Taking a stand City Council recognizes

Gun Violence Awareness Day, Page 3

Born to run Half marathon takes

runners on a course through HP, Page 8

A ‘lucky’ break Beloved Highwood

seafood restaurant reopens, Page 14


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Highland Park High School

student Amir Fakhari walks

to the stage, May 29, at

Ravinia Festival after being

awarded the school’s Medal

of Honor. Erin Yarnall/22nd

Century Media

HPHS graduates Class of 2019, Page 4








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Pet of the Week8


Faith Briefs18

Dining Out21


Home of the Week24

Athlete of the Week27

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Brunch and Learn Nature

Workshop - Coyotes

10-11:30 a.m. June 6,

Heller Nature Center,

2821 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Enjoy a delicious

catered brunch

followed by a fun and

informative discussion

about coyotes. This program

is sponsored by

Comfort Keepers of Chicago

North Shore and are

presented in cooperation

with the Highland Park

and Lake Forest/Lake

Bluff Senior Centers. Fee

is a senior center member/non-member.


the Highland Park Senior

Center at (847) 432-4110

to register.


Summer Art in City Hall

Artwork due

4-4:45 p.m. June 7, The

Art Center Highland Park,

1957 Sheridan Road,

Highland Park. Please

submit one to three images

and the entry form

to zcarlson@theartcenterhp.org

by June 7. Images

must be high resolution

JPEG files saved

in the following format:


Name. For more information

please contact The

Art Center Highland Park

at (84)432-1888 or email



Sicilian Wine Seminar

Featuring the Gulfi Estate

6-8 p.m. June 7, Binny’s

Beverage Depot, 153

Skokie Valley road, Highland


Italian wine experts

and importers Robert

and Danny Simeone will

guide you through a history

of winemaking in

Italy and will focus on

Gulfi, described as one of

the best producers of Nero

d’Avola in Sicily. To register

for $20 per person,

visit www.binnys.com/



Go Highland Park

Community Walk

9:30-10:30 a.m. June

8, Community Park at the

Recreation Center of Highland

Park, 1207 Park Ave.

W., Highland Park. Join

your friends, neighbors and

family for Go Highland

Park’s first community

walk. Walkers will meet at

the south entrance of the

park and walk together.

The Recreation Center of

Highland Park will be hosting

five exercise stations

along the walk that will be

fun for all ages.

Foraging For Edibles

1-4 p.m. June 8 (Rain

date: June 9), Infinity

Foundation, 1280 Old

Skokie Road, Highland

Park. Walk through the

woods and surrounding

neighborhood with Chicago’s

only full-time professional

forager, Dave Odd,

finding edible, medicinal

and useful plants. For

more information on this

guide to things that grow

in your backyard and registration

visit www.infinityfoundation.org.


Community Park Design

Public Open House

6:30-8:30 p.m. June 10,

West Ridge Center, 636

Ridge Road, Highland

Park. The Park District is

excited to present the final

design development plans

for the Community Park

and the Recreation Center

of Highland Park (the former

HPCC golf course).

The plans to be presented

were guided by feedback

from a community advisory

committee, prior public

meetings, survey input

and in collaboration with

Park District staff, City of

Highland Park staff and

regional partners.


Rocket Painting Party

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

Highland Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave.,

Highland Park. Wear your

messiest clothes and join

us on the front lawn for a

paint party. We’ll have giant

cardboard rocket ships

for you to decorate.


HPSC: Culinary


10-11:30 a.m. June 12,

Binny’s Demonstration

Kitchen, 153 Skokie Valley

Road, Highland Park.

Resident Chef Scott Becker

will lead you through

an exquisite culinary experience

in Binny’s stateof-the-art


kitchen cooking an egg

white frittata. Participants

will learn how to make a

healthy meal and enjoy the

delicious creation as part

of the demonstration. The

registration fee of $5 will

be generously donated to

the Highland Park Senior



Stories in the Woods

9:30-10:30 a.m. June 13,

Heller Nature Center, 2821

Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Engage in a handson

nature inspired activity,

enjoy a story, take a short

hike with a naturalist. No

pre-registration required.

Fee listed is for one adult

and one child, $3 for each

additional child.

Brain Gym®

7-8:30 p.m. June 13,

Infinity Foundation, 1280

Old Skokie Road Highland

Park. Join licensed

Brain Gym® instructor

Barbara Bednarz for a

free lesson on movements

that strengthen the brain’s

nerve networks. The exercises

will help improve

memory, focus, listening,

vision, organization, cognitive

and coordination

skills. Register at www.


Morning Paddleboard

7-8 a.m. June 15, Rosewood

Beach, 883 Sheridan

Road, Highland Park. Start

your morning off with a

serene paddle on Lake

Michigan. Enjoy the sight

of birds flying, the glimmer

of the sun on the lake

and the sounds of nature.

Life jackets are provided.

Self Defense

10 a.m.-12 p.m. June

15, West Ridge Center,

636 Ridge Road, Highland

Park. Learn to defend

yourself and help your

family be safer no matter

your size, strength, speed

or skill. Children 11 years

old and under must be accompanied

by a parent.

A Shore Good Time with


4-7 p.m. June 15, Park

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Highland Park. Take a canoe

out on Lake Michigan

and then enjoy baiting a

hook and casting a line off

the shore. End the afternoon

with a cookout and

campfire. You bring dinner,

we provide the grill

and dessert for the fire.

Activities are subject to

change. Fishing is catch

and release.

Festival of Fine Arts

10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 22-

23, The Art Center, 1957

Sheridan Road, Highland

Park. The Art Center’s

Festival of Fine Arts will

display works from around

100 artists focusing on all

different types of art. Activities

for kids, arts talks

and demonstrations, food

and live music will be

available at the festival for

a suggested donation of

$5 per person. For more

information call 847-926-

4300 or email info@amdurproductions.com


Highwood Evening

Gourmet Market

4:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays,

June 5 to Aug. 28,

Everts Park, 130 Highwood

Avenue. Guests are

invited to enjoy dinner,

cocktails and live music

while exploring the market.

Produce, gourmet

cheese, homemade pasta,

breads and pastries are

available for purchase at

the vibrant market.

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Highland Park City Council

Mayor Rotering encourages residents to wear orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Eric Bradach

Freelance Reporter

With nationwide movement

to combat gun

violence, Mayor Nancy

Rotering announced that

Highland Park will participate

in National Gun

Violence Awareness Day,

June 2, at City Council’s

May 28 meeting.

“The horrifying news is

that over 100,000 people

are injured or killed by

gun violence every year,”

Rotering said. “Like so

many others, I along my

City Council colleagues

recognize the very real

challenges facing our nation’s

efforts to reduce

gun violence. But no,

we’re still the only civilized

nation that faces this

extreme amount of gun violence.

None of our peer

countries have anything

close to this.”

Rotering encouraged

all residents to join the

national campaign in

wearing orange to raise

awareness of the issue and

encourage safety.

“No parent should have

to worry about sending a

child to school, to the park

or to the movies,” she

said. “Gun violence in our

nation has created an unnecessary

culture of fear.”

Representative from

Moms Demand Action, a

nationwide grassroots organization

that advocates

for public safety policy

to combat gun violence,

attended the meeting.

They said it is open to all

political views and is not

against the 2nd Amendment

but is “pro common


The coalition movement

to declare June 2

as National Gun Violence

Awareness Day

came after the January

2013 murder of Hadiya

Pendleton, a 15-year-old

Black girl from Chicago,

Illinois, who was shot

and killed while in a park

with friends. The organizers

chose the color orange

because it’s what hunters

use to announce their

presence to other hunters

and it also symbolizes the

value of human life.

“While we have a city

Join us Tuesday

ordinance that bans the

ownership of assault

weapons and high-capacity

magazines in Highland

Park, for reasons that remain

unclear to me, our

Illinois General Assembly

has failed to offer that opportunity

to other municipalities,”

Rotering said. “I

and my fellow colleagues

will continue to fight to

push the General Assembly

to allow other municipalities

to have that right

to ban these weapons of

war in their communities.”


