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City lights up for the holiday season, decorations unveiled, Page 4

Holiday lights were unveiled at the City’s Light Up the Night event, Saturday, Nov.

17, throughout downtown Highland Park. Trees were lit throughout Port Clinton

Square in celebration of the holiday season. Alex newman/22nd century media



Body of



found, Page 6

Receiving recognition

Sunset Valley golf course recognized

for redesign, Page 8

Photoshoot fresh

Photos of insects displayed at

Heller Nature Center, Page 12

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In this week’s


Police Reports6

Pet of the Week8


Faith Briefs16

Dining Out18


Home of the Week24

Athlete of the Week27

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Holiday Fitness

8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Nov. 21, Fitness for Active

Adults, 742 Sheridan

Road, Highwood.

Feel your energy for the


Yiddish Conversation and


1:30 p.m. Nov. 21,

Highland Park Senior

Center, 54 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Join facilitator

Ludmilla Coven

for a fun and lively Yiddish

group. Learn basic

Yiddish phrases, sing

songs and watch movies

in Yiddish.


Paper Rocket Launch

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov.

23, Highland Park Public

Library, 494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Families

with children through age

14 are invited to stop by

the Youth Services Department

to decorate and

launch their own paper

rockets. Whose rocket

will fly the highest? The

farthest? All materials

will be provided.


Norman Rockwell Holiday


2 p.m. Nov. 24, 17

Highwood Ave., Highwood.

Celebrate the start

of the holidays at Highwood’s

5th annual Celebrate

Highwood tradition

as they kick off the 2018

holiday season. Party central

will be at City Hall

Park, with participating

businesses throughout

Downtown Highwood.

The celebration will feature

a potluck, a day and

night full of family and

adult activities including

the Family Cookie Walk,

12 Drinks of Christmas,

horse-drawn carriage

rides, holiday windows

contest and more!

Small Business


10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov.

24, Downtown Highland

Park. Join us this Small

Business Saturday as we

kick off the holiday shopping

season, and to celebrate

our small businesses

and support their growth.

This holiday season, the

Downtown Highland

Park Alliance is featuring

a shopping “passport”

that will help leverage the

strength of our Central

Business District.

Mindfulness and

Meditation Apps

3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov.

24, Highland Park Public

Library, 494 Laurel

Ave., Highland Park. Do

you need to destress but

find you have limited

time for self-care? Join

us for an introduction to

guided meditation apps

that can help you clear

your mind and unwind

even when you only have

five to ten minutes to


Zumba Fitness Class

8:30-9:30 a.m. Nov.

24, JCYS George W.

Lutz Family Center, 800

Clavey Road, Highland

Park. Licensed Zumba

instructors lead this fun

class that is suitable for

all levels. Drummers play

life. Wear comfortable

shoes and bring water

and a towel. Free parking

available onsite.

Free Saturday Burn Boot


8:30 a.m. Nov. 24, 1849

Green Bay Road, Highland

Park. Every Saturday

at 8:30 a.m. Burn Boot

Camp Highland Park offers

a 45-minute, free

co-ed workout. No reservation

is required. Just

show up ready to sweat.

All fitness levels are welcome.

Personal training in

a group setting.


Film Showing and


2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Based on

the true story of former

NASA engineer Homer

Hickam Jr., “October

Sky” (1999) follows a

high school student in

rural West Virginia, who

seemed destined to a harsh

life working in the coal

mines. One night he saw

the Sputnik satellite in the

sky and decided to break

free of the mines and reach

for the stars.


Rise and Shine — From

Chicago to Vietnam

10:30 a.m. Nov. 28,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Michael

Duffy, a draftee out of Chicago,

arrived in Vietnam

on the eve of the massive

Tet Offensive. He served

as the executive officer

of “C” Battery 7th/9th

Artillery. Mr. Duffy will

discuss his experience in

Vietnam, read from his

memoir “From Chicago

to Vietnam” and present

some of his artifacts from

the war.


The Polar Express Story

Time Train

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

1, Highland Park Downtown

Metra Station, 2700

St. Johns Ave., Highland

Park. All aboard for a

magical journey of the

imagination to the “North

Pole” (Waukegan). Wear

your pajamas and listen to

a classic holiday story on

board the train. Write your

letter to Santa, snack on

a cookie, and meet some

holiday characters on the

way. Bring your camera

to take a photo with the

Claus family and make

some memories to last a

lifetime. Don’t forget your

singing voices-caroling is


Make a Holiday Cookie


10-11 a.m. Dec. 1, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Come make a cookie

cutter for your favorite

holiday. For ages 8 to 13.

Registration is required.

Double Your Pleasure

3 p.m. Dec. 2, Highland

Park High School, 433

Vine Ave. Highland Park

Strings, under the direction

of Principal COnductor

Dr. Robert G. Hasty, is

pleased to continue its 40th

anniversary season with

Double Your Pleasure, a

free holiday concert. The

concert will feature husband

and wife soloists David

Cunliffe and Desiree

Ruhstrat, who comprise

two-thirds of the Grammynominated

Lincoln Trio.


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World War II: The Defense

of Bastogne

7 p.m. Dec. 3, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Highland Park

Historical Society will cohost

with Highland Park

American Legion Post

145 “World War II: The

Defense of Bastogne”

with Robert Mueller, a

battlefield historian.


Sherlock Holmes Book

Discussion Group

7-8:30 p.m. First Tuesday

of every other month,

Highwood Public Library,

102 Highwood Ave., Highwood.

Sit around our fireplace

and drink coffee,

while reviewing one of the

Dr. Watson’s favorite mysteries.

To sign up please

contact Brenda Rossini at


English Conversation


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

Highwood Public

Library, 102 Highwood

Ave., Highwood. This

group is for students who

already speak English,

but would like to improve

their pronunciation, grammar,

and vocabulary. We

discuss current topics, life

experiences and goals, and

everyday situations. The

goal is to help you build

confidence in your ability

to speak English naturally.

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Highland Park City Council

Highland Park mayor lauds

$79.7M budget proposal for 2019

Stephanie Kim

Freelance Reporter

Highland Park Mayor

Nancy Rotering praised

city staff for the fiscal

year 2019 budget proposal,

following a public

hearing held at Tuesday’s

city council meeting.

The $79.7 million budget

proposal includes a

balanced operating budget,

with operating revenues

expected to exceed

operating expenditures by

$11.8 million, according

to Julie Logan, the city’s

finance director.

“This budget is balanced

with policies supporting

best practices, and

we repeatedly talk about

our priorities as fiscal sustainability,

public safety,

infrastructure investment

and community vibrancy,”

Rotering said at the

Nov. 13 meeting. “And

this budget reflects all of

those priorities.”

Logan guided the council

through some of the

highlights of the budget


She pointed out that total

revenues of $77.3 million

are expected to be

14.9 percent lower than

2018 — primarily due to

no asset sales or debt financing

budgeted for 2019

— whereas total expenditures

of $79.7 million

are expected to be 13.4

percent lower than 2018.

The proposed budget

also includes capital improvements

of almost $9

million for infrastructure,

facilities and equipment,

with expected fund drawdowns

of $2.4 million

from excess reserves.

The city property tax

levy, estimated at about

$18.5 million, is expected

to continue at about 7 percent

of the resident’s total

property tax bill.

Staffing is budgeted at

1.11 full-time equivalent

lower than 2018, due to

the closure of youth services

— resulting from

alternate options for middle

school students and

decreasing enrollment.

Overall, staffing has been

relatively flat for the past

five years.

The council will vote to

approve the budget at its

Nov. 26 meeting. A public

hearing for the 2018

tax levy will also be held

Nov. 26 and a vote will

take place on Dec. 10.

In addition to the public

hearing for the budget, the

council passed 23 agenda

items Tuesday night.

Several items prompted

further discussion, including

the adoption of a

resolution that approved

a sixth amendment to the

development between

the city and the Ravinia

Festival Association.

Rotering recused herself

from the conversation,

since she is a member

of the association’s

women’s board. The resolution

— which includes

a 10-year agreement with

the Ravinia Festival Association

— passed with a

6-0 vote.

