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Weather-inspired work displayed

at City Hall, Page 4

Cathi Schwalbe, artist and curator of the show, recites the poem “I am

the Lightning” by Jill Charles Jan. 14 at the exhibit opening at City Hall.

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Paying tribute

Funeral held for state trooper

Chris Lambert, Page 6

Branching out

Highwood brewery plans second

location in Wisconsin, Page 8

A PeEk in

the class

22CM’s annual

private school

guide offers

a close look,


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Police Reports 14

Editorial 17

Faith Briefs 20

Dining Out 22

Puzzles 23

Home of the Week 24

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Nature Art Scapes

7-9 p.m. Jan. 24, Rosewood

Beach, 883 Sheridan

Road, Highland Park. Relax

with friends in the cozy

confines of the Rosewood

Beach Interpretive Center.

Think of sandy ebaches,

sunshine and sip on some

wine as you design and

create your own shadow

box design with sea glass

and drift wood. Materials

for designs are provided.

Wine is not included in

your registration. Participants

must show proof of



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


Burn Boot Camp

8:30 a.m. Jan. 26, 1849

Green Bay Road, Highland

Park. Burn Boot Camp

Highland Park offers a

45-minute, free, co-ed

workout. No reservation

is required. Just show up

ready to sweat. All fitness

levels welcome. Personal

training in a group setting.

Zumba Class

8:30-9:30 a.m. Jan. 26,

JCYS George W. Lutz

Family Center, 800 Clavey

Road, Highland Park. Licensed

Zumba instructors

lead this fun class that

is suitable for all levels.

Drummers play live. Wear

comfortable shoes and

bring water and a towel.

Free parking available onsite.

Poetry Open Mic

7 p.m. Jan. 26, Coffee

Speaks at Port Clinton

Square, 610 Central Ave.,

Suite 155, Highland Park.

Square Dancing

2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 26,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.


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



“Clean Enough: Get Back

to Basics and Leave Room

For Dessert”

1 p.m. Feb. 1, Highland

Park Public Library, 494

Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Wellness guru Katzie

Guy-Hamilton, the Director

of Food and Beverage

of Equinox and nationally

recognized pastry chef,

discusses her new book,

Clean Enough: Get Back

to Basics and Leave Room

for Dessert. The more

than 100 whole-food, bestof-class

recipes encourage

a holistic approach to

everyday nutrition—and a

new way to eat, and live,

“clean.” Books will be for

sale and the event will conclude

with a book signing.

“Madagascar: A Musical

Adventure” Auditions

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 2

and Feb. 9, West Ridge

Center, 636 Ridge Road,

Highland Park. Highland

Park Players Theater for

Young Audiences is proud

to announce its next production

— “Madagascar:

A Musical Adventure.”

Get ready to move it move

it with Marty, Melman,

Gloria, Alex and the rest

of the beloved characters

from the hit motion


Daddy Daughter Dance

5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 2,

Highland Park Country

Club, 1201 Park Ave. West,

Highland Park. Dress your

best and be our guest. Join

us for dinner, dancing or

both. Gals and dads are

treated to a sit-down dinner

fit for a prince and

a princess. Keep an eye

out for some very special

geusts. During dinner enjoy

each other’s company

before the dance begins.

Nature Discovery Day

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb.

2, Heller Nature Center,

2821 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Visit our nature

classroom, complete

a craft to take home and

explore the science of nature.

Go sledding or cross

country skiing, view live

animals and enjoy a roasted

marshmallow around a

crackling campfire at our

tenth annual Nature Discovery

Day. Activities may

vary and some are weather

dependent. No pre-registration

is required.

First Wednesday


7:30-9 a.m. Feb. 6,

Bluegrass Restaurant,

1636 Old Deerfield Road,

Highland Park. The

HPCC First Wednesday

Connections is a great

way to get engaged. Mark

your calendar, grab a

stack of business cards

and join the group. First

Wednesday Connections

of the Highland Park

Chamber of Commerce

is a vibrant, active meeting

that attracts business

people from throughout

the North Shore.

Highland Park Stringers

Presents Beethoven


3 p.m. Feb. 10, Bennett

Gordon Hall, 201

St. Johns Ave., Highland

Park. Highland Park

Strings is pleased to continue

its 40th anniversary

season with its annual gala

benefit concert Beethoven

Spectacular. The concert


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pianist Jorge Federico

Osorio, returning for his

second solo appearance

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10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 15,

Heller Nature Center, 2821

Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Find and create your

own animal scar, identify

creepy crawlers or bones

and make your own earthy

slime. Please bring warm,

waterproof outdoor clothing

and boots for exploring


Mom’s Day Out

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 18,

Deer Creek Racquet Club,

701 Deer Creek Parkway,

Highland Park. Moms need

a break too. Kids will have

a great time swinging into

action as they learn the art

of playing tennis, racquietball,

wallyball and pingpong

while Mom takes the

day off.


Sherlock Holmes Book

Discussion Group

7-8:30 p.m. First Tuesday

of every other month,

Highwood Public Library,

102 Highwood Ave.,

Highwood. Sit around our

fireplace and drink coffee,

while reviewing one of the

Dr. Watson’s favorite mysteries.

To sign up please

contact Brenda Rossini at


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Highland Park City Council

City Council approves $80K

NEW Location

Garrity Square

arch for city’s 150th birthday

Eric Bradach

Freelance Reporter

Residents passing by the

corner park at Deerfield

Road, Hickory Street and

Laurel Avenue can soon

look forward to a 24-footwide

and 8-foot-tall archway

this fall. The sculpture

and the location celebrating

Highland Park’s 150th

birthday received a unanimous

green light from the

City Council at its Jan. 14


Michael Szabo’s piece

received approval over

28 other hopeful artists

looking to make a lasting

imprint on the City. Contestants

submitted their

proposals last fall and four

finalists were chosen by

the Cultural Arts Advisory

Group of the Cultural Arts


Szabo’s sculpture, an

arch from one angle and

a ribbon from another,

will be made of stainless

steel and patinated bronze,

and can be viewed on the

city’s website. The three

other sculptures were a

23-foot-tall ribbon, an inclusion

of native birds and

a trail marker tree. After

Round it up:

• The Moraine Township

is offering its services,

including its food pantry

and rent assistance,

to federal workers not

receiving pay during

the partial federal

government shutdown.

The township is located

at 800 Central Ave.

• 15 students were

extensive input from the

community and phone interviews

with the four finalists,

the advisory group

recommended Szabo’s


“We were moved by

the elegant aesthetic of

the work... and the artist’s

idea of work that evokes

a gateway to the community

of Highland Park

and the next 150 years,”

the advisory board’s chair

Cathy Ricciardelli said.

“As viewers move around

the piece, they may see a

shape that resembles a ribbon

of honor or an archway

that invites them to

enter the space. The piece

is both sophisticated and


The $80,000 sculpture

is planned to be installed

in September and its acquisition

and installation

costs will be paid for by

the city’s public art fund.

Currently, the fund has

approximately $82,000,

which the City Council

can approve for expenditures

not within the city’s

budget because it has

already been appropriated

for art purchases, according

to Assistant City

appointed to the

Student Commissioner


• 48 people were

appointed to five city

advisory groups and

their respective chair

and vice chair positions.

• 18 outgoing city

commissioners were

recognized and seven of

which, who were at the

meeting, received an

Manager Rob Sabo.

After a formal presentation

by another representative

by the city manager’s

office of the four finalists

and citing the advisory

individual proclamation.

