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Childrens books and

writers celebrated

at annual fest, Page 4

Author Jacob Grant reads his books to families at the Highland Park Public

Library’s Kid Lit Fest, Jan. 12. Nicole Carrow/22nd Century Media

Celebrate the season

Park District of Highland

Park makes winter fun, Page 8

Happy birthday,

HP! Exhibition kicks

off sesquicentennial

celebrations, Page 10

A helping




offers help

to federal


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In this week’s


Police Reports6

Pet of the Week8


Faith Briefs20

Dining Out22


Home of the Week24

Athlete of the Week27

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Duckies in Danger

3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 17,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Build your

own contraption to save a

rubber ducky from being

destroyed by lava. Drop in

anytime between 3:30 and

5 p.m. to take the challenge.

Ages 8-14.


Marshmallow Polar Bear

1-3 p.m. Jan. 18, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Come to the Youth

Services Department between

1 and 3 p.m. to

make a marshmallow polar

bear and design a cave

for it to live in. This program

is for families with

children ages 3 to 14. No

registration required.

Recycled Art

2:30-4 p.m. Jan. 18,

Heller Nature Center,

2821 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. What can you

build with milk cartons,

cardboard and plastic

bottles? A train? A robot?

A zoo? A city? Use your

imagination and go green

with recycled goods.

Bring them from home or

use some of Heller’s.


Jump and Spin Skating


8:40-9:40 a.m. Jan. 19,

Centennial Ice Arena,

3100 Trail Way, Highland

Park. The clinic is presented

by guest coaches

Rockne Brubaker and Stefania

Berton. It’s open to

all skaters in Free Skate 1

- High Free Skate (groups

will be split according to

levels). The cost is $25.


Sunday Soiree

1:30-2:30 p.n. Jan. 20,

Bennett Gordon Hall, 201

St. Johns Ave., Highland

Park. MYAC chamber

music groups perform,

featuring music by the

winner of the MYAC

Composition Contest,

Baxter Brown.

Jazz in January

4-6:30 p.m. Jan. 20,

MYAC Center, 878 Lyster

Road, Highwood. Jazz

students of MYAC perform

with acclaimed guest

soloist, jazz education and

Yamaha recording artist,

Francisco Torres.


Reptiles and Amphibians

2-4 p.m. Jan. 21, Heller

Nature Center, 2821

Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Join the Frog Lady

at Heller and learn the difference

between reptiles

and amphibians. Meet live

animals up close and get

a chance to touch some.

Children must be accompanied

by a paid registered


Admin Offices Closed

Jan. 21, City Hall, 1707

St. Johns Ave., Highland


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

of Service

10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan.

21, 1207 Park Ave. West,

Highland Park. Join together

with the community

for the 10th annual

Martin Luther King Day

of Service. The Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr. federal

holiday is a perfect

opportunity for Americans

to honor Dr. King’s

legacy through service.

The MLK Day of Service

empowers individuals,

strengthens communities,

bridges barriers, creates

solutions to social problems

and moves us closer

to Dr. King’s vision of a

beloved community.

Family Heirloom Recipes

from the Illinois State Fair

7 p.m. Jan. 21, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Join us as the

Highland Park Historical

Society’s own Catherine

Lambrecht dishes on her

book, “Family Heirloom

Recipes from the Illinois

State Fair, an Illinois Bicentennial

Project.” The

book is based on Cathy’s

work through the Greater

Midwest Foodways Alliance,

and was also inspired

by her own family’s

heirloom recipes.


Class of 2023 Curriculum

Night and Electives Fair

6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 23,

Highland Park High

School Auditorium, 433

Vine Ave., Highland Park.


Eagle Watch

8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Jan.

26, Starved Rock State

Park, 2668 E. 875th Road,

Oglesby. Travel with us to

Starved Rock State Park

for the Illinois Audubon

Society’s Eagle Watch

Weekend. See a live bird

show, view wild eagles

fishing along the river,

make crafts and participate

in hands-on activities.

The colder it is, the

better the bird viewing.

Children must be accompanied

by a paid registered

adult. Dress warmly

and for walking; some

of the best viewing areas

involve climbing stairs.

Meals not included.

Poetry Open Mic

7 p.m. Jan. 26, Coffee

Speaks at Port Clinton

Square, 610 Central Ave.,

Suite 155, Highland Park.

Octet Magic

3 p.m. Jan. 27, Highland

Park Community House,

1991 Sheridan Road,

Highland Park. Music by

Dick Kattenburg, Dvorak

and Mendelssohn. Dessert

reception following concert.

Tickets are $20 for

an adult, $16 for a senior

and $8 for a student.

Film Discussion

7 p.m. Jan. 30, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Join Dick Adler

for a discussion about the

film “Searching.” This

event will take place in

the Auditorium. This is a

drop-in event and no signup

is necessary, but if you

would like a reminder,

please sign up with your

email address.

District 113 Art Show


5:30 p.m. Feb. 7, The

Art Center Highland Park,

1957 Sheridan Road,

Highland Park.


Sherlock Holmes Book

Discussion Group


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7-8:30 p.m. First Tuesday

of every other month,

Highwood Public Library,

102 Highwood Ave.,

Highwood. Sit around our

fireplace and drink coffee,

while reviewing one

of the Dr. Watson’s favorite

mysteries. To sign

up please contact Brenda

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English Conversation


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

Highwood Public

Library, 102 Highwood

Ave., Highwood. This

group is for students who

already speak English,

but would like to improve

their pronunciation, grammar,

and vocabulary. We

discuss current topics, life

experiences and goals,

and everyday situations.

The goal is to help you

build confidence in your

ability to speak English


Spanish Conversation


10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Tuesdays, Highland Park

Public Library, 494 Laurel

Ave. Meet at the library

for Spanish conversation.

Former high school Spanish

teacher, Graciella Napoles,

facilitates the discussion.


ability required. Meets in

the Alyce Brenner Room.

This is a drop-in event and

no signup is necessary.

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City gives updates on Highlands

neighborhood 2019 projects

Neil Milbert

Freelance Reporter

During a Jan. 8 Highland

Park Town Hall

meeting Director of Public

Works Ramesh Kanapareddy

provided concerned

Highlands neighborhood

residents with a detailed

rundown on major 2018

projects and projects in

the 10-year capital plan

focusing primarily on

Summit Avenue, North

Avenue and Marl Oak


Both Kanapareddy and

City Manager Ghida Neukirch

apologized to residents

for glitches in the

work on Summit, North

and the Marl Oak last

year, calling it “unacceptable”

and said the problems

would be corrected

when future projects are


At the end of his

PowerPoint presentation

Kanapareddy listed

the three major projects

scheduled for this year:

storm sewer and paving

on Eastwood; water main,

storm sewer and paving

on Lincoln Avenue West;

and storm sewer and

paving on Tanglewood.

Included on his tentative

list of 10-year

capital plan projects in

subsequent years are:

University Avenue resurfacing

(Old Elm to Old

Trail); Summit Avenue

water main work and resurfacing

(Krenn Avenue

to Half Day Road); and

Hill Street Resurfacing

(Brook Avenue to Western


The long-term list

also calls for new sidewalks

on University Avenue

(Hill to Old Elm);

Krenn Avenue (Old Elm

to Hyacinth); Hyacinth

(University to Dato);

and Old Elm (Western to


Kanapareddy pointed

out that Highland Park has

a 150-year intra-structure

and upkeep is critical to

reduce long-term cost. He

said the 10-year capital

plan is “aggressive and


The top priorities are

minimizing construction

inconvenience for

residents, communicating

with residents before and

during the projects and

meeting project deadlines.

