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Chasing the Sun 5K brings

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help kick off summer,

raise money for education

and recreation, Page 4

New Lenox police officers, other volunteers participate in annual June 4 Torch Run, Page 3


Decisions Summit

Hill D161 committee OKs

consolidation study, Page 6

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Mom’s Club of New Lenox

Social Meeting

10 a.m. Friday, June 14,

Firefighter Park, 1 Manor

Drive. Join the Mom’s

Club of New Lenox for

their monthly social meeting.

It is for all ages, free

admission and visitors are

welcome. Bring the kiddos

as we will be doing a ninja

warriors obstacle course,

face painter and many

more fun activities. A fun

way for moms to meet other

moms in the area. Visit

or or contact

momsclubnewlenox@ for more information.

Fridays After Five

5:30-9 p.m. Friday,

June 14, New Lenox Village

Commons, 101 Veterans

Parkway. Fridays

After Five will bring food

trucks and live music to

the Village Commons on

select Fridays throughout

the summer. The event is

free to attend, with plenty

of fantastic food options

available for sale.

L-Way Rock Orchestra


6 p.m. Friday, June 14,

Lincoln-Way Central High

School, 1801 E. Lincoln

Highway. Over 80 young

string musicians from the

surrounding communities

will perform hits from the

70’s to now, orchestra style.

Songs from BonJovi, AC/

DC, Def Leppard, Guns n’

Roses, Coldplay, Cake, Metallica,

Goo Goo Dolls, The

Police, Heart, Fleetwood

Mac, Eurhythmics and

more. These talented kids

(from 6th grade through

high school) rehearse every

evening for two weeks

at “summer rock orchestra

camp” and then put on an

awesome show. For more

information or to hear some

songs from previous concerts,

visit their Facebook

page: Lincoln-Way Rock



Family Fishing Derby

9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday,

June 15, Freedom

Park, 300 Charleston Drive.

The New Lenox Park District

is hosting its annual

Fishing Derby at a new location

this year, and have

even added an age group

for adults. You could win

prizes in categories such as

most fish, longest fish and

first fish caught. Bait will

be available for purchase.

Check-in begins at 8:30

a.m. Registration deadline

is Wednesday, June

12. For more information,

visit https://www.newlenox

Flag Retirement Ceremony

11 a.m. Saturday, June 15,

American Legion Thomas

Hartung Post 1977, 14414

Ford Drive. Bring your old,

torn, tattered flags to have

them properly retired. Public

is welcome.


Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. Mondays, Village

Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. The New

Lenox Village Board meets

the second and fourth Monday

of each month. Meetings

are open to the public

and all citizens are invited

to attend. For more information

and meeting agendas,

visit www.newlenox.



Movie Night

8:30 p.m. Wednesday,

June 19, New Lenox Village

Commons, 101 Veterans

Parkway. Come out and

watch Ralph Breaks the Internet

(PG) as part of the

Wednesday Night Movie

series in the Commons.


Teen After Hours ‘80s


5-7 p.m. Saturday, June

22, New Lenox Public

Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway. Hey teens and

tweens. Come hang out

at the library after hours

for a totally tubular ‘80s

extravaganza. This is going

to be like so gnarly.

Music, glow-in-the-dark

games, snacks, and everything

‘80s are included.

Come dressed in your

most righteous ‘80s attire.

There will be a costume

contest and cool prizes

awarded to the winner.

Permission form packets

are available at the library

and must be filled out in

full by your parent/guardian.

You must come in to

the library and pick up a

registration form in order

to register for this event,

or you may print out a

registration packet and

bring the completed form

back to the Adult Services

desk. The link to the registration

packet can be

found on our Teen page,

as well as on the calendar.

Registration is required

ends June 15. No exceptions.

Cruise the Commons

5-9 p.m. Tuesday, June

25, New Lenox Village

Commons, 101 Veterans

Parkway. These cruise

night events will offer residents

and visitors the opportunity

bring their cars,

trucks, Jeeps, and bikes and

put them on display in the

Village Commons. Cruise

the Commons will take

place on the last Tuesday

of the month throughout

the summer. Admission is

free. Details for those who

wish to bring their vehicles

to display at this event will

be available shortly.

The Beatles: Their History

in One Hour

As a musical entity, the

Beatles has not existed for

over 45 years, yet their story,

their personalities and

most importantly their music

continues to influence

our culture and our expectations

of popular music.

With the use of audio and

visual content, participants

will learn the arc of the

Beatles career from their

development in Liverpool,

through Beatlemania into

their psychedelic phase

and finally their dissolution.

Participants will have

a deep appreciation for the

Beatles incredible productivity,

their musical and

lyrical maturity and their

cultural impact. Questions

and participation are

encouraged. For more information,

visit newlenox.

Movie Night

8:30 p.m. Wednesday,

June 26, New Lenox Village

Commons, 101 Veterans

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be special activities before

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VFW Events

The New Lenox VFW

Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory

Road, New Lenox, hosts

Bingo every Tuesday night

at 5 p.m., horseshoes every

night at 6:30 p.m. (sign-up

starts at 6 p.m.) and a fish

fry every Friday from 5-8

p.m. Video slots and poker

are offered each night and

a DJ provides entertainment

on Fridays. The post

also offers football-watching

parties on Thursdays

and various drink specials

throughout the week. For

weekly drink specials or

more information, visit vf


7:30 p.m.-midnight, every

Friday, New Lenox

American Legion, 14414

West Ford Drive. Karaoke

with Chad every Friday.

Come sing the night away.

New Lenox Toastmasters

This group meets on the

second and fourth Saturday

of the month at New

Lenox New Life Church

(media room), 500 S. Gougar

Road, New Lenox. The

club’s mission is to help

members improve their

speaking, communication

and leadership skills. For

meeting times or more information,

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Special Olympics Torch Run

creates smiles for everyone

Sean Hastings, Editor

Route 30 in New Lenox

was briefly shut down

the afternoon of June 4 as

Torch Run volunteers from

the New Lenox Police Department

and New Lenox

Village Hall ran from

Providence Catholic High

School to the New Lenox


The purpose of the Torch

Run is to raise money and

awareness, and help kick

off the Special Olympics

Summer Games, which

were held in Bloomington

June 7-9.

New Lenox’s runners

“took the torch” from the

Joliet volunteers at Providence

and ran to the Commons,

where the closing

ceremonies were held and

Special Olympic athletes

and other Village officials


Officer Paul Simon was

the organizer for the New

Lenox leg of the run. The

Torch Run took place all

over Illinois and included

more than 3,000 officers

who covered approximately

1,500 total miles.

“It’s an honor, because

the people here are residents,”

Simon said. “Especially

for our athletes —

this is for them. We get to

do things and give back to

the community.”

Simon said all the volunteers

came to him before he

was able to reach out.

Running for New Lenox

was Officer Ryan Bartels,

Officer Andrew Johnston,

Village employee Sonia

Little, Officer Kristine Kioltyka,

Evidence Custodian

Chris Hedges and Officer

Luke Sikora.

Little has been taking part

Special Olympics athlete Rikki Kirsch gives her speech

at the New Lenox Village Commons at the closing

ceremonies for the Torch Run. Mayor Tim Baldermann

and Lockport Officer Debbie Schenk join her for her

speech. Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

in the event for five years.

“I do it because I think

that Special Olympics is

important — to participate

and to donate and give back

to them,” she said. “I run

everyday. At first, I thought

it was just people in law

enforcement. But they’ve

welcomed me.”

Kioltyka has been an officer

for two years, spending

most of her time on night

shifts, so she has been unable

to participate until this

year. She hopes to be able to

do it again, she said.

“It means a lot to us,”

she said. “Every year, law

enforcement always gets

together to help with Special

Olympics and get community

involvement. That’s

what we’re all about.”

Bartels has been doing it

for six years. He previously

organized it for his old department

and this is his first

year participating in it.

“They’re better athletes

than we are,” he said.

“They’re training more

than we are. It’s nice to give


One of those athletes

is Rikki Kirsch, who was

at the closing ceremonies

in the Commons to give

a speech. It was her 26th

speech in the last two years.

She spent the day with

her mother, Chris as well.

Rikki is going to state for

her relay team in track and

field. Although she likes

track and field, her favorite

is equestrian because she

gets to ride horses.

“I love them,” Rikki said


She participates in nine


At the Summer Games,

all of the lights go out in

the stadium and the torches

from across the state are

walked in lit.

“To know there is a group

of individuals that give

so much and don’t ask for

anything in return [means a

lot],” Chris said.

“As a parent it’s nice to

see that interaction and it’s

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Chasing the Sun 5K combines fitness, fun and philanthropy

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

The days are getting longer

and that means more

time for fun in the sun.

The New Lenox Chamber

of Commerce and the

New Lenox Community

Park District made good

use of the additional daylight

by hosting the seventh

annual Chasing the

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Emily Johnson, CEO,

New Lenox Chamber of

Commerce, explained that

there’s something special

about the event.

“This 5K kicks everything

off in the area. I

don’t know what we’ve

done but we always have

great weather. There’s

some magic with this race

for sure,” Johnson said.

Recreation Supervisor

Tracy Wrase added, “It’s

something a little different

and we find that it really

cools off in the evening.

This is the ideal temperature

for people who just

get off work to go running

with their family and enjoy

the sights of New Lenox.”

Nine-year-old New

Lenox resident Conner

Thomas was looking forward

to running his first

ever 5K alongside his mom

Andrea and dad Bryan.

“I have been practicing

running with my dad by

the baseball fields,” said

Thomas noting that he had

been listening to Queen’s

“We Will Rock You” to get

hyped up before the race.

“That song gets me motivated.”

Emmie Tipton is a fan

of 5Ks. The Joliet resident

walked the Chasing

the Sun route along with a

group of her friends.

“I enjoy being out and

spending time with friends.

They did it last year so

I decided that I was going

to try it. I’ll get in my

steps, exercise with good

company and enjoy the

nice weather,” said Tipton.

“I’m doing the Trinity 5K

too in two weeks. So, I’ll

be right back here.”

Of the over 200 runners

and walkers, Jackson Waters

came in first overall

and Alexandra Holdefer

was the first woman to

cross the finish line.

Proceeds from the event

benefitted the scholarships

and programs provided by

both the park district and

the chamber.

“In the summertime,

families will ask for scholarships

for park district

summer camps which

can be very expensive for

families this time of year,”

Wrase said. “This really

helps us out throughout the

year and it helps families

all year round to get any

extra need they may have.”

The chamber uses its

portion of the proceeds

to provide educational

scholarships to local high

school students.

“The Chamber gives annual

scholarships to high

school students in New

Lenox, from Lincoln-Way

Central, Lincoln-Way

West and Providence,”

Johnson said. “This race

helps to fund those scholarships

and it’s done so

well the past few years

that we’ve been able to increase

the amount we can

give away.”