Though councilman

Adam Stolberg initially

raised concerns about the

length of the agreement

in previous meetings, he

said he was comfortable

with the resolution and

confident Ravinia will

continue to respond to ongoing

concerns about increased

traffic congestion

and other challenges imposed

on the community.

The council also deliberated

an ordinance that

could possibly affect the

fate of a historic Briergate

Station at 1495 Old Deerfield

Road. Kyle Verbeke

of the North Shore Line

Preservation Association

sought to preserve and relocate

the building in 2017

but was unable to raise

enough funds to save the

station from demolition.

But now that Simply

Self Storage terminated

its plan to demolish the

building and to not build

a new facility, Rotering

asked if it’s possible to

have a condition to preserve

the former train

station moving forward.

“It is the former Briergate

Station, one of only

three stations left from

the former North Shore

electric line system. There

were nine. Now this is

the only one station,”

Rotering said.

Since the building isn’t

locally landmarked, councilwoman

Michelle Holleman

said she is not in favor

of examining the issue


“I can’t see how in the

eleventh hour we can

step and in jeopardize a

sale of property based on

the thought that maybe

it has some significant

value when we had that

information before and

determined it did not and

the destruction could go

forward,” Holleman said.

Jim Griffin, who

spoke on behalf of Self

Storage, also objected to

a condition being placed

on the building that would

prevent the future owner

from making any changes.

Brian Berish, who is

under contract for the purchase

of the lot that contains

the former train station,

agreed and noted that

he has been in touch with

Verbeke and will reach

out to him if he plans to

demolish the building.

“The purchase of

the property is contingent

upon this simply

as an investment,” Berish

said. “I’ll do with

the building what’s right

with the building.”





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He looked at the piles

of snow, shoveled off to

the sides of Port Clinton

Square, and Bill Farrell

could only lament.

So close. His Boy Scouts

have served refreshments

at Highland Park’s “Light

Up the Night” festival for

years, and their most lucrative

days are always the

ones when it snows during

the event, not just before it.

But a snowfall that began

before dawn Nov. 17

and brought flakes down

all morning eased back

shortly before Santa Claus

arrived on a fire truck at

2:45, and likely cut into

the business for the Scoutmaster

and Troop 324.

“We prefer it snowing

and nasty,” Farrell said, but

his pack of 22 junior high

and high school students

had to settle for near-freezing

and breezy. “The colder

it is, the better the sales.”

But a crowd of hundreds

kept the Scouts’ lines for

hot chocolate and apple cider

lengthy, then shopped

in businesses on and around

the square. Visitors listened

to the Lake Forest Country

Day School Choir and The

Performer’s School A Capella

Group, took carriage

rides, drew raffle tickets for

prizes and, as darkness fell,

counted down to the lighting

of multi-colored holiday

bulbs on the buildings

and in the trees.

The afternoon was a

total success for Lilliana

Roman, a 6-year-old Highland

Park girl who sat on

the lap of Claus while her

father, Juan, took pictures.

Janine Mantis of Highland Park sits on Santa Claus’ lap

at Light Up the Night, Saturday, Nov. 17, in Port Clinton

Square. Alex Newman/22nd Century Media

The Romans stood in line

for several minutes, waiting

to share a moment with

the famed North Pole denizen;

after leaving, Lilliana

reported asking for a doll,

preferably Barbie.

“Like a princess!” she


(Lilliana also claimed to

have been good all year.

When asked to verify this,

Claus said he would not

discuss “proprietary information.”

He also declined

to give a general

comment about Highland

Park children’s chances

this December.)

The afternoon was also

a success, albeit a pyrrhic

victory, for Barry, Ellen

and Elena Cohen, the

family behind Zac’s Zoo,

which made Light Up the

Nigh 2018 its first public

event since 2005.

Zac’s Zoo was founded

by Zac Cohen (son of

Barry and Ellen, brother

of Elena) immediately

after Hurricane Katrina

wasted much of New Orleans.

Seven years old at

the time, Zac began his

“zoo” as a drive to collect

stuffed animals for distribution

to traumatized children;

his effort sent more

than 10,000 critters to the

South, but ended after that.

Then, on Sept. 7, Zac’s

now 20-year-old life

ended in a motorcycle accident.

Seeking to honor

his memory, his family

re-opened Zac’s Zoo, and

are now collecting unused

stuffed animals, which

they will distribute to

nearby police and fire departments.

For more information,

send an email to


“We put hard work into

it, so it’s paying off,” said

Elena, 11.

And Light Up the Night

visitors filled up the Zoo’s

bins. Ellen said the most

common donations were

as expected — dogs and

bears — but she took personal

interest in one of the

most unusual findings, an

otter. She gave birth to

Zac in Monterey, California,

where the beaches are

filled with otters.

“Each day, we’re finding

different ways to be

happy,” Ellen said. “This

will be an ongoing effort.

The Zoo never closes.”

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Coroner: Found body is the missing

swimmer from Lake Michigan

Family says other

swimmer found

dead was her

boyfriend, who

attempted to

rescue her

Erin Yarnall, Editor

At 10:15 a.m. Saturday,

Nov. 10, the Highland

Park Police and Fire

Departments recovered

the body of Lena Lemesh

from Lake Michigan, according

to the Highland

Park Police Department.

Lemesh, 52, of Elgin,

was missing for nearly a

week before her body was

discovered. She and nine

other swimmers were participating

in a cold-water

swim Nov. 4 near Park

Avenue Beach in Highland

Park, where she and

46-year-old Itasca resident

Stanislaw Wlosek, Jr.

were swept away.

Emergency crews located

Wlosek in the water,

and brought him to shore



Lake Bluff rejects Lake

Forest’s proposed fire


Members of the Lake

Bluff Village Board agreed

to reject a proposal from

Lake Forest to take over

all of its fire services during

its meeting Monday,

Nov. 12.

Board president Kathleen

O’Hara said the Village

received the unsolicited

report two weeks prior.

With support from the

board, O’Hara directed

village administration to

Wlosek was transferred

to Highland Park Hospital,

where he was pronounced

dead. An autopsy

conducted on Nov. 5 indicated

he died as a result

of drowning, according to

a press release from Lake

County Coroner Howard


Lemesh’s body was recovered

near the Openlands

Lakeshore Beach in

Highland Park. An autopsy

was conducted Tuesday,

Nov. 13, and results indicate

that she died as a result

of drowning, according

to a press release from


“Lake Michigan is a

very dangerous place under

certain conditions and

people should use extreme

caution when entering,”

Cooper says in the press


Zina Lemesh, a family

representative, said

Wlosek was Lemesh’s

boyfriend, and “died trying

to save her.” She added

that her family would like

to thank Wlosek’s family,

but does not know how to

Please see coroner, 8

draft a letter to the City

of Lake Forest stating its

decision to reject the proposal

and to continue with

the fire services Lake Bluff

has had since 1897.

“Though the board and

administration are always

looking for economic efficiencies,

we do not feel

that this proposed takeover

of our volunteer fire department

by Lake Forest is

in the best interest of our

citizens and our community,”

O’Hara said.

Since October, with

Please see NFYN, 9

Police Reports

Wilmette man

turns himself in

on warrant for

prescription form

Jonathan Ward, 25, of

Wilmette, turned himself

in on Nov. 12 to the

Highland Park Police

Department regarding an

outstanding warrant for

Unlawful Possession of

a Prescription Form and

Unlawful Acquisition of

a Controlled Substance.

Ward was released on

bond, pending a court date

of Nov. 27, in Waukegan.

Nov. 6

• A resident in the 500

block of Hill Street reported

unlawful entry to his unlocked

vehicle by unknown

subject(s) during the overnight

hours. No valuables

were reported missing.

• A resident in the 500

block of Hill Street reported

that a laptop and debit

card were taken by unknown

subject(s) from the

interior of an unlocked vehicle

during the overnight

hours. The complainant

reported that two vehicles

were burglarized and rummaged

through, but valuables

were removed from

one of the vehicles.

• A resident in the 2900

block of Parkside Avenue

reported that several items

were taken from his residence

during a burglary,

valued in excess of $4,000.

