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Festive Spirit

Children shop for gifts

at special holiday shop,

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Dickinson Hall Holiday


Noon, Dec. 13,

Dicknson Hall, 100 E.

Old Mill Road, Lake Forest.

Guests will be greeted

by Hal’s Belles recorder

group as guests enter beautifully

decorated Dickinson

Hall. Enjoy a glass of

wine with appetizers followed

by a delicious luncheon

and dessert. Lola

Bard Holiday Carolers will

be strolling through the

party, dressed in traditional

Victorian garb and singing

festive favorites from

carols to pop music. This

event is $20 for members

and $30 for non members.

For more information, call

(847) 234-2209.

Cooking with Chef Cherise:

Make Ahead Pastries

2 p.m. Dec. 13, Lake

Bluff Public Library, 123

E. Scranton Ave., Lake

Bluff. Wouldn’t it be great

to greet family with fresh

pastries that don’t require

getting up early to prepare?

Chef Cherise Slattery

will reveal secrets for

making scones, muffins,

sweet rolls, and pies - days

and even weeks ahead of

time. Delicious samples

of Tart Cherry Chocolate

Scones and Morning Delight

Muffins will be included.

For more information,

call (847) 234-2540.


Charlie Brown Christmas

Jazz with the Chris White


7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 14,

Gorton Community Center,

400 E. Illinois Road,

Lake Forest. Join Chris

White and his trio for

a Charlie Brown Jazz

Christmas Concert! Come

listen to the holiday music

of Vince Guaraldi, better

known as “the Peanuts

composer”, at Gorton. The

Chris White Trio will tickle

the ivories and delight

the senses as they entertain

everyone right into the

holiday mood with these

well-known favorites. For

more information, call

(847) 234-6060.


Gingerbread House

Decorating Party

1-3 p.m. Dec. 16, Gorton

Community Center, 400 E.

Illinois Road, Lake Forest.

Celebrate the magic of the

season and decorate a tasty

treat. Let your creative

juices flow as you turn

your freshly baked house

into a edible masterpiece.

Each registration is for one

gingerbread house and up

to 6 people. $60 per group.

For more information, call

(847) 234-6060.


Hurray For Winter

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec.

18-21, Lake Forest Recreation

Center, 400 Hastings

Road, Lake Forest. Come

on these winter break days

to keep the kiddos bus.

The days will be semistructured,

packed with

wintry fun using cooking,

art, science, and play. For

more information, call

(847) 234-6700.

The Peak Interview

6:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Career

Resource Center,

Grove Cultural Campus,

40 E. Old Mill Road, Suite

105, Lake Forest. In this

session, Bill Burnett will

show how to leverage the

Peak/End phenomenon to

prepare for and deliver an

outstanding interview. In

this session Bill will cover

best practices, including

creating interesting stories

around accomplishments

and how to skillfully deliver

a memorable interview.

This event is free

for members and $20 for

guests. For more information,

call (847) 295-5626.


Music Appreciation with

Jim Kendros: Festive

Strings, Festive Voices

10:30 a.m. Dec. 19,

Dicknson Hall, 100 E. Old

Mill Road, Lake Forest.

Music researcher and composer

Jim Kendros returns

to guide guests through the

fascinating lives and times

of the great composers.

This event is $5 for members

and $10 for guests.

For more information, call

(847) 234-2209.

Winter Adult Crafts

1:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Lake

Bluff Public Library, 123

E. Scranton Ave., Lake

Bluff. Join Liliana to make

wonderful winter crafts. In

December, make a magical

snow globe in a jar. Meet

new friends, have fun, and

get creative at Adult Crafts.

All materials are provided.

For more information, call

(847) 234-2540.


Barry Bradford Lectures:

‘Looking Back; Looking


10 a.m. Dec. 21, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old Mill

Road, Lake Forest. Barry

is a well-known, awardwinning


speaker, historian and

writer on popular culture.

This event is free for members

and $10 for guests.

For more information, call

(847) 234-2209.

Dickinson Hall’s New

Year’s Brunch

11 a.m. Dec. 28, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old Mill

Road, Lake Forest. It may

not be Dec. 31 or midnight,

but come to “Ring in

the New Year” with a glass

of champagne and a delicious

brunch as we count

down to noon on our last

day of 2018 together. The

beautiful, talented, blues

sensation Ivy Ford is coming

back to entertain. This

event is $20 for members

and $30 for guests. For

more information, call

(847) 234-2209.


Go Walk

8 a.m. every Tuesday

morning at the Lake Bluff

Recreation Center, 355 W.

Washington Ave., Lake

Bluff. Free for all Lake

Forest/Lake Bluff residents.

Walks will be held

outdoors, weather permitting,

year round. On

inclement days, walkers

will be able to use the Fitness

Center’s indoor track.

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Joseph and The Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat

Variety of show times

Nov. 16-Dec. 23, Citadel

Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan

Road, Lake Forest.

Joseph and the Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat is

a reimagining of the Biblical

story of Joseph, his

father Jacob, eleven brothers

and the coat of many

colors. Come celebrate the

holidays with your family

at this inspirational and

rollicking musical extravaganza.

For more information,

and show times, visit


Social Bridge Play

7-9 p.m. every Thursdays,

First Presbyterian

Church, 700 N. Sheridan

Road. Lake Forest.

The Deacons of First

Presbyterian Church are

hosting weekly Social

Bridge Play. Brief Bridge

lesson given at the beginning,

followed by social

play. All Levels welcome.

No partner required, dropins

welcome. Beginner

Bridge Instruction available

separate from social

play. For more information,

call (224) 544-1959.

Memory Care & Adult Day


1:30-2:30 p.m. every

Thursday, The Sheridan

at Green Oaks, 29300 N.

Waukegan Road, Lake

Bluff. Come for a meaningful

targeted programming

to help people suffering

with dementia.

Songs by Heart Foundation

bringing beautifully

sung music and dancing to

the residents. For more information,

call (224) 723-


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Second cocktails event aids fundraising efforts for LF parks

Ronnie Wachter

Freelance Reporter

When Santa and Mrs.

Claus burst through the

doors of the Northcroft

Park Pavilion for the first

of their three-night stay on

the North Shore, it brought

to some visitors’ minds

a pair of vital questions:

Where are they staying?

And, are the organizers of

the fundraising event they

came to support paying for

a hotel for the world’s most

famous couple?

Those organizers are

the Friends of Lake Forest

Parks and Recreation

Foundation, and the Friday,

Dec. 7 event opened

a weekend of Christmasthemed

fundraising events

all of which would benefit

park users in 2019.

The second-annual

Cocktails with the Clauses

kicked off a slew of holiday

celebrations for the weekend,

leading into the Dec.

8 and 9 Dinner with Santa

events, all were held at the

Northcroft Park Pavilion in

Lake Forest.

As a crowd of about 60

registered guests began to

file into the usually openair

pavilion, which was

enclosed for the event, Ara

Goshgarian, Friends vice

president and event cochair,

said he anticipated increased

donations from both

the Friday night adults-only

cocktail hour, and the thirdannual

Santa sessions.

“We’re expecting yearover-year

growth,” Goshgarian


The cocktail night included

a buffet and a magician,

who drew plenty

of shouts from the crowd.

Sally Swarthout, the director

of parks, recreation

and forestry for Lake Forest,

said the following dinners

would involve cookie

decorating, elf dancing, toy

making and more.

The first cocktail event

raised more than $7,000,

Goshgarian said, which

they contributed to the parks

department’s general fund.

The Friends also organize

a golf outing in June; Goshgarian

said he and fellow

V.P. Steve Malin brought

the proceeds from this

year’s event — a $25,000

check — to Swarthout’s department

in November.

Extra funding could go a

long way for the parks department

this year, which

showed the final draft of

its 10-year comprehensive

plan update to the City

Council on Dec. 4.

At the cocktail night,

Phil Amak said he and his

wife, Laura, moved to Lake

Forest from Vernon Hills in


“I’ve always wanted to

be part of the community,”

he said.

Rick Amos, a Friends

board member, said he was

pleased with how the second

edition of Cocktails

with the Clauses came together.

“It’s a great way to serve,

have some fun,” he said.

“It’s one of the things that

makes people feel good

about living here.”

The Clauses appeared

to feel good about visiting

here, but were too busy

mingling to give any comments.

Swarthout noted,

though, that their appearance

had not taken a penny

out of the Friends’ donation

total — there were no hotel

fees involved, since the

couple were returning to

the North Pole every night.

“We have a special

connection with them,”

Swarthout said. “It’s Santa.”

