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Lake Forest

Country Day

School assembly


holidays across


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Lake Forest Country Day School band students perform holiday songs during the

all-school holiday assembly Friday, Dec. 22. Alyssa Groh/22nd Century Media




Deerpath Golf

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attend cooking


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New hire LF Hospital names new chief of

medial staff, Page 12

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Pet of the Week8



Faith Briefs18

Dining Out19

Home of the Week22

Athlete of the Week25

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl


3-5 p.m. Dec. 27, Lake

Bluff Library, 123 Scranton

Ave., Lake Bluff. Get

ready to SMASH! Come

for a Super Smash Brothers

Brawl Tournament and

battle to win a $20 Game

Stop gift card. To register,

call (847) 234-2540.

Snowy Day Scavenger


9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 27,

Lake Forest Library, 360

E. Deerpath Road, Lake

Forest. Spend some of

winter break with the library.

Come in out of the

cold and hunt for wintry

objects hidden throughout

the Children’s Library to

win a prize from the treasure

chest. For more information,

call (847) 234-


Read Around the Apple


10-10:30 a.m. Dec. 27,

Lake Forest Library, 360

E. Deerpath Road, Lake

Forest. Gather ‘round the

Apple Tree Children for a

weekly interactive storytime

throughout December.

For more information,

call (847) 234-0636.


Snowy Day Scavenger


9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 27,

Lake Forest Library, 360

E. Deerpath Road, Lake

Forest. Spend some of

winter break with the library.

Come in out of the

cold and hunt for wintry

objects hidden throughout

the Children’s Library to

win a prize from the treasure

chest. For more information,

call (847) 234-



Social Service Saturday at

Bernie’s Book Bank

12:30-2 p.m. Dec. 29,

Bernie’s Book Bank, 917

N. Shore Drive, Lake

Bluff. Sort books to be donated

to children without

access to them. Access to

books is one of the most

important things to give

a child. For grades seventh

through twelfth only,

regardless of residency.

RSVP: Email info@winnetkayo.org.

Holiday Bingo

1:30-3:30 Dec. 29, Lake

Forest Library, 360 E.

Deerpath Road, Lake Forest.

Come for an afternoon

of playing games together.

Enjoy dominos, monopoly

junior, scrabble junior,

puzzles and many more.

BINGO - 2 p.m. pm sharp.

For more information, call

(847) 234-0636.


Noisy New Year’s Craft

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec.

31, Lake Forest Library,

360 E. Deerpath Road,

Lake Forest. Create noisemakers

to take home and

celebrate the new year.

For more information, call

(847) 234-0636.


Holiday Observance

Happy New Year! Most

City and Village buildings

closed. Have a happy and

safe start to 2019!


Camp Preview Day

9:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 12,

Deerpath Middle School

Cafeteria, 155 W. Deerpath

Road, Lake Forest.

This event will give an

exclusive sneak peek at

all of the wonderful camp

opportunities that exist for

children for the summer of

2018. Attendees will get

the opportunity to meet

staff, ask questions, participate

in camp activities,

and even have the opportunity

for early registration

discounts. From specialty

camps to our traditional

day camps, there is something

for everyone from 3

year olds to 14 year olds.


Soup-er Bingo

Noon Jan. 4, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old Mill

Road, Lake Forest. Back

by popular demand, Bingo

Lunch. Come in on the first

Friday of January, February

and March to warm up

on a chilly day. Come for

the soup and stay for the

bingo. The regular bingo

game will start immediately

after lunch. This event

is $5 for members and $10

for guests. For more information,

call (847) 234-


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. There will

be no walk on Dec. 25 and

Jan. 1. On inclement days,

walkers will be able to use

the Fitness Center’s indoor

track. Register at the Lake

Bluff Park District www.


Toastmasters Club

6:15 p.m. First and third

Tuesday of the month,

Lake Forest Toastmasters

Club meets at the Gorton

Community Center, 400 E.

Illinois Road, Lake Forest.

Toastmasters is an international

organization that

aims to help develop communication

and leadership

skills for professional and

personal growth. This club

is open to all. For more information

visit www.lakeforest.toastmastersclubs.


Social Bridge Play

7-9 p.m. every Thursdays,

First Presbyterian

Church, 700 N. Sheridan

Road. Lake Forest. Brief

Bridge lesson given at

the beginning, followed

by social play. All Levels

welcome. No partner required,.

Beginner Bridge

Instruction available separate

from social play. For

more information, call

(847) 977-3159.

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-


Monthly Blood Pressure


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For just print*, email all information to


*Deadline for print is 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.


10-11 a.m. on the second

Monday of every month,

Dickinson Hall, 100 E.

Old Mill Road, Lake Forest.

Nurse Patti Mikes will

visit Dickinson Hall to

give free blood pressure

checks to anyone 50 years

old and older. No appointment

needed. For more information,

call (847) 234-


CROYA Weekly Meetings

4-5 p.m. or 7-8 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays,

CROYA, 400 Hastings

Road, Lake Forest.

Take a mid-week break to

make friends, learn about

volunteer opportunities,

vote on community events,

join a CROYA subcommittee,

take on leadership

roles and have fun. The

middle school meetings

are 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays at

CROYA. The high school

meetings are 7-8 p.m. on

Wednesdays at CROYA.

Wildlife Discovery Center

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday,

Friday, Saturday and Sunday,

Wildlife Discovery

Center, 1401 Middlefork

Drive, Lake Forest. The

Wildlife Discovery Center

is a living natural history

museum. The learning

journey brings visitors

face-to-face with a variety

of reptiles, amphibians,

birds and mammals. Admission

is free. For more

information, call (847)


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the lake forest leader | December 27, 2018 | 3

Lake Forest D67 Board of Education

‘Important vote’ approves 2.91 percent tax levy increase

Todd Marver

Freelance Reporter

In the last meeting of

the calendar year, the Lake

Forest School District 67

Board of Education approved

the 2018 tax levy

at $34.117 million during

its meeting Tuesday, Dec.

18. This represents a 2.91

percent increase from the

prior year extension of

$33.153 million.

This year’s levy of

$34.117 million includes

$26.397 million in the

educational fund, $5.515

million in the operations

and maintenance fund,

$844,644 in the transportation

fund, $361,220 in

the Illinois Municipal Retirement

Fund, $509,964

in the social security fund

and $488,459.23 in the

bond and interest fund.

Board president Mike

Borkowski said the board

considers the tax levy one

of the most important

things it votes on.

“There are times that

this board takes very important

votes and we may

just simply vote on it and

there may or may not be

a lot of comments and the

public may wonder, ‘Do

we even know what we’re

voting on or care?’ The

answer is yes,” Borkowski


Borkowski explained

that the board did not

have much discussion on

the levy at this meeting

because it had a board

workshop the previous

week where it discussed

the levy at great length.

“We had a special meeting

(on Dec. 10), which

was a workshop open to

the public where every

board member and the administration

talked about

the tax levy,” he said. “I

just want the public to

“There are times that this board

takes very important votes and

we may just simply vote on it

and there may or may not be a

lot of comments and the public

may wonder, ‘Do we even know

what we’re voting on or care?’

The answer is yes.”

Mike Borkowski — Board President on voting

on raising tax levy.

know that we did discuss

this at length in a workshop.”

The board also adopted

a resolution authorizing

a supplemental property

tax levy of $6,231 to pay

the principal of and interest

on outstanding limited

bonds of the school district.

Board member Jeff

Folker explained that this

is not an additional tax.

“This is merely a formality

for the bond counsel

to say that we are going

after the CPI, which

by Illinois law is the most

we can ask for,” he said.

Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Hermes explained

the resolution allows

the district to capture

the increase in CPI associated

with the debt service

extension base the board

approved in 2016.

“As part of that debt

bar, we had assumed we

would capture the CPI

increase,” Hermes said.

“According to bond counsel,

we need a separate

resolution in order to do

so, so we need to do that

in conjunction with the

annual levy, which you

just approved.”

The board additionally

approved an amendment

to the voluntary 403b

plan. In September 2008,

District 67 adopted a formal

403b plan to comply

with new Internal Revenue

Service requirements

that became effective on

Jan. 1, 2009. The plan was

developed to meet the new

regulations as well as to

meet the needs of employees

served by the plan. At

the time there was not a

request for a Roth 403b

option to be included. The

district now has more employee

interest for this option

to be included in the

plan. There is no cost to

the district to incorporate

this request and the board

voted to add it as a benefit

to the district’s employees.

“We at that point (in

2008) simply put into

place a pretty straightforward

403b,” Hermes said.

“We’ve had some interest

from employees of late

looking for a Roth 403b

option, which our plan

currently does not allow

for. Employees could contribute

on a post-tax basis

to a Roth 403b plan.”


A brief recap of School Board action

from Dec. 18

• The board approved human

resources items including two hires,

four resignations and six leave of


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• On the consent agenda, the board

unanimously voted in favor of an

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LFCDS ends year on a high note with holiday assembly

Alyssa Groh, Editor

Lake Forest Country

Day School was packed

with family members of

students roaming the halls

on the last day of school

before winter break, Friday,

Dec. 21.

Every year on the last

day of school before winter

break, LFCDS opens

its doors for family visiting

day. Families come

into the school and follow

children around to each

classroom to hear about

what they are learning in

class and things they have

worked on all year.

The day ends in an allschool

holiday assembly

where students sing and

play holiday music.

“I loved seeing our students

teach the adults what

they have been learning all

year,” said Joy Hurd, head

of school, at the opening of

the assembly.

Hurd highlighted some

things students completed

this year such as success

in LEGO robotics tournament

and the progression

of band students.

He also spoke about the

hustle and bustle of the

holiday season and listed a

variety of things that keep

us busy this time of year

such as shopping, holiday

parties, semester-end projects,

tests and more.

“What is amusing is all

of these things that cause

us stress, generally speaking,

have one theme,” Hurd

said. “They are things we

want to do for other people

and I think that’s stressful

because we hold ourselves

to a higher standard when

we are doing things for

other people. I also think

one of the reasons it is so

many peoples favorite time

of the year is because doing

things for other people

makes us happy.

But, he also reminded

the audience to take a

break and reflect as well.

“This is also the time of

year when during the next

couple of weeks the world

tends to stop and catch its

breath and allows us to do

the same,” he said.

Before taking the much

anticipated break, Hurd

turned it over to the students

to perform musical


The bands performed a

mixture of Christmas and

Hanukkah songs for the

audience to sing along to.

Then the chorus filled the

room with their voices by

signing a variety of Christmas

and Hanukkah songs

as well.

Both and the band and

chorus impressed family

members so much that

they both got a standing

ovation from the crowd.

To cap off the assembly,

faculty, staff and alumni all

came together in the front

of the room to sing “Let

There Be Peace on Earth.”

