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Farewell fire chief

NL resident retires from Downers Grove Fire

Department after 30 years of service, Page 3

Election season

District 3 congressman to face two challengers

in 2018 election, Page 8

staying informed

Will County officials discuss a rising issue in the

county, nation, Page 11

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Drop-In Craft

5-7 p.m. Sept. 14, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Drop into Adult services

and make a simple

craft while supplies last.


Park Clean Up

8 a.m.-noon Sept. 16, Hickory

Creek Preserve, Hickory

Creek Junction, 21063 Prestancia

Drive, Mokena. Join

Sharefest for a community

workday. Clear brush, remove

invasive species or harvest

seeds for woodland and

prairie restoration during an

upcoming volunteer workday

hosted by the Forest Preserve

District of Will County. A

District representative will

be at each workday to coordinate

the day’s activities.

Registration is required. For

more information and registration,

visit (815) 722-7364

or email rgauchat@fpdwc.

org. Dress for the weather

and outdoor work.

Love Thy Neighbor

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 16,

Forest Park Community Center,

1017 Woodruff Road, Joliet.

Sharefest will host a Love

Thy Neighbor event with free

food, books, clothes, health

screenings and employers hiring

on-site. Presence Health

will have a Dare to CARE lecture

with a follow up screenings

made available at the

New Lenox Imaging facility.

Family Kite Day

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16,

Round Barn Farm Park,

24115 US-52, Manhattan.

Come fly away with Chicago

Kite who will perform amazing

kite stunts, tricks and flips

at this event hosted by Lincolnway

Special Recreation

Association and Manhattan

Park District. There will be

a $5 per child for unlimited

bounce house use. There will

also be a DJ, 50/50 raffle, and

other fun activities. Bring a

kites from home or purchase

one during the event. Concessions

will also be available

for purchase.

Dinner and Dance Auction

5-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept.

16, The Odyssey Country

Club 19110 Ridgeland Avenue,

Tinley Park. Join Trinity

Services, Inc. for an evening

of entertainment, fine dining,

dancing, and silent and live

auctions at their 28th Annual

Dinner Dance & Auction. The

theme is “Havana Nights,”

and the event will feature music

by The Connextion Band,

with cocktails starting at 5

p.m. Cost is $100 per person.

All proceeds benefit the children

and adults with developmental

disabilities and mental

illness whom Trinity Services

supports. For more information

and tickets, visit www.

dance or call (815) 717-3750.


Suicide Support Group

7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18,

New Lenox Village Hall,

1 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. “Healing Hearts”

provides a safe place where

family and friends who have

lost loved ones can share

their stories, experiences,

and work through their grief.

For more information, contact

Dan Martin at (815)

462-6493 or dmartin@new or the Healing

Hearts Facilitator at Healing


Adult Board Games Club

5-7 p.m. Sept. 19, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Join this enthusiastic

group for a game or two.

From board games to card

games and anything in between,

there is something

for everyone. Typically, the

group plays something from

the eurogame genre. Of

course, the group is open to

new games as well, so bring

your favorite and share.

Jammie Jams

7-7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. All ages are welcome

with a caregiver It’s a family

slumber party, so throw

on some jammies, grab a

favorite stuffie, and cuddle

up for storytime fun and a

bedtime snack. No registration

required. Sign in on the

Storytime Room door.

Plan Commission Meeting

7 p.m. Sept. 19, Village

Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. For more information

and meeting agendas,



MOMS Club of New Lenox

10 a.m. Sept. 20, Firefighters

Park, 1 Manor Drive, New

Lenox. The monthly business

meetings for the MOMS Club

of New Lenox are free, and all

ages are welcome to attend.

In case of rain, meeting will

move inside the library. Meeting

locations change monthly.

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and meeting locations, visit


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DIY with Mason Jars

6-7 p.m. Sept. 20, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. This program will

be incorporating mason jars

and leaves! Come out and

create a beautiful jar to use

around the household during

this fall season. Registration

required. For more information

and registration, visit

Park District Meeting

6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.

20, Village Hall, 1 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. For

more information and meeting

agendas, visit


Cheer Clinic and Food Drive

Register by Friday, Sept.

22. Event will be held 9:30

a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday,

Oct. 9, Providence Catholic

High School, 1800 W Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox.

Individuals and teams are

welcome. The cost is $40

per participant, which includes

a PC cheerleading tee

shirt and a pass to regular

PCHS home athletic events

for the 2017-18 season. A

light snack will be provided

during the clinic, but asked

to bring their own water and

a non-perishable breakfast

item to donate to a local food

pantry. Parents are invited to

watch their child perform a

special routine at noon. Registration

is suggested, but

walk-ins are welcome. For

more information and registration

forms, visit www.

activities/cheerleading/g or

email tstanish@providence

Pete the Cat Palooza

10:20-11:30 a.m. Saturday,

Sept. 23, New Lenox

Public Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. The

library will be throwing a

party celebrating this groovy

cat. Enjoy stories, crafts,

activities, and games. This

program is for children ages

2-12. For more information

and registration, visit www.

Candlelight Bowl

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept.

30, Laraway Lanes, 1009 W.

Laraway Road, New Lenox.

Join the Lincolnway Special

Recreation Association for

a bowling fundraiser event.

Cost is $30 per person or

$160 for a lane of six bowlers

and will include bowling,

shoe rental and dinner.

For more information, visit or

call (815) 320-3507.


Donations for Hurricane

Harvey Victims

Ongoing through September.

New Lenox Dental

Group, 1600 West Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox. New

Lenox Dental Group will be

accepting donations of nonperishable

foods, baby supplies

(formula/food, wipes,

bottles, clothes), hygeine

products (shampoo, body

wipes, hand sanitizer, feminine

products, razors ect.)

and plus-size adult clothing.

Refrain from donating water/beverages,

candy, perishable

food and toys. Drop Off

Times are Mondays, Tuesdays

and Thursdays from

3-6 p.m.

Restaurant Week

Ongoing through Sept. 17.

More than 20 local restaurants

will be offering specials

during New Lenox Restaurant

Week. Specials include

20 percent off, buy one/get

one free and free food with

purchase. Try them all and

mention Restaurant Week.

Visit and new for a list

of participating restaurants.

Free N’ Fun Bar Bingo!

6-10 p.m. Wednesdays at

American Legion Post 1977,

14414 Ford Drive in New

Lenox. Each night there will

be a cash jackpot between

$3,000-$10,000 and great

nightly prizes. Food and all

drinks will be available at

the bar. For more information,

call (815) 485-4651.

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calendar, contact Assistant

Editor Amanda Stoll at (708)

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New Lenox resident steps down as Downers Grove fire chief

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

While firefighters are used

to putting out fires, not everyone

goes on to blaze trails

of their own working their

way up through the ranks to

hail as fire chief.

For New Lenox resident

Jim Jackson, it certainly


Jackson recently signed

off from his post as Downers

Grove fire chief after 30

years of service and said if

he had an opportunity for a

do-over, he wouldn’t change

a thing.

“It’s the love for the job,

the love for helping people

and serving the community,”

he said. “When you learn

from firefighters in working

with them, that helps. It’s

like a family. You spend all

your time here helping them

to serve the community.”

Jackson started as a firefighter

and got involved on

a number of committees.

Seven years later, he served

as technical rescue coordinator

and subsequently became

lieutenant in 1994 and deputy

chief in 2001. By 2009,

Jackson was appointed to assume

his duties as fire chief.

Jackson intends to use his

time off to pursue other interests.

“What I’ll do is spend time

with family,” he said. “When

we talk about the fire chief

and its demand, it takes a lot

out of the family, as well. …

Golf, I’ll probably get back

into it.”

Jackson strived to lead

by example as fire chief.

Like the other departmental

heads, he carried out his duties

and reported to a higherranking


“We have a department,

Jim Jackson, of New Lenox, officially retired from the

Downers Grove Fire Department after 30 years on Aug. 31.

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and we work with the village,”

he said. “It’s exciting.

We have good people

in Downers Grove. We work

well together. My boss and

the village manager, are

outstanding. We learn from

each other.”

The demand placed on fire

chiefs has changed over the

years, Jackson said. They

don’t just sit at the firehouse.

Fire chiefs are typically

responsible for overseeing

the department in areas such

as personnel and budgeting.

The role of the fire department

has expanded throughout

the years, Jackson said.

“Our staff, they have to

be well-trained,” he said.

“To see them grow is key.

It’s gone from rescuing cats

from trees to fires to emergency

medical services to

[Weapons of Mass Destruction].

The world’s changing,

and we have to be prepared.”

As such, calls for service

to the fire department have

increased over time.

Jackson stressed that they

use their resources wisely

and maintained that making

sure the community is safe is

their top priority.

During his stint with the

Downers Grove Fire Department,

progress was made.

Departmental accolades include

obtaining an ISO Class

1 status and extending outreach

programs to members

of the community. Jackson’s

leadership helped promote

operations efficiency and

provide direction in the areas

of policy and procedures.

Jackson credits the success

they obtained over the

years to encouraging staff

members who “make this

your home” when they’re

climbing up the ranks.

“The biggest thing I believe

in is being a team,” he

said. “We worked together.

It wasn’t just the chief. The

group worked together to allow

the department to grow.”

Jackson said he looks forward

to seeing the fire department

continue to grow.

“My retirement allows

further movement to allow

them to grow even more,”

he said.

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Baldermann: ‘We tackle these issues head on’

Amanda Stoll

Assistant Editor

The New Lenox Safe

Communities America Coalition

— formed in 2009

to help prevent injuries and

death in the community —

continued its mission Thursday,

Sept. 7 with its annual

“A Pathway to Hope and

Healing” event.

In conjunction with World

Suicide Prevention Day,

members of the community

gathered at the New Lenox

Village Hall to meet with

and learn about local organizations

who support and

provide resources for people

struggling with mental

health issues and suicide.

“It’s really all of our task

groups working collaboratively,

that really is what our

coalition is all about,” said

Dan Martin, safe community

coordinator for the Village

of New Lenox. “All of our

task groups working on their

own respective missions,

but it’s in the interest overall

globally reducing injuries

and deaths.”

Organizations represented

at the resource fair and accompanying

panel discussion

included Sertoma Centre,

Inc., Silver Cross Hospital

Behavioral Health Services,

Crisis Line serving Will and

Grundy Counties, HERO,

NAMI of Will-Grundy County,

Healing Hearts: Survivors

of Suicide Support Group, Be

SMART program, Lutheran

Church Charities K-9 Comfort

Dog Ministry and Joint-

Pro Physical Therapy.

The panel discussion

brought together experts and

community members with

first-hand experience and

training concerning mental

illness and suicide.

One community member

shared her emotional story

involving her struggle with

depression and mental illness,

divorce and two attempted


Another speaker shared

the story of his son’s struggle

with mental illness through

the years and the events and

struggles that led to the son’s


The emotional stories visibly

touched many people

in attendance. Those two

speakers were followed by

three others who discussed

depression and suicide at

length from a professional

and clinical standpoint be-

Katy Newton enjoys the company of Brutus, one of the service dogs from Kare 9 Military

Ministry, Thursday, Sept. 7, during “A Pathway to Hope and Healing” hosted at Village Hall.

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fore the group participated

in an educational presentation

geared toward helping

someone at risk of suicide.

A different kind of therapy

Some of the organizations

in attendance, like the

K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry

through Lutheran Church

Charities, may have a more

indirect effect on most of the

people they serve as far as suicide

prevention is concerned.

Louis Vician, a Tinley

Park resident who has been a

handler for the K-9 division

of Lutheran Church Charities

for about five years, said

he and Darlin, an 11-yearold

golden retriever, have

brought comfort to many

people in disaster situations

around the country, as well

as close to home.

The two have been to natural

disaster areas like the

aftermath of the Washington,

Illinois tornado, as well

as funerals of police officers

where there was a lot of grief

and loss.

One visit he recalled was

when his wife and Darlin

traveled to a school that had

just experienced a traumatic

loss of a student, and one

boy in particular had not left

the library or talked to anyone

in response.

Vician said his wife

brought Darlin in, and although

the boy didn’t talk

with his wife, he did talk to


“Pretty soon, after a while,

he was talking to [Darlin]

and petting her,” Vician said.

“And, just that kind of interaction

was good for him to

bring him out of the very difficult

situation he was in.”

As part of the organization,

most of the dogs are

owned by a church and have

multiple handlers, but they

still primarily live with one

person or family. In Darlin’s

case, she lives with Vician

and his wife.

On a more regular schedule,

the dogs visit nursing

homes and other places they

can provide comfort to those

in need of it.

“Just petting a dog — and

this dog is a ‘pet me’ machine.

She loves to be petted.

— in and of itself will

lower your blood pressure,”

Vician said.

Another Tinley Park resident,

Jim Morrison, serves

on staff at Lutheran Church

Ministries where he coordinates

their Kare-9 Military


“We serve active military

veterans [and] active duty

military men and women by

visiting hospitals and veterans

centers [and] attending

veterans events,” Morrison

said. “...Any place that there

are veterans, and there are

veterans everywhere.”

The Kare-9 Military Ministry

dogs, like Morrison’s

canine partner Brutus, are all

outfitted with camouflaged

vests, and their handlers are

all veterans — Morrison included.

