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Intro to iPad 1

6 p.m. May 10, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

bring their iPads to learn the

basics of navigation, what

is in the box, and other tips

and tricks to using iPads effectively.

Romance Book Discussion

6:30 p.m. May 10, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults will

discuss “The Secret Life of

Sarah Hollenbeck” by Bethany



Buenas Noches

6:30 p.m. May 11, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

4 years and older can drop

in and learn basic Spanish

through stories and songs

during this interactive storytime.

DIY Drop-In: Decorative


7 p.m. May 11, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

ages 4 and older can learn

basic Spanish through stories

and songs during this

interactive storytime.

Game Triathlon & Karaoke/

Open Mic Night

7:30-10:30 p.m. May 11,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Students

will compete to become

the triathlon champion

in basketball free throws, a

Mario Kart circuit and Skee-

Ball. The stage will be open

for karaoke or open mic, and

White Castle will be providing

free sliders. This is a

free event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit




Bright Starts Family


10 a.m. May 12, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children of

all ages and their families

can come together for stories,

songs and fun. Children

participate by repeating

words or phrases or making

animal sounds. These books

enforce vocabulary, word

recognition, rhythm and


Mother’s Day Craft

11 a.m. May 12, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

grades K-5 can design a

flower pot and plant some

flowers as a DIY gift. Registration

required with child’s

Orland Park Public Library


Mother’s Day on the Farm

with Miss Jamie

2 p.m. May 12, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

ages 3 and older can sing,

dance, laugh and learn with

Miss Jamie and her farm

puppet friends.


ComEd: Energy Force

10 a.m. May 14, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. ComEd

started Energy Force, the

first energy-efficiency program

designed for and taught

by individuals with developmental

disabilities. Stop by

to see Andy for some energy

tips and a chance to win an

energy saving power strip.

Video Game Club

3:30 p.m. May 14, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

kindergarten through eight

grade can drop in to play

some multiplayer Nintendo

games with friends. Teens in

grades 9-12 can help every

Monday with the setup, running

and tournaments for the

club. They will also receive

an hour of service time for

each session. Registration

required with teen’s Orland

Park Public Library card.


Adult Book Discussion

10 a.m. May 15, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults are

to discuss, “The Second

Mrs. Hockaday” by Susan


Once Upon a Time Family


10 a.m. May 15, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children of

all ages can drop in for stories,

music and finger-plays

to build pre-reading skills.

Storytellers make each storytime

experience unique.

Resin Crafts

3:45-5 p.m. May 15, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

work with resin to form

artwork filled with glitter,

dried flowers or other decorative

mix-ins. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

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5-6 p.m. May 15, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

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start paying attention to

thought patterns and train

the brain to become mentally

stronger. This is a free event

for teens in grades 7-12. For

more information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org.

Building Hope for the

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5:30-7 p.m. May 15,

Heartis Village of Orland

Park, 7420 W. 159th St.

This program will help normalize

the aging process

and help caregivers learn

how to care for themselves

to remain healthy both

physically and mentally.

This is a free event. All registered

guests will receive

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opportunity to speak with

the presenters and sponsors,

as well as refreshments, and

will each receive a ticket for

raffle items. For more information,

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6 p.m. May 15, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

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storage services including

OneDrive, Dropbox,

iCloud, and Google Drive.

eBooks, eMagazine,

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Building Blocks for Babies

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

16, Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia

Ave. Children ages birth-23

months with parent or caregiver.

Spend time interacting

with your baby during

this storytime designed

especially for young audiences.

Storytellers will lead

stories and songs, both familiar

and new.

Board Game Night

6 p.m. May 16, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

bring their own favorites

from home or learn something

new by joining a game,

or try out something from

the collection provided.

Mystery Book Discussion

7 p.m. May 16, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

discuss “The Calling” by

Inger Ash Wolfe.


Once Upon a Time Family


10 a.m. Thursday, May 17,

Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Children

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to build pre-reading

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Band director proposes

during spring band concert

Megan Schuller

Freelance Reporter

The sound of violins

soared across the Orland Jr.

High School gym during

the opening orchestral piece

of the evening May 2, but

the night ended on an even

sweeter note: a “yes.”

Director Erik Kivi proposed

to his girlfriend, Kehla

West, at the spring concert.

During an unlisted encore

piece, Kivi stepped off

the podium to propose. An

eighth-grade student conducted

the surprise piece,

titled “Let Me Call You

Sweetheart,” as Kivi went to

the front row, with flowers

in one hand and a ring box

in the other, where West was

sitting. A surprised West said

yes to Kivi in front of their

closest friends, his students

and their families.

Seventh-grader Nora Underwood

described the suspense

of the proposal.

“Everyone kept asking

him if he was nervous, and

every time he would say,

‘No I’m excited,’” Underwood

said. “I think we were

all nervous for him, though.”

The students have been

clued in since late January,

learning pieces on the theme

of love for the concert.

Pieces such as “Tale as Old

as Time” from “Beauty and

the Beast,” “For Good” from

“Wicked The Musical,” the

Beatles tune “Till There Was

You” and the song “Wedding

Day of Troldhaugen” were

played prior to the proposal.

The concert featured the

sixth-grade orchestra, as

well as the combined seventh-

and eighth-grade orchestra.

They all came together

to perform the song

for the proposal.

The idea to propose at this

Kehla West reacts as Erik Kivi puts a ring on her finger

during a surprise proposal May 2 during an orchestral

performance at Orland Jr. High School.

Megan Schuller/22nd Century Media

concert came to Kivi after

last year’s spring concert.

“I was thinking that would

be a good time to propose,

and I could use love as the

theme,” Kivi said. “When we

came back in September, I

started looking for pieces that

would fit the theme. [The students]

have been very excited

and supportive.”

The students showed support

for the couple with congratulations,

as they raised

their bows in the air to cheer

after the piece.

“I’m so shocked, surprised

and amazed that so many

people came from all over,”

West said. “These are all of

my nearest and dearest. I’m

surprised that so many people

came, and none of them

let it slip or even hinted.”

West, who works for the

Federal Emergency Management

Agency, got back

from Puerto Rico last week

after assisting with hurricane

relief there. She regularly

attends Kivi’s concerts and

said that the proposal was

incredibly meaningful to her.

“I love music, and one of

the things I love about him is

how much music there is in

his life,” West said. “I truly

love watching his students

respond to him.”

The newly engaged couple,

both 34 years old, and their

close friends shared big tearyeyed

smiles after the proposal.

“I love when the students

see their teachers as more

than just their teacher,” said

Elise Wehmeier, president of

Orland Music Parents West.

“They’re human; they have

life outside of school. The

students are tickled pink to

be involved in the surprise.

It’s a great way of tying this

new chapter of his life in

with the music he does professionally.”

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in the air.”

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improvements, paying off medical bills or helping other

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From April 30

Police: Juvenile started fire intentionally at Old Navy

Bill Jones, Editor

A juvenile offender who

intentionally set fire to a display

wall inside Old Navy

on Orland Park Place is in

custody, according to a press

release issued April 30 by

the Orland Park Police Department.

The juvenile — about

whom no further information

is to be released — has

been charged as a juvenile

with aggravated arson and

remanded into the custody of

Cook County juvenile court

authorities, police said.

Police reportedly were

dispatched at 5:34 p.m. April

29 to Old Navy, 105 Orland

Park Place, for a report of a

fire inside the store. A clothing

merchandise display wall

near the rear of the store was

on fire when officers and fire

officials arrived, police said.

The fire sprinkler system

reportedly activated as the

building filled with smoke.

An estimated 53 customers

and 13 employees were

evacuated from the store

without injury, and the fire

was “quickly” extinguished,

according the release. The

business suffered extensive

smoke and water damage,

police added.

Orland Park police and

Orland Fire Protection District’s

arson investigators determined

the fire was started

deliberately. The offender

was seen on security footage

lighting clothing on fire on

the display wall, police said.

A description was aired on

police radio, and an Orland

Park officer saw a person

fitting the description in the

crowd watching the fire from

outside the store, according

to the release. Further investigation

determined he left

the scene toward a business

in the 16300 block of La-

Grange Road, where he was

located and arrested, police


Orland Park Police Cmdr.

Tony Farrell said a “cigarette-type

lighter was used to

start the fire.

“The motive is not clear

to us at this time,” he wrote

April 30 in an email to The

Orland Park Prairie.

The Old Navy store is to

remain closed during cleanup

and restoration, according

to police.

Ray Hanania, a spokesperson

for Orland Fire, said

the district had the fire “under

control right away” but

damage was still estimated

between $3 million and $5


“The fire sprinkler system

did prevent the fire from

spreading rapidly beyond

the one store, and it could

have been a lot worse,” he

added in an email to The


For more on this and

other Breaking News, visit


A Lansing

man who reportedly


a safe

while trying

to remove it

in April from

an Orland Lofton

Park ice cream

shop was arrested May 2.

Jonathan S. Lofton, 21, of

3324 Otto St., was charged

with burglary, a Class 2

felony, according to a press

release issued May 3 by the

Orland Park Police Department.

At 10:56 a.m. April 16,

Orland Park police received

a report that someone damaged

a safe overnight in an

attempt to remove it from

Dairy Queen, 14460 La-

Grange Road, according to

the release.

Orland Park evidence

From May 3

Police: DQ employee who

hid in store, failed to crack

safe in April is arrested

Bill Jones, Editor

technicians processed the

scene, and detectives began

an investigation, police said.

Evidence collected from the

scene, including latent fingerprints,

reportedly identified

Lofton as the offender.

Lofton was an employee

of Dairy Queen and, on the

night of the burglary, hid inside

the building to emerge

after all of the other employees

left for the evening, police

said. He was unsuccessful

in his attempt to break

open and remove the safe

from the building, according

to the release.

He reportedly was transported

May 3 to the Cook

County Courthouse for the

Fifth Municipal District in

Bridgeview for a bond hearing.

For more on this and

other Breaking News, visit


Consolidated High School D230 Board of Education

New, mobile-friendly website on its way for community

Dozens of students

recognized at

meeting for


Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

Community members in

Consolidated High School

District 230 soon can look

forward to browsing new

websites for the district and

its three schools following

School Board approval of a

website redesign contract at

its April 26 meeting.

The board voted 6-0 to approve

a $20,750 contract with

Blackboard for implementation

of new websites for the

district and the three schools.

Board Vice President Melissa

Gracias was absent.

The new websites are expected

to launch in January

2019, according to Carla

Erdey, D230’s director of

communications. They also

will cost the district less each

year in annual costs.

A board memo said the district

currently spends $27,300

annually on its websites

and e-communications, and

Blackboard would lower that

annual cost to $20,980.

Erdey added that the new

websites would eliminate the

use of some redundant systems,

be mobile-friendly and

would include a mobile app

for the district.

A committee of 20 staff

members evaluated proposals

for the websites and recommended

Blackboard based on

aesthetics, mobile functionality

and cost, among other factors.

Board Member Tony Serratore

said he thought the new

websites would be a big improvement

for the district and

the community.

Personnel, infrastructure,

technology items approved

The School Board also

took action on items related

to personnel, and district infrastructure

and technology at

its April 26 meeting.

Board members voted

to extend Superintendent

James Gay’s contract an additional

year, through academic

year 2022-2023. His

contract includes an annual

salary increase, based on the

Consumer Price Index, and

an additional 1 percent, but

the increases can be no less

than 3.25 percent and no

more than 4.75 percent. As

of a 2017 compensation report,

Gay earns a base salary

of $215,242, with $10,000

in annuities and $64,255 in

other benefits.

The board also approved

two administrative staff hirings

— those of Drew Eder to

guidance director at Andrew

and Kristyn Koss to director

of special services at Sandburg.

Eder comes to the district

from Highland Park High

School, and Koss is moving

to Sandburg from Stagg,

where she was dean of students.

At all three schools, the

district will soon have emergency

generators that it can

use in power outages that

would maintain power for

the schools’ phone system,

fire alarm control system,

public address system, door

access, building two-way radios,

lighting for commons

and main gym areas and main

gym bleachers.

The School Board approved

a $98,700 bid from

Zonatherm for three generators.

Bob Hughes, D230’s director

of facilities, said he was

excited about this project, because

it has been on the backburner

for a few years.

“Now, I’m happy to say we

have the financing, and the

time is appropriate to do this,”

he said.

