Budget approved

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Claymation Project

4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 27; Oct. 4;

and Oct. 11, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Claymation

is an animation technique using

clay figures where each

movement is a new “shot”

and the “shots” are connected

together at the end to make a

movie. This is a series event

for students in grades 9-12.

Participants must attend all

3 meetings. Registration required.

To register, visit www.

Back Pain Seminar

6-7 p.m. Sept. 27, Silver

Cross Hospital Conference

Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver

Cross Boulevard, New

Lenox. Attend this free lecture

with orthodpedic spine

surgeon Dr. Chintan Sampat,

the first surgeon in Illinois to

offer the latest navigationguided

robotic procedure that

maximizes safety and accuracy

while minimizing recovery

time. Register at www. or

call 1 (888) 660-4325.


Library Closure

The New Lenox Public

Library will be closed all

day Sept. 28 for a staff inservice



Pints and Pork Challenge

5-9 p.m. Sept. 29, St. Joseph’s,

255 W. North Street,

Manhattan. Frankfort residents

Maureen and Steve

Smolinske will host the third

annual Pints and Pork Challenge.

Craft breweries, including

Arrowhead Ales and

Mokena Brewing Company,

will be showcasing their beer

and pit masters will be cooking

the best barbeque around.

Attendees get to sample the

offerings and then vote on

their favorite. Prizes will be

awarded for best beer, best

pork, and best beer and pork

pairing. Ticket cost is $40 in

advance or $45 at the gate.

Tickets are available at www.



11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 30,

Walker Country Estates Park,

299 Lenox St., New Lenox.

Unleash the good times with

your four-legged friends at

the park. There will be vendors,

raffles, dog contests and

more. Concessions will be

available for purchase.

Family Fun Day

Noon-2 p.m. Sept. 30,

Nova Quarter Horses, 10129

W. 187th St., Mokena. Spend

a fantastic afternoon “horsin’

around” at Nova. The afternoon

will consist of family

bonding with one of the

Nova horses by learning to

groom and saddle plus a riding

lesson. Hot dogs, chips

and beverages will be served

after the ride. All levels of

riders are welcome. Cost is

$68 per couple and $20 per

additional rider. To register,

visit www.newlenoxparks.

org or call (815) 485-3584.


Business Luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 2,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Join the New Lenox

Chamber of Commerce and

the Office of Wil County

State’s Attorney James

Glasgow for a Business on

the Move Luncheon. The

discussion will cover the

topic of identity theft and

what to do to protect yourself

and your business. Cost

to attend is $15 for Chamber

members and $20 for nonmembers.

Reservations are

required. To register, visit


com or call (815) 485-4241.

Ribbon Cutting

5-7 p.m. Oct. 2, Nothing

Bundt Cakes, 12225 W. Lincoln

Highway, Mokena. Join

the New Lenox Chamber

of Commerce for a multichamber

ribbon cutting and

reception to celebrate the

opening of Nothing Bundt

Cakes in Mokena.

Sewing Club

6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Bring a machine and

some fabric scraps or a project

and get practicing. Staff

will be available to help.

To reserve a library sewing

machine, call 815-495-2605

ext. 127 or email digitalme


org. To register online, visit

Addiction and Family Support

7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Peace

Lutheran Church, 1900 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox.

This group is for family and

friends of loved ones struggling

with addiction. This

group focuses on helping find

solutions for people struggling

with addiction, supporting the

people who care about them,

and sharing experiences. For

more information, call Tom at

(815) 354-3195.

Plan Commission Meeting

7 p.m. Oct. 2, Village Hall,

1 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. The Plan Commission/Zoning

Board of Appeals

meets the first and third

Tuesday of each month. For

more information and meeting

agendas, visit


Coffee Talks

10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday,

Oct. 4, New Lenox

Public Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. Seniors

55 and older are invited

to enjoy coffee and treats

in Meeting Room A. Talk

with other older adults, and

hear about upcoming events

at the library especially for



2-6 p.m. Satuday, Oct. 6,

New Lenox Village Commons,

101 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Enjoy live

music, craft beer and family

activities including a petting

zoo, pumpkin decorating,

face painting, pony rides

and tarot card readings. New

Lenox Friends of the Parks

will be hosting Empty Bowls.

Purchase a bowl decorated

by local children and receive

free soup from local restaurants

throughout the event.

Proceeds benefit the New

Lenox Township Food Pantry

and the Northern Illinois

Food Bank. Cost is $10 in

advance, and $15 the day of.

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Mental Health First Aid

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday,

Oct. 11, New Lenox

Community Park District

Administrative Office, 701

W. Haven Ave., New Lenox.

This class is ideal for behavioral

health professionals,

social workers, counselors,

first responders and anyone

who wants to learn about the

warning signs of major depression

and suicidal behavior.

A number of additional

topics will also be discussed

during this free 8-hour class.

Lunch will be provided for

all attendees. To register,

contact Daniel Martin at

(815) 462-6493 or dmartin@

Teen Poetry Night

4-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Celebrate Teen Read

Week by sharing some poetry.

It can be an original or

a poem you just love. Let’s

also discuss forming a poetry

club here at the library.

To register, visit


Candy Corn Contest

Monday, Oct. 1-Monday,

Oct. 22, Lions Community

Center, 1 W. Manor Drive,

New Lenox. Stop by the

lobby to guess how many

candy corns are in the jar.

The winners will be notified

on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Whoever guesses the closest

guess without going over

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New Lenox School D122 Board of Education

Officials move forward with

approved FY2019 budget

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New Lenox School District

approved its FY 2019

budget at its Sept. 18 regular


The tentative budget was

passed at the June 13 meeting.

A copy of it was on display

from June to September,

and there was a public


There was a $6.7 million

surplus from the 2017-2018

budget. According to Robert

Groos, the district’s business

manager, the surplus from

the 2017-2018 budget was

used for capital projects.

Groos said there wasn’t

much change from the tentative

budget from June

and the budget that was approved.

“This is very consistent

with all of our assumptions

since June,” Groos said.

There were a few things as

far as timing that made the

difference, Groos added.

“The good news for the

budget is we have that cushion

we always talk about,”

he said. “The overall plan

is to balance the budget and

use the surplus.”

New board member Cindy

Dykas commended Groos

on his work.

“Doing a budget is one of

the hardest jobs a business

manager can do,” she said.

“I think Bob did a great job,

and I’m impressed with all

of his efforts.”

Superintendent Peggy

Manville said that when

she became the superintendent

the board implemented

$2.3M dollars in budget reductions.

“Over the last four years,

the District has been using

the annual surplus, paying

cash to renovate our buildings

and maintain the taxpayers

investment,” Manville

said. “I have been very

pleased that our proactive

decisions and strategies have

benefited the District and not

created any new burden on

the taxpayers.”

The board always budgets

appropriately for its needs,

Manville added. And, the

goal is to always be frugal

with the operating budget

throughout the year.

“If at the end of the year

we have additional savings

through newly negotiated

terms with vendors, supplies

and materials, we return

those budgeted funds to the

overall fund balance,” she


During the cash-flow report,

Groos said there was a

$4.4 million favorable variance.

He said the biggest

piece — $1.1 million of that

— was because there was an

incentive to pay property tax


“A whole lot of people in

Will County went and paid

their property tax early,”

Groos said.

Other reasons for the

variance include $1 million

in mandated categorical

payments. There also was

$302,00 collected in tuition

from other school districts,

Groos said. And $200,000

better than the board planned

in Evidence-Based Funding.

The board also approved

the Jan. 1 2019 employee

benefit renewal. The only

change to the renewal is the

switch to Standard Life for

life insurance. Groos said

the switch is because Standard

Life offered a lower


“The rate really was unbelievable,”

said Board Member

Bill Pender.

The board will continue to

have Blue Cross Blue Shield

for health insurance. There

has been a move to a threetier

rate system, which includes

Plus One and Family

Insurance. Delta Dental will

remain for dental insurance.

Also at the meeting, there

were 33 certified staff members


“They’re just very qualified

people, they’re really

bright,” said Lori Motsch,

director of personnel. “We

are thrilled to have you.”

Board Member Rhonda

Starklauf noticed there were

some new staff that graduated

from the district.

“I think it’s a testament to

our district how many are

graduates [of the district],”

she said.

Melissa Langford is the

new Parent-Teacher Organization

president. She said

the PTO has raised $70,000,

which is a huge achievement

for the organization.

“We’d like to thank the

community, teachers for

their past and continued support,”

Langford said. “So

many great things we put out

there. We look forward to

another great year.”

The organization would

continue to give money to

schools for supplies, resources

and give teachers

mini grants, Langford added.

“I’m glad the school year

is off to a good start,” said

Board Member Nicole Swallow.

“Welcome to all the

new teachers. It’s exciting to

see all the new faces.”

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New Lenox eateries, retail development on the rise

Megan Schuller

Freelance Reporter

Progress does not happen

all at once. It is a combination

of factors that unfold

gradually, like pieces of a

puzzle. In the past two years,

New Lenox has seen a surge

of interest in economic development

while it strives

to maintain the small town

character it currently has.

New business

The village has seen a variety

of more than 15 businesses

open up recently.

Among these new businesses

are: Fleckenstein’s Bakery,

Hickory Creek Brewing

Company, Genesis Virtual

Reality, Domino’s Pizza,

Dunkin’ Donuts, a senior living

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The CVS, located at 115 E. Maple Drive, is expected to open

in November.

30 the Village expects to see

a Cooper’s Hawk Winery

and Restaurants, a Chipotle,

Mod Pizza and Pete’s

Fresh Market. Other developments

include a CVS

Pharmacy on Maple Drive, a

Plus One Cleaners on North

Cedar Road, a Tractor Supply

Company on Laraway

Road, and the Silver Oaks

behavioral Health Center on

Pawlak Parkway.

The 32nd location of

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and

Restaurants, which will be

located on 2307 E. Lincoln

Highway, is still under construction

and slated to open

next month on Oct. 29.

General Manager Ed

Hammer said that Cooper’s

Hawk started in Orland Park

12 years ago with their first

location and has since expanded

to other states, but

they came to New Lenox

to stay local to their homegrown


“It’s important to keep local

to our Wine Club members,”

Hammer said. “We

feel New Lenox is a strong,

up-and-coming community

that will grow with us.”

While some businesses

are close to completion, others

have just begun. According

to Nancy Dye, Economic

Development Coordinator

for the Village, Tractor Supply

Company will break

ground this fall, east of the

Jewel on Laraway Road.

Currently the closest facility

is in St. John, Indiana, so

this location will alleviate

travel time for customers in

the area.

“This is a perfect place for

Chipotle and Mod Pizza will be new additions to New Lenox come December, according to

the Village’s website. It will be located at 641 E. Lincoln Highway.

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that type of establishment

because of the agricultural

zoning and parcels that are

south of there,” Dye said.

“That’s why they chose Laraway

Road. They know their

customer base, and know

where they’re coming from.“

Mayor Tim Baldermann

said that the new commercial

development will benefit the

community by adding additional

tax revenue towards

schools, parks, and village

infrastructure projects to improve

and maintain the quality

of life, without putting an

additional tax burden on the


“We always have a balanced

budget but it’s nice

to have those extra dollars

to make improvements to

our town. The quality of life

is very important to us, and

that is where we like to put

our money at,” Baldermann


Interchange leads to new


Baldermann said the number

one objective is to continue

to provide needed amenities

to residents while still

maintaining the small town


“We like to keep new business

closer to the highways,

that way we get the benefit

of that type of growth while

we lessen the impact of traffic

through our town,” Baldermann

said. “There’s a lot

of things we can do on the

West and North ends of town

near 355.”

The I-80 and Route 30 interchange

will be a propelling

factor of growth in the

community in the future, according

to Baldermann.

“We’re excited to see

the state moving forward

with the project to work on

I-80 and the Route 30 interchange,”

he said. “It will get

cleaned up, be safe and will

become more appealing to

people driving down I-80

and when they get off the

interchange. Along with that

comes redevelopment of that

part of town.”

Dye said the Village is

very fortunate to see commercial

development as major

retailers scale back nationwide.

“It’s just as important to

recruit as it is to retain. They

invested in New Lenox and

we want them to stay here,”

Dye said.

Developing old sites

The pro-business nature of

the village’s government is a

factor in why new businesses

and developers chose New

Lenox, Dye said.

“That’s why we have the

boom, if you will, that we

do,” Dye said. “The businesses

that come here are

very happy with the probusiness


Developers have approached

the Village about

making the old K-Mart an

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ICYMI: Father, son reflect on Cycle Across Illinois

Local duo talks

motivation to keep

pedaling for COPS

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

When Tim and Patrick

Murray, of New Lenox,

geared up for a trip across

the state of Illinois this past

July, they knew exactly

what they were getting into.

They had done it before.

The father-and-son duo of

Tim, an Orland Park Police

officer, and Patrick, a student

at Providence Catholic

High School in New Lenox,

made their first trek together

as part of the annual Cycle

Across Illinois — a charity

ride that raises money

and awareness for Illinois

Chapter of Concerns Of

Police Survivors, which in

turn helps families and coworkers

of fallen officers

— in 2017. And despite the

sometimes grueling 330-

mile journey, Patrick knew

he had to be part of it again.

“It just fell in love with

it,” he said. “It’s powerful.

It really is.”

Tim originally got involved

with the ride in

2006, when he was assigned

to escort the riders through

Orland Park and to Village

Hall for a water break. His

involvement in one leg of

the ride piqued his interest

to do more.

“I’ve been involved ever

since,” he said, noting several

officers from Orland

Park have maintained a

presence in the ride.

At just 4 years old, Patrick

did not quite understand it.

“All I knew is my dad

went away for four days

with a jersey,” Patrick said.

But he started asking

questions. And since the

age of 4, Patrick has been

telling his father he wants to

one day be a police officer.

So, they decided it would

Patrick (left) and Tim Murray took part this summer in the

Cycle Across Illinois. Photo submitted

be a good opportunity for

Patrick to get involved and

meet others in the professional.

And in 2017, he had

the chance to meet officers,

their families and more.

“I just fell in love with

it,” Patrick said of his first

ride. “It’s almost a flood of

emotions coming at you all

at once.”

In addition to the trials

of the ride itself, emotions

tend to run high because

families and co-workers of

fallen officers make the ride

in honor of those they lost.

Everyone is given a wristband

that provides them

with the name of a fallen

officer for whom they are

riding. They share stories

at stops along the way and

learn about those people.

“It reminds you that the

cops have families,” Patrick

said, noting it is a reality

with which he has lived

since he started to understand

what his father does

for a living around the age

of 5. “It’s not the cops that

just go out and do their


Tim added, “It can be

extremely emotional, and

then you have to go get on

a bike.”

But Patrick said the camaraderie

helps everyone

get through it. Riders check

on each other to make sure

everyone is doing OK and

start talking more when

they see someone struggling

on a route.

For example, Patrick said

on this year’s ride, he saw

someone having a tough

time on the bike. That person

wanted nothing more

than to avoid riding in the

truck — what happens

when a rider cannot continue

for any reason. Patrick

started chatting with the rider,

and before either of them

realized it they were at the

next stop. The rider showed

appreciation, and Patrick

found himself struck by

emotion over the moment.

“I almost started crying,”

he said.

The riders also find support

from the communities

they visit. Tim noted Chesterfield,

in particular, sees

the whole small town come

out to greet the bikers. And

many of the women bake

for them, Tim said.

“It’s mind-blowing,” he


Tim called the ride a feeling

of “renewal.” Police

officers not only get to connect

with those from other

jurisdictions but also get to

ride knowing they are doing

good for those close to

people who have given everything.

“Knowing that money

generated for this cause

[goes to COPS],” he said is

a motivator, along with the

message the ride sends to

families. “They get to know

they’re not alone. They

have support.”

