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Ranking the

Ribs Sons of

American Legion set

for second annual rib

cook-off to raise money

for vets, Page 4

Families explore area

resources at LWSRA

Disability Fair, Page 3

Pups in the

Park Dog walking

fundraiser set to raise

money for shelter,

Page 12

Diving into

a good time

Summer Fun Guide

offers readers plenty

of activities while the

weather’s just right, Inside

Lemont resident Isabell Merrion looks at the display at the Holistic Riding Equestrian

Therapy booth on Saturday, May 11, at the Lincolnway Special Recreation

Association’s second annual Disability Fair. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media


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New Lenox PTO 5K Color


8-11 a.m. Saturday, May

18, Nelson Prairie/Nelson

Ridge Campus, 2470 Nelson

Road, New Lenox.

The New Lenox School

District 122 PTO would

like to invite all who would

love to participate in this

fun community 5k Color

Run/Walk to support our

kids, schools, and teachers.

We are happy to have

you run, walk, sponsor,

or even volunteer at this

event. All information and

registration can be found at We have

amazing local sponsors

that will be donating gifts

in your race packets and

the day of the race. Fun

T-shirts will be provided

for early registration. New

this year a digital clock

will be at the finish line to

see your time! You don’t

want to miss this event that

brings us all together for

one amazing reason for the

kids. Contact Tai McDonald

at nlsd122pto@gmail.

com for questions.

Friends of the Library

Spring Gala 2019:

Celebrating Sherlock


7-11 p.m. Saturday,

May 18, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. Join

Us for Our 11th Annual

Spring Gala 2019. Art &

Silent Auctions, Raffles,

Cash Bar, Gourmet Hors

d’Oeuvres, Music, and Local

Artisans! Tickets can

be purchased in advance

at the New Lenox Public

Library or at the door.

Ticket Prices: Adults: $30,

seniors: $25, at the door:

$40. Must be 21 or older to

attend. All proceeds benefit

the New Lenox Public



Teens Finals Study and


2-8 p.m. Tuesday, May

21, Wednesday, May 22,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Are you

looking for a place to study

for finals? Come into the

Library and spread out in

our Teen Scene. We will

have drinks and snacks

available to help you study

through the night.


First Time Home Buyer


6-7 p.m. Thursday,

May 23, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway., New Lenox.

This one hour informative

seminar will provide an in

depth explanation on the

home buying process. Our

team will provide insider

tips and tricks to educate

you and have you feeling

empowered. Our team includes

Real Estate Agent,

Nancy Graham, Mortgage

Lender, Audra Iori, Attorney,

Theresa Berkey, and

Insurance Agent, Maria

Hohman. These ladies are

experienced professionals

ready to educate you from

start to finish on the home

buying process. For more

information contact Nicole

Degrave at (815) 464-

6155 ext. 88533 or at NDE


Kids Lollipop Hunt

11:30 a.m. Saturday,

May 25, Walker Country

Estates Park Concession

Stand, 299 Lenox St, New

Lenox. Join us for our

Splash Pad opening weekend

at Walker Country Estates

Park! You and your

little one(s) will hunt for

special lollipops in hopes

of winning a variety of

prizes. The Kids Lollipop

Hunt is at a new location

this year, so come and stay

afterwards (weather permitting;

must be 74”) and

play in the splash pad. The

Lollipop Hunt is free, so

no need to register for this

event. Ages 3-6.

Build a Rain Barrel

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

June 4, Lions Community

Center, Bicentennial

Room, 1 Manor Drive,

New Lenox. In this class,

you will learn from experts

at the Will County

Conservation Foundation

about the benefits of using

rain barrels and how to use

them correctly. You will

then assemble your own 55

gallon barrel to take home!

All tools/supplies will be

provided. Please have a

way to transport your barrel!

Barrels fit in most vehicles

as long as you can

put the back seats down.

All ages welcome. $65 per


Chasing the Sun 5K

7 p.m., Thursday, June

6, New Lenox Commons,

145 Veterans Parkway.

The New Lenox Community

Park District and

the New Lenox Chamber

of Commerce will host

their Annual Chasing the

Sun 5K (evening chiptimed

race). After the race,

all participants will be

treated to a slice of pizza

while enjoying the after

race party with activities

for the whole family. Participants

who pre-register

by Friday, May 17 are

guaranteed a race shirt in

their size. There are several

ways to register: Online

at https://runsignup.


ChasingtheSun, NLCPD

Administration Building,

701 W. Haven Avenue, Lions

Community Center, 1

Manor Drive, New Lenox

Chamber Office, 1 Veterans

Parkway (Room 104).

For more information,

visit or


Lincoln-Way Toastmasters

7:30 p.m. Thursdays,

Frankfort Village Hall, 432

Nebraska Street, Frankfort.

Meets the 1st and 3rd

Thursday of each month.

Toastmasters is a community

based organization

whose primarily goal is

to help people overcome

their fear of public speaking

while also developing

leadership skills.

LWABWO Meetings

6-8 p.m. on the third

Tuesday of each month

Sept. through June, Gatto’s

Restaurant, Route 30 &

Schoolhouse Road, New

Lenox. The Lincoln-Way

Area Business Women’s

Organization is a non-profit

club formed in 1971 to

provide scholarship funds

to graduating female high

school seniors and adult

women for the purpose of

continuing education. We

are always looking for new

members. For more information,

visit www.LWAB


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American Legion Riders


11 a.m. Sundays. American

Legion Thomas Hartung

Post 1977, 14414

Ford Drive, New Lenox.

American Riders supports

veterans, children

and communities across

the world. Members of the

American Legion, American

Legion Auxiliary or

Sons of the American

Legion are eligible. For

mmore information visit


Chess Club

10 a.m. Thursdays, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Group meets on

the second floor, southwest

side until after noon. Open

to anyone, from beginner

to master, who enjoys

playing chess. For more information,

call (815) 485-


Happy Books, Happy


7-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays,

New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Children

ages 3-8 will hear a story

and make a simple snack.

Please inform staff of any

food allergies during registration.

Registration is for

the full six-week session.

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LWSRA Disability Fair shows off

its inclusive services for everyone

Memorial Day Sale!

Closed Monday, 5/27

in honor of Memorial Day

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Repporter

Everything from equestrian

therapy to financial

advice to camp options

for individuals with special

needs was found at the

Lincolnway Special Recreation

Association's 2019

Disability Fair.

The May 11 expo – held

onsite at LWSRA – featured

vendors sharing information

about services

available to parents, teachers

and individuals with

disabilities. Four presentations

further educated

attendees on disability

services available in the

Lincoln-Way area.

Karyn Reczek, LWSRA

marketing, outreach and

fundraising coordinator,

explained that the 2019

fair was building on the

success of last year's inaugural


“This year, we have 34

vendors sharing everything

and anything that a

family with a disability

might need some guidance

on," she said. "They can

come here, check it out,

talk to people, get some information

and take it from


The idea for the Disability

Fair originated from

a conversation between

Reczek, Helping Hands

Children's Therapy parent

liaison Tessa Quinlan and

Renewal Disability Services

founder Gina Smith.

“We wanted to have all

of the disability services

under one roof so that not

only can the community

know that all of us exist

to help, but also as business

owners we can help

one another to refer out

clients in case they need

Tennis player Jenna Dobson (left) and her coach Cindy

Heidkamp share information about the Lincoln-Way

Area Tennis Association on Saturday, May 11, at the

Lincolnway Special Recreation Association’s Disability

Fair. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey players (left

to right) John Pellegrini, Mandy Mackowiak and

Christopher Donisch play a game at the fair.

something that we don't

offer,” Smith said. “This is

a dream come true. It was

really successful for its

first year, so I'm excited to

see what this year's going

to hold. I'm sure it's going

to be even bigger.”

Smith had a booth at

the fair right next to Helping

Hands Children's

Therapy, where physical

therapist Rhonda Kleber

shared information about

the organization's many


“We offer speech therapy,

occupational therapy,

physical therapy, and we

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Rib cook-off to raise money for veterans home

Sean Hastings, Editor

The New Lenox Sons of

the American Legion’s rib

cook-off raised $2,473.68

for the Manteno Veterans

home last year and they

are back at it again this year

looking to raise even more


Saturday, July 13 at the

Tom E. Hartung post 1977,

14414 Ford Drive, New

Lenox is hosting its second

annual rib cook-off.

With the money that was

raised last year through

donations, rib contest entry

fees, raffles and more

helped the Sons buy two

freezers for the home,

which they desperately

needed as the old ones

were no longer operable.

After the purchase of

the two freezers, there was

$400 left over and with it

they hosted a bingo night

for the veterans at the

home. It included pizzas,

sodas and cash prizes.

Event coordinator Nick

McGuire saw everything

first hand and was grateful

to have been able to help


“The pure joy they

had doing it encouraged

us to double down and

work harder this year

at raising funds for the

home that they otherwise

would not get,” McGuire


Nick’s father, Rich is

also a coordinator for the


The July 13 event will

feature the rib contest

where teams cook up their

style of ribs to be judged

by three-to-six judges for

a chance at first, second or

third place. In each team’s

$75 entry fee includes

three slabs of pork babyback

ribs. Each team is

allowed to season, sauce,

grill or smoke, their ribs

and is in charge of their

Some of the rib cooking teams at last year’s event. Teams are encouraged to bring tents rain or shine.

Photos Submitted

Posing for a photo with the freezers bought for the Manteno Veteran’s Home last year are (from left to right) Nick

McGuire, Rachael Cunningham and Rich McGuire.

own utensils, sauces,

seasonings and cooking


Teams can use any type

of garnish they wish, but

must bring that on their

own. They are allowed to

use romaine/iceberg lettuce,

cilantro or flat leaf/

Italian parsley.

The judges grade on

appearance, taste, tenderness,

moisture and overall


All the ribs are distributed

at 8 a.m. with cooking

starting at 8:30 a.m.

and the judging starts at

3 p.m. where everything

must be turned in.

Eight teams participated

in last year’s inaugural

cook-off and just a half

point separated second

and third place and one

point separated the fourth

place team from the third

place team.

And even if one is not

participating in the cookoff,

they are more than

welcome to come eat

smoked pulled pork sandwiches

for $5. They will

be sold from 11:30 a.m.

until they are sold out of

all 80 lbs. of pork shoulder.

Admissions is free.

And for those 21 and

older, there is a cash bar

available all day, and all

of those proceeds go toward

the Manteno Veterans

Home. A craft table

for children by Tea Time

Socials will go from 11

a.m.-3 p.m.

The bar is outdoors and

there will also be bags and

horseshoes for people to

play. The event will go on

rain or shine, but tents are

recommended for teams to


This year’s big giveaway

in the raffle prizes

is a Traeger Pro Series

34-pellet smoker, which

is valued at $1,150. Tickets

are $5 or five for $20.

The winner of the smoker

will also receive a fold out

table, smoker cover and

two bags of pellets.

The Sons of the American

Legion are also selling

sponsorships for $100

which would be recognized

during the cook-off.

The sponsors will have a

3’x3’ banner hung behind

the judges table.

For more information,

text Nick McGuire at

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Foster camp fundraiser raises over $4,000

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Everyone had a person

or activity that made

their childhood feel special,

but not everyone has

the chance to create those

same special memories

for others. For 17-yearold

Jacob Cope, creating

special memories for

kids has become a passion


Cope is a former foster

child. While he was adopted

at the age of five

by his long-term foster

mother Laura Oresky, he

remembers what it meant

to be in the foster system

and treasured the opportunity

he had to spend his

summers with other kids

in the system at Royal

Family KIDS’ Camp of

Greater Joliet.

On Friday Cope and

his mother hosted their

second annual fundraiser

for the camp, a craft show

featuring raffles, a silent

auction, and other fun

opportunities to donate

so foster kids can get the

same experience Cope


The event raised

$4,403, which does not

include mailed or online

donations made.

“This means a great

deal to him,” Oresky said.

“Every child deserves

a chance to go to this


The Joliet branch of

Royal Family was started

by a group of volunteers

from Southwest Community

Church in Shorewood

in 2007 and has grown

substantially over time.

Each year the camp welcomes

between 50 and 60

boys and girls between

the ages of 7 and 11 for

one week to meet other

kids like themselves and

to take part in sports and

crafts they may otherwise

not have the ability to experience.

Royal Family is run

completely on donations,

and has no fixed location,

so it costs about $40,000

each year to cover the cost

of renting a campground

for a week and supplying

each child with their food,

supplies, and gifts, which

include a photo album of

their time at camp each

summer. The families and

foster families of the children

who attend are never

asked to pay any costs out

of pocket, so fundraising

is essential to ensure all

eligible students can attend.

“Our mission is to create

life changing moments

for foster kids, to give

them hope, and let them

know someone cares,”

said Mark Fleming. Fleming

is the Assistant Superintendent

of Curriculum

and Instruction at Will

County School District

92 in Lockport and helped

found the camp with his

wife back in 2006. “Jacob

is a really cool story. He

went to our camp for five

years and now is probably

our number one fundraiser.”

Fleming is personally

responsible for getting

Cope involved in Royal

Family KIDS’ Camp.

Cope was a student at

Oster-Oakview school in

New Lenox when Fleming

served as the school’s

principal. After learning

Cope’s background

as a foster child, he approached

Oresky about

sending Jacob to camp.

“Jacob just loved camp

when he was there,”

Fleming said. “He was sad

when he aged out and now

he’s helping other kids

and paying it forward. It’s

so encouraging. It really

lets us see the fruit of our


In addition to his yearround

fundraising efforts,

Jacob returns to camp now

as a teenager each year as

a volunteer. This July will

be his third year working

with the campers.

Last year Jacob’s efforts

raised about $12,000

Jacob Cope (second from back left) poses for a photo

with other volunteers and some former campers.

Photos by Jessie Molloy/ 22nd Century Media

Jacob Cope (right) sells raffle tickets to residents who

showed up to his fundraising event.

for the camp, including

approximately $5,000

from the craft fair. This

year Oresky said their

goal was to raise $15,000

total while matching or

exceeding the event’s proceeds.

Before the craft fair

Jacob had already raised

over $4,000 from friends,

neighbors, teachers, and

his parents’ coworkers.

Jacob’s father, Ronald

Oresky, has received donations

from his company,

NAR Roofing, each

year for the camp, and a

fundraiser Cope held at

Lincoln Way West, where

he is currently a junior,

raised $900 earlier this


For the event itself

thirty-three vendors paid

a $50 table fee to take

part. While they shopped

through the table of candles,

jewelry, apparel,

cosmetics, food, and home

decor guests could listen

to the volunteer ukulele

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Sherlock Holmes this year’s Friends of NL Library Gala theme


Library board member

Michele Monbrod did not

want to see her “baby,” the

Friends of the New Lenox

Public Library Gala “die,”

so after being away from

it for over five years, she

stepped up to replace the

former organizer to make

sure the night still goes on.

Saturday, May 18 Sherlock

Holmes and his crew

will be the theme of the

night, which will include

art, silent auctions, raffles,

cash bar, gourmet hors

d’Oeuvres, music, and local

artisans. The event is

21 and older. Tickets are

$30, $25 for seniors and

$40 at the door. The event

goes from 7-11 p.m.

Some items in the raffle

include Chicago Cubs

tickets and Chicago White

Sox tickets. The night also

includes donations from

local businesses.

The Galas are events

planned by the Friends

of the New Lenox Public

Library to raise money for

the library. The Friends

of the Library raise funds

for the library since the library

does not get a lot of

money out of the tax bill,

Monbrod said.

“The main portion of

this event is the silent auction,”

Monbrod said. “It’s

a fundraiser, all the proceeds,

after we pay back

whatever we owe from

receipts for people who

went and bought stuff for

us that are friends members,

all that profit, we

write a check and it goes

to the library.”

“There’s a lot of things

the library needs that they

can’t buy on their own

budget,” she said. “This

event years ago helped

to start the digital media

lab that is upstairs. This

event funded that gem in

this building. That’s there

because of the Friends and

their money toward that


This is the 11th Spring

Gala the library has put


The chosen themes are

not random, either. There

is some “method to the

madness.” They are usually

chosen based upon

the anniversary of the

publishing of a book. This

time around, it was chosen

because 160 years ago

was the birth of Sir Arthur

Conan Doyle, author of

Sherlock Holmes.

Also included in the

night is a wine raffle,

with roughly 50 bottles of


“It’s always been a fun

Two chairs featured in the library that were painted by Monbrod’s neighbor. Also in

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event,” Monbrod said.

“We have the wine bar

upstairs, wine and beer

usually. The adult service

desk is turned into our


She joked how it’s

“sneaky” drinking in the

library between the stacks

of books. There will also

be a signature drink to go

along with the theme of

the event. And the price of

the admission includes a

caricature artist.

Monbrod also said there

will be four actors walking

around as Sherlock,

Watson, Irene Adler and

Inspector Lestrade.

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Odyssey Golf Foundation’s community

inaugural 5K fundrasier set for May 19

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

There are many organizations

dedicated to helping

veterans cope with

post-traumatic stress disorder

and other disabilities

they must manage after

returning to civilian life.

In Tinley Park, the Odyssey

Golf Foundation is

working to do just that by

allowing veterans to golf

on a closed course among

their peers.

The five-year-old

501(c)3 organization is

headquartered at the Odyssey

Golf Foundation Golf

Course and supports about

1,300 veteran members.

“Our mission is to assist

veterans and individuals

with disabilities and give

them the opportunity to

come and play golf at the

golf course, and it’s been

a very good experience for

everybody,” said Dakota

Stariha, who is the event

coordinator for an upcoming

5K fundraiser. “We

provide therapeutic services

through golf, so we

have outings every single

week for the summer,”

Each week, more than

100 veterans from Tinley

Park, New Lenox and

other nearby communities

come to the Odyssey Golf

Foundation’s course to

play for just $20, Stariha


“The whole course is

shut down from about 8

a.m. to 3 p.m., and they

get to play golf. Everybody

that’s in the outing

is a veteran. They get

their golf included, they

get breakfast before they

go out to golf, and then

they get lunch also, all for

$20,” he said. “One of our

main goals is to make it

affordable for some veterans

who are retired and

even active duty, so we

have different programs

for each of them.”

The organization has

chosen to focus its efforts

on providing golf as an

outlet to veterans because

it allows them to be outdoors

and in open spaces

without crowding, a common

trigger for those who

return with PTSD, Stariha


“When these veterans

come back from a war that

they’ve been in, and they

have a PTSD-type experience

when they’re out in

the open,” he said. “So, by

having these outings, you

have all of these guys who

have been in these wars,

and almost even in the

same battalion so to say,

they kind of forget about

that. They don’t have the

PTSD at all, and a lot of

times, veterans have told

me that this is the only

course they can play at

because they can’t go and

play somewhere else and

have a panic attack when

they’re out there.”

