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Community

mourns Century

Jr. High student Adrian

Boruc dies following

hospitalization, Page 3

Two times the

battle Firefighters

deal with two residential

blazes an hour apart,

Page 3

Orland Park ballerina

readies for May 4 show,

much more, Page 4

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Public Library, Page 10

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THURSDAY

Beat Exam Stress

5-6 p.m. May 2, The

Bridge Teen Center. 15555

71st Court. Teens grades

7-12 can come up with

their personal studying

plan for exams. This is a

free event. For more information,

call (708) 532-

0500 or visit www.thebri

dgeteencenter.org.

FRIDAY

Teen Melted Crayon Art

5 p.m. May 3, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Students

grades 6-12 can hang out

and learn the ins and outs

of creating an melted crayon

masterpieces. Limit 20.

Meet the Artist - Ted Fuka

7 p.m. May 3, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Vibrant

color plus a sense of authenticity

is what the representational

paintings of Ted

Fuka convey, utilizing the

pure pigment of pastels.

Thrift Store Shopping &

Fanny Pack Bring Back

7:30-10:30 p.m. May

3, The Bridge Teen Center,

15555 71st Court. A

chance to go shopping at

The Bridge Thrift Store

after hours. Attendees are

encouraged to bring cash

and wear a fanny pack for

games in which sporting

a fanny pack will give a

team the ultimate advantage.

Anthony’s Coal Fired

Pizza is bringing Italian

meatballs. This is a free

event for teens in grades

7-12. For more information,

call (708) 532-0500

or visit www.thebridgete

encenter.org.

SATURDAY

Very Special Bright Starts

Family Storytime: May the

Fourth

10 a.m. May 4, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Children

of all ages and their families

can have storytime

with their favorite Star

Wars droids.

Cinco de Mile

7 a.m. May 4, Breidert

Green Park, Frankfort.

The second 5K walk/run

to benefit the Orland Parkbased

Community Services

Foundation is $35

for adults, $10 for children

ages 10 and younger.

Registration includes race

packet, event shirt, snacks

and refreshments. Registration

begins at 7 a.m., and

the 5K starts at 7:30 a.m.

An awards ceremony and

post-race celebration are to

follow. For more information,

visit csfil.org or contact

Kathi Peteroccelli at

(708) 429-1260 ext. 3342.

Sportsplex Healthy Living

Expo

9 a.m.-noon May 4,

Orland Park Sportsplex,

11351 W. 159th St. Everyone

is invited to the

Village’s free 10th annual

Sportsplex Healthy Living

Expo. Activities include

blood pressure screenings,

cholesterol testing, nutrition

counseling, free aerobics

classes, injury screenings,

flexibility testing and

more. Children can enjoy

face painting, healthy

snacks, balloons and the

Dino Jump. Sportsplex T-

Rex will make an appearance,

too.

From Pirate to Patriot

1-2 p.m. May 4, Village

of Orland Park History

Museum, 14415 Beacon

Ave. Author and Historian

Joseph Geringer is to present

Jean Lafitte, a French

pirate who helped defend

America against the British

during the War of 1812.

This presentation illustrates

how pirates — who

were viewed as outlaws

— took up arms, defended

their country and became

heroes. Open to those ages

13 and older. Cost is $10

for museum members, $15

for non-members. Registration

is available at the

Sportsplex, at the Village

Hall and online at orland

park.org.

MONDAY

Around the Databases in

60 Minutes

7 p.m. May 6, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

join an Adult Services librarian

for a brief journey

through some of the many

databases the library has

access to. No registration

required. These are brief

introductions and not full

courses for each database.

If additional assistance is

needed, patrons can see

the Adult Services reference

desk.

TUESDAY

Mother’s Day Craft:

Building for the Birdies

4 p.m. May 7, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Students

grades K-5 can make

mom, grandma or another

favorite lady in their

lives a great birdhouse for

Mother’s Day. The group

will build the birdhouses

and then paint them, so

they are unique. Limit 20.

Wildflower Photography

4-6 p.m. May 7, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

71st Court. Teens grades

7-12 can learn about native

Illinois flowers and how to

preserve our environment.

Participants are encouraged

to bring cameras or a

phone to snap photos. This

is a free event. For more

information, call (708)

532-0500 or visit www.

thebridgeteencenter.org.

STEM: LEGO Robotics

(Girls Only)

4-6 p.m. May 7, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

71st Court. Teens grades

7-12 can challenge themselves

by completing programming

missions with a

Lego EV3 robot and practice

various commands by

remote control. This is a

free event. For more information,

call (708) 532-

0500 or visit www.thebri

dgeteencenter.org.

Internet Safety, Securit

and Privacy

7 p.m. May 7, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can

learn the simple steps necessary

to protect their tech,

family and themselves

from the constantly changing

threats of internet use.

Class requires no prior experience.

WEDNESDAY

All Levels Yoga

10 a.m. May 8, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. Marti

Anne Lahood for this adult

class that’s designed for

all levels of yoga students.

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This class consists of a series

of gentle poses, postures

and positions, while

calming the body and the

mind. Participants are encouraged

to bring a yoga

mat, but one can be provided

for you to use during

the class if needed.

Ramadan Celebration

4 p.m. May 8, Orland

Park Public Library, 14921

S. Ravinia Ave. All ages

can celebrate the beginning

of Ramadan with

stories and an activity.

Whether patrons celebrate

Ramadan or want to learn

more, everyone is welcome.

STEM: LEGO Robotics

(Guys Only)

4-6 p.m. May 8, The

Bridge Teen Center, 15555

71st Court. Teens grades

7-12 can challenge themselves

by completing programming

missions with a

Lego EV3 robot and practice

various commands by

remote control. This is a

free event. For more information,

call (708) 532-

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Create a Personalized Mug

4-5:30 p.m. May 8, The

Bridge Teen Center. 15555

71st Court. Teens grades

7-12 can take this DIY

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the orland park prairie | May 2, 2019 | 3

Community continues to show family support after death of second child

Bill Jones, Editor

The community

is

showing its

support to a

mother who

recently lost

her second

child to a

genetic disorder

that

can lead to heart and liver

problems.

Adrian N. Boruc, a

sixth-grader at Century Jr.

High School, died April

19 at age 11.

“It is with great sadness

that we share the news of

the passing our beloved

Wildcat, Adrian Boruc,”

Century Jr. High posted

to social media. “During

his time at Century, Adrian

touched the lives of

all those who knew him.

Adrian will forever be

remembered for his caring

smile, kind heart and

positive attitude. He will

be dearly missed.”

The post noted members

of the school and

district counseling department

were to be on-site

throughout the week to

help students and staff, as

needed.

“The kids have been really

resilient,” Principal

Brian Horn said. “We’re

really using it as a time to

share [Adrian’s] memory.”

Horn noted the school’s

spring fundraiser led to a

direct donation of $7,500

to the family. Students had

written cards, made videos,

and shared messages

of love and support with

Adrian, Horn said, Since

Adrian’s death, families

have placed red ribbons

on trees and students have

been wearing red bracelets

in his memory, as it

was his favorite color.

Students also made

memory hearts, which

were presented to Adrian’s

mother, Aggie, and

were on display during

his funeral services, Horn

said.

“Adrian was the type of

kid that everyone knew,”

Horn explained. “He was

a little guy but a fighter.”

Horn added that because

he was born with

Alagille syndrome, he was

not shy sharing experiences

with other students,

and that had the power to

help them with things they

might be going through.

“Adrian will be remembered

forever and always

in our hearts, Horn said.

The Orland Park Prairie

wrote about Buroc’s

complications from Alagille

syndrome and fundraiser

to support the

family in late March,

and in the wake of the

death, the GoFundMe designed

to support his family

has reached more than

$34,000 as of press time.

Denise Manning, a

close friend of the family

who has run the page,

confirmed the news in an

update.

“Adrian’s time on this

earth may have been

short, but it was full of

fun, friends, adventures,

just the right amount of

sass and spunk and overflowing

love,” Manning

wrote. “Adrian May have

been small in stature, but

Orland firefighters battle two blazes within an hour on Easter

No one injured, but

fires present added

complications

Bill Jones, Editor

Adrian

Boruc

No one was injured, but

firefighters were presented

with numerous complications

in two fires that

occurred within an hour

of one another on Easter

Sunday.

The first call came in

around 5 p.m. April 21,

when the Orland Fire Protection

District responded

to a house fire near 143rd

Street and 80th Avenue,

according to a press release

issued the following

From April 22

day by district spokesperson

Ray Hanania. There,

firefighters reportedly

found a “small,” one-story

abandoned home in a

wooded area “fully involved”

by smoke and

fire.

But it was in a wooded

area with limited access

to water, as it was

set back more than 1,000

feet, according to Hanania.

Additional firefighters

reportedly arrived and

established additional water

supplies by accessing

fire hydrants on Chateau

Court.

But ComEd also had

to be called to assist, as

a live power line near

the back of the home

was damaged and fell to

the ground close to the

property, causing safety

concerns for firefighters,

Hanania said. Firefighters

reportedly battled the

blaze while ComEd cut

power to the downed line.

The fire was under control

within 45 minutes of

the initial call, and the

cause is still under investigation,

according to the

press release.

But around 6 p.m., a

second fire was reported

in the 15700 block of

Chesterfield Lane while

firefighters were still

working at the site of the

first.

Mutual aid arrived from

nearby communities to

support additional available

OFPD units, finding

a dryer the apparent cause

of a townhome fire. The

dryer was extinguished

and removed from the

home, according to Hanania.

Orland was assisted by

Palos Fire Protection District

and Tinley Park Fire

Department in the first

blaze. Crestwood, Country

Club Hills and Tinley

Park fire departments

helped with the second.

For more on this and other

Breaking News, visit OPPrai

rie.com.

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he more than made up for

it with his huge personality

and unparalleled will.

He meant so much to so

many people and serves as

a true inspiration to all, as

he has touched the lives of

all those that knew him.”

To donate to the fundraiser,

being used to help

Aggie Boruc pay Adrian’s

medical bills, people can

search “The A’ Team’ ~

Supporting Adrian and

RewardsChecking

Aggie” on GoFundMe’s

website.

Adrian was the son of

Aggie; brother of Natalia

Trzak and the late Nicole;

uncle of Mason; grandson

of Danuta and Czeslaw

Jestal; nephew of Slawomir

and Agata Jestal;

friend of many.

Visitation was held at

Lawn Funeral Home. Interment

Good Shepherd

Cemetery.

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Teen ballerina ready to take her next steps

Erin Redmond

Freelance Reporter

In the tale “Sleeping

Beauty,” it took Princess

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Aurora 100 years for her

dreams to come true. But for

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While it is not the first

leading role for Curry, it

may be her most challenging.

“In the first act for Aurora,

it’s her 16th birthday,

and she has to be very

happy and excited,” Curry

said. “In real life, I’ll have

my 16th birthday soon,

so it’s easier to show my

youthfulness there.

