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2 | November 9, 2017 | The orland park prairie calendar In this week’s Prairie Business Briefs................ 8 Standout Student............ 9 School News.................. 9 Faith Briefs....................16 Puzzles..........................19 Classifieds................ 24-34 Sports...................... 34-40 The Orland Park Prairie ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Bill Jones, x20 Sports Editor Tim Carroll, x11 Sales director Dana Anderson, x17 real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 business directory Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, x46 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 president Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Orland Park Prairie (USPS #025604) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 11516 W 183rd St SW #3 Orland Park IL 60456. Periodical postage paid at Orland Park, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Orland Park Prairie, 11516 W 183rd St SW #3, Orland Park, IL 60467 Published by THURSDAY Night Owl Storytime 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Children birth-47 months old with a parent or adult caregiver can join for soothing tales and songs. Crossing the U.S. on Foot 7 p.m. Nov. 9, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Adam Kimble shares his story of running across the USA in hopes of setting a new world record. FRIDAY Veterans Day Festivities 9 a.m. Nov. 10, 147th Street and West Avenue. Illinois National Guard helicopter lands at Humphrey Complex. Helicopter open to the public from 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. and departs at 1:30 p.m. A memorial ceremony is to take place at 11 a.m. at 147th Street and Ravinia Avenue. Super Senses! Sensory Storytime 10 a.m. Nov. 10, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Children ages 3-5 and their parents can come to this interactive storytime that focuses on sensory play activities that promote motor skill development. Registration required with child’s Orland Park Public Library card. Around the Databases in 60 Minutes 11 a.m. Nov. 10, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can join Adult Services librarian in the second floor computer lab to go on a brief journey through some of the most popular databases to which the library has access. These are brief introductions and not full courses for each database. Crazy Crafts-DIY Felt Hand Warmers 5 p.m. Nov. 10, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Teens can come and learn how to make felt hand warmers. All supplies provided. Registration required with teen’s Orland Park Public Library card. Meet the Artist - Justin Santora 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. For adults. Justin Santora’s work is focused around images of quiet rural or suburban settings, construction, decay, architecture and large open spaces. His approach also is informed by an interest in anarcho-syndicalism, egalitarianism and animal rights, as well as a lifelong passion for skateboarding and punk rock. Country Night 7:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 10, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students are invited to join for a country-themed night. Free food samples will be provided by Outback Steakhouse. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532-0500. SATURDAY Bright Stars Family Storytime 10 a.m. Nov. 11, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Children of all ages and their families can take in stories, songs and fun. Interactive stories ask children to participate by repeating words or phrases or making animal sounds. These books enforce vocabulary, word recognition, rhythm and rhyme. MONDAY Toddler Art 10 a.m. Nov. 13, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Children ages 24-47 months with a parent or adult caregiver can explore with all their senses to create a take-home art project. Registration required with child’s Orland Park Public Library card. TUESDAY One Upon a Time Family Storytime 10 a.m. Nov. 14, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Children of all ages can drop in for stories, music and finger-plays to build pre-reading skills, sing songs, dance and move about. Storytellers make each storytime experience unique. Google Chrome Book 101 6 p.m. Nov. 14, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Adults must bring their own Chromebooks and have Gmail accounts. The Defense of Bastogne 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Robert Mueller reviews the 101st Airborne Division’s heroic denial of a crucial Belgian transportation hub of Bastogne. WEDNESDAY Building Blocks for Babies 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Nov. 15, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Children ages birth-23 months with parent or caregiver can spend time interacting during this storytime designed especially for young audiences. Storytellers will lead stories and songs, both familiar and new. Adult Fiction/Nonfiction Book Discussion 1 p.m. Nov. 15, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. The group is to discuss “The Rent Collector” by Camron Steve Wright. Planning a Holiday Party 4-5 p.m. Nov. 15, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students will hear from an expert in the event-planning business. From brainstorming ideas to figuring out all the details, students will learn how to plan a holiday party. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteen Plant Lettuce in a Bag 5-6 p.m. Nov. 15, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students will make a mini-greenhouse using a plastic sandwich bag and potting soil to grow lettuce seed indoors during the winter. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. Introduction to Buying on Ebay 6 p.m. Nov. 15, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can learn to safely to buy goods online. Prerequisite: Email account and Internet experience. Book Discussion: Gates of Evangeline 7 p.m. Nov. 15, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave., second floor fireplace. Discussion of Hester Young’s book. Scams, Identity Theft and You 7 p.m. Nov. 15, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Participants can learn the essentials to protect their privacy and personal information in this presentation on the basics of identity theft vigilance. UPCOMING Rules of the Road 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Secretary of State Jesse White is offering a Rules of the Road Review Course for all citizens in the Orland Park area. The course is free to anyone who wishes to brush up on their driving skills. Computer-Generated Images (High School Only) 3:45-6 p.m. Nov. 16, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park. Students will learn the fundamentals of computergenerated imagery, threedimensional animation and character animation. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532-0500. Life of an Orlander Opening and Birthday Party 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Orland Park History Museum, 14415 S. Beacon Ave. Everyone is invited to celebrate Orland Park’s sesquicentennial and see the history museum’s new exhibit, “Life of an Orlander.” Craft and game tables will be set up for children, and refreshments will be served. Free admission, and registration is not required. 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. The Leisure Plotters are to host their holiday party from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13 at Orland Chateau. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the November meeting. The price includes family-style food service and entertainment. 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 News the orland park prairie | November 9, 2017 | 3 Orland pastor recounts national support efforts Jason Maholy Freelance Reporter Katrina. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Ground Zero. Many people, years afterward, associate those Lee words with destruction, suffering and death. The images of a major United States city destroyed by a hurricane, and of the World Trade Center being struck by hijacked airliners and collapsing, are ingrained in people’s memories. Irma. Harvey. Antioch. Vegas. Those are the more recent words to make headlines, and, as was the case of the aforementioned incidents, for the most unfortunate of reasons. But despite the tens of thousands of people collectively affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and the shootings in Antioch, Tennessee, and Las Vegas, the majority of individuals are familiar with the disasters only through what they have read in news stories or have seen on their televisions, tablets and phones. The Rev. Steve Lee vividly remembers all of the above, and he likely always will, even though he almost certainly has seen fewer news reports and read fewer stories about the devastating storms, deranged gunmen and delusional terrorists responsible for the tragedies. Lee has a much more personal connection to each. Lee, an Orland Park resident and pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Burbank, has seen with his own eyes the aftermath of several of the most notable disasters in America, natural or manmade, of the past 20 years. He blew black, soot-filled snot out of his nose at the end of 20-hour shifts at Ground Zero, where he worked for a month following the 9/11 attacks. He evacuated people from Columbine High School as two teenage boys gunned down teachers and students inside. He helped law enforcement investigators decompress and “talk through” what they had seen after a day of sifting through the carnage at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. More recently, he followed a trail of bloody footprints leading away from the concert venue in Las Vegas, where a mass murderer shot to death 59 people on Oct. 2. Lee is too humble to say he has seen it all, but it would not be much of a stretch for him to say he has. As a selfdescribed “quick-responder,” he has helped provide logistical support and specialized spiritual care to people — in particular, members of law enforcement — impacted by traumatic events. But a two-month period beginning after Hurricane Harvey deluged parts of the East Texas coast and ending with Lee’s visit to the fireravaged Redwood Valley in Northern California may have been as intense a stretch the former SWAT team member and current law enforcement chaplain has experienced during the four-plus decades he has been affiliated with law enforcement. Man in uniform to man of God Lee’s 14-year career in law enforcement began in 1973 and included time as a SWAT team member