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Trio of tours

highlight local

HP landmarks,

Page 4

Guide Jean Sogin (center) offers attendees insight into Highland Park’s history on

Saturday, May 11, as they await their tour bus for the City’s Architecture Bus Tour.

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Decisions made

D112 votes on middle

school social studies

curriculum, Page 3

An apple a day

Oak Terrace teacher

wins Community

Foundation Golden Apple,

Page 9

Celebrating dads 22CM announces annual

Father’s Day Photo Contest, Page 14

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Pet of the Week8


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Dining Out27


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Silverado Lunch and Learn

12-1:30 p.m. May 16,

Highland Park Police Department,

1677 Old Deerfield

Road, Highland Park.

Please join us for an informative

lunch and learn.

Our medical director,

Borna Bonakdarpour, MD

FAAN, neurologist and

instructor at Northwestern

University will be speaking

on ‘Memory and Aging:

What’s normal, what’s

not.’ Tours and treats after

presentation across the

street at Silverado Memory

Care Community Highland



Infinity Foundation 22nd

Annual Anniversary Gala

5:30 p.m. May 17,

Ravinia Green Country

Club, 1200 Saunders

Road, Riverwoods. Support

and celebrate the

Infinity Foundation community

at a vital fundraising

evening event, All in

Spirit. A practitioner’s

fair with mini demonstrations

and silent auction

precedes an elegant dinner.

2019 Spirit Award

receipient Lisa Williams,

author of “Survival of the

Soul,” “Life Among the

Dead,” and “Was that A

Sign from Heaven?” will

be the keynote speaker.

Ice Show - Happy Campers

7 p.m. May 17, Centennial

Ice Arena, 3100 Trail

Way, Highland Park. This

year’s ice show “Happy

Campers” features over

100 figure skaters from

Centennial Ice Arena who

will perform and bring first

rate entertainment to our

rink. Our show includes a

wide range of talent from

beginning skaters to national

champions. Tickets

available for sale to

the general public started

April 29 at Centennial or



Zero Waste Family Picnic

12-2 p.m. May 18, Sunset

Woods Park, 1801 Sunset

Road, Highland Park. Pack

a lunch, bring some toys

and join Go Green Highland

Park at our BYOE (everything)

Zero Waste Picnic

and Toy Swap. Learn

about residential composting,

get answers to your

recycling questions, make

a T-shirt bag and more. Get

a refill at the water wagon

and enter our raffle to win

a Winermobile. Suggested

$5 per family.

Fort Sheridan Historic

Home Tour

1-5 p.m. May 18, Fort

Sheridan Water Tower, 211

Whistler Road, Highland

Park. This annual event

opens up a selected group

of homes in the Fort Sheridan

Historical District for

tours. The tour starts at the

water tower in the center of

Fort Sheridan. Tickets for

the tour can be reserved at


Tickets are $45



The Highland Park Strings’

present The New World


3 p.m. May 19, Highland

Park High School, 433

Vine Ave., Highland Park.

Highland Park Strings, under

the direction of Principal

Conductor Dr. Robert

G. Hasty, is pleased to

conclude its 40th anniversary

season with The New

World Symphone, a free

concert. The concert will

feature Highland Park High

School graduate cellist Ben

Fried, who will perform

the extraordinarily difficult

Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich.


Barry Bradford Presents

George Gershwin

8:30 a.m. May 20, Lakeside

Congregation, 1221

Lake Cook Road, Highland

Park. The Men’s Club

meets for breakfast at 8:30

a.m., scheduled speakers

present at 9:30 a.m. The

program fee is $15 per

person for breakfast and


HP Historical

Society Presents: An

Anthropologist on Log


7-8:30 p.m. May 20,

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Highland

Park resident Robert F.

Sasso, Ph.D., from University

of Wisconsin-Parkside,

will discuss log cabins

studied in Racine and

Kenosha counties.


Champions Banquet 2019

6-8:30 p.m. May 21,

Highland Park Country

Club, 1201 Park Ave.

West, Highland Park. Join

us as we celebrate Highland

Park’s talented young

athletes and their dedicated

coaches along with

featured guest speaker

Mike Ditka, former NGL

football player, coach of

the Chicago Bears and

television commentator.

The evening includes dinner,

program and silent


Meet the Author — Julie


7 p.m. May 21, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Julie Orringer, the

bestselling author of The

Invisible Bridge, returns

to occupied Europe in her

new historical novel based

on the true story of Varian

Fry’s extraordinary

attempt to save the work,

and the lives, of Jewish

artists fleeing the Holocaust.

Transitions and

Transformations: Thriving

in the Midst of Change

7-8:30 p.m. May 21,

Infinity Foundation, 1280

Old Skokie Road, Highland

Park. The big question

is how do you deal

with change effectively?

What strategies exist to

help ease an experience

that can be so difficult to

handle? Why is change so

difficult? Explore what it

takes to move through that

process with peace and

calmness. Discover how

a simple shift in perspective

can open up a greater

degree of acceptance for



Stories in the Woods

10-11 a.m. May 23,

Heller Nature Center, 2821

Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Engage in a handson

nature inspired activity,

enjoy a story and take a

short hike with a naturalist.

$8 is for one adult and

one child. Each additional


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Cycle with HP’s Finest

6-7 p.m. May 23, Recreation

Center of Highland

Park, 1207 Park Ave. W.,

Highland Park. Join Deputy

Chief of Police, Jon

Lowman, and the Cycle

Patrol of Highland Park

for their indoor training

kick-off ride at the Recreation

Center of Highland



Robotics Girls Gone Tech


2:30-4:30, Fridays from

June 7 to Aug. 16, Highwood

Public Library, 102

Highwood Ave., Highwood.

Fourth and fifth

grade girls build robots

by using everyday materials

to build marshmallow

catapults, robotic arms and

more. It is a 10-week session.

Register fast.

Highland Park Senior

Investors Club

1-3 p.m. every fourth

Tuesday of each month,

Highland Park Senior

Center, 54 Laurel Ave.

Investors 50 years and

over can sharpen their financial

knowledge with

likeminded members who

want their funds to earn a

reasonable return and keep

pace with inflation.

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North Shore School D112 Board of Education

School board approves new middle school curriculum

Eric Bradach

Freelance Reporter

After giving a glowing

review to a new recommended

middle school social

studies curriculum at

its April 16 meeting, North

Shore School District 112

School Board stamped it

with a unanimous green

light at its May 7 meeting.

The new curriculum

is the TCI History Alive

program and was chosen

based on findings from

a committee made up of

teachers and administrators

from both Northwood

and Englewood middle

schools and Highland Park

High School. The committee

also included dual

language and special education


“The last time the middle

school social studies

curriculum was adopted…

predates my time as a

teacher here,” Superintendent

Michael Lubelfeld

Police Reports

Unknown subject(s) slash car tires

A complainant reported

that the tires of her vehicle

were slashed in a parking

lot in the 500 block of Elm

Place during the evening

hours of April 30. No subject

has been identified.

said. “This is an outstanding,

very serious move forward

for School District


The TCI History Alive

curriculum has a focus on

ancient history for sixth

grade and American history

for seventh and eighth

grades. Lessons will be

interactive using simulations,

problem solving and

visual exercises and will

also work in collaboration

with English and Language

Arts departments.

Social studies teachers will

receive premade and editable

slide decks and shared

assessments; meanwhile,

students will be provided

with online subscriptions

for new textbooks and interactive

notebooks and

tutorials. The Teaching

and Learning Department

will begin instructional

planning during the summer,

as reported April 17

by The Landmark.

Before the Board voted

Highland Park

April 29

• Dashae Powell-Shumate,

23, of Evanston, was arrested

and charged with

Driving Under the Influence-Drugs

or Combination

of Drugs, Speeding

26-34 MPH over limit,

and Possession of Cannabis

when police conducted

a traffic stop in

the 1400 block of Park

Avenue West. Powell-

Shumate was released on a

recognizance bond with a

court date in Waukegan on

May 24.

April 30

• A complainant in the 100

block of Skokie Valley

Road reported the theft of

multiple items from her

vehicle by an unknown

subject(s) during the afternoon

hours. Police observed

that the subject(s)

broke a window to gain

entry to the vehicle. No

on the social studies curriculum,

though, a recommended

mathematics curriculum

was presented at

the meeting by Northwood

Middle School mathematic

teachers Jamie Cohen

and Adam Bergman and

Coordinator for the Teaching

and Learning Department

Jason Williams.

The curriculum is called

Pearson enVision 2.0

and is also recommended

based on the findings of

a committee made up of

teachers and administrators

from Northwood

and Englewood middles

schools and Highland Park

High School. It’s a blended

curriculum that has teacher-facilitated


student-centered “You try

it” problems and formative

assessments for both

conceptual and procedural

knowledge. Pearson enVision

2.0 also differs from

the current curriculum

with a focus on reteach for

subjects are identified at

this time.

May 4

• Gustavo Bueno-Alcaide,

22, of Waukegan, was arrested

and charged with

Driving Under the Influence-Alcohol,


(BAC over .08), Improper

Lane Usage, and Illegal

Transportation of Alcohol-Driver

when police

conducted a traffic stop at

the intersection of Skokie

Valley Road and Half Day

Road. Bueno-Alcaide was

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better understanding, additional

practices and building

mathematical literacy

and vocabulary.

Under Pearson enVision

2.0, teachers will receive

a guide book, digital versions

of all print materials

and professional development

videos. Students will

also receive digital versions

of all new print material

and access to video

tutorials and exercises

called Desmos.

“Desmos is great. I’ve

done one of the activities

called ‘Marvel Slides,’

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[which] has many different

levels,” Bergman said.

