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Come on down, party in town

Orland Park Civic Center plays host to family party

after local appears on ‘Price is Right,’ Page 3

Break down The Prairie looks at

crime related to Orland Park with this week’s

police reports, top stories, Page 9

Inside and out As spring has sprung,

now it’s time to get things done with the 2018

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Area children learn basics of

chess during four-day spring

break program at OPPL, Page 5

Instructor Bennett Joseph teaches children the fundamentals of chess Thursday, March 29, during the final afternoon of a four-day program at the Orland Park Public Library.

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Writers’ Group

7 p.m. April 5, 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-



Candy Creation Challenge

5 p.m. April 6, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Teen can

create things out of candy.

Meet the Artist: Kip Pasta

7 p.m. April 6, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Kip Pasta

is a Chicago native whose

abstract wood sculptures

have been recognized by the

Chicago Artists Coalition.

The simple, linear lines of

each piece translate into an

intricacy that reflects and

complements a space, while

compelling the viewer to become

a subjective observer.

Creative Building Contests

w/ Peppo’s

7:30-10:30 p.m. April 6,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Students

will be challenged in

a paper airplane building

contest, as well as other innovative

building competitions.

Free sandwiches from

Peppo’s and an acoustic music

set by our friend Logan

Miller. This is a free event

for teens in grades 7-12. For

more information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.theb



I Love Dinosaurs

11 a.m. April 7, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Ages 3-7.

Dinosaur stories and activities.

Limit: 20 children.

Super Smash Bros.


1-3 p.m. April 7, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Grades K-8

can battle in this one vs. one

tournament. People can register

to compete, or watch

and cheer.


2 p.m. April 7, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults ages

18 and older can grab their

daubers and join us for coffee

and bingo. No registration

required, but seating is



Magazine Giveaway

Begins at 9 a.m. April

9-13, Orland Park Public

Library, 14921 S. Ravinia

Ave. The library is to celebrate

National Library Week

in the lobby with a magazine

giveaway of last year’s

magazines. No reserves or

requests taken.


Sign Language Classes

April 10-May 29. Cultural

Center, 14760 S. Park Lane,

Room 201. Spend your

Tuesdays learning the art of

American Sign Language.

The eight-day series of

classes will provide a basic

knowledge of sign language.

A family class is taught from

6-7 p.m. (at least one adult

must be registered with

child. Open to children age

5 and older). An adult class

from 7-8 p.m. (16 and older).

Fee is $50 for residents, $80

for non-residents. Registration

info available at (708)


Volun-teens: Let’s Get

Ready for Kindergarten

3:45-5:15 p.m. April 10,

Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Teens

can help with the Getting

Ready for Kindergarten program.

They will be working

with librarians and children

to do crafts and games. Children

ages 4-5 will learn what

to expect from their first day

and some kindergarten basics:

following directions,

motor skills and math concepts.

Parents received a

handout to help practice at



5-6 p.m. April 10, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

find out what makes relationships

with others, family,

friends and boyfriend/

girlfriend meaningful and

happy in order to treat them

with more care and purpose.

This is a free event for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708) 532-

0500 or visit www.thebri


DIY Drop-In: Festive Glass


7 p.m. Tuesday, April

10, Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave.

Adults can create new glass

designs that can be the talk

of the party. All supplies

provided. No registration required

but space is limited.

Priority is given to OPPL



Volun-teens: STEAM

Challengers Jr.

4 p.m. April 11, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Teens will

help children do challenges

in the STEAM Jr. program.

Culinary: Baked Alaska Cake

w/Joliet Junior College

Culinary Arts

4-5:30 p.m. April 11, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

learn to make the classic

dessert, Baked Alaska, an

ice-cream cake covered with

an igloo of meringue. This

is a free event for teens in

grades 7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgeteen


3D Printing (HS Only)

4-6 p.m. April 11, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

learn how to use a 3D printer,

layering material under

computer control to create

virtually any shape. This is a

free event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit



Around the World: French


4-5:30 p.m. April 12, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

learn about French culture

while making crepes to enjoy

together. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit




Microsoft Word Part 2

11:30 a.m. Thursday,

April 12, Orland Park Public

Library, 14921 S. Ravinia

Ave. Patrons can discover

advanced options. Prerequisite:

Microsoft Word Part 1.

Stampede! The Gold Rush

2 p.m. Thursday, April 12,

Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Patrons

can learn about the

Gold Rush from someone

who lived it. Time traveler

Jeannie Wimmer, played

by Martina Mathisen, is to

share the true tales of the

Gold Rush.

Lady - A Women’s Expo

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

April 21, Tinley Park

Convention Center, 18451

Convention Center Drive.

Join 22nd Century Media,

publisher of The Orland

Park Prairie, and Planet

Fitness for the fifth annual

expo. Lady is to welcome

more than 90 vendors, a

cooking demo stage, free

fitness classes, activities

and more. Free admission

and free parking. For more

information, call (708)

326-9170 ext. 16 or visit



Orland Days

May 31-June 3, 153rd

Street Metra station. Orland

Park Lions Club. Special

Kids Day is scheduled for

Thursday, May 31. For more

information, visit www.or


Sandburg Class of 1978

40th Reunion

6-11 p.m. Friday, July

27, Silver Lake Country

Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave.

in Orland Park. Tickets are

$62 and include heavy hors

d’oeuvres, DJ, photographer

and digital memory

book. Cash bar available. To

RSVP and purchase tickets,

visit www.ReunionDB.com.

For more information, email



The Eclectic Collections of


Through April, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave., lobby display

case. Marion Nowakowski

displays her collection

of knickknacks and

keepsakes, from world history

to pop culture mementos

to the photo frames and

soda bottles of yesteryear.

Bookmark Competition

Throughout April, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Youths can

celebrate Children’s Book

Week by entering the bookmark

creation contest. Designs

can be made into a

bookmark. Patrons can pick

up forms in Youth Services

starting April 2. Winner to

be drawn May 7.

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


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Family appears on ‘Price is

Right,’ parties at Civic Center

Bill Jones, Editor

Gennaro Paolella and his mother, Cathy, got all decked out

in “The Price is Right” gear for a viewing party they threw

Thursday, March 29, for an episode of the show on which

they appeared. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

“The Price is Right” typically

may be viewed at home

by retirees, youngsters with

a day off school or adults

playing hooky from work.

Such is its daytime nature.

But Thursday, March

29, it was a show Gennaro

Paolella and his mother,

Cathy, were eager to watch

with a large group of family,

friends and neighbors. It was

a show worth a party at the

Orland Park Civic Center. It

was a show that was, literally,

event viewing.

Such is the case when one

not only appears on a game

show but also wins the illustrious

Showcase Showdown.

It was never Gennaro’s

dream to be on a game show

— he said he does not even

own a television — it was

his mother’s. But when his

mother visited him in January

in San Diego, where he

serves as a pharmacist at the

United States Naval Medical

Center, she came with standby

tickets for a taping. And

Gennaro dutifully put on his

uniform and drove with her

to Los Angeles for the show.

“Luckily, I got picked,”

Gennaro said. “It was such a

great time.”

Mere minutes into the episode,

he was asked to come

out down as part of the first

wave of contestants. The

uniform undoubtedly helped

him stand out from the studio


“I don’t normally wear

my uniform when I’m not

on duty, but my mom said,

‘Today, you’re wearing it,’”

he recalled.

After a few rounds, he

had the closest bid, lost a

chance at a car but hit .90 on

the wheel to find himself in

the Showcase Showdown.

And he won it after his opponent

went over on the estimated

price. Oddly enough,

his prizes include a limo to

and hotel stay in San Diego,

along with a boat, in addition

to a motorized scooter, knife

set and volleyball lessons.

“It was a head-scratcher,

but I just feel so lucky,” he


The hour-long episode

was over in an instant for


“It was so fast,” he said of

the experience.

But Cathy, who was

caught on camera rushing to

the stage to celebrate with

her son, said she will not forget

the experience. She said

just attending a taping was

on her “bucket list,” so when

she heard her son’s name

called she could barely contain


“Oh my God, and they

pronounced his name correctly,”

she exclaimed. “It

was exciting. I was so excited.”

Gennaro said he also got

to chat with host Drew Carey

when the cameras were

not rolling.

“He’s really funny,”

Gennaro said. “He’s just a

really nice person.”

The event back in Orland

Park featured cupcakes from

Créme by Sarah Ashley, an

Orland Park bakery that created

themed flags to fit the

event, as well as flower arrangements

from Sherry’s

Flower Shoppe. But, like a

good studio audience, the

40 or so people who cheered

whenever they saw Gennaro

or Cathy on screen may have

been most important part of

the atmosphere.

“I’m absolutely speechless,”

Gennaro said of the

whole experience.

Cathy added, “It was an

opportunity of a lifetime.

I’m just so excited for him.”




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Palos Orland

League to

advocate for

gun violence


Submitted by League of

Women Voters of Palos


In response to inquiries

from citizens who wish to be

active in working on changing

the violent situation with

guns in American schools

and other public places, the

League of Women Voters

of the Palos Orland Area is

to hold a public meeting at

9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14,

at the Palos Heights Library,

12501 S. 71st Ave.

The featured speaker will

be Mary Klonowski, issues

specialist on gun violence

prevention from the Illinois

League of Women Voters.

Also speaking will be Sara

Knizhnik, organizer for the

Illinois Council Against

Handgun Violence.

The purpose of the meeting

is to hear about pending

legislation that they can

support and learn how to effectively

communicate with

their legislators and other

elected officials to support

the reduction of gun violence

in Illinois.

Coffee is to be served at

9:30 a.m., with the program

to begin promptly at 10 a.m.

This meeting is open to the


The League of Women

Voters of the Palos Orland

Area includes members in

approximately fifteen south

suburbs, such as Orland

Park, Homer Glen, Mokena,

Lockport, Tinley Park,

Frankfort and New Lenox.

Consolidated High School D230 Board of Education

Students recognized for their achievements

Substitute teacher

rates increased by

$10 per day

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

The library at Stagg High

School was packed with

Consolidated High School

District 230 students, surrounded

by their family

members and friends, who

were recognized for various

achievements at the Board

of Education’s March 22


Seniors from all three

high schools who are academically

at the top 1 percent

of their classes were

first to receive recognition.

Stagg Principal Eric Olsen

explained that it is not

an easy feat to achieve a

spot in the top 1 percent in

a class of roughly 600 students,

as only roughly six

students can claim the status.

Orland Park Rotary Club helping to seed futures with leadership event

Rochelle McAuliffe

Freelance Reporter

The Rotary Club of Orland

Park is to host empowerLEADERS

— a morning

of leadership, mentorship

and scholarship — Saturday,

April 14, at Oakton

Community College in Des

Plaines. The event is scheduled

to begin at 8 a.m., and

will include a continental

breakfast, three speakers

and the presentation of

three leadership awards.

Rotary International is

the oldest service organization,

with 1.3 million

members worldwide whose

At Andrew, Yasmeen

Baker, Victoria Belotti,

Samuel Dovgin, Melissa

Richmond and Kyle Roberts

composed the top 1 percent.

At Sandburg, the honor

went to Ibtisam Abdallah,

Caroline Aurelio, Zoe Baker,

Luke Hecht, Kristin Lai,

Jaimie Marines, Zane Mustafa,

Riddhi Patel and Jenna


Department award winners

at each of the district’s

schools were next up to

receive recognition at the

meeting. These students

achieved outstanding accomplishments

in specific

disciplines, according to

Andrew Principal Robert


At Andrew, Matthew

Brescia was recognized for

achievement in the Applied

Technology Department;

Jeanie Molenar, art; Robert

Gaffney, business; Jon Zaghloul,

English; Jacquelyn

Buryj, family and consumer

motto is “service over

self.” The organization was

founded in downtown Chicago

in 1905 and continues

to keep its roots in the Chicago

area, with its headquarters

in Evanston. Since

it became the only humanitarian

organization with the

mission to eradicate polio,

cases went from 200,000 in

the United States annually

just 30 years ago to now

only two worldwide.

Rotary International District

6450 Governor Nominee

debi Ross said that she

cannot compare empowering

the future to eradicating

polio, but the impact is

significant. The idea for the

event was hatched from a

Rotary International event

last June in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ross wanted to incorporate

the pillars of leadership

and networking into

an event to inspire young

minds, and that is how empowerLEADERS

was born.

“When our Rotary International

president talked to

us at our convention about

leadership, mentorship and

fellowship, it inspired in me

an idea that we need to take

that message to people that

could use a lift up or a support

network,” Ross said.

The event will have a

sciences; Victoria Belotti,

math; Zacharry Micek, music;

Samantha Bockstahler,

physical education and

health; MacKenzie Welsh,

social studies; Angela Marquez,

world language; and

Samuel Dovgin, science.

At Sandburg, Caroline

Aurelio was recognized for

achievement in social studies;

Zoe Baker, science;

Riddhi Patel, math; Ryan

Masters, applied technology;

Annina Gagliardi, art;

Griffin Schwartz, business;

Marissa Arrigoni, English;

Kassie Pierson, family and

consumer sciences; Michael

Harms, music; Olivia Beveridge,

physical education;

and Ahmad Abuisneineh,

world languages.

The School Board also

recognized Sandburg junior

Anais Balcazar, who

was invited to the College

Board’s National Hispanic

Academic Recognition Program.

Balcazar was in the

top 2.5 percent of all Hispanic

students who took the

Preliminary SAT/National

Merit Scholarship Qualifying


Sandburg Principal Deb

Baker said she was proud

of the honor this brought to

Balcazar and to Sandburg.

