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16 | November 9, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot News FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION Halloween spirit abound at annual Kiddie Boo Bash Families took to the streets of Tinley Park for an early chance to get into the Halloween spirit during the Village’s annual Downtown Tinley Kiddie Boo Bash Oct. 29. With games, crafts and animals, plenty of activities were available. “All the events in the downtown are for the community,” said Donna Framke, marketing director for the Village of Tinley Park. “[I] love the idea of all the families coming out and enjoying [them].” Many area businesses ran booths, which they used to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. Framke said it always has been a family-focused event. “Interestingly, it almost reminds me a little of how you were little and you had the fun fairs at school,” Framke said. “It’s a blend of that and trick-or-treating, and then entertainment, too, but all in our really cool, downtown setting.” A DJ was on hand to entertain the crowds with music. Concessions and beverages also were available throughout the event for people to purchase. Grace Hernandez said her children had been prepared for Boo Bash to roll around again. “They’ve been asking me every day to go,” she said. “They don’t want to leave.” The event featured a costume contest, with entrants signed up to compete in one of five categories. Prizes were awarded to participants for having the scariest, cutest, best homemade, best baby and best family/group costumes. “What I think is that people have that creativity,” Framke said. “It really is [huge] for this type of thing.” Reporting by Megann Horstead, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER Mayor responds to vandalism as more cases appear Another round of vandalism was discovered in Mokena Oct. 30 at Hecht Park, 9310 Birch Ave., the same day Mokena officials issued a press release to address prior vandalism from Oct. 22. In an emailed statement issued Oct. 30, Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer responded to graffiti discovered Oct. 22 on four public traffic signs and one private business sign. The private business sign additionally was tagged with a satanic numeric reference. In theses cases, swastikas were spray painted on the signs. In what originally was described as “what appears to be an isolated case,” Fleischer expanded on comments he made during the Oct. 23 Board of Trustees meeting, in which he would not comment directly on the matter of hate symbols being drawn on Village signs, because he did not want to give the perpetrators “their two minutes of fame.” “I’m not going to talk about some of the stuff, because it is so stupid it doesn’t even deserve comment,” Fleischer said at the time. In the Oct. 30 press release, Fleischer said, “I’ve never felt it appropriate to attribute undue attention to cowardly acts such as this that are generally performed for that very reason: to give the promulgator of the act his or her two seconds of fame. That having been said, let me be very clear: The Board of Trustees, the Village Clerk and I in no way condone or accept this type of behavior.” Reporting by T.J. Kremer III, Editor. For more, visit MokenaMessenger. com. FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Police say senior citizen robbed Orland bank on Halloween morning A man described as in his late 60s to early 70s allegedly demanded, received and left an Orland Park bank with an undisclosed amount of money the morning of Oct. 31. Officers responded at 10:31 a.m. to a holdup alarm at the Fifth Third Bank at 15330 Harlem Ave., according to a press release issued the same day by the Orland Park Police Department. The man reportedly entered the bank, handed a teller a note demanding money, received cash from the teller and exited. He never displayed a weapon, and no one was injured, police said. He was described as white, with gray hair, and between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-2. Orland Park police reportedly are investigating the bank robbery in conjunction with the FBI. Anyone with information about the alleged offender is asked to contact Orland Park police at (708) 349-4111. Security cameras captured images of the man who allegedly robbed the bank. The photos can be seen at Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor. For more, visit From THE FRANKFORT STATION Griffins fall to RedHawks at sectional semifinal As advertised. The Lincoln-Way East girls volleyball team found out the hard way that Marist is every bit as good as any team in the state — and practically any team in the nation. The Griffins saw an otherwise very good season end with a 25-16, 25-18 loss to Marist Oct. 30 in the opening semifinal of the Class 4A Andrew Sectional. The top-seeded RedHawks (37- 1) advanced to the sectional final on Nov. 1. There, they played Marian Catholic, a 25-21, 25-21 winner over Sandburg in the second semifinal, for the title. East (26-11) completed an otherwise very good season with its second straight regional title and first SouthWest Suburban Conference championship in 11 years, when it captured the Blue Division. “The difference in the match was, at the end, they were digging us and getting right back into system,” East coach Kris Fiore said of Marist. “They brought an aggressive attack out of that, and we couldn’t match that.” East setter Madi Corey agreed. “They’re ranked No. 3 in the country, and they come at you with a lot of intensity,” Corey said. “They have a lot of skill level and can bring it back when it looks like they’re out of system.” The two teams played earlier this season. That was Sept. 29 at the prestigious ASICS Challenge. There, Marist won 25-15, 25-15. Reporting by Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND Lockport track and field star to take his talents to Ann Arbor John Meyer still remembers the day his father, who is also named John, suggested to him in sixth grade to try out for the track and field team at Richland Jr. High School in Crest Hill. “My dad said, ‘Why don’t you go out for track and try shot and discus?’” Meyer recalled. “I did, but I didn’t expect anything out of it.” Well, Meyer has certainly gotten something out of it. The Lockport Township senior, who is the Class 3A two-time defending champion in shot put, announced on his Twitter page Oct. 31 he will be continuing his track and field career at the University of Michigan. Meyer has gone from not knowing anything about the sport to winning national championships in it. Now, he plans to continue at one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. “When I was in eighth grade, I thought maybe I could get a small D-I scholarship or something,” Meyer said. “But then I started working with [Lockport throwing] coach [Wally] Shields; I thought, Maybe I can go a little farther with this.’” The biggest thing that Meyer has improved on is his strength. “At first, it was a little rough at the beginning,” Meyer