“I’ve found kids were just

doing it on their free time.”

The recommendation

has teachers beginning

initial training and professional

development in

June, planning and practice

in summer 2019 and

ongoing professional development

between 2019

and 2020. Pearson enVision

2.0 comes with a sixyear

subscription and will

not exceed $340,000, according

to Williams.

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recommendation received

high comments from the

Board, some questioned

whether other school districts

have implemented it

and found success. WIlliams

said there are school

districts that have adopted

Pearson enVision 2.0 since

it was launched a year ago

but did not have information

on their experiences.

School Board President

Bennett Lasko requested

the department to gather

that information before the

Board votes on the curriculum.

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Celebration of the City

of Highland Park’s sesquicentennial

— its 150th

anniversary — continued

last Saturday, May

11, when its Architecture

Committee coordinated

three exciting tours of

sites that make it unique.

Each tour had a separate

theme and enabled

participants to learn about

architectural gems located

throughout Highland

Park, which included information

about many

former Highland Park

residents who were responsible

in some way for

making them happen.

One tour, led by Laura

Knapp, helped participants

discover different

types of architecture

styles. It showcased

residential architecture

throughout the city and

revealed amazing facts

about the development of

Highland Park’s unique


The second tour, led

by guides Beth Boyd and

Mary Shea, took participants

on an in-depth tour

of art at the Highland Park

Public Library and Ravinia


The third tour, led by

Susan Benjamin, showed

participants Hollywood’s

presence in Highland Park

— sites and homes that

were used as sets for iconic

movies. It included stories

about the individuals

and history of those who

created the movies.

“Many movies were

made in Highland Park,”

said Susan Benjamin, who

graduated from Highland

Park High School and was

a teacher and an assistant

superintendent there.

The first stop on the

tour was HPHS.

It was one of the movie

sets for “Lucas,” a 1986

teen film. “Lucas” is

about a nerdy freshman

who wants to be popular

and have a special girl

friend but gets bullied.

“The worst scene in

the movie takes place in

HPHS’ old girls gym,”

Benjamin said. “Now the

area is for history and foreign


HPHS students made

their mark in the movie


William Goldman is

a writer who grew up in

Highland Park during the

1940s and wrote the book

“Boys and Girls Together.”

He won his first Academy

Award for the movie

“Butch Cassidy and the

Attendees, including Bob and Peggy Laemle (front),

listen to tour guides Jean Sogin and Laura Knapp

speak about the historic architecture in Highland Park,

Saturday, May 11, on the City’s Architecture Bus Tour.

Nicole Carrow/22nd Century Media

Jean Sogin provides information and anecdotes about

the homes on the tour.

Attendees view historic homes from the bus while Sogin

and Knapp speak.

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“He should have won

another for ‘The Princess

Bride,’” Benjamin said.

“He created some phrases

like, ‘…follow the money…’

that became part of

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Glenview Village Board: New

tobacco businesses banned for

120 days

Glenview won’t be welcoming

additional tobacco stores, vaping

supply stores, cigar lounges or

hookah lounges in the immediate


During its Tuesday, May 7

meeting, the Glenview Village

Board unanimously approved a

moratorium that would prevent

the issuance of licenses to any

new retail businesses that primarily

specialize in tobacco or

alternative nicotine products.

The moratorium will expire

after 120 days unless extended

by future board action and will

not restrict or impede any existing

businesses that already exist.

The decision came amidst

a broader discussion about tobacco

access across Illinois, and

trustees hope to prevent new tobacco-centric

business from entering

the village until they have

a chance to decide how Glenview

will approach the issue,

whether adopting the state’s new

regulations, keeping the village’s

current regulations or adopting

something more unique.

Currently, state statutes allow

individuals 18 years of age or

older to purchase tobacco and

alternative nicotine products at

physical stores and online. The

sale of these products to minors,

as well as the possession of these

products by minors, is considered

a petty offense punishable

by a $200 fine for first-time offenders.

Increased fines of up to

$800 per offense apply if multiple

offenses occur within any

24-month period.

Reporting by Chris Pullam,

Freelance Reporter. Full story at



Northbrook Court’s Macy’s to

close — despite outcome of

redevelopment proposal

After 24 years as one of Northbrook

Court’s anchor stores, Macy’s

will officially close its doors

in the coming weeks, according

to a statement from the department

store company sent to The


Carolyn Ng Cohen, a spokeswoman

for Macy’s, told The

Tower the store will run for approximately

8-12 more weeks

before closure.

Signage indicating a clearance

sale and store closure was posted

throughout the store in early May,

according to Ng Cohen.

Macy’s officials previously

shared the information with its

colleagues. Per Ng Cohen, “regular,

non-seasonal employees who

we are unable to place at Macy’s

will be eligible for severance, including

outplacement resources.”

The store’s closure comes amid

ongoing hearings in the Village

of Northbrook for a massive proposed

redevelopment of Northbrook


The potential developers are

Northbrook Anchor Acquisition,

LLC — which is a joint venture

of Brookfield Properties and

Ryan Companies — and Westcoast

Estates, owner of the land

where the shopping center is located.

Brookfield Properties purchased

Northbrook Court’s Macy’s

store in early 2018 for $25

million, as reported by The Tower.

Following the sale, Macy’s

leased backed the store to remain

in operation.

Included in the potential development

is the construction of a

315-unit luxury apartment buildings

where Macy’s now stands.

Reporting by Martin Carlino,

Contributing Editor. Full story at



Wilmette enhances 911 services,

emergency notifications with


Public safety officials in Wilmette

announced on Wednesday,

May 8, that Smart911 is now

available to all individuals.

Smart911 is a free service that

allows individuals and families to

sign up online to provide key information

to 911 call takers during

an emergency according to a

press release from the Wilmette

Police Department.

Smart911 allows people to

create a Safety Profile for their

household at www.smart911.com

or on the Smart911 App (available

on the Apple Store or Google

Play) that includes any information

they want 911 and response

teams to have in the event of an

emergency. When a citizen calls

911, their Safety Profile is automatically

displayed to the 911

call taker, assisting emergency


“We are excited to provide

this service to our community,

especially our most vulnerable

residents,” Police Chief Kyle

Murphy said in the press release.

“Citizens can add as much or as

little information into their profile

as they choose.”

According to Murphy, all information

is optional and the

citizen has the ability to choose

what details they would like to


“Whatever they want us to

know in an emergency: from

medical conditions, to emergency

contacts, to family members with

intellectual or physical disabilities,”

Murphy said. This information

is only made available at the

time you call 9-1-1.”

Smart911 also provides greater

access to information in the event

of an emergency, with targeted

location-based alerts to all individuals

according to the press


“Wilmette Emergency Notifications

enable authorities to notify

the community in real time,”

Police Commander Michael

Robinson said.

Reporting by Eric DeGrechie,

Managing Editor. Full story at



$2.1M streetscape plan heads

out for bidding; construction to

begin in July

The Winnetka Village Council

approved a 90 percent complete

streetscape plan and authorized

the project for public bidding

during its Tuesday, May 7 regular


The Village Council reviewed

a 60 percent plan at its April

9 meeting. The 2019 budget

includes $2.1 million for the

streetscape project, which includes

upgrades along: Chestnut

Street between Spruce and Elm

streets; along Spruce Street east

and west of Chestnut Street; and

the intersection of Chestnut and

Elm streets.

The bid opening is scheduled

for June 7, with construction slated

to start the week of July 22,

after the annual Sidewalk Sale.

Construction on the streetscape

project is expected to be completed

by Oct. 18, with final punch

list items completed by Nov. 1.

“Concerns have been heard by

and taken into consideration,”

Village President Chris Rintz

said. “Now is the time to act by

reviewing the 90 percent plan

and voting to finalize construction

documents to solicit bids for

the project.”

The vote continues a process

that began in May 2017, when

the Village Council agreed to

contract design firm Teska Associates

to assist the Downtown

Master Plan Task Force with the

streetscape plan.

Jodi Mariano, of Teska Associates,

summarized the 90 percent

plan Tuesday evening before

trustees asked a few questions

and ultimately voted to send the

project forward to the bidding


Much of the evening’s discussion

focused on decorative

lighting. Trustee Bob Dearborn

asked Mariano about possible alternatives

to the festoon lighting,

which is proposed as an alternate

item in the plan.

Reporting by Fouad Egbaria,

Freelance Reporter. Full story at


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From Page 3

released on a recognizance bond

with a court date in Waukegan

on May 24.

• Paulo Bolgar, 25, of Riverwoods,

was arrested and charged

with Driving Under the Influence-Alcohol

when police responded

to a driving complaint.

Police located Bolgar in a parking

lot near the intersection of

Skokie Valley Road and Park

Avenue. Bolgar was released on

a recognizance bond with a court

date in Waukegan on May 24.


May 2

• Omar Cruz Noguera, 46, of the

100 block of Webster Avenue,

Highwood, was arrested and

charged with operating an uninsured

vehicle, driving under

the influence, failure to reduce

speed to avoid an accident, failure

to report accident to police

authority, illegal transportation

of alcohol and failure to display

drivers license.

May 4

• Ruben Nava Beronica, 56, of

the 300 block of Grove Avenue,

Highwood, was arrested and

charged with driving with a revoked

license and driving in the

wrong lane.

May 6

• Israel Ruiz Martinez, 26, of

the 200 block of Oakland Drive,

Highland Park, was arrested and

charged with Unlawful Possession

of Cannabis, under 10


EDITOR’S NOTE: The Highland

Park Landmark’s Police Reports

are compiled from official reports

emailed from the Highland Park

Police Department headquarters in

Highland Park and the Highwood

Police Department headquarters

in Highwood. Individuals named

in these reports are considered

innocent of all charges until proven

guilty in a court of law.