Andrew flutists Cameron

Bilek, Noelle Doody, Lauren

Johnson and Samantha

Warpecha — all juniors —

also received recognition

from the board for their performance

at the Music for

All National Festival March

15-17 in Indianapolis.

Andrew Band Director

Mark Iwinski said it was

amazing to see the group

grow together to be able to

perform without a conductor.

School safety discussions


During each of the School

Board’s committee reports,

board members said school

safety was a large part of

discussions at their respective


Stagg’s Say Something

initiative was also recognized

during the Curriculum

and Instruction Spotlight at

the March 22 meeting, as

the program was a recipient

of the Sandy Hook Promise

Organization’s Say Something

Week Student Spirit,

Creativity and Sustainability


Say Something is a program

that encourages students

and staff to tell someone

if they see something or

are aware of someone’s behavior

that could be harmful

to an individual student or a

larger portion of the school


Staff and students involved

with Say Something

at Stagg said the program is

not just a weeklong initiative

but a part of the culture

at Stagg.

Superintendent James

Gay said the program and

Please see D230, 10

continental breakfast and

will feature a prerecorded

video message of welcome

from Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

The three speakers

— Juliet Riseley, the “First

Lady of Rotary”; Dorrit

Bern, a former president

and CEO; and Talei Thompson,

a leadership and motivational

speaker — aim to

inspire and motivate a new

generation of leaders in the


Mentors, coaches, teachers

and other business and

community leaders can

nominate their protégé for

the leadership award. Protégés

can use the award money

toward tuition, as with a

traditional scholarship, but

the money can also be used

toward professional development

or charity.

“We don’t care about your

GPA; we don’t care about

your service hours,” Ross

explained. “We care about

how you want to change the

world, and we want to give

you some money to help

you do that.”

Tickets are available online

to the public.

To purchase ticket or to

nominate your protégé before

April 7, visit www.em


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Checkmate: OPPL offers chess program for children

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

There is a hierarchy to

chess. The king must be protected

at all costs, while the

queen is, in fact, the most

powerful piece on the board.

Pawns are often overlooked,

but they possess a hidden

strength, both in numbers

and potential.

The Orland Park Public

Library introduced thirdthrough

fifth-graders to this

iconic game of strategy with

a four-day program over

spring vacation. The final

session — held at 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 29 —

found students studying the

masters and developing their

own tactical philosophies to

enjoy the challenge of chess

for years to come.

Instructor Bennett Joseph

— a chess expert in the top

2 percent of players in the

country — ran the course

in a welcoming way, so that

children who were beginners

could ease into the complexities

of chess throughout

each session.

“We start from the absolute

basics on the first day

— names of the pieces, how

they move, what you’re trying

to do in the game — and

we gradually build up to

learning about special situations

that don’t occur every

game but are still important

rules to know,” he said.

Orland Park brothers Matt

St. John, 11, and John Lacny,

8, had never picked up a

piece before the first session,

and they are already playing

nightly games in their home.

“I’ve learned how the

pieces move, and it’s a really

fun game to play,” Matt said.

John has enjoyed the program

so much that he plans

to look for more advanced

courses in the future.

“I liked learning how the

knight moves, jumping over

Instructor Bennett Joseph gives Brian Klimek, of Orland Park, a few tips Thursday, March

29, during the final afternoon of a four-day chess program at the Orland Park Public

Library. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

the other pieces, and how the

queen is the best piece, because

it can move anywhere

but it can’t jump,” he said.

While pawns may not be

as glamorous as knights and

queens, legendary chess player

François-André Danican

Philidor once referred to them

as “the soul of the game.”

“It’s such an important

piece,” Joseph said. “Although

it doesn’t have a lot

of potential in and of itself,

it’s a great defending piece.

It’s great at backing up the

other forces and — something

that the kids were very

excited to learn this week

— when a pawn reaches the

other side of the board, it

promotes. It can become any

piece that it wants, except

the king — even the most

powerful piece in the game:

the queen.”

During the final hour-long

session, Joseph reenacted

a famous game played by

“one of the greatest players

of all time,” Paul Morphy.

Though Morphy competed

in the 1800s, his lessons are

still valuable to this day.

“One of the great things

about chess is that the rules

as we know them have been

established since the 1400s,”

Joseph explained. “We have

a record of these games, so

we can still learn from these

great players.”

Chess is a game of strategy,

so it’s not surprising that

it appeals to mathematical

minds, but its layered qualities

offer fun for everyone.

“Because chess is a bit of

an abstract game, that allows

it to be thought of in multiple

different ways,” Joseph

said. “There’s a competitive

aspect, where you’re facing

off against an opponent, and

there’s also an artistic aspect

that allows players to be

creative. I think it has something

for everyone.”

Orland Park resident Matt St. John advances his pawn.

Orland Park resident Matt St. John (left) gets a high-five from his brother John Lacny after

checkmating his opponent.

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Village’s annual Curbside Spring Clean-Up week of April 16

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

Spring is here, and with

it comes the Village of Orland

Park’s yearly Curbside

Spring Clean-Up.

This year’s collection is

to run from April 16-20 on

residents’ regular garbage

pick-up days.

Residents are to place all

trash and bulk items curbside

by 6 a.m. on their pickup

day and in an orderly


fashion (i.e. bagged, contained

or bundled, with no

loose garbage).

Residents can dispose of

durable goods or household

items like microwaves, furniture,

textiles, carpets, as

well as white goods, including

washers, dryers and refrigerators.

The doors on any

white goods and appliances

should be removed before

being placed at the curb to

prevent children from playing

on or around them.

Items not accepted during

the collection include

electronics (i.e., televisions,

computers, monitors and


Information on electronics

disposal can be found at

the “Refuse, Recycling, Yard

Waste” link on the Village’s

website, under the “Living

in Orland Park” tab.

Hazardous waste (i.e.

paints, oils and solvents)

will not be picked up, nor

will automotive batteries,

gas, asbestos, medical waste.

Also excluded are construction

and demolition materials,

concrete, rock, dirt,

engines or large automotive

parts, or any oversized items

that cannot be placed in a

compactor-type truck.

Automobile tires will be

picked up, provided the rims

have been removed.

If residents have a particularly

large item, they

should try to break it down

into manageable pieces.

The trucks can accommodate

up to 4 feet of material.

Anything longer than 4 feet

needs to be broken down.


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Business Briefs

Kismet to celebrate 41 years

of business

Kismet, 9931 W. 151st St.

in Orland Park, is celebrating

41 years in business. On

Saturday, April 7, it is to sell

gyros for $3 and hot dogs for

$1.50 to celebrate the occasion.

Music Connection to offer

free concert

Jacob Adams, piano faculty

member of The Music

Connection of Orland Park,

is to present a solo piano recital

at 5 p.m. Sunday, April

8, at The Music Connection

of Orland Park, 10751 165th

St. The program will include

works of Mozart, Beethoven

and Gershwin. Admission is

free. For more information,

call (708) 364-7590.

Orland Park Barnes & Noble

honors teachers

Barnes & Noble, 160 Orland

Park Place, recently

announced it is to honor

teachers every weekend in

April. During Educator Appreciation

Days, teachers

can save 25 percent on most

purchases for themselves or

their classrooms.

From 10 a.m.-noon Saturday,

April 14, the store is

to host an Educator Open

House. During the event,

educators can pick a mystery

gift card from $1-$20 (while

supplies last), enjoy a free

pastry from the café and enter

to win a free costume character

visit to their school.

At 2:30 p.m., the store is

to present its My Favorite

Teacher Awards Reception.

There will be six student

finalists who will read the

essays, and the store will

announce the winner at the

end. All participants will

receive certificate,s and refreshments

will be served.

City Barbeque to open

Orland Park location

City Barbeque, citybbq.

com, having opened its first

Illinois location in October

2017 in Berwyn, is to open

its second location in the

Chicago-area market in Orland

Park, scheduled to open

April 23, with a grand opening

celebration on April 28.

Located at 14301 S. La-

Grange Road, this location

will be City Barbeque’s 36th

nationally, with four more

locations to open in the Chicago

area this year.

More than 97 percent of

everything served at City

Barbeque is made in house,

daily. City Barbeque Orland

Tuesday, April 17 th 2018

Doors Open At 5:30 p.m.

Continuing Care of Timberline Knolls

14620 South Lagrange Road

Orland Park, IL 60462

Recovery from Addiction

Presented by: Roseann Rook, CADC

Clinical Addictions Specialist

The definition of addiction will be discussed from different

perspectives and the concept of behavior or process addictions

will be introduced. The main focus will be on what purpose the

addictive behavior serves the person rather than “why” they do it.

We will talk about what recovery really looks like as well as barriers

to treatment. What AA and the 12 steps are and are not will be

touched on and we will end with question and answers.

All registered guests will receive valuable information material, the opportunity to

speak with the presenters and sponsors while enjoying refreshments and will each

receive a ticket for raffle items.

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Advertising Material

Park already won People’s

Choice award at The Bridge

Teen Center’s Chefs’ Auction,

one of Orland Park’s

longest-running charitable

events. The Orland Park location

will be 4,000 square

feet of ‘BBQ-chic’ decor,

utilizing modern fixtures

with weathered barn wood

surrounded by floor-to-ceiling

windows. Indoor seating

will allow for approximately

90 people, and the outdoor

patio is to seat another 40.

Three state-of-the-art smokers

are to run 24 hours a day,

seven days week to ensure

an endless supply of delicious


The Orland Park location

is partnering with All God’s

People, allgodspeoplechica

go.weebly.com, a local ministry

serving the homeless of

Chicago, to donate surplus

food from the restaurant

to feed those in need. City

Barbeque also is committed

to hosting weekly fundraisers

and has partnered with a

different local charity every

day of its opening week in

Orland Park. Each organization

will receive 25 percent

of the sales when a guest

mentions the organization

upon placing an order. On

the day of the grand opening

celebration on April 28, 10

percent of sales from the entire

day will benefit Orland

Park Baseball 4 All, www.


Marquette Bank to offer

free home buyer seminar

Marquette Bank is to host

a free Home Buyer Education

Seminar Saturday, April

28, at the Marquette Bank

located at 15959 108th Ave.

in Orland Park. This seminar

is to cover information about

the mortgage loan process,

various financing options

and requirements, as well as

first time home buyer grant

opportunities. The seminar

is to be held from 9-10 a.m.

and is open to the public.

To register, call (708) 243-


Illinois American Water

conducts annual flushing in

Orland Park

Beginning the week of

April 2, Illinois American

Water was to flush water

mains and hydrants in the

Alpine Heights (Orland

Park) service area. Flushing

is scheduled to continue

throughout the summer.

Illinois American Water

conducts an annual flushing

program of its water distribution

system to help ensure

continued high-quality

water service. Flushing the

water system entails sending

a rapid flow of water through

the water mains. As part of

the flushing program, fire

hydrants are checked and

operated to help ensure fire

protection in the community.

Illinois American Water

is to place signs in neighborhoods

where flushing is

occurring, so residents are

aware of the system work.

While the flushing program

is underway, customers may

experience a slight drop in

water pressure or temporary

water discoloration.

Customers should refrain

from doing laundry during

the time of day the flushing

program is taking place in

or near their neighborhood.

If tap water is discolored, it

is recommended that several

cold-water faucets are allowed

to run for a short time

until the water runs clear.

Using more than one faucet

allows the water to clear


For additional information,

visit www.illinoisam


Note: Dates may fluctuate

due to weather conditions.

Marquette Bank supports

nearly 60 high schools,

including Sandburg

Marquette Bank, a locally-owned


bank, has announced the 57

local high schools selected

for the 2018 Marquette

Bank Education Foundation

Scholarship Program.

The program, started in the

1966-1967 school year, is in

its 52nd year and celebrates

a tradition of providing

scholarships to graduating

seniors from schools in Marquette

Bank’s neighborhood

footprint. Funded by the

Marquette Bank Education

Foundation, scholarships

of $2,500 are awarded to

students continuing their

education who demonstrate

financial need, have an outstanding

record of community

service and maintain at

least a “B” average through

their high school educations.

Since 1967, more than $3.1

million has been awarded to

more than 1,600 Chicagoarea

high school seniors.

Scholarship recipients are

selected by their school’s

principal, guidance counselors

or a principal-appointed

committee, and are recognized

at an awards ceremony.

The scholarship can be

used to cover expenses at

any higher education program,

including four-year

colleges and universities,

community colleges, vocational

training or trade

schools. Students are invited

to apply through their

guidance school office.

Among the Chicago area

schools invited to participate

in the 2018 Marquette

Bank Education Foundation

Scholarship Program is

Sandburg High School.

The Marquette Bank Education

Foundation Scholarship

Program is part of

the Marquette Neighborhood

Commitment, through

which each quarter the bank

focuses on a different area of

need: shelter, hunger, education

and health/wellness.

For more information on the

Marquette Bank Education

Foundation Scholarship Program,

call (888) 254-9500 or

visit www.emarquettebank.


Compiled by Editor Bill Jones,



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Orland Park detectives

trace drug sales back

to Lockport business

Bill Jones, Editor

An Orland

Park police



traced unlawful

drug sales

back to a tobacco


in Lock-



Murad Nassar, 38, of

10714 New England Ave.

in Worth, was charged with

possession of cannabis with

intent to deliver, a Class 3

felony, according to a press




708-326-9170 | 22ndcenturymedia.com

release issued March 26 by

the Orland Park Police Department.

Orland Park police said an

investigation lasting “several

weeks,” concluded at

10:30 a.m. March 23, when

detectives executed a search

warrant at Tobacco Empire,

1051 E. 9th St. in Lockport.

Police reportedly found a

“felony amount” of cannabis

and “numerous” items of

drug paraphernalia.

