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Northwood Junior High breaks

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Highland Park and Highwood

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Middle-school students graduate from

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Two HP Reform synagogues

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Rabbis Evan Moffic (left) and Isaac Serotta, of Makom Solel Lakeside, speak June 2 at a ceremony uniting

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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

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TGIF at Hidden Creek


June 14, Hidden Creek

Aquapark, 1220 Fredrickson

Place, Highland Park.

Bring the family and join

friends by the pool for

games, friendly competition

and prizes. Valid season

pass required or regular

daily rates apply for


News and Views

10 a.m. June 14, Highland

Park Senior Center,

54 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Join moderator Skip

Jacobs for an intimate, intellectual

and respectful

discussion on local and

worldwide current events.

Share your thoughts and

opinions with this wonderful

group, where all opinions

are welcome and open

for discussion. The discussion

takes place in a beautiful

greystone mansion,

overlooking Lake Michigan

— with free coffee

and free parking. Free for

members of the Highland

Park Senior Center.

Exhibit Opening

5:30 p.m. June 14, The

Art Center Highland Park,

1957 Sheridan Road, Highland

Park. Join us for our

next exhibition opening:

“Undercurrents: Works by

Michelle Stone and Susan

Smith Trees” and “Inside/

Outside.” The exhibit runs

through Aug. 3.


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

Ave. Beach, 8 Park Ave.,

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.

MYAC Summer Alumni


7 p.m. June 15, 878 Lyster

Road, Highwood. Midwest

Young Artists Conservatory

Alumni from the

past 26 years of the organization’s

history return

to their musical home this

summer for a free concert,

directed by Dr. Allan Dennis.

Musical program will

include works from Mozart

and Beethoven. This

concert is free. For more

information, visit https://



Father’s Day Mini Golf


11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 16,

Golf Learning Center,

2205 Skokie Valley Highway,

Highland Park. Bring

your parent or special person

and compete for prizes.

No pre-registration is

required. Just be prepared

to put your game on and

have a great time.


Tidying Up with Marie


6-7 p.m. June 17, Highland

Park Public Library,

494 Laurel Ave., Highland

Park. Visit the Highland

Park Library to watch

video clips and learn more

about Marie Kondo’s organization

method and

get hands on practice with

her signature folding techniques.

Registration for

this free event is not required

but, if you would

like an email reminder you

can sign up at www.hplibrary.org/events.


International Day of Yoga

and Summer Solstice

5:30-7 p.m. June 21,

Community Park at the

Recreation Center of

Highland Park, 1207

Park Ave. West, Highland

Park. Yoga is an ancient,

physical, mental

and spiritual practice that

originated in India. Today

it is practiced in various

forms around the world

and continues to grow in

popularity. Recognizing

its universal appeal, in

2014 the United Nations

proclaimed June 21 as the

International Day of Yoga

to raise awareness worldwide

of the many benefits

of practicing yoga. Join

us for a free celebration

of yoga and meditation

sound healing surrounded

by nature. This is an outdoor

event, weather permitting.

Bring your own

yoga mat. Limited supply

is available.

Beach Campfires

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

Millard Park, 35 Ravine

Drive, Highland Park.

Enjoy a night of activities

near Lake Michigan ending

with a fire and s’mores.

Bring an optional beach

blanket to sit on. The cost

is $10, but children under

two are free. There are no

restrooms at this site.


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Lama Surya Das Immersion

- Catalyst for Spiritual


9 a.m. June 22, Infinity

Foundation, 1280 Old

Skokie Road, Highland

Park. Lama Surya Das, a

bestselling author and one

of the most respected Buddhist

teachers in the West,

will conduct a two-day immersion

for both new and

experienced meditators.

Participants will be led in

Buddhist teachings that are

relevant and easily understandable.

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.


Book Discussion Group

1 p.m. First Wednesday

of every month, Highwood

Public Library, 102 Highwood

Ave., Highwood. If

you like to read, and talk

about books, consider

joining the Highwood

Public Library Book Club.

For more information

please contact Darryl at


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HP’s Reform synagogues march to new location

Erin Yarnall, Editor

For decades, Highland

Park’s Congregation Solel

and Lakeside Congregation,

both Reform synagogues,

existed semi-separately.

The two, which most

recently were located

down the street from one

another, sometimes included

both congregations

in shared events — but for

the most part, they existed

as two separate entities.

That was until June 2,

when they united to form

one synagogue: Makom

Solel Lakeside.

The two communities

celebrated this union

by taking part in a procession

from Lakeside

Congregation to Congregation

Solel, the new

synagogue’s home, and

carried Lakeside Congregation’s

Torah scrolls,

passing them from congregant

to congregant as

they made their way down

to the new synagogue.

“We walked from one

to the other carrying our

most precious objects —

our Torah scrolls,” Rabbi

Isaac Serotta said. “The

four scrolls from Lakeside

joined the seven scrolls

at the other campus. The

Torah scrolls are an ancient

tradition. Our Torah

scrolls are our most sacred

object. You don’t just

throw them in the back

of a car and move them.

Our tradition, forever, has

been to handle them with

love and care.”

Serotta said the involvement

of the congregation

in the march to the

new congregation was


Before the former Lakeside

congregants packed

up their scrolls and left

their former building,

they participated in a

service project, packing

10,000 meals for a Chicago-based

charity called

Rise Against Hunger.

Serotta said the most

difficult thing about the

transition was leaving the

building behind.

“There’s no question,

the most difficult thing

in this process is leaving

the building behind,” Serotta

said. “But in the end,

a building is bricks and

mortar, and what’s really

important about the community

is the people that

are in it. We had some

tears and kind of a tearful

goodbye to the building,

but we’re looking forward

to what’s coming.”

Serotta, as well as Rabbi

Evan Moffic, who will

both serve as the rabbis of

Makom Solel Lakeside,

say that their congregations,

for the most part,

responded positively to

the union of the two.

“I think almost everyone

has embraced it,”

Moffic said. “It really

fulfills our mission to be

pathfinders, to do big,

bold things that serve the

Jewish community and

the wider Highland Park

and North Shore communities

as best as we can.

I think change is always

hard, but when it’s change

that is motivated by a vision

and by a larger purpose,

I think it becomes

easier to embrace.”

Jay O’Brien, the cantor

for the new synagogue,

said he’s excited for the

new creativity that the

change has inspired, that

he is looking forward to

using in the upcoming

music program.

“I would say that Jewish

history has these periods

of expanding and

contracting,” O’Brien

said. “In some ways,

when there’s a period of

contracting or consolidating

communities, Jewish

history would tell us those

can be the most creative

chapters of Jewish history.

We are in a position

where we’ve successfully

merged to really unleash

our creativity.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering carries Torah scrolls on June 2 from Lakeside

Congregation to Congregation Solel’s building, where the two synagogues were

united. PHOTOS BY Phil Bach/22nd Century Media

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Northwood breaks ground on

year-long construction project

Dr. Chad Prodromos has

established a sterling

reputation for outstanding

surgical care, but

avoids recommending

surgery whenever he can

for the good of his


Dr. Prodromos believes

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“I specialize in promoting

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Dr. Prodromos’ effectiveness

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residents naming him the

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Olivia Vallone

Editorial Intern

Northwood Junior High

School held an official

groundbreaking ceremony

outside the school on June

4 to celebrate construction

of the new Northwood

Middle School.

After the North Shore

School District 112 Board

of Education approved

funding for the project late

last year, students, staff

and community members

have been looking forward

to the modernization of

their old school.

“We are so excited,”

Northwood principal

Joanne Dimitriou said.

“This is a huge, monumental

moment in North Shore

School District 112.”

The air was filled with

excitement as everyone

circled around the shovels

pushed into the dirt, trying

to get the best view possible

of the first step of

the long-awaited update to


The front of the school

and classroom wing will

be completely demolished

and replaced by a modern

multi-level classroom

wing and secure main entrance.