• A proposed plan to

install 18 more parking

lifts at 760 Central Ave.,

McGovern House, by

the Plan and Design

Commission was


• $500 for the 2018

Spark Microgrant’s

HP150 Persona Poetry

Project was approved.

group’s recommendation,

numerous resident’s

voiced their opinions.

While some agreed with

City Council’s decision, a

few were unhappy with the


One meeting attendee

questioned whether Szabo’s

piece truly represents

150 years. Meanwhile, a

member of the Highland

Park Historical Society

recommended the council

choose a sculpture

that’s educational and

more rooted in Highland

Park’s past, such as a

trail marker tree. Another

meeting attendee who

claimed art was her “life,”

said Szabo’s piece was

“interesting” and “beautiful”

but “immediately

reminds” her of the Gateway

Arch in St. Louis.

She asked the council to

put the vote on hold until

next month so more

contestants could enter.

While critics of the archway

were heard, Councilwoman

Alyssa Knobel said

the advisory group was

appointed to represent the

people of Highland Park.

Knobel said she appreciated

the trail marker tree but

is “inclined to go with the


Some council members

admitted art isn’t their

forte but appreciated the

advisory group’s work.

“I know nothing about

art, that’s why my wife

is in charge of [decorating]

our household,”

Councilman Adam Stolberg

said. “I could only

defer to the experts… I

will go along with the





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Artwork on display at HP City Hall

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

Everyone talks about the

weather. Some even express

their feelings about it

through art forms.

Highland Park residents

had the opportunity to see

the opening of its latest

art exhibit, Weather the

Weather, throughout city

hall last Monday, Jan. 13.

The exhibit features

a display of art and poetry

— all relating to the


Guest curators Jennifer

Dotson, executive assistant

to Highland Park

Mayor Nancy Rotering

and Catherine Schwalbe, a

visual artist, proposed the

concept of the exhibit to

The Art Center.

“The TAC contracts

with the City of Highland

Park to provide and rotate

art displays throughout the

year,” said Dotson, who

also is the founder and program

coordinator of Highland

Park Poetry. “TAC

liked our suggestion. Artists

and poets were solicited

to participate. We were

impressed with the strong

response we received.”

The exhibit features

paintings and poems about

all seasons, climates and

weather conditions.

One of them is the heartfelt

“Remember Me When

I Am Gone,” an acrylic on

canvas painting by Meredith

London. It shows a

polar bear sitting on what

looks like an iceberg that is


Another is Kerryann

Leaf’s bilingual poem “El

Presidente Visita a Puerto


“I was influenced by the

storm in Puerto Rico and

the visit by the U.S. States

president who threw paper

towels at the crowd,” Leaf


She was one of 14 individuals

whose poems also

hang in the city hall gallery

along with the various

pieces of artwork — paintings,

photographs and


On a similar vein, Charlotte

Digregorio’s visual

haiku “Homeless” gives

a window of thought and

mental picture into the

harshness of cold winds

faced by the homeless.

Cathy Schwalbe’s

unique “Polar Vortex II”

attracted attention for her

creativity in showing her

love of the Midwest’s five

great lakes, each made out

of porcelain in the shape

of one of the bodies of water

and attached to a walllike

board with her asemic

writing with oxides. On a

table next to the five lakes,

which resembled huge

puzzle pieces, were five

jars — each with melted

snow and ice from one of

the five great lakes.

“I feel as though the arts

and sciences are connected,”

Schwalbe said. “I love

the Great Lakes and am a

true Midwesterner.”

She gathered the ice

and snow herself with one


“A friend got me snow

and ice from Lake Superior,”

Schwalbe said.

Melanie Brown

and her “Layered

Poet Kerry Leaf discusses her poem, “El Presidente

Visita a Puerto Rico,” on Jan. 14. The poem is hanging

in the City Manager’s Office at the exhibit’s opening.

Nicole Carrow/22nd Century Media

Sounds:Weather” acrylic,

powdered pigment and

charcoal, represents the

sounds created while she

was painting with different


“I put small microphones

behind my easel

to capture the sounds each

of my strokes made with

different types of media,”

Brown said. “I did it in a

recording studio. I like

combining art with music

and poetry. sometimes

with another person.”

Hallie Redman had her

photograph “Rosewood

Beach” in the exhibit

showing one of the beautiful

sunrises so often seen

there while Peggy Shearn

had two Silver Gelatin

prints of Ravine Beach.

The Art in City Hall exhibit,

“Weather the Weather,”

will continue through

Feb. 28.




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in memoriam

HP resident Chris Lambert remembered at funeral

Hilary Anderson

Freelance Reporter

He died helping others,

as he did throughout his


That is the legacy of Illinois

State Trooper #6527

and Highland Park resident

Christopher Lambert.

More than 2500 members

of his family, friends,

those who served with

Lambert in the military

along with his brotherhood

of police officers from

around the country gathered

at the Willow Creek

Community Church in

South Barrington, Friday,

Jan. 18, to honor him one

last time for his service.

Men from the Patriot

Guard stood holding flags

surrounding the entrance

to the auditorium where

the funeral service would

be held.

“We do this to our honor

soldiers,” said Rick, a Patriot

Guard member who

North shore


only wanted his first name

known. “We accompany

them home from deployment

whether they are

alive or deceased. It does

not matter who I am but

who Chris Lambert was.

He served his family, his

country and those in his

police brotherhood. It is a

small thing we in the Patriot

Guard can do.”

A snowstorm was pending

but still members of

his brotherhood came

from around the country

to honor him.

“I am honored to come

here and say farewell,”

said a California state

trooper. “Our condolences

to his family. Trooper

Lambert had a dangerous

job but still he served

others. We bring his family

a California state flag

from our Governor Gavin

Newsom so his family will

know we care.”

Other state troopers and

police officers traveled

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“We often look at heroic acts as

being something big, but little

acts of kindness like what he did

last Saturday was heroic.”

Leo P. Schmitz, director of the Illinois State


from Maine, Delaware,

Arizona, Mississippi,

Minnesota, Arkansas,

Kentucky, Texas, Pennsylvania,

West Virginia, Iowa

and Indiana to name a few.

Twelve military members

with whom Trooper

Lambert served in Iraq

came from Virgina to honor


“He was a jokester and

would always make us

laugh,” Doug Smart said.

“We were in the 21st

MPCo. ABN-airborne division.

We jumped out of

planes together.”

“Trooper Lambert was

definitely a leader,” offered

Sgt. Dingman.

“He was a good friend,”

said Andrew Lilly, a member

of the Old Guard.

One of Highland Park’s

very own said he wanted

to be there because he remembered

what it was like

when his own father, a

police officer, was shot in

the head while on duty and

died from the effects of his

wound a few years later.

“This all brings back

memories of that time,”

said Police Chief Lou

Jogmen. “I was a young

boy then but still vividly

remember. I had to be

here for Chris Lambert’s


People began filing into

the auditorium and viewed

Trooper Lambert’s casket

standing at the front of the

middle aisle. Two megatron

video screens ran

photos of him, his family

and friends. His Illinois

State Trooper shirt was on

display on one side along

with his official photo on

the other.

Illinois State troopers

were the last to file in.

They walked down the

center aisle past Trooper

Lambert’s coffin, circled

around and quietly moved

into their rows.

Then the family filed

in including Lambert’s

daughter, one-year old


Vocalist William Dwyer

sang “Be Not Afraid,”

which brought tears to

many eyes. He sang

throughout the service.

Chris Hurt, the pastor of

Willow Creek Community

Church, welcomed everyone.