Asphalt plants are open

from mid-April to the end

of October and the typical

time-frame for construction

is from May to

October. The sequence

is for underground work

to be done first, followed

by curbs and driveways,

paving and landscape


Three phases are involved

in every project:

design, bidding and


In 2018 the Summit,

North and Marl Oak projects

got off to a late start.

The Summit and North

projects were previewed

at a Feb. 21 public open

house for the public and

the Marl Oak project at

a March 22 open house.

Designs were completed

in May and bids opened

on June 14. Copenhaver

Construction, Inc. was

awarded the contract totaling

$1,392,666 and it

was approved by the City

Council on July 9.

Oct. 26 was the scheduled

completion date but

unforeseen sandy, wet soil

conditions dictated that an

alternate plan be devised.

The actual completion

date was Dec. 11 although

some follow up work

will have to be done this


Future plans call for

bidding in early spring;

coordinating work with

police for traffic control;

coordinating work with

schools, businesses and

sister agencies; holding

weekly progress meetings

with contractors; and improving

resident communications

through social

media, emails, interactive

map updates on the city

web-site and door-to-door

visits by staff.

Kanapareddy’s presentation

detailed the estimated

cost of each of the

major 2018 public works


Forest Avenue bridge

replacement $2,600,000;

Summit, North and Marl

Oak water main improvements

$1,500,000; annual

asphalt street resurfacing

$1,500,000; Berkeley

storm sewer improvements

$1 million: Deerfield

fence, Lambert

tree and Old Trail path

projects $900,000; Old

Skokie Road water main

replacement $650,000;


sewer improvements

$625,000; ravine 3 restoration

$500,000; Clavey

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Road sidewalk and railroad

pedestrian gates

$550,000; annual concrete

street repair program

$550,000; and

Grove Avenue water main

replacement $500,000.

Also listed during the

presentation was the cost

of major projects managed

by the Public Works

Department: sewer ling

$750,000; art center, fire

station and water plant

roofs $750,000; Fort

Sheridan lift station improvements


Deerpath and Maple

ravine improvements

$350,000; Linden Avenue

paver alley construction

$200,000; and annual

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Kids break from electronics at library lit fest

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

Falling snow did not

keep youngsters and their

families away from the

annual iRead Kick-Off at

the Highland Park Public

Library Saturday, Jan. 12.

Anxious readers began

filing in as soon as the

doors opened at 9 a.m.

Many came with friends

and neighbors.

There was much to see

and do—meet the authors,

listen to local teachers

reading, hear storytellers

Join us Tuesday

recite tales and do arts and

crafts. Many borrowed

books from the library or

bought new books made

available by Winnetka’s

Book Stall.

“This iRead program

introduces the children to

new books and reading

in general,” said Michael

Delrahim whose twins Alexa

and Zachary, 7, both

chose the same "Barftastic

Life of Louie Burger"

books. “It takes them away

from screens. We need

more events like this to

motivate them to read.”

Many other parents

expressed the same


Rocki Hunter’s children,

Bailey 7, and Bruce,

5, chose author Jenny

Meyerhoff’s "Friendship

Garden" series.

“This is a great way

to get kids excited about

other things in the world

around them,” Hunter

said. “Books are a great resource

and they take them

away from electronics.”

Bailey Hunter chimed

in and said she likes books

because they help her to

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learn about other cultures.

Her brother, Bruce

Hunter, commented books

help him learn words but

he especially liked those

about animals.

Meet the authors was another

winner at the event.

Jenny Meyerhoffer

told how she once taught

school, read all the books

in her classroom and decided

there was a need for

more interesting books

so she started writing her


Author and illustrator

Jacob Grant was a graphic

artist and liked to draw.

“I always like drawing

and illustrating things,”

Grant said as he drew characters

on some blank white

paper. “I decided to write

stories about my characters

and illustrate them. It

took me almost two years

to get them published but

I did it. My original character

was drawn about my

nephew but now I have

two children of my own

to use when illustrating


Listening to teachers

read books proved especially

popular at the iRead


“Our children’s teachers

like Lawrence Patrick

showed how dedicated

they are coming in on a

Saturday to help interest

the kids in reading,” said

Olena Dunayska. “I took

my kids here the first thing

in the morning so they

could participate in all the


“It was fun to see my

friends here and watch my

teacher, Mellissa Goldsmith,

read,” said Becky

Stepen, 9.

Zara Oloviddinova, 7,

proudly announced one of

the teachers read a favorite

book of her’s, "Miss Small

Indian Trail Elementary School’s Reader’s Theater

performs Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Highland Park Public

Library’s Kid Lit Fest. Nicole Carrow/22nd Century Media

is Off the Wall."

There was standing

room only for everyone

who wanted to hear Red

Oak school principal,

Nickie Belini read for the


Stevan Dovijarov, father

of Sasha, 8 and Luca, 6,

stood just inside the door

area watching the activity

as Belini stopped to show

pictures from the book she

was reading.

“Today’s event is good,”

he said. “The kids learn

more about the world from

reading. Our school is bilingual,

which is great because

the kids are learning

another language early.

This iRead program supports

what we are doing at

home with our children.”

Even the older young

people gave the event

thumbs up.

“Whenever they have

iRead, I get motivated

to read more than I do

normally,” said Grant

Shindler, 9.

“iRead gives everyone

an opportunity to take a

break from electronics,”

said Ethan Horwich, 9.

“There is a competition

with other schools in our

area. We all try to read

the most and get a trophy

for our school. There are

side benefits or prizes for

the top 10 readers in each


His mother agreed.

“I like this program because

it helps explore new

genres of books,” said

Tracey Horwich. “Ethan

usually triples the amount

of books he reads when

this is going on.

The iRead Kick-off offered

other activities.

One was Reader’s Theater

and Crafts.

Volunteer Jasmine Gilling

was helping youngsters

cut out, decorate and

fold unique bookmarks,

ones that fit the edge of a


The iRead Kick-off

event received high marks

from everyone. There

was something for every


“I like the interactive

way this is done,” said parent

Concetta Hutton. “The

teachers reading stories is

great but I enjoyed the storytellers.

One is never too

old to hear a story.”

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From Jan. 12

State trooper from Highland Park

fatally struck on I-294 near Northbrook

Martin Carlino

Contributing Editor

An Illinois


trooper was

fatally struck

by a vehicle

at approximately


p.m. Saturday,

Jan. 12,


while investigating a traffic

crash on I-294 in Northbrook,

according to a statement

from Illinois State


The trooper was identified

late Saturday night

as 34-year-old Highland

Park resident Chris Lambert.

Lambert had been a

state trooper for five years,

according to state police.

State police said the

crash was a three-car incident

that was likely

weather-related. Lambert

was struck while standing

outside of his car. Lambert

sustained serious injuries

and was given CPR by an

off-duty nurse, per police.

The crash occurred on

northbound I-294 near Willow

Road in the left lane as

Lambert was investigating

the crash on the interstate.

Lambert was then transported

to Glenbrook Hospital

in Glenview. He

was pronounced dead at

7:19 p.m, according to

official records from the

Lake County Medical

Examiner’s office.

“Trooper Lambert was a

great trooper and was respected

by those within and

from outside the ISP, this

is a tremendous loss which

could have been prevented

and should have never happened,”

Illinois State Police

Director Leo P. Schmitz

says in a statement released

late Saturday night.

“Trooper Lambert deliberately

placed his vehicle

in a position to protect the

lives of the victims of the

previous crash, and took on

the danger himself. He will

be remembered for his dedication

to the Illinois State

Police and for giving the

ultimate sacrifice to protect

and serve the citizens

of Illinois.”

Lambert was a prior

member of the United State

Army, who was married,

with a 1-year-old daughter.