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Deer rescued from rock

Cooper and Reggie

Submitted by the

Woldy family

Cooper is a

German shepherd

and collie mix. He

was rescued from

Orphans of the

Storm 10 years

ago. He puts up

with his younger

3-year-old brother,

Reggie, a black

lab mix (also a

rescue). Cooper is

as sweet as he looks.

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

and information to Editor Erin Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.com.

formation at Ravinia Beach

Erin Yarnall, Editor

A deer was rescued from

a narrow rock formation at

Ravinia Beach on Sunday,

May 5.

The City of Highland

Park Fire Department

rescued the deer, after

residents heard an animal

making noises in the rocks,

according to Fire Department

Chief Larry Amidei.

The rescue took 30 minutes,

and the fire department

used a saw and ropes

to raise the deer out of the


“Once they got it out

and were checking for injuries,

it took a few deep

breaths and walked into

the woods,” Amidei said,

noting that the deer had

several abrasions from trying

to get out.

“It was pretty exhausted,”

Amidei said. “That’s

why it didn’t just run from

[the fire department] when

they got it out. It had to

take some deep breaths,

and that’s how they got a

chance to pet it.”

Amidei said this is the

second deer that the department

has rescued in

the “last couple of years.”

“We had another one that

got wedged in a wroughtiron

fence out by somebody’s

house by Heller

Nature Center,” Amidei

said. “I’d say we get more

dog and baby ducks.”

He said during springtime,

some ducks will fall

into sewers.

“They’ll be with their

mom and then they’ll fal

into a sewer,” Amidei said.

“I’ve personally been on

about five of those over the

years, and then the mom’s


by a sewer, and somebody

will call us and we’ll

pick him out of there and

happily walk away.”

Amidei said that if the

fire department was not

called, the deer would

most likely have drowned.

“It was up to his head in

water when they found it,”

Amidei said. “The water

was coming up underneath

the rocks.”

According to a post

on the City of Highland

Park’s Facebook page, the

deer rejoined its family,

who were waiting nearby.

Highland Park firefighters rescued a deer trapped in a

rock formation on May 5, at Ravinia Beach.

After being rescued, the deer walked into a wooded


Highland Park firefighters work to help free the deer

from a rock formation.

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the highland park landmark | May 16, 2019 | 9

Oak Terrace teacher awarded Golden Apple

Erin Yarnall, Editor

While teaching a class

at Oak Terrace Elementary

School, fifth grade dual

language teacher Patricia

Castro was surprised

by her family, community

members, administration

members from North

Shore School District 112

and members of the Highland

Park Community

Foundation (HPCF) when

she was presented with

the foundation’s Golden

Apple award.

The award has been

given out annually by the

HPCF since 2010, and rotates

each year as to which

grade level teacher receives


This year, kindergarten

through fifth grade teachers

were nominated for the


Castro was chosen after

months of reviewing

through nominated teachers.

She was one of three

finalists, alongside kindergarten

teacher Amy March

and fifth grade teacher Rebecca


“As her observation

team noted, Mrs. Castro

demonstrated that education

is more than just the

curriculum,” said Sara

Sher, the chairperson of

the HPCF Golden Apple

selection committee. “She

sees the curriculum as the

seed, but then she provides

the sun, water and

nutrients in her model,

questioning and engagement.”

Castro said the work that

she was awarded for is rewarding,

and work that she

loves. She was quick to

give credit to her coworkers

as well.

“What makes it most

rewarding is to work in an

environment where this

kind of work is appreciated,

where this kind of work

is supported and where we

Oak Terrace Elementary School teacher Patricia Castro stands with her Golden

Apple, May 9, at the school. Photos by Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media

all recognize that if you

call this success, it’s only

possible because of a huge

team of people,” Castro


She was nominated by

Oak Terrace parent Rachel

Fisher, whose two

sons have had Castro as a


“This is the least amount

of recognition she deserves,”

Fisher said. “This

is incredible. She doesn’t

ask for recognition like

this, and I’m so grateful to

help the process of making

a teacher like this known

to the public. Now everyone

will know how fine of

an educator she is.”

Castro translates all of

the core curriculum to

Spanish for her students,

as part of the district’s dual

language program.

“She teaches all content

all in Spanish,” said

Amy Cengel, the principal

of Oak Terrace. “So she’s

engaging students in highlevel

thinking, in Spanish,

in science, in math, in reading

and it’s pretty exciting.”

As part of her award,

Castro received a $2,000

honorarium, a $500 gift

certificate to the Apple

store, two edible golden

Patricia Castro greets her son, Sebastian Castro, at Oak


Castro hugs Sara Sher after being awarded the Highland

Park Community Foundation’s Golden Apple.

apples along with the

Golden Apple award.

“What she does in her

classroom, it’s a template

for the community and for

the world,” Sher said. “She

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A surprise

and an


Submitted content

Highland Park Police

Chief Lou Jogmen and Officer

Amanda Duchak surprised

Edgewood Middle

School teacher Marci Kulbak.

Kulbak was presented

with the award to recognize

her for a Photo Voice

project that her students

worked on. Students created

projects using photography

and Photoshop to

express what makes them

feel healthy and good.

The work that the students

created was displayed

at The Art Center

in Highland Park.

ABOVE: Highland Park

Chief of Police Lou Jogmen

presents a shirt and

an award to Edgewood

Middle School teacher

Marci Kulbak.

LEFT: The shirt that was

presented to Kulbak by

Jogmen and Duchak.

Photos submitted

Breakfast for Heroes

Late New Trier graduate Sebastian Duncan

honored at Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

ABOVE: Shai (left)

and Tony Duncan

(right), parents of

Sebastian Duncan,

a New Trier

graduate who died

last August in a

kayaking accident

where he left from

Highland Park’s

Park Avenue

Beach, poses

with Pat Donovan,

sales operations

manager at USG,

at the American

Red Cross of Chicago

& Northern Illinois’

17th annual

Heroes Breakfast

May 1 in Chicago.

BELOW: Tony Duncan

(right) greets

Chicago firefighter/

paramedic Dan

Ramos, who was

named the Firefighter

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Father’s Day Photo Contest

Photos of dad bring

back special memories

Eric DeGrechie

Managing Editor

These days, cameras on

phones often have many of the

bells and whistles traditional

cameras have. Though sales of

standard cameras are down due

to this, many photographers still

prefer standard cameras.

Whichever device you use,

getting quality photos of family

and friends never gets old.

In honor of Father’s Day, The

Landmark is asking residents to

submit a photo of dad for our

annual Father’s Day Photo Contest.

We know dad has taken many

photos of you over the years.

This is your chance to return the

favor for the special guy.

Maybe it’s a picture of you

two at graduation or shooting

some late night hoops in the

driveway — whatever sweet

photo you have to share, The

Landmark wants to see it.

Send us a photo of your dad,

and we’ll publish the winning

entry, plus others, on Thursday,

June 13, just in time for Father’s

Day, which is Sunday, June 16.

The author of the winning

photo will receive a prize from

a local business to share with

his or her dad.

The deadline for entries is

noon Thursday, June 6, giving

residents three weeks to submit

a photo. All ages are encouraged

to enter the contest.

Entries must include the father

and photographer’s first and

last name, as well as a phone

number for the photographer.

Send entries to Editor Erin

Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.

com or mail to The Highland

Park Landmark, 60 Revere

Drive, Suite 888, Northbrook,

IL 60062. For any questions,

call (847) 272-4568 ext. 34.


From Page 4

American vernacular.”

His brother, James Goldman

who also went to Highland Park

High School, wrote the book for

the musical “Follies,” as well as

other plays. Goldman ultimately

became the ultimate script doctor

for those who needed help

with their scripts.

“The next movie set was ‘Prelude

to a Kiss,’” she said. “You

could see the beach at the end

of Vine but now the house is

covered with trees and shrubs.

It was filmed in 1992.”

Next house on the tour used

for a movie set was “Home


“The scene with McCauley

Caulkin is Christmas Eve when

he is alone,” Benjamin said. “He

walks sadly down the street and

sees a house with a family celebrating

Christmas together. The

Rochester family still owns the

house. They were in the scene.

The inside shots of the house

were done at a Winnetka house

and scenes inside a church are

from one in Wilmette.”

“Risky Business” was written

and directed by Paul Brickman

from the 1967 Class of

HPHS and wrote “The Bad

News Bears.” Tom Cruise was a

minor-league actor in the movie

before he came to Highland


“Joel’s parents go out of

town and he takes his father’s

Porsche but it gets dunked in

Lake Michigan,” Benjamin

said. “He meets a prostitute

and her friends and he and his

buddies think they can house

them and that will pay for the

Porsche’s repairs. The scenes

from this movie set were done

at two different houses across

the street from each other in

the 1200 block of Linden. They

look very different now. One

scene is of Cruise dancing to

‘Old Time Rock and Roll’ in

his underwear was filmed at

one house and the other at night

with the prostitutes on the lawn

is across the street.”

She added when Tom Cruise

was on-site, he did not act like

a movie star. He was really nice

and good to the neighborhood’s

young people.

“Highland Park represents

safety and security in the Risky

Business movie,” Benjamin


Shelton, a neighborhood

coffee shop featured in Risky

Business was another movie

location. It is now being transformed

into another eatery according

to Benjamin.

The tour next went down

Waverly for a movie set from

“Sixteen Candles,” written and

directed by John Hughes. The

house is covered by toilet paper

in the movie. Another house

about a half block away was

also used in the film.