Rev. Wayne Watts, family

friend and pastor-St.

Joseph Church, Wilmette,

officiated at the service.

Msgr. Kenneth Velo, on

the board of the 100 Club

and Rev. Harold Stanger

concelebrated with Fr.


Fr. Watts began by remarking

about a scripture

reading the family chose.

“It says the souls of the

just are in the hand of God

and no torment shall touch

them,” said Fr. Watts.

He told those gathered

to imagine God

now holding Chris Lambert

in his hands just

as Halley Lambert was

holding their daughter,

Delaney, then.

Fr. Watts suggested his

family and friends hold

onto that image.

He continued that Chris

Lambert seemed to have a

hard time distinguishing

between who was family

and who were friends.

“They all were family

to him. His kindness and

love were known to all.”

Fr. Watts’ words brought

smiles to faces when he

remarked Chris Lambert

was known as the family’s

jungle gym by the little

ones in his life.

He told Chris Lambert’s

family and friends that as

Delaney gets older to often

remind her about how

much her father cared

about others.

“Share the stories you

laughed about with Chris,

how he helped those in

need, how he brought joy

wherever he went,” Fr.

Watts said.

Fr. Watts finished with,

“There is no greater love

than to lay down one’s life

for one’s friends.”

Leo P. Schmitz, director-Illinois

State Police

also spoke during the service.

His voice quivered

as he spoke.

“We honor Trooper

Lambert for the ultimate

sacrifice he made by putting

himself in harm’s

way to protect his fellow

citizens even after his shift

ended,” Schmitz said. “It

was routine for him to

serve others. We often

look at heroic acts as being

something big, but little

acts of kindness like what

he did last Saturday was


He mentioned how

Chris Lambert served two

tours of duty in the military.

One was in Haiti after

a devastating earthquake

and another in Iraq.

“It is sad we do not

acknowledge this courage

and compassion that

exists every day,” continued

Schmitz. “Chris

was a blueprint of a life

well-lived, a career full of

selfless acts, a trooper’s


He added Chris liked to

smoke meat, fish, bowl,

play baseball. He could

inspire the best in others.

He adored being the father

of Delaney and often facetimed

with her while he

was away or working.

Illinois Governor JB

Pritzker also addressed

the mourners and recalled

memories of his father’s

death and funeral when he

was 7 years old.

“I know the agony Halley

is now facing,” said

Gov. Pritzker. “There

will come a day when it

gets easier, when a breeze

brings back a memory that

makes you smile. You will

laugh when you hear a

joke he once told or hear a

song he liked. The memories

will make you happy,

not sad.”

Gov. Pritzker gave

some additional thoughts

regarding her daughter,


“My mother loved me

twice as much after having

lost my father 46

years ago,” he said. “My

mother is my hero because

she tried to ease my

pain. Delaney will always

remember her dad and

love him through you and

your family. Delaney will

hold close to her heart his

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Highwood brewery to expand with second location

Submitted by Kings &

Convicts Brewery Co.

Sophie and


Submitted by Jay


Sophie is

a loving

Chocolate Lab

who looks

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sister Chelsea

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Chris Bradley and Brendan

Watters, founders of

Kings & Convicts Brewing

Co., announced plans

to open their second brewery

in Pleasant Prairie,

Wis. The 48,000-squarefoot

facility will house a

large production brewhouse,

taproom, restaurant

and event space.

Kings & Convicts Brewing

Co. has contracted with

developer and land-owner,

Branko Tupanjac of BRV

General Construction, to

build the facility which will

be adjacent to a new construction

132 room all-suite

hotel that will be franchised

with a national hotel chain.

The new facility draws

upon elements of an old

world brewery complete

with a colonial style feel

Owners Chris Bradley (left) and Brendan Watters smile

in the taproom of Highwood’s Kings and Convicts

Brewing Co. which will open a second location in fall

2019. 22nd Century Media File Photo.

that will help tell the Kings

& Convicts’ brewing story.

The building will also feature

design elements reminiscent

of the historical

Hercules/DuPont Powder

Plant that exploded in 1911

in Pleasant Prairie. With

excellent visibility from

Interstate 94 and easy access

off State Highway 50,

guests to the brewery will

enjoy ample parking, ensuring

a great experience

in which to enjoy locally

brewed Kings & Convicts

beer complete with BBQ

meats, burgers, tacos and


“The Village of Pleasant

Prairie has been great

to work with, they have

helped in the design process

and assisted closely in

the overall development,”

Watters said. “We want to

create a destination brewery

where we can continue

to expand our brewing

operations but also where

people can relax with a lager

and learn about the history

of beer and the brewing

process as well.”

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storage tanks.

This change comes after

the Lake Bluff Village

Board meeting Monday,

Jan. 14, when the board of

trustees unanimously approved

an amendment to

the Lake Bluff Municipal

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North Shore School D112

School board considers severing ties with Family Focus

Ronnie Wachter

Freelance Reporter

The North Shore District

112 School Board is

considering ending its 15-

year relationship with a local

provider of before- and

after-school services.

Before its final vote,

though, the board members

say they want a more

clear definition from their

superintendent of why he

strongly favors switching

to a much larger firm.

“If we’re going to

make a decision,” board

Join us Tuesday

member Adam Kornblatt

told superintendent Michael

Lubelfeld near the

end of the board’s Jan. 15

meeting, “there needs to

be something behind the


The decision revolves

around the district’s before-

and after-school

offerings, which for 15

years they contracted to

Family Focus, a Chicago

non-profit. Lubelfeld lobbied

heavily during the

meeting for the board to

expand how many school

buildings offer before and

after services, and pushed

for a switch from Family

Focus to Innovation

Learning & Education,

a firm based in a Denver


Currently, the district

pays Family Focus to produce

a before-school program

for Oak Terrace Elementary,

and after-schools

for Red Oak, Indian Trail

and Oak Terrace elementaries;

Lubelfeld wants to

expand that to both before

and after, for all seven

elementary buildings.

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In hopes of expanding

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Bobbie Hinden, Family

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“Your decision is devastating,”

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to the board.

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Board member Yumi

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his staff for more information

before their first

chance to take a vote, on

Jan. 29.

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Stepping Stones provides home

for sex trafficking victims

Katie Copenhaver

Freelance Reporter

National Human Trafficking

Awareness Day

was Friday, Jan. 11, with

all of January being National

Slavery and Human

Trafficking Prevention

Month. These events

have been established

within the last couple decades

to bring attention to

this growing problem in

the United States. Up to

25,000 people in the Chicago

area alone are being

sexually exploited through

various forms of human

trafficking. The Stepping

Stones Network is one of

the organizations trying to

put an end to it.

“It’s ugly. People want

to think it happens somewhere

else,” said Colette

Mendelson, co-director of

fundraising for Stepping

Stones. “We’re in between

Chicago and Milwaukee,

and there’s a lot of activity

right here in Lake County.”

The Stepping Stones

Network has been operating

for five years, with

meetings taking place at

Christ Church of Lake Forest,

which has been a major

supporter of the group’s

efforts. Executive Director

Suzanne Baker Brown,

along with Janet Kenny,

established the organization

after learning about the

problem through her work

in women’s ministry.

The organization has numerous

volunteers including

Highland Park residents

Rachel Cutler and

Deb Dean.

Up until now, the organization

has provided rescue

assistance for women

and their children trying

to escape from bondage

and provided educational

programming to the general

public about how they

can combat the problem.