Some of that support this

year came from Tim’s son,

once again, and Tim said he

could not be more proud.

“He really got his school

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involved,” he noted of a

dress-down day Patrick organized

to raise funds. “It

really has been wonderful.”

What Patrick found wonderful

was the school’s

level of participation. He

said he approached Providence

Catholic’s principal

and then the student council

to organize the dress-down

day, which ultimately raised

$950. Patrick said in a time

when police matters can be

divisive, the show of support

from his fellow students

meant a lot.

“When she told me it

raised $950, I was so overwhelmed,”

he said, noting

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many students gave more

than was necessary for the

dress-down day. “Family

and friends, I can’t thank

them enough.”

Tim’s thanks go to many

area residents. In a combined

effort, departments

held a trivia night at the Orland

Park Civic Center that

raised more than $10,000

that night, and the checks

were written directly to

COPS. Tim said could not

be happier about doing his

part to support the cause.

“The healing that they

have provided throughout

the years is just amazing,”

he said.








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Lincoln-Way Community High School D210 Board of Education

Change in Madrigals decision tune, budget passes

Megan Schuller

Freelance Reporter

The Lincoln-Way Madrigals

groups can once again

perform in churches as they

have traditionally done since

being founded 49 years ago.

But, there are some guidelines

set by the D210 Board

of Education at its Thursday,

Sept. 20, meeting that the

group will have to follow.

Superintendent Dr. Scott

Tingley’s original decision

to ban the madrigal groups

out of churches came to light

in July in response to a Wisconsin-based


called The Freedom from

Religion Foundation, who

wrote to Tingley in February

alleging that the use of religious

spaces for madrigal

choir performances was a

violation of the Constitution.

After months of not publicly

discussing the matter,

Tingley gave a statement at

the Sept. 20 meeting about

how he came to his original

decision and why the administration

changed its mind.

“My main motivation is,

No. 1, to protect the program

and, No. 2, to protect the district,”

Tingley said.

Tingley said that when

he first received the email

from the Freedom from Religion

Foundation, he met

with administrators to discuss

the matter and thought

it was best to ban the groups

from churches in attempts to

avoid litigation and to protect

the madrigal program as

a whole.

“My job is to take emotion

and personal view out to do

what’s best for the district,”

Tingley said. “Several years

ago we were put in a situation

where the madrigal program

itself was challenged. I

was part of the group that reworked

the program to take

the focus off for us to continue

that program. My first

response was to protect the

Round it Up

A brief look at other items discussed at the Thursday, Sept. 20,

D210 meeting

• The 2019 tax levy was adopted. On average, existing

taxpayers will experience a 2.1 percent increase on

their tax.

• Improvements at Lincoln-Way East are nearing

completion. The tennis courts, bleachers, parking lot

and roof were remodeled. Card readers were also

installed on the exterior doors of the school.

• Central plans to change the homecoming court

titles to Mr. and Miss Knight from the traditional

homecoming titles of King and Queen.

madrigal program, to take

the scruitney away, to protect

it in its entirety.”

Tingely said that, on average,

each madrigal group

performed in churches two

to three times in their season.

“This group [Freedom

from Religion Foundation]

has the resources to litigate,”

Tingley said. “The question

is, should the district move

in that direction for six to

nine performances a year?”

Tingley said that after

revisiting the decision and

discussing the matter with

the district’s attorney, John

Izzo, he has come to the conclusion

that students may

perform in churches without

violating the constitution.

The catch is that the madrigals

group must follow a few

conditions, the main stipulation

being that they cannot

perform during the service.

Tingley clarified during

discussion among board

members that under that

condition, the group may

perform before or after mass,

just not during the mass or

worship service.

The memorandum released

by the district also

reads: “Where and whenever

possible, given space and

acoustical considerations,

performances in church locations

should be in halls or

other suitable performance

venues rather than in sanctuaries.

The songs selected to

be performed should include

both secular non-religious

themes (such as winter and

non-religious symbols of

Christmas such as Santa),

and religious themes from

multiple religious traditions.”

It also states that the

madrigal performance content

should be determined

by school officials without

input or suggestions from

church officials, and that

student participation in any

madrigal performances outside

the official madrigal

dinners would be voluntary.

Charles Stark, the founder

of the original Lincoln-Way

madrigals group, pointed out

at the Aug. 2 district meeting

when he spoke up for

his program that performing

in churches has always been

optional for students since it

began as a way to give back

to the community that volunteered

to help the group during

its season.

The memorandum will be

discussed with the madrigal

directors now that it has been

discussed by the board. No

board action was taken since

it is an administration procedure,

not a board policy.

2019 Budget passes

A budget hearing was held

before the board voted on

the fiscal year 2019 budget.

There was no public com-

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industrial site, but since it

is not zoned industrial the

Village has leaned against

changing it.

“I think the Village is

sensitive to the fact that

aesthetically that exit ramp

right there is their first view

of New Lenox, especially

if they are brand new to the

town,” Dye said. “My understanding

is that it is going to

stay commercial and we are

very confident at some point

a commercial development

will come in there.”

Like Baldermann, Dye

said the I-80 interchange is

going to play a key role in

developing that area of town.

“That whole interchange

is going to have a facelift,

accommodate the traffic and

bring a new development

into the K-Mart site,” Dye

said. “People are looking at

it. It’s just a matter of the

ments or questions raised

regarding the budget. The

first preview of the budget

was given on Aug. 2 during

a workshop, and has since

been discussed briefly in


During board discussion

before the vote, Board Member

Christopher Lucchetti

pointed out that $600,000

was set aside in the Capital

Outlay budget line of the

Operations and Maintenance

Fund, when it would make

more sense to keep that extra

money in the more accessible

capital projects fund.

A motion was made to make

this amendment and adopt

this budget.

“I don’t know why we

would keep in a restricted

funds $600,000 that have already

been allocated to capital

budgets,” Lucchetti said.

“At the time we made the

decision as a board to spend

$3.6 million on capital projects,

it should all come out

of that same fund.”

Roughly $1.8 million has

already been expended from

the capital funds, according

to Assistant Superintendent

of Business Brad Cauffman,

since the budget begins in

July even if it is not passed

until September.

“Most of the major projects

are already done, it’s

just a matter of getting walkthroughs

and bills finalized.

From a practical perspective,

I’d say about 90 percent of

that fund is already spent,”

Cauffman said.

One step forward, another

back in TAWs

The district paid of its

outstanding tax anticipation

warrant’s balance of $7.95

million this month, and,

upon the next budget approval,

prepares to borrow

more for expenses going into

the FY 2019 year. The resolution

that was unanimously

passed states that the district

can borrow up to $20 million

right person coming in the

revamp that site.”

In August, New Lenox

Board of Trustees approved

a $735,000 purchase agreement

to buy the Papa Joe’s

property on Maple Street,

which had been vacant for

several years. Baldermann

said that the next development

will help spark redevelopment

on the West side of


“That’s why we got involved

with Papa’s Joe’s old

site purchase,” Baldermann

said. “We’re working on a

few other areas for redevelopment

now, too. The goal is

always, as you’re developing

your community, to have everything

people need so they

don’t want to leave the town

if they don’t have to.”

Maintaining the established,

yet small town feel

Baldermann said that development

and spaces, like

the Commons are what sets

in TAWs in anticipation of

taxes levied for the FY 2018

year, but it only expect to

borrow roughly $18 million.

“Based on the estimated

cash flows, the district is expected

to be roughly $18.5

million short from being able

to provide its own monthly

cash flow, since the district

gets 76 percent of its funds

to maintain that in June and

September [from taxes],”

Cauffman said.

At the prior board meeting,

the board asked for

Cauffman to reach out to

other quotes for TAWs.

When doing that, administration

reached out to five

other banks. Four of them

declined to provide TAW estimates

due to the district’s

credit rating. The only bank

that responded was PNC

Bank. After comparison, it

was decided that Old Second

Bank was the lowest fixed

rate at 2.7 percent, which

was cheaper than PNC

Bank. The board decided to

move forward with Old Second

National for its TAWs.

New Lenox apart and attracts

visitors. Last year the village

had people from more than

60 communities dropp letters

in Santa’s mailbox during

the holiday season.

“Those are just the ones

that wrote letters,” Baldermann

said. “We didn’t see a

significant impact because

they got off I-80, maybe

stopped and got something

to eat, got gas and did shopping,

but the residential areas

are not adversely impacted

by that kind of volume of


Baldermann said that part

of balancing the small town

feel with the feel of an established

town starts with community


“There’s a strong connection

here with our residents,

who are proud of their community,”

Baldermann said.

“We do continue to grow,

but we’re still able to foster

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Police Reports

Man charged with DUI after driving

erratically with child in vehicle

Ruby L. Zambrano, 38, of

111 Warren St. in Calumet

City, was charged with driving

under the influence of

alcohol Sept. 16, when she

was stopped at Nelson and

Laraway roads for allegedly

driving erratically.

In addition to confirming

Zambrano was intoxicated

while driving, she was

charged with endangering

the life of a child when police

discovered a child in

the backseat of her vehicle,

police said. The child was

turned over to the father at

the New Lenox Police Department,

and DCFS was

notified, police added.

Sept. 16

• Jeffrey Broadwell, 30, of

222 Jessie St. in Joliet, was

charged with criminal trespass

to property during an

incident at Silver Cross Hospital.

Police said Broadwell

was disruptive in a waiting

room at the hospital and was

advised to leave, but returned

several times after being

warned that he was trespassing.

Sept. 15

• Shatuan R. Andrews, 22,

of 13921 S. Manistee in

Chicago, was charged with

driving under the influence

of alcohol when she was

stopped at Lincoln Highway

and Gougar Road for allegedly


Sept. 14

• A New Lenox resident’s

credit card information reportedly

was stolen and used

to make fraudulent purchases.

• A New Lenox resident’s

personal information reportedly

was stolen and used

open multiple lines of fraudulent


Sept. 13

• Kaely S. Roe, 33, of 1152

N. Cedar Road in New

Lenox, was charged with

retail theft at Target, on the

2300 block of East Lincoln

Highway, for allegedly stealing

$600 worth of clothes

and other merchandise from

the store.

• A New Lenox resident’s

banking information reportedly

was stolen and used to

steal money from their account.

• An unknown woman reportedly

tried to cash a

fraudulent check at TCF

Bank, on the 100 block of S.

Cedar Road. The transaction

was denied, and the woman

fled, police said.

Sept. 11

• An unknown man successfully

purchased $500 worth

of electronics at Walmart,

on the 500 block of East

Lincoln Highway, by using

counterfeit money.

Sept. 10

• Anthony Grieco, 25, of

221 E. Woodlawn Road in

New Lenox, was charged

with driving under the influence

of alcohol when he was

stopped at Joliet Highway

and Mallard Drive where he

was involved in an accident.

Police said they found Grieco’s

vehicle in reservoir and

determined he was intoxicated

during the incident. In addition,

he was charged with

accident hit and run when

police discovered he struck

a pole a block away before

driving into the reservoir.

Sept. 8

• A wallet and credit cards

reportedly were stolen from

an unlocked vehicle parked

at LA Fitness, on the 2400

block of East Lincoln Highway.

Another stolen wallet

was reported thirty minutes

later from an unlocked vehicle,

police said.

• Ilene K. Lehane, 66, of

23806 Schoolhouse Road

in Manhattan, was charged

with driving under the influence

of alcohol when she

was stopped at Pine Street

and Second Avenue for allegedly


• A shopping cart full of

meat reportedly was stolen

from Walmart.

Sept. 7

• An unknown person reportedly

called a New Lenox

resident claiming to be a sergeant

of the Cook County

Sheriff’s Office and saying

the resident had a warrant

out for arrest. The caller

advised the resident to buy

$2,000 worth of gift cards

to take on the warrants. The

resident did not give in and

hung up, police said.

• A New Lenox resident’s

personal information reportedly

was stolen and used to

apply for unemployment

benefits using their name

and opened several lines of

fraudulent credit.

Sept. 4

• Three sewer covers reportedly

were stolen near the

1900 block of Ferro Drive.

• A New Lenox resident’s

credit card information reportedly

was stolen and used

to make a fraudulent purchase.


Lenox Patriot’s Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found online on the

New Lenox Police Department’s

website or releases

issued by the department and

other agencies. Anyone listed

in these reports is considered to

be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law. NEWS

the New Lenox Patriot | September 27, 2018 | 9

Local, cancer patient connect through dress donation

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

Despite living nearly 500

miles apart, Jessica Leja and

Lebanon, Tennessee resident

Toni Roberts have forged

a special bond through a

unique act of generosity and

a shared camaraderie in the

fight against cancer.

Leja, a New Lenox resident

who works as an oncology

nurse at DuPage Medical

Group in Tinley Park,

was inspired to donate her

unaltered size 10 Stella York

wedding dress to a deserving

cancer patient after seeing

the strength and perseverance

of the patients she

worked with on a daily basis.

In June, Leja reached

out to several local media

outlets, including The New

Lenox Patriot, to share her

story, explaining she knew

the dress was “made for a

special bride” and she hoped

to find her by spreading the


That’s how she met Toni


Roberts, who works for

the state of Tennessee’s department

of intellectual and

development disabilities,

was diagnosed with breast

cancer in August 2017 and

has been undergoing treatment

ever since. Her secondto-last

treatment took place

in August 2018, and she has

one final treatment on the


Earlier this summer, Roberts

learned about Leja’s offer

to donate the dress after

an oncology nurse she knew

tagged her in a post Leja had

made on Facebook. After

reading about Leja in the related

article, she decided to

contact her.

Roberts said she didn’t expect

to get a response to her

message, since she figured

Leja would receive “many,

many, many emails” following

the publication of the

article. But two weeks later

New Lenox resident Jessica Leja (left) poses for a photo with Tennessee resident Toni

Roberts after the two women met for the first time the weekend of Sept. 1. Leja, an oncology

nurse, donated her new wedding dress to Roberts, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in

2017. Photos Submitted

after her initial email, she

heard back from Leja.

“She had asked for more

information, and I was so

excited to share my story

with her and give her more

information,” Roberts said.

“So, it was very exciting to

even get one response from

her. So, to get multiple was


The two women quickly

developed a friendship,

and Leja said it didn’t take

her long to realize Roberts

was the one destined for

the dress. She decided she

wanted to let Roberts know

she had been selected in a

special way.

“We’d been texting for

a little while, and I went

through our texts and our

emails back and forth, and I

wanted to do like a fun little

poem that was representative

of our conversations,”

she said.

The next time the two

women spoke, Leja read

Roberts the poem she had


“It was just so moving,

and she was so honored,”

Leja said.

Leja and her mother drove

down to Tennessee the weekend

of Sept. 1 to deliver the

dress. She described meeting

Roberts as “so amazing, and

then some,” and while she

only spent two days in Tennessee,

the trip easily felt

like a week, she said.

“When Toni and I had met

up, her whole entire family

was there, and they just welcomed

this with warm hugs,”

she said. “And honestly, it

felt like we’ve known them

for years. They were so kind,

and they opened their home

to us, and the hospitality they

gave us was unbelievable.”

Best of all, Leja said, the

dress fit Roberts like a glove.

“It fit her better than it

fit me,” she said, laughing.

“And it makes sense ... this

dress was never mine. It was

made for her all along. And

when she put that dress on, I

don’t think she’s even going

to need alterations. It fit her

so perfectly.”

Roberts plans to wear the

donated dress when she and

her fiancé Daniel Johnson tie

the knot in early 2019. The

couple has been together for

about four and a half years.

“We were originally going

to do a destination wedding

with just the two of us, but

I have an 8-year-old son and

he did not love that idea, so

Please see Donation, 13

Pictured is the unaltered Stella York wedding dress

donated by Jessica Leja (right).

