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Fleeing educators. Ugly

allegations. Growing

mistrust. Many parents

and teachers say the

way to save D113 is to

fire its superintendent,

Page 6

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In Memoriam The

Landmark pays tribute

to locals who were killed

in combat, Page 8

Puppy love

Police officer saves

puppy running down

road, Page 10


22CM’s complete guide

of local happenings

this summer, INSIDE

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In this week’s


Police Reports10

Pet of the Week10


Faith Briefs18

Dining Out22


Home of the Week24

Athlete of the Week27

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Cutting The Cord: Exploring

Cable Alternatives

6-7 p.m. May 24, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave. Save hundreds

of dollars annually

by cutting your cable and

phone cord! This program

will explore cost-effective

alternatives to cable and

traditional landline phones.

This event will take place

in the Mediascape room

located in Adult Services.

For more information call



Rubber Duck Zipline

2-3 p.m. May 25, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave. Take the

zipline challenge. Can you

build a container that can

safely carry a rubber duck

from one end of the auditorium

to the other? Ages

5 to 14. For more information

call (847)-432-0216.


Short Play Festival

12:30-2:30 p.m. May

26, Highland Park High

School, 433 Vine Ave.

An evening of short plays

written, directed, designed,

performed, and operated

entirely by students.

For more information, call

(224) 765-2000 or dist113.


Minecraft Club

10-11 a.m. May 26,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.

Minecraft fans ages 6-8

years, come play on our

Minecraft server for group

Minecraft games and activities.

Interact with fellow

players while building

new worlds and trying

to survive your first night

out. Creepers, Golems

and Spiders. Registration

required, and for more information,

call (847)-432-



Memorial Day Ceremony

11 a.m. May 28, Highland

Park High School,

433 Vine Ave. The City of

Highland Park will host

the annual remembrance

ceremony in the school’s

auditorium. For more information,

call (847) 432-


Ceremony at Fort Sheridan

10:30 a.m. May 28, Fort

Sheridan Cemetery, Vatner

Road, Fort Sheridan.

The Great Lakes Training

Division will host the

annual event honoring

those who have paid the

ultimate price, especially

those with family members

in the Fort Sheridan

and Northern Illinois area.

For more information and

directions, visit ftsheridancemetery.com.

Holiday Barbecue

3-5 p.m. May 28, Highland

Park Senior Center,

1601 Green Bay Road.

This indoor celebration

features many of your favorite

summer foods including

hamburgers, hot

dogs, grilled chicken, potato

salad, coleslaw, corn

bread and more. Following

lunch, enjoy a few games

of bingo with prizes. $5

for members; 10 for nonmembers.

All registration

fees will be donated to the

senior center.

No School All Ages

Painting Party

1-3 p.m. May 28, Highland

Park Studio, 1894

Sheridan Road. A day off

from school doesn’t have

to be boring. Join us for an

art adventure. Ticket price

includes all paint supplies,

aprons to wear and an

11x15 take-home canvas.

Our team of B&B artists

will be available for assistance.

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Summer Storytime

Registration Begins

9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 29,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Lauren Ave.

Summer storytime registration

begins. Register in

person at the Youth Services

desk or by phone

at 847-681-7030. Tales

for Tots and Storytime

Live classes start June 18.

Baby Booktime and First

Steps classes start in July.


Body Back Transformation

Session Highland Park

7 p.m. May 30, WeOrbit,

1736 1st St. FIT4BABY is

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moms-to-be. All exercises

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Children’s Movie Night

5:30 p.m. May 31, Highwood

Public Library, 102

Highwood Ave. Showing

of The Angry Birds Movie.

Contact the library for

more information at (847)-



Bitter Jester Music


7 p.m. June 1, Port Clinton

Square, 600 Central

Ave., Highland Park. Enjoy

a variety of music as

bands perform and compete

every week in June

to advance to the finals

on July 4. Food and drink

vendors are on hand. For

more information, call

(847) 433-8663 or visit


Evening Gourmet Market

4:30-9:30 p.m. June 6,

Everts Park, 130 Highwood

Ave., Highwood.

This family and pet

friendly event features

live music, dancing under

the stars, freshly prepared

delicacies from local restaurants

and food trucks,

and creative cocktails.

Attendees can shop for locally

made artisan breads,

sauces, cheeses, pastas

and sweets in addition to

handmade jewelry, fashion

and art.

6th Annual North Shore

Pride Fest

11 a.m.-bar close June

9, Everts Park, 130 Highwood

Ave., Highwood.

This all-ages, day-long

event kicks off Pride

Month with a Pride Family

Picnic and Taste the

Rainbow Pub Crawl

to support the LGBTQ

community. Picnic will


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In the May 17 issue

of The Highland Park

Landmark, it was

incorrectly stated

that Piero’s Pizza in

Wilmette will have to

move from its 335

Ridge Road location in

July of this year due to

a future construction

project. The move is

actually scheduled for

late summer of 2019.

The Landmark

recognizes and regrets

this error.

be held from 11 a.m.-3

p.m., followed by a Taste

the Rainbow Pub Crawl

throughout downtown

Highwood restaurants and

bars from 5 p.m.–close.


Cardio Tone Light

11:30-12:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, Recreation

Center of Highland Park,

1207 Park Ave. W. Improve

your flexibility and

overall daily function!

The class combines low

impact cardio, core and

stretching (no seated exercises).

For more information

call Lisa Hamilton at

(847) 579-4048.

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Highland Park City Council

Zoning compromise gives more space to frontage properties

Erin Yarnall, Editor

In a compromise between

residents and property

developers, the Highland

Park City Council voted to

change the zoning on First

Street from a pedestrian

frontage into a neighborhood

frontage after complaints

by residents.

The change will result

in more alotted space between

buildings and the

front property line, as it

moves from 0-10 feet to

5-25 feet in the front yards

of developments.

Residents of the Sheridan

Square condominiums,

off 1st and Walnut

streets, issued complaints

because the pedestrian

frontage, which only left

a maximum of 10 feet between

the buildings and

start of the property lines,

restricted their views of

the street and was a concern

for drivers exiting the


They hoped to have the

frontage changed to an RO

district, which would have

a minimum of 25 feet between

the property line

and buildings.

“If you start putting up

buildings close to the sidewalk,

you are taking away

sight lines,” said Jeff Richardson,

the board president

of Sheridan Sqaure condominiums.

Business owner Dino

Dimitriou, however, said

that a 25-foot setback

would make the creation

of developments in the

neighborhood difficult.

“It’s almost reverse zoning.

You’re asking for properties just

to sit as they are.”

Dino Dimitriou, business owner on the rezoning

on First Street.

“At minimum, I would

hope the City would not

revert back to 25 [feet],”

Dimitriou said. “It’s almost

reverse zoning.

You’re asking for properties

just to sit as they are.”

The City Council saw

the neighborhood frontage,

with a minimum of 10

feet, as a compromise, appeasing

both the residents

and potential property

developers and business


In a 4-3 vote, the City

also voted to repeal their

ability to involuntary landmark

historic homes.

Prior to the vote, the City

Council could vote to mark

a home as a historic landmark

without the consent

of the owner, which could

prevent the owner from

being able to demolish or

construct on certain homes.

Councilman Anthony

Blumberg voted against

repealing the City Council’s

right to landmark, and

argued that the involuntary

landmarking doesn’t give

the City ownership over

the property, it just limits

the amount of work that

can be done on historically

significant properties in

Highland Park.

“The City does not

take possession of it, it

does limit the use of it in

the way that other zoning

does,” Blumberg said.

Rotering voted to repeal

the right to landmark

homes, and said that residents’

homes are “their

greatest investment.”

Later in the meeting, a

scene emerged when an

applicant turned away by

the council began throwing

items and screaming

as he excited chambers in

City Hall.

The applicant applied to

open a chiropractic business

in the Ravinia retail

district and was declined

because his business was

not primarily retail, as is

required for that area.

“[We’re] looking for

pedestrian-oriented retailing,

and although you are

retailing some products,

primarily you are a service

organization,” Councilman

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berg said.

Mayor Nancy Rotering

called the police during

the meeting, and members

of the police department

stayed at the meeting until

it ended to ensure the

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Sixth-grade students take

on concussion concerns

Erin Yarnall, Editor

After 20 years of tackling

subjects that impacted Highland

Park, the Project Citizen

program at Elm Place Middle

School marks its final year at the

school by covering concussions.

