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2 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie calendar opprairie.com In this week’s Prairie Business Briefs................ 9 Police Reports................11 Standout Student...........14 School News.................14 Puzzles..........................28 Classifieds................ 32-41 Sports...................... 42-48 The Orland Park Prairie ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Bill Jones, x20 bill@opprairie.com Sales director Dana Anderson, x17 dana@opprairie.com real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 t.weber@22ndcenturymedia.com business directory Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 k.tschopp@22ndcenturymedia.com Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, x46 j.nemec@22ndcenturymedia.com Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 j.schouten@22ndcenturymedia.com PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 j.coughlin@22ndcenturymedia.com Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 bill@opprairie.com president Andrew Nicks a.nicks@22ndcenturymedia.com EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 n.burgan@22ndcenturymedia.com 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 www.OPPrairie.com Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries circulation@22ndcenturymedia.com The Orland Park Prairie (USPS #025604) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 11516 W 183rd St SW #3 Orland Park IL 60456. Periodical postage paid at Orland Park, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Orland Park Prairie, 11516 W 183rd St SW #3, Orland Park, IL 60467 Published by www.22ndcenturymedia.com THURSDAY Culinary: Breakfast Casserole Muffins 4-5:30 p.m. March 1, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students will make savory breakfast muffins combining eggs, bacon and veggies, as well as a fruit-infused baked muffins. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532- 0500 or visit www.thebri dgeteencenter.org. Around the World: Shibori Tie-Dyed Pillows 4:30-6 p.m. March 1, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students will learn about and practice shibori, an ancient Japanese method of dyeing cloth with indigo dyes. Participants will create a unique pattern on pillow sheets to practice and take home. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter. org. Google Chromebook 101 6 p.m. March 1, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Adults must bring their own Chomebooks and have Gmail accounts. Writers Group for Adults 7 p.m. March 1, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. New or experienced writers are welcome to share work for constructive feedback and encouragement. For more information, call (708) 428- 5151. FRIDAY Meet the Artist: Joyce Symoniak 7 p.m. March 2, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. For adults. Joyce Symoniak’s work focuses on the correlation of atmospheric moisture and the changing light of day within a landscape, incorporating reflections and diffused sunlight into grey scale drawings. These environmental effects bestow each work with the drama of extreme lighting in a scene frozen in time. ‘Who Wore It Best?’ Thrift Shop Edition w/Panera 7:30-10:30 p.m. March 2, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students will get to explore the Thrift Store and search for stylish clothes to dress up a staff member. Enjoy acoustic tunes from Andy and Makayla with free pastries from Panera. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter. org. SATURDAY Live Mannequin Fashion Show w/ The Leading Image 1-3 p.m. March 3, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students, joined by a professional celebrity stylist, will hand-pick clothes from The Bridge Thrift Store that they will model. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.theb ridgeteencenter.org. Helping Hands Dinner & Auction 6-9:30 p.m. March 3, Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 82nd Ave. Catholic Charities Southwest Regional Advisory Board presents the 20th annual Helping Hands Dinner & Auction. The event benefits Catholic Charities programs, which provide comprehensive services to the poor and disadvantaged in the Southwest suburbs. Reservations are $75 per person or $750 for a table of 10. Tickets are available at www.catholiccharities.net/helpinghands. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Christopher Torres at (708) 333-8379 or email cltorres@ catholiccharities.net. MONDAY Family Bingo 3 p.m. March 5, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. The whole family can play a game of bingo. Children must be accompanied by an adult to play. Registration not required; space is limited. Teen Inc. Service Club Cares for Kids Project 5 p.m. March 5, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. For grades 6-12. The group will make cards for kids who are in the hospital in order to cheer them up. All cards will be given to the Cards for Hospitalized Kids group to be distributed among the patients. Each participant will receive an hour of service time. Snacks will be served. Registration required with teen’s Orland Park Public Library card. Computer Mouse Basics 6 p.m. March 5, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can practice using a mouse. Class limit: 8. TUESDAY Knockout & Nachos 4-5 p.m. March 6, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students will play a friendly competition of basketball Knockout and enjoy free nachos afterwards. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.theb ridgeteencenter.org. #Skills Professionalism 5-6 p.m. March 6, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students will hear from an human resources recruiter about professional skills, such as handshakes, phone/email skills, resume writing and general presentation. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter. org. Polish Genealogy - Four Steps to Successful Research 7 p.m. March 6, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. For adults. This presentation simplifies the confusing elements of Polish research, including border changes. Logical steps are given on how to search for Polish documents, where to find Polish documents and translating Polish documents. WEDNESDAY Gmail Part 1 11:30 a.m. March 7, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can set up a free email account. Prerequisite: Mouse skills. Digital Photography Class For Beginners 1-2:30 p.m. March 7-28, Cultural Center, 14760 S. Park Lane, Room 201. Participants will learn the camera’s functions, shutter speed and aperture, and ISO settings. Individual DSLR camera needed for each class. Fee is $90 for residents, $140 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) 403-7275. DIY Gemstone Jewelry 4-5:30 p.m. March 7, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court. Students will set and polish gemstones to make earrings, pendants, or rings. This is a free event for teens in grades 7-12. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.theb ridgeteencenter.org. Teen 3D Printing 5 p.m. March 7, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Teens grades 6-12 can celebrate Teen Tech Week by learning how to use the library’s 3D printer and printing their own creations. Registration required with teen’s Orland Park Public Library card. Managing Digital Photos with Google Photos 6 p.m. March 7, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can managing photos using Google Photos. UPCOMING Afternoons at OPPL - Maura’s Eyes 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. For adults. In this first person narrative, national touring actress/storyteller Megan Wells brings patrons along the difficult journey from Ireland to America. Maura, a young miss from Kenmare, Ireland, describes the famine, the ship, Ellis Island and her eventual arrival in Chicago to begin a new life. ONGOING Reading Tournament March 1-3, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. For kindergarten through fifth grade. The library’s favorite book series and authors will be displayed. Patrons can vote on their favorites. Have an item for calendar? Deadline is noon Thursdays. To submit an item to the calendar, contact Editor Bill Jones at (708) 326-9170 ext. 20 or bill@opprairie.com.


opprairie.com News the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 3 Consolidated High School D230 Board of Education Officials reflect upon school safety, approve administrative staff changes Meredith Dobes Freelance Reporter As the mass shooting at a Florida high school and subsequent gun control debates take the spotlight in national news, the Consolidated High School District 230 Board of Education reflected on school safety locally at the board’s regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 22. Board President Rick Nogal said the district is as proactive as possible when it comes to school safety, working collaboratively with all staff, students, parents, community members and local police departments. The district conducts safety audits, working with local law enforcement to improve safety and promotes a “see something, say something” mentality among school community members, Nogal added. “It is an ongoing effort in the district to make this as safe of an environment as possible,” he said. Superintendent James Gay added that a significant portion of board goals are devoted to building community across the district. He said 70 percent of the district’s students participate in co-curricular activities, and all students participate in Period 2, where each student is connected with the same teacher through all four years of high school. All students also experience social emotional learning and guidance during advisory periods, which has resulted in a decrease in discipline referrals, Gay said. “Students have the opportunity to have a voice in their education,” Gay said. “We ask for their opinions. ... We listen to students’ needs and desires to help them through these four years. It’s something we take seriously.” Transportation contracts renewed, administrative staff changes approved The School Board voted 6-0 to approve regular and special education transportation contracts for fiscal years 2019-2021. Board Member Kate Murphy-Peterson was absent. The lowest bidders were companies the district is already using for transportation, with which Assistant Superintendent for Business Services John Lavelle said the district is happy. For regular education transportation at Sandburg and Andrew, Positive Connections was the lowest bidder, with a 2.5 percent annual increase in its per day, per bus rates. For regular education transportation at Stagg, RichLee Vans was the lowest bidder, with a 3 percent annual increase in rates. For special education transportation, Cook-Illinois was the lowest bidder for Sandburg and Andrew, with an annual rate increase of 3 percent, and Sunrise Southwest was the lowest bidder for Stagg, also with an annual rate increase of 3 percent. Having transportation duties split between multiple companies allows for greater flexibility and reliability in service, particularly when it comes to the number of drivers needed, according to Lavelle and Board Member Tony Serratore. At the end of the School Board meeting, the board entered into closed session to discuss personnel matters. When it reconvened, it approved the movements of three district staff members. As Sandburg Principal Deb Baker retires at the end of this school year and Stagg High School Associate Principal Jen Tyrrell moves to fill the role, three new positions also are to take effect July 1. Andrew Associate Principal for Instruction Katie McMillan is to move to Stagg in the same role. Andrew Associate Principal for Student Services Abir Othman is slated to become Andrew’s associate principal for instruction. And Andrew Guidance Director Brian Nolan is to become Andrew’s associate principal for student services. Academic and curriculum spotlights A number of students from all three of the district’s schools qualified for the Illinois Music Education Association’s All-State Festival, which was held Jan. 24-27 in Peoria. Stagg Band Director Bob Mecozzi introduced the students. He said D230 is part of the ILMEA’s District 1, which is the largest and most competitive district in the state. From Sandburg, Katie Kusper and Nick Walzel qualified for band; Emily Murray, Ryan O’Neall, Mikey Harms and Louis Vacha qualified for orchestra; and Benedict Sales and Hannah Sullivan qualified for choir. From Andrew, Michael Allen and Phillip Baggio qualified for orchestra, and John Sikorski qualified for band. From Stagg, Demetra Alikakos and Josh Melocoton qualified for band; Inga Hokens qualified for orchestra; MacKenzie Kazin and Martin Petrov qualified for choir; Jason Kazin and Elora Maniatis qualified for honors choir; and Andrew Jackiw and Matthew Lalas qualified for the composition contest. 3T MRI AND OPEN MRI • CUT your imaging COSTS in HALF • CUT your WAIT TIME in HALF • Same and next day appointments HIGH QUALITY IMAGING GREAT SELF PAY RATES! 708.444.2101 7711 W. 159 TH ST. • TINLEY PARK ELECT SCOTT McKENNA Democrat for Cook County Judge 15 th Subcircuit Primary Election:March 20 th PUNCH 155 ON YOUR BALLOT! • Born and Raised on the South Side of Chicago Son of a Union Boilermaker • Graduate of St. Laurence High School • Trial Lawyer for 21 years • Lives in Tinley Park with wife and 2 children • Rated as Recommended or Qualified by every evaluating bar group • Endorsed by Mayors of Crestwood,Oak Forest & Steger Go to scottmckennaforjudge.com for more information Paid for by Committee to Elect Scott McKenna