In a press conference

held Jan. 12, Schmitz said

Lambert was on the way

home and not on duty.

According to the statement,

Lambert’s visitation

and funeral arrangements

are pending.

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Police Reports

Fence damaged by unknown subject

A complainant in the

2600 block of Waukegan

Avenue reported on Jan.

5 that two planks of fencing

were damaged by an

unknown subject(s). No

other damage noted, and

no items reported missing

from yard or residence.

December 31

• Raynard Hall, 32, of

Dolton, was arrested and

charged with Driving with

a Suspended/Revoked

Driver License and Accident:

Leaving Scene with

Vehicle Damage, when

police responded to a hit

and run accident complaint

at the intersection

of Skokie Valley Road and

Park Avenue West. Hall

was released on a recognizance

bond with a court

date pending for Jan. 23, in

Park City.

January 2

• Victor Gomez-Chavez,

30, of the 900 block of

Deerfield Road, Highland

Park, was arrested and

charged with Driving with

a Suspended/Revoked

Driver License when police

responded to an accident

in the 1900 block of

Skokie Valley Road. Gomez-Chavez

was released

on a recognizance bond

with a court date pending

on Feb. 27 in Park City.

January 5

• Michael Wright, of the

1600 block of Midland

Avenue, Highland Park,

was arrested and charged

with Driving Under the

Influence-Alcohol when

police conducted a traffic

stop at the intersection of

Arbor Avenue and Huntington

Lane. Also cited

for Speeding 21-25 Over,

Wright was released on a

recognizance bond with a

court date on Feb. 22.

• Steven Hatchett, Jr., 45,

of Zion, was arrested and

charged with Driving Under

the Influence-Alcohol,

Illegal Transportation of

Alcohol-Driver, Possession

of Cannabis, Improper

Lane Usage, and

No Valid Driver License/

Expired when police conducted

a traffic stop at the

intersection of Skokie Valley

Road and Park Avenue

West. Hatchett, Jr. was released

on a recognizance

bond with a court date on

Feb. 1.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Highland

Park Landmark’s Police

Reports are compiled from

official reports emailed from

the Highland Park Police

Department headquarters in

Highland Park and the Highwood

Police Department

headquarters in Highwood.

Individuals named in these

reports are considered innocent

of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of


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Winnetka Music Fest

permit approved, will

charge for top acts

One big change to this

summer’s Winnetka Music

Festival should lead to

bigger headlining musicians.

All of the thousands

of visitors will be able to

hear the final two acts, but

only 5,000 ticket-purchasing

fans will be able to see


Most of the third-annual

edition of the two-day

summer party will be free,

but the special event permit

that the Winnetka Village

Council approved on

Jan. 8 allows the organizers

to charge a $20 fee for

admission to the final two


After the meeting, Terry

Dason, the Winnetka-

Northfield Chamber of

Commerce executive director,

said the new revenue

stream should stabilize

the future of the bash

— which costs more than a

quarter of a million dollars

to produce.

“I think it will be wellreceived,”

Dason said of

the new format. “Chasing

down $350,000 is a lot of

work, year-long.”

The Winnetka Music

Festival brought 17 bands

and about 10,000 visitors

to the East Elm Business

District in 2017, then 28

acts and 14,000 visitors

in 2018 admission-free.

Last summer, the production

came together with

the efforts of the chamber,

Village Hall, the Winnetka

Park District and Val’s List

(a music-selection service

akin to Pandora or Spotify).

It required 250 volunteers

and a budget of

$350,000 — but according

to Village trustee and lead

organizer Scott Myers, it

grossed $360,000.

The fest, however, needs

to change to remain viable.

Reporting by Ronnie

Wachter, Freelance Reporter.

Full story at WinnetkaCurrent.com.


Audit report provides

‘highest level of


In its first meeting of

2019, the Glencoe School

District 35 Board approved

the fiscal year 2018

audit at its Thursday, Jan.

10 meeting.

Nick Cavaliere, partner

at Baker Tilly Virchow

Krause, presented a report

on the audit at the meeting.

The district received an

unmodified audit opinion,

which is most favorable

opinion the district can receive,

Cavaliere said.

“It is the highest level

of assurance you can receive

from the external

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PAWS Chicago

Walking in a winter wonderland

Residents celebrate all things winter at Park District event

Guinevere is a gorgeous

6-year-old cat who

was found as a stray

and brought to PAWS

Chicago to find a loving

family. She is a very affectionate cat and loves

to keep herself busy with toys and by looking out

the window.

Guinevere, along with many dogs and cats, is

available for adoption at the PAWS Chicago North

Shore Adoption Center located inside the Petco

at 1616 Deerfield Road.

Kelsey Koerner chooses a donut at the event.

Help! We’re running out of pets to feature. To see your

pet featured as Pet of the Week, send a photo and information

to Editor Erin Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.com.

Emmett Ewing swings during the open gym time.

PHOTOS BY Nicole Carrow/22nd Century Media

Elsa, from the movie “Frozen,” looks at Valeria Zeferino’s

icy face painting, Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Park

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off 150-year celebration

Erin Yarnall, Editor

Highland Park has a lot

of history to celebrate this

year — 150 years of it, to

be specific.

The City is celebrating

its sesquicentennial this

year, or 150th anniversary,

after being founded

in 1869, and the eventfilled

year kicked off Jan.

9 at the unveiling of the

HP150 Exhibition, displayed

on the Ruth Fell

Wander Community Art

Wall in the First Bank of

Highland Park.

The art wall was

adorned with Highland

Park trivia, pictures of

movies filmed in the city

and a Highland Park wall

of fame, including Rachel

Brosnahan, the star

of “The Marvelous Mrs.

Maisel,” actor Gary Sinise

and actor and Steppenwolf

Theatre Company

co-founder Jeff Perry,

who spoke at the event.

“I want to thank Highland

Park for letting me

be part of this 150th birthday,”

Perry said at the

event. “And for giving me

all this time to remember

my roots.”

Perry grew up in Highland

Park, where his mom

worked as a secretary

at Ravinia Elementary

School, and his dad was an

English teacher at Highland

Park High School,

and later the curriculum

director for Township

High School District 113.

The event offered an

opportunity for longtime

residents to remember

their roots, as Eric

Ephraim, the President and

COO of the bank asked

questions about Highland

Park’s history.

Actor and Highland Park native Jeff Perry gives a

speech at the HP150 Exhibition unveiling, Wednesday,

Jan. 9 at the First Bank of Highland Park. PHOTOS BY Erin

Yarnall/22nd Century Media

Mayor Nancy Rotering (right) leads a toast with actor

Jeff Perry (left to right), former Highland Park Mayor

Daniel Pierce and First Bank of Highland Park President

and COO Eric Ephraim.

Attendees at the event

also heard from Mayor

Nancy Rotering, who

spoke about

“This year we will be

assessing our rich history,

our passionate present and

our exciting future while

we celebrate all year long,”

Rotering said in a speech.

“I hope you will let today

be the first of many days

that you will be participating,

reflecting and learning

about this great city

of ours.”

Former Mayor Dan

Pierce, who served from

1987 to 1995, and then

again from 1999 to 2003,

was also in attendance, and

he said he has been living

in Highland Park since his

parents moved to the city

in the ‘40s.

The same day of the

event, the City released

a calendar of events they

have planned so far to

celebrate the milestone


The exhibition will be

on display throughout the

month of January.

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Moraine Township

offers assistance to

unpaid Federal workers

Submitted Content

Moraine Township announced

that they will be

offering assistance to federal

workers impacted by the

government shutdown.