Project Citizen at Elm Place is

part of a national program that is

conducted in schools throughout

the country. As part of the project,

sixth-grade students spent

nearly a month researching and

writing about concussions before

presenting in front of a

panel that consisted of Mayor

Nancy Rotering; the superintendent

of North Shore School

District 112, Michael Lubelfeld;

psychologist Richard Markin;

and retired Highland Park High

School teacher and coach John

Gorleski on May 11.

The presentation and ensuing

discussion between panel members

and students were moderated

by Mark Nolan Hill, a

surgeon and professor who has

coordinated the program since

1998, after his daughter “volunteered

him” to assist her class’

project on ravine erosion, according

to Mark.

This year, the sixth-grade class

chose to research concussions

and school sports.

Elm Place student Mia Hill was

interested in studying concussions

because “it was a big issue.”

“Even though they’re sixth

graders they recognize the importance,”

Mark said.

During their presentation the

students talked about the impact

of concussions on the brain and

treatments that athletes can undertake

after receiving a concussion.

The students also discussed

whether parents should let their

children play sports that could

potentially lead to concussions,

like football, hockey and soccer.

Mark said the solution the students

came up with is to make

student athletes aware of the impact

of concussions so they can

receive proper treatment.

This year is potentially the

final year of the project, as Elm

Place Middle School is closing

next school year due to the

consolidation of schools in


While Mark said he will “absolutely

try” to continue the project

Mark Nolan Hill moderates a discussion between sixth-grade

students at Elm Place Middle School and a panel including Mayor

Nancy Rotering; the superintendent of North Shore School District

112, Michael Lubelfeld; psychologist Richard Markin; and retired

Highland Park High School teacher and coach John Gorleski on

May 11. Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media

at another school in the district,

he is unsure of the success of the

plan because he does not know

the new administration.

“I’m a sentimental guy,” Mark

said. “I’m sad this is the last time

at Elm Place. My kids went to

school here and I’ve been doing

this for 20 years.”

He hopes the legacy of the

project is that it shows the students

they are not too young to

make a change in their community.

“I feel like younger children

and young adults should know

they have a voice too, and they

can change society,” Mia said.

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‘We will not go away until

[Dr. Dignam] is removed’


hit with barrage of



Freelance Reporter

The plummeting morale

of teachers in Township

High School District 113

remained a hot-button issue

at the May 15 meeting

of the board of education in


And the community

wants action and answers.

“What does the board

of education plan to do to

right this ship?” said Jaime

Stasiorowski, Deerfield’s

District Education Association

vice president.

A Deerfield parent, Katie

Bittner, demanded that

the board fire District 113

School Superintendent Dr.

Chris Dignam.

She said “his conduct

has seriously damaged our

school district” and made

several allegations in arguing

for his termination.

Among her most serious

accusations were: bullying,

racism, coverups and lying.

“The community unequivocally

stands behind

our teachers, the teachers’

aides, the custodians

and the administrative assistants,”

Bittner told the

board. “We will not go

away until this man is removed.”

Dignam issued the following


“We hear the concerns

from our school community

and will continue to

work collaboratively with

our staff to ensure we are

cultivating a positive learning

environment for our


At the May 1 meeting,

some of the teachers alleged

that when Dignam

was principal at Lane Tech

many teachers and administrators

left the Chicago

school because of deteriorating

morale caused by adverse

working conditions.

In support of that argument,

District Education

President Marty Esgar,

who is on the faculty at

Deerfield, and Ceri Tanimoto,

who also teaches

at Deerfield, read a letter

from a Lane Tech department

chair and teacher for

14 years.

It read that she left because

of “an autocratic

atmosphere with no kindness

and respect” and because

“punitive action was

taken against those who

disagreed (with Dr. Dignman).”

Deerfield parent Lisa

Helfand said she is “deeply

concerned” and asked the

board why “there is no policy

to improve staff retention


She also wanted to know

why the board gave Dignam

a big raise and extended

his contract midway

through his first year as superintendent.

“By a 4-3 vote his threeyear

contract was extended

to five years, he was given

a $45,000 raise for each of

the years and the raise was

retroactive for a total increase

of $225,000 (for the

life of the contract),” District

Education Association

President elect Jerry Lavin

told The Leader.

Board member David

Small questioned the substance

to the comments

about oppression of faculty

members and support staff.

“If there are examples of

retaliation, I’d like to see

this addressed and corrected,”

Small said.

“Let’s try to understand

the cause (of the problems).

I’d like to see a very strong


“We need more communication

rather than confrontation,”

agreed board

member Alena Lube. “The

first step in addressing this

is acknowledging that the

people have been heard.”

Prior to adjournment to

closed session there was

another opportunity for

New exec team assembled;

New food provider selected

Neil Milbert, Freelance


Elizabeth Garlovsky

was elected the new

president of the Township

High School District

113 Board of Education

during the reorganization

meeting May 14 by a 5-2

vote. David Small and

Alena Laube dissented.

Garlovsky is an attorney

who grew up in

Highland Park and now

resides in Deerfield and

was elected to the board

in April 2017.

Veteran board member

Stacey Meyer was elected

vice president and Assistant

Superintendent of

Finance Ali Mehanti was

elected treasurer, both by

unanimous vote.

citizens to comment and

Bittner, Esgar and Lavin

delivered scathing rebuttals.

“When the fox is in the

hen house, you don’t need

focus groups, you don’t

need all this discussion,”

New Food Service

Quest Food Management

was awarded a fiveyear

contract to provide

cafeteria service to Highland

Park and Deerfield

high schools, starting in

the 2018-19 school year.

Quest is replacing Sodexo,

which has provided

service for more than two

decades after a 14-member

committee headed

made up of students and

staff members from both

schools recommended


As a result of the contract

with Quest, the district

will save $1.42 million

in food costs over the

next five years.

“It’s clear to me it’s going

to be an extraordinary

step up,” board member

Small said.

Lavin said. “You remove

the fox and patch up the

hen house.”

This story was trimmed to

fit print constraints. To see

the full story, please go to


North Shore School D112 bOard of Education

Full-day kindergarten furniture to cost about $300,000


Freelance Reporter

Dr. Kevin Ryan, assistant

superintendent for

teaching and learning,

made a presentation to the

North Shore School District

112 Board of Education

May 15 on the furniture

upgrades that will be

installed when the district

goes from half-day to fullday

kindergarten for the

2018-19 school year.

He said because of the

integration of laptops and

tablets, schools throughout

the state are going away

from traditional classroom


There will be 18 classrooms

involved in the upgrade.

Ryan said the cost of

the furniture won’t exceed

$20,000 per classroom and

the total project cost won’t

exceed $360,000.

“It will be much less

than that,” he added,

“probably $306,000.”

School-condition update

Three representatives

of the Darien architectural

firm Wight and Co.

presented the results of its

preliminary facility condition

assessment and educational

alignment study.

The firm was hired in

February to guide the district

through their facilities

planning by evaluating the

physical condition of the

nine schools that will be

open next year.

“We see a lot of potential,”

Leanne Meyer-

Smith, the firm’s vicepresident/architect,


the board. “We wanted

to whet your appetite and

show you what we can


Wight and Co. has surveyed

the district’s seven

elementary schools and

two middle school buildings

and evaluated their


Contained within each

of the evaluations were

ratings, from poor to excellent.

The Wight and Co. timetable

calls for a cost range

update June 5, cost estimates

over the summer,

and planning recommendations

in September.

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With Memorial Day on Monday,

May 28, The Landmark honors

service members who were killed

in action. We salute those who

serve and continue to serve.

Civil War (1861-


Highland Park

Thomas Moroney

David O’Brien

World War I (1917-


Highland Park

Edwin Benson

Barnes Bertness

Joy Bournique

Francis Daniels, Jr.

Barney Ivy

Horatio Powell

Constance Shields

Paul Snyder

Dumaresq Spencer

Ellsworth Stoker

Walter Stupey

John Tenbroeck


George Smith

Walter Stupey

World War II


Highland Park

Everett Anderson

Charles Barnhart

Kenneth Beall

Lyman Benson

Norbert Bigley

Carroll Binder, Jr.

Gary Bowden

George Brannan

Richard Bressler

Thomas Chavis

Alfred Christensen

Charles Clark

Leon Conner

Leonard Cowell

Philip Dering, Jr.