Police discovered evidence

of forced entry into

the home, and determined

that the burglary occurred

between the daytime hours

and early evening hours.

Nov. 7

• A complainant at a business

in the 600 block of

Please see police, 12

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Marty Bobby

Submitted by Megan


Marty came to me

through PAWS Chicago

almost 7 years ago. I

had been volunteering

there for four years

when he was brought

to the adoption center

one Saturday. I was the first person to walk him

that morning and it was pretty much “I think I just

found my dog.” He came home with me a day


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Sunset Valley Golf Club lauded for design excellence

Submitted by the Park District of

Highland Park

Sunset Valley Golf Club, a facility

of the Park District of Highland Park,

was honored for 2018 Design Excellence

at the seventh annual American

Society of Golf Course Architects

(ASGCA) Design Excellence Recognition

Program. Sunset Valley was

one of eleven honored courses from

across the United States for their

work in addressing unique design


Since its creation, the ASGCA

Design Excellence Recognition Program

has highlighted the innovation

and problem-solving skills required

of today’s golf course designs, from

new 18-hole layouts to renovations

to new and updated practice

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facilities. The 2018 nominations

were reviewed by a panel of golf

industry leaders, including representatives

of the Club Managers Association

of America, Golf Course

Builders Association of America

and Golf Course Superintendents

Association of America.

The renovated course at Sunset

Valley Golf Club was designed by

Rick Jacobson of Jacobson Golf

Course Design, Inc. Long term deferred

maintenance negatively impacted

the 1920’s era golf course that

was constructed in a lowland area of

undeveloped floodplain and floodway.

Significant public engagement

for the renovation resulted in a comprehensive

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functionality of a recreational

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“We are thrilled that the ASGCA

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design,” said Liza McElroy, Executive

Director of the Park District

of Highland Park. “We are grateful

to Rick Jacobson for his careful and

creative redesign of Sunset Valley

into what is one of the finest golf

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From Page 6

contact them.

“We know how horrible

they must feel and we have

no way [of] even grieving

with them,” Zina Lemesh


Search efforts for Lemesh

included “shoreline

checks by foot, boats deployed

along the shore,

assistance from the United

States Coast Guard,

Lake County Coroner’s

Office canine unit, aerial

searches conducted by the

Chicago Police Department,

an aircraft from Pilots

for Hope, a volunteer

aerial search and rescue

group, and support from

the North Shore Yacht

Club in Highland Park,”

according to a press

release from the City of

Highland Park.

Highland Park Fire

Chief Larry Amidei said

the search went from

Highland Park, and authorities

were alerted to

look out for Lemesh north

in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“This is truly an awful

tragedy,” Cooper says in

the press release.

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From Page 6

the demise of the Rockland

Fire Department,

O’Hara said 20 Knollwood

firefighters, EMS

and paramedics have

joined the Lake Bluff Fire


This addition puts the

department at more than

60 members, with three

paid, on-premise firefighters

in the firehouse every

day, Monday through Friday,

from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.,

and 24/7 on the weekends,

O’Hara noted.

Reporting by Stephanie Kim,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.



Wilmette D39 board

members voice opposition

to armament in schools


The Wilmette Public

Schools District 39 Board

of Education moved to

oppose proposals made

by fellow state educators

supporting legislative efforts

that could allow Illinois

school districts to arm

teachers and staff at its

Monday, Nov. 12 regular


The Wilmette school

board’s decision on the armament

issue came ahead

of this weekend’s Illinois

Association of School

Boards annual conference,

at which several strategic

resolutions for the organization

will be voted on.

Three comparable resolution

proposals are on

the table, and if any are

approved, would position

the IASB in favor of

laws granting individual

districts the option to develop

student-safety plans

that could bring guns into


No school would be

compelled to enact the

new policy, but the door

would be opened for interested

districts to train

and arm qualified staff


At a meeting that opened

with several community

members’ comments in

opposition to the concept,

the Wilmette board directed

its representative at the

IASB conference to vote

against all three related


Board members voiced

their general support for

school district autonomy

and noted some Illinois districts

face concerns, such

as a lack of funding for

full-time safety resource

officers or long distances

and response time from

local law enforcement —

especially in rural areas.

Reporting by Ben Thompson,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at WilmetteBeacon.


Honoring the troops

The City of Highland Park recognizes Veterans Day at a

ceremony Nov. 12 at the Highland Park Public Library.

ABOVE: A speaker talks at the City of

Highland Park’s Veteran’s Day event,

Monday, Nov. 12 at the Highland Park

Public Library.

LEFT: The Highland Park High School

Quintet stands at the event. The quintet

performed patriotic music during

the ceremony. Photos submitted by

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From Page 6

Elm Place reported the

theft of alcohol valued at

approximately $11 by an

unknown subject.

November 10

• Abigail Monsalud, 24, of

Waukegan, was arrested

and charged with Driving

Under the Influence-Alcohol

when police conducted

a traffic stop at the intersection

of Skokie Valley

Road and Half Day Road.

Monsalud was also cited

Bob Strempel and Carla

Schmakel have been documenting

through photography

and artwork the birds,

insects, and other wildlife

that their award-winning

home garden attracts.

Their exhibit “Insect

Pollinators. Predators, and

Plant Consumers, et al. in

Our Gardens” at the Heller

Nature Center highlighted

the 24 years of insect sightings

Strempel and Schmakel

have had in their habitat

garden in Round Lake


While there are people

who swat at insects for

their mere presence, Strempel

and Schmakel found

the critters in their garden

to be absolutely adorable.

“We realized how beautiful

and cute and interesting

and colorful and varied [the

insects] were,” Strempel,

a retired piano tuner and

record dealer, said.

In their garden, certified

by Conserve Lake County’s


program, Strempel has

captured insects with allmanual

analogue photography,

using his tripod and

small collection of lenses

and teleconverters. The 16

photos that were on display

in Heller’s Prairie Room

are grouped by insect.

One such insect is the

syrphid, or more commonly

known as the hoverfly,

since it hovers like a

helicopter. As pollinators,

hoverflies are only second

to bees, and there are more

than 800 species.

Also in the exhibit was

a large picture of a crane

fly. Growing up, Strempel

recalls his parents killing a

crane fly, mistaking it for a

mosquito, which it resembles

to the untrained eye.

Strempel, like many of us,

was taught to fear insects.

“We had to reject the anthropocentric

culture that

had been instilled in us by

our parents and accept us as

having a place in nature,”

Strempel said..

Once just a casual birdwatcher,

Schmakel noticed

creatures in her and Strempel’s

garden she’d never

seen before. She became

passionate about documenting

her sightings using

a digital camera. Some

of her photographs were on

for Disobeying a Traffic

Control Device and Illegal

Transportation of Alcohol.

She was released on

a personal recognizance

bond, pending court in

Waukegan on Dec. 14.

• Zoran Stojakovic, 57,

of Mundelein, was arrested

and charged with

Driving Under the Influence-

Alcohol when police

conducted a traffic stop at

the intersection of Skokie

Valley Road and Park Avenue

West. Also cited for

speeding, Stojakovic was

released on a personal


Their exhibit honored

the memory of Marilyn

Campbell, former Executive

Director of the Illinois

Audubon Society, editor of

Illinois Audubon, educator,

natural history writer,

and bird and wildlife


After winning the category

of “Wildlife Garden”

in a contest organized by

Chicago Tribune and Chicago

Botanic Garden in

2000, the only garden contest

Strempel and Schmakel

have entered, their garden

became a stop on the

Illinois Audubon Butterfly

Garden Tour. During the

tour, they met Campbell.

Strempel couldn’t believe

that one of the premier naturalist

in Illinois was at his

home garden.

A friendship flourished

from a shared passion for

music and insects. They

became pen pals. Campbell

would send them books

on nature in Illinois and

Strempel would send her

music to listen to.

“She was a wonderful

source for information,”

Schmakel says.

“She was generous.”

recognizance bond with

a court date pending in

Waukegan on Dec. 7.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Highland

Park Landmark’s Police

Reports are compiled from

official reports emailed from

the Highland Park Police

Department headquarters

in Highland Park and the

Highwood Police Department

headquarters in Highwood.