Toni Roberts (right), of Lebanon, Tennessee, is pictured

with fiancé Daniel Johnson (left) and son Maddux McGill.

Roberts received a wedding dress for her upcoming

wedding from local Jessica Leja, an oncology nurse.

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“The expo offers a lot in

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the local area,” said Heather

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“We have everything from

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“He has done this for

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Warthen said of Grotovsky.

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Warthen said bingo — one

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What do you like to do

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Playing sports with friends

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What is your dream job?

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Who is your favorite teacher and why?

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What’s one thing that stands out about your


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What extracurricular do you wish your

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From Page 9

we’ve kind of revisited it and

started actually planning a

wedding here locally,” Roberts


She said she felt honored

to receive the dress, adding

it was “so special to be chosen

by obviously someone

so special.”

“[Leja] is the sweetest

person ever,” she said. “I

look forward to talking to

her every chance we get ... I

think that not only did I gain

a wedding dress, I feel like

I’ve gained a great friendship.”

Leja said she plans to continue

assisting Roberts with

the wedding, adding anyone

interested in contributing

a service — photography

or makeup for instance —

should get in touch with her


“For her to have options,

or if anyone knows anyone

in the Nashville area and

can reach out, or if anyone

would like to pay it forward

to Toni, something like that,

that would be helpful,” she

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14 | September 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot NEWS

Environmental Action Club prompts solar panel use at LWC

Submitted by Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210

New additions to Lincoln-

Way Central can be found

in the form of solar panels.

The project was spearheaded

by Central’s Environmental

Action Club and its sponsor,

Mrs. Catherine Sieber. Over

the course of several years,

students participating in

EAC have discussed global

environmental issues such

as supporting endangered

species, as well as local issues

such as creating personal

composts. Their endeavor

into solar energy has been a

long-term goal for the club;

the goal was made possible

when the Knights received

support from two grants.

Solar energy is radiant

light which is harnessed into


“Lincoln-Way Central is

excited to be one of the high

schools in the area demonstrating

the need and use for

renewable resources,” said

Lincoln-Way Central Department

Chair Sarah Highfill.

With the newly installed

solar panels, students at

Central will be able to investigate,

measure and discuss

the positives of renewable

energy such as solar energy.

Not only will the Environmental

Action Club be able

to promote the panels, the

school’s science club will

also benefit. Academic classes

including Environmental

Biology, AP Environmental

Science and Physical Science

will have access to the

data collected and be able to

see firsthand the benefits of

the panels.

According to their website,

the Illinois Clean Energy

Community Foundation

has a “mission to improve

energy efficiency, advance

the development and use of

renewable energy resources,

and protect natural areas and

wildlife habitat in communities

all across Illinois.”

The Illinois Clean Energy

Community Foundation

was established in December

1999 as an independent

foundation with a $225 million

endowment provided by

Commonwealth Edison.

Providing more than

5,000 grants during their

tenure, Central is proud to

be one of the most recent recipients.

The Illinois Clean

Lincoln-Way Central added solar panels to the school after receiving a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community

Foundation. Photo Submitted

Energy Community Foundation’s

grant provided the

solar panels — valued at

$6,700 — for the school.

The panels can be seen from

Schoolhouse Road attached

to the south end of Central’s

B wing near door 35C.

Installation for this solar

panel project was supported

by Solar Star Foundation,

established in 2010, with a

goal to “invest in clean energy

development and solar

education, working with

youth to improve environmental

quality nationwide.”

Their $400 grant awarded to

the school will help defray

the installation cost.

“Thank you to all those

who have been a part of

this project, as it has taken

months to get to this final

stage,” Highfill said. “I appreciate

the work done by

Mrs. Sieber and Mr. Mc-

Creary, as well as the support

from Dr. Provis, the

LWC maintenance staff, and

our technology support of

Ms. Kay and Mr. Cimino.

This installation keeps LWC

science moving in the right

direction for our students

and our community.”

Lincoln-Way Central counselor invited to Harlaxton

Submitted by Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210

This past summer, Lincoln-Way

Central College

Counselor Janet Reis attended

Harlaxton College in the

United Kingdom. Harlaxton

is the British campus for the

University of Evansville).

The 100-room, picturesque,

Victorian manor house is

located one hour north of


“Harlaxton is straight out

of a fairy tale and simply

stunning,” Reis said. “It was

so valuable to interact with

students attending, as well

as the faculty. The whole trip

was amazing.”

Each year, representatives

from the University of

Evansville extend an invitation

to one high school counselor

who they think would

benefit from the trip. Reis

was one of only five high

school counselors personally


While there, she attended

sessions to learn about

UE’s study abroad program.

Schedules varied each day,

ranging from question and

answer sessions with panels

of current students, to attending

brief sessions of sample

classes, such as British Studies.

Reis and college counselors

from other schools

boarded in dorm rooms at

the manor, fully immersed in

the study abroad experience.

She was also invited to attend

the final, formal dinner,

where students commemorate

their experience abroad

after completing studies at


“I’m so grateful to the

University of Evansville for

this opportunity,” Reis said.

“Seeing Harlaxton, first

hand, allows me to speak

about study abroad in a

much more confident voice.”

RIGHT: Lincoln-Way Central

College Counselor Janet

Reis was invited to a trip

to see Harlaxton College

in the United Kingdom

over the summer as part of

University of Evansville’s

study abroad program.

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TP mom to raise awareness for

daughter’s rare disease

In 2006 there were only 200

known cases of congenital central

hypoventilation syndrome worldwide.

As of 2008, that number had

increased to 1,000, according to the

U.S. National Library of Medicine.

A decade later, advocates still place

that number around 1,200.

Tinley Park native Laura Brown

and her husband Jeff’s 18-month

old daughter, Josie, is one of them.

She was born with a mutated

PHOX2B gene which medical researchers

have discovered helps

the body and brain regulate normal

breathing at the molecular level.

Effectively, Josie’s autonomic nervous

system fails to connect signals

that tell the lungs to pump oxygen.

Simply going to sleep can be fatal.

“There were unexplained periods

of respiratory distress where

she wasn’t breathing right,” Brown

recalled. “It was really scary.”

A “fighter” as described by

Laura, Josie was born five weeks

premature and spent close to five

of her first six months of life in

the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

at Hope Children’s Hospital. A

forward-thinking doctor correctly

predicted Josie’s respiratory issues,

which at this point had required

the use of a ventilation machine,

could be CCHS. To bring awareness

of CCHS Laura has organized

“Jogging for Josie” in an effort

to raise $12,000 for the nonprofit

CCHS Network by partaking in the

Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7. The

number was doubled after reaching

her initial goal of $6,000, or $5 for

each of the 1,200 known cases.

“She’s one tough cookie — my

hero for sure,” Laura said.

Reporting by Cody Mroczka, Editor.

For more, visit Tin


‘Control beyond the grave’

The old Boy Scout motto, “Be

prepared,” can be applied to many

things in life, and can especially be

applied to death.

Contemplating one’s own mortality

can be an uncomfortable thing,

but facing the questions about what

would happen to those left behind is

essential to ensure that those loved

ones receive what one’s final wishes

wanted them to receive.

That’s why Skye Bergeson and

Richard Rappold held an estate

planning seminar at Mokena Community

Public Library District

Sept. 18. Bergeson is a financial

advisor with Edward Jones in Mokena,

and Rappold is an attorney

who lives in Frankfort and practices

out of Chicago.

According to Bergeson, an estate

plan should involve the services of

a financial advisor to help manage

assets, a tax professional to keep

an eye on the tax laws to make sure

those assets are protected under

ever-changing tax code, and an attorney

to help keep assets from being

bogged down in court and not

fulfilling one’s wishes in a timely


Any estate plan should be specific

to an individual, as everyone’s

circumstances and goals will be

different; however, the individual,

along with the estate planning team

of the financial advisor, tax professional

and attorney, should monitor

and re-evaluate the plan every six

months to a year, Burgeson said.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer III, Editor.

For more, visit Moke


Friends, family rally around youth

with rare disorder

As a nurse, OP resident Mandy

Granat has devoted her professional

life to mitigating the pain and

discomfort of those in her care.

Most difficult of all was being

confronted by medical uncertainty

regarding her 11-year-old son,

Luke Granat.

When he was 8, Luke started to

exhibit symptoms like abdominal


“We spent about a year having

him be misdiagnosed,” Mandy

said. “They thought it was allergic


The severity of the reactions intensified.

After a series of complex

blood tests, doctors discovered that

Luke suffers from a rare genetic

blood disorder called Hereditary


“I never even heard of it,” Mandy


On average, only about one in

10,000-50,000 people suffer from


In May, Mandy and Luke traveled

to Vienna, Austria, to attend a

patient and doctor symposia.

Luke also is a member of the

Youth Leadership Council for the

USA HAEA. In July, he appeared

at Capitol Hill to advocate for increased

federal funding for the disease.

The family also has sought to

raise awareness closer to home. In

2017, the family held a 5K run in

Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton.

Nearly 30 people turned up.

The family held another event

this August. Mobilizing Facebook

and other social media to shape

word of mouth around Orland

Park and Tinley Park, the number

jumped up to 130 this year.

“He needs the support of his

friends more than anything at this

stage,” Mandy said. “The event

made him feel so good.”

Reporting by Patrick Z. McGavin,

Freelance Reporter. For more, visit


Frankfort library program

addresses healthy habits

It is a disease with no cure and

no prevention, but it is not without


Hadi Finerty, of the Alzheimer’s

Association, met with seniors Sept.

13 at the Frankfort Public Library

District to address the scary reality

of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Finerty said most times she gives

the presentation, attendees want to

know if they will get the disease or

if they already have it.

The thing is, sometimes there is

not a definite answer to their questions.

While family history and genetics

can play a part in determining

whether someone will be diagnosed

with Alzheimer’s or another

form of dementia in their lifetimes,

just because someone is genetically

predisposed to get the disease

does not mean they will.

Instead of dwelling on statistics

and worrying about it, Finerty said

it is important for people to talk

about it and learn as much as they


The general effects of aging

can make it hard to recall details

like names, places or words, but

in most cases people eventually

remember those things if it is just

age-related forgetfulness. With Alzheimer’s

and dementia, she said,

it is different.

Reporting by Amanda Stoll, Assistant

Editor. For more, visit


Light pole falls on, injures three

Butler School students

A light pole fell and injured three

fourth-grade students after striking

them while they were at recess

Sept. 17 outside Butler School,

according to Homer Community

Consolidated School District 33C.

The district posted a message on

its Facebook page Monday afternoon

stating that all three children

were evaluated at a local hospital

and were “okay.”

Homer 33C Superintendent

Craig Schoppe said the incident

happened at approximately 11:40

a.m. in front of the school.

“The district’s first concern is the

safety and well-being of our students,”

the district said in a statement,

which was provided to The

Horizon on Sept. 19. “Due to the

fact that this involves individual

students, and we are currently investigating

the incident, the district

has no further comment.”

Jeff Scellato, of Lockport, is the

stepfather of one of the children,

Peyton Forrest, who was injured by

the light pole. He said Forrest was

coming out of a door to recess and

observed three children standing

on the base of the pole, and Scellato

said Forrest told him a teacher

told those children to get off.

Forrest was standing further

away from the pole when it then

came down and hit him in his back,

according to what he told Scellato.

The 9-year-old suffered a fractured

rib as a result and was transported

via ambulance to Silver

Cross Hospital, as were the other

two children, Scellato said.

“Thank God no one was killed,

a teacher or student or anybody,”

Scellato said.

Reporting by Thomas Czaja, Contributing

Editor. For more, visit


Man charged for anti-Muslim

vandalism in Homer Glen

A man has been charged for vandalizing

a sidewalk with Islamophobic

graffiti Sept. 17 in front of

a Muslim family’s Homer Glen

home, according to a Sept. 20 release

from the Will County Sheriff’s


Patrick J. Goshorn Jr., 26, of

13057 Finch Court in Homer Glen,

was charged with one count of felony

criminal damage to property

and one count of felony criminal

damage to state-supported property

by the sheriff’s office. The case

was turned over to the Will County

State’s Attorney’s Office for review,

and the office announced

additional charges of a felony and

misdemeanor count of criminal defacement

to property and one count

of a hate crime, bringing the total

to five charges.

One of the homeowners originally

called police about 8 p.m.

Sept. 17 after discovering the graffiti

outside their home in the 13000

block of W. Sparrow Court, according

to Will County Sheriff’s Office

spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer.

In addition to the graffiti —

which mocked the common Muslim

phrase “peace be upon him”

with an obscene variation — the

taillights, trunk and bumper of the

homeowners’ vehicle, a 2013 Toyota,

were covered in brown spray

paint, according to Hoffmeyer.

After appearing in video court on

Thursday, Sept. 20, Goshorn had

his bond set at $100,000, with 10

percent to apply. A condition of his

bond states that if he is able to bond

out, he will be released with an electronic

monitoring device and will

not be allowed to be within 3,000

feet of the vandalized home.

Goshorn’s next court date is set

for Oct. 11.

Reporting by Thomas Czaja, Editor.

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From the Editor

My midseason sports report comes with several surprises

James Sanchez


team with only 17

seniors on its 49-

man varsity roster

starting a football season

4-0 is unthinkable to me,

but that’s what Providence

did to start the season.

That’s the first thing that

comes to mind as I think

of the landscape of New

Lenox sports as we hit past

midseason. Oh, and I forgot

to mention, they did this

without defensive captain

Max Pignotti suffering a

season-ending injury Week

1 and starting quarterback

Kevin Conway, who had

his own season-ending

injury in Week 3.

Admittedly, I didn’t have

any faith in the Celtics

coming in to this season,

as shown during Pressbox

Picks Week 1, when I chose

Lockport to beat them,

and Lockport is still winless

as we approach Week

6. The inexperience and

the rumblings of several

students transferring out

of the school swayed me

against them, but now I’m

a believer. The first person

you have to credit has got

to be coach Mark Coglianese

and the rest of the

Celtics’ coaching staff to

get this young team ready

to win every Friday. Also,

the adjustments with the

injuries on offense deserves

a shout out, too. And I cannot

comment enough about

this defense, who without

its aforementioned captain

Max Pignotti, has stifled offenses

through the first four

weeks, only allowing one

touchdown in that span.

The Celtics hit a speed

bump against Brother Rice

last Friday, but the Crusaders

are one of the best

teams in the state. And the

good news is the two teams

won’t meet in the playoffs

with Brother Rice in Class

8A and the Celtics in 6A.

Despite the recent loss, this

team is only two wins away

from being a definite playoff

lock, though it might

just need one win to get in

if you consider the playoff

bubble team format.

Another surprise team

this year is another unit

made up of youngsters,

and that’s the Lincoln-Way

Central girls volleyball

team. Only three seniors

play in the Knights’ rotation,

and they’ve fought

through some early

struggles to get to a 11-5

record, which included five

straight wins en route to

a first-place finish at the

Oak Lawn Invite on Sept.

15. It was thought maybe a

rebuilding year was in store

for the program after losing

standouts Kylie Kulinski

and Cassidy Wyman to

graduation. But after beating

quality teams at the

Oak Lawn tournament, including

Lincoln-Way West

and Lockport, the Knights

are looking to be in the mix

when the playoffs start.

Next up is Lincoln-Way

West golf. I remember three

years ago covering this

team, and its best player

was then-freshman Collin

Phelps, who averaged in

the mid-40s. The Warriors

were nowhere near

good enough to compete

in the playoffs, let alone

the SWSC. Fast forward to

this fall, and coach Donna

Thompson said this is her

most talented team from

top to bottom since the

school opened. They have

five players who average 40

and below, including Collin,

now a senior, averaging

38.5, and they’re coming

off Senior Night where they

shot their best score 151

(average of 37.75 between

four posted scores). It will

be a disappointment if the

Warriors don’t make it out

of the regional as a team

on Oct. 2, but even if they

don’t, there will still be

several individuals going

down to Edwardsville for

sectional. With Thompson

retiring at the end of this

year, what a way to finish

a golf coaching career with

potentially the program’s

best finish in school history.