4 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie Election 2018 opprairie.com Congressional District 3 Democrats (2 for 1 nomination) Name: Daniel William Lipinski Age: 51 Town of Residence: Western Springs Occupation: United States Congressman (D-3) Past Elected Political Offices: United States Congressman (D-03) since 2005 (incumbent) Why should people vote for you? I’ve stood up against the status quo of extremism and gridlock in Washington by bringing people together to solve problems and deliver for the 3rd District and America’s middle class. I’ve brought back more than $375 million to improve local roads and public transit, and got additional service added on Metra’s Southwest Service and Heritage Corridor. I’ve authored numerous bills that have become law, including laws that boost American manufacturing, stop illegal imports, empower victims and deter sexual assault in the military, care for our environment, improve safety along rail lines, and boost innovative small businesses. I’ve helped bring back over $13 million for local first responders. I’ve taken a lead role in the House Problem Solvers Caucus crafting a bipartisan plan that would give Dreamers a pathway to citizenship, as well as bipartisan legislation that would cut Obamacare premiums 30 percent. I will continue to fight for better jobs, affordable health care, better treatment of women in the workforce, and in support of seniors and veterans. I’ve been endorsed by the Illinois AFL-CIO, more than 25 other labor organizations, 56 women elected officials and 30 mayors from the 3rd District, as well as the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times. What are the three biggest issues facing your district, and how do you plan to address those issues if re-elected? 1. Grow local job opportunities We need to grow more goodpaying jobs locally. I will continue to help local job growth by getting additional policies passed that promote manufacturing, improve educational opportunities especially in STEM, facilitate innovative companies coming out of universities and national labs such as Argonne, advance better trade agreements, and strengthen Buy American laws. 2. Improve local transportation Our region is a transportation hub for the nation, but we have some of the country’s worst congestion on our roads, rails and airports, which means lost time, wasted energy, more pollution and a less competitive economy. I have brought back over $375 million for local transportation projects, helped expand federal support for road, transit and bike/pedestrian infrastructure, expanded transit options in the district, and worked to keep Midway International Airport a vital economic engine. I will continue to work to build upon these local transportation improvements, including more funding that will ease congestion on terribly congested roads. 3. Protect retirement security Social Security and Medicare are vital programs for so many people in their retirement. It is critical that we maintain the long-term viability of these programs and the retirement security for so many middle class and working class individuals is not threatened. As companies have closed or moved overseas, pensions that many workers have earned have been left in doubt with possible benefit cuts. To prevent this and protect retirement security, I support legislation that would provide federal help to multi-employer pensions to protect retiree’s benefits and better ensure the long-term solvency of these plans. Name: Marie Newman Age: 53 Town of Residence: Lagrange Occupation: Candidate for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District Past Elected Political Experience: Volunteer positions on several campaigns Why should people vote for you? As a former multiple-time small businessperson, national nonprofit leader and national rights advocate for working families, healthcare, gun safety and bullying, I realized, in watching Dan Lipinski’s dangerous views and votes over 13 years, we needed change. I am a hard-working, make-things-happen-from-theground-up self-starter. I have met with over 5,000 folks through a series of 135 meet and greets throughout the district. I have a long history of building coalitions to solve problems. Leaders listen, work with the district closely to solve problems, fight for their values and then collaborate to implement. What are the three biggest issues facing your district, and how do you plan to address those issues if elected? While there are definitely 12 top issues affecting the district, if I am forced to choose, the following have priority. • Working families • Help pass $15 an hour minimum wage • Affordable childcare created nationally • Paid leave and benefits • Expanding the middle class • Bring trade and union jobs back to the district and nation through infrastructure plans that include fixing ailing structures first • Create a training and re-training center in the middle of the district that would train folks for jobs spanning from trades (carpenters, electricians and plumbers and more) to middle-skills jobs, such as digital techs, customer care agents, healthcare techs and more • Work on a fair formula to increase wages and stop wage suppression • Healthcare for all • Interim fixes to improve the Affordable Care Act • Help pass Medicare for All DRIVE CAR BUYERS TO YOUR DOOR WITH A CLASSIFIED AUTO AD CALL US TODAY 708.326.9170 Orland Park voters to be asked the same question two ways March 20 video gaming referendums at odds over phrasing Bill Jones, Editor One of the most confusing matters voters likely are to encounter Tuesday, March 20, when they head to the polls for the Gubernatorial Primary Election is the question, or questions, related to video gaming. As previously reported, the Orland Park Village Board voted to approve a non-binding referendum for the ballot, asking residents whether they want officials to approve video gambling, with some restrictions, within village limits — a practice that has be expressly prohibited for years. The question comes in response to pleas from many independent business owners who say it is necessary to compete on a level playing field with businesses in nearby towns that already allow video gaming. The question is to be phrased on the ballot as follows. “Should the Village of Orland Park approve and license Video Gaming within the Village for those establishments, limited in number by the Village, holding Class A Liquor Licenses (restaurants and restaurants with bars) and having conducted business for at least 18 consecutive months with signage conforming to the Village Code?” But residents also petitioned to have a non-binding referendum placed on the ballot, which essentially flips the script, asking instead if residents want the Village to prohibit video gaming within village limits — which Orland Park already does. The question comes after Village Clerk John Mehalek spoke out against the practice of video gaming during a board meeting and said the question should be posed to residents. Some residents have spoken out against the idea of allowing video gaming, citing reasons such as safety concerns and changes to the character of the village. The other question is to be phrased as follows. “Shall the Village of Orland Park prohibit video gaming within the corporate limits of the village?” Three town halls also were held to allow people to share their thoughts on the matter. Both questions being nonbinding means they effectively are informational, designed to allow Village officials to gain feedback. Officials legally are not forced to act upon those responses.


opprairie.com News the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 5 Officials approve plans, special use permits for theater at mall Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter A proposal for a new theater to be constructed at the Orland Square moved ever closer to happening Feb. 19, as the Orland Park Village Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to approve a number of plans and a special use permit for the project. The petitioner, Seritage Growth Properties, is planning to construct a 10-screen, 49,777-square-foot AMC theater with approximately 100,000 square feet of remodeled retail space in the soon-to-be-vacant Sears lot in the mall. Trustee Kathleen Fenton — who earlier in the meeting explained her hesitation with the project — cast the dissenting ballot, while Trustee Michael Carroll chose to abstain from voting after arriving late to the meeting. Concerns resurface during discussions The theater item was discussed during the Development Services, Planning & Engineering Committee meeting held earlier in the evening. Assistant Village Manager Karie Friling said the item was for approval of the site plan, preliminary landscape plan, elevations for the second floor of the Sears facility and a special use permit. She noted that it went before Plan Commission a week prior and was recommended unanimously for approval. During the discussion, Fenton asked a number of questions of the developer. “I have a lot of questions, because I feel there was a lot of homework that wasn’t done here and [answers] that we don’t have,” Fenton said. “A lot of my information is based on rumors. Although this community is almost 60,000 people, it is sometimes like a very small town of 5,000 people.” One of her questions focused on whether or not the Seritage proposal would cannibalize existing business in the mall, such as a business leasing with Simon Property Group — the operator of the Orland Square — moving to the Seritage section of the mall. “So, we are not solving a problem, we’d be creating a problem,” Fenton said. Fenton said she also was concerned about the ability of Seritage to fill the empty space in the Sears lot not occupied by the theater. She said at the end of April, 200,000 square feet is going dark in the mall. “You want to add on another 49,777 feet to put the theater on,” Fenton said. “With the way retail is going right now for brick and mortar ... I’m looking at why are you adding more space? You have all this current space.” Fenton asked if there are any signed leases. Matthew McDonnell, vice president of development for Seritage, said the developer has a signed lease with AMC but no other leases, as of the meeting. “The theater is the key that unlocks the [whole] parcel,” McDonnell said. Fred Heichman, senior leasing director for Seritage, added that Seritage has national relationships with entertainment businesses and specialty retailers. Additionally, Fenton said she met with Seritage three times and has not gotten answers to her questions about what the developer will do to make sure the mall stays safe when the theater is added. McDonnell said Seritage and the vice president of AMC’s security division met with Police Chief Tim McCarthy about security. “It was a very productive meeting with the chief,” McDonnell said. “They did at that meeting with the chief present something to him that they termed confidential and they didn’t want it to necessarily circulate.” McCarthy, present at the committee meeting, spoke a little about the conversation with the developer and the theater. “They provided a plan to us that called for approximately 37 hours per week of security on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” McCarthy said. “I asked if that was a starting point or if that number of hours of A rendering shows the proposed AMC Theatres location at Orland Square. Image submitted security was set in stone. [AMC] said it was a starting point.” McCarthy said he cannot predict how it all will work, but reminded the trustees that Orland Square has its own security team, and Orland Park police also go to the mall on the weekends. Trustees James Dodge and Carole Griffin Ruzich said they were comfortable moving the item onto the Village Board later in the evening, but Ruzich amended the motion to add some restrictions regarding the lease opportunities for the space. “It would make them come back for any use other than retail, restaurant or entertainment use,” Ruzich said. “I think that’s a fair compromise, since you guys can’t really tell us anything more than just the movie theater.” The item passed 2-1, with Fenton voting against it. More questions During the regular meeting, Trustee Dan Calandriello also asked about the potential for Seritage to cannibalize tenants from Simon. McDonnell again addressed the concern. “It would not be to our interest to poach a tenant from Simon,” Mc- Donnell said. “It would muddy the waters for not just our Orland Park property but for the entire portfolio that we share crossover with Simon. It would just be extremely bad business to do that.” Calandriello said he would vote in favor of the project but that he was still troubled by some of the unanswered questions. He also asked about why the item was fast-tracked from committee to the board that night. Mayor Keith Pekau said around the beginning of 2018, he spoke with staff about the timeframe of the project. The original answer was sometime in March for approval — which meant the project would extend past the time the Village typically gives petitioners as a frame of reference for how long approvals take. Pekau said he asked if there were any way to speed up the process, and the idea of committee to Village Board on the same night was suggested. “Given how many times these gentlemen have flown in from New York — which is eight [times] now — and that they are still at 139 days, and we tell them a 60- to 90- day planning window, it seemed like the appropriate thing to do for the petitioner,” Pekau said. Pekau also noted that the Village has lost sales tax in the last year, whether because of the “Amazon effect” or because people take a different turn off Interstate 80. “It is important that we maintain our economic driver and our regional center,” Pekau said. “It’s an over $40 million investment, and they didn’t ask us for any money, which is very unusual for investments of this size. They are coming Round It Up A brief recap of action and discussion from the Feb. 19 meeting of the Orland Park Village Board. • By a series of 6-0 votes (Trustee Michael Carroll was absent at the time of the votes), the Village Board members approved the following people to be on the newly created Technology Commission: Kurt Johnson, William Bell, John Mackanin, Michael Milani and Ed Giron. • The Village Board recognized the Public Works and Parks departments for their work in clearing roads during the recent snowstorms. • The Village Board members voted 7-0 to approve entering a contract with Modern Business not to exceed $24,900 to provide for a scripted program which will be filmed in Orland Park for a segment on Fox Business Channel, as well as airings on regional television markets. The Village also will have access to the film clips for its own promotional materials. into Orland Park, because Orland Park is a great place to invest.” In response to a question from Trustee Patricia Gira, Heichman shared a few details about the types of businesses with which Seritage is speaking about the other leasable space at the Sears spot. “We are talking to some specialty retailers that are in home furnishings that we think would be good down on the lower level,” he said. “We are talking to various restaurants that are in other premier regional malls that are alongside an AMC — and would only come to the center to be alongside the theater as part of the mall, connected to the mall, as opposed to being outside of the mall.” Ruzich also asked the developers what their timeframe is for opening the theater. “We are thinking it will probably be within the last quarter of 2019, but more likely the first quarter of 2020,” McDonnell said.


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8 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie News opprairie.com First Midwest Bank Charitable Foundation helps charity for teens battling cancer Submitted by Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation was overjoyed to receive an enormous donation of $5,000 recently from the First Midwest Charitable Foundation. The donation will directly benefit children and teens fighting cancer. The First Midwest Charitable Foundation is a private foundation headquartered in Itasca. Funding for the foundation comes from First Midwest Bank. The mission is to fund programs that improve the lives of women and children in their market area. For more information about the Treasure Chest Foundation, contact Colleen Kisel at (708) 687-8697 or visit www.treasurechest.org. Becky Conte from the Acorn Public Library in Oak Forest displays the donated gifts and gift cards at the Treasure Chest Foundation’s Orland Park warehouse. Photo submitted Teens help Orland Park’s Treasure Chest Foundation First Midwest Bank’s Maureen Cipolla (left) and First Midwest Charitable Foundation’s Diane Cirrencione display the First Midwest Charitable Foundation’s $5,000 donation while visiting the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation’s Orland Park facility. Photo submitted Submitted by Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation The Oak Forest Teen Activity Group from Acorn Public Library is giving back to teens fighting cancer. The teen group collected toys and gift cards all with the aim of benefiting the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, a non-profit organization that provide toys, gifts and gift cards to children and teens diagnosed with cancer nationwide. This is the third annual drive sponsored by Teen Activity Group from Oak Forest, along with Becky Conte from the Acorn Public Library who oversees the toy drive. The POTCF is a unique organization, the services of which impact more than 13,000 young cancer patients enduring 20,000 clinic visits each month in 19 states across the nation. Nowhere else in the nation does such a program exist. Colleen Kisel founded the organization in 1996 after her then seven-year-old son Martin had been diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. Ms. Kisel discovered that giving her son a toy after each procedure provided a calming distraction from his pain, noting that when children are diagnosed with cancer their world soon becomes filled with doctors, nurses, chemotherapy drugs, surgeries and seemingly endless painful procedures. Martin celebrated his 24th anniversary of remission from the disease last year. For more information about the Treasure Chest Foundation, contact Colleen Kisel at (708) 687-8697 or visit www.treasurechest.org. Walsh Construction workers help Orland Park cancer charity Submitted by Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation The employees at Chicago-based Walsh Construction are opening their hearts to help children and teens fighting cancer. Workers from Walsh and their subcontractors at the Palos Community Hospital’s South Campus in Orland Park recently were asked to bring a toy to the construction site, and when the dust had settled more than 100 toys had been collected on behalf of the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation to directly benefit children fighting cancer. For more information about the Treasure Chest Foundation, contact Colleen Kisel at (708) 687-8697 or visit the foundation’s web site at www.treasurechest. org. RIGHT: Walsh Construction and subcontractor workers at the Palos Community Hospital’s South Campus in Orland Park proudly display the toys they donated to benefit children and teens with cancer. Photo submitted