Gary Kantor (right) performs magic tricks for a group of people at the Cocktails with the Clauses event held at

Northcroft Park Friday, Dec. 7, in Lake Forest. Photos by Alex Newman/22nd Century Media

Andrea O’Neil (right) takes a turn around the room with Santa at the event in which the proceeds were donated to

Lake Forest’s general parks fund.

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New city manager appointment

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Stephanie Kim

Freelance Reporter

In January, Lake Forest

will usher in a new year

and a new city manager.

The Lake Forest City

Council unanimously approved

Mayor Robert Lansing’s

appointment of Jason

Wicha as city manager

during the City Council

meeting Monday, Dec. 3.

Wicha will begin his

term Jan. 28, bringing with

him 12 years of experience

in the profession. He has

served as the assistant village

manager in Skokie for

four years and as the village

administrator of Thornton,

Ill., in the six years prior.

“We look forward to becoming

a part of this community

and growing in this

community in the years

ahead,” Wicha said at the

Dec. 3 City Council meeting,

joined by his wife and

two children.

“As I’ve said before,

Lake Forest has a reputation

of being the premier

municipality organization,”

he added. “And I

look forward to working

with all of you guys in the

months and years ahead to

help carry out your vision

for the community.”

Wicha’s appointment

comes after longtime City

Manager Bob Kiely announced

his plan for retirement

in July.

Appointed as City Manager

in 1990, Kiely is the

eighth and longest-serving

city manager in Lake

Forest’s history — working

with nine mayors and

more than 50 aldermen

and women throughout his


A 1979 Lake Forest

Round it up:

A brief recap of City Council action from Dec. 3

• The City Council passed an ordinance approving

a fee schedule and an ordinance adopting new

fees related to public works, including a $1,500

water meter contractor bond fee and an increase in

charge for an extra residential recycling cart from

$55 to $75.

• Hansa Coffee Roasters is set to open a new

coffee shop at the Central Business District Train

Station, 714 N. McKinley, following the city council’s

approval of a five-year sublease agreement, with a

five-year renewal option. Co-owners Tom Maegdlin

and Kevin Kane said they hope to open the shop by


• After some discussion, the City Council agreed to

waive the bid process of projects costing upwards

of $800,000.

College graduate, Kiely

started his career as Lake

Forest’s assistant city manager

from 1980 to 1982.

He continued his role as

assistant to the village

manager in Wilmette for

four years and assumed his

first manager’s position as

the Prospect Heights City

Administrator for another

year four years, before returning

to Lake Forest in


In his near-three decades

as city manager, Kiely has

helped Lake Forest maintain

its Triple-A bond rating

and the lowest tax rate

in Lake County. He’s also

helped guide the community

in renovating City

Hall, Elawa Farms, Forest

Park and the Deerpath

Golf Course, among other


Additionally, Kiely

has served on the Illinois

Municipal League’s Legislative

Committee, the

International City/County

Management Association,

and the Intergovernmental

Risk Management Agency.

Kiely said he thinks the

council made an “excellent

decision” in choosing Wicha

and is confident he’ll

be successful in the role.

“It’s been an honor and

privilege to serve this fine

community,” Kiely said.

“It’s almost scary how

quickly 28 years can go

when you’re having fun,

and it has been fun over

that 28-year period of


In honor of Kiely’s long

tenure, the patio at Deerpath

Golf Course will be

renamed the “Bob Kiely

Patio.” Mayor Lansing

presented Kiely with a

plaque of the approved

resolution Monday night.

2018 proposed tax levy

of $32.3 million receives


The city council also

unanimously approved an

ordinance establishing the

2018 proposed tax levy

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Police Reports

Lake Bluff man charged with speeding, drug possession

Daniel A. Gomes, 18, of

the 1-100 block of Heathrow

Court in Lake Bluff,

was charged with speeding

57 mph in a posted 45 mph

speed zone and disobeying

a traffic control device,

and Eric P. White, 18, of

Waukegan, was charged

with possession of cannabis

and possession of drug

paraphernalia at 12:18

Just in time for the

best gifts this holiday season!

a.m. in the intersection

of Waukegan Road and

Route 22.

Officers on patrol observed

a blue Volkswagen

speeding southbound on

Waukegan Road near Everett

Road. Police conducted

a traffic stop on the vehicle

and spoke to the driver,

identified as Gomes, about

his driving. Officers immediately

smelled the

odor of cannabis coming

from the vehicle and observed

loose cannabis in

the car and on the jacket

of the passenger, identified

as White. White was later

found in possession of a

small amount of cannabis

and drug paraphernalia.

In other police news:

Lake Forest:

Dec. 2:

• Thomas C. Burns, 55, of

the 1300 block of N. Western

Avenue in Lake Forest,

was charged with driving

with a suspended driver’s

license at 9:28 p.m. in the

1300 block of N. Western

Avenue. Police officers patrolling

the area conducted

a traffic stop on a maroon

van after determining the

registered owner of the vehicle,

identified as Burns’,

driver’s license was suspended.

Officers spoke

with the driver, and verified

his license was suspended

at the time of the

traffic stop.


Lake Forest Leader’s Police

Reports are compiled from

official reports found on file

at the Lake Forest and Lake

Bluff Police Department

headquarters. Individuals

named in these reports are

considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

the court of law.


From Page 4

of $32.3 million, which

reflects a 3.1 percent increase

over the 2017 tax

levy extension.

Finance director Elizabeth

Holleb noted the only

change from the first reading

of the ordinance is a

$915,000 transfer from the

general fund to the capital

improvements levy, as

the sanitation fee will be

moved to the general fund

in fiscal year 2020 and increased

to $12 per month.

An average $800,000

household will see an $87,

or 2.6 percent, increase in

the portion of their tax bill

related to the city and library,

Holleb added.





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Lake Bluff Troop 42 welcomes five new Eagle Scouts

Submitted by Lake Bluff

Boy Scout Troop 42

Lake Bluff Boy Scout

Troop 42 celebrated five

new Eagle Scouts in a

joint ceremony Dec. 2.

Guests came from around

the country to celebrate

the achievements of Tyler

Hansen, Ethan Lane, Joshua

Lane, Casey Murray,

and Ben Rosa. Eagle Scout

is the highest advancement

rank in boy scouting. Only

4 percent of people who

start Scouting become

Eagle Scouts, so the members

of Troop 42 were especially

proud to celebrate

five Eagle Scouts at this

Court of Honor.

Becoming an Eagle

Scout requires earning 21

merit badges and completing

a community service

project that demonstrates

leadership. These Scouts’

projects included work

at the Lake Bluff Beach,

Lake Bluff Ravine Park,

and local churches. All

five Scouts earned well

over the required number

of merit badges, with subjects

ranging from staples

like camping, canoeing

and first aid, to newer subjects

like nuclear science,

space exploration, and

robotics. Scout Murray

earned an exceptional 38

merit badges.

Congressman Brad

Schneider was a special

guest at the ceremony. He

presented each new Eagle

Scout with a flag flown

over the Capitol in Washington,

D.C., and congratulated

the Scouts for their


Lake Bluff Village President

Kathy O’Hara presented

each Eagle Scout with a

Lake Bluff Village Flag.

President O’Hara spoke

about the history of Troop

42, which has been active

in Lake Bluff since 1929.

She thanked the Scouts for

their projects, which benefitted

the local community

and Lake Bluff’s natural


Also present was Mel

Ellingsen, the Eagle Scout

Program Chairman for

the Marine Corps League,

Lake County Detachment

No.801, who presented

each Eagle Scout with a

KA-BAR knife and spoke

of the importance of public

service. The bugle calls

at the ceremony were performed

by Mark Smirnov

of the Lake Forest High

School band. Pastor Ga-

Hyung Kim of Grace United

Methodist Church gave

the benediction at the close

of the ceremony.

Scoutmaster Andrew

Rosa said that these five

Scouts joined Troop 42 together

in 2013.

“These boys have been

outstanding Scouts. They

have been the backbone

of the troop for years, and

we are all very proud of

their accomplishments,”

he said.

Over the last five years,

these Scouts participated

in many campouts and other

activities together. They

traveled to high-adventure

camps around the country

for extended camping and

treks, and visited the Makajawan

Scout Reservation

in Wisconsin in the

summers with the troop.

The Scouts had a chance

to recount some memories

during the ceremony, and

several of them mentioned

climbing Mount Baldy at

the Philmont Scout Ranch

in New Mexico. They said

that climbing the mountain,

which reaches an

elevation of 12,441 feet,

was the hardest, but most

rewarding, part of their

12-day trek. The Scouts

also shared memories of a

trip to the Florida National

Lake Bluff Village President Kathy O’Hara (left to right) with new Eagle Scouts from Lake Bluff Boy Scout Troop 42:

Tyler Hansen, Ethan Lane, Joshua Lane, Ben Rosa, and Casey Murray, and Congressman Brad Schneider pose for

a photo. Photo Submitted

High Adventure Sea Base

in the Florida Keys, where

they paddled their gear to

a primitive barrier island,

camped for a week, and

explored the ocean environment.