“Veterans communicate

with veterans much better

than non-veterans,” Morrison

said. “We speak a common

language; we’ve all been

through the same kinds of

things. So, it works out well.”

Morrison said the dogs

can help calm veterans who

are struggling with PTSD

and related mental health

conditions, and the dogs

give them a way to express

how they are feeling.

“We exist to bring people

comfort, mercy and compassion,

and it happens when

they’re with the dog,” he

said. “They feel better. The

other thing is, these dogs are

completely confident. You

can tell Brutus anything you

want, [and] he won’t tell anybody.

He can keep a secret.”

While Morrison said the

handlers and their dogs

aren’t trained counselors or

called to crisis-level suicide

situations, the dogs can provide

much-needed therapy

and comfort for people who

are hurting.

“We are a ministry of

presence,” he said. “There

are many, many guys and

women who have suffered

pretty horrible experiences

Gia Washington, of Sertoma Centre Inc., leads a QPR class.

QPR, or Question, Persuade, Refer, is known as the CPR of

mental health.

during their military time,

and the dog helps them to

deal with that.”

Combatting substance abuse

On a more serious and less

furry front, Heroin Epidemic

Relief Organization helps

people who may have turned

to drugs because of depression

or are experiencing

depression because of drug


Even Mayor Tim Baldermann,

who worked in narcotics

for many of his years

as a police officer, said he

learned a lot while touring

the HERO drug education


“There were a dozen

things that I had never seen

before, and I did that for a

living,” Baldermann said

as he addressed the group

before the panel discussion.

“It’s an ever-evolving situation

that we need to stay on

top of.”

Baldermann, who was 25

when his own brother committed

suicide, thanked all

the organizations involved

in the event and the Safe

Community Coalition for all

they do to help people in the

community and vowed the

Village would continue to

support that cause as well.

“We tackle these issues

head on,” Baldermann said.

“We don’t think just because

we live in a nice community

that we’re not plagued with

drug abuse, that we’re not

plagued with mental health

issues. We are. We have that

happening like every community

does, and we won’t

just pretend that it doesn’t...

We’re going to keep fighting

the good fight and giving

support to those that need


Martin said New Lenox

is currently the only certified

“Safe Community” in

Illinois, which is a long process

of certification through

the National Safety Council.

Since being originally

accredited in 2010, he said

New Lenox was recertified

last year.

The designation shows

that New Lenox studies data

collected from emergency

services, the coroner’s office

and local hospitals like Silver

Cross Hospital to create

a plan to decrease injuries

and deaths in the community.

In addition to the NSC

certification, the Village is

also recognized by the World

Health Organization Collaborating

Centre for safety,

which gives Martin and others

involved in the coalition

the opportunity to network

and learn from people from

around the world.

“It’s just a great network

of injury prevention specialists

that work very hard to

try to prevent injuries and

deaths in their communities,”

Martin said.

Training to help

Following the panel discussion

with survivors and

experts, Gia Washington

from Sertoma Centre taught

a class on QPR — considered

the CPR of mental


The acronym stands for

question, persuade and refer

and leads people through the

process of helping someone

who may be at risk of causing

harm to themselves.

While the 90-minute training

is helpful for professional

caregivers, emergency

responders, religious leaders,

people who work with

teens and social service volunteers,

the training is also

good for everyday people to

know in case they are ever in

a situation that calls for it.

The training is geared to

create “gatekeepers” in the

community — defined in the

course handout as “anyone

in a position to recognize a

crisis and warning signs that

someone may be contemplating


A room full of community

members received the training

Thursday night at the

Village Hall, but it wasn’t

the first time there has been

a training in New Lenox.

Martin estimated that the

Village has trained 400 or

500 residents in QPR in recent


“A lot of times, someone

will encounter someone like

this, maybe someone who

appears to be a little depressed,

[or] they appear to

be exhibiting some of these

symptoms,” Martin said.

“But, sometimes, they don’t

know how to approach them,

and they don’t know how to


Michele Batara, executive

director of Crisis Line

serving Will and Grundy

Counties, echoed those same

sentiments and said the QPR

approach is very similar to

the much lengthier, 36-hour

training that volunteer and

interns manning the hotline


Crisis Line is one of many

United Way Agency Partners

that is funded through donations

and largely supported

by volunteers. In addition to

being a suicide crisis hotline

for people to call when they

need help, they supply many

other kinds of assistance, as

well, including counseling

and can connect people to

resources for food or medical


“Research has shown that

the more a person is able to

talk about it, reach out and

feel supported, they decrease

those risks,” Batara said.

“Anybody can help somebody

who is feeling at that

point [of suicide]. It’s scary.

And, that’s why a lot of

people aren’t sure, and they

don’t know what to do. They

feel like it’s more complicated

than it really is, and it’s

really just letting that person

know that you support them,

that you care about them,

that you’re there.”

For more information

about the New Lenox Safe

Communities America Coalition

or any of the services

provided through the

coalition, contact Martin at or

(815) 462-6493.

If you or someone you

know are suffering from

mental illness or contemplating

suicide, call the New

Lenox Crisis Line number

at (815) 485-7366 or visit

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Troop 49 Scout turns love of meteorology into weather station for project

Visitors now can

check forecast at

Joliet’s Pilcher Park

Claudia Harmata

Editorial Intern

Achieving the rank of an

Eagle Scout — the highest

rank in Boy Scouts — is no

walk in the park.

However, Jacob Janssen is

determined to achieve it and

was inspired to help Pilcher

Park Nature Center in Joliet

for his Eagle Scout project.

“It’s a special place for

me because my grandfather

took us there as kids a lot,”

said Janssen, a Homer Glen

resident and member of New

Lenox Boy Scout Troop 49.

“We’d get hot dogs and go

run around.”

In order to become an Eagle

Scout, on of the requirements

of a Life Scout is to

plan, develop and give leadership

to others in a service

project that benefits an organization

in the community.

“He came to me looking

for an Eagle Scout project,”

said Katie Zaban, the Nature

Center superintendent

at Pilcher Park. “We talked

about the typical projects

— like building a bridge,

benches, signs — he was

kind of interested in those,

but then he said, ‘Well, I

want to be a meteorologist.

Would you be interested in a

weather station?’”

Janssen grew up interested

in meteorology, reminiscing

on the times he spent watching

storms from his garage.

“I’ve always enjoyed it

because when I was little —

we have a garage that opens

and it looks over a field —

we would watch the storms

roll in there,” he said. “I enjoy

it because it’s something

different every day.”

He wanted to share this

passion with the community,

so he decided to build

a weather station at Pilcher

Park — one that visitors and

the park could use.

“I started back in April or

May,” Janssen said. “I did

the paperwork and had to

send that in, and then from

there, it was just a matter of

getting some of the materials

fundraised and doing the actual


Ace Hardware in New

Lenox donated a lot of the

materials needed for the

project, according to Janssen.

Marina Cartage, Inc.

donated the wooden post

Janssen used to hold the

weather instruments.

“We had to use a post hole

digger and dig a hole just

below the frost line,” Janssen

said. “Then we had to

put cement there and stick

a wooden post into the cement.

Then we had to screw

the instrument panels on.”

The outside work of the

project took a day to complete.

Janssen later returned

to install indoor panels that

display the information the

weather instruments collect.

“It communicates with the

instruments that are outside,

and they give all the information

to the panel inside,”

he said. “It gives the temperature,

humidity, barometric

pressure, wind speeds, what

way the wind is coming

from and that kind of thing.”

According to Zaban, the

weather station is being utilized

by the summer camp

program at the park and will

also help the Little Sprouts

Early Learning Center during

the school year.

“We have [the panels] at

the front desk currently …

we have it on the heat index

setting, so if there was a really

hot heat index and it was

unsafe for our campers to go

outside for an extended period

of time we would use it

for that,” she said. “Once we

get into winter and windchill

is a factor, we will see that

as well and use it as a determining

factor if the [Little

Sprouts] can go outside for

an extended time.”

Zaban had only good

things to say about her experience

working with Janssen

on his Eagle Scout project.

“He was very friendly,

very easy to work with,”

she said. “He was basically

a self-starter, got what he

needed and he did it. He

showed me how to use the

weather station, and he is a

great kid all around.”

Janssen’s love for meteorology

is something that he

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Lipinski to face two challengers in 2018 race for Congressional District 3

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

In 2018, Congressman

Dan Lipinski (D-3) will face

two challengers for his seat

in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He has served the district

— which includes all or parts

of Homer Glen, Lockport,

Orland Park, Tinley Park

and New Lenox — since

2005 and said he would like

to continue his work for four

more years.

“I want to keep doing the

work that I’ve been doing,”

he said. “I think it’s even

more important today than

ever to have members of

Congress in there who are


Hopefuls Marie Newman

(D) and Mat Tomkowiak (I)

contend that the district is

ready for a change.

Newman is a La Grange

resident who worked in advertising

and was a partner

at J. Walter Thompson

Worldwide, prior to starting

her own marketing consulting


In 2011, Newman partnered

with Sears Holdings

Corporation to build national

nonprofit program Team

Up to Stop Bullying after

starting a local version of the

program in response to her

son experiencing bullying

in school, she said. Through

her work with the nonprofit,

she contributed to legislation.

Newman also has contributed

to advocacy efforts

for gun safety and for Lurie

Children’s Hospital. She has

not held political office previously.

Tomkowiak is a Chicago

resident of the Mount

Greenwood neighborhood

who was born in Poland

and moved to the U.S. at the

age of 9. He has worked in

research and advising for

health policy and political

science, and was involved in

the writing of the Affordable

Care Act.

Tomkowiak said he

planned on becoming a professor

but decided to get

involved with politics after

being disappointed by how

researchers’ work was used

in legislation. He also has

not previously held political


Where they stand on the


Lipinski said he is seeking

another term to continue

to solve problems in

Congress and work to end


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manner, but I’m proud of

that,” he said.

Lipinski has worked on

the Problem Solvers Caucus,

a bipartisan group of House

members who work on issues

like making the ACA

more affordable by bringing

down premiums.

He said his primary focuses

during his time representing

District 3 have

been increasing middle

class jobs, promoting the

manufacturing industry,

Congressman Dan Lipinski Challenger Marie Newman Challenger Mat Tomkowiak

improving transportation,

promoting science innovation

through research at

universities and national

labs, lowering the cost of

education, and ensuring

veterans and senior citizens

receive care.

Newman said she decided

to run for Congress in 2018

in response to the results

of the 2016 Presidential

Election and because she

disagrees with Lipinski on

health care, women’s issues,

and items regarding

immigrant and working


Once she decided to run,

Newman visited with residents

throughout the district

to discover which issues

were most important to

them, and she said their values

aligned with hers.

“People want health care

for all,” she said. “They

want working families to

have the fair deal they deserve,

a livable wage, paid

leave, affordable childcare.

People want small businesses

to thrive.”

In addition to working on

those issues, Newman said

she would work to expand

the middle class; lower education

costs; and expand science,

technology, engineering

and math education in

junior high and high schools.

Tomkowiak said his decision

to run for Congress was

inspired by disappointment

in levels of polarization in

government, money in politics

and how little gets accomplished.

His primary focuses are on

health care, wealth inequality

and political polarization,

he said.

Tomkowiak is an advocate

of a single-payer health care

system, and he said the district

seems receptive to that

type of system, as well.

“The Democrats are

milquetoast centrists or

old-school machine politicians

who don’t understand

the politics of health

care or aren’t invested

deeply enough,” he said.

“I feel the need to step up

and fight for Congress in

this particular moment in


Tomkowiak added that

wealth inequality in the U.S.

needs to come to an end, and

a multiparty democracy —

putting to rest the two-party

system — would help solve

political polarization and

get voters more interested in

making changes.

Why they think they should


Lipinski said his track

record, approachability to

residents of the district and

willingness to work across

the aisle to get things done

make him stand out from his


“I think the extreme partisanship

and the unwillingness

to listen to one another

and work with people who

have different ideas — I

think that all has been detrimental

to our country, and

we certainly see that with

President [Donald] Trump,”

Lipinski said. “I think he

has divided our nation even

more. ... I think he’s left people

more frustrated with our

political system, and I’m not

someone who wants to just

talk; I want to solve problems.”

Newman’s understanding

of issues important to the

district, and interest in creating

fairness and opportunity

for all set her apart, she said.

“Folks deserve to have

health care, be healthy, have

a livable wage, deserve to

have small business thrive,

and women deserve to be

treated properly,” she said.

“I certainly hope people understand

that I will work to

provide health care for all, a

square deal to working families

and expand the middle

class, as well as give opportunities

to and enable small


Tomkowiak highlighted

his progressive stances, as

well as the fact that he is not

as wealthy or as old as most

members of Congress.

“Ninety-five percent

are in the top 1 percent of

wealth distribution,” he

said. “Most are getting older.

Baby Boomers dominate

Congress. Fifty percent are

business owners, and only

about 10 percent of the

American population are

business owners. Workers,

teachers and nurses through

labor and consumption

make business possible. I

do think we have a government

that needs to get

younger, poorer and in that

way, become more reflective

of America.”

