Top honors Orland Park Police Chief

Tim McCarthy recognized by Illinois State Bar

Association, Page 5

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LEFT & RIGHT: Fireworks explode Friday, July 6, over Centennial Park, while Orland-Palos

VFW Post 2604 members (left to right) Jim Baillie, Jim Thompson, Bill Christie, Bob Bernas

and Mike Capuano present the colors during an Independence Day celebration rescheduled

because of inclement weather. INSET: Mia Calandriello, of Orland Park, dances during the

festivities. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media



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following two-day setback for Orland Park’s fireworks, Page 3

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What It’s Like To Be: Police


3:30-4:45 p.m. July 12, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S.

71st Court. Students will see

what it is like for Alsip Police

to put on the uniform to serve

and protect the community.

They will also try on a bulletproof

vest and see if they can

get out of handcuffs. This is a

free event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500 or visit



50s Sock Hop Party

5-10 p.m. July 12, Orland

Chateau, 14500 S. LaGrange

Road. Orland Township

seniors can jitterbug, jive,

twist and shout the night

away. A 1950s-themed dinner,

costume contest and

entertainment by the band

Sundance are to round out

this evening. Tickets are $22

for Township residents ($27

for non-residents) and must

be purchased at the Township

Office, 14807 S. Ravinia

Ave. in Orland Park. For

more information, call (708)


Advanced Writing: How To

Co-Write A Book

5-6 p.m. July 12, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

tap into the expertise and

creativity of another talented

writer by working

on a project together. This

is a free event for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.


Intro to iPad 2

6 p.m. July 12, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Patrons can

bring their iPads and learn

how to customize settings

and use applications.


Microsoft Powerpoint Part 2

11:30 a.m. July 13, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921 S.

Ravinia Ave. Adults can learn

about other options. Prerequisite:

PowerPoint Part 1.

Summer Mug Planters

5 p.m. July 13, Orland Park

Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia

Ave. Patrons can create

a mug planter. Register.

Meet the Artist: James


7 p.m. July 13, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Two- and

three-dimensional works

of art, using sturdy carved

wooden blocks, alongside

bright colors and abstract


Orland Park Grand Slam

Event with the Chicago

White Sox

7:10 p.m. July 13, Guaranteed

Rate Field, 333 W. 35th

St. Discounted tickets open

to everyone. Parking passes,

meal deals, Orland Park Sox

fan T-shirts and more.

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Have Button Will Travel

10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 14,

Orland Park Public Library,

14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Patrons

can drop in and make

buttons with their own pictures

or drawings, or use

some of the library’s. Located

in the teen area.


Summer Concert Series:

Moraine Valley Community

College Jazz Band

2 p.m. July 15, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Jazz band

features classic swing, soulful

blues, burning Latin jazz

and gritty funk.


Choo! Choo! Toddler-In

11 a.m. July 16, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

ages 2-4 can construct a

train and ride the rails while

watching a trail-themed

show. Register. Limit: 20.

Weiss Financial Ratings/

ReferenceUSA Business

6 p.m. July 16, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave., second floor

computer lab. Patrons will

learn how to use new tools to

protect finances, invest wisely

and grow wealth, as well

as how to find useful data on

publicly held businesses.


This Day in History

3 p.m. July 17, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Grades 3-5

can learn about things that

happened on this day in history.

There will be activities

associated with the historical

events. Register. Limit: 20.

Perler Bead Crafts

4:30-6 p.m. July 17, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court, Orland Park.

Students will make a coaster

or keychain using colorful

plastic beads that will be arranged

on a peg board. This

is a free event for teens in

grades 7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org.

Is Cloud Storage Right for


6 p.m. July 17, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Patrons can

get a better understanding of

cloud storage services, including

OneDrive, Dropbox,

iCloud and Google Drive.

Hooray for Bollywood

7 p.m. July 17, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. An interactive

Bollywood Dance

workshop by local dance

guru Deepthi Chiruvuri from

Bolly DanceFit.


Kid’s Fire & Life Safety


July 18-20. The Kid’s

Fire & Life Safety Camp is

a three-day camp. This class

will be offered to the first

40 children (residents) between

the ages of 8 and 12.

This camp is fun and interactive.

The campers are to

participate in classroom and

outside activities. For more

information, visit www.or


The Great Worm Race

1 p.m. July 18, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Students

kindergarten through fifth

grades can pick a worm and

watch it race toward the finish.

Teen volunteers needed.


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3-4 p.m. July 18, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

S. 71st Court. Students will

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Flip Chart” as a new way

to help communicate their

emotions to anyone who

walks into their rooms. This

is a free event for teens in

grades 7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgeteen


Experimental Musical


4:30-5:30 p.m. July 18,

The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 S. 71st Court. Students

will see how random

objects make their way into

a unique and functional musical

instrument with the

one-man-band, Joe Rauen.

This is a free event for teens

in grades 7-12. For more

information, call (708) 532-

0500 or visit www.thebri


Bitcoin and Beyond: Making

Sense of Cryptocurrency

6 p.m. July 18, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

learn what Bitcoin is, how it

achieves its value and what

the future looks like for

cryptocurrencies in general.


Leisure Plotters Club

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

third Thursday of the month,

Orland Township, 14807 W.

Ravinia Ave. All seniors are

invited to join in for coffee,

bingo and socialization. For

more information, contact

Alice at (708) 614-9202.

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Despite — or maybe thanks to — rain

delay, Orland fireworks draw big crowd

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

They always say of Chicago:

Don’t like the weather?

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For the Village of Orland

Park, the rescheduling

of Fourth of July activities

turned out to be a good


Following a hot and humid

92-degree night July

4 with rain, Friday, July 6,

brought a perfect 67 degrees

for a beautiful night of fireworks.

“We did have two big

storms come in on the

Fourth and then the next

day, as well, but our py-

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Members of Orland-Palos VFW Post 2604 Mike Capuano (left) and Jim Thompson share a

laugh before presenting colors at Orland Park’s fireworks show.

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Orland Township announces Wellness Wednesdays slate

Submitted by Orland Township

Orland Township is announcing

its latest programming for Wellness

Wednesdays — an opportunity

for residents to schedule an

appointment with a registered

nurse and receive certain health


A registered nurse will be available

from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on the

second and fourth Wednesdays of

every month between, by appointment,

to administer the following

health services.

• Free blood pressure screenings

• Total lipid profile cholesterol

test without glucose ($40 for residents,

$50 for non-residents)

• Total lipid profile cholesterol

test with glucose ($50 for residents,

$60 for non-residents)

• Glucose screenings for diabetes

prevention ($5 for residents,

$10 for non-residents)

• Adult vaccinations

A registered nurse will be available

at the Orland Township Office,

14807 S. Ravinia Ave., the

following Wednesdays, by appointment,

through the end of


• July 25

• Aug. 8, 22

• Sept. 12, 26

• Oct. 10, 24

• Nov. 14, 28

• Dec. 12, 26

Vaccines for adults and tuberculosis

tests always are available

at all Orland Township

immunization clinics. They are

offered at a reduced price to individuals

19 years of age and


For more information about

Wellness Wednesdays, visit www.

orlandtownship.org or call (708)

403-4222 to schedule an appointment.

Business Briefs

Marcus announces summer

film slate, more

With summer break in

session and blockbuster

season in full swing, Marcus

Theatres is highlighting

a variety of family-friendly

offerings, including value

programs, free family parties

and the Kids Dream

Summer Film Series.

Value Programs

• Movie Tuesdays: At all

locations, see any movie for

just $5 every Tuesday. Plus,

Magical Movie Rewards

members receive free complimentary-size


• Student Thursdays: At

participating locations, students

and faculty can show

their ID to see any movie

for $6. They can also receive

free complimentarysize


• Young at Heart: At all

locations, seniors ages 60

and up can catch any movie

for $6 every Friday before

5:30 p.m.

• Early Bird Movies: At

participating locations, early

risers can see any movie

for $6 before 11 a.m.

With the exception of

Movie Tuesdays, an additional

charge for 3D, 4DX,

SuperScreen DLX, Ultra-

Screen DLX and IMAX applies.

For a list of participating

locations, visit www.




Kids Dream Summer

Film Series

There’s no better way

to escape the heat than the

Kids Dream Summer Film

Series presented by American

Family Insurance. From

now until Aug. 29, moviegoers

can see family-favorite

films on the big screen

at participating Marcus

Theatres’ locations at 10

a.m. Sundays, Mondays and

Wednesdays — plus Saturdays

in August.

Admission for all showtimes

is just $3. Attendees

can also enjoy concessions

specials, including popcorn

and fountain drinks

for $2.75 each. Titles, dates

and showtimes are subject

to change. All titles will be

shown in standard 2D only

and rated PG in accordance

with standard MPAA guidelines.

While the Kids Dream

Summer Film Series has a

cost of admission, guests

can visit their American

Family Insurance agent or

the series’ website for free

tickets courtesy of American

Family Insurance. Visit

MarcusTheatres.com for

more information, showtimes

and free tickets: www.


dream. The film schedule

and participating locations


July 15, 16 and 18: “The

Lego Ninjago Movie” –

Rated PG

Shunned by everyone for

being the son of an evil warlord,

a teenager seeks to defeat

his father with the help

of his fellow ninjas.

July 22, 23 and 25: “Paddington

2” – Rated PG

Paddington, now happily

settled with the Brown

family, picks up a series of

odd jobs to buy the perfect

present for his Aunt Lucy’s

100th birthday, only for the

gift to be stolen.

July 29, 30 and Aug. 1:

“Early Man” – Rated PG

A caveman named Dug,

his sidekick Hognob and

the rest of their tribe face a

grave threat to their simple

existence when Lord Nooth

plans to take over their land

and turn it into a giant mine.

Aug. 4, 5, 6 and 8: “Despicable

Me 3” – Rated PG

Gru meets his long-lost

charming, cheerful and

more successful twin brother

Dru, who wants to team

up with him for one last

criminal heist.

Aug. 11, 12, 13 and 15:

“My Little Pony: The Movie”

– Rated PG

When a dark force threatens

Ponyville, the Mane 6

embark on an unforgettable

journey beyond Equestria,

where they meet new

friends and exciting challenges

on a quest to save

their home.

Aug. 18, 19, 20 and 22:

“Peter Rabbit” – Rated PG

Peter Rabbit enjoys

spending his days in Mr.

McGregor’s vegetable

garden. When one of Mc-

Gregor’s relatives suddenly

moves in, he discovers a

family of new rabbits in his

home and a battle of wits


August 25, 26, 27 and 29:

“Sherlock Gnomes” – Rated


After a string of garden

gnome disappearances in

London, Gnomeo and Juliet

look to legendary detective

Sherlock Gnomes to solve

the case of their missing

friends and family.

Marcus Theatres’ Orland

Park Cinema is located at

16350 S. LaGrange Road.

Former corporate mom,

stay-at-home dad become

small business owners

A new Floor Coverings

International franchise

launched in April in Orland

Park. The franchise’s owners

are the husband and wife

team of Rob O’Connor and

Heather Andreana. Heather

was a successful executive

who climbed the corporate

ladder to become a regional

vice president with Enterprise

Rent-A-Car, and Rob

a stay-at-home dad for 11

years to the couple’s two

children, Mackenzie (fifth

grade) and Finn (second


Now, Rob is re-entering

the workforce after a decade,

and Heather is leaving

a lucrative corporate career

behind to run a small business

with her husband in

order to have a better worklife

balance with Floor Coverings


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Darvin Orland Park earns

Better Business Bureau


The Better Business Bureau

recently honored the

Orland Park retailer Darvin,

15400 LaGrange Road in

Orland Park, with accreditation.

All businesses that are accredited

by the BBB must

be committed to the BBB

Code of Business Practices,

a comprehensive set of policies,

procedures and best

practices on how businesses

treat consumers.

Darvin Furniture & Mattress

is a family-owned retailer

with more than nine

decades of service in the

Chicago area.

Lexus of Orland recognized

for achievements in

standards, service,


Lexus of Orland was

recently named to the esteemed

awards list for Elite

of Lexus, a program that

honors dealerships for living

up to the Lexus standards

of excellence in sales,

service and overall owner


The Elite of Lexus

achievement requires extraordinary

leadership and

team effort focused on clear

goals, including dominant

customer satisfaction, sales

operations, service and

certification standards. In

addition to achieving all

program standards of excellence

through customer survey

feedback, dealerships

also must be approved by

both its Lexus area manager

and Lexus headquarters to

be recognized as a winning


Each dealership that

achieved Elite status receives

a custom-designed

Elite of Lexus dealership

trophy, or an updated year

distinction plate for its existing

trophy to display as a

symbol of achievement.

Lexus of Orland is located

at 8300 W. 159th St. in

Orland Park.