Local businesses also

helped to make Chasing

the Sun 2019 a success as

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committee of the Summit

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to examine the feasibility

of creating a new

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who packed the boardroom


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Daily ..................... Mon., Wed., Fri. 7:30 am

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of the 800 block of Spinnaker

Drive in New Lenox, was

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a.m. when she was struck from

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to the ground, causing abrasions

to her shins and knees, police


The woman asked the

man what he was doing, and

he reportedly ran from the

to take up the issue at its

Wednesday, June 12, regular


Summit Hill D161 first

began looking at the idea

of purchasing the currently

underused Lincoln-Way

North High School building

from Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210 and splitting

off from the district to start

its own K-12 unit district.

Committee members

laid out the details of what

the feasibility study would

include, and all of its members

agreed that it would

be in the best interest of the

district to start the process

sooner rather than later

because the study itself

would be bear fruit to the

district regardless if that

study showed a move to

expand to a K-12 district

would be beneficial or not.

The study, if approved

by the full board as presented

by the committee,

would be conducted by

District Leadership Solutions

LLC. and would require

the work to be completed

in several phases.

scene. The woman provided a

description of the man to an officer

at the scene, and another

officer located an individual

matching that description, later

identified as Carbone, near

Old Plank Road Trail and Wolf


The woman identified

The first phase would include

four parts, each with

its own price tag attached

to break down the costs for

the entirety of the study.

The first part would include

a student enrollment

study, and would examine

issues surrounding facility

usage, staffing, curriculum

offerings, State aid and

facility planning. This portion

would expect to be

completed by Sept. 30 of

this year and would cost

the district $9,250.

The second part of phase

one would examine the

overall tax impact, and

would assess issues of

debt, provide a comparison

of financial profiles

for each district, estimate

tax rates for each district,

provide five-year financial

projections and examine

fund balances. This work

would also be expected to

be completed by Sept. 30

and would have a price tag

of $10,000.

The third part would examine

the tax impact on

providing a baseline high

school experience to that

Carbone as her attacker, police


Keegan said police learned

during an investigation that

the attack was sexually

motivated, but the man became

startled and fled from the scene

after knocking the woman to the


of D210, including curriculum

and extracurricular

opportunities for students.

This would be expected

to be completed by Nov. 1

and cost $10,000

The final step in phase

one would examine the

final tax impact on D161,

including the purchase of

LW North. This would also

be completed and present

along with the third part

and cost $2,000.

Public comment, which

lasted for nearly an hour,

was overwhelmingly in favor

of pursuing the study.

One commenter called the

district’s plan “visionary

thinking,” while just one

commenter said the district

should “stay in your lane”

and stick to its K-8.

Karen Miner, a nonvoting

member of the committee,

said that “it would be

financially irresponsible”

if the district did not pursue

the feasibility study,

given the potential benefits

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Students from New Lenox

graduate college

Kyle Small, Bachelor of

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and Microbiology, Magna

Cum Laude, Honors Program

Member, Alexandra

Sutton, Bachelor of Science,

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New Lenox students

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Carlyn Clarke, sociology/anthropology

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Student from New Lenox

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She gave her speech with

Mayor Tim Baldermann

and Lockport Officer Debbie

Schenk by her side.

Baldermann gave a speech

right before Rikki.

“Special Olympics is

something near and dear

to my heart,” Baldermann

said. “They do such a great

job looking out for some

of the most wonderful and

Nathan Dluzak, Erica

Dice, Anthony Brongiel,

Alysia Solis, Evan

Mitchell, Michael Kowalski.

Nicholas Ruskowsky,

Alec Baltazar.

Amanda Arvia, Meghan

Kirk, Katherine Breen,

Caitlyn Mcgrory Brianna

Heyer Nathan Rosendale

Zachary McAvoy,

Emily Furtek, Juliana

Sipich, Emma Zmuda,

Regina Durling, Mairghread

Ebel, Lauren

Heavener, Anna Olenek,

Gabrielle Wilkes,

Jamie Furtek, Abigail

Stepien, Kristin Wojnarowski,

Brendan Kay

and Brandon Galloway

were named to the dean’s

list for the spring 2019 semester.

Trine University

Resident from New Lenox

makes dean’s list

Kyle Dixon was named

to the dean’s list for the

spring 2019 semester.

Olivet Nazarene Unversity

Students from New Lenox

earn spots on dean’s list

Brittany Bergstrand,

Abriella Caravette,

Ann Coddington, Jennifer

Jackman, Krystal

Klag, Alexander Meyers

and Sarah Ortman were

named to the dean’s list

for the spring 2019 semester.

talented people in the world

and giving them opportunities

they may not otherwise


And that is exactly the

case for Rikki.

“It’s amazing to see her

speak like that,” Chris said.

“Special Olympics has given

her that voice. Five years

ago, she wouldn’t have had

that voice, but it has given

her that confidence. As a

parent, you couldn’t ask for

anything better.” new lenox

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Fire department’s first

Citizens Fire Academy set

for August

The Tinley Park Fire Department

is to host its first

Citizens Fire Academy

starting in August, and is

currently accepting applications.

The academy will provide

participants with

hands-on experience of

what fire service is like in

Tinley Park, Deputy Chief

Dan Riordan said.

“This is the first time that

we’ve done anything like

this,” Riordan said. “It was

something that Fire Chief

[Forest] Reeder thought

would be a great opportunity

to get people, if they live

in town or work in town, to

interact with the fire department

in a different way, and

really get some understanding

of all the things that a

firefighter would be expected

to do during their normal

work shift, and you’ll get to

experience a little bit of that


All of the participants

will get certified in CPR,

learn how to use an automated

external defibrillator

and a fire extinguisher during

the eight-week course.

Additionally, participants

will be involved in training

tower demonstrations at the

local training facility, Riordan


The program is open to

adults ages 21 and older

who live or work in the Village

of Tinley Park. Classes

will take place once a week

for 2-3 hours beginning

Aug. 7 through September.

Applications are due

July 1, and a background

check will be completed,

according to the application


Questions about the program

can be directed to

Jack Janozik, Tinley Park’s

education officer, at

(708) 444-5200 or jj

Reporting by Amanda Del

Buono, Freelance Reporter.

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Car show cruises back into

Lockport for 2019

On June 3, people were

dancing while “little deuce

coupes” were lined up

along S. Hamilton Street

in Lockport. The scene

meant one thing: Cruisin’

into Lockport officially


“This night is always

fun,” Lockport Mayor

Steve Streit said. “Everyone

likes gathering on a

Monday. It’s a small festival

we do where we get

to say ‘hi’ to neighbors.”

Streit and his wife, Wendy,

were checking out the

muscle cars at the Monday

night event.

“We do have other

things planned throughout

the summer, as well,”

added Wendy Streit, who

is Lockport’s Summer

Art Series chairperson.

“We want to make sure

we have lots of events

throughout the summer

in Lockport. One of the

things were doing is the

frames. There will be

three, 6-feet-tall frames

placed in various places

in downtown Lockport.

We would like people to

take photos behind them

and post the photos online

where you’re entered in a

raffle to win prizes. You

don’t have to be a Lockport

resident to do this.”

Hundreds of residents

turned out for the first

festival of the summer in

Lockport. As residents and

friends sat on folding chairs

and blankets, others danced

where they could. Providing

the music for the evening

was Cadillac Grove.

There is to be a different

band at each Monday night


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Mokena warehouse where

the sausage gets made for


Joe Aurelio’s life is all

about pizza. Even his license

plate reads “PIZZA.”

Back in 1959, before Joe

was even born, his father

Joseph A. Aurelio started a

pizza parlor in Homewood.

Today, Joe is the president

and CEO of Aurelio’s.

“Aurelio’s Pizza was

founded by my father,” Aurelio

said. “We were living

in Chicago Heights at the

time, and [he] wanted to

start his own pizza place.

Being from Calabria, Italy,

my father brought the family

recipes and Italian influence.”

Today, tere are 41 Aurelio’s

locations in six states.

Because of such growth,

Aurelio’s purchased a

10,000-square-foot warehouse

in Mokena roughly

seven months ago. At the

warehouse, they handmake

all the Italian sausage

fresh. They also distribute

the cheese and other meat

products from the warehouse

to all Aurelio’s locations.

Aurelio said that the site

was a former pharmaceutical

warehouse, where

it was a sterile and clean

environment, and he has

maintained an emphasis on

keeping it clean today.

“It’s a USDA-inspected

facility,” he said. “We make

12,000 pounds of fresh Italian

sausage a week. We use

... a very lean product with

simple spices, with no preservatives

or fillers.”

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter. For more,


Police: Men in 60s robbed

Frankfort Township gas

station with screwdriver

Two men police say were

in their early 60s allegedly

robbed a Frankfort Township

gas station of cash and

cigarettes the early morning

of June 4.

Police were called at 3:12

a.m. to the Speedway at

7218 W. Lincoln Highway

in response to the robbery,

according to a press release

issued by the Will County

Sheriff’s Office.

A store clerk told deputies

she observed two men

enter the store. One of the

men — described as black,

wearing a black hat, black

coat, jeans and a buttonup

denim shirt — began

walking around the store,

according to police. The

other — described as black,

wearing a black hat and a

black jumpsuit with white

stripes down the arms and

legs — went into the washroom,

police said.

The man walking around

the store went to the counter

to purchase cigars, and

the other man moved behind

the counter and placed

a screwdriver at the back of

the employee, police said.

The men told the clerk to

lay on the floor, and they

robbed the store of $585 in

cash and 40 packs of cigarettes

valued at $315.60,

according to Deputy Chief

Dan Jungles.

The employee was then

ordered to the rear of the

store, and the two men left

in a white SUV, possibly a

Cadillac Escalade, police

said. They fled eastbound

on Lincoln Highway, according

to Will County

Sheriff’s Police spokesperson

Kathy Hoffmeyer.

Reporting by Bill Jones, Managing

Editor. For more, visit

Descendent of Orland Park

pioneers reminiscences on

time in village

At 19, Leon Cooper was

not exactly ready to buy his

first house. But now, nearly

60 years later, he is glad he


The 77-year-old Cooper

purchased his house on

Beacon Avenue in 1961

from his grandfather, but

his family’s roots in Orland

Park were planted well before.

Cooper is a descendent

of one of the first families

to settle in Orland Park,

coming to the area in 1850

from England.

The Cooper family established

a large farm,

which encompassed the

area where present day

Palos Primary Care Center

and Centennial Park now


In 1961, Cooper and his

new bride, Betty, bought

the home in which they still

live today.

Leon has watched Orland

Park evolve from a

sleepy, little farm town into

the bustling metropolis it is


With the mall’s arrival,

subdivision after subdivision

was built, swallowing

up most of the farmland

Leon worked. But even

with all the development,

Leon commends the Village

of Orland Park for

staying true to its roots.

“We live in the Old Orland

area, which is like

being in the country but

with all the convenience of

being in the city, because

everything is within a few

miles,” he said. “Orland is

really good about parks and

bike trails. They could’ve

just subdivided it like a lot

of towns around here did,

but they really took care of

the area.”

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Police: Silver Oaks among mental health

facilities that received emails from Kentucky

man threatening violence in plea for help

Sean Hastings, Editor

New Lenox’s Silver

Oaks Behavior Hospital

was among roughly 25

mental health facilities

that received emails from a

Kentucky man who threatened

to commit a mass

shooting in order to get assistance

he said he could

not otherwise afford.