These state of the

art additions will replace

the extra trailer classrooms

in the back of the school

now and allow Northwood

to accommodate 600 kids.

“Right now we are

bursting at the seams,”

Dimitriou said. “This is really

a long time coming.”

Construction is expected

to last around a year and a

half and is to be completed

in December of the 2020-

2021 school year. Students

will continue their education

at the empty Elm

Place school while their

North Shore School District 112 Superintendent Michael

Lubelfeld speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for

Northwood Middle School held June 4. Photos by Olivia

Vallone/22nd Century Media

Northwood Middle School students pick up shovels to

participate in the groundbreaking ceremony.

building is developed,

which has been updated

and made ready for the arrival

of students in August.

If all goes as planned,

students will be back in

Northwood Middle School

in January 2021.

According to the chief

architect of this project

from Wight & Company,

Leanne Meyer-Smith,

when the company visited

the school, students were

able to input ideas, suggestions,

and drawings of

what they wanted in their

new schools.

Meyer-Smith said the

construction would include

new modern learning

classrooms, reimagined

learning commons, an

evolved library, updated

dining facilities, a multipurpose

auditorium and

new music facility which

will double as a storm

shelter. All infrastructure

systems will be replaced

and safety systems will be

updated. Air-conditioning

will be added to the building

to improve the air

quality of the school.

“There will be some

very exciting spaces for

collaboration,” Meyer-

Smith said.

Out of the $75 million

being put into the modernization

project, $20 million

is coming from a fund

balance set aside by the

school district, as reported

by district superintendent

Michael Lubelfeld.

The rest of the $55 million

will come from issued

general obligation bonds

which the district will pay

back from their operation

and maintenance fund.

These bonds will not trigger

any tax increases in the


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Summer markets open

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and Highland Park,

as the Evening Gourmet

Market opened June 5,

in Highwood, and Food

Truck Thursdays kicked

off its 2019 season June 6

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Smita Shah, of Smita Creations Henna Tattoo and

Beauty, demonstrates a henna tattoo at the Evening

Gourmet Market.

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NSSD112 eighth-graders take step forward at commencement

Erin Yarnall, Editor

The eighth grade classes

from Northwood Junior

High School and Edgewood

Middle School have

turned the page on their

middle school careers, and

are now looking ahead to

high school after graduating

at two ceremonies held

at Highland Park High

School, June 3.

Both schools celebrated

their graduating classes

at the high school, with

Northwood’s ceremony

taking place at 4 p.m. in

the auditorium, and Edgewood

following at 6 p.m.

in the school’s gymnasium.

Northwood’s event featured

various speakers, in

English and Spanish, as

Northwood is a dual-language

school, as well as

the presentation of some

awards before students

were handed their diplomas.

Jon Mall, a teacher at

Northwood, presented the

annual Fern Kravets Class

Act Award to a student

who personified characteristics

of the late Fern Kravetz,

a former counselor

at Northwood who passed

away in 2010.

For the first year ever,

two students, Luna Aldana

and Daniela Avramovich,

received the award.

“This is an incredible

class, with so many students

who are deserving of

this honor,” Mall said during

the ceremony. “These

students both displayed

the ideals of Fern Kravetz

by being respectful, caring,

trustworthy and fair

individuals who exhibit

academic and social responsibility.”

Edgewood’s ceremony

featured two speeches,

given by graduating students

Evelyn Gehrig and

Northwood Junior High graduate Eden Drury serves as a flag bearer on June 3 at the

school’s graduation ceremony at Highland Park High School.

Northwood Junior High teacher Jon Mall gives Luna Aldana a hug after awarding her

with the Fern Kravets Class Act Award. Photos by Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media

Maeve Lovell.

The two students were

chosen after submitting

speeches as part of a contest

to be a commencement


“It was really exciting

to know that our speeches

had been chosen because

other teachers thought they

were good,” Lovell said.

“It was exciting to know

that we would have a special

part in graduation.”

The two both participated

in debate during

their time at Edgewood,

and felt confident in their

public speaking, although

they still felt a little nervous

about the size of the


“This [was] by far, the

largest group of people

I’ve spoken in front of, so

that’s nerve-wracking for

sure,” Gehrig said.

Their speeches centered

on themes of change —

and both Lovell and Gehrig

said they were excited

for the changes that high

school was going to bring


“The school is obviously

a lot bigger, so that’s kind

of a concern of mine, but

there’s a lot more responsibility

and freedom at

high school,” Lovell said,

“and there’s not as much

teacher input in your decisions,

so I’m excited to be

accountable for my day to

day life.”

Northwood principal Joanne Dimitriou speaks at the

school’s graduation ceremony.

North Shore School District 112 Superintendent Michael

Lubelfeld speaks at Edgewood Middle School’s graduation

at Highland Park High School.

Edgewood graduate Evelyn Gehrig gives a speech at

the ceremony.

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police reports


Former NSCDS student

allegedly sexually abused

by volunteer

A former female North

Shore Country Day

School student reported

on social media that she

was emotionally and sexually

abused by a volunteer

while a student at the

Winnetka school, according

to an email sent Tuesday,

June 4, by NSCDS

Head of School Tom


The woman alleged the

incident occurred while

she was an Upper School

student more than 10

years ago and levied the

accusation against “someone

who was volunteering

at the school for a short

period of time,” Flemma’s

email says.

It is not clear if the alleged

abuse happened on

school property, and The

Current was unable to

immediately locate the

aforementioned social

media post.

“As you can imagine,

we are shocked and saddened

by this report,”

reads Flemma’s email,

also signed by Molly Shotwell

Oelerich, NSCDS

Board of Trustees chairperson.

“This is a letter we

hoped never to write,”

it continues. “We care

deeply about and remain

committed to the wellbeing

of all North Shore

students past and present.

As we work to understand

and respond to unfortunate

circumstances, we

will continue to communicate

with the North

Shore community.”

The school’s spokesperson

Tura Cottingham

said there is no additional

information to share as of

press time.

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In response to the former

student’s accusation,

NSCDS has informed Illinois

Department of Children

and Family Services.

Reporting by Megan

Bernard, Contributing

Editor. Full story at WinnetkaCurrent.com.


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Bomb threat at Wilmette

Junior High ‘included’

racist content

Authorities responded

Wednesday, June 5, to a

bomb threat that “included

anti-Semitic language

and graffiti” written in

a bathroom stall at Wilmette

Junior High School,

according to a press release

from the Wilmette

Police Department.

The release sent out

Thursday followed up

a joint email delivered

to the Wilmette Public

Schools District 39 community

Wednesday night

that did not mention the

racist content and was cosigned

by Superintendent

Ray Lechner and Wilmette

Police Chief Kyle


WPD’s followup press

release also said that a

student’s name appeared

as the signer of the bomb

threat. It is unclear at this

time if the name was that

of the student who actually

wrote the threat.

According to Wilmette

police, the student who

found the message “properly”

reported it to WJHS

administrators, and police

were called at approximately

11:41 a.m. The

initial police investigation

did not indicate a credible

threat, but “out of an

abundance of caution,” a

precautionary dog search

of the building was conducted,

police said.

“We are pleased to report

that the search confirmed

there is no danger

at WJHS,” the emails

state. “While the followup

investigation is ongoing,

we are confident the

school is safe.”

Reportedly, no suspicious

items were found.

The email to the community

sent out Wednesday

— and obtained by

The Beacon — did not

include any mention of

anti-Semitic language and


Reporting by Eric De-

Grechie, Managing Editor.

Full story at Wilmette-



Northbrook Police charge

juvenile for allegedly

firing multiple gunshots in

May 21 altercation

The Northbrook Police

Department has filed

charges from its investigation

of a reported fight

Please see nfyn, 16

Highland Park man

arrested for indecent

exposure at beach

Stephen Franks, 55,

of the 1900 block of

McCraren Avenue,

Highland Park, was arrested

and charged with

disorderly conduct and

public indecency-lewd

exposure 17+, when police

responded to a disorderly

conduct complaint

at Rosewood Beach.

