

Edward F. Russell

Edward F. Russell, 72,

of New Lenox, died July 9.

He is survived by his wife

Linda Fitzpatrick-Russell

(Thompson); step-children

Timothy Fitzpatrick and

Shannon (Dave) Lykowski;

siblings J. Kevin (Robin)

Russell, Maureen Russell

and Patricia (late Pete)

Neff; grandchildren Jameson

and Camden Lykowski;

parents-in-law of Dave and

Pat Thompson; and many

godsons, nieces and nephews.

Edward was a board

member for the Will County

Historical Society. Family

received friends at Kurtz

Memorial Chapel. Funeral

service was held at St. Mary

Catholic Church. Internment

was private.

Robert G. Novy

Robert G. Novy, 69, of

New Lenox, died July 4. He

is survived by his wife of 40

years, Phyllis (nee Joiner);

step-children Deb, Ray, Sally,

and Sue, whom he called

his own; grandchildren

Adam (Barb), Amy (Tracy),

Andrew (Aimee), Joe

(Mandy), Tina (Tyler), Lauren,

Sean, Zoey and Kelsey;

many great-grandchildren;

siblings Pat (Rick), Pete

(Mary), Tom (Phyllis); and

many nieces and nephews.

Robert was a retired captain

of the LaGrange Fire Department.

His other interests

were building late model

race cars to race at Santa Fe

Raceway. He was a licensed

pilot and owned several different

small airplanes. Bob

also enjoyed his role as a

mechanic on the Hawk Sea

Fury Racing Team at the

Reno Air Races.

Family received friends

at Kurtz Memorial Chapel.

Internment was private. In

lieu of memorials, donations

to (NASCAR) the Denny

Hamlin Foundation (


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Lincolnway Christian Church (690 E.

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Worship Services

9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Family Fusion

Sunday, July 30 at both

services. This program is

designed for parents to bring

their children, no matter

what age. Experience worship,

communion, preaching

and offering in a way that

resembles what children and

students are accustomed to.

Nursery and Preschool will

be open. After the second

service there will be a potluck

dinner. Bring a dish to

share. The church will provide

meat and drinks.

Grandparents Raising


6:30-8:30 p.m. the fourth

Thursday of each month.

This support group for

grandparents or other relatives

age 55 or older raising

a child in place of their

parents provides social and

emotional support and ideas

to help you cope with the

impact of this role on your

health, emotional well-being,

finances, and family.

Social skills groups are also

provided for children ages

3-12 with a reservation. To

reserve a spot, call Kimberley

Tarcak at the Senior Services

Center of Will County

at (815) 740-4225.

HERO Family Support Group

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

This group is open to

anyone with a family member

currently struggling with

addiction, suspected addiction,

or currently in recovery.

Family support meetings

provide helpful tools

and information to better

equip people to help their

loved ones through their

struggle. This group provides

a supportive environment

with others who have

had similar experiences and

an opportunity to meet and

network with others.

Cherry Hill Church of Christ (2749

Lancaster Drive, Joliet)

Sunday Services

10:30 a.m. every Sunday;

1 p.m. on the first Sunday of

each month and 6 p.m. every

Sunday except the first Sunday

of each month.

Worship and Bible Service

7 p.m. every Wednesday.

Bible Study

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Summer Worship Schedule

9 a.m. services held outdoors,

weather permitting;

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Pastor Column

Using the term ‘hackers’

in a positive light

22ND CENTURY MEDIA is looking


and PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover events,

meetings and sports in the area.

The Rev. Dave Hedlin

Peace Lutheran Church

It used to be that a

hacker was someone

who coughed a lot.

Now it means someone

who invades a computer,

smartphone, data base or the

like – and usually not for a

good purpose.

Businesses, governments,

individuals have all been

hit. It doesn’t matter if

you have experts trying to

prevent hackers from succeeding;

those bad guys are

working overtime to find a

vulnerable spot and get into

your data. “How did they

get through?” we wonder.

Data files are not the only

place in our life where we

wonder how something or

someone got through. More

than one quarterback flat on

his backside (not to mention

the offensive linemen looking

at him there) has wondered

that. Hospitals, cruise

ships and airlines spend

huge amounts of money to

prevent infections, but they

still happen. Even people

who are germaphobes, who

wash their hands all the time

and avoid touching “everything”

still get sick. How

does that happen?

Sometimes how things

get through is a mystery and

sometimes we let them. On

our computers, we willingly

open an attachment – infected

with malware. In the

health world, simple precautions

are neglected.

In our relationships with

God, we also get hacked.

Sometimes it’s because we

let our busy schedules or

our obsession with money/

things or our over-riding

desire for control or our

appetite for pleasure come

in and take over. Just like

malware, it may come in

innocently enough, but the

damage is insidious.

I recently found out to

fix a hacked medical record

costs an average of $459 for

each one. What it costs us to

have our relationship with

God hacked is a loss of priorities,

a short-sightedness

in the face of problems, an

impairment in drawing upon

God’s support and comfort

– and those are just some of

the costs.

It pays to stay alert and in

constant contact with God.

And if (when) we’ve been

hacked in our relationship

with God, we have God’s

own assurance of forgiveness

and God’s willingness

to restore our settings. If

only our electronics were

that forgiving and restoring!

The opinions expressed in this

column are those of the author.

They do not necessarily represent

those of 22nd Century

Media and its staff.


From Page 20

10:45 a.m. service will be

held indoors. There is no

contemporary worship service

during the summer.

Summer Activities

8:30 a.m.-8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 25, trip will

be going to Raging Waves

Water Park. Cost is $40.

These summer events are

for youth entering grades

7-12. Permission slips can

be found in the chapel.