The New Lenox Police

Department reportedly was

contacted by Silver Oaks

Behavioral Hospital concerning

a suspicious email

they received Saturday,

June 8. Police learned that

an email was sent from an

anonymous source using a

From June 10

Gmail account, citing that

he could not afford treatment

at a mental institution

and was having homicidal

thoughts, according to a

press release from the New

Lenox Police Department.

The emailer said if he

were to carry out a mass

shooting, then would receive

the help he thought

he needed, according to the

press release.

An NLPD detective

commenced the investigation,

while an employee

of Silver Oaks maintained

email contact with the man.

The man refused to provide

his name, location or any

other information.



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and made contact with

a 25-year-old male who

admitted to sending the

emails, according to the

press release.

Richmond police said no

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Locked car stolen from driveway

A resident in the 700

block of Tanager Lane reportedly

had their locked

vehicle stolen from their

driveway overnight June

1. Police said the officer

learned from the complainant

that someone entered

an unlocked vehicle also

in the driveway, found the

spare key to the locked vehicle

and stole the car. The

vehicle was recovered in

unoccupied Harvey June 5.

June 2

• A resident in the 2700

block of Genoa Drive reportedly

had their unlocked

vehicle entered overnight

while it was parked in their

driveway. Police said that

approximately $40 was stolen.

• A resident in the 900 block

of East Bentley Road reportedly

had their unlocked

vehicle entered while it was

parked in their driveway

overnight on May 31. A

garage door opener was reportedly


May 31

• Christen A. Jaltuch,

38, 2826 Cole Lane, was

charged with DUI. Police

said an officer was dispatched

to a Delaney and

Nelson Road in reference to

a hit and run crash. Police a

vehicle struck a utility pole

and fled the area. Police

said the officer learned that

the driver of the vehicle at

fault, Jaltuch was at the Will

County Sheriff’s Department.

The officer reportedly

met with Jaltuch and

learned that she had been

involved in the crash and

through the officer’s observations

and investigation it

was determined that Jaltuch

had been driving under the

influence of alcohol.

• Someone reportedly had

one of their trucks break

down on May 19 and detached

the trailer from the

truck so it could be picked

up by another truck the next

day. Police said on May 20,

the company returned to

recover the trailer to find

that it had been stolen. The

contents of the trailer were

unknown at the time of the

report, police said.

• A resident in the 2600

block of Meadow Path reportedly

had their vehicle

entered while it was parked

in their driveway overnight.

Police said a pair of baseball

cleats were stolen.

• A resident in the 2700

block of Foxwood Drive reportedly

had their unlocked

vehicle entered while it was

parked in their driveway

overnight. Police said approximately

$4 were stolen.

• A resident in the 2000

block of Cardinal Drive reportedly

had their unlocked

vehicle entered while it was

parked in their driveway

overnight. A wallet was reportedly


• Two people in the 700

block of Garadice Drive reportedly

had their unlocked

vehicles entered while they

were parked on the street.

Police said an officer observed

two vehicles on the

street with their dome lights

on and the driver’s doors

open. A broken iPhone was

reportedly stolen from one

of the cars.

• A resident in the 900 block

of Barnside Road reportedly

had their unlocked

vehicle entered overnight.

Nothing was reportedly

missing from the car.

May 30

• A resident in the 15800

block of Mueller Way reportedly

wrote a check to a

business to pay for a service

and sent the check in the

mail. Police said the complainant

advised the officer

that the company did not receive

the payment and that

the check had been altered

and cashed by someone


• A resident in the 200 block

of West Haven Ave. reportedly

had someone obtain

their credit card information

and attempted to make

fraudulent purchases.

• Rhonda Redinger, 46, 515

Elmwood Ave. Joliet, and

Kimberly L. King, 1524

Frederick St. Joliet, were

charged with retail theft.

Police said an officer was

dispatched to Target, 2370

E. Lincoln Highway. Police

said the officer learned that

Redinger stole $96 worth of

merchandise and King stole

$84 worth.

May 29

• Logan M. McKee, 24,

217 Charleston Drive, was

charged with possession of

controlled substance. Police

said an officer was on patrol

and saw the driver of a vehicle

operating a handheld

electronic device. The officer

reportedly conducted

a traffic stop at Nelson and

Spencer Road on the vehicle

and met with the driver,

McKee. The officer reportedly

observed drug paraphernalia

inside the vehicle.

Through further investigation

the officer reportedly

learned McKee had other

drug paraphernalia and cocaine

in the vehicle.

May 28

• Gordon Neitzel, 56, 14300

High Point Drive Apt. 103,

Romeoville, was charged

with theft. Police said an

officer was dispatched to

Tyler Union Waterworks

Products, 220 W. Haven

Ave. and the complainant

advised that Neitzel had

committed multiple thefts

of pipe from their property.

The stolen pipe was reportedly

valued at over $4,000. sound off

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From the Editor

Start seeing the ‘able’ and not the ‘label’

Sean Hastings


have had the chance

to cover a few amazing

events over

the last three weeks. I

covered the Cop on a

Rooftop, I talked to New

Lenox resident Nick Winter

about the documentary

he made about his brother

with autism and most

recently I covered the

Torch Run.

All of which deal Special

Olympics in a way.

The Cop on a Rooftop

raised more than $1 million

for Special Olympics

Illinois and the recent

Torch Run benefits

Special Olympics, as


At June 4’s Torch Run,

Special Olympics athlete

Rikki Kirsch was there to

give a speech at the closing

ceremonies. It was


From Page 10



Seventeen Porters make

college commitments official

Lockport Township High

School has always taken

pride not only in how its

athletes perform while at

the school but also in how

they perform after they

graduate and go on to play

her 26th of the kind in the

last two years.

She recently gave

a speech at a charity

hockey game in front of

1,500 people. Her mother,

Chris, was far more

nervous than Rikki was,

Chris said.

Rikki told her mom, “I

got this,” shrugging it off

like it is no big deal.

First off, Rikki’s speech

at the closing ceremonies

was near perfect. She

read calmly, smoothly,

loudly and always making

sure to look up at her


The eye contact is a

tough one to nail down

for most when giving

speeches, but she did it

with ease.

Seeing that made me

think of what Winter said

in his documentary and to

me during our interview.

He wants people to start

seeing the “able” and not

the “label” for people.

And for someone like

Rikki, that “able” is that

she can give a speech

better than most, she participates

in nine sports,

she rides horses, and that

is just what I gathered in

my short time with her

in college.

A couple of weeks ago,

17 more of those studentathletes

announced their

intent to play at the next

level as Lockport held its

final signing day of the

school year on May 22 in

the Porter Room at East


The Porters baseball

team had its 36th-straight

winning season this

spring. It had plenty of

talent, as they had five

athletes sign to play in

at the Torch Run event.

She went to state with her

relay team for track and


And five years ago,

Rikki did not have the

confidence to do what

she does now, her mom

said. But Special Olympics,

being what it is, has

helped give her a chance

to do exactly what she


Mayor Tim Baldermann

also touched on

that topic, saying that

Special Olympics gives

its athletes opportunities

they may not have a

chance to get otherwise.

The smiles on everyone’s

faces as she gave

her speech and as the

runners from the New

Lenox Police Department

and Village ran into the

Commons said it all. And

the fact that all the runners

are on a volunteer

basis is what is helping

push society toward the

inclusivity that Chris is

hoping for.

Route 30 was shut

down from nearly Gougar

Road all the way to the

Commons entrance, as

they ran down the busiest

road in New Lenox. The

college in May. They are

John Gallet (University of


Justin Gasper (Dominican

University), Jack Mladic

(University of Wisconsin-

Oshkosh), Logan Strutz

(Triton College) and Collin

Woulfe (St. Xavier


Reporting by Randy Whalen,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.


I-80 ramps were also

blocked off by officers

in both directions to let

them run by.

Of course, that is for

safety, but it was still a

cool sight to see police

car after police car with

lights on and a group

of people running with

Torch Run shirts on.

Chris knows it’s tough

to do, but she hopes that

one day everything can

come “full circle” in a

sense, where the athletes

can come to Cop

on a Rooftop and Torch

run, and then the police

officers can come to the

Summer Games that they

raised the money for.

These athletes are

capable of more than they

sometimes get credit for.

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Pastor column

Reflect on ‘watershed’ moments

Jim McGuire

Joliet Area Community Hospice

Have you ever

stopped to

consider the

“watershed” moments in

your life? Those turning

points of great personal

significance. For someone

it may be the day you

received your driver’s

license. Perhaps for

someone else it was the

day you were accepted

into the school of your

dreams, or the day you

pledged your life in marriage.

Certainly welcoming

a newborn baby into

the family is a watershed

moment. We have all

experienced at least one

watershed moment.

March 29, 2019 was

a watershed day for me

as I published my first

book, STAY: Four Pillars

for Living Life and

Finishing Well. I released

it in ebook and paperback

through Amazon.

The book is a memoir

detailing my 19 years as

a chaplain with the local

hospice. Throughout the

book, I use anecdotal

stories of some of the

wonderful people I have


The release of the book

was the culmination of

three years of writing,

research and reflection.

There were several

critical moments in the

process. The first being

the night I sat down at

the kitchen table with an

iPad, keyboard and numerous

random thoughts

and began to type.

Another pivotal moment

came when I watched a

video tutorial and the presenter

said, “No one cares

about the book you never

finished.” In that moment,

it was like a kick

in the pants. I knew right

then that I either needed

to finish the book or stop

thinking about it.

Hiring a professional

managing editor was another

one of these important

moments in moving

the book from concept

to completion. The editor’s

input and expertise

helped make for a more

enjoyable read. Her work

was invaluable.

When we think about

these watershed moments

in our lives, they are usually

the culmination of

dedication, hard work and

perseverance. There are

times when we experience

such life-changing

events with little or no

input; however, most of

the memorable moments

in our lives come about

as the result of the many

small decisions we make

along the way.

It’s okay to, “Wish

upon a star,” so long as

you don’t spend your entire

life gazing into space.

Watershed moments often

come after you and I have

made the commitment to

put in the work.

So what is it that you

are working toward

today? Do you want the

ball in your hand as the

clock is winding down

and the score is tied?

Then practice, practice,

practice. Do you want to

make the Honor Roll at

school? Then you may

need to spend less time

goofing off and more time

studying. Are you looking

for significant and meaningful

relationships? Then

work on being your best

self today and everyday.

I am pleased to write

that the book has been

well received. I continue

to learn throughout this

process, such is life.

While we reflect upon the

watershed events in our

life, we do not remain in

that moment in time. Life

moves on, as it should.

So let’s move forward,

anticipating that there

will come additional watershed

moments, making

good decisions each and

everyday. Here’s to a life

well lived.

I can be contacted at


com if you would like to

purchase a signed copy of

the book, STAY: Four Pillars

for Living Life and

Finishing Well or you can

find it at

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expressed in this column are

those of the author. They do

not necessarily represent the

thoughts of 22nd Century

Media or its staff.