Franks was released on a

recognizance bond with a

court date in Waukegan on

June 19.

In other police news:

May 30

• Nadia Mendoza, 24, of

Chicago, was arrested and

charged with driving under

the influence of drugs

or combination of drugs,

improper lane usage, and

possession of cannabis

when police conducted

a traffic stop at the intersection

of Skokie Valley

Road and Half Day Road.

Mendoza was released on

a recognizance bond with

a court date in Waukegan

on June 21.

June 1

• Agustin Rodriguez-

Velazquez, 40, of Waukegan,

was arrested and

charged with driving under

the influence of alcohol,

DUI with blood alcohol

content of .08 or more,

improper lane usage-laned

roads, DUI-aggravated

DUI passenger under

16-years-old, endangering

the health of a child, when

police conducted a traffic

stop at the intersection of

Skokie Valley Road and

Park Avenue W. Rodriguez-Velazquez

was held

in custody pending bond


June 2

• Citlallin Boix, 46, of

Downers Grove, was arrested

and charged with

driving under the influence

of alcohol, failure

to yield-stationary emergency

vehicle, failure to

reduce speed/failure to

reduce speed to avoid accident

when her vehicle

struck two unoccupied

police cars at the intersection

of Skokie Valley

Road and Park Avenue

W. Boix’s vehicle

sustained front end damage,

while one police car

sustained rear end damage,

and the other police

vehicle sustained minor

damage to the right rear

quarter panel. Boix sustained

minor injuries in

the accident, was released

on a recognizance bond

and is pending a court

date in Waukegan on July

5, 2019.


Highland Park Landmark’s

Police Reports are compiled

from official reports emailed

from the Highland Park

Police Department headquarters

in Highland Park

and the Highwood Police

Department headquarters

in Highwood. Individuals

named in these reports are

considered innocent of all

charges until proven guilty

in a court of law.

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Lake County Coroner shares

strong message at library talk

Alan P. Henry

Freelance Reporter

Lake County Coroner

Dr. Howard Cooper

speaks frequently with

groups of students about

drugs, and his primary

message is a straightforward

one: “Make good


“We get out and talk

to as many kids as we

can,” he told an audience

Thursday, May 30,

at the Lake Bluff Library,

where he had been invited

to speak about his


“I say to them, ‘if at

any point you say to

yourselves, ‘Is this a


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Cooper sees the end

result of the scourge of

drugs across Lake County

on a daily basis.

“It is everywhere,” he

said, and getting worse

across all ages.

Drug overdose deaths

have risen from 68 in

2016 to 97 in 2018, including

70 from opioids.

With 2019 less than half

over, his office already

has 50 pending cases, he


Fentanyls “are the

big thing that is coming

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more broadly to the audience

about the nation’s

drug culture and created

for them a chilling scenario.

“We are a pill popping

society. You go to your

doctor, you can tell him

whatever you want and

you’re going to leave

with a prescription probably

95 percent of the

time,” he said. “When I

talk to families and there

was a heroin overdose, I

ask ‘How did this start?’”

Cooper went on to explain

many times it happens

after a teenager is

injured and is prescribed

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pain killers.

After an injury or surgery,

the teenager typically

takes medicine as

prescribed to help with

the pain. When the prescription

runs out and

the teenager goes back to

the doctor, Cooper said

sometimes kids realize

how much the medicine

helps and ask for another


“He might not necessarily

know he is addicted,

but he knows he needs

the pills, then he goes

back a third time and says

‘I need another scrip,’

and at this point the doctor

says ‘You are addicted,

I am not giving you

these drugs,’” Cooper

said. “We see this time

and time again, and now

the kid has to try to figure

out where he is going to

get the drugs from.”

Cooper went on the

explain kids will turn to

parents’ medicine cabinets

and if parents don’t

have the pills they are

looking for, they will try

and find some at school.

Cooper added that

eventually someone at

school tells them about


“The first time you take

heroin, it changes something

in your brain, so

most people will spend

the rest of their lives trying

to get off that drug.

“It is not to say people

can’t get off it. People do,

but it is really hard and

we see that over and over.

And now with fentanyl

it is even worse because

fentanyl can be 100 times

more potent than heroin.”


From Page 12

that occurred on May

21 in the 1500 block of

Shermer Road, according

to a June 6 press release

from the department.

Following reported allegations

of a juvenile

subject discharging a firearm

two to four times during

a dispute and ensuing

fight, Northbrook police

have charged the subject


Aggravated discharge

of a firearm — Class 1


Reckless discharge of a

firearm — Class 4 felony

Aggravated assault —

Class A misdemeanor

Reckless conduct —

Class A misdemeanor

According to the department,

the juvenile has

been petitioned to the juvenile

court, processed,

and released to parents.

As first reported by The

Tower, Northbrook police

responded to a call about

a disturbance involving a

reported fight at approximately

7:11 p.m. Tuesday,

May 21, in the 1500 block

of Shermer Road, according

to Thomas Moore,

a spokesperson for the

Northbrook Police Department.

Reporting by Martin Carlino,

Contributing Editor.

Full story at Northbrook-



City approved Parks and

Recreations 10-year

Strategic Master Plan

After a year in the making,

the Lake Forest Parks

and Recreation 10-year

Strategic Master Plan received

approval from the

City Council at its Monday,

June 3 meeting.

The plan will serve as a

roadmap for the city and

key stakeholders on how

to align and drive continual

growth and improvement

of open space, facilities,

recreation systems

and services from 2019 to


Mayor George Pandaleon

lauded the plan as


“It was very, very wellorganized

and presented,”

Pandaleon said. “And

wonderful public-private

partnership that brings

this about.”

The council approved

the plan by a 7-0 vote, with

an abstention from Ward 3

Alderman Ara Goshgarian

— due to his involvement

with The Friends of Lake

Forest Parks and Recreation

Foundation. The

foundation partnered with

the city’s parks and recreation

department to create

the plan and draft its 27

goals for facility, park and

open space, and planning

and policy improvements.

Upon the council’s approval,

Goshgarian commended

those involved in

extensive data-gathering

and community outreach

that included public workshops,

focus groups and

surveys with more than

740 residents.

“Throughout that process,

we realized and acknowledged

that this was

going to be a public-private

partnership moving

forward — helping when

we can from the city,”

Goshgarian said. “But this

had to come from the residents

in order to be supported

by the residents,

and they will be looking

for that help.”

Moving forward, the

plan will act as a living

document that will be updated

with community input,

according to Joe Mobile,

the superintendent

for the city’s parks and

recreation department.

Reporting by Stephanie Kim,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at LakeForestLeader.


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the highland park landmark | June 13, 2019 | 17

Loyola’s Class of 2019 celebrates the ‘big little things’

Michael Wojtychiw

Contributing Sports Editor

As members of the

Loyola Academy Class of

2019 finish their four-year

chapter at the Wilmette

school, a new one awaits

them in the fall when most

of them head off to college.

For many of the 493

students, that will include

new challenges and experiences,

like being away

from their families for an

extended period of time,

being surrounded by people

they don’t know and

the rigors of secondary education,

just to name a few.

Many of them, like valedictorian

Bridget Hickey,

are happy with how the

school has prepared them

for their future.

“I think Loyola has

definitely prepared all of

us very well for our future,

whatever that is for

each of us,” she said. “Just

with the level of coursework

and the relationships

we’ve made with teachers,

we’ve all kind of been able

to just be better people

and be more prepared for

whatever it is that we’re

heading, or whatever path

we’re heading on. Especially

for me, I’m planning

Loyola Academy

graduates from

Highland Park

Alexa Grant

Cayla Guarnizo

Emma Hahn

Christopher Hughes

Mac Saliba

Peter Vena Pedersen

Kaitlin Zelinski

Loyola Academy

graduates from


Michael Combs

Chloe Huh

on going into the medical

field, so I think Loyola’s

science department has really

prepared me and students

like that to get into

that, to get into that field

and to know and to be prepared

for the level of work

that will come with that.”