For more information,

call (708) 614-8700 or visit


Silver Cross Charity Golf

Classic in Orland raises

more than $150,000

The Silver Cross Foundation

raised $150,585 at its

27th annual Charity Golf

Classic. Held recently at

Crystal Tree Country Club

in Orland Park, 144 golfers

came out to support Silver

Cross Hospital. Proceeds

from the event will help

fund advanced equipment,

including the new Globus

ExcelsiusGPS Spine Robot

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Orland Park Village Board

Police chief honored by Illinois

State Bar Association, officials

Pekau says local impact

of decision regarding

online sales tax ‘minor’

Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter

Orland Park Police Chief Tim

McCarthy was honored by the Illinois

State Bar Association July

2 with the group’s Law Enforcement


The award — which recognizes

“law enforcement officers

for conduct that promotes justice

and to distinguish those individuals

whose service to the public

brings honor and respect to the

entire criminal justice system,”

according to the association’s

website — was presented to Mc-

Carthy during a recognition ceremony

held that evening during

the regular Orland Park Village

Board meeting.

James F. McCluskey, president

of the Illinois State Bar Association,

and president-elect David

Sosin presented the award to Mc-

Carthy in front of the board members

and an assembled group of

Orland Park police officers.

“[The award] really recognizes

the content of this man’s character

and integrity,” McCluskey

said of McCarthy.

McCluskey said McCarthy

was being honored for establishing

the South Suburban Major

Crimes Task Force, working

with the school districts on active

shooting drills, improving

operations and training for the

Orland Park Police Department,

and for his efforts in continuing

the DARE program after funding

for it ended and expanding its

education to include the dangers

of heroin and opioids.

But McCarthy said he thinks

the award was less a recognition

for what he or the police department

does and more about “how

we do things.”

“I think we engage in high-level

policing, constitutional policing

— and doing it, and, it’s easy

to say, by the book,” McCarthy

said. “[But] the book changes ...

almost daily in this era of law enforcement.

And everything that is

done by this police department is

not done by me but by our command

staff, our supervisors and

by our sworn officers who are

executing in the proper way the

policies and procedures of the police


McCarthy also thanked the

Village Board for it providing the

police with the resources necessary

to “get the job done the right


Trustee Michael Carroll said

that having experienced working

for McCarthy as a police officer

— and now with him as a member

of the Village Board — the

honor for the police chief was

well deserved.

“It couldn’t have gone to a better

department ... or to a better

gentleman,” Carroll said.

Trustee James Dodge also

commented, stating that the Village’s

police department is one of

the bright spots of service offered

to the community — and that the

community appreciates it.

“So, 60,000 people out there

appreciate what you guys do,”

Dodge said.

Trustee Dan Calandriello said

he appreciates McCarthy’s hard


“As a past chairman of [public

safety], it was the easiest chairmanship

ever,” Calandriello noted.

“You set the tone, the honor

and integrity of the police department.

It’s an honor to serve with


Trustee Kathleen Fenton also

thanked McCarthy for all he has

done for Orland Park.

“One thing that I notice is that

the respect you have for all of

your officers, they have that respect

for you in return,” Fenton

said. “And that’s what’s key to

any job and any leadership position:

If you show respect, they

will show respect. It shows on

a daily basis, because what we

have in Orland Park is an outstanding

police department.

“It’s one of the best police departments

in the state of Illinois,

and you should be proud of all

the men and women who follow

you on a daily basis and look up

to your leadership.”

Mayor Keith Pekau also expressed

his appreciation of Mc-

Carthy for his professionalism.

“From Day 1 of me taking office,

which I think many of you

know maybe wasn’t the smoothest

transition ever, the chief was

a true professional,” Pekau said.

“In fact, the very first time we

met, the first words out of his

mouth were, ‘Do you want me to

resign?’ Obviously, the answer to

that is ‘no’ ... I’d like to see the

chief stay on for several more


Pekau added that a primary

concern of some of the mayors he

has met with since taking office

has been with their police departments.

“Well, I can tell you that from

Day 1, that is one thing I have

never had to worry about — because

of [McCarthy’s leadership],”

Pekau said.

Round It Up

A brief recap of action and

discussion from the July 2

meeting of the Orland Park

Village Board.

A note about online sales tax

During his comments at the

end of the meeting, Pekau addressed

some questions he has

received regarding the United

States Supreme Court’s decision

to allow states to begin collecting

sales tax for online purchases.

Despite the ruling, Pekau said

the impact on the Village will be


“It’s a step in the right direction,

because it is going to start

to level the playing field for our

brick and mortar stores,” Pekau

said. “But, from a financial im-

• As part of the Consent

Agenda, the Village Board

members voted 5-0 (trustees

Patricia Gira and Carole

Griffin Ruzich were absent)

to approve a contract with

SB Friedman Development

Advisors not to exceed

$30,000. SB Friedman is

to assist the Village in its

review of proposals regarding

the Main Street Triangle


• Also approved as part of

the Consent Agenda, the

Village Board members

passed a motion to approve

the site plan, elevations,

landscape plan and a

special use permit to

allow for an approximately

16,000-square-foot addition

to the Kruse Education

Center. This will allow for an

expansion of the cafeteria,

as well as additional


• During the Parks and

Recreation Committee

meeting, trustees Dan

Calandriello and Michael

Carroll voted 2-0 to

recommend onto the Village

Board approving a three-year

contract with V3 Construction

Group for stewardship of the

Somerglen and Lakeside

ponds in an amount not to

exceed $32,845. Trustee

Patricia Gira was absent.

pact, it will have a very minor

impact on the Village at the present

time. And we will continue

to work with the state to make

sure that that impact benefits the

localities more than it will currently

under the way the State is

handling it.”

Pekau said he will continue to

update the public on the work he

and others are doing to try and

work with the state to help local

municipalities regarding this issue.

Orland Park man

among hundreds

charged in national

health care fraud


Bill Jones, Editor

An Orland Park doctor is facing federal

charges after he was among more

than 600 individuals reportedly caught

in a recent national health care fraud enforcement


Several Chicago-area medical professionals,

including four physicians, are

facing charges as part of the health care

fraud enforcement action, which is being

called the largest in Department of

Justice history, according to a press release

issued June 28 by the United States

Attorney’s Office for the Northern District

of Illinois.

Dr. Florentino Leong, 78, of Orland

Park, was charged with health care

fraud and making false statements in

a health care matter. He is one of two

Illinois cases — the other an indictment

against Dr. Ruben Inocencio, 77,

of Skokie — involving licensed physicians

who falsely certified patients for

home-health services reimbursed by

Medicare, according to the release.

The doctors allegedly authorized inhome

services, despite knowing patients

were not confined to the homes and did

not require the services.

Leong was to be arraigned June 28 before

U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah.

The national action reportedly was

taken by Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

Charges were filed against more than

150 physicians, as well as nurses and

other licensed medical professionals,

who allegedly participated in fraud

schemes involving approximately $2

billion in false billings.

Several doctors additionally were

charged in relation to prescribing

and distributing opioids and other

narcotics, according to the release.

The Department of Health and Human

Services reportedly has initiated suspension

actions against numerous

providers, including doctors, nurses and


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Patrycja Bafia represents Sandburg at

the Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Brianne Dougherty

Freelance Reporter

High school senior-tobe

Patrycja Bafia, of Orland

Park, recently joined

thousands of students from

around the country at the

Congress of Future Medical

Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts

— a prestigious

honors program that recognizes

high school students

aspiring to work in medicine.

Bafia was recently nominated

by science director

of the National Academy

of Future Physicians and

Medical Scientists, Dr. Mario

Capecchi, as a delegate

to represent Sandburg High

School. During this threeday

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27, she had the opportunity

to listen to presentations

from award-winning professionals

and network with

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“The speakers were so inspiring

and helped us all to

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do not realize how much

we truly have to offer. They

encouraged us to get out of

our comfort zone and not be

scared to fail.”

This program is designed

to inspire high school students

to pursue their dream

of becoming a leader in the

medical field and provide

them with the necessary

resources to stay focused

and motivated while they

work to achieve their goals.

While at the event, Bafia

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and the future of science

technology, as well as

received advice about medical

school and even heard

stories from patients and

medical prodigies. After the

presentations, students were

able to enjoy social gatherings

and dance parties

in the evening, according to


“I was able to meet thousands

of people my age with

the same interests as me,”

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all over. There was always

so much positive energy in

the room.”

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Police Reports

Man allegedly tried to buy cellphone on fraudulent account

Michael A. Owens, 20, of 19181

Steel St. in Detroit, Michigan, was

charged June 5 with felony identity

theft after he allegedly tried

to finance a cellphone upgrade on

a fraudulent account at a store at

Orland Square. He reportedly was

listed as the primary account holder

but provided the last four digits of a

Social Security number that was not

his own. He paid the sales tax on the

phone, police added.

June 26

• Leah A. Zerlentes, 35, of 8321

Hillcrest Drive in Orland Park,

was charged with possession of

stolen property and criminal trespass

to property after she allegedly

tried to take items valued at a total

of $171.80 from a store at Orland

Square. Police said they recognized

her as someone banned from the

mall for “frequent shoplifting.” An

officer saw her conceal merchandise

in a handbag and shopping bag,

and leave a store without paying for

the items, according to the report.

June 25

• Teshiana L. Perkins, 23, of 935

Old Forester Lane in Charlotte,

North Carolina, was charged with

retail theft and contributing to the

delinquency of a minor after she allegedly

tried to take items valued at

a total of $386 from a department

store at Orland Square. She and another

person reportedly took items

into a fitting room, concealed them

and tried to leave the store without

paying for them. Perkins was the legal

guardian of the other individual,

police said.

June 11

• Daijane A. Echefula, 25, of 8237

S. Ingleside Ave. in Chicago, was

charged with retail theft for allegedly

taking sunglasses from a store

at Orland Square. She reportedly

was seen on video taking a pair of

sunglasses valued at $173. She also

was seen in the store with a pair of

sunglasses valued at $400 that were

reported missing from the store, but

police only recovered the $173 pair,

which was concealed in her pants,

according to the report.

June 9

• Gwendolyn Toran, 39, of 15213

Stoney Island Ave. in Dolton, was

charged with felony unlawfully

contributing to the criminal delinquency

of a juvenile, as well as one

count of retail theft, after she allegedly

tried to take items valued at

a total of $267 from a department

store at Orland Square. She reportedly

handed items to an individual

whose name is redacted from the

report. That person took a garbage

bag from near the fitting room, and

then they got on an elevator together

with the bag and items, police said.

When they got off the elevator, the

bag was full of items, according to

the report. The minor was to young

by law to be charged with this offense,

police said, noting minor was

under the care of Toran but no additional

information would be released

about that individual.

June 7

• Cordairo Mitchell, 28, of 942

Waller Ave. in Chicago, was

charged with criminal trespass to

vehicle and driving while license

suspended after he was stopped in

the 15800 block of LaGrange Road

while allegedly driving a 2012 Mitsubishi

Outlander reported stolen.

June 6

• Ramone D. Patterson, 33, of 1608

W. Sherwin Ave. in Chicago, was

charged with retail theft after he allegedly

tried to take two items of

socks valued at a total of $21.60

from a department store at Orland

Square. He reportedly concealed

them in a bag and tried to leave the

store without paying for the items.

June 3

• Robert N. Wise, 38, of 4048 S.

Lake Park Ave. in Chicago, was

charged with felony retail theft after

he allegedly tried to take four

bottles of whiskey valued at a total

of $81.96 from a grocery store in

the 9300 block of 159th Street. He

reportedly concealed the bottles in

a bag and tried to leave the store

without paying for them. He was

seen on video surveillance doing

this, according to the report. The

felony charge was because of an

“extensive” background, including

robbery, and nine convictions for

retail theft.

May 30

• Jonathan Martinez-Salazar, 19, of

1333 Park Ave. in Chicago Heights,

was charged aggravated unlawful

use of a weapon, failure to wear

a seat belt, defective windshield

and no valid driver’s license after

the 2002 Honda CRV he allegedly

was driving was stopped near

171st Street and 80th Avenue. Police

reportedly spotted him driving

westbound on 159th Street without

a seat belt and with two “large”

cracks in the windshield, before

he turned southbound onto 80th

Avenue from the center lane. The

driver reached toward the rear seat,

according to the report. There was

a live .22-caliber round on the rear,

passenger’s-side floorboard, and a

revolver loaded with six rounds was

found inside of the vehicle, police

said. Martinez-Salazar had no valid

FOID card, according to the report.

May 24

• Apraises Miracle Sanders, 18, of

3647 173rd Court in Lansing, was

charged with retail theft after she

allegedly tried to take two pairs of

pants valued at a total of $100 from

a store at Orland Square. She reportedly

concealed the pants in her

purse and tried to leave the store

without paying for them. She used a

pair of scissors to cut the price tags

off of the items, but the anti-theft

devices triggered when she tried to

leave the store, police said.

• Joshua N. Chancellor, 19, of

15330 Dorchester Ave. in Dolton,

was charged with theft after he allegedly

tried to take $600 from a

department store at Orland Square

where he was employed. An audit

revealed deposits were short on

three occasions: $100 May 9, $300

May 12 and $200 May 15, according

to the report. Chancellor reportedly

was seen on video removing

from the bag en route to the nightly

drop box, leaving the bag unsecured

in the register and later moving

currency from the bag to his pants

pocket, before securing the bag in

the drop box at the end of his shift.

May 23

• Adnan A. Shukair, 37, of 19736

Silverside Drive in Tinley Park, was

charged with two counts of possession

of a controlled substance, as

well as one count each of possession

of cannabis-intent to manufacture/deliver,

disobey a traffic control

light and unlawfully stopped in

the roadway after he allegedly was

sleeping behind the wheel of a 2000

Lexus LS 400 in the 14600 block of

LaGrange Road.