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Revolution Church (24520 South U.S.

Highway 52, Manhattan)

More Faith Less Fret Study

6:30 p.m. Mondays.

Held at the house of a

parishioner. Contact the

church for more information

at (815) 418-6555.


10 a.m. Sundays,

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Worship Schedule

Traditional worship is

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


St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second

Ave., New Lenox)

MOMS Monthly Meeting

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

Thursday of the month.

St. Jude Franciscan Hall

Room 3 and 4, 241 W.

Second Ave, New Lenox.

Eucharistic Adoration

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

of the month.

Lincoln-Way Christian Church (690 E.

Illinois Highway, New Lenox)

Worship Services

9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

HERO Family Support


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

This group is open

to anyone with a family

member currently struggling

with addiction, suspected

addiction, or currently

in recovery. Family

support meetings provide

helpful tools and information

to better equip people

to help their loved ones

through their struggle.

This group provides a

supportive environment

with others who have

had similar experiences

and an opportunity to

meet and network with


Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S.

Gougar Road, New Lenox)

Church Service

10:30 Sundays. For

more information, call

the church at (815) 485-


Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)


5 p.m. Saturday and 9

a.m. Sunday

Vacation Bible School

Miraculous Mission,

June 17-21, 9:30 a.m.-

noon. Cost $5 per student.

To register, go to trini

Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Celebrate Recovery

7-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

For anyone struggling

with hurts, habits, or

hang-ups. For more information,

call Deb at (708)


St. John Orthodox Chapel (112 Church

Street, New Lenox)

A Discussion Group on

How to be a Sinner

Meets every Wednesday

at 7:30 p.m. For more

information visit saint or call

(630) 638-9462

New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New


Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call

(815) 462-0202.

The Hub (1303 S. Schoolhouse Road,

New Lenox)

The Center Youth Group

6:30-9 p.m. every

Thursday. Teens ages 12-

19 are welcome. The night

features live music, an

open gym, an encouraging

message and a chance

to meet new friends. For

more information, call

(815) 717-8002.

Cherry Hill Church of Christ (2749

Lancaster Drive, Joliet)

Bible Study

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St.,

New Lenox)

Saturday Service

5 p.m. the first, third

and fifth Saturday of each


Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar


Worship Service

8:30 a.m. and 10:45

a.m. every Sunday.

Parkview Christian Church (2121 S.

Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox)

Worship Services

4 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

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

a.m. Sundays.

Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox)

A Man in Recovery

7-8:30 p.m. Every

Tuesday. This recovery

group is for those who are

struggling with addiction

or those who love someone

struggling. For more

information, call Tom at

(815) 354-3195.

Bible Study

10 a.m. Every Wednesday.

For more information,

call (815) 485-5327.

The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford

Drive, New Lenox)

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays.

Reverberate Youth Group

1-3 p.m. Every first

Sunday of the month.

The group meets to discuss

a message geared

toward junior and senior

high school students. For

more information, email

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor

Sean Hastings at sean@ or call

(708) 326-9170 ext. 48. Information

is due by noon on

Thursdays one week prior to

publication. life & arts

the new lenox patriot | June 13, 2019 | 17

Comedy, mystery meet in ‘The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’

Frankfort, New

Lenox residents

star in production

Nuria Mathog, Editor

The Drama Group is

hoping to deliver a killing

performance in its latest

production -- figuratively

and literally.

The Chicago Heightsbased

theater group’s

version of the “The Musical

Comedy Murders

of 1940,” written by the

American playwright

John Bishop, centers

around the members of a

creative team who gather

in a mysterious mansion

for a backer’s audition for

their new show. Several

chorus girls involved in

the group’s previous production

were killed by a

figure called the “Stage

Door Slasher,” whose reappearance

in the house

sparks a comical adventure

involving scandal,

secrets and intrigue.

Performances are scheduled

for 7:30 p.m. Thursday,

June 13; Friday, June

14; and Saturday, June 15,

with a matinee at 2 p.m.

Saturday, June 16. All

shows will take place at

the Drama Group’s Milord

Studio Theatre, located

at 330 W. 202nd Street in

Chicago Heights.

“This show is a murder

mystery, but it’s also really

a farce, so it’s very

funny,” cast member and

Frankfort resident Jeannie

Markionni said. “There’s

lots of doors, sliding bookcases,

fireplaces that open,

murders. It’s chaos. And

not everybody is who you

think they are ... Everybody’s

a bit of a caricature

of what those characters

back then would have


Markionni and her husband,

Nick Markionni,

rarely have the opportunity

to share the stage,

but the two Drama Group

members both star in the

production. Jeannie plays

the “very much over the

top” producer Marjorie

Baverstock, while Nick

takes on the role of the

pompous director Ken De

La Maise.

“I was just called in

from Hollywood, where I

drop names left and right,”

Nick Markionni said of his

character. “I know so-andso,

I’ve been in this movie

with so-and-so.”

The production marks

the 20th anniversary of the

Drama Group’s theater exchange

program with Stables

Theatre in Hastings,

England, which began

with the Drama Group’s

adaptation of “Spoon

River Anthology” and has

involved cross-Atlantic

performances from both

the American and British

theater groups.

“We selected this play,

and they selected a play

called ‘The Virtuous Burglar,’”

Director MaryEllen

Fawk said. “They had

a director for it, and they

couldn’t do it, so they

weren’t able to get another

person to step up and direct,

so they stepped down

from participating in that.

But, we were still going

to go over there and do it

here, so we moved to doing

the complete version

of it here.”

She described the Drama

Group as a “wonderful

place” for devotees of


“The reasons I really

love working here are,

number one, it feels like

a family,” she said. “The

people are wonderful. It

Liz Yerkovich, of New Lenox, playing the role of Berenice Roth, contemplates a

series of murders discussed by the other characters during The Drama Group’s “The

Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media

Geoffrey Purvis (left) and Samm Hilger perform a scene.

has the sense of being a

repertoire, too. The talent

that is attracted to this organization

is phenomenal,

with people from all over

the Chicagoland area that

have come here.”

The cast members will

head to England to perform

the show after their

final performance on June

16. Jeannie Markionni said

she was especially looking

forward to seeing how

British audiences would

react to an American farce.

“Farces are not something

we do a lot,” she

explained. “We do do

comedies, but farces are a

difficult thing, and it’s interesting

that we’re taking

a farce for our 20th anniversary

to a country where

farces are everything.

They invented, created,

perfected the farce.”

Fellow cast member Liz

Yerkovich, of New Lenox,

said she jumped at the opportunity

to perform in a


“I think they’re super

fun, and the audiences always

seem to love them,”

she said. “So, it was the

fact that it was a comedy

and a farce that really got

me excited about doing

this show.”

Yerkovich stars as the

lyricist Berenice Roth, a

character she described as

“very eccentric and kind of

a lush.”

“She is very flamboyant

and self-absorbed,” she

said. “I’m so self-absorbed

that pretty much through

the entire show, she has no

clue that there’s even murders


New Lenox resident

Jennifer Larkin, the

show’s lighting designer,

has been involved with

the Drama Group for more

than two decades and said

the best part of her job is

the people she works with.

“I like that through the

lights, you can kind of

guide the emotions of the

show,” she said. “For me,

as a lighting designer, this

was a pretty easy production,

‘cause there’s one

set, one room. We do have

some lighting changes.

The cast is tight, they’re

funny. ... There really isn’t

anybody that is not any


18 | June 13, 2019 | the new lenox patriot life & arts

LWSRA says ‘thank you’ to community with free party

Yasmeen Sheikah

Freelance Reporter

Awareness, acceptance

and a good time were

brought about on June 3

at the Community Park,

20261 S. Graceland Lane

in Frankfort. The Lincolnway

Special Recreation

Association had their free

kick-off summer event including

a bouncy house

and snacks.

Children ran through

the park enjoying the day,

along with over 100 other

community members. According

to Karyn Reczek,

marketing, outreach and

fundraising specialist for

LWSRA, the foundation

works to promote events,

such as this one, to give

children with special

needs a good time.

“I have a child on the

autistic spectrum,” Reczek

said. “These events

are put together to raise

awareness and are free to

the public… We are an organization

with over 390


Reczek added that

LWSRA has 200 programs

a year that serve the

Lincoln-Way area, including

Mokena, Frankfort

and New Lenox. Those

programs are viewable

on LWSRA’s website at

“I want people to leave

here today feeling like

they had a good time and

knowing more about who

we are and why this is

such an important organization

for people with

special needs,” Reczek

said. “Whether you are

related to someone or

know someone with special

needs, this is an organization

that needs to be


Scott Pedziwiatr, another

organizer, was the DJ

for the day.

“This event is about

spreading what our organization

represents and

we just really want everyone

to have a good time,”

Pedziwiatr said. “We are

a recreational opportunity

that provides inclusion

and service to those with

special needs.”

Event goers, such as

Becky Ziada and her

daughters, said they had a

blast. Ziada said she found

out about the event from a

friend who texted her.

“I live in Tinley Park

but I grew up in Frankfort,”

Ziada said. “I think

this is a great organization

and what they are

doing for those with special

needs is amazing. My

family is having a blast.”

Attendees at Lincolnway Special Recreation Association’s Party in the Park line up

for a turn in a bouncy house June 3 at Frankfort’s Community Park.

Yasmeen Sheikah/22nd Century Media

Brenda Molloy happened

to be passing by the

event with her family and

saw the sign for the party.

“It looked like fun so

we decided to stop by,”

Molloy said. “We love

to support organizations

with good causes,

and this is something we

would definitely come to


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the new lenox patriot | June 13, 2019 | 19

New Lenox fans ‘Surrender’ to sounds of Cheap Trick at first 2019 Triple Play

Laurie fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Concert summer has

officially begun in New

Lenox as the first Triple

Play Concert of the season

found fans rocking to the

hits of Cheap Trick on Saturday,

June 8.

With the Triple Play

Concert Series – now in

its 11th year – Mayor Tim

Baldermann and the Village

of New Lenox have

once again enlisted an impressive

lineup of artists

to keep the Village Commons

rocking all summer

long. Along with Cheap

Trick – joined by supporting

acts Backdated and

Yes Factory – this year’s

concert series will feature

performances by Joan Jett

& The Blackhearts and

Blue Öyster Cult on July

20 and Kenny Loggins on

Aug. 31.

“We’re grateful that

11 years in, the residents

are still responding the

way that they are. We’re

thrilled with that,” Baldermann

said in between

performances on Saturday


“We’ve had some great

acts out here, but this year

these are three acts – and

when you throw in Blue

Öyster Cult, four acts –

that the community was really

excited about. We’ve

got a couple of Rock &

Roll Hall of Famers and

Grammy Award winners.

This is supreme talent for

all three concerts.”

Donning a Cheap Trick

t-shirt, Beecher resident

Julie Allen – joined by

Mary Blakeman (Beecher)

and Aimee and Dean

Kuk (Bourbonnais) – had

a chair set up in the front

row of the lawn.

“I love that Cheap Trick

has lasted the test of time,”

Allen said. “They are from

Rockford, Illinois and

they’re rocking in Rockford

always. They’ve been

one of my favorite bands

for the last 40 years.”