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Round It Up:

A brief recap of City

Council action from

May 28

• An ordinance to

amend Article XXI of

the City of HIghland

Park Zoning Ordinance

was sent back to

committee for further


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Students reflect on

high school experience

after HPHS graduation

Olivia Vallone

Editorial Intern

More than 500 Highland

Park High School students

walked across the grand

stage at Ravinia Park on

May 29 to receive their

well-earned diploma.

At the beginning of the

ceremony, principal Deborah

Finn announced the recipient

of the 112th Medal

of Honor as Amir Ahmed

Saeed Fakhari. This Medal

of Honor is awarded to best

all around student during

his or her senior year chosen

by the staff of HPHS

every year since 1907.

“The moment they called

my name for it, it was as if

time froze,” Fakhari said.

“It was a very joyous moment

for me.”

The 2019 class is one

of the biggest graduating

classes the high school

has ever seen. Out of the

515 graduates, 287 of the

students were a part of the

HPHS Honors Society.

Samuel Dincin, a graduate

part of the HPHS

Scholars and Honors Society,

gave a speech about

the power of simple acts of

kindness. Dincin shared a

story about how a compliment

he received on his T-

shirt meant so much to him

that he felt more confident

every time he wore that

shirt. As he was recounting

this story, he opened his

graduation gown to reveal

that very shirt.

“It can truly just take one

sentence to make someone’s

day,” Dincin said.

Highland Park High School graduate Glenn Sherman

walks across the stage, May 29, at the school’s graduation

ceremony at Ravinia Festival. Erin Yarnall/22nd

Century Media

“So as we all leave high

school behind, remember

that you will always have

the power to create happiness

in the lives of others

and in the world around


Principal Finn announced

the salutatorians

(Joshua Gross and Jacob

Hersh) and valedictorians

(Natalie Abreu, Joshua

Gross and Jacob Hersh)

while she was presenting

student honors. This year

was the first year that a student

could be recognized

as both a salutatorian and


Finn later elaborated on

the HPHS motto of dream

- believe - achieve by offering

students advice and

words of encouragement

about each core value.

“Fine is never good

enough if you’re not giving

it all you’re effort,” Gross

said when describing how

he saw HPHS values.

Gross went on to outline

the programs he had

been apart of and loved at

the high school. The most

impactful organization for

him was the HPHS band in

which he played the saxophone

and grew closer with

everyone in the band.

When asked what one

word would describe his

class best, Gross chose

‘broad.’ Gross explained

that everyone in his class

came from different backgrounds

and had different

interests and he was grateful

to get to learn about all

of them throughout his four

years at HPHS.

Being one of the biggest

classes in the high school’s

history, some people were

concerned about the seating

arrangements before

the celebration.

There were people standing

in the back of the pavilion

but, for the most part,

everyone who wanted a

seat had one available.

After the ceremony to

celebrate their successful

four years, all graduates

were invited to Enchanted

Castle in Lombard and a

sunrise breakfast at Park

Avenue Beach to celebrate.

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police reports

Driver arrested on four charges after hit and run

Amadeus Kozera, 23,

of the 800 block of Deerfield

Road, Highland Park,

was arrested on May 27,

and charged with driving

under the influence of alcohol,

accident — leaving

scene of vehicle damage,

driving with suspended/

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revoked driver license, and

operating uninsured motor

vehicle, when police responded

to a call regarding

a hit and run in the

2600 block of Waukegan

Avenue. Police identified

Kozera by his license plate

number, took him into custody,

and released him on

a recognizance bond with

a court date in Waukegan

on June 21, 2019.

In other police news:

May 20

• Andrew Adenayi, 63, of

Beach Park, was arrested

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and charged with driving

under the influence-drugs

or combination of drugs

and improper lane usagelaned

roads, when police

conducted a traffic stop at

the intersection of Skokie

Valley Road and Half Day

Road. Adenayi was released

on a recognizance

bond with a court date in

Waukegan on June 28.

May 25

• Colleen Doyle, 49, of the

800 block of Park Avenue

W, Highland Park, was arrested

and charged with the

following offenses when

police responded to an accident

in the 2000 block of

Skokie Valley Road: driving

under the influence-alcohol,

operating uninsured

motor vehicle, aggravated

DUI- third or subsequent

offense, aggravated DUI

driver license suspended/

revoked, aggravated DUIno

insurance. Doyle was

held in custody pending

bond court.

• A complainant in the 100

block of Skokie Valley

Road reported the theft of

a wallet by an unknown


May 27

• Amadeus Kozera, 23,

of the 800 block of Deerfield

Road, Highland Park,

was arrested and charged

with driving under the

influence-alcohol, accident-

leaving scene vehicle

damage, driving with suspended/revoked

driver license,

and operating uninsured

motor vehicle, when

police responded to a call

regarding a hit and run in

the 2600 block of Waukegan

Avenue. Police identified

Kozera by his license

plate number, took him

into custody, and released

him on a recognizance

bond with a court date in

Waukegan on June 21.

• Myron Harvey, 54, of

Glenview, was arrested

and charged with driving

under the influencealcohol,

DUI- BAC .08 or

more, Improper Lane Usage,

and Failure to Reduce

Speed/Failure to Reduce

Speed to Avoid Accident

when police responded to

a one vehicle accident at

the intersection of Skokie

Valley Road and Clavey

Road. Harvey was released

on a recognizance

bond with a court date in

Waukegan on June 21.


Highland Park Landmark’s

Police Reports are compiled

from official reports emailed

from the Highland Park

Police Department headquarters

in Highland Park

and the Highwood Police

Department headquarters

in Highwood. Individuals

named in these reports are

considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

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Glenview WWII veterans

recount D-Day memories on

75th anniversary

Seventy-five years ago

this week, on June 6, 1944,

more than 160,000 Allied

troops took part in history’s

largest amphibious

invasion, landing along a

50-mile stretch of heavily

fortified coastline in Normandy,

France, to press

the fight against Nazi Germany.

More than 5,000 ships

and 13,000 aircraft supported

the D-Day invasion,

and by day’s end, the

launch of “Operation Overlord”

had secured a foothold

in Europe.

More than 4,000 Allied

soldiers were killed or

wounded on that day alone,

but their sacrifice made

possible the inexorable

advance of Allied forces

across Europe to defeat the

German army.

The American fighting

forces that defeated tyranny

across the globe during

WWII are now at least

in their 90s and are quickly

“fading away,” as the folklore

song goes. According

to the United States Department

of Veterans Affairs,

about 400 veterans will die

each day this year, and of

the 16 million Americans

who fought in World War

II, an estimated 390,000 are

still alive today.

Four of those battle- and

life-hardened veterans,

all now living at Vi at the

Glen, gathered recently

with The Glenview Lantern

to talk about their service,

the emotions they felt on

the battlefield, and the state

of patriotism.

Ray Jevitt is the “last

man standing” from Battery

B of the 335th Field

Artillery Battalion of the

U.S. Army’s 87th Infantry

Division. Serving from

1942 to 1945, the 94-yearold

took part in the Battle of

the Bulge, in which 19,000

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Half-marathon course circles Highland Park

Doug Rapp

Freelance Reporter


Submitted by the Sheffey


Cleo is a rescue from

Heartland Animal

Shelter. We got her

2.5 years ago. She is

definitely the best dog

ever. She is happiest

when all the family is

home and is always in

the middle of everything.

When she is not

snuggling with us she

keeps careful guard at

the window to protect her family from any blowing

leaf, dog, squirrel or car.

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

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

Two Highland Park runners

took the top two spots

in the North Shore Classic

Half & 5K on a mild and

sunny Sunday morning,

while a husband and wife

from Crestwood snagged

second in men’s and first

in women’s.

Brett Davidson finished

first in the 5K with a time

of 17:16 while Alexander

Brown came in second

at 19:26. Other Highland

Park residents in the top

20 included David You in

10th, Josh Blacksmith in

12th and Barak Goldstein

in 14th.

Both races started

and finished downtown

at Park Avenue and St.