This year, Stepping Stones

is moving to a new phase

with the establishment of

a residential program at an

undisclosed Lake County


They are in the middle

of a capital campaign to

raise $125,000 to open the

home with 24/7 staff. According

to Baker Brown,

they have about $85,000

toward that goal and hope

to meet it by April.

There are three phases

of rescuing someone:

1) The assessment phase

2) Long-term residential


3) Placing survivors in

subsidized housing with

follow-up therapy.

“We will be giving them

stability, healing and life

skills, and will help restore

their dignity,” Baker

Brown said. “When you

have gone through what

these young women have

gone through, your dignity

has been stolen.”

Mendelson explained

that pornography is one of

the root causes of current

sexual slavery.

“Because it’s so accessible

[on the Internet], so

many people have become

addicted, and that creates

a demand for sex slaves

and prostitution,” she said.

“Men who pay for the services

believe the women

are doing this willingly,

which is not the case.

These women are tricked

by blackmail or fraud into

doing this.”

Mendelson said they

have a male volunteer who

attends men’s events and

conferences to speak about

the issue of sex trafficking

and how to avoid it.

Both Baker Brown and

Mendelson explained that

Nonprofit Humble Design

provided furniture to local

nonprofit Stepping Stones

Network to fill housing

in Lake County for sex

trafficking victims photo


the perpetrators and pimps

who coerce women into

slavery develop a manipulative

relationship with

them. They recruit women

at malls and schools as

well as over the Internet.

They buy them nice

things, give them food and

sometimes a place to live.

When the women are

recruited from other countries,

the pimps will take

away their passports and

any other identification in

order to keep them indentured,

Mendelson said.

“We run into a lot of

challenges in helping

women leave the scenario,”

Baker Brown said.

They are often threatened

if they try to leave

the bondage. Healing takes

a long time, she explained.

To contribute to the

Stepping Stones Network’s

capital campaign,

visit its website at www.


org/donate. To learn more

about its activities and human

trafficking in general,

follow it on Facebook.

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charged with Criminal

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police responded to a call

regarding a broken window

in a residence in the

200 block of Hazel Avenue.

Price was released on

a recognizance bond with

a court date in Highland

Park on Feb. 27.

Jan. 7

• Ronald Heller, 70, of

the 1900 block of York

Lane, Highland Park,

was arrested and charged

with Driving Under the

Influence-Drugs or Combination

of Drugs when

police responded to a

call regarding a vehicle

off the road in the 1900

block of York Lane.

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was arrested and charged

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From Page 8

The Village of Pleasant

Prairie is excited for the

brewery to join its village.

“We are excited to welcome

Kings & Convicts to

Pleasant Prairie. Adding

attractive and unique destinations

will promote tourism

within the Village and

offer a fun and memorable

experience for residents”

added Nathan Thiel, the

Pleasant Prairie village


The taproom will seat

Influence-Alcohol, Improper

Lane Usage, Failure

to Signal when Required/Improper


when police conducted

a traffic stop at the intersection

of Central Avenue

and Second Street. Gordon

was released on a

recognizance bond with a

court date in Waukegan on

Feb. 1.

• Raymond Alvarado, 35,

of Chicago, was arrested

and charged with Driving

Under the Influence- Alcohol,

Failure to Signal

when Required/Improper

Signal, Improper Backing,

and Stopping, Standing,

or Parking Prohibited

in Specific Places when

police conducted a traffic

stop in 800 block of

Central Avenue. Alvarado

was released on a recognizance

bond with a court

date in Waukegan on

Feb. 15.

• Police found evidence of

forced entry at a business

in the 400 block of Central

Avenue when responding

to a service call for

an alarm at the business.

No items were reported as

missing, and the unknown

subject(s) was unsuccessful

in gaining entry to the

business before police


• A business within the

400 block of Central Avenue

was unlawfully entered

during the overnight

hours by smashing the

glass in a rear door. The

theft of approximately

$3000 was reported in this


• A complainant in the 400

block of Central Avenue

reported that a business

was unlawfully entered

during the overnight hours

by smashing the glass in a

rear door. No items were

reported missing from the



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in Highland Park

and the Highwood Police

Department headquarters

in Highwood. Individuals

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Summer brewery events

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From hplandmark.com as of Monday,

Jan. 21:

1. Kids break from electronics at library lit


2. HP150 Exhibition kicks off 150-year


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5. NSSD112 considers severing ties with

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from the editor

Supporting and appreciating local art

Erin Yarnall


At a Jan. 14 meeting

of the Highland

Park City Council,

the council unanimously

voted to approve a sculpture

celebrating the city’s

150th birthday, or sesquicentennial,

that would cost


The sculpture, created

by artist Michael Szabo,

was chosen out of 29

submissions. Contestants

submitted their proposals

in 2018 to the Cultural

Arts Advisory Group of

the Cultural Arts Commission.

Szabo’s sculpture will

be an arch from one angle

and a ribbon from another

angle, made of stainless

steel and patinated bronze.

It will be installed in

September, and the costs

will be paid for by the

city’s public art fund,

which currently has $82K

in it.

Additionally on Jan. 14,

the city held an opening

for the Art in City Hall

exhibit, “Weather the


The exhibit was curated

by visual artist Catherine

Schwalbe and poet Jennifer

Dotson and features

local artists’ and poets’

work, based around a

weather-theme, on display

in City Hall.

The importance that is

placed upon local art is

one of my favorite things

about Highland Park.

It’s incredibly rare to go

to a smaller city and see

as much artwork while

just taking a casual walk

through the downtown


It’s even more rare to

step into a City Hall and

be able to look at the type

of inspiring and beautiful

work that is now lining

the walls of Highland

Park’s building.

I love that Highland

Park not only has its own

incredible and accessible

art museum with The Art

Center, but there’s also the

opportunity to see art in so

many other places within

the community, including

City Hall and the new

sculpture that will become

a part of the city’s fabric

this fall.

Take a moment to

reflect on how lucky we

all are to be able to experience

a city that places

such a great emphasis on

public art that it has its

own budget for it.

While art may not be

the most pressing budget

item for a city to consider,

it’s the type of thing that

makes a city worth living


To read more about the

art in city hall opening,

turn to Page 4, and to

read more about the city’s

purchase of a sculpture

honoring the sesquicentennial,

turn to Page 3.

On Jan. 15 The Art Center Highland Park

posted, “Don’t miss In View! Our Annual

Member & Faculty Exhibition - Here until January

29, 2019. For more information: https://

theartcenterhp.org/current-exhibits/ #TACHP

#localart #highlandpark #community #exhibit

#now #faculty #member.”

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On Jan. 16 Red Oak Elementary School posted,

“Stephanie Sedik from @hplibrary conducts

book talks with Red Oak students. Thank you!

#112Leads #112Reads #iRead2019 @NSSD112


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From Page 8

trustee Barbara Ankenman

recusing herself from

the vote since she works

for the property owner’s

architect of record.

“The Village desires to

promote the preservation

of older homes, while ensuring

that homeowners

are provided flexibility

to adapt all homes to the

changing needs of families

and the community,”

Village Board President

Kathleen O’Hara said.

Reporting by Stephanie

Kim, Freelance Reporter. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.



No injuries reported after

early morning fire

Northbrook firefighters

responded to reports

of an explosion and fire in

the 2500 block of Melanie

Lane in Northbrook at approximately

6:20 a.m. the

morning of Jan. 16, according

to Northbrook Fire

Chief Andrew Carlson.

The first Northbrook

fire truck was on the scene

eight minutes after the department

received a call

from a neighbor around

6:20 a.m., per Carlson.