Blakeman said the atmosphere

in the Commons

was perfect for a summer


“I think it’s wonderful

and beautiful here. There’s

a sense of community. It’s

an enjoyable event. I love

it here,” Blakeman said.

New Lenox resident

James Van Dam always

enjoys the Triple Play

Concert Series regardless

of who’s playing and he

appreciates the opportunity

to see new bands with

the opening acts.

“I’ve enjoyed all of the

Triple Plays. With different

artists and all the

people around, it’s just a

fun time,” said Van Dam.

“We come regardless and

we like the new bands

coming out first. I would

never know how they play

without coming here. That

band tonight, [Backdated],

was awesome. I never

heard of them before so

that was great.”

Several area businesses

support the Triple Play

Concert Series as sponsors

– including Presenting

Sponsor Christopher

B. Burke Engineering,

Ltd. – and organizations

like the Law Enforcement

Torch Run/Dunkin’ Cop

on a Rooftop and Wreaths

Across America were onsite

connecting with concert-goers

before Cheap

Trick took the stage.

Positioned near the entrance

at Gate One, Tammy

Levey, co-chairperson of

Wreaths for Veterans, the

New Lenox chapter with

Wreaths Across America,

spread the word about how

the organization honors

the service and memory

of fallen soldiers by placing

wreaths on graves at

Abraham Lincoln National

Cemetery each December.

“We’re trying to get the

word out to everybody

about the Wreaths Across

America program and

we’re taking any contributions

anyone would like

to donate. Of course, we

just had the 75th anniversary

of D-Day so that put

it in everybody’s mind the

sacrifices that are made for

this country,” Levey said,

She will be accepting

donations and selling t-

shirts at all Triple Play


Attendees were able to

purchase food and drinks

from local establishments

such as Gatto’s Italian Restaurant,

Arrowhead Ales,

Tom Kelly’s Chophouse,

Smokin’ Z BBQ, Beggars

Pizza and more.

It quite literally takes a

village to host the Triple

Play Concert Series each

year and Mayor Baldermann

noted his appreciation

for the residents, artists,

businesses and, most

of all, staff who help make

it a success.

“Our staff does such an

amazing job,” Baldermann

said. “Starting of course

with Beth Alderson who

kind of coordinates this

for me. She does a great

job. And up and down the

line, from our police to our

CERT volunteers, our fire

department, all of our staff

at the Village Hall working

for months to put this together.

Everybody does an

amazing job. I couldn’t be

happier or more pleased.

We’ve got the best staff


Slightly before 9 p.m.,

the blistering sounds of

Rick Nielsen’s guitar signaled

the start of Cheap

Trick’s performance. Singing

“Hello There,” Robin

Zander asked fans, “Are

you ready to rock?” The

answer – given in the form

of booming cheers – was a

New Lenox residents Jim and Cara Hoff hang out on the hill during the first Triple

Play Concert of 2019 Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Charleston residents Juan Barron and Emma Pikula rock out in the front row during

Cheap Trick’s Triple Play performance

resounding “Yes.”

The Triple Play crowd

was then treated to a setlist

including such mega-hits

as “I Want You To Want

Me,” “Dream Police” and


An extremely limited

number of Triple Play

Concert Series tickets may

be available by contacting

Village Hall at (815) 462-

6400. More information

can be found at newlenox.


20 | June 13, 2019 | the new lenox patriot dining out

The Dish

Wooden Paddle thrives with dine-in experience after move to Lemont

Former Orland Park

business recently

hit six months in

new community

Thomas Czaja, Editor

When Jonathan Cowan

was 20 years old, he

bought the struggling Old

Town Pizza business in

Orland Park.

Though he got his first

job at 14 at a pizza place,

Cowan was still inexperienced

as an owner, and he

candidly said he failed for

five years.

Eventually, he and

wife Brianna, whom he

married in 2010, knew a

change was needed. They

switched the name to

Wooden Paddle Pizza in

2013, and made a pledge

to go with fresher ingredients

and a totally new


Realizing they did not

have the know-how to

compete in making Chicago-style

pizza with area

competitors that have done

so for years, they did research

and began selling

artisan pizza. Still, something

was missing.

“We just didn’t know

enough about our business

yet at that point,” Jonathan

Cowan said. “What I mean

by that is we are more an

experience-based company,

as opposed to a transactional


He noted the old Orland

Park location only had

four stools, and there was

not much of a chance for

customers to truly have a

dine-in experience. But as

the catering side of their

business began to grow,

they realized they wanted

to focus on that experience.

So, when the lease was

up in Orland, they began

a search and eventually

settled on the location in


Wooden Paddle shut its

doors in Orland in August

2017 and opened up shop

on Dec. 4, 2018, in Lemont.

It was not an easy process.

Jonathan said the new

72-seat location required

extensive work inside and

that they needed to switch

contractors when the first

one they hired got behind

schedule. They were able

to keep up their busy catering

schedule in between

restaurants to help pay the

mortgage on the new spot.

Now, more than six

months in, the Cowans,

who also moved to Lemont

and live less than a

mile away from the business,

have seen plenty of

old customers visit and

new local ones stop in, too.

“I’m very happy with

how everything is going,”

Jonathan said. “Everyone

is very open in this community.”

Wooden Paddle sits on

the corner of Stephen and

Illinois streets on the edge

of the downtown. Some

people thought “oh, another

pizza place” upon

their arrival, Jonathan said,

which is why they took

“pizza” out of the name of

the restaurant, preferring

to go simply by Wooden

Paddle. While pizza is no

doubt a focus of the menu,

the owners view what they

offer as more than just that.

“We added on a lot of

small plates and fancy ourselves

more a tapas restaurant

now,” Jonathan said.

“Pizza is like the ultimate

tapas food — a very shareable

dish for people.”

And the wood-fired,

Wooden Paddle

212 Stephen St. in



• 4-10 p.m. Tuesdays

through Thursdays,


• 4-11 p.m. Fridays

and Saturdays

• Closed Mondays

For more information

Phone: (630) 326-



artisan pizza at Wooden

Paddle is more New Yorkstyle

by nature, he said.

“It’s wood-fired, so it is

cooked a lot quicker,” he

noted. “There is more air

in the dough with our pizza.

... So, our pizza has a

little bit of crispness to it.”

And all pizzas are made

with fresh mozzarella.

One of the popular pizzas

is the Gettin’ Figgy

Wit It ($14), which is

baked with mozzarella and

mascarpone cheeses, and

topped with thinly sliced

prosciutto and a fig jam

also made in-house. Mascarpone

provides a richness

to the pizza, the prosciutto

a saltiness and the

fig jam a sweetness.

“It is hitting a lot of sensory

things, and that’s what

we are looking for when

making food items,” Jonathan

said. “How do we hit

a few different things?”

While many classic pies

transferred with the restaurant

from Orland Park,

there is now a new “Beginnings”

section on the

menu, including the fried

meatballs ($10). Those are

four all-beef meatballs.

Again, nothing touches the

freezer, and Wooden Paddle

works in a mix of fresh

The fried meatballs ($10) at Wooden Paddle in Lemont feature chuck beef, marinara,

freshly grated Parmesan and basil chiffonade. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century


herbs, cheese and spices.

In the future, the menu

is expected to seasonally

rotate some items.

Wooden Paddle has expanded

its offerings to

craft cocktails at the new

location, as well. Pressing

their own lime, lemon

and grapefruit daily and

making their own syrups

has made all the difference


“Just that little extra effort

makes us have a very

elevated drink compared

to buying store-bought

mixes,” Jonathan said.

For dessert, the housemade

gelato flight ($10)

includes five small samples

of salted caramel,

pistachio, olive oil, vanilla

and chocolate gelato.

“We make extremely

small batches of gelato, so

it’s extremely fresh all the

time,” Jonathan said. “We

are literally roasting pistachios

in the oven in back

and cutting them.”

Whether customers are

trying an long-standing

The Red State of Mind ($12) is made up of tequila,

Priqly liqueur, hibiscus lime and meringue.

pizza or recently unveiled

salad, a new beginning or

a gelato ending, Jonathan

said the goal of the restaurant

is for family and

friends to be talking about

the experience. The space

has a minimalist design inside,

though the bathrooms

— including flamingos on

the wall in the women’s

restroom, and trees on the

wall in the men’s restroom

— are meant to be another

conversation piece.

The restaurant continues

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aim to keep a certain feel

they thinks fits with the

new community they call


“We like the quaintness

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Skirt lines

5. Rein in

9. LW Central alum

who was a University

of Illinois basketball

star, ___ Augustine

14. Board member, for


15. Large lake

16. “Gone with the

Wind” star

17. Dance at a Jewish


18. Verge

19. Cod relatives

20. Flap

21. Film genre

23. ___ the finish

25. Jose or Juan

26. Profitable rock

29. Flytrap

32. Gwyneth Paltrow

character in a film with

the same title

34. Short, as a play

37. Brain readings, for


38. ____dextrous (can

use both hands)

42. Place-setting place

43. In between black and


44. Road shoulder

45. Grapevine tidbits

47. Perfect place

49. “St. Elsewhere”

singer, ____ Barkley

53. Herbal beverage

54. Goose egg

56. Dixie pronoun

57. Former MLB player

for the Yankees who is a

Lincoln-Way East H.S.


62. Palindromic title

64. Bad, as a situation

66. Oscar winner for


67. Moved ___ the freeway

68. Chicago airport

69. Hill crest

70. Christmas

71. Trifler

72. Japanese subway


73. Part of ADA


1. Snarky laughs

2. Strange and


3. Sheep breed

4. Sacred beetle of

ancient Egypt

5. So-so grades

6. Pakistani language

7. Sets up

8. Attention-getters

9. Cash, for one

10. Triumphant


11. Thorough

beauty treatment

12. Palindromic


13. British special

forces, for short

22. New York’s

time zone

24. Late lunch hour

27. Port city of


28. Like pie

30. Board Amtrak

31. Male companion

33. Piece of


35. 1972 treaty


36. Block up

38. Share a border


39. Allot

40. Manhattan


41. Mischievous one

46. Put into words

48. Sillier

50. Jim Reeves


51. Almost treeless


52. Writing tablets

55. Like Ichabod


58. Word on an

Irish euro

59. Hawaiian goose

60. Curry extra

61. Austrian peaks

63. Shed feathers

64. That was a lie!

65. Detective’s cry

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of

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

and box must contain each of the numbers

1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan



Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

Williamson’s Restaurant

and Pub

(1490 W. Maple St. New

Lenox, (815) 485-8585)

■Wednesdays: ■


House Wine Wednesdays

■Sundays: ■ Spicy

Bloody Marys $5

Hickory Creek Brewing


(1005 W Laraway Rd,

New Lenox. (779) 803-


■3 ■ p.m. -close Fridays:

Happy Hour from 3

to 6 p.m. followed by

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truck from 5:30 to

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(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-


■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:



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(21000 Frankfort

Square Road, Frankfort;

(815) 464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

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Game. Free to play.