About 15 people in attendance

at the ceremony

had previously achieved

the rank of Eagle Scout,

and they joined Lake

Bluff’s Christopher Fischer,

an Eagle Scout and

former member of Troop

42, in administering the

Eagle charge during the

ceremony. Among those

in attendance were a number

of Eagle Scouts from

Ben Rosa’s family: his

father, Scoutmaster Andrew

Rosa, grandfather

Neil Dahlmann, uncle

Richard Dahlmann, and

cousin Alex Dahlmann.

His great-grandfather, Ben

Dahlmann, was an Eagle

Scout in the 1920s in Chicago,

making Ben Rosa

a rare fourth-generation

Eagle Scout.

The ceremony was a

celebration of accomplishment,

friendship, and family

– especially brothers.

Joshua and Ethan Lane are

twin brothers, and Tyler

Hansen’s younger brother

Jake Hansen served as

Master of Ceremony for

the Court of Honor, leading

the entire event. In

addition to the father-son

Eagle Scouts of Ben and

Andrew Rosa, Casey Murray’s

father, Jim Murray,

is also an Eagle Scout.

Tyler Hansen gave a special

shout-out to his father,

Clint Hansen, an Assistant

Scoutmaster who has attended

scout meetings,

campouts, trips to Camp

Makajawan in Wisconsin,

and high adventure trips

with Troop 42. Joshua and

Ethan Lane’s father, David

Lane, served for many

years on the Troop Committee,

alongside Casey

Murray’s mother, Kate

Murray, who has served

as the Advancement Chair

for Troop 42 for the past

few years. As Scoutmaster

Rosa explained, “this troop

has an incredible amount

of family involvement. It’s

a boy-led organization, so

the boys are leaders and

make decisions, but the

support and mentorship of

families really make this

a successful and special


An additional three

Scouts from Troop 42 have

reached the rank of Eagle

Scout in the last year:

Samuel Pasquesi, Oliver

Pasquesi, and Andrew

Wehmeyer. The troop is

growing, recently accepting

an incoming class of

14 new Scouts. One new

Scout, Jackson Schwartz,

was honored at the Eagle

Scout celebration for being

the youngest scout present,

receiving the first piece of

cake along with Lake Bluff

resident Neil Dahlmann,

who was the most senior

Eagle Scout present. Reflecting

on the event and

his own experience with

scouting, Dahlmann said,

“the values you learn in

scouting stick with you for

your whole life, especially

learning how to contribute

to your community and be

a good citizen.”

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Robin Zafirovski (center) and Mike Zafirovski (right), of Lake Forest, were presented

with the distinguished 2018 Navy SEAL Foundation Patriot Award at the Midwest

Evening of Tribute Sept. 6 in Chicago. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Lake Forest residents receive Navy

SEAL Foundation Patriot Award

Submitted by Navy SEAL


Hundreds of patriots,

executives and heroes as

friends and supports took

over the The Hilton Ballroom

in Chicago to honor

the Navy SEAL Foundation

for the 2018 Midwest

Evening of Tribute Sept. 6.

This yearly Chicago

event, which draws attendance

from all over

the Midwest, recognizes

the courage, commitment

and sacrifices of the Naval

Special Warfare community,

giving citizens an

opportunity to show their

gratitude and support for

these outstanding warriors

and families.

This year’s event raised

5 million dollars in support

of the Navy SEAL Foundation’s

mission — which

includes a one million dollar

matching gift from Ken

Griffin, Founder of Citadel


Robin and Mike Zafirovski,

of Lake Forest,

well-known philanthropists

and supporters of the

Foundation were presented

with the distinguished

2018 Navy SEAL Foundation

Patriot Award by

Strong for their unwavering

support, loyalty, perseverance,

and determination

in helping others.

“As individuals and as

a family, Robin and Mike

serve others in all they do

and are called to a higher

duty – serving humanity,”

said Strong.

Upon accepting the

award, both Robin and

Mike spoke of patriotism,

and what it means to their

family. They thanked their

children Matt, Kirk and

Todd, who were all in attendance,

for their example

and they expressed their

gratitude for being honored

by the Foundation.

“It’s terrific to share this

evening with so many great

supporters of the Navy

SEAL Foundation and,

most especially, with our

family and close friends,”

Robin Zafirovski said. “In

many ways, this award belongs

jointly to all of you

who have stood by our

side over the years offering

financial contributions,

partnership, talent and

encouragement. We are

so impressed by the mission

and work of the Navy

SEAL Foundation in offering

a variety of programs to

provide care, education and

vital support for our Navy

SEALs and their families,

and, most especially during

critical moments of illness,

injury and loss.”

After dinner, Rear Admiral

(SEAL) Garry J.

Bonelli, USN, (Ret.) chairman

of the Navy SEAL

Foundation, welcomed

Christina Valentine, Gold

Star and Surviving Spouse

of Senior Chief Special

Warfare Operator Thomas

J. Valentine, to the stage.

Valentine introduced recent

Medal of Honor

recipient Master Chief

Special Warfare Operator

(SEAL) Britt Slabinski,

USN, (Ret.) who gave his


The crowd paid their

respects to the 151 Naval

Special Warfare members

who have passed

away since September 11,

2001, while Petty Officer

First Class Steven Powell,

USN, (Ret.) sang “Amazing

Grace” as the photos

and names of the Fallen

were scrolled.


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Cody and Dexter

The Fiordaliso family,

Lake Forest

Although not from the

same litter, Cody and

Dexter are inseparable.

They do everything

together! Their favorite

pastimes are eating,

sniffing, chasing

bunnies, baying at squirrels, going for walks, and

cuddling. Partners in crime, they will either get

caught in the act, or commit it successfully while

one is on the lookout. We couldn’t love them


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Ex-North Shore Academy

teacher pleads not guilty

to 64 child porn, sexual

assault charges

A former teacher at

schools around the North

Shore pleaded not guilty

Dec. 3 to more than five

dozen felony counts of

child pornography and

sexual assault charges.

Mathew Laird, 33, of

the 3900 block of Triumvera

Drive in Glenview,

was arraigned on 64 felony

charges during a short

hearing at the Cook County

Second District Courthouse

in Skokie.

After the charges were

read, Ralph Meczyk,

Laird’s attorney, told

Judge Lauren Edidin his

client “pleads not guilty to

all charges.”

Laird was arrested Oct.

23 at his home and charged

with five felonies, including

criminal sexual assault

and possession and distribution

of child pornography.

Laird was charged with

sexual assault after a

young woman reported to

authorities that Laird assaulted

her in late 2012

or early 2013 following a

night of studying for college


Prosecutors said the

woman told police she fell

asleep and awoke to Laird

groping and raping her. He

continued to assault her

after she woke up and told

him to stop, prosecutors


During a search of

Laird’s home in September,

Glenview police discovered

Laird videotaped

a portion of the alleged assault

and uploaded it to an

adult-pornography website

without the woman’s consent.

Police also found “several

hundred” pornographic

images and videos

of former high school

students. Police also discovered


materials depicting adults

engaging in sexual activity

with children as young

as 3 years old, prosecutors


At the end of October,

Assistant State’s Attorney

Andreana Turano told the

court Laird is facing additional

charges after more

victims came forward to

authorities to report they

were shown in the materials

found during the September

search of Laird’s

home. Since that Oct. 30

hearing, prosecutors have

filed almost 60 new charges

against Laird.

Reporting by Jason Addy,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at HPLandmark.com.


Glenview Village Board to

reconsider minimum wage,

sick leave ordinances Jan.


The Glenview Village

Board opted out of Cook

County’s new minimum

wage and sick leave ordinances

last year, but

during the Nov. 6 general

election, village residents

voted overwhelmingly in

favor of changing course.

According to Cook

County election results,

approximately 76 percent

of voters in precincts that

include at least a small

section of Glenview registered

their support for a

$13 hourly wage starting

by July 2020, while 82

percent backed a proposal

to provide employees in

the village with paid sick

time benefits.

The questions on the

November ballot read:

- Shall the minimum

wage in your municipality

match the $13 per hour

Cook County minimum

wage law for adults over

the age of 18 by July 1,

2020, and be indexed to

the consumer price index

after that?

- Shall your municipality

match the Cook County

earned sick time law,

which allows for workers

to earn up to 40 hours (5

days) of sick time a year

to take care of their own

health or a family member’s


As a whole, approximately

84 and 89 percent

of Cook County voters, respectively,

supported opting

into the ordinances.