The School Board also

reviewed and approved a

$2,655,890 alterations bid for

2018 to Simpson Construction


The bid includes 14 projects:

at Andrew, new countertops

in food labs, the insulation

of ductwork on the third

floor of the north building,

new concrete at the north

entrance, new locker room

doors and hardware, and the

addition of an access door

between two classrooms; at

Sandburg, a replaced expansion

joint at the south building,

replaced soffits at the

south building courtyard and

southeast corner, soundproofing

on the walls and ceiling

of a classroom, a wheelchair

stair lift and ramp in the south

courtyard, and a sliding gate

in an area of the performing

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Women of all ages participate in local self-defense class

Orland Park selfdefense


teaches techniques

Amanda Stoll

Freelance Reporter

More than ever, women

are realizing the need to be

able to defend themselves in

dangerous situations. That

is where Orland Park’s One

Light Self-Defense comes


The annual self-defense

class is taught by One Light

and hosted by State Rep.

Margo McDermed’s office.

This year, there was a

larger turnout than last year,

with an estimated 70 women

signing up for the free class

on April 26.

Jeanette Brook, an instructor

with One Light Self-

Defense, said their program

was much the same as in

past years. The training has

shown to be effective, easy

to teach and easy for women

to remember — save for one

tricky technique involving a

cross arm wrist grab.

“We have a variation in

one of the techniques that

we are excited about that is

easier to use,” Brook said.

“Most of the talking points

we’ve found have been valid,

and the other techniques

are solid. People have found

them effective, so we’re

happy about that.”

The cross-arm wrist grab

is one of the hardest types

of holds to get out of, Brook

said. But by the class teaching

women how to use the

positions of their hips and

elbows in combination with

a quick movement, they

should be better prepared

for that type of situation.

The main goal of the

class is always to first teach

women how to stay out of

situations that could become

dangerous; those “talking

points” Brook mentioned.

By following those tips,

Sean Mixson (left) and Gary Brook go through a


Brook said they may be able

to prevent themselves from

ever ending up in a situation

requiring the use of their

physical skills.

As a woman who is 5 foot,

3 inches and 110 pounds,

Brook is a model of how

even a woman of small stature

can be fierce fighters if

situations were to arise.

“Anything that we teach,

I have experience trying to

do the techniques to at least

300-pound guys and bigger,”

she said. “If I can’t do

it fast and effectively, we

don’t teach it.”

She said in addition to

smaller women, the training

is effective at building the

confidence of older women,

who might think their lack of

strength would hinder them

from being able to protect


But that is not the case,


“So many assaults now

are happening to older people,

too,” Brook said. “Many

older people are thinking

there’s nothing that they can

do about it, but there’s still

something they can do to

keep themselves safe.”

Quick and effective placement

of hits that will allow

a person a window of opportunity

to escape are at the

core of One Light’s teaching

curriculum, but the heart of

their organization remains

with victims of assault and

human trafficking.

“I’m very excited about

the hearts of people now, because

they’re not only coming

for themselves,” Brook

said of class participants,

many of whom donate to the

cause in lieu of a class fee.

“[It’s] almost like a pay it

forward and helping victims

who have been in situations.

I’ve been very encouraged

by that.”

“There’s so many things

that are happening now,

and people are not only

caring about themselves,

but they’re making a difference

in the lives of other


Kathy Hilton, chief of staff

at McDermed’s office, said

the class has been increasingly

popular in the last few

years. Last year, in particular,

they did not have enough

space to accommodate all

the people who wanted to

participate, and had to turn

people away.

Hilton said they have

started looking for locations

Monica Matelski goes through the palm strike drills April 26 during a self-defense class led

by Orland Park’s One Light Self-Defense at Lincolnway Christian Church in New Lenox.

Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

Tarne Mixson teaches her group how to do a palm strike.

that can accommodate up to

100 people, so that does not

happen again.

The chairs in the sanctuary

at Lincolnway Christian

Church in New Lenox

were pushed aside, as women

broke into groups and

learned how to effectively

get an attacker to let go of

them. Whether that involved

being grabbed from behind,

by the neck,or by the wrist,

the class covered a variety of

different situations.

For those who missed last

week’s basic class, there is

slated to be another offering

on Aug. 23. The location of

that class is still to be determined,

but those interested

in signing up can do so by

emailing Hilton at kathy.ilhs37th@gmail.com.

Hilton said she has taken

the class multiple times in

the past and observes the

class when she is not participating.

“I found the class actually

very empowering and

confidence building,” she

said. “Don’t panic; buy time.

A class like this is just very

good for getting that simple

concept in people’s heads.”

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the orland park prairie | May 10, 2018 | 9

Community Honda

barbecue to benefit

children fighting cancer

Display of unity

Orland Park’s Kruse Education Center shares culture at

Unified & Unique celebration

Submitted by Pediatric

Oncology Treasure Chest


Community Honda in Orland

Park is giving to children

and teens fighting cancer.

The dealership is slated to

host a barbecue from noon-2

p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the

dealership, 8340 W. 159th St.

in Orland Park.

For every new or used vehicle

sold May 12, Community

Honda is to donate $100

to children and teens fighting


New unwrapped toys, teen

gifts and $5 gift card donations

can be dropped-off

any day during the month of

May. All proceeds will benefit

the Orland Park-based

Pediatric Oncology Treasure

Chest Foundation, a nonprofit

organization that provides

comfort and distraction

from painful procedures to

children and teens diagnosed

with cancer by providing

a toy, gift or gift card in 52

treatment centers nationwide.

There will be no cover

charge for admission to the

event. Adults and children

welcome. Free barbecue.

The POTCF is a unique

organization whose services

impact more than 13,000

young cancer patients enduring

20,000 clinic visits each

month in 19 states across the

nation. Colleen Kisel founded

the organization in 1996

after her then 7-year-old son

Martin had been diagnosed

with leukemia in 1993. Ms.

Kisel discovered that giving

her son a toy after each

procedure provided a calming

distraction from his pain,

noting that when children

are diagnosed with cancer

their world soon becomes

filled with doctors, nurses,

chemotherapy drugs, surgeries

and seemingly endless

painful procedures. Martin

celebrated his 25th anniversary

of remission from the

disease earlier this year.

For more information

about the Treasure Chest

Foundation or the event,

contact Colleen Kisel at

(708) 687-8697 or Orland

Park Community Honda at

(708) 364-2600.

Cardinal Blase Cupich to

ordain 19 deacons on May 12

Students demonstrate line dancing April 26 during Kruse Education Center’s Unified &

Unique Evening Celebration. Photos by Bob Klein/22nd Century Media

St. Michael deacon

to be among the


Submitted by the

Archdiocese of Chicago

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich,

Archbishop of Chicago, is

to ordain 19 permanent deacons

at 10 a.m., Saturday,

May 12, at Holy Name Cathedral,

735 N. State Street

in Chicago. The newly ordained

deacons will be assigned

to their home parishes,

which this year includes

a parish in Orland.

The 19 newly ordained

deacons will assist the bishop

and his priests in ministries

of the Word, Sacraments and

Charity. This includes proclaiming

the Gospel, leading

intercessions, preaching

and preparing the altar, celebrating

baptisms, leading

the faithful in prayer, distributing

Holy Communion,

witnessing marriages, and

conducting wake and funeral

services. Deacons also identify

the needs of poor and

underserved, and shepherd

the Church’s resources to

meet those needs.

Diaconate formation requires

completion of a comprehensive

4-6 year program

through the Institute for Diaconal

Studies or the Instituto

de Liderazgo Pastoral, both

located at the University of

Saint Mary of the Lake in

Mundelein. The programs

include human, spiritual,

intellectual and pastoral dimensions

of formation and

a year-long parish pastoral

ministry internship. The program

is mandated by both

the Vatican and the United

States Conference of Catholic


Among this year’s English-speaking


deacon candidates, their

wives and home parishes are

eacon Colin and Sarah Huie

of St. Michael in Orland


ABOVE: At Kruse Education Center,

(left to right) Emma,4; Amy, 9;

Kaitlyn, 7; and Kristen Zak, of Tinley

Park look at the costume display.

LEFT: Kruse Education Center

students Hailey Johnstone, 5, and

Fayme Issa, 7, both of Orland Park,

perform April 26 during a Unified

& Unique celebration held at the

Orland Park school.

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Business Briefs

Anytime Fitness announces

more free programming

Anytime Fitness at 11033

W. 179th St. in Orland Park

recently announced a lineup

of free events. Among them

are the following.

• Free Silver Sneakers

Classes — 11 a.m. and noon

every Tuesday; noon and 1

p.m. every Thursday. For

all seniors older than age

50. Silver Sneakers Cardio

is to take place at 11 a.m.

and Silver Sneakers Circuit

at noon on Tuesdays. Silver

Sneakers Circuit is to take

place at noon and Silver

Sneakers Cardio at 1 p.m.

on Thursdays. Participants

do not need to be a member

of Anytime Fitness or registered

with Silver Sneakers to

try it out.

• Silver Sneakers Yoga

Class — noon every Wednesday.

For all seniors older

than age 50. Participants do

not need to be members of

Anytime Fitness or registered

with Silver Sneakers to

try it out.

Marcus Theatres’ Orland

Park Cinema offers new

Family Classics Retro Series

Marcus Theatres and Marcus

Wehrenberg Theatres

are welcoming spring with

a new Family Classics Retro


All Retro Series films

will be shown at noon on

Sundays, and at 7 p.m. on

Mondays and Wednesdays.

Admission is $5 per person.

To learn more and purchase

tickets, visit www.


The remaining films on

the schedule are as follows.

• May 13, 14 and 16: “The

Sound of Music”

• May 20, 31 and 23: “The

Wizard of Oz”

Marcus Theatres Orland

Park Cinema is located at

16350 S. LaGrange Road.

MinuteClinic opens new

walk-in medical clinic in

Orland Park

A new MinuteClinic walkin

medical clinic has opened

inside the CVS Pharmacy

store at 14290 S. LaGrange

Road in Orland Park.

The new clinic location,

located within the University

of Chicago Medicine Center

for Advanced Care building,

is open five days a week,

with no appointment necessary.

The clinic is to provide

a wide array of wellness

services for patients ages 18

months and older. Minute-

Clinic is the retail medical

clinic of CVS Health.

The MinuteClinic opening

comes roughly two years

after a clinical affiliation

with UChicago Medicine

was announced. Under the

affiliation, CVS Health provides

prescription and visit

information to participating

health care organizations

like UChicago Medicine,

an academic health system.

The affiliation improves coordination

of care between

UChicago Medicine and

CVS Health, as well as patients’

adherence to medication.

MinuteClinic is staffed

by nurse practitioners who

specialize in family health

care and can diagnose, treat

and write prescriptions for

common illnesses, such as

strep throat and ear, eye, sinus,

bladder and bronchial

infections. Minor wounds

and abrasions, and sprains,

strains and joint pain are

treated. Common vaccinations

for conditions — such

as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia,

and hepatitis A and

B — are available.

Prevention and wellness

services offered at Minute-

Clinic include screening and

monitoring for diabetes, high

blood pressure and high cholesterol,

tuberculosis (TB)

testing, contraceptive care,

motion sickness prevention

and smoking cessation. In

addition, the nurse practitioners

can evaluate and treat

common skin conditions,

such as acne, dermatitis and


At the conclusion of each

MinuteClinic visit, patients

receive educational material,

a prescription (when

clinically appropriate) and a

visit summary. A copy of the

diagnostic record can be sent

electronically, or by fax or

mail, to a primary care provider

with patient permission.

Most major health insurance

is accepted at Minute-

Clinic. For patients paying

cash or credit, treatment

prices are posted at each

clinic and online at www.

minuteclinic.com. The cost

for most services is between

$89 and $129.

Individuals who visit

MinuteClinic and do not

have a primary care provider

are given a list of physicians

in the community who are

accepting new patients. A

new digital tool accessible

via www.minuteclinic.com

allows patients to view wait

times at all MinuteClinic locations.

They also can hold

a place in line or schedule a

future appointment from the

convenience of their smartphones,

computers or tablets.

The new clinic is to be

open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Monday through Friday. The

clinic will be closed for a

legally required lunch break

from 12:30-1 p.m.

H&M at Orland Square to

get new look

H&M recently announced

plans for a new and larger location

at Orland Square.

Increasing in size by approximately

7,000 squarefeet,

the new H&M is set to

open in the fall of 2018.