The vehicle was in the middle lane

on LaGrange Road, and an officer

spotted a bag with a green, leafy

substance, a silver grinder and a

cannabis pipe in the center console,

according to the report. The vehicle

smelled of cannabis, police added.

Shukair released the brake when

police woke him, and the car

lurched, according to the report. An

officer reportedly had to reach inside

the vehicle to put it in park.

A search of the vehicle reportedly

led police to two bags containing

cannabis, one Mason jar containing

cannabis, two digital scales, one

container with 20 peach-colored

tablets, a cannabis bowl, silver

grinder, cannabis pipe, a bag containing

a clear crystal substance, 79

bars of a substance redacted in the

report, a bag containing 6 blue tablets

and a disposable cellphone.

Police also found $1,334 in cash

in Shukair’s possession, as well as a

paper note with “I need that thing”

and “large quantity,” according to

the report.

Two bags containing cannabis

weighed 3.5 and 5.4 grams each,

while cannabis in the jar weighed

86.4 grams, police said. The crystal

substance reportedly weighed 29


The green, leafy substance fieldtested

positive for cannabis, according

to the report. Police said the

other substances are suspected to be

MDMA and buspirone.

Editor’s note: The Orland Park Prairie’s

police reports come from the Orland

Park Police Department. Anyone listed

in these reports is considered to be

innocent of all charges until proven

guilty in a court of law.


From Page 4

and provide continuing education

for the staff with The Midwest Institute

for Robotic Surgery at Silver

Cross Hospital. Silver Cross

is the only hospital in the tri-state

area with the unique robot allowing

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neck surgery.

Home to some of the most highly

skilled surgeons in the United

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Compiled by Bill Jones,


10 | July 12, 2018 | The orland park prairie community


photo op

Mona Dwyer

Kimber Dwyer

Orland Park resident

Mona Dwyer. Rescued with her sister

Charlie last year, and we love them

to pieces. We are not sure of their

breeds, because we were told Rott/

German shepherd but they appear to

be more Belgiam Malinois/ridgeback.

Momma wants to do a doggy DNA

test, but daddy says that’s no fun.

Do you want to see your pet pictured as

Orland Park’s Pet of the Week? Send your

pet’s photo and a few sentences explaining

why your pet is outstanding to Editor Bill

Jones at bill@opprairie.com.

This week’s Photo Op came from John Sheehan, who captured this snapshot of bird in

his backyard. “I think it’s a great blue heron,” he wrote.

Have you captured something unique, interesting, beautiful or just plain fun on camera? Submit a

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Loretta and Bill Nicholson, of Orland Park,

celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary

on July 1 with family and friends at Petey’s

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The Nicholsons were married on June

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Chicago’s South Side. Mrs. Nicholson is

the former Loretta Leib of Chicago.

The Nicholson’s have five children —

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Previously, they lived in the Chicago

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and Geneva, Switzerland. They returned

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residing currently in Orland Park.

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School News

Providence Catholic High School

Orland Park student makes second

semester honor roll

John Harper, principal of Providence

Catholic High School, recently

announced the school’s second semester

honor roll.

The honor roll includes two categories.

First honors recipients must

obtain a 3.51-4.00 grade point average.

Second honors students receive a

3.00-3.50 GpA.

Among those who achieved honor

roll status was Teresa Topolski, of

Orland Park, who achieved second


Georgia Tech

Orland Parker makes the dean’s list

Hannah Gallagher, of Orland

Park, made the dean’s list for the

spring 2018 semester at the Georgia

Institute of Technology. This designation

is awarded to undergraduate students

who have a 3.0 or higher academic

average for the semester.

Illinois State University

Orland Park students earn variety of


Illinois State University recently

announced the names of students who

completed requirements for bachelor’s,

master’s, and doctoral degrees

at the end of the spring 2018 semester.

Announcement of those awarded

degrees was made following certification

of all academic records.

Among those who earned undergraduate

degrees were Orland Parkers

Nicholas Strocchia - Bachelor of

Science, Marcin Micek - Bachelor

of Science, Taylor K. Bartosiewicz

- Bachelor of Science, Shannon Juliah

Bowie - Bachelor of Science,

Anna Katherine Brudnak - Bachelor

of Science, Brittany Kathleen

Charnot - Bachelor of Science,

Georgia Frances Chionis - Bachelor

of Science, Scott Raymond

Cleary - Bachelor of Science, William

Reed Cummins - Bachelor of

Science, Randall Anthony De Vitto

- Bachelor of Science, Jessica Anne

DeVos - Bachelor of Science, Jesus

Julio Estrada - Bachelor of Science,

Samuel R. Everett - Bachelor

of Science, Abigail Camille Falls -

Bachelor of Science, Alexis Jasmine

Farrahi - Bachelor of Science, Jessica

Marie Gobeli - Bachelor of Science

in Education, Amanda Grace

Goodrich - Bachelor of Science,

Dakota Geert Hokanson - Bachelor

of Science, Susan A. Jachymiak -

Bachelor of Science in Education,

Kortney Reid Kuzniewski - Bachelor

of Science, Michael Patrick Lenkiewicz

- Bachelor of Arts, Matthew

James Levickas - Bachelor of Science,

Daniel Matthew Long - Bachelor

of Science, Katelyn Elizabeth

Mategrano - Bachelor of Science in

Education, Jan R. Mercado - Bachelor

of Science, Lauren E. O’Neil -

Bachelor of Science, Erin Maureen

O’Neill - Bachelor of Science, Kylie

Ann Pierson - Bachelor of Science,

Michael Matthew Roberts - Bachelor

of Music Education, Eben P.

Sawilchik - Bachelor of Science,

Matthew William Sawyers - Bachelor

of Science, Michael W. Schuch

- Bachelor of Science, Matthew

R. Shields - Bachelor of Science,

Stephanie Michelle Slager - Bachelor

of Science in Education, Phillip

A. Stefanich - Bachelor of Science,

Mary Kathryne Turek - Bachelor

of Science, and Madeline Mary Wierus

- Bachelor of Science.

Among those who earned graduate

degrees were the following Orland

Park students: Bianca Spanos - Master

of Science, Paige Nitz - Master of

Science, Derek James Hevel - Master

of Science, Colleen Marie Hogan

- Master of Science, Carly M. Krzus

- Master of Science, and Erin Maureen

O’Neill - Master of Professional


Lincoln Memorial University

Two from Villasenor family receive

white coats

Andrew and Jason Villasenor,

of Orland Park, received white coats

at the recent White Coat Ceremony

at Lincoln Memorial University-

DeBusk College of Osteopathic

Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee.

The White Coat Ceremony at LMU-

DCOM is a special ceremony designed

to mark a student’s entrance

into the clinical rotations of their

medical school training.

Andrew Villasenor is beginning his

third-year as an osteopathic medical

student at LMU-DCOM. He received

an undergraduate degree from Illinois

Wesleyan University and will be

starting clinical rotations this fall.

Jason Villasenor is a third-year osteopathic

medical student at LMU-

DCOM, and will be starting clinical

rotations this fall. Villasenor received

an undergraduate degree from Illinois

Wesleyan University and a master’s

degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

Miami University

Students from Orland Park earn

places on dean’s list

Miami University students who are

ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate

students within each division

for second semester 2017-2018

have been named to the dean’s list

recognizing academic excellence.

Among them were Monika Barrett,

Erin Cronin, Danny Fisher,

Samantha Youngwirth, Sean Torpy,

Michelle Dyrda and Alexa Marines,

all of Orland Park.

Purdue University

Orland Parker earns semester honors,

dean’s list status

Matthew Davis, of Orland Park,

recently made both semester honors

and dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester

at Purdue University in West

Lafayette, Indiana.

To be eligible for semester honors,

one must attain at least a 3.5 semester

grade point average.

The dean’s list requires a semester

GPA of 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of

at least a 3.5.

Davis is majoring in computer and

information technology.

University of Iowa

Orland Park students among those

named to dean’s list

Students recently were named to

the University of Iowa’s spring 2018

dean’s list.

Among them were the following

Orland Park students: Nicholas Adduce,

Mark Biangmano, Ally Carey,

Emily Dybas, Kyle Dybas, Jessica

Eiers, James Foley, Stephanie

Garoufalis, Casey Gartlan, Jeremy

Gill, Grant Glover, Zosia Horak,

Connor Kaufmann, Erik Krause,

Michael Leyden, MollyMaeve

Lusk, Mara O’Connor, Cecilia

Ortega, Benjamin Salvador, Michael

Vennetti, Liam Walsh, Austin

Wojtczak and Olivia Zaczyk.

Western Illinois University

Students from Orland Park earn


A total of 1,335 students recently

earned academic degrees or postbaccalaureate

certificates after the

spring 2018 semester at Western

Illinois University. Of these, 162

graduates’ primary attendance site

was the WIU-Quad Cities campus.

Bachelor’s degrees were awarded

to 862 graduates.

Academic distinction was awarded

to baccalaureate graduates who

achieved high grade point averages.

This includes: summa cum laude,

3.90 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale;

magna cum laude, 3.75–3.89 GPA;

and cum laude, 3.6–3.74 GPA.

Master’s degrees were earned by

362 graduates. Eight individuals

earned their doctorate degrees in

educational leadership. Twenty-five

individuals earned post-baccalaureate


Among those recognized were

Orland Park residents Dana Nicole

Delgado, Bachelor of Science,

physical education K-12; Victoria

Lynn Kappel, Master of Science,

communication sciences and disorders;

Julija Kairys Lapp, Bachelor

of Science in Education, elementary

education; Katelyn Marie

Nemeth, Bachelor of Science, forensic

chemistry; Madeline Sarah

Stolinski, Bachelor of Science, recreation,

park and tourism administration;

and Kyle Patrick Murphy,

Bachelor of Science, forensic chemistry.

Western New England University

Orland Park student named to

dean’s list for spring 2018

Matthew O’Dea, of Orland Park,

has been named to the dean’s list at

Western New England University

for the spring 2018.

O’Dea is working toward a degree

in psychology.

Students are named to the dean’s

list for achieving a semester grade

point average of 3.30 or higher.

Wheaton College

Orland Parker graduates

Wheaton College recently congratulated

May 2018 graduate Kevin

Joseph Lynch.

Lynch, of Orland Park, graduated

cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts

in business economics.

Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, bill@



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Melissa Etheridge rocks Village

Commons to kick off Triple Play

The lawn of Village Commons was

filled with sunglasses and smiles the

evening of June 30, as area residents

anxiously waited for headliner Melissa

Etheridge to hit the stage. While

the summer heat and humidity were

in full effect, that could not stop attendees

from rocking out during the

first concert of the 2018 Triple Play


The Village’s first concert of the

season featured local Chicago favorite

Empty Pockets, as well as special

guest Dennis Quaid and the Sharks.

But the highlight of the night came

with the headliner: Melissa Etheridge.

The Triple Play concert series is

a unique experience offered to New

Lenox residents, where for just $20

per concert, attendees can enjoy

award-winning musicians in the comfort

of their own community.

New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann

said he could not have been

happier with the turnout of the first

concert of the series, despite the heat.

“The weather is absurdly hot, but

everyone here is in a great mood,” Baldermann

said. “So, we’re excited to

have them here [tonight]. It’s going to

be a really good night for everybody.

We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve

had a lot of great acts here, and [Etheridge]

certainly is one of the best.”

The concert series is to continue

with Chris Isaak on Saturday, Aug.

11. Tickets are available for sale on

the upper level of the Village Hall, 1

Veterans Parkway.

Reporting by Rochelle McAuliffe, Freelance

Reporter. For more, visit New-



Librarian of 21 years retires

To a lot of people, retirement

means a chance to do what they love

after their careers.

To 68-year-old Nancy Baker,

working for the Mokena Community

Public Library District is her passion.

She has been doing it for 21 years and

plans to continue it after retiring from

her full-time position.

Baker’s motto is, “Always put patrons

first,” and she has lived by those

words throughout her time there.

The Mokena resident of 28 years

came to Illinois from Minnesota for

a teaching position in 1972, and also

worked at Trinity Services before

working at the library. Baker started

out as a part-time circulation clerk and

moved her way up to technical services

and the head of circulation desk.

“I’ve worked every Saturday for

21 years from [8 a.m.-5 p.m.],” Baker

said. “It was a very hard decision to

decide to retire, but I have grandchildren


Assistant Director Luke Surdel

worked alongside Baker every Saturday

for the 10 years he has been with

the library.

“We, and the community, are very

grateful for her retiring but still being

a part of us,” Surdel said. “She’s

a hard worker, willing to step in and

help anyone.”

Baker said she plans to stay on with

the library as a part-time fill-in.

“I like working here,” Baker said.

“It’s a great staff and a wonderful library.

I would be crazy not to work

here. The library is like a family. I get

to know the patrons and they get to

know me, too.”

Reporting by Megan Schuller. For more,

visit MokenaMessenger.com.


Eight months after heart attack,

Tinley Park runner is back competing

Tinley Park’s Tom “Doc” Mahoney

finished 445th out of 620 runners at

the Stars and Stripes 5K race on July


He covered the McCarthy Park

course in 39 minutes and 18.7 seconds.