Individuals named in these reports

are considered innocent

of all charges until proven

guilty in a court of law.

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Social snapshot

Top stories:

From hplandmark.com as of Sunday,

November 18

1. Police Reports: Vernon Hills man arrested

after telephone harassment

2. Coroner: Found body is the missing

swimmer from Lake Michigan

3. Fort Sheridan recognizes 100th

anniversary of end of World War I

4. Girls Swimming: Goldin, Smith make state

cut for Giants

5. ‘Love of the game’ Schramm’s drive to


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On Nov. 14 Highland Park High School

posted this photo with the caption, “HPHS Rotary

Interact welcomed its newest members

this morning! Rotary Interact is a community

based club that is sponsored by the Rotary

Club of Highland Park/Highwood. Each

month, the group organizes, plans, and completes

at least one service project. In addition,

they participate in a variety of other services

activities. #HPGiantPride”

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North Shore newspapers

seek aid for Malibu

Surfside News part

of publisher 22nd

Century Media’s

extended family

Staff Report

Most have likely seen

or heard of the devastation

taking place as wildfires

have raged throughout

California this month, including

the recent Woolsey

Fire that ravaged Malibu.

What many may not

know is that The Highland

Park Landmark’s publisher

22nd Century Media also

produces the Malibu Surfside

News, which has been

reporting on the fires since

mandatory evacuations for

Malibu went into effect

Friday, Nov. 9. Since then,

as of press time, at least

three people are dead, one

councilmember was hospitalized

and more than 500

structures were destroyed.

First and foremost, our

hearts go out to those who

have been impacted by the

disaster. We would like to

share the following list of

resources compiled by the

Surfside News for anyone

looking to help.

• American Red Cross:


• United Way: www.


• LA County Animal

Care Foundation: www.


• LA Fire Department

Foundation: www.supportlafd.org

The City of Malibu additionally

suggests assistance

through Boys &

Girls Club of Malibu.

• Community relief:


• Equestrian relief: bgcmalibu.org/donate-malibu-equestrian-relief

For those looking to

stay up to date on Malibu

news, we have temporarily

dropped our subscription

requirement for the

Surfside News online. You

can read online, exclusive

coverage and see a digital

version of our print edition

at MalibuSurfsideNews.


from the editor

The hardest part of the job

Erin Yarnall


Nearly two weeks

ago, I received

the sad news that

Lena Lemesh, a swimmer

who went missing after

she was swept away by

waves in Lake Michigan,

was found dead near the

shore of a Highland Park


We at The Landmark

have been following this

story since Nov. 4, when

Lemesh and nine other

swimmers went for a coldwater

swim that resulted

in tragedy.

There were reports that

the group was participating

in a polar plunge. It

breaks my heart to think

of the group who ventured

out to Park Avenue Beach

to participate in a very

chilly, but fun activity,

only to have it result in


Another swimmer in the

group, Stanislaw Wlosek,

Jr. was also swept away.

He was found in the lake

Nov. 4 and was pronounced

dead at Highland

Park Hospital. A search

for Lemesh lasted about a

week before her body was

found Nov. 10.

As a journalist, being

able to provide the readers

of The Landmark with the

most up-to-date information

is always my goal,

but I can’t honestly say I

didn’t dread receiving the

confirmation that Lemesh’s

body was found.

Everyone has parts of

their job that they don’t

like, and for me it’s this.

It’s never easy to report on

a tragedy, and it’s something

I’ve had to learn

how to do a few times in

the past seven months as

the editor of this paper.

But, it’s part of the job,

and it’s part of keeping

Highland Park a wellinformed


As much as I wish it

could be, not everything

in this city is going to be

fun. I will keep doing my

best to provide you with

the most up-to-date information

about all of the

happenings in your city.

I would like to extend

my deepest sympathies to

the family and friends of

Lena Lemesh and Stanislaw

Wlosek, Jr.

To read more about

Lemesh and Wlosek, turn

to Page 6.

The Highland Park Landmark

On Nov. 15 Highland Park High School principal

Deborah Finn tweeted this photo and said, “Student

art! Our photo students’ work is displayed

throughout our hallways. I love to see the world

through their eyes for a moment. #HPGiantPride”

Follow The Highland Park Landmark: @hparklandmark

A burned out car near a home above Malibu High

School that perished in the Woolsey Fire. Suzy Demeter/

Malibu Surfside News

go figure


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The amount, in millions, of the

City of Highland Park’s budget

for 2019. Read more about it

on Page 3.

Sound Off Policy

Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from

22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The

Highland Park Landmark encourages readers to write letters to Sound

Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be

published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone

number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to

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

Letters become property of The Highland Park Landmark. Letters that

are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Highland Park

Landmark. Letters can be mailed to: The Highland Park Landmark, 60

Revere Drive St. 888, Northbrook, IL, 60062. Fax letters to (847) 272-

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Faith Briefs

Christ Church

(1713 Green Bay Road, Highland Park)

Weeknight Service

7-8 p.m. Thursdays, church

coffee bar. Weeknight service

is a place to come, stay awhile,

meet people and then go make

a difference. For more information,

call (847) 234-1001 or email

Brad at bcoleman@cclf.org.

Men’s Breakfast Group

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

Panera Bread, 1211 Half Day

Road, Bannockburn. For more

information, contact Sean at


Trinity Episcopal

(425 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park)

Sunday Schedule

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, St. Michael’s


8:45 a.m. – Fellowship

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with

music, Main Sanctuary

10 a.m. Sunday School (on the

1st and 3rd Sundays)

11 a.m. – Fellowship

Wednesday Service

9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with

healing, St. Michael’s Chapel

A Safe Place

6 p.m. Thursdays - Guild Room

Men’s AA Meeting

8:30 p.m. Fridays

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

(1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park)

Open Conversational Hebrew

10-11 a.m. Sundays. Practice

Hebrew conversation and

reading informally with other

participants. Free. For information,

contact Judy Farby at


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Daily Minyan

8:45 a.m.; 7:30 p.m. Sunday

7:15 a.m.; 7:30 p.m. Monday-


7:15 a.m.; 6:15 p.m. Friday

Shabbat Service

6:15 p.m. Friday (Kabbalat


8:50 a.m. Shacharit (Shabbat


10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation

(Grades 2-6)

10:45 a.m. Young Family Service

(families with children firstgrade

age and younger)

Immaculate Conception Parish

(770 Deerfield Road, Highland Park)

Weekend Services

5 p.m. Saturdays

4-4:45 p.m. Sundays, confession

8 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. Sunday


St. James Catholic Church

(134 North Ave., Highwood)

Food Pantry

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

lower level of school. Worship


8 a.m. Monday through Friday

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

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

Noon Sundays with a Spanishlanguage

Alcoholics Anonymous

7 p.m. Mondays in the Lounge.

Submit information for The Landmark’s

Faith page to Brittany Kapa

at b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.com.

The deadline is noon on Thursdays.

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ext. 35.

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In Memoriam

Howard B. Hirschfield

Howard B. Hirschfield, 94, of

Highland Park, died Nov. 6. He

was a great golfer; he played

for the West Point Golf Team.

He was a graduate of the United

States Military Academy West

Point, retired partner with Pankow

Associates. He was the beloved

husband, for 71 years, of

the late Lois. He was proceeded

in death by his son, Jack M.;

parents Irving and Dorothy He

is survived by his children, David

(Pamela), Ira (Tom Hansen);

grandchildren, Jack (Michelle),

Micah (Sarah) and Marni (Sebastian)

Gomez; great-grandchildren

Vivian, William, Mirian

and Jacob; brother, Allen (Nancy);

brother-in-law Benjamin

“Buddy” (Bernice) Cohen; many

nieces and nephews to treasured

him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, contributions

to NEXT for Autism, 3 East

54th St., New York, NY 10022,

www.nextforautism.org, Jack

and Mildred Cohen Religious

School, North Suburban Synagogue

Beth El, or The West Point

Jewish Chapel Fund, P.O. Box

84, West Point, NY 10996.

Sandra Kahn

Sandra Kahn (nee Sutker), 76,

of Highland Park, died Nov. 8.