The house used in the 1980

film “Ordinary People” was in

Highland Park. Robert Redford

directed the movie. Donald

Sutherland and Mary Tyler

Moore played the leading parts.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

was yet another site of a movie

set in Highland Park.

“People come from all over

to see the house where the Ferrari

went through the house’s

glass window,” Benjamin said.

“The movie Ferrari was actually

made of fiberglass.”

The tour was popular with


“I think this tour is a wonderful

way to educate us about

our city,” said Highland Park

resident Melissa Silverman. “It

brings back good memories for

many of us.”


From Page 6


Six locations explored for

possible Glencoe dog park

The Glencoe Park District

Board of Commissioners took

one more step toward creating

a dog park for the village at its

May 7 Committee of the Whole

Meeting, though their conversation

also revealed the many complications

and considerations

that will need to be addressed

before greenlighting the project.

About 30 community members

attended the meeting, where

the Board of Commissioners

agreed that a dog park is in the

mission and vision of the Glencoe

Park District.

“This is an opportunity for

not just dogs to socialize, but

for people to socialize, and build

community,” commissioner

Dudley Onderdonk said.

In reviewing sites for the park,

many park district land parcels

— such as Takiff Center property,

Veterans Memorial Park

and Glencoe Beach — were

eliminated from consideration

immediately because of their already

established uses or sensitive

environments. The criteria

the board used to select potential

sites among the remaining

parcels included: avoiding sites

directly abutting residences; the

availability of close parking;

avoiding children’s play areas;

and minimal impacts on the visual

character of a park.

After discussing all of the

potential park district-owned

sites, the board narrowed their

considerations down to six parcels

of land: Park 7n and 8n at

the intersection of Old Green

Bay and Maple Hill roads; Park

3n, also known as Sunken Park

on Old Green Bay Road; Watts

Park, excluding the athletic

fields; the southwest portion of

Shelton Park; Park 21s2 and

22s, the site of Linden House;

and the land at Green Bay Road

and South Avenue.

Reporting by Christine Adams,

Freelance Reporter. Full story at



Lake Forester launches new

book, shares the importance of

supporting book stores

The sustained popularity of

reading actual books, the virtues

of independent bookstores

and the rising interest in books

about bookshops were among

the topics discussed by Lake

Forest author Katherine Reay

during a May 7 party at The

Gallery celebrating the release

of her newest novel.

“The Printed Letter Bookshop”

(Thomas Nelson, May

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School news

HP native member of team that captures American Model UN top award

Submitted Content


Sabrina Harris, a resident

of Highland Park and

a senior political science

major at The College of

Wooster, was one of 16

members of Wooster’s

Model UN team that received

the highest honor

– an outstanding delegation

award – at the

American Model United

Nations (AMUN) International

Conference. Harris

also serves as president

of the team. The 29th annual

event, recently held

in Chicago over four days,

included 130 teams and

only five were designated


as outstanding delegations,

given to those that excelled

in all areas of Model UN:

public speaking, resolution

writing, collaboration and

caucusing, and knowledge

and engagement with topic


Wooster’s delegation

represented the country of

Bolivia, determined ahead

of time via a lottery system.

Members of the team

were part of different UN

committees, such as the

Security Council, General

Assembly, and each committee

was issued two topics

– the same ones that

real UN agencies have the



mandates and power to

address. Both their individual

performances and

overall team performances

were judged subjectively.

Kent Kille, the team’s

faculty advisor and professor

of political science,

was pleased not only with

the result but with the

work leading up to the


“The effort this semester

was amazing. At each

meeting, the team members

were involved in such

creative exercises, which

made them well prepared

for engaging at the conference.

It was also wonderful

to see the supportive

personal connections built

between the team members,”

he said.

In April 2019, the team

traveled to the National

Model United Nations

(NMUN) in New York,

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Celebrating 150 Years

Rotary Club volunteers at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff

Submitted by the City of

Highland Park

The City of Highland

Park’s HP150 Service

Committee needs your

help achieving 150 service

projects to commemorate

the 150th anniversary of

the City’s founding in

1869. Each month, The

Landmark will highlight a

number of HP150 service

projects happening in the


If you or your organization,

school, club, place of

worship, or business is coordinating

a service project

or volunteer initiative,

please contact Marietta

Stevens at the Volunteer

Pool of Highland Park at


org or call (847) 433-2190

with a short description

of the service project, its

impact, and a photograph

after the project has been

completed. HP150 Service

Projects can be as simple

as volunteering at your local

animal shelter or picking

up trash at a park.

2019 Service Projects

19. Highland Park High

School students spent the

day with Park District of

Highland Park staff testing

the conditions of the

water in the Rosewood

ravine stream. The tests

are done to ensure the survival

of young trout the

students will release into

the ravine stream in April.

The students have been

raising the trout in their

classrooms preparing

them for the April release

as part of the “Trout in the

Classroom” program given

by the Park District of

Highland Park and Trout

Unlimited, a non-profit

organization that that introduces

schools to trout

and salmon conservation.

Once released, the trout

spend the spring in the

ravine stream laying eggs

and acclimating themselves

to the cool waters

of Lake Michigan before

swimming out into the

lake and becoming a vital

part of the food chain and


20. More than 100 individuals

from the Rotary

Interact Club volunteered

at Bernie’s Book Bank to

compile book packs for

children who don’t have

Members of the Rotary Interact Club volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff,

to compile book packs for children. Photo submitted

regular access to reading


21. NorthShore Highland

Park Hospital staff

will sponsor and manage

the water station for Park

District of Highland Park’s

Firecracker 5K- an annual

event that supports the

SMILE Scholarship Program.

Celebrating 150 Years is a

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by the City of Highland Park,

in which they outline the

progress of the 150 service

projects the City plans to

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from the editor

Rounding out my first year

Erin Yarnall


When Northwood


High teacher

Jon Mall was awarded

the Golden Apple award

last year by the Highland

Park Community Foundation,

he was surrounded

by his family, coworkers,

students, members of the

community and me — a

woman not even a week

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thing when you’re new

to it.

Throughout the year,

I’ve learned more and

grown in my role, becoming

more and more engrained

in the community.

Now, I feel confident in

my job, and that was reflected

when I walked into

Oak Terrace Elementary

School Thursday, May 9,

to see Patricia Castro be

awarded the Golden Apple

award for 2019.

While I watched her

students stand up to

surround her, and then

individually hug her, I

was able to reflect on how

much I have learned since

the last time I saw this

process take place.

It has been a pleasure

to become a part of this

community throughout the

past year. Thank you all

for having me.

To read more about the

Golden Apple award, turn

to Page 9.

Letter to the Editor

On May 9 Oak Terrace Elementary School

posted, “Congratulations to Mrs. Castro for

receiving the Highland Park Community Foundation’s

prestigious GOLDEN APPLE award!

We are so proud of her!”

Like The Highland Park Landmark: facebook.com/hplandmark

On May 8 Visit Lake County posted, “Tickets to

@RaviniaFestival are on sale today! Get your

tickets now for the marquee outdoor fest of the

year in @CityHPIL #LetsGoLakeCounty”

Follow The Highland Park Landmark: @hparklandmark

GoGreen HP is dedicated

to working on impact on


Dear Erin,

We love Earth Day and

Arbor Day too! And we

applaud your commitment

to live the meaning

of these holidays on

a daily basis. The impact

that each of us makes in

merely getting through

a day is astounding. It is

in each day that we must

remember to shorten the

shower and say no to disposables,

to walk or take

public transportation, to

bring a bag and a beverage

container instead of

collecting new ones, and

so much more.

You refer to the impact

of your early years, and

GoGreen HP is reaching

out to the community with

events and education that

touches our children. A

zero waste picnic and toy

swap, May 18, and a book

discussion at the Highland

Park Library on “The

Parents’ Guide to Climate

Revolution,” about enaging

families in ways to

mitigate climate change,

June 17 are two offerings

that will speak to our

young ones.

As spring comes into

its fullness, with summer

most assuredly on

its heels, we all need to

take more time to notice.

The migrating birds are

here for such a brief time

while the beauty and the

energyzing activity of the

natural world are a feast

for the senses. All we

have to do is watch to be

amazed. And from this

amazement will come the

passion to protect and preserve

what we can’t live


The summer holidays

focus on patriotism. This

is the perfect opportunity

to express our love

of country by protecting

its resources. Lessen instead

of increase use of

disposable cups, plates,

napkins and utensils. We

go figure


don’t need a red, white

and blue mess to add to

the waste stream to prove

we are patriotic. A picnic

that shows respect for

the earth rather than allegiance

to the plastic water

bottle, will be more meaningful.

Our country’s majesty

is truly in its rivers,

mountains and plains, and

in those who care for it.

Andy Amend

GoGreen Highland Park


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The amount of minutes that

it took the Highland Park Fire

Department to free a trapped

deer. Read more about it on

Page 8.

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keeping it simple North Shore chef opens Salt Creek Tacos in

Highland Park, Page 27

Middle school films shine at Reel 112 Film Festival, Page 25

Esther Loewenthal

(left to right), Laura

Baartmans and

Samantha Reinberg

pose on the red carpet,

May 6, at the 112

Education Foundation’s

Reel 112 Film Festival.

Erin Yarnall/22nd

Century Media

24 | May 16, 2019 | The highland park landmark faith


Faith Briefs

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road,

Highland Park)

Weeknight Service

7-8 p.m. Thursdays,

church coffee bar. Weeknight

service is a place to

come, stay awhile, meet

people and then go make

a difference. For more

information, call (847)

234-1001 or email Brad at


Men’s Breakfast Group

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

Panera Bread, 1211

Half Day Road, Bannockburn.

