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2 | January 25, 2018 | The Northbrook tower calendar In this week’s Tower Police Reports6 Pet of the Week6 Editorial25 Puzzles28 Faith30 Dining Out34 Home of the Week35 Athlete of the Week38 The Northbrook Tower ph: 847.272.4565 fx: 847.272.4648 Editor Martin Carlino, x14 sports editor Michal Dwojak, x26 Sales director Elizabeth Fritz, x19 Classified sales, Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, 708.326.9170, x46 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten 708.326.9170, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin, x16 Managing Editor Eric DeGrechie, x23 AssT. Managing Editor Megan Bernard, x24 president Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, 708.326.9170, x30 22 nd Century Media 60 Revere Drive Suite 888 Northbrook, IL 60062 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Northbrook Tower (USPS #15810) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 60 Revere Dr. Ste. 888, Northbrook, IL 60062. Periodical paid postage at Northbrook, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to The Northbrook Tower 60 Revere Dr. Ste. 888, Northbrook IL 60062 Published by THURSDAY Stop Hacking Before They Hack You 7-8 p.m., Jan. 25, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Ignorance can make you an easy target. Learn about hackers, their tools and motives and how to protect yourself and your business to make you someone they are more likely to avoid. Mark Lieberman of SCORE presents. For more information, visit or call (847) 272-6224. The Comedy Nosh 7 p.m. Jan. 25, Max and Benny’s Restaurant & Deli, 461 Waukegan Road. This monthly Dinner-anda-Show event includes full-dinner and live Stand- Up Comedy from professional comedians from Chicago and the region. The lineup includes host Larry Bloom; comedians Sarah Manning and Katie Meiners, special guest Ricky March and headlining James Fisher, Jr. $35/ person or $60/two people. Limited seating. Go to for reservations. FRIDAY Winter Bingo 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 26, Northbrook Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave. Warm up inside the Senior Center and enjoy an afternoon of bingo, along with hot soup for lunch and a yummy dessert. Sign up for your chance to win fabulous prizes. Please register by Jan. 19. For more information, please call (847) 291-2993 or visit SATURDAY Trains, Trains, Trains Noon-4p.m., Jan. 27 Northbrook Historical Society at 1776 Walters Ave. The Mid-America Modurail Club will be holding an HO train exhibit Saturday, Jan 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. in the basement of the Northbrook Historical Society. Call Bruce at (847) 480-0853 for more information. St. Norbert Centennial Celebration 5 p.m., Jan. 27, St. Norbert’s Catholic Church, 1809 Walters Ave.. St. Norbert School will host its Centennial Celebration in the school gym. The event begins with Mass at 5 p..m and then continues with a 21-and-over dinner and celebration. Advance tickets are $50 per person. The event will welcome parents, alumni, former teachers and staff, and current faculty of St. Norbert. The parish invites all alumni to join for this special mass and celebration, to reminiscence, to rediscover old friends, and to celebrate the importance of Catholic Education as Catholic Schools Week 2018 kicks off. Questions can be directed to the school office at (847) 272- 0051. SUNDAY Craft Swap 1:15-3:30 p.m., Jan. 28, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Are you looking for a new hobby? Come to craft swap to find free materials for your next project. The swap opens to the general public at 1:15 p.m. There will be no tickets this year. For more information, visit or call (847) 272-6224. MONDAY Monday Movers 10:30-11 a.m., Jan. 29, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Join for a half-hour of moving, singing, reading and fun. For toddlers with a caregiver. The class is for children up to 24 months old. For more information, visit or call (847) 272-6224. TUESDAY 13th Documentary Screening and Discussion Part Two 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 30, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Join for part two of the award-winning documentary “13th.” Put on in partnership with Racial Awareness in the Northshore. Registration through the library website is suggested but not required. Contact Mary Hansen if you have questions at (312) 301-6838. Understanding Long-term care benefits Noon-2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30, Northbrook Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave. Learn about your long-term care coverage from expert Mitchell Abrams. He will go over general tips and things to look for in your coverage as well as answer questions about your specific coverage. Bring your policy if you have one. For more information, please call (847) 291-2993 or visit WEDNESDAY Parent-Tot Open Gym 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, Northbrook Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave. Bring your kids to jump, bounce, run and make new friends at the indoor playground. They can exercise and play with balls, mats and hula hoops. Gym time is parent-supervised – there is no attendant on duty. For more information, please call (847) 291-2993 or visit UPCOMING Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. This up-close, live, and “hands on” experience will give audience members the opportunity to see, touch, and learn about reptiles from all over the world and laugh a lot while doing so. Daddy-Daughter Dance: A Night In Hollywood 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9., Allgauer’s on the Riverfront, 2855 Milwaukee Ave. Join for an