Johns. The 5K looped

east through residential

areas, while the marathon

course ran south to Lake

Cook Road then back up

Sheridan Road to Leonard

Wood Avenue before returning


Christopher Zablocki,

30, of Lakeview, won the

half-marathon, which is

13.1 miles, with a time of

1:09:52. The course record

is 1:05:51, set by John

Mascari of Terre Haute,


“It feels good,” Zablocki

said. “It’s a lucky day. I’ve

been racing all spring and

I keep getting second and

third [in other marathons].

That felt tough because

you do all that work and

you lose.”

Zablocki said he missed

a marathon in Vermont

due to a cancelled flight

last week, so this win felt

particularly good.

This was his first time

participating in the North

Shore Classic and he

praised the course.

“It was nice,” Zablocki

said. “There’s lots of trees

and the weather actually

Midlothian resident Jane Bareikis was the first woman to cross the finish line Sunday,

June 2, at the North Shore Classic Half Marathon in Highland Park. photos by

sarah zaute/22nd century media

cooperated today. There’s

some lake views and lots

of people cheering.”

He added his girlfriend,

Melanie, was among those

cheering him on.

Arturs Bareikis, 32, and

Jane Bareikis, 24, were

the husband and wife who

took second in men’s and

first in women’s.

This was her first time

winning, although last

year she came in second

place, Jane Bareikis said.

“This year I was like, I

gotta win,” she said. “Let

me do it for my sister (Peninah,

who passed away in


“It was not easy,” Jane

Bareikis continued. “It

was painful on my legs,

but I said I’m not going to

give up.”

She also enjoyed the

Highland Park course.

“The course is amazing,”

she said. “There’s

trees everywhere, there’s

shade and the weather was

great. Of all the half-marathons

I ran this year, I enjoyed

this one the most.”

Arturs Bareikis, fresh off

winning the Fargo marathon

two weeks ago, said

he’s improving at the North

Chicago resident Chris Zablocki came in first place in

the race.

Shore Classic. This was his

fourth time and he’s finished

fourth, third and second

but has yet to win.

“I always like doing

North Shore,” Arturs Bareikis

said. “It’s beautiful.

This is one of the

most beautiful courses in

the area. There’s a slight

hill on mile 7 but it’s always

shaded and there’s

a crowd. For anyone who

hasn’t done it, I recommend

it. It’s one of the better

halves in the area.”

Lou Seal, event director

with RAM Racing, said

there were around 2000

participants for both races,

which is up from last

year. He said most of the

runners were from North

Shore communities.

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A piece of


Fort Sheridan Historical Society takes

guests on tour of historic homes, May

19, in the neighborhood.

A former military stable that has been transformed into

a home was displayed during the tour.

Attendees of the tour learn about the history of the

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Sarah Zaute/22nd Century Media

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the Victor Talking Machine Company.

One of the homes displayed on the tour featured a

Lyster bag, which was used for purifying water and

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HP recognizes cancer survivors

with free services at annual event

Eli Fraerman, Editorial Intern

Highland Park resident

Barbara Paget feels that

while Cancer Survivor

Beauty and Support Day,

the event she organizes,

does not significantly

change year to year, it is

important to regularly

make people aware of the

event, which took place

June 4, as there are new

cancer diagnoses annually.

“Last year I walked into

the salon the day of the

event and a woman came

up to me and said ‘I know

there have been articles

every year but I never really

paid attention to it

because it didn’t affect

me and last year I was diagnosed

with cancer and

this day means so much to

me,”’ Paget said.

Cancer Survivor Beauty

and Support Day is an opportunity

for cancer survivors

to receive beauty and

wellness treatments for

free at participating salons

throughout locations in

Highland Park and across

the U.S. on a day meant

to honor them on the first

Tuesday in June. This was

the 16th year of the event.

“Cancer survivor beauty

and support day started

in one salon right on

Sheridan Road and today

it is in all 50 states plus

Canada and Puerto Vallarta,”

Paget said. “It reaches

millions of men, women

and children cancer survivors

regardless of their

type of cancer or when

they were diagnosed. It is

a day not just of a beauty

service but of support and

celebration of life.”

“I was watching TV and

I learned about a spa in

northern California where

so many of their clients

were being diagnosed

with cancer that they decided

to have a spa day.

Actually, they do something

every day. I looked

at the TV and I said, ‘I can

do that.’”

Initially started in the

salon Femme in Highland

Please see event, 14


Inaugural Healthy Living Expo

and 5K promotes wellness

• Education

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Eric DeGrechie

Managing Editor

Staying healthy is a

challenge we all face. Increased

workloads and

family responsibilities are

factors for many as Americans

too often put their

own personal wellness on

the back burner.

For those looking

for ideas and information

on how to improve

their health, the inaugural

Healthy Living Expo

promises to provide the

perfect setting to meet all

your wellness needs. Dozens

of health and wellness

vendors will be part of

this exciting new health

fair Sunday, Aug. 25, at

Northbrook Court, 1515

Lake Cook Road.

“We have done this

event the past three years

in our Southwest suburban

area and have had

really great success,”

said Heather Warthen,

chief events officer of

organizer 22nd Century

Media, publisher of The

Highland Park Landmark.

“We were looking

to bring a new event that

was health-focused to

the North Shore so it just

made sense.”

For those so inclined, a

chance to run a 5K is also

in the mix Aug. 25. The

5K and expo begin at 8:30

a.m. with the latter running

until 1 p.m. In addition to

the 5K, there will be a

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Health and wellness

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year,” Warthen said.

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After brief closure, Lucky Fish returns to Highwood

Martin Carlino

Contributing Editor


Artistic Director

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on Sheridan Road.

The reopened Lucky

Fish, which is part of the

Geffen family’s Once

Upon restaurants, now

features a revamped menu

and concept, according to

a press release sent to The


The restaurants ownership

team, which features

Steve Geffen, shifted Lucky

Fish’s traditional sit-down

dinner experience to a new

concept that is based on the

style of a “coastal shrimp

shack,” per the release.

It now features a menu

that the ownership team

describes as “dominated by

After closing earlier this year, Lucky Fish is reopening in Highwood. Erin

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shrimp, seafood and chicken,

with a focus on efficient

service and a value price


“Our goal with the reinvented

Lucky Fish is to offer

the high-quality seafood

that we always have, but to

do it at a price point that is

more accessible to a broader

customer base,” Gerry Geffen

said. “The new menu is

well-suited to busy people

on the run, looking for a

lunch alternative to the standard

burger and fries, while

still offering plenty of great

dinner items.”

Lucky Fish will continue

to offer beer and wine at

lunch with its full bar opening

at 4 p.m. daily.

In late 2018, the Geffen

family announced the closure

of its Northbrook location,

which opened in 2017

at 1349 Shermer Road.

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From Page 12

Park, the event eventually

spread not only throughout

Highland Park but

through the country at


For several years Paget

held the event in that Salon

on the first Tuesday

in December but eventually

moved it to the first

Tuesday in June, citing an

improvement in weather

and wanting to be in accordance

with National

Cancer Survivor month.

Upon noticing that

there was a waiting list

every year, Paget felt that

there was a need to expand

and contacted Terri

Olian, a Highland Park

Councilwoman, to help

with an expansion. Within

two days, Paget said there

were eight more places involved.

Eventually, Paget was

able to get on board with

Great Clips, a salon that

now has upward of 4,300

locations across North


Paget says that while

she didn’t even know how

to use a computer before

2003, she reaches out to

every salon herself each

year to ensure the success

of the event.

“I do everything myself,

my husband comes

running when I scream

because there will be a

problem with the computer

but I don’t even use

the computer anymore,

just use my phone and

occasionally the laptop,”

Paget said. “I have an index

card for each place

including the name, address

and phone number. I

have who came to me and

every year I write down

when I call them, the date,

the date I reach them and

that they got the flyers

they need. Some places

take one phone call and

some places I have to call

five and ten times until I

get them.”

Paget is working with

Congressman Brad

Schneider in hopes of securing


with as many United States

representatives as possible

in hopes of it becoming a

permanent day and is continuously

working on expanding

the day herself.

“I am actually negotiating

with a very major corporation

which would put

my information in thousands

of more places,”

Paget said. “My real goal

and dream is that Washington

will make this a permanent

day. My dream is

that it becomes permanent

and it goes on every calendar

and is a known event

on this one day every year

for cancer survivors.