“Moraine Township residents

employed by the federal

government and not

receiving paychecks are encouraged

to visit our food

pantry and apply for other

assistance for which they

may qualify,” Township

Supervisor Anne Flanigan

Bassi announced Jan. 9.

“Government Workers unable

to pay rent, mortgages

and other necessities should

not also have the stress of being

unable to feed their families,”

said Township Trustee

Amy Zisook.

Moraine Township’s Food

Pantry is located at 800

Central Ave., Highland Park.

The Pantry provides fresh

produce, eggs, dairy and

meat, as well as shelf-stable

food, in a client-choice,

grocery store setting.

“Individuals should bring

their Federal government ID,

as well as utility bill, lease

or other proof of residency.”

Bassi said, “We are here to

serve our residents in need,

short or long-term.”

Moraine Township encompasses

most of Highland

Park, all of Highwood and

small parts of Deerfield and

Lake Forest.

Pantry hours for clients

are Tuesday and Thursday,

9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Wednesday,

1-3:30 p.m., and other times

by appointment.

For more information

call 847-432-3240 or email


Photo Op

The office of Congressman Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) submitted this photo of Rep. Schneider

participating in ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 3, 2019 with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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From Page 6

auditor that your financial

statements represent in

accordance with generally

accepted accounting

principles,” he said.

Cavaliere added the

district also received the

highest possible score on

its financial statements

from the State Board of


“It is a standard measuring

metric that a lot

of school districts tend to

look at regarding their financial

profile score,” he

said. “It’s a 4.0, which is

a recognition status. So

you received the highest

rating on all of those particular

metrics. Ultimately

the district’s financial

statements continue to be


In addition to Cavaliere

and his team, the district’s

director of finance and

operations Jason Edelheit

also thanked payroll manager

Jeanne Conte and

bookkeeper Johanna Urban

for their work during

the audit process.

“A lot of work goes into

pulling the documents together,”

he said. “I want to

recognize them for all their

effort in bringing together

all the materials, reports

and information that the

audit team compiles.”

Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlencoeAnchor.com.


Codeverse brings STEAM

education to Wilmette

Parents looking to immerse

their child into the

world of STEAM education

must look no further

than Codeverse Wilmette

— a colorful, interactive

coding studio, home to

the world’s most adaptive

and holistic coding curriculum

for kids ages 6-13

— located at 517 Green

Bay Road, which is now

officially open for business.

Owners Katy Lynch

Ulliott and Tia Piraino

opened their doors to the

community for a ribbon

cutting ceremony on Jan.

7,where other local business

owners, families and

potential clients came to

view the new, sleek and

modern space in their new


“I’ve just always loved

the North Shore, especially

Wilmette,” Piraino

said. “I think families

will really appreciate our

classes, offered at various

times, six-days a week.

This studio will allow

kids to code in a creative

environment with cuttingedge


Julie Yusim, executive

director of the Wilmette/

Kenilworth Chamber of

Commerce, was equally

excited to help celebrate

the grand opening of an

innovative and educational

organization in Wilmette.

“I’m very happy to see

Codeverse here in Wilmette,”

Yusim said. “Their

programming is unlike

anything else; I know parents

will be thrilled to learn

about their offerings.”

Reporting by Alexa Burnell,

Freelance Reporter. Full story

at WilmetteBeacon.com.


Independent teen

Village Board candidate

withstands ballot


Nineteen-year-old Benjamin

Polony will be included

on the April 2 ballot

as a candidate for Glenview

Village Board after

four Glenview residents

dropped their objections to

his nominating petitions.

The four residents -

Elizabeth Brown, Kathleen

Gazda, and Judith and

William Traynor - filed

paperwork on Wednesday,

Jan. 9, to withdraw their

previous objections to

more than half of the signatures

Polony submitted

to appear to appear on the


Mary Ryan Norwell, an

attorney with Odelson and

Sterk who represented the

residents, submitted the

documents several hours

after a review by the Cook

County Clerk’s Office of

Polony’s nominating petitions

showed Polony had

enough valid signatures

to withstand the residents’


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Editor. Full story at GlenviewLantern.com.

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Top stories:

From hplandmark.com as of Monday,

Jan. 14:

1. State trooper from Highland Park fatally

struck on I-294 near Northbrook

2. Residents express discontent over Karger

Center plans

3. Welcome to the world: First baby born in

Highland Park in 2019

4. Boys Basketball: Beermann, Giants rain

threes on rival Warriors

5. Moraine Township offers assistance to

unpaid federal workers

On Jan. 8 Highland Park High School posted,

“Congrats to Ariana Goldstein on becoming a

finalist in The Congressional App Challenge

with Congressman Brad Schneider! Ariana

developed and demoed the “Language Lab”


TWITTER: On Jan. 10 Mayor Nancy Rotering

posted, “Such a treat to kick-off @CityHPIL’s sesquicentennial

celebration with @HighlandParkHS

grad and @SteppenwolfThtr founder @jscandalp

Jeff Perry. Thank you Jeff and thank you First

Bank of Highland Park for hosting! #HP150”


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The amount of dollars

it will cost to replace

the bridge on Forest

Avenue. Read more

about it on Page 3.


Learning more about Highland Park

Erin Yarnall


After working in

Highland Park for


years, I assumed I knew

just about everything

there was to know about

this city.

The stop sign at Beverly

Place and Park Avenue

West? Yeah, I remember

How We Met Contest

Share your love story with Highland Park Landmark

Martin Carlino

Contributing Editor

Every love story starts

somewhere. While many

endearment tales of yesteryear

originate from in-person

interactions, today’s

accounts of matchmaking

success often first start

through online dating or

relationships apps.

But no matter the starting

point of your own

love story, The Landmark

is ready to hear all the


We know it’s one of your

favorite, well-worn narratives

to share, so we’re

asking you to spill all the

mushy details of how your

love story started.

The Highland Park

Landmark is holding its annual

How We Met Contest,

and of course, we want you

to enter. The rules are simple:

Just write up your love

story of how you met your

valentine in 400 words

or less and email it to

How We Met Contest

What: Submit the love story of you and your

valentine to The Highland Park Landmark.

How: Send entries to erin@hplandmark.com or mail

to The Highland Park Landmark, 60 Revere Drive,

Suite 888, Northbrook IL, 60062

When: Deadline for entries is Feb. 7

Rules: Limit to 400 words or less, must reside in

Highland Park or Highwood

the meeting when they

decided to place it there.

Bitter Jester music

festivals? Been there.

I’ve stopped by all the

schools, and at this point,

I can find my way around

the City with my eyes


But it turns out I really

don’t know as much

about Highland Park as I

thought I did.

I had no idea that the

Steppenwolf Theatre

Company was founded in

the city, and its first theater

space was Immaculate

Conception Church at

770 Deerfield Road.

I didn’t know that

some residents call what I

know as downtown Highland

Park “uptown.”

There were so many

things that I learned about

Highland Park just from

looking at the Ruth Fell

Wander Community Art

Wall at the First Bank of

Highland Park, which for

the month of January is

filled with facts and trivia

about the city as part of

the HP150 Exhibition.

The wall was unveiled at

a special event on Jan. 9

with actor Jeff Perry, a

Highland Park native

who co-founded the

Steppenwolf Theatre

Company and also served

as a guest speaker at the


There are so many

things that I have found


We’ll also accept entries

via snail mail to The Highland

Park Landmark, 60

Revere Drive, Suite 888,

Northbrook IL, 60062.

The only restriction is that

you must live in Highland

Park or Highwood.

The deadlines for submissions

this year is

Feb. 7, giving all you

out about the history of

Highland Park

That’s why I’m so

excited to see all of the

events happening in the

city throughout this year,

Highland Park’s sesquicentennial,

or 150th

anniversary of becoming

a city.