Joseph DeMeter

Chester Epstein

John Fealy

Donald Gibson

Frederick Groesbeck

Frederick Grosse, Jr.

Edward Harrington

H. B. Hendrickson

Robert Hirsch

John Hobson

Byron Howes, Jr.

Seward Hulse

Anker Jeppesen

Chandler Johnson

David Johnson, Jr.

James Kirk, Jr.

Joseph Loizzo

Lloyd Magnusson

Lowell Murray

John Ori

Jerry Parsons

Vincent Peddle

Francis Pennell

Robert Philips

Eugene Renner

Robert Riddle

Curtis Rogers

Francis Ronzani

James Schaeffer

Louis Schultz, Jr.

Jack Sharpless

Ray Shupe

Frederick Stroud

Donald Templeton

Milton B. Tillman

Eugene Tremaine

Foster Troy

Irvin Veitch

Murray Waxman

Alexander Wolak

Matthew Wolak

Daniel Wolterding

William Wright, Jr.

Lawrence Wygal

Daniel Zick


Norman Bell

Edmund Bellei

Amelio Biondi

Fred Caldarelli

Sergio Canarini

Joseph Colo

John Duchane

Joseph Farina

Elio Gentillni

Vtio Lenzini

Dominic Lomoro

William Mosteller

James Pasquali

Rocco Pelligrini

Frank Spano

Korean War (1950-


Highland Park

William Barton

Shelby Brown, Jr.

James Garrington

Richard Gilbert

Frank Henderson

Robert Larson

Edward Moroney, Jr.

Lawrence Rafferty

William Wilbur, Jr.


Guido Corsini Jr.

Lucien Nardini

Primo Zanni

Vietnam War


Highland Park

Frank Kolbeck

George Schwalbach

William Steep

John Stuller

Robert Taft


Frank Novello

Iraq War

Nicholas Turcotte

(lived in Highland

Park as an


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Debra Koenitz, of Highwood

Lucy celebrated her 17th

birthday in November. She

was an avid tree climber

in years past and would

love to be in her yard

sitting in the branches of

her favorite tree greeting

friends, trying to keep up

with the birds and squirrels and watching over her

Highwood neighborhood. At times she would climb

so high her family members could be seen on a

ladder trying to help her down. Lucy, at 17 1/2

years old, still loves to explore, seeing friends and

watching over the neighborhood, but nowadays it is

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Police officers are

trained to handle whatever

call comes next.

That could be as intense

as armed, on-the-run bank

robbers sprinting into your

police station’s lobby, a

situation Highland Park

officer Greg Mendoza

handled in the fall 2017.

Or it could be as unemphatic

— but nonetheless

important — as a woman

frantically chasing her

puppy down a busy suburban

highway on May 1.

As with the former incident,

Mendoza rose to the

occasion, and for the latest

act of community heroism,

a pair of Highland

Parkers wanted to make

sure he got his due.

“I could not have caught

the dog without officer

Mendoza’s assistance,”

Judy Aberman wrote The

Landmark in an email.

“We are so grateful.”

It was a wonderfully

Two townhome buildings to

break Highwood ground in June

Staff Report

The City of Highwood announced

May 15 the approval

of Webster Place, a 14-unit new

construction townhouse project,

scheduled for groundbreaking

early June 2018.

The development will consist

of two, three-story, sevenunit

buildings located between

Webster and Clay avenues and

is scheduled to be completed by

Fall 2018.

The project will be led by

developer Berger Investment

Group, Linden Group Architects

and Kinzie Builders.

“This townhouse development

is part of a larger trend to bring

Curly, a puppy belonging

to Judy and Jerry

Aberman that jumped

out of a moving car May

1, was rescued with

some help from Highland

Park police officer Greg

Mendoza. Photo Submitted

sunny day on May 1. So

much so, that Judy and

Jerry Aberman got their

convertible out of storage;

grabbed their two dogs,

Rusty and Curly, a puppy;

and headed toward the

new and stylish residential options

to Highwood,” Highwood

Mayor Charles Pecaro said.

There will be a mix of two- and

three-bedroom units, ranging

from 1,800 to 2,066 square feet.

They will feature attached twocar

garages, hardwood flooring

throughout the main level, full

overlay maple cabinets, granite

countertops, and stainless steel

appliance package. The units are

priced from the upper $300,000s.

“Over the past three years we

have worked hard to add residential

units near our train station

and walkable to Highwood’s famous

restaurants and entertainment

district,” said Scott Coren,

Highwood’s city manager.

dog park on Clavey Road.

As the foursome crossed

busy Skokie Boulevard,

Judy’s “worst nightmare

occurred before our eyes,”

as Curly leapt out of the

two-seated car and onto

the roadway.

Meanwhile, officer Medoza

was en route to a

call when he noticed Judy

chasing a small dog along

Skokie Boulevard.

Alertly, Mendoza used

his car and person to stop

and direct traffic along the

busy Highland Park road.

With no danger from passing

vehicles, Judy was

able to corral Curly, and

Mendoza escorted her

safely back to the car,

where Jerry and Rusty

were waiting.

A dog owner and lover,

Mendoza noticed the

impact of his efforts immediately

when he saw


“It was so distraught,”

he said of the other dog.

“Even when the one dog

Police reports

returned, you could tell.

[Rusty] was like, ‘I’m happy

to see you, but do you

know what you just put me


Mendoza then offered

some tips on how to secure

dogs in vehicles, no matter

how silly it may look.

“Buckle them in,” Mendoza

said. “That’s what I

do. Make them as secure

as you can.”

Reading the message

from the Abermans was

a breath of fresh air for

Mendoza, who didn’t even

file a report of the runaway-puppy

incident as

he just continued on to his

original call.

He said the unofficial

rescue was just all in a

day’s work.

“It goes with everything

we stand for, our organizational

values and mission

statement,” he said.

“It’s great that it doesn’t

go unnoticed, but it’s not

something you do for accolades.”

Waukegan man arrested

for drunken driving

Gerardo Rodriguez (22), of the 900 block

of Judge Street, Waukegan, was arrested and

charged with driving under the influence on

May 16 after police responded to a call regarding

a two-car accident in the 1300 block

of Half Day Road.

There were no injuries reported from the

accident. Rodriguez was released on a cash

bond, pending a court date of June 15.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Highland Park Landmark’s

Police Reports are compiled from official

reports emailed from the Highland Park Police

Department headquarters in Highland Park and

the Highwood Police Department headquarters

in Highwood. Individuals named in these reports

are considered innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.

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For all you do

Elm Place celebrates school nurse Donna Kirk in honor

of National Nurses Week starting May 6

Elm Place Middle School nurse Donna Kirk with all the goodies brought by appreciative students

and staff. Photo Submitted

Club packs boxes for military children

HPHS’s Rotary Interact donates 100 boxes for local children whose

parents are in the military

A group of Highland Park High School students pose with their donations. Photo Submitted

School News

Highland Park High School

Big year for Key club

The 2018 Key Club featured a

great group of students who were

committed to community service

and who supported local efforts in

so many ways.

In addition to many local service

projects in our community,

students volunteered weekly at

Nuestro Center, Moraine Township

Food Pantry and Jordan’s

Corner and led a new mentoring

program at Sherwood Elementary


The group also supported Blessings

in a Back Pack at Elm Place.

Key Club is a service organization

serving HPHS and the community.

It is affiliated with the

Highland Park/Highwood Kiwanis

Club and supports their fundraising


Key Club sponsors school, community,

national and international

projects with fundraising activities

in order to contribute to various organizations.

Key Club members are committed

to helping with a specific activity

as well as fundraising events.

Harrigan takes second as chess

team competes at national tourney

The Highland Park High School

chess team competed in the USCF

National Chess Tournament in Columbus,

Ohio, over the April 27


As HPHS loses several members

to graduation, its goal for the tournament

was to improve the level of

play, coaches said, adding that the

majority of the team played in sections

that were significantly more

challenging and against players

who were rated much higher.

Regardless, both, of HPHS’s

teams that competed in the Championship

section (most challenging)

and in the U1600 finished in

14th place.

As a result, nearly everyone’s

individual chess rating increased

significantly. Individually, Joey

Harrigan finished second in the

U1600 by winning six out of his

seven matches. The chess team

consists of: Luca Acquasaliente,

Chris Arzac, Michael Chiflikyan,

Matthew Dennison, Eli Elder,

Miguel Espinoza, Joey Harrigan,

Arda Sonmez, Alex Soutos and

Eric Starkman.