For more information,

contact Sean at seansmith797@gmail.com.

Trinity Episcopal (425 Laurel Avenue,

Highland Park)

Sunday Schedule

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist,

St. Michael’s Chapel

8:45 a.m. – Fellowship

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

with music, Main Sanctuary

10 a.m. Sunday School

(on the 1st and 3rd Sundays)

11 a.m. – Fellowship

Men’s Bible Study Group

9-10 a.m. Saturdays

Wednesday Service

9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

with healing, St. Michael’s


A Safe Place

6 p.m. Thursdays - Guild


Men’s AA Meeting

8:30 p.m. Fridays

Congregation Solel (1301 Clavey Road)

Choir Shabbat

7:30-8:30 p.m. May 10.

Community Block Party

4-7 p.m. May 18,

Bounce house and inflatable

pop-a-shot, face

painting, balloon animals

and a balloon artist. There

will be a food truck by

Aztec Dave’s with tacos,

chips and salsa, and an

ice cream truck by Depidy

Dawg, as well as a 50/50

raffle. Sign up at http://bit.

ly/BlockParty2019. The

cost is $18 per person or

$54 for a family of three

or more.

Film Screening of The Last


7 p.m. May 21, An

88-year-old Jewish tailor

named Abraham embarks

on a long journey to try

and find the man who

saved him from certain

death during the Holocaust.

Film screening is

free and open to the public.

Please join us for dinner

before the film at 6 p.m.

Cost is $10. RSVP by May

20 to Sandy Kaminsky at


com or (224) 235-4901 to

hold a spot at dinner.

Torah Study

9:15 a.m. Saturdays

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

(1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park)

Men’s Club and Sisterhood

Author Event

10 a.m. May 5.

Men’s Club Kiddish Club

12:15 p.m. May 11.

Writer’s Beit Midrash

9:30-11 a.m. every other

Wednesday, The NSS Beth

El Writer’s Beit Midrash

meets in the Maxwell Abbel

Library. All fiction,

non-fiction, poetry, memoir

and essay writers (published

or not yet published)

are welcome for discussions,

exercises, camaraderie

and critique. Contact

Rachel Kamin at rkamin@

nssbethel.org for more information

and to be added

to the mailing list.

Open Conversational


10-11 a.m. Sundays.

Practice Hebrew conversation

and reading informally

with other participants.

Free. For information,

contact Judy Farby at


Shabbat Service

6:15 p.m. Friday (Kabbalat


8:50 a.m. Shacharit

(Shabbat Morning)

10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation

(Grades 2-6)

10:45 a.m. Young Family

Service (families with

children first-grade age

and younger)

Submit information for The

Landmark’s Faith page to

Erin Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.com.

The deadline is

noon on Thursdays. Questions?

Call (847) 272-4565

ext. 34.

In Memoriam

Franco Tiziano

Franco Tiziano, age 80

of Naples, Fla., formally

from Highland Park. At

peace in Christ on May

1, 2019 at his daughter’s

home in Deerfield. He

was born in Beda Littoria,

Libya. His family

returned to Corato, Italy

during WWII. In 1963 he

immigrated to the United

States and settled in Highland

Park. He was born

to the union of late Domenico

and late Benedetta

(Nee Mangione) Tiziano.

He met the love of his

life Emma (Nee Coletta)

and wed on January 29,

1966. Celebrating their

53rd wedding anniversary

this past year. Survived by

his wife Emma, daughter

Benedetta Tina Tiziano-

Dreher (Corey Dreher)

and son Dominic Tiziano.

Grandsons Nathan Dreher,

Evan Dreher, Aidan Dreher,

and Logan Dreher.

His siblings, Grazia

(Domenico Sr.) Nichilo,

late Giuseppe (Ida) Tiziano

and Nicola (Tamara)


Sisters-in-laws and

Brothers-in-laws include

Tina (Tony) Di Vagno,

Vito (Christine) Coletta,

Teresa (Michele) Minchillo,

Steve (Gessi) Coletta,

Antonio (Laura) Coletta,

the late Guilia Coletta &

the late Maria Coletta.

Nieces and nephews,

Benedetto Nichilo, Domenico

Jr. (Kim) Nichilo,

Patrizia (Marc) Remer,

Domenick “Danny” (Agatha)

Tiziano, Domenico

Coleman Tiziano, Claudio

(Diane) Di Vagno, Lucia

(Michael) Glasgow, Rosa

(Sandro) Stefani, Rosanna

(Damir) Bilaver, Matteo

(Audrey) Coletta, Angie

Frabasilio, Marilyn (Steve)

Urrutia, Tania (Chris)

Apostal, late Roberto Minchillo,

John-Pierre Minchillo,

Ronald (Katherine)

Salyards, Susan (Gregory)

Peterson, Steve Coletta,

Gina (Stan) Shapiro, Rick

Coletta, Frank Coletta,

Tony (Jeanette) Coletta,

Michael (Michele) Coletta,

and Stephanie (Michael)


Many, many greatnieces

and great-nephews,

relatives and friends. We

can guaranty that heaven

has the most beautiful

gardens growing. From

fruit trees and vegetables

to bright vibrant roses

and flower gardens. And

a little homemade vino to

pass around. Hunting and

spending lots of time with

all his family. His warm

and charismatic personality

will be missed by all.

The Tiziano and Dreher

families want to extend

a special thanks to all

family, friends and special

angels who helped

during this long battle of

pancreatic cancer keeping

Franco’s spirits up, all the

loving gestures of help

and those who brought a

calming presence in the


Carolina Biondi

Carolina Stefani Biondi,

age 83 of Highland Park

passed away on Thursday

morning May 9, 2019 at

her home. She was born

May 26, 1936 in Piandelagotti,

Modena, Italy to

the union of Francesco and

Beata (Lamberti) Stefani.

She immigrated to the

United States to Highland

Park and Highwood in

1955. On June 15, 1957 at

Saint James Church, Highwood

she married Bartolomeo

Biondi and the couple

started their family. Carolina

was a homemaker and

was a member of Saint

James Church, Highwood

and also of the Sacred

Heart Guild of Saint James


Beloved wife of the late

Bartolomeo Biondi on

September 8, 2005. Loving

mother of Angelo (Elisa)

Biondi of Highland Park

and Lina (James) Brandonisio

of Gurnee. Fond nonna

of Anna, Christian and

Peter Biondi and Nicole.

(Brian) Rallo, Michael and

Jimmy Brandonisio. Dear

sister of Amedeo (Gisella)

Stefani of Lake Forest and

the late Alda (Joe) Mocogni

of Highwood. Fond

zia to many and cherished

cousin to Amedeo (Maria)

Lamberti and Rosita (late

Joe) Vignaroli.

Memorials to The Michael

J. Fox Foundation

for Parkinson’s Research,

michaeljfox.org would be

appreciated. For info, call

(847) 432-3878.

George Annes

George Annes, 79, beloved

son of the late Paul

and Ada Annes; devoted

and loving husband of

Sheryl Annes; proud father

of Michael (Debbie)

Annes, Linda White, Gary

(Christa) Annes, Stephen

(Cari) Gundee, Nicole

(Joseph) DeBella, and Allyson

(Steven) Kushner;

adored grandfather, “Pa,”

of Michelle, Lauren, Jamie,

Carly, Julia, Mia,

Joey, Archie, Olivia, Calvin,

Laken, Levi, and Salvatore;

cherished brother

of the late Bobby Annes;

dear friend to many.

George was an attorney

and active real estate investor.

George loved life

and lived it to the fullest.

He was always very active

and enjoyed skiing, fishing,

traveling, sharing his

amazing sense of humor,

and having fun with his

family and friends. In lieu

of flowers, memorial contributions

may be made to

The American Cancer Society,


or to The National

Fragile X Foundation,


Shirley Rozenberg

Shirley was born on January

7, 1923 and passed

away on Wednesday, May

8, 2019. Shirley was a resident

of Highland Park at

the time of passing.

Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email erin@

hplandmark.com with information

about a loved from

Highland Park or Highwood.

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the highland park landmark | May 16, 2019 | 25

Student films steal spotlight at Reel 112 Film Festival

Erin Yarnall, Editor

While people are waiting

to see what will become

the next big summer

blockbuster, Highland Park

students had creative endeavors

of their own to celebrate

Monday, May 6 at

the Reel 112 Film Festival.

The festival, in its fourth

year, is held annually at

the Landmark’s Renaissance

Place Cinema in

downtown Highland Park,

and features work created

by students at Edgewood

Middle School and Northwood

Junior High School.

“I think it’s important

that we amplify student’s

design of their learning

and their voice, and this

perfectly marries both of

those,” said Elaine Allison,

a teacher at Edgewood

Middle School who

advises students working

on the festival in a club at

the school.

Three of her students —

Evelyn Gehrig, Spencer

Sabath and Jacob Hoy —

worked on “Half Mast,” a

short documentary about

school shootings.

“They get to design

their learning path around

something that they’re really

passionate about, and

amplify their own perspective

on whatever issue

they choose,” Allison said.

“Those topics are chosen

by them. Specifically, that

school shooting film, that’s

their voice, I didn’t influence

that at all.”

The three students said

their influence in making

the film was from watching

the activism of the students

from Marjory Stoneman

Douglas High School in

Parkland, Fla. after a school

shooting that killed 17 students

and staff members.

“There had been shootings

before, but the students

really cared and they

spoke up and talked about

it,” Hoyt said.

“The Parkland victims

were a big inspiration to

us,” Gehrig added.

The students said the

experience of making the

film, and interviewing students

and staff members

who have been in school

shooting was scary, but ultimately

worth it.