To continue its cause of

providing therapy through

sport, the foundation is

hosting its first community

5K fundraising event, Run

Fore the Greater Good

5K. The 5K walk/run will

take place Sunday, May

19, with all proceeds benefiting

the Odyssey Golf


“We thought a good way

to involve everybody in

the community would be

to do a 5K,” Stariha said.

“This is the first of its kind

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2-mile dog walk set in Pilcher Park to raise money

Erin Redmond

Freelance Reporter

This June, helping a shelter

pet will be as easy as

taking a dog for a walk.

Pawsitive Impact Pet

Rescue will host its inaugural

Pawsitive Pups

2-mile dog walk fundraiser

at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 2, at

Pilcher Park in Joliet.

With half the park lying

in Joliet and the other half

in New Lenox, events coordinator

Ashley Lanigan

thought it was the perfect

location to unite both communities

for a good cause.

“The shelter is in Joliet,

but that’s part of the reason

we want to bring the walk

to New Lenox,” Lanigan

said. “New Lenox doesn’t

have a lot of area shelters.

They had a few that were

smaller and just didn’t last

or couldn’t find their location.

I think there were a

lot of people in New Lenox

who had fostered from different,

but we really don’t

have a big area shelter.”

And Lanigan is hoping

Pawsitive Impact will be

the “big area shelter” for

the New Lenox community,


While one of the goals

is to raise funds for the

shelter, the other is to raise

awareness and promote

a sense of community

among current and future

pet parents of the shelter’s

pets. Lanigan said she

wanted to do something

fun to bring people together

and thought the dog

walk was the perfect fit.

“[The] No. 1 goal is build

the community: build the

community of people who

will support the work that

Ashley Lanigan and her nieces and nephew pose for a photo with dogs. Lanigan is the coordinator for this year’s

inaugural dog walking event. Photo submitted

we do and talk to how we

are supporting the animals

in our community as well

as any other communities

in our area that we can

assist,” she said. “We’ve

picked up dogs and cats

from all different kinds of

areas. ... [Our goal is] getting

our name out and having

people understand how

much work we do with

other communities as well

as Joliet in addition to just

building awareness of who

we are. And, of course, we

do need funds.”

The Pawsitive Pups

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slated for the day,

starting with a welcome

from Pawsitive Impact Pet

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Triple Play tickets still available, some openers announced


If any resident is still

considering buying tickets

for the Triple Play Concert

Series, they are in luck because

some tickets still remain

but will not for much

longer, Mayor Tim Baldermann


Tickets for all three concerts

are $75 each and can

be purchased at the Village

Hall from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m

Monday-Friday. There is

no limit on how many

tickets can be purchased

by one resident.

Performing this year is

Cheap Trick on June 8,

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

with special guests

Blue Oyster Cult on July

20, and Kenny Loggins on

Aug. 31. The headlining

acts are scheduled to start

at 9 p.m. for each concert.

The first supporting

act performance for each

date is scheduled to start

at 6 p.m. with the second

performance beginning at

7:30 p.m.

Cheap Trick is on a summer

tour this year and their

seventh stop on it is the

Triple Play Concert.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’

stop in New Lenox

for the Triple Play show

will be their 14th stop on

their 2019 summer tour.

Joan Jett’s documentary,

Bad Reputation, became

available on Hulu, which

details the early life and

career of Jett.

Kenny Loggins’ tour

is not quite as extensive

as the other two acts this

summer as his Triple Play

stop is the third of just

four shows scheduled for

this summer. Some may

remember that Loggins

was supposed to play back

in 2015 at the Triple Play

Concert, but had it rained


The village tried to reschedule

him at the time,

but found it difficult to

matchup the village’s and

Loggins’ schedules.

Loggins did an interview

last summer, which

can be listened to on his

website Kenny Loggins.

com, where he teamed up

with “Professor of Rock”

and shared some of the

stories behind some of his

biggest hits.

Some of the openers

Patrons enjoy a Triple Play Concert in 2017 that featured the Barenaked Ladies and Living Colour. Laurie


have been set for the Series.

The two openers for

Cheap Trick are still TBD,

special guest Blue Oyster

Cult (7:15 p.m.) is the only

one announced for Joan

Gett and the Blackhearts,

and Empty Pockets (7:30

p.m.) and Kavoossi (6

p.m.) are the two openers

for Loggins.

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From Page 3

have a parent liaison on

staff," Kleber said. "We

also have a behaviorist

on staff that can help with

issues at home, school or

wherever you may need

something. We also collaborate

with day care

centers, and we have lots

of summer groups available.”

Discovery Toys, VIP

Service Dogs, Chicago

Blackhawks Special

Hockey, Everyone Cares

Camp and many more

vendors participated in

the 2019 event. The presentation

program included

Greg Zibricky sharing

a day-to-day blueprint for

autism, Trinity Services

giving an overview of its

offerings, Robert H. Farley

speaking about navigating

the Illinois disability

system and Prudential

going over its special

needs planning caregivers

tool kit.

Representatives from

LWSRA were also on

hand sharing information

about upcoming programs

– including adaptive basketball

camps, weekly

park parties and its eightweek

summer camp – and

spreading the word about

two new areas, an on-site

sensory room and a soonto-be

built universal design


LWSRA Executive Director

Keith Wallace explained

that the sensory

room is nearly ready to


“The sensory room is

a long time coming," he

said. "It's the newest thing

in special recreation associations.

We have bubble

tubes in there. We'll have

aroma therapy. We have

a chair that's really awesome

because it vibrates

and plays music. We have

some fiber optic tubes and

we also have the ability to

add on to the room,” said

Wallace. “It's for our kids

that have more sensory

needs to be able to decompress

in that space and

have a good time if they

need it.”

The sensory room also

features a swing that was

included after the LWSRA

heard the opinions of parents,

staff and the community.

“The swing is what the

parents wanted and it's

what our rec specialists

wanted,” Wallace said.

“It's going to be a great

space and we're really excited

about it.”

In cooperation with the

New Lenox Community

Park District, LWSRA

will be breaking ground

on a universal design playground

this summer. Wallace

wants the park to be a

fun place for all families in

the community.

“We want to make it a

universal design so the

playground is for everyone,"

Wallace said. "Everybody

can get a chance

to play, not just people

with disabilities, everybody.

That's the concept

of a universal design playground."

Whether collaborating

on the Disability Fair, creating

a place where everyone

can feel free to play or

offering a variety of inclusive

recreation opportunities,

the LWSRA listens to

its participants, staff and

the community to “make

people's lives easier.”

“One of our goals is to

continue to provide a family

feeling by doing things

like this Disability Fair

and to get people in our

building,” Wallace said.

“Once they see the good

news that we have in this

building, then their hearts

are open, their love tanks

are filled and they want to

be a part of it.”

More information about

being a part of LWSRA

as a participant, volunteer

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the new lenox patriot | May 16, 2019 | 11

Alleged blackface incident draws mixed responses from community

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

A photo surfaced May 4

on Instagram that reportedly

showed Lincoln-Way

Central students in what

some people believed to be

blackface at the Speedway

on Front Street and Wolf

Road in Mokena.

The photo appeared

to show three Caucasian

youths wearing black volcanic

ash charcoal acne

masks while inside of a

vehicle at the gas station.

Mokena Police were

notified of the situation

and declined to pursue

any criminal investigation,

but referred the matter to

a resource officer with

Lincoln-Way Community

High School D210, according

to Mokena Police Chief

Steve Vaccaro. The alleged

students in the photo all

were under the age of 18,

Vaccaro confirmed.

Mokena Mayor Frank

Fleischer said that he had

been made aware of the

incident, and that he understood

the situation to be

that the students we wearing

black volcanic ash

charcoal acne masks and

decided to go to the gas

station for snacks while

the masks dried.

Fleischer said that while

the actions of the students

may have been ill-advised,

there was “no reason [for

anyone] to be offended,”

adding that, “There’s no

law or ordinance against


“Kids get a chance to

make mistakes,” Fleischer


The person who posted

the Instagram photo —

Sylvester Williams, who

goes by the Instagram

handle 1st_generation_life

— said he did so at the

request of the person who

took the photo but wishes

to remain anonymous because

of personal safety


Williams said he posted

the image not to “bash”

the students but, rather,

to bring the adults of the

community together to

have a conversation about

racial issues, especially

with the string of recent

similar incidents that have

happened locally and nationally.

“I live in the area, and

I know how the area can

sometimes be,” Williams

said. “I know that there

are good people and bad

people everywhere; however,

this was a situation

that had just came up with

the high school not to far

away, Homewood-Flossmoor.

Prior to that Gucci

had some issue and Prada

had some issues. These are

things that have been in

the news, have been in the

media, and for the young

people to still do it, to say,

‘Hey, it’s not a big deal.

It’s just a charcoal mask,’

is kind of like a way of

brushing it off and saying

that it’s OK.”

The Homewood-Flossmoor

incident Williams

mentioned referred to an

April 27 posting of a video

to social media showing

the four students in

blackface driving through

a carry-out window at a

McDonald’s and making

racist remarks to a black

female employee. Prada

in December was forced to

pull products that resembled

“Black Samba” characters.

Gucci, in February

received criticism for its

sweater that angered many

over its blackface appearance.

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210 issued the following


“On Saturday, the Lincoln-Way

210 School

Resource Officer was in

contact with the Mokena

Police Department. Any

questions regarding the alleged

incident should be

directed to the police.”

The Messenger has requested

further comment

from district administration,

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SOME singing LEADS TO SOME dancing

New Lenox man competes in Orland Township American Idol


New Lenox man comes in first for Cinco de Mile 5K

Karl and Joan Oberdorf from New Lenox dance as their son, New Lenox resident

Gary Gossett sings during the Orland Township Senior American Idol competition.

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Lenox. Photos by mary compton/ 22nd Century Media

dog walk

From Page 9

Rescue and group photo

with all it’s “alumni” —

dogs, cats and pet parents

who have been adopted or

fostered from the shelter.

At 8:30 a.m., a parade

of the adoptable pets will

take place for potential pet

parents to meet some furry

friends in person and a DJ

will be on site to provide

live music, too.

After the walk — which

is slated to wrap up around

10:55 a.m. — raffle tickets

and the Split-the-Pot winners

will be announced.

The shelter is selling $5

tickets to win a $500 prize

as well as tickets for the

Split-the-Pot raffle and

raffle baskets, donated by

organizations like Bark-

Box and Tucker’s Dog

Treats, as well as generous

individuals. Tickets for the

latter are $1 a piece.

If one can’t attend, Lanigan

said there are still ways

to help. One can reach out

to Pawsitive Impact to purchase

a raffle ticket — one

doesn’t have to be on-site

to win — at

or visit the

shelter’s Facebook page and

click “Donate” at facebook.




From Page 8

[for the foundation]. We

don’t like to do a ton of

fundraising, because we

try to make it sustainable

because we are a public

course, too, so we can have

people come out and play

regularly. You don’t need

to be a veteran to come out

and play.”

Until now, the foundation’s

fundraising efforts

have relied on $10 annual

veteran memberships, civilian

play time and an

annual golf outing fundraiser,

Stariha said.

The 5K will take place

at 8 a.m., with check-in

and registration starting at

7:15 a.m. The course will

span the Odyssey Golf

Foundation Golf Course,

with parking available

at 19111 Oak Park Ave.,

in Tinley Park. The cost

of entry for runners and

walkers is $25, and registration

can be completed

at OdysseyGolfFounda

For those who aren’t

able to participate in the

5K, community members

are invited to golf at the

Odyssey Golf Foundation’s

golf course, with the

fees going to the foundation’s

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Over 200 Lincoln-Way students received the Seal of Biliteracy. Photo Submitted

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Submitted by Lincoln-Way


On April 24, Lincoln-

Way 210 honored more

than 200 students from

across the District for their

language accomplishments

in Spanish, German,

French, Chinese and English.

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languages. To receive the

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must score a 540 on

the English Language Arts

portion of the SAT, a composite

score of 21 on the

ACT and pass the STAMP


This year, Lincoln-Way

had 127 projected Commendation

students and

102 projected Seal Recipients.

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themselves and earn

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universities in Illinois,

said Amy Ficarello, Lincoln-Way

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Language Department


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the audience

throughout the event in

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and Chinese, sharing their

appreciation for culture

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approximately 7,000 sf of living space. Timelessly redesigned

from top to bottom by Margaret McCurry of

renowned Tigerman McCurry with distinctive luxury

and comfort. $690,000.

Jessica Jakubowski / Broker 312.810.6722


Cute as a button Cape Cod remodel. 4BDR, 2 up, 2

Main Level. Everything here has been redone from

the roof to the shiny new SS appliances. Large fenced

yard plus 2 Car garage with overhead storage. This is

a must see!

Liz Suppes / Broker 815.263.8740


Solidly built brick 3 BD home just needs some updating

to be fabulous! Large room sizes, huge basement,

fenced yard and 2C garage... this one is priced to fly!!

Liz Suppes / Broker 815.263.8740


4,400+ sq. ft. Tucker built home, with approximately

$150,000 in recent upgrades, new Timber Tech Deck,

built-in outdoor kitchen, and expanded stone patio,

light filled Walk-out Basement and Premium Water

Views! $675,000.

Jessica Jakubowski / Broker 312.810.6722


Breathtaking custom built home in sought-after Butternut

Creek Woods nestled on an acre of wooded property. Offering

exquisite nature views and bathed in natural light with soaring

floor to ceiling windows, this home is impeccably appointed

with finer details and luxury finishes throughout. $995,000.

Jessica Jakubowski / Broker 312.810.6722


Step back into time in this 2-story home built in 1900

sitting on .61 acres! 4 BD, 1.5 BA, 3 car garage, shed,

fenced-in yard, firepit! A little TLC will bring this beauty

back to it’s full life! $250,000.

Ann Wood / Broker (815) 263-8855

NEW LENOX - $134,900

Not too often can you find a 2 bedroom townhome with

2 full baths, in-unit laundry, 2 car garage & fireplace!

Close to everything, yet tucked away off beaten path.

Ann Wood / Broker (815) 263-8855

NEW LENOX - $109,800

Large 1 bedroom condo with walk-in closet, large

living room, in-unit laundry & 1 car garage! Brand new

updated kitchen, balcony overlooking open area.

Ann Wood / Broker (815) 263-8855


Large 2 story in the heart of New Lenox. Close to everything.

3 spacious bedrooms & 2 1/2 baths. Cook’s kitchen is 24x12

and looks out at the meticulously landscaped backyard with

in-ground pool that sparkles and features slide and diving

board. 3 car heated garage offers a place to use as a pool

house, workshop or home business. $339,000.

Sharon Ahrweiler / Broker 815-263-2844


Must see this true ranch townhouse style condo. 2 bed,

2 full baths, 2 car attached gar, cathedral clgs, all new

SS Appliances, New Carpet, walk to train. Under 220k

Cheaper than rent!!

Karen Nelson / Broker 708-220-4788


Spotless 6 bed, 4 baths, main flr ldry, full finished

bsmt, 3 car garage, hwd flooring, main level office,

nicely landscaped lot.

Karen Nelson / Broker 708-220-4788


1800 sq. ft home perfect for entertaining! New roof,

3 bed, 4 ba, full bsmt, huge family room opens up to

covered porch overlooking fenced yard.

Karen Nelson / Broker 708-220-4788


Luxury living! High end finishes through out. Dual

staircases, mahogany woodwork, finished lower level,

heated floors, brick paver patio with fireplace.



Custom built 4,285 sq. ft. 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms,

1st floor master suite, office, bonus room, 4 car garage

& a 16x14 storage shed professional landscape lot with

a pond view. $649,900.

CHRIS KACZMARSKI / Broker 815-474-1450



Premium corner & cul de sac lot with a gorgeous pond

view. 4,159 sq. ft. 5 bedrooms + office, 3 bathrooms,

huge kitchen, 3 car side load garage. A lot of house for

the money. $499,900.

CHRIS KACZMARSKI / Broker 815-474-1450



1,960 sq. ft. of office space available. Really nice end unit

on busy Cedar & Francis Road shared with a Meat Market,

restaurant, and much more. Tons of parking, minutes from

I-355 & I-80 expressways. Gross lease $13.00 sq. ft.

CHRIS KACZMARSKI / Broker 815-474-1450



4,300 - 8,890 sq. ft. available in a professional

building. Unit offers 12+ finished offices, waiting area,

kitchen, conference room, mail room, computer room,

and huge open area in the center of the building for

additional work space. Gross lease $13.00 sq. ft.

CHRIS KACZMARSKI / Broker 815-474-1450

18 | May 16, 2019 | the new lenox patriot news

Woman maintains 105-pound weight loss a decade later

Submitted by Silver Cross


In 2008, Tammy Robinette

made the lifechanging

decision to have

gastric band weight-loss

surgery at Silver Cross

Hospital. Ten years later,

she is feeling great and

living her “best life.”

In the years since her

weight loss surgery, she’s

done fitness boot camps,

can jog five to 10 miles,

eats a healthier diet and

has maintained a remarkable

105-pound weight

loss. Her journey began at

221 pounds on her 5-foottall

frame. Today, she

weighs 116 pounds.

At the time of her surgery,

Robinette’s major

health risk was a high

BMI (body mass index) of

42. But her family history

of diabetes also topped her

list of concerns. “I wanted

the surgery because both

sides of my family had a

history of morbid obesity

and diabetes. I saw my future

and wanted to change

it. I wanted to be healthier

and not another statistic

in my family,” she explained.

Robinette could lose the

weight…the problem was

keeping it off. “I had tried

everything to lose weight:

low-carb, pre-prepared

meal plans, point systems

and exercise centers. I

could follow the regimens

and lose weight, but I did

not have enough knowledge

of nutrition and

how to prepare foods in

a healthy way that could

help me maintain my

weight loss. Also, if I fell

out of my exercise routine

– the weight would come

back on quickly.”

Making the Decision

When her weight and

inactive lifestyle led to

bouts of depression, Robinette

set up an appointment

with BMI Surgery

at Silver Cross Hospital

and officially began her

incredible weight-loss

journey. Every Wednesday,

the BMI team hosts

an informational group

meeting called Obesity &

Your Health for individuals

considering weightloss


Robinette had a consultation

with Brian Lahmann

M.D., bariatric surgeon

with BMI Surgery at Silver

Cross, who recommended

gastric band surgery. After

getting the okay from her

health insurance company,

she set a surgery date. “I

will admit, I was nervous

about having the surgery,

but the staff at Silver Cross

Hospital and Dr. Lahmann

were wonderful,” she said.