opprairie.com News the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 9 Business Briefs First VP at Orland Park office named to Century Club at Morgan Stanley Morgan Stanley recently announced that Craig P. Cunningham — a first vice president, a senior portfolio manager and financial advisor in its wealth management office in Orland Park — has been named to the firm’s prestigious Century Club, an elite group of the firm’s top financial advisors. The appointment recognizes Cunningham’s consistent creativity and excellence in providing a wide range of investment products and wealth management services to his clients. Cunningham, who has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 1995, is a native of Homewood. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. Cunningham currently lives in Frankfort with his family. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, and retirement and trust services. For more information about Morgan Stanley, visit www.morganstanley.com. Chicago Southland CVB awards grants to nonprofit organizations with Orland connection The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau recently awarded $8,129 through its local grant program to the United States Hockey League and the Illinois Economic Development Association for the promotion of events to be held in the Chicago Southland. The United States Hockey League is the top junior ice hockey league in the United States. The USHL has 17 member teams located in the Midwestern United States, featuring players who are 20 years of age and younger. To be considered for a Tier 1 draft or higher, these young hockey hopefuls must showcase their skills in something called a combine, at which general managers scout for new team members. In 2017 the USHL held three combines in Orland Park, resulting in an economic impact of over $1 million dollars. The USHL and Chicago Southland CVB were recognized as a 2017 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management, which is the leading publication with the most extensive circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market. The USHL received a $5,000 grant for promotion of the Phase I Combine to be held at the Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park and utilizing multiple hotels throughout the Southland. The Chicago Southland CVB’s Local Tourism Grant Program is for not-for-profit organizations or municipalities in promoting their meetings, sports events, festivals and attractions targeted to visitors outside the Chicago Southland region. Annually, the bureau can award up to $51,000 in six grant cycles. The Chicago Southland CVB’s grant program has been in existence since 1991 and has awarded more than $1 million in grants. The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination management and marketing organization for Chicago’s 62 south and southwest suburbs. The Chicago Southland CVB markets the Chicago Southland region as a destination for leisure, meetings and conventions, group tours, and sports events. For more information, visit VisitChicagoSouthland. com. Silver Cross announces appointment of doc with Orland Park office Dr. Jayesh M. Madhani, a board-certified internal medicine physician, has joined the Silver Cross medical staff. Madhani completed an internal medicine residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. His office is located at 14544 John Humphrey Drive in Orland Park. To schedule an appointment, call (708) 460-7990. For more information, visit www.silvercross.org. Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the medical staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment, and they bill patients separately for their services. Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, bill@opprairie.com. VIDEO GAMBLING March 20, 2018 — Election Day — PLEASE VOTE REFEREDUMS Shall the Village of Orland Park prohibit video gaming within the corporate limits of the village? 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opprairie.com News the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 11 From feb 22 Vehicle on fire takes three more with it outside Orland Square Bill Jones, Editor A vehicle fire the evening of Feb. 21 reportedly spread to three other vehicles before they all were extinguished outside Orland Square. The incident took place around 8:30 p.m. in the lower-level parking lot near Sears, according to press release sent the next morning by district spokesperson Ray Hanania. Orland Fire Protection District units were called to the mall following a report of a vehicle on fire, Hanania wrote. They reportedly got to the scene within 3 minutes and found four vehicles on fire, with one fully consumed. The fire was controlled in roughly 10 minutes and confined to the four vehicles, according to the press release. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Hanania wrote. All four vehicles were damaged beyond use, Hanania added in a follow-up email to The Orland Park Prairie. For more on this and other Breaking News, visit OPPrai rie.com. A vehicle fire the evening of Feb. 21 outside of Orland Square spread to three other vehicles, according to Orland Fire Protection District spokesperson Ray Hanania. Photos courtesy of Orland Fire Protection District Police Reports Retail theft arrest leads to further charges, second arrest Dianna M. Krask, 42, of 7239 Morgan St. in Chicago, was charged Feb. 2 with two felony counts of retail theft, one misdemeanor count of retail theft and one misdemeanor count of obstructing identification after she allegedly tried to take seven items valued at a total of $81.47 from a grocery store in the 9300 block of 159th Street. The manager reported spotting a repeat offender, and an officer saw Krask clutch her purse and run back into the store upon arrival, according to the report. She gave a false name when stopped, but was identified in an alert photo as the offender from retail thefts at other stores, police said. The stolen items were concealed in her purse, according to the report. Krask reportedly also had two warrants from Kane County for failure to appear on retail theft. She was identified through photo lineups in five other retail thefts, three at a different grocery store in Orland Park and two at another store. Several of the other thefts involved stolen liquor, police added. While the manager was on the phone with police, he also noticed a man who matched a description. It led to the arrest of James F. Deberry, 46, of 7320 S. Kenwood Ave. in Chicago, on a warrant from the Department of Corrections for a parole violation on an original charge of burglary. Jan. 31 • Jerome Herron, 50, of 748 E. 132rd St. in Chicago, was charged with felony retail theft and misdemeanor obstructing identification after he allegedly tried to take a bathtub faucet valued at $139 from a home improvement store in the 7300 block of 159th St. Police saw a 2006 Pontiac Torrent backed into a spot near the entrance of the store, according to the report. A registration check reportedly revealed the owner was on parole in Illinois. Herron was the passenger in the vehicle. Along with the driver, Dorothy Ford-Sanders, 50, of 13032 Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago, he exited the vehicle and entered the store and then exited again, according to the report. He appeared to be carrying something beneath his jacket, opened the passenger’s-side door, removed a box containing the faucet concealed in his jacket and put it on the front passenger’s seat, walking back toward the store when he was apprehended, police said. He allegedly gave a false name but was positively identified by a law enforcement database photo and tattoo on his neck. Ford-Sanders reportedly had a stolen smart light bulb valued at $14.97 in her purse. Ford-Sanders was issued a municipal violation for theft (possession stolen property/theft detection remover device). Herron had more than 10 felony convictions, leading to the felony charge, according to the report. Jan. 30 • Antone D. Adams, 30, of 714 E. 157th Place in South Holland, was charged with two counts of retail theftmaking false returns after he allegedly refunded himself without returning the merchandise at a store where he works on Orland Park Place. On Oct. 7, 2017, he allegedly bought a jacket valued at $104.70 and shoes valued at $49.97, paying $101.85 for them with his employee discount. Then, on Dec. 19, 2017, he bought shoes valued at $44.97 and paid $39.49 with his employee discount, police said. On Jan. 14, he entered his cashier number, scanned the receipt for the jacket and shoes from Oct. 7 and entered a return for them for $101.85 placed on a retail card, but it was discovered through an inventory that the items were never returned, according to the report. On Jan. 17, he entered his cashier number, entered a card manually, swiped it and entered a return for the shoes from Dec. 19 for $39.49 to the retail card, police said. Again, an inventory discovered the shoes were never actually returned, according to the report. Jan. 26 • Natasha N. Mason, 21, of 6429 Peoria Ave. in Chicago, and Mariah L. Doss, 23, of 7106 S. Champlain Drive in Chicago, each were charged with one count each of retail theft and resisting a peace officer after they allegedly tried to take items from a store at Orland Square. They each reportedly concealed several items in bags and left without paying for them. When approached by police, both allegedly tried to flee, ignoring commands to stop. Doss dropped packages of socks from her purse and pulled her arms away while being handcuffs, police said. Mason reportedly pulled her arms away when grabbed. Stolen merchandise valued at $406.91 was credited to Doss, while stolen merchandise valued at $87.40 was credited to Mason. 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.


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14 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie School opprairie.com School News Central Michigan University Orland Park student earns place on dean’s list The dean’s list is published following the fall, spring, and summer semesters. To be included on the dean’s list, a student must have a semester grade point n average of 3.5-3.99. Graded credit hours do not include CR/NC. The dean’s list is for undergraduate students only. Among those named to the fall 2017 dean’s list was Lauren Lomax, of Orland Park. She is a therapeutic recreation major, studying to become an occupational MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Open House 180340E All potential students welcome Discover why Moraine Valley is your best choice! Saturday, March 24 9 a.m.-Noon 9000 W.College Parkway •Palos Hills Buildings Sand U n Hear ashort presentation aboutthe college, admission and financial aid process, student life, and more. n Learnabout the transfer process. n Complete the first two yearsofyour bachelor’sdegree here and save thousandsofdollars! n Meetfaculty from someofour career programs. n Take atour of the campus. Adult Learners– We’ll have information for you, too. RSVP (708) 974-5355 morainevalley.edu/openhouse therapist. She is an officer of the NAACP chapter on campus. She has just been informed that she was awarded a summer internship with the Exelon Corporation. She completed an internship last summer at Ann & Robert A. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Clemson University Student from Orland Park named to dean’s list Matthea J. Wong, of Orland Park, has been named to the dean’s list at Clemson University for the fall 2017 semester. Wong is majoring in biochemistry. To be named to the dean’s list, a student achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale. Georgia Institute of Technology Student from Orland Park makes dean’s list Hannah Gallagher, of Orland Park, made the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester. Millikin University Student from Orland Park joins honor society Kelsey Elizabeth Pierson, of Orland Park, recently was accepted into Millikin University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Membership is by invitation only to the university’s top 7.5 percent of second semester juniors and top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. University of Findlay Orland Park student earn’s place on dean’s list Olivia Rydzewski, of Orland Park, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Findlay. To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. University of Iowa Orland Parker enrolls Emily Dybas, a native of Orland Park, has enrolled at the University of Iowa for spring 2018 semester. University of Wisconsin- Madison Orland Parker named to dean’s list The University of Wisconsin has recognized students named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2017- 2018 academic year. Brian Peck, of Orland Park, was named to the dean’s honors list. Peck attends the College of Engineering. Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university, school or college sets its own grade point average requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction. Western New England University Student from Orland Park on fall semester dean’s list Matthew O’Dea, of Orland Park, has been named to the dean’s list at Western New England University for the fall semester of 2017. O’Dea is working toward a degree in psychology. Students are named to the dean’s list for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, bill@opprairie.com. The Orland Park Prairie’s Standout Student Sponsored by Marquette Bank Olivia Ann Nomikos, St. Michael School third-grader Olivia Ann Nomikos was chosen as The Orland Park Prairie’s Standout Student because of his academic accomplishments. What is one essential you must have when studying? A pencil to write with. What do you like to do when not in school or studying? When I’m not in school, I like to play with figurines, and I also like to go to the gym to work out. What is your dream job? I would love to be a veterinarian, because I love all types of animals. What are some of your most-played songs on your iPod? I like to sing along to “Shake It Off,” “Style” and “Look What You Made Me Do,” by Taylor Swift. What is one thing people don’t know about you? Even though I am a bright and happy person, I like dark colors. Whom do you look up to and why? I look up to my mom, because she helps me. She loves to do good, and she listens to me. My mom inspires me. What is your favorite class Photo submitted and why? My favorite class is Spanish. It is fun to learn a new language you’ve never known before. What’s one thing that stands out about your school? St. Michael School is fun. We have many challenges and contests. What extracurricular(s) do you wish your school had? I wish St. Michael had a book club where we could meet and talk about the stories that interest you the most. If you could change one thing about school, what would it be? I would give bigger lockers to the lower grades. What’s your best memory from school? I love the first day of a new school year, when you get to go to your classroom and find your desk and see your friends. Standout Student is a weekly feature for The Orland Park Prairie. Nominations come from Orland Park area schools.


opprairie.com community the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 15 Announcements To be wed Mr. & Mrs. William Griffin, of Orland Park, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth, to David Purcell, of Palatine. Elizabeth is a graduate of Sandburg High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in special education. She is currently teaching in Lemont. David is a graduate of Palatine High School and received his bachelor’s degree in physical education at ISU, where the couple met. He works as a physical education teacher in Schaumburg. The couple plan to exchange their wedding vows June 15, 2018, at St. Michael Church in Orland Park. Announcing an engagement Dana Kuchta and Nick Lathrop, of Orland Park, along with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kuchta Sr., and Mr. Chris Lathrop are happy to announce their engagement. Both are 2013 graduates of Carl Sandburg High School. Ms. Kuchta is a 2016 graduate of the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in allied health. She is employed as a patient intake coordinator at an orthopedic office in Northwest Indiana. Mr. Lathrop is a sergeant, serving in the United States Army as a calvary scout. He is currently stationed in Georgia. The couple has planned a September wedding to be held in Orland Park. Wedding bells on the way Gary and Debbie Lambesis, of Orland Park, are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Eric, to Sarah Ross, daughter of Ron and the late Deborah Hunt Ross of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Eric is a graduate of Sandburg High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Illinois. He completed his Masters of Medical Science degree in anesthesiology at Emory University in Atlanta. He is currently employed by Emory Hospital in Atlanta as an anesthetist. Sarah also received her Masters of Medical Science degree in anesthesiology and is currently employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta as a cardiac anesthetist. The happy couple plans to exchange their wedding vows in 2019 and reside in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Make a FREE announcement in The Orland Park Prairie. We will publish birth, birthday, military, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements free of charge. Announcements are due the Thursday before publication. To make an announcement, email bill@opprairie.com. THE GRANITE &MARBLE DEPOT Cabinets •Granite •Marble •Tile •Custom Showers •Fireplaces Stop by and view morethan 200 samples! We havemorethan 350 full slabs of natural stone and quartz and thousands of remnants in our indoor showroom. Stateofart precision equipment for a custom fit. Starting at: GRANITE $ 35 $ sqft 39 sqft (while supplies last, see an associate for details. Restrictions apply. Valid thru FREEestimates and design ideas by our experienced on staff interior designers FREE 16 Gauge Undermount Stainless Steel Sinks and 15 Year Sealer * 10 Colors 5Colors FREE removal of your existing laminatecountertops * TheGranite &MarbleDepot *Min. Purchase of 45 sq.ft. of Countertops. Restrictions Apply- See Store for Details Valid thru 4/7/18 OR QUARTZ 4/7/18 19636 97th Ave. ~Suite 1•Mokena Showroom Hours M-F8am-5pm•Sat.9am-1pm•SundayClosed INC. A RATING 708-479-7770•mygranite.com