That was more than 12 minutes

behind race winner Mitch Gilbert.

Mahoney’s statistics were far from


The fact that he finished the race

was remarkable.

Heck, the fact that he started the

race was pretty darn noteworthy, too.

Mahoney, 68, suffered a heart attack

on Nov. 5 during Tinley Park’s

Turkey Trot. At the time, the man

— who has a garage wall full of bibs

from previous races and had carried

the American flag during 11 previous

Stars and Stripes event — was fighting

for his life. Who knew if he would

live or run again?

He lived. And he soon got back to

running practice.

The Stars and Stripes race was his

first race back since the Turkey Trot.

Finishing 445th on a humid,

90-plus-degree day was a pretty

proud moment for him.

“Just finishing is an accomplishment,”

he said minutes after the race.

“Gone are the 24-minute days. But

you hit that turn there and you see the

finish line and it was pretty … it was


Even though he did a trial run two

days prior, there were some anxious


“I was worried all week, with the

temperature being 90 degrees and

all of that humidity,” Mahoney said.

“But I was still determined I was going

to finish no matter what.”

Reporting by Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor.

For more, visit TinleyJunction.com.


Summer art contest invites people to

downtown Lockport

With summertime in full swing,

there are countless activities to do

both indoors and outdoors to soak up

the season.

This year, a new activity for all

ages called the Local Artist Choice

Awards will bring people right to the

heart of downtown Lockport.

The City of Lockport’s Summer

Art Series Committee selected 18 art

pieces that are on display at various

businesses downtown to attract more

foot traffic during this summer’s State

Street construction. People are encouraged

to visit the businesses and

vote on their favorite pieces of art

through July 23. The Top 3 pieces are

to be announced July 26 at The Roxy


“First of all, we would like to increase

foot traffic into our downtown

businesses, especially during the

construction season, because the construction

is an obstacle, so we don’t

want it to be,” said Jodi Herman, an

administrative assistant with the City

and member of the Summer Art Series

Committee. “And we want people

to see what these businesses have

to offer. So, it’s nice to get people to

come into a business they may not

have visited ever before.”

The current art pieces on display

are from Lockport residents and people

from surrounding towns ages 18

and older. Each of the 18 art pieces

follow the theme “merging art and

industry,” which reflect on the historical

buildings in Lockport and the

industrial aspects of the town, such as

the I&M Canal.

For more information on the Local

Artist Choice Awards, visit www.


Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit LockportLegend.com.


Frankfort lacrosse player named to

Under Armour Midwest team

This past season, the Illinois High

School Association recognized lacrosse

as an official sport.

And next spring, the combined

Lincoln-Way co-op team will have an

outstanding player enter its lacrosse


That is Erika Ho, who already has

attained national recognition in the


The Frankfort resident competed in

the annual Under Armour All-America

Lacrosse games. The event, which

bills itself as “the definitive gathering

of lacrosse elite,” was held between

June 28 and July 1 at Johns Hopkins

University and Towson University in

Baltimore, Maryland.

Ho, who plays midfield and takes

the draw, was on the Midwest Girls

Command team, which features incoming

high school freshman and

sophomores from eight Midwestern

states. She was selected for the team

after nearly 70 people tried out June

13 at Olentangy Liberty High School

in Powell, Ohio.

“It was a different experience

competing with both [Command]

classes, including the upperclassmen

[Highlight Division — for junior and

senior] classes,” she said. “It is something

I will cherish.”

Being involved in the game of

lacrosse is something that Ho has

cherished for many years of her

young life. Her father, David, grew

up around the game.

“I grew up in Philadelphia and

played in high school there,” David

Ho said of his lacrosse roots. “I

coached lacrosse from 2004-2016,

and had Erika play a little coed early

on. I coached boys lacrosse, which is

much more physical. So, I taught her

that way.”

Reporting by Randy Whalen, Freelance

Reporter. For more, visit FrankfortStation.com.


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“Patty is a bright, intelligent

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Wet month ends hot and humid

June weather in


Mark T. Carroll

Contributing Columnist


temperatures in

June included a hot

weekend in the middle of

the month and a hot and

very humid weekend to

conclude the month.

For the month, we had

five days with the high temperature

above 90 degrees.

Normally there are three

days during the month of

June with the temperature

reaching 90 degrees. The

average temperature for

June at Chicago O’Hare International

Airport was 2.6

degrees above normal.

On June 16, the high

temperature in Joliet

reached 93 degrees at the

airport. Joliet Regional Airport

reached 94 degrees on

June 17 and 18, with a heat

index reaching 107 degrees.

Chicago Midway International

Airport reached

95 degrees on June 17 and

18. June 17 was the hottest

Father’s Day since 1995.

The heat returned to conclude

the month. Joliet’s

airport had a high temperature

of 93 degrees on June

29 and 30, with the heat

index reaching 114 degrees

June 29 and 111 degrees

June 30.

Midewin National

Tallgrass Prairie in Elwood

also reached 93 degrees on

June 29, with the heat index

reaching 116 degrees.

Precipitation also was

above normal for the month

of June. The normal precipitation

total is near 3.5

inches for June. Flooding

occurred in the far northwest

suburbs. Rockford

experienced the wettest

June on record.

The following are precipitation

totals for June in

the immediate area.

• New Lenox, 6.83 inches

• Homer Glen, 6.33


The majority of the rainfall

fell over two periods

— June 9 and 10, and June


June 9 and 10

• Homer Glen, 1.98


• Lockport, 1.73 inches

• New Lenox, 1.04 inches

June 20, 21 and 22

• Mokena, 3.51 inches

• New Lenox, 3.02 inches

• Homer Glen, 2.72


Manhattan tornado

At 6:54 p.m. June 26, an

EF1 tornado touched down

in Manhattan. The tornado

was on the ground for 5

minutes, with an estimated

peak wind of 95 mph. The

tornado traveled 1.13 miles

with a maximum width of

100 yards. No injuries were


Lightning safety tips

Do not get caught outside.

No place outside is

safe when a thunderstorm

is in the area. Get inside as

soon as you hear thunder.

Run to a substantial building

or hard-topped metal

vehicle as fast as you can.

If you cannot get to a

safe building or vehicle, do

the following.

• Avoid open areas. Do

not be the tallest object in

the area.

• Stay away from isolated

tall trees, towers or utility

poles. Lightning tends to

strike the taller objects in

an area.

• Stay away from metal

conductors, such as wires

or fences. Metal does

not attract lightning, but

lightning can travel long

distances through it.

• If you are with a group

of people, spread out.

While this actually increases

the chance that someone

might get struck, it tends to

prevent multiple casualties

and increases the chances

that someone could help if

a person is struck.

For more lightning safety

information, go to www.


The weather for July and


The temperature forecast

from the National

Centers for Environmental

Prediction for June was

accurate, as above-normal

temperature was predicted.

The NCEP prediction was

for normal precipitation

amounts, though, and June

finished well above normal

for precipitation. The Centers’

forecast for July is for

above normal temperatures

and normal precipitation.

The prediction for August

and September includes

normal temperature and

normal precipitation.

Mark T. Carroll is the president

of CALM Weather LLC,

a meteorological consulting

service based in Oak Forest.

For more information, visit


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From the Editor

She hates these cans




few weekends ago, I

found myself at the

Country Lake Shake

in Chicago.

Now, I swear I’m not

one of those “I listen to

everything except country

and rap” people. My music

tastes can be oddly eclectic.

While I tend to skew

toward punk/rock ’n’ roll,

I’ve been known to get into

a good Bruno Mars jam and

my fandom for Kesha has

blossomed in recent years.

I have studied classical music,

and I’m a big fan of Mr.

Johann Sebastian Bach.

As someone who makes

a living with words, rap has

long held an appeal for me.

And thanks, in large part, to

my wife, I’ve had my fair

share of exposure to modern

country, though I tend to

prefer the oldies like Johnny

Cash and Willie Nelson.

Despite that, it is fairly

rare that I find myself at a

country concert, let alone

two days of a country music


I don’t write what I’m

about to write to poke fun.

Every culture and subculture

has traits that make it

unique. While they may

seem perfectly “normal” to

those involved, outsiders

will undoubtedly raise an

eyebrow. I absolutely know

that what feels comfortable

for me at a punk concert

would undoubtedly shock

the system of someone else.

And regardless of music

genre fandom, any large

crowd is bound to provide

some good people-watching.

I had a lot of fun at

Lake Shake, despite the artists

not being in my regular

rotation. It was a mostly

nice weekend and a goodnatured

group of people.

I say all of this simply to

help set the scene that I was

sometimes looking for entertainment

in places other

than the stage and ...

I saw some interesting

things during my two days

at the Lake Shake. And it all

begins with a woman who

really had it out for some


It started right around

the time Blake Shelton did

Friday night. She, like many

near the back of the general

admission area up front, was

dancing along to the music,

probably aided by a day of

Bud Lights. Someone set an

empty on the ground, and

she lashed out with a massive


It turned into a thing. She

just kept dancing, but any

time someone set an empty

can on the ground, she

almost dutifully made a mad

rush to stomp it down before

going back to dancing.

And we weren’t the

only folks who started to

notice. Before long, people

— mostly men — were

filtering through the crowd

to line up their empties for

her, and she never missed a

beat in reducing them under

her boots.

While that fun last only

as long as Shelton’s set to

close the night, non-official

entertainment continued

throughout the weekend.

I watched what must have

been a full fraternity and its

sorority of girlfriends clear

a space in a crowd better

than any mosh pit ever has,

with their oblivious cloud

of drunken obnoxiousness

working hard to make

sure no one wanted to be

anywhere near them, as it

devolved into late-night

drama that saw them in

heated arguments over who

had too much and crossed

the line (they all had, hours


We watched, as Chris

Lane’s set ended, a man in

a sleeveless shirts, jorts and

American flag socks drop to

one knee and propose to his

girlfriend (she said yes). We

would have bought them

a couple of tall boys if we

could have summoned one

of the (often dancing) beer

guys before the two found

the bar themselves.

It later appeared on a big

screen displaying social

media posts that they met

a couple years prior at the

fest. And further investigation

revealed another couple

celebrated at this year’s

event two years of their own

Lake Shake proposal story,

proud to have done it their

own way.

All of this, I suppose, to

say I’m always fascinated

by how people act in public.

While everyone has a right

to enjoy their [country music

festival] however they

see fit, without conforming

to someone else’s norms,

others may see those choices

as silly but harmless,

Twitter poll question


Do you think Orland Park

officials should pursue

the feasibility of an Interstate

80 and Wolf Road


* Yes, I would like

more access near the

southwest corner of


* Yes. It might stoke

more business

opportunities in that


* No. The studies are

too expensive to be


* No. There is already

easy access to/from


annoying and distracting, or

beautiful in their own way

(respectively). And there is

always a chance that someone

else is watching.

And he might write things

for a living.

And now for something

completely different …

When we posted a story

a couple of weeks back

about Orland Park spending

money to perform a

concept study for a possible

Interstate 80 and Wolf Road

interchange, people got

more vocal about it than we

expected. So we thought

we’d explore that further.

We have a Twitter poll up

now (get the details in the

accompanying infobox), or

you’re welcome to email

me your thoughts at bill@


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technique Orland Park’s

Mark LaCien leads watercolor

painting program, Page 22

Tapping into creativity

Tribes mixes up menu with inspiration

from around the globe, Page 25

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Homer Glen residents’ Peace Marketplace in Orland Park about more than making money, Page 21

Homer Glen residents Kevin and Jane Callozzo in May opened Peace Marketplace in Orland Park. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

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St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church (9300

W. 167th St., Orland Hills)

Wisdom and Wine

7 p.m. Friday, July 13,

McBrady Center. An evening

talk with the Rev. Larry

McBrady. Wisdom and Wine

is an adult faith formation

event that allows adults to

come together for social

time and spiritual development.

Topic is “Jesus is the

Justice of God.” The evening

is to begin with a Fair

Trade Wine discussion, wine

pours and appetizers. Tickets

are only sold in advance for


Resident Poet




Susanne Cabrini Marie

Contributing Columnist

An ode to freedom let

us sing,

With praise to God for


Pray for our finest overseas.

May every battle at last


God’s Kingdom come,

His Will be done.

Let our struggles be

noble ones.

We have the power

through God’s Son,

To finish all He hath


H.O.P.E. Employment

Support Ministry

7 p.m. first Tuesday of

the month in the Parish

Hall. Helpful Outreach for

People seeking Employment

welcomes all faiths and denominations

and offers support,

fellowship, guidance

and information for the employed,

unemployed or those

in a career transition. Every

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

a guest speaker to support

those in transition. For

more information, call (708)


AA Meetings

7-9 p.m. every Thursday

in the Church Hall.

Rosary Prayer Group

9:30 a.m. every Tuesday

and Thursday. The Rosary

Prayer Group gathers in the

church after mass to offer

intentions with the intercession

of Mary, and pray the

decades of the rosary while

contemplating the scenes of

our Lord’s life, death and


Weekday Service

9 a.m. Monday through


Saturday Service

5 p.m. every week.

Sunday Services

7:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10

a.m. and 11:30 a.m. every


Living Word Lutheran Church (16301 S.