She was the beloved and devoted

daughter of Ruth and the late

Chester Sutker.

She was a nationally acclaimed

psychologist and author.

In 1981 she published “The

Kahn Report” a breakthrough

study on the sexual dynamics between

male/female relationships,

giving a voice to women who

had none before. In 1991 “The

Ex-Wife Syndrome”, a landmark

book for divorced women everywhere,

was published in 10

different languages. She gave

countless women a new lease on

life. Through her writings and

discoveries, she changed lives

for women all over the world.

In the early ’80s, she worked for

the Chicago Bears Organization,

working directly with the players

to help minimize their stressors

and improved their ability

to focus. She was past president

of the Chicago Psychological

Association and is included in

the “Who’s Who in America.”

She was also the 1956 City of

Chicago Ping Pong Champion

for teens. She remained undefeated

among her peers until the

end. Above all things, her true

passion was her private practice

of 40 years. She was a dedicated

and compassionate therapist,

working to help people unlock

their full potential and watching

them heal towards living successful

happier lives. She cared

so deeply for each and every

one of her patients. She will be

missed by so many.

She is survived by her children,

Erick (Amy) and Jennifer;

grandchildren, Lylah, Ella, Harper

and Sloane; friends, Norine

Siegel, Jill, Andy and Amanda.

In lieu of flowers, Sandra

would have loved for donations

to made in her name

to NAMI (The National Alliance

of Mental Illness) at


James Lawrence Bicknell

James Lawrence Bicknell, age

66 of Highwood passed away on

November 9, 2018 at Highland

Park Hospital. He was born August

4, 1952 in Beloxi, Mississippi

the third child to the union

of Frank James and Patricia

(Mellor) Bicknell. James was

born with spina bifida and yet

lived a normal life until his mid

40s. He graduated from Maine

West High School, Des Plaines,

class of 1972. He attended Columbia

College receiving a

Bachelor of Fine Arts. He then

started his professional career

as a photographer working for

Owen Deutsch Photography in

Chicago and then Hewitt Associates

in Lincolnshire. His passion

was working at the drag strip in

Union Grove, Wisconsin where

he would enjoy the races. Jim

loved animals, enjoyed fishing

and was an enormous fan of the

Grateful Dead.

Lovoing brother of Joyce (Arthur)

Willliams of Ann Arbor,

Michigan and John Bicknell of

Evanston, Fond uncle of Sean

(Candyce) Williams of Ann

Arbor, Michigan, Adam (Nicole)

Williams of Ann Arbor,

Michigan and Mark (Ari) Williams

of LosAngeles, California.

Dear nephew of Edward

J. (Phyllis) Bicknell, DVM of

Manhattan, Kansas.

A memorial mass is being

planned for June 2019 at Trinity

Episcopal Church, Highland

Park. Inurnment will be in the

church columbarium.

Rocco Carlo

Rocco Carlo, age 87 of Highwood

passed away surrounded

by his loving family on November

5, 2018 at Highland Park

Hospital. He was born November

7, 1930 in Rosali, Reggio, Calabria,

Italy to the union of Rocco

and Caterina (Mazza) Carlo. On

January 22, 1956 at the Church

of Santa Maria in Rosali, Reggio,

Calabria he married Santa Sciarrone.

The young family then immigrated

to Highwood in 1961

and Rocco worked for his cousins

Scopelliti Landscaping, he

then worked for Siljestrom Fuel

and Paving in Highland Park for

four years. and then retired after

28 years as building maintenance

in the IMC area High School

District 113, Highland Park High

School. Rocco loved fishing, bird

hunting and was a #1 Chicago

Cubs fan. He was a member of

the Highwood Bocce Ball Club.

Beloved husband of Santa.

Loving father of Cathy (Victor)

Carlo-Gallione of Highland Park

and Grace (Elwood) Butcher of

Gilbert, Arizona. Fond nonno of

Rick Barnhill of Framingham,

MA and Julie Barnhill of Highland

Park. Jessica Butcher of

Prescott Valley, AZ and Jennifer

Butcher of Gilbert, AZ. Bisnonno

of Luca James Barnhill.

Dear zio to many. Cousin to the

Mazza Family, Scopelliti Family,

Sciarrone Family, Sherony

Family and the Trapani Family.

He is preceded in death by his

brothers and sisters Francesco

(Francesca) Carlo, Santo (Santa)

Carlo, Santa (Antonio) Cristiano

and Antonia Carlo all of Italy.

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HP resident launches

faux-fur jacket line

Each coat provides

animals with a ride

to shelter

Erin Yarnall, Editor

Chloe Mendel (right) and her partner, Billy Corgan, pose

with a dog at Maison Atia’s pop-up event on Oct. 25 at

PAWS Chicago’s Canine Enrichment Center in Chicago.

Photo submitted by Richard Shay

For Highland Park resident

Chloe Mendel, fashion

has always been in her


Mendel, a sixth-generation

furrier, started working

for her family’s business,

J. Mendel, a designer

fashion label when she was

in middle school.

“I never expected to get

into the business,” Mendel

said. “We grew up around

designers, around furriers,

it was just like a second


Mendel said she “didn’t

know how” she would fit

into the luxury fashion

world, but after interning

for her family’s business,

she made a move on her


In late 2017, she

branched out and started

her company, Maison Atia.

They recently launched

a line of faux-fur jackets,

calling back to Mendel’s

family business, but with

her own spin.

“I felt like there was

room in the world for the

first real luxury faux-fur

brand through the eyes of

a furrier,” Mendel said.

Although she’s in the

sixth generation of her

family to be involved

in luxury fashion and

fur, Mendel said she’s

the first woman to lead a


“It’s pretty cool,” Mendel

said. “My grandmother

really inspired my grandfather

in their relationship.

My grandfather had an

atelier and a store in Paris.

You saw it as a relationship

that was really equal,

[but] my grandfather was

the face of the company.”

“Being a girl, I’m also

the face,” Mendel said.

“It’s a different idea

and feeling. We’re in a

different era.”

The recently-released

faux-fur jackets comprise

the company’s second

fall collection, and for it,

they’ve decided to collaborate

with PAWS Chicago.

For each jacket purchased,

Maison Atia

will provide a cat or dog

transportation to a no-kill


“From the beginning,

we were committed to

PAWS Chicago and giving

back,” Mendel said.

Mendel and her partner,

Billy Corgan of the rock

band Smashing Pumpkins,

have adopted four

cats from PAWS Chicago,

and have remained

dedicated to supporting

the animal shelter.

“My partner, Billy, was

one of the first people

to adopt when they had

started,” Mendel said.

As part of the company’s

partnership with PAWS

Chicago, they hosted a

pop up event in the animal

shelter’s Canine Enrichment

Center in Chicago

Oct. 24 through Oct. 28.

PAWS Chicago also operates

a shelter in Highland


Mendel described the

partnership with PAWS

Chicago as “natural,”

because of her family’s

previous work with the


The idea came about

when Mendel, Corgan and

their son were shooting

the cover for the Summer/

Fall 2018 issue of PAWS

Chicago Magazine.

“I was sitting with

PAWS’ founder, Paula

Fasseas, and her daughter,”

Mendel said. “I was

telling them about my

company I was starting,

and what we can do to contribute

to PAWS in a way

that made sense.”

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Dining Out

Glencoe’s Little Red Hen still soaring after 40 years


restaurant adding

fresh, ‘clean’


Jason Addy

Contributing Editor

When Jim Ryba bought

into the Little Red Hen

franchise in February

1978, the idea of his restaurant

in Glencoe outliving

the brand likely never

crossed his mind.

Forty years later, the

Little Red Hen is still

pumping out classic fried

chicken, ribs, pizza and

more at its original location

at 653 Vernon Ave. in

the village.

Over those four decades,

the menu stayed

true to its roots. But since

Jim Ryba’s daughter Lisa

took over the business

a few years back, she’s

been adding fresh and

clean new options — like

grilled corn, sweet potato

fries and gluten-free buns

— to the list of Little Red

Hen go-tos.

Growing up in the

quaint downtown Glencoe

restaurant since she was 3

years old, Ryba said she

always knew she wanted

to go to culinary school

and open up her own

place one day.