The renovated H&M location

will continue to offer

Orland Square residents a

one-stop shopping destination

for quality clothing for

the whole family, with collections

for ladies, men and

teens, as well as separate

“store within a store” sections

for accessories. Additionally,

this store will also

carry the Ladies LOGG concept.

Freddy’s introduces cheese


Freddy’s Frozen Custard

& Steakburgers, which has

a location at 7402 W. 159th

St. in Orland Park, recently

announced the launch of its

newest menu item, cheese

curds. The item was made

available starting April 26 at

all Freddy’s locations across

the country.

Freddy’s white cheddar

cheese curds are lightly covered

with butter crumbs and

fried to a gooey golden perfection.

The item is available

to order in a regular or large


Organization with ties to

Orland Park holds foot and

leg wound care meeting

More than 40 medical professionals

gathered to hear

Maureen McShane, DPM,

explain why a tiny blister

could lead to a amputation

— and how to prevent that.

McShane, a podiatrist

with Palos Health, has been

practicing medicine for more

than 25 years and seeing patients

with chronic wounds

for decades. She spoke to

the collaborative health care

group Lower Extremity Amputation

and Ulcer Prevention

at a recent meeting in

Palos Heights.

LEA-UP was founded

by Dr. Eugene Tanquilut,

of Vascular Specialists in

Olympia Fields, New Lenox,

Orland Park and Chicago.

LEA-UP is an non-competitive,

open group of primary

care physicians, podiatrists,

nephrologists, infectious

disease specialists, vascular

surgeons, plastic surgeons,

nurse practitioners and other

medical professionals from

area hospitals. Quarterly

meetings feature an expert

speaker and a sharing forum

of questions, answers, case

studies and treatment options.

Wounds in the feet may be

caused by rubbing, such as

blisters, corns and calluses.

Patients can develop ulcers

from diabetic or vascular

complications. Trauma, such

as a scratch, puncture or

slice, also can be the catalyst

for a chronic wound.

McShane explained that it

is not just the patient’s foot

that is of concern; it is the

entire health of the patient.

Blood flow is vital to healing,

and when vascular health is

compromised, wounds just

do not close. This condition

could be caused by chronic

venous insufficiency, by peripheral

artery disease and


McShane explained how

smoking a cigarette constricts

blood vessels, and

how those vessels will not

open up again for roughly 45

minutes after the cigarette

is finished. At that time, she

said, most smokers will light

up again, restricting blood

flow all over again.

Nutrition is always important,

and this is where primary

care physicians, nurse

practitioners and physician

assistants play a vital role.

McShane says these health

care providers can help

guide patients to better diets

and healthier choices.

McShane stressed the importance

of wearing shoes

to avoid puncture wounds in

the feet. She also explained

that ill-fitting shoes are the

culprits in the formation of

blisters, corns and calluses.

Education of patients is

paramount in the quest to

avoid amputation. Charcot

foot, when foot bones fracture

and the arch of the foot

drops to form a “rocker bottom”,

must be diagnosed and

treated as early as possible to

halt this deformity and avoid

ulcers. Patients with neuropathy,

significant nerve

damage, should watch for

warmth, redness and swelling

in the foot, along with

pain or soreness, and alert

their podiatrist immediately

of these symptoms.

When a wound does occur,

McShane said, the severity

of the wound will dictate

the recommended treatment.

Medical professionals may

consider debridement, which

removes diseased tissue or

wound VAC, which removes

bacteria and infection and

pulls the wound edges closer

together. A variety of skin

grafts may be used, either

taken from the original patient,

from a donor or with

dermal substitutes. A soft

tissue scaffold may be considered.

Topical dressings,

gels and ointments may be

used to cover the wound and

promote healing.

A further step to preventing

amputations is consulting

a vascular surgeon to

see if the foot or leg can be

revascularized to get blood

flow reestablished.

LEA-UP meets quarterly

over a sponsored dinner

at Zachary’s Grill in Palos

Heights. The events are open

to any health care professional.

Interested professionals

should email jrivera@vasc

specialists.org or call (815)

824-4406 and ask for ext.

130. Dinner sponsorship

opportunities to introduce

medical products and services

also are available.

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arts corridor; at Stagg, new

flashing on the northwest corner

of the building, remodeling

work on the first floor

of the 100 Building, and remodeling

work on the second

floor of the 700 Building; and

at all three schools, installation

of the aforementioned

emergency generators.

Nelson said some of these

items are part of the district’s

25-year plan for capital improvements,

and others came

up recently. They all are considered

necessary, he added.

Finally, the School Board

approved an easement agreement

for Sandburg and a fiber

agreement with ComEd.

The district is working on a

project to run fiber optic cables

between its three schools

for increased bandwidth


Because of the cost to

bury cable underneath the

Cal-Sag Channel, the district

determined that connecting

fiber optic cable aerially

from Southwest Highway

and 131st Street to Stagg was

most cost-effective.

Typically, ComEd only

allows telecommunication

companies to attach wires to

its poles, according to John

Connolly, chief technology

officer for the district. Despite

this, the district negotiated

with ComEd so that it could

attach its fiber optic cables to

ComEd’s poles.

In exchange, the district

will sell ComEd an easement

to its property at the northeast

corner of 131st Street, south

along LaGrange Road, for


Board Member Denis Ryan

said he commended the district

for its work on the contracts

and negotiation.

Student recognition

The first half of the April

26 meeting was full of applause,

as many students

were recognized for their academic

and athletic achievements.

First, the School Board

thanked and honored all

three of the district’s student

board representatives —

Jack Zwartz from Andrew,

Maria Krause from Sandburg

and Lana Shanab from


Throughout the school

year, the students reported

to the board at each regular

meeting about news and

events going on at each


From Andrew, the Special

Olympics Division 1 and

Division 8 basketball teams

were honored for bringing

home two wins from state


Andrew Principal Robert

Nolting said when he spoke

with Marty Hickman, chief

operating officer of Special

Olympics Illinois, Hickman

complimented the teams on

their quality of play, competitiveness

and sportsmanship.

The Division 1 team featured

Katie Cavarretta, Alexander

Drewry, Spyridon

Drikos, Brandon Feagins,

Jacob Gibbons, Daniel Hopman,

Caitlin Lambrecht, Luke

LaRocca, Donald Raguse,

Stuart Rettig and Pete Schultz.

The Division 8 team featured

Rasha Alnasr, Nathaniel

Cracco, Zachary

Herzberger, Michael Lopez,

James McSheffery, Brandon

Michalek, Jacob Mohammad,

Muneer Mohammad,

Tyler Olson and Tyler Pierson.

Sandburg debate team

members Ayyan Chaudhry

and James Hughes were recognized

for bringing home

the first place trophy in Public

Forum Debate from the

Illinois High School Association

State Debate Championships.

Coach Laniee McGraw

said the students have to create

arguments for and against

a topic, and flip a coin during

the competition to discover

which side of the argument

they need to contend.

The students are going to

a national tournament next

month with Stagg’s debate

team, representing Illinois.

Sandburg’s Scholastic

Bowl team also received recognition

for placing fourth at


Principal Deb Baker said

this is a first for the co-curricular

activity and also a

first for any south suburban

high school.

Coach Mike Woolley was

also named Illinois High

School Scholastic Bowl

Coaches Association Class

2A Coach of the Year.

Woolley said the students

organized themselves and

dedicated time to learning

the subject matter.

Andrew student Julia Gomez

was honored for being

an award-winner through the

College Board’s National

Hispanic Recognition Program.

She is one of approximately

5,000 students in the

nation to receive an award

through the program.

Finally, seniors who were

members of the superintendent’s

Student Advisory

Committee were recognized

for their contributions.

From Andrew, seniors

were Megan Alberts, Victoria

Belotti, Michael Dehaan

and Andrew White. From

Sandburg, seniors were

Caroline Aurelio, Natalie

Cannatello, Riddhi Patel and

Carter Thoss.

Three staff members also

honored for contributions to

the district.

Sandburg Assistant Principal

Greg Gardner received

the Assistant Principal of the

Year Award for the South

Cook Region of the Illinois

Principals Association.

Management Information

Systems Manager Scott Anthony

was recognized as a

Leader in Excellence at the

Skyward National Conference

for his work running

the system for the district

and assisting other districts.

Director of Assessment &

Data Dawn Rueter-Cox was

recognized for presenting at

the Skyward National Conference

on using Skyward

data for managing compliance

with the Every Student

Succeeds Act.

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Photo Op


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both 2008 graduates of

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The wedding was held

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California. The happy

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To be wed

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couple’s parents, Ray and

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are both graduates of

Sandburg High School.

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couple will reside in Tinley


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of Sandburg High School.

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Tinley Park police chief

retires, interim named as

national search begins

Tinley Park Deputy Police

Chief Charles Faricelli

was officially appointed to

the position of interim police

chief May 1, following

the retirement of former Police

Chief Steve Neubauer

who held the position for

over six years.

Neubauer, 65, submitted

a two-week notice of resignation,

effective April 27,

according to a memo dated

April 18 from Mayor Jake

Vandenberg to Village Manager

David Niemeyer. Prior

to joining TPPD in 2012, he

had served as chief of Elmhurst

Police Department

for eight years. He began

his law enforcement career

there as a patrol officer in


Neubauer began his tenure

in January of 2012,

following the death of former

Police Chief Mike

O’Connell, who had served

in the position since 1995,

in May of 2011. Faricelli, a

deputy chief for the last four

years, has been with the department

since 1999.

“I have evaluated his

work and deemed him


qualified to serve as deputy

police chief as of April 28,

2018,” Mayor Vandenberg

wrote. “His long record of

police work within our Village

has been very promising,

and I look forward to

seeing what he will do as

interim police chief.”

On May 1, Tinley Park

officials announced a nationwide

search to select

a permanent replacement

that would include internal

and external candidates.

Neubauer was previously

chosen from a candidate

field of approximately 100

applicants. During the 2011

search the Village used a

consulting firm to assist

with the process, but has not

announced any plans to use

one this time.

Reporting by Cody Mroczka,

Editor. For more, visit



NLSD 122 PTO Vendor and

Craft Fair rings in spring

From dads and grads to

mothers and significant others,

the perfect gift for anyone

and everyone could be

found at New Lenox School

District 122 Parent Teacher



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Organization’s Spring Vendor

and Craft Fair.

The April 27 event featured

an array of crafters

and vendors offering baked

goods, jewelry, beauty supplies,

artwork and much

more. The $2 entry fee included

a raffle ticket for

door prizes. All proceeds

benefit the PTO and its continued

support of D122.

The inaugural PTO

Spring Vendor and Craft

Fair built on the success of

the Fall Fair, held earlier in

the school year, and included

even more ways to shop,

with more than 55 booths of

unique items from which to


Different booths may

have appealed to different

people, but everyone

in attendance had a shared

desire to help D122. PTO

member and fair organizer

Cara Weingartner said she

enjoys volunteering with

the PTO, as it supports the

schools and provides her

with the opportunity to give


“I started with the PTO

in September, because my

youngest is in kindergarten

now, so I can get out a

little bit more and help,”

Weingartner said. “I’ve always

enjoyed working with

nonprofits. That’s what I

had done prior, when I was

working at my job, so it is

nice to get out and do things

to help the school district.

There’s less funding, so

they need more help from

people who are willing to

come in and volunteer their


More information about

getting involved with D122

PTO can be found on Facebook

or online at www.new


Reporting by Laurie Fanelli,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit NewLenoxPatriot.com.


Distracted, impaired driving

simulations help teen

drivers understand dangers

Accelerate Indoor Speedway

in Mokena were to team

up Monday, May 7, with the

Mokena Police Department

and the Illinois Department

of Transportation to hold a

pre-prom safety demonstration

to area high school students

in an effort to prevent

teenage driving incidents.

The program was to include

a rollover simulator,

a distracted driving simulator,

a distracted game, a seat

belt convincer — through

which students feel the jolt

of a 7 mph collision — and

a fatal vision goggle course,

on which participants can

attempt to drive electric

karts while wearing eyewear

that simulates alcohol

and marijuana impairment.

“The reason that we put

this together is Dave Larson

from Accelerate Indoor

Speedway approached me,

and he was actually looking

at some sort of pre-prom

event that would benefit our

young drivers,” said Steve

Vaccaro, Mokena police

chief. “This is an excellent

opportunity for some of our

young drivers, high school

kids, to come out and understand

the dangers of

distracted driving, driving

while impaired, by becoming

involved in some handson

displays and hands-on


Reporting by T.J. Kremer

III, Editor. For more, visit



LTHS color guard takes 24th

at international competition

Most anyone who has attended

a football game at

Lockport Township has seen

the color guard perform at


But there is a lot more to

the Porters color guard than

that. For starters, its season

does not end when the football

season does. In fact, it

picks up in the winter, with

what is termed winter guard.