Robotics club wins international

honors at Detroit ceremony

Highland Park High School’s

Robotics Team Vertigo was one of

five finalists — out of 128 teams

— for the Rockwell Collins Innovate

Award at the first World

Championship April 27-29 in Detroit.

The award celebrates a team that

thinks outside of the box and has

the ingenuity and inventiveness to

make their designs come to life.

This was the first time in seven

years an HPHS team has been acknowledged

as a finalist for an


Vertigo built a robot with laser

cut designs, a bright green wheel

intake, and flashing blue and red

lights that captured the attention of

the judges.

Vertigo team members were:

Ben Cohen (captain), Brenden

Chay (captain), Daniel Bergman,

Joe Beresheim, Jackie Hirsch,

Adam Kramer, Hawk Peterson,

Kurt Plonsker, Doug Smith and

Anais Zoub.

DECA team earns accolades

The school’s DECA International

Team was among 18,00 students,

staffer and business leaders around

the world April 21-24 in Atlanta.

In the competition, Highland

Park won the following awards:

• 3rd Internationally for Virtual

Business Sports (Jordy Mazza,

Dylan Weiskirch, and Sam


• Top 10 Internationally Marketing

Communication (Natalie


• Top 20 Internationally Financial

Services Team (Harrison

Menaker and Mitchell Svetov);

• Top 20 Internationally Business

Finance (Jacob Hersh);

• Top 10 in Role Play #1 Marketing

Communication (Natalie

Laky); and

• Top 10 in Role Play #1 and

Role Play #2 Business Finance

(Jacob Hersh)

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Social snapshot

Top stories:

From hplandmark.com as of Monday,

May 21

1. UPDATE: No charges filed against FC

United, Loyola coach fired amid claims of

inappropriate comments

2. Teen’s tribute to father raises $9,000 — so


3. D113 community members to board: ‘We

will not go away until [the superintendent]

is removed’

4. City Council: Spurned applicant causes

ruckus at City Hall

5. D113 School Board: New exec team

assembled; New food provider selected

Become a member: hplandmark.com/plus

On Wednesday, May 16, Highland Park

Illinois Chamber of Commerce posted this

photo with the caption, “Kudos!! to the

Highland Park Letter Carriers who delivered

nearly 1,000 bags of food to Moraine

Township Food Pantry on Saturday, May

12, and to the almost 100 volunteers who

helped unload, sort and box the food. We

truly are fortunate to live in a community

that cares so much about our neighbors

in need. Volunteers are always welcome!

Visit morainetownship.org..”

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The City of Highland Park tweeted this

photo on May 18 with the caption, “The City

welcomes Nic+Zoe to the business community.

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Central. Mayor Nancy Rotering - Highland

Park Mayor, City Manager Ghida Neukirch,

Business Dev Manager Carolyn Hersch,

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Director Gurv S. Anand were among

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from the editor

Despite future outcomes,

continue to speak out

Erin Yarnall


At an intense District

113 Board of

Education meeting

on May 14, community

members called for

the resignation of Chris

Dignam, the superintendent

of the district.

This call to action was

set forth after numerous

parents, residents

and staff members of the

district spoke at the meeting,

and at the previous

regular meeting May 1.

It’s uncertain what

action the School Board

and Dignam will take, if

any, but it’s important that

residents and members of

the community continue

to make their voices heard

and share their thoughts

Father’s Day Photo Contest: Send in

a picture-perfect moment with Dad

Alyssa Groh

Contributing Editor

Dads form a special

bond with their children.

Whether it is learning to

ride a bike, play sports or

fix a car, dads are there.

In honor of Father’s

Day, The Landmark is

asking residents to submit

a photo capturing what

makes their dad so great.

Maybe it’s a picture of

you two at graduation or

shooting some late night

hoops in the driveway —

whatever sweet, funny or

weird and wild photo you

have to share, The Landmark

wants to see it.

Submitting is simple,

just email us a photo of

you and Dad with your

contact info, and we’ll

publish the winning entry,

plus others, on Thursday,

June 15, just in time for

Father’s Day, which is

Sunday, June 18.

The author of the winning

photo will receive

a prize package to share

with his or her dad.

The deadline for entries

is noon Friday, June 8,

giving residents a couple

weeks to submit a photo.

All ages are encouraged

to enter the contest, but

dads must reside in Highland

Park or Highwood.

Entries must include the

father’s and the submitter’s

first and last names,

as well as contact information

for the submitter.

Send entries to Editor

Erin Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.com

or mail to

The Highland Park Landmark,

60 Revere Drive,

Ste 888, Northbrook, IL

60062. For more info, call

(847) 272-4565 ext. 34.

and concerns at meetings

of local government.

If not for community

members speaking out,

change would never occur.

While I have been

working as a journalist in

Highland Park I’ve witnessed

many incidences

in which change resulted

because of people speaking

out — whether that

change is the implementation

of a stop sign because

of a few concerned

residents, or the North

Shore School District

go figure


112 School Board scrapping

an entire program,

like BDR3, after a large

amount of complaints.

Protesting and making

your voice heard has

proven time and time

again to be effective in

shaping action and policy.

So no matter if the outcome

is what you wanted

or not, keep at it, stay

involved and voice your


To read more about the

D113 meeting and the

calls for Dignam’s resignation

turn to Page 6.

News from Your Neighbors

This feature was trimmed for space. To read News

from Your Neighbors, go to HPLandmark.com.

An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The amount of money

D113 Superintendent

Chris Dignam receives in

a raise every year of his

extended contract. Read

about it on Page 6.

The Highland Park Landmark

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to 400 words. The Highland Park Landmark reserves the right to edit

letters. Letters become property of The Highland Park Landmark.

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Families attend campfire

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Faith Briefs

Congregation Solel (1301 Clavey Road, Highland


Sharing Shabbat

6:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 1.

Enjoy a warm and meaningful

service led by Rabbi Moffic

and Cantor O’Brien. The months

special program will focus on

LGBTQ Pride Month and the

service will honor youth group

board members.

Havdalah Jam

4-5 p.m. Friday, June 16. Cantor

Jay O’Brien invites kids and

adults to bring guitars, drums,

voices, and any other instruments

you may have for a fun,

informal music jam session

followed by havdalah! No experience

necessary. The only

requirement is to have fun. For

more information, or questions,

contact Cantor O’Brien at cantorobrien@gmail.com

Torah Study

9:15-10:15 a.m. Saturday

mornings. There will be a Torah

study at Congregation Solel. You

can come in the morning to kick

off your weekend with a Torah

study and then stay throughout

the morning at Solel for subsequent

activities and fun. For

more information, visit www.

solel.org or call (847) 433-3555.

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road, Highland


Weeknight Service

A new service has started on

Thursday Nights in the church’s

new coffee bar. It is not your traditional

church service, instead it

provides space for you to bring

your thoughts and questions.

Every week there is a sermon for

20 minutes followed by group

discussion. Coffee Bar is open

6:30-9 p.m., service is 7-8 p.m.

Email Dan at dsyvertsen@cclf.


MOPS at Highland Park Campus

MOPS stands for Mothers

of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers

they mean from birth

through kindergarten. It’s a little

confusing so let’s just stick with

“MOPS.” These moms believe

that better moms make a better

world. At every meeting there

will be a speaker or video that

gives practical tools and insight

into the specific things that are

important to you. MOPS meets

9-11 a.m. on the first and third

Friday of the month. For more

information, email mopscchp@


Trinity Episcopal Church (425 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park)

History Committee Meeting

10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 9,

Guild Room. Everyone is welcome

to join. For more information,

contact Nancy Freeman at



8 a.m. Holy Eucharist – St.

Michael’s Chapel

8:45 a.m. Fellowship

9 a.m. Church School and

Adult Forum

10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with

Music – Main Sanctuary

11 a.m. Fellowship


9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with

healing – St. Michael’s Chapel

Immaculate Conception Parish (770 Deerfield

Road, Highland Park)

Enchanted Summer Gala

6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Exmoor

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Ave., Highland Park. Ticket

price includes a social hour,

dinner, dessert, music, raffle, silent

and live auctions and more.

Family and friends are welcome

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Donations of clothing a household

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starting May 1. For more information,

call the Parish Office at

(847) 433-0130.

IC Annual Rummage Sale

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 7-8.