“At the end of the ballet,

in the third act, Aurora

falls asleep for 100 years

and then has to get married.

I have to go from showing

more youthfulness to being

a lot more mature in my

artistry in the third act, so

it’s a challenge to show a

different side.”

The ballerina took up

dance at an early age, dabbling

in everything from

ballet to jazz and hip-hop.

But when she was around

10, Curry told her mother,

Aimee, she wanted to focus

on ballet.

After a few classes at

other studios, Grace eventually

found her home at

A&A. She has been there

ever since.

As a member of A&A’s

Youth Company, Grace has

earned numerous awards,

accolades and scholarships.

But Grace did not get to

this level on talent alone.

“There’s definitely a lot

of sacrifices you have to

make for ballet and a lot

of hours of training go into

it,” Grace said. “You have

to spend so much time on

all the details of everything.

I gave up going to a normal

high school so I could

spend more hours during

the day focusing on my

training and rehearsals for

our shows. I do online high

school at night after ballet.”

Grace starts her day at

dance practice, from 10

a.m.-3 p.m. every day.

“It’s a lot of sacrifice, but to see

the pure joy of her dancing on

stage, all the long hours are

worth it. It’s rare that you get to

see your child living their dream

at such a young age.”

Aimee Curry — Orland Park mother, on her

daughter Grace’s pursuit of ballet

From there, she has private

lessons with A&A owners

Anna Reznik and Alexei

Kremnev to learn the artistry

of her role. Then, it’s

off to work with her trainer,

getting her body ready for

the physical demands of

ballet.

“To me it doesn’t really

feel like a sacrifice, because

it’s what I’ve always

loved and what I’ve always

wanted to do,” Grace said.

Accommodating Grace’s

demanding schedule is a

family effort. Her parents

and grandparents drive her

back and forth for her lessons.

Her siblings have to

sacrifice, too, as their parents

find the balance between

Grace’s ballet and

their schedules. But, Aimee

said it’s worth it when they

see Grace take the stage.

“I get to see all of her

hard work and dedication

to her art come to fruition,”

Aimee said. “It’s a lot of

sacrifice, but to see the

pure joy of her dancing on

stage, all the long hours are

worth it. It’s rare that you

get to see your child living

their dream at such a young

age.”

Grace’s craft will soon

take her around the world,

starting with her coming

performance in South

America at the Guatemala

Ballet Festival, where she

is to perform as Cinderella.

Grace has received multiple

international invitations

from dance companies and

schools in Monaco, Germany

and Switzerland, as well

as several around the U.S.

For now, the Curry family

has graciously turned them

down.

“We just declined all of

them or deferred them for

now, because she’s been

so young,” Aimee said.

“It’s really been a blessing

to train at A&A, because

Anna and Alexei know

what she needs to get her

to the next level, but I still

get to keep her at home. ...

But very shortly she’ll be

traveling all over the world

for dance. A lot of doors

are opening for her, so it’s

pretty cool.”

Grace said she hopes to

land a spot in a ballet company

in the next couple of

years and become a professional

dancer. But no matter

what, Grace said her

dream already has come

true and continues to every

time she slips on her ballet

shoes.

“Ballet just makes me

feel really happy and free

when I’m dancing,” she

said. “I love performing it,

and I feel so happy when

I’m performing, so I want

everyone else to feel my

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Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

For the past five years,

22nd Century Media has

curated a unique way for

women to enjoy a day of

education, empowerment

and fun with its Lady: A

Women’s Expo.

The sixth annual event

— held Saturday, April 27,

at the Tinley Park Convention

Center — was bigger

and better than ever, as

more vendors, speakers,

chefs and fitness aficionados

offered expertise on

everything from wellness

to fashion to parenting and

more.

“It’s a great way to

kick off Mother’s Day a

little early, do some shopping,

have fun, learn some

things,” said Heather

Warthen, chief events officer

for 22nd Century Media.

“There’s something for

everybody.”

Many of the vendors engaged

with expogoers at

their booths with contests,

giveaways and games.

“People want experiences,

and they want to feel

like they’re getting something

out of it,” Warthen

said. “Vendors providing

those engaging experiences

right at their booth

is huge.”

The event featured a DIY

Sign Party, Art a la Carte

helped attendees paint their

own win glasses, and the

main stage featured the

likes of Yoga 360 instructors,

The Talking Shirt

owner Rachel McCurdy

and George Mitchell from

Mitchell’s Flowers &

Events, who arranged flowers

to music during his presentation.

In between spreading the

word about the wide variety

of household appliances

available at their Homewood

and Mokena stores,

Don Lorenz and Nick Dasaky,

of Lorenz Appliances

Inc., connected with vendors

and attendees through

a series of Facebook Live

videos during the expo.

“We do a Facebook Live

at our store every Wednesday

at 5 p.m. and today

we decided to tie in with

22nd Century Media to

go around and interview a

bunch of the vendors that

are here,” Lorenz said.

Ellen Dicosola, of Frankfort,

is looking forward

to summer parties, so she

stopped by the cooking

demo stage to learn a new

recipe or two. She said she

sampled “an excellent”

veggie salad prepared onsite

by Chef Tom Grotovsky,

The Unforgettable

frankfort

Chef.

“It’s a great summer salad

with vegetables and then

you add cheese,” Dicosola

said. “You can’t go wrong

with feta cheese and dressing.”

Fashionistas and bargainhunters

found a variety of

European designs at the

Dress 2 Dazzle booth. Elsewhere

at the expo, Chief

Mammography Technologist

Ellen Orloff and 3D

processing CAT scan technologist

Heather Hinton

of UChicago Medicine

Ingalls Memorial — the

latter of whom informed attendees

about virtual colonoscopies

— were on hand

sharing the importance of

healthcare screenings.

“We’re trying to promote

screening mammograms to

prevent breast cancer, or to

detect it and then treat it,”

Orloff said. “We’re doing

our best to get out there and

get the word out, so everybody’s

coming and getting

their mammograms when

they should.

Expogoers also could

give back to the community

at the Vitalant blood

drive and the It’s All about

the Dress: Pay It Forward

dress drive.

This summer and fall,

22nd Century Media is offering

a Ladies Night Out

series beginning June 13.

For more information, visit

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Artistic Dentistry began

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therapeutic treatments, a

spin off — and expansion

— was a natural move.

Enter Artistic Medspa,

14811 S. Founder’s Crossing,

Homer Glen, which

offers the latest treatment

options for facial esthetics

and smile enhancement.

“We concluded,” practice

manager Jeanette Akroush

said, “that Botox

treatment of the face —

and other treatments such

as dermal fillers — will

impact our results with restorative

dentistry as well

as meet our patient’s desire

of having facial esthetic

procedures performed.”

Artistic Medspa offers a

full slate of cosmetic solutions,

from Botox and skin

resurfacing to cellulite reduction

and scar reduction,

led by medical director Dr.

Joel Akroush, who along

with his staff believes in

solutions over quick fixes.

“There’s a lot of hype

and a lot masking the

problems as opposed to

correcting the problem,”

Jeanette said. “Our Medspa

treatments are all science-based

and backed by

years of successful outcomes.

These procedures

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skin, spurring the growth

of new collagen.

“We aren’t just using a

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feel more supple; we are

healing the skin from

paid advertisement

within, literally turning

back the hands of time.”

Dr. Akroush is a trained

member of the American

Academy of Facial Esthetics,

which has provided

him with advanced cosmetic

techniques.

The staff at Artistic

Medspa is also trained

by the Venus Concepts in

numerous cutting-edge

procedures that must be

applied by trained professionals.

Just some of those procedures

are: intense pulse

light therapy used in photo

rejuvenation and laser hair

removal; noninvasive facial

and body sculpting;

fractional radio frequency

for both skin tightening,

skin resurfacing and

wrinkle reduction; and

magnetic pulse therapy

and lipolysis, or cellulite

reduction.

George Mitchell, of Mitchell’s Flowers & Events,

arranges flowers to music on Saturday, April 27, on

the main stage of Lady - A Women’s Expo, held at the

TInley Park Convention Center.

Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Artistic Medspa also

is an authorized retailer

of SkinMedica, which

makes advance skin-care

products with reliable ingredients,

and also offers

a loyalty program under

Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions,

where you can

bank points, earn rewards

and save money on your

favorite cosmetic treatments,

such as Botox and

Juvaderm.

“At Artistic Medspa,

we are firm believers in

natural beauty, but also

believe in helping you age

with grace and elegance,”

Jeanette said. “This means

that wrinkles, sagging

skin, sun damage and uneven

skin do not have to

be a part of your aging

process.

“We are here to provide

the utmost personalized

care to help you look and

feel your best. Our team

will take the time to listen

to your concerns and

discuss the treatment that

would be most appropriate

to help you reach your

goals.”

Submitted by Artistic Med-

Spa, 14811 S. Founder’s

Crossing in Homer Glen,

(708) 301-6060. For more

information, visit www.

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medspaartistic@gmail.com.

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Orland Township’s Senior Health Fair set for May 7

Submitted by Orland

Township

Area seniors are invited

to visit the Orland Township

Office during May

to take part in the monthlong

celebration of Older

Americans Month.

Themed drop-in days

and free fitness classes are

just a few of the events that

will encourage seniors to

“Connect, Create and Contribute,”

the 2019 theme of

Older Americans Month.

The Township is to host

a Senior Health Fair from

9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May

ABVOE: Anastasia

Filippova, of Chicago

Bubble Show, uses

only her hands to

create bubbles during

a show held April 20

at the Orland Park

Public Library. Photos

by Laurie Fanelli/22nd

Century Media

LEFT: Leaena Fojas,

of Orland Park, looks

on in awe at the

Chicago Bubble Show.

7, at the Township Office,

14807 S. Ravinia Ave. in

Orland Park.

The first 50 attendees

will receive a free gift bag.

The health fair is free and

some of the featured services

include the following.

• Free blood pressure

checks

• Free cholesterol tests

(must make appointment)

• Free blood glucose test

(requires two-hour fasting)

• Free hearing screenings

(Orland Hearing Aid

Center)

• Discounted adult vaccines

(must make appointment)

• Medicare counseling

To schedule an appointment

for a cholesterol

test or vaccines during

the health fair, please call

(708) 403-4222.

Local organizations will

be on site with giveaways,

raffle prizes and senior related

information.

For more information on

programs and events being

held at Orland Township

during Older Americans

Month, visit orlandtown

ship.org.


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Orland Township invites

seniors to try free classes

Submitted by Orland

Township

Business Briefs

Free dementia educational experience to

be offered by Aishling

Aishling Companion Home Care on

Saturday, May 4, is to present “Dementia:

Inside and Out!” In this hands-on workshop,

participants can walk in the shoes of

someone with dementia and experience the

challenges they face. No pre-registration

is required. Sessions will take place every

half hour between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at

Hope Covenant Church, 14401 West Ave.

in Orland Park. Please note that this experience

is not suitable for persons already

suffering from memory loss or a diagnosis

of dementia but suited for their loved ones

and/or caregivers.