Carlson said the fire was

already starting to extend

on both sides of the house

when crews arrived.

“The houses on this

street are about 20-30 feet

apart, so the first house was

almost entirely engulfed in

fire pretty quickly, so when

the first fire truck got here,

it was already extending to

the house on either side,”

Carlson said.

Carlson said the department

made sure the occupants

of the original home

and the occupants of the

neighboring homes exited

safely. The residents were

go figure


able to get out on their

own, according to Carlson.

No residents or firefighters

sustained any injuries,

per Carlson.

The exact cause of the

explosion and subsequent

fire remains under


Reporting by Martin Carlino,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at NorthbrookTower.


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The amount of dollars the City

of Highland Park is paying for

a sculpture celebrating the

City’s sesquicentennial. Read

more about it on Page 3.

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Not your grandpa’s restaurant

Expansion breathing new life into century-old restaurant, Page 22

HP native tours with

Halsey, breaks out on his

own, Page 21

Highland Park

native Greg

Spero toured

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Faith Briefs

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road,

Highland Park)

Membership class

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

Jan. 27, Interested in joining

the Christ Church family

through membership?

Come to a membership


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


Men’s Breakfast Group

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

Panera Bread, 1211

Half Day Road, Bannockburn.

For more information,

contact Sean at seansmith797@gmail.com.

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

Men’s Bible Study Group

9-10 a.m. Saturdays

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)

Souper Bowl at Lakeside

4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 3,

Lakeside Congregation

for Reform Judaism,

1221 Lake Cook Road,

Highland Park. Enter our

chili, soup or stew cookoff

competition featuring

a guest judge from the

Highland Park Fire Department.

Watch the big

game and win great prizes

playing football squares

— silent auction for sports

tickets, dining experiences

and more.

Eating for Good: Mizrahi


11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 12.

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


Writer’s Beit Midrash

9:30-11 a.m. every other

Wednesday, The NSS Beth

El Writer’s Beit Midrash

meets in the Maxwell

Abbel Library. All fiction,

non-fiction, poetry,

memoir and essay writers

(published or not yet

published) are welcome

for discussions, exercises,

camaraderie and critique.

Contact Rachel Kamin at

rkamin@nssbethel.org for

more information and to

be added to the mailing


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.


Shabbat Service

6:15 p.m. Friday (Kabbalat


8:50 a.m. Shacharit

(Shabbat Morning)

10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation

(Grades 2-6)

10:45 a.m. Young Family

Service (families with

children first-grade age

and younger)

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 service


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


St. James Catholic Church (134 North

Ave., Highwood)

Catholic Charities Supper

6:30 p.m. Thursdays,

Parish Hall

Food Pantry

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

lower level of school.

Worship Services

8 a.m. Monday through


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

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

Noon Sundays with a


Alcoholics Anonymous

7 p.m. Mondays in the


Submit information for The

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Erin Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.com.

The deadline is

noon on Thursdays. Questions?

Call (847) 272-4565

ext. 34.


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final act of courage and

bravery on this earth. She

will know more about

compassion and kindness

she might not have known

because of him. Delaney’s

memory of her dad will be

built on all the best parts

of him. When Delaney

grows up, she will know

these things because of


Brandon Bernabei, Libertyville

police officer,

then gave some remembrances

of his short time

working with Trooper

Lambert, which brought

laughs to everyone.

“Chris was the epitome

of a good cop in every

way,” said Bernabel

After the service, the

group went outside to for

a formal farewell.

It was growing colder

and starting to snow.

Chicago Police Pipe

and Drum Band and Illinois

State Police Pipe and

Drum played.

There was a 21-gun salute

followed by a “missing

man flyover.” Then

the police Honor Guard

removed the flag draping

Trooper Lambert’s coffin,

folded it and gave it to his

wife, Halley. Their daughter,

Delaney, watched the

activity from her stroller.

It was the end of watch

(EOW) for her dad, Illinois

Trooper Christopher


A procession of police,

family and friends cars

then made its way from

the church to the cemetery.

In Memoriam

Gilbert Kosirog

Gilbert Gregory Kosirog, age 85 of

Highland Park passed away on Saturday,

January 12, 2019 at his home. He

was born April 13, 1933 in Chicago

to John and Joanna (Angel) Kosirog.

He attended St. Stanislaus Koska Elementary

School, graduated Weber

High School, Chicago. Received a

Bachelors Degree in Pharmachology

from the University of Colorado and

while attending college he was president

of the Newman Club. He served

in the U.S. Army during the Korean

Conflict as a combat engineer. On

October 1,1960 at St. James Church,

Highwood he married Carol Lou

Berube and the couple started their

family. Gilbert worked as a pharmacist

and was a member of Immaculate

Conception Church, Highland Park,

the VFW Highland Park post 4737

where he served as post chaplain and

also a honorary 3rd degree member of

the Knights of Columbus.

Beloved husband of Carol Kosirog.

Loving father of Mary Ann (Max)

Brooks, Renee (Stephen) Kropp,

Barbara (Patrick) Picchietti and Steven

Kosirog. Fond grandfather of

Michelle (Eric) Drey, Allison (Brian)

Kroeter, Stephen and Kristine Kropp,

and Matthew and Julia Picchietti.

Great grandfather of Emerson and

Avery Drey and Lucas Kroeter. Dear

brother of the late Margaret (late Joseph)

Lach, late Leonard (late Clara)

Kosirog, late Norbert (late Mildred)

Kosirog, late John Kosirog and Marion

(Pat) Kosirog. Cherished uncle

and cousin to many.

June E. Farmer

June E. Farmer (nee Dean) 94, of

Vernon Hills, previously of Wheeling

and Highland Park, passed away

January 11, 2019 in Vernon Hills. She

was born to the late Melville and Helen

Dean and preceded in death by her

son James (Leslie) Farmer, brothers

Melville S. Dean, Warren Dean, Robert

Dean, and David Dean and sisters

Dorothy Dostalek, Muriel Ronowski,

Betty Olson and Marge Canmann. She

is the mother of John (Bryce) Farmer

of San Diego, CA, grandmother of

Ryan, Stephanie, Rick (Lauren) and

Bill Farmer, sister of John (Sheila)

Dean and Larry Dean. A private interment

is planned for the spring at

Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie. In

lieu of flowers donations can be made

to Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter,

for the benefit of the Jim Farmer

Dog Enrichment Park, 2200 Riverwoods

Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015,


Have someone’s life you’d like to honor?

Email erin@hplandmark.com with

information about a loved from Highland

Park or Highwood.

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the highland park landmark | January 24, 2019 | 21

HP native branches out

after pop music success

Erin Yarnall, Editor

After performing to a

sold-out crowd at Madison

Square Garden, and then

performing on “Saturday

Night Live,” Highland

Park native Greg Spero

felt he had reached “a

plateau” in his career.

“I took that as the point

where it was a peak of

what we had done so far,”

Spero said.

Spero was performing

synthesizers as a member

of pop star Halsey’s live

band for three years, in

which he toured throughout

the world.

He joined Halsey’s live

band after moving to Los

Angeles from Highland

Park and coming across

the project at the beginning

of the singer’s career.

“Our first shows were

about 80 people when we

started out, so it was very

small,” Spero said. “She

didn’t have much of a following.

Gradually, after

being on the road for three

years, we built it up.”

Spero said that his years

of touring as a member of

Halsey’s band were unrivaled

in providing him

with knowledge on how

the music industry works.

“Seeing the inner-workings

of that was sort of like

getting a PhD in the music

industry,” Spero said.