The Loyola class of 2019

faced a number of hardships

that other schools

may not go through, including

a change in leadership

as Charlie Heintz took

over as principal after the

resignation of Dr. Kathryn


Since then, Heintz has

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HP resident’s catering company

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It’s Getting Hot in Highwood!


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• Sample an array of the hottest &

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Highland Park resident

Wendy Polisner never

knew she would be a successful

business owner in

her future. The mother-offour

just liked to cook.

“I wanted to really help

in my household as much

as I could, financially,”

Polisner said.

Although she was formerly

a teacher, Polisner

said she had no interest in

going back to teaching.

“I did not want to go

back to teaching because

I thought that would take

me out of the house too

much,” Polisner said. “I

was teaching in Chicago at

a Chicago Public School,

59th and Pulaski, which

was about an hour and a

half commute each way. I

was like, ‘Okay, I think I

need something a little bit


Instead, she took inventory

of her interests,

including cooking. Once

she realized her passion

for cooking, Polisner was

inspired to cook for others.

“I was sitting around and

I developed this concept of

cooking for the busy mom,

and maybe the mom who

doesn’t like to cook, or the

mom who has no time,”

Polisner said. “Whatever it

was, I just knew I needed

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I knew I loved food and I

loved cooking.”

So Polisner started The

Kitchen Chicks — a business

that specializes in corporate

and family catering.

Five years into her business,

Polisner’s husband,

Gary, joined her after he

made a career change.

“He jumped in and

helped me develop more

of a business sense, and

some very delicious menus

that have been a part of our

corporate catering,” Polisner


Prior to working with

her husband, Polisner

teamed up with a former

Highland Park High

School classmate Joey

Morelli, the owner of

Max’s Deli. In addition to

running her own catering

company, Polisner is the

head caterer at the Highland

Park restaurant.

Morelli started providing

Polisner with food, and

she moved her operation to

Morelli’s restaurant.

“I could stop cooking

out of my house and I

could leave all of the cooking

to him because he is an

expert and a culinary genius,”

Polisner said.

For Morelli, the partnership

works perfectly.

“Running the daily operations

is not my favorite

thing, but creating new

menus and coming up with

new recipes is my happy

place,” Morelli said.

In the future, Polisner

hopes to continue with the

success she’s seen, as well

as growing her business in

regards to event catering.

“I’d like to work more

on some of the life cycle

events, whether it be first

communions, or bat mitzvahs,”

Polisner said. “I’d

like more of those kind of

events, because I think we

do them very well. I think

we could be successful in

that area as well.”

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Joey Morelli

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Polisner, the

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for the restaurant


owner of

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Ravinia Farmers Market reaches

record number of participants

Eli Fraerman, Editorial Intern

Father’s Day Photo Contest

HP dad makes a

splash with photo

In 41 years of the Ravinia

Farmers Market this

is the first year in existence

that all 40 tent spaces will

be filled, according to Ed

Kugler, who has been running

the market for the last

3 years.

While Kugler hasn’t

been operating the market

for an extended time,

he described that he first

came to the market in

1978 when it opened when

he was a sprout farmer. It

began on Roger Williams

Avenue but has been at

Jens Jensen Park across

from the train station for

many years.

“Because I’m limited in

space, I can only have a

certain number of vendors

here and I know this market

has never had every

booth space filled,” Kugler

said. “That’s the biggest

different this year than

others. There’s going to be

40 tent spaces and they’re

all filled. Last year I had

18 vendors and this year I

will have 24 vendors.”

Kugler also touched on

some of the differences

in cuisine this year at the

market, giving customers

the ability to eat fresh

foods on site rather than

just buying them to prepare

at their homes.

In addition to creating

his own café at the market,

Kugler mentioned that

they have added a Mexican

vendor who has authentic

Mexican foods that customers

can eat right away.

“The other new concept

that I’m trying to work out

is Tim Carden from Onion

Garden Café in Highland

Park is going to partner up

with me and we’re going

Ed Kugler, the manager of the Ravinia Farmer’s Market, stands by his booth on June

5 at the opening of the market. Photos by Eli Fraerman/22nd Century Media

to have a vending booth

here and are going to make

foods from all the vendors,”

Kugler said. “We’ll

come up with a menu on a

monthly basis. We’re going

to try to launch it next

week if we can, otherwise

it might be the following


Kugler mentioned that

in regard to his own individual

produce, he plans

on custom making it so

that rather than selling it at

the market he will prepare

it ahead of time for orders

that his members have

called in and scheduled a

pick-up time.

Customers can become

members by first visiting

Kugler’s garden where he

grows all of his produce

and can observe what he

has planted. In regard to

orders, customers need to

call in advance to place

an order and schedule a

pickup time and can either

choose from produce Kugler

is already growing or

custom order.

Although the market

continues to develop

Tessa Mecklenburger (left) and Annelise van den Akker

help customers at the market.

year-to-year, Kugler felt

that there are still ways

to enhance the market

as it grows. In his few

years running the Ravinia

Farmer’s Market, he said

he has noticed an influx

of customers after the local

schools are out for the


“The other thing about

opening day that I’ve realized

is that the schools

aren’t out yet so that morning

time that you’d maybe

expect to see people at,

they’re dealing with their

kids,” Kugler said. “That’s

probably the foresight that

I have for next year is I’d

rather wait for school to

end so that everybody sort

of picks up on it at that particular

point. Being a vendor

myself, you have to be

a little sensitive to the other

vendors as far as whether

or not they’re making

money each week.”

The first day of the market

was June 5. It will run

through Oct. 30 and is on

Wednesdays from 7 a.m.

to 1 p.m.

Staff Report

When the Saks family

booked a trip to Jamaica,

they probably didn’t know

they’d be returning home

with a priceless souvenir

— a photo of Steve Saks

and his son, Jesse.

Now, after their trip, the

family has won our annual

Father’s Day Photo Contest

with the shot, which

showcases small, perfect

moments together with


Jennifer Saks, Steve’s

wife and Jesse’s mom, sent

in the photo, and described

it as her “all-time favorite


“It was snapped on my

iPhone at the exact right

moment,” Jennifer said.

Their prize for winning

the contest is a pound of

chocolate, donated by

Goodies, Etc., located at

652 Central Ave. in Highland


Highland Park resident Steve Saks throws his son,

Jesse, in the air while on vacation in Jamaica. Photo


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from the editor

Change is necessary for growth

Erin Yarnall


As we grow older

and get settled

into careers, our

houses and families, the

constant change in adolescence

grows more distant

in memory.

I spent a lot of time

reflecting on my time in

middle and high school

this past week, as I

covered the graduation of

Northwood Junior High

and Edgewood Middle

School’s eighth-grade


I listened to students

talk about the growth they

experienced at the school,

and how they are nervous

but excited to start high


When they noted the

lack of sleep they endured

because of their work and

the knowledge that their

work load will continue to

grow the higher they go

in education, I chuckled

to myself, thinking of my

own sleepless high school

and college nights.

Our adolescence is a

constant sea of change.

Each year, students

changed classes, teachers,

classmates and even

school supplies. After a

few years, they’d completely

change schools

— having to learn the ins

and outs of a brand new

building or campus.

Now that I am settled

into my job at The

Landmark, I start to think

about how I don’t experience

the sadness and excitement

that comes with

changes like this much

anymore. While it is a

relief to be settled into

my life and routine, there

is a part that laments not

anticipating the next great


No matter where you

are in your life, or how

settled you feel, I feel it is

important to continue to

change, even in the smallest


Pick up a new hobby,

read a new book, learn a

new language, even start a

new TV show. Just be sure

to always keep learning

and keep growing.

Good luck to the classes

of 2019. I know you’ll do

great things. Get excited

for the changes to come.

Read more about the

middle school graduations

on Page 10.