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from the editor

Don’t forget about Dad

Erin Yarnall


Father’s Day is

always stressful for


My dad is my best

friend — we couldn’t be

closer, but when it comes

to the one day of the year

specifically dedicated to

spoiling our dads, I never

have any idea what to get


A tie? Too impersonal.

Some coffee? He has

enough stockpiled from

travels to Latin America to

last a lifetime.

Thankfully, I think my

brother and I came together

for a really fun gift

this year, but even without

that, I know he would feel

special just being recognized

in this editorial. The

guy doesn’t ask for much.

A great way to recognize

your dad and show

him how much you

love him is to enter our

Father’s Day Contest.

Just send a shot of you

and your dad together to


with a couple of sentences

describing the photo, and

the winner will receive a

prize from a local business

and a shout out in our

Editor Erin Yarnall (right) and her dad, David, April

14, at the Paris Marathon in France. Erin Yarnall/22nd

Century Media


You or your father must

be a Highland Park or

Highwood resident to submit,

so luckily for you all,

my Dad can not enter.

Submissions are due

Friday, June 7 by 12 p.m.

On May 24 the Highwood Public Library posted,

“On behalf of the Highwood Public Library

staff, Board of Trustees and countless patrons,

a HUGE THANK YOU is in order to Mike

Foley and his staff from DiVinci Painters Inc.

(www.divincipainters.com). DiVinci’s talented

staff came in and gave a beautiful fresh coat

of paint to our Children’s Room. Thank you for

your donation of time, talent and treasure!”

Like The Highland Park Landmark: facebook.com/hplandmark

On May 22 Township High School D113 Superintendent

Bruce Law posted, “Celebrating the

tenure of @HighlandParkHS faculty. Listening

to their journey speaks to their accomplishment

and the community of support they’ve had the

past four years.”

Follow The Highland Park Landmark: @hparklandmark


From Page 6

Americans were killed.

Reporting by Alan P.

Henry, Freelance Reporter.

Full story at GlenviewLantern.com.


Fire department rescues

woman from roof of

burning home in Lake


A female homeowner

was found on the roof of

her burning home in Lake

Forest in the early morning

hours on Friday, May 31,

according to a press release

from the Lake Forest Fire


A structure fire was reported

at 4:22 a.m. in the

southeast part of the city.

When Lake Forest Police

arrived on scene, they

found the sole occupant of

the home on the roof in the

rear of the house. Soon after

fire department arrival,

personnel reported moderate

smoke coming from the

same location the female

was standing, the release


A crew member from

the first arriving engine

grabbed a ladder and was

able to rescue the female,

without injuries. She was

evaluated by paramedics

for smoke inhalation and

signed a medical release,

the release says.

Additional firefighters

entered the home to ensure

there were no other occupants.

Firefighters pulled a hose

line and began an aggressive

interior attack and had

water on the fire within

minutes of arrival to the


The fire was out by 4:40

a.m., but the fire department

performed overhaul

to ensure complete extinguishment,

the release


There were no injuries to

emergency personnel.

There was significant

smoke and fire damage to

the home. The cause of the

go figure


fire is under investigation,

according to the release.

Reporting by Alyssa Groh,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The amount of students that

graduated from Highland Park

High School on May 29. Read

more about it on Page 4.

The Highland Park Landmark

Sound Off Policy

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

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

Highland Park Landmark encourages readers to write letters to Sound

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

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

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

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

Letters become property of The Highland Park Landmark. Letters that

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

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

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

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LGBT community

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in Highwood,

Page 19

Drag queens

Wanda Screw

(left) and Yolo

Ono speak, June

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Faith Briefs

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road,

Highland Park)

Weeknight Service

7-8 p.m. Thursdays,

church coffee bar. Weeknight

service is a place to

come, stay awhile, meet

people and then go make

a difference. For more

information, call (847)

234-1001 or email Brad at


Men’s Breakfast Group

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

Panera Bread, 1211

Half Day Road, Bannockburn.

For more information,

contact Sean at seansmith797@gmail.com.

Trinity Episcopal (425 Laurel Avenue,

Highland Park)

Sunday Schedule

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist,

St. Michael’s Chapel

8:45 a.m. – Fellowship

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

with music, Main Sanctuary

10 a.m. Sunday School

(on the 1st and 3rd Sundays)

11 a.m. – Fellowship

Men’s Bible Study Group

9-10 a.m. Saturdays

Wednesday Service

9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

with healing, St. Michael’s


A Safe Place

6 p.m. Thursdays - Guild


Congregation Solel (1301 Clavey Road)

Choir Shabbat

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

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

(1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park)

Free Hebrew School Tuition

Right now the Jack and

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School at North Suburban

Synagogue Beth El

is offering second grade

parents free tuition for the

2019-2020 school year.

There are only 25 openings

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no synagogue membership

fee required. Contact Dr.

Alicia Gejman, agejman@

nssbethel.org, for more information.

Spertus Mini-Course:

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Experience in America

7:45 p.m., June 13.

Three million Jews migrated

to the United States

from the 1820s to 1920s,

giving rise to one of the

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in the world. Although

that number dwindled

after restrictive immigration

laws hit the books

early in the 20th century,

Jewish (and other) immigrants

continued to come

— some legally, some not.

Today, America is home

to Jews from around the

world. Join historn Dr.

Tony Michels to explore

the odyssey of American

Jews through the immigrant

experience in this

three-session mini-course

offered by Spertus Institute

for Jewish Learning

and Leadership in partnership

with North Suburban

Synagogue Beth El.

Writer’s Beit Midrash

9:30-11 a.m. every

other Wednesday, The

NSS Beth El Writer’s

Beit Midrash meets in the

Maxwell Abbel Library.

All fiction, non-fiction,

poetry, memoir and essay

writers (published or not

yet published) are welcome

for discussions, exercises,

camaraderie and

critique. Contact Rachel

Kamin at rkamin@nssbethel.org

for more information

and to be added to

the mailing list.

Open Conversational


10-11 a.m. Sundays.

Practice Hebrew conversation

and reading informally

with other participants.

Free. For information,

contact Judy Farby at


Daily Minyan

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


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


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

Shabbat Service

6:15 p.m. Friday (Kabbalat


8:50 a.m. Shacharit

(Shabbat Morning)

10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation

(Grades 2-6)

10:45 a.m. Young Family

Service (families with

children first-grade age

and younger)

Immaculate Conception Parish (770

Deerfield Road, Highland Park)

Donations for Rummage


Donations are now being

accepted for the annual

Immaculate Conception

Rummage Sale. The

sale takes place Sept. 6

and 7 in the Parish Center.

Please drop off donations

of clothing, books, housewares,

electronics, all

children’s items, holiday

decorations and notions

in the front of the Parish

Center. Indoor and outdoor

furniture, tools, bikes, art

work, sports equipment

and large appliances can

be dropped off at the upper

level garages. Furnity

pick-ups can be scheduled

for a minimal fee. We can

not accept mattresses, box

springs, tube TVs, sofa

beds, car seats or cribs.

Submit information for The

Landmark’s Faith page to

Erin Yarnall at erin@hplandmark.com.

The deadline is

noon on Thursdays. Questions?

Call (847) 272-4565

ext. 34.

In Memoriam

Rosa (Rosina) Picchietti


Rosa (Rosina) Picchietti

Piacenza, age 100 of Highland

Park passed away early

Monday morning May

27, 2019. She was born at

Ponte Di S’Anna Pelago,

Modena, Italy on December

2, 1918 to the union of

Sante and Clementina (Picchietti)

Picchietti. In 1937

she married Vittorio Piacenza

with who she has two

sons, Romano and Emilio.

in 1955, Rosina and Emilio

immigrated to the United

States, joining Vittorio and

Romano who came the year

before. She found employment

as a dishwasher at the

poplular restaurant, My Favorite

Inn, later becoming a

pasta maker and finally the

cook. She was a member of

the Sacred Heart Guild and

St. James Church in Highwood.

Beloved wife of the late

Vittorio, August 3, 1989.