New Lease on Life – Ten

Years Later

Ten years later, 49-yearold

Robinette has maintained

her 105-pound

weight-loss. A lot has

changed since then. The

former Joliet resident

moved to Alabama and

enjoys an active lifestyle.

She also eats a plant-based

diet and rarely dines out at

restaurants, preferring her

own home cooking. The

secret to her long-term

success: she’s learned a

lot about nutrition over

the years, stays away from

processed foods and sugar,

and exercises!

“Before surgery, climbing

stairs was difficult,

now I feel younger and

more energetic than I did

in my teen years! I try new

activities and feel more

confident. I just want to

thank Dr. Lahmann and

everyone involved in

my care for giving me

this wonderful gift,” she


Old Plank Road Trail included in Great American

Rail-Trail Route includes New Lenox leg of path

Submitted by Forest

Preserve District

The Old Plank Road

Trail in Will and Cook

counties has been included

in a 3,700-mile Great

American Rail-Trail

route announced recently

by the Rails-to-Trails

Conservancy organization.

The local path is one of

more than 125 trails designated

along the “Great

American” route, which

stretches from Washington,

D.C., to Washington

State. The OPRT is

a 22-mile trail that travels

from Joliet through

New Lenox, Frankfort,

Matteson, Richton Park,

Park Forest and Chicago

Heights and is owned and

managed by multiple jurisdictions,

including the

Forest Preserve District

of Will County.

The remainder of the

Great American route

A bike rider rides down the Old Plank Road Trail path. The local path includes New

Lenox. photo submitted

in Illinois uses the I&M

Canal State Trail in Will,

Grundy and LaSalle

counties and the Hennepin

Canal Parkway in

Bureau and Henry counties.

The trail’s preferred

route was released May

8. An interactive map and

additional trail details are

available on RTC’s Great

American website. The

Great American travels

through 12 states and the

District of Columbia. In

addition to highlighting

the 1,900 miles of existing

route, the report also

identifies trail gaps in

need of development.

The OPRT has been a

popular path ever since

the first 12-mile section

opened in July 1997.

Plans for creating the

path date back to the

1970s when the Forest

Preserve worked with 14

municipalities to try to

gain ownership of the defunct

Penn Central railroad


foster camp

From Page 6

performance by the Elmwood

Garden Strummers

group and were encouraged

to buy raffle tickets

and partake in a silent


Over 106 baskets and

twenty gift cards had

been donated and as raffle

prizes from community

members and Chicagoland

businesses, along

with six silent auction

items including a three

night stay at Caesar’s

Palace in Las Vegas and

a Chicago Cubs memorabilia

basket featuring a

signed photograph of Jon


“We collect things

for the gift baskets all

year,” Oresky said. “Then

Jacob and some of his

friends put together the

baskets right before the


In addition to the raffles

guests could guarantee

winning a random

prize with the “pop a

balloon” game. For $10,

sixty participants would

get a small balloon to

pop. Inside each balloon

was a ticket with a number

on it. Each number

referenced a specific prize

basket, which was theirs

to keep.

“It really meant a lot to

me, because it helped me

get to act more like a kid,”

Cope said of camp. “I was

already in a good home

when I went, but there are

other kids where it’s not

like that. This helps them

just have fun and be a kid

for a week, and it’s great

to see that.”

Fleming and the volunteers

of Royal Family

KIDS’ Camp of Greater

Joliet established Majestic

Kids, a non-profit foundation

to help fund the

camp, a mentoring program,

teen retreats, educational

support, and family

care for foster kids in the

Joliet area last year. Anyone

interested in donating

to the cause can donate

online at

for Camp #188 or send a

check directly to Jacob

Cope. Checks should be

made payable to Royal

Family Kids Camp and

can be sent to 13214 Florence

Road, Mokena, IL

60447. news

the new lenox patriot | May 16, 2019 | 19

Art comes to life before one’s eyes at

BAC fundraiser includes NL resident


Partner on

‘Gatherings d’Arts’

Submitted by Beverly Arts


The Beverly Arts Center

and Chicago Alliance

of Visual Artists came together

to present a new

fundraiser, the inaugural

“Gatherings d’Arts” on

Saturday June 15 at 6 p.m.,

2407 W. 111th Street,

Chicago. The event will

feature the opportunity to

interact with artists as they

work, culminating in an

auction at the end of the


The Gatherings d’Arts

is a collaboration between

the Beverly Arts Center

and Chicago Alliance of

Visual Artists with proceeds

going to support the

promotion of local artists

and providing additional

scholarships at the BAC.

The event will allow attendees

the chance to interact

with artists while

they work, with most artists

specializing in acrylic

painting. At the end of the

evening, guests will have

the option to bid on the

masterpieces they have

witnessed being created.

The night will also consist

of live music from guitarist

Allen Bishop, drinks,

and hors d’oeuvres. A VIP

reception will be held one

hour prior to the start of

the event.

Talent from all over the

world will be on display

with painters from Australia,

Mexico, France, and

Chicago. Artists showcasing

their skills at the event

include: Shefali Khanna,

Kurt Mitchell, Lucienne

Scanlon, Kathie Huddleston,

Marcus Alleyne,

Turtel Onli, Susan Flanagan,

Patrick Thompson,

Erik Sorenson, Jim Pryzdia

(New Leonx), Jeremy

James, Tia Etu, Sara Peak

Convery, Stephanie Bieniek,

Margaret Johnson,

Christian Thompson, Chava

Mancera, Kendall Hill,

Amy Roach, Didier Nolet,

Nicholas Decker, Karen

Duffy, Susan Bennett, Colette

Wright Adams, Dorothy

Mason, Lily Johnston,

Richard Pociask, Vicky

Tesmer, Jen N. Jessen

Lunt, Kathleen King, Sarah

Kayode, Andrew Pace,

Sue Wrzesinski, Carole

Kaufman, Gloria Nehf,

Robin J. Carlson, Rolanda

Hudson, Fiona Craig, Joseph

Baranski, and Greg


Also participating in

the event will be members

from Project Onward,

an organization that supports

the professional

development of artists

with exceptional talents

and challenges, ranging

from autism to mental illness,

and provides these

artists with workspace,

materials, professional

guidance, exhibition opportunities

and access to

markets to sell their work

and advance their careers.

Project Onward artists

showcased at the event

will be Elizabeth Barren,

Ruby Bradford, Michael

Hopkins, Michael Bryant,

and Fernando Ramirez

Tickets to the inaugural

Gatherings d’Arts are $60

for VIP tickets, $50 for

General Admission, and

can be purchased at the

BAC box office on the

corner of Western and 111

th , by calling (773) 445-

3838, or by going to bev

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From Page 7

“It will be very interesting

to see how they interact

with the patrons,” she


But as fun as the event

has been in the past, Monbrod

said it has been tough

getting people to come out

to it.

“The problem is that

people here in town don’t

know it’s happening,”

Monbrod said. “We’re trying

to show off our library

that ‘this is what you people

pay for in your taxes.’

It’s a beautiful space and

we have lots to offer here.

I would like that to continue

that people continue

to realize what a wonderful

gem we have here in

our community with this


Monbrod also encouraged

community members

to join the Friends. All

that is required is the $10

joining fee. She planned

the Galas for the first five

years as a Friends member,

but now that she is

on the board, she has been

unable to. So she hopes

that someone will be able

to take over next year and

plan the event.

“It’s a fun organization,”

she said. “This is a

fun event to plan and do

and we want more people

through the door,”

Betty Dunn Judy Niemann Cheryl Colanto


132 E. Francis Rd • New Lenox •

20 | May 16, 2019 | the new lenox patriot community


One New Lenox resident earns title of master, second earns

third degree rank

the new lenox patriot’s

Standout Student

Sponsored by Marquette Bank

grade and I have many

years ahead of me to look

for schools to go to.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would

probably to be a photographer.

Nicole Nelson earned the rank of Master at black belt testing at Family Martial Arts in

Mokena April 28. Photos by tj kremer iii/22nd century media

Lucy Cameron, 7th

grader at Mokena

Jr. High

What is one essential you

must have when studying?

One essential thing that

I must have when studying

is to have some background


What do you like to do

when you are not in school

or studying?

When I am not at school

I am probably at softball or

doing art.

Where do you want to

go to college/vocational


I don’t know want college

I want to go to right

now. I am only in 7th

What is one thing people

don’t know about you?

One thing that people

don’t know about me is

that I am an only child.

What’s one thing that

stands out about your


One thing that stands

out in my school is that

next year the 8th graders

are starting a new program

that is called best buddies.I

look forward to becoming

a part of that.

What extracurriculars do

you wish your school had?

I wish that my school

has some sort of photography


What is your morning


I have alarms set for

photo submited

everything. I have ones to

wake me up, have breakfast,

get dressed, and head

out to the bus stop.

What is your favorite thing

to eat in the cafeteria?

I pack my lunch every

day so I don’t really buy

anything from the school


What is your best memory

from school?

My best memory from

school was becoming a

National Junior Honor Society

member at the beginning

of this year.

Standout Student is a weekly

feature for The New Lenox

Patriot. Nominations come

from New Lenox area schools.


The Eller family, New Lenox residents

Abby is a 14-year-old Shih Tzu and Poodle

mix. She loves taking naps, going on walks

to the park and chasing bunnies around the

backyard. In the spring, she loves sitting

underneath shady trees and watching the

neighborhood kids play baseball.

Brendan Vlasak (right) earned his third-degree black belt at black belt testing at

Family Martial Arts in Mokena April 28.

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the new lenox patriot | May 16, 2019 | 21


Joe La Margo out as Village

manager at first meeting for

new officials

The search is once again on

for a new Village manager after

the Orland Park Village Board

voted 6-1 on May 6 to accept

the resignation of Joe La Margo.

The vote came after a short

executive session, after which

Trustee Dan Calandriello cast

the lone dissenting vote.

After the meeting, La Margo

said he was asked to resign by

Mayor Keith Pekau shortly after

the April election.

“It was within two days [after]

the election, but he has been

a gentleman about it,” La Margo


La Margo said he met with

all three of the newly elected

trustees recently and that he

thought he would have been

able to work with them had he

continued working as Village


“They really do seem to have

a passion for the community,”

he said. “I wish them the best.”

La Margo worked for the Village

for 13 years and has lived

in town for nearly 20 years.

After the meeting, Pekau

said there was no specific thing

about La Margo that led to the

decision to ask the Village manager

to resign, and the mayor

said he would not comment on

La Margo’s job performance.

Pekau said the reason it was

on the May 6 agenda — the first

at which the newly elected trustees

were seated — was to move

the Village forward.

“It’s better for Joe, and it’s

better for the Village to just

move forward and not drag this

out,” Pekau said.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance

Reporter. For more, visit OP


Odyssey Golf Foundation’s

community 5K fundraiser set

for May 19

There are many organizations

dedicated to helping veterans

cope with post-traumatic stress

disorder and other disabilities

they must manage after returning

to civilian life.

Right in Tinley Park, the Odyssey

Golf Foundation is working

to do just that by allowing

veterans to golf on a closed

course among their peers.

The five-year-old 501(c)3

organization is headquartered

at the Odyssey Golf Foundation

Golf Course and supports

roughly 1,300 veteran members.

“Our mission is to assist veterans

and individuals with disabilities,

and give them the opportunity

to come and play golf

at the golf course, and it’s been

a very good experience for everybody,”

said Dakota Stariha,

who is the event coordinator

for an upcoming 5K fundraiser.

“We provide therapeutic services

through golf, so we have

outings every single week for

the summer.”

With its cause of providing

therapy through sport, the foundation

is hosting its first community

5K fundraising event,

Run Fore the Greater Good 5K.

The 5K walk/run is to take place

Sunday, May 19, with all proceeds

benefiting the Odyssey

Golf Foundation.

The 5K will take place at 8

a.m., with check-in and registration

starting at 7:15 a.m. The

course will span the Odyssey

Golf Foundation Golf Course,

with parking available at 19111

Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park.

The cost of entry for runners

and walkers is $25, and registration

can be completed at

Reporting by Amanda Del Buono,

Freelance Reporter. For more, visit


Alleged blackface incident

draws mixed responses from


A photo surfaced May 4 on

Instagram that reportedly shows

Lincoln-Way Central students

in what some people think to be

blackface at the Speedway on

Front Street and Wolf Road in


The photo appeared to show

three Caucasian youths wearing

black volcanic ash charcoal

acne masks while inside of a


Mokena Police were notified

of the situation and declined

to pursue a criminal investigation,

but referred the matter to

a resource officer with Lincoln-

Way D210, according to Mokena

Police Chief Steve Vaccaro.

Mokena Mayor Frank

Fleischer said that while the actions

of the students may have

been ill-advised, there was “no

reason [for anyone] to be offended,”

adding that, “There’s

no law or ordinance against stupidity.”

The person who posted the

Instagram photo, Sylvester

Williams, said he did so not to

“bash” the students but, rather,

to bring the adults of the community

together to have a conversation

about racial issues.

“I live in the area, and I know

how the area can sometimes

be,” Williams said. “I know that

there are good people and bad

people everywhere; however,

this was a situation that had just

came up with the high school

not to far away, Homewood-

Flossmoor. … These are things

that have been in the news, have

been in the media, and for the

young people to still do it, to

say, ‘Hey, it’s not a big deal; it’s

just a charcoal mask,’ is kind of

like a way of brushing it off and

saying that it’s OK.”

Reporting by T.J. Kremer III, Editor.

For more, visit MokenaMes


Kelvin Grove Nature Club

expands with inaugural market

A few years ago, Kelvin

Grove School teacher Christie

Soulian would look out her

classroom window at an unused

piece of land near the playground

and imagine it being a

special place for her students: a


And with the garden came the

inception of the Calvin Grove

Nature Club.

“I put in a letter of interest

for the Nature Club,” Soulian

explained. “We started with the

fourth- and fifth-graders. They

were so excited to have a club.

The students who started this

are now sophomores in high


Taking a walk behind the

school, one finds a small patch

of fenced-in land. Four raised

garden boxes dot the lot, and

there also is a rain barrel.

Soulian, who has taught at

Kelvin Grove for 16 years, sees

Nature Club participants learn

responsibility and other life


“They learn how to be helpful

to the school and other kids,”

Soulian said. “This is taking

ownership of something that

some kids miss out on. This

gives the students a sense of accomplishment

from start to finish.”

In addition to taking care of

the garden, the Nature Club

held its first Nature Club Market

on May 3 and 4. The students

are attempting to raise money

to purchase benches with the

plastic milk jug caps they have

been collecting. They also are

looking to purchase other items,

including updating the rain barrel

setup, in order to increase

functionality and to beautify the

KG garden.

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter. For more, visit


Concerts on the Green to

feature new, returning acts

For more than three decades,

summers in Frankfort have

brought Fourth of July fireworks,

opportunities to explore

the great outdoors and Sunday

evenings with music at Breidert


Now in its 32nd season, the

2019 Concerts on the Green

series is to kick off June 16,

with performances scheduled

for every Sunday through Aug.

25. The concerts, sponsored by

the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce,

are typically held at Breidert

Green, but in the case of

stormy weather, the shows will

move indoors to the Founders

Community Center.

“Continued generous donations

from businesses, churches,

civic groups and individuals to

fund these concerts are the reasons

we have been able to bring

high-quality free entertainment

to the Green for so many years,”

said Pam Griffin, a member of

the Frankfort Concerts on the

Green committee.

Eight volunteers are tasked

with reviewing the hundreds of

bands that request to perform

for the occasion. This year’s

lineup encompasses a broad

range of musical genres, from

Motown and R&B to Caribbean

reggae and calypso.

While several familiar acts

will return to the Breidert

Green stage, such as the Joliet

American Legion Band

and retro rock and roll band

Rosie & The Rivets, three

new groups are scheduled to


“As always, we try to provide

variety in the 10 concerts we

present, and hope to please the

audiences,” Griffin said.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog, Editor.

For more, visit FrankfortSta


LTHS students dominate

in drafting and design


LTHS drafting and design

students are making their names

known after recent victories at

Illinois Design Educators Association

and SkillsUSA competitions.

Seven out of eight LTHS students

who participated in the

IDEA annual state drafting and

design competition on April

27 placed first. Those included

Matthew Stonis, who got first

Please see nfyn, 22

22 | May 16, 2019 | the new lenox patriot news

Police Reports

Man charged with threatening a police officer after unrelated arrest

David P. Craig, 37, 300

Marion Street, Joliet, was

arrested on a warrant and

subsequently charged with

threatening a public official

(police officer). An officer

reportedly conducted a traffic

stop at Lincoln Highway

and Nelson Road on the vehicle

and met with the driver,

Craig, and learned that he

had an outstanding warrant

out for his arrest for failure

to appear in court. Craig

was reportedly taken into

custody, and while being

transported to the NLPD,

Craig reportedly made numerous

threats of bodily

harm to the officer and began

to kick the window of

the squad car in attempt to

break it, police said.

May 5

• A resident in the 1100

block of Honey Lane reportedly

had their unlocked car

entered while it was parked

in their driveway. Nothing

was reported missing.

May 4

• Michael E. Nielsen, 35,

10s151 Ivy Lane, Apt. 213,

Willowbrook, was charged

with DUI after a reported

accident. An officer reportedly

arrived and investigated

the crash and learned that

the driver of the offending

vehicle, Nielsen, was driving

under the influence of


• A resident in the 700 block

of Wisconsin Road reportedly

had their unlocked vehicle

entered while it was

parked in their driveway

overnight. Nothing was reported


• A resident in the 300 block

of West Woodlawn Road reportedly

had their unlocked

vehicle entered while it was

parked in their driveway

overnight. A phone charging

cord was reportedly


• Someone reportedly tried

to enter a resident’s vehicle

in the 800 block of Wildwood

Drive. Police said an

officer met with the complainant

who advised officers

that they have video

of the subject entering their

driveway and checking door

handles of their vehicle on

two consecutive nights. The

vehicles were reportedly

locked and the offender left

and nothing was taken from

the vehicles.

• Someone reportedly stole

$900 worth of teeth whitening

and hair restoration

products from CVS, 115

East Lincoln Highway.

May 2

• Paul G. Mitchell, 38, 3300

Blanford Ave. was charged

with retail theft. Mitchell

reportedly loaded a shopping

cart with over $240

worth of items and exited

the store without paying.

He was reportedly stopped

in the parking lot by an employee

and the police were


• A resident in the 600 block

of Marilyn Drive reportedly

had their unlocked vehicle

entered while it was parked

in their driveway overnight.