There’s so much history

that I, and I’m sure

many residents, are unaware

of on every street

corner. Let’s take this

monumental year as an

opportunity to learn more

about the city that we live

and work in.

Read more about the

HP150 Exhibition, which

will be open throughout

January, on Page 10.

lovebirds in Highland Park

and Highwood three full

weeks to craft your story

and send it to us.

Don’t forget to include

a photo of the both of you

together so we can see

the happy couple. And remember

to also attach your

names along with a phone

number and email address

so we can reach you.

The Highland Park Landmark

Sound Off Policy

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

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

Highland Park Landmark encourages readers to write letters to Sound

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

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

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

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

Letters become property of The Highland Park Landmark. Letters that

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

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

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

4648 or email Editor Erin Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.com

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All about family

Viaggio builds on success in Highland Park, Page 22

Sons of the Silent Age concert

benefits Kellogg Cancer Center, Page 21

The band Sons

of the Silent

Age takes a bow

onstage Jan. 12

at the Metro in

Chicago after

performing a

benefit concert for

the Kellogg Cancer

Center in Highland

Park. Photos


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Faith Briefs

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road,

Highland Park)


8 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 19,

HOGS, “Hands of God

Serving,” is a practical

acts of service ministry

where we will clean,

paint and perform light

plumbing, electrical and

carpentry repairs to serve

the elderly, single moms

and those in need. HOGS

meets every third Saturday

of the month. Contact

Mike Ogden at mkogden831@gmail.com


more information.


Service Informational


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

Jan. 20, We will be having

an informational meeting

on the new Hispanic/multiethnic

service launching

April 21 at Highland Park.

We will review updates

on events, partnerships

and upcoming plans as

we move forward. All are


Stepping Stones Education

and Volunteer Interest


7-8 p.m. Jan. 21, Stepping

Stones Network presents

information about

trafficking in the U.S. and

Lake County every third

Monday in A106. Hear

about the home we are remodeling

and staffing so

that we can help trafficked

women rebuild their lives.

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contact Aimee at Aimee-


Weeknight Service

7-8 p.m. Thursdays,

church coffee bar. Weeknight

service is a place to

come, stay awhile, meet

people and then go make

a difference. For more

information, call (847)

234-1001 or email Brad at


Trinity Episcopal (425 Laurel Avenue,

Highland Park)

Sunday Schedule

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist,

St. Michael’s Chapel

8:45 a.m. – Fellowship

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

with music, Main Sanctuary

10 a.m. Sunday School

(on the 1st and 3rd Sundays)

11 a.m. – Fellowship

Wednesday Service

9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

with healing, St.

Michael’s Chapel

A Safe Place

6 p.m. Thursdays - Guild


Men’s AA Meeting

8:30 p.m. Fridays

Congregation Solel (1301 Clavey Road)

Torah Study

9:15 a.m. Saturdays

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (1175

Sheridan Road, Highland Park)

Jeans and Jammies

5 p.m. Jan. 25, Join

us as we celebrate Tu

B’Shevat with special

guest and song leader Josh

Warshawsky. Includes

Shabbat celebeation,

PJ Library Take Table,

singing, free children’s

dinner and activities.

RSVP to Ali Drumm at


Men’s Club and Sisterhood

Game Night

7:30 p.m. Jan 19, join

the Beth El Men’s Club

and Sisterhood for an

Evening of Brain Bash

Trivia. No experience required.

Come with friends

and make your own team,

or be placed on a team at

the event. Refreshments

will be served. RSVP to

Jodi Eisenstadt by Jan.

14. Cost is $10 per person

and will be collected at

the door.

Open Conversational


10-11 a.m. Sundays.

Practice Hebrew conversation

and reading informally

with other participants.

Free. For information,

contact Judy Farby at


Daily Minyan

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


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


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


Immaculate Conception Parish (770

Deerfield Road, Highland Park)

Weekend Services

5 p.m. Saturdays

4-4:45 p.m. Sundays,


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



4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays

Sunday Connection

Scripture Group

10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays,

The Sunday Connection

is a women’s

discussion group based

on the readings for the

following weekend liturgies.

Coffee and camraderie

following each session.

Everyone welcome,

no sign-up necessary. The

group is located in the

church’s parish center.

St. James Catholic Church (134 North

Ave., Highwood)

Catholic Charities Supper

6:30 p.m. Thursdays,

Parish Hall

Submit information for The

Landmark’s Faith page to

Erin Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.com.

The deadline

is noon on Thursdays. Questions?

Call (847) 272-4565

ext. 34.

In Memoriam

Barbara Brown


Elaine Russell


born Feb.

14, 1929,

passed away

Jan. 7, 2019,

38 days shy Brown

of her 90th

birthday. Barbara was

married to Roger Brown

with whom they had six

children, five of which,

Jeffrey, Owen, Andrew,

Henry and Vanessa survive

her, as do 18 grandchildren

and seven greatgrandchildren.

Barbara was born in

Chicago into a household

of Jewish immigrants

from Romania and Russia.

Her father died of wounds

sustained in the First

World War shortly before

the start of the Second.

To support Barbara and

her brother Maynard, her

mother, Min, returned to

work as a milliner. The extended

family lived in the

Austin neighborhood. Barbara’s

childhood pleasures

included the local library

(her “second home”), her

bicycle, watching Shirley

Temple at the movies, and

in summer, extended stays

on the farm of her uncle

Sidney in Wisconsin. She

received her bachelor’s

degree from the University

of Illinois.

She and Roger married

on May 16, 1953, and

shortly thereafter moved

to Highland Park, where

they initially purchased

five acres of orchard,

wood and marsh in an undeveloped

section of what

was then a small suburb.

Highland Park grew up

around them. So did their

five children, as well as

multiple dogs that were

moderately trainable -to

make room for all this,

they eventually added another

five-acre woodlot.

Barbara enriched the

community. She joined

the Highland Park Library

Board, served on

the city’s Environmental

Commission, as a guide

at the Heller Nature Center,

and volunteered at

her children’s elementary

schools, and their many

extracurricular activities.

Barbara also served on

the Woman’s Boards of

the Field Museum (since

1974) and of the Chicago

Botanic Garden (since

2010). She was president

of the Evanston North

Shore Bird Club for decades,

as well. She loved

gardening, classical music,

mysteries and Asian

art, in short, she was the

perfect model of the engaged

and supportive

housewife of the ‘50s.

Except she was much

more. Working as a woman

scientist in what was

then a man’s world, in

her professional capacity

Barbara served on the research

staff of Chicago’s

Field Museum for nearly

50 years, concentrating in

mammalogy, and specializing

in New World species.

She was a participant

on several of the museum’s

research expeditions

to Brazil’s Cerrado and Atlantic

coastal forests and

the author of an important

treatise on marsupials. The

scientific community recognized

her work eponymously,

naming a number

of tropical mammals and

birds in her honor. A curatorial

position in ornithology

at the Science Museum

of Minnesota bears

her name, as well as a nature

reserve that forms part

of the Chicago Botanic


A dedicated birdwatcher,

Barbara “birded”

throughout the United

States, Canada, Australia

and Central America. She

traveled the world with

Roger as well, attending

the four Grand Slam

tournaments and visiting

not only the well-trod

capitals of London, Rome

and Paris, but also Tbilisi,

Tehran and Yogyakarta,

and other spots so far off

the beaten track that their

names have no easily discernible

vowels. To stay

in shape for these voyages,

she regularly engaged

in tennis and swimming,

and encouraged her children

to get off their beds

and into the gym.

Her family grieves her

passage but celebrates

her life. She suffered

multiple organ failures.