Loving mother of Romano

Piacenza of Highwood

and Emilio (Lynn)

Piacenza of Fountain Hills,

Ariz. Cherished nonna of

Luana (Andy) DiVecchio,

Daniela (Dan) Emmerich,

David (Nina) Piacenza

all of Highland Park, Lisa

Thuente of Deerfield,

Steve Piacenza of Los Angeles,

Calif., Gina (Nick)

DeBoer of Gurnee and Jamie

(Jean) Simko of N.C.

Proud bis-nonna of Nick,

Tony, Colton, Michela,

Brock, Vanessa, Natalia,

Cody, Dylan, Caitlyn and

Kylie. Dear sister of the

late Domenico (late Elvira)

Picchietti, Veronica (late

Umberto) Bertucci, the

late Pietro (late Mary) and

Stefano (late Belania) Picchietti.

Fond Zia to many

nieces and nephews. She

will be greatly missed by

family and friends.

Sylvia R. Sanders

Sylvia R. Sanders, age

82 of Highland Park,

passed away May 24, 2019

at Aperion Care Highwood.

She was born January 8th,

1937 in Chicago, to the

union of Maurice and Julia

(Klawans) Rosenfeld and

grew up in Rogers Park

area of Chicago. Throughout

her life she lived in

Skokie, Niles, Northbrook

and settling in Highland

Park for over 20 years.

She was a primary school

teacher for over 25 years in

the Chicago and Highland

Park school districts specializing

in early reading.

In her youth she was active

with B’nai Brith and was

active in community theater,

the Skokie Civic Theater,

Lincolnwood Community

Theater and the

Devonshire Playhouse. In

her later years she became

an avid bridge player. She

was a member of Temple

Jeremiah in Northfield.

Sylvia married in 1957

to James H. Sanders and

had 2 children from this

union, one daughter Marcia

Sanders (Leonard Little)

residing in Redwood City,

Calif. and son Doug Sanders

(Judy Wood) residing in

Framingham, Mass. whom

she is survived by.

Thelma Greene

Thelma C. Greene was

the beloved wife of the late

Norman; loving mother

of Michael (Molly), Melissa

(Bob) Cook and Amy

(Kent) Alme; cherished

grandmother of Madelyn

Greene, Kristofer and Jakob

Alme, and Joseph,

Brendan and Robert Cook

III; and dear sister of William

(Rita) Chapman.

Thelma was born on March

28, 1936 in Chicago and

passed away on Thursday,

May 23, 2019 at Good

Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

She was 83 years

old. Thelma was a resident

of Highland Park and a lifelong

Cubs fan.

Sidney Rubin

Sidney Rubin, 94, beloved

husband of Bette,

nee Baker, for 67 wonderful

years; loving father of

Jeffrey (Marcia), Michael,

Barry (Stacey) and David

Rubin; cherished Papa

of Dana (Scott) Randel

and Emily, John, Tanner,

Sloane, Jessica, Isabel and

Lexi Rubin; adored Great

Papa of Abe Randel; devoted

son of the late Mollie

and Oscar Rubin; dear

brother of the late Jacob

(Thelma) Rubin, Bernard

(Betty) Rubin, Leo (Gert)

Rubin, Sally (Sidney) Bernberg

and Florence (Don)

Marienthal; treasured uncle,

cousin and friend of


Mitchell Milenkovich

Mitchell Milenkovich,

age 95, of Highland

Park, formerly of Chicago,

passed away May 13, 2019.

Beloved husband of the late

Gloria “Slavica” Milenkovich

nee Jukic (2002);

loved father of Melinda

and cherished grandfather

of Kolya and Niko. He is

also survived by family in


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Highwood’s Pride Fest raises money for HPHS club

Doug Rapp

Freelance Reporter

Sebastian paused midway

through the familyfriendly

drag show to address

the children in the

audience at 210 Live Saturday


“Tonight is about embracing

who you are, no

matter what,” she said.

Sebastian, the alter ego

of DJ Kate Versace, was

hosting the show as part of

Celebrate Highwood’s 7th

Annual North Shore Pride

Fest. Although rain had

canceled a picnic scheduled

earlier in the day,

the opening day of Pride

Month continued with the

drag show featuring the

trio Sadhaus, made up of

performers Wanda Screw,

Quinn, and Yolo Ono. The

5 p.m. show was followed

by an adults-only “Taste

The Rainbow” pub crawl

through Highwood.

Sadhaus performed as

a group and individually,

singing songs by Lady

Gaga, Cher and Shania

Twain while stepping

down from the stage to

greet the audience and

collect tips. Wide-eyed

children marveled at their

height, large wigs and

elaborate outfits.

D.R. Smith, a Celebrate

Highwood board member

and the Pride Fest event

coordinator, said this is

the third year they’ve had

a drag show. Keeping that

show family-friendly, he

said, gets the whole community

involved so the

focus isn’t just on the pub


“It’s not just about being

gay or drinking alcohol,”

he said. “It’s really become

a community-supported

thing. A lot of families

are grateful they have gay



family members or they

have gay kids and they

can feel open and accepted

and not have to hide who

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Singer Tony Bennett will return to Ravinia June 21

for his 40th concert at the venue. Photos courtesy of

Mark seliger

Tony Bennett prepares for 40th Ravinia concert

Erin Yarnall, Editor

If there’s one thing Ravinia

Festival can count

on, year after year, it’s

the return of a big-selling

Tony Bennett show.

The singer has been

performing at the festival

ever year for the past four

decades, with his June 21

performance marking his

40th time at the Highland

Park festival.

At his show, Bennett

will be performing with

his daughter, Antonia Bennett.

“I am blessed with four

creative children,” Bennett

said in an interview with

The Landmark. “Antonia

is a talented singer in her

own right and I am very

proud of her. I love it when

she tours with us.”

Bennett said his daughter

has a long history of

performing with crooners

including Count Basie,

Regis Philbin and Rosemary


“She also grew up around

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin

and Gene Kelly,” Bennett

said. “What musical inspirations.”

In addition to performing

with his daughter,

Bennett looks forward to

returning to Ravinia in


“[It is] a magnificent

venue,” Bennett said.

“Their sound system is

state-of-the-art and the giant

video screens give upclose

images to the thousands

who come to our

shows each season.”

He also loves the experience

of working with the

Ravinia staff to help set up

his shows.

“They are always just

great and I feel right at

home,” Bennett said.

But one of his favorite

things about performing at

the historic Highland Park

venue is the atmosphere of

the festival.

“I love the fact that Ravinia

is a place where you

can bring the whole family,

many generations,”

Bennett said.

Although he’s performed

at the venue 40

times, Bennett said he

likes to mix up his performances

and feature different


“Each night I hit that

stage is fresh and new

even after all these years,”

Bennett said. “Every performance

is a little different

because of what may

have happened in my life

that day and that is reflected

in how I might interpret

a particular song and the

way that evening’s audience

might respond.”

The singer turns 93 this

August, but despite that,

he has no intentions of

slowing down.

“I like to learn something

new every day and I

am always thinking about

upcoming projects — albums,

books,” Bennett

said. “There is nothing I

can speak about at the moment,

but always something

in the works.”

He said he has no intentions

to retire, meaning

Ravinia audiences may

have shows to continue

looking forward to in the


“I look forward to returning

each summer,

singing under the stars,”

Bennett said. “The audiences

are so great to me.

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“They can walk down

the streets of Highwood

and it’s not a big deal,”

Smith said. “It’s really


Smith also noted this

year is the 50th anniversary

of the Stonewall Riots,

which sparked the international

gay rights movement

when police raided a

gay bar in New York and

gays, lesbians and transgenders

fought back for a

common cause.

Proceeds from the Pride

Fest’s $20 registration fee

primarily go to Spectrum,

an LGBTQ and straight

alliance at Highland Park

High School.

Bridget Fahrner, the

sponsor of Spectrum, said

the club meets once a week

to talk freely and plan

events. She said the club

provides a space for students

“to be who they are.”

