2 | June 13, 2019 | the new lenox patriot calendar newlenoxpatriot.com In this week’s Patriot Breaking News..........6/12 Police Reports................12 Sound Off.....................13 Puzzles..........................21 Home of the Week.........24 Athlete of the Week.......33 The New Lenox Patriot ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Sean Hastings, x48 email@example.com sports Editor Steve Millar x34 firstname.lastname@example.org Sales director Lora Healy, x31 email@example.com real estate sales Tricia Kobylarczyk, x47 firstname.lastname@example.org classifieds/Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 email@example.com PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 firstname.lastname@example.org Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 email@example.com president Andrew Nicks firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 email@example.com 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 www.NewLenoxPatriot.com Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org The New Lenox Patriot (USPS ##25405) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 11516 W. 183rd Pl. Unit SW, Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 and additional mailing offices. Periodical postage paid at Orland Park, IL POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The New Lenox Patriot 11516 W. 183rd Pl. Unit SW, Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Published by www.22ndcenturymedia.com Friday 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 momsclubnewlenox.com or momsclub.org or contact momsclubnewlenox@ yahoo.com 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 Concert 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 Orchestra. Saturday 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 parks.org/special-events/. 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. Monday 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. net. Wednesday 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. UPCOMING Teen After Hours ‘80s Party 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. librarymarket.com/beatlestheir-history-one-hour Movie Night 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, New Lenox Village Commons, 101 Veterans Parkway. Come out and watch The Little Mermaid (G) as part of the Wednesday Night Movie series in LIST IT YOURSELF Reach out to thousands of daily users by submitting your event at NewLenoxPatriot.com/calendar For just print*, email all information to email@example.com *Deadline for print is 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication. the Commons. There will be special activities before the movie. ONGOING 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 wpost9545.org. Karaoke 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, email jrselbor@ gmail.com.
newlenoxpatriot.com news the new lenox patriot | June 13, 2019 | 3 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 Commons. 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 waited. 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 back.” 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 excitedly. She participates in nine sports. 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 nice to see that inclusive environment that we are pushing toward.” Please see Torch, 8 With traffic-free trips to fun destinations like the beach, unlimited rides Saturday and Sunday for just $10, and free rides for up to three kids 11 and under with each adult through Labor Day, Metra is MADE FOR SUMMER metrarail.com APRIL BLAIR Broker www.crisrealty.net • Lifelong resident of the LincolnWay area • Full time realtor since 1992 • Remodeling & staging experience • Professional photography included with all listings (815) 954-4443 Cell firstname.lastname@example.org