For more information, call


Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox)

Vacation Bible School

July 25-28. The theme will

be”Come to Camp Peace.”

With a camping background,

we will draw on some great

Bible stories to make our

VBS as fun and attractive as


Church Services

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays.

The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford Drive,

New Lenox)

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays.

Reverberate Youth Group

1-3 p.m. Every first Sunday

of the month. The group

meets to discuss a message

geared toward junior and

senior high school students.

For more information, email

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Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Amanda Stoll at


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22 | July 20, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot life & Arts

Science show redefines ‘cool’ at library program

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Jerry Zimmerman demonstrates the science of cryogenics

to the audience.

What’s cooler than being

cool? Cryogenics!

Parents looking to prevent

the summer slide often turn

to the New Lenox Public Library

to engage their kids in

educational and entertaining


On July 8, the “coolest”

event of them all took

place outside the building as

the Mr. Freeze Cryogenics

Show displayed the science

of making things really cold

– also known as Cryogenics

– on a warm sunny day.

The demonstration was

hosted by Jerry Zimmerman,

a physicist at Fermilab

– America’s particle physics

and accelerator laboratory

based in Batavia – who has

been volunteering to teach

kids about cryogenics as Mr.

Freeze since 1997.

“Fermilab supports science

in classrooms and part

of that is the Mr. Freeze Program.

I go to area schools

and do the cryogenics demonstration

to promote science

in the classroom,” he

said. “It’s designed to get

kids excited about science.”

The program certainly succeeded

in generating interest

and excitement as young

spectators sat with their

mouths agape watching bags

explode as they filled with

gas to demonstrate the variance

between the measurements

of liquid versus those

of gas. Zimmerman’s punfilled

humor added laughter

to the program and he further

related with the audience by

explaining that he is more of

a “Leonard” than a “Sheldon,”

referencing the popular

science sitcom, “The Big

Bang Theory.”

The event was originally

scheduled to be held inside a

meeting room, but the beautiful

weather allowed for it to

be moved outdoors. Because

of this, the library was able to

accommodate all 50 pre-registered

participants as well as

everyone on the wait list.

The day’s gorgeous sunny

skies partnered with the compelling

topic of cryogenics

inspired New Lenox resident,

Justin Goodwin, and

his children Addison, Clark

and Gwen to attend The Mr.

Freeze Cryogenics Show.

“We couldn’t have a better

day for science and education,”

Justin said.

The family also stopped

inside the library to checkout

a few books while they

were there.

“I love reading,” said

Addison with two “Nancy

Clancy” books in hand.

Lisa O’Gara, of New

Lenox, also knew that her

kids Maggie and P.J. – who

couldn’t wait to see the cryogenics

induced explosions –

would get a kick out of the


“They both really love

Jerry Zimmerman, also known as Mr. Freeze, sharies the scientific principles of liquid

nitrogen July 8 during the Mr. Freeze Cryogenics Show at the New Lenox Public Library.

Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

New Lenox residents Justin Goodwin and his children (left to right), Clark, Gwen and

Addison, watch the show.

science so I thought this

would be cool especially

since there’s smoke, explosions

and things like that,”

she said. “It’s so nice that the

library offers programs like

this for free.”

The Mr. Freeze Cryogenics

Show was presented

in conjunction with the library’s

Summer Reading

Program which keeps kids

engaged with learning while

they are off from school.

“We’re focusing on

STEAM programs right

now – Science, Technology,

Engineering, Art and Math –

and we thought this program

would fit in nicely and provide

a fun experience for our

patrons,” said youth service

assistant, Carolyn Boyer

Along with a variety of fun

and educational programs,

the library also hosts several

clubs including groups focused

on science, art, coding

and more as well as the dropin

program Mini Makers

which is held every Thursday

morning throughout the summer.

Later this month, it will

be presenting Ben’s Bubble

Show on July 29 to highlight

the subjects of art and science,


Zimmerman is always excited

to share the Mr. Freeze

program with young people

in hopes to inspire future

scientific and technological

leaders. “We are all going to

have to understand this stuff,

and it’s only going to get

more and more prevalent,”

he said. life & Arts

the New Lenox Patriot | July 20, 2017 | 23

Feelin’ jazzy

New Lenox residents enjoy tunes at Frankfort’s Bluegrass Festival

Milly Knierim (left), of New Lenox, and Jackie Smith pose for a photo at the event.

Vito Grigola (New Lenox) looks at the hand-painted work of Bluegrass Fest vendor Phil

Strods July 8 during Frankfort’s Bluegrass Festival.

Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Alicia Tooley, of New Lenox, and her nephew, Joaquin Albores, dance to the music.

24 | July 20, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot life & Arts

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 to a place where it’s


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 corps.

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


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 hour-long classes each


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,

playing guitar, 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 ten 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 hat hits.

Those, along with computers

Children in the music class at the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet play with drum sticks during a gathering on July 12. The

children will perform Aug. 11 at the Frankfort Country Market. Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

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

the children engaged, taking

into account their tastes in

music and the ever-changing

popularity of some songs.

“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 tailoring

the program to them and

changing it constantly to

keep up with their interests.

For Narcissi, the class was

an extension of outreach 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 there.

“Music has been my life

since I was in first grade,

so when it comes to music

it’s literally in my blood,”

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

besides 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 make the

young performers nervous

about the perceptions of their

friends. Instead, the group

will perform on stage 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 dreams.

“They’re all packed in

here just growing up and

having a good time with

friends,” Redmann said. life & Arts

the New Lenox Patriot | July 20, 2017 | 25

Old Plank Road Trail gets 20th anniversary present

Submitted by Forest

Preserve District of Will


The new Old Plank Road

Trail Bridge over I-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 Old Plank Road Trail

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

in Park Forest to the

Forest Preserve District’s

Hickory Creek Preserve –

Hickory Creek Junction in

Mokena. Subsequent trail

additions pushed the path

west into New Lenox and

Joliet. The most recent extension

brought the trail a

mile farther east to Chicago

Heights for a total trail

length of 22 miles.