Police said approximately

$7 in loose change was stolen.

May 1

• Timothy A. Clark, 56,

2580 Foxwood Drive, was

charged with DUI and leaving

the scene of an accident.

An officer was dispatched

to Route 6 and I-355 in reference

to a crash where the

offending vehicle struck an

ambulance and fled. The

driver of the ambulance

reportedly followed the vehicle

and called the police.

An officer located the ambulance

following the vehicle

and conducted a traffic

stop on the vehicle. The

officer reportedly met with

the driver/offender, Clark

and learned Clark was driving

under the influence of


• Martino Junior High

School was reportedly vandalized

with graffiti. An

officer reportedly met with

the complainant who said

someone spray painted graffiti

on a wall of the concession


April 30

• A resident in the 800 block

of Western Ave. reportedly

had their identity stolen.

An officer met with the

complainant who advised

that someone obtained

their personal information

and fraudulently attempted

to open numerous lines of


April 29

• Jorge E. Garza, 55, 710

Raven Road, Shorewood,

was charged with retail

theft. Police said an officer

was driving through the

Walmart parking lot when

he was flagged down by a

loss prevention associate

in reference to a retail theft

complaint. The associate

reportedly pointed to a subject

entering a vehicle and

advised that the subject had

just stolen items from the

store. The officer reportedly

met with the driver, Garza,

and learned that Garza had

stolen several steaks and a

knife from the store. The total

value of the stolen items

was reportedly $118. The

items were recovered from

Garza’s vehicle.


Lenox Patriot’s Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found online on the

New Lenox Police Department’s

website or releases

issued by the department and

other agencies. Anyone listed

in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all charges

until proven guilty in a court

of law.


From Page 21

(state champion) in 3D

Assembly Modeling; the

architecture design team

of Aldo Guerra, Naser

Salem and William Centano,

who got first (state

champion) with a perfect

score; and the engineering

design team of Jonathan

Naughton, Daniel Arechiga

and Caleb Speechley,

who got first place (state

Calling all

champion) with a perfect

score. Bryce Bejlovec

won the regional in March

and also competed in the

Introductory CAD division.

The competition featured

individual drawing

problem events, as

well as an architecture

design competition and

an engineering design


Beyond that, out of the

37 drafting, engineering

and design students who

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went April 11-13 to the

Illinois SkillsUSA annual

State Leadership and

Skills Conference, 10 successfully

earned positions

to compete in nationals

June 24-29.

“This is by far the most

we’ve had in the SkillsUSA

qualify for nationals,”

said Jeff Brown,

vice president of IDEA

and instructor on architecture,

engineering and

design courses at LTHS.

“It was very successful.

Ten students is quite a bit,

and the IDEA contest, I

had eight students qualify

for state, and seven of

them won the state championships.

So, you don’t

get much better odds than

that. And all around, it has

been a really successful


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Assistant Editor. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.


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All three Lincoln-Way

High Schools named in

best US high schools list

Submitted by LincolN-Way


U.S. News and World

Report released their 2019

Best High Schools rankings,

and for the first time,

all three Lincoln-Way high

schools made the list. The

U.S. News rankings include

data on more than

23,000 public high schools

in 50 states and the District

of Columbia. More

than 17,000 schools were

ranked on six factors based

on their performance on

state assessments and how

well they prepare students

for college. On their 2019

rankings, Lincoln-Way

East ranked 1,330 nationally

(61 in Illinois),

Lincoln-Way Central

ranked 1,625 nationally

(72 in Illinois), and Lincoln-Way

West ranked

2,673 (104 in Illinois).

U.S. News ranks schools

in a variety of categories,

including College Readiness,

AP Exams, Math and

Reading Proficiency, and

Graduation Rate. sound off

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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From as of Monday,

May 13

1. Memorial bench, garden created for

‘New Lenox Angels’ in Commons

2. LW D210 not saying much about

reports of students in blackface

3. New Lenox triplets put up big numbers

on their ACT

4. Homer Glen: Homer man charged with

DUI, reckless homicide, leaving scene

in fatal I-55 crash

5. LW Central grad soaks up Team USA

hockey experience

Become a member:

“Tyler Third grade students in Mrs. Dahl’s

and Mrs. Ervin’s classes presented to

their families on the thematic unit for the

Western Movement. Students studied

the Oregon Trail and presented to their

families with their portfolios, Lego Movies

and board games based on what they

learned in Social Studies.”

New Lenox School District 122 posted this,

May 8

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From the Publisher

We can do better as a community

Joe Coughlin



was embarrassed by

my community this

week and I would like

to tell you about it.

I know and I love this

community. I was raised

in New Lenox, went

through public schools

at District 122 and LW

D210, and remain a community

member, though

living with my family in a

western suburb.

This community is

compassionate, loyal

and proud. It believes in

respect and kindness. And

those values seemed to be

at odds last week.

Through our reporting,

we learned that three

young people (juveniles)

who reportedly had on

black face-cleansing

masks allegedly drove

to a local gas station for

snacks while wearing the


I am not interested

in debating their intention.

It is irrelevant to me

whether they wanted to

do harm, thought it was

a meaningless joke, or

were completely ignorant

to “blackface” and its


That’s because either

of the options is a problem,

and a problem we

as a community need to


“Blackface” has a racist

history, one in which

it was used to degrade,

demean, insult and generally

disrespect persons of

color. Wearing blackface,

regardless of your intention,

aligns you with that


And this is where I

grew embarrassed, not

necessarily by the kids or

their act, but by our community’s

reaction as the

incident became news.

That reaction was a

general shoulder shrug.

We need to admit that

what these kids did was

wrong — not because

they are racist, not because

they meant offense,

but because we as a community

respect each other

and believe in accountability.

While this community

lacks diversity (and that’s

not a crime), we value and

respect all our neighbors.

Therefore, we must recognize

how an act like this

affects everyone.

This community is

proud and believes in

loyalty. Those attributes

are at the top of the list of

reasons I love it. We rush

to protect our own and

defend what is ours.

In that rush, though,

amid that fierce loyalty

and wall of pride, we can

lose perspective — forget

the other values we hold

dear, like our steadfast

belief in right vs. wrong.

Think about the times

you remained silent even

though you felt uncomfortable

with a friend’s or

relative’s behavior. Our

love for and loyalty to that

person may keep us from

being honest.

But we know better.

We know true friendship,

true leadership is calling

out our loved ones and

our neighbors when they

need calling out. Love is

based on mutual respect,

and mutual respect allows

us to constructively challenge

each other.

We can, at the same

time, support our young

people (like the three

teens in the facemasks)

and take a stand against

insensitivity (like wearing

blackface). We can

shoulder this burden as

a community and say,

“Kids, this was an error

in judgment, but you are

not villains. We believe

in you, and we apologize

for not showing you the


We have a responsibility

to do that together.

Our community leaders,

like those in charge of our

education at LW District

210, have a responsibility

to speak up.

Silence sends a message

that is loud and clear that

we condone these acts. By

ignoring them, we enable


This leads into a final

point: We can do better.

No doubt, there are

worse things you can do

than wear face-cleansing

masks to a local gas

station, but it is behavior

— malice-free or not

— that is not acceptable

anywhere and certainly

not here. We need to ask

and discuss why anyone

would think it is OK to

go out in our community

while wearing black facemasks.

It is not a simple question

to ask or answer. It

forces us to take a hard

look in the mirror, and I

hope our community leaders

— from government

officials to educators to

longtime residents — ask

themselves that question.

I know I did. I hope you

do, too.

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Essay expert

Central student’s essay earns her

multiple awards, Page 28

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Cafe offers variety of coffees in a cozy cafe

setting in New Lenox, Page 33

New Lenox community members gather to officially celebrate 50 years of the New

Lenox Park District, Page 27

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In Memoriam

Katerina Karras

Katerina Karras, “Kay”

(nee Panagiotopoulos),

75, Elmhurst, died May

4. Beloved mother of Paul

(Fran) and Sophia (Tim)

Berdebes; dearest “yiayia”

of Nick (Jennifer), the late

George, Helen, Katerina,

and Peter; great-”yiayia”

of Eva and Niko; loving

sister of George Panos

(Gloria); fond aunt of

many nieces and nephews

here in the United States

and in Greece. Katerina

will be remembered for

her selfless heart, forever

putting friends and family

first, and will be truly

missed. May her memory

be eternal.

Michael R. White

Michael R. White, 64,

New Lenox, died May

3. He was an avid reader

(sometimes two or three

books a week), attended

live performances whenever

possible and enjoyed

music, films and

television. Michael was

a people-person, he enjoyed

helping in the community

and at his church.

He loved dogs – always

kidding around – when

he saw a dog out in public

he said, “all dogs know

me, they love me.” As

did most people. Mike

has friends all across the

country. His Christmas

card list is made-up of

over 200 addresses, and

he planned the mailing

carefully so every card

arrived on the first delivery

day after Thanksgiving.

He was in constant

contact with many, many

people. Michael is survived

by his husband Tim

Miller, parents Robert and

Carol White, brothers E.

Anthony (Alita) and Terry

(Sheila), and a long list of

nieces and nephews, and


And Michael’s dog Sadie.

Mark Galvan

Mark Galvan,

74, New

Lenox. died May 3. Retired

after over 30 years

of faithful service for

I.B.E.W. Local 701. U.S.

Army Veteran. Husband

for 52 years of Anna (nee)

Valle; father of Christine

(Michael) Bonnan, Renee

(Michael) Dybala, and

Nicole (Alan) Krusza;

devoted “Nonno” of Brianna,

Jacob, Julia, Kyle,

Katherine, Lea, and Kelly,

“Bisnonno” of Ryan, Nolan

and Rylee; beloved

father figure to Kimberly

and Steve Vick; brother

of Teresa Fabris, Maria

Tenuta, Lucia Emrich,

Flora Lakomek, Andrew

and the late John and Anthony

Galvan; dear uncle

and friend of many. Beloved

brother-in-law and

Zio Marco to his extended

family in Italy. Mark was

a proud and active member

of American Legion

Post 1977, the Knight of

Columbus Father Dick Allen

Council #10926 of St.

Jude Church, and the Veneti

nel Mondo.

Charles E. Ellis

Charles E.

Ellis, 88, New

Lenox, and known to

many as “Red”, “Chuck”,

and “Charlie”, died Sunday,

April 28. Beloved

husband of Patricia Ellis

(Otis); loving father

of David (Kathleen) Ellis;

cherished grandfather

of Rachel, Samuel, Matthew,

and Jared Ellis; dear

brother of Louise “Lou”

(late Earl) Voight, brother-in-law

of Lois Ellis,

Debra (Ricardo) Rael and

Donna Buchholz. Numerous

nieces, nephews and

cousins also survive. He

was preceded in death by

his parents Jackston Sr.

and Julia Ellis (Thornton);

brothers Jackston Jr. (late

Zelda) Ellis and William

“Bill” Ellis and brotherin-law

Clint Buchholz.

Chuck was a United States

Marine Veteran serving in

the Korean War. He was

40 plus year member of

AOPA, (Aircraft Owners

and Pilots Association) and

was on the search and rescue

team for the Civil Air

Patrol. The family wishes

to thank the Joliet Area

Community Hospice team

for the compassionate care

that Charlie and the whole

family received during the

last few months. In lieu of

flowers, contributions to

Faith Bible Church, The

Center, Legacy Families,

or Joliet Area Community

Hospice would be appreciated.

Dena D. Luzi

Dena D. Luzi, 84. died

Wednesday, May 8, New

Lenox. Daughter of the

late Elizabeth nee Pignotti

and Peter Luzi. Sister of

Rose (late George) Kristina

and the late Ann (late

Edward) Karpas, Nancy

Luzi and Norma (late Anthony)

Capretti. Beloved

aunt to many nieces and



Hickory Creek Church (10660 W. Lincoln

Hwy Frankfort)

Marriage Night

7-10 p.m. Friday, May

17. Marriage Night is a

one-night event for married,

engaged and dating

couples to laugh and learn

as they hear from marriage

experts and discover how

to honor God through their

relationship. The speaker

lineup includes Francis

and Lisa Chan, Les and

Leslie Parrott, and comedian

Michael Jr. Tickets

are available for $15 per

person. To register visit


Revolution Church (24520 South U.S.

Highway 52, Manhattan)

More Faith Less Fret Study

6:30 p.m. Mondays.

Held at the house of a

parishioner. Contact the

church for more information

at (815) 418-6555.


10 a.m. Sundays,

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Worship Schedule

Traditional worship is at

9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Musical Opportunities

Join the vocal choirs,

bells choirs, or praise team.

There are opportunities for

children, teens, and adults.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday

or Thursday evenings.

For more information, call

(815) 485-8271.

Chapel Bible Study

7 p.m. every Monday.

The Friday Morning

Women’s Bible Class

9:30- 11:30 a.m. Fridays,

conference room.

Men’s Study Group

7 a.m. Saturdays, conference

room. This group

is led by Scott Creech.

Ridgewood United

Community Pantry

Ongoing. located next

door to Trinity UMC (our

sister church) on Fairbanks

Ave. in Joliet. This food

pantry serves the 60432

and 60433 zip codes. The

pantry is very appreciative

of all food and monetary

donations received.

Prison Ministry

Second Wednesday of

the month. Members can

send monthly packets of

encouragement to prisoners

who have identified

as religious or wanting to

know that they are God’s


St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second

Ave., New Lenox)

Stations of the Cross

2:30 and 7:00 p.m. and

April 5, 12.

The Life in the Spirit

Prayer Group

The Life in the Spirit

Prayer Group will be

blessed with a return visit

by Dr. Mark Nimo on

Thursday May 23, 2019 at

7:30 p.m. Dr. Nimo has

led missions and prayer

meetings in over 40 countries

world-wide. Please

join us for a Spirit-filled

evening of prayer, worship

and teaching. Information

at 815-557-8990 or 815-


Expectant Mother’s


11 a.m.- Noon, every

second Sunday of the


Mass Schedule

7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

and 6:30 p.m. Sundays;

7:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday;

5 p.m. Saturdays and

8:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

MOMS Monthly Meeting

9:30- 11:30 a.m. first

Thursday of the month.

St. Jude Franciscan Hall

Room 3 and 4, 241 W. Second

Ave, New Lenox.

Called To Holiness

7-8:30 p.m. every first

Monday of the month.

This is a new young adult

faith-sharing group for

Catholics in their 20s or

30s in the Chicago Southland

area. Its purpose is to

grow in our faith through

scripture, discussion and

prayer. For directions to

the meeting location and

more information, contact

Jennifer at calledtoholi

Peace and Social Justice


7- 9 p.m. St. first Monday

of the month. Jude

Franciscan Hall Room

4, 241 West Second Ave,

New Lenox.

Eucharistic Adoration

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. first Friday

of the month.

Lincoln-Way Christian Church (690 E.

Illinois Highway, New Lenox)

Worship Services

9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

HERO Family Support


7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

This group is open

to anyone with a family

member currently struggling

with addiction, suspected

addiction, or currently

in recovery. Family

support meetings provide

helpful tools and information

to better equip people

to help their loved ones

through their struggle.

This group provides a supportive

environment with

others who have had similar

experiences and an opportunity

to meet and network

with others.

Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S.

Gougar Road, New Lenox)

Church Service

10:30 Sundays. For

more information, call the

church at (815) 485-5152.

Please see faith, 28 life & arts

the new lenox patriot | May 16, 2019 | 27

Park District’s 50th anniversary fun time for everyone

Sean Hastings, Editor

The weird Illinois

weather forced the New

Lenox Park District’s

50th anniversary party

inside the Lion’s Community

Center, but residents

in attendance were

still treated to games,

food, photo booths and


“It went very well,”

Lea Pipiras, director of

recreation said. “It was

nice celebrating the Park

District’s 50th.”

The Park District was

also presented with a

Lion Trophy from the

Lion’s Club in celebration

of the 50-year mile


The party had about

80 people in attendance,

who got to play giant

Jenga, bags, bozo buckets

and picture bingo. The attendees

were also able to

take a photo in a photo

booth with a “50” sign.

“The kids had a great

time,” she said.

One of the more interesting

aspects Pipiras

touched on was how everyone

has their starting

memory of what the Park

District was. Especially

now with the children of

New Lenox, the “new”

offerings adults see are

eye-opening for some,

but for the children, this

is just the norm. And

in 20 years, when these

children grow up more,

what we though was

new and great, will be


Pipiras has been working

for the Park District

for 16 years and has

seen the town grow in

just that amount of time

and wondered what 50

years has to feel like.

She also started working

in the Lion’s Den, which

was torn down years


As much as New Lenox

as a park district and as a

town has grown over the

years, Pipiras hopes to

make some major additions

for the community

to enjoy. It all depends

on the funding for them


She said she hopes to

eventually have the park

New Lenox residents (left to right) Darcy, Jack and Carson Krsek play giant Jenga at the Park District’s 50th

Anniversary Extravaganza. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

district’s own recreational

facility because of how

many activities they have

to offer. She also made

sure to thank the local

schools for allowing park

district activities to take

place in them.

“We’d also love to have

a dog park,” she said.

She said the last 16 years

have flown by for her.

Now it’s time to see

what the future holds for

the New Lenox Park District.

Nathan Davis (New Lenox) gives a high five to Bucky the Beaver at the Park District’s

50th Anniversary Extravaganza at Lions Community Center

A cake in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the New Lenox Community Park District.

28 | May 16, 2019 | the new lenox patriot life & arts

LWC ROTC student receives awards for her essay

Erin Redmond

Freelance Reporter

If one would’ve asked

Abi Knippel about the Air

Force Junior Reserve Officer

Training Corps three

years ago, she might have

stared blankly back at them

While she hadn’t heard

of the ROTC back then,

the Lincoln-Way Central

junior is well versed in the

program now. So much so

in fact, her essay about it

has received accolades at

the regional and state level

— and it’s currently in contention

to be the best in the


Knippel’s essay entitled

“How JROTC has prepared

me to be a better citizen of

the United States of America,”

took first place in the

state, a honor she was recognized

for during a May

11 ceremonial luncheon

in Springfield. For winning,

the junior took home

$1,000 and an engraved sabre.

Just weeks before, she

had won $150 for the top

spot in the regional competition.

“It was honestly really

easy to write because all I

had to do was ramble on

about how much I love the

ROTC and everything that

it’s done for me. It wasn’t

terribly difficult,” she said.

“... In terms of class essay

writing, I’m not amazing.

But, I do love writing about

things that I like, so this

was easy peasy.”

The only difficult part of

the process, Knippel said,

was the application paperwork.