But in early 2018, Spero

left Halsey and her live

band to branch out on his


“I thought to myself at

that time that I could either

continue to grow with that

operation, or I could consider

that a chapter of my

life and move on to the next

Highland Park native Greg Spero poses for a photo with

music producer Quincy Jones. photo SUBMITTED

steps, which were basically

starting from ground zero

again,” Spero said.

Since then, he’s started

his own project. Namely,

“Tiny Room” — a studio

in Los Angeles, which also

serves as an audio and video

recording suite. Spero

has been posting videos

online as part of his “Tiny

Room” project since early


“[It’s] where I can bring

in any projects that I’m

working with, or other

ones that I’m not even

working with — I’m just

interested in helping,”

Spero said.

With his new project,

Spero is hoping to intertwine

his experience working

in pop music with his

love of jazz music.

“My idea with that was,

I saw a need for something

more creative in the pop

world, and for something

more acceptable in the jazz

world,” Spero said. “There

is a scene of young creative

instrumentalists who are

doing really cool, interesting,

innovative things with

music, that incorporate the

language of today.”

In addition to working

with “Tiny Room,” Spero

has been creating his own

music with his band Spirit

Fingers. The band recently

wrapped up a tour throughout


“It was a lot more

grueling than the European

tours that I did

with Halsey,” Spero said.

“With Halsey we were

playing maybe three

nights a week and traveling.

We would have off

days. When you do jazz

work, you’re playing for

much smaller audiences

and you’re playing every

single night.”

Spero is grateful for the

experience that working

with Halsey gave him, but

is looking forward to continuing

to share his own

music in the future.

“When there’s so much

music that is made purely

for commercial purposes,

it’s very important that

this music that is purely

from the part of the soul

with no compromises, that

that exists and that is out

in the world,” Spero said.

“I think people are seeing

that more and more now.”

22 | January 24, 2019 | The highland park landmark dining out


Grandpa’s Place still growing after 122 years

Jason Addy

Contributing Editor

When the Middletons

purchased Grandpa’s Place

in 2003, the family immediately

got down to work

modernizing the 106-yearold

fixture of Glenview’s

culinary scene.

They updated the original

bar area, redid the walls,

added modern touches and

built a small parlor inside

to open up some elbow

room and create a space to

host live music, said Rory

Middleton, who runs dayto-day

operations at Grandpa’s

with his brother, Kevin,

on behalf of the family.

Middleton said his family

first started looking into

purchasing the property

at 1868 Prairie St. around

the turn of the century,

“but the original owner


wouldn’t sell it without the

business,” which started

as Lang’s before becoming

Grandpa Rugen’s and

finally Grandpa’s once the

Dwyer family moved in

nearly 50 years ago.

A decade after taking

over from the Dwyers, the

Middletons completed a

major expansion project at

Grandpa’s, adding a downstairs

room for live music

and private catering, converting

what was once an

off-track betting room and

apartments into an upscale

space to host corporate and

family events, and opening

a patio and second-floor

terrace for patrons to enjoy

in the milder months.

Though Grandpa’s had

more than a century of

success under its belt by

that point, the expansion is

breathing new life into the

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restaurant and bar by giving

it a unique “something

old, something new vibe,”

Middleton said.

“We wanted it to be a

place where your parents

can go and remember their

time when they were your

age at this bar — because

it’s that old, it has that much

history — but at the same

time make new memories

for the new generation of

people that are coming in

to continue that legacy,”

Middleton said.

Though the Middletons

have drastically revamped

the establishment that first

opened in the late 1890s,

they’ve been careful not

to change the tried-andtrue

recipe for success too


Grandpa’s menu “has

grown with age,” Middleton

said, with the menu


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like burgers, sandwiches

and wings, as well as some

newer dishes like chicken

kabobs and calamari.

“It’s always a matter of

keeping it local, keeping

that sense of history, while

always keeping it relevant,”

Middleton said, noting

Grandpa’s gets much of

its ingredients from local

shops and producers like

Reagan Meats and Harrison’s

Poultry Farm in

Glenview, Gonnella Baking

Company in Schaumburg

and Harrington’s Catering

and Deli in Chicago.

A group of 22nd Century

Media editors stopped by

Grandpa’s last week to try

out some classics and a few

“sleeper” dishes flying a bit

under the radar.

After a tour of Grandpa’s

many versatile spaces, we

tried calamari ($13.95 for

full serving), a dish Middleton

said people always

order again after trying it


“(The calamari) is better

than it has any right to

be,” Middleton joked, adding

many of the restaurant’s

recipes are something of a

mystery as they’ve been

handed down across the


The simple appetizer

dish of lightly breaded

squid is served with cocktail

sauce and lemons to

add a little zest.

Next, we sampled the

classic Grandpa Burger

($11.90), a half-pound

burger served with Merkts

Grandpa’s Place’s calamari ($7.95) is lightly breaded in

their seasoned flour and brown sugar and is a “sleeper”

on the menu. Photos by Michal Dwojak/22nd Century


The Grandpa Burger ($11.90) is a half-pound burger

served on a toasted bun with a choice of traditional


The Reuben ($12.95) sandwich is tender corned beef

served with homemade Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut

and melted Swiss cheese on rye bread.

cheddar cheese and traditional

toppings on a toasted

bun, with a side of fries.

Grandpa’s Reuben sandwich

($12.95) pairs Harrington’s

corned beef with

homemade Thousand Island

dressing, sauerkraut and

Swiss cheese on rye bread.

To cap off the meal, we

tried Grandpa’s chicken

kabobs, featuring two footlong

skewers loaded with

grilled chicken, onions,

peppers and tomatoes over

a bed of rice pilaf with a

homemade peanut dressing

on the side.

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the highland park landmark | January 24, 2019 | 27

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Addie Budnik

Budnik (right, 41) is a junior

on the Highland Park

girls basketball team and

recently scored 16 points

in a win over Deerfield.

How did you get

started playing


In kindergarten or first

grade I did house league

at the rec center. Then in

seventh grade I got more

serious and I did travel.

The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys recap conference wrestling,

preview postseason gymnastics

Staff Report

In this week’s episode

of The Varsity: North

Shore, the only podcast

focused on North Shore

sports, hosts Michal

Dwojak and Michael Wojtychiw

recap Central Suburban

League wrestling,

hear from a Glenbrook

South wrestler on the confernece

meet, play Way/

No Way with wrestling

and preview postseason

girls gymnastics.

First Quarter

Dwojak and Wojtychiw

recap CSL wrestling with

area teams fighting to become

known as the area’s

best team.

Second Quarter

The guys hear from a

Glenbrook South wrestler

after competing at the conference


Third Quarter

With the postseason

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on hand for area teams,

Wojtychiw plays Way/No

Way with how they will

do in the IHSA playoffs.

Fourth Quarter

To finish things off, the

guys preview the conference

invite for area girls

gymnastics teams and preview

some regionals.

What is your

favorite thing about


Probably the people

aspect, just making new

friends and being a teen.

What is the best

advice that a coach

has ever given you?

A lot of the game is mental,

and it’s really important

to keep playing and

just worry about the next

play. Don’t be focused on

one mistake.

What do you do to

prepare for a game?

I’ll usually listen to music

and then have a sandwich

or something before,

something light. But

there’s definitely food

What’s your go-to


Something from Jimmy


Who is your all-time

favorite athlete?

I’d say Michael Jordan

because of his work

ethic, and he plays

basketball. He’s one of the


What is your funniest

memory from the

basketball team?

All of our ‘tinners,’ or

team dinners. We have

one before every game.