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Vacation Bible School

9 a.m.-noon July 23-27.

Children 3 years old (must

be potty trained) through

8 years old are welcome.

Cost is $10 per child for the

week. To register, visit liv

ingwordorland.org. The following

week there will be

a “Serve and Learn camp”

for children ages 9-13 (or

those finishing fourth grade

through those finishing seventh


PUSH Prayer

9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. All

are welcome to take part in

person or take 10-15 minutes

to pray for the country,

church, community and individual

needs. Meetings take

place the second Tuesday of

the month.

Calvary Church (16100 S. 104th Ave.,

Orland Park)

Everyone Has Influence

Aug. 9-10. People are the

world are to gather for two

days of leadership training.

To register, visit www.calva


Men’s Barnabas Bible Study

7-8:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Study various books written

by Christian authors. Coffee

and light refreshments are

served. For more information,

email info@calvaryop.


Sunday Services

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

Stretch and Balance

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

second and fourth Tuesday

of the month. All are welcome

to an hour session of

stretching and balancing. All

are invited to bring water,

beach towel and yoga mats.

For more information, contact

Elizabeth Kolada at el


Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th

Ave., Orland Park)

Summer Worship

In addition to the usual

summer schedule of service

at 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 8

and 10 a.m. Sundays, a third

Wednesday of the month

Communion service will be

added at 6 p.m. July 18 and

Aug. 15.


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

9:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays.

Sunday School and Bible

study during the 9:30 a.m.


Zumba Classes

6 p.m. Every Wednesday.

The cost to participate

is $5. Attendees can bring

their own towels and water


Communion Service

6 p.m. Every third

Wednesday of the month.

AA Meetings

7 p.m. Every Thursday


7 p.m. Every Friday

Ashburn Baptist Church (153rd Street and

Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Bible Study

9:45 a.m.


11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Teen Programs

7 p.m. Wednesdays; 9:45

a.m., 5 p.m. Sundays

Faith United Methodist Church (15101 S.

80th Ave., Orland Park)

Witness to Fitness

9-10 a.m. Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays.

Walking club for prayer and

exercise. Free. All are welcome.

Tai Chi

10:30 a.m. Mondays and

Wednesdays. Free classes

offered in church gym.

Power Fitness

7-8 p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays. This free event

is a 60-minute class that will

strengthen and tone your

muscles from head to toe

for adult men and women.

Class will include a warmup

segment, muscle-specific

exercises, abdominal work,

balancing and stretching. All

exercises will have modifications

for different fitness


Veterans Voices

7 p.m. every third Tuesday

of the month. This is a group

for veterans. For more information,

contact Darryl Wertheim

at (708) 923-0021.

Southwest Seventh Day Adventist Church

(15760 Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Revelations Study

7 p.m. Wednesdays. Attendees

can learn more about

the Seventh Day Adventist

Church. For more information,

call (618) 556-8002.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

(15050 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

Overeaters Anonymous

9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

This is a 12-step program,

patterned after Alcoholics

Anonymous, to help anyone

struggling with food problems.

Members include people

who eat compulsively,

those who binge and purge

and anyone suffering from

anorexia. There are no dues

or fees to attend meetings,

and there are no weigh-ins or

calorie counting. For information

on other meetings in

the area, visit www.OA.org.

Presbyterian Church in Orland Park

(13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park)

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-


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

Tuesdays of the month

Thursday Evening Bible


7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays

Gamblers Anonymous

7:30- 9 p.m. Thursdays

Emotions Anonymous

7:30-9 p.m. Fridays

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Children ages

3-8 are invited to Sunday

school. For more information,

contact Cindy at cin

dypcop@comcast.net. Children

ages 7 and older can

volunteer to be ushers at

Mass on Sundays. More information

is available in the

children’s worship bulletins.

Hope Covenant Church (14401 West Ave.,

Orland Park


10 a.m. Sundays

Junior High Youth Group

Noon-2 p.m. every other

Sunday. This is an active

group of children from

fourth to seventh grades. It

meets every other Sunday

for a lesson, activity, games,

treats and fellowship.


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

are invited to share refreshments,

fellowship and conversation

after most Sunday

morning services.

Men’s Bible Study

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

session includes coffee

and conversation.

Our Lady of the Woods Church (10731 W.

131st, Orland Park)

Eucharistic Adoration

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

The church invites all to

spend some quiet time with

the Lord. Eucharistic adoration

will be held in the Day

Chapel. First hour is vocal

prayer, followed by silence.

For more information, contact

the front office at (708)


Standing Stone Church (Robert Davidson

Center, 14700 Park Lane, Orland Park)

Sunday Services

9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Hour of Prayer

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

Children and Youth Activities

7 p.m. Wednesdays

Zion Lutheran Church (17100 S. 69th

Ave., Tinley Park)

Artisan Signs Prayer Group

Noon-1 p.m. Monday-

Wednesdays. Artisan Sign

and Lighting, 15617 71st

Court. The nondenominational

prayer group will meet

weekly and is open to anyone

who wishes to attend.

This group is not affiliated

with any church. For more

information, contact Ruth at

(708) 841-1313.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor Bill

Jones at bill@opprairie.com

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

Information is due by noon on

Thursdays one week prior to


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the orland park prairie | July 12, 2018 | 21

Homer Glen couple gives back with Orland Park store

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Longtime Homer Glen

residents Jane and Kevin

Callozzo have turned promoting

kindness into their

careers with their Orland

Park-based shop Peace


Located at 9919 W. 143rd

Place, in the heart of Old

Orland Park, Peace Marketplace

provides customers

with a truly special “hometown”

shopping experience

by offering unique artisan

items, casual furniture and

home decor in a warm environment

that inspires exponential

good. Every aspect

of the shop — from its welcoming

scent to its homey

design to its affordable

prices — offers a pleasant

alternative to businesslike

corporate stores and impersonal

online purchases.

“So far, everyone has

been very responsive to it,

and the neighborhood has

been really welcoming,”

Jane said of Peace Marketplace’s

first two months of

business. “We picked this

building specifically because

we loved it, and we

hope this area develops into

a downtown section through


The Callozzos have a lot

of experience with home design

and renovation. Opening

Peace Marketplace has

been a vision in the making

for several years. Many of

the furniture pieces available

in the store have even

been selected personally

and refurbished by Jane.

“A lot of the furniture is

one of a kind,” she said.

“We also have some new

pieces, but the things I paint

are one of a kind.”

Estate sales and antique

shops are a few places where

the Callozzos hunt for their

hidden treasures. They even

repurpose old material from

Homer Glen, as they offer

a variety of shelves and

decorative items made from

antique barn wood. These

types of items often can be

customized by request to

accommodate different sizes

or quantities.

Handcrafted candles,

farm-to-table salsas and

dips, natural soaps, beautiful

blankets, and old-fashioned

candlesticks also are

available for sale at Peace


Along with making genuine

connections with customers

who frequent their

establishment, the Callozzos

have made it their mission

to give back to local

organizations in need —

including Lurie Children’s

Hospital and nearby drug

rehab centers — with their

Peace Cares initiative.

Donating a percentage

of monthly sales, promoting

compassion and hosting

quarterly events are all aspects

of Peace Cares.

“With Peace Cares, one

thing is that it’s really important

for us to support different

causes and different

charities, but it’s also really

important for us to spread

the word about kindness,”

Kevin explained. “We’re always

promoting being kind,

understanding and empathetic.”

In the coming days, Peace

Marketplace will have special

Peace Cares T-shirts

in stock — the proceeds

of which will go directly

to a charity chosen each

quarter — and the business

already is planning its first

awareness-building and

fundraising event for September.

Kevin explained, “Maybe

it’s a little sappy, but we

really do want to promote

peace, love and understanding,

like the old song. We

Homer Glen residents Kevin and Jane Callozzo are giving back to local charities with Peace Marketplace in Orland Park.

Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Jane Callozzo smells

a handcrafted candle

available at Peace


center a lot of what we do in

the store and out in the community

around that idea.”

For more information,

visit www.peacemarket


Peace Marketplace features shopping sectioned for different areas of the home.

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Brushing up on their techniques

Mark LaCien helps local residents learn how to Paint with

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‘A Quiet Place’ extras make film even more likeable

Bill Jones, Editor

MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | Running Time: 90 minutes

Films Files

A recap of recent home video releases

Tomb Raider (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital)

“Tomb Raider” is not terrible. In fact,

it is probably the most enjoyable

Lara Croft movie made to date.

It also just isn’t great, and it isn’t

altogether necessary.

Borrowing liberally from the

rebooted video game franchise, both

in terms of story and a character

more proportional to a real human

being, “Tomb Raider” is packed with

cool stunts and scenery that would

look absolutely astounding if it were

not for the fact that it too often

wears its green screen on its sleeve.

Alicia Vikander runs away with the

role of this new Croft, but the script

by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and

Alastair Siddons is fairly whatever

origin story fodder, and director Roar

Uthaug doesn’t do much to elevate

it. It’s an adventure with all of the

typical pitfalls (sometimes literally),

and it can be fun at its best but

never original.

The game was reinvigorating; the

film disposable. And the latter will

mostly leave viewers thinking about

how much better the former told this

story or longing to play it instead of

watching “Tomb Raider” again.

The most impressive of the Blu-ray

special features is an extra about

the training Vikander underwent to

prepare for the role. It’s followed

by a look at the evolution of the

video game character, which while

fascinating has the appearance of a

bad TV documentary.

Rating: PG-13 || Genres: Action,

Adventure, Fantasy || Running

Time: 118 minutes

South Park: The Complete Twenty-

First Season (Blu-ray)

“South Park” was not going to be

so political in its 21st season, or

at least it was not going to satirize

the president so much anymore. Its

leanings didn’t accomplish much

the season before, and creators

Trey Parker and Matt Stone said

they were having a tough time

making jokes about the way things

were going in the world. They also

drew some criticism for not having

something new to stay, and the 20th

season never quite came together

as hoped.

Then things happened, and

Season 21 found itself unable to shy

away. A North Korean missile threat,

fake news, witch hunts, opiates and

more got the “South Park” signature

treatment, leading to arguably some

of the better episodes in recent

years in a season that’s all over the

place, maybe for the better. It’s a

good mix of the absurdity “South

Park” made famous in its early

years and the satire it has done so

well in recent ones. A nice sampler

pack, if you will.

The Blu-ray disc contains all

10 episodes, an unnecessary

“#Socialcommentary” feature and

the mini-commentaries on each

episode Park and Stone do so well.

Rating: TV-MA || Genres:

Animation, Comedy || Running

Time: 22 minutes

The world is a desolate


A family, led by Lee (John

Krasinski) and Evelyn Abbott

(Emily Blunt), guides its

children through abandoned

supermarkets and down sand

trails laid over walkways,

paying agonizing attention

to the sounds they have the

potential to make. They, including

their children Regan

(Millicent Simmonds) and

Marcus (Noah Jupe), communicate

largely by sign language.

Such is their way of life.

Monsters with ultra-sensitive

hearing have wiped out most

of the human population.

Those who have survived

have done so by learning to

remain silent. And the slightest

misstep can mean death

just around the corner.

The premise of “A Quiet

Place” is a gripping one, and

Krasinski also masterfully

directs its 90 minutes of tension,

which he helped write

with Bryan Woods and Scott

Beck. The brevity lends a lot

to the film, which lays out its

rules early and then peppers

the scenario with additional

layers and at least one major


Krasinski does not waste

any time in letting the story

unfold. “A Quiet Place” covers

a lot of ground in its brief

running time and yet it never

feels rushed. It holds for moments

when it must, but everything

feels essential to the


We get to see what they’re

dealing with up front. Then,

the film not only survives but

thrives on withholding those

monsters, building tension

not with a crescendo of the

music or jump-scare cacophony,

but with spot-on sound

design. It tunes into the little

things and implores us not to

scream in support of our protagonists

but to stay quiet in

solidarity with their survival


That we want to — that

we would prefer these monsters

not reappear and snatch

members one by one — is to

the credit of “A Quiet Place.”

The film presents us with a

family worth caring about,

built in part by the real-world

connection between Krasinski

and Blunt but also significantly

by two wonderful

child performances in a film

where dialogue is minimal

and so everything must be

conveyed in some other way.

The actors are effective; the

characters likeable, and we

hope they stay alive.

And with the PG-13 rating,

“A Quiet Place” is able to deliver

tension and scares and

plenty of emotion without

relying on gore. The sound

device makes for convincing

scares, because we know

how easy it is to make noise,

especially when we’re trying

not to do so.

“A Quiet Place” has its

faults. It is, at heart, a B

monster movie. And when

it reaches its climax, some

characters are left simply

watching and/or running as

bad things happen. It can be

a little clunky, in that way, in

landing its final act, which is

slightly overdone for as understated

as other elements

of the film can be. And while

it offers plenty of riffs on its

concept, it still rolls to credits

feeling like it could have

played around with the idea a

bit more.

But the film is also good

fun in the horror genre. “A

Quiet Place” avoids the grotesque

of the R rating, finds

success in a creative premise

and gives us a cast of characters

who make us care about

all of it. Krasinski handles it

all well, too, making him a

director to watch moving forward.