Orland Park Police Cmdr.

Tony Farrell said the cannabis

weighed approximately

2 ounces, but a final weight

is to be determined by the

crime lab. Police also found

12 THC oil cartridges, a

blunt splitter and grinder,

Farrell added. The business

also reportedly had “numerous”

assorted cannabis

smoking pipes inside it.

Cash proceeds totalling

$2,333.50 were seized from

the business, according to

the release.

Nassar reportedly was

transported to Will County

Jail, pending his bond hearing.

OP police reportedly found more than

a pound of pot inside Tinley home

Bill Jones, Editor


Park police


found cannabis


more than 1.5

pounds inside

of a Tinley Siedlecki

Park home

when they executed a search

warrant at the conclusion of

a drug sale investigation.

Jacob D. Siedlecki, 19, of

7754 W. 167th St. in Tinley

Park, was charged with one

count each of possession of

cannabis with intent to deliver,

a Class 2 felony, and

possession of drug paraphernalia,

a Class A misdemeanor,

according to a press

release issued March 29 by

the Orland Park Police Department.

Police conducted an investigation

lasting “several

days,” concluding March 28

when detectives executed a

search warrant at the home,

according to the press release.

Working with Tinley

Park police, they reportedly

discovered a “felony

amount” of cannabis, as well

as “numerous” items of drug

paraphernalia, including

scales, packaging equipment

and smoking pipes. Cash

proceeds also were seized,

police said.

While the final weight of

the cannabis is to be determined

by a crime lab, Orland

Park Police Cmdr. Tony

Farrell said the preliminary

weight was between 1.5

and 1.75 pounds. Police

also seized $470 in cash, he


Siedlecki was held in Orland

Park until a bond hearing

scheduled for March 29

at the Cook County Courthouse

for the Fifth Municipal

District in Bridgeview.



Police Reports

Man hit with felony charge after

allegedly taking merch from toy store

Lavell Robinson, 40, of

12425 Meadow Lane in Blue

Island, was charged March

14 with felony retail theft after

he allegedly tried to take

25 items valued at a total of

$190.78 from a toy store on

Orland Square Drive. He

pushed the shopping cart

with the items through a

checkout lane with no cashier

and left the store without

paying for the items, police

said. He got into a 2015

Chevrolet Impala with two

other individuals, which left

Police: Gunshot victim found in

parkway likely result of suicide

Bill Jones, Editor


the scene but was stopped

on Orland Square Drive, according

to the report. He had

a prior conviction for retail

theft, leading to the felony

charge, police said.

March 13

• Tremayne Jamison, 46, of

498 23rd Ave. in Gary, Indiana,

was charged with retail

theft after he allegedly tried

to take six speakers valued at

a total of $587.94 from a grocery

store in the 9300 block

of 159th Street. He took the

A body found in an Orland

Park parkway likely was the

result of a suicide, according

to police.

Officers responded around

12:51 p.m. March 25 to a report

of a gunshot victim in the

area of 17800 Bernard Drive,

according to a press release issued

March 26 by the Orland

Park Police Department.

Police reportedly arrived

to find a 67-year-old male,

deceased in the parkway.

A preliminary investigated

suggests the gunshot wound

was self-inflicted.

The Cook County Medical

Examiner’s Office conducted

an autopsy March



The Orland Park Prairie


708.326.9170 ext. 17 d.anderson@22ndcenturymedia.com

speakers, walked out without

paying for them, and fled

the scene, according to the

report. He was stopped and

arrested inside of a fast food

restaurant in the 9200 block

of 159th Street, police said.

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.

26 and gave a preliminary

report citing the cause of

death as suicide, but a final

autopsy report is pending,

according to the release. The

daily case ledger for the Office

of the Medical Examiner

confirmed that information.

The weapon was located,

and there is no threat to public

safety, police added.

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Substitute pay rates raised

The School Board voted

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to increase substitute teacher

pay rates from $95 a day

to $105 a day, effective July


Assistant Superintendent

for Business Services John

Lavelle said the district

surveyed 11 surrounding

school districts for their

substitute pay rates, and

$110 per day was the average.

Lavelle said the district

is at a shortage of substitute

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Orland Park resident

This is Cobe. He is a

3-year-old cocker spaniel

and is king of the house.

He loves to howl when

he’s hungry and enjoys

teasing the cat.

Do you want to see your pet

pictured as Orland Park’s Pet

of the Week? Send your pet’s

photo and a few sentences

explaining why your pet is

outstanding to Editor Bill

Jones at bill@opprairie.com.

Photo Op

This week’s Photo Op

came from Linda Marie

Chenore, of Orland

Park. She sent it late

last year with the note,

“The great weather

has everyone out and

about! What a beautiful

day — just stopped by

and introduced myself to

Stanley Niec. Took this

picture on Ravinia Drive

at 153rd Street. It moved

me. Stanley knows how

to get out and enjoy a

great day! Thank you for

your service Stanley!”

Have you captured something

unique, interesting, beautiful

or just plain fun on camera?

Submit a photo for “Photo

Op” by emailing it to bill@

opprairie.com, or mailing it

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The Orland Park Prairie’s

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What is one essential you

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One essential I must have

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One thing people don’t

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She always finds time for


What do you keep under

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I keep my Halloween candy

under my bed.

What’s your favorite class

and why?

My favorite class is science,

because I love to do

experiments and learn about


What extracurricular(s) do

you wish your school had?

I wish my school had a

track team, because it would

be a fun thing to do with


If you could change one thing

about school, what would

it be?

If I could change on thing

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that we would have honors


What’s your best memory

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My best memory from

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School News

Moraine Valley Community College

Orland Park student wins gold at speech


The Moraine Valley Community College

speech team took home the gold from the

Phi Rho Pi Region IV Speech and Debate

regional tournament.

Schools competing in the tournament,

hosted at Moraine Valley, were from Illinois,

Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota,

Ohio and Wisconsin.

Among those awarded gold medals at the

event was team captain Haley Carrero, of

Orland Park, for Prose Interpretation.

Columbia College Chicago

Student from Orland Park named to dean’s


Mitch Phillip Manning, of Orland Park,

recently was named to the dean’s list for the

fall 2017 term at Columbia College Chicago.

He earned a 3.81 grade point average on a

4.0 scale to earn the honor.

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Orland Park student claims associate’s degree

Maggie Kerrigan, of Orland Park, graduated

with an Associate of Applied Science

in chiropractic technology from Palmer College

of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, on

Feb. 23, 2018.

Trinity Christian College

Orland Parker earns place on dean’s list

Jeremy Slager, of Orland Park, recently

was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester

at Trinity Christian College. The

honor is reserved for students who have

achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average

over the course of the semester.

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Officer, telecommunicator honored

as ‘heroes’

Two people who are tasked with

protecting and serving Mokena

were recognized March 26 at the

Mokena Village Board meeting for

their recent life-saving actions.

Mokena Police Officer Stephen

Chlebek and Laraway Communications

Center telecommunicator

Cindy Wilson were honored by

Mokena Police Chief Steve Vaccaro

and the Village Board for their

heroic efforts.

On Jan. 24, Vaccaro said Mokena

police responded to a call of an

alleged possible heroin overdose.

Chlebek, a 15-year veteran of the

Mokena Police Department, trains

fellow officers on how to use naloxone,

a nasal spray used to treat

narcotic overdoses. Vaccaro said

Chlebek immediately administered

a dose of naloxone to the woman,

but the first dose did not yield any


“He administered a second dose,

and she started to come around,”

Vaccaro said. “Between that time

and the time the Frankfort Fire Protection

District arrived, he kept her

awake by talking to her.”

Meanwhile, on Jan. 29, Wilson

received a 911 call from a Mokena

woman, Claire Vaccaro.

“Claire was frantic, because her

6-month-old, Joey, was not breathing,”

Chief Vaccaro said. “I’ve

listened to the tape, and I was

brought to tears by the way that

Cindy calmed down Claire and instructed

her in infancy CPR, giving

her explicit, precise instructions on

where to put her fingers … to do

chest compressions.”

Vaccaro said Mokena fire personnel

arrived and continued CPR on

the baby until they were able to get

the baby to Silver Cross Hospital.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

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East softball aims for continued

track record of success

If you had to narrow down the

descriptors of the Lincoln-Way

East softball team to just one word,

it would not be too difficult. One

option that would quickly rise to

the top? Winners.

While the program has only been

around since 2001, Griffins softball

teams have made the state series

four times — including a Class 2A

state championship in the spring of


But recently, the Griffins’ stretch

of dominance is even more pronounced.

Since Elizabeth Hyland

has taken over as head coach, starting

with the 2012 season, the Griffins

have gone 158-41 — a .794

winning percentage. In the last four

seasons, the Griffins have won four

straight regional and sectional titles.

In 2014, the Griffins finished fourth

in the state in Class 4A. In 2015,

they finished second.

Last year, the Griffins finished

second again in Class 4A — losing

1-0 to Oak Park River Forest in the

state final, ending the year with a

30-4 record. It is a run of excellence

that is dumbfounding.

But Hyland said this year’s team

is ready to take that success one step


“They are strong-willed,” Hyland

said of her team. “They are aware

of and understand what happened

last year, and they know it’s a new

year this year. But I think they want

nothing but to get that [first-place]


Returning in 2018 to try and

lead the Griffins to the promised

land is senior pitcher Alex Storako,

who tossed 178.1 innings last season

with a miniscule 0.864 earned

run average. Storako also had 289

strikeouts en route to a 22-3 record.

Storako was no slouch in the batter’s

box either, as she hit .418 with

four home runs and 35 runs batted


Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

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Tinley Park resident cashes in on

‘Wheel of Fortune’

Believe it or not, Donna Mason

is not the first member of her

immediate family to appear on

“Wheel of Fortune.”

A loyal viewer of the nationally

syndicated game show for the past

35 years, Donna said her two sons,

Terrence and Timothy, now 38 and

39-years-old were “raised with the

wheel” as a way to improve spelling

and English skills.

In 2002, then 22-year-old Terrence

was one of 10 raffle ticket

winners chosen for an episode from

the audience at a Navy Pier taping

— a birthday outing from son

to mom, Donna said. Fifteen years

later, the part-time greeting card

stocker and wedding planner would

finally get her “experience of a lifetime,”

winning $32,630 in cash and

prizes, including a Nissan Versa.

“It was something I will never forget

in my life,” Donna said March

28, a day after her episode debuted

on television. “They treated us like

we were royalty, like movie stars,

just beyond belief. The makeup

people, hairdressers, anything we

wanted to eat or drink; I just can’t

tell you — it was something.”

It all started back in 2016, when

Wheelmobile came to Rosemont.

Donna — an avid enjoyer of crossword

puzzles, word games and

hangman as a child — was called

in the first hour of the first day but

then had to wait 14 months before

receiving an invitation for a taping

in Culver City, California.

“It goes so fast,” Donna said.

“They tell you it’s the fastest 22

minutes of your life.”

Reporting by Editor, Cody Mroczka.

For more visit TinleyJunction.com.


Spencer Pointe student goes above

and beyond for food drive

For most participants in food

drives, it starts — and sometimes

ends — with finding items in his or

her own house’s pantry.

That is how it began for Spencer

Pointe student Logan McKoin

when all of the New Lenox School

District 122 schools participated

in the local police department’s

Cops Care food drive from Feb.

26-March 23. But after that, McKoin

knew there was more he could


After raising roughly $75 from

friends and family, along with

asking his dad to bring in a box

to work for his co-workers to fill,

the 30 items with which he started

from his own pantry ballooned

to roughly 230 by the end of his

monthlong mission to help others.

When asked why he was so involved

in Cops Care, the answer

was simple.

“[I wanted to do this] so people

won’t starve,” McKoin said.

McKoin’s mom, Liza, added, “I

figured it was good for him to learn

to give back at a young age, because

we do live in neighborhood

that’s very fortunate. I think a lot of

times the kids don’t really see that.

“It’s hard for Logan to notice. He

goes to any friends’ or neighbors’

houses, and you go in their pantry,

and there’s always a ton of food in

there. My husband grew up in a

home that had a single mom, and

they didn’t have much. I feel like

that’s a good lesson for him to understand

that he should appreciate

everything he does have.”

Reporting by James Sanchez, Editor.

For more, visit NewLenoxPatriot.com.


Homer Glen teenager receives

appointment to Air Force Academy

When Jake Cooley was just a

freshman, he began to think of the

possibility of taking a different path

than most people after high school.

During his junior year at the Illinois

Mathematics and Science

Academy, like most students his

age, he began to seriously consider

his options for college, but Cooley

seemed to be leaning toward the

same option as two years earlier.

On March 9, he received a phone

call for which he had been waiting

since November of last year.

In three months, the 18-year-old

Homer Glen resident is to begin

his journey as a cadet at the United

States Air Force Academy in Colorado

Springs, Colorado.

“I’m pretty excited,” Cooley

said. “I know some people would

think I was nervous or like going

out to Colorado to have people

yelling in your face and stuff. I feel

like for most people that’s probably

not super exciting. But I think it’s

going to be a lot of fun. It’s going

to be hard, don’t get me wrong,

but I’m excited to start my journey


Last September, Cooley had the

opportunity to spend four days at

the academy to shadow a cadet. It

only confirmed that he could see

himself there in the near future.

“I really loved it out there,” he

said. “It was beautiful, and the

people were pretty awesome. So,

I figured that this is probably the

place for me.”

Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach,

Assistant Editor. For more visit



Local family designs necklace in

late mother’s honor

In March 2017, Laura Manikas

told her husband, George Sr.,

and children Stephanie, Emily

and George Jr., “If you remember

anything I’ve taught you, remember

this: Live your life in truth and

with joy; if you do this, you will

live a beautiful life.”

Laura, whose family lives in

Lockport, was battling a cancer

called soft tissue sarcoma, and she

was home on hospice care with

her family surrounding her a few

days before she died March 11 —

roughly eight months after she was


Her family wanted to keep her

legacy alive and have since then

worked to design a necklace with

the two words by which their

mother encouraged them to live:

truth and joy.

“The main drive in these necklaces

were, you know, this is a

woman who put nothing but good

and happiness into the world,”

Stephanie said. “How are we going

to keep her legacy, and how are we

going to prevent this from happening

to other families? And we just

kept reflecting on what she had told

my brother, dad, sister and I on her

first day of hospice.”

In the past few months of selling

the $60 necklaces, the family

has raised $3,000 that will be donated

to the Sarcoma Foundation

of America.

If anyone is interested in purchasing

a necklace, they can email steph

manikas391@gmail.com. They can

be shipped anywhere in the United

States and internationally.

Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit


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Weathering the Storm

Severe weather preparedness

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The Orland Park Police Department posted

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Contributing Columnist

Plan, practice,

monitor and act

One week each

year is selected as

Severe Weather

Preparedness Week. Severe

weather preparedness week

in Illinois this year was

March 4-10.

Preparing for severe

weather should not be limited

to one week each year.

There is no time like the

present to plan and prepare

for potential severe weather

events. Below is a framework

and suggestions for

preparing your family and

business for severe weather.

Ensure that you have

weather safety procedures

at home, work, school,

on the road and anywhere

else that may be impacted

by severe weather. Decision

makers and overseers

of large groups of people

should review preparedness

plans and ensure they

have a means to monitor

the weather and shelter individuals,

if severe weather


The preparedness framework

for severe weather is

“Plan, Practice, Monitor

and Act.”

Plan at home, work,

school and for outdoor

activities. Identify safe areas,

have a disaster kit and

know how to stay weather


Practice! Practice! Practice!

Know your plan, and

practice it often.

Monitor the weather.

There are multiple ways to

receive weather warnings,

which include but are not

limited to television, radio,

NOAA Weather Radio,

notification on your cellphone,

phone apps, etc.

Activate your plan when

severe weather threatens.

Three basic things that

should be known by the

occupants of every home or

business are as follows.

1. Where to go if severe

weather threatens. Find a

safe interior room, preferably

on the lowest level of

the building, and let everyone

know that’s where they

should go during severe


2. How to get in touch

(communicate). Know how

to reach one another after a

disaster strikes.

3. Choose a “Meet Up

Spot.” Have a standard

meeting spot after the

severe weather has passed

that everyone knows. This

will help determine if anyone

is missing.

Severe storms in Illinois

are most probably in spring

and summer (April through

June) but can happen any

time of year. The most

probable time of day for

tornadoes is 3-10 p.m. but

can occur at any time.

Tornado safety

At home: Go to the basement

and under a stairwell

or heavy piece of furniture.

If your home does not have

a basement, go to an interior

closet, hall or bathroom

on the lowest floor, away

from windows. Put as many

walls between you and the

outside as possible.

At schools, hospitals

and office buildings: Go

to small interior rooms or

interior halls on the lowest

floors. Avoid long corridors

with windows and large

open areas with free span

roofs, such as gymnasiums.

At shopping centers: Go

to bathrooms and small

interior spaces, and avoid

large open areas and glass.

In a mobile home:

Abandon the mobile home

and vehicles for a nearby

enforced building. Lie flat

in a ditch as a last resort.

In a vehicle: Do not seek

shelter under an overpass or

attempt to outrun a tornado

in your vehicle.

Lightning safety

Reports say 64 percent of

lightning fatalities happen

during outdoor activities,

namely boating, swimming

and other sports.

If you hear thunder,

lightning is close enough to

strike you. Lightning can

strike up to 20 miles from a

cloud. If you see lightning

and hear the thunder less

than 5 seconds later, the

lightning was less than one

mile away.

Seek shelter indoors

when storms approach;

there is no safe spot

outdoors during a thunderstorm.

A closed, hard-top metal

vehicle is safe in a storm.

March weather review

The weather in March

was fairly quiet, with

slightly below-normal temperatures,


snowfall and below-normal

precipitation. A minor snow

event occurred March 13

with New Lenox reporting

1.5 inches of snow and

Lockport 1 inch. A major

snow event missed our area

to the south March 24, with

portions of Central Illinois

receiving nearly a foot of

snow and no snow being

reported in our area. For the

winter season, through the

end of March, our seasonal

snow total was roughly 2

inches below normal.

The Weather for April and


The forecast from the

National Centers for Environmental

Prediction calls

for near-normal temperatures

and near-normal precipitation

for April. NCEP

also is predicting abovenormal

temperatures and

above-normal precipitation

for May and June.

Mark T. Carroll is the president

of CALM Weather LLC, a meteorological

consulting service

based in Oak Forest. For more

information, visit calmwx.com.

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Hunting with rabbits

Village of Orland Park’s annual

Egg Hunt comes to Centennial Park

once again, Page 22

Setting the table for

something new Orland Park’s

Tradycja mixes Polish comfort food with

modern take on cuisine, Page 25

Orland Park Crossing gets stores

involved in shopping centerwide

Easter event, Page 21

Haley Reiher, of

Talbots, hands

out eggs March

25 to J.D. Roepke,

Kiley Grabowsky

and Jacob Roepke

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Pastor Column

You raise me up

The Rev. Michael Foley

Our Lady of the Woods

There is a song originally

performed by Secret

Garden and made

popular by Josh Groban. The

song is called “You Raise

Me Up,” and while I am not

sure of the specific etymology

of the words, the song

does borrow on scriptural

images that are appropriate

as an Easter meditation.

For most of us in the

Christian tradition, this is

the Easter season. I would

like to offer the refrain as a

reflection of how Christians

understand Jesus and the

power of his resurrection.

Each of the stanzas reflect

an image of Jesus found in

the Gospel and the grace he

offers to all.

“You raise me up, so I can

stand on mountains

You raise me up to walk

on stormy seas

I am strong when I am on

your shoulders

You raise me up to more

than I can be.”

“You raise me up so I can

stand on mountains.”

In the Gospel account,

Jesus takes three of his beloved

disciples with him to

a high mountain, where they

encounter his glory. This is

simply another example of

mountain imagery found in

the Bible.

It is on a mountain that

Moses receives the Covenant.

It is on a mountain that

Elisha witnesses the power

of God, as Elijah is taken

up to the heavens. The Holy

City is built upon Mount

Zion to reflect the presence

of God. All of this is grace.

“You raise me up to walk

on stormy seas.”

In the Gospel of Matthew,

Jesus calls the disciple Peter

to walk upon the water in the

midst of a storm. As long as

Peter is focused on Jesus, he

does fine. When he becomes

more aware of his surroundings

and begins to doubt, he

falters. When Jesus reaches

out to him, he is saved.

“I am strong, when I am

on your shoulders.’”

One of the most comforting

images in the Christian

scriptures is the image of the

Good shepherd. Jesus carries

the one who was lost upon his

shoulders, and in that action

there is peace and security.

“You raise me up to more

than I can be.”

For Christians, the story of

the resurrection is not simple

an event from 2,000 years

ago. In accepting Christ into

our lives, we are raised up.

We were blind but now we

see. We were lost but now

are found. We were dead to

sin but now alive in Christ.

This is why in many

Christian traditions, including

my own, Easter is when

so many are baptized. We

celebrate new life in Christ.

Of course, I recognize that

many who read this column

are of different faiths. Some

have no specific faith. I find it

helpful to learn of other traditions.

It is helpful, I think, for

others to learn of ours.

Christianity is not simply a

set of rules, or a community

of liturgical traditions. It is

not a set a moral precepts.

All of these may be present.

At its heart, it is about

a relationship with Jesus

Christ, who raises us up.

The opinions of this column are

those of the writer. They do not

necessarily reflect those of The

Orland Park Prairie.


Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th

Ave., Orland Park)


5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m.,

9:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays.

Sunday School and Bible

study during the 9:30 a.m.


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.

Veterans Voices

7 p.m. every third Tuesday

of the month. This is a

group for veterans. For more

information, contact Darryl

Wertheim at (708) 923-0021

or Darryl.wertheim@gmail.


St. Michael Church (14327 Highland Ave.,

Orland Park)

Showers of Fashions

Noon-3 p.m. Thursday,

April 19, at Orland Chateau,

14500 S. LaGrange Road.

Luncheon will be served

and Chico’s of Orland Park

will be providing the latest

spring and summer fashions.

Tickets are $45 and can

be purchased in the parish

office, or contact Mary at

(708) 349-5407 or Paulette

at (708) 460-6535.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

(15050 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Religious Education Program:

New Family Registration

New family Registration

begins June 4. Families

can register their children

in Grades 1-8 for the religious

education classes

that begin in September.

Parents should bring child’s

baptism certificate. Stop

by the RE Office at the

St. Francis Center (on the

hill). Registration will take

place between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday-Thursday. Afterhours

appointments will be

available by appointment.

For more information, call

(708) 460-0155 or visit


Living in the Light Workshop

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,

April 14, at the St. Francis

Center (up on the hill).

People can listen to Janene

Ternes, founder of Prayer

in Motion, as she guides the

crowd towards a more intimate

connection with God.

For more information, contact

Sue at (708) 969-4898.

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Calvary Church (16100 S. 104th Ave.,

Orland Park)

Men’s Barnabas Bible Study

7-8:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Study various books written

by Christian authors.

Coffee and light refreshments

are served. For more

In Memoriam

James Floyd

James Patrick

“Pat” Floyd, 70,

of Orland Park, died March


He was a United States

Army veteran who served

during the Vietnam War.

Husband for 35 years to

Margaret “Robin”; father of

Jim (Jamie) and Matt (fianceé

Caitlin); grandfather of

Quinn and Linda; brother of

Gary (late Patricia), Mickey

(Chuck) Gibbons, Rose

(Bill) Nelsen, Richard (Laura),

Neal (Joanne), Peggy

(Gary) Fuit, Jeff (Karin),

Cathy (Ken) Roby and the

late Adelle (Bob) Bemis;

and uncle of many nieces

and nephews.

Visitation was held at

Colonial Chapel. A Funeral

Mass was held at St. Julie

Billiart Church. Interment

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

information, email info@


Sunday Services

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

Ashburn Baptist Church (153rd Street and

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Bible Study

9:45 a.m.

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.

Presbyterian Church in Orland Park

(13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-


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

Tuesdays of the month

Hope Covenant Church (14401 West Ave.,

Orland Park


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)

Michael Janisch

Michael J.

Janisch, 88, of Orland Park,

died March 25.

He was a United States

Army veteran who served

during the Korean War.

Husband for 60 years

to Juanita; father of Karen

Janisch and Linda Janisch;

brother of the late Frank

(Stella) and the late Ann (late

John) Valentine; brother-inlaw

of Evelyn (John) Ruff

Eucharistic Adoration

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

The church invites all to

spend some quiet time with

the Lord. Eucharistic adoration

will be held in the Day

Chapel. First hour is vocal

prayer, followed by silence.

For more information, contact

the front office at (708)


Standing Stone Church (Robert Davidson

Center, 14700 Park Lane, Orland Park)

Sunday Services

9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church (9300

W. 167th St., Orland Hills)

H.O.P.E. Employment

Support Ministry

7 p.m. first Tuesday of

the month in the Parish

Hall. Helpful Outreach for

People seeking Employment

welcomes all faiths and denominations

and offers support,

fellowship, guidance

and information for the employed,

unemployed or those

in a career transition. Every

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

a guest speaker to support

those in transition. For

more information, call (708)


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


and the late David Marshall;

and uncle of many nieces

and nephews.

Visitation and a funeral

service were held at Colonial

Chapel. Interment Abraham

Lincoln National Cemetery.

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 | April 5, 2018 | 21

Hopping around Orland Park Crossing

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

With spring in the air

and Easter right around the

corner, this past month was

packed with community

events to celebrate.

Among them, Orland

Park Crossing was flooded

March 25 with children and

their families for its Easter


Many local families enjoyed

a sunny and brisk afternoon

at the shopping center,

where they were invited

to hop around to the various

stores to collect Easter

treats. Each child received a

free Easter pail, while supplies

lasted, to use as they

went store to store.

The shopping center

has hosted an Easter event

for the past several years

and continues to grow and

change the event from year

to year. This year, Anthony’s

Coal Fired Pizza served

food, and a balloonist and

face painter were present,

as well as the Easter bunny,

who was available for photos.

“We try to mix it up with

different stuff,” said Kevin

Bingham, property manager

at Edwards Realty Co.,

which owns Orland Park

Crossing. “And we try to

get the businesses involved.

... Each year, we change it

up a little and always try

to look at what worked and

what didn’t work the last


Roughly 10 businesses

within the shopping center

participated in the event,

and more than 300 families

were estimated to be in attendance,

said Taylor Blagrave,

marketing manager

at Edwards Realty.

“Any time we have an

event here, it’s really to increase

the foot traffic and

“Part of why I wanted to open the

shop was because I wanted to be

more in the community. We want

to show people that we provide

really good quality cupcakes but

also have a special effort to help

the community.”

Matt Hackney — Owner of Orland Park’s Smallcakes

location, on getting involved with Orland

Park Crossing’s Easter event

awareness for the businesses,”

Blagrave said. “We

also want people to know

the shopping center is community


For the businesses, the

event was an opportunity

to bring attention to their

shops while also giving

back to the local community.