On June 4 Celebrate Highwood posted, “We

are so excited for tomorrow’s kick off of the

11th Annual Highwood Evening Gourmet

Market! Thanks to our fabulous sponsors

22nd Century Media, Brian Lock State Farm

Agency, Coffee Cup Productions, Highland

Park Bank & Trust, Farmers Insurance - M.

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go figure


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The amount of students that

gave speeches at Edgewood

Middle School’s commencement

ceremony, June 3. Read more

about it on Page 10


From Page 17

been named the school’s

full-time principal and

looks to lead the Academy

into the future.

“In the last few years

I’ve had access to a lot

of students, and it was really

great to have built up

those relationships prior

to ascending to this position,”

he said. “I’m not going

to say it was seamless,

but I think having had the

chance to work with students

in a variety of different

activities rather it was

our LA way programming,

or our entrepreneurship

group I was able to build

really strong relationships

so I felt like I stepped into

this role and I knew a good

portion of the senior class


This year’s class is the

first that has seen multiple

years of the LA Way program,

a program that is designed

in developing leadership

skills, a program

started last year.

Heintz made sure to

spotlight the college counseling

department, especially

Jamie Simon, who

has been key with working

in the Chicago Scholars

Program. Loyola became

involved with the program,

one that is a cooperative

group between colleges

and universities and under

represented minority students

who live in the city

of Chicago. Students who

are identified as college

scholars and meet those

requirements can go and

in a short interview format

with a variety of schools,

generally get determinations

on admissions and

levels of financial aid, if

not that day within a very

short period of time. This

year around 25 students

were named Chicago


Heintz noted that of the

493 graduating seniors,

they are attending 131

different colleges. 89.3

percent were accepted to

either their first or second

choice school. And 146

were accepted to every

school they applied to.

The student leadership,

led by senior student council

president Samantha

Mallahan, felt that they

were heard in everything

they wanted to accomplish

this year and that goes

back to the administration

and faculty’s willingness

to listen to them.

“One of the biggest

things is that I think all

the adults there, they were

helpful and so supportive

and they all want to

make sure that our voice

is heard,” Mallahan said.

“We had a lot of meetings

with like the principal and

all of the other people who

want to come at the school,

and they wanted so, what

we wanted and what

we thought needs to be

changed and what would

be better for the school,

and we basically get freedom

to kind of share our

ideas and hear our feedback,

and they’re very accepting

of what we have to

say, and I think them being

so encouraging of us taking

the bigger role really


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MARKET FRESH Mercado brings regional Mexican cuisine to

Glenview, Page 28

Highland Park resident Paul Lucas’ photography of

Rosewood Beach is being displayed at the Heller Nature

Center through June 27. Submitted photos

HP resident displays photography of Lake Michigan

at Heller Nature Center, Page 27

26 | June 13, 2019 | The highland park landmark faith


Faith Briefs

Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road,

Highland Park)

Weeknight Service

7-8 p.m. Thursdays,

church coffee bar. Weeknight

service is a place to

come, stay awhile, meet

people and then go make

a difference. For more

information, call (847)

234-1001 or email Brad at


Men’s Breakfast Group

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

Panera Bread, 1211

Half Day Road, Bannockburn.

For more information,

contact Sean at seansmith797@gmail.com.

Trinity Episcopal (425 Laurel Avenue,

Highland Park)

Sunday Schedule

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist,

St. Michael’s Chapel

8:45 a.m. – Fellowship

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

with music, Main Sanctuary

10 a.m. Sunday School

(on the 1st and 3rd Sundays)

11 a.m. – Fellowship

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

(1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park)

Free Hebrew School Tuition

Right now the Jack and

Mildred Cohen Religious

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

in our Second to None program

- so register now. No

tuition for one year, and

no synagogue membership

fee required. Contact Dr.

Alicia Gejman, agejman@

nssbethel.org, for more information.

Spertus Mini-Course:

The Immigrant Jewish

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

largest Jewish communities

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.

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.

In Memoriam

Richard F. Klemp

Richard F.

Klemp, 84,

of Highland

Park, Ill.

passed away

May 30,

2019. Beloved

husband of 64 years

to Arlene, nee Hastings.

Loving dad to Cathy Ehlers

(Steve) and their daughters

Laura and Kristin, son

Scott (deceased); Dick

Klemp (Rosanne) and son

Joel Baseley (Deann) and

their daughter Amelia; and

Judy Samples.

Attended school at Holy

Cross and Highland Park

High School. Completed

electrical trade school to

begin his lifelong career

with the IBEW. He served

44 years with IBEW, local


He enjoyed a lifetime

of outdoor adventures. He

trapped as a child, enjoyed

lots of fishing and hunting

trips with family and

friends. A highlight was

when he and Dick traveled

for a week long dove hunt

in Argentina.

He worked with the

Boy Scouts for many

years, working with the

local Holy Cross troop as

well as preparing summer

camps every year.

Dick and Arlene square

danced for several years.

When she wanted to learn

to round dance, Dick

agreed, in exchange for

flying lessons. He became

a private pilot and thoroughly

enjoyed showing

off his skills to any who

accompanied him.

Golf became a passion

in retirement.

After Dick retired, they

really loved to travel, even

willing to take mystery

trips, no matter where they

were headed.

Dick was, and still is,

loved by so many. His

quick wit and teasing often

kept us laughing. His tender

heart too sweet to get

mad at. He had a good listening

ear and sound counsel

which many sought

out. He was always willing

to show up on his time

off, to lend his time, tools,

muscles, and expertise to

someone else’s projects.

Adriana Perelli

Adriana Perrelli, November

13, 1946 - June

3, 2019, Our full-of-life

Italian mom passed away

peacefully after a long hard

battle. She loved our family,

she loved to feed it and

to care for it. She was the

first to arrive and the last

to leave. Living to her was

being surrounded by the

people she loved, music ,

food and to be on the go.

We know she is in heaven

making her rounds once

again. Adriana is survived

by her husband of 55 years

(Frank Perrelli), two sons

Carmine Perrelli (Traci)

and Tony Perrelli (Dana)

and her three grandchildren

Lia Perrelli, Abby

Perrelli and Wade Perrelli,

three brothers Claudio Bissattini,

Ciro Gobello and

Antonio Gobello. Predeceased

by two sons Graziano

and Graziano Paul.

She was blessed with close

family and close friends

who were there with her

into the end. A private

celebration of life family

gathering will be held in

her honor.

Maria A. Parenti

Maria Assunta Balducci

Parenti, age 83, passed

away at her home in Highwood,

surrounded by her

loving family on Sunday,

June 2, 2019.

Maria grew up in Italy,

where she met her husband,

Vito Parenti. With

her husband and son, Walter

Parenti, she emigrated

to the United States in

1967. She enjoyed sewing,

cooking, and found great

joy in spending time with

her family. She worked

tirelessly to support those

she loved. She cherished

the time she spent with

her grandchildren and was

a constant source of compassion

and care for them.

She will be remembered

for her kindness, selflessness

and how she always

put the needs of others before

her own. Her loving

spirit will be missed by all

who knew her.

Maria will be forever

remembered by her husband

and best friend Vito;

son, Walter; daughter-inlaw,

Maria; sister, Ginetta;

her four grandchildren,

Christina (Matthew), Cara,

Mary and Luciano; and

many nieces and nephews.

Ronald H. Becker

Ronald H. Becker, age

84, of Highland Park, beloved

husband of the late

Susan, nee Landsman; loving

father of Lori (late Randy)

Zisook and Steven (Dr.

Beth) Becker; adored Papa

of Adam, Jason, Noah, and

Josh; special friend and

companion of Marlee Millman;

dear father-in-law of

Eric Huska; devoted son

of the late Garry and the

late Jean Becker; cherished

brother of Barbara

(Alan Rosenberg) Perlmutter;

fond brother-in-law of

Robert (late Susan) Landsman,

Lewis (Charlotte)

Landsman, and Linda (late

Norman) Matthew; treasured

uncle, cousin, and

friend to many.