Plans for creating the path

date back to the 1970s when

the Forest Preserve worked

These two photos show the previous Old Plank Road Trail Bridge, which dated back to 1964, and the new one, which was

installed by the Illinois Department of Transportation over I-80 in New Lenox earlier this spring. Photos Submitted

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 railto-trail

conversion and our

first project funded with

federal transportation funding,”

he said.

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 century.

“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


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26 | July 20, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot DINING OUT

The Dish

Dave & Buster’s pushes grill-style menu to ‘the next level’

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Despite Dave & Buster’s

long-standing slogan to

“Eat, Drink, Play (and watch

Sports),” its Orland Park location

has fielded bizarrely

similar calls over the past

five years, with many firsttimers

not understanding

why the “Eat” is actually

first in the list of the entertainment

center’s offerings.

“You have pizzas or something,


As an arcade games-focused

establishment, Dave

& Buster’s tends to get

lumped with others of its ilk

under the assumption that

its offerings will be limited

to some thin-crust pizzas of

questionable quality, maybe

those soft pretzels with the

bright “cheese” sauce, hot

dogs that have been rolling

around under a heat lamp for

the better part of a day and

something sticky for good

measure, like cotton candy.

The funny thing is, Dave

& Buster’s does not even sell

pizzas, unless you count the

Carnivore Pizzadilla. And

that is, technically speaking,

not a pizza but a 12-inch

quesadilla served pizza-style

in eight slices. It is stuffed

with manchego and cheddar

cheese (a far cry from the

neon ooze), pepperoni and

Italian sausage, then topped

with more pepperoni and

Italian sausage, with some

bacon, marinara, mozzarella

and Parmesan cheese for

good measure.

“There’s a lot of surprise

about the menu,” said Kylah

Bishop, assistant general

manager of the location.

“They come in for the gaming,

but they’re excited to

see the menu.”

They should be. Though

the cover of D&B’s online

menu may be “a little biased”

in its claim of “our

most amazing, innovative,

high-quality, social-media

worthy new chef-crafted

food and drinks ever,” at

least the spirit of that proclamation

can be found in most

everything over the course

of its 17 pages.

“It’s a lot of new, innovative

menu items,” Bishop

said. “We’re always rolling

out something new.”

Some of it is designed

to fit themes, like the dynamite

fried shrimp on the

Catch the Surf portion of

the menu. That item features

large, crispy shrimp drizzled

with spicy bang bang sauce

and chile honey soy glaze,

served with garlic-ginger

mashed potatoes, tempura

battered green beans and

more spicy bang bang sauce

for dipping.

Others are simply interested

in provided a well-rounded

meal. The bang bang

chicken with spicy Thai

peanut noodles, for instance,

features tender, crispy boneless

chicken, tossed in spicy

bang bang sauce, served on

a bed of noodles tossed with

Asian vegetables and spicy

peanut sauce.

But much of the menu’s

over-the-top design plays

to the atmosphere of Dave

& Buster’s. The space is all

about having a party — in

many instances, literally —

and the kitchen is designed

to reflect what is happening

on the other side of the building

— again, sometimes

literally, when menu items

play to particular games or

partnerships with which the

company is involved.

That effort to create an

atmosphere includes Loco

’ritas, with mini-bottles taking

a “nosedive” into blends

of liquor, fruit and ice; both

alcoholic and non-alcoholic

beverages featuring glowing

cubes; Monster Isle punches

(rum-based cocktails with

commemorative sea monsters;

and food like the

Mountain O’Nachos, The

Caveman Combo and the

high-stacked crispy Nashville-style

hot chicken plate

all begging to be posted to

Instagram. And that has become

ever-important in today’s

market, Bishop said.

“People love to take pictures

of what they’re eating,”

she said.

But Dave & Buster’s is

more than happy to oblige



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by creating photo-worthy

presentations. The social

media attention helps dispel

that notion of flat pizzas and

stale beer. And everything

about the dynamic looks and

tastes speaks to what Dave

& Buster’s is all about.

“You’re going to play

games and have fun,” Bishop

said of visiting D&B.

“That fun doesn’t have to

stop in the dining room.”

In fact, the two regularly

get paired together, with

things like Dave & Buster’s

Eat and Play menu, offering

deals on select menu items

and Power Play cards when

purchased together. Though,

the business also is happy to

cater to any one interest, be

it catching a game on one of

the 32 televisions and grabbing

a drink; working on

national charity projects; or

hosting big, corporate parties.

April Koerber, the location’s

special events manager,

is in charge of the latter

of those possibilities, and

she said people often are

surprised by what D&B can

do. Sure, children’s parties

with finger foods are par for

the course, but the Orland

Park spot also has catered

to events by instituting full

carving stations. It has set

up fajita bars and nacho stations,

as well as worked up

mini-desserts and fondue. It


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even hosted a wedding for

a couple that met at Dave &


All of that speaks to the

diversity of D&B’s regular

menu, too, which ranges

from finger foods served in

a hurry so people can get

back to the games to New

York strip steaks for a more

relaxed, sit-down dinner.

“We have something for

everyone,” Koerber said.

Bishop added, “We think

outside the box. We go that

extra mile.”

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In that sense, Bishop and

Koerber sometimes do not

mind the misconceptions

about Dave & Buster’s

menu. It provides an opportunity

to have some fun

and surprise people with an

experience they didn’t see


“It’s an American grill

with new innovations,”

Bishop said. “We try to put

a fun spin on all of our menu

items. It’s not reinventing

the wheel; it’s taking it to the

next level.” DINING OUT

the New Lenox Patriot | July 20, 2017 | 27

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

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 burger 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

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

$4.99 for a regular.