I also want to give a

shout out to the West girls

swim team, which has

had such a hot start to the

season. In the past, they’ve

had one or two very good

swimmers on the team, but

now the talent is deep, and

it has shown in their duals

and weekend tournaments.

They’re undefeated (4-0)

in duals as of Sept. 19 and

are coming off the Warrior

College Invite win on

Sept. 15. Warriors football

also deserves some praise.

They hit a snag against

Homewood-Flossmoor this

past Friday, but they’re

well on their way to making

a playoff appearance.

The defense continues to be

consistently stout, but I’ve

been impressed with the

offensive adjustments. One

year they have a strong running

game behind gamemanaging


Connor Lowman; another

year they have a gun-slinging

quarterback in Anthony

Senerchia, who ends

up breaking completion

and pass attempt school

records; and now they have

a dual-threat quarterback

with Greyson Grimm. Still,

the offense remains formidable

despite those major

changes every year.

I’m excited to see if these

teams can match these hot

regular seasons when it

really counts come playoff


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In Memoriam

Eric R. Zielinski

Eric R. Zielinski, 18, died

Sept. 4. Eric is survived by

his parents Gary and Valerie

Zielinski (Fode); loving

siblings Ryan D. (Bianca)

Jennings, Andrea N. (Luke

Scalone) Zielinski and Rachel

E. (Jordan MacQueen)

Zielinski; girlfriend Emma

Bell; grandparents Richard

and Suellen Gomulka, Eileen

and Ronald Fode, Donald

and Charlene Jennings;

godparents River Marie Jennings;

and numerous loving

aunts, uncles, cousins and


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friends. Eric graduated from

Lincoln-Way West Class

of 2018 and enlisted in the

United States Marine Corps.

Eric enjoyed various sports,

fishing and outdoor activities.

Family received friends

at Kurtz Memorial Chapel.

Interment was private.

Eugene D. Johnson

Eugene D. “Sonny” Johnson,

84, of New Lenox, died

Sept. 3. Sonny was survived

by her children Alan (Lisa),

Marcia Myers, Connie (Ron)

Sliwinski and Lori Johnson;




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12 grandchildren and numerous


siblings Leonard, Georgene,

Dorothy, Elaine and Karen;

and numerous nieces and

nephews. Sonny retired from

Mobil Chemical after more

than 20 years of service. He

was an Honorary Member of

New Lenox VFW Post 9545.

Family received friends at

Kurtz Memorial Chapel. Interment

was private. In lieu

of memorials, donations to

the New Lenox VFW would

be appreciated.

David A. Hughes

David A. Hughes, 56, of

New Lenox, died Sept. 1.

David is survived by his

wife Gayle Hughes (Kowalski);

children, Brad Hughes,

Kelly Hughes; parents

Robert and Donna Hughes

(Cassidy); siblings, Nancy

(Robert) LeGrand, Tammy

(Steven) Roeder and many

nieces and nephews. David

was a 32-year member

of Local #134 International

Brotherhood of Electrical

Workers and enjoyed his

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and spending time with his

family and friends. Family

received friends at Kurtz

Memorial Chapel. Interment

was private. In lieu of

memorials, donations to St.

Jude Children’s Research

Hospital would be appreciated.

Matthew T. Ball

Matthew T. Ball, 39, of

New Lenox, died Aug. 30.

Matthew is survived by his

parents Garry and Gail Ball

(Spellman); former wife Michelle

Ball; children Haley

Ball, Kyle Ball, Charlotte

Ball; grandparents William

and Ellen Spellman; siblings


Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S.

Gougar Road, New Lenox)

“Hamilton’s Women”

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. The

church will host a presentation

of “Hamilton’s Women”

performed by Leslie Goddard.

For more information,

call (815) 485-5152.

Church Service

10:30 Sundays. For more

information, call the church

at (815) 485-5152.

St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second

Ave., New Lenox)

Mass Schedule

7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

and 6:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30

a.m. Monday-Saturday; 5

p.m. Saturdays and 8:30 a.m.


Reclaim 13

7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

The St. Jude Peace and Social

Justice Ministry will

hosting a Reclaim 13 presentation

focusing on sex

trafficking of children in the

United States. Items including

clothing, cleaning supplies

and toiletries will be

collected to help Cherish

House, a long-term, residential

facility dedicated to

providing love, support, and

emotional healing to victims

of sex trafficking.

Eric Ball, Jessica (Bryan)

Cash; and nephews, Desmond

Wilson, Bradley Cash

and Evan Cash.

A private celebration of

Matthew’s life was held by

his family. Interment was

private. In lieu of memorials,

donations to the charity

of your choice would be appreciated.

Have someone’s life you’d like

to honor? Email Editor James

Sanchez at james@newlenox with information

about a loved one who was a

part of the New Lenox community.

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Worship Schedule

Traditional worship is at

9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays,

and contemporary

worship is at 10:20 a.m. every

first and third Sunday.

Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Worship Services

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

and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

St. John of Chicago Chapel (112 Church

Street, New Lenox)

Orthodox Divine Liturgy

10-11:30 a.m. Sundays.

Missio Dei Church (123 W. Wood St., New


Gathered Worship

9:30-11 a.m. Sundays.

Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St.,

New Lenox)

Sunday Services

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite

II. 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite

II with music.

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Senior health, safety at core of Village, Safe Communities event

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

Each year, The Village

of New Lenox and the Safe

Communities Coalition put

on an event to stress the importance

of health and safety

for seniors, and this year

was no different.

There’s a constant need

for aging adults to have access

to information and services

that will allow them to

stay healthy and avoid dangerous

falls that could prove

to be serious.

While the Village hosts

regular Matter of Balance

and Fit and Strong classes

especially for seniors, Daniel

Martin, safe community

coordinator for the Village

of the New Lenox, said the

event on Thursday, Sept.

20, offered seniors a chance

to get flu shots, free health

screenings and learn about

discounted services available

to them in the area —

all in one place.

And the free breakfast

was as plus, too.

“It’s a chance for those

seniors who are on fixed incomes

to come out and take

advantage of some of those

screenings and services,”

Martin said. “...Each and

every one of these organizations

is geared towards


Organizations including

Walgreens, the New Lenox

Fire Department, State Rep.

Margo McDermed, The Alzheimer’s

Association of

Illinois and Planet Fitness

— just to name a few —

were on hand to provide information

for seniors about

medications, home safety,

and both mental and physical


“For them to tap into LA

Fitness and the Park District

and all these other programs

where they can get exercise

and stay healthy, that’s a really

important thing for us,”

Fitness Instructor Arlene Santiago leads a chair dancing fitness routine during the Senior Health and Safety Expo

hosted by the Village of New Lenox and the Safe Communities Coalition on Sept. 20 at VFW Post 9545. photos by Amanda

Stoll/22nd Century Media

Martin said.

The event was organized

by volunteering involved

with the older adult falls prevention

task group, which is

part of the Safe Communities

Coalition, and coincided

with Older Adult Falls Prevention


“This event, in part, is designed

to bring awareness

to older adult falls,” Martin

said. “Not only is it good

for raising awareness of

older adult falls prevention,

but it also provides all this

other stuff which leads to a

healthy lifestyle and exercise.”

Taking a fall is not good

for anyone, but seniors statistically

are more likely to

suffer a serious injury as a

result of a fall. According to

the CDC’s website, “more

than one out of four older

people falls each year,” and

one out of five of those falls

results in a head injury, broken

bone or other serious


While exercise and vigilance

in regards to their

health is very important,

Martin said the event —

along with the fitness classes

the Village promotes

— served as a chance for seniors

to get out of the house,

see friends and have some


“It’s a social thing as well,

getting out and staying active

is one thing,” Martin

said, “but it’s the social aspect

of it as well is getting

to meet new friends.”

He said he has seen many

of the Village and Safe

Communities’ events inspire

friendships and walking

groups among seniors in

the community.

General tips Martin offered

for seniors, included

regular visit with a doctor,

being aware of medications

and possible side effects,

asking questions of doctors

and pharmacists, getting

regular eye exams and

being assertive when they

need help. He said much of

that advice is included in the

curriculum for classes such

as Matter of Balance.

More information on the

Village’s offerings through

the Safe Communities Coalition

is available on their


under the “Departments”


(Left to right) Janet Park,

Carol Hedlin, Nancy

Duzinskas and Monica

Willson perform a dance

number during the senior

expo at the VFW on Sept.

20. The women are all part

of the Cloggin’ Craze dance


22 | September 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot LIFE & ARTS

get out of town!

Indianapolis: a great place to catch a movie (seriously)

Find fantastic food,

drink and games at

the Crossroads of


Bill Jones, Editor

I once made an overnight

trip to Indianapolis with the

primary purpose of seeing a


Silly, right?

After all, any suburb that

doesn’t have a theater nowadays

probably has one next

door. And most are a far cry

from the multiplexes of yore

— upgraded with reclining

seats, full bars and extensive

menus. IMAX no longer requires

a trip to Navy Pier.

And Dolby Atmos speaker

systems and state-of-the-art

projection have become the


So why drive two-and-ahalf

hours for a movie?

Well, in my case, it was

all about “Dunkirk.” While

I could have caught it down

the street, director Christopher

Nolan released the film

in a number of formats. The

“best” combination was supposed

to be 70mm IMAX,

but only 31 theaters across

the United States were showing

it that way. The closest

was the IMAX at Indiana

State Museum in Indianapolis.

Worth it? The movie was

great, though it wouldn’t

have been too diminished

by a more convenient theater.

But these days, a movie

needs to be event viewing if

I’m going out to see it. So

why not go way, way out to

see it — really make an event

of it?

And it is a wonderful auditorium.

While IMAX varies

in size nowadays, the one at

the museum is the full enchilada.

The screen is enormous,

the seating stadium-style, the

sound booming. The black

leather, branded chairs also

were incredibly comfy, and it

was immaculately clean (no

sticky floors!). Just don’t go

too hungry. The concessions

were still entrenched in the

1990s — popcorn, soft drinks

and candy. Instead ...

On the way

Stop at Locally Grown

Gardens, roughly halfway

between downtown and Interstate

405 due north. It’s

a year-round farm market,

owned by a chef. So, there are

plenty of cool things to find

inside the shop, both in terms

of food and knickknacks. But

there also is a limited seasonal

menu, utilizing some

of those fresh ingredients and

highlighting smoked meats.

If it’s on, get the grilled

salmon filet. And if the weather

is nice and the wind isn’t

carrying too much from those

smokers in your direction, enjoy

the outside eating space.

While you’re there

Grab a beer at The Koelschip,

Central State Brewing’s

de facto taproom that

also serves a variety of others’

brews. It’s a cool spot

and taps some good beer. Just

pass on the Underberg —

while produced in Germany,

it’s basically Indy’s Malört.

Before you leave

Get yourself into Milktooth.

Its name bothers me

on a deep level, but it’s a

hip brunch spot that actually

lives up to the hype. It’s best

if you can grab a seat along

the kitchen counter to watch

the magic happen. I’m not

going to tell you what to order.

But if they’re busy or

you’re in a hurry, don’t overlook

the counter for pastries

and coffee.

Other reasons to make a trip

Sports fans already know

Packing it in

Tips for packing light from Assistant Editor Amanda


Whether you are going away for a weekend or a

week, it is possible to pack everything into a single,

carry-on sized bag with a little bit of strategic

packing. Here are some tips to keep you from

overpacking on your next trip.

1. Shoes

Shoes can be a serious space-sucker in your

luggage. Instead of packing all the shoes you would

normally wear in a week, try to limit yourself to 2-3

pairs of shoes. One of those, preferably the bulkiest,

can be your travel shoes. For me, that’s usually my

running shoes, which also happen to be the comfiest

for traveling. For the ones left in your luggage: flatten

them, if possible, or use the space inside to pack

socks, undies or other small items.

2. Clothing

While you might not want to wear the same

shirt twice, you likely can wear the same pair of

pants or shorts a few times. The same goes for

sweaters, accessories and shoes. Lay out all of your

clothes while packing and see how many different

combinations you can make while using some of the

same pieces.

3. Eliminate non-essentials

Limit the size of your bag, and let that dictate how

much stuff you need to bring. If it doesn’t fit, it

doesn’t go. The chances are you have packed more

than you need. Prioritize what you need to bring and

get rid of that second — or third — pair of jeans.

they can catch the Colts and

the 500 in Indy, but go for

the Big Ten Championship.

It’s been at Lucas Oil Stadium

the past few years and is

slated to be there for at least

a few more. One of college

football’s biggest title games

takes over the neighborhood

with a convention, block party

and more. So if, say, Iowa

ends up a heartbreaker, you

can still have some fun.

In August, Indy plays host

to the biggest tabletop gaming

convention in the United

States, Gen Con. In addition

to the opportunity to try a

number of games, downtown

is saturated with costumes and

themed activities over those

four days. It’s a lot of fun.

Get out of Town! is a monthly

travel column focusing on

relatively local destinations

and activities, with helpful tips,

readers’ stories and more.

The theater at the Indiana State Museum was one of few

across the country that screened “Dunkirk” in 70mm IMAX.

Despite its sign at the time, it is, indeed, a theater. Go on in;

the temperature is just fine. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

Reader-traveler tips

“My new bride Marissa Miglio

and I are currently enjoying our

honeymoon in Maui, HI! Budget

time wisely. Go on the Road to Hana

excursion if you can! It’s amazing!”

Joe Miglio

“Go with the flow. No trip is

perfect, and the lasting stories are

in the bumps in the road, not the


Susan Walter Glover

“Wherever I travel, I mail myself

a postcard from the place I’ve

visited. I list all of sites I’ve seen

and activities that I did on that trip.

It’s fun to receive the postcard after

being home for a week or so, and

reminisce about my trip!”

Suzie McKeon PUZZLES

the New Lenox Patriot | September 27, 2018 | 23

crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. “See?”

6. Square off against

10. Reindeer herder

14. Acid in proteins

15. Knowing, as a secret

16. Seine sights

17. Montana, e.g., once

18. Funny

19. Confined, with “up”

20. Source of Middle

Eastern fare, ____ Foods

in Orland Park

22. U.S. Army medal

23. Meaning three

24. Fix

26. Website address

29. Kiln for drying hops

32. Removed shampoo

36. New

37. Forecast, of a sort

39. Hosp. section

40. Science of body structure

42. ___ vivant

43. Guardianships

45. George Strait’s “All My

___ Live in Texas”

46. Unreal

47. Open-faced sandwich

with cheese

50. Sandwich choice

51. Islamic division

53. Former Chinese chairman

55. Corp. exec.

56. In 2016 it was voted

one of the safest communities

in Illinois

62. Streetcar

64. “What ___?”

65. Spanish currency

66. Wine area

67. “Dolce” kind of life

68. Exhaust

69. High-schooler

70. Fired

71. Hits repeatedly


1. The Jets or the Sharks

2. Kuwaiti leader

3. Turner of songdom

4. Clumsy as an ox

5. Bullfighter

6. Pacific island nation

7. In a bit

8. Fountain orders

9. Vane direction

10. Not really sing

11. One of the Baldwins

12. Cartridge holder

13. L.A. hours

21. Roman street

22. Symbol of freshness

25. Senior formal

26. Knot

27. Reappear

28. Lummoxes

30. Rough, heavy nap

31. Carved pole emblem

33. Not drunk

34. Adhesive

35. Packed

38. One of a Valentine


40. Granting

41. WWII foe

44. Photography pioneer

48. Letter run

49. Begin

52. Stick

54. Handy

55. Poncho

57. Confirmation, for


58. Somewhat

59. Hurler Hershiser

60. Overwhelm

61. Rx amts.

62. Blaster

63. Corinne Bailey ___

2007 Grammy nominee

64. Eggs for Nero

How to play Sudoku

Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

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

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan



Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays,

Piano Styles by Joe.