After submitting her

essay, her Master Sergeant

made an announcement in

class a couple weeks later

that she’d won Regionals

and, a couple weeks later,

she learned she’d taken the

top spot in state, too.

Now, she awaits word

about how she fares among

her peers at the national


“I’m very nervous,”

Knippel said. “I haven’t

heard back about that, but I

have my finger crossed. …

It’s been a little while since

it’s been submitted, so I’m

hoping it’ll be soon.”

In her essay, the Cadet 1st

Lieutenant of Unit IL-961

speaks of knowing nothing

about a military-based high

school or why it would be

beneficial. But her curiosity

led to speaking with Lt.

Col. George Ramey during

an eighth grade open house

at LWC — and she’s glad

she did.

“Right then and there,

I signed the sheet to get

myself into the ROTC and

it’s just been amazing since

then,” Knippel said. “I love

the people. Everyone in it

is just so amazing; we’re

like a big, ol’ family. My

freshman year, I joined the

drill team, which was super

amazing. I’ve been a commander,

I’ve been on almost

every single team, it’s

been so much. It’s made it

so great.”

In addition to the people,

Knippel said in her essay

the ROTC has taught her

priceless leadership and

life skills. She has learned

how to do everything from

being a public affairs coordinator

to doing her own

taxes. Skills, she said make

her “prepared to take on

the world outside of high

school with confidence,

knowing that I possess the

valuable knowledge needed

to be the best citizen I

can be.”

While she doesn’t graduate

until next spring, Knippel

is considering what

her path will be after high


And she hasn’t completely

ruled out the military.

“At this point, I’m kind

Abi Knippel holds her Outstanding JROTC certificate.

photo submitted

of still deciding,” Knippel

said. “I’m kind of leaning

towards just going to college

and doing my own

thing, but in the back of my

head, it’s kind of telling me

‘Abi, you love this and you

might want to do this.’”


From Page 26

Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)


5 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.

and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Sunday School and Living


9:15 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call

(815) 485-6973.

Bible Studies

8:30 a.m. Wednesdays

and 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Sunday School and Adult

Bible Class

9:15 a.m. Sundays.

Teen Catechesis

6 p.m. Wednesdays

Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Celebrate Recovery

7-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

For anyone struggling

with hurts, habits, or

hang-ups. For more information,

call Deb at (708)


St. John Orthodox Chapel (112 Church

Street, New Lenox)

Sunday Services

10 a.m. Sundays. After

the service is Introduction

to Orthodoxy. Refreshments

served, Seekers are


New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New


Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call

(815) 462-0202.

The Hub (1303 S. Schoolhouse Road,

New Lenox)

The Landing

6:30-8:30 p.m. every

Wednesday. This is

a group to help teens

break free from hurts,

hang-ups and addictions.

There is no charge. For

more information, search

for Freedom Haus on


Cherry Hill Church of Christ (2749

Lancaster Drive, Joliet)

Sunday Services

10:30 a.m. every Sunday;

1 p.m. on the first

Sunday of each month

and 6 p.m. every Sunday

except the first Sunday of

each month.

Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St.,

New Lenox

Saturday Service

5 p.m. the first, third

and fifth Saturday of each


Italian Night

6 p.m. Saturday, March

30. Dinner & Entertainment

Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar

Road, New Lenox)

Men’s Bible Study

6-7:30 a.m. every Friday.

For more information,

call (815) 462-7700.

Junior and Senior High

Bible Study

6:30-8:30 p.m. every

Wednesday. For more information,

call (815) 462-


Parkview Christian Church (2121 S.

Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox)

Worship Services

4 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30

a.m. Sundays.

Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox)

Church Services

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays.

Adult Class

9:55 a.m. Sundays. The

adult class usually meets

in the back of the sanctuary

to discuss a different

topic each week.

Prayer Group

11:45 a.m. Wednesdays.

Denise Jones hosts

a monthly gathering for

prayer. The prayers include

our church, our

young people, those on

the prayer list from the

bulletin, and any other

concerns or celebrations.

The group will meet on

the third Wednesday of

each month at 11:45 a.m.

Please call (815) 838-

0388 or the church office

(815) 485-5327 if you will

be attending.

Bible Study

10 a.m. Every Wednesday.

For more information,

call (815) 485-5327.

The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford

Drive, New Lenox)

Reverberate Youth Group

1-3 p.m. Every first

Sunday of the month.

The group meets to discuss

a message geared

toward junior and senior

high school students.

For more information,

email youth@our

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor

Sean Hastings at sean@ or call

(708) 326-9170 ext. 48. Information

is due by noon on

Thursdays one week prior to

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Joint Pro’s small staff makes treatment more personal for patients

Sean Hastings, Editor

Not just anyone can

be a physical therapist at

Joint Pro in New Lenox,

1405 East Lincoln Highway.

From the top down,

everyone shares the same

values, which is to treat the

patient like family.

At Joint Pro, there are

three physical therapists

and when a patient comes

in, they get to know everyone


Physical therapist assistant

Amanda Mitchell has

been at Joint Pro for about

two-and-a-half years and

the “team” and “family”

atmosphere were keys for

her when she was searching

for jobs, making Joint

Pro the perfect fit.

In searching for a job at

other places, she learned

that some of the bigger

chains made their therapists

see a certain amount

of people in a day.

“I thought ‘how in the

world am I supposed to

do this and actually have

quality interactions with

these people,’” she said.

“When I was interviewing

here, it was a long interview

process, but because

we are so small, we have

to click with everyone else

here too. It was so much

more patient-focused and

we just care so much about

the people here and every

person that walks through

the door matters.”

Being right out of

school, Mitchell wanted to

work under someone who

had lots of experience,

and that person is clinic

manager and orthopedic

clinical specialist, Michele


Deering has 30 years

of experience and is a big

reason in why Joint Pro

operates the way it does

with the team and family

atmosphere. Joint Pro celebrated

its three-year anniversary

May 9 and she

has loved to see it grow the

way it has.

“Being a small private

practice, we’re all about

giving back to the community,”

she said.

Joint Pro is owned by

Josh Feigl, who also is a

physical therapist. Feigl

has been treating patients

in the Lincoln-Way area

for 15 years.

The way they like to

“give back” to the community

and treat them as family

is that they treat each

patient’s injury special to

them. Deering said there

is no “cook book” on how

they treat a certain injury.

The newest member of

the staff, Jen Brenczewski

spent her last 13 years at

a different company but

has already adapted to the

family style at Joint Pro.

“Therapy is expensive

and we know that,” she

said. “It’s your time, that’s

worth a lot. We really

want to make sure we’re

looking at you as a whole

and having the time to facilitate

a program that’s

tailored toward the individual

patient and not just

a cookie-cutter program.

We want your visit to be

more like an impact visit

every time you come here,

so changing it up, adding

a home program, making

sure you’re educated along

the way making sure you

know why you’re doing

what you’re doing.”

Brenczewski added that

the personal touch her and

the other therapists show

toward the patients makes

the patient feel like they

are being heard.

“I think that they can tell

that we are truly listening

and paying attention to

what it is that ails them and

what they need to do to be

better instead of just saying,

‘I think this program

The space inside Joint Pro is not large, but it really helps the staff keep it’s family atmosphere with themselves

and their patients. Sean Hastings/22ndCenturyMedia

is going to work because

it works for every knee,’”

she said. “We’re making

a program that works for

you as a person.”

And with the personal

touch and each patient getting

know each therapist, it

can give them more comfort

knowing that the therapist

they are seeing that

day already knows their

injury, how they’re progressing

and what is being

done to help it.

“We do everything as a

team,” Deering said. “Every

therapist here, knows

every single patient. It’s

great because you have

three therapist’s brains

working on the same case

all the time. As a patient

you may see me as the

primary therapist on your

case that day and maybe

another therapist the next

time you come in, but you

will always be taking to

use every time you’re here.

Every patient that comes

in, we treat them as part

of the family and they become

members of the Joint

Pro family.”

The three agreed that the

patients are not treated as

number in a list of patients

and Deering said the room

will never be too filled up.

Mitchell added that

while they are giving the

patient a personalized

treatment where they can

regularly see them, it becomes

rewarding for them

to see the patients progress.

And being a small practice,

Joint Pro does not do

any marketing, but rather

relies on the word of

mouth from their patients,

and it has worked well so


“We had a guy that was

about 90 comeback and

say ‘I ran Boston 5K,’”

Mitchell said. “Almost

a year after we saw him

and that was amazing. He

invited us to his birthday

when he turned 90. It’s

just cool to see that, because

that’s a crazy situation,

because how many

90-year-olds are running

5K’s. I’ve had people ride

their bike by on the path

and say ‘hey look I’m

riding my bike, I’m doing

great.’ A lot of people

will refer to us and I think

that’s one of the highest

compliments, because

they’re trusting their

loved ones with our care.”

If someone is looking

for physical therapy, all

they need to do is call and

make an appointment and

they can be treated, since a

new law passed in Illinois

that says patients no longer

need an order from their

physician to go to physical

therapy, Deering said.

Joint Pro has a pediatric

therapist, Stacy Simanis,

and a men’s and women’s

health specialist, Lauren


Joint Pro also has another

location in Frankfort,

and while expanding may

be a typical goal for some

businesses, that is not the

case for Deering and her

team at Joint Pro.

“We’re here to serve the

greater Lincoln-Way community,”

she said. “We

don’t have aspirations of

moving throughout the

country. Our focus is on

providing the best quality

care possible for our community

and giving back to

the community as much as

we can.”

For more infomration,


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Poetry Corner

The Dying Church

Poetry Corner


Castles built in cities dire,

Housing hearts without the fire.

Steeples’ bells which once aroused,

Now shout work! And grace is


Its spirit weeps, an abandoned


Love songs sung have slowly died.

And my spirit sinks into an endless


Mourn, mourn, my soul, His

church foregone.

She struggles on to hear the


Deaf he is to the real Teacher.

Choking melodies that once were


Sentencing to death the Living


The Bridegroom weeps for the

empty womb,

A barren place now like a tomb.

His bride’s spirit broken apart,

Her heart grows cold, her eyesight


And my spirit sinks into an endless


Mourn, Mourn, my soul, His

church foregone.

Mourn, mourn, my soul, His

church is dead

Cut to the quick by leaven bread.

I find no solace to my grief,

A comforter to give relief,

Yet on the horizon shining bright,

Is a sparkle of wondrous Light.

And my spirit soars into endless


Praise, praise, my soul, has seen

the Dawn.

Marcia Horan,

New Lenox

Warm weather starts with a little of sorrow

As I test out my shorts, I must diet tomorrow!

But the scale goes up, then the scale goes


One day is a smile, the next day a frown.

Oh someone get me off this Merry-Go-


Off to the gym

To try to get trim.

I try a new diet

But I don’t get slim.

It seems hopeless to me, my bikini desire.

Here comes the personal trainer I hire.

I lift some weights to fight my bulges

And hope it hides my food indulges.

It’s an endless battle, this fight-to-lose war.

My weight loss resolution just goes out the


It’s a victory won to stay slim for a week;

Then I say goodbye to the weight I seek.

A chocolate brownie, its fat grams I count;

As I drink diet cola, the carbohydrates


Veggies and protein, it’s got to be;

Stay away from sugar religiously.

They say drink water to get rid of the bloat,

But yikes is that water weight or fat I


I must find a bathroom or my false teeth

will float.

I go to the sauna to sweat it away;

Take Zumba to keep all the calories at bay.

I do yoga to help me manage the stress,

I run and I bike to look good in a dress.

This diet yo-yo just makes me a mess.

Why use a scale, I’ll just have to guess.

So I open the window with a suicide


And throw out my betrayer, my bathroom


Marcia Horan

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The Dish

Songbird Cafe ‘spoiling’ customers with the coffees it offers

Sean Hastings


For decades, Songbird

Cafe owner Maria Kopulos

dreamed of owning her

own cafe one day and kept

a journal of names she


But when she had the

chance to open her own

place, those names did not

fit what she wanted. And

what she wanted was to

sell “really awesome coffee

with some really good


She always liked the

saying “giddyap” and its

relation to horses getting

up and going, but she knew

she wanted a comfortable

and cozy cafe setting. Her

next thought was that birds

are approachable.

“I asked myself, ‘What

about Songbird?’” she

said. “So, I started looking

that up. My brother is

a horse race aficionado and

loves to follow the races.

He told me Songbird is a

retired racehorse, and that

was perfect. It went handin-hand

where I wanted to

have the horse incorporated

into this.”

Songbird Cafe, located

at 21950 Howell Drive in

New Lenox, serves a variety

of different coffee

blends brought in from

three different Chicagobased

companies that go

beyond a typical cup.

It offers blends from

Dark Matter, Passion

House and Four Letter

Word. Kopulos said when

she tried Passion House

for the first time it was

the smoothest cup of coffee

she ever had. Songbird

also sells Passion House’s

cold brew ($4).

“I said if I’m ever able

to open a cafe, I would like

to spoil everybody with

Songbird Cafe offers three different Chicago-based companies’ coffees: Dark Matter, Passion House and Four Letter Word.

Photos by Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

the phenomenal things that

these people do with their

roasting, because they just

put out some great blends

and some single origins

that are really good,”

Kopulos said. “I said if

I have to be here all day

working, then I want to

drink the best, and I hope

to educate everyone and

what great coffees we have


Kopulos makes sure to

keep two different styled

roasts from different companies

on the menu. Customers

will usually find

one darker “richer” roast

and a medium roast.

The coffees from each

company change from

time to time, based on

what they have available.

“They’ll all release different

coffees, because

they’ll get the beans and

say, ‘We have this limited

for now,’ and they’ll tell

you the roasting notes on

it,” Kopulos said. “Passion

House, the ones that

we stock here, typically

are the ones that they always

have that we always

brew, and once in a while,

Songbird Cafe

21950 Howell Drive in

New Lenox


• 6 a.m.-2 p.m.


• 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


• Closed Sunday

For more information ...

they’ll do a single-origin


All of the coffees are

$3 and come with one refill

for dine-in. Customers

can get a to-go cup at 12

ounces ($2.75), 16 ounces

($3) or 20 ounces ($3.50).

The coffees also are sold

by the bag and can be

taken home. Prices range

from $14-$16. The prices

vary based on the type of


“I just have the retail

side to get coffee out there

to people,” Kopulos said.

“I’m not trying to charge

[a lot]. My business is the

cafe, but I do love having

the availability for people.

I’m not charging out the

One of the top items at Songbird Cafe is the Cowboy Bowl ($9.50), which includes

two eggs, hash browns, shoulder bacon and sausage, topped with homemade gravy.

The Songbird Beignets to the right (10 for $5.50) are wildly popular as well.

nose for some of these

coffees, which definitely

could be more.”

All the coffee comes

in directly from Logan

Square, Bridgeport and

West Town, and nothing

sits on the shelf for more

than a week or two, she


Songbird Cafe also has

a large food selection for

breakfast and lunch on its

menu. Kopulos said the

Cowboy Bowl ($9.50) is

one of the most popular

dishes on the menu. It is

served with hash browns,

shoulder bacon and sausage,

topped with gravy

and two eggs.

One of the top house

specialties is the Breakfast

Burrito Suiza ($7.50),

which features eggs, black

bean, salsa and cheese,

and comes smothered in

Songbird’s homemade

ranchero sauce. Chorizo,

chicken or bacon can be

added for $2.50.

Kopulos said they take

pride in their homemade

sauces because they offer

customers options for food

that most will not make on

their own at home.

Another fan favorite are

the Songbird beignets (10

for $5.50), which are typically

ordered as a side or

an easy to-go meal.

Songbird is to celebrate

its one-year anniversary on

May 31.

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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

1. ‘Mamma ___ !’

4. On your own

8. Certain camera, for


11. Liquorish flavor

13. Not fully shut

14. ___ bit (slightly)

15. Play

17. Place for parishioners

18. British rocker Gallagher

19. Ad

21. Spider is one

22. Having no sequel

23. Tax form ID

25. Browns, on the


27. Decimal basis

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for customers (abbr.)

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school in New Lenox

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(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


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specialty includes

accessible bathrooms

and homes.

While there are four

ranch plans to choose

from the Lawler

highlight is the master

bedroom and guest

bedrooms are separated

by the family room and

kitchen. It’s great for an

empty nester.

The homes come

priced in the low $300s.

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Lawler model at Sky

Harbor Phase II from

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday,

Saturday and Sunday.

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call (815) 462-0242.

Cherry Hill South

T.J. Cachey Builders

also has two lots left

in Cherry Hill South,

with homes from

$240,900. The exclusive

community consists of

39 single-family homes,

including look-out lots,

in a natural setting close

to Old Plank Trail bike

path. The 1,600- to

3,600-square-foot ranch

and two-story designs

include generous lot

sizes and semi-custom




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Manhattan, T.J. Cachey

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two-story townhomes.

With beautifully

appointed features and

options to fit you and

your family’s needs, this

community is close to

the historic Wauponsee

Glacial Bike Trail.

While some are ready

for quick deliveries, the

ranch and two-story

townhomes range in

size from 1,700 to 2,100

square feet and are

priced from $222,900.

Basements are optional.

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years experience

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What: Four Bedrooms, 2.1


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Fantastic curb appeal with

upgraded and meticulous

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with trey ceiling, walk-in closet plus big master bath with double sinks, neutral

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with vaulted ceilings and another with bonus room. Full basement with nine-foot

ceilings, finished office area, storage room plus roughed in bath. Three-car garage

is finished and insulated. Wait until you see the gorgeous backyard with oversized

patio with canopy. Great locale-walk to parks, New Lenox Commons and more.

Asking Price: $399,999 Listing Agent: David J.

Cobb, GRI

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(708) 205-2622.

E-mail: David@

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• 914 Wildwood Drive, New Lenox,

60451-3350 - James E. Schwab

Trust to Louis C. Hoelle Jr, Kristine M.

Hoelle $365,000

April 18

• 411 Apache Drive, New Lenox,

60451-5607 - Reginald Booker to

Tonia Rae Zekas, $372,000

April 18

• 17960 Prairie Ridge Way, New

Lenox, 60451-5405 - Bwc Holdings

III Llc to Monica M. Gesiakowski,

Michele M. Gesiakowski $497,000

April 18

• 513 Stafford Drive, New Lenox,

60451-2173 - David F. Cohn to Erik

J. Kocinski, Catherine M. De Young


April 22

• 721 Schoolgate Road, New Lenox,

60451-3202 - Bona Trust to Jennifer

Kilian, $245,000

April 22

• 894 Shagbark Road 894, New

Lenox, 60451-2499 - Daniel Beach

to Janet Kuester, Frederick S. Kuester


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Hiring Desk Clerk

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& Housekeeping


Needed at Super 8 Motel

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9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Media group looking for

Copy Editors/Writers

In-house Mon. - Fri., P/T

Journalism Background

Email Resume to

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Located in Lockport

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Wed. 9-6, & Fri. 9 or 10-3

(815) 955-4650

Construction Work

on a per job basis

Epoxy Flooring/Concrete

Must have car

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As we continually grow,

SW Suburban cleaning co.