The questions were

posed to voters in every

municipality in Cook

County, regardless of

whether their elected officials

opted into the ordinance,

but local governing

bodies are not obligated to

opt in or out based on their

constituents’ votes.

Reporting by Chris Pullam,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlenviewLantern.



Assisted living and

memory care facility

unanimously rejected

In front of a packed

crowd at Northfield Village

Hall, the Village

Board unanimously rejected

a special-use ordinance

to allow for an assisted living

and memory care facility

at 1622 Willow Road at

its Dec. 4 meeting.

The facility was proposed

to have 44 units,

with 33 assisted living

apartments and 11 memory

care apartments. Trustee

Tom Roszak felt this was

not the right location for

this facility next to a residential


“These uses are not

compatible,” Roszak said.

“Having an assisted living

and memory care facility

next to these 200 homes is

not compatible. It would

cause extreme hardship on

the neighbors. I just think

it should be in a more appropriate

location and not

in this location.”

Trustee Greg Lungmus

concurred with his fellow

trustee Roszak that this

was not the right place for

this facility.

“I think there’s a need

for a facility like this and

I’d like to see one built in

Northfield, but not in this

location,” Lungmus said.

“I’m excited about the idea

that this building could be

reutilized, but at the end of

the day, I really have trouble

with the structure itself

being used as a memory

residence, so I just don’t

see it working.”

Trustee John Gregorio

was concerned with the

impact this project would

have on the adjacent residential


“I just have too many

issues with the parking,

deliveries, traffic, traffic

safety and ambulance

calls,” he said. “They

talked about a couple a

week, that’s 100 a year.

Most streets in Northfield,

you see two a year. I can’t

support something that requires

a resident of Northfield

to have a semi blocking

their garage.”

Twenty-two Northfield

residents voiced their

thoughts on the proposal

during public comment,

with 20 people against the

project and two in favor.

Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at WinnetkaCurrent.



Winter Express shuttles

residents from Takiff to

Watts for activities

Glencoe families found

the perfect way to cel-

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Lake County essay contest theme centers on violence solution

Submitted by Lake County

State’s Attorney

The Lake County

State’s Attorney Michael

G. Nerheim is pleased to

invite high school students

in Lake County to

participate in an essay

contest for Lake County

Rising, a public statement

demanding the end of violence

perpetrated against


Students are asked to

write an essay of 500

words or less that addresses

the following

questions: (1) What does

a future without violence

look like? (2) How would

it benefit you personally

to have a future free of

violence? and (3) What do

you intend to do to help

create a future that is free

of violence?

Essays which incorporate

the themes rise, resist

and unite will be given top


“Involving our youth

is a key component of

our community engagement

strategy. We want to

empower and encourage

them to be social justice

champions and I am excited

to hear their ideas,”

Nerheim said.

Lake County Rising is

our community’s version

of the global movement

One Billion Rising. In

2012, Round Lake Beach

resident, and former

trustee, Judy Armstrong

was inspired to see Lake

County participate in this

global movement. In addition

to Armstrong’s

participation, other partners

with the State’s

Attorney’s Office are:

NICASA, the YWCA, the

Zacharias Center, a Safe

Place, and John Flynn of


Lake County Rising

will be held on Tuesday,

Feb. 12, 2019 at Round

Lake Beach Civic Center,

2007 Civic Center Way in

Round Lake Beach. Doors

open at 6:30 p.m. for a resource

fair, featuring area

nonprofit organizations

that provide services to

women and children. The

program will begin at 7

p.m. and will feature students

from Round Lake

High School performing

vignettes which depict

various forms of oppression

against women. The

winner of the essay contest

will read his/her essay

during the program. For

more information, please

contact the Lake County

State’s Attorney’s Office

at (847) 377-3000.

Entrees should be

emailed to sbankston@

lakecountyil.gov by Jan.

3, 2019. Winners will receive

a monetary award

and will be notified by

Feb. 5, 2019.

Essay Application Process

In 2012, playwright

Eve Ensler began a movement

to bring attention to

and end violence against


One Billion Rising

is now a global movement,

where individuals

across the world come

together to Rise, Resist

and Unite on behalf of

women across the world.

Lake County Rising, our

community’s version of

this event, is hosted by

the Lake County State’s

Attorney’s Office in partnership

with NICASA,

the YWCA, Zacharias

Center, A Safe Place, and

community members who

are committed to ending

violence against women.

Our community’s public

statement demanding the

end of violence, with a

particular emphasis on the

violence against women,

will be held on Tuesday,

Feb. 12 at the Round Lake

Beach Civic Center in

Round Lake at 7 p.m.

High school students in

Lake County are invited

to participate in an essay

contest. The focus will be

consistent with the global

theme: rise, resist, unite,

and end violence against


This essay can be inclusive

of ending violence

against all individuals.

Submissions should include

a cover page that

lists the student’s name,

school of attendance,

year in school, a contact

number and an email

address. Essay entrees

should be sent to: Sandra

Bankston, Lake County

State’s Attorney’s Office

at sbankston@lakecoun

tyil.gov by Jan. 3.

The winner of the essay

will be notified by February

5. They will receive a

monetary award and will

be invited to read their

essay at the Lake County

Rising event.

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An intriguing number from this week’s edition

Lake Forest City Manager,

Bob Kiely, will retire after

28 years, Page 4.

From the Editor

Remember to take time for yourself

Alyssa Groh


It doesn’t matter if you

are a stay-at-home

parent or a teenager,

we all have a lot going

on in our lives that keeps

us busy on a day to day


Sometimes the things

that keep us busy are not

work related. Many times

it is our personal lives that

tie up a lot of our time,


We are so busy running

around completing errands

and picking up kids.

We are busy attending

baby showers, wedding

showers, birthday parties,

retirement parties, holiday

parties – you name it! We

are also busy catching up

with old friends, or talking

to friends on a daily basis,

going out to dinner and


On top of all of that, we

have to clean the house,


From Page 12

ebrate the official start of

the holiday season, hopping

aboard the Winter

Express Trolley on Dec.

1, singing holiday carols

from the Takiff to Watts

Center, eagerly anticipating

a visit with the man in


The event was spearheaded

by Liz Visteen,

program manager and

take care of kids, yourself,

spouse or animal. And if

that’s not enough, a lot of

us work on top of that —

and many times we also

work outside of work.

Lately, I have noticed

how involved and busy

we are on our phones.

Constantly, all day long,

we are calling and texting

coworkers, friends and

family and answering

emails. The other half of

time we are sitting mindlessly

looking at social


In one day while I was

driving last week, I saw

three drivers FaceTiming

someone while they were

driving. Three people.

In one day. That is a lot.

I also see people texting

and driving on a daily


On the other side of

that, I notice people who

walk around with their

face glued on their phone,

sit inside restaurants with

someone in silence glued

on their phones, or sitting

on busses, trains or the

“L” on their phone.

Have you ever sat back

to think about how much

time you waste on your

phone? It is a lot.

A few weeks ago I

made myself a promise to

special events and active

adults coordinator, who

dressed as a holly, jolly

elf, excited to welcome

residents to her event.

After families made

the festive journey from

the Takiff Center over to

Watts, all were encouraged

to make crafts, decorate a

cookie and finally have a

chat with the big man himself:


The Murphy family, of

Glencoe, includes mom

make my resolution next

year to be more focused

on the now and spend less

time on my phone. And I

am here to make a confession.

I am guilty of looking

at social media while

driving or texting and

driving. And I also made

myself the promise to put

a stop to that in 2019.

But, what I am getting

at is we are all so busy

juggling the many facets

of life while trying to keep

our social life.

I think each and everyone

of us needs to take

some time each year, if

not each month and each

week, to disconnect from

our phones and our busy

lives and slow down and

focus on ourselves.

How often do you take

a break and just relax

without burying your face

in your phone? Or how

many times do you take

a break from worrying

about work?

I bet your answer is not


As a way to jumpstart

my resolution, and because

I need a break - and

deserve one too - I spent

the last week slowing

down and relaxing.

I took a week vacation

to visit my parents in

and dad, Alison and Mike,

along with their three

young daughters, Campbell,

Mallory and Harper.

“I love what they are

asking Santa for this year,”

Alison said. “This event is

really cute and it was so

nice to have a warm, dry,

trolley to travel in, considering

the weather isn’t so


Reporting by Alexa Burnell,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlencoeAnchor.com.

South Florida and completely

disconnected from

my phone, as some call it,

falling off the grid.

And let me tell you, it

felt good to ignore my


It helped me to really

relax, focus on life and

enjoy my vacation.

But, while I was sitting

by the pool and on the

beach in 80 degree weather,

I got to thinking. I need

to disconnect and slow

down more often - not just

when I am on vacation.