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:



350 Brewing

(7144 W. 183rd St., Tinley

Park (708) 825-7339)

■6:30 ■ p.m. First Thursday

of each month:

Laugh Riot. Cost is

$25 and includes

dinner, two beers

and a comedy show.

For tickets, email

Bailey’s Bar & Grill

(17731 Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 429-


■9 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:


■7 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia

■10 ■ p.m. Fridays: DJ

Dance Party

■9:30 ■ p.m. Saturdays:

Live Music

Hailstorm Brewing

(8060 186th St., Tinley

Park); (708) 480-2268)

■Thursdays: ■ Open mic


Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-


■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:



Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square

Road, Frankfort; (815)


■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.

To place an event

in The Scene, email



24 | September 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot LIFE & ARTS

A close-up of a red-footed cannibalfly taken by Frankfort resident Michael Fagan at

Hickory Creek was the top photo in August for the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s

Preserve the Moment photo contest. Photo Submitted

Hickory Creek photo

wins monthly contest

Close up of redfooted


takes down


Submitted by Forest

Preserve District of Will


A carnivorous cannibalfly

chewed up the competition

in August’s portion of the

Forest Preserve District of

Will County’s Preserve the

Moment photo contest.

The shot of the red-footed

cannibalfly, taken by

Michael Fagan at Hickory

Creek Preserve, is a closeup

of this bug-eyed predator

which feasts on bees, wasps

and other flies, as well as

larger prey such as grasshoppers.

“This particular photo

was taken at Hickory Creek

Barrens access,” Fagan said.

“I was walking the path just

north of the bridge over the

creek. I was taking a photo

of a flower when the cannibalfly

flew to a stem close to

me. It was so properly camouflaged

in its environment.

Even though I saw it land I

had a hard time distinguishing

it from the surrounding

foliage. It was a lucky find.

An app I found on flying

insects made it possible to


The red-footed cannibalfly

is one of around 1,000

species of robber flies in

the United States and 4,700

that have been identified

throughout the world. The

bug is built like a linebacker,

according to an article written

by Joe Boggs for Ohio

State University’s Backyard

Garden Online. The

cannibalfly uses its tarsal

claws like grappling hooks

and smashes into its quarry,

he wrote. Cannibalflies

then use piercing-sucking

mouthparts to inject saliva

containing enzymes that

paralyze their victims so

they can digest their prey’s

internal tissues.


Fire safety tips for older adults

Kathie Johnson

Director of Family Services for

New Lenox Township

People 65 and older

face the greatest risk

of dying in a fire. On

average, more than 1,000

older adults die in home

fires and 2,000 are injured

in fire-related incidences.

Knowledge and awareness

are the keys to preventing

fires. Older adults are urged

to take a proactive approach

to home fire safety by

learning about potential fire

hazards and how to prevent

them. The United States Fire

Administration wants older

adults, their caregivers and

all Americans to know that

there are special precautions

you can take to protect yourself

and your home from fire.

Why are older adults at


• Decreased mobility,

health, sight, and hearing

may limit a person’s ability

to take the quick action necessary

to escape during a fire


• Depending on physical

limitations, many of the actions

an individual can take

to protect themselves from

the dangers of fire may require

help from a caregiver,

neighbor, or outside source.

Install and maintain smoke


• Make sure smoke alarms

are installed on each level of

your home and outside all

sleeping areas.

• Test smoke alarms

monthly and replace the batteries

at least once a year.

• Caregivers are encouraged

to check the smoke

alarms of those who are unable

to do it themselves.

Planning “fire escape

plans” around one’s capabilities

is vital

• Know at least two exits

from every room.

• If you use a walker or

wheelchair, check all exits to

be sure they can go through

the doorways.

• Make any necessary

accommodations, such as

providing exit ramps and

widening doorways to facilitate

an emergency escape.

• Unless instructed by the

fire department, never use an

elevator during a fire.

Don’t isolate yourself

• Speak to your family

members, building manager,

or neighbors about your fire

safety plan and practice it

with them.

• Contact your local fire

department’s non-emergency

line and explain your special


• The fire department will

probably suggest escape plan

ideas and may perform a

home fire safety inspection

and offer suggestions about

smoke alarm placement and


• Ask emergency providers

to keep your special needs

information on file.

Live near an exit

• Although you have the

legal right to live where you

choose, you’ll be safest on

the ground floor if you live in

an apartment building. If you

live in a multi-story home, arrange

to sleep on the ground

floor, and near and exit.

Be fire safe around your


• The leading cause of

residential fire deaths among

older adults is careless


• If you must smoke, never

smoke in bed or near an

oxygen source, gas stove, or

other flammable object.

• When cooking, never

approach an open flame

while wearing loose clothing

and don’t leave cooking

unattended. Use a timer to

remind you of food in the


• Don’t overload electrical

outlets or extension cords.

• Never use the oven to

heat your home. Properly

maintain chimneys and space


• Take special precaution

if you are on medication that

makes you drowsy.

Remember fire safety is

your responsibility. Your

local fire department can be

a great resource, too. Most

departments have outreach

programs that include fireprevention

education to

help keep safe. Here in New

Lenox you can inquire at the

New Lenox Fire Protection

District, (815) 463-4500, ask

for Marisa Schrieber, Fire

and Life Safety Educator.

The NLFPD is a great resource

for outreach programs

that include fire prevention

and education at home. Remember,

fire safety is your


Benjamin Gordon from

Commonwealth Edison will

be speaking to our audience

regarding the “Smart Meter.”

ComEd is modernizing the

electric system to build a

stronger, more reliable smart

grid. Smart meters are a key

part of this effort and, once

installed, it will help ComEd

build an electric system that

supports the 21st century


Manhattan-New Lenox

TRIAD for Older Adults

would like to invite older

adults (age 50 and up)

from the area to attend

their monthly meeting on

Thursday, Sept., 1:30 p.m.

at the New Lenox Police

Department Training Room.

Our topic is “Fire Safety and

Falls Prevention for Older

Adults.” Our guest speaker

will be Marisa Schrieber


the New Lenox Patriot | September 27, 2018 | 25

Tasteful Kitchen Completes Luxury Townhome

Experience at Brookside Meadows

The heart of the home is your

kitchen. It is the gathering place for

family and friends to enjoy food,

kindle relationships and make great

memories. Crana Homes puts a

great deal of

thought into your

Brookside Meadows kitchen with

stylish layouts, attractive materials

and quality appliances all designed

to complete your ‘tasteful kitchen

experience.’ These attractive luxury

townhomes, now in their final

construction phase, are quietly

hidden away in Tinley Park behind

a large wooded tract with lakes

and open spaces. Since prices are

still ranging from the upper-$200s

(including site) demand is high and

buyers are urged to visit soon before

prime sites disappear.

Crana Homes’ decades-earned

reputation for craftsmanship,

customer satisfaction and high

resale value culminates at Brookside

Meadows. These homes uphold

the Crana quality promise for

design, quality and attention to

detail. Buyers can select from three

different award-winning floorplans:

the Fahan II, the Lennan II, and

Crana’s newest offering here, the

Dunree II.

All floorplans follow a large open

space kitchen design featuring

stunning granite countertops

surrounded by beautiful custom

maple cabinets. The Fahan II

is a roomy and beautiful 3,303

total square foot luxury townhome

(including a 1,216 sq.’ basement)

with an attached two-car, dry-walled

garage and cement driveway. The

master bedroom offers an optional

coffered ceiling and the optional

master bath plan includes a relaxing

soaker tub. The two-story entrance

foyer is stately and inviting and

spreads out to a split level floor plan

that has three bedrooms

(fourth bedroom optional) and two

and a half baths.

An elegant loft overlooks a

comfortable great room which is

adjacent to the kitchen. Elegant

hardwood oak is hand chosen for

doors, floors, railings and trim.

Ceramic tile covers the floors in

the foyer as well as the bathrooms

- which also feature granite vanity

tops. Entertain family and friends

with a full lookout basement and

a patio which are included in the

Fahan II.

The Lennan II is a stately two/

three bedroom split level home

which includes most of the features

of the Fahan II except the spacious

master suite is located on the upper

level and the Lennan II features a

dining/family room. It has 3,167

square feet of total space (including

a 1,049 sq.’ basement) with a twocar,

dry-walled garage and cement


The Dunree II has 3,194 square

feet of

living space (including a

sizable 1,226 sq.’ basement). There

are three bedrooms and two and

half baths. The master suite - with

walk in shower and seat - is on the

first floor. A 12’ x 12’ exterior deck is

great for hosting guests.

All homes have underground

utilities, deluxe landscaping and

first floor laundry rooms. Buyers

can select options like an impressive

fireplace, walkout basement,

coffered ceilings, skylights and a

soaker tub in the master bath.

Sprinkler system, smoke detectors

and Lake Michigan water are

provided in all homes. Brookside

Meadows homes include costefficient,

energy-saving features like

a high-efficiency furnace and Lo-E

glass throughout. Other ‘green’

features include an Energy Miser

hot water heater, vented soffits,

1.75” insulated entrance doors,

energy efficient appliances and

Tuff-R insulated wall sheathing.

Hidden inside Tinley Park,

Brookside Meadows is still close

to everything: retail, dining,

transportation routes, Metra rail

station and airports. The school

system is among the best in the state

and Tinley Park, named “The Best

Place In America to Raise a Family”

by Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek,

maintains 40 parks and the huge

Bettenhausen indoor recreational


The heart of

your home

is an attractive and fully

functional kitchen. See for

yourself at Brookside Meadows’

fully furnished and beautifully

decorated models. The sales center

is open Monday through Thursday

10:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday and

Sunday from noon to 4:00pm; and

Friday by appointment.

To visit Brookside Meadows take

I-80, exit La Grange Road south

for just under two miles to La Porte

Road and turn east for one-half

mile. If mapping by way of a GPS,

enter the address: 19839 Mulroy

Circle, Tinley Park, IL. Options,

dimensions and specs can change so

contact a Sales Associate at 708-479-

5111 for any updates or go online at

Lennan II

Tinley Park Luxury Townhomes

starting at $299,900

- Huge Master Suite on the Second Floor with

Coffered Ceilings & Soaker Tub

- 3 Bedrooms, Plus Loft, 2½ Baths

- Large Open Kitchen with Granite Countertops

- Cost-Efficient, Energy-Saving Features

- Chicago Water - Full Walkout Basement & Deck

- School System is Among the Best in the State

Peaceful Neighborhood Backs up to a Natural Setting

Contact the Sales Center for

details at 708.479.5111

and visit online any time at

Since 1970

Decorated Models are Open

Mon-Thu 10am-4pm | Sat/Sun Noon-4pm | Friday by Appt.

Exit I-80 at La Grange Road south for just under two miles to

La Porte Road and turn east for one-half mile to Brookside Meadows.


26 | September 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot LOCAL LIVING

Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

In Manhattan and Peotone – From the mid-$200’s

New designs are a result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the

highly-regarded Lincoln-Way

School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within

the desirable Peotone School


“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s

in California with designs

based on a simpler, functional

aesthetic using a higher level

of craftsmanship and natural

materials. These homes were a

departure from homes that were

mass produced from that era,

“according to Bryan Nooner,

president of Distinctive Home


“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for

many of the same reasons it

started over a century ago. Our

customers want to live in a home

that gets away from the “mass

produced” look and live in a

home that has more character. As

a result of our daily interaction

with our homeowners and their

input, we are excited to introduce

these two homes, with additional

designs in the works.”

Nooner, who meets with

each homeowner prior to

construction, has been working

on these plans forawhile and felt

that the timing was ideal for the

debut. “Customers were asking

for something different and

simple with less monotony and

higher architectural standards.”

The result was the Craftsman

ranch and the Prairie twostory,

now available at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor.

The Craftsman ranch features

an open floor plan with Great

Room, three bedrooms, two

baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted


Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many of

our skilled craftsmen have been

working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.”

Nooner added that all homes

are highly energy efficient. Every

home built will have upgraded

wall and ceiling insulation

values with energy efficient

windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before homeowners

move into their new home,

Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency


With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six twostory

single-family home styles to

choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, twoto

three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the kitchen, baths and

foyer; genuine wood trim and

doors and concrete driveways

can all be yours at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor.

Most all home sites at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor

can accommodate a three-car

garage; a very important amenity

to the Manhattan homebuyer,

said Nooner.

“When we opened Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor we

wanted to provide the best new

home value for the dollar and

we feel with offering Premium

Standard Features that we do

just that. So why wait? This is

truly the best time to build your

dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular

trails. The Manhattan Metra

station is less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut

Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well as in the

Will and south Cook county

areas over the past 30 years.

Distinctive Home Builders

chose the Will County village

of Peotone for its newest

community of 38 single-family

homes at WestGate Manor

within walking distance of the

esteemed Peotone High School.

Its convenient location between

Interstate 57 and Illinois Route

50 provide easy access to I-80

and commuters enjoy several

nearby train stations and a

35-minute drive to Chicago.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for

unadvertised specials and view

the numerous styles of homes

being offered and the available

lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.

The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor new home information

center is located three miles

south of Laraway Rd. on Rt.

52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00

p.m. Closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available

by appointment.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and lot

availability are subject to change

without notice. Please contact

a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete

details. REAL ESTATE

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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

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communication skills.

Excellent computer literacy

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exp. req’d. Repeat customer

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req’d. Competitive salary &

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22nd Century Media seeks Inside Sales Director

Position Overview:

22nd Century Media, a media publishing company based in

Orland Park, is seeking an Inside Sales Director

to join their team.

Responsibilities Include:

Proactively prospecting and qualifying potential new advertising

accounts; handling incoming leads; identifying business

opportunities and working with decision makers to obtain

customer commitment; and achieving weekly revenue targets.


Ideal candidates will possess 1–3 years of experience in

sales environment. Must have a strong work ethic and ability to

work independently as well as with a team. Excellent

communication skills, time-management and

interpersonal skills required.

Next Steps:

For more information or to be considered for this

opportunity, email a resume to:

No phone calls please. EOE

Seeking Shop Worker

Tinley Park Manufacturing

Co. seeks responsible,

detail-oriented individual to

perform shop production

functions. Duties incl.

running production

equipment, loading/unloading

trucks, & warehouse

duties. Forklift cert. & exp.

with UPS shipping software

are pluses. MUST be

reliable, self-starter, excellent


Competitive wage. Email

resume and/or letter to:

AERO Rubber Co., Inc.

8100 West 185th Street

Tinley Park, IL 60487

Outdoor work: F/T

year-round & seasonal


Potential for paid winters

off. Benefits incl. health,

dental, IRA. Clean driving

record a MUST. Starting

rate: $14/hr. Time and 1/2

over 40 hrs. Apply

in-person 7320 Duvan Dr,

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1003 Help


Counter & Assembly

Help - Norman’s Cleaners

Assist customers with drop

off and pick up of dry

cleaning needs. Must be

available weekdays 3-7pm

& Saturdays 11-5

Two positions available!

Located at 159th & Wolf

and 143rd & 82nd Ave

Apply online, in person or

call 708-532-4312

Safety Assistant

Tinley Park Safety Dept.

looking for individuals for

full-time office positions.

Candidates must be proficient

with Microsoft Office and

possess good commuication

skills. Will train the right

candidates. Please forward

resume to

recruiting@shipgt. com

Dog Walker needed at

Tender Lovin’ Dog

Walking in New Lenox

area. 10am-3pm, Mon-Fri.