Also worth noting, the

special features on the 4K

Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital

combo pack are likewise

great without overstaying

their welcome. While there is

no audio commentary track,

“A Quiet Place” offers three

featurettes, called “Creating

the Quiet,” “The Sound of

Darkness” and “A Reason

for Silence,” which delve

into things behind the scenes,

sound editing and visual effects,

respectively, all on the

Blu-ray disc itself.

Most notably in examining

the relationship between Krasinski

and Blunt and what it

did for this film, as well as the

decision to cast Simmonds

(an actress who like her character

is deaf), the extras actually

accomplish the rare feat

of making the film even more

likeable. It’s a rare additional

layer that goes a bit beyond

the usual promotional fare

used to beef up a disc, and

makes “A Quiet Place” all the

more worth an extended visit.

Have you seen a movie

recently and want to let

everyone know about

it? The Orland Park Prairie is

looking for residents to review

the latest new releases for its

Unscripted feature. The best

reviews will be published in The

Prairie and online at OPPrairie.

com. Keep reviews around 400

words or fewer and try not to

give away the key moments of

the movie. Submit your review

to bill@opprairie.com. Please

include your name and phone

number in the email.

Chapter Chatter

‘Under Dogs’

is a little

weird, a little

fun, brief

Bill Jones, Editor

Andrius Burba’s “Under

Dogs” is about as literal a

title as it gets. The 96-pager

features photos taken from

underneath dogs for a rare

view of pets.

It can be funny and also

a little bit strange. The dogs

show plenty of personality,

and what is coolest may be

getting to see how things differ

by breed.

But it’s also a quick flipper,

without anything in the

way of a photographer’s

statement about the project

or information on how the

photos were shot, which

could have given “Under

Dogs” a bit more depth.

Read a book and want to let

everyone in town know what

you think about it? The Orland

Park Prairie is looking for

residents to review books for its

Chapter Chatter feature. The

best reviews will be published

in The Prairie and online at

OPPrairie.com. Keep reviews

to 400 or fewer words and try

not to spoil any key moments in

the book. Submit your review

to bill@opprairie.com. Please

include your name and phone

number in the email.

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Spending quality time together

Children, American Girl dolls have Summer Picnic at Orland Park

Public Library

Eman Sweis (left) and Layan Elbanna, both 7 and of Orland Park, work on an ABC project.

Leah Samson, 6, of Orland Park, works on an ABC project during the American Girl

Summer Picnic at the Orland Park Public Library. Photos by Bob Klein/22nd Century Media



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The Dish

Chef finds space, support for creativity at Tribes

Mitch Garcia’s menu

shake-ups hit up to

three times a year

Bill Jones, Editor

Regulars at Tribes — be it

the Mokena Beer Company

or the Tinley Park Alehouse

— know that the menu is always

subject to change.

The beer, in particular, is

an ever-rotating combination

of Tribes’ own brews

and some of the best from

around the country. It changes

so frequently the restaurants

do not bother printing

beer menus but handle the

offerings digitally, through

large-screen televisions and

a website.

But the food choices,

while printed, also see frequent

changes at the behest

of Chef Mitch Garcia, who

has been with the company

for the past three years. In

that short time, his major

menu shake-ups, which

come up to three times a

year, have included everything

from Cuban fare to

South American to Asian,

as well as regional offerings

from the United States such

as Southern or Cajun cuisine.

“We try to keep the diversity

there,” Garcia said.

Right now, the Mains portion

of the menu is highlighting

the Cast Iron Hot Brown

($16), which features roasted

turkey breast, peppered

bacon, Parmigiano-Reggiano,

heirloom tomatoes and a

Mornay sauce.

The dish traces its lineage

back to The Brown Hotel in

Louisville, Kentucky. And

Garcia said he discovered it

through research but “we put

our own twist on it,” with

the addition of heirloom tomatoes.

The Burger of the Day ($13) at Tribes may include creations

like this Angus beef burger on an Asiago roll with a melted

cheese curd patty, barbecue brisket and onion strings.

The skillet also gave Garcia

a chance to show off

his talent for crafting tasty

sauces, which he honed

while working for brands

like Rosebud, The Cheesecake

Factory and Toby

Keith’s I Love This Bar &

Grill. He also spent time

cooking in Miami and Louisiana

before taking the job

at Tribes.

“I was looking for a gig,

something in the gastropub

genre,” he said. “I love the

creativity from start to finish

in developing a menu.”

Garcia said he found a

good connection in owner

Niall Freyne at Tribes and

has not regretted his decision

to join the team. The new

role has given him a challenge

he approaches with a

“combined thought process”

of what might match the

beers, what works well for

the stations in the kitchen

and, most importantly, what

the customers enjoy.

Garcia admitted since

joining Tribes he made one

notable gaffe with the last

one on that list, regarding

the customer-favorite Maine

lobster roll ($23), served

simply — warm, with Old

Bay and drawn butter.

“It’s a very popular dish

from that Eastern seaboard,”


Beer Company: 11220

W. Lincoln Highway in


Alehouse: 9501 W. 171st

St. in Tinley Park


• 11:30 a.m.-midnight

Sunday-Tuesday (kitchen

until 9 p.m.)

• 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.


(kitchen until 10 p.m.)

• 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.

Friday-Saturday (kitchen

until 10:30 p.m.)

For more information ...

Web: www.tribesbeerco.


Phone: Beer Company

at (815) 464-0248,

Alehouse at (708) 966-


The Cast Iron Hot Brown ($16) at Tribes Alehouse in Tinley Park features roasted turkey

breast, peppered bacon, Parmigiano-Reggiano, heirloom tomatoes and a Mornay sauce.

Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

The Maine lobster roll ($23) — with Old Bay and drawn butter, served warm — remains a

favorite among customers.

Garcia said. “It’s a hearty

sandwich, and we don’t

skimp on weight.

“We took it off [the menu]

one cycle, and people were

on our heads. We won’t

make that mistake again.”

And while the grilled

burgers have been a mainstay

at Tribes for years, Garcia

gets to have some fun

with the Burger of the Day

($13) creations, such as a recent

option that featured Angus

beef on an Asiago roll,

with a melted patty of cheese

curds, barbecue brisket and

onion strings.

It all adds up to a good

time for Garcia, who noted

what he has done with the

menu is only possible because

of the people around


“I’ve got a solid team back

there,” he said of the kitchen.

“And I can’t say enough

about Niall.

“It’s probably the happiest

I’ve ever been. And proud,


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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Hair goo

4. MSN’s butterfly, e.g.

8. Secrets

14. Words before distance

or discount

15. Composer of “Rule,


16. Made cat noises

17. Lockport law enforcement

took part in

this event for Special

Olympics Illinois

19. Hitchcock classic

20. “Absolutely, senor!”

21. Must pay

23. Develop well

27. Serves

32. Wish

33. “So that’s your


34. Apparitions

35. Quartet member

37. Kitty sound

38. Nutritionist’s fig.

40. Trash bag, brand


43. 911 responders:


44. Look around for best


45. Lockport HS

wrestler representing

the U.S. in the Cadet

World Championships,

Matt ____

47. Spanish equivalent

for Mrs., plural

51. Loan figure, abbr.

52. Cousin to DNA

55. Bridge term

56. Reciprocal

58. Polish

60. Word with man or self

61. Dill kin

65. Lady Macbeth’s


69. Radiant

70. Create an email

71. Arid

72. None too soon

73. Flaw

74. Chemical suffix


1. 2012 role for DiCaprio

2. Paris’s Arc de Triomphe

de l’___

3. “Rent” composer Jonathan

4. “Well ___-di-dah . . .”

5. Winner of eight Norris


6. Ox-like antelope

7. Wine: Prefix

8. Voila!

9. Georgia neighbor

10. Shout out

11. Bow-shaped

12. Book after Ezra: Abbr.

13. Hoopla

18. Alliance that includes


22. Part of a URL

24. “___ gather”

25. “Oops!”

26. Infiltrator

28. ___ Square

29. Kind of cell

30. Cries of surprise

31. Australian state: Abbr.

35. Something in the air

36. Land s. of the Mediterranean

38. Stat start

39. Forbidding custom or rule

41. Mend

42. Gym site

44. Common ID

46. Like some drugs, briefly

48. Corned beef sandwiches

49. Charm

50. Tanning lotion letters

52. Country in central


53. Depths

54. Nautical response

57. Under consideration ......

59. Conforms with

61. J.F.K. regulators

62. Repair shop fig.

63. Ice hockey org.

64. Actress Long

66. The Big Apple, briefly

67. Relaxation center

68. Start of the last line in

“The Star-Spangled Banner”


Girl in the Park

(11265 W. 159th St.,

Orland Park, IL; (708)


■7-10 ■ p.m. Thursday, July

16: Local songwriter

Michael Satarino

■5:30 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Live Music

■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live Music

The Brass Tap

(14225 95th Ave. Suite

400, Orland Park; (708)


■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia.

Prizes awarded

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live music

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(9655 W. 143rd St.,

Orland Park; (708) 349-


■6:30-9:30 ■ p.m. Friday,

July 20 and Saturday

July 21: Local songwriter

Michael Satarino

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays,

Wednesdays and Thursdays:

Live entertainment

■7 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live entertainment

and face painter

Papa Joe’s

(14459 S. LaGrange

Road, Orland Park; (708)


■5-9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Gene Infelise and Francesca

■6-10 ■ p.m. Fridays: The

keyboard stylings of

Roger Pampel

Square Celt Ale House &


(39 Orland Square Drive,

Orland Park; (708) 226-


■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Free

Bar Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free Trivia

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays or Saturdays:

Live Music

■10 ■ p.m. Sundays: Karaoke

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-


■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays and

Saturdays: Karaoke

To place an event

in The Scene, email




How to play Sudoku

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squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and

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No Money Down at Westgate Manor in Peotone

New Construction Homes from $239,900

Thinking hard about renting

instead of owning? Think again,

say the experts—who recommend

crunching the numbers carefully

to see which side of the fence the

grass is greener on. More often

than not, the greener side—as in

grass and money—is the one you

end up owning.

While it’s true that home

mortgage interest rates are slowly

on the rise, the same can be said

of monthly rents for residential

units, especially considering that

the greater Chicagoland rental

market has become more active

in recent months.

“Shoppers who don’t have

much of a down payment saved

up or who are worried about

qualifying for a loan due to a

moderate income can still share

in the great American dream of

homeownership,” said Bryan

Nooner, President of Distinctive

Home Builders. “Through our

preferred lender a new home can

be had with no money down so

they don’t have to worry about

raising money for closing costs

or a down payment. While some

conditions apply, for first-time

buyers and shoppers on a tight

budget, it’s the perfect scenario.”

“Over the long term, however,

the advantages of purchasing

and owning your own residence

significantly outnumber the

plusses of renting,” added

Nooner. “The most important

distinction between renting and

owning is the ability to build

equity in your property, which is

only possible with the latter. When

you purchase a home and pay a

monthly mortgage, the portion

applied toward principal every

month is your money coming

back to you—a reflection of the

value of your equity. One of the

other major boons to buying

a home is the ability to deduct

(within certain limits), your

property taxes and mortgage loan

interest on your yearly federal and

state income tax returns.”

The financing offer applies to

Westgate Manor buyers who opt

for a home mortgage loan through

Distinctive Home Builders’

preferred lender, who is available

to meet with home shoppers on

the weekends or by appointment

at Distinctive Home Builders

Single Family Home Center in

Manhattan at 24458 S. Rt. 52,

Manhattan, IL. 60422. Some

conditions apply, see a Distinctive

Home Builders representative for

complete details.

Peotone is a family-friendly

village and is one of the best kept

secrets among new home seekers,

according to Nooner. Several

factors attracted Distinctive

Home Builders to build 38 homes

at Westgate Manor, not the least

of which was its convenient

location between Interstate 57

and Illinois Route 50 and easy

access to I-80. Commuters enjoy

several nearby train stations and a

35-minute drive to Chicago.

Distinctive offers a wide variety

of home styles and selections

— buyers can choose among 12

different brick and frame construction

designs, each available in

three to eight different elevations.

Square footages span 1,600 to

2,500 for ranches and 1,800 to

3,000 for two-story homes. Prices

start at $239,900.

Westgate Manor offers three

to four bedrooms, two to threeand-a-half

baths, full basement,

formal dining room, vaulted, tray

or nine-foot first-floor ceilings, a

large kitchen with custom maple

cabinets, family room or great

room, and concrete driveways.

Depending on the home selected,

other standard amenities can

include a living room, den,

dinette, a tray or vaulted ceiling

in the master bedroom, as well

as dual-zoned heating and air


Premium standard features

included at Westgate Manor are

brick front exteriors on the first

floor, free basements in most

models, ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the

kitchen, baths

and foyer; and

custom maple

cabinets. Kitchen

cabinets feature

solid wood

construction (no

particle board),

have solid wood

drawers with dove tail joints,

which is rare in the marketplace.

“When you build a new home

with Distinctive, you are receiving

a hand-crafted home with

custom made cabinets,” noted

Nooner. This year, Distinctive is

celebrating 32 years of building

thousands of homes throughout

the Will and south Cook County


Distinctive Home Builders, an

industry leading innovator, offers

the fastest build times (90 working

days) with a “Zero Punch List”

closing policy. Prior to closing,

each home undergoes a 100-point

checklist to insure the home

measures up to our high quality


Customers stay connected to the

progress of their home from start

to finish through Distinctive’s

unique construction portal.