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 locations.

“We wanted to make sure

it was the right decision,”

Karayanes said.

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,

and ultimately was granted

the opportunity to open the

chain’s first and only existing

Illinois spot, in Orland

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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.

“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

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.

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.”

28 | July 20, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot PUZZLES

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


Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square

Road, Frankfort; (815)


■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic

Avenue, Psychic

night - second Tuesday

every month.

■9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:


■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands

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Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe


Mullets Sports Bar and


(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-


■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:



The Alley Grill and Tap House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708)


■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St., Mokena;

(708) 478-8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry


Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St., Mokena;

(708) 479-6873)


The Outpost Pub & Grill

(14929 Archer Ave., Lockport;

(815) 836-8893)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays: Live DJ and


Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive, Lockport;

(708) 301-1477)

■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

Fridays: Live bands

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“Actually our last average

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In all, buyers can select

from 13 ranch, split-level and

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home styles; each offering

three to eight different exterior

elevations. The three- to

four-bedroom homes feature

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baths, two- to three-car garages

and a family room, all in

approximately 1,600 to over

3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included

in most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new

home truly personalized to

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Oversize home sites; brick

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“When we opened Prairie

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So why wait? This is truly the

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Distinctive offers custom

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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

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we sell no matter what the

price range,” noted Nooner.

Nooner added that all

homes are highly energy efficient.

Every home built will

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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

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Path that borders the community

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and links to many other

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Besides Prairie Trails, Distinctive

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Visit the on-site sales information

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Call (708) 737-9142 for more

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Please contact a Distinctive

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June 6

• 1338 Grandview Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-2348

- Abbott Trust to John H.

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• 1878 Grandview Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-2227

- Marquette Bank Trustee

to Andrew C. Haigh, Lisa

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• 177 Heron Lane, New

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Marlene S. Krygowski

To Christopher J.

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• 2758 Taylor Glen Drive,

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- Erik W. Michor To Adam

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• 820 Chessington Drive,

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- Robert M. Dennelly to

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• 1717 Tudor Lane, New

Lenox, 60451-2639

- First Midwest Bank

Trustee to Richard L.

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• 1910 Cambridge Lane,

New Lenox, 60451-3808

- Raymond E. Capecci to

David C. Reilly, Katie M.

Reilly $305,900

• 2401 Kerry Winde

Drive, New Lenox, 60451-

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to Gus Landeroz Jr.,


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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



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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

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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

& sanitary work area, and

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!




BUS: 708.349.1866

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


1023 Caregiver

Caregiver Services

Provided by

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State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing

quality care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.


Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

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visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

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planning a pizza/ice cream

Camper Party. Please

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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

holy Mary, Mother ofGod,

Queen ofHeaven and Earth,

I humbly beeseach you

from the bottom of my heart

to succor me in my necessity

(make request) there are

none that can withstand

your power, oh show me

herein you are mymother,

oh Mary conceived without

sin, pray for us who have

recourse tothee (3x). Holy

Mary, Iplace this cause in

your hands (3x). Say this

prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

and it will be granted to

you. PAB

Oh most Beautiful Flower of

Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

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)

there are none that can

withstand your power, oh Mary

conceived without sin, pray for

us who have recourse tothee

(3x). Sweet Mother, I place

this cause in your hands (3x).

Say this prayer for three consecutive

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itand it will be granted to

you. JM

Oh most Beautiful Flower of

Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

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

1037 Prayer /


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

withstand your power, oh Mary

conceived without sin, pray for

us who have recourse tothee

(3x). Holy Mary, Iplace this

cause in your hands (3x). Say

this prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

and itwill be granted to you.




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

Ln. 7/22 &7/23, 8-2p.

Home decor, high fashion jewelry,

name brand ladies clothing

sz 2-4P, housewares. Don’t

miss this one. Please park on


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,

multiple families. Antiques,

vintage, collectibles &lots of


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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1068 RV Trailers

2012 TT Starcraft Camper

(AR-One 18FB) $6,500 or

best offer. Added extras: 4

ceiling fans, marine battery,

extra-long mattress, stabilizer

jacks. Camper in A1

condition, has been twice

yearly serviced. If interested

call (815)838-8245

for appointments.

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1221 Houses for


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TATE of 950 Foxwood Court,

New Lenox, IL 60451 (Single

Family). On the 10th day of

August, 2017 to be held at 12:00

noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under

Case Title: Wells Fargo Bank,

N.A. Plaintiff V. Thomas J. Bruno

aka Thomas Bruno; Jamie M.

Bruno aka Jamie Bruno; Nantucket

Lakes Condominum Association;

Unknown Owners and Non-Record

Claimants Defendant.

Case No. 16CH 2299 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit, Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours. No

judicial sale fee shall be paid by

the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its

credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or

other lienor acquiring the residential

real estate whose rights in and

to the residential real estate arose

prior to the sale. All payments shall

be made in cash or certified funds

payable to the Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property


Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

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Thomas J. Bruno aka Thomas

Bruno; Jamie M. Bruno aka Jamie

Bruno; Nantucket Lakes Condominum

Association; Unknown Owners

and Non-Record Claimants


No. 16 CH 2299


Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 23rd day of

June, 2017, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff

ofWill County, Illinois, will on

Thursday, the 10th day of August,

2017 , commencing at 12:00

o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction to the highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:








DOCUMENT R2003-108051, BE-













R2001-31557 AND CERTIFI-



AS DOCUMENT R2004-13845






Commonly known as:

950 Foxwood Court, New Lenox,

IL 60451

Description of Improvements:

Single Family



Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours. No

judicial sale fee shall be paid by

the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its

credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or

other lienor acquiring the residential

real estate whose rights in and

to the residential real estate arose

prior to the sale. All payments shall

be made in cash or certified funds

payable to the Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property


Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.