“It was scary reaching

out to these school officials

and asking them ‘Hey

children are dying a lot.

What do you think about

that?’” Hoyt said. “That’s

really scary to ask them

and also, I’m sure, to answer,

because that’s your

job to keep them safe.”

Gehrig said the group

couldn’t be happier with

their final product.

“We think we delivered

the message that we wanted

to deliver,” Gehrig said.

Sabath said the experience

of making a film and

showing it at the theater

was “life-changing” for

him, as he aspires to be a

filmmaker in his future.

“Just having a film

shown at my local movie

theater is life-changing,”

Sabath said. “We did this

last year, and it’s such a

cool experience.”

The students that participated

in the event were

also tasked with creating a

poster for their film, which

they were given copies of

at the event.

The young filmmakers

posed on a red carpet after

entering the theater, before

settling down into their

seats to watch their films.

But before the student films

rolled, they watched two

videos — one from Milos

Stehlik, a film critic who

founded Facets Multi-Media,

which partners with the

112 Education Foundation

to present the film festival.

The students also

watched a greeting from

Congressman Brad

Schneider, who recognized

the students and

their achievements in a

letter written on Congressional


Ben Klayman, a co-chair

of the event and trustee on

the 112 Education Foundation

said this project is a

good opportunity for students

to have another creative


“I look at it and I think

this is another medium in

Northwood Junior High School students Elly Luckman

(left to right), Lili Braverman and Leah Schultz stand on

the red carpet with their Oscars, May 6, at the Reel 112

Film Festival. Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media

today’s world where they

can express themselves

and realize that there’s

another way to get out the

message that they’re trying

to promote or have heard,”

Klayman said.

Rod Loewenthal, his cochair

and fellow trustee

at the Foundation agreed,

and noted the excitement

at having student’s films

screened on a big screen at

a theater.

“This gives them a

chance to experiment and

have someone teach them

about making it look a

little more professional,”

Loewenthal said. “Having

your project be seen on

a big screen at the movie

theater, I think is exciting

for them.”



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Highland Park native looks for big break

Erin Yarnall, Editor

Performing isn’t just a

hobby for Highland Park

native Becky Raisman —

it’s a passion, and it’s one

that she hopes she can turn

into a lucrative career.

Until then, Raisman is

searching for her big break

in a variety of fields.

She first tried her hand

at singing, something she’s

loved to do from a young


“I just love to sing,”

Raisman said. “I’ve had

voice lessons on and off

for many years, I started

[them] when I was 15.”

Raisman said her favorite

thing about singing is

the way it makes her feel.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Raisman


She performed at several

festivals throughout the

Chicago area before starting

college at Columbia

College in Chicago, where

she also did “a lot of singing.”

In addition to that, Raisman

has also tried her luck

with singing competitions

on TV.

“I’ve tried out for

‘America’s Got Talent’ in

the past for singing,” Raisman

said, “I’ve tried out

for ‘American Idol,’ ‘The


And while she hasn’t

been picked up yet for her

voice, the Highland Park

native hopes she’ll find a

break in the music scene.

In the meantime, she has

shifted some of her focus

to comedy.

“I studied improv over

at the Improv Playhouse

in Libertyville,” Raisman

said. “I took a stand up

comedy class there.”

Since taking her class,

Raisman has started

regularly attending open

mic nights for stand up

comedy, first in the Chicago

area, and then in

Highland Park native Becky Raisman performs standup

comedy at the Improv Playhouse. Photos submitted

Raisman sings at an open mic night.

Charleston, S.C., after

she and her family moved


“Chicago is a bigger city

and they have more open

mics, but Charleston has

an awesome music scene,”

Raisman said. “Their comedy

scene is growing. It’s a

very beautiful city and it’s

got the southern hospitality.”

Despite her move to a

smaller city, Raisman isn’t

giving up hope for being

discovered for her talents.

“A lot of people from

Charleston have gotten

their big break,” Raisman


hplandmark.com dining out

the highland park landmark | May 16, 2019 | 27

Salt Creek Tacos offers new concept on the North Shore

Alyssa Groh

Contributing Editor

John des Rosiers knows

a thing or two about operating

a successful restaurant

on the North Shore.

As the owner of two

restaurants in Lake Bluff,

Inovasi and The Otherdoor,

des Rosiers decided

to venture out into Highland

Park and try his hand

at a third restaurant, Salt

Creek Tacos.

Salt Creek Tacos, 431

Temple Ave., Highland

Park, is considered the

middle child of all of his


“I wanted to do something

that slid in between

The Otherdoor and Inovasi,”

des Rosiers said.

The Otherdoor is a fastcasual

Mexican restaurant,

while Inovasi, which is

celebrating its 10th anniversary

this year, is an upscale

American restaurant.

“[Salt Creek Tacos]

is a little bit higher end

than The Otherdoor with

an added focus on every

single item being handmade,”

des Rosiers said. “I

also wanted to do a place

that was focused on tequila,

and I think we put

together a hell of a good


Running three completely

different restaurants can

be challenging, but it’s

something des Rosiers has

thought about for years.

“I had been thinking a

lot in the last couple years

about the places I want to

build, and what the market

needs,” he said. “I think

something like this is exactly

what a lot of people

are looking for, and what a

lot of people are going to

discover is what they have

been looking for. It’s a

place where everything is

high quality, but affordable

for almost anyone to come

The smoked pork taco ($3.50) is prepared Veracruz

style with olive, caper, tomato, sunflower seeds and


in and eat.”

And in finding the middle

ground between his

other two restaurants, Salt

Creek Tacos is considered

a casual restaurant with a


“It’s not completely fast

casual and it’s not full service

dining, it’s kind of in

the middle,” des Rosiers


Salt Creek Tacos runs

things slightly different

than most restaurants.

When guests arrive they

are seated at a table and

mark down their own orders

on an order form and

bring it up to the front

counter. Then, the staff

will prepare the food and

drinks, and serve it to


The menu at Salt Creek

Tacos is small — on purpose.

“I didn’t want us to get

distracted by doing too

many things, I wanted

to do a small number of

things really well.”

One thing Salt Creek Tacos

prides itself on it making

every single item by

hand. Des Rosiers said every

day he has three people

come in just to make tortillas

from scratch, which is

difficult, time consuming

and expensive.

Not only do they take

Salt Creek Tacos

431 Temple Ave.,

Highland Park

(847) 780-8186


5-9 p.m. Sunday-


5-10 p.m. Friday-


pride in offering handmade

menu items, they

place an added emphasis

on consistency.

“We want people to

come in and have a taco

10 days in a row and have

it exactly the same every

time,” des Rosiers said.

“We kept it so that the

menu is easy and fast for

customers to read and order,

it’s easy and fast for us

to make it, it’s consistent

and it’s all done by hand

and it’s high quality.”

After hearing all about

the hand-crafted menu,

22nd Century Media editors

couldn’t wait to dive

in and try some of the food

from Salt Creek Tacos.

We started out with a

classic, house-made chips

& guac ($7). The guacamole

is freshly-made

with a lot of flavor and the

hand-made chips are extra

crunchy and unlike typical

tortilla chips.

Next up, we tried three

The grilled steak taco ($4) at Salt Creek Tacos features steak, cilantro, poblano salsa,

pickled sweet onion in a warm tortilla made in-house. Photos by Eric DeGrechie/22nd

Century Media

The grilled chicken taco ($3.50) is made with chicken, avocado, salsa verde, cotija

cheese and radish.

of five of the taco offerings

at Salt Creek Tacos.

The smoked pork taco

($3.50), is made Veracruz

style with olives, caper, tomato,

sunflower seeds and


The grilled chicken taco

($3.50) is made with avocado,

salsa verde, cotija

cheese and radish.

Grilled steak taco ($4)

is topped with cilantro,

poblano salsa and pickled

sweet onion.

After trying each of the

tacos it was hard to choose

a favorite — but one thing

was for sure, they all included

big, bold flavors.

Quesadillas, salads, esquite,

chicharrones and an

extensive tequila and mezcal

list are among some of

the items that round out

the rest of the menu at Salt

Creek Tacos.

Salt Creek Tacos does

not accept reservations,

but offers an online wait

list system where guests

can put their name on the

list and know how long

they have to wait for a

table, before they arrive at

the restaurant.

To view the Salt Creek

Taco wait list prior to arrival,

visit saltcreektacos.com.

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4. Not just any

7. Become clogged

12. Sidekicks

14. Domestic fowl

16. Endangered layer

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17. Despicable

18. “Tickle me” doll

19. Easy two-pointer

20. ‘’En garde’’


21. Fortune

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The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys recap playoffs, predict lacrosse

Staff Report

In this week’s episode of

The Varsity: North Shore,

the only podcast focused

on North Shore sports,

hosts Michal Dwojak, Michael

Wojtychiw and Nick

Frazier talk some postseason

boys gymnastics, girls

track sectional and boys

and girls water polo in

the first quarter, hear from

Lake Forest football player

Rylie Mills about his commitment

to Notre Dame,

play Way/No Way with lacrosse

and talk some girls

soccer and baseball to finish

off the show.

First Quarter

The three talk some boys

gymnastics, girls track and

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Second Quarter

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Third Quarter

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into the final stretch, the

guys make some predictions

about lacrosse.

Fourth Quarter

To finish things off, the

guys talk some girls soccer

and baseball.

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Josh Rohn

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hitter on the Highland

Park boys volleyball team.

How did you get

started playing


I started because my

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she would alwys drag me

outside to play with her.

What is your favorite

part of playing


The competitive aspect

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What’s the most

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coaching advice you’ve

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enjoy the game and really

want to stick to it.

If you could play

another sport besides

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it be?

