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New eagle at OJH

For Eagle Scout project, Eric Kenes

upgrades courtyard at school to remember

late teacher, Page 3

Making it official

Interim Village Manager Joe La Margo

given the job proper by Orland Park

Village Board, Page 4

Preteen politics

Orland Park boy recounts experience of

getting to play role of page for a day in

Springfield, Page 6

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THURSDAY

Hip Hop Dance

4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 14, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students are

invited to pick up some key

dance techniques and learn

a short, choreographed hiphop

routine. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit

www.thebridgeteencenter.

org.

Project Serve: Quality Time

with Seniors

4:15-5:45 p.m. Sept. 14,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court.

Students will spend quality

time and play cards games

with those who are older and

wiser. This is a free event

for teens in grades 7-12. For

more information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

FRIDAY

Super Smash Bros

Tournament Night

7:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 15,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court.

Students are invited to join

us for an epic night of gaming

competition. Free food

samples will be provided by

Chipotle. This is a free event

for teens in grades 7-12. For

more information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

SATURDAY

Tip & Tricks to the Perfect

Wedding

10 a.m.-noon Sept.

16, Orland Park History

Museum, 14415 Beacon

Ave. Professional wedding

coordinator Karen Friker,

and Mitchell’s Flowers &

Events of Orland Park, lend

their wedding expertise as

they present tips and tricks to

create the perfect wedding.

Visitors do not need to

be planning a wedding to

attend this informative and

fun discussion. Event is

free and open to all. For

general information, contact

museum curator Sarah

Konzen at (708) 873-1622

or skonzen@orlandpark.org.

Camp Beneath the Stars

4 p.m. Sept. 16-8 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 17, Centennial

Park-Lake Sedgewick.

Participants can grab their

tents and sleeping bags, and

sleep beneath the stars in

Centennial Park. This year’s

featured movie is “Beauty

and the Beast.” Activities

include a cookout, bonfire

and movie. Registrations for

campsites must be made by

an adult 18 years or older.

No open fires, fireworks,

alcohol or grills allowed.

Quiet time begins at 11 p.m.

Pre-registration required at

Recreation Administration

Office, 14600 S. Ravinia

Ave. The resident rate is

$39, nonresident rate is $59,

dinner for four included in

fee, but extra meals can be

purchased for $5 each. For

more information, call (708)

403-7275.

SUNDAY

‘50 Shades of Me’ Opening

Reception

2-4 p.m. Sept. 17, Gallery

Seven, 116 N. Chicago St.,

Suite 102, Joliet. Donna

Nevels, frequently featured

for her photographs of

Sandburg senior athletes,

is to exhibit from Aug. 29-

Sept. 29 at the gallery. For

more information, visit

galleryseven.net or email

gallery7@gmail.com.

MONDAY

Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. Sept. 18, Village

Hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave.

Committee meetings start

at 6 p.m., and are to include

Development Services,

Planning and Engineering;

Public Safety; and Parks and

Recreation.

TUESDAY

Diamonds & Jewels

4-5 p.m. Sept. 19, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

learn about the intricacies

of cutting, polishing and

inspecting diamonds and

gemstones. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit

www.thebridgeteencenter.

org.

Cyber Security

5-6 p.m. Sept. 19, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

learn how to think like a

hacker, so they can keep

their personal information

safe and secure on the

internet. This is a free event

for teens in grades 7-12. For

more information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

WEDNESDAY

Culinary: How To Pickle

Anything

4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 20, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

learn different ways to pickle

food. This is a free event for

teens in grades 7-12. For

more information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

Drawing the Human Face

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

September 20, The Bridge

Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st

Court, Orland Park. Students

will learn how to blend,

shade and draw correct

facial proportions in order

to create realistic drawings

of the human face. This is a

free event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit

www.thebridgeteencenter.

org.

UPCOMING

Stellwagen Farm Tours

Sept. 21-14, 108th Avenue

and Louetta Lane. Enjoy the

beginning of fall in Orland

Park, as the Stellwagen

Family Farm Foundation

hosts a weekend of tours

of the historic Stellwagen

Family Farm. Free tours are

to take place from 10 a.m.-

4 p.m. Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-4

p.m. Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4

p.m. Sept. 23 and 1-5 p.m.

Sept. 24. For any questions

about the tours, contact

the Development Services

Department at (708) 403-

5300.

Horseback Riding

4-6 p.m. Thursday,

Sept. 21, The Bridge Teen

Center, 15555 S. 71st Court.

Students will take a trail

ride on horseback. For this

program, students will travel

in The Bridge Bus to 16717

Lockwood Ave. in Tinley

Park. This is a free event

for teens in grades 9-12. For

more information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

DIY Denim Organizer

4-6 p.m. Thursday,

Sept. 21, The Bridge Teen

Center, 15555 S. 71st Court.

Students will design and sew

a super-cool jean-inspired

creation that has practical

uses, as well. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit

www.thebridgeteencenter.

org.

Detailing a Sports Car

4:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 21,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court.

Students will learn about

how to detail a sports car.

This is a free event for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

Orland Park Police Conduct

Child Safety Seat Inspections

10-3 p.m. Friday, Sept.

22, and Saturday, Sept. 30.

The Orland Park Police

Department is to conduct

child passenger safety seat

checks Sept. 22 at Buy Buy

Baby, 290 Orland Park

Place, and Sept. 30 at Babies

R Us, 15820 94th Ave.

ONGOING

Leisure Plotters Club

12:30-2:30 p.m. every

third Thursday of the month,

Orland Township, 14807 W.

Ravinia Ave. All seniors are

invited to join in for coffee,

bingo and socialization. For

more information, contact

Alice at (708) 614-9202.

Citizens’ Police Academy

Registration

Adults who have an

interest in law enforcement

or those who simply want

to know more about law

enforcement in Orland

Park are invited to register

for Orland Park Police

Department’s Citizens’

Police Academy to be held

on Saturday, Oct. 14. The

one-day class runs from 8

a.m.-4 p.m. at the Orland

Park Police Department,

15100 S. Ravinia Ave. There

is no charge for the class,

and lunch will be provided.

The class is limited in size,

and open to adults ages 18

and older. A criminal history

review will be conducted

on each registrant prior

to acceptance into the

academy. Registration forms

can be downloaded and

printed from the Village’s

website at orlandpark.

org/DocumentCenter/

View/28431. For more

information, contact Sgt.

Wayne Lee at (708) 349-

4111.

Orland Park Walk to End

Alzheimer’s Recruitment

The Alzheimer’s

Association is recruiting

teams for the 2017 Walk to

End Alzheimer’s, to take

place Saturday, Sept. 30, at

Centennial Park. For more

information, visit http://act.

alz.org/orlandpark2017.

Have an item for calendar?

Deadline is noon Thursdays. To

submit an item to the calendar,

contact Editor Bill Jones at

(708) 326-9170 ext. 20 or

bill@opprairie.com.


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the orland park prairie | September 14, 2017 | 3

Eagle Scout candidate honors late Orland Jr. High teacher

Bill Jones, Editor

When Eric Kenes, a member

of Orland Park Boy

Scout Troop 318, was faced

with a decision on an Eagle

Scout project by his father,

his Eagle Scout coach, he

did not know what he would

do immediately.

It did not take him long to

figure it out.

By the next morning,

Kenes, now a 17-year-old

junior at Sandburg High

School, knew he wanted to

renovate Orland Jr. High

School’s courtyard in honor

of Thomas Helmuth, a

teacher who died in 2014

after impacting the school’s

community for more than 20

years.

“My vision for the project

came to me when walking

past the courtyard one day,”

Kenes told a crowd that assembled

Thursday, Sept. 7,

for a dedication ceremony.

“I looked out and saw Mr.

Helmuth reading a book and

enjoying the beauty of this

special place.”

Over the course of three

years following the inception

of that idea, Kenes organized

a project that would

ultimately see 60 Scouts

over the course of six hours

revamp the courtyard by

restaining a deck, working

on benches, adding mulch

and more. He learned many

lessons along the way, including

the intricacies

of working with governing

bodies to see a project

through to its completion.

During the dedication

ceremony — which saw

Thomas’ brother, Rich,

help Kenes unveil an eagle

carved in wood and a

plaque honoring the late

teacher with the inscription,

“In memory of Thomas

Pictured is a plaque under an eagle carving, recognizing

the late Thomas Helmuth’s impact on the Orland Jr. High

School community.

Rich Helmuth (left) and Eric Kenes unveil a memorial to late

Orland Jr. High School teacher Thomas Helmuth Thursday,

Sept. 7, in the school’s courtyard.

Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

Helmuth. Once an Eagle

always an Eagle Mentor.

EK ’17” — the efforts of

Kenes were recognized by

the likes of Orland School

District 135 Superintendent

D.J. Skogsberg, former OJH

Principal Linda Kane and

Lynn Zeder, assistant superintendent

for teaching and

learning.

OJH Principal Edward

Boswell added, “This is such

a beautiful opportunity to get

everyone out here.”

And that is exactly what

Kenes said he hopes comes

of the space. He said he primarily

wants it to be a place

teachers can utilize for instruction.

“There was really no

space to teach and learn out

here,” Kenes said.

He also wants it to be both

an opportunity for students

to enjoy a space that often

went overlooked as well as

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Orland Park Village Board

Joe La Margo drops the interim title, as he’s named Village manager

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

A familiar face will remain

in charge of Oralnd’s

day-to-day operations.

The Orland Park Village

Board voted 6-1 Sept. 5 to

approve a contract with Joe

La Margo to serve as Village

manager, shedding the

interim title.

La Margo’s contract is

for a three-year term with a

yearly salary of $165,000.

Mayor Keith Pekau cast

the lone dissenting ballot during

the vote but said at several

points during the meeting

that he looks forward to

working with La Margo.

“I look forward to working

with you to help Orland

Park realize its full potential

in the coming years,” Pekau

said. “We agree on far more

than what we disagree on.

Together, we will put aside

or work out our differences

to do what is in the best interest

of the village.”

La Margo, a 20-year resident

of Orland Park and

former Orland School District

135 Board of Education

president, joined the Village

staff more than 12 years ago

when he was appointed deputy

Village clerk. In 2012,

he was named public information

officer. In 2015, he

was named assistant Village

manager. Earlier this year,

he was appointed interim

Village manager.

“I’m grateful to the trustees

for their unanimous

support, and the trust and

confidence that you have

extended to me,” La Margo

said after the vote. “I’m

looking forward to working

with the mayor, the trustees

and the Village staff to continue

to build on Orland Park

and make it the great community

that it is.”

During board comments,

several trustees took time to

congratulate La Margo.

“I know you have the support

of the board, and I really

look forward to working with

you the next three years,”

Trustee Dan Calandriello

said. “You definitely put in

hard work, and you’re the

hardest working man I know

— and I know a couple hardworking

people.”

Trustee Carole Griffin

Ruzich added, “You’ve certainly

had the longest interview

of the any of the candidates.

You’ve been doing

this job for five months now,

so you’ve been interviewing

for five months. Congratulations,

and I look forward to

working with you.”

After the meeting, Pekau

expanded on his dissent.

“There were several strong

candidates, and we had five

people in the finals,” Pekau

said. “I just felt there were

other candidates that were

better.”

Round It Up

A brief recap of action and discussion from the Sept. 5

meeting of the Orland Park Village Board.

• Near the tail end of the meeting, the Village Board

members discussed possible ways in which board

meetings could be televised or shared with the

public in the future. After a short conversation, it was

determined that some options and cost estimates

should be brought to the board at a future meeting.

• The Sandburg Chess Club was recognized by the

Village Board for its championship 2016-2017 season.

• After the Village Board took the item off the consent

agenda, members voted 7-0 to approve the Stellwagen

Family Farm Master Plan.

• During his comments to the board, Trustee

Dan Calandriello wished his wife a happy second

anniversary — as their wedding anniversary fell on a

board meeting day.

Dedication

From Page 3

something that gets people

asking who Helmuth was.

“If any of you knew him,

he was a special man,”

Kenes said. “During the time

I was taught by him, I never

saw an occasion where he

put himself above a student.

The only thing that mattered

to him was that every student

had a positive experience

during those three short

years at Orland Jr. High

School.

“My goal was to carry on

his legacy.”

Skogsberg said Kenes,

himself, served as an example

of the impact Helmuth

had on the community, in his

address during the dedication.

“Tom instilled in Eric, as

with many students, a will to

give back, as well as a legacy,”

he said.

Top Notch Chainsaw

Carving, Lowe’s and A

Touch of Green were among

those who helped make the

project possible, Kenes said.

Orland Park Village Board

Committees, commissions continue to cause contention

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Commissions and appointments

continued to

vex the Village Board at

the Sept. 5 meeting, with

three Plan Commission appointees

by the mayor being

tabled by trustees.

The Plan Commission

appointees proposed were:

Yousef “Joe” Zaatar to

replace the expired term

of David Shalabi; Patrick

Zomparelli to replace the

expired term of Paul Aubin;

and Ed Schussler to

replace the expired term of

Judith Jacobs.

Ruzich made a motion to

table the appointments until

the next meeting, so she

could get with a written legal

opinion that stated previous

commission appointees

who had not resigned

could in fact be replaced.

“If the vote tonight was,

‘Should these people be

removed?’ my vote would

be ‘no,’” Ruzich said.