Each month I encourage

us all to step back for

at least an hour and relax

and disconnect from our

phones, emails and social


We all work so hard all

of the time and it is important

to reward ourselves

and focus on ourselves

sometimes. Don’t forget

about yourself, you are


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Various dance

groups perform

Christmas classics,

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Prelude Dance Theatre Intermediate

group performs “Dance of the Sugar

Plum Fairy,” from the famous “The

Nutcracker,” ballet Saturday, Dec.

8, in Lake Forest. Alex Newman/22nd

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A powerful


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18 | December 13, 2018 | The lake forest leader FAITH


Faith Briefs

St. James Lutheran (1380 North

Waukegan Road, Lake Forest)

Lessons and Carols Service

10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec.

16. The annual Service of

Lessons and Carols will

celebrate the season with

choral, brass, bells, and

contemporary music. For

more information, contact

the church office (847)

234-4859 or email sholmstrom@stjameslutheran.

org. Visit St. James on

the web at www.stjameslu


Faith Lutheran Church (680 West

Deerpath, Lake Forest)

Mid-Week Bible Study

10-11 a.m. Wednesdays.

The Lord’s supper is offered

weekly after each

class. The class is focusing

on “Parables.”

Men of Faith

8 a.m. Saturday (once a

month). The men of Faith

meet for an hour or so of

breakfast and a short Bible

study and discussion. All

men, members or not, are

welcome. This is typically

on the third Saturday

morning of the month.

First Presbyterian Church (700 Sheridan

Road, Lake Forest)

Advent Schedule

6:30 p.m. Thursday,

Dec. 20 – Longest Night

9 a.m.; 11 a.m. Sunday,

Dec. 23 – Worship with

Messiah Performance

Monday, Dec. 24 – 3

p.m. Candlelight Service;

5 p.m. Candlelight Service

with Children’s Choirs; 9

p.m. Candlelight Service

with Sanctuary Choir

The Messiah Project

Seminars and Performance

10:10 a.m. Sunday Dec.

16 and 23 – Seminars

9 a.m.; 11 a.m. Sunday

Dec. 23 – Worship with

First Messiah Performance

Care Giver Support Group

Join others who care for

loved ones to share, interact,

and learn from each

other in a safe, supportive

environment. The group

will gather from 1-2 p.m.

twice a month on the first

and third Thursday of the

month in the parish house

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on resources, and to share

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In Memoriam

Shirley J. Holmberg

Shirley J. Holmberg, 97,

formerly of Lake Forest,

died Nov. 6, in Prescott,

Ariz., at the Granite Gate

Senior Living Community.

She was born June 13,

1921 in Waukegan, where

she lived until moving to

Lake Forest in 1971. She

moved to Arizona in October

2016, where both her

daughters live.

She was a member of the

First Presbyterian Church

of Lake Forest, as well

as the First Presbyterian

Church of Sarasota, Fla.,

where she and her husband,

Edward R. Holmberg,

Jr. (decd) spent the

winter months. Holmberg

and Ed were high school

sweethearts and married

March 6, 1943.

She was an active member

of many clubs and organizations

over the years,

including, Auxiliary of

Victory Memorial Hospital

in Waukegan, Women’s

Club of Lake Forest

and Sarasota, Gamma Phi

Beta, Glen Flora Country

Club and the Meadows

Country Club of Sarasota,

as well as many others.

She is survived by one

son, Dr. Charles (Kathy)

Holmberg of Libertyville;

two daughters, Sheryl

Merino of Flagstaff; and

Kimberly (Tony) Villalpando

of Prescott Valley,

Ariz.; nine grandchildren

and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in

death by her son, Edward

R. (Ann) Holmberg III of

Chicago, IL.

Memorial contributions

may be made to the

American Cancer Society,

in memory of her son, or

to the National Multiple

Sclerosis Society. Funeral

Arrangements entrusted to

Ruffner Wakelin Funeral


Barbara King Macfarlane

Barbara King Macfarlane,

92, a longtime resident

of Lake Forest, died

on Nov. 28. Macfarlane

was a realtor with Griffith,

Grant and Lackey in Lake

Forest for many years. She

also worked at Lake Forest

Country Day School, and

was employed at Abbott

Labs during World War II.

She was the beloved

wife of the late Bruce

Miller Macfarlane (2013);

loving mother of David B.

(Vicky) Macfarlane and

the late Robert A. Macfarlane

(2005); adored grandmother

of Amanda and

Robert B. Macfarlane and

Julie (Rick) Macfarlane

Hild; great-grandmother

of Bronwyn Macfarlane

and Lily Anna and Stanley

Hild; sister of Priscilla Arnold;

aunt of Henry, Mark,

John and Caroline Arnold.

A memorial service will

be held at The Church

of the Holy Spirit in the

spring of 2019.

Marguerite “Peggy” Peters

Marguerite “Peggy” Peters,

of Lake Bluff, died

surrounded by family on

Nov. 12. She was born to

August and Harriet Olson

July 2, 1928.

Peters and siblings Pat,

Shirley, Tom and Donna

lived in Lake Bluff and

graduated from Lake Forest

High School. She

and the love of her life T.

Kelly Peters married May

7, 1949. Peters and Kelly

travelled the Midwest on

weekends, driving to Kelly’s

midget races at local

fairgrounds. How exciting

those years must have

been. On E. Woodland

Road, Griffith Road, Oakwood

Avenue, and Thornwood

Lane she formed

friendships that lasted a

lifetime. She raised six

children, learned key

punching and walked to

work at City Hall for many

years. After retirement

there was time for travel.

Peters welcomed her

children, grandchildren

and pets galore back into

the household over the

years. She maintained

close daily contact with

her sisters, brother and

parents. She loved to

watch her garden grow.

When Kelly died in 1997,

she and daughter Kathie

moved first to Libertyville,

then to Whitewater Wis.

She and Kathie raised her

daughters together, the

next chapter of her life.

In a time of sadness, she

regained her spirit as she

poured her energies into

her family. All along in

life, when dark moments

came, she was practical,

determined and somehow

moved the family forward.

She remained the matriarch

of the family till the

last. She will be remembered

for her smile, her

kindness, and devotion to

family. We will miss her


Peters is survived by

children Kathleen Peters,

Jean (Tom) Makris, T.

Kelly (Kathryn) Peters Jr.,

Theresa (Martin) Peters,

Tim (Stephanie) Peters.

By grandchildren Christine

Beauchemin , Emma

Peters, Ellie Peters, Samantha

Peters, T. Kelly

Peters III, Christopher

Larsen, Courtney Gray,

Amy Hoeft, Kristina Mohamed,

Hillary Peters. By

great-grandchildren Sam

and Oscar Beauchemin,

Natalie and Lydia Gray,

and Conor Hoeft. By siblings

Pat Johnson, Tom

(Betty) Olson, and Donna

Johnson. Her parents,

brother Donald Olson,

sister Shirley Labellart,

husband Kelly, and daughter

Sue (Chuck) Carlson

predeceased her, and are

together again.

Joyce Hadley Williams

Joyce Hadley Williams,

81, of Lake Forest, died

Dec. 2.

Born on May 26, 1937

in New York, New York, to

the late Dorothy V. Hadley

and the late James McCarthy

Hadley. Williams was

the beloved wife of the

late Albert D. Williams, Jr.

She was preceded in death

by her sons, Theodore S.

Gary, III and James H.

Gary. She is survived by

her daughters, Laura B.

Gary, Whitney W. Jones,

and Leslie W. Mahler; and

grandchildren, Hadley E.

Gary, Samantha G. Skuce,

Matthew Gary, Genevieve

Gary, Hayden Gary, Alexa

Butler, Morgan Butler,

Caroline D. Jones,

Clarke FG. Jones, Jr., Eleanor

Q. Jones, Benjamin

W. Mahler, and Nina D.


Williams was a longtime

volunteer for and supporter

of Lake Forest Hospital,

Children’s Memorial

Hospital, Allendale, Infant

Welfare Society, Ducks

Unlimited and was a member

of Women’s Board

of Lake Forest Hospital.

She was a member of the

Founders’ Board of Children’s

Memorial Hospital

of Chicago. She was also

a loyal and enthusiastic

owner and supporter of

show jumpers, and spent

her winters cheering them

to success in the show

rings of Wellington, Fla.

Loving and impeccable

care was provided to Williams

for more than 18

years by Diane & Darek

Nowakowski and Ewa


A memorial service will

be held in the late spring in

Lake Forest.