RIGHT: Joy Hurd, head

of school, gives opening

remarks at the all-school

holiday assembly Friday,

Dec. 21 at Lake Forest

Country Day School. Photos

by Alyssa Groh/22nd

Century Media

Scott Baesman introduces his choir students to the crowd and tells parents a bit about

what they are learning in music class and what they will be signing.

Lower school students impress the crowd with their singing of holiday music during

the assembly.

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Police Reports

Accident in Lake Bluff results in no injuries, 1 citation

A two-vehicle property

damage accident was

reported at 5:09 p.m. on

Dec. 9 in the intersection

of Route 176 and Route 43

in Lake Bluff.

An officer met with both

drivers and completed an

accident report.

A citation was issued for

failure to reduce speed to

avoid an accident.

In other police news:

Lake Bluff:

Dec. 15:

• A vehicle accident with

no injuries was reported at

2:17 p.m. on northbound

Route 41 at W. Washington

Avenue. The officer

arrived and located the

vehicle on Frontage Road.

The officer completed a

motorist information exchange

for the drivers and

issued a citation to the at

fault driver.

• A hit and run to a parked

vehicle was reported at

3:31 p.m. in the 200 block

of S. Waukegan Road.

The officer met with the

complainant who stated

sometime in the past 48

hours an unknown vehicle

struck his rear bumper.

The officer observed damage

to the rear passenger

side bumper, but did

not observe a significant

amount of paint on the

ground. The complainant

stated the collision could

have occurred at a different

location. The officer

completed a driver information

exchange and

explained the document

to the complainant. The

complainant stated the

building manager is going

to review the security

cameras and will advise if

he can identify the offending


Dec. 13:

• A bomb threat was received

via email at 12:44

p.m. in the 300 block of

Rockland Road. Upon

further investigation, it

was determined to be a

computer pfishing scam

and several police departments

had similar reports.

• A signal-vehicle accident

off the roadway was

reported at 3:47 p.m. in

the area of W. Scranton

Avenue and Mawman Avenue.

The officer arrived

on scene and determined

there were no injuries.

The vehicle was removed

from the roadway and the

officer completed a traffic

crash report.

• A two-vehicle property

damage accident was reported

at 6:11 p.m. in

the intersection of Green

Bay Road and Route 176.

Upon arrival, the officer

met with Unit No. 2 on

scene who advised that after

contacting the police,

Unit No. 1 left the scene

and continued northbound

on Green Bay Road. Unit

No. 2 advised the vehicle

was a black Cadillac Escalade

driven by a male

which she believed to be

under the influence. The

officer checked northbound

Green Bay Road

to Route 173, but was unable

to locate the vehicle.

The officer met with Unit.

No. 2 who advised she did

not wish to file a formal

report due to not having

Unit No. 1’s identification

and having minor damage

to the vehicle. The officer

provided the driver with a

business card and incident

number and advised her

to contact the police department

should a formal

report be needed at a later


Dec. 12:

• Possible identity theft

was reported at 8:44 a.m.

in the 600 block of E.

Prospect Avenue. The officer

met with the complainant

who stated she

had received a call from

an agent with the “Social

Security Office” requesting

personal information.

The complainant did a

conference call with her

financial advisor and the

subject, and did not provide

her personal information.

The officer advised

the complainant this was

a scam call and to ignore

subsequent calls. The officer

provided resources to

have a fraud alert placed

on her social security


Dec. 11:

• A two-vehicle property

damage accident was reported

at 11:11 a.m. on

Route 176 at the railroad

tracks. Prior to the officer’s

arrival, the offending

vehicle returned to the

scene. A formal report was


• While on patrol, an officer

located a two-vehicle

property damage accident

at 5:04 p.m. on Route 176

at Skokie Valley Road.

The officer met with both

drivers who advised they

did not require a formal

report at the this time due

to minor damage. The officer

stood by while parties

exchanged information

and provided both

parties with a business

card in case a formal report

was needed at a later



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 the City

2019 Quadrennial


Per State Statute, General

Assessment Years,

also called Quadrennial

Years, occur every four

years. During those years,

local township assessors

must reassess every parcel

in their township, regardless

of age, location, size,

or value of improvements.

Assessors look at individual

properties during

this time and determine

the value of each property

listed for taxation as

of January 1 of that year.

This is a very different

process from most years

where changes are often

made at the neighborhood


Quad Years are times

for the county to take an

inventory of all taxable

property and investigate

each one thoroughly. And

because every taxpayer

receives an assessment

notice during Quad Years,

they are also times for

Lake County residents to

personally take stock of

their properties and determine

if their assessed values

are accurate.

There are several ways

taxpayers can ensure they

are being assessed correctly.

They include:

Taking a look at their

property record “blue

card” on file in the local

township assessor’s office

to be sure that all of

the property characteristics

listed on the card are


Comparing their assessment

to assessments

of like properties in their


Talking with their township

assessor about their

concerns. Many times, a

simple talk with the assessor

can clear up any problems

a taxpayer may have.

Although assessors

look at properties on

an individual basis during

Quad Years, it does

not necessarily mean a

multiplier will not be applied

by the Supervisor

of Assessments. Even in

Quad Years if enough reassessment

is not done at

the township level by the

local assessor, the county

will apply a multiplier.

The most important

thing to remember about

Quad Years, however, is

that they were established

to ensure that assessments

are fair and equitable


In addition to Lake

County’s mailing of the

“blue cards” to residents

in April and May, the City

of Lake Forest provides

notification on the website

for all five of its townships.

For more complete information

and FAQ, visit

the County website www.


From the City is compiled by

Editor Alyssa Groh from the

City’s e-newsletter.

From the Village

Recent coyote sightings

There have been recent

sightings of coyotes in and

around the Village’s ravines.

It is extremely rare

for coyotes to attack a person.

Coyotes are native to

Lake County and typically

avoid humans. They help

to reduce rodent populations

in our area.

You should only contact

Lake Bluff Police if a coyote

appears sick, injured,

or threatening your safety.

Coyotes are protected

wildlife under Illinois law,

and can only be removed if

they are causing property

damage or present a risk

to human health or safety.

Depending on the circumstances,

a state licensed

Nuisance Wildlife Control

Operator may be able to

relocate a coyote if permitted

by law.

If you want to discourage

coyotes from loitering

around your property, consider

these tips:

Keep small pets (cats,

rabbits, and small dogs)

and their food indoors, especially

after dark.

Clear brush and dense

weeds to reduce prey habitats.

Keep trash contained

within sealed containers.

Make sure your dogs are

spayed or neutered. Coyotes

are attracted to and do

mate with domestic dogs.

From the Village is compiled

by Editor Alyssa Groh from

the Village’s e-newsletter.

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the lake forest leader | December 27, 2018 | 7

The first annual GO Fitness Festival kicks off the New Year in Lake Bluff

Submitted by Lake Bluff

Park District

Lake Bluff Park District

announced its first annual

GO Fitness Festival 8:30

a.m.-noon on Jan. 12 at

the Lake Bluff Recreation

Center (355 W. Washington).

The free GO Fitness

Festival, held in conjunction

with the GO Lake

County initiative to promote

healthful activities

for Lake County residents,

will be a celebration of all

things healthy.

Guests will learn about

nutrition and healthy eating

from participating

restaurants. Guests can

also attend sample classes

including yoga, spin and

total fitness.

The following vendors

will be on hand offering

nutritional food samples,

information and demonstrations.

Be Market (24 E.

Scranton) will be offering

samples of a host of

healthy items from its

menu including a green

detox drink that promotes

brain clarity and energy;

turmeric chai latte that

helps with healing and

anti-inflammation and its

popular turmeric sweet

potato spinach soup.

Store owner Vade Sankar

will be on-hand to answer

questions and offer

information on what foods

to eat to speed metabolism

and help with weight loss.

Heinen’s Grocery Store

(201 Waukegan Road,

Lake Bluff) will have a

table with samples of organic

snacks and fresh

produce including apples

and oranges. Late Bluff

Nordic Ski Club will have

tips and information on

Lake Bluff Golf Club’s

cross-country ski trails

and, if there’s snow, maybe

even a test run.

Lake Bluff Hub &

Cycle (79 E. Scranton)

will be showcasing some

products from their shop

and let you know about

upcoming events.

Reike Specialist Daphne

Johnson will be offering

information on

Reiki—the incredible discipline

that helps cleanse

your body and further

your spiritual understanding

of yourself and the

world around you.

A Nutritionist will be

available to answer your

questions on healthier eating.

Guests can learn more

about one of the fastest

growing sports around,

Pickleball and watch

the exclusive video, “A

Day in the Life of Lake

Bluff Fitness Center” that

showcases the many ways

to a healthier lifestyle.

A free raffle offering

some wonderful gifts will

be ongoing throughout the

event. Confirmed donors

and prizes as of December

20 include:

• A gift basket, valued

at $150 from Pasquesi’s

Home and Garden (975

N Shore Dr. Lake Bluff)

the stylish locally owned

establishment that has it

all from home accents and

gifts to plants, flowers and


• A $100 gift card to

dine at Inovasi (28 E

Center Ave)—a creative,

upscale American bistro

with an inviting dining

room and bar that radiates

a chic, upscale vibe.

• A $50 gift card to

dine at the Otherdoor (30

E. Center Ave.)—the unexpected

funky taqueria

that’s “a hole in the wall

without really being a

hole in the wall” in the

heart of downtown Lake


• A $25 gift card to dine

at Bluffington’s Cafe (113

E. Scranton Ave.)—where

everything is homemade

(and everyone knows your


• Five pounds of coffee

from Hansa Coffee Roaster’s

(600 Walnut Ave).

• A book from Lake

Forest Book Store (662

N. Western)—an independent

bookstore in downtown

Lake Forest.

• A special gift from

Flotstone (53 E. Scranton),

Lake Bluff’s Health,

Wellness and Beauty Spa.

• A Fitness Basket from

a variety of donors to help

you get in shape and stay

in shape.

Plus, Lake Bluff Health

& Fitness is offering a

one-day only membership

special that will waive the

$75 registration fee for

those who join the club

on Saturday, January 12

between 7am. and 5pm.

Perspective members must

register in person, on-site.

No phone-ins or online


visit us online at LAKEFORESTLEADER.com

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Chefs in the making


The DeFilippis family,

Lake Forest

Henry is a sweet

Cavalier King Charles

Spaniel. He is 2 years

old and loves to play

with his llama stuffed

animal in the yard.

His favorite foods are

fresh chicken and

anything he can get

from the dinner table. He is quite the laid back

puppy and he’s looking forward to relaxing on the

cool grass in the shade this summer.

HELP! The Lake Forest Leader is in search of more pets.

To see your pet featured as Pet of the Week, send a photo

and information to alyssa@lakeforestleader.com or 60

Revere Drive, Suite 888, Northbrook, IL 60062.

Children test out recipes for a holiday lunch

Luke Wagliardo transfers pasta to a bowl to place into

the oven.