“But that’s not the way it

sounds like our code is set

up. And if that is what the

legal opinion is, coming

from the lawyer, then that’s

what I think we’re going

to be obligated to follow. I

don’t have any issues with

the people who have been

nominated, but I’d like to

hear further from the lawyer

before I vote.”

After some discussion, it

was determined that commission

appointees are approved

in most cases with a

one-year term. If someone

is on one of these commissions

and his or her term

expires without him or her

being replaced or resigning,

that person would continue

on until a renewal or until a

successor is appointed.

“The Illinois Municipal

Code and the Village of

Orland Park gives the Village

president the power

to appoint citizens to serve

on commissions within the

Village with the advice and

consent of the board,” Pekau

said. “When a term has

expired, and this has been

confirmed with two different

legal firms, it is the Village

president’s prerogative

to replace the commission

members. It is, in fact, also

the board’s prerogative to

vote those replacements

down.”

The motion to table the

commission appointments

was passed by a 5-2 vote,

with Pekau and Trustee

James Dodge dissenting.

Later, a motion was made

to split the vote on approving

appointees to the Civic

Center Commission, which

passed 7-0. This was done

so Kevin Scanlan could be

approved as an appointment

— in a 7-0 vote — to

the commission to replace

Felicitas Camacho, who

resigned in August. And a

motion was made to table a

vote on the appointment of

Ed Giron to the committee

to replace Trustee Patricia

Gira, whose term expired.

This motion passed in a 7-0

vote.

In other moves, trustees

unanimously approved the

following appointments:

Michael R. Milani and Dan

McMillan to the Economic

Development Advisory

Board; Bill Healy to the

Zoning Board of Appeals;

and Feliticas Cortez and

Scott Trokey to the Recreation

Advisory Board.

Several of the commission

appointees —

Schussler, Giron and

Healy — were previously

listed as appointees for the

originally proposed ad hoc

committee that caused contention

at the prior board

meeting.

After the meeting, Pekau

was asked if he thought

the motion to table some

of those appointments was

done because of who the

appointees were.

“Some of the trustees

have said it’s not about

the people,” Pekau said.

“They said it then, so I’ll

take their word for it now.

They didn’t vote, so I

don’t know. They haven’t

weighed in. My sense is

that because they approved

everyone else, including

people who were on the ad

hoc committee, that it is

more about the replacing

people than it is about the

people themselves. That’s

just my sense, but I’m not

sure.”


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Volunteers celebrate season at Summer’s End

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Nestled between La-

Grange Road and 104th

Avenue — just off of 167th

Street — exists the beautiful

landscape known as the

Orland Grassland. Wildflowers,

butterflies, native

plants and a variety of birds

call this oasis in the village

home, and a group of selfless

nature lovers are dedicating

their time to ensure that

this habitat will continue to

thrive for years to come.

The morning of Saturday,

Sept. 9, the Orland Grassland

Volunteers — led by

site steward Pat Hayes —

celebrated the changing of

the seasons with a special

Summer’s End event, featuring

a free guided bird walk,

Hospitality Table brunch and

free guided ecological restoration

hikes.

In addition to enjoying a

wonderful summer in nature,

the Grassland Volunteers

also had a lot to celebrate,

as the site recently

was declared an Important

Bird Area by Audubon Great

Lakes — the national society

that protects birds and their

habitats.

“This is a big celebration

today, because we’ve been

named an Important Bird

Area,” said Michael McNamee,

a volunteer and Orland

Grassland bird monitor.

“This is a worldwide designation

from the Audubon

Society, and we are the 93rd

area in the State of Illinois.”

One of the primary factors

in the Orland Grassland being

named and Important Bird

Area is the site’s population of

Henslow’s sparrows — one of

the fastest declining birds in

North America — explained

Daniel Suarez, an Audubon

Great Lakes stewardship program

associate.

“If all these preserves were

to be bulldozed and paved

over, that would be a really

harsh death blow to Henslow’s

sparrows across their population,”

he said. “Here in the

Chicago area, we contribute

to the global population in

a really significant way, and

that’s why the Orland Grassland

is so important.”

The designation as an

Important Bird Area was

certainly a high point of the

year, but the Orland Grassland

Volunteers have enjoyed

many wonderful days

out on the prairie. Orland

Park resident and volunteer

Marnie Baker works to

maintain the grassland habitat

by weeding, collecting

seeds and encouraging the

growth of the remnant areas

of the preserve.

“We have all kinds of exciting

things happen here

all the time,” Baker said.

“We’ve seen some rare birds,

which is very exciting and

plays into the site being an

Important Bird Area, and it’s

a beautiful place. We love to

come out here and work and

take care of the restoration.”

Volunteers organize to

maintain the grassland at

least once a week, and they

regularly host bird and nature

walks throughout the summer

season. Kim Martens,

of Mokena, went on her first

bird walk earlier this year,

and she said she enjoyed the

experience so much that she

made sure to attend the Summer’s

End event.

“It was just amazing,” she

said. “It was my first time

ever going out and looking

at birds in a big field. I

was just overwhelmed by

the knowledge that Mike

has and his ability to pick

out bird sounds. I was so

intrigued. So, I wanted to

come back again.”

While the event signaled

Kim Martens (left), of Mokena, and Orland Grassland bird monitor Michael McNamee talk about grasshoppers Saturday,

Sept. 9, during the Summer’s End event. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Allie Grutze, of Schaumburg, looks at wildflowers at the

Orland Grassland.

the end of the summer, there is

still a lot to experience at the

Orland Grassland throughout

the fall and winter.

“Prairie flowers get stronger

throughout the season,

and there’s always something

new here,” McNamee

said. “In the winter, you

can see a Northern Harrier,

Gail Hossin, of Palos Heights, looks through her binoculars

during the bird walk at Orland Grassland’s Summer’s End

event.

which is a hawk that hunts

low over the grass. So, if you

come here and keep your

eyes open, you just might

see one.”

For more information on

visiting the Orland Grassland

— and becoming a volunteer

— visit www.orland

grassland.org.


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Orland Park youth expands passion for government as page for a day

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

An 11-year-old Orland Park boy

who is passionate about government

had the opportunity to see it in action

as page for a day for State Rep. Fran

Hurley (D-35) this summer.

Carson Banker was invited by

Hurley to experience Springfield

for himself after meeting her at the

TECH 2017 event in early May. He

attended the event with Meadow

Ridge School, showcasing a 3-D

landmark project.

After TECH 2017, Carson’s

mother, Kandice, contacted Hurley

through her Facebook page and

solidified a date for Carson’s page

experience.

“It was awesome,” Carson said.

“I got to meet 30 to 35 politicians.

There were about 100 politicians in

the room I was in most of the day.

It was a really cool experience. I

got to talk to a lot of them, and they

were all very nice.”

The day Carson was in the House

Chamber, representatives were

voting on House Bill 3904, establishing

a Women’s Correctional

Services Division. Carson said this

bill resonated with him.

“Rep. Juliana Stratton [(D-5),

sponsor of the bill,] talked about

women in the criminal justice system

and how 75 percent of them

have been abused,” Carson said. “It

felt really moving for me and for

a lot of people in the room — her

speech and the way she presented

it. She presented it amazingly, and

she made people feel the way that

she felt about the issue. I thought it

was very cool.”

Throughout the day, Carson and

an older, fellow page responded to

calls from representatives in need

of refreshments or other materials.

Carson said he was able to use an

underground tunnel to the Stratton

Building to gather supplies and

then return to the Capitol Building.

Representatives paid Carson tips

for his service, and Carson said he

would love to work as a page when

he is in college.

“I think that would be awesome,”

he said. “I would want to

know the politicians and become

friends with them. The ones I’ve

met, none of them are mean. All of

them are really awesome people in

both parties, and I think it is a fun

job to do.

“I’m interested in politics, so to

not only make money but to get

to see politics happening right in

front of you every day would be

amazing.”

In addition to learning the ropes

of paging, Carson also learned

more about how bills are passed

and met State Sen. Bill Cunningham

(D-18), who gave him an Illinois

Blue Book.

“His dad went with him, and he

was kind of in awe of how wonder-

Please see Hurley, 8

State Rep.

Fran Hurley

(D-35) poses

for a photo

with Carson

Banker, of

Orland Park,

who got to

serve as page

for a day this

summer in

Springfield.

Photo

submitted

D135 students recall showcasing talents at TECH 2017

Meredith Dobes,

Freelance Reporter

Six technology-savvy students

from Orland School District 135

had the chance to showcase projects

to State senators and representatives,

as well as Gov. Bruce

Rauner, at TECH 2017 this past at

the Illinois State Capitol Building

in Springfield.

Since 1990, students from around

the state have shown the latest in educational

technology-based projects

at the annual expo, organized by Illinois

Computing Educators.

This year, Orland Park students

joined peers from nearly 100 Illinois

schools at the event, where

they listened to presentations from

speakers and showed their projects

to legislators in a science fair set-up

in the Capitol Building’s rotunda.

Then seventh-graders Emma

Landsly and Moayad Qasim;

along with Kim DeVries, seventhgrade

social studies teacher, and

Amy Hamernick, media specialist;

showcased projects from Century

Junior High School. The students

created the projects during Genius

Hour — a once-a-week meeting in

the Media Center during which students

are able to follow their passions,

using technology to create

projects about which they care.

Landsly created a website that

shows people how they can make

desserts using healthy ingredients,

and Qasim demonstrated how 3-D

printers can be used in schools —

for example, for the creation of

funnels for use in science classes.

Then fifth-graders Aya Askar

and Gregory Kotsiviras; along with

Michelle Thorne, Technology Lab

instructor; showed a project from

Liberty School through which students

learned about computer science

and how to code robots.

Then fifth-graders Juliana Paddock

and Carson Banker,; along

with Kara McFarlin, Innovation

Lab instructor, showed off a project

from Meadow Ridge School.

Students researched landmarks

from anywhere in the world and

recreated the landmarks using the

3-D computer-aided design website

Tinkercad. Projects were then

printed using a MakerBot 3-D

printer.

Each school had to apply to be

part of TECH 2017, and once they

were accepted, teachers chose two

students each to represent them.

Both McFarlin and Thorne attended

TECH 2016 with students

from High Point School and said

they wanted to continue participation

this year, as well as encourage

their colleagues to participate.

“It is a great way to showcase the

amazing projects that our students

are creating and to take away ideas

that can be applied to our innovation

course,” Thorne said.

This was DeVries and Hamernick’s

first TECH event, and

Hamernick said it was a great experience

to share their projects outside

of the D135 community.

The students agreed that the best

parts of the event were getting to

talk with their State legislators and

show them one-on-one what their

projects were about, as well as getting

to see how students from other

schools were using technology in

their classrooms.

“TECH 2017 was filled with excitement,”

Paddock said. “Walking

around, there were so many

brilliant ways to use technology.

... I really enjoyed telling about

3-D design. I liked teaching others

about the 3-D printing and how it

can help us every day.”

Banker said he enjoys politics, so

getting to meet Sen. Michael Hastings

(D-19) and Rep. Fran Hurley

(D-35) was exciting.

“The students presented themselves

so professionally,” McFarlin

said. “They shared their experiences

and answered questions with

poise and confidence.”

At Liberty School, students participated

in coding activities over

the course of six weeks, coding

robots to act as catapults, competing

in Minute-to-Win-It-style challenges

with Sphero robotics, making

obstacle courses for robotics

and trying out coding applications.

“The most memorable part is

the pride I take in my students as

I watch them take ownership over

their work,” Thorne said. “Seeing

how huge their smiles were when

they discussed their project with

Rep. Hurley and Sen. [Bill] Cunningham

[(D-18)] was something I

will never forget. They were even

presented with certificates signed

by them.”

Askar said most other students

at TECH 2017 who came up to the

Liberty table did not know how to

code but were interested in leaning,

so it was fun to show them the

project.

“I learned a lot about technology

there but also a lot about other

schools and communities,” Kotsiviras

said. “I also learned that our

vision statement on the Four C’s

[critical thinking, communication,

collaboration and creativity] really

helps when you put it into action.”

Both Hamernick and DeVries

said they were impressed by how

interested legislators were in the

students’ projects and by how

much time the legislators spent

talking with the students.

“I liked seeing how people were

so interested in what I was doing,”

Landsly said. “It made me feel

good and that it was a good idea.”

Qasim added that getting to see

students from different age groups

there mingling and answering

questions was a positive experience,

as well.

“We use tech way more than we

think about,” he said.

Both Century teachers said they

plan to apply for TECH 2018 next

year, as the experience allowed

their students to showcase their individual

interests and talents.

“These are very well-rounded

students, and when given the opportunity

to think about how they

can use tech to help people, they

open up to us and share what they

are excited about,” Hamernick

said. “It’s cool to see what they are

capable of and their creative genius.”


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Consolidated High School D230 Board of Education

Administrators predict school funding formula change will not hurt them this year

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

VENDORS WANTED

After Gov. Bruce Rauner

signed into law Illinois’ first

new school funding formula

in decades, members of the

Consolidated High School

District 230 Board of Education

discussed Aug. 31 what

impacts the bill may have at

home.

Superintendent James Gay

said he thinks the district’s

voice was heard through

many stages of the law’s passage,

particularly as original

drafts of the bill would have

been “detrimental” to southern

Cook County districts.