Must be 21 yrs. & love

pets. Excellent refs req’d,


As we continually grow,

SW Suburban cleaning co.

has openings for

Cleaning Pros

Exp. Preferred but Will

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No Evenings/Weekends


Hiring Desk Clerk

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& Housekeeping (Morning)

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Super 8 Motel

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9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Mech/Elec Person to

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Medical Transportation

Drivers Wanted. Call or

email: 815.464.9600


Church looking for P/T Minister

of Music. Must be able to

lead & direct program using

piano, organ & keyboard.

1004 Employment Opportunities


Make $1000/week mailing

brochures from home!

No exp. req. Helping home

workers since 2001!

Genuine opportunity.

Start immediately!

1023 Caregiver

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Live-in/ Come & go.


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Lockport, 519 Whalen St.

9/29 & 9/30, 8-3p. Tools &

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women/men/girls clothing.

Tinley Park, 7040 Centennial

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Multi-Family Garage Sale

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(195th &88th Ave) 9/28-9/29

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2703 Legal


Commonly known as: 226 IAN AVE-


Description of Improvements:



P.I.N.: 15-08-22-211-007-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County. Judgment amount is

$407,922.39 plus interest, cost and post

judgment advances, if any.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.




1 N. Dearborn Suite 1300

Chicago, Illinois 60602

P: 312-346-9088


Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County










) SS.














Defendant. No. 18 CH 0112


Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 9th day of July, 2018,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

11th day of October, 2018 ,commencing

at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction to the highest and

best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:






2703 Legal


















NO. R87-47437, AS AMENDED





Commonly known as: 1043 S.


IL 60451

Description of Improvements:


P.I.N.: 15-08-27-102-014-1004

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.





10729 W. 159th St.

Orland Park, Illinois 60467

P: 708-460-7711

F: 708-460-3426

Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County



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1000’ 12 GA. solid thin wire,

red, black, white. 2000’ 14 GA

thin wire, red, black, white,

b lue, yellow $75.


Above ground Winter pool

cover oval cover sz. 19x34.

Brand new, never used $65.




Under $100

American Fir 5’ mountain king

Christmas tree $5. With stand,

all in one box. 773.552.7850

Ann Taylor sweater/coat,

camel, large, like new $35.

Baby changing table, Walnut

frame, excellent condition $30.


Baseball cards and album from

1989-1990 $10. 708.532.0177

Black IKEA leather chair -

great condition. Call Debbie

815.534.5273 $100.

Craftman grey tool box $20.


Craftman wrenches & misc

wrenches $30. 708.873.1245

FREE full gas propane tank for

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FREE perennials. You dig.

Many varieties. Homer Glen.


Misc Craftman screw drivers, 4

misc screw drivers $20.


Never used open arm stretch

stitch sewing machine $50.

Royal portable electric tpewriter

$20. Carsons Liberty

Falls signature Christmas village

$25. 815.464.4425

New electric cutter 7inch $35.

Craftsman like new small deluxe

router table $40.


Nursing/dental office uniforms,

10 pair pants size 8-10 (teal, ly

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This Week In...

Warriors Varsity Athletics


■Sept. ■ 28 - at Sandburg, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball

■Oct. ■ 2 - hosts Oswego East, 5:30 p.m.

■Oct. ■ 4 - at Bradley-Bourbonnais, 6 p.m.

Boys Soccer

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Sandburg, 11 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 2 - hosts Stagg, 6:15 p.m.

■Oct. ■ 4 - at Lincoln-Way Central, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis

■Sept. ■ 27 - hosts Homewood-Flossmoor, 4:30


■Sept. ■ 28 - at Lockport Invite, 3:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lockport Quad, 8 a.m.

Boys Golf

■Sept. ■ 27 - at Lincoln-Way Schuman Cup, 4


■Oct. ■ 2 - at IHSA Regionals (at Inwood Golf

Course, Joliet), 9 a.m.

Girls Golf

■Oct. ■ 3 - at IHSA Regionals (at Lincoln Oaks

Golf Course, Crete, 9 a.m.

Boys Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lockport Invitational, 9 a.m.

Girls Cross Country

■Oct. ■ 2 - at Will County Girls Invite (at

Channahon Park) 5 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving

■Oct. ■ 2 hosts Bradley-Bourbonnais, 5 p.m.

■Oct. ■ 4 - at Lincoln-Way Central, 5 p.m.

Knights Varsity Athletics


■Sept. ■ 28 - host Stagg (Homecoming and

Class of 1963), 7:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball

■Oct. ■ 2 - hosts Bradley-Bourbonnais, 5:30


■Oct. ■ 4 - at Andrew (Volley for a Cure), 5:30


Boys Soccer

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Bolingbrook, 10:45 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 2 - at Andrew, 6:15 p.m.

■Oct. ■ 4 - host Lincoln-Way West (Senior Night),

6:15 p.m.

Girls Tennis

■Sept. ■ 28 - at Lockport Invitational, 3:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lockport Invitational, 8 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 4 - at SWSC Conference Tournament, 4


Boys Golf

■Oct. ■ 2 - at IHSA Regional, TBD

Girls Golf

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Rosary Invitational, 8 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 3 - at IHSA Regional, TBD

Boys Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lockport Invitational, 9 a.m.

Girls Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 29 - at St. Charles North Invitational,

8 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 2 - at Joliet West Invitational, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving

■Sept. ■ 28 - at Sandburg Invitational (Diving),

5 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Sandburg Invitational

(Swimming), 11 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 4 - host Lincoln-Way West, 5 p.m.

Celtics Varsity Athletics


■Sept. ■ 28 - hosts Hope Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball

■Oct. ■ 2 - at Loyola Academy, 6 p.m.

■Oct. ■ 4 - at De La Salle, 6 p.m.

Boys Soccer

■Sept. ■ 27 - at DePaul Prep, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 29 - hosts Bishop McNamara, 10 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 1 - hosts Minooka, 4:30 p.m.

■Oct. ■ 2 - hosts Brother Rice, 4:30 p.m.

■Oct. ■ 4 - hosts Marist, 6 p.m.

Girls Tennis

■Oct. ■ 2 - at Plainfield North, 4 p.m.

■Oct. ■ 4 - at Nazareth Academy, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Golf

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lemont Shootout, 9 a.m.; at

Arnie’s Cup (in Edwardsville), 11 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 2 - at IHSA Regionals (at Inwood Golf

Course, Joliet), 9 a.m.

Girls Golf

■Sept. ■ 27 - hosts GCAC Championships, 9


■Oct. ■ 3 - at IHSA Regionals (at Ravisloe

Country Club, Homewood), 9 a.m.

Boys Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lisle “Mane” Event, 9 a.m.

Girls Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lisle “Mane” Event, 9 a.m.

This Week In is compiled by Editor James Sanchez,

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Nicole Ramirez

Junior Nicole Ramirez is a

setter on the Lincoln-Way

Central girls volleyball


How did you get started?

I started with camps at my

old school when I was 10,

and I just really fell in love

with the sport. It’s really fun

to play. I thought it was interesting

and challenging.

Was there any pressure

coming in as a starter in

your first year on varsity?

Yeah, a little. I want to

do well and help my team.

I have a really big role as

setter. Playing after [former

setters] Cassidy [Wyman]

and Kylie [Kulinski], there’s

some pressure to keep up

that good reputation.

What’s the most satisfying

way to score a point?

I feel like setting the perfect

ball where one of my

hitters can slam the ball

down. It gets every pumped

up, and it’s really fun to see

everybody get hyped up over

a huge kill.

What’s a life lesson that

you could take away from


It’s all about the process.

It doesn’t matter if you win

or lose, it’s about getting

better and trying to improve,

and not focusing on the bad


Who is your favorite


I have special bonds with

everybody on the team, but

it’s probably be Lauren Rochon.

We’re just really good

friends, and we try and hype

each other up and make inside

jokes. If we’re ever

down, we go to each other to

pick ourselves up.

How did you get the

nickname “The Ram?”

There’s two Nicoles on

the team, the other being Nicole

Dvorak. During one of

the summer league games,

coach Brown just shouted

out “Ram” to me. It kind of

just stuck, and everybody

loved the name.

If you could pull any talent

to be better at volleyball,

what would it be?

Maybe mental toughness

because I know could be

mental at times. So I just

need those moments for motivation

and the right mindset

to keep pushing through

James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

in games.

If you won the lottery,

what’s the first thing you’d


I would give money to my

parents because they’ve sacrificed

a lot for me, and then

I would set aside money to

pay off my college tuition.

What’s your ideal post-game


Pasta. Pasta is my favorite

food; any kind of pasta.

If you could be somebody

else for a day, who would

you be?

Serena Williams because

she’s a really determined

player. I like that she’s really

honest and truthful, and is

really dedicated to her sport.

Interview by Editor James

Sanchez. SPORTS

the New Lenox Patriot | September 27, 2018 | 39

Girls tennis

Knights note improvements despite loss


Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central No. 2 singles player Katie Klepser

winds up for a forehand shot.

When the SouthWest Suburban

Conference meets

take place next week, both

Lincoln-Way Central and

Lockport Township will be

looking to repeat as conference

champs in their respective


So the two teams tuned up

for that last week when they

meet in a makeup match

on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at

Lockport. There the host

Porters had a bit of a lineup

mix, but still emerged with a

6-1 victory in the match.

The meet was rescheduled

from Thursday, Sept. 6,

when it was washed out because

of rain.

Lockport was without its

top doubles team of twins

Bri and Cassidy Hillock.

That’s because Bri was out

sick and, as a result, Cassidy

sat out of the lineup.

But it didn’t matter much

as the Porters (12-4, 3-0 in

the SWSC Blue) still pulled

out a majority of the matches,

including two in super

tiebreakers. Those were by

junior Jessica Polino and

senior Avi Harris with 5-7,

6-4, 11-9 victory over Central

sophomore Micaela

Cesta and junior Lily Malas

at No. 2 doubles. Also, at

third doubles, it was the Porter

pair of Mia Jenczmionka

and Caitlinn Oseiwith a 3-6,

6-3, 10-6 win over fellow

seniors Karleen Meding and

Ami Smentek.

Lockport also captured

the fourth doubles match as

Meagan Paramo and Ieva

Skeberdis defeated Caroline

Erdman and Josie Haas (6-

2, 7-5) in another all senior

matchup. But the Knights (8-

5, 3-0 n the SWSC Red) took

home the top doubles match

as the sister tandem of junior

Emma Rimkunas and freshman

Kara Rimkunas had

a 6-4, 6-3 win over senior

Maddy Grcevic and sophomore

Kamila Kalinowska.

“I thought our girls played

their best tennis of the year,”

Central coach Sue Schneider

said. “Despite the score there

were some great points,

great matches.

“Last year we won the

[SWSC Red Division] conference

championship for

the first time in 29 years. So

playing the tough teams only

betters our play. We know

we have to up our play for

the conference tourney and

the postseason.”

Central hasn’t won a sectional

title since 2005 and

is at the Lincoln-Way East

Sectional this season. The

Knights hope to compete for

both the SWSC Red and the

sectional championship in

the coming weeks.

The Knights’ Kiana Sikich

advanced to state in singles

last season and wants to do

that again.

“I think as a team, playing

the better players will only

make us better,” she said.

“We’re 3-0 in the conference

and we’ve been practicing

really hard. We all help each

other. My goal is to get back

to state. I just have to keep

practicing my footwork and

make better shots against the

better players.”

The Knights bounced back

the next day and beat Stagg

5-2. Sikich won 6-0, 6-2, the

Rimkunas sisters won 6-0,

6-1, Cesta and Malas won

6-0, 6-2, Meding and Mikos

won 6-4, 6-1, and Erdman

and Haas won 6-4, 6-4.

On Sept. 18, the Knights

defeated crosstown rival

Lincoln-Way West 6-1. Sikich

won at first singles,

while Klepser and Salvatore

won at second and third

singles. The Rimkunas sisters

captured first doubles,

Cesta and Malas won at No.

2 doubles, and Meding and

sophomore Michelle Mikos

captured third doubles.

Both teams saw each other

again this weekend, Friday

and Saturday, Sept. 28 and

29 as Lockport hosts an invitational.

The SWSC meets

are next week, with the preliminary

rounds on Thursday,

Oct. 4 and the finals on

Saturday, Oct. 6. The Blue

Division is at Lincoln-Way

East while the Red Division

is at Andrew.

One half of the Knights’ No. 1 doubles team Emma Rimkunas gears up for a volley Sept. 19

during a match against Lockport Township in Lockport.

Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

The other half of the Knights No. 1 doubles team, Jennifer Rimumas, hits a shot.

40 | September 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot SPORTS

Boys Soccer

PK goal keeps West from

repeating as PepsiCo champs

McGrath: Strong

tournament run

boosts confidence

moving forward


Freelance Reporter

It was the game the Lincoln-Way

West boys soccer

team wanted to play in. It

was not the result the Warriors


Playing in the title game

of one of the brackets of

the PepsiCo Showdown

Tournament for the third

straight season, the Warriors

couldn’t find the back of the

net. The result was a 1-0

loss to St. Edward in championship

of the U.S. Coast

Guard Bracket on Sunday.

Sept. 23 at the Robert Morris

University Sports Complex

in Arlington Heights.

West (5-4) suffered its

second setback of the week.

The Warriors, however, are

still confident moving forward

for the rest of the season.

“They scored on a PK,”

West coach Matt Laude of

the Green Wave’s penalty

kick goal. “It sucks to lose

on a PK, but they had a run,

and we fouled them from

behind. It was a good call.

Then their guy just put it in

a spot, in the lower corner,

where no goalie could get


That came early on in the

game, in the 11th minute.

Junior forward Joshua Johansen

scored on the penalty

kick and that would be

all that the Green Wave (14-

1-1) would need. They won

one of the four brackets of

the PepsiCo for the second

straight year.

“We were threatening the

whole game,” Laude said.

“We just couldn’t find the

back of the net. Their goalie

[6-foot-2 junior Evan Sajtar]

is tall and lanky. He

played well.

“But we had around 20

corner kicks in the game,

including five in the first

eight minutes or so. We just

couldn’t convert. We were

defending champions there,

too, and wanted to take it

back-to-back. But it’s a

great tournament, and I like

the fact that we travel to different

places and see different

teams there.”

A year ago the Warriors

defeated St. Patrick 4-1 in

one of the title games. This

season they defeated Jones

Prep 3-0, Fenton 4-2, and

then Crystal Lake Central

3-0 on Sept, 15 in one of the

semifinals to get to the title


Senior midfielder Nolan

McGrath (10 goals, 3 assists)

has been the leading

scorer for West this season.

“It was unfortunate,”

McGrath said of the loss

to St. Edward. “We worked

hard to get there and fell a

little short. But it was our

third year in the tournament

and we’ve got to three title

games. So altogether it was

a solid team effort. This

should give us motivation

and midway through the

season we should be proud

of each other for making it

this far again.

“This year we’re young.

It’s all about the chemistry

and our young guys getting

confidence. If we keep

having that same mentality,

I think we can win the

[SouthWest Suburban] conference.”

Other key players for

West include senior keeper

Connor O’Shaughnessy,

who Laude said “has been

playing real well in net.”

Also junior midfielder Justin

Darlage, senior forward

David Flores and junior

center back Ethan Sall.

Earlier in the week, on

Thursday, Sept. 20, the Warriors

saw their four-game

win streak come to an end

as they traveled to District

210 rival Lincoln-Way East

and fell by the score of 2-1.

“That was our annual Pediatric

Cancer Awareness

Night,” Laude said of the

annual event between the

two schools. “It’s a great

event and the boys really

did a good job with it.”