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From sept. 7

Police: One

dead following

interstate crash in

New Lenox

Thomas Czaja

Contributing Editor

An Indiana man is dead

following a two-vehicle

crash Sept. 6 on westbound

Interstate 80 just

east of Interstate 355, in

New Lenox, according to

a press release issued the

same day by Illinois State


Illinois State Police

troopers responded to the

crash shortly after 8 a.m.,

according to the press


Joseph Tomsic, 76, of

Munster, Indiana, reportedly

sustained life-threatening

injuries after his Nissan

Murano crossed over the

center lane into the right

lane, striking the rear of a

Freightliner truck.

Tomsic was transported

to nearby Silver Cross Hospital,

where he was later

pronounced dead, according

to the press release. The

driver of the truck refused

treatment at the crash site,

police said.

Both vehicles had been

traveling on westbound

Interstate 80, approaching

Interstate 355, per the

release. Traffic reportedly

was at a stop and go because

of a prior crash being

handled on the shoulder by

police, with Tomsic traveling

in the left lane, and the

truck traveling in the right


It is unknown why Tomsic

crossed lanes, according

to the press release.

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County officials talk substance abuse issues in the area

Jonathan Samples

Freelance Reporter

Since 2013, more than 500

people in Will County have

died from either suicide or

by overdosing on opioid

drugs like heroin or prescription

pain killers. Sadly, few

people are talking about it.

That was the message during

an informational event at

the Homer Township Public

Library on Aug. 31. The program,

sponsored by the Will

County Board, the health

department and the Will

County Executive Office,

was held on International

Overdose Awareness Day.

The irony, however, is that

many in the county remain

unaware of a rising number

of deaths from opioid overdose

or suicide in their own

neighborhoods, and officials

say that needs to change.

“We’re doing a lot of these

kinds of events around the

county, because I personally

feel that we’ve got to get rid

of the stigma,” Will County

Board member Mike Fricilone

said. “The problem with

these kinds of events is that

people around here don’t want

to admit we have a problem.”

Fricilone and another District

7 board member, Steve

Balich, sponsored Thursday’s

program, which is part

of a community conversation

series aimed at gathering

feedback from residents

about where the county

should focus resources and

initiatives designed to prevent

these tragic deaths.

“We’re trying to dig down

and find out what’s really

going on at the street level so

that we can bring resources

into the communities that

need them most,” said Kathleen

Burke, director of substance-use

initiatives in the

Office of the Will County

Executive. “We want to save

lives, and we want to see

people get better.”

Burke, who was hired

Opioid Deaths in Will


2017 44

2016 87*

2015 53

2014 35

2013 38

*Up more than 40

percent over previous


Suicides in Will County

2016 79

2015 58

2014 49

2013 68

2012 65

in February to educate the

community about preventing

opioid overdose deaths,

said Will County has a lack

of behavioral health resources

for people struggling with

addiction. She hopes events

like this will help identify

where there are gaps in both

resources and residents’ understanding

of the county’s

opioid epidemic.

“We want to keep people

informed and help them raise

their children in a safe environment,

help those young

adults who are struggling,

and then build the resources

within their own community

to assist people when they

need it,” she said.

Homer Glen is one of several

communities in Will

County that have seen a

higher rate of deaths from

opioid overdose in recent

years. Those numbers have

since come down in Homer

Glen, but Burke said there’s

still more work to be done.

“We want to acknowledge

that the community has

struggled in the past but is

on a positive trajectory,” she

said. “But that can diminish

if there’s not enough conversation

and communication.

Kathleen Burke, director of substance use initiatives for Will County, presents information

on opioid use during a community conversation event at Homer Township Public Library

on Aug. 31. Jonathan Samples/22nd Century Media

If we start putting our heads

in the sand, we’ll end up in

the same place.”

As part of her job, Burke

oversees a number of initiatives

designed to halt

the spread of opioid use in

Will County. That includes

training staffs at area social

service agencies, as well as

other individuals who are

likely to be contact with active

opioid users, on how

to administer naloxone – a

medication designed to reverse

an opioid overdose.

So far, Burke’s efforts are

showing promising results.

“A comparison of last year

and this year for six months

shows our numbers are a little

down, as far as deaths go,

because our naloxone usage

is up,” she said. “Whether

that correlates, I don’t know;

but the research shows that

the more naloxone you have

in a community the less likely

you’re going to have overdose


In 2016, 87 people in Will

County died as a result of an

opioid overdose, with naloxone

being used 11 times to

successfully reverse an overdose.

Through Aug. 31, the

Will County Coroner reports

44 opioid overdose deaths in


And while the number of

people dying from an opioid

overdose appears to be

decreasing, successful administration

of naloxone is

on the rise. Burke said naloxone,

sold under the brand

name Narcan, has already

been used 23 times in 2017.

Without the antidote, those

individuals would likely

have died.

Additionally, Burke is

working to ensure that people

with opioid-use disorder

have resources in place for

treatment and recovery.

“When you save somebody

with Narcan, you want

to have them to go immediately

into treatment; otherwise,

you know that in

most cases they’re going to

go back to using,” she said.

“Without treatment, you’re

really not doing anything for

long-term change.”

Burke added that treatment

is just one part of

maintaining sobriety.

After treatment, individuals

typically need to engage

in some form of outpatient

therapy and various support

groups. They also need stable

housing, a job and a network

of additional resources

to be able to maintain their


“The goal is that in Will

County we have a comprehensive

support system for

people who are struggling

with substance-use disorder,”

Burke said.

A major component of that

support system is behavioral

and mental health services.

During Thursday’s program,

Burke was joined by

Scott Dubois, who is the behavioral

health coordinator

at the Will County Health

Department. He said there

are some similarities between

people who die from

drug overdose and those

who die from suicide, such

as mental illness, past trauma

and negative stigma.

“We want to reduce stigma

for mental illness and other

substance-use disorders,”

Dubois said.

Like Burke, he hopes

these types of conversations

will shed light on the

high rates of suicide in Will

County and make it easier

for people experiencing suicidal

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A 24-year-old man from

Crestwood reportedly was

pronounced dead Sept. 3

following a two-vehicle collision

at the intersection of

143rd Street and Harlem Avenue

in Orland Park.

Cook County Sheriff’s

deputies responded around 6

p.m. to the scene, where according

to a preliminary investigation

a Jeep traveling

westbound on 143rd Street

through the intersection at

Harlem Avenue collided with

a Chrysler Town & Country

attempting to turn left at the

intersection, according to an

email from Sophia Ansari,

press secretary for the Sheriff’s


“After the collision, it appears

the driver of the Jeep

lost control and struck a traffic

signal pole,” Ansari said.

The driver of the Jeep —

later identified by the Cook

County Coroner’s Office as

Ronald Bobowski, of the

14100 block of Kilpatrick

Avenue — was extricated by

members of the Orland Fire

Protection District and taken

to Advocate Christ Medical

Center in Oak Lawn, according

to Ansari. Bobowski died

at the hospital, Ansari added.

The official cause of death

was listed as multiple injuries

due to motor vehicle crash,

and the manner was accidental,

according to Becky Schlikerman,

public information

officer for the Cook County

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“The driver of the Town

& Country, a 51-year-old

woman from Alsip; and her

two passengers, a 19-yearold

woman and a 15-year-old

girl; were taken to an area

hospital, where they were

treated for minor injuries and

released,” Ansari added.

The Town & Country driver

reportedly was cited for

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left and no proof of valid insurance.

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Mokena Police Department

was given the go-ahead by

the Board of Fire and Police

Commissioners to hire two

police officers.

During its Sept. 5 meeting,

the board and Police Chief

Steven Vaccaro discussed the

process of background investigations

for eligible candidates

who successfully completed

the Comprehensive

Options for Police Selection

Testing Service.

The background checks are

expected to take a month to

a month-and-a-half, according

to Vaccaro, because MPD

wants to be able to thoroughly

screen the candidates.

Once the background

checks are completed, two

candidates will be chosen to

begin training in January at

the Suburban Law Enforcement

Academy at the College

of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

Candidates will undergo

540 training hours over 12-14

weeks at SLEA, Vaccaro said.

After successful completion

of SLEA, the two candidates

will then go through

MPD’s own field training,

where the officers will be

paired with MPD’s certified

trainers for 14 weeks before

the new officers will be allowed

to start patrols on their


That final step is expected

to be completed by June or

July of 2018, Vaccaro said.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer, Editor.

For more, visit


D.C. trip honors veterans,

reunites old friends

Frankfort resident Raymond

Wirth, known by many

as “Bud,” proudly served his

country in the United States

Navy during the Korean War

Nearly 67 years later, as a

show of appreciation for that

service, Wirth was among the

more than 100 veterans who

recently took part in an Honor

Flight to the Korean War Veterans

Memorial in Washington,


Wirth, who will turn 86

this year, enlisted in October

1950. He served for 39


After basic training, he was

assigned to the USS Valley

Forge. Home base was in Yokosuka,


“I was aboard a carrier, and

we patrolled Wonsan Harbor,”

he said. “Our duty was

picking up downed pilots.”

Nearly 70 years from when

he first enlisted, Wirth was

contacted by the Honor Flight

Network a few weeks before

the July 12 trip.

He said there were 104 veterans

on the Honor Flight,

with four from World War

II. The rest were Korean War

veterans. There also were

volunteers who escorted each

of the veterans individually.

“It was very nice, especially

with the escorts,” Wirth

said. “You didn’t have to do

anything yourself.”

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For more,



‘The Story of German Beer’

comes to life at Tinley Park

Public Library

The journey of a can (or

bottle) of beer may appear

simple. From juggernaut

breweries like Budweiser and

Miller plastering ads on every

NFL game and bus stop to

new craft beers popping up

like weeds in liquor stores,

beer has simply become nearly


But its journey through

time to get into homes in

around the world is not as


On Sept. 6, the Tinley Park

Public Library hosted “The

Story of German Beer,” as

the Art Institute of Chicago’s

Lucas Livingston relayed the

titular libation’s history from

the antiquities era to its proud

place as one of the most popular

beverages in the United

States and all over the world.

Livingston’s academic

background in art history has

helped not only fuel his passion

as an orator on the subject

of beer but also inspires

him as a brewmaster and to

think of beer as an artform.

Considered by many to be

a more approachable spirit

than wine, according to Livingston,

beer has historically

always been a drink for the

common man, by the common


“We see throughout civilization

— going back to Egypt

and Mesopotamia — beer

was the everyday beverage

for the hard laborer,” he said.

“It was a homemade product,

so there was self-investment

in it.”

Reporting by Brian Laughran,

Freelance Reporter. For more,



Construction on 159th Street

continues to impact Homer

Glen businesses

While the effort to widen

159th Street has raised concern

among previous and existing

business owners in the

Village of Homer Glen, such

woes could be extended until

mid-2019, as weather permits,

officials said.

The construction project,

which started in 2015, had a

completion date targeted for

fall 2018, with plans to widen

the roadway from two to four

lanes, relocate utilities, introduce

turn lanes, and install a


A number of delays have

occurred, to date. The relocation

of utilities serves as the

Please see NFYN, 17

Police Reports

Four incidents of theft,

burglary are reported

on the same day

Reports of theft, identity

theft and burglary to

a vehicle were made on

Aug. 28.

Two burglaries to vehicle

were reported within a

half-hour span that morning.

The first reportedly

took place at about 9:32

a.m. when money and prescription

medication were

stolen from an unlocked

vehicle parked at the 2100

block of Finborough Circle.

The second took place

at about 9:54 a.m. when a

backpack reportedly was

taken from another unlocked

vehicle at the 700

block of Downing Street.

In the afternoon, credit

card information reportedly

was stolen and used

to make fraudulent purchases.

In the evening, at about

7:10 p.m., a printer reportedly

was stolen from an

open garage on the 1400

block of Ginger Lane.

Sept. 4

• Sean D. Clifford, 31, of

7550 Gladstone Drive in

Naperville, was charged

with driving under the influence

of alcohol when

he was stopped on Route

30 and Cedar Road for allegedly

committing multiple

traffic violations.

Sept. 1

• Edgar Budrevicius, 25,

of 169 Forest St. in New

Lenox, was charged with

aggravated battery on the

600 block of Maple Road.

Budrevicius reportedly

struck another person in

the head. Budrevicius

previously had a run-in

with police, most recently

in June when he was arrested

twice in a three-day

span at Walmart on the

500 block of East Lincoln


• Landscape decorations

reportedly were damaged

on a property on the 500

block of Central Road.

• A fence reportedly was

damaged at a property on

the 30 block of Warren


Aug. 31

• Brian J. Hurley, 42, of

6143 W. 55th St. in Chicago,

was charged with

driving under the influence

of alcohol when he

was stopped on Route 30

and Tonell Avenue for allegedly


Aug. 29

• Patrick C. McCleary, 26,

of 320 Rossford Lane in

New Lenox, was charged

with driving under the influence

of alcohol when

he was stopped on Route

30 and I-80 for allegedly



New 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. Sound Off

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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From as of Monday,

Sept. 11

1. Football: Griffins answer back with

a vengeance after Celtics’ opening


2. Husband, wife educate children about

anatomy through book

3. BREAKING: One dead following

interstate crash in New Lenox

4. Boys Soccer: Celtics score in waning

seconds to win road thriller

5. Del Toro caps off weekend in hometown

with parade

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snacks, sun and new friends during their

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From the editor

A sports experience that will never get old

James Sanchez

Remember when I

wrote in the Aug. 31

edition of The New

Lenox Patriot about how the

season opener is the biggest

game of the year? Clearly, I

was wrong.