The district, along with all

other school districts in the

state, are expected to receive

their Aug. 10 and Aug. 24

General State Aid payments

within 10 days of the bill’s

signing.

Gay said the district is

guaranteed to be “held harmless”

this fiscal year, receiving

no less money than it

would have prior to the new

formula, but it is not expected

to receive any new funds.

The new funding formula

also makes a change to GSA,

tying it to student enrollment.

Board President Rick Nogal

said the danger to the district

may be if funds are not

fully appropriated to school

funding in future years. As the

district is a Tier 3 school on a

four-tier system the law created,

it would be in the second

tier to lose prorated funds.

But John Lavelle, assistant

superintendent for business

services, said it would take

“a lot of underfunding” for

the district to see less money.

Gay said he believed the

law will be tweaked as it is

implemented across the state,

and it will need to be a recurring

item on the Building &

Finance Committee’s agenda.

Nogal and other board

members thanked Gay,

Lavelle and administrators

for staying on top of the

funding bill as it changed

and working to ensure the

district’s voice was heard

among legislators.

As the district and State

work through how the new

funding formula will play

out, D230 plans to hold a

public hearing for its fiscal

year 2018 budget at its

next regular meeting, set for

7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Andrew

High School. The proposed

budget will be on display

until the meeting.

Lavelle said he is confident

the district will again have a

balanced budget this year.

Student recognition

New student council presidents

from each of the district’s

three high schools gave

their first presentations to the

board at the Aug. 31 meeting.

These students will give

the School Board updates

at each of the board’s regular

meetings throughout the

school year.

Maria Krause is representing

Sandburg. Jack

Zwartz is representing Andrew.

And Lana Shanab is

representing Stagg.

Round It Up

A brief recap of action and discussion from the Aug. 31

meeting of the D230 School Board.

• Board members voted unanimously to approve a

2017-2020 towel services contract to Aramark Uniform

Services at a cost of roughly 13 cents per towel.

• The School Board boted to pas pass a resolution

recognizing the 50th anniversary of Moraine Valley

Community College.

• Superintendent James Gay thanked principals and

students for their recognition of International Overdose

Awareness Day on Aug. 31.

They spoke about backto-school

activities at

each of their schools, how

the rollout of one-to-one

Chromebooks went across

the district, and what plans

are for the near future in

terms of student activities

and academics.

Following their introductions,

a Sandburg and Stagg

students were recognized

for their achievements over

the summer.

Sandburg student Sophia

Jablonski received the Illinois

Council of Exceptional

Children’s “Yes I Can!”

Award for 2017. She was

nominated for the award after

winning the Illinois High

School Association’s state

competition in girls bowling

in the Athletes With

Disabilities division. She

will have the opportunity to

win a national version of the

award in February.

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A 24-year-old man dead following

vehicular collision in Orland Park

Bill Jones, Editor

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, from

eastbound 143rd Street to

northbound Harlem Avenue,

according to an email from

Sophia Ansari, press secretary

for the Sheriff’s Office.

“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

Bureau of Administration.

“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 driver of the Town &

Country reportedly was cited

for failure to yield while turning

left and no proof of valid

insurance.

“We do not have any indication

the driver of the Jeep

was speeding/disobeying any

laws,” Ansari said.

Hurley

From Page 6

ful they were to him,” Kandice

said. “They took him

around and introduced him

to security, other pages. Everyone

in the building made

him feel very welcome, and

that was quite impressive that

they let him know he is part of

this government. Even though

he’s a youth, it matters.”

When Carson was 9 years

old, he became interested in

politics and learning about

how the government functions.

He said he will likely study

politics one day, and he is

very passionate about justice

and equality for all people.

“Government is the

flow of how our community

works,” Carson said. “I

thought it was awesome to

learn about that.”


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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 problemsolvers.”

Hopefuls Marie

Newman (D) and

Mat Tomkowiak (I)

Congressman

Dan Lipinski

Challenger

Marie Newman

Challenger Mat

Tomkowiak

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 business.

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

office.

Where they stand on the issues

Lipinski said he is seeking another

term to continue to solve

problems in Congress and work to

end gridlock.

“I take criticism for wanting to

work in a bipartisan 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, 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 families.

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 history.”

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 win

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 challengers.

“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 business.”

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.”

For more information about the

candidates, visit lipinski.house.gov,

marienewmanforcongress.com and

mat2018.com.

Flu shots available at Orland Township, local churches

Submitted by Orland Township

Orland Township is offering

Quadrivalent (protects against four

different flu viruses) flu shots at the

township office, 14807 S. Ravinia

Avenue, on the following dates.

It is to be offered there 3-6 p.m.

Mondays, Sept. 18 and 25, as well

as Oct. 2, 16, 23 and 30; and 4-7

p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 and 27,

as well as Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The Township also is to hold a

drive-thru clinic from 9 a.m.-12:30

p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

Flu shots will be available at a

discounted price of $20 for all Orland

Township government workers

from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.

An employee ID is required.

Township residents can also get

their flu shots at four additional locations.

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-7

p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, the shots

will be offered at the Orland Park

Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia

Ave. From 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday,

Oct. 15, the shots are slated to be

offered at St. Michael Church,

14327 Highland Ave. in Orland

Park. From 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday,

Oct. 22, the shots are scheduled to

be offered at St. Stephen Deacon &

Martyr, 17500 84th Ave. in Tinley

Park. And from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday,

Nov. 5, the shots are to be offered

at St. Francis of Assisi, 15050

Wolf Road in Orland Park.

Vaccines for residents 19 and

older are available for $25. Children

18 years of age and younger

may receive a vaccination free of

charge. Eligibility requirements

apply.

Residents 65 and older with

Medicare Part B are eligible to

receive an immunization free of

charge. A Medicare Part B card

must be presented at the time of

vaccination. Those with an Advantage

Medicare plan are not eligible

for a free vaccination and should

visit their primary care physician.

Proof of residency is required. Orland

Township boundaries include

Orland Hills, Orland Park (east of

Will Cook Road and south of 135th

Street), Tinley Park (west of Harlem

and north of 183rd Street), and unincorporated

Orland Park.

Anyone six months of age and

older should get a flu shot, but it is

even more important for some people

to get vaccinated. These people

include those who are at high risk

of developing complications like

pneumonia if they catch the flu.

These high-risk individuals include

the following.

• Those with medical condition

like asthma, diabetes and chronic

lung disease of those who live with

or care for individuals with these

medical conditions

• Pregnant women

• People 65 years and older

For additional information, call

(708) 403-4222 or visit www.or

landtownship.org.


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studying?

I need pencils, so I can write and also learn

and practice.

What do you like to do when not in school or

studying?

I like to play house with my sister Olive.

What is your dream job?

I would love to drive a bus. I would drive

kids to school. I would be friendly. When

they get on the bus, I would say, “Hi.”

What are some of your most played songs

on your iPod?

“I’m a Barbie Girl.” It’s my favorite. I

know every word. I dance in my bedroom

and my living room.

What is one thing people don’t know about

you?

Even thought me and Olive look the same,

people don’t know we are not twins.

Whom do you look up to?

My grandma and grandpa, because they

were always nice to my family, and they

died. I miss them.

What do you keep under your bed?

I put slime under my bed, because my sister

always wanted to “get to it.” I hide my

Barbies under there and other toys I want to

keep safe. (She laughed.)

Who is your favorite teacher?

Mrs. [Noreen] Signorelli, because she is

really nice. She lets us have playtime, snack

and rest time. I like how we always do new

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“cheers” when we do something good. My

favorite is the “Oreo cheer.”

What is your favorite class?

I like writing in my journal, because we do

something new on each page. I love to draw

with pencil and crayons.

What is one thing that stands out about

your school?

Prairie School has really nice teachers.

They do fun things with the kids.

What extracurricular(s) do you wish your

school had?

I would like Science Club. We could make

slime, Styrofoam and sand castles and snowmen

and stuff.

What’s your morning routine?

I wake up and eat toast with butter and

drink lemonade. We get dressed and brush

our teeth and pack up our school supplies

and walk with mom to the bus stop.

If you could change one thing about your

school, what would it be?

I would like to get off early, so the whole

school could spend more time with family.

What is your best memory from school?

When Mrs. Signorelli read “The Duckling

Gets a Cookie,” because it’s so funny when

Pigeon screams.

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Police Reports

Duo allegedly tries to take more than $1,300 in merch from store

Rashieda J. Saunders,

25, of 5717 Indiana Ave.

in Chicago, and Kamiya T.

Wilson, 19, of 6947 Peoria

St. in Chicago, each were

charged Aug. 17 with one

felony count of retail theft

after they allegedly worked

together to try to steal 57

items valued at a total of

$1,372.36 from a store at

Orland Square. They reportedly

entered the store,

placed items in bags and

left without paying for the

items, fleeing in a 1996

Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep

was stopped in the 7300

block of 152nd Street, police

said. Both women reportedly

had active arrest

warrants — Saunders out

of Lombard regarding an

aggravated battery charge

and Wilson out of Schaumburg

on a retail theft

charge. The driver was not

thought to be involved with

the retail theft, police said.

Eight bags containing the

merchandise reportedly

were located on the passenger’s

seats.

Aug. 24

• Sarah A. Monroe, 32, of

9850 El Cameno Lane in

Orland Park, was charged

with felony theft after she

allegedly went home in a

2004 Toyota Corolla that

was not her own containing

a phone valued at $650. Joliet

police reportedly took

a report of a stolen vehicle

and asked Orland Park police

to check the area near

151st Street and El Cameno

Court. The owner of

the vehicle was tracking

his phone with an application,

police said. An officer

reportedly located the vehicle

in the 9800 block of

El Cameno Lane. The cell

phone was tracked to Monroe’s

residence, and she

gave police the keys from

her purse and had the cellphone

in a bedroom closet

under a pile of clothing, police

said. The theft charge

was related to the phone in

Monroe’s possession, police

added.

Aug. 12

• Jaharri M. Harrison, 20,

of 3940 178th Place in

Country Club Hills, was

charged with possession

of cannabis with intent to

deliver, a Class 4 felony, as

well as obstructing identification,

after he reportedly

was found to be in possession

of a backpack containing

a jar with a substance

that field tested positive

for cannabis weighing 14.8

grams, as well as two digital

scales covered with cannabis

residue and an open

package of bags following

a traffic stop on a 2015

Chrysler 200 in which he

was a passenger in the 8800

block of 151st Street.

The driver, Quinn M. Gibson

Jr, 19, of 421 Monitor

St. in Park Forest, was

charged with driving while

license suspended, failure

to signal and obstructing

identification, and was arrested

on a warrant out

of Richton Park for failure

to appear on a driving

while license suspended

charge.

The vehicle failed to

signal when changing

lanes near the upper level

Sears parking lot at Orland

Square, police said. Gibson,

the driver and registered

owner, had no valid

license, with a suspended

status, police said.

Following the stop, Gibson

reportedly got out of

the driver’s seat and into

the backseat, while someone

in the backseat moved

to the driver’s seat. There

was an odor of cannabis

emanating from the vehicle,

police said. The

backpack, found inside the

vehicle, had a work badge

with Harrison’s name on it.

Gibson allegedly provided

a false name to police

but was identified by

a photograph in the system.

Harrison also gave a

false name but was identified

by a state ID card

found during a search, police

said.

Aug. 11

• Jose Lopez, 27, of 15830

Orlan Brook Drive in Orland

Park, was charged

with aggravated DUI, DUIalcohol,

driving while license

suspended, operate

uninsured motor vehicle,

failure to reduce speed to

avoid an accident and illegal

transportation of alcohol

after he allegedly was

involved in a single-vehicle

crash in the 15400 block of

95th Avenue. Witnesses reported

seeing a 2007 GMC

Yukon occupied by two

men almost hit two vehicles,

run off the roadway,

strike two trees and stop

near a bond, police said. An

officer reportedly found the

vehicle with front and side

damage. Lopez, the driver,

had glassy and bloodshot

eyes, slurred speech and

the odor of alcohol on his

breath, police said. Empty

beer cans were found on

the readrpassengers’ seats;

opened beer cans were

found on the front, passenger’s

side floorboard; an

empty beer can was found

outside the driver’s side

door; and a beer can was

found in the roadway, all of

the same brand, police added.

Lopez allegedly showed

signs of impairment during

field sobriety tests.

He blew “insufficient” on

breath tests, police added.

His license reportedly was

suspended in relation to a

prior DUI charge.

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Business Briefs

Burger 21 to support

Sertoma Centre with Sept.

21 sales

Thursday, Sept. 21, Burger

21 in Orland Park, is partnering

with Sertoma Centre

to raise money. A portion

of the entire day’s sales

generated will be donated.

Sertoma Centre provides

opportunities that empower

individuals with disabilities

to achieve personal success.

Burger 21 to reward BFFs on

National Cheeseburger Day

On National Cheeseburger

Day, Sept. 18, Burger 21 is

to reward fast casual franchise

BFFs (Burger Fry Fanatics)

with Cheesy Burgers.

Burger 21 BFFs can log

into their B Loyal application

to discover and redeem their

treat, valid no through Sept.

18. Those who are no yet a

BFF still have time to receive

a reward by downloading the

app before Sept. 18.