A preview night will be held

Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Weekend Services

Services are held every Saturday

at 5 p.m.; confession held

from 4-4:45 p.m. Sunday services

are held 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. James Catholic Church (134 North Ave.,


Catholic Charities’ Suppers

6:30 p.m. First and second

Thursdays of the month. Next

dates are May 10, June 7 and

June 14.

Food Pantry

5:30-7 p.m. every Thursday,

lower level of school.

Worship Services

8 a.m. Monday through Friday

8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays

8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sundays

Noon Sundays with a Spanishlanguage

Alcoholics Anonymous

7 p.m. Mondays in the Lounge.

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In Memoriam

Alice A. Beck

Alice A. Beck, 83,

formerly of Highland

Park, died May 11.

She was born on Aug.

12, 1934, in Highland

Park to Bernhardt

and Alice (Musgrave) Beck

Schmidt, who preceded

her in death. She was married on

July 2, 1955 to Robert Beck. She is

survived by her husband of 62 years,

Robert “Bob” Beck; children, Cynthia

“Cindy” Beck (Robert Green),

Robert “Scott”, Michael and Brian

(Jodie); granddaughter, Gena Beck;

siblings, Bernhardt Schmidt (Jean)

and Frederick Schmidt (Blanche)

and one sister Ethel Schmidt (Dwight

Severn). She was also preceded in

death by two brothers, Benjamin

“Teddy” Schmidt and Ray Schmidt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions

may be made to Alzheimer’s

Association, c/o Memorial Funeral

Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West,

Columbia, MO 65202.

Rena Mattei Baldwin

Rena Baldwin (nee Mattei), 89, of

Highwood, died May 15. She was the

daughter of the late Frank and Dessi

Mattei and wife of the late James

Baldwin. She is survived by her children,

Barb (Mark) Christopher, Mike

(Sheila) Baldwin, Ron Baldwin and

Mary (Bob) Barnes; nine grandchildren;

seven great-grandchildren.

Teri McGillen

Teri McGillen (nee Cortesi), 73,

of Lake Forest, formerly of Highland

Park, died May 16 after a long

battle with Alzheimer’s surrounded

by her family. She was the third

child of John and Jean Cortesi. She

was an avid golfer and a talented

artist. She volunteered at Holy

Cross Parish and Lambs Farms.

However, Teri spent the majority

of her time being a loving mother,

grandmother, and wonderful wife

and friend. McGillen and her siblings

grew up in Highland Park and

attended Immaculate Conception

Grade School. She continued on to

Regina Dominican High School and

received a degree from Mount Saint

Clare College. She married John

McGillen on July 1, 1972, and had

three children. She is survived by

her husband, John; children, Dan,

Jay and Katie; grandchildren (to

which she was known as Noni), Ian,

Brody and Bennett. In lieu of flowers,

memorial contributions may be

made in Teri’s honor to Alzheimer’s

Disease Foundation, 225 N. Michigan

Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL.

Have someone’s life you’d like to honor?

Email b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.

com with information about a loved one

who was part of the Highland Park/

Highwood communities.

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HP residents share their stories at event

Locals enjoy ‘good,


storytelling event

Jason Addy, Freelance


It’s an artform that

might seem outdated to

younger generations, but

storytelling was alive and

well Thursday night, May

17, at the Miramar Bistro

in Highwood.

Approaching its seventh

year, the Short Story Theatre

featured a handful of

storytellers — some seasoned

veterans and others

making their debuts.

A newly refound sensation

thanks to public radio,

storytelling is “the world’s

oldest professions,” Short

Story Theatre Producer

Donna Lubow said to kick

off the show.

“Storytelling is as old as

the language itself,” she


Jennifer Dotson, an executive

assistant to Highland

Park Mayor Nancy

Rotering and the city manager,

spoke of her treacherous

escape as a preteen

from the yoga and meditation

summer camp she was

sent to every year.

Each summer, Dotson

and her friends longed for

decadent sweets during

the restrictive two-week

camp, ignoring the spiritual

and environmentalist

teachings of their camp

leader as they plotted ways

to skirt the dietary rules.

Those annual plans culminated

in a final-year

hike from camp to the local

convenience store. In

the end, she was caught

with candy by camp counselors.

Dotson finished with a

stirring and surprisingly

political poem about wishing

she had paid more attention

to her apocalyptic

camp leader.

“We ignored his words

as so much ‘nutty crunchy’

nonsense and slid into

adulthood as if asleep,

not paying attention to

the frackers and the pipelines

and the inconvenient

truths, and we let the climate-change

deniers take

control,” Dotson said.

“Maybe he was right.

Maybe the planet wants us

to wake up. And we, living

in a dream or feeling inadequate

to the challenge,

have refused to rise — until


Elizabeth Brown, a pathologist

from Lake Forest,

proudly told her story,

“Human Pearls,” to the

crowd of nearly 100 people,

working them from

shock and disgust into fits

of laughter as she recounted

the “complicated quest

for her gallstones.”

After comically detailing

her pre-op experiences

— a redundant ultrasound,

struggling to rate her pain

between one and 10, and

trying to finish a crossword

puzzle — Brown said she

pleaded with her surgeon

to keep the two gallstones

her body worked so hard

to make.

One was disappointingly

gnarled, but “the other was

the size of a jawbreaker,

perfectly round — the alpha

stone. It was beautiful,

artistic, a rich-green color,

studded with white cholesterol

crystals,” Brown triumphantly

recalled as she

wore the now-gray stone

around her neck.

At the end of the show,

Brown again was the center

of attention as people

tried to get a good glimpse

of her self-made fashion

statement on their way out.

Though there were only

a few millennials in the

crowd, Brown said she has

no reason to worry over

the future of traditional

storytelling, because it’s a

process that’s so familiar

to people.

“To me, it’s all about being

self-aware and examining

your life and thinking

about events, why they

happened and putting them

into context,” Brown said,

adding she hopes to see

some younger storytellers

try their hand at it soon.

Attendees Julia Lunn

and Christina Corsiglia,

both of Lake Forest, were

at the show to support their

friend, Brown, but even

they were shocked to learn

she’d be telling a story

about gallstones.

Lunn and Corsiglia

said they penciled the

show into their schedules

two months ago, having

laughed throughout the

first Short Story Theatre

show they attended.

Corsiglia said her

19-year-old son was perplexed

by the idea of listening

to stories as a night

of fun, but she said she

loves the “old-fashioned”

artform that truly engages

the imagination.

“People used to listen

to radio shows. They

couldn’t see anything,

they just listened to what

was happening,” Corsiglia

said. “When people are

telling a story, you have to


Founded in 2012 with

just four members, the

Short Story Theatre has

featured more than 50

storytellers in its first six


The troupe has grown

to a rotating cast of nearly

two dozen storytellers

who perform monthly at

restaurants in Highwood,

Wilmette, Glencoe and


The next Short Story

Theatre will start at 7:30

p.m. June 28 at the Miramar

Bistro in Highwood.


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Rain doesn’t put out family campfire event

Staff Report

An unseasonable front carrying a

chill and some rain limited the participation

in the Park District of Highland

Park’s periodical Family Campout May


But a small-but-dedicated group attended

Heller Nature Center for the


The Family Campout is a seasonal

park district series running monthly

through October. The next event is June

22 at Millard Park, where families can

enjoy camping at the beach.

Park District Naturalist Meghan

Meredith said the campouts are a fun

way to get families involved in nature,

as participants take short hikes and chat

with naturalists before playing games

and enjoying marshmallows over a fire.

The theme on May 11 was critters

and insects, and Meredith and company

planning to examine the underside of

fallen logs and branches.

Registration for the June 22 and subsequent

events came be made at www.

pdhp.org or by going to the Heller Nature

Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland


Lonny Miller (left) and his son Simon, 5, of

Deerfield, warm their hands on the fire at the

Family Campout May 11 at Heller Nature Center in

Highland Park. Claire Esker/22nd Century Media

rating: PG-13 | genre: Drama | run time: 101 minutes

‘Chappaquiddick’ movie brings back memories for reporter

Alan P. Henry

Freelance Reporter

For 60 years, much of

the American media has

treated the Kennedy family

name with reverence,

handled family shortcomings

with kid gloves, and

kept the high-minded

fires of Camelot burning

bright. All of which makes

the well-crafted movie,

“Chappaquiddick,” a rare

and refreshing awakening.

