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watch Village takes

step forward with future

wastewater treatment

plant, Page 3

Fast-food fire

Structure fire at Burger

King, but luckily no one

is hurt, Page 5

Updates on strategic

planning highlight

town hall meeting,

Page 4

Taste of Asia

Joy of Thai adds variety

to the list of New Lenox

eateries, Page 11

Lincoln-Way Community High School

District 210 held its first State

of the District town hall Thursday, Jan. 25,

at Lincoln-Way Central’s Fine Arts Center.

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Senior Technology Seminar

9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 1, Frankfort

Township Community

Room, 11000 W. Lincoln

Highway, Frankfort. Attend

State Rep. Margo Mc-

Dermed’s Senior Technology

Seminar to get assistance

with smart phones and tablets,

review internet security

and app safety. There will be

demonstrations and an opportunity

to ask questions.

Participants are encouraged

to bring their own devices.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information,

call (815) 277-2079.


Antique & Collectible Sale

10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Feb. 2 and

Saturday, Feb. 3, Encore

Shop, 710 Cedar Crossings

Dr., New Lenox. Items

available for purchase include

vintage clothing, linens,

hats, toys, kitchen ware,

books, records, and jewelry.

All proceeds benefit Silver

Cross Hospital. Cash and

credit cards accepted. For

more information, call (815)

300-7642 or (815) 300-7117.


Lincoln-Way Preschool


Feb. 5. Registration for Lincoln-Way

High Schools 2018-

2019 preschool programs,

sponsored by the Family and

Consumer Sciences Early

Childhood Education classes

will be held at the following

times: 8-11 a.m. in room

D119 at Lincoln-Way Central;

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room

166 at Lincoln-Way East; and

10 a.m.-noon in room B126 at

Lincoln-Way West. Children

must be three years old by

September 1, 2018, must be

toilet trained, and must reside

within the district to be eligible.

Parents must complete

the written applications; no

telephone applications will

be accepted. The registration

form can be found at www. under “Current Resources.”

For more information,

contact Molly DeCarlo

(Central) at (815) 462-2187;

Beth Russler (East) at (815)

464-4299; or Amy Lidy

(West) at (815) 717-3618.


Pancake Breakfast

8-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.

10, New Lenox Fire Protection

District, Station 1, 261

E. Maple Street, New Lenox.

Join the New Lenox Fire

Protection District Foundation

for a pancake breakfast.

For more information, call

(815) 462-0023.

Cupid’s Floats

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,

Feb. 10, Old Plank Trail Community

Bank- 280 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. Join

Old Plank Trail Community

Bank for a special holiday

treat as they celebrate Valentine’s

Day. They will be serving

refreshing Cupid’s Floats

and having holiday themed

crafts for the kids to enjoy.

Visit www.oldplanktrailbank.

com to find a Valentine’s Day

coloring sheet to bring to the

bank for a special treat.

100+ Women Who Care

6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.

13, P.B. Mulligan’s Restaurant

& Bar, 19433 Renwick

Road, Lockport. Be involved

in greatness this year. Every

donation 100+ Women Who

Care makes has an immediate

and positive impact the

community. In 1 hour they

nominate, present, vote, and

donate. No event planning,

no committees, no raffle prize

solicitation, no telemarketing,

no volunteering – just a group

of charity-minded women

working together to give

back to our own community.

For more information, visit

Identity Theft Prevention

6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13,

New Lenox Park District, 701

W. Haven Ave., New Lenox.

Join NuMark Credit Union

for a free seminar on identity

theft prevention. Attendees

will learn how to protect

themselves from identity theft

scams; identify how thieves

get your personal information;

minimize risk of identity

theft online and offline; learn

warning signs that you may be

a victim; and learn the steps

to follow if you are a victim.

Space is limited. Reserve a

seat online at or

call (815) 729-3211.

ShareFest Meeting

Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday,

Feb. 22, Community Room

at the New Lenox Village

Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Join ShareFest

as a representative from your

church, organization, business,

or community for another

year of sharing and caring

for neighbors in need. For

more information, call (815)

342-2199 or email gary@

Business Success Workshops

Noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday,

Feb. 27. Join Business Success

Facilitator Reneé Perry for her

free monthly Business Success

Workshops. Reneé has

been helping business owners

to reach new heights in their

businesses since 2004. Topics

covered include effective

communication, marketing

strategies, building a mission

statement and overcoming

obstacles. These workshops

are accessible online. To register,

visit www.reneeperry

Comedy for a Cause

6:30 p.m. Saturday, March

3, New Lenox VFW Post

9545, 323 Old Hickory Road,

New Lenox. The Lincoln-

Way West Athletic Boosters

will present their Comedy

for a Cause featuring comedians

John Dacosse and Mike

Preston. Proceeds will support

athletic scholarships and

equipment costs. Cost is $20

for this 21 and older show.

There will be a cash bar, split

the pot raffle and raffle baskets

as well. Tables of 10 are

available. For tickets, email


Chess Club

10 a.m. Thursdays, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Group meets on the

second floor, southwest side

until after noon. Open to

anyone, from beginner to

master, who enjoys playing

chess. For more information,

call (815) 485-7425.

Lincoln-Way Half Marathon

Registration is open for

the 2nd Annual Lincoln-Way

Half Marathon. Race will

be at 7 a.m. Sunday, April

22 and will begin at Breidert

Green, 123 Kansas St.,

Frankfort. After 2.7 miles of

running on the scenic, treelined

Old Plank Trail, runners

will turn off into the

Hickory Creek Forest Preserve.

The rolling hills of the

forest preserve will provide

a picturesque tour as they

reach the halfway and turnaround

point in the race.

Current registration cost is

$70. Volunteers are being

sought for the race as well.

For volunteer sign-up and

race registration, visit lincoln

Women’s Club Scholarships

Applications must be postmarked

by Feb. 15. The General

Federation of Women’s

Clubs Illinois is offering

scholarships, through the

GFWC Mokena Woman’s

Club sponsorship, for students

planning on enrolling in

an Illinois college, university,

trade or vocational school

for the Fall Semester 2018.

Applicants are not limited to

current high school seniors.

Applications are available

on the Lincoln-Way High

Schools, Providence Catholic

High School, Mokena Public

Library and Frankfort Public

Library websites. Mail applications

to: Judy Rader, 132

11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656.

Youth Reading program

Ongoing through Saturday,

Feb. 24, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Children up

to 12 years old are invited to

join the Chicago Wolves Read

to Succeed Winter Reading

Club. Due to popular demand,

Youth Services will once again

participate in the reading program

sponsored by the Chicago

Wolves ice hockey team.

Participants may win ticket

vouchers for a game or other

Wolves memorabilia. Pick up

a reading log at the library.

LWABWO Meetings

6-8 p.m. on the third Tuesday

of each month Sept.

through June, Gatto’s Restaurant,

Route 30 & Schoolhouse

Road, New Lenox. The

Lincoln-Way Area Business

Women’s Organization is

a non-profit club formed in

1971 to provide scholarship

funds to graduating female

high school seniors and adult

women for the purpose of

continuing education. We are

always looking for new members.

For more information,


Rotary Club of New Lenox

7-8 a.m. Thursdays, Country

Charm Restaurant, 101

Lincoln-Way Drive, New

Lenox. Learn more about

the Rotary Club of New

Lenox and their mission to

impact the community and

the world through service.

For more information, email

To submit an item to the printed

calendar, contact Assistant

Editor Amanda Stoll at (708)

326-9170 ext. 34, or email


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New Lenox Village Board

Village could have land deal for future site of wastewater treatment plant

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

The New Lenox Village

Board of Trustees took steps

Jan. 22 at its regular meeting

to work toward securing

land off of Delaney Road to

house the Village’s future

wastewater treatment plant.

At approximately 80

acres, the two parcels in

question will move the Village’s

dialogue forward on

infrastructure concerns.

The site is currently owned

by Hartz Construction Co.,

Inc. and a sale is pending in

the next two to three months.

“This is good news,”

Mayor Tim Baldermann

said. “This is something that

we, as a board, talked about

in our strategic plan session

wanting to find some property

where we can build a

regional wastewater treatment

plant, which once constructed

will give us the ability

to take plants I and II and

convert them to pumping

stations, which, of course,

are at Route 30 and Cedar

[Road] and also in Jackson


In related development,

the Village is doing its due

diligence to get phase I environmental

site assessment

performed. The Board of

Trustees moved to approve

a $1,500 proposal extended

by Environmental Group

Services, Ltd. to satisfy this


A new regional plant is estimated

to cost $55 million.

It was the Village’s original

intent only to expand

wastewater treatment plant

No. 2, but further research

led them to consider going

after a regional site, as

wastewater treatment plant

No. 1 needs upgrades and is

getting to the end of its lifespan.

Around that time, the Village

was anticipating an

estimated $20 million cost

to expand wastewater treatment

plant No. 2.

Village Administrator

Kurt Carroll said it is a savings

in the long run, but it

costs more upfront.

Last year’s sales tax and

water and sewer fees are intended

to cover the Village’s

new debt acquired to construct

the new regional plant.

Baldermann said the site

of the Route 30 and Cedar

Road wastewater treatment

plants do not currently align

with the Village’s planning


“There is some residential

Round it up

A brief recap of action and discussion of the

New Lenox Village Board of Trustees Jan. 22:

• Officials created a Class SE liquor

license for the New Lenox Lions Club’s

mystery dinner fundraiser to be held Feb.

10 at the Lions Community Center.

• Trustees approved a surety release

valued at $59,282.50 toward Hibernia

Estates Unit 2 for completing public

improvements in accordance with

the Village-approved plans and

[properties] over there, but

it’s the center of our community

and it’s a business area,”

Baldermann said. “That will

give us the opportunity to

really eliminate the odor issues

and all the other problems

that have plagued those


Wastewater treatment

plant No. 2 can currently


• A surety release was approved in

the amount of $191,071.30 for public

improvements completed to Prairie


• A motion was passed to grant a surety

release valued at $166,713.16 for public

improvements completed to Windermere

Lakes Unit 2.

• A surety release of $17,602.30 was

approved for public improvements

completed toward Leigh Creek South.

take in three-quarters of a

million gallons of sewage,

and wastewater treatment

plant No. I can take in another

two-and-half million


The Village has been

working with an engineering

consultant firm, Strand

Associates, Inc., and the Illinois

Environmental Protection

Agency to address

matters related to the sewage

treatment plants.

“Working with the Illinois

EPA, which have been great

to work with throughout this

process, it will save us some

money on the front end of

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‘Back on the road to financial recovery’

Lincoln-Way D210

officials paint rosy

picture for financial,

academic future

F. Amanda Tugade

Freelance Reporter

According to the Lincoln-

Way High School Community

District 210 Board of

Education, the year 2018

will offer more opportunities

for students to grow

independently and academically

in a supportive learning


Whether it is expanding

the curriculum to include

more AP classes or exploring

different options to integrate

technology into the

classroom, the Board of Education

is committed to providing

their high-schoolers

a chance to discover themselves

and prepare for the

next steps ahead.

The Board of Education’s

State of the District, which

was held Thursday, Jan. 25,

at Lincoln-Way Central’s

Performing Arts Center, became

a platform for Superintendent

Scott Tingley to

tout the district’s achievements

as he reviewed a list

of goals and expectations

for the current school year

and a look ahead into the


While Tingley pointed

out that the district’s 98

percent graduation rate is

impressive, he shared that

one of his main concerns is

the students’ performance

on the SAT exams. At the

event, he presented a chart

that compared the district’s

overall SAT scores in 2017

with other high schools in

the south suburbs of Chicago.

Out of 10 schools ranked,

Lemont High School came

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Superintendent Scott Tingley addresses the crowd during the district’s

first State of the District Thursday, Jan. 25. Tingley and other staff discussed the district’s academic and financial outlook.

Geoff Stellfox/22nd Century Media

out on top with an overall

average score of 1132, followed

by Lincoln-Way East

and Lincoln-Way Central

with 1123 and 1108, respectively.

Plainfield North was

fourth with its score of 1091,

and Lincoln-Way West came

after with 1085.

The highest possible score

that students can earn on the

SAT is 1600.

“You know, I was disappointed

that we were not

one, two and three,” Tingley

said, adding both Lemont

and Plainfield North “snuck

in there.”

“Our goal next year when

we come back is to be one,

two and three. I think that’s

very possible,” Tingley said.

In 2016, the state of Illinois

replaced ACT exams

with the SATs. Tingley said

district students’ scores will

improve when they become

accustomed to the SAT format,

and that progress will

take place over time.

Tingley and Director of

Instruction Aimee Feehery

talked of ways the district

is also preparing their highschoolers

for college. The

two discussed their effort in

broadening the curriculum

to make room for more AP


District 210 offers 34

out of the 38 possible AP

courses available through

the College Board, Feehery

said. New this year were AP

Chinese language and culture,

and computer science


AP classes are typically

geared toward upperclassman,

but, by next year, freshmen

will have the chance to

take AP human geography.

“[Science, technology,

engineering and math] isn’t

just for our college-bound

students, though,” Feehery

said. “Our career and tech

department offers opportunities

for apprenticeships, internships

and certifications.

“Our welding courses, for

example, continues to lead

the way in local and national

competitions. Our newest

course, entrepreneurship, offers

University of Iowa dual


Feehery added that the

Lincoln-Way high schools

have programs designed to

serve students at every level,

especially those who are atrisk

or have special needs.

Overall, the district is invested

in understanding and

caring for their teens’ social

and emotional needs.

Making money moves

As for the district’s finances,

Tingley and Assistant

Superintendent of Business

Brad Cauffman maintained

that is a work in progress.

“In fiscal year, ‘17, the

district achieved a surplus of

$4.81 million; $2.9 million

was from normal operations,

and $1.9 million was from

land sales,” Cauffman said.

“The district is on track to

receive a $6.8 million surplus

this year, including land

sale proceeds of $4.5 million.”

Taking that into account,

Cauffman said the district

is “back on the road to financial

recovery,” and by

the end of the school year,

it “may be off the financial

watch list.”

According to the Illinois

Board of Education, the

School District Financial

Profile is comprised of four

categories: financial recognition,

financial review,

financial early warning and

financial watch.

Cauffman explained briefly

that there is a chance the

district could move to the

early warning status, as long

as it stays determined to repairing

its financial health.

He said that the Board of

Education has been proactive

in repairing its finances.

Monitoring internal control

policies, holding a financial

forum to discuss

revenue enhancement and

developing a five-year financial

forecast are just some

of the ways the Board has

sought change.

To that effect, Tingley assured

that the district can

manage Lincoln-Way East,

Lincoln-Way West and Lincoln-Way


“The district can effectively

and efficiently operate

three high schools, as long

as we have 6,000 students,”

Tingley said. “I often get

asked, ‘What’s going to happen

with West? Can you operate

three high schools?’

“The answer is as long

as there is 6,000 students,

there’s no discussion of

anything other than three.

For a discussion of four,

we’d have to be at 8,000,

but, for now, we’re effective

and efficient operating

three outstanding high


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Police Reports

More burglaries to vehicle

reported in New Lenox

Two unlocked vehicles

reportedly were entered between

Jan. 21-22 in New


On Jan. 22, a vehicle that

was parked at a residence

on the 1600 block of Argyle

Lane reportedly was entered

by an unknown person.

However, nothing was taken

at the time of the report.

Same goes for the incident

the day before on Jan.

21 when someone reportedly

entered a vehicle on the

2100 block of Digby Drive,

but nothing was taken.

Jan. 20

• Ada Jane T. Gregory, 20,

of 6801 Clear Creek Drive

in Plainfield, was charged

with retail theft at Walmart

on the 500 block of East

Lincoln Highway. Gregory

reportedly stole miscellaneous

cosmetic items from

the store, valued at $48.

• Kristine E. Jacobs, 20, of

749 Brockwood Road in

New Lenox, was charged

with retail theft at Target

on the 2300 block of East

Lincoln Highway. Jacobs

reportedly stole two bottles

of alcohol from the store,

valued at $42.

• Two cellphones that were

displayed at Shop Mobil

Inc. on the 400 block of

Nelson Road reportedly

were stolen.

Jan. 18

• A New Lenox resident’s

personal information reportedly

was stolen and

used to open accounts and

make fraudulent purchases.

Jan. 17

• A New Lenox resident’s

personal information reportedly

was stolen and

used to open an account and

make fraudulent purchases.


Lenox Patriot’s Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found online on the

New Lenox Police Department’s

website or releases

issued by the department and

other agencies. Anyone listed

in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all charges

until proven guilty in a court

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James Sanchez, Editor

The Burger King on the

700 block of West Maple

Street, reportedly had a

structure fire Tuesday, Jan.

23 evening around 5:58

p.m., according to a press

release from the New Lenox

Fire Protection District.

When the NLFPD arrived

at the scene, there were

flames visible on the roof of

the commercial building and

the response was immediately

upgraded to a full-still

structure fire, the release

stated. The fire district was

able to get the fire under

control within 20 minutes

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of arrival on the scene with

zero injuries reported, and

everyone in the building was

able to evacuate safely, the

release added.

The NLFPD received assistance

during the structure

fire from several other

area fire districts, including

Frankfort, Mokena, Manhattan,

East Joliet, Homer,

Lockport, Northwest Homer,

Palos, Palos Heights,

Orland, Elwood, Troy and


There is damage to the

building; total cost of damage

in not yet available, the

release said. The cause of the

fire reportedly is currently

under investigation.

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Last call for Valentine’s

Day Coloring Contest

Entries must be

received by Feb. 7

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

There is less than one week

left to enter the Valentine’s

Day Coloring Contest.

The annual 22nd Century

Media’s competition provides

readers with a blank heart.

Children fill it with love and

creativity. Veterans receive

cards right around Valentine’s

Day. A few lucky entrants win

prizes, and even more get to

see their work in print.

We are once again asking

children ages 3-12 to get

creative by downloading the

form from the home page of, creating

just one outstanding valentine

per entrant and sending

those valentines our way.

Entries must be mailed to or


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The deadline to submit

entries is 5 p.m. Wednesday,

Feb. 7. Publisher 22nd Century

Media’s Southwest Chicago

staff will review all entries

and select winners in each of

three age groups — ages 3-5,

6-8 and 9-12. The winning

entries are to be published in

The New Lenox Patriot’s Feb.

15 edition, along with other

favorites, at the editor’s discretion.

For this year’s contest, we

will be picking first-, secondand

third-place entries from

each of the three age groups.

All three of the 9- to 12-yearold

winners are to receive two

hours of free bowling for up

to six people, including shoe

of repairs to [wastewater

treatment plants No.] 1 and

2 that we were going to,”

Baldermann said.

Carroll said the Village is

still trying to determine if it

should seek another Illinois

EPA loan to pay for the new

regional plant.

“Those can only extend

out 20 years,” he said, referring

to the possible impact

on current and future residents

and business owners.

“[The Board of Trustees],

they’ve not started that discussion.

There are other

funding sources the Village

can utilize.”

New Lenox prides itself

on making infrastructure

projects a top priority.

“This goes along way by

securing this property,” Baldermann


The build-out for the new

regional plant is anticipated

to take four years.

County special use request


Also at the meeting, a

motion was passed to approve

a county special use

to enable Gary Briden to

advance plans for his business,


which recently opened in

town. The request concerns

the 145,000-square-feet site

of the former Panduit facility

located at 1333 S. Schoolhouse

Rd., a site not zoned

in New Lenox but is contiguous

to properties that are. has

been selling online and in

stores for 12 years, to date.

According to the company’s

website, the business has

grown from a flea market to

rentals, along with a pizza and

pitcher of pop, at Laraway

Lanes, 1009 W. Laraway

Road in New Lenox. The

three 6- to 8-year-old winners

will get a multi-use pass

for the Splash Park run by the

Mokena Community Park

District. And the 3- to 5-yearold

winning entrants will take

home a $5 gift certificate to

Dairy Queen, 950 E. 9th St. in


Winners will be chosen

based on creativity and neatness.

Entries must use and fit

on the form provided.

As in past years, 22nd Century

Media Southwest Chicago

is to team up with an area

organization to help distribute

the finished valentines — minus

the entry form information

— to veterans.

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(708) 326-9170 ext. 20 or


a retail/wholesale operation

over the years.

The county special use is

to help his company in getting

a dealers license to sell

street legalized motorsport

units, such as all-terrain vehicles,

dirt bikes, golf cart

and other motorized vehicles,

Briden said. The building,

though it has access to

water, is in need of a connection

to the Village’s sanitary


New Lenox’s Plan Commission

did not have any

objections to the request and

recommended approval to

the Village Board at its recent


With the board’s approval

in a 6-0 vote, the Village is

asking the county to add a

requirement to the special

use making the owner responsible

for providing additional

landscaping to improve

the site.

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Community members recognized as annual award recipients

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

The annual dinner is a

special time for chamber of

commerce members to reflect

on the past year of business

successes, but in New

Lenox it is also an opportunity

to recognize community

members and nonprofit

organizations that go above

and beyond for the people in

their town.

“Being the mayor of this

community is really easy

because of what all of you

do in this room,” said New

Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann.

“It’s that marriage of

business and citizens coming

together for the well-being

of the best town around.”

After recognizing the outgoing

Chamber board members

— Lisa Kline, Mary Lou

Recker and Wayne Aardsma

— past president Gary Fouts

handed the microphone off

to board president Patty

Cunningham. She in turn introduced

the incoming board

members — Theresa Berkey,

Michele Deering, Tifanee

Fouts, Jeanne Lazzara

and Jon Osborne — before

beginning the awards portion

of the program.

The 2017 award for Business

of the Year was given

to Atrium Family Dental,

and both Dr. Shane Sudman

and his wife, Sara, as well

as members from their staff

were present to accept the


“The whole thing about

being in dentistry is to help

people, and helping the

community and kids and

everything like that,” Shane

said during the acceptance

speech. “And the thing for

me is that I couldn’t do it

without my staff. They do it


He thanked his wife, who

he said is the one who has

made a difference in the office’s

community involvement.

“I think for us this award

is very humbling, and we

appreciate it because it’s

basically reflective of who

we are as an office, and who

we are as people,” Sara said.

“We love being part of the

New Lenox community.”

Following the award ceremony,

New Lenox Chamber

of Commerce CEO Emily

Johnson commended Atrium

Family Dental for their involvement

with the Chamber

and in the community


“Dr. Shane said [during

his speech] that his wife,

Sara, has really made an effort

to take their business

outside of their doors and

into our community, and I

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2017 Citizen of the Year Ed Selvas takes his turn on the mic.

think that they’ve been really

successful doing that.”

“For every event that

comes up, they’re always

giving me a call, they want

to know how they can help.

Their office staff is warm and

welcoming. I truly think that

they’re an excellent choice

for Business of the Year.

I’m really proud to give the

award to them this year.”

Partner of the Year was

awarded to the Lincoln-Way

Area Business Women’s

Organization. More than a

dozen members of the organization

were present to accept

the award.

“We are very, very humbled,”

said Judy Niemann, a

member of the LWABWO.

“We have a really nice group

of ladies that work together,

and I mean, together. There

are some that are more active

than others, but when

push comes to shove, they

all pull together.”

The organization holds a

Christmas auction each year

to fund the scholarships they

award to women persueing

college degrees and women

going back to school for

continuing education. Niemann

thanked the businesses

in attendance for their donations

for the event, which

are the same items that are

raffled off to support the


In addition to the scholarships

they offer to area

women, Johnson said the

impact the LWABWO has

had on the New Lenox community

is “inspiring.”

She said many of the

women who were there as

part of the organization area

also business owners in the

community and members of

the chamber of commerce.

“Especially right now in

our global climate to see a

strong women’s group that’s

supporting young women

and women in continuing

education, I think it’s really

important,” Johnson said.

“I’m excited to honor them

with this.”

Citizen of the Year was

awarded to Ed Selvas, who

is involved with volunteering

for numerous organization

in the area including

ShareFest New Lenox,

Hospice, New Lenox CERT,

United Way of Will County,

Silver Cross Hospital and is

known to take walks just to

pick up trash around town.

“When we announced that

Ed [Selvas] was our recipient

this year, we received an

unprecedented response,”

Johnson said during the

award program. “People

calling the office, stopping

in to let us know how excited

they were that [Selvas]

was the recipient of this

Atrium Family Dental owner Dr. Shane Sudman (right)

speaks to the crowd, while his wife, Sara (left), and New

Lenox Chamber of Commerce CEO Emily Johnson look on

Thursday, Jan. 25, during the Chamber’s annual dinner at

Thomas E. Hartung American Legion Post 1977. Atrium was

named 2017 Business of the Year by the Chamber.

Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

2017 Partner of the Year Lincoln-Way Area Business

Women’s Organization takes the stage.

years award.”

“...We’re just so honored

to present you with this

award and can’t imagine a

better individual to receive it

for this year’s award.”

Selvas thanked the chamber

for the award and kept

his acceptance speech short.

“I feel that I’m a very small

part of the wonderful things

in our community that we

help each other with,” Selvas

said. “My volunteering

is a labor of love and something

that has consumed me

since I lost my wife six years

ago. This really helps keep

my busy. I’m very humbled

to accept this award.”

Award recipients were

chosen not only by a committee

of chamber board

members, but also recipients

of the awards from the past

three years.

“I think it’s a nice way to

continue to recognize their

impact on the Chamber,”

Johnson said. “... Getting

their input is really valuable.” New Lenox

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Oy’s brings authentic Thai food to town

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

Oy’s Thai Cuisine

1880 E. Lincoln Highway,

New Lenox


11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-


11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-


Closed Sunday

Sunday: Closed

Phone: (815) 462-9000

Online: www.

New Lenox has a multitude

of restaurants, but the

most recent addition to the

food scene is bringing a variety

to the mix.

Dozens of people, including

members of the New

Lenox Chamber of Commerce

and Mayor Tim Baldermann,

gathered at Oy’s

Thai Cuisine in New Lenox

on Jan. 24 for its grand opening


Owners Bryan and Churairut

“Oy” Hunsaker

opened the restaurant the

week before the ribbon cutting

with a limited menu, but

rolled out the full menu for

the grand opening.

Oy is originally from Thailand,

and has been cooking

Thai food for her husband

and their family and friends

for many years — many of

whom have told them they

should open a restaurant.

“Oy’s from Thailand,”

Bryan Hunsaker said. “She’s

a very good cook. She’s

been cooking for friends and

neighbors for years doing

special events — a little catering

here and there. Everyone’s

always told her, ‘You

should open a restaurant,’

so that’s been brewing for

many years.”

Their children have grown

older, and Bryan Hunsaker

had a career change, so the

time seemed right for both

of them.

“We’ve been in the community

for close to 20 years,

and we like it here and

thought it would be nice to

set up something close to

home where we could work

together,” Bryan Hunsaker

said. “...We decided we’d

rather be partners and work

together than for somebody


New Lenox has a variety

of Italian, Mexican and Chinese

food options among

other American food establishments,

but Oy’s is the

only Thai restaurant in town.

“They’re going to bring

some of those diverse food

items that we don’t have in

town,” Mayor Tim Baldermann

said. “People want

to have a little diversity.

They’ve got different eating

habits and different tastes.

We do have a lot of nice eating

establishments, but they

are looking for a variety.”

He said the restaurant

gives community members

in New Lenox more options,

which may be especially

helpful for busy and active

families who may have two

working parents.

“They want some good

healthy options, they want

some different tastes and this

Thai restaurant is obviously

something that we don’t

have,” Baldermann said.

While some of the menu

items, such as the egg rolls

and crab rangoons, are familiar

to Chinese food lovers,

Bryan Hunsaker said the

flavors are different.

“Chinese and Thai food

are different. There’s a few

Chinese restaurants in town,

and they’re fine,” he said.

“But, they make a different

kind of food than what Thai

people make,” Bryan Hunsaker

said. “So, Thai food has

a lot of flavors. It has a lot

of spices. You can make it as

hot as you want. It’s fresh.

Owners Bryan and Oy Hunsaker pose for a picture Jan. 24 during Oy’s Thai Cuisine’s ribbon cutting. The restaurant is

located at 1880 E. Lincoln Highway. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

Dozens showed up to the ribbon cutting, including

members of the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce and

Mayor Tim Baldermann.

It’s healthy.”

He said it is also hard to

make, which he said they

have experienced with

teaching their staff the intricacies

of Thai dishes. It is

coming along well, he said,

but there was a learning

curve for people not native

to Thailand.

“Thai food is hard to

make. It really requires

someone from Thailand or

someone who’s spent a lot

of time in Thailand because

there’s a lot of ingredients

[and] the prep is very intricate,”

he said.

The recipes are all from

Oy herself, and cooking

Oscar Gonzalez cooks one of Oy’s specialty dishes.

from experience all these

years has shaped her dishes.

Bryan Hunsaker said

that has posed some unique

challenges for her; however,

because she has had to dissect

her cooking to create

recipes where she may have

just added a bit of this and a

dash of that before.

“This is all previously undocumented

material. Oy’s

been cooking these things

all her life,” Bryan Hunsaker

said. “...So, it’s been

a lot of work for her to sit

down and decide what really

goes into these things

as opposed to just picking

some [things] off the shelf.”

12 | February 1, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot School

the new lenox patriot’s

Standout Student

Sponsored by Marquette Bank

Jaclyn Dolan, Lincoln-Way West


Jaclyn Dolan was picked as this week’s

Standout Student because of her academic


What is one essential you must have when


I must have my hair up. It’s a weird habit,

but I feel like I can be more productive when

it’s up.

What do you like to do when you’re not in

school or studying?

I like to hang out with my friends, work,

spend time with my family and play with my


What’s your dream job?

I would like to work my way up to be a

CEO of a business. Also, I’d like to work

with the American Heart Association in honor

of my mom who passed away.

What is something most people don’t know

about you?

People don’t know that I played golf for

eight years. I still love to play with my dad

and go to Top Golf. I always love it.

Whom do you look up to?

I look up to my dad because he’s the most

caring and supportive person I’ve ever met.

He is my No. 1 fan, and I’m forever grateful

for him.

Who is your favorite teacher?

Mr. Cupp. He is so real and teaches in a

way that makes me want to go to class. I specifically

took his class this year to make sure

I had him. He would do anything for his students,

and that is very hard to find.

Photo Submitted

What is your favorite class?

Calculus BS is my favorite class because

there’s always a new problem to be solved

each day. I’ve always loved math. I also appreciate

my teacher, Mr. Barry, because he’s

so helpful.

What extracurriculars do you wish your

school had?

I wish Lincoln-Way West had a dance

team for special education students, a yoga

club, or a club where you could play with


If you could change one thing about school,

what would it be?

I wish everyone showed more school spirit.

We only have four years of high school,

so we have to make the best of it – go to

games, dress for themes and go along with

the chants!

What’s your best memory from school?

My best memory comes from being with

the dance team. My teammates are my sisters.

Performing with them at state competitions

and games is a feeling I’ll always remember.

Standout Student is a weekly feature for The

New Lenox Patriot. Nominations come from New

Lenox area schools.

Lincoln-Way preschool programs

to open registration for classes

Submitted by Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210

Registration for Lincoln-

Way High Schools 2018-

2019 preschool programs,

sponsored by the Family and

Consumer Sciences Early

Childhood Education classes,

will be held on Monday,

Feb. 5 at the following times:

• Lincoln-Way Central:

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in

room D119

• Lincoln-Way East: 9:30

a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room


• Lincoln-Way West:

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in

room B126

This program gives Lincoln-Way

High Schools’

Early Childhood Education

School News

Providence Catholic High


Numerous NL students make

Provi honor roll

Alec Baltazar, James

Beeson, Angela Beniulyte,

Alicia Berg, Kaden Bray,

Delaney Bray, Ryan Bresingham,

Anna Cabay, Matthew

Cerven, Josh Cosgrove, Sean

Costello, Chris Dalton, Andrew

Dalton, Timothy Dee,

Kara DiNolfo, Grace Dreyer,

Eduardo Favela, Harrison

Fenoglio, Hunter Fenoglio,

Sean Fitzgibbon, Alyssa

Forster, Allsion Gardella,

Mitch Gray, Anthony Gibson,

Margaret Grossmayer,

Riley Guillaume, Jules Willem

Horak, Jonathan Horak,

Nicholas P. Jones, Colin

Kohler, Julianna Kowalewski-Silva,

Zack Landy, Grace

Monahan, Pegiene Murray,

Hadley Nickel, McKenzie

O’Malley, Mia Paolella, Jacob

Reyes, Dylan Riemen,

Liam Rossi, Seamus Ryan,

students an opportunity to

work with children in a preschool

environment under

the full-time supervision of

a Family and Consumer Sciences


Children must be three

years old by Sept. 1, 2018,

must be toilet trained and

must reside within the district

to be eligible. Parents

must complete the written

applications; no telephone

applications will be accepted.

A total of 16 children,

ages 3-5, will be selected to

attend a morning session for

each of the locations. The

West and East Preschools

will meet Wednesdays and

Thursdays from October

through January. The Central

Preschool will meet

Wednesdays and Fridays

Anna Santschi, Mary Grace

Santschi, Emma Schroeder,

Andrew Travern, Charlotte

Venezio, Seth Watanabe,

Gabriella Yaccino, Shenyi

Yuan and Tianqi Zhang all

were named on Providence’s

first honor roll. Earning

second honors were: Gregory

Beeson, Mitch Carlson,

Nicholas Boba, Ryan Cosgrove,

Nicholas DiCola,

Guilherme Gorescu, Axel

Janecek, Bridget Koval, Jenna

Lack, Courtney Mahalik,

Ryan Manikowski, Patrick

Murray, Emerson O’Malley,

Alonso Serrano-Kader,

Chris Stafford and Antonio

Tuminello. First honors recipients

must obtain a 3.51

grade-point average or higher,

whereas second honors

students receive a 3.0-3.5.

Augustana College

Several locals make school’s

dean’s list

Alyssa Boisvert, Nina

from October through January.

All programs will continue

on Wednesdays, Thursdays

and Fridays from February

through May. Fees are

$35 per month, or $280 per

year. A nonrefundable deposit

of $70 will be required

of those selected into the

program and will be applied

to the first two months of


The registration form can

be found on the Lincoln-

Way High School homepage under

“Current Resources.” Those

seeking more information

can contact Molly DeCarlo

at Central (815-462-2187),

Beth Russler at East (815-

464-4299) or Amy Lidy at

West (815-717-3618).

Iraci, Catherine Lotz, Dana

Moss, Lisa Pohlman-Zordan

and Sean Sheehan all made

Augustana’s dean’s list for

the fall semester.

Students who have earned

this academic honor have

maintained a grade-point average

of 3.5 or higher.

Western Illinois University

Lincoln-Way West alumna

earn’s dean’s list honors

New Lenox resident Kailey

R. Kinsella (Law Enforcement

and Justice Administration)

recently was

recognized on Western Illinois

University’s dean’s list

for the fall semester.

To receive this award, an

undergraduate student must

earn at least a 3.6 grade point

average, which equals an A

in a minimum of 12 credits.

School News is compiled by

Editor James Sanchez, james@ New Lenox

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Happy birthday!

Ernie Banks

Rose and Eric Haney, New Lenox residents

This is Ernie Banks. Ernie was born

the day after the Cubs won the World

Series. He was rescued as a puppy

from a neglectful situation. Ernie always

makes us laugh! He is full of energy and

has a lot of character. He loves to play

with his cousin, Pippa, or his neighbor,

Buddy. Hopefully, he will bring luck to

our Cubbies this year, too.

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why your pet is outstanding to Editor James Sanchez at or 11516 W.

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Our darling daughter turned the big 10 on Jan. 30 2018!

Happy birthday Siena Adducci! Thank you for always

showing your kindness to others and making us laugh with

your humor. We are so proud of your A grades at school and

your accomplishments at swimming and choir. Stay humble,

kind and beautiful! We love you to infinity! Sending you love

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district introduced in Tinley


A new tax increment financing

district that would

replace the Main Street

South TIF with an anticipated

total cost of approximately

$200 million has been

introduced by the Village of

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Village officials unveiled

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Area plan during a public

hearing Jan. 25 for the

downtown corridor generally

bounded by 172nd Street

on the north, 179th Street on

the south, 67th Avenue and

66th Court on the east, and

69th Avenue on the west.

The New Bremen TIF

Redevelopment Plan and

Project Area includes commercial,

residential, government/institutional,

mixed-use, railroad and

right-of-way land uses, with

275 tax parcels representing

224 parcels of land that encompasses

89 total acres. Of

the 224 parcels, 62 percent

of them contain one or more

primary buildings, while the

remaining parcels are vacant.

The Main Street South

RPA TIF exists much in the

same area of the new district.

The Village adopted that

RPA in 2003, expanded it in

2007 and further amended

the map to remove some parcels

in 2015. It is scheduled

to terminate in 2026 but can

be dissolved earlier by adoption

of the New Bremen TIF.

Officials said there is insufficient

time left on the

Main Street South TIF to

finance redevelopment proposals,

including a mixeduse

apartment project with

ground floor retail space

proposed for the area south

of the train station between

South Street and 174th


Reporting by Cody Mroczka,

Editor. For more, visit


Murphy Real Estate Group

continues to serve clients in

20th year

Years ago, when Jim Murphy

first decided to open a

real estate firm in Frankfort,

he knew he had to do business

in his hometown.

“When I looking at where

to open an office, I felt that

the Frankfort market was

in the most need for a quality

brokerage — somebody

that is a little bit more driven

towards the custom home

market,” he said. “The market

had a void for that kind

of broker, and I felt like that

would continue for a long

time, which it has. So, we

filled a nice niche at the right


Murphy Real Estate Group

has reached a milestone this

year and is celebrating its

20th anniversary.

“For me, when I look at

business in general, I think

when you achieve even the

one-year mark and then the

five-year mark and then the

10-year mark and so on, as

a business owner, you take

a lot of pride in being able

to make it through the hard

times and prosper in the

good times,” Murphy said.

“Looking back, you say,

‘Wow, you know, 20 years,

that’s pretty darn good.’ So,

it brings me a lot of joy.”

Typically, when beginning

brokers look for employment

in the industry,

they will obtain their license

and go on to learn the chops

working for someone else’s


Murphy had something

else in mind.

“I got my license, and I

opened an office, and I had a

staff immediately, and we hit

the ground as a brokerage,”

he said. “I’ve never worked

for anybody else in real estate.”

Reporting by Megann Horstead,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit FrankfortStation.



Residential development

talks tabled for future


A public hearing on a proposed

2.7-acre residential

development was held Jan.

22, during the Village of

Mokena Board of Trustees


The Hickory Sage development,

brought forth by

petitioner Jim Paul, of Alps

Enterprises LLC, would be

located at 11215 W. First

St., at the west end of First

Street, near Wolf Road. Paul

wants to develop 15 townhome

units spread across

four buildings, each either

one or two stories tall. The

redevelopment would include

retention and detention


“This will involve the annexation

of two properties,

which would subsequently

be zoned to the R-6 multifamily

zoning category,”

said Alan Zordan, Mokena’s

director of economic and

community development,

during the public hearing

presentation. “Then, the Village

would be granting a special

use permit for a planned

unit development that would

apply to these two parcels,

plus one more that is already

in the village and zoned R-6


During the discussion,

Zordan noted that at an October

meeting of the Planning

Commission, residents

and members of the commission

were concerned with the

traffic impact on Wolf Road

during peak travel times. As

a remedy to the traffic situation,

the Planning Commission

suggested adding more

“Do not block intersection”

signs at the intersection of

Wolf Road and First Street,

as well as adding white striping

to the pavement of the


After the public hearing

was closed, the Village

Board members voted 3-0

to table action until a future


Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For more,



Officials vote to not renew

D92 superintendent’s


The Will County School

District 92 Board of Education

decided to not renew

Superintendent Pete Sullivan’s

contract at its Jan. 23

special meeting.

In a 5-2 vote, officials opted

to sever their ties.

The special meeting drew

in a number of people seeking

answers as to why Sullivan’s

contract will not be

renewed. Members of the

board and the administration

have chosen to remain mum

on the subject to date.

Several people on hand for

the meeting expressed support

for Sullivan and shared

that the community feels

concerned by the process in

which the superintendent’s

contract is being handled.

“Shame on us the community

for not coming out here

to the board meetings [in the

past], but as it’s been pointed

out, I think if this had been

brought to the community’s

attention, you would have

had a showing even larger

than this at that point in

time,” said Mike Peetz, a

parent and volunteer for

District 92’s strategic planning

session in the summer

of 2016.

Peetz questioned the district’s

direction and said up

until this point, reciprocal

communication between the

community and the district is

an objective they have failed

to meet.

“The overall confidence

and trust is gone,” said Mary

Creek, a teacher for District

92, referring to conversations

shared with fellow colleagues

since learning the

superintendent’s contract is

to not be renewed. “The morale

is terrible, and I’ve been

around a long time. It makes

me sick to my stomach.”

Reporting by Megann Horstead,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit LockportLegend.



VIP Nails & Spa III the first

new business of 2018 in

Homer Glen

Lockport resident April

Tran and her husband, Leo

Chen, opened VIP Nails

& Spa III Jan. 3 in Homer

Glen, becoming the first new

business in the Village in


Tran has been a nail technician

for more than 10 years

and said she is happy to become

a part of the Homer

Glen community.

Members of the Village

and Homer Glen Area

Chamber of Commerce

gathered Jan. 24 for an official

ribbon cutting ceremony

at VIP Nails & Spa III.

As soon as customers walk

through the business’ doors,

large chandeliers are hung

on the ceiling in both rooms

of the building. Relaxing

music is played through the

speakers in the salon to add

to the comfortable environment

that Tran said best describes

her business.

“I feel like I’ve been working

for someone a long time,

so it’s very nice to have my

own,” Tran said. “I feel comfortable

at my own place and

run things the way I want.”

Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach,

Assistant Editor. For

more, visit


D135: Short-term plan for

next school year addresses

growing enrollment

In the 2018-2019 school

year, Orland School District

135 plans to make a series of

small changes to its operations

to accommodate growing


At the School Board’s Jan.

22 regular meeting, board

members voted 6-0 to approve

a short-term plan for

2018-2019 to move thirdgraders

from Prairie School

to Liberty School, cap class

sizes at their recommended

levels, work with building

administration to determine

the location of related services

and enroll late-coming

students to schools where

possible. Board Member Michael

Maratea was absent.

Superintendent DJ Skogsberg

said the district

has some flexibility with its

transportation for late registration

students, allowing

them to be placed at a school

where more space is available,

though it may not be

the school closest to their

homes. He said he hopes

that practice will not become

the rule, but some schools

— particularly ones with

smaller square footage —

are nearing their maximum

classroom capacity.

Lynn Zeder, assistant superintendent

for teaching

and learning, added that the

district has to look at class

sizes on a case-by-case basis.

Skogsberg said the administration

would have a recommendation

for a plan for

the 2019-2020 school year

and beyond in the fall of

this year. He said the district

needs to continue working

with enrollment trends and

make predictions on future


The district is working

with the Village to monitor

development and is to continue

renovations at Park

School, as the school has not

been updated since 1998.

Reporting by Meredith Dobes,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit Sound Off

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car safe from burglars

James Sanchez

There is a simple preventative


that you could do in

order to keep your car safe

from potential thieves —

just lock it.

About every time I

receive the police reports

from the New Lenox

Police Department, there

is at least one incident of

burglary to an unlocked

vehicle. More often than

not, there are multiple

reports each time I receive

them, and even times, like

recently, when I saw as

many as nine in a two-day


A large majority of car

thefts across the nation

are done to cars that are

unlocked. New Lenox

seems like a hotbed for

these occurrences because

there are two major highways

that run through New

Lenox — Interstate 355

and Interstate 80 — that

criminals can take off on

after scouring the neighborhoods.

It’s an easy way

to steal items. These criminals

simply just go around

each neighborhood, check

the door handles, and move

on to the next house.

In addition to locking

your car, make sure that

you bring all valuables

with you in your home, or

put them in the trunk. If

your car is locked, but they

notice your laptop, purse,

wallet or any other valuable

in there, they could

just break in and take it.

For further preventative

measures of car theft,

you could get a car alarm,

which ranges between $30

to more than $100 (without

installation). You could

also get security cameras

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for your front porch, which

can be pricey if you want

to buy multiple cameras to

catch other angles of the

house. Or a cheaper route

could be getting motionsensor

lights for the front

porch to scare them away if

they go anywhere near the

house or car.

Car theft, obviously,

could happen away from

home, as well. So, if you

feel locking your car isn’t

enough while parked at a

store, eatery or any other

establishment, make sure

to park in well-lit areas.

Another idea is to park

where your car is visible,

and also, if you own a

smaller car, it might be best

not to park between larger

vehicles because it might

keep the criminal from being

spotted when trying to

break in.

New Lenox is a nice,

seemingly safe area, but

don’t let your surroundings

fool you. Car thefts could

happen anywhere.

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into play

LW alum Joe Rauen

to visit Orland Park

Public Library with

his experimental

instruments, Page 23

Games, activities aplenty at Lincolnway Christian Church’s Fun Fair, Page 22

New Lenox resident Dillon Thomas shows off his painted face to match his Mario Bros. shirt Saturday, Jan. 26,

during Lincolnway Christian Church’s Fun Fair. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media



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Poetry Corner

King and Queen, the timeless dream,

When one plus one equals three,

Perfectly stitched, not a glitch or seam,

Unstoppable, even the gods fear their potency,

Alone I am a Duke, but I could build a kingdom with


Purest and fairest maiden in all the land,

Search your heart, you know it’s true,

All you need to do is take my hand,

We’ll lead our pawns, bishops, knights, and rooks,


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All I need is one shot,

If you were my Queen, I would never leave,

If you were my Queen, there’s nothing we couldn’t


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Contact Jessica Nemec

@708.326.9170 ex.46


Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Celebrate Recovery

7-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

For anyone struggling with

hurts, habits, or hang-ups.

For more information, call

Deb at (708) 516-6318.

St. Luke Orthodox Chapel (112 Church

Street, New Lenox)

Orthodox Divine Liturgy

10-11:30 a.m. Sundays.

Missio Dei Church (123 W. Wood St., New


Elder-led Prayer

7-8 p.m. second Tuesday

of every month. For more information,


Gathered Worship

9:30-11 a.m. Sundays.

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Seeking Musicians

Practice will be held from

7-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 with

a performance on Sunday,

Feb. 11. Music and directions

will be provided when signing

up at the Welcome Center.

For more information,

call 815-485-8271.

Ash Wednesday

9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb.

14. The United Methodist

Women of New Lenox will

host an Ash Wednesday service

and breakfast. A free

will offering will be taken at

the breakfast, and childcare

will be provided. RSVP by

Feb. 7. Sign up in the narthex

or call (815) 485-8271.

Preschool Brunch

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

Feb. 24. Join Kids & Company

Preschool for a brunch

at the United Methodist

Church of New Lenox. Enjoy

French cuisine in the

Café Patisserie (fellowship

hall). Tickets will be available

at the door. For more

information, call (815) 485-


Preschool Registration

Kids & Company Preschool,

in partnership with the

United Methodist Church of

New Lenox, is now accepting

registrations for 2018/2019

until classes are filled. Classes

are for children two to five

years old. For more information,

call(815) 485-9504.

Worship Schedule

Traditional worship is at 9

a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Sundays,

and contemporary worship

is at 10:20 a.m. every first

and third Sunday of the month.

Mom Heart Group Book Club

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

This group will meet on

the first Thursday of every

month to study “The Lifegiving

Home: Creating a place

of belonging and becoming”

by Sally and Sarah Clarkson.

Discuss how to make “home”

your family’s favorite place

to be. The group will meet

in the Fellowship Hall and is

open to the public. For more

information, email stepha

Lincolnway Christian Church (690 E.

Illinois Highway, New Lenox)

Comedy Date Night

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.

Looking for the perfect date

night with your Valentine?

The Comedy Angels starring

Christian Stand-up comedians

Leslie Norris-Townsend,

Michelle Krajecki, and Tracy

DeGraaf will be performing

a show at the church. For

more information and tickets,


Preschool Open Registration

Open registration for

Mother’s Day Out Preschool

is open. For information,


Worship Services

9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

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22 | February 1, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot Life & Arts

Lincolnway Christian Church cures cabin fever

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

By late January, cabin fever

starts to set in for families

across the Chicagoland

area. Lincolnway Christian

Church has found the cure

for the winter blues with its

annual Winter Wonderland

Fun Fair, which took place

on Saturday, Jan. 27.

The free, family event

featured unlimited access to

games, prizes, jumpies, face

painting and food as well as

the chance to win a 55” 4K

television. Volunteers from

the church were on hand

throughout the fair serving

as ambassadors to all the

family fun.

New Lenox resident Nikki

Carpenter brought her sons

Luke, Jake and Charlie to

the Winter Wonderland Fun

Fair so they could enjoy active

family time despite the

winter weather.

“We saw it advertised

on Facebook and we’re always

looking for fun family

events around town so

we came out,” she said.

“We always try to get to the

jump zone places and go for

walks. It’s hard in the wintertime

so things like this are

so nice for getting some winter

energy out.”

Providing kids with a fun

place to get winter energy

out was part of the motivation

behind Lincolnway

Christian Church’s decision

to host the Fun Fair in January

for the second year in a

row after previously offering

it in the fall for three years.

“We used to have it in the

fall and now we host it in

the winter because it gives

the families something to do

with the cold weather,” said

Director of Next-Gen, Steve

Baker. “It’s an awesome


Amy Dekeyser, of Manhattan,

also brought her kids,

Matt Carter, of New Lenox, looks on as his son, Alex, plays

a game.

along with a neighbor, to the

Winter Wonderland Fun Fair

after seeing a post about it

on Facebook.

“It’s something fun to do

on a colder day. And, a good

chance to get the kids out

to use up some energy in a

positive environment. Hopefully,

they will nap really

well,” she said with a smile

adding that her kids were

especially enjoying the face

painting, rock climbing and

the bounce houses during the

Fun Fair.

Balloon art, creative carnival

games, live music and

ample space to run around

also made the event fun for

kids of all ages. There was

even an adults-only “Lookout

Lodge” where parents

could keep an eye out on

their children while enjoying

a cup of coffee and some

sweet treats. Popcorn was

also offered to Fun Fair attendees.

Every week, Lincolnway

Christian Church provides

a fun place for kids to spend

some time with its KidCity

program during its 9 a.m.

and 10:30 a.m. services each


“We host our KidCity program

for ages zero all the

way through high school,”

Baker explained. “KidCity

mainly focuses on kindergarten

through fourth graders

and we have different


“We love our community,”

he added. “That’s why

we do this.”

More information about

the Lincolnway Christian

Church, its services and upcoming

events – including

its Comedy Date Night on

Feb. 16 – can be found at

Sara Kahne (right), of New Lenox, and her daughter Mackenzie take a break from one of

the activities to pose for a picture Saturday, Jan. 27, during Lincolnway Christian Church’s

Fun Fair. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

New Lenox resident Ender Oktayuren climbs the rock wall. Life & Arts

the New Lenox Patriot | February 1, 2018 | 23

‘The world is just full of musical potential’

LW alum finds

creative inspiration

in household items

that carry a tune

Bill Jones, Contributing Editor

It all started with a homemade


“It wasn’t even meant to

be anything, but I saw this

frame drum in a shop,” Joe

Rauen recalled. “I said,

‘That thing right there is already

50 percent of a banjo.

If you just made a neck, that

would be a banjo.’”

A friend encouraged him

to follow the whim. Rauen

built a neck and figured

out a way to fasten it to the


“I built this thing without

any knowledge,” he

said. “When I finally got the

strings on it. ‘Oh!’ It’s not

great, but the eureka moment

is, like, you don’t need

to have the knowledge first

and then build; you can start

with no knowledge.”

That was seven or eight

years ago. A year later,

Rauen built two more instruments,

and the year after

that: four. Today, a small

space in the basement of his

home in Munster, Indiana,

is jam-packed with instruments

of all shapes, sizes,

colors and, of most importance,

materials. Rauen’s

music shop of choice is not

Guitar Center; it is Home


“The world is just full of

musical potential, everywhere,”

said Rauen, a product

of the Lincoln-Way system

who works as registrar

for a local school. “When

you’re not tuned into it,

you can be blind to it. Once

you’re hip to it, it’s everywhere.

“Spill a silverware drawer.

It’s amazing. If you have

the luxury of doing so,

If you go: Cabaret -

Experimental Musical


Who: Joe Rauen, creator

and performer of

experimental instruments

When: 2 p.m. Thursday,

Feb. 8

Where: Orland Park Public

Library, 14921 S. Ravinia

Ave., Room 104

Official Description: Artist

and musician Joe Rauen

will spend the afternoon

demonstrating and

performing music for his

experimental musical

instruments. Some

of these are shovels,

suitcases and household

plumbing turned into

strange and beautiful

musical instruments.

Others are guitars and

banjos taken apart and

recombined in other

worldly shapes.

Selling Point: “Joe appeals

to all different age groups,”

said Jackie Boyd, public

information officer for the

library. “He can make an

instrument seemingly out

of anything.”

Learn More: Visit www. for more

information or photos of

Rauen’s work.

Joe Rauen fiddles around with a bow and custom tennis racquet banjo in his basement

workshop. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

chuck your silverware down

your driveway sometime.

It’s just amazing, when you

think about it as music, what

kind of sounds happen. Or

take a bow and bow something

you wouldn’t think

should be bowed. Bow a

shovel sometime. It’s shocking

what kind of sounds are

all around us.”

Rauen studied at the

Berklee College of Music.

He has a background focused

on stringed instruments

and woodwinds, but

he has dabbled in brass, as

well. The custom creations

in his basement reflect that,

skewing roughly 60 percent

strings, mostly rounded out

by clarinets and flutes but

with some other oddities in

the mix. Rauen often sticks

to traditional tuning pegs

and strings when creating,

as they are designed to do

specific jobs difficult to replicate,

but the instruments

otherwise are made with

items such as shovels and

brooms and hockey sticks,

and a workshop bench has

more ideas in the works.

The instruments also are

incredibly intricate in decoration

and color.

“Some of [the colors] have

a purpose, too,” Rauen said.

“All of the flutes have what

key they are, color coded.

So, the color coding starts

with red in C. Red, orange,

yellow, green, blue, indigo,

violet for CDEFGABC.

Flutes that have their complementary

color are minor.

Flutes that have white are

major. If the flute plays in

the same key as some instrument

— like, that green one

plays in the same key as that

multi-neck ukulele. They’re

fun because they’re colorful,

but they also help me

when I’m onstage.”

Rauen is set to take the

stage at 2 p.m. Thursday,

Feb. 8, at the Orland Park

Public Library, putting both

his instruments and his performance

talents on display.

His overriding mandate is to

be the antithesis of the guy

at the bar with a guitar on

a Saturday night; he rather

would give people something

they have never before


“It’s a one-man show

where I play maybe 10

original tunes that use different

combinations of the

instruments,” he said. “I

use a looping pedal, so that

I can lay down a bass line

with one, play chords with

another. I’ll improvise with

one of the flutes or cellos, or

do some kind of noisescapes

with the others. I’ll talk a little

bit about what the instruments

are and why I made

certain choices, and a little

bit about how they’re built.”

Rauen said he is more

than happy to adapt his

show to the whims of his audiences.

Sometimes, people

just want to listen and vibe,

and the musician is happy to

just play around for the afternoon.

Other times, people

want to get into the “nittygritty”

of how the instruments

are made, and he is

more than willing to discuss

that and point people in the

right direction to make their

own devices. Occasionally,

the conversations even drift

into more philosophical

questions of what defines a

certain type of instrument,

and whether or not those

definitions truly matter.

“These things don’t have

definite answers,” Rauen

said. “It’s hard to say sometimes,

‘Is this a banjo or

not?’ because all the guides

that tell you what a banjo

is are missing when you’re

talking about a tennis racquet.”

As innovative as Rauen’s

work may seem, he is more

than willing to acknowledge

and discuss a picture

on his wall of his biggest

influence, Rahsaan Roland


“This is pretty much my

musical idol,” Rauen said.

“I think I’m working in

his tradition now. He was

a blind jazz saxophonist,

active starting in the late

1950s, and especially in

the ’60s and ’70s, known

for playing a large collection

of instruments, sometimes

simultaneously. ....

He usually came onstage

with three saxophones, and

they were weird ones, ones

that weren’t commonly


“His whole performance

was full of humor and surreal

song titles and surreal imagery.

The whole thing was

totally about him. It had to

do with him, his personality,

his instruments, the things

he pioneered.

“If I really get down to

why was that important to

me … it’s nothing against

the guy at the bar playing

mandolin. The thing that

doesn’t interest me about

that is pluck that guy out of

the band and drop some other

guy in, and things mostly

proceed as usual, right?

But Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s

shows counted 100 percent

on Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

There was not a version

of the show without Rahsaan

Roland Kirk. He built

this whole thing around the

whole himness of it. That’s

what interests me.

“When I do this show,

you get me and all this crazy

junk I made. You get the fact

that I’m a banjo and bass

player first and a flutist and

clarinetist second. All those

things combine around me

and with me, and it doesn’t

work without me.”

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Lincoln-Way West’s Morgan Burke recently won an award for her artwork that was

submitted into a regional competition that concluded late last month. Photos Submitted

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D210 students

win 37 awards in

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Submitted by Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210

In late January, students

in District 210 competed

in the 2018 Scholastic Art

Competition. The Scholastic

Art Show is the most

recognized and prestigious

high school art exhibition

in the nation. In the Midwest

region, 30 area schools

submitted 3,020 works of

art with only 939 pieces

awarded and accepted into

the show.

Lincoln-Way students

were recognized with 37

awards for their outstanding

artwork. The 24 awards

consisted of nine Gold

Awards, 11 Silver Awards

and 17 Honorable Mention

Awards. Gold key award

winners’ work will advance

to New York to compete at

the national level.

“We are extremely proud

of all our students who entered

artwork into the Scholastic

competition, and congratulate

those who were

recognized with awards,”

said Phil Labriola, District

Art Department Chair.

“With the amount of work

and the exceptional quality

represented, it is indeed an

honor to be selected.”

Central students who were

recognized with awards include:

Ayana Esparza, Melanie

Piunti, Julia Roessler and

Sarah Walton. West students

who won include: Alexi

Bersamin, Mia Bruno, Morgan

Burke, Anna Cosgrove,

Emily Davis (two pieces

of artwork won), Allison

Dusek (two pieces of artwork

won), Courtney Kurtz,

Alanna Ledvina, Jesus Luna,

Cheyanne Montano, Alina

Park, Alaina Pastoor and

Cali Yario (two pieces of artwork).

All awarded works will

be displayed in the Regional

Show. The reception will

Lincoln-Way Central’s

Sarah Walton was one of

four Central students who

won an award from the 2018

Scholastic Art Competition.

be held Sunday, February

4, 2018, from 1-5 p.m. at

Downers Grove North High

School, located at 4436

Main St. in Downers Grove.

The show will be open for

viewing from Monday, Feb.

5-Friday, Feb. 9. DINING OUT

the New Lenox Patriot | February 1, 2018 | 27

The Dish

Around the world in less than 80 dishes

Black Sheep brings

culinary infusion

with attitude

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

“Suburbanites deserve and

demand good food now, and I’ll

be more than happy to be the guy

to bring it to them.”

Matthew Griseta — Black Sheep executive chef

A black sheep is normally

defined as someone or something

that is an outcast, different,

not the norm.

Black Sheep in Orland

Park fits right in with that

traditional usage, and the

restaurant is proud of it.

From the exterior, the

place looks like most bars

one might expect to see in

the southwest suburbs. If

features a dark, wooden exterior,

with darkened windows

to keep innocent eyes

from prying.

But inside, customers will

find a blend of industrialtype

decor, mixed with upscale

dining, courtesy of a

repurposed van turned into a

half-food truck.

That is where the magic


Executive Chef Matthew

Griseta said he wanted to

bring all the culinary experiences

of the big cities to

the suburbs because “suburbanites

deserve and demand

good food now, and I’ll be

more than happy to be the

guy to bring it to them.”

Griseta, who considers

himself a “sponge” of the

culinary sciences, traveled

extensively around the country

and world, becoming inspired

by different cultures’


“In any one dish, there’s

a lot of global inspiration,”

Griseta said. “And across

our whole menu, you see

this cultural melting pot ... in

a very unassuming environment.”

Take, for example, Black

Sheep’s staple dish, the beerbraised

beef tacos (two for

$5). It is a blend of Mexican,

Brazilian and Asian cuisines

— each geographical contributor

with its own distinct


“It’s a labor of love; it

takes a long time,” Griseta

said. “We start with

good quality cut inside bottom

round, cut it into about

2-inch steaks, rub it with

chili and garlic, sear it over

hot flames, and then braise

it for five hours in a guajillo

beer stock. And that’s just

the base of it. I would just

eat that in a bowl by itself.

“But then we try to go

over the top with it, and we

use buttermilk-marinated julienne

onions, toss it in some

season flour, crisp those up.

Those go on top of the beerbraised

beef with a little bit

of chimichurri — which is

like a Brazilian herbal steak

sauce, but as far from A1 as

you can possibly imagine

— and then Cotija cheese —

which is sort of like a Mexican

Parmesan, so it’s a really

umami-rich, stinky cheese

— served on your choice of

flour or corn tortilla.”

Or, there are the crispy

belly tacos (also two for

$5). Sounds simple enough:

Pork, tortilla, toppings,

right? Not at Black Sheep.

“What I did with [the

pork] — instead of using it

as bacon or ramen stock or

braising it or something like

that — what we do is crisp

it up in the fryer, toss it in

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our house-made shichimi

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as well,” Griseta said.

“So, it’s like a sticky,

crispy, porky delicious base

for a taco, and we continue

to go with that crunch theme

and throw a little bit of cilantro

lime ’slaw and fresh

jalapeño on top. So, there’s

so many different cultures

and techniques in one dish.”

Griseta and the rest of the

staff — including bartenders

who have friendly competitions

with each other to

come up with new, crafted

cocktails, such as a variety

of margaritas (all made

using fresh, homemade

ingredients) or the cucumber

pink lemonade (made

with Effen cucumber vodka,

pamplemousse liqueur

and homemade flavored

soda) — have a tremendous

amount of flexibility when

Black Sheep Executive Chef Matthew Griseta holds several of the crowd favorites,

including Korean BBQ wings, beer-braised beef tacos and crispy belly tacos. Photos by T.J.

Kremer III/22nd Century Media

A closer look at the Korean BBQ wings (six for $7.50).

it comes to creating menu


“It’s a very competitive

restaurant marketplace, and

our niche is, you know, trying

to be a badass, hip place

with our decor and always

trying to get new talent,”

Griseta said.

“We bring ’em in with

one of our many things

that would be of interest to

someone and then just try to

get them with every single

aspect of the hospitality

spectrum. ... We really just

try to get somebody in and

then wow them in every single

way that we can. That’s

what we like to do: get a

foot in the door, and then

with everything else, just

blow it wide open, blow the

door up, if you will.”

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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


1. List abbr.

5. Total

10. Dweller along the


14. Root

15. Green

16. Miscellaneous collection

17. Tiger haunt

18. Stubborn people

19. Italia’s capital

20. Wyatt Earp, for one

22. Check record

24. W. Coast clock setting

25. Raised the curtain,


29. Mokena Parks

area with exercise and

health facilities

33. Previous

35. Weird

36. Scorch

37. ___ in victory

38. Swiss river

39. Tie tack

41. Mannerly sort

42. Supporting item

43. Neuter

44. Take cover

45. Word of encouragement

47. Layered

50. African nation

51. Drapers’ meas.

52. “SportsCenter” airer

55. Natural fabric

59. Rip-off

62. Executive Director

of the Mokena Community

Park District,

Mike ____

64. “I’ll get right ___!”

66. Asian juice

67. Nose

68. Long-range threat,


69. Military training


70. Sports groups

71. Smaller amount


1. Touch-down time


2. Job

3. Diva’s song

4. Advance

5. Expose

6. Rides

7. __ death do us part

8. Dec. 24 and 31

9. Take a break

10. Cold dessert

11. Rock group from the


12. Edge of a canyon

13. Scarf

21. Mani/pedi place

23. Global taxi middleman

26. Acknowledge defeat

27. Actress Plummer

28. Homesteader

29. Brewer’s need

30. Home, figuratively

31. Publisher’s addenda

32. “___ como va, mi

ritmo” Santana

33. Cries at a circus

34. Power __

36. Small, low island

39. Navy noncom

40. Put down

41. Phone trio

43. Government lending


46. Feeble

47. Lecture hall

48. Embraces

49. Colo. clock setting

53. “Hey, over here!”

54. Wild goose

56. Elbow grease

57. “___ bitten, twice shy”

58. Penpoints

59. AARP member

60. Dove’s sound

61. Aardvark’s tidbit

63. Hawaii’s Mauna ___

65. Trademarks, abbr.


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(1300 N. Cedar Road,

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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 Local Living

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Meadows in Tinley Park is

where home buyers once again

find unrivaled quality in a

Crana home.

But pride in workmanship

is only the first part of the

promise. The second part is

pride of ownership - the key

to customer satisfaction. Crana

Homes meets with buyers to

discuss what they need and

want in a new home. Working

closely with customers gives

the insight and understanding

needed for the kind of

customer satisfaction that lasts

long after a home is finished.

This makes a Crana home not

only attractive and comfortable

but also a great investment.

Today, Crana Homes’ legacy

culminates in Brookside

Meadows’ newly opened Phase

II, a community of awardwinning,


homes that sets the standard

for luxury townhomes.

Whether you’re a first time

buyer, an upsizer, downsizer or

just looking for a great place

to raise a family early buyers

still have plenty of choices

available in the latest and final

phase of this quiet, secluded

section in Tinley Park.

The split level Fahan II

is a beautiful 3,303 total

square foot home (including a

1,216’ basement). It has three

bedrooms and two-and-half

baths with a two-car garage

and a cement driveway. A

fourth bedroom is optional.

The large open kitchen has

custom maple cabinets and

elegant granite countertops.

Maple cabinets are also found

in the bathrooms and laundry

room. Overlooking the great

room is regal loft. Gorgeous

oak is used on floors, doors,

railings and trim throughout.

Ceramic floor tile covers the

foyer and the bathrooms -

which also feature cultured

marble vanity tops. A full

walkout or lookout basement

and a deck is included.

Another award-winning

design is the Lennan II,

a comfortable two/three

bedroom split level home that

includes most of the features

of the Fahan II except the

spacious master suite is located

on the upper level and a

cathedral ceiling is available as

an option. The Lennan II totals

3,167 square feet of space

(including a 1,049’ basement)

and a two-car garage with

cement driveway. With Phase

II prices holding in the

upper-$200s (including

site), buyers are finding some

extra room for options like

a fireplace, coffered ceilings,

skylights and a soaker tub in

the master bath.

All homes at Brookside

Meadows include costefficient,


features like a high efficiency

furnace and Lo-E glass

installed throughout. Other

‘green’ features include an

Energy Miser hot water heater,

vented soffits, 1.75” insulated

entrance doors, energy

efficient appliances and Tuff-R

insulated wall sheathing.

Underground utilities and

sprinklers are standard and

Lake Michigan water is on tap.

What’s more, Brookside

Meadows’ location is a winner!

Tinley Park has been rated as

“The Best Place in America to

Raise a Family,” by Bloomberg

BusinessWeek. Tinley lives up

to that title with: highly rated

schools, dozens of parks and

playgrounds, proximity to

stores and malls plus all the

recreation, cultural events and

dining of a neighboring world

class city. Major highways and

the Metra commuter line are

just minutes away.

See for yourself why

‘Pride of Workmanship,

Pride of Ownership’ are

words to live by in every

Crana Home. Choice sites

are still available for early

buyers. The Sales Center and

fully decorated model homes

are open Monday through

Thursday from 10:00am to

4:00pm; Saturday and Sunday

from noon to 4:00pm; and

Friday by appointment. From

I-80, exit La Grange Road

south for just under two miles

to La Porte Road and turn east

for one-half mile. If using a

GPS, enter the address: 19839

Mulroy Circle, Tinley Park, IL.

Sizes, specs and prices

can change. For details and

information contact a Sales

Associate at 708-479-5111 and


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What: 2,000 square-foot, split-level

in Springview West Subdivision

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Amenities: Great opportunity to

move into Lincoln-Way Community

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Dec. 29

• 700 Goldfinch Lane, New Lenox,

60451-8583 - Amy Dow to Anthony

F. Larocco, Samantha E. Godawski


• 370 Hancock Drive, New Lenox,

60451-3165 - James A. Durovec to Ryan

J. Durovec, $210,000

Dec. 28

• 726 Pintail Drive, New Lenox, 60451-

1958 - Eagle Ridge to Scott P. Flanagan,

Andrea K. Flanagan $363,500

• 504 Alan Drive, New Lenox, 60451-

1904 - Tarraf Construction to Jason M.

Van Swol, Amy E. Kearnes $270,000

Dec. 27

• 2802 Foxwood Drive, New Lenox,

60451 - First Midwest Bank Trustee

to Joshua H. Cwik, Jessica M. Cwik


• 971 Wildwood Drive, New Lenox,

60451-3354 - David Davis to Jose

Fernandez, Angela Fernandez $270,000

Dec. 26

• 2625 Schooner Drive, New Lenox,

60451-9234 - Rebecca J. Browe to

Kristen Yunker, $221,000

• 139 S. Cooper Road, New Lenox,

60451-1803 - Chicago Title Land Trust to

Carrie A. Jones, $131,000

• 521 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox,

60451-1615 - Chlebek Trust to Kara C.

Mcfadden, $151,500

Dec. 22

• 621 Edgewater Court, New Lenox,

60451-4820 - David D. Bell to Ronald J.

Heintz, Lynn A. Heintz $480,000

• 811 Timber Place, New Lenox, 60451-

2475 - Chicago Title Land Trust to Ryan

M. Walleck, $152,000

• 761 Churchill Drive, New Lenox,

60451-3368 - Michael A. Berkey to

Anthony T. Elder, Elizabeth A. Butler


• 2804 Brett Drive, New Lenox, 60451

- First Midwest Bank Trustee to Kenneth

C. Harenberg III, Melanie M. Harenberg


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Seeks Sales Directors

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22nd Century Media, a media

publishing company based in

Orland Park, is seeking Sales

Directors to join their team.

Responsibilities Include:

Proactively prospecting and

qualifying potential new

advertising accounts; handling

incoming leads; guiding ad

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working with decision makers

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Ideal candidates will possess

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Safety Assistant

Tinley Park Safety Dept.

looking for individuals for

full-time office positions at

transportation company.

Multiple positions available.

Candidates must be proficient

with Microsoft Office and

possess good commuication

skills. Will train the right

candidates. Please forward

resume to

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SW Suburban (Tinley Park)

Manufacturing Company

seeks a person with

experience in B2B Sales of

industrial products


This is an inside,

consultative Sales position

which will focus on new

product sales development and

existing product sales.

This sales/marketing

function selects and targets

decision makers to discuss the

product features relative

to the prospect’s existing &

potential needs.

Successful candidates

should be proactive and have

strong sales experience.

Excellent salary and fringe


Annual performance bonus


It is NOT an outside sales,

telemarketing, nor a

commission paid position.

Send resume to:

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General Office

Tinley Park industrial

manufacturing sales office

seeks a qualified, energetic

individual for a F/T position.

Duties include general office

functions including phone

reception & filing in our busy

office. Ideal candidate should

have excellent skills in computer

literacy, keyboard efficiency,

and extensive phone

experience including active

phone call routing. This is a

great opportunity for an

intelligent & organized person

who enjoys challenge and

variety. We offer competitive

wages with benefit package including

401(k). Please send

cover letter and resume

via email to:

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Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

Greenhouse Assistant

Wanted. P/T or F/T. Plant

knowledge recommended.

Caring for greenhouse

materials. Assisting retail

customers. Melka Garden

Center. Send resume to:

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for house cleaners in

SW suburbs.

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The Kennedy Center is

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person with excellent

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Retired RN care for

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2702 Public Notices

Certificate No. 32017 was filed in

the office of the County Clerk of

Will onJanuary 11, 2018 wherein

the business firm ofStar Nails &

Spa located at 2111 Calistoga Dr,

New Lenox, IL 60451 is registered

and acertificate notice setting forth

the following:

Chau Thi Nguyen, 3150 Rosiclaire

Ct, S. Chicago Heights, IL 60411



hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois,

this 11th day of January, 2018

Nancy Schultz Voots

Will County Clerk

Certificate No. 32019 was filed in

the office of the County Clerk of

Will onJanuary 12, 2018 wherein

the business firm ofIllusions34 located

at 912 Ogden Road, New Lenox,

IL 60451 is registered and a

certificate notice setting forth the


Crystal Phillips, 912 Ogden Road,

New Lenox, IL 60451



hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois,

this 12th day of January, 2018

Nancy Schultz Voots

Will County Clerk

2900 Merchandise Under $100

Antique vintage Geneva Ill #8

star black flat cast iron, nice

condition $25. Vintage Summit

1993L collectible casting fishing

reel $35. Vintage solid

steel body wizard electric variable

speed saber saw $40.


Baby items: 8included. High

chair, stroll w/ car seat, bouncy

swing, ect. $100. Great condition!

708.682.6434 Frankfort

Cherry wood cigars box w/ 5

drawers $25. Sharp 19” TV

never used, flat $25. Panasonic

fax machine, like new $25.

Ask for Lou. 708.448.9597

Christmas Cannonball “2002”

special edition train collectors

item $75. 708.403.2473

Darvin curio, 69” tall x141/2”

wide x91/2” deep w/ 4glass

shelves. $100. 708.214.2980

FREE “gumballs” from sweet

gum tree. Great for crafts!


Girl’s poster/canopy (twin) bed

& box spring $65. Thick

hand-knit sweaters $25. Rustic

plywood 4”x8” $10. Bob


Gorilla rack GR1902 work

center, 4ft work bench with

single drawer $90. Call Tom at


Live rubber plant, beautiful

$30. Call 708.250.9583

Mens ski outfit (size medium)

jacket, bibs, hat $35. Perfect

condition. 3pr mens ski gloves

$6 ea. 1pr ladies ski mittens

$6. 815.320.6178

Red Wing soft toe shoes 8.5D

from Heritage collection $55. 6

foot wood ladder $10.


Samsung Galaxy 4G LTE

phone 8GB $50. Portable sewing

machine, brand new! $10.

Automatic jar opener, Black &

Decker, brand new! $15.


Skullcandy Vandal, go to

Amazon or Google for description,

speaker system for docking

older 30-pin iPhones, still

in originalpackaging $40.


Solid wood TV snack tables.

Like new. Set of 2. $15/ea or

$25 for both. Call Allen.


STARWARS! Original soundtrack,

2 albums in original

folder album with original

poster, all from 1977 (20th

Century Fox) $100.


Prom Dress: size 2-4, baby

blue $100. Orginally $450.

Will send pictures!


Used kitchen cabinets. Good

for basement/garage. 19’ base

& top. $100. Call Jim.


Vintage solid steel body wizard,

electric variable speed saber

saw model 4403A$40. PF

product classic vintage retro

novelty wall phone with push

button dials $35. 708.466.9907

Wood sleds 41” $8. 27” $5.

Health Rider exercise rider.

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Jimmie Olds

Jimmie Olds is a senior

on the Lincoln-Way West

wrestling team. He was the

220-pound champion at the

SWSC Tournament, and as

of Jan. 25, he holds a 34-3

record, which ranks him

fourth in the state by

How’d you get started

in wrestling?

My dad wrestled in junior

high, and when I found out

there was a wrestling club in

school in fifth-grade at Nelson

Ridge, I joined the team.

What did you learn last

year wrestling behind

accomplished wrestler

Jake Dudeck?

I knew that Jake Dudeck

was going to be starting on

varsity, so I just stayed patient,

completed junior year

on junior varsity, got better,

and knew I was going to be

on varsity this year. I got to

wrestle a lot with him during

practices, learned some

stuff from him. Coach Brian

Glynn told me that next year

was going to be my year.

What’s something from

wrestling that you could

take away as a life


Don’t get too full of yourself,

stay humble. I had an

experience in the past at a

JV conference meet. I was

[seeded] No. 1, and I ended

up losing in the semifinals

because I was too cocky.

What’s your ideal way

to win a match?

I like pinning kids. I just

feel like it gets me more

hyped at the team, too. I

don’t like pinning kids in the

first [period] because I feel I

don’t get a good workout, so

probably the second period

would be best.

What’s your greatest

achievement in

wrestling, so far?

Winning the Tom Lahey

Invitational (Jan. 20).

I wrestled it last year because

Dudeck was out, and

I placed fifth, so to come

back this year and win it was

great. I knew I was going to

make it to the finals. I didn’t

know what would happen

from there, but after winning

it I was lost for words. I was

really excited about that. It

was a big accomplishment

for me.

If you won the lottery,

what’s the first thing

you’d buy?

I’d probably help out

some of the programs I grew

up doing. Like, New Lenox

Wrestling, I’d buy them new

mats, and the New Lenox

Mustangs, I’d buy them

new equipment, and then I’d

buy my parents something –

probably a house.

What’s something most

people don’t know

about you?

I’m terrible at every other

sport besides wrestling. I’m

bad at basketball, golf, tennis

and all that stuff. People

probably think because I’m

22nd Century Media File Photo

big and athletic that I’m

good at other things, but I

think anywhere besides the

mat, I’m just terrible.

Who is your favorite


I want to say Jordan Telez

because we’re both goofy,

and we like to have fun. We

usually sit by each other, so

we like to joke around and

have fun between matches,

and we wrestle together a

decent amount in practice.

If calories, weight

cutting didn’t matter,

what would your ideal

post-match meal be?

Probably The Tractor Pull

from The Country Charm [in

New Lenox]. It’s probably

the biggest thing they have

there. It’s one of my favorites.

(According to the The

Country Charm’s website,

The Tractor Pull is a skillet

with ham, sausage, bacon,

onions, American and Swiss

cheeses topped with an order

of biscuits and gravy.)

If you could be someone

else for a day, who

would you be?

Travis Pastrana. He does

motocross, monster truck

driving, [rally racing] – he’s

living the life, honestly, if

you ask me.

Interview by Editor James


Athlete of the Month

LW West girls basketball

player first champ of 2018

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Tara Gugliuzza is only a

freshman on the Lincoln-

Way West varsity girls basketball

team, but area sports

fans already are taking notice.

Basketball is in her family,

and she has shown no

sign of being intimidated by

players older than her in varsity

competition. Her standout

play also recently earned

her 22nd Century Media’s

Southwest Chicago Athlete

of the Month crown, as she

won the January contest.

The Athlete of the Month

competition pits featured

Athlete of the Week selections

from our south suburban

newspapers against one

another in an online voting


The next contest is to begin

Saturday, Feb. 10.

To vote, visit NewLenox, hover over the

“Sports” menu tab and click

“Athlete of the Month.” Readers

can vote once per session

per valid email address. Voting

ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

All athletes featured in the

January Athlete of the Week

sports interviews are automatically

entered into the


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Girls gymnastics

LW co-op wins conference once again; eyes regional, sectional next

Chris Walker

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln Way co-op’s gymnasts

performed like they

had been there before during

the SouthWest Suburban

Conference meet in Frankfort

on Jan. 23.

That’s probably because

most of them had been when

the team won the conference

meet at Andrew in Tinley

Park last January. It also

had to help that they were in

the same gym that they also

practice in each day.

This time the team showcased

its depth and talented

roster as four different gymnasts

won an event to help

the team cruise to victory

with 144.9 points, easily in

front of runner-up Sandburg/

Stagg co-op’s 126.9.

The 144.9 points were the

second most scored this season

by Lincoln-Way, which

had earned a 145.7 on Dec.

12. Lincoln-Way, which finished

sixth in the state last

season, is one of only seven

teams to score a 145 or higher

through Jan. 24.

“Everybody but freshman

Grace Kmak (Lincoln-Way

Central) was a part of last

year’s team, so this is their

second go around,” Lincoln-

Way coach Kim Lago said.

“But Grace is one of our best

competitors, so she showed

that she’s all right.”

Kmak was more than

all right as she took third

place in the all-around with

a 35.825 while looking up

at teammates Korina Jarosz’s

36.15 and Una Farrell’s

36.325, both of whom

are students at Lincoln-Way


“We’re close to where we

think we can be,” said Farrell,

a senior. “This wasn’t

my strongest performance,

but just coming out of an illness,

it wasn’t so bad.

“We believe it’s possible

Korina Jarosz, from Lincoln-Way West, takes her turn in the

bars event. She finished second in the all-around.

to go to state again as long

as we keep our heads in

the game. It’s easy to get

distracted just coming off

break, and this is a pivotal

time to get everything right

and hit all our routines.”

Farrell missed almost a

week of practice.

“She only recently came

back after being sick, so

she wasn’t able to practice

much,” Lago said. “Everybody

kind of stepped up

in some places, which was

nice. Hopefully they just

keep wanting it.”

Farrell also won bars with

an 8.85 along with her allaround

title. Jarosz won

vault with a 9.25, Allie Reis

(Lincoln-Way East) claimed

the floor exercise with a 9.5

and senior Madi Flondor

(Lincoln-Way West) was

the beam champion with a


“I was proud of my whole

performance tonight,” Flondor

said. “I’ve been working

really hard and it kind of

showed. It was the right time

to come together for conference.”

Beam isn’t a favorite

event for most gymnasts, but

it is for Flondor.

“It’s my favorite so I’m

glad that was the event I

won,” she said. “There’s

always a lot of nerves with

it, but you have to control it

and it’s such a good feeling

to hit the routine after you

practice it every day.”

Erica Dice (Lincoln-

Way West) contributed to

the team total with a 9.0 on

vault, and Kmak’s scores on

bars and beam helped the

overall team score.

“As a team, I feel like we

were able to test ourselves

to see how prepared we are

and if we can hold it together

with the big pressure,” Farrell

said. “Conference isn’t a

huge deal in that it’s not as

important as regionals and

sectionals. We know what it

meant and we pushed ourselves

and tried not to succumb

to the nerves.”

The team seems as fully

prepared physically as they

are mentally which puts

them in a great position

heading into the post-season.

“The best thing you do

for yourself is to make sure

you’re in the best mindset,”

Flondor said. “And we’re

not selfish, we’re going all

out for the team.”

Lincoln-Way gymnast Una Farrell, from Lincoln-Way West, placed first in the all-around

competition Jan. 24 at the SWSC meet in Frankfort. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century


Erika Waaso, from Lincoln-Way West, performs in the beam event. New Lenox

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Alumni spotlight

Provi alum, Citrus Bowl hero talks catch, future at Notre Dame

Tim Carroll

Contributing Editor

In the Providence Catholic communities,

Miles Boykin may have

been a pretty well-known name.

But prior to Jan. 1 in the Citrus

Bowl, the casual Notre Dame football

fan probably had not heard too

much about Boykin.

That changed with his performance

at the Citrus Bowl, where he

hauled in a one-handed catch with

1 minute and 28 seconds remaining

against Louisiana State University,

made two defenders miss and

reached the end zone for the gamewinning

score. The touchdown

gave the Fighting Irish a 21-17

lead, which they did not relinquish.

Prior to the Citrus Bowl, Boykin,

a junior who has two more seasons

of athletic eligibility, had hauled

in nine catches for a total of 151

yards in the 2017 regular season. In

2016, he made a total of six catches

for 81 yards.

During the game against LSU,

Boykin made three catches for a

total of 102 yards, including the

55-yard game-winning touchdown.

His numbers and late-game heroics

earned him the bowl game’s

most valuable player honors,

which may have come as a surprise

to the aforementioned casual Notre

Dame fan. But it was all but expected

by Boykin and Notre Dame

coach Brian Kelly.

“It was probably the second

day of prep for LSU, down at the

bowl in Orlando, and we were just

stretching, and [Kelly] was passing

me,” Boykin said in a phone

interview. “He stopped and said,

‘Miles, you’re winning MVP this

week. You’re going to win MVP of

the game.’”

Given his previous production,

Boykin initially thought it was a

suspect claim.

“I just kind of looked at him

like, ‘OK,’ and just kind of finished

stretching,” Boykin said with a

laugh. “He kind of said it a couple

more times later on in that week.

But it became pretty clear to me

that, after probably the third or

fourth day of game planning, that

Miles Boykin was a starting wide receiver on Providence football’s

2014-2015 roster that won the Class 7A state championship. BURNS


I was going to have a chance to

make some pretty big plays. I had

an opportunity to win MVP.”

Boykin said that as soon as he

found out he was the game MVP,

Kelly looked at him and said, “‘I

told you so. You didn’t want to believe

me, but I told you.’”

The catch

Notre Dame, which earlier in the

season had national championship

aspirations, had some inconsistency

at the quarterback position

in the bowl game, which led to

Brandon Wimbush — the starting

quarterback for most of the season

— being pulled in favor of backup

Ian Book.

But the change under center did

not faze Boykin, who had been taking

reps with the No. 1 and No. 2

offense throughout the season.

When Boykin heard the play

call, he was pretty sure he was going

to be the one getting the ball.

“There’s certain plays that we

have, and, if we’re pressed up to

the boundary, he has to throw that

‘go’ ball,” Boykin said. “Especially

against a team like LSU, which

plays press man [coverage].”

But knowing that the throw was

coming to him and hauling it in, especially

in the one-handed fashion

that he did, are two different things.

“We try not to practice [onehanded

catches]; sometimes, it

kind of just happens,” Boykin said

with a chuckle. “We always try to

get two hands on the ball.

“Being a receiver isn’t just about

making the easy catches; it’s about

making the hard catches, as well.

Obviously, we’d love the quarterback

to be perfect every single

time, but that’s not going to happen.

Just like they want us to be perfect

every single time, that’s not going

to happen. So, we understand that

we have to make a play on every

ball [we can], and anything we can

get our hands on, we have to bring

it in.”

Irish receivers may not spend

practice time on one-handed

catches, but Boykin said they do

spend time practicing making defenders

miss. Once Boykin made

the highlight-reel catch down the

right sideline, he still had some

work to do, beating LSU defensive

backs Donte Jackson and

John Battle.

Boykin said wide receivers do a

drill called sideline tackle, in which

wideouts are one-on-one with a defensive

back and get one move to

try to get past him. He also said

receivers have to run after catches

made in practice for 10-15 yards.

The catch did not come in a national

championship game, but it

was one of the more exciting plays

of the college football season. And

it may well hold up as an iconic

moment in the storied history of

Notre Dame.

Miles Boykin’s highlight-reel catch and run for a touchdown came

with 1 minutes, 28 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to put the

Fighting Irish up 21-17 and eventually win the game. Photo submitted

“It’s an awesome feeling,”

Boykin said when asked what it is

like to know his catch will be replayed.

“It’s also very humbling,

because at the same time, I’m not

done playing at Notre Dame yet,

so I want to be able to add to that

and add to my legacy there and

continue to thrive and continue to

grow as a player and as a person.”

Return to Providence

Boykin took some time during

his winter break to return to Providence

Catholic Jan. 9. He said he

always goes back to his former

high school when home for break.

Coming off his Citrus Bowl

MVP, he probably could have

returned with great fanfare, but

Boykin was looking for more of

a low-key, informal meeting with

some of the teachers and coaches

who helped start him on his path to

Notre Dame.

“They’re always proud of me,

regardless of what I do,” he said.

“That was a place where I really

started to grow as a person, I think.

So, it’s always good to go back


In addition to spending some

time with Providence football

coach Mark Coglianese, Boykin

said he chatted with “pretty much

everybody I had as a teacher while

I was there.”

And while they told him how

proud they were of him, his football

career was not their primary


“They wanted to know if I was

going to get my degree, and that

was really what they were most

worried about, how school was going

and how I’m doing in life, in

general,” Boykin said.

What the future holds

His former teachers and coaches

will be happy to learn that Boykin

does intend to earn a degree in

marketing from Notre Dame, and

he wants to do so in just three and

a half years.

But he plans to continue making

strides on the field, too. The next

step is to be the primary receiver for

the Irish. With his performance in

the Citrus Bowl and fellow receiver

Equanimeous St. Brown’s declaration

for the NFL draft, that is a real


He said he plans to work on everything:

“Catch every single day,

work on my footwork and routerunning,

which is huge [at this


Boykin and his fellow Notre

Dame students returned to school

Monday, Jan. 15, and, in pursuit of

his goals for next year, he said it

will be right back to work.

“I’m sure the receivers and the

quarterbacks will pick our times to

run routes and do football activities,”

he said. “Other than that, it’s

just time to hit the weight room.” Sports

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Boys Bowling

New Lenox schools make impression at state

Jack Davern’s

turkey in final frame

secures Central’s

third-place trophy


Freelance Reporter

The Lincoln-Way Central

boys bowling team was truly

that this season - a team.

Last weekend the Knights

team brought home a third

place state trophy.

With no bowlers in the

Top 20, Central was still able

to be in position to compete

for a state title. Eventually

the Knights took home

a third-place finish, which

was a great way to cap off an

amazing season, on Saturday,

Jan. 27 at St. Clair Bowl

in O’Fallon.

Across town Lincoln-

Way West made the Top 12

at state for a second straight

season. The Warriors placed

11th overall and certainly

put New Lenox on the map

among the hotbed bowling

areas in the state.

“All five of our bowlers

came through,” Central

coach Coley O’Connell said.

“A different one stepped up

throughout. To have a third

place finish and not have a

guy bowl in the top 20 is incredible.”

The Knights were in second

place much of the afternoon.

At one point, they

looked to be within striking

distance of the title, being

213 pins behind eventual

winner – Hononegah from

Rockton – at the intermission

of the second day. But

it wasn’t to be as Central

slipped some in the afternoon

and Hononegah stayed


The final standings of

the 12 teams that bowled

both days were Hononegah

(12,611), Freeport (12,191),

Lincoln-Way Central’s Steve Plane finished 23rd overall individually at the state bowling

tournament in O’Fallon Saturday, Jan. 27, to help the Knights secure a third-place state

finish. Lincoln-Way West finished 11th overall. 22nd Century Media File Photo

Central (12,132) edged

O’Fallon (12,107) for third;

Harlem from Machesney

Park (12,047) placed fifth,

followed by Lake Park

(11,727), Lake Zurich

(11,723), St. Charles North

(11,443), Lyons Township

(11,426), Collinsville

(11,367), West (11,300) and

Stevenson (11,251).

Hononegah senior Nick

Sommer stormed back with

final games of 237, 290, and

246 - including four straight

strikes at the end, to win the

individual honors with a total

of 2,715. He edged local

seniors Alex Acosta from

Bolingbrook (2,713) and

Alec Buchhaas (2,692) from

Lockport Township.

Heading into the final

game the Knights were still a

couple of pins ahead of Freeport

for second. The Pretzels

rolled a 1,021 while Central

had 960. But the Knights

had to hold off a hard charging

O’Fallon, which bowled

a 1,082 in the final game,

team to solidify a trophy.

“We encouraged the boys

not to look at the scores, but

it’s hard when there’s scrolling

screens in front of you,”

O’Connell said. “It was really

exciting at the end. We

didn’t know it, but Jack Davern

had to strike out in the

10th frame in order to keep

us in third and that’s what

he did. There was a lot of

ups and downs, and a lot of

movement [in the standings]

early on. But [in order to get

a trophy] at the end it came

down to one guy throwing a


Only the top three teams

at state bowling get a trophy.

The last time the Knights

were at state, which was exactly

a decade ago, they also

took third.

Steve Plane, one of four

central seniors on the state

roster, was the teams top

bowler. He finished with a

2,503 total - with a high of

268 in the 12th and final

game, and was 23rd overall.

“I’m just so proud to

be part of this team,” said

Plane, who was the individual

champion at the Joliet

West Regional. “We worked

so hard and well together.

It’s crazy that we’re the third

best team in the state. That

was just a special moment

for all of our coaches, all of

our guys. I’ll never forget

what happened [last weekend]

the rest of my life.”

Sophomore Alex Nolan,

who was the individual

champion at the Lincoln-

Way Central Sectional,

placed 25th overall with a

total of 2,494 with a high of

246 in the opening game on

Friday. Davern, a junior, was

34th with a score of 2,455 -

with a high of 258 in Game

No. 6 on Friday, Jan. 26.

Seniors Trevor Amir (37th,

2,432 - high of 286 in opening

game of the tourney on

Friday) and Ricky Wesel

(61st, 2,248 - high of 223

in Game No. 3 on Friday)

completed the Central bowlers.

Senior Jerimiah Senko,

along with junior Brian

Triezenberg and sophomore

Austin Zaker were also on

the roster, but didn’t get to

bowl for the Knights.

“None of these kids had

ever experienced the team

component of being here,

so we talked about staying

in the moment and making

positive adjustments,”

O’Connell said. “I’m so

proud of each and every one

of them. Along with my assistant

coach - Robert Clayton,

and former head coach

- Ken Fiore, who deserve a

lot of credit.

“The four seniors have

been incredible their entire

career. They have worked

and improved every season,

and we have already started

talking about next year and

some of the practices with

the underclassmen. We want

to build off of this.”

O’Connell also credited

the crosstown kids from

West, who all came over to

congratulate his guys afterward.

“To have two New Lenox

schools in the Top 12 to

represent the area is great,”

O’Connell said.

Indeed it was.

“The fact that New Lenox

was represented so well was

great,” West coach Scott Ullian

added. “We all came together

and bowled great all


A year after finishing

ninth, Ullian and assistant

coaches Scott Jablonski and

Matt Prynn had the Warriors

back at state.

“Our goal was to get back

down there,” Ullian said.

“Then to have the entire team

make it to Day 2... we had a

good last few games on Friday

(a 2,987 afternoon session)

to move up to 10th and

advance. The boys gave 100

percent and left it all out there.

There was a little tougher pattern

this year and I was a fan

of it. I told the boys to just go

out and have fun.

“I think it looks good for

the team for next year too.”

Caleb Kirby (20th, 2,527 -

high of 268 in the 12th and

final game) and fellow senior

Alex Kubitz (56th, 2,298 -

high of 245 in Game No. 4

on Friday) were the only two

West bowlers to roll all 12

games. Matt VanderBiezen,

a senior who didn’t get to

bowl at state last season, entered

for the third game on

Friday and made the most of

his opportunity by bowling

nine games total. He finished

with a 1,608 total and had a

high of 242 in the fourth

game on Friday.

Junior Michael Nork

(1,444 in 8 games - high of

229 in Game No. 9), sophomore

Cameron Jablonski

(1,029 in 6 games - high of

205 in Game No. 5), junior

Jeremy Sgarlata (918 in 5

games - high of 192 in Game

No. 9), sophomore Tony

Paul (842 in 4 games - high

of 244 in Game No. 5) and

senior George Dennison

(634 in 4 games - high of

195 in Game No. 1) rounded

out the Warrior lineup.

Kirby, who spent his first

two high school seasons

bowling for Central before

transferring to West when

the district restructured in

the fall of 2016, was happy

to be at state again and also

happy for his old team.

“I had a ton of team spirit

and even shaved my head to

have a ‘W’ in it,” Kirby said.

“It wasn’t quite as thrilling

as going downstate [for

the first time] last year, but

it was still exciting to make

it to the second day at state.

Being there last year kind of

helped, but there was a different

oil pattern this year.

“It was great to see those

guys and old friends [at Central]

perform well at state

and do their best at what

they love to do. We look at

[West and Central] as one

big happy family.”

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Freshman 15: Varsity call-up’s 15 points leads the way for Knights

West’s Clendenning

drops 11 in

crosstown loss


Freelance Reporter

Knights big man Andrew Hancock (left) posts up Andrew Byles.

The formula for success

is simple for the Lincoln-

Way Central boys basketball


Play defense.

The Knights did that well

in the first of two scheduled

meetings against their

crosstown rivals - Lincoln-

Way West. Last weekend’s

result was a 57-32 victory

in a SouthWest Suburban

Conference Red Division

matchup on Friday, Jan. 26

at West.

Freshman Mike Maloney

led Central (10-9, 3-3) with

a game-high 15 points off

the bench. In each of the

Knights wins, their opponent

has scored 50 or less points.

In each loss they have given

up more than 50 points. West

(2-15. 0-6), which lost to

T.F. South the next day, was

led by junior guard Jace Mc-

Williams with 12 points.

“I think our team takes

pride in our defense,” Maloney

said. “We have a lot

of energy guys like [senior

guards] Jake Blount

and Luke Handley starting.

They gave us a great start

[against West], and we won

the game.”

The Knights certainly did.

But while the score indicates

that it was a blowout, West

hung in there for the better

part of three quarters until

a final Central run made the

margin higher. The Knights

jumped out to leads of 5-0

and 10-2. But McWilliams

hit a 3-pointer for the Warriors

is the final seconds of

the first quarter to cut the

lead to 10-8 after eight minutes.

“We knew we had to contain

their dribble drive,”

West coach Brian Flaherty

said. “Overall in the beginning

we did a good job, but

then we didn’t take care of

the ball. We did a poor job

there, and we gave them 15-

20 easy points.

“We’ve struggled to score

all year. The frustrating thing

is we had some good looks,

we just didn’t make them.

And the game was allowed

to be physical, that doesn’t

bode well for us.”

Central’s trapping defense

forced a dozen second quarter

turnovers, and it took

advantage by scoring the

first six points. Ahead 18-

12, the Knights closed the

first half on a 10-2 burst for

a 28-14 halftime lead. Maloney

scored the first four in

the spurt and senior forward

EJ Charles (8 Points, 7 rebounds)

tallied the last five.

“In the beginning we

wanted to see how they

would play,” Central coach

Bob Curran said of the Warriors.

“We saw we had to

come up and trap more and

we did that.

“This is only the second

game we’ve had all our guys

[due to injury]. We’ve had

different guys step up on different

nights. One nice thing

about this team is if someone

isn’t shooting well, we

can see if someone else has a

hot hand. Mike came in and

gave us the shooting that we

needed tonight and we went

with it.”

Maloney was brought up

to varsity along with his

twin brother - Matt, on Dec.

16. The guards helped the

Knights rally for a big 44-42


“I was a little scared, but

I made a 3-pointer and that

loosened me up,” Mike Maloney

said of his first varsity

game. “My teammates

just got me the ball [against

West] while I was open.

I’ve been off the last couple

games, but it [the ball] just

went in the basket.”

West guard Nate Clendenning

(11 points) put the ball

in the basket for West in the

third quarter, scoring nine

points - including the first

five. His 3-pointer a minute

and a half into the quarter

brought the Warriors within

28-19. But freshman guard

Sean Curran (5 points), who

recently returned from an

ankle injury, hit a 3-pointer

and senior forward Andrew

Hancock (8 points) scored

five straight points as Central

quickly went back ahead

36-19. The Knights were up

41-28 after three.

McWilliams hit a jumper

to start the fourth quarter

and close the Warriors to 41-

30. But a 16-0 run, including

nine straight points by

senior guard Chris Robinson

(9 points) over a three-minute

span ended any doubt.

Blount added five points for

the Knights. Junior forward

Waquan Brown brought five

points for West.

“I can’t fault the effort,

but our execution has to

get better,” Flaherty said.

“These kids grew up playing

each other, and it is a rivalry

game. But at this point we’re

trying to see improvement.”

The Knights are also

looking for improvement

heading into the final three

weeks of the regular season.

In the meantime they

enjoyed the win over the

Lincoln-Way West’s Nate Clendenning attempts a layup

Friday, Jan. 26, during a crosstown, SWSC Red matchup

against Lincoln-Way Central. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd

Century Media

crosstown team.

“We coached a couple of

those guys over there and

with [Lincoln-Way North]

closing, they ended up leaving

Lincoln-Way Central

and going to Lincoln-Way

West,” Bob Curran said of

the district boundary changes.

“All these kids know

each other through the youth

programs and all that. It’s

definitely a rivalry game.

“We have an important

stretch right here [at the end

of the regular season] Every

game we get over .500, the

better seed we’ll get [for the


The next day Central won

another one of those games,

a 57-49 victory over Evergreen

Park in the Beecher

Shootout. Hancock led the

way with 17 points and Curran

added seven points as

the Knights (11-9), who continued

their pattern of winning

every game in which

they’ve held an opponent to

50 points or less.

This Friday, Feb. 2, Central

travels to Bradley-Bourbonnais

for a 7 p.m. SWSC

Red game. Now in the midst

of an 8-game homestand,

the Warriors hosted Thornwood

on Tuesday, Jan. 30

in a SWSC Red affair, and

the will host Chicago Public

League team, Kennedy on

Friday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Sports

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Girls Basketball

Central’s second half the difference maker against Andrew

22nd Century Media File



Starting their run

1. Girls Gymnastics

Lincoln-Way co-op,

including Central

member Grace Kmak

(above) wrapped

up conference and

regional, and the unit,

which has returned

most of its members

from last year’s state

qualifying team, will

eye the Sandburg

Sectional at 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 5.

2. Boys Swimming and


West and Central

will travel nearby to

East during for their

sectional meet at 5

p.m. Friday, Feb. 2

and will continue at

10 a.m. Saturday,

Feb. 3.

3. Girls Bowling

Warriors and Knights

kick off their postseason


Feb. 3 at the Minooka

Regional at

Channahon Lanes,

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Coming into last week’s

SouthWest Suburban Conference

matchup against

Andrew, not much had gone

right recently for the Lincoln-

Way Central girls basketball

team. The Knights had lost

5-of-6 to fall below the .500

mark. Plus one of their top

players, senior center Lauren

Kraft, was out for the season

after tearing her ACL on Dec.

28 in a loss to Minooka at the

Medieval Classic.

So there was only one

thing for Central to do - go

out and have fun.

That’s what the Knights

did as they rallied in the second

half and went onto a 48-

30 victory over Andrew on

Thursday, Jan. 25 in a SWSC

Red tussle in New Lenox.

It was the third meeting

of the season between

the two teams. Central (11-

13, 4-4) won the first one

48-47 on Dec. 14 in Tinley

Park. The Thunderbolts (13-

10, 3-6) captured the third

place game of the Medieval

Classic 42-36 on Dec. 29 at

Lincoln-Way East. Coupled

with the loss to Minooka the

game before, the Knights

were 3-8 in their previous 11

games before last week’s big

win over Andrew.

“I think it’s been a long

time since we played happy

and loose,” Central junior forward

Abi Baumgartner said.

“We just had fun. We were

just loose and ready to play.”

Baumgartner led the way

“I think it’s been a long time since we played happy

and loose. We just had fun. We were just loose and

ready to play.”

Abi Baumgartner – Lincoln-Way Central, on the Knights’ win over

Andrew on Thursday, Jan. 25

Lincoln-Way Central freshman forward Haley Stoklosa, who scored nine points, guards

Andrew’s Mia Signore Thursday, Jan. 25, during a SouthWest Suburban Red matchup in

New Lenox. James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

with 17 points and seven

rebounds. Senior forward

Natalie Spudic (9 points,

6 rebounds, 5 assists) and

freshman forward Haley

Stoklosa (9 points, 3 rebounds)

also contributed for

the Knights, who were coming

off a 65-29 conference

loss at Bradley-Bourbonnais

two days before.

Andrew coach Bobby

Matz, who is in his 15th

season, picked up his 200th

career victory on Jan. 22

in a 55-50 home win over

Hillcrest. But he was disappointed

with his team in the

second half three days later

against the Knights.

“We played a really good

first half,” Matz said. Then

maybe some fatigue set

in. We just didn’t execute.

We didn’t meet passes, we

didn’t jump to the corners on

Tune In

defense. We missed a lot of

inside shots, too, and it just

snowballed on us.”

The T-Bolts led 17-16

at halftime. Baumgartner

banged a pair of free throws

to start the second half, but

the T-Bolts only two seniors

- guard Kayla Langowski

launched a 3-pointer and

forward Amari Sims (teamhigh

9 points) scored on a

layup with 5:42 to play in

the third quarter. That gave

Andrew a 22-18 advantage

and prompted the Knights to

call a time out, The T-Bolts

didn’t make another field

goal the rest of the game,

scoring their final eight

points on free throws.

“They were up four, and

I didn’t want the game to

get away from us,” Central

coach Dave Campanile said

about calling the time out

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Andrew bunch at home

at that point. “I don’t think

I said much other than I

thought we were playing

better than them. Us and

Andrew know each other so

well that you have to go out

and just play. I told the team

just go to the matchup and

to pick up the defense. We

tipped away a lot of balls.”

The timeout talk worked

as senior guard Haley Ragland

(4 points) hit a 3-pointer,

Stoklosa had a steal and

a layup, and Baumgartner

added a layup of her own

as the Knights scored seven

points in a 49 second span to

take the lead for good. Central

led 29-24 after three.

Sims sank a pair of free

throws with 7:24 to play in

the game to cut the T-Bolt

deficit to 29-26. Central

came right back with a 13-0

run, which was capped off


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on a 3-pointer by sophomore

guard Regan LoConte - who

scored all five of her points

in the burst, to lead 42-26

with 2:29 remaining. Andrew

hit four free throws in a

three second span to close to

42-30 with 1:54 to play. But

those were its final points.

“We were within three

points,” Matz said of the moment

early in the fourth quarter.

“We just had to mentally

stay in the game at that point

and we didn’t. The wheels

came off quick. It’s such a

game of energy and there’s

moments we have to execute

and we struggle. Basketball

is a lot of intangibles in the

middle of the court and we

struggle with those.”

While the rebounding in

the game was fairly even,

Central clogged the middle

and blocked a half dozen T-

Bolt shots.

“Even without Lauren

[Kraft] one of our main

strengths is our height,” said

Baumgartner, who is one of

five Knight players listed at

5-foot-10. “We just have to

have a couple of good, hard

practices and keep up the intensity.

Especially at the end

of the regular season.

Next week is the end of the

regular season. Both teams

actually finish off the regular

season with games at coleague

leader Lincoln-Way

West. Andrew travels there

on Tuesday, Feb. 6 for a 5

p.m. game, and the Knights

go across town on Thursday,

Feb. 8 for a 6:30 p.m. game.

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor James Sanchez,

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | | February 1, 2018

Knights, Warriors square off in

a crosstown clash, Page 46

Lincoln-Way Central guard Sean Curran (right) goes for a layup, while Lincoln-Way

West’s Billy Dozier tries to block it Friday, Jan. 26, during a crosstown matchup

between the two teams. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Playing loose

Knights girls basketball’s new

approach for rest of the year leads

to conference win, Page 47

Rolling towards

the podium

Central boys bowling caps off season

with state trophy, Page 45

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