“Dad wanted to keep

us out of trouble, so he

always had us working

when we were young,

keeping an eye on us,”

Ryba said of the childhood

of her and her

siblings in the restaurant.

After graduating from

Kendall College in Chicago

with a degree in culinary

arts, Ryba was well

on her way to realizing

that dream, but instead

Barbecue baby back ribs ($21 for full slab) are another


she came back to the place

she already knew so well.

“I thought about maybe

opening my own place

and everyone was like,

‘You’re crazy. It’s a tough

business. You already

have (Little Red Hen),’”

Ryba said. “So I decided

to stay here and help out.”

A group of 22nd Century

Media editors stopped

by the Little Red Hen in

Glencoe to find out how

the Rybas’ restaurant has

remained the talk of the

town for the past four


To start off our meal,

we tried two of Lisa Ryba’s

fresh additions to the

classic menu.

The restaurant serves

its summer salad ($9)

with artichoke hearts,

tomatoes, dried cranberries,

pistachio nuts, blue

cheese and carrots, giving

the dish a bit of an

autumnal feel as well.

For those looking for a

little bit of flare in their

salad, the southwest salad

($7.50) delivers with

barbecue chicken breast,

grilled corn, tomatoes,

cucumbers and grated

cheese piled on a generous

heap of greens. Diners

can choose any of eight

salad dressings.

Next, we sampled Little

Red Hen’s fried chicken

($10.50 for 4-piece dinner).

The made-to-order

cut of chicken featured

an ultra-crispy breading

worth risking slight burns

for with each bite.

To finish, Ryba served

up some barbecue baby

back ribs ($21 for full

slab). All dinners at Little

Red Hen are served with

French fries or sweet potato

fries, coleslaw and a

dinner roll.

The restaurant’s extensive

menu also features a

number of popular items,

including thin-crust and

deep-dish pizza, Italian

beef sandwiches, cheeseburgers,

wraps, hot dogs,

and more, with most options

coming in under


Ryba and her team are

also seasoned pros at

cranking out large orders,

having participated in the

lunch program at Glencoe

School District 35 for a

number of years.

Little Red Hen’s online

menu allows diners to order

anywhere from 2-50

pieces of chicken ($7.75-

$90), a family-sized baby

rack ribs meal with three

One of the most popular items on the menu at Glencoe’s Little Red Hen is the madeto-order

fried chicken ($10.50 for 4-piece dinner). Photos by Eric DeGrechie/22nd

Century Media

The summer salad ($9) features artichoke hearts, tomatoes, dried cranberries, pistachio

nuts, blue cheese and carrots.

full slabs and all the fixings

($65), and a pound

of shrimp with tartar and

cocktail sauces ($24).

Diners around the North

Shore can now enjoy Ryba’s

menu from the comfort

of their own homes or

easily cater their evening

get-togethers, with the

restaurant recently starting

to use delivery services

like Grubhub and


The restaurant now offers

delivery from 11

a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every

day to locations in

Glencoe and Winnetka,

and most places in

Highland Park, Northbrook

and Northfield, a

move that has boosted

business, Ryba said.

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Thinking about traveling

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For grandparents,

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new appreciation for their

grandparents’ wisdom and


When Elise Frost of

Highland Park, Ill. took

a cruise to Alaska with

her parents, siblings and

extended families, their

favorite excursion was the

float plane ride.

“We all donned headphones

and flew across

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Frost said. “The views

were exquisite and years

later, my kids still talk

about it.”

Frost also had an

opportunity to visit the

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her parents, siblings and


“Traveling to the Galapagos

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adventure,” Frost

said. “Being together

made it more fun and less

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to watch my daughter help

her grandparents get on

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A cruise offers the best

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it’s the quiet moments,

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there are Kids Clubs for

the younger set as well as

fitness classes and art auctions

for the adults.

Discover great


Of course, the king of

multi-generation travel

is any Disney property.

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wander through the Magic

Kingdom or California

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Alexandra Pielet

Pielet is a senior at Highland Park High

School and is committed to Auburn University

to ride equestrian next year.

How did you started riding?

I started riding when I was 6 years old.

My mom took me to a dude ranch, and

she used to ride when she was younger,

and when we were done she asked me if

I wanted to try English when we came

home. The moment we came home I started

and never stopped.

Why do you love horseback riding?

It’s really fun because not only do you

create a really cool connection with the

horses, you have coaches in your life and

you work with friends in your barn, so

you have good team work. The environment

was so different and so much fun to

be with people that I don’t go to school


What is the most challenging part

of the sport for you?

So, I fly every single weekend, because

I don’t ride in state. I ride out of Katonah,

New York in the summer and in Wellington,

Florida, in the winter. It’s really

challenging with school to get on a plane,

go for the weekend and then go to school

Monday through Thursday and then do it


Do you ever get sick of traveling

since you’re doing it so much?

Yeah, I mean since I love what I do it’s

worth it, but I would say it would be ideal

to live in New York and then in the winter

stay down there. This year I’m graduating

early so I’m able to stay down in Florida

all winter.

How many horses do you own?

As of right now I own three. Right

now they’re in New York but they’ll head

down to Florida in a few weeks.

What is one thing people don’t

know about you?

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I used to play tennis before I got into

this. I loved tennis but all my time and energy

went into this. Another thing people

don’t know about me is how hard I work

for this. They know I travel a lot but they

don’t know what I compete in. When I

come home with ribbons or medals and

it’s cool when I have them all over my

room, so my friends see that I did well.

If you could travel anywhere in the

world, where would you go?

I really want to go to Europe. I’ve never

been and there is just so much there.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I watch a ton of Netflix.

What are you binge watching right


Right now I’m watching “Criminal


What is your favorite movie?


“The Greatest Showman.” I love singing

along with them, it’s so much fun.

Interview by Sports Editor Brittany Kapa

The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys recap another huge Loyola

football win, preview title game

Staff report

In this week’s episode of

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the only podcast focused

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football game in the

state championship after an

upset semifinal win, while

also announcing 22nd Century

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First Quarter

Michal Dwojak and Michael

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FooTball (oFFenSe)

FirST Team

Welcome to the 22nd Century Media All-Area team: Team 22. Thanks to help from

area coaches and the eyes of 22nd Century Media staff, the best players were

selected from the six high schools — New Trier (NT), Loyola Academy (LA), Glenbrook

North (GBN), Glenbrook South (GBS), Highland Park (HP) and Lake Forest (LF) — in

our coverage area.

Second Team


Dylan Buckner, GBN sophomore

• 1,804 yards, 14 TDs; After quite the

varsity debut, Buckner led his team to

a 7-2 record and a playoff bid.


Carson Ochsenhirt, NT senior

• 1,468 passing yards, 10 TDs,

787 rushing yards, 6 rushing

TDs; The dual-threat QB earned

Central Suburban League All-

Conference honors and made

big plays.

Wide receiver

Ben Kieffer, GBN senior

• 30 catches, 735 yards, 9

TDs; In a balanced offense,

Kieffer was the Spartans’ go-to

receiver. The senior was named

to the CSL All-Conference Team

for his impressive season.

Offensive Lineman

Chase Bahr, LF senior

• The senior is a University of

Pennsylvania commit and twotime

NSC All-Conference First

Team member, who helped pave

the way for Thomas this season.

running back

Tom Motzko, HP senior

• 732 yards, 11 TDs; The

dynamic RB, who is headed

to South Dakota State next

season, averaged over seven

yards per carry and was named

to the CSL All-Conference team.

Wide receiver

Ryan Cekay, LF senior

• 40 catches, 588 yards, 4 TDs;

A Colgate University commit,

Cekay earned his second First

Team NSC All-Conference honor,

even after spending time at

multiple positions.

Offensive Lineman

Trent Williams, GBN senior

• The versatile lineman led the

way for an offensive line that

punished opponents on the


running back

Jacob Thomas, LF senior

• 717 yards, 7 TDs; Thomas’

running helped lead the Scouts

to some big offensive numbers.

He earned a North Suburban

Conference All-Conference

Honorable Mention nod.