What I witnessed Sept.

1 during the football game

between Lincoln-Way West

and Lincoln-Way Central is

something I’ve never seen

before on a high school

level. The volume of the

crowd, all the cars, all the

fans — which was roughly

4,500 people, according to

West athletic director Ted

Robbins — was simply

amazing. Robbins said it was

the biggest turnout at a West

game in his time there.

I’m going to start with the

parking, because that’s what

I had to deal with first. I’m

on Gougar Road passing by

Providence, noticing all the

cars that have to park on the


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most significant reason to

slow the project, according

to the Illinois Department

of Transportation. Other delays

include the discovery

of unsuitable material during

excavation for the new

roadway, improvements to

the soil and the addition of a

wall to stabilize the widened


According to IDOT, traffic

counts in 2010 were between

17,500 and 22,100 vehicles

per day. The expected

volume for 2030 is between

20,000 and 33,000 vehicles

per day.

But the Village’s outlook

remains positive.

“We’re thrilled that the

State is moving forward

with the expansion,” Village

Manager Michael Mertens

said. “It’s always a discomfort

as we go through it. The

grass adjacent to the field

for the Celtics’ home opener.

Through the time I passed,

the grass lot was already

nearly filled with still a halfhour

left before kickoff. I

stare out there with a small

chuckle, thinking they’re going

to have to toughest time

getting out.

I drive about a mile or so

further to reach West, and

on Illinois Highway I see a

stretch of cars, maybe the

length of several football

fields, lined up on both sides

of the gravel-filled shoulder.

During a normal home game,

there would be about 10-20

cars on the shoulder. I was

told there were many cars

parked on the grass behind

the stadium, as well.

I look ahead and see

families walking across the

street from Central Presbyterian

Church and cars filled all

over that lot. Still determined,

or foolish, I still enter the

school lot to maybe steal a

spot on the curb. Those ambitions

were quickly washed

away. Every nook and cranny

of that lot were taken. But I

saw cars drive up on the grass

near the baseball fields about

800 feet from the stadium. I

don’t know if it was permitted

or not, but we all did it


While I was on the sidelines,

the crowd was deafening,

and there were people

everywhere. The stands were

filled, and the remainder

cluttered near the concessions

or were lined up along

the fence bordering the track.

This was totally different

from when I covered West at

Central back in 2015. There

were fewer students at each

school with Lincoln-Way

North still in existence, and

Central wasn’t a strong team

then, while West finished as

a state runner-up that year.

The game was basically over

early into the second half.

This time around, the

schools are bigger and

both teams are very good,

which showed on the field.

Central went up 14-0, and

West came back with 17

unanswered points to take

the lead before the Knights

finished strong to take the

win. Each big play elicited

the loudest roar. It seemed

like a game of who could

one-up the other. If you need

an example, check out The

Patriot’s Twitter page @

TheNLPatriot, and search for

the video I posted of Central’s

Brett Widule getting

an interception to hear how

loud these students were.

This was a memorable

experience for me because

I didn’t go to college with a

prestigious sports program.

Matter of fact, Columbia

widening will be benefitting

residents and businesses.

The Village has tried to

increase visibility by putting

up signage along 159th

Street to help motorists in

identifying businesses and

retailers beyond the driveway


Reporting by Megann Horstead,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit

College Chicago didn’t

have any sports program.

Watching this was kind of

like watching a college bowl

game of two popular teams

at a neutral site where the

fans in attendance are split

down the middle.

We’ll see what will be a

bigger game -- this or when

Lincoln-Way East travels

to Central on Friday, Sept.

22 for another intradistrict

matchup. Both of those

teams have state aspirations,

and to add more anticipation,

Jim Cornelison, who is

known for his baritone voice

singing the national anthem

at Chicago Blackhawks

games, will be singing “The

Star-Spangled Banner”

before this game.

This is the first time in a

long time that all Lincoln-

Way high schools are strong

this year. This will be a fun

ride, and there’s still plenty

of weeks left of the season.

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LEFT: Barenaked Ladies band members Ed

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crowd. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

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20 | September 14, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot Faith


St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second

Ave., New Lenox)

Remembrance Service

4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

St. Jude Elizabeth Ministry

invites all who have been

touched by the loss of a child

through infant death, stillbirth,

SIDS, miscarriage, illness

or other childhood death,

failed adoption or infertility.

Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents,

Siblings, Relatives and

Friends are encouraged as we

support each other. To RSVP,


Mass Schedule

7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

and 6:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30

a.m. Monday-Saturday; 5

p.m. Saturdays and 8:30 a.m.


Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Craft and Vendor Fair

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,

Oct. 14. The church is seeking

crafters and vendors for the

9th Annual Craft and Vendor

Fair. Cost is $25 for an 8-foot

table and $10 for an additional

table. Registration forms can

be picked up at the church

office or online at www.

html. For more information,

call at (815) 723-7642.

Worship Services

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

and 10:30 a.m. Sundays

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

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be sold at “Grandpa’s Attic”

outdoors at the church. Items

donated include furniture, appliances,

lamps, shelves, paintings,

patio furniture and tools.

All proceeds from “Grandpa’s

Attic” will support programs

and church ministries. Rain

date is 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept.

17. For more information, call

(815) 485-8271 ext. 53.

Family Night

5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept.

24. This event is held to help

families grow spiritually together.

You don’t have to

Contact Jessica Nemec

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be a “traditional family,”

as we benefit from all ages

and family situations. Enjoy

dinner, music and an activity

for Pre-K to adult. It is

a great way to connect with

our church family. RSVP at

Worship Schedule

Traditional worship is at

9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on

Sundays, and contemporary

worship is at 10:20 a.m.

every first and third Sunday

of the month.

Musical Opportunities

Join the vocal choirs, bells

choirs, or praise team. There

are opportunities for children,

teens, and adults. Rehearsals

are on Wednesday or Thursday

evenings. For more information,

call (815) 485-8271.

Lincolnway Christian Church (690 E.

Illinois Highway, New Lenox)

Discover Lincolnway

9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

Learn more about the church,

and meet with Pastor Jeff

over breakfast as he discusses

all things Lincolnway. Register


Worship Team Auditions

6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept.

25. Visit

dition to find out about the

audition process and to sign

up for an audition.

A Matter of Balance Classes

9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays,

Sept. 28-Nov. 16. A Matter of

Balance is designed to reduce

the fear of falling and increase

activity levels among

older adults. For more information

and registration,

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Poetry Corner

Against the grain

The messenger comes

With words of hope

Why would you listen to


You’re standing firm on a

slippery slope

Think he’s a fool, out on a


Biblical news points

To sin’s depravity

Rested on your own righteousness

Night, without vision

Against God, enmity

Kingdom of God, you didn’t


Blind leaders lead the blind

in religion’s travesty

Devotion to the Law brings


Levels of achievement

external virtue’s plea

Traditions of men, bleak in


Be not more religious

Abandon, the earned way

Good behavior doesn’t

outweigh bad

Morally improved fall short,

unrestrained minds prey

Tangled in conviction, sorrow


Apex of religion

The sinner’s refuge

Jesus comes to obliterate

Must be born again

Jesus will not refuse

Those broken, in a humbled


True salvation shows in

A transformed life, brings


Shows love for God, in faith


Gospel and bible are true in

obedience, amazed

Jesus and His sacrifice are


Julie Sanders, New Lenox


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the New Lenox Patriot | September 14, 2017 | 21

Village closes out another successful summer of Triple Play concerts

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Barenaked Ladies frontman, Ed Robertson, smiling out at the crowd Sept. 2 during the

final Triple Play concert of the summer. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

A little bit of rain wasn’t

going to prevent New Lenox

residents from enjoying the

fourth and final concert of

the 2017 Triple Play series.

Ponchos, raincoats and umbrellas

popped up across

the Village Commons as

the many hits of Living Colour

and Barenaked Ladies

poured out from the stage.

The Sept. 2 concert perfectly

capped off the 9th

Annual Triple Play season,

which previously hosted the

likes of Richard Marx, the

BoDeans, Gin Blossoms and

Collective Soul throughout

the summer.

“This year has been outstanding,”

said Mayor Tim

Baldermann at the event.

“We’re really excited about

the 2017 season, and I’m

sorry it has to come to a

close. It’s been so much


The Triple Play series has

become a tradition for many

residents who enjoy coming

out to the concerts with family

and friends.

“We’re a growing community,

the fastest-growing

community in Will County,

but we like to keep that

small, hometown feel,” Baldermann

said. “The way

people describe the Triple

Play is a big block party, and

we love that atmosphere.”

New Lenox resident

Tom Van Ness attends the

event every year with Paul

Stephenson, also of New

Lenox), Steve Harris, of

Lockport, and other friends.

“It’s a nice time,” Van

Ness said. “It gives you

something to do, and the

bands are always excellent.

There’s never any problems

and everyone always has a

nice time.”

While many residents

are Triple Play fans regardless

of what bands are in the

lineup, other concert-goers

like 10-year-old, New Lenox

resident Vincent Milo camp

out the front row to see their

favorite artists. Milo – who

was in attendance with his

dad, Chris Milo, and cousin,

Jordane Neal – couldn’t wait

to see Living Colour hit the

stage, but he was especially

excited to hear Barenaked

Ladies perform his favorite

song, “One Week.”

“I like it because it kind

of makes me laugh a little,

and I’m really into rock and

roll,” he said. “It just pumps

me up.”

Milo was even more

pumped up after the show as

he left with a variety of oneof-a-kind

souvenirs including

drum sticks and a setlist

from Living Colour.

“Cult of Personality,”

“Who’s That?” and “Middle

Man” were all highlights of

Living Colour’s set – during

which lead singer, Corey

Glover, climbed the scaffolding

on the Commons

stage – but “Desperate People”

struck the perfect chord

to compliment the weather.

“I hear you laughing in

the rain,” Glover sang on the

Vivid track as drops drizzled

down from the clouds above.

Earlier in the night, a New

Lenox band, On the Off

Chance, got fans moving as

the show’s opener. Drummer,

Jason Parks, described

the experience as a “dream

come true.”

“[Barenaked Ladies] has

been an influence for me

since the early 1990s when

they released their first album

so I was a fan from the

beginning,” he said. “This

was awesome. Especially

being able to play for the

hometown crowd. We know

a lot of people here, so it’s

been really special.”

Barenaked Ladies’ closed

things out with a set full of

the next level musicianship

and sharp improvisational

humor that has had fans

singing and laughing along

for generations. A standout

moment came early in their

performance as frontman,

Ed Robertson, dropped an

improvised rap – created just

for the occasion – about his

love of Living Colour and

the proper usage of a fake


Baldermann and Village

staff will begin working on

next year’s Triple Play series

in November and December.

There is no set theme for

2018 – only “great music”

as always – and while everyone

is excited about the 2018

lineup, New Lenox residents

continue to be the true rockstars

of the event each and

every year.

“We are so grateful to our

residents,” Baldermann said.

“For nine years now, they’ve

come out to enjoy this and

make it a highlight of the


Living Colour members Corey Glover (left) and Doug

Wimbish of Living Colour perform.

New Lenox residents Jordan Neal (left to right), Chris Milo

and Vincent Milo camped out to stand in the front row to

see Living Colour and Barenaked Ladies.

Barenaked Ladies fans Austin (left) and Lille Weingartner

showing their love for the band.

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the New Lenox Patriot | September 14, 2017 | 23

crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Small salmon

5. Gofer, abbr.

9. Got bee bit

14. Oscar winner Burl

15. Humane Soc. ally

16. Menace

17. “Aqualung” band

Jethro __

18. Kind

19. “___ to bed”

20. Make poor

23. Arles assent

24. Any thing

25. ___ Arbor

27. Mokena craft

beer bar

31. “Lion” or “baron”


32. Compass point

35. Jewish circle


36. Island and drink

39. Biblical second


40. Chilling

41. Full house, e.g.

42. Mediterranean


45. Portuguese wine


46. Canonized mlle.

47. Established

48. Farm-tilling


49. Australian state,


50. H.S. exam

52. Perplexed, at ___

54. New Lenox music


60. Photo tint

62. Table spread

63. Hitchcock title

64. Oranges’ grouping

65. Store sign

66. “Why should ___


67. Electric dart


68. “__ lang syne”

69. It’s long in fashion


1. One of U.S. banking’s Big


2. Egg cell

3. 1965 Beatles movie

4. Norway’s capital

5. Desirable qualities

6. Germ

7. Curtain fabric

8. Makes lacework

9. Hot springs

10. Part of some joints

11. An official language of


12. Decree ____

13. Day-___ (florescent paint)

21. Struggles

22. Talk (over)

26. Government security

agency, abbr.