16 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie news opprairie.com FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT Library emphasizes innovation, imagination in new makerspace New additions to the New Lenox Public Library’s makerspace are inspiring young minds to create, build and collaborate in an everexpanding area of the library. Gone are the days of silent libraries filled with only books and librarians hissing “shhh” to anyone speaking in voices louder than a whisper. Those who happen upon the makerspace in the youth services area of the library may hear the sounds of talking and laughing, as children and families find new ways to explore their creativity. The books have not gone anywhere, but more and more activities and learning opportunities are being integrated into library programming such as technology, arts and crafts and even social events. In the makerspace, children are challenged with a variety of activity prompts, but they also are given the freedom to create their own experiences. Dana Russell, manager of youth services at the library, said the area has been in the works for a few years now, but a recent memorial donation allowed them to purchase some new building toys and technology items. as well as build some things of their own. On the horizon for the makerspace are some iPad devices that are just about ready to be rolled out. The tablets will supplement other types of technology learning devices and toys already available to children in the makerspace that explore areas such as robotics, electrical circuits and engineering. “I think, traditionally, makerspaces provide and opportunity for people to create and work together,” Russell said. “Collaboration is kind of a core aspect of makerspaces.” Reporting by Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor. For more, visit NewLenoxPa triot.com. FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION TPFD set to receive top insurance rating A widely used statistical analysis firm that complies risk data for insurance companies has recognized the Tinley Park Fire Department in its highest echelon of protection capabilities. Fire Chief Forest Reeder announced Feb. 20 that the department will receive a Class 1 Insurance Services Office classification, the highest rating on a scale of 10, which should result in property insurance reductions for residents and business owners. Formed in 1971 and acquired by Verisk Analytics in 2009, ISO formulates the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, using standards set by the National Fire Protection Association and by evaluating four primary categories: fire department, emergency communications, water supply and community risk reduction. But its Public Protection Classification report is not made public. “I have the great privilege to represent the 100 plus members of Tinley Park Fire Department, both present and past, to let everyone know we have been recently evaluated as an Insurance Service Office, or ISO, Class 1 fire department, which places us in the less than 200 fire departments across the country of the 47,000 fire departments that are eligible for the rating,” Reeder said. The TPFD, established in 1901, has more than 125 personnel who serve around the clock in four fully-staffed stations around the Village. The department responds to nearly 3,000 fire emergencies and 5,000 emergency medical calls annually, according to information provided by the Village. The official presentation is to take place some time in March, but will not go into effect until July 1, Chief Reeder said. Reporting by Editor, Cody Mroczka. For more, visit TinleyJunction.com. FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND Third-grader gets ride to school in fire truck after winning contest Joey DiCiolla, a third-grader at Schilling School, has always wanted to be a firefighter when he grows up. “Then, I can go up the ladder and save people,” Joey said. The 8-year-old’s passion for the job paid off when he got to ride to school in a fire truck Thursday, Feb. 22, with four crew members of the Homer Township Fire Protection District. All classes in third and fourth grade at Schilling participated in a contest that instructed them to design a fire escape plan for their home. Joey’s plan caught the attention of Dave Bricker, division chief of fire prevention at HTFPD. “Part of knowing fire safety is having an escape plan and having two ways out,” Bricker said. “So, [the students] were just basically given the assignment of making an escape plan for your home, make sure you indicate two ways out of every room, and your meeting place. So they could have done a variety of things.” Joey created a large design with wired lights and plenty of detail showing his escape plan. “It was all accurate,” Bricker said. “The lights showed the exist paths and stuff. It was pretty cool.” Joey’s father, Joe, helped him over the course of four days to design the plan. Joey received the news that he won a ride in a fire truck the day before winter break in December and immediately called his father when he got home from school. “I was in a meeting, and he’s like, ‘Dad, dad, I won the fire truck,’” Joe said. Reporting by Assistant Editor Jacquelyn Schlabach. For more, visit LockportLegend.com. FROM THE HOMER HORIZON Homer resident enters into Saint Xavier University Athletics Hall of Fame When Kathy Young was just 11 years old, she would sit on her porch and watch across the street as girls her age practiced softball in the park. She would walk over and join their practices, playing the catcher position, which nobody preferred, or took the place of players who were not at practice. “I would do whatever they needed,” Young said. “They had missing players. I would play whatever position they needed.” Her love for the game only grew, as she went on to play second base at Saint Xavier University in Chicago for three seasons before graduating in 1990. She was captain her senior year, and she was also voted most valuable player her last season, earning National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All- American honors. Young started every game in 1990, batting .332 with a .468 slugging percentage, according to the Saint Xavier athletics website. “As a player, I just enjoyed it so much,” Young said. “I just loved the game and loved competing and loved having my teammates out working for a common goal. After I graduated, I started coaching right away. So, I really never left the game.” The Homer Glen resident’s accomplishments throughout the years were recognized Feb. 17 at Saint Xavier University, when she was one of seven people inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame. “That’s the highest individual award you could receive from a university,” Young said. “So, it’s very, very special, and I’m very honored.” Reporting by Assistant Editor Jacquelyn Schlabach. For more, visit HomerHorizon.com. FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER Board approves community relations liaison candidate, more After considerable discussion and a split 4-3 vote, the Mokena School District 159 Board of Education approved the hiring of a community relations liaison to assist the district in communication and fundraising. Nicole Swanberg is expected to begin next week with a variety of tasks assigned to her, including internal communications and those with parents and the community. She also will be tasked with serving as a liaison between the district and the media, researching and submitting grant proposals, coordinating crisis management communication, writing and editing content for the district’s website, and coordinating photography at programs and events. While board members agreed on the benefits of having someone in the position, members Jim Andresen, Anna Briscoe and Lisa Zielinski voted against the hiring based on general concerns about funding and incoming changes in district leadership with the hiring of a new superintendent. The board also approved the retirement of Eileen Parente, director of special education, at the end of the current school year. Parente has worked at D159 for six years, but spent 35 years working in public education and, more specifically, special education. Reporting by Assistant Editor Amanda Stoll. For more, visit MokenaMessen ger.com. FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION East topples Marian Catholic, advances to finals The postseason is not the time to be quiet. “The girls were quiet on the bus ride,” Lincoln-Way East girls basketball coach Jim Martin said. They were not in the game. Displaying a tenacity that was second to none, the Griffins players were everywhere. They bumped, bruised and bonded on the court, and each hustle play contributed to the Griffins gathering a 44-40 victory over Marian Catholic Feb. 19, in the opening semifinal of the Class 4A Mother McAuley Sectional. The Griffins (28-4), who were the top seed in the sectional, faced the No. 3-seeded host Mighty Macs on Thursday, Feb. 22, for the title, where East ultimately fell to Mother Mcauley 67-43. It was the third sectional finals appearance for the Griffins, who lost in those games in 2010 and 2012. No. 5-seeded Marian (24-8) fell short of winning a sectional for the fourth straight season. Between 2002-2014, the Spartans won 10 sectional titles and five state trophies, including the Class 4A state title in 2013. Reporting by Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit Frank fortStation.com.


opprairie.com Sound Off the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 17 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From opprairie.com as of Friday, Feb. 23 From the Editor Community under pressure 1. Fire causes ‘major damage’ to Orland Park restaurant 2. UPDATED: Provi ex-president not charged after phone in question vanishes 3. Boys Swimming: Eagles cruise to sectional title 4. Federal charges follow task force investigation that involved Orland Park Police assistance 5. Vehicle on fire takes three more with it outside Orland Square Become a Prairie Plus member: opprairie.com/plus The Bridge Teen Center posted the following note Thursday, Feb. 22, “Congrats to one of our past program volunteers Kendall Coyne, who is now an Olympic gold medalist! Thank you for being an inspiration to our students and to our community. #PyeongChang2018 #Olympics.” Like The Orland Park Prairie: facebook.com/opprairie “We are so proud of this Center Dolphin!! Sent to the office with a positive office referral for working hard, positive attitude, and making the classroom a great place! #proudprincipal #osd135 #wearecenter” @JennNichols012 — Jennifer Nichols, Center School principal Follow The Orland Park Prairie: @opprairie I BILL JONES bill@opprairie.com can no longer count the number of times I have altered my schedule for work. Whether it was delaying dinners or missing plans with friends because I was staying late to cover a breaking news story, or rescinding PTO requests because I had too much to do to get a paper out the door to be able to justify a short work week, I have done it time and time again. And the responsibilities of being a managing editor have only exacerbated the issue. Such is the nature of this business, sure, and I place a lot of importance on what we do. But I’d be lying if I said this is the most important thing in the world to me. My wife is, followed closely by the rest of my family (yes, including the cat) and my friends. But it is easy to say there will still be something to eat when I get home, to know that there is another weekend to catch up with friends, to still have that PTO in reserve. I’ll take that break eventually. The breaking news cannot wait. The paper might not be what I want if I cut my time here short. But last week, other aspects of my life demanded my attention. And they would not be ignored. After we sent a paper to print last Monday — marking what I thought would be the end of three grueling weeks — as the heavy rains and changing temperature started to melt the heaps of snow outside, I went to bed early, a little relieved that our new sports editor, Jeff Vorva (check out his introductory column on Page 47 this week), would be starting the next day. I woke up less than four hours later to a strange cacophony. I heard the distinct sound of my sump pump, working overtime, ejecting water from its basin, but that was being followed by something new — what I only can describe as the haunting noise of water spraying into what had to be a fair amount of other (standing) water. I jumped out of bed and raced to the basement, thankful, first and foremost, that there was no water visible as I headed down the stairs. I turned the corner, entered the laundry room and watched with horror as the sump pump attempted to discharge water and a pressurized spray came firing back down from a connector near the check valve. Thankfully, a majority of the water was going right back into the sump pump. My wife and I shut it off, did some quick repairs, showered and tried to go back to sleep. But we found ourselves lying awake for the rest of the night, unsure whether or not our solution would hold and if we might wake to a flooded basement. The next morning, we remained nervous. She delayed her work shift, so I could go get our new hire started and make an appointment I already scheduled. Then, I came home to relieve her of the watch and planned to work from home for the rest of the day. That’s when things got even more interesting. As flood warnings peppered my weather application notifications, I hear that the last time things in our neighborhood were this wet water overflowed onto our street. Then I get a text that a couple of neighbors are picking up sandbags from the public works department. I looked out the window and saw water flooding the street, almost to my driveway. I drove to the public works department, loaded my sedan with the measly dozen bags it could handle and realized they were not going to get me far. And I probably couldn’t make it back through the standing water on the roads. I decided to help my neighbors unload and place theirs, and they in turn made more trips with a truck and helped me with our yard. I also started taking everything I cared about off the floor of my basement and braced for the worst. Thankfully, it never came. Instead, I got to meet a lot of neighbors I still did not know very well after several years in the home. Some seem wonderful. Some seem a bit off. Some were helpful and nice. Some talked smack about other neighbors and former residents. I met yet some others just the week before, too, first when my wife’s car got stuck at the end of the driveway and someone came down the block to help, and second when a guy across the street got stuck and I ran over to help him. The conversations were surface level, but more than what I had with many of them up until then. There is an interesting level of community that comes out when people are collectively under pressure. Everyone on the block had other plans those days. It may have been work; it may have been personal. But they all planned to be somewhere else, or at least doing something else. The world, instead, forced us into the same place at the same time. We all were working on its schedule for a time. And with it came rules about leaving our jobs, our politics, our other priorities at the door. We had a new job to do, and we were all in it together. That’s not to say the pressures are always a good thing. Had things not gone in my favor, I might be writing a very different column right now. With all of the work I put in, part of me wished I was at work instead. And when the rain cleared, we did not roll this movie to credits with everyone having a block party, now best of friends; we all went about our own business. But when shaken from our usual routine, I find we come together in a way that seems so easy and natural, at least on a local level. We start slinging snow for neighbors, instead of slinging hateful comments on social media. We work together instead of working for ourselves. And we focus on the moments that matter, immediately, instead of planning for what’s to come. We all need that sometimes. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Orland Park Prairie encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Orland Park Prairie reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Orland Park Prairie. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Orland Park Prairie. Letters can be mailed to: The Orland Park Prairie, 11516 West 183rd Street, Unit SW Office Condo #3, Orland Park, Illinois, 60467. Fax letters to (708) 326-9179 or e-mail to bill@opprairie.com.