Customers download the app to

stay in touch with their new home

24/7 from anywhere in the world.

The app allows customers to see

the progress of their home, access

their documents and easily share

photos and updates with family

and friends on social media.

As a semi-custom builder,

Distinctive Home Builders

can modify any of its standard

designs to cater to a customer’s

tastes, which means that moving

walls, adding extra windows or

even extending the garage are all


All homes are highly energy

efficient and are built to National

Energy Code guidelines. Every

home built has upgraded wall

and ceiling insulation values with

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners take possession of

their new home, a blower door test

is performed to verify that each

home passes a set of stringent

guidelines to insure homes are

tight and energy efficient.

“Ultimately, when you add up

all the pros of purchasing, most

owners inevitably gain more

tangible and intangible benefits

your own.”

than renters do,”

Nooner. said. “It

simply makes better

financial sense to

build equity, reduce

your taxes, and

make your money



appreciation — all

while living in a

brand new home

that you can call

Westgate Manor is conveniently

located within walking distance

of the esteemed Peotone High

School. The Westgate Manor

new home offsite Sales and

Information Center is located in

Manhattan at 24458 S. Rt. 52,

Manhattan, IL. 60422. Hours

are daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00

p.m., closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available

by appointment. Please contact

a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete

details at (708) 479-7700 or

(708) 737-9142 or visit www.


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1003 Help Wanted

Part-Time Building Inspector

The Village of Mokena has an opening in the Community

Development Department for a Part-Time Building

Inspector. The successful candidate will have a background

in construction and building code administration, excellent

interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to

multi-task in a high activity work environment. Proficiency

in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, or the ability to

learn same, is required. Duties include, but are not limited

to, working with residents and contractors regarding the

enforcement of building and zoning codes, reviewing

permit applications and construction documents, and

performing field inspections as needed. Municipal

experience and ICC certifications preferred but not

required. Starting pay $30.00 to $40.00 per hour depending

on qualifications. Interested candidates can apply by

submitting a cover letter, resume and references to:

Mokena Village Hall, Attn: Community Development

Department, 11004 Carpenter Street, Mokena, IL 60448

or electronically to mziska@mokena.org.


Specialty Plastic Fabricators located in Mokena, IL

Summary: Responsible for performing production work on a team

or individual assignment in aflexible plastic fabrication shop.

Assembles, cleans, folds, inspects and packages final products.

Safety and quality are of utmost importance. Hours are

7am–3:30pm Monday-Friday. Current SUMMER HOURS are

6am-3:30pm Monday-Wednesday, 6am-1:30pm Thursday, and

6am-12pm Friday. Overtime, when needed, will be offered inthe

remaining hours on Thursday and Friday.

Job Criteria:

– Eager to learn

– Works well in a team environment

– Conscientious and dependable

– Strong attention to detail

– Ability to read a tape measure and use basic math skills

– Ability to stand and maneuver around a production facility

for up to 9 hours/day.

– Able to lift up to 50 pounds

– High school diploma or GED


– 401K with company match

– Paid Holidays

– Paid Vacation

Position starts at $10/hour. Any interested applicants please send

your resume and cover letter to HR@SPFINC.COM

CNA/Caregiver for a

small assisted living

facility in Mokena.

Evening, weekend &

overnight positions avail.

Call 815-485-5860

or email resume to


Real Estate

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Local pet food store

looking for a P/T Sales

Associate. 10-15 hrs/wk.

Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

& have open availability.





SW Suburb of Chicago

manufacturing company is

seeking a Quality Manager to

join our team. A strong

candidate will have at least 5

years of industrial quality

management experience with a

demonstrated track record of

accomplishments. This

position is responsible for

managing the Company's ISO

9001:2015 quality management

system to ensure

continuous production of

industrial rubber parts

consistent with established

standards, customer requirements,

and production goals.

Manages receiving and

inspection department; and

oversees internal ISO auditors.

Recommends and implements

continuous improvement


Required qualifications

include: expert ISO 9001:2015

knowledge; thorough

knowledge of manufacturing

methods and inspection

techniques; strong leadership

and communication skills.

Knowledge and experience in

the industrial rubber business

is a plus.

Competitive salary and benefits

package with annual performance

bonus potential.

Send resume to




SW Suburb of Chicago

manufacturing company seeks

a proactive, hard-working

individual with at least 3-5

years of experience in B2B

Sales of industrial products


This inside, consultative sales

position will focus on new and

existing product sales development.

This sales role targets

users to discover if their

current and future product

needs match those of Aero's

product features. Successful

candidates should also have

experience working with

vendors to produce

competitive quotes.

Excellent salary and benefits

package with annual

performance bonus potential.

Send resume to:


AERO Rubber Company, Inc.


Due to our rapid growth and

expansion, Tinley Park

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

diversified position in our

FAST-PACED office. The

ideal candidate must be


needs to possess strong

organizational &

communication skills.

Excellent computer literacy

needed, including MS Word &

Excel. Industrial cust. service

exp. req’d. Repeat customer

& supplier contact. No

telemarketing, no cold calling

req’d. Competitive salary &

benefit pkg incl. 401K. Send

letter & resume to:


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Make $1000/week mailing

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1052 Garage Sale

Frankfort 20705 SWoodlawn

Ct 7/13-7/14 9-2pm Kids toys,

furniture, kitchen, misc items

& more! Too much to list!

Frankfort Square. 7445 W

Woodlawn Drive. 7/13 & 7/14,

9am-3pm. Something for everyone!

Lockport 314 Thornton St.

7/13-7/14 9-6pm Jewelry, Pyrex,

Halloween wood pumpkins,

clothing, furn, glassware.

Tons & tons of vintage!

McCord Gallery

and Cultural Center's

Second Chance Sale

July 13 & 14, 9am-3pm

Antiques - Art - Collectables

9602 W Creek Road,

Palos Park, IL 60464

New Lenox 965 Wren Ct

7/13-7/14 8-2pm Household,

clothes, furn, TVs, toys &

much more! Check it out!

Tinley Park, 7511 165th St.

Friday, July 13th, 9-1p. Hshld

items, teacher/school items.

Everything must go!

1053 Multi Family


Orland Park 14907 & 14918

Poplar Rd 7/14 8-2pm Tons of

infant &kids toys, clothes &

books, hshld, sm apps & more!

Orland Park, 16818 Rainbow

Cr. July 13 &14, 9-2p. Baby

items, new items, some furniture

& more!

1054 Subdivision


Homer Glen Doede Ln &

Parker Rd between S Curve

7/12-7/14 8-2pm Hshld, pictures,

antiques, pool equip,

toys, luggage, camping, tools

& more!


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1057 Estate Sale

New Lenox. 919 Regent St.

7/14 & 7/15, 12-5pm. Beautiful

7pc Dining Room Set, Sofa

Beds, Tables, & more.

Orland Park 17523 Allison Ln

7/13-7/14 9-3pm Stylish furn

&decor, dinette sets, LaZBoy

couches & chairs, rattan.

Queen sz bedroom set, exc

equip, washer, dryer, lawn

mower, elec, mens jewelry &

clothing, garage &misc hh. Joan’s

Estate Sales 708-712-7083

1058 Moving Sale

New Lenox, 149 Wallace St.

Fri. 7/13, 8-4p. Moving Sale!

One day only! Everything must


Tinley Park 17858 66th Ave

7/14-7/15 10-3pm Furn, tools,

housewares, antiques, knick

knacks & much more!


1061 Autos






Running Or Not

from Old to New!

Top Dollar Paid !!!

Free Pick-Up

Locally Located

708 205 8241

1064 Boats

Fishin Boat, Lund, 1775 ProV

125 merc, Hummin Bird, 8HP

Yamaha Kicker, $19,500


1065 Motorcycles

2009 H-D fxdfDyna FatBob

13,355 miles new tires

$8,299.00 runs great

Black 708-710-7867

1074 Auto for


2008 Honda Civic Hybrid

126,239 miles new tires

$4,999.00 mpg 45/40

Silver 708-710-7867

1978 Corvette/Nice Driver

Orig/Matching Numbers

Asking $7,500 OBO


Real Estate

1098 Land for


New Lenox Township

Near Silver Cross Hospital,

on major highway. 2.5

acres of vacant land, 190

foot frontage, flat & level.

$249,000. 815-485-5992

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Oak Forest Terrace

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Sponsored Content

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and welcoming three-bedroom, threebath

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WHERE: 16310 Bob White Circle in

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AMENITIES: Tiled foyer inlay leads you

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to the beautiful kitchen and eating area! Spacious master bedroom and bath suite!

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amazing end unit, featuring an open staircase to a fabulous

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• 9147 Fairmont Court, Orland Park,

60462-3242 - Samantha E. Holler to

Max Sagan, Andrea Beric, $156,000

• 16827 Cardinal Drive, Orland Park,

60467-8485 - Susan Peron Trustee to

John Foushi, $210,000

• 15724 Acacia Drive, Orland Park,

60462-5958 - Duncan Trust to Michael

S. Burns, Sharon M. Burns, $309,000

• 7801 Silver Court, Orland Park,

60462-2949 - Patrick F. Curtin to

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• 13759 S. Lady Bar Lane, Orland Park,

60467-1000 - Edward J. Mayr to James

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Leonard stars again in

Stars and Stripes race

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Orland Park’s Maryclare

Leonard was back in the

winner’s circle.

Leonard, a Marist graduate

and as sophomore-to-be

at the University of Notre

Dame, was the overall woman’s

winner at the Tinley Park

Stars and Stripes 5K run on

July 4. She ran the course at

McCarthy Park in 20 minutes,

.5 seconds and placed

13th overall out of 620 finishers.

Orland Park’s Meghan

Kobza, 29, was the second

women’s finisher at 20:19.4.

The 19-year-old Leonard

had taken the Stars and

Stripes woman’s title in

2014, 2015 and 2016 before

having her streak stopped

last year when she went on a

family vacation.

But she was back in front

of the women’s pack this

year in the only competitive

summer event she plans

on running before the cross

country season starts at

Notre Dame.

“We run down my grandfather’s

[John Leonard]

block so I always like to

do this one,” Leonard said.

“He can just walk down his

driveway and see me run.”

Even though she had plenty

of success at the Tinley

race before taking last year

off, she wasn’t taking this

year’s race for granted.

“I just wanted to see how I

would do,” she said, “I didn’t

know if I would win or not

but I’m happy with the result

considering I didn’t do too

many workouts.

“I am looking at this as

the start to my new [college]


Last year, she did not get

into a cross country race for

the Fighting Irish but picked

up some valuable work while

training with the squad.

“I really enjoyed it, the

team was great,” she said.

“I’ve gotten a lot stronger

than I was the last two years

of high school. It’s been

good. I’m really happy.”

ABOVE: Orland

Park’s Maryclare

Leonard won


division of the

Tinley Park

Stars and

Stripes 5K run

on July 4 for

the fourth time

in five years.




LEFT: Meghan

Kobza, of

Orland Park,

took second in

the Stars and

Stripes event.

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Van Borstel trumps the field and

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Two years in a row, Orland

Park’s Patrick Letz had

won the Liberty Family Fun

Run, including 2016, when

he ran under the alias of

Donald Trump.

Letz, who graduated from

the University of Nebraska

this spring, was on a schoolsponsored

trip to Spain on

July 3, so he missed the 21st

running of the Veterans Liberty

Run & Walk at Centennial


But his friend, 24-year-old

Michael Von Borstel, ran the

2-mile course in 10 minutes,

0.5 seconds to claim first

overall, while Matt Swiatkowski

took second with a

10:35.9, and Nicholas Prajka

placed third with an 11:11.3

for an all-Sandburg alumni

sweep of the Top 3 slots.

Chicago’s Calista Stefaniak

19, won the women’s

division with a 12:54.3 and

finished ninth overall out of

235 finishers.

Von Borstel is also a graduate

of Carthage College. He

did practice runs with Letz

in recent weeks before Letz

took off for Spain.

“He told me to win it in

his absence, and that’s what

I did,” Von Borstel said.

The Liberty champ never

qualified for state in cross

country or track, but he said

he improved a lot and “grew

into the sport” at Carthage.

He is hoping to become a

doctor in sports medicine

and planning to head to

Midwestern University in

Downers Grove in the fall.

Stefaniak, 19, made her

Liberty Run debut and was

successful. The sophomoreto-be

at Moraine Valley

Community College was a

National Junior College Athletic

Association national

qualifier as a freshman and

was the fifth-fastest athlete

Orland Park’s Michael Von Borstel won the Veterans Liberty

Run & Walk on July 3 at Centennial Park.


Chicago’s Calista Stefaniak won the women’s division of

the Liberty Run.

in program history, after her

first year at the Palos Hills


In late June, she won the

PNC Chicago Bears 5K

women’s division with a

20:41 and finished 28th


St. Xavier University and

Trinity Christian College

have had their eyes on her

during her freshman campaign

at MVCC.

She competes on the 5K

level frequently and has

some half marathons under

her belt. She is working up

to running marathons, which

she hopes to start in the fall.