with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in northern California and an investigator with what is today known as the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He left law enforcement in 1988 to pursue a career in the ministry, and has served as a chaplain for numerous law enforcement entities at the local and federal levels, including as a volunteer chaplain for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. His move from law enforcement to the ministry was inspired in part by a church pastor he knew in San Jose, and fellow officers with whom he took part in a peer ministry and Bible study fellowship. “Guys I worked with said I had a knack for it and would make a great law enforcement chaplain,” he said. “So, when I went to seminary, I fell into it naturally.” Lee subsequently founded Peace Officer Ministries, with which he still serves as a volunteer. The group responds to critical incidents such as hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and mass shootings, to provide spiritual support to the law enforcement officers who work in such situations. His background in law enforcement makes him qualified in a unique way to minister to people in the field, because he knows how exposure to human suffering and investigating crime scenes can affect the human psyche, he explained. Quick responder Holy Trinity sponsors a quick-response team that draws on the pastor’s combination of experience as a law enforcement officer and minister to aid disaster victims. The first of his most recent deployments was in September to the Houston metropolitan area, after Hurricane Harvey dumped 52 inches of rain on the region. As he cruised up the Gulf Coast in a rented Ford Expedition to Beaumont, Texas, roughly an hour Please see steve, 6 Barn Bash for Ash remembers late Orland resident, helps those with heart problem Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter Ashley Jurjovec was just 31 years old when she died because of a rare heart disease in 2016. Now, in an effort to not only honor his late wife but also raise funds for critical research of these types of diseases, Homer Glen resident Matt Jurjovec is hosting the inaugural Barn Bash for Ash from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Barn and Company, 950 W. Wrightwood Ave. in Chicago. Ashley, an Orland Park native, died in May 2016 because of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. “It’s a progressive heart condition, where your right atrium lining gets replaced with scar tissue,” said Matt Jurjovec, Ashley’s husband. “It causes and triggers arrhythmias.” Matt said Ashley was diagnosed with an arrhythmia in high school and college, but doctors at the time thought it was benign. “She felt fine and never really complained about any chest issues,” Matt said. “She was a runner. She ran a marathon in 2015. We worked out all the time together, and never complained about anything. “But she went to bed one night and just didn’t wake up. She went into cardiac arrest and passed away in her sleep.” Since her death, Matt has worked with the doctors in the cardiovascular genetics group at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University to perform genetic sequencing on Ashley’s DNA. “They find cases like this, and they take the person’s DNA, sequence it and see if there are any specific genes that are attributed to these types of conditions,” Matt said. To help the doctors, Matt started soliciting donations through an email campaign last year. He also started working on other fundraising opportunities. For example, Ashley was a teacher at McClure Junior High School in Western Springs. Every year, the school holds a community race around Memorial Day. One of her colleagues put together a walk to hold in conjunction with the race to benefit the hospital. “We were able to raise about $40,000 through donations and the sale of T-shirts and merchandise,” Matt said. This past summer, he also decided to start a separate foundation to honor his late wife to make the fundraising process easier. “All the money we raise will still go to Lurie’s for the genetic cardiovascular research,” he said. Earlier this year, Matt and a friend of Ashley’s were floating ideas for fundraisers for the fall. Ashley went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she often went to barn bashes. From there, the two started working with Barn and Company to set up the event. Matt is estimating approximately 250 attendees, but he said the goal will be to get to 300. The event is to feature a raffle and a silent auction through the evening. The silent auction items include things such as tickets to Bears and Blackhawks games, signed jerseys by the Blackhawks, and weekend stays at cottages and condos in Michigan and Florida. “We’re going to have a great turnout, and we want to make it fun to honor Ashley and generate a lot of funds to send over to Lurie’s, so they can continue their research and hopefully find a cure for this disease,” Matt said. “Right now, ARV is very hard to detect. Even when they do, there are very limited treatments for it. They are hoping to find genetic causes for it, so they can find therapy and counseling for families who are diagnosed with this condition.” Tickets for the event are $75, and that includes drinks and appetizers from 7-10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit barnbashforash2017.event