18 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie Orland Park opprairie.com Happy Anniversary Afourth-generation family owned American company that’s kept our doors open for 90 years byputting people first. Chicago Gaelic Park • 6119 W 147th Street • Oak Forest, Il • 708-687-9323 • www.chicagogaelicpark.org Ireland on Parade March 9-17, 2018 Celebrating 51 Years of Irish Music, Song and Dance Dance School Schedule Friday March 9th 6:30pm McCormack Fay Academy of Irish Dance 7:00pm Mulhern School of Irish Dance 7:30pm Trinity Irish Dancers 8:00pm Cross Keys School of Irish Dancing Wednesday March 14th 7:00pm Weber School of Irish Dance 7:30pm Maiden Street Irish Dancers 8:00pm Foy School of Irish Dance The candidate chosen as the new Irish Festival 2018 Queen and runner-up shall reign as Queen for one full year. Both the Queen and the runner-up will be invited to participate in many activities and events throughout the year. During St. Patrick’s week, the new Queen and runner-up will participate in all the parades. Irish Festival 2018 held over Memorial Day Weekend will be memorable and fun for the Queen and everyone involved. Gifts and prizes will be bestowed upon the newly crowned Queen and runner-up. All girls are invited to enter the contest, if they meet the following requirements. • Are 18-26 years of age up to March 3, 2018 • Single • Must be of Irish Heritage • $10.00 registration fee If interested in entering our Queen Contest - Applications are available online at www.chicagogaelicpark.org Thursday March 15th 6:30pm Gaelic Park Ceili Dancers 7:00pm McNamara School of Irish Dance 7:30pm Mullane Godley Academy of Irish Dance 8:00pm Blackbird Academy of Irish Dance Wednesday March 14th 7:00pm Eilish Sullivan School of Irish Dance 7:30pm Shepard School of Music 8:00pm Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dancing St. Patrick’s Day ~ Saturday March 17 The Carraig Pub Open 11:00am - Pub Food Served from 11:00am - Pub entertainment starting at 1:30pm Children’s entertainment in the Tara Room starting at 4:30pm, and a show by The Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dancing at 6:30pm Live music in the Emerald Room at 6:30pm / Live Music in the Tara Room at 7:30pm Southside Irish Sunday March 11th Mass at 9am followed by Irish Breakfast Doors re-open at 1pm with 3 stages of musical entertainment and an additional stage with children’s entertainment Admission $5 adults / $3 kids


Building a bridge See photos from some of the latest activities at The Bridge, Page 26 OK, here’s the scoop First in the Chicago area, Freddy’s opening a treat for Orland Park, Page 27 the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | opprairie.com Retired firefighter Chris Smith demonstrates Thursday, Feb. 22, how to perform chest compressions when giving CPR during part of the Coffee & Conversation series hosted by the Orland Fire Protection District. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media Orland Fire Protection District shares knowledge related to CPR during Coffee & Conversation series, Page 21


20 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie Faith opprairie.com FAITH BRIEFS Calvary Church (16100 S. 104th Ave., Orland Park) KIDSLife Breakfast 7-11 a.m. Saturday, March 10. KidsLife Ministries will once again be hosting its annual breakfast, silent auction and raffle. The children will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast that includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice. There also is a made-to-order table for gluten-free pancakes and dairyfree eggs. Ticket are $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 4-12, and 3 and younger eat free. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event. The proceeds this year will go partly to our KidsLife Ministries. For more information, call (708) 429-2200. Resident Poet ‘Soulful Silence’ Susanne Cabrini Marie Orland Park Resident Music can be wonderful, enhancing Sunday Mass. Some, too loud, are accompanied by both strings and brass. But every weekday morning at my beloved church, We put to shame those decibels that make your ears hurt! Surprised? Well, don’t be, for these loveliest of all, Are filled with simple silence, reverence and awe! In the quiet, Jesus speaks, deep within our hearts, And comforts the lonely, and all those torn apart. Don’t just take my word for it, find a Mass nearby. Early in the morning — go, please give it a try! Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24. The event will be held come rain or shine (all indoors). There will be thousands of eggs all throughout the building, in age-divided areas. The hunt will be geared for toddlers through fifth-graders. All receive a little memento for attending, not including all the candy and prizes in the eggs. There will cookies served after the hunt and free raffle giveaways. People should bring baskets and arrive early. For questions, contact Tiffany Johnston at (708) 429-2200. Ashburn Baptist Church (153rd Street and Wolf Road, Orland Park) Open House 11 a.m. Sunday, March 4. This is the day of the “Big Welcome.” There will be child care, worshipful music, and a message to understand the purpose and mission of Ashburn Baptist Church. Following the service, there will be ministry booths. Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park) Lent Lenten communion services will meet at 11 a.m. (a lunch after) and 7 p.m. on Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15 and 22, under the theme “Prayers of the Passion.” The messages will be in dramatic dialogue form. The evening Lent services will take place in Duehr Memorial Chapel. St. Michael Church (14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park) ‘The Shack’ Screening 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. The Women’s Club of St. Michael’s will be showing the movie “The Shack” in the Middle Commons. The club also will be serving corned beef sandwiches and potato salad from Winston’s Market. Members are free. Non-members will be charged $10. Additional sandwiches for everyone will cost $5. Reservations must be made. To make one, contact Mary at (708) 349- 5407 or Paulette at (708) 460-6535. 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. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (15050 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park) Overeaters Anonymous 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. This is a 12-step program, patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous, to help anyone struggling with food problems. Members include people who eat compulsively, those who binge and purge and anyone suffering from anorexia. There are no dues or fees to attend meetings, and there are no weigh-ins or calorie counting. For information on other meetings in the area, visit www.OA.org. Faith United Methodist Church (15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park) Witness to Fitness 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Walking club for prayer and exercise. Free. All are welcome. Presbyterian Church in Orland Park (13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park) MOPS (Mothers of Pre- Schoolers) 9-11 a.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month Hope Covenant Church (14401 West Ave., Orland Park Services 10 a.m. Sundays 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) 361-4754. Standing Stone Church (Robert Davidson Center, 14700 Park Lane, Orland Park) Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church (9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills)H.O.P.E. Employment Support Ministry AA Meetings 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in the Church Hall. Sunday Services 7:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. every week. 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 Jones at bill@opprairie.com or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 20. Information is due by noon on Thursdays one week prior to publication. In Memoriam Tammy Bivona Tammy Sue Bivona (nee Peters), 59, of Orland Park, died Feb. 21. Wife of Mark Bivona; mother of Jennifer, Samuel and Casey; daughter of Mary Lou and the late Gerald Peters; sister of Pastor Steven (Chere) Peters, Barry Bruce Peters and Kip Peters; and special aunt of many. Visitation held at Modell Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to GCS Project (gcsproject.org). John Caswick John C. Caswick, 44, of Orland Park, died Feb. 8. He was a sheet metal worker for the Local 73. Son to Dennis and Patricia; brother to Jason (Alison) and Jeffrey (Kandice). Burial at St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery. Services were held privately. Patricia Lamphier Patricia J. Lamphier (nee Kasper), 73, of Orland Park, died recently. Wife of the late Charles Lamphier Sr.; mother of Denise (Brian) Bossler, Karen (Dennis) Suglich and Chuck (Sarah) Lamphier; grandmother of Grace, Patrick, Annalise, Charlotte, Grant, Violet, Matthew, John and Mary; daughter of the late Joseph Kasper and Victoria (James) Nemec; sister of Don Scheid and the late Dale Douglas; great friend to many, including the Bunco Ladies. Visitation was held at Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Linus Catholic Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery In lieu of flowers, donations to Bay Cliff Health Camp (a center for children and adults with disabilities), P. O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI, 49808, would be appreciated. Stephanie Miller Stephanie C. (nee Andos) Miller, 52, of Bourbonnais, died Feb. 20. She was born on Oct. 27, 1965, to the union of Stelios and Ann (nee Paris) Andos. She grew up in Orland Park and graduated from Sandburg High School. Her love of animals led her to volunteer at several animal shelters, including BoneYard Animal Rescue in Joliet and Homeless Animal Rescue Team in Naperville. She often took her work home with her, having several animals at once that she fostered. She was a good cook, loved her wine, and was a Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. Proud of her Greek heritage, she dreamed of traveling to Greece. Stephanie is survived by her only son, Niko Miller; and her siblings, Maria (Gene) Macario, April (Greg) Paglianite and Steven (Jennifer) Andos. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. She is preceded in death by her parents. A memorial gathering was to be held at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home. As it was her request, cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to any animal shelter would be appreciated. Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email Editor Bill Jones at bill@opprairie. com with information about a loved one who was a part of the Orland Park community.


opprairie.com Life & Arts the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 21 Orland Fire’s Coffee & Conversation series presents CPR session Laurie Fanelli Freelance Reporter Each month, the Orland Fire Protection District and Aishling Companion Home Care host the free Coffee & Conversation lecture series at the Administration Headquarters Board Room, providing residents with helpful information in a casual setting. On the morning of Thursday, Feb. 22, retired Orland firefighters Chris Smith and Bob Palermo were on hand to speak to the importance of knowing CPR and what steps to take in an emergency. The “three Cs” of CPR — check, call and care — were discussed throughout the session, as Smith and Palermo empowered attendees with techniques to use in cases of cardiac arrest, choking and more. “You check the scene to make sure it’s safe, check the patient, call 911 and do chest compressions, in the case of an adult,” Smith explained prior the presentation. “There is a three times better chance of survival just by doing that.” During his 34-year tenure with Orland Fire, Smith has seen firsthand the life-saving effects of CPR. “When somebody does CPR before the ambulance arrives, there is such a better survival rate,” he said. “If you can do something, something is always better than nothing.” Palermo encourages anyone and everyone to learn the basics of CPR, as the technique is less complicated than it used to be. “After each class, everyone is always so thankful for the information,” he said. “They learn that these techniques are so easy, and Betsy Dine (right), Orland Fire Protection District’s public education coordinator, introduces CPR speakers Chris Smith (left) and Bob Palermo Thursday, Feb. 22, during the Coffee & Conversation event. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media Orland Park residents Larry and Irene Segura take in all of the information at the Coffee & Conversation presentation. they are so important to know.” Adult, child and infant CPR methods were demonstrated during the program, which also featured information about how to use an automated external defibrillator. “Most schools, gyms, stores, Village buildings and churches all have AED machines for the public,” Smith said. “It’s called public access defibrillation. If somebody collapses, and you use an AED on them, you can save their life in a matter of moments. It’s very easy, and it works.” Prior to Smith and Palermo’s presentation, two members of Orland Fire’s Senior Advisory Council shared home safety tips. Rosemary Ihle informed attendees about the Knox Box — a secure device that stores a key to the home for firefighters to use in case of an emergency — and Sheila Dragovich spoke to the importance of fire safety, in regard to home cooking. Both representatives took questions from the crowd and made notes on recommendations for future topics. Orland Park resident Louise Schmidt said she enjoys attending the Coffee & Conversation series each month, as it is free and informative. She explained that she learned a great deal during the January event, which featured information about senior services. “As you get older, you are concerned with what happens later on in life,” she said. “I wasn’t aware of all the things available for seniors, as far as helping a parent or someone. People aren’t aware of these services, and they struggle by themselves to take care of a sick parent.” During this month’s presentation, Smith and Palermo were able to clearly articulate the aspects of CPR, while keeping the atmosphere light and approachable with a splash of humor. “Don’t ever be afraid of Orland Park Fire Protection District Senior Advisory Council member Sheila Dragovich shares safety tips about home cooking. taking a class,” Smith said. “We don’t yell at anybody.” Free friends and family CPR courses, as well as basic life support provider CPR classes (enrollment is $45), are offered monthly at Station 3. More information can be found at orlandfire.org.