27. Massenet opera

28. Modern factory worker

29. Galsworthy’s Mrs. Forsyte

30. Island on the Java Sea

31. “Book of Days” singer

32. Hall-of-Famer Bart

33. ____ Domingo

34. Provide with a permanent


36. Use an atomizer

37. Number one flyer

38. Superhero based on a god

43. Pack animal

44. Eye of ___ (part of a

“Macbeth” recipe)

45. Goose liver delicacy

48. Circled

49. Gullible

50. Rice

51. Hex

52. Inoculation liquids

53. Long narrative poem

55. Civil rights heroine Parks

56. Strait-laced

57. Name spelled out in a

Kinks’ song

58. Pinnacle

59. Abominable snowman

60. Military rank, abbr.

61. ___ Lingus (Irish airline)

How to play Sudoku

Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

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

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan



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24 | September 14, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot dining out

The Dish

Childhood memories rediscovered at Raffy’s Candy Store

Claudia Harmata

Editorial Intern

For those with a major

sweet tooth, Raffy’s Candy

Store has a fix for them all.

“There is just such a variety,”

said Dave Rafalski,

owner of Raffy’s Candy

Store. “I would suggest that

[people] go outside their

norms. So, if there’s a person

that always comes in ...

try something new, because

there’s so many different

types of chocolates and

gummies and candies that a

lot of people haven’t tried.”

The chocolates, gummies

and candies line the entire

shop in clear displays, allowing

customers to visit

and look through all of their

options. The store first started

bringing sweets to New

Lenox when it opened in

October 2015.

“The motivation [to open

Raffy’s Candy Store] came

from a lifelong dream,” Rafalski

said. “It’s something

I’ve always wanted to do,

going back to the days when

I was a kid and I used to go

to a candy store or an ice

cream shop.

“So, it’s just one of those

dreams, and it came to fruition

when we moved out to

the New Lenox area a couple

years ago.”

When this dream turned

into a reality, Rafalski

turned to vendors such as

the Albanese Confectionery

Group in Merrillville, Indiana,

to bring in premium

chocolates and candies to

his customers.

“We carry a premium line

of chocolates and candies,

and we are able to do that

without charging premium

prices,” Rafalski said. “The

relationship we have with

Albanese and other vendors,

that’s why we’re able

to do that.”

On the chocolate side,

The Raffy Turtle is one of several customized flavors created by The Plush Horse for

Raffy’s Candy Store in New Lenox. Photos by Claudia Harmata/22nd Century Media

Co-owner Pam Rafalski pours 12 Flavor Bears ($3.49 per pound) into a bag.

customers can find anything

from tortoise pecan patties

($11.99 per pound) and vanilla

cream truffles ($11.99

per pound) to chocolate

potato chips ($14.99 per

pound). But Rafalski said

nothing sells faster than

the Albanese gummy bears

($3.49 per pound).

“One of our biggest sellers

on our non-chocolate

side are the Albanese gummy

bear line,” Rafalski said.

“Gummy bears, gummy

worms — those are so popular

that it’s hard to keep

them in stock at times.”

But when chocolate or

candy doesn’t hit the spot,

Raffy’s Candy Store also

Raffy’s Candy Store offers more than 200 kinds of sweets.

Raffy’s Candy Store

2571 E. Lincoln Highway

in New Lenox


• 11 a.m.–9 p.m.


• 10 a.m.–9 p.m.


• Noon–7 p.m. Sunday

For more information…

Phone: (815) 320-6152

sells ice cream — partnering

with The Plush Horse in

Palos Park.

“I’ve been going [to The

Plush Horse] since as long

as I can remember,” Rafalski

said. “And I would take

my kids there once a month

as a special treat.

“When I decided to open

a candy store, ice cream

wasn’t even in my business

plan until probably the last


Rafalski wanted to sell

the ice cream on which he

grew up, so he reached out

to The Plush Horse, and

the business welcomed him

with “open arms.” Their relationship

has been “nothing

but positive.”

“The response from just

carrying [The Plush Horse]

product has been outstanding,”

Rafalski said. “We

have a great relationship

with Plush Horse, where

they let me create my own

ice cream flavors. ... So, we

have the Raffy Turtle, Raffy

Monster; there’s several I


Rafalski sells both his flavors

and the original Plush

Horse flavors — ranging

from $1.99 to $5.99 for

cones, sundaes and shakes.

Rafalski said because of

popularity and demand he is

looking into potentially expanding

the store and having

a dedicated ice cream


“We were given the opportunity

to acquire a unit

behind our shop,” Rafalski

said. “With positive customer

feedback about the

ice cream, and with continuing

to bring in new

candies, it made sense for

us to explore the additional


According to Rafalski,

the new space also will potentially

allow the shop to

provide a party room for

special occasions.

“The biggest part that I really

enjoy is we’re blessed,

my family and I,” Rafalski

said. “We are blessed to

have the ability to give back

to the community, as well as

receive. I enjoy helping the

customers and seeing the

smile on their faces.” local living

the New Lenox Patriot | September 14, 2017 | 25

Details Unveiled For Southwest Suburban Home

Builders Association 2017 Tour Of Homes.

The Southwest Suburban

Home Builders Association

(SSHBA) has announced

details for its 2017 Tour Of

Homes, which is being held

this September.

The event will take place on

two consecutive weekends—

September 22nd through

24th and September 29th

through October 1st. Builders’

model homes will be

open from noon until 5 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free.

A total of 20 homes in the

south and southwest suburbs

will be available to

walk through during the

Tour Of Homes. They range

in size from 1,692 to more

than 8,000 square feet—

with the majority of the

homes falling within the

3,000- to 4,000-squarefoot

range. All boast the

numerous advantages of

new construction such as

floor plans designed around

today’s lifestyles, the ability

to personalize interior finishes

and features, energy

efficiency, and lower maintenance

since everything is


The scattered site tour will

showcase homes that either

are for sale or represent designs

available to be built

from each builder. Prices

range from the $300,000s

to more than $1 million,

with the average price in

the $500,000s.

Towns and communities on

the Tour Of Homes circuit


• Frankfort—Frankfort

Meadows from Flaherty

Builders, Inc.

• Homer Glen—Stonebridge

Woods from PDH

Builders, Inc.

• Lemont—Estates of

Montefiori from Ascend

Real Estate Group and

Kettering Estates from

M/I Homes of Chicago,


• Lockport—Creekside

Estates South from A & J

Construction, Oak Creek

from M.C. Custom Homes

Inc., Parkside Estates

from Riverview Builders,

Inc. and Sagebrook

from M/I Homes of Chicago,


• Manhattan—Leighlinbridge

from T.J. Cachey

Builders, Inc.

• New Lenox—Prairie

Ridge from Brian Wille


• Orland Park—Charleton

Highlands from

Charleton Highlands Development,

LLC, Deer Haven

from Flaherty Builders,

Inc. and Greystone

Ridge and Parkside

Square from Beechen &

Dill Homes, Inc.

• Palos Park—custom

home on S. Hobart Street

from D.B. DePaulo Construction

• Plainfield—The Preserve

from J. Michael


• Tinley Park—Brookside

Meadows from Crana

Homes, Inc. and Radcliffe

Place from Gallagher &


• Woodridge— Farmingdale

Village from Gallagher

& Henry

To map a route to all 20

homes on the Tour Of

Homes, visit www.SSH-

More information on each

home and builder also can

be found online.

The 2017 Tour Of Homes is

presented by the SSHBA, a

professional organization

that supports the American

dream of home ownership

and promotes high standards,

professionalism and

service within the building

industry. SSHBA builders

also are members of the

Home Builders Association

of Illinois (HBAI) and

the National Association

of Home Builders (NAHB).

26 | September 14, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot local living

Build and Move into Your New Home from the low $200s

With Lincoln-Way Schools at Prairie Trails in Manhattan

Distinctive Home Builders provides homeowners the

highest quality home on the market

Distinctive Home Builders

continues to add high quality

homes to the Manhattan

landscape at Prairie Trails; its

latest new home community,

located within the highly-regarded

Lincoln-Way School

District. Many families are

happy to call Prairie Trails

home and are pleased that

Distinctive is able to deliver a

new home with zero punch list

items in 90 days. Before closing,

each home undergoes an

industry-leading checklist that

ensures each home measures

up to the firm’s high quality


“Actually our last average

was 81 working days from excavation

to receiving a home

occupancy permit - without

sacrificing quality,” said Bryan

Nooner, president of Distinctive

Home Builders. “Everyone

at the company works

extremely hard to continually

achieve this delivery goal for

our homeowners. Our three

decades building homes provides

this efficient construction

system. Many of our

skilled craftsmen have been

working with our company for

Recently closed Prairie Trails Arbor Model

over 20 years. We also take

pride on having excellent communicators

throughout our

organization. This translates

into a positive buying and

building experience for our

homeowners and one of the

highest referral rates in the industry

for Distinctive.”

In all, buyers can select

from 13 ranch, split-level and

six two-story single-family

home styles; each offering

three to eight different exterior

elevations. The three- to

four-bedroom homes feature

two to two-and-one-half

baths, two- to three-car garages

and a family room, all in

approximately 1,600 to over

3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included

in most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new

home truly personalized to

suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of

the first floor; custom maple

cabinets; ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the kitchen,

baths and foyer; genuine wood

trim and doors; granite countertops

and concrete driveways

can all be yours at Prairie

Trails. All home sites at Prairie

Trails can accommodate a

three-car garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, according

to Nooner.

“When we opened Prairie

Trails we wanted to provide

the best new home value for

the dollar and we feel with

offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that.

So why wait? This is truly the

best time to build your dream


Distinctive offers custom

maple kitchen cabinets featuring

solid wood construction

(no particle board), have solid

wood drawers with dove tail

joints, which is very rare in the

marketplace. “When you buy

a new home from Distinctive,

you truly are receiving custom

made cabinets in every home

we sell no matter what the

price range,” noted Nooner.

Nooner added that all

homes are highly energy efficient.

Every home built will

have upgraded wall and ceiling

insulation values with

Recently closed Prairie Trails Arbor Model

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into

their new home, Distinctive

Home Builders conducts a

blower door test that pressurizes

the home to ensure that

each home passes a set of very

stringent Energy Efficiency


Typically a wide variety of

homes are available to tour

that include ranch and twostory


Distinctive is also offering

a brand new home, the

Stonegrove, a 3,000 square

foot open concept home with a

split foyer entry, formal living

and dining rooms, a two-story

great room, four bedrooms

and an upstairs laundry room.

Distinctive also offers Appbased

technology allowing its

homeowners to be updated

on the progress of their new

home 24 hours a day, seven

days a week at the touch of a


Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live featuring a

20-acre lake on site, as well

as direct access to the 22-mile

Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through

many neighboring communities

and links to many other

popular trails. The Manhattan

Metra station is also nearby.

Besides Prairie Trails, Distinctive

Home Builders has

built hundreds of homes

throughout Manhattan in the

Butternut Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well

as thousands in the Will and

south Cook county areas over

the past 30 years.

Visit the on-site sales information

center for unadvertised

specials and view the numerous

styles of homes being

offered and the available lots.

Call (708) 737-9142 for more

information or visit us online


The Prairie Trails

new home information center

is located three miles south

of Laraway Rd. on Rt. 52. The

address is 16233 Pinto Lane,

Manhattan, IL, 60422. Open

Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Wednesday and Thursday

and always available by

appointment. Specials, prices,

specifications, standard features,

model offerings, build

times and lot availability are

subject to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete details. real estate

the New Lenox Patriot | September 14, 2017 | 27

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Village of Manhattan

Community Wide Garage Sale

Sept. 15th & 16th, 8:00a-3:00p

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Everything must go. Furn,

hshld, outdoor kitch &more!

Too much to list!

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clothes and shoes. New, old

and vintage.

Lockport 16644 S. Windsor

Ln. 9/15-16, 8:30-5. Tools,

men &women clothes, home

decor, and much more!

Mokena 19532 Kevin Ln.

9/15-17, 9-3. Moving sale.

Furn, collectibles, PCgames,

appliances, Barbies, etc. Don’t


Mokena , 11003 Hiawatha

Blvd. 9/16 &9/17, 8-2p. Home

decor, holiday decor, gift wrap,

ribbon, tools, outdoor items &


Tinley Park 17170 Oleander

9/16 10-3pm Jewelry, clothes,

toys, collectibles, camera

equip, aquarium, home accessories

& the usual fodder

New Lenox 825 Constitution

Rd. 9/14-16, 9-3. Retirement

garage sale. Home decor, tools,

furn, and misc.

1053 Multi Family Sale

Orland Park, 14018 Newgate

Ct. 9/15 8:30-3PM & 9/16

8:30-NOON. Mother-Daughter

downsizing garage sale! Collectibles

Fenton. Victorian

moss rose 17 pc. tea set. Pottery

Barn kitchen dining chairs,

&TVstand. Furniture: round

table &4upholstered chairs.

Golf clubs. Schwinn exercise

bike. Christmas, bed, bath &

kitchen items. Plasma 42” TV

with wall bracket. Home decor!

Cash and carry only!

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Tinley Park, 9016 Timberwood

Ln. 9/16 8-4p & 9/17

8-2p. Household & baby items,

furn, bikes & more!