Just like the cheerleading

and competitive dance

teams, there are numerous

competitions in which the

team performs. Also, like

cheer and dance, each one of

those is judged.

“No, we’re technically not

a sport,” Lockport assistant

color guard director Katie

Mahoney said. “But we have

a lot of the same aspects.

We’re known as ‘the sport of

the arts.’ We dance, we perform

and there’s even a little

bit of acting involved. Coach

John Collier and I like to call

it the production. We’re going

to give you a show for

4.5 minutes.

“We have practice, too —

a lot of it. We work hard, and

we were able to show how

hard we worked. Especially

this past season.”

Their work was rewarded

with a Top 25 finish in the

2018 Winter Guard International

World Championships.

That took place between

April 12 and 14. In the

Scholastic A group, which

Lockport was in, there were

128 participating teams.

Reporting by Randy Whalen,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit LockportLegend.com.


Resident hopes to help local

businesses with Magical


Robin Curtner found her

passion for marketing at an

early age — as a teenager attending

beauty school.

“I was 18, 19, and going to

school to be a nail tech,” she

said. “And I asked the salon

owner at the time that I was

working for, I said, ‘Can I be

more involved? Can I think

of different promotions and

things like that?’ And then

I was going out to different

businesses to partner with

them. It truly all started from


Years later, the Frankfort

resident took a “leap of

faith” and went on to found

her own business, Magical

Marketing by Robin, which

reached its six-month milestone

in May and recently

joined the Frankfort Chamber

of Commerce.

“The best thing that I enjoy

about marketing is that

it’s customized, business to

business,” Curtner said. “So,

it’s not cookie cutter from

one business to another …

whether it’s a mom and pop

bakery, or a corporate bakery,

everything has to be customized.

Otherwise, it won’t

be successful.”

Magical Marketing provides

services such as as

social media and email campaigns,

in addition to producing

promotional material

such as flyers and business


The business, which just

hired its eighth employee,

is currently based out of a

home office, but Curtner

hopes to transition to a brick

and mortar store in the area

by the end of the year.

“I do want to focus a lot on

this area,” she said.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit


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Poetry in OP

‘The Age of Loss’

Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From opprairie.com as of Friday, May 4

Weathering the Storm

Nice end to otherwise very cold month

Lin Peterson

Contributing Columnist

There is comfort in aging

That my ancestors never


I’m older today than they

ever were.

With the comfort of aging

comes a new knowledge.

How finite we are!

Family and friends also entering

this new, old era …

We live now in the age of


I watch you carefully;

As though I could catch you

before the next fall,

Or prevent the next illness.

But I know all I can do is be

there for you.

I must watch your deterioration

as you must watch mine.

Inside, we are the same.

Young, at least of mind.

We still see each other as we

once were.

But every once in awhile

We get a brief glimpse of

the reality of time.

We know what comes next.

And, in turns, we fear and

look forward to it.

I look differently now

At that group of old ladies

at lunch.

Laughing out loud, flirting

with the waiter.

They see each other through

younger eyes.

The eyes that once knew they

could handle any conquest.

As we grow older

Our hearing recedes, and we

sleep better.

Our eyesight dims so we

still look good in the mirror.

Age protects us, even as it

ravages us.

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April weather in



That one word

summarizes our

weather in April 2018. The

average temperature for the

month was 41.2 degrees,

which was 7.7 degrees

below normal.

It was the coldest April

ever recorded at O’Hare

International Airport, where

April average temperatures

were first recorded in 1959.

Weather records date back

to 1928 for the Midway

International Airport site (it

was known as Chicago Municipal

Airport prior to being

named Midway). April of

2018 was the second-coldest

April for the Midway Airport

site, with the coldest April

being in 1950.

Other than a brief

warmup on April 11-13,

temperatures were well below

normal during the first

three weeks of the month.

Through the first 18 days

of April, the temperature

did not get warmer than 39

degrees for 10 of those 18


On Friday, April 13, a

warm front settled across

the Chicago area. In the

south and southwest suburbs,

temperatures were in

the 60s, while north of Interstate

88, temperatures were

only in the 40s. The last day

of April was the warmest

day of the month, when we

reached 80 degrees for the

first time in 2018.

In addition to being the

warmest day of the month,

April 30 also was the driest. It

is rare for the relative humidity

in our region to be below

20 percent. The record low

relative humidity for Chicago

is 13 percent. On April 30,

the relative humidity got

as low as 14 percent. Low

humidity combined with

high winds that day raised

concerns for brush fires.

Liquid precipitation was

more than 1/2 inch below

normal for the month of


Snow for the month of

April was 2 inches above

normal. The greatest snow

amounts during April 2018

occurred from the evening of

April 8 into the early morning

hours of April 9. Snow

totals reported for that event

included the following.

• Homer Glen: 2.8 inches

• New Lenox 2.5 inches

• Lockport 2.3 inches

Our final snow event of

the month concluded the

morning of April 19 with

the following snowfall totals

being recorded.

• New Lenox 1.6 inches

• Homer Glen 1.3 inches

• Mokena 1.3 inches

• Lockport 1 inch

The normal last date for

measurable snowfall is

March 31. The last measurable

snowfall for this season

occurred nearly three weeks

after the normal date.

Total snowfall for the

2017-2018 snow season

was very close to normal.

O’Hare Airport recorded

36.3 inches of snow, compared

to the normal of 36.5

inches. Midway recorded

a total of 39.1 inches for

the snow season, which

was two inches above the

normal of 37.1 inches.

Temperature during the

2017-2018 snow season was

very close to normal for the

months November through

March, with April temperatures

being very much

below normal.

The weather for May and


The forecast from the

National Centers for Environmental

Prediction was

not very good for the month

of April, as it had called for

near normal temperatures.

The centers’ forecast for

May is for above-normal

temperatures and abovenormal

precipitation. For

the summer months of June,

July and August, the centers’

long range forecast is

for normal temperature and


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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Living Word Lutheran Church (16301 S.

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Preschool Primer/Summer

Fun Jam

9 a.m.-noon June 12, 13,

14, 19, 20 and 21. Cost is

$40 per day, and people may

register for any individual

date(s) as they wish. Children

ages 3 through those

entering kindergarten are

eligible. All children must

be potty trained. To reserve

a spot, contact Marisa Walsh

at (708) 226-1160.

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) 403-0137.

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.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

(15050 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Religious Education Program:

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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

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3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

After-hours appointments

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Calvary Church (16100 S. 104th Ave.,

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Study various books written

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Ashburn Baptist Church (153rd Street and

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Bible Study

9:45 a.m.

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

Men’s Bible Study

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In Memoriam

James Keane

James J. Keane,

81, of Lockport,

formerly of Orland Park,

died April 25.

He was born in Chicago to

the late William and Katherine

(nee Ryan) Keane. Husband

of Sue; father of Colleen

(Al) Wille, Erin (Bill)

Trost and Jim Keane; grandfather

of Emmet and Liam

Trost; brother of the late

Maureen Gibson, Bill (Bunny)

Keane and John (Maureen)

Keane; and brotherin-law

of Mary Schrodt.

Also survived by numerous

nieces, nephews and many

dear friends.

He was a salesman with

Hines Lumber for 26 years

SOur Lady of the Woods Church (10731 W.

131st, Orland Park)

Eucharistic Adoration

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

The church invites all to

spend some quiet time with

the Lord. Eucharistic adoration

will be held in the Day

Chapel. First hour is vocal

prayer, followed by silence.

For more information, contact

the front office at (708)


Standing Stone Church (Robert Davidson

Center, 14700 Park Lane, Orland Park)

Sunday Services

9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Children and Youth Activities

7 p.m. Wednesdays

Zion Lutheran Church (17100 S. 69th

Ave., Tinley Park)

Artisan Signs Prayer Group

Noon-1 p.m. Monday-

Wednesdays. Artisan Sign

and Lighting, 15617 71st

Court. The nondenominational

prayer group will meet

weekly and is open to anyone

who wishes to attend.

This group is not affiliated

with any church. For more

information, contact Ruth at

(708) 841-1313.

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Briefs? Contact Editor Bill

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

Information is due by noon on

Thursdays one week prior to


and retired from Jeld-Wen.

He was also a United States

Army Veteran.

Visitation was held at

Kurtz Memorial Chapel. A

Funeral Mass was held at St.

Michael Catholic Church.

Services will conclude at

church. Per James Keane’s

request, cremation rites will

be accorded and then burial

of cremains with full military

honors was to take place

at Abraham Lincoln National


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.

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the orland park prairie | May 10, 2018 | 21

OP’s Cavanagh helps PAWS of Tinley Park

Jeff Vorva, Contributing Editor

In 1989, comedian Tim

Cavanagh was a headliner

for a series of shows at the

Funny Bone in Pittsburgh.

Backing him up was relative

unknown Drew Carey.

Cavanagh said that Carey

was having a down week.

“He was unhappy ... and

talking seriously of quitting

comedy,” Cavanagh said. “I

remember he was reading

‘The Silence of the Lambs’

at the time, which would

brighten anyone’s mood.”

But during a Saturday

night performance, Cavanagh

said Carey “rocked it.”

Good for Drew Carey.

Bad for Tim Cavanagh.

“When I followed him to

the stage, the crowd wanted

nothing to do with me,” Cavanagh

said. “They loved his

comedy and, unfortunately

for me, didn’t love mine. It

was a long, quiet 45-minute

set for me. A quarter of the

audience left early, probably

to beat the traffic, which is

always bad in the middle of

the night in Pittsburgh.

“It was devastating — a

night I will never forget —

and it taught me great lessons

about comedy, like never

give up. Five years later,

Drew Carey was a household

name. Nearly 30 years

later, I am still doing, and

loving, my job. It’s a happy

ending, all the way around.”

No one was leaving early

April 28. Cavanagh, who has

lived in Orland Park since

1999, and his brother-inlaw

and brother-in-comedy

Mike Toomey co-headlined

a show for PAWS of Tinley

Park known as the Spayghetti

& Laugh Their Balls

off Comedy Dinner in front

of a sold-out crowd of 400

people at the Palos Country


Cavanagh usually does a

mix of comedy from the stage

and mingling with the crowd,

but at this event there was

more time on the floor than

on the stage, as he was poking

fun at a guest from South Elgin

who drove a 2002 BMW

and a man who had spilled a

liquid on his shirt.

The Orland funnyman did

not spend a lot of time with

his clever-wordplay songs

but broke out a few.

He said he has performed

a little bit in Orland Park, especially

back in the heyday,

when KJ Riddles/Riddles

was open in the village. He

From left: Mike and Beth Toomey and Tim and Chris Cavanagh pose after the PAWS benefit

show April 28 at Palos Country Club. Jeff Vorva/22nd Century Media

said he backed up Ellen De-

Generes there before she hit

it big. He said he performed

some corporate events at the

Silver Lake Country Club

and added, “I have been

inadvertently funny at Orland

Square mall, asking for

Frango mints at the Fannie

May store once.”

While he does not have his

own television show or have

as big of a name as Drew

Carey, Cavanagh has carved

a nice niche for himself

playing corporate shows and

is a regular on the syndicated

“Bob and Tom” radio show.

Because of their schedules

of making people laugh

from all over the country,

this was the first time in 12

years Cavanagh and Toomey

shared a stage. Cavanagh

married Chris Barclay, and

she has been his manager

and promotional director

since 1983. They introduced

Toomey to her sister Beth.

And those two hit it off.

“There are a lot of personalities

in the family; it’s not

just us,” Toomey said. “But

it’s always a lot of fun.”

This was the third running

of the event and second at

the Palos Country Club.

The organization was hoping

to raise $25,000.

“It’s a big night,” PAWS

President Paul Egan said.

“Every cent goes the animals.

We pay their medical

bills. Spaying and neutering.

Feeding them.”

Officials estimated that

medical bills alone cost

$275,000 in 2017.

Cavanagh said he was

glad to be a part of this

year’s event.

“I am so happy for PAWS

that they had a complete

sellout,” he said. “And I am

so happy for me and Mike

Toomey that the audience

was so positively responsive

to our comedy. I had a great

time performing for such an

appreciative audience.”