I would definitely play

lacrosse because all of my

friends play lacrosse, they

saw how much fun it is.

What is your favorite

place to eat?

I would say Taco Vida

in Deerfield. It’s a great atmosphere

and the tacos are

just amazing.

Who is your favorite


I’m going to have to say

John Wall. His competitiveness

is something I really

look up to, and he’s an

amazing basketball player,

it’s really fun to watch


If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I would go probably Fiji

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or something, something

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your bucket list you

want to cross off?

Probably travel to Europe

because I’ve heard

so much about it, my dad

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such a beautiful place, and

I do love to travel.

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Photographic memory

to help with not only

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some other stuff, I don’t

have the greatest memory.

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the highland park landmark | May 16, 2019 | 35

This Week In ...




■ ■May 16 - IHSA State

Championship at Eastern

illinois University, 4:30 p.m.


■ ■May 16 - IHSA Sectional

at Niles West, 4:30 p.m.


From Page 37

were going to shoot it.”

The Caxys’ offense dominated

the first half and Gifford

shined throughout the

win, making 15 saves.

“With only eleven goals

allowed, that’s higher than

a fifty percent save rating,”

Caxys coach Sarah Mastey

said. “Her clears were also

wonderful today, when you

talk about the whole goalie


Lake Forest Academy

led 6-4 early in the first half

and then went on an 11-1

scoring edge in building

a big halftime lead. Midfielder

Lena Ansari was in

the thick of things offensively,

scoring all seven of


From Page 37

dramatic,” Foerch said of

Hyatt. “Nobody knew who

he was last year. All of a

sudden this year he’s a legit

all-around. He qualified

for every event at the state

meet. There aren’t many

sophomores who do that.

“Lucas started shining toward

the end of the season

on parallel bars and rings.

These two events are very

good for him. He came in as

the Sectional champ on parallel

bars. He’s steadily and

surely gotten better whereas

Andrew made a big leap

this season.”


■ ■May 16 - hosts Regina

Dominican, 4:45 p.m.

■ ■May 17 - IHSA Sectionals,

at Gurnee, 5 p.m.


■ ■May 17 - hosts Rolling

Meadows, 4:45 p.m.

■ ■May 19 - hosts Wheeling,

9 a.m.

■ ■May 20 - IHSA Regional,

hosts Wheeling, 4:30 p.m.

her game-high seven goals

in the first half.

Lilly Drury and Lizzie

Frekko finished with five

goals apiece for Lake Forest

Academy and Drury

also picked up seven

groundballs in the win.

“We have an extremely

strong midfield with Lena

Ansari and MJ Alexander,

and we have good leadership

on offense with Lilly

Drury,” Mastey said. “And

defensively, Angie Cotton

played a good game today.”

Alexander and Natalie

Putzel finished with two

goals apiece for the Caxys,

while Emily Nash and Tessa

Buhl had one goal each.

Gifford credited her side’s

offense for building a lead

and bringing out her best.


■ ■May 17 - at Libertyville,

4:45 p.m.

■ ■May 20 - IHSA Regional,

hosts Rolling Meadows,

4:30 p.m.


■ ■May 16 - hosts Glenbrook

North, 6 p.m.

■ ■May 20 - IHSA Regional

at Lake Forest, 5:30 p.m.


■ ■May 17 - IHSA Sectional

at Vernon Hills, 5:30 p.m.


■ ■May 17 - IHSA Sectional

at Highland Park, 3 p.m.

■ ■May 18 - IHSA Sectional

at Highland Park, 8:30 a.m.


■ ■May 17 - IHSA Regional at

Stevenson, 6 p.m.

Highland Park’s Kylie Walk scores in the second half

against Lake Forest Academy. Gary Larsen/22nd Century


“It helps with my energy

and mood,” Gifford said.

“In a close game I’m always

on my toes, always

nervous, but when it’s a

nice lead I can kind of relax

and play my game. Our

energy is so much better

this year. The amount of

energy on the field pumps

everyone up and it starts on

the sidelines, and works its

way onto the players on the

field. It’s been great to see.”

Sophomore Anthony Hyatt qualified for all six events as an individual at the state

meet on Saturday, May 11, in Hoffman Estates. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports



Vernon Hills 7, Highland

Park 5

Jeremy Frankel, Luke

Semrad, and Danny

Saslow all drove in runs in

the loss to the Cougars on

May 7.

Highland Park 3, Deerfield


Jason Mendiola recorded

seven strikeouts, and

Highland Park scored the

go-ahead run in the top

of the seventh to beat the

Warriors on May 8.

Highland Park 12, Vernon

Hills 5

Michael Rooney totaled

three RBI to sweep the

two-game series on Thursday,

May 9.

Evanston 12, Highland

Park 7

A seven-run fourth inning

from the Wildkits resulted

in a Giants loss on

Saturday, May 11.


Grayslake North 11,

Highland Park 1

The Giants took their

ninth loss of the season on

May 6.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 18, Highland

Park 2

The Giants’ season

ended at the hands of topseeded

Stevenson in the

second round of the IHSA

sectionals on Thursday,

May 9.

Girls Water Polo

Warren 14, Highland Park


The Giants lost their

opening sectionals game to

the Blue Devils on May 6.

Girls Lacrosse

Warren 16, Highland Park


The Giants couldn’t

make it three games in a

row, falling to the Blue

Devils on May 6.

Boys Volleyball

Deerfield 2, Highland Park

1 (15-25, 25-21, 11-25)

The Giants played a

strong second set, but

couldn’t beat the Warriors

in the third set on May 6.

Maine West 2, Highland

Park 0 (22-25, 25-27)

The Giants played well,

but couldn’t finish their

sets versus the Warriors on

May 8.

Highland Park 2, Vernon

Hills 1 (25-27, 25-23,


The Giants came back

from losing the first set to

get the win over the Cougars

at Vernon Hills tournament

on Saturday, May


Boys Lacrosse

Evanston 13, Highland

Park 3

The Giants couldn’t extend

their winning streak

to three games on May 8.

Girls Lacrosse

Highland Park 13, Marian

Catholic 9

The Giants earned their

fifth win of the season on

Saturday, May 11.

Boys Track & Field

CSL North Championship

Jason Polydoris won the

two-mile race with a time

of 9:52.42 and placed third

in the one mile to lead the

Giants to a fifth-place finish

out of six teams at the

conference championship

on Friday, May 10.

36 | May 16, 2019 | The highland park landmark sports


Boys Water Polo

Giants ride hot start to sectional victory

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

Highland Park’s postseason

couldn’t have gotten

off to a better start.

Thanks to a strong first

quarter where they outscored

Vernon Hills 5-0,

the Giants cruised to a

14-7 victory in the opening

round of the Buffalo

Grove Sectional at Highland

Park High School

on May 7. Highland Park

advanced to face topseeded

Stevenson at Buffalo

Grove on Thursday,

May 9.

Frankie Pecaro and

Konrad Schmid led the

Giants scoring with

four goals apiece. Highland

Park coach Adam

Washburn was pleased

with his team’s performance

to kick off the tournament.

“It was a good win, they

all played well, they came

with a lot of energy,”

Washburn said. “It was a

nice way to start this sectional


Goalkeeper Alex Gordon

said the Giants made

a statement with their win

over Vernon Hills.

“It was a really nice

win, we got into practice

and we weren’t always on

topic, but we got through

it and really made a

point,” Gordon said.

The eighth-seeded Giants

scored three goals

less than four minutes

into the contest to put

the pressure on the ninthseeded

Cougars early. Pecaro

scored his first goal

about a minute later, and

Clark Tippens scored the

fifth goal of the quarter

with a second to go in the


Washburn said the

team’s focus on ball

movement is what led to

such a strong start to the


“We had real good defense,

but we knew we had

to move the ball quickly,

we didn’t want to sit and

let their pressure slow us

down,” Washburn said.

“We were moving without

the ball so we could

beat that ball around the

perimeter. With that, the

whole middle of the pool

opens up, so that was


Vernon Hills finally

scored 22 seconds into

the second quarter, but the

Giants scored five more

times in the period to take

a 10-2 lead. Pecaro’s third

goal of the afternoon was

a heave at the buzzer that

deflected off the Cougars

goalpost, off the Cougars

goalie and in.

Highland Park was

outscored 2-1 in the

third period, then David

Backes and Joey Pecaro

scored the first three goals

of the fourth quarter to secure


The player of the game

may have been Gordon,

who made countless stops

and deflections to stifle

any possible Cougars momentum.

“This is what he brings

every single game,”

Washburn said. “He’s a

really strong goalie, and

lets us take some chances

on defense. He’s a good


The Giants went on to

lose their next game to tevenson

18-2, ending their


RIGHT: Konrad Schmid

scores one of his four

goals against Vernon


Frankie Pecaro defends a Vernon Hills swimmer in the Giants 14-9 win on May 7 at Highland Park High School.

Photos by Nick Frazier

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the highland park landmark | May 16, 2019 | 37

Girls Lacrosse

Giants can’t complete comeback versus Caxys

Gary Larsen

Freelance Reporter

Chasing a large deficit

after halftime of their 23-11

loss to Lake Forest Academy

on Thursday, May 9 at

home, Highland Park had

one goal in mind.

“We talked about winning

the second half,” Giants

coach Jennifer Loewenstein


Trailing 17-5 after the

first two periods, Highland

Park outscored Lake Forest

Academy 5-2 to start the

second half, with freshman

Berkeley Clayborne scoring

three of her team-high six

goals during the Giants’ run.

“Everyone came together

a little bit more,” Clayborne

said. “I don’t think

we were as driven in the

first half but then we kind

of got into our game. We

picked up our speed and

figured out how we were

going to play this game in

the second half.”