America’s Dog & Burger

targets Orland Park for next

stop

Chicago’s America’s

Dog & Burger recently announced

its strategic franchising

plan to target Orland

Park.

This is part of the strategic

AD&B franchise growth,

which will initially focus on

expanding into key markets

from Southern Wisconsin

through the Chicago area

and into Northwest Indiana.

Plans call for 30 franchise

locations to be added to these

regions. National growth

outward from its Midwest

core is to follow.

Bursting onto Chicago’s

culinary scene more than 20

years ago on the heels of two

brothers’ automotive adventure

that included tasting the

best dog in each city alog

the way, AD&B launches its

franchising initiative to meet

the demand Americans are

demonstrating for a higher

caliber of mealtime dog and

burger favorites served in an

environment unlike any other.

The growth strategy also represents

the widespread craze

building with seasoned franchise

restaurant owners and

investors to align with AD&B.

Staying true to the brand’s

slogan, “Taste the Best from

East to West,” AD&B offers

guests a variety of the highestquality,

fresh, gourmet burgers

and city-themed hot dogs

available in the quick-serve

category. Accompanying the

franchise initiative, AD&B

recently launched its most innovative

menu to date, including

a collection of chef-driven

items, which include eight

burgers and hot dogs.

The creative and indulgent

options range from the

Santa Fe Hot Dog (Vienna

all-beef hot dog, hardwood

smoked bacon, chipotle

aioli, caramelized onions,

beer-battered jalapeño caps

and Cotija cheese on a Texas

toast roll) to the Ghost Burger

(hardwood smoked bacon,

spicy ghost pepper cheese,

guacamole and onion strings

on a butter brioche bun).

And, beyond its city dogs

and burgers, AD&B also

is unveiling a selection of

chicken sandwiches, salads

and sides. Everything on the

menu is fresh, never frozen,

and all ingredients are prepared

in house.

Maintaining a recipe for

success, AD&B currently

has four locations: Chicago’s

Navy Pier, O’Hare Airport,

inside James Thompson

Center, and in Chicago’s

Loop, at the corner of Randolph

and State streets.

AD&B has developed a

new prototype design that

will be rolled out with all future

franchise locations. The

revamped layout features

new, community, picnicstyle

benches and tables, and

channels the nostalgia of the

original road trip, all adding

to the restaurant’s fun, casual

and inviting atmosphere.

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Cathy Majerczyk leaves

Orland post, heads to

Providence Bank & Trust

Providence Bank & Trust

recently welcomed Cathy Majerczyk

as a branch manager

and business development officer,

based in the Orland Park

office. Majerczyk plans to use

her expertise to expand the

bank’s products and services

to meet the needs of customers

throughout Orland Park

and the greater southwest suburban

area.

Majerczyk was most recently

with Standard Bank

and Trust, serving as a branch

manager in Orland Park. An

active member of the community,

Majerczyk serves as

a board member of My Joyful

Heart, a Christian organization

located in Mokena.

Midwest Orthopaedic

Consultants welcome new

surgeon

Midwest Orthopaedic

Consultants, which serves

patients from offices in south

suburban Oak Lawn and

Orland Park, recently welcomed

Dr. Emily Mayekar

to its growing practice of

highly regarded orthopedic

surgeons and specialists.

Mayekar specializes in hand,

wrist and microsurgery.

Mayekar grew up in Park

Ridge and graduated from

Maine South High School.

She earned a bachelor’s degree

magna cum laude in

cultural anthropology and

global health from Northwestern

University. Her

medical degree is from the

University of Illinois, where

she completed her residency

in orthopaedic surgery. She

continued on to subspecialize

at the renowned Christine

M. Kleinert Institute for

Hand and Micro Surgery in

Louisville.

Mayekar has publications

in several peer-reviewed

journals and serves as a

clinical instructor with the

University of Illinois’ Orthopaedic

Residency Program.

Her professional interests

include nonoperative and

surgical management of degenerative

conditions of the

hand and wrist; peripheral

nerve compressions; and

complex trauma of the forearm,

wrist and hand.

In addition to her clinical

work, Mayekar is a skilled

musician. She has played the

oboe since childhood and

has performed with various

groups throughout Chicago

area.

Mayekar is to have office

hours at MOC’s Oak Lawn

and Orland Park locations

starting in September, joining

a team of seven other

orthopaedic surgeons and

specialists.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard to

set up shop in Orland

Freddy’s Frozen Custard

& Steakburgers recently

broke ground at 7402 W.

159th St., near the intersection

with Harlem Ave. The

restaurant is slated to open

early next year and is the

first of several locations to

be opened by the company

in the Chicago area.

The 3,476 square-foot,

free-standing restaurant is

to seat 106 guests and will

have additional seating on

the patio. Drive-thru service

also will be available. Freddy’s

serves lean ground-beef

steakburgers, Vienna Beef

hot dogs and shoestring fries,

as well as dessert treats prepared

with a choice of chocolate

or vanilla frozen custard

that is churned fresh several

times throughout the day.

Franchise development

opportunities remain in select

markets throughout Illinois,

Indiana and Wisconsin.

For more information, visit

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Co-founded in 2002 by

Scott Redler, and Bill, Randy

and Freddy Simon, Freddy’s

opened its first location

in Wichita, Kansas, offering

a unique combination of

cooked-to-order steakburgers,

Chicago dogs and other

savory items, along with its

signature desserts, prepared

with premium frozen custard

churned fresh throughout the

day. Today, 271 Freddy’s

restaurants serve a total of

30 states across the nation,

from California to Pennsylvania,

Virginia and down the

east coast states to Florida.

Marquette Bank supports

pancreatic cancer research

Employees of Marquette

Bank, a locally-owned

neighborhood bank, recently

held the seventh annual Evelyn’s

Walk in Orland Park in

remembrance of former employee

Evelyn Schap, who

died following a battle with

pancreatic cancer in 2010.

More than 70 bank employees

and family members participated

in the walk, donating

$1,830 to the Rolfe Pancreatic

Cancer Foundation.

Roughly 53,670 people

are diagnosed with pancreatic

cancer in a year and

43,090 people die because of

pancreatic cancer in a year,

according to the American

Cancer Society.

Evelyn’s Walk is part of

the Marquette Neighborhood

Commitment, through

which, each quarter, the

bank focuses on a different

area of need: shelter, hunger,

education and health/wellness.

For more information

about Marquette Bank and

its Neighborhood Commitment,

call (888) 254-9500 or

visit: www.emarquettebank.

com/neighborhood.

Compiled by Editor Bill Jones,

bill@opprairie.com.


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New Lenox resident steps down as

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While firefighters are used to

putting out fires, not everyone

blazes trails of their own by working

their way up the ranks to fire

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But for New Lenox resident Jim

Jackson, that is exactly what happened.

Jackson recently signed off

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fire chief after 30 years of service,

and said if he had an opportunity

for a do-over he would not 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.

“We have good people in Downers

Grove,” he said. “We work

well together. My boss and the

Village manager are outstanding.

We learn from each other.”

Jackson credited the success the

Downers Grove Fire Department

obtained over the years to encouraging

staff members who “make

this your home” when they’re

climbing the ranks.

“The biggest thing I believe

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worked together. It wasn’t just the

chief. The group worked together

to allow the department to grow.”

Reporting by Megann Horstead,

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FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Mokena PD gets OK to hire more

officers

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

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Service.

The background checks are expected

to take a month to a monthand-a-half,

according to Vaccaro,

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Once the background checks are

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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 own.

That final step is expected to

be completed by June or July of

2018, Vaccaro said.

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From THE FRANKFORT STATION

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, D.C.

“Outside of my family and my

marriage, that was the second-best

day of my life,” Wirth said of the

July 12 trip. “I know that, in my

lifetime, I will never get to see

[the memorial] again.”

Wirth, who will turn 86 this

year, enlisted in October 1950. He

served for 39 months.

After basic training, he was assigned

to the USS Valley Forge.

Home base was in Yokosuka, Japan.

“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. They would push you in

a wheelchair.”

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For more, visit

FrankfortStation.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

‘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 unignorable.

But its journey through time

to get into homes in around the

world is not as simple.

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.

“As a brewer myself and a historian

of art, I feel there is a spectrum,

with science on one end and

art on the other,” he said. “And

I think each brewer lives somewhere

along that spectrum, borrowing

from both sides.”

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 man.

“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, visit

TinleyJunction.com.

From THE HOMER HORIZON

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 median.

A number of delays have occurred,

to date. The relocation of

utilities serves as the 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 embankment.

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

widening will be benefitting residents

and businesses. Obviously,

no one is happy with delays with

utilities, soil quality and the State

shutdown.”

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

signs.

Reporting by Megann Horstead,

Freelance Reporter. For more, visit

HomerHorizon.com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Police: One dead following

interstate crash near Lockport

An Indiana man is dead following

a two-vehicle crash Sept. 6 on

westbound Interstate 80 just east

of Interstate 355, near Lockport,

according to a press release issued

the same day by Illinois State Police.

Illinois State Police troopers responded

to the crash shortly after

8 a.m., according to the press release.

Joseph Tomsic, 76, of Munster,

Indiana, reportedly sustained lifethreatening

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 lane.

It is unknown why Tomsic

crossed lanes, according to the

press release.

Reporting by Thomas Czaja,

Contributing Editor. For more, visit

LockportLegend.com.


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BILL JONES

bill@opprairie.com

My relationship with

religion is a complicated

one. And

that, in and of itself, could

make for a much longer

column than I have space to

run this week.

But one of my first orders

of business after taking over

The Orland Park Prairie

was to rejuvenate its

roster for Pastor Columns.

I reached out to every place

of worship I could recollect

in Orland Park, asking their

leaders if they would like to

contribute to the rotation we

now have in place.

Those columns were a big

thing during my time with

The Homer Horizon. Homer

Glen had a diverse background

of faiths, between

its Byzantine Catholic

traditions, Greek Orthodox

and a Hindu temple. And

the column gave voice to a

number of them.

I wanted to implement

similar when I came to

Orland Park, because I

recognize the importance

of faith to the community.

And though there have been

a few changes during that

time, the space regularly

has been host to the Rev.

Michael Foley of Our Lady

of the Woods, the Rev.

Caleb Hong of Faith United

Methodist, Imam Kifah Mustapha

of the Prayer Center

of Orland Park and the Rev.

Evan Goranson of Hope

Covenant Church.

I edit a lot of things in any

given week, but the Pastor

Columns are regularly some

of my favorites to see hit

my inbox. Regardless of

my own beliefs, these four

gentlemen tend to be some

of the best writers I read.

They have a knack for

converting what often

would be recognized as

sermons or homilies in the

Christian traditions to the

written word for columns.

Imam Kifah Mustapha

serves as a regular reminder

of just how much the

Christian and Muslim faiths

have in common, while also

teaching how they differ.

And in their writing, they all

generally preach good messages,

showing an interest in

applying their beliefs to the

everyday world in a positive

manner.

They are, in short, relatable.

And this is always

what the space was meant to

be: an opportunity for area

faiths to take their messages

and relate them to a larger

audience, to take what they

preach and convert it to

something that might have

meaning to our readership.

You may not realize this,

but these columns are not

a paid gig. We simply offer

these folks the space to

spread their messages, and

they write the columns out

of their desire to get more

in depth about their beliefs

with our readership. They

also are among the most

consistent and reliable writers

on our roster, despite

that arrangement.

I’d like to direct you to

Page 21 this week, to read

the column of the Rev. Evan

Goranson. He has, among all

of the columnists with whom

I have worked over the years,

been one of the most prolific

and reliable. And in addition

to writing a lot, he has written

consistently personal, consistently

engaging columns. (He

also has often done double

duty, as he lives in Homer

Glen and also contributes to

that newspaper.)

He soon is moving on

from his post with Hope

Covenant for a new adventure,

and discontinuing his

column with The Prairie. So,

this week marks his farewell

to our Orland Park readers.

I just wanted to say

“thank you” the Rev. Goranson

for his time contributing

to the newspaper. It has

been an enjoyable experience

reading his columns

roughly once a month. And,

no matter your background,

I hope you’re taking the

time week after week to

broaden your horizons by

checking out our columns.

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Another summer

sendoff Village finishes

Summer Concert Series with a bang

at Centennial Park West, Page 22

Bulking up

Raffy’s Candy Store offers

sweet treats by the pound,

ice cream and more, Page 27

Pictured are

just three of the

images Donna

Nevels has on

display at Joliet’s

Gallery Seven for

an exhibit called

“50 Shades of

Me.”

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Frequent Sandburg athletics photographer

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with new exhibit, Page 23


20 | September 14, 2017 | The orland park prairie Faith

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Pastor Column

Taking a closer look at the Blessed Mary

Imam Kifah Mustapha

Prayer Center of Orland Park

The Blessed Mary,

mother of Jesus, has

a special place in the

hearts of Muslims.

Aside from prophets,

few people are mentioned

by name in the Quran. Yet,

Mary (Mariam in Arabic) is

the only female mentioned

by name in the Holy Quran.

It is a fact that human

reproduction requires a

male and a female. But in

the beginning, God created

Adam without a male or a

female. Eve was created

from a male only, from part

of Adam, and Jesus was

created from a female only,

his mother, the Blessed

virgin Mary.