The Alley Grill and Tap


(18700 S. Old La-

Grange Road, Mokena;

(708) 478-3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:


Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-


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and Saturdays:

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1010 Sitters Available


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Multiple children are OK

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Loving mom in New Lenox,

will provide daily care in my

home, Monday-Friday.

Nelson Prairie School area

and Spencer Kindergarten.

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1050 Community Events

New Lenox Printing Company

is looking for a full-time

energetic person to work days

in our post-press department

and make deliveries in the

Chicago area.

Must be 18, able to lift 60 lbs.

& have a good driving record.

Shipping and receiving

experience a plus.

Send Resume to

Or call (815)717-7114

Permit Coordinator

Tinley Park Transportation Co.

looking for a full-time

permitting assistant.

Must have experience in

Microsoft Office & possess

good communication skills.

Please forward resume to

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping


Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Part-Time Accountant


Flexible Schedule


Kirby School District 140

We are currently seeking

Full-Time Bus Drivers

A CDL License, with current

School Bus and Passenger

endorsement is preferred,

but we are willing to train.

$13.00/hour for training;

$17.00/hour with CDL and

SBP endorsements.

Benefits offered

Apply at

Homer Glen-Home Office

adding to permanent office

staff. Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm.

Exp in cust serv, computer,

some accting. Start @

$14/hr w/ pd vacation +

raises. Solid work history +

reliability a must.

Only serious need apply.

Send resume to:

Are you a person with

attention to detail?

Hiring P/T House Cleaners

No Evenings/Weekends

Will Train

(815) 464-1988

Medical Office in

Orland Park seeks P/T,

licensed medical X-ray

technician for 1 day/wk.

Fax resume to 708.460.9254

or email

Hiring Cook

Atleast 2 years of

kitchen experience

(708) 349-2205

1004 Employment Opportunities

Lost Cat

Name: Izzy

Solid black, green eyes

6 years old, 10 pounds



Very timid

Missing since May 25th

near Illinois Highway &

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Offering Reward

If found or seen, please call

or text (773)428-1766

Caregiver Services

Provided by

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State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

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1052 Garage Sale

Frankfort 10835 Cardinal

Lake Drive. Sat. 6/15, 8-2pm.

Longaberger, furniture, garden,

seasonal, decor, linens, household,

full mattress, etc.

Mokena 11631 Kluth Drive.

Sat. 6/15, 9-2pm (?). Antiques,

toys, trains, vintage bikes, and

lots of other good finds!

Mokena 11971 Heinecke Dr.

Fri. 6/14 &Sat. 6/15, 8-2pm.

Tons of furniture and kid’s

items in excellent condition!

Houseware and more.

Mokena 18813 Sara Road.

Fri. 6/14 &Sat. 6/15, 9-3pm.

Antiques, glassware, linens,

holiday, and vintage items

Romeoville 1530 Benzie

Circle, in Grand Haven subdivision.

Thurs. 6/13, 4-7pm. Fri.

6/14 & Sat. 6/15, 8am-2pm.

HUGE selection of large

women’s clothing including up

to 5X shirts, men’s pants size

42x30, giant selection of 2XL

t-shirts, sweatshirts, & jackets.

Homegoods such as roll top

desk, tools, king sized bedding,

& lots of knick knacks! We

can’t wait to show you how

BIG our sale is!



1052 Garage Sale

Orland Park 15411 Edgewood

Drive 6/13 -6/14 8-2pm

Tools, garden tools, household

items, clothes.

Mokena 19227 Weber Road.

June 14th -15th, 8am -3pm.

Dining room set, microwave,

and many other items!

Tinley Park 16206 S. 85th

Ave. 6/13, 6/14, & 6/15,

9-3pm. New and used household

items, clothes, games,

DVDs, costume jewelery, and

much more!

1053 Multi Family


Mokena 12960 W 184th Pl

6/14-6/15 8-2pm Attn: teachers!

Hshld, furn &decor, mega

girls clothing, shoes & toys

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Kids stuff, furn, bikes, plasma

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1054 Subdivision


Lockport Creekside Estate

South Subdivision, Oak Run

Court. 6/14-6/15 9-3pm. Kids

clothing and toys, home decor,

seasonal, etc.

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New Lenox 353 Central(Wildwood)

6/13 8-2pm - 6/14

8-12pm High end beautiul decor

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2070 Electrical

2120 Handyman



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2075 Fencing

2090 Flooring

2130 Heating/Cooling

2032 Decking


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2132 Home Improvement 2132 Home Improvement


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Sodding, Seeding, Trees

Shrubs, Pavers, Retaining

Walls, Firewood

Since 1973

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2170 Plumbing


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Window Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning

Power Washing

Office Cleaning

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2701 Property for





of 701 Bishops Gate, New Lenox, IL

60451 (Single Family Home). Onthe

20th day of June, 2019 to be held at

12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC;

Plaintiff V.Antonio Oberlin; Linda L.

Oberlin; Wellington Community Association,

Inc.; Wellington Homeowner`s

Association; Illinois Housing Development

Authority; Unknown Owners and

Non Record Claimants; Defendant.

Case No. 18CH 0864 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:


33 W. Monroe St. Suite 1140

Chicago, Illinois 60603

P: 312-360-9455

F: 312-572-7823









2703 Legal












) SS.






Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC;



Antonio Oberlin; Linda L. Oberlin;

Wellington Community Association,

Inc.; Wellington Homeowner`s Association;

Illinois Housing Development

Authority; Unknown Owners and Non

Record Claimants;

2703 Legal



No. 18 CH 0864


Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 14th day of March, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

20th day of June, 2019 ,commencing at

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

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, sell at public

auction to the highest and best bidder

or bidders the following-described real















Commonly known as:

701 Bishops Gate, New Lenox, IL


Description of Improvements:

Single Family Home



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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.




33 W. Monroe St. Suite 1140

Chicago, Illinois 60603

P: 312-360-9455

F: 312-572-7823

Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County

Notice of Self Storage Sale

Please take notice Red Dot Storage

14- New Lenox located at 10 Ford

Dr., New Lenox, IL 60451 intends

to hold anauction of the goods

stored in the following unit indefault

for non-payment ofrent. The

sale will occur asan online auction

via on

7/2/19 at 9:30 AM. Unless stated

2703 Legal


otherwise the description ofcontents

are household goods and

furnishings. Nursing Home Units

#113 & #115. All property isbeing

stored atthe above self-storage facility.

This sale may be withdrawn

at any time without notice. Certain

terms and conditions apply. See

manager for details.





The New Lenox Township Highway

Department will accept bids

for pavement work inKnollcrest

and Tomahawk Subdivisions. (Approximately

9,650 ft.) Commissioners

estimate as follows:

HMA Surface 1 1/2” 290 tons

HMA Surface 2” 2,375 tons

HMA Binder 2 1/2” 480 tons

HMA Surface Removal 4,300 SY

Bituminous Prime 3,700 gallons

**All Sweeping and Traffic Control

will be incidental to the above


Bid packets are available at the

Highway Department Office, at

12551 Harvey Drive, New Lenox,

IL 60451. Bids will be accepted

until 10:15 am Friday June 28th,

2019, at which time they will be

publicly opened and read. If you

have any questions, please call

815-485-6484. Prevailing Wage

Act in effect. IDOT prequalification

is required to bid. The Highway

Commissioner reserves the

right to accept or reject any and all


Ron Sly

Highway Commissioner





The New Lenox Township Highway

Department will accept bids

for pavement work in the following

areas. Marley (various roads), Allison

Trail, Emily Lane and Thomas

Lane. (Approximately 3,300

ft.) Commissioners estimate as follows:

HMA Surface 1 1/2” 45 tons

HMA Surface 2” 800 tons

HMA Binder 2 1/2” 70 tons

HMA SurfaceRemoval 3,900 SY

Bituminous Prime 720 gallons

**All Sweeping and Traffic Control

will be incidental to the above


Bid packets are available at the

Highway Department Office, at

12551 Harvey Drive, New Lenox,

IL 60451. Bids will be accepted

until 10am Friday June 28th, 2019,

at which time they will be publicly

opened and read. If you have any

questions, please call

815-485-6484. Prevailing Wage

Act in effect. IDOT prequalification

is required to bid. The Highway

Commissioner reserves the

right to accept or reject any and all


Ron Sly

Highway Commissioner

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

2Arm chairs $20 each 2 lamps

$5 each Call 815-838-4281

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

5 boxes of metal cars $10 each

Call 708-479-0193

6 Lamp time clocks like new

$3 each, 4 Ridgid threading 1”

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Athlete of the Week

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George Burchfield, a

LW Central student, just

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on the LW co-op lacrosse


How long have you

been playing lacrosse?

I started in third grade

and originally played in

Naperville. In fifth grade,

I started playing at Lincoln

Way and for True Lacrosse.

What made you want

to play lacrosse?

My mom was a tutor at



Benet, and she had some

students in eight-grade that

showed me the sport and

how to play it. I originally

played baseball, but it was

a little too slow for me.

What’s your favorite

thing about lacrosse?

I love the fast pace. It

combines skill, athleticism,

and physicality all

into one sport.

How has it been being

a part of the rise of


It’s been really awesome.

We’ve had a lot of

great players and having

had play together since

youth has really helped

that. We’ve had great team

chemistry and have known

each other since elementary


What makes you a

successful lacrosse


I think it is really important

to have a team mentality

and not be selfish, just

wanting to score. Have fun

with it and take advantage

of the opportunity. It’s also

a great way to meet new

If you could be anyone

else for a day, who

would it be?

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He is a professional Fortnite

player and is amazing.

It’d be really fun to be able

to win Fortnite so easily.

If a movie about your

life was made, who

should play you?

I’ve always liked David

Spade. I think that he has a

similar sense of humor to

me. He’s just really funny

and I really like Benchwarmers.

Favorite TV show?

I really like Modern

Family. I always watch it

with my mom. I don’t really

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LW West’s Polka shines on court and in classroom


Editorial Intern

People often use the

term student athlete. For

many, being both a student

and an athlete can be a difficult

thing to balance.

This is not the case for

Jessica Polka. She has

graduated from Lincoln

Way West and looks to

continue her winning ways

this fall.

While at West, Polka

played middle hitter for

the Warriors volleyball

team. Throughout her time

at West, Polka did more

than play volleyball. She

worked with Best Buddies

and was also an adaptive

PE leader. She worked

with special needs students

and tried to give them the

best high school experience


Additionally, while

looking to make her community

a better place, she

also excelled on the court,

with the Warriors and with

UNO Volleyball Club. Because

of her strong play,

she had the opportunity to

compete at the next level

and she has committed to

play volleyball at Benedictine


Polka is grateful for all

her experiences at Lincoln

Way West.

“During my freshman

year, everyone had been

saying to get involved at

school,” Polka said. “So,

once I knew that from the

start, I was really excited

to try new things and get

involved with clubs and

sports. I did volleyball

there and I also did Best

Buddies senior year. I was

also an adaptive PE leader,

it’s a PE class for special

needs students.