LEFT: Isabella DeJesus preps the sauce for the pasta

during a cooking class Saturday, Dec. 22 at Gorton

Community Center. Photos By Alex Newman/22nd

Century Media

Ashley Beans helps cook

baked pasta with sausage

and tomato pesto.

RIGHT: The kids top off

their pastas with Parmesan

cheese before placing

it in the oven.

LakeForestLeader.com NEWS

the lake forest leader | December 27, 2018 | 9

School News

Lake Forest High School

State Scholars Announced

The State Scholar Program

recognizes students

attending Illinois high

schools for outstanding

academic achievement.

Approximately the top ten

percent of graduates from

Illinois high schools are

announced as State Scholars

each year. Congratulations

to the following


Kevin An, Anna Aquino,

Emily Asmussen, William

Avery, Charles Bahr,

Katie Barth, Mia Bellino,

Ryan Benson, Sophia Bienkowski,

Aidan Block,

Isabella Bogdanowicz,

Mattison Boveri, Justin

Bower, Clare Bradley,

Emmet Brady, Ainsley

Bryant, Elizabeth Burdiak,

Megan Calaway,

Kelliejean Camardo, Henry

Carlson, Allen Chiu,

Eleanor Colligan, John

Collins, Lily Connery,

Sarah Considine, Katherine

Cook, Patrick Corrigan,

Thomas Cutting,

Matthew D’Alessandro,

William Davis, Evan

Devine, David Dorsett,

Lorelei Duelli, Samantha

Dueringer, Ryan Eleveld,

Dennis Eveleigh, Lindsay

Folker, Lauren Garriques,

Hanna Gilmore,

Clare Green, Lauren

Haldane, Robert Hammond,

Kimberly Han, Logan

Hanekamp, Thomas

Hanson, Thomas Henry,

Renee Huang, Madalyn

Javier, Katherine Jemian,

Claire Jessen, Emma

Johnson, Leland Keller,

Kiley Kennedy, Kennedy

Kerr, Adam Khater,

Rachel Kim, Cassandra

King, Mary King, John

Kirages, Jacob Koefelda,

Meghan Krieg, Julia Kuetemeyer,

Nicholas Kwiatt,

Kevin Lamp, Emelia

Larimer, Sarah Larimer,

Priscilla Levy, Colin Lochiatto,

Alexander Ma,

Cristina Machado, Claire

Mahoney, Dante Mancini,

Madeleine Marshall, Sydney

Martens, Nathaniel

Martin, Hope Marwede,

Elisabeth Mass, Landen

Messner, Sophie Michael,

Margaret Mick, Margaux

Miller, Carlos Minetti,

Nina Montalbano, Charlotte

Moore, Gabriella

Moore, Luke Mulligan,

William Needler, Jack

Nemickas, Averi Nolan,

Fiona Nugent, Edward

Oline, Alessandra Osilia,

Michael Park, Anisha

Paruchuru, Elizabeth

Pearson, Kathryn Pierce,

Jaqueline Pink, Madden

Plante, Kylie Prieto, Juliette

Prindle, Elizabeth

Reay, Benjamin Reinkemeyer,

Zara Ridgway,

Juan Riva, Lucille Rubenstein,

William Rylance,

Olivia Sabalaskey, Robert

Salkin, Elliott Sarno, Edward

Scheidler, Courtney

Schmidt, George

Schoettle, Johanna Sidles,

Amanda Smith, Sydney

Steinberg, Katherine

Stephenson, Cameron

Stockton, Brooke

Stride, James Swartout,

Rafael Swerdlin, Emily

Tauscher, Kenleigh Theis,

John Torosian, Lauren Tustison,

Porter Weisberg,

Devin Weismantel, Hunter

Weiss, Brooke Werner,

John Willford, Kyle Wilson,

Robert Winebrenner,

Ryland Wittman, Andrew

Xakellis and William Zordani.

Deer Path Middle School

Students accepted into

ACDA National Choir

Congratulations to the

Deer Path Middle School

students Alexandra Makowiecki,

Shalini Krishnaswamy,

Alix Anderson,

Taylor Ross, and

Alia Attar on their acceptance

into the American

Choral Directors Association

National Choir.

More than 3000 students

auditioned, and

these five singers will be

representing our school

and community at the

ACDA National Conference

in Kansas City,

Missouri from Feb. 27 -

March 2. This will culminate

with a performance

in front of 2000 choir directors.

Tufts University

Local residents embarks

on undergraduate careers

Local students joined

more than 1,500 undergraduate

students from

around the world as they

begin their academic

careers at Tufts University,

located in Medford/

Somerville, Mass.

The university’s Class

of 2022 includes:

Megan Szostak and

Connor Sheridan,

both of Lake Forest and

Corlene Rhoades, of

Lake Bluff.

Belmont University

Teske named to dean’s list

Connor Teske, of Lake

Forest, qualified for the

Fall 2018 dean’s list at

Belmont University. Eligibility

is based on a minimum

course load of 12

hours and a quality grade

point average of 3.5 with

no grade below a C.

Approximately 35 percent

of Belmont’s 8,318

students qualified for the

Fall 2018 Dean’s List.

Coastal Carolina University

Batinovic named to

president’s list

Eight hundred and

seventy-five students at

Coastal Carolina University

earned a perfect 4.0

GPA during the Fall 2018

semester. The academic

achievement earns them

a spot on the president’s


Stephen Batinovic, a

Political Science major, of

Lake Forest, made the list.

School News is compiled

by Editor Alyssa Groh. To

submit School News email






Chris White

Trio brings


to Gorton

RIGHT: The Chris

White Trio performed


Brown Christmas

jazz music on Dec.

14 at Gorton. Photo

By Dale Jessen

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As we approach theholidays, this has

always been atimeofreflection forme.

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ways that Ican improvemyselfboth

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During this reflectionIamremindedof

allofyou andhow blessed Iamto

have youasmyclients.

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Lake Forest Hospital names new chief of medical staff

Submitted by

Northwestern Medicine

Lake Forest Hospital

When she was elected

Chief of the Medical Staff

at Northwestern Medicine

Lake Forest Hospital earlier

this fall, Jill Holden,

MD, became the first

woman to hold the position.

“I never thought of myself

as being a symbol,”

said Holden, who is a

partner in a private Obstetrics

and Gynecology

practice in Lake Forest

for 26 years and a Lake

Forest resident. “I just

thought it was my turn to

do the work. But I think I


am a symbol, because nobody

has been down this

road before.”

Michael Bauer, MD,

medical director at Lake

Forest Hospital, has

worked with Holden since

she arrived in the north


“This was a long time

coming,” Bauer said, but

adds that gender was not

a factor in Holden’s selection.

“Jill was picked for her

leadership abilities, her

phenomenal reputation

both in the community and

amongst her colleagues,

and in the way she blends

her role as a private practice

physician with advancing


Medicine and championing

what’s best for our patients,”

Bauer said. “The

fact that she is the first female

chief of the medical

staff is groundbreaking,

but it is not why she’s in

this position.”

Holden is a graduate of

University of Illinois and

Kansas University School

of Medicine at University

of Kansas Medical Center

in Kansas City. She

completed her residency

at University of Colorado

Health Sciences Center.

One of her top priorities

as the leader of the medical

staff is to help evolve

the culture at the hospital.

“I have watched medicine

evolve, and I’ve

watched our community

hospital become a stateof-the-art

facility anchoring

the northern suburbs

of a Chicago’s premier

academic health system,”

she said. “We’ve asked

a lot of our physicians

recently as changes can

be frequent and at times

overwhelming. I hope to

help facilitate this transition

as smoothly as possible.”

The word community is

one she most frequently


Her proudest achievement,

she says, is raising

her two adult children

— a son who is a teacher

with plans for law school

next year and a daughter

who, after earning an

engineering degree, is

now in her third year of

medical school. Could

her daughter follow in her

footsteps? Holden says

her daughter hasn’t ruled

obstetrics out yet, but she

does see a similar drive in

her to be a leader.

“You evolve the culture

to what it needs to be

within a bigger system,

but it still has a community

to it,” Holden said.

“We have all the resources

that we never would have

imagined before, but we

still need to bring it back

to the community.”

“She never had an attitude

of, ‘You can’t do

things,’” Holden said.

“I’m always amazed

watching her. I guess I

did, too, but you don’t

always see it until you’re

watching someone else.”


Winnetka Police respond

to backlash from viral

‘Glitter Bomb’ video

After a YouTube video

that was intended to be

light-hearted went viral

this week, the Winnetka

Police Department has

been under scrutiny after

some viewers have inaccurately

criticized the department

for not responding

to stolen-package


The video, called

“Package Thief vs. Glitter

Bomb Trap,” was created

by Mark Rober, an American

engineer, inventor and

YouTube personality. The

11-minute video has more

than 36 million views

and is No. 19 in the site’s

trending list as of Dec. 21.

In a tweet on Dec. 17,

Rober released the video

saying, “Someone stole

a package from me. Police

wouldn’t do anything

about it so I spent the last

six months engineering

up some vigilante justice.

Revenge is a dish best

served fabulously.”

As the video plays out,

Rober introduces his bait

bomb inspired by the

movie “Home Alone,”

which was partially filmed

in Winnetka. The bomb

launches a “butt-ton” of

glitter and emits a “fart

spray” after a thief steals

a package left on a front

porch and opens it.

Rober, in the video, uses

Google Maps to show the

route of a stolen package;

however, he uses a map

of Winnetka, showing the

package being stolen from

the “Home Alone” house

on Lincoln Avenue.

The map in the video

features a mock route the

stolen package follows to

a parking garage where it

is left after the glitter explosion.

In response, Winnetka

Police Chief Marc Hornstein

told The Winnetka

Current the jurisdiction in

which the alleged package

theft occurred is not Winnetka.

Reporting by Megan Bernard,

Contributing Editor.

Full story at WinnetkaCurrent.com.


District 113 plans $9M

summer capital projects

A renovated cafeteria

at Highland Park High

School. A new track at

Deerfield High School.

And revamped athletic

offices at Highland Park

High School.

These are a few of the

capital projects slated

for the summer of 2019

that are estimated to cost

around $9 million, according

to an update given

at Township High School

District 113 board of education

meeting Dec. 17.

The projects come from

the master facility plan the

board accepted in December

of 2012, according

to Benjamin Martindale,

who shares superintendent

duties with Linda Yonke.

“The main item here is

the cafeteria and it’s long

overdue,” Martindale

said at the Dec. 17 meeting.

‘It’s undersized and

it’s old and it just doesn’t

work very well.”

The list of summer capital

projects includes $7.4

million to renovate the

cafeteria at Highland Park

High School and another

$500,000 to renovate the

athletic offices; $56,000

for new P.E. corridor

flooring; and $1 million

for a new storm line, track

and tennis court at Deerfield

High School, along

with the replacement of

baseball backstops at both

high schools.