The Warriors are 1-0 in

the Red Division of the

SWSC. That was a 2-1

win on Sept. 6 over visiting


The Red Division schedule

picks up again starting this

week as West traveled to

Andrew on Tuesday, Sept.

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at 11 a.m. brings a SWSC

crossover at Sandburg. SPORTS

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Boys soccer

Knights offense stifled against speedy, big Griffins bunch

Tim Yonke, Freelance reporter

The latest chapter in a

long-standing boys soccer

rivalry between Lincoln-

Way East and Lincoln-Way

Central was a lot like the

previous games: a shutout.

On Sept. 18 the Griffins

hung a 2-0 loss on Central

thanks to the play of forward

Cory Pitlik and goalie Victor


The win put East at 8-3

overall, 2-0 in conference

and 3-0 at home; Central

dropped to 5-4 overall and

0-1 in conference.

Last year the Knights’

were 2-0 winners while in

2016 East triumphed 1-0.

“We wanted to do two

things tonight. We wanted to

make sure the set pieces were

clean and good — we scored

off of a throw-in. And, to get

stingy in the back and keep a

zero. We accomplished both

goals,” East coach Ryan

Decker said.

Pitlik was instrumental in

the Griffins scoring twice

in the opening half. At

the 23:57 mark, the junior

made a long toss-in from

the corner. After a couple

of deflections, junior Dante

Wright was able to head it

past Central goalie Adam


Then, with 3:23 left in

the first half, Pitlik was out

ahead after taking a beautiful

pass from teammate Andy

Cahue and rifling it into the

far left corner of the net.

“Cory played excellent

tonight. He’s a handful,”

Decker noted. “Vic did a

nice job cleaning up the box.

The other guy that played

well was Ryan Corydon.

He’s our left winger and the

kid is just an endless motor.”

The Griffins needed that

motor to help stave off

a much more aggressive

Knights team in the second


Andrew Burton heads the ball away from the Knights’ goal.

“I thought we played well

enough to create a bunch of

chances,” said Central coach

Sean Fahey. “We were on

the doorstep here and there

and we were just missing

that final touch. Unfortunately,

that was the game. I

think the second half kind

of spoke for what the first

half could’ve, would’ve,

should’ve gone.”

The Knights applied the

pressure during the final 40

minutes. Early on, Porada

made a nice save that was

followed by narrow miss on

a header in front of the net.

Central’s best chance, however,

came when Connor

Erickson’s blistering shot hit

the post with 18:20 left in

the game.

“Connor was all over the

field,” Fahey said of his senior

forward. “He played a

great game.”

Porada lauded his teammates.

“The defense in front of

me played really well tonight.

They didn’t let up

anything bad. All the shots

were manageable,” he said.

“It was a good win.”

The Griffins were forced

to play without leading scorer

Jackson Seida, who had to

sit out the contest for a red

card violation in East’s previous


“Hats off to East. They’re

obviously a good team;

they’ve been rolling this

year,” Fahey said. “They’ve

got speed, they’ve got size

and they capitalize on chances.

That was the difference

in the game.”

“I think the team is starting

to come together in the

way of what we want to

and what the character of

the group and the intentions

of the group are,” Decker

said. “We set goals. It was

to win conference, to win a

regional and see how far we

can go.

“We’ve been waiting for

this group. Some of these

boys have been coming to

my camp since they were

9 and 10 years old. So we

knew this group was coming.

We knew that these two

years of juniors and seniors

together was going to be

a good one. The depth is

there; the speed is there. It’s

a really good multi-faceted

group. We have a lot of the

pieces to the puzzle.”

Pitlik added: “We have a

tough schedule but we can

take care of it. This is the

best team I’ve been on all

three years I’ve been here.”

The Knights’ Connor Erickson (left) tries to advance the ball past Lincoln-Way East’s Ryan

Corydon Sept. 18 during a match between the two teams in Frankfort. Photos by Julie

McMann/22nd Century Media

Lincoln-Way Central’s Dylan Leonard (left) stays in front of Ethan Barranca to control the


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Knights take loss to top 8A team as learning experience

Jon Depaolis

Freelance Reporter

In a battle of sister schools

Friday, Sept. 21, Lincoln-

Way East’s high-powered

offense was too much for

Lincoln-Way Central to


The Knights fell to the

Griffins 38-0 in a Week 5

game played in Frankfort.

East was powered in part

by the return of junior wide

receiver/running back A.J.

Henning, who had missed

the first four games with a

hip flexor injury. Henning

was on the field for the play

of the game — a 54-yard

touchdown pass on a trick

play, delivered by East’s senior

quarterback Jack Baltz

— just 12 seconds into the

second quarter.

At the East 46-yard line,

Baltz took the snap and appeared

to hand the ball off to

his running back. But it was

a fake, and running down the

field unguarded was Henning.

Baltz hurled a bomb to

hit a wide open Henning 25-

plus yards away, and Henning

took it to the house.

The play faked out not

only those on the field but

also a lot of people in the

stands — as there was a delayed

crowd reaction.

“I saw the corner come up

immediately, and I knew it

was a touchdown, because I

knew Baltz would air it out,”

Henning said.

Then, it was just a matter

of making sure he caught the


“All you’re thinking is,

‘Don’t drop it,’” he said.

East offensive coordinator

and assistant head coach Joel

Pallissard said the play originated

during the Cory Paus

years — back when Lincoln-

Way was one school.

“Cory Paus perfected that

back in the day,” Pallissard

said. “We ran it [tonight] a

little bit different than we

ran it back then, because

we were in the double wing

back then.”

He said this new version

of the play was discussed

by the coaches the Sunday

prior to the game. They felt

it might work, given their


“We were pretty heavy on

the run [plays] in that formation,”

Pallissard said. “With

A.J., he draws a lot of attention.

It might not work,

because he draws that much

attention. But the way our

fake went, and the guys really

sold it well, and Jack and

[running back] Devon [Williams]

were unbelievable

in the back. Our tight ends

blocked really well, and our

guys really sold it.”

Henning finished with

three receptions for 58

yards, and he rushed the ball

five times for 77 yards.

On the other end, the

Knights struggled to sustain

drives against a tough East

defense — one that now has

shut out three straight opponents

in Andrew, Sandburg

and Central.

Central quarterback Bryce

Hayes was picked off by

East’s Kenny Palmer on the

second play from scrimmage

in the game. It didn’t get

any easier from there, as the

Knights weren’t able to get

a first down on offense until

midway through the second

quarter. A sack by East’s

Sean McLaughlin on a thirdand-10

ended that particular

drive quickly.

The Knights’ offense

moved the ball more effectively

in the second half,

including a long drive in

the third quarter that was

buoyed by a 49-yard passing

play from Hayes to Joey

Balderrama. But that drive

eventually was stopped after

Hayes was sacked on backto-back

plays by East’s Mick

Stewart and Jacob Kramer,

respectively, for a total loss

of 15 yards.

Hayes ended the day 6-of-

12 passing for 85 yards. He

also ran the ball six times for

18 yards. Conner McWilliams

had two receptions for

14 yards, and he ran the ball

12 times for 13 yards.

Defensively, the Knights

were able to have some big

moments against the Griffins’

offense. Jack Roberts

and Jackson Kameron each

brought down Baltz for


And junior Ian Troester

had two athletic interceptions

in the game, including

one in the end zone to snatch

a touchdown away from the

Griffins’ offense.

All in all, it was a gritty

performance by the Knights,

despite the score.

“There was effort, but we

did not play well — a lot

of mental [mistakes] and

things that we need to be

better at,” Central coach Jeremy

Cordell said. “There are

things that we should have

controlled tonight that we

did not control, which we’re

disappointed in as a football

team. But we’ll get better tomorrow.”

Cordell felt the Week

5 loss wasn’t one that the

Knights would just need to

forget about, but rather was

something to use as a learning

tool moving forward.

“You definitely don’t burn

the tape,” Cordell said. “You

learn off of every single rep

that you ever play. We’ll get

right back to work in the

morning, and we’ll get ready

for next week.”

Central dropped to (3-2)

overall and 3-1 in conference.

Central hosts Stagg (2-

3) in Week 6.

East improved to 5-0 overall

and 3-0 in conference.

Next up for the Griffins is

Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0).

Lincoln-Way East wide receiver A.J. Henning — back in his first game of the season Firday,

Sept. 21 — looks to make a move on a Lincoln-Way Central defender. The Griffins posted

their third consecutive shutout in the 38-0 win over the Knights.

Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

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Big third quarter from H-F puts away Warriors

Sean Hastings

Freelance Reporter

Sixty-five yards, 32 yards

and 50-yards. Those are

the lengths of three Homewood-Flossmoor

plays that

went for touchdowns in its

28-14 win over Lincoln-

Way West Friday, Sept. 21

at H-F.

The Warriors stopped

the Vikings throughout

the first half, but come the

third quarter, H-F started

to have its way with

West. Senior quarterback

Greyson Grimm provided

the only scoring of the first

half on a 3-yard quarterback


H-F nearly tied the game

on a last-minute drive in the

first half, but two breakups

by senior defensive back

Quan Brown and one by senior

defensive back Aidan

Tyk, both right at the goal

line, stopped the drive and

kept West in the lead.

The Vikings went for the

big play numerous times in

the first half, but the passes

were either long, or broken

up by a West defensive

back, who stayed on the receiver.

The big play finally came

in the third quarter and on

fourth down.

However, the pass was

originally planned to just

get a first down for H-F. Viking

quarterback Dominick

Jones connected with wide

receiver William Pauling

across the middle, and Pauling

did the rest by taking it

65 yards for the score.

West senior Andrew

Sherry blocked the extra

point try to keep the score at

7-6 early in the second half.

“The first series out there

[in the second half], we

made some mistakes and it

cost us,” head coach Dave

Ernst said. “Our guys played

hard, though, and I’m proud

Lincoln-Way West quarterback Greyson Grimm accounted for the Warriors’ two touchdowns in the loss against

Homewood-Flossmoor. He ran one in from three yards and fired a 51-yard pass for the other. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

of them. But we can play

better than we did.”

And just a few minutes

later H-F running back

Leon Tanna took a run play

32-yards for a touchdown.

A two-point conversion put

the score to 14-7 with less

than six minutes to play in

the third quarter.

H-F’s next big play was

not an offensive one. Sixteen

seconds into the fourth

quarter, Wynston Russell

managed to score on a 50-

yard fumble recovery. He

broke two tackles and made

moves on other Warrior

players en route to the end

zone and the lead.

On a short run up the

middle that would have

went for a gain, the ball

was punched out from behind

and bounced five yards

right into the hands of Russell.

This came just after West

tied the game on a 51-yard

trick play near the end of

the third quarter. Grimm

handed it off to junior running

back Caleb Marconi,

he handed it off to senior

wide receiver Billy Dozier,

he pitched it back to

Grimm, and Grimm fired a

51-yard pass to senior wide

receiver Nick Gula for an, at

the time, game-tying touchdown

at 14 a piece.

The Vikings’ final touchdown,

a 4-yard run by Tanna,

came after another Warrior

fumble. Ernst said the

turnovers in the second half

“broke their back.”

“We fought our butts off,”

Ernst said. “That’s a really

good team and a really good

program. You have to talk

about them being one of the

top couple programs in Illinois

and one of the better

ones in the Midwest.”

Although the lows outweighed

the highs for the

Warriors in the end, there

was still enough for the

Warriors to look back on

Box Score

and continue to build off.

Grimm, for example, had

another long run. Breaking

off at least one 20-yard plus

run a game, seems to be the

norm for him. He said after

the Bradley win, that he was

glad to be using his feet to

make plays again.

He had a 31-yard scramble,

which followed 30

yards of penalties the Warriors

racked up on one play.

Two 15-yard flags sent the

Warriors from H-F’s zone

back into its own.

And as Ernst calls him,

the “unsung” hero senior

1 2 3 4 F

WEST 7 0 7 0 14

H-F 0 0 14 14 28

Top Performers:

1. Nick Gula - yard touchdown reception, 64 yards total

2. Brett Carberry - 9 tackles

3. Quan Brown - Two key pass breakups near end zone in

final minute of first half.

fullback Dylan Holstein

had a catch go for 34 yards.

He was also tasked at times

with blocking H-F’s defensive

lineman Isaiah Coe,

who is ranked as one of the

top in the state, but Holstein

put him to the ground on

some plays.

Defensively for the Warriors,

despite allowing a

huge second half to the Vikings,

held the opposition to

just 86 in the first half. The

Vikings ended with 365 total

yards. Junior linebacker

Brett Carberry led the Warriors

with nine tackles and




Team, Conf. Record,


LW East 3-0 5-0

H-F 3-0 5-0

Andrew 3-1 4-1

LW Central 3-1 3-2

LW West 2-2 3-2

Bolingbrook 2-1 4-1

Thornton 2-1 3-2

Stagg 2-1 2-3

Thornridge 0-2 1-4

Thornwood 0-2 1-4

Sandburg 0-3 2-3

Brad. Bourb. 0-3 2-3

Lockport 0-3 0-5


Team, Conf. Record,


TF South 3-0 5-0

Hillcrest 2-0 5-0

Lemont 2-1 2-3

Bremen 1-1 1-4

TF North 1-2 2-3

Tinley Park 0-3 2-3

Oak Forest 0-3 0-5



Team, Conf. Record,


Brother Rice 2-0 5-0

Montini 1-0 5-0

Providence 1-1 4-1

Loyola 0-1 3-2

St. Rita 0-2 1-4

at least five other defensive

players had at least five


“We don’t like losing,

we’re not going to accept it,

we’re going to learn from it,

but we fought hard and I’m

proud of the guys,” Ernst

said. “There’s no question

we’re taking steps in the

right direction. We’re getting

better every week and

that’s our goal to make a


West is back on the road

Friday, Sept. 29 to play

Sandburg. SPORTS

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Knights look ahead after Senior Night success

James Sanchez, Editor

For Lincoln-Way Central’s

dual against Stagg on

Sept. 18, it was about celebrating

and playing the upperclassmen,

even if it meant

sitting its Top 2 players to

make room on the lineup.

While Sean Curran and

Juney Bai, the team’s No. 1

and No. 2 players, respectively,

sat out on Senior

Night, the Knights still took

care of business against the

Chargers by 34 strokes. They

won 163-197 at The Sanctuary

to boost their record to

6-2-1. Junior T.J. Edmier led

the way with a 39 (3-over),

senior Brian Sterling shot

a 40, junior Connor Hogan

was right behind with a 41,

and senior Noah Devries

posted the fourth score with

a 43. Seniors Jon Soldan,

T.J. Pope and Sean Gandy

also played in the match.

The upperclassmen will

be crucial come postseason

to advance out of the upcoming

Joliet Central Regional

Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Inwood.

Lockport, which is undefeated

outside of weekend tournaments,

are the frontrunners

to take the regional title,

while Central, Lincoln-Way

West, Providence, Lincoln-

Way East and Homewood-

Flossmoor are also among

the formidable schools in

the nine-team field vying for

the Top 3 spots to advance to


Curran and Bai have been

key cogs in the Top 2 spots

averaging in the mid-to-high

70’s in 18-hole rounds, but

coach Ryan Pohlmann said

he’s been rotating his lineup

on the back end to see who

could be their consistent

closing scorers. With the

loss of regular starters E.J.

Charles and Ryan Nolan to

graduation, Pohlmann said

one player who took a major

step forward to help fill that

Pictured are Lincoln-Way Central’s five seniors who competed at Senior Night on Sept. 18.

The seniors helped defeat Stagg 163-192 at The Sanctuary. Photo Submitted

void is Edmier, who now

averages a 40 in nine-hole


Pohlmann added the most

improved player could be

sophomore Nick Tingley,

who has posted a few weekend

tournaments in the high

70’s, as well as a 38 during a

nine-hole dual at Kankakee

Elks. Pohlmann said Tingley

entered the JV golf program

last year averaging in the low

50’s and now has improved

to where he’s relied upon at

the varsity level. Other low

scorers on the team include

Sterling and Soldan, who

both average 40.