Palos Health to offer class on anxiety

Orland Township offers

a variety of classes

for seniors and other residents

throughout the year.

In celebration of Older

Americans Month, many of

these classes will offer one

session, free of charge, for

seniors to try.

The following free classes

will be offered in May.

• 10:15-11:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 2 — Meditation

• 3-4 p.m. Friday, May

3, and 9-10 a.m. Monday,

May 6 — Tai Chi

• 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday,

May 6 — “Joints in

Motion” Class

• Noon-1:30 p.m. Monday,

May 6 — Line Dancing

• 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, May

14 — Yoga

• 3:45-4:30 p.m. Thursday,

May 16 — Chair Yoga

• 9-9:45 a.m. Thursday,

May 23 — Ageless Grace

All classes will be held

at Orland Township, 14807

S. Ravinia Ave. All fitness

classes are taught by certified

instructors.

In addition to the free

classes, Orland Township

is to host a Senior Health

Fair from 9 a.m.-noon

Tuesday, May 7. More

than 20 local organizations

will be present, many with

free giveaways, to share

their senior-related information

with residents. Free

health screenings, including

blood pressure checks,

blood glucose, cholesterol

tests and hearing screenings

will be available during

the health fair. Some

tests may require an appointment.

Fore more inforamtion,

call the Township

at (708) 403-4222.

Free Podiatry screenings

will be available at

the Township from 9-10:30

a.m. Wednesday, May 15.

Interested residents should

call (708) 403-4222 to

schedule an appointment.

For a full list of Older

Americans Month activities

being hosted by Orland

Township and more information

about the events,

visit orlandtownship.org or

stop by the Township office

to pick up a May calendar.

FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Food trucks get support,

with restrictions

The way food trucks

operate in town soon may

change after the Mokena

Village Board discussed

possible regulations and restrictions

April 22, during a

work session that followed

the regular meeting.

Matt Ziska, the Village’s

building and planning director,

gave a presentation

on the proposed ordinance

during the work session.

Ziska said that per the

proposed ordinance, all

mobile food vendors would

need to obtain a local business

license from the Village,

which costs $36.

The mobile food vendor

also would be required to

apply for a $25 permit for

each event.

The ordinance also

would restrict permits to

one-day events, unless

allowed by the Village

Board. It also would limit

businesses to just four permits

per year, unless otherwise

allowed for by the

Village Board.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit MokenaMessen

ger.com.

Palos Health is to host “One Step at a

Time: Treating Anxiety,” at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 6, at the Palos Health South

Campus.

Presented by Palos licensed clinical social

worker Matthew Reed, the class will

review proven techniques to deal with adversity

and difficult emotions.

Mindfulness, the art of being in the now

and living in the present, also will be discussed

as a way to combat anxiety.

This is a free event, but registration is

strongly encouraged. For more information

or to register, call (708) 226-2300.

The Palos Health South Campus is located

at 15300 West Ave. in Orland Park.

Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, bill@opprai

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“And when I

finally got to

work today, I

ate my Subway sandwich

and I drank my Coca-

Cola Classic and then I

ate my Sun Chips, and

then I thought about the

weekend, when I’d fill up

my Ford van with Mobil

brand gas and drive to

the Clear Channel venue

and I’d drink myself a

Budweiser and play my

Fender guitar through my

Fender amplifier and tell

the kids with a straight

face through a Shure

microphone and JBL

speakers that corporate

rock is for suckers.”

(“Side Projects Are Never

Successful” by BTMI!)

I hate chain stores. I

loathe franchise restaurants.

I abhor music for

the masses.

I despise the cookiecutter

nature of it all, detest

the blandness of that

created to offend the least

amount of people, miss

the personalized touches

small businesses can offer.

At least, I say I do.

I constantly complain

about the prevalence of

the national chains that

litter the region where I

live, wishing instead my

neighborhood was filled

with the types of unique,

local shops I see across

the neighborhoods of Chicago.

I talk about wanting

more mom-and-pop diners

rather than another Taco

Bell in my town. I want to

see weird, creative people

flourishing instead of

stock art prints lining the

checkout lanes.

I remember an independently

owned coffee shop

where I used to live. My

wife loved to visit. She

knew the owner, spent

plenty of time talking

to him, loved the atmosphere,

enjoyed the coffee.

A few good spots like

that have passed through

Orland, too.

Now, it feels like it’s

just a choice between

which Starbucks or

Dunkin’.

Where I grew up, there

was a framing shop. On

the rare occasion I bought

a piece of art I thought

deserved a proper frame

rather than something

off the cheap shelf at

Michaels, I took it there.

They did a wonderful job,

and they no longer exist.

I recount part of this, of

course, with a sense of lament.

I miss these places.

I’m disappointed they

have all but been replaced

by what you might call

generic other options.

But I’m also a realist.

As much as I’d like to, I

cannot drive 45 minutes to

an independently owned

coffee shop every time I

have a craving. And I’d

be lying if I said I don’t

frequent Starbucks, sometimes

3-4 a week.

I could tell you I do it

because it is within walking

distance of our office,

which is, in part, true. But

that’s not the whole truth.

I also visit that Starbucks

(and another in Orland

Park) — but not several

of them near my home —

because I like the people

there. Because the service

is good, yes, but also simply

because there are nice

employees who greet me

like the regular I’ve been.

I enjoy the experience.

I find myself going

back to places where the

people are good more so

than in allegiance to or

protest of any brand. I

wind up back at Bonefish

Grill time and time again

not only because the food

is good but also because

I enjoy the conversations

with Managing Partner

Nicholas Kapellas. I

visit one dealership to get

my car serviced and not

another because of the

techs there. And I listen

to some good pop music

now and again because

punk rockers aren’t the

only people with something

to say.

Do I wish we existed in

a world where all of these

wonderful people could

instead be doing what they

do independently, and I

could support them all directly?

Sure. Sometimes.

Absolutely. But that’s not

the reality of 2019.

I’ll always do my best

to support local businesses

whenever I can. And I

think it’s important to be a

conscious consumer when

dealing with the chains.

But as much as I may love

to hate on them, I also

recognize that these businesses

employ some great,

local folks — our families,

our friends, our neighbors.

At the end of the day, I’m

going to spend my money

with them, no matter the

name on the door.


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Pastor Column

The meaning of the cathedral

The Rev. Michael Foley

Our Lady of the Woods

“I

never weary of

great churches.

It is my favorite

kind of mountain scenery.

Mankind was never so

happily inspired as when

it made a cathedral.” —

Robert Louis Stevenson

Probably most of you

saw photos and news

accounts of the fire that

nearly took down the

great Cathedral of Notre

Dame in Paris. Along with

images of the smoke and

flames are the images of

people weeping and the

sounds of people praying.

For the French in particular,

something was lost,

and they knew it.

It seems to me that this

fire, like many disasters,

also can become a time of

reflection. What exactly is

In Memoriam

Kenneth Holm

Kenneth D.

Holm, 85, of

Orland Park, died April 18.

He was the husband of

Suzanne E.; father of Patricia

(Dennis) Egan, Ken

(Jill) Holm, Rich Holm

and Janet (Leo) Delaney;

being lost? What exactly

will be rebuilt?

Certainly, a building has

been damaged and, certainly,

a building will be

restored. I am speaking of

the soul that infused that

place with meaning.

Notre Dame is a place

of prayer. It is the spiritual

heart of Paris. Yet, it is

a reflection of culture, a

keeper of history and a

place of national pride.

Like all great works of art,

it speaks for the ages. The

human tales it could tell.

Notre Dame was built

in the age of Christendom.

This was the age when the

largest and most important

structures were churches.

In villages and cities,

where the tallest structures

normally would stand at

most 30 or 40 feet, the

local church pointed to the

heavens.

In the French Revolution,

Notre Dame was a

stable for horses. This

was a statement of the

revolutionists for their

contempt for the excesses

of religion.

Later, Notre Dame

would be a stage in which

the struggles of good and

evil would be immortalized

in literature.

grandfather of Lauren, Kevin,

Caryn, Krista, Alicia,

Nichole, Rich, Tim, Rob,

Meghan and Molly; greatgrandfather

of 7; uncle of

many nieces and nephews.

Holm was a United

States Army Korean War

veteran, and was retired

In the 20th century, it

became one of the two

great images of Paris,

along with the Eiffel

Tower. When Hitler visited

Paris in 1940, he was

impressed with the Opera

House, the Pantheon,

Invalides (where Napoleon

is buried) and the

Arc de Triomphe. Hitler

never went to Notre Dame

or Sainte-Chapelle. We

should not wonder why.

Cities and nations build

great edifices. In ancient

Rome, the two largest

structures were the Colosseum

and the Circus Maximus.

These were places of

sport and entertainment.

Like the ancient pagans,

in the United States, sports

and entertainment are the

new religion.

In recent years, five

sports stadiums have been

built or rebuilt at a cost of

over $1.5 billion dollars

each. Any trip to Disney

World or Las Vegas, and

we can understand the

values that are reflected in

the new “cathedrals’ of the

world. There is money to

be made.

Notre Dame Cathedral

charged no admission to

the 13 million visitors

who came annually. Nor

does Saint Peter’s Basilica

in Rome. They were built

to be houses of prayer.

There is nothing wrong

with sports or entertainment.

These have always

fulfilled human needs for

competition and relaxation.

It is my hope that we

hold dear in our hearts

the monuments to the

eternal values. This is

what the 9-11 Memorial

and Arlington National

Cemetery does. This is

what the Lincoln Memorial

proclaims. The Statue

of Liberty reminds us of

our responsibilities.

Our society is more than

money and entertainment.

It must be about values of

compassion, of courage,

of solidarity, and it must

recognize that a country

without a soul is truly

impoverished.

The Cathedral of Notre

Dame will be restored,

of that I have no doubt.

Yet, the question still

should challenge us. What

exactly is the meaning of

the effort?

The opinions of this column

are those of the writer. They

do not necessarily reflect

those of The Orland Park

Prairie.

from Chicago and North

Western Railway with

many years of dedicated

service.

Visitation was held at

Thornridge Funeral Home.

A Funeral Mass was held

on April 27 at St. Francis

of Assisi Church. Interment

Good Shepherd

Cemetery.

Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email Editor

Bill Jones at bill@opprairie.

com with information about a

loved one who was a part of

the Orland Park community.

visit us online at www.OPPrairie.com

FAITH BRIEFS

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church (9300

W. 167th St., Orland Hills)

WAR Chest Boutique

and Human Trafficking

Presentation

7 p.m. Thursday, May

2, McBrady Center, 9305

W. 167th St. Attendees

can shop with a purpose

to help Women At Risk.

WAR International provide

safe houses for women

throughout the world.