The night also featured

the retirement of Waylon,

the golden retriever who has

been a staple of PAWS and

other charitable events for

the past 12 years.

Waylon’s appeal was a

trick he would perform.

Patrons would hand him

paper money, and he would

grab the bills with his mouth

and deposit them in a basket

nearby, and that money

would go for the charity.

“Waylon has been at hundreds

of shows and made

thousands of dollars,” said

Michael LaMantia, the emcee

of the event. “He will be


OWN celebrates 10 years with special luncheon

Erin Redmond

Freelance Reporter

The Orland Women’s Networking

group pulled out all

the stops for its 10th anniversary.

A sold-out luncheon

Thursday, April 26, at the

Palos Country Club drew

more 200 people to celebrate

a decade of the group’s mission

of “growing, empowering,

uplifting” women.

The luncheon was headlined

by not one, but two

influential female speakers

in Micah Materre and Andrea

Zopp. Materre was a

familiar face to many in attendance,

as an anchor of the

WGN 10 p.m. news, while

Zopp, the CEO of Chicago

World Business and former

deputy mayor of Chicago,

was chosen to speak because

of her influential nature.

“[Materre has] been coming

into the homes in the

Chicagoland area [via TV]

for 30 years now, so I figured

she would be a very powerful

name,” said Panorea

Bakutis, Orland Park Area

Chamber of Commerce Executive

Board member and

chairperson for the Speaker

Committee. “I had a connection

to her and was able

to reach out, so that worked

out well. And then the other

woman, Andrea Zopp, a coworker

of mine brought up

her name for consideration

just because of how influential

she is as a woman. ...

For the 10th anniversary, we

wanted to have something a

bit more impactful.”

Both Materre and Zopp

received OWN’s inaugural

Trailblazer awards in their

respective categories.

Materre received the Trailblazer

Award in Communications

and Broadcasting for

her 30-plus years of keeping

the Chicago area community

informed. Zopp received the

Trailblazer Award for Community

Service. Zopp is an

attorney and businesswoman,

who was recognized for

using her connection to help

the community.

“This year, we hit the

jackpot,” said Felicitas Cortez,

executive director of the

OPACC. “We just couldn’t

decide on one speaker, so

we went ahead and got two.

[The Trailblazer Award] is

something we started this

year and want to continue

that. Every year, we’re going

to award trailblazing

women. Next year, we hope

to award a trailblazer in the

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Ben’s Soft Pretzels of

Homer Glen celebrated National

Pretzel Day with a

twist, as the bakery treated

the community to delicious

giveaways while raising

money for veterans.

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who visited Ben’s — from

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with a donation of $1 or

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that helps military personnel

suffering from brain

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Gigi Hall and Valerie Alfini, all of Orland Park, pose for a

photo on National Pretzel Day, April 26, when they raised

funds for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

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Plenty of programming

The Bridge Teen Centers shows off a few

recent event photos

Program volunteer Melissa Ferriter (left) instructs students

Maizie Seput (middle) and Triniti Woolfolk during a recent

Print Making program at The Bridge Teen Center.

Photos submitted

Genise Schultz and Aaliyah Harris dress a mannequin

during a recent Fashion Merchandising program at The

Bridge Thrift Store.


From Page 22

party with hopes of topping

last year’s pretzel day fundraising

total of $550.

“What’s so special about

that is 100 percent of the

donations that we collect

go to help our injured warriors,”

she said. “I think

there are a lot of military

OP church tries to

attract millennials

Tia Carol Jones

Freelance Reporter

Orland Park Christian

Reformed Church, 7500 W.

Sycamore Drive, has completed

several remodeling

projects with the goal of increasing

church attendance

among millennials.

The remodeling project,

which cost more than $4

million, was completed in

mid-December and included

audio/visual technology.

“We spent a great deal of

money on A/V,” said Dan Roeda,

pastor of congregational

life at the church. “Technology

is where things are at.”

Derek Buikema is the lead

pastor of the church and has

been there since 2013. He

see an average of 700 people

attend the two morning services,

one at 8:30 and another

at 10:45 a.m.

“We’ve intentionally tried

to draw in millenials,” Roeda


The 10:45 a.m. worship

service has more contemporary

songs. And more

college students attend that

service, Roeda said. There

also is a college lunch once

a month, small groups and

a Wednesday night worship

service geared toward them.

“We’re voting on hiring a

pastor to focus on collegeage

and early career; to develop

ministries focused on

them, as well,” he said.

families that can just use

that extra support. I think

it’s really important to help

those who have helped us so

much over the years.”

Intrepid Fallen Heroes

Fund treats service members

at Spirit Centers across

the United States, and the

organization boasts an impressive

rate of success in

helping more than 90 percent

of patients continue full

duty in the armed forces.

“It’s a great organization,”

Brown said.

National Pretzel Day is

only once a year, but Ben’s

has a passion for giving back

every season.

“We just did a collection

for TLC Animal Shelter,

where people dropped off

donations and then we took

Roeda said another part of

the remodel was to the nursery

and preschool. He said

this was done because there

are a lot of younger families

in the church, and the

nursery serves people from

across the community.

The church has a Facebook

page, and services are

live streamed on YouTube.

Also on the church’s website,

people can watch archived

sermons. The church

also is doing research on a

church application.

“Our core belief is that we

all need to be related to God,

living in community with

other believers,” Roeda said.

Roeda added there is something

about in-person interactions.

He said the leadership

is trying to make the church a

welcoming place.

“We want people to come

and experience it for themselves,

and see this is a positive

and uplifting place,” he


Roeda said the goal of the

church is to reach people

with the Gospel.

“We hope [the remodel]

will revitalize the church,

and we will be hospitable

to anyone who is seeking a

place,” he said.

For more information

about the church and its services,

call (708) 532-4900

or visit www.orlandchurch.


them over there,” Brown explained.

“We’ve also done a

book drive, and we collected

five or six shopping carts full

of books.

“We want to give back to

the community that supports

us. I think that’s important.”

More information about

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

can be found at www.fallen


Village Theatre Troupe

announces auditions for

‘Touchtone M for Murder’

Submitted by Village of

Orland Park

Actors ages 16 and older

are invited to audition for

the Orland Park Theatre

Troupe’s presentation of

“Touchtone M for Murder,”

the story of Sam Slade, a famous

though rather inept detective.

Slade needs the help

of the audience to solve this


Those auditioning must


From Page 21

community — a special

woman who through community

service or through

their business empowers

women and acts as a mentor

for the younger generations.”

The luncheon also honored

former board members

Renee Oswald and

Susan Byrne, who helped

lay the foundation for the

OWN luncheon a decade

ago. Cortez credited both

for having the vision to give

local women a platform to

network within, which, she

said, strengthens business

relationships and the Orland

Park community overall.

“These two women were

honored because, if we

didn’t have their dedication

and focus, the OWN luncheon

wouldn’t be what it

is,” Cortez said. “What we

have found is that, year after

year, our attendance grows

and vendor-interest grows.

We are getting these dynamic

speakers. There is certainly

a buzz about the women’s

networking luncheon and

the group as a whole. ... It’s

fantastic, because it’s just

be prepared to read from the

script. Once cast, members

pay a $35 registration fee.

Auditions are scheduled to be

held from 7-10 p.m. Monday,

May 14, and Tuesday, May

15 at the Village’s Cultural

Center, 14700 Park Lane.

Rehearsals are to be held

Sundays, Mondays and

Wednesdays, with performances

July 14 and 15.

For more information, call

(708) 403-7275.

another benefit that we can

offer our members.”

The luncheon began with

a vendor-exhibitor program,

which was attended by more

than 30 different chamber

businesses and organizations.

It was the largest vendor

attendance to date.

As Cortez and Bakutis

look toward the future, both

said they hope to see the

event continue to grow and

continue to fulfill its and the

chamber’s mission.

“It was a great event,”

Bakutis said. “I think this

year was probably the most

vibrant. The speakers that

I brought in, I think, really

resonated well with the audience.”

Cortez agreed, adding she

also would like to see the

OWN Luncheon continue to

expand its reach and partner

with other local women’s


“Anytime that you can

empower a woman, find a

mentor perhaps, is just a

great thing,” Cortez said.

“We are only stronger because

of it. ... I think we’re

moving in the right direction

and gathering a very vibrant

group of women of all ages,

all nationalities, all industries.”

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The Dish

‘Fiesta’ is Spanish for Frankfort’s Fat Rosie’s

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

While Cinco de Mayo

has come and gone, there is

one Frankfort establishment

where the party continues

for the other 364 days: Fat


The Mexican restaurant

specializes in “very authentic”

Mexican cuisine, according

to head chef Raul

Arreola, who was born in

Mexico City and has more

than 30 years of culinary experience

under his belt.

More on that authentic

cuisine shortly.

Firstly, because it is the

first thing customers will notice,

Rosie’s offers authentic

party atmosphere. From

vibrantly colored walls and

doors to loads of Mexican

knickknacks — including

sombreros, boot-shaped

shot glasses and a talking

donkey — there is no place

else around that has the same

let’s-get-ready-to-party ambiance

as Rosie’s, and the

management likes it that


Judging by the popularity

of the restaurant that opened

in 2015, so do the customers.

“Especially on the weekends,

it’s a little bit louder in

here,” said Joe Christiano regional

director. “We crank it

up. You’re here to party. The

whole point of the restaurant,

what the owner wanted,

was a fun, party atmosphere

where you don’t feel like

you’re sitting in a restaurant

in Frankfort, Illinois,

let alone the United States

somewhere; he wanted the

authentic feel of you being

Mexico, almost.”

Now, back to that Mexican


One of the signature appetizers

is the ensalada a

la parrilla ($8), with mixed

greens, tomato, avocado and

The ensalada a la parrilla ($8) is mixed greens, tomato,

avocado and chipotle-honey vinaigrette.

chipotle-honey vinaigrette.

Of course, no Mexican restaurant

would be complete

without tacos, and Rosie’s

has several options of those

from which to choose.

There are the al pastor ($4

each), grilled pork shoulder,

grilled pineapple, guajillo

pepper, onion and cilantro,

served on corn tortilla.

There is the staple carne

asada ($5 each), with avocado-tomatillo

salsa, and pico

de gallo and queso fresco.

Or, for seafood lovers, the

camarones Veracruzanos

($5 each), sautéed shrimp,

Veracruzana sauce and goat

cheese, served on corn tortilla.

Customers needing a little

more food to help soak

up some of Fat Rosies’

22 ounce margaritas ($9)

should check out the pollo

al chipotle ($18), grilled

chicken breast with creamy

chipotle sauce, served with

garlic mashed potatoes and

grilled green beans, topped

with crispy onions.

All of those are great,

but for a dish that cannot

be found anywhere else on

the planet, diners will want

to go for the enchiladas en

mole ($18), a special recipe

Fat Rosie’s

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that Arreola’s grandmother

taught him. It’s a grilled

chicken enchilada with

queso Chihuahua and mole

negro, served with rice and

beans. The recipe is so secret

that Arreola said he will not

even let anyone in the kitchen

when he is preparing it.

Restaurant staff pride

themselves on the freshness

of the food, Christiano said,

so most items are prepared

early in the morning to ensure

the maximum amount

of freshness for the customers.

And they also pride themselves

on interacting with

Fat Rosie’s carne asada tacos ($5 each) come topped with avocado-tomitillo salsa, pico de

gallo and queso fresco on a corn tortilla. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

The pollo al chipotle ($18) is grilled chicken breast with a creamy chipotle sauce, served

with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans, topped with crispy onions.

customers — not just the

waitstaff, but managers and

chefs will often be found

walking through the restaurant

and mingling with

guests to make sure everyone

is having a great time.

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out of nowhere you get some

sombreros tossed on your

party’s heads and some tequila

to wash down the food.

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that makes it feel like

a party every day of the year.

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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 for a while 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

current pricing and complete



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Growing Media Company

Seeks Sales Directors

Position Overview:

22nd Century Media, a media

publishing company based in

Orland Park, is seeking Sales

Directors to join their team.

Responsibilities Include:

Proactively prospecting and

qualifying potential new

advertising accounts; handling

incoming leads; guiding ad

copy for clients; identifying

business opportunities and

working with decision makers

to obtain customer

commitment; and achieving

weekly revenue targets.


Ideal candidates will possess

1–3 years of experience in

local/retail advertising sales

and/or media environment.