1771 W. Diehl Rd. Suite 120


P: 630-453-6960

F: 630-428-4620

Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County























11CH 4158

Property Address: 1400 Briarcliff


New Lenox, IL 60451





The requisite affidavit for publication

having been filed, notice is

hereby given to: UNKNOWN



Defendants in the above-entitled

action, that aComplaint for Foreclosure

and Other Relief has been

commenced inthe Circuit Court of

Will County, by said Plaintiff

against you and other defendants,

praying for the foreclosure of certain

mortgages conveying the

premises legally described as follows:















































P.I.N.: 08-26-305-033-0000

COMMON ADDRESS: 1400 Briarcliff

Dr, New Lenox, IL 60451

And which mortgages were made

by Martin Villalobos a/k/a Martin

Villalobos Jr. and Denise Villalobos

a/k/a Denise M. Villalobos, as

Mortgagor(s); and given to Mortgage

Electronic Registration Systems,

Inc. as nominee for Countrywide

Bank, FSB as Mortgagee; to

wit: that certain "Mortgage" dated

August 20, 2007, and recorded as

Document No.R2007134650, that

Summons was duly issued out of

said court against you as provided

by law, and that the said Complaint

is now pending for foreclosure of

said mortgages and for other


Now, therefore, unless you UN-



CLAIMANTS, file your Appearance

and Answer tothe Complaint

in said action in the office of the

Clerk ofthe Circuit Court of Will

County, Chancery Division, on or

before the August 14, 2017, default

may be entered against you at any

time after that day and ajudgment

entered in accordance with the

prayer for relief in said Complaint.



Kluever & Platt, LLC

65 E. Wacker Place, Ste. 2300

Chicago, Illinois 60601

(312) 201 6679

Attorney No. 06187248

Our File #: SFFX.0027



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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 of Illinois, 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 of Agriculture 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 toafair 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

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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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2 headboards, twin, oak and

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20 inch boy bike, like new $20.


8” Skil drill press $60. Craftsman

5 drawer tool chest on

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Abu Garcia spinning rod 61/2

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Aluminum Delta truck tool box

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Brown iron stone dinnnerware

complete service for 16. Excellent

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Craftsman electric edger/trimmer

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New Barbie Doll in box, circa

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$10. Solid marble new rolling

pin $15. Ten can igloo cooler

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PF product classic vintage retro

wall telephone push dials $40.

Vintage Coleman 2gal cooler

jug $20. Rare CJ Jayes can

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the New Lenox Patriot | July 20, 2017 | 43

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 firstteam

honors for the 2016 Team 22 football


How did you get started with


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 superstitions?

Before every game, a superstition for me

would be I wear the same cutoff [T-shirt]

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


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


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


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 first?

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 athlete?

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].

Interview by Contributing Editor Tim Carroll.

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Baseball’s best

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New Lenox Rebels 9U team

recently won the Game Day

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Division, which took place June

30-July 2 at Tyler Bentley Baseball

Complex in New Lenox.

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Bumping up a level

LWW, LWC volleyball players take

fifth at national tourney

An area team that consisted of

Providence player Matt Russo; Lincoln-

Way Central player Jack Yurkanin;

and Lincoln-Way West players Ben

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and Christopher Dargan recently took

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44 | July 20, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot SPORTS

West alum earns scholarship, award for bowling prowess, grades


Freelance Reporter

Eric Ullian had quite a senior

bowling season at Lincoln-Way

West. He was the

individual champion at the

Plainfield North Sectional

and helped the Warriors to

a ninth place finish in their

first ever trip to the IHSA

State Tournament.

But before Ullian departs

for college at St. Ambrose

University, he got one more

honor to cap his senior season.

That came on June 30

when Ullian was selected for

the 2016-2017 Dexter/United

States Bowling Congress

High School All-American

Team for his exceptional

skills and dedication to his

team. Only 10 bowlers in

the US, five female and five

male, are awarded this honor.

Each recipient was required

to have a minimum

3.0 cumulative grade-point

average as well as to submit

their high school bowling

accomplishments, a

letter of recommendation

and a 500-word essay. Each

student-athlete selected will

be awarded a $1,000 scholarship

by the Dexter/USBC

High School All-American


“The Dexter/USBC All-

American Team is a special

program for me, personally,”

said Dexter Bowling Vice

President Bud Clapsaddle in

a press release. “Each year

is an opportunity to showcase

young men and women

who have shown talent on

the lanes, dedication in the

classroom and have given

back to their communities.

We appreciate the support

of the IBC Youth team in

helping to recognize these


Clapsaddle, who has overseen

selection of the team

for the last 12 seasons, will

retire from Dexter at the end

of the year. Ullian was very

happy to be one of those he

selected in his final season.

“When I applied for it, I

really didn’t think I’d get

it,” Ullian said of the scholarship.

“There’s only five

boys and five girls that get it.

When they called me I wasn’t

home, so I had to call them

back. I was really surprised

since it’s really hard to get.

But it’s pretty special.”

Ullian was nominated by

West Athletic Director, Ted


“We are extremely excited

for Eric and his family that

he was selected to the Dexter/USBC


Bowling Team,” Robbins

Lincoln-Way West grad Scott Ullian was recently selected

on the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team. 22nd

Century Media File Photo

said. “Eric has been a leader

in our boys bowling program

for four years not only on the

lanes, but also academically

at Lincoln-Way West. We

are going to miss him in our

program but wish him the

best of luck at St. Ambrose

University as he will be on

the men’s bowling team and

study finance.”