said of starting with the shot and discus. “But you usually don’t lift weights in middle school. I’m probably not the strongest guy, but I’ve lifted a lot now and see a lot of improvement. But I have a lot more to go.” Reporting by Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE HOMER HORIZON Hadley students lead donation drive for troops It’s peanut butter jelly time at Hadley Middle School. Approximately 120 students, part of six homerooms designated as the Blue Team, are spearheading a donation drive with the goal of collecting 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly to send to troops via Operation Care Package. “That’s the two things they can’t get is peanut butter and jelly,” sixth-grader Trinity Muszynski said of the troops stationed overseas. “[The Blue Team] is sponsoring it, and then the whole school is bringing in jars of peanut butter and jelly, because our goal is 1,000 jars.” The donation drive began Nov. 6 and is to run through Nov. 17. All the members of the Blue Team were placed in different committees, each with its own set of tasks to help the donation efforts, according to Blue Team teacher Jennifer Donahue. Muszynski and fellow sixthgrader Bre Schultz decided on a unique way to spread the word of the donation drive beyond the walls of Hadley. “We’ve decided to get it in the newspaper and try to put it out there to reach our goal,” Muszynski said. But contacting The Homer Horizon is not the only way the Blue Team is promoting its peanut butter and jelly collection. Some students have been mentioning the drive during the morning announcements at school; some have decorated the collection boxes; others have made up flyers to be sent home to parents, and a group designed posters to hang in the hallways. There also may be some students making appearances in peanut butter and jelly costumes throughout the school. Reporting by Max Lapthorne, Contributing Editor. For more, visit Sound Off the New Lenox Patriot | November 9, 2017 | 17 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From as of Monday, Nov. 6 1. Football: Kalinowski’s legs, Celtics defense lead opening round win 2. Getting in the Halloween spirit 3. Football: West moves on, despite sloppy second half 4. Standout Student: Sara Swanberg, Lincoln-Way West, Senior 5. Girls Swimming: Central wins nine of 12 events to claim title, West takes second Become a member: New Lenox Public Library posted this Oct. 30 “We wanted to take a minute to thank all of our FABULOUS volunteers who came out Saturday evening to help us set-up for our Ghouls and Golf fundraiser and Sunday to help with set-up, the event, and clean-up! We cannot thank you all enough, we cannot do this event without you! WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!” Like The New Lenox Patriot: “Coach Shannon and Coach Pohlmann were honored at our last football game for their hard work and dedication to our golf teams!” @LWCKnights on Oct 30 Follow The New Lenox Patriot: @TheNLPatriot From the editor Holding on to the last bit of fall sports before winter starts James Sanchez In my two-and-a-half years working in New Lenox, the 2017 fall season of high school sports has been the most successful to date. Most recently, you got the Lincoln-Way Central boys and girls cross country team both making a state competition appearance. The Central girls swimming team is heading into the Saturday, Nov. 11 Homewood- Flossmoor Sectional with high hopes with a stacked, deep team that blew out the competition at the conference meet. Central girls tennis doubled the number of state qualifiers, while Lincoln- Way West qualified a pair after having zero a year ago. Providence girls volleyball won yet another regional title, while Central had a turnaround year, and West earned big wins in an injury-plagued season. Also, West soccer was minutes away from winning a regional title. And I almost forgot to mention all three New Lenox high school football teams made the playoffs and took care of business in the first round. And this whole sports frenzy started in October when the Central girls and boys golf teams both made it down to state. I’m not saying I’m not excited for winter sports. Basketball is my favorite sport, and I look forward to seeing how West and Central’s teams respond after losing key senior leaders, but I’m not looking forward to the end of the fall seasons, especially when it comes to football. Each football program had its own storyline. My thoughts on Knights’ football last year was that they were a solid team, but not quite there yet because they were young and still getting acclimated to coach Jeremy Cordell’s system and culture. Now, with almost all starters returning, they’re taking care of business. I feel they didn’t get any respect from the IHSA with their No. 9 playoff seed after their only loss came against the top 8A team in the state. Two 8-1 teams were seeded better than Central. One is East St. Louis and the other is Hersey, who they played last Friday. This winning culture Cordell has instilled has brought respectability to this program, and I expect more seasons like this for years to come. Cordell is looking to be that winning program that Ernst has brought to West all these years. For the Warriors, I thought they were going to have a great year last year, but it didn’t materialize, and I came into this season questioning how they could rebound with most of the 2015 state runner-up team members graduated. However, with the remaining handful of members of that 2015 team back this year, they have rallied the troops and had a bounce back year. This is a team full of coachable players, and some of the seniors, like Ryan Robbins and Kevin Davis, were unselfish by moving from offense to defense for the benefit of the team. The defense is stout, as always, and the accurate arm of Anthony Senerchia is allowing pass catchers Alex Croft and Evan Weygandt to shine. Sophomore running back Caleb Marconi has answered the call following the injury of junior starter Donte Barber. There will be a new quarterback under center next year, but with a solid stable of backs returning, I believe West is in for another solid year after this. For the Celtics, it’s just about getting that 5-4 record to make it to the dance. With the grueling schedule they play week to week, they come into the playoffs already battle tested. They accomplished that this year, and despite the record on paper, they are the biggest threat in 6A after having played the likes of East St. Louis (7A), Loyola Academy (8A), and Missouri state champs St. John Vianney in the regular season. The backfield threat of Kalinowski at quarterback and De’Shon Gavin at running back will give defenses fits, and the offense is no slouch either. With all three schools winning this past week, this adds on to New Lenox football being an amazing ride, and seeing all three schools come back with even better years has been a joy to watch. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. 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