Must have a strong work ethic

and ability to work

independently as well as with

a team. Excellent

communication skills,

time-management and

interpersonal skills required.

Next Steps:

For more information or to be

considered for this

opportunity, email a

resume to:


No phone calls please. EOE

P/T Data Entry

We are looking for a P/T

employee for our Orland

office for data entry. Entry

level job; no exp. req’d.

Keyboard skills a must.

Duties include data entry,

filing, checking claim

status over the phone &

online. Call 708-336-0419

Growing Residential

Cleaning Co. has openings

for Cleaning Pros

Exp. Preferred but Will

Train. P/T Weekdays.

No Evenings/Weekends




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Casual and Store Associate

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Please visit the following

location on

Monday, May 21st

between the hours of

7AM - 12pm, or

2pm - 7pm

to complete an application:


16000 S. Harlem Ave

Tinley Park IL 60477

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping (Morning)

Needed at

Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

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No Phone Calls

Fence Installers & Laborers

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Phone Savvy

Solid Computer Skills

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SW Suburban (Tinley Park)

Manufacturing Company

seeks a person with

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industrial products


This is an inside,

consultative Sales position

which will focus on new

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existing product sales.

This sales/marketing

function selects and targets

decision makers to discuss the

product features relative

to the prospect’s existing &

potential needs.

Successful candidates

should be proactive and have

strong sales experience.

Excellent salary and fringe


Annual performance bonus


It is NOT an outside sales,

telemarketing, nor a

commission paid position.

Send resume to:

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Due to our rapid growth and

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industrial mfg. Sales office

seeks exp’d, detail-oriented

Sales Assistant for full-time

position. A Sales Assistant at

ARC does both sales,

secretarial & customer service

functions. This is a very

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FAST-PACED office. The

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needs to possess strong

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Excellent computer literacy

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exp. req’d. Repeat customer

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req’d. Competitive salary &

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Oh most Beautiful Flower

of Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, Assist

me in this my neccessity, oh

star of the sea help me and

show me herein you are my

mother. Oh holy Mary,

Mother of God, Queen of

Heaven and Earth, I humbly

beeseach you from the bottom

ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make

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oh Mary conceived without

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1052 Garage Sale


Sat. May 12 8:30a-1:30p

8221 W. 171st Street

For event details, call


Frankfort 21222 Arbour Walk

Dr 5/11 9-3 5/12 9-2 Vintage

elec games, furn, home decor,

kids items & much more!

Frankfort , 259 Linden Dr.

5/11 &5/12, 8-2p. Furniture,

purses, household items, lots of

clothing, video games & more!


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1052 Garage Sale

Mokena Community

Wide Garage Sale

20+ HOMES!

May 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th

Flyers available for pickup at

11020 Front St. Unit A

Mokena, IL 60448

Hours available for pickup

8-4pm Monday-Friday

New Lenox, 851 Lenox/back

garage 5/10, 5/11 & 5/12.

9-2pm Clothes, tools,

antiques, housewares,

jewelry, rolling aluminum ladder

& 4 ton hydraulic jack.

Rain or shine.

Orland Park, 14482 Streamwood

Dr.5/10-5/12, 8a-3p.


Tinley Park, 8106 Nottingham

Rd. 5/17, 5/18 &5/19, 9-2p.

Tools, furniture, kitchenware

& much more!

1054 Subdivision


Autumn Fields Subdivision

Garage Sale

Frankfort: Laraway & Wolf

Saturday 5/12, 8-2pm

Pairie Creek on Fallingwater

Circle Subdivision

Garage Sale in Frankfort

Saturday 5/12 8am-5p. Multiple

Families. Jewelry, furniture,

clothes, household items,

Hummals, Department 56

Houses Collectibles.

1058 Moving Sale

Homer Glen, 16858 Comandra

Cr. 5/10 &5/11 ,8:30-4p.

High quality items atreasonable

prices, including dining

rm set, entertainment center, 2

wing chairs, bedding, clothes,

tools, lawn mower. Many

added items!

Orland Park, 7625 Wheeler

Dr. 5/12 &5/13, 12-6p. Furniture,

household goods, paintings,

lawn mower, snow

blower, patio furniture & grill!

Homer Glen, 13029 Buttercup

Ct. 5/11 &5/12, 9-4p. Everything

must go! Collectibles, depression

glass, & more!

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708.860.4041 708.278.4700




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powder room! Finished English

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garage includes two-and-a-half-car

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Fabulous fenced yard has a brick

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White doors and trim! Impeccable!


Listing Price: $369,000

Listing Agent: James

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Jan. 16

• 18054 Florida Court 114, Orland

Park, 60467-8941 - Escobar Trust to

Antonio Chavarria Jr., $207,000

• 11637 Brookshire Drive, Orland Park,

60467-6078 - Joseph J. Deacon to

Jennifer Hayes, $320,500

• 1356 Mohawk Lane, Orland Park,

60462 - Heidi M. Eisenbeis Trustee to

James V. Giordano Sr., Joan F. Giordano,


Jan. 17

• 11235 Bradley Court, Orland Park,

60467-7552 - James L. Ellis to Jolita

Pivoraite, Vaidotas Lesvinciunas,


• 15310 Wilshire Drive, Orland Park,

60462-4677 - Marvin Aardema to

Bogdam Pawlak, Darlene Pawlak,


• 16515 Timber Trail, Orland Park,

60467-6201 - William Winters to Frank

J. Beiriger, $292,000

• 14745 Poplar Road, Orland Park,

60462-3436 - Sain Bajramovski

to William J. Gallagher, Donna C.

Gallagher, $343,000

Jan. 18

• 8311 Hillcrest Drive, Orland Park,

60462-1846 - Saleem Mohammed to

Joseph F. Heinrich, $200,500

• 10913 Crystal Springs Lane, Orland

Park, 60467-3097 - Reyad Haleem to

Atef Salama, Rania Salama, $220,000

Jan. 22

• 14821 S. 88th Ave., Orland Park,

60462-3408 - Marquette Bank Trustee

to Marek Dabrowski, $239,000

• 13801 Mayflower Lane, Orland Park,

60467-7621 - Jonathan W. Jansen

Trustee to Belal M. Al Bdour, $520,000

The Going Rate is provided by Record Information

Services Inc. For more information,

visit www.public-record.com or call (630)


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from Old to New!

Top Dollar Paid !!!

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38 Acres, Room for

Weekend Getaways

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2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

Don’t Junk

Your Vehicle!

$$CASH$$ Paid

Vehicles Running or Not

Cars, Trucks, Vans etc.


1225 Apartments

for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

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2015 Nissan Altima $10,975

2002 Cadillac Eldorado Pearl

white 27,000 miles $13,500

2007 Chevrolet Conversion

van 130,000 miles $10,975

2011 Chevrolet Express 3500

9 passenger Luxury High Roof

conversion van 41,000 miles


10 cargo vans to choose from

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4 conversion vans to choose


2016 Lexus gs350 f sport

AWD $40,975

2011 Ram 1500 pickup 4 door

Leather, loaded, Sport package,

dual exhaust 87,000 miles


2014 Chevrolet Corvette 6,940

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10 Questions


Maratea for two: opposing coach and son enjoy tennis

with Joey Jenkot

Joey Jenkot is a senior swimmer/

water polo player who is heading

to Marquette next year.

Which sport do you like

better, swimming or water


I like swimming and water polo

both but for different reasons. I like

swimming because I like to race

and compete. But the practices are

brutal and the season feels like it

goes on forever. I like water polo

because of the team aspect. Everyone

needs to be working together

for the team to be successful and I

like the reliance on teammates. If

you’re lacking they can pick you

up, and vice versa

What goes on under the

water that people don’t see?

Under the water is the most brutal

part. There is so much punching,

kicking, grabbing, scratching,

and kneeing. There is times you

will get out of the pool with huge

gashes the length of you ribs.

What are you majoring in at


I will be majoring in engineering.

Why did you pick that?

Engineers have the ability to

build a new world, and I hope to

help build that.

Do you have a favorite

pregame pump-up song?

My favorite pregame song is

“Whatever it Takes” by Imagine



Do you have a hero, or

someone you look up to?

I have a few people I look up.

My brother (Jake) is currently a

Naval Flight Officer, and my father

(Jerry) is a retired police officer,

so they are role models to me.

Is there a movie you could

watch over and over without

getting bored with it? And


“Saving Private Ryan”. I love

World War II movies and this is

one of my favorites. It has a great

cast and story line. Also it has one

of the best battle scenes of all time

in the beginning.

Any superstitions?

Before most of my races I do

the same thing behind the blocks.

I would do jumping jacks and slap

my chest.

If you could have dinner with

anyone — living or dead —

who would it be with?

Definitely Ronald Reagan. He is

one of the greatest presidents that

the US has ever had and someone

I truly admire and would love to

hear speak.

If they made a movie about

your life, who should play


Tom Hanks. He has some fantastic

films and I know he can do

the job.

Interview conducted by Sports Editor

Jeff Vorva

PHIL ARVIA, Freelance Reporter

For his 64th birthday, Mike

Maratea got a reprieve.

At least, that’s the way his oldest

son, Nick, felt about it.

“I was looking forward to giving

him a loss on his birthday,” Nick

Maratea, a Sandburg sophomore,

said of his father, the Andrew boys

tennis coach.

Nick was scheduled to play

No. 1 singles Thursday, May 3,

for the Eagles against his father’s

Thunderbolts, but a heavy shower

and more threatening skies forced

postponement of the match until

Monday, May 7, after this paper’s


On Thursday, the family —

Mike, wife Julie, Nick and younger

brothers Luke, Jacob and Zack

— headed to Miller’s Ale House in

Orland Park for a celebratory dinner.

At least this way, everybody will

be happy at dinner.

“Last year was tough,” Mike

said. “Nick lost at No. 2, and we

lost to Sandburg.

“I’m hoping this year will be the

opposite — Nick wins at No. 1, we

win the match.”

Regardless, an Andrew/Sandburg

battle will be a special event

for many reasons. Like Mike,

Sandburg’s coach, Brian Ostrander,

is a Bremen High School graduate.

He played for Maratea’s Prairie

State Games squad in the early

‘90s, then got into coaching as an

assistant under Maratea at Mother

McAuley in 1994.

Maratea started in coaching in

1979 with the girls team at Oak

Forest, went from there to McAuley

in ’91, has coached the Andrew

girls since 2004 and picked up the

boys job in 2012. He also had a

stint as an assistant to Ostrander

(Mike’s brother, Dave, is now on

Ostrander’s staff) and is an assistant

at Moraine Valley.

“It’s always fun when Mike is

around,” Ostrander said. “He’s

very energetic — younger than his

years. It was very easy to gravitate

into what he was doing because it

looked like a lot of fun.”

Mike (left) and Nick Maratea share

a passion for tennis. Mike is

Andrew’s coach and Nick plays at

Sandburg. The Andrew/Sandburg

match scheduled for Thursday,

May 3 was postponed. JEFF


Tennis has always been that for

Maratea, despite growing up in

Midlothian — not exactly a hotbed

of tennis in the 1960s. Or ever.

“I lived a half-block from the

tennis courts,” Maratea said. “We

were messing around there one

summer, and I found out I was better

than all my buddies.”

In 1971 and ’72, Maratea led the

only two state-qualifying teams in

Bremen history, winning the district

singles title both years. He

played one year, with eventual

touring pros Tim and Tom Gullickson,

at Northern Illinois.

“I had the fire in the belly,” Mike

said. “And I was patient.

“Nick’s technically a lot better

than me. I was just tougher.”

Nick took his lumps playing

mostly first singles on the Sandburg

varsity during his freshman

season. He’s bouncing between

doubles and singles this season,

but was slated early at No. 1 for

the Andrew match.

“That’s kind of a show of respect,”

Ostrander said before invoking

Mike’s nickname. “The

Wolf demands respect.”

Nick’s game is beginning to do

so as well.

“This is the first year Nick has

taken on an identity,” Ostrander

said. “He has really started to improve.

He’s gotten a lot more competitive.”

While Mike preferred a steady,

defensive style, Nick’s game is different.

“He tends to take a lot of risks,”

Mike said. “He’s got a big serve,

a great backhand...of course, ever

since he was 2, I was feeding him

backhands, because he could only

hold the racquet with two hands.

“His forehand needs work, and

he needs to learn patience.”

To the degree that a 16-year-old

can, Nick agreed with his father.