Kenneth L. Tucker

Kenneth L. Tucker,

age 87, of Highland Park,

Founder and former Chairman

and CEO of The

Tucker Companies. Ken

was in the real estate business

for over 60 years. Beloved

husband of Marsha,

nee Brooks; loving father

of Sheryl Tucker, Michele

(Bill) Michlin, Gregg (Susie)

Sadowsky, and David

(Barbara) Sadowsky;

adored Poppy of David,

Michael (Lindsay), Carly

(fiancé Jack), Jordan, Nicole,

Richard (fiancée Elyse),

and Yossi; proud great

grandfather of Ella; devoted

son of the late Sam and

the late Mildred Tucker;

cherished brother of the

late Jerry Tucker; dear

brother-in-law of Nancy

(Jerry) Schultz; treasured

uncle of Scott (Debbie),

Lawrence (Rebecca),

Keith (Ivy) Tucker, and

Mark Schatz; special great

uncle of Justin, Brandon,

Melissa, Jenna, Brianna,

and Gracie. Ken received

an Honorary Doctorate

Degree from Ben Gurion

University, Israel, Past

Chairman of American

Associates of Ben Gurion

University, Life Trustee of

Roosevelt University, Past

President of the International

Council of Shopping

Centers, recipient of the

Chairman’s Award from

National Jewish Health,

Denver CO, Torch of Hope

Award from the City of

Hope, and the Golda Meir

Award from the State of

Israel. In addition to these

noted honors, Ken actively

participated in various other

charitable causes.

Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email erin@

hplandmark.com with

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Heller Nature Center displays photos of HP beach

Erin Yarnall, Editor

Highland Park resident

Paul Lucas didn’t set out

to capture images for an

exhibit when he took pictures

at Highland Park’s

Rosewood Beach in 2012

and 2013.

He just wanted to capture

images of the lake at

historically low levels.

But 20 of his favorite

images that the photographer

took have been hung

at the Heller Nature Center

in Highland Park, and

are on display through

June 27.

“It was early into what I

consider the beginning of

my serious photography

career,” Lucas said. “The

lake was close and easy, it

was good to learn and develop

my compositions.”

Lucas said what attracted

him to the lake is

that it is “ever-changing.”

He would take pictures of

the scenes from the same

beach nearly every weekend

for a few months.

“Some of it has been

changed because Rosewood

Beach has been

completely relandscaped,

but a lot of the submerged

rocks and the old,

I guess it’s leftover from

decks, there’s posts in the

water,” Lucas said. “I

guess they were for piers,

or something for boaters

to connect to, but there’s

a lot of those that are submerged

now. I roam between

Highland Park all

the way up to Waukegan

looking at the lakefront.

What was visible then,

back in 2012 and 2013,

those are all submerged


Lucas has always felt

most interested in landscape

photography —

which captures nature. He

Paul Lucas took photos of Lake Michigan from Rosewood Beach in 2012 and 2013, which are now on display at the Heller Nature Center.

Photo submitted

said he felt inspired by

photographers like Ansel

Adams and Elliot Porter,

both known for their images

of nature.

“It’s been a really interesting

combination of

things that I’ve incorporated

in my work,” Lucas

said. “I think it’s important

to take people to another

place in time and help

them experience nature

without necessarily being

there. But sometimes it’s

just being there in the moment.”

Due to the nature of his

work, some days worked

out for him to get images

that he felt proud of, and

other days his photography

didn’t turn out in his


Despite this, Lucas was

always able to take something

away from his experience.

“A lot of times photography,

especially landscape

photography, it’s

kind of hit and miss on a

particular day you go out,”

Lucas said. “But it’s a way

to slow down and pace

yourself, and really think

about your composition

and timing.”

Since taking the photos,

Lucas has expanded

his photography career.

He taught at Lisle’s Morton

Arboretum and now

teaches photography at the

Chicago Botanic Garden

in Glencoe.

“I still continue to do

work at Lake Michigan,

but as I was looking back

at my portfolio, that time

period, the lake was very

low and just observationally,

I noticed I couldn’t

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He also works as a photographer

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“It’s kind of like being

in the moment,” Lucas

said about landscape

photography. “It’s experiencing

a moment to get

outside and experience nature.

It energizes me.”

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Mercado’s slow, rustic cooking speeds up attraction to new restaurant

Jason Addy

Contributing Editor

After decades in the

Chicago restaurant industry,

Richard Vallejo

and chef Yanni Sanchez

teamed up to launch Mercado

Cocina and Cantina

in Glenview, and it has

been an instant hit for the


Vallejo, co-owner and

operator of Mercado,

said he and Sanchez were

looking for a place in the

North Shore to start their

own modern Mexican

restaurant and considered

locations in Wilmette and

Evanston before landing

at 2300 Lehigh Ave.

Having opened at the

end of April, Vallejo said

he “couldn’t be happier”

with the reception from

the community in the restaurant’s

first weeks.

“It seems like Glenview’s

been pretty thirsty

for something like this.

We’re getting great feedback.

... They’re happy

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describing the restaurant’s

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Mexican and global ingredients

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using old-fashioned, rustic

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at Mercado make all their

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Vallejo said.

The inspiration behind

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Spanish — comes from

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Sanchez said.

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said. “Market is my

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traditional Mexican staples

like tacos, burritos

and enchiladas, Vallejo

and Sanchez are proud to

be introducing local diners

to lesser-known regional

Mexican cuisines

and cooking techniques.

Vallejo highlighted

Mercado’s “Fabianita’s

flautas,” which are made

with chipotle-flavored potatoes

wrapped in a spring

roll wrapper and served on

a lettuce leaf. Flautas are

usually filled with meat

and cheese then wrapped

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she learned when she was

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the dishes evolved into

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our chef’s upbringing and

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The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys remember spring,

announce boys volleyball honors

Staff Report

In this week’s episode of

The Varsity: North Shore,

the only podcast focused

on North Shore sports,

hosts Michal Dwojak, Michael

Wojtychiw and Nick

Frazier recap their favorite

memories from the spring

season, announce the boys

volleyball Team 22 all-area

teams and the Boys Volleyball

Coach and Player

of the Year honorees.

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First Period

The three recap their favorite

spring memories.

Second Period

The guys announce

the 2019 Boys Volleyball

Team 22.

Third Period

The three announce the

Coach and Player of the


Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Natalie Abreu

Abreu is a senior

shortshop on the Highland

Park softball team and

was recently named to the

All-Conference team.

How did you get

started playing


I started at T-ball, I

played House League, and

then 14U I started playing

club, I just really loved and

I stuck with it throughout.

What’s your favorite

part of playing


There’s a lot, but I really

love that you never know

how the game’s going to

go, it can change with one

swing or one play. It’s just

really exciting to watch,

even when you’re playing.

What’s the best

coaching advice you’ve

ever gotten?

My summer coach

makes a great deal out of

diving for everything, that

has really helped turn into

the mentality for me of just

going 100 percent for every


Do you have any

pre-game rituals or


Not exactly. There’s the

classic ‘Don’t step on the

line’, but I don’t have any

personal superstitions or


If you could play

another sport besides

softball, what would

it be?

I’d have to go lacrosse.

I’ve never played lacrosse,

but it seems really cool. I

don’t know if I’d be good

at it, but I would try it.

What’s your favorite

memory from playing

with the Giants?

A lot of my favorite

memories came from this

year and just being with

my team and with my

coaches. We had a lot of

good wins this year, and

we worked really hard for

it. Seeing all that pay off

after four years is really


What’s something on

your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to

go backpacking around

Europe, that’s definitely

on the list.

22nd Century media file phOTO

Who’s your favorite


Right now, I have to go

with Javier Baez. Personally

I love defense, and

he’s just the best infielder.

he’s so much fun to watch.

What are some

hobbies you have?