Following a presentation

on human trafficking, attendees

will be able to

shop a boutique featuring

jewelry, scarves, home

decor and more, created

by women rescued from

human trafficking. Light

appetizers, a chocolate

bar, desserts, beverages

and wine. Ticket is $5 per

person and can be applied

as a credit for merchandise

available at event

only. To RSVP, call (708)

403-0101 ext. 107 or

email raila@steseton.com

(leave name, phone number

and number of people

attending).

Faith United Methodist Church (15101 S.

80th Ave., Orland Park)

Codependents Anonymous

10 a.m. each Wednesday.

No dues or fees. All

meetings are confidential.

A group for those seeking

loving relationships with

themselves and with others.

Hope Covenant Church (14401 West Ave.,

Orland Park)

Dementia Inside & Out

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays,

May 4 and Oct. 5

(once every half-hour).

Free. This hands-on experience

resembles what

a person with dementia

experiences daily — the

challenges and difficulties

they face. For more

information, call (708)

361-7845 or visit aishling

care.com/events-calendar.

The event is sponsored

by Aishling Companion

Home Care.

Youth Mental Health First

Aid

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday,

May 18. Free training

from Sertoma Centre and

NAMI South Suburbs of

Chicago. Participants are

to learn risk factors and

warning signs of mental

health challenges common

among youth and adolescents,

an action plan

to help those developing a

mental health problem or

in crisis, and information

regarding support available

in the community.

All participants receive a

three-year certificate and

Mental Health First Aid

manual. Lunch will be

provided. Space limited to

35 participants. Registration

required by May 13.

To register, contact Lisa

Guardiola at lguardiola@

sertomacentre.org or

(708) 748-1951 ext. 405.

Calvary Church (16100 S. 104th Ave.,

Orland Park)

Men’s Barnabas Bible

Study

7-8:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Study various books written

by Christian authors.

Coffee and light refreshments

are served. For

more information, email

info@calvaryop.org.

Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal

(12219 S. 86th Ave., Palos Park)

Sunday Services

8 a.m. and 10 a.m. A

community praising God,

growing in Christ and joyfull

serving others. Childcare

provided.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor Bill

Jones at bill@opprairie.com

or call (708) 326-9170 ext.

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Theatre Troupe stages

‘High School Musical’

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

It was a start of something

new for the Orland

Park Theatre Troupe, as

they performed “High

School Musical” April

26-28 under new director

Geoff Epperson.

Excited about opening

night, Epperson was even

more excited to celebrate

his son Nathan’s 8th birthday

on stage at the Sandburg

High School Performing

Arts Center.

“Getting to work with

my son has been a plus,”

Geoff Epperson said. “We

have a basketball hoop as

part of the scenery that is

one of his birthday presents.

We’re giving that to

him at curtain call.”

Epperson had many hats

for this production. He is

Sandburg’s auditorium director,

as well as the tech

director for the show. And

with one more crew member,

he built most of the

set.

“This is one of the largest

casts I’ve worked with,”

Epperson said. “It’s been

fun to teach younger kids

who haven’t experienced a

theater on this scale before,

and challenging because

it’s a lot of little kids.

“It showed me how important

it is to be prepared.

You can’t just wing it; you

have to go in with a game

plan and timeline and explain

exactly what’s going

on to have any chance

of getting things accomplished.”

Nathan Epperson portrayed

a high school “skater

dude” in the production.

“Being on stage is a pretty

cool birthday present,

but [I’m] hoping I’ll get

more than that,” the 8-yearold

said with a laugh.

In a classroom scene, Ms. Darbus (left), played by

Patricia Domico, of Orland Park, speaks about her

theater class as Sharpay (middle) and Ryan Evans —

played by Amanda Malone, of Orland Park, and Zach

Furmanek, of Lansing, respectively — observe.

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Thomas Erhardt, of

Bradley, played the male

lead, Troy Bolton. Erhardt

is a theater major at Joliet

Junior College portraying a

16-year-old.

“If I look 16, I’m going

to play 16,” Erhardt said

with a laugh.

Erhardt said he was

thrilled to be playing a lead

from one of his favorite

movies.

“This has been a dream

of mine since 2006,” he

said. “From a 7-year-old kid

watching this movie to being

Troy Bolton on stage is

surreal. I basically already

knew all the music, since

I’ve known this show since

I was a kid. It has been such

a fun experience.”

Kaitlyn Samawi, of Orland

Park, who portrayed

Gabriella Montez, also

grew up watching the

“High School Musical”

films.

“This is a dream role,

playing Gabriella,” she

said.

Samawi is a senior at

Sandburg who also plays

four instruments and is in

the choir. Her choir director

encouraged her to join the

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troupe.

“Going into my senior

year, I didn’t do the musical

at the school, because I

also work,” Samawi said.

“I needed something that

fit my schedule. This was

only three times a week, so

it worked out. Doing one

last show here at Sandburg

is very meaningful.”

Tina Cucci-Fischer, of

Orland Park, who performed

as Coach Bolton,

said the theatre troupe

plays an important role in

the community.

“The amount of learning

that has been fostered

here is exceptional,” Cucci-Fischer

said. “The kids

are not only learning things

about musical theater but

things that they can take

with them in life, such as

teamwork and leadership

qualities. It’s actually one

of my lines I say in the

show.”

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as 12 local seniors

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The 12 contestants will

perform songs of their

choice, hoping to move on

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next round. Scores are determined

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local celebrity judges, audience

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totals. Each contestant will

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encouraged to fill the boxes

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with money. All ballot box

money is donated to the

Orland Township Scholarship

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Local celebrity judges

include local radio personality

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evening also will include

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Orland Township Senior

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14415 S. Beacon Ave.

The program is open

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Let’s start here: “Avengers:

Endgame” is the true

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Hulk (Mark

Ruffalo), Black Widow

(Scarlett Johansson) and

Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)

— and a few remaining

allies are left to wrestle

with the aftermath of “Infinity

War.” And they start

to wonder whether or not

what Thanos (Josh Brolin)

did can be undone.

From the start, “Endgame”

(appropriately)

has a different feel than

its predecessors. And it

wastes no time in offering

fans big moments and fun

twists to subvert expectations

within the first halfhour.

The only downside

to that is that the middle

stretch drags a bit because

it is bookended by such

impactful scenes.

In fact, if the film errs

anywhere, it indulges a

smidge in certain character

bits the overarching

story could do without,

spends too much time

down branching paths,

and has a penchant for

nostalgia that mostly

serves a purpose but, occasionally,

is overdone.

But it errs for the right

reasons.

Throughout “Endgame,”

the reverberations

of the past 11 years are

felt. The complicated history

between Tony Stark

and Steve Rogers does

not go ignored. The relationships,

in general,

work because of the films

that came before “Endgame,”

all the way back

to the beginning. And so

the film errs on the side

of giving these characters

their moments, their reconciliations

with the past

and their senses of humor,

even when it makes things

a bit messy, because it has

earned that excess of resolution

by this point. Fans

wouldn’t have it any other

way.

Any messiness in the

midst is easy to forget

about, too, as “Endgame”

hit its marks elsewhere. In

dealing with some of its

weightiest material to date,

Marvel keeps is signature

humor in tact. “Endgame”

stays true to the varying

tones of its characters. And

it doesn’t simply wrap up

an unprecedented cinematic

story well — which

would have been enough

— but finds new ways to

showcase its characters.

It still has some creativity

left in the tank after all

these years.

What makes “Endgame”

so special is that

despite all that comes

before it and in the midst

of a tale designed to question

the permanence of its

own conclusions, it finds

a way to harness a feeling

of finality. And after

all the work it took to get

there, against all odds,

in ways even its summer

event comic counterparts

usually do not, ‘Endgame’

proves a more-than-satisfying

conclusion.

Is the MCU done for

good? Of course not, but

“Endgame” really does

feel like the end of something

special. It’s bittersweet.

Fans will undoubtedly

be sad to see the past

decade behind them, but

there’s always the excitement

of an uncharted future

on the horizon.

Have you seen a movie

recently and want to let

everyone know about it? The

Orland Park Prairie is looking

for residents to review

the latest new releases for its

Unscripted feature. The best

reviews will be published

in The Prairie and online

at OPPrairie.com. Keep

reviews around 400 words

or fewer and try not to give

away the key moments of the

movie. Submit your review

to bill@opprairie.com.

Please include your name

and phone number in the

email.

visit us online at www.OPPrairie.com


OPPrairie.com DINING OUT

the orland park prairie | May 2, 2019 | 21

The Dish

A sweet selection sets Whizzy Puffs apart from the competition

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Contributing Editor

In just two hours after

opening for the day on a

recent Friday morning,

Whizzy Puffs Sweet Spot

in Lockport sold out of all

363 doughnuts that filled

the shelves of the breakfast

cafe.

It is no surprise, as they

are not typical doughnuts.

Owner Merve Nolte

wakes up in the wee hours

of the morning to start baking

all the doughnuts and

pastries from scratch, taking

4-5 hours, before opening

at 6 a.m.

The shelves are filled

with unique doughnuts

most likely not found anywhere

else. Nolte makes

her signature doughnuts,

that include maple, Cocoa

Krispies, caramel coconut,

chocolate yeast raised

and more. Each doughnut

is $1.50; a half dozen is

$8.75; and a dozen is $13.

This may be a breakfast

cafe, but it comes with a

twist.

As soon as customers

walk inside Whizzy Puffs,

Peep this! Library

challenge returns

Teens take part in OPPL’s

Decorate Your Peeps

Challenge

Whizzy Puffs Sweet Spot is known for its wide-selection

of doughnuts ($1.50 each) that are made from scratch.

Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

they can see the left wall

lined with a selection of 18

different cereals. Unlimited

bowls are $3, and include

options such as Dippin’

Dots cookies and cream,

banana puddin’, Cold

Stone strawberry blonde,

churro and more.

Nolte, who also is the

owner of Sizzles — located

in the same plaza as

Whizzy Puffs — maintains

her creativity at both food

places to bring the community

something different.

“I just want something

different,” Nolte said. “You

can go anywhere and get

the same thing, so I always

try to make both places just

something you can’t get.

Like all the cereal, where

can you go and do that?

You can’t. Where has anybody

decorated like this?

Nowhere. You can’t get the

experience somewhere like

this.”

Popular breakfast cereal

box covers are plastered

all over the far back wall,

with a backdrop of doughnut

wallpaper and clever

doughnut sayings throughout

Whizzy Puffs Sweet

Spot that give it that fun,

creative feel.

In addition to the wide

selection of cereals and

doughnuts, within the last

couple of months, Nolte

added a yogurt parfait bar,

Danishes ($3.25), chocolate

croissants ($2.25),

muffins ($2.25) and pop-up

cake pops ($3.75).

“I really enjoy what I do,”

Nolte said. “I really like

what I do — like, I do it because

I enjoy it. I could do

whatever I wanted to, but I

like what I do, so I keep doing

different things and seeing

what works and what

people enjoy and what they

don’t like. I roll out different

things all the time.”