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Cleaning Pros

Exp. Preferred but Will

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Mokena Community

Wide Garage Sale

30 + HOMES


May 16, 17, 18 and 19th





Green Gardens Township

104th and Bruns Rd. Fri. 5/17,

8-4pm and Sat. 5/18, 8-2pm.

Huge sale -antique, vintage, &

collectibles. Large variety of


Homer Glen 14027 Kickapoo

Trail. 5/17, 8 - 3pm and

5/18, 8-1pm. Tools, household,

and other good finds!

Lockport 1224 St. Charles Dr.

5/17 &5/18, 8-3pm. Baby

and misc. furniture, clothing,

lots of good stuff!

Lockport 507 Thornton St.

Fri. 5/17 8-5pm, Sat. 5/18

8-2pm. Man’s Sale - shop

equip., machinery, fixtures,

engine stand, 2ton hoist, tools,

RV equip., & household items

Lockport, St. John’s

Episcopal Church,

11th & Washington

Rummage & Bake Sale

Fri. 5/17 & Sat. 5/18 8-2pm

New Lenox 730 Churchill Dr.

Fri. May 17 - Sat. May 18,

8-4pm. Baby and toddler

clothes, misc. baby items, and


Orland Park 15153 Hiawatha

Trail. Fri. 5/17 - Sat. 5/18,

9-3pm. Household, jewelery,

tools, garden, things for all!

Orland Park 7538 Hemlock

Dr. Fri. May 17 -Sat. May 18,

9-3pm. Clothes, household &

kids stuff. Everything must go!

Orland Park Church

Rummage Sale for Orphans

ALL proceeds will benefit

families from our church

community that are adopting!

Selling baby equipment, toys,

furn, hshld items, & much

more! The sale will be held

on Fri, May 17, 8am-2pm &

Sat, May 18 from 8am-noon.

Located at 7500 W. Sycamore

Drive, Orland Park, IL

Tinley Park 18300 Cottonwood

Dr 5/17-5/18 8-2pm

Home decor, men &womens

clothing, holiday items &


Tinley Park 8106 Nottingham

Road. Thurs. 5/16, 9-2pm.

Tools, furniture, kitchenware

& much more!

1053 Multi Family


Tinley Park

Bristol Park Townhome

Community Sale

May 18th 8 - 2pm

Enter Bristol Park Drive off

of 175th St., half a mile east

of 80th Avenue

Antiques, fireplace accessories,

desks, furniture, lamps,

pots/pans, kid’s clothes &

toys, golf clubs, Coleman

pop-up shade, tools, Wuersch

chime wall clock, and misc.

household items

1054 Subdivision


Annual Breckenridge

Garage Sale

18108 Imperial Lane

Orland Park

May 16th, 17th, and 18th

8 AM - 2 PM

Household items,

men’s + women’s clothes/


tools, holiday decorations,

school supply, pet supply,

and so much more!




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Lockport - Long Bow

Creek & Dakota Glen of

Broken Arrow Subdivision

On Division St between

Gougar & Farrell.

Fri 5/17 & Sat 5/18

9am-2pm. 40+ homes

Don’t miss this one!

Frankfort 145 Center Road,

near downtown. Corner of

Center and Salk. Parking on

street. Fri. May 17 and Sat.

May 18, hours 9-3pm. Living

rm, bedrm, family rm furn. and

accessories. Dinette set, organ,

some antiques, china, TV,

Bernina sewing mach. BBQ

grill, patio set, etc. Costume

jewelery, basement and garage.

Joan’s Estate Sales


Homer Glen 14345 SGolden

Oak Dr 5/18 8-3pm Lots of antique

furniture! Tables, accent

furniture, chairs & more!

1057 Estate Sale

1058 Moving Sale

Frankfort, Timbers Edge Annual

Subdivision Sale. 80th

Ave. & Laraway, 5/17-5/18,

8-3pm. Household, clothes,

furniture, and much more!




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2010 Honda Civic - 67,270

miles. Recent breaks & tires,

automatic. Very good shape!

$7950 Mark: 708-912-0250

1061 Autos Wanted



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1099 Lake Front Property For Sale


62286 M40 Jones, MI 49061


86 sq ft of Bair Lake lake frontage at this year

round 10 year old home! Home features an

open floor plan with sliders toaspacious lake

front deck.3bedrooms,2baths, fireplace and

main floor laundry. And an unfinished walkout

basement.2car garage.

68814 Wallowa Road, White Pigeon, MI 49099

Grass Lake

Cozy, well maintained move-in ready home on

peaceful Grass Lake. Double lot with 180’ of

frontage. Enjoy fishing, swimming and boating.

CALL Peggy Ruggles

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1225 Apartments for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.



Wills Apartments

1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

2 Bedroom apt. $ 980



2003 Appliance Repair




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2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

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2701 Property for




NOX, IL 60451 (Brown brick, two story

townhouse, detached one car garage).

On the 30th day of May, 2019 to be held

at 12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case








Case No. 18CH 1990 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

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. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County. Judgment amount is

$137,618.22 plus interest, cost and post

judgment advances, if any.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, 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 of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:


1 N. Dearborn Suite 1300

Chicago, Illinois 60602

P: 312-346-9088










2702 Public


Certificate no. 32844 was filed in

the office of the County Clerk of

Will County on May 6, 2019

wherein the busness firm of Studio

M. Piano located at 1938 E Lincoln

Highway New Lenox, IL 60451

was registered; that the true or real

name of the person owning the

business, with their respective post

office address is as follows:

Michelle C. Dodge

1167 Linden Circle

Beecher, IL 60401 815-462-3400


hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet, Illinois,

this 6th day of May, 2019.

Lauren Staley Ferry

Will County Clerk

2703 Legal












) SS.














Defendant. No. 18 CH 1990


Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 19th day of March, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

30th day of May, 2019 ,commencing at

12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, sell at public

auction to the highest and best bidder

or bidders the following-described real

























Commonly known as: 767 BON



Description of Improvements:

Brown brick, two story townhouse, detached

one car garage

P.I.N.: 15-08-22-426-011-1004

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

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. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County. Judgment amount is

$137,618.22 plus interest, cost and post

judgment advances, if any.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, 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 of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

2703 Legal


the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.




1 N. Dearborn Suite 1300

Chicago, Illinois 60602

P: 312-346-9088


Plaintiff's Attorney

Sheriff of Will County

Notice of Self Storage Sale

Please take notice Red Dot Storage

14- New Lenox located at 10 Ford

Dr., New Lenox, IL 60451 intends

to hold anauction of the goods

stored in the following unit indefault

for non-payment ofrent. The

sale will occur asan online auction

via on

6/4/19 at 9:30 AM. Unless stated

otherwise the description ofcontents

are household goods and

furnishings. Scott Kenny Unit #6;

Bella Hobbs Unit #97. All property

is being stored at the above

self-storage facility. This sale may

be withdrawn at any time without

notice. Certain terms and conditions

apply. See manager

for details.

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

5 piece entertainment center

solid oak smoked glass doors

fully lighted, lots ofstorage for

cd’s, tapes, etc. Ex cord. $65

OBO Call 708-532-4044

5piece Entertainment Center

solid oak smoked glass doors,

fully lighted, lots ofstorage for

cd’s & tapes, etc. Excellent

condition $65 OBO


7inch tile cutter machine $30.

Craftsman small deluxe router

table. Like new $40

Call 708-479-0193

Ab Lounge Ultra (VGC) $40

Urban Rebounding mini

trampoline (VGC) $40

Call 708-987-8641

Bears XL blue/orange jacket

$35, Winter beige XL jacket

$20, Pink 40R mens sport

jacket made in USA perfect

$40 Call 708-460-8308

Bike Murry 10speed girls fits

4’6-5’2 powder blue $30.

Call Bruce 708-738-5038

Brand new two headrails with

all new hardware 118”x84L

$25 each.

Call 708-403-2473

Bridgestone Blizzak W570

winter tires size 215/45R17

$100 for all 4 never used, still

in wrap. Tinley Park


Brown reclining love seat with

center console. Excellent condition

$85 Call 815-838-0239

Decorative 40”Dx30”H copper

finish table-Great foyer statement

$100 Call 708-966-4470

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

Dining room orKitchen light

fixture made in Italy. New in

box, never installed. Retail

value at $250 selling for $65


Dining room or kitchen light

made inItaly, $250 retail fixture

new in box never installed

$65 Call 815-485-6008

Ice crusher $10, Waffle iron

$10, Silver plated service for

eight $15. Call 708-349-3238

Ikea Inreda bookshelf lights

new have 10 $5 each.

Call Carl 708-717-5054

Jar 1” plastic anchors and

screws $5, 7pc screwdriver

new set $7, H/D steel scoop

shovel $15, 4pk alkaline D

batteries $5 708-460-8308

Ladies short hooded jacket size

XL $15, Wilson new leather

change purse $12, Mens

black/grey new XL jacket $15,

Honda Accord key chain new

$14 Call 708-460-8308

Like new glass sliding bath tub

doors. $100.

Call 708-614-1988

Maple crib and mattress, car

seat, used only at NaNa’s,

Buggy $100. 815.838.6054

Metal detector MP3 Pro digital

used 1 time and back in box

$100 Call 708-717-5054

Mini rotisserie $20, Cardio Fit

$20, 36” gold lamp $15,

Dinning room chair covers

4 for $20 Call 815-478-3870

Paslode staples full cases $25

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Knights clinch conference, extend win streak to 17

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central senior

Amanda Weyh knows

her team is strong in many

areas. If the Knights have

a bad pitching day, their

offense and defense will

likely come through. If the

Knights struggle offensively,

they likely won’t

need many runs due to a

lights-out pitching staff.

Most of the time,

though, Central gets the

job done in all facets.

“I think we do a lot of

things good as a group,”

Weyh said. “Everyone

goes up swinging, looking

to put the ball in play. We

always practice hard and

work hard and have each

other’s backs.

“It’s great knowing I

have such a great defense

behind me when I’m on the

mound and girls are going

to make plays. I know if I

gave up a run, we’re going

to come back out swinging

and get those runs back.”

Weyh tossed a complete

game shutout and had

three hits and scored two

runs in a 7-0 win at Andrew

on May 6.

The Knights swept a

doubleheader with Thornton

two days later, winning

both games 15-0, to run

their winning streak to 17.

Central improved to 23-2

and 10-0 in the SouthWest

Suburban Red and has

wrapped up the outright

SouthWest Suburban Red


“We’ve been playing

great,” first baseman Torince

Muczynski said. “We

bond really well together.

Everyone seems to be

playing well and we’re going

to make it far. The key

is keeping our confidence

up but not getting too far

ahead of ourselves.”

Muczynski sparked the

Knights’ offense against

Andrew with three RBI,

including a run-scoring

double in the first inning.

“It felt good because

I’ve been in a little bit of

a slump,” Muczynski said.

“It’s easy to do when my

teammates are always on


Throwing her first pitch

in the bottom of the first

with a lead already in hand

helped Weyh settle in.

“It’s nice to get those

early runs,” she said. “It

takes the pressure off a

little bit, but you have to

make sure you never lose

any focus or let down.”

The Knights added a

pair of runs in each of the

third and fourth innings to

pull away.

Muczynski produced a

sacrifce fly and Sydra Seville

drove in a run with a

double in the third. Carly

Alvers (3-for-4) added an

RBI single and Muczynski

picked up her third

RBI on a groundout in the


“It’s not always one person

in our lineup,” Central

coach Jeff Tarala said. “It’s

someone different every

day. Tori, Ashley [Platek],

Amanda. Gabby [Gedville]

is doing an unbelievable

job at the top of the


Gedville went 3-for-5

and added an RBI single

while Alvers was 3-for-

4 with a home run that

capped the scoring.

The Knights also found

out last week that they are

the top seed in the Class

4A Thornwood Sectional.

Central will open the

postseason at home, taking

on Romeoville or Joliet

Central in a regional

semifinal at 4:30 p.m. May

22. Plainfield Central and

Homewood-Flossmoor are

the other teams in the regional,

and the final is set

for May 24.

Lincoln-Way Central’s Torince Muczynski produces one

of her three RBI in the Knights’ 7-0 win at Andrew on

May 6. Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

“Hopefully the girls

stay confident,” Tarala

said. “That’s a lot of it.

We’re just preaching

to always have productive

bats. There’s always

something to do, even

if you don’t have it that

day with the bat, you can

make a play with your

glove or find some way to



Warriors look to bounce back after three-game skid

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way West took

an eight-game winning

streak into its May 8 game

at home against Andrew,

and the Warriors seemed

poised to make it nine after

fiving innings ended.

West’s Ben Gerl had a

no-hitter going through

five and had been totally

dominant, with Andrew’s

only baserunner reaching

on an error. The Warriors

had just given him a tworun


The Thunderbolts,

though, broke through

with some timely hits to

put up four runs in the

sixth inning and knocked

off West 4-3 in a South-

West Suburban Red game.

“We’ve got to learn how

to fight through some of

those moments in close

games,” West coach Jake

Zajc said. “We’ve had

some close games in conference

where we haven’t

been able to do that.”

Andrew beat the Warriors

again, 4-0, on Friday,

May 10 and a tough 2-1

loss to Joliet Catholic on

Saturday, May 11 dropped

West to 17-8 on the season.

In the May 8 game, the

Warriors broke a scoreless

deadlock with two runs in

the bottom of the fifth.

Brock Berry singled,

stole second, moved to

third on a pinch-hit single

from Robert Jackman and

stole home after a pickoff

throw to first.

An error then brought in

the second run.

The long inning may

have affected Gerl, though,

as Andrew answered with

four runs on two doubles,

two singles and a walk in

the sixth.

“Ben was really sharp

the first five innings,” Zajc

said. “We had a little bit of

a long inning offensively

so he sat for a while, came

back out and just couldn’t

get back in the groove.

“Andrew took advantage

of it. You have to give

them credit. Overall, Ben

threw pretty well. It was

just wasn’t enough.”

The Warriors came back

with a run in the bottom of

the sixth. Brendan Sturm

walked, and Joe Gonzalez

followed with an RBI double,

moving to third on the

throw home.

Gonzalez represented

the tying run at third with

just one out, but West

could not get him in.

The Warriors then went

down in order in the seventh.

“Overall, we played a

pretty decent game,” Zajc

said. “We just needed to

come up with another big

hit or two in those situations.

We made a couple

mistakes there, and you

have to give Andrew credit

for putting those hits together

in the sixth inning.”

West suffered another

late heartbreaker against

Joliet Catholic, which won

the game on a two-out

walkoff single by Christian

Knapczyk in the bottom

of the eighth inning.

Zajc hopes there’s time

for his team’s fortunes to

turn around again before

the postseason.

“We’ve been struggling

a bit to find consistency

offensively,” he said. “We

had a string in the beginning

of the season where

we couldn’t miss, we were

putting up runs like crazy.

I think we’ll get back

there. We’ve got a bunch

of games coming up to try

to get back rolling.” sports

the new lenox patriot | May 16, 2019 | 49

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Ryan Kraft


LW West blows by LW Central

to stay alive in SWSC race


Freelance Reporter

Ryan Kraft is a sophomore pitcher/

infielder on the Lincoln-Way Central

baseball team.

How long have you played baseball

and how did you get started?

I’ve been playing baseball since I was

about 4 years old. My dad [Greg] and my

grandpa [Jim] used to always play catch

with me and throw batting practice to me.

I’ve just always loved the game.

What do you love most about it?

I just really like the competitiveness

and I really like being a part of a team and

knowing your teammates are always going

to be there if you have a bad day.

The team’s really come on strong

lately. What’s been the key?

We’re just relying on each other to

make plays and knowing that we’re here

for each other. If someone doesn’t make

a play, there’s no need to panic because

we know someone will be there to pick

them up.

You’ve hit the ball well all year.

How have you had that success?

I feel like I’ve just been hunting firstpitch

fastballs, knowing where my zone

is, and driving the ball.

You’re already committed to play

in college at Indiana. Why did you

pick Indiana?

My grandparents went there and my

sister, Lauren, is there now so I’ve always

kind of had a connection to the school.

I’ve always wanted to go to Indiana since

I was a little kid. I really like the coaches

there and the atmosphere.

Does having that decision out of

the way help you?

Yeah, it takes a lot of weight off my

shoulders and takes away a lot of the


Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

If you could be anybody else for

a day, who would you want to be?

Nolan Ryan. He’s one of my favorite

baseball players of all time and obviously

a really good pitcher.

If they were making a movie about

your life, who should play you?

I’d say my dad because we’re both very

similar, we like a lot of the same things.

We both love baseball.

You’re stranded on a deserted

island and can have an endless

supply of one food. What do you


Watermelon. It’s my favorite fruit.

Who would you pay to see in


I’d see Queen. They’re one of my favorite

bands. I like old stuff. I really loved

“Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Interview conducted by Sports Editor Steve


Call it a bounce-back victory.

That’s what took place May 9 when

Lincoln-Way West defeated rival Lincoln-Way

Central 25-11, 27-25 in a hardfought

boys volleyball match at Central.

The win moved the Warriors to 29-4

overall and 5-1 in the Southwest Suburban

Conference. It came just one day after

West was upset 25-23. 21-25. 25-20 by

Sandburg and kept the Warriors involved

in a logjam atop the SWSC standings.

“A loss in the conference was a big hit,”

West coach Jodi Frigo said. “The guys did

a great job today getting refocused.”

West started quickly in the opening set

against Central. With Nico Studer serving,

the Warriors scored eight straight points

to take a 15-5 lead. Eventually, two nifty

kills by Alex McDonald ended the set.

“The first game we just came out tight

and nervous,” Central coach Mary Brown

said. “It wasn’t even a game. West was

flawless. In the second set I felt we were

competing. We just couldn’t stop them at

the end.”

The Knights looked like they may take

the second set. It was a see-saw battle as

the hosts took a 24-22 lead on back-toback

aces by Tyler Casey. A kill by West

outside hitter Ben Pluskota prevented

Central from getting the winning point.

Eventually the set was tied 25-25 before

West senior Louden Moran served the final

two points. The contest ended on a kill

by Chris Dargan, his fourth of the set.