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® opprairie.com Life & Arts the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 23 Orland Park’s Market at the Park is to return for summer 2018 HELP YOUR CUSTOMERS Submitted by Village of Orland Park The Village of Orland Park’s Market at the Park is to return for the 2018 season. The 2018 market is slated to debut June 7 and is to be open from 4-8 p.m. every Thursday for eight weeks. The community is invited to enjoy shopping, eating, drinking and taking in the sounds each Thursday evening at Crescent Park, 9705 W. 142nd Street, near the 143rd Street train station. Attendees can against browse a mix of shopping options from food and artisanal vendors, as well as dine on prepared foods from local vendors and food trucks. Live music is to be featured each week, as local artists perform under the pergola at Crescent Park. Vendors will include some of the same food and artistic craft vendors, along with new vendors. Free parking is available adjacent to the market at the 143rd St. Metra station and at the parking structure on the corner of 143rd Street and Ravinia Avenue. Artistic craft and prepared food vendors interested in participating in Market at the Park can contact Doreen Biela at (708) 403-6266 or dbiela@orlandpark.org. CONTACT INTO ACTION THIS SEASON. The Orland Park Prairie DANA ANDERSON 708.326.9170 ext. 17 d.anderson@22ndcenturymedia.com FUNERAL SERVICES DIRECTORY Knowledge and Prayer Series announces next event Submitted by Multi-Parish Respect Life Ministries Want to See Your Business in the Classifieds? Multi-Parish Respect Life Ministries recently announced the next entry for its Knowledge and Prayer Series. “Transgenderism: A Compassionate Approach” is to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, conducted by the Rev. Thomas Loya at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, 14610 Will- Cook Road in Homer Glen. The Knowledge and Prayer Series was started for the purpose of informing people about life issues and what the church teaches about these issues. The Knowledge and Prayer Series is sponsoring Loya, pastor of Annunciation Byzantine and speaker on the “Theology of the Body” to speak on transgenderism. The Knowledge and Prayer series is sponsored by the Multi Parish Respect Life Ministries from and Our Lady of the Woods, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Michael in Orland Park, as well as St. Bernard, Our Mother of Good Counsel and Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen. Call 708-326-9170 for a FREE Sample Ad and Quote! Kim O’Neil Golob Kelli Hartseil Mores Kelly Furlong Foresman, Secretary It was easy to decide on cremation. Now, what about the rest of the decisions? Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Private, On-site Crematory 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, Illinois Family owned for 40 Years colonialchapel.com 708-532-5400 The Cremation Experts. 2017 WINNER "BEST FUNERAL HOME" ©2006 Copyrighted Material ADVERTISE YOUR FUNERAL SERVICES. Contact Jessica Nemec @708.326.9170 ex.46 www.22ndcenturymedia.com


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26 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie Life & Arts opprairie.com Staying positive Miss Illinois International helps teens wade through negativity in Orland Park Good at pool Duo claims prizes at The Bridge’s Doubles Pool Tourney Miss Illinois International 2018, Kennedy Starcevich, leads a recent How to Deal with Negativity program at The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park. Photo submitted Galette, the best a teen can get The Bridge teach rustic apple cranberry recipe with Culinary program Dyan Ulrich (left) and Joshua Vandervelde show off their prizes from the recent Doubles Pool Tourney held at The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park. Photo submitted Program right on time for teens The Bridge partners with Huntington for Fighting Procrastination program Vincent Moreno (right) works with program volunteer Kristin Renken during a recent Culinary: Rustic Apple Cranberry Galette program at The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park. Photo submitted Katelyn Ovalle (left), of Huntington Learning Center, works with students, including Julia Lynch, during a recent Fighting Procrastination program at The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park. Photo submitted


opprairie.com Dining Out the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 27 The Dish Freddy’s fueled by sense of fast-casual nostalgia New Orland Park spot specializes in frozen custard, steakburgers Bill Jones, Editor Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 7402 W. 159th St. in Orland Park Hours • 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday • 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday For more information ... Web: freddysusa.com/ store/orland-park Phone: (708) 407-8222 It is hard to accurately describe the feeling of walking into a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers for the first time. The primary reds pop from the booths, the lamps, the tiles and more, offering a feeling of nostalgia while not quite looking retro. It is an old-school concept with a modern vibe. It is, at the same time, exactly what one would expect of a fast-casual burger joint and something slightly different. “We would consider ourselves a modern diner,” said Ben Simon, grandson of the Freddy behind the Wichita, Kansas-based franchise and vice president of operations for Freddy’s, which launched in 2002 and finds itself fast approaching 300 locations. Simon was in town Feb. 20 for the first day of business for the company’s Orland Park location. As he sat in one of those booths, he said everything from the decor inside the new store to the drive-thru to the patio play to the “full experience of what a Freddy’s feels like,” noting that across the country it has proven to be a popular spot for dates, aftermovie meals and postgame treats. He said his grandfather built the business on principles of hospitality, service, kindness and authenticity. It also was built, of course, on the food. “Freddy’s is all about quality steakburgers, craveable frozen custard, addicting shoestring fries with special seasoning,” Simon said. The Orland Park spot marks Freddy’s first venture into the Chicago-area market, but Simon said it already feels like home. One of the stores run by the company itself, rather than franchisees, Orland Park is to be joined by a Homewood spot in the next six months, if all goes according to plan. “It feels exciting, as always,” Simon said of being in town for an opening, noting he sees Orland as having similar hard-working, family-oriented values as the restaurant. “We really love this community. We’re happy to be bringing the product to the people. “The [Village] and community of Orland Park was very good to work with — a lot better than the snow to work with.” The company wasted no time in its community outreach, immediately naming The Bridge Teen Center as a beneficiary of Freddy’s charitable efforts. Through March 6, the Orland Park nonprofit is to receive 10 percent of all frozen custard treat sales at the new spot. “We’re just excited to make that connection and The Freddy’s Original Double ($4.89) is the new Orland Park restaurant’s must-try item, sitting at No. 1 ($7.79) on the list of combos. Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers features the primary pop of red, with a nostalgic diner feel, updated for modern times. help out,” Simon said. As with any restaurant, the menu still has to deliver. And Simon said Freddy’s is all about fresh food. The business does not precook its burgers or fries, and frozen custard treats are never prepared until people ask for them. “We cook everything to order,” Simon said. The company partners with Vienna Beef for its The Freddy’s all-beef hot dog ($3.29 solo, $5.69 in a combo) plays to the Chicago-area market but puts its own stamp on the delicacy with Freddy’s signature bun. hot dogs and Meadowvale for frozen custard. Everything on the menu also is customizable, but Simon is more than happy to recommend first-timers start with the Freddy’s Original Double ($4.89 solo, $7.79 for a combo) and signature turtle sundae (prizes vary by size). “You’re going to be a happy person if you go for those two items,” he said.


28 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie Puzzles opprairie.com crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur Across 1. Quash 5. Deductive reasoning 10. Portend 14. Indication of goodness 15. Sharp 16. Tom Clancy hero 17. Cancels 18. Board 19. Capri, for one 20. Middle of the ocean 22. Turner in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 24. Roman pot 25. Winter event in Frankfort 29. Equips with weapons 32. “Casablanca” pianist 34. First name in luxury cars 35. Reason for insurance 36. Comic strip cry 37. Commonly 38. Minister’s abode 39. Tobermory topper 40. English people 42. Environmental prefix 43. Abbr. in jazz scores 44. Cunning 45. Subject of a 2018 Frankfort cook-off 48. It borders Wash. 50. “The X-Files” extras 51. Valor 53. ___ canto 55. “Sherlock Holnes” actress 56. Set right 61. ___ Strauss jeans 64. Reef material 66. About 67. Stumbled upon 68. Sort of 69. Highland toppers 70. Urgent request 71. Slush 72. Event in Olympic fencing Down 1. Bygone Mideast ruler 2. Subway alternative 3. First name in fashion 4. Swanky 5. Gold-colored drink, often 6. Tons 7. Vamooses 8. “Don’t mind if __” 9. Pessimist 10. Legless undies 11. Sounds of woe 12. East Indian dish 13. Coastal storm dir. 21. “Calvin and Hobbes” girl 23. Mauna ___ Observatory 25. Mosque VIP 26. Star 27. Mellow 28. Demolition compounds 29. Geronimo, e.g. 30. Impressionist 31. Miniver or Robinson 33. Jackpot 38. Kind of engr. 39. Quick cut 40. Summer camp alarm 41. Hoop 46. 1997 Melanie Griffith film 47. Half of VI 49. Wear off by rubbing 52. Draws (on) 54. Gulf of Aqaba port 56. Caen’s river 57. Memo 58. Hidden danger 59. Lemony Snicket villain 60. Medicinal amount 61. Drink from a saucer 62. Kay follower 63. Compete with 65. Kuwaiti export ORLAND PARK Girl in the Park (11265 W. 159th St., Orland Park, IL; (708) 226-0042) ■7 ■ p.m. Mondays: Trivia ■5:30 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Live Music ■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Bingo ■8 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: Live Music The Brass Tap (14225 95th Ave. Suite 400, Orland Park; (708) 226-1827) ■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia. Prizes awarded ■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: Live music Fox’s Restaurant and Pub (9655 W. 143rd St., Orland Park; (708) 349- 2111) ■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: Live entertainment ■7 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: Live entertainment and face painter Papa Joe’s (14459 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park; (708) 403-9099) ■5-9 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Gene Infelise and Francesca ■6-10 ■ p.m. Fridays: The keyboard stylings of Roger Pampel Square Celt Ale House & Grill (39 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park; (708) 226- 9600) ■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic Night/Open Mic Night ■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays: Free Trivia ■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Country Night ■10 ■ p.m. Fridays: Live DJ ■10 ■ p.m. Saturdays: Live Music/Band ■9 ■ p.m. Sundays: Karaoke Traverso’s Restaurant (15601 S. Harlem Ave., Orland Park; (708) 532- 2220) ■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays: Karaoke To place an event in The Scene, email a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com. answers How to play Sudoku Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. LEVEL: Medium Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan


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30 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie Local Living opprairie.com Distinctive Begins Sales on Cottage and Legacy Series Homes At Hanover Estates in Manhattan within the Lincoln-Way School District Architecturally Refined Home Designs Allow Buyers to Customize Distinctive Home Builders continues to add high quality homes to the Manhattan landscape at Hanover Estates; its latest new home community located within the highly-regarded Lincoln- Way School District. Distinctive is selling 17 Cottage Homes and 46 Legacy Series single family homes with base prices from the upper $200s. Square footage of the Cottage ranch homes begins at 1,800 square feet and the two-story homes start from 2,200 square feet. The Square footage of the Legacy ranch homes begins at 2,400 square feet and the two-story homes start from 2,700 square feet. Many of the sites offer lake views, lookout basements and oversized lots. Sales have opened and construction is underway on a new model to be completed late spring/early summer. According to Bryan Nooner, President of Distinctive Home Builders, these new home designs are a result of an extraordinary amount of time and effort placed on the architectural design features. In fact, we call these homes “Architecturally Refined”. “There is indeed a difference; there is nothing else like it on the market – the elevations are outstanding and our homeowners also have the ability to customize so they can truly have the home of their dreams,” he said. Nooner speaks of the Craftsman designs the company has introduced at Hanover Estates. These new designs feature attractive rooflines, front porches, tapered columns and stone piers, partially paned windows, gable brackets, and an exterior color palate with a variety of earth and grey. Exteriors feature brick, stone and cedar shake style accent siding. Several homes at various stages of construction are available to view and as a semi-custom builder, Distinctive can modify any of its standard designs to cater to a customer’s tastes, which means that moving walls, adding extra windows or even extending the garage are all possible. Numerous floor plans are available, each with multiple exterior elevations. Homes have three to five bedrooms and two full to three and one-half baths and two to three-car garages. All of the Legacy Series homes will have three-car garages. Homes include custom maple kitchen cabinets featuring solid wood construction (no particle board) with solid wood drawers and dove tail joints; ceramic tile or hardwood floors in the kitchen, baths and foyer; genuine wood trim and doors; granite countertops and concrete driveways. Building a new home is certainly not what it used to be. Thankfully, the latest technology coupled with fine-tuned craftsmanship, has made the experience a much more positive one for Distinctive buyers at Hanover Estates. “We are on the leading edge when it comes to the home buying customer sales experience,” said Nooner. “Our sales professionals are among the best. We provide them with high-level training and the latest tech tools to enhance our homebuyer’s experience. We also provide technology that our homeowners can access throughout the home building process with a private homeowner portal app. Building a new home is an exciting. We want our buyers to be informed and empowered every step of the way.” Pictures of customer homes in progress are taken as construction progresses and uploaded for easy access from anywhere in the world. Homeowners can view their selections from their phone, tablet or desktop; review detailed information about the quality components used in their new home, and easily access their documents using a username and password that is issued once construction of home begins. their new “Communication exists on an entirely new level making building with us a very personal experience. Never before could customers have access to all of this information 24/7. We want to raise the bar for our industry,” added Nooner. Through the customer portal, homeowners can easily share the pictures and progress of their home with friends and family via e-mail and integrated links to social media. They can also review the construction schedule to see what is happening next in the building of their new home. Hanover Estates boasts four lakes and three parks within its borders. The Manhattan Metra train station, several forest preserves and many dining and entertainment options are nearby. Hanover Estates children attend schools within the Lincoln- Way School District. Besides Hanover Estates, Distinctive Home Builders has built hundreds of homes throughout Manhattan at Prairie Trails; the Butternut Ridge and Leighlinbridge developments, as well as thousands of other homes in the Will and south Cook county areas over the past 30 years. Visit the on-site sales information center for unadvertised specials and view the numerous styles of homes being offered and the available lots. Call Lynne at (708) 737-9142 or 708 479-7700 for more information or visit www. distinctivehomebuilders. com. The Hanover Estates/ Prairie Trails new home information center is located three miles south of Laraway Rd. on Rt. 52. The address is 24458 S. Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422. Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Wednesday and Thursday and always available by appointment. Specials, prices, specifications, standard features, model offerings, build times and lot availability are subject to change without notice. Please contact a Distinctive representative for current pricing and complete details. Prices and features subject to change at any time.