“We work with them every

day; those experiences

definitely made my high

school experience exciting

every day. I just loved

seeing those kids and the

impact we were able to


She is also grateful for

the lessons that coach Matt

Lawrence was able to pass

on while playing volleyball.

“I think coach Lawrence

taught me that wherever

you are whether that be on

a team or in life, if you keep

working towards what you

want, you will eventually

get there,” Polka said. “I

think volleyball in general

has taught me that as well

as coach Lawrence.”

Polka was also accepted

into the Scholars Program

at Benedictine: this is an

elite group of students

in which only fifteen are

accepted each year. The

Scholars program looks

to enhance the traditional

college rigor of its students.

Students in the Scholars

Program need to go

through an application

process. This consists of

writing two essays and doing

a 30-minute interview

with the director of the

Scholars program.

Before the student gets

this opportunity, requirements

include a cumulative

high school GPA of

3.75 or higher on a 4.0

scale, a rank in the top

twenty percent of the applicants’

high school class,

and a minimum composite

score of 27 on the ACT or

1,280 on the SAT.

Polka met all of these requirements

during her time

at West. She explained

what sets apart Benedictine’s

Scholar program.

“As a freshman, I’ll

have to take additional

courses,” she said. “Then,

I’ll have the scholars’ program.

It’s a lot of additional

courses that normal college

classes wouldn’t be a

part of. There are courses

about your career after college,

and additional ethics

courses as well.

“You have to be proficient

in another language.

I had to interview for the

program, it was kind of a

scary experience. I honestly

didn’t think I’d get into

the program, the director

told me that she only

admits a small amount of

people. When I found out I

had gotten into it, I was really

excited, and it helped

me decide that Benedictine

was the place for me.”

The program focuses

on academics, leadership,

and service in a global

context. Polka is a grateful

for the opportunity to

be a part of something


While at Benedictine,

Jessica looks to study business

management and continue

the endeavor of being

both a student and an

athlete. She’s used to doing

this and doesn’t look to

slow down anytime soon.

“I’ve always been involved

with things,” Polka

said. “When I was little, I

Lincoln-Way West’s Jess Polka (right) signs to continue

her volleyball career at Benedictine University while

UNO Volleyball director Terri Baranski looks on. Photo


did cheer and dance. Then,

I started volleyball in sixth

grade. Since I’ve always

been involved with something,

I’ve adapted to having

to balance responsibilities

within my life. It’s sort

of ingrained in me.”

Conference titles, rivalry wins highlight LW Central success

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

won 27 SouthWest Suburban

conference championships

over the course

of the 2018-2019 school

year, a new school record

according to athletic director

Matt Lyke.

“We have great kids,”

Lyke said. “Our student

athletes are extremely

proud to wear the red

and black. They do their

very best to represent our

school and community.”

Highlights during the

year included the Knights’

girls golf team finishing

third in Class 2A, led by

runner-up Brianne Bolden

and seventh-place finisher

Grace Curran. Curran’s

brother, Sean, finished second

in Class 3A in boys


The girls water polo

team also reached state

and won a sectional title.

Lincoln-Way co-op’s

girls gymnastics, boys lacrosse

and girls lacrosse

teams - featuring athletes

from Central, as well as

LW East and LW West -

all won sectional titles,


“The leadership of our

senior class was outstanding,”

Lyke said. “I truly

believe that success will

follow in their footsteps.”

The Knights also had

tremendous success

against their neighborhood


According to Lyke, Central

finished 12-8 against

Lincoln-Way East, 20-8

against Lincoln-Way West

and 6-0 against Providence

in head-to-head, regular

season competition.

Beating rivals always

has extra meaning.

“Any time we can beat

another Lincoln-Way, it’s

a lot of fun,” said senior

soccer star Nicolette Gossage

after her team’s regular-season

win over LW


The Knights’ soccer

team also beat East in

the playoffs. Both victories

were especially big

for Gossage, who started

her career as a freshman

at East before moving to

Central after the closing of

LW North.

“I’ll never talk bad about

my time there, but anytime

I play against them I want

to come out strong,” she

said. “It’s always a big

game for all of us.” 36 | June 13, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie sports

the new lenox patriot | June 13, 2019 | 35

22nd Century Media chose the best boys volleyball student-athletes based on coach and writer

recommendations, as well as player statistics, in its seven-town southwest suburban coverage

area to place them on one super team — Team 22. The team features student-athletes from

Lincoln-Way Central, LW East, LW West, Providence Catholic, Andrew, Tinley Park, Lockport

Township and Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff

First team

OH: Ike Papes, senior,


462 kills, 200 digs, 55

aces, 38 blocks. All-CCL

Green. All-Tournament

at Smack Attack and

the Argo invite. Led area

players in kills for the


OH: Wil McPhillips,

senior, LW East

363 kills, 62 digs, 46

aces, 34 blocks. All-

SWSC. The Griffins’

standout is planning

to attend Ball State

to continue playing

volleyball after high


RS: Jake Whyte, senior,


329 kills, .221 hit

percentage, 138 digs,

55 aces, 33 blocks. All-

SWSC. All-Tournament at

Marist and Argo invites.

Committed to Erskine.

M: Brendan McCarthy,

senior, LW Central

99 kills, 74 blocks, 40 digs,

27 aces. All-SWSC. The

Knights middle hitter made

a mark bigger than his

numbers on the conference

during his senior season.

S: David Flores, senior,

LW West

784 assists, 188 digs,

172 service points, 99

blocks (23 for kills), 52

kills, 30 aces. SWSC

Athlete of the Year.

Directed the action all

season long.

L: Danny Pacini, senior,

LW East

450 digs, 2.44 passing,

46 assists. All-SWSC.

The Griffins defensive

specialist is planning to

continue his dominance

at Dominican University

next season.

Utility: Luka Vukanic,

senior, Sandburg

227 kills, 100 digs, 36

blocks. All-SWSC. Vukanic

mostly shined as a scorer

for the Eagles at outside

hitter but proved versatile

in his defensive efforts.

Honorable mentions:

OH: Cort Jensen, senior, Sandburg; Matt

Arens, sophomore, Lockport; Ike Mahajan,

senior, LW East; Tyler Holubek, senior, LW

West; Nico Studer, senior, LW West; Zach

Nelson, senior, Tinley Park; Connor Keating,

junior, Andrew.

RS: David Vales, junior, Sandburg.

M: Jake Maly, junior, Lockport; Michael

Sherwood, senior, Andrew; Jay Pillai, senior,

Tinley Park; Chris Dargan, senior, LW West;

Darryl Farrow, senior, Andrew.

S: Nathan Ryan, senior, Tinley Park.

L: Tyler Vedder, junior, LW West.

U: Matt Russo, senior, Providence.

second team

OH: Ben Pluskota, senior, LW West

310 kills, 176 service points, 148 digs, 78 blocks, 39 aces, 20

assists. All-SWSC.

OH: Jack Yurkanin, senior, LW Central

307 kills, 2.45 serve receive, 165 digs, 74 aces, 36 blocks. All-SWSC.

RS: Louden Moran, senior, LW West

233 kills, 135 blocks (44 for kills), 133 digs, 126 service points, 45

assists. All-SWSC.

M: Michael Sherwood, senior, Andrew.

133 kills, 34 block kills, 10 aces. All-SWSC.

S: Cam Petrusevski, senior, Sandburg

700 assists, 127 digs, 57 kills, 46 aces. All-SWSC.

L: Jeremiah Burden, sophomore, Sandburg

300 digs, 70 assists, 16 aces.

U: Trevor Lewis, junior, LW East

411 assists, 172 kills, 169 digs, 48 aces, 41 blocks.

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New Lenox’s Gasbarro plays in state title game

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Alex Gasbarro wasn’t going

to let the pain stop him. The

mission was simple: make it

around the bases, no matter


Gasbarro, a New Lenox

resident, fought through a

hip injury to score the gamewinning

run for St. Laurence

in the Class 3A Crestwood Supersectional

on June 3, sending

the Vikings to state.

In the bottom of the seventh,

with St. Laurence and

De La Salle tied 2-2, Gasbarro

delivered a one-out single, his

second hit of the day.

“I was just trying to get

something going, get on base

and give our team a chance,”

he said. “It didn’t matter how

I got on, just get on any way.”

After moving to second

on a sacrifice bunt, Gasbarro

scored on Jake Vera’s base hit.

Gasbarro prodded gingerly

around third base, dove into

home and then was overcome

with pain and had to be carried

over to celebrate with his


“My left hip has been lingering

for two weeks, and the right

one just started hurting [the day

of the supersectional],” Gasbarro

said. “I just had to have

enough juice to get home.

“It’s one of the best feelings

in the world. Everything

we do in the offseason, all the

work we put in is for these moments.”

Gasbarro, due to the injury,

did not start in the Vikings’

state semifinal win over Waterloo

or the state championship

game loss to Montini.

The junior second baseman

demonstrated his toughness

again in the title game, though,

pinch hitting and doing his

best to run out a groundout.

St. Laurence’s Alex Gasbarro gets a hug from his coach, Pete

Lotus (No. 12), as the team receives its state runner-up medals


St. Laurence dropped the

championship game 6-3 on

Saturday, June 8.

Vikings coach Pete Lotus,

also a New Lenox resident, is

happy to have Gasbarro for another


“I used to give Alex hitting

lessons when he was a young

kid,” Lotus said. “It takes a

different level of commitment

to have someone play for us

from that far away from St.

Laurence. He’s getting out of

his comfort level, getting up

earlier, getting home later.

“It takes a special kid and

Alex absolutely is that.”

Youth Sports



team wins

state title

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Liberty Junior High’s seventh-grade

track team took home a state title from

the IESA track and field finals May 11

in East Peoria.

Liberty’s 1,600-meter relay team

of Eli Bach, Garry McDermott, Drew

Munch and Dakota Stevens won the

Class AA title in 3 minutes, 53.95 seconds,

nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up

Morton (3:55.62).

Liberty tied for 11th in the team


Youth sports

State runner-up bowler excited for high school

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

If this spring’s IESA postseason

is any indication, New

Lenox bowler Ryan Marszalek

is a clutch performer.

Marszalek said he had a soso

regular season with an average

hovering around 180, but

he caught fire during sectional

and state competition while

representing Martino Junior

High as an eighth grader.

“I got to sectionals and

state, and it just happened for

me,” Marszalek said. “I just

kept striking. I was just in a

groove. I stayed relaxed and

calm and just wanted to bowl

well for my team.”

Marszalek certainly did

that. At the state finals, held

April 12 and 13 at Town and

Country Lanes in Joliet, he totaled

2,088 pins over 10 games

to finish as the runner-up, just

two pins behind Rockford

Eisenhower’s Devan Skridla.

Marszalek closed strong

with scores of 243, 241 and

221 over his final three games

to move up the standings.

“I thought I could only finish

third, but just thought I’d

keep striking and see how

high I could get,” he said. “I

ended up with my highest series

that last three games. That

was pretty cool.

“Finding out I was only two

points behind, I had a sick

feeling the rest of the day. But

I was still excited to finish


Marszalek and teammates

Kyle Bozzetti, Dale Hauser,

Michael McNulty and Brock

Nelson qualified for state as a

team and finished 16th.