In lieu of flowers, it is

suggested that contributions

be made to Northwestern

Medicine Lake

Forest Hospital, 1000

North Westmoreland

Road, Lake Forest, Illinois

60045. Make checks

payable to “Northwestern

Lake Forest Hospital”

Wenban Funeral Home,

Ltd. is handling arrangements,

320 Vine Avenue,

Lake Forest, Illinois,


Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email alyssa@

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information about a loved

one who was part of the Lake

Forest/Lake Bluff communities.

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the lake forest leader | December 13, 2018 | 19

Winter Dance Spectacular kicks off holiday season

Stephanie H. Kim

Freelance Reporter

The Lake Forest Recreation

Center transformed

into a magical place Saturday

night, spreading holiday

cheer through costume

and dance.

A festive ensemble of

prancing reindeers, grooving

Santas and twirling

sugar plum fairies put on

a Winter Dance Spectacular,

much to the delight of

the families, friends and

neighbors gathered inside

the gymnasium Dec. 8.

The performance is

part of Lake Forest Dance

Academy’s annual holiday

showcase, which has been

running for more than a

decade, according to Valerie

Gonzalez, the academy’s


In addition to Saturday’s

performance, a group of

39 dancers, from ages 10

to 18, performed the show

at area nursing homes and

assisted living facilities —

carrying out the academy’s

mission of making dance

accessible to everyone,

Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez joined the

academy as a part-time

teacher in 1999 and eventually

became the director

four years ago.

“A lot of the residents

at the nursing homes or

assisted living facilities

aren’t always able to

leave, so we try to bring

that dance accessibility

to them. We understand

that sometimes they may

not get a lot of family to

visit them — maybe their

family is far away,” Gonzalez

said. “So we like to

come in and bring that joy

and spread that cheer with

them and help them remember

happy memories

of their childhood.”

The dance spectacular

featured a combination

of the academy’s performance

groups, from tap

and jazz to hip hop and

ballet. The night culminated

with a kickline finale in

the style of the Radio City

Rockettes, drawing applause

from the audience.

“I think the girls did

an excellent job, and the

choreography was beyond

what my daughter did,”

said Margot Lee, whose

daughter danced in the

academy 20 years ago.

“It’s great to see families

come out and support

each other,” added

Lee, who came to watch

her neighbor’s daughter.

“I’ve been supporting for

a long time and continue

that because my kids grew

up here.”

This kind of support —

from the community and

within the academy — is

what drew Ainsley Bryant

to Lake Forest Dance

Academy, the oldest established

dance studio in the


Bryant joined seven

years ago, wanting to join

in on the fun she saw older

girls and her friends experience

through the academy.

Saturday’s performance

was her last, as she is a

graduating senior.

“It was so much fun, especially

to see my friends

and family in the audience,”

Bryant said. “I’m

definitely going to miss it.

It really makes the holidays

special. It’s going to

be hard to say goodbye.”

Being a part of the performance

also got firsttime

performer Chloe

Fournier in the holiday


“It’s been a new experience

in dance,” Fournier

Prelude Dance Theatre’s junior group performs their dance titled, “Naughty Naughty Children,” at the Winter

Dance Spectacular Saturday, Dec. 8, in Lake Forest. Photos by Alex Newman/22nd Century Media

said. “I really think everyone

was always helping

each other and wants everyone

to succeed.”

The Winter Dance Spectacular

is Lake Forest

Dance Academy’s final

performance of the year.

Proceeds from the night

cover expenses from the

holiday tour, and remaining

funds go into the academy’s

fundraising account,

according to Gonzalez.

In its 43rd year, the

academy is now taking

winter registration and

has new preschool programs

starting in January.

The academy also has upcoming

performances in

March and in April, along

with its annual recital in


The senior group for the Prelude Dance Theatre performs “Christmas Delight,” in the

Winter Dance Spectacular.

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the lake forest leader | December 13, 2018 | 23

Little Tails Bar and Grill a ‘step up from traditional sports bar’

Martin Carlino

Contributing Editor

Just months after opening

Little Tails Bar and

Grill, John Kopanski and

Chandra Parshetty believe

they have the makings of a

restaurant unlike any other

in the area.

The management duo

behind west Lake Forest’s

newest restaurant spent

months conceptualizing its

vision for a communityfriendly

sports bar-style


Little Tails “started as

just an empty shell,” Kopanski

said. “Parshetty,

with the help of some restaurant

consultants, put it

all together.”

Parshetty estimates

nearly five months of preparation

work went into the

restaurant’s soft opening in

late October.

With months of experience

now under their belts,

and what they described as

an “outstanding” welcoming

from the community,

Kopanski and Parshetty

are envisioning a future

full of success.

“The welcoming from

the community has just

been outstanding,” Kopanski

said. “It’s just been

absolutely great. The main

thing we hear everyday is

‘We needed this.’ ... We

believe we’ve just begun

to scratch the surface.”

Both feel what separates

Little Tails from other

sports bar-style restaurants

is the high quality of ingredients

they use.

“What’s unique about us

is anyone can serve a hamburger,

but we serve wagyu

beef in our hamburgers,

which is a Japanese-raised

beef. That’s what makes

it unique,” Kopanski said.

“It’s something we feel is

definitely different, something

good and something

Little Tails’ namesake burger ($14) is made from wagyu

beef and topped with avocado, maple bacon, brie

cheese, bacon jam and garlic aioli.

that is high quality.”

Although its menu mirrors

that of a sports bar,

the food offerings at Little

Tails go above and beyond,

according to Kopanski.

“We’re a step up from

traditional sports bar

food,” Kopanski said.

“And I think [guests] will

see that when it comes to

our food.

And the root of Parshetty’s

passion comes from

the process of making

those high-quality dishes.

“I’ve always enjoyed the

process of making food,”

he said. “I enjoy everything

that goes into making food.

I’ve spent a lot of time traveling

and that has inspired

me. Food is my passion,

and I wanted to bring a nice

hangout place for the community.”

Parshetty continued to

say that he draws inspiration

from the work of the

late Anthony Bourdain and

he places an emphasis on

hand-picking selections

for Little Tails’ menu and

cocktails list.

Both Kopanski and

Parshetty believe the menu

has been well-received thus

far, but they’re always trying

to keep guests coming

back for more.

“We’ll tweak the menu

as we go along,” Kopanski

said. “We do want to

change the menu every few

Little Tails Bar and Grill

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Road, Lake Forest



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Little Tails’ meatball hero ($12) features meatballs in marinara sauce, mozzarella

cheese and topped with fresh basil. Photos by Jason Addy/22nd Century Media

The restaurant’s shrimp de jonghe ($24) is served with five shrimp tossed in a white

wine garlic cream sauce.


And regardless of what

menu offerings they feature,

Kopanski and Parshetty

couldn’t be happier with

the reception from customers.

“I’ve been doing this 30

years and I’ve never met a

more pleasant, patient, understanding

group of customers

in my life ... These

customers are the best I’ve

ever had anywhere,” Kopanski


The duo hopes to roll

out new soup options and

lunch specials sometime in

the coming days. In the future,

Parshetty said Sunday

brunch options are a possibility,

as well.

Once winter passes, an

outdoor patio and the addition

of live music during

the summer months are

both possibilities.

Editors from 22nd Century

Media headed to the

new Lake Forest eatery to

test out some of its offerings.

We started with The

Little Tails burger ($14),

a dish Kopanski said is

quickly becoming a fan favorite.

And after tasting the

dish, it’s easy to see why.

The flavorful burger is

a half-pound of wagyu

beef topped with avocado,

maple bacon, brie cheese,

bacon jam, garlic aioli, and

served on a brioche bun.

Next up was Little Tails’

chopped salad ($12), which

Kopanski described as “a

little different than your traditional

chopped salad” because

of its featured ingredients.

The chopped salad

comes with grilled chicken,

roasted corn, tomato, iceberg

and romaine, roasted

red pepper, pasta, tortilla

chips and is tossed in buttermilk

ranch dressing.

The third dish on our

menu is Little Tails’ meatball

hero ($12), which is

served on a fresh-baked

hoagie with house-made

meatballs in marinara

sauce, mozzarella cheese

and topped with fresh basil.

We finished our visit

with a hearty portion of

shrimp de jonghe ($24).

The dish features five butterflied

shrimp, tossed in

a white wine garlic cream

sauce, is topped with garlic

bread crumbs and served

over linguine pasta.

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the lake forest leader | December 13, 2018 | 27

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Molly Fisher

Fisher is a sophomore at

Lake Forest High School

and plays basketball and


How did you start

playing basketball?

My dad and my brother

Jake probably had the

biggest impact on why I

started playing. I started

playing when I was around

5 years old, and Jake, my

dad and I would always

just go to the rec center

and just play basketball.

And then the TV was always

on basketball or

something, so that’s when

I started playing and I just

started to love the sport?

What is it about the

sport that makes you

love it so much?