They’re so fun and we always

make so many jokes.

What’s your favorite


Any Disney Channel

Original Movie; they’re so

good. They remind me of

my childhood and they’re

so funny.

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If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I would probably go anywhere

in South America.

Somewhere tropical, because

I like being in warmth

and colorful places.

If you could have

dinner with anyone,

who would you


Probably Ellen Degeneres,

she is so funny and

just seems like an amazing


Interview by Editor Erin


28 | January 24, 2019 | The highland park landmark sports


Youth trainer Lil Sluggers

swings into Highland Park

Erin Yarnall, Editor

Young baseball enthusiasts

now have their own

place to learn and play the

game, as Lil Sluggers, a

youth baseball company,

opened in Highland Park

this month.

While there is still work

to be done at the location,

at 1660 Old Skokie Road,

it officially opened Jan. 7.

“We’re in there doing a

little bit of work, getting it

to where we want it,” said

Jeff Kapp, the program director

at Lil Sluggers said.

The company is taking

over the former North

Shore Baseball Academy

location, and although

Kapp said it will still be

called the North Shore

Baseball Academy, it

will house Lil Sluggers

and its parent company,

the Chicago Baseball


Lil Sluggers has been

located in Chicago for 11

years, with 11 locations

located throughout the

city, and one in Hinsdale.

The company decided to

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Boys Basketball

Hoffman Estates 48,

Highland Park 45

The Giants fell on the

road in the nonconference

matchup Jan. 15.

Girls Basketball

Maine South 42, Highland

Park 27

The visiting Giants

(8-8) dropped the Central

Suburban League crossover

tilt Jan. 15 in Park


branch out to Highland

Park because they have

had former clients move

to the North Shore and

request a branch opening

closer to their homes.

“We’ve been looking at

the area for a long time,”

Kapp said.

Kapp said the company

has been looking at

the space for “about three

years,” and when it became

available in 2018,

they “jumped on it right


Lil Sluggers offers baseball

training to young children,

whose age range is 2

to 8. Kapp believes the age

range they serve is what

helps Lil Sluggers stand

out in its services.

Lil Sluggers offers beginner

and advanced classes

for players in its age

range, private lessons, and

leagues in which coaches

pitch to the players. They

are planning to add batting

cages for children, ages

4 and up, and they’ll also

offer field rental for local

teams that want to rent indoor


Girls Hockey

Scouts 5, Latin JV 0

Abby Benjamin had a

goal and three assists to

lead the Scouts to victory

Jan. 14.

Caroline Mower, Kennedy

Stein and Grace Walker

all scored, as well, while

Walker, Stein and Lillian

Aston (2) all recorded assists

for the combined team.

Goalies Amanda Peter

(6 saves) and Sarah Matthews

(4) combined for the


Athlete of the Year

Landmark readers to vote for best of 2018

Online contest to

begin Saturday,

Jan. 26

Michael Wojtychiw

Contributing Sports Editor

Despite the fact the calendar

year has now turned

to 2019, 2018 still has a

little bit missing from it.

On fields of play all

over the North Shore last

year, student-athletes

soared to new heights,

and in many cases, took

their team along for the

ride. 22nd Century Media

was following the action

with its seven North Shore

publications and websites,

documenting the moments

of glory as well as

the agony of defeat.

Along the way, every

week, papers like our

Highland Park Landmark

selected and interviewed

a worthy Athlete of the

Week. At the end of the

month, all Athletes of

the Week from the seven

newspapers were pitted

against one another

in the popular Athlete

of the Month competition,

for which residents decide

the result by voting for

their favorite athlete online.

At year’s end, there are

12 winners, and we’re not

done just yet. Those 12

winners — along with six

at-large contenders selected

by 22CM staffers —

are about to vie for the ultimate

title: 22nd Century

This Week In ...

Giants Athletics

Boys Swimming and


■Jan. ■ 25 - Varsity Meet at

Highland Park, 5 p.m.

Media Athlete of the Year.

The Athlete of the Year

competition is a two-week

online voting contest that

began at noon Saturday,

Jan. 26, at HPLandmark.

com, as well as the company’s

six other North

Shore websites.

Fans can vote daily for

their favorite student-athlete

until 5 p.m. on Feb. 9.

To avoid voting spam and

abuse, we have restricted

the votes to one per IP

address per day with a

special feature to ensure

votes are being made

by humans. If votes are

proven illegitimate, they

will be discarded and the

beneficiary of the fraudulent

votes may be disqualified.

A winner will be announced

in the Feb. 14 issue

of The Highland Park


The Athlete of the Year

2018 Nominees are:

• January winner: Morgan

Paull, Glenbrook

North girls basketball

• February winner:

Tommy Barr, Loyola

Academy boys swimming

• March winner: Hugh

Brady, Loyola boys hockey

• April winner: Drake

Johnson, Loyola boys volleyball

• May winner: Victoria

Nagle, Glenbrook North


• June winner: Isaac

Weinberg, Glenbrook

North baseball

Boys Basketball

■Jan. ■ 25 - Varsity Game at

Maine East, 7:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 29 - Varsity Game at

Highland Park, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Football star Tommy Motzko represents HP in the Athlete

of the Year contest. 22nd Century Media File Photo

22nd Century Media Athlete of the Year

When: Jan. 26-Feb. 9 (two weeks)

Where: HPLandmark.com

Who: Eighteen North Shore student-athletes (12

Athletes of Month, 6 at-large contenders)

• July winner: Dylan

Garvey, Glenbrook South

boys lacrosse

• August winner: Alex

Arenson, North Shore

Country Day School girls


• September winner:

Carly Harris, Glenbrook

North girls cross-country

• October winner: Emsela

Orucevic, Glenbrook

South girls swimming and


• November winner: Ellie

Finnigan, New Trier

girls cross-country

• December winner:

■Jan. ■ 25 - Varsity Game at

Maine East, 6 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 29 - Varsity Game at

Niles North, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Wrestling

■Jan. ■ 26 - Varsity Meet at

TBA online

• At-large: Jimmy Mc-

Mahon, Glenbrook South

boys soccer

• At-large: Nicole Kaspi,

New Trier girls soccer

• At-large: Jake Gonzalez,

Loyola Academy


• At-large: Natalie

Sandlow, Glenbrook

North girls cross-country

• At-Large: Tom

Motzko, Highland Park


• At-Large: Halle Douglass,

Lake Forest girls


Glenbard West, 9 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics

■Jan. ■ 25 - Varsity Meet at

Vernon Hills, 6 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 28 - Varsity Regionals

at Glenbrook South, 6 p.m.

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Aidan Rosenbloom (right) grapples with his Deerfield opponent en route to a fifthplace

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At roughly 210 pounds,

Highland Park junior

Chris Hernandez has been

giving up a considerable

weight advantage all season

to nearly everyone he

wrestles in the 285-pound

weight class.

A third-place finish at

this year’s CSL tournament

is a testament to how

Hernandez has embraced

the endeavor.

“I am so happy for Chris

Hernandez,” Giants coach

Chris Volpe said. “I’m really

proud of him. He had

a great day of wrestling.”

Wrestling against opponents

who are often 75

pounds heavier than he is,

Hernandez has kept a simple

approach to the task.

“I just try not to think

about it,” Hernandez said.

“It’s hard, and I was nervous

about it at first but I

was down for it because I

wanted the varsity experience.

I just can’t allow

myself to get underneath

some of these guys so I

have to take a lot of outside


Hernandez plans to

wrestle at 220 pounds next

year but this season has

only made him better.