“He’s a lot wiser and calmer,”

Nick said. “I like to hit the ball

hard and get to the net. He’s more

about making the point.”

If he plays singles in Sandburg’s

own sectional later this month,

Nick would have a tough path to

the state tournament, given the top

four finishers in last year’s sectional

were underclassmen. The

doubles draw might be more open,

considering the state qualifiers last

season were two pairs of seniors.

“For this year, I hope to do well

in conference and sectional, but

it’s really hard to make it to state,”

he said. “Stagg and Marist are really

tough. But eventually, I want

to get to state.”

A member of the student council

who also played on the freshman

basketball team, Nick was unwilling

to concede Mike’s fire burns

hotter than his.

“Not at all,” he said. “I get really


“I’m just not exactly the same

as him. Back in the day, they did

things a little different.”

Granted, on-court behavior at

all levels has mellowed somewhat

since Ilie Nastase begat Jimmy

Connors begat John McEnroe.

And Mike conceded, given his

full-blooded Italian ancestry, “I get

a little animated.”

He wanted to keep that to a minimum

for the Sandburg match.

“I try to abide by the 100-foot

rule,” he said. “Nick says he hears

the small comments I make no

matter where I am.”

And Nick doesn’t mind.

“I’ve always loved tennis,” he

said. “I was always into it.

“That’s something me and my

dad share — a passion for tennis.”

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Shelton breaks mold committing to football and baseball at Hutchinson


Freelance Reporter

Nicky Shelton has never lacked


“When I am playing football, I

think of my style as more of an attitude,

that I am on the best player

on the field and nobody can stop

me,” he said. “I think if you want

to be successful, you have to think

like that.”

In charting the next stage of his

athletic career, Shelton was not going

to be placed in a box or limit

himself. As a football and baseball

prospect, he had choices. In the binary

world of college recruiting, it

is typically one or the other.

A senior at Sandburg, Shelton insisted

on both. He found a receptive


Shelton, who was one of 45

student-athlete Eagles honored

by the school at a breakfast in the

Gold Gym on May 2, committed to

play both football and baseball at

athletically prominent Hutchinson

Community College. The two-year

school in Hutchinson, Kansas has

produced some very prominent professional

athletes. Shelton is breaking

the mold, becoming what is

believed to be the first football and

baseball prospect in the 90-year history

of the program.

And Shelton doesn’t even play

varsity baseball. He’s on the track


New Orleans Saints’ star running

back Alvin Kamara and New England

return man and receiver Cordarrelle

Patterson, both played at

the school. Quarterback Shaun Hill,

who played for five NFL teams, also

starred for the Blue Dragons.

The legacy caught the imagination

of Shelton.

“I started researching on the internet

the top five junior colleges for

sending receivers to the NFL, and

they were ranked No. 2,” he said.

“I contacted the top five schools,

and they were the only ones who

responded. I went down there on

a recruiting visit in late March,

early April, and I loved the place. I

also talked about baseball, and the

coaches said of course, they’d even

help get me a catcher to work on my

throwing in the off-season.”

Shelton is a multiple sport athlete

for the Eagles. A two-year starter

Nicky Shelton, shown during a ceremony at Sandburg on May 2, plans

on playing both baseball and football at Hutchinson Community College


Football player Ed Schullo (left), his 18-month-old brother, Vincent, and

father, Dominic, pose during Sandburg’s recognition breakfast. The

senior is heading to St. Ambrose University.

as a wide receiver, he scored nine

touchdowns and had 700 yards

receiving despite missing three

games in his senior year. He is a late

bloomer in the sport.

“I never played until I came to

Sandburg at the start of my freshman

year,” he said. “I grew up in

Stickney, a village that had no organized

football leagues. I played

baseball. We moved to Orland Park,

and I wanted to make new friends

and football was the way to do that.”

A six-inch growth spurt the

summer before his freshman year


He got a crash course in learning

the subtleties of the game. “Football

is like a new toy to me, and I am still

figuring it all out,” he said. Now at

6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, he has the

size to make an impact

A sprinter and long and triple

jumper on the Eagles’ track team,

Shelton never played varsity baseball

at Sandburg. Baseball is a developing

program at Hutchinson.

The coaches there like his potential

as a hard-throwing right-handed

pitcher. Shelton has been training

with the Romeoville-based Rhino

Baseball facility.

“Both sports have produced Division

I athletes,” Shelton said.

“Whether it’s football or baseball, I

just want to go out and make an impact

and doing something I love.”

Sandburg honors 45 athletes heading to college

Sandburg High School honored 45 athletes who have announced

their college commitments at a breakfast ceremony on May 2. Here

is a list of those athletes, their schools and their sports:

Kelli Bergmark, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire - soccer

Gabe Carney, Aurora University - football

Branden Comia, University of Illinois Champaign - baseball

Lauren Corcoran, Carthage College - swimming

Will Davis, Aurora University - football

Andrew DeMatteo, Augustana College - baseball

Colin Dominski, Aurora University - football

Madison Fischer, Illinois Wesleyan University - soccer

Kyle Fox, Illinois Wesleyan University- swimming

Xander Furmanek, University of Wisconsin Platteville - cross


Erin Greenfield, Moraine Valley Community College - basketball

Ryan Hampe, University of Illinois Chicago - baseball

Maureen Imrie, Briar Cliff University - volleyball

Sami Ismail, North Central College- basketball

Dylan Jacobs, University of Notre Dame - cross country/track

Luke Kazlauskas, Carthage College - soccer

Angela Kelsey, Carthage College - water polo

Matthew Kocinksi, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - baseball

Elena Krasowski, University of Dubuque - soccer

Ricky Kwak, Marian University - football

Jimmy Margas, University of Indianapolis - soccer

Jamie Marines, University of Notre Dame (preferred walk-on) -


Jakob Martinez, Trinity International University - football

Seth Masters, University of Illinois Springfield - baseball

John Murphy, Carthage College - football

Nicholas Orlando, Illinois Wesleyan University - football

Jacob Ostema, Trinity Christian College - volleyball

Karly Petro, Central Michigan University - cheer

Nicole Poole, Moraine Valley Community College - basketball

Jake Pygon, North Central College - basketball

Jason Pygon, St. Xavier University - basketball

Emily Schrader, St. Francis University - bowling

Ed Schullo , St. Ambrose University - football

Nick Shelton, Hutchinson Community College - football and


Claire Sokol, University of Illinois Springfield - soccer

Emily Stankute, Illinois Wesleyan University - cross country/track

Abbie Stefanon, Bellarmine University - volleyball

Michael Stevens, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - football

Madison Stuursma, Indiana Wesleyan University - swimming

Andrew Tenison, Lewis University - baseball

Evan Tenuta, University of Notre Dame - baseball

Carter Thoss, Lewis University - swim

Andre Turner, Concordia University Wisconsin - football

Heather Vetter, Aurora University - softball

Ashley Wood, Southern Illinois University - softball

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Eagles aim for seventh Top 4 finish in 3,200

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

The banner was prominent

and not very far from the finish


On a fence on the east side

of Sandburg’s stadium during

the Pete Struck Eagle

Classic boys track meet in

late April were a couple of

banners, including one of

the 2016 Eagles 3,200-meter

relay team of Tom Brennan,

Dylan Jacobs, Sean Torpy

and Chris Torpy. That heralded

team had broken a

10-year-old record by winning

the Illinois High School

Association Class 3A state

championship with a time of

7 minutes, 37.36 seconds.

That is the crown jewel

in a streak that started in

2012, in which Sandburg’s

3,200 (also known as 4x800

and two-mile) relay team

finished in the Top 4 in the


Six years.

Six Top 4 finishes.

The Eagles are gunning

for a seventh this season, as

the postseason around the

state is to open Wednesday,

May 16 and Sandburg will

compete Friday, May 18 at

the Downers Grove North

Sectional. The state meet is

May 24-26 at Eastern Illinois

University in Charleston.

Jacobs, a senior, had been

on the last two Top 4 3,200

relay teams and said his

teammates are not putting

pressure on themselves.

“No, we just enjoy everything,”

he said. “If you are not

enjoying it, you are not doing

it right. You are putting too

much pressure on yourself.

We go out there and have fun,

and when it’s state time or the

sectionals, we’ll be running

at our best. We will trust our

coaches and trust our teammates.

We know everything

will go correct.”

Sandburg’s Peter Demogerontas was on the 3,200-meter relay team that finished second in

the state in Class 3A last year. PHOTOS BY JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

It is a little nostalgic for

him to see that banner, as he

remembers what turned out

to be a magical morning.

“It feels like a long time

ago, but I remember every

moment of it,” he said. “It was

an awesome moment, and

they are the moments you will

remember for a lifetime.”

Sandburg coach Joe Nemeth

has not publicly announced

a postseason 3,200

squad, but Jacobs’ success

the last two years and the fact

that Peter Demogerontas ran

third on last year’s secondplace

team should indicate

that half of his team is set.

But the coach has been

mixing and matching, trying

to find the right combination.

Demogerontas, Nico

Calderon, Ed Slack and Jacobs

ran a 7:58.34 to finish

seventh at a national meet in

Arcadia, California, in early

April. At the 21-team Struck

meet, Rob Sieczkowski,

Connor Devlin, Brendan

Duffy and Demogerontas

won the event in 8:09.93. At

the final regular-season meet

of the year, the Bill Jackson

Invitational in Lockport,

Sieczkowski, Griffin

Lehnhardt, Will Giblin and

Ben Walter ran it.

“The winter kind of hung

on forever, and we had some

big invites cancelled,” Nemeth

said. “We were just

plugging in guys. We were

looking at who has practiced

well, and I honestly thought

we looked good. Going forward,

we have some pieces

that can fight for that.”

Demogerontas, a junior,

hopes to keep the streak

alive. Heck, a Top 12 finish

would be something to brag

about. But the Eagles have

dreams of a high finish.

“We take pride in it, and

it’s pretty impressive,” Demogerontas


Nemeth said his athletes

know what’s on the line.

“It’s right there,” he said

pointing to the banner. “It’s

all there. If they do feel pressure,

I haven’t seen it. A lot

of these guys who have been

here four years and been at

our camps since sixth grade

know our history. I think

that, right now, they are trying

to fight for these spots.”


A look at the past six Sandburg 3,200-meter relay

teams, how they finished in the state, the individuals

involved and their times.

2012-4th (Kevin O’Flaherty, Nicholas Prajka, Derek

Hevel, Pat McMahon) 7:49.65.

2013-3rd (Denis O’Callaghan, Joe Licata, Nicholas

Prajka, Pat McMahon) 7:46.81

2014-2nd (Chris Torpy, Matt Hetzler, Sean Torpy, Denis

O’Callaghan) 7:40.77

2015-1st (Tom Brennan, Brandon Lukas, Sean Torpy,

Chris Torpy) 7:42.03.

2016-1st (Tom Brennan, Dylan Jacobs, Sean Torpy,

Chris Torpy) 7:37.36*

2017-2nd (Alex Szymanksi, Martin Skucas, Peter

Demogerontas, Dylan Jacobs) 7:45.51

*-Illinois High School Association state record

Dylan Jacobs was a member of the Sandburg 3,200-meter

relay team the past two seasons. In 2016, he and three

teammates set a state record in the event.

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Murray keeps Sandburg’s badminton streak alive


Freelance Reporter

Sandburg’s state streak


Every year since the Illinois

High School Association

records started appearing

online in 1997, the

Eagles badminton team has

not only advanced an athlete

to state, scored at least

a point in everyone of those


Kaylynn Murray advanced

to state for Sandburg

this season with a third-place

finish in the singles competition

Thursday, May 3 at

the Lincoln-Way East Sectional.

Her placement helped

the Eagles tie for third with

Plainfield North (8 points

apiece). Lincoln-Way Central

(9.5 points) was second

and host Lincoln-Way East

(18 points) placed first and

second in both the singles

and doubles and easily won

its first sectional title since


Murray hopes to continue

the state scoring streak Friday

and Saturday, May 11

and 12 at the state finals at

Eastern Illinois University in


“I was among the top [sectional]

seeds this year after

being No. 9 last year,” said

Murray, who is a junior. “It

was a huge jump and a really

hard adjustment. But

I changed my mentality

Junior Kaylynn Murray is the latest in a long line of Sandburg badminton players who

qualified for the state finals. Here, she is battling in the Lincoln-Way East semifinals on


throughout the season and

kept a level head.”