As Martindale noted,

the projects will be funded

by the $5-million capital

budget for fiscal year

2020, $2.5 million from

leftover funds after successfully

completing all

the referendum projects

(with $1.5 million already

committed towards the

window project), and a

one-time non-recurring

expenditure of $3 million

from the district reserves,

as fiscal year 2018 finished

better than budget.

Reporting by Stephanie Kim,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at HPLandmark.com.


New owners take over

Northbrook’s Trattoria


When rumor had it that

restaurateur Guido Oliverii

was thinking seriously

about retirement, the opportunity

to take on a new

role at the longtime Northbrook

restaurant Trattoria

Oliverii filled Katie Keefe

with excitement.

The local dining establishment

was recently sold

to Keefe and her partner,

Ali Clark. The restaurant

officially opened under

their new management on

Nov. 6.

Keefe, who has worked

as server, hostess, bartender

and nearly every

job in the restaurant industry

since the opening

of Trattoria Oliverii in

1991, joined forces with

Clark to take ownership

of the restaurant. The two

women have used their

combined experience

and talents to make for a

smooth transition.

“We kind of jumped on

a moving train,” said the

Northbrook native Keefe,

referring to the restaurant

that has been providing

Northern Italian cuisine

for generations. “We’re

not trying to make a lot of

changes. We’re keeping

the same great menu of

Central Italian specialties

and the whole staff stayed

the same. We’re a family

here and we treat our customers

like family. We’re

really lucky — we have a

great team.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Manaster,

Freelance Reporter.

Full story at NorthbrookTowor.com.

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From the Editor

Expanding my horizons

Alyssa Groh


One of the very

first sports I was

interested in as a

young girl was gymnastics.

I remember watching the

Olympics on TV and was

amazed by all the flips the

gymnasts were able to do.

I also took an early interest

in gymnastics because

two of my cousins were

competitive gymnasts

growing up. I watched one

cousin who excelled at

rings, and one whose forte

was the beam and floor.

I always looked up to

them and wanted to do

some of the cool tricks

they were able to do.

So, at the young age of

5, I decided to try out gymnastics.

I spent one season

in a class attempting to

touch my toes, do the splits

and complete a beautiful


To my surprise, it is not

as easy as it looks.

I could not touch my

toes for the life of me. I

could not do the splits no

matter how hard I tried.

And, while I technically

was able to do a cartwheel,

it was not pretty.

So, after one season I


And I regret it every day.

To this day I still wish I

would have kept working

at it. It is very rare that the

first time you try a sport

you are good at it. But, at

the age of 5 I already had

an interest in waterskiing

(and I was naturally good at

that), so I gave up and spent

the rest of my life doing

competitive water skiing.

Still, gymnastics is my

favorite thing to watch

during the Olympics.

Since joining the team at

22nd Century Media, I try

to challenge myself each

year by learning something

new, taking on a challenging

story or thinking

outside the box.

This year I wanted to

try something new, and

although it took me until

the second to last week

of the year, I went out of

my comfort zone and took

photos at a sports event

last week.

As I was looking at what

sports to cover for this

issue of The Lake Forest

Leader, I saw Lake Forest

High School gymnastics

team was hosting a holiday

quad. Immediately my

eyes lit up — I wanted to

get that covered.

As I searched for a freelance

photographer to cover

the quad and was turned

down a few times, I decided

to take it on myself.

Now, I must confess I

have not been to a high

school sporting event since

I was in high school more

than six years ago. And,

on top of that I have never

been to a gymnastics meet.

So, I was a little apprehensive

about the meet.

I walked into the gym

last Thursday and immediately

thought, “What did I

get myself into?”

Panic had set in.

There was gymnastics

equipment everywhere, and

it was blocked off. How

was I supposed to get good

photos from the bleachers?

As I began to look

around, I also realized

most of the schools competing

had similar school

colors, therefore all the

leotards were a form of

blue. How would I figure

out who Lake Forest was?

My next realization

was that they don’t wear

numbers or announce who

is competing in the events.

Great, how could I ever get

the names of the girls for

my photos?

So, I grabbed a program

and sat on the first row

of the bleachers for a few

minutes to observe how

this thing worked.

I quickly realized it was

so obvious who the Lake

Forest girls were. So, I

got up and took on the

“sidelines” to begin taking

pictures of vault. Let me

tell you, it was not easy

to take photos from the

sidelines. So, I asked the

athletic director if I could

jump over the ropes and

go figure


get into the action, and to

my surprise he said yes.

So, I spent the rest of the

night attempting to photograph

the team doing flips,

spins and jumps.

It is not easy. They move

so fast it is so hard to get a

good shot.

But, as time went on I

figured it out and was able

to walk away with a few

solid shots.

While these may not be

award-winning pictures

on Pages 32 and 30 of

this week’s Lake Forest

Leader, they are something

I am proud of. These

pictures took a lot of hard

work and put me outside of

my comfort zone.

When was the last time

you challenged yourself

with something new at

work or a hobby?

Challenging ourselves

and learning new skills is

important and keeps you

interested in something

you do on a daily basis.

An intriguing number from this week’s edition

Lake Forest District 67 approved the

2018 tax levy with a 2.91 percent

increase from last year, Page 3.

The Lake Forest Leader

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Neighborhood hangout

Highland Park’s ArrivaDolce builds community one cup at a time, Page 19

Popular musical extends

shows at Citadel Theatre,

Page 17

Joseph, played by Jacob Barton, shows off his

colorful coat during a performance of “Joseph and

the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Citadel

Theatre. Photo Submitted

16 | December 27, 2018 | The lake forest leader PUZZLES


north shore puzzler CROSSWORD & Sudoku

Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Northbrook, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. GPS system

7. Military rank, abbr.

10. Gator or lemon?

13. Ground sesame


14. Big name in computers

15. Fortune

16. Dark glasses brand

17. TV show host

18. “On the Beach”


19. Hit the gas

21. Solicit

22. Letter on Superman’s


25. House of Worship

in Wilmette

26. Shoestring

27. Farm female

28. Back tooth

29. Love in Madrid

30. Burst of laughter

32. Mirror

35. Ticks off

37. Hops dryer

38. Contention

41. Original “Star

Trek” actor

45. Give off, as light

46. Weighed down

49. It produces high

quality wine

50. King Kong, and


51. Real estate investor

and patron of

the arts who was the

inspiration for the

Lake Forest Market


52. Approves

53. Drops on blades

54. Animal rush

57. “Do it, __ will!”

58. Big brass

59. Butch Cassidy actor,

last name

63. Fastener

64. Have __ of good


65. Box of golf balls

66. Schoolyard game

67. E.R. personnel

68. Took in


1. Bering, e.g., abbr.

2. Auto insurer with

roadside service

3. Biblical possessive

4. Calligrapher’s


5. Biol. subject

6. Leafy shelter

7. Hypothetical sequence

of events

8. Very smart guys

9. Slow gait

10. Georgia neighbor

11. Pigeon coop

12. Display unit

14. Luau greeting

20. Close friend

22. Hosp. instrument

23. Not worth a ___

24. Personal ad abbr.

26. Italian beverage

28. Bog lime

31. Orders

33. Add up

34. Airs now

36. Class outline

38. Take back

39. Russian vodka

40. Visiting

42. Officer, abbr.

43. Get under the


44. Astronaut Grissom

47. Commercial


48. Ice cream scoop

51. Took ___ for the


54. A heavenly body

55. Oscar ___ Renta

56. Still-life subject

60. Door sign

61. Michigan, in

Chicago, abbr.

62. Homer’s nice



Lake Forest Library

(360 E. Deerpath

Road,(847) 234-0636)

■11 ■ a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Dec. 31: Noon Year’s



Northbrook Court

(1515 Lake Cook Road,

(847) 498-8161)

■11 ■ a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 29: Winter

Wonderland Festival


Oil Lamp Theater

(1723 Glenview Road,

(847) 834-0738)

■Multiple ■ showtimes

until Dec. 30: Performances

of “It’s a

Wonderful Life” ($40

adult, $25 student



Winnetka Ice Arena

(490 Hibbard Road,

(847) 501-2060)

■10:45 ■ a.m.-12:15

p.m. Jan. 1: New

Year’s Day Skate


Chicago Botanic Garden

(1000 Lake Cook Road,

(312) 835-5440)

■10 ■ a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 29 (continues

until Jan. 4):

Wonderland Express


■ ■Lakeview Center at

Gillson Park

(800 Gillson Park Drive,

(773) 960-0112)

■9 ■ a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday,

Jan. 13: New Year’s

Exhale Retreat



(210 Green Bay Road

(847) 433-0304)

■9 ■ p.m. Saturday, Dec.

29: Mr. Blotto Holiday



(431 Sheridan Road,

(847) 432-0301)

■7 ■ p.m. every Monday:


To place an event in The

Scene, email martin@



How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of

3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle each row, column

and box must contain each of the numbers

1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

LakeForestLeader.com Life & Arts

the lake forest leader | December 27, 2018 | 17

Citadel Theatre brings hit musical to LF

Alyssa Groh, Editor

“Joseph and the Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat” came

to life at Citadel Theatre and was

such a hit, the show extended its

run by adding five extra performances.

The show ran from Nov.

16 to Dec. 30 and had almost all

shows sell out.

Director Robert D. Estrin said

the cast was excited about the

show’s success and believes its

success was due in part to its attraction

across a variety of ages.

“I think one of the reasons it got

extended is it is a family-friendly

show,” Estrin said. “It appeals to

all age groups and I think that is

why it been so successful. Young

kids all the way through senior

citizens can enjoy it.”

The popular musical celebrated

50 years this year, so bringing

it to Lake Forest was a way to

celebrate the anniversary.

“Joseph and the Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat” written

by Tim Rice, details the story of

a boy named Joseph whose father

favors him over his brothers.

Joseph is given a colorful coat

by his father, which symbolizes

his fathers favoritism to him. It

becomes clear early on, from Joseph’s

dreams, that he is destined

to rule over his brothers. To stop

him from gaining power over

them, his brothers sell him as a

slave and he is taken to Egypt.

While in Egypt Joseph gains

power through his ability to interpret

dreams. Food is in abundance

in Egypt and back home,

Joseph’s brothers experience

famine. They travel to Egypt

to beg for food and bring their

brother back home.

Upon the brothers visit, Joseph

tries to get revenge on them, but

soon realizes the good in his

brothers. They all return home

and are reunited with their father.

Jacob Barton played the role

of Joseph and it was a role he

grew up dreaming to play.

“Joseph is a character I am

The cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” sings Benhamin Calypso during a performance at Citadel Theatre. Photos


Joseph is surrounded by the cast during a song about his colorful


very familiar with,” Barton said.

“I have been singing the songs of

this musical for 10 years. It was

one of the first songs my voice

teacher gave me to learn.”