“People say you have to

lift weights to get strong,”

Volpe said. “Chris is a

stronger guy because of

the work he puts in in the

weight room, but he has

gotten so much stronger

just by wrestling those bigger


The Giants finished 11th

in the field at this year’s

meet. Volpe sent four

wrestlers to the fifth-place

mat and got fifths from

Aidan Rosenbloom (132

pounds) and Pano Drosos

(160), and sixths from

Aidan Sanders (126) and

Joe Ferrari (145).

Rosenbloom (12-10)

and Drosos (160) reached

the semifinals before losses

sent them to the consolation


Rosenbloom won by

injury default on the fifthplace

mat while Drosos

won a 5-4 decision

over Glenbrook South’s

George Papagiannopoulos.

Sanders (8-4) and Ferrari

(12-13) weren’t able to

wrestle in their fifth-place

bouts due to an IHSA rule

that limits wrestlers to

five matches per day. Both

went 4-1 on the day.

“To wrestle five matches

— and some of those

guys were in real battles

— that’s not easy to do,”

Volpe said. “To battle and

then have to refuel, rev up,

and battle again for five

matches is not easy. So

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in years on special night

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The smiles that Highland Park’s gymnasts

flashed before their senior night meet

against Deerfield returned in a big way after

the meet was over.

Deerfield may have beaten Highland

Park 136.8-128.4 in the dual meet on

Thursday, Jan. 18, but the Giants and

coach Anthony Kopp left Deerfield with

their heads held high.

“It was our best night in a long time,”

Kopp said. “It’s my third year as head

coach and sixth year on staff. We scored

a [128.45] and that’s the highest we’ve

scored since I’ve been here.”

On a night when the Giants honored departing

seniors Lindsay Weisskopf, Helen

Spellberg and Brielle Meged, one major

factor carried Highland Park.

“We had a lot of energy tonight,” junior

Ali Rosenberg said. “That just makes it easier

to perform and helps everyone do better.

“Sometimes it’s not always there but we

always try to pump up the energy because

we know that hearing your teammates

cheer for you is really helpful.”

Rosenberg and freshman Kaya Bogot

competed in all four events against Deerfield,

with Bogot finishing third in the allaround

and Rosenberg placing sixth.

Bogot placed second in the uneven bars

and balance beam, fourth in the vault, and

fifth in the floor exercise to lead the Giants.

Lauren Margolick placed sixth in vault,

and Maria Lubell was fifth in the uneven

bars behind Bogot.

Rosenberg finished fifth in the beam and

seventh in the floor exercise as Kopp got a

teamwide effort against the Warriors.

“Ali, Kaya, Maria, Rachel [Weber]: A

lot of girls stood out tonight,” Kopp said.

“They all had so much energy tonight. We

had a great week of practice and everyone

feeds off of that. We started hot this season,

then had a little dip, and these last couple

weeks we’ve really picked it up.”

Kopp said that gymnasts generally don’t

develop new moves during the course of

the short high school season. What he

mainly witnesses during the season is the

growth of mental toughness among his


Rosenberg has been a case in point.

HPHS’s Ali Rosenberg performs her floor

routine to help the Giants to a seasonhigh

128.4 points on Thursday, Jan.

17, in Highland Park. Gary Larsen/22nd

Century Media

Making mistakes during a routine and recovering

from them in real time is a unique

aspect of the sport, and Rosenberg has

come a long way since her freshman year

on the varsity.

“When I was a freshman, I’d get really

frustrated,” Rosenberg said. “If you make

a mistake you just have to keep moving on

and focus on the next upcoming skill. I had

to learn that I needed to just keep moving


“You need to try to get over your fear

and just focus on the skill you’re doing.

You can’t worry about what’s going on

around you.”

Rosenberg’s evolution has helped her

become a team leader, along with senior

Lindsay Weisskopf and junior Rachel


“You can ask her to do anything and

she’ll do it, and she has really turned into a

leader,” Kopp said of Rosenberg. “It’s her

third year on varsity and it’s nice to have

that girl to lean on, as a leader, especially

with three freshmen on varsity.”

Giants junior Lubell competed in three

events against Deerfield, and her presence

on the team is paying dividends beyond her


“[Lubell] is the hardest worker in the

gym every day, by far,” Kopp said. “She

loves gymnastics. She’s the first one here

and the last one to go. It’ll be time to leave

and she’ll always ask, ‘Can I do one more

of this, or one more of that?’ She’s a quieter

kid but she works super hard and she’s

great to coach.”

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Local boys team takes regional, is headed to nationals

Exmoor girls squad

finishes second

Submitted by Exmoor

Country Club




Stars of the


1. Bora Hopali


The Giants

swimmer won

four events (three

relays) during his

team’s dual win

over Vernon Hills

and he helped

HPHS to an invite

win at Buffalo

Grove the next


2. Kaya Bogot. The

Highland Park

freshman gymnast

led the way on a

big night for her

team. She finished

second in two

events and third in

the all-around as

HPHS put up a big

team score.

3. Chris Hernandez.

The Highland

Park wrestler to

take third in the

285-pound weight

class at league


Exmoor Country Club’s

esteemed curling program

has a group of rising curling

stars who displayed

their talents in the Midwest

Curling Association

Regional Playdowns Dec.

27 at Exmoor.

The winning boys team

featured Max Kassner,

Nick Schallmo, Koen

Brown and William Ortell,

while the runnerup girls

team consisted of Audrey

Zimmerman, Faith Geake,

Audrey Gottschild and Kasha


The boys team advanced

to the 2019 U18 National

Championships March 12-

17 at Chaska Curling Center

in Minnesota.

To determine who would

represent the Midwest

Curling Association at

nationals, teams played a

round robin (8 end games)


In the first draw, the Exmoor

boys won 9-0 against

the Waltham boys team.

Teams from St. Louis

Curling Club and Exmoor

Country Club curled

against each other in the

next draw, with both the

girls (10-4) and boys (16-

2) claiming victory.

At the end of the playdown,

after finishing

2-0, the girls team from

The Exmoor boys curling team of (left to right) William Ortell, Nick Schallmo, Max Kassner and Koen Brown is

headed to nationals after winning a regional tournament Dec. 27. Photos Submitted

Waltham Curling Club and

boys team from Exmoor

Country Club secured their

spots at the U18 National


Established in 2017 by

the USCA, the U18 National

Championships was

created as a regional curling

competition for individuals

younger than 18

years old. Twelve girls and

12 boys teams will compete

in March.

RIGHT: The girls team

from Exmoor — (left to

right) Faith Geake, Kasha

Kassner, Audrey Gottschild

and Audrey Zimmerman

— finished second at

the regional.

Listen Up

“It’s my third year as head coach and sixth year

on staff. We scored a [128.45] and that’s the

highest we’ve scored since I’ve been here.”

Anthony Kopp — Girls gymnastics, on the team’s meet

against Deerfield Thursday, Jan. 17

tune in

Boys basketball

•Highland Park hosts Lake Forest Academy,

Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m.


28 - High School Highlights

27 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Editor Erin Yarnall. Send any questions

or comments to erin@hplandmark.com.

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Peer Review Giants square off against local

foes at conference meet, Page 29

The brightest stars Who’s

your favorite North Shore athlete of 2018?

Vote on it starting this week, Page 28

Giants gymnasts compile

highest team score ‘in a long

time’ on senior night, Page 30

Highland Park’s Maddie Szackamer poses for the judges for her beam routine Thursday, Jan. 17, at Highland Park High School. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media




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