Ullian first got into bowling

when his parents began

taking him to their own

leagues when he was very

young. He started playing on

his own league at age 7 and

is happy that bowling gave

him the opportunity to continue

on to college.

“Making school history

to me makes me extremely

happy because bowling can

continue to be recognized

more,” he said in a release.

“Bowling helped make my

decision for college because

I knew I definitely wanted

to go to a school that had a

bowling team.”

But Ullian does much

more than bowl. He is also a

National Honor Society and

Mu Alpha Theta member

and a VFW Voice of Democracy

Scholarship recipient.

He has also worked closely

with Feed My Starving

Children in an effort to help

end starvation in children

throughout the world.

“A few years ago I used

to do mission trips for my

church at St. Jude in New

Lenox,” Ullian said. “That’s

how I started working with

Feed My Starving Children.”

A neat thing for Ullian is

that he got to be coached by

his dad - Scott Ullian, during

his senior year.

“For Eric winning the sectional

and going to state for

the first time is something

he’ll never forget,” Scott

Ullian said. “But this award

is even better than winning

sectional. It means more

than any bowling achievement

and is a good way to

end his senior year.

“I’m technically his coach,

but also his father. This takes

into account his community

outreach and leadership.

This is how you want your

kid to grow up.”

Each member of the Dexter/USBC

High School All-

American Team will receive

their scholarship and be recognized

on July 16 during

the Opening Ceremony at the

Junior Gold Championships

in Cleveland. But Eric Ullian

will be busy with bowling

the entire month of July. He

starts school at St. Ambrose

in the final week of August.

“I’m in Virginia now,”

Eric Ullian said of being at a

tournament in the first week

of July. “The whole month

of July is pretty full.”

But a highlight will be

receiving the Dexter-USBC

High School All-American

Team award.

There is one repeat selection

from the previous year.

The other nine recipients

are all new and nine of them

are seniors. The others in

the nation that received the

award are on the girls side:

Ashley Channell from Hardin

County High School in

Morris Chapel, Tenn. - who

is a repeat selection; Brittney

Kinney from Columbia City

High School in Columbia

City, Ind.; Alexandra Ross

from Greenwood Christian

Academy in Greenwood,

Ind.; Aimee Sherman from

Jackson Memorial High

School in Jackson, N.J.; and

Crystal Singh, a junior from

Coral Springs Charter in

Coral Springs, Florida.

The boys team consists

of Kyle Bilawsky from

Woodbridge High School in

Fords, New Jersey; Jonathan

Lovett from Cardinal Newman

High School in Columbia,

South Carolina; Carson

Opela from The ASK Academy

in Rio Rancho, New

Mexico; Matthew Stephens

from Egg Harbor Township

High School in Egg Harbor

Township, New Jersey, and



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in the middle of the skill.

She’s the type of person who

would never give an excuse

or a blame a situation for that

happening. Instead, she bore

that burden upon herself.”

Duesing said it may have

shook Tuminello’s confidence

a bit at first. After noticing

her hesitate a few times

with the skill, Duesing asked

Tuminello about it. Duesing

told her not to doubt herself,

because she didn’t have any

doubts about Tuminello.

“I never doubted her — I

knew she could,” Duesing


Tuminello said going

through this past season, letting

go of that misstep was

difficult for her.

“But once I went back out

there at state, I felt that I was

really able to redeem myself

by landing it,” she said.

And she did. And for her

coach, that memory was particularly


“I actually have tears in

my eyes hearing that story,

because that is an exact

example of who she is,”

Duesing said.

It definitely mattered to


“Just getting over that fear,”

Tuminello said. “I think going

into college, knowing how to

work back from a setback will

help me a lot.”

A bright future

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 also

serves as cheerleaders for

the Green Bay Packers.

“I love game day, so I

thought that was really interesting,”

she said. “Also,

once I got [academic] scholarships,

I knew I wanted to

go there — even before I had

made the cheerleading team.”

After making the cheerleading

team, the decision

was finalized. But even

though she is going to be

rooting for the Packers next

season, she said she still is a

Bears fan at heart.

At St. Norbert, she plans to

study international business

with a minor in Spanish.

“I’ve always know that I

wanted to do something in

the business field,” she said.

“Recently, especially this

past year, I realized I wanted

to do international business,

because I really enjoyed taking

Spanish in high school.

I wanted to continue to take

it [in college]. I also love to

travel, so I feel this would be

a good major for me.”

As for what she is most

looking forward to this fall,

it extends beyond just being

on the sideline or in the gym.

“I’m really excited to

cheer in the fall for [St. Norbert]

and the Packers games,

but I’m also really excited to

meet new people and make

new friendships that I’m

sure I will have for a very

long time,” she said “I’m

also really excited to join

some of the same clubs that

I was in at Providence, and

maybe branch out and try

new clubs.”

And if you ask her former

coach what she thinks,

Duesing said the sky is the

limit for Tuminello.

“I think that there is no

stopping Natasha,” Duesing

said. “Whatever goal she sets

for herself, she accomplishes.

I know she is very excited

about cheering at the college

level, and I think she is going

to do a great job.” SPORTS

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Warriors fall in opening round of summer league regional

West leaves with

head start on what

to prepare for next


James Sanchez, Editor

Michael Kennedy isn’t a

wide-eyed freshman anymore.

With a year of varsity experience

now under his belt,

the Lincoln-Way West returning

starter is coming into

his sophomore campaign

with noticeable confidence.

Kennedy went 2-for-3

with 3 RBI and a run scored

to help the Warriors spark

a rally that eventually fell

short to the tune of a 7-5 loss

to Joliet Catholic July 12

during the IHSBCA summer

league regional opener. Both

of his hits came in 2-out scenarios.