The musical was composed

of 28 cast members, which is a

large number for the small space

inside Citadel Theatre.

While working in the small

space was a challenge for this

musical, the cast believes it was

almost a blessing and was part of

the show’s success.

“The small space was never

really looked at like an obstacle,

it was more of a fun challenge

to solve,” said JP Thomas who

played Jacob and the pharaoh.

“In some ways when you work

The cast dances on stage during a musical number.

in certain constraints, it almost

makes things easier. I think the

entire team did a good job of

working in the intimate space.”

Barton agreed and said the

small space and the audience

being in close proximity to the

stage almost made it feel as if

they were part of the production.

Being so close to the audience

also helped the cast interact with

the audience more and get a feel

for the age group in the room.

To buy tickets to a remaining

show, visit www.citadeltheatre.


18 | December 27, 2018 | The lake forest leader FAITH


Faith Briefs

St. James Lutheran (1380 North

Waukegan Road, Lake Forest)

Exploring Grief

St. James Lutheran

Church is co-sponsoring a

grief comfort group put on

by the Samaritan Counseling

Center in conjunction

with 1st Presbyterian and

Church of the Holy Spirit.

Sessions are held every

other Wednesday from

3:00-4:00pm for six weeks

beginning January 2 at St

James Lutheran. Please

contact the church office

for more information at

847-234-4859 or email


for more information.

Visit St. James at


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)

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

Do you care for a family

member or friend?

Do you feel isolated or

overwhelmed? Come join

our new Caregivers 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

for valuable information

on relevant topics, leads

on resources, and to share

concerns and tips with

other caregivers. All are

welcome. For more information,

contact Martha

Zeeman at martha@zeemanfamily.com

Hymn Singers Choir

6-6:45 p.m. Thursdays.

The new Hymn Choir is

designed for any singers

who wish to improve their

singing skills, learn about

hymnody, or simply enjoy

fellowship with others who

love to sing hymns. All

are welcome. No performances

or ongoing commitment

– come when you

choose. For more information,

visit firstchurchlf.org/


Third Thursday Taizé

Prayer Service

6:30 p.m., every third

Thursday, in the Chapel.

Step back from everyday

life to be refreshed and

encounter God in the silence.

A gracefully simple

service of contemplation

in a prayerful setting, with

scripture, prayer, song, silence

and light.

Grace United Methodist Church (244

East Center Ave., Lake Bluff)

Boy Scouts

7-9 p.m. Mondays. Boy

Scout Troop 42 will meet

in Fellowship Hall.

Gentle Chair Yoga

3-3:30 p.m. Fridays,

Fellowship Hall. All are


Church of St. Mary (175 E. Illinois

Road, Lake Forest)

Eucharistic Adoration

Each Wednesday, the

Church of St. Mary offers

Eucharistic Adoration following

the 8 a.m. Mass. A

rosary will be prayed each

week at 6:40 p.m. with

Benediction following at

7 p.m.

Christ Church of Lake Forest (100 N.

Waukegan Road)

Senior High Youth Group

7-9 p.m. Sundays. All

are welcome for a time

of worship, teaching and

fellowship. Friends are

encouraged to attend. For

more information, call

(847) 234-1001.

Love INC Furniture


8 a.m.-noon, second Saturday

of the month. Volunteer

to help load, deliver

and pick-up furniture. All

ages and abilities are welcome,

youth is welcome

with adult supervision. For

more information, contact

Tim Banks at timothycbanks@yahoo.com.

The Bridge Young Adults


7-9 p.m., every Wednesday.

All young adults are

welcome to join. For more

information, contact The-


Christian Science Society (Gorton

Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake


Testimony Meeting

7:30 p.m. first Wednesday

of each month. Come

to Gorton Center for

prayer, hymns, and readings

from the Bible, with

related passages from the

“Christian Science” textbook,

“Science and Health

with Key to the Scriptures”

by Mary Baker Eddy. Then

participants share their

own healings and inspiration.

For more information,

call (847) 234-0820

or email cssocietylakeforest@gmail.com.

Bible Blast

5-6 p.m. Sunday evenings.

Bible Blast is a family

program for children

4 years old through fifth

grade. Guide your child’s

spiritual growth and biblical

literacy to a new level

through Bible Blast. There

is a one-time registration

fee of $45. Free childcare

is provided for 3 years old

and younger.

Union Church of Lake Bluff (525 E.

Prospect Ave., Lake Bluff)

Live Wires

4-5 p.m. Wednesdays,

Fellowship Hall. Live

Wires is the Union Church

youth group for fourththrough

sixth-graders. The

group meets for lively discussion

and fun activities.

Submit information for

The Leader’s Faith page to


com. The deadline is noon on

Thursday. Questions? Call

(847) 272-4565 ext. 21.

In Memoriam

Deborah Price Gundersen

Deborah Price Gundersen,

87, of Lake Forest,

died Dec. 9, at home surrounded

by her children. A

lifelong learner and optimist,

Gundersen had a fine

sense of humor and strong

Christian faith. Gundersen

had lived in Newton

and Wellesley, Mass., and

Winnetka and Northbrook.

Her favorite retreat was

her Michigan lake home.

Gundersen attended Colby

Jr. College, National College

of Education, and

Loyola University. She

led Bible studies and was

lay chaplain at Swedish

Covenant Hospital. She

served on the boards of

Good News Partners Chicago,

Langham Foundation,

Youth for Christ, and

Bjorklund House. She was

also a DCFS college counselor.

Gundersen was a

Life Master in tournament

duplicate bridge.

Survived by brother

James (Julia) Price; sisterin-law

Ann (the late Burton

Scott Price, Jr.) Price;

children: Judith (Mark)

Wall, Allen Nickerson

Clapp, Jr., Jeffrey (Beth

Malloy) Clapp, Lindsey

(Joseph) Ramsak, and David

(Mary Anne) Clapp,

Joan (the late Mark) Johnson,

Jeanne (Wallace)

Lunden, and Barbara (the

late Judith Gundersen)

Cederberg; many grandchildren

and great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by

husband Kenneth, parents

Burton Price and Martha

Price, brother Scott, stepdaughter

Judith, and three


In lieu of flowers, donations

to Misericordia

(MFA# 1723B), 6300 N.

Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL


Donald B. Hammond

Donald B. Hammond,

of Wilmette, and a former

student in Lake Forest,

died peacefully while

holding his daughter Rebecca’s

hand on Dec. 11

after a courageous battle

with cancer and kidney


Born in Evanston on

July 6, 1930, son of late

Bert and Margit (Marks)

Hammond. Survived by

daughter, Rebecca Steiner

(husband -Mark), and beloved


Lauren and Connor, of

Northbrook. Proceeded in

death by daughter Vickie

Hammond and brother

Robert Hammond.

Hammond was a generous,

devoted and loving

father, grandfather and

friend. He was raised in

Wilmette at the family

business/local farm stand,

Hammond Gardens, attended

college in Florida,

Colorado, and Lake Forest

and managed the family

business throughout

his career. His outgoing

personality was infectious

as evidenced by his loyal

customer base for three

generations. Since childhood,

Hammond enjoyed

spending leisure time at

Lauderdale Lakes and

Wrigley Field. Whether he

was boating, waterskiing

or taking in a Cubs’ game

with family and friends,

Don lived in the moment.

He prided himself in sharing

his lifelong passion

for the Cubs by bringing

family and friends to Murphy’s

Bleachers and Wrigley

Field to experience the

Friendly Confines. After

closing Hammond Gardens

in 2001 and retiring,

Hammond enjoyed traveling

with his friend, Lis and

attending his grandchildren’s

activities. Whether

it was hockey, football,

figure skating, baseball,

classroom visits— you

name it — Hammond was

present. His kindred spirit

lives on in his daughter

and grandchildren.

Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email alyssa@

lakeforestleader.com with

information about a loved

one who was part of the Lake

Forest/Lake Bluff communities.

LakeForestLeader.com DINING OUT

the lake forest leader | December 27, 2018 | 19

ArrivaDolce becoming cornerstone of downtown Highland Park

Jason Addy

Contributing Editor

The cafe’s homemade hummus ($5.25 for small serving)

comes with carrots and celery or chips for diners to

grab a quick snack.


1823 St. Johns Ave.,

Highland Park

6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Closed Sundays until


When friends and former

business school classmates

Amy Touchette and

Julie Gross set their hearts

on opening up their own

coffee shop in 2010, they

set their sights on becoming

the go-to “neighborhood


Eight years later, all indications

show Touchette,

of Lake Villa, and Gross,

of Wilmette, have done

just that.

Before settling on serving

up coffee, espresso,

gelato and classic sandwiches

with a twist at ArrivaDolce

in Highland

Park, Gross said the two

graduates of Arizona State

University’s Thunderbird

School of Global Management

explored a number of

other options to enter the

food industry, including


“We just decided we

wanted to be able to

change things up if we

wanted to do it a certain

way, instead of having to

do it according to a franchise,”

Touchette said.

Once they knew what

they’d be making, then

they had to find the right


“We didn’t have our

hearts set on Highland

Park,” Touchette said,

adding she and Gross were

looking for a location between

their homes. “We

were trying to find something

in between that had

a dynamic downtown still,

[and] that had a lot of foot

traffic. Highland Park was

kind of the perfect fit for


Gross and Touchette

found a former optometrist’s

office on St. John’s

Avenue in Highland Park

and immediately got to

work converting the space

into a “semi-rustic” Italian

coffee shop — gutting

the office, knocking down

walls and adding personal

touches, like pillars from

Gross’ porches to resemble

Roman arches and repurposed

barn floors to use as


When they weren’t at

the shop trying to get it

ready to open, which it

did in June 2011, Gross

and Touchette did field

research, going to other

shops selling coffee and

gelato to figure out their


“I’ll tell you, it was

rough work. We had to

go to a lot of gelato shops

and a lot of coffee shops,”

Touchette joked.

Though it was always

the dream for ArrivaDolce

to be thriving after almost

eight years, both women

admitted others weren’t so


When asked if it seemed

realistic in 2011 that ArrivaDolce

would still be

around today, Touchette

said, “Maybe not to others,

but it seemed realistic to

us,” adding she was able to

prove her “skeptical” husband

wrong in the process.

Recalling advice from

a book she read while researching

how to run a

small business, Gross said

“you have to do everything.”

“You have to create a

destination. You have to

have good customer service.

You have to have

quality products,” Gross


From ArrivaDolce’s

locally-sourced coffees,

teas and sandwiches to its

wall of local art, it’s clear

Gross and Touchette have

followed that playbook for


Earlier this month,

Gross and Touchette celebrated

the two-year anniversary

of the launch of

their second ArrivaDolce

location at the Loyola Red

Line station, located near

the heart of Loyola University

- Chicago.