1054 Subdivision Sale

Tinley Park Brementowne

Condominiums: 7960 & 7971

163rd Place, 7935, 7953, 7966

164th Place, 7700 159th Place

9/15-9/16, 9-3pm. Rain or


Lockport 555 E 10th St Sat

9/16 9-3pm Antiques, 100s of

unopened items, crafts, tools,

dolls, etc. & much, much more

Homer Glen 14415 S. Glen

Dr. East 9/16, 9-3, or call

708.217.8309 or 708.217.8335.

Furn & hshld. Cash & carry.

New Lenox 240 Locust Lane

9/15-9/16 8-3pm Furn, elec,

TVs, tools, garden equip, bedroom,

knick knacks & more!

Orland Park, 8045 Forestview

Dr. 9/15 &9/16, 8-3p. Tools,

books, CDs, kitchen items,

men/womens plus size clothes

& more!

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TATE of 126 Williams Street ,

New Lenox, IL 60451 (SINGLE


21st day of September, 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: FIRST











20, 2004, AND KNOWN AS





ANTS, Defendant.

Case No. 14CH 1834 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 a condominium,

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 a court order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

For Information Please Contact:

gomberg sharfman gold &ostler


208 s. lasalle street suite 1410

chicago, illinois 60604

P: 312-332-6194

F: 312- 332-4083


2701 Property for












TATE of 264 Circlegate Road ,

New Lenox, IL 60451 (4 OR



the 21st day of September, 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: Ditech

Financial LLC Plaintiff V. Mark A.

Triumph a/k/a Mark Triumph;

Windermere West IV Condominium

Association Defendant.

Case No. 16ch 1525 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

County. Judgment amount is

$148,066.61 plus interest, cost and

post judgment advances, if any.

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.

For Information Please Contact:


1 N. Dearborn Suite 1300

Chicago, Illinois 60602

P: 312-346-9088



2701 Property for











2702 Public


Certificate No. 31749 was filed in

the office of the County Clerk of

Will onAugust 16, 2017 wherein

the business firm of BGB Strategies

located at 21113 Kenmare,

Shorewood, IL 60404 is registered

and acertificate notice setting forth

the following:

Britney Bouie, 21113 Kenmare,

Shorewood, IL 60404



hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois,

this 16th day of August, 2017

Nancy Schultz Voots

Will County Clerk

Certificate No. 31767 was filed in

the office of the County Clerk of

Will onAugust 23, 2017 wherein

the business firm of sudoStudio located

at 125 Forest St, New Lenox,

IL 60451 is registered and a certificate

notice setting forth the following:

David Mitchell, 125 Forest Street,

New Lenox, IL 60451



hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois,

this 23rd day of August, 2017

Nancy Schultz Voots

Will County Clerk

2703 Legal













) SS.


















2703 Legal








No. 14 CH 1834


Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 2nd day of

February, 2017, MIKE KELLEY,

Sheriff of Will County, Illinois,

will on Thursday, the 21st day of

September, 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














Commonly known as:

126 Williams Street ,New Lenox,

IL 60451

Description of Improvements:




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 a condominium,

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 a court order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.


38 | September 14, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot new lenox

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a senior at

Lincoln-Way Central and

a fullback for the Knights

football team.

How did you get started

in football?

I got started in second

grade. My parents put me

into youth football, and my

dad always played in high

school and semi-pro. So,

they put me into football,

and I’ve been loving it ever


What kind of advantage

does your size give


It’s a great advantage to

have, to just get into the

secondary and manhandle

a couple kids is a big tool.

And it just works good in

our offense when I have a

chance to lead block.

Does it bother you

when opposing players

have to go low to take

you down?

I don’t have a problem with

it. I’ve been playing running

back since second grade, so

I’m pretty used to it now.

What’s the biggest

lesson you’ve learned

from Coach Cordell

Putting your teammates first

and sacrificing anything for

them. Say, I’ve got a teammate

and he makes a great

block for me, then I’ve got

to go out there next time

and make a great block for

him, pay it forward.

If you won the lottery,

what’s the first thing

you’d buy?

Probably a new car, because

I’m sick of sharing cars with

my brothers. They’re older

than me, so they always get

the car over me. I’d probably

get an Audi R8.

Do you have any pregame


It’s not much of a routine,

it’s just that I have this

lucky shirt that I’ve worn

since my first football game

ever. It’s this camo, Nike

cut-off shirt that I’ve worn

since second grade that I’ve

worn under my pads.

If you had one last

meal, what would it be?

Pasta with vodka sauce. A

nice pasta dinner.

Who would be on your

dream team?

At quarterback Tom

Brady; at running back

would be Walter Payton;

for receivers I’d have Odell

Photo submitted

Beckham, Jr. and Jerry

Rice; on defense I’d have

Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and

Deion Sanders.

Who would you choose

as a celebrity referee?

Will Ferrell because he’s hilarious

and he’s my favorite


Any predictions for the


Based off the offseason

and last year, I think we’re

going to have a lot of talent

this year, and I think we’re

going to go really far into

the state playoffs. We’ve

got a lot of talent, a lot

of returning starters from

last year who were juniors

who are now seniors. This

offseason was great. We

did a really good job with

leadership and coming

together and working hard

together. It’s going to be a

good year.

Interview by Contributing Editor

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gomberg sharfman gold &ostler


208 s. lasalle street suite 1410

chicago, illinois 60604

P: 312-332-6194

F: 312- 332-4083

Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County












) SS.






Ditech Financial LLC



Mark A. Triumph a/k/a Mark Triumph;

Windermere West IV Condominium



No. 16 ch 1525


Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 13th day of

June, 2017, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff

of Will County, Illinois, will on

Thursday, the 21st day ofSeptember,

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:






TATE: LOTS 79, 80, 81, 82, 83,

84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91 AND



76, 77 AND 78 IN WINDER-









APRIL 14, 1988, AS DOCU-

MENT NO. R88-14983, AND RE-


DOCUMENT NO. R88-35919, IN






Real Estate

2703 Legal









Commonly known as:

264 Circlegate Road ,New Lenox,

IL 60451

Description of Improvements:





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

County. Judgment amount is

$148,066.61 plus interest, cost and

post judgment advances, if any.

In the event the property is a condominium,

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 a court order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.




1 N. Dearborn Suite 1300

Chicago, Illinois 60602

P: 312-346-9088


Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County


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Revlon curling iron $6.


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the New Lenox Patriot | September 14, 2017 | 39

Girls Volleyball

Knights give Griffins all they can handle in close loss

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

The Lincoln-Way East

girls volleyball team is expecting

big things. The

Lincoln-Way Central girls

volleyball team has already

experienced a big turnaround.

So when the two District

210 schools met up with

each other last week both

of those positives were on

display. In the end East prevailed

16-25, 25-18, 25-20 in

a SouthWest Suburban Conference

crossover on Thursday,

Sept. 7 in New Lenox.

But the victorious Griffins

(6-3) definitely knew they

had their hands full against

an upstart Central (8-2) club,

which already has more than

half the wins (15) it did all of

last season.

“Central played great defense

and hit smart,” East

coach Kris Fiore said. “I told

the girls that it was a playoff

atmosphere. We had to earn

it and we did.”

That leadership showed

down the stretch of the third

set. The Knights had closed

to within 21-20 when East,

which had just made three

straight hitting errors, called

a time out. Central then

served long to put the Griffins

back on serve. They

never relinquished that as

Hanna Lesiak (5 kills, 2

aces) served an ace, fellow

outside hitter Molly Hackett

had a block and Lesiak laced

a final ace to end it.

“Central is a really good

team and we knew we had

to fight,” Lesiak said. “But,

in the end, we had heart and

drive. As a team we all have

that drive to finish what we


It also helped that the Griffins

have Haley Hart. The senior

middle hitter put down

eight kills, including backto-back

key ones in a 6-0 run

that put East ahead for good

at 18-15 in set three. Hackett

(match high 11 kills, 11 digs,

4 aces) had a pair of aces in

the burst, which came on the

heels of a 6-0 run from the

Knights, during which East

made five errors.

Madi Corey distributed 24

assists from her setter position.

Fellow senior Emily

Ripp had 11 digs at libero.

As sophomores two years

ago, Corey, Lesiak, and

Ripp were all at Lincoln-

Way North. In their final

season, the Phoenix won

a sectional championship.

The trio transferred to East

as juniors, but their coach

at North two years ago was

current Central coach Mary


“I’m happy for them and

how far they’ve come,”

Brown said of her former


She said she’s also happy

with how her team has performed

this season.

“I have a good bunch

of girls that like to win,”

Brown said. “We don’t like

to lose, but the thing is we

don’t have any big hitters.

That’s been our weakness.”

But that didn’t stop Central

from taking control early

in the opener. East had leads

of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 before

the Knights used a 7-1 burst

to go up 10-5 and take the

lead for good. Senior libero

Lucy Chesla (3 aces, 9 digs)

had back-to-back aces and

senior setter/right side hitter

Kylie Kulinski (6 kills, 4 assists)

had an ace and a kill in

the stretch.

Another ace by Kulinski

made it 20-13 and consecutive

aces from senior outside

hitter Hannah Stacy helped

pushed the lead to 23-14 as

the Knights coasted to the

opening set victory.

Set two started out close

with four ties and three lead

changes early on. It was still

close midway through as

East clung to a 14-13 lead

before Hackett highlighted a

7-1 spurt with a trio of kills.

The Knights closed within

22-18 on an ace by Michelle

Burk, but that’s as close as

the Knights could get.

Trailing 10-4 in Set 3,

Central came back to take

the 15-12 lead before East

regrouped to pull it out.

Senior setter/right side hitter

Cassidy Wyman (3 kills,

10 assists) and sophomore

middle hitter Layne Stevens

(3 blocks) also contributed

for the Knights, whose

only other loss this season

was 25-19, 25-13 in pool

play to tournament champion

Marist in the Plainfield

North Invite.

“I’m really proud of my

girls,” Brown said. “They

are really coachable, we

get the most out of them,

and they have a great work

ethic,” Brown said. “East

served us really tough. We

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Girls Volleyball

Warriors lose steam after opening set win

James Sanchez, Editor

Lincoln-Way West’s Noelle

Knezz is used to shouldering

the load.

The past two years, the

senior has served a dual role

for the Warriors – working

at times as their setter and

an right side during games –

to give an added dynamic to

the offense.

“She’s a very talented

player,” said West coach

Matt Lawrence. “When

she’s front-row setting, she

could jump and dump the

ball. She’s a lefty, a smart

player. There’s a lot of skills

she does well. It’s a nice

threat to have.”

However, a packed stat

line of nine kills and eight

assists wasn’t enough from

the captain to help take down

Lemont on Sept. 6. The road

loss stings a little more considering

the Warriors (5-4)

took down the first set 25-19

before things unraveled in

Set 2 and 3, losing 17-25 in

both sets.

“I thought we had some

really good rallies, but we

just didn’t win the long rallies,”

Lawrence said. “They

kept the ball in play more in

Set 2 and 3, and we didn’t

match them in the long rallies.”

The back-and-forth affairs

between the two teams that

ended in the Indians’ favor

boosted the spirits of their

home fans and the team.

And on the other end, miscommunication

and passing,

serving, hitting miscues in

the last two sets depleted the

Warriors’ momentum.

West’s play in Set 2 and

3 comes as a surprise with

how well opening set went.

It was a close affair in the

early stages before Lemont

got to its largest lead at 12-8

following back-to-back aces

from setter Amy Schwem.

However, West answered

with its own run, scoring

seven of the next eight points

to take the lead at 15-13.

A Lemont kill and block

followed to tie it up, but

Knezz silenced the crowd

and the short-lived comeback

attempt when she set

up her little sister, Brianna

(6 kills), for a point. From

there, the Warriors extended

the lead, capping off the

opening set win with three

straight points – a kill from

Sage Dunne (5 kills), ace by

Knezz and a point from Sophia

Wilkes, respectively.

“I thought Set 1 we really

responded well,” Lawrence

said. “We were down in the

middle of that set, but our

girls fought back and ended

up winning it by six points.

They gave good energy,

good effort on plays.”

The energy shifted to the

Indians the remainder of the

game, as they played with a

sense of urgency, which led

to a wire-to-wire Set 2 win.

With a score at 23-12, the

Warriors didn’t quit by scoring

six straight points before

the Indians sealed the set.

Knezz opened up Set 3

with an ace, but that was the

only lead West had. It stayed

close through the middle

stages before a multitude of

errors swung the match in

Lemont’s favor.

“When it came down to it,

we had good opportunities,

but Lemont made the best

of their opportunities,” Lawrence


“I thought we hustled, but

we couldn’t place our balls

in the right spots,” Knezz

added. “Our [out-of-system]

plays also didn’t go well, either.”

Other contributions came

from Erin Hastings (3 kills),

Lincoln-Way West outside hitter Erin Hastings sets up for a bump Sept. 6 during warmups before a match against Lemont

High School in Lemont. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

Outside hitter Sage Dunne high-fives her teammates during


Marin Pastoor (8 digs, led

team) and Hannah Rubin (14

assists, led team). Brianna

was the most efficient player

on the floor with a grade near

700. To put it in perspective,

Brianna Knezz gears up for a serve.

a good score for an outside

hitter is 300.