Smallcakes celebrated

its one-year anniversary the

day before the event, and

owner Matt Hackney said

he was excited to continue

celebrating by opening the

doors to the community for

the Easter event.

Smallcakes not only hosted

the balloonist but also

gave away mini cupcakes

and ice cream samples.

Previously a corporate

banker, part of Hackney’s

drive to open Smallcakes

one year ago was to be a

part of a local business that

was a involved in the community

and strived to give

back. The events the shopping

center hosts provide

the perfect opportunities for

Hackney and the company

to do just that.

“Part of why I wanted to

open the shop was because

I wanted to be more in the

community,” he said. “We

Donna Chlumsky paints a unicorn and rainbow on the face of Sareen Hassan March 25

during Orland Park Crossing’s Easter event. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Easter pails awaited children during the Orland Park Crossing event.

want to show people that we

provide really good quality

cupcakes but also have

a special effort to help the

community. ... We’re more

than just a bakery; we love

to give back. Our business

model is based on supporting

the community.”

Attendees said they enjoyed

the opportunity to

get out with their children

and grandchildren for a fun

community event. Among

them, Orland Park residents

Trish and Al Samuelson

were excited to be sharing

the weekend with their

22-month-old granddaughter

Alice Okichich, whose

parents were moving to Orland

Park over the weekend.

“I didn’t expect this many

people to be here,” Trish

said. “It’s nice to get everyone

out, and it’s a nice day.

... We like to do any of the

kids’ things with her, especially

around the holidays.”

Friends Deborah Geghen,

an Orland Park resident,

and Debbie Janet, a Homer

Glen resident, came to the

event together with their

children, who are friends

from school.

“We thought we’d try to

find an egg hunt or something

to do with them on a

Sunday,” Geghen said.

Waiting in line to see the

balloonist at Smallcakes,

Gaven, 7, and Grace Geghen,

5, along with Nathan

Janet, 5, explored the prizes

they received from the other

businesses they visited while

their mothers were chatting.

“My favorite part is the

candy,” Nathan said.

22 | April 5, 2018 | The orland park prairie Life & Arts


A hoppin’ good time

Children take to Centennial Park for Hippity Hop

Bunny Stop Easter Egg Hunt

Orland Park resident Emily Oria places an egg in her basket.

Orland Park residents Alison and Declan Weglewski arrive March 24 at the Hippity Hop

Bunny Stop Easter Egg Hunt at Centennial Park. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

ABOVE: Nolan

(left) and Parker

Watters, of

Lockport, check

their eggs for


ABOVE: The Easter

Bunny waves to

families on their way

to the egg hunt.

LEFT: Monica

Spychalski, of

Homer Glen, had a

successful first egg


LEFT: Noah (left)

and Hannah

Wikel, of

Mokena, show

off their baskets

full of eggs.

opprairie.com Life & Arts

the orland park prairie | April 5, 2018 | 23

Knowledge and Prayer

series announces next event

OPPL to present reptile

show for children

Submitted by Multi-Parish

Respect Life Ministries

The Little Sisters of the

Poor have lovingly served the

Chicagoland area for more

than 140 years and currently

work in more than 30 countries.

They are an inspiration

in care for the elderly and

can teach us much about understanding

the needs of the

Local DAR group to recognize artist, students

Submitted by Founders

Crossing DAR

Resident Poet

Susanne Cabrini Marie

Orland Park Resident

elderly — even in our own

families. Come hear their inspiring

story and learn valuable

lessons about care and

nurturing of our seniors.

Sister Beatrice from the

Little Sisters of the Poor is to

speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April

16, at St. Bernard, 13030 W.

143rd St. In Homer Glen.

Families and friends welcome.

Hospitality to follow

At 10 a.m. Saturday, April

14, at the Orland Park History

Museum, Founders

Crossing Chapter National

Society Daughters of the

American Revolution are to

recognize successful high

school students and an Orland

Park artist.

Carrie S. Carlson, distinguished

as artist in residence

at the Orland Grassland, is

to receive the DAR Women

in the Arts Award. Nominated

by the chapter for her

dedication to art representing

nature, Carlson also has

distinguished herself as an

educator. The program is to

highlight the conservation of

local species, also an interest

of the Daughters of the

American Revolution.

During the meeting, several

of the local high school

seniors chosen to be recognized

for the DAR Good

Citizens Award will be honored.

Guests are welcome to

attend this meeting.

The Orland Park History

Museum is located at 14415

Beacon Ave. in Orland Park.

The Daughters of the

‘Easter Song’

This Easter time, Christ

shows The Way, to grace

and peace and light.

He died but now is risen,

and there will be no more


Rejoice dear ones, rejoice

and sing, to Our Risen Lord!

The Word Made Flesh conquered

death and wiped sin

from the world!

the presentation.

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 in Homer


American Revolution is a

service organization established

in 1890. Membership

is based upon a proven lineal

descent from a person

who fought in the American

Revolutionary War. Women

18 years and older are eligible

for membership, without

regard to race, religion or


For information about

DAR in general, or Founders

Crossing Chapter, contact

Chapter Regent Christina

Bannon at (815) 524-4488

or Chapter Registrar Susan

Snow at (708) 751-5154.

Jesus gave His life for us as

a Lamb, Our Sacrifice,

To atone for sins, no other

way could possibly suffice!

Hosanna, Alleluia, let our

voices pierce the sky!

We cannot thank Our God

enough; but, let’s give it a


Happy Easter

Submitted by Orland Park

Public Library

Orland Park Public Library

is to host Bubba — the

8-foot-long, more than 200

pound alligator — at 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 14, and his

caregiver and animal rescuer

Jim Nesci.

Bubba is the only alligator

in North America who can

take and respond to commands

from his trainer, according

to Nesci. Bubba was

a rescue from the Chicago


Nesci is to visit the library

to show children the proper

way to handle animals, with

attention to detail while

creating a positive learning

environment. Library

patrons interested in seeing

the alligator, snakes, lizards

and a tortoise should bring

their children. Nesci uses

his guidance and expertise to

explore the world of reptiles.

Children will learn many unknown

facts about this misunderstood

and little known

world of creatures. The main

message of this presentation

is to conserve and protect

reptiles, understanding the

importance of reptiles in the

natural world.

Patrons interested in

learning more about the library

are encouraged to call

the library at (708) 428-5100

or visit the Library at 14921

Ravinia Ave.

Village’s History Museum to debut

‘Worship in Orland’ exhibit April 7

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

Area residents can explore

the rich history of Orland

Park’s houses of worship,

dating back to the Village’s

early settlers in the mid-

1800s, with the Village of

Orland Park History Museum’s

newest exhibit, “Worship

in Orland.”

The exhibit is to open

from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,

April 7, at the museum,

14415 Beacon Ave.

Light refreshments will be

served. The exhibit is free

and is to run until September.

Guests will learn about

Orland Park’s first churches,

starting with the English

Settlement Church and the

Goodings Grove Church, according

to Village officials.

“Worship in Orland” also

is to feature Orland Park

churches in 2018, reflecting

the different religions represented

within the village.

The young but growing

community was filled with

European immigrants, mostly

from England and Germany.

The exhibit is to explore

the roots of the Village’s

early Lutheran Church, the

Methodist Church Twin

Towers, St. Michael Catholic

Church and how the three

were the primary places of

worship in Orland Park until

the village began to expand

Don’t just

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real estate


after World War II.

Guests can see various

holy books, photos and an

original light fixture, as well

as ceiling tile from the Twin

Towers, which opened in

1898, according to Museum

Curator Sarah Konzen. The

exhibit also is to feature

“Sunday best” attire, showcasing

a 1890s Victorian

dress, old suit jacket and top


The Village of Orland

Park History Museum is

open from noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays,

and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursdays and Saturdays.

To learn more about the

exhibit or museum, call the

museum during business

hours at (708) 873-1622.

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With a Classified Ad

See the Classified Section for more

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24 | April 5, 2018 | The orland park prairie Life & Arts


Chili cook-off brings together firefighters, community

Nathan Worcester

Freelance Reporter

On Thursday, March 29,

men and women armed with

little Styrofoam bowls and

plastic spoons made their

way along a row of pans

filled with firehouse-caliber

chili at Orland Park’s Rock

Bottom Restaurant & Brewery.

They had come out for

the restaurant’s annual firefighter

chili cook-off. It was

organized in coordination

with the 100 Club of Chicago,

a nonprofit dedicated

to supporting the survivors

of Cook County or Lake

County first responders

killed in the line of duty, and

featured a performance from

the Band of Brothers Pipes

and Drums, which features

local firefighters

For a $10 donation, attendees

sampled as much

chili as they wanted and got

a pint of Fire Chief Ale.

All proceeds from the

cook-off went to the 100

Club. The event was cosponsored

by Orland Professional

Firefighters IAFF

Local 2754.

“They’re all regulars

here, and they’re all great

people,” said Roberta Higgins,

general manager of the

Orland Park Rock Bottom.

“We really respect what they


Bagpipes thrummed and

drums thundered, as patrons

drank their beer. On

a big screen over the bar,

the White Sox trounced the

Kansas City Royals. The

television was surrounded

by firefighter uniforms and

an American flag commemorating

9/11. Outside

the restaurant, the ladder on

Orland Fire District’s truck

was angled slightly upward

toward the sky.

This year, there were 12

entries, which were prepared

without any restrictions on

ingredients. Participants

Jackie Harney and Rebecca May taste the chili and enjoy some drinks Thursday, March 29, during a firefighter-focused chili cook-off at Rock Bottom

Restaurant & Brewery in Orland Park. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Attendees (left to right) Andrea Koenig, Meghan Girdick

and Josh Girdick pick out their favorite raffle prizes.

included Rock Bottom’s

chef and fire departments in

Riverdale and Dolton.

“Dolton and Riverdale

have a little competition going,”

said Mark Hogan, a

firefighter-paramedic with

Orland Fire Protection District

and a member of Local


The three primary judges

were a firefighter, a dispatch

supervisor and Jack Brennan,

who is the father of 100

Club Chief Operating Officer

Caitlyn Brennan.

Kyle Morris took first,

and Lee Retzl took second.

The New Guys 2018 Orland

Fire won people’s choice.

“It’s not as much about

the competition as it is that

they want to support the 100

Club,” Hogan said.

Though Higgins, too, emphasized

that people generally

do not care much about

who wins or loses, she noted

that there have been minor

controversies about the winner

in the past.

“We did have one year

where there was a mix-up

[labeling two pans],” Higgins

said with a laugh. “One

of the two won people’s

choice, and we don’t know

Bagpipers (left to right) Tony Laureto, Chris Kribales, Jerry

Duhoski and Brian Crabtree, of Band of Brothers Pipes and

Drums, perform at Rock Bottom.

if it was technically eight or

nine. So we gave it to both

of them.”

The 100 Club is to return

to Rock Bottom from 11

a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 8,

for Day of Tips, when firefighters

will wait tables for

tips that will go toward the


opprairie.com Dining Out

the orland park prairie | April 5, 2018 | 25

Tradycja builds upon Polish traditions with modern flair

Bill Jones, Editor

A new Polish restaurant opens in

Orland Park.

“Is it a deli or a buffet?”

That is the question with which

Damian Piekarczyk has been faced

ever since opening the doors to

Tradycja half a year ago in Orland

Park. The calls are almost daily,

but the answer to it is: neither.

“Polish culture is not about buffets

and delis,” Piekarczyk said,

calling that an “old misconception.”

While Tradycja literally means

“tradition,” the restaurant brands

itself as “Polish fusion cuisine.”

Similarly, while a portion of its

menu deals in Polish comfort food

— such as dumplings, breaded

pork chops, potato pancakes and

stuffed cabbage — the rest of it is

an exploration of everything else

Polish cuisine can be.

“It’s a plated restaurant and dinner,”

Piekarczyk said. “We want

to show that Polish cuisine, Polish

food, is not just a buffet. We have

nice restaurants.”

In fact, the standards of Polish

cuisine to which many Americans

are accustomed are more akin to

comfort foods back in Poland,

Piekarczyk explained. People rarely

go out to eat them; they are simply

made at home. And they do not

display the true skills of a chef the

way modern food can, he said.

Piekarczyk’s cuisine much more

resembles what one would find at

hotel restaurants in Poland. In fact,

Piekarczyk, who moved to the

United States just four years ago,

got his culinary start at a Polish

hotel called Crocus, working under

a mentor by the name of Sebastian


It is Piekarczyk’s mission to take

the things he learned and educate

the area on modern Polish cuisine.

And he considered Orland Park an

obvious spot to do it after moving

to the Chicago area.

“You don’t have many Polish

restaurants here, and you have a

lot of Polish people,” he said of

the village.

The mission starts, of course,

with the food. Tradycja’s main focus

is modern Polish cuisine, and

Piekarczyk said it will continue

to change with the season, using

fresh fish and berries as they are


When asked of which dish he is

most proud, Piekarczyk interestingly

enough goes to the soups

portion of the menu, where he

features a creamy potato with

sheep’s cheese variety ($7), which

includes shiitake mushrooms,

chives and truffle oil — a “Highland

thing” that helps show off his

heritage. He also is partial to the

lamb rack ($26), served with shallots,

artichoke, carrot ragout, parsley

and cashew pesto. And while

everything is plated to perfection,

the pork tenderloin ($18) may be

among the most photogenic of the

bunch, featuring three medallions

with saffron potatoes, carrots, fried

leeks and a wild mushroom sauce.