The first was a 2-RBI

double in the fifth inning to

cut the deficit to 5-3, and a

RBI single in the final inning.

His sound defense at multiple

infield positions is what

got him the call up to the

varsity level, but for next

spring, he’s looking to expand

his role to be a force on

the offensive side, as well.

“Getting more at-bats

against the varsity pitching

level, I’m more comfortable

now, for sure,” he said.

The Warriors fell behind

early due to a controversial

call on an attempted double

steal and a defensive blunder

that led to back-to-back sacrifice-fly

RBI. The Hilltoppers

batted around their lineup

and eventually jumped

out to a quick 4-0 lead after

the first.

“Giving some extra outs

by walks and errors, and not

making simple fundamentals

of the game kind of got us in

a bad start,” said West head

coach Jake Zajc.

Warriors designated hitter

Nick Andersen got the

team’s spirits back up the

following inning when he

smashed a home run to leftcenter

off of Notre Dame

commit Aidan Tyrell. The

incoming senior, who is in

a position battle for catcher

with Brendan Sturm and

Kyle Waxweiler, said he was

sitting on the fastball against

the hard-throwing lefty.

“I knew from the last inning

he was throwing a lot

of fastballs,” said Andersen,

who hit his second home run

in as many games against Joliet

Catholic. “He mixed in a

couple of curves, but I don’t

think he was relying on his

curve as much.”

Incoming sophomore

Sean Malpelli registered a

pinch-hit, 2-out RBI single

in the seventh inning before

the Hilltoppers changed

pitchers to record the final

out. Starter Ben Gerl threw

1 ⅔ innings, James Hatfield

came in relief for three innings,

and Jase McWilliams

finished up the remainder of

the game.

“A lot of coaches will tell

you, a lot on the mound is

going to matter,” Zajc said.

“We got some guys throwing

some short stints just to

see what they could do and

how the batters react to their


Joe Gonzalez, Marcus

Seguin and Kevin Davis

also recorded a hit apiece,

and Sturm and Ryan Mc-

Williams, who missed last

season with an injury, both

reached base on walks in the


But regardless of the outcome,

Zajc said any summer

league season is a success

because it gives players the

opportunity for reps and for

coaches to evaluate to prepare

for the upcoming season.

This summer league

Lincoln-Way West starting pitcher Ben Gerl throws a pitch July 11 during the IHSBCA summer league opening round

against Joliet Catholic in Joliet. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

Kevin Davis gets a lead off first base following a pitch.

season gave Zajc a closer

look at the sophomore team

that went undefeated (12-0)

in conference play.

Gonzalez, an incoming

junior, was a key contributor

to that sophomore team, and

his impression on coaches

carried over into the summer


“Joe Gonzalez had a really

good summer program playing

center and second,” Zajc

said. “As our leadoff hitter,

he had some good at-bats,

and that stuck out to me. A

lot of the young pitchers

came out and also did well,

but I know Joe had one the

best summers of all our players.”

The Warriors will return

Designated hitter Nick Andersen, who hit a solo home run

against Notre Dame commit Aidan Tyrell, swings at a pitch.

two everyday starters (Kennedy,

Anthony Lullo), their

ace, Seguin, and 13 additional

players who either

started the year on varsity or

were called up in the middle

of the season. Including the

successful sophomore team

in the mix will make next

spring another promising

year, Kennedy said.

“For summer ball, I don’t

think we got to showcase

all we had because we had

guys in different positions,”

Kennedy said. “But going

into the season, I think we’ll

do good with the [incoming

sophomores and juniors]

coming up.”

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Tuminello brings talent, leadership to St. Norbert

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Providence Catholic

cheerleading coach Laura

Duesing remembers the first

time she met Natasha Tuminello.

It was about four years

ago, when the teenager tried

out for the squad her freshman


“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. And she made

such good use out of those


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.”

The recently retired cheerleading

coach couldn’t have

been more right, as Tuminello

— who just graduated

from Providence in the

spring — has committed to

continue her cheerleading

career at St. Norbert College

in De Pere, Wisconsin.

A presence on the sidelines

Tuminello — the daughter

of Raymond and Jennifer —

has a deep love of her sport

and her school.

An honor roll student and a

student ambassador, she also

was a member of the National

Natasha Tuminello will continue her cheerleading career next year at St. Norbert College.

St. Norbert cheerleaders also have the opportunity to perform at Green Bay Packers’ home

football games all season long. Photos by Burns Photography

Honor Society, Spanish Honor

Society, Habitat for Humanity,

the Augustinian Youth

Ministry and Student Council

at Providence. But Tuminello

really comes alive on the sidelines

and on the mat.

“I think the part about

game day cheerleading that I

love is getting the school and

fans of the school involved

within the sport,” Tuminello

said. “Football or basketball,

whatever you’re cheering

for, I feel like we can participate

more in them. And once

you start to get the crowd

excited, I think it gets [the

players] excited and ready to

play the game.”

Duesing said Tuminello

is a passionate person, who

was great at interacting

with the student section —

dubbed Celtic Nation.

“She loved being a Providence

Catholic student and

cheerleader,” Duesing said.

“She took that love for being

a Providence Catholic student

to the sidelines [with her].

“She was really able to

draw people in and raise

the school spirit during the

games. She would run one of

the flags onto the field during

the pregame. She actually

would ask to do that, because

she loved doing it. She

would run flags after every

touchdown. She ran the flags

at school assemblies and

basketball games, as well.”

And on the mat during

competition season, Tuminello

displayed that same

enthusiasm and energy.

“Natasha was a dream to

coach,” Duesing said. “She

was very committed to her

goals — both personal and

team goals. She worked extremely

hard not only during

practices and games but also

to put in individual time outside

of our practices.”