The Warriors have played

through the loss of starters

Caroline Ahern for the season

and standout outside hitter

Kirsten Leitshuh for parts

of it. Throughout these adversities,

however, the Warriors

remain competitive.

“Those are two very good

players, but I think our girls

are learning that they got to

step up, and there’s a lot of

things we have in our control,”

Lawrence said. “We

could serve tough, we could

pass well no matter who’s

out on the floor, so we got to

just keep trucking.” Sports

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Girls Tennis

Warriors see program development despite loss

LW West moves to

6-3 on the season


Freelance Reporter

Officially Lockport Township

continued its excellent

start to the girls tennis

season with a 7-0 win over

Lincoln-Way West on TSept.

5 in Lockport. Although the

score of last week’s South-

West Suburban Conference

crossover was one sided in

score, both teams took positives

out of it.

“We have a pretty deep

team and a lot of good players,”

Lockport coach Bob

Champlin said. “All that

depth has paid off.”

On the other side West

coach John Cupp is also

happy with his teams depth.

“I’m excited,” Cupp said.

“We have 46 girls out this

season and had 30 out last

year. Our numbers are growing,

and that leads to good

competition between everyone

as people are pushing

each other.”

At Lockport there’s a lot

of people pushing each other

too. Especially at singles

where junior Cassidy Hillock

has supplanted sophomore

Natallie Barth as the top singles

player on the team.

“That’s something I’m really

excited about,” Hillock

said of moving up to No. 1.

“I worked really hard over

the summer and was out

practicing every day and it

all paid off. But as a team

we’re really deep. We also

all have good camaraderie

and are really close.”

Against West at No. 1

singles it was Hillock with

a win over senior Meghan

Maynard, while in second

singles Barth also won

against sophomore Natalie

Singh. In third singles it was

a straight-set win from Jenna

Frankowski over fellow senior

Katie Burkholder. In an

extra singles match it was

Porter sophomore Jessica

Polino with a victory against

senior Allison Dusek.

In the top doubles match

it was junior Bri Hillock and

senior Katie Graves who

took down West seniors Cate

Ryan and Julia Grygiel. At

No. 2 doubles senior Gabby

Perillo and junior Maddy

Grcevic got a victory against

senior Ann Coddington and

freshman Vica Maratea.

The third doubles match

went to senior Kamile Sulkson

and freshman Kamila

Kalinowska over West’s

Tara Hastings and senior

Kate King. At No. 4 it was

junior Avi Harris and senior

Katelyn Ullrich in a hard

fought 6-3, 7-5 victory over

West sophomores Hailey

Czarnowski and Courtney


The next day, Sept. 6,

Lockport lost 6-2 at Glenbard

West in a nonconference

matchup. In a somewhat

strange thing the

Porters (9-3, 3-0 through

Sept. 7) have had all three

losses this season to Glenbard

West. The other two

were at in the finals of the 32

team Jacobs Tournament on

Aug. 19 and the in the finals

of the Downers Grove South

Tournament on Aug. 26.

“It’s a great experience

plying a team like Glenbard

West, which placed fourth in

the state [in Class AA] last

year,” said Champlin, who’s

team defeated Lincoln-Way

Central 7-0 on Thursday,

Sept. 7 in New Lenox. “They

are a very good team and we

like playing them.”

West likes playing good

teams, too. The Warriors,

who defeated Bolingbrook

7-0 on Thursday, Sept. 7 in

New Lenox to improve to

Lincoln-Way West’s No. 1 singles player Meghan

Maynard follows through on a serve Sept. 5 during a dual

against Lockport Township in Lockport. Photos by James

Sanchez/22nd Century Media

Warriors No. 2 singles player Natalie Singh serves the ball.

6-3 and 1-2 in the SWSC,

are seeing their improvement

by little victories.

“Playing the good competition

makes us better,”

Cupp said. “We played Lincoln-Way

East [on Aug. 31

in New Lenox] and although

we lost 7-0, we won 20 or so

games this season. I believe

last year we won 10 or 11

games total.”

Just a sophomore, Singh

has certainly seen improvement

this season.

“Playing against Meghan

One half the Warriors’ No. 1 doubles team Cate Ryan

backhands the ball.

The other half of the Warriors’ No. 1 doubles team, Julia

Grygiel, hits a backhand.

[Maynard at No. 1 singles]

makes me better player and

I’ve improved a lot this season,”

Singh said. “Plus it

helps playing tougher teams.”

Maynard agreed and is

happy with the growth in the


“Having the bigger numbers

shows that the program

is growing,” she said. “That

means more competition and

more people out there. We’re

working well and having

more girls pushes you.”

Grygiel, who is in her second

season at West after being

at Lincoln-Way Central

for the first two years, enjoys

her senior leadership role.

“It’s definitely nice having

people look up to you,”

Grygiel said. “You want to

set the stakes high, be a role

model and continue to get


Grygiel and Ryan believe

they can put it together and

challenge in the sectional,

which is only a month away.

“We’ve been together for

two years and it’s only going

to get better,” Ryan said

of partnering with Grygiel.

“The goal is to make it to

state. We’ve talked about

that since summer.”

Both teams ended up seeing

plenty of each other as

they ended last week on

Saturday, Sept. 10 at the

Lincoln-Way East Invite.

This Saturday, Sept. 16 both

West and the host Porters are

at the Lockport Invite, which

starts at 8 a.m.

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Boys Soccer

Warriors get their looks, can’t capitalize against Cougars

Steve Millar

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way West soccer

coach Matt Laude liked

much of what he saw from

his team in its Sept. 5 game

against Plainfield South.

The Warriors generated

plenty of scoring chances,

but struggled to capitalize

on them in a 2-1 loss at

home to the Cougars.

“We’re a dynamic team,”

Laude said. “We’re explosive,

we’re fast, we like to

counter. Now, we just need

to find the back of the net.

We’ve got to work on finishing

our chances.”

Sophomore midfielder

Brady Forsythe is one player

who did finish for the

Warriors (2-3-1), though he

got a little help.

With Plainfield South (5-

1-1) leading 1-0 in the 24th

minute, Forsythe beat a defender

and chipped a shot

over the head of charging

goalkeeper Quinton Rose.

A pair of Plainfield South

defenders each got their

head on the ball, but neither

could clear it as it found its

way into the back of the net

to tie the game.

It was the first goal of

Forsythe’s varsity career.

“I just kind of hit it,” he

said. “I felt the moment. I

watched it and hoped it’d go

in, and they put it in for me,

so I’ll take it. It felt good.”

The small, but speedy

Forsythe has become a

playmaker for the Warriors,

quickly earning a spot in the

starting lineup in his first

season on varsity.

“Brady’s been quite the

sparkplug,” Laude said.

“He’s been well-received.

We’ve got a great group of

seniors who are taking him

under his wing and helping

him out.

“We’ve got a lot of great

leadership here and they’re

Midfielder Nolan McGrath fires a shot Sept. 5 during a nonconference match against

Plainfield Central in New Lenox. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

showing not just the younger

kids, but the juniors, what

it means to be a varsity soccer

play at West.”

Forsythe echoed those


“It’s been awesome,”

he said. “A lot of the older

guys are helping me out and

showing me the way and it’s

a lot of fun.”

West nearly took the lead

on two occasions early in

the second half. Senior defender

Luke James took a

pass from senior forward

Kyle Seymour and ripped

a shot off the crossbar less

than two minutes into the


Five minutes later, Nolan

McGrath put a header on

goal off James’ free kick,

but Rose made the save.

The Warriors paid for a

defensive lapse near the

midway point of the half.

Plainfield South’s Gabe

Sandoval carried the ball

down the right side of the

field and Ramon Ochoa

was left wide open steaking

down the left side of the


Ochoa took Sandoval’s

pass and finished for his

second goal of the night

with 22:22 left in the match.

“We’ve got to make sure

we’re keeping things simple

defensively, getting back on

defense and marking up,”

Laude said. “We can’t leave

our goalies out to dry in the


The Warriors could not

mount another serious scoring

chance and the Cougars

held on for the 2-1 win.

Still, there were encouraging

moments from the

Warriors’ performance

against a strong Plainfield

South squad.

West generated a ton of

scoring chances early in the

game, with many coming on

set pieces.

James put a lot of pressure

on the Plainfield South

defense with his long throwins,

which led to three good

looks in the first nine minutes.

Seymour had a header

saved and fired just wide

on two chances off James’

throws, while McGrath sent

a shot off the side of the net.

“I’ve been working on

those since sophomore

year,” James said. “It’s just

throwing them at the goalie,

trying to get as many chances

as possible. It’s almost an

extra corner.”

Laude was happy to see

his team create dangerous

set pieces. It’s now just a

matter of taking the next


“We want to be dangerous

on set pieces,” he said.

“We’ve got two good weapons

with Luke and Brock

(Krohe). We’ve got to be

able to finish on those now.

We’re still working on that,

but it’ll come.”

Connor O’Shaughnessy

had three saves for the Warriors.

Prior to the Plainfield

Defender Bobby Valiska chips the ball away from Warriors


Kyle Seymour fends off a defender to maintain possession

of the ball.

South match, West opened

its season with five games in

the Windy City Ram Classic

tournament, going 2-2-1.

Krohe scored the lone

goal off a Seymour assist as

the Warriors beat Cristo Rey

1-0 in the first round.

After falling 2-1 to eventual

tournament champion

Bremen in round two, West

split a pair of consolation

games with SouthWest

Suburban Red rivals on

Aug. 26. The Warriors beat

Andrew 3-2 and fell 2-1 to

Lincoln-Way East.

A 0-0 tie with Reavis concluded

tournament play.

“We’ve gotten a lot of

good looks at good teams

that are going to have successful

seasons,” Laude

said. “We’re going to be

one of those teams as well.

Now it’s up to us to put in

the work. We’ve got the

talent, but we’ve got to

have the heart and work

ethic.” Sports

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Warriors offense, defense, step up late to down Boilermakers

Caleb Marconi runs

for 280 yards, three

touchdowns in win

RANDY WHALEN, Freelance Reporter

When Dave Ernst got back to

Lincoln-Way West following a

hard fought football victory over

Bradley-Bourbonnais, the Warrior

head coach made an observation.

“It’s always a tough game against

Bradley,” Ernst said. “I’m looking

at one of our player’s shoulder pads

and it’s all dented up and busted.

That’s the type of game it is when

we play them.”

It certainly is which made the

Warriors 35-28 victory over Bradley-Bourbonnais

in a SouthWest

Suburban Conference matchup

on Friday, Sept. 8 in Bradley, that

much better.

Caleb Marconi spurred the win

with a trio of touchdown runs. It

was a key win for West (2-1, 1-1),

especially coming off a loss to

crosstown rival Lincoln-Way Central

the previous week. The Boilermakers

(1-2, 0-1), who went undefeated

in the regular season last

year, lost for the second straight


“It’s become a good rivalry between

us and Bradley,” Ernst said.

“So to go there and get one is a

good win.”

The victory certainly was in

jeopardy when Bradley rallied to

tie the game at 28-28 on a 26-yard

field goal by senior Efrain Davila

with 6:50 to play in the third quarter.

But the Warriors put together a

great drive under pressure and took

the lead when senior quarterback

Anthony Senerchia hit senior tight

end Evan Weygandt with a 1-yard

TD pass with 8:26 remaining in the

game. Senior Brock Krohe converted

the all-important extra point

and West took the lead for good.

Bradley had a final drive at the

end of the game – going from its 20

to the Warrior 12. But senior defensive

lineman George Sepsis sacked

Bradley quarterback Morion Burtis

to end the threat.

“We started from our own 20,”

Ernst said on what proved to be

the game-winning defensive stop.

“Earlier in the game, during part of

the second and third quarters, Caleb

Marconi had an asthma problem.

But he came back [for the

game winning drive] and had some

key runs. He’s only a sophomore,

and he’s going to get better.”

Marconi is already really good.

He finished with 31 carries for 280

yards, with a long run of 65 yards

and the three TD runs.

Bradley scored first, just 1:32

into the game when Burtis hit

sophomore wide receiver Jason

Hartsfield on a 19-yard TD pass.

The Warriors answered with an

8-yard TD run and an 11-yard

touchdown run by Marconi, respectively,

within a 2:10 span to

go ahead 14-7 with 7 minutes left

in the first quarter. Efrain Davila

deposited a 27-yard field goal with

2:58 left in the first quarter to make

it 14-10.

Things looked great for West

when Marconi scored from

47-yards out with 10:10 left in the

first half and junior running back

Anthony Izzarelli added a 3-yard

scoring run. Krohe converted the

extra point and it was 28-10 with

4:30 left in the first half.

But Bradley scored 15 points in

38 seconds at the end of the first

half to stun the Warriors and closed

within a field goal at 28-25. First,

Burtis had a 12-yard TD pass to

Hartsfield (4 receptions,68 yards,

2 TD) with 23 seconds left in the

second quarter. The same pair

hooked up on a 2-point conversion

pass, as well. Then Burtis (8-of-23

for 88 yards, 2 INT’s, 3 TD’s) had

a 1-yard TD toss with just seven

seconds left in the half to cut the

deficit to three.