And what pairs better

with a breakfast pastry than

a sweet beverage to make it

complete?

Whizzy Puffs offers iced

and hot coffee, hot chocolate,

hot tea, almond and

soy milk, and lattes. The

newest drink is the Lucky

Charm latte ($3 for small,

$4 for medium and $4.75

for large) made with white

chocolate raspberry syrup,

whipped cream and Lucky

Charms on top.

“I just see [Whizzy

Puffs] adding little things,

like little sweet things [in

the future],” Nolte said.

“It’s more trendy, so that

when I see that something

is different and I personally

want to try it, I make it.”

Nolte makes it a priority

to constantly add new

items to the menu to give

customers what they want.

As Whizzy Puffs is only

open three days a week,

there is always a line of

customers waiting for Notle’s

unique treats.

“I feel like all the effort I

put [in] is being realized,”

Nolte said. “My goal is to

share my love and enthusiasm

of food with others. My

primary goals are all related

to customer service, food

consistency, differentiation

from other retailers and, of

course, to have fun.”

Her customer base has

grown into regulars who

have created friendships

with Nolte.

“It’s my personality,”

Nolte said. “I genuinely

Whizzy Puffs Sweet Spot

106 MacGregor Road

in Lockport

Hours

• 6 a.m.-noon Fridays-

Saturdays

• 6:30 a.m.-noon

Sundays

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care about people, so I get

along with just about everybody.

We’ve all become

close.”

Those relationships have

kept her going and running

two successful businesses

in Lockport, all while helping

a number of organizations

in the community.

“I’ve gotten to know everybody

that way, and that’s

how everybody’s gotten to

know my character is it’s

not just like a cold-face expression,”

Nolte said. “I’m

not just looking for money.

Obviously it’s part of it, but

it’s not the be all end all. ...

It’s just not the most important

thing.”

NEAR RIGHT: Landon (lefty) and Caden

Stoub, of Orland Park, work together

April 19 during the Decorate Your Peeps

Challenge at the Orland Park Public

Library.

Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century

Media

Lauren Kitchen, of Orland Park, creates a boat out of

graham crackers so her Peeps can set sail.


22 | May 2, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie puzzles

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Pendulum’s path

4. Handheld device

7. Online diaries

12. Raiding grp.

13. Scottish island

15. In communications,

“S”

16. Member of Cong.

17. N.Y. neighbor

18. Woman’s shoe

19. “What ___?”

21. Rectified

23. Russo of ‘’Ransom’’

24. You can breathe it

on the beach

25. Tinley Park High

School is part of this

district

31. Horse’s motion

32. Just make, with

“out”

33. “Rock-A-Bye,

Baby” setting

36. Actress Hudgens

40. Cereal grain

41. Wasn’t hurt

42. Illinois State

senator who lives in

Tinley Park

51. Politico Milk of

“Milk”

52. Hit hard

53. One who can see

what you’re saying

56. Prefix with byte

57. Alley of song

58. Disturb

60. Internet laughter

61. Heraldic silver

62. “___ bitten, twice

shy”

63. 70s rock group,

abbr.

64. Didn’t exist

65. Reserved

66. CD ___

Down

1. Gather on a surface,

chemically

2. Close-fitting coat

3. Eyetooth

4. PC Photo

5. It may get into a

jamb

6. “Green Gables” girl

7. Guinea-___ (West

African nation)

8. Admits

9. Planetariums

10. Alum

11. Weaken

14. “___ to bed”

15. Old Faithful discharge

20. Fiesta Bowl site

22. Deep sleep state

26. Chew and swallow

27. Officer, abbr.

28. Prized mushroom

29. Thanks, for short

30. Affirmative vote

33. Certain turkey

34. Thor Heyerdahl

craft

35. Some prints

36. Roman street

37. Balaam’s beast

38. That was a lie!

39. Squeezing (out)

43. Come to pass

44. Out-and-out

45. Happening

46. Rural expanse

47. Electricity source

48. Carpenter’s tool

49. Male escort

50. Winter Olympics

event

53. Former Milano

moolah

54. Spans of time

55. Well-off

57. Choice marble

59. Willy ___: space

writer

ORLAND PARK

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S Harlem Ave,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■5-7 ■ p.m. Mondays:

Free bar bingo

Girl in the Park

(11265 W. 159th St.,

Orland Park; (708) 226-

0042)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesday-

Saturday: Live music

The Brass Tap

(14225 95th Ave. Suite

400, Orland Park; (708)

226-1827)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Trivia. Prizes awarded

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays: Live music

Dan ‘D’ Jac’s

(9358 171st St., Orland

Hills; (708) 460-8773

■9 ■ p.m.-1 a.m.

Wednesdays: acoustic

open mic night

■9:30 ■ p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Thursdays: karaoke

■9:30 ■ p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Fridays and Saturdays:

karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(9655 W. 143rd St.,

Orland Park; (708) 349-

2111)

■6-9 ■ p.m. Thursday,

Friday, and Saturday:

Eman

Papa Joe’s

(14459 S. LaGrange

Road, Orland Park;

(708) 403-9099)

■5-9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Gene Infelise and

Francesca

■6-10 ■ p.m. Fridays: The

keyboard stylings of

Roger Pampel

Square Celt Ale House &

Grill

(39 Orland Square

Drive, Orland Park;

(708) 226-9600)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Free

Bar Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free Trivia

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays or Saturdays:

Live Music

■10 ■ p.m. Sundays:

Karaoke

To place an event

in The Scene, email

a.ivanisevic@22ndcentury

media.com.

answers

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids

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

column and box must contain each of the

numbers 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan


OPPrairie.com local living

the orland park prairie | May 2, 2019 | 23

Impressive Luxury Townhomes are Closing Fast at Brookside Meadows

This is it! One of the best values in a

new home will soon be gone forever.

Brookside Meadows, Crana Homes’

community of award-winning luxury

townhomes in Tinley Park, is nearly

complete. These attractive luxury

townhomes range from the upper-

$200s – including site - so demand is

high and buyers are advised to act now

while some choice sites are still available.

Ideal location. Beautiful designs. Quality

construction. Great value. When

shoppers review their new home ‘wish

list’ it’s clear that Brookside Meadows

is perfect for first time buyers, last time

buyers or those who want a great place

to raise a family. These energy-efficient

luxury townhomes are impressively

designed and set apart in a quiet section

of Tinley Park. But Brookside Meadows

is over 75% sold out so now is the time

to select a site and create a home from

the award-winning floorplans of the

Fahan II, the Lennan II and the latest

design, the Dunree II.

Need to stretch out? The Fahan II

is a beautiful 3,303 total square foot

luxury townhome (including a 1,216

sq.’ basement) with an attached two-car,

dry-walled garage and cement driveway.

The two-story stately entrance foyer

opens up to a split level floor plan that

has three bedrooms (fourth bedroom

optional) and two and a half baths. A

large open kitchen design with stunning

granite countertops is surrounded by

generous custom maple cabinets and a

ceramic tile floor. The 1st floor master

bedroom offers an optional coffered

ceiling and the optional master bath

plan includes a soothing soaker tub.

An elegant loft overlooks a great room

adjacent to the kitchen. Beautiful oak

is selected for doors, railings and trim.

Ceramic tile covers the floors in the foyer

as well as the bathrooms - which also

feature granite vanity tops. A full lookout

basement and a patio are included in the

Fahan II.

The Lennan II is a comfortable two/

three bedroom split level home with two

and a half baths, and includes most of

the outstanding features and options of

the Fahan II with the spacious master

suite relocated to the upper level and the

addition of an impressive dining/family

room. With 3,167 square feet of total

space (including a 1,049 sq.’ basement),

there is plenty of room to entertain

family and friends in comfort and style.

The Dunree II is a sharp three

bedroom, two and a half bath home

with 3,194 total square feet (including

a large 1,226 sq.’ basement) with a

master suite on the first floor. The foyer,

powder room, kitchen and living room

all have stunning hardwood oak floors.

Attached is a two-car, drywalled garage

with a cement driveway. The home also

includes a 12’ x 12’ deck.

All homes have deluxe landscaping,

underground utilities and a first floor

laundry room. Where available, buyers

can select options like an impressive

fireplace, walkout basement, coffered

ceilings, skylights and a soaker tub in the

master bath.

Brookside Meadows includes sprinkler

systems, smoke detectors and Lake

Michigan water in all homes. Energysaving

features like a high-efficiency

furnace and Lo-E glass, Energy Miser

hot water heater, vented soffits, 1.75”

insulated entrance doors, energy

efficient appliances and Tuff-R insulated

wall sheathing are all standard.

Brookside Meadows is close to

everything: retail, dining, transportation

routes, Metra rail station and airports.

The school system is among the best

in the state and Tinley Park, named

“The Best Place In America to Raise a

Family” by Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek

maintains 40 parks and the huge

Bettenhausen indoor recreational center.

It’s easy to see why this

community is nearly sold out. The

sales center, with fully furnished and

beautifully decorated models, is open

Monday through Thursday 10:00am

to 4:00pm; Saturday and Sunday from

noon to 4:00pm; and open Friday by

appointment. Options, dimensions and

specs can change so contact a Sales

Associate at 708-479-5111 for updates

and go online at www.cranahomes.

com. To visit Brookside Meadows take

I-80, exit La Grange Road south for just

under two miles to La Porte Road and

turn east for one-half mile. If mapping

by way of a GPS, enter the address:

19839 Mulroy Circle, Tinley Park, IL.

- 1 st Floor Master Suite with Walk In Closet and Large Bathroom

- 3 Bedrooms, Plus Loft

- Full Walkout or Lookout Basement & Deck

- Cost-Efficient, Energy-Saving Features

- Chicago Water - Spacious Open Concept Floorplan

- Excellent School District

Since 1970

Dunree II

Decorated Models are Open Mon-Thu 10am-4pm

Sat/Sun Noon-4pm Friday by Appt.

Contact the Sales Center for details at 708.479.5111 and visit online any time at www.cranahomes.com

Exit I-80 at La Grange Road south for just under two miles to La Porte Road and turn east for one-half mile to Brookside Meadows.

OPPORTUNITY


24 | May 2, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie local living

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Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

In Manhattan and Peotone – From the mid-$200’s

New designs are a result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the

highly-regarded Lincoln-Way

School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within

the desirable Peotone School

District.

“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s

in California with designs

based on a simpler, functional

aesthetic using a higher level

of craftsmanship and natural

materials. These homes were a

departure from homes that were

mass produced from that era,

“according to Bryan Nooner,

president of Distinctive Home

Builders.

“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for

many of the same reasons it

started over a century ago. Our

customers want to live in a home

that gets away from the “mass

produced” look and live in a

home that has more character. As

a result of our daily interaction

with our homeowners and their

input, we are excited to introduce

these two homes, with additional

designs in the works.”

Nooner, who meets with

each homeowner prior to

construction, has been working

on these plans for a while and felt

that the timing was ideal for the

debut. “Customers were asking

for something different and

simple with less monotony and

higher architectural standards.”