“The competitive nature of

this group has been strong,”

Pohlmann said. “Guys have

competed for spots. I don’t

think we’ve played our best

golf yet, so I really hope

down the road we got some

great rounds left in us.”

It’s still a deep bunch, despite

losing Charles and Nolan.

The addition of Bai, a

freshman, filling into the No.

2 role where Charles used

to play helped maintain the

Knights’ competitiveness in

the conference.

“Juney has exceeded my

expectations,” Pohlmann

said. “I knew he was going

to be a solid player coming

in, but his maturity on the

course has been fantastic.

He’s an even better kid. He’s

probably got one of the best

wedge games in our program.”

Bai said he exceeded his

own expectations as a newcomer,

admitting it was intimidating

coming in with all

the juniors and seniors. But

he said the welcoming and

motivating team atmosphere

raised his comfort level, and

seemingly now raised his


“We have a great team, so

I’m expecting to win everything,”

Bai said of the upcoming

postseason. “We’ve

had a rough couple weeks

going in, but we’ve got that

out of the way, and now we

can beat these teams later


Curran, a sophomore, is

also eager to get into the

postseason swing. He’s coming

off a tie for 26th at state,

individually (151). His finalround

score of 71 at The Den

was tied for fourth best on

the day. He tied for sixth at

sectionals with a 75 to help

advance the team to state

where they finished 10th.

Sterling was also a part of

that state lineup and finished

90th. Devries played the

first round at state and was

swapped with Soldan during

the second round.

“It was one of my first

time playing [The Den] out

there in Bloomington,” Curran

said. “Kind of getting

used to the atmosphere is

definitely going to help [in

my second year]. I hope to

put together rounds out there

if I make it.”

But to get to state, they

must get through regionals

first. Pohlmann described

Inwood as “quirky” because

of having small greens and

“funky” holes, which includes

a par-3 10th hole,

which is uncommon to start

a back nine with. Competition

will be stiff, but if history

can repeat itself, Pohlmann

prefers his team to

face that adversity.

“We have a decent chance,

but it’s not an easy route by

any means, and you want to

be tested early on,” Pohlmann

said. “That’s what

happened last year. We

played poorly early in the

front nine [at regionals] and

battled back and were able

to sneak out for the third

spot, and that propelled us to

make it out of sectionals [as


high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Boys Soccer

Lincoln-Way Central 7, Rich

Central 0

Joey Rotondi had the biggest

night for the Knights

totaling two goals and an

assist. Alex Serelas joined

in with a multi-goal effort

with two, and also adding

goals were Nick Willner,

Jake Camaioni and Brandon

Mellen. Devan Whitehead

had two assists in the Sept.

17 win, and also adding assists

were Dylan Leonard,

Evan Pagliaro, Cam Difiori

and Willner.

Brendan McCarthy recorded

shut out in goal.

Girls Volleyball

Lincoln-Way Central 25, 25,

Stagg 18, 18

Kirsten Leitshuh was the

top performer with 12 kills,

Hannah Rubin had 24 assists,

and Katie Little registered

10 digs in the win on

Sept. 20. The Warriors’ record

is 10-8.

Lincoln-Way Central 25, 27,

Bolingbrook 27, 29

Katie Barry lead the

knights with 11 kills and

eight digs, Nicole Dvorak

had six kills, and Nicole

Ramirez had 30 assists and

two aces in the narrow Sept.

20 loss to put the Knights record

at 12-6.

Knights take first in gold

division of Oak Lawn


From Page 47

thought we had very good

coverage and he put it in

some nice spots and receivers

made some nice catches.”

Coglianese said. “They

were very solid.”

Coming into the game,

Providence had only allowed

19 points through


Nicole Ramirez earned

tournament MVP after totaling

nine aces and 186 assists

in the five-game tournament

on Sept. 15. Katie Barry had

eight aces and 23 kills, and

Layne Stevens finished with

three aces, 27 kills and nine

blocks. The Knights opened

the tournament with a 25-16,

25-17 win over Argo; then

25-20, 25-20 over Reavis;

followed by 25-13, 25-11

over Vernon Hills; then 17-

25, 25-19, 25-20 over Lincoln-Way

West; and finally

a 17-25, 25-23, 25-23 win in

the championship game over


Girls Swimming and Diving

Lincoln-Way West wins host

College Events Invite by one


Delaney Jacobsen won the

1000 freestyle with a time

of 11:23.96. Lea Moeller

won the 50 freestyle with

a time of 24.87. The foursome

of Julia Mindy, Teagan

Zack, Ameilia Dellamano

and Moeller won the 200

freestyle relay finishing at

1:46.25. Kasey Fris won the

200 backstroke by nearly six

seconds at 2:16.73 during

the event on Sept. 15.

High School Highlights are

compiled by Editor James


four games. In one half

alone, they surrendered 20.

“The game was won on

the line of scrimmage,” Coglianese

said. “Their defensive

line stopped our running

game and that’s kind of

our bread and butter. They

played a complete game.

We’re young. We learned

some things tonight. We

took some lumps but hopefully

it will make us better.”

46 | September 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot SPORTS

Boys Golf

Warriors post best round of season on Senior Night

Team has high

aspirations heading

into regionals

James Sanchez, Editor

A back injury kept senior

Collin Phelps from playing

golf for 10 days.

Lincoln-Way West’s Senior

Night on Sept. 18 was

his first time swinging a

club since suffering that injury.

Against Plainfield East

at The Sanctuary, he didn’t

know what to expect.

“My mentality for today

was just to enjoy it and not

care what I shoot because no

one was expecting me to do

good having been out a week

and a half,” Phelps said.

As some golfers may take

a round or two to work back

to normalcy on the golf

course, it only took Phelps

a few shots. The four-year

varsity member carded a

38, which is under his scoring

average of 38.5, to contribute

to a winning score of

151-193 over the Bengals.

“I kept my swing and

didn’t really over swing because

my back still hurts

a little bit,” he said. “I just

kept calm.”

The team’s only other senior,

Dylan Adair, fittingly

was the medalist on Senior

Night with a 36 (even par).

Phelps’ younger brother,

Zack, was second on the

team with a 37, and a 40 was

the fourth posted score by

both Jason Lange and Ethan


The 151 total was the

team’s lowest of the year

for the Warriors (7-1-1).

The previous low was a 152

against Lockport earlier this


Collin said this is the best

team in his four years in the

program. A lot has changed

since he was a freshman,

serving as the No. 1 player

averaging around 45 and the

other posted scores ranging

from the high 40’s and

the low 50’s. On top of his

own improvement, cutting

seven strokes from his ninehole

average since then, another

boost to the team has

been his brother, Zack. The

sophomore is the team’s No.

1 golfer with a scoring average

of 37. He’s posted two

even-par rounds in duals this

season. Last year, he was the

lone sectional qualifier for

the Warriors, posting a 78

a regionals. There’s no sibling

rivalry between the two,

Collin said. It’s more about

helping his younger brother

become the best he can be.

“I realize I get to take the

pressure off him as a player

and that’s something I didn’t

really have when I was a

freshman,” Collin said. “He

is evidently so much better

than I was when I was his

age, and I’m excited to see

how he turns out when he

gets older. He’s going to be

a great player when he’s my


Zack isn’t the only Warrior

with postseason experience.

Collin played in a 2A

sectional as a freshman and

a 3A sectional two years ago

when the Warriors qualified

as a team by one stroke at

the Joliet Central Regional.

Adair was also part of that

sectional lineup in 2016.

Adair is among the top

scorers with a 38.5 average.

Lange and Healy both average

40, and No. 6 player,

Nick Hamilton, averages 42.

Coach Donna Thompson,

who is retiring at the end

of the year, said this is the

deepest team she’s had in her

golf coaching career.

“They’re so much fun and

they all love golf,” she said.

“I never have to get them to

the course. “If they keep up

these scores, we’ll see. I’ll

Warriors No. 1 golfer Zack Phelps sinks a birdie putt on the final hole to card a 37 at Lincoln-Way West’s Senior Night on

Sept. 18 against Plainfield East. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

be happy if we go to sectionals

as a team. The bus ride

will be much more fun and


West will join a star-studded

cast at the Joliet Central

Regional Tuesday, Oct. 2 at

Inwood Golf Course in Joliet.

SWSC leader Lockport,

Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way

East, Providence

and Homewood-Flossmoor

are some of the teams in the

nine-school field vying for

the Top 3 spots to advance

to sectionals in Edwardsville.

“I think we can make a

run at it, actually,” Collin

said about the postseason.

“We could make it out of

regionals if we all show up

and play our game. I’m excited

to see what we come

up with in regionals and


Jason Lange eyes his putt on the ninth hole at The Sanctuary. SPORTS

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Celtics offense slowed by Crusaders’ defensive front

1st and 3

22nd Century Media

File Photo

Boys golf storylines

1. Sophomore standouts


Sophomores lead

the way for both the

Knights and Warriors.

For West, it’s Zack

Phelps (above), who

averages 37 during

duals. He’s put up two

even-par dual rounds

throughout the year.

For Central, it’s Sean

Curran. The basketball

and golf standout

averages 37, as well.

2. Tie score

Central and West tied

in their conference

matchup on Aug. 15.

The Warriors boast

a 8-1-1 dual record,

while the Knights are


3. Local battle at regionals

Central, West and

Providence will

compete at the Joliet

Central Regional,

Tuesday, Oct. 2, at

Inwood Golf Course.

Nine area teams will

compete for the Top

3 spots to advance

to sectionals in Edwardsville.

First time Celtics

allow double-digit

points all season

Chris Walker

Freelance Reporter

Many are depressed that

summer is over, but the

Providence football team

should be ecstatic that

they’ve seen the last of


Dylan Summers, Brother

Rice’s 6-foot, 175-pound

wide receiver who recently

committed to Cornell, tore

the Celtics defense apart

in the first half, hauling in

three touchdown passes as

the Crusaders came into

Bishop Kaffer Stadium and

Matt Senffner Field in New

Lenox on Friday, Sept. 21

and blanked the Celtics 20-0

There is plenty of trash talking to be done because

our picks were garbage in Week 5. There is a

shakeup at No. 1 as Joe raced passed Heather, whose

rare bad week brought her into the Vorva/Czaja/

Sanchez abyss.

Game of the Week:

• Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0) at Lincoln-Way

East (5-0)

Other Games to Watch

• Lincoln-Way West (3-2) at Sandburg (2-3)

• Stagg (2-3)at Lincoln-Way Central (2-3)

• Andrew (4-1) at Thornridge (1-4)

• Hillcrest (5-0) at Tinley Park (2-3)

• Hope Academy (4-1) at Providence (4-1)

• Bolingbrook (4-1) at Lockport (0-5)

in a Catholic League Blue


“Dylan is a special player,”

Brother Rice coach Brian

Badke said. “I’m happy

for him. He’s playing with a

lot of confidence.”

Both teams are playing

with a lot of confidence, at

least they did coming into

action undefeated. Obviously,

something had to give

and it finally was the Providence

defense which succumbed

to Brother Rice’s

aerial assault

Providence (4-1, 1-1)

found itself in a huge 20-0

hole at halftime and never

had an answer, although the

Celtics were able to keep the

Crusaders off the scoreboard

the rest of the game, which

was a victory of sorts itself.

“I told them at halftime

that we’re down 20,” Providence

coach Mark Coglianese

said. “Let’s stop

the bleeding and try to get

something positive and we

did. We shut them out in the

second half and did some

good things on offense.

That’s what we can take

heading into next week.”

When you get to this point

in the season, especially

in the Chicago Catholic

League you have to quickly

move on from both the good

wins and the tough losses.

Sitting a win away from the

playoff-eligible No. 5, the

Celtics have Hope Academy

on the schedule next Friday.

The Eagles edged St. Laurence,

27-26, on last Friday

and have won four straight.

“It’s a big game for us,”

Coglianese said. “We need

that fifth win because the

last three are pretty tough.”



Joe Coughlin |


• Lincoln-Way East 24, Homewood-

Flossmoor 21. Maybe the two best

in 8A. A.J. Henning back in action

and home cooking make the difference

for Griffins.

• Lincoln-Way West

• Lincoln-Way Central

• Andrew

• Tinley Park

• Providence

• Bolingbrook


Heather Warthen |

Chief Operating Officer

• Lincoln-Way East 21, Homewood-

Flossmoor 20. This should be a

great matchup, but Griffins will pull

it out in the end.

• Lincoln-Way West

• Lincoln-Way Central

• Andrew

• Hillcrest

• Providence

• Bolingbrook

box Score


Jeff Vorva |

Sports Editor

• Lincoln-Way East 35, Homewood-

Flossmoor 14. I don’t think there is

a team in the state that can come

within three touchdowns of the Griffins

at this stage of the season.

• Lincoln-Way West

• Lincoln-Way Central

• Andrew

• Hillcrest

• Providence

• Bolingbrook

1 2 3 4 F

Brother Rice 7 13 0 0 20

Providence 0 0 0 0 0

Top Performers:

1. Dylan Summers - Brother Rice. Caught 9 passes for 80

yards, including 3 for touchdowns.

2. John Bean - Brother Rice. Completed 24-of-31 passes for

205 yards and 3 touchdowns.

3. Logan Phillips. Providence - The Celtics quarterback

threw for 102 yards.


Thomas Czaja |


• Lincoln-Way East 37, Homewood-

Flossmoor 17. Vikings are toughest

opponents of the regular season for

the Griffins, but can’t pick anyone

coming close to East at this point.

• Lincoln-Way West

• Lincoln-Way Central

• Andrew

• Hillcrest

• Providence

• Bolingbrook

Brother Rice (5-0, 2-0) set

the tone early, shutting down

Providence on its first offensive

possession and then

turning around and jumping

ahead 7-0 when quarterback

John Bean connected with

Summers for a three-yard


After blocking a punt, the

Crusaders extended their

lead to 14-0 on Bean’s seven-yard

strike to Summers.

They made it 20-0 late in

the second quarter on an 11-

yard reception by Summers

(9 catches, 80 yards).

Coglianese complimented

the Bean-to-Summers attack,

especially since they

were able to beat the Celtics

despite solid coverage.

“There were times I

Please see FOOTBALL, 45


James Sanchez |


• Lincoln-Way East 31, Homewood-

Flossmoor 14. A.J. Henning’s return

means problems for the Vikings

• Lincoln-Way West

• Lincoln-Way Central

• Andrew

• Hillcrest

• Providence

• Bolingbrook


“They’re so much fun and they all love golf. I never have

to get them to the course.”

Donna Thompson – Lincoln-Way West boys golf coach, on the team

Tune In

Girls Golf

9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3

• Lincoln-Way Central will be at the Marian Regional at

Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete, and Lincoln-Way

West will be in Olgesby at the LaSalle-Peru Regional.


38 – Athlete of the Week

38 – This Week In

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor James Sanchez,

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | | September 27, 2018

Lincoln-Way Central seniors Jon Soldan (left) and Noah Devries

pose for a picture following their Senior Night round on Sept. 18 at

The Sanctuary.

Collin Phelps (left)

and Dylan Adair were

the lone seniors

honored at Lincoln-

Way West’s Senior

Night on Sept. 18

against Plainfield

East. Photos by

James Sanchez/22nd

Century Media

Lincoln-Way West, Central celebrate wins on Senior Night, eye postseason Pages 46, 45

Perfect record on the line

CCL juggernaut Brother Rice takes on Providence in battle of undefeated teams, Page 47

back to back?

West makes third appearance in PepsiCo championship, goes for second straight title, Page 40

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