Nearly 50 years after the

fact, the movie efficiently

exposes the brutal truths

of how the Kennedy family

and inner circle pulled

strings and manipulated

events in the week following

the drowning death

of Mary Jo Kopechne off

Chappaquiddick Island on

July 18, 1969.

They did so, as the movie

lays out using sourced

materials, as a means to

stymie criminal inquiry

and to cynically salvage

the future political ambitions

of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Throughout the movie,

Kennedy (Jason Clarke)

oozes an outsized sense of

entitlement and stunning

moral indifference.

The audience learns,

many of them most likely

for the first time, that Kennedy

fled the scene of the

accident, went home, slept

it off, and did not report it

to the police for ten hours,

and only then after contacting

trusted advisors. “I

am not going to be president,”

is the first thing he

says to the first person he

talks to cousin Joe Gargan

(Ed Helms), who months

later became the only insider

to walk away from

the family.

When Kopechne’s body

is recovered the next

morning, it appears she

may have not drowned,

but rather died of suffocation,

which means she

could possibly have been

saved if help had come


At Kopechne’s funeral,

he wears a fake neck

brace, telling advisers, “I

am winning back the sympathy

of the people.”

But equally chilling, or

perhaps even more so, is

the movie’s portrayal of

Kennedy’s willing, even

enthusiastic, accomplices

in coverup and deceit.

They remind the public

that the powerful and the

connected are very good

at circling the wagons to

protect their own. That

goes double for the family

patriarch, Joe Kennedy Sr.,

who twice barks out one

word of advice: “Alibi!”

On July 25, one week

after the accident, the networks

give Kennedy the

national stage to work his

Camelot magic. “If you do

it right you might even be

more electable,” said Mc-

Namara when the scheme

is hatched.

In the end, the inquest

goes nowhere. Kennedy

pleads guilty to leaving

the scene of an accident

and receives a suspended

sentence of two months.

Power trumps truth. And

the waters close over.

More than a movie to me

I had a personal reason

for wanting to see the movie

“Chappaquiddick,” that

depicted the July 18, 1969

death of young campaign

worker Mary Jo Kopechne

and the subsequent reframing

of events by Sen.

Edward Kennedy and his

faithful posse of powerful

insiders. I wanted to see

how they depicted what I

found and reported in the

Boston Herald American.

In the official inquest

into Kopechne’s death,

and consistently thereafter,

Kennedy said he and

Kopechne left a party

around 11:15 p.m. on

Chappaquiddick island to

catch the last ferry back

to Martha’s Vineyard.

Once on the main road,

they took a “wrong turn”

onto Dyke Road that led

to Dyke Bridge, where he

lost control of his car, they

plunged into a tidal pool,

he escaped and she didn’t.

He had taken the wrong

turn, he swore under oath,

because he had never before

been on the island and

was therefore “unfamiliar”

with the road back to the

ferry. Not until January

1980 did anyone publicly

contradict his claim.

That’s when I, as a reporter

with the Herald,

as well as a reporter from

the New York Post, went

to Chappaquiddick and

independently talked to

the four people who came

forward to state that Kennedy

had been on the island

on numerous previous

occasions. They were

the Chappaquiddick ferry

operator, an island realtor,

the Chappaquiddick Beach

Club manager and a club


But my story made a

more damning observation

as well. The inadvertent

“wrong turn,” which I

recreated numerous times,

was next to impossible to

make by mistake.

The main asphalt road

was banked and curving

to the left at the point

where it intersected with

Dyke Road on the right. A

reflecting arrow directed

motorists to the left, as the

movie correctly portrays.

But Dyke Road was not

a smooth road easily accessible

by an easy turn

from the main road, as

characterized in the movie.

Rather, it was a narrow,

rutted dirt road with

a steep drop from the main

road, surrounded on either

side by reeds. To make the

90 degree turn onto Dyke

Road would have required

the driver to first make an

almost complete stop.

After writing my story, I

was dispatched by my editor

to Pennsylvania’s Pocono

Mountains, home of

Mary Jo’s parents, Joseph

and Gwen Kopechne. They

had received a $141,000

settlement from Kennedy’s

insurance company

and subsequently moved

to the unincorporated community

of Swiftwater.

Their front door was

blocked by weeds and

brush. Walking around

to the kitchen door, I first

saw a yellowed three-byfive

card taped to the doorframe

telling reporters to

leave them alone.

The screen door was

closed but the wooden

door was open. Inside, in

a small kitchen, Joe was

cooking on the stove. I

identified myself, told him

I had talked to four men

who said Kennedy was

lying about never having

been on the island and

reminded him that he had

always said that he would

talk to the press if ever

any new evidence came to


His wife suddenly appeared,

told him not to

say anything and walked

toward the door to close

it. But before she did, Joe

said: “I knew he was there,

no matter what he says

about it.”

Not Pulitzer Prize material,

to be sure, but more

than anyone else had gotten

out of him to that date.

As a postscript, the Kopechnes

said in 1994 that

Kennedy had never apologized

directly to them over

his role in their daughter’s

death. They both died over

a decade ago. As for me,

I’d seen and heard everything

I needed to know

about the “Lion of the Senate.”

You too can review a movie

for The Highland Park Landmark!

All you have to do is

see a new movie and send in

a 500- to 600-word review

of the film to Editor Erin

Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.


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If it ain’t broke…

Sandy’s Restaurant

continues to serve

classics after 56

years in Highwood

Erin Yarnall

Contributing Editor

There’s something timeless

about an American


Patrons of these establishments

don’t turn to

them over and over again

for their elegant takes on

modern cuisine or fancy

gastronomy. Instead, diners

routinely serve up the

classics — pancakes, omelets,

sandwiches, coffee,

and they do it with consistency

and quality.

That’s the case with

Sandy’s Restaurant, a diner

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When a restaurant has

been open for so long, 56

years in Sandy’s case, it

can start to feel more like a

second home and less like

a restaurant to its regulars.

That’s the feeling owner

Darcy Mosconi hopes to


“I’d say 50 percent of

our customers are regulars

that do know each other,”

Mosconi said. “They grew

up around here. Their kids

are friends, their grandkids

are friends. It’s somewhere

you can always go where

you know somebody.”

Mosconi contributes to

this by greeting most customers

by name and asking

them questions about

their lives as soon as they

walk in the door.

But, she attributes the

restaurant’s friendly atmosphere

to her mother, Sandy

Suckow, for whom the

restaurant is named.

Suckow worked at the

restaurant for 50 years, as

an employee for 24 years

and the owner for the following

26 years. Mosconi

took the restaurant over

after her mother died last


“My mom was awesome,”

Mosconi said. “She

made this place what it is

today. She had the most

wonderful personality.”

Mosconi said that her

mother had such a close

relationship with her regular

customers that if they

ever missed a breakfast or

lunch at the restaurant, she

would call them to check


“She would call them to




The garbage omelet ($9.75) at Sandy’s Restaurant in Highwood features ham, bacon,

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make sure they were OK,

that they weren’t sick, and

see if they needed something,”

Mosconi said.

“People came here for


Mosconi grew up in the


Her mother started

working there when she

was 18, after moving to

Highwood from Wisconsin.

Suckow was a single

mom, and had Mosconi

working in the restaurant

with her.

Working at Sandy’s is

the only job Mosconi has

ever had, and she isn’t

planning on changing that

any time soon.

“[Working here] makes

me happy, and it’s like my

home,” Mosconi said.

In fact, Mosconi isn’t

planning on changing

much, at all, just “little


“I’ve tried to do it

slowly because people really

don’t like change,”

Mosconi said.

The wall paneling was

redone after Mosconi discovered

brick underneath.

The bathroom is being

tiled, and the roof is being

updated. Aside from that

she’s keeping things the

way her mom had them.

Sandy’s Restaurant

415 Sheridan Road,


(847) 433-1555

6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


7 a.m.-11:30 a.m.


A group of 22nd Century

Media editors visited

Sandy’s to sample some of

the restaurant’s best breakfast

dishes, as well as take

in a slice of charm.

One of the breakfast

staples at Sandy’s is the

garbage omelet ($9.75),

filled with ham, bacon,

tomato, onion, green pepper,

mushrooms, broccolli,

American cheese and mozzarella


The filling omelet is

served with buttered

toast and crisp home fries

cooked with green peppers

and onion.

We also sampled The

Moron ($7), a large breakfast

sandwich filled with

egg, bacon, cheese and

onion on Italian toast and

also served with home


The French toast ($4.25)

is grilled so each bite is

crispy before giving way

to a soft interior.