“Representation is important,”

Fahrner said. “I

feel it’s important anybody

who is growing up who is

outside the gender or sexuality

norm that they see

people who can act as role


Fahrner said Spectrum

received $500 in 2017 and

$1000 in 2018, although

she and Smith thought

this year’s totals might be


“It’s important for me

personally and others involved

that we give that

gift to these kids so they

can be who they are at a

younger age and change

the trajectory of their

lives,” said Smith.

Zoe Rabin, who just

graduated from HPHS,

said she was a member of

Spectrum for two years in

high school.

“It was such a great

place,” Rabin said. “Ms.

Fahrner is absolutely incredible.

It’s a safe space

for me to be queer and

open and vulnerable and

share everything that’s going

on, because not everywhere

is a safe space for

queer youth.”

Rabin said this was first

time attending this event

and she found it “so cool.”

“I’m looking around and

I’m seeing these kids dancing

and everyone having

a really great time,” she

said. “Just being comfortable

in your own skin and

being free of judgment—

that’s really special.”

Shira Schwartz attended

the event with her husband,

Jeremy, and daughter Ayala

and said she’s been here

before since she’s a friend

of Smith’s and an ally of

the community.

“My daughter just said

it’s great we live in a community

that supports this,”

Schwartz said.

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the highland park landmark | June 6, 2019 | 21

5B2F Akira Sushi comes ‘home’ to Wilmette

Alyssa Groh

Contributing Editor

After closing 153 Akira

Sushi in Wilmette and taking

some time off, it brings

tears to Kelly Yang’s eyes

to have a restaurant in Wilmette


5B2F Akira Sushi

opened under a new name

and new location, but has

the same original owner as

153 Akira Sushi.

153 Akira Sushi was

owned by Yang, who

eventually sold it to a new

owner. Shortly after, due

to lease negotiations, 153

Akira had to close down.

After taking approximately

a year and a half

off and spending time with

her young daughters, Yang

found a new location in

Wilmette for another restaurant.

5B2F Akira Sushi, 143

Skokie Blvd., Wilmette,

officially opened on April


Yang said she was waiting

to find a location in

Wilmette because it is

where she calls home.

“We really missed Wilmette

and we really missed

our customers,” said Yang,

who is a Wilmette resident.

While this restaurant

is a bit different than 153

Akira Sushi, it still offers

Japanese dishes.

Seeing residents return

to her restaurant with excitement

to learn she was

back made it all worth it

for Yang.

“This is a community, it

moves my heart to see old

customers come back that

are happy to see us,” she


For Yang, her customers

are more than customers

— they are family and


Back at 153 Akira Sushi,

Yang said she and her

customers would tell each

other about their lives and

be supportive when times

were rough, while also celebrating


“Our customer relationships

are very important

to us,” Yang said. “I want

to rebuild the relationship

with new and old customers

in a different location

with a new concept. This

location is a restart for us.”

One of the biggest

changes between the two

restaurants, is the new

location is much smaller

than the old one. 5B2F

Akira Sushi has small window

and bar seating, and

is not a full service restaurant.

And while there are

items on the menu at 5B2F

Akira Sushi that weren’t

5B2F Akira Sushi

143 Skokie Blvd.,


(847) 920-5332

11 a.m.-8 p.m.


Closed Sunday

on the menu at 153 Akira

Sushi, guests can expect

the same type of cuisine

and quality.

5B2F Akira Sushi may

be in a much smaller location,

but its menu is far

from small.

The menu contains hot

and cold appetizers, salads,

poke bowls, homemade

ramen, 24 specialty

rolls, 14 classic rolls, nine

vegetable rolls and more.

A team of 22nd Century

Media editors stopped

into 5B2F Akira Sushi to

see what all the hype was


We started with a hot

and a cold appetizer. First

up was the asparagus beef

The Kelly Poke Bowl ($13) has avocado, cilantro,

cucumber, edamame, scallions, onion crunch, tobiko

and jalapeño on a bed of rice, topped with spicy mayo

and ponzu sauce at 5B2F Akira Sushi in Wilmette. Anna

Schultz/22nd Century Media

roll ($9.50), made with

sliced beef, which was

rolled around asparagus

and broiled in a teriyaki


We also tried two items

from the cold appetizers,

the hamachi ponzu ($12)

and tuna tartare ($12). The

hamachi ponzue is very

thinly sliced yellowtail

topped with jalapeno and

Akira’s special sauce.

One of our favorite

items was the tuna tartare,

which is also a trademark

of 5B2F Akira Sushi. This

appetizer consists of towers

of tuna accompanied

with crispy wontons. Yang

mixed it all up for us and

placed it on top of the

wonton chips, which was

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Alex Gordon

Gordon was the starting

goalkeeper on the Highland

Park boys water polo


How did you get

started playing water


I had a bunch of friends

from swimming who suggested

that I join. I stuck

with it because I was doing

really well on my team.

What’s your favorite

part of playing water


Playing the game.

Whether we win or

lose, it doesn’t really matter

because we still had fun.

What’s the most

challenging part of

playing water polo?

The practices, because

we’re always working so

hard to stay on topic.

What’s the best

coaching advice you’ve

ever gotten?

It was from one of my

seniors, it was about using

two hands to block the

ball and getting along the

side of the goal. It really


If you could play

another sport besides

water polo, what

would it be?

I’m not sure, I guess it

wouldn’t be part of the

school, but it would be biking.

What’s your favorite

place to eat?

Down in the city there’s

a place called Pete’s Pizza

that’s pretty good, I go

there with my family.

Who is your favorite


Frankie Pecaro, he’s

pretty cool, we have a nice

tag team.

photo submitted

What’s something on

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like to cross off?

I want to build my own

bicycle, that’s something

I’m going to try and do

over the summer.

What’s your favorite


My favorite movie

would be “Help!” by the

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If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I would go to Ireland

because my grandparents

went and they said it was


Interview done by Sports

Editor Nick Frazier

The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys recap playoffs, announce girls soccer honors

Staff Report

In this week’s episode of

The Varsity: North Shore,

the only podcast focused

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hosts Michal Dwojak, Michael

Wojtychiw and Nick

Frazier recap the girls soccer,

lacrosse, boys volleyball

and baseball postseasons,

hear from New Trier

girls soccer players Emma

Weaver and Heidi Bianucci,

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and announce 22nd Century

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Coach and Player of the



From Page 29

And not only did she,

she embraced it in stride.

“Nicole Kaspi was one

of a kind, like Sydney

(Parker), Whitney (Hoban),

all those players

were people that I looked

up to, so I needed to fill

that role even as a passer,

which is also as a leader on

the team,” she said. “Everyone

is stepping up, the

freshman, the sophomores,

the juniors, everyone’s filling

roles which has made

it easy because of the loss

of players we’ve had.

“I think we had such

high expectations and being

part of varsity New

Trier, that’s a pressure actually

served as motivation

for me at least. Because

I want to prove people

wrong when they say

‘you’re not as good this

year, you lost these players.’

It’s like, no, you recreate

a team that’s amazing

every year. That’s just

what (coach Jim) Burnside


Weaver, who had primarily

played the midfield

position previously, was

thrust into the forward role

when the team played St.

Ignatius on April 2.

For Burnside, moving

Weaver up to more of an

attacking role was a move

he didn’t hesitate on.

“Not for a second,” he

said. “It’s not what she’s

going to do, it’s more about

what the people around her

are going to do.

Full story at HPLandmark.


28 | June 6, 2019 | The lake highland foresT park leader landmark sports SPORTS



GirlS Soccer

FirST Team


Makayla Stadler, GBS senior

• 29 goals, 18 assists; The Titans

senior earned another First Team

honor. The Illinois High School Soccer

Coaches Association awarded her

with All-State honors. She will play at

Villanova University.


Margy Porta, GBN freshman

• 14 goals, 3 assists; The

freshman made quite the splash

into high school soccer. Porta

earned an All-Sectional honor in

her first year with the Spartans.


Heidi Bianucci, NT junior

• 1 goal, 1 assist; The All-

Sectional, Central Suburban

League All-Conference honoree

helped lead the way for a strong

defense. She returned after

missing most of her sophomore

season with a knee injury.