The team was coached by

Sarah Kosek and Jill Coleman.

Marszalek, who said he’s

been bowling since he was 3

years old, now looks forward

to competing at Lincoln-Way

Central, where he will be a

freshman in the fall.

“It’s going to be exciting

practicing every day with a

complete team and bowling

in high school tournaments,”

he said. “I’d love to bowl in


“I like to treat bowling not

as competitively as some other

people. I try to have fun.

But I obviously take it seriously,


Martino Junior High’s Ryan

Marszalek finished second

at the IESA state bowling

tournament. Photo submitted

Liberty Junior High’s 1,600-meter relay

team of (left to right) Eli Bach, Dakota

Stevens, Drew Munch and Garry

McDermott won the seventh grade

Class AA IESA state title.

Photo submitted

38 | June 13, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

No state titles, but a ‘really special’ week for New Lenox family

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Moments after his

team’s dramatic, walk-off

win to clinch a trip to the

state finals, St. Laurence

baseball coach Pete Lotus’

thoughts turned to a game

being played simultaneously

four miles away.

“Did Marist win?” Lotus

asked as his players

continued to celebrate.

Of course, Lotus – a

New Lenox resident - had

good reason to wonder

about the Marist softball

game. His daughter,

Easton, is a sophomore

shortstop for the Red-

Hawks and the team’s

leadoff hitter.

The answer? Yes,

Marist had beaten Geneva

10-2 in the Class 4A

Marist Supersectional.

Father and daughter

were both headed to state.

An already incredible

moment for Pete Lotus –

St. Laurence’s Jake Vera

drove in New Lenox resident

Alex Gasbarro with

two outs in the bottom of

the seventh to lift the Vikings

to a 3-2 win over De

La Salle in the Class 3A

Crestwood Supersectional

– was now even sweeter.

“The chances of both

these happening and both

of us going to state the

same year, it’s crazy,”

Pete Lotus said. “It’s really


The dual accomplishments

are even more

meaningful for a family

that’s always bonded over

baseball and softball.

“My dad started me

in baseball actually,”

Easton Lotus said. “That

was when I was 4. He

would pitch to me in the

backyard and everything.

I loved it. I played rec

league baseball until I was

10. Then I started playing


“I owe a lot to my dad."

Pete Lotus said he managed

to stay focused on

his team’s game and block

out any thoughts about

what was going on at

Marist until after the winning

run crossed the plate.

“I told myself I wasn’t

going to think about it,”

he said. “I knew I needed

to focus. I knew we were

going to have our hands


A crazy weekend

Pete Lotus and his wife,

Nikki, are used to having

their hands full off the

field as well, especially on

spring weekends. Easton

is the oldest of their five


“With five kids, we’re

always all over the place,”

Pete Lotus said. “This

week is even more nuts.

“But I’ll take nuts.”

On Friday, June 8, St.

Laurence baseball played

in the Class 3A semifinals

at 10 a.m. in Joliet, while

Marist softball’s Class 4A

semifinal game began at

5:30 p.m. in East Peoria,

giving some family and

friends the opportunity to

attend both games.

After St. Laurence beat

Waterloo 8-2, Pete Lotus

was able to watch his

daughter’s game over the


Marist’s 34-game winning

streak was snapped

and the RedHawks lost

to an Illinois team for the

first time all season, falling

3-2 to eventual state

champion Huntley.

“I was sick to my stomach

watching the game on

the internet,” Pete Lotus

said. “I got a chance to

talk to Easton [after the

game] and she was the

same way. I think we’re

built the same.

“It’s such a difference

as a parent. It’s so tough

to watch when those

things happen.

Plenty to be proud of

The next day, Pete Lotus

would experience that

same sickness in his stomach

– this time for his own


St. Laurence fell 6-3 to

Montini in the state championship


“I told the guys it only

hurts this much because

we made it to so far,” Pete

Lotus said. “It’s hard to

keep that in perspective.

It’s not the result we wanted.

It’s so hard to swallow.

But I’m so proud of these


The runner-up finish

was the best in program

history for St. Laurence.

While Montini was celebrating

its first state title,

Easton Lotus and Marist

were playing in the thirdplace

game in East Peoria.

The RedHawks (36-

4) fell 3-2 to Joliet West.

After, Easton received the

bad news about her dad’s


"No, I was not monitoring

it,” Easton Lotus said

of her dad’s game. "I just

found out that they lost

[15 minutes after the end

of the third-place game].

“But I'm so happy for

him [to get to the championship

game]. He works

so hard and he loves his


While Pete Lotus will

continue to chase the elusive

state title, Easton Lotus

has two more seasons

to do the same at Marist.

"I just love this team,”

Easton Lotus said. “Every

girl is close and it's something

special. I can't wait

St. Laurence coach and New Lenox resident Pete Lotus directs his team during the

Class 3A state championship game Saturday, June 8. STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

New Lenox’s Easton Lotus, sliding into home during a game earlier this season,

helped Marist reach the state finals in softball. TIM O’BRIEN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

for next year."

The Lotuses hope next

year will be as memorable

as last week.

“It was exciting for both

of us,” Pete Lotus said.

“Easton deserves it. She

works really hard.

“For me to experience it

as a coach and as a parent

in the same week was really

exciting.” sports

the new lenox patriot | June 13, 2019 | 39



LW Central’s Yurkanin headed to MIT

Photo courtesy of

South Suburban College

1st and 3





1. Logan Anderson

Anderson (above)

is playing for the

Southland Vikings

of the Midwest

Collegiate League

after finishing his

freshman season

at South Suburban

College, where he

hit four home runs

in one day in April.

2. Ryan Koziol

Koziol is the new

closer for the

defending Frontier

League champion

Joliet Slammers.

He previously spent

time in the San

Francisco Giants


3. Ethan Petric

Another player

to watch in the

Midwest Collegiate

League, Petric is

pitching for the

Joliet Generals

after finishing his

freshman season

at Joliet Junior College.



Freelance Reporter

Getting accepted into

the Massachusetts Institute

of Technology in Cambridge

is a pretty big deal.

So recent Lincoln-Way

Central graduate Jack Yurkanin

is a pretty big deal.

Yurkanin, a four-year

varsity volleyball player

for the Knights, will be the

third New Lenox resident

to recently play for the volleyball

team at MIT when

he joins the Engineers next

season. The others are

2015 Lincoln-Way West

graduate Jake Gasparich

and 2016 Central graduate

Mike Kulinski.

“You can’t say that’s a

coincidence,” Yurkanin

said of the other two also

being from New Lenox.

“They are brilliant, amazing

athletes and it will

be fun to say that we all

played there. When I was

younger I was at a camp

where Jake Gasparich

was the coach and Mike

Kulinski was my setter at

Central when I was on the

varsity as a freshman. So

it will be nice to play with

him again.”

When it comes to brilliant,

amazing athletes,

Yurkanin certainly joins

the list. He graduated from

Central with a GPA of

5.512. His reasoning for

going to MIT, however, is


“When I was looking

for colleges I saw that they

“Since I’ve always been involved with something,

I’ve adapted to having to balance responsibilities

within my life.”

Jess Polka – Recent LW West graduate and Benedictine

volleyball recruit, on thriving on and off the court

were at the top of the list,”

he said. “So I reached out

to them and they invited

me out there.”

Yurkanin has applied for

an early action program at

MIT and hopes to leave to

go there in August. In the

meantime, he will play

club volleyball this summer

for Ultimate 18u Gold.

But he certainly left his

mark on the Knights the

past four years. Playing

middle hitter as a freshman,

before moving to the

right side as a sophomore

and an outside hitter the

past two years, Yurkanin

helped the Knights win

a pair of regional titles in

that time, including one

this spring.

In fact this spring, Yurkanin

had his best season.

He established a new single-season

school record

for aces with 74. He added

307 kills, 36 blocks, had a

2.45 serve receive percentage

to go along with 165


“Serving is one of the

only things that you have

control over,” Yurkanin

said of his new single-season

school record for aces.

“I just knew to always be

as aggressive as I could.”

Marist recently won

the boys volleyball state

championship. During

the RedHawks’ run to the

championship they never

went to three sets in the

postseason and only went

past 25 points once to win

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a set in that run. That was

in a 25-18, 26-24 victory

against Central on May

24 in the semifinals of the

Marist Sectional. There,

Yurkanin served an ace to

tie the second set at 24-24

but then had a service error

trying for another one and

the RedHawks prevailed.

“That gym was so loud,”

Yurkanin said of the sectional.

“But the team depended

on me so I was going

to go back and rip it.”

Central coach Mary

Brown knows that being

aggressive was the only

way Yurkanin knew how

to be.

“Jack is an amazing

player,” Brown said. “He’s

been a four-year starter on

varsity here at Lincoln-

Way Central. He’s extremely

intelligent and we

are excited for him to go

to MIT and make a difference.

We wish him the best

of luck.”

While many started

playing volleyball at a

very young age, Yurkanin

did not, at least not competitively.

“My cousins were really

involved in the sport,”

Yurkanin said. “It was my

aunt, Cathy Yurkanin, who

got me to go to an Ultimate

camp when I was 12

and I really started there.

I’ve never left from playing

club there. I played

some other sports like

basketball, baseball, and

even soccer when I was

Boys basketball

Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15

• Ray Milnes Summer Shootout at Stagg

• Lincoln-Way Central, LW West, LW East and Providence are all

competing in the summer showdown.

Lincoln-Way Central’s Jack Yurkanin is headed to MIT

to play volleyball. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

younger, but volleyball is

the only sport that I played

in high school.

“I really enjoy hitting

the ball in volleyball. I like

how the team works together

and has that ability

to be creative on the court.

But it’s not about yourself.

It’s a huge team sport. I

really enjoy the people

around me.”

Plus, you might see him

playing sand volleyball

this summer.

“Yes, I love sand volleyball,”

Yurkanin said.

“There’s a wide range of

things you can do and opportunities

when you play

that. Plus, it doesn’t hurt


as much when you dive for

the ball.”

Yurkanin is ready to

dive if he has to at MIT.

“I’m not sure what position

I will play there yet,”

he said. “I know there’s a

lot of talent around there

and I will play where ever

they want me to.”

No matter what happens

at MIT, Yurkanin will

never forget his time at


“I think it’s amazing the

opportunities that the [Lincoln-Way]

schools here

give us,” he said. “The

community and the people

within it will always help


35 – Team 22 Boys Volleyball

33 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar at

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | June 13, 2019


BRAINS LW Central’s

Yurkanin to play

volleyball at MIT, Page 39


BEST Check out our

Team 22 for boys

volleyball, Page 35

New Lenox’s Pete Lotus coaches St. Laurence to state runner-up finish;

daughter Easton goes to state with Marist, Page 38

LEFT: St. Laurence baseball coach Pete Lotus (middle) wears his runner-up medal after the Vikings fell to Montini in the Class 3A state championship game Saturday,


RIGHT: Sophomore Easton Lotus was a big part of the Marist softball team, which finished fourth in Class 4A last weekend. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO





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