Offensive Lineman

Christopher Kelly, LA junior

• Kelly, also the team’s long

snapper, helped create the

holes for multiple Loyola running

backs. Kelly moved up to First

Team after earning a Second

Team nod in 2017.

Offensive Lineman

Nick Mantis, GBN senior

• The senior played a vital role

in the Spartans’ running attack

during his final season with


Wide receiver

Rory Boos, LA senior

• 38 catches, 588 yards, 6 TDs;

The All-Chicago Catholic League

Blue honoree led the team in

every receiving category. He is

also a repeat Team 22 First-


Offensive Lineman

Kevin Kaufman, HP senior

• 41 tackles, 8 TFL, 6 sacks;

Also a defensive lineman,

Kaufman was an all-around

threat he earned CSL All-Con.

honors, recovered a fumble for

15 yards and blocked a FG.

Honorable mention:

Grant Marino, RB, GBN junior;

Chris Park, RB, GBN senior;

Thomas Hanson, QB, LF senior;

Jared Lombardi, WR, LA senior;

Matthew Mangan, WR, LA


running backs

Brian Sitzer, NT senior

• 599 yards, 13 TDs; Despite

missing multiple games, the CSL All-

Conference selection still led his team.

Jack Jerfita, GBS junior

• 679 yards, 9 TDs; He was the

Titans’ go-to back this season.

Wide receivers

Artie Collins, LA senior

• 32 catches, 414 yards, 4 TDs; The

All-CCL Blue honoree became one

of quarterback Jack Fallon’s favorite

targets in the regular season.

Giancarlo Volpentesta, HP senior

• 32 catches, 448 yards, 4 TDs; The

Giants’ top receiver earned CSL All-

Conference honors and will play for

North Dakota State next season.

Breck Nowik, LF senior

• 24 catches, 468 yards, 3 TDs; Part

of the Scouts’ aerial attack, he had a

season-long catch of 72 yards.

Offensive Linemen

Louie Schaller, GBN junior

• A key cog on the Spartans’ line,

Schaller will be back next year.

Jonny Lipman, HP senior

• The interior lineman was another

reason Motzko was so dominant.

Ben Marwede, LF senior

• Marwede was a leader on a LF line

that came finished short of a playoff


Terry Zapf, NT senior

• An O-line and D-line threat, he

earned CSL All-Conference honors

after helping lead a run-heavy offense.

David Davidkov, NT sophomore

• The youngster on the line, he earned

CSL All-Conference honors.

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the highland park landmark | November 21, 2018 | 29

Football (DEFENSE)

First Team

Welcome to the 22nd Century Media All-Area team: Team 22. Thanks to help

from area coaches, and the eyes of 22nd Century Media staff, the best players

were selected from these six high schools — New Trier (NT), Loyola Academy (LA),

Glenbrook North (GBN), Glenbrook South (GBS), Highland Park (HP) and Lake Forest

(LF) — in our coverage area.

Second Team

Defensive Lineman

Alex Borczyk, GBN junior

• 72 tackles (8 TFL), 11 sacks;

The junior was a force to be

reckoned with en route to being

named to the Central Suburban

League All-Conference team.

Defensive Lineman

Rylie Mills, LF junior

• 37 tackles (20 TFL), 4 sacks;

With 20 TFL, it’s easy to see why

the junior has scholarship offers

from almost every top-college

program in the nation.

Defensive Lineman

Michael Weingardt, GBN senior

• 65 tackles 14 TFL, 6 sacks;

The senior broke out onto the

scene this year as a force on the

GBN line. His efforts earned him

CSL All-Conference honors.

Defensive Lineman

Duke Olges, NT senior

• 26 tackles 10 TFL, 4 sacks;

The senior, a Northwestern

commit, made life tough for

opposing offensive players. His

efforts earned him a CSL All-

Conference nod.

Defensive Linemen

Cam Casey, GBN senior

• 56 tackles (7 TFL), 2 sacks; The

CSL All-Conference player was a

constant in opponents’ backfields.

Ryan Anahari, GBN senior

• 55 tackles (6 TFL), 1 sack; The

senior had a nice breakout season,

filling holes for the Spartans.

Conor Hough, LA senior

• 32 tackles (2 TFL); Hough also

recorded a sack and a fumble

recovery for the Ramblers.

Ryan O’Hara, GBS senior

• 31 tackles, 2.5 sacks; O’Hara

doubled as a tight end, catching 15

passes for 198 yards and 3 TDs.


Macintosh Uihlein, LF


• 57 tackles (7 TFL), 2 sacks;

The versatile sophomore had

20 solo tackles and doubled

as a running back, scoring five


Defensive Back

Jake Gonzalez, LA senior

• 98 tackles, 2 passes broken

up; The senior makes a return to

our list. He led the Ramblers in

tackles, is the school’s all-time

tackle leader and is the CCL Co-

Player of the Year.


Sam Schierloh, LA senior

• 78 tackles (3 TFL), 1 sack;

Schierloh is another productive

linebacker in what seems like

coach John Holecek’s neverending

linebacking corps. He

earned All-CCL Blue honors.

Defensive Back

Mike Kadus, LA senior

• 78 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks;

The senior doubled as a

linebacker and tied for second

on the team in tackles.


Armoni Dixon, LA senior

• 56 tackles (9 TFL), 2 sacks,

1 forced fumble, 1 fumble

recovery; Dixon makes a return

to the First Team, the All-CCL

Blue honoree is a highlyrecruited

Division I prospect.

Defensive Back

Owen Sybert, GBN senior

• 26 tackles, 3 INT, 2 fumble

recoveries; The senior was also

a dangerous weapon in special

teams, returning two kickoffs for


Defensive Back

Donovan Perkins, NT senior

• 38 tackles, 10 passes broken

up, 2 TFL; The senior made

plays and was a key piece in the

New Trier defensive backfield.

His all-around great play earned

him All-CSL honors.

Honorable Mention:

William Wisniewski, LF senior

LB; Matt Cortes, HP senior

DT; Giovanni Volpentesta, HP

sophomore MLB; Danny Baker,

NT senior DB; Nick Pomey, LA

senior DB, Patrick Daniels, LA

senior LB; Edward Eastman,

LA senior DL; Peter Thein, GBS

junior DB.


Aidan Prikos, GBS junior

• 57 tackles, 1 sacks; Prikos was a

key player in the Titans’ defense.

Quinn Sybert, GBN junior

• 75 tackles (2 TFL): The CSL All-

Conference player helped lead the

Spartans to seven wins.

Michael Ciss, GBN junior

• 56 tackles (5 TFL), 1 sack; Ciss

and Sybert make a nice returning

linebacking duo for GBN.

Defensive Backs

Edward Schiedler, LF senior

• 44 tackles, INT; The senior had 19

solo tackles and added a tackle for


William Freeman, LF senior

• 31 tackles; The senior combined

with Schiedler for a nice Scout


Carson Kosanovich, NT senior

• 18 tackles, 3 passes broken up, 2

INT; A two-way player, the senior also

racked up 252 receiving yards and 4

TDs on offense.

Max Luc, GBN senior

• 38 tackles; Luc made it tough for

opponents to throw the ball.

30 | November 21, 2018 | The highland park landmark sports


Giants journeys end in state final prelims

David Jaffe

Freelance Reporter

Highland Park senior

Abby Smith will swim at

the college level next year

at Pomona College in California.

But on Friday, Nov. 16,

she capped off a great high

school swimming career

with her second straight

trip to the IHSA State

preliminaries at Evanston

High School. She finished

her career as a Giant on

the big state stage, which

Smith said meant a lot to


“It’s a lot of fun competing

here,” Smith said.

“I was really glad that my

teammate, Alex Goldin,

also made it because it

makes it even more enjoyable.

Last year when I

first qualified, it was a little

crazy because there are so

many people. I was more

accustomed to it this time.

It’s an exciting meet and

it’s great that this is what

my last high school meet


Smith was 15th in the

100-yard butterfly in 56.56

seconds, but there were

some mixed emotions.

“I wanted to qualify for

the finals,” Smith said.

“My time was actually

higher than my sectional

time so I was hoping for

a faster time. But I went

out there, and raced, and I

think there’s still a lot I can

be happy with in terms of

how I competed.”