As a biologist, forthright

and honest, she knew her

end and wanted to know

when it was close. Being

so informed proved a relief

for her, and all others


The family requests any

donations in her honor to

be made either to the Field

Museum’s Integrative

Research Center (fieldmuseum.org),


(thresholds.org), Congregation

Solel (solel.org) or

the Chicago Botanic Gardens


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the highland park landmark | January 17, 2019 | 21

Band gives back to HP hospital

Erin Yarnall, Editor

When patients are initially

diagnosed with cancer,

their first thoughts are

typically centering around

their treatment. But once

treatment has started, another

focus is on how to

feel better while receiving

the treatments.

That’s where North-

Shore University Health-

System’s Integrative

Medicine team comes in.

Their goal is to help

patients feel better while

receiving these treatments,

and to help fund

this, they’ve teamed up

with the band Sons of the

Silent Age, and received

proceeds from the band’s

Jan. 12 concert at the

Metro in Chicago.

The proceeds from the

concert go toward acupuncture

and massage

treatments for cancer patients

at the Kellogg Cancer

Center in Highland


“We were struggling

with patients, who, we

wanted them to get acupuncture,

massage and

treatments that are not

covered by insurance,”

said Dr. Leslie Mendoza

Temple, a specialist with

NorthShore University

HealthSystem who is

based in Glenview.

Through fundraising,

the hospital has been able

to donate treatments to

“hundreds” of patients,

according to Temple. For

each person who receives

a donation, they receive

six free treatments, with

a value of approximately


“It’s just so nice to see

people feel better,” Temple

said. “This is what you

do when you want to help

people and not wait for

Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple (left to right), actor Michael Shannon, Chris Connolly,

the singer of Sons of the Silent Age and drummer Matt Walker smile at the Metro in

Chicago. Photos submitted

mountains to move.”

The Jan. 12 concert was

the team’s third fundraiser

concert. Its first, in 2010,

featured Billy Corgan

of The Smashing Pumpkins

performing at La

Salle Power Company, a

former venue in Chicago,

and raised more than


The next concert wasn’t

until 2018, and was held

at the Metro in Chicago,

featuring Sons of the Silent

Age, who performed

again in 2019 and chose

to donate proceeds from

the concert to the hospital

at both events.

The band is comprised

of Chicago-based musicians,

including Wilmette

resident Matt Walker, a

drummer who has performed

with The Smashing

Pumpkins, Garbage

and currently performs

with Morrissey.

Walker’s wife, Char

Walker, is an integrative

psychotherapist at North-

Shore University Health-

System, and helped to

organize the event after

Temple suggested they

have a fundraiser.

“I’m thinking raffles

and bake sales,” Temple

said. “Then, for some reason,

it crossed my mind

knowing that Char’s husband

was touring and

good friends with famous


Actor Michael Shannon,

an alum of New

Trier High School, was a

special guest at the event,

performing in character

as Lou Reed. He was also

the band’s special guest in

2018, performing as Iggy


“He’s amazing because

he’s an actor,” Temple

said of Shannon’s guest

performance. “It’s like

you’re watching a theatrical

performance of someone

absolutely being Lou

Reed. Last year he was

Iggy Pop, and none of

us knew what to expect.

The shirt came off and the

writhing on the stage happened,

and there was Iggy


For the cancer patients

who receive these treatments,

they’ve helped

transform the experience

of receiving cancer treatment.

“At NorthShore and the

Kellogg Cancer Center,

they’ve given me a full

spectrum of treatments

ranging from chemotherapy

to radiation ,” patient

Steve Merola said. “All of

these things, while they’re

helpful, at the same time

they make you sick.”

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Highland Park’s Viaggio ‘all about family and good food’

Martin Carlino

Contributing Editor

Like most who experience

success in the restaurant

industry, Lori and

Larry Slavin consider

themselves lucky.

The husband-and-wife

duo almost feels as if everything

in their lives has

fallen right into place.

Lori and Larry’s first

success story originates

nearly seven years ago with

the purchase of Viaggio, a

popular Italian restaurant in

Chicago’s West Loop.

After years of prosperity

in the city, the pair decided

opening a second suburban

location would be its next


The couple officially

opened Viaggio in Highland

Park on May 1 at 581

Roger Williams Ave., the

space that formerly housed

Merlo’s, which closed in

February 2018 after six

years in the city.

“We wanted this area because

we live so close by,

so that made it very attractive,”

Lori said. “We’re familiar

with the North Shore

… it’s kind of a comfort

zone in a way.”

To help ease the transition,

the Slavins brought

over the same family-first,

down-home feel of the

original location, and a

familiar menu featuring

Viaggio’s signature oldschool

Italian classics.

The menus at the two

locations are nearly identical,

but each spot has its

subtleties. The Slavins said

that a couple of the salad

options in Highland Park

are different, as well as one

or two varying choices for

side dishes. The daily and

weekly specials are different,

and are determined by

the restaurant’s executive


Don Gagliano, executive

chef at the Highland Park


581 Rogers Ave.,

Highland Park

(847) 926-3441


4-10 p.m.


4-11 p.m.


4-9 p.m. Sunday

Viaggio, spent two months

training at the Chicago location

prior to opening.

Larry and Lori attributed

the smooth opening to the

dedicated preparation of

Gagliano, manager Todd

Cohen and the restaurant’s

entire staff.

“We’ve gotten so lucky

with both restaurants,”

Lori said. “We’ve got such

an incredible staff at both

places. At each location,

the staff is like a family.

We’ve have two unbelievably

strong managers at

both places.”

And although each location

has its own intricacies,

the Slavins’ philosophical

belief is ingrained in each

— and in Highland Park

it hangs on the right-hand

wall as a daily reminder of

what Viaggio is all about.

“The plaque on the wall

says what we’re all about:

‘Viaggio is all about family

and good food,’” Lori said.

The Slavins said the

Highland Park community

greeted them with a warm

reception and a feeling of

excitement for the new


Now less than a year after

the opening of the sister

location, Lori and Larry are

reminded of their good fortunate

nearly every night as

the loyal regulars stroll into


“Highland Park and this

area have been very receptive

to us,” Lori said. “The

people are friendly; we’ve

already gotten our groups

The restaurant’s classic rigatoni vodka ($18) is topped

with a generous helping of ricotta cheese.

of regulars, that’s really

been nice. Every night,

there’s always a group of

regulars from the area that

just walk by and come in.”

As a way to thank

their loyal customers, the

Slavins rolled out some new

specials at the start of 2019.

Viaggio now offers a

new happy hour that runs

from 4-6 p.m. Monday-

Friday and an early-bird

special during those same

hours. On Wednesdays,

guests can enjoy a “winedown

Wednesday,” where

bottles of wine are half-off

and on Sundays, kids eat

for free.

“We want to really not

only do things that are

good for us, but things that

are good for the neighborhood,”

Lori said.

Editors from 22nd Century

Media headed to Highland

Park last week to taste

some of Viaggio’s classics.

Viaggio’s meatball salad

($16), a fan-favorite dish

that originated at the Chicago

location, was the first

offering we got a taste of.

The appetizer offering is

served with two large meatballs

in Viaggio’s signature

red sauce on one side of the

plate, and romaine salad

topped with tomato, onion,

cucumber and a red-wine

vinaigrette on the other


The Slavins said the dish

is one of Viaggio’s specialties.

And this Italian-American

writer recommends

the offering for a unique

start to your meal.

We next tasted Viaggio’s

rigatoni vodka ($18),

a staple pasta dish for most

Italian eateries. Viaggio

homemade vodka sauce

paired nicely with the wellprepared

rigatoni and is


sure to please pasta-lovers.

For an added touch to the

dish, Viaggio adds a touch

of ricotta cheese to the top.