The result was the Craftsman

ranch and the Prairie twostory,

now available at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor.

The Craftsman ranch features

an open floor plan with Great

Room, three bedrooms, two

baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted

Nooner.

Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many of

our skilled craftsmen have been

working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.”

Nooner added that all homes

are highly energy efficient. Every

home built will have upgraded

wall and ceiling insulation

values with energy efficient

windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before homeowners

move into their new home,

Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency

guidelines.

With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six twostory

single-family home styles to

choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, twoto

three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the kitchen, baths and

foyer; genuine wood trim and

doors and concrete driveways

can all be yours at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor.

Most all home sites at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor

can accommodate a three-car

garage; a very important amenity

to the Manhattan homebuyer,

said Nooner.

“When we opened Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor we

wanted to provide the best new

home value for the dollar and

we feel with offering Premium

Standard Features that we do

just that. So why wait? This is

truly the best time to build your

dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular

trails. The Manhattan Metra

station is less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut

Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well as in the

Will and south Cook county

areas over the past 30 years.

Distinctive Home Builders

chose the Will County village

of Peotone for its newest

community of 38 single-family

homes at WestGate Manor

within walking distance of the

esteemed Peotone High School.

Its convenient location between

Interstate 57 and Illinois Route

50 provide easy access to I-80

and commuters enjoy several

nearby train stations and a

35-minute drive to Chicago.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for

unadvertised specials and view

the numerous styles of homes

being offered and the available

lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.

distinctivehomebuilders.com.

The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor new home information

center is located three miles

south of Laraway Rd. on Rt.

52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00

p.m. Closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available

by appointment.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and lot

availability are subject to change

without notice. Please contact

a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete

details.


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2701 Property for

Sale

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIA-

TION

Plaintiff,

-v.-

LISA M. ESPOSITO AKA LISA

MARIE ESPOSITO AKA LISA BI-

RON AKA LISA ESPOSITO, RON-

ALD L. ESPOSITO JR. AKA RON-

ALD L. ESPOSITO AKA RONALD

ESPOSITO, JR., MWRD EMPLOY-

EES' CREDIT UNION

Defendants

17 CH 1437

8513 MASON LANE

Tinley Park, IL 60487

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on March 22, 2019, an agent for The Judicial

Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on June 24, 2019, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South Wacker

Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at

public auction tothe highest bidder, as

set forth below, the following described

real estate:

Commonly known as 8513 MASON

LANE, Tinley Park, IL 60487

Property Index No.

27-35-111-034-0000.

The real estate is improved with asingle

family residence.

The judgment amount was $416,952.67.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds at the close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will beaccepted.

The balance, including the Judicial

Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential

Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential

real estate at the rate of$1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount

paid by the purchaser not to exceed

$300, in certified funds/or wire transfer,

is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale.

The subject property is subject to general

real estate taxes, special assessments,

orspecial taxes levied against

said real estate and is offered for sale

without any representation as to quality

or quantity of title and without recourse

to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition.

The sale is further subject to confirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed tothe real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all

information.

If this property isacondominium unit,

or aunit which is part of acommon interest

community, the purchaser of the

unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a

mortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and the legal fees required by The Condominium

Property Act, 765 ILCS

605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). In accordance

with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(h-1) and

(h-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser ofthe property,

other than amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by

subsections (g)(1) and (g)(4) of section

9and the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of section 18.5 of the Illinois

Condominium Property Act.

IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE

RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION

FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF

AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC-

CORDANCE WITH SECTION

2701 Property for

Sale

,

CORDANCE WITH SECTION

15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure

sales.

For information, contact the sales department,

Anselmo Lindberg & Associates,

LLC, 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite

120, NAPERVILLE, IL 60563, (630)

453-6960 For bidding instructions, visit

www.AnselmoLindberg.com. Please refer

to file number F17010061.

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORA-

TION

One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)

236-SALE

You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation atwww.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.

Anselmo Lindberg & Associates, LLC

1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120

NAPERVILLE, IL 60563

(630) 453-6960

E-Mail: foreclosurenotice@anselmolindberg.com

Attorney File No. F17010061

Attorney ARDC No. 3126232

Attorney Code. 58852

Case Number: 17 CH 1437

TJSC#: 39-1911

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised

that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be

adebt collector attempting tocollect a

debt and any information obtained will

be used for that purpose.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-

TION

Plaintiff,

-v.-

JOSE R GUZMAN, DIANA EGUZ-

MAN, ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVEL-

OPMENT AUTHORITY, EVERLAST

EXTERIORS OF ILLINOIS, INC.

Defendants

18 CH 11237

16773 HIGHVIEW AVENUE

ORLAND HILLS, IL 60487

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above cause

on April 15, 2019, an agent for The Judicial

Sales Corporation, will at 10:30

AM on May 29, 2019, at The Judicial

Sales Corporation, One South Wacker

Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at

public auction to the highest bidder, as

set forth below, the following described

real estate:

Commonly known as 16773 HIGH-

VIEW AVENUE, ORLAND HILLS, IL

60487

Property Index No.

27-27-205-014-0000.

The real estate is improved with a

brown brick, one story single family

home with an attached two car garage.

Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid

by certified funds at the close of the sale

payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation.

No third party checks will be accepted.

The balance, including the Judicial

Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential

Property Municipality Relief

Fund, which is calculated on residential

real estate at the rate of$1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount

paid by the purchaser not to exceed

$300, in certified funds/or wire transfer,

is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residenti

l l tt i t th l


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is not a water guy who is

very good at something

else. He’s an idol.

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Is there a food that

if they offered you a

million bucks to eat you

still wouldn’t eat it?

Green beans. I don’t

like them. I’m not a fan of

them.

Is there something

people don’t know

about you?

I’m a musician and I

play the saxophone, piano,

the guitar and occasionally

the drums.

If they made a movie

about your life, who

should play you?

Ben Affleck. I’ve been

told I kind of look like

him.

What would the title

of the movie be?

“The Life of Rzes.”

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Jeff Vorva

2701 Property for

Sale

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

WELLS FARGO BANK NA;

Plaintiff,

vs.

RIBHI ABDALLAH AKA RIBHI R.

ABDALLAH;

BARCLAYS BANK DELAWARE;

SAHAR T. ABDALLAH;

OAK VILLA TOWNHOMES OF OAK

FOREST ASSOCIATION

Defendants,

18 CH 12327

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclotial

real estate arose prior to the sale.

The subject property is subject to general

real estate taxes, special assessments,

orspecial taxes levied against

said real estate and is offered for sale

without any representation as to quality

or quantity of title and without recourse

to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition.

The sale is further subject toconfirmation

by the court.

Upon payment in full ofthe amount bid,

the purchaser will receive aCertificate

of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to

adeed to the real estate after confirmation

of the sale.

The property will NOT be open for inspection

and plaintiff makes no representation

astothe condition ofthe property.

Prospective bidders are admonished

to check the court file to verify all

information.

If this property isacondominium unit,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe foreclosure

sale, other than amortgagee, shall

pay the assessments and the legal fees

required by The Condominium Property

Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4).

If this property isacondominium unit

which is part of acommon interest community,

the purchaser ofthe unit atthe

foreclosure sale other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required by

The Condominium Property Act, 765

ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).

IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR

(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE

RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION

FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF

AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC-

CORDANCE WITH SECTION

15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

You will need a photo identification issued

by a government agency (driver's

license, passport, etc.) in order togain

entry into our building and the foreclosure

sale room in Cook County and the

same identification for sales held at

other county venues where The Judicial

Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure

sales.

MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT

PIERCE, LLC, Plaintiff's Attorneys,

One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200,

Chicago, IL 60602. Tel No. (312)

346-9088. Please refer to file number

267500.

THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORA-

TION

One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor,

Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312)

236-SALE

You can also visit The Judicial Sales

Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a7

day status report of pending sales.

MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT

PIERCE, LLC

One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 346-9088

E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com

Attorney File No. 267500

Attorney ARDC No. 61256

Attorney Code. 61256

Case Number: 18 CH 11237

TJSC#: 39-2499

NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection

Practices Act, you are advised

that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be

adebt collector attempting to collect a

debt and any information obtained will

be used for that purpose.

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29, 2019 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their

office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite

718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public

auction to the highest bidder for cash, as

set forth below, the following described

mortgaged real estate:

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Commonly known as 15130 Central

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The mortgaged real estate is improved

with acondominium residence. The purchaser

of the unit other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments and the legal

fees required by subdivisions (g)(1)

and (g)(4) of Section 9ofthe Condominium

Property Act

Sale terms: 10% down by certified

funds, balance, by certified funds,

within 24 hours. Norefunds. The property

will NOT be open for inspection.

For information call Sales Department

at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski,

LLC, One East Wacker Drive,

Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614)

220-5611. 18-029017 F2

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES

CORPORATION

Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

I3118330

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFCOOK

COUNTY, ILLINOIS

COUNTY DEPARTMENT -CHAN-

CERY DIVISION

BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING LLC;

Plaintiff,

vs.

KARIM MOTLAGH; UNKNOWN

OWNERS AND NON RECORD

CLAIMANTS;

Defendants,

17 CH 15952

NOTICE OF SALE

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that pursuant to aJudgment ofForeclosure

and Sale entered in the above entitled

cause Intercounty Judicial Sales

Corporation will on Friday, June 7,

2019 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office

at 120 West Madison Street, Suite

718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public

auction to the highest bidder for cash, as

set forth below, the following described

mortgaged real estate:

P.I.N. 27-31-202-010-0000.

Commonly known as 17800 Wolf Road,

Orland Park, IL 60467.

The mortgaged real estate is improved

with asingle family residence. If the

subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of

acommon interest community, the purchaser

of the unit other than amortgagee

shall pay the assessments required

by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of

the Condominium Property Act.

Sale terms: 10% down by certified

funds, balance, by certified funds,

within 24 hours. Norefunds. The property

will NOT be open for inspection.

For information call Law Clerk atPlaintiff's

Attorney, The Wirbicki Law

Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago,

Illinois 60603. (312) 360-9455.

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Athlete of the Month

Griffins girls water polo player

makes a splash in April contest

Bill Jones, Editor

Lincoln-Way East senior

Jordan Bruni started

playing water polo at 9

years old. She followed in

the footsteps of her mother,

who played in college.

And in the pool, she has

made it to state once for

swimming and twice for

water polo.

In her final season with

the Griffins girls water

polo team, Bruni is hoping

to find herself there

one more time. And she is

claiming at least one more

accolade along the way.

Bruni recently won

22nd Century Media’s

April Athlete of the Month

competition.

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36 | May 2, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie sports

OPPrairie.com

AREA SPORTS ROUNDUP

Eagles’ 3,200 streak could be in trouble

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Long distance running is

still alive and well at Sandburg

High School, but the

Eagles’ 3,200-meter relay

streak at state could be in

jeopardy.