Virtually every dish on the menu


14478 S. LaGrange Road in

Orland Park


• 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-


• Noon-9 p.m. Sunday

• Closed Mondays

• Summer Hours: 11 a.m.-11

p.m. Friday and Saturday

For more information ...

Phone: (708) 949-8109

has a different plate to feature it,

according to server Agnieszka

Kuc, who helped with translations

in the interview with Piekarczyk,

as needed. While Piekarczyk ultimately

is calling the shots in the

kitchen, Kuc said he is great about

taking staff feedback and letting

everyone contribute good ideas to

make the restaurant stronger, especially

when it comes to the bar.

Among the can’t-miss offerings

there, for those of age, is the cytrynówka,

which Kuc said is like a

Highlander version of limoncello,

made in house.

“Every family has their version

of it,” she said.

The look of Tradycja is just as

important to Piekarczyk as its cuisine.

One wall features a series of

Highlander crests, and everything

from the tables and chairs to the

wood adorning the bar area was

shipped from Poland to decorate

the restaurant. And the chef even

spent what “many people” have

DIRECTLY ABOVE: The pork tenderloin ($18) features saffron potatoes,

carrots, fried leeks and a wild mushroom sauce, showing off chef

Damian Piekarczyk’s take on modern Polish cuisine.

TOP OF PAGE: A panoramic view shows the back half of Tradycja,

a Polish fusion restaurant that opened late last year in Orland Park.

Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

told him was probably too much to

make sure the bathrooms not only

fit the theme but also help customers

feel comfortable with the

quality of establishment Tradycja

strives to be.

Piekarczyk said Friday and Saturday

evenings have been busy,

while Sundays see a predominantly

Polish crowd. But Tradycja also

features a limited lunch menu during

the week and offers customers

a catering menu.

But dinner is where Piekarczyk

truly shines. While he could not

find the perfect word in English for

the feeling he has about bringing

what he does to the United States,

he described it as something akin

to a calling or purpose. He knew,

even when he was learning in

Poland, that he one day wanted

to bring his talents here to show

people what Polish cuisine is all


“I’m very glad that I’m here,” he

said. “People have to know about


26 | April 5, 2018 | The orland park prairie Puzzles


crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Credit card offer abbreviation

4. New Orland Park

restaurant, goes with

47 across

8. Got by

14. Born as

15. Dog in Oz

16. Roughly equal to

one another

17. Punjabi bread

18. First-rate

19. Ice, and others

20. False name

22. Ivan or Nicholas

24. Mario’s brother in

video games

25. Actress Zadora

26. Nowadays it’s GPS


29. Undiluted

31. Original HQ of the

I&M Canal

33. Bottled spirits

35. 1965 King arrest


36. Advantage

40. Some showdowns

42. Legendary loch

43. Not anybody

45. The opposition

47. See 4 across

49. Streaky rashers

54. PC interconnection

55. List’s last, often

56. Cézanne contemporary

57. Employer’s fear

59. Blunt

60. Muscle car

64. Stamp of approval?

66. Letters on a Cardinal’s


67. Means of approach

68. Lodge letters

69. Railroad

70. New Year’s Eve


71. The whole nine of it

makes everything

72. Caribbean, e.g.


1. Historical writings

2. Charlie Brown, e.g.

3. “La Loge” artist

4. ___ power

5. Weaving machine

6. BBC rival

7. Bubbly name

8. Pattern

9. Jackets

10. Mavericks’ city, on


11. Prefix with center

12. Pappy

13. Surg. workplaces

21. Doctors Without Borders,


23. Gone bad

26. Spicy Mexican sauce

27. Treaty subject

28. They have mtgs. in


30. Educational certificate

31. Right to sell debtor’s


32. Ink-filled writer

34. Shade

36. Abbr. on a business


37. Qatar’s capital

38. Enter

39. Letter abbr.

41. Sis, e.g.

44. Manages

46. Danced a Brazilian


48. Studious compositions

50. Army bed

51. Responsibilities

52. Get cozy

53. Well-known McCartney

58. Color of some hummingbird


59. Emanation

60. Headgear

61. Ab ___ (from day one)

62. Picker-upper

63. Some clinic workers,

for short

65. Weekend getaway


Girl in the Park

(11265 W. 159th St.,

Orland Park, IL; (708)


■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)


■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-


■6:30-9:30 ■ p.m. Friday,

July 20 and Saturday

July 21: Local songwriter

Michael Satarino on

acoustic guitar and vocals

performing favorite

covers with a flamenco


Papa Joe’s

(14459 S. LaGrange

Road, Orland Park; (708)


■5-9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Gene Infelise and Francesca

■6-10 ■ p.m. Fridays: The

keyboard stylings of

Roger Pampel

Square Celt Ale House &


(39 Orland Square Drive,

Orland Park; (708) 226-


■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic

Night/Open Mic


■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free Trivia

■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Country


■10 ■ p.m. Fridays: Live DJ

■10 ■ p.m. Saturdays: Live


■9 ■ p.m. Sundays: Karaoke

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-


■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays and

Saturdays: Karaoke

To place an event

in The Scene, email




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

opprairie.com Local Living

the orland park prairie | April 5, 2018 | 27

K. Hovnanian ® Homes Makes Hanover Estates In Manhattan

An Easy Choice For First-Time Buyer

When it came time for Steve

Schmidt to purchase his first

home, he set out on an adventure

researching resale homes and

new-home communities in New

Lenox and the surrounding

areas. While exploring, he came

upon K. Hovnanian ® Homes’

Hanover Estates in Manhattan

and just like that his six-month

search was over.

“As my career progressed to

where I was financially stable, I

realized I was ready to make the

big decision—to buy a home,”

said Steve Schmidt. “After

looking at all my options, I felt

that building something brandnew

was the way I wanted to

go. The timing was right. I

discovered Hanover Estates.

And everything worked out.”

At Hanover Estates, K.

Hovnanian ® Homes is offering

two series of homes for a total of

eight floor plans. Homes in the

Classic Series range in size from

2,448 to 3,308 square feet while

those in the Traditional Series

range from 2,498 to 3,635

square feet. Each two-story

has four bedrooms and 2-1/2

baths while the ranch has three

bedrooms and two full baths.

Base prices, which are subject

to change without notice, start

from the upper $200s for the

Classic Series and the lower

$300s for the Traditional Series.

Hanover Estates is ideally

situated within sought-after

Lincoln-Way Community High

School District #210. And

while Manhattan maintains

its quaint, small town charm,

residents are just a few miles

from everyday conveniences,

recreational amenities, and even


In fact, it was Hanover Estates’

location near three major

interstates that drew Schmidt to

the community. His profession

as a pipe fitter means that

although his company is based

in Addison, he frequently travels

throughout the suburbs and

even into the city for work.

“Living here, I’m less than

a 15-minute drive from both

I-80 and I-355, which makes

commuting to job sites easy,”

said Schmidt. Interstate 80 also

connects with Interstate 57 for

times when he has to drive into


Moving from Orland Park,

Schmidt appreciates the quiet

nature and rural ambiance

of Manhattan—quite the

departure from the hustle

and bustle of his previous

hometown. He also appreciates

the large homesites at Hanover

Estates, which he found to be

significantly larger than in other

new-home developments.

On his big homesite, Schmidt

built a Betony because it offered

such an outstanding value.

“This particular home is very

large for the price,” he explained.

“There are no hallways—every

single square inch of this house

is usable space.”

From K. Hovnanian ® Homes’

Classic Series, the Betony is a

2,693-square-foot two-story with

four bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths.

The main floor boasts an open

concept layout where the living

and dining rooms flow into

each other. An arched opening

connects the formal space with

the family room, which then

leads into the casual dining

area and kitchen. A pantry

provides plenty of storage and

Schmidt enjoys the “oven wall”

where the range and stove are

topped by a microwave oven.

A dishwasher also is included;

however, Schmidt upgraded to

42-inch cabinets. He also opted

for the center island.

“The island gives the kitchen

more work/meal prep space

but it also serves as a focal point

for the room and a gathering

place,” he said. “The kitchen is

my favorite room in the house.”

Upstairs in the Betony are four

bedrooms plus a spacious loft.

The laundry room is on the

second floor, too.

In the owner’s suite, the luxury

bath is also a favorite with


“I feel like I’m in a five-star

resort in my own home,” he

said. Next to the bath is a

walk-in closet, which Schmidt

says is nearly the size of one

of the other bedrooms and he

anticipates filling it up quickly.

The Betony comes with a

three-car garage included,

a feature that Schmidt finds

beneficial. He also added a full

basement—an upgrade from

the standard partial basement.

As a first-time buyer, Schmidt

admitted that he was a bit

intimidated when he began the

homebuilding process. However,

the staff at K. Hovnanian ®

Homes quickly put him at ease.

Everyone from top to bottom—

the sales consultant, selections

coordinator, construction

manager, and even the financing

team—was extremely helpful

and walked him through the

process step by step.

“Overall, it was a fun and

enjoyable experience,” he said.

“I thought it would be much

more difficult than it actually


He also was impressed with

the quality of the finished home

and the timeframe in which it

was completed.

“I signed the contract on Cinco

de Mayo and moved in the week

after Thanksgiving,” he said. “I

certainly had a lot to celebrate.”

Home shoppers can see firsthand

the quality construction

and livable home designs at

The Dover is one of 8 home designs

offered at Hanover Estates in Manhattan.

Hanover Estates by touring

two decorated models. The

community is located on

the east side of Cedar Road

approximately three miles south

of Laraway Road in Manhattan.

The sales center at 14351 W.

Rose Street is open from 11 a.m.

to 6 p.m. daily.

For more information, call

(331) 701-7847 or visit online at


About Hovnanian

Enterprises ®

Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc.,

founded in 1959 by Kevork S.

Hovnanian, is headquartered

in Matawan, New Jersey.

The Company is one of the

nation’s largest homebuilders

with operations in Arizona,

California, Delaware, Florida,

Georgia, Illinois, Maryland,

New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania,

South Carolina, Texas, Virginia,

Washington, D.C. and West

Virginia. The Company’s homes

are marketed and sold under

the trade names K. Hovnanian ®

Homes, Brighton Homes ® and

Parkwood Builders. As the

developer of K. Hovnanian’s ®

Four Seasons communities,

the Company is also one of

the nation’s largest builders of

active lifestyle communities.

Additional information

on Hovnanian Enterprises,

Inc., including a summary

investment profile and the

Company’s 2017 annual report,

can be accessed through the

“Investor Relations” section of

Hovnanian Enterprises’ website

at http://www.khov.com. To be

added to Hovnanian’s investor

e-mail or fax lists, please send an

e-mail to IR@khov.com or sign

up at http://www.khov.com.

Steve Schmidt was drawn to Hanover Estates because of the community’s

location and K. Hovnanian ® Homes quality construction.

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Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Home Series

At Prairie Trails in Manhattan and WestGate Manor in Peotone!

Two new designs (with more to follow) are a direct result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the

highly-regarded Lincoln-Way

School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within

the desirable Peotone School


“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s

in California with designs

based on a simpler, functional

aesthetic using a higher level

of craftsmanship and natural

materials. These homes were a

departure from homes that were

mass produced from that era,

“according to Bryan Nooner,

president of Distinctive Home


“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for

many of the same reasons it

started over a century ago. Our

customers want to live in a home

that gets away from the “mass

produced” look and live in a

home that has more character. As

a result of our daily interaction

with our homeowners and their

input, we are excited to introduce

these two homes, with additional

designs in the works.”

Nooner, who meets with

each homeowner prior to

construction, has been working

on these plans forawhile and felt

that the timing was ideal for the

debut. “Customers were asking

for something different and

simple with less monotony and

higher architectural standards.”

The result was the Craftsman

ranch and the Prairie twostory,

now available at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor.

The Craftsman ranch features

an open floor plan with Great

Room, three bedrooms, two

baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted


Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many of

our skilled craftsmen have been

working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.”

Nooner added that all homes

are highly energy efficient. Every

home built will have upgraded

wall and ceiling insulation

values with energy efficient

windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before homeowners

move into their new home,

Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency


With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six twostory

single-family home styles to

choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, twoto

three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the kitchen, baths and

foyer; genuine wood trim and

doors and concrete driveways

can all be yours at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor.

Most all home sites at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor

can accommodate a three-car

garage; a very important amenity

to the Manhattan homebuyer,

said Nooner.

“When we opened Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor we

wanted to provide the best new

home value for the dollar and

we feel with offering Premium

Standard Features that we do

just that. So why wait? This is

truly the best time to build your

dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular

trails. The Manhattan Metra

station is less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut

Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well as in the

Will and south Cook county

areas over the past 30 years.

Distinctive Home Builders

chose the Will County village

of Peotone for its newest

community of 38 single-family

homes at WestGate Manor

within walking distance of the

esteemed Peotone High School.

Its convenient location between

Interstate 57 and Illinois Route

50 provide easy access to I-80

and commuters enjoy several

nearby train stations and a

35-minute drive to Chicago.

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 Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.


The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor 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

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Sponsored Content

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This historic home is steps from Eagle

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court, playground, baseball field

and sand volleyball. Close to Metra,

Interstate 80, golf course, forest

preserve, shopping, and restaurants.

Photos courtesy of ShellGPhotography

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You will be charmed from the moment you step onto the large front porch and enter

this truly one-of-a-kind home. Beautiful, handmade woodwork; antique light fixtures;

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updated with solid maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances and spacious eating

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• 15639 Garden View Court 3A, Orland

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Trust Co Tr to Halina Czupryn, $125,000

• 14514 Aubrieta Court, Orland Park,

60462 - Lucja Duda to Teresa R. Otte,


• 7617 W. 158th Court, Orland Park,

60462-5070 - McMullen Trust to Sheri

N. Lerner, $180,000

• 15622 Centennial Court, Orland Park,

60462-4571 - Jennifer L. Haug Trustee

to Jeffrey Kresh, $193,000

• 14319 Wooded Path Lane, Orland

Park, 60462-2854 - Richard A.