Though it’s a much a

different customer base,

Gross and Touchette are

still following their triedand-true

method of providing

high-quality products

with a “really strong

The lemon dill tuna salad sandwich ($10.30) showcases classic tuna salad with a

punch of zest on multigrain bread. Photos by Alyssa Groh/22nd Century Media

ArrivaDolce baker Marilyn Stewart’s muffins, cookies, breads and scones keep

customers coming back to the Highland Park cafe.

focus” on customer service

at their Chicago cafe,

Gross said.

Last week, a group of

22nd Century Media editors

stopped by ArrivaDolce’s

original location in

Highland Park and tasted

some items from each part

of the cafe’s menu.

We first tried ArrivaDolce’s

signature hot chocolate

($3.85 for 12 oz.),

before Gross brought out

samples of the cafe’s hot

chocolate with sea salt and

caramel, along with homemade

hummus ($5.25 for

small serving), carrots and

celery to pick at between


Next, we had the lemon

dill tuna salad sandwich

($10.30), which showcases

classic tuna salad with a

punch of bright flavor on

multigrain bread. The sandwich

is one of the stars of

ArrivaDolce’s menu and

even “has a cult following,”

Touchette said.

Our next dish was the

six-cheese garlic grilled

cheese ($9), which melts

together mozzarella, provolone,

cheddar, Parmesan

and Romano cheeses with

a slice of the customer’s

choice of cheese, Touchette


Switching from lunch

to dessert, we next tried

ArrivaDolce’s cinnayum

pastry ($3), a mashup between

a cinnamon bun and

croissant finished off with

a sprinkling of sugar.

To cap off the feast,

Gross brought out a plate

featuring ArrivaDolce baker

Marilyn Stewart’s vast

selection of baked goods,

including biscotti, muffins,

cookies, breads and scones,

which are made with dough

from Alchemy Coffee

House in Wilmette.

20 | December 27, 2018 | The lake forest leader LIFE & ARTS


Superhero Benefit raises funds for Fill a Heart 4 Kids

Submitted by Fill a Heart

4 Kids

BNY Mellon Wealth

Management and Leslie

Hindman Auctioneers’

Superhero Benefit and

Antiques Road Show

helped make dreams come

true for Fill a Heart 4 Kids


org). Fill a Heart 4 Kids

is an organization that

helps more than 1,300

unaccompanied homeless

youth and rescued children

living in Cook and

Lake Counties. The magical

fundraising event was

held Nov. 30, at the historic

Glen Rowan Home

in Lake Forest.

More than 150 guests

enjoyed an evening of

festive fare, viewing of a

rare Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’

jewelry exhibition,

the sounds of string

quartet Music in the Loop

and a spirited live auction

with a flurry of paddles

raising and a bidding war

over a decadent 30-pound

chocolate Santa that sold

for a $1,700. The event

also featured a one-of-akind

“antiques roadshow,”

giving guests an exclusive

opportunity to receive

appraisals on their own

prized possessions by a

Leslie Hindman auctioneer


Fill a Heart 4 Kids

has many opportunities

to volunteer and donate

throughout the year. Programs

include Survival

BacPacs 4 Homeless

Kids, Locker Homes 4

Homeless Kids, food Gift

Cards 4 Homeless Kids,

and events and experiences,

such as movie nights,

birthday and holiday parties.

For more information,

visit www.fillahear


Chicago Bears player (left to right) Eric Kush, Michael Travis, of Chicago, Fill a Heart

4 Kids founder Annie McAveeney and her daughter and co-founder of Fill a Heart 4

Kids, Ellie McAveeney, both of Lake Forest, and Stephanie Kush. Photo by Jenn Marie


Loan Riedel (left) and Lori Rozdolsky, of Lake Forest.

Fill A Heart 4 Kids Founder Annie McAveeny, of Lake


Anna Brucher (left to right) and Dr. Susanne Richter,

both of Lake Forest, Diane Tang, of Lake Bluff, and Jack

Perno, of Chicago.

LakeForestLeader.com Life & Arts

the lake forest leader | December 27, 2018 | 21

Over $350,000 raised for REACH,

education for Chicago West Side students

Submitted by the Woman’s

Board of Rush University

Medical Center

The Woman’s Board of

Rush University Medical

Center presented its second

annual fall benefit, An

Evening of Whimsy, on

Oct. 19, at The Art Institute

of Chicago. The party

drew nearly 300 Chicagoarea

civic and social leaders

and featured cocktails

in the Chicago Stock Exchange

Trading Room,

a seated dinner in Griffin

Court and post-dinner

dancing to the sounds of


Guests entered the

event on the east side of

the Art Institute where

they paused to have their

portraits snapped in front

of the striking Chagall

windows, while making

their way the cocktail

reception. Many were

delighted by characters

called “Whimsies” – posing

with these mysterious

models on a photo wall

designed by event planner

Steven Valenti.

An Evening of Whimsy

was chaired by Chicago’s

Samantha Schwalm and

raised more than $350,000

– helping the Woman’s

Board achieve its goal

of raising $450,000 to

expand the Rush Education

and Career Hub, or


REACH is an education

and workforce development

program that provides

college readiness

programs, mentoring and

internship programs to

high school and college

students from Chicago’s

West Side communities.

Dr. Larry Goodman,

CEO of Rush University

Medical Center, and

Woman Board President

Debra Beck addressed the

group during cocktails,

speaking to the organization’s

commitment to help

youth establish careers

in healthcare and how

these jobs will improve

the overall health and

well-being of the nine diverse

neighborhoods that

comprise Chicago’s West


Julie (left) and Steve Valenti, of Lake Forest. Photos


Mirja Haffner (left), of Chicago and Marion Rice, of Lake


Susan (left) and Philip Merlin, of Lake Forest.

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the lake forest leader | December 27, 2018 | 25

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Jake Fisher

Jake Fisher is a senior

on the Lake Forest High

School basketball team.

What age did you start

playing basketball?

I would probably say

around 4 or 5 years old. I

played soccer majority of

my life, but basketball was

always my main sport. My

dad played a huge roll in

that; he went to Michigan

State and they are obviously

a good basketball school.

He’s really been coaching

me my entire life.

What is your favorite

memory on the court?

My favorite memory

wasn’t about me. It was one

of my teammates: Michael

Pasquella hit a buzzer beater

last year versus Libertyville

to win us the game.

What are you goals

this season?

We want to be playing

our best basketball at the

end of the season.

Do you enjoy being a

leader on the court?

It’s definitely something

I’ve embraced. It’s something

I’ve always been

taught by my parents, to

lead by example but also

by voice. Leading the right

way and trying to instill

confidence in my teammates.

Who is your favorite

NBA player?

Right now at this moment

I will have to say Kris

Dunn from the Bulls. He

works hard on both ends

and really takes pride in his

defense. That’s something

you don’t see from a lot of

NBA players now.

What is the biggest

challenge you’ve faced

on the court?

My size. At only 5-foot-

10 it’s definitely hard going

against guys who are 6-2,

6-3 or 6-4. But it’s really

turned into a positive. It’s

easier to get around kids

who are bigger and then us-

22nd century media file photo

ing my size to an advantage

getting to the lane.

What is your favorite

video game?

“NBA 2K.” I play with

the Bulls I love being the


What are your plans

after high school?

I really have no idea. I

have some opportunity to

play Division III basketball,

but as of now I’m really

not entirely sure if I

want to play basketball in

college or just be a student.

What do you plan on

majoring in college?

Probably study sports

management, I just can’t

see my life without sports.

How would you

describe yourself?

I am a kind, confident

energetic, but at the same

time I’m a serious person.

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Espinosa’s big week leads to conference honor

Submitted by Lake Forest

College Athletics

Lake Forest College

basketball player Sean

Espinosa was named

Midwest Conference Performer

of the Week Dec.

17 after scoring a gamehigh

23 points to lead his

team to an 80-61 triumph

at Monmouth College last


After starting the game

1-for-6 from the field, Espinosa

connected on each

of his final nine shots,

including three from beyond

the arc.

In addition to his efficient

scoring, the sophomore

guard also pulled

down six rebounds,

dished out four assists and

recorded a pair of steals in

the victory.

With a team-high 20.8

points per game in the Foresters’

eight contests so

far this season, Espinosa

ranks fourth in the league

and 59th in the nation in

scoring. He also leads the

conference in steals (2.6)

and minutes played (35.4)

per game and ranks among

the league leaders in field

goal percentage, threepointers

made, three-point

field goal percentage and


Lake Forest is now 5-3

overall and 2-2 in MWC


MWC Performers of the

Week are selected by the

league office.

RIGHT: Sean Espinosa

is having a career year

for the Foresters and

was recently named the

conference player of the

week. Photo by Lake Forest


IHSA overhauls football

scheduling in ‘historic change’

Michael Wojtychiw,

Contributing Sports Editor

Illinois’ high school

football landscape is

about to change in 2021.

IHSA member schools

voted Dec. 17 in favor

of implementing district

scheduling for the 2021

season, according to a

press release from the

IHSA. The conference

structure fans have come

to know will no longer

exist. Instead, the IHSA

will assign football teams

to eight or nine team

groupings (i.e. “districts”)

based on classification

and geography, districts,

which will be in place for

two years.

Per the release, teams

will play a nine-week

regular season with eight

or nine games against district

opponents. Any nondistrict

regular season

games will not count in

the district standings. The

top four teams in each district

qualify for the playoffs.

“It is a historic change,”

IHSA Executive Director

Craig Anderson says

in the release. “The narrow

gap in the voting indicates

that there are pros

and cons that impact our

diverse football-playing

membership in a multitude

of ways. We hope

that it will effectively

address conference realignment

and scheduling

concerns, while helping

create long-term sustainability

and growth for

high school football in the


Districting had been

voted on twice in the past

— in 2009 and 2014 —

but failed both times. This

vote, in which 85 percent

of schools voted, was a

close one. In total, 324

schools voted in favor of

districts, 307 against and

69 had no opinion, according

to the release.

Sports Briefs

Boudreaux settling in at


Former Lake Forest

High School basketball

standout Evan Boudreaux

is finding a rhythm at his

new school, Purdue University.

As of Sunday, Dec. 23,

Boudreaux was third on

the team in scoring (8.2

points per game) and first

in rebounding (4.9) despite

playing just 18 minutes a

game off the bench.

In a Nov. 18 win over

Virginia Tech, Boudreaux

finished with 18 points

on 7-of-11 shooting and

added seven rebounds and

three assists.

Boudreaux, a junior

transfer from Dartmouth,

is shooting 44 percent

from the floor, as the Boilermakers

have gotten off

Evan Boudreaux (left) has hit the floor running with

Purdue University, while Adam Wisco (right) just earned

a prestigious honor. Photos Submitted

to a 7-5 start, with a 1-1

record in the Big Ten.

LFA alum picks up weekly


Middlebury College

rookie goaltender, and

Lake Forest Academy

alumnus, Adam Wisco was

named the NESCAC Player

of the Week for his performance

in games against

Connecticut College and

Tufts University over the

weekend of Nov. 30.