Boys track coach Joe

Nemeth and distance

coach John O’Malley have

some decisions to make

between now and mid-

May, when the Illinois

High School Association

begins sectional action.

The Eagles own one of the

most impressive runs in

the state in the 3,200 relay

with seven straight Top 4

finishes, including state

championships in 2015,

2016 and last year. The

team set a state record at 7

minutes, 37.36 seconds in

2016.

During the 18-team

Pete Struck Eagle Classic

at Sandburg on Friday,

April 26, the 3,200 team

finished sixth with an

8:51.13. Junior twins Ben

and Will Giblin did not

participate in that event,

but the distance stars finished

first and second in

the individual 3,200 run,

with times of 9:37.22 and

3:37.59, respectively. Seven

of the Top 12 runners

in that event were from

Sandburg. Nico Calderon

claimed third in the 1,600,

while Sam Rodriguez was

10th.

If the coaches decide to

spread the talent out in the

postseason to maximize

point potential, the lofty

expectations of the 3,200

relay event may suffer. If

they stack the 3,200 relay,

it could weaken some of

the individual events.

“We’ll see what happens,”

O’Malley said.

“We’ve had some injuries

that hurt our depth. If this

turns out to be the end [of

the streak], it was a great

run.”

The Eagles could pick

up some valuable postseason

points in the field

events, as senior Omar

Hasan took first in the discus

(136 feet, 4 inches)

and shot put (49-06.25) on

Friday.

Two Orland Park runners

from Marist had big

meets at the Struck event

as Brian Ferguson took

second in the 400 (49.82),

and Tommy Leonard was

fifth in the 1,600 (4:26.70)

Ex-Eagles at Penn Relays

Notre Dame has not

won a long-distance relay

championship at the historic

Penn Relays since

1943, but the Irish team

was less than a second

away from doing it on Friday,

April 26. The team,

which has Sandburg grad

Dylan Jacobs running one

of the legs, took third in

the distance medley with

a 9:47.94 and was nipped

by champion Wisconsin

(9:47.19) and Indiana

(9:47.93).

Taking fourth was Miami

(Ohio) with a 9:48.82,

as former Sandburg star

Sean Torpy was on that

squad.

Burden, Ducks lose to

Banana Slugs

The University of California

Santa Clara Banana

Slugs knocked off the Stevens

Institute of Technology

Ducks 25-20, 25-23,

25-21 in the semifinals of

the NCAA Division III

Sandburg twins Ben (left) and Will Giblin finished first

and second in the 3,200-meter run at the Pete Struck

Eagle Classic on Friday, April 26, in Orland Park.

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

men’s volleyball tournament

on Friday, April 26,

in New Jersey. Sandburg

graduate Grant Burden

had 37 assists and 15 digs

in the match for the Ducks.

Quick hits

Hitter David Vales

made the All-Tournament

team, as the Sandburg

boys volleyball team took

eighth at the Lincoln-Way

East Tournament, which

ended Saturday, April 27.

… The Sandburg girls

soccer team beat Downers

Grove South in the consolation

round of the Naperville

North Tournament

on Thursday, April 25, as

Maddie Manzke had two

goals while Arienne Monteclar

and Alyssa Palacios

had one goal each.

Sandburg senior Kaylynn

Murray took third

place in first singles at

the SouthWest Suburban

Conference Blue meet.

FOOTBALL

Rave on! Boykin taken by Baltimore in third round

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Miles Boykin opted not

to have an NFL watch

party.

Instead, it was more of a

private party he and his family

spent Friday night, April

26, at Buffalo Wild Wings

in Orland Park watching the

second and third rounds of

the NFL Draft.

It turned out to be somewhat

of a surprise party.

At 10:03 p.m., as the

third round was winding

down, the world found out

that the Tinley Park native

and Providence Catholic

High School and Notre

Dame wide receiver was

drafted by the Baltimore

Ravens with the 93rd overall

pick.

A few minutes before

that, his phone buzzed.

“A scout called me,”

said Boykin, a mainstay

on two Orland Park travel

basketball teams growing

up. “I was watching at the

restaurant with my family.

It was the coolest feeling

I ever had in my life. My

phone started ringing. Everyone

at the table looked

at me. It’s awesome. When

you see that stuff on TV,

you never imagine it’s you

and having all your dreams

coming true.’’

The surprise element

came twofold.

First, Baltimore was not

No looking back: Tinley Park native Miles Boykin was

taken in the third round of the NFL draft by Baltimore.

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

one of the places he visited

in recent weeks, making

pro-day rounds.

Second, the Ravens already

used their first-round

pick the day before on a

hotshot receiver, Marquise

“Hollywood” Brown from

Oklahoma. Brown was the

25th overall pick in the

draft and the first wide receiver.

Baltimore seemingly

filled that hole and did not

appear to be in the market

for another young wide

receiver for quarterback

Lamar Jackson to heave

passes to. Yet, the Ravens

traded three picks to move

up to snag the 6-foot-4,

220-pound Boykin.

“You never truly know

who is going to pick you,”

he said. “People tell you

that you are going to go

here or you are going to go

there. But at the end of the

day, it’s really a surprise

for everybody.

“To me [trading up] just

shows they have all the

faith in the world in me.

I’m definitely going to

show they made the right

decision, and I’m extremely

blessed to be in this situation.”

Boykin, who helped

Providence win the Class

7A championship in 2014,

nabbed a team-high 59

passes for 872 yards and

eight touchdowns for the

Fighting Irish last season.

If he gets into his first

NFL game, he will be the

third Providence player

to hit that plateau. Linebacker

Pete Bercich

played for Minnesota from

1995-2000, and guard Eric

Steinbach played with

Cincinnati and Cleveland

from 2003-2011.


OPPrairie.com SPORTS

the orland park prairie | May 2, 2019 | 37

Stavropoulos finds a home at North Central

Injured basketball

star is one of 39

Sandburg senior

athletes honored

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

When Sandburg’s Natalie

Stavropoulos had her

senior girls basketball season

end early with a torn

left ACL and meniscus in

November, she vowed she

would return and play college

basketball.

But would there be a

team that would take a

chance on her?

There was.

Stavropoulos was one

of 39 Sandburg seniors

who committed to colleges

for athletics honored in

a ceremony on April 24.

She is heading to North

Central College in Naperville

to play for the Division

III Cardinals, which

finished 7-18 last season.

“I have had such an

awesome experience

at Carl Sandburg High

School and am excited

for my new beginning at

North Central,” she said.

“After an intense but enjoyable

recruitment process,

it feels amazing to

find a place to call home

for the next four years.

I am so grateful for the

coaches that see my potential

despite my injury

and cannot wait to further

my education and get

Twins Kevin (left) and Marvin Agwomoh are heading to Benedictine College in Lisle.

Both are to play men’s basketball, and Marvin also is to run track.

back on the court.”

She credited her physical

therapist, Steve

Keegan, and the staff at

Athletico Physical Therapy

for their work getting

the knee back in shape.

“I have just started running

this past week and

am on track to be cleared

in July,” she said. “I owe

them and every coach that

has helped me along this

journey the biggest thank

you.”

Eagles coach Nick Fotopoulos

was crestfallen

when his star guard suffered

the injury and is

glad there appears to be a

happy ending.

“I am proud of Natalie

for the hard work, perseverance,

and the way

she handled adversity

throughout the course of

our season and after,” he

said. “She is close to getting

back on the court and

is well deserving of playing

collegiate basketball

at North Central College.

It speaks to her abilities

and the type of person she

is and will continue to be.

It is a great fit for her, and

I look forward to seeing

her playing soon.”

In boys basketball,

twins Marvin and Kevin

Agwomoh were crossing

their fingers that they

could continue their playing

careers at the same

college. They found that

opportunity at Benedictine

University. The

men’s team finished 13-

12. Marvin also plans to

run track at the Lisle Division

III school.

A look at where the other

36 honored athletes are

going.

Natalie Stavropoulos committed to North Central

College in girls basketball, even though most of her

senior season at Sandburg was wiped out because of a

knee injury. PHOTOS BY JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Football: Mohammed

Abuzir (North Central),

Mark Fassler (Illinois

Wesleyan), Zachary

Fortier (North Central),

Joshua Hearvin (North

Central), Alex Hirschfield

(Dayton), Ricky Maziarka

(North Central), Nicholas

Jandura (University of St.

Francis), Ben Starcevich

(Dennison) and Tyler Villa

(Illinois Wesleyan).

Baseball: Brian Adams

(Wisconsin-Oshkosh),

Ryan Leland (Ball State),

Marc Moll (Benedictine),

Scott Richards (Moraine

Valley Community College),

Ian Sanders (Kankakee

Community College),

Tommy Windt (Joliet

Junior College) and Will

Wirt (Truman State)

Girls basketball: Destiny

Antoine (Carthage).

Boys swimming: Peter

Bukiri (Colorado School

of Mines) and Jacob Simonek

(Carthage).

Girls track and field:

Ameerah Brown (North

Park).

Girls volleyball: Rachel

DeFries (Truman State),

Evi Makris (Illinois Wesleyan)

and Erica Staunton

(Northeastern).

Boys volleyball: Cameron

Petrusevski (Springfield).

Softball: Brianna Dvorak

(Wisconsin Lutheran),

Ally Sporleder (North

Central) and Irene Travis

(Missouri-St. Louis).

Girls golf: Hannah

Kilbane (Butler).

Boys soccer: Colin

Kroll (Loras).

Girls soccer: Maddie

Manzke (Millikin), Marissa

Nugent (Tiffin) and

Abby Palumbo (Governors

State).

Girls tennis: Anna Loureiro

(United States Military

Academy).

Girls lacrosse: Kourtney

Lynch (Loras).

Wrestling: Patrick Nolan

(Michigan).

Girls cross country:

Cassandra Pichardo (Olivet

Nazarene).

THIS WEEK IN

SANDBURG VARSITY

ATHLETICS

BASEBALL

■ ■May 2 – at Marist,

4:30 p.m.

■ ■May 6 – hosts Lockport,

4:30 p.m.

■ ■May 8 – at Lockport,

4:30 p.m.

BOYS TENNIS

■ ■May 2 – hosts Andrew,

4:30 p.m.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

■ ■May 3 – at Lockport-Bill

Jackson Invite, 5 p.m.

■ ■May 9 – at SWSC

Conference-Bolingbrook,

5 p.m.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

■ ■May 7 – hosts Homewood-

Flossmoor, 6 p.m.

■ ■May 8 – hosts Lincoln-

Way West, 6 p.m.

BOYS WATER POLO

■ ■May 2 – at Lincoln-Way

East, 5 p.m.

BOYS LACROSSE

■ ■May 8 – hosts Minooka

at Andrew, 6:15 p.m.

GIRLS BADMINTON

■ ■May 2 - IHSA Sectionals,

TBA

GIRLS SOCCER

■ ■May 4 – at Homewood-

Flossmoor, 12 p.m.