Muslims believe that

Mary was pure from the

whispers of Satan upon her

own birth. As her mother

pledged her child to serve

in the Temple, astonished

by a birth of a female, she

said, “I have named her

Mary. And I do, indeed,

seek refuge for her in You,

and for her children, from

Satan, the accursed.” (3:36)

Angels spoke to the

Blessed Mary, “And

behold! The angels said:

O Mary! Indeed, God has

chosen you and purified

you. And He has chosen

you above the women of

the world. O Mary, be ever

devoutly obedient to your

Lord. And bow down to the

ground [to Him] and bow

with those who bow [in

prayer].” (3:42-43).

Prophet Zechariah would

come to visit her and found

she had provisions in a

miraculous way, even fruits

that were out of season!

“He said, ‘O Mary! From

where does this come to

you?’ She said. ‘It is from

God.’” (3:37)

Mary had been chosen

as the pure and blessed

among women for a special

destiny. God sent angel

Gabriel in the shape of

a human being to her to

inform her of her destiny,

“Then was sent to her our

Spirit, who thus appeared

to her as a flawless human

being.” (19:17)

Mary was afraid, saying,

“I seek refuge from you in

the All-Merciful God.”

Gabriel told her of his

purpose saying, “Indeed,

I am none other than a

messenger of your Lord to

grant to you a pure son.”

(19:19)

Her response was fast

and clear, “How shall I

have a son, while no human

being has ever touched

me, nor have I ever been

unchaste?” (19:20)

Angel Gabriel replied,

“Even so shall it be! Your

Lord has said, ‘It is easy for

Me.’” (19:21)

In fear, she ran to a distant

place, as the pains of

the impending birth drove

her to the trunk of a datepalm

tree.

She cried out, “Oh, alas

for me! Would that I had

died before this and become

a thing utterly forgotten!”

Then, Jesus, the newborn

infant, called to her, from

beneath her, “Oh, do not

sorrow! Indeed, your Lord

has already made flow

beneath you a streamlet.”

(19:23-25)

When she came back

to her people carrying

the infant Jesus, people

shouted, “Your father was

not an evil person nor your

mother unchaste.” So she

pointed to him. They said,

“How shall we speak to one

who is in the cradle, a mere

infant of a boy. [Jesus] said.

“Indeed, I am the servant

of God! He has given me

the Scripture. And He has

made me a prophet. And,

thus, he has made me

blessed, wherever I may

be.” (19:31)

The story of Mary’s total

purity in faith, and the

miraculous birth of Jesus, is

a testament among the multitudes

of the Power and

Might of Almighty God.

The opinions of this column are

that of the writer. They do not

necessarily reflect those of The

Orland Park Prairie.

FAITH BRIEFS

Resident Poet

‘The Buoyant of Texas’

Susanne Cabrini Marie

Orland Park Resident

Hurricane Harvey may

gush through towns,

But, there’s no getting the

Texans down!

They fight the floods with

all their might,

By working hard, both day

and night.

The raging waters will ebb

and flow,

Back out to sea — where it

should go.

Texans will rebuild their

homes,

With splendor that rivals

Rome’s.

They’re hardy folks, not

given to mope.

Yes, the Texans have God’s

gift of hope!

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St. Michael Church (14327 Highland Ave.,

Orland Park)

Bingo and 50/50 Raffle

Event

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

The Women’s Club of St.

Michael’s will be sponsoring

its Bingo and 50/50 Raffle

Event in the Commons.

Fun, prizes and homemade

refreshments will be on tap.

Annual membership enrollment

will be handled that

evening. Everyone is welcome.

Non-members will

pay a $5 entrance fee and $1

per bingo card. Paid members

are free to play, and will

receive two bingo cards.

SVdP Conference

The SVdP Conference

will be the benefactor of the

sale of notecards presented

by Da’s Printshop NFP.

They will be on display at

Arts & Drafts from 10 a.m.-

6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30,

and Sun. Oct. 1. The fair is

located at 143rd Street and

94th Avenue in Orland Park.

All proceeds from the fair

will be donated to SVdP.

Women’s retreat

8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

The women of St. Michael’s

Parish will be hosting their

fall retreat at Our Lady of

the Angels Retreat Center,

13820 Main St. in Lemont.

The theme this year is “Finding

Joy on the Journey,” and

the retreat leader will be Dr.

Mary Amore. The retreat

will begin with a continental

breakfast and gathering from

8-9 a.m. There will be four

sessions, with a break for

lunch, and it concludes with

a Mass at 4:30 p.m. The cost

is $45 and can be paid with

registration at the parish office.

Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th

Ave., Orland Park)

Rummage & Bake Sale

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept.

22, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 23. The sale is to

feature baby clothes, household

appliances, tools, books

and much more.

500th Anniversary of the

Reformation Event

10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.

A special 500th Anniversary

of the Reformation is

to feature renowned composer

and Lutheran musician

Carl Schalk, who will make

a presentation on his newly

published “A Lutheran

Catechism: Understanding

Church Music in the Lutheran

Tradition.” His presentation

is to be followed by

a Communion service and

luncheon. Participants will

receive complimentary copies

of his booklet. The event

is open to the public and

provided free of charge. Preregistration

is appreciated

by calling (708) 349-0431

or emailing Julie@Christlu

theranorland.com.

Faith United Methodist Church (15101 S.

80th Ave., Orland Park)

Power Fitness

7-8 p.m. Mondays and

Thursdays. This free event

is a 60-minute class that will

strengthen and tone your

muscles from head to toe

for adult men and women.

Class will include a warmup

segment, muscle-specific

exercises, abdominal work,

balancing and stretching. All

exercises will have modifications

for different fitness

levels.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor Bill

Jones at bill@opprairie.com

or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 20.

Information is due by noon on

Thursdays one week prior to

publication.


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Pastor Column

Farewell to this

column and to

Orland Park

The Rev. Evan Goranson

Hope Covenant Church

I

have been an ordained

pastor in the Evangelical

Covenant Church since

1982.

Wow! That is a long time

ago.

Back then, people would

tell me, “You are too young

to be a pastor!” No one has

accused me of that anytime

recently.

By the Lord’s grace, for

the past 18 years I have

served the wonderful congregation

at Hope Covenant,

Orland Park. When I arrived,

we were meeting in a

school gymnasium, and then

another school and, at long

last, we’re able to purchase

our Orland Park facility in

2008. It’s been great!

An unexpected perk of

my pastoring has been the

opportunity to contribute

to this column as a shared

endeavor with other area

clergy. Like most everything

else in my life, I get around

to this responsibility at the

last possible moment, even

with kind reminders from

our editor, Bill.

I have enjoyed writing,

and have been stretched to

explore topics of the spirit

that might connect with

some of you in a new or

at least thought provoking

way. Those of you who

contacted me, or who shared

an opposing viewpoint have

helped me to think through

what it means to be a person

of faith in this modern

world. Thanks.

I am transitioning from

my pastoral position to

full-time work as a hospice

chaplain — work that I have

done before and have been

doing on a part-time basis

for years. It gives my congregation

a chance to think

strategically about its future,

and to select leaders for the

next chapter. Working again

with a team of hospice care

providers is a high privilege,

as together we enter into

the lives of individuals and

families at a point of great

vulnerability and need.

That said, my family is

experiencing this change

with the bittersweet components

of every major life

transition. Life goes on, and

life is good. Through my

long journey of faith, I have

learned to trust, to surrender,

and to expect the Lord’s

presence at every turn.

While I will no longer be

writing this column, I hope

that like you, I will continue

to wonder, to explore, to learn

and to connect with the wonderful

and interesting people

God places in my life.

Thank you for reading,

and for your encouragement

and support.

The opinions of this column are

that of the writer. They do not

necessarily reflect those of The

Orland Park Prairie.

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Now, what about the

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In Memoriam

Ralph Chasteen

Ralph J. Chasteen, 76,

formerly of Orland Park and

Frankfort, died Sept. He is

survived by his wife, Marta;

children, Lynette (Gerald)

Malak, William Chasteen,

Susan (Phillip) Bona and

Wendy Chasteen; grandchildren,

Joseph (fiancée Megan

Kirkland), Victoria and

Jennafer Malak, William Jr.,

Robert, Rebecca and Amber

Chasteen, Phillip Jr., Breanna

and Michelle Bona and Jack

Chasteen; four great-grandchildren

of four; sister, Doris

Medo; and many nieces,

nephews and other relatives.

Services were held at Modell

Funeral Home & Cremation

Services in Homer

Glen. Interment private. In

lieu of flowers, donations to

American Cancer Society at

donate3.cancer.org or Leukemia

& Lymphoma Society

at donate.lls.org/lls/donate.

Richard Prosser

Richard W. Prosser, 78,

of Orland Park, died Sept. 4.

He was a retired 50-plus-year

owner of Oak Lawn Collision

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and Repair. He was a member

of Local 701, an avid golfer,

Cubs fan and loving Papa.

He was survived by his

wife, Patricia; children, Cynthia

(Edward) Stifter, Lynette

(Michael) O’Connor,

Judy (Alex) Zarate and Lawrence;

grandchildren, Anne

Marie, Claire, Edward and

John “Jack” Stifter, Michael

and Kaylee O’Connor, Alexander

(fiancée Rachael Neff)

and Kristen Zarate, Isabella,

Dominic and Anthony

Prosser; siblings, Joan Race

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many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at

Modell Funeral Home &

Cremation Services in Homer

Glen. A Funeral Mass was

held at St. Francis of Assisi.

Interment Holy Sepulchre

Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations

to brain cancer research,

www.curebraincan

cer.org, appreciated.

Have someone’s life you’d like

to honor? Email Editor Bill

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Celebrating at Centennial

Village marks end of Summer Concert

Series with Labor Day Weekend show

Cora (left) and Leah Durbin, of Noblesville, Indiana, dance

to the music.

Ryan T. Hope, of No Alternative, performs Sept. 3 at Centennial Park West during the final show in the Village of Orland

Park’s 2017 Summer Concert Series. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Guitarist Tony Elfers (left) and bassist Andrew T. Carroll

perform with No Alternative.

ABOVE: Local food vendors

were ready to serve hungry

concert-goers.

Concert attendees (left to right) Milo and Colleen Pagnani,

and Gregory and Melanie Elfers, of Lombard, dance during

the season-ending summer concert event.

LEFT: Attendees (left to

right) Dick Atkian, of Orland

Park; Diana Stoddard, of

Lansing, Michigan; and

Debbie Atkian, of Orland

Park; enjoy a day of music

Sept. 3 at Centennial Park

West, marking the end

of the Village’s Summer

Concert Series.


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Local photographer puts ‘50

Shades of Me’ on display

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Homer Glen resident Donna Nevels has

taken photographs for as long as she can remember.

As a child, she was her family’s “official”

photographer wherever they went. And since

2004, she has been taking photographs of

other people’s big moments — weddings,

senior pictures and other special occasions

— through her business.

A glance through her website reveals samples

of all kinds of photography, though Orland

Park residents may know her as the person

who shoots Senior Night pictures for the

Sandburg High School athletics teams.

But throughout this month, people will

have the chance to see another side of Nevels,

as she reveals “50 Shades of Me,” an

exhibition of her photography at Gallery

Seven, a fine art gallery in downtown Joliet.

The title, a play on the book “Fifty Shades

of Grey,” is meant to explain the different

shades of Nevels’ photography, she said.

“I thought, ‘That’s it: 50 Shades, but it’s

50 Shades of Me, because my photography

is all over the place,’” Nevels said. “I’m not

a photographer that’s just a nature photographer;

I’m not a photographer that’s a black

and white or places/scenery; I do everything.”

The exhibit is divided into shades of people,

places and nature, a reflection of Nevels’

“scattered” artistic tastes. Expect “a lot of

dancer pictures” and photos coated in wax,

Nevels said.

The work through Gallery Seven allows

Nevels to show the artistic side of her work.

Nevels said she hopes to bring back some

respect for the art of the printed photograph

with ‘50 Shades’ — something that can be

diluted, given how anyone with a smartphone

is a photographer and, oftentimes,

those pictures never get printed.

“I don’t think it’s a respected art form the

way it used to be,” she said. “So, exhibits like

this are important to bring people in to see this

is what photography truly is and can be and

should be.”

Nevels said she is creating history, which

motivates her to do what she does. Whether

she is shooting photographs at weddings, of

babies or out in nature, they are moments she

thinks should not be caught on a cellphone

and lost to eternity in the cloud.

Donna Nevels, of Homer Glen — who is

known to many Orland Parkers for her

shots of Sandburg athletics Senior Nights

— recently launched a new exhibit called

“50 Shades of Me” at Gallery Seven in

Joliet. Photo submitted

“In 20 years, there’s going to be a whole

generation of kids that have nothing tangible,

nothing they can hold in their hand and say,

‘Look, that’s me when I was 2,’ because it’s

still on somebody’s phone or in the cloud,”

Nevels said. “That’s what motivates me. I’m

creating history by doing what I do, whether

it be a neighbor or a wedding or a flower. It

brings back memories to whoever’s going to

look at it. That’s why I’m so motivated with

it.”

Nevels is slated to hold an opening reception

for her exhibit from 2-4 p.m. Sunday,

Sept. 17, which is to feature live music and

refreshments.

The exhibit runs now through Sept. 29 at

Gallery Seven, 116 N. Chicago St., Suite

102, in Joliet.