I don’t know, I think it’s

that I love the team idea of

it. I love getting close with

my teammates. Especially

this year, I’ve gotten so

close with them. I just love

the competitiveness of it.

What is the most

challenging part of the


I think to just be on the

same page as everyone on

the court. Communication

is one of the biggest

things. All five of us on the

court have to be together at

the same time.

What’s it like being

a sophomore on the

varsity squad this


I really enjoy it. I did not

expect myself to enjoy it as

much as I do. I absolutely

love it and everyone is so

kind. It doesn’t seem like

it’s my first year on varsity.

They’re so welcoming,

and it seems like I’ve been

on the team for a while.

Do you think having

a brother who also

plays basketball helps

your game?

Yes, definitely. He’s always

nice, too – we have

a court outside – so he always

asks if I want to go

out and shoot or go to the

college. He’s always really

nice about it and able to

help me whenever I need


Who is a role model

for you in the sport of


I would say Steph Curry,

definitely. I enjoy watching

how he plays and

whenever the Golden State

Warriors play I just always

love to watch Steph Curry


What is one thing

people don’t know

about you?

I danced for nine years,

and did jazz, ballet hip hop

and tap.

What TV show are

you binge watching

right now?

22nd Century Media File Photo


If you could play

another sport that

you haven’t tried yet,

which one would you


Probably softball, I tried

it out when I was younger

but I never kept playing it.

Or field hockey. Either of

those two, they seem like

fun sports.

If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I would probably go to

Africa. It just seems like

a fun place. My church

sometimes goes on those

trips and help out kids, and

just make those connections.

Interview by Sports Editor

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weekend happenings, like

the results of the Spartan

Classic gymnastic invite

hosted by Glenbrook


They also discuss a local

basketball coach’s Hall of

Fame induction.

First Quarter

Dwojak and Wojtychiw

recap Glenbrook North’s

Spartan Classic gymnastics

invite from Friday.

Second Quarter

Glenbrook North boys

basketball head coach

David Weber weighs

in on Jon Scheyer’s induction

into the Illinois

Basketball Coaches Association

Hall of Fame.

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Scout Athletics

Girls Basketball

■Dec. ■ 13 - at Saint Viator,

6:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 20 - at Zion-Benton,

7 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics

■Dec. ■ 13 - at Mundelein,

5:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 15 - at Waukegan,

7 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 20 - hosts Lakes,

Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich,

6 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 14 - at Lake Zurich,

5:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming and


■Dec. ■ 15 - Lake County

Invite (Stevenson), 1 p.m.

Boys Basketball

■Dec. ■ 15 - at Deerfield, 6


Girls Ice Hockey

■Dec. ■ 13 - at Evanston,

9:20 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey

■Dec. ■ 13 - hosts Highland

Park, 9:15 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 16 - hosts Prep, 4


Wildcat Athletics

Girls Basketball

■Dec. ■ 18 - at U-High, 4:30








Lake Forest Academy alum takes ownership in Cubs organization

Michael Wojtychiw,

Contributing Sports Editor

Andrew Berlin wanted

to be a college professor.Inspired

by numerous

teachers throughout high

school and college led

the Glencoe native, and

1979 Lake Forest Academy

graduate, to pursue

becoming a professor,

teaching political science,

history or philosophy.

That course changed

when he decided to attend

Loyola University-Chicago

for law school and

after working as a lawyer

for two years, he joined

his father and bought Alco

Packaging in 1988.

“One of the clients at

the firm was selling off

a company called Alco

Packaging, that was a

troubled packaging company,”

he said. “My father

was in the steel business,

he and I together went in

and bought the company

and the idea was just to fix

it up and flip it in a couple

years. Here we are, it will

be 31 years in January,

and we never really ended

up flipping it.”

Berlin turned the company,

now called Berlin

Packaging, into a multibillion

dollar, multi-national

company that spans

four continents and has allowed

him to pursue other

interests he’s developed

over time as well.

One of those interests?

Owning a baseball franchise.

Berlin grew up a

baseball fan, but owning

a franchise was not something

Berlin aspired to do.

That all changed when he

became an investor with

the Chicago White Sox in


“I never wanted to buy

a baseball asset for vanity

purposes,” he said. “I

always felt that it was a

good business and a solid

Andrew Berlin (middle) poses for a photo with Chicago

Cub’s player Kris Bryant (left) and his family.

business, and something

that you could get a decent

return on investment

if the business was operated


“In my effort in becoming

a partner [with the]

White Sox, I knew that

Jerry Reinsdorf was going

to keep the team for a long

period of time. And so my

desire was to purchase a

Major League team, but

it had to be in the Central

Division of the National

League and the American

League because I didn’t

want to go far from Chicago.”

However, no Major

League teams in those

divisions for sale, Berlin

went to the next best

thing: the minor leagues.

In November 2011,

Berlin announced he had

reached an agreement to

purchase the South Bend

Silver Hawks, then a minor-league

affiliate of the

Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 2014, the team’s name

was changed to the South

Bend Cubs, joining the

Cubs minor league system.

Since becoming a part

of the system, the South

Bend franchise was voted

Best Class A ballpark

in the country by Ballpark

Digest in 2017, was

named Ballpark Digest’s

Team of the Year and received

the John H. Johnson

President’s Award

– the highest award in

minor league baseball in


Berlin created a solid

foundation for the South

Bend Cubs, installing a

talented executive management

team and making

sure the organization had

solid leadership in place.

This has led to the success

of the minor league team.

“We have a terrific president

and leadership team

in South Bend that together

we’ve done a lot of

training there, and together

we work on the strategy

and the tactical initiatives

necessary to turn the team

around,” Berlin said.

Lake Forest Academy graduate Andrew Berlin now

owns the South Bend Cubs, a minor league team. Photo


After selling off his portion

of the White Sox in

2014, Berlin invested in

the Chicago Cubs in February

of 2015, becoming a

large minority investor of

the franchise.

As successful as Berlin

was in the business world,

giving back to his community,

and those that have

helped him get to where

he is today, has always

been near to his heart. Berlin

served as a Board of

Trustee at his alma mater

Syracuse University, he is

a member of the Illinois

State Police Merit Board,

one of three commissioners

on Glencoe’s Public

Safety Commission, and

this fall helped Glencoe

improve Bronco Field at

Watts Park by coordinating

a joint effort with the

groundskeepers from the

South Bend Cubs, as well

as local volunteers from


“The greatest joy in

my life has always been

my experience with my

children,” Berlin said. “I

love that my children are

active, they’ve played on

teams, they’ve had great

experiences in sports.

Seeing kids playing outside,

being fit and being

active, especially my own

children, it’s been a real


“One way I’d like to

give back to my community,

and having grown

up in the community and

having participated in

sports in Glencoe, whether

it be on a team or just

with my friends, pick up

games in the park. I like

the idea that generations

of other kids, whether

they’re my kids or not,

can enjoy some of what

Glencoe has to offer.

“I think Glencoe is just

a little jewel of a town that

deserves the best facilities

for the kids. And whether

that be the schools or the

parks, that’s something I

take a lot of interest in.”

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Ready for the Next Step

Caxy athletes commit to college athletics

Lake Forest Academy senior Helena Blumenau, of Highland Park, signs her letter of

intent Nov. 14 to the University of Iowa’s Division-I swimming program to continue

her athletic career after high school. PHOTos Submitted

high school highlights

Girls Basketball

Lake Forest 59, Mundelein


Halle Douglass led the

Scouts with a monstrous

game Dec. 5 in Mundelein.

The junior scored 28

points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists,

5 steals and 3 blocks

in a team game to help her

team improve to 7-2, 2-1

in NSC play, on the season.

Grace Tirzmalis followed

close behind with

15 points and 4 blocks.

Finola Summerville recorded

12 points in the effort

and 7 rebounds.

Lake Zurich 51, Lake

Forest 46

Grace Tirzmalis led the

Scouts (7-3, 2-2) with 14

points in a close game Friday

Dec. 7, in Lake Zurich.

Finola Summerville

contributed 9 points and

Halle Douglass aided with


The Scout held the lead

for all but the last six minutes

of play.


Lake Forest 36, Warren 35

TJ Cottam led the

The rest of the week in high school sports

Scouts in a close dual meet

win against Warren Friday,

Dec. 7, in Lake Forest.

Cottam won by a 10-3

decision over Warren’s

Gino Ortiz at 145 pounds.

Bennett Duggan also

registered a win at 132

over Adam Hergenreder

by a 7-3 decision.

Jakc Heydorn won by

fall at 160, as did Sebastian

Starks at 170, Morgam

Cottam at 120, and Chase

Waggoner at 182.