Tannebaum to Kevin Diederich, Carrie

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• 11649 Valley Brook Drive, Orland

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to Mohammad Mahmoud, Neama

Farhan, $356,000

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2701 Property for


2701 Property for


2703 Legal
















14 CH 009103





that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on January 15, 2016, an agent for The

Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on May 4, 2018, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South Wacker

Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at

public auction to the highest bidder, as

set forth below, the following described

real estate:

Commonly known as 11838 CALIFOR-



Property Index No. 27-06-110-004.

The real estate is improved with asingle

family residence.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds at the close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will beaccepted.

The balance in certified funds/or

wire transfer, is due within twenty-four

(24) hours. The subject property issubject

to general real estate taxes, special

assessments, or special taxes levied

against said real estate and is offered for

sale without any representation asto

quality or quantity of title and without

recourse toPlaintiff and in "AS IS" condition.

The sale is further subject to confirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed to the real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all


If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclosure

sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

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

this property is a condominium unit

which ispart ofacommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).









You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure


For information, examine the court file

or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS

& ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030


100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630)

794-9876 Please refer tofile number




One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)


You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.





(630) 794-5300

E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com

Attorney File No. 14-13-33027

Attorney ARDC No. 00468002

Attorney Code. 21762

Case Number: 14 CH 009103

TJSC#: 38-2799

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised

that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be

adebt collector attempting tocollect a

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2018 Land Development Code

Amendment to Section 6-307





a public hearing will be held before

the Plan Commission of the Village

of Orland Park, Illinois, at

7:00 p.m. onTuesday, April 24,

2018 in the Village Hall, located at

14700 South Ravinia Avenue, Orland

Park, Cook County, Illinois,

to consider the following:









All parties interested should attend

and will begiven an opportunity to

be heard. Such hearing may be

continued by the Plan Commission

without republication except as

may be required by the Illinois

Open Meetings Act.




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questions pertaining tothis meeting,

please contact Dr. Princy

Abraham, Director of Student

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Athelete of the week



■April ■ 6 – at Thornridge, 4:30


■April ■ 7 – at Minooka, 11


■April ■ 9 – at Lincoln-Way

West, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 10 – hosts Marist,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 11 – hosts Stagg, 4:30


■April ■ 12 – at Stagg, 4:30



■April ■ 9 – at Hinsdale South

Invitational, 6 p.m.


■April ■ 5 – hosts Lincoln-Way

Central, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 9 – hosts University

High, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 10 – at Stagg, 4:30


■April ■ 12 – hosts Lincoln-Way

West, 4:30 p.m.


■April ■ 9 – hosts Downers

Grove South, 6:30 p.m. at


■April ■ 11 – hosts Plainfield, 6

p.m. at Andrew


From page 47

and Watusi for a day or two

after beating Vanderbilt, 68-

66, before dropping a 79-73

decision to Gonzaga that still

has the fans in purple turning

purple over a non-call of

what looked like goaltending

against the Zags.

The good news was that

some talented players were

returning so another appearance

was not out of the

question. The bad news is

that the Wildcats fell into

their old ways and finished

6-10 in the Big Ten and

missed out on returning.


■April ■ 5 – at Hillcrest Hawk

Invitational, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 10 – hosts

Bolingbrook/Andrew, 4:30



■April ■ 12 – hosts Marist,

5:30 p.m.


■April ■ 5 – at Lincoln-Way

West, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 7 – at Naperville North

Huskie Invitational, 9 a.m.

■April ■ 10 – at Bradley, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 12 – hosts Stagg, 5



■April ■ 5 – at Lincoln-Way

East, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 7 – at Willowbrook

Invitational, 9 a.m.

■April ■ 9 – at Andrew with

Lockport and York, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 10 – hosts

Bolingbrook, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 12 – at Lockport, 4:30



■April ■ 5 – at Lake Zurich, 7


■April ■ 12 – hosts Minooka,

Loyola becomes relevant

Many years ago, I covered

a Saturday afternoon

DePaul basketball game in

front of at least 10,000 fans

at what was then known

as the Rosemont Horizon.

Hours later, I finished

writing my story and was

about to leave and Loyola

was getting ready to start

its game. There were so

few fans at that point that I

could hear the buzz of the

Horizon’s overhead lights.

That was the biggest

buzz I heard about Loyola


Until a few weeks ago...

The Ramblers, coach

Porter Moser, Sister Jean

and a bunch of players few

could name in November

went on an unbelievable

run and captured the hearts

6:30 p.m.


■April ■ 7 – hosts Lemont, 12


■April ■ 12 – at Bradley, 6:15



■April ■ 5 – at Beecher, 4:30


■April ■ 6 – at Thornton, 4:30


■April ■ 9 – at Andrew, 4:30


■April ■ 11 – hosts Stagg, 4:30


■April ■ 12 – at Lyons

Township, 4:30 p.m.


■April ■ 6 – at Plainfield North

Relays, 4 p.m.

■April ■ 10 – at Lincoln-Way

West with Stagg, Thornwood,

4:30 p.m.


■April ■ 5 – hosts Lincoln-Way

West, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 7 – at Oak Park River

Forest Tournament, TBD

■April ■ 10 – hosts Bradley, 5


■April ■ 12 – at Stagg, 5 p.m.

of the city and nation. Even

former Providence and Orland

Park-based Windy City

Magic player Nick DiNardi

earned a slice of fame by

being a walk-on with this

magical squad and played in

the closing ticks of the Elite

Eight game.

Maybe after all of this,

you can find a Loyola game

on an over-the-air radio station

in Chicago.

So what’s next before we

head to 2020?

Chicago State’s basketball

team wins the NCAA

Tournament? The Cubs win

162 games? Sandburg and

Andrew meet for a state

football championship?

There is plenty of time for

that to happen.

10 Questions

with Natalie Barkowski

Natalie Barkowski is a

senior swimmer and water

polo player at Sandburg

High School who plans

to continue her academic

career at the University of


What is your proudest

moment in the sport?

Being able to play some

varsity games as a first-year

player my sophomore year.

Are there any

embarrassing moments

you had in the sport?

Slipping on the pool deck

while trying to get an out-ofbounds


So, what goes on that

people don’t see in the

water during a game?

There is a lot of communication

between our teammates

and most people can’t

see the grabbing and kicking

that happens underwater.

Do you have a favorite

pump-up song?

“Indian Summer” by Jai


Is there something

people don’t know

about you?

I like to go fishing in the


Is there a movie you

could watch over and

over without getting

bored with it?

I always fall asleep while

watching movies.

How about a TV show

that you could watch


over and over?

“The Vampire Diaries”

because I love binge watching

on Netflix.

If you could have dinner

with anyone — living

or dead — who would

it be with? Why?

Michael Phelps. He would

understand why I eat so


If they made a movie

about your life, who

should play you?

Reese Witherspoon because

my family says I look

like her.

What would that movie

be called?

“The Nat B Show”

Interview conducted by Sports

Editor Jeff Vorva

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Target Sandburg ready to take opponents’ best shot

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

It’s no surprise that Sandburg’s

baseball team has a

Grand Canyon-like target on

its back.

The Eagles were ranked

seventh in the state in the

preseason by the Prep Baseball

Report website.

A south suburban daily

newspapers hawked them as

No. 1 in the area.

The team has plenty of Division

I talent on it and made

it as far as the Class 4A supersectional

in 2017.

Oh, yeah, opponents are

rubbing their palms and

ready to give the Eagles their

best shot.

Heading into this week,

the Eagles were 3-2 including

a couple of memorable

3-2 decisions on back-toback


Sandburg dropped a frustrating

3-2 battle with Disctrict

230 rival Andrew

at Standard Bank Park in

Crestwood on March 28.

It was the first time the Eagles

lost to the T-Bolts since


The next day, the Eagles

were at home whooping it

up and going crazy after a

dramatic 3-2 victory over

Lincoln-Way Central in a

game in which Ryan Hampe

drove home Branden Comia

the game-winning run in the

bottom of the seventh with a

double to deep center field.

“I was hoping I got the

chance to come through.”

Hampe said. “It was a fastball

and I drove it. It felt


Yes, this is probably going

to be the way it will be

all year.

“That happens all the

time,” Sandburg coach Jim

Morsovillo said. “We’re going

to go after each other all

the time, that’s just how it

goes. It’s fun to get out and

play these types of games.’’

The Eagles’ early losses

to Andrew and Brother Rice

(9-1 to open the season) had

shown that even a team with

a wealth of talent can use a

little seasoning.

“We are not executing

enough,” the coach said.

“We have to make the pitches

when they count and the

plays when they count. Of

course, all of this if fixable.

We have a long way to go.

But we need to have the

mentality that we need in

practice. It has to equate to

the game stuff.”

Andrew Tenison drilled

two doubles against Andrew.

He and Tommy Windt

drove in runs against LWC.

Sandburg was slated to

Eagle pitcher Branden

Comia, a Notre Dame

recruit, fires a pitch against

Andrew on March 28.

open this week Monday,

April 2, at Bradley, Tuesday,

April 3 hosting Joliet Central

and Wednesday, April 4,

Sandburg’s Matt Sczurek dives home with the first run

against Andrew on March 28 in a 3-2 loss.


hosting Thornwood.

The Eagles are scheduled

to visit Thornridge Friday,

April 6 and Minooka on Saturday,

April 7.

Freelance reporter Randy

Whalen contributed to this


Athlete of the Month

Lincoln-Way Central girls

bowler wins March honor

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

As a junior, Kalei Bass

was one of the top bowlers

for the Lincoln-Way Central

girls team. But that is not the

only honor she earned for

her work on the lanes this


Bass, who just started

bowling in seventh grade,

earned 22nd Century Media’s

Southwest Chicago

Athlete of the Month crown

at the March contest’s conclusion.

The Athlete of the Month

competition pits featured

Athlete of the Week selections

from our south suburban

newspapers against one

another in an online voting


The next contest is to begin

Tuesday, April 10.

To vote, visit opprairie.

com, hover over the “Sports”

menu tab and click “Athlete

of the Month.” Readers can

vote once per session per

valid email address. Voting

ends at 5 p.m. April 25.

All athletes featured in the

March Athlete of the Week

sports interviews are automatically

entered into the


Kalei Bass, a junior on the Lincoln-Way Central girls bowling team, won the March Athlete of the Month competition for

publisher 22nd Century Media’s Southwest Chicago branch. 22nd Century Media File Photo

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—Richard Connema,renowned Broadwaycritic

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—Chi Cao, principaldancerwiththe BirminghamRoyal Ballet

“Absolutely the greatest of the great!

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Eagles top LWE, fall to Macs

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Sandburg’s girls water polo team

won an important conference match

but the players were not able to enjoy

it long because 24 hours later, the Eagles

went up against one of the top two

teams in the state.

The Eagles won a thrilling South-

West Suburban Conference showdown

with Lincoln-Way East, 7-6, on March

27 in Orland Park as Nicole Manuel

scored what turned out to be the gamewinning

goal with 1 minute 32 seconds

left in the match.

The Eagles led by as much as three

goals in the third period but East roared

back to knot it at 6-6 in the fourth.

Tara Maher scored three goals, Ashley

Asiddao added two and Natalie

Barkowski added one.

Sandburg was eighth in the state in

the latest illpolo.com rankings, and

LWE was ninth.

The next day, the Eagles hosted

Mother McAuley and Maher’s two first

Nicole Manuel, shown passing in a match against Mother McAuley on March

28, had the game-winning goal in a 7-6 victory over Lincoln-Way East the day


half goals helped the Eagles stay close

with the Mighty Macs, 3-2, with 5:51

left in the first half. But McAuley went

on a rampage and scored the next 14

goals for a 17-2 victory.

McAuley had also beaten Sandburg,

15-2, in the Naperville Central Tournament

on March 17.

The Eagles (9-4 overall) are scheduled

to host Lincoln-Way West on Thursday,

April 5, and are at the Oak Park River

Forest Tournament on Saturday, April 7.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports


Sandburg 13, Lincoln-Way

East 8

The Eagles moved up to

sixth in the state in the il

lpolo.com rakings and beat

16th-ranked East in a South-

West Suburban Conference

matchup on March 27.



Misheck certified

Orland Park’s Mike

Misheck was certified by

the PGA Professionals for

general management of the

Country Club of Decatur.

Wood leads Huskies

Through 23 games, Orland

Park native Brad Wood

leads Northern Illinois University’s

baseball team with

McCormick scalding the ball

for St. Laurence

Orland Park’s Matt Mc-

Cormick drove in three runs

to help St. Laurence beat

Sahuaro (Ariz.) 4-0 in the

championship of the Chris

Moon Memorial Tournament

on Friday, March 30 in

Tucson. He also belted four

homers in the three previous

tournament games.

a .298 average.

Morrison wins freestyle title

Sandburg graduate Jon

Morrison won the 61KG

men’s freestyle title at the

Bill Farrell Memorial Invitational

on Saturday, March

31 in New York. Morrison,

who is wrestling for the New

York Athletic Club, bet top

seed Tyler Graff, 6-5, en

route to the title.


District 230 co-op team off to a nice start

SOME Easter fun in the gym

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Andrew’s boys co-op lacrosse team,

which also features athletes from District

230 schools Sandburg and Stagg, is off to a

red-hot start in the historic first year the Illinois

High School Association sanctioned it.