He earned his first two

career victories by stopping

35 of 37 shots against

Connecticut College, and

then 25 of 27 shots in a

game against Tufts the following


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IHSA forms council for esports after rise in popularity

LFHS esports club

on tap for 2019

Brittany Kapa,

Freelance Reporter

More people watched

the championship game

for the 2018 World Championship

for “League of

Legends” than they did

the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl was

viewed by 103.4 million

people, according to

an article by CBS News.

The final round of play

for “League of Legends”

had 205,348,063 individual

eyes glued to their


That kind of attention is

hard to dismiss.

“Esports is the definitely

the fastest growing

sport in the world,” Brian

Boruszak said, the faculty

advisor for Lake Forest

High School’s newest

esport video game club.

“It’s accessible to lots of

people, the cost is incredibly

low, and “League of

Legends” costs zero to

play, all you need a computer.”

Esports will enter its inaugural

season of competition

in January 2019 at

Lake Forest High School,

and comes on the heels of

an important announcement

from the Illinois

High School Association.

The IHSA announced,

via email, the approval

for the formation of an

advisory committee for

esports after it’s Dec. 10

Board of Directors meeting.

“We are excited any

time we can entertain

the possibility of offering

Illinois high school

students more opportunities

to represent their

schools in competition,”

Craig Anderson said, the

IHSA executive director.

“We know that students

benefit in the short- and

long-term when they are

involved in a high school

sport or activity. Esports

may present us with a

chance to expand our mission

by creating another

new and unique State Final


The announcement is

openly and excitedly welcomed

by Boruszak and

his club, and while the

advisory committee isn’t

scheduled to meet officially

until spring 2019

for Boruszak it takes the

From ice to nice

Scouts girls hockey’s holiday tradition helps local children

The Scouts girls

hockey team,

which includes

students from

Highland Park

High School,

completed their

fifth annual holiday

shopping trip

that benefits four

children in need.

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sport in the right direction.

“I think this is huge because

it gives credibility

to the entire process and

platform,” he said. “It definitely

takes some talent

and dexterity.”

Lake Forest will primarily

focus on one particular

game, “League of

Legends,” during its inaugural

season beginning

in January, Boruszak said.

“League of Legends,”

is a game played online

via a computer and puts

two teams of five players

against each other on a

set map within the game.

The goal of the game is to

destroy the other team’s

base in the online massive

battle arena. “League

of Legends” is the largest

online esports game

played globally, Boruszak


Like other sports, there

is preparation that goes

into every game and strategy.

The game contains

140 characters, and before

every game there is a draft

and teams can ban other

players. Heavy research is

done into counter matchups

and team will even

study film from previously

recorded matchups

of other teams.

Gameplay itself takes

mechanical skills, good

hand-eye coordination,

teamwork and communication.

Like typical

sports, skilled individual

plays are broken down,

replayed and played in

slow motion to highlight

the keystrokes a player

used to win. Players study

these moves, the combination

of button strokes

and try to replicate those

in their own play.

The Lake Forest esports

club is already practicing

at their weekly meetings,

where anywhere between

18-25 students participate.

With those numbers

Lake Forest would have

enough players to field a

varsity and junior varsity

level team, Boruszak said.


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Lake Forest played an

exhibition game already,

just to get the feel of how

their team would perform

against others. But

rather than loading into a

bus and driving an hour

or more, the team simply

logged onto a computer at

the school and competed.

The cost of the sport

is limited as “League of

Legends” is a free online

game. The only cost is a

computer. The graphics

of the game aren’t overally

sophisticated either,

so special equipment

isn’t needed to play. The

game is also undergoing

constant updates, for bug

glitches, so the game is as

fair as possible since players

aren’t able to exploit

potential loop holes in the


The IHSA esports advisory

committee will

consider working in conjunction

with PlayVS,

the Official High School

Esports League. PlayVS

is the exclusive partner of

the National Federation of

State High School Associations

(NFHS) and has

partnered with the NFHS

to operate high school

esports leagues for over

19,500 high schools nationwide,

according to the

IHSA release.

“Last year $5 million

in scholarships were

awarded for “League of

Legends” players, this is

something that is going to

be organized, something

that you can reach out to

recruiters and can see in

a organized competitive

forum,” Boruszak said.

“It opens up doorways for

our students.”


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Boys Basketball

Scouts cannot hold down highly ranked Benet Academy

David Jaffe

Freelance Reporter

Lake Forest took on

Benet Academy, one of the

stronger teams in the state,

Friday, Dec. 21, in Lake


The visiting Redwings

showed why they are a

tough team to match up

against as they scored

quickly and in a variety of

ways, finding much success

scoring in transition,

getting the ball inside and

getting to the free-throw


Those things became

too much for the Scouts

(4-6) to handle as they fell

to Benet 62-44.

The Redwings scored 30

points in the paint.

“They could shoot the

ball really well and had

an inside presence,” Lake

Forest coach Phil LaScala

said. “They were able to

score a lot in transition.

We fell asleep a few times

getting back and they were

able to knock down some

transition threes right out

of the gate.

“We gave up 23 in the

first quarter. That’s not

good. We haven’t been defending

like that in most

of our games. But they’re

a very explosive offensive


Early in the third quarter,

the Scouts only trailed

34-27, but Benet went on

an 11-4 run increasing its

advantage to 45-31 with

Charlie Dollard scoring

six points and Will Engels

scoring five.

The Scouts never got to

within single digits after

that and an 11-2 Benet run

put them in front 60-40.

Benet had four players

score in double figures.

The Redwings were efficient

in the paint, but

started the game burying

three treys en route to an

11-3 lead.

A three by Tommy Hanson

and a layup by Stephen

Young put Lake Forest

right back in it.

Benet got the lead back

up to 27-17 in the second,

but the Scouts hung

in there, getting as close

as 29-23 with four points

from Jake Fisher and another

trey by Hanson.

Lake Forest had chances

to get closer but couldn’t

do it, and Benet made

them pay, going back up

34-24 at the half.

“We had a few chances

to make it closer in the first

half,” LaScala said. “We

missed some free throws

and we started getting in a

little foul trouble. After that

we went through a stretch

where we couldn’t buy a

bucket and went cold.

“They were able to take

advantage of that, getting

inside and getting out in

transition. Our margin of

error was small. We played

really hard to keep ourselves

in it in the first half

but you can’t give a team

like that opportunities.”

Lake Forest stayed in

the game thanks to Fisher,

who scored 13 of his 17

points in the first half, including

nine in the second


He made some tough

shots and carried the offense

when the Scouts

were struggling to score.

“Jake did an incredible

job for us in the first half,”

LaScala said. “He made

some difficult shots and he

kept staying aggressive. If

he continues to play like

that, we’re going to be really


The Scouts will compete

in York’s Jack Tosh holiday

tournament and they

know their defense will

Charlie Dollard (right) gets control of the ball at the opening of the game against Benet

Academy Friday, Dec. 21, in Lake Forest. Photos by David Kraus/22nd Century Media

have to get better.

“We need to be much

better at the defensive

end,” LaScala said. “And

we need to use our defense

to create some opportunities

for ourselves on offense.

That’s something

we were unable to do successfully


Crawford Bolton added

9 points while Hanson had

6 and Michael Pasquella

had 5.

Right: Michael O’Connor

(right) brings the ball

down the court through

heavy defense.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Boys Basketball

Deerfield 37, Lake Forest


Crawford Bolton and

Jack Benderart scored six

points each for the Scouts

in the nonconference loss

Dec. 15.

Kiski 65, Lake Forest

Academy 50

Dane Quest scored 15

points and Bellamy Marcus

had 13 in the Caxys’

loss in the final game of

the Peddle School Invitational

Dec. 9.

Girls Basketball

Lake Forest 65, Waukegan


Grace Tirmazlis finished

with 21 points and eight rebounds

to lead the Scouts

(9-4) to the nonconference

win Dec. 15

Halle Douglass (19

points, 8 rebounds), Finola

Summerville (12 points, 7

rebounds) and Ellie Pearson

(7 rebounds) contributed

for Lake Forest.

Lake Forest 43, St. Viator


Halle Douglass poured

in 22 points and added

four blocked shots to lead

the Scouts to victory Dec.


Grace Tirzmalis scored

10 points with eight rebounds,

while teammate

Molly Fisher added six

points and three rebounds

for Lake Forest.

Glenbrook North 40, Lake

Forest Academy 30

Rama Keita became a

member of the 1,000-point

club by scoring 13 points

in the host Caxys nonconference

loss Dec. 11.

The home crowd

mobbed Keita after her final

basket gave her 1,001

career points. The Spartans

called a timeout to allow

the home crowd to recognize

the achievement.

Girls Hockey

Warren 8, Lake Forest

Academy 7

Julia Sinopie notched a

hat trick for the Caxys, but

despite the team’s seasonhigh

goal total, it was not

enough in the Dec. 10 loss.

Lena Ansari scored

twice, and Annie Gifford

and Serena Kim added a

goal apiece for LFA.

This Week In...




■Dec. ■ 27-29 - at York High

School, TBD


■Dec. ■ 27-29 - at Warren

High School, 3 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 27 - hosts Lake

Forest quad, 10 a.m.

■Dec. ■ 28 - at Lakes

Community High School,

8:30 a.m.

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Girls Basketball

Defense, post play allow Scouts to take off

David Jaffe

freelance reporter

Scoring only one field

goal in a quarter does not

usually fall in line with a

basketball team’s strategy.

But in its Blue Devil

Holiday Classic opener

against host Warren Saturday,

Dec. 22, Lake Forest

High School was just fine

with it.

Lake Forest’s ability to

get the ball inside, near the

basket, forced the Warren

defense to commit an array

of fouls, putting the Scouts

at the free-throw line.

Lake Forest knocked

down 15 of 22 foul shots.

And beginning late in the

first half, the Scouts started

converting their inside opportunities,

finishing with

26 points in the paint.

As a result, the Scouts

(11-4, 5-2) broke open

what had been a close first

half and dominated Warren,


With Lake Forest leading

22-20 late in the second

quarter, Halle Douglass

went backdoor to convert

layups for and-one opportunities

on back-to-back

possessions, scoring five

straight points.

That appeared to be when

Lake Forest took control of

the game for good.

“We needed a shift in

momentum,” said Douglass,

who filled the stat

sheet with 18 points, 7 rebounds,

7 assists, 2 steals

and 2 blocks. “Our first

backdoor attempt wasn’t

there but my teammates

kept cutting hard and Grace

[Tirzmalis] had a great pass

to me giving us another

backdoor opportunity. After

that our defense helped

set up a similar play that I

was able to score on. Our

defense getting a stop led

to that and we were able to

execute both plays.”

While the post game was

key for the Scouts’ defense,

opportunism led the defense.