opprairie.com Real Estate the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 31 Sponsored Content Magnificent estate, nestled in an enclave of newer luxury homes. This exceptional home is built to perfection, beautifully decorated with an outstanding floor plan. WHERE: 14425 Deer Haven Lane in the Deer Haven subdivision of Orland Park WHAT: Formal living room and dining room with coffered ceilings. The family room creates the perfect atmosphere to relax while enjoying the stone fireplace and double french doors that lead out to the covered brick patio with outdoor fireplace. Stunning designer kitchen with large island and high-end appliances. The spacious, sun-lit kitchen with sprawling vistas of the wooded backyard transitions seamlessly into the den. Impressive master suite with large sitting room, fireplace, threeseason room and spa bath. Five bedrooms and five plus bathrooms. AMENITIES: This home The Orland Park Prairie’s offers more than 5,200 square feet with additional square footage in the finished lower level. Library, hardwood floors, walk-in pantry, steam shower, whole house generator, custom closets, second-floor laundry, premium wooded lot, extensive landscaping, brick drive and walkway. Quality craftsmanship of the WEEK and attention to detail throughout. Perfectly maintained in a beautiful setting. PRICE: $1.19 million CONTACT: For more information, contact Mary Jean Andersen at Photo courtesy of VHT Studios (708) 860- 4041 or Eileen Hord at (708) 278-4700, Coldwell Banker. Want to know how to become “Home of the Week”? Contact Tricia Weber at (708) 326- 9170, ext. 47. For more, visit OPPrairie.com/realestate. Dec. 19 • 15208 Hiawatha Trail, Orland Park, 60462- 3516 - Norelene Burrow to Daniel M. Overmyer, Kathryn T. Overmyer, $181,000 • 14706 Holly Court, Orland Park, 60462- 3164 - Micheal M. Kmetty to Aldone Krzyzak, $225,000 • 9418 W. 140th St., Orland Park, 60462- 2257 - Thomas G. Rojszyk to Laura A. Schuldt, $240,000 • 16828 Robin Lane, Orland Park, 60467- 8822 - Tim Kim Nguyen to Matthew Zelensek, Kerri Zelensek, $435,500 Dec. 21 • 16650 Liberty Cir 1N, Orland Park, 60467-5710 - Josephine A. Dudek Ttee to John M. Mcmanus, $155,000 • 17735 Washington Court, Orland Park, 60467-9336 - Fannie Mae to William J. Gerlock, $199,000 • 14129 John Humphrey Drive 19-3, Orland Park, 60462-2073 - Perry G. Papadopoulos to Maher Elkayyal, $257,500 • 11731 Pineview Drive, Orland Park, 60467- 7129 - Connolly 2002 Trust to Timothy Kress, Mary Kress, $259,000 • 15425 Orlan Brook Drive, Orland Park, 60462-3910 - Theodore L. Nowcki Jr. to Ahmad Hamad, Sonya Zayyad, $280,000 Dec. 26 • 11545 Settlers Pond Way 2A, Orland Park, 60467-5262 - First Midwest Bank Trustee to Lana Sweis, $170,000 • 8845 Briarwood Lane, Orland Park, 60462- 1436 - First Midwest Bank Trustee to Maria Esparza, $210,000 • 17516 Brook Crossing Drive, Orland Park, 60467-4457 - Paul J. Kuk to Walid Balid, Arwa Soumakie, $355,000 • 16939 Yearling Crossing Drive, Orland Park, 60467 - Keeney Trust to Nasim A. Ghebari, Roba T. Sulaiman, $390,000 The Going Rate is provided by Record Information Services Inc. For more information, visit www. public-record.com or call (630) 557-1000.


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42 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie Sports opprairie.com This Week In ... Eagles Varsity Athletics Boys Basketball ■March ■ 2 - at Class 4A Reavis Regional championship, 7 p.m. (if necessary) ■March ■ 6 - at Class 4A Thornton Sectional semifinals, 7 p.m. (if necessary) Boys Track ■March ■ 5 - at Downers Grove Mustang Relays at North Central College, 6:30 p.m. Girls Track ■March ■ 5 - at Downers Grove Mustang Relays at North Central College, 6:30 p.m. Boys gymnastics ■March ■ 2 - at Hinsdale South Invitational, 6 p.m. ATHLETE OF THE WEEK 10 Questions b-ball From Page 45 part, the Titans dominated their opponents. But there were a few close calls. The Titans beat Timothy, 29-27, in overtime on Jan. 22. They also had a tight one with Crown Point, 31-30, on Feb. 13. But there was very little drama in the return matchup against Crown Point in Lansing. Crown Point scored a couple of late baskets in the first quarter and the Titans hung on to a 6-4 lead. But Crown Point’s momentum did not continue as the Titans outscored Crown Point 20-3 to take a 26-9 lead into the break and Crown Point was never able to shave the deficit to less than 10 points. Last season, the Titans breezed through their seventh-grade schedule unbeaten and several of the players also played up on the eighthgrade level, where they finished 13-4, including a 30-1 victory over Crown Point. “There weren’t a lot of players at the eighth-grade level so we moved the seventh graders up,’’ said the coach. We had some close losses, but that was good training for us.’’ This was the final organized girls game held in Illiana Christian’s gym as the school is closing after this season and officials are opening up a new school in Indiana next season. with Nick Garcia Nick Garcia is a senior at Sandburg who is a member of the District 230 co-op boys gymnastics team, which practices and hosts meets at Andrew High School. What’s it like going from Sandburg to the rival school to practice? It’s not bad at all. I got used to it pretty quick. It’s not like we hate each other or anything like that. ABOVE: Papa- and mama-razzi take photos of the Southwest Chicago Christian basketball team that finished 48-0 over three seasons. PHOTOS BY JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA RIGHT: Coach Rachel Voss gives her team a postgame speech for the last time after Southwest Chicago Christian beat Crown Point. Was it weird for you to come into the Andrew gym for the first time and realize this was your home gym? It was really weird because I didn’t know anybody. I was kind of nervous. After I met everyone and got used to everyone, I was fine. How did you get involved in gymnastics? Some of my friends tried to get me to do it sophomore year and I really didn’t want to do it. But my dad (Rudy) used to be a gymnast and he told me I should try it so I did. What was your best moment in this sport? Probably one routine on (parallel) bars and I got my best score ever – I think it was a 7.6. I just stuck the landing and everything was pretty good. How about your most embarrassing moment? It was at the same meet, during warmups. I smacked my head on the bar and it hurt so bad. Do people kind of look at you funny when they find out you are a gymnast? A little bit. Some people think it’s cool. Some really don’t care. Some people have said it’s a girls sport. What do you say when they tell you that? I would say “Come try it for yourself.” It’s pretty Jeff Vorva/22nd Century Media hard. What’s your favorite event in gymnastics? It’s the bars. It’s my best event so I like it a lot. What is your least favorite event? The high bar. I rip (tearing open the skin of his palm) really bad. What is something people don’t know about you? A bunch of people probably don’t know that I do gymnastics. Interview by Sports Editor Jeff Vorva


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44 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie Sports opprairie.com BOYS SWIMMING Eagles find that alternate route at state can be heart crushing JEFF VORVA Sports Editor A couple of Sandburg boys swimmers were in the top 14 in the state during the Illinois High School Association Swimming and Diving Meet on Feb. 23-24 in Evanston. They were close enough to be among the elite swimmers in the state but also fell short of qualifying for the second day. The state takes the top 12 for the finals. Carter Thoss took 14th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.61 seconds and Peter Bukiri claimed 14th in the 500 freestyle with a 1:44.72. They were both named alternates for the finals. The 200 free relay team of Brenden Lee, Joey Jenkot, Carter Thoss and Kyle Fox finished 15th with a 1:26.66. “It’s almost more heartbreaking when you get 14th Peter Bukiri of Sandburg swims in the 200-yard freestyle at the IHSA state meet in Evanston. than when you get 30th,” Eagles coach Matthew Niemeier said. “You are talking about a small correction. The difference between 14th and the top six can be fractions of a second. “Of course, the athletes should be unbelievably proud of what they were able to accomplish. But it’s a hard pill to swallow because you look at it as ‘if I would have just done this on my turn’ and then you re-analyze and start overthinking thinking everything.’’ The 200 medley relay Sandburg’s Carter Thoss participates in the IHSA state swim meet in the 100-yard fly event, where he was named an alternate at 14th place in the preliminaries. photos by CARLOS ALVAREZ/22ND CENTURY MEDIA team of Thoss, Jenkot, Sean Harlin and Fox took 19th with a 1:36.81. The 400 free relay team of Fox Lee Bukiri and Thoss took 20th with a 3:12.70. Bukiri took 26th in the 500 free with a 4:40.91, Cody Thill claimed 31st in diving with a 180.10 and Jacob Simone took 34th in the 100 breaststroke with a :59.86. HOCKEY Wiegel gives Eagles some nice breathing room RANDY WHALEN Freelance Reporter As the seconds wound down, Connor Wiegel had a lot of anxiety. “I couldn’t breathe,” the Sandburg senior said. After the game Wiegel and his Sandburg Eagle hockey teammates were breathing a sigh of relief as their season continued. That was because Wiegel scored the tying goal in the final seconds of regulation and then had the only tally in a five-round shootout as the Eagles rallied to stun Plainfield 5-4 on Sunday, Feb. 18 in first round of the six-team Illinois West High School Hockey League Founders Cup at Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park. With their fifth straight win, the third-seeded Eagles (16-24-2) moved onto the a semifinal game, which was scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25 against second-seeded Neuqua Valley at Canlan Ice Sports Arena in Romeoville. But the season nearly ended if not for the tenacity of Wiegel and his teammates. Trailing by a goal in the final minute of regulation they mounted an attack. But when Wiegel missed an opportunity, things didn’t look good. “Kevin Kost gave me a pass and I had a wide open net, but I missed it,” Wiegel said. “But we worked it back down and it ended up on my stick and I shot it straight into the top left corner. It was fast and went right in-and-out, so I had to make sure the refs saw it.” They did, and the game was knotted at 4-4 with three seconds left in regulation. Wiegel was the Eagles third shooter in the shootout, His move worked to register the only score in the extra session. “I went in low and he bit,” Wiegel said of scoring on Plainfield goalie Jacob Artel, who made 43 saves in the game. “Then I got around him.” Eagle goalie Jacob Elliot did the rest. The junior turned back 32 shot attempts in the game, including all five penalty shots. “You just have to clear your mind and stick to the simple basics,” Elliot said of his approach in the shootout. “Just stick to what you know. A lot of our guys are seniors and for them it’s all about playing that next game.” One of a trio of goalies on the team, Elliot has been the one to step up in the playoffs. “I was the JV goalie most of the season, but I’ve been up for the playoffs,” Elliot said. “I just give it my all. There’s been some real competition in goal. We just want to move on and win the championship.” Tyler Kozlowski had two goals and Michael Pawlica added one in the see-saw game, “My emotions were through the roof with excitement for our team with battling back from a hard-fought hockey game,” Eagles coach Mitch Tews said. “We could have played better to start, but eventually we got the win.” This was the fourth time the Eagles faced Plainfield during the season. The Orland Park squad also won 6-1, 6-3 and most recently 9-1 on Feb. 4 at the Darien Sportsplex Ice Arena. The Eagles have won seven of their last 10 after they had injuries throughout much of the season. Their record stood at 9-21-2 on Jan. 5. “We had a lot of injuries, but found our groove in the tournament,” Wiegel said. “This is huge. I’ve been on the team for three years. We won it on JV last year and now we want to win it again this season.”