Duesing praised the former

Celtics cheerleader, saying

she was one of the strongest

leaders the program has

ever had.

“She is not someone who

has ever taken a shortcut,”

Duesing said. “This is the

type of student who went the

extra mile.

“She was someone who

was friends with everyone

on the team. She was a great

speaker and motivator. She

was an absolute joy to coach.”

And while Tuminello said

the team accomplished some

amazing things during her

four years at the school —

including the team placing

third at state in 2014 and

second in 2016 — she pointed

to the smaller moments as

the ones she loved the most.

“I really loved being at

practice and bonding with the

girls,” Tuminello said. “We

did a lot of team bonding

exercises and went to Irons

Oaks. It was a camp, and it

was team bonding all day doing

fun activities. You really

get to know your team.”

She also loved participating

in service activities with

her teammates, such as serving

meals at the Ronald Mc-

Donald House, working with

children from Down in the

Southland, and donating and

The four-year varsity cheerleader helped lead the

Celtics to three Top 4 finishes at state and two sectional

championships in her career.

Jennifer Tuminello (left to right), Natasha and Raymond

pose for a picture at Senior Night during one of

Providence’s football games.

wrapping gifts for those at a

women’s shelter.

“While doing those service

activities, I was really

able to get to know the people

I was helping and talk to

them,” Tuminello said. “It

gave me a better outlook on

life, especially now going

into college.”

And while being successful

in the sport meant devoting

a lot of time, Tuminello

said it was all worth it.

“When I was younger, it

was hard,” she admitted. “I

didn’t always want to go, but

after accomplishing all those

[state finishes], every hour

and every camp was worth it.”

Overcoming adversity

Not everything went according

to plan, however, for

Tuminello. And while it was

a moment of great adversity

for her, Tuminello also listed

it as one of her favorite memories

she will take with her.

It began her junior year,

when she was unable to execute

a double toe touch back

tuck at state. She said she

messed it up. Her coach remembers

it slightly different.

“It was a skill that was not

something she even had to

think about doing,” Duesing

said. “But it was a situation

where her shoe came off

Please see Tuminello, 44 SPORTS

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James Sanchez/

22nd Century Media

Baseball storylines

1. Nick Andersen

The incoming senior

blasted his second

home run of the

summer against JCA

on July 11. He’s in

a battle for catcher

with Brendan Sturm

and Kyle Waxweiler.

Regardless, he will

earn playing time at

DH due to his quality


2. Ben Gerl

After losing lefty

pitcher Connor Lowman

to graduation,

the incoming sophomore

will be a key arm

on the varsity roster

in spring. The lefty

started three times on

the varsity level as a


3. Michael Kennedy

More known for his

defensive prowess,

Kennedy is looking to

turn heads on the offensive

side now. The

incoming sophomore

went 2-for-3 with 3

RBI against JCI.


Celtics lose late lead in quarterfinal thriller

Provi registers 17 hits in

game that combined for

27 runs

RANDY WHALEN, Freelance Reporter

Providence baseball coach Mark

Smith doesn’t always put a lot of

stock into his teams summer baseball


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 happen.”

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 gameending

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


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 spring.

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 completegame

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.

In the regional title game, which

was also on July 12, East defeated

host Lockport 8-5 to win its first regional

title since winning the summer

league state title in 2008. The

Griffins (6-1) weren’t even sure if

they would enter a team in the tournament,

but the IHSBCA waved the

10 game requirement to play in the

summer postseason.

LW West AD

highlights 2016-

2017 school year

Submitted by Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210

With multiple successes and triumphs

to be proud of, Ted Robbins, Director of

Athletics at Lincoln-Way West, views

this school year as another great one.

The 2016-2017 school year was no different

for Lincoln-Way West athletics

with the teams, coaches and athletes

representing LWW and their communities

in regular season, conference and

IHSA competitions and events.

Robbins highlighted five outstanding

team athletic achievements from

the latest school year stressing how

very proud and pleased the LWW

Athletic Department is with all of its

students, staff and supporters.

In review, the LWW Wrestling team

took third place in the state finals

completing their most successful season

ever. The team was (24-4) when

they claimed their third place finish.

West’s girls soccer team were sectional

champions for the first time and

advanced to the super sectional in their

most-successful season in school history.

Taking fourth in the IHSA state

finals, LWW’s Competitive Dance

team were back to back sectional

champions and remained a consistent

contender for the state title.

The LWW baseball team ended their

own victorious season claiming both

conference and regional championships.

Boys Bowling were first time state

qualifiers as a team and finished in

ninth place overall.

“The students continue to experience

outstanding team and individual

success in all of their respective sports

and contests,” Robbins said. “We will

miss our seniors but are looking forward

to welcoming our new incoming

freshman in the fall of 2017.”


“Getting more at-bats against the varsity pitching

level, I’m more comfortable now, for sure.”

Michael Kennedy – Lincoln-Way West infielder, on gaining more confidence

going into his sophomore campaign


Girls Volleyball

9 p.m. Thursday, July 20

• Lincoln-Way West girls volleyball will play Lockport

during the Palos Courts Summer League roundrobin



43 – Athlete of the Week

43 – Rebels’ 9U team photo

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor James


new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | | July 20, 2017

New Lenox resident, Providence cheerleader to take cheer career

to St. Norbert College, Green Bay Packers, Page 46

A step ahead

Warriors baseball answers

many questions for

spring, as summer season

concludes, Page 45


bowling’s best

Former West bowler earns

All-American recognition,

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Providence Catholic

grad Natasha Tuminello

will cheer collegiately

at St. Norbert College in

Wisconsin, where she

also will perform for

the Green Bay Packers.

Burns Photography

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