We finished our visit

with a taste of the restaurant’s

brick chicken ($29).

Our editors highly recommend

bringing your

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Viaggio’s meatball salad ($16) pairs two large

meatballs, cooked in the restaurant’s signature red

sauce, with a romaine salad topped with tomato, onion,

cucumber and a red-wine vinaigrette. Photos by Jason

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appetite if you order this

dish. The tasteful offering

of boneless whole chicken,

prepared with olive oil,

lemon, garlic, white wine,

Italian seasoning, and

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions with

Lucas Absler

Absler is a junior at Highland

Park High School

and a member of the boys

gymnastics team and boys

swimming and diving


How did you get

started in both

gymnastics and


When I was little, I

would always jump around

and do somersaults around

the house, so my parents

signed me up for gymnastics.

I stopped for a little

bit, and in middle school

I started back up in a club

that I would go to once a

week. Then I decided to

join the high school gymnastics

team. My friend

told me I should try and do

diving, so I joined the diving

team sophomore year.

Was it an easy

transition to start

diving after being a


I think the gymnastics

really helped toward the

diving, because I was used

to finding myself in the air,

knowing where the spots

were to look so I could

land properly.

Do you prefer one of

the sports?

I really do like them

both, but I think I do like

gymnastics more. I’ve

been doing it for longer.

What’s your favorite

memory with either of

the sports?

I like team dinners —

those are always fun to

get to know the team more

and get to know them as a


What do you think

is your strongest

event in diving and in


For diving, I always

switch off with which

category I prefer. Either

fronts, or backs, or reverses

or inwards, never really

twisters. I’m not a big fan

of those. It’s definitely

harder to choose in diving

because it can go both

ways so easily. In gymnastics,

I really like the rings.

What is the best

advice a coach has

ever given you?

To stay positive because

I get really hard on myself

sometimes in sports,

so whenever my coaches

tell me to stay positive, or

keep my head up, it always

makes me happy because I

usually do better.

Photo submitted

What’s your favorite

thing to do when

you’re not doing


I like to hang out with

friends or family. Maybe

I’ll go out with my friends.

What music do you

like to listen to?

I like EDM music. I listen

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and if I like it, I’ll add it

to the playlist. The music I

have is just a wide variety

of pretty much everything.

What’s your favorite


I am a big fan of “The


If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I went to Israel once. I

would like to go to Israel,

maybe Australia.

Interview by Editor Erin


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In this week’s episode of The Varsity:

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and Michael Wojtychiw recap Loyola

Gold and New Trier Green boys hockey,

talked to New Trier boys basketball’s

Scott Fricke, play Way/No Way with

hockey and preview the War on the Shore.

First Quarter

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The guys hear from New Trier boys

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Third Quarter

Our hosts stick to the ice, playing their

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Fourth Quarter

To finish things off, the guys preview

the War on the Shore tournament.

28 | January 17, 2019 | The highland park landmark sports


high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Boys Swimming

NISCA Powerpoint Invite

Richard Heller, Tobe Obochi, Andrew Vorborev and

Alex Gordon eked out a win in the 200-yard medley

relay, finishing in 1 minute 38.39 seconds, to lead host

Highland Park to first overall in the nine-team meet Saturday,

Jan. 12, at Highland Park High School.

Obochi added wins in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.01)

and 50 freestyle (21.8 seconds), while Vorborev finished

second in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly for the


Obochi, Ryan Tran, Konrad Schmid and Gordon took

second in the 200 free relay, and HP’s Lucas Absler took

second (345.75 points) in diving.

Schmid added a fourth-place finish in the 200 individual

medley with a time of 2:04.47.

Highland Park finished with 270 points, well ahead of

second-place Mundelein (242). Whitney Young (214),

Benet Academy (164) and Jones Payton (161) followed.

Girls Gymnastics

Niles North Hollywood Red Carpet Invite

Kaya Bogot scored an 8.8 to take fifth in the uneven

bars competition to lead Highland Park (88.2 points) to

ninth out of 12 teams on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Lauren Margolick took 14th on vault with an 8.5,

while Rachel Weber took 20th with an 8.350 for the Giants,

who did not have an all-around entrant on the day.

Highland Park’s Ali Rosenberg finished 17th on floor

(8.1) and teammates Weber and Lindsay Weisskopf tied

for 21st (7.7).

Maine South won the meet with a 102.350, just ahead

of York (102.1) and Niles West (101.375).

Boys Hockey

Lake Forest 7, Highland Park 1

Sam Schachtman, assisted by Jack Elbaum and Kyle

Wiesman, scored the lone goal for the Giants as the

Scouts hit them with seven unanswered goals in the loss

Jan. 8.

Zachary Gordon made 21 saves for Highland Park.


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Giants sweep regular-season

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Todd Marver

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Highland Park senior

Sydney Ignoffo has been a

special part of the girls basketball

program her entire


So she knows it’s always

special to best District 113

rival Deerfield, doing so

in her final regular-season

matchup against them was


“As a senior, it’s awesome

to finish that way and

win home and away,” Ignoffo

said. “It’s a big game

overall, being rivals and

they’re in our sectional, so

that’s two good wins. They

played hard tonight, so it

was a good win for us.”

Ignoffo helped lead the

charge with 15 points in a

hard-fought 44-34 road win

Friday, Jan. 11, in Deerfield.

Highland Park won both

conference matchups with

Deerfield this season, as

the Giants also won 51-26

on Dec. 2.

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second consecutive year

the Giants won at Deerfield,

and Highland Park

coach Jolie Bechtel said

that also was important to

the seniors.

“It means a lot to the seniors,”

she said. “They beat

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Boys Basketball

“It means a lot to the seniors.

They beat Deerfield here last

year and then again this year, so

I think it means a lot to them.”

Jolie Bechtel — Highland Park girls basketball


Deerfield here last year

and then again this year,

so I think it means a lot to


The game was tight in

the first half with the Giants

leading by just two,

11-9, after a quarter, and by

just one, 22-21, at halftime.

But Highland Park pulled

away in the third quarter,

outscoring Deerfield 17-8

in the frame and entering

the final quarter with a 39-

29 lead.

The Giants ended up

winning by that same margin.

Bechtel explained Deerfield

playing zone resulted

in a close first half, but that

when the Warriors switched

to man-to-man defense in

the third quarter, the Giants

pulled away.

“We seem to get lulled

to sleep a little bit when we

play against a zone,” she

said. “We don’t play as fast

as we usually do. We have

decent ball movement, but

we stand and watch a lot. It

helped us a little bit when

they went to man in the

third quarter. It gave us a

chance to get back in our

rhythm a little bit and help

us get the 10-point lead.”

Junior Addie Budnik,

who also scored 15 points

for the Giants, and Ignoffo

agreed that the Warriors

defensive switch wasn’t

the only reason their team

made a run.

“I just think we worked

together better and we just

passed the ball more, and

the energy was a lot higher

in the second half, so that

really helped,” Budnik

said. “We’re better working

together. Moving forward,

as long as we work together,

we’re going to win.

That’s most important.”

Ignoffo added that ball

movement, rebounding and

■Jan. ■ 18 - Varsity Game at Highland

Park, 7 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 19 - Varsity Game at Highland

Park, 6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

■Jan. ■ 18 - Varsity Game at Maine

West, 7 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 19 - Varsity Tournament at Lake

Forest East Campus, 9 a.m.

defense were all areas upon

which the Giants improved

in the second half.

Supporting Ignoffo’s and

Budnik’s scoring efforts

was junior Halle Abrams,

who did more than add

eight points to the box


Ignoffo said that Abrams’

post presence opened up

shooting opportunities for

others, particularly in the

second half.