The Thunderbolts opened the season 3-1,

including an 11-5 victory over Providence

on Thursday, March 27 in Tinley Park.

Mark Teschke and Nick Redman each had

three goals for the T-Bolts while Mitch Redman

added two goals.

Jack Teschke, Joe Galante and Noah Perry

each added goals while Mark and Jack Teschke

and Jordan Cortez each had two assists.

Cortez also won 13 faceoffs. Chris Houchins

was the winning goalie.

Andrew coach Jim Ramazinski credited

Drew Gossage, Hunter Morris, Danny Slater

and John Brody for their defensive efforts.

The T-Bolts were scheduled to face District

228 on Wednesday, April 4, and is slated to

host Downers Grove South on Monday, April

9 and Plainfield on Wednesday, April 11.

Andrew co-op’s Mark Teschke scored

three goals and added two assists in a

11-5 victory over Providence on Thursday,


Andrew’s co-op boys gymnastics team, which has athletes from Sandburg, enjoyed some

candy and eggs after a practice in Tinley Park last week. Sandburg’s Ryan Steinbach is

showing off the shiny egg. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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Great people and championships helped make this decade fun


Freelance Reporter

It was Feb. 5, 2008. The

new year had settled in and

on this sixth Tuesday of it, I

was a bit more excited than

usual to cover a boys basketball

game in my home

town of Lockport.

That’s because in addition

to a couple of other

papers, I was covering it for

the a newer publication, The

Homer Horizon.

Lockport Township defeated

Bolingbrook 52-43

that day and went onto place

fourth in the state in Class

4A about six weeks later.

Little did I know that day

that I’d be continuing my

journalism career a decade

later mostly writing for that

same company that published

The Horizon. That, of

course, being 22nd Century

Media and includes The Orland

Park Prairie.

In the decade I’ve done

this job I’ve covered everything

from golf to the latest

official sport, lacrosse.

Working in the community

newspaper environment has

helped make me a better reporter,

a better writer, and

hopefully, a better person.

The schools that I’ve covered

in the 10-year time period

have combined to capture

30, that’s right, 30 state

championships. It would

have been 32, but a pair

of state titles by Lockport

Township and Tinley Park

in cheerleading, took place

on the weekend before I

started covering events for

the papers.

In our little corner of the

world, we are fortunate

enough to have some of the

best high school athletes

and programs around.

Providence baseball,

which had some Orland

Park talent on its roster,

capturing three Class 4A

Randy Whalen (right) poses with Lockport wrestling coach Josh Oster (middle) and Nate Roth in 2017 after the Porters won a state championship.

Whalen has covered teams that won 30 state championships in his 10 years with 22nd Century Media. PHOTO SUBMITTED

state titles was huge.

Between 2014-2016 the

Celtic baseball team never

lost in the Class 4A postseason

tournament. How hard

is it to win a single elimination

baseball tournament

for three straight seasons?

It had never been done in

the 75-year history of the

tourney before Providence

pulled it off. In fact, a repeat

had only been done twice in

any class.

The Celtics also captured

state titles in cheerleading

in 2013 and football in the

fall of 2014. Personally two

of my favorite Providence

performances in this time

were the 2012 softball team

taking third in Class 3A.

Also the recently completed

wrestling season where,

longtime coach Keith Healy

departed with one more

wizard like lineup juggling

performance as the Celtics

also placed third in Class

3A and he went out with a

final victory.

When I was in high

school, I didn’t even know

where Sandburg was located,

In the past decade I’ve

gone there as much or more

than any school. With good

reason, the Eagles have won

eight state titles in the past

decade. I’ve been on-hand

to witness a trio of them.

The badminton team took

first in the spring of 2011,

the cheerleading squad captured

first in 2009 and 2012

with a couple of third place

finishes (2010, 2017) tossed

in there too. The alwaysexcellent

Eagle wrestling

team followed up a trio of

titles in the mid part of last

decade by bringing home

five trophies in six seasons.

Coach Eric Siebert’s groups

won Class 3A state titles in

2012 and 2013, took second

in 2010 and 2015 and third

in 2011.

I was there to see the boys

volleyball team take home

the championship and cap

off a memorable 39-win

season in 2011. I was literally

in the midst of another

memorable and fantastic celebration

when the Sandburg

boys cross country team

capped off a long journey

and captured the Class 3A

title in 2015. My favorite

Eagle state championship

came in my favorite sport to

cover - softball. That was in

2010 where Jim Fabianski’s

squad, which was the best

softball team I’ve ever covered,

capped off an amazing

40-2 season with a 2-1 victory

over Fremd in the Class

4A title game. I will never

forget pitcher Brittany Gardner

running up to hug her

dad - Paul, after the game.

I’ve covered a lot of

swimming and water polo at

Sandburg over the years. Of

course Jane and Jim Caliendo

coached for much of that

time and their leadership

spurred success. When Jane

passed away in 2014, the

community came together

and still does each September

to honor her memory

with the Jane’s Warriors 5K

Run and Walk event.

One of my favorite things

as a sports reporter, in one

way or another for 34 years,

has been to cover kids of

kids that I covered. That and

to see athletes I’ve covered

go on and become coaches

and even professional athletes.

Someone I saw numerous

times as a softball

sensation at Stagg in the

late 90’s was Jen Tyrrell,

who will be the new principal

at Sandburg starting

next school year. With her

leadership the school will

continue success.

I can list all the titles,

great moments, amazing

athletic accomplishments in

the past decade in this area.

But what was behind all of

them? People. The wonderful

people of the southwest

suburbs have made the past

10 years my most enjoyable

as a sports reporter. Here’s

to the next decade and beyond!

Editor’s note: Randy Whalen

looks back on 10 years of writing

for 22nd Century Media.

46 | April 5, 2018 | The orland park prairie Sports


In sync: Haugh eyes being a surgeon and Olympian

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Let’s get this straight.

Orland Park native Sarah

Haugh wants to be a heart


And she wants to be a

Olympic synchronized ice


Talk about reaching for

the stars — and whatever is

beyond those stars.

The surgeon part is going

to tough enough. Think

about all of those hours

of studying and residency


The Olympic dream may

be downright impossible

because, well, it’s not an

Olympic sport yet. And even

if it becomes one, think of

all that time on the ice practicing

and competing in the

next four years, along with

all that medical stuff.

That could be a lot of scalpels

and skates.

Synchronized skating is a

sport in which teams of 8-20

athletes compete. The International

Skating Union is

hoping it can be an Olympic

sport in 2022.

Haugh — a junior at Miami

(Ohio) University and

a member of the Redhawks’

synchronized team, as well

as Team USA — is crossing

her fingers it can become an

Olympic-recognized sport.

“I don’t know for sure if it

will happen in four years or

not,” Haugh said. “It is the

hope, of course. But there

is a large movement for it to

happen. If it doesn’t happen

in four years, it should happen

shortly after that.”

Haugh, who turns 21 in

June, might not have too

much time to wait. She is

majoring in kinesiology,

nutrition and pre-med, and

minoring in Spanish and is

eyeing a career as a heart


“I started loving science

when I was younger,” Haugh

Sarah Haugh, a junior at Miami (Ohio), has been

participating in synchronized ice skating for three years

after many years as a solo performer.

said. “The human body just

amazes me. Science is just

so cool. I’m a very big science

fan. It’s something I

wanted to do for a long time

— for many, many years.”

She has also been a skater

for many, many years, as

she started when she was

8 when her mother, Donna

signed her up for lessons

at Orland Park’s Arctic Ice

Arena. The Sandburg graduate

was a solo skater and ice

dancer, and finished 11th in

2014 and 12th in 2015 in the

National Solo Dance Series


When she got to college,

she found a new sport to test

her talents.

“When I first came to Miami

and I visited and fell in

love with school, and skating

was an additional perk,”

she said. “I started freshman

year and had to try out on junior

team. They were patient

with me. It’s very different

skating with 15 other people

at once, as opposed to being

by yourself.”

But there is less pressure,

she said.

“I felt more pressure as a

single skater,” Haugh said.

“But when you are on a

team, you are not alone. You

are out there with 15 other

people. The camaraderie is

really cool, and we all pump

each other up before an

event. I had a lot of pressure

when I was by myself.”

The Miami squad is a part

of Team USA, and Haugh

has competed for her country

at events in Germany and

Orland Park native Sarah Haugh is hoping to become an Olympic synchronized skater but

it is not recognized as an Olympic sport yet. PHOTOS SUPPLIED


“For sure I think our team

is good enough to go to the

Olympics,” she said. “We

are skating at the highest

level in the country. It would

be awesome if we could go

to the Olympics.’’

So, in the coming years,

could she be a surgeon and

an Olympian?

“That would be incredible,”

she said. “I don’t know

if it will happen, but I’m going

to try.”

opprairie.com Sports

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A look at five ‘you-gotta-be-kidding-me’ moments

1st and 3








1. The beginning

The sport came

about in 1956, according

to nbcolym


2. The name

Through 1998,

it was actually

known as precision

skating. The International


Union changed it to

synchronized skating

because it thought

the new name would

be accepted better.

3. The competitions

The first competition

was held in 1976,

the first U.S. competition

was held in

1984 and the first

international competition

in 1989. The

ISU is hoping it can

become an Olympic

sport in 2022.

Jeff Vorva



hope you enjoyed

Loyola’s unthinkable

run in the NCAA Tournament.

With a couple of more

years to go, I can safely say

that the 2010 decade has

already been the decade of


accomplishments when it

comes to high school, college

and professional sports

in the Chicago area. I don’t

know what’s left, but there

are five things that have

happened this decade that

have never happened before

or happened a long time


I wondered if I would see

any of these five in my lifetime

and seriously doubted

some of them. I thought

the Road Runner would be

caught, cooked and eaten

by Wile E. Coyote before

any of these events would


So, In chronological

order, here are the five yougotta-be-kidding-me


in recent years.

Providence wins three

straight state baseball titles

Before Providence

Catholic’s Class 4A Illinois

High School Association

state championships in

2014, 2015 and 2016, the

last time any team in Illinois

won back-to-back titles was

Maine in 1958-1959.

Not Maine West. Not

Maine South. Just plain


The tournament started in

1940 and that only happened

twice — just plain

Maine and Providence.

What was most remarkable

about this run was that

the Celtics weren’t all that

special during the regular

season those three years.

They were not able to win

a Chicago Catholic League

Blue title in those years.

In 2014, they lost to St.

Rita by a combined score

of 32-6 in regular-season action

and beat the Mustangs

in the state title game, 4-1.

In 2015, they finished

fourth in the conference and

lost to Mt. Carmel 3-1 and

2-1. But the Celtice beat the

Caravan, 6-5, in the state

title game.

In 2016, they were 15-6

in their league and tied for


But they put three huge

runs together when it

counted the most.

A CPS team wins a state

football title

For years, there was

always a team or two in

the Chicago Public School

League that had people

saying “Yep, this is the

team that is going to win the

city’s first state title.”

For years, yep, it didn’t


Teams such as Bogan,

Hubbard, Simeon, Morgan

Park, Curie and others

were hailed in August and

stopped in November over

the years.

But in 2015, Phillips

broke through.

The Wildcats not only

kicked the door down, they

burned the house down with

a 51-7 victory over Althoff

Catholic in the Class 4A

title game.

They also won a Class 5A

title in November, swarming

Dunlap, 33-7.

Former Providence Catholic player Nick DiNardi (right)

celebrates Loyola’s Elite Eight win over Kansas State on

March 24 in Dallas.


Cubs win the World Series

As someone who covered

the Cubs for 10 years,

including the ill-fated 2003

postseason in which fan

Steve Bartman was unfairly

portrayed as a scapegoat, I

was wondering if I would

ever be around to see the

Cubs win it all.

Well, Theo Epstein, who

helped the Boston Red Sox

win a World Series after a

long dry spell, and his boys

gutted the team and made

it unwatchable for a couple

of years before building a

powerhouse that won the

World Series in Cleveland

in 2016 and brought the

North Siders their first title

in more than a century.

Plus, they set the foundation

for a team that should

contend for many years to


Northwestern makes the big


If I had a dollar for every

time I heard a Northwestern

basketball player say “We

want to be the first NU team

in history to make it to the

NCAA Tournament” prior

to the start of a season, I

would be rich enough to buy

the Cubs. Maybe even rich

enough to buy a ticket to a

World Series game.

Respected coaches

such as Bill Foster, Ricky

Byrdsong, Kevin O’Neill,

and Bill Carmody came to

Evanston with great credentials

but no trips to the

NCAA Tournament.

In 2017, the Wildcats did it.

Not only did they make

it to the big dance, Chris

Collins’ crew got a chance to

twist, hop, jump, swing, tap

Please see VORVA, 41


“The human body just amazes me. Science is just

so cool.”

Sarah Haugh — A synchronized ice skater on reasons why she

wants to be a heart surgeon

What 2 Watch

Softball - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5

• Sandburg visits defending Class 2A

state champion Beecher.


45 - Whalen memories

41 - Athlete of the Week

Compiled by Sports Editor Jeff Vorva, J.vorva@22ndcm.com.

Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | www.opprairie.com | April 5, 2018



Vorva notes five

amazing things that

happened in the 2010s,

Page 47


Sandburg’s baseball

team was 3-2 after a

3-2 loss and a 3-2 win,

Page 42

Orland Park native

Sarah Haugh, who is

a member of Team

USA’s synchronized

skating team, is hoping

It becomes an Olympic

sport in 2022. submitted


Orland Park native sets her goals sky high, Page 46

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