Smith also swam in the

200 individual medley;

she finished 25th with a

time of 2:09.89. Smith felt

she made big strides in

other strokes besides the

fly, her strength.

“The breaststroke is

definitely where I showed

the most improvement

because of the training I

did for it,” Smith said. “I

decided before the season

that I was going to

compete in the IM. In the

past I haven’t been able to

make up my mind what

my other event is. This

year my coach said, you

can’t do that this time. So

it benefitted me knowing

early on I would be doing

the IM.”

Goldin qualified for

state as a freshman. And

though she was told just

how big the crowd was,

seeing it was a whole different


“It’s kind of intimidating,”

Goldin said. “I honestly

didn’t realize how

crowded it was going to

get. It was a bit nervewracking

and I don’t know

if it had any affect on how I

swam but it was unexpected.

I think what I’m taking

from competing here

is you have to know what

meets are necessary to

expend energy and which

ones you may have to hold

back. It’s hard to persevere

through the whole season

and know what times you

need to get. I’ll have to

know which meets I need

to be more energized for

but I know what to expect


Goldin finished 34th in

the 50 freestyle in 24.58.

But just being able to compete

in the state meet is

what stayed with her more

than anything else.

“I was a little bit disappointed

with my swim and

my time,” Goldin said.

“But I’m happy I was able

to get here. You can’t always

expect to be able to

drop time in every single

meet. I felt better about

how I swam at conference

and sectionals but there’s

still a lot I can appreciate

being here.”








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■Nov. ■ 24 - at Kaneland Quad, 10 a.m.

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■Nov. ■ 27 - hosts Evanston, 5:30 p.m.

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■Nov. ■ 27 - at Glenbrook South, 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball

■Nov. ■ 29 - at Maine West, 7 p.m.

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■Nov. ■ 25 - hosts Glenbrook, 7:30 p.m.

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the highland park landmark | November 21, 2018 | 31

HP celebrates 10 during signing day event

22nd Century Media File



Stars of the


1. Abby Smith


The Giants’ senior

swimmer finished

15th in the state

prelims in the

100-yard butterfly

and placed 25th

in the 200 IM.

2. Alex Goldin

The Highland

Park freshman

competed at state

for the first time

in the 50 free and

finished 34th in

24.58 seconds

on the first day of


3. Tom Motzko

The South Dakota

State University

commit earned

himself a spot on

our First Team,

Team 22 list after

being HP’s go-to

running back.

Brittany Kapa, Sports Editor

National Letter of Intent

Day, for many athletes,

marks the culmination of

years of hard work into a

tangible accomplishment.

Ten athletes from eight

sports committed to play

college athletics next year

with eight of the 10 athletes

going to NCAA Division-I


Athletes at Highland

Park High School celebrated

their commitments

to various colleges with

family, friends and coaches

looking on Wednesday,

Nov. 14.

Taylor Gilling’s superb

showing at the track state

finals this past spring resulted

in a flood of offers,

but the University of Wisconsin-Madison

stood out

from the others.

“It just felt right,” Gilling


A game day visit cemented

her decision to

Game of the Week:

• Loyola Academy (10-3) vs. Brother Rice (13-0)

Other matchups:

• Nazareth Academy (12-1) vs. St. Charles North


• Crete-Monee (10-3) vs. Cary-Grove (13-0)

• Joliet Catholic Academy (9-4) vs. Montini (12-1)

• IC Catholic (13-0) vs. McNamara (12-1)

• Byron (13-0) vs. Monticello (13-0)

• Maroa-Forsyth (13-0) vs. Gibson City Melvin-

Sibley (13-0)

• Camp Point Central (12-1) vs. Forreston (11-2)

commit to the college.

“Along with the experience,

the academics there

it’s just really great,” she

said. “I knew it was a great

opportunity that I should

take advantage of.”

For Giancarlo Volpentesta,

one of the Giant’s

wide receivers, he knew

North Dakota State University

was the school for

him even before going on

a visit.

When he finally did go

on an official visit, Volpentesta

knew right away

NDSU was the school for


“When I came in all the

coaches knew who I was,

and a lot of the coaches

there were helping me out

during drills,” he said. “I

could tell that they really

liked me at camp.

“People don’t really realize

how hard you have to

work, and how much has

to be put into it to accomplish

something like this. I




• Loyola Academy 27, Brother Rice 21

As Mr. Dwojak says, it’s the Loyola

“revenge tour,” and it ain’t stopping


• St. Charles North

• Crete-Monee

• Joliet Catholic

• IC Catholic

• Monticello

• Maroa-Forsyth

• Camp Point Central


feel pretty special.”

Girls volleyball player

and outside hitter Ireland

Hieb’s experience with

college recruitment moved

faster than she could have

imagined. For Hieb, the

process started in early

June, and by the end of the

month she was unofficially

committed to Eastern Illinois


Originally from Washington

state, Hieb always

thought she would head

out west for college.

“I never would have

thought that a school I

was talking to for a month

I would commit to, but

crazy things happen,” she

said. “The coaches, they

really care about you as a

person not just an athlete.

They care about life after

college and preparing

you just for your journey

in life. No other coaches

were like that to me, and

that was something really



Sports Editor

• Loyola Academy 24, Brother Rice 14

The Ramblers momentum can’t be

stopped; they claim their prize.

• St. Charles North

• Cary-Grove

• Montini

• IC Catholic

• Byron

• Maroa-Forsyth

• Camp Point Central



Contributing Sports Editor

• Loyola Academy 17, Brother Rice 14

The Ramblers finish their revenge

tour, taking down a tough Brother

Rice team that pounded them this


• Nazareth

• Cary-Grove

• Montini

• IC Catholic

• Monticello

• Gibson City

• Camp Point Central

Jolie Carl (far left), Ireland Hieb (middle) and Taylor

Gilling are all smiles at Highland Park High School’s

National Letter of Intent signing ceremony Wednesday,

Nov. 14 in Highland Park. Brittany Kapa/22nd Century


2018 Fall Signing Day

Bradley Goldstein, Golf – Stetson University

Tom Motzko, Football – South Dakota State


Giancarlo Volpentesta, Football – North Dakota

State University

Monique Brual, Tennis – Denison University

Taylor Gilling, Track – University of Wisconsin


Ireland Hieb, Volleyball – Eastern Illinois University

Jolie Carl, Soccer – Washington University

Jeremy Learner, Tennis – Lehigh University

Abby Smith, Swimming – Pomona College

Alexandra Pielet, Equestrian – Auburn University

71-20 67-24


Contributing Sports Editor

• Loyola Academy 21, Brother Rice 14

Loyola’s proven me wrong two

weeks in a row and is playing

really well lately. Ramblers pull

out the win.

• Nazareth

• Cary-Grove

• Montini

• IC Catholic

• Byron

• Maroa-Forsyth

• Forreston


Contributing Editor

• Loyola Academy 17, Brother Rice 14

After Loyola’s playoff run thus far,

it’s hard to doubt this team again.

Ramblers lift the state title to finish

an admirable run.

• Nazareth

• Cary-Grove

• Joliet Catholic

• IC Catholic

• Byron

• Maroa-Forsyth

• Forreston

Listen Up

“I’m happy I was able to get here. You can’t

always expect to drop time in every single


Alex Goldin — HP freshman swimmer, on state swimming

tune in

Boys Ice Hockey The Giants kick off a Thanksgiving

hockey tournament early Friday at Heartland Ice Arena.

• Highland Park vs. Glenbrook, Friday, Nov. 23, 9



27 - The Varsity

27 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Brittany Kapa. Send

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

The highland Park Landmark | November 21, 2018 | HPLandmark.com

Putting Pen to Paper Giants celebrate 10

athletes’ collegiate commitments, Page 31

All-Out Efforts

Smith, Goldin swim against the best

at IHSA state prelims, Page 30



football prowess

secures them

spots on Team

22 all-area team,

Pages 28-29

Highland Park seniors Kevin Kaufman (66) and Tom Motzko (4) were named to 22nd Century Media’s Team 22 allarea

football team for their performance this season. 22nd Century Media File Photo

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