“I was missing some serves earlier this

season so it was good to find it again,”

Moran said. “There’s a lot of pressure

at the end when you’re serving with the

game on the line but I felt good.

“We knew Central was a good team so

we wanted to try to take control early and

just handle it throughout. We had some

lapses in the middle of the game but we

got it done at the end.”

Frigo was pleased with the way her team

rebounded from the loss to the Eagles.

“[Against Sandburg], we were just off

as a whole team,” Frigo said. “We made

errors left and right. Sandburg played

their butts off but our guys need to know

that if we’re going to be one of the top

Lincoln-Way West’s Louden Moran hits

a serve during the Warriors’ 25-11, 27-25

win over LIncoln-Way Central on May 9.


teams in the state, everyone is going to

come at us and play their best game.

“It was nice coming in this gym as a

bunch of our guys all started high school

at Central and then when (Lincoln-Way)

North closed they got moved to West.

They felt like it was their Senior Night

here and they had something to prove.”

Pluskota knows the reason for his

team’s success.

“Our ability to be consistent is our

strength,” Pluskota said. “Every game

we’re passing well, we’re serving well,

and even if someone has a bad game,

there’s somebody who picks them up.”

Central was coming off a stunning victory

two days before when the Knights

defeated rival and defending state champion

Lincoln-Way East 25-17, 25-19.

Jack Yurkanin had eight kills, Sebastian

Olmos finished with six kills and four

digs, Jimmy Kapsalis had four aces and

17 assists, and Sam Gorecki had seven

digs in the win over the Griffins.

“We were fired up,” Brown said. “We

had not beaten East since May 18, 2011.

It was just really exciting for us to beat


50 | May 16, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

Girls Track and Field

Brownrigg wins sectional title as Knights send four to state

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

senior Mackenzie Brownrigg

has been waiting a

long time for the track


It’s what she’s been

working toward ever since

a stress fracture in her tibia

kept her out of the entire

cross country season last


“Being out that time was

definitely a big internal

motivator for this track season,”

she said. “My teammates

kept me motivated

going to rehab, which was

difficult in itself.

“I kind of lost my competitive

edge at the beginning

of the season, but

going from indoor to outdoor

season, something


At the Class 3A Homewood-Flossmoor


on Friday, May 10,

Brownrigg, an Illinois

State recruit, battled to the

end of the 1.600 with her

longtime rival, East’s Jenna


Brownrigg pulled out

the win in 5 minutes, 19.23


“It’s good to have that

competition with [Couwenhoven],”


said. “I was excited to get

this win and now I want to

go to state, make the finals

and run a sub-5 [minutes].”

The host Vikings ran

away with the team title

with 141 points, followed

by Lincoln-Way East (85),

Thornwood (60), Lockport

(44), Bloom (42) and Lincoln-Way

Central (40).

The state meet is set for

Friday, May 17 and Saturday,

May 18 at Eastern Illinois

University in Charleston.

Brownrigg’s fellow

distance runner on the

Knights, Merrigan Allen,

will join her at state after

a runner-up finish in the

3,200 (11:27.80).

“My plan was to just

hang with the front pack

in the first mile, but the

pace was kind of not there,

so I just decided to go out

and lead, which is very not

usual for me at all,” Allen

said. “It wasn’t my plan at

all, but it still turned out


Central’s Jess LiVigni

earned her first trip to state

with a second-place finish

in the pole vault (11 feet-3


“In conference last

week, I jumped 10-3 and

won it,” LiVigni said. “I

came here and had people

to push me and ended up

getting a PR by a foot.

It’s awesome to have that

competitive aspect.”

The Knights’ Nora Ansburg

qualified with a thirdplace

finish in the discus


In the 300 hurdles,

Lincoln-Way East’s Katie

Sciarini pulled away from

a talented field that included

five state qualifiers

to win by nearly a second,

finishing in 44.48 seconds.

It’s the top time in the

state this season.

“I just really wanted to

get that [personal record]

really bad and get that

first-place spot,” Sciarini

said. “This feels great going

into state. My goal is to

medal at state.”

With a fifth-place finish

in the 100 hurdles, Sciarini’s

time of 15.53 was

enough to send her to state

in that event as well.

She also qualified on the

Griffins’ 1,600 relay team,

along with Ibukun Ajifolokun,

Sophia Barnard

and Taylor Wright, which

finished second in 4:03.62.

Lincoln-Way Central senior Mackenzie Brownrigg pulls away to win the 1,600 meters

at the Class 3A Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional on Friday, May 10.


Like Sciarini, Wright

advanced to state in three


Along with the 1,600

relay, the Eastern Illinois

recruit finished third in

the long jump (18-4) and

fourth in the 400 (58.26).

“I’m very excited,”

Wright said. “I had one PR

today [in the long jump] so

I was really excited about

that. My 400 wasn’t the

best, but there’s always

a lesson to learn for state

and I’m just glad I made it.

“I want to make the finals

in both events at state

and one of my biggest

goals is to end with a PR

in the 400.”

East’s Emma Barnard

won the pole vault (11-3),

emerging atop a highly

competitive field as three

vaulters topped 11 feet and

five qualified for state, including

her teammate, Ali

Van Dyke (10-3), who was


“Everyone’s goal [at

state] is to win,” Barnard

said. “I just hope I do personally

my best. It doesn’t

matter what others do.

“It’s more of a mental

game. It’s just breathing,

not letting the moment

control you, making it a

positive thing and loving

the sport that you’re doing.”

Couwenhoven advanced

to state with her runnerup

finish in the 1,600

(5:22.93), while freshman

Mariam Azeez also qualified

in the long jump (18

feet), with a fourth-place


The Griffins won the

3200 relay with Couwenhoven,

Ashley Mills,

Kate Guderjan and Grace

Newton posting a time of

9:32.60, while their 800

relay team of Azeez, Sophia

Barnard, Ibukun Ajifolokun

and Ore Ajifolokun

(1:43.69) qualified with a

fourth-place finish.

Lockport junior Madison

Polinski didn’t know

if qualifying for state in

the 800 was a realistic

possibility. She was just

focused on putting up her

best time, but a wild finish

in the event opened the

door and Polinski took full


She was fourth coming

down the backstretch,

but when a Lincoln-Way

Central runner tripped just

before the finish line, Polinski

leaped over her and

wound up in second, advancing

to state in 2:23.97.

“I was trying to catch

her then she went down in

front of me,” Polinski said.

“I just kind of hurdled over

her. I didn’t even know I

qualified. I wasn’t sure if I

got second or third.

“I didn’t know until

about a minute later when

one of my coaches came

over and hugged me and

told me I made it. I’m still

a little surprised, honestly.

I wasn’t expecting it, but

I’m really excited for next


Polinski was stunned

with how the race finished,

with her jumping over a

fallen runner.

“That’s never happened

to me before,” she said.

“You don’t really think

about in the moment with

the adrenaline going, it

was just instinct.”

Polinski also qualified

for state as part of the

Porters’ 3,200 relay team,

which finished second

(9:36.13). The rest of the

team consisted of Abbey

Kozak, Anna Kozak and

Kate Wojciewicz.

The Porters will also

send a pair of pole vaulters

to state as seniors Andi

Hennessey (11-3) and

Kathleen Kwiatkowski

(10-9) finished third and

fourth, respectively.

“We definitely have one

of the hardest sectionals,”

Hennessey said. “We had

five girls qualify for state.

“We’re all very close to

each other. We all know

each other. We’re not petty.

We want everyone to do


Hennessey, a Southern

Illinois recruit, hopes to

end her Lockport career in

style at state.

“It’s my senior year and

I really want to place,” she

said. “I’ve done so many

camps and worked really

hard. I never knew I wanted

to pole vault in college,

either, until last year. Now

I’m going to SIU and I’m

super excited about that.” sports

the new lenox patriot | May 16, 2019 | 51


New Lenox’s Lotus blazes at the top of Marist lineup

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Marist softball coach

Collen Biebel takes a

great deal of pleasure

in watching sophomore

shortstop Easton Lotus

run the bases.

“She’s probably the

fastest player I’ve ever

coached,” Biebel said.

“All she has to do is put

the ball in play and I’d

say 90 percent of the time

she’ll get on base.

“When she gets on base,

she’s easy to get in because

she’s so fast. Her

speed is definitely up from

last year. She worked on a

lot over the offseason.”

Lotus, a New Lenox

resident, grew up playing

with the Lincoln-Way Blue

Wave, and also played

baseball for the Lincoln-

Way Prospects.

Now she sets the tone

for one of the best teams in

the state with her productivity

in the leadoff spot.

In Marist’s 28 games

played through May 9 – 26

of them wins - she scored

41 runs, stole 26 bases and

hit .485

“Hitting in the leadoff

spot, I just try to see pitches,”

Lotus said. “I want to

make the pitcher throw a

few so the rest of the lineup

can see her. Then, I try

to get on so my teammates

can drive me in.”

Lotus is a rising star in

the sport. She’s already

committed to Louisville.

“I’m so excited about

that,” she said. “I love the

campus. I love the coach

so much. I love all the girls


It’s no surprise that Lotus

is having success in

softball, considering her

family’s history on the diamond.

Her dad, Pete, is the

baseball coach for Catholic

League power St. Laurence.

He played baseball

at UIC, while Easton’s

mother, Nichole, played

softball for the Flames.

“Baseball and softball

have always been in my

family,” Lotus said. “I’ve

been playing since I was 4

and I grew up pretty much

always being around it.”

Biebel said Lotus’ defense

is just as valuable as

her offense.

“She’s an unreal shortstop,”

Biebel said. “With

her speed, she can get to

any ball in the hole, any

ball up the middle. She

keeps us in every game

with her defense.

“She’s a feisty player

and we definitely love having


Lotus made the transition

to high school softball

look easy last year. As a

freshman, she hit .415 and

scored 37 runs.

“The girls welcomed

me, and they were all so

nice to me last year,” Lotus

said. “I love playing on the

varsity team. All the girls

are so sweet, and the competition

is great.”

Marist is ranked No. 1

in the state by MaxPreps

and has its sights set on a

state title. For Lotus, helping

her team reach those

heights would be far more

important than any person

goals she could set.

“I just want to be a great

teammate,” she said. “I

want to hype everyone up

and let them know that I’m

there for them.

“We just need to keep

doing what we’re doing,

and hopefully we can

make it to state.”

New Lenox resident Easton Lotus is starring as the

leadoff hitter for Marist’s softball team.



Lincoln-Way players bow out on day one of state tournament

Hullinger and

O’Malley pick up

two wins for LW

West in doubles

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way West’s top

doubles team of junior Allison

Hullinger and senior

Shauna O’Malley won a

sectional title and earned

a 13-16 seed for state tournament.

The pair had their sights

set on making it to the second

day at state, but fell

just short of the top 16, going

2-2 at Eastern Illinois

University in Charleston.

“I thought they gave it

their all,” Thompson said,

“We knew it was going to

be hard against Bradley.

We beat them three times

this season and they were

all close matches, so it

was difficult to face them


Hullinger and O’Malley

opened the tournament

Friday, May 10 with a tight

29-27, 23-21 loss to Bradley’s

Myra Zaheer and

Josie Majka.

The Warriors’ duo then

bounced back to beat Schaumburg’s

Vickie Wang and

Lora Kusaku 21-11, 21-19

and Sandburg’s Kate Hudson

and Britany Higgins

21-18, 21-10.

In the consolation third

round, Friday’s final round,

Hullinger and O’Malley

fell 21-15, 11-21, 21-16

to Hinsdale Central’s Lily

McCain and Angela Berti.

“That second game

against Hinsdale Central

was the best they’ve

played all tournament,”

Thompson said. “I thought

they were back. I think

Shaunna had a little muscle

pull in her back and

that hurt them in the third


West’s No. 2 doubles

team of Kayla Wojcik and

Emilia Evans dropped

its two matches, 15-21,

21-17, 21-17 to Downers

Grove North’s Katie Hilt

and Claire Drobny, and

21-15, 21-14 to Buffalo

Grove’s Lindsey Lehrfield

and Grace Martin.

“I told them that when

we look back over the

season, they’re going to

realize how awesome it

was,” Thompson said. “I

couldn’t ask for greater

people to be around.”

The tournament was

the final one of a 25-

year coaching career for

Thompson, who’s retiring.

“It was really awesome

to be honored at state,”

Thompson said. “Now,

I’m a little sad.”

Lincoln-Way Central

senior Gillian Underhill

made her second state appearance

and got her first

win at state, going 1-2.

She beat Joliet Central’s

Daisy Catalan 21-16, 21-

18 in the consolation first

round, but dropped matches

to players from Hinsdale

South and Prospect.

“Her getting that win

was great,” Central coach

Ryan Pohlmann said. “It

was something that she

had as a goal at the beginning

of the season.”

Underhill went through

some struggles this season,

finishing last at the South-

West Suburban Red meet,

but rebounded to win a

sectional title and get a

victory at state.

“Going into sectionals,

she just said it was her senior

year and she was going

to lay it all on the line,

play with a little reckless

abandon,” Pohlmann said.

“She’s confident and she

kind of relied on that.”

Lincoln-Way East seniors

Paige Carlson and

Casey Kirschsieper were

both able to finish their careers

at state, though both

went 0-2.

Carlson fell 21-9, 21-13

to Willowbrook’s Hanna

Konrath and 21-17, 21-15

to Hersey’s Susan Ferris.

Kirschsieper lost 21-8,

21-14 to T.F. South’s Ivy

Flores and 21-16, 21-9 to

Buffalo Grove’s Claire


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2-1 equals 21 straight wins for Providence

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Providence’s usual path to

success during a winning streak

that’s lasted more than a month

has involved slugging its way to

victory, and with the wind howling

out on May 9, the Celtics

may have expected more of the


However, Lincoln-Way East

ace and Pitt recruit Danielle

Drogemuller presented a challenge

that forced Providence to

win in a different fashion.

The host Celtics did just that,

getting great pitching from Nicole

Mucha and Laila Summers

and stringing together just

enough hits for a 2-1 win over

the Griffins.

It was the 21st straight victory

for Providence, which extended

its school record streak and improved

to 25-3.

“This was a good one for us,”

Providence coach Jay Biesterfeld

said. “We haven’t had a

lot of low-scoring games. Our

pitchers did a good job of keeping

the ball low in the zone and

getting a lot of groundballs.

“We got some key hits and

were able to score a couple runs.”

Mucha was terrific in outdueling

Drogemuller. She allowed

one run on four hits over five

innings, pitching around four


“I was just going in to throw

first-pitch strikes,” Mucha said.

“I knew they could hit, so I just

needed to hit my spots.

“I had to do this a lot in big

games last year, so I guess I’m

pretty good under the pressure.”

The Griffins (17-5) struck first

in the second inning when Chloe

Geijer walked, stole second and

scored on a clutch two-out single

from No. 9 hitter Ashley Esposito.

The Celtics immediately answered,

though, with some of

bottom-of-the-order punch of its


In the bottom of the second,

Mucha walked and Maggie

Hurley (2-for-2) singled. Claudia

Utz and Brittany Rabe, the

seventh and eighth hitters in the

Celtics’ lineup, then followed

with back-to-back RBI singles to

put Providence up 2-1.

“We’re usually really good at

hitting, up and down our lineup,”

Utz said. “It’s great we can depend

on each other so if the bottom

of our lineup isn’t having a

great day we can usually rely on

the top and vice versa.”

Rabe’s hit proved to be the


“It felt good,” she said. “I was

just trying to hit it up the middle,

but I was a little late, but it was

a good hit.

“(The winning streak) is

amazing. I can’t wait to play the

next game because I just want to


Mucha and Summers took it

from there.

Summers struck out three over

the final two innings, allowing

just one hit.

“It was good to get Laila into

that pressure situation in the

sixth and seventh because she’s

used to starting,” Biesterfeld

said. “She really did a good job.”

Drogemuller did all she could

to keep the Griffins in it, striking

out seven and allowing five hits

in six innings.

Chloe Honchar reached base

three times for East with a single

and two walks.

A day before the win over

East, on May 8, the Celtics

Nicole Mucha delivers a pitch

against Lincoln-Way East on

May 9. Mucha was the winning

pitcher in Providence’s 2-1

victory. STEVE MILLAR/22ND


clinched the outright GCAC Red

title with a 14-0 rout of Fenwick.

Shannon Smith had a home

run and three RBI and Summers

threw a five-inning shutout.

“We have a lot of confidence,”

Biesterfeld said. “These kids

know they can beat anybody if

they play their best.”


Mokena Foot & Ankle celebrates 25-years of providing

superior care to the Lincoln-Way Community

Dr. Phillip Narcissi

and Dr. Johnny Rossi

are honored to be named

the best podiatrist in the

South Suburbs in the 2019

Southwest Choice Awards.

Dr Narcissi started this

practice in 1993 as the first

ankle and foot specialist

in Mokena. “It seems like

yesterday I answered the

phone to schedule my first

patient.” He remembers

driving and walking through

Mokena trying to find office

space. Lucky for him, Dr.

Chip Patterson had office

space adjacent to his dental

practice become available.

With his families help,

he was able to build out

the space and begin the

practice. Dr. Narcissi

immediately became very

involved in the community

with volunteering, coaching

and forming the St Mary’s

Men’s club. Over the past 25

years, he and his wife Diane

continue to be involved in

Mokena as they raise their

six children. With a growing

practice, Dr. Narcissi moved

to their current location at

19841 Wolf Rd, added

additional offices in Hazel

Crest and Beecher and

hired Dr. Johnny Rossi. Dr.

Rossi was born and raised

in Lansing, Illinois. Also a

graduate of the University of

Illinois, he is married and has

three children. Dr. Rossi has

trained extensively in rear

foot and ankle surgery.

What sets Mokena Foot

and Ankle apart is they are

a family friendly, state of the

art, comprehensive practice

that takes care of all your

foot and ankle needs. In the

current age of corporate

and large group medical

practices Dr. Narcissi and

Dr. Rossi pride themselves

on staying on top of the most

cutting edge medical and

surgical techniques and new

advancements in medicine

while continuing with the

tradition of compassion

and empathy with a personal

touch. The staffs, Maureen,

Denise, Kelly and Delilah,

are friendly, accessible and

knowledgeable who will

know you by name and not

by number.

What has defined Dr.

Phillip Narcissi and Dr.

Rossi over the past 25 years

is not just their knowledge

and expertise but their

philosophy of conservative

care first approach. Although

both are board certified

surgeons by the American

Board of Foot and Ankle

Surgery and Fellows of the

American College of Foot

and Ankle Surgeons they

believe surgery should be

the last option. They pride

themselves on using the latest

techniques from platelet

enriched plasma to amniotic

cells to k-laser to encourage

the body to heal itself.