It’s buttered and covered

in powdered sugar,

and the two toppings melt

into each other for a sugary

bite each time that isn’t


Sandy’s also provides

two bottles of homemade

hot sauce for each table,

a more mild green option

and a blazing hot red option.

Both bring the flavor,

though the red hot sauce is

for the more daring.

The restaurant is also

open for lunch and serves

up a variety of burgers,

sandwiches and specials,

including Taco Tuesday

and Thursday meals.

“My cook always makes

something authentic,”

Mosconi said.

Sandy’s isn’t only a family

business for Mosconi.

Her cook’s entire family

works in the restaurant as

well — his wife cleans the

dishes and his daughter

serves on the weekends.

The close family ties evident

in the restaurant, and

the personal connections

that Mosconi makes with

customers, makes Sandy’s

a home away from home

for diners and staff alike.

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Amanda Amiel

Amanda Ameil is a senior

at Highland Park High

School and played defense

on the girls soccer team.

How did you start

playing soccer?

I think I started when I

was 4 and I started in (the

American Youth Soccer

Organization). I played

games every Sunday

around Highland Park and

where I lived.

This Week In …

Giants Athletics


■May ■ 24 - at Glenbrook North regional

semifinal (TBD), 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 26 - at Glenbrook North regional

championship (TBD), 11 a.m.

■May ■ 30 - at St. Viator sectional semifinal

(TBD), 4 p.m.


■May ■ 26 - at Mundelein regional

championship (TBD), 11 a.m.

■May ■ 29 - at Warren sectional semifinal

(TBD), 4:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse

■May ■ 25 - at Glenbrook North sectional

championship (TBD), 6 p.m.

■May ■ 29 - at Lake Forest super-sectional

championship (TBD), 6:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

■May ■ 24-26 - at IHSA State final meet


Why do you love the


I love the competitiveness

and the intensity and

the team aspect and how

you have to work together.

What is the most

challenging part of the


I think the most challenging

part is, since I’m a

defender, making sure that

the ball doesn’t get past me

and making sure that we’re

able to move the ball and

have a successful game.

What is your most

memorable moment as

a Giant?

I think my most memorable

moment was last

year beating Maine South.

It was the first time in history

where we beat them.

Do you have any

superstitions you have

to do before a game?

Yes. For all the starting

defenders we always have

to do a handshake and me

and one of the other defenders

has to be last and

do it together last. That

started at the beginning of

this year.

What TV show are

you binge watching

right now?

“Friends,” it’s my favorite


If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I think Australia. It’s so

far from here and the life

that they live is completely


If you had a celebrity

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entourage, who would

be in it?

Jennifer Aniston from

“Friends,” for sure. And

maybe Taylor Swift, she

has attitude.

What is your biggest

pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve,

I would say, is cracking


Who is your favorite

professional athlete?

I would say Patrick

Kane, I love the Blackhawks

and I love watching

him play his game and

score goals.

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Girls Soccer

Penalty kicks knock Giants out of postseason

Brittany Kapa, Sports Editor

After 100 minutes of

play, Highland Park and

Lake Forest were deadlocked

in a scoreless tie.

The regional semifinal

game went into penalty

kicks, since the game can’t

end in a tie, and after firstround

misses by both teams

it was still anyone’s game.

Jamie Stern scored in

the penalty kick to keep

Highland Park even with

Lake Forest, but the Giants

missed the next two

attempts and lost the series


Ultimately, the Giants

fell to the Scouts 1-0 in the

IHSA regional semifinal

game May 15, ending their


Highland Park (6-8-4,

2-3-2 Central Suburban

North) spent the first 20

minutes of the game defending

Lake Forest and

was unable to break past

the midfield line.

“It just really came down

to us settling down,” Highland

Park coach Kate Straka

said. “In the first half we

were all over the place. We

weren’t really confident.

“In the second half I really

think our defensive

backs, Sydney Cohn and

Eva Hanson, really took

ownership of the game.”

Sophomore Hanson

played a solid game, and

in her time with Highland

Park has started every

game. She has become a

reliable member for the Giants


“When Sydney Cohn

went down with a cramp,

here comes Eva Hanson as

the anchor for our back,”

Straka said. “She has just

done an amazing job. I

think we put a lot of responsibility

on Eva and she

did awesome.”

The Giants defensive

core was the cause of much

frustration for the Scouts

the entire game.

“It’s hard to break them

down,” Stuckslager said.

“I thought Eva [Hanson] in

the back did a great job. Up

top, their No. 3 (Kirby Bartelstein),

she’s a smart player,

and 11 (Jolie Carl) can

dribble. It’s a hard one.”

The Scouts had an excellent

scoring opportunity

when Grace Hardy headed

a Dimi Schweitzer corner

kick but the Giants’ Mae

Ohlwein thwarted the opportunity,

clearing the ball.

“I think that is her third

goal line save of the year,”

Straka said. “She just has

a knack for being in the

right place at the right time.

We’re so thankful that

Mave is always there.”

Ohlewin, a junior forward,

will return next year.

Offensively, players like

Nancy Iden and Bartelstein,

both seniors, worked to get

shots on net during the

game. Both players stepped

up their game in the second

half and overtime halves to

give the Giants plenty of


“She was just so strong

up top,” Straka said of Bartelstein.

“She was battling;

she was running. She, I

think, put the Lake Forest

defense on their heels for

a little bit. That allowed

our midfield some room to

work, especially Jolie Carl.

She was able to squirm

around as she normally


Carl and Sydney Cohen

are normally the dynamic

scoring duo for Highland

Park, and even though they

found each other a few

times the Scouts defense

Sydney Cohen (21) heads the ball during the Lake Forest regional semifinal game May 15 in Lake Forest. Photos by

Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media

shut down any possible

scoring attempts.

In net, freshman goalkeeper

Morgan Cohen

peaked at the right time for

Highland Park and thwarted

the Scouts’ offensive

scoring opportunities.

“This is the best game

I’ve seen her play, in terms

of confidence,” Straka said.

“She was able to own some

of the crosses and take

ownership of the 18-yard

box, which we’ve been

waiting for all season. I’m

so proud she was able to

mature in this game.”

In the end, Straka said

she was happy with the

game her team put out even

if it didn’t end their way.

“We were able to put together

a really lovely team

game,” she said.

Highland Park’s Jolie Carl (left) watches the ball head for the sideline.

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the highland park landmark | May 24, 2018 | 29

Boys Track and Field

Giants’ 19-year state run ends

Brittany Kapa, Sports Editor

New Trier coach Mark

Wakus said it best when he

described just how much

pressure the Loyola Academy

sectional put on athletes.

“Everyone is dying to get

to the state meet, this is the

meet where you really have

to bring it,” he said.

Some athletes rose to

the occasion while others

cracked under pressure

Thursday, May 17, in Wilmette.

New Trier finished on

top of the area schools

with a second-place finish,

scoring 59 points but

fell well behind Evanston’s

110-point win. Highland

Park didn’t fare as well

and finished last of the 16

teams with seven points.

“We’ve had some good

efforts but overall (today)

is not great,” Highland

Park coach Steve Buti said.

“Our guys that we thought

had a chance, a couple of

them came real close.”

That was the story of

the day for the sectional.

With colder than average

temperatures and a strong,

cold wind, times were significantly

slower than normal.

The wind helped one

group of athletes: the pole


Highland Park’s Ben

Kirsch, a junior, hit a personal

best of 13 feet during

the event. He finished third

in the event but six inches

off the qualifying height

for state.

“We were with the wind,

so it was a nice tailwind so

I was able to get up on bigger

poles,” Kirsch said.

Kirsch had been stuck

at the same height for a

while, so to be able to

break through that barrier

Highland Park senior Michael Menaker runs the first leg

of the 800-meter relay at the Loyola Academy sectional

Thursday, May 17, in Wilmette. Carlos Alvarez/22nd

Century Media

at sectional was an accomplishment.

“I’ve been stuck at 12–6

for a couple weeks in a

row,” he said. “I finally put

it together today and it felt

really good.”

Just missing the state

mark motivates Kirsch for

next season, he said.

“Getting a PR was great

but it makes me angry that

I didn’t go to state,” Kirsch

said. “It gives me more

motivation for next year,

especially not making state

on misses.”