“The end of the first half was a

debacle,” Ernst said. “[Bradley]

got an interception and then scored

[with 23 seconds left]. From there

we tried to run out the clock with a

simple draw play, but we fumbled,

and they recovered and scored


Burtis (15 carries-111 yards)

and Jimmy Bynum (22 carries-95

yards) led the Boilermakers, who

had 206 of their 294 total yards

on the ground. West had 346 total

yards, with 287 of those coming

via the rush. Senerchia finished 10-

of-16 for 59 yards with a TD and

an interception for West, which

held the ball for 27 minutes and 11


“Our defense played well, but we

made some [offensive] mistakes

in our own end,” Ernst said. “We

have to keep learning and getting

better. We have to tighten things up

this week.”

West travels to Thornridge this

Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. for another

SWSC game.

Athlete of the Month

Eagles lacrosse player claims August crown

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Recognition for lacrosse player

Dan Slater just keeps coming.

Slater, a sophomore at Sandburg

High School, already earned accolades

for his defensive play in July,

when he was invited to the River

City Sportsplex in Richmond, Virginia,

as a 2017 Brine National High

School Lacrosse All-American.

Now, he is 22nd Century Media’s

Southwest Chicago Athlete of

the Month after winning the August

competition. He earned 204 votes

to claim the title.

Slater has been playing lacrosse

since the third grade, according to

the information provided with his

National Lacrosse Classic selection.

He was a part of the Orland

Park Chiefs Youth Lacrosse program

for six years and has played

for the past three years in the New

Wave Lacrosse Club system. He

was one of two freshman on the

junior varsity team with the Chiefs

Lacrosse team and also made the

varsity roster for playoffs.

The Athlete of the Month competition

pits featured Athlete of the

Week selections from our south

suburban newspapers against one

another in an online voting contest.

The next contest was to begin

Sunday, Sept. 10.

To vote, visit,

hover over the “Sports”

menu tab and click “Athlete of the

Month.” Readers can vote once per

session per valid email address.

Voting ends at 5 p.m. Sept. 25.

All athletes featured in the August

Athlete of the Week sports in-

Dan Slater, a lacrosse player from Orland Park, won the August Athlete

of the Month competition for publisher 22nd Century Media’s Southwest

terviews are automatically entered

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high school


The rest of the week in high

school sports

Girls Volleyball

Lincoln-Way Central 25-25,

Providence Catholic 18-23

Kylie Kulinski packed the stat

sheet with 11 kills, three blocks

and eight assists in the Sept. 5 win.

Lucy Chesla recorded 11 digs, and

Cassidy Wyman blossomed with

five kills, 10 assists and eight digs

for the Knights to improve to 8-1

on the season.

Boys Golf

Lincoln-Way Central 153,

Bradley-Bourbonnais 174

Sean Curran fired a 1-over 37 at

The Sanctuary Golf Course Sept.

5 to keep the Knights undefeated

in duals at 6-0.

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Central defense shines again against Thornwood

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

If fantasy football players

could choose Lincoln-Way

Central as their defense/

special teams, they would at

this point expect to get big

contributions on a weekly

basis from one of the most

inconsistent positions in the

pretend game.

The Knights’ defense

gave a third consecutive

strong performance to begin

the season as Central (3-0)

trounced Thornwood, 48-6,

Friday, Sept. 8 in South Holland.

Defensive back Peyton

Nigro returned an interception

for a touchdown, and

the defense sacked Thunderbird

quarterbacks three times

while limiting the hosts to

70 yards from scrimmage –

and only four yards rushing.

Thornwood did not record a

first down until four minutes

into the second quarter, by

which time the Knights led

21-0 via three touchdowns

by senior running back Matt


A 94-yard kickoff return

for a touchdown by Thornwood’s

Daveonte Gilliam

was all that prevented Central

from a second shutout in

three games.

The Knights are unbeaten

through three weeks for the

first time since 2008, when

they started 4-0.

“I think we’re playing really

good defense, and that’s

what our program is built

upon,” said Central head

coach Jeremy Cordell. “We

did a real nice job against

the run, just playing physical

and being dialed in.”

The Knights have allowed

21 points and 420 yards

from scrimmage through

three contests, while recovering

two fumbles and intercepting

four passes. Cordell

credited Central’s five senior

linebackers with setting the

Lincoln-Way Central linebacker Jackson Hosman (left) goes for a strip, while Jack Roberts also engages with a

Thornwood ballcarrier Friday, Sept. 8, during a game in South Holland. Photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

Conner McWilliams looks to evade a tackler

tone for the defense. Nick

DeGregorio, Matt Granberry

and Liam Markham patrol

the middle of the field, while

Mark O’Reilly and Brett

Widule man the wings.

“They’re focused, and that

begins at practice,” he said.

“They play the way that they

practice, and you’re going

to do that: If you practice

haphazardly your going to

play haphazardly – and they

don’t, they bring it every

day. They challenge each

other and they challenge the

Quarterback Sam Pipiras, who finished 6-for-9, 138 yards

and two touchdowns, passes the ball.

defense and they do a great


Nigro’s pick-six, a 54-yard

sprint down the right sideline,

put the Knights up 35-0

with 5:11 remaining the first

half. The Knights scored on

punt returns in each of their

first two games this season,

but Nigro’s second career interception

return for a touchdown

marked the first time

the defense has found the

end zone.

“It’s the greatest feeling

in the world, scoring on

defense,” said Nigro, who

scored last season during

a three-pick performance

against Andrew. “Our coaches

set us up in the right spot.

We saw the play multiple

times in practice this week,

so as soon as we saw the formation

we knew it was coming.

I read the quarterback’s

eyes and hit it right away.”

The Knights’ offense has

yet to click on all cylinders,

but is still averaging better

than 38 points per game.

Pollack opened the scoring

against Thornwood with a

41-yard catch-and-run on a

wide receiver screen, then

ran for touchdowns of 16

and 2 yards, respectively. He

finished with seven carries

for 51 yards and two receptions

for 57 yards.

Senior quarterback Sam

Pipiras played another efficient

game, completing 6-of-

9 passes for 138 yards and

two touchdowns, including

a four-yarder to Zach Stoklosa.

Pipiras, in his first year

starting under center, has yet

to turn the ball over.

Stocklosa, meanwhile,

also caught a 45-yard pass

from Pipiras and totaled 49

yards on two receptions.

Running backs Mike Gossage

and Conner McWilliams

contributed to the

scoring, each with touchdown

runs of five yards.

The Knights will attempt

to avenge of their four defeats

from 2016 when they

face Lockport on Homecoming

at 7:30 Friday, Sept. 15.

The Knights played arguably

their worst game last season

against the Porters, and lost

16-14. Beyond that, in Week

5, looms a date with Lincoln-

Way East. The Griffins (3-0)

entered Week 3 as the No.

1-ranked team in the state by

the Associated Press. Sports

the New Lenox Patriot | September 14, 2017 | 47



Celtics come back in final minute in must-win game


James Sanchez/

22nd Century Media

Learning from loss

against Lemont

1. Noelle Knezz (above)

The Lincoln-Way

West senior captain

was a threat

in multiple areas in

a three-set loss to

Lemont. She led the

team with nine kills

and also registered

eight assists.

2. Brianna Knezz

Brianna was second

in kills with six, behind

her older sister.

She was the most

efficient player that

night, grading out

with a 700 score. The

average grade for outside

hitters is 300.

3. Next girl up

The Warriors have

been mixing up their

lineup due to injuries

to two starters –

Caroline Ahern and

Kirsten Leitshuh.

Still, the Warriors are

about .500 on the

season (as of Sept.

6) and remain competitive

in the area.

Chris Walker

Freelance Reporter

Providence recognizes

that its season is still young

but that time is running out.

After losing its first two

games, albeit to excellent

teams, the Celtics were in

must-win mode during Friday

night’s Chicago Catholic

League Blue Division

game against St. Rita in

New Lenox.

Time didn’t run out on

the Celtics against the Mustangs,

but it certainly got far

too close for comfort.

Thanks to a 27-yard

touchdown pass from Caden

Kalinowski to De’Shon

Gavin, who found himself

wide open in the left corner

of the end zone with a

minute left in the game,

the Celtics jumped from

behind 21-20 to a 28-21


Kalinowski admitted

that he was eyeing Gavin

on the game-winning play

and once he saw him so


Our staff’s predictions for

the top games in Week 4

Lockport (1-2) at Lincoln-Way Central (3-0)

Sandburg (1-2) at Lincoln-Way East (3-0)

Tinley Park (1-2) hosts T.F. North (1-2)

Providence Catholic (1-2) hosts St. Ignatius (3-0)

Lincoln-Way West (2-1) at Thornridge (3-0)

wide open his only concern

was over-throwing


After Gavin captured the

game-winning touchdown,

Kalinowski connected

with Joe Tracy for the allimportant

two-point conversion

and a seven-point


“Basically during the presnap

I was pretty confident

I was going to go to him,”

Kalinowski said. “It was

just a great play call at that

situation. It worked out perfectly.

De’Shon ran a perfect

route and the only thing

that made me nervous was

I was going to throw it into

the back of the end zone.”

The play was executed


“He had trust in me and

put the game-winner right

in my hands,” Gavin said.

“I am so proud of my teammates

with how hard they

battled to get this win.”

It was poetic justice so

to speak for the Celtics


Tom Czaja |

Contributing Editor

• LW Central 21, Lockport 14. The

Knights stay unblemished, avenging

a close loss to the Porters

from a year ago.

• LW East

• Tinley Park

• Providence

• LW West


Joe Coughlin |


• LW Central 38, Lockport 21.

Well-rounded Knights too much

on both sides of the ball.

• LW East

• Tinley Park

• Providence

• LW West

who lost a heartbreaker,

32-31, at St. Rita last year

in overtime. The Celtics

scored a touchdown to

start the overtime, but the

Mustangs answered with a

touchdown and then opted

to go the two-point conversion

and win and got it on

a controversial play at the

goal line.

“Last year’s game

(against them) was tough,”

Kalinowski said. “So it was

nice to kind of get revenge

from last year and get a win

in another close game.”

It’s a win that gives the

Celtics a great start in conference

and confidence that

they truly are a good team

despite being a team that’s

still making too many mistakes

at times, and when

doing so against top teams,

such as East St. Louis and

St John Vianney (Missouri),

is paying dearly.

“Even though we came

in at 0-2 we knew we were

a good team and were confident,”

Kalinowski said.

“This was a big game for

us and we knew that, but

they’re all big. Hopefully,

this is a nice spark for us for

the rest of the season.”

Providence (1-2, 1-0) appeared

like it was ready to

bury St. Rita (2-1, 0-1) after

Kalinowski connected with

Dakota Kotowski for a 16-

yard touchdown pass with

just under three minutes

left in the third quarter for a

20-7 lead, but the Mustangs

wouldn’t quit.

The Mustangs scored

back-to-back touchdowns

thanks to the legs of Chris

Childers, including a second

one, which came after

St. Rita blocked a pivotal

field goal attempt.

A three-yard touchdown

run and the ensuing PAT

gave the Mustangs a 21-20

lead with 3:46 left and the

Celtics appeared destined

for another tough, one-point

loss to the nemesis known

as St. Rita.


Tim Carroll |

Sports Editor

• LW Central 40, Lockport 27.

Lockport’s loss to South Elgin put me

behind Tom, so I’m picking Central

on a grudge.

• LW East

• Tinley Park

• St. Ignatius

• LW West


Heather Warthen |

Chief Operating Officer

• LW Central 24, Lockport 21. The

Knights continue to roll early in

the season against the Porters.

• LW East

• Tinley Park

• St. Ignatius

• LW West

But Kalinowski and

Gavin had other plans.

“De’Shon is such a great

athlete and we thought he

would get open and make

the game-winning play for

us,” Celtics coach Mark

Coglianese said. “And Caden

made a perfect pass

and we picked up a great


The Celtics led 13-7

at the half, getting a pair

of field goals from Eduardo

Favela and a 7-yard

touchdown run from Jake


“We’re definitely still

making mistakes and they

cost us at times so we

need to clean that up,” Kalinowski

said. “But we

also feel good with where

we’re at now. We may be

1-2 but we know we’re a

good team that has played

three really good teams

already. Hopefully, now

we have some momentum

and more good things will



Max Lapthorne |

Contributing Editor

• LW Central 35, Lockport 24.

Tavares Moore finds the end zone

a few times for the Porters, but

Central pulls away late.

• LW East

• Tinley Park

• Providence

• LW West


“She’s a lefty, a smart player. There’s

a lot of skills she does well. It’s a nice

threat to have.”

Matt Lawrence – Lincoln-Way West volleyball coach, on senior

captain Noelle Knezz


Girls Volleyball

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19

• Lincoln-Way West takes on Sandburg in its first home

matchup against a conference opponent.


45 – High School Highlights

38 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor James Sanchez, james@

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | | September 14, 2017

A must-win

game Providence

makes late push to get

into the win column

over unbeaten St. Rita,

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can’t stop

caleb Caleb Marconi

nearly reaches 300 yards

rushing on the road

against the Boilermakers,

Page 45

Knights senior running

back Matt Pollack

gets blockers out

in front during the

game against Andrew

Friday, Sept. 8. Jason

Maholy/22nd Century


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