After losing to eventual

singles champion Madeleine

Tremblay of East 22-20, 13-

21, 21-15 in the semifinals,

Murray bounced back with

a 21-10, 21-19 win over LW

Central’s Grace Herzog and

21-18, 21-13 victory over

another Central junior Gillian

Underhill in the thirdplace


“This is the third time she

saw Madeleine Tremblay

from East and they’re like

mirror images of each other,”

Sandburg coach Kimberly

Huelsman said of Murray

playing East’s top player

in the semifinals. “But Kaylynn

did a nice job of coming

back and advancing to


Huelsman is in her 12th

season as Eagles coach.

Her first state qualifier,

Kristina Bennett in 2007, is

now her assistant coach. In

2011 Sandburg’s badminton

team won the state title.

The Eagles had a deep team

that registered 14.5 points,

out distancing T.F. South by

three points. That highlighted

a four-year run of success

for Sandburg, which captured

four sectional championships

between 2009-12.

Although this season only

brought a handful of dual

team wins, Murray is slatted

to return next season and

there’s plenty of talent on the

lower levels.

“Records are records, but

in the end it’s all about the

development of the girls,”

Huelsman said. “Our JV

level won the conference

this season, so it will be interesting

to see how it all develops.”

Boys gymnastics

Andrew’s co-op team,

which features athletes from

Sandburg, finished sixth in

the eight-team Wheaton-

Warrenville South Sectional

on May 2 and did not advance

any gymnasts to the

state finals.

Freshman Ethan Ryan

placed 12th in the all-around

with a 39.800. Senior Nick

Garcia was 15th with a

38.050 and Ryan Steinbach

was 16th with a 35.800.

Junior Sawyer Mackovitch,

Andrew’s top scorer

in the Southwest Suburban

Conference meet earlier in

the season, missed the sectional

because of an ear infection.

Bass fishing

Weather forced the postponement

of the Big Basin

Marina Sectional on

the Des Plaines River on

Thursday, May 3. It was

rescheduled for Monday,

May 7, after this newspaper’s

deadline. Sandburg

is one of the teams in the


Boys volleyball

Sandburg drew the sixth

seed in the 25-team Brother

Rice Sectional, which

opens play on May 21.

Lincoln-Way East, Brother

Rice, Marist, Lockport and

Lincoln-Way Central drew

the top five seeds.

Boys lacrosse

Andrew’s co-op team,

which features athletes

from Sandburg, is seeded

third at the nine-team

Lockport sectional behind

Neuqua Valley and the

Lincoln-Way Central co-op


The postseason opens

May 21.

Girls lacrosse

Sandburg’s co-op team

drew the fifth seed in the

seven-team Minooka Sectional.

The postseason

opens May 21.

Sports Editor Jeff Vorva contributed

to this report

This week in...



■May ■ 11 – hosts Marian

Catholic, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 14 – at Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 15 – hosts Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 16 – at Steve Bajenski

Memorial Tournament, TBA

■May ■ 17 – at Steve Bajenski

Memorial Tournament, TBA


■May ■ 11-12 - IHSA State

Meet, TBA (if necessary)


■May ■ 11 – at SWSC

Conference, TBA

■May ■ 12 – at SWSC

Conference, TBA


■May ■ 12 – at Dunlap, 1 p.m.

■May ■ 14 – hosts Mundelein,

7 p.m. at Andrew

■May ■ 16 – hosts Minooka, 6

p.m. at Andrew


■May ■ 10 – at Bolingbrook

SWSC Conference, 5 p.m.


■May ■ 11 – at Richards

Invitational, 5 p.m.

■May ■ 12 – at Richards

Invitational, 9 a.m.

■May ■ 15 – at Lincoln-Way

Central, 5:30 p.m.

■May ■ 17 – hosts Lincoln-Way

East, 5:30 p.m.


■May ■ 11-12 Lincoln-Way East

Sectional, TBA (if necessary)


■May ■ 11-12 - IHSA State

Finals, TBA (if necessary)


■May ■ 11 – hosts Trinity, 6:30


■May ■ 15 – at Streamwood,

5 p.m.


■May ■ 15 - hosts Mother

McAuley in the Sandburg

Regional, 6 p.m.


■May ■ 11 – hosts Riverside-

Brookfield, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 12 – at St. Charles

North with Lake Park, 9 a.m.

■May ■ 14 – at Glenbard

South, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 15 – hosts Lockport,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 17 – hosts Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.


■May ■ 10 - at Class 3A Lockport

Sectional, 4:30 p.m. (field

events), 6 p.m. (running events)


■May ■ 10-12 - Lincoln-Way

East Sectional, TBA (if


46 | May 10, 2018 | The orland park prairie Sports



Despite rough regular season, Eagles look forward to regional

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

As far as members of the Sandburg

girls soccer team is concerned,

when the Illinois High School Association

postseason begins, the

team will have an 0-0 record, just

like every other team in Class 3A.

And that’s a good way to look at

it because this is not even close to a

typical season for the Eagles.

They headed into this week’s

action with a 2-12-2 mark. Since

1996, the Eagles have won at least

one postseason title and that streak

of 22 straight seasons with an

award is on the line this season.

But coach Katie O’Connell said

the pressure is not on this team.

“We’re seeded eighth in the sectional

— we’re not supposed to win

this year,” she said. “This year’s

team is responsible for this year.

This isn’t the same team that won

all of those regional titles. These

aren’t the same players that were

in the state championship game in

2010. We’ll come into the regional

with the mindset that anything can


There is some reason for optimism

for the Eagles. They played a

tough schedule and out of their first

12 losses, nine were decided by one

goal. They lost seven 1-0 matches.

“We have to find a way to put the

ball in the back of the net,” said senior

Elena Krasowski. “We’re just

not finishing near the goal.”

Krasowski (the University of

Dubuque), Kelli Bergmark (Wisconsin-Eau

Claire), Madison Fischer

(Illinois Wesleyan) and Claire Sokol

(Illinois-Springfield) are four seniors

who plan on playing the sport in

college. They have all been playing

soccer since they were five and have

been teammates and opponents on

and off for the past decade.

They know it’s their last shot and

would like to come out shocking a

few people.

“Our defense is strong,” Fischer

said. “If we can score a little more,

we could be winning these games.”

The Eagles are seeded eighth in

the 16-team Reavis Sectional. In

order to win a regional title they

needed to get by 10th-seeded Mother

McAuley on Tuesday, May 15

and, likely, second-seeded Andrew

on May 18. The good news for the

Eagles is they are hosting the two

regional games.

“That’s going to help, playing at

home,” Sokol said. “We’re looking

forward that.”

One of the Eagles’ 1-0 losses

came to top-seeded Stagg. One of

their wins came against sixth-seeded

Lincoln-Way East. They feel like

they can match up with anyone.

“We’re right there,” Bergmark

said. “We have had a lot of talks

this year. We talk on the bus ride to

games and after games. If we can

put it together for the regional, we

should be fine.”

Madison Fischer (No. 8) and her Sandburg teammates have stumbled at

times this year, but the Eagles believe they can turn things around in the

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Boys gymnastics are shrinking by leaps and bounds



1st and 3







1. Cheer, cheer for old

Notre Dame...

Cross Country/track

star Dylan Jacobs

and baseball standout

Evan Tenuta are

heading to South

Bend while football

star Jaimie Marines

has been accepted

as a preferred walkon.

2. I know you...

Eagles football teammates

Gabe Carney,

Will Davis and Colin

Dominski will be

Spartans teammates

next year as the trio

committed to Aurora


3. Getting four Eagles

Aurora, Carthage

and Illinois Wesleyan

(above) will each be

getting four Eagles

athletes from the

Class of 2018.

Jeff Vorva


Food for thought for

those who aren’t very


Congratulations to the

Andrew/Sandburg/Stagg coop

boys gymnastics team.

It fielded a team this


That’s not sarcasm. That’s

not a shot.

It turns out just having a

team is huge.

Coach Allison Hack’s

co-op team did not have

anyone qualify for the Illinois

High School Association

state meet this season

but it did win the SouthWest

Suburban Conference championship

and won a nice

award in the process.

There were, however,

only two teams in the

conference. Homewood-

Flossmoor was the only

other school.

It might be easy to scoff

and make a few jokes if you

take the narrow view.

But the bigger picture is

that the conference is lucky

to have that many teams.

Compared to some places,

two is a whopping number.

Boys gymnastics on the

high school level is on a

huge decline and the Iowa

State Daily newspaper did

some research, and two

boys gymnastics teams

would be two more teams

than 42 states combined had

in the 2016-2017 season.

States such as Florida,

Arizona, North and South

Carolina do not have teams.

Penn State and Oklahoma

combined for 23 NCAA

men’s gymnastics championships.

Pennsylvania and

Oklahoma do not have high

school boys teams.

You heard that everything

is bigger in Texas? Well, the

only thing big about boys

gymnastics is the void in

that state, It has no teams.

New York? The Big


One team in the whole

state. At least Andrew/Sandburg/Stagg

had two teams

in its conference. One more

than all of New York.

Illinois is actually the

hotbed of boys gymnastics.

There were 52 teams in

2016-2017 in the Land of

Lincoln. Louisiana was next

at 34, and Ohio was third at

12. California had seven.

After that? Four more

states combined for 12

teams. The country had 117

teams in 2017.

Man, the job security of a

newspaper reporter is rock

solid compared to a boys

gymnastics coach.

According to the Iowa

paper, there were more than

29,000 high school boys

gymnasts competing in

1978, and it has shrunk to

1,894 in 2017.

So even though no one

from Hack’s co-op team

qualified for state, just having

a team is a rare accomplishment

in itself.

Multi-sport athletes

Out of the 32 first-round

draft picks in the NFL this

year, 29 of them played another

sport when they were

in high school.

That’s a special stat for

those who believe specialization

is the way to go.

As long as it doesn’t

interfere with schoolwork,

I think it’s great if a kid can

participate in another sport

or two and use some different


My favorite high school

two-sport athlete over the

years was a dude named

Kapri Bibbs from Plainfield

North High School.

In 2010, he ran for

2,654 yards in nine games,

including a jaw-dropping

520-yard effort against Oswego.

He went to Colorado

State and made it to the

NFL and played for Denver

in 2016 and Washington

last season.

His second sport was


Yes, bowling.

Football and wrestling?


Football and track? Sure.

Football and basketball or

baseball? OK,

The Andrew/Sandburg/Stagg boys gymnastics team poses

after winning the two-team SWSC championship at the

end of April. Last year, there were just 117 schools in the

country with boys gymnastics programs. PHOTO SUBMITTED

But football and bowling

is rare.

Even more so was that

this hulking figure on the

lanes only used a 10-pound

ball. Most males after

puberty use 15- or 16-pound

bowling balls.

Most high school bowlers

using a 10-pound ball would

be mocked and ridiculed by

their peers.

But chances are that

Bibbs was left alone for two


First, he could have probably

ripped your head from

its neck and rolled it down

the lanes for a strike.

Second, he carried a 179


Not to brag, but...

Jon Zaghloul, the Andrew

senior who writes a student

column for The Tinley

Junction and recently was

hired to be the Windy City

Thunderbolts public address

announcer for 2018,

was named Best Student

Broadcaster by the National

Federation of High School


He also has his own

internet sports show and has

recently interviewed some

heavyweights such as Roger

Clemens and Metta World

Peace (Ron Artest).

JonZag is having one

heck of a spring. And he

hasn’t even graduated yet.


“We just enjoy everything. If you are not

enjoying it, you are not doing it right. You are

putting too much pressure on yourself.”

Dylan Jacobs - Sandburg senior on if the 3,200-meter track team

feels pressure of another high state finish

What 2 Watch

Boys and Girls Water Polo - TBA, Thursday

through Saturday, May 10-12

• Sandburg’s teams have the No. 1 seed

at the Lincoln-Way East Sectional


45 - Postseason roundup

40 - Athlete of the Week

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

Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | www.opprairie.com | May 10, 2018

Sandburg’s 3,200-meter relay

team has finished in the Top

4 at state six years in a row,

including the record-breaking

2016 team, Page 44

Sandburg’s state record-breaking 3,200-meter relay

team is immortalized on a banner displayed at a recent

meet in Orland Park. The Eagles are hoping to finish

in the Top 4 in the state of that event for a seventh

consecutive year. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA



Eagles soccer hopes

for better things

in the postseason,

Page 46




Sandburg honors

athletes heading to

college, Page 41



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