I like to bake a lot, and


What are your plans

for after high school?

I’m going to attend USC

and study computer science.

Since I was a kid I’ve

wanted to go to California.

It’s a beautiful campus,

amazing weather, they really

focus on individual

attention throughout the

application process so it

made me feel like that was

the place for me.

Interview by Sports Editor

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the highland park landmark | June 13, 2019 | 35

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13, 2019 | 29

BoyS VolleyBall

Welcome to 22nd Century media’s All-Area team: Team 22. Thanks to help from area coaches and the

eyes of 22nd Century Medis staff, the best players were selected from six high schools — Glenbrook North

(GBN), Glenbrook South (GBS), Highland Park (HP), Lake Forest (LF), Loyola Academy (LA) and New Trier

(NT) — in our coverage area.

FirST Team

Outside hitter

Jack Howard, LA senior

• 406 kills, 130 digs; The

Penn State signee ended his

career with 1,154 kills, ranking

14th all-time in IHSA history.

The Chicago Catholic League

All-Conference honoree helped

Loyola to the sectional final.

Outside hitter

Jack Shampine, GBS senior

• 374 kills, 134 digs; The

Central Suburban League

Player of the Year was the heart

of the Titans, adding 40 aces

and 40 total blocks.

Outside hitter

Peter Brown, NT junior

• 305 kills, 130 digs; Brown,

who will play for the University

of Southern California in two

seasons, earned an All-CSL

honor and powered the

Trevians to third place at state.

Middle BlOcker

Gavin Elliott, LA senior

• 115 kills, 99 blocks; Elliott’s

99 blocks were the most by a

Rambler since 2009 and the

second-highest total in the last

15 years.

Second Team

Outside hitters

Kevin Lamp, LF senior

• 280 kills, 95 digs; Lamp missed

10 games this season to play for

the U.S. Junior National Team in

Peru, then two more with an ankle

injury in the playoffs, which hurt

his season numbers. Regardless,

the Stanford signee made the

All-Conference team and was one

of the top volleyball players in the


Spencer Capps, LF senior

• 271 kills, 264 digs; When Lamp

was away, Capps stepped up

to carry Lake Forest, adding 41

aces and earning All-Conference

honors. The senior was the Scouts’

best player during their run to the

regional final.

Henry Clemons, LA senior

• 271 kills, 139 digs; The All-

Conference selection was a key

contributor to a Ramblers team that

reached the sectional final.


Justin McCartney, LF senior

• 978 assists, 68 digs; Coming

just short of 1,000 helpers

on the season, McCartney

made the North Suburban

Conference All-Conference

team and even had 46 kills and

30 aces for the Scouts.


Aaron Schatz, NT senior

• 409 digs, 92 assists; Leading

all local players in digs, Schatz

earned All-Conference and All-

Tournament recognition for the


Honorable mentions:

Ethan Brodell, GBN junior OH; Paul Wyszynski, GBN

freshman libero; Alex Brafford, GBN junior MB; Joe

Masloski, GBS senior OH; Will Langas, GBS senior OH;

Thomas Cavallaro, GBS senior S;

Jeff Siegel, HP senior L;

Josh Rohn, HP junior

OH; Jack Hartline,

LF junior L; Connor

Pochetti, NT

senior OH; Zach

Salberg, NT

senior S; Colin

Heath, NT junior


Middle BlOcker

Brennan Marzella, LF junior

• 68.5 blocks, 128 kills; The

versatile junior earned an All-

Conference Honorable Mention

after leading the Scouts in blocks

and ranking fourth on the team in



John Hitt, LA junior

• 850 assists, 130 digs; Hitt

showed a well-rounded game, as he

also accumulated 49 kills and 40

blocks en route to All-Conference



Ryan Merk, LA sophomore

• 373 digs, 47 aces; The only

sophomore to make either our First

or Second team, Merk was named

to the All-Conference team after

helping Loyola reach the sectional


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the highland park landmark | June 13, 2019 | 37

Boys Volleyball Player of the Year

Howard’s confidence leads to success

Michael Wojtychiw

Contributing Sports Editor

Loyola graduate Jack Howard is 22nd Century Media’s

2019 Boys Volleyball Player of the Year. 22nd Century

Media file Photo

Loyola has had a number

of successful outside

hitters in its boys volleyball

history. David Wieczorek

and Adam Toren

are both top 15 all-time in

career kills in the state of


Well they’re joined now

by recent Loyola graduate

Jack Howard, who

had more than 400 kills

this season en route to

his fourth all-conference

honor and finished his

career with 1,154 career

kills, which places his 14th

all-time in Illinois. For his

great season, Howard was

named 22nd Century Media’s

Player of the Year.

Joining a list that includes

college All-Americans

and former Olympians

is something Howard

isn’t taking lightly.

“It’s a great feeling seeing

it on there but it’s just

indicative that I still have a

lot of work to go,” Howard

said. “If I’m going to end

up as collegiately successful

as these players, they

were great high school

players, but that’s got to

translate to the next level.”

Howard made the varsity

squad as a freshman, but

for someone who ended up

being successful, it wasn’t

always that way.

In fact, it was quite the


“I walked on the courts

absolutely petrified. I was

so scared as a freshman,

I basically didn’t talk for

the whole first month,”

he said. “I actually got the

team in trouble a couple

of times because I didn’t

communicate. So it was

over the course of really

getting into the gameplay

because we have those

three weeks at the beginning

of the season just

with our team practicing

all the time.

“Once we really started

to loosen up and I was

pretty solidly on the starting

lineup, and I was able

to actually connect with

them in game time situations,

that’s when I started

to open up and get over

this massive fear.”

This past season, Howard

helped lead Loyola

to the top seed in its sectional,

as well as a second

consecutive trip to the

sectional final, a place the

Ramblers hadn’t been in

a number of years, especially

after having fallen

in the regional finals his

first two years. Howard

missed a good portion of

the beginning of his junior

season with an injury,

but returned in a big way,

helping the team end on a

successful note.

Even with the success

the Ramblers had last year,

this year was up in the air,

as they lost a good number

of players from last year’s

squad, namely their middle


“Something that I will

take away from this is after

our first actual practice

walking up the stairs, because

we have to shag on

the balcony, and walking

up the stairs with the other

captains and all of us sort

of turning to each other

and saying ‘I have no idea

what this year’s going to

look like. I am confused

out of my mind whether

we will be good, whether

we’ll be terrible,’” he said.

“It ended up well and

I’m proud of what we’ve


Next season, Howard

will be playing at Penn

State University, a consistent

power in the sport of

men’s volleyball.

Interestingly enough,

the Northbrook resident

wasn’t even sure if he was

going to play in college as

recently as March before

he made the decision.

“Primarily I chose it for

the academics,” Howard

said. “My interest right

now is in general biology,

maybe a pre-med focus, I

don’t know at this point,

but they are very highly

ranked in that regard so

having those opportunities

with such a large research

school and great sciences,

that’s why I liked Penn

State so much.”

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Boys volleyball Coach of the Year

Haak’s team culture helps Trevians shine

Michael Wojtychiw

Contributing Sports Editor

Every season, every

year, every team is different.

The players, the

formations, maybe even

the plays. But for New

Trier boys volleyball, the

one thing that’s stayed the

same is the coaching staff

and its methods.

“I think our coaching

style as far as our executions

for how kids act in

our program and how they

work and their level of

commitment, that never

changes,” Trevians coach

Sue Ellen Haak said. “The

way we treat our players,

we have kind of a calm,

confident instructional

style. They know what to

expect from us emotional

ly and I don’t think they’re


surprised by us and that

helps create a good learning

environment. So that

stuff never changes.

“We definitely change

our strategies and the

things that we’re going to

practice and which coach

is going to take on which

elements of the game

based on where we see areas

of need for that team.

So we do definitely change

it up. I’m actually not a

creature of habit. I get

bored with routine. We do,

which is probably unlike

most coaches, but we do

definitely change up our

practices, the things we

emphasize strategically.