Lowenstein said she

liked the resilience her girls


“We had a good start

and we tried to answer in

the second half,” she said.

“We also had a lot of goal

scorers, which was nice to

see. Berkeley scored six of

our goals and that was awesome,

and then five other

people scored the other five

goals. So it was nice to see

some different people in

that mix.”

The Giants got a goal

apiece from Tatum Rudman,

Ryan Dowell, Kaley

French, Kylie Walk, and

Logan Czerwinski.

Clayborne has had a fine

freshman season for the Giants.

“Berkeley brings a lot

of draw control and she

scored a lot of our goals

this season,” Loewenstein

said. “She’s very fast and

aggressive and she’s been

a great addition. I’m excited

to have her for another

three years.

“As a team we’ve seen

a lot of improvement this

year. We’ve had a lot of

close games and we’ve

seen tremendous growth.”

On some days a lacrosse

goalie feels slow to react,

on other days she feels better,

and on the best days she

feels the way Lake Forest

Academy goalie Annie Gifford

felt against Highland


“I felt like a brick wall

today,” Gifford said. “I just

felt really good in terms of

seeing where the shots were

going to go and when they

Please see Lacrosse, 35

Highland Park’s Berkeley Clayborne eludes Lake Forest Academy’s MJ Alexander

on Thursday, May 9 at Highland Park High School. Photos by Gary Larsen/22nd

Century Media

Boys Gymnastics

Giants show potential at state

Neil Milbert

Freelance Reporter

Highland Park didn’t

have any individual event

finalists in the IHSA State

Meet at Hoffman Estates

High School on May 11,

but coach Doug Foerch

has a “wait till next year”


In the educated opinion

of the 2018 IHSA Coach

of the Year, who directed

Deerfield to the state

championship in the team

competition last year and

Mundelein to six state titles

from 1989 through 2000,

the Giants are on the verge

of a breakthrough.

“Highland Park definitely

will be a better team,” said

Foerch. “We have about 22

kids and don’t graduate any

seniors. Next year will be

very interesting.”

From 2003 through

2012, Foerch coached a

Highland Park/Deerfield

co-op team. Since 2013,

he has been coaching both

teams and they compete as

individual entities.

This year Deerfield again

made it to the eight-team

state championship and

the defending champions

finished fifth behind Libertyville,

Niles West, Glenbrook

North and Lyons.

Highland Park didn’t

qualify for the team tournament

but had two individual

event qualifiers, sophomore

Anthony Hyatt and

junior Lucas Absler.

Hyatt qualified for all six

events, while Absler qualified

for four.

The finalists were the

contestants with the 10

highest scores in each of

the events.

Hyatt came close to making

the cut for the finals in

parallel bars, finishing in a

tie for 11th. Absler’s best

effort was 20th in rings.

In their other events they

failed to crack the top 20.

Foerch believes both

have what it takes to do

much better next year.

“Anthony’s improvement

from last year is so Junior Lucas Absler competes at the IHSA state meet at on Saturday, May 11 at Hoffman

Estates High Please see Gymnastics, 35


38 | May 16, 2019 | The highland park landmark sports


Giants cruise to conference victory over Cougars

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

Chris Thomas’ transition

into head coach of the Giants

has gone as smoothly

as he could have hoped.

That much was evident

in a conference matchup

at Vernon Hills on May 8,

where the Giants won all

10 of their matches. Leading

the way was top singles

players Jeremy Learner

and Charlie Tiemeyer.

Tom Milnarik, Mason Taitler

and Owen Klee also

won their matches against

the Cougars.

For doubles, Max Baum

and Ryan Lederer defeated

Vernon Hills’ top

doubles team, and Max

Rosenfeld and Ben Aizenberg

topped the Cougars’

second doubles group.

Matt Jarvis and Kyle

Meister, Bradley Lederer

and Matt Sosler, and Harriosn

Menaker and Marcus

Abt also earned points

for Highland Park.

“I would say across the

board, everyone played

well and took care of

business,” Thomas said.

“Against matches where

you feel like you’re the

better team, I think sometimes

it’s difficult to make

sure you’re playing your

best. I’m happy that they

came and they took care of


There are eight seniors

on the Giants roster, which

has made life easier for

Thomas, a former Glenbrook

North assistant

coach. It’s also been a key

factor to a successful season

thus far.

“It’s been nice to have

that older class, that leadership,”

Thomas said.

“It helped me ease into

it since they’ve known

what’s been going on with

things, so that’s been a

nice transition. The guys

have been great.”

The Giants turn their focus

to one final conference

match against Deerfield on

Thursday, May 9 before

participating in the Central

Suburban League tournament

at Highland Park this


The lousy weather the

past few weeks has led to a

lot of back-to-back matches

and not many practices

for Highland Park. Yet

Thomas knows his guys

are competitors who can

learn from game experience

moving forward.

“The guys like to compete,

so I think going out

there and just playing is

beneficial too,” Thomas

said. “Of course I would

have liked some extra

days this week to practice.

That can be challenging

sometimes, but overall

it’s been a long season

and they’ve been playing

well and they’re adjusted

with one another and who

they’re playing with in

doubles and things like

that. I think we’ll be ready

to go.”

Sophomore singles player Charlie Tiemeyer during his singles match against the

Cougars on May 8 at Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Photos by Nick Frazier/22nd Century






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Girls Track & Field

Gilling wins two events at sectional

22nd Century Media File



Stars of the week

1. Berkeley

Clayborne. Only

a freshman,

Clayborne scored

a team-high six

goals against Lake

Forest Academy on

Thursday, May 9.

2. Taylor Gilling.

The senior will

compete at state

for the third time

after winning a

pair of events

at sectionals on

Thursday, May 9.

3. Jason Polydoris.

The distance

runner won the

two-mile race at

the CSL North

Championship on

Friday, May 10. He

also placed third in

the one mile.

Michael Wojtychiw

Contributing Sports Editor

Third time is the charm

for Highland Park sprinter

Taylor Gilling.

The senior will be making

a return trip to the

state meet after winning

both the 100 and 200 on

Thursday, May 9, at the

2019 IHSA Class 3A sectional

at Loyola Academy.

This will be Gilling’s

third trip to state after

qualifying in the 100 her

freshman year and in both

the 100 and 200 last year.

“I wasn’t really content

with my performances today

because I had a ton

of nerves, especially with

my relay teams,” Gilling

said. “We had some tough

moments on the track but

we got through it. You just

have to be resilient.

“I’m real excited for

next week though because

I know the competition is

going to push me there.

There are some big names

going, but I just need to

stay ahead, especially in

my block starts. If you

don’t do well with that, it

puts you behind.”

Gilling didn’t only win

the 200 though. She also

set the track record with

her time of 24.83.

With this being her third

trip to state, the Highland

Park sprinter is well accustomed

to what it takes

to be successful at the

meet and feels as if she’s

become more confident

every year.

“I feel like when I’m

consistent with my running,

I know I can just

push myself even further,”

she said. “Yes, there’s

nerves there but I’m confident

that the competition

at state will push me to be


After not making it to

the finals in any races her

freshman year and missing

her sophomore year due to

an injury suffered indoors,

Gilling took fourth in the

100 last year and second in

the 200, .01 short of taking

second in the 200.

“I’m really excited to

go back to state,” Gilling

said. “I’m hoping to bring

back some medals. I had a

really great year last year

and I’m hoping to top that

this year.”

Gilling’s teammate, Junior

Ketura Liberius, took

third in the 200, finishing

in a time of 26.48. Those

two, as well as Tyanna

King and Annelise Vandenakker

helped the Giants

take third in the 400 relay

in a time of 49.63, but that

time fell just short of qualifying

for state.

Lake Forest’s Sydney

Leonardi didn’t think

she’d be running again this

season let alone qualifying

for the state meet.

After falling in the final

hurdle in a sectional meet

Taylor Gilling competes in the 100-meter race at the sectional meet on Thursday, May

9 at Loyola Academy. Photos by Michael Wojtychiw/22nd Century Media

her freshman year and

then tearing her hamstring

the next season, the junior

didn’t imagine that she’d

be celebrating with teammates

after her run in the

300-meter hurdles.

The Scout just missed

out on finishing first in the

meet, settling for second

with a 45.37-second finish.

“It felt amazing,” Leonardi

said. “I didn’t even

know if it was going to be

able to run this season, so

to qualify for state is honestly


Her performance was

the highlight of the day for

the Scouts, who finished

12th in the meet with nine


While the Scouts will

end the season, one Lake

Highland Park sophomore Sophia Love runs at sectionals.

Forest runner will continue

to run, even after she

thought she wouldn’t.

It feels amazing,” Leonardi

said. “Just to know

what I went through,

which made me stronger

as an athlete and a competitor,

so it made it feel

really good and better.”

Listen Up

“Highland Park definitely will be a better team.

... Next year will be very interesting.”

Doug Foerch — Giants boys gymnastics coach after Anthony

Hyatt and Lucas Absler Jr. competed in the state meet.

tune in

Boys Track & Field: Sectional meet

• At Niles West High School on Thursday, May

16 at 4:30 p.m.


37 - Girls Lacrosse

36 - Boys Water Polo

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Nick Frazier. Send any

questions or comments to n.frazier@22ndcenturymedia.com.

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Beginning of an era

Pair of Giants compete at state, Page 37

One final race Gilling qualifies

for state track meet, Page 39

Giants continue to thrive

under rookie head coach,

Page 38

Top singles player

Jeremy Learner

serves the ball in

his match against

Vernon Hills on May

8 at Vernon Hills

Athletic Complex.

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Century Media





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