Welcome to 22nd Century Media’s All-Area team: Team 22. Thanks to help from area

coaches and the eyes of 22nd Century Media staff, the best players were selected from

eight high schools — Glenbrook North (GBN), Glenbrook South (GBS), Highland Park (HP),

Lake Forest (LF), Loyola Academy (LA), North Shore Country Day (NSCD), New Trier (NT) and

Regina Dominican (RD) — in our coverage area.

Second Team


Emma Weaver, NT junior

• 27 goals, 11 assists; An

All-State selection, she used

her speed to help her beat the

competition and make the jump

to the First Team.


Lily Denk, GBN freshman

• 12 goals, 3 assists; Denk

joined Porta as one of the key

freshmen helping the Spartans’

youth movement.


Josie Crumley, NT senior

• New Trier’s All-Conference

honoree helped lead the

Trevians to 16 shutouts.


Edith Edwards-Mizel, NSCD


• 17 goals, 13 assists; The

All-Sectional honoree was a

key cog for the Raiders, helping

her team return to the state

championship game.


Lilly Rausch, RD junior

• 15 goals; The Girls Catholic

Athletic Conference White Player

of the Year helped lead the way

for Regina. She also earned an

All-Sectional honor.


Leland Keller, LF senior

• 3 goals, 3 assists; Keller

earned an All-Sectional honor

and helped lead the Scouts to

12 team shutouts.


Emily Weil, NSCD senior

• 17 goals, 15 assists; The

senior earned an All-Sectional

Honorable Mention honor after

finishing her career with the



Olivia Kosla, GBN junior

• 1 goal; Kosla provided the

upperclassmen leadership

needed for a young Spartans



Libbie Vanderveen, GBS senior

• 10 shutouts, .68 GAA; The

Titans senior helped lead a

strong season where GBS made

it to its sectional-title game. She

earned All-Conference and All-

Sectional honors.


Katie Weiss, GBS junior

• 17 goals, 10 assists; Weiss took on the

scoring when Stadler didn’t for the Titans.

Maggie Brett, LA senior

• 6 goals, 4 assists; The GCAC Red Player

of the Year and All-Conference honoree

earned an All-State honor for the third time.

Jolie Carl, HP senior

• The All-Sectional honoree will play at

Washington University, St. Louis in the fall.


Allie Charnas, NSCD junior

• 12 goals, 13 assists; The Raider earned

an All-Sectional Honorable Mention honor.

Paige Forester, NSCD senior

• 10 goals, 10 assists; Forester finished

her Raider career having helped her team

reach the state title back-to-back years.

Lily Conley, NT senior

• 6 goals, 12 assists; Conley earned

All-Sectional and All-Conference honors,

helping her team with her versatility.

Julia DiSano, GBS senior

• 5 goals, 3 assists; The senior helped

provide leadership for the Titans.


Katie Sullivan, GBS senior

• 7 assists; Sullivan returned to the

Second Team with a strong senior season.

Maggie Mick, LF senior

• The senior helped lead her team to 12

shutouts in a rebound season for LF.

Sydney Cohen, HP senior

• The senior defender was an All-Sectional

Honorable Mention honoree.

Caroline Segal, NSCD junior

• 1 goal, 1 assist; The Raider helped man

the defense that limited chances.


Meghan Dwyer, NT senior

• .57 GAA, 9 goals allowed; New Trier’s

senior missed some time due to a

concussion but rebounded in a big way.

Honorable mentions:

Challen Flaws, GBS junior MF; Sophia

Divagno, LF junior GK; Katherine Jaros,

LA senior GK; Meredith Phillips, LA

junior F; Grace Ehlert, LA

freshman MF; Mia Sedgwick,

NT sophomore MF; Fallon

Warshauer, NT senior F

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Girls soccer Coach of the Year

Burnside’s consistency leads to

yearly award for New Trier coach

Michael Wojtychiw

Contributing Sports Editor

It’d be fair to make the

argument that New Trier’s

Jim Burnside is one of the,

if not the, greatest girls

soccer coaches in IHSA

girls soccer history. His

now-529 career victories

are rivaled by only Quincy

Notre Dame’s Mark Longo

and his six career state

titles are the most by any

coach in state history.

This year Burnside led

his squad to an unprecedented

sixth consecutive

trip downstate and for that,

he was named 22nd Century

Media’s Coach of the


With the amount of soccer

talent in the state, it’s

difficult to have a team

make it to the state’s final

four once, much less

six consecutive times and

13 times overall. So how

does New Trier continually

make the annual trip

to Naperville?

“The kids constantly

buy into the idea of working

hard, doing the little

things, and playing as a

team,” Burnside said. “Our

kids are willing to buy into

what we’re asking them to

do, and are also having fun

at the same time.

“This time is remarkable

to me. We have zero

seniors going on to play

college soccer at any level.

That doesn’t really matter,

but a lot of people gauge

how good somebody’s

going to be, who do you

have as a D1 recruit, who’s

signed, who’s this ... So,

year in and year out it really

is about the will of the

kids, and their ability to

just work hard, and have

fun along the way. There’s

New Trier coach Jim

Burnside was named 22nd

Century Media’s 2019

Girls Soccer Coach of the

Year. Photo Submitted

a ton of luck that goes into

it. You’ve got to put yourself

in the right place.”

This year was different

for Burnside as he had to

replace a good portion of

his starting lineup, including

the majority of his

backline and a good number

of goal scorers.

However, after a slow

start to the season as everyone

was adjusting to

playing with each other,

the Trevians rounded into

form as the season went

along. But even with so

much change, Burnside,

who has been the Trevians’

head coach since 1997,

knew that the best way to

do that was to shape the

team around the players

he had and not necessarily

change the coaching

staff’s coaching style.

“What we do is, each and

every year we look at who

we have, and where the

best place is that they can

contribute, and feel some

success,” he said. “I’ve reflected

on this quite a bit in

terms of I think that’s one

thing I can do as a coach,

because then you have

the experience from year

to year, ‘What’s this team

like? What experience do

I have?’ This team has

always been ... It’s never

been about me, in terms

of the players, it’s always

been about we.

“What we really try and

do, is we try to ... Once

somebody’s in a spot,

they’re the best we got,

and we go with it, we give

them the confidence. Once

you show your confidence

in a player, and give them

the confidence to do the

best they can do, they go

further than you ever think.

While we are demanding,

we also try to empower

our players to flourish.”

Another key part to the

Trevians’ success is what

Burnside calls “serious

fun.” Each year, the coaching

staff asks the team to

have “serious fun,” something

that seems like every

player buys into every season.

“The environment,”

Emma Weaver said. “It’s

competitive, it’s fun, Burnside

always says serious

fun, which I 110% agree

with. That’s why we’re

successful it’s because

we’re competitive, we’re

serious, and we’re having

fun at each and every practice.

“Each player will start

to do better and better and

then it just comes together

especially you see that during

the end of the season. I

think that’s why we’re successful

just because we’re

willing to learn in such a

competitive environment.”

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Girls Soccer Player of the Year

Weaver’s progression, dedication

helps Trevians succeed

Michael Wojtychiw,

Contributing Sports Editor

Emma Weaver could

have chosen to play for a

developmental academy

like many in the area do.

Instead the junior chose

to play for her high school,

New Trier, and has flourished

since the day she

stepped on the field as a

freshman on the varsity


“I knew when I got offered

to go back to Academy,

I knew the day I got

offered, that I didn’t want

to accept it because at

NTGS (New Trier girls

soccer), it’s family to

me,” she said. “I felt like

if it didn’t do, if I did accept

the Academy thing, I


would regret it. That was

my biggest fear.

“And I didn’t want to

live in regret, going to the

games and being ‘Oh I

wish I was out there, I wish

I was playing.’ I didn’t

want to let my teammates

and my coaches down

and I think that says a lot

about the program and the

individual players because

that’s what kind of struck

through me towards high

school because Academy,

yeah competitive, and better

games but it’s the fun

part that what motivates

me and I feel like it motivates

me in the off season

because I work harder because

I have something to

look forward to.”

After scoring 33 goals,




New Trier girls soccer

player Emma Weaver

earned 22nd Century

Media’s 2019 Girls Soccer

Player of the Year honor.