And we kind of mentor our

players. But our personality,

style and environment

doesn’t change.”

The consistency is what




New Trier’s Sue Ellen

Haak is 22nd Century

Media’s 2019 Boys

Volleyball Coach of the

Year. Photo submitted

helped the Trevians win

their sixth consecutive sectional

this year and is what

also helped Haak earn

22nd Century Media’s

Boys Volleyball Coach of

the Year award.

Full story at HPLandmark.





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38 | June 13, 2019 | The highland park landmark sports


HP U-14 team completes perfect season

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

U-14 team members

• Marley Karsen

• Esther Loewenthal

• Kiara Speek

• Emilie Pietig

• Katherine Compher

• Sage Morris

• Noa Rollman

• Allison Crane

• Amina Smithenry-Myers

• Samantha Reinberg

• Jelena Dragojevic

• Keilah Payne

• Melanie Robles

• Hannah Lubell

• Michelle Nelson

• Shayna Zavell

• Breanne Cerna-Wons

• Kaikoura Haggarty

• Ava Housholder

Keilah Payne moves the ball upfield in Highland Park’s 6-0 win over Grayslake in the league championship

on June 2. Photos submitted by Michael Cerna

Highland Park High School

girls soccer should be feeling

good about the program’s future.

That’s because the HP AYSO

U-14 team won a league championship

with a 6-0 win over

Grayslake on June 2, capping

an undefeated fall and spring

season. The future Giants went

15-0 on the year, winning seven

of their games in the spring.

Mark Haggarty, one of three

co-coaches of the team, said

the girls on the team were just

really starting to click near the

end of year.

“For this particular group of

girls, we had a very enthusiastic

group, a lot of them have come

up through AYSO and played

together or played in the same

league for many yearsm,” Haggarty

said. “We just had this

awesome arsenal of specialists,

great group. By the end of

the season, we were saying the

other day after the championship

game, I’m actually kind of

sad there isn’t more games or

more tournaments to play in. I

feel like they really just figured

it out, they really quickened by

the end of the season.”

In order to reach the championship

round, Highland Park

had to win its toughest game of

the season, a 3-2 double-overtime

nailbiter over Deerfield.

Ava Housholder scored the goahead

goal with time running

out in the second extra period to

keep the perfect season intact.

“That experience we felt like

as coaches, it was pretty awesome

for the girls to survive a

game like that and learn what it

takes to win a game like that,”

Haggarty said.

The team was formed in August

and played eight games in

the fall schedule, winning all of

them. They then took a break in

the winter before getting right

back to it in the spring, defeating

teams around the North

Shore and in Evanston.

Pretty much all 19 girls on the

roster have been playing since

they were 5 years old, either

with or against each other in different

leagues and camps. That

familiarity with one another has

led to excellent team cohesiveness.

“They really have learned

over the years and especially

during this year to play as a

team,” co-coach Andy Karsen

said. “Everybody knows it’s a

team sport, they’re now learning

how to be a good teammate and

not be selfish and do what’s the

best for the team. It’s definitely

a very well-balanced team in

terms of quite a wide range of

skill sets and different positions.

It’s not like they went through

the season crushing every team,

there were a lot of close games

throughout the season. They

seemed to be relentless in coming

out on top, they had a good

time with it.”

The girls were all in either

eighth or seventh grade,

with one sixth grader included

as well. They all attend either

Northwood or Edgewood

Middle School in District 112,

meaning the athletes aren’t

always together like in high


Yet when the Giants took the

pitch this season, they played as

a unit.

“The thing that we encouraged

constantly was that you all

might not hang out together at

school, you might go to different

schools, you might have different

friend groups,” Haggarty

said. “When you’re here on

this particular team, you guys

should play as one, you should

act as one, you should support

each other as one. They were

really supportive of each other

once they stepped on the field,

and it showed in the results.”

Next season, the eighth-graders

will move onto the AYSO

U-19 in the fall, and could play

for the high school in the spring.

The seventh graders will return,

and some memebers of this

The girls high-five each other after winning the league title.

year’s talented U-12 team will

move up in their place.

With most of the roster staying

intact next season, there’s

no reason that the Giants can’t

dominate their region again in

the future.

“This was just a great group

of girls who were dedicated,”

Karsen said. “They are friends

and they enjoy hanging out with

each other.”

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Youth sports

HPHS track organizes youth meet

22nd Century Media File



2020 Breakout


1. Grace Spencer.


Only a freshman,

Spencer batted

.433 and made

the All-Conference

team. She also

stole 12 bases

and could be the

Giants’ best player

in 2020.

2. Berkeley


Clayborne was the

top scorer for the

girls lacrosse team

and will get more

opportunities to

make plays next


3. Josh Mendiola.

In 36 innings, the

sophomore struck

out 39, totaled an

ERA of 1.33, and

accumulated a 4-1

record. He’ll likely

be the Giants ace

going into 2020.

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

The future of Giants

track and field was on display

on May 31 at Wolters


Over 40 middle school

and elementary-school kids

took part in a youth meet

put on by the Highland

Park track and field teams

during the afternoon. Boys

track head coach Steve Buti

started the event in 2005 to

give budding track stars the

chance to get familiar with

the sport.

“They meet the high

schoolers and try the

events, most of the elementary

schoolers don’t have a

sand pit or a high jump mat

to jump into, and then using

jumping blocks,” Buti said.

“Really just to get exposure

to the sport, and hopefully

get them to enjoy it and

maybe join when we see

them in high school eventually.”

Before the meet, there

were two practice days on

May 28 and 29, when the

kids met the high school

track team and learned

about each event. Though

the attendance numbers

were down a bit this year

— Buti said the most participants

he’s ever had is

around 80 — the kids still

had a fun time trying different

things, whether it was

shot put or hurdles.

Field events at the meet

included long jump, high

jump and shot put. The

featured races were the

100-meter hurdles, the one

mile, the 100-meter dash

and the 400-meter run.

Though kids are encouraged

to compete and receive

medals for placing

in each event, Buti said the

main goal is to have fun

and inform kids on track

and field.

“Yes it’s a meet and it’s

competitive, but we want

them to enjoy it so it’s

something they can look

forward to when they get

to high school,” Buti said.

“This year the one nice

thing is we do have a lot of

middle schoolers that came,

which is exciting for future

years and things like that.”

With so much going on

after the spring track season,

it’s tough to get enough

high schoolers to help out

with the event. That didn’t

matter to the kids who got

to try something new, and

the parents in the stands

cheering on their children.

“We’d love to get the

numbers up more, we can’t

do it really during our season

because we’re so busy,

so we do it right after the

high school season, and it’s

just graduation, graduation

parties, tryouts for travel

soccer, there’s just a million

things going on,” Buti

said. “Anybody we can get,

we love it, we want them to

be here, want this be a fun

situation, we love that the

parents stay and watch and

cheer, it’s a fun event.”

Paxton Feeder competes in the hurdles race at the Highland Park youth track meet

on May 31 at Wolters Field. Photos by Nick Frazier/22nd Century Media

Alex Gudgeon does a backflip on the high jump mat during a break in the action.

Listen Up

“This was just a great group of girls who were

dedicated, they are friends and they enjoy hanging out

with each other.”

Andy Karsen — U-14 Highland Park girls soccer coach on the

team’s pefect season

Tuning In

What to watch this week

Take it to the links: With Father’s Day this

weekend, get out those golf clubs and spend

some time with dad.

VIsit any of your park district’s golf courses.


37 - Boys Volleyball Player of the Year

34 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Nick

Frazier. Send any questions or comments to


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Scouting the future

HP track hosts youth meet, Page 39

Serving up honors

Team 22 for boys volleyball announced, Page 36

Local AYSO team wins league championship, Page 38

Members of the U-14 AYSO Highland Park girls soccer team poses with their medals, June 2, after winning the league title. Photo Submitted by Michael Cerna

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