At Mokena Foot and

Ankle, your entire ankle

and foot needs can be

treated from children to

adults, sports medicine to

fractures, forefoot to ankle

surgery, diabetic routine

care to wound care, skin

to nail conditions, nerve

pain to neuropathy, with a

comprehensive more personal

medical environment.

Dr. Phillip Narcissi, Dr.

Johnny Rossi and the staff

of Mokena Foot and Ankle

would like to Thank You

for allowing us to be part

of your medical family and

community for the past 25

years and voting us as the

best Podiatric Practice in

the Southwest Suburbs in

the 2019 Southwest Choice


Submitted by Dr. Phil Narcissi,

Mokena Foot & Ankle Clinic

19841 Wolf Road Mokena IL

60448 708-479-0790

www.mokenafootandankle sports

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Warriors break penalty-kick hex to take down Knights

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way West’s

girls soccer team has experienced

more than its

fair share of heartbreakers

this season, with five

of its seven losses coming

in overtime or later. Three

of those defeats came in

penalty-kick shootouts.

If the Warriors go to

penalty kicks in the postseason,

however, they

will do so with an added

sense of belief thanks to

what happened in their

regular-season finale May

7 against Lincoln-Way


West buried eight of its

nine attempts in a marathon

shootout to outlast the

Knights 8-7 and earn a 2-1

SouthWest Suburban Red

win at Central.

“We wanted this so bad

and this feels so good after

not having a lot of success

in PKs before this season,”

West senior Sara Loichinger

said. “It feels really

good, especially since it’s

a huge rivalry.”

Loichinger, a midfielder

who scored the regulation

goal for the Warriors (12-

7-2, 3-2), moved to goalkeeper

for the shootout.

“We tried her in goal

Lincoln-Way West celebrates after Sara Loichinger’s

goal during a 2-1 win over Lincoln-Way Central on May

7. Photos by Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

for PKs against Andrew,”

Theiss said. “She stopped

one but we missed two.

She’s a senior captain,

wanted an opportunity. I

liked her coming up with

that idea. She’s a big body

that moves and she’s athletic.

She came up with a

big save.”

Locihinger kept the

Warriors alive when the

Knights (16-6, 2-3) had a

chance to win it in the fifth

round of the shootout. She

made a kick save on Megan

Hutchinson’s shot to

give West another chance,

and Kylee Brandau then

converted to tie the shootout

4-4 and force extra


In the ninth round, after

a Knights’ shooter fired

wide, West sophomore

Alyssa Peterson stepped

up and buried a low liner

inside the left post for the


“It was really nervewracking,

but I’m just glad

I buried it so we could get

the win,” Peterson said. “It

feels really good. It’s great

to be the best Lincoln-


The Warriors also beat

Lincoln-Way East earlier

in the season.

Loichinger, Jane Pinkerton,

Elly Hermanson, Sam

Sarna, Amanda Yaeger and

Zoey Trout also scored in

the shootout for West.

Maddie Jenig, Abbey

Ward, Nicolette Gossage,

Jenni Andjelic, Grace

McLaughlin, Katie Farr

and Megan Lucchetti converted

penalty kicks for

Central. Despite coming

up short, Knights coach

Sean Fahey was encouraged

by how well most of

his team’s penalty kicks

were taken.

“We practice them every

day, but you can’t

create a moment like this

and I was really proud

Lincoln-Way West sophomore Alyssa Peterson makes

a pass against Lincoln-Way Central on May 7. Peterson

scored the winning penalty kick in the shootout as the

Warriors won 2-1.

of the way they stepped

up and put the ball in the

back of the net,” he said.

It just didn’t add up for us

in the end, unfortunately.”

After Loichinger’s goal,

assisted by Yaeger, with

21:10 to go, Hutchinson

tied it off a long, high pass

from Lucchetti with 6:36

left in regulation.

Fahey, the longtime

Knights’ boys coach, is

in his first season as girls

coach after previously

serving as an assistant for

the West girls.

“It was tough playing

against those girls,” Fahey

said. “It was a bittersweet

thing over the

summer knowing I was

going to have a new challenge,

a new chapter. But

Jeff and I worked at West

from the start, helped create

a winning culture. Of

course, I wanted nothing

more than to beat them.

But they’ll have a great

postseason run and so

will we, hopefully.”

The Warriors were set to

open the Bloom Regional

with a semifinal against

Reavis on Tuesday, May

14. The final is set for Friday,

May 17. Central is a

regional host, with a semifinal

against Thornwood

set for May 14 and the final

May 17.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Bass fishing

Providence wins sectional


Adam Tompkins, Liam

McDermott and Ben Warren

made up the team for

Providence’s boat No. 1,

which reeled in 13 pounds,

7.2 ounces of fish to win

the Des Plaines River –

Big Basin Marina Sectional

on May 6.

It’s the second straight

sectional title for the Celtics,

who advanced to the

state finals set for Friday,

May 17 and Saturday, May

18 on Carlyle Lake.

Lincoln-Way Central

was eighth at the sectional

with 6 pounds, 10.8 ounces.

Boys track and field

Knights take SWSC Red


Andrew Englert posted

a personal-record time of

1 minute, 59.25 seconds

to win the 800 meters at

the SouthWest Suburban

Red meet on May 9 at

Thornridge, helping Lincoln-Way

Central win the

team title.

Also winning championships

for the Knights

were Jared Kreis in the

1,600 (4:45.75), Caden

Simone in the 3,200

(10:18.85), Max DeVito

in the 300 hurdles (41.42),

Jacob Erickson in the pole

vault (13 feet-2 inches)

and the 3,200 relay team


L-W West was led by

runner-up finishes from

Jonathan Stiglic in the 1,600

(4:48.57) and Andre Doyle

in the long jump (20-5).


LW West goes 5-0

Emma Young drove

in six runs in a doubleheader

sweep of St. Laurence

on Saturday, May

11 as the Warriors won

10-0 and 6-2. Molly Ryan

led the way in the opener

with a home run and two


West also beat Bradley-

Bourbonnais 8-2 on May

6, Thornridge 10-0 on

May 8 and Stagg 12-2 on

Friday, May 10.


LW Central sweeps


Connor Barry and Tyler

Misch each drove in three

runs as the Knights beat

Thornridge 16-0 in the

second game of a doubleheader

May 8.

Kyle Labedz had three

RBI and Johnny McGuire

added two the lead the way

in an 11-1 victory in the


54 | May 16, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

LW West grad Monahan continues to shine at St. Xavier

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Matt Monahan’s college

decision was an easy one.

St. Xavier was the only

school to offer him a baseball


“I called coach Rocco

[Mossuto], came and visited

and they gave me a

chance,” Monahan said. “I

was going to go to [Joliet

Junior College], but then I

got this offer. I figured you

only get one chance to go

to college and the chance

to play baseball at a school

like this was a really cool


Monahan, a Lincoln-

Way West graduate and

New Lenox native, has

spent the last three seasons

proving Mossuto and the

Cougars right – and perhaps

proving many other

schools wrong – for giving

him a shot.

He’s been one of St.

Xavier’s top hitters since

the moment he put on the

Cougars’ jersey, leading

the team in hitting with a

.393 average as a freshman

in 2017 and putting up

strong numbers again last


This season, as a junior,

Monahan has taken it to

another level. In 49 games,

he has driven in a teamhigh

54 runs. He ranks second

on the team in batting

average at .364 and runs

with 40.

Monahan’s excellence

has been recognized as on

May 4 he was named the

Chicagoland Collegiate

Athletic Conference Player

of the Year.

Monahan is the first St.

Xavier player to win the

award since 2006, when

pitcher Luke Gregerson received

the honor. Gregerson

has gone on to a long

career in the major leagues

and currently pitches for

the St. Louis Cardinals.

“It means a lot, it’s a big

accomplishment, but I really

couldn’t have done it

without everyone else,”

Monahan said. “The guys

were hitting behind me,

guys were getting on base

in front of me so that I can

drive them in, stuff like


Monahan helped the

Cougars win the CCAC

regular-season title for the

first time since 2009 and

earn a spot in the NAIA

National Tournament,

which was set to begin

Monday, May 13.

It’s been quite a turnaround

from a 25-29 finish

last season.

The New Lenox connection

at St. Xavier goes

beyond Monahan as fellow

Lincoln-Way West graduate

Ben Zordani, and Providence

graduates Drew and

Justin Hunniford have also

been key contributors.

Monahan is the leader,


“Matt’s been our best

hitter for three years,”

Mossuto said. “He had almost

a down year last year

and still hit .350. He had a

sophomore slump and he

was still our best hitter.

“This year, he did an

even better job of driving in

runs. It seemed like every

time guys were on for him,

he always came through.”

As much as Mossuto

loves Monahan’s swing,

he’s just as enamored with

his passion.

“He’s our best player

and he’s the guy that likes

to play the most,” Mossuto

said. “He’s a guy who if I

take him out of the game,

he’s running to get foul

balls. If we need a pinch

runner in a fall scrimmage,

he’s out there pinch running,

even though he’s

already in the game. He’s

that guy.”

Monahan played in the

West Coast League, a

summer collegiate league,

last summer and feels that

helped him immensely.

“I think that played a

huge part in getting me to

where I am now,” he said.

“I didn’t play at all the

Lincoln-Way West graduate Matt Monahan, the

Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of

the Year, led St. Xavier with 54 RBI in 49 regular-season

games. Photo courtesy of St. Xavier athletics

summer before last season.

“Going out to California,

there was really good

competition out there. I

was playing every single

day, seeing good pitchers

every day rather than taking

a couple months off.

That helped a lot.”

Looking back, Monahan

also feels his time at Lincoln-Way

West prepared

him for early success at St.


“Coach (Jake) Zajc was

great,” he said. “There was

good competition always.

It was a great school to

play for and really helped

me develop as a player.”

Monahan said he’s a

quiet guy who likes to lead

by example, but this season

he’s been a bit more


“This year, I feel like

I’m more of an emotional

leader and I have that team

spirit,” he said. “It’s a lot of

fun to play on this team.”

This Week In

Knights Varsity



■May ■ 17 – at Bolingbrook,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 22 – at Marian

Catholic Regional semifinal,

4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

■May ■ 17 – hosts LW

Central Regional final, 5



■May ■ 16 – hosts Oak Lawn,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 17 – at Marian

Catholic, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 18 – at Mother

McAuley, 11 a.m.

■May ■ 21 – hosts LW

Central Regional semifinal,

4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

■May ■ 17-18 – at Lockport

Sectional, TBA

Girls Track and Field

■May ■ 17-18 – State Meet

at Eastern Illinois U., 9 a.m.

Boys Volleyball

■May ■ 16 – hosts Stagg,

5:30 p.m.

■May ■ 21-22 – at Brother

Rice Regional, TBA

Boys Water Polo

■May ■ 17-18 – State Finals

at Stevenson, TBA

Girls Water Polo

■May ■ 16-18 – State Finals

at Stevenson, TBA

Warriors Varsity



■May ■ 16 – hosts

Willowbrook, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 18 – at Crete-Monee,

10 a.m.

■May ■ 20 – hosts Plainfield

North, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

■May ■ 17 – at Bloom

Regional final, 5 p.m.


■May ■ 16 – at Thornwood,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 17 – at Downers

Grove South, 5 p.m.

■May ■ 21 - hosts LW West

Regional semifinal vs. Crete-

Monee, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

■May ■ 17-18 – at Lockport

Sectional, TBA

Girls Track and Field

■May ■ 17-18 – State Meet

at Eastern Illinois U., 9 a.m.

Boys Volleyball

■May ■ 16 – at Bolingbrook,

5:30 p.m.

■May ■ 21 – at Oswego

Regional semifinal, 5:30


Lincoln-Way co-op


Boys Lacrosse

■May ■ 17-22 – at Lockport

Sectional, TBA

Girls Lacrosse

■May ■ 17-22 – at

Washington Sectional, TBA

Celtics Varsity



■May ■ 16 – vs. Marian

Catholic at Lee Pfund

Stadium, Carol Stream,

5:30 p.m.

■May ■ 17-18 – at Do It

Stevie’s Way Tournament,


■May ■ 22 – at Lincoln-Way

East Regional semifinal vs.

Homewood-Flossmoor, 6:30


Boys Lacrosse

■May ■ 17-22 – at Lockport

Sectional, TBA

Girls Soccer

■May ■ 17 – hosts

Providence Regional final,

5 p.m.


■May ■ 16 – hosts Oak Park-

River Forest, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 18 – hosts Stagg, 11


■May ■ 21 – at Minooka

Regional semifinal vs. T.F.

South, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

■May ■ 16 – at Coal City, 4


■May ■ 17-18 – at Montini

Sectional, TBA

Girls Track and Field

■May ■ 17-18 – State Meet

at Eastern Illinois U., 9 a.m.

Boys Volleyball

■May ■ 17 – hosts Sandburg,

6 p.m.

■May ■ 21-22 – at Minooka

Regional, TBA sports

the new lenox patriot | May 16, 2019 | 55


22nd century media file


1st and 3

THREE athletes

to watch at state

events this week

1. Sam Spencer

Spencer (above),

a junior at Providence,

is one of

the favorites in the

Class 2A pole vault.

She won the LaSalle-Peru

Sectional by

two feet, vaulting

11 feet, 7 inches.

2. Mackenzie Brownrigg

The LW Central

senior, who missed

the entire cross

country season

with an injury, is

hungry for a big

finish to her career

after winning a

sectional title in

the 1,600.

3. Megan Cales

The senior poured

in five goals to lead

the LW Central girls

water polo team to

a sectional final win

over LW East and its

second trip to state

in three years.

Water Polo

Knight time: LW Central pulls away late to punch ticket to state

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

As a sophomore on a

Lincoln-Way Central team

loaded with veteran leaders,

Mady Athos typically

comes off the bench and

her playing time can be


Knights coach Pam

Dettman knows she can always

count on Athos for a

spark, however.

“Mady does that for us,”

Dettman said. “She’s not

always a starter, but whenever

she goes in, she’s super

solid and always good

for at least a couple goals.

She hustles. The girls get

excited for her.”

With a trip to state on

the line Saturday, May 11,

Athos scored a pair of key

late goals to break open

what had been a tie game

and help the Knights pull

away for an 11-8 win

over Lincoln-Way East

in the Lincoln-Way West

sectional championship


“It’s been kind of crazy

because we only have two

sophomores on the team,”

Athos said. “It’s been a

great opportunity to step

up and play with the older

girls. It’s cool to be a part

of this.”

Senior Megan Cales

scored five goals to lead

the Knights (22-5), who

are set to take on Naperville

North (30-3) in a

state quarterfinal at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 16 at Stevenson.

Athos and Madi Jager

added two goals each,

while Sierra Maze and

Anna Bethke each scored


Cali Burns paced Lincoln-Way

East (19-10-1)

with three goals.

Burns’ third goal, with

1:10 left in the third quarter,

tied the game 6-6.

Athos, though, sent the

Knights into the fourth

quarter with momentum

when she scored from outside

with just 24 seconds

to go in the third.

She then scored early

in the fourth, putting in a

rebound after Jackie Mc-

Guire’s shot was saved.

“It was crazy,” Athos

said. “I didn’t even think

I’d make the first one, I

was at like half-pool. I was

praying it would go in.

“I was a fresh body. I

was able to hype everybody


Dettman saw that as


“When someone comes

off the bench like that and

they do it, it gives everyone

the confidence that

they can do it, too.”

After Emma Hernandez

pulled East within 9-7

with 2:35 to go, Bethke

and Cales scored to put it


Central’s defense came

up with many big stops,

and junior goalie Bekkah

Schimick again proved

tough to beat

“Knowing we’d beaten

them twice, the pressure

Lincoln-Way Central celebrates in the pool after beating Lincoln-Way East 11-8 in the

Lincoln-Way West Sectional championship game on Saturday, May 11.

STEVE MILLAR/22nd Century Media

was kind of on us, but we

came together and calmed

down,” Cales said. “Our

defense was exceptional,

and I think that was the


Cales carried the

Knights early, scoring

three first-quarter goals as

they took leads of 4-2 after

a quarter and 5-4 at halftime.

“I definitely rely on the

other girls a lot,” Cales

said. “Everyone carries


Cales is one of five

Knights who were on the

2017 team that advanced

to state.

“It feels amazing,”

Cales said. “I’m so excited.

We all wanted it so

bad. Now that it’s real, I’m

really excited to see what

state brings for us.”

LW West record season ends

with quarterfinal upset

Lincoln-Way Westearned

the most wins in

program history but could

not get a postseason victory

as the Warriors fell 7-6

to Homewood-Flossmoor

in a sectional quarterfinal

on May 8.

The Warriors (23-7-1)

beat H-F in both of the

teams’ regular season


“The reality of sectional

water polo is it doesn’t matter

what happened during

the season, you have to be

ready to go on that day,”

West coach Eric Pavlacka

said. “Our shot selection

was probably the problem.

I think we were a little too

worried and forcing things.”

Eileen Quinn, Delaney

Janosek, Elaina Hogeveen,

Riley Kettelson, Lea

Moeller and Josie Torres

all scored once for West.

LW Central, West boys fall

at sectionals

Lincoln-Way Central’s

boys team pulled a 14-11

upset of Bradley-Bourbonnais

in the sectional quarterfinals

on May 9 before

falling to eventual sectional

champion Lincoln-Way

East 25-8 in the semifinals

on Friday, May 10.

The Knights finished


Lincoln-Way West (9-

16-1) beat Ag Science

22-8 in a first-round game

May 7, but was eliminated

in a quarterfinal May 9,

falling 20-6 to Andrew.


“He’s our best player and he’s the guy that likes to play

the most.”

Rocco Mossuto - St. Xavier baseball coach, on Lincoln-Way West graduate Matt Monahan,

who leads SXU in RBI and was recently named conference Player of the Year.

Tune In

Girls Soccer, 5 p.m., Friday, May 17

Lincoln-Way Central Regional final

• The championship game of the regional,

which may include the Knights and Griffins.


54 - This Week In

49 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar at

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | May 16, 2019

state bound

LW Central girls water polo

wins sectional title, Page 55

running on

Brownrigg wins 1,600, LWC

sends four to state, Page 50

LW West grad Monahan leads St. Xavier to nationals, named CCAC Player of the Year, Page 54

Lincoln-Way West graduate and New Lenox native Matt Monahan led St. Xavier to its first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title since 2009 and

was named the conference Player of the Year. Photos courtesy of St. Xavier athletics

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