22nd Century Media File


she was named 22nd Century

Media’s 2019 Girls

Soccer Player of the Year.

The Trevians lost three

players who combined to

score over 40 goals, coaches

looked upon Weaver to

become more of a scoring


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school teams. Sports

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Giants eliminated in sectional semifinal

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

Highland Park’s Cinderella

run had to come to an

end eventually.

The Giants’ magic ran

out in the Saint Viator sectional

semifinal on May

29 at Boomers Stadium

in Schaumburg. Highland

Park’s three hits weren’t

enough against Lake Forest,

as it fell 6-1.

After the 15-seed in the

sectional won the Stevenson

regional with a wild

11-9 win over Mundelein

on May 25, the Giants

had no answers for Scouts

pitcher Michael Vallone,

who let up just one run and

struck out 10 in a complete


“We really battled all

night, we hit some balls

real hard, they made a

couple of really nice defensive

plays,” Highland

Park coach Jason Newburger

said. “We just really

could never get things

rolling offensively. We’ve

been real hot, the weekend

may have cooled us off a

bit. The hits just didn’t fall

for us today.”

Vallone helped himself

out at the plate in the

second inning, hitting a

bloop single to left field

that brought home Colton

Pfeifer from second base.

Danny Saslow fields a grounder in the Giants’ 6-1 loss to Lake Forest on May 29 at

Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg. Photos by Nick Frazier/22nd Century Meida

The Giants came right

back with the equalizer

when Jason Bernstein

scored on a Tanner Mack

triple the following inning.

Highland Park failed

to bring home Mack from

third with only one out in

the inning, which proved


In the bottom of the

third, Lake Forest knocked

back-to-back RBI doubles

off Jeremy Frankel to force

him out of the game. Josh

Mendiola replaced him on

the mound and kept the Giants

within striking range.

Unfortunately for

HPHS, Vallone was on

fire, retiring 14 straight

batters after letting up a

run in the third. The Giants

failed to get a runner

on the base in the final four


Not long after the season

ended, Newburger looked

back on the year with

pride. The team finished

with a 17-16 record, but

Highland Park came alive

when it mattered most for

a memorable stretch of

games. The game of the

year was the Giants’ 4-2

win over second-seeded

Stevenson on May 22.

Mendiola struck out six in

four innings of relief work

in that victory.

According to Newburger,

much of the team’s

postseason success is

thanks to the team’s 10 seniors.

“We want to be the program

that’s competing in

these games for years to

come,” Newburger said.

“Our seniors left this program

in a much better

place than when we got

here, that’s what we talk

to all of our senior classes

about. We all have a limited

amount of time in this

Jeremy Frankel throws a pitch in the second inning.

program, myself included.

If we want to be a perennial

power in this area,

it’s senior classes like this

that just set the bar a little


The underclassmen on

the roster this year have

Newburger confident for

the future. Mack had two

hits and the lone run in

the game, and Mendiola

pitched well in relief. Danny

Saslow, Tanner Mack

and Sammy Dubin will

once again be key contributors

in 2020.

“I think our future is

bright, I talk to our program

about not looking

too far back and not

looking too far ahead and

trying to stay in the moment,”

Newburger said.

“That group’s going to

have to get better to take

that baton from the seniors

and set that bar.”

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22nd Century Media File



Top athletes this


1. Taylor Gilling


In her final season

with the Giants

track team, Gilling

won state titles

in both the 100

and 200-meter

dash, cementing

herself as the best

sprinter in Illinois’

Class 3A.

2. Josh Rohn.

Just a junior, Rohn

was a star on the

volleyball team,

racking up 241

kills, 24 aces and

29 blocks.

3. Jeremy Learner.

Learner, who will

play at Lehigh in

college, was the

top singles player

for the tennis team

all year, winning a

sectional title and

placing fourth at


Athlete of the Month

Frankel earns Giant honor

Staff Report

A magical postseason

run helped Jeremy Frankel

stand out this month.

Frankel, a senior pitcher

on the Highland Park

baseball team, was named

22nd Century Media Athlete

of the Month. He’s

the second Giant to win

the award in 2019, joining

February winner Lindsay


Thanks to the efforts

of Frankel on the mound,

Highland Park shocked everyone

en route to winning

a regional title. Frankel got

the start in a 4-2 win over

second-seeded Stevenson

in the regional semifinal.

Frankel won this

month’s voting with 120


Voting lasted from May

10-25. The Athlete of the

Month contest for athletes

selected in the month of

May gets underway on

June 10 and will end on

June 25. Vote at HPark-


Highland Park senior Jeremy Frankel won the May Athlete of the Month competition.

22nd Century Media file photo

Sports Briefs

HP resident shines with

North Shore Country Day


Emily Weil recently finished

a successful season

with North Shore Country

Day soccer, as the team

finished as Class 1A state


Weil, a Highland Park

resident, scored 17 goals

and 15 assists as a senior

midfielder for the Raiders,

who earned a 16-4 record.

NSCD fell 4-0 in the state

title game to Columbia.

An honoroable mention

for the Illinois High School

Soccer Coaches Association

All-Sectional team,

Weil scored twice in the

Super-sectional final versus

IC Catholic.

Park District of Highland

Park Gymnastics Team

Finishes Strong

The Park District of

Highland Park Level 3

gymnastics team competed

in the Amateur Athletic

Union Gymnastics Central

District State Meet in Rockford

on April 27. The team

placed 11th with a season

high score of 110.225, just

May Athlete of the Month Candidates

Highland Park

■Jared ■ Bloom, boys lacrosse

■Berkely ■ Clayborne, girls lacrosse

■Jakob ■ French, boys track and field

■Sydney ■ Cohen, girls soccer

Lake Forest

■Grace ■ Gescheidle, badminton

■Kate ■ Kaptrosky, girls lacrosse

■Justin ■ McCartney, boys volleyball

■Tommy ■ Henry, boys lacrosse

■Will ■ Davis, baseball

Loyola Academy

■Jack ■ Loveland, boys track and field

■Maggie ■ Gorman, girls lacrosse

■Kathryn ■ Kinsella, softball

New Trier

■Andrew ■ Kost, baseball

■Sydney ■ Kunkler, girls track and field

Glenbrook South

■Makayla ■ Stadler, girls soccer

■Brendan ■ Matias, baseball

■Dante ■ Kelekolio, boys gymnastics

Glenbrook North

■Alex ■ Brafford, boys volleyball

■Jonah ■ Ayzenberg, boys tennis

■Jamie ■ Kempner, girls basketball

■Erin ■ Markowitz, girls water polo

■Cam ■ Hardegree, boys gymnastics

missing the top 10. This is

the team’s inaugural season.

Hannah Spencer was

awarded second on beam,

floor, all-around, and taking

the vault champion

title. Lucky Spencer placed

third on floor, and vault, and

fourth in all-around. In the

Junior Division, Ali Danziger

placed fourth on vault,

and fifth on floor. Lindsey

Drake placed sixth on both

the vault and beam. In the

Child Division, Rowan

Kach placed fifth on vault,

and second place on floor.

The Park District Level 3

Team is coached by Bruce

Keeshin. He is a former

Head Coach for men and

women’s gymnastics team

at the Massachusetts Institute

of Technology.

Listen Up

“I think our future is bright, I talk to our program

about not looking too far back and not looking too far

ahead and trying to stay in the moment.”

Jason Newburger — Giants baseball coach after the team’s

sectional loss to Lake Forest.

Tuning In

Summer Little Sluggers

The Park District of Highland Park hosts a

summer baseball leagu e for boys and girls in

first or second grade.

Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. & Saturdays, 11 a.m.


29 - Girls Soccer Player of the Year

27- Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Nick

Frazier. Send any questions or comments to


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On a Roll Frankel

named Athlete of the Month, Page 31

Best of the Best

22CM reveals Team 22, Page 28

A heck

of a run

Giants’ magical

postseason comes to an

end, Page 30


Bernstein (right)

celebrates in

the Giants’ 6-1

loss to Lake

Forest on May

29 at Boomers

Stadium in




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