opprairie.com Sports the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 45 Wrestling Young Sandburg grapplers, SWSC, shut out in dual quarterfinals Jeff Vorva Sports Editor Hey wait a minute... The Illinois High School Association held its Class 3A Boys Team Dual wrestling championships at the Grossinger Motors Arena on Saturday, Feb. 24, and there were no representatives from the SouthWest Suburban Conference. The last time that happened was 2009, Since then, an SWSC team or two - or even three in 2015 - has made the trek south. In the past eight seasons, Sandburg made it down five times and won state titles in 2012 and 2013 while Lockport made it down four times and won the title last season. This year? Nope. The eight-year-old streak was over. Both Lockport and Sandburg had to stay home as they were the victims of sectional setbacks at Downers Grove South on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The state hosted 24 sectional matches in three classes and Lockport suffered the closest loss of the night as the Porters dropped a 33-30 decision to Minooka while Sandburg lost 42-24 to Marmion. “It’s a little weird, but that’s how it crumbles,” Lockport coach Josh Oster said, “It’s been a long streak of either us, or Sandburg or a Lincoln- Way school making it.’’ Sandburg finished the season at 17-3 with two losses coming to Marmion. Marmion also beat Sandburg in the Sandburg Duals event, 35-27,on Jan. 13. The Eagles picked up wins from Jimmy Ferguson (120), Patrick Nolan (138), Nate Goodman (195), Mike Amedeo (220) and Joe Boyce (285). It was the first year for coach Clinton Polz and he is already excited about next season. “We’re sad to lose the four seniors on the roster, but we have everyone else coming back,” Polz said. “Pat Nolan (who finished fourth in the Sandburg’s Jimmy Ferguson (right) picked up a victory Tuesday, Feb. 20, against Marmion’s Walter Green. Jeff Vorva/22nd Century Media state individually) hopes to go up a little more. Sam Wojcik (31-13) and Alex Hirschfield (36-6) will be back for another season. I’m happy to have another year with those guys and a few others. The good news is that we are young.’’ The first-year coach admitted the job could be overwhelming at times. “It was a little more than I expected,” Polz said. “But that’s OK. The first one is in the books. Hopefully, I won’t get too much time off. I’m ready to go when the kids are. I hope we are ready to put in some work soon.’’ Lockport (11-9) led 30-15 heading into the final three matches. The goal was to avoid getting pinned three times at 220-pounds, 285 and 106. But Minooka (24-2) had three wrestlers at those weights with a combined 82- 23 record while the three Porters entered the matches with a combined 6-29 mark. SWSC teams in the quarterfinals A look at SouthWest Suburban Conference wrestling teams that qualified for the Class 3A quarterfinals in the past eight seasons. • 2010: Sandburg • 2011: Sandburg • 2012: Sandburg* and Lockport • 2013: Sandburg* and Lincoln-Way Central • 2014: Lincoln-Way Central • 2015: Sandburg, Lockport and Lincoln- Way Central • 2016: Lockport • 2017: Lockport* and Lincoln-Way West *won the state championship Freshman 106-pound wrestler Ryan Oster, who came in with a 3-8 mark, was visibly upset after getting pined swiftly by Minooka’s Jack McClimon (30-15) to end the season. Josh Oster, Ryan’s cousin and godfather, said Ryan was not to blame for the setback. “We’ve had a lot of duals come down to the last match,” Oster said. “It always sucks to be that guy in the last match because you always feel like it’s on you. There were a lot of things that preceded that, Ryan has a bright future ahead of him. He’s a competitor. Before the match I told him to relax and breathe. He was getting caught up in that moment and I told him to just go out and wrestle. If it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. He went out there and attacked and it sucks when you weigh 94 pounds, but he’s a great competitor.’’ Mike Kaminski (113), Matt Ramos (120), Class 3A individual state champion Anthony Molton (126), James Pierandozzi (145), Zach Reese (152), Austin Kodala (160), Malik Daghash (170) and Yousif Salah (195) recorded wins for the Porters. basketball Area basketball powerhouse finishes career with a 48-0 mark JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor It hit some of them hard. The good news was that Southwest Chicago Christian School in Tinley Park’s eighth grade girls basketball players finished off their careers the game way they started three years ago – with a victory. At between the start and the finish came win after win after win. The Titans, which have several players from Orland Park on the roster, topped Crown Point Christian, 33- 20, on Saturday to win the Illiana Tournament at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing and finished 48-0 against players their age. And then, it hit them. Some players cried after they realized they were never going to play with this team again. Coach Rachel Voss who made all the right moves in putting this power together, admitted that when the players were in sixth grade, she never imagined this would happen. “This was not in the plan,” she said. “This was orchestrated for us. I really enjoyed coaching these girls. They played with a lot of heart and soul. On and off the court, they encourage each other and pick each other up. They have shown a lot of love and kindness and they play to glorify God.’’ The team only won one game when it was in fourth grade and no one can really explain how it turned into a consistent winner in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Members of the squad are Alyssa Boersma, Carly Cirrincione, EB Friesen, Grace Goodfellow, Haleigh Meske, Bella Milazzo, Kayla Nelson Melia Robertson and Jacqueline Voss. “I’m very sad we won’t be playing again,” said Jacqueline Voss. “It was so much fun playing with these players.’’ Some of these players will be heading to Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights. The team finished 16-0 this season and for the most Please see b-ball, 42 Orland Park’s Jacqueline Voss (right) hugs teammate Kayla Nelson after Southwest Chicago Christian beat Crown Point to finish 48-0 after three years. JEFF VORVA/22nd Century Media


46 | March 1, 2018 | The orland park prairie Sports opprairie.com Coyne is good as gold after a four-year wait JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor Kendall Coyne remembers having her heart crushed in Russia four years ago when the United States women’s hockey team lost to Canada, 3-2, in the gold medal game in the Olympics. The Sandburg High School graduate said she received her silver medal and was crying out of sadness. But when she came home, she made several appearances in the area — including a memorable pair of assemblies at Sandburg, in which longtime teacher/coach Mike White donned goalie equipment and taunted her as she zinged and whizzed shots by him. During those appearances, she smiled. She gave inspiring messages. She proudly posed with her silver medal, even though she wished it was gold. So, can you imagine what life is going to be like for her this year? The 25-year-old got her wish four years later. She is in possession of a brandspankin’ new Olympic gold medal. She and her teammates put the exclamation point on winning the gold after beating Canada, 3-2, in a shootout Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in South Korea for the team’s first championship since 1998. There were no tears — not even tears of joy — after the victory. “No, I didn’t cry,” Coyne said. “After our goalie made the final save to solidify the gold medal, I felt a rush through my body I have never felt before. It was an indescribable moment that we have worked our entire lives for.’’ The thrilling victory was finished by a legendary shootout goal by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, who called it an “Oops, I did it again’’ maneuver as she faked a shot, shifted and winged the puck past goalie Shannon Szabados for what turned out to be the winner. “I knew she was going to pull something,” Coyne told reporters after the win. “She is phenomenal in shootouts. She always had something up her sleeve.’’ The victory came 38 years after the Miracle on Ice game, in which the United States men’s hockey team knocked off the Soviet Union in what some consider the greatest hockey game ever. The hot take on the women’s victory is that it is the second-greatest Olympic hockey game ever but there are a lot of people out there who were not born when the men stunned the Russians. So, for many, this stands as the greatest in their lifetime. And Coyne enjoyed every minute of it, as she skated around the ice with the American flag, took a bite of her new medal and went toward the stands to show it off to finance’ Michael Schofield. Later, Schofield was allowed on the ice, and an Associated Press photographer snapped an iconic shot of him lifting Coyne to the heavens. “It’s the best sporting event I’ve ever gone to in my whole life,’’ Schofield Money performances from Kendall Coyne A look at Kendall Coyne’s numbers in five international tournaments the past five years. Year Event Games Goals Assists Points 2014 Olympics 5 2 4 6 2015 IIHP World Championships 5 3 4 7 2016 IIHP World Championships 5 1 2 3 2017 IIHP World Championships 5 5 7 12 2018 Olympics 5 2 1 3 Sandburg graduate Kendall Coyne (left) and teammate Hilary Knight carry the American flag while showing off their gold medals after beating Canada in the finals of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Photos by Jeff Cable/USA Hockey told Deadspin.com. By the way, Schofield, another Sandburg graduate, played in and won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos as a starting offensive lineman in 2016, so he knows a little something about super-sized sporting events. Coyne opened the Olympics with what turned out to be the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over Finland in pool play. The Americans were stopped 2-1 by Canada in pool play, and Coyne scored the lone goal in that contest, scoring within the first 30 seconds of the third period for the first goal of the game. But the Canadians responded with two goals in the final frame to secure the victory. Kendall Coyne takes a shot in the gold medal game.


opprairie.com Sports the orland park prairie | March 1, 2018 | 47 fastbreak Thursday morning quarterback OK, Orland Park — let’s have some fun Saint Xavier Athletics 1st and 3 Sandburg alums making waves 1. Kendall Coyne The forward hockey star scored two goals and added an assist to help the United States women’s hockey team to an Olympic gold medal. 2. Niko Cahue The St. Xavier senior (above) scored a career-high 32 points on senior night in a 101-87 victory over Robert Morris to close out the regular season and added 30 points in a 98-87 upset victory over Trinity International in the CCAC Tournament held Feb. 21. 3. Jake Hanes The Ohio State University redshirt freshman pounded 16 kills for the Buckeyes, ranked fourth in the nation by the coaches, in a three-set loss at No. 9 Lewis University on Thursday, Feb. 22. Jeff Vorva j.vorva@22ndcm.com Too many years ago, I received a copy of The Orland Park Prairie in my mail box and there was a photo of my daughter, Lauren, in the middle of the front page. She even got better play than big-time celebrity Bill Rancic. It was pretty cool. I have been involved in newspapers since 1977 and have seen a lot of things in this racket of journalism, so I don’t get all that excited about a lot of things. But seeing my daughter’s photo on the front was a huge surprise, and it seems like everyone in the world saw it. We really enjoyed it. That was when I realized how special a place 22nd Century Media is. Now I am the new sports editor of The Prairie and The Tinley Junction. I am trying to fill the shoes of Tim Carroll who left this sports hotbed for the sports-barren land of South Bend, Indiana. It won’t be easy to fill this guy’s shoes, but if you have seen the size of my feet... My hope is that my staff and I will be able to bring as much fun and joy to this section as my family felt when we saw Lauren’s photo on the front page. Just a few things to know about me, who will be occupying this page quite a bit for awhile... I live in Orland Park but could walk to Tinley Park. My kids have played sports with the Orland Youth Association and Tinley Park Bulldogs. They are in college now, and both are playing volleyball. I have been married to a wonderful woman, Maggie, for nearly 25 years. Aside from Lauren, we have a 6-foot-8 son, T.J., and when he comes home from college and you see the grocery bill...those are some of the biggest statistics he has put up during his career. And we have a multi-personality shih tzu named Rocky. I have been blessed to have covered a lot of great events in my career. I covered the Cubs for 10 years. I shook hands with Kerry Wood after he struck out 20 Houston batters and Sammy Sosa when he hit milestone home runs. I was in the White Sox locker room after they won the World Series in 2005. I had champagne poured all over me. Yes, I have showered since then. Also, I covered the NBA playoffs in the Jordan- Pippen-Rodman era, the Indianapolis 500, plenty of Bears games and countless A tangle of arms and legs during Sandburg’s sectional match with Marmion is the kind of unusual photo the new sports editor, Jeff Vorva, enjoys. Jeff Vorva/22nd Century Media high school games. For those of your who aren’t old-timers, I covered NBA players Jabari Parker and Anthony Davis when they were in high school. I love telling stories, whether they are about the greatest athletes on the planet or a local kid who hits a game-winning shot. Now for some shameless bragging -- I have won regional and state awards in writing, column writing, headline writing and photography, so I have a great ability in fooling and hoodwinking a lot of judges for a long period of time. My philosophy about running a sports department is simple — be interesting. Thanks to some wise editors that I have had in the past, I have learned to look ahead rather than behind. The paper comes out on Thursday and fans are thinking about the action ahead on Friday and Saturday a little more than the action from something 7-10 days old. I love stories that are unusual. I love stories and photos with emotion. And I love covering athletes who do things that have never been done before at a school or in state. At my last job just last week, I covered a girl from Richards High School who became the first female in the 80-year history of the Illinois High School Association state wrestling meet to win a match. Great stuff! On my first week on this job, Sandburg grad Kendall Coyne won a gold medal in the Olympics and the Southwest Chicago Christian School’s girls basketball team finished a three-year run with a 48-0 record. I also will find a home somewhere in the section for the occasional unique (some might say oddball or goofy) photo. Case-in-point, I found the wrestling gem of arms and legs that is running on this page on my first assignment with this organization. These two papers have done a bang-up job for years covering high school sports, but I am hoping to open the door a little more. Youth sports, adult sports and all that good stuff are fair game. Golfers, bowlers, horseshoe pitchers, senior citizen softball players — I am looking for your stories, too. I will reach out to a lot of people to try to get that stuff but if you want to reach out to me, I am at j.vorva@22ndcm.com. So, let’s all have some fun with this. I am happy to serve you fine readers and can’t wait to get rolling. LISTEN UP “I couldn’t breathe.” Connor Wiegel — Sandburg senior on the hockey team after scoring the game-tying goal against Plainfield with three seconds left in regulation in Illinois West playoff action What 2 Watch Boys and Girls Track — 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5. • Sandburg’s track teams heads to North Central College in Naperville to participate in the Downers Grove South Mustang Relays as more than 30 teams will be in each event. INDEX 44 - Sandburg Hockey 42 - Athlete of the Week Compiled by Sports Editor Jeff Vorva, J.vorva@22ndcm.com.


Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | www.opprairie.com | March 1, 2018 Sandburg graduate Kendall Coyne helps the United States win a gold medal in women’s hockey, Page 46 Kendall Coyne takes a chomp out of her gold medal after the United States beat Canada, 3-2, in a shootout. Jeff Cable/USA Hockey Swimmers at state See how the Eagles did at the IHSA state swim meet, Page 44 Tough enough Sandburg wrestlers fell to Marmion in dual sectional play, Page 45

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