“I want to experience that,

because I think that would

be the best accomplishment

I will ever have,” she said.

“That would be better than

winning [smaller distance]

races, and my goal is to

someday make it to the Boston


Make yourself at home

Two-year-old Zac Russell

stole the show during the 50-

Yard Dash for Kids.

Before the starter of the

race could say “go,” Russell

Ava Giblin (No. 5452) and her sister Ella (5402) won their age groups at the Liberty Run.

Ava finished second among all female competitors one year after finishing first as an


shot out and was the only

participant out of the hundreds

who started running.

He picked up plenty of

laughs when he fell, got up

and ran in all sorts of directions

before his mother,

Amy, scooped him up, and

Matt Swiatkowski finished second in two races during on

July 3 and 4.

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wins Liberty Run for his pal Letz

the rest of the runners were

able to tackle the course.

Russell’s father, Lee, said

the family lives in Virginia

but is staying with in-laws in

Orland Park and the family

plans on moving to Orland

when they can find a home.

Meanwhile, the interview

with Lee was cut short because

Zac was racing from

a soccer field to a baseball


Giblins bring home medals

Last year, 11-year-old Ava

Giblin won the overall women’s

division, and this year

she finished second to Stefaniak.

She still dominated her

age division with a 13:34.4.

Grant Giblin won the 10-

14 male division and was

fifth overall with an 11:45.6.

Ella Giblin won the 9-under

female division with a


Runner-up runner

Swiatkowski finished second

in the Liberty Run and

the next morning raced in

the Stars and Stripes event

in Tinley Park, where he

finished second to Lisle’s

Mitch Gilbert.

“It’s the story of my life,”

he joked of the second-place


Em and Em

Finishing in 66th and 67th

place overall were a couple

of Emilys.

Emily Matre took 66th

and Emily Mankina was

67th, with the exact time of


Political race

In the men’s 50-54 age

group, Congressman Dan

Lipinski finished first (16th

overall) 13:29.3, while Orland

Park Mayor Keith Pekau

was second with (69th

overall) with a 17:36.3.

Prajka recalls 3,200 relay team that started huge Eagles streak

PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN, Freelance Reporter

The moment is cast in time for

Nicholas Prajka: a late May Saturday

afternoon standing on the track

at Eastern Illinois University in

Charleston. Running the second leg

of Sandburg’s 3,200-meter relay in

the finals of the Illinois High School

Association Class 3A state track

championship, he felt a jolt of excitement

through his body.

“The other runners were Kevin

O’Flaherty, Derek Hevel and Patrick

McMahon,” said Prajka, who

finished third on July 3 in this year’s

Veterans Liberty Run & Walk. “It

was a great group, Kevin and Derek

were seniors, and we all aimed at

running our fastest splits, around

a 1:53. We ran a time that would

have won in most other states, but

it speaks to the quality and depth of

Illinois track.”

The Eagles’ quartet of middle distance

runners posted a strong mark

of 7 minutes, 49.65 seconds to finish

in fourth. That day in the spring of

2012 proved a remarkable prelude

in the Eagles’ program. The standout

finish began a seven-year run of

excellence, as the Eagles turned the

race into a signature event. Sandburg

has won it three times in the

last four years. The Eagles have also

finished second twice and set a state

record in 2016.

In 2013, Prajka and McMahon

returned. Joined by Joe Licata and

Denis O’Callaghan, they improved

for a third-place finish.

“Nicholas was such a fast athlete,

with tremendous leg turnover,”

Sandburg coach Joe Nemeth said.

“He anchored a majority of our

1,600-meter that season and the

next, and he ended up helping the

team to Top 5 school-record times.

“The biggest thing I recall about

that [2012] group was the confidence

we had that any of them could

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Nicholas Prajka, who finished third in the July 3 Liberty Run, was on the

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the start of what has been a special

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Growing up in Orland Park, Prajka

developed a passion for running

at an early age. He was a natural,

precious and charmed, and he was

drawn to the competitive nature of

proving his early competence.

“My love started when I was

around 10,” Prajka said. “I started

running in local 5Ks, and I’d just

had pride in winning my age group

and that kept motivating me to continue

my training. I’d run two-mile

runs at the time, and in time I became

a real track aficionado.”

At Sandburg, his running career

took a nonlinear path. He also excelled

at volleyball, and being part

of the Eagles’ celebrated program

proved a strong lure.

“My path running to Division I

was unique,” he said. “I wasn’t good

until my senior year at Sandburg. I

was a setter and opposite hitter in

volleyball my first two years. Then

I was in a car accident and I broke

my finger. I switched to running

track, and I started talking to college

coaches, and the rest is history.”

The transition was at times rocky,

Prajka admitted. He just finished up

his running career at Loyola University

and recalled tough times his

first season.

“My first coach said there are

three aspects for the college athlete:

social, academic and athletic, and

he said you have to choose wisely,”

Prajka said. “Freshman year can be

so overwhelming. I was not always

mature enough to understand how

important [an] academic career was

at the time and how everything affects

how you perform on the track.”

Running created its own elixir,

and everything connected. It was a

sensibility, a perspective or point of

view that colored every aspect of his


“I like to think about how when I

put in 75 miles a week [training] on

the track how that was going me in

my performance,” he said.

He took a redshirt season his senior

year, after dealing with the

complications of an illness. As a

graduate student for the Ramblers,

Prajka reached new marks. He set a

personal best with a 1:51.76 in the

outdoor Missouri Valley Conference

championship, slicing nearly

3 seconds off his previous top time.

“Being a college athlete taught me

so much about myself, and how important

discipline was to me in keeping

myself, no pun intended, on the

right track,” Prajka said. “When I

was younger, I sometimes had trouble

balancing those different aspects.

I did a 180 for my fifth year. I was

taking 15 hours of graduate work,

and I was working 30-35 hours a

week. I had a 3.5 GPA in graduate

school, and I ran my best times.”

After receiving his undergraduate

degree in marketing, Prajka earned

his masters in public policy. Now

he is working in Chicago as a senior

associate and manager of ad operations

for the Education Funding


“I had all of this stuff, and I

learned about the importance of

having a schedule, a routine, waking

up at 6, going to practice and then

having class and getting all of my

stuff done,” he said.

“I learned the discipline.”

46 | July 12, 2018 | The orland park prairie sports



Sandburg hopes summer finish will help in winter

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

When is comes to summer

high school basketball, not

many coaches put stock in

wins and losses.

Some coaches, such as

Sandburg’s boys boss Todd

Allen, cram a lot of games

into June to see just what

they will have down the line

in November and by the time

the month ends, some players

are dragging and looking

for a break.

That said, the way the

Eagles closed camp a few

weeks ago was uplifting.

With five minutes left in a

home game against Rich

South to close out the camp,

Sandburg trailed by six after

going on a cold shooting

spell. But the Eagles heated

up as junior-to-be Atharva

Atreya nailed a pair of

3-pointers and added a layup

for put his team ahead and

the Eagles went on to win,


“We lost 11 seniors so we

really only have three seniors

coming back,” Allen

said. “It’s a lot of learning

and a lot of growing. I know

it sounds kind of cliche’

but when we’ve been able

to make some shots, we’ve

been pretty good. We have

some decent athletes. We

have some quickness. We

have some size we were developing.”

Allen didn’t keep track of

the wins and losses this summer

but guessed the squad

was above .500 with quality

wins over Neuqua Valley

and a team from Indiana.

“This is just for kids to

get better,” he said. “We’re

evaluating kids and watching

them. You let everybody

play. And you try to get

better each and every day.

We don’t worry too much

about wins and losses. With

this group and how young

we are, this is the first time

they have seen varsity-level

basketball and it’s an adjustment

for some of them.

There is a lot of growing and

maturing and getting better.”

Twin seniors Marvin and

Kevin Agwomoh figure to

bring in some leadership after

the graduation of standouts

Sami Ismail, Jake and

Jason Pygon and Kevin Mc-


“We had some ups and

downs this summer,” Marvin

Agwomoh said. “Kevin

and I are the only seniors

that played a lot last year. We

have some juniors who did

not see the floor as sophomores

so we’ve helped them

out. Through it all, we have

gotten better.”

Last year, the Eagles

roared out to an 8-1 record

but finished 16-11.

The Eagles open the 2018-

19 campaign on Nov, 19 at

the Reavis/Oak Lawn Tournament

against Bremen.

They have non-conference

games against Lemont, Andrew,

St. Ignatius, Eisenhower

and will return to the

Jack Tosh Tournament at

York in late December.

Todd Allen and Sandburg’s boys basketball team will be relying heavily on juniors when the season starts in November.


Senior-to-be Marvin Agwomoh is a senior who will provide leadership for

Sandburg next season.

Atharva Atreya showed some explosive scoring abilities for Sandburg in

the summer.

opprairie.com sports

the orland park prairie | July 12, 2018 | 47



No question about it - baseball has changed

1st and 3




THE 21ST Veterans





1. Letz go to Spain

Two-time defending

champion Patrick

Letz was in Spain so

his running buddy,

Michael Von Borstel,

won the race this


2. The right Stef

Moraine Valley


Calista Stefaniak

of Chicago won the

woman’s division in

her first try.

3. Seconds count

Orland Park’s Matt

Swiatkowski finished

second in the 2-mile

Liberty Run and the

next morning took

second in the Tinley

Park Stars and

Stripes 5K event.

Jeff Vorva


Ahhh, baseball.

The tradition. The


It seems like at one time,

Major League Baseball’s

changes came as slowly as

a Mike Hargrove at-bat.

(You kids in the younger

crowd can catch his act on



There are plenty of

changes that have happened

in the last 10 years with the

sport and with the White

Sox and Cubs. If a baseball

fan happened to be in a

coma for the past decade

and just woke up now, here

are 20 questions he or she

might have.

1. So what if the second

baseman didn’t step on second

base! It’s still a double

play, right?

2. Video replays? Really?

3. Tracking mound visits?


4. Whaddaya mean Ron

Santo is dead? He was going

to live forever.

5. Ernie Banks, too?

6. Minnie Minoso, too?

7. Wait, Kris Bryant is

coming off the disabled

list? It hasn’t been 15 days,

has it?

8. Why do I need a compass,

map and math book

to find out what channel the

Sox and Cubs are on TV?

9. The Cubs won the

World Series? OK,

now you are pulling my


10. They gave Steve

Bartman a World Series

ring? Now I know you are

pulling my leg.

11. Huh? A video board

at Wrigley Field?

12. What’s Sox Park

called now? I don’t care.

I’m calling it Sox Park.

13. Why are the Sox on

WGN radio?

14. Why are the Cubs on

The Score?

15. Who or what is

Bryzzo? Wasn’t that one

of the clowns on “Bozo’s






17. Is Jamie Moyer still


18. Is Omar Vizquel still


19. Wait...Houston is in

the American League? That

must be the penalty for losing

to the Sox in the World


20. The All-Star Game no

longer determines homefield

advantage in the playoffs?

At last - something

The Cubs winning the World Series could shock anyone waking up from a 10-year-coma.

that makes sense.

Thanks for the stories, Yosh

Late last month, legendary

former longtime

Cubs clubhouse boss Yosh

Kawano died in California

at age 97. He was employed

more than 60 years

with the team.

He didn’t like strangers

in his clubhouse and tried

to chase me out the first

time I entered the locker

room area at spring training

many years ago. But once

he knew you, he would

pepper you with some great

stories from so many years


I loved the stories he

could tell. I wish I could

have heard the stories he

couldn’t tell.

The story that made me

laugh (because of the way

he told it) the most was

also kind of sad.

He was born and raised

in America but looked and

sounded Japanese, which

wasn’t too much fun when

we were enemies with


One day, he wanted to attend

church in the south. It

might have been an Easter


So a friend of his snuck

him in the church and told

Yosh “Just stay in the back

of the church and keep your

mouth shut, you [racially

insensitive word, curse

word]. So, I stood in the

back and shut my mouth.”

Here was a guy who

served in the United States

Army and earned combat

medals. He risked his life

and fought for us and it was

an adventure just to go to a

church service.

At first, the irony of

that story was lost on my

because the way he told it

made me laugh.

But now, it’s almost

like a story from a Kafka



“He told me to win it in his absence and

that’s what I did.”

Michael Von Borstel - Liberty Fun Run winner on claiming the

title for his friend, two-time defending champion Patrick Letz,

who was in Spain.

What 2 Watch

Softball, Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, TBA

• The Orland Park-based Sparks will host their 26th

College Exposure Softball Tournament in Elgin.


46 - Sandburg boys basketball

42 - Athlete of the Week

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

Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | www.opprairie.com | July 12, 2018

Highlights from the 21st Liberty Run, including a 2-year-old jumping the gun, Pages 44-45


BANG Sandburg’s boys basketball

team finishes June with come-frombehind

win, Page 46


Orland Park’s Maryclare Leonard

won the women’s division of the

Stars and Stripes 5K, Page 40

Zac Russell, 2, jumped the gun July 3 before the start of the 50-

Yard Dash for Kids during the Veterans Liberty Run & Walk.

His mother, Amy scooped him up (left) before the hundreds of

other runners tackled the 50-yard course. He still received a medal

(right) for participating in the event.

PHOTOS BY JEFF VORVA/22nd Century Media

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