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Orland Township auditions for October Senior Dating Game

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

Cynthia is a “country

girl” who arrived in Chicago

when she was 22 years old

and not long after that got

married.

As she sat in a chair on a

podium, with a stage light

shining upon her and microphone

in hand, she described

herself to Orland Township

officials as a “friendly and

very generous” woman who

spends time sewing and socializing;

enjoys dining on

Italian and Chinese food;

and would like to meet a

man who is honest, sincere

and has character.

Cynthia, who is in her late

60s, has not dated in “quite

awhile,” but that could

change if she is one of several

women chosen to be a

contestant on Orland Township’s

Senior Dating Game.

The event, a take on the

classic television show,

scheduled to be held in front

of a live audience at 6 p.m.

Oct. 5 at Orland Chateau,

14500 S. LaGrange Road.

The evening is to feature allyou-can-eat

pizza, salad and

non-alcoholic beverages, as

well as a cash bar.

Orland Township Administrator

Mary Hastings said

the dating game is a way for

the Township to spice up its

efforts to provide social opportunities

for seniors. The

Township has for the past

five years offered speed dating,

which has been a huge

draw; however, women vastly

outnumber men at those

events, she said.

“So, we’re begging for

men,” she said. “We started

planning this six months

ago, just to get enough men,

and in the first two days [we

had enough women].”

The casting call through

which Cynthia and 20 other

women and at least two men

auditioned for the game was

held Aug. 29 at the Orland

Township Administration

Building. Orland Township

employees questioned candidates

about their interests

and rated them on appearance,

sense of humor, youthfulness

and sociability. The

panel of four women was to

choose enough contestants

to fill spots for at least three

and possibly four rounds for

the game. Each round is to

consist of one contestant and

three suitors.

Other candidates included

Angie, a 77-year-old improv

performer widowed

two years ago after 52 years

of marriage; and Donna, a

61-year-old divorcée from of

Tinley Park who acknowledged

some hesitancy about

stepping out of her comfort

zone and auditioning for the

show.

“I read about this in the paper

and I just thought, ‘Why

not,’” said Donna, who was

sitting in a room with the

other women while waiting

to audition. “I thought I’d

give it a shot. I don’t think

this is going to change my

life at all, I just thought it

would be something fun.

I don’t do online dating or

anything like that. So, this is

pretty unusual.”

Several of the women

waiting there have tried

speed dating, but none of

them had ever turned the introduction

into a date. Finding

a companion and friend,

or someone with whom to

laugh, spend time, have fun

and even travel were among

their reasons given for being

interested in the dating

game.

The consensus was there

is a man shortage — or at

least a shortage of men seeking

the same things they are.

“I think there are a lot

of bashful guys out there,”

said Carol, of Orland Park.

“I feel like men don’t reach

out like women, and that if

more men came out and tried

something like this they’d be

Donna, of Tinley Park, answers questions as she takes part in a casting call Aug. 29 for Orland Township’s Senior Dating

Game. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

pleasantly surprised what

they’d find.”

One of the two men there

to audition was Corny, an

82-year-old Palos Heights

resident who enjoys dancing.

Corny has been a widower

for about one year and

is hopeful he can find some

companionship through the

dating game.

“The main thing for me

is getting out of the house,”

he said. “ I get sick of sitting

around there. Maybe I will

meet somebody I’m compatible

with, and we’d go to the

show and out to dinner; or,

maybe if it worked out, even

go on a cruise.”

Note: The last names of potential

Senior Dating Game candidates

have, at Orland Township

officials’ request, been withheld

from this story for the sake of

maintaining the integrity of the

contest.

Mary Hastings (left) and Susan Benson listen

to seniors who attended the casting call.

Marie Ryan interviews a senior for the

upcoming Orland Township Senior Dating

Game.


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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,

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

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 month.”

Raffy’s Candy Store

2571 E. Lincoln Highway

in New Lenox

Hours

• 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Monday–Friday

• 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Saturday

• Noon–7 p.m. Sunday

For more information…

Phone: (815) 320-6152

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

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

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

have.”

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 parlor.

“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

space.”

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.”


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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

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”

ending

32. Compass point

35. Jewish circle

dances

36. Island and drink

39. Biblical second

son

40. Chilling

41. Full house, e.g.

42. Mediterranean

section

45. Portuguese wine

capital

46. Canonized mlle.

47. Established

48. Farm-tilling

implement

49. Australian state,

abbr.

50. H.S. exam

52. Perplexed, at ___

54. New Lenox music

events

60. Photo tint

62. Table spread

63. Hitchcock title

64. Oranges’ grouping

65. Store sign

66. “Why should ___

you?”

67. Electric dart

shooter

68. “__ lang syne”

69. It’s long in fashion

Down

1. One of U.S. banking’s Big

Four

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

Pakistan

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

fund

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)

ORLAND PARK

Girl in the Park

(11265 W. 159th St.,

Orland Park, IL; (708)

226-0042)

■7 ■ p.m. Mondays: Trivia

■5:30 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Live Music

■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live Music

The Brass Tap

(14225 95th Ave. Suite

400, Orland Park; (708)

226-1827)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia.

Prizes awarded

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live music

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(9655 W. 143rd St.,

Orland Park; (708) 349-

2111)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays,

Wednesdays and Thursdays:

Live entertainment

■7 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live entertainment

and face painter

Papa Joe’s

(14459 S. LaGrange

Road, Orland Park; (708)

403-9099)

■5-9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Gene Infelise and Francesca

■6-10 ■ p.m. Fridays: The

keyboard stylings of

Roger Pampel

Square Celt Ale House &

Grill

(39 Orland Square Drive,

Orland Park; (708) 226-

9600)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic

Night/Open Mic

Night

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free Trivia

■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Country

Night

■10 ■ p.m. Fridays: Live DJ

■10 ■ p.m. Saturdays: Live

Music/Band

■9 ■ p.m. Sundays: Karaoke

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays and

Saturdays: Karaoke

To place an event

in The Scene, email

b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.

com.

answers

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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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

standards.

“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

home!”

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

guidelines.

Typically a wide variety of

homes are available to tour

that include ranch and twostory

homes.

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

button.

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

at www.distinctivehomebuilders.com.

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.


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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

brand-new.

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

include:

• 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,

LLC

• 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,

LLC

• Manhattan—Leighlinbridge

from T.J. Cachey

Builders, Inc.

• New Lenox—Prairie

Ridge from Brian Wille

Construction

• 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

Builders

• Tinley Park—Brookside

Meadows from Crana

Homes, Inc. and Radcliffe

Place from Gallagher &

Henry

• Woodridge— Farmingdale

Village from Gallagher

& Henry

To map a route to all 20

homes on the Tour Of

Homes, visit www.SSH-

BATourOfHomes.com.

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).


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Yonata, $245,000

• 9120 Helen Lane, Orland Park,

60462-7728 - Richard P. Shelton

to Walid Simrin, Fatima Hamdan,

$317,000

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This spacious kitchen also features a large eating area open to the family room, with a

beautiful wood and stone fireplace, and large windows with views of deck. Home also

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and extra living space to curl up and watch a movie. Master suite with vaulted ceilings,

his and hers walk-in closets, spa bath, and more. This incredible home is one of a kind.

PRICE: $699,900

CONTACT: For more information or a private tour, contact Jessica Jakubowski, CRIS

Realty, at (312) 810-6722 or visit www.crisrealty.net.

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Tinley Park

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School Bus Drivers Wanted

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Immediate openings

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1004 Employment

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65 yr old man would like

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815.260.7085.

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Homer Glen 14624 Cinnamon

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men &women clothes, home

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shelving

Mokena 19532 Kevin Ln.

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New Lenox 825 Constitution

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

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Tinley Park 17170 Oleander

9/16 10-3pm Jewelry, clothes,

toys, collectibles, camera

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Orland Park 16751 S. 88th

Ave Saturday 9/16 9-2pm

LOTS OF MUSIC GEAR:

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equip, power amps, effects

pedals, cables, accessories &

much more! Some mens &

womens clothes, various

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Tinley Park, 9016 Timberwood

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1057 Estate Sale

Village of Manhattan

Community Wide Garage Sale

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

All participant’s addresses

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community. Maps will be

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Sept. 11th at Village Hall, located

at 260 Market Pl.

Manhattan, IL and online at

www.villageofmanhattan.org

For questions, please call

Village Hall (815) 418-2100

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,

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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!

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

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Lockport 555 E 10th St Sat

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Homer Glen 14415 S. Glen

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Furn & hshld. Cash & carry.

New Lenox 240 Locust Lane

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

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1058 Moving Sale

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Orland Park, 13929 Will

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Hshld items, power/hand tools,

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pool toys, books, patio furn,

antique trunks, steel wagon

wheel, furn, trampoline &piano.

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men/womens plus size clothes

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Real Estate

1099 Lake Front Property For Sale

PLEASANT LAKE HOMES • 2.5 HRS FROM CHICAGO AREA!

12719 Sleepy Hollow

Three Rivers, MI

$525,000 Charming 3,300

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12974 Spence Rd

Three Rivers, MI

$369,000 HGTV style make

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269.506.1593

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630-207-5994

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708-620-9703

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2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

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2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

Sale

2703 Legal

Notices

2703 Legal

Notices

2703 Legal

Notices

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-

TION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CA-

PACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE

FOR THE RMAC TRUST, SERIES

2016-CTT

Plaintiff,

-v.-

ROBERT G. REGER, UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA -DEPART-

MENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN

DEVELOPMENT, WEDGEWOOD

COMMONS ASSOCIATION, INC.,

UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES

OF ANN M. BOBILLIER, UN-

KNOWN OWNERS AND NONRE-

CORD CLAIMANTS, GERALD

NORDGREN, AS SPECIAL REPRE-

SENTATIVE FOR ANN M. BO-

BILLIER (DECEASED)

Defendants

17 CH 003998

13950 STONEHENGE DRIVE

ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on August 16, 2017, an agent for The

Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on September 26, 2017, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South

Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606,

sell at public auction to the highest bidder,

as set forth below, the following described

real estate:

Commonly known as 13950 STONE-

HENGE DRIVE, ORLAND PARK, IL

60462

Property Index No. 27-02-407-057.

The real estate is improved with aresi-

dence.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds at the close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will beaccepted.

The balance in certified funds/or

wire transfer, is due within twenty-four

(24) hours. Nofee 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 tothe residential real estate arose

prior to the sale. The subject property is

subject togeneral real estate taxes, special

assessments, or special taxes levied

against said real estate and is offered for

sale without any representation asto

quality or quantity of title and without

recourse toPlaintiff and in "AS IS" condition.

The sale is further subject to confirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed to the real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

Where asale of real estate is made to

satisfy alien prior to that of the United

States, the United States shall have one

year from the date of sale within which

to redeem, except that with respect to a

lien arising under the internal revenue

laws the period shall be 120 days or the

period allowable for redemption under

State law, whichever is longer, and in

any case inwhich, under the provisions

of section 505 of the Housing Act of

1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k),

and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title

38 of the United States Code, the

right toredeem does not arise, there

shall be no right of redemption.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all

information.

If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclo-

p

sure sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If

this property is a condominium unit

which ispart ofacommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).

IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE

RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION

FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF

AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC-

CORDANCE WITH SECTION

15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

You will need a photo identification issued

by agovernment agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure

sales.

For information, examine the court file

or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS

& ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030

NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE

100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630)

794-9876 Please refer tofile number

14-17-02745.

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORA-

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STREET TRIANGLE TAX

INCREMENT FINANCING

DISTRICT OF THE VILLAGE

OF ORLAND PARK

Notice is hereby given to all interested

parties that pursuant to the

requirements of 65 ILCS

5/11-74.4-1 et seq., the Joint Review

Board of the Village ofOrland

Park will conduct its annual

review of the Village of Orland

Park’s Main Street Triangle Tax

Increment Financing District on

Thursday September 21, 2017 at

9:00 a.m., atthe Village Hall, located

at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue,

Orland Park, Cook County, Illinois.

Said meeting will be open

to the public. Questions regarding

the agenda for this meeting may be

directed to the Development Services

Department at 708.403.5300.

VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK

By: John C. Mehalek

Village Clerk

Shed Location and Shed Setback

Variance

14224 Concord Drive

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC

HEARING

NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN that

a meeting for a public hearing will

be held before the Hearing Officers

of the Zoning Board of Appeals of

the Village ofOrland Park, Illinois,

at 5:00 p.m. onTuesday, October

10, 2017 in the Village Hall, located

at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue,

Orland Park, Cook County, Illinois,

to consider approval ofan

application for arear setback variance

and lot coverage variance pursuant

tothe provisions ofthe Land

Development Code of the Village

of Orland Park, with respect tothe

following real estate:

LOT 22 IN HERITAGE UNIT

NUMBER 1, BEING A SUBDIVI-

SION OF PART OFTHE WEST

1/2 OFTHE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF

SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 36

NORTH, RANGE 12, EAST OF

THE THIRD PRINCIPAL ME-

RIDIAN, IN COOK COUNTY,

ILLINOIS.

PIN: 27-03-413-006-0000

Said application for variances to

the Land Development Code requests

authority to locate astorage

shed in the side yard where placement

ofsheds are limited only to

the rear yard. In addition, the peititoner

requests authority to reduce

the required setback of the shed

from the principal building from

ten (10) feet to four and one half

(4.5) feet.