evening of music and memories in Hollywood. Daddies and their daughters will receive a boutonnière/corsage and can enjoy DJ music, appetizers, games and desserts. Tickets are between $85-109. For more information, please call (847) 291-2993 or visit The Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago Fundraiser 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road. The Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago will hold their annual dinner and lecture at Pinstripes. Luigi Mondini of the FBI’s Art Crime Team will be the speaker. Non-members are welcome, the fee is $40 for members and $55 for nonmembers which includes dinner and the lecture. Reservations will be taken at for members, non-members can call (847) 291-7459 between Jan. 12 and Feb. 2. ONGOING Laughter Group Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Hospital,2180 Pfingsten Road, Glenview. Join this free laughter group at the John and Carol Walter Ambulatory Care Center’s Lower Level, rooms E and F. Laugh together and experience the changes yourself. Call (847) 571-7553. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Want to lose weight? Come join TOPS. This organization offers a healthy, caring, supportive approach to weight control at an affordable price. Chapter IL 847 Northbrook meets every Wednesday for a weigh-in (6:15-6:45 p.m.) and meeting (6:45- 7:30 p.m.) in the back lower level of the North Northfield United Methodist Church at 797 Sanders Road in Northbrook. For more information, call (847) 564-3147 or visit Northbrook Action Baseball Register for Northbrook Action Baseball where everyone is an all star. Registration is now underway for spring 2018. The program is for boys preschool though second grade and girls preschool through third grade who are looking to play t-ball, baseball or softball in a fun, no pressure situation that is a chance to play in an organized league, wear a uniform and play. The season runs from mid- April through June. Visit northbrookactionbaseball. org, check your school electronic backpack or call (847) 564-9849. To submit an item for the calendar, contact martin@ or (847) 272-4565. Entries are due by noon Thursday the week before the publication date. news the northbrook tower | January 25, 2018 | 3 Wood Oaks students learn through robotics Jeremy Turley Freelance Reporter When Wood Oaks Junior High math teacher Amy Varner was in middle school, she never considered building a complex remote-controlled robot. That sort of thing only existed behind the closed doors of a large engineering firm or in the pages of a science-fiction book. But times have changed. Varner led 17 of the school’s brightest minds into the second annual Wood Oaks VEX Ringmaster Challenge Robotics Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 20. About 20 teams competed in the event, including six from Woods Oaks and two from the brand-new program at Sunset Ridge School in Northfield. Each team, consisting of two or three middle-schoolers, built a specialized robot using parts made by VEX Robotics and used a remote control to guide it in competition. At Wood Oaks, the young roboticists are enrolled in a Varner’s “Robo Rovers 2” class, which teaches them about robotics, engineering and Sunset Ridge computer science teacher Kim Heilenbach (back left) watches as event competitors Evie Detlefsen (center) and John Gregorio work on their robotics project. rudimentary computer science. Varner said the class helps generate an appetite for science and math that has historically been difficult to establish in middle-school students. “When the kids walked in this morning and saw projectors and five different game boards, they just lit up with energy. It was electrifying to see,” Varner said. “I think it’s just so powerful for everyone involved. It almost doesn’t seem academic-related, yet there’s so much problem-solving and innovation involved.” While certainly educational, the day was also fruitful for Varner’s squad. Team Ivysaur earned a third-place finish in the “Robot Skills” category, while several other teams had impressive showings against more experienced competitors. Eighth-grader Mackenzie Paich was one-third of the Ivysaur side that built the successful robot. As the only female competitor for Wood Oaks, Paich said she was thrilled to see so many other girls competing from other schools. “Women aren’t normally [well-represented] in engineering and robotics, and it’s cool to see so many girls really breaking those barriers and showing that they’re able to do things that we weren’t seen as being able to do before,” Paich said. Competitive robotics has become an increasingly popular program at middle and high schools across the country since former President Barack Obama announced the nationwide “Educate to Innovate” initiative in 2009. The education measure was meant to drive more young students toward careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Sunset Ridge robotics coach and computer science teacher Kim Heilenbach said the new program could inspire the six members of her team to pursue opportunities within the growing robotics Please see robotics, 6 Henry Shen (left) and Josh Kim, students at Northbrook’s Wood Oaks Junior High, demonstrate their robotics project on Saturday, Jan. 20, during the second annual Wood Oaks VEX Ringmaster Challenge Robotics Tournament. Photos by Jeremy Turley/22nd Century Media Deciding to file for DIVORCE is hard... Hiring competent COUNSEL is easy. The Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, Ltd. Practicing Divorce Law for 29 years. Call Michael Doman (847) 897-5288 Concentrating in Divorce and Family Law. 555 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 500 • Northbrook, Illinois 60062 Email: