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Cabaret - Experimental

Musical Instruments

2 p.m. Feb. 8, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. For adults.

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.

Project Serve: Thrift Store

​4-6 p.m. Feb. 8, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

volunteer at The Bridge

Thrift Store, sorting, cleaning

and shelving donated items.

Community service hours

will be given. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit




​4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 8, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

learn the basic fundamentals

of song writing with

brainstorming, writing

exercises and practice. This

is a free event for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.


Microsoft Excel Part 2

6 p.m. Feb. 8, Orland Park

Public Library, 14921 S.

Ravinia Ave. For adults. This

class expands on formulas

and formatting. Prerequisite:

Microsoft Excel Part 1.


Will It Bowl? Bowling


​7:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 9,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court.

Students will take turns

bowling all sorts of objects

to answer the question “Will

it Bowl?” and compete to

become The Bridge bowling

champion. Live music

from punk rock band The

Magnifiers and free samples

from Burger 21. This is a

free event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit




Preschool Fair

10:30 a.m. Feb. 10, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. For all ages.

Parents and children can

drop in between 10:30 a.m.

and 12:30 p.m. to explore

preschools that Orland Park

has to offer, as well as meet

representatives from local

preschools and learn which

fits children’s educational


Volun-Teens: American Girl

Tea Party

1:45 p.m. Feb. 10, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. For grades

6-12. Teens can help

out librarians during the

American Girl Doll Tea

Party for young children.

Teens will receive an hourand-a-half

of service time for

this program. Registration

required with teen’s Orland

Park Public Library card.


Southwest Community

Concert Band

2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 11,

Cultural Center, 14760 S.

Park Lane, Exhibit Hall.

The Village of Orland

Park Arts Commission hosts

a free love-themed concert

with Southwest Community

Concert Band. The band will

perform old-time favorite

love songs. Free tickets will

be available at the Cultural

Center starting Jan. 11.

Remaining tickets will be

available at the door. Learn

more at (708) 403-7275.


Video Game Club

3:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

kindergarten through eight

grade can drop in to play

some multiplayer Nintendo

games with friends. Teens in

grades 9-12 can help every

Monday with the setup,

running and tournaments

for the club. They will also

receive an hour of service

time for each session.

Registration required with

teen’s Orland Park Public

Library card.

iPad Part 4

6 p.m. Feb. 12, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

bring their iPads and learn to

customize them to fit needs.


English Conversation for ESL


10 a.m. Feb. 13, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults

can practice listening to

and speaking English

while making new friends.

Residents can pair up with

fellow residents to engage

in friendly conversation

aimed at helping those who

are learning English to

improve their speaking and

comprehension skills.

Once Upon a Time Family


10 a.m. Feb. 13, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

of all ages can drop in for

stories, music and fingerplays

to build pre-reading

skills. Storytellers make

each storytime experience


Gmail Part 1

11:30 a.m. Feb. 13, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

set up a free email account.

Prerequisite: Mouse skills.

Painting Vintage Signs

​4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 13, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

learn how to create DIY

home signs using wood

paint and stenciled letters

with the help of a consultant

with Evilena’s Red Dresser.

This is a free event for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.


DIY Beauty: Benefits of

Coconut Oil

​4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 13,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court.

Students will experience the

wonders of coconut oil for

health and beauty and make

a coconut oil sugar scrub

to take home. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit



How to Operate a Digital


7-9 p.m. Feb. 13, Cultural

Center, 14760 S. Park Lane,

Room 101. Participants will

learn the basics on how to

operate a digital camera and

operate the various camera

settings. People should bring

a digital photo to class. Fee

is $30 per resident, $50 for

non-residents. Classes are

open to ages 16 and older,

and taught by seasoned

photographer and owner of

Studio 42, Daniel Kemp.

To register, call (708) 403-



Building Blocks for Babies

9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 14, Orland Park

Public Library, 14921 S.

Ravinia Ave. Children

ages birth-23 months with

parent or caregiver. Spend

time interacting with your

baby during this storytime

designed especially

for young audiences.

Storytellers will lead stories

and songs, both familiar and


The Science of Chocolate

​4:15-5:15 p.m. Feb. 14,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court.

Students will discover

how chocolate is made and

through tasting, find the

differences between milk

and dark chocolate. This is a

free event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit



The British Bulldog: Winston

S. Churchill

7 p.m. Feb. 14, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. For adults.

This presentation by Daniel

Myers brings out some of

these leadership principles

using the words and actions

of Winston Churchill.


Once Upon a Time Family


10 a.m. Thursday, Feb.

15, Orland Park Public

Library, 14921 S. Ravinia

Ave. Children of all ages can

drop in for stories, music

and finger-plays to build prereading

skills. Storytellers

make each storytime

experience unique.

eBooks, eMagazines,

eReaders, oh my!

10 a.m. Thursday, Feb.

15, Orland Park Public

Library, 14921 S. Ravinia

Ave. Patrons can drop by

the Adult Services reference

desk for a one-on-one lesson

with an available librarian.

People should be sure to

bring devices with them

and have account log-in

information on hand. No

appointments necessary.

Have an item for calendar?

Deadline is noon Thursdays. To

submit an item to the calendar,

contact Editor Bill Jones at

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Kirby School D140 Board of Education

Officials come to consensus on school fees, discuss student recognition

Cody Mroczka

Contributing Editor

Registration and other fees

collected by Kirby School

District 140 are expected to

remain the same when Board

of Education members vote

Feb. 15.

Members reached a consensus

to freeze the fees for

another year, while discussing

other aspects of the district’s

comprehensive plan,

during a Committee of the

Whole meeting Jan. 31.

“I’d rather leave them

flat,” Board Member Lisa

Strand said. “This really

isn’t that bad, considering

what I am putting my kids

into. I am more than happy

with what my kids are getting.”

Board members said fees

had not been increased in a

decade or longer, and debated

whether to lower, raise or

hold the rates. Ultimately, a

consensus was reached to offer

a $100 discount for early

registration in the Project

Pro program, which officials

estimated serves approximately

100 students. It costs

D140 approximately $1,500

to subsidize the program,

along with a tuition cost of

$2,000 to families.

“We offer this, because

it’s important for families

in our schools,” Board Vice

President Chuck Augustyniak


The district enrolls approximately

3,570 students,

though numbers hae decreased

slightly over the

years, with the district down

roughly 100 students from

last school year. Required

student fees for early childhood

through eighth-grade

instructional materials — including

textbooks, technology

and supplies — as well

as special education out-ofdistrict

placement were both

set at $145 for early childhood

and kindergarten $155

for Grades 1-5, and $165 for

Grades 6-8 if paid before

May 5, and $180, $190 and

$200, respectively, if paid

after that date.

Other fees included $25

for milk, $35 for middle

school through eighth-grade

graduation, and a non-sufficient

funds check return fee

of $25. Optional fees include

transportation for students

living .7 to 1.5 miles from

school at $500 or $675, depending

on when they are

paid in full, as well as a $75

fee for administrative costs

for child care transportation.

Director of Business Services

Michael Andreshak

said by fiscal year 2022,

the district would no longer

be deficit spending from reserves

on capital improvements,

once construction updates

are completed by 2021.

Projects still to come include

a new playground at Helen

Keller Elementary, Grissom

Middle School science lab

renovations and upgrades to

Millennium Elementary.

Prior to comprehensive

plan discussion, board

members and educators discussed

efforts to recognize

students and staff achievements.

Board members also

discussed the possibilities of

looking into requirements for

Blue Ribbon accreditation.

“We’re much more than

test scores,” Board Member

John T. Lutz said. “We can

develop a certain criteria,

bring ’em up here and recognize

them to say, ‘Nice job;

you’re appreciated.’”

Lutz said he was proud

of the district’s marketing

and communications efforts,

but wondered if the district

would benefit from hiring

a part-time press relations

employee that would work

with all seven schools. He

questioned whether positive

news was reaching the entire

tax base, including people

who do not have any students

enrolled in the district.

“It’s not for a lack of trying,”

Board President Thomas

Martelli said.

The group also discussed

hosting tax levy workshops

in the summer before the budget

is due in September. In a

5-2 decision back on Dec. 14,

the School Board adopted a

resolution for the levy for and

collection of 2017 property

taxes at $40.3 million. Augustyniak

and Board Member

Deborah Kowalski cast

the dissenting votes, while

Strand was absent.

“Something to consider,

I’d like to hear different

ideas on it, because I know

there were two of us who

voted ‘no’ on it, and I’d

like to hear the different options,”

Lutz said.

Martelli said there could

be committee meetings on

the tax levy, but they would

have to take place from May

through July.

“That would be great,”

Kowalski said. “That was

a really tough vote for me.

That’s a big deal, just like

this comp thing is a big deal,

and I appreciate it. That

would help tremendously.”

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Community supports veterans at annual Chili Challenge

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

There were approximately

18.5 million veterans

in the United States as of

2016, according to the United

States Census Bureau.

And for Orland Park’s John

Mackey, a U.S. Army veteran

and owner of Mackeys’

Pub, helping his fellow veterans

and building awareness

for them is a necessity.

On Jan. 28, Mackeys’

Pub hosted its fourth annual

Chili Challenge, which benefited

the Disabled Patriot

Fund and the Village of Orland

Park Veterans’ Commission.

“We’re appreciative for

anything that we can give,”

Mackey said. “[The veterans]

gave so much.”

After its first year, it was

clear that the Chili Challenge

was a hit, Mackey

said. So, he got an idea.

“At first, it was just the

competition,” Mackey said.

“Then, I realized we could

make a fundraiser out of it.

I’m big with veterans in Orland.

We also do Queen of

Hearts on Wednesdays to

benefit the Disabled Patriot


The Disabled Patriot

Fund supports veterans and

their families who have

been adversely affected by

the War on Terrorism, according

to its website.

The Chili Challenge donations,

along with the other

efforts by Mackeys’ Pub,

help drive the reach of the

Disabled Patriot Fund, allowing

it to help more veterans,

said Gail Blummer,

a member of the Disabled

Patriot Fund Fundraising

Committee and volunteer


“It means everything,”

Blummer said. “The [U.S.

Department of Veteran Affairs]

doesn’t cover much of

American Legion Orland Memorial Post 111 Cmdr.

Thomas Chambers carries the American flag during the

presentation of colors.

the disabilities that veterans

have from war … and they

have to wait for benefits.

They do get them eventually,

but sometimes they take

a while to kick in, and we’re

here in the meantime to offer


The Village of Orland

Park Veterans’ Commission

aims to promote awareness

of local veterans, and support

military members and

veterans, along with their

families, according to the

Village’s website.

“We’re the eyes and ears

for the mayor to know

what’s going on with veterans,”

said Len Howard,

a veteran of the Illinois

National Guard and a commissioner

with the Veterans’


The funds raised by the

Chili Challenge will help

the commission continue to

spread awareness and fund

projects, like adding new

granite blocks to the Village’s

Veterans’ Memorial,

Howard said.

“[The Commission,

Mackeys’ Pub and the Disabled

Patriot Fund] work together

to do this,” Howard

said. “It’s great, because it

brings the community together,

and it keeps people


A judge in the competition

for the past four years,

Marine veteran Rob Estand,

of Orland Park, said he appreciates

any opportunity to

spread awareness about the

various organizations available

for veterans.

“All in all, it’s about the

veterans and getting people

together to teach about veterans’

benefits and how they

can help,” he said.

Nine chili cooks competed

in this year’s event for

the Judge’s Choice and People’s

Choice awards. Several

of the participants in

this year’s competition have

competed in year’s past.

Orland Park resident Greg Sokol gets himself a sample of chili Jan. 21 during the annual

Mackeys’ Pub Chili Challenge. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Orland Park resident

Carol Garding has submitted

her chicken chili in the

competition for the past

three years.

“I’m the only one here

with a chicken chili, the only

one without a red chili,” she

said. “They request I make

it, and it’s fun to make. It’s

something you don’t find up

and down the dial.”

A retired high school

English teacher, Garding

has devoted herself to giving

back. She is a member

of the Orland Park Lions

Club and the Tinley Park Lions

Club, and always looks

for opportunities to help, so

competing in the chili challenge

was a no-brainer, she


“I just think it’s a personal

responsibility to give

back and pay it forward,”

she added.

Orland Park resident Tom

Lynch said he generally attends

the Chilly Willie Chili

Challenge, but because

Orland Park residents Matt Domico (left) and Tom Lynch

parktake in the Mackeys’ Pub Chili Challenge.

the event was canceled for

2018, Mackeys’ allowed

him to continue his tradition.

“It’s a great experience,”

he said. “I love eating really

good chili. It’s totally worth

the $5 for the food.”

In addition to the chili

competition, a raffle was

held, and the color guard

from American Legion Orland

Memorial Post 111

presented the colors.

Mackey looks forward to

the fifth annual Chili Challenge

next year, and said he

did not expect the event to

become the success it is.

“I’m surprised it took off

like it did from just four

years ago,” he said.

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Township kicks off Souper Bowl Challenge

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

Throughout the years,

many have built traditions

around the Super Bowl, and

this year Orland Township

embarked on its very own

Super Bowl weekend tradition.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, Orland

Township hosted its

first Souper Bowl Challenge

at the Township Office.

“After the holidays, people

often forget about the

food pantry and other charities

in the area, so I challenged

my staff to come

up with a way to help,”

said Paul O’Grady, Orland

Township supervisor. “They

came up with the soup

cook-off. There are so many

chili cook-offs, so I thought

it was a great idea.”

Orland Township’s

Souper Bowl Challenge is

a soup cook-off featuring

local residents and area restaurants

competing to make

and get votes for best soup.

Attendees to the event had

the opportunity to taste test

more than 25 soups, from

baked potato and creamy

tomato to Reuben soup.

People competed within

four divisions, or quarters.

The First Quarter was for

“Rookies,” which included

local foodies between the

ages of 12 and 54 years

old; Second Quarter, or the

“Public Service Pro Bowlers,”

featured competitors

from emergency services,

first responders, military

and educators, etc.; Third

Quarter, the “Senior Hall

of Famers,” featured senior

citizen competitors; and

Fourth Quarter “Culinary

MVPs” included a dozen

local restaurants.

Mokena residents and

sisters Dana Trudeau and

Shana Robinson do everything

together and look

for charity events in which

to participate a few times

throughout the year. At the

cook-off, the women served

a chili gnocchi soup.

“We wanted to come to

help,” Trudeau said. “We

knew there’d be donations

to Catholic Charities’ Daybreak

Center, and we wanted

to help.”

Local restaurants that

competed in the Souper

Bowl Challenge included

94 West, Ashford House,

Black Sheep, Blissful Banana

Café, Chuy’s Tex Mex,

Creative Cakes Cafe, Doc’s

Smokehouse, Gaston’s

Bistro, Parmesans Station,

Southfork Family Restaurant,

The Original Island

Shrimp House and Traverso’s


Cindy DeZutter, owner of

Blissful Banana Café, said

she wanted to take the opportunity

to give back to the

community. The restaurant

showcased its unique take

on cuisine with its cook-off

entry of a Reuben soup.

“We do things a little bit

differently at the Blissful

Banana Café, so a Reuben

soup is a little different, and

it’s good for football season,”

DeZutter said.

In planning for the event,

the Township did significant

background work to ensure

that it would meet health

and food safety codes, as

amateur chefs were competing,

O’Grady said. It was

important to the Township

to ensure that the cook-off

would be a safe environment

both for families and


The event also included

raffles, football-themed

games, a “halftime show”

by the Tinley Park Bulldogs

cheerleaders, and the opportunity

to meet and mingle

with a roster of celebrity

judges. The celebrity judges

Tom Cunningham (right) samples soup from Southfork Family Restaurant, served by

volunteers Marie Murray (left) and Audrey Heitman, Saturday, Feb. 3, at Orland Township’s

first Souper Bowl Challenge. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

included Star 96.7 morning

show host Lisa Jordan,

Illinois State Senator Bill

Cunningham, Orland Hills

Village Trustee Kyle Hastings

II, Orland Township

Clerk Cindy Murray and

chef Rachel Murphy from

Robert Morris University’s

Culinary Arts program.

Jordan recently moved to

the area and was excited to

get involved in community

events, but also is a foodie

and appreciated the opportunity

to sample the soups.

She also brought her own

ham and bean soup to donate,

she said.

“When I heard this was a

food-related event going to

a good cause, I wanted to

be a part of it and help the

community,” Jordan said.

“My co-host and I have

been trying to reach out

to the community to help

bring attention to important


Cunningham said the

Souper Bowl was only his

second attempt at judging

a culinary contest since he

became a state senator, but

he developed a method to

help him get through the


“I was invited by Paul

O’Grady, and anytime Paul

asks for something I do it,

but this is the easiest thing

I’ve been asked to do,”

Cunningham said. “Orland

Township does an outstanding

job of coming up with

really innovative events

— this is one, and Senior

American Idol is another. It

just shows what a great job

the Township does to bring

people out.”

In addition to the batches

of soup made for sampling

throughout the event, all

of the entrants made an additional

batch of their specialty

soups to be donated

to Catholic Charities’ Daybreak

Center and Crisis

Center for South Suburbia.

All of the proceeds from the

event will be donated to the

Orland Township Food Pantry.

“The main goal is to remind

people about the food

pantry, domestic violence

shelters and Catholic Charities

Daybreak in Joliet,”

O’Grady said.

After the success of the

inaugural Souper Bowl

Challenge, the Township

plans to continue the event

and build upon it throughout

the years, O’Grady said.

“I think it turned out to be

a fun event. I want to thank

all of the local restaurants

and especially Square Celt

for allowing our rookies to

cook in their kitchens and

the community who came

out,” O’Grady said. “I think

if we raised $1,000 today,

it’d be awesome for an inaugural

event. We’ve already

had an influx of food

Orland Township Supervisor Paul O’Grady (right) crowns

Donna McIntyre, of Orland Park, champion of the Senior

Hall of Famers Division at the Souper Bowl Challenge.

in the food pantry. Any cash

[we can donate] is gravy on

top of that.”

The Souper Bowl Challenge

was a success as

it concerned community

members who attended, as

well. Orland Park resident

Irene Michalski said that

she was apprehensive about

attending the event but was

happy that she did in the


“I like it,” she said. “It

was fun. It was entertaining.”

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The Bridge in three dimensions

John Fallara leads 3D Printing program at Orland Park teen center

John Fallara (back) leads a recent 3D Printing program at The Bridge Teen Center in Orland

Park. Photo submitted

Chef ’s Auction to return

The Bridge Teen

Center taking over

annual fundraiser

Submitted by The Bridge

Teen Center

For the fourth consecutive

year, the long-running

Chefs’ Auction fundraiser

will support the mission of

the Bridge Teen Center.

Because of cuts to the Village

of Orland Park’s recently-passed

budget, the popular

fundraising event will now

continue under the sole direction

of The Bridge, instead of

the Village.

This year’s Chefs’ Auction

event is scheduled to be held

Thursday, March 8, at a brand

new location: Silver Lake

Country Club. Other changes

include several new restaurant

partners, expanded online

ticket sales and enhanced

live and silent auctions.

Featured restaurants include

“veteran” participants,

such as Cooper’s Hawk,

Wooden Paddle Pizza, Dancing

Marlin and RoccoVino’s;

as well as newcomers such as

Doc’s Smokehouse, Houlihan’s

and Smallcakes.

Another new restaurant

participating for the first time

this year is Chuy’s, an Austinbased

Tex-Mex chain scheduled

to open later in March in

Orland Park. The restaurant,

known for its eclectic decor,

will give Chefs’ Auction attendees

the chance to “taste

test” their authentic and fresh

food before their doors even

open to the public. This event

will kick off Chuy’s commitment

to The Bridge as the

restaurant’s long-term “charity

of choice” in Orland Park.

Enhanced entertainment is

also planned for this year’s

event, including a live performances

from Chicagobased


Mark Rose. Mark has sold

more than 200,000 albums,

and some of his original

music has been featured on

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

Live jazz music

and interactive culinary demonstration

stations also are

planned for this year’s event.

Individual tickets to the

event are available for purchase

now, and remain priced

at $50 each, with a limited

number of sponsorship packages

and corporate tables

also remaining. Tickets,

tables and sponsorships can

be purchased online at www.

chefs2018.gesture.com or by

contacting Rachel Blunier at

(708) 532-0500 or rachel@

thebridgeteencenter.org. Additional

event information

also can be found at www.

thebridgeteencenter.org under

the “donate” tab.

Those interested in supporting

the event through

the silent or live auction are

encouraged to contact The

Bridge Teen Center about

getting involved. The organization

is seeking donations

of gift baskets, memorabilia,

gift certificates, event tickets,

hotel stays, travel vouchers

and more. Those interested in

donating and/or having their

products featured in the auction

should contact Amber

Holup at (708) 532-0500 or


org. Deadline for auction participation

is Feb. 20.

Those who cannot attend

the event on March 8 can still

participate in the silent auction.

All auction items will be

available for online bidding

approximately two weeks

before the event, and may be

picked up at The Bridge within

one week after the event.

Bidders may register online at

any time using a major credit

card. Those interested in bidding

in the live auction can

only do so live at the event.

The link for the silent auction

will be found at www.


League of Women’s Voters to present

3rd Congressional District forum

Submitted by League of

Women Voters

The League of Women

Voters of the La Grange Area

is to sponsor a forum for the

candidates running in the primary

election for Illinois’ 3rd

Congressional District.

Candidates are to make brief

presentations on their backgrounds,

qualifications and interest

in running for office.

This will be followed by

questions from the audience

and the League of Women

Voters submitted to the LWV

moderator. Additionally,

questions submitted by citizens

in advance of the forum

will be asked of the candidates.

To submit a question,

email LWV2018District3@


The candidate forum is

to be held from 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Moraine

Valley Community College,

9000 W. College Parkway

in Palos Hills. The forum

is slated tol be in Building M,

Moraine Room 2.

The event is open to the

public and free of charge. For

more information, email


org or visit www.


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From Jan. 30

Police make arrest in

robbery from 2015

DNA evidence

reportedly led

detectives to David

J. Gamble

Bill Jones, Editor



through a

DNA sample

reportedly led

Orland Park

police to a

man accused Gamble

of robbing a

woman in October of 2015

outside Orland Square.

David J. Gamble, 24, of

3608 Tamarind Lane in Hazel

Crest, was charged with

robbery, a Class 2 felony,

and vehicular invasion, a

Class 1 felony, according to

a press release issued Jan.

29 by the Orland Park Police


At 7:17 p.m. Oct. 26,

2015, police reportedly responded

to a 911 call following

a robbery that had just

occurred in the parking lot

of Orland Square. A 35-yearold

woman had entered her

vehicle when a man reached

into the open driver’s door,

grabbed her blue wallet and

bag from the passenger’s

seat, and fled the scene, police


He did not display a weapon,

and the woman was uninjured,

police said. Cash

and credit cards were inside

the wallet, according to the

press release.

Orland Park police reportedly

received notification

from the Illinois State Police

forensic laboratory in December

2017 that an identification

of Gamble was made

on a DNA sample submitted

from the robbery. Detectives

made several unsuccessful

attempts to locate Gamble

before he was stopped around

9:50 p.m. Jan. 25 for an traffic

violation in the 15800

block of LaGrange Road, according

to the press release.

The Cook County State’s

Attorney’s Office reviewed

the case and approved charges,

police said. Gamble reportedly

was transported Jan.

26 to the Cook County Courthouse

for the Fifth Municipal

District in Bridgeview. Judge

Peter A. Felice set his bond

at $100,000, according to the

press release.

For more on this and

other Breaking News, visit


Police Reports

Woman allegedly took more than $1,900 in

cash, gave away product from Orland store

Ashley M. Ellis, 24, of

3614 Peach Grove Lane in

Hazel Crest, was charged

Jan. 4 with felony theft and

felony retail theft after she

allegedly took $1,957.91

and gave items valued at

$2,231.92 to customers she

knew without making them

pay at a store where she

worked on Orland Square


On Dec. 28, the store

opened an investigation

into numerous “hand key

refunds,” police said. Ellis

was seen on surveillance on

14 occasions between Dec. 6

and Dec. 27 making fraudulent

returns, according to the

report. She allegedly created

returns while no customers

were present at the register,

using identification cards in

the lost and found to make

them appear as legitimate

refunds in others’ names,

put the money in a brochure

on her desk and later took it

away from camera view.

It also was discovered that

Ellis made sales and voided

them, letting customers she

knew leave with items without

paying for them, police


Jan. 10

• Frank D. Labudzik, 64, of

15420 Sunset Ridge Drive

in Orland Park, was charged

with duty upon damaging

unattended vehicle/property

and operating uninsured motor

vehicle after he allegedly

struck a 2002 Honda Accord

and a mailbox while driving

a 2003 GMC Envoy in the

15600 block of Sunset Ridge


He reportedly struck an

Accord parked in the street

from behind, causing rearend

damage to the vehicle,

as well as a mailbox valued

at $200. He left the scene

after doing so, but a witness

reported the details, and the

vehicle’s owner heard the

crash, according to the report.

Police reportedly found

the GMC — with frontend

damage, a crack in the

windshield and the front

tire of the vehicle missing

— parked in the driveway

of the Labudzik’s residence

after registration led to him.

The bumper from the GMC

with a license plate still attached

to it was found in the

front lawn of the residence

near the crash, police added.

Editor’s note: The Orland Park

Prairie’s police reports come

from the Orland Park Police

Department. Anyone listed in

these reports is considered to

be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.

Business Briefs

Former OP mayor executive

director of new construction


Two of the largest Chicagoland

general contractor’s

associations announced this

week the two have merged,

effective Jan. 1, 2018, to become

the Chicagoland Associated

General Contractors.

The former Builders Association

and the Fox Valley

Associated General Contractors

had been in discussion

for nearly 18 months and recently

held their first official

board meeting of the group.

The Builders Association

began back in 1906, while

the Fox Valley AGC was established

in 1952. Both are

affiliated with the Associated

General Contractors of

America, representing more

than 36,000 contractors and

construction-related companies

across the United States.

Their combined membership

includes some of the largest

names in the commercial

construction industry in Chicago

and many of the collar


George K. Tuhowski III,

director of sustainability at

Leopardo Companies, will

lead the new Chicagoland

AGC as president. Tuhowski

III said he thinks this merger

will build on the combined

strength of the organizations.

The merger comes at a

time when Chicago is enjoying

a construction boom

with the highest record of

tower crane permits requested

in decades. The Chicagoland

AGC will also continue

to have a voice in the Mid-

America Regional Bargaining

Association, which has

represented employers in

the commercial construction

industry since 1971 and has

helped promote stability and

unity across various trade

unions in the industry.

Former Orland Park Mayor

Dan McLaughlin is the

executive director of this

new construction group.

Old Plank Trail Community

Bank to raise minimum wage

Old Plank Trail Community

Bank, a Wintrust Community

Bank, is to increase

the minimum wage paid to

its eligible noncommissioned

hourly employees to $15 an

hour. This decision comes as

a result of the recently enacted

tax reform legislation and

the bank’s continued commitment

to its employees.

Wintrust expects that more

than 600 employees will benefit

from this action across its

family of more than 150 bank

locations, including those at

the Old Plank Trail Community

Bank charter.

Old Plank Trail Community

Bank, N.A., a Wintrust

Community Bank, has fourteen

locations in Illinois,

with branches in Frankfort,

Mokena, New Lenox and

Orland Park.

For more information, visit

at www.oldplanktrailbank.


Deadline draws near for

Simon Youth Foundation

scholarship applications

The deadline for Chicago-area

high school seniors

interested in applying for

a Simon Youth Foundation

scholarship is Feb. 15. Dedicated

to providing support for

students at risk of dropping

out of high school, SYF helps

graduating seniors living

near Simon centers across

the country, including Orland

Square, take the next step on

their educational journey.

Since the inception of Simon

Youth Foundation in

1998, shoppers at Simon

Malls, Mills and Premium

Outlets have been among

SYF’s most ardent supporters,

contributing millions of

dollars to support the foundation’s

mission. Each year,

Simon Youth Community

Scholarships are awarded in

every community across the

country that is home to a Simon

Mall, Mills or Premium

Outlets center.

Students can apply online

by visiting syf.org/scholar

ships before applications

close at midnight on Feb. 15.

Any student who will be

graduating in the class of

2018 and lives in the designated

community surrounding

a Simon property

is eligible. Recipients will

receive up to $1,500 toward

tuition and other educational

expenses at an accredited

college, university, vocational

or technical school.

The SYF community

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Tinley Park native training

to break world record

Jim Perkins grew up gliding

on wood.

Rolling on eight wheels,

the 51-year-old Tinley Park

native has logged hundreds

of thousands of miles at the

Tinley Park Roller Rink and

several other suburban hardwood

floors since he was a

child, sometimes seven days

a week. But no amount of

experience can prepare Perkins

for what he is striving

to achieve — something

that has never been accomplished


On June 20, Perkins intends

to embark on a 7,000

mile journey starting in

Lewiston, Idaho, that will

ideally wrap up 120 days later

in Kittery, Maine. Along

the way, he intends to ride

through all 48 continental

states, shattering the previous

Guiness Book World

Record for longest journey

completed on roller blades

by nearly 1,600 miles. The

mission has been a dream for

Perkins since he was a child

further inspired by his father,

who is currently bedridden

and battling cancer.

“It doesn’t matter how old

you are, you can aspire to

be better everyday,” Perkins

said. “This is an opportunity

to inspire people every day

for those people who might

need a little inspiration. I

don’t want to break the record;

I want to crush it.”

A quest tracking page, aspire2bbetter.com,

has been

set up and Perkins has also

created a GoFundMe page,


with a goal of raising

$100,000 to help offset the

cost of equipment, supplies

and a follow-behind car for


A portion of the proceeds

are to be designated to the

American Cancer Society.

Reporting by Cody Mroczka,

Editor. For more, visit Tin



Critter Class wraps up

turtles, tortoises unit

What is the difference between

a turtle and a tortoise?

This was the central question

for the Mokena Community

Park District’s Critter

Class this time around.

During the four-week unit

with Crosstown Exotics, a

group of children got to encounter

the reptiles up close.

While turtles are semiaquatic

or full-time waterdwelling

reptiles, tortoises

mostly prefer their time

spent on land. Some have

differences in their eating

habits, as well, with tortoises

preferring an all-plant diet

and turtles eating an omnivorous


Last week’s star of the

show was Mortoise, a 20- to

25-year-old African spurred

tortoise, also known as a

sulcata. Other critters that

made an entrance were Tank,

a 22-year-old sulcata; Tut, a

9-year-old leopard tortoise;

and the very tiny Ego, a baby

Burmese mountain tortoise

who hatched just last August.

The class is taught by Colin

Langenderfer and Mike

Levins, who own Crosstown

Exotics. Safety of both the

children and the animals is

taught hand-in-hand with

the reptilian knowledge, and

Levins said it is especially

important during feeding


Upcoming Critter Classes

are to include a unit on

snakes, featuring boas and

pythons, as well as native

species, hopefully followed

by a unit on insects.

Reporting by Amanda Stoll,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit



Young School students paint

hallway mural with local


Meet Homer Glen resident

Amy Blank.

She has been an artist for

22 years and specializes in

painting wall murals. She

started painting murals when

she was 16 years old and got

her professional start when

she painted a mural inside

the business that was owned

by her friend’s father.

Blank is a full-time artist

and paints murals mainly in

homes but also in commercial

businesses. She prefers

oil and acrylic painting to

water colors, and she studied

painting at Northern Illinois


“I love working with a

client who has an idea of

something, but they’re not

quite sure what that is, and

I feel like my particular skill

is that I can artistically bring

to conception their idea,”

Blank said.

On Jan. 31, Blank collaborated

with students at

Young School in Grades 1-4

to paint a mural in one of

the school’s hallways. Every

year, students in Homer

Community Consolidated

School District 33C get the

opportunity to “Meet the

Artist” through the school

program that brings in local

artists to share more about

their craft.

Blank spent seven hours

painting the top half of the

mural that’s of a superhero

in space, which is part of

Young School’s superhero

theme for the academic

school year. Blank made

a grid at the bottom of her

painting, where the students

could pick one of any of the

over 360 squares to paint.

“I really love this project,”

Blank said.

Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach,

Assistant Editor. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.com.


Police officer raises money

in advance of Super Plunge

When someone told Lockport

Police Officer Debbie

Schenk to go jump in the

lake, she did not think twice.

On Feb. 16, Schenk is

to make her first jump into

Lake Michigan at 1 p.m. and

continue jumping once each

hour for 24 hours. The event

is called the Super Plunge,

and it benefits the athletes of

Special Olympics Illinois.

“I do this because I have a

brother with special needs,”

Schenk said. “My brother’s

name is John. He lives in a

group home in Orland Park.

He has participated in Special

Olympics since he was

5 years old. Today, he is 46.

My brother functions at an

8-year-old level.”

On Jan. 28, Schenk held a

spaghetti dinner at the Lockport

VFW Post 5788 to raise

funds to participate in the

Super Plunge.

“This is the only fundraiser

I do for the 24-hour Super

Plunge,” Schenk said. “I do

have businesses that donate.

I have to raise a minimum of


As of press time, Schenk

had raised roughly $1,000.

The spaghetti with all the

trimmings was donated and

cooked by Schenk’s best

friend Merv Nolte. That

name may be familiar to

Lockport residents, because

in addition to owning Sizzles

and Whizzy Puffs in Lockport,

Nolte is constantly giving

back to the community.

“We met at a fundraiser,

where she helped me raise

funds in a dunk tank,” Nolte

said of Schenk. “There are

a lot of people in Lockport

who have come together. It’s

really nice to see.”

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit LockportLegend.com.

Orland Park Public Library offers Blind Date with a Book

Submitted by Orland Park Public


Would anyone check out a book

without knowing the title?

That is precisely what patrons

are doing at Orland Park Public


The phenomenon is called

Blind Date with a Book, and the

effort is designed to get patrons

to read outside of their comfort


Library patrons judging books

by their cover might be missing

some good reads, so those interested

are encouraged to stop by

the Reference Desk on the second

floor of the library to choose

a “date” this February.

Books are wrapped in brown

paper to keep patrons from seeing

their covers. Only a few details

about the books are shared

on the outside of the paper.

Will it be love at first page or

just a bad date? No problem either

way. All books can be returned.

The library i still able to monitor

the circulation of the books

through its RFID system.

Some of the genres included in

Blind Date with a Book are mystery,

romance, sci-fi and graphic

novels. This year, the library

even has a collection of Blind

Date books in large type and audiobook

formats, in an effort to

be as inclusive as possible.

Patrons interested in learning

more about library events are

encouraged to call the library at

(708) 428-5100 or visit the library

at 14921 Ravinia Ave. in

Orland Park.

Library hours are 9 a.m.-9 pm..

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5

p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. and



From Page 9

facet of the Simon Supports Education

initiative, launched in spring

2017 at all Simon properties. As

part of this initiative, visitors at Simon

centers can now purchase SYF

Simon VISA gift cards, redeemable

wherever VISA is accepted. One

dollar from the sale of each bright

orange, SYF-branded card will go to

support SYF and its mission.

In addition to the community

scholarships, 11 regional awards

called “Awards of Excellence” will

be given to top candidates. The regions

eligible include Chicago. Additionally,

one Award of Excellence

will be awarded to an applicant from

a Simon Premium Outlet. Students

from these areas will have the opportunity

to receive a $10,000 award

($2,500 for up to four years).

The 2018 SYF Community

Scholarship recipients will be selected

by International Scholarship

and Tuition Services Inc., a thirdparty

administrator. Students are selected

based on a variety of criteria,

including financial need, academic

performance, leadership skills and

participation in school and community

activities. Those students who

are the first in their family to pursue

a post-secondary education also will

be given close consideration.

Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, bill@


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The Orland Park Prairie’s

Standout Student

Sponsored by Marquette Bank

Ryan Pfeiffer, St.

Michael School


Ryan Pfeiffer was chosen as

The Orland Park Prairie’s

Standout Student because of

his academic accomplishments.

What is one essential you

must have when studying?

I need to have my brother

in a different room, so I can


What do you like to do when

not in school or studying?

I like to play Xbox, watch

YouTube and have Nerf

wars with my friends.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be

to have my own YouTube

channel and get paid for

playing video games.

What are some of your

most-played songs on your


I don’t play songs, but

some of the most-played

videos are about “Minecraft.”

What is one thing people

don’t know about you?

I don’t sleep in my own

bedroom. I sleep in the top

bunk in my brother’s room.

Whom do you look up to and


I look up to my mom, because

she is helpful and reliable.

She also helps to take

care of my pets.

Photo submitted

What is your favorite class

and why?

My favorite class is science,

because we do so

many fun labs. In one lab,

we put gummy bears in different

liquids to see how

they changed after a day.

What extracurricular(s) do

you wish your school had?

I wish St. Mike’s had a

video game club, so I could

play games with my friends

every week.

If you could change one thing

about school, what would

it be?

I would not make the kids

wear uniforms.

What’s your best memory

from school?

My best memory from

school was when my friend

and I carried a real chicken

for the live nativity at the

children’s farm, and it was

pecking my arm.

Standout Student is a weekly

feature for The Orland Park

Prairie. Nominations come from

Orland Park area schools.

School News

Providence Catholic High


Orland Parker recognized

with first honors

Dr. John Harper, principal

of Providence Catholic High

School, recently announced

the school’s first semester

honor roll.

The honor roll includes

two categories. first honors

recipients must obtain a 3.51

or higher grade point average,

whereas second honors

students receive a 3.00-3.50


Among those who received

first honors was Teresa

Topolski, a freshman from

Orland Park.

Moraine Valley Community


Man involved in Orland Park

Prayer Center to be inducted

into Alumni Hall of Fame

Dr. Jehad Matariyeh, of

Homer Glen, is one of four

alumni being inducted into

the 2018 Alumni Hall of

Fame at Moraine Valley

Community College.

Matariyeh, the first in his

family to attend college,

has an Associate of Arts degree

from Moraine Valley, a

bachelor’s degree in political

studies from the University

of Illinois in Springfield, a

master’s degree in political

and justice studies from

Governors State University,

and a doctorate in educational

leadership and administration

from Concordia University


While at Moraine Valley,

he was a student trustee and

earned a leadership award

from the Illinois Community

College Board for his leadership

and dedication to the

Student Advisory Board.

Matariyeh is employed

at the Universal School in

Bridgeview, where he serves

as dean of students and

teaches American history

and American government.

He also takes students to

volunteer at homeless shelters,

arranges student-led

interfaith activities and has

volunteered for Sanad Social

Services, an organization

that provides food and clothing

for people in need in the

Chicago area.

Currently, Matariyeh

serves on the board of directors

for the Mosque Foundation

of Bridgeview and the

Southwest Interfaith Team.

He has served as the Community

Iftar Program chair

at the Orland Park Prayer

Center, has been a member

of the Community Economic

Development committee

in Homer Glen, and a member

and treasurer of the statewide

Arab-American Anti-

Discrimination Committee.

Matariyeh is to be inducted

Feb. 22 at the college.

For more information,

email mcgrealc2@moraine


Dayton University

Three Orland Parkers earn

places on dean’s list

The following Orland

Park students made the University

of Dayton fall 2017

dean’s list for achieving a

minimum 3.5 grade point

average for the semester: Julie

Baffoe, Jenna Perdue and

Erin Rowe.

Miami University

Two from Orland Park

named to president’s list

Miami University students

who are ranked in the top 3

percent of undergraduate

students within each division

for fist semester 2017-

2018 have been named to

the president’s list recognizing

academic excellence.

Among them were Orland

Parkers Clara Gannon and

Michelle Dyrda.

Olivet Nazarene University

Three students from Orland

Park named to dean’s list

Olivet Nazarene University

recently congratulated all students

named to the dean’s list

during the fall 2017 semester.

Orland Park students who

achieved this honor are: Andrew

Aardema, Lauren Palmer

and Jeffrey Sneideraitis.

To qualify for inclusion

on the dean’s list, a student

must have been enrolled as a

full-time undergraduate student

and must have attained

a semester grade point average

of 3.50 or higher on a

4.00 grading scale.

St. Mary’s College

Student from Orland Park

recognized on dean’s list

Kelly Golden, of Orland

Park, was named to the fall

semester dean’s list at St.

Mary’s College.

University of Alabama

Orland Parkers named to

dean’s, president’s lists

A total of 12,594 students

enrolled during the 2017 fall

semester at the University of

Alabama were named to the

dean’s list with an academic

record of 3.5 or above, or the

president’s list with an academic

record of 4.0 (all As).

The UA dean’s and president’s

lists recognize fulltime

undergraduate students.

The lists do not apply to

graduate students or undergraduate

students who take

less than a full course load.

Dean’s list students from Orland

Park are Kevin Casey,

Curtis Fortin, Leah Warchol,

Madelyn Haugh, Daniel

Houlihan, William Kolpak

and Kyle Struck. President’s

list students from Orland

Park area Mia DeMarco,

Madeline Hirschfield and

Casey Krzeczkowski.

University of Iowa

Orland Park students earn

spots on dean’s list

Students named to the

University of Iowa fall 2017

dean’s list included the following

Orland Park resident:

Nicholas Adduce, Mary

Carol Barkowski, Mark Biangmano,

Ally Carey, Madison

Dawczak, Jack Duffner,

Alexa Egan, James Foley,

Grant Glover, Zosia Horak,

Connor Kaufmann, Erik

Krause, Michael Leyden,

MollyMaeve Lusk, Michael

Moore, Mara O’Connor, Cecilia

Ortega, Jake Payton,

Angela Schab, Tori Vennetti,

Liam Walsh, Austin Wojtczak

and Jillian Zuelke.

Washington University

Student from Orland Park

makes dean’s list

Mikaela Rae Arredondo,

of Orland Park, recently was

named to the dean’s list for

the fall 2017 in the College of

Arts & Sciences at Washington

University in St. Louis.

Western Illinois University

Two students from Orland

Park earn degrees

A total of 740 students

earned academic degrees

or post-baccalaureate certificates

after the fall 2017

semester at Western Illinois

University. Of these, 107

graduates’ primary attendance

site was the WIU-

Quad Cities campus.

Bachelor’s degrees were

awarded to 551 graduates.

Academic distinction

was awarded to baccalaureate

graduates who achieved

high grade point averages.

This includes: summa cum

laude, 3.90 GPA or higher

on a 4.0 scale; magna cum

laude, 3.75–3.89 GPA; and

cum laude, 3.6–3.74 GPA.

Master’s degrees were

earned by 169 graduates;

eight individuals earned

their doctorate degrees in educational

leadership. Twelve

individuals earned post-baccalaureate


Among those who earned

degrees were Orland Park

residents Michael M. Zydlewski,

Bachelor of Arts,

communication; and Nicholas

Aaron Castro, Bachelor

of Arts, sociology.

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From the sports editor

Fare thee well, Orland Park

Tim Carroll

Sports Editor

For the past year-and-ahalf

or so, I have been

working for 22nd Century

Media. On Friday, Feb.

2, my tenure as a full-time

employee of 22CM came to

a close.

I started in August 2016 as

the assistant editor for The

Orland Park Prairie and

The Tinley Junction. Pretty

quickly, I worked my way

to being the editor of The Mokena


In August 2017, I returned

to Orland and Tinley to serve

as the first sports editor in

22nd Century Media’s Southwest

Chicago branch. In that

capacity, I got to write about

sports for a living. And that’s

pretty much the dream.

Because I have moved

around some, I have written a

few of these introductory and

farewell columns. This one

is going to be a little different

for me, because I am not

shuffling from one desk to

another. Instead, I am moving

on to a different position with

a different company.

But before I do, here are

800-plus words about why it

was fun to hold these positions.

See, I am the sentimental

type. A lot of sports fans are.

Some of us have soft spots in

our hearts for teams or players

that we never actually got

to see in our lifetimes. (For

example, Walter Payton died

when I was 7, and I never

saw him play a down of football.

Still, I’ll never forgive

Mike Ditka for not getting

him a touchdown in Super

Bowl XX against the Patriots

in January of 1986, when I

was still more than six years

away from being born.)

Anyway, my positions with

22nd Century Media were,

collectively, my first job in

journalism (outside of college),

and it was the first step

on what I hope will be a long,

storied, almost assuredly lessthan-lucrative

career. I am

sincerely thankful to all my

colleagues, especially Editor

Bill Jones, for the opportunity

to work with them and

the guidance they gave me

throughout my time with the


In my time working at 22nd

Century Media, there are a

few stories I wrote that I doubt

I will forget. When I was the

assistant editor for Orland

and Tinley, I wrote a feature

on a father-son duo — one a

resident of Tinley Park and

the other a resident of Orland

Park, who were showing their

artwork together at Tinley

Park-Park District’s Vogt

Visual Arts Center. Their work

was so different — the father,

Fred Jendra, painted mainly

impressionistic landscapes,

while the son, Scott Jendra,

created detailed pencil drawings

of figures from World

War II — and I was struck by

their differing philosophies.

In the father-son duo’s work,

albeit in divergent styles, the

talent was clear.

When I was in Mokena, I

earned my first professional

writing award. I do not believe

I need outside validation

to feel accomplished, but

it was nice to see my work

appreciated. Was it a secondplace

award? You bet. But it

still felt nice to be recognized

for my feature on what was

then Mokena’s new Curtain

Call Theatre.

Most recently, I had the

opportunity to have a couple

chats with people who were

very generous with their

time and with whom it was

a special opportunity for me

to speak. Orland Park native

Sarah Kustok became the

first female primary analyst

for an NBA team when she

took that position with the

Brooklyn Nets this year, and

having the chance to talk with

her about that accomplishment

— as well as the overall

state of sports media and the

way the industry works for,

with and sometimes against

women — was enlightening.

I also had the chance to

talk with Tinley Park native

and Notre Dame wide receiver

Miles Boykin, who made

the incredible catch to win

the Citrus Bowl this season

for the Fighting Irish. I tried

to hide it in my writing, but

it was probably pretty easy

for anyone reading to tell that

I, myself, am a Notre Dame

fan (boo, hiss, I know). At the

time of his Citrus Bowl catch,

I was temporarily staying in a

Tinley Park hotel, and I think

the people in adjacent rooms

were probably displeased

with my boisterous, somewhat

profane celebration of

the reception.

There were a whole lot of

other stories that I wrote or

assigned to be written, and

there were a whole lot of

moments that will stick with

me. But these were some of

the stories I will remember

most fondly, and I hope that

my enjoyment of talking

with those people and writing

those stories bled through and

made you, the reader, excited

to read them.

The words floating through

my mind right now —

maudlin, melancholy, sappy,

self-important — probably

accurately describe this column,

and I don’t blame you

if you quit reading it after the

first paragraph or so.

But if you’ve made it this

far, I guess I just want to tell

you that I’ve enjoyed my

time keeping you informed

and, hopefully, entertained.

I hope you have enjoyed it,


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From the Editor

Popping off the handle



When I was 16 years

old, I got my first

real job.

I was supposed to apply at

Jewel-Osco in my hometown.

I may have even filled out

that application.

But the plan took a swerve,

literally, when I turned across

the parking lot and pulled up

to the original Pop’s Italian

Beef & Sausage in Palos

Heights. I loved their food. It

always seemed like they had

some young people like myself

working behind the counter,

and, frankly, I thought it

would be a lot more fun than

bagging groceries.

I got the job!

Roughly two years later,

I did just about the most

teenager thing imaginable

and walked out without

notice. One night, a manager

said something to me I did

not like. In retrospect, it was

probably mostly harmless

ribbing in response to some

probable smack-talking of my

own. But as an angry teen, I

had built it up in my head to

be the last straw on some pile

of grievances, mostly because

I was too young to know I

could just move on to the

next thing if I felt it was time.

I jumped butt-first onto the

counter separating kitchen

from the public, spun around

180 degrees, like I’d done

so many nights before when

locking the doors or chasing

customers who missed

something in an order. I’m

fairly certain I only said “I’m

done,” might have used an

obscene hand gesture, pretty

sure I left my work shirt on

the floor, and then headed out

the doors, across the drive

and down into the lower

parking lot, never (no matter

how difficult it might have

been to resist) looking back.

I immediately regretted it.

I never picked up my last

paycheck, because I did not

feel like explaining myself to

anyone (maybe because I had

no good explanation). More

importantly, I truly love Pop’s

(featured prominently in this

week’s Dish on Page 27).

And quitting in such fashion

created an immediate problem:

How was I to get cheese

dogs (slices of American

rather than pump cheese is

the only way) and beef sandwiches

(thinly sliced, for the

win) when I felt like I could

no longer show my face

around those parts? While my

friends may have supported

my decision, my mother had

zero sympathy for me and

was not about to get the food.

Truth be told, I also generally

enjoyed working there.

I started by taking orders,

then bagging them (a much

more fast-paced scenario). I

worked the register at points.

I moved to the back to handle

chicken for the catering

orders, and back up front to

occasionally put together hot

dogs and drop things in the

fryer. They also let me make

my own lunches — seriously,

put just a little barbecue sauce

on the beef and cheddar (you

won’t regret it); and don’t be

shy about asking for mixes

with the milkshakes (cherry/

chocolate and Oreo/strawberry

are gold). I got plenty of

hours. They treated me well.

And unlike the horror

stories I heard from friends

about other fast food joints,

I knew that Pop’s did things

the right way. I still wanted to

eat there after I worked there.

I also worked with plenty

of good people. From folks

a few years older than me

who showed me the ropes to

newcomers for whom I did

the same, from the managers

to the other teens with whom

I partied occasionally after

work, from the unbelievably

quick cooks to owner Frank

Radochonski and his mother,

Betty, they gave me a ton of

good memories.

I told Frank that myself in

recent years, when I ran into

him at the Chefs’ Auction

in Orland Park. It had been

more than a decade since I

worked at Pop’s, and I was

not quite sure if he even remembered

me, or if he knew

exactly who I was and was

just too nice to say anything

about it, but I introduced

myself and recounted some

of my experiences of working

for him. I’m sure after

nearly four decades of Pop’s

being in business, he has had

countless conversations just

like that.

I had already gotten over

the fear of going back in

there long ago — these days,

I only once in awhile bump

into someone I know — but

having that talk still gave me

a bit of closure, I suppose.

And seeing the restaurant in

our newspapers for The Dish

kind of feels like it has all

come full circle, and it got me

traveling down memory road.

It is easy to react in the moment.

Decision-making skills

can be clouded by emotion.

It is natural to want to place

blame rather than just own a

choice. And what we do may

reverberate for years to come.

That’s a scary prospect.

But I also found through

this that making a few poor

teen decisions helped me

learn, so I didn’t make them

later in life. And reconciliation

was easier than I might

have imagined. Those are

important lessons to learn

when French fries so good

are on the line.

Poetry in OP


Lin Peterson

Contributing Columnist

Searching, searching,


Under the bed

Under the stair

Up above and

Down below

In the garage

Out in the snow

In books and magazines

Oh! My word!

There must be,


A joke I’ve not heard!

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recent home video offerings, Page 26

Forever connected

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In Memoriam

Ronald Goff

Ronald B. Goff,

84, died recently.

He was a United States

Army veteran who served

during the Korean War.

He was the husband of

Barbara; father of Matt

(Lynn), Cheryl (Jack) Steffens,

Valerie (John) Plotke

and Annette (Andy) Walczak;

“papa” of Dan, Alex,

Alicia, Melanie, J.R., Rachel,

Chris, Ellie, Katelyn

and Matt; brother of Jean

(late Henry) Schuberth.

Visitation was to be held at

Brady-Gill Funeral Home.

A funeral service was to be

held at St. Mark Evangelical

Lutheran Church. Interment

Fairmount-Willow Hills

Cemetery. Retired employee

of 35 years from the Cook

County Highway Department,

member of Palos R/C

Flying Club and American

Legion Orland Memorial

Post 111. In lieu of flowers,

donations to St. Mark Evangelical

Lutheran Church (st

markworth.org) appreciated.

Romano Grazian

Romano “TiTi” Mario

Grazian, of Orland Park,

died Jan. 26.

He was born in Chicago

on Feb. 11, 1925. He returned

to his hometown of

Treviso, Italy, to marry his

loving wife, Anna “Pina,” in

1947, and they celebrated 70

years of marriage this past


Romano will forever be

loved by his children, Paul

(Gail) and the late Dino

Grazian. He is survived

by several treasured wood

projects built for his grandchildren,

Gina and Anthony

and Rhonda, Tayra, Dino

and Jane. “Nono” adored

his grandchildren and great

grandchildren with all his


After 40 years as a millwright

at Interlake Steel, Romano

enjoyed his 31 years of

retirement by spending lots

of time at his cottage in Bass

Lake, Indiana. He also found

great pleasure in beating all

loving family and friends at

bocce ball and bags.

Donations in Romano’s

memory to the American

Cancer Society (cancer.org),

which has been a supportive

resource to the Grazian Family.

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A Funeral Mass was to

be held at Our Lady of the

Woods Church. Interment

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Richard Huffman

Richard A. Huffman, 77,

of Orland Park, died Jan. 25.

He was a retired foreman for

International Harvester. He

was a husband for 55 years

to Barbara; father of Rich

Jr., Steve, Ken (Andrea), and

Mark (Londen); grandfather

of Travis, Richie, Mckinley,

Arnaldo and Andrea; brother

of Harry, Ron, Joe, Laura

and David; brother-in-law

of Bill Bednarek; uncle of

many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was to be held at

Colonial Chapel. A Funeral

Mass was held at St. George

Church. Interment private.

Maurizio Mancuso

Maurizio Mancuso, 52 of

Orland Park, died Jan. 24.

He was the husband of Daniela

for 22 years; father of

Maurizio and Luca; brother

of eight and brother-in-law

of many; son-in-law of Maria

and Filippo Rovito; and

fond uncle of many nieces

and nephews. Maurizio was

preceded in death by his parents,

the late Francesco and


Maurizio and his wife,

Daniela, are the owners of

Capri Ristorante Italiano in

Palos Heights.

Funeral services and

prayers were to be held at

Orland Funeral Home. A

Funeral Mass was to be held

at St. Alexander Church. Entombment

Good Shepherd


Bernice Pocius

Bernice C. “Bea” Pocius

(nee Jawor), 86, died Jan.


Born in Chicago, she grew

up in the Roseland neighborhood,

raised her family

in Alsip and was a resident

of Orland Park since the

late 1990s. She retired from

Mercy Hospital & Medical

Center Chicago after

many years of service. She

was member of St. Michael

Church, Orland Park.

Preceded in death by her

husband Robert E. Pocius

Sr.; parents, Paul and Catherine

(Talarczyk) Jawor;

two brothers, John and Paul

Jawo; two sisters, Rose

Wnek and Albina Mulcahy;

and her best friend, Dorothy


Survived by her two children,

Kathy (Mike) McDermott

and Robert (Jill) Pocius;

seven grandchildren,

Patrick (Mallory) McDermott,

Daniel McDermott,

Claire McDermott, Bryan

(Caley) Engnell, Kyle (Lauren)

Engnell, Kaitlyn Pocius

and Amanda Pocius; three

great grandchildren, Joslyn,

Finley and Axel Engnell;

numerous nephews, nieces

and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials

to Rettsyndrome.org

would be greatly appreciated.

Visitation was to be held

at O’Neil Funeral Home

Chapel. A Mass of Christian

Burial was to be held at St.

Michael. Following Mass,

cremation rites were to be

respectfully addressed.

Gary Niehaus

Gary D. Niehaus,

68, died Jan.

24. He was a veterans of the

United States Army during

the Vietnam War, a retired

police commissioner for

Lockport, legislative lobbyist

for State of Illinois Fire

and Police Commissioners,

and a chairman of Lockport

Veterans Commission.

Husband of the late Diane

Drozdz; father of Daniel

(Kristen), Tracy (Joesph)

Settanni and Tina Niehaus;

grandfather of Alyssa; son

of the late Donald and Linda

Niehaus and the late LaVon

and Paul Crumbaugh; sonin-law

of Kay and the late

Fred Drozdz; brother of Judy

(Gerard) Pacini; friend of

Janet Almen; and brothersin-law,

sisters-in-law, nieces

and nephews.

A funeral service was to

be held at Modell Funeral

Home & Cremation Services.

A Funeral Mass was to

be held at St. Francis of Assisi.

Interment Resurrection


He was the director of the

Orland Youth Association

(7 years), and earned the

Person You Should Know

Award (2012) presented by

Lockport Mayor Dev Trivedi,

Volunteer of The Year

(2012) presented by Mayor

Dev Trivedi, Senior Citizen

Award (2012) presented by

Congressman Dan Lipinski,

Person You Should Know

Award (2014) presented by

Mayor Steven Streit, and

leader and committee member

of many community organizations

in the Chicago

suburbs of Homer Glen,

Lockport and Orland Park.

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to OYA appreciated.

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Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th

Ave., Orland Park)

Ash Wednesday and Lent

On Ash Wednesday, Feb.

14, three Communion services

with Imposition of

Ashes will be conducted:

6:20 a.m. (in Duehr Memorial

Chapel), 11 a.m. and 7:

p.m. During the rest of the

Lenten season, Thursday

Lenten communion services

will meet at 11 a.m. (a lunch

after) and 7 p.m. Feb. 22;

March 1, 8, 15 and 22; under

the theme “Prayers of the

Passion.” The evening Lent

services will take place in

Duehr Memorial Chapel.

Living Word Lutheran Church (16301 S.

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

PUSH Prayer

9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. All

are welcome to take part in

person or take 10-15 minutes

to pray for the country,

church, community and individual

needs. Meetings take

place the second Tuesday of

the month.

St. Michael Church (14327 Highland Ave.,

Orland Park)

Beauty Night

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.

The Women’s Club of St.

Michael’s will be sponsoring

a Beauty Night, featuring

Alison Andrews from Alison

Andrews Skin Therapy and

Michael Kessen from Studio

88 in the Ministry Room

West. Non-members pay $5.

All are welcome. Refreshments

will be served.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

(15050 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Ash Wednesday Mass &

Distribution of Ashes

7:45 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Ash Wednesday Distribution

of Ashes

3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Ashburn Baptist Church (153rd Street and

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Bible Study

9:45 a.m.


11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Teen Programs

7 p.m. Wednesdays; 9:45

a.m., 5 p.m. Sundays

Faith United Methodist Church (15101 S.

80th Ave., Orland Park)

Witness to Fitness

9-10 a.m. Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Walking club for prayer and

exercise. Free. All are welcome.

Veterans Voices

7 p.m. every third Tuesday

of the month. This is a

group for veterans. For more

information, contact Darryl

Wertheim at (708) 923-0021

or Darryl.wertheim@gmail.


Presbyterian Church in Orland Park

(13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-


9-11 a.m. 2nd and 4th

Tuesdays of the month

Thursday Evening Bible


7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays

Gamblers Anonymous

7:30- 9 p.m. Thursdays

Emotions Anonymous

7:30-9 p.m. Fridays

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Children ages

3-8 are invited to Sunday

school. For more information,

contact Cindy at cin

dypcop@comcast.net. Children

ages 7 and older can

volunteer to be ushers at

Mass on Sundays. More information

is available in the

children’s worship bulletins.

Hope Covenant Church (14401 West Ave.,

Orland Park


10 a.m. Sundays

Junior High Youth Group

Noon-2 p.m. every other

Sunday. This is an active

group of children from

fourth to seventh grades. It

meets every other Sunday

for a lesson, activity, games,

treats and fellowship.


11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All

are invited to share refreshments,

fellowship and conversation

after most Sunday

morning services.

Men’s Bible Study

7:30-8:30 p.m. The onehour

session includes coffee

and conversation.

Calvary Church (16100 S. 104th Ave.,

Orland Park)

Men’s Barnabas Bible Study

7-8:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Study various books written

by Christian authors. Coffee

and light refreshments are

served. For more information,

email info@calvaryop.


Sunday Services

9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Stretch and Balance

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

second and fourth Tuesday

of the month. All are welcome

to an hour session of

stretching and balancing. All

are invited to bring water,

beach towel and yoga mats.

For more information, contact

Elizabeth Kolada at el


Southwest Seventh Day Adventist Church

(15760 Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Bible Study

7 p.m. Wednesdays. Attendees

can learn more about

the Seventh Day Adventist

Church. For more information,

call (618) 556-8002.

Our Lady of the Woods Church (10731 W.

131st, Orland Park)

Eucharistic Adoration

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays.

The church invites all to

spend some quiet time with

the Lord. Eucharistic adoration

will be held in the Day

Chapel. First hour is vocal

prayer, followed by silence.

For more information, contact

the front office at (708)


Standing Stone Church (Robert Davidson

Center, 14700 Park Lane, Orland Park)

Sunday Services

9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Hour of Prayer

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

Children and Youth Activities

7 p.m. Wednesdays

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church (9300

W. 167th St., Orland Hills)

H.O.P.E. Employment

Support Ministry

7 p.m. first Tuesday of

the month in the Parish

Hall. Helpful Outreach for

People seeking Employment

welcomes all faiths and denominations

and offers support,

fellowship, guidance

and information for the employed,

unemployed or those

in a career transition. Every

month, H.O.P.E. also provide

a guest speaker to support

those in transition. For

more information, call (708)


AA Meetings

7-9 p.m. every Thursday

in the Church Hall.

Rosary Prayer Group

9:30 a.m. every Tuesday

and Thursday. The Rosary

Prayer Group gathers in the

church after mass to offer

intentions with the intercession

of Mary, and pray the

decades of the rosary while

contemplating the scenes of

our Lord’s life, death and


Weekday Service

9 a.m. Monday through


Zion Lutheran Church (17100 S. 69th

Ave., Tinley Park)

Artisan Signs Prayer Group

Noon-1 p.m. Monday-

Wednesdays. Artisan Sign

and Lighting, 15617 71st

Court. The nondenominational

prayer group will meet

weekly and is open to anyone

who wishes to attend.

This group is not affiliated

with any church. For more

information, contact Ruth at

(708) 841-1313.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor Bill

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

Information is due by noon on

Thursdays one week prior to


Pastor Column

Money matters

Rev. Caleb Hong

Faith United Methodist Church

where your

treasure is, there


your heart will be

also.” (Matthew 6:21)

If you could ask for

anything and you knew that

you would receive it, what

would you ask for — a new

car, a new house, a new

phone, a new hairline?

In the Bible, God posed

this question to Solomon

soon after he succeeded his

father (King David) as the

king of Israel.

In his dream, God said to

Solomon, “Ask whatever

you wish, and I’ll give it to

you.” (1 Kings 3:5)

Fortunately, Solomon

knew what he needed most.

It was not fame or power or

glory or a new hairline; it

was wisdom.

So, Solomon prayed,

“Please give your servant

a discerning mind in order

to govern your people and

to distinguish good from

evil, because no one is able

to govern this important

people of yours without

your help.” (1 Kings 3:9)

Solomon knew what he

need most: wisdom. He

needed wisdom to lead a

nation. He needed wisdom to

know right from wrong. He

needed wisdom to be a faithful

steward of God’s gifts.

In many ways, the same is

true with us. As Americans,

we are the richest nation in

the world. We have more

income and “stuff” than any

other people in history.

But we are not the most

content and happy people

on earth. To the contrary, we

suffer from increasing levels

of debt and depression.

Our problem is not that we

do not have enough money;

it is that we lack wisdom.

We lack wisdom in financial

management. We lack wisdom

to discern good from

evil. We lack wisdom to live

our lives as God intended —

lives filled with goodness,

generosity, and joy.

“Watch out! Be on your

guard against all kinds of

greed; life does not consist

in an abundance of possessions.”

(Luke 12:15)

Back in the 18th century,

an Anglican priest named

John Wesley had a revolutionary

idea: that Christians

should be knowledgeable

and responsible managers of


This went against the

grain of Wesley’s contemporaries,

whose only message

about money was negative.

While everyone else

preached that money was

the root of all evil, Wesley

reminded people that it’s

the “love of money,” not

money itself, that is the

root of all kinds of evil (1

Timothy 6:10). Wesley went

on to describe money as an

excellent gift from God that,

when applied with wisdom,

could do all kinds of good.

So, Wesley taught people

of faith to do three things:

earn all you can, save all you

can and give all you can.

“Earning all you can”

reminds us to be diligent

and devoted to our work.

Whether we are teachers

or law enforcers, whether

we collect antiques or run

a junkyard, God made us

to earn a living through honest

means — no cheating

or stealing or engaging in

funny business.

Utilize your talents and

gifts. Make the most of your

days. Use the time you have


“Saving all you can”

reminds us to be careful

with our spending. Be clear

on the difference between

what you need and what

you want. As I heard from

one preacher, look for ways

to live more simply, so others

can simply live. Most

importantly, don’t spend

more than you earn. The

Bible reminds us that when

we’re in debt, we become

enslaved to the lenders.

“Give all you can” reminds

us that we are made to

be contributors, not merely

consumers. God made us to

give, not merely to get.

When we’re stingy and

hoard everything, our life’s

work can be erased in a

matter of minutes by a fire,

flood or tornado. When we

refuse to share our blessings,

our life treasures can

be liquidated by an auctioneer

in a matter of hours.

On the other hand, when

we give and invest in

people (in our community,

our houses of worship, in

our neighbors,) our life’s

work cannot be burned

nor flooded nor stolen nor

sold by an auctioneer. Our

life-work becomes a legacy

of generosity and love that

lasts long after us.

Friends, God has entrusted

us with so much

— our family and friends,

our health and wealth. Let’s

be wise stewards of God’s

good gifts. If you’re lacking

wisdom, all you have to do

is ask.

The opinions of this column are

those of the writer. They do not

necessarily reflect those of The

Orland Park Prairie.

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The Carl Sandburg Music

Boosters presented their

third annual Jazz Fest the

evening of Friday, Feb. 2, at

Chicago Gaelic Park in Oak

Forest. And with more than

200 people in attendance,

this year’s Jazz Fest spotlighted

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is celebrating 20 years as director

of bands at Sandburg

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“This is special,” said Don

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Boosters president. “[Bailey]

has been at Sandburg

for 20 years. He’s a beloved

figure, and we appreciate

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his students first. We want to

let him know we appreciate


Superintendent James

Gay added, “It’s a tribute to

his legacy tonight. All of the

people here, all of the alumni

who came back, it’s a tribute

to his commitment and his


As part of the tribute to

Bailey, 32 Sandburg alumni

came together to perform at

the Jazz Fest under Bailey’s


“Part of our gift to Mr.

Bailey is working with his

past students,” Vacha said.

Bailey said he had never

worked with an alumni

band, but enjoyed the opportunity

and was happy to see

his past students continuing

to share their music.

“It’s been a thrill to work

with students from my first

years teaching in the ’90s

and some who just graduated,”

he said. “It was a great

“It’s been a thrill to work with

students from my first years

teaching in the ’90s and some who

just graduated.”

Stewart Bailey — Sandburg director of bands, on

celebrating 20 years in the position

experience, and they sound


Alumni attended the event

not only to participate in the

band but also to show their

support and offer congratulations.

Among them, Zach

Wiltgen, of Orland Park,

graduated from Sandburg

in 2011 and works with the

school’s drumline during

the fall. Wiltgen has gained

a stronger appreciation for

Bailey as they have worked

alongside one another, he


“It’s great [to work with

him now],” Wiltgen said.

“You get to see him in a different

element, and I like him

more than I did as a student.”

Bailey said he was humbled

by the recognition and

support from colleagues

past and present, students

and alumni, and community


“I love working with kids;

I love to see excitement in

kids’ eyes when they receive

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and District 230 have been

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While he appreciated the

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students deserved the attention.

“I’m very humbled with

the attention on me, but I

want the attention to be on

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They’re excited and they

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Although the annual event

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it also shined a

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Sandburg music program.

Attendees were encouraged

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In addition to the alumni

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Sandburg Jazz Combo and

Sandburg Jazz II Ensemble.

The annual event helps the

Music Boosters raise funds

to support the D230 music


“We probably earn close

to 10 percent of our budget

from this event,” Vacha said.

“The whole idea is to feature

our talented students and

give them a new venue to

perform in.”

RIGHT: Peggy and Bob

Hillhouse pick out their

favorite prizes Friday, Feb.

2, at the Carl Sandburg

Music Boosters’ annual

Jazz Fest at Chicago Gaelic


Band director Stewart Bailey is celebrating 20 years at the helm of Sandburg’s band

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‘Silence of the Lambs’ gets Criterion Blu-ray worth another look

Bill Jones, Editor

Chapter Chatter

‘Is This Guy for Real?’ a stellar behind-the-scenes look at Andy Kaufman

Bill Jones, Editor

Andy Kaufman.

The name alone is a discussion

point. He was hailed a

comedic genius. His professional

wrestling exploits were

infamous. And his dedication

to the craft of performing was

all-inclusive, leaving many to

question what was real about

the man behind the character.

Hence “Is This Guy for

Real?” — the title of the latest

graphic novel from Box

Brown, the cartoonist who

made a name for himself in

2014 with “André the Giant:

Life and Legend.” And cover

to cover, Brown’s latest delivers

on its promise to dig into

what made Kaufman tick.

Unlike the André book,

which felt like a collection of

factoids from over the years,

the Kaufman effort proves to

be a focused narrative. It takes

readers from the performer’s

early fascination with cartoons,

Elvis Presley and professional

wrestling, all the way

through his death, which some

even questioned because of

how immersed Kaufman had

become in his art.

Brown’s techniques are

MPAA rating: R | genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller | run time: 118 minutes

It may seem like there cannot

be much left to say about

“Silence of the Lambs,” the

1991 feature film that earned

Oscars for Best Picture, Best

Actor (Anthony Hopkins),

Best Actress (Jodie Foster),

Best Director (Jonathan

Demme) and Best Adapted

Screenplay (Ted Tally), all

while somewhat strangely

catapulting the cannibalistic

and murderous Hannibal

Lecter character into an odd

pop culture celebrity.

But Criterion Collection’s

Blu-ray release of the film

proves there is much more

to explore. In addition to the

4K digital restoration, featuring

an alternate 5.1 DTS-HD

master audio soundtrack,

the movie includes an audio

commentary track from 1994

featuring Demme, Foster,

Hopkins, Tally and former

FBI agent John Douglas. But

over two discs, it also packs

in a new interview with critic

Maitland McDonagh, 38

minutes of deleted scenes,

four documentaries featuring

hours of interviews with cast

and crew, a behind-the-scenes

featurette, storyboards, and a


Criterion also goes all-out

on the packaging and book

for this one, with art featuring

a moth and blood splatter

design. The book is more than

50 pages, with an introduction

by Foster, an essay by critic

Amy Taubin, writings from

2000 and 2013 by author

Thomas Harris on the origins

Lecter, and a 1991 interview

with Demme.

But it is not just quantity

of content. The extras are enlightening,

and while Lecter

ended up taking center stage,

it really drives home the point

that “Silence of the Lambs”

is ultimately a movie about a

female protagonist working to

help a fellow woman in peril.

And Demme worked to highlight

the trials of a good woman

trying to work in a man’s

world. In the face of everything

from the looks and comments

she gets at every scene

to the dueling father figures

— Lecter the bad, and boss

Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn)

the good — Foster’s Clarice

Starling is pure determination.

The timing is right for another

release of “Silence of

the Lambs.” And the quality

with which Criterion tackles

that release makes it worth

another look at the disturbing

portrait of serial killers, what

drives them and what the

people who stop them must


Have you seen a movie recently

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refined, too. Up front, for instance,

he plays on Kaufman’s

fascination with television by

using the clicks of the changing

channels to skip forward

through the years. And Brown

adds four personal interviews

with people close to Kaufman

to the bibliography and web

resources he pulls to help tie

the story together.

Brown’s utilization of the

comics medium is perfect

for the telling of Kaufman’s

story. The narrative is smooth,

and there is a great balance

between what people saw of

Kaufman on screen and his

Film Files

Home video releases in brief

Thank You For Your Service (Blu-ray + DVD

+ Digital)

“Thank You For Your Service” tackles

an undeniably important topic with an

unfortunately mediocre movie. The film

is a based-on-true-events take on Adam

Schumann (Miles Teller), a returning

military veteran who struggles to do right

by his family and brothers in arms with the

emotional weight of war still taking its toll.

It is powerfully acted, and spotlights the

different forms of trauma many returning

veterans face and the difficulty of finding

real help. It is a necessary question to pose

to the public, but the story falls a bit flat.

So, too, do the Blu-ray’s special features.

Rating: R || Genres: Biography, Drama,

War || Running Time: 109 minutes

Blade Runner 2049 (Blu-ray + DVD+


Fans of the Blade Runner universe should

love Denis Villeneuve’s long-awaited sequel.

First and foremost, it is a visual feast. Every

frame of “Blade Runner 2049” carries

thought process behind the

scenes. And while showing

what motivated Kaufman behind

the public persona, “Is

This Guy for Real?” also pulls

no punches in dealing with the

less-than-savory realities of

some of Kaufman’s actions,

such as his wrestling with females.

Brown really plays to his

strengths, though, in giving

Jerry “The King” Lawler

a good deal of space. Of

course, it culminates with

Lawler hitting Kaufman on

David Letterman’s show. But

it digs deeper into the longer

a beauty unparalleled. Ryan Gosling is a

great choice for lead, alongside a returning

Harrison Ford. And “2049” expands

big-time upon the groundwork laid by

“Blade Runner.” A “Designing the World

of Blade Runner 2049” featurette takes

center stage, but the Blu-ray also includes

Prologues and plenty of other extras. It is a

solid package all around, but those who did

not care much for the sci-fi world filled with

replicants created by Ridley Scott probably

won’t find much here to change their minds.

Rating: R || Genres: Drama, Mystery,

Sci-Fi || Running Time: 164 minutes

It (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital)

“It” brings plenty of scares — more

creepy than jump-out-of-the-seat types

— but it impresses most with its visual

style. The child casting also is strong,

making this return to a Stephen King

property more than worthwhile, with

plenty of personality on display. The

Blu-ray extras also bring it, especially

with cool deleted scenes and the “Author

of Fear” featurette. Closer looks at

Pennywise and the children deliver, too.

Rating: R || Genres: Drama, Horror,

Thriller || Running Time: 135 minutes

relationship between the two

that led to it and, again, the

planning that went into what

people saw of their feud.

More than anything, Brown

captures the feel of a character

with “Is This Guy for Real?”

He brings people closer to

someone who was notoriously

distant, and sometimes the

stories are downright touching.

But what really makes it

work is showing us the difference

between a public persona

we think we may have known

and the realities of who was

behind presenting it. It sends a

message worth examining beyond

the genius of Kaufman.

Read a book and want to let

everyone in town know what

you think about it? The Orland

Park Prairie is looking for

residents to review books for its

Chapter Chatter feature. The

best reviews will be published

in The Prairie and online at

OPPrairie.com. Keep reviews

to 400 or fewer words and try

not to spoil any key moments in

the book. Submit your review

to bill@opprairie.com. Please

include your name and phone

number in the email.

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The Dish

Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage credits community involvement for success

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Assistant Editor

Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage

credits its success to

being involved in the communities

it serves.

For almost 38 years, Pop’s

has continued to grow not

only in locations and menu

items but also in building

connections with its customers.

“I just feel if you’re involved

in your community,

and you support your community,

they support you

back,” said Kacie Dancy,

vice president of operations

at Pop’s and daughter of

owner Frank Radochonski.

“So, I think that’s a huge,

huge reason for our success,

as well as [being] a great restaurant

to come to.”

Pop’s has 15 locations

across the suburbs, and each

one is involved in its communities

and sponsors various

events. Dancy works at

the original Pop’s location in

Palos Heights and said the

restaurant supports the local

baseball and softball teams,

sponsors reading programs

at the local schools and library,

and gives out coupons

for free hot dogs on Halloween

to children.

“I truly believe that that’s

why Pop’s has been around

for as long as they have,

and why we’ve been as successful

as we have, because

we’ve been so involved in

the community, which is

cool,” Dancy said.

Other Pop’s locations,

including the one in Tinley

Park, has fundraiser

nights for local sports teams,

churches and schools, and

even gives schools coupons

for free hot dogs to their

teachers for Teacher Appreciation

Week, according to

franchisee Burke Matyas.

“I’ve always believed in

supporting the small guy,”

Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage

• 7153 W. 127th St in Palos Heights

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A Pop’s Italian sausage sandwich ($4.25) is pictured here

with red sauce and sweet peppers.

Matyas said. “We’re a small

mom and pop shop, so [it’s

important] to give back to

the community, knowing

they support me.”

Not only do customers

keep coming back because

of the support they receive

from Pop’s but also, of

course, for the staples of the

restaurant. The famous Italian

beef ($5.29) is sliced,

cooked and served fresh

daily. The beef is served on

6-inch French bread, and

customers can add Pop’s

homemade giardiniera or

sweet peppers.

“Everything that goes on

[the Italian beef] I think my

dad has tried really hard to

pair our giardiniera and our

sweet peppers to match the

flavors,” Dancy said. “A lot

of the same seasonings are

used between the peppers

and the beef, so they compliment

each other really well.”

Dancy also said the hot

dog ($2.99) is another crowd

favorite. The hot dog is Pop’s

brand, and customers cannot

get it the same anywhere

else. The Chicago-style dog

comes with tomato, relish,

mustard, pickle, sport peppers

and celery salt, and it

is served on a seedless bun.

It is the only menu item that

comes wrapped in Pop’s famous

french fries.

“Our fries are kind of what

we’re known for; fries are

huge for us,” Dancy said.

When Pop’s was first

founded by her father and

grandmother almost 38 years

ago, the only items on the

menu were hamburgers, hot

dogs and beef sandwiches.

Over the years, chicken has

been incorporated into the

menu, like the grilled chicken

breast on a pita ($4.79),

which is one of Dancy’s favorites.

There also are six

different salads from which

to choose, as well as an

Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage features its homemade giardiniera atop one of the beef

sandwiches that helped make it famous. Photos by Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media

Italian sausage ($4.25) that

can come with red sauce,

sweet peppers and/or au jus.

Around the time of St. Patrick’s

Day, the corned beef

on rye ($5.19) or Reuben on

rye ($5.75) become available

at various franchisees,

but the Palos Heights location

serves them year-round.

“It’s expanded into the

times of what people want,”

Dancy said. “It started off

what [my father and grandmother]

liked, and what they

knew best, and then grew

into what the customers


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working with decision makers

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upon exp. English

speaking a benefit. Call

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P/T Associate for Travel

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Paint Bay Assistant and

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needed full-time. Please

call Al: 630.327.2435.

Safety Assistant

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looking for individuals for

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Real Estate

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2,200 sq ft ranch. 3BR, 2Ba,

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rm, kitchen w/peninsula countertop,

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2701 Property for


2701 Property for


p p y p

spection and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all


If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclosure

sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

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

this property is a condominium unit

which ispart ofacommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).









You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure


For information: Visit our website at

service.atty-pierce.com. between the

hours of 3and 5pm. McCalla Raymer

Leibert Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff's Attorneys,

One North Dearborn Street, Suite

1200, Chicago, IL 60602. Tel No. (312)

416-5500. Please refer to file number




One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)


You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.

McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC

One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 416-5500

E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com

Attorney File No. 260216

Attorney Code. 61256

Case Number: 2017 CH 3955

TJSC#: 37-7743





















17 CH 10311



that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above entisure

and Sale entered in the above enti

tled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will onFriday, March 2,

2018 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office

at 120 West Madison Street, Suite

718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public

auction to the highest bidder for cash, as

set forth below, the following described

mortgaged real estate:

P.I.N. 28-08-307-008-0000.

Commonly known as 15038 MOOR-



The mortgaged real estate is improved

with asingle family residence. If the

subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of

acommon interest community, the purchaser

of the unit other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required

by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of

the Condominium Property Act.

Sale terms: 10% down by certified

funds, balance, by certified funds,

within 24 hours. Norefunds. The property

will NOT be open for inspection.

For information call Sales Department

at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski,

LLC, One East Wacker Drive,

Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614)

220-5611. 17-008203 F2



Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122











17 CH 7191


PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that

pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

entered in the above entitled cause, Intercounty

Judicial Sales Corporation

will on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the

hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120

West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago,

Illinois, sell to the highest bidder

for cash, the following described mortgaged

real estate:

P.I.N. 28-28-311-011.

Commonly known as 5225 NICHOLAS

CT., OAK FOREST, IL 60452.

The mortgaged real estate is improved

with asingle family residence. If the

subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of

acommon interest community, the purchaser

of the unit other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required

by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of

the Condominium Property Act.

Sale terms: 10% down by certified

funds, balance within 24 hours, by certified

funds. No refunds. The property

will NOT be open for inspection.

For information call Mr. Ira T. Nevel at

Plaintiff's Attorney, Law Offices of Ira

T. Nevel, 175 North Franklin Street,

Chicago, Illinois 60606. (312)

357-1125. Ref. No. 17-01732



Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122


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2016 CH 13651


IL 60452



that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on December 13, 2017, an agent for The

Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on March 14, 2018, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South Wacker

Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at

public auction to the highest bidder, as

set forth below, the following described

real estate:

Commonly known as 16020 DEBRA


Property Index No.


The real estate is improved with asingle

family home with adetached two car


Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds at the close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will beaccepted.

The balance in certified funds/or

wire transfer, is due within twenty-four

(24) hours. The subject property issubject

to general real estate taxes, special

assessments, or special taxes levied

against said real estate and is offered for

sale without any representation as to

quality or quantity of title and without

recourse toPlaintiff and in "AS IS" condition.

The sale is further subject to confirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed to the real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all


If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclosure

sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

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

this property is a condominium unit

which ispart ofacommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).









You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's



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7 papers

2701 Property for


y g g y (

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure


For information: Visit our website at

service.atty-pierce.com. between the

hours of 3and 5pm. McCalla Raymer

Leibert Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff's Attorneys,

One North Dearborn Street, Suite

1200, Chicago, IL 60602. Tel No. (312)

416-5500. Please refer to file number




One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)


You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.

McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC

One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 416-5500

E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com

Attorney File No. 258762

Attorney Code. 61256

Case Number: 2016 CH 13651

TJSC#: 38-590


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42” electric fire place heater,

new $75. 708.599.6796

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His Hand in Mine, Blue Hawaii,

Welcome to my World,

Madison Square Garden - Elvis

on Stage, Legendary Magic of

Elvis. All for $100.


92” queen sleeper sofa, neutral

colorsm smoke/pet free home

$100. Love seat extra


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.


Antique vintage iron, Geneva

IL #8 star made of cast iron,

nice condition $35. Rare CJ

vintage gasoline U.S. 5gallen

can & spout by Jayes Can

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Stanley Handyman mitre hand

saw box $20. 708.466.9907

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FREE “gumballs” from sweet

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& box spring $65. Thick

hand-knit sweaters $25. Rustic

plywood 4”x8” $10. Bob


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center, 4ft work bench with

single drawer $90. Call Tom at


Hickory sticks x4, $15. Spalding

golf balls x12, 20¢. Titleist

Pro V-1 Adams 7wood, $40.


Ladies dresser, $30. Men’s

double door chest, $30.

Kitchen table, $20. Night stand

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Silver-plated silverware w/

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Live rubber plant, beautiful

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Mens black ariat cowboy

boots, size 11 $75. Resistol

black cowboy hat size 75/6

$25. 815.469.6027

Mike Jordans, $2. Holiday

b eanies, $2. Chris


Nishijin Pachinko machine,

needs repair $50 obo.


North Face mens Olympic

vest, large. Red, white &blue,

D enali Sochi $95.


Pair of table lamps, white w/

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shades, 30”h, $50/pair.


Prom dress, size 2-4, baby

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Prom dress, size 2-4. Pink.

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Prom Dress: size 2-4, baby

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Will send pictures!


Red Wing soft toe shoes 8.5D

from Heritage collection $55. 6

foot wood ladder $10.


Samsung Galaxy 4G LTE

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machine, brand new! $10.

Automatic jar opener, Black &

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cues, balls &rack $100 obo.


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comforter, like new, $35. Call/

text 708.552.1691

Toilet for disabled; never used.

Sells for $65, asking $40. Jag

jeans, new, sz 16 $20. Hunter

Douglas, new shade $10.


Total Gym exercise set w/ acc.

Top quality style from 1990s.

Exc. cond. $100. 708.429.3623

Used kitchen cabinets. Good

for basement/garage. 19’ base

& top. $100. Call Jim.


Vacuum, Herby Heritage, like

ew $35. 2-bar stool $25 set.


Vintage original Stanley

handyman mirtre hand saw box

$25. Beautiful Gucci replica

purse with shoulder strap, has

all the Gucci emblems and tags

$60. 708.466.9907



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with the game and kept on

playing it since then.

What is your proudest

moment in basketball?

That was probably when I

hit the buzzer-beater against

Stagg a couple weeks ago.

That was a big rivalry game.

I know a lot of kids that go

to that school, and a lot of

my friends on the team were

beefing with their friends

that go there, too, so we

were all just arguing with the

Stagg kids that whole week,

basically, coming up to the


What are your goals for

this season?

I want to make a deep

playoff run. I think we could

do something. I want to

hopefully win conference,


What will you work on

before this season?

A lot of endurance. I ran 3

miles a day, I swam a mile

every morning, and in the

morning I also do a lot of

22nd Century Media File


ball-handling, because I’m

quick for my position. Not a

lot of the big kids are quick;

they’re just big. So, I try

to utilize my ball-handling

to get to the basket, to get

around my big defenders.

What do you like the

most about basketball?

I probably just love my

atmosphere, love my team.

Because whatever team I’ve

been on — I’ve been on numerous

teams — there’s always

a family part, a team

spirit, I guess, that just connects

you to your teammates.

Who is your favorite

professional athlete?

I’d probably go with Brian

Scalabrine. He got laughed

at and mocked. Even when

he played for the Bulls, the

whole stadium would roar

when he gets onto the court,

and he just took that as motivation.

And not many people

know he has [an] NBA ring.

He’s a champion, and he’s

really underrated.

What is a perfect

postgame meal?

Chocolate chip pancakes

with a side of bacon. Homemade.

I make the best batch


If you could choose a

celebrity to referee your

game, who would you


Kevin Hart would be

funny. He would just make

funny comments, I think,

funny calls. Yeah, he knows

the game a lot, but I feel like

his character would just take

over, and he’d get the whole

gym laughing in an instant.

What is your favorite

subject in school?

I love electromagnetic

engineering. I just love the

numbers, and the teacher’s

really cool, and I have all

my buddies in that class. ... I

love math ... and I feel like a

leader in that class.

What is your dream


Director of the FBI. You

would know so many top

government secretes, and

you’d just get to execute

orders whenever you want.

You’re basically on top of

the world.

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high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Boys basketball

Sandburg 81, Plainfield

South 70

Sami Ismail scored 22

points to lead the Eagles on a

comeback from a two-point

halftime deficit to beat Plainfield

South Jan. 30. Jake Pygon

scored 18 points, and

Marvin Agwomoh contributed

16 to the win. The win

made the Eagles 15-6 on the


Sandburg 72, Crete-Monee


Sami Ismail scored a

career-high 28 points in the

Jan. 27 victory. Mike Levato

and Kevin Agwomoh each

scored nine points to help

the Eagles get to a 14-6 record.

Girls basketball

Lincoln-Way East 52,

Sandburg 35

Stephanie Faro scored

eight points for the Eagles

against Lincoln-Way East

Jan. 30. Sandburg fell to

9-15 with the loss.

Girls bowling

Sandburg wins Eisenhower


Emily Schrader took first

overall at the Eisenhower Invite

at Burr Oak Bowl Jan.

30, helping the team win the

invite. Alyssa Novak also

had a Top 6 finish.

White Sox minor-leaguer returns to roots

David Cronin visits Orland

Park Warriors

Staff Report

On Jan. 30, Sandburg alumnus and

Chicago White Sox minor-leaguer David

Cronin joined the 10-and-under and

9U Orland Park Warriors at the Orland

Youth Association hitting complex.

Cronin spent the first 30 minutes talking

to the boys about growing up in the

community and what it has taken to

achieve the level of success he has attained.

After a question-and-answer session,

he then went into the cages with the

10U team, where he offered instruction.

The boys to have the opportunity to

meet Cronin, so they can see that athletes

do not have to be 6-foot-4 in order

to succeed in baseball.

This Week In …

Eagles Varsity Athletics

Boys Basketball

■Feb. ■ 9 - at Lincoln-Way East, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

■Feb. ■ 8 - at Joliet Catholic, 7 p.m.

■Feb. ■ 12 - hosts Sandburg Regional, TBA*

■Feb. ■ 13 - hosts Sandburg Regional, TBA*


■Feb. ■ 9 - at IHSA sectional, TBA*

■Feb. ■ 10 - at IHSA sectional, 9 a.m.


■Feb. ■ 10 - hosts Lake Park, 9:30 p.m.

Girls Bowling

■Feb. ■ 10 - at Bolingbrook Sectional, TBA*

Girls Track and Field

■Feb. ■ 14 - at Joliet West quad, 4:30 p.m.

*If necessary

Sports briefs

Orland Parker signs national

letter of intent

Tim Klotz, of Orland

Park, was one of 10 Providence

Catholic students to

be recognized Wednesday,

Feb. 7, for signing a national

letter of intent. The offensive

lineman committed to

St. Ambrose University to

continue his football career

on an athletic and academic


Compiled by Sports Editor Tim


RIGHT: White Sox minor-leaguer and

Sandburg alumnus poses for a photo

after visiting with and instructing

Orland Park Warriors on the 9- and

10-and-under teams Jan. 30 at the

Orland Youth Association hitting

complex. Photo submitted

Girls Bowling

Eagles win first regional title en route to Bolingbrook Sectional

Bill Jones, Editor

Since the start of the regional

format for the Illinois

High School Association

state tournament for girls

bowling, the Eagles have

never seen a sectional as a


That is about to change

Saturday, Feb. 10, when the

team heads into Brunswick

Zone in Woodridge for the

Bolingbrook Sectional.

That is because Sandburg

knocked down 5,611 pins to

claim its first regional title

by more than 100 points,

as Brooks hosted them at

Castaways Bowl in Calumet


‘Today was a great day to

be an Eagle for sure,” coach

Joe Geiger wrote that evening

in an email to The Orland

Park Prairie. “Truly,

this was a team effort. We

bowled one game just below

our team average and the rest

were either at our average or

above. We were able to put

together one of the best sixgame

[series] in Sandburg

girls bowling history.”

Senior Emily Schrader led

the way for the Eagles, with

a six-game series of 1,191

earning her fourth place in

the individual standings, 118

pins behind the champ. She

averaged 198.7, with a high

game of 227, while claiming

All-Regional honors.

But the strength of Sandburg

was just how many of

the girls had big day. Junior

Karlie Colbert knocked

down 1,190 pins, with a high

game of 215 and an average

of 198.3 to finish fifth.

Junior Alyssa Novak had a

high game of 218 and averaged

189.5 over six games

en route to a total of 1,137

for ninth place.

Rounding out the Eagles

scorers were sophomore

Vanesa Perez (1,058 for

14th) and junior Jill Richmond

(1,034 for 16th). And

that tight grouping was key

in a field of 83 bowlers.

“Four of the five girls

bowled well above the average,

while the fifth was just

below it,” Geiger said. “It’s

hard to say that one person

stood out from the rest. All

five girls were in the Top


Geiger said he is hoping

to see more of the same this


“Although at one point

we struggled with the mental

aspect of the game, the

team showed true grit and

came back after lunch, proving

that they can succeed,”

he said. “We look forward

to competing at a tough sectional

but know that if we

work like we did today, good

things will come.”

Geiger said due to circumstances

outside of the team’s

control, Sophia Jablonski

competed a couple days earlier.

She, too, advanced to

defend her state title in the

Wheelchair Division.

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Boys Swimming

Eagles’ Kyle Fox leads team to conference crown

Griffins, Porters take

second, fourth

Erin Redmond

Freelance Reporter

Sandburg’s Kyle Fox did

not head into the conference

meet expecting to take

home two individual championships,

but that is exactly

what he did.

The Eagles’ senior swimmer

slashed his times in

both the 100- and 200-meter

freestyle events, taking

first in both to lead his team

in capturing the Southwest

Suburban Conference Blue

Division Championship Saturday,

Feb. 3, at Stagg.

“After the [first] 100 [meters]

and I was ahead of

everyone, I just figured at

that point I have to give everything

I have and win this

thing,” Fox said. “The 100 I

was happy to win, too.”

Fox was the only multiwin

swimmer for the firstplace

Eagles, who won the

meet with 240 total points.

Lincoln-Way East was

a close second with 228

points, while Lockport finished

fourth at 136. Host

Stagg took third (183), and

Homewood-Flossmoor was

fifth (133).

The Griffins closed out the

meet on a high note, winning

the 400 free relay in a time

of 3 minutes and 16.51 seconds

to the Eagles’ 3:17.15.

LW East was neck and

neck with Sandburg, but

a strong start from Bryce

Wyma helped give his team

the separation needed to

hold off its opponent.

“At that point, it’s really

their own motivation to fight

through and push,” Griffins

coach Steve Anderson

said. “They knew they were

on the cusp and they could

very well beat Sandburg. …

[Wyma] came about as close

to a [47-second lap] as you’re

going to get. Mason Rhode

comes out and swims at 49,

continuing on with that and

building enough of a lead so

that [Colin] Brady was able

to hold up — and he’s coming

right off the breaststroke

— and then Kellen Bachler

seals the deal.”

It was the second relay

win of the day for LW East.

The team also held off Sandburg

in 200 medley relay

with nearly the same lineup,

only swapping out Dante

Smith for Brady.

The Griffins’ anchor,

Wyma, took home two individual

crowns and set a new

school record, too. He set

the standard in the 100 backstroke

with a time of 52.33.

He also took first in the 50

free (21.72).

“They did an excellent

job,” Anderson said. “At the

varsity level, we’re coming

into this meet after a pretty

solid week of practice.

They’re all swimming their

best times. We won two relays.

It was an incredible day

for them.”

Lockport’s highest finish

of the day came from junior

Jack O’Connor, who was

the runner-up in the 200 free

(1:48.12), followed by Sandburg’s

Peter Bukiri.

Bukiri found himself well

ahead of the competition in

the 500 free, winning the

event in a time of 4:51.33

— more than nine seconds

faster than teammate Ethan

Miranda-Gale, who took

second. The Griffins’ Jared

Bruni took third (5:11.06),

while Lockport’s Erik

Firganek finished fourth


“I think it was good,”

Porters’ coach Jason Ozbolt

said. “Our kids who were

tapering. This was their final

meet today. They did awesome.

There were time drops

Eagles swimmer Jacob Simonek competes in the 100-meter breaststroke Saturday, Feb. 3, during the SouthWest

Suburban Conference Blue Division Championships. Photos by Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

all over the place, and that’s

a good sign for sectionals

coming up.”

Carter Thoss dominated

the 100 butterfly for the Eagles,

winning with a time of

50.70, which was well ahead

of LWE’s Rhode, the runnerup

with a time of 53.51.

Thoss also took second in

the 100 back (53.39).

On the diving side, Lockport

junior Wrigley Fields

was the runner-up to the

champion from Homewood-

Flossmoor, tallying 406.55

points. Freshman teammate

Logan Morgan took third,

just behind Sandburg freshman

Cody Thill. LW East’s

Matthew Hennessy rounded

out the Top 5.

All three teams now shift

their focus to sectional competition,

slated for Feb. 17.

The Griffins and Eagles will

both play host to their own

sectional meets, while Lockport

will be reunited with the

SWSC Blue champs at the

Orland Park Sectional.

All three teams said they

are focusing on tapering

their swimmers for the sectional

and state meets, but

the Griffins’ coach is also

hoping to maintain some of

the momentum his swimmers

gained at conference.

“Looking ahead, I’m pointing

out specific things I want

my guys to work on, but I’m

happy with the intensity; I’m

happy with the way they’re

swimming,” he said. “We’re

on taper mode at this point,

so a lot of it is just going to be

rest and fixing minor things

with their strokes. Otherwise,

I think they’re ready.”

As for the Porters, they

will be focused on righting

the ship both in and out of

the pool.

“There’s also a lot of

mental stuff that we need to

focus in on,” Ozbolt said.

“This season, we’ve kind of

The Sandburg 400-meter freestyle relay team of (left to

right) Peter Bukiri, Carter Thoss, Kyle Fox and Brendan

Lee pose for a picture after taking second in the final event

of the Southwest Suburban Conference Blue Division


been all over the place with

some injuries and other commitments

out of the pool.

There’s a lot of things, so

it’s the two weeks where we

need to focus in and focus on

what we need to do and what

our goals are.”

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In the Large Team division

of cheerleading, Sandburg

coach Mike Bruce is a


He has guided the Eagles

to 13 straight state appearances

and has brought home

six trophies, including three

first-place and a trio of thirdplace


He and the team fully expected

to bring home state

trophy No. 7 Saturday, Feb.

3, at Grossinger Motors

Arena in Bloomington, but it

was not to be.

Only the Top 3 teams

bring home hardware, and

Sandburg placed fourth by

less than a point.

“We had a great final performance,”

Bruce said. “We

were really happy with how

the kids performed. You do

the best you can and put it

in the judges hands. We controlled

the part that we can


The Eagles had captured

the title at the Andrew Sectional

the week before by

nearly three whole points

over Marist (87.09 to 84.11).

But in the state finals, Marist

vaulted to second place.

Joliet West won its second

state title in the past three


The final standings included

Joliet West (94.44),

Marist (90.13) and Stevenson

(89.43) as the top three.

Sandburg (88.72) edged

Huntley (88.49) for fourth.

Jacobs (86.04) was sixth.

Defending Large Team

champion Lincoln-Way

East (85.51) placed seventh,

while Prospect (85.31),

Neuqua Valley (85.20) and

Edwardsville (84.93) rounded

out the Top 10.

“We had a great final

performance. We were really

happy with how the kids

performed. You do the best you

can and put it in the judges hands.

We controlled the part that we can


Mike Bruce — Sandburg cheer coach, on his team’s

IHSA state finals performance Saturday, Feb. 3

For the eight Sandburg

seniors, it was their final

high school competition.

They are: Madidie Bateman,

Anna Benz-Weeden, Holly

Chudzik, Kelly Hyde, Grace

Mackle, Karly Petro, Makiah

Terry and Amy Weslow.

“I’m so sad it’s all over,”

Bateman said. “I’ve been on

the varsity for three seasons,

and now I have 22 other sisters.

We went out and did

our best. We’re happy with

that. We wanted to save the

best for last. I’m just sad it’s


Terry was on the varsity

team all four years.

“I just feel like we did

what we do and we left it on

the mat,” Terry said of the

Eagles’ state performance.

“We left it on the mat. It

wasn’t the outcome we

wanted, but I was glad to be

there with my team.

“Just being here with my

closest friends made this

season and my four years on

the varsity unforgettable.”

The eight Eagles juniors

are: Melanie Cescato, Carlee

Cook, Brittany Gerhard,

Kennedy Harris, Lindsay

Hayes, Andrea Kielbowicz,

Taylor Villa and Madeline

Woods. The five sophomores

are: Stephanie Gaspardo, Alexandra

Henninger, Hallie

Hultquist, Meghan Mc-

Curdy and Kennedy Stiff.

While the two freshmen on

the team are Breanna Gasparas

and Gabriella Gianakas.

A year ago, Sandburg captured

third place with a score

of 90.71. That edged out

Providence (90.13) by less

than a point. Although the

tables were turned this season,

Bruce and his assistant

coaches — Holly Baumgarten,

Caylee Bruce and Brie

Gerhard — were still happy

with this campaign.

“We didn’t have the best

preliminary round,” Bruce

said of the Eagles’ fifthplace

qualifying round score

of 86.96 Friday, Feb. 2. “I

will remember the resolve

we had between the preliminaries

and the finals.

The girls were committed to

each other. We will also remember

the work we put in

and going undefeated in our

regular season. This was our

first group since 2013 to go


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Eagles win two individual titles, claim regional championship

Julie McMann/22nd Century


1st and 3

Kendall Coyne’s

biggest upcoming


1. Rematch with


Sandburg alumna

Kendall Coyne was

on the 2014 U.S.

women’s hockey

team that lost the

gold-medal overtime

game to Canada.

This will be the

Americans’ first

chance to show

dominance over

their rivals Thursday,

Feb. 15, at 9:10 p.m.


2. Russia prelims

In the Americans’

second game of the

Olympics, they play

athletes from Russia

at 6:10 a.m. CST

Tuesday, Feb. 13.

3. Finishing the Finns

The U.S. women’s

hockey team opens

the Winter Games

with a matchup

against Finland at

1:40 a.m. CST Sunday,

Feb. 11.

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

Two Sandburg wrestlers

won titles and nine others

finished in the Top 3 in their

respective weight classes at

the Illinois High School Association

Class 3A Marist

Regional to help the Eagles

edge Consolidated High

School District 230 rival

Andrew for the team tournament


Sandburg finished the

tournament, held Feb. 2 and

3, with 184.5 points, while

Andrew concluded a strong

season with 177.5 points.

Marist placed fourth with

105.5 points.

Individual qualifiers are

to wrestle this weekend in

the IHSA Class 3A Hinsdale

Central Sectional.

The Eagles, by virtue of

their team title, advanced to

the Class 3A Downers Grove

South Dual Team Sectional.

Pat Nolan (132 pounds)

and Alex Hirschfield (182),

both juniors, won titles for

the Eagles.

Nolan (30-5) made quick

work of his two opponents,

pinning both Mustafa Rushdi

of Stagg in 56 seconds in the

semifinals and Luke Gardner

of Andrew in 2:59 in the

title match. Hirschfield (35-4)

slipped by Zvontae McNeal

of Thornton, 5-3, in the semifinals

before pinning Alexander

Hansen of Andrew in 1:24

to win the championship.

Both Nolan and

Hirschfield advanced to

sectionals for the second

Sandburg’s Mike Bosco (left) gets ready to grapple Feb. 3 with Caleb Witherspoon of TF

South in the third-place match at 170 pounds during the Illinois High School Association

Class 3A Marist Regional. Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

consecutive season. Also

advancing to the Hinsdale

Central Sectional are Sam

Wojcik (126), Tyler Villa

(145), Tim Houston (152),

Nate Goodman (195) and

Mike Amedeo (220), who all

placed second; and Dominic

Iannantone (106), Jimmy

Ferguson (120), Mike Bosco

(170) and Joe Boyce (285),

who all finished third.

Eagles coach Clinton

Polz said his squad had its

ups and downs during the

tournament, particularly the

semifinal round, when four

Eagles lost — two by fall,

one by technical fall and

one by injury default. Each

of those four grapplers rebounded,

though, to win

third-place medals. He was

especially proud of Bosco,

who overcame an illness that

had sidelined him all week

prior to the tournament beginning

Friday night.

Polz may have been exaggerating

to say Bosco was

“deathly ill,” but the sophomore’s

status for the tournament

was certainly in serious


“I didn’t know if he was

going to show up, because he

was so sick he couldn’t get out

of bed the last couple days,

but he sucked it up and came

— I’d like to think for himself

but probably even more for

his teammates,” Polz said.

Bosco looked lethargic,

as he fell behind 5-0 to TF

South’s Caleb Witherspoon

in the third-place match, but

he turned the tables in the

third period, scoring a takedown

and back points before

pinning Witherspoon with

17 seconds remaining. In

doing so, he earned his first

sectional berth.

“He didn’t look like Mike

Bosco; he was struggling but

came back and found way to

get it done,” Polz said. “We

really saw a lot of character

in Mike Bosco, and I think

his teammates appreciate it.

I know I do; I respect the kid

a lot.”

Bosco said he definitely

did not feel like himself on

the mat, and a week away

from practice made the sport

seem “like it was something

new,” but he was confident

his conditioning was superior

to Witherspoon’s and that

he could outlast his opponent

over 6 minutes. Bosco

had defeated Witherspoon,

10-9, in the quarterfinals.

“I knew he was going to

get tired really quick, so I

almost kind of drew him out

and waited for it, and I knew

I was just going to hopefully

lock up a cradle in the

third,” he said. “I just waited

for that moment, and I hit it.

And it was crazy.”

Polz was also thrilled to

watch Amedeo, a senior,

have the tournament of his

life and give himself a shot to

advance to the state tournament.

Amedeo, who wrestled

at 170 on junior varsity most

of the season, had to gain

weight to be heavy enough

to wrestle at 220. He topped

state-ranked Ameer Aqel of

Andrew, 3-1, in the semifinals

and by advancing to the

title match helped Sandburg

top Andrew for the team title.

“That was a great win for

him, as a senior, to give himself

a chance to compete [at

sectional],” Polz said.

Hirschfield has, along

with Nolan, been one of the

Eagles’ top wrestlers all season,

and is hopeful the regional

title will be a springboard

to qualifying for the

state tournament for what

would be the first time.

“It feels great to repeat

[as regional champion],”

Hirschfield said. “I’m just

going out there, giving it all.

I have to trust in myself, go

offensive, and if I do that it

should work out itself.”


“We really saw a lot of character in Mike Bosco, and

I think his teammates appreciate it. I know I do; I

respect the kid a lot”

Clinton Polz— Sandburg wrestling coach, on one of his wrestlers performing

will after being sick leading up to the regional tournament

What 2 Watch

Women’s hockey — 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

• Sandburg alumna Kendall Coyne and her

teammates on the U.S. women’s hockey

team open the 2018 Winter Games with a

preliminary match against Finland.


44 - This Week In ...

42 - Athlete of the Week

Compiled by Sports Editor Tim Carroll,


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Sandburg cheer impresses with

fourth-place Large Team finish

at state, Page 46

Sandburg cheerleaders perform Saturday, Feb. 3,

during the Illinois High School Association

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