Said real estate is presently located

in the R-3 Residential District and

is located at 14224 Concord Drive

in Orland Park, Cook County.

All parties interested should attend

and will begiven an opportunity to

be heard. Such hearing may be

continued bythe Hearing Officers

without republication except as

may be required by the Illinois

Open Meetings Act.

HEARING OFFICERS OF THE

VILLAGE

OF ORLAND PARK, ILLINOIS

By: Beth McElroy Kirkwood

Chairperson

PDQ

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Park, IL 60642

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF

PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN that

a public hearing will be held before

the Plan Commission of the Village

of Orland Park, Illinois, at

7:00 p.m. onTuesday, October 10,

2017 in the Village Hall, located at

14700 South Ravinia Avenue, Orland

Park, Cook County, Illinois,

to consider approval ofspecial use

application for afast food restaurant

with a drive-through facility

pursuant to the provisions ofthe

Land Development Code of the

Village ofOrland Park, with respect

to the following real estate:

PARCEL A:

PART OF THE NORTHEAST

QUARTER OF THE SOUTH-

EAST QUARTER OFSECTION

16, TOWNSHIP 36 NORTH,

RANGE 12, EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

MORE PARTICULARLY DE-

SCRIBED AS FOLLOW: BE-

GINNING AT THE POINT OF

INTERSECTION OF THE EAST

LINE OF THE AFORESAID

NORTHEAST QUARTER OF

THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER

OF SECTION 16, AND ALINE

50.00 FEET NORTH OF AND

PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH

LINE OF THE AFORESAID

NORTHEAST QUARTER OF

THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER

OF SECTION 16, SAID POINT

ALSO BEING THE SOUTHEAST

CORNER OF A PARCEL OF

LAND KNOWN ASU.S. TRACT

NO. A100-2; THENCE WEST

ALONG SAID PARALLEL LINE,

ADISTANCE OF 322.50 FEET

TO A POINT ON A PARALLEL

LINE TO SAID EAST LINE OF

THE NORTHEAST QUARTER

OF THE SOUTHEAST QUAR-

TER OF SECTION 16, SAID

POINT ALSO BEING ON THE

EAST LINE OF A PARCEL OF

LAND KNOWN ASU.S. TRACT

NO. A100; THENCE SOUTH

ALONG SAID PARALLEL LINE,

ADISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET TO

A POINT ON THE SOUTH LINE

OF SAID NORTHEAST QUAR-

TER OF THE SOUTHEAST

QUARTER OF SECTION 16;

THENCE WEST ALONG SAID

SOUTH LINE, ADISTANCE OF

896.30 FEET, MORE OR LESS

TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER

OF A PARCEL OF LAND DE-

SCRIBED IN QUITCLAIM

DEED FROM THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA TO THE

VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK,

DATED APRIL 26, 1971;

THENCE NORTHEAST WITH

SAID PARCEL OF LAND, A

DISTANCE 725.30 FEET, MORE

OR LESS, TO A POINT ON THE

SOUTH LINE OFAPARCEL OF

LAND KNOWN ASU.S. TRACT

NO. A110; THENCE NORTH-

WESTERLY AT RIGHT AN-

GLES TO THE LAST DE-

SCRIBED LINE, ADISTANCE

OF 424.70 FEET TO A POINT;

THENCE NORTHEASTERLY

AT RIGHT ANGLES TO THE

LAST DESCRIBED LINE, A DIS-

TANCE OF 12.16 FEET, TO A

POINT; THENCE SOUTHEAST-

ERLY AT RIGHT ANGLES TO

THE LAST DESCRIBED LINE, A

DISTANCE OF 242.7 FEET, TO

A POINT; THENCE NORTH-

EASTERLY AT RIGHT ANGLES

TO THE LAST DESCRIBED

LINE, A DISTANCE OF 42.00

FEET, TO A POINT; THENCE

SOUTHEASTERLY AT RIGHT

ANGLES TO THE LAST DE-

SCRIBED LINE, ADISTANCE

OF 122.00 FEET, TOAPOINT;

THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY

AT RIGHT ANGLES TO THE

LAST DESCRIBED LINE, A DIS-

TANCE OF 42.00 FEET TO A

POINT; THENCE SOUTHEAST-

ERLY AT RIGHT ANGLES TO

THE LAST DESCRIBED LINE, A

DISTANCE OF 259.00 FEET, TO

A POINT ON ALINE, THAT IS

395.00 FEET NORTH OF AND

PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH

LINE OF SAID NORTHEAST

QUARTER OF THE SOUTH-

EAST QUARTER OFSECTION

16; THENCE EAST WITH SAID

PARALLEL LINE, ADISTANCE

OF 556.00 FEET TO A POINT

ON SAID EAST LINE OFTHE

NORTHEAST QUARTER OF

THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER

OF SECTION 16; THENCE

SOUTH WITH SAID EAST

LINE, ADISTANCE OF 345.00

FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE

POINT OF BEGINNING, SITU-

ATE INTHE STATE OFILLI-

NOIS, COUNTY OF COOK.

PIN: 27-16-401-005-0000

Said application for aspecial use

permit toconstruct afast food restaurant

with a drive-through facility.

Modifications to the Land Development

Code include placing

the drive-through facility between

the building and the street.

Said real estate is presently included

inthe COR District, and is

located at 15610 LaGrange Road in

Orland Park, Cook County, Il.

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and will begiven an opportunity to

be heard. Such hearing may be

continued by the Plan Commission

without republication except as

may be required by the Illinois

Open Meetings Act.

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Athlete of the Month

Eagles lacrosse player claims August crown

Bill Jones, 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

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He was a part of the Orland

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program for six years and

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Chiefs Lacrosse team and

also made the varsity roster

for playoffs.

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from our south suburban

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another in an online voting

contest.

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How did you get started

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and taking lessons, I got

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But it was just like a fun side

sport. About eighth grade ...

we went to Kiawah Island,

and I shot an 87 at the Ocean

Course, and that made me

really happy, [and that was

when I began to take it seriously].

Do you have any

superstitions or rituals?

Oh, yeah. When I went

to Kiawah Island, where I

shot my 87, I was wearing a

sweatshirt, and it was, like,

80 degrees outside, and I

was so hot, but I was doing

really well, so I didn’t take it

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superstitions.

What goals do you have

for your first season?

To make it to state, score

Top 5 in conference [and]

just shoot mostly in the 30s

as [much] as I can.

What did you work on

to get ready for high

school golf?

Well, mostly I’ve been doing

tournaments. But during

that, I worked on keeping

my temper down and just

working on getting through

18 holes.

What is your favorite

thing about golf?

It’s a lot like life, because

you can’t let one shot that’s

bad get you down the whole

time. And, if it does, then

you’ll keep doing bad. But

if you keep it positive, then

you’ll maybe shoot better

the next hole.

If you won the lottery,

what would you buy

first?

A Jeep Wrangler, and then

I would probably buy a dog.

My brother’s godmother has

a Jeep Wrangler, and I just

think it’s a super-cool car.

[And I would get] a husky. I

like how they’re really small

at first, and then they get really

big. And they’re athletic,

and they’re super-fluffy.

Who is your favorite

professional athlete?

Rory McIlroy. Recently,

he hasn’t been doing really

well, but he’s still pushing

through, and I just think he’s

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kind of cute.

What item or two could

you not live without?

My phone and my charging

cord, probably. It lets me

know what’s going on around

the world, [and] it keeps me

in contact with people.

What is your favorite

subject in school?

Probably world history,

AP world history. It’s just

interesting, because there’s

so much in the past that happened,

and you always are

learning a little bit about cultures

and geography and different

things that happened

around the world.

What is your dream job?

I don’t know. Probably a

physical therapist, maybe.

I’ve been thinking about

that. You get to work with

people, and I’ve heard it’s really

flexible with the hours,

and [I’m interested in] something

to do with medical.

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Eagles Varsity Athletics

Football

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Lincoln-Way

East, 7 p.m.

Girls Volleyball

■Sept. ■ 14 - hosts Lincoln-Way

Central, 5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 16 - at Wheaton

Classic, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 19 - at Lincoln-Way

West, 5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

■Sept. ■ 14 - at Marian

Catholic, 5 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 16 - hosts Joliet West,

3:15 p.m.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Anna Loureiro and Agnes Florczyk were

■Sept. ■ 19 - at Stagg, 6:15

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Boys Golf

■Sept. ■ 16 - at Lincoln-Way

Central Challenge, 7 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 - at Homewood-

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Girls Golf

■Sept. ■ 14 - hosts Lockport,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 16 - at Providence

Catholic Invite, 11 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 - hosts Hinsdale

Central, 4:30 p.m.

at the forefront of Sandburg’s victory in the

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their flight.

Girls Tennis

■Sept. ■ 14 - at Lockport, 4:30

p.m.

■Sept. ■ 16 - hosts Sandburg

Invitational, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 19 - hosts Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - hosts Marist,

4:30 p.m.

Boys Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 16 - at Peoria Notre

Dame Invite, 9 a.m.

Girls Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 16 - at Peoria Notre

Dame Invite, 9 a.m.

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senior middle hitter Haley

Hart (3 kills) had a kill and

a block.

Ahead 13-12, senior outside

hitter Kaelyn Daniel

deposited a pair of kills, and

senior libero Emily Ripp (15

digs) ripped an ace, as East

extended to an 18-12 lead.

With the help of a kill by

senior right side hitter Teresa

Egan (4 kills), the Eagles

clawed back to 20-19, but

they still trailed 23-20 before

a co-block by Mizera and senior

setter Maureen Imrie (6

assists), a long hit and the

kill off the tape by Stefanon

(team-high 7 kills) tied it at

23-23.

“We’re working on personal

responsibility,” Sandburg

coach David Vales said.

“We had some people who

had trouble with personal responsibility

at the beginning

of the first set. But we never

gave up, and we’re confident

on our home floor.

“We thought for sure that

we’d be able to roll after a

while. They gave us some

free balls, and we didn’t put

those down. That’s what you

have to do versus teams of

this caliber, and we didn’t do

that.”

Junior setter Rachel De-

Fries (6 assists) and sophomore

libero Rachel Krasowski

(12 digs) also contributed

for Sandburg, which won

last season’s matchup 25-17,

23-25, 25-22 over East on

Oct. 6 in Orland Park.

There was no third set

this season, however. The

Griffins jumped out to a 2-0

lead in the second set, and it

was never tied. Leading 8-5,

Hackett had a pair of kills,

freshman setter Kaleigh Ritter

served an ace, and Hart

capped off a 6-0 spurt with

a tip kill as the lead grew

to 14-5. It was 17-6 after a

Hackett ace.

But true to their nevergive-up

attitude, the Eagles

went on an 11-4 stretch.

Egan had a trio of kills in the

burst, as they closed the gap

to 21-17. But they could not

get closer than the four-point

deficit.

With her team ahead 24-

19, Hackett hoped to serve

it out with another ace. But

her attempt went just long.

No matter, as she stepped up

on the next rotation and put

away a final kill to end the

match.

“I though it was in and

on the line,” Hackett said of

her serve. “But then Madi

had another great set [on the

match-ending kill].”

Both teams will win many

more matches, and the rest

of the SWSC Blue battles

will be from mid-October

on. But this was a big win

for the Griffins.

“It’s been a long time,”

Vales said of the Eagles’ last

loss to East. “I still felt pretty

confident after the first set. I

felt like we’d get back in rotation,

but we shot ourselves

in the foot and never really

got in rhythm.”


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Football

Bolingbrook raids Sandburg’s chances on red zone trips

Promising offensive

drives thwarted in

tough home loss

Jim Easterhouse

Freelance Reporter

It was a lopsided 52-7

outcome, but Sandburg and

Bolingbrook mirrored each

other throughout the first

half of Friday night’s game

in Orland Park.

The two SouthWest Suburban

Conference squads

both were equipped with

shotgun offenses, often

boasted two- to three-wide

receiver sets on either end

of their offensive lines and

exchanged a handful of personal

fouls throughout the

contest Sept. 8.

It was the Raiders of

Bolingbrook, however, who

were able not only to match

Sandburg’s athleticism but

also capitalize on errors and

accelerate scoring opportunities

to create their 45-point

win.

“We just have to execute,”

said Sandburg junior running

back Andrew Schab,

who scored Sandburg’s only

touchdown in the second

quarter. “We have the tools,

but in this game you need to

execute in the first half. The

first half is really the game,

in my opinion.”

The Eagles and Raiders

both aimed to spread open

their offenses early through

their aerial attacks. Both

teams employed several

quick slants and post routes

to try to score first. Rapid

linebackers crowded the defensive

lines for both teams,

forcing opposing quarterbacks

to quickly haul the

football to slanting wide receivers

downfield.

Sandburg successfully executed

this defensive tactic

first, as Bolingbrook senior

quarterback Anthony Vespo

rolled out of a congested

pocket and lobbed the ball

down the left sideline and

into the hands of Sandburg’s

Josh Heavrin. The junior defensive

back tracked the momentum

of the ball effectively

and was able to separate

from the sprinting wideout,

intercept the pass and sprint

to the opposing 4-yard line.

After a holding penalty

against the Raiders brought

Sandburg to the goal line a

few plays later, it seemed

that the Eagles were destined

to strike first offensively.

However, Bolingbrook’s

Elisha Armstrong penetrated

the passing lane of Sandburg’s

inside receiver and intercepted

the ball in the end

zone. This would shape up to

be one of dynamic turnovers

that allowed Bolingbrook

to own the momentum and

eventually capitalize.

Although the Raiders were

Sandburg defensive back Josh Heavrin runs the ball back

after intercepting a Bolingbrook pass in the first quarter

Friday, Sept. 8, in Orland Park. Bob Klein/22nd Century Media

not able to score off of that

turnover, an Eagles fumble

on the subsequent drive put

Bolingbrook ahead once and

for all. After a pass interference

call brought Sandburg

to their own 40-yard line,

the football trickled out of a

moving scrum among both

squads on a quick running

attempt. Bolingbrook defensive

tackle Dashaun Mallory

scooped up the fumble

and trotted to the end zone,

which gave the Raiders their

first 6-0 lead of the evening.

It was the first of Mallory’s

two fumble recoveries for

touchdowns.

“I thought our kids played

tough,” Sandburg coach Scott

Peters said. “Our biggest issue

was big plays; we gave up

that defensive touchdown that

they had earlier in the game, a

couple big pass plays. Truthfully,

we didn’t finish drives

that we needed to finish. We

were down on the side there a

few times, threw an interception,

then we got the defensive

touchdown for them. A couple

of those things that go the

other way and the game starts

off a little differently, and who

knows what goes from there.”

That fumble recovery was

the catalyst for the Raiders.

After a squib kickoff, Sandburg

started its answering

drive on its own 11-yard

line. Bolingbrook linebacker

D’Mauryon Hunter intercepted

Sandburg quarterback

Christian Shepherd and

resumed the Raiders offensive

threat on the Sandburg

12-yard line.

Even after a personal foul

drove Bolingbrook back

to the 21-yard line, wide

receiver I’Shawn Stewart

caught a touchdown pass on

a post route to put the Raiders

up 13-0.

Bolingbrook tacked on another

touchdown on their following

possession, as wide

receiver Luke Junkroski

caught a touchdown pass on

a curl route on the opposite

side of a four-wide receiver

set just outside of the Sandburg

goal line to go up 19-0.

Sandburg’s answer on

their next possession would

shape up to be their most

successful drive of the night.

Starting on their own 20-

yard line with 11:53 remaining

in the second quarter,

Shepherd executed a fake

handoff to Schab on his left

and ran around the right side

for a smooth 14-yard gain.

Even as a contesting Bolingbrook

linebacker corps pressured

Shepherd out of the

pocket to his right side a

few plays later, the 6-foot-3

senior rolled to his left and

capitalized on a shifted secondary

and ran to the opposing

39-yard line. A flag

against Bolingbrook granted

Sandburg another first down

in opposing territory.

That personal foul was critical

for Sandburg’s offense.

Although the Eagles relied on

their passing attack throughout

most of the contest, Schab

broke through a hole in between

his left guard and left

tackle and darted to the end

zone for a 22-yard score.

“On that play, we got some

really nice blocks, and [Schab]

hit the seam where he was

designed to go,” Peters said.

“Once he’s in the open field,

he’s a fast kid, he’s a track kid.

The guys up front had a hole

that he needed to hit, and once

he’s in the secondary he can

finish those.”

Bolingbrook’s thorough

attack prohibited the Eagles

from retrieving any offensive

momentum after the

scoring drive. With 7 minutes

and 23 seconds remaining

in the third quarter, Vespo

threw a 62-yard strike to

a sprinting Antonio King to

put the Raiders ahead 33-7.

Even with the additional

19 points Bolingbrook produced

afterward, including

Dashaun Mallory’s second

fumble recovery for a touchdown,

senior Sandburg captain

and linebacker Michael

Stevens believes the Eagles

will progress ahead of their

game at Lincoln Way-East

on Friday, Sept. 15.

“I think we have a lot of

things to build on. In practice,

we need to work on

limiting big plays that we

let up,” said Stevens. “I feel

really good about this team

toward the end of the season.

We’ve got some young

players who are learning and

getting better. We’ll be ready

for next week.”

PRESSBOX PICKS

Our staff’s predictions for

the top games in Week 4

10-5

9-6

9-6

9-6

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)

11-4

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 | Publisher

• LW Central 38, Lockport 21.

Well-rounded Knights too much

on both sides of the ball.

• LW East

• Tinley Park

• Providence

• LW West

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

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


46 | September 14, 2017 | The orland park prairie Sports

opprairie.com

Battle of SWSC heavyweights goes Griffins’ way

Sandburg falls

in close straight

sets to conference

opponent

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

Sure, it was only the opening

set, but it was certainly

a pivotal moment in last

week’s huge girls volleyball

match between Lincoln-Way

East and host Sandburg.

The Eagles had just tied

the score at 23-23, when senior

outside hitter Abbie Stefanon

saw her hit roll off the

top of the tape and fall over

for a huge kill. The Sandburg

faithful screamed their

approval, as they saw another

opportunity for some

home-court magic.

But Molly Hackett had

other plans. Hackett hammered

a back-row kill down

the right side to put East a

point from victory. Fellow

senior outside hitter Hanna

Lesiak then pushed the ball

to a vacated area to end the

opener. The Griffins went

on to a 25-23, 25-20 victory

over Sandburg on Sept. 5 in

an early-season SouthWest

Suburban Conference Blue

Division matchup in Orland

Park.

The match was originally

scheduled for Oct. 10, but it

was moved up to this early

in the season because Sandburg

had parent-teacher

conferences slated for that

night. Although neither team

wanted to play each other

this early in the season, both

knew it was big.

No one could remember

the last time East (5-3, 1-0)

defeated the Eagles (7-4,

0-1) in an SWSC match. The

last time Sandburg did not

win the Blue Division was

2008, when Lockport Township

captured the title. The

Sandburg’s Lauren Mizera (middle) and Abbie Stefanon (right) attempt a block on Lincoln-Way East’s Molly Skoda Sept. 5

in Orland Park. Photos by Geoff Stellfox/22nd Century Media

Griffins, however, were in

the SWSC Red Division at

that time. The Eagles have

won the last eight, and 10

of the past 11 Blue Division

titles.

East, which defeated the

Eagles 15-13, 10-15, 15-9 in

the sectional final in 2002,

has one conference title since

the SWSC formed in 2005.

That was in the Red Division

in 2006. While there are still

many obstacles to go for the

Griffins, they hope this victory

helps springboard them

to their first conference title

since then.

“We finally beat Sandburg,”

Hackett said. “We finally

got over that hump. It’s

always one of our biggest

humps of the year, so this

year it’s nice to finally beat

them and have that lead [in

the conference].”

Hackett (match-high 11

kills, 12 digs, 2 aces) helped

make sure of that by wanting

the attack opportunity with

the first set on the line.

“We called a timeout,”

Hackett said of when the

score got tied at 23-23. “I

told everyone that I wanted

the set from the [back row]

on the right side. [Senior

setter] Madi [Corey] made

a great set. I was working

on that line shot, and when

there was no block, I just

went up and swung. It was

awesome.”

When Lesiak (9 kills) polished

off the opener, following

a serve from Hackett,

there was a sense that the

Griffins had made a leap.

“We haven’t won a conference

title in 11 years,”

East coach Kris Fiore said.

“We brought that up and

how important a good start

to the conference was. We

had to be ready to play, and

this is one hurdle that we’re

over.”

Fiore, whose squad defeated

Sandburg at the end of

July to win the Palos Courts

Summer League, wanted his

team to be even-keeled. It

was.

“We had senior leadership,

and something we preach is

the 3-second rule,” he said.

“You have 3 seconds to be

happy or sad after a point.

And then you have to move

on. That’s the rule.”

Sandburg only had one

lead the entire match. That

was on the initial point of

the night, which came on

a block by junior middle

hitter Lauren Mizera. The

Griffins scored the next

three points and never

trailed again. There were

first-set ties at 7-7 and 9-9

before East embarked on

a 4-0 run, during which

Please see Volleyball, 44

Eagles coach David Vales makes changes and talks to his team between sets.


opprairie.com Sports

the orland park prairie | September 14, 2017 | 47

fastbreak

Geoff Stellfox/22nd Century

Media

1st and 3

Digging deep

1. Rachel Krasowski

(above)

The senior libero

helped the Eagles

keep their match

against Lincoln-Way

East close Sept. 5.

She finished the with

12 digs against the

SouthWest Suburban

Conference foe.

2. Abbie Stefanon

A senior outside hitter,

Stefanon led the

team in kills Sept. 5

with seven. One of

those was the point

that tied the first set

up at 23-23, before

the Griffins took over

for good.

3. Maureen Imrie and

Rachel DeFries

The pair of setters

helped put their

hitters in positions

for kills, combining

for 12 assists during

the match.

Alumni Spotlight

Saviano finding strikezone with collegiate softball

Sandburg standout

did not expect to

pitch at Lakeland but

continues to excel

Steve Millar

Freelance Reporter

Niki Saviano never envisioned

herself as a college

pitcher.

When the 2016 Sandburg

graduate decided to continue

her softball career at Lakeland

University, a Division

III program in Wisconsin,

she expected to do so as an

infielder.

“I always wanted to play in

college, no matter what level,”

she said. “I never thought

I’d pitch in college, though.”

That all changed this past

fall. Lakeland was suddenly

short on pitchers, and coach

Hailey Cavanagh turned to

Saviano, who had plenty of experience

pitching at Sandburg.

“I had to step up to pitch,”

Saviano said. “I had to do

what was best for my team.

Coach said she needed me.”

Saviano rose to the occasion

in a big way. She pitched in

20 games as a freshman in the

spring, starting 15 times, and

went 7-9 with a 2.65 ERA.

“After this year, I know I

have a future as a pitcher,”

Saviano said. “I’m excited

about that, and I still want

to get some chances to play

in the infield and contribute

with my bat, also.”

Saviano ended up gaining

far more experience than she

expected to get her freshman

season.

Niki Saviano, a Sandburg graduate, pitches for Lakeland University.

Lakeland University Sports Information

“Coming in, I didn’t expect

to play anywhere near

as much as I did,” she said. “I

ended up getting to pitch in a

lot of games, and that’s going

to help me a lot in the future.

“Now, I have a better

knowledge of what to expect.

Next year, as a sophomore,

I can step up and be a

leader and try to help guide

the freshmen that are coming

in.”

Saviano made an immediate

impression on her coaching

staff. Tammy Utley, who

was named Lakeland’s head

coach in June after previously

serving as an assistant,

said big things were expected

from Saviano before she even

arrived on campus.

“We knew she was a strong

athlete from a solid program

at Sandburg, so we were

hopeful that what we saw

when we were recruiting her

would transition into great

things at Lakeland,” Utley

said. “Not only is Niki a talented

athlete [but] also very

knowledgeable of the game

and a fierce competitor.”

Saviano said a key for her

in the spring was not putting

too much pressure on herself.

“It was a little scary at first,

going out there and pitching

as a freshman against talented

older girls,” she said. “I

just tried to have fun and enjoy

the game and always stay

relaxed. I just trusted in my

ability to get the job done.”

Over the offseason, Saviano

is working on her entire

pitching repertoire but is

making sure not to push herself

too hard.

“It’s important to stay

fresh, so I’ve got to take some

breaks from throwing,” she

said. “But I’m working on all

my pitches and just trying to

make them all sharper.”

Saviano also is determined

to make an impact offensively.

She got 30 at-bats last

season and had eight hits,

including two doubles and

three RBI.

“I’m working hard to improve

offensively,” she said.

“I definitely want to become

a good college hitter, as well

as a pitcher.”

“Now, I have

a better

knowledge of

what to expect.

Next year, as

a sophomore,

I can step up

and be a leader

and try to

help guide the

freshmen that

are coming in.”

Niki Saviano — Sandburg

alumna and Lakeland

University softball

player, on what she can

contribute in her second

year of college softball

Fellow Sandburg 2016

graduate Paige Chladek is

expected to be Saviano’s

primary catcher next season.

Chladek split time with a senior

this spring and hit .269

with two home runs and 14

RBI.

“I’m really excited for

next season,” Saviano said.

“When the season first ended,

I was really excited to get

a break, but after a couple

weeks I was just ready to go

again. Now, I can’t wait.”

LISTEN UP

“We never gave up, and we’re confident on our

home floor.”

David Vales — Sandburg girls volleyball coach, on how his team played

Sept. 5 against Lincoln-Way East and its mindset moving forward

What 2 Watch

Girls tennis — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14

• Sandburg goes on the road to tough

conference opponent Lockport in an

early-season test.

INDEX

42 - Athlete of the Week

42 - Athlete of the Month

Compiled by Sports Editor Tim Carroll, t.carroll@22ndcm.com.


Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | www.opprairie.com | September 14, 2017

secret skills Sandburg alumna

proves successful in surprise role as

college softball pitcher, Page 47

Raided

Sandburg suffers tough home loss to

talented Bolingbrook, Page 45

Lauren Mizera

(right) goes up for

a kill in an early

showdown of two

of the SouthWest

Suburban

Conference’s best

girls volleyball

teams in Sandburg

and Lincoln-

Way East. Geoff

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