■ ■May 7 – hosts Lincoln-

Way West, 6:15 p.m.

SOFTBALL

■ ■May 6 – hosts

Bolingbrook, 4:30 p.m.

■ ■May 8 – at Lincoln-Way

East, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

■ ■May 2 – at SWSC Division

Meet, 4:30 p.m.

■ ■May 3 – at SWSC

Conference, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS WATER POLO

■ ■May 2 – hosts Lincoln-

Way East, 5 p.m.

GIRLS LACROSSE

■ ■May 2 – hosts Fremd,

7 p.m.

■ ■May 8 – at Lockport, 6 p.m.


38 | May 2, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie sports

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Sandburg goalie slims and grows his way to starting job

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

Ayoub Yassin is no longer

treading water.

A couple of years ago, the

Sandburg junior did not even

know how to swim. Now, he is

not only swimming, he is one of

the top water polo goalkeepers

in the area, thanks to losing 35

pounds, growing 10 inches and

learning to swim.

That is the odyssey of Yassin,

who has prospered in his role as

the Eagles’ keeper.

“Coming into high school I

never swam,” Yassin said. “But

I was a diver on the swimming

team my freshman year. My

older brother, Mohammed, was

at Sandburg for a year and he

was a diver. So, I followed in

his footsteps. That was [former

Sandburg coach Jim Caliendo’s]

last season [as swim coach]. I

wasn’t great, but I was one dive

away from competing at the

[SouthWest Suburban Conference

Blue] meet.”

Like many divers, Yassin did

not like to swim. He also could

not do it.

“I couldn’t tread water whatsoever,”

he said. “It was pretty

bad.”

But when the spring of 2017

came around, Yassin decided to

do something different. He tried

out for the water polo team.

“One of my friends, Ahmad

Albzour, who played water polo,

told me to come out,” Yassin said

of Albzour, who graduated last

year and is swimming at Illinois

Wesleyan University. “So, I did.

But I went for the position with

the least amount of swimming.

That was the goalie. Freshman

year, I didn’t play too much.”

Sandburg boys swimming and

boys water polo coach Matt Niemeier

confirmed that.

“He didn’t play freshman year,

unless it was a blowout,” Niemeier

said. “But coming into sophomore

year, he did everything that

he needed to be doing.”

Nature gave him an assist.

That was a growth spurt.

“When I was a freshman,

I was about 5-foot-6 and 250

pounds,” Yassin said. “Now I’m

6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. I was

like, ‘things are getting a little

easier,’ and then sophomore year

I decided that swimming was

more beneficial than diving. So,

I joined the swim team, even

though I didn’t know how to

swim.”

But with his newfound body

Junior Sandburg boys water polo goalie Ayoub Yassin swims back

to his position in a match against Homewood-Floosmoor. Two

years ago, he could not swim. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

type and a lot of work, things

came easier to Yassin, who just

decided to do it as far as getting

in shape.

“I did a lot of work on my

own,” he said. “I was the starting

goalie on the sophomore

team last year. I just love that as

a goalie a majority of the stress is

on me. It’s a really good feeling

when a team works so hard to

completely shut the other team

down. When I was a sophomore,

our starting varsity goalie was a

senior. So, I was preparing myself

to step up [this] year.”

Niemeier saw the progress that

Yassin made during his sophomore

season.

“Toward the end of last season,

he was getting to the point

that we almost made a switch

then,” Niemeier said of nearly

moving Yassin up to the varsity

team then. “He did everything

you have to do to get better. He

likes to have fun, but knows

when to shut it down and focus.”

The results speak for themselves.

In a big 16-7 SouthWest

Suburban Conference clash at

Lockport on April 18, Yassin

had 17 saves. That impressed

veteran Lockport coach Joe Lewandowski.

“He was outstanding,” Lewandowski

said of Yassin. “He’s one

of the better goalies we’ve seen.

He tracks the ball very well.”

In the Eagles only game last

week, a 14-7 victory over Homewood-Flossmoor

on April 23,

Yassin had 12 blocked shots,

three steals and two assists.

That was the fifth win in a row

for Sandburg (14-8) which was

scheduled to wrap up the regular

season with a trio of games this

week, including a matchup at 5

p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Lincoln-Way

East that could decide

the SWSC title.

“I just want to end the season

strong,” Yassin said. “I just do a

lot of discipline to keep my mind

in the right places.”

If he does, the sky is the limit.

“Ayoub is a really good kid,

and he’s been putting up those

type of numbers all season,”

Niemeier said. “Every game that

we’re in that is close is because

of him. He does his job well.

He’s the real deal. He just has to

keep it going.”

WATER POLO

A different postseason look for Sandburg teams

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Last year, both of Sandburg’s

water polo teams earned No. 1

seeds in their sectionals.

Both the boys and girls teams

suffered sectional championship

losses to Lincoln-Way East, with

the boys losing 9-8 and the girls

losing 9-7 in East’s pool on May

12 in Frankfort.

This year is a different story in

more ways than one.

Neither team will have the

pressure of the No. 1 seed.

And the boys will go through a

change of scenery.

The boys have been moved

to the 11-team Neuqua Valley

Sectional and drew the

sixth seed. Naperville Central,

Neuqua Valley, Naperville

North, Matea Valley and St.

Charles North gobbled up the

first five seeds.

The Eagles open play on Tuesday.

May 7 hosting 11th-seeded

St. Charles East in the first round.

A time was not announced.

The girls will head to Lincoln-

Way West, where they have

drawn the fifth seed behind Lincoln-Way

Central, Lincoln-Way

East, Lincoln-Way West and

Bradley-Bourbonnais.

The Eagles face fourth-seeded

Bradley at 6 p.m. on Wednesday,

May 8 in the quarterfinals.

RIGHT: Sandburg’s Bridget

O’Connor and her teammates

earned the fifth seed in the

Lincoln-Way West Sectional.

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fastbreak

THURSDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

The ‘weird tomboy hockey player’ continues to make news

JEFF VORVA/

22ND CENTURY MEDIA

1st and 3

BREAKING DOWN THE

SANDBURG ATHLETES

HEADING TO COLLEGE

TO PLAY SPORTS

1. It’s in the Cards

The North Central

Cardinals will be

getting the most talent

from Sandburg,

as six Eagles athletes

are heading

to the Naperville

school.

2. Football leads the

pack

The Eagles football

team (above) led

all sports with nine

players from the

class of 2019 who

will be participating

at the college level.

3. Twin spin

Twins Marvin and

Kevin Agwomoh

are both heading to

Benedictine, with

Marvin playing basketball

and running

track and Kevin

playing basketball.

Jeff Vorva

Sports Editor

Keeping up with

Kendall Coyne

Schofield is not an

easy task.

We have written a lot in

this newspaper about the

Sandburg graduate since

she won a gold medal

with the United States

women’s hockey team in

the 2018 Olympics and

have still have not been

able to capture everything.

Since she made a stop

as a keynote speaker at the

Orland Park Area Chamber

of Commerce’s Orland

Women’s Networking

Black and White Luncheon

at Chicago Gaelic

Park on Thursday, April

25, in Oak Forest, this is

a good time to at least review

what she has been up

to the past month or so.

To go with a past

announcement that the

Schofield Family Foundation

will be awarding a

scholarship to a Sandburg

athlete, the foundation

is going to host the first

Schofield Family Foundation

golf outing July 8 at

Silver Lake Country Club.

There is the usual stuff

that a local golf outing

provides, including breakfast,

lunch and dinner

plus raffles and a silent

auction. There also will be

the usual contests, such as

longest drive and closest

to the pin. But there will

also be a unique contest

where you can putt with a

hockey stick. Photo op!

The price is $150 for

single golfers, $600 for

a foursome and $50 for

just the dinner. For more

information, call (708)

586-7770 or e-mail Scho

fieldFF@gmail.com.

She also announced that

the fourth Kendall Coyne

Hockey Camp will take

place July 12-14 at Arctic

Ice Arena. The program

is open to girls ages 6-16

and costs $300 per skater.

More information and

registration can be found

on kendallcoyne.com.

Oh, and she won

another gold medal. This

time she was the captain

of the U.S. National

Team’s World Women’s

Championship team in

Espoo, Finland.

Coyne Schofield registered

points in all five

games, and the team won

its fifth straight world

title, but the players were

not treated like heroes.

The April 14 Gold Medal

game against host Team

Finland went into overtime,

and Finland thought

it scored the game-winning

goal, and the home

fans went nuts. But the

goal was disallowed after

Kendall Coyne Schofield gives a keynote speech at the Orland Park Area Chamber of

Commerce luncheon on Thursday, April 25. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

reviews showed a Finland

player collided and interfered

with goaltender Alex

Rigsby.

Well, that did not go

over well with the Finnish

fans and the U.S. later

went on to win 2-1 in a

shootout.

During the award ceremony,

it was red, white,

blue and boo as the home

country fans let our heroes

have it.

There was no such reaction

to Coyne Schofield

last week at the chamber

event. The sold-out crowd

of 250 cheered as she told

stories of her fascinating

career, and she spent a

long time chatting with

the patrons after the show

was over.

My favorite story involved

the changes of the

way Sandburg students

perceived her from freshman

year (2005-2006)

through senior year

(2009-2010). She grew up

in Palos Park, and most of

her friends went to Stagg.

“I was terrified,” she

said. “I was the weird

tomboy hockey player that

most people didn’t know.”

But she played some

softball, and that was OK

with most of the student

body, who did not know

she also played hockey.

Then, the Blackhawks got

good and started winning

championships, and it was

cool to like hockey.

“People were talking

about hockey more

than ever,” Coyne said.

“People were watching

the games on TV and

going to games. I was one

of the youngest athletes

to try out for the women’s

hockey team and didn’t

make it. When the United

States team played in the

Olympics my senior year,

my classmates were asking

me why I wasn’t there.

This was the first time

they were acknowledging

that I played hockey.”

LISTEN UP

“I couldn’t tread water whatsoever. It was

pretty bad.”

Ayoub Yassin — Sandburg water polo goalie, on his

freshman season

Tune In

WATER POLO

Various times starting Monday, May 6

• Illinois High School Association sectional action in

both boys and girls water polo opens up.

Index

36 - Sports roundup

34 - Athlete of the Week

Compiled by Sports Editor Jeff Vorva,

J.VORVA@22ndcm.com


Orland Park’s Hometown Newspaper | May 2, 2019

COYNE STILL MAKING NEWS

Vorva writes about what is new with

Sandburg’s Olympic hero, Page 39

COLLEGE CHOICES See

where a bevy of Eagles athletes

will be heading to college, Page 36

Water polo goalie loses 35

pounds and grows 10 inches in

two years, Page 38

Sandburg junior water polo goalie Ayoub Yassin leaps to make a save against Homewood-Flossmoor.

Yassin has worked on his body and skills to become one of the top goalies in the SouthWest Suburban

Conference. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

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