Jack Owen won by

fall at 285 over Marcus


Girls Ice Hockey

Latin Orange 4, Scouts 1

Scouts forward Caroline

Mower, a senior at Lake

Forest, got back a late goal

for the Scouts in the third

period of a chippy battle

against Latin Dec. 3. Lucy

Heller, a sophomore forward

from Highland Park,

picked up an assist on the


Goaltender Amanda Peter,

a senior at Libertyville,

recorded 29 saves. The

Scouts registered 16 shots

on Latin.

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 137.25, Lake

Forest 136.20

Kristin Fisch led the

Scouts in a close competition

against NSC foe Stevenson

Dec. 5 by winning

the all-around contest with

35.20 points in Lincolnshire.

The sophomore took

first on the floor exercise

with a 9.25, tied for second

on the vault with a

9.35, placed seventh on the

uneven bars and took third

on beam. Freshman Taylor

Cekay won the beam with

a 9.2. She also took fourth

on the floor.

Sophomore Gianna

Pasquesi placed third on

the uneven bars with an


Boys Basketball

Lake Forest 59, Lake

Zurich 48

Jake Fisher led the

Scouts with 18 points in

a decisive win against the

Bears Friday, Dec. 7, in

Lake Zurich.

Crawford Bolton scored

14 points in the team win.

The Scouts are now 3-4

on the season (as of press


Lake Forest Academy senior Jack Selati,

of Winnetka, signs his letter of intent to

Colgate University, a Division-I school,

during a Nov. 27 ceremony to play tennis

next season.

Mary Jane Alexander, a senior at Lake

Forest Academy, signs her letter of intent

Nov. 15 to continue her ice hockey career

at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in

New York State.

A Lake Forest wrestler holds his position against a Warren rival in a dual meet win

Friday, Dec. 7, in Lake Forest. Photo Submitted

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Scouts place third in Spartan Classic


Freelance Reporter

The nine-team Spartan

Classic turned out to be a

showcase for the New Trier,

Lake Forest, Glenbrook

South and Glenbrook

North gymnastics teams.

The Trevians amassed

143.425 points to capture

the championship in the

competition at Glenbrook

North on Friday, Dec. 7, in


Lake Forest benefitted

in the meet with a young,

talented squad this season.

A quad of gymnasts led the

Scouts to a third place finish

(134.575) at the Spartan


The gymnasts were

scored on four events

— vault, balance beam,


uneven bars and floor exercise

— and four girls

represented their schools

in each of the events.

Lake Forest returns several

gymnasts from last

year’s squad, and this year

added more talented freshman.

“The entire roster has

one junior, Sophie Pozumet,

and the rest are all

sophomores and freshmen,”

Coach Megan Miles


Lake Forest had the

fourth, fifth and eighth

place contestants in all

around—freshman Taylor

Cekay (35.625),

sophomore Kristin Fisch

(35.500) and sophomore

Gianna Pasquesi (37.750).

“Madison Miks also is a


freshman and she led off for

us on floor with a solid performance

(8.175),” Miles

continued. “The future

looks very good for us.”

As a freshman, Fisch

was the North Suburban

Conference all around

champion. A minor injury

in her floor routine at the

2017-18 state finals ended

her state run early.

Healthy for the 2018

season, Fisch welcomed a

former teammates to the

Scout lineup.

“It’s nice to have Taylor

(Cekay) back as a teammate,”

Fisch said. “She

and I have been doing club

together since we were

very young.”

Cekay said she started

doing gymnastics as




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New Trier gymnasts finished

1-2-3 in all around:

Rachel Zun showed the

way with a composite

score of 36.250 followed

by teammates Maeve

Murdock with a 36.200

and Darcy Barkal with a


“It was a fun meet and

we did great right off the

bat,” said New Trier Coach

Jennifer Pistorius. “I’m so

proud of them.”

In spite of illness and injuries,

the Trevians’ season

also is off to an exhilarating

start. Competing at home

in their opening meet they

were compelling conquerors

of Deerfield and they

then traveled to Glenbard

West where they knocked

off the defending state

champion (on Dec. 8).

Barkal was sidelined for

three weeks with the flu

and Avery Faulkner (who

helped the Trevians earn

a fourth place finish in last

year’s state meet) has been

on the disabled list with a

shin injury.

“We’re lucky we have

so much depth, so many

talented girls,” Pistorius

said. “We have 12 or 15

we could put in the varsity


The team also has experience

in competing at

the highest level. Zun,

Murdock and Faulkner are

juniors, while Barkal and

Spangler are seniors.

“I was kind of disappointed

with my performance

last year,” Zun said.

“At sectionals I had a mistake

on my bar routine and

was really disappointed

that I didn’t make state. I

used that as motivation—

I came back the day after

state and from then on I

Kristin Fisch performs her routine on the balance beam

at the Spartan Classic Friday, Dec. 7, in Northbrook.

PHOTOS BY Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media

Lake Forest sophomore Kristin Fisch strikes a pose

during her floor routine.

didn’t take a day off. In

June I went to Hawaii for a

short vacation and I conditioned

in the gym, while I

was there. I love training; I

enjoy every practice.”

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Sleds Are Coming event returns for 9th year

22nd Century Media

File Photo


Keys to the Game

1. Molly Fisher

(above). The Lake

Forest sophomore

has been a key

component of

the Scouts’

girls basketball

starting lineup.

2. Halle Douglass.

The junior

had a huge

game against

Mundelein where

the team won

in overtime.

She scored 28

points, nabbed

5 rebounds and

completed a

team game with

6 assists and 3


3. Taylor Cekay. The

Scout freshman

gymnast helped

the Scouts take

third after she

placed fourth

in the overall

competition at

the Spartan


Lake Forest

College welcomes

USA Sled Hockey


Submitted by Lake Forest


The Lake Forest College

Athletic Department

and the Great Lakes Adaptive

Sports Association

(GLASA) are excited to

host the 9th Annual The

Sleds Are Coming event at

Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

Lake Forest College

will host the event Jan.

27, 2019, and is excited

to invite the community

to come out and meet local

2018 U.S. Gold Medal

Paralympian Brody Roybal.

The Sleds Are Coming

is intended to bring community

exposure to GLA-

SA and showcase its sled

hockey program. Community

members, students,

and staff have the opportunity

to watch and cheer

on a talented group of athletes.

Currently, GLASA, together

with its local community

partner Falcons

Hockey Association, has

one competitive adult

team, one recreational

adult team and one competitive

youth team. The

GLASA Falcons adult

competitive team is

coached by retired Lake

Forest College men’s

hockey coach Tony Fritz

and GLASA parent Andy


The adult recreational

team is coached by Mike

Reinhardt. The youth team

coaches are Adam Rosuck

and GLASA parent

Mike Hurtado. Since the

beginning of this program

11 years ago, the adult

competitive team placed

second in the National

Championship in 2018

and placed first in 2013,

2015 and 2017. The youth

competitive team were the

2015 National Champions.

The on-ice competition

will consist of three

12-minute periods of

5-on-5 sled hockey featuring

members of the GLA-

SA Falcons and the event

will also feature a demonstration

by the Junior Falcons

Mite Players, Chuck-

A-Puck competition and

raffle prizes.

Check out highlights

from the 2018 Sleds Are

Coming event thanks to

Comcast 100, 2018 Sleds

Are Coming Event. The

event will take place at 2

p.m., admission is free and

open to the public.

For more information,

visit http://www.glasa.


or contact Jourdan

Thunberg, GLASA, by

phone (847) 283-0908 or

email jthunberg@glasa.

org; Ashley Wanland, in

the Lake Forest College

Athletics Department, by

phone at (847) 735-5285,

or by email wanland@


Ethan Burkhart (left) and Liz Davis compete against each other for the Falcons in the

Sleds are Coming event in a previous year. Photos Submitted

Goaltender Chance Wollbrinck makes a save.

Listen Up

“The future looks very good for us.”

Megan Miles — Lake Forest girls gymnastics coach, on her

young team’s talent

tune in

Boys Swimming

Lake Forest joins several other area schools in

Lincolnshire for a competitive invite.

• Lake Forest at Lake County Invite, Saturday,

Dec. 15, 1 p.m.


29 - Caxys’ Fall Signing

27 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Brittany

Kapa. Send any questions or comments to


Lake Forest Leader | December 13, 2018 | LakeForestLeader.com

Future Plans Caxy athletes sign

letter of intent to play college sports, Page 29

Minor Changes LFA alum sets solid

foundation for minor league team, Page 28

Underclassmen-heavy roster shows

talents at Spartan Classic, Page 30

Lake Forest

freshman Taylor

Cekay performs

a flip during her

balance beam

routine at the

Spartan Classic

Friday, Dec. 7, in

Northbrook. Carlos


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