“Especially in the second

half, Halle forced the

defense to collapse, which

was getting us open shots,”

Ignoffo said. “I thought

Halle and all of our posts

starting to open up on the

inside really opened up

our outside game, which

helped us win for sure.”

Deerfield was the first

conference opponent Highland

Park played for a second

time this season. The

Giants will be playing the

rest of their conference opponents

for the second time

in the final month of the

season, and Bechtel said

her team has to improve on

playing against a zone.

“We need to get better

at playing against a zone,”

she said. “I think it was really

evident in the first half,

so we’re going to need to

get better at that moving


■Jan. ■ 21 - Varsity Tournament at Lake

Forest East Campus, 10:30 a.m.

Boys Wrestling

■Jan. ■ 19 - Varsity Meet at New Trier,

7 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics

■Jan. ■ 17 - Varsity Meet at Deerfield,

5:30 p.m.

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Beermann, Giants rain threes on rival Warriors

Gary Larsen

Freelance Writer

Highland Park senior

Cole Beermann put it best

after he hit six 3-pointers

to lead the Giants to

a Central Suburban North

win against Deerfield Friday

night, Jan. 11, in front

of a packed gym and a

raucous home crowd.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime

game against a crosstown

rival,” Beermann

said. “It feels great.”

Beermann finished with

a game-high 20 points and

nearly every shot he buried

was a big one against


“Cole had one of the

best games of his career,”

Giants coach Paul Harris

said. “He obviously shot

the ball well but he also


had a lot of deflections,

rebounds and was really

active tonight.”

The smaller Giants (8-

8, 3-2) played the proverbial

David to a Warriors

frontcourt full of Goliaths

— three players standing

at 6-foot-10, 6-foot-9 and

6-foot-7, respectively —

and hit a season-high 17

3-pointers (51 points) in

the 58-52 cross-district


“We said that our only

chance against a team

like that is to get hot from

[3-point range],” Harris

said. “That was the

game plan and credit to

the guys for playing with

a lot of courage. One of

our themes this week was

that we’ve got to play

fearlessly, and I thought

we did.”

Remarkably, in building

a 30-18 halftime lead,

Highland Park scored all

30 of its points on 3-pointers.

Beermann hit three treys

in the half, Nate Fleisher

and Andrew Natinsky hit

two apiece, and the Giants

got one each from Zach

Fagenholz, Billy Rudman

and Connor Sickles.




“Credit to the guys for playing

with a lot of courage. One of

our themes this week was that

we’ve got to play fearlessly, and I

thought we did.”

Paul Harris – Highland Park boys basketball





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A teamwide green light

to shoot threes means that

on any given night, someone’s

likely to have a hot

shooting hand.

“Some days it can be

Zach, some days it can be

Cole — it can be anyone,”

Natinsky said.

Beermann hit three

more treys in the second

half and helped ice the

win with two free throws

down the stretch.

And if Beermann ever

chooses a career as a

poker player, he’s already

got the face for it. The senior

somehow remained

expressionless as he buried

one hugely important

shot after the next against


Natinsky wears a similarly

blank expression and

while Harris might like his

two seniors to outwardly

show a little more passion

on occasion, “They stay

on that even keel, and that

helps,” Harris said. “It

helped us stay under control

when Deerfield was

making their run.”

Beermann also teamed

well with junior post

player Val Opichenski

to do battle in the defensive

lane against the taller


“Val and Cole did an

amazing job inside,” Natinsky

said. “And everyone

was boxing out and

Cole Beermann, who finished with a game-high 20

points, works his way upcourt during his team’s 58-52

win over district-mate Deerfield on Friday, Jan. 11, in

Highland Park. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media

getting rebounds, which

was great to see.”

The 6-foot-5 Opichenski

was simply doing what

he always does, despite

being the Giants lone

starting player taller than


“Our motto is never

to rest on the defensive

end,” Opichenski said.

“[Deerfield] being so big,

all week we were practicing

our defensive slides

and positioning. Everyone

worked so hard this

week and it paid off in this


Every time Deerfield

threatened to close the gap

on the Giants in the second

half, someone hit a big

shot for Highland Park.

Deerfield’s smallest deficit

came at 46-41 midway

through the fourth quarter,

but then it watched

Fagenholz find Natinsky

(12 points) for another


Deerfield continued to

battle and trailed 55-50

with 35 seconds remaining.

The Warriors fouled

Beermann on the ensuing

inbounds play and he

buried two free throws,

followed by an Isaac Griswold

free throw to finish

the Giants’ scoring.

Celebrating a local legend

Before the game, HPHS

also honored Chuck Schramm,

who coached the

Giants from 1967 to

1978 and was a Giants

player himself in the early


“Coach Schramm and I

coached golf together for

a lot of years, and he talked

about when he was the

basketball coach here, just

how many special nights

he remembers,” Harris

said. “Well, tonight was a

special night for this team,

and to do it on a night

when we honored coach

Schramm was really special

for our school.”

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Boys Swimming and Diving

Obochi takes two races; HP edged by GBN

Staff Report




Stars of the


1. Halle Abrams


The Highland Park

junior basketball

player scored 8

points in a win

over Deerfield, but

just as important,

her post play

opened the

floor for scoring


for her guard


2. Tobe Obochi. The

junior Highland

Park swimmer

continued his

impressive season

with three wins

(one via relay) in

the Giants’ host

meet Saturday,

Jan. 12.

3. Cole Beerman.

The senior guard

buried six triples

in his team’s big

win over Deerfield

Friday, Jan 11.

Highland Park sophomore Tobe

Obochi won the 50-yard freestyle

(22.12 seconds) and 100

breaststroke (59.87), but it wasn’t

enough to topple league rival

Glenbrook North, as the Spartans

bested the Giants 100-85 Friday,

Jan. 11.

Obochi was also part of the winning

200 free relay team with Alex

Gordon, Ryan Tran and Konrad


Highland Park won only one

other event, as junior Andrew Vorobev

took first in the 100 butterfly.

While GBN star Ryan Purdy

won the 200 individual medley,

the Giants took places 2-4

thanks to the respective swims of

Schmid, Richard Heller and Uly


Purdy and Vorborev duked it out

in the 100 backstroke, with Purdy

touching out in 50.91 seconds,

about half a second in front of Vorborev

(51.53). No one else in the

race finished in under a minute.

Another close battle unfolded

in the 100 free, where GBN’s Ilian

Farbman bested HP’s Alex

Gordon by less than two-tenths of

a second: 50.91 seconds to 51.08.

Highland Park also finished in

spots 2-4 in diving, with Ryan

Absler finishing second for the


RIGHT: Lucas Absler on one of

his dives en route to second

place for the Giants.

FAR RIGHT: The Giants Konrad

Schmid swims the butterfly leg

of the 200 individual medley, in

which he took second.

Highland Park’s Tobe Obochi rises for a breath during his winning 100-yard breaststroke swim Friday, Jan.

11. Photos by Scott Margolin/22nd Century Media

Listen Up

“We said that our only chance against a team

like that is to get hot from [3-point range].”

Paul Harris — Giants boys basketball coach after his team

hit 17 threes in a big win over rival Deerfield

tune in

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Fastbreak is compiled by Editor Erin Yarnall Send any questions

or comments to erin@hplandmark.com

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Neck and neck HP, GBN swim

meet comes down to final races, Page 31

How sweep it is Giants girls basketball team

bests Warriors for season sweep of rivals, Page 28

Highland Park drains 17 three-point baskets to drown Deerfield, Page 30

The Highland Park crowd cheers while holding up the No. 3 in celebration of one of their team’s many made 3-pointers Friday, Jan. 11.

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