Jack Casey, another junior

on the team, topped

out at 5–8 for the high

jump and finish tied for

11th. Buti said he is excited

to see what Casey

can put together for next


Senior Alec Glazier finished

10th in the 3,200-meter

race and But said that

was an impressive run for

him in that group.

The Giants 800 relay

team, comprised of Michael

Menaker, Andrew

Derdena, Zion Griffin and

Sedric Gonzalez, finished

6th at the meet with a


“That was a big accomplishment

for them especially

with this sectional

being so tough,” Buti said.

“There were definitely

some positives.”

Griffin, a freshman, will

be the lone returner for

next season.

Both mile runners will

be back next season and

Buti said he hopes that this

experience will help them

next year during sectionals.

“We just hope that

they can learn from that

and build on it and come

back,” he continued. “The

toughest part about this

sport is that you have to do

it on the day. We’ve seen

it across the board, people

falling before the line, people

not hitting the mark that

they’ve hit all year.”

“It’s sport. It’s hard and

it’s hard to help them get

through it when it doesn’t

go their way.”

The hardest part of the

day for the Giants to deal

with was knowing that by

not qualifying even one

person for state ended a 19-

year run for the team.

“We’re still proud of

them, they still came out

and they competed,” Buti

said. “It ends a streak of

state qualifiers for us since

1999. It’s kind of a rough

pill to swallow.”

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Rival Deerfield too much for HP in postseason

David Jaffe

Freelance Reporter

Any time Deerfield High

School had the opportunity,

it got out and ran.

Highland Park couldn’t

contain the Warriors offense,

and that ultimately

ended the Giants season.

Highland Park fell to

rival Deerfield 19-7 in the

St. Viatory play-in game

Friday, May 18, held in


Deerfield was difficult

to handle in transition,

which resulted in the Warriors

getting shots off fast

and converting often.

Despite the loss, it was

the Giants who struck first.

Ari Brooks scored 40

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it took Deerfield just 12



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Jacob Braunstein tied it.

Deerfield scored the

next three goals getting

two from Noah Braunstein

and one from Chase Du-

Monthier to go up 4-1.

It never relinquished the


Jake Romoff (2 goals)

cut the deficit to 4-2 with

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The Warriors took control

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goals in the first two minutes

of the second period

from both Braunsteins and

DuMonthier, respectively.

“They had a lot of fastbreak

opportunities that

were hard to defend,”

Highland Park coach Ryan

Werhane said. “We’ve got

some younger guys on defense

and they moved the

ball really well and took

advantage of any opportunity

they had to get out

on the break and score


“They made things very

difficult for us defensively.”

Joey Finfer cut it to 7-3

with eight minutes left in

the half but that was as

close as the Giants would

get the rest of the way.

The Warriors scored the

next three goals making

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continued to increase their


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Katz all scored goals for

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Josh Velick (left) pushes his way past a Deerfield

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couldn’t convert on a number

of chances.

“When we got the ball

around and moved our

feet, things went pretty

well for us on offense,”

Werhane said. “When we

didn’t do that, things fell

apart. Needing to communicate

better was a big key

for us and that’s something

we’re going to have to

work on for the guys that

are coming back.”

The Giants had their

struggles but Werhane really

liked the character of

his team, referencing their

ability to bounce back

when things were tough.

“I think the camaraderie

on the team was very

good. We came together

well,” Werhane said. “We

had some tough losses

this year. But we always

came back from that and

were ready to work hard

in practice the next day.

The seniors did a good job

of helping it be a 24-hour

rule and then making sure

we were ready to move on

to the next game.”

And Werhane appreciates

what the seniors gave

to the program.

“We have 10 seniors,

most of whom have been

with this program for three

or four years,” Werhane

said. “We’re going to miss

what they gave us. We’re

going to be graduating a

lot of our offense. So the

younger guys are going

to need to step up and put

in the work because we’ll

need to replace a lot of

guys on offense.”

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Decision made: Four Giants sign to play college athletics

Brittany Kapa, Sports Editor

22nd Century Media File



Stars of the Week

1. Taylor Gilling


The Giants junior

finished fourth

at state in the

100-meter dash,

took second in the

200 and helped

her team to a 10th

place state finish.

2. Stephanie Kriss.

The Giants


distance runner

finished fourth in

state in the 800

with a time of 2

minutes 13.36


3. HP Girls Track and

Field Team.

The Giants finished

10th at the 2018

IHSA State meet

in Charleston. The

team finished with

20 points and

most of the team

will be coming

back next season.

Another four seniors

from Highland Park High

School announced their

commitment to continue

their athletic careers.

The Giants celebrated

their own May 16 in an

brief ceremony before


The boys golf team,

which finished fourth in

the IHSA state tournament

this past fall, was

well-represented as Joey

Harrigan and Josh Zoldan

announced their decisions.

Harrigan, who tied for

18th at the state tournament

with a 150, landed on

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

in Troy, New York.

“It’s an awesome engineering

school,” he said.

“I also really love golf,

so I thought that would be

the best option for me because

I get the best of both


Harrigan isn’t worried

about the pressures of handling

a tough academic

workload and being a Division-III


“I’ve talked to a lot of

the guys and they say it’s

pretty easy to handle,”

Harrigan said. “They all

work together on bus rides

together to meets and


Teammate Zoldan is

staying a little closer to

home and will call Illinois

Wesleyan University home

for the next four years. He

only looked into three other

schools before finally making

the decision to become

Student-athletes (left to right) Justin Illes, Joey Harrigan, Zak Levy and Josh Zoldan pose for a photo during a

signing day ceremony Wednesday, May 16, at Highland Park High School. Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media

a Titan. The Titans have

a strong alumni network

that supports the golf team.

With that support the team

is able to prepare for the

spring season by travelling

to difference courses

around the United States in

the fall for tournament play.

“The program just

seemed awesome with

their budget and all the

trips that they go on,” he

said. “Everything about

their team was really appealing

and made the decision

pretty easy.”

Zak Levy, a boys volleyball

player, will also

stay closer to home, and

will play for North Central

College in Naperville next


Unlike Zoldan, Levy’s

process of choosing a

school was a little more

extensive. He visited 10

other colleges before deciding

that North Central

was the right fit.

“I felt like I could really

see myself going

there, more than any other

school,” he said.

The decision was made

a little easier when he

found out that Giants’

coach Kyle Muldoon had

gone to college with North

Central’s men’s volleyball

coach, Kyle Exline.

“The coach is really

great, his name is coach

Exline,” Levy said. “Actually,

coach Muldoon knows

him; they went to college

together. He’s a really nice

guy. He won coach of the

year this year.”

Levy will be coming

into a program that is on

the rise. Exline was the

first coach hired for the

men’s program in April

2014 and has continually

grown the team’s talent

base and has seen success

as a result. Exline, a

Loyola University Chicago

graduate, led the Cardinals

to a 17-8 finish this

season. The team was 9-0

in the Midwest Collegiate

Volleyball League.

Pitching in on the East


Justin Illes, a centerback

for the Giants soccer team,

knew he wanted to be on

the East coast for college.

“I went to a few soccer

camping in Philadelphia

and that area on the East

coast,” he said. “I just

liked the coach and liked

the team.”

So, when Illes got the

opportunity to go to an East

coast school, he took it. He

will be attending Western

New England University

next fall in Springfield,

Massachusetts. Illes had

visited other schools, but

none were a better fit then

Western New England.

“I just kind of connected

with the team a lot better,”

Illes said. “I visited Penn

State Behrend, which is

another small DIII school,

and I just didn’t really connect

with the team as well

when I visited.”

Listen Up

“It ends a streak of state qualifiers for us since 1999.

It’s kind of a rough pill to swallow”

Steve Buti — HPHS boys track and field coach, on the Giants finish at the

Loyola Academy sectional

tune in

Boys Tennis

The Giants will take on the best in

this year’s 2018 IHSA state meet.

• Highland Park at IHSA State,

Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26


27 - This Week In

27 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Brittany Kapa. Send

any questions or comments to b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.


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Run Over For the first time in nearly

two decades, no athletes from HPHS track

and field will compete at state, Page 29

Down to the wire Highland

Park and Lake Forest go to penalty

kicks for decision, Page 28

Giants boys lacrosse falls in playoff opener, Page 30

Jack Folino looks for an open teammate in a playoff game against Deerfield High School Friday, May 18, in Deerfield. Jackie Connors/22nd Century Media

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