“Our defense did a much

better job getting in passing

lanes and that was the catalyst

for how we closed the

half,” Lake Forest coach

Kyle Wilhelm said. “[Warren]

had been shooting the

ball well, but our defense

began to make them uncomfortable.

We then got

those big plays to extend

the lead and the important

thing is we were able to

carry that over in the third


“Sometimes we’ll close

out the half well but keep

teams around. We made

sure that didn’t happen this


Douglass’s buckets were

part of a 21-0 run that

turned a 20-16 deficit into

a 37-16 lead. Tirzmalis had

seven of her 17 points during

that stretch, and Finola

Summerville had 4.

The Scouts extended the

lead to 53-28 at the end of

the third.

While Warren shot fairly

well from long distance,

going 7-of-19 from beyond

the arc, six of those threes

were in the first half. And

Lake Forest shut Warren

down otherwise, forcing 25


“Molly [Fisher] did a

great job getting pressure

on the ball,” Douglass said.

“She kind of led the way.

But the entire team was effective

pressuring the ball.

We took away their outside

looks and made them speed

up and play faster than they

wanted. When we forced

turnovers, we were able to

run our offense through doing


Warren got out to an

early 9-2 advantage when

Macy Kocen, Trenise Powe

and Jataia Harris all buried

threes. But the Scouts

scored the final eight points

of the quarter, six from the

free-throw line, getting

four apiece from Tirzmalis

and Douglass.

Lake Forest went ahead

16-12, but Warren responded

with an 8-0 run thanks to

treys from Kocen and Caroline

Sharpe and a putback

by Breleigh Gula.

But it was clear that despite

only one first-quarter

field goal, the strategy for

the Scouts was an effective

one: get the ball inside,

which would result in a

bucket or a trip to the charity


“Getting to the line kept

us in the game early,” Wilhelm

said. “The girls were

cutting hard and making

good passes. We were able

to take advantage of our

ability to get to the basket.

Most of the first half that

resulted in free throw opportunities

but as the half

ended, we did a better job

of converting.”

The Blue Devil Classic

continues the Scouts’

string of road contests, as

they had yet to play a home

game as of Saturday, Dec.

22. But after the tournament,

they will only play at

home the rest of the regular

season, as well as host the


Lilly Trkla added 8

points, while Summerville

had 6. Ellie Pearson

chipped in 5 points and 6

rebounds, while Fisher had

4 points and 2 steals.

Lake Forest continues

tournament play Wednesday-Saturday,

Dec. 26-29.

Check LakeForestLeader.

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Lake Forest junior Molly Fisher (1) pressures the Warren ballhandler in the Scouts’

61-33 win Saturday, Dec. 22, in the Blue Devil Holiday Classic. Photos by Harrison

Raft/22nd Century Media

Grace Tirzmalis (23) goes up for the layup en route to 17 points for Lake Forest.

30 | December 27, 2018 | The lake forest leader SPORTS


Underclassmen finding right balance for Scouts

Cekay wins allaround,

LF takes

second at quad

David Jaffe,

Freelance Reporter

Lake Forest High School

gymnast Taylor Cekay is

only a freshman but she

has already made a name

for herself with the Scouts.

Cekay continued the impressive

start to her high

school career by winning

the all-around title (37.10

points) at Lake Forest’s

holiday quad Thursday,

Dec. 20.

She also won three of

the four events — vault

(9.35), the uneven bars

(9.3) and the balance beam

(9.25) — and took second

on the other: floor exercise


Despite strong scores in

all events, Cekay was most

pleased with how she performed

on bars.

“I was really nervous for

the team as far as how we

needed to do on bars. Kristin

[Fisch], one of our top

gymnasts, was out tonight

so we needed everyone to

step up on bars,” she said.

“And we ended up doing

great. Gianna [Pasquesi] I

think set the tone for me,

watching her brand-new

routine right before mine. I

was happy for her, and that

motivated me to end bars

with a strong routine and I

was able to stick it.”

Every event went well

for Cekay, but she started

off fast on vault, her first

event of the night.

“Today, vault was definitely

my strongest event,”

Cekay said. “This is the

same vault that I used

when I was competing in

club. So it helps that I’m

more familiar with it, and I

was comfortable with what

I had been doing in practice.”

The Scouts took second

overall with 137.95 points,

fewer than two points behind

meet champion Lake

Zurich (139.65).

In addition to being

without Fisch, the Scouts

were also banged up in


They still, however, put

together a strong outing.

“We were coming off

a meet against Mundelein

where our team score

ended up on the record

board,” Cekay said. “Today

we were without Kristin,

Nelli Fleming, and

Madison (Miks) was sick

earlier today. But she came

out and still competed. I

was excited with how we

did today. We had a really

good score despite who we

were missing.”

Lake Forest coach Megan

Miles echoed her

freshman’s diagnosis and

pointed out a specific highlight

of the meet

“I was really proud of

how we did,” Miles said.

“We were five for five on

sticking bars. Regardless

of the scores, that’s a difficult

thing to accomplish.

“We cleaned up our performances

and have continued

to get better connecting

our skills. Gianna

had some new skills on

bars, and Taylor had a very

big meet.”

After having a few

nerves initially to start the

season, Cekay has already

become one of the Scouts’

top gymnasts.

“I started being on varsity

diving in the fall,

which was a new experience,”

Cekay said. “Then

I was very excited to get

the opportunity to be part

of varsity gymnastics. But

The crowd and coaches cheer LFHS freshman Taylor Cekay after her first-place vault en route to an all-around title

at a quad meet Thursday, Dec. 20, in Lake Forest. Photos by Alyssa Groh/22nd Century Media

Sophie Prozument works through her beam routine for

the Scouts.

I was also nervous because

there are a lot of expectations

that come with being

on varsity. But that really

just pushed me to work

harder and that’s gotten me

to where I am.”

It was the freshmen and

sophomores that led Lake

Forest, and Miles is happy

about what Cekay and

Pasquesi have brought to

the table.

“Gianna helps pick up

the other girls with how

hard she works in practice.

She’s very coachable and

she comes up with new

ideas for the team,” Miles

said. “And with Taylor,

there was a bit of a transition

going from club to

high school, but she very

quickly has become one

Lake Forest’s Madison Miks on the bars during her

team’s second-place finish at the quad.

of our more consistent performers.

“Madison, also as a

freshman, has already been

a huge contributor for us.

It won’t always show but

she’s usually the last score

to count towards our team

scores. And she continued

to help us in today’s meet.”

Pasquesi was second

on vault (9.2); third on

bars (9), floor (8.8) and

all-around (35.9); and

fourth on beam (8.9).

Miks tied for fifth on

floor (8.65).

Lake Forest Academy’s

Liv Markey competed as

an individual and was fifth

in all-around scoring 33.3,

a score highlighted by a

second-place finish on

beam (9.05).

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Cekay signs letter of intent to Colgate University

Alyssa Groh, Editor

22nd Century Media

File Photo


Stars of the week

1. Grace Tirmazlis

(above). The

star Lake Forest

forward scored 21

points to go with 8

rebounds in a win

over Waukegan

last week and

followed it up with

17 points in a win

over host Warren

in the opening

game of the

Scouts’ holiday


2. Taylor Cekay. The

freshman gymnast

won three of four

events and the

all-around title

at Lake Forest’s

host quad meet

Thursday, Dec. 20.

3. Halle Douglass.

The star junior

guard scored 22,

19 and 18 points,

respectively, in

the Scouts last

three games, all


Lake Forest High

School senior Ryan Cekay

made his dream of playing

football in college officially

a reality when he

signed his National Letter

of Intent to play for Colgate

University in Hamilton,

N.Y., Wednesday,

Dec. 19.

Family, friends, teammates

and coaches

watched eagerly as Cekay

signed his name in the

school’s Metcalf Foyer.

To kick off the ceremony,

LFHS Athletic Director

Tim Burkhalter talked

about Cekay’s drive to be

a good player.

“This is not just an accomplishment

for just

Ryan, but everyone here

understands the commitment,

dedication and hard

work that is involved in

getting to this point,” Burkhalter

said. “There is an

awful lot of family and

friends here today that

have been a part of that. It

is a group effort to get to

this point.”

Getting to the point of

playing football on the

college level was not easy

for Cekay.

During his sophomore

year with the Scouts,

Cekay was a quarterback.

Varsity coach Chuck Spagnoli

called him into his

office and told Cekay he

was going to change position

and be a wide receiver

for the varsity team.

Cekay recalls being

shocked, but followed his

Mike Cekay (left) and Allison Cekay (right) watch their son Ryan sign his National Letter of Intent to play football at

Colgate University Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Lake Forest High School. Photos by Alyssa Groh/22nd Century Media

coach’s guidance.

“I stuck with being a

wide receiver and grinded

hard to get where I am,”

Cekay said.

To help the transition

from quarterback to wide

receiver, Cekay worked

with EFT Sports Performance

in Highland Park.

“To get to where I am

now, EFT played a huge

role in that,” Cekay said.

“Working with EFT exposed

me to a lot of the

greater athletes and made

me become a better player.”

Cekay also said all of

the Scouts’ coaches were

a huge part to helping him

become the athlete that he

is today.

In this senior season,

Cekay totaled 40 catches

for 588 yards and four

touchdowns and collected

offers from Cornell University,

Columbia University,

San Diego State

University and Colgate


Although it was a difficult

decision, Cekay

realized he belonged at


“Colgate offered me a

full ride, and that is huge,”

Cekay said. “I loved the

school and also wanted to

be somewhere with high

academics. After watching

[the football team]

this season, I saw that

they are a great team and

they competed. I want to

go to college and win, get

a great education and be

Ryan Cekay (center) stands with some of his teammates

after signing his National Letter of Intent.

set up for the future.”

Spagnoli said Colgate is

getting an asset as an athlete

and a person.

“We have been blessed

to have him on varsity

for three years,” Spagnoli

said. “He is as good of a

player as we could have

ever expected. We are sad

to see him go, but we are

incredibly proud and happy

to see him move onto

the next level.”

Listen Up

“If he continues to play like that, we’re going to be

really good.”

Phil LaScala — Lake Forst High School boys basketball coach about

Jake Fisher after the team’s loss to Benet Academy.

tune in


Lake Forest hosts Loyola Academy, Glenbrook

North, Kelly

• 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, East campus


28 - High School Highlights

25 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Editor Alyssa Groh. Send

any questions or comments to alyssa@lakeforestleader.com

Lake Forest Leader | December 27, 2018 | LakeForestLeader.com

Making it official Ryan Cekay

signs letter of intent, Page 31

Big changes

IHSA approves new football

scheduling, page 26

Sophomore Nelli Fleming

sticks her dismount off

bars Thursday, Dec. 20,

in Lake Forest. Alyssa

Groh/22nd Century